Republicans

Reform Republicanism and the matter of timing

Featured image In 1981, Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote, “Of a sudden, the GOP has become the party of ideas.” A lesser stylist would have settled for “All of a sudden.” But Moynihan wisely put his signature on what he probably expected would be a quotation oft-repeated. Repeating Moynihan’s quotation 33 years later, Peter Wehner says the time is ripe for the GOP to become the party of new ideas again. And he »

The Camp tax proposal and Reform Republicanism

Featured image House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp has proposed a radical overhaul of the U.S. Tax Code. Camp’s proposal broadens the tax base and lowers tax rates, which is the correct direction in which to move. Camp touts his proposal as “tax simplification,” which seems to be fair up to a point. However, his 1,000 page bill will leave federal taxation a complicated affair. Here, via Accounting Today, are »

Remembering Mr. Lincoln

Featured image Today is of course the anniversary of the birth of America’s greatest president, Abraham Lincoln. As a politician and as president, Lincoln was a profound student of the Constitution and constitutional history. Perhaps most important, Lincoln was America’s indispensable teacher of the moral ground of political freedom at the exact moment when the country was on the threshold of abandoning what he called its “ancient faith” that all men are »

Does Michael Needham run the Republican party?

Featured image David Brooks seems to think so. On NBC’s Meet the Press, Brooks said that the immigration reform debate is really “about who runs the Republican Party.” That is, “do the leaders who want to have a long-term future, a presidential, national future as a multi-racial party, do they run the party, or does Mike [Needham] run the party. And the truth is, Mike runs the party.” Brooks is partly right. »

Republicans to the rescue (of Dems)?

Featured image Thomas Sowell considers the quandary of the push by House GOP leadership for immigration reform. He poses the question: “Republicans to the rescue?” (of Democrats, of course). The column packs a lot of wit and wisdom into a short space. The whole thing could make up a quotable quote, but let me break it down into a few bite-sized portions and ask you to read the whole thing. One of »

GOP leadership vs. rising stars?

Featured image On CBS’s Face the Nation gabfest this morning, Major Garrett (substituting for Bob Schieffer) tried manfully to get House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to open up about the House leadership’s announced immigration reform principles (video below). Cantor wouldn’t sing, apart from reciting support for the Democratic line on “DREAMers.” (Insert groan here.) Why so shy? I find that peculiar. I don’t think the explanation is stupidity. I don’t think the »

What are they thinking and how can their thinking be changed?

Featured image This morning, in a post called “What Are They Thinking?,” Scott asked the question about which speculation has become rampant: Why is the House leadership preparing to push for immigration reform that the base doesn’t want at a time when the GOP seems poised to make big gains in the upcoming election? Scott posits “stupidity.” John has posited “cupidity,” stating: “the principal reason the Republican House leadership is willing to »

What are they thinking?

Featured image According to the headline on the Wall Street Journal article by Laura Meckler and Kristina Peterson announces (shocker!): “Obama Signals He Would Back House GOP Immigration Framework.” Well, duh. The subhead, however, is a little more mysterious: “Republicans Say Rank-and-File at Party Retreat Largely Accepts Plan.” If so, I would like to shout, get a clue! By contrast, with respect to the weight of sentiment inside the House GOP conference, »

Was John Boehner a Football Player?

Featured image Not that I know of. But Michael Ramirez suggests that might explain the House leadership’s otherwise inexplicable pivot to immigration. Click to enlarge: »

On Immigration, What’s the Hurry?

Featured image In his State of the Union speech, President Obama called on Congress to “get immigration reform done this year.” Other proponents of “reform,” on both sides of the aisle, have echoed that refrain, saying that now is the time to address the long-simmering issue of immigration. But why? The Democrats have wanted amnesty and vastly increased low-skill immigration for a long time, but why is now–2014–a good time for Republicans »

Who needs Inspector Clouseau?

Featured image The announcement of the House GOP leadership of immigration principles is guaranteed to warm the hearts of Democrats seeking hope for the immediate future. Things are looking bleak for them, with the unpopularity of Obama and Obamacare, with the difficulty of contesting elections in the sixth year of an incumbent president’s second term, with the number of Senate seats to defend in territory friendly to Republicans, and so on. How »

Republican bigwigs prepare to sign death warrant of conservatism

Featured image RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, an uninspiring figure who presided over the disastrous Republican outing of 2012, tells us that there’s a “general consensus” in his party that something big needs to happen on overhauling the country’s immigration laws. By “something big” Preibus doesn’t mean enforcing our immigration laws, which would be big indeed but requires no “overhaul.” Instead, he means amnesty at a minimum and, very possibly, amnesty plus a »

Does anybody really know what time it is?

Featured image The New York Times has posted video and text of Obama’s State of the Union address last night here. The Times has also posted excerpts reflecting “Obama’s agenda.” I found the speech mind-numbing and soul-killing. The thought that Obama and a team of speechwriters devoted weeks to the speech…you’ve got to be kidding. The incoherence. The anecdotes. The thrice baked, still phony statistics. The pallid rhetoric. The false bravado. The »

Two Responses to the State of the Union

Featured image Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers delivered the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. If, like most people, you didn’t see it, here it is. I didn’t see it either, and have only read it, but it strikes me as too soft-edged. I like the second response, Tom Cotton’s, better. But first, Congresswoman Rodgers: What an honor it is for me to be with you after the President’s »

Do you sense it?

Featured image I wrote here about the plan of the House Republican leadership to push for immigration reform that includes amnesty. Subsequently, there have been several strong critiques from conservative opinion-writers such as Bill Kristol, the NRO editors, Peter Kirsanow, and Quin Hillyer. I was most struck, though, by this excerpt from an email that someone wrote to Mark Krikorian: To me, the House immigration effort proceeding is also, somehow, not to »

Love is in the air

Featured image Glenn Reynolds has rescued his interview last year with Utah’s prospective Fourth District Republican congressional candidate Mia Love from the archives. Love narrowly lost her race last year to incumbent Fourth District Rep. Jim Matheson. With the pending retirement of Mathewson from Congress, Love is in the air. Roll Call notes that she is the clear front-runner for Matheson’s seat. Her campaign Web site is here. Glenn asks Love about »

Hispanics are less sold on Obama, but why?

Featured image Hispanic support for President Obama declined considerably during the past year. In December 2012, his approval rating with Hispanics stood at 75 percent. Now, it is down to 52 percent. Proponents of amnesty-style immigration reform are have seized on this degree of buyers’ remorse as a reason for Republicans to support their agenda. They say the poll numbers show that Republicans can make inroads with Hispanic voters, but only if »