CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2001 |
Prominent California Republicans gathered Friday for a "unity breakfast" in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the inauguration of George W. Bush, co-hosted by a new GOP group urging tolerance for gays and lesbians. The breakfast was organized by the Republican Unity Coalition, an alliance of homosexual and heterosexual Republicans. The group was co-founded by Brian O'Leary Bennett, former chief of staff to retired Orange County Rep. Robert K. Dornan.
December 11, 2012 |
In the scramble to make the GOP more diverse, a lot of people are looking at Asian Americans, whom many believe are a natural constituency for the party. I would love it if Asian Americans converted en masse to the Republican Party, but the challenge for Republicans is harder than many appreciate. President Obama did spectacularly well with Asian Americans, garnering nearly three-quarters of their vote. This runs counter to a lot of conventional wisdom on both the left and the right.
May 25, 2009 |
Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell warned Sunday that ideological conservatives, particularly radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, had gained a hold over the Republican Party that risked driving the GOP into an extended exile from power. Powell cast his warnings in unusually personal terms as he answered recent charges from two champions of the Republican right -- Limbaugh and former Vice President Dick Cheney -- that he was no longer a Republican. "Rush will not get his wish, and Mr.
June 24, 1994 |
Partisan animosities and election-year politics flared in Congress on Thursday as GOP senators joined conservative counterparts in the House in attacking Rep. Vic Fazio (D-West Sacramento) for criticizing the rising influence of the religious right on the Republican Party.
May 11, 2009 |
Dick Cheney made it clear Sunday that he would rather follow firebrand broadcaster Rush Limbaugh than former Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin L. Powell into political battle over the future of the Republican Party. Even as Cheney embraced efforts to expand the party by former Govs. Jeb Bush of Florida and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and the House's No. 2 Republican, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the former vice president appeared to write his former colleague Powell out of the GOP.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1991 |
They learned about the value of knocking on doors to meet voters, the strain of campaigning on family relationships, and ways to avoid being pegged as "too ethnic." In short, the dozen community leaders and would-be candidates who gathered at Republican Party Headquarters on Sunday learned about politics, American style.
August 12, 1995 |
Turning up the heat on Assembly Speaker Doris Allen, the California Republican Party agreed Friday to endorse an attempt to recall the Orange County lawmaker and lend the party's name and financial clout to the effort. The party's board of directors voted 11-0 during a telephone conference call Friday morning to back the recall against the Cypress Republican.
March 6, 1994 |
In a sign of continued division within GOP ranks, it wasn't the Democrat currently residing in the White House who drew most of the fire Saturday at a conference of conservative activists--it was his Republican predecessor. Speakers at the "Conservative Summit" convened by National Review magazine disparaged George Bush, lashed the GOP congressional leadership for "failure of nerve" and indicted party moderates as traitors.
January 5, 2003 |
George W. Bush now owns the Republican Party. He has brought it to the promised land. For the first time in nearly 50 years, Republicans control everything -- the White House, the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, even the Supreme Court, which made Bush president. Moreover, Bush has remade the Republican Party in his own image. That's what the overthrow of Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) was all about last month. The barely disguised White House campaign to get Lott out and Sen.
January 15, 2013 |
It's hard for a lot of people, particularly on the right, to recognize that the conservative movement's problems are mostly problems of success. The Republican Party's problems are much more recognizable as the problems of failure, including the failure to recognize the limits of that movement's success. American conservatism began as a kind of intellectual hobbyist's group with little hope of changing the broader society. Albert Jay Nock, the cape-wearing libertarian intellectual - he called himself a "philosophical anarchist" - who inspired a very young William F. Buckley Jr., argued that political change was impossible because the masses were rubes, goons, fools or sheep, victims of the eternal tendency of the powerful to exploit the powerless.