The Great Debate

Great debate gaffes in history

August 6, 2015

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Before the 1976 presidential campaign even began, President Gerald R. Ford was weighed down by his decision to pardon his predecessor, President Richard M. Nixon, for crimes connected to Watergate. Ford was also locked in a tough race with Georgia’s Democratic former governor, Jimmy Carter, because the Southerner, with his born-again purity, was far more in sync with a public recovering from its “long national nightmare.” But Ford’s major debate gaffe about the Soviet Union’s influence on Poland was another blow he never fully recovered from.

Donald Trump is a superhero – but not in a good way

July 27, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attends the Family Leadership Summit in Ames

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Focusing on 2016, GOP governors overlook their own states

July 7, 2015
Wisconsin Governor and potential Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Scott Walker greets supporters at a rally for Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) in Cedar Rapids

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 24, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

A failing nuclear treaty with Russia shows the right way to deal with Iran

July 2, 2015
Negotiators of Iran and six world powers face each other at a table in the historic basement of Palais Coburg hotel in Vienna

Negotiators of Iran and six world powers face each other in the historic basement of Palais Coburg hotel in Vienna April 24, 2015. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

Is Jeb Bush just another ‘big government’ liberal?

February 6, 2015
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addresses the Detroit Economic Club in Detroit

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addresses the Detroit Economic Club about his “Reform Conservative Agenda” in Detroit, Michigan, February 4, 2015 REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Obama’s ‘crisis of competence’ drags down the Democrats

October 31, 2014

Obama holds a meeting with Ebola Response Coordinator Klain (not pictured) at the White House in Washington

Once upon a time, a candidate ran for president on the issue of competence. “This election isn’t about ideology,” he told the 1988 Democratic National Convention. “It’s about competence.”

Why Republicans may not win the Senate after all

September 29, 2014

 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at the Faith & Freedom Coalition "Road to Majority" reception in Washington

Establishment Republicans should keep the champagne on ice until after the midterm elections. Too many are already popping corks, pronouncing their strategy of “crushing” the Tea Party during the primaries as a crucial step in their successful takeover of the Senate.

Nixon’s showbiz legacy

August 8, 2014

nixon in limo

The 40th anniversary of President Richard M. Nixon’s resignation comes just as politicians of both parties increasingly say the words “President Barack Obama” and “impeachment” in the same sentence. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives, which has filed a lawsuit against the president, has also been quick to draw comparisons between the Nixon administration’s abuses of executive power and Obama’s use of executive orders.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

I’m Ronald Reagan! No, I’m Reagan! No, over here, I’m the real Reagan!

July 22, 2014

 Rand Paul introduces U.S. Senate Republican Leader Sen. McConnell to crowd of campaign supporters after McConnell defeated Tea Party challenger Bevin in state Republican primary elections in Louisville

Did anyone hear the crack of a starting pistol? Nor me. But the race to become the Republican presidential nominee in 2016 is on.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

Fighting for the future of conservatism

May 13, 2014

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech to placard waving Conservatives during an European election campaign rally at a science park in Bristol

Establishment Republicans have been delighted by the victory of Thom Tillis, their favored candidate in last week’s North Carolina primary. After expensive advertising campaigns by establishment bagmen like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, mainstream conservatives believe they have a candidate who can beat Democrat Kay Hagan to win a valuable Senate seat in November.