Former Louisiana governor and congressman Buddy Roemer was one of five potential Republican candidates who appeared at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition gathering in Waukee, Iowa Monday night. At the gathering of social conservatives, which was held in a church, each of the candidates -- Roemer, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Tim Pawlenty, and Herman Cain -- took time to address abortion, faith, and cultural issues. Read More
A lot of Republicans on Capitol Hill are terrified of a government shutdown. Look at what happened in 1995, they say, when Newt Gingrich forced a showdown with Bill Clinton and got his clock cleaned. It was a disaster the party can't afford to repeat.
But another view is emerging in Republican circles. Perhaps GOP strategists have learned the wrong lesson from 1995. Maybe this time, while Republicans shouldn't seek a shutdown, they shouldn't fear one, either. Read More
One way to judge the merits of the budget Barack Obama unveiled this week is by the comments of his political allies. "It's not enough to focus primarily on the non-security discretionary part of the budget," said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad. Read More
Newt Gingrich wants you to know that people who have oil are scary unless they're Americans.
In a speech given at CPAC today the former Speaker of the House claimed that nothing less than our national security is at risk if we have to depend on nations that support “radical Islamic terrorism.” And perhaps he’s right, but like every other conservative who brings up the issue of foreign oil independence, the numbers really don’t support this claim. Read More
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads President Obama by two points, 44-42 percent, in the latest Rasmussen Reports national survey of voter preference for the 2012 presidential campaign. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is in a dead heat with Obama, with both drawing 43 percent.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin trails Obama by 11 points, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is behind the Democratic incumbent by eight and Rep. Ron Paul, R-TX, by nine points. Read More
Should California declare bankruptcy?In virtually every discussion of the state’s fiscal crisis, the B-word pops up sooner or later — even though federal law does not allow states to wipe out their debts through bankruptcy.Cities, counties and other units of local government can declare bankruptcy — the city of Vallejo being California’s most recent example. But the state cannot, unless, as some Republican politicians are suggesting, federal law changes. Read More
So apparently "win the future" isn't the tagline from the latest big budget Phillip K. Dick adaptation to come out of Hollywood, but rather the phrase was shaping up to be an Obama slogan. Unfortunately for the President, a conservative activist in Oregon owns the relevant domain names: Read More
There are reports Democrats plan an extensive effort to link the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and Republicans in general to the shootings in Arizona. The idea is to pin blame on those groups much as Bill Clinton was able to pin blame on Newt Gingrich, Limbaugh, and Republicans in the aftermath of the April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. It's an effort that was previewed last year, on the 15th annivers Read More
Just as fresh blood is reinvigorating the House GOP rank and file, there will be new energy in the leadership, too.
Even though Republicans were out of power for just four years, the old GOP committee chairmen haven't come back to reclaim their old spots; nearly all the lawmakers who are taking over committees have never held the chairman's gavel before. Read More
Nothing irritates New York Times columnist Frank Rich more than Republicans who -- in Rich's view -- want to turn the clock back to the 1950s. That long-ago time in America was never the idyll it is sometimes portrayed to be, Rich believes, but rather a "phony nirvana" rife with racism, sexism, homophobia, and economic injustice. Read More