'They have supported my agenda in Congress. … These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me.'7:04 PM, Oct 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama discussed the election and how "all" the Democrats running away from him "have supported my agenda" in an interview with Al Sharpton earlier today:
"Well, look, here's the bottom line," said Obama, "We've got a tough map. A lot of the states that are contested this time are states that I didn't win. And so some of the candidates there, you know, it is difficult for them to have me in the state because the Republicans will use that to try to fan Republican turn-out. The bottom line is, though, these are all folks who vote with me. They have supported my agenda in Congress. They are on the right side of minimum wage. They are on the right side of fair pay. They are on the right side of rebuilding our infrastructure. They're on the right side of early childhood education.
"So, this isn't about my feelings being hurt. These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me. And I tell them, I said, you know what, you do what you need to win. I will be responsible for making sure that our voters turn up."
6:00 AM, Feb 10, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL AND JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Obamacare is failing. Faced with this unpleasant reality, President Obama offered up during his State of the Union address his only remaining defense of his eponymous program: There is no alternative. “[M]y Republican friends…if you have specific plans…tell America what you’d do differently….We all owe it to the American people to say what we’re for, not just what we’re against.”
11:09 AM, Jan 27, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
2017 Project executive director (and frequent TWS contributor) Jeff Anderson has an important memo outlining the new health care reform proposal from three senior Republican senators that would repeal Obamacare and replace it with legislation that "beats Obamacare in every particular" and would also "address many of the most serious shortcomings of the pre-Obamacare status quo." You can read Anderson's memo in full, below. There's been a lot of talk in magazines and from think tanks about a "conservative reform agenda"—and some laments as to the slowness of GOP elected officials to champion such an agenda. This proposal could mark an important moment in the dam of timidity and resistance breaking, and could prove to be an important inflection point in the GOP's effort to become by 2016 a national governing party.
10:12 AM, Nov 1, 2013 • By THOMAS G. DEL BECCARO
The government shutdown drama is over, and already it feels like ancient history. But Republicans made missteps and suffered for them, so it’s worth pointing out how Republicans can recover and succeed in 2014 and beyond. In short, they must adopt an agenda— and run on it.
8:07 AM, May 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Kirsten Powers and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
9:32 AM, Feb 9, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Mitt Romney will be in Washington, D.C., for a fundraiser at the JW Marriott tonight. (For interested readers with some cash on hand, it's $1,000 for a ticket to the general reception, $2,500 for a photo opportunity, and $10,000 to attend a “policy roundtable.”) In attendance will undoubtedly be many of the dreaded Washington “insiders” Romney has been attacking, including “those who have been compromised by the culture of Washington,” those whose “soul is corrupted by a Washington culture,” as Romney put it Tuesday night in Colorado. We trust Governor Romney will avoid being corrupted by this brief venture into our nation's capital.
No—Liberate Main Street.2:34 PM, Nov 5, 2011 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Supposing Wall Street were to be occupied . . . what then? Would the left’s occupation be brutal, like that of occupied Poland or France? Presumably not. Would it be a reluctant and benevolent occupation, like Israel’s of the West Bank? Perhaps. Or would its occupation resemble an occupied restroom—temporarily in use, not properly cleaned upon departure, and then occupied by the next in line needing relief?
Obama’s whining is puerile11:35 AM, May 26, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama, at an exclusive fundraiser last night in San Francisco for Senator Barbara Boxer:
Let's face it this has been the toughest year and a half since any year and a half since the 1930s.
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