Who among the 23 potential candidates will win the GOP presidential nod?

In more than a half-century of following presidential politics, I’ve never seen a more cluttered and unpredictable race for a major party’s nomination than the contest for the 2016 Republican nod. For the life of me, I can’t forecast a winner with even a semblance of confidence. The best I can do is rule out a few of the potential candidates — Ben Nelson and Rick Santorum, to cite two examples. Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake offer HERE a rundown on the chances of 10 would-be front-runners — Jeb Bush, Rand Paul,...

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Because of civil rights, the Democrats’ once ‘Solid South’ is all but completely gone

In the seven years I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve occasionally received comments from conservative readers who love to point out that racial segregation in America was fostered in large part for many years by Democrats. I suppose these people believe they’re making some deliciously snarky point, but they’re not. On the contrary, they’re only giving me an opening to point out that the segregationist South, which was once solidly Democratic, gradually switched to the Republican Party when Northern Democrats...

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Poll: Republican control of Congress bad for America

A new CNN poll released this morning has BAD NEWS for both political parties, especially the GOP: According to the survey, 50 percent of Americans believe the GOP taking control of the House and the Senate next year will be bad for America, and 52 percent expect it to lead to more gridlock. Another 37 percent, however, expect to see no difference in the levels of gridlock in Congress. But Americans seem to believe the GOP should be the ones to budge. Sixty-eight percent of Americans polled say the GOP isn’t cooperating enough with...

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Public reaction to Obama’s immigration initiative is nothing like Republicans predicted

In the days before and just after President Obama announced executive action on immigration reform, more than a few Republican lawmakers warned that Americans generally would react with great anger. One senator even expressed concern that civil unrest would ensue. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said the midterm elections had represented a huge outcry against anything less than a hard-line stand on illegal immigration. Well, here we are a few weeks later, and virtually all of these portents of hell-to-pay have been shown to be just hot air. Of course,...

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Will Republicans bar Obama from delivering State of the Union address in person?

There’s nothing in the Constitution requiring a president to deliver his report on the State of the Union in a speech before a joint session of Congress. In fact, over the nation’s first century or so, most presidents simply submitted a written report. That all changed, however, with the advent of radio and television. It’s now an annual routine for a president to deliver an address to lawmakers and other top government officials. But a departure from that modern tradition might arise if certain Republicans allow their...

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