Mike Reagan pooh-poohs Trump’s convention guru

Mike Reagan pooh-poohs Trump’s convention guru

By Walter C. Jones & Louie Hunter – Michael Reagan, President Ronald Reagan’s son and the former talk-show host, dismissed on Wednesday the political savvy  of Donald Trump’s newly promoted convention manager Paul Manafort. In an interview with InsiderAdvantage, Reagan recounted how Manafort was one of the campaign aides in 1980 fired for giving poor advice by the candidate at his son’s recommendation. Ronald Reagan initially planned not to campaign in Iowa but changed his mind after a phone conversation with his son who had been on the ground there and kept running into the other major Republican candidate. “Ronald Reagan flew over the top of Iowa because Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, John Sears and Charlie Black said, ‘You don’t have to land. They love you here. You’ll never have to worry about losing here. You’re their favorite son.’ Mike Reagan picked up the phone and calls his dad and says, ‘You know something, I’m going all over the state of Iowa. I’m chasing George H.W. Bush. He’s here. You’re not. You’re going to get beat.'” He did get beat. Bush won, although by a slight margin. And he then won the Puerto Rico primary that Reagan skipped to spend more time in New Hampshire, letting Bush brag of the momentum he called “the Big Mo.” Michael Reagan recalled how he received an early morning call the day of the New Hampshire primary from his father announcing that he planned to fire Manafort, Sears, Stone and Black. Reagan noted that Trump announced last week that he had promoted Manafort to head up his campaign’s effort to wrangle delegates at the...
My Final Column: “Have Fun Storming the Castle”

My Final Column: “Have Fun Storming the Castle”

In six short months I’ve lost my father and, as an only child, have grappled with caring for my mom. All of this while trying to analyze polls, assist a great law firm, continue a long-planned move to Florida and continue “Newsvesting.” Clearly, something has to give. Sadly, the “give” is this 15-year-old syndicated column. Not because I don’t love it. But because it deserves the research and time I will no longer be able to give it. While I never reached the readership levels of famed columnists, I did strive to tell it like it is from outside the D.C. Beltway. I will leave in that same tradition, thankful to readers and publications that loyally followed or published me. In the early 1980s, working for a great Republican, then – U.S. Sen. Mack Mattingly, I attended meetings led by Newt Gingrich in his then-tiny House legislative office. Elected officials, young aides and experts would gather informally to listen and give input to Gingrich as the rising star created policies of what quickly became “The Conservative Opportunity Society.” Those efforts became the foundation for his later years as speaker of the House — a time of welfare reform, tax cuts, and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. I might note that one John Kasich played a serious role in those efforts as well. Ironically, some of us who were part of, or witness to, that last real conservative movement are now castigated for taking another political phenomenon seriously. One fast food chain exclaims “We didn’t invent the chicken, just the chicken sandwich.” That’s how I feel about my 2014...
The powers-that-were

The powers-that-were

By Hastings Wyman – Donald Trump recently met with a group of Washington, DC Republicans in what was touted, by Trump and the media, as the beginning of a rapprochement between Trump and “the GOP establishment.” The group of about two dozen, invited by Trump supporter US Sen. Jeff Sessions (AL), included a number of Southerners, among them US Sen. Tom Cotton (AR), US Reps. Scott DesJarlais (TN) and Renee Ellmers (NC), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (GA), former House Appropriations Committee chairman Bob Livingston (LA), and Heritage Foundation president and former US Sen. Jim DeMint (SC). Others present included US Reps. Chris Collins (NY), Duncan Hunter (CA) and Tom Marino (PA). Most of those in attendance had endorsed Trump. Cotton had not and remains uncommitted. Gingrich told reporters that he had known Trump for years and often gave him advice, though he has not formally endorsed the New York billionaire. Livingston, now a Washington lobbyist, said after the meeting that he had voted for someone else in the primary, but was now endorsing Trump. Livingston said that the stop-Trump plans “are insulting to me and insulting to the process, and that’s why I’m getting involved,” reported the Times-Picayune. The meeting, we have it on good authority, was cordial, and Trump went around the room asking for advice from everybody, putting him in the unusual position, at least publicly, of seeking advice from “politicians,” a category he has derided and sought to separate himself from. Nevertheless, everyone gave him their in-put, “some positive, some negative,” says SPR’s source, who was not present but was privy to what went on....
It’s A Trump-Cruz Fight to Take on Clinton

It’s A Trump-Cruz Fight to Take on Clinton

By Matt Towery – By the time the dust settled in Tuesday’s “Super Tuesday 2.0 contests,” Donald Trump had at least three states in the win corner and had amassed 621 total delegates. He was out-performing his own target delegate count that he needs to win his party’s nomination. His popular vote total from all contests was more than 7.5 million votes following Tuesday. An increasing number of analysts believe that Trump is now virtually unstoppable, having steamrolled through the golden prize of Florida. Yet there remains the argument that one of his opponents is viable enough to compete with Trump in the remaining primaries, and could still manage to pull off an upset for the nomination. Ted Cruz ended Tuesday’s voting with a sizeable patchwork of 396 total delegates. He had amassed a popular vote total from all of the contests held of nearly 5.5 million votes. Not Trump levels, but impressive all the same. Then there is John Kasich, who remains the last challenger to Trump and Cruz standing. But even after carrying the winner-take-all Ohio primary, where he was running as a popular sitting governor, Kasich had earned only 138 total delegates, and had only his home turf to claim as a victory. There are two other “candidates” in the race for the GOP nomination, even though they are not officially on the ballot. One of those candidates is the GOP’s longstanding establishment, which was, in the eyes of just about everyone, eliminated from this year’s grab for power on Tuesday evening. In Florida, where their Super PACs ran endless attacks against Trump, leaving little room...