Tom Cole

House GOP Leader Admits His Party Doesn’t Care About the Long-Term Unemployed
April 08, 2014

Republicans only care about the politics surrounding them.

House of Nerds
The smartest member of Congress is retiring. Who inherits his title?
February 24, 2014

Candidates to succeed Rep. Rush Holt—the Jeopardy champ and PhD in nuclear physics—atop the House of Nerds

President Obama’s Mandate for Fairness
November 07, 2012

How Obama should deal with the fiscal cliff: ask the wealthy to pay a little more taxes.

Memo: We're Toast
May 14, 2008

From Politico's John Bresnahan: Following the victory by Democrat Travis Childers in tonight's special election, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.) issued what can only be called a declaration of surrender.... [The] statement is an admission by Cole that he does not now how House Republicans can win in November as a group, so each member better protect himself or herself. To his credit, Cole has been warning his members that they need to run as outsiders this fall, but beyond that general admonition, the Oklahoma Republican can't show them a path to victory.

Coattails
April 02, 2008

Eve, on the question of which Democratic nominee would be better for House candidates, this is what National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole had to say in Sunday's New York Times magazine: Cole has been giving that race a lot of thought. “I happen to think Hillary Clinton is a stronger candidate in the end,” he told me. “You couldn’t raise money against Obama right away like you could with Clinton, that’s true, and so maybe by the time you were able to raise money it wouldn’t matter.

Burying The Lede On The Nrcc
March 27, 2008

As I read Ben Wallace-Wells's big Tom Cole profile, to run in this weekend's NYT Magazine, I found myself wishing it were a different story, not about Cole but about his enemies. Cole, the head of the beleaguered NRCC, is just ... so ... boring. He's utterly Alfred E. Neumann-ish in his bland, happy-go-lucky attitude about this fall's dire Republican prospects (typical Cole sentiment: "I believe that [America] is still a center-right country, and I think this election will show that"). The absence of any human insight from Cole's opinions is so marked it's astonishing.