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Why We’re Doomed: Republican Senators

Just read Not Fit to Lead: The Iran hearings have shown how the Republican Party can no longer be trusted with the presidency by William Saletan. Yeah, I know, it’s William Saletan. But read it anyway. Snips: In all three hearings, Kerry explained how the inspection and verification measures in the Iran deal are designed […]

RNC cries uncle, the Koch takeover is complete

20 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Just a few short weeks ago, the Kochs and the Republican party were in what one Republican operative said was an "all-out war" over who would control the party going forward. The Kochs have been systematically putting a ground forceShow More Summary

Conservative-Industrial Complex

My only quibble (so far) about “‘They Don’t Give a Damn about Governing': Conservative Media’s Influence on the Republican Party,” published by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, is that “conservative media” is just one part of a larger, integrated right-wing infrastructure that has been driving U.S. foreign and domestic policy for at least 40 […]

How Hillary will cast Republicans as the party of the past

Today, Hillary Clinton is set to deliver a speech calling on Congress to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and her campaign says she will blast “Republican arguments against increased engagement” with Cuba and contend instead that engagement will allow us to address human rights abuses while advancing “a core set of values.” Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, […]

The Insiders: Democrats can’t pretend forever

With all the media focus on Donald Trump’s antics and the anxiety over the upcoming Republican primary debate, the mainstream media are mostly ignoring the surreal drift of the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s troubles. Despite the fact that the Democrats seem to be escaping harsh media scrutiny, this is no easy time for them. […]

These two quotes from N.H. show the war raging within the Republican Party

Below are two recent quotes from Republican voters in New Hampshire. They are talking about one of the aspirants for the GOP presidential nomination. See if you can guess who they are talking about. “He says it like it is. He speaks the truth.” “[He] has a forceful personality, but unfortunately, it’s a double-edged sword. […]


The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes joins me today to discuss her lengthy report down while a fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center.

Kevin Drum on Tea Party Self-Destruction

Kevin Drum predicts the likely course of the Republican primaries on Mother Jones. This is the great conundrum of the tea-party wing of the Republican Party. What they should do is coalesce immediately around Scott Walker. He’s the most plausible winner among the tea partiers, and if the race was basically between him and Bush [...]Show More Summary


JACKIE CALMES HAS A PIECE FOR HARVARD’S SHORENSTEIN CENTER ARGUING THAT CONSERVATIVE MEDIA DRAG THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO THE RIGHT. This may be true, but it’s dwarfed by the extent to which the rest of media drag the entire nation to the left. As Prof. Tim Groseclose noted in his Left Turn: How Liberal Media […]

Republicans Woo Ohio with Debate and Convention

“When 17 presidential contenders converge on Cleveland to debate on Thursday, not a few party leaders will be shuddering at the prospect of a scene out of The Hunger Games. Or perhaps a duel of insults dominated by Donald J. [...]

Koch Brothers Try to Alter Image

New York Times: “After two elections in which Democrats and liberals sought to cast them as the secretive, benighted face of the Republican Party, the Kochs are seeking to remake public perceptions of their family, their business and their politics, [...]

The New Holy Grail of Republican Primaries

How Citizens United is turning the Republican Party upside down. Never have so many done so much to reveal so little than in the collected journalism about presidential nomination contests. The personality-driven trivia. The hokey generalizations. Show More Summary

Jon Stewart: ‘Rich, crazy monsters’ like Trump are supposed to buy GOP candidates — not be one

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

Jon Stewart seemed to show sympathy toward Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus on Thursday’s Daily Show, pointing out that Priebus’ best efforts to make the party more broadly accessible were being derailed by the “abusive, Cheeto dust-faced elephant in the...

Asymmetrical Politics: Republicans Act Like an Unruly Mob, Democrats Like a Regimented Army

As the presidential campaign heats up, and we head into the first debate among the 16 declared Republican candidates, there is an asymmetry between the two political parties. Republican voters

“GOP criticizes ‘offensive’ posts of NC elections appointee”

AP: “North Carolina Republican Party officials say they were unaware of racially tinged social media posts by a man appointed to a county elections board.” … Continue reading ?

GOP’s epic trainwreck: Jeb Bush flails and Donald Trump ascends as the party goes further off the rails

As Jeb! drops into third place, Trump gains strength from the disdain of the media and Republican elites

Don’t Pay Too Much Attention to Donald Trump

At this point, it doesn't really matter who is ahead in the polls for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.

Rand Paul: The fizzling of a Republican firecracker

Rand Paul is fading …and fast. Jonathan Chait presents a catalog of Rand’s faux pas. Paul, incredibly, turned down a chance to attend a retreat with the Koch Brothers, who are kind of a big deal in the Republican Party. Staff morale is abysmal. The candidate hates fund-raising. …JonathanChait,DailyIntel Well, that could just indicate a [...]Show More Summary

2016 Presidential Polls: Donald Trump Climbing, Jeb Bush Surging — Would Bernie Sanders Beat Trump?

The latest 2016 presidential polls haven’t changed a whole lot as far as the front-runners go, but some moving up and down has started. Donald Trump is still leading the way for the Republican Party, but former Florida governor Jeb Bush is beginning to move up a little at a time. Show More Summary

Ideological Purists vs. Pragmatists in the Republican Nomination Fight

The focus of the primaries is on rank-and-file voters, but political elites have more influence than is often appreciated. This is the argument of The Party Decides, a book I co-wrote with Marty Cohen, David Karol and John Zaller on presidential nominations. Show More Summary

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