August 8, 2016 |
As Donald Trump plumbed new depths of self-destructive behavior over the past week, the Republican freak-out felt more intense than the nervous vapors that infect almost every campaign at some point. Serious people dusted off Rule 9, the procedures by which the GOP would replace a presidential nominee in the event he or she dies, becomes incapacitated - or quits. The most likely scenario: the 168 members of the Republican National Committee (a state chairman, national committeeman and national committeewoman from each state and territory)
July 19, 2016 |
Call them the counter-conventions. When Republicans arrive at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Monday to nominate a presidential candidate, Democratic National Committee staffers will be setting up a temporary office less than a mile away. And when the Democrats arrive at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia next Monday to select their nominee, Republican National Committee staffers will be doing the same thing about a mile and a half away. Behind enemy lines, the parties will push forth for media interviews their members of Congress and other elected officials to rebut and attack whatever is being said at the opposition's convention.
June 24, 2016 |
New Jersey's conservative provocateur-in-chief, never at a loss for an irascible word, hates what he's hearing from his party's presumptive presidential nominee. Steve Lonegan, who often annoys fellow Republicans as much as Democrats, has lately and improbably become the loudest voice of the Dump Trump movement in the New Jersey GOP. Lonegan is pushing the cause through fiery takedowns of top Donald Trump loyalists, as on CNN recently, when he and Jeffrey Lord accused each other of running a political suicide mission.
April 2, 2016 |
Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Thursday declared Donald Trump unfit to be president and warned that if the New York real estate developer wins the Republican nomination, it would put at risk the reelection of Sen. Pat Toomey. Kasich, speaking before a fund-raiser at the Union League, said a recent string of intemperate comments by Trump had pushed him to take that stand. He had previously left the political bickering to Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. "There are things that you just can't look away," Kasich said.
November 6, 2015 |
Pennsylvania and New Jersey were blue anomalies on Tuesday night's electoral map, offering some victories for Democrats to celebrate amid the red of losses elsewhere in the country. The party took control of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, increased its dominance of once-Republican Montgomery County, and elected Jim Kenney mayor of Philadelphia with a historic 85 percent of the vote. And New Jersey Democrats swept to their biggest Assembly majority in nearly four decades, rebuking Republican Gov. Christie.
August 13, 2014 |
When the army of 18 Democratic National Committee representatives arrive in Philadelphia Wednesday, they will be greeted with plenty of Philadelphia swag and treated to a tour of the city's most treasured sites. As the 2016 Democratic National Convention site-selection committee arrived to a red carpet in New York City Monday, Philadelphia operatives were putting final touches to their plan to woo the committee later this week. Members of the selection committee will receive their own Sixers, Eagles, Phillies, and Union jerseys with their last names printed on the back, according to Kevin Washo, who is involved in the planning.
January 14, 2014 |
Democrats continued to ask Sunday whether Gov. Christie had more knowledge than he has let on of a plot by aides and appointees to jam traffic on the George Washington Bridge because Fort Lee's mayor failed to endorse him for reelection. Republicans defended the governor, though some of the party's leading 2016 presidential contenders declined to speculate about Christie, a potential opponent in the party's primary elections. Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the Democratic chair of the Transportation Committee leading the investigation into the closures, said on CBS's Face the Nation : "It strains credibility" that Christie's advisers who were involved in or aware of the situation did not let him know about it. Last week, Christie fired his deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, after documents emerged showing she had urged one of the governor's appointees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to cause traffic problems in Fort Lee. Christie also severed ties with his campaign manager, Bill Stepien, who also has been linked to the controversy.
August 21, 2013 |
"We are not a debating society. We are a political operation that needs to win. " Thus did Gov. Christie offer one of the most pregnant statements yet in the GOP argument over the party's future. I'd argue that these 15 words, spoken to a Republican National Committee meeting in Boston last week, raise more questions than they answer. Here are a few. How do you decide on a winning strategy without debating it first? What is wrong with debating differences on policy and philosophy?
May 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama passed the 100-day mark of his second term facing questions about whether his political capital is already disappearing. Republicans took delight in his discomfort. But they have their own 100-day question to answer: What have they done since November to turn around their fortunes? The president has had a difficult spring. His gun legislation, though it mustered more than 50 votes, was blocked in the Senate. His advisers are more optimistic about immigration reform, but the measure still faces serious obstacles, especially in the House.
March 31, 2013 |
For Republicans seeking to cast off the image of the party as intolerant of opposing views and lifestyles, it's been one step forward and two steps back of late. Less than two weeks after the Republican National Committee unveiled its 2012 election autopsy, and put an emphasis on broadening the party's tent, Rep. Don Young (R., Alaska) used an ethnic slur for Latinos in a radio interview Thursday. Young's comments served as the latest wake-up call for Republicans in their nascent effort to woo a more diverse cross-section of America.