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Distinguished pol of the week

Kudos to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) who were elected by acclamation to lead their respective house’s Republicans. But as we turn from campaigns to governing, I want to single out perhaps the most productive lawmaker in the Senate. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) for decades has done what the liberal media […]

Open thread

Right Turn is traveling today. We’ll be back Sunday. Chat among yourselves and enjoy the weekend.

The dangers of doubling down on the Democrats’ losing strategy

When a party gets shellacked in an election, rather than listen to the voters, it often retreats and listens to its base, which naturally says its leaders were not aggressive enough, not ideological enough and not in touch with them. The party then proceeds to double down, moving farther from the center. This essentially happened […]

How to argue and not argue against net neutrality

Free-market conservatives should welcome a fight over net neutrality. The Post reports: Hours after President Obama called for the Federal Communications Commission to pass tougher regulations on high-speed Internet providers, the agency’s Democratic chairman told a group of business executives that he was moving in a different direction. Show More Summary

Obama’s bungled Burma policy under fire

You can add Burma (also known as Myanmar) to the list of President Obama’s foreign policy failures. The Associated Press reports: In Myanmar’s remote capital, President Barack Obama is confronting a nation backsliding in its pledges to enact economic and political reforms that were rewarded with U.S. sanctions relief and made the long-isolated country a […]

Bipartisanship is our best hope for stopping a bad Iran deal

President Obama has been making so many concessions that the likelihood of Iranian negotiators making a deal by the Nov. 24 deadline, rather than waiting for more generous terms to fall into their laps, is diminishing. Reuel Marc Gerecht and Mark Dubowitz write: “The deadline is approaching with dwindling hope for a deal in part […]

Democrats need their own Cory Gardner

She is kidding, right? Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) says the Democrats’ big mistake was not to run hard enough on the “war on women.” For conservatives, that ranks up there with “The Democrats’ stimulus was not big enough” and “President Obama doesn’t do enough TV.” The Huffington Post quotes her as saying “I resent the […]

Morning bits

Outplaying the Obama team. “[N]o matter what the new Senate does, the Islamic Republic is unlikely to walk away from the negotiating table. Why? Because while the United States sees nuclear diplomacy as advancing the cause of detente, Iran sees it as yet another shield to hide its advancing of ominous policies.” Outraged. “I have to admit, […]

Jeb Bush on education reform

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush recently gave an interview on school reform, which was a key part of his agenda as governor and which he continues to support in his role as chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. The interview is worth reading in full, but several points stand out. First, Bush’s education vision is […]

Rick Perry goes to New Hampshire

Texas governor — soon to be ex-governor — Rick Perry (R) is heading to New Hampshire this weekend. News reports previewed what may become the core of a presidential campaign message: Perry outlined the three areas where he thinks Republicans should focus their attention: Energy, tax policy and securing the border. He also criticized Obama’s […]

GOP already winning more Hispanics

A segment of the anti-immigration right clings to the notion that citizenship should not be extended to those who came here illegally, in part because they are automatic Democratic voters. We’ve argued that such fatalism is unwarranted and goes hand in hand with a refusal to update the GOP agenda. The 2014 election bears that […]

Hillary Clinton’s political paralysis

There is so little drama as to whether Hillary Clinton will run for president and even less drama as to her status as the prohibitive front-runner (although I still maintain that she is vulnerable from the left in Iowa, as she was in 2008) that Beltway chatter now focuses on when she will get into […]

Iran escapes isolation; Obama frantic for a deal

Just when you think things can’t get any worse in the P5+1 talks, along comes this news: Russia signed a contract Tuesday to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran to be possibly followed by another six, a move intended to cement closer ties between the two nations.... Nuclear officials from the two […]

Americans want Obama to get out of the way

One of the most eye-popping post-election polls comes from Gallup, which finds that 53 percent of Americans want the GOP Congress to take the lead while only 36 percent want President Obama to set the agenda. “Republicans’ 17-percentage-point edge over Obama on this measure exceeds what they earned after the 2010 midterm, when Americans favored […]

Morning bits

Few people can reach this level of horribleness. ” [Rep. Bruce] Braley’s loss was so horrible for two reasons: (1) it was a seat that Democrats badly needed if they had any hope of holding the majority (they didn’t) and (2) it was so avoidable. Braley deserved what he got because he simply didn’t perform close […]

Will Walker’s win entice him to run in 2016?

Since his impressive reelection win, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has raised his profile and sounds more like a presidential aspirant with each interview. On Fox News he essentially said he would not have qualms about leaving the state. (“Not only do I care about this great state, I care about this country.”) He got in […]

It was about Obamacare. Big time.

A number of liberal pundits working off of White House talking points became heavily invested in the argument that the election was not about Obamacare. They seemed to believe if the election was about something else, Obamacare wouldn’t be repudiated or the GOP would lack a mandate to get rid of it. This was, to […]

Obama’s foreign policy is blind to reality in Israel and Iran

In a perfect world (or at least one with an above-average U.S. president), the United States would recognize that Israel is facing a huge uptick in shootings, stabbings, vehicular terrorism and violent demonstrations by Palestinians and conclude that now is not the time to insist Israel have a partner for peace. Egging on its prime […]

Let the new Senate confirm Loretta Lynch

A fellow Arkansan once said that Bill Clinton “would rather climb a tree to tell a lie than stand on the ground to tell the truth.” And it seems President Obama would rather start an unnecessary fight than get his way and get along with Republicans. A case in point is his attorney general nominee, […]

Hey, the Democrats are all old!

It seems the mainstream media just discovered what we’ve been noting for some time: The Dems are old and grumpy, the newest Republicans are young and sunny. Mark Halperin exclaims: “If the Democrats are looking to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman Schulz to bring them back, they are going to be in trouble because […]

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