Why Democrats hate you and Republicans are lousy politicians

Conservative satirist P. J. O’Rourke has written a devastating take-down of Democrats, though Republicans do not emerge unscathed.  You have got to read it.  Sample:

Democrats are in favor of abortion and against the death penalty. How could anyone possibly arrive at that pair of moral judgments? Republicans can, sometimes, understand the majesty of death—abortion as a matter of private conscience and evil paying the ultimate price. Republicans can, sometimes, understand the sacredness of life—each fetus as a being and how we must not take what we cannot give from any person, however bad. But no Republican understands the virtue of killing a baby too innocent to be born while sheltering and feeding a murderer until he gets fed up and tunnels out of Dannemora.

Read the whole thing, linked after the jump. [Read more...]

The Trump of doom?

Despite all of the outrage he is provoking, to the point of losing his TV shows, Donald Trump as a presidential candidate is soaring in the polls.  One poll has him leading the crowd.  Polls in the early primary states New Hampshire and Iowa have him second to Jeb Bush.

Is this due to the anti-immigration passion of the Republican rank and file?  Is it due to a populism that is veering to extremes, as the Democrats are experiencing in the unexpected popularity of socialist Bernie Sanders, the Republicans counter being a stereotypical wealthy capitalist?  Is this Trump a herald of doom for Republicans?  Or is it a bugle sounding the charge to victory?  (Sorry about overdoing the wordplay figure of speech.) [Read more...]

How should Republicans respond?

Pretty much all of the Republican presidential candidates, with different tones and emphases, are pro-life, anti-gay marriage social conservatives.  So are they politically doomed in today’s socially-liberal cultural climate? [Read more...]

House Democrats defy Obama on trade deal

Democrats in the House of Representatives gave President Obama a stunning defeat, voting against his free trade deal with Asia despite his personal pleas.  The president’s only reliable allies, ironically, are the Republicans, who promise to find a new way to advance legislation that fast-tracks the Trans-Pacific Partnership. [Read more...]

Obama and Republicans lose on free trade bill

A major priority for President Obama is the passage of the Pacific trade accord, a free trade bill that would open up markets in Asia.  But a proposal to fast-track the treaty–allowing a single up-or-down vote, rather than risking death by a thousand amendments–was defeated in the Senate.  All but one Republican took the President’s side, but all but one Democrat voted against him.  The measure fell short of the 60 votes it needed.  Lots of interesting issues here, which I raise after the jump.

UPDATE:  A deal seems to have been struck that will give the bill another shot.

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The conservatives’ choice?

Three thousand conservative activists held a convention known as CPAC and were wooed by  prospective Republican presidential candidates.  In the final straw poll, Rand Paul won, for the third year in a row, with Wisconsin governor Scott Walker coming in a close second.

Jeb Bush came in fifth, despite busing in supporters to drown out the boos.  For all of his big money, he is doing poorly in the polls.  Walker, though, seems to be surging in popularity.  But CPAC showed that conservatives are tilting libertarian, not just in picking Paul.  Delegates also wanted to legalize marijuana and were opposed to new military ventures.

Who would you pick?  Do you think conservatives will rally around a standard bearer, and, if so, who?  Will their candidate get nominated?  How about elected?

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