It has become conventional wisdom that Republicans are suffering an internal split that President Barack Obama is successfully exploiting to neuter the Republican House. It is not true, however, that the Republican split is philo-sophical and funda-mental. And that a hopelessly divided GOP is therefore headed for decline, perhaps irrelevance.
“This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.”
The rout was complete, the retreat disorderly. President Barack Obama got his tax hikes – naked of spending cuts – passed by the ostensibly Republican House of Representatives. After which, you might expect him to pivot to his self-proclaimed “principle” of fiscal “balance” by taking the lead on reducing spending.
Every mass shooting has three elements: the killer, the weapon and the cultural climate. As soon as the shooting stops, partisans immediately pick their preferred root cause with corresponding pet panacea. Names are hurled, scapegoats paraded, prejudices vented. The argument goes nowhere.
Let’s understand President Barack Obama’s strategy in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. It has nothing to do with economics or real fiscal reform. This is entirely about politics. It’s Phase 2 of the 2012 campaign.
WASHINGTON – There are few foreign-policy positions more silly than the assertion without context that “deterrence works.” It is like saying air power works. Well, it worked for Kosovo; it didn’t work over North Vietnam.
Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama is not exactly Jefferson-Adams or Lincoln-Douglas. No Harry Truman or Bill Clinton here, let alone FDR or Reagan. Indeed, it's arguable that neither party is fielding its strongest candidate. Hillary Clinton would run far better than Obama. True, her secretaryship of state may not remotely qualify as Kissingerian or Achesonian, but she's not Obama. She carries none of his economic baggage. She's unsullied by the last three and a half years.
WASHINGTON – Once upon a time, small ball was not Barack Obama’s game. Tuesday, it was the essence of his State of the Union address.
WASHINGTON – In the first month of his presidency, Barack Obama averred that if in three years he hadn’t alleviated the nation’s economic pain, he’d be a “one-term proposition.”
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