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Republican Establishment Relying On Voters To Take Out Trump, And They Have No ‘Plan B’

Donald Trump Speaking

The GOP “establishment” isn’t planning to take on Donald Trump directly and instead relying on Republican primary voters to come to their senses. They may be waiting for something that will never happen.

The 2016 GOP Race And The Battle To Define What ‘Conservative’ Means

Fourth Republican Debate Nov 10 2015

Much more so than in the past, the race for the Republican Presidential race has become a battle to define what it means to be a ‘conservative.’ Especially on issues like immigration and national security, one side seems to be winning the battle.

Republicans And The Legacy Of George W. Bush

George W Bush

Republicans haven’t really moved beyond the legacy of George W. Bush’s failed Administration as much as they’d like to think, but it doesn’t seem to be hurting them very much.

Polling Shows Democrats Less Engaged In The 2016 Campaign Than Republicans


A new poll shows that Democratic voters are less engaged in the 2016 campaign right now than Republicans are, but that probably doesn’t mean that much for next year.

Kevin McCarthy Inadvertently Tells The Truth About The House Benghazi Committee


The man who will likely be the next Speaker of the House accidentally acknowledged the real motivation behind the Select Committee investigating, yet again, the Benghazi attack.

John Boehner’s Parting Words For His Critics Are Spot-On


John Boehner let loose on the “false prophets” on the right yesterday, and he’s absolutely right.

Republican Candidates Abandon Reagan’s Optimism In Favor Of Doom And Gloom


To listen to many of the Republican candidates for President, it would appear that the lights have been turned out on Ronald Reagan’s shining city on a hill.

Scott Walker And Chris Christie Pander To Donald Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Base


Scott Walker and Chris Christie apparently think that the key to turning around their dying campaigns is to pander to the people supporting Donald Trump’s anti-immigration platform.

How Much Will Trumpism Damage The Republican Party?


Even if Donald Trump isn’t the Republican nominee in 2016, he could still end up causing real harm to the party’s chances of winning the White House and holding on to the Senate.

Donald Trump’s Substance Free Campaign For President

Trump Escalator

Donald’s Trump’s campaign is the logical conclusion of more than a decade of emotion-drive, substance-free politics.

Donald Trump, Immigration, And The Republican Party

Donald Trump Speaking Closeup

Once again, Donald Trump is succeeding because he is saying things many Republicans agree with.

Most Republicans Still Oppose Same-Sex Marriage, New Poll Finds

GOP Rainbow Flag

A new polls seems to show that Republicans are still clinging to their opposition to marriage equality in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell.

Past Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Could Hurt Republicans In The Future

GOP Rainbow Flag

A long history of opposing marriage equality could end up hurting Republicans even though that battle is over in this country.

Virginia Republicans Step Back From The Brink Of Insanity, Pick 2016 Primary Over Convention

Virginia Flag Map

It was a close vote, but Virginia’s Republican leaders did the smart thing yesterday in picking a primary over a convention in 2016.

Republican Candidates Respond To Obergefell About As Expected

GOP Rainbow Flag

The reaction of many of the GOP candidates to the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is about what you’d expect, but there are a few interesting surprises.

Slowly But Surely, Republicans Seem To Becoming Less Socially Conservative


It will be some time before sanity prevails in the GOP, but slowly but surely Republicans seem to be becoming less socially conservative.

Bobby Jindal’s Utterly Pointless ‘Religious Liberty’ Campaign Stunt

Bobby Jindal Speaking

Thwarted by the legislature, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal used his executive power to take action that seems directed more toward evangelicals in Iowa than anything happening in his home state.

What Can Republicans Learn From The Tory Victory In Great Britain?


Republicans could learn a few things from the Tory victory in the recent British elections, but they are in danger of drawing the wrong conclusions.

The Republican Debate Stage Is Going To Be Awfully Crowded


The Republican debate stage in 2016 is going to be even more crowded than it was in 2012.

Republicans Are Talking About Eliminating Birthright Citizenship Again

illegal immigrants

Republicans on Capitol Hill are talking about fundamentally changing what it means to be an American, and it’s a bad idea.

Republicans Largely Out of Step With The Rest Of America On ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws


Another poll shows that Republicans are largely out of step with public opinion on the question of whether businesses should be free to refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings.

Ted Cruz And Steve King Are Attacking The Rule Of Law In Defense Of “Traditional Marriage”

GOP Rainbow Flag

Ted Cruz and Steve King think the Court should be prevented from hearing any case involving same-sex marriage. Because they know they’re losing.

Have Republicans Given Up In The Fight Against Obamacare?

Healthcare Gov

Five years after it became law, the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act appears to be over.

Marco Rubio Enters The Race For President

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio is the first Republican in the race who actually has a plausible chance to win the nomination, but it’s not going to be easy.

Jeb Bush Tops Latest Poll Of Republican 2016 Candidates

Vote 2016

Jeb Bush is leading the latest poll of the 2016 Republican race and Ted Cruz has surged since he entered the race, but the race is just beginning.

Will The GOP Drop Its Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage?

GOP Rainbow Flag

Some Republicans are trying to move their party in the right direction on marriage equality, but it’s unclear if they will succeed in the short term.

The New Republican Orthodoxy On Israel

US Israeli Flags

More than ever before, even mild criticism of Israel seems to be verboten among Republicans.

After Two Month Stand Off, House Passes Clean DHS Funding Bill


As expected, Republicans have caved in the showdown over funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

Republican Support For Same-Sex Marriage On The Rise

GOP Rainbow Flag

A new poll of 2016 primary voters shows that even Republicans are coming to accept that gays and lesbians should have the right to get married.

RNC Tries To Limit The Number Of Presidential Debates


The Republican National Committee is trying to bring some sanity to the Presidential debate process, but there’s no guarantee it can succeed.

Mike Huckabee Takes Another Step Toward Running For President

Mike Huckabee

Over the weekend, Mike Huckabee took another step that suggests that he is indeed planning on running for President in 2016.

Rand Paul, Marco Rubio Exchange Barbs Over Cuba Policy Changes

Marco Rubio Rand Paul

Two potential candidates for the Republican nomination in 2016 traded barbs this week over the President’s new policy toward Cuba.

Rand Paul Breaks With Other 2016 GOP Contenders In Backing Obama’s Opening To Cuba

Senate Homeland Security Holds Hearing On Federal Programs Equipping Police Departments

Rand Paul is one of the few Republicans who seems to be evaluating the new policy toward Cuba through something other than an outdated Cold War perspective.

In The Wake Of Midterm Losses, Some On The Left Say Democrats Should Write Off The South


Some on the left are suggesting Democrats should write off the South for the foreseeable future, but that would be as foolish as Republicans assuming that their dominance in the region will last as long as Democratic dominance did in the century after the Civil War.

Republican Reaction To Obama’s Executive Action Makes Immigration Reform Much Less Likely


Judging by recent polling, the President’s executive action has hardened GOP opposition to immigration reform, making progress on the issue going forward much less likely.

Rand Paul The GOP Front Runner? Not Likely

Senate Homeland Security Holds Hearing On Federal Programs Equipping Police Departments

Even leaving aside the fact that it is far too early to be making such assessments, the idea that Rand Paul is the front runner for the Republican nomination in 2016 fails the logic test.

GOP’s Big Donors Seek To Narrow The 2016 Field, But They Have Less Control Than They Think

Elephants Fighting

The GOP donor class would like the 2016 race to be short and sweet, but that’s unlikely to happen.

Republicans Would Be More Credible On Immigration If They Had A Plan Of Their Own


The fact that Republicans lack anything approaching a coherent immigration plan makes it hard to take their criticism of the President seriously.

Can Hillary Expand The Electoral College Map In 2016? In An Important Sense, It Doesn’t Matter

Electoral College 2012

An adviser close to Hillary Clinton is talking about expanding the Electoral College map in 2016, but even without such an expansion the GOP faces an uphill battle.

Republican Congress May Not Act To Block Marijuana Legalization In Washington, D.C.


Somewhat missed in Election Day’s Republican landslide was the fact that a referendum to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes had passed overwhelmingly in Washington, D.C. In the wake of that victory, though, was the question of whether or not the newly Republican Congress would try to block implementation of the measure under their power to […]

Rand Paul Is Right. The GOP’s Brand Sucks, But That’s Only Part Of The Problem

U.S. Senate Members Hold Inaugural Tea Party Caucus Meeting

Rebranding alone isn’t going to fix what’s causing the GOP to lose ground among a whole host of demographic groups.

Republicans Have Little Incentive To Move Forward On Immigration Reform


Despite conventional wisdom, there remains little incentive for the GOP to change its position on immigration reform.

Democrats Starting To Worry About Turnout In The Midterms

Election 2014

Democrats are starting to worry that low turnout could turn a good year for the GOP into a very good year.

Mike Huckabee Threatens To Leave The GOP Over Gay Marriage; Don’t Believe Him

Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee is threatening to leave the GOP if the party backs down on same-sex marriage. He’s bluffing.

SCOTUS Gives The GOP A Way Out Of The Same-Sex Marriage Battle

Elephants Fighting

The Supreme Court has given the GOP a way out of a battle that they are going to lose anyway.

The Tea Party Lost Badly In 2014, But It’s Not Going Anywhere


The death of the Tea Party is greatly exaggerated.

Ben Carson: ‘Strong Likelihood’ I’ll Run For President

2013 Conservative Political Action Conference

Ben Carson, the now apparently neurosurgeon who has become something of a celebrity on the right thanks to his outspoken, and often outrageous, comments about President Obama, says that he’s likely to run for President in 2016: Former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and conservative activist Ben Carson said there is a “strong” likelihood that you will […]

Republicans Still Have A Problem With Female Voters

Gender Gap Politics

Two prominent Republican groups point out the blindingly obvious.

What Republican Wave?

Election 2014

So far at least, there is no evidence that 2014 will be a “wave election.”

Mitch McConnell Promising More Showdowns And Shutdowns If The GOP Wins The Senate


If Republicans win the Senate, what we’ve seen for the past three years could end up seeming tame by comparison.

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