December 13, 2013 |
After alienating even their own constituents with an ill-considered government shutdown, a filibuster free-for-all and a juvenile reaction to the detonation of the “nuclear option” by Senate Democrats, Republicans have come down with a case of responsibility. It's about time. First there was the bipartisan two-year budget agreement worked out by former firebrand Rep. Paul D. Ryan, the Republican Budget Committee chairman, and his Democratic counterpart, Sen. Patty Murray. It passed the House with significant GOP support, and Speaker John A. Boehner added insult to injury by publicly dissing right-wing groups that opposed the deal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 19, 2013 |
Just as the Affordable Care Act was the signature piece of legislation of President Obama's first term, the top achievement of term two is supposed to be immigration reform. And, for a while, with Republicans freaked out by the ground they have lost among Latino voters, such legislation looked unstoppable. But now, not so much. On Friday, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution calling on Congress to pass immigration reform, but the version of reform they want provides only renewable work permits, not a path to citizenship, for undocumented residents of the U.S. That is not what Obama and the Democrats have called for, nor what Republican Sens.
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.