52 Political Quotes of Kristen Soltis Anderson

” The robots are coming, whether we like it or not, and will change our economy in dramatic ways. “
” When the oldest batch of millennials really first began voting around the mid-2000s, they leaned a little toward the Democrats, looking a lot like the Gen Xers also did at that time. “
” Millennials easily connect the dots between good education and good opportunities, and they also understand that it isn’t just hard work that determines how well a child will be educated – it also depends on where they live and the resources their parents commit to their education. “
” As a member of the oldest slice of the Millennial generation, my teenage years spanned the late 1990s through the start of the new millennium. I spent that time watching a lot of MTV’s ‘Total Request Live’, ‘Dawson’s Creek’, and wearing out a dual VHS tape of ‘Titanic’. “
” A compelling story requires conflict, friction, an obstacle to be overcome. “
” Feeling unsafe in your own home? Look no further than those terrorists and criminals and illegal immigrants who have been given free reign and on whom Trump says we need to ‘get tough.’ “
” Not long ago, women in Afghanistan were required by Taliban leadership to be covered nearly head-to-toe and were barely allowed to leave the home; that young Afghan women today are not only accessing an education but are able to meet young people from around the world and cheer on a robot of their own making is something beautiful. “
” In the 2012 election, the polls that had made Mitt Romney so confident that he was going to win were his own internal polls, based on models that failed to accurately estimate voter turnout. But the public polls, especially statewide polls, painted a fairly accurate picture of how the electoral college might go. “
” Thoughtful education programs and access to effective forms of contraception are key to preventing unplanned pregnancy. “
” Federalists, Whigs, Democratic-Republicans; parties are born, parties die, and parties realign themselves to adapt to shifting demographics and attitudes. “
” The data – on issues and on Trump himself – keep pointing back to ‘one-in-four’ as the true size of Trump’s base. It is around one in four who like the tweeting, like the insults, the things other people say are mean or unproductive behavior. “
” For some in my generation, Sept. 11th was a moment of political awakening. For others, the Iraq War or the financial crisis or the rise of Obama were the major events of their teenage years that began to lay the foundation for their views. “
” President Trump, who made his name in the business world and built a brand as a successful CEO via a reality TV show that punished incompetence, was not just elected for a series of tough policy views. “
” Winning feels great, and everybody loves a winner. But the very best figure out what’s coming next and don’t assume they’ve got the winning formula forever. “
” Without a clear diagnosis of why the candidate or party failed, there can be no clear consensus about how to move forward. “
” Even when we’re not talking about Trump, we’re talking about Trump. “
” Washington in the summer is a never-ending stream of tour groups and packs of students, here to swarm the monuments, stroll the National Mall, and learn about our nation’s history and government. “
” In 2012, when Mitt Romney named Russia as our greatest geopolitical foe, Democrats scoffed and accused Republicans of trying to ignite a new Cold War. “
” Hillary Clinton famously embraced the Trump-originated label ‘nasty woman’ as yet another way to show just how bad Donald Trump was to women. “
” There is nothing just or fair about what happened to Jordan Edwards. And his story is yet another in a long line of tragedies that now powerfully remind us of the long way we still have to go in creating a fair and just relationship between law enforcement, our criminal justice system, and the public our laws are supposed to protect. “
” In the relatively short time frame of December 2015 to March 2017, nearly half of all young Republicans left their party at some point, with roughly a quarter bidding the GOP adieu for good. “
” Polling is an art as well as a science, and the art of crafting good questions is still vital. “
” I do not think it is a coincidence that young people gravitated toward populist voices in the French election and that the two issue positions where Donald Trump and young voters seem to agree most – global engagement and trade – are rooted in populism. “
” I think ‘Candy Crush’ may be fading in popularity, but there’s always something new that’s popping up. “
” Lots of folks still do watch TV, but I think understanding the future of politics means understanding where folks’ attention is being paid and delivering your message and your ideas in that space. “
” It was weird that I was a young person who was Republican. And I wanted to get at the heart of why it was that so many people of my generation thought that being Republican just wasn’t for them. They thought that conservative ideas just weren’t for them. “
” My dad is an electrical engineer. So he was always very focused on, you know, teaching his daughters about, you know, science, math, technology. None of us actually became engineers for our careers, but I always had that exposure when I was young, and I just loved playing computer games. “
” I grew up in Orlando, Florida, and I joined the debate team right around the time of the 2000 election. “
” I had a history teacher who taught us a lot about the Cold War. You had these examples of countries where the government had tried to manage the economy really intensely, and it ended up being bad for the citizens there. I found myself beginning to lean more right on economic issues. “
” I dreamed of being like Sam Seaborn on ‘The West Wing’. “
” I went to Washington, D.C, for the first time my senior year as part of Girls Nation, put on by the American Legion Auxiliary, which sends high school students to D.C. to form a pretend federal government. There was an energy about the city that made me feel like I just had to come back there. “
” For federal races, being able to carefully navigate the Trump Era is a significant challenge. “
” President Trump is right about at least one thing: No matter what he does, America cannot stop talking about him. “
” One thing that is fairly undeniable about Trump – love him or loathe him – is his understanding of how to manipulate the media and to perpetuate a symbiotic relationship with the press. “
” In 2014, topics like Black Lives Matter, the Middle East, and Ebola were prominent in the national discussion, with mentions of then-President Barack Obama making up a relatively small slice of the discussion on news twitter. “
” It is fair to debate how much either bill – Obamacare in 2010, tax reform in 2018 – had or will have an impact on the midterms. “
” Obamacare itself did not become popular until the middle of 2017, when the risk of repeal was the greatest; for the bulk of 2010 after passage, it was unpopular by double-digit margins. “
” After the 2012 election, ‘independent’ becomes the popular choice among new young voters and stays that way with the exception of a brief spike around the 2016 Democratic primary fight. “
” I have written time and again about the damage the Republican Party has done to itself with the millennial generation. “
” The American system is set up to have two parties competing for votes. But Americans have not had the same two parties to choose from since the beginning. “
” If a woman rising in power is too tough or aggressive, she’s attacked for it. If she’s attractive, she’s accused of having used that to her advantage. And even if a woman is beyond qualified for a role, there will always be those who raise doubts about if she’s really qualified. “
” When talented, qualified women take on greater responsibility, the simple fact of being talented and qualified is hardly enough to shield them from the gender-specific animosity that will come their way. “
” Election losses are always an inkblot test for partisans. If a candidate’s defeat has no clear and obvious cause, if the data points are all over the map, it is easy for those on the sidelines to claim, ‘Candidate X would have won if only he or she had been more likeā€¦ me.’ “
” After Mitt Romney’s defeat, the RNC released its official assessment of what happened – a failure to reach younger voters, nonwhite voters, women – but was met with a counter-narrative that, in fact, it was Romney’s failure to be conservative enough that led to a depressed Republican base. “
” Trump won 44.4 percent of votes in Virginia in 2016. At press time, Ed Gillespie had won 45 percent of the vote in 2017. “
” In the United States, it is unmistakable that young people have broken away from the political right and have gravitated to more leftist-populist figures like Bernie Sanders. “
” With an economy that is going strong and a belief that tomorrow will be better than today, it may be easier to just shrug it off if, say, an internet service you use like WhatsApp gets turned off by the government as the Communist Party’s national congress approaches. “
” Those who are able to afford to live in a neighborhood with ‘good schools’ will do so, knowing that a good education is the key to good opportunity for their children. “
” Often times, when we talk about improving our public schools, it is easy to come back to the question of money. Are schools basically fine, just underfunded? Millennials say no – more funding isn’t the cure-all for what ails our schools. “
” Millennials are not deeply familiar with school choice, and have some reservations, especially about the types of institutions that a student might choose to attend with taxpayer dollars. “
” Republicans can’t always agree on where to cut spending. They certainly can’t agree on what to do about entitlements. There isn’t a unified foreign policy vision, and there’s no consensus on immigration reform. “
” If there is one issue where one could justifiably assume that Republicans are all in agreement, it is on lowering taxes. “