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.
April 24, 2013 |
Since Mitt Romney lost to President Obama on Nov. 6, the conventional wisdom has been that the Republican Party is in trouble. The less conventional truth is that it is the Democrats whose chances many be more bleak. Yes, Republicans are currently engaged in a round of intraparty sniping between establishment conservatives and the militant, purist right-wingers who abound in the ranks of party activists. And, yes, the 2012 election exposed the GOP's profound unpopularity among rising voting groups, especially Latinos.
October 9, 2013 |
How low can Congress go? Today's answer: There's not much lower they can go. Polls out Wednesday painted a bleak picture of Americans' views of their federal legislators. Really bleak. In an Associated Press-GfK poll, Congress dropped to an approval rating of 5%. No typo there. To rub salt into the wound: With the margin of error, the real figure could actually be just over 1%. It's little surprise that the poll showed, as many have in recent days, that no one in Washington is looking good as a result of the government shutdown, which began Oct. 1. But Republicans are faring particularly badly.
September 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- As the deadline draws closer for large parts of the federal government to begin shutting down, backers of the nation's three major political factions have very different views on whether their representatives should compromise or hold firm. By more than a 3-to-1 margin, Republicans who identify with the tea party said they want lawmakers who agree with them to “stand by their principles, even if that means the government shuts down,” according to a new Pew Research Center survey . By contrast, majorities of Republicans who do not identify with the tea party, as well as most Democrats, said they want lawmakers who agree with them on the issues to “be more willing to compromise, even if that means they pass a budget you disagree with.” Democrats took that position, 76%-18%, while non-tea party Republicans said so 54%-38%.
November 29, 2012
Re "Senators unswayed by talks with Rice," Nov. 28 Isn't there just one donkey willing to call out the elephant in the room when Republicans insist on ranting on and on about Benghazi? Simply put: Which party was responsible for the hundreds of millions of dollars withheld for embassy security improvements over the last few years, adversely affecting the work and safety of our diplomats abroad? Perhaps the questions about U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice's statements after the Benghazi attack should be aimed at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
May 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The immigration reform bill crafted by a bipartisan group of senators has deeply split the Republican minority even as lawmakers prepare to take the first votes on the proposal Thursday. Alabama's Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, a conservative former prosecutor with a courtly drawl, has emerged as the leading opponent of the bill. He is aiming at his GOP colleagues with unusual zeal, and calls out the architects of the bill as, essentially, dishonest. "Sen. Flake is wrong: It's not a 13-year path to citizenship or welfare," blared one recent missive from Sessions targeting Arizona's Republican senator, Jeff Flake, who helped draft the legislation.
January 9, 2013 |
Some Republican congressional leaders have argued for a trench warfare approach to President Obama's initiatives, fighting him for every yard, but polls released this week indicate the peril of that approach for the GOP as it seeks to rehabilitate itself after a stinging election defeat. The surveys indicate that the gap in approval between the president and Republicans in Congress has remained extremely large, that Republicans face greater internal divisions than Democrats and that the Democrats have maintained a significant edge in party identification.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 |
This post has been updated and corrected. See below for details. SACRAMENTO -- Republican lawmakers are trying to resurrect parts of a failed ballot measure in hopes of increasing transparency in the state budget process. Most of the ideas in the Republican proposal come from Proposition 31, which was pushed by the nonpartisan organization California Forward and rejected by voters in November. "Proposition 31 had too much in it and it offended too many people," Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo)
November 28, 2012 |
You know what the Republicans' biggest problem is? They don't know when they've won. Take taxes. Take the budget. Take the deficit. Take the “fiscal cliff.” (Don't take the plunge.) For years (well, OK, ever since George W. Bush left office, leaving a gaping hole in the budget and a giant deficit), Republicans have argued that the government has to stop spending so much -- but that tax increases to fill the budget hole are verboten. And now Democrats have mostly bought in to that argument.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1994
I can only pray that the Republicans in Congress do a better job of managing the nation's money than the Republicans here in Orange County did with our money. STANLEY ESKIN Laguna Hills