‘Repeal and Replace’ Becomes ‘Repeal vs. Replace’
In the past few weeks, various articles summarizing Republican moves on health care have attempted to analyze the factions and dynamics driving the debate. Why, some reporters have asked, are Republicans struggling to draft a consensus alternative to Obamacare, given …
Bob Michel, Conservative Stalwart
Former House Republican leader Bob Michel, who died Friday two weeks shy of his 94th birthday, should be remembered as a brave veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, a patriotic public servant, a thoroughly decent man — and, yes, contrary …
Is the Trump Era Really Off to Such a Slow Start?
Is the Trump Era Really Off to Such a Slow Start?
The lead story in the New York Times today: “Congressional Republicans, who craved unified control of the government to secure their aggressive conservative agenda, have instead found themselves on …
Repeal and Replace, for Real
For nearly seven years, Republicans have been saying that they would repeal and replace Obamacare as soon as they had the power to do it. Now they have the White House and majorities in both houses of Congress, but appear …
Not Just Good at National Politics, but the Best
‘Good morning!” Each time we speak by phone, I hear this slightly amused and amusing lyrical greeting in Arthur’s distinctive, Jewish-Brooklyn accent. I have for 40 years, no less.
So has everyone else who has ever dealt with Arthur Jay …
Why National Unity Remains So Elusive
‘For many years,” Donald Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon, “our country has been divided, angry and untrusting. Many say it will never change, the hatred is too deep. IT WILL CHANGE!!!!”
As persuasive as the ALL CAPS are, I have my …
A Health-Care Plan the GOP Could Get Behind
Like the proverbial dog that caught the car, Republicans in Congress are finding out that repealing and replacing Obamacare is a wee bit more difficult than their campaign slogans suggested. It is not, as Democrats suggest, that the Republicans have …
Republicans, Resist the Temptation to Ideological Nostalgia
As Republicans prepare to take power in both the legislative and the executive branches of the federal government for the first time since 2005, they would be wise to look at the examples of Januaries past.
In 2009, Democrats began the 111th …
GOP Shouldn’t Be Intimidated by Democrats’ Threats in Obamacare Fight
Democrats are warning Republicans not to repeal Obamacare. ”They will rue the day” they move in that direction, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) has stated ominously. “It’s a political nightmare for them. They’ll be like the dog …
How Russia Will Shape the 2018 Midterm Elections
A month and a half after the presidential election, Democrats are obsessed with the idea that they didn’t really lose: The election was stolen from them by Russian hackers, by the FBI, and by the Electoral College.
This week, …
Welfare Reform Can Flourish in the Post-Obama Era
As the dust of the Obama administration continues to settle, a trend is growing across the country: State leaders are stepping up to tackle big problems in their welfare systems. Specifically, states are moving away from policies that promote long-term …
Partisan Lines Stay Fixed amid Trump Turmoil
Amid the turmoil of the first month of the Trump administration, with courts blocking his temporary travel ban and his national-security adviser resigning after 24 days, the solid partisan divisions in the electorate — modestly changed in 2016 from what they’d …
Krauthammer’s Take: Not Repealing Obamacare Would Be ‘The Ultimate Betrayal’
Charles Krauthammer pointed out that the complexity of health-care reform makes repealing and replacing Obamacare extremely difficult politically, but he said that Republicans have no choice because they’ve campaigned on it for years:
Not getting it done is a …
Elections Have Tax Consequences
If you have spent much time in the more rarefied corners of California, one thing will be obvious: The lifestyle associated with urban progressivism can be very comfortable — if you can afford it. If you can’t — well, …
Hugh Hewitt’s Compelling, Cheery, Slightly Implausible Vision of GOP Government
The world would be a better place if President-elect Trump, Vice President-elect Pence, House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell read Hugh Hewitt’s new book, The Fourth Way. In just 281 pages, it manages to offer the incoming Republican …
Why Trump Gets Away with Breaking Norms
There are a lot of people responsible for how Trump gets away with breaking norms, but among the most responsible are the political elites who use norms to limit debate on public issues. That is true of both the broader …
What Trump’s Allies Have to Fear from His Twitter Feed
The political class is still coming to grips with what appears to be Donald Trump’s novel management philosophy: Government by Twitter. Put aside the by-now-familiar weirdness of our president-elect’s gloating over Arnold Schwarzenegger’s poor Celebrity Apprentice ratings …
Krauthammer’s Take: Trump Understands That Fighting Intel ‘Is a Losing Proposition’
Charles Krauthammer said that Trump’s aggressive tweets toward intelligence are shortening his honeymoon period, and that he is right not to continue fighting them:
I think Trump understands that the fight he is in is a losing proposition. He …
Krauthammer’s Take: GOP Need a Plan for Obamacare Repeal or ‘They Are going to Suffer Politically’
Charles Krauthammer does not think there is a large margin of error for Republicans on changing health care, since they will own it once they have their hands on it:
I think the Republicans are taking on a big task. …
The Conventional Threat to Trump
Donald Trump was supposed to take over the Republican party, but the question going forward will be whether the Republican party takes over him.
So far the early legislative agenda of Republicans after the Trump revolution is shaping up to …