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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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10 hoops for Hillary Clinton to jump through

Hillary Clinton, almost certain to run for president, will have a series of hoops to jump through. Here are just 10: 1. Does she defend Obamacare, which is hitting a new low in polling, or does she propose concrete changes, thereby undercutting the claim that it has been a historic and successful achievement? If she […]

Battle of the GOP hawks

A Post/ABC News poll confirms that if there was a libertarian moment — and we have argued it was grossly overblown — it is over. The country as a whole is more hawkish than at any time in the Obama presidency, and Republicans are the most hawkish of all. Overall, 71 percent of Republicans think […]

Senate majority slipping away

Larry Sabato says the GOP will pick up 4 to 8 seats in the Senate. Stu Rothenberg predicts “a sizable Republican Senate wave.” He argues: Although there are exceptions, state-level polls generally show [Arkansas' Mark] Pryor, [Louisiana's Mary] Landrieu, [Alaska's Mark] Begich and [North Carolina's Kay] Hagan stuck in the mid-40s against their Republican opponents. […]

Obama is the ‘war-weary’ one

President Obama has often cited the public’s “war weariness” in announcing his retrenchment efforts (pulling all troops out of Iraq, refusing for three years to act in Syria, etc.) The argument has been a specious one. Beyond the president’s obligation to defend the United States regardless of transitory opinion, the president never made any serious […]

Morning Bits

A solid game plan for dealing with Russia. “We should further arm the Baltics and other Eastern European nations, too, along with providing the missile-defense systems we once promised. And domestically, we should ramp up as many kinds of energy production as possible, as quickly as possible, while removing as many of Obama’s hindrances thereto […]

Incurious about the Middle East explosion

Hillary Clinton says she hasn’t made up her mind whether to run for president. Yeah, right. In any case, there is no reason not to press her, a former secretary of state who has already criticized (before she apologized) the president’s Syria policy, her views on a number of issues regarding the Middle East. I’ve […]

Tax Harvard, reject the status quo and reform the welfare state

A survey of Harvard business grads shows that they “see, on one hand, an uncompetitive K-12 education system, a poor tax code and a broken political system. On the other hand, they see high-quality capital markets, sophisticated management systems, pathbreaking universities and a vibrant environment for entrepreneurs.” Hmm. (Maybe Harvard business grads should stop going […]

The Senate is worth winning

Democrats and especially anxious pundits who fear a repudiation of the president and his left-leaning agenda are busy assuring us that it doesn’t matter if the Senate flips to GOP control. Well, the president just reversed a key immigration promise so as not to imperil Democrats, lots of Democratic candidates and billionaire donors think holding […]

Obama’s words disconnected from action

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Newt Gingrich remarked that President Obama’s turnaround on taking unilateral action on immigration reform is “one more example of Obama being incapable of figuring out how to do whatever he promises he’s going to do.” He suggested that this is becoming a problem: “This is going to pile […]

Assessing the next commander in chief

So much for the notion that the Republican Party is leaning isolationist or is torn between isolationism and a traditional, hawkish foreign policy. Now potential 2016 presidential candidates are jostling to sound the toughest. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) says foreign policy – on which he has stood with hawks  – is a motivating reason to […]

Ups and downs

UP: Stripping jihadists of U.S. citizenship. DOWN: Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) 180 on foreign policy. (Even Rick Santorum bashed him.) UP: Democratic hawks in Congress DOWN: “We have no strategy” UP: Vladimir Putin DOWN: Likelihood that this will be Putin’s last territorial grab UP: Jeb Bush buzz DOWN: Presidential buzz about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (he’s in […]

Morning Bits

Ouch. “Republican primary voters may remember that, for years, Senator Paul favored a hands-off approach to the Middle East just as President Obama did. If Ted Cruz throws his hat in the ring, primary voters will have the option of choosing a candidate who combines a more credible foreign policy with a similar antagonism toward […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “I’m deeply disappointed that the president has not acted where House Republicans have failed.” 2. “Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are two peas in the same pod, and the American people have tasted that, and said look, that’s not a good taste.” 3. “What we ought to have is a direct, […]

Meet the president’s excuses

In his Sunday interview President Obama was not asked some fundamental questions: Where does he get the authority to change laws unilaterally? He bragged about pulling troops out of Iraq and then denied it was his call–so which is it? Didn’t his failure to act in Syria allow the Islamic State to grow? When the […]

Obama’s immigration train wreck

Leave it to President Obama to make the wrong decision, at the wrong time, in the wrong way. Saturday, on a weekend when news coverage is less intense, he managed to disappoint pro-immigration reform activists who felt betrayed and everyone else who objected to a blatant power grab. He didn’t even bother to make a […]

Distinguished pol of the week

In this midterm election, voters may choose to signal their disgust with the president and a do-nothing Senate. If so, there may be a batch of Republican winners who, in an ordinary year, wouldn’t make it to the Senate. But in fairness to the candidates, the quality of the field this election year is high. […]

Obama has never understood our enemies

If the current cease-fire holds in Ukraine, we will be one step closer to the dismemberment of Ukraine and a humiliation for the West. The Post reports: “The measures appeared, at least initially, to be a first step toward a peace plan envisioned by Russian President Vladimir Putin that would effectively freeze the conflict in […]

Jobs doldrums won’t help Democrats

The Post reports: “Hiring slowed significantly in the United States in August, as the economy added only 142,000 jobs, a disappointing setback for an economic expansion that has been gaining steam for most of this year. The Labor Department on Friday also reported that the unemployment rate declined in August from 6.2 percent to 6.1 percent, […]

Tipping point on national security

You would think that nearly 200,000 murdered Syrians, Russia’s capture of Crimea, the rise of the Islamic State, and chaos in Iraq would jolt the foreign policy establishment and political system. But sometimes it takes an easily understandable, discrete event to shake the public, which generally doesn’t follow foreign policy all that closely. That event […]

A one-on-one with Ed Gillespie, Virginia’s happy warrior

There is nothing quite like the unbridled enthusiasm of a first-time candidate, even someone middle-aged and experienced in the world of politics. Recently identified by a number of pundits as a dark-horse candidate in what may be the surprise race of the cycle, Virginia Republican Ed Gillespie spoke to Right Turn by phone Thursday about […]

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