Messaging Beats Identity Politics

January 5, 2015

The real lesson to learn from the midterm elections of 2014 is that the Obama-Axelrod theory of aggregating individual constituencies into an electoral majority by special interest appeals can be defeated by shaping a national consensus.

What do Latinos want? Immigration reform? Yes. But also a growing economy and a thriving country.


Bush Moves To Head Off Romney

December 23, 2014

The quarter-finals of the 2016 race for the White House now pit Jeb Bush against Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Rick Perry and John Kasich for the establishment wing of the party. And it features Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Rick Santorum, and Ben Caron battling for the Tea Party nod.


Hillary Fears Warren-ted

December 17, 2014

Published on TheHill.com on December 16, 2014

It’s back to the future. The very same elements that toppled Hillary Clinton’s “inevitable” nomination in 2008 are once again falling into place. There’s another law school professor with only two years in the Senate who is suddenly front and center. And this time, it’s a woman.


The Emerging Latino Divide

December 15, 2014

Tear up the textbooks, a new pattern may be emerging among Latino voters. The conventional wisdom — that Hispanics habitually vote Democrat over the immigration issue — may be obsolete.

Gallup found that support for President Obama’s amnesty order was primarily among the foreign born population — whether Latino or not.


Return Of The Reagan Dem

December 10, 2014

Published on TheHill.com on December 9, 2014

The irrelevance of the modern Democratic Party to the needs of the average American summon memories of the 1970s and likely presage an entire new crop of 2016 “Reagan Democrats” who will defect from their party.


The Upheavals That Will Doom The Left

December 9, 2014

(A Book Review of The New Class Conflict by Joel Kotkin)

Democrats seeking to explain their defeat and Republicans trying to take a lesson from their good fortune need look no further than The New Class Conflict by Joel Kotkin, published this past September.


Hillary’s Dumb Idea: Americans Should Empathize With Our Enemies

December 8, 2014

(LIKE WHO? IRAN? ISIS? ASSAD? PUTIN? OSAMA BIN LADEN?)

In a speech to a half-empty auditorium at Georgetown University that her spin doctors would undoubtedly describe as half-full, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have sealed her presidential ambitions.


Keep SCHIP Separate From ObamaCare

December 5, 2014

In the Clinton White House, I worked hard to help to craft the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in the aftermath of the crash of Hillary’s health care proposals. The idea, warmly embraced by the president, was that children’s health care should not be held hostage in the national debate over medical funding and insurance.


Conservatives Should Accept Boehner Immigration Plan

December 4, 2014

Speaker John Boehner’s plan to fund the government operations for a year, but excepting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from the bill is a great deal that conservatives should accept and celebrate.


Midterms Killed Iran Deal

December 3, 2014

Published on TheHill.com on December 2, 2014

The first fruit of the Republican victory in the midterm elections is the failure of President Obama’s efforts to give away everything to Iran in the nuclear negotiations. If Democrats had kept their Senate majority on Nov. 4, we would all be wincing as Obama triumphantly announced a “peace” deal with Iran that would have all but invited the terrorist regime to acquire nuclear weapons.


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