The Chaotic, Backbiting GOP Does Not Look Like a Governing Party

For the moment, try to put yourself in the position of a swing voter who will determine the course of the 2016 presidential election and the nation. You are frustrated with the direction in which the country is headed. You may not resent the gains social progressivism has made over the years, but you are concerned that they have come at the expense of the liberty of others. Those gains have come at a cost acutely felt by your friends and neighbors. Though you do not harbor any ill will towards them, those who benefit most from the advance of the liberal agenda are people who you may never meet and who, for you, are entirely hypothetical. The pace of the economic recovery has been engagingly unenergetic. The threat of a new contraction looms forever just over the horizon, even as you struggle to meet today’s financial burdens. Abroad, America has never looked more threatened and less respected by adversary and ally alike. It’s time for a change in direction, but toward what? Republicans have gone to great lengths to reestablish the trust of voters after George W. Bush’s second term and the 2007-2008 financial collapse sapped the public’s faith in the GOP’s governing program. Gradually, painstakingly, Republicans have won back the voters’ support and hold more elected offices today than they have for close to a century. But all that improvement threatens to be undone by the not inaccurate impression among voters that the GOP is in crisis — at war with itself — and that it may be unable to serve as a responsible governing party.

0
Shares
Google+ Print

The Chaotic, Backbiting GOP Does Not Look Like a Governing Party

Must-Reads from Magazine

Zionism is Not Racism

41 years later, Columbia University students are still equating Zionism with racism.

As part of their annual “Israel Apartheid Week,” the Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, in conjunction with Columbia/Barnard Jewish Voice for Peace, are hosting an event Monday, February 27th entitled “Zionists are Racists.”

12
Shares
Google+ Print

Democrats in Denial

The Democratic Party refuses to come to terms with Obama's failures.

Democrats are struggling to reconcile an existential contradiction. They know that something has gone terribly wrong with their party and that it must adapt to new political realities. But they also know Hillary Clinton won 3 million more votes than Donald Trump, and that grassroots Democrats are energized—spontaneously crowding Republican town halls, marching in the streets, and paralyzing airports. Which means that some Democrats are now certain it’s not their party but the country that must change. This confused line of thought was on display at Wednesday night’s debate among candidates vying to chair the Democratic National Committee. This paralyzing cognitive dissonance has put the Democratic Party on a path toward an eerily familiar sort of internecine turmoil.

16
Shares
Google+ Print

Is Trumpism Starting to Take Shape?

Commentary podcast: Deportations, the DNC, and conservatism's devolution.

On the last of this week’s podcast, the COMMENTARY crew discusses the problems with the new deportation policies, ventilates on the Democratic National Committee’s race for chair, and wonders whether Trump is wooing the conservative movement or whether the conservative movement has already surrendered its purity to his seductions. Give a listen.

2
Shares
Google+ Print

Whom Do You Trust?

No one outside media or the White House thinks either is trusted.

For a window into the reporting industry’s crisis of confidence, look no further than the Washington Post’s new motto: “Democracy dies in darkness.” This is about as close to a self-indulgent pep rally for the beleaguered press as there is. The admission implicit in this new mission statement is that the public’s mistrust of journalism and the president’s attacks on the vocation are taking their toll. As CBS News anchor John Dickerson put it, and for reasons cataloged in countless studies and think pieces, the press did the “work of ruining its reputation on its own.” There will, however, always be ways in which the press can lift its spirits. The latest reprieve comes courtesy of the pollsters at Quinnipiac University. But this, too, may be illusory.

31
Shares
Google+ Print

Our Despised Majority

Balancing majority and minority rights and privileges is lawmaker's task.

If you wanted to distill the breathtaking stupidity of our modern age into a single anecdote, you could do no better than New York Times reporter Daniel Victor’s latest effort.

49
Shares
Google+ Print