Tag Archives: Republican Reformers


Don’t Fear the Gover – Republicans Wisely Break with Grover Norquist – CNN.com

Who’s afraid of Grover Norquist? Fewer and fewer Republicans, thankfully. In recent days, the declarations of independence from Norquist’s absolutist anti-tax pledge have been coming fast and furious. Add Southern Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Lindsey Graham to the growing list, … Continue reading

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Republican Politicians Must Stop Pandering to Conservative Populism – The Daily Beast

Republicans need to “stop being the Stupid Party.” That was a blunt postelection declaration of independence by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. “We’ve also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism,” continued Jindal. “We need to stop being simplistic, we need to … Continue reading

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The Convention’s Key Moment: Paul Ryan Introduces Himself to America – The Daily Beast

There’s been a lot of GOP spin about how this convention is Mitt Romney’s chance to “introduce himself to the American people.” This is ridiculous: the man’s been running for president for five years. If polls show he has a … Continue reading

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No Attack Dog: Christie Heels And Plays Positive – The Daily Beast

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s keynote address is the substantive center-piece of this first night of the Republican Convention. But contrary to expectations that he will play the traditional role of attack dog, the former U.S. Attorney will instead lay … Continue reading

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When Did the GOP Get So White: The Republicans’ Loss of Diversity – The Daily Beast

“Zero Percent of Blacks for Romney”—Oh, that headline hurts. And the WSJ/NBC poll can’t just be dismissed out of hand as the work of partisan hacks. Of course, this doesn’t mean that no African-Americans will vote for the Romney-Ryan ticket, … Continue reading

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Shays’s Rebellion: The Last Yankee Republican Fights For His Political Life – The Daily Beast

Chris Shays can’t believe this is happening. How does a longtime Newt Gingrich congressional ally who co-authored 1994’s Contract with America, helped achieve a balanced budget, and backed the Bush-era War on Terror to the hilt get called a Republican … Continue reading

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What We in 2012 Can Learn from Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 – CNN.com

One hundred years ago Monday, Theodore Roosevelt launched the most successful third party presidential bid in American history, declaring, “We stand at Armageddon, and we battle for the Lord!” It was the culmination of the Progressive Party Convention in Chicago … Continue reading

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GOP Kills DISCLOSE Act and Leaves Voters in the Dark – The Daily Beast

The DISCLOSE Act was summarily executed via filibuster in the Senate last night. But this is one symbolic vote that mattered, because it offered at least an attempt to address the flow of hidden money into our elections. But wait, … Continue reading

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Who is Marco Rubio? – The Daily Beast

Marco Rubio’s memoir, American Son, is coming out on Tuesday. It will inevitably be a campaign document, scrubbed clean of unflattering details, intended to be an exhibit in his bid to be Mitt Romney’s VP nominee. Which is why The … Continue reading

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Jeb vs. Grover: Battle for GOP’s soul – CNN.com

This is what happens when politics starts looking like a cult: Jeb Bush gets attacked for being a traitor to the conservative cause. The former Florida governor has been speaking with the freedom of someone not running for office, saying … Continue reading

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New Jersey’s Chris Christie and Cory Booker Swap Partisan Bickering for Collaboration – The Daily Beast

Is this the Golden Age of New Jersey politics? After the chronic embarrassments of Governors James McGreevey and Jon Corzine, beyond the scores of mayors indicted for corruption, the Garden State is suddenly fielding a bipartisan team with national appeal. … Continue reading

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Will Dick Lugar Be The RINO-Hunters’ Latest Trophy? – The Daily Beast

It’s RINO hunting season, and Dick Lugar has a big target on his back. The six-term Indiana senator was once Richard Nixon’s favorite Republican Mayor—but Tricky Dick looks like a hippie compared to the Tea Party crowd, and Lugar has … Continue reading

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Why the Right Turned Its Back on the Individual Mandate – The Daily Beast

This is it, showdown at the Supreme Court corral—or Three Days That Could End America, as one conservative website put it. At the heart of the apocalyptic rhetoric is the individual mandate—that not long ago was considered a conservative idea. … Continue reading

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How Partisan Politics Drove Olympia Snowe Away – CNN.com

The Vital Center is under siege on Capital Hill. “Congress is now more polarized than at any time since the late 19th century,” attests the data-driven blog Vote View. It has gotten so bad that Sen. Olympia Snowe is throwing … Continue reading

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Could Pro-Choice Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval Be the GOP’s Great Hope? – The Daily Beast

Quick: Name a young Hispanic Republican swing-state governor with a record of reducing the size of government and cutting spending while passing education reforms like ending teacher tenure and establishing merit pay, all with a Democratic legislature. Stumped? Here’s another … Continue reading

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Gay Group in Conservatives’ Gathering Splits GOP – CNN.com

The Conservative Political Action Conference’s annual Washington convention this week is not where you’d expect to find a new front in the gay civil rights movement. But that’s going to be the story this week at CPAC. America has been … Continue reading

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Meet the New McCains: Centrist Republicans Ease Senate Gridlock – The Daily Beast

There has been more bipartisan accomplishment in Washington over the past two weeks than in the past two years. That’s because the balance of power is back in the center of the Senate, a shift from the hyperpartisan trench warfare … Continue reading

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New Wingnut Target: ‘RINO’ Scott Brown – The Daily Beast

From savior to heretic in one week—well, that was fast. Some conservative activists are already taking aim at Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott Brown by calling him a RINO, or Republican in Name Only. With Martha Coakley out of the way, they’ve … Continue reading

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Mandate for Modernization – National Review

When entering the wilderness after two consecutive election defeats, it is good to have a vigorous and clarifying debate — because something is not working. Demographics are destiny, and election returns show that the GOP base is shrinking. The party … Continue reading

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