The Weak Link in the GOP Senate Majority?
Illinois Senator Mark Kirk has won a lot of respect for his gritty recovery from a serious stroke in 2012. But his fellow Republicans worry that his recent political and verbal stumbles make him the most vulnerable GOP incumbent up for …
Wanted: Small-Government Republicans
For anyone hoping that the next president will get serious about reducing the size and cost of government, the early days of the campaign have been disappointing, to say the least. The Democrats, of course, have been campaigning as if …
John Kasich’s Presidential Campaign Is Already Facing Its First Big Test
Columbus, Ohio — Governor John Kasich has 16 days to earn a spot on the debate stage in his back yard in Cleveland. And he has six months to make himself a factor in the GOP presidential primary.
Over 42 minutes on Tuesday …
Donald Trump Is Not the First Left-Wing Bogeyman, and He Certainly Won’t Be the Last
I must confess that I’m not all that interested in the battle over Donald Trump. First, it’s July 2015. That means the only people paying attention to electoral politics are the political junkies — and political junkies are outnumbered 2 to 1 …
Trump, the Unhappy Warrior, Woos Angry Voters by Telling Them What They Want to Hear
Las Vegas — It’s the height of political fashion to bash Donald Trump, and I’ve done my share. It’s harder to understand his appeal, but it’s absolutely necessary if we are to come to terms with …
Trump Fans, It’s Time for an Intervention
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Were Conservatives Bored by One of the Few Big GOP Primaries of 2015?
From the Tuesday Morning Jolt:
LaHood vs. Flynn in Illinois’s Special Congressional Election
It’s primary day in Illinois.
If you had told me that a year ago that a GOP House primary would feature a former Breitbart.com …
The GOP and the Social-Issues Minefield
The Supreme Court decision striking down state bans on same-sex marriage has reignited the culture wars and highlighted potential fault lines for Republican presidential contenders.
Social issues pose a difficult conundrum for Republicans. On the one hand, there is little …
The Birth of the Cool Republican
In 2008, young Obama supporters were the epitome of cool: They drank Starbucks. They wore skinny jeans and TOMS. They blogged and tweeted furiously on their MacBooks decorated with those iconic “Hope” stickers. These twentysomethings were effortlessly hip, and they were …
Alexis and I are just back from Iowa, where Senator Joni Ernst this weekend hosted her first annual Roast and Ride. The event brought seven presidential hopefuls and hundreds of voters to Boone, Iowa, many of them, including Ernst, Wisconsin …
Boehner: Coup Motion ‘Not Even Deserving of a Vote’
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) dismissed a rank-and-file lawmaker’s attempt to strip him of his gavel as an inconsequential maneuver Wednesday.
Representative Mark Meadows (R., N.C.), who temporarily lost a subcommittee chairmanship for voting against leadership but …
Public Support for Republicans Has Dipped — Here’s How They Should Respond
A new report from Pew finding a nine-point drop in the public approval of the GOP has Republican consultants wailing and Democrats rubbing their hands together with glee. In late 2014, the Republicans and Democrats were closer to parity, but now 16 …
The GOP Needs an Enlightened Populism
Populism is on the march — through the United Kingdom, Greece, France, and even our own land. A spike in populist sentiments often points to failures on the part of the governing establishment. That’s certainly the case in Europe, …
Trump’s Lesson: Voters Are Furious about Illegal Immigration
Donald Trump has rocketed to the top, or near the top, of the Republican-primary field by focusing on illegal immigration and border security.
Depending on the poll, Trump is garnering in the high teens of Republican voters. It might …
WHINOS: On the Martyrdom of the Holy, Holy Base
What’s generally misunderstood on the left is that the tea-party movement did not arise as an alternative to the Obama-Reid-Pelosi Democrats but as an alternative to the Bush-McConnell-Hastert Republicans, who were judged to have spent too much, warred too …
Who’s Had Your Back for the Past Seven Years?
As you look at the#…#(sigh) 17 Republicans competing for the 2016 nomination, do you feel like all of them have been fully engaged in the ideological and political battle with the Obama administration since the beginning?
I mentioned this in yesterday’s …
Some GOP Candidates Are Becoming Unhinged
In 1824, in retirement 37 years after serving as the Constitutional Convention’s prime mover, James Madison, 73, noted that the 1787 “language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretations unknown to its founders.” He knew that the purport of the text would evolve “…
On Election Night in 2012, I remember the moment when it became clear Mitt Romney was going to lose. I e-mailed blogger Ace of Spades, consultant Rick Wilson, and a host of others in a drunken rage. Besides an absolutely horrible …
Who Said Red States Couldn’t Foster Stable Families?
Red-state families have a bad reputation. They are supposed to be stuck in an old-school family mentality that is ill-suited to the cultural and economic challenges of the 21st century. Their old-school celebration of comparatively younger marriage and traditional gender …
This NYT story may have been meant to be light-hearted, but that’s not really an excuse for it. “Mr. Rubio’s troubles behind the wheel predate his days in politics,” Alan Rappeport and Steve Eder report. Troubles behind the wheel? …