It has been clear for some time that Republicans need just two things in order to repeal Obamacare—a winning alternative and political willpower. The jury is still out on how much of the latter the party possesses. But when it comes to uniting around a well-conceived alternative that can pave the way to full repeal, the news is increasingly good. Jeb Bush’s just-released Obam
With crime rising in America and police increasingly under siege, many Senate Republicans have decided it’s a good time to liberalize federal sentencing policies—and to do so “quickly.” One has to wonder at Republicans’ timing. At what would appear to be a Richard Nixon or Rudy Giuliani moment, Republicans are partnering with Barack Obama to respond like George McGovern.
The Republican congressional leadership has been nominally--but sometimes it seems only nominally--committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a conservative alternative. Now one of the two leading candidates for House majority leader—the number-two position in leadership—is Dr.
At the beginning of a five-hour committee hearing on Tuesday with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards as the sole witness, Chairman Jason Chaffetz made a surprising announcement. The Utah congressman and oversight committee chairman said he wouldn't focus on the undercover investigation into Planned Parenthood's practice of harvesting and selling the organs and tissue of aborted babies to biotech companies.
Jake Tapper and CNN pretended during the Republican presidential debate that Obamacare doesn’t exist. But Republican voters won’t follow suit. Instead, they are likely to cast their votes largely based on who looks most committed to repealing President Obama’s tenuously perched signature legislation.
Top Chris Christie donor Ken Langone made the case this morning on CNBC that Carly Fiorina is only doing well in the presidential race because she's a woman. "She's done nothing of any consequence in business," said Langone, a founder of Home Depot.
Langone turned to Becky Quick, the only woman on set, and asked, "Becky, question for you. If the only reason you are sitting there and had this job is because you're a woman, how would you feel about that?"
We heard today from an experienced campaign hand whose judgment we at TWS have come very much to respect:
People I've talked to since the debate can't imagine Kasich, Walker, Huckabee, Carson or Paul getting the nomination. Kasich and Walker in particular were hurt badly if not fatally in the last 24 hours. And the same folks think neither Cruz nor Trump could win unless it were a year any Republican could win.
I'd expect Christie and Rubio to get a fresh look after last night, and Carly to vault in primary polls--maybe even to the lead.
This was a debate I thought would never end. It lasted for three hours and seemed like longer. We even learned from each of the eleven Republican presidential candidates whose face should be on the $10 bill. No blood was spilled, metaphorically speaking. There were no losers.