Column: What Does Budget Deal Mean For ‘President Paul Ryan’?

It is worth noting, in the aftermath of widespread conservative distaste of the budget deal just passed by Congress, that the Right has not gone ballistic against one of its authors, House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan.   They’re not necessarily happy with the role Ryan played, or how he got a pretty sizable (169 …

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Column: If GOP Goes For A Gov In 2016, It May Not Be Christie

The question has been asked and asked often:  Does the Republican nominee for president in 2016 need to be a governor? Not surprisingly, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, Rick Perry and Terry Branstad, governors all, say yes.  Washington is too tainted to be associated with, they argue, in effect eliminating Republican lawmakers such as …

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Virginia Governor Race Highlights 2013 Election Schedule

There is always the tendency to over-interpret election results, especially in a cycle where very little is at stake.  The few statewide races that appear on the ballot the year after a presidential contest – as is the case this year – get exaggerated coverage for that very reason. But sometimes the results are seen as …

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The Parallels, And Differences, Between Gingrich And Boehner

There haven’t been too many good days for John Boehner since the 2012 elections that kept him in the position as speaker of the House.  In fact, the headaches were evident last January, during the balloting for speaker itself.  Ten Republicans refused to vote for Boehner, who won a second term by only three votes.  He had more defections than Newt …

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