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What Might Have Been

And what still might be.
12:09 AM, Jan 29, 2016

Watching the Republican debate tonight, I couldn't help but think,

"For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: 'It might have been!'"

What we saw tonight was what the Republican race might have been without Donald Trump. The debate was substantive, the candidates were reasonable, a viewer didn't feel embarrassed to be a Republican, and indeed one felt—at least I felt—that several of the candidates, including the top two, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, would do fine against Hillary Clinton.

Could the consequence of the debate be to begin the deflation of the Trump balloon? I'll grant that I may be indulging in wishful thinking, but I think so.

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Buddy Cianci Dead at 74

Last of a dying breed.
11:01 AM, Jan 28, 2016
Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, the scandal-plagued long time mayor of Providence, Rhode Island has died. He was 74. A Republican-turned-Independent, Cianci had recently proposed to his girlfriend. Read more

It's Over for Jeb, Kasich, and Carson

10:17 PM, Jan 14, 2016
Their playoff dreams are done. Read more

Fight Night in Charleston

7:26 AM, Jan 14, 2016

The Republicans are back onstage in a debate that presents some interesting strategic opportunities.

Let's evaluate the landscape by looking at the candidates' upside vs. downside potential.

First though, an observation: The central fact of the race so far has been the sheer number of quality candidates. There were more people running (17) and more high-quality, plausible candidates (8 or 10, depending on how you count) than in any cycle in the modern political era. This volume of horseflesh shaped the dynamic of the race in fundamental (and unpredictable) ways. You can't underestimate the importance of those numbers.

Yet suddenly, the field is actually quite small. Yes, there will be seven people on the main stage

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Ryan to Host 'Poverty Fighters' and Little Sisters of the Poor for State of the Union

1:23 PM, Jan 11, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will host "poverty fighters" for President Obama's State of the Union Address. The speaker will also host Little Sisters of the Poor and a "Hero in the Balcony" at the Capitol on Tuesday. Read more

Trump Creationism: Who's Responsible for Creating Donald Trump?

9:05 AM, Jan 06, 2016

Tom Nichols has a thoughtful and pretty persuasive piece over at the Daily Beast arguing that Trumpmania is the direct consequence of the militant PC radicalism that has infested American society over the last decade or so.

Here’s a flavor of Nichols' piece:

The American left created Donald Trump.
When I say "the left," I do not mean the Democratic Party—or, solely the Democratic Party. Rather, the pestilence that is the Trump campaign is the result of a conglomeration of political, academic, media, and cultural elites who for decades have tried to act as the arbiters of acceptable public debate and shut down any political expression from Americans with whom they disagree.

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ABC 'This Week' Roundtable on Donald Trump and 2016

1:36 PM, Dec 27, 2015
Bill Kristol joined L.Z. Granderson, Mary Bruce, and Matt Dowd this morning on ABC's This Week: Read more

3 Reasons Lindsey Graham Dropping Out Matters

6:06 AM, Dec 22, 2015

Lindsey Graham may have been approaching zero in the polls when he bowed out of the race for the Republican nomination Monday, but his exit, and the aftermath, are noteworthy for a few reasons.

First, Graham leaves the presidential field without a candidate who has served in the armed forces. (Leaving out Army vet Jim Gilmore, who hasn't met the debate requirements for months.) Former Texas governor Rick Perry was the only other major candidate to have served, and Graham's departure is a stark reminder that there's no military experience left in either party's slate of candidates to be commander in chief.

Second, there's Graham's unique position as a favorite son of an early primary state.

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Don't Crash the Cadillac Tax, GOP

7:30 AM, Dec 15, 2015

When the Democrats passed Obamacare (without a single Republican vote), part of how they were allegedly going to pay for it was through a "Cadillac tax" on expensive employer-based insurance. Yet, this week, many Republicans are working with Democrats to delay or even repeal this tax. For three reasons, Republicans' constituents shouldn't be at all happy about these efforts.

First, this is an attempt to "fix" Obamacare, something Republicans shouldn't be in the business of trying to do. Second, it would actually make Obamacare even more expensive and hence even worse—while at the same time letting Democrats off the hook for their policy choices and causing corporate lobbyists to lose a significant portion of their

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Will a Republican Call Out Trump's Cowardice?

12:08 PM, Dec 13, 2015

This is the moment I want to see from one of the Republicans facing off against Donald Trump Tuesday night:

"Mr. Trump, right now there's a brave Afghan interpreter named Sami Kazikhani who spent years risking his life serving side-by-side with American troops. Today Sami and his family are targets of the Taliban and its Islamist allies. The American soldiers he served with are fighting the Obama administration's bureaucracy to bring him to the U.S. and safety right now.

"Mr. Trump, could you please look in the camera and explain to Mr.

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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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Cruz: 'This Nation Needs a Wartime President to Defend It'

Ted Cruz, cautious hawk.
10:41 AM, Dec 03, 2015

Texas senator Ted Cruz kicked off Thursday's Republican Jewish Coalition presidential forum in Washington with a speech filled with applause lines that revved up the crowd.

Cruz focused primarily on national security and foreign policy, touting his record in the Senate and displaying his knack for rhetorical bombs. It went over well with the audience.

His biggest round of applause came when he made a pledge about the nuclear deal with Iran. "If I am elected president, I have pledged in my very first day in office to rip to shreds this catastrophic deal," he said. Audience members cheered and stood in their seats.

Cruz earned cheers for his characterization of the current stakes. "I believe this nation needs a

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Is Trump a Bully?

1:14 PM, Dec 02, 2015

Last week, the best and worst of Donald Trump were on display within about 48 hours of one another.

The best part of Trump (by which I mean the part that strikes me as especially shrewd and politically dexterous) could be seen when he talked about why he would bring back waterboarding. Enhanced interrogation-and let's be clear, that's what waterboarding is; plenty of journalists have volunteered to be waterboarded; torture is something no one would volunteer to experience on a lark-is a topic about which mainstream Republican figures are, for some reason, terrified.

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There Has Never, Ever Been Anyone Like Donald Trump

12:14 PM, Nov 25, 2015

I'm ready to concede that Donald Trump is the most anomalous figure I've seen in presidential politics.

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Hillary Jokes: 'Talk of Republicans' Made Rallygoer Faint

4:27 PM, Nov 20, 2015

An audience member at a Memphis rally for Hillary Clinton Friday fainted during the Democrat's speech. After Clinton asked for someone to help the supporter, she joked, "I thought it was the talk of Republicans that might have done it."

Watch the video below:

At a Democratic debate earlier this year, Clinton named "Republicans" as an enemy she is most proud of.

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72 Hours of Trump

10:05 AM, Nov 13, 2015

If Donald Trump supporters haven’t abandoned him yet, there’s little reason to believe they’ll do so now. But it’s worth laying out a slice of what it is they’re defending, what it is they’re excusing, and what it is they’re encouraging. Let’s review the past 72 hours of crazy with Donald Trump.

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Winners & Losers

11:35 PM, Nov 10, 2015

It’s a rare debate where no one comes out feeling like they won. Some thoughts on how the field performed:

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Christie Excels, Jindal Goes Rabid

Four is enough
8:51 PM, Nov 10, 2015

Going in, Chris Christie was the guy to watch at the undercard debate. He’s moving in New Hampshire, he handled his relegation with grit, and people are finally starting to see what a talent he is.

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Rubio Beats Phony Scandals and Comes Out Stronger

3:22 PM, Nov 09, 2015

At some point, the most obvious explanation is rope-a-dope. 

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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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Obama: Russia and China Not Worried Because Republicans Can't Even Handle CNBC

Declines to run for 3rd term.
7:09 AM, Nov 03, 2015

President Obama inserted himself into the 2016 Republican presidential primary last night in New York City.

Mocking Republicans' complaints about the third presidential debate, which was sponsored by CNBC, Obama said that if they can't handle the moderators, they won't be able to worry the Chinese and Russians. 

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Young Republicans, Old Democrats

2:05 PM, Nov 02, 2015

In January 2011, we at TWS had the notion that it would be good to defeat President Obama in 2012. And so in a blog post we asked the sensible question: " Wouldn't it be easier just to agree now on a Ryan-Rubio ticket, and save everyone an awful lot of time, effort, and money over the next year and a half?" We reiterated that thought in the spring  and summer.

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The Democrats' Diversity Dilemma

6:20 AM, Oct 30, 2015

The Republican candidates for president were remarkably unified in the (few) policy preferences they espoused at their debates on Wednesday night. All support cutting taxes and reducing regulation, and all oppose crony capitalism. The candidates may be remarkably diverse in terms of ethnicity and race: Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are Hispanic (and, apparently, so is Jeb Bush); Ben Carson is black; Bobby Jindal is Indian, etc.

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Terrific Night for Cruz

By getting away from his talking points.
11:35 PM, Oct 28, 2015

Boulder, Colo.

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A Banner Night for Marco Rubio

11:02 PM, Oct 28, 2015

Boulder, Colo.
It was a banner night for Marco Rubio at the third Republican presidential primary debate. But the Rubio campaign is being cautious.

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We Have Our Final Six

10:16 PM, Oct 28, 2015

Tonight’s debate showed that the GOP field is smaller than it looks. Technically, there are still fourteen people running, but the winnowing is far along. We probably have a final six and possibly a final four.

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Jeb’s Dead: Adiós Amigo

8:29 PM, Oct 28, 2015

The Bush hit on Rubio was obviously premeditated, so it wasn’t gaffe or a mistake. It was a revealing measure of his political talent and judgment.

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Lindsey Graham: Sanders Went To Soviet Union 'And I Don't Think He Ever Came Back'

"Good god, look who we're running against!"
6:44 PM, Oct 28, 2015

In the undercard Republican debate on CNBC, Lindsey Graham bemoaned politicians who lie for political points:

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Fight Night for Republicans

11:25 AM, Oct 28, 2015

In a lot of ways, tonight’s Republican debate looks like the lowest-stakes of the three debates so far. We know what the candidates all look like in a debate setting; we know which lanes they're each slotted into. And while there will be ten candidates on stage, the field really isn't that big anymore-a few of these are zombie campaigns, just waiting for the candidate to put them down.

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Hillary Supporters at Campaign Event Can't Name Accomplishments

7:34 AM, Oct 28, 2015

The Florida Republican party has released video of Hillary Clinton supporters being unable to name an accomplishment of the former first lady, senator, and secretary of state. To make matters worse, the supporters the Florida GOP interviews are at a Clinton campaign event.

Watch here:

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