Chris Christie came to CPAC with nothing to offer conservatives
NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND, A.K.A. A MAMMOTH HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER ON THE POTOMAC RIVER — Chris Christie's segment of the program Thursday at CPAC, the great conservative cattle call, was launched to the tune of "Sweet Child O' Mine." Better, perhaps, would have been a song by Christie's second-favorite New Jersey rock star, “When We Were Beautiful” by Mr.
The four most-plausible theories
Right-leaning mavericks Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have been among the Kirsten Gillibrand's most outspoken allies. What gives?
It's hard to help the little guy when you hate the safety net
Taking a lead from Pope Francis, Republicans are suddenly talking about poverty. This would be a good first step: Stop slashing the safety net.
“Young people, they don’t really associate with Republicans on taxes and regulations...They just don’t have any money so they don’t care much about those issues."
Unlike Chris Christie or Ted Cruz, Scott Walker can appeal to the entire party.
There’s a real case that Chris Christie is the front-runner for the 2016 Republican nomination. That’s pretty remarkable: He’s for gun control, hails from the northeast, pals around with the president, struggles to call himself a conservative, and doesn’t even hold 20 percent in the polls. He has solid name recognition, but at this point it’s safe to say his appeal is limited.
Read his Big Thoughtful Foreign Policy Speech and see if you can find a single idea
The worst thing you can do to Rand Paul is question his intellect or its honesty. Neo-confederates on the payroll? That's different.
Close your eyes and picture a libertarian. Maybe Rand Paul’s grinning visage and satyr-like curls swim before your lids. Maybe you see that guy from college who hijacked a seminar on Madame Bovary by pontificating about laissez-faire economics. Either way, you are definitely picturing a white dude.
Frank Rich has a somewhat surprising essay in New York magazine in which he makes the case that Rand Paul has been an important and valuable presence in the Senate.
Why does he only seem to care about the country's Christians?
"I have nothing good to say about Assad," Kentucky Senator Rand Paul made sure to stipulate on a hurried conference call after the marathon Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Syria yesterday. A reporter from a radio station back in Paul's hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky had said that he had spoken to a Syrian woman, a Christian, living in the area who was afraid of what would happen to Christians in her home country if Assad fell.