Hatch Sums Up Our Broken Politics in One Comment

Regardless of how you feel about the man’s politics, it is safe to say that outgoing Senator Orrin Hatch is a statesman…so long as you are making those statements around 1995. Since that time, Senator Hatch has seen fit to throw this goodwill in the garbage by engaging activities such as deriding his political opponents with comments which can only be described as an insult you would hear during a 1930’s talkie moving picture show and wave of people’s ludicrous opinions about getting upset at alleged sexual assaults. But, with less than…

Why Trump will destroy the GOP (and probably take the Democrats with him)

Donald Trump did what I didn’t think was possible: he got elected President of the United States. Nothing else has changed. He is still a vulgar ideologically-unmoored proto-fascist con man who has enabled and emboldened the worst elements of the alt-Reich. No amount of surrounding him with GOP handlers is going to keep Trump from, well, being Trump. In fact, this is likely to transform the GOP from a party that at least pays lip service to the idea of limited government into a populist party of anti-liberal grievance politics.…

Misplaced loyalties are not a virtue

I felt a great sense of loss after separating from Sutherland Institute just over two years ago. A lot of work had been put into building its conservative brand and reputation. Furthermore, an impetuous and unceremonious firing only heightened my feelings of loss. It was stunning and it hurt. But, as with most of life’s trials, there was a silver lining, a liberation of sorts that perhaps many conservatives and Republicans should experience. Shortly after separating I received a call from the Governor’s office inviting me to stand with Governor…

The Republican Fight-or-Flight Moment

Donald Trump has managed to perform one of the most successful hostile takeovers ever, that of the entire Republican Party. Despite the convention just getting started in Cleveland, he’s made it abundantly clear that dissenters will not be tolerated, his surrogates going so far as to physically threaten multiple opponents. Trump’s vision appears to be crystal clear: he intends to make the Republican Party the Trump Party. The question now for every member of the party who disapproves of this fascistic change is if they plan to stay to fight…

Why National Delegate selection matters

A group of diverse, loosely organized Utah conservatives have formed a slate of national delegate candidates in preparation for the upcoming state Republican Convention on Saturday in response, it seems, to the “Official” Ted Cruz slate of “committed” candidates. The “Stop Trump Stop Hillary” slate claims to be vetted, like the Ted Cruz candidates, and committed to electing a conservative to the White House. What is the biggest difference? It seems the Stop Trump Stop Hillary slate candidates won’t have their hands tied like the official Cruz candidates. “History shows…

Three ways to fix the Utah GOP’s online voting experiment

There are always some flaws to be found and lessons to be learned with any new experiment, and unfortunately there are times when you can’t fully test a system. Yesterday’s digital caucus was one of those times. While some voters had a good experience, others didn’t get a PIN or weren’t able to log in due to loads on the system. This was essentially a live beta, and it has shown some benefits. Unfortunately the processes and realities of voting left it showing some large and concerning issues as well. If…

The Utah Republican Party’s Nuremburg laws

Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans sent a letter to State Central Committee members today (reproduced below) saying that they have to review 600,000 voter records to see who is in compliance with the party’s Constitution and Bylaws. This sounds relatively innocuous until you understand what this actually means. If you are one of the a registered Republican, you now have to abide by the Constitution and Bylaws of the party. The vast majority (over 500,000) of registered Republicans haven’t ever attended a caucus or other party meeting, so you probably don’t…

This Week in GOP Polls – 11/3/15

We’re starting to get some post-debate polls after CNBC’s John Harwood & Co. embarrassed themselves, and we’re already only a week away from the next GOP debate. Fox Business Channel will host on Tuesday, November 10, and I imagine Neil Cavuto and the other moderators will have a much different game plan than “let’s have six moderators and make us the story.” Now the criteria for the afternoon and primetime debates are as such. If you gets at least 1% in any of the four most recent national GOP polls…

Polite Politics Podcast Season 2, #4: State of the GOP

Tyler breaks down the state of the Republican Party (GOP) in the latest Polite Politics Podcast. His article goes through the divisions within the party and Paul Ryan as the Speaker of the House. Along the way, Tyler explains: The state of the Republican presidential primary The 6 candidates who still have a chance How the race will unfold between contenders To end it all, Tyler predicts the winner of the nomination. Be sure to listen to the latest Polite Politics Podcast. Subscribe to Utah Politico Hub!