The Plum Line: Republicans


Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Far more Americans see GOP as extreme and uncompromising

A new poll suggests Americans understand what the pundits continue to ignore.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:31 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 12/16/2013

The GOP’s Great Depression agenda

Yes, Republicans really are threatening another debt ceiling hostage crisis.

By Ryan Cooper  |  12:10 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Boehner boils over

Now that the House Speaker has told the Tea Party to take a hike, let’s get some stuff done!

By Greg Sargent  |  02:04 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 11/08/2013

House GOP stands athwart history, yelling “stop”

Does it matter that the Republican Party is not keeping pace with the changing culture?

By Greg Sargent  |  12:42 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 11/04/2013

Where’s the GOP’s anti-poverty agenda?

The RNC autopsy proclaimed that Republicans should show concern for poor people. Remember that?

By Ryan Cooper  |  04:41 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 10/29/2013

The implosion of the GOP brand, in one more chart

The Republican brand is collapsing among the very voter groups it must improve among in order to broaden its national appeal.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:10 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 10/28/2013

There will be a budget deal -- if Republicans want one

The GOP are not willing to do the hard work of figuring out their own governing priorities.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:57 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Ted Cruz will try to do all of this again. Will John Boehner let him?

A GOP Congressman calls on the non-crazies to stop Ted Cruz next time.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:16 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 10/09/2013

Gallup: GOP’s favorability sinks into Clinton impeachment territory

The last time the GOP’s numbers were this bad was on the very day House Republicans voted to impeach Bill Clinton.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:07 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 09/17/2013

The big story this fall will be the divisions within the GOP

Obama’s standing due to Syria won’t have any impact on the government shutdown or debt limit fights.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:54 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 09/09/2013

No, a loss on Syria would not destroy the Obama presidency

No matter what happens on Syria, the coming battles over funding the government, the debt limit, and immigration will be just as perilous for the GOP.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:53 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 08/29/2013

GOP leader chose oil industry over MLK marchers

You can't make it up: Eric Cantor met with oil lobbyists instead of civil rights marchers.

By Alex Seitz-Wald  |  09:37 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 08/26/2013

The debt limit timetable

Treasury tells Congress to get to work. If only House Republicans were ready.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:28 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  john boehner, Republicans

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 08/26/2013

The Tea Party tiger has no teeth

The Tea Party has nothing to back up its threat on defunding Obamacare.

By Alex Seitz-Wald  |  09:29 AM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare, Republicans, Tea Party

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 08/22/2013

GOP pollster sounds the alarm

Still more evidence that Republicans know their position on Obamacare is untenable.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:17 PM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 08/16/2013

The lure of the bubble

Finally, the RNC manages to act on one of the recommendations in its much balleyhooed "autopsy."

By Greg Sargent  |  12:25 PM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 08/09/2013

Why is Washington locked in stalemate?

Until GOP leaders stop shaping their policies and priorities around the preoccupations of the most ideologically extreme voters, nothing will change.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:35 PM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 08/05/2013

GOP threatens to retreat deeper into closed information feedback loop

The RNC threatens NBC and CNN over a Hillary documentary.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  01:42 PM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Mitch McConnell struggles to reassert control over GOP caucus

Can the Senate Republican leader maintain unified GOP opposition to compromise and basic governing?

By Greg Sargent  |  12:14 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 07/26/2013

Don't count out John Boehner

For all the talk about how John Boehner has lost control of his caucus, the Speaker has shown, again and again, that he can avoid the worst.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:52 PM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 07/18/2013

Is Mitch McConnell losing control of his caucus?

Next week's skirmishing around the transportation bill will tell us more.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:10 PM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 07/10/2013

GOP response to farm bill debacle: Move it further to the right

But that isn't good enough for conservatives, either. So now what?

By Greg Sargent  |  05:25 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 06/20/2013

Farm bill debacle shows John Boehner needs Nancy Pelosi

The utter dysfunction of the House GOP, on stark display once again.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:39 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 06/17/2013

The need to feed The Crazy will cost the GOP

At what point will interest groups aligned with the GOP decide it is more focused on playing to the base than in basic governing?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:26 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 06/14/2013

Memo to conservatives: There is no `Hastert Rule'

The author of the supposed Hastert Rule wouldn't think much of the new effort among conservatives to enforce it.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:54 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 06/04/2013

GOP deepens its problems with women

Republican Senators take a strange position when it comes to investigating sexual assaults in the military.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  12:05 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 05/30/2013

Tax reform: A big test for House Republicans

Here's the GOP's big chance to prove that it's still capable of doing policy.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:04 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Michele Bachmann is gone, but her paranoid politics has become the norm for GOP

Her conspiracy-mongering about Obama has become the norm within the GOP.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  01:21 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 05/28/2013

GOP's post-policy posture harms GOP-aligned interest groups

The party continues to chase symbolic victories that please the far right.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:22 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 05/28/2013

Today's GOP is fundamentally unserious about governing

Everything that's wrong with Republicans in Washington, in one headline.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:08 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 05/09/2013

What right-wing opposition to Lindsay Graham tells us about the GOP

Graham may earn a primary challenge not just because he isn't conservative enough on issues -- but also because he compromised with Democrats.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:14 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 05/02/2013

Why it's difficult for Obama to "beat" the GOP

Defeating Republicans would constitute getting something through the House, which is controlled by Republicans who have decided that its only self-interested course of action is to deny Obama cooperation at all costs.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  12:06 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 04/29/2013

A small victory against anti-tax conservatives

The fact that the absolutist antitax brigade is losing this battle is a small step in the right direction.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:37 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 04/25/2013

How George W. Bush can help reform the Republican Party

Today's GOP has forgotten the aspect of Bushism that emphasized that government could be a force for good in people's lives.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:32 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 04/16/2013

How out of touch is today's GOP?

A new poll finds that fewer than one in four Americans believe the GOP is in touch with the concerns of most people in the United States today. Does that matter?

By Greg Sargent  |  02:03 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 04/12/2013

No, the `Hastert Rule' isn't supposed to be Holy writ

The author that created the idea of the Hastert Rule tells me it was never intended to be a rule.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:55 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 04/09/2013

How GOP anti-tax dogma helps liberals

By continuing to refuse any deal that includes new revenues, Republicans are preventing any entitlement cuts from happening.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  03:44 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 04/01/2013

For the GOP, social conservatives aren't the only problem

Republican economic priorities are also a key reason the party is struggling to remake itself.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:26 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 03/28/2013

John Boehner channels Abraham Lincoln

The House Speaker cites Lincoln to make the case for contemporary Republican economics. Not a good idea.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:09 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 03/21/2013

Republicans recommit to the radical Ryan fiscal vision

There is no sign the party has any intention of rethinking the economic vision that was decisively rejected by voters last November.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:58 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Paul Ryan, Republicans

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 03/20/2013

RNC chair: All those issues we lost on in 2012 are really winners for us

Nope, the GOP isn't going to change in any meaningful way. Except maybe on immigration.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:20 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Until Republicans ditch the Paul Ryan vision, nothing will change

The GOP's main problem is that the public broadly agrees with the Democratic conception of what government should do and who should pay for it.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 03/18/2013

Attacks on Thomas Perez will do wonders for GOP Latino outreach

Even as the RNC rolls out a major new plan to repair relations with Hispanics, Republican Senators vow to block Obama's first Latino nominee to his second term cabinet. Great timing!

By Greg Sargent  |  02:49 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 03/18/2013

A "cool" GOP still won't win young voters

The GOP's problem with young voters can't be fixed with a few cosmetic changes.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:35 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 03/15/2013

At CPAC, conservatives still can't admit they have a problem

At the largest conservative gathering of the year, speakers agree: We don't need any new ideas.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  01:45 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Why compromise with Republicans on taxes is impossible, in one vote

Senate budget committee Republicans today voted down an amendment to make it harder for corporations to pay no taxes -- which doesn't bode well for any compromise.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:17 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 03/13/2013

What will it take to break Washington gridlock?

The main obstacle to compromise in Washington is that the GOP remains an anti-tax, anti-government party and isn't going to change anytime soon.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:49 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 03/11/2013

What do you do when one party is this dishonest?

Paul Ryan's budget will retain Obamacare's Medicare cuts -- after campaigning against them for two straight cycles.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:39 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Paul Ryan, Republicans

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 03/08/2013

The GOP's primary problem

Republican primary voters are forcing their candidates to adopt extreme positions that are toxic in general elections.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:33 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Why GOP struggles with minority outeach

The problem is that minority voters disagree with the GOP on all the major issues. Other than that, everything is just fine.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:17 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 03/06/2013

On "spending," Republicans are immune to facts

The GOP refusal to acknowledge the concessions Dems have made on spending shows that their real agenda isn't deficit reduction -- it's slashing the safety net.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:35 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 03/05/2013

More evidence GOP isn't serious about reform

The new budget from Paul Ryan underscores yet again that the GOP isn't interested in altering its reactionary governing priorities.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:37 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 02/28/2013

VAWA victory shows that House GOP needs Democrats

The emerging dynamic is that House Republicans need House Democrats to pass anything that can win the support of Senate Democrats and the White House.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:33 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 02/25/2013

It's as if the election never happened

If Republicans are going to continue acting as if it's still 2011, then we're not going to be able to make governing progress.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:14 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans, sequester

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 02/25/2013

GOP electoral vote-rigging schemes still alive and well

The persistence of these ideas suggests Republicans don't want to change their policies or seriously improve their outreach to minorities.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  01:20 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 02/21/2013

More evidence immigration reform won't fix GOP's Latino problem

Latinos disagree with Republicans on a range of policies -- not just immigration.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  03:14 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration, Obama, Republicans

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 02/19/2013

GOP's sequester shenanigans carry risks for 2014

Yes, Obama will take some of the blame if the sequester damages the economy. But Republicans could pay a larger price at the polls next year.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:45 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  congress, Obama, Republicans, sequester

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Republicans still don't 'get' Latino voters

The Hispanic constituency Republicans are so eagerly courting reject the GOP's vision of government.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  05:41 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 02/13/2013

The GOP's epic gamble

By Greg Sargent  |  04:05 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 02/11/2013

The problem runs a lot deeper than Ted Nugent

The real problem is all the stuff Republicans say about Obama regularly that's deemed not out of bounds but is still completely insane.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:41 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 02/07/2013

A looming test for the House GOP

The Violence Against Women Act will tell us whether House Republicans are prepared to move on from the failures of the last Congress.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:07 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 02/06/2013

In defense of the GOP's "cosmetic" makeover

Republicans have taken the first step: Admitting that their reflexive anti-government ideology is a problem.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  01:33 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 02/05/2013

GOP's "makeover" is purely cosmetic

On the same day as Eric Cantor's big "rebranding the GOP" speech, GOP leaders show no movement on three of the most pressing issues of the moment: Taxes, immigration, and guns.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:54 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eric cantor, guns guns guns, john boehner, Republicans

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 02/04/2013

The three-pronged plan for a GOP revival

It isn't much of a plan.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:35 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Puzzling GOP logic on the sequester

It's hard to see how the news that deep defense cuts hurt the economy gives the GOP leverage in the sequester fight.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:50 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans, sequester

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 01/25/2013

There are no real "reformers" in the GOP

Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, and Paul Ryan are posing as reformers, but they are unwilling to moderate or change their actual policies and priorities -- the same ones that doomed Mitt Romney in 2012.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:29 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bobby Jindal, Republicans

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 01/22/2013

GOP isolated on abortion, too

A new poll finds that a majority supports legal abortion -- yet another instance in which the GOP represents a minority position.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:31 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, Republicans

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/18/2013

GOP takes off the suicide bomb vest

By agreeing to a three month debt limit extension, the House GOP leadership has effectively taken the threat of default off the table -- total surrender.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 01/17/2013

The GOP's real problem

The party lacks a well developed set of policy goals that have a chance of winning broad appeal.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:13 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 01/17/2013

An easy way out for the GOP: Accept the inevitable

The problem with the GOP's debt ceiling hostage strategy isn't in the execution. The problem is the strategy itself.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:22 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 01/17/2013

GOP intransigence won't hurt the party (much) in 2014

Even if the GOP continues with its usual shenanigans, it is unlikely to translate into losing the House.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:13 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 Congressional elections, Republicans

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Dems hold a trump card in debt limit showdown

If Dems move to pass a clean debt limit hike, Republicans may be harder pressed to oppose it than you might think.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:26 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Debt limit, fiscal cliff, Republicans

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/11/2013

Business leaders to GOP: No more debt limit hostage taking!

The GOP's threat of leverage takes yet another hit.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans, us chamber of commerce

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 01/11/2013

A small crack in wall of GOP opposition to gun reform?

GOP Rep Phil Gingrey of Georgia says he's open to certain specific gun control measures.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:38 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns, Republicans

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 01/10/2013

GOP spirals deeper and deeper into obstructionism

Republican opposition to Jack Lew as Treasury Secretary is not business as usual.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:39 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster, Jack Lew, Republicans, Treasury

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 01/10/2013

Karl Rove accidentally unmasks the GOP's debt ceiling ruse

The GOP strategist admits that Republicans will never allow default -- which means the debt ceiling doesn't give them leverage, after all.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:47 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, karl rove, Republicans

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/09/2013

If Republicans want to choose the Cabinet, they should win an election

Republicans are already moving to block Obama's pick of Jack Lew for Treasury Secretary, opening up a new front in their effort to obstruct the President's agenda.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jack Lew, Republicans, Treasury

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 01/08/2013

GOP disarray over debt ceiling

More signs that Republicans don't have the leverage in the debt ceiling fight they claim.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:45 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, john boehner, Mitch McConnell, Republicans

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 01/04/2013

Washington's 'Blazing Saddles' moment

The debt ceiling mess is deeply unhinged, even by Washington standards.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:19 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, Republicans

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 01/04/2013

A veteran hostage negotiator's advice on handling the GOP

Obama needs to be willing to use a trump card to resolve the situation without the GOP's help -- and make the GOP understand it's not in control of the situation.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:56 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, Republicans

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 01/03/2013

What to expect from the 113th Congress

It may seem unlikely, but the prospects for cooperation and legislative action may marginally improve in the next two years.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:30 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  congress, gun control, health care, immigration reform, Republicans

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 01/03/2013

Weakened Speaker Boehner means tough governing road ahead

Weakened Speaker Boehner means tough governing road ahead

By Greg Sargent  |  02:23 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House of Representatives, john boehner, Republicans

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 01/03/2013

Tea Party Republicans favor spending taxpayer money on anti-gay discrimination

How many supposedly fiscally conscious, Constitution-loving Tea Party Members of the House favor spending money battling DOMA?

By Greg Sargent  |  11:46 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights, john boehner, Republicans

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 01/02/2013

In (partial) defense of John Boehner

The problem isn't the House Speaker. It's House Republicans.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:38 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  john boehner, Republicans

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Chris Christie's frustration with GOP boils over

The New Jersey Governor's real problem isn't just with John Boehner, it's with his party.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:46 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Republicans

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 01/02/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP can't put Tea Party genie back in bottle

Yesterday's events confirm again that House conservatives may no longer be capable of being part of the conversation over how to move the country forward.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:11 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bush tax cuts, fiscal cliff, gun control, Morning Plum, Republicans, Tea Party

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 12/31/2012

Have Democrats lost their leverage on the fiscal cliff?

Democrats seem to be settling for a smaller deal.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  10:45 AM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bush tax cuts, fiscal cliff, Harry Reid, House of Representatives, john boehner, Mitch McConnell, Republicans, Senate

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 12/28/2012

No 'cliff' solution today

But there's no reason to panic. There's little damage as long as everything gets wrapped up in January.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:10 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, Democrats, fiscal cliff, Republicans

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 12/27/2012

The irresponsible Republican Party

They claim to support deficit reduction but aren't willing to support deficit-reduction policies.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  10:14 AM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff, Republicans

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 12/26/2012

Why kicking the can is still the best option on the 'fiscal cliff'

There's no real harm in extending the status quo on the deficit.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  12:23 PM ET, 12/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bush tax cuts, Democrats, fiscal cliff, Republicans

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 12/26/2012

Why Democrats insist on upper-income tax hikes

Democrats and liberals, in particular care about economic inequality as much as they do growth.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  09:45 AM ET, 12/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bush tax cuts, Democrats, fiscal cliff, Republicans, taxes

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 12/24/2012

Why hopes for a Senate 'fiscal cliff' deal are misplaced

Republicans and Democrats have a fundamentally different view of what ails the economy.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  09:47 AM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  deficit reduction, Democrats, fiscal cliff, Republicans

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 12/21/2012

John Boehner tries to save face

His presser explained what he's now willing to do to reach a fiscal compromise.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:27 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bush tax cuts, fiscal cliff, Republicans

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Why the next four years might be more of the same

Republicans have no incentive to cooperate with the president during his second term, either.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:03 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bush tax cuts, fiscal cliff, Republicans

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 12/17/2012

GOP elevates reactionary Tim Scott to South Carolina Senate seat

It's good that the GOP is elevating minority lawmakers, but Republicans won't win minority voters by elevating reactionaries like Tim Scott.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:22 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans. Nikki Haley, Senate, Tim Scott

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 12/12/2012

Looks like we're stuck with GOP game playing on debt limit

Republicans are unlikely to relinquish whatever leverage the threat of default gives them, so it looks like we're headed for another showdown.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:26 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, Republicans, Senate

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Jim DeMint will be at least as damaging outside the Senate as he was inside it

The South Carolina Senator may soon be in a better position to enforce ideological purity on his party than before.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:56 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jim DeMint, Republicans, Senate, Tea Party

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:34 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  climate change, fiscal cliff, Happy Hour Roundup, john boehner, Republicans

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Boehner's offer: A start, but it's still unclear whether it's real

Boehner's offer still doesn't specify where new revenues would come from.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:49 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff, john boehner, Republicans

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 12/03/2012

White House willing to go over fiscal cliff if absolutely necessary

Senior administration officials say Obama is willing to go over the fiscal cliff if absolutely necessary -- enhancing his leverage.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:04 AM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, fiscal cliff, john boehner, Republicans