The Transition So Far: Splendid!

Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Beginning with the joint appointment of Reince Priebus as chief of staff and Steve Bannon as chief “strategist,” the Trump administration has been signaling two things:

1) He’s not going to abandon the outsiders who voted him into office, no matter how much stuff the media makes up about them, and 2) it’s going to include establishment full-spectrum conservatives (especially those who value the life issue).

Today’s announcement of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as Attorney General is another great indicator. The media had tried to portray this as a race between pro-choice Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie (whose record on religious liberty, parental rights, and judicial appointments leaves a lot to be desired).

Behind the scenes insiders told me it was a race between Sessions and Christie. With Christie removed from the transition team and Rudy taking himself out of the race, the path for Sen. Sessions to run the president’s legal team was cleared.

As APP’s president Frank Cannon said:

On life, education, religious freedom, sound money — really, across the board — Senator Jeff Sessions has proven himself to be an advocate for the Constitution and for the hard-working people of this great nation. We expect he will do an excellent job as Attorney General.

Through the quality of the people he is bringing on board, President-elect Donald Trump is demonstrating, in quick order, that he intends to end business as usual in Washington and truly make America great again. We applaud this appointment and look forward to Donald Trump’s presidency.

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Should Christian Couples Lose the Right to Adopt Because They Believe a Child Needs a Mom and Dad?

A disturbing story from Great Britain: a Christian foster couple who by all accounts had lovingly cared for foster children was asked by social workers to help prepare the children for living with a same-sex couple. They expressed concerns about this because the children were looking forward to having a new mummy.

And then they applied to adopt the children themselves. Social workers denied the application because they judged the couples’ beliefs detrimental to the long term interests of the child.

This is not the first such case. Several years ago, I went to the U.K. to interview a loving Christian couple who were denied a license to foster 5-8 year old children because they could not affirmatively tell children gay sex is good.

You can watch their story below. These are the faces of the new victims of an ideology that believes it is better to deny children love from people like this:

I have to note the author of this piece is herself pro-gay marriage but disturbed by the actions of the social workers. Thank God for decent liberals.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project and can be followed on Twitter @MaggieGallaghe. Continue Reading

Six Lessons from Donald Trump’s Great Victory

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Congratulations, President-elect Trump. Congratulations to the historic, never-before-seen governing majority he assembled. It’s time to hope I was wrong and work for President Trump’s success — for America’s success.

Here are my first six takeaways from last night’s historic victory:

1.) The RNC’s “Autopsy” from 2012 got it exactly wrong in arguing the key to victory was less social conservatism and more of the standard GOP economic message. One key to Trump’s victory was to combine social conservatism with a new populist economic message. White evangelicals voted for him in record, never-before-seen numbers: 81 percent to 16 percent according to exit polls. That tops George W. Bush’s record of 78 percent in 2004.

2.) Latinos were the dog that didn’t bark. Build a wall, chastise Mexican immigrants as rapists, threaten to deport illegals — despite Trump’s often unusually harsh tone, he actually gained slightly more of the Latino vote than Romney did, 29 percent versus 27 percent. In Florida, he won 33 percent of the Latino vote. Apparently, Hispanic voters care less about immigration than elites think they should.

3.) The biggest loser last night was the donor class. According to OpenSecrets.org, Trump raised $250 million — less than half of the $687 million Clinton raised.  Trump demonstrated that you can lose the money primary and still win the election. Television is no longer king. This is a huge opportunity for social conservatives in particular; as donors recognize giving to super PACs is just padding the pockets of consultants who make money whether they win or lose, they are going to be looking for new more effective political vehicles. Continue Reading

Poll: Trump Takes a Six-Point Lead in N.C., McCrory within One Point

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North Carolina offers a great glimpse into trends in the battleground states this election. A WRAL poll by SurveyUSA taken after the FBI scandal broke shows Donald Trump has suddenly jumped to a six-point lead. Almost a third of North Carolina voters chose “trustworthiness” as their most important quality in picking a president, and they are breaking for Trump by 83 percent. He’s also cut the gender gap with women from 13 points down to 7 points while upping his gender gap among men from 9 points to an astonishing 23 points.

But the FBI scandal — blown up YUGE by her decision to attack the FBI for doing its job — is not Hillary Clinton’s only problem, although the media is focusing on that story. On health care, an issue that in early October favored Clinton by 39 points, Trump has cut her lead down to 13 points. The huge leap in Obamacare premiums is clearly hurting voters in their pocketbook — and, by extension, Clinton’s election numbers.

Meanwhile, the same poll shows Gov. Pat McCrory virtually neck and neck with Roy Cooper, 47 percent to 48 percent.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project and can be followed on Twitter @MaggieGallaghe. Continue Reading

New Poll: Is Trump Likely to Win North Carolina?

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The new Elon University poll may have bad news for Hillary Clinton: With just a week to go, she and Donald Trump are in a virtual dead heat, 42 percent to 41 percent, with 9 percent of North Carolina voters still undecided. But when pressed, the undecideds favor Trump 27 percent to 18 percent.

Meanwhile despite massive spending against him by the LGBT lobby, among others, including a series of video ads from Lennie and Pearl, the new poll shows Gov. Pat McCrory and Roy Cooper are dead even at 44 percent apiece. Cooper and McCrory are both holding their own party members (89 percent and 91 percent, respectively) while independents are tilting to McCrory, 54 percent to 46 percent.

Sen. Richard Burr has pulled out a  slim lead over Democratic challenger Deborah Ross, 43.5 percent to 40 percent.

Meanwhile, the RealClearPolitics average has Clinton up by 2 points, Cooper up by 3 points, and Burr up by 0.8 points.

It’s coming down to the wire on this one.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project and can be followed on Twitter @MaggieGallaghe. Continue Reading

WATCH: North Carolina Values Coalition Launches New Anti-Cooper Video

The Left will claim this new ad demonizes transgender people as sexual predators — but what the video actually says is that no one can legally stop any man claiming to be a woman from using women’s restrooms, (and though it doesn’t say this) nor can they do so in the case of group shower facilities in public schools or in public swimming pools.

The ad also conveys a message many voters have a hard time believing is true, though once they do realize this is where the Democratic Party stands, even Democrats and independents tend to be appalled in large numbers. In fact, the Campaign for American Principles PAC conducted research on soft Democrats and independents in North Carolina in early September which indicated almost 30 percent of targeted Democrats, once they learned what HB 2 actually does, said they would oppose Democratic candidate Roy Cooper.

You can watch the full ad below:

And you can read WRAL’s report on it here.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project and can be followed on Twitter @MaggieGallaghe. Continue Reading

Tim Kaine: These Are the Kind of Catholics Hillary Clinton Likes

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) (photo credit: iprimages via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)

Grilled by Chuck Todd about John Podesta’s anti-Catholic slurs, Tim Kaine naturally refused to respond directly but instead had a message: Judge Hillary Clinton by the company she keeps.

“Hillary Clinton’s feeling about faith and about Catholicism in particular is most demonstrated by the fact that she asked me to be a running mate,” Kaine said. “That is the most direct evidence about what Hillary thinks about Catholics.”

Well, all right then. In order to be chosen as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine had to flip on his opposition to late-term abortion and begin to support forcing every American taxpayer to fund abortions.

True, he tried to square the circle by hinting he was still privately and personally opposed to repealing the Hyde Amendment, but he was going to publicly support Hillary’s radical new abortion extremism, much to the delight of NARAL, which applauded Kaine’s flip-flop vigorously.

On gay marriage, Kaine not only supports civil marriage, but following in Hillary’s footsteps he lectures his own Church about how they need to change their theological views on the sacrament of marriage:

“I think it’s going to change,” Kaine said to cheers. “Because my church also teaches me about a creator who, in the first chapter of Genesis, surveyed the entire world, including mankind, and said, ‘It is very good.'”

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Chaput: To Contribute to American Life, Catholics Must First Step Back from Its Culture

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The Al Smith Dinner usually specializes in self-deprecating humor by the candidates, but while some of that was on display last night, both Hillary and Trump used the occasion also to try to land a few body blows.

Trump’s efforts got widely reported because the audience booed. But Hillary basically accused Trump of treason: “Now, you notice there is no teleprompter tonight, which is probably smart, because maybe you saw Donald dismantle his prompter the other day,” she said. “And I get that. They’re hard to keep up with. And I’m sure it’s harder when you’re translating from the original Russian.”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan next morning decided to focus on the positive, describing some “very touching moments” in private:

“Mr. Trump turned to Secretary Clinton and said, ‘You are one tough and talented woman. This has been a good experience, this whole campaign, as tough as it’s been.’”

Clinton then turned to her opponent and said, “‘Donald, whatever happens, we need to work together afterward,’” according to Cardinal Dolan.

But the most trenchant political observations on the relationship between Catholic culture and American culture came a few days before, when Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia addressed a Bishops Symposium at Notre Dame. The speech was published at Catholicphilly.com. Read the whole thing.

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Read the full article at National Review.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project and can be followed on Twitter @MaggieGallaghe. Continue Reading

WATCH: Are These Abortion Attack Ads Hurting Russ Feingold?

A super PAC launched this ad at the end of September attacking former Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold for voting in favor of partial-birth abortion eight times:

Great news, given Republicans are so seldom willing to put the Democrats’ abortion extremism in front of voters.

The latest polling shows a big drop in support for Feingold — he’s lost 5 points since October 6th. Republican Ron Johnson is now within 3 points. Surely many factors are in play, but punching Feingold on late-term abortions clearly didn’t hurt.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project and can be followed on Twitter @MaggieGallaghe. Continue Reading

New Polls: N.C.’s Pat McCrory Surges to Within One Point

A stellar performance during Hurricane Matthew and during the first debate appears to have catapulted North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory to within one point of Democrat Roy Cooper. The latest polling average has Cooper leading 46.5 percent to 43.5 percent.

The celebrity/sports/corporate world continues to hammer McCrory, the latest example being a full page ad run on McCrory’s birthday signed by local writers:

If he wins, he is going to wrest away Bill Clinton’s title of Comeback Kid.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project and can be followed on Twitter @MaggieGallaghe. Continue Reading