James P. Pinkerton

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 )

Pinkerton: The Green New Deal: Its Real Enemies May Surprise You

The news that Nancy Pelosi’s House Democrats will create a select committee to draft legislation might seem to be mere dry proceduralism, and yet in fact, it’s a significant signal that Democrats intend to fast-track Green legislation.

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Pinkerton: After Obamacare Ruling, Republicans Need to Pivot to Medical Cures 

In the wake of federal judge Reed O’Connor’s December 14 ruling that the entirety of Obamacare is unconstitutional, President Trump applauded the decision, saying, “It’s a great ruling for our country.” He added, “We will be able to get great healthcare. We will sit down with the Democrats if the Supreme Court upholds.”

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Pinkerton: Democrats Should Beware the Ides of Midterms 

The embattled Republican president is besieged by hostile Democrats and an even more hostile media, who regard him as politically dubious (he was, after all, elected with less than a majority of the popular vote), ideologically out of step (he is deemed “wrong” on the big issues of the day), and personally gauche, even repulsive (the mocking of his physical appearance is perhaps the most savage in American history).

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Pinkerton: The Bill Shine I Know

News stories report that President Trump has asked Bill Shine, the former Fox News co-president, to come aboard the White House staff.  Shine’s new job, at least in part, would be to direct communications. This news might not strike some observers as a very big deal. 

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Economist Nouriel Roubini, anchorwoman Trish Regan, and Bill Shine attend the book party for Bremmer's book, 'Superpower: Three Choices For America's Role In The World' on May 12, 2015 at DBGB Kitchen in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for TIME)