When the Tea Party movement emerged in early 2009 I incorrectly dismissed it. In the long run I will be proven correct in that it will be an asterisk in American history. (I still think it is a shame that the moniker Know Nothings was already taken in American politics. They too ended up being an asterisk.) Admittedly it has lasted longer and had a larger impact than I had anticipated. Today it threatens the long-term viability of the Republican Party. Let’s explore. Continue reading Will The GOP Save Itself?
The title of today’s posting is somewhat purloined from what have become two axioms for political junkies: connecting the dots and separating the signal from the noise. It is way early, but I want to talk about the coming 2020 Republican presidential primary. Yes, you read that correctly. Despite the fact that the White House is currently occupied by a non-term limited Republican who is giving the impression that he is already campaigning for 2020 I expect a Republican challenge and primary fight. Let’s explore. Continue reading Many Dots And Much Noise
If you look at the mythical political scoreboard in Washington the Republicans are in the lead and therefore appear to be winning. They control the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives (by a wide margin). (For the sake of this “exercise” I won’t delve into the Supreme Court.) Not so fast. Let’s explore. Continue reading A Deceptive Scoreboard?
I refrained from writing about the special elections. Now that they are over I’d like to make a few comments. Let me preface my remarks by saying that experience has taught me that special elections are generally much more hype than impact. Let’s explore. Continue reading We Discovered What We Already Knew
It is difficult to make the call but I’ll go out on a limb and say the American Health Care Act (ACHA) was the biggest American political story of last week. I like pinning the tail on the donkey and we all know a synonym for donkey that starts with the letter “A” is very appropriate when you consider the most popular nickname for the bill is Trumpcare. Today I want to concentrate on the CBO’s (Congressional Budget Office) report and the Republican reaction to it. Let’s explore. Continue reading 1, 2, 3 But Not So Easy