Witcover: Imagine what serious members of Congress might think of Mr. Trump's comparisons of school shootings with aircraft hijackings, and his idea to arm teachers with the concealed carrying of federal air marshals.
Parents and survivors of this latest school shooting are not going to be silent. They are not willing to see their friends and loved ones forgotten. They will not allow our political leaders sweep gun violence under the rug yet again.
Congressional Republicans were on the verge of approving the first major overhaul of the nation’s tax laws in three decades as negotiators locked down the final version of the bill Friday and two key Senate holdouts announced they would support the measure.
Retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson appeared poised to be confirmed as the nation's next Housing secretary after breezing through a confirmation hearing on Thursday and largely avoiding difficult questions about the agency he hopes to oversee.
Isn't it awfully late to be decrying the normalization of Mr. Trump when you were an early adopter of normalization because you thought the horrible Democratic nominee would have an easier time beating him?
Republicans for Clinton: Donald Trump went after Hillary Clinton in Baltimore on Monday and in a new ad for her "basket of deplorables" comment. But unless your Twitter avatar is an egg, you follow "white genocide" handles and are afraid of taco trucks, she's not talking about you. The only thing more laughable than Mr. Trump whining about name-calling is the pundit pearl-clutching over Ms. Clinton calling the Trump Movement exactly what it is.
When Donald Trump speaks, I hear someone who talks like a bully and who gives white people — mainly men — the courage to let their inner-bullies emerge, training their malevolence on those they perceive as threats. I do not see myself having an easy time in a Trumped-up America.
Not sufficiently humiliated by his collapse as the early Republican presidential front runner, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in an attempt to deny the nomination to Donald Trump.
Again politics is in the news. Probably more accurately, politics is the news. The "Super Tuesday" and Midwest and Florida "Winner Take All" presidential primaries are over, bringing the potential nominee for each party more clearly in focus.
Some Republicans are very fond of lecturing the country on the importance of personal responsibility. Serving a long jail sentence for a minor drug offense? It's your fault for getting involved with drugs in the first place. Requesting unemployment benefits beyond the 72 weeks now allowed by law? You must be lazy and aren't serious about getting a job. A single mother of four struggling to live on welfare? Well, you should have thought about this before having those babies.
The significance of the latest GOP debate was the conspicuous cease-fire in what had become a circular firing squad among the candidates, tarnishing the party's reputation. It remains to be seen now whether this pivot to the high road will survive throughout the remaining primaries that lead up to the July convention in Cleveland.
The most plausible path to a Trump-free, Republican-controlled White House is consolidation around Mr. Cruz. It's a difficult conclusion for many people, and some may not get there until Sen. Marco Rubio loses the primary in his home state of Florida. And some may never accept Mr. Cruz, opting to bend the knee to Mr. Trump instead.
Back in the 1960s, Barry Goldwater warned the Republican Party to avoid entanglements with the Religious Right, saying "Mark my words. If and when [the Religious Right] get control of the [Republican] Party, it's going to be a terrible ... problem. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them." The party ignored his warning, and the first seeds of factionalism
On the day Mitt Romney called Donald Trump a con man, a fraud and a phony, and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz subsequently ran Mr. Trump through a televised debate buzz saw, the Republican Party may have hit a new low in self-disparagement.
John Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign was hailed for its landmark use of TV. But Kennedy was practically a bystander to his success on the small screen compared with Donald Trump's manipulation of TV and social media in becoming the Republican front-runner.
In media studies there's a phenomenon known as selective perception, and it is playing a demonstrative role during this election cycle. Selective perception describes how people act when unwillingly exposed to material that goes against their interests and beliefs. Some opt to ignore it while others will reframe the content to support their way of thinking.
Dr. Ben Carson, a retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, has defied the Republican establishment — and conventional political wisdom — by staying in a race that has for all practical purposes already left him behind.
March will tell us who the likely nominees are for both parties. There are 30 contests in March. By March 15 Republicans will know if Trump is their likely nominee and new party leader. And by then, Democrats will know who they must rally behind to win in November.
Marco Rubio was lambasted by his Republican competitors during a recent debate when he kept repeating a line about President Obama "trying to change America." They took him to task for his robot-like repetition, but they should have addressed the accuracy of his statement. Perhaps they did not for one simple reason: Mr. Rubio is right.
Is it just me, or does anyone else out there think that presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio is going to burst a blood vessel the next time he debates? Though I find him the angriest of the Republican candidates, Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are not far behind in exceeding their rage quotients. Instead of reasoned discussions with the expected "point and counter-point" of a parliamentary debate, what we are witnessing is a level of acrimony uncalled for in today's politics.