Whatever Happened To Tax Cuts?
August 30, 2012
Has the GOP relegated talk of tax cuts to quiet rooms?
National Review, Race, And Me
August 29, 2012
I answer National Review's absurd claim that it's Democrats (including me!), not Republicans, who have introduced race into the 2012 campaign.
Why Mitt Romney Wants to Be Like James K. Polk
August 28, 2012
Romney's looking to the 11th U.S. president as a model. Does it have anything to do with Polk's importance to Mormon history?
Romney’s Losing Strategy
August 27, 2012
TAMPA—As they assemble in Tampa, the Republicans should consider not just whether they can win back the presidency in November, but whether they can create a viable majority that can endure past an election cycle. But they won’t. Mitt Romney and his party are oblivious to their longer term prospects.
Mad Murdoch Maligns Mousy Mitt
August 24, 2012
What's behind Rupert Murdoch's mistrust of Romney?
The Definitive Guide to the Medicare Debate
August 22, 2012
My best effort to cut through the Romney-Ryan doublespeak on Medicare and explain what they really want.
On the surface, Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate is both daring and smart. It’s daring, obviously, because Ryan’s budgetary vision of a drastically reduced federal government presents such an existential threat to liberalism that it may unite Democrats in a death-or-glory stand behind President Obama. But it’s smart because Ryan has been one of the only Republicans since Ronald Reagan capable of inspiring the right while reassuring moderates.
August 02, 2012
It seems an historical accident that The Washington Post op-ed page—home to George F. Will, where Henry Kissinger comes to muse—gave birth to one of the great underground comics. But the legendary curator of that page, Meg Greenfield, had a rare (for an editorialist) streak of adventure that occasionally pointed her in the opposite direction of bow-tied bloviating.
President Obama’s team perhaps once hoped to reenact Ronald Reagan’s triumphant 1984 march to reelection. But it’s now clear that they’re condemned to repeat George W. Bush’s much less inspiring campaign in 2004. The playbook is clear: A barrage of negative advertising to define your opponent before he can define himself; a stream of issues and events to mobilize your base; and a meticulous ground game to squeeze every last vote out of the base come November.
Between the Lines
July 13, 2012
SOME VICTORIES prepare the ground for more victories; others lay the basis for future defeats. The great question for liberals about the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is which kind of victory it is. John Roberts’s decision to spare the ACA at least allows the president this fall to claim health reform as a major achievement. But the chief justice’s new limits on the scope of the Commerce clause and federal spending powers may put future reforms at risk of being struck down and require liberals to rethink their approach to national policy.