The Poison Pill in the Ryan-Brady Tax Reform
Now that Donald Trump has won the presidency along with Republicans retaining control of Congress, we are all hoping to finally see fundamental tax reform implemented. It’s been 30 years — and it is about time.
That being said, I have …
Krauthammer’s Take: Paul Ryan and Trump ‘Can Easily Agree on the Wall’
Charles Krauthammer finds Paul Ryan’s optimism about the Trump administration genuine, and he said that they will have a great deal to agree on because Republicans have been stockpiling ideas during the Obama years:
I think Ryan’s excitement is …
Krauthammer’s Take: If Trump Loses, He’ll Still Be a ‘Power Broker’ and ‘De Facto Leader’ of the GOP
Bret Baier asked Charles Krauthammer point blank: “Is Donald Trump now the de facto leader of the Republican party no matter what happens?” Citing Trump’s ability to fashion a new movement, Krauthammer answered in the affirmative:
I think he …
Donald Trump’s Imaginary Shackles
‘It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to,” Donald Trump tweeted at the reasonable hour of 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
There were no …
Status Quo: Ryan, Priebus Still Support Trump
The more things change for Donald Trump, the more they stay the same for GOP leadership.
Much was made Monday of two conference calls that took place six hours apart: one with Speaker Paul Ryan and his House Republicans, the …
Ryan Won’t Defend or Appear With Trump Any Longer
Paul Ryan is greenlighting additional defections from the Trump campaign and has told the GOP conference he will no longer defend or campaign with the Republican nominee. His goal, he told Republican House members on a conference call this morning, …
Is the House Up for Grabs?
With Donald Trump lagging in the polls and proving a drag on Republican Senate candidates up and down the East Coast, some are beginning to wonder not just whether the GOP will lose in November, but how devastating the losses …
The GOP’s Deluded Nationalists
During Paul Ryan’s recent primary, he was attacked as a “globalist.” That term might have some polemical value, but it is misleading as to Paul Ryan and some other key Republican leaders who basically agree with him. Paul Ryan …
Letting Trump Run Wild Exposes GOP’s Lack of Principles
Donald Trump has the GOP trapped in not one Catch-22, but two. Call it a Catch-44.
The first Catch-22 has been the subject of widespread conversation over the last few weeks. As GOP pollster Glen Bolger summed it up for …
Lastest Poll Shows Ryan Desperately Clinging to Mere 66-Point Lead
Yesterday I asked what Trump gets out of his refusal to endorse Ryan, and his kind words for Ryan’s primary challenger Paul Nehlen.
Granted, this is a House primary in the middle of summer, and turnout is likely to be …
What To Expect from the Trump–Ryan Relationship
Donald Trump’s first appointments as president-elect were a mixed bag for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Reince Priebus, a longtime Ryan ally from Wisconsin who headed the Republican National Committee, will be Trump’s White House chief of …
Krauthammer’s Take: Trump Is Republicans’ Chance to Prove ‘They Can Actually Accomplish Things’
In light of Paul Ryan talking about repealing and replacing Obamacare, Charles Krauthammer said that he thinks this is an opportunity for Republicans to show that they can pass reforms and shake their image as obstructionists:
I think they’ve …
The division between Ryanites and Trumpites points to an important truth about today’s Republican party. There is no positive consensus that spans the GOP elites and electorate. There is no longer a consensus about entitlements, trade, immigration, or Syria. …
Donald Trump again criticized Paul Ryan today, complaining that “there’s a whole sinister deal going on” and specifically faulting Ryan for not calling him up to congratulate him on winning the debate. (He didn’t win the debate, by the way.)
Krauthammer’s Take: Debate Stanched the Bleeding for Trump, but Paul Ryan ‘Ripped Off the Bandage’
Taking a question about whether Donald Trump can use his anti-establishment points to take control of the race following the debate, Charles Krauthammer said that the main result of the debate is that Trump slowed the loss of Republican support:
The GOP’s Enemy Is Entropy
It now looks like Hillary Clinton is going to join Paul Ryan in attacking the “alt-right” as embodied by Trump, some failed congressional candidates, and a bunch of mostly anonymous Internet jerks. Ryan and Clinton both have their reasons.
At a glance, it would seem a lousy time to be a politician with ideas. Republican voters tossed aside thoughtful conservative candidates in favor of an entertainer with no particular governing philosophy, whose campaign is pitching a range of policies …
Can Speaker Ryan Recommit the Republican Party to Free Markets?
Republican support for the Export-Import Bank is a perfect illustration of the utter misunderstanding about what it means to be “pro-market.” (Hint: It doesn’t mean being “pro-business.”) As a result, Republicans have eagerly supported export subsidies, farm programs, auto …
Three Reasons Paul Ryan Avoided Eric Cantor’s Fate
It was a steamy summer night on June 10, 2014, when Eric Cantor, then the majority leader of the House of Representatives, suffered a stunning defeat in Virginia’s seventh congressional district. Despite his national profile, a healthy campaign war chest, and internal …
What’s Going On in Kansas’s Big First?
Dozens of Republican primaries in recent years have pitted a conservative challenger against an establishment incumbent. But voters in Kansas’s first district tonight are witnessing a role reversal: The fire-breathing conservative-style candidate is not the challenger but the incumbent.