11:13 AM, Sep 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Radio host Hugh Hewitt writes:
Urgency. It’s the quality most missing from within D.C. elites; the quality most necessary if the GOP gains control of both chambers of Congress on Nov. 4.
In an otherwise solid address at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, disappointed on two key fronts.
First, he did not speak to the GOP’s commitment to rebuilding the military. The speech was focused on economic recovery, but nothing can recover in an era of international instability such as we have entered. In the same way Cato the Elder’s “Carthage must be destroyed” declaration concluded all of the great Roman’s speeches whether on Carthage or aqueduct repair, “Defense comes first” should be the period at the end of every Republican address.
Also missing from the Speaker’s remarks was a crucial sense of urgency, of a commitment to acting in the new Congress with the speed that the country wants and the GOP grassroots will demand and deserve.
After the elections, the GOP will elect leadership and begin a lame duck session. It also ought to plan to present and pass through both chambers a GOP variation of Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget on day one of the new Congress in January — one modified from last year’s House budget only primarily by a major increase in Pentagon spending.
Whole thing here.
7:26 AM, Sep 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Thirty-one U.S. senators have sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry to express concern that the U.S. might sign a bad nuclear deal with Iran.
"As nuclear talks with Iran resume in New York this week, we have learned that the United States and its P5+1 negotiating partners may now be offering troubling nuclear concessions to Iran in the hopes of rapidly concluding negotiations for a 'deal,'" the letter reads.
9:55 AM, Sep 20, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
A new poll from Public Opinion Strategies, commissioned by Independent Women’s Voice, finds that people who care about the issue of Obamacare really don’t like Obamacare. On the flip side, people who like Obamacare really don’t care about it very much. That’s a bad combination for pro-Obamacare candidates.
Sep 29, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 03 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Republican voters are down on the sluggish GOP officials they elected, and the officeholders whine about the unreasonable people who voted for them. Republican backbenchers complain about their lame leaders, and GOP leaders grumble about their unruly followers. Right-wing pundits despair of unimaginative Republican pols, and the hard-headed pols are impatient with impractical commentators. Conservative activists loathe the GOP establishment, and the establishment is terrified and contemptuous of the base.
1:08 PM, Sep 18, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
A new poll finds that 58 percent of likely voters are “more likely” to support members of Congress who vote to stop Obamacare’s taxpayer bailout of insurance companies. Half of that 58 percent (29 percent) are “much” more likely to do so. Meanwhile, only 15 percent of likely voters are “less likely” to support such members, with only 6 percent being “much” less likely to support them. In other words, almost four times as many voters would reward members of Congress for voting to stop the bailout as would punish them for doing so.
6:04 AM, Sep 17, 2014 • By JAY COST
All things being equal, Republicans should feel reasonably good about winning the Senate in seven weeks.
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.
It’s not the Democrats, despite their self-flattering claims Sep 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 02 • By JEFF BERGNER
It has become a staple of the political left to brand Republicans the anti-science, anti-reason party. This narrative congealed in a breathless 2005 book by journalist Chris Mooney entitled—does the phrase sound familiar?—The Republican War on Science. Those fueling the narrative today seize on occasional unfortunate remarks about rape or evolution by Republican fringe figures, as well as on the skepticism of many Republicans about man-made global warming, to make their case.
1:02 PM, Sep 9, 2014 • By JAY COST
Analysts (including myself) have often noted that congressional Democrats have higher favorable numbers than Republicans. Frequently, this is taken to suggest an electoral advantage for Democrats.
7:05 AM, Sep 9, 2014 • By JAY COST
By all accounts, 2014 looks to be a very good year for the Republican party.
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.
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:59 PM, Sep 2, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on the execution of another American by ISIS, and the GOP's prospects for retaking the Senate in 2014.
Liberals make excuses for ObamaSep 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47 • By NOEMIE EMERY
All of a sudden, people have noticed that we are in trouble, and many are saying it isn’t the president’s fault. All the bad news, from Iraq to Ukraine, from Libya and Syria to the Mexican border, just seems to have happened: Obama was standing there, golfing or shaking hands with donors, and, like a burst of bad weather, the winds blew, the skies opened, and things went to hell. Mysterious forces conspired against him, terrible setbacks occurred for no reason, and we were left with effects without a cause.
One in five black men under age 30 voted for Romney; youngest 'millennials' lean even more conservative.
8:20 AM, Aug 12, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
In the midst of rioting in St. Louis over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, the New York Times decided to stoke the embers of racial animus even further with an incendiary op-ed titled, "Can the G.O.P. Ever Attract Black Voters?"