The GOP Says Good-bye to the ‘Good Loser’ Model
On December 2, 1991, National Review published a cover with the headline “Honey, We Shrunk the Party.” It featured “The Two Bobs” — the Senate’s Dole and the House’s Michel — examining a dwarf elephant under a magnifying glass. Inside were four …
The Democratic Win in Louisiana Is No Sign of the Party’s Revival
Saturday, Democrats elected their first governor in the Deep South in eight years, as Louisiana state legislator John Bel Edwards defeated GOP U.S. senator David Vitter. The Democrats’ double-digit victory in Louisiana makes up for their losing the Kentucky …
I left the Republican party a long time ago for a number of reasons, one of which is that I didn’t want to be part of any organization that had Arlen Specter as a member. The man this magazine …
‘The Party of No’? Let’s Test that Hypothesis
I saw a lot of this yesterday after Paul Ryan did the rounds on the Sunday shows:
Because GOP strategy is “just say no” no matter what? https://t.co/WvbfWmamA3
— Henry Blodget (@hblodget) November 1, 2015
This is a popular line …
Yes, Republicans Can Win Black Voters
In October 2012, just as presidential campaigning had reached fever pitch, I was raking leaves in the front yard of my northern-Virginia home when I noticed a pack of volunteers clad in “Romney 2012” T-shirts canvassing the neighborhood door to door, engaging …
Paul Ryan’s Impact on the GOP Is Only Beginning
Rumble in the Jungle this was not.
On one side: Paul Ryan, who said he’d run for speaker of the House only if Republicans were unified, open to reforms, and respectful of his family life. On the other: the …
GOP Meeting Resolves Nothing As Leadership Fights Brew
House Republicans gathered for the first time since Speaker John Boehner announced that he would resign from Congress next month — and they didn’t resolve any of the issues that led to Boehner’s resignation in the face of …
Conservatives Look to Claim Majority Leader’s Post if McCarthy Moves Up
House Budget Committee chairman Tom Price (R., Ga.) has emerged as the lawmaker most likely to deliver a victory for conservatives looking to inject new blood into the leadership ranks.
If current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) capitalizes …
Paul Ryan to Host Anti-Poverty Summit with GOP Presidential Contenders
GOP presidential candidates will participate in the first-ever “poverty summit” moderated by Republican congressman Paul Ryan and South Carolina senator Tim Scott.
The event, which will be hosted by the Jack Kemp Foundation in Columbia, South Carolina, is set to …
Some more observations from the Q poll:
#*#At 2 percent, Rand Paul continues his descent out of the top tier and toward the third tier.
#*#Not only does Trump’s support come from across the ideological spectrum, so does Carson’s.
There are many potential outcomes to a Donald Trump GOP nomination. And every one of them is a disaster for conservatives.
The fact is, Trump fans will not be placated — not if they lose, and definitely not if they …
A Few Thoughts about the Latest Polls
Bloomberg has a new national poll and Fox has a poll in New Hampshire. A few observations:
#*#Trump hasn’t collapsed after Paris, and why would he? He’s a fierce nationalist who is a hardliner on immigration — this …
Jeb Bush Apologizes to France — France Is Not Impressed, and Neither Are GOP Voters
Jeb Bush admits he “screwed up” during last week’s GOP debate, fumbling an attack against Marco Rubio. “I just gotta get better,” he told reporters in New Hampshire. Then he proceeded to prove he wasn’t getting better, by …
Ryan Strikes Optimistic Tone in First Speech as Speaker
Backed by the vast majority of House Republicans, newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan vowed to “wipe the slate clean” today, outlining a vision for ending the bitter battles between leadership and rank-and-file that hampered John Boehner’s final days in …
Ryan Promises Freedom Caucus He’ll Reduce Crackdown on Dissenters
Fresh off a week of intrigue that saw him emerge all-but-assured of succeeding Speaker John Boehner, Paul Ryan met with the House Tea Party Caucus on Friday morning.
His message, according to the caucus’s chairman, Kansas Republican Tim Huelskamp?
Boehner Sets Speaker’s Race, Delays Other Elections
Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) has scheduled the vote to replace him for the end of October and, in a blow to his lieutenants, delayed any ensuing leadership elections until after he steps down.
Boehner announced that the …
To Replace Boehner, Why Not Newt for Speaker?
Almost exactly seven years ago, House Speaker John Boehner said of the Wall Street bailout bill, “I think this thing is a crap sandwich” — but he’d vote for it anyway. I remarked at the time, “It’s crap …
House GOP Will Huddle to Discuss Boehner Succession Fight
The House Republican Conference will meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss the circumstances that led to House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation and how they should replace him.
Conference chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R. Wash.) scheduled the meeting on Monday afternoon. “…
‘No, America Isn’t Moving Left’
Politico Magazine is out with its annual list of “thinkers, doers and visionaries.” Several friends of this publication are on it, including Oren Cass, Veronique de Rugy, Charles Murray, my wife, and me. Politico asked me to write an article …
The Little Details and the Big Picture
Halfway through August in the year before a presidential election, it’s easy to both overstate and understate how much we know. The details of the race at this point—the day by day turns and twists—probably won’t …