Long before the Tea Party, he embodied the GOP fringe—and now the ex-senator wants his old New Hampshire seat back. But state Republicans, pining for Scott Brown, aren’t so keen.
For the past several weeks, many New Hampshire Republicans, facing a weak stable of homegrown Senate candidates, have been praying for a certain ex-senator to swoop in from out of state and give Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen a real fight. Three days after Thanksgiving, a certain ex-senator, after much hemming and hawing, finally announced his intention to do precisely that.Unfortunately, it was the wrong guy.GOPers at both the state and national levels have been pining for former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown, who owns a vacation home in New Hampshire, to bring his Cosmo-approved brand of sex appeal to the Granite State.
Drubbed in the 2012 race after his ‘oops’ moment, the Texas governor is back for more, criss-crossing the country in what certainly looks like the early stages of a 2016 bid.
SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Rick Perry isn’t fooling anybody.The cocksure Texas governor may have comfortably resisted taking the bait on a half-dozen questions about his 2016 presidential ambitions from reporters in this first-in-the-South primary state.“I just try to deflect as much 2016 conversation as I can,” he said Tuesday. “As I said, my focus is on 2014...”He may have even heaped unbridled praise on potential future rivals such as Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker as part of his ongoing cross-country campaign to trumpet the success of his colleagues.
Just in case you're tempted to talk about the prospects for "independent" candidates, remember that most voters—including yourself—are partisans.
The public is tremendously frustrated with the two most public branches of the federal government, with low approval ratings for Congress (an all-time low of 9 percent) and President Obama (40 percent). Congress, in particular, is a joke. With the exception of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and Hurricane Sandy relief, Congress—and House Republicans in particular—has done nothing but dither, argue, and plunge the country into a dangerous stand-off over the debt limit.
The RNC's ill-worded tweet about the "end" of racism is a nice time to remember that racial bias is still real and still affects millions of Americans.
This past Sunday, to commemorate the anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott—a long-planned assault on segregation in the city initiated by Rosa Parks’ civil disobedience—the RNC wrote a tweet: “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand in ending racism.”The reaction was swift as hundreds of Twitter users piled on the RNC with the hashtag #RacismEndedWhen, created by user @FeministaJones, mocking the idea that racism is anywhere close to over.
The New Jersey governor’s backing of a GOP challenger to Cuomo in the next New York governor’s race is being read for clues about a possible Christie-Cuomo showdown in 2016.
Andrew Cuomo versus Chris Christie isn’t just a potential 2016 presidential matchup; it’s a political skirmish that’s already being waged across the Hudson River.While the two have had a relatively close working relationship as governors of neighboring states who shared control of the New York Port Authority, it’s been strained in recent days by a report that Christie, the new head of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), has been helping to recruit Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino to run against Cuomo in 2014.
Another big deadline is drawing near on Capitol Hill. Behind the scenes, both parties’ ‘budget fatigue’ and bad recent memories of brinkmanship are bringing hopes of a mini-bargain.
With the deadline for a budget agreement rapidly approaching, there is none of the terrible thrashing and gnashing of teeth that typically accompanies an epic budget battle. Instead there is a wall of silence imposed by the chief House and Senate negotiators, Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray.Republicans aren’t talking because they have an understandable interest in keeping the public dialogue focused on Obamacare rather than anything that might trigger memories of the recent government shutdown.
A tweet about Rosa Parks ‘ending racism’ reveals a shameful truth about the GOP: Equality has never been the party’s fight and likely never will be.
Yeah, it was probably a junior social-media staffer who threw up that Twitter post about Rosa Parks “ending racism” in 1955. And it was just a little slip.But it’s a story because it reveals two painful and quite shameful truths about the GOP, in this year of the “autopsy” that wasn’t, this year when the Republican-appointed Supreme Court majority essentially made racially discriminatory gerrymandering legal again after nearly 50 years, and when Republican state parties all over the country are redoubling their efforts to make it as difficult as possible for black people to cast a vote.
Healthcare.gov is well on its way to full stability, but Republicans refuse to acknowledge it. No matter the facts, the GOP is committed to the message that Obamacare has failed.
It wasn’t that long ago when Republicans were deeply concerned over the quality of the president’s healthcare website.In a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Lamar Alexander demanded answers for the massive glitches that attended the rollout of Healthcare.gov. “We are concerned by recent comments to the media that the system suffers from architectural problems that need design changes,” wrote the two GOP lawmakers, “We seek information about these problems as well as whether you still expect individuals to suffer a tax penalty if they do no purchase government-approved health insurance.
Do the Democrats have a Plan B for 2016? From Joe Biden to Andrew Cuomo, the candidates who would step in if Hillary steps back.
There are supposed to be three things in life that are certain: death, taxes and Hillary Clinton being the Democratic nominee in 2016. But what if the former Secretary of State decides not to run? There are a number of other Democratic hopefuls already publically hinting at their own bids for the Oval Office. Here are six of the most prominent politicians considering a run or having their names floated.Joe BidenAs an incumbent Vice President, Joe Biden would have a number of built-in advantages in a presidential bid.
Jason Chaffetz, a Tea Party congressman from Utah, raised eyebrows by appearing at a late November fundraiser for a local elected official in Iowa.
Why is Rep Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) appearing at a fundraiser for a local elected official in Iowa?Chaffetz, a rising conservative star who was first elected to Congress in 2008, was in Iowa on November 21 for a fundraiser for Chad Airhart, the county recorder in Dallas County, Iowa, which consists of fast-growing Des Moines suburbs. The Utah congressman headlined Airhart's "Blue Jean Bash" at Jethro's BBQ and Jambalaya in West Des Moines.
Post-presidency plans? He’s been thinking about them. At least that’s the impression a visibly frustrated Obama and the first lady gave in their Barbara Walters interview.
The Obamas’ interview Friday with Barbara Walters left me with one takeaway: They’re looking forward to the end of the president’s term. And to be honest, who can blame them?Of course, neither President Obama nor first lady Michelle Obama stated that explicitly. They didn’t say they have a “count down the days until we’re outta here” calendar in their bedroom. And I’m not saying the president is throwing in the towel.But the Obamas’ tone reminded me of when you’ve already decided to break up with the person you’re dating, though you haven’t told the other person yet.
After triggering the nuclear option, Democrats agreed to stick to an antiquated legislative courtesy that’s preventing Obama from appointing federal judges.
Democrats changed the Senate rules to make it harder for Republicans to block President Obama’s nominees with a filibuster, but don’t cry for the minority. The GOP has a variety of other tactics it can use—and has been using—to deny confirmation of judges that Obama nominated in most cases many months ago. None are as obvious as the filibuster that Republicans routinely used to delay or derail nominees, but the Democrats’ decision to pull the trigger on the so-called nuclear option and allow a majority vote of 51 to end a filibuster, rather than the often insurmountable 60 votes, does not end Obama’s woes.
So the troubled site apparently now works 90 percent of the time. That should be good news for Obama—but the question is whether Obamacare will get the mass enrollment it needs.
HealthCare.gov finally works. Now people just need to use it.The error-plagued website, which was supposed to be the portal for Americans seeking to buy health insurance through the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act, is finally approaching basic functionality two months after it went online.In a report released Sunday, the Department of Health and Human Services breathlessly announced that the website now functions more than 90 percent of the time, not including scheduled downtime for maintenance.
Why would the Democrats, who never seem to stop worrying about overweening presidential control, roll back the filibuster—and hand their own power to Obama? They’ll be sorry, and soon.
I’m one of those neocons you used to hear so much about. I want a powerful presidency, able to project American power effectively. My bias is that Congress tends to be parochial, irresponsible, and self-interested. Worse, it’s dangerously easy for Congress to be captured by a minority of a minority of a minority: the Tea Party of today; the ultra-liberal Democrats of the mid-1970s. Under the theory of the Constitution, Congress passes laws and adopts budgets, while the Executive enforces laws and follows budgets.
Alison Grimes’s campaign for McConnell’s Senate seat has gotten this far for one reason: she’s not McConnell. Now she needs to say who she is and what she stands for.
Things got heated in the gathering area behind the workshop of Guthrie Farms in Western Kentucky.Not when Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes heard repeated concerns about regulations forcing farmers to take care of “the Mexicans” or after the laughter subsided when she was asked if she believed in “Adam and Eve or Adam and Steve.”No, the real action was last December when the University of Kentucky Wildcats lost their annual battle with the University of Louisville Cardinals.
Saturday was the deadline to fix the site. Did they do it, and if so, does it even matter? The Sunday talk shows look at the practical and political future of Obamacare.
After years of reveling in intra-GOP squabbling, Democrats are facing a battle within their own party over economic populism—and the fight over inequality may dominate the 2014 races.