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Ted Cruz Taps Into Disaffected Conservatives’ Anger In a Bold Play That Just Might Work

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 9:59 am (UTC-5)
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At this point, Cruz is the most conservative major candidate in the race — more conservative, certainly, than the ideologically squishy Trump.

Why Republicans Should Hope Donald Trump Runs As An Independent

Posted December 11th, 2015 at 10:02 am (UTC-5)
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To be clear, Hillary Clinton is an equally terrifying prospect. But if Trump wins the nomination and runs as a Republican, we’ll have Democrats like Clinton in the White House for the next 50 years.

The Real GOP Divide

Posted November 2nd, 2015 at 8:32 am (UTC-5)
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It’s often cast, accurately enough, as a choice between “outsiders” and “insiders.” But another party division may be more profound — between Republicans who still view the country’s future hopefully and those deeply gloomy about its prospects.

Don’t Believe the Hype: The Republican Party Is Alive and Well

Posted October 13th, 2015 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The House GOP developed a record of unremitting hostility to the Obama administration before the 2014 election, and was re-elected in larger numbers on that record. Republicans have gained 69 seats since Barack Obama became president.

Chaos in House is Good for GOP

Posted October 12th, 2015 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Many are bemoaning the “chaos” and “toxic crackup” in the GOP after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew his candidacy for speaker. Here is what would have been worse: keeping the same leadership team in place.

Chaos Is the GOP’s New Normal

Posted October 9th, 2015 at 8:37 am (UTC-5)
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The insurrection that propelled billionaire Donald Trump into the lead for the GOP nomination and ultimately made House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) surrender his gavel in frustration rages on unabated. This was no mere summer skirmish. If anything, the rebellion is gaining strength.

Six Ways GOP Candidates Are Failing

Posted September 21st, 2015 at 10:11 am (UTC-5)
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Sometimes it looks as if the Republican nominating contest was hacked by an outside power, one seeking to show that democracy is not a very good system of government or that it doesn’t work very well in the United States.