March 22, 2013
Re "The GOP's 'autopsy,'" Opinion, March 20 Doyle McManus examines the GOP's problems as it relates to winning the 2016 presidential election. The real problem is not the message but simply the math. The GOP is hanging on to its old ways thanks to its very skillful management of the vote. Republicans control the House even though they received fewer votes in 2012 than the Democrats. Similarly, they control several state houses thanks to gerrymandered districts. They effectively control the Senate through the filibuster.
September 21, 2011 |
The Federal Reserve may signal another round of stimulus Wednesday, which has already been condemned by Republicans in a rare move to further politicize the nation's central bank. The Federal Open Markets Committee is expected to announce it will replace about $1.6 trillion of short-term bonds with long-term ones, a form of quantitative easing designed to stimulate the economy. The Fed has already had two such rounds. Top congressional Republicans, however, question whether the previous rounds have done any good and whether a new move would be of economic value.
September 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama contended Monday that the Republicans are “so beholden to one extreme wing of their party” that they're willing to imperil the entire economy to satisfy it. In an address that marked the public opening of fall budget negotiations, Obama warned that he won't negotiate over raising the debt limit with lawmakers intent on killing Obamacare. “Are they really willing to hurt people just to score political points? I hope not,” Obama said. “But in case there's any confusion, I will not negotiate over whether or not America keeps its word and meets its obligations.
March 6, 2013
Re "New leader urges GOP to leave 'comfort zone,'" March 4 Jim Brulte, the new chairman of the California Republican Party, urges members to leave their "comfort zone. " Republicans need to resonate with the rapidly changing population of this state, and yet the party chose as chairman a white male conservative from Rancho Cucamonga. As a registered Republican since 1947, I was taken aback by this irony. It is quite obvious that my fellow Republicans still do not get the message.
May 24, 2013 |
Maybe because President Obama said so many other things in his speech Thursday -- about drones, Guantanamo and a “new phase” in the war against terrorism -- a reference to Benghazi didn't attract much attention. But, at the risk of over-interpretation, it struck me as another attempt by the president to counter the Republican claim that he refused to recognize Benghazi as a terrorist attack. Here's what Obama said: “Now, make no mistake, our nation is still threatened by terrorists.
November 18, 2012 |
Mitt Romney, who just two weeks ago was the Republican Party's standard-bearer, seen by many as the all-but-elected president of the United States, has turned into a punching bag for fellow Republicans looking to distance themselves from his controversial “gifts” remark. “What the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote,” Romney said during a call with campaign donors Wednesday . Whether it's an instance of politicians smelling blood in the water as the party, following Romney's defeat, finds itself without a figurehead, or genuine outrage, a number of Republicans have eagerly castigated their former nominee.
January 20, 2012 |
When Newt Gingrich tore into CNN's John King for kicking off Thursday night's presidential debate with a question about his embittered second ex-wife, it was reality TV at its finest. The long series of debates among the Republican candidates has been one of the most unexpectedly influential factors in the current campaign. If not for the debates, Gingrich -- who is so good at them - would be back to spouting his big thoughts on Fox. Rick Perry -- who is embarrassingly bad at them -- would be one of the final four candidates instead of the latest to drop out. The appeal of the debates to a surprisingly large audience has to do with far more than civic engagement.
June 12, 2013 |
A majority of Americans oppose National Security Agency programs using records gathered from telecom and Internet companies, according to a poll released Wednesday. Fifty-three percent told Gallup they disagree with federal efforts to “compile telephone call logs and Internet communications,” with 37% saying they approved. The poll differs from findings of a Pew Research Center/Washington Post survey released Monday, which found that 56% of Americans believe the NSA's use of secret court orders in an effort to prevent terrorism was acceptable.
December 13, 2013
Re "Another key group eludes the GOP," Dec. 8 As the former chairman of the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, I was heartened by this article. Oftentimes our Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities are ignored or overlooked politically. The Times notes that we are the fastest-growing minority in the United States. Consequently, we are an important community for both Republicans and Democrats. Our attitudes toward government referenced in the article - supporting "tax hikes to reduce the federal deficit; more supportive of a large, activist government; friendlier toward immigrants in the country illegally; and more favorably disposed to Obamacare than voters overall" - are among the reasons APIA voters supported President Obama with 73% of their vote in 2012.