The GOP's progress during the last four decades is a stunning political achievement. But it is also a cautionary tale of what happens to a dominant party - in this case, the Democrat Party - when its thinking becomes ossified when its energy begins to drain when an entitlement mentality takes over and when political power becomes an end in itself rather than a mean to achieve the common goal.
For a person who promised hope and civility in politics, Mr. Obama has shown a borderline obsessiveness in blaming Mr. Bush.
The difficulty for Mr. Obama will be when the public sees where his decisions lead - higher inflation, higher interest rates, higher taxes, sluggish growth, and a jobless recovery.
As people do better, they start voting like Republicans - unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing.
Who would have thought that the powerful members of the world's most exclusive club would be so threatened by a movement of competent, principle-driven egghead lawyers
Mr. Obama denounced the $2.3 trillion added to the national debt on Mr. Bush's watch as "deficits as far as the eye can see." But Mr. Obama's budget adds $9.3 trillion to the debt over the next 10 years. What happened to Obama the deficit hawk?
Mr. Obama plans to boost federal spending 25 percent while nearly tripling the national debt over 10 years. Americans know that this kind of spending will have economic consequences, including new taxes being imposed by the new progressives.
This prosecutor may have new information that may contradict prior testimony or may have questions about prior testimony, may simply seek a clarification. I'm not going to try to speculate what the motivation is behind Mr. Fitzgerald in asking a return by any witness. But there are a variety of reasons that someone might be called back to answer additional questions before a grand jury.
Here in America, we have become too dependent -- too dependent -- on the increasingly limited supply of foreign oil for our own energy needs.
From reading between the lines on the story, it sounds like Rove was doing what he's advised candidates to do for years when under attack, push back. Joe Wilson hit the Bush administration and they struck back. What if Joe Wilson's wife worked at HUD and got Wilson a trip to Detroit, and then Wilson wrote an op-ed piece about how the Bush policies undercut the auto-industry. Ingrate, ... His wife got him that gig. And besides he got it all wrong about the auto industry.
We've been probably to some degree too successful.
If you really want to diminish a candidate, depict him as the foil of his handler. This is as old in American politics as politics itself.
Republicans have a post-911 view of the world. And Democrats have a pre-911 view of the world. That doesn't make them unpatriotic, not at all. But it does make them wrong - deeply and profoundly and consistently wrong.
Somebody gets to be smart and somebody gets to be dumb. If we win, it'll be because of the president. And if we lose, it'll be because of me.
At the core, we are dealing with two parties that have fundamentally different views of the world.
This is a very good proving ground for the belief that Democrats can talk about values and their faith and it will make a difference,
I don't see Dick Cheney's leadership in running a construction and oil service company to be a problem at all when compared to this administration's failure to have a comprehensive energy policy,
I wish I had the billions of dollars that George Soros has that he has used to fund Democratic causes in the past.
Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.
I would remind you that in 1984, after the Mondale -- second Mondale-Reagan debate -- where Reagan clearly won, the instant polls showed that Mondale was the winner.
The president was the clear, commanding victor tonight, ... It's going to give us a great momentum rolling out on the trail here for the last 19 days.
Mr. Obama has an ingenious approach to job losses: He describes them as job gains.
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You all had something to do with keeping me employed.
People are going to see the candidate as he or she is at the end of the parade,
I disagree. The Age of Bush 43 did not cause the polarization.
If more people in government knew about the press and more people in the press knew about governing, the world would be a better place to live. Journalists would perform their craft better if they were more understanding of the realities and complexities of running for and serving in public life.
Alinsky's 1971 book, "Rules for Radicals," is a favorite of the Obamas. Michele Obama quoted it at the Democratic Convention. One Alinsky tactic is to "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." That's what the White House did in targeting Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santelli and Jim Cramer.
"Empathy" is the latest code word for liberal activism, for treating the Constitution as malleable clay to be kneaded and molded in whatever form justices want. It represents an expansive view of the judiciary in which courts create policy that couldn't pass the legislative branch or, if it did, would generate voter backlash.
Memo to White House: Calling voters stupid is not a winning strategy.
Well, it was pretty straightforward and pretty plain. He told the president, 'I will make certain your nominees receive a hearing, I'll make certain that they receive a vote, and the appellate nominees will be brought to the floor.'
Our arguments will carry the day because the force and logic and wisdom of the Founders, all of them, are on our side, ... We welcome a vigorous, open and fair-minded and high-minded debate about the purpose and the meaning of the courts in our lives. And we will win that debate.
will not call into question the accuracy or completeness of anything Rove has previously said to the prosecutor or the grand jury.
This debate will produce a small (positive polling) change for Bush. That change won't matter too much, because most of the change we needed occurred with the end of the first two debates. And that doesn't bother me a bit.
It's pretty pathetic to have the vice president of the United States down here mouthing off,
His proposal is that if schools in the inner cities receiving federal money fail to do the job after three years, the money follows the job, ... Meet the Press.
Our interest is in making certain the members of Congress have full information about it, and that, we're convinced, will give them a level of comfort with this.
a summary of two centuries of federal employee benefit history.
It's a wonderful night, and I hope you get your pictures and go home and have a nice dinner,
To retreat before victory has been won would be a reckless act, and this president and our party will not allow it.
These attempts, and many, many more ... have led to widespread concern about our courts, ... In America, conservatives are winning the battle of ideas on almost every front.
I think the American people won by having a good opportunity to gauge these two men and they especially walked with a firm relocation of what they thought so highly of Dick Cheney during the Gulf War ... He was clearly in command tonight.
For decades the American people have seen decision after decision after decision that strikes them as fundamentally out of touch with our Constitution.
Bush's campaign strategist Karl Rove predicted that Forbes would not be able to keep pace as the campaign moves forward. This is his high water mark, ... New Hampshire might be the same for John McCain.
They had to roll Clinton out of the hospital room and onto the campaign trail to help Senator Kerry with his core constituencies, who are so weak,
He increased his popular vote total by 11.6 million votes since 2000. That's four-and-a-half times the increase that President Clinton got between '92 and '96.
Look, what really matters is how people are going to see his policies over the long haul. Over the long haul, they are going to see this administration as one that is committed to using new technology and new innovative approaches to clean the air, clean the water and clean the land.
The purpose of the terrorist-surveillance program is to protect lives. The president's actions were legal and fully consistent with the 4th Amendment and the protection of our civil liberties under the constitution.
What Mr. Obama wants in a nominee isn't really "empathy" and "understanding." He wants a liberal, activist Supreme Court justice.
She is the dominant player on their side of the slate. Anybody who thinks that she's not going to be the candidate is kidding themselves.
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