• COLUMNS BY PETE SEAT

  • Column: Conservatives should be more like Bernie Sanders

    Many conservatives missed the Donald Trump phenomenon, and the Bernie Sanders explosion, because it’s difficult to detect and discern populist movements when one more naturally reacts from the head than the heart. Populism is about feelings, and if one doesn’t have the same feelings it can be easy to dismiss the emotions of others. Facts, on the other hand, are indisputable. Of course, that’s until those facts are uttered by a politician—at which point they become as ...

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    Column: The meaning of the word 'establishment'

    What is the establishment? It’s the dirtiest word in politics today – even worse than that naughty rabble-rouser “compromise.” Makes you sick just reading it, no? But do people know what the word really means?      Here are four things you need to know about the establishment before the next time you use the word:      There’s a Republican establishment and a Democrat establishment. First, before anyone’s head explodes, ...

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    Column: What do you mean, 'presidential?'

    In the mind of Dr. Ben Carson, a Muslim is not qualified to be president. In the mind of Bill Kristol, Ben Carson is not qualified to be president. And in the mind of Andre Carson, one of two Muslims in Congress, if his fellow followers can’t be president, maybe neurosurgeons like Ben Carson shouldn’t be either. Regardless of what any of these men believe, all three are highlighting an age-old debate about the unregulated stipulations of what constitutes a person who is ...

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    CNN Column: Democrats, Have No Fear!

    No matter who it is, the 2016 Democratic nominee for president would make history if elected. Sure, Hillary Clinton's hypothetical inauguration gets all the glory for the mere possibility that she might be the first woman to crack the presidential glass ceiling, but what if her campaign ultimately implodes? How will Democrats make history then? Never fear! Clinton's fellow Democrats could make all sorts of history, too. Yes, even Martin O'Malley. Not since Buchanan: Snapping Democratic dry ...

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    Column: Time for GOP to move beyond Obama

    Our nation’s problems are bigger than Barack Obama. Yet, by the logic espoused by the most ardent opponents of the president and his agenda, he is the only thing that stands in the way of results. We only need to sit it out for two more years before rainbows and unicorns dance in the streets.       But, that won’t happen. To bring about real action, Republicans, and our nation, have to move on from Obama before Obama moves on to his post-presidential life. ...

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    Politico Column: Looking for Love in Iowa

    Is it 2016 yet? The future has already arrived in Iowa, which will play host to seven potential Republican presidential candidates over the course of 11 days this week and next. They will do what candidates do to butter up voters in Iowa: hobnob with donors, lend their clout at campaign rallies, gorge on delicious fried concoctions at the State Fair and attend the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, an annual cattle call for GOP hopefuls. Their destination is not surprising considering Iowa is ...

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    MSNBC Column: Republican Revival: What the States Can Teach the National Party

    Ten years ago, the Republican Party in Indiana was treading water, locked out of the governor’s office for 16 years and with a majority in only one chamber of the General Assembly.  Then came a Republican Renewal led by Mitch Daniels that endures today. Daniels introduced the types of reforms that Republicans in Congress dream of: balanced budgets, tax cuts, an expansion of charter schools, implementation of vouchers, privatization of dysfunctional government services and the one ...

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    Politico Column: Will America Elect Another Boomer President?

    Can baby boomers beat the clock and claim the presidency for their generation one last time? If history is any guide, probably not. Generational headwinds will soon face any boomer candidate in his — or, ahem, her — quest for the Oval Office. I’m talking, of course, about Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and presumed 2016 presidential favorite. She hasn’t declared her candidacy — yet. But here’s why Hillary might want to think long and hard ...

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