The elites of both parties have expressed contempt for Donald Trump, and Trump has succeeded in part by channeling his voters' contempt for the elites. Does support for Trump reflect an uninformed populism and misplaced anger by a large swath of the American electorate? Or have the elites failed to empathize with their struggles, and failed to craft effective policies to help them cope?
Timothy P. Carney is senior political columnist for the Washington Examiner and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He helps direct AEI's Culture of Competition Project, which examines barriers to competition in all areas of American life, from the economy to the world of ideas. He has over a decade of experience as a journalist covering the intersection of politics and economics. He is also the author of The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money (2006) and Obamanomics (2009).
Benjamin Domenech is the publisher of The Federalist, host of The Federalist Radio Hour, and writes The Transom, a daily subscription newsletter for political insiders. Domenech also serves as a fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He was previously a senior fellow at the Heartland Institute; editor-in-chief of The City, an academic journal on faith and culture; and a speechwriter for HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas. He co-founded Redstate and co-hosted Coffee & Markets, an award-winning economic podcast. His writing has been published in the Daily Beast, Politico, Commentary, Reason, and GQ, and he appears regularly on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, HBO, and CBS's Face the Nation.
Jennifer Rubin writes the "Right Turn" blog for the Washington Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective. She covers a range of domestic and foreign policy issues and provides insight into the conservative movement and the Republican Party. Rubin came to the Post after three years with Commentary magazine. Her work has appeared in a number of print and online publications and she is a frequent commentator on MSNBC, CNN, CBS, NPR and syndicated radio shows. Prior to her career in journalism, she practiced labor law for two decades. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two sons.
Bret Stephens writes "Global View," the foreign-affairs column for the Wall Street Journal, for which he won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He is the paper's deputy editorial page editor, responsible for the opinion sections of the Journal's sister editions in Europe and Asia, and a member of the Journal's editorial board. Previously, Stephens was editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, a position he assumed in 2002 at age 28. He was raised in Mexico City and educated at the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics. His first book, America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder, was published in 2014.