Republican Party

The Illusory Power of Grover Norquist
November 27, 2012

Grover Norquist was never the reason Republicans resisted raising taxes.

Filibuster Chicken Little-ism
November 26, 2012

Politico gets its knickers in a twist over a looming, all-too-minor filibuster dispute.

Immigration Reform’s Wild-Card Power Broker
November 23, 2012

The night after the presidential election, the news anchors on the Spanish-language network Univision,  Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Selena, began their nightly newscast with something of a celebration. As Ramos opened the broadcast, the screen lit up with the numbers 71 and 27—the share of the Hispanic electorate that voted, respectively, for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The surge in Latino voting was a coup for Ramos, who is as much an immigration activist as he is a news anchor.

The GOP's Problem With Young Voters Is Only Getting Worse
November 21, 2012

While Mitt Romney missed benchmarks with many disparate demographic groups on Election Day, the Republican Party might be said to have a single, overriding challenge moving forward: to adjust to generational change. Over the last decade, a wave of new, diverse, and socially moderate voters has reshaped the electorate, allowing President Obama to win the popular vote without much, if any, improvement over John Kerry among voters who were eligible to participate in the 2004 presidential election.

Calling B.S. on the Next Big 'Fiscal Cliff' Bluff
November 20, 2012

Heed the moderate Democrats, says Politico. Don't heed Politico, says Noam Scheiber.

Mobile Murders, Jerusalem Life, and the New GOP: Today’s TNR Reader
November 19, 2012

 Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Mobile killers: A strange, modern African murder mystery in the lawless dystopia of eastern Congo. GQ | 36 min (8,970 words) If newspapers die, will good citizenship die with them?

Booker vs. Christie Would Be the Best Campaign of 2013 (Or Maybe Any Year)
November 19, 2012

What would happen if these two social-media kings collided in 2013?

A Blue Texas? Keep Dreaming
November 19, 2012

All this talk about Texas turning blue anytime soon is a bit premature.

Fred Barnes: Fine, We’re The Party Of Whitey
November 16, 2012

Fred Barnes tells the GOP not to be ashamed of its whiteness.

A New Starting Point for Immigration Reform
November 16, 2012

The surprising strength of the Latino vote in the 2012 presidential election has created an incentive for the Republican Party, poor performers with Latinos, to rethink their strategy for 2016. It’s also driving calls for change to the nation’s immigration laws. In the past week, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have spoken publicly about the need for a comprehensive approach to immigration reform.  The focus remains on Latinos because they are expected to grow their number of voters by 40 percent, and the Pew Hispanic Center projects the Latino electorate will double in size by 2030. Pr

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