4:41 PM, Sep 9, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Inside the numbers of an ABC poll in which the numbers are decidedly not going the president’s way, there is this interesting nugget:
In general assessments, moreover, Americans by a 17-point margin say Obama has done more to divide than to unite the country, a rating worse than George W. Bush’s early in his poorly rated second term – and one that’s deteriorated among Obama’s supporters as well as among his critics.
The politics of this are not, of course, good for the president or his party. The long trend policy implications, with a major foreign policy address due tomorrow, are also troubling.
At the end of his term of office, George W. Bush could not sell his successes. President Obama will be attempting, tomorrow, to redeem his failures.
Sep 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 01 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Confident about the upcoming election, and afraid they’d fumble a handoff, House Republicans have apparently decided to take a knee until voters cast their ballots. But this timid run-out-the-clock mentality has the potential to hurt the party in both the short term and the long run.
8:53 AM, Aug 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Erica Payne, founder and president of the left-wing Agenda Project, is encouraging people to deface the cover of Paul Ryan's new book, which is hitting shelves today.
"Hi Daniel," Payne writes in an email. "Just a heads up, Paul Ryan's new book comes out today and his publisher is furious! It turns out that they accidentally shipped it with the wrong cover, and they need your help to make things right.
Jul 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42 • By ELLEN BORK
Over half a million people filled the streets of Hong Kong on July 1, marching for democracy on the anniversary of the British colony’s handover to Chinese Communist rule in 1997. On June 29, an unofficial referendum organized by democracy activists concluded with 800,000 votes cast—more than one-tenth of Hong Kong’s population. The overwhelming majority supported a democratic election for Hong Kong’s next chief executive.
12:01 PM, Jul 1, 2014 • By FRED BAUER
In late June, the Pew Research Center released "Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology." Breaking the nation's voting public into seven types (plus one type that does not regularly vote), Pew aims to give a more granular perspective on the nation's body politic. Pew's political map can be a helpful tool for Republicans and conservatives looking to chart a path to a sustainable governing coalition.
Jun 2, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 36 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
If you’ve been around for a while, you know what it feels like to be in the middle of a congressional “wave” election, when the electorate is turning sharply against the party in the White House. If the wave is with you—think 1994 or 2010—you can feel the energy and sense the anticipation. If the wave is against you—think 2006—you can feel the disillusionment and sense the dread.
Britain’s UKIP raises the question: Can an anti-political party ever be a political success?May 26, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 35 • By TED R. BROMUND
And the White House campaigns for Assad.1:25 PM, Apr 23, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Monday the Syrian regime announced that presidential elections will be held June 3. The State Department dismissed the news. “The fact that you would even think you can hold free and fair elections in the middle of a civil war,” said a State Department spokesman, “is absurd.”
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:35 PM, Apr 17, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on the GOP's prospects in 2014 and 2016.
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7:41 AM, Mar 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama warned yesterday at a private home in Miami that Democrats "get clobbered" in midterm elections.
"[T]he problem is not that the American people disagree with us on the issues. The challenge is, is that our politics in Washington have become so toxic that people just lose faith and finally they just say, you know what, I’m not interested, I’m not going to bother, I’m not going to vote," Obama told donors.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:10 PM, Mar 19, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on the republicans' efforts to win big in 2014, and whether the Tea Party will play the role of spoiler as republicans hope to take back the Senate.
Feb 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Election Day is almost nine months off. But right now Republicans seem almost certain to hold the House of Representatives and are likely to take the Senate. Which raises the inevitable question: How might the GOP seize defeat from the jaws of victory?
Jan 13, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 17 • By FRED BARNES
A White House official once noted that the problem with the national press corps is it can only keep one idea in its mind at a time. And while that’s often true, it’s not at the moment in regard to Republicans.
Today’s media line on the Republican party is it faces irreversible decline. That’s on the one hand. On the other, Republicans have a solid shot at capturing the Senate in the midterm elections in November, are all but certain to retain control of the House, and have reasonable prospects of winning the White House in 2016.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:01 PM, Jan 2, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with executive editor Fred Barnes on why Obamacare will remain a major issue in 2014.