John McHugh

Former Bush administration Attorney general Michael Mukasey tells Dave Weigel why he thinks there needs to be a special prosecutor to investigate the possibility that the White House offered a job to Joe Sestak: "People were railing on me for months, demanding a special prosecutor for this, a special prosecutor for that. But here's a case where ...

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True partisans don’t like to hear this—Texas Democrat Jim Hightower used to say, “There is nothing in the middle of the road, but yellow stripes and dead armadillos”—but American elections are most often battles for the political center. Whoever can marginalize their opponent by identifying them with the far left or right is likely to win. By that measure, the Democrats can be pleased with the results of the May 18 elections.

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Who is Us?

WASHINGTON--Is there room in the Republican Party for genuine moderates? Truth to tell, the GOP can't decide. More precisely, it's deeply divided over whether it should allow any divisions in the party at all. That's why the brawl in a single congressional district in far upstate New York is drawing the eyes of the nation. Conservatives are determined to use the race to prove that there is no place in the party for heretics, dissidents or independents. President Obama set up the fight by nominating the district's former representative, John McHugh, as his Army secretary.

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Trying to hold on to the New York House seat being vacated by John McHugh, the Republican leadership has thrown its support behind a candidate deemed insufficiently orthodox by its base, prompting the by-now-par-for-the-course display of in-fighting, name-calling, and savage screeching about out-of-touch RINOs' putting politics over principle. I realize this isn't why Obama tapped McHugh to be his Secretary of the Army, but it's not a bad bonus.

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