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What happened to liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats?

OCALA, Fla., June 30, 2014 — The midterm elections are coming up, and partisan politics remain high octane. In spite of this, very few understand the true nature of our nation’s leading political parties. Today’s partisan alignment of “conservatives” and “liberals” only came about after Richard Nixon’s presidency. Prior to that, both the Democratic and ...

The Christian politics of Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel

OCALA, Fla., June 26, 2014 — On Tuesday, Mississippi’s Thad Cochran stunned the world by retaining his U.S. Senate seat in a primary that was vicious even by modern standards. His win, which came about through ethically questionable means, has incensed the Tea Party. Cochran relied mainly on Democratic, or at least Democratic-leaning, voters for ...

In bed with Democrats, Cochran now a DIAN: Democrat In All But Name

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 — Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran won a tight GOP runoff race Tuesday night. Neither he nor challenger Chris McDaniel broke the 50 percent barrier in the state’s June 3 primary, ending that contest in a statistical dead heat at just over 49 percent of the vote each and forcing the runoff ...

Rand Paul in ’16: Great for libertarians, bad for America

OCALA, Fla., June 25, 2014 — Rand Paul is still making headlines as a possible contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The first-term U.S. Senator from Kentucky isn’t famous so much for his legislative accomplishments as he is as a libertarian icon. A voice for rigid constitutionalism which does not scare the masses, Paul ...

Amnesty poison: Did it kill Eric Cantor?

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2014 — The post mortems of Eric Cantor’s primary defeat are focusing on a singe cause of death: Amnesty. The Drudge Report ran a large number of stories on illegal immigration in the upper left corner of the page — prime real estate — in the days leading up to the primary. ...

How can the GOP win if it doesn’t stand for something?

OCALA, Fla., June 3, 2014 — The Republican Party is in a difficult spot. In recent years, it has followed path after path only to wind up at the same intersection. This is where the interests of social conservatives and fiscal watchdogs meet. Neither side is ceding an inch for control over the GOP’s future. ...

Social conservatism will sink the Republican Party

OCALA, Fla., June 2, 2014 — The Republican Party can’t seem to keep in step with modern times. While fiscal conservatism will always be unappealing to a certain segment of the electorate — one which is growing at an alarming rate — there are millions of disaffected voters out there. They have no serious opposition ...

Congressional greed, public disapproval, and the power of incumbents

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 — The latest public opinion polls show that 84.7 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress conducts business. Despite this incredible disapproval rating, members of Congress have an uncanny knack for getting reelected. From 1964 to 2012,  incumbents retained their positions in droves. The lowest return rates were in 1970 and ...

Social conservatism lost in 2012 and will lose in November

OCALA, Fla., May 21, 2014 — Mitt Romney wasn’t the only one who lost in 2012. Voters in four states — Maine, Maryland, Washington, and Minnesota — rejected the idea of traditional marriage. In all except the last, same-sex marriage was actually approved. This marked the first time that marriage equality has ever found success on statewide ...

Multiculturalism is the GOP’s biggest problem this year

OCALA, Fla., April 22, 2014 — The primary reason for President Obama’s second-term victory, and the most pressing issue for the next election, is not economics, foreign policy, or even populism. Instead, it is something we generally hear little about: multiculturalism. While recognizing diversity is accepting the facts of reality, multiculturalism is something else entirely. As ...

Rand Paul co-opted by Mitch McConnell and the GOP establishment

HOUSTON, April 5, 2014 — Most Republican politicians who run for national office make conservative promises and claims to get elected. Once they arrive in Washington, facing the unbelievably corrupting influence of the GOP establishment, those politicians turn into moderates who will do whatever the party leaders demand, regardless of their own true values and ...

How Democrats can win in 2014, even if they lose

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 — America’s laureate of number crunching, Nate Silver, raised the hackles of Democrats recently by putting the Republicans’ chances of winning a majority of the United States Senate in 2014 at 60 percent. Though Senator Harry Reid and company may bristle publicly at Silver and other forecasters, the maps and math point ...

Why the Tea Party is essential to reform in 2014 and beyond

HONOLULU, March 31, 2014 – A growing sense of helplessness and frustration among voters may tip the balance of power in November midterms towards Republicans. The last six weeks of fundraising emails from liberal organizations are filled with the spirit of defeat, with seeimingly self-prophetic subject lines like “humiliating loss,” “shocking defeat,” “our nightmare,” or ...

2016 GOP convention host cities: Contenders vs. pretenders

SOUTH FLORIDA, March 18, 2014 — Election 2016 is still two years and eight months away, but the jockeying to host the 2016 conventions is well underway. Like everything else in politics, choosing a convention host city requires a ton of back room dealing with nothing left to chance. 1984 saw San Francisco Democrats hand ...

Team Obama heads downballot

Widely lauded for their use of technology and advance data analysis in 2012, Democrats are trying to replicate the smartest aspects of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign with Project Ivy.