Accuracy in Media

Veteran conservative journalist Fred Barnes has written a disturbing Wall Street Journal article about how the campaign of Donald Trump, sparked by talk radio, is dividing and weakening the Republican Party—thus guaranteeing a Democratic Party win in November. Barnes points out in the article, entitled, “Republicans Are Campaigning to Lose,” that a significant number of Republicans will not vote for Trump if he becomes the GOP presidential nominee.

“The Republican rift will not be healed and disunity will reign,” Barnes predicts. “It’s highly likely that a sizable chunk of the Republican establishment will decline to back Mr. Trump in a repeat of 1964 when liberal and moderate Republicans refused to support Barry Goldwater.”

What’s fascinating about his piece is that Barnes discusses the forces in talk radio that opened the door for Trump to take control of the GOP presidential race. He writes, “The split between party leaders and a substantial number of party voters emerged after Republicans won the House in the 2010 midterm election, and swelled when they added the Senate in 2014. Their legislative gains were minimal. The Republican base, egged on by conservative talk radio, accused congressional leaders of knuckling under to President Obama.”

Barnes doesn’t name names, but we all know that they include Mark Levin, Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Although they don’t all support Trump, they have been hypercritical of the so-called “Republican establishment” and its management of congressional affairs. Barnes is suggesting that their criticism paved the way for Trump’s success. Now they’re stuck with him. It may be too late to stop the businessman, who used to fund Democratic candidates for office, from getting the GOP nomination.

As the campaign goes forward, it is becoming increasingly difficult for many observers to see how a real conservative can derail Trump’s campaign for the Republican nomination.

“So long as the Republican opposition to Trump remains divided among several candidates, he will retain an advantage moving toward the nomination,” says Scott Johnson at the Power Line blog. He agrees with Barnes’ assessment about many Republicans ultimately bailing on Trump in the general election, and says that the political damage could be far worse in November than a Trump defeat. He writes, “I think Trump will take the Republican majorities in Congress down with him (UPDATE: not to mention the Supreme Court, of course).”

Matt Walsh at The Blaze commented that Hillary Clinton will be elected president “because Republican voters decided to squander the best GOP field in decades by flocking to a cut-rate impostor in an expensive suit…”

Looking at Trump’s campaign of personal insults and incendiary rhetoric, Barnes contrasted the vicious nature of the Republican presidential campaign with the contentious but mostly civil debate on the Democratic side. I made the same point in one of my recent articles, noting:

…there is little doubt that Bernie Sanders will endorse Hillary Clinton for president in the end and rally his young supporters to her side. It will make Clinton stronger, not weaker. The Clinton-Sanders show has all the earmarks of a carefully staged demonstration of the Marxist dialectic, an exercise designed to create the appearance of conflict in order to force even more radical change on the American people through Democratic Party rule.

Regarding the GOP contest, Barnes writes, “If the turbulence continues—and there’s no end in sight—the Republican nominee will lead a badly divided and weakened party in the general election in November. The Democratic candidate won’t be a powerhouse. That’s a certainty. But either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will have the benefit of a united Democratic Party, a significant advantage in a close election.”

Barnes, who serves as the executive editor of The Weekly Standard, writes that the “discord and anger” generated by talk radio against Republican leaders was “practically an invitation to Mr. Trump to enter the race. A unified Republican Party would have provided him neither the political space in which to run nor issues to exploit.”

He adds, “The more bruising the fights, the more difficult it will be to produce Republican unity.” He says Trump has “capitalized on the GOP split” and “shows no interest in bringing the party together.”

The only question not addressed by Barnes is who else benefits from the Trump phenomenon. Globally, it can be argued that Russia will come out a big winner, with Trump joining the liberals in their policies of appeasement toward Vladimir Putin.

But Trump supporters say that he can still win in November. One wrote to me, saying, “If conservatives stay home and not vote for Trump, then it is the conservatives that break up the Republican unity. If Sanders voters will rally behind Hillary or vice versa, then why can’t conservatives rally behind whoever wins the Republican nomination?”

Another conservative wrote to me disputing Barnes’ claim that talk radio had laid the groundwork for Trump’s success. He said, “The problem wasn’t created by Trump or talk radio.  The problem was created by the GOP establishment along with Fox News who champion a party that is minimally different from the Democrats.”

This observer complained that the campaign has avoided critical issues, such as the national debt. He said, “None of the debates even have touched on the mountains of debt that have been piled on since Bush II and accelerated under Obama—not a word! This is not touched upon since they all know the game is over—any reining in of the debt situation will result in a worldwide depression the likes of which have never been seen before. Financial markets and interest rates cannot self-adjust as they did in the past when you had an unlimited supply of money.”

Such an observation is finding some support in conservative academic circles. In addition to the problems of too much federal debt and too much spending, the issue of easy credit over the last seven years has been examined by Dr. Tracy C. Miller, an associate professor of economics at Grove City College and fellow for economic theory and policy with The Center for Vision & Values.

In a column titled, “Quantitative Easing and Recent Decline in Stock Market Prices,” he writes that easy money, or quantitative easing, has run its course, and that “The declining stock market may be indicating an impending recession for the U.S. economy.” He argues that more quantitative easing at this point won’t do the trick of keeping stocks rising and the economy growing.

The “great recession” in 2008 helped Barack Obama win the presidency. Another major downturn could play into the hands of the Democrats and their socialist allies, armed with Marxist class warfare rhetoric that could appeal to some angry Trump voters.

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  • mike schwarzer

    I’d sooner vote for the janitor in Congress then a republican. Their ideas are so far out there that it borders on a cult. They are puppets of Israel. The are everything that is wrong in American politics.

  • Wayright2

    Actually the cult that has ruined America is led by your buddy, George Soros.

  • OnTheWrite

    Fred Barnes is a GOP Elite shill. Lets blame talk radio for RYAN’S OMNIBUS budget bill. Lets blame talk radio for the lack of backbone of Mitch McConnell. Fred Barnes is a waste of space.

  • I disagree with Barnes completely. He has been sitting at too many Washington tea parties with Bill Kristol. If these two are any indication of the Republican conservative wing then let Hillary win. These two will probably vote for her over Trump anyway showing their true colors to the Washington establishment.

  • miguel i prado

    Rubbish Mr. Barnes! If they do not back Trump they will most certainly lose. Trump is no Goldwater and I predict that with or without the GOP that he can win. And if he does win without the GOP, the GOP is dead.

  • John Cunningham

    In the Dictionary under the word Establishment Republican, Fred’s picture is there. Lets face facts Fred is in stone. With that said, imagine the Clinton machine digging up truth’s, half truth’s and, out and out lies about Trump?

    How is he going to stand up to that? Sue? I am afraid Trump won’t be able to fight against the whole of the Liberal mega World. To many and, way to much. All I can say is get ready for civil war.

  • ferebetv

    Once the Rep. turn over the Bushes, Cheney and their neocon duel citizen criminal cartel to the Iraq citizens for killing 2 million of their citizens for Israel and the Vatican, then the Rep. Party can regain my trust. I would throw in their dis functional cousins, the Clintons.

  • IHC

    I respectfully disagree! What is reality? The fact that GOP and their establishment, donors, insiders and special interest are doing the same exact things as on the democratic side attempting to buy and elect ‘their chosen candidate and attempting to discard the electorate once again. We have seen it time and time again – conservative radio plays the same role. Take a good look at FOX news – where Mr Barnes appears as a regular. It sure does not help to continuously insult the electorate by labeling them with various condescending labels such as ‘dumb, stupid, vulgarians and host of others. The electorate has caught on the concocted and tailored campaign put together in 2014 by these same players to elect their chosen one – Jeb Bush. He floundered badly. Voters no longer allow themselves to be used by the republican parties and their mouth pieces on Fox, National Review etc – enough is enough.
    Trump says what a large majority of americans wish they could but have no access to a mic – that is his appeal.
    The just don’t get it!

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Barnes is only stating what everyone has known for over a year. The Democrats are going to win in November. The right wing has pulled the GOP SO far to the right that they can’t win a general election. It’s really simple. To mollify the mouth-breathing, knucklie-dragging, Tea Party wing of the GOP, you make yourselves unelectable. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of cretins.

  • IHC

    Exactly right! They just don’t get it!

  • Ted

    As far as Republicans go, Trump is actually a breath of fresh air!

    This is the Age of Kardashianism, Jersey Shore, Survivor, and Mob Wives! If Trump gets the GOP nomination … he will DEFINITELY win the election! (And, coming to some accommodation with Putin is something that the U.S. should have entered into long ago!)

  • Gz7

    That’s the real fear of the RNC. They are toast if Trump wins.

  • Gz7

    You are on the wrong forum. Marxist’s post over at DU.

  • Joe Toland

    If all the second rate journalist would stop putting Mr.Trump down every chance they get (probably because of his success and money) and start supporting his platform of stopping illegal immigration and closed borders and his policy of support of the second amendment, the Republicans would unite behind him and deliver a strong win for the presidency. They are the ones dividing the party.

  • Gz7

    That includes you.

  • Poptoy1949

    Sounds just like Establishment GOP Fear talking. He is afraid to admit the Truth….they cannot control Trump and that scares the HELL out of them. Hillary can and will be defeated. YOU WILL SEE.

  • Poptoy1949

    Now that is the Truth 100 %

  • Judy Smith

    Fred is part of Fox News who are very actively supporting Rubio. I would not believe anything he says.

  • Poptoy1949

    My friend your Thesis is so far out in Left field I actually feel sorry for You and your Predictions.

  • Judy Smith

    Don’t hold your breath.

  • Poptoy1949

    Puppets of Israel when 80% of the Jewish Vote here in America always goes to the democrat party. Keep your theory and your janitor.

  • Poptoy1949

    Exactly…..perhaps that is his janitor.

  • mike schwarzer

    The puppets are on both sides of congress. Can’t lose when both sides are in their pockets.

  • Poptoy1949

    ..and your Janitor. Go vote for just him.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Rather than calling me nonsense names, you might want to wake up to what’s happening to your political ideology.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    When Trump gets absolutely destroyed in the general election, which is inevitable, I’ll accept your apology.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    I don’t need to. I only need to look at reality. As much as Hilary Clinton is despised in this country, Trump is despised much, much more. I have as much chance of being elected president as he does.

  • Poptoy1949

    Don’t hold your Breathe……Hillary will never ever be President. best of Luck ole buddy.

  • Gz7

    Spot on. Who’s dividing the party? Not Trump.

  • Gz7

    I, and millions of others have woke up. And if you don’t like name calling don’t use words like mouth-breathing, knuckle dragging, and cretins, hypocrite.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    I used name-calling….and facts to back it up. You used name-calling and…nothing. Nothing I said is incorrect. Trump has zero chance and, if you were honest with yourself, you’d see that.

  • Gz7

    Right. And you are a genius to boot!

  • Jerry

    Trump is the only one capable to win, Anyone else, It would not matter,It would be a left turn as far as immigration goes

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Get your head out of the sand and look at the numbers. They don’t lie. Trump does. The numbers don’t.

  • unclejackie

    I have always thought that Fred Barnes was a little slow getting out of the blocks. His view does not surprise me.

  • unclejackie

    Great post, Ted!!!

  • unclejackie

    I love the way you think, Poptoy 1949!

  • Poptoy1949

    True. Fred Barnes is a good ole boy from way back when but his time has passed and today I think he would have trouble using a urinal.

  • Bob19006

    Although the biased main stream media toe the false line that Repubicans have moved far right but Dems haven’t moved or only moved a little left. Lets look at President John Kennedy, well liked Democrat President from 1960: He was very anti-Communist, anti-socialist, pro-balance the budget and pro tax cuts. Guess what? Today that exactly describes the Tea Party!

  • Gz7

    They all lie, including you.

  • Gz7

    The Beast has proved she can’t lead. Until Trump gets his chance you are blowing hot air and haven’t a clue.

  • Gz7

    And he refuses treatment! He won’t take his medication and continues to spew hate. Typical of regressives.

  • Gz7

    Now you can predict the future?

  • Gz7

    That’s your right as a citizen. Thank all those that have protected that right.

  • Gz7

    Be easy on Mike. He’s still learning.

  • Gz7

    Only a complete fool or democratic lemming could misinterpret the Tea Party. Try educating yourself instead of parroting propaganda.

  • IHC

    They can’t do that because they would have to return the money they receive who paid them to pass the agenda of cheap labor, destruction of the 2nd amendment.

  • Hambone

    Calling Freddy “conservative” is like calling Fox “the conservative network.” Maybe somewhere, sometime, long ago. Not today.
    CPUSA/DNC talking points: “Talk radio, it’s all their fault!” Fill in here______.
    After your whinefest, Freddy, WHAT IS YOUR SOLUTION?
    Honest John McCain? Mittster Romney? Those guys both lost because they were afraid to fight, or did not know how to fight.
    Fred Barnes was a good man, long ago. But DC Mind-Infection and too many cocktail parties ruin the best of people.
    Kincaid is little better than Barnes. If the created-recession played into CPUSA hands in 2008, then another recession will play into CPUSA hands in 2016 because…one of theirs is now POTUS? Blame Bush?
    Sounds like The Riddler got loose from Batman again.

  • maryloujb

    Maybe he needs to hold his nose and vote for Trump, just like I did when I voted for McCain & Romney. Looks like he’ll be the one voting for Hillary, so he won’t loss his job. I’ll be voting for Trump because I’m tired of my neighbohood being overrun with illegals and having to find a new job because I’ve been replaced by an immigrant that will work for a small salary and the chance to bring him and his relatives to the U.S.A.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    LOL. Yeah, the numbers lie. Just like the ones that said Obama was going to win, TWICE, and you pinheads ignored the polls. Wake the hell up!

  • IronChefSandwiches

    No. I can read poll results and I know my history. Donald Trump is hated by more than half the population. Hilary is hated by a lot of people, but not as much as Trump. It’s really that simple. And if Sanders ekes out the nomination, it’ll be an historic landslide. No future predicting needed.

  • RMThoughts

    By now everyone in the country should be able to see that the GOPe parading as the conservative right is and has been in bed with the Democrat left for decades.

    Instead of the Republicans rallying around Trump to beat Hillary, they are trying to destroy their own candidate. Why? Because Trump is not the globalist elitist they want in our White House. And Trump has thrown a giant wrench intoNew World Order, loved by the left and the neocon Right.

    The full weight of the GOPe apparatus, Wall Street, the U.S. CoC, K-Street and the rofessional political pundit class will now work hand-in-hand with the GOPe and Democrats to destroy that which threatens them; Donald Trump.

  • RMThoughts

    Only Donald Trump holds more than 50% when combining first and second preference in objective polling stats. In a three man race with Trump, Rubio and Cruz a generally admitted outcome would be still be Trump.

    Donald Trump is well positioned to run the table. For the next ten days he needs to withstand the fury of the GOPe falling in behind Rubio.

    So far, Trump has upended the Media Complex, the Republican Party Complex in the form of the Republican National Committee, and the phony Conservatism Inc. Complex., and the Neocon foreign policy War Party faction. Time for them all to take their last gasp.

  • RMThoughts

    If it happens, we only the GOPe to thank.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    If she runs against anyone but Trump, you’d have a chance of beating her. No question. Her negatives are high. His are off the charts, though. That’s really all I’m saying here. The GOP voters who are handing him primary wins are the ONLY voters who would vote for him in November. That spells a huge loss.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    “Trump says what a large majority of americans (sic) with they could..”

    Categorically false statement. Trump speaks for the far right wing base of the GOP. Everyone else can’t stand him. THAT’s what Barnes is trying to get across to you people. You are running the ship into the iceberg and refuse to believe it.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Everything you just said is correct. Barnes is also correct in that Trump CAN NOT win the general election. You’re both right.

  • Realist

    What else might we expect from the establishment Redcoats – The Neocon Army of the Established Order – When Trump defeats them, handing them their hats as they shriek from South Carolina to Nevada? As the Neocon Army breezes out the door we are sure to be subjected to much wailing and gnashing of teeth. No one like to see their self-declared notion of “specialness” circling the drain, do they? I mean what else do they have? Take away their smug “specialness” and then add them all the Neocons up and what do you have but a big fat zero?

  • RMThoughts

    We will only have the GOPe to thank for that. Actually Trump polls better than any other GOP candidate among blacks, Hispanics and young people. Trump as a populist nationalist will also bring in many of the old Reagan democrats.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    His positive ratings amongst the minority groups IS, in fact, higher than the other GOP candidates. However, his negatives are also WAY higher among all groups.

    When you type GOPe, you’re referring to the GOP establishment, correct? I disagree with you on that one. I think Trump’s high negatives are 90% due to what comes out of his mouth. The remaining 10% is the establishment trying anything they can think of to keep Hilary out of the White House.

  • Gz7

    Polls are truth in your world? Where did you get those “facts”?

  • Gz7

    Well, by all means let’s vote for the least hated candidate! Screw the constitution! Do you hear yourself?

  • IronChefSandwiches

    The polls that said Obama was going to crush McCain and Romney? Yeah. They were “truth” in my world. The polls that say Trump has no chance of winning the White House in a general election? Yeah. Truth. You can keep arguing with me or you can wake up, leave your right-wing bubble, and join the reality-based community. In the real world, the GOP’s ONLY shot is to nominate someone OTHER than Trump or Cruz or Carson. If you nominate any of them, say hello to President Clinton 2 or President Sanders. It’s really that simple.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    I hear myself fine. YOU are putting words in my mouth. ALL I’m saying is that Trump’s negative ratings are off the charts. He will lose in November if he is the nominee. Even Hilary Clinton, who also has high negative ratings, would beat him easily. That’s what I’M saying. That’s what Barnes said. That’s the reality. Ignore it at your own peril.

  • Gz7

    So now we should listen to polls before we vote? I vote for who I think is the best candidate. That’s how it’s supposed to work.

  • Gz7

    Which polls? The ones that favor your favorite candidate? And whether you know it or not, Sanders will NEVER be the nominee. Even if he was, the Constitution would have to be amended before any of his policies could be implemented. Are you staying home if Trump’s the nominee?

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  • mike schwarzer

    Most jews just like every other peoples are good. I do however despise the Zionists and see them as the terrorist they are. Not every jew bows to the likes of Benny the war criminal and baby killer. It’s pretty clear there is a despot regime in charge. Sorry to spit hairs.

  • Kevin Kennedy

    I have voted for republican candidates every year since I was first able to vote in 1980, but I will never vote for this man. He is a dangerous narcissist and must be stopped even if it means voting for Hillary. I never thought I would say such a thing, but there are millions of us out there who will do just what I am committing to do.

  • Poptoy1949

    I understand your Point and it is indeed a fair point but my point is valid….they vote 80% the Democrat Ticket and it matters not who is running. In some ways it seems the Democrat Party is their True Religion…..joking of course.

  • Poptoy1949

    Trust me I know what you are saying and a lot of what you have said is true. I do not favor Trump as much as you may think. I prefer others. BUT, Hillary has a TruckLoad of negatives to boot and I personally do not think she could win against any of the Republicans. That is what I am seeing and feel all at the same time. You are pro Left and I am Pro right. November will tell the tale. Kind regards, PT.

  • Poptoy1949

    I think your reasoning is accurate. LOL.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Indeed. I’m not a Hilary fan, myself. In my mind, if both parties had their stuff together, we’d be looking at Rubio vs. Sanders, which would be an interesting election. As it is, I, like you, see a Trump/Clinton match-up, which is about the worst scenario for all of us. God help us all. lol. Have a good one, kind sir.

  • J. Glenn Hanson

    Democrats lie, cheat, and steal elections with impunity, yet it’s always conservative voters who screw the election outcomes. Gimme a break!!! We always hear threats (OK, dire warnings) about how conservatives will lose, unless they … blah, blah, or because of … yada, yada, and it’s usually coming the blowholes of old-line Democrats. They are the ones who say Obama’s second-term is because Mitt Romney was nominated and ill-tempered conservatives stayed home. Actually, it was Romney who stayed home; the moron, I mean, Mormon, just quit campaigning. He and McCain sold out our country, not conservative America.

  • Steven Barrett

    If Barnes wanted to lull the Democrats into just enough complacency to do themselves in, this column is as good any to fool ’em (or any other potential competition for the GOP in any year. Once Democrats get the full gist of Ted Cruz’ prime reason for becoming president, to turn the Supreme Court into a reactionary conservative lawyer’s playground for decades, that’ll guarantee a Democratic victory with long coattails. We know the difference between a Democracy and a Theocracy. One Iran’s enough.

  • AndRebecca

    Ted Cruz appeals to the far right of the Republican base, not Trump. But neither one appeals to the Left leaning RINOs in the Republican Party. Rubio is their guy. The Rockefeller/Nixon types like Rubio.

  • Poptoy1949

    I Thank You for the nice reply. As you know the Republican Party is divided sharply by the Establishment Crowd and the Conservative crowd. Everything Donald Trump said early on in the campaign is exactly what Conservatives wanted to hear. He cut the legs out from under Jeb Bush almost from the getgo and Bush never recovered. Bush, as you know, is a 100% Establishment Candidate. Now all the Establishment has left is Rubio. He was backed by Gov. Haley, Sen. L. Graham, Sen. T. Scott, and Congressman T. Gowdy and still only managed a narrow Second Place Win over Sen. T. Cruz and still 10 points behind Donald Trump. That is a major indicator that The Establishment Wing of the GOP is in Big Trouble if not soon to die. WHY? GOD knows Trump is no Saint and a Doubtful Conservative but what I do see is People Fed UP with the 8 years of Bush,which tore the Constitution to shreds and especially Fed Up with Obama that continued to shred what Bush had not shred Using the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 and amended in 2013 and 2014. That is a lot of Pissed Off Conservatives for Rubio to have come out barely 2nd. with all the help he was given. But there is more to the story……there are a lot of Pissed off Moderates and some Liberals, ie. Independents and Democrats that have been attracted to the Conservative Speech of Trump and Sen. T. Cruz because of all I have mentioned above. The wave, in my opinion, is larger than you might think. Hillary Clinton should be leaps and bounds ahead of anyone in the Democrat Party Race and she is not. That tells me Plenty. I will wrap this up with one last statement. I firmly believe that there is a force that has been dictating our Elections for some time. Call me crazy I could care less. Both Parties have to present either this one or that one but never ever the wrong one. Donald Trump is indeed labeled the Wrong one by the GOP. He has not been chosen as the one. He cannot be controlled. What controls campaigns? Money is what. Trump does not need the Money…..and therefore cannot be controlled. Seems simple and believe me it is that simple….the one with the most Money behind him wins the Nomination of the Party. Not always True but at least 90 % True. There are a few instances of one getting away and winning a nomination when they should not have. Case in Point…..1960. Kennedy won. LBJ and his Gang were suppose to win…..we know the results. Again in 1980….Ronald Reagan won and it was suppose to be Bush….again we know the results. It happens in both Parties. This, I think is going to be a 3rd time…..with Trump unless he is stopped. There are many ways to stop people from rising to the top……..we will just have to wait and see what happens. Believe it or not I am a Registered Independent and belong to no Party but I will never vote for a Democrat Party Candidate again. Why? I will say this….for years I have watched the Socialist and Communist back the Democratic Candidate time after time. That tells me something. I am a Conservative of the Milton Friedman Branch and will always be…. and that is what makes this almost 70 year old Man what he is. I have been around a long time and have witnessed many things. If the GOOD Lord above let’s Trump win the General Election and Break up the Elitist Playhouse in Washington, even for just 4 years, that would be enough for me to say They Had it coming. I am from the South and I am a Roman Catholic. I have never been a Typical Racist and have no love for the Klan so please do not Pigeon Hole me. I am not even a Redneck…..or good ole boy. Just a French Cajun. This may be my last election……but it is shaping up to be a good one. Now you know how I really feel. I do understand how people come to their opinions and I do always agree with a lot of those opinions but I do agree people have the right to have them. There is a lot wrong with this country and it had better get fixed in a hurry or we can kiss this wonderful Republic goodbye. Corruption from both parties via the Elite has practically destroyed this country. With that I bid you goodnight and I pray for the best for YOU and Yours. P.S. I am not Trump Supporter but will vote for him if need be. Oh, and one more thing….I did not vote in the 2008 and 2012 Presidential Elections because I thought the Candidates of both Parties were entirely too similar.

  • Rich Schmidt

    Your opening line doesn’t assert much, esp at this point in the proceedings. What is more significant, though certainly not conclusive, is that Trump is not gaining much as the also rans drop out.
    We all knew that with 8 or more contenders the winnowing would take time. It has. Trump doesn’t take not getting his way well. He’s played his big guns already and is now being forced to discuss topics that he know very little about. He looks worse as a result to thoughtful voters. His sporting enthusiast supporters are loud, easily excitable but tiresome.
    Eventually he’ll paint himself into a corner. I wonder if he’ll take up the .Muslim Imann’s challenge to debate. I’d like to see that.

  • DigitalPublius

    I read the comments from mindless Trump supporters and realize it may already be over–You haven’t a brain among you. It astonishes me the right can be as tragic as the idiots who voted for Hope and Change…Twice. No rational argumentation can dissuade you from supporting the third Democrat in the race.

  • Carmelo Junior

    Fred Barnes right on target. The GOP did not learn the lesson with RomneyCare. This will be Obama 2008 all over again with now the sure historic unprecedented first woman nominated for president. Hillary Clinton is slowly and quietly destroying Bernie Sanders. Then after she gets nominated the liberals will unite behind her and will take a good chunk of people that vote to make history(Obama 2008). A Trump nomination most likely mean another white man VP(Romney 2012). But even with a historic VP, Trump is poised to lose big.

  • alfred james

    A majority of republicans,if they vote at all, will not go with knuckle dragging redneck white racists for Trump.

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  • Sam300

    I am so tired of progressive GOPe republicans trashing Trump.

    Trump has Fox, CNN etc against him. Fox constantly trashes Trump using anchors and guests and RARELY trashes Hillary. They get more ratings trashing Trump which is why The Kelly File starts every show with Trump trash talk.

    Fox with the blessing of its Saudi Fox owner and Murdock who are open border and liberal…hate Trump and encurage Fox shows to trash Trump.

  • Acquista Dali

    Whatever Barnes says, bet against it, regarding the Presidential elections. He predicted McCain and Romney victories and then here, Republican loss, all of which came out to not pan out in his vision of the world. He also bet on his church leaving and then they lost one of the oldest church buildings in the US. Please predict more Fred, so we can bet against your predictions.