Donald Trump’s success, or certainly his more-than-modest success, as president depends on maintaining his base’s loyalty and enthusiasm, while drawing others into it—people who didn’t support him in 2016.
About David Frisk
A former newspaper reporter and feature writer, he holds a Ph.D. in political science (2009) from Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of the widely acclaimed biography If Not Us, Who? William Rusher, National Review, and the Conservative Movement (ISI Books, 2012).
His research interests include: parties and elections, the role of ideology and culture in politics, political movements, and the relationship between American conservatism and classical liberalism. A frequent talk radio guest, Dr. Frisk has published opinion pieces at Politico, RealClearPolitics, and the Washington Examiner.
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After Donald Trump’s victory last fall, observers noted that several senators face re-election in solidly Republican states in 2018.
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An important factor in the political balance of power, and one easily overlooked in our peaceful democracy, is how far each side will go.
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The eight-year performance due to end on January 20 will never, I suspect, be viewed with anything like a historical consensus.
Those who have been urging Republican electors to vote against Donald Trump are engaged, whether they know it or not, in an attempted subversion of our political system.
Amid all the justified excitement about his upset victory, it’s easy to forget that Donald Trump will probably hold a weak legislative position as president.
After the election, which astonished many observers including myself, one senses a potential new Republican majority—meaning, for example, future wins in presidential elections with more than 50 percent of the vote, not […]
Hillary Clinton’s probable, although now less probable, election as president next week would be tainted for several reasons, even if her margins are wide enough to dismiss the inevitable charges, among grassroots […]
The prospect of an eight-year Hillary Clinton presidency after the political ferment of 2016, when much better results seemed possible, raises serious questions about the judgment of America’s electorate.
It is natural for supporters of Donald Trump to assume he can easily do better in the remaining debates, on October 9 and October 19, than he did in the first. I’m […]
The Donald Trump candidacy has, understandably, been distressing to the “battle of ideas” sector of American conservatism—scholars, commentators, and policy experts, plus various politicians who have shown a lasting commitment to the […]