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.
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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.
June 20, 2007 |
washington -- New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg quit the Republican Party on Tuesday, fueling speculation that the billionaire will shake up the presidential race by running as an independent. Bloomberg has been moving to raise his national profile for months, drawing attention to his support for gun control, stem cell research and steps to stop global warming. Term limits bar him from seeking reelection as mayor.
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June 4, 1998 |
A coalition of political moderates failed Tuesday to wrest control of Orange County's Republican Party from a core of conservative activists, who celebrated standout victories locally and statewide. The local results also proved that earlier GOP fears about the new open-primary system were unfounded. Among causes for jubilation were the elections of former Superior Court Judge Anthony J.
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.
August 26, 2004 |
The emerging Republican Party platform embraces a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage -- despite an unusual open split on the matter between President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney -- and declares that only heterosexual couples should receive legal recognition and related benefits. Republican platform drafters on Wednesday speedily and easily approved the unprecedented party policy statement on marriage.
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May 26, 1992 |
In a microcosm of Christian fundamentalists' crusade for upward political mobility, longtime conservative activist Steve Baldwin faces former Chula Vista Mayor Greg Cox in a 77th Assembly District primary that one consultant terms a "battle for the heart and soul" of the Republican Party.