Republican Party

Don't Blame the Constitution for Obama's Year From Hell
December 05, 2013

Is the Constitution an imperfect document that has led to some combination of inefficiency (as the left argues) and a lack of democratic accountability (as the right argues)?  Is it the Constitution that has been largely responsible for the problems of Barack Obama's presidency?

I Used to Hang a Confederate Flag on My Wall
October 30, 2013

Thanks to angry Republican protesters, the Confederate flag is back in the news. Someone who used to fly the flag now ponders its meaning.

Are the Democrats Taking Hostages Now? No.
October 14, 2013

Jonathan Chait, in a blog post for New York magazine, tries to swat down allegations that Democrats are currently demanding their own debt-ceiling ransom.

The GOP Can Rebound From Record Low Favorability Ratings
October 10, 2013

Just because the Republican numbers are in the tank doesn't mean they can't bounce back soon. It happened in 1999 too.

The Shutdown Standoff Is One of the Worst Crises in American History
October 02, 2013

Political philosophers from Aristotle to Locke have defined the nation-state as the highest form of political community....What is happening in America is that this social contract is being voided

Tom Clancy Is Dead, But His Frightening Political Worldview Is Alive and Well
October 02, 2013

The easiest point to make about Tom Clancy, who died on Tuesday at the age of 66, is that he was a mediocre writer who penned books with noxious political messages. But he was more interesting than that, even if only as a totemic cultural figure.

More Partisanship: What We Need to Fix Congress
October 01, 2013

Stronger political parties, acting in their own interest, could avoid this week's self-inflicted wounds.

A Gingrich-Santorum Unity Ticket Was Still a Loser
March 25, 2013

Even if the two favorites of social conservatives had teamed up, Mitt Romney probably would have beat them. 

CPAC's Women Problem
March 16, 2013

At the conservative movement conference, one of November's glaring lessons still hasn't set in.

The Power of Orange
March 05, 2013

A mash note to John Boehner, the House GOP's master negotiator.