The next generation. “George P. Bush files election papers.”
The next term could be different. “President Obama has many motivations to strike a new tone as he begins his second term at the White House in January. Warmer relations with Congress, the business community, and other power players outside his tight inner circle could help him make tangible progress across the board before lame-duck status looms. Obama has been criticized throughout his first term for being an aloof and distant figure. And lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed disappointment that he hadn’t reached out enough on the phone and in person.”
The next grand bargain is closer than you think. “Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D., N.D.) said on Fox News Sunday there is ‘absolutely’ the basis for a deal. But he also said Congress should have a ‘backstop’ plan that would go into effect in case lawmakers don’t reach a deal. Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) said on the program he believed that a deal would be reached to avoid the barrage of tax increases and spending cuts set to begin Jan. 1. ‘I think there’s the basis for the deal,’ Mr. Corker said. But he said the key would be including measures for ‘true entitlement reform,’ particularly on Medicare.”
The next round of musical chairs. “President Barack Obama’s tentative plans for reshuffling his deck of aides and Cabinet members accelerated this week when word reached the White House of an FBI investigation that brought to the surface CIA Director David Petraeus’ infidelity. The former general’s swift exit provided an immediate reminder of the task facing the administration as it looks to planning out the next for years — ensuring the orderly exit of long-serving, but tired, aides and bringing in fresh blood.”
The next Obamacare battle. “Given that governors will have no real control over the exchanges anyway, they may as well let Obama administration officials sleep in the bed they made for themselves. It’s highly doubtful that the same administration responsible for implementing the failed economic stimulus package will be able to competently operate dozens of exchanges. Republican governors should allow the feds to live with the mess they created rather than clean up for them.” Read the whole thing.
The next step is not to jettison conservative fiscal principles for the sake of revenge. “Time to raise taxes on the rich. That’s according to Bill Kristol. On today’s Fox News Sunday panel, the Weekly Standard editor argued that the Republican Party should not ‘fall on its sword to defend a bunch of millionaires, half of whom voted Democratic and [half] of whom live in Hollywood and are hostile to Republican principles.’”
The next election, if Republicans are to win, must be waged with this wise counsel: “[T]he GOP seems willfully clueless. There’s a reason there are so few minorities in the party. . . . Compassionate immigration reform, including a path to citizenship, should be the centerpiece of a conservative party’s agenda. Marginalize or banish those who in any way make African Americans, gays, single women or any other human being feel unwelcome in a party that cherishes the values of limited government, low taxes and freedom. A large swath of conservative-minded Americans are Democrats and independents by default.”