By Molly Ball – The House is mad at the Senate. The Senate is mad at the House. Various factions in the House and Senate are mad at each other or mad at their leaders.
Everyone is always mad at the Freedom Caucus. Divisions between Republican factions are nothing new; nor is friction between the House and Senate. In an oft-repeated fable, a new Republican member of Congress, eager to go after the “enemy” Democrats, is corrected by an old bull: “The Democrats are the opposition,” he says. “The Senate is the enemy.”
Still, some wonder whether the current sniping isn’t better directed to Pennsylvania Avenue, where the scandal-mired president creates new headaches with every passing day.
A House Republican staffer described the fractious mood on Capitol Hill as “Republican-on-Republican violence.” As for why lawmakers don’t train their ire on the real root of their problems, the staffer shrugged: “Maybe it’s just easier to attack people without 13 million Twitter followers.” more> https://goo.gl/UEe8ja
By Isabel V. Sawhill – Republicans have become trapped in their own rhetoric, crafted during years of being in opposition. As Ross Douthat noted in a recent New York Times column, drawing on new analysis in a report by Lee Drutman, that rhetoric is now well to the right of the beliefs held by the broader Republican electorate.
Republican leaders have failed to recognize the fact that the economic views of those who voted Republican in 2016 “lean only slightly to the right.”
Republicans could have used the Trump election to effect a political realignment—one that would have combined a more moderate set of economic policies than the Republican elite currently supports with a more moderate set of cultural positions than those espoused by leading Democrats.
Instead, the Republican elites are now out-of-step with their followers and could pay a big political price if they continue down their current path. more> https://goo.gl/AXQ7x3
Republican campaign poster from 1896 attacking free silver. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Molly K. Hooper – GOP leaders on Thursday (Jan 17) heard from rank-and-file members in a closed-door session, with many urging sequester cuts or a government shutdown to take effect in hopes of forcing the White House into accepting spending cuts.
But as one-half of one-third of the government, the House GOP majority has the power to block the president but less influence on pushing their own initiatives. One GOP leadership aide described their situation as being a quasi-super minority. more> http://tinyurl.com/b4dnrra
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By Justin Sink – Mitt Romney‘s campaign indicated Wednesday they have no plans to rein in the GOP nominee during the third and final presidential debate.
Team Romney claims their candidate won the night with his argument on core economic issues, which are the leading concern among voters. And Republican strategists say that Romney has more leeway to adopt the role of the antagonist because it’s Obama who is so heavily reliant on personal favorability to buoy his poll numbers.
Romney’s former debate coach, Bret O’Donnell, told Fox News the candidate “went down the wrong path” when he tried to “litigate out what happened in the Rose Garden.” more> http://tinyurl.com/9e2xojh
By Mike Males – President Barack Obama’s lackluster, let’s-work-together performance in Wednesday (Oct 3) night’s presidential debate stoked the fears of his liberal backers that Democrats simply won’t fight for them the way Republicans relentlessly battle for their wealthier, aging, corporate constituents.
This campaign showcases the GOP‘s ability to feed the anger of a large chunk of aging white Americans whose presumption of “exceptionalism” in citizenship and nationality is now being challenged by claims of equality for younger, multiracial, immigrant and “non-traditional” Americans – as represented by Obama himself. more> http://tinyurl.com/95pgwgu
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Tagged Barack Obama, Democrats, GOP, Government, Industrial economy, Leadership, Mitt Romney, Republican, United States
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