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GOP has lost control of base it created

As the leading Republican presidential candidates rant and rave about deporting 11 million immigrants, fighting some kind of world war against Islam, implementing gimmicky tax plans that would bankrupt the nation and other such madness, keep one thing in mind: The party establishment...

Date: 11/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

At long last, do some voters have no shame?

Surely he's finally gone and done it now.Donald Trump, insulter extraordinaire, was bound to cross a line too far. Two days before Thanksgiving, he made many people feel nostalgic for the merely obnoxious Trump when he mocked a reporter with a physical disability, displaying...

Date: 11/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Little reason on either side of refugee debate

The Syrian refugee debate has become a national embarrassment. It begins with a president, desperate to deflect attention from the collapse of his foreign policy, retreating to his one safe zone — ad hominem attacks on critics, this time for lack of compassion toward Syrian widows...

Date: 11/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump risking our safety for political benefit

Crises bring out the best and worst in people, as has been demonstrated vividly this past week by the behavior of President Obama and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.Obama showed his best face in Tuesday's press conference with visiting French President Francois...

Date: 11/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Our democratic values are the best weapon against ISIS

One difference between ISIS and those American preachers who claim the Bible requires murdering homosexuals: none of our presidential candidates have attended an ISIS convention. (Policy.mic: The pastors...

Date: 11/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP’s meek silence on Trump becoming a tacit endorsement

Chris Christie was asked Sunday evening about presidential rival Donald Trump's nonsense claim, reviving an Internet conspiracy theory, that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheered the World Trade Center's collapse in 2001.The New Jersey governor's reply was a paean to...

Date: 11/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

‘Politically correct’ often used incorrectly by GOP

The Republican presidential candidates and the far-right echo chamber have made "politically correct" an all-purpose dismissal for facts and opinions they don't want to hear.Take Donald Trump's claim that when the World Trade Center towers collapsed on 9/11,...

Date: 11/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump not only one struggling with principles

Donald Trump is like a contagion who infects everyone around him. Once you've kissed, you can never wipe his saliva off your face. Consider the venerable (in its own view) NBC. This year, the network fired Trump, only to find it is Trump Lite.On June 16, when Trump was...

Date: 11/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A troubling accord among the GOP field

The impact of the Paris attacks on the Republican presidential race may turn out to be minimal, especially since the establishment candidates aren't making any more sense than outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson.Theoretically, a deadly rampage by Islamic State terrorists...

Date: 11/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

How stupid are the American people, Donald?

DES MOINES, Iowa — You can't drive far in these parts without seeing Ben Carson on a billboard, looking more like a man of the cloth than of the operating room.There's something vaguely beatific in that face and beaming smile. "Run Ben Run!" reads the text...

Date: 11/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP won’t go near income inequality

The real headline from this week's Republican debate wasn't that the candidates clashed over immigration and national security. It was that they agreed on economic policies that have proved unpopular and unwise — and that may make the eventual nominee unelectable.The...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Time to ground frequent flyers in Congress

House Republican leaders recently did something that should outrage Americans of all parties and creeds: They declared that the people's representatives will be working an average of only two days a week next year.The House will be in session just 111 days in 2016. This...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Carson secures an early key endorsment: God Almighty

God has blessed America with great bounty during the 2016 Republican presidential contest, and now, with debate finally turning to the long-neglected question of who built Egypt's pyramids, our cup runneth over.Ben Carson, the nominal front-runner, last week restated his...

Date: 11/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Culling now starts as debate turns serious

The Republican debate on CNBC was riveting, the way a train wreck is riveting — you can't take your eyes off it. The Fox Business Network debate was merely satisfying. A serious political discussion requires a bit more work, but it repays the effort.The CNBC affair was...

Date: 11/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Can we take Carson’s word as to who he is?

In the annals of presidential politics, it's hard to recall anyone who has tried so hard to be so ordinary.The fascinating story of Dr. Ben Carson's attempts to ungild his lily by telling awful stories about himself — he tried to stab a classmate, later identified as a...

Date: 11/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Criticism of Obama’s foreign policy fails to show different path

President Obama's foreign policy has been a regular punching bag for Republican presidential candidates, but many of their criticisms are facile. The next president — from whichever party — will have to confront the same puzzle that Obama has faced about how best to use U.S.

Date: 11/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Of football prayers and gotcha questions

Here are some random thoughts.

Date: 11/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Media vet all candidates, Ben; get used to it

Ben Carson's woe-is-me whining about media scrutiny is more than just a sorry spectacle. It shows the extent to which a culture of victimization has infected the conservative movement."There's no question I'm getting special scrutiny, because there are lot of people...

Date: 11/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump, Carson understand GOP base

Why haven't Donald Trump and Ben Carson faded away? Because they're saying what much of the Republican Party base wants to hear on such emotional issues as immigration, gun rights and opposition to President Obama.Trump and Carson are also fortunate to be outsiders at a time...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bushes now free to speak their minds

If the truth sets us free, then Bush family members should be warbling from rooftops.At least one Bush, patriarch George H.W. Bush, has been singing his heart out with author Jon Meacham, whose biography of the 41st president will soon be released.Early excerpts...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

CNBC debate was a windfall for Republicans

Where do Republicans get that special talent for turning gold to dross? They score an electoral "massacre" (The Economist) in 2014 and, a year later, what do they have to show for it other than another threat to shut down the government? Hillary Clinton is caught in email...

Date: 11/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Here’s a debate question: Do we have the courage to lead?

As Republican presidential candidates debate the debates, roiling and railing against the unfairness of it all, campaigns have been busy rebooting candidates and crafting fresh slogans.But whether Jeb can fix it, or Trump can build it, or Ben can cure it matters little in...

Date: 11/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Kasich hasn’t learned how to talk Republican

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the Republican in the 2016 presidential field whom Democrats I know like the most. He evokes his Christian faith to explain his support for government spending. At the CNBC debate, he declared, "I care about poor people'' — in a way that made you...

Date: 11/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Setting the rules for GOP candidates’ dream debate

To: Mr. Ben GinsbergPartnerJones Day51 Louisiana Ave. NWWashington, D.C. 20001-2113Dear Ben:I write to you in your capacity as debate negotiator for Republican presidential candidates. I understand you may have an opening for a moderator...

Date: 11/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Debate moderators were rude; their questions were legitimate

The Republican debates have been a disaster for some candidates, a boon for others and an uninspiring spectacle for the nation to witness. But don't blame it all on the moderators.Not that the questioners are blameless, mind you. It's true that some of the queries at last...

Date: 11/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Prayers that Congress lets its speaker lead

The speaker-elect walked down the center aisle Thursday morning, accepting hugs, kisses, handshakes and applause. Then he did something unexpected: He turned left.Paul Ryan, the young Wisconsin Republican who in minutes would accept the speaker's gavel, walked through the...

Date: 11/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP contenders demand greater control over crucial debates

Several Republican presidential campaigns began mapping out new demands on Sunday for greater control over the format and content of primary debates, which have attracted big audiences and become strategically critical for the 2016 cycle’s expansive field of contenders.

Date: 11/01/2015 | Nation & World

Bush-Rubio rivalry intensifies as Iowa caucuses draw closer

DES MOINES, Iowa — Neither Jeb Bush nor Marco Rubio emphasized the need to do well in Iowa in the early months of the 2016 presidential campaign. But that's changed as their rivalry intensifies and pressure mounts to emerge from the Feb. 1 caucuses as the favorite among mainstream...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Nation & World

Big credibility loser in GOP debate was CNBC

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had a standout moment early in Wednesday night's Republican debate when he went after, not other Republicans, but the CNBC moderators, none of whom appeared to have "any intention of voting in a Republican primary." CNBC's Jim Cramer and Rick Santelli...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bush’s attack on Rubio raises doubts

Jeb Bush deserves headlines from Wednesday's anarchic GOP debate, but not the good kind. Something like: "Is Bush Finished?"The evening in Boulder, Colorado, will be remembered for interruptions, non sequiturs, mangled facts and general chaos. But the most...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Rubio ready for fight Bush shrinks from

Soon after Wednesday night's Republican debate, the phone rang: "Did the fat lady sing?" asked the voice on the other end. "Probably," I said.Meaning, it is probably over for Jeb Bush.The erstwhile front-runner had performed...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

For candidates, awkwardness is way to voter’s hearts

"That's awkward."This surely was the response of many viewers watching the chaotic, ill-moderated GOP debate Wednesday night. But maybe its weirdness became the debate's selling point. Advertising experts say that awkwardness is a peculiar attribute...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP candidates proved they have petulance down pat

Has there ever been a more peevish pack, a more petulant populace, than the 2016 Republican presidential contenders?The complaining began hours before Wednesday night's debate in Boulder."I am now in Colorado looking forward to what I am sure will be a very...

Date: 10/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Debate highlights Republicans' two-track nomination fight

BOULDER, Colo. — Marco Rubio bid forcefully for control of the Republican Party's establishment wing in Wednesday night's third GOP debate, deflecting jabs from Jeb Bush, who desperately sought to right his floundering campaign.Insurgent outsiders Donald Trump and Ben...

Date: 10/28/2015 | Nation & World

Jeb directs his anger at voters, not at Trump

When all else is failing, reinvent yourself.This is the new strategy of Jeb Bush's campaign. He's not going to be so nice anymore.Emerging from a weekend confab with family and donors, Bush is ready to rumble, loaded for bear. He'll dance like a butterfly, sting...

Date: 10/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Jeb isn’t ‘lean and mean;’ he’s lean and whine

I am starting to feel really sorry for Jeb Bush — almost as sorry as Jeb! (his campaign nom de plume) apparently feels for himself. He's the son and the brother of former presidents, yet last week's RealClearPolitics polling average put Bush in fifth place for the Republican...

Date: 10/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Rush, Carson don't let facts get in their way

I had the misfortune to hear Rush Limbaugh discussing the discovery of liquid water on Mars, and I can't get it out of my head. What, I worry, does it mean that such insanity has overtaken the formerly credible Republican Party? What does it imply for the future of our...

Date: 10/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Jeb’s petulant response to Trump explains why he’s failing

The Bushes are burning as they consume the news.Bush family patriarch George H.W. Bush is alarmed, bewildered and irritated, The New York Times reported last weekend, that his son Jeb is doing so poorly in a Republican presidential primary battle dominated by Donald Trump.

Date: 10/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton allowed Republicans to stumble, fall

Hillary Clinton must have been mindful of the old adage that you never interrupt an enemy when he is making a mistake. She sat in the witness chair with the patience of Job, hour after endless hour, while the House Select Committee on Benghazi did all it could to make her our next...

Date: 10/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP short of votes to raise debt limit

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans say they are short of the votes for raising the debt limit and avoiding a first-ever government default. With barely a week before deadline, there's no plan on what to do.It's a huge problem for House Speaker John Boehner and a...

Date: 10/23/2015 | Business Wire

Paul Ryan will seek job of House Speaker

WASHINGTON — Rep. Paul Ryan formally declared his candidacy for speaker of the U.S. House Thursday evening, pledging in a letter to GOP colleagues, “We have an opportunity to turn the page.”

Date: 10/22/2015 | Nation & World

House conservatives support Paul Ryan for speaker

WASHINGTON — The hardline House Freedom Caucus said Wednesday it is supporting Rep. Paul Ryan for speaker of the House, all but guaranteeing he'll get the job, and potentially heralding a new start for a deeply divided House GOP.The group of around three dozen...

Date: 10/22/2015 | Nation & World

Blame game for terror attacks cuts both ways

Is Jeb Bush justified in claiming his brother "kept us safe" from terrorism? Obviously not.Let me be clear: It is grotesquely wrong to suggest that George W. Bush is in any way to blame for the 9/11 attacks. That odious distinction belongs to Osama bin Laden,...

Date: 10/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Cold war between GOP rivals Bush and Rubio heating up

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are on course for a collision.

Date: 10/19/2015 | Nation & World

Clinton used debate well to position herself

With the latest poll numbers tallied and political pundits having spoken, a consensus has emerged: Hillary Clinton won the first Democratic debate and, barring a Benghazi pinata exploding with revelations, has cinched the nomination.Reasons cited for Clinton's superior...

Date: 10/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

6 Republican 2016 hopefuls woo faithful at Texas megachurch

PLANO, Texas — A half-dozen Republican presidential hopefuls worked to woo thousands of evangelicals at a Texas megachurch in suburban Dallas on Sunday, declaring their unwavering support for "religious liberty" even after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage and...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World

Small-dollar donors help power Trump’s campaign

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump likes to boast about his enormous wealth and how he doesn’t need anyone else’s money to pay for his presidential campaign. That hasn’t stopped tens of thousands of people from chipping in with checks as small as $10 to let the Republican candidate know they’re behind...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World

One question could make debates worthwhile

There's a question that wasn't asked in Tuesday night's Democratic presidential "debate" — it's never asked — but we'd all be better served should the moderator offer it up. If and when the stage gets small enough, the same challenge could be tossed to the...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Commentary

Debate shows GOP right to be worried

Before all the craziness — before Donald Trump and Ben Carson and the need for two-tiered debates — Republicans' biggest fear about next year's election was having to run against Hillary Clinton. As we saw Tuesday night, they were right to worry.At the Democratic...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Rand Paul under pressure to focus on Senate seat

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A defiant Rand Paul is brushing off weak fundraising and weaker poll numbers as would-be donors and home state Republicans push him to abandon an uphill presidential bid to focus on his Senate re-election.

Date: 10/17/2015 | Nation & World

The middle ground between the socialist and the capitalist

Barrels of ink and galaxies of pixels have been sacrificed to solving the mystery of the spectacular rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.People are angry. We get it. But there's more at work than mere frustration. We are at a philosophical hinge point that feels more...

Date: 10/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Surgeon, heal thyself of your crackpot ideas

The craziest thing about the Republican presidential contest isn't that Donald Trump is in the lead. It's that Dr. Ben Carson — who truly seems to have lost his mind — is in second place and gaining fast.Trump may be a blowhard, but Carson has proved himself to...

Date: 10/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump, brash New Yorker, builds up Southern campaign

NORCROSS, Ga. — Donald Trump is a brash New Yorker who knows the path to the Republican presidential nomination runs through a swath of Southern states where residents pride themselves on graciousness and gentility.

Date: 10/12/2015 | Nation & World

Paul Ryan would gain nothing as House speaker

The worst job in the world, it turns out, isn't the U.S. presidency but speaker of the House of Representatives."It's where you go to die," as one veteran Hill watcher put it to me.Volunteers?In the wake of majority leader Kevin McCarthy's...

Date: 10/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Rightist House faction is unsure Paul Ryan is conservative enough to be speaker

WASHINGTON — While some Republicans see Rep. Paul Ryan as the “last hope” to become House speaker and restore order to the fractured GOP congressional delegation, an influential faction of hard-liners is not convinced that he is conservative enough.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

Panama condo owners to Trump: You’re fired!

PANAMA CITY — The directors of a massive Trump-branded luxury condominium development in Panama fired Donald Trump’s company in the summer over allegations of mismanagement, overspending and undisclosed bonuses executives paid themselves, according to an Associated Press examination.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

Aerosmith frontman asks Trump campaign to stop using song

LOS ANGELES — Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is asking Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to stop using the power ballad “Dream On” at campaign events.Attorneys for Tyler sent a second cease-and-desist letter to Trump’s campaign committee on Saturday.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

Conservative cause sabotaged from within

Rep. Tom McClintock of California is about as conservative a Republican as you can find in Congress. As a state legislator in Sacramento, he was a well-known budget hawk. In the House, writes The Almanac of American Politics, he has been "a faithful conservative vote, though an...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

House Republicans ask: Can anyone lead us?

WASHINGTON — The job of leading House Republicans may have gone from difficult to impossible.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

Solving chaos in House may be up to voters

The chaos on Capitol Hill would be entertaining if the consequences weren't so serious.The speaker of the House is second in line to the presidency and since the founding of the Republic, the position has been one of the most important in government, key to national security...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP has only itself to blame for chaos

At this point, I worry we're going to start finding members of the Republican establishment curled up in their beds, eyes clenched shut and ears covered with trembling hands, moaning "make it stop, make it stop, make it stop." Pity their suffering, but remember...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP turns to reluctant Paul Ryan for speaker post

As soon as Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., shocked his fellow Republicans by withdrawing from the race for House speaker, Paul Ryan knew what was coming."I will not be a candidate," the Wisconsin Republican said less than 20 minutes after McCarthy's stunning...

Date: 10/09/2015 | Nation & World

Freedom Caucus wants a speaker that follows its lead

You think John Boehner had a rocky time as speaker of the House? Just wait until you see how his successor fares this fall — if House Republicans can even find a successor.The same conservatives who badgered Boehner into retirement wasted no time in ousting his...

Date: 10/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Don’t count grammar fans among Trump’s supporters

The smart folk at Grammarly — an online grammar checker — examined Facebook posts written by supporters of the 2016 presidential candidates in a savvy bid to garner free press. It helped that the grammar site's findings confirmed the left's most treasured conceit —...

Date: 10/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Kasich may be too reasonable for GOP’s base

On paper, John Kasich is a perfect candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. He has a long record as a fiscal and social conservative, and he's the popular governor of Ohio, a must-win state for any Republican hoping to occupy the Oval Office.But the 2016 GOP...

Date: 10/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

House GOP not through taking hostages

There is a time for war and a time for peace, according to the book of Ecclesiastes and The Byrds. In the contest to replace John Boehner as speaker of the House, the Republican candidates chose to sell themselves as full-time political warriors. Forget about the national interest.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump won’t win because Americans won’t let him

I never expected to write these words, but I miss Mitt Romney.Last Wednesday, the day the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination was in New Hampshire alleging that Syrian refugees fleeing for their lives may actually be clandestine terrorists, the 2012...

Date: 10/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Boehner’s successor will still have an unruly caucus

How happy was John Boehner to be quitting his job? So happy that he couldn’t resist singing a few bars of “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” on his way out. His relief, however, is inversely proportional to the difficulty that will face his successor as speaker of the House.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Commentary

It's a time of tumult for House Republicans

WASHINGTON — It's a tumultuous time for House Republicans, and leadership elections this coming week may only heighten the disarray. Dissatisfied lawmakers are casting about for new choices and a surprise longshot challenger is emerging in the speaker's race.The...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Voters looking for big, bold solutions from candidates

First came the big crowds, now comes the big money. At this point, anyone who doesn't take Bernie Sanders seriously must not be paying attention.Sanders' campaign announced that it raised an eye-bugging $26 million in the third quarter — essentially matching the $28...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Kevin McCarthy’s gaffe hands Clinton a pass

The lede to this column is a deep, guttural groan that originates in the throat and expands into the lungs before collapsing in the pit of the stomach.How do you spell hmmmgrrrungh?What else is there to say about House Republicans' inability to get something...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP must choose: Govern or make noise

The coming months are shaping up to be fateful ones for the national Republican Party. Among GOP voters, Donald Trump continues to lead other presidential contenders, followed by Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. When John Boehner announced he would step down as House speaker and resign...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Commentary

Alabama closes driver’s license offices in black areas

Hillary Clinton joined Democratic officials in Alabama in criticizing a decision by state officials to shutter 31 satellite driver’s-license offices, mostly in areas heavily populated by African-Americans, a move that could make it harder for those residents to get photo IDs needed to...

Date: 10/03/2015 | Nation & World

GOP toasts Boehner’s exit with weak tea

The Republican Party's "Freedom Caucus," which has several less-charitable nicknames on Capitol Hill, is the dog that caught the car.Now what?Having (sort of) unseated Speaker John Boehner, these 37 or so uber-conservative House members are now...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Dissecting Ben Carson’s take on Constitution

You know what they say: Running for president isn't brain surgery. And now a renowned neurosurgeon is demonstrating that getting through medical school must not be, either. (I made it, after all.) But how is it that he, plus every Republican doctor in Congress, manages to be so...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

‘Mis-speaker’ McCarthy may garble more than langauge

Kevin McCarthy is about to ascend to the highest office in the House of Representatives and become second in line to the presidency.But there is a problem: The speaker-apparent apparently still can't speak.I have been tracking the California Republican's valiant...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Shed a tear for Boehner’s departure

I am going to miss John Boehner as speaker of the House. The GOP looks like the fun party with its ring-a-ding leader and his dash of Dean Martin. Boehner even sauntered into his resignation news conference Friday while crooning, "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay. My oh my, what a...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Fiorina’s anger more calculated than accurate

How angry is Carly Fiorina? So angry she can't see straight. That's the only explanation for the yawning gulf between what she says and the plainly visible facts.Fiorina stands out among the Republican presidential candidates not just because she is a woman but also because...

Date: 09/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

John Boehner warns of ‘false prophets’ among Republicans

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner warned Sunday against “false prophets” in his own party making unrealistic promises, saying his resignation had averted a government shutdown this week but not the GOP’s broader battle over how to wield power.

Date: 09/27/2015 | Nation & World

Death watch under way for Rand Paul’s 2016 campaign

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Rand Paul was right.In January 2014, the day after The Atlantic anointed Paul, Kentucky’s junior U.S. senator, as the Republican front-runner in the 2016 presidential race, Paul told the Herald-Leader “it’s still too early probably to talk about things like that.”

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

As Dems falter, GOP alienates potential voters

Meanwhile, on the Democrats' side:They are running a presidential campaign decrying wage stagnation, income inequality and widespread economic malaise — as if they've not been in office for the past seven years.Their leading presidential candidate is 27...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP voters still sampling flavors before settling for vanilla

Sorry, Carly. You're peaking too early. Just ask President Herman Cain.This week's CNN poll shows Carly Fiorina, the former business executive, rocketing to the top tier of the Republican presidential race. She has 15 percent support, up from just 3 percent weeks earlier.

Date: 09/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democrats better hope Trump is the GOP’s pick

Democratic partisans have been rubbing their hands with glee as billionaire Donald Trump's antics have dominated the Republican primary. I hope they're enjoying themselves, because they soon may find themselves in their own world of hurt.While pundits have been shaking their...

Date: 09/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Have faith that voters won’t tolerate bigotry

We have a problem in this country — it's called Donald Trump and Ben Carson. But fortunately we have a solution — it's called voters.Last Thursday, Trump, still the leader in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, didn't quarrel with a questioner at...

Date: 09/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

We’ve got a problem, all right: It’s the ignoramuses

In the spirit of charity prompted by Pope Francis' visit to the U.S., let's not call them bigots.Let's just call them the clueless, the incurious, the moronic, the dull. In short, ignoramuses.I refer to those Republican wits who unconscionably demonize a swath of...

Date: 09/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Anti-Muslim rhetoric would appall nation's founders

The founders of this nation recognized Islam as one of the world's great faiths. Incredibly and disgracefully, much of today's Republican Party disagrees.Thomas Jefferson, whose well-worn copy of the Quran is in the Library of Congress, fought to ensure that the American...

Date: 09/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Next president fortunate to have Obamacare to build on

The morning of the recent Republican debate, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of uninsured Americans in 2014 had dropped by about 9 million from the year before. This was thanks, of course, to the Affordable Care Act.So it did cross one's mind that at least...

Date: 09/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP field tries to move Trump aside

Sorry, Republicans, but it's still Donald Trump's world. And sorry, Donald, but now you have to share it with Ben Carson.The conventional wisdom seems to be that Carly Fiorina won herself a big patch of political territory in Wednesday night's marathon 11-candidate debate on...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

$10 question: To whom do you wish to pander?

By Kathleen ParkerSometimes what seems the least consequential detail tells the most about a person's character — or at least his or her intentions.Such was the case at the end of Wednesday's debate, the second for the GOP field of presidential candidates,...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

With few exceptions, GOP field's foreign policy light on policy

By David IgnatiusMaybe Donald Trump plans to buy a foreign policy. Because based on the CNN Republican presidential debate, he doesn't seem to have one of his own — other than forming what sounds like a kind of "dictators' club" with the big guys from...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP field finds its voice to counter Trump

By Dana MilbankCould this be the beginning of the end of Donald Trump?This week's debates capped several days in which the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination have fundamentally changed their tone toward the nominal front-runner. They are, at...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Move up presidential primary

We're still more than a year away from the 2016 general election and the vote for our next president, yet already we've had two Republican debates. So, yes, the presidential campaign season is too long.For contrast, consider the campaign for the Canadian federal election now...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Editorials

How Trump makes language work for him

Almost every political commentator in America has now written at least one piece attempting to explain the mystery of Donald Trump's appeal. Most have dealt with the man's demeanor, his talent for attracting media coverage and his disdain for party and intellectual elites. Some of these...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Commentary

Because they're happy

Viewpoints: Positive attitude can bring political success

Date: 09/20/2015 | Commentary

Unit Two? You’re sticking with that?

Toward the end of Wednesday's second Republican debate, as the plot began wrapping up but before the Eagles came to bear us up and away from Mount Doom (Mount Doom is presently situated at the Reagan Library, in front of a large, photogenic plane) a question was posed that will give...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Commentary

Republicans jockey for conservative credibility

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Setting aside personality clashes for a night, the Republican Party's 2016 contest shifted to substance Friday as a slate of White House hopefuls vowed to steer the nation sharply to the right as they courted conservatives in battleground South Carolina.

Date: 09/19/2015 | Nation & World

Look past Trump and you’ll find a strong Republican field

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — "Anything could happen over the next few hours," CNN anchor Jake Tapper announced at the prime-time Republican presidential debate.Anything did happen. Billionaire Donald Trump made faces and rolled his eyes. He mugged as a petulant...

Date: 09/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Left out of debates, 16th GOP candidate tweets from sidelines

Sixteen candidates remain in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Fifteen of them were invited to Wednesday night's debates.And then there was Jim Gilmore."I'm very disappointed," the former Virginia governor told me when I reached him...

Date: 09/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Debate leaves GOP no closer to knowing likely nominee

LOS ANGELES — For many of the Republican presidential candidates who expected to be at or near the top of the polls now, finding a solid base of support has proven to be a daunting challenge.

Date: 09/17/2015 | Nation & World

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