PostPartisan: Republicans


Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 04/25/2014

The Insiders: Ignore the Bundy sideshow and focus on the issues

Republicans need to be focused on Obamacare and the economy, not on a sideshow like Cliven Bundy.

By Ed Rogers  |  01:28 PM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  claytie williams, cliven bundy, economy, Obamacare, phil robertson, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 04/23/2014

Defeating Obama’s kryptonite with the black vote

African Americans are key to ensuring Democrats’ victory in 2014.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:00 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 04/23/2014

The Koch brothers’ extra baggage

Their anti-solar push could alienate members of the GOP grass roots.

By Carter Eskew  |  01:33 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, gop, koch brothers, Republicans, solar energy, tom steyer

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 04/14/2014

A limp challenge against John Boehner

Winteregg, a high school teacher, deserves an A for the cleverness of his ‘electile dysfunction.’ But that’s about it.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:06 PM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 04/14/2014

The GOP should heed the Gospel of Paul on minorities

With its base growing grayer and whiter, while also shrinking as a percentage of the national vote, the Republican Party better start listening.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:58 PM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rand Paul, Republican Party, Republicans

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 04/10/2014

The Insiders: Paul Ryan’s generous budget

We can survive if we spend 1.7 percent less than what the spendthrift Democrats’ dream budget calls for.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:44 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, budget 2015, Democrats, economy, house, Paul Ryan, Republicans, spending, The Insiders

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Paul Ryan’s Obamacare repeal admission

Repeal of Obamacare would mean repeal of everything.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:00 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care, Obamacare, Paul Ryan, Republicans

Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 04/04/2014

The genius of Harry Reid’s Koch habit

His incessant hammering of the billionaire Koch brothers explained.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  06:26 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Harry Reid, Republicans

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 04/01/2014

Paul Ryan’s plan could irk Democrats into action

With its 98 pages of political affronts, the House Republican’s budget proposal could prove to be a turnout tool for Democrats

By Carter Eskew  |  04:27 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Democrats, Paul Ryan, Republicans

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 03/21/2014

The Insiders: Republicans can’t avoid the minimum wage debate

Raising the minimum wage would result in fewer jobs, but Republicans can’t just say “no.” They need to offer a plan of their own.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:19 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Democrats, income inequality, minimum wage, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Rand Paul and the power of paranoia

Some Americans want to believe in a nefarious government,.

By Carter Eskew  |  02:03 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rand Paul, Republicans

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 03/19/2014

The GOP: Walking dead

‘You can’t call someone ugly and expect them to go to the prom with you.’ But that’s exactly what the GOP did for the last year.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:08 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 03/13/2014

Obama, Palin and dignity

The former Alaska governor is the one who needs lessons in appropriate behavior.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  09:31 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, health care, Obamacare, Republicans, Sarah Palin

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 03/12/2014

After Florida, Democrats should defend Obamacare

After the Florida election, Democrats shouldn’t run away from the health-care law.

By Carter Eskew  |  01:32 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, Florida, Obamacare, Republicans

Posted at 10:34 PM ET, 03/11/2014

The GOP’s Florida victory matters

This was a rare toss-up seat that Democrats should have been able to win.

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  |  10:34 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  district 13, Florida, Obamacare, Republicans

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 03/10/2014

The Insiders: What CPAC does and does not teach us

The young student profile of the CPAC crowd makes it easy to suggest that CPAC says something about the future of the Republican party. But in fact, a lot of the attendees were College Republicans, who are traditionally an angrier, more libertarian shard of the party.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:45 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, cpac 2014, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 03/05/2014

GOP should listen to Gates on Ukraine

The former defense secretary tells Republicans they need to ‘tone down’ their bashing of the president.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:53 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Foreign Policy, Republicans

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 03/03/2014

The Insiders: What’s a GOP candidate to do about Ukraine?

GOP candidates should refrain from criticizing the president over Ukraine right now.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:14 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, elections 2014, Foreign Policy, Republicans, The Insiders, ukraine

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 02/26/2014

The Insiders: Chairman Camp’s tax proposal gives Republicans an edge

Camp’s tax reform proposal is pro-growth and a net plus for Republicans. It deserves serious consideration.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:26 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  chairman dave camp, election 2014, Republicans, stephen moore, tax reform, The Insiders

Posted at 08:18 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Cheat sheet: Ted Nugent’s greatest hits

No matter how ugly Ted Nugent’s rhetoric got, the repugnant rocker couldn’t seem to say anything that earned him condemnation from leaders in the Republican Party. Until now.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:18 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans, Ted Nugent

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Speaker Boehner is not chained to reality

“This reaffirms what has become all too apparent: The president has no interest in doing anything, even modest, to address our looming debt crisis.” #FacePalm

By Jonathan Capehart  |  09:06 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 02/20/2014

Palin is right. ‘Enough is enough’

I really wish Palin would put some meat on those tired Republican platitudes.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:41 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans, Sarah Palin

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 02/14/2014

The Insiders: The IRS, the Democrats’ cat’s paw

There is an ominous pattern emerging of the IRS being involved on behalf of the president’s political interests.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:59 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, frank vandersloot, irs, lois lerner, Republicans, targeting, The Insiders

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 02/13/2014

GOP’s heartless Putin Valentine’s pun

The moves Putin is putting on LGBT Russians are more accurately described as unwanted advances.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:24 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans, Vladimir Putin

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 02/12/2014

The Insiders: Boehner’s debt maneuver was exactly what Republicans needed

Democrats may have gotten what they wanted, but Speaker Boehner’s move gave Republicans what they needed.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:00 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Debt limit, Democrats, house, Republicans, speaker boehner, The Insiders

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Boehner bows to inevitable on debt ceiling

For a while, it looked as if House Republicans were going to pursue another fruitless confrontation with President Obama.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:03 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 02/07/2014

The trust deficit for Boehner and the GOP

After all that Republicans have done, Obama is the one who has to “rebuild trust“?

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:59 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, immigration, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 02/06/2014

The GOP is wasting time fighting over debt ceiling (again)

Just when you thought House Republicans learned a searing lesson from the debt ceiling debacle of last year, they go and do something to prove they are insane.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:18 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Florida GOP hangs Joshua Black out to dry

Republican candidate for the state House called for the execution of President Obama. State party leaders do the right thing.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:34 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 01/29/2014

The GOP still doesn’t get it

The Republican Party knows it has a problem attracting a broader electorate. And yet it keeps doing things to make people question its sincerity about reaching out to new voters.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:36 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans, State of the Union

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 01/29/2014

The Insiders: Republicans need to learn how to not talk about sex

GOP figures need to stop fueling the fire by talking about sex-related issues and start focusing on Obamacare and the economy.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:08 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  election 2014, governor huckabee, Republicans, sex, Social Issues, The Insiders

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Poll position for President Obama

With disapproval and negativity ratings so high, neither side has anything to crow about.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:32 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Ted Cruz ‘irresponsible’ on debt ceiling

Peddling falsehoods about what the debt ceiling is and what it isn’t.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans, Ted Cruz

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 01/23/2014

The Insiders: The economy and Obamacare are getting worse for the Democrats

The economy is stagnant and Obamacare is unpopular. These are the real issues that voters care about, which means Democrats are not in a good position going into the midterm elections.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:22 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, economy, elections 2014, gdp growth, Obamacare, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Chris Christie’s hypocritical transformation

Part of the New Jersey governor’s allure was his cross-over appeal.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:07 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, partisanship, president, Republicans

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 01/21/2014

On the couch with ‘Mitt’

Running for the nomination for president and the presidency itself are soul-crushing exercises.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:40 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Republicans

Posted at 07:58 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Ready for Ben Carson? Not for president.

The nation very well might need strong medicine, but the famed neurosurgeon and conservative heartthrob is not the one to administer it.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:58 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Ben Carson, Republicans

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Chris Christie: Me-me-mea culpa

We saw two sides of Gov. Chris Christie at his fall-on-the-sword news conference today.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:46 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Republicans

Posted at 09:49 PM ET, 01/08/2014

The Insiders: Emphasizing poverty is not a winning strategy for the GOP

Republican efforts to take on poverty play right into Democrats’ hands.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:49 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, Marco Rubio, Republicans, war on poverty

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Chris Christie’s bridge collapse

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:00 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Republicans

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 01/06/2014

The Insiders: Republicans, just say no to marijuana

There is no possible public good that can come from passing laws that legalize marijuana use. Republicans need to be clear on this issue.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:47 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  marijuana legalization, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 12/17/2013

The Insiders: Both parties forgot to create an agenda for 2014

It is underreported, but neither party seems to have a serious agenda for 2014. We might be in for a long period of nothing getting done in Washington.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:49 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections, Congress, Democrats, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 12/13/2013

The Insiders: A Christmas gift to all Republicans from Ryan and Boehner

There is nothing wrong with advocating for the ideal, but when it comes time to vote, the GOP has to deal with reality.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:46 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget. congress, John Boehner, patty murray, Paul Ryan, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 07:28 PM ET, 12/12/2013

House passes budget: ‘Are you kidding me?!’

This should be the slogan for John Boehner’s speakership.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:28 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, John Boehner, Obamacare, Republicans

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 12/09/2013

The Insiders: My Mandela story

I met Nelson Mandela in 2003, at his 85th birthday celebration.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:28 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nelson Mandela, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Token support for GOP’s Orlando Watson

Being black doesn’t automatically make one a Democrat, a liberal or a lover of the president.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:47 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 12/04/2013

Allen West all wrong on State Dept. booze

I am a firm believer in the importance of keeping alcohol in the toolbox of diplomacy.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:23 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture, Republicans

Posted at 08:34 PM ET, 12/02/2013

The GOP might as well be dead

Autopsies are done on dead things. And ever since March, the GOP has done everything possible to stay dead.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:34 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  GOP 2016, Republicans

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 11/22/2013

The right fight for Obama and Democrats

Use of the “nuclear option” sends a clear message about President Obama’s second term.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:26 PM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Democrats, filibuster, government shutdown, Mitch McConnell, Republicans

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

Obama and Senate Democrats were right to go nuclear

Why today’s action -- despite the danger it poses if/when the Senate or the White House goes back to Republican control -- was necessary.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:58 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, filibuster, Republicans, Senate

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 11/20/2013

On the poll with Obama and the GOP

The president’s standing has plummeted. But things aren’t all rainbows and unicorns for Republicans, either.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:18 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 11/20/2013

The GOP is out to destroy the country

The Republican Party is grinding just about every sector of the federal government to a halt.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:13 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 11/18/2013

Proud Mary blasts Liz Cheney over gay marriage

More people need to stand up to those who would put them down, especially if they are in their own family.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:12 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LGBT, Republicans, Same-sex marriage

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 11/15/2013

The Insiders: For Democrats, dark days ahead

Democrats are in trouble over the Obamacare train wreck, but they will regain their footing before the 2014 elections.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:35 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, election 2014, health insurance, obamacare, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 11/14/2013

The Insiders: Obama’s news conference settled nothing

The president’s news conference was at least partially driven by the reality that the House is voting on Rep. Fred Upton’s “Keep Your Health Plan Act” tomorrow. But the president’s proposed “fix” doesn’t change anything.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:51 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, congressman fred upton, Democrats, house, obamacare, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 11/13/2013

Flag error highlights a big problem for the GOP

I deserve a dunce cap for not looking more carefully at polling crosstabs. But the data actually underscore a big problem for the GOP.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:15 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LGBT, Race, Republicans

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 11/12/2013

The Insiders: Republicans should hound Obama on Iran

Republicans need to press the administration for specific details of what they are negotiating with Iran. The consequences of America’s policy toward Iran being mismanaged are too severe to let it slide.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:35 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Foreign Policy, Iran, nuclear weapons, Republicans, secretary john kerry, The Insiders

Posted at 06:24 AM ET, 11/12/2013

The Insiders: Republicans need to reform their formula for women

A little advice for Burning Glass Consulting.

By Carter Eskew  |  06:24 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Burning Glass Consulting, New York Times, Planned Parenthood, Playbook, Republicans

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 11/08/2013

The Insiders: Six reasons Obamacare will only get worse for Democrats

The White House can change its messaging, but it can’t change the fact that Obamacare will hurt a huge number of Americans.

By Ed Rogers  |  01:42 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Democrats, election 2014, insurance, obamacare, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 11/07/2013

President Christie meet President Giuliani

The ridiculous hype about Christie’s presidential ambitions is amusing to watch.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:04 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Republicans

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 11/06/2013

The Insiders: Republicans are not as wounded as Democrats would have you believe

The Virginia gubernatorial race says as much about Democrats’ weaknesses as it does about Republicans’ weaknesses.

By Ed Rogers  |  05:36 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, election 2013, governor, Ken Cuccinelli, Republicans, Terry McAuliffe, The Insiders, Virginia

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Christie’s win: A lesson for the GOP in black and brown

African Americans and Latinos will vote for Republicans if those candidates give them a reason to do so.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:20 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Republicans

Posted at 11:45 PM ET, 11/05/2013

In Virginia, another wakeup call for Republicans

Cuccinelli lost because he was another ideologically pure right-winger who scares lots of voters.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  11:45 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ken Cuccinelli, obamacare, Republicans

Posted at 10:43 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Message to Republicans: Moderates win

Moderates win.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:43 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Ken Cuccinelli, Republicans

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Reince Priebus and ‘a culture of hatred’

The GOP chairman engaged in some inflammatory wishful thinking on last night’s “Hannity.”

By Jonathan Capehart  |  06:17 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 11/05/2013

The Insiders: The Upton bill is the biggest threat to Obamacare so far

Rep. Fred Upton’s Keep Your Health Plan Act could force Democrats to reveal whether or not they support the president’s deceit in furtherance of his disaster of a health-care law.

By Ed Rogers  |  05:41 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, congressman fred upton, Democrats, election 2014, obamacare, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 11/04/2013

The Insiders: President Obama will owe Terry McAuliffe a favor

The Virginia gubernatorial candidate helped Obama over the weekend.

By Ed Rogers  |  05:47 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Democrats, election 2013, gubernatorial election, Republicans, Terry McAuliffe, The Insiders, Virginia

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 11/04/2013

Decrying GOP sabotage of HealthCare.gov

The federal exchange that Republicans said wouldn’t work ended up not working because it was starved of money needed to make it work.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:07 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  obamacare, Republicans

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 11/01/2013

Oh SNAP, veterans get dissed by the GOP

Remember how the likes of Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin railed against President Obama for the cuts to veterans’ benefits that resulted from the Cruz-caused shutdown?

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:14 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans, Veterans

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Michael McCaul adds to GOP disrespect of the presidency

An invitation to the White House to meet with the president used to be a clear-your-calendar occasion.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:13 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Jim Wheeler is a ‘slave’ to his constituents

“I’d have to hold my nose.” “I’d have to bite my tongue.” “They’d probably have to hold a gun to my head.” Dude?!

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:14 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 10/25/2013

The Insiders: Dependency is on the march

Republicans need to offer credible alternative plans for Obamacare and other issues in order to combat the dependency state that Democrats have created.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:36 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Democrats, dependency, Republicans, taxes, The Insiders, welfare, welfare state

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Look for Christie to replace ‘activist’ gay-marriage judge

Replacing chief Justice of NJ Supreme Court will allow Christie to throw conservatives a bone.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:54 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Republicans, Same-sex marriage

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Republicans can’t beat bad with nothing

The GOP is rooting for the new health-care law to fail, but they don’t have an alternative to offer.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:11 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ACA, obamacare, Republicans, Rogers, Washington

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Why lies about Obama resist the truth

“You consider them to be lies . . . I consider them to be true.”

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:52 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 10/21/2013

The Insiders: We don’t need nostalgia, we need a plan

Good policy is the best politics. Republicans need to have a vision and a plan for the future.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:02 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Democrats, Foreign Policy, obamacare, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Mad props to Mitch McConnell

When he had to choose, the senior Senator from Kentucky chose governing over playing politics.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:21 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, government shutdown, Mitch McConnell, Republicans

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 10/15/2013

What will happen on the Oct. 17 debt ceiling default date

The United States appears to be on the brink of the once unimaginable.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:24 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 09:05 PM ET, 10/14/2013

The Insiders: Mitch McConnell faces personal risk in saving the GOP

Senator McConnell is one of the key players currently at the negotiating table in Washington. But will his leadership put him at risk in his primary back home in Kentucky?

By Ed Rogers  |  09:05 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, debt ceiling, government shutdown, kentucky, primary, Republicans, Senate, senator mitch mcconnell, The Insiders

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 10/14/2013

When veterans attack

WWII veteran Redge Raynard takes congressional GOP to task for the shuttered government.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:27 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown, Republicans

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 10/10/2013

GOP debt-ceiling proposal isn’t extraordinary

According to folks who get the economy, stopping the use of extraordinary measures is good.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:34 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 10/10/2013

What default deniers don’t get about the market

The ripple effects of a debt-ceiling breach would smack the American people, too.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:34 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

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

Republican Party has finally broken bad . . . for good

And that’s very scary.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:30 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Abortion, Democratic, global warming, liberal, Republicans

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 10/08/2013

GOP Rep. Sean Duffy caught in own Obamacare spin

Yet another display of the lunacy gripping the House Republican Party caucus.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  06:33 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, debt ceiling, government shutdown, health care, obamacare, Republicans

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 10/08/2013

The Insiders: Republicans have entered the danger zone

Mismanagement of the government shutdown could have a lasting political impact.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:28 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 10/05/2013

House GOP is desperate for Obama to rescue it

They lack the awareness that President Obama is done rewarding their bad behavior.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:07 PM ET, 10/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 10/04/2013

‘Majority rule’ under assault

Time magazine pithily sums up the danger on its cover.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:20 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  obamacare, Republicans

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 10/03/2013

The Insiders: The World War II Memorial is not a political prop

The White House tried to use the World War II Memorial as a stage to blame Republicans for the government shutdown, but the tactic backfired.

By Ed Rogers  |  05:42 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Democrats, government shutdown, irs, Republicans, The Insiders, world war II memorial

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Stutzman, Obama and ‘disrespect’

This Ted Cruz-enabled government shutdown has produced many a maddening moment. But the person who wins the award for unmitigated gall -- so far -- is Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.).

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:17 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, debt ceiling, government shutdown, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 10/02/2013

Boehner must free himself from the right

He can’t trade economic survival for his job.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:33 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Boehner’s choice: his caucus or our country

Unlike in 2011, when we all knew there would be an 11th-hour solution to the debt-ceiling crisis, there are no certainties this time.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:05 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Speaker Boehner’s ‘X date’ with default

The Treasury will exhaust the extraordinary measures it has employed to keep from hitting the legal borrowing limit by Oct. 17.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:28 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, economy, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 09/25/2013

The Insiders: Cruz is growing stronger

Sen. Cruz’s marathon speech on the Senate floor is a net-plus for his political ambitions.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:51 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Iran, Republicans, Senate, Ted Cruz, The Insiders

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 09/24/2013

FBI leak arrest exposes GOP bunk

A guilty plea disrupts a well-worn Republican narrative against the Obama administration.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:47 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  national security, Republicans, White House

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 09/23/2013

George W. Bush talks about ‘our president’

To those of us tired of the disrespect shown the sitting president by people perpetually offended that he holds the office, those two words are music to our ears.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:34 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 09/23/2013

‘Constitutional conservatives’ ignore the Constitution on Obamacare

They can’t accept that they have lost the argument and that elections have consequences

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:47 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  obamacare, Republicans, Supreme Court

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 09/20/2013

The Insiders: The president only adds confusion

After a bewilering statement about the debt ceiling during his Business Roundtable speech, does the president think our debt doesn’t matter?

By Ed Rogers  |  04:11 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, debt ceiling, Nancy Pelosi, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Exhibit D in GOP lunacy

Rep. Ted Yoho likens the courage of Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa and Martin Luther King to the conservatives willingness to shutdown the government over funding Obamacare.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:02 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 09/20/2013

Exhibit C in GOP lunacy

Rep. John Fleming delivers the most dangerous exhibition of lunacy gripping the Republican Party when it comes to the debt ceiling.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:49 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Exhibit B in GOP lunacy

A video from Speaker Boehner’s office speaks volumes about what’s wrong with the GOP and the nation’s current predicament.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:10 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 09/18/2013

The Insiders: Confusion and gridlock greet business leaders in Washington

I doubt the Business Roundtable CEOs will hear anything from President Obama that will make them feel more confident about the future.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:44 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, economy, jobs, regulations, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 09/18/2013

Exhibit A in GOP lunacy

Gone are the days when a member of Congress accepted the notion that there are times when “what my district wants” must give way to what the nation needs.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:39 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 09/17/2013

The Insiders: Stubborn facts and bothersome polls

On issues ranging from the economy to Obamacare to climate change, the president is struggling.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:44 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Climate Change, Congress, economy, obamacare, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 09/11/2013

House Republicans turn on Senate Republicans in Obamacare fight

Further proof of a party in disarray.

By James Downie  |  01:05 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Govenrment shutdown, Hal Rogers, House Republicans, obamacare, Senate Republicans, Ted Cruz

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 09/04/2013

A Swedish import Obama won’t get

President Obama’s persistent longing for a reality-based opposition interested in the lost art of governing was on full display.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:41 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, Republicans

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 08/20/2013

Baseless calls for Obama's impeachment

The conversation has moved from birther nonsense to a destructive remedy: impeachment.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:11 PM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 08/19/2013

The Insiders: Ashton Kutcher's sage advice

The actor talks honestly to America's youth about the dignity of work.

By Ed Rogers  |  05:45 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ashton Kutcher, jobs, Republicans, The Insiders, Youth

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 08/19/2013

Ted Cruz should say "No, Canada" [Update]

The Canadian-born senator should renounce his Canadian citizenship if he wants to be president of the United States.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:29 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans, Ted Cruz

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 08/16/2013

The GOP's governing deficit

Leadership requires someone to follow. Time and again Republicans' raucous caucus has shown contempt for its leaders.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:29 PM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Republican Party, Republicans

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 08/16/2013

GOP debate-boycott vote is 'nonsense'

The real nonsense is that Reince Priebus has spent so much time publicly flogging this fauxtroversy.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:51 PM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 08/14/2013

Trump still clowns around with birthers

Remember Trump's explosive press conference detailing his birther findings? Yeah, neither do I.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:31 AM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party, Republicans

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 08/06/2013

The Insiders: GOP election prospects are good and getting better

It's all too easy to lose sight of the fact that Republicans seem to be on a path toward winning the 2014 midterm elections.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:00 PM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, elections 2014, midterms, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 08/06/2013

Blacks could rock the vote in 2014 -- if they vote

The midterm electorate doesn't have to be older and white.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:53 AM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Democrats, Republicans

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 08/02/2013

The GOP's blind fury at Obamacare

They've gone from chanting "repeal and replace" to dropping the replace part altogether.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:17 PM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  obamacare, Republicans

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 08/02/2013

The Insiders: The GOP faces bad choices on the budget and the debt ceiling

The only options Republicans have today are to capitulate or to force an unflattering, politically harmful government shutdown and then capitulate.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:39 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barackk obama, Congress, government shutdown, obamacare, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 08/01/2013

When Congress refuses to govern

A do-nothing Congress appears to have given way to a let-someone-else-do-it Congress.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:19 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, Republicans, Supreme Court

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 07/17/2013

The Insiders: Cheney celebrity muscle vs. homespun Enzi

Liz Cheney certainly has the right to run for Mike Enzi's Senate seat, but many of the party faithful think she might be making a big mistake in doing so.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:48 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  elections 2014, liz cheney, mike enzi, Republicans, Senate, The Insiders, wyoming

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 07/12/2013

The Insiders: Prudence in the House, fireworks in the Senate

For the first time in a few months, the action taking place in both houses of Congress really matters.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:08 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, entitlement reform, farm bill, food stamps, Harry Reid, house, Mitch McConnell, Republicans, Senate, The Insiders

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 07/10/2013

Killing Obamacare through the IRS

Karen Finney's conspiracy theory about the Republican Party, the IRS "scandal" and Obamacare turns out to be real.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:36 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs, obamacare, Republicans

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 07/09/2013

Boehner goes 'insane' over Obamacare

Insanity takes up permanent residence in the Capitol.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:02 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care, obamacare, Republicans

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 07/03/2013

The Insiders: The Obamacare delay could hurt small businesses even more

The longer term effect of the ObamaCare employer mandate delay could serve the White House policy and political interests more than the original schedule established by the law.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:23 AM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections, Barack Obama, employer mandate, obamacare, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 06/24/2013

The Insiders: Factors that could change our political orbit in the coming years

From Edward Snowden to Hillary Clinton, political actors stand ready to shake up our assumptions.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:52 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Cold War, Democrats, Republicans, The Insiders, United States

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 06/20/2013

SCOTUS should follow Murkowski's conservative lead on gay marriage

Her powerful statement was a clear expression of her conservative ideals, and it should be mirrored by the Supreme Court.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:02 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LGBT, Republicans, Same-sex marriage, Supreme Court

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 06/17/2013

No 'ETA' for the end of Herman Cain's nonsense

Herman Cain can't seem to talk without numbers and abbreviations dribbling from his lips.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:57 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Chris Christie slow-jamming his way to 2016

There are three things Christie might be hoping will happen between now and when he has to make a decision about 2016.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:23 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Republicans

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 06/14/2013

The Insiders: In politics, a bumper sticker beats an essay

The Gang of Eight immigration bill is still likely to pass the Senate, but Republicans in the Senate are trying to get to 60 votes.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:53 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, haley barbour, immigration reform, jeb bush, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 06/11/2013

The Insiders: The GOP should continue to oppose marijuana legalization

Republicans should not think they can appeal to a segment of voters by embracing destructive misbehavior as desirable public policy.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:26 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, drug legislation, marijuana use, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 06/04/2013

Christie does right thing for state -- and self

His call for a special election made the most of an uncomfortable situation.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  06:02 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Republicans, Senate

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 06/04/2013

The Insiders: Judicial nomination remarks show Obama is more isolated than ever

Instead of presenting a strong case for his nominees, the president resorted to attacking Republicans.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:44 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, dc circuit court, judicial nominations, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Fear and loathing in the House GOP

The Post's Paul Kane gives you a flavor of the fresh hell the Republican leadership faces with its cantankerous caucus.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:29 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 08:49 PM ET, 06/03/2013

The Insiders: As trust in government erodes, Obama's plans evaporate

The current scandals, combined with President Obama's lethargy and lack of planning, have driven trust in government to a recent new low.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:49 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, Democrats, Republicans, sequester, The Insiders

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 06/03/2013

Targeting Eric Holder

If Holder leaves it won't be because the president pushed him out. It'll be because he has had enough of the [barnyard epithet goes here] of Washington.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:55 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Republicans

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 06/03/2013

'HNIC,' the Daily Caller and cultural illiterates

Although the line is thin, there is a difference between racism and cultural illiteracy. And without question, the Daily Caller tweet was guilty of the latter.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:02 AM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Daily Caller, Republican Party, Republicans, Twitter

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 05/30/2013

The Insiders: Godspeed, Ms. Bachmann

Rep. Bachmann's contributions to the Republican Party and the conservative cause should not pass unnoticed or unappreciated.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:53 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, election 2014, michele bachmann, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 05/30/2013

Cracking up over the GOP

What's happening in the Republican Party would be endlessly amusing were the consequences for the nation not so significant.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:28 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party, Republicans

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 05/29/2013

Michele Bachmann calls it quits

The first 52 seconds of her announcement that she would not seek reelection were just fine.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:38 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 05/15/2013

Scandal-drunk GOP goes mute on the deficit

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:54 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, economy, Republicans

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Scandals, "scandals," and 2014

The electoral effects of Washington scandals often play out in the choices of ambitious politicians, we can't guess yet what they're going to do.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  07:13 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Clinton, congressional elections, Democrats, Monica Lewinksy, Republicans, Watergate

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 05/10/2013

The Insiders: Enough Benghazi already

Republicans need to move on, because we have more important things to do.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:55 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Congress, Republicans, state department, The Insiders, tom pickering

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Mark Sanford's path to redemption

"Because Obama's agenda is worse than Sanford's mistakes."

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:22 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mark Sanford, Republicans

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 05/02/2013

Obama's real 'leadership' problem

If folks are going to talk about President Obama's "inability to lead" they need to be fully mindful of just how responsible the Republican Party is for it.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:48 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 05/01/2013

The Insiders: Republicans should help the president deal with Syria

GOP shouldn't seize upon the "red line" mistake to force bad policy in hopes of just embarrassing President Obama.

By Ed Rogers  |  06:01 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans, Syria, The Insiders

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 05/01/2013

The more we know about House Republicans, the better John Boehner looks

The more we know about House Republicans, the better the speaker looks.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:31 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Eric Cantor, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 05/01/2013

The Insiders: Don't underestimate Sen. Cruz

He is not afraid to ruffle some feathers in Washington, and he's got a lot of credibility with Republicans outside of the Beltway.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:15 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Republicans, Ted Cruz, The Insiders

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 04/25/2013

The Insiders: Why do they hate Bush?

President George W. Bush was an extraordinarily good and decent man, and the American people will ultimately judge him fairly.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:57 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George W. Bush, presidential library, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 04/24/2013

Another sad tale from the Republican House

They apparently recall fondly all those repetitive, pointless votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:51 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party, Republicans

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 04/24/2013

From ridiculous to absurd with Mark Sanford [Updated]

Even the most rock-ribbed Republican must be looking at Sanford's antics today and thinking, "What in the...?!"

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:41 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mark Sanford, Republicans

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 04/23/2013

No Democratic bonanza guaranteed by immigration reform

"Immigration reform could be bonanza for Democrats" says the story in Politico. And I'm not buying it, not for a second.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:36 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  hispanics, immigration, Republicans

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 04/15/2013

The Insiders: Rubio Rising

In his seven TV appearances yesterday, Marco Rubio proved that he is one of the most valuable players in the debate over immigration reform.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:34 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration, Marco Rubio, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Stockman + guns and abortion = lunacy

I've grown accustomed to the lunacy that emanates from the far right on Capitol Hill. But a tweet promoting a new bumper sticker was a jaw-dropper.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:26 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Abortion, Congress, Guns, Republicans

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 04/10/2013

The Insiders: Democrats should fear Obama's budget

For Democrats running for office in 2014, President Obama's budget can't be very encouraging. It's just more of the same taxing and spending.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:27 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, budget, Congress, economy, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 04/10/2013

Santorum's 'suicidal' mission for the GOP

The ultra-conservative former senator said the party should not yield on a "foundational principle" like same-sex marriage.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  09:09 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans, Same-sex marriage

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 04/04/2013

The Boehner Rule, the do-nothing House, and the want-nothing GOP

The House is happy to reduce its own influence, because House Republicans don't seem to care about policy.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:03 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House of Representatives, House Republicans, John Boehner

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 04/03/2013

The Insiders: Bill O'Reilly is right about religion and gay marriage

Lawmakers should clarify: What is their public policy vs. religious reason for opposing gay marriage?

By Ed Rogers  |  03:31 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, Republicans, The Insiders

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

Mark Kirk joins gay marriage parade

Kirk joined Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in the most exclusive of clubs.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:10 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LGBT, Republicans, Same-sex marriage

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 04/02/2013

The moment of truth on D.C. Circuit nominations

Are Republicans determined to stop every one of Obama's picks for the critical appeals court? We're going to find out soon.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:39 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, judicial nominations, Republicans, Senate

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 04/01/2013

The Insiders: A voice from the GOP's past is useful again

David Stockman has resurfaced to remind us of the harsh consequences of our deficits and debt.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:39 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  david stockman, economy, Republicans

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 04/01/2013

The GOP's apology tour

The apologies by Don Young and Ben Carson after their offenses only make matters worse.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  09:08 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 03/26/2013

The Insiders: The government isn't a tool to manage lifestyles

Republicans need to reconcile our conservative, small-government, less-government philosophy with opposition to gay marriage.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:42 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 03/26/2013

The Insiders: Antonin Scalia, another Republican albatross

Add another choker to the list of those damaging the party's prospects.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:22 AM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Antonin Scalia, Justice Scalia, Republican Party, Republicans, Supreme Court, The Insiders

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 03/25/2013

The Insiders: Ineffective approaches to 2014

Mayor Bloomberg and Karl Rove may have approached their new respective political initiatives in a way that diminishes their effectiveness.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:14 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  election 2014, gun control, Karl Rove, mayor bloomberg, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 03/22/2013

The birther lie: Whites hated it, too

A fallen-away Republican writes that the party's reaction to the birther lie was the last straw for him.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:03 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party, Republicans

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 03/22/2013

The Insiders: Portman and Paul did the GOP a lot of good this week

Sens. Portman and Paul helped the Republican Party this week by voicing their respective positions on gay marriage and immigration reform.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:12 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bobby jindal, gay marriage, immigration reform, Rand Paul, Republicans, rob portman, The Insiders

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Latino dilemma for the GOP

Results of a survey put the peril and opportunity for the GOP in stark relief with new data.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:02 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration, Republicans

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Shining a light on two major GOP problems

Until the Republican Party deals with the two problems does so with brutal honesty, its revival effort is doomed to failure.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:10 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party, Republicans

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 03/19/2013

'Ugly' GOP leaves votes on the table

It's one thing to diagnose the problem. It's another to do something about it.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:09 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 03/19/2013

The Insiders: Rand Paul's useful speech on immigration

The senator's position on immigration reform gives cover to the Republicans in Congress and in states who are constructively working on reform.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:08 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration, Rand Paul, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 03/18/2013

The Insiders: After the RNC report, it's time to move on

It's time for Republicans to be bold, raw and real.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:08 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  reince priebus, Republicans, rnc, The Insiders

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 03/14/2013

The Insiders: CPAC needs to stay on message with the economy

The annual conference is still relevant, but it needs to focus on the problems we face and the solutions conservatives can offer.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:38 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, CPAC, gun control, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 03/13/2013

The Insiders: Gun politics won't produce new laws

Most of the new proposed gun laws only harass citizens who want to protect their families, their homes, and themselves.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:19 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, gun control, Guns, nra, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 03/12/2013

The things a president must do in search of compromise

A simple solution to Republicans' fear

By Carter Eskew  |  11:25 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boehner, Clinton, Crist, Lincoln, McConnell, obama, Republicans, Thirteenth Amendment

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 03/04/2013

The Insiders: Obama is betwixt and between

Obama is betwixt and between.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:42 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  obama, president, Republicans, Washington

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 02/27/2013

The GOP's recycled sequester gambit

Their latest idea to dodge blame on across-the-board budget cuts sounds a lot like what the GOP embraced on the debt ceiling two years ago.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:15 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans, sequester

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 02/26/2013

'Unfair' assessment of Obama's leadership

A common complaint about President Obama's leadership completely ignores the planned recalcitrance of congressional Republicans.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:21 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Calling out Republican politicians

The policy gap between the parties, and whether Republicans will do something about it.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:31 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, Republican Party, Republicans, Ronald Reagan

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 02/15/2013

No control of Ted Cruz

The end of an interview last month on "Meet The Press" would serve as an omen for things to come.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:46 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans, Senate, Ted Cruz

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 02/11/2013

The Republicans abdicate -- on policy

A new balanced-budget amendment push is the latest sign that the GOP cares only about symbolism.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:36 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Intriguing dilemma for 'the party of white people'

The bench of the Republican Party is packed with people of color.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:53 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Karl Rove's tiny steps to fixing GOP primaries

Although Rove's organization is raising money to help Republicans nominate better candidates, it's unlikely to do much to help them.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:44 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Karl Rove, Republicans

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 01/30/2013

The GOP problem isn't getting elected, it's governing

Republicans should stop insulting large groups of Americans. But their problems are much worse than that.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:33 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration, Republican Party, Republicans

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Bobby Jindal breaks it down for the GOP

With its harsh rhetoric and policy positions, the Republican Party is like a restricted club in the minds of many people of color. It seems inhospitable to anyone not wealthy, white and male.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:56 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 01/22/2013

The House's terrible idea

Giving legislators a personal stake in legislation looks an awful lot like quid-pro-quo corruption.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  01:31 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Republicans

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 01/15/2013

The House should spend money to defend DOMA

Liberals are wrong to beat up on House Republicans for spending money to defend the law.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:31 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Republicans, Same-sex marriage

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/14/2013

The GOP better listen to Colin Powell

He spoke truth to the Republican establishment when he said that there is a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colin Powell, Republicans

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

A Katrina echo in Sandy anger

"[W]hen a disaster comes that is not what you expect, you expect a human reaction, not a political reaction," said Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco in 2007.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:50 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, health care, Hurricane Sandy, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 01/03/2013

Peter King is less angry today about Sandy vote

But will John Boehner get King's support in the election for House Speaker?

By Dana Milbank  |  10:44 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Hurricane Sandy, Peter King, Republicans

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Chris Christie rips the House GOP and Boehner

In unsparing and blunt language, Gov. Chris Christie lowered the boom on Washington for its inaction to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:00 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 01/02/2013

House GOP dilemma: Politics versus governing

The split in the Republican leadership is fascinating.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:11 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, fiscal cliff, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Peter King accuses House Republicans of putting a "knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans"

Nothing any Democrat says about the failure to vote on assistance to the victims of Hurricane Sandy can be as powerful as the words of a loyal Republican.

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  |  12:07 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Republicans, Hurricane Sandy, Peter King

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

Where are Hillary Clinton's critics now?

Will the right-wing commentators who mocked the secretary of state’s fall acknowledge their offense?

By Colbert I. King  |  11:10 AM ET, 01/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  hillary clinton, Republicans

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 12/24/2012

PostScript: E.J. Dionne and a governing cliff

Readers respond festively to E.J. Dionne's column on Congress' stalemate

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  04:46 PM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, fiscal cliff, PostScript, Republicans

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Protecting rapists, murderers by killing VAWA

If you are a non-Native American man who beats up, sexually assaults or even kills a Native American woman on tribal land, you'll get away with it.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:34 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Cantor, Republicans, VAWA, Women

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Tim Scott is not GOP window-dressing

Why Gov. Nikki Haley's emphasis on Scott having earned his elevation to the Senate stood out for me.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:42 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nikki Haley, Republicans, Senate, South Carolina

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 12/13/2012

PostScript: Dionne and choices for Republicans

Readers respond to his column on where the Republican Party may turn next

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:34 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  E.J. Dionne Jr., PostScript, Republicans

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

The GOP's problem and promise in four charts

As dire as things look now for the Republican Party, they can get better if it is willing to make the necessary adjustments.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:26 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2012 election, 2016 election, African American, Barack Obama, Election 2012, LGBT, Republicans

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 12/11/2012

PostScript: Robinson says get serious, GOP, or else what?

Readers respond to Eugene Robinson's column urging Republican moderation.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  04:44 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Election 2012, Republicans

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Jim DeMint is done

He sure made his mark in just eight years in the U.S. Senate.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:58 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jim DeMint, Marco Rubio, Mitch McConnell, Pat Toomey, Rand Paul, Republicans, senate, Ted Cruz

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Senate Republicans' profiles in moral cowardice

When 38 Republican senators voted against a U.N. treaty on the rights of the disabled, it wasn't just the way they voted that was repugnant; it was also how they voted.

By James Downie  |  12:40 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bob Dole, Human rights, Republicans, Rick Santorum, senate

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Grover Norquist stands corrected' again

Counter to what he said on MSNBC today, nothing was 'corrected' about his startling admission in July 2011 that letting the Bush tax cuts expire would not violate his no-tax-increase pledge.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:55 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, fiscal cliff, Grover Norquist, Republicans, taxes

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Is a filibuster deal possible?

It's hard to tell whether Harry Reid can get Senate rules changed.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:09 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bipartisanship, Congress, democrats, Republicans, senate