Q: We’ve been talking about the role Republican governors can play in rebuilding the party. How long is that going to take?
A: It was certainly unusual that Republicans, in 1992, lost the White House, with our candidate for president receiving the lowest percentage of the vote of any Republican candidate since 1912, and in two years having the majority in both houses of Congress and 31 governors. That is not the norm. But it shows it can be done.
It’s why I tell everybody, don’t talk about 2012. The elections that matter for Republicans are in 2009 and ‘10.1993 paved the way for the 1994 congressional election.
The other thing that’s a fact is only once since 1896 has a party won the White House from the other party and only kept it four years. So history.favors the Democrats but then again, we’re in unprecedented times in many, many ways.
A few weeks ago, I noted that Louisiana’s state legislature is contemplating legislation that would bar makers of cauliflower rice from labeling their product “rice,” contending that consumers will get confused. Instead, the rice growers want the product to be labeled . . . “riced cauliflower.” But ... Read More
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The U.S. Attorney General is ending asylum seekers’ opportunity to ask for bond in front of an immigration judge. Read More
On Friday, Theresa May, perhaps the worst Conservative prime minister in recent history, announced her resignation outside of number 10 Downing Street. She will step down effective June 7. “I have done my best,” she insisted. “I have done everything I can. . . . I believe it was right to persevere even ... Read More
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New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait has continued his turn toward conspiracy theory with a new essay. Inspired by our “Against Socialism” issue, it's titled “The New Socialism Panic Is the Right’s Trick to Justify Supporting Trump.” The central thesis of Chait’s submission is that National Review ... Read More
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You’ve almost made it to a three-day weekend! Making the click-through worthwhile: A quick note about how National Review needs your help, concerns about “deepfakes” of Nancy Pelosi, one of the most cringe-inducing radio interviews of all time, some news about where to find me and the book in the near ... Read More
If the Democrats are really tempted by impeachment, bring it on. Since the day after the 2016 election they have been threatening this, placing their chips on the Russian-collusion fantasy and then on the phantasmagoric charade of obstruction of justice. The attorney general accurately gave the ingredients of the ... Read More