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.
January 23, 2013 |
The complaints of congressional Republicans that President Obama's inaugural address sent them no bouquets and love letters show a lot of gall, given the history of the last four years. Obama's inauguration speech in 2009 was crammed with language about bipartisan cooperation and ending the political rancor in Washington and what did he get for it? First, he got Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell's declaration that the paramount priority of his caucus was to make Obama a one-term president.
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.
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.
September 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's proposal to create a Veterans Jobs Corps to stem high unemployment among recent military veterans was shelved Wednesday after Republicans in the Senate balked over the five-year $1-billion cost, giving both sides fresh ammunition for the November election. The measure had been on Obama's to-do list for Congress, a modest set of initiatives aimed at boosting the nation's sluggish economy that Republicans have largely rejected. The jobs bill would have hired veterans who served in the military since the terrorist attacks of Sept.
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.
April 9, 2013 |
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, says his party needs to be retooled. Republicans, he says, need to reach out to minorities, show a willingness to work with those who do not agree with them 100% and find a way to convince young people that the GOP does not stand for Goofy Old Paranoids. He is not the only Republican leader to worry about the future of the party. If a course correction is not made, they fear, there are many more lost elections to come.
January 21, 2009 |
For once-powerful Republicans, there were two ways to get through Tuesday's inauguration -- and neither was without pain. Some, such as former White House aide Suhail Khan, opted to stay in town and witness firsthand the historic transition, even though it meant hearing rebukes from the new president and worse from the inaugural crowd. "The one sorry note were the boos" for President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.