Republican Articles

Let's Elect A South Park Conservative President

6:26 AM, Sep 24, 2015

The first two episodes of the new South Park season remind us why the term "South Park Conservative" exists. The show should also help us narrow down the GOP field to politicians who embody its values.

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Donald Trump Threatens Club For Growth With Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit

11:29 AM, Sep 23, 2015

On Tuesday, the Washington Post published the cease and decist letter that Donald Trump's lawyer reportedly sent Club for Growth president David M. McIntosh, along with the promise of a multi-million dollar lawsuit if the group doesn't comply.

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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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Marco Rubio Dominates on Foreign Policy

Putin is "trying to replace us as the single most important power broker in the Middle East..."
8:29 PM, Sep 16, 2015

Senator Marco Rubio explained foreign policy in Russia and Syria concisely during Wednesday's Republican Debate. Putin is "trying to replace us as the single most important power broker in the Middle East and this president is allowing it." Watch the full clip here: 

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Scott Walker Attacks Donald Trump, Likens Him to Obama

"Just because he said it, doesn't make it true."
7:51 PM, Sep 16, 2015

As Jeb Bush and Donald Trump were arguing, Scott Walker interjected:

"[T[his is what is wrong with the debate. We're not talking about real issues. Mr. Trump, we don't need an apprentice in the White House, we have one right now. He told us all the things we wanted to hear back in 2008. We don't know who you are, where you're going—we need someone that can actually get the job done and you've talked about business."

Trump then said, "In Wisconsin you're losing $2.2 billion right now. I would do so much better than that."

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‘Growing’ in Office

How Alaska’s governor went from Palin favorite to Obama pal.
Sep 14, 2015

Juneau, Alaska
Governor Bill Walker flew to Washington, D.C., to accompany President Obama aboard Air Force One on the president’s seven-hour flight to Anchorage. “I’m honored to be governor of Alaska at the time a sitting president comes to Alaska,” he told the Alaska Dispatch News. “You bet.”

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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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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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Hillary's Anti-Israel Advisers

4:11 PM, Sep 02, 2015

While looking through the newest batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department, one finds a disturbing anti-Israel trend. Her advisers regularly criticized Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the "US. Jewish community," and AIPAC.

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Hillary's Anti-Israel Advisers

11:01 AM, Sep 02, 2015

While looking through the newest batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department, one finds a disturbing anti-Israel trend. Her advisers regularly criticized Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the "US Jewish community," and AIPAC. 

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Ten Is More Than Enough

Meditations, pensées, confessions, and apologia pro vita mea after having watched the Republican ­candidates debate.
Aug 24, 2015

If this was meant to be entertainment, all 10 Flying Wallendas refused to walk the high wire, none of the clowns got out of the tiny car, and the elephants just stood around relieving themselves.

If this was meant to be information, Savonarola was piling books on the bonfire of vanities in Florence, children were playing with matches in the Library of Alexandria, and Wikipedia crashed.

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The Campaign That Never Was

How Mitch Daniels would have run for president.
Aug 24, 2015

The idea of writing a book about a presidential campaign that never happened had not occurred to Don Cogman. He had spent two years trying to get Mitch Daniels, then governor of Indiana, to run for president in 2012. His effort—and it was no small effort—had failed. Daniels had moved on, right out of politics. He’d become president of Purdue University.

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The Candidate as ‘Heel’

Aug 24, 2015

The Scrapbook can’t pretend to have had a misspent youth. But we did occasionally wallow in the spectacle of pro wrestling. And it’s pretty obviously the case, as a handful of astute observers have pointed out, that Donald Trump is a close student of, and has been deeply influenced by, the dramatic conventions of pro wrestling. 

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Up for Debate

Aug 24, 2015

Needless to say, The Scrapbook is strictly neutral on the results of last week’s Republican presidential debate on Fox News. So neutral, in fact, that we won’t even mention any of the highlights—or lowlights, if you prefer—and certainly won’t weigh in on who swept the floor with whom, who embarrassed him/herself, or who should have been invited to this particular gathering but was not.

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Donald Trump Won't Commit to Supporting GOP If He's Not Nominee

And might run as a third party candidate.
8:33 PM, Aug 06, 2015

In the first Republican presidential debate, Fox News's Bret Baier asked, "Is there anyone on stage -- and can I see hands - who is unwilling tonight to pledge your support to the eventual nominee of the Republican party, and to pledge to not run an independent campaign against that person?"

Only Donald Trump raised his hand to the sound of a booing audience. Baier followed up, to clarify Trump's position, noting "the experts say an independent run would almost certainly hand the race over the democrats and likely another Clinton."

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Jay Cost: Trump Has Supporters, But Does He Have Voters?

Hosted by Michael Graham.
12:50 PM, Aug 06, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost about Donald Trump's supporters.

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Barnes to GOP Debaters: Stick to Your Knitting, Let Moderators Handle Trump

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:20 PM, Aug 05, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes in which he offers advice for Republicans ahead of Thursday night's Republican debate in Cleveland.

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Be Prepared

Going door-to-door for 2016—already.
Aug 03, 2015

"Nobody’s home,” says Michael Fields, the 28-year-old state director of the Colorado chapter of Americans for Prosperity. On this sunny Saturday morning in mid-July, we’re walking through a residential neighborhood in Greenwood Village, a wealthy suburb in Arapahoe County. It’s the perfect day for a hike near the mountains or a dip in the pool, which may explain why Fields is greeted with silence at nearly every door he knocks on.

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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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When Donald Met Ross (and Jesse the Body)

Remembering the first time Trump ran for president.
9:35 AM, Jul 17, 2015

In this week’s newsletter, I talked about Donald Trump’s electoral prospects in the context to two other reasonably successful, non-traditional candidates: Jesse Ventura and Ross Perot. My basic point is that voters are more likely to support fringe candidates than the establishment often assumes.

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Saving Atlantic City

A mayor who thinks small may be the answer
Jun 22, 2015

Atlantic City 
Just about every morning when the weather is nice, Don Guardian rides his bike along the boardwalk and digs into the beach sand. “They’re supposed to clean the top six inches of sand,” he explains. “And I check to make sure that they actually do it. .  .  . That’s what I’m here for: the small stuff.”

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Senator: Why Is Obama Bucking 36 Years of Bipartisan Foreign Policy to Allow Iran to Go Nuclear?

8:38 AM, Apr 28, 2015

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska reports on the four central questions he's been getting from constituents on Iran:

The questions are:

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A Conversation With Jeff Bell

9:37 AM, Apr 03, 2015

The latest episode of Conversations With Bill Kristol, featuring Jeff Bell:

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Jindal: Under My Obamacare Repeal, You Can Keep Your Plan

4:34 PM, Feb 05, 2015

Bobby Jindal isn’t as close to announcing a run for president as some of his other would-be GOP rivals, but that hasn’t kept the Louisiana governor out of the news. In recent weeks, Jindal has spoken out on terrorism (he says, contra Obama, Islam “has a problem”), vaccines (he’s unequivocally for them), and Common Core (he’s now against it).

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Conservatism Can Win More People Over Than You Think

3:55 PM, Jan 21, 2015

Given that nine in ten African-American women voted for Democrats in 2014, it may be no surprise that a focus group of urban, female, African-Americans had mostly contempt for all things “Republican” or “conservative.” But what was shocking is that this group also, unprompted, uniformly opposed both extended unemployment benefits and a minimum wage increase, and volunteered conservative economic and moral arguments about their potentially destructive impact on job creation, costs, and conduct.

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Full Text of Republican Response to State of the Union

9:10 PM, Jan 20, 2015

The office of House speaker John Boehner has posted the full text of the Republican response to the State of the Union (breaking its own self-imposed embargo), to be delivered by Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa:

“Good evening.

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