What’s Left For the Democratic Party

The world’s oldest active political party now faces a historic identity crisis after Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton two weeks ago. In hindsight, this ideological void should not have been completely unexpected given Bernie Sanders’ strong challenge against Clinton for the party’s nomination during the primaries. But it was the general consensus among party leaders that any healing of wounds inflicted as a result of party infighting would be tempered by the fact that one of their own would be stewarding the ship of state while the kinks…

In One Weekend, Trump Shows Why He is Unqualified for the Presidency

Some people like the idea of a Trump residency – an outsider, a businessman, a man willing to speak his mind with no concern for political repercussions. Some even argue that he has strengthened democracy by bringing a politically disenfranchised demographic, his “silent majority,” back into the political mainstream. But while certain people like the idea of Trump, it seems difficult to like Trump the person. While speaking his mind, he riles up crowds with racist undertones, and he grossly debases women. As a political outsider, he fights to create…

Lindsey Graham’s Endorsement of Jeb Bush Makes No Sense

Before suspending his campaign in December, Lindsey Graham was a source of relief this presidential election cycle. The South Carolina senator challenged the environmental orthodoxy of his GOP colleagues, affirming that climate change is real, man-made, and something that needs to be addressed. He also took on the heated rhetoric of front-runner Donald Trump, calling him a race bating, xenophobic religious bigot in response to his proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the country. Graham brought a modicum of level-headedness to the GOP presidential race. But his recent endorsement…

The Scott Walker Factor

The end of February marked the passage of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference and with it one of the earliest Republican cattle calls leading up to the 2016 presidential election. The convention allots potential candidates the opportunity to test their mettle with the base of the GOP and see if they have what it takes to mobilize grassroots activists. The straw poll released at the end of the event rarely acts as an accurate litmus test for who will win the nomination, but it does act as a benchmark…

Reflections on CPAC 2015

For those who don’t know, the Conservative Political Action Conference (or CPAC for short) is the annual gathering of conservative activists hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU). Attended by over a hundred organizations, it is a coveted speaking platform for any conservative, mostly Republican, politician. And this year’s CPAC was an important one. With less than a year to go before the start of the 2016 Republican Party primaries, any major candidate interested in running for president was there; some of the faces attending the conference included Chris Christie,…

Republican Reformation: How the GOP Can Turn it Around

In politics, connection with voters is everything. A candidate’s ability to relate to his or her voters is something that keeps campaign managers and the political consultant class up at night, and is a finicky force that can make or break a nominee regardless of how he or she might look on paper. If voters feel comfortable enough to place trust in the candidate, checking a box next to a name on a ballot becomes as easy and natural as texting a friend to catch a movie. Outside of the…

The Establishment Wins in NJ-03

The Establishment vs. Tea Party divide within the Republican Party has been documented ad nauseum throughout the first six months of this election year. Last Tuesday’s GOP primary in Mississippi, which saw state senator Chris McDaniel narrowly edge six-term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran and force a run-off  election between the two Republicans later this month, only further accentuated the never-ending topic of analysis that is the GOP Civil War. Recent Republican primaries in Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina, where establishment candidates won the nomination over their respective challengers from the…

FPR Interviews – Larry Kudlow

Mr. Larry Kudlow is a senior contributor on CNBC, a noted economist, radio talk show host and former associate director of the Office of Management and Budget during the Reagan Administration. He was a guest of the Fordham University College Republicans on Monday, April 14th to speak in Keating 1st Auditorium at Rose Hill. College Republicans Treasurer Benjamin Shull, who is also Congressional Affairs Editor for the Fordham Political Review, sat down with him after his speech. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, having recently come out with…