Republican Party

On Sandy Relief, GOP Is Stiffing Its Own
January 02, 2013

GOP House leaders skipped town without voting on Sandy relief—sticking it to Republican voters.

The House Comes Around on the Cliff. Why Am I Not Reassured?
January 02, 2013

If you’re gaming out what’s likely to happen during the next fiscal showdown a few months from now, there are two ways to interpret the legacy of the cliff episode, which ended when the House approved the McConnell-Biden compromise last night.  For Democrats, the optimistic take-away is that the two parties set up a mechanism for getting deals done, which is roughly as follows: First, the White House works out a compromise with Mitch McConnell, which passes the Senate with a bipartisan super-majority. This effectively isolates the House GOP and tells John Boehner the game is up.

Democrats' Cliff Compromise Is Bad; But the Strategic Consequences Are Disastrous
December 31, 2012

Republicans will be emboldened going into the fiscal-cliff fight.

The GOP Likes Michèle Flournoy for the Wrong Reasons, But She's the Right Choice
December 26, 2012

Yes, the GOP is just pretending—but they're right. She's the better pick.

Republicans are Scorpions, Democrats are Frogs (and What this Means for the Fiscal Talks)
December 23, 2012

How the fiscal cliff negotiations resemble the (slightly altered) tale of the scorpion and the frog.

Tim Scott's Rise Is Because of His Talent, Not His Race
December 22, 2012

The new senator from South Carolina has a knack for being everything to everyone.

Plan B Dies, Prepare to Go Over the Cliff
December 21, 2012

Obama's hand looks better by the day.

The Captive of San Clemente
December 21, 2012

THAT FAINT CLANKING SOUND, arriving through the open window of his home office: Was it coming from the courtyard? Was it being made by the pulley they’d attached to the house’s outside wall? Christ, it couldn’t be, thought Nixon, looking at his new digital watch: 6:15 p.m. No, they still had the round-the-clock nurse with them, and she wouldn’t be letting Pat get up from her long afternoon nap for another 15 minutes, when he’d join her for a glass of fruit juice and dinner off the TV trays. He heard the clanking again and realized it was just the halyard hitting the flagpole.

How One Woman Made Budget Scolding Chic
December 21, 2012

IN SEPTEMBER of 2011, a fortyish budget connoisseur named Maya MacGuineas was feeling demoralized. She couldn’t believe that Congress and the president had nearly let the country default on its debt rather than reach a major deficit-cutting deal the previous summer. So she did what she had become unofficially famous for in the wonk circles of Washington: She threw a glamorous dinner party. MacGuineas’s friend, Virginia Senator Mark Warner, agreed to open his Alexandria estate to a coterie of bold-faced names.

In Fiscal Talks, It's Groundhog Day
December 20, 2012

Yes, the House Republican caucus is still crazy.

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