James P. Pinkerton

Pinkerton: Marco Rubio, Elizabeth Warren, Tucker Carlson, and the Promise of Economic Patriotism

For all their differences, Rubio and Warren have done something important: They have jointly raised the flag of Economic Patriotism. So now we’ll have to see where they end up, and also, which other leaders step forward to claim this valuable centrist turf. After all, it’s hard to think of a better platform than American jobs, for American workers, as part of an overall vision of a prosperous and strong America. 

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Pinkerton: Making American Healthcare Great Again, Part Two

If the healthcare issue is due for a revival, as President Donald Trump is indicating, then it’s worth recalling, and seeking to learn from, some of the pitfalls that befell the big and ambitious healthcare plan of his predecessor, Barack Obama.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - DECEMBER 9: President-elect Donald Trump looks on during a rally at the DeltaPlex Arena, December 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. President-elect Donald Trump is continuing his victory tour across the country. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Pinkerton: Making American Healthcare Great Again

Democrats hammered the GOP on healthcare in 2018, and without a doubt, they look forward to running on healthcare, again, in 2020. And from their point of view, why shouldn’t they?

In this Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump throws a hat into the audience while speaking at a rally in a DOW Chemical Hanger at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, in Baton Rouge, La.

Pinkerton: AOC vs. RWR

If Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or anyone, attacks Ronald Wilson Reagan, it is fitting and proper for loyal Reaganites, including this one, to rise to the Gipper’s defense. 

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Pinkerton: Howard Schultz Re-Ups ‘Never Trump’

Howard Schultz is due for some Strange New Respect. That’s the jokey term applied to someone who bends the Main Stream Media’s way—and that’s exactly what Schultz is now doing. 

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Pinkerton: Marco Rubio Stands Strong on China

On February 12, Sen. Marco Rubio issued the most important report yet seen in this new Congress—and it might possibly be the most important congressional document published this year.

Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) personnel marching with their national flag during the opening ceremony of the International Army Games 2017 in Guangshui in China's central Hubei province.

Pinkerton: The Pat Caddell I Knew

Pat Caddell, who died on February 16, was to me one of the nicest—and most interesting—people I have ever met in politics.  

Democratic pollster Pat Caddell speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Pinkerton: Truman Can Teach Trump How to Beat the Dems in 2020

His opponents—within the president’s party, in the opposition party, and in possible new parties—are lining up. Indeed, the insider pundits mostly agree: The president is a failure, and is likely a one-termer. The president I’m describing, of course, was Harry Truman.

In this Nov. 4, 1948, file photo, President Harry S. Truman at St. Louis' Union Station holds up an election day edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune, which - based on early results - mistakenly announced "Dewey Defeats Truman." (AP Photo/Byron Rollins) President Donald Trump reacts before speaking at a …

Pinkerton: Meet Howard Schultz, the New Evan McMullin

If would-be presidential contender Howard Schultz follows the Evan McMullin approach in 2020, he’ll buy his way onto the ballot only in red states in order to hurt Trump’s electoral college votes. If so, the Democrats who have been trashing Schultz will start cheering him.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Chairman and CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz speak at The New York Times DealBook Conference at Jazz at Lincoln Center on November 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The New York Times )