Whatever happened to the Republican Party’s social liberals?

    The death the other day of former Rockford Ald. John Holub and the impending 94th birthday of former Rockford Congressman John B. Anderson [above] bring to mind a question: Are there any elected Republican officials these days whom you could characterize as liberals — at least on social issues? It seems there are not. Holub and Anderson were a generation apart in age when they became good friends years before Anderson’s ill-fated bid to become president 36 years ago. And they were both liberals, especially so in...

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Would traditional Republicans run a third-party candidate against Trump?

    Here’s an irony for you: A few months ago, the poohbahs of the Republican Party were worried that Donald Trump might mount a third-party challenge if he doesn’t win the GOP presidential nomination. That kind of thing likely would be good for the Democrats. Now, suddenly, certain elements of the Republican establishment — columnist George Will and neo-conservative opinionist Bill Kristol, to name two — are at least toying with the possibility of running a third-party candidate against Trump, if he’s...

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Memo to GOP: Don’t cite Reagan’s record as ideal in U.S. relations with Iran

    You would think — wouldn’t you? — that Republicans would no longer be so foolish as to hold up Ronald Reagan as the perfect example of how a U.S. president should deal with Iran. But you’d be wrong. Consider, for example, the collective Republican reaction to the Obama administration’s successful diplomatic efforts to gain the release of four Americans held hostage by the Iranian regime. Sen. Marco Rubio seemed to speak for his GOP colleagues when he said this: When I become President of the United...

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Vladimir Putin, whom some Republicans admire, says he likes Donald Trump

When Russian leader Vladimir Putin sent military forces into Ukraine last year, more than a few American Republicans swooned in admiration — if only to diss President Obama by comparison. The GOPers generally argued that Putin is the kind of man America needs, a no-nonsense tough guy who’s not afraid to  flex his military muscles, quite unlike the wimpy Obama. Rudy Giuliani said of Putin: “That’s a real leader.” More recently,  Republicans have become somewhat less gushy about Putin, especially since his...

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Most Americans oppose Trump’s plan to bar Muslims from U.S.

If supporters of Donald Trump have been encouraged by the boost his bid for the Republican presidential nomination seems to have gained from his proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, there’s new evidence that the party in general has cause to be worried about it. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows that Americans generally oppose the idea. Democrats overwhelmingly reject it, and so does a majority of political independents. The story is HERE: Nearly six-in-10 Americans oppose Republican presidential candidate...

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