Republicans

Should Republicans Embrace the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine?

Featured image The Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine holds that a president is not required to implement or enforce laws passed by Congress with which he disagrees. Obama’s use of the doctrine sets an interesting precedent for the next chief executive, who likely will be a Republican. For example, a Republican could adopt the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine with regard to corporate income taxes by directing the IRS to cease all efforts to enforce those »

Live from Fort Lauderdale

Featured image Yesterday afternoon I got the chance to chat with former United States Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton at the reception for National Review’s post-election cruise kickoff event featuring him, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz in Fort Lauderdale preceding our departure this afternoon. I was slightly happy to see him (photo below) and he could not have been more gracious. We discussed the work of his John Bolton PAC »

Is the GOP “America’s Party”?

Featured image I rarely disagree with John, and I consider this a good sign for me. However, I don’t believe that the GOP is America’s Party, in the sense of being ascendant nationally, or that the Republican brand is strong. I view the two elections that made Republicans ascendant in the Senate and House — 2010 and 2014 — as referenda on President Obama, not as evidence that the electorate trusts Republicans »

What’s the Matter With Minnesota?

Featured image This map, which originated with National Journal, has been making the rounds on Twitter. It it similar to the one that was popular a few years ago that showed the United States as red or blue, by county. But this map shows the Congressional districts based on the just-completed election: In a sense, maps like this one are misleading because the small blue areas are basically the cities, where lots »

The GOP: America’s Party

Featured image How did ABC’s Good Morning America cover last night’s Republican sweep? By telling its listeners, this morning, that “the Republican brand is still very damaged.” We’ve been hearing such statements about the Republican brand for years from ostensibly mainstream commentators. But where does the main stream actually flow? And what is the state of the Democrats’ brand, about which we never seem to hear anything? The reality is that, seemingly »

Beyond the Election, the GOP’s Future Looks Bright

Featured image Michael Barone assesses the impact Barack Obama has had on the Democratic Party. It’s not a pretty picture: When Obama took the oath of office in January 2009, there were 257 Democrats in the House of Representatives. Going into this election there are 201 (including two vacant Democratic seats). Psephologists universally agree Democrats will suffer a net loss of House seats…. That will leave them with a number probably somewhere »

Poll shows “war on women” theme isn’t working, among other good news

Featured image A new AP/Gfk poll provides lots of good news for Republicans. Perhaps most significantly, it shows that female likely voters no longer favor the Democrats in this election. AP/Gfk surveyed 1,608 adults. The sample included 968 likely voters. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 2.8 for all respondents and 3.6 for likely voters. Last month, the survey found that female likely voters favored having a Congress controlled by Democrats by »

The New Normal and Millenial Voters

Featured image The Obama administration is in many respects a more sinister version of the Carter administration. Now, as then, we hear talk of a “new normal.” Pundits and news people who recognize that the economy is lousy, but can’t believe that liberal policies are the cause, conclude that we will just have to get used to slow growth, lower incomes, massive underemployment and a fast-rising cost of living. This “new normal” »

Lindsey Graham contemplates presidential bid — bring it on

Featured image Lindsey Graham tells Steve Hayes that if he’s reelected to the Senate, he will begin exploring a presidential bid. I hope Graham does run for president. He will liven up the proceedings and provide a good test of the debating skills of those with a serious chance of being nominated. Graham, I am confident, has no serious chance. If Republicans nominate a pro-amnesty candidate, it will likely be Marco Rubio. »

A Republican Manifesto For the 21st Century

Featured image The Minnesota Republican Party has gone through some hard times in recent years, but it has rebounded under chairman Keith Downey. Today, Downey had an op-ed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune that succinctly states the party’s case. While there are a couple of items I might treat a bit differently, it is an excellent example of the message Republicans should be delivering consistently around the country: On July 4, 1854, »

The Stupid Party Strikes Again

Featured image I get it that the public image of the Republican Party is it low ebb—actually that’s true of both parties—but does anyone really think the remedy for this lies in videos like this one, “Republicans Are People Too”?  “Republicans have feelings”??  Are you serious?  Please tell me this is satire?  If this is for real, then Republicans really are back to being The Stupid Party.  And it cries out for »

In another about face, the Republican Party turns hawkish

Featured image The Washington Post observes that the rise of ISIS has caused Republicans to strike a more hawkish tone on foreign policy. The Washington Post is correct. Until very recently, few Republicans found much to criticize in President Obama’s retreat from the Middle East and, indeed, from the world at large. An anti-interventionist mood had made significant headway among Republicans and, indeed, seemed to prevail in the ranks. There were honorable »

CRB: Extremism and moderation

Featured image Fifty years after Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential defeat, in some respects little has changed. Liberals and establishment GOPers alike caution primary voters to do the sensible thing and run screaming from any candidate to the right of Mitt Romney. But as our own Steven F. Hayward—Ronald Reagan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Public Policy—argues in the new Summer edition of the Claremont Review of Books (subscribe »

What do Americans believe about immigration?

Featured image Kellyanne Conway has released the results of a new poll on immigration. The poll takes a deeper look at the issue than any survey I recall seeing. It finds that (1) immigration has become a massive issue, (2) neither political party has an edge on immigration, but (3) the issue represents a major opportunity for Republicans if they adopt a stance that favors American workers over immigrants. A majority of »

Rick Perry and the Democrats’ pattern of “lawfare” against rising Republicans

Featured image John and Scott have commented on the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry. As they note, it fits a pattern of politically motivated indictments of prominent Texas Republicans. The Perry indictment also fits a pattern of harassment via the legal process of prominent Republican governors: Sarah Palin, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, and now Perry. What do these four have in common? Why, they all are (or were) potentially viable candidates for »

Pat Roberts leads Tea Party challenger in Kansas [UPDATED, Roberts wins]

Featured image Tonight’s Republican Senate primary in Kansas has been billed by Politico as the “last shot” for the Tea Party to defeat a Republican incumbent Senator this year. Apparently, Politico assumes that Lamar Alexander in Tennessee is not vulnerable to his Tea Party challenger. So far, the returns are favorable to Roberts, but the race is close. Roberts leads challenger Milton Wolf by 47.8 percent to 41.4 percent with half of »

Democrats tilt towards Hamas, blame Republicans

Featured image Caroline Glick makes a persuasive case that under President Obama, America has switched sides in the Middle East. It has switched, that is, from Israel’s side to that of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. You could argue that Obama has switched sides twice. First, during the failed peace process, from Israel to the Palestinian Authority; now, in the Gaza war, from the PA to Hamas. After all, Obama undercut the »