Republican Jim DeMint Is Leaving the Senate

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 11:20 am

In a rather unusual move, ultraconservative South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint (R) is going to resign at the beginning of next year. From the Wall Street Journal: South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint will replace Ed Feulner as president of the Heritage Foundation. Mr. DeMint will leave his post as South Carolina’s junior senator in [...]

Iowa Governor Delivers Big Blow to the Ames Straw Poll

By: Wednesday November 21, 2012 9:59 am

Having the governor of the state say the straw poll is no longer useful could give many potential candidates an excuse to skip the rather expensive event. Candidates who may not naturally appeal to the heavily evangelical make up of the event will probably be glad to have another good justification for not wasting money on it.

Conservatives Push for Paul Ryan as VP

By: Thursday August 9, 2012 12:09 pm

Only weeks, if not days, away from Mitt Romney announcing his pick for the running mate, several prominent conservatives are pushing very hard for Rep. Paul Ryan. Just today the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Rich Lowry of the National Review joined the chorus in  favor of Romney. From the Wall Street Journal’s “Why [...]

Voters Want Less Compromising Leaders

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 3:28 pm

Voters want their political leaders to be less compromising, not more. From Wall Street Journal: Asked whether it is more important to have a president who stands up for his convictions or who seeks common ground, the people surveyed split 56% – 38% in favor of standing for convictions. That compares with a 46%-43% split [...]

After Spending Big Romney Maintains Small Lead in Illinois

By: Friday March 16, 2012 10:25 am

Next Tuesday’s Republican primary in Illinois should be close, but recent polling gives Romney a modest edge over Rick Santorum. Mitt Romney currently holds a six point lead according to a new FOX Chicago News poll. Romney had the support of 37 percent on Wednesday. Rick Santorum earned 31 percent of the vote. Pollster We [...]

A President for All the United States, Not Just the Swing States

By: Wednesday September 14, 2011 3:34 pm

This Wall Street Journal article about how the Obama administration decided to shelve an ozone regulation provides a great example for why we need to eliminate the absurd electoral college and switch to a national popular vote system for president. From WSJ: When the American Lung Association mentioned a poll showing public support for EPA [...]

Running Against a Do Nothing Congress

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 11:37 am

President Obama is now prepared to put forward jobs agenda that will likely not pass Congress, and run against the do nothing Congress when they fail to enact it. From the Wall Street Journal: Going forward, he said that he will press Congress to pass his proposals. “I’ll be putting forward, when they come back [...]

Mitt Romney’s Incurable Health Care Problem

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 12:07 pm

The big political issue for Mitt Romney’s future is that the Republican base hates the health care law pushed by President Obama, and that law is structurally almost identical to the state level reform Romney signed as Governor of Massachusetts. Romney’s most recent effort to try to thread the needle on this issue has gotten [...]

Center-Right? Yeah, Right: Americans Favor Progressive Taxation, Socialism

By: Thursday March 3, 2011 11:46 am

The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that, despite the oft-repeated conservative mantra, we are not a center-right nation. To begin with, the poll found a small majority (51 percent of Americans) think the government should be doing more to help people, while only 46 percent believe the government does too many things. Drilling down [...]

Good News for Crist, Chafee? Americans Open to Independent Candidates

By: Thursday June 24, 2010 1:23 pm

Almost half the American public is now open to voting for independent and third-party candidates, according to the new NBC/WSJ poll (PDF). This is not too surprising an outcome, given the extremely low current opinion of the two main political parties. According to the poll, 46 percent of those surveyed are enthusiastic or comfortable voting [...]

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