If the GOP loses the culture wars, its tricks on economic issues will be laid bare

Here are the trends: President Obama is rising in the polls. Americans generally approve of recent Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage and Obamacare. The Confederate flag has fallen into great disfavor, and Americans are more sensitive to the persistence of white racism in our society. Donald Trump’s wild disparagements of immigrants have made him a pariah. Much of the populace is laughing at the clown car full of GOP presidential candidates. Yes, these and other developments are evidence that the long-term right-wing offensive in the...

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Is the Republican Party literally dying away?

Over and over again in recent years, the point has been made that demographic changes in America tend to favor Democrats over Republicans. For example, the non-white segment of the populace, most of which leans Democratic, is growing faster than the white segment. But there’s another factor that spells trouble for the GOP: It’s membership is dying off at a faster pace than that of the Democrats. Daniel J. McGraw has the story HERE: There’s been much written about how millennials are becoming a reliable voting bloc for Democrats,...

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Here’s why Republican politicians don’t much care about Amtrak

Is it too rash to lay blame for the fatal Amtrak crash near Philadelphia at the feet of congressional Republicans? Perhaps so. Or perhaps not. The inescapable truth is that Republican lawmakers aren’t much concerned with Amtrak. Their priorities lie elsewhere. Besides, their constituents are far less likely to use Amtrak than those of their Democratic colleagues. Philip Bump of the Washington Post EXPLAINS: House Republicans had planned to spend Wednesday marking up a transportation spending bill that included steep cuts to the budget...

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Former Reagan aide says GOP has gone from a party of ideas to a party of lunacy

The utterly irrational conspiracy theory about Barack Obama’s plot to use the U.S. military for a hostile takeover of Texas is just the latest example of how a sizable segment of the Republican Party has wandered far afield from reality. The GOP didn’t used to be that way. Not long ago, it was widely seen as a party of fresh ideas. Sadly, however, it has become, as Bruce Bartlett, a former senior policy analyst for Ronald Reagan, puts it, “the party of crazy people, ignorant Tea Party people—people who know nothing and are...

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Fox News analyst says Republican presidential hopefuls are mostly flip-floppers

Fox News Channel apparently keeps political analyst Juan Williams on its payroll to fill two quotas. He’s liberal (sort of), and he’s black. Williams is out today with a piece in which he characterizes the race for the Republican presidential nomination as “an exhibition of cartwheel-size political flip-flops.” But it’s not under the Fox banner that Williams delivers this snide commentary. Rather, it’s on the website The Hill. Anyway, Williams derides a whole host of GOP presidential hopefuls for switching...

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