The Texas senator, a quintessential establishment Republican, is facing a new primary challenger in Steve Stockman, who blames Cornyn for ‘making sure Obamacare became law.’
Tea Party favorite Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) has filed to run in a March primary against John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. Senate.In an interview with World Net Daily, Stockman said he was mounting his primary challenge because the Texas senator did not stand with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during the government shutdown. “We are extremely disappointed in the way he treated his fellow congressmen and broke the 11th Commandment and undermined Ted Cruz’s fight to stop Obamacare,” Stockman said.
A St. Louis company has published a coloring book about the Texas senator—and it just may be the perfect holiday gift for children of all ages.
Looking for a stocking stuffer for someone who loves both crayons and conservatism? Look no further—the Ted Cruz coloring book is here.Just in time for the holiday season, Really Big Coloring Books from St. Louis, Missouri has produced a 24-page Ted Cruz coloring book. Available for only $4.99 (and even cheaper with a bulk discount), the book features the freshman Texas senator hunting, speaking on the Senate floor, and sitting with family in scenes that children of all ages can color in.
Former top Romney foreign policy advisor Rich Williamson died on Sunday at the age of 64.
The DC foreign policy community reacted with shock and sadness Monday to the unexpected death of Rich Williamson, a long time American diplomat and Republican foreign policy operative, who died Sunday due to complications from a cerebral hemorrhage at age 64.Williamson most recently served as a top foreign policy advisor to Mitt Romney and helped shape the 2012 GOP nominee's policies on international affairs. But Williamson's resume also included stints as a diplomat, political candidate, academic, lawyer, human rights activist, and key figure in the foreign policy staffs of leading Republican politicians including Sen.
I was in Paris over the weekend speaking to a conference at the Institut Francais du Relations Internationales (www.ifri.org, and thank you, nice people of IFRI, for your hospitality!) about American domestic politics, and more specifically, the Democrats' future and a possible Hillary Clinton candidacy in 2016. The room included a combination of American ex-pats and diplomats and, well, French people, keenly interested in America and in HRC.
Obama wants young people to sign up, but he’s not talking about Hispanics, who could make or break the law—and so far, with Spanish tools delayed on HealthCare.gov, the outlook is grim.
When President Obama made his latest pitch for young people to enroll for health insurance though the Affordable Care Act, he threw out all the buzzwords you’d associate with those crazy kids we all call the “young invincibles.”He talked about Twitter, Facebook, bartenders, and college radio stations. “Host a happy hour!” he suggested.But the president made no mention of what policy experts say is the real key to enrolling enough young Americans to make his signature health reform effort economically viable—convincing enough Hispanics to sign up.
Crushed in the 2012 ground and data game, the GOP has learned its lesson—and is knee deep in Clinton oppo-research. From health care to the Hillary films, it’s already working.
Smack dab in the middle of this jolly holiday season, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus set political tongues wagging when he told radio bomb-thrower Hugh Hewitt that the party’s oppo-research machine is already combing through the metaphorical trash of a certain blond Democratic presidential possible. (Hint: It’s not Elizabeth Warren.)Faster than you can say “Hillaryland,” Priebus’s words were tweeted, blogged, and otherwise splashed about as though the man had just admitted to sacrificing live chickens in the basement of Karl Rove’s house.
As the shock of Sandy Hook fades with time, partisan fear-mongering has left new gun legislation seeming impractical and implausible.
Here’s the thing about shock. It fades. Certainly not for the families of the 20 children who were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School one year ago. But for the rest of us, who recoiled in horror at the evil enabled by semi-automatic weapons wielded by a monster of a young man, the shock fades.The urgency over trying to ensure that such a slaughter “never happens again”—it fades. The calls for new legislation, reasonable restrictions which might make it just a little bit more difficult to kill as many people as fast as possible, grow stale and over time start to seem impractical and implausible.
The Senate’s youngest member, Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy, held his fellow lawmakers’ feet to the fire on gun control. A year after Newtown, he says he’s not giving up the fight.
On December 14, 2012, Chris Murphy, then still a congressman representing a mostly suburban Connecticut district, was at the Bridgeport City Hall for a press conference on renewable energy. It was the holiday season, and he was planning to take the rest of the afternoon off and take the train to New York with his wife and two kids.On Murphy’s walk from the train station, an aide with him had begun to hear the first reports about a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, a small community 20 miles north on the edge of his district.
Few expected Mississippi’s senior senator to stand for reelection. Now he’ll be bringing the Republican Party’s civil war to another state, facing an insurgent from the right next June.
The next battle in the civil war within the Republican Party will be fought in Mississippi.On Friday, six-term U.S. Senator Thad Cochran announced he would run for reelection in 2014, setting up a divisive June primary campaign against state senator Chris McDaniel. Cochran, who turns 76 on Saturday, was long considered likely to retire based on his age, his relatively lackluster recent fundraising, and McDaniel’s candidacy. However, he confounded expectations and set the stage for what will be yet another bruising battle between the Republican Establishment and the Tea Party.
Rising party stars like Ted Cruz might be trying to pay tribute to the South African leader, but their conservative elders hated him as a dangerous ideologue—and their base still does.
As we mourn Nelson Mandela and honor his memory, it’s important to remember that—for most of his life—he was a polarizing and divisive figure. As my colleague Peter Beinart notes, American conservatives disdained Mandela. Ronald Reagan placed the African National Congress on America’s official list of terrorist organizations, Dick Cheney (along with 144 other Republicans) opposed a resolution urging Mandela’s release from jail, and a stream of conservative intellectuals offered their condemnation of him and support for the regime he opposed.
Black voters are ill-served by Democrats, and Republicans can’t get their message across to people of color. How the GOP can make inroads in African-American communities.
I read with interest Jamelle Bouie’s piece this week—“Racism Not a Problem Anymore? Don’t Be Ridiculous, It’s Still a Big Issue.” Yes, there are unenlightened people in this country who will discriminate based on skin color. But let’s also confront another inconvenient truth: America’s major political parties aren’t serious about meaningful diversity either. Democrats have done little for blacks in decades that has resulted in meaningful and measurable results, all while pocketing their votes.
It’s not a done deal, but aides are optimistic about an emerging bipartisan agreement that would avoid another government shutdown and ease the blow of additional sequester cuts.
Both sides caution there isn’t a final deal yet, but an agreement appears to be in the works for a two-year budget that would avoid another damaging government shutdown and replace half the sequester cuts poised to fall on the Pentagon and domestic programs.The process is still fluid with lots of moving parts, but negotiators are working toward a House floor vote that would meet the deadline of Friday, Dec. 13, when the House adjourns for the holidays.
In a live talk with Chris Matthews, the president pushed young people to get insured, showed optimism about immigration reform, but refused to weigh in on a Clinton-Biden face-off.
In an interview tonight with Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball, President Barack Obama pushed for immigration reform and touted the fixes to the flawed HealthCare.gov website needed to implement his ambitious health-care overhaul.Talking to Matthews for about an hour before a live audience at American University in Washington, D.C., Obama urged the young people attending to log on to the website while acknowledging why they might be skeptical.
They don’t want to fund gay candidates, want to repeal the minimum wage, and need classes on talking to women. Republicans agree they need a bigger tent, don’t know how to build it.
Most Republicans agree that the party needs a bigger tent. Earlier this year, the Republican National Committee released a whole report to that effect, and individual Republican lawmakers can’t stop talking about how their party is open to everyone. “We need to say we’re the party of the big tent,” said Texas Senator John Cornyn during an election event last month, to use one example.It’s great that the GOP wants to be inclusive. The problem comes when it’s time to do something about it.
If we turn the late South African leader into a nonthreatening moral icon, we’ll forget a key lesson from his life: America isn’t always a force for freedom.
Now that he’s dead, and can cause no more trouble, Nelson Mandela is being mourned across the ideological spectrum as a saint. But not long ago, in Washington’s highest circles, he was considered an enemy of the United States. Unless we remember why, we won’t truly honor his legacy.In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan placed Mandela’s African National Congress on America’s official list of “terrorist” groups. In 1985, then-Congressman Dick Cheney voted against a resolution urging that he be released from jail.
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.