The fall of the Arkansas Democrats.Sep 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 02 • By FRED BARNES
In 1949, Harvard political scientist V. O. Key Jr. declared in his book Southern Politics in State and Nation that in Arkansas “we have the one-party system in its most undefiled and undiluted form.” Other Southern states, nearly as Democratic in those days as Arkansas, gradually became Republican. Arkansas didn’t. One-party Democratic rule in the state lasted another 60 years.
The Ex-Im Bank and the trouble with the Republican party.Sep 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 02 • By JAY COST
Well, this was predictable. House Republicans last week acceded to an extension of the Export-Import Bank for at least the next nine months. The Export-Import Bank is far from the worst example of government-business cronyism. I just completed a history of American political corruption and actually had to leave Ex-Im on the cutting room floor. Its cronies are pikers compared with the corporate moguls that take advantage of tax preferences like the G.E. and Apple loopholes.
12:22 PM, Sep 11, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont has been making coy about running for President.
Hosted by Michael Graham.2:00 PM, Sep 10, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on the President's ISIS speech, and whether his foreign policy will help Democrats running for re-election in 2014.
9:44 AM, Sep 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd said last night on the Charlie Rose Show that if Hillary Clinton were running to be the second woman president of the United States -- and not the first -- "she would not even be considered a frontrunner."
"If she were running to be the second woman president, I think she would not even be considered a frontrunner," said Todd. "She'd be just considered another candidate."
7:05 AM, Sep 9, 2014 • By JAY COST
By all accounts, 2014 looks to be a very good year for the Republican party.
10:20 AM, Sep 8, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Albert Hunt Jr., ponders in Bloomberg the possibility that James Webb might challenge Hillary Clinton in the coming campaign for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination. The column covers the expected bases (Hunt is a pro and has done thousands of thumb suckers in his career) but one paragraph does catch the reader’s attention.
Sep 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 01 • By JAY COST
Labor Day marks the traditional start of the fall campaign season, and Republicans appear to be in a good position for the upcoming midterm elections. No serious political analyst believes that the House of Representatives is in danger of falling to the Democrats; more likely, Republicans will pick up a handful of seats. As for the upper chamber, Republicans are primed for gains, thanks to strong candidate recruitment, Democratic-held seats in Republican-voting states, and the persistent unpopularity of President Obama.
9:03 AM, Aug 25, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Forget Bill Clinton. And Richard Nixon. And, for that matter, George W. Bush. The president who has faced the greatest "level of obstruction" is, according to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the current president of the United States -- Barack Obama.
The Democratic group made the sweeping pronouncement in a fundraising email to supporters over the weekend.
"No President in U.S. history has faced the level of obstruction that Barack Obama has," the email reads. In parentheses, the group adds: "(It’s not even close at this point)."
7:19 AM, Aug 25, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Rep. Donna Edwards, a liberal congresswoman from Maryland, had very nice things to say about Jim Webb and his possible run for president of the United States:
"Let me talk about Jim Webb," Edwards said on ABC's This Week. "I think Jim Webb has a really strong sense of social justice. And that in addition to his military experience.
"He was one of the first to raise this issue of increased sentencing and disproportionate sentencing in the Senate.
10:18 AM, Aug 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Elizabeth Warren, the popular Democratic senator from Massachusetts, declined an opportunity to say whether Hillary Clinton is the best choice to be president in 2016:
A reporter asked, "Do you believe that Hillary Clinton is still the best choice coming up for your party coming up for 2016?"
"Hillary is terrific," Warren said, dodging the question.
"But is she still the best choice?" the reporter pressed.