Why Ten Candidates in the Debates?
AEI’s Stan Veuger asks whether the GOP presidential candidates who won’t be allowed into the early debates are being treated unfairly.
Their arguments and those of others who argue for more debaters are basically that poll numbers at this stage …
Larry Kudlow and NRSC Renew Discussions on Senate Run
Larry Kudlow and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have exchanged flirtations in the past. Now, the former Reagan economic aide and the organization tasked with protecting the GOP’s Senate majority in 2016 are once again mulling the possibility of Kudlow …
Top Senate Dem Threatens To Shut Down Government
Patty Murray, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the Senate, threatened today to provoke a government shutdown this fall if the Republican-controlled Congress won’t agree to a budget more in line with President Obama’s priorities.
“Republicans have a choice,” Murray said …
When District Attorneys Attack
As the old Vulcan proverb has it, “Only Nixon can go to China.” And only Nixon’s political heirs can fix the persistent — and terrifying — problems that continue to plague this country’s law-enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices.
Exhibit A: …
Yes to Trade-Promotion Authority
Sometimes, politics deals Republicans a winning hand, and that confuses some of them, who then set about trying to figure out a way to lose — which is what is happening with the current debate over the president’s fast-track trade-promotion …
A Better Way to Roll Back Obamacare
Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wisc.) has a plan in case the Supreme Court strikes down the Obama administration’s illegal subsidies for insurance plans in 37 states. He has gotten 31 of his Senate Republicans to join him in sponsoring his bill. …
The GOP’s Limited Ability to Win Over Those Who Vote Libertarian
A Virginia Democrat laughs on the Washington Post op-ed page:
Robert Sarvis received 2.4 percent of the vote; without him (or another Libertarian of similar stature) on the ballot, most of those votes would likely have gone to Republican nominee Ed …
Conservatives and ‘Line in the Sand’ Issues
Earlier today I had an exchange with a reader — whom I respect a great deal — who doesn’t agree with my Twitter argument about the folly of conservatives’ staying home and not voting this cycle (or any cycle, …
Scarborough: ‘I’m somehow a RINO because I’m being the Cassandra here!’
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Morning Joe Speaks to the Morning Jolt!
I had a chance to speak with Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, recently, about his new book, The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How …
Why Republicans Aren’t Worried About PPP’s Latest Survey
From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt:
Apparently No One’s Really Persuaded by PPP’s Latest Survey
So, how worried should Republicans be about losing the House? A PPP poll suggested they should, surveying GOP districts, asking a …
Which of These Sentences Is Not Like the Others?
Fred Barnes has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal offering his advice on how Republicans can win more of the Hispanic vote. As part of the GOP establishment panic over Trump, it makes the common-sense point that “harsh” and “…
Florida’s Lieutenant Governor on Why the Florida GOP Must Win the 2016 Senate Race
While the political world waits with excitement#…#well, contentment . . . well, impatience for Jeb Bush to make his announcement, another Florida politician is also inching closer to a decision on a high-stakes campaign for office:
Lopez-Cantera on Why Florida GOP Must …
Why I’m Already Grumpy about 2016
With this cycle’s plethora, at long last, of potentially strong Republican candidates for president, those of us on the right should be hopeful — right?
#ad#Sorry, but I’m in grump mode. On multiple fronts, I don’t …
Oh Brother, Why Art Thou Even Running?
So there’s this story going around, surely a piece of fiction from a typically clueless Hollywood writer or something, that there’s a Republican candidate for president who is open to raising taxes, who urged the confirmation of Loretta …
Newt, on What Republicans Can Learn from the Tories
Former House speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich had advice for Republican candidates on Sunday’s Face the Nation:
The number one thing that Cameron did was emphasize working Britons. I’ll give you an example that’ll probably …
Religious Freedom, Relegated to a Footnote
A group of current and former Republican officials and public intellectuals filed a much celebrated friend-of-the-court brief last month in the gay-marriage cases currently pending before the Supreme Court. The lead signatory to the brief was former RNC chair Ken …
Liberal Group’s Ad Blames Congressional GOP for Ebola
Perfect. The tax-exempt “Agenda Project” is airing an ad declaring “Republican cuts kill,” directly blaming congressional Republicans for the Ebola outbreak:
From their even-tempered, fair-minded release:
Today the Agenda Project Action Fund launched “Republican Cuts Kill,” a multi-pronged blitzkrieg attack …
Iowa Republicans: We’re Happy With the Senate Polls
The Republican party of Iowa e-mails:
CNN: GOP Remains Happy About Iowa
CNN’S JOHN KING: “There’s a big senate race, Tom Harkin, the senator hosting the steak fry, he’s retiring. In the race to succeed him, another brand …
A Lame Attempt to Blame Republicans for Obamacare’s Mess
Jamelle Bouie, writing in The Daily Beast: “Before we blame the problems with Healthcare.gov on ‘big government’ or ‘liberalism,’ we should remember that the Affordable Care Act needed GOP cooperation to succeed.”
Why? As Robert Gamble noted, “If …
Can Conservative Comments from Celebrities Change the Culture?
The culture section of today’s Morning Jolt:
Can Conservative Comments from Bono and Ashton Kutcher Change the Culture?
Last night I had a chance to dine with some conservative bloggers, new media, and social-networking types, and once again the topic …