Is The South Too Republican For Republicans?
March 12, 2012
The year before his 2010 retirement from the Senate, Ohio Republican George Voinovich offered one of the more candid and colorful recent assessments of what had happened to his party. Asked by The Columbus Dispatch what his party's biggest problem was, he answered: "We got too many Jim DeMints and Tom Coburns. It's the southerners. They get on TV and go 'errrr, errrrr.' People hear them and say, 'These people, they're southerners. The party's being taken over by southerners.
The Forgotten Governors
June 02, 2011
In a normal world, Republicans would look at Mitt Romney, who is announcing his second run for their party’s presidential nomination today, as a sterling example of one of their party’s greatest success stories since the Reagan era. Unfortunately, it’s that very success that his party seems to have willfully forgotten—and the thing that’s most likely to doom Romney’s candidacy. The problem is much bigger than Romney’s health care reform in Massachusetts.
George Voinovich, Fiscal Chicken Hawk
December 07, 2010
My friend Dana Milbank has an encomium to retiring Senator George Voinovich, Deficit Hawk: What has lighted Voinovich's fuse is the legislature's utter inability to do anything about the looming debt crisis.
The Dirty Secret Of the Tax Cut Debate
September 16, 2010
...is that neither side really wants the Bush middle class tax cuts. In 2001 Republicans really wanted to cut taxes for high-income earners, either out of a belief in the enormous sensitivity of high-income earners to marginal tax rates or a deep-seated moral opposition to the principle of progressive taxation.
Voinovich's Deathbed Conversion
August 06, 2010
Republican Senator George Voinovich finally breaks with Republican fiscal orthodoxy: “It’s like tax reductions, you don’t need to pay for them? To me, that’s nonsense,” Voinovich said. Of course, now Voinovich is retiring so that doesn't help much. It would have helped if he held the same view in 2001 and 2003, instead of voting for the Bush tax cuts.
Is There Still Time Left For An Energy Bill?
July 21, 2010
Via The Hill, a research note from FBR Capital sums up everything you need to know about where the energy-bill talks stand: "Senate scheduled to debate something next week." Yup, something. No one knows what will be in the bill yet. Reid is scheduled to meet with the Democratic caucus on Thursday; Kerry and Lieberman are asking for an extension so that they can try to salvage a utility-only cap; and it's likely that the whole debate could get pushed back until after August recess. The biggest danger, at this point, is that Republicans will run out the clock on energy legislation.
April 12, 2010
Gambier, Ohio—Ohio's U.S. Senate campaign offers an excellent preview of what this fall's midterm elections will be like: Everyone in the race wants to be an outsider, everyone pledges to break with politics as usual, and everyone is talking about jobs. Those running against Washington include Republican Rob Portman, even though he was elected to Congress in 1993 after working for the first President Bush and then held two high-level jobs in George W. Bush's administration.
Another Historic Vote
November 21, 2009
The health care debate moves forward. On the motion to proceed, all the Democrats plus independents Joe Lieberman and Bernie Sanders voted aye. All of the Republicans present voted nay. The final count was 60 to 39. (Republican George Voinovich was back in Ohio.) The next few weeks promise a wild ride and not just because of the debate over the public option. There will be lots of debate and lots of amendments. Immigration. Abortion. Malpractice. Republicans will do their best to make Democrats take tough votes.
GOP Boycotts Climate Markup, Boxer Moves Ahead Anyway
November 03, 2009
Okay, here's the latest on the ongoing mini-drama over the Senate climate bill. Earlier this morning, the Environment and Public Works committee met to begin marking up and amending the bill, and Republicans carried out their early threat to boycott the session—only George Voinovich showed up, to lodge a complaint. Voinovich asked committee chair Barbara Boxer to postpone the markup until the EPA had done a full analysis of the initial Senate draft.
Could A Boycott Bog Down The Senate Climate Bill?
October 30, 2009
There are all sorts of lingering questions about the timing of the Senate climate bill. It's not just a matter of whether something will pass. What are the odds something will pass before the Copenhagen talks? Earlier this week, John Kerry told a group of activists that he was "confident" his bill could win a floor vote before international negotiations pick up again in mid-December, but that seems awfully ambitious.