8:14 AM, Apr 13, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Fred Barnes, writing for the Wall Street Journal:
Monica Wehby is a pediatric brain surgeon running for the Republican Senate nomination in Oregon. She has never sought elected office before. But she is off to a well-financed and highly touted start. The reason: She has the support of GOP political operatives in Washington as the Republican with the best chance of unseating Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley.
Jason Conger is an Oregon legislator who is also seeking to win the Republican primary on May 20. He has won two state elections, ousting an entrenched Democrat in his first race. Mr. Conger doesn't have the backing of Republican strategists in Washington and his campaign is barely heralded at all. He trails Ms. Wehby badly in fundraising.
The Washington practice of intervening in Senate and House primaries, privately or publicly, is hardly a new one. Incumbents are routinely backed by party campaign committees. But intruding in challenger contests or races for open seats is controversial, especially when Republicans in Washington insist—as they do in supporting Ms. Wehby—that a less conservative candidate is more electable.
This was famously the case in Florida in 2010. The National Republican Senatorial Committee rushed to endorse then-Gov.Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio, his conservative rival for the Senate. It backfired. Mr. Rubio soared past Mr. Crist, who quit the GOP and ran (and lost) as an independent. Mr. Rubio won the Senate seat. This year Mr. Crist is running for governor as a Democrat.
Whole thing here.
12:01 PM, Apr 8, 2014 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
In the two days since Jeb Bush’s interesting and provocative interview with Fox News reporter Shannon Bream, many commentators and analysts have parsed his words and offered thoughts on what they mean for a prospective 2016 presidential bid. There’s a good reason for this interest. Bush is a well-regarded former governor of a big state and a favorite of big GOP donors.
"Hillary gets to say, 'I’m the first woman president.' And Jeb gets to say, 'I’m the third Bush president.'"9:06 AM, Apr 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Kristol made the argument that Jeb Bush will not be the next Republican presidential nominee:
"He's the establishment hope who I don't think is likely to be the nominee," the boss said of Jeb Bush. "I think there's no way there will be a Bush-Clinton race in 2016. I'll buy all of you dinner, I'll buy the two Bens dinner -- this could be expensive in New York, I guess. I'm willing to go out on a limb.
5:52 PM, Apr 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A taste of the boss's newsletter (which is sent out every Monday):
Today's conservatism should be reasonably populist. A populist conservatism is right for the times—the people are in many ways healthier than our elites. A reasonably and reasonable populist conservatism is also a winning conservatism in today's America.
Says Christie's the 'real deal' and 'spectacular.'1:57 PM, Apr 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Jeb Bush says that he'll "make up" his "mind at the end of this year" on whether he's running for president in 2016:
Says we can't afford to be war weary.3:45 PM, Mar 27, 2014 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Barack Obama of dramatically weakening the United States' position in the world, drawing a straight line between Obama’s ever-yielding foreign policy and the increasing troubles around the world.
3:02 PM, Mar 27, 2014 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
As Vladimir Putin reminds us that hard power, military power – not “soft” or “smart” power – is the ultima ratio in international affairs, who speaks for the Republican party?
4:49 PM, Mar 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Scott Brown is officially exploring a run for U.S. Senate from the state of New Hampshire, he announced today. "I’m going to stop complaining and get involved again. So I am announcing that I have formed an exploratory committee to prepare a campaign for the U.S. Senate," Brown will say at a New Hampshire Republican gathering, according to prepared remarks sent out by his explorator committee.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:38 PM, Mar 11, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on how the GOP can be competitive in deep-blue regions like New England.
Same as the old farm bill.Feb 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 23 • By DAVE JUDAY
The president just signed into law the Agricultural Act of 2014, a multiyear, comprehensive agricultural, rural, and nutrition policy measure. As legislation goes, it was rather unremarkable. What was remarkable was the path it followed to approval. Unlike most farm bill debates, which tend to be festivals of bipartisanship and comity, this one split lawmakers—rural from urban, House from Senate, Republican from Democrat—along every political fault including between the Tea Party caucus and the rest of the GOP.
10:01 AM, Feb 11, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
I understand House Speaker John Boehner has just announced to his conference that he intends to bring the floor of the House a clean debt limit increase. Conservative members of the conference had argued for this course. Conservatives will vote against "Obama's debt increase," but expect it to pass with mostly Democratic votes, and some Republicans. This should take the prospect of government default or shutdown off the table, and with it one of the few Democratic talking points that might help save them this year.
11:13 AM, Feb 10, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
New York Democratic senator Chuck Schumer, an author of the Senate immigration bill, may have succeeded in helping Republicans kill his own bill.
11:15 AM, Feb 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Jeb Bush will not be at next month's Conservative Political Action Conference. Instead, he'll be going on a "business trip."