J.T. Young

J.T. Young served in the Department of Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget from 2001 to 2004 and as a Congressional staff member from 1987 to 2000.


Clinton Versus Her Past in the Presidential Debates


Hillary’s past, not Trump, undercuts her presidential debate performance. Having worked so hard to contrast herself with her opponent, her biggest problem remains being what so many Americans perceive her to be: Someone Who Cannot Be Trusted. Despite Trump being the “challenger” to Clinton’s “incumbent,” it was Clinton who really needed a good first debate. […]

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The Trap Clinton Has Set for Herself


Public expectations turned Monday’s presidential debate into Clinton’s trap instead of Trump’s. Still, Trump allowed Clinton out of it — and himself to fall into it — all too often Monday night. Nonetheless, Clinton’s underlying strategy to portray Trump as unqualified for the presidency — and herself over-qualified for it — gives Trump ample opportunity […]

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Non-Establishment Nominees Are Nothing New


While the media focus on the GOP Establishment’s 2016 nomination loss, such defeat is hardly new. Over the last 10 elections both major parties have had non-Establishment nominees. These past non-Establishment uprisings have not been harbingers of party demise, but in most cases catalysts and conduits of change, which have led to the formation of […]

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Negative Campaigns: The PEDs of Politics 


Negative campaigns in politics are akin to steroids in sports: Although deplored, they work. Both Clinton and Trump better hope that continues to be true. Due to the public’s irredeemably low opinion of them, necessity is going to continue compelling them into dueling negative campaigns. Saying Clinton and Trump are unpopular with the American public […]

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What Might Have Been


Establishment Republicans arrive in Cleveland haunted by thoughts of what might have been. When they see their convention gaveled to order, the man they long to be their nominee will be standing before them: House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he will not be their nominee, and all establishment Republicans will be able to do is […]

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Promises, Promises and the Knowing Voter


The only thing likely to match this election’s negativity will be voters’ cynicism. This is already clear from both candidates’ highly negative public approval ratings and voters’ belief that neither will keep promises. The upshot of voters’ detachment from the candidates is that they may well find it is mutual, once the next president takes […]

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Clinton vs. Trump: A Race in Reverse


Instead of broadening appeal, both candidates are first having to hold on to their party’s base. The upcoming Clinton-Trump matchup looks like a race in reverse. In normal presidential contests, candidates look to build from their base supporters into the electorate’s middle. In the coming one, the dynamic now is just the opposite: Both presumed […]

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America’s Two-Party System: Too Ingrained to Change


Despite speculation, current political turmoil does not threaten America’s two-party system. America’s peculiar federal electoral dynamic serves to channel a multiplicity of issues into just two major parties. History confirms its resiliency — even when facing far more turbulent times than today’s. Both parties are experiencing significant populist upheavals in 2016’s primaries. Donald Trump has […]

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Clinton’s Failure to Close


With Super Tuesday over, Clinton is once again demonstrating her inability to dispatch a “lesser opponent.” That inability to “close” cost her 2008’s nomination and eight irretrievable years. This time it could cost the presidency and her reputation.  For this year’s nomination, Hillary Clinton faces the junior Senator from America’s second smallest state. He is […]

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Terrorism Only Increases 2016’s Potential for Volatility


With terrorism now a major issue, 2016’s potential for electoral volatility only increases. Terrorism adds a unique political variable to America’s presidential race. Sadly, as recent events show, it has the potential to remain a big issue — and possibly increase — over the next year. Next year’s election has long promised unpredictability. Politically, with […]

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