Thursday, November 26, 2015

Don’t Get Too Caught Up In The Trump, Carson ‘Panic’

The panic is palpable from the media and many GOP insiders: Trump or Carson, will win the nomination, guaranteeing Barry Goldwater-style losses in 2016.

November 19, 2015
The Eiffel Tower is lit with the blue, white and red colours of the French flag in Paris, France, November 16, 2015, to pay tribute to the victims of a series of deadly attacks on Friday in the French capital.  REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Paris Terror: Why ISIS Needs The ‘Useful Idiots’ Who Demonize Muslims

Every imbecile who threatens Muslims is an unwitting agent of ISIS; in fact, it would be unsurprising to learn that ISIS itself is covertly promoting such messages in order to intensify enmity between the peoples of the Quran and the rest of the world.

November 16, 2015
Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson

Paris Terrorist Attacks Could Mark A Turning Point In Republican Primary

Foreign policy is now at the forefront of the 2016 presidential election.

November 16, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge, Iowa

Three Key Areas That Give Republicans Trouble In California

As Donald Trump and other Republicans talked tough on illegal immigration during last week’s presidential debate, Republican leaders in many states, like California, were once again despairing. The current brouhaha over illegal immigration is important because new voters will carry their views of the political parties with them for a very long time.

November 15, 2015
File photo shows U.S. Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaking in Greenville

Ben Carson Adjusting To Heightened Scrutiny As Republican Presidential Front-Runner

As he adjusted to his new status as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in a slew of polls, Carson demonstrated just how unorthodox he is as a politician.

November 5, 2015
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The GOP’s Debate Debacle: Will Republicans Get Away With Bullying The Media?

Will Republicans get away with their demands for upcoming debates? Early signs look promising for the GOP, less promising for journalism.

November 4, 2015

Marco Rubio Unmoved By Comparison To President Obama

Despite some rivals, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, questioning his attendance record in the Senate, Rubio said his work speaks for itself and is resonating with voters in early nominating states.

November 2, 2015

5 Ways The GOP Has Shown It Is Dead Serious About Winning In 2016

If conservatives win the White House, they’ll have the power of the nation’s highest court to go along with both houses of Congress and more state legislative seats than at any time since before the Great Depression. This week, they finally acted as if they actually understand this.

November 2, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Trump addresses a Tea Party rally against the Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

A Theory Of The 2016 Conservative Apocalypse

Abandoned, neglected, alone — yet nonetheless completely smothered by an all-encompassing big government: That is the conservative condition.

October 31, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidates Jindal, Santorum, Pataki and Graham pose while attending a forum for lower polling candidates before the main U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Boulder

Band Of Outsiders: Minor-League Republicans Make Their Case In Warmup Debate

They call it the undercard debate. But it could just as easily be described as an island of misfit Republicans.

October 28, 2015
Paul Ryan

Ryan Is A Boehner ‘Mini-Me’ To Some Conservatives

Boehner’s rhetoric was fine at the beginning, “but his rhetoric did not match his actions,” according to one Congressional Tea Partier.

October 28, 2015

West Coast Wasteland: Why The GOP Struggles In California

As 2016 quickly approaches, Republicans are struggling to find top recruits in a trio of competitive House districts in California — a state where the party has suffered defeat at the congressional level for decades.

October 24, 2015
Carly Fiorina

Whatever Happened To Carly Fiorina?

She’s sinking in the polls. Does that matter?

October 21, 2015
Paul Ryan

4 Times Paul Ryan Broke Ranks With GOP

Past votes and positions he’s taken on key social and fiscal issues could rankle conservatives who still want to see change in their party’s leadership.

October 21, 2015
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In Search Of A Way To Defuse The Debt Limit Brinkmanship

It’s time to stop party brinkmanship over this issue.

October 20, 2015
Marco Rubio

Yes, Those Political Ads Are Following You

It’s not about airtime any more.

October 19, 2015
John Boehner

Analysis: Who Will Blink First In House Speaker’s Race?

Republicans are no closer to replacing Boehner thanks to the Freedom Caucus, a ragtag bunch of “revolutionaries” who want to hijack the speakership in order to achieve their aims.

October 16, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Clinton shakes hands with rival candidate and U.S. Senator Sanders as they participate in the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas

Scandalizing Hillary: If The First Time Is Tragedy, Then The Second Time Is…

Karl Marx’s piercing insight can be applied to the “Clinton scandals,” now playing again, courtesy of the Congressional Republicans and especially the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

October 15, 2015
Paul Ryan

What Happened To The Young Guns?

They’ve suffered some casualties.

October 13, 2015
Ben Carson

Carson’s Bias Against Muslims Breaks Unwritten Rule Of Using Veiled Language

When Republican Ben Carson declared Muslims unfit to be president, he crossed a line that historians say no major White House hopeful has breached since the 1940s — openly expressing prejudice.

October 5, 2015
Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton speaks on "Face the Nation" with John Dickerson, in Washington

Weekend Reader: ‘Killing The Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot To Derail Hillary And Hijack Your Government’

My instincts told me that if we just gave the Hillary email story another poke or two, the whole house of cards would collapse.

October 4, 2015
Kevin McCarthy

Meet Kevin McCarthy: 5 Things To Know About The Speaker-In-Waiting

Kevin McCarthy’s meteoric rise was due to one thing.

October 2, 2015
Ben Carson

75 Percent Of Republicans ‘Less Likely’ To Vote For Muslim: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

Democrats were less likely to consider religion a factor in assessing candidates.

October 1, 2015
House Majority Leader McCarthy speaks at the John Hay Initiative in Washington

Hunting Hillary: Dim Speaker-To-Be Reveals Select Committee’s Partisan Goal

Only three weeks from now, Trey Gowdy will face Hillary Clinton in an open hearing. That event is framed not by her email controversy, but by the blurted confession of Speaker-to-be Kevin McCarthy – who exposed the malignant abuse of congressional authority that Gowdy has sought to conceal.

September 30, 2015
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Does Voter Anger Explain The Success Of Presidential Outsiders?

The presence of another Bush and another Clinton only adds to the feeling of disaffection and alienation.

September 30, 2015
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