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  1. Republicans for What? [The GOP won’t get the victory it seeks without a positive agenda.]  9-4-14
  2. Republicans. “The Democrats Every Republican Should Quote.”  6-17-14
  3. Republicans. LTE. “GOP Must Get Much Better at Articulating Its Vision.”  9-10-14
  4. Republicans. “A New Republican War on Poverty.” By Gary MacDougal. [The myth about the uncaring GOP is being debunked again.]  9-16-14
  5. Republicans. “Why a GOP Senate Majority Is Still in Doubt.” By Karl Rove [Since Sept 1, Democrats have run or placed $109 million in TV ads to the Republicans $80 million.]  9-18-14
  6. Republicans. “How Wisconsin Prosecutors Became Campaign Partisans.” [Their   raids on conservatives have chilled political speech and amount to a huge donation to Democrats.]  9-20-14
  7. Republicans. “Leapfrogging the Democrats’ Tech Advantage.” By Kimberley Strassel. [A 28-year-old data evangelist on giving the Republican voter operation a radical upgrade for the midterms.]  9-20-14
  8. Republicans. “The Issues Are Breaking Bad for Democrats.” By Karl Rove. [While the economy remains a top concern, voters are now worried about national security.]   9-25-14
  9.  Republicans. “The Big Money Democrats.” [The liberal superrich may save the Senate for Harry Reid.]  9-25-14
  10. Republicans. “Why Nancy Pelosi Is Smiling.” By Kimberley Strassel.   [[Dems let off the hook…]  9-26-14
  11. Republicans “Republicans Need a Direction.” By Peggy Noonan. [They could win by default, but that’s not good enough.]   9-27-14
  12. Republicans. LTE. “We Should Learn from New Zealand.”  10-1-2014
  13. Republicans “Harry Reid’s Desperate Measures.” By Fred Barnes. [In 40 years of covering national elections, I‘ve never seen anything like this effort to keep Senate control.]  10-1-2014
  14. Republicans: “How Senate Republicans Can Close the Sale.” By Karl Rove. [Stick to emphasizing growth, a strong national defense, and reforms in health care and energy.]  10-2-2014
  15. Republicans. LTE. “The Republicans Need a Clear Vision.”   10-4-14
  16. Republicans. “The Nine Years of DeLay.” [The Travis County D.A. loses another attempt to criminalize politics.]  10-6-14
  17. Racial Politics. Book reviews by Michael Barone of: “Latino America” by Matt Arreto et. al., and “A Race for the Future.” [Racial preferences were granted first to blacks, then to Asians and Hispanics, whose ancestors never experienced systemic discrimination.]   10-8-2014
  18. Taxes. “Michigan’s Tax Referendum.” [The GOP’s reform Governors are on the ballot in November.]  10-10-14
  19. Republicans. “Freedom, Hard Work, and the Party of Lincoln.” By Richard Brookhiser. [The GOP remains the natural repository of values espoused by the 16th president, who was guided by his faith in liberty and individual enterprise.]  10-11-14
  20. Republicans. “The Republican Election Hand Gets Better.” By Karl Rove. [The GOP is gaining ground with fundraising, ad buys, undecided voters and independents.”  10-16-14
  21. Elections. “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Senate Race.” By Kimberley A. Strassel. [Virginia is winnable, if the GOP thinks big.]  10-17-14
  22. Republicans. Education. “Kay Hagan’s Bad Math.” [A case study in one of the great scams in American politics.] 10-18-14
  23. Republicans. “Vote for Tom Cotton – and Redeem Harvard.” By Ruth R. Wisse. [The Army veteran is also an alum of a school that needs to have its patriotic bona fides buffed.]  10-21-14
  24. Republicans. “A Catastrophic GOP Victory.” [The press corps decides that Republicans lose even if they win.]  10-23-14
  25. Democrats. “The ‘Colorado Model’ Goes Thud.” By Kimberley A. Strassel.   [… But this year’s Colorado is hardly proving a blueprint for future Democratic campaigns.]  10-24-14
  26. Democrats. Bringing Back a Trusty Tactic. [Casting Republicans as too willing to send jobs overseas is a strategy Democrats have used successfully before.] WSJ. 10-24-14, p. A4
  27. Republicans. “Rick Snyder Drives Off the Road.” [Michigan’s pro-market Governor embraces the car dealer cartel.]   10-25-14
  28. Republicans Won Big, So Now Go Big. By Karl Rove. [Voters expressed their disgust with a six-year liberal experiment.] 11-6-14
  29. Republicans. “A Growth and Reform Congress.” [The GOP can’t ‘govern’ from Congress, but it can showcase its agenda.]  11-6-14
  30. Republicans. “Vindication in the States.” [The GPO reformers won big, while tax increasers often lost.] 11-6-14
  31. Republicans. “Now We Can Get Congress Going.” By John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. [Reform the tax code, redefine ‘full time’ as working 40 hours a week, move on the Keystone XL pipeline – there are plenty of tasks ahead.]  11-6-14
  32. Republicans. “After Harry Reid, the GOP Shouldn’t Unilaterally Disarm.” By Orrin Hatch and C. Boyden Gray. [It will take years to undo the damage done by Senate Democrats’ barring filibusters of judicial nominees.]  11-6-14
  33. Republicans. “The Senate’s Talent Infusion.” By Kimberley Strassel.   […voters on Tuesday did something about it; They elected some men and women of substance.]  11-7-14
  34. Republicans. “The Next Attorney General.” [One area to question Loretta Lynch is civil asset forfeiture.]  11-10-14
  35. Republicans. “McConnell Talks a Good Senate Game.” By William Galston. [The future majority leader has offered plenty of promising rhetoric. Let’s see what happens.]  11-12-14
  36. Republicans.   LTE. “Tom Corbett Fought the Good Fight.”  11-12-14
  37. Republicans. “A GOP Earmark Statement.” [The House majority defeats an effort to restore the pork habit.]  11-18-14
  38. Republicans and the Filibuster. [The Senate GOP shouldn’t create a double standard for nominees.]  11-20-14
  39. Republicans. “The Early Line on the GOP Presidential Field.” By Karl Rove. [The pluses and minuses of almost two dozen potential candidates.] 11-20-14
  40. Repubs. “The Revival of the GOP Internationalists.” By Matthew Kaminski. [The lonely McCain-Graham team is expanding just when mounting world disorder demands U.S. attention.]  11-28-14
  41. Republicans. “How to Score in Congress.” [The GOP needs reformers to run CBO and the Joint Tax Committee.]  12-2-14
  42. Republicans. “Taking Obama’s Immigration Bait.” [Republicans can’t win by shutting down the government.]  12-4-14
  43. Republicans. “Who’s Winning the GOP’s Invisible Primaries?” by Karl Rove.   [Republican presidential hopefuls are competing to refine messages, raise money and build staffs.]  12-4-14
  44. Republicans. “Can the GOP Find Unity and Purpose?” by Peggy Noonan. [The Democrats are divided. The Republicans need to resist Obama’s provocations.]  12-6-14
  45. Repubs. “Behind the GOP Statehouse Juggernaut.” Interview with Bill McCollum. By Allysia Finley. [The GOP controls more state legislative chambers than it has in nearly a century. One of the architects explains the strategy and the policy reforms he expects in 2015.]   12-13-14
  46. Republicans. “Don’t Scoff: Bipartisanship Is Possible in 2015.” [Many bills passed by the House had Democratic support, even if Harry Reid buried them.]   12-18-14
  47.  Republicans. “The Reagan-Clinton Template for Success.” By Phil Gramm et. al. [Divided government doesn’t have to be a prescription for stalemate. Past bipartisan achievements point the way.]  12-16-14
  48. Republicans. “How to End the Government Shutdown Option.” By John O. McGinnis [Budget impasses have a way of working out badly for the GOP. Here’s a way to avoid the next crisis.]  12-30-14
  49. Republicans. “The Obama-McConnell Dance Begins.” By Fred Barnes. [The new Senate leader says he’ll seek common ground, but it won’t be easy, given Obama’s ‘view of America.’]  1-5-15
  50. Republicans. “There Are No Magic Republican Bullets.” By Judd Gregg. [Budget ‘reconciliation’ can be a powerful GOP tool, but it carries major political risks if the party overreaches.]  1-6-15
  51. Republicans. “Romney Recycled.” [Mitt would have to explain why he’d be a better candidate now.]  1-14-15
  52. Republicans. “Handicapping the 2016 GOP Primaries.” By Karl Rove. [A candidate’s proficiency at bashing Obama or Hillary will matter less than a positive vision.]  1-15-15
  53. Republicans. “Don’t Do It, Mr. Romney.” By Peggy Noonan. [He’d have been a better president thatn Obama. That’s not nearly enough.]   1-17-15
  54. Republicans. LTE. “On the Possibility of the GOP Recycling Mitt Romney.” 1-21-15
  55. Republicans. “President ‘No’ vs. the Republicans.” By Fred Barnes. [Obama has been quick out of the gate with 13 veto threats. But the GOP is playing a longer game.]  2-19-15
  56. Republicans Could Be In for a Wild 2016 Ride.” By Karl Rove. [New primary rules make the choice of a nominee far more uncertain than in the past half century.]  2-26-15
  57. Republicans. “Squandering a GOP Majority.” [House Republicans walk into Obama’s immigration trap.]  3-2-15
  58. Republicans. LTE. “It’s Time for the Republicans to Defend the Constitution.”  3-5-15
  59.  Republicans. “A Daunting Demographic Challenge for the GOP in 2016.” By Whit Ayres. [A Republican nominee who matches George W. Bush’s winning hand from 2004 would lose this time around.]  3-5-15
  60. Republicans. “Republicans Learn to Play Hardball.” By Kimberley A. Strassel. [Mitch McConnell draws the line when Senate Democrats filibuster a human-trafficking law.]  3-20-15
  61. Republicans. “An ObamaCare Plan Beats No Plan.” [How Republicans should respond if the Justices toss out subsidies.]  3-20-15
  62. Republicans. “The Myth of the Stay-at-Home Republicans.” By Karl Rove. [There were six million fewer voters in 2012 than in 2008, but they weren’t conservatives.]  4-2-15
  63. Rand Paul. “The Rand Paul Difference.”   [He’s sound on domestic reform, but worrying on national security.]  4-8-15
  64. Republicans. Rubio. “Searching for Rubio the Reformer.” By Kimberley A. Strassel. [The GOP presidential race would benefit from the return of the bold 2010 Senate candidate.   4-17-15
  65. Republicans. “The South Carolina Way of Incumbency Protection.”  [State Republicans are angering conservative groups by pursuing clampdowns on political speech.]  4-18-15
  66. Republicans. “An Immigrant’s Tale, From Saigon in ’75 to American Entrepreneur.” [My family was evacuated as the Vietnam War ended. Would today’s Republican Party have welcomed us?]  4-23-15
  67. Republicans. “Ohio Needs a Second Dose of Labor Reform.” By Robert Alt. [If Gov. John Kasich wants to compete for the presidency in 2016, he ought to stand up for employees right now.]  4-25-15
  68. Republicans. “Huckabee’s Revival Campaign.” [He’s a big government conservative in an era of reform.]  5-6-15
  69. Republicans. “Republicans and Iraq.” [How Jeb Bush could have answered the gotcha question.]  5-15-15
  70. Republicans. “Marco Rubio’s Problematic Pillar.” By Peggy Noonan. [His foreign-policy doctrine starts well but ends up a bit too starry-eyed.]  5-16-15
  71. Republicans. “An Open Letter to Republicans on the Ex-Im Bank.” By Jeb Hensarling.   [Where is the justice in risking the taxes of average Americans to fatten the coffers of a moneyed elite.?]  6-4-15
  72. Republicans. “Are Social Issues Hurting Republicans?” by Karl Rove. [Not as much as liberals hope, but the GOP does need to change its rhetoric on some issues.]  6-4-15
  73. Republicans. “Rand Paul Created ISIS.”   [The GOP contender rewrites the history of Islamic State.]  5-28-15
  74. Wisconsin. “Wisconsin’s Wage Retreat.” [Republicans bow to the contractor-union political cartel.]  5-27-15
  75. Republicans. “Rick Perry’s Lodestar State.” [The former Governor plans to run on his impressive Texas record.]  6-5-15
  76. Republicans. “Scientific Fraud and Politics.” [Look who is lecturing Republicans about scientific truth.]  6-6-15
  77. Republicans. Immigration. “Ending the Republican Drama About Immigration.” By Andy Puzder. [Beating each other up only helps Democrats. Better to settle on basic principles. Here are a few.] 6-8-15.
  78. Republicans. “A Senate Majority Leader Worthy of the Title.” By Bob Dole and Trent Lott. [Mitch McConnell has achieved more in six months than Democrats managed in years.]  6-24-15
  79. Republicans. “Blow Up the Tax Code and Start Over.” [Apply a 14.5% flat tax to personal income and to businesses. Cut deductions. Watch the economy roar.] By Rand Paul. 6-18-15
  80. Republicans. “Rubio and the National-Security Republicans.” By Dorothy Rabinowitz. [GOP candidates clearly recognize the growing threat to the nation, in marked contrast with Hillary Clinton.]  6-19-15
  81. Republicans. “Rubio’s Tax Mistake.” [His supersized child credit does nothing for economic growth.]  6-18-15
  82. Republicans. Book review by Michael Warren. “The Grand Young Party” book, “The Selfie Vote” by Kristen Soltis Anderson. [While the Democrats run ads in online videogames, the GOP continues to buy 30-second spots during ‘Jeopardy!’   7-10-15
  83. Republicans. LTE. “An Irony in Asian-American Voting.” 7-18-15
  84. Republicans. “The Case for Kasich.” [His strength is his Ohio record, not his tendency to moralize.]  7-22-15
  85. Republicans. “Let All 16 Candidates Debate.” By Curt Anderson. [The GOP, trying to avoid a 2012 repeat, is inviting trouble by not showing off its deep 2016 field.]  7-23-15
  86. Republicans. “Jeb Bush’s Beltway Climb.” 7-24-15
  87. Republicans. “One Down for Perry.” [A Texas appeals court throws out a trumped-up felony charge.]  7-25-15
  88. Republicans. ‘Republican Rumble.” [Trump has a bad night, but the GOP reveals a deep, talented field.]  8-8-15
  89. Republicans. “Fireworks at the Republican Debate.” By Peggy Noonan. [Trump failed to dominate, and Carly Fiorina belongs in the top tier.]  8-8-15
  90. Republicans. “The Christie vs. Paul Debate.” By L. Gordon Crovitz. 8-10-15
  91. Republicans. “The Three Presidential Primaries.” By Peggy Noonan. [There’s ‘More Obama.’ Then there’s ‘Less Obama,’ which is being overshadowed by ‘Trump.”]  8-15-15
  92. Republicans. “CEO Fiorina Fought the Good Fight.” By Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. 8-19-15
  93. Republicans. “The Compassion of John Kasich” by Kimberley A. Strassel. 8-21-15
  94. Republicans. Marco Rubio: “How My Presidency Would Deal With China.” [Approaching Beijing on the baiss of strength and example, not weakness and appeasement.]  8-28-15
  95. Republicans. Rand Paul. “A More Natural Political Fit for Rand Paul.” By Philip Terzian. [Why is he running for president? He’s likelier to make his mark in the Senate.]  8-28-15
  96. Republicans. “Ben Carson’s Insurgency.” [The real conservative outsider has been staging a quiet rise.]  9-5-15
  97. Republicans. “My Tax Overhaul to Unleash 4% Growth.” By Jeb Bush.[Three income-tax rates: 10%, 25%, and 28%, plus a 20% corporate rate and immediate expensing on new investment.]]
  98. Republicans. Bush “The Bush Growth Plan.” [Tax reform that would cut rates and unleash business investment.]  9-10-15
  99. Republicans. LTE. “GOP: Look Before Leaping to a Government Shutdown.”  9-12-15
  100. Republicans. “How Jeb Comes Up Trumps.” By William McGurn. [bush is like the father of the bride faced with a drunken party crasher.]  9-15-15
  101. Republicans. “Rick Perry’s Contribution.” [The Texan offers excellent advice as he leaves the GOP race.]  9-14-15
  102. Republicans. “The Card Carly Doesn’t Play.” By Kimberley Strassel. [Most political women pander to gender, but Florina wants to make it on the merits.]  9-18-15
  103. Republicans. “Carly’s Appeal – and Challenge.” [After her debate win, can Fiorina defend her record a s a CEO?]  9-18-15
  104. Republicans. “Boehner’s Speaker Sacrifice.” [It’s time for the GOP’s rebel caucus to run its own candidate.]  9-26-15
  105. Republicans. “LTE. Carly’s Appeal Includes Her Business Record.”  9-28-15
  106. Republicans. “The Jack Kemp Model for Republicans.” By Morton Kondracke and Fred Barnes. [GOP candidates in 2016 would do well to echo his message of growth, prosperity and hope.]  9-28-15
  107. Republicans. “A Chance to End Republican Dysfunction.” By Kimberley A. Strassel. [The rebels who ousted Boehner have beefs but no candidate. Can they and the next speaker work it out?]  9-29-15
  108. Republicans. LTE. “The New Speaker Should be An Advocate for GOP Ideas.” 10-1-15 [cf. 9-26-15, here]
  109. Republicans. “Reading the Minds of the Republican Establishment.” By Curt Anerson. [Bless all those primary voters, but they’re too easily led astray. We’ve got to whittle down the field.] California. “The ‘Wage Gap’ Myth that won’t Die.” By Sarah Ketterer. [You have to ignore many variables to think women are paid less than men. California is happy to try.]  10-1-15
  110. Republicans. “Republicans on the Brink.” By Daniel Henninger. [The GOP may be throwing away a chance at victory in 2016.]  10-8-15
  111. Republicans. “The Republican Crack-Up.” [Paul Ryan might be the only man who can stop GPO self-destruction.]  10-9-15
  112. Republicans. “Paul Ryan and the Trumpians.” By Daniel Henninger. [“…The agreement between Paul Ryan and the Freedom Caucus was not a presidential election. But it was a reality check on the uses, and limits of political anger…”]  10-29-15
  113. Republicans. Taxes. “A Simple Flat Tax for Economic Growth.” By Ted Cruz. [A 10% income tax and a 16% business tax would put an end to the eight lean years of Obama.]  10-29-15
  114. Republicans. “Republican ‘Insiders’ Shine.” By Kimberley Strassel. 10-30-15
  115. Republicans. “Thank you, CNBC.” By William McGurn. [For giving millions of Americans front-row seats to the press bias against Republicans.] 11-3-15 […(potential debate question for Hillary Clinton), “Today you are running on a pro-tax, pro-regulation, pro-spending platform that is almost the opposite of your husband’s economic record.  If his policies worked so well in the 1990s, why are you running against them today?”.]
  116. Republicans. “Ben Carson’s Jeb Bush Problem.” By Daniel Henninger. [If Carson had the policy chops of Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz, he would be over 50% in the polls.]  11-5-15
  117. Republicans. LTE “Thoughts on Cruz’s Not So Flat Business Tax.” 11-5-15
  118. Republicans. “From Rags to Rubio.” By Kimberley Strassel. [The GOP Candidate says many Americans identify with his past financial challenges.]  11-6-15
  119. Republicans. “Rubio and Big Sugar.” [The Florida Senator defends what may be the worst farm subsidy.]  11-6-15
  120. Republicans. “The Carson Crucible.” [Policy is a bigger challenge for the doctor than his biography.]  11-9-15
  121. Republicans. “A Good Debate, but Not for Trump.” By Karl Rove. [He was the night’s biggest loser: full of contradiction and without depth.]  11-12-15
  122. Republicans. “Republican Fault Lines.” [The debate exposed where the candidates differ on economics.]  11-12-15
  123. Republicans. “Awaiting Ben Carson’s Agenda.” By Kimberley Strassel. [He’s inspiring, but White House hopefuls must be something more than Seabiscuit.]  11-13-15
  124. Republicans. “Republicans Are Ready to Rumble.” By Peggy Noonan. [Substantive arguments are healthy, but personal attacks aren’t. And unity gives Democrats an edge.]  11-14-15
  125. Republicans. “Empowering Nancy Pelosi.” [Once again House Republicans forget the power of 218 votes.]  12-11-2015
  126. Republicans. “John Kasich vs. ‘Obscurity.” Weekend interview with Joseph Rago. [The popular Ohio governor on his mix of social gospel and conservative economics and why he’ll eventually break out of the GOP presidential scrum.]  12-12-15
  127. Republicans. “Free Speech and the Freedom Caucus.” [Congress blocks IRS meddling but misses another opportunity.]  12-18-15
  128. Republicans. “Can Jeb Bush Make a Comeback?” (The Weekend Interview with Jeb Bush by Joseph Rago) [The candidate talks about how his father’s foreign policy informs his own, and why voters will choose substance over Trump.]  1-2-16
  129. Republicans. “Will the New Year’s Tumult Trump the Old? By Peggy Noonan. [The biggest question for 2016 is whether the Republican Party splits apart.]  1-2-16
  130. Republicans.  “The GOP’s 2016 Opportunity.” [Why Republicans have a strong chance to retake the White House.]  1-5-16
  131. Republicans. “Ben Carson’s Pure Flat Tax.” [The retired doctor contrasts his proposal with the VAT.] 1-8-16
  132. Republicans. “A Republican Cure for Liberal Failures on Poverty.” By Paul Ryan and Tim Scott. [Trillions of federal dollars have been spent, to little effect. Let’s focus on jobs, education and opportunity.]  1-8-16
  133. Republicans. “The Other Republican Campaign.” [Some in the GOP are looking for a new anti-poverty agenda.] 1-11-16
  134. Republicans. “Deport Nikki Halley.” [She fails the new right litmus test against any immigration.]  1-14-16
  135. Republicans. LTE. “Carson’s Flat Tax Isn’t That Flat – Hurrah!”  1-16-16
  136. Republicans. “The Republican Tax Reform Party of 2016. By James Freeman. [Whatever their other differences, there’s a GOP consensus for lower rates to promote faster growth.]  1-21-16
  137. Republicans. “Fueling the Trump-Cruz Divorce.” [The Texan takes a beating in Iowa, but on ethanol, he’s right]  1-22-16
  138. Republicans. LTE. “Remember How Reagan Was Considered Extreme in 1980.”  1-23-16
  139. Republicans. “Palin and the GOP’s Uncertain Trumpeters.” By Peggy Noonan. [What Donald Trump needs is an injection of seriousness. The same is true of his opponents.]  1-23-16
  140. Republicans. “The Rubio Gamble.” By Kimberley A. Strassel. [There’s a method to his unusual strategy. It all depends on a strong showing in Iowa.]  1-29-16
  141. Republicans. “The Invisible Man Debate.“ [The non-Trumps had a chance to define their political appeal.]  1-30-16
  142. Republicans. “Rubio’s Rise Amid Trump’s Slump.” By Jason L. Riley. [The Donald’s loss was more significant than Ted Cruz’s win as the GOP’s political world finally starts to make sense.]  2-3-16
  143. Republicans. “Marco Rubio’s New Hampshire Crucible.” By Joseph Rago. [The Florida senator has become everyone’s target aas he pitches optimism and conservative unity to build on his Iowa momentum.”  2-6-16
  144. Republicans. “Marco Gets Polo-ed.” [Rubio stumbles in debate and the GOP Governors do well.]  2-8-16
  145. Republicans. “Grow , Baby, Grow.!” By William McGurn. [Republicans have a great message about economic growth for middle America. Why make it so boring?” 2-16-16
  146. Republicans. “Republicans Are Campaigning to Lose.” By Fred Barnes. “The candidate brawls and party disunity are setting up Clinton or Sanders for a win in November.”  2-18-16
  147. Republicans. Supreme Court. “Republicans Should Want a Court Fight.” By William McGurn. [Ugly treatment of high court nominees is the fruit of a frustrated democracy.]  2-23-16
  148. Republicans. “Ben Carson Bows Out.” [His soft-spoken temperament didn’t fit the political mood.]  3-5-16
  149. Republicans. “The Republican Party Is Shattering.” By Peggy Noonan. [Stop Trump? Unite behind him? No matter the outcome, nothing will ever be the same.]  3-5-16
  150. Republicans. LTE. “Is the Republican Party Really Shattering?”  3-12-16
  151. Republicans. “Kasich’s Art of the Deal.” By Daniel Henninger. [He has to convince voters that experience goes further than the incredible hulk.]  3-17-16
  152. Republicans. “John Kasich’s Challenge.” By Kimberley A. Strassel. [In a factious primary, he must sell a new definition of what ‘winning’ means.]  3-18-16
  153. Republicans. LTE. “Gov. Kasich Turned Ohio’s Deficit to a Surplus.”  3-18-16
  154. Republicans. “The Republican Predicament.” [It isn’t clear Cruz can beat Trump if Kasich leaves the race.]  3-24-16
  155. Republicans. LTE. “Kasich: Hope of the GOP or Spoiler for Trump?” 3-25-16
  156. Republicans. “Paul Ryan and the Trump Squeeze Play.” [A left-right crossfire aims at taking the House Speaker down.]  3-26-16
  157. Republicans. LTE. “Contested Convention: Past Results No Guide.”  3-30-16
  158. Republicans. “Obama’s Greatest Triumph.” By Daniel Henninger. [He is six months away from destroying both the Republican Party and Reagan’s legacy.]  3-31-16
  159. Republicans. “The Case for a Really Open GOP Convention.”   (‘Weekend Interview’ with Eric O’Keefe’) by Kimberley A. Strassel. [The man who defeated Wisconsin prosecutors now says party delegates have the right to choose any nominee they want, and they should use it.]  4-9-16
  160. Republicans. “Paul Ryan Bows Out.” [He may have to save the GOP House from a presidential blowout.]  4-13-16
  161. Republicans. “Let’s Get This Straight About the Convention.” By seven former national chairmen of the Republican National Committee. [As we’re in a position to know, majority rule always has and always will guide the Republican gathering.] Medicine. LTE. “Side Effects of Patients Rating Their Doctors.” 4-21-16
  162. Republicans. “Cruz and Kasich Hang Together.” [If Trump is as popular as he claims, he should welcome their move.]  4-26-16
  163. Republicans.  LTE. “Some Convention Rules Are Made to Be Broken.”  4-26-16
  164. Republicans. “How George McGovern Made Donald Trump Possible.” By Philip Terzian. [Republicans adopted the 1970 nominating reforms that even Democrats have long since modified.]  4-29-16
  165. Republicans. “A Republican Party Playbook to Win in November.” By Kimberley A. Strassel. [A GOP study shows why the party must draw support from women and minorities – and explains how to do it.]  5-7-16
  166. Republicans.   LTE. “The Rise of the ‘Warts and All’ Republicans.” 5-16-16
  167. Republicans. “A Party Divided, and None Too Soon.” By Peggy Noonan.  [Beltway Republicans will have to come to terms with how they lost Middle America.]  6-4-16
  168. Republicans. “Release the GOP Delegates.”  By Eric O’Keefe and David B. Rivkin Jr.  [Trump’s nomination isn’t inevitable – delegates won’t be legally ‘bound’ going into the convention.]  6-13-16
  169. Republicans. “House Republicans Have a Better Idea.”  By Karl Rove.  [Meanwhile, Trump fires his campaign manager – a wise move but very late.]  6-23-16
  170. Republicans. “Liberating the Delegates.”  [A lawsuit says Virginia can’t force a nominating vote against conscience.]  6-27-16
  171. Republicans. “Welcome to Cleveland:  Here’s Your Taxpayer-Subsidized Room Key.”  By Dennis Cauchon.  [Republicans believe in free markets, but delegates to their convention will stay in a county-owned hotel.]  7-9-16
  172. Republican Party. “Paul Ryan and the Trump Party.”  By Joseph Rago.  [A GOP schism isn’t as inevitable as it appears.  The House speaker wants his ‘A Better Way’ plan to succeed, and Trump might need to put it into action]  7-16-16
  173. Republicans. “The Better Angels of Our Nature.”  By Bret Stephens.  [What’s at stake in Cleveland is the identity of the GOP, not the next president.]  7-19-16
  174. Republicans. “The Republican Divide.”  [Trump has exposed old GOP fault lines, but the House signals a better way.]  7-19-16
  175. Republicans. Republican Convention Diary 2016: “No-Worries Mitch.” By Joseph Rago.  [The Senate majority doesn’t fear a President Trump.];   “A Free -Speech Divide.”  By Kimberley A. Strassel.  [Clinton targets the First Amendment; the GOP rallies to its side.];  “Quaking in California.”  By Allysia Finley.  [The Trump nomination makes things tricky for candidates back home.]  7-21-16
  176. Republicans. LTE “Republican Divide Exists for Good Reasons.”  8-1-16
  177. Republicans. “To the Go-Along Republicans.”  By Bret Stephens.  [Memo to Paul Ryan:  Trump’s problem is his character, not his ‘ideas.’”]  8-2-16
  178. Republicans. “All Paul Ryan’s Enemies.”  By Wm. McGurn.  [Overwrought moral denunciations from both pro- and anti- Trump forces.]  8-9-16
  179. Republicans. “Make Democrats Own ObamaCare.” By Kimberley A. Strassel. [In the states that will determine control of the Senate, the health law is falling apart.]  9-2-16
  180. Republicans. “The Republican Senate Isn’t a Lost Cause.”  By Karl Rove.  [In places like Ohio good GOP candidates are running strong – far ahead of Trump]   9-15-16
  181. Republicans. “Trump, Reality and the GOP.”  [A Pelosi House is becoming a real election possibility.]  10-11-16
  182. Republicans. “Neither Side Will Win the GOP Civil War.”  By Karl Rove.  [Trump spent the week bashing his own party.  Paul Ryan should have simply kept mum.]  10-13-16
  183. Republicans. “Can Republicans Flip Harry Reid’s Seat?”  by Kate Bachelder Odell.  [Three-term Rep. Joe Heck is running hard for the Senate in Nevada, a state that mirrors the GOP’s demographic challenge.”  10-19-16
  184. Republicans. Elections.  “Can Republicans Save the Senate?”  by Karl Rove.  [A GOP pledge to check a President Clinton will only work if Trump runs stronger.]  10-20-16
  185. Republicans. “Inside Paul Ryan’s House Rescue Mission.”  By Joseph Rago.  [Our nominee is fine with this agenda.  He doesn’t run on it.  He doesn’t talk about it.  But we know we don’t have a problem.]  10-22-16
  186. Republicans. “Accountability for ObamaCare.” [Democrats should pay a political price for this historic failure.]  10-26-16

  187. Republicans. LTE.  “The Former Republican Party Must Wise Up.”  11-3-16
  188. Republicans. “Where Republicans Go From Here.”  By Jeb Bush.  [To start, we should back a constitutional convention to pass term limits and a balanced-budget clause.]  11-25-16
  189. Republicans. “Help Wanted at Google.”  [The tech giant is looking for someone who can speak Republican.]  12-7-16
  190. Republicans. “Keith Ellison Will Help Republicans.”  By Karl Rove.  [The candidate to run the Democratic Party backed Farrakhan and always votes left.]  12-8-16
  191. Republicans. “The Spoils of the GOP’s State Conquest.”  (The Weekend Interview with Tracie Sharp by Kyle Peterson) [Get ready for more Scott Walkers as Republicans control 25 state capitals:  tax cuts, pension reform, right to work, school choice.]  12-10-16
  192. Republicans. “Lessons From Obama’s Failure.”  By Kimberley A. Strassel.  [Republicans must sell their replacement to ObamaCare – the way the president didn’t.]  1-6-17
  193. Republicans. “How to Overcome the Tyranny of the Anecdote.”  By Merrie Spaeth.  [Facts and figures aren’t enough.  Republicans need to learn to put human faces on their policies.]  1-18-17
  194. Republicans. “Washington Still Reels From the Quake of 2016.” By Peggy Noonan. [From the White House’s empty offices to overly giddy CPAC, everyone seems a little lost.]  2-25-17
  195. Republicans. “The Perez Democrats.” [The Obama wing wins, but Republicans are foolish to gloat.]  2-27-17
  196. Republicans. “A Message for the Republican Peanut Gallery.” By Karl Rove. [Critics of the House health-care bill should stop whining and try to improve the plan.]  3-16-17
  197. Republicans. “The Republicans Relearn Politics.” By Kimberley A. Strassel. [The health-care bill is far from dead, and a contentious debate is a sign of vigor.]  3-17-17
  198. Republicans. “Senate Republican Suicide.” [A filibuster deal with Democrats over Gorsuch would be a judicial and political disaster.]  3-31-17
  199. Republicans. “Category 5 Flores.” [A Florida Republican keeps a trail bar payday going for another year.] 4-1-17
  200. Republicans. “Republicans, Learn the Limits of Loyalty.” By Peggy Noonan. [Make clear you want to work with Trump on policy but don’t defend his bad behavior.]  4-22-17
  201. Republicans. “Why Kansans Asked What’s the Matter With Republicans.”  By Ron Estes.  [When the health-care bill was pulled, my House campaign’s polling found voters demoralized.]  5-3-17
  202. Republicans. “What is a Republican For?”  by Daniel Henninger.  [If the GOP can’t pass ObamaCare reform, voters may return Congress to the Dems.]  5-4-17
  203. Republicans. “The House’s Job Now?  Keep Calm.”  By Kimberley A. Strassel.  [The Senate is going to alter the health-care bill.  Be open to ideas that can improve it.]  5-5-17
  204. Republicans. “Should Trump Abandon the GOP?”  by Daniel Henninger. [The president may separate himself from a party disabled by a blocking minority.]  6-29-17
  205. Republicans. “The Obamacare Republicans.” [Voters may repeal and replace the Senators who broke their promise.]  [Republican senators:  Dean Heller (Nev.), Susan Collins (Maine), Shelley Moore Capito (W. Va.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Jerry Moran (Kansas), Ran Paul (Ky.) Mike Lee (Utah), Bill Cassigy (La)., Gov. John Kasich (Ohio).  7-19-17  
  206. Republicans. “Republicans Aren’t Team Players.”  By Fred Barnes.  [GOP Senators who defect from ObamaCare repeal will hurt themselves, their party and the country.]  7-17-17
  207. Republicans. “Is the Republican Congress Hopeless?”  by Karl Rove.  [It takes an optimist, but I tell myself that maybe health-care reform isn’t dead.]  7-20-17
  208. Republicans. “Obama’s Last Laugh.”  By Daniel Henninger.  [Schadenfreude for Democrats is seeing the Republican Party humiliate itself.]  7-20-17
  209. Republicans. “Can Republicans Govern?”  [Some Senators want to talk forever about health care.  Time for a vote.]  7-25-17
  210. Republicans. “Closing the ‘Empathy Gap.’”  (Bookshelf by Morton Kondracke)  “The Working Class Republican.”  By Henry Olsen.  [The arch-conservative Ronald Reagan won the allegiance of blue-collar voters.  How he did so may offer a lesson (or two) for today.]  7-26-17
  211. Republicans. “A GOP Gallows Reprieve.”  [Senate Republicans avoid a political self-hanging – for now.] 7-26-17
  212. Republicans. “A Republican Failure.”  [The Meadows-McCain Congress may elect a Democratic House.]   8-5-17
  213. Republicans. “Republicans Play Politics on Yucca Mountain.”  By Robt. L. Ferguson.  [Nuclear waste is all over the U.S. Is Heller’s seat worth it?]  8-16-17
  214. Republicans. “Trump Divorces the GOP Congress.” [Republicans need to think of Trump as a political independent.]  8-25-17
  215. Republicans. “The Immigration Morass.”  By Daniel Henninger.  [This issue has turned into a deadweight loss by the day for the Republican Party.]  9-7-17
  216. Republicans. “The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump Congress.”  “The Republican gang that can’t even shoot at each other straight.”  9-7-17
  217. Republicans. LTE.  “Democrats’ Race Ploy Is a Poor Political Plan.”  9-7-17
  218. Republicans. “Man Up, Mr. Meadows.”  [The Congressman has a lean and hungry look. So run for Speaker.]  9-9-17
  219. Republicans. “The GOP Loses Again – and Moore.”  By Karl Rove.  [Trump and leaders in Congress should find the latest Republican failure sobering.]  9-28-17
  220. Republicans. “Trump, Corker and the Circular firing squad.”  By Karl Rove.  [Why is the president mocking a senator whose help he needs to pass tax reform?]  10-12-17
  221. Republicans. “An Air-traffic Winner.”  [How to help the traveling public and the economy.] (…if Republicans don’t wig out.)  10-12-17
  222. Republicans. “The Antidote to Steve Bannon.”  [Lindsey Graham has good advice for Senate Republicans.]  10-16-17
  223. Republicans. “Et Tu, Steve Bannon?” by Wm. McGurn.  [Taking out McConnell will not give Trump what he needs: more Republican senators.]  10-24-17
  224. Republicans. “Comey and Mueller Imperil the Rule of Law.” By Peter Berkowitz. [The former FBI directors tend to investigate Republicans far more zealously than Democrats.]  10-24-17
  225. Republicans. “The Republicans’ Donner Party.”  By Daniel Henninger.  [Advice for the tender:  do no let yourself be blown over by Donald Trump’s tweets.]  10-26-17
  226. Republicans. “Jeff Flake’s Public Service.”  [The Arizona Senator gives the GOP a chance to save his seat.]  10-26-17
  227. Republicans. “A Tale of Two Republicans.”  By Kimberley A. Strassel. [Ed Gillespie takes a far more constructive approach to trump than Jeff Flake does.]  11-3-17
  228. Republicans.  LTE. “Different Explanations for Republicans’ Rout” 11-16-17    (Regarding the Virginia Gubernatorial Republican election loses of 11-7-17)
  229. Republicans. “Trump’s Frankenmoore Nightmare.”  [It’s time for the Presidency to protect itself:  disown Moore.]  12-7-17
  230. Republicans. LTE.  “Republicans Need to Kill Marginal Bureaucracies.”  12-7-17
  231. Republicans. “Republicans Can’t Avoid ObamaCare in 2018.”  By Avik Roy.  [Give states the flexibility to turn their entitlement programs into competitive insurance markets.]  1-3-18
  232. Republicans. “The Swampland Republicans.” [GOP Senators balk at even modest fixes in federal flood insurance.] 1-17-18
  233. Republicans. “Another House GOP Retirement.” [Republicans have one more open seat to defend in November.] 1-30-18
  234. Republicans. “Good News for Senate Republicans.” By Karl Rove. [Strong candidates emerge to take a seat in North Dakota and hold on in Arizona.] 3-1-18
  235. Republicans. “Republicans Need Artists, Not Economists.” By Peggy Noonan. [An old order ended in 2016. To help the new one take shape requires an ability to see things whole.] 4-14-18
  236. Republicans. GOP. “Is the GOP the Party of Trump?” by Daniel Henninger. [Voters produced a Republican rise while the president was still a private citizen.] 4-19-18
  237. Republicans. “Don’t Write Off the Republicans Yet.” By Karl Rove. [A ‘blue wave’ may be coming, but this week GOP voters showed strong enthusiasm.] 5-10-18
  238. Republicans. “Republican Senate Salvage Job.” [The GOP gives itself a chance in two key Trump states.] 5-10-18
  239. Republicans.  “Sobering News for the House GOP.”  By Karl Rove.  [Republicans have to reach beyond Trump’s base to prevent a Speaker Pelosi sequel.]  7-20-18
  240. Republicans.  “Pro Wrestlers Are Natural Republicans.”  By Michael Taube.  [It’s one of the most free-market-oriented industries anywhere.]  8-6-18
  241. Supreme Court.  “A Moment of Honesty From Chuck Schumer.”  By Chuck Grassley.  [He admits his mind is made up on Kavanaugh.  That means his document demands are in bad faith.]  8-7-18
  242. Republicans.  “Republicans, Save Your party by Impeaching the President.”  By Tom Steyer.  [Trump traduces the GOP’s guiding principles as he erodes the foundations of our country.]  8-27-18
  243. Republicans. LTE.  “Hate and Anger Work Well for the Hard Left.”  10-2-18  (“…Republicans are remarkably inept…”)
  244. Republicans.  “Republicans Reach for the Moon.”  By Kevin McCarthy.  [If voters return us to the House majority, we will continue to govern in the spirit of Apollo 11.]  11-5-18
  245. Republicans.  “The Minority Leader’s Only Job.”  [House Republicans are about to discover the pain of irrelevance.]  11-15-18
  246. Republicans.  “Trump Ridicules Republicans.”  By Daniel Henninger.  [The president could pay a price for kicking the defeated members of his own party.] 11-29-18
  247. Republicans.  “Trump Didn’t Kill the Bush Values.”  By Daniel Henninger.  [The opposition to traditional virtues was evident at the 1992 convention.]  12-6-18
  248. Republicans.  “About Those GOP State ‘Coups.’”  [Lame-duck sessions are the norm, and voters can punish overreach.]  12-7-18
  249. Republicans.  “The Heart of Texas?” [Shahid Shafi knows America better than many other Republicans.]  12-17-18
  250. Republicans.  “Shut Down, Reopen – then What?”  by Karl Rove.  [Republicans need a vision.  It isn’t enough to wait around for Democrats to foul up.]  12-20-18
  251. Republicans.  “Flood Déjà vu All Over Again.” [Republicans will again fail to fix this money-losing entitlement.]  12-22-18
  252. Saudi Arabia.  “The Saudis Want Peace In Yemen. “  by Mohammed al-Jaber.  [Talks in Stockholm have produced a promising agreement.  Will the Houthis live up to it?]  12-24-18
  253. Republicans.  “The Shutdown and the Next Election.”  By Karl Rove.  [Both parties need to think bigger than this fight – they should be thinking of 2020.]  1-17-19
  254. Republicans.  “Republicans Need to Save Capitalism.”  By Peggy Noonan.  [Democrats have gone left, so they’re not going to do it.  The GOP needs a renewed seriousness.]  2-16-19
  255. Republicans.  “Josh Hawley’s Bad Judgment.” [The GOP freshman joins the left in trashing Neomi Rao.]  2-26-19
  256. Republicans. Obamacare.  “Republicans Managed to Make ObamaCare Popular.” By Jason L. Riley.  [Before President Trump took office, only 43% of oters approved of the law.  That’s up to 50% now.]  4-10-19
  257. Republicans.  “Republicans in a Nation Needing Repair.”  By Peggy Noonan  [Less taxes and spending won’t resolve America’s deep crisis  We need a farsighted conservativism.”  5-4-19
  258. Republicans.  “Stick a Fork in Senate Pork.”  [Senate Republicans make a ban spending earmarks permanent.]  5-24-19
  259. Republicans.  “The Democrats’ Tech Cash Machine.”  By Karl Rove.  [The GOP is finally imitating ActBlue, which has dominated small-donor giving.]  6-27-19
  260. Republicans. “Acosta Goes Over the Side.” [Trump loses another Cabinet Secretary. He doesn’t seem to mind.] 7-13-19
  261. Republicans. “The Man Democrats Loathe More Than Trump.” (The Weekend Interview with Mitch McConnell by Fred Barnes.) [The Senate majority leader on his high-stakes battles for the Supreme Court, his ways of cajoling reluctant colleagues, and the chamber’s future.] 9-21-19
  262. Republicans. “The Lawyer Enrichment Act.” [Will Republicans be snookered by an anti-arbitration bill?] 9-21-19
  263. Republicans. “The Anti-Republican Trend.” [The GOP loses voters in the suburbs for the third election in a row.] 11-7-19
  264. Republicans. “A Republican Proposal to Feed the Country to the Swamp.” By Clyde Wayne Crews, Jr. [Moving federal agencies to the heartland would get struggling states hooked on big government.] 12-3-19
  265. Republicans. “Republicans Suppress Their Own Voters.” By Joe Walsh. [Eight state parties have cancelled 2020 contests or limited them to Trump.] 12-6-19
  266. Republicans. “GOP Unity Doesn’t Arise from Fear of Trump.” By Fred Barnes. [Even the president’s critics who are retiring voted against impeaching him.] 12-27-19
  267. Republicans. “Welcome to the Party – Now Go Home.” By Bob Patterson [Why I’m challenging longtime Democrat Jeff Van Drew in the Republican primary.] 1-28-20
  268. Republicans.  “The Mnuchin Follies.”  By Kimberley A. Strassel.  [With his help, Pelosi keeps outmaneuvering Republican senators on coronavirus bills.]   7-24-20
  269. Republicans.  “The GOP’s ‘D’Oh!’ Moment.”  By Kimberley A Strassel.  [Republicans have a chance – and a need – to create an election–year contrast.]   7-31-20
  270. Republicans.  “Burn the Republican party Down?”  by Peggy Noonan.  [It would damage the country, and those who say yes bear some blame for the president’s rise.]   8-1-20
  271. Republicans.  “John Kasich vs. Bernie Sanders.”  [The Republican case for Biden is apparently to ignore his platform.]   8-19-20
  272. Republicans.  “The Normalcy of Trump’s Republican Party.”  By Michael Barone.  [His unusual personality obscures the GOP’s basic continuity and gradual pace of change.]   8-22-20
  273. Republicans.  “Behind the Business Lobby’s New Politics.”  By Wm. A. Galston.  [The Chamber of Commerce endorses Democrats to try to rebuild a weak center.}   9-16-20
  274. Republicans.  “Pat Toomey’s Market Niche.” [“…who will take up the pro-growth cause in a GOP caucus that is increasingly fond of special interest pleading and income redistribution.?’]   10-6-20
  275. Republicans.  “Can Republicans Regroup on Health Care?”  [The party needs to address its biggest policy vulnerability.]   11-30-20
  276. Republicans.  “There’s More to Politics Than Policy.”  By Bobby Jindal and Alex Castellanos.  [There’s no substitute for finding candidates who capture voter’s hearts.  No, not even a 30-point plan.]   12-11-20
  277. Republicans.  “The Republican Party Is in Disarray.”  By Karl Rove.  [The Senate is lost, the GOP is bitterly split and Trump’s actions have consequences.]   1-7-21
  278. Republicans.  “Republicans’ Fight Isn’t in Congress.” By Dan Crenshaw.  [The rioters, and those challenging the electoral count, misunderstand how America elects presidents.]   1-8-21
  279. Republicans.  “Liz Cheney Show What Leadership Looks Like.”   By Peggy Noonan.  [The sooner Republicans demystify Donald Trump, the better for them and for the country.]   1-16-21
  280. Republicans.  “The Republican Future Starts Now.”  By Karl Rove.  [How to keep working-class Trump voters while winning back support in the burbs?]   1-21-21
  281. Republicans.  “Arizona Republican Meltdown.”  [The state party reveals the divisions that could doom the GOP for years.]    1-25-21
  282. Republicans.  “Rob Portman’s Exit Interview.”  By Peggy Noonan.  [He worries about the Trump trial’s precedent, but he’s bullish to serene on the Republican future.]   1-30-21
  283. Republicans. “House Republican Reckoning.”  [The fates of Reps. Cheney and Greene will suggest the GOP future.]   2-3-21
  284. Republicans.  “The GOP’s First 2021 Victory.”  By Kimberley A. Strassel.  [Ousting Liz Cheney would have reinforced the Democrats’ nasty caricature.]   2-5-21
  285. Republicans.  “Liz Cheney and Marjorie Taylor Greene.”  [House Republicans fail to oblige the Democratic desire for GOP civil war.]   2-5-21
  286. Republicans.  LTE.  “Unity and Vision Elude the Fractured GOP.”   2-8-21
  287. Republicans.  “Trump Smears Don’t Diminish MConnell.”  By Karl Rove.  [The master of the Senate isn’t going anywhere, whatever the ex-president says.]   2-18-21
  288. Republicans.  “Media Tries To Divide Republicans.”  By Nikki R. Haley.  [Praising Trump’s record and criticizing his conduct isn’t ‘having it both ways.’  It’s simply common sense.]   2-18-21
  289. Republicans.  “Vindication for Ron DeSantis.”  By Allysia Finley.  [The media vilified him for rejecting harsh lockdowns.  But Florida’s Covid-19 numbers are better than California’s or New York’s and its economy thrives.]   3-6-21
  290. Republicans.  “Pence Goes From Hero to Villain.”  By Wm. McGurn.  [For criticizing H.R.1, he is accused of spreading Donald Trump’s ‘big lie.’]   3-9-21
  291. Republicans.  “Republicans Need to Get Their Story Straight on Deficits.”  By Gerard Baler.  [It won’t do to oppose them only when Democrats are passing costly legislation in time of crisis.]   3-16-21
  292. Republicans.  “When CEOs Zoom for Democrats.” By Daniel Henninger.  [Some 100 of them did a Davos by laptop to vilify Republicans and validate their status.]   4-15-21
  293. Republicans.  “Republicans and Immigrants Need Each Other.”  By Peggy Noonan.  [The GOP should be the party of the working and middle classes, whatever their country of origin.]   4-17-21
  294. Republicans.  “Two Very Different but Plainspoken Speeches.”  By Peggy Noonan.  [Biden and Scott put forth their visions at a time when Americans may be reconsidering theirs.]   5-1—21
  295. Republicans.  “Who’s Afraid of Tim Scott?”  by Wm. McGurn.  [The GOP senator forced the president and vice president to respond to him.]   5-4-21
  296. Republicans.  “Purging Liz Cheney.”  [GOP leaders shouldn’t have to lie about 2020 to keep their job.]   5-5-21
  297. Republicans.  “Liz Cheney Confronts a House of Cowards.”  By Peggy Noonan.  [Republicans are about to demonstrate they can’t handle the truth about 2020 and Jan. 6.]   5-8-21
  298. Republicans.  “Britain’s Political Realignment.”  [The Tories continue to gain in the former Labour heartland.]    5-10-21
  299. Republicans.  “In Donald Trump’s Purgatory.”  [Ousting Liz Cheney doesn’t end the GOP’s 2022 problems.]   5-13-21 
  300. Republicans.  “Republicans Can Get an Infrastructure Deal.”  By Karl Rove.  [Or at least force the Democrats to pay the price for spending and tax hikes in 2022.]   5-27-21
  301. Republicans.  “Democrats Destroy Political Norms to Save Them.”  By Gerard Baker.  [Trump carries much blame for our crisis of legitimacy, but the threat doesn’t begin and end with him.]  10-5-21
  302. Republicans.  “The Republican Future Begins in Virginia.”  By Larry Hogan.  [Glenn Younkin won over swing voters at the same time as he fired up the base.]   11-8-21
  303. Republicans.  “Republicans Rescue Biden’s Agenda.”  [Will the infrastructure bill grease the wheels for the $4 trillion blowout.?]  11-8-21  [Includes a list of 13 Republican house members who voted to pass the $1 trillion infrastructure bill.]
  304. Republicans.  “To Save America, the GOP First Has to Save itself.”  By Gerard Baker.  [Democrats need chutzpah to accuse Republicans of violating political norms – but they also have a point.]  1-4-22
  305. Republicans.  “Republicans’ Jan. 6 responsibility.”  By Karl Rove.  [The GOP has a duty to condemn the riot an those who refuse to acknowledge it.]  1-6-22
  306. Republicans.  “Democracy Isn’t Dying.”  [Jan. 6 was a riot, not an insurrection, and U.S. institutions held.]  1-6-22
  307. Republicans.  “Stop Calling Jan. 6 an “Insurrection.’”  By Jeffrey Scott Shapiro.  1-6-22
  308. Republicans.  “What Are Republicans For?”  by Joseph Epstein.  [An answer to President Biden’s question from the conservative philosopher Roger Scruton.]  1-26-22
  309. Republicans.  “Boris Johnson’s Partygate Is About the Economy.”  By Joseph C. Sternberg.  [Tacking leftward was supposed to attract the working class, but that agenda hasn’t delivered.”  1-28-22
  310. Republicans.  “GOP Priority:  Make Trump Tax Cuts Permanent.”  [House candidates should pledge not to let the 2017 rate reductions expire.]  2-4-22
  311. Republicans.  “Mike Pence’s Constitution.”  [The former Veep stands up to Trump, despite the potential political cost.]   2-7-22
  312. Republicans.  “Republicans, Stand Against Excess.”   By Peggy Noonan.  [Be the party of the big center – of normal, regular people – against the forces of ideology assailing them.]  2-12-22
  313. Republicans.  “A Political Homeless Shelter.”  By Adam Kinzinger.  [The GOP left me out in the cold.  The same thing has happened to millions of Americans of both parties.]   4-18-22
  314. Republicans.  “The Not Ready for Prime Time Republicans.”  By Gerard Baker.  [Their problem isn’t that they’re inexperienced.  It’s their crazy ideas and their association with Trump.]   8-9-22
  315. Republicans.  “Republicans Should Stand for More Than Opposing Democrats.”  By Joseph Epstein.  [They need to develop specific policies and programs in time for the 2024 presidential election.]   8-31-22
  316. Republicans.  “Right Wing Populism May Rise in the U.S.”  by Wm a. Galston.  [If Democrats won’t compromise, they’ll lose working-class voters for good.]  9-28-22
  317. Republicans.  “GOP Needs to Leave Trump Behind on Trade.”  By Jeb Hensarling.  [His tariffs harmed American consumers.  The party of freedom should stand for free exchange.]  10-3-22
  318. Republicans.  “A Governing Agenda for Senate Republicans.”  By Ron Johnson.  [If the GOP gains the majority, the American people won’t settle for business as usual.]   11-10-22
  319. Republicans. “Republicans Reach a Fork in the Road.” By Mitt Romney.  [We can govern in the people’s interest or make a lot of pointless noise.  I hope we choose wisely.]  11-11-22
  320. Republicans.  “My Last Days With Donald Trump.”  By Mike Pence.  [I supported legitimate challenges to the 2020 vote counts.  I also recognized that the Constitution didn’t give me authority to override the voters.]   11-12-22
  321. Republicans.  “The Fight Republicans Need to Have.”  By Peggy Noonan.  [Chris Christie says the party can’t move forward unless Trump’s opponents take him on directly.]   11-19-22
  322. Republicans.  “‘Conservative’ Is a Bad Label for Republicans’ Good Policies.”  [The narrative of ‘progress’ is far more attractive than the prospect of ‘standing athwart and ‘yelling Stop.’]  11-26-22
  323. Republicans.  “House ‘Oversight’ Has Two Meanings.”  By Karl Rove.  [If Republicans neglect legislation in their zeal to investigate, they’ll lose an opportunity.]   12-1-22
  324. Republicans.  “The GOP Spending Poseurs.”    [House Republicans prove themselves unserious by refusing to ban earmarks.]   12-2-22
  325. Republicans.  “The GOP’s Lost Vote Harvest.”  By Kimberley A. Strassel.  [Republican leaders begin to see the folly of ignoring early and mail in-voting.]   12-9-22
  326. Republicans.  “Republicans Can Curtail Spending Now.”   By Stephen Moore and Mathew Dickerson.  [Without 60 Senate votes to waive Paygo, $130 billion will be cut automatically.]   12-13-22
  327. Republicans.  “Challenge to Kevin McCarthy Is a Biggs Joke.”  By Karl Rove.  [A backbencher from Arizona launches a preposterous effort to become speaker.]  12-15-22
  328. Republicans.  “Republican Party Masochists.”  [GOP division and disarray on Capitol Hill bode ill for the next Congress.]   12-17-22
  329. Republicans.  “Why George Santos’s Lies Matter.”  By Peggy Noonan.  [He effectively committed election fraud and took advantage of voters’ trust.]  12-31-22
  330. Republicans.  “Who’s Crazy Enough to Be Speaker?”  [You can’t lead a majority that would rather be in the minority.]   1-5-23
  331. Republicans.  “The Tragedy of Kevin McCarthy.”  By Will Hurd.  [He’s very good at winning elections but doesn’t have what it takes to be a great legislative leader.]   1-5-23
  332. Republicans.  “Charles Ponzi’s Lesson for George Santos.”  By Gregg Opelka.  [The famous criminal had a check-forgery incident in his past.]   1-6-23
  333. Republicans.  “The Price for Speaker McCarthy.”  [His concessions to get the job may cost vital U.S. defense spending.]  1-7-23
  334. Republicans.  “Normal Republicans, Stand Up to the Fringe.”  By Peggy Noonan.  [The party is struggling to become something new.  It has to find a way to restore is peace and pose.]  1-7-23
  335. Republicans.  “there’s a precedent for Kevin McCarthy’s Conundrum. “  By Randal John Meyer.  [The system plaguing the House today has its roots in the revolt Speaker Cannon endured in 1910.]   1-7-23
  336. Republicans.  “Disorganized Republicans and Oher Signs of the Great Inversion.”   By Gerard Baker.  [The GOP is the party of the working class; the left opposes free speech.  Everything is topsy-turvy.]   1-10-23
  337. Republicans.  “Republicans Have a More Effective ‘Squad.’”  By Ted Rall.  [The Democratic left can learn from last week’s speaker vote.]   1-11-23
  338. Republicans.  “A Simple Way the Republican House Can combat the Woke Left.”  By James Hankins. [Invite nonpartisan experts for formal debates in the chamber and let the people make up their own minds.]   1-14-23
  339. Republicans.  “Maryland’s Bipartisan Success Story.”  by Larry Hogan.  [My state  has shown how to achieve real prosperity in our hyperpolarized times.  Here are our lessons.]  1-18-23
  340. Republicans.  The Davos Crowd Sees Republicans as the Enemy.”  By Walter Russell mead.  [The elites at the World Economic Forum have a German, not an American, view of capitalism.]   1-19-23
  341. Republicans.  “Ohio Republicans Staged Their Own House Speaker Drama.  [A breakaway bloc of GOP legislators joined with Democrats to give Rep. Jason Stephens the gavel.]  1-21-23
  342. Republicans.  “The GOP’s Fair Tax Masochism.”  [A national sales -tax proposal is a gift to Democratic campaigns.]   1-21-23
  343. Republicans.  “George Santos Has Got to Go.”  By Peggy Noonan.  [He’s a bad example to the young, an embarrassment to the old, an insult to the institution and America.]   1-21-23
  344. Republicans.  “A Rising Generation of Republicans of Color.”  (The Weekend Interview with Wesley Hunt and Juan Ciscomani by Kyloe Peterson.)  [Two of the GOP’s freshmen in Congress tell their political stories an explain why Democrats can’t take black and Hispanic voters for granted.]  2-11-23
  345. Republicans.  “A Haley and Ramaswamy Victory.”  By Sadanand Dhume.  [Nomination aside, it’s a win if Democrats can’t take immigrants for granted anymore.]  3-3-23
  346. Republicans.  “What’s the Matter With Arkansas?”  by Wm McGurn.  [Republican state representatives stall a bill aimed at ending race preferences.]  3-21-23
  347. Republicans.  “McCarthy’s Debt-Ceiling Offer.”  By Kimberley a. Strassel.  [The GOP appears to have gotten its at together,  Will Biden continue obstructing?]  3-31-23
  348. Republicans.  “Is “Democracy” a Dirty Word?”  by Daniel Henninger.  [Republicans need to decide if their support for Taiwan and Ukraine is real or not.]   4-13-23
  349. Republicans.  “Republicans. Can Reset the Abortion Debate.”  By Ryan T. Anderson.  [Don’t be afraid to defend the unborn,   but be prepared to accept incremental progress.]   4-19-23
  350. Republicans.  “McCarthy Gets a Debt-Ceiling Win.”  [If Biden still won’t negotiate, the burden of default is on him.]  4-27-23
  351. Republicans.  “The Reagan Lesson for the Trumpian Right.”   (The weekend interview with William Inbuden by Kate Bathelder Odell.)  [A historian considers the cold War’s lessons for Ukraine, China and today’s Republican Party.]   5-20-23
  352. Republicans.  “A Debt-Ceiling Deal Worth Passing.”  [By staying united, the House GOP forced concessions from Biden.]   5-30-23
  353. Republicans.  “A Republican Debt-Limit Reality Check.”  [Speaker McCarthy isn’t the obstacle to more GOP victories.  Biden is.]  6-1-23
  354. Republicans.  “McCarthy Earns the Speakership.”  By Kimberley A. Strassel.  [The debt-ceiling vote was the product of a deliberate, well-considered strategy.]   6-2-23
  355. Republicans.  “Chris Christie and the Republican Party’s Peril.”  By Peggy Noonan.  [In some ways he’s a match for Trump, whose third nomination would mark the end of the GOP.]  6-3-23
  356. Republicans.  “Could Tim Scott Pull an Upset?”  by Wm.  Galston.  “The Republican primary race isn’t over, as Democrats showed in 1984.]   7-12-23
  357. Republicans.  “Republican Renaissance in Virginia?”  by Kate Bachelder Odell.  [Gov. Glenn Youngkin seeks to flip the state Senate this November.  If he succeeds, he’ll be courted to run for president.]   8-12-23
  358. Republicans.  “Republicans and Ken Paxton.”  [The impeachment trial of the Texas AG is a test of one-party rule.]   9-6-23
  359. Republicans.  “The Republican Time for Choosing.”  By Mike Pence.  [Voters need to reject populism unmoored from conservative principles.]   9-7-23
  360. Republicans.  “Why Ken Paxton Was Acquitted.”  [Texas Republicans risk becoming the Albany Democrats.]  9-18-23
  361. Republicans.  “House Republicans Hang Separately.”  “The GOP is wasting its majority on foolish shutdown threats.]   9-20-23
  362. Republicans.  “Why Aren’t the Presidential Candidates Debating China?”  by Gabriel Scheinman and David Feith.  [Biden plays down the threat, and Republicans, including Trump, are noncommittal on Taiwan.]   9-20-23
  363. Republicans.  “Iowa Could Open Up the 2024 GOP Primary.”  By Karl Rove.  [Trump may think it’s in the bag, but even he knows falling short there means trouble.]  9-21-23
  364. Republicans.  “America’s Cities Need Republicans, and I’m Becoming One.”  By Eric Johnson.  [While Dallas has thrived, elsewhere Democratic policies have exacerbated crime and homelessness.]   9-23-23
  365. Republicans.  “Matt Gaetz and the House Chaos Caucus.”  By Karl Rove.  [They’re destroying what little bargaining power the GOP has – and its slim majority.]  9-28-23
  366. Republicans.  “Matt Gaetz: ‘Biden’s Favorite Republican.”  [A vote to oust Speaker McCarthy would empower Democrats.]   10-2-23
  367. Republicans.  “Tim Scott and the ‘Great Society.”  By Wm. McGurn.  [A black Republican speaks the truth, and he is quickly told to shut up an sit down.]   10-3-23
  368. Republicans.  “Republicans Cut Off Their Own Heads.”  [A gang of eight ousts a Speaker with no plan or replacement in mind.]   10-4-23
  369. Republicans.  “A Sellout for Nothing.”  By Daniel Henninger.  [The Getz Eight make it likely conservatives are going to hit a wall in next yea’s election.]   10-5-23
  370. Republicans.  “Give Matt Gaetz the Silent Treatment.”  By Karl Rove.  [He helped Democrats because he wanted attention.  The GOP should give him none.]   10-5-23
  371. Republicans.  “Matt Rosendale’s Democratic Devotional.”  [He told donors he was ‘praying each evening for a small majority.’]   10-5-23
  372. Republicans.  “Republicans against U.S. Weapons.”  [GOP hostility to Ukraine is hurting American arms production.]   10-5-23
  373. Republicans.  “The Victory Republicans May Be Squandering” by Rick Scott.  [Las week’s continuing resolution was a success for fiscal conservatives in both chambers.]  10-5-23
  374. Republicans.  “Gaetz & Co:  A Tale as Old as Time.”  By Kimberley A. Strassel.  “Keven McCarthy falls as speaker thanks to an act of two-bit political hackery.]  10-6-23
  375. Republicans.  “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way o a Quorum.”  By Peggy Noonan.  [The chief antagonist, Mat Gaetz, is a cartoon villain, a man so small he makes decadence look banal.]   10-7-23
  376. Republicans.  “Nobody for Speaker of the House.” [If Jim Jordan falls short, a stopgap might be Patrick McHenry.]   10-18-23
  377. Republicans.  “The Unmaking of the Republican Majority.”  By Karl Rove.  [The only hopeful sign for the party is that the public dislikes the Democrats too.]   10-19-23
  378. Republicans.  “The Gaetz of Republican Hell.”  10-21-23
  379. Republicans.  “America Needs a House Speaker.”  By John Shadegg.  [It’s time for Gaetz to admit his gambit failed and reinstate Kevin McCarthy.]   10-24-23
  380. Republicans.  “Will Republicans Defend the Court?”  [Democratic subpoena threats target friends of the Justices.]   11-8-23
  381. Republicans.  “Are Republicans Tired of All the Losing?”  [Another lousy Election Day shows the GOP has a brand problem.]   11-9-23
  382. Republicans.  “Meet the New Speaker, Same as the …”  11-15-23
  383. Republicans. “Republicans for a Carbon Tax.”  [Another sign tht the GOP is giving up on pro-growth economics.]   11-20-23
  384. Republicans.  “I’m Leaving the House but Not the Fight.” By Kevin McCarthy.  [In the next chapter of my life, my work is only getting started.]   12-7-23
  385. Republicans.  “Republicans, Don’t Reject Border Progress.”  [Some in the House want the issue, rather than solving the problem.]   1-8-24
  386. Republicans.  “Republican Submission to Trump Reveals the Rot Within.”  By Gerard Baker.  [His former rivals bow and scrape, making fools of themselves and a mockery of their principles.]   1-30-24
  387. Republicans.  “The Republicans’ Border Crisis.”  By Daniel Henninger.  [The GOP is branding itself as addicted to rage and internet fundraising.]   2-1-24
  388. Republicans.  “Republican ‘Populists’ for Corporate Welfare.”  By Stephen Ford.  [The House tax bill shows the need to rediscover the principles that helped the middle class prosper.]   2-7-24
  389. Republicans.  “The Republicans Are A Party in Search of a Future.”  By Alex Castellanos.   [Democrats have fresh faces with antiquated ideas.  When Trump is gone, what will be the alternative?]   3-1-24
  390. Republicans.  “Mitch McConnell, by the Numbers.”  By Kimberley a. Strassel.  [His mastery of vote counting made him an unusually effective Senate Leader.]  3-1-24
  391. Republicans.  “Mitch McConnell’s Great Senate Legacy.”  [Trump wouldn’t have won without the GOP leader’s judicial assist.]   2-29-24
  392. Republicans.  “We’ll Miss Mitch McConnell.”  By Peggy Noonan.  [As we head for another Trump-Biden race, the doctors are fleeing the congressional asylum.]   3-2-24
  393. Republicans.  “The GOP’s Third Gamble on Trump.”  [Republicans are elevating the one man who could lose to Biden.]   3-7-24
  394. Republicans.  “Rep. Mayhem Taylor Greene.”  [She files to oust Speaker Johnson, sayi8ng he’s ‘in the arms of Democrats.’]   3-23-24
  395. Republicans.  “Honey, We Shrunk the GOP Majority.”  [Too many House Republicans would prefer to be in the minority.]   3-25-24
  396. Republicans.  “Mike Johnson’s Ukraine Moment.”  [The Speaker is stepping up, but Biden needs to help get Democrats.]   4-8-24


Issue Headlines

“Democrats Use Cash To Fend Off GOP”  Wall Street Journal, WSJ, 9-20-14, P. A1

“Gender Gap Shrinks, Republicans Gain.” Subhead: Democrats Failing to Attract Enough Support From Women in Three Key Senate Races, Polls Show. WSJ. 10-24-14, p. A4

”Rand Paul’s Challenge: Charting His Own Course” WSJ 4-6-2015  p. A1

4. 6-12-15 Trade Authority vote:   HOUSE DEFEATS TRADE BILL [FOR NOW]…


SESSIONS WARNED: ‘Elites Who Dream Of Writing Rules In Foreign Capitals’…

Silicon Valley oligarchs made last minute push… 

Gave Immigration Powers To ‘Unelected Corporations And Foreign Governments’… 




Pact could limit access to generic drugs…

Economy. 6-18-15  Obamatrade resurrected by Republicans…

House Passes…

Could encompass up to 90% of world GDP… 

SESSIONS: ‘Members did not know that when they voted’…

Republicans. 6-20-15. House Republican crackdown on bucking leadership continues…

  New level of severity…

Republicans. 8-3-15:

SHOCK POLL: 36% of GOP Voters Likely to Vote for Trump If He Runs Third Party…

Republicans. 9-16-15:

HOUSE CHAOS: BOEHNER OVERTHROW IN WORKS, McCarthy courted by conservatives…

Republicans. 9-25-15

62% of Republicans Feel BETRAYED by Party…

Only 2% ‘very satisfied’…

Republicans. Funding Muslim USA resettlement.         11-16-15                 >>>>>

Huckabee goes after Paul Ryan on refugees… Year-end budget bill funds Obama program…

Republicans.               12-18-15.                                            >>>>

Paul Ryan budget will admit more Muslim migrants this year than Iowa Republican voters…


Republicans. Rubio:  Illegals.   RUBIO: ILLEGALS CAN STAY  1-17-16    <<<

Republicans. Supreme Court. 2-16-16    




Republicans. Immigration.   2-19-16


Republicans.  Illegals. 3-21-16

FLASHBACK: Cruz joined Beck in passing out teddy bears to illegals surging across border… [July 18, 2014 reported]

Republicans. 3-21-16

SUMMER CHAOS: GOP convention protests fueled by volatile mix of forces…

‘All hell going to break loose’…

Republicans.          10-13-16        >>>>

RNC TV ad spending for Trump:  $0

The national party breaks with tradition of spending millions on ads supporting its nominees.

By Kenneth P. Vogel and Alex Isenstadt

10/13/16 04:59 AM EDT Read more: 

Republicans. 2-6-17

Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush Took Campaign Cash from Soros… 

Republicans. 2-10-17

UPDATE: Anger erupts at Republican town halls…  Raucous progressive crowds…

Republicans. 2-23-17. Left stages Republican disruptions

Republicans.  4-11-17 


Republicans. 4-28-17

REPUBLICAN CONGRESS: FEW RESULTS…  [Re: Trump’s first 100 days in office.]

Republicans. 4-29-17

Trump begins second 100 days held hostage by Republican Congress

by David M. Drucker | Apr 29, 2017, 12:01 AM

Republicans. 5-1-17


Spending Bill Includes 2,500 More Visas for Afghans… 

Border wall missing, fueling doubt it will be built…

Republicans brace for war — with each other…  

Republicans. 6-19-17

EXCLUSIVE: Soros, Clinton-Linked Teneo Among Donors to McCain Institute

Republicans. California. The Wall Street Journal.  7-19-17,  P. A3

“GOP Votes Help Pass California Climate Measure.”

Republicans. 7-28-17

Kid Rock With Huge Lead In Michigan GOP Senate Primary…

Republicans. 8-3-17



Republicans Have Full Control of 26 States…

Republicans. Women. Wall Street Journal 12-27-17   p. A4

“More Educated Women Favor Democrats.”

Republicans.  Elections. 7-14-18

Republican Warning Signs: Dems Register 12 Million More Voters…

Republicans. 7-28-18


Republicans, Calif Fallout, Republican 2018 electoral disaster 11-17-18

Campaign Consideration

Anne Coulter


June 12, 2013

Democrats terrify Hispanics into thinking they’ll be lynched if they vote for Republicans, and then turn around and taunt Republicans for not winning a majority of the Hispanic vote.  This line of attack has real resonance with our stupidest Republicans. (Proposed Republican primary targets: Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio.) Which explains why Republicans are devoting all their energy to slightly increasing their share of the Hispanic vote while alienating everyone else in America.  It must be fun for liberals to manipulate Republicans into focusing on hopeless causes. Why don’t Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners?  As journalist Steve Sailer recently pointed out, the Hispanic vote terrifying Republicans isn’t that big. It actually declined in 2012. The Census Bureau finally released the real voter turnout numbers from the last election, and the Hispanic vote came in at only 8.4 percent of the electorate, not the 10 percent claimed by the pro-amnesty crowd.  The sleeping giant of the last election wasn’t Hispanics; it was elderly black women, terrified of media claims that Republicans were trying to suppress the black vote and determined to keep the first African-American president in the White House.  Contrary to everyone’s expectations, 10 percent more blacks voted in 2012 compared to 2008, even beating white voters, the usual turnout champions. Eligible black voters turned out at rate of 66.2 percent, compared to 64.1 percent of eligible white voters. Only 48 percent of all eligible Hispanic voters went to the polls.  No one saw the huge increase in black turnout coming, which is probably why Gallup had Romney up by 5 points before Hurricane Sandy hit, and still up by 1 point in its last pre-election poll after the hurricane.

Only two groups voted in larger numbers in 2012 compared to 2008: blacks aged 45-64, and blacks over the age of 65 — mostly elderly black women.  In raw numbers, nearly twice as many blacks voted as Hispanics. Nine times as many whites voted as Hispanics. (Ninety-eight million whites, 18 million blacks and 11 million Hispanics.)  As Byron York has shown, even if Mitt Romney had won 70 percent of the Hispanic vote, he still would have lost. Keep in mind that no Republican presidential candidate in at least 50 years has won as much as half the Hispanic vote.  In the presidential election immediately after Reagan signed an amnesty bill in 1986, the Republican share of the Hispanic vote plummeted from 37 percent to 30 percent — and that was in a landslide election for the GOP. Combined, the two Bush presidents averaged 32.5 percent of the Hispanic vote — and they have Hispanics in their family Christmas cards.  John McCain, the nation’s leading amnesty proponent, won only 31 percent of the Hispanic vote, not much more than anti-amnesty Romney’s 27 percent.  So, naturally, the Republican Party’s entire battle plan going forward is to win slightly more votes from 8.4 percent of the electorate by giving them something they don’t want.  The (pro-amnesty) Pew Research Hispanic Center has produced poll after poll showing that Hispanics don’t care about amnesty. In a poll last fall, Hispanic voters said they cared more about education, jobs and health care than immigration. They even care more about the federal budget deficit than immigration! (To put that in perspective, the next item on their list of concerns was “scratchy towels.”)  Also, note that Pew asked about “immigration,” not “amnesty.” Those Hispanics who said they cared about immigration might care about it the way I care about it — by supporting a fence and E-Verify. Amnesty is a gift to employers, not employees.  Who convinced Republicans that Hispanic wages aren’t low enough and what they really need is an influx of low-wage workers competing for their jobs?  Maybe the greedy businessmen now running the Republican Party should talk with their Hispanic maids sometime. Ask Juanita if she’d like to have seven new immigrants competing with her for the opportunity to clean other people’s houses, so that her wages can be dropped from $20 an hour to $10 an hour.  A wise Latina, A.J. Delgado, recently explained on why amnesty won’t win Republicans the Hispanic vote — even if they get credit for it. Her very first argument was: “Latinos will resent the added competition for jobs.”  But rich businessmen don’t care. Big Republican donors — and their campaign consultants — just want to make money. They don’t care about Hispanics, and they certainly don’t care what happens to the country. If the country is hurt, I don’t care, as long as I am doing better! This is the very definition of treason.  Hispanic voters are a small portion of the electorate. They don’t want amnesty, and they’re hopeless Democrats. So Republicans have decided the path to victory is to flood the country with lots more of them!  It’s as if Republicans convinced Democrats to fixate on banning birth control to win more pro-life voters. This would be great for Republicans because Democrats will never win a majority of pro-life voters, and about as many pro-lifers care about birth control as Hispanics care about amnesty.  But that still wouldn’t be as idiotic as what Republicans are doing because, according to Gallup, pro-lifers are nearly half of the electorate. Hispanics are only 8.4 percent of the electorate.  And it still wouldn’t be as stupid as the GOP pushing amnesty, because banning birth control wouldn’t create millions more voters who consistently vote against the Democrats.  Listening to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus burble a few weeks ago on “Fox News Sunday” about how amnesty is going to push the Republicans to new electoral heights, one is reminded of Democratic pollster Pat Caddell’s reason for refusing to become a Republican. No matter how enraged he gets at Democratic corruption, he says he can’t bear to join such a stupid party as the GOP.  COPYRIGHT 2013 ANN COULTER  DISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL UCLICK  1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500

Talking Points

Obama Puts Billionaires before Budgets
by: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

[Fresno Bee, 4-4-2013]

A legion of limousine liberals will descend tonight (4-4-2013) on San Francisco’s famed Billionaire’s Row. Leading the pack, the most famous limo of them all — and inside it, the chief liberal, President Barack Obama. 

Though now free of the demands of campaign fund-raising, the president has discovered he really, really misses it. So he’s back on the big-money circuit, this time for his friends at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. 

And where better for the self-ordained defender of the middle class to champion his cause than the home of oil heir Gordon Getty, in the heart of Billionaire’s Row, the bay-view boulevard where those with ten-figure net-worths snatch up homes with eight-figure price tags.

But what else does the president have to do? 

Well, his budget is two months late to Congress. No matter, the national debt is only $16.7 trillion. Then there’s the floundering economy. But surely the middle class can put the bills on hold while the president sips a top-shelf cocktail. 

In his February State of the Union Address, the president delivered a robust defense of the middle class. “It is our generation’s task, then, to re-ignite the true engine of America’s economic growth: a rising, thriving middle class.” Great! The middle class needs help after the first four years of his presidency. Yet watching the president’s actions, his words ring hollow. 

For good measure, the president used the speech to fire a rhetorical shot at billionaires — as he often does. Few Americans haven’t heard him malign “millionaires and billionaires” for any number of reasons. But nothing says “I really mean it” like rubbing elbows with them in the Bay Area. 

This is Obama’s method of operation: publicly brow-beating then privately back-slapping. And while he collects checks from those he pretends to disdain, taxpayers get to foot the bill. A jaunt to California may cost a couple hundred dollars on JetBlue. But on Air Force One, it costs $180,000. An hour. 

Last month, the Obama administration announced it was axing White House tours. Why? They blamed the sequester budget cuts that went into effect March 1. So there’s no money for third-graders to visit the people’s house, but there’s plenty of money for the president to schmooze at a billionaire’s house? 

As Vice President Biden likes to say, “Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.” 

To be fair, the president doesn’t yet have an official budget to show. But, by now, we’ve seen enough to know what — or whom — he really values. 

Earlier this year, Obama’s presidential campaign reincarnated itself into Organizing for Action. The new OFA is billed as a “non-partisan” grassroots “social welfare” organization mobilizing for the public good and dedicated to “transparency.” But it quickly became clear what the group was really about: selling access to the president. 

In an early fund-raising pitch, OFA promised that raising $500,000 would earn a wealthy individual “the privilege of attending quarterly meetings with the president.” That led the Sunlight Foundation, whose mission is to make “government accountable and transparent,” to declare “OFA is a Mechanism for Fat Cat Access.” 

In other words, if you’re a fat cat millionaire, the White House is open for you. And if you’re a fatter cat billionaire? Well, don’t get up. The president will make house calls. 

So back to San Francisco. You may wonder what the president will say as he fetes the fatted felines, but you don’t have to think hard to figure it out. Almost five years ago to the day, on Billionaire’s Row, then-candidate Barack Obama complained to a roomful of the liberal elite, “So it’s not surprising then that (those in small towns) get bitter, and they cling to guns, or religion … as a way to explain their frustrations.” 

Americans of all sized-towns have extra cause for frustration these days. Their president has his priorities backward. The “middle class” may be forever on his lips, but it’s those “millionaires and billionaires” who have won his heart. 

So he’s left his heart in San Francisco. 

Reince Priebus is chairman of the Republican National Committee. This commentary was provided exclusively to The Fresno Bee.


Republicans. 12-18-15. Rush Limbaugh:

GOP Sells America Down the River

December 17, 2015 by Rush Limbaugh.

GOP Sells America Down the River

[Unedited from the website except for deleting photos and large graphics.]


RUSH: The country was just sold down the river again by your very Republican Party.

I have a headline here from the Washington Times:  “White House Declares Total Victory Over GOP in Budget Battle.” That headline’s a misnomer.  There was never a battle.  None of this was opposed.  The Republican Party didn’t stand up to any of it, and the die has been cast for a long time on this.  I know many of you are dispirited, depressed, angry, combination of all of that. But, folks, there was no other way this could go. Because two years ago when the Republican Party declared they would never do anything that would shut down the government and they would not impeach Obama, there were no obstacles in Obama’s way and there were no obstacles in the way of the Democrat Party.

When you surrender the power of the purse — and that’s the primary power the House of Representatives has.  Not a penny of money can be spent in this country by this government without the House of Representatives authorizing it.  Obama can spend all he wants, but if the House doesn’t give him the mechanism, he can’t spend any of it.  But the Republicans squandered that.  They gave up the power of the purse.  The reason they did that is because for some inexplicable reason, they are literally paranoid and scared to death of even being accused of doing something that would shut down the government.

So to avoid even the accusation that they were going to or would ever even think of shutting down the government, they signaled that whatever Obama wanted to spend, he would get, because they figured that had less damage to them politically than the allegation that they were shutting down the government.  So, very simply, ever since the Republican Party became the party of keeping the government open at all costs, we get bills like this.  There’s simply no stopping the Democrats.  There’s no mechanism.  Every constitutional mechanism found in the power of the purse, Separation of Powers, the Republican Party years ago gave it away, in total fear of the media.

Now, there’s also a factor that needs to be mentioned, too, and that is that many Republican donors want every bit of this money spent, and they have donated voluminously to key Republicans in order to get the money spent. So it’s not all Republican fears. It’s not all Republican caving.  A lot of it is Republican fealty and loyalty to some of their donors.  Some people today looking at this, and this is 2,009 pages.  It’s said to be a spending bill.  Among the things that it does, it fully funds Obamacare.

It fully funds Planned Parenthood.  That, to me, is unforgivable, with everything now known about what goes on behind closed doors at Planned Parenthood, and that the federal government, led by a Republican Party, sees fit to pay for it.  It is beyond comprehension, and it is a total squandering of moral authority to fully fund the butchery at Planned Parenthood.  This spending bill fully pays for Obama’s refugee plans, fully.  This spending bill, this budget bill quadruples the number of visas Obama wants for foreign workers.  This is even a slap at American union workers.  Not the leaders.  The union leaders seem to be in favor of it, but blue-collar people, known as working people, have been sold down the river along with everybody else here.

This spending bill even fully pays for every dime asked for by Obama on all of this idiocy that’s tied up into climate change.  Everything Obama wanted, everything he asked for, he got.  You go down the list of things, it’s there.

And this is causing some people to wonder if they just dreamed all that stuff about Boehner resigning.  And then other people are wondering if they even dreamed all that stuff about the Republicans winning the largest number of seats they’ve had in Congress since the Civil War.  We had two midterm elections in 2010 and 2014, which were landslide victories for the Republican Party.  The Democrat Party lost over a thousand seats nationwide in just those two elections.  People went to the polls in droves wanting exactly what was rubber-stamped last night (or what will be) stopped.

And instead they showed up in record numbers and they it turned out and they just defeated Democrats down the ballot. In the process, they elected Republicans to stop this.  And now the Republicans have the largest number of seats in the House they’ve had in Congress since the Civil War.  And it hasn’t made any difference at all.  It is as though Nancy Pelosi is still running the House and Harry Reid is still running the Senate.  “Betrayed” is not even the word here.  What has happened here is worse than betrayal. Betrayal is pretty bad, but it’s worse than that.

This was out-and-out, in-our-face lying, from the campaigns to individual statements made about the philosophical approach Republicans had to all this spending.  There is no Republican Party!  You know, we don’t even need a Republican Party if they’re gonna do this.  You know, just elect Democrats, disband the Republican Party, and let the Democrats run it, because that’s what’s happening anyway.  And these same Republican leaders doing this can’t, for the life of them, figure out why Donald Trump has all the support that he has?  They really can’t figure this out?

Repeated stabs in the back like this — which have been going on for years — combined with Obama’s policy destruction of this country, is what has given rise to Donald Trump.  If Donald Trump didn’t exist and if the Republican Party actually does want to win someday, they’d have to invent him.  It’s just mind-boggling when you figure out everything that has been granted Obama. All the money, the tax increases, the Cadillac plans in Obamacare. All kinds of punitive things in Obamacare, delayed yet again so that people will not be made aware of the pain and suffering Obamacare’s gonna cause.

This budget even gives Obamacare cover by delaying some of the most harsh aspects of it.  And the reason for that is, delay the harsh aspects and you prevent people from learning what they are, at the same time you get more years for the tentacles of Obamacare to deeply weave themselves into the fabric of society, making repeal of the thing more politically difficult.  So you could also say that the Republican budget bill actually improves the odds of Obamacare surviving and growing.  You have to look long and hard for this whole thing to find any opposition to anything the Democrat Party wants.

Jeff Sessions, senator from Alabama, is calling this a betrayal, fully funding the Obama immigration agenda, the climate change agenda, increasing foreign workers.  He said, “This is why Trump is now triumphing here and probably will win.  The voters have come to believe that their own party’s elites are not only uninterested in defending their interests, but — as with this legislation and fast tracking the president’s international trade deal — Republican voters would not be wrong to conclude that their own Republican leaders are hostile to them, just as Democrat leaders are hostile to Republican voters.”

And as Sessions points out, “This legislation represents a further disenfranchisement of the American voter.” Clearly! In the last two midterm elections, the American electorate has stood up and loudly stated, ‘No. We don’t want this. Stop this.”  It didn’t matter.  It’s so bad that over at they’re making excuses for Paul Ryan.  I think in some places in the left-wing media, they can’t believe the scope of the betrayal.  They’re feeling a little guilty at how easy this has been.  They’re feeling a little guilty here.  I’m joking, of course.  But one of the columnists said, “Hey, you know, you guys need to cut Ryan some slack.  He was left with a huge mess and not much time to fix it.”

Isn’t that what they always said with Boehner? “He was left with a huge mess”? Isn’t that what they always say about Obama?  “He was left with a huge mess. Man, it was much worse than he even knew.  Nobody told him the truth.”  It seems to be a constant refrain and excuse.  “According to Sessions, the American people elected Republicans to the majority in Congress in 2014 as a rejection of the Obama administration’s immigration policies,” and any number of other things. “‘That loyalty has been repaid with betrayal,’ he said. … Sessions added, ‘As feared, the effect is to fund the president’s entire immigration agenda.'”

Planned Parenthood Unscathed in Spending Bill,” from a very happy and cheering  “Planned Parenthood is praising Democrats in Congress after the spending bill released early Wednesday morning spared the organization from cuts.  As expected, the spending bill does not defund Planned Parenthood, a clear deal-breaker for Democrats, but the absence of spending cuts is still noteworthy given the intensity of the push to defund the group…” There was never any intensity to… It’s what we now know.

There wasn’t any intensity to defund.  All there was is just a bunch of words, just a bunch of people standing up saying they were going to.  This wouldn’t stand.  They were gonna lead an effort to defund it. But nobody ever meant it.  “Planned Parenthood Vice President Dana Singiser praised congressional Democrats on Wednesday for ‘holding the line against these harmful policy riders and cuts to key women’s health programs.'”  Also from, another reporter cheering as well. “Funds for Obama Climate Deal Survive.”

They were never threatened, never in peril.  There wasn’t a battle.  “Secret Deal Quadruples Foreign Workers — Chamber of Commerce Backs Guest Worker Program.”  Translation:  More cheap labor will eagerly be brought into the country under a visa program or they will be employed.  “Hey, why not, Rush?  The unemployment’s rate’s 5%.  We got plenty of room for foreign workers.”  Right.  That, to me… All this Republican campaign stuff going on obfuscating or clouding this a little bit, but that really is the news of the last 12 to 18 hours.


RUSH :Sanctuary cities, fully funded.  All Mideast immigration programs, fully funded.  All these things that have been exploited by terrorists.

Sanctuary cities, fully funded.  All refugees, fully funded.  The release of criminal aliens, fully funded.


The Democrat leftist wet dream has just been paid for.



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Why California Republicans lost it all, even in Orange County (Hint: It’s not Trump)

by Shawn Steel

| November 14, 2018 11:27 PM

California Republicans, long in the wilderness, have now reached the point of desperation.

As of this writing, California Democrats had won every statewide race, a supermajority in both houses of the state legislature, and were on track to pick up as many as seven congressional districts. When all the votes are counted, Orange County — once considered the country’s “Most Republican County” — won’t have a single Republican representative in Washington, D.C.

A convenient narrative has formed: California Republicans are a casualty of President Trump. Yet, the party’s problems have been around longer and run much deeper than any one person. From money to grassroots organization, California Republicans are completely outmatched.

Money: This election, California campaign spending exceeded $1 billion with $287 million spent on California’s congressionalcampaigns. Overwhelmingly, this massive spending aided Democrats. In California, Democrats have achieved fundraising domination thanks to two billionaires, labor unions, and even the state’s business community bankrolling year-round campaigns.

Nowhere was this more apparent than in California’s 39th Congressional District, which saw $34.5 million in total spending. Republican Young Kim was outspent by a five-to-one ratio in direct contributions. The 48th District wasn’t far behind with Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher substantially outspent in a $33 million race. In the 25th Congressional District, Democrat Katie Hill defeated incumbent GOP Rep. Steve Knight with the help of $4.5 million from billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC. Remember when progressives complained about Citizens United?

Organization: Democrats are investing their money in a sophisticated, year-round campaign operation. Billionaire Tom Steyer funneled $3.8 million for targeted youth voter registration, voter contact and get-out-the-vote efforts just in California. In a pre-election memo, Steyer’s NextGen America detailed how 68 staff members recruited nearly a thousand volunteers to register more than 28,000 youth voters in a half-dozen targeted California congressional seats.

Those efforts paid off, most notably, in California’s 45th Congressional District, where Democrat Katie Porter is likely to defeat GOP Rep. Mimi Walters. The Democrat posted North Korea-style returns in one UC Irvine precinct, earning 92 percent of the vote.

Data: Aided by Silicon Valley, Democratic operatives are masterfully collecting individual voter data from online and offline sources. While Republican campaigns are busy flooding the airwaves and cluttering mailboxes with tired ads, Democrats are A/B testing thousands of online ads in each campaign.

This data allows Democrats to pinpoint which individual voters in pure Republican households are most receptive to crossing party lines. At Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s campaign, we received daily reports of Democrats repeatedly visiting GOP households asking to speak with one member of the household about a single issue.

Voter Registration: With limited resources, California Republicans have all but abandoned any semblance of a voter registration program. Meanwhile, Democrats have invested in ongoing voter registration programs targeted in the state’s competitive congressional districts.

Paul Mitchell, vice president of Political Data, notes that voter registration in California’s 39th and 45th congressional districts “have seen a tripling of total registrations and nine-fold increases in re-registration compared to 2014.”

Mobilization: Democrats have deployed social media campaigns in tactical ways that increase a voter’s commitment level and boost turnout. A Los Angeles Times analysis of the 2018 Primaryfound that youth voter turnout had more than doubled compared to 2014. This resulted in borderline fraudulent turnout rates outdoing dead voters in Chicago. Heralding the success of Steyer’s operation, Teen Vogue celebrated the 126 percent voter turnout at one precinct near Stanislaus State University.

Grassroots: Democrats have cultivated a national network of grassroots activists to support their targeted campaigns. Even opposition research has been outsourced to an army of dedicated volunteers. Former Barack Obama operative John Burton’s Citizen Strong organization recruited an army of amateur opposition researchers to “read every line of every document” of targeted Republicans’ lives, voting records, and disclosure reports.

“There’s so much just sitting out there that’s been made available through sunshine laws, through states posting personal financial disclosures and putting lobbyist disclosures online, and through social media,” Burton told Bloomberg before the election.

Demographics: All of these problems have contributed to a vicious demographic cycle for California Republicans. Since 2007, California has experienced a net domestic out-migration of a million citizens. As Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, points out, this mass migration includes a larger number of California conservatives fleeing to Texas.

Former California congressional candidate Paul Chabot not only left California, but has incorporated a business to help other California conservatives leave the state.

To blame the president is to remain in denial about the real causes of California Republicans’ staggering setbacks.

Shawn Steel, a former California Republican Party chair, is California’s committeeman for the Republican National Committee.



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