American conservatives should consider the example of Robert Peel in trying to figure out the way forward.
Ted Cruz’s role was more indirect than that of his rivals. But he could have done more.
John Kasich ran a vanity campaign that never really began. He was the last opponent to drop out.
Marco Rubio had a really good shot at the prize.
Those who claim the press have been conspiring to sit on stories about Donald Trump haven’t been paying attention to the press.
Trump was never inevitable.
Trump’s trolling prank in Mexico and the future of the Right in the United States.
So what exactly is Trump doing?
Reince Priebus defends himself.
In which a human Molotov Cocktail flings himself in the right direction.
Everything went terribly. Here are some suggestions to make them go less terribly next time.
America desperately needs a disciplined, conservative political party — a thing the GOP has not been for quite some time. Here are the six steps those small-c conservatives of the #NeverTrump variety will have to take if they want to stem the rise of Trumpism in their party.
Republicans need to challenge the implicit frame of the coverage of their nominating process.
Almost 7 in 10 Republican delegates have already been awarded. What have we learned?
The party doesn’t owe the plurality leader diddly squat. It is known what he has to do. He has to actually do it.
A reply to Dan Scotto on conservatism and the GOP.
The GOP dreams of winning the urban vote while missing the point of why liberals vote the way they do.
The cast of the GOP primaries is just horrible. Who wrote this crap and how were these characters conceived?
Abraham Lincoln has a letter for Marco Rubio.
History repeats, cycles become complete… Word to the (partisan) drumbeat.
If Trump is the nominee, we will have learned something about American politics. But what?
The Governor of Indiana is about to launch a state-run news service that will compete with agencies such as the Associated Press even as it controls access to public information. It is an idea that is terrible for a number of reasons, the primary one being this:
It might well work.
The public aftermath of the racist comments by the NBA Clippers’ owner offers a perfect microcosm for why the GOP fails so spectacularly at minority outreach. It also offers insight as to how that can reality be changed.
The second in a four part series that argues that the left is headed down the same path toward the wilderness that the right began two decades ago. Before we look at the left, however, we must first examine the actual path blazed by movement conservatives.
The reason the GOP should pass an immigration bill is for its long-term viability. The party isn’t going anywhere any time soon, but the numbers show that relying solely on the white vote will make it harder to win the White House and Congress, not easier.
I plowed through Double Down, which I recommend if you are one of the relative few who belong both to the set of people who like politics and the set of people who are not put off by tittle-tattle and long-winded descriptions of a win-at-any-cost mentality.
It might not look like it, but Democrats are losing the government shutdown debate. The closer Congress gets to a deal, the less space there’ll be to negotiate when the next budget crisis comes knocking.
If you’ve been listening to cable news, talk radio or your local Republican Congressman talk about our current government shutdown, chances are that much or all of what you’ve heard is a lie. Here is a list of the ten biggest whoppers being floated today.
No, the GOP won’t change because of losing an election. They will change when moderates and independents give a damn.
Uh oh. I agree with the GOP again. Sort of.
Maybe Georgia Republicans were right after all; maybe Obama really does a Marvel-comics-like mind control ray. How else does one explain the obliviously self-destructive actions of Rand Paul and the entire right-wing media machine this past week? Last week had been shaping up so nicely for the opposition party. The IRS, long-time scourge of conservatives…
When I learned it, I thought the motion for this month’s Intelligence Squared U.S. debate – “The GOP Must Seize the Center or Die” – was simply dreadful. How could the opposing case possibly be made without fighting a losing battle with the proposition itself? Of course the GOP needs to win more votes from the center; of course they’ve been successfully characterized as out-of-touch with centrists. And indeed, the pre-debate poll showed a staggering 65% in favor of the […]
Ezra Klein flags an interesting Gallup result showing rare uniformity in American public opinion. Turns out near everyone, Republicans included, thinks the GOP is intransigent. And they don’t like it: [Twenty-two] percent of Democrats, 17 percent of independents, and fully 26 percent of Republicans complained that the GOP refuses to compromise. That’s rather remarkable: It turns out…
The Republican National Committee released its long term assessment report yesterday. Called “Growth and Opportunity,” the document is intended to spell out the current state of the GOP (not good) and ideas on how it can improve. I haven’t read the whole report, but from what I’ve seen in the news I wanted to share…
Last week at Politco’s State Solutions Conference, Republican Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam offered up an explanation for the GOP’s defeat at the ballot box this past November: poor messaging. According to Haslam, Republicans simply weren’t able to effectively communicate to voters that conservatives stood for lower taxes for everyone, especially for businesses that might look…