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What the GOP Could Learn from Jim Webb

What the GOP Could Learn from Jim Webb

Ten years ago in his only nonfiction book, Born Fighting, James Webb came to the defense of red-state America, standing unapologetically for the marginalized Scots-Irish stock that heavily populates the South and Midwest. On the wrong side of the cultural

Same Failed Crowd Conjuring Up Same Old Tricks for Republicans

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

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

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

If Republicans win the U.S. Senate today, 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

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

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

Doing the same thingover and over but expecting different results was Albert Einstein’s all-too-familiar definition of insanity. Yet that’sexactly what Karl Rove recommended in the Wall Street Journal last week to helpSenate Republicans “close the sale” in the midtermelections. We

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

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

Two governors. Two quotes. And an opening for Republicans this fall. This week in Los Angeles, Gov. Jerry Brown — standing hand-in-hand with Enrique Peña Nieto as the Mexican president declared the United States “the other Mexico” — assured illegal

We Need Law and Order, Not Sympathy for Rioters

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.

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

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”