Can Donald Trump Bring Republicans Together? (VIDEO)

Frank Cannon is president of the American Principles Project and a respected conservative political strategist with over 30 years of experience. [Right now], you have an incredible situation [unfolding] in which the assumption that Donald Trump would be unable to bring the Party together and be competitive with Hillary Clinton is being belied by every poll that’s been taken since — in the last week, that shows Trump ahead in Ohio and virtually tied in Pennsylvania and Florida. And you have the Speaker of the House who has a 49 to 59 percent approval rating among Republican voters saying to

Can the GOP Unite to Restore Economic Prosperity?

Last week Donald Trump met with Jack Kemp protégé House Speaker Paul Ryan. As the Washington Post aptly put it, “Ryan has the House. Trump has the party.” To quote the founder of the Republican Party, Abe Lincoln, who was quoting Scripture: “A house divided against itself can not stand.” This meeting was an iconic moment that distilled the dynamics and douleurs of GOP 2016 perfectly. The modern GOP is the House That Jack — Jack Kemp — Built. That House is in disarray. Jack Kemp championed, and inspired presidential aspirant Ronald Reagan to adopt, the economic formula that rescued

Hey, Republicans, Democrats Are Going to Pin Trump on You No Matter What

One of the hardest lessons I learned working in campaign politics was that the truth really doesn’t matter. At least not to Democrats. When Democrats attack, they go for the jugular. They don’t worry about an attack being “fair.” They look to do as much damage as possible — by any means necessary. Last week, when Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) said he was not ready to support Donald Trump, manyin themedia speculated this was to provide “cover” to congressional Republicans in competitive districts. If this is really Speaker Ryan’s intent, it is a bad political strategy. There is no such thing as providing

GOP Moves Closer to Unity

A deeply divided Republican Party took a major step toward victory yesterday. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan met yesterday morning to discuss their differences as well as areas of agreement. After their meeting on Capitol Hill, they issued the following statement: The United States cannot afford another four years of the Obama White House, which is what Hillary Clinton represents. That is why it’s critical that Republicans unite around our shared principles, advance a conservative agenda, and do all we can to win this fall. With that focus, we had a great conversation this

Could the GOP Nominate Paul Ryan for President? (VIDEO)

Frank Cannon is president of the American Principles Project and a respected conservative political strategist with over 30 years of experience. [A Paul Ryan nomination] would completely destroy the Republican Party. The problem is that the voters have sent a very strong signal, consistently in this election, that they want somebody who is outside the normal politics. Seventy percent of voters say that when it’s asked as an abstract question, and seventy percent of voters almost consistently since June have picked Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, who are candidates outside the establishment of the Republican Party. And

Paul Krugman Attacks Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan on Gold

Paul Krugman, from his New York Times perch on March 25 writing “Crazy About Money,” lets himself go nuts recycling his standard arguments against the gold standard. He throws some mud at presidential contender Ted Cruz and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Doesn’t stick. Krugman: … Mr. Cruz has staked out positions on crucial issues that are, not to put too fine a point on it, crazy. How can elite Republicans back him? […] And then there’s a subject dear to my heart: monetary policy. You might be surprised to learn that few of the subjects I write on inspire as

The Six Trillion Dollar Solution for Speaker Paul Ryan in the Lion’s Den

A great stage magician will distract his audience with his right hand while performing his conjuring tricks with his left. Washington is nothing if not a magic show. Let me show you what’s really going on while you are distracted by the razzle-dazzle of the admittedly consequential Trump/Cruz/Rubio/Bush/etc. presidential race. There is an onrushing budget drama in the Congress. You’ll be reading about it, if you have not yet, soon. The key to its resolution lies in the “Kadlec Curve.” Every one tenth of one percent of increase in the GDP brings in, over ten years, $314 billion to the

Feds Threaten to Cut Aid If “Too Many” Students Opt Out of Common Core Tests

So that didn’t take long. Thanks to the Republican Congress, which just decided to pass a “reform” of No Child Left Behind that Obama applauded, the Obama administration has a big, new club to swing at school districts: threatening to withhold their federal funding if “too many” students opt out of the tests. The U.S. Department of Education warned states this week that federal school aid may be withheld withheld next year if less than 95 percent of students take government-mandated exams. In New York, Title I funding that exceeds $1.1 billion could be at risk if the opt outs