In a cravenly political turnaround, Republicans suddenly want boots on the ground

Gee, it seems like just yesterday that most congressional Republicans were opposed to putting American boots on the ground in the Middle East. Actually, it was almost just yesterday. But that was then, and THIS is now: With extraordinary speed, the nation and its leaders have rallied behind war to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group. President Obama still holds to a “no boots on the ground” pledge, but to listen to recent pronouncements in the House and Senate, it would appear that many Republicans are clamoring for a new...

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Most reputable polling analysts see a decline in GOP chances of a Senate takeover

As recently as July, the Republican Party was an odds-on favorite to gain control of the U.S. Senate in this year’s mid-term elections. Some professional handicappers still think it’s likely that the GOP will win a majority of Senate seats, but there is far less certainty in their recent forecasts. Take, for example, what celebrated number-cruncher Nate Silver is SAYING: When we officially launched our forecastg model two weeks ago, it had Republicans with a 64 percent chance of taking over the Senate after this fall’s elections....

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It’s hypocritical to oppose Obama on virtually everything and then call him divisive

On the night that Barack Obama was first inaugurated in 2009, more than a dozen Republican leaders met privately in Washington and agreed among one another to fight the new president on anything and everything he might do or say. Since then, GOP politicians generally have shown a distinct inclination to disagree with Obama on almost his every utterance. Then, too, many of them have joined with the right-wing noise machine in questioning Obama’s birthright, his patriotism, his religion and anything else that might come to mind. The...

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Hawkish Republicans can’t help but squirm when Obama becomes hawkish, too

President Obama outlined a strategy last night to bomb the hell out of ISIS forces wherever they might be found — in Iraq or Syria or anywhere else. But, of course,  this plan naturally makes the more bellicose elements of the Republican Party quite uncomfortable. How dare this Democrat with the foreign-sounding  name assume the mantle of military toughness. That kind of thing is supposed to the exclusive province of the GOP, America’s self-styled Daddy Party. But what can Republican hawks say about Obama’s strategy without...

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GOP lawmaker: We can fault Obama no matter how the fight against ISIS turns out

Republican Congressman Jack Kingston of Georgia (above) has offered this cynical characterization of how his party-mates feel about prospects of President Obama responding to the threat posed by ISIS: A lot of people would like to stay on the sideline and say, ‘Just bomb the place and tell us about it later.’ It’s an election year. A lot of Democrats don’t know how it would play in their party, and Republicans don’t want to change anything. We like the path we’re on now. We can denounce it if it goes bad,...

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