Byron York

Two More Signs that the GOP and Tea Party Are One
August 28, 2014

It's bad politics for the Republicans, but the rest of us will suffer the consequences.

Don't Blame the Tea Party for the Shutdown. Blame Boehner.
September 30, 2013

For a few brief moments on Monday evening, it looked like House Republicans might finally come to their senses.

Conservatives Brace for the Possibility Obamacare Won't Totally Suck
July 23, 2013

Leaders of the Republican Party are still predicting that Obamacare will be a disaster, one that will wreak havoc on American health care. Most of their allies in the media say the same thing.

The Stimulus Did Not Permanently Increase The Budget
August 24, 2011

Byron York, writing in the Washington Examiner, points out that entitlement spending has not caused the short-term deficit to rise: Was there a steep rise in entitlement spending? Did everyone suddenly turn 65 and begin collecting Social Security and using Medicare? No: The deficits are largely the result not of entitlements but of an explosion in spending related to the economic downturn and the rise of Democrats to power in Washington.

Mmmm, More Kool-Aid
May 10, 2011

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Roughed Up by the PC Police
May 06, 2010

Catching up on the political chat shows last week, I stumbled across Sarah Palin and Sean Hannity enthusing about Arizona’s hot new immigration law. Unsurprisingly, both Fox Newsies approve of HB 2162, which requires police to check the immigration status of anyone “stop[ped], detain[ed], or arrest[ed]” whom they suspect is here illegally. Both also scoff at “the left’s” concerns that the measure will result in racial profiling.

Can Coakley Win?
January 15, 2010

Byron York's story from this morning looks pretty gloomy for the Democrats: Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown.

Distinguishing Judicial and Legislative Filibusters
December 29, 2009

In response to Ezra Klein's high-profile campaign to encourage an assault on the filibuster, and the invidious development of a de facto 60-vote requirement for passage of legislation in the Senate, the estimable conservative reporter Byron York comes up with a clever but wrong-headed rationalization for past GOP efforts to kill Democratic filibusters against the Bush administration's judicial nominees.  Republicans were not, claims York, endorsing a general end to the right of a minority to obstruct legislation via filibusters: The argument was that the judicial filibuster undermined the Sena

Michael Steele's 'nazi' Problem?
March 04, 2009

Byron York has a good piece on GOP insiders quickly losing patience with their new party chairman. Here's a remarkable bit: Adding to the problem, these insiders say, has been Steele's high profile on television.

Lipstick Relativism
September 11, 2008

McCain's lipstick ad was topic A on Fox's "Hannity and Colmes" last night, which is always essential viewing for those wanting to witness the GOP id. The two conservative guests at the top of the show were National Review's Byron York and former Ohio Congressman John Kasich. Despite Hannity's best efforts, neither one would defend the lipstick ad as honest. York argued that Obama had made unfair attacks about McCain's houses, so...  And Kasich argued that we're in the heat of a campaign and Obama should have known how his remarks would be interpreted.