Right Turn: Government shutdown


Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 10/31/2013

Only a few weeks ago . . .

How quickly things can change.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  10:31 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gop house, GOP Senate, Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 10/30/2013

The right’s shutdown backlash: A conservative revival?

The government shutdown may have had a cathartic effect on the GOP.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:23 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative movement, GOP, Government shutdown

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 10/29/2013

Enough already, say respected conservatives

Incentives must change for the GOP.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:46 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative media, conservative movement, Government shutdown, Jim DeMint, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 10/24/2013

Will business buy what House hard-liners are selling?

Unless hard-liners learn to operate in the real world, business leaders and the GOP mainstream have little use for them.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:31 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  GOP 2014, Government shutdown, House GOP, House Republicans

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Getting the GOP teams straight

Can the two wings of the GOP get along?

By Jennifer Rubin  |  02:32 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative movement, GOP 2014, Government shutdown

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 10/22/2013

A dose of reality, please

If each side would stop denying the obvious it sure would help.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:47 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare, Tea Party

Posted at 07:46 AM ET, 10/20/2013

Distinguished pol of the week

Who stood out in the crowd?

By Jennifer Rubin  |  07:46 AM ET, 10/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Distinguished pol, distinguished pol of the week, Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 10/18/2013

When the GOP will be back

You will know the GOP has recovered from shutdownitis when . . .

By Jennifer Rubin  |  03:01 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative movement, GOP, Government shutdown

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Can’t Mike Lee do better?

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) chooses short-term attention over support of voters and respect of colleagues.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:01 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative movement, Government shutdown, Sen. Mike Lee

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Advancing the interests of whom, exactly?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and company misrepresented their fight from start to finish.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  10:32 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative movement, Government shutdown, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Puny results from out-to-lunch for Washington operators

Ultimately, the right wing bombed in its shutdown performance.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:32 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative movement, debt ceiling, Government shutdown

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 10/17/2013

What will mainstream conservatives do?

We know what the right-wingers will do, but what about mainstream conservatives?

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:46 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative movement, Government shutdown, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Why GOP has to remember who did what

It is critical to remember what occurred in the shutdown fiasco.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:40 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  GOP, Government shutdown

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 10/16/2013

The right wing implodes, the Senate steps up

The right-wing House members blow up their face-saver, leaving the Senate to clean up the mess and prevent default.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:47 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Government shutdown, House Republicans, Senate Republlicans

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Did anything positive come out of this?

It’s helped to make clear the divide between staunch conservatives and anti-government right-wingers.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  04:03 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative movement, Government shutdown, House GOP

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Ted Cruz Republicans killing Ken Cuccinelli

Ken Cuccinelli is the first shutdown-squad casualty.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:32 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  GOP 2014, Government shutdown, Senate GOP, Virginia governor's race

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Too late?

House Republicans’ last gasp.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:39 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, House Republicans, Speaker of the House John Boehner

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Wrong president, wrong-headed opposition

President Obama can’t govern, and too many Republicans don’t want to.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative movement, Government shutdown, Obamacare defunding

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Legislators differ from executives (good ones)

It takes an executive, a good one, to run the country.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:02 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  GOP split, Gov. Chris Christie, Government shutdown, House Republicans, House senators

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 10/13/2013

Sunday in Texas

No wonder Americans are fed up, if they paid any more attention they’d be even madder at the D.C. pols.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:02 PM ET, 10/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative movement, debt ceiling, Government shutdown, medical device tax, Obamacare

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/13/2013

Opportunity cost

How the party could make itself useful.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:01 PM ET, 10/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defund obamacare, Government shutdown, ny city schools, Obamacare, school reform

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Who's in touch with those 'grassroots'?

Which segment of the GOP is in touch?

By Jennifer Rubin  |  03:45 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative movement, Government shutdown, Obamacare defunding, Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Ten drops of truth serum

Ten widely and secretly held truisms.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:29 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, entitlement reform, Government shutdown

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 10/10/2013

New details on shutdown face-off

The latest step in the stand off.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:19 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Government shutdown

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 10/09/2013

Time to talk?

Republicans should make the most of their meeting with the White House.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  02:48 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  continuing resolution, entitlement reform, Government shutdown

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 10/08/2013

Republicans are kidding themselves

Republicans insist on repeating defensive platitudes about the shutdown that just aren’t true.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:45 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  GOP governors, Government shutdown, Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia GOP

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 10/08/2013

5 factors pushing toward compromise

Reasons for hope.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:46 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  continuing resolution, debt ceiling, Government shutdown

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 10/07/2013

No negotiations? Really?

The president’s refusal to negotiate confirms he is out to destroy opponents, not get a deal.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:32 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Government shutdown, House 2014, Whhite House

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/07/2013

Republicans don’t cover themselves in glory

Republicans have behaved poorly and seem without a real game plan -- other than to make the president look bad.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:02 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  deb ceiling, Government shutdown, Republican House, Senate Republicans

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 10/07/2013

The presidential leadership crisis

The problem isn’t polarization; it’s leadership.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:47 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, President Obama

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/06/2013

How could we have avoided all this?

It isn’t hard to imagine how everyone could have behaved responsibly and avoided gridlock.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:01 PM ET, 10/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gop house, Government shutdown

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 10/04/2013

The flaw in zero sum politics

Republicans should find the opportunity to grab the most popular positions, not the ones that most highlight the distinctions between the parties.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  02:18 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016 presidential race, GOP, Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 10/04/2013

Ten ways Democrats have hurt themselves

Republicans have made their share of errors. That said, Democrats have their own set of mistakes.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:17 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 10/04/2013

Psst: The CR doesn’t matter

Democrats and Republicans are in the grip of budgetary distraction syndrome.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:47 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Can’t they talk now?

If the speaker of the House is promising to raise the debt ceiling, can’t they start talking?

By Jennifer Rubin  |  04:01 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Debt limit, Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Shutdown theater

The GOP won the day on tactics but is nowhere near solving its dilemma.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:47 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Government shutdown, Obamacare defunding

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Cruz crumbles

The Texas senator is no longer the top dog in the CR fight.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:46 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz, Senate GOP

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 10/02/2013

Cut to the chase: The debt ceiling

The Dems and R’s are lost in the weeds.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  04:21 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  continuing resolution, debt ceiling, Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 10/02/2013

Sen. Graham: And what about national security?

Sen. Lindsey Graham finds out the shutdown imperils the NSA’s mission and frets about a ‘phony’ Iran deal.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  03:04 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Iran, Sen. Lindsey Graham

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/02/2013

How the Democrats win, end the shutdown and save the country

Democrats, like responsible company negotiators, need to let people get back to work and give the other side a face-saver.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:02 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Does Bill Clinton have to referee this?

A lot of internal and external pressure will be needed to avoid a debacle.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:46 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Whose side are they on?

Outside groups and right-wing lawmakers who pressured the House into a shutdown strategy are nowhere to be found.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:47 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  continuing resolution, debt ceiling, Government shutdown

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Painted into a corner: What now?

Finding a way out of the standoff isn’t impossible.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  03:33 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Government shutdown, obamacare funding

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 10/01/2013

But they said . . .

So many assertions, so many errors.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:03 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative media, conservative movement, Government shutdown

Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Government shutdown, GOP breakdown

The House, the Senate and the White House dig in: Shutdown recriminations begin.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:21 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 09/30/2013

All working according to plan, just not the GOP’s

The end draws near as the defund plan collapses.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  02:57 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 09/30/2013

A perfect storm for the far right

Maybe the GOP could benefit from some clear losses.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  10:16 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Hispanic conservatives, Obamacare

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Shutdown prognosis: Dicey but not dire

Don’t take the mainstream media, House GOP zealots or Sen. Ted Cruz too seriously in estimating the chance of a shutdown.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:32 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 09/27/2013

The Cruz menace becomes clearer

The Texas senator’s damage to the GOP has just begun.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  02:45 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 09/27/2013

A lot of Republicans know better

Senators and journalists who plainly know the defund strategy is a fraud nevertheless applaud Sen. Ted Cruz.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  10:23 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservaitve media, conservaitve movement, Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Peddling snake oil

Sen. Ted Cruz and friends continue to tell their followers a gigantic whopper.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:01 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare, Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Ted Cruz’s logic problems

Gov. Rick Perry calls Sen. Ted Cruz’s tune?

By Jennifer Rubin  |  05:29 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gov.. Rick Perry, Government shutdown, Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Where are we? Why is Cruz surrendering time?

Sen. Ted Cruz’s 21 hours of fame are over.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:23 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Ten things more productive than a phony filibuster

Ten ideas better than a Cruz talk-fest

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:47 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Cruz looking for way out, Coburn nails Heritage Action

In the world of Heritage Action up is down, spending caps are irrelevant.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  05:41 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare, Sen. Tom Coburn

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 09/25/2013

What happens when the fake filibuster stops?

After the current jabbering stops, won’t Cruz have to vow to filibuster anything the Senate and House can pass?

By Jennifer Rubin  |  10:17 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Why do Cruz and Heritage Action do what they do?

There is a serious disconnect between right-wing media and the electorate as a whole.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:47 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative media, Government shutdown, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Why Cruz’s filibuster isn’t really a filibuster

In the end, Cruz is almost alone, without even a real filibuster.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  04:09 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 09/24/2013

An interesting Tuesday lunch

Question time for Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:31 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  continuing resolution, Government shutdown, Obamacare, Sen. Mie Lee, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 09/23/2013

What matters and what doesn’t in the Obamacare fight

Despite the headlines, certain things this week just don’t matter.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:31 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 09/23/2013

You’re kidding, senators, right?

The shutdown squad can’t address basic questions about its plan.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:46 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Mike Lee, Obamacare, Ted Cruz

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Fundraising off of political suicide

Outside groups and self-promoting gadflies seek to benefit from the GOP’s suicide.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  04:19 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative movement, Government shutdown

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 09/20/2013

Four sides in a complicated fight

There are really four sides, not two, in the fiscal fights this fall.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:06 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 09/20/2013

Cruz and Lee found out: They’ve got nothin’

The shutdown squad has no clothes.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:47 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare, Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Ted Cruz’s blunder enrages House GOP

Sen. Ted Cruz slipped, revealing he’s got nothing more than talking points on defunding Obamacare.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:17 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  continuing resolution, Government shutdown, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Steady as they go in the House

House leadership is pleased -- so far.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:47 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Government shutdown, House Republicans

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Is Obama losing it?

President Obama has never been less equipped to battle Congress.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:16 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Government shutdown, media

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 09/18/2013

Obamacare and debt ceiling ping-pong

A guide to the budget Kabuki.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:16 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Government shutdown, House GOP, Obamacare, White House

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

CBO report suggests a different ‘grand bargain’

The CBO says we haven’t fixed the debt problem and we’ve been focused on the wrong things.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  02:02 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, CBO, Debt, Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 09/17/2013

Do defunding Obamacare efforts have GOP support?

The shutdown strategy proponents spark a backlash.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:47 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, House GOP, Obamacare

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Heritage Action continues to undermine Republicans

Democrats must be delighted that Heritage Action is going to such lengths to undermine Republicans.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  03:39 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  farm bill, Government shutdown, Heritage

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 08/28/2013

Wait until they find out what’s in it

Republicans shouldn't blow a golden opportunity.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:02 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014, Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 08/27/2013

The GOP's challenge: We're not nuts!

Republicans to win the majority in the Senate and keep the House must show they are not the party of crazies.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:02 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative movement, GOP 2014, Government shutdown

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 08/27/2013

Irrationality pays for the shutdown squad

The scheme is working wonders, but not for the GOP, conservatives or the country.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  10:02 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Heritage Action, Jim DeMint

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 08/26/2013

How smart is Ted Cruz?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) isn't dumb, which makes his antics worse.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:02 AM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 08/25/2013

Distinguished pol of the week

Who stood out this week?

By Jennifer Rubin  |  07:47 AM ET, 08/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  distinguished pol of the week, Government shutdown, Obamacare, Rep. Renee Ellmers

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 08/23/2013

Time for full-disclosure from the right

Conservatives should be honest when what they're peddling isn't popular.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  04:25 PM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative movement, GOP, Government shutdown

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Boehner does his job: Delay -- don't defund -- Obamacare

The speaker of the House stages an intervention to stop the GOP's political suicide.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:32 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  continuing resolution, debt ceiling, Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 08/22/2013

Why didn't Heritage try to primary Sen. Jim DeMint?

Heritage and its president didn't always have a shutdown litmus test.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:01 PM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Government shutdown, Heritage, Jim DeMint

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 08/15/2013

Heritage's junk poll

Heritage Action cooks up a poll to goad the GOP into political suicide.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  03:42 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative movement, Government shutdown

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 08/15/2013

The shutdown squad vs. the realists

GOP realists need to keep the shutdown squad in check, come up with a GOP alternative to Obamacare and keep the party on track to win the Senate and White House.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  10:02 AM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  GOP 2014, Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 08/01/2013

Oh, never mind, says the shutdown caucus

The shutdown caucus has few GOP troops behind them.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  02:05 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 07/29/2013

The 'dumbest idea': Threatening to defund Obamacare

It's a move that makes no sense.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  10:02 AM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, Obamacare

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 07/23/2013

Dems' enthusiasm for Obamacare waning

Democrats don't like Obamacare all that much either.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  04:46 PM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government shutdown, healthcare, Obamacare