Robert W. Patterson

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Same Failed Crowd Conjuring Up Same Old Tricks for Republicans

It didn’t take long for the ruling class to push back. Three days after the voters rebuffed administration policies that President Obama had insisted were on the ballot, the Capital City’s practitioners of the political dark arts were back at their trade. Nov 10, 2014 7:24 AM PT

For GOP, Nation-Building Needs to Come Before Deficit Reduction

If Republicans win the U.S. Senate, the first imperative of the 114th Congress should be adopting a budget strategy that reconnects the GOP with its middle-income base, the foundation of all center-right majorities. Such a shift would dramatically improve the party’s chances of not only winning the White House but also successfully defending 24 Senate seats in 2016. Nov 3, 2014 9:12 PM PT

Does Karl Rove Want the GOP to Capture the Senate or Help a Bush Restoration?

Doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results was Albert Einstein’s all-too-familiar definition of insanity. Yet that’s exactly what Karl Rove recommended in the Wall Street Journal last week to help Senate Republicans “close the sale” in the midterm elections. We all should be wondering why. Oct 5, 2014 2:46 PM PT

The Immigration Silver Bullet: Insurgents Chart a GOP Path to Victory

How can How can Republicans recapture the U.S. Senate from Harry Reid and the Democrats? A new Politico poll points to a winning strategy — if GOP leaders have the courage to use the remaining seven weeks to nationalize the elections around one game-changing issue. Sep 17, 2014 8:22 PM PT

Time for GOP to Play Offense with a Tough Border-Security Bill

House Republicans need to demonstrate some bold leadership — by quickly passing an effective and comprehensive border-security bill that elevates national security as the imperative of immigration policy — over bicoastal elites’ priorities of polyglot “diversity,” “helping migrant children,” and cheap labor. Aug 29, 2014 6:00 AM PT

We Need Law and Order, Not Sympathy for Rioters

After rioting broke out in the Watts section of Los Angeles in August 1965, concerned Republicans persuaded Ronald Reagan to run for governor on a stern “law and order” platform. The former movie star did exactly that, trouncing California Gov. Pat Brown by 15 percentage points, the biggest prize among the eight governorships that the GOP picked up in 1966. And the Gipper was on his way to the White House. Aug 19, 2014 5:06 PM PT

Without a Vision, GOP Senators Seek Love in All the Wrong Places

Roger Clegg and Hans A. von Spakovsky deserve high praise for debunking the latest GOP brainchild that does nothing to help the party nationally — a Senate resolution encouraging all private-sector employers to adopt the National Football League’s “Rooney Rule” — and illustrating that “conservative” Republicans, too, can be limousine liberals. Aug 12, 2014 11:02 AM PT

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