Elections Articles

Happy New Year?

Jan 11, 2016

Well, we’ve endured 2015, the next to last year of the Obama administration. It's not been without damage to the country—both to its constitutional fabric and its standing in the world. But endured we have. One more year to go.

The point, though, per William Faulkner, is not just to endure but to prevail. America can prevail if today's conservatism prevails—by which we mean a conservatism that incorporates most that is good about yesteryear's liberalism and today's conservatism, and that is also willing to think and act anew, as our case is new. And conservatism can most easily prevail if the political party that is the home of conservatism prevails—the Republican party.

In fact, the prospects

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The Democrats’ Boutique Issues

There’s a reason they talk of nothing but climate change.
Dec 07, 2015

When Hillary Clinton announced her opposition to the Keystone pipeline from Canada, she said climate change was the reason. In the first Democratic presidential debate (CNN), Martin O’Malley listed the greatest national security threats to America as nuclear Iran, ISIS, and “climate change, of course.” And in the second Democratic debate (CBS)—it was the day after the Paris terrorist attacks—Bernie Sanders insisted climate change “is directly related to the growth of terrorism.”

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The Disloyal Opposition

We need a better form of partisanship.
Dec 07, 2015

If you were to acquire political information only from former and current officials of the Obama administration, you would think the Republican party is borderline seditious. President Obama himself regularly castigates Republican motives as un-American. Last week, in a typical tweet aimed at Republican presidential candidates, he said, “Slamming the door in the face of refugees would betray our deepest values. That’s not who we are.”

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Voters Thwart McAuliffe in Virginia

11:05 AM, Nov 04, 2015

Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and pal of the Clintons, has taken it on the chin again.

McAuliffe unleashed a major effort to capture the Virginia senate with help from ex-New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spent more than $1 million in anti-gun ads in two critical districts.  But while Democrats held the targeted seat in northern Virginia, Republicans retained the other in the Richmond suburbs.

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The Failure of Normality

The unhappy lessons of the Thompson campaign.
5:09 PM, Nov 02, 2015

This article originally appeared in the February 4, 2008 issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD and is being published today in memory of Fred Thompson who passed away Sunday.

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Slow Joe

2:20 PM, Oct 20, 2015

By the time you read this, it is possible that Vice President Joe Biden will have announced his candidacy for the presidency. Or not. 

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High Intelligence, Low Information

A chat with a ‘Real American.’
3:45 PM, Aug 12, 2015

I live out in Real Virginia, which is to say the part of Virginia that is technically a D.C. exurb, but is populated almost entirely by normal people. My neighbors are teachers and plumbers and soldiers and engineers. Plenty of the folks out here work for the federal government, but none of them work in politics.

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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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Turkey, Islamism, and the West

A setback for Erdogan.
Jun 22, 2015


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The Bernie Boomlet

9:16 AM, Jun 04, 2015

Matthew Continetti wrote a great column last week about Bernie Sanders' quixotic quest for the Democratic nomination:

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Obama Hasn't Had It Tough

At least not compared to other American politicians.
9:04 AM, Apr 28, 2015

At this weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Obama’s comic routine seemed to have some nasty implications about his political opponents.

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Did First Lady Use 'Divisive Rhetoric' in 2014 Campaign?

8:21 AM, Mar 20, 2015

Since Benjamin Netanyahu's victory in Israel's recent elections, the Obama administration has made its displeasure with the results abundantly clear. To help justify changes in its posture towards Israel, the White House appears anxious to point out what it sees as "divisive" rhetoric and attitudes by Netanyahu and his party aimed at the Arab population of Israel.

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Mandatory Voting: Why Not?

4:01 PM, Mar 19, 2015

Addressing the Cleveland City Club on Wednesday, President Obama put up a trial balloon for a controversial concept: mandatory voting.

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White House: Bibi's Election Undermines 'Democratic Ideals'

7:05 PM, Mar 18, 2015

In a comment unprompted by any question from the media, White House press secretary lashed into some of the rhetoric Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu used in his reelection campaign. The White House even suggested it had hurt Israel's democracy and America's relationship with its greatest ally in the Middle East.

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Bibi Claims Victory

4:02 PM, Mar 17, 2015

Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed victory in today's election. "Against all odds:a great victory for the Likud," Netanyahu tweeted. "A major victory for the people of Israel!"


Against all odds:a great victory for the Likud. A major victory for the people of Israel!

— בנימין נתניהו (@netanyahu) March 17, 2015

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Israel Exit Polls: Likud and Zionist Union Very Tight

3:51 PM, Mar 17, 2015

A clear chart showing the Israel election polls, using the numbers Israeli news channels 1, 2, and 10, shows Likud in a very tight race with Zionist Union:

The chart is courtesy of the Israel Project.

Omri Ceren of the Israel Project explains what's going in there:

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The Israeli Referendum

11:02 AM, Feb 21, 2015

Everyone knows that the coming Israel election, to be held March 17, is a referendum on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

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A Conversation With Bill Bennett

9:38 AM, Feb 16, 2015

The latest episode of Conversations With Bill Kristol, featuring Bill Bennett:

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The GOP: King of the Hill

R.I.P., ‘emerging Democratic majority.'
Nov 24, 2014


For years, liberal Democrats have haughtily explained to Republicans that the GOP is on the cusp of becoming a permanent minority. Even speaker of the House John Boehner can find himself on the receiving end of lectures by preening leftists. President Barack Obama warned Boehner of the GOP’s impending presidential collapse just two days after the Republican party’s midterm triumph!

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End of the Age of Obama

Nov 10, 2014

The end of the Age of Obama. It began with high hopes on a winter’s night in Iowa in 2008 and ended in disappointment on a crisp fall day nearly seven years later. 

Sure, the president has another two years in office, but he is now the lamest of lame ducks. He is soon to face a House majority that is one of the most Republican since the 1920s, and a Senate, we hope, about to be taken over by a Republican majority. But more than this, he seems to have no friends, and few allies, on Capitol Hill.

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Tunisia Stands Alone

A peaceful election in the birthplace of the ‘Arab Spring.’
Nov 10, 2014


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MSNBC: Minority Voters Disenfranchised, Problems at Polls

9:48 AM, Nov 04, 2014

Election Day has just begun, but MSNBC is already saying it's a "fact" that minority voters are being disenfranchised in Texas:

"This voter I.D. law, I can tell you for a fact, is going to disenfranchise voters--disproportionately minority voters," MSNBC reporter Zach Roth said live from Texas.

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Kristol Podcast: On Election Eve, Chances for GOP Senate Are Good

Hosted by Michael Graham.
8:45 AM, Nov 03, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the GOP's good odds of retaking the Senate.

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The Real Party of the Rich

The Democrats’ three big weapons: money, money, money.
Nov 03, 2014

Democratic senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina was pounded last winter and spring in TV ads by conservative groups for having voted for Obamacare and echoed President Obama’s false claim that people could keep their current health insurance. “They had her on the ropes,” says Marc Rotterman, a Republican consultant in North Carolina.

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The Morning After

Nov 03, 2014

Supposing Republicans win a big victory on November 4. What then?

First, celebration. Republicans are sober and conservatives are .  .  . conservative. Neither group has a reputation as party animals. But The Weekly Standard gives them permission—nay, we urge them with the full authority of our weighty editorial voice—to let themselves go for one night. Pop the champagne corks. Put on the party hats. Go wild with the funny little noisemakers.

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A Scorecard for the Senate

What to watch for election night.
Nov 03, 2014

With about a week to go until the midterm election, Republicans stand to make gains in the House and generally hold the line in governorships. The battle for the Senate has been the locus of attention for most people engaged in the campaign.

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Hayes Podcast: Media, Dems Already Downplaying Likely GOP Victory in 'Election About Nothing'

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:30 PM, Oct 28, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on his editorial "An Election About Everything."

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Cost Podcast: The State of Play 8 Days Out

Hosted by Michael Graham.
1:35 PM, Oct 27, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on the state of play, eight days out from the midterm elections.

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Kristol Podcast, Yes, A GOP Victory 2014 is Better than the Alternative

Hosted by Michael Graham.
12:00 PM, Oct 24, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the 2014 elections and the GOP's chances to retake the Senate.

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