The Great Debate

The boost Republicans are getting from attacking ‘political correctness’

By Bill Schneider
December 30, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook - RTX1ZT14

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Carson in Jordan: God bless and keep the Syrians – far away from us

By Shibley Telhami
December 2, 2015
Source: Carson campaign/ Facebook/ screen shot

Source: Carson campaign/ Facebook/ screenshot

On Saturday Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, who had strongly opposed absorbing Syrian refugees in the United States, suddenly turned up in Jordan visiting the very refugees he wants to keep away from American soil. What explains the sudden interest in a group GOP presidential candidates have been competing to keep out? Carson’s move, a new poll suggests, could well save his lead among evangelical Christians.

What’s behind the Trump slump, and why doesn’t it seem to be worrying him?

By Bill Schneider
December 1, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump motions for security to remove a person from his rally in Sarasota, Florida November 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Scott Audette       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1W9QU

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump motions for security to remove a person from his rally in Sarasota, Florida November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Scott Audette TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTX1W9QU

from Reihan Salam:

Paul Ryan’s promising new plan to end poverty

By Reihan Salam
July 24, 2014

Ryan speaks at the SALT conference in Las Vegas

Paul Ryan has long been known as the GOP’s budget guru. With the release of his new report on expanding opportunity in America -- the most ambitious conservative anti-poverty agenda since the mid-1990s -- he is on the cusp of becoming something much more than that.

The Republican war cuts through CPAC

By Craig Shirley
March 11, 2014

The 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference has ended but the harsh debate between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party goes on. Though nothing remains static indefinitely. Things do change.

Reagan’s true legacy: The Tea Party

By Craig Shirley
February 6, 2014

 

Challenging the status quo is the correct condition of American conservatism.

At the end of the American Revolution, Benjamin Rush, who had signed the Declaration of Independence, vowed that though the war with Great Britain was over, the Revolution would go on.

GOP on Obamacare: Divide and conquer

By Bill Schneider
November 19, 2013

“Remember the strategy for stopping Obamacare we laid out to you back in July,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.) told the House Republican conference last week. “Targeted legislative strikes aimed at shattering the legislative coalition the president has used to force his law on the nation.”

Republicans won’t embrace same-sex marriage anytime soon

By Ben Adler
March 26, 2013

In the wake of Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman’s  announcement that his son is gay, and his son’s coming out prompting  the senator to support gay marriage, it has become  commonplace to assert that Republicans are about to flip-flop on the gay marriage issue. Activists on both sides seem to agree. The Log Cabin Republicans triumphantly declared: “If there was any doubt that the conservative logjam on the issue of civil marriage for committed gay and lesbian couples has broken, Senator Portman’s support for the freedom to marry has erased it.” On Sunday, Karl Rove appeared to take leave of his senses when he said he could imagine the 2016 Republican presidential nominee supporting legal same-sex marriage. And with the Supreme Court set to hear a challenge to gay marriage bans this week, many observers are predicting that one or more conservative justices will join with the Court’s liberal wing to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, and possibly California’s Proposition 8 as well.

GOP v. Voting Rights Act

By William Yeomans
January 10, 2013

The Republican Party is in danger of reaping what it has sown.

Much has been written about the GOP’s problem with minority voters.  Quite simply, the party has managed to alienate every nonwhite constituency in the nation.

Big Love: The GOP and the super-rich

By Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson
December 12, 2012

Will Republicans buck anti-tax orthodoxy and strike a budget deal? Since election night, they have begun to utter the dreaded “r-word” (revenue). But they have insisted that those revenues come from reducing loopholes — not increasing rates.