4:01 PM, Nov 2, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
It is becoming increasingly clear how important it is to liberals to try to insulate Obamacare from what is shaping up as another “shellacking.” Sure, a few months after House Democrats passed Obamacare (over unanimous Republican opposition), they lost more House seats (63) while also losing control of that chamber than they had since the 1800s. And, sure, President Obama’s approval rating in Gallup’s polling, which was 67 percent shortly after he took office, has been in the 40s for 18 of the 19 quarters since his Senate allies passed Obamacare (over unanimous GOP opposition) on Christmas Eve 2009. But Obamacare can’t be to blame for any of this, can it? For if it can, that would suggest that the liberal centerpiece of an entire presidency can be repealed and replaced.
Thus, the New York Times asserts, “Republican attacks on the health care law dominated the early months of the campaign, but now have largely receded from view.” Unfortunately for the Times, this claim is false. According to Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG), anti-Obamacare ads have dominated GOP ad buys in October. In Senate races during the week of October 13-19, Republicans ran nearly 12,000 anti-Obamacare ads. That’s nearly twice as many as they ran on jobs/unemployment, and it’s more than they ran on immigration and international affairs combined. The top-5 issues for the GOP in Senate races for the week of October 13-19 were as follows: 1. Obamacare (nearly 12,000 ads); 2. Budget/Government Spending (nearly 9,000 ads); 3. Energy/Environment (nearly 7,000 ads); 4. Jobs/Unemployment (more than 6,000 ads); 5. Immigration (nearly 5,000 ads).
Nor was this a one-week aberration. For the week of October 6-12, Obamacare was also clearly the #1 issue for the GOP in Senate races (more than 11,000 ads), and that week Democrats in Senate races chipped in with about 500 anti-Obamacare ads of their own.
That’s a far cry from the Times’s wishful claim that “Republican attacks on the health care law … have largely receded from view.”
The highly respected Des Moines Register poll offers further evidence that Obamacare is the main issue in this election. In a state that was to the left of the nation as a whole during each of the past three presidential elections, the Register finds that Republican Joni Ernst is leading Democrat Bruce Braley by 51 to 44 percent. The #1 reason why Ernst supporters said they are voting for her is “to get one step closer to repealing Obamacare” — 30 percent gave that answer. In contrast, the desire “to elect a person who will support Obamacare, while working to make it better” was only the #5 reason why Braley supporters said they are voting for him — only 13 percent gave that answer.
It is highly unlikely that Iowa is the only state in which voters’ #1 reason for supporting the Republican senatorial candidate is their desire to repeal Obamacare.
It’s time to repeal every last word of Obamacare and replace it with a genuine conservative alternative. Of course, no matter what happens on Tuesday night, we can expect the Times to tell us that the Obamacare debate is over and that the Democrats lost for some other, unknowable, reason.
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.
12:25 PM, Jul 15, 2014 • By CLAUDIA ANDERSON
This week, Christina Sommers answers questions from her mailbag about workplace discrimination and discrimination in the sciences and responds to a critic of her employer, the American Enterprise Institute. See for yourselves:
And check out the entire playlist here.
5:34 PM, Aug 1, 2013 • By MARIA SANTOS
Women Speak for Themselves, a grassroots organization of more than 40,000 women for religious freedom, gathered today at Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. to protest enforcement of the Health and Human Services mandate, which requires employers (including some religious institutions) to cover contraceptives for employees. The mandate went into effect for for-profit organizations a year ago today.
"We take our bangs and we stand in front of important things the world needs to see."7:55 AM, Jul 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In Tanzania, Michelle Obama joked about the "prison-like elements" of being first lady. "[B]ut it's a really nice prison," she said. "You can't complain."
9:41 AM, Nov 28, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
As hard as it is to believe, it’s been only a little over three weeks since Election Day. But there are already plenty of signs that Republicans are learning many of the wrong lessons from that debacle.
Hosted by Michael Graham.12:00 PM, Oct 4, 2012 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham:
1:35 AM, Sep 5, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
In the hours before network TV broadcast the Democratic National Convention to millions of Americans, the convention was shaping up to be a rip-roaring abortion jamboree.
Frank Luntz investigates.4:29 PM, Sep 4, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
“Issues don’t matter,” Frank Luntz, the Republican pollster and television personality, tells a group of reporters after his latest focus group of swing voters on Monday afternoon.
4:31 PM, Aug 22, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Washington Post reports that President Obama is running his reelection campaign as a "culture warrior," trying to cast his opponents as extremists on such issues as abortion in the case of rape and requiring religious institutions to pay for contraception. But could Obama's own extremism on abortion come back to bite him?
9:50 AM, Jul 5, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Remember Michael Dukakis (1988) and John Kerry (2004)? It's possible to lose a winnable presidential election to a vulnerable incumbent in the White House (or in the case of 1988, a sitting vice president). So, speaking of losing candidates from Massachusetts: Is it too much to ask Mitt Romney to get off autopilot and actually think about the race he's running?
5:46 PM, May 10, 2012 • By THERESA CIVANTOS
In an effort to convince the Democratic party to use “more inclusive language” on the issue of abortion, Democrats for Life executive director Kristen Day is “urg[ing] all Democrats, including those who would come back to the Democratic Party if it changes its abortion stance, to sign the online petition calling for the 2012 Platform to honor and acknowledge our big tent policy.” Day’s announcement came in the form of a press release anno