Election Articles


Strife of the Party

The GOP is ready to grumble
Nov 02, 2015

Republicans are in trouble. A significant bloc regards their congressional leaders—House speaker John Boehner, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, and their underlings—as enemies. A quarter or more of grassroots Republicans think Donald Trump should be president. And to make things worse, Hillary Clinton has a glide path to the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, making her tougher for any Republican to beat.

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Enter Ryan, Exit Biden

Nov 02, 2015

‘Republicans in Turmoil!” “Chaos Confounds GOP Congressmen!!” “Catastrophic Conservative Crack-Up Imminent!!!” “Trump Likely GOP Nominee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

All nonsense.

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Enemies List

Oct 26, 2015

Anderson Cooper’s final question in the Democratic presidential debate on October 13 led to an interesting and revealing moment. He asked:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” You’ve all made a few people upset over your political careers. Which enemy are you most proud of? 

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The Republican Obama?

Why his rivals fear Marco Rubio.
Oct 26, 2015

As the sun starts setting on a crisp fall evening, Marco Rubio takes the stage in the backyard of a former editor of the New Hampshire Union Leader for a classic New Hampshire campaign event, a house party. “I love this weather,” Rubio says. “It doesn’t make you sweat.” Rubio flashes a smile, and the crowd laughs. For a couple weeks now, Donald Trump has been mocking Rubio for, of all things, perspiring during the last GOP presidential debate.

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Underwhelming Joe Biden

A run for the White House is his best shot at a real legacy.
Oct 26, 2015

Last year, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked a simple question: What was your proudest moment as secretary of state? Posed at a women’s forum, it was hardly hostile in intent. Clinton was unable to answer, and the resulting New York Times headline was brutal: “Hillary Clinton Struggles to Define a Legacy in Progress.”

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Everyone Gets Everything Wrong

The surprising 2016 race.
Oct 05, 2015

Nearly everything that was expected to happen in the 2016 presidential race hasn’t, and many things that weren’t expected have. The rise of Donald Trump—even that he would run—was not predicted. Nor was the fall of Scott Walker or the weakness of Jeb Bush’s candidacy. Polls have proved to be unreliable indicators of where the Republican and Democratic campaigns are headed. Hillary Clinton’s coronation as Democratic nominee, we were told, was a sure thing. Now she’s sliding toward underdog status.

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Uh-oh . . .

Sep 28, 2015

How big a problem is it that the two leading Republican candidates for president aren’t actually qualified to be president?

“Oh, come on,” you’re inclined to respond. “It’s not that much of a problem. After all, Donald Trump and Ben Carson aren’t really the leading GOP presidential candidates, are they?”

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Desperately Seeking Consensus

Where is the Republicans’ Goldilocks?
Sep 28, 2015

Judging by the number of House and Senate seats, governorships, and state legislative seats it holds, the Republican party is stronger than at any point since the 1920s. Yet, going by the presidential nomination battle alone, the party is a mess. There are too many candidates, a few of whom are distracting the public with their self-aggrandizing shenanigans, spurred on by ratings-hungry cable-news networks.

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Jebonomics

A winning tax reform.
Sep 28, 2015

Some Republican presidential candidate was sure to come along with a credible tax reform plan to erase tax loopholes, preferences, and special breaks, broaden the tax base, and lower rates. Now Jeb Bush has done it. This marks a departure point in the GOP race.

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The Art of the Donald

Why has Trump risen so far, so fast?
Sep 21, 2015

The Donald Trump candidacy has inspired a hundred writers to pen a thousand think pieces about the meaning of it all. Is Trump’s surge the sign of a new breed of populism? Is it the Tea Party reborn? Is it the reemergence of the old Ross Perot-Pat Buchanan strand of protectionism? Does it signal a right-wing nativism similar to what is bubbling up in Europe? 

Maybe what’s going on is simpler: The Trump surge is, primarily if not entirely, about Donald Trump. 

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The Managers vs. the Managed

What would James Burnham make of our ruling class?
Sep 21, 2015

What is happening in the world? When one looks at recent news, one can’t help feeling a sense of bewilderment. A storied Olympian announces his new gender on the cover of Vanity Fair, the Supreme Court declares same-sex marriage a constitutional right, racial violence returns to St.

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Republicans A Little Better on SCOTUS Nominees

But moderators should have talked to Rand Paul.
9:28 AM, Sep 17, 2015
Republicans debated on the eve of Constitution Day, and did our founding document more justice than usual.  Read more

Post Debate Reaction: Carly Clearly the Class of the Field

Hosted by Michael Graham.
11:09 PM, Sep 16, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with online editor Daniel Halper, wrapping up the CNN Republican Debate.

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Hillary Antoinette

Sep 14, 2015

The American people believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. When pollsters ask whether the country is on the right or the wrong track, wrong track prevails by better than two to one. And the American people are right. We are going the wrong way: The economy isn’t strong, the government doesn’t work, social trends aren’t great, and the world’s going to hell in a handbasket.

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Favreau Wants Joe to Feel Out Run for President Against Hillary

1:18 PM, Sep 11, 2015

Today, Jon Favreau, the former director of speechwriting for President Obama, tweeted that Vice President Joe Biden should run for president.

Colbert interview shows why Joe Biden is one of the best human beings we have in public service. And I'm with Colbert - he should run.

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Video: Clinton Campaign Collapses

Falls to pieces in Milwaukee.
6:05 PM, Sep 10, 2015

Shortly before the start of a "Grassroots Organizing Meeting with Hillary Clinton" at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the backdrop of the stage fell down. Watch the video from America Rising PAC here:

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Kristol: Hillary, Done In By Her Aides

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:10 PM, Sep 08, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on Hillary Clinton's bad weekend and the Iran deal. 

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Step Up on Immigration

Sep 07, 2015

More than a few Republican graybeards are panicking about how the rise of Donald Trump is pulling at the seams of the GOP’s big tent. However, the Republican establishment itself has played a big role in creating this particular Frankenstein’s monster.

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Up from Trumpism

Sep 07, 2015

The Muse of History must not be fastidious.” Thus Churchill the historian. But as Churchill the politician knew, the Muse of Politics must not be fastidious either.

Which brings us to Donald Trump.

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A Fading Campaign

Scott Walker’s no-good month.
Sep 07, 2015

It’s been a rough month for Scott Walker. From February through July, the Wisconsin governor topped virtually every poll of likely GOP voters in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. But after a lackluster performance in the opening Republican presidential debate on August 6, Walker dropped nearly 10 points in an average of Iowa polls, sliding to third place behind Donald Trump and Ben Carson, with Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio close behind.

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Economic Liberty vs. Security

Another time for choosing.
Sep 07, 2015

Whatever the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, the summer of 2015 will be remembered as the summer of Trump and Sanders. The other candidates, especially the Republicans, could learn a lesson from the two renegades, who have figured out how to capitalize on the fact that America is in a funk even as its economy improves.

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Remember Who Shows Up to Vote

Seniors, not millennials, hold the key to the 2016 elections.
Aug 03, 2015

As the 2016 elections begin to dominate the news, a recurring message has seeped into the narrative being spoon-fed to the American public: Millennials will be the key demographic and the single most important voting group. Really?

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The Donald and The Bernie

Which one is the bigger problem?
Jul 27, 2015

Two political entities are in a state of panic. One is the leadership of the Republican party, suffering a fright attack over the visibility of Donald Trump as a Republican presidential candidate. The other is Hillary Clinton, whose Democratic presidential campaign plunges as she tries to appease the left wing of her party.

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Will Rahm Bomb?

A falling star in Chicago.
Mar 23, 2015

Difficult, they say, to pass a family business on to the third generation. Proof of this assertion is the business known as the City of Chicago, run by the Daley family for two generations but now turned over to non-Irish carpetbaggers, with no future Daley in view.

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Al Gore 'Gaining Steam' in 2016 Race

5:34 AM, Mar 18, 2015

Al Gore is "gaining steam" in the presidential race, stated a report last night from Fox News. Watch Peter Doocy's report on Bret Baier's Special Report:

"With Hillary Clinton's recent troubles comes renewed speculation about who might challenge her for the Democratic presidential nomination," reported Baier. "Tonight, one possibility you probably have not considered."

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Beyond Bibi

American-style politician Naftali Bennett makes his case in the Israeli election.
Mar 16, 2015

Tel Aviv
It’s a Tuesday night three weeks before election day, and Naftali Bennett, the head of one of Israel’s oldest religious parties, is speaking in English to 1,000 mostly young, secular Israelis. For Bennett, 42, an ambitious, talented, American-style politician seeking to catapult his Jewish Home faction to third place among Israel’s parties, this isn’t all that surprising.

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Obama Pumps Up Rahm Before Election

9:03 PM, Feb 19, 2015

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is up for reelection, and President Obama stopped by his campaign headquarters to praise his mayor.

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Bibi Rising After Fight With Obama

12:17 PM, Feb 02, 2015

Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be rising in the polls after being blasted by Obama administration officials for accepting John Boehner's invitation to address a joint session of Congress. Netanyahu is currently up for reelection in Israel.

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Epitaph for an Election

11:44 AM, Nov 09, 2014

Given the time and money that went into the recent elections, it seems there ought to be a final word. A summing up. A few words to put a period on the whole business. Something, somewhere. From somebody. There was plenty of analysis not quite instant, but close enough.

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Flashback: Obama: 'Elections Matter ... Votes Matter'

10:13 AM, Nov 05, 2014

Even before President Obama declared that all his "policies are on the ballot" in Tuesday's

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