Republican Primary Debates

Donald Trump was first to announce he was skipping the Utah GOP debate, and John Kasich quickly followed. It has since been announced that the debate will be cancelled due to the defections. Mormonophobia or fear of debating Ted Cruz one-on-one? Either way, I am guessing Utahans won’t be pleased at the disrespect from both candidates. […]

The day after the confirmation of New York Common Core enforcer John King as U.S. Secretary of Education has brought about a flurry of commentary about Common Core and the election. The most parallel-universe analysis comes from Michelle Ye Hee Lee at The Washington Post, who “fact checks” Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and John Kasich on their statements […]

As to the discussion of education in last night’s debate, John Kasich demonstrated why he is in last place. For their parts, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump could have hit home runs but instead merely hit doubles. Common Core and the federal role in education have been major topics in the GOP nomination battle. They […]

Ted Cruz had a great night last night. Unlike Marco Rubio, he didn’t back down from criticizing Donald Trump, still civilly and on substance as he always has. Nor did Cruz have to resort to practicing his patented yoga tricks on Trump to get him to be quiet and let someone else talk. And according […]

Last week during the Fox News GOP Debate in Detroit, Ohio Governor John Kasich painted himself to be an advocate of state and local control of education. Kasich said, “And, frankly, look, if I were president, I’d take 104 federal programs, bundle them into four buckets, and send it to the states, because fixing schools […]

The Main Stream Media, addicted to drama, fixated its echo chamber on the personal insults hurled between Donald Trump and Marco Rubio after the Great Debate. Too bad. Something really important there happened. The rest of America may miss it. But not you. Or other Pulse readers. Follow along. The journalists, at last, presented a […]

Is the GOP Worth Saving?

by Maggie Gallagher

Last night’s debate underscores this truth: The GOP is disintegrating. When the front-runner for your party uses the national debate stage to discuss the size of his Anthony Weiner, you have a problem. When that same man affirms that he will order U.S. soldiers to commit the horrifying war crime of deliberately slaughtering the wives, […]

Last night’s debate was somewhat more substantive and not quite as childish as the previous debates, although it had its low moments, too. The one positive takeaway from the night was that everyone, including Donald Trump, reiterated their pledge to support the nominee of the Republican Party. That is a good thing. The main target […]

During the Fox News GOP presidential debate last night, moderator Bret Baier asked Ted Cruz a question regarding gay marriage and adoption and later asked Donald Trump for his response as well. You can watch both candidates’ answers and read the transcript below: BRET BAIER: Senator Cruz, the U.S. Supreme Court obviously declared same-sex marriage […]

Many have asked me what I think of this answer by John Kasich to Brett Baier’s question: Do gay marriage dissenters have rights? Well, look, first of all, I try to be a man of faith every day as best as I can, and I try to focus in my faith on the dos and […]

I am grateful to Hugh Hewitt for bringing up the religious liberty issue in the last GOP debate at all.  I share with The New York Sun editors and Quin Hillyer a sense that the candidates really missed an opportunity in the way they answered. Here is how Hillyer saw it: The only candidate who actually tried […]

Another excellent moment from last night: Ted Cruz prosecuted Donald Trump and caught him in a blatant lie on healthcare. [facebook url=”″] Cruz: “Donald, true or false, you’ve said the government should pay for everyone’s healthcare?” Trump: “That’s false.” Cruz: “You’ve never said that?” Trump on 60 Minutes, 9/27/2015: “Everybody’s got to be covered… I […]

Marco Rubio, when asked about the religious liberty fight between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, chose not pick up on the religious liberty theme, but he did very effectively reinforce Cruz’s central charge that Trump cannot be trusted on judges: The next president of the United States has to be someone that you can trust […]

Donald Trump seemed out of his league when Hugh Hewitt asked the question that Hewitt said was keeping him up at nights: “Churches, Catholic and Christian colleges, Catholic adoption agencies — all sorts of religious institutions fear that Hobby Lobby, if it’s repealed, it was a five-four decision, they’re going to have to bend their […]

Hugh Hewitt, bless him, raised the issue of religious liberty directly, but before he did so, Ted Cruz once again was the only candidate to name what so many of us care about so deeply, as once again Marco Rubio declined to include “social issues” or Judeo-Christian values as part of his core definition of […]

Rubio v. Trump, Trump Loses

by Maggie Gallagher

The Atlantic is calling it Donald Trump’s terrible, horrible, no-good night, and I agree: It was Trump’s worst debate of the campaign, and the defeat came largely at the hands of Marco Rubio, who hit Trump early and often. The climactic moment arrived during a discussion of health insurance. Every candidate has promised to repeal and […]

Last night’s debate was pretty entertaining. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz took a break from constantly needling each other and instead focused on taking down the front runner, Donald Trump. Here was one of the nights best exchanges: [facebook url=””] Will any of this matter? Will Trump’s lead diminish as we head into Super Tuesday? […]

Conservatives seem to agree on the need to stop Donald Trump’s burgeoning candidacy, but they disagree on a strategy. The first obstacle is how to somehow combine Ted Cruz’s and Marco Rubio’s 20-25 percent of the vote each into a 40-50 percent block to contend with Trump. Various conservatives have urged their allies to coalesce […]

A new raft of polling shows Donald Trump consolidating and growing his lead, which is the kind of thing that happens when you win elections. The press is full of stories of how Texas is a must-win for Ted Cruz as the latest polls show him either in a dead heat with Trump at 32 percent […]

How Can Rubio Recover?

by Kevin Dawson

Before the New Hampshire polls close tomorrow night, Marco Rubio should do two things — first, he should clarify his “robo line,” and second, he should move on from it. Although Chris Christie hounded Rubio on Saturday night for repeating the same line about Barack Obama several times, Rubio had the right point but the wrong delivery. Rubio needed to […]