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.

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The Elite Act Out

 

Rarely does today’s art imitate life; recently, the cast of Hamilton unintentionally did so. In its own vain attempt to publicly shame Vice President-elect Mike Pence, it managed to vindicate the election’s outcome to the rest of the country. The cast proved that even weeks removed, America’s elite still does not understand what cost them […]

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Hillary Speeds Democrats in the Wrong Direction

 

Democrats’ 2016 best-case scenario is now just a vanishing point in their rearview mirror. Instead, they find their worst case scenario rapidly filling their front windshield. It is easy to blame this dream-turned-nightmare on FBI Director Comey’s announcement that the FBI was renewing its investigation into Clinton’s emails, but the fault really lies with Hillary […]

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Democrats: Be Careful What You Wish For When It Comes to Hillary

 

Democrats demanding quick revelation of the FBI’s latest Clinton email evidence should be careful. The track record on Clinton scandals is not a pretty one, and they are unlikely to again receive Director Comey’s “Christmas in July” gift. As the old adage warns: Be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it. […]

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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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