Okay, we´ve had the End of the Republic, the degenerate electorate thesis, and the ritual beating of Mitt Romney. I hope everybody has had their catharsis, because it´s time to get serious. It´s typical in an election lost by the right for every last factor is poked at, examined, and raked over the coals except for the single most important element, always and forever overlooked: conservatism itself. I contend that much of the problem with current right-of-center electoral efforts involves conservatism as currently practiced.
The conservative reaction can only be viewed as an expression of cowardice. So the public views it, and they are quite correct. A politician or party that will not stand up for its own reputation is unlikely to stand up for anything at all...
It is cowardice. Republicans are too nice; they take their honor and their religious vows seriously, many being Christians. The Left doesn´t have that problem.
More important and least discussed, is Dunn´s parenthetical comment:
(Note that the typical left-wing image -- various shades of congenital rebel -- carries little of the ignominy attached to those pinned on the right, and in fact, has considerable innate appeal to the inexperienced, uneducated, and plain foolish.)
Aside from the obvious media bias toward the Left which it does no good to whine about, you have a populace that is younger, more violent, less moral and more ignorant of history, about which they have no interest and thereby, no undertanding of what happens to people under liberalism and socialism. It´s all just cool to them.
Young people want to be members of groups, to be accepted, but they will choose the group if it wins, not if it loses. Real Conservatism is dying out for two reasons; we´re older is the main reason. But almost equally important is that we don´t offer young people anything they want except restrictions -- or so they view it.
They reason the Left is so successful is that the Right, when it does fight back, fights with a dwindling army and a vague message. The message is vague because it isn´t heard; it´s drowned out by movies, public schools and the media. How should conservatives fight that?? We´re outgunned.
So where do we get the new soldiers? Dunn is right when he says the Tea Party is the home of the fighters. But they had better learn to fight dirtier than we have so far or we will never win another election -- the demographics have changed too much.
The repiblican´s biggest problem is they haven´t came up with any new logical solutins tonew and old problems. We´re all bemoaning Obamacare but we handed the issue to the left by doing nothing under 6 years of Bush having control over congress.To this day, no one still know what the GOP´s plan is for healthcare except buying insurance across state lines which is very impracticable considering the different health conditions of each state. Mississippi has lower rates due to tort reform,should everybody be allowed to buy insurance from them? No,other states need to push for medical liability reforms.Doctors are flooding into Texas because there´s more protection from Trial lawyers.
The simplest solution would have been sliding scale vouchers for people to buy private insurance which would have put more people in the pool,lowering costs.
The government sees insurance companie smaking a profit and they sure aren´t going to allow tax dollars to boost someone profits unless they build CFL lightbulbs.
I usually like the articles written by this author. In this article the main message is lost with so much other "stuff." I couldn´t make it to the main point through all the recitation of GOP horror stories very familiar to most readers at AT. Please just get to your point.
Excellent read! I kept saying, yes, yes,and yes. We knew what happened to Palin and all the rest. The left has this tactic down pat and that is why they are winning. Even now, Mitt Romney is being ignored, it seems not one supporter is telling Romney what a good job he did. Think of it, he only lost by 2%. This is a very important article!! Repubs and conservatives, take note. It could save us.
If the audience the republican party is talking to, i.e., money for no work, promises of free healthcare, free food, free housing, free education (indoctrination), free phones and cars, then of course the message and the party must change. And, from what I see around me here in ma, romney/rush was right, you can´t beat santa claus. The very core of this nation has been transformed and there is no reasoning with it. Like a two year old throwing a tantrum, it wants what it wants. As far as the moral compass of the republican party that has been drifting far left for a long time.
It is called propaganda. It is not a dark art. Any artist, any playwright, any musician must create and sustain an image to succeed. The content of conservatism is Emersonian: we rely on ourselves, we personally achieve, and we make the world a better place thereby. If only the Repubs would do a "Life of Julia" on their side. Julia and how she died in total despair, having accomplished nothing in her life other than to increase taxes on others. Oppose that to a character who succeeded despite long odds, without help.
Folks this article missed a major point, everything in this administration including the media is plain corrupt. Uninformed Folks to have to pay attention to this: things MUST be bad. We are informed but the masses have forgotten the election and have returned to their reality show focused lives. The proverbial trains would have to stop coming on time for anyone to notice what the corrupt are doing.
Yes our side has an image problem thanks to buffoons like Akin, etc. except for the new media, Fox, we have no access or to channels to get our true message. This has all been by the lefts design. The left is the party of grievance which is destructive to all including our dependent class. I just have no idea how we can combat this corruption when no one seems to care.
This is an incisive, timely article; it articulates what we´ve all known for sometime but could not formulate in words.
As a one-time leftist, I´m familiar with frozen images: icons, caricatures, "visual memes." More elaborate than mere symbols, these function similarly in that they encapsulate an amalgam of prejudices, contempt and distortion, are widely and cheaply dispensed and immediately consumed so that filters of rational deliberation are evaded.
This is what Alinsky was referring to when he directed his acolytes to "pick the target, freeze it and polarize it, " but it also finds an advocate in the once widely read screeds of French leftist Roland Barthes; his essay "On Myth" is considered a cornerstone of this strategy.
It´s about 22 years ago that I was reading this stuff, and it had been buzzing around academe for decades prior. It emerged from the frustration of leftist intellectuals at the failure of socialism to overthrow capitalism in post-war Europe. That should give some idea as to how long the left has been conscientiously refining this strategy.
The unspoken issue: abortion. Women voters are conditioned to see any anti-abortion sentiment as an invasion of their autonomy. The left was able to paint Romney as a virulent anti-abortionist.
Most important: Romney ran a negative campaign. Declaring himself to be against Obama-care without offering an appealing alternative turned off many nervous voters. Pointing out the economic disaster was not enough; he was obliged to offer a comprehensive outline of how his ideas would work better. Foreign Policy: again critical, but without any picture of how his would work better. In short, few promises, many complaints and nothing to offer beyond his unquestionable competence. Mere competence was not enough.
Dunn is absolutely right. Conservatives have been playing the naive idiot for too long. It´s like we´re wearing a "kick me" sign and everyone is laughing at us and we just don´t understand what is going on while we are at the same time trying to get out message out.
Even the Bible tells Christians in Matthew 10:16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves." So we are COMMANDED by Christ to be shrewd as a SNAKE. Yes, we can use trickery and sleight of hand and duck and fake to send our adversaries down one path only for them to find out they were hoodwinked.
We´ve been nothing but emulating the sheep baa´ing our way around as the wolves have devoured our message.
It is not acceptable to read the opener and the comments on this article. Put your ADD aside and read for longer than 3 minutes for a change!
We have to stop wringing our hands while sipping tea, and start fighting for this country in the jungle warfare that is required. And them scream in the face of the idiot that says you are racist for using the term jungle!
We have been lining up with our muskets and walking in rows right into their drone attack. If we don´t get some "strategery" going, we might as well throw all our cash in the street and feel good that at least those willing to work for it took home the money.
Finally! Commentary that gets to the heart of the matter. Commentary that says we´ve got to don the brass knuckles and get in there and fight. Enough nodding in meek agreement when we are lectured (by liberals and their GOP collaborators) "never wrestle with a pig, because you will only get muddy, and besides the pig enjoys it."
Yeah, the pig will enjoy it until we walk off with a couple of hams and an armful of pork chops. If anyone starts prating "civility" to us, remind them that civility is a bourgeois construct, made irrelevant in the Sixties.
He mentions Sandra Fluke, and the public relations disaster caused by calling her a slut. We should have all come forth and said that no, actually Fluke is, from her very own rhetoric, just a common golddigger and a pickpocket.
As for that oh-so-refined intellectua, Peggy Noonan (a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson State University), such a pleasure to hear her quoting W.H. Auden in her best Brooklyn British accent, knifing real conservatives in the back while she coninuously flips her hair with delicate fingers.
Dunno, but this reads to me like the Right needs to start whining and lying, which I think is pointless. The only fighting needs doing by GOP politicians is to be a pugilist and bat back false premise questions (Ala Newt) and tell the darn truth. That´s it. Let the rest fall where it does. If it crashes we rebuild it (you think the left would be able to?). If people wake up to the truth, great. No-one can manipulate people to the truth by seeming to be cool, it is an inner journey (usually ending when truth hits the sojourner square in the face). Other than that there is only prayer and living by example.
Idea: a Candid Camera-type show on FOX broadcast channels starring Jesse Watters interviewing stupid libs. He could have "tell me about your tattoo" and "explain your bumpersticker" and "tell us why you have so many cats" segments.
He does it better than anybody else. It would be nice not to have to fast forward through O´Reilly to see him.
So, in summation, if you can´t beat em, join em! Is that really where conservatives wish to see and be seen? In my opinion, that is another phrase for defeat.
Quite a long winded article and many circular arguments seeming to say that.
The problem, as pointed out time and time again is free stuff vs. freedom. Trying to sell tangibles vs intangibles is where the problem lies.
As conservatives, we grasp the concept of the meaning behind freedom. Sadly, the young and brainwashed minds do not, and buy into the hype of the Constitution being both outdated and/or a living document. This problem is our fault, allowing schools to babysit our children while we were too busy earning a living. Conservatives must own some responsibility for some failure in how our children were raised, and this is where it got us.
Until then, until we accept some responsibility and grasp the root of the problem, we will continue fighting an uphill and yes, a losing battle.
It´s hard for me to take any article seriously that doesn´t acknowledge obvious, proven voter fraud. They (Obama) literally stole the election in key swing states. And Romney, Ryan, the GOP, conservatives, tea partiers, libertarians, and all talking heads just rolled ove and ignored it. I will never understand that. Ever. We need to stop being nice. Enough!! We need to stop apologizing for what we believe; the founders sure didn´t. Time to lay it out, put it out there via social media, cable, and new tech, and make it a cool alternative to liberal crap. Kids are out of work and frustrated. Lets give them a cool alternative (how about a: I am a founder! Advertising Campaign?have people of all ages talk about what the did and why, with the tag line "I am a founder!" Or "for the founders!" ) to the current status quo.
I became a conservative 30+ years ago when I was a student at Ohio State after being required to read Milton Friedman in a poly sci class. I clearly recall the professor explaining the difference between capitalism vs. socialism this way: "freedom to" vs. "freedom from." A lightbulb went on for me. Sadly, now we´re now living in a "freedom from" society. We´ve given up the freedom to achieve for the perceived comfort of freedom from want, need, etc. Not sure if it´s possible to change course.
Conservatives are free thinkers and honest...Liberals on the other hand, are neither, they are collectivists and think inside of a Socialist box...they are also very nasty people and lie to get their way.
We, Conservatives, need to educate America of the differences. The opportunity for that is currently not optimum as the ´takers´ have ´taken over´.
We must wait until the Takers and their leaders trash America for everyone to finally realize the Socialist mentality/methods are bad. People, in general, do not react to solve a problem until it bites their behind very hard. That day is rapidly approaching...wait for it...wait for it, then take action!
It´s about time. No more ´compassionate conservatism´, no more ´reaching across the aisle´. We are at political war, and the Conservatives have brought silly string to a gun fight. Obama was generous enough to presume the right would bring knives, and encouraged the left to bring guns. The right continually backs down and parts so the left can forward its destructive agenda.
Remember the ranting and railing Pelosi did after Bush won, and had the majority? The left refused to acknowledge the win, and used every trick possible to defeat any successes under Bush. W refused to fight back, and gave the Congress to the dems. They continually said he had no mandate, even though he won.
The TEA Party is not the problem, Karl Rove and all the mushy blue dogs that have taken over the GOP leadership are the problem.
Reagan was right when he said it was with bold colors that the Conservative agenda was advanced, not pale pastels (i.e. democrat lite).
#18- It´s harsh and shocking, but wouldn´t it be interesting to see the left defend against a commercial showing an abortion, with the woman voicing over, "I have never felt more honored and respected as a woman, than at this moment."
If you have seen the pro-life videos on-line, then you know how brutal the abortion procedure is. Maybe another with the tray with the fetus in parts and a tag line that says, ´It´s not a person, it´s a choice´.
Yes, I understand how offensive this might be, but shock and awe is all most of the 47% will respond to, or even notice anymore.
Simply it is this: The majority and all the leadership in the republican party are liberal -- which is why "they won´t take their own side in an argument." Knowing this democrats have moved in to kill as one iron fist of godless borderless marxism. Republicans would rather kill conservatives who would name the enemy and the tactic, and bring God into the fight to win back this once righteous country, rather than get out of the way. WWIII could start tomorrow. Finding a charismatic conservative leader acceptable to the republican establishment, able to call a spade a spade and educated a sceptical voter base much longer. This would be the part of Don McClean´s song where "the marching band refused to yield."
Who is J.R. Dunn and what qualifies him/her to speak so authoritatively? A year ago, this same person predicted Obama´s fall in the last election and the success of the Catholic Church in resisting Obamacare. After the macaca incident, does J.R. Dunn seriously think that if George Allen photoshopped a picture of an actual monkey with a mohawk, his being called a racist would have been neutralized? One of the problems conservatives have is that we don´t control the media and the media actively works against us using tactics that range from snarkiness to outright calumny. Robert Bork should have punched Ted Kennedy in the face. The other problem we have is that we are vying for the favor of the willfully ignorant, the stupid and the criminal. Trying to explain the fine art of proper governance to such people is folly.
The problem is not all Conservative, it is also the propaganda spewed by the liberal media, that has turned into a propaganda machine for Democrats. I watch a documentary the other day and an ex-Nazi soldier who was interviewed; whose job it was to kill Jews and bury then in a long ditch. He was asked if he had any remorse, which he replied, none. When asked why, he said the Jews were the reason his family had problems (after WW1). The Jews never did anything to him or his family but he believed they did because the Nazi propaganda machine had convinced him it was so. It allowed him to kill innocent people with no guilt whatsoever. It allowed Germans to turn the other way. Today, I am considered a woman hating, racist, homophobe because I hold traditional Christian values on life, races and sex. The masses are slowly being convince that I (and conservatism) am the problem and one day, will turn their heads when I am denied my rights, lose my job, or denied health care. The media is turning into the Democrat propaganda machine and until people rise up against it, it will eventually consume us all.
Long past time that jurnos (and posters) ceased conflating Republicans with Conservatives. Obviously for some, anyone who wears a jacket, tie and laces their shoes is defined as a Conservative. While the rank and file is center/right, the DC establishment including Parker, Rove, Noonan, Frum, Brooks, Coulter, Sullivan as well as the likes of Boehner and McConnell are just a gaggle of charlatans, hustlers and opportunists, laughing all the way to the bank. A Conservative Party would never nominate the likes of the Bushes, Dole, McCain, Romney etc.
Read the whole thing, guess what he missed? The Why. Conservatives are seen as sellouts. Why? I personally think it is because of the Moderates within our ranks who sell out their principles. As a result The Democrat party is seen as effective, and the GOP is seen as not effective. To quote my Left Wing Friends, "The Democrats say they are going to do something, they do it, the GOP never does what it says it will do." Now where on earth would they get that idea? Moderates. Purge Em. Let em be Democrats.
Now that I have your attention, I’m highly recommending you read this MUST READ column in its entirety and save it in a handy location for future reference. I see it as a euphemistic call to arms; one might even say a manifesto. It says No More Mr./Ms. Nice Guy/Gal!
Conservatism should not be a tough sell. It works! Liberalism should be. It doesn’t!
For much too long, liberals have made a crusade out of defining conservatives with a totally false image. It’s their modus operandi. They lie, therefore they are. In this age of fast and loose communication, never has “perception is reality” been more factual.
Observably ashamed enough of his background, and abetted by the most corrupt, complicit media in our history hiding it, we’re now faced with another four years of our hoodwinked nation held hostage. THAT’S context!
The problem is simple: A majority of Americans have become conditioned to trust the mainstream media for their news. The MSM lean heavily toward the Left. So images of candidates are carefully nurtured to favor the Liberal politicians over the Conservative ones.
Watching the last 2 presidential campaigns was a real eye-opener, as the MSM monolithically and systematically bumped the most Conservative candidates, one by one, out of the race. By skewing their reporting to project a negative image of the candidate, or (as was the case in Fred Thompson´s 2008 campaign) simply not covering them at all to project the image of a lethargic candidate who doesn´t really want to win, they squeezed his donations stream to a halt, ending the viability of his campaign.
The solution is much less obvious. I´m not sure I see any realistic way to cure the disease without killing the patient (i.e. how to improve credibility in the press without government regulations that would discredit them entirely)
When all the money runs out for the freebies, you will see a return to Conservatism by huge groups of people. The tide will begin to turn, even for the immigrants to the country.
Being a Conservative is very difficult. You must get out of bed in the morning and work. You must stand by your principles. You must take care of your family. You must help those who CAN´T help themselves. Etc.
Every requirement to be a Conservative starts with YOU. That is where the disconnect is happening. Until the dependent masses change their view of WHO is supposed to take care of these things, nothing will change.
It is a so so article - I am not a Conservative, I am a Republican and will always be one and no third parties at all will attract me. Mitt was a good candidate and got a huge crowd at the Broncos stadium. If you do not think this election was a fraud and stolen, then you don´t know the dims. So many negative comments on this thread that I do not wonder this is a separated party. I like Rove, Coulter, etc., they are very smart and know what they are talking about. As long as the tv media is limited to mostly liberals, they have the ear of the public. Get rid of the tea party name and make it sound fierce. FDR had 3 or 4 terms as prez, I look for bammy to want to emulate him.
Why not pin the rich and entitled label on liberals? It wouldn´t be hard to do. Look where Obama, Rahm and all Hollywood send their kids to school. It isn´t to the public schools they want everyone else to attend. And most of those schools are 99% white. Show where they live--in mansions in gated communities. Expose their offshore holdings--I´m sure they have some. Apple does most of its manufacturing in China. Which party do its executives support? I´ll be it´s the Democrats. This strategy actually worked not so long ago with John Kerry. The Republicans should start now on the Clintons. How much have they earned--jointly, they´re still married-- since he left office? Where did Chelsea go to school? How many people own two houses in high-priced areas? What is their net worth? Let´s see their tax records. And where has Hillary been staying and dining (on the taxpayers´ dime) as S of S? I doubt it´s at the Days Inn or McDonald´s.
#12, you are correct. The reference of "repug" does not belong here. I am sorry, it is okay to be disappointed in the party leaders, but the actual Republican Party is NOT the politicians or the RNC. The Party is the people. The party should be taken over by the people.
#42, is correct, the left has been manipulating perception and falsely defining who we are for generations now. We have done nothing to stop it. And don´t expect the professional politicians to do anything. We need to take control of OUR party and clean it up!! Then we need to get the truth out there and have OUR message heard!!
We conservatives TALK BIG, but we do nothing when it comes to taking action. WE are the problem. Nobody else. Until we get off our duffs and do something, nothing will change. Believe it or not, the Dems (the regular people--not just the pols) do a LOT more for their party than we do for ours.
No we don´t need to chew up Romney or the GOP or even the hard headed constitutional loyalists or anti-abortion absolutists. The overcoming of the opposition by obama was narrow-a squeaker and possibly could have been affected by voter fraud.
The programmable machine that replaced the hanging chads have got to go and the military getting their ballots early is a must.
Stuart Stevens has an opinion piece in the WaPo that makes the case that we ought to build on our positives not eat our own GOPlike, regroup and stay on the high road.
In any case as found when Newt and his young freshmen GOP idealists overcame the left in 1994 he was chewed up by the leftist media. IOW, try the dem tactics and you get nowhere. Reagan talked over the top of the media. We 47% need to continue to directly appeal to the voters with positivity. Newt BTW started the class warfare thing that defined Romney so easily. And Palin wanting the primary to go longer while obama and his media was defining Romney just helped set the image making in stone earlier. A scenario that won´t be happening in 2016 unless obama overcomes the opposition Morsi style.
There is literally nothing new about this. These same truths were shouted from the mountaintops during the campaign by a few – who were dismissed as “Romney haters” and closet -0-bama supporters. It is interesting that Dunn commits the very same error he is excoriating in this article when it comes to Romney’s primary challengers.
The problem is that the GOP agrees with and reinforces the media and Democrat caricature of the GOP if they think it will win friends - like the puny nerd with the “kick me” sticker on his back laughs at being the “butt” of the joke as the bullies kick and taunt him. “You’re right media, those conservatives are loony! They suck!”
The problem with the GOP message is that the GOP doesn’t actually believe it. The problem with the GOP image is that the GOP rejects the principles of its own platform when facing criticism. You have to stand on something before you can be persuasive.
Also, never forget that the Democrats’ only aim is to win. They don’t care if the problems are fixed – they want to be in power. Even after the city is reduced to dust, they will still stand on the tallest pile of rubble blaming someone else and making extravagant promises.
Uncomfortable but necessary reminder.... We knew all this four years ago. We knew all this EIGHT years ago. And couldn´t do a thing about it. May I humbly suggest that there is no political cure for the leftward drift in America. Why? Because what America faces is not a political problem. It is a spiritual problem. Like it or not, this is a problem of the heart, not the head. The answer is to personally receive Jesus Christ as one´s Lord and Savior because He completely turns around the life. The love of Jesus Christ in the heart is the only turnaround for Muslimaniacs. Coming to Christ unfailingly puts them in their right minds. Likewise He is the only possible answer to turnaround America´s godless leftists, young or old. America has a heart problem, not a head problem; a spiritual problem not a political problem. The solution is the gospel is Jesus Christ.
FTA: "This is a knock-down, drag-out battle, a battle that the movement has so far declined to accept."
The first order of business is to take and hold the beach, the Republican Party. There is no other way inland. The Tea Party must take over the Republican Party just as the socialists took over the Democrat Party, and forcibly retire every single republican who refuses to toe the conservative line. It should begin with the removal of everyone named "Bush," and everyone who has been associated with anyone named "Bush." Get it straight. NEO-cons aren´t conservatives.
Conservatives in the Republican Party have for decades been playing to not lose. It is sold as "managing" risk, but it is really terrified avoidance of risk at any cost. As anyone who follows sports or business knows, that strategy of timidity loses games and bankrupts companies. It also loses elections.
So now it´s no more Mr. Nice Guy. I´ve had it with the stupid secession talk, the search for the next "me too" black candidate, the swooning over Rubio and his cadre of illegals he promises to bring with him (no thanks), and the fair weather right-to-lifers and bedroom snoops who insist on inflicting on the Republican Party the culture war that they already lost in their churches.
Individual liberty, limited government, the rule of law, economic freedom, low taxes, and minimal regulation. All the rest is dross.
Unfortunately it will need to get much worse before it gets better. Even then it could go either way.
All any of us can do is vote. However, I no longer have any faith in the process. Hacked computers, early voting (which allows dims to bus in disparate groups (homeless, nursing homes, SEIU, etc...) prior to election day), no picture ID´s and not purging voter rolls of the dead (so they can be impersonated) are the reason.
I will be fine as will most of us on this site. I´m not going to let the next four years affect my daily life. I am, however, disappointed.
You know, there´s signal and noise and fire and smoke. The post mortem of this election is all about smoke and noise. The first and foremost goal of conservatism---number one on the list of things to do to regain a foot hold in this nation---is to neutralize the liberal media!! They have spent the last 40 years dumbing down and liberalizing the public through their news censorship and mushroom growing propagandizing (keep ´em in the dark and cover them with manure). It´s no wonder 63 million ignorant mushrooms voted for the most incompetent man to ever run for president in 2008. I´m not convinced that there aren´t a couple of conservatives rich enough buy to out two of the big three broadcasters (ABCCBSNBC) and turn them into legitimate news organizations. The WAPO is slowly dying and maybe someone can convince Carlos Slim to give up bailing out the Times so it will go belly up. Until the American people are told the truth (the WHOLE truth) consistently every night on the 6 o’clock news they are going to continue to be dumb enough to fall for the socialist/labor/democrat lies on the campaign trail. How many times have you asked yourself "how could they be so dumb to vote for him"? Well, if your world view was filtered through ABCCBSNBCCNN you’d understand why.
FTA:*Conservatives should select one or more representative leftist icons and Palinize them. Susan Rice, with her decades-long record of incompetence, mendacity, dishonesty, and sleaze (this woman tried to cover up the Rwanda massacres, long before the Benghazi attack), would make an excellent target.*
In this,at least, the author is correct.
Put on a haz-mat suit before you approach this toxic slag; people seem to die around her.
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WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama, bogged down by problems with his signature health-care program, is seeing both his approval and personal-favorability ratings with Americans sag, creating new complications for his second-term agenda. During past turbulence in Washington, Americans´ approval of the job Mr. Obama is doing dipped. But in those stretches, Mr. Obama was buoyed by voters´ general admiration for him as a person and by their trust in his credibility. That has changed recently, particularly as thousands of Americans lose their insurance coverage under the health law´s rollout, despite the president´s pledge that anyone who liked their current plan could keep
FAIRFAX, Va. -Virginia´s cliffhanger race for attorney general has gotten tighter. The Fairfax County Electoral Board completed a canvass of absentee votes in one of its voting districts, and Democratic state Sen. Mark Herring gained more than twice as many votes as Republican state Sen. Mark Obsenshain. The canvass puts Herring´s vote total in District 8 at 5,137 votes to Obenshain´s 2,039 votes. Virginia-wide, the State Board of Elections still shows Obenshain with a 1,262-vote edge over Herring out of 2.2 million ballots cast. But the statewide total vote does not reflect the 3,200 votes added Saturday in Fairfax County.
In honor of Veterans Day, the publicly-funded University of Maryland Phillip Merrill College of Journalism came out in strong defense of Kevin Blackistone, the professor and ESPN commentator who labeled the American national anthem a “war anthem” and stated that it should not be played before sporting events. On Around the Horn last Wednesday, Blackistone said: [Y]ou should also be selling the rest of the military symbolism embrace of sports. Whether it’s the singing of a war anthem to open every game. Whether it’s going to get a hotdog and being able to sign up for the Army at the
President Obama’s second-term nominees for foreign ambassadorships raised more than $16 million for his presidential campaigns and inaugurations. Obama has nominated 24 campaign bundlers that have raised at least $16.6 million for his presidential efforts, according to a database created by the Center for Public Integrity. Eight six-figure Obama bundlers have already been confirmed to key posts including Singapore, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, and Italy. Obama’s confirmed ambassador to Belgium, Denise Campbell Bauer, served as 2012 finance chair of Women for Obama and raised more than $750,000 for his campaigns and first inauguration. Fifteen major Obama bundlers are still
It came through an online message board from a village in eastern France. Attached was a photo of a standard-issue U.S. Army duffel bag, and the name on it in faded block letters was unmistakable: WILLIAM A. KADAR. "I can´t believe this," Arleen Haas, 33, recalled thinking as she looked at the photo again and again. Kadar, her grandfather, had fought in eastern France during World War II, winning a Purple Heart and enduring a string of POW camps in the closing months of the war. Haas has spent much of her life collecting and preserving memories for her grandfather,
Veterans, we think about you all the time. Sometimes we fail to tell you. Today, on Veteran’s Day, we put our admiration for you into words. World War II, Korean and Vietnam Veterans. We will start with you. You fought for our freedom. You watched your closest friends fall by your side and you were heartbroken, knowing it could have been you. You shoulder the burden of painful and haunting memories. Many of you have physical wounds; you sacrificed your warrior’s body for us, people you never met. You use a cane or a wheelchair now because of your choice
Democrats insist they can thwart Chris Christie if he seeks the White House in 2016 despite the broad appeal he showed in winning reelection last week. Even though the New Jersey governor secured more than 60 percent of the votes against state Sen. Barbara Buono (D), Democratic strategists in the Garden State and beyond believe he has vulnerabilities they could exploit in a national election. Above all, they assert that Christie’s famously combative style could result in a loss of self-control during the heat of a presidential campaign. Steve Elmendorf, who served as deputy campaign manager for then-Sen. John Kerry’s
WASHINGTON — President Obama was seething. Two weeks after the disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov, Mr. Obama gathered his senior staff members in the Oval Office for what one aide recalled as an “unsparing” dressing-down. The public accepts that technology sometimes fails, the president said, but he had personally trumpeted that HealthCare.gov would be ready on Oct. 1, and it wasn’t. “If I had known,” Mr. Obama said, according to the aide, “we could have delayed the website.” Mr. Obama’s anger, described by a White House that has repeatedly sought to show that the president was
President Obama likes to say he will never again be running for office, but every Democrat knows he will be on the ballot figuratively in 2014, and 2016, as well. Right now they are rightly nervous about that prospect. A month ago, political Washington was transfixed by the errors committed by congressional Republicans. Those missteps led to a partial shutdown of the government, which in turn has brought approval of the GOP to record lows in many public opinion surveys. Nothing about that has changed. But today, it’s Obama in the spotlight. A president famous for his unflappability, he is
McAllen, Tex. — They were already running late for a doctor’s appointment, but first the Salas family hurried into their kitchen for another breakfast paid for by the federal government. The 4-year-old grabbed a bag of cheddar-flavored potato chips and a granola bar. The 9-year-old filled a bowl with sugary cereal and then gulped down chocolate milk. Their mother, Blanca, arrived at the refrigerator and reached into the drawer where she stored the insulin needed to treat her diabetes. She filled a needle with fluid and injected it into her stomach with a practiced jab. “Let’s go,” she told the children,
Marathon talks on a deal to temporarily curb Iran´s nuclear program have broken down after a negotiations between foreign ministers ran into trouble late last night.[Snip] U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers of six other delegations conferred with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a late-night session which broke up after midnight. The French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, told France Inter radio yesterday that Paris would not accept a ´sucker´s deal´. They complained the text which was drafted as part of the agreement had been presented a ´fait accompli´ and did not want to be forced
Jim Capretta saw the Obamacare debacle coming when it was months away. On July 5, the Obama administration released a 600 page regulation announcing a one-year delay in part of Obamacare’s implementation. States would not have to check the income of people applying for subsidies, according to the administration’s guidance. The administration simply would not be ready in time. “This announcement is another indicator—as if we needed one—of the complete fiasco that is Obamacare implementation,” Capretta wrote the following Monday for the Weekly Standard. It wasn’t the first delay, as a few days earlier the administration had let all big businesses off the
It’s sad that Maverick’s taking this idea just seriously enough that he’d think to mention it to another human being. He’s 77 years old, ran a famously chaotic campaign in 2008 before getting crushed on election day, and would face a much stronger, younger field in the primaries than he did last time. That he forced me just now to devote even half a second of thought to how he might stack up against the 2016 contenders is frankly embarrassing, and something for which I’ll never forgive him. It’s like watching a 60-year-old pitcher announce that he’s thinking of coming
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said he has no plans to run again for the White House. Speaking to the Arizona Republic, McCain said he had received "a spate of e-mails and letters and phone calls" urging him to run since the government shutdown. But he said he´s focused on whether to run for a sixth term in the Senate, not for president. “As you know, I’m seriously thinking about running for re-election to the Senate," he said. "But I think, in the words of the late Morris K. Udall, as far as my presidential ambitions are concerned, ‘The people have spoken —
Don’t count Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus among those who believe comprehensive immigration reform is dead this Congress. Despite exasperation among reform advocates that the House has refused to vote on any major immigration bill — particularly the Senate-passed legislation — Priebus said that his “gut” feeling is that the House will indeed pass an immigration overhaul in the next 14 months. “Something significant is going to happen because obviously mass deportation is not an option. I don’t think doing nothing is an option. And I believe most people would agree that something significant needs to take place. Now what that
WASHINGTON — When President Obama travels abroad, his staff packs briefing books, gifts for foreign leaders and something more closely associated with camping than diplomacy: a tent. Even when Mr. Obama travels to allied nations, aides quickly set up the security tent — which has opaque sides and noise-making devices inside — in a room near his hotel suite. When the president needs to read a classified document or have a sensitive conversation, he ducks into the tent to shield himself from secret video cameras and listening devices. American security officials demand that their bosses — not just the president, but
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Before Ted Cruz burst on the national political scene, there was Sarah Palin. After Ted Cruz, is there still much of a place for her? Sarah Palin, 49, is the original hero of the Tea Party, rallier of the right wing and basher of Barack Obama. But it has been five years since she gained a place in the history books as John McCain´s surprise choice of running mate on the Republican presidential ticket. Four years since she unexpectedly resigned as Alaska governor before her term was up. Two years since she bypassed the chance to jump into the
Sheilah Johnson was a building inspector for the city for 28 years, a college graduate who passed up jobs that paid more because a city job offered stability and the promise of a good pension. But the city´s recent plunge into bankruptcy — overseen by an outside emergency manager answerable to the state government, not the citizens of Detroit — makes her wonder whether she and other African American residents of the impoverished city will be able to stop Wall Street creditors from seizing what´s left of a municipal treasury they paid into for most of their lives. "When my
Jeff Fager, the CBS News chairman and executive producer of “60 Minutes,” has said that his team spent “more than a year” reporting the story about the attack on Benghazi that aired on Oct. 27.Yet it wasn’t until Thursday night that they learned first-hand what their principal source, a security contractor named Dylan Davies, had told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the attack. In conversations with POLITICO, sources familiar with “60 Minutes” reporting said that it was only on Thursday night that “60 Minutes” obtained the official account of events that Davies had given to FBI officials after the