Republican Party


Virginia always elects a new governor the year after a presidential election, and it almost always elects a governor from the party opposite that of the president (9 of the last 10 times, in fact). So everyone knew it would be hard for Republicans to pull out a victory this year. But Republican Ed Gillespie […]


Yesterday, the Senate upped the ante in the war for tax cuts by taking President Trump’s advice and including repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate as part of its package. This was a bold move. As Business Insider shows us, repealing the individual mandate gives the Senate the flexibility to cut taxes even further beyond its […]


Last week, I discussed the dangers of HR 4174/S 2046, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policy Act (FEPA). The gravest concern about FEPA is the likely development of a national database of dossiers on every American citizen. Introduced on Halloween, this horrifying bill passed the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on a voice vote […]


Last week, House Republicans quietly abandoned basic tenets of supply-side economics by releasing a tax plan that includes higher marginal rates. While it was assumed the House GOP would prioritize corporate tax reform over individuals (prevailing economic models show corporate tax cuts give us the most bang-for-our-buck in economic growth), the idea that many Americans […]


Illinois’ GOP Governor Bruce Rauner is up for reelection in 2018, but he is facing a potential primary challenge by conservatives furious at his expansion of taxpayer funded abortion. On Thursday, Rauner announced that he had signed into law a measure that would enable the expansion of abortions paid for by taxpayers. This new law […]


On Tuesday evening, Roy Moore rattled the Washington establishment as he claimed victory over Luther Strange in the GOP Senate primary in Alabama. Moore finished with 54.6 percent of the vote statewide, while Luther Strange tallied 45.4 percent. The former chief justice of Alabama’s state Supreme Court, Moore has garnered an outpouring of support from […]


In 5 days, the Senate health care reconciliation vehicle will expire — eliminating any chance of repealing Obamacare this year if the deadline is not met. As it stands now, political prediction markets give the Republican Congress a 9 percent chance of passing a health care bill. Those odds seem generous. While President Trump undoubtedly […]


This article was originally posted at Newsbusters. Earlier this month, I wrote an op-ed for The Hill where I argued that Republicans should support President Trump and follow his electoral formula, or “die” — i.e., face extinction as a party.  The piece had an obvious target audience — establishment Republicans — with an obvious goal in mind — to […]


Republican leadership’s failure to get on board with the Make America Great Again (MAGA) agenda has been a source of frustration to President Trump as he struggles for a legislative victory in Congress. If there is one thing that Trump needs out of the 2018 elections, it is the election of strong conservative candidates who […]


In the aftermath of the GOP’s summer collapse in which it failed to deliver on a seven-year promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, an unlikely but familiar face was working behind the scenes to salvage that promise, the GOP’s dignity, and the American system of governance: Rick Santorum. Santorum is one of the most underappreciated […]


Last week, the odds of achieving pro-growth tax cuts in 2017 took an important step forward when Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin expressed his desire for tax reform to be retroactive. As I previously wrote, “retroactivity” is the question of whether tax cuts should be back-dated to January of this year in order to include income […]


Last week, H.R. 1628 was introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill is a last-ditch Obamacare repeal effort, but it has the potential to defund Planned Parenthood and end federally sponsored abortions as well. The bill was introduced by four senators: Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). Former […]


This article was posted originally at Townhall. Out of the hundreds of amendments proposed to the National Defense Authorization Act, the defense policy bill on the Senate floor this week, one amendment put forth by Senators Kristin Gillibrand (D) and Susan Collins (R) has stood out in particular. It captured the media’s attention for two reasons: […]


Last Friday with the stroke of the presidential pen, the United States’ national debt hit $20 trillion for the first time in the country’s history. President Trump diverted from the path laid out by Republican Congressional leadership in order to make a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi […]


Last Friday, I wrote a piece for The Hill urging establishment Republicans to resist the impulse to abandon President Trump and instead embrace his agenda. If the Republican Party turns against Trump, I argued, “it would be a death blow to conservative resistance and revival in America.” It’s a simple argument: Trump is in sync […]


This article was posted originally at The Hill. “Is Trump finished?” one of his savviest conservative supporters asked me recently. In other words, will restless Republicans, unable to achieve any legislative victories, turn on the president of the United States? Abandon hope all ye who succumb to this temptation. Turning on Trump is not the first, […]


Immigration reform has come to the forefront of the American political conversation after President Trump announced on Tuesday that he would rescind former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. In his statement on the issue, President Trump stated: As President, my highest duty is to defend the American people […]


Coming as a surprise to no one, Democrats in Congress are reportedly preparing to fight President Trump’s recently issued directive regarding transgender individuals in the US military. Their method, according to multiple outlets, will be one or more amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an important defense spending bill considered must-pass legislation by […]


With the largest Republican majority since 1928, one would think that enacting tax cuts (a signature pillar of the Republican Party) would have been low hanging fruit for our elected officials. Unfortunately, with only 48 legislative days left in 2017, the clock is ticking. Time is running out for the Republican Congress to make good […]


According to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll, President Trump’s approval rating has dropped in the wake of the Charlottesville controversy and hit a new low during the first year of his presidency. Thirty-nine percent of voters approve of the President’s job performance, while 56 percent disapprove. Much of this can be attributed to a slight […]