11:01 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama knocked "constant fundraising" in his State of the Union address delivered tonight from Washington:
I’ve served in Congress with many of you. I know many of you well. There are a lot of good people here, on both sides of the aisle. And many of you have told me that this isn’t what you signed up for – arguing past each other on cable shows, the constant fundraising, always looking over your shoulder at how the base will react to every decision.
Imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns. Imagine if we did something different.
Only 17% think the president should focus on new spending programs.5:33 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Washington and the political class are as excited as Hollywood on Oscar night. It’s the … State of the Union. Which is to say … another partisan political speech, only longer.
Unsurprisingly, the public isn’t buying what the speech will be selling and probably won’t be watching anyway.
2:35 PM, Jan 19, 2015 • By DANIEL DORON
Coming on the heels of a spate of revelations regarding corruption in the Israeli government – as well as worrisome signs of dysfunction in Israeli governance, exposed during last summer’s unresolved campaign against Hamas – the Israeli public was shocked again recently by yet more revelations of pervasive corruption in high places. Now a dark cloud on the political horizon, corruption (as well as its neglect by the authorities) shows signs of developing into a major political storm.
2:54 PM, Jan 6, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
While swearing in senators today in the Capitol, Vice President Joe Biden declared, "I like kids better than people."
Earlier, the vice president said, "I may be Irish, but I'm not stupid."
'Patience of Job, the strength of Samson, the courage of David, the perseverance of Noah, the intellect of Paul, the wisdom of Solomon, and the forgiveness of Jesus '8:25 PM, Jan 3, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Mike Huckabee kicked off his final show on Fox News with a lesson on governing -- and a warning:
7:01 AM, Dec 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
There's more Obamacare bashing from the political left today. This time it's from outgoing Senate majority leader Harry Reid.
As he tells a New York Times reporter:
Out of prison, with a new wife and infant son, Edwin Edwards, 86, hits the campaign trail again.10:29 AM, Dec 7, 2014 • By MATT LABASH
Editor's note: "[F]our-time former governor and ex-convict Edwin Edwards -- a Louisiana icon, both beloved and reviled -- has lost his first, and likely last, political race at the ballot box," the Times-Picayune reports. We're reprinting this article on Edwards's attempted comeback, which originally appeared in the issue dated July 28, 2014, below.
3:48 PM, Nov 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Kristol, with Cokie Roberts, Donna Brazile, and Jelani Cobb, this morning on ABC's This Week:
6:00 PM, Nov 3, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Whether or not Jeff Bell comes from behind to win the New Jersey Senate race, he deserves credit for having run a classy, ideas-focused race. That's epitomized by his "closing argument," reproduced below. If a majority of New Jersey voters actually read this email, I do think Bell would win. The media complain a lot about the low quality of campaigns these days—but when an underdog candidate runs a high-quality campaign, they don’t bother covering it. It would be good if some of them acknowledged Bell's attempt to elevate the political discourse.
1:01 PM, Nov 1, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
This election might determine whether the "climate crisis" is solved, former Vice President Al Gore claims. The former politician makes the statement in a fundraising email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
"Here's what I believe," writes Gore.
"There is nothing more pressing in our time than confronting and solving the climate crisis.
"We have no time to spare. We must act now. Luckily, we have all the tools we need to solve this challenge. All we need is political will -- but political will is a renewable resource!
8:05 AM, Oct 31, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Harry Reid is now "begging" for support. He made the comment in an email to supporters of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
The subject for the email from Reid, the Senate majority leader, reads: "I'm begging." Which is no wonder considering his job is at stake -- if Democrats lose the Senate, Reid will no longer hold his current leadership position.
"Daniel -- I’ve been emailing a TON," Reid writes.
3:02 PM, Oct 28, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
The Obama administration is suddenly a champion of states' rights when it comes to the Ebola quarantine controversy.
10:01 AM, Oct 26, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
California senator Dianne Feinstein told CNN this morning that she'd be "flattered" if Michelle Obama is considering a run for her Senate in 2018:
Hosted by Michael Graham.7:35 PM, Oct 21, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on the state of the polls, two weeks out from the midterm elections.