Nov 22, 2013 - The rollout of Obamacare has been a disaster. Today, Republicans think Obamacare will guarantee them election victories while Democrats hope the worst is behind them and support for Obamacare will gradually increase.
Which party is correct will depend on the answer to these questions over the next year.
Oct 18, 2013 - In Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick, Captain Ahab relentlessly pursues a white whale to extract revenge for previously destroying his ship. His obsession becomes so great that he irrationally pursues the whale to the point of destroying his ship and killing his crew. Like Ahab, the tea party is so obsessed with the president, Obamacare, the Republican establishment and compromise that it has lost its focus and is sinking the Republican ship. The conservative movement’s primary focus should be on winning, not on any person, law or tactic. If it cannot win elections, it cannot achieve its goal of smaller, limited government.
This past month is emblema...read more
Sep 13, 2013 - On Tuesday, President Obama said the use of chemical weapons against children demanded an American strike to deter future use of these barbaric weapons and asked: “What kind of world will we live in if the United States of America sees a dictator brazenly violate international law with poison gas and we choose to look the other way?”
Unfortunately by choosing to delay striking Syria, he has chosen a world where American credibility and international norms are in tatters.
Deterrence is based on the idea that certain actions will be met with a swift and appropriate response that makes engaging in those actions too costly. The fact t...read more
Aug 16, 2013 - The Republican Party has been in an identity crisis since the Cold War.
Its old fusion of national defense, social conservatism and free markets doesn’t have the power it once did, mainly because we no longer spend every day in dread of a nuclear holocaust, and our military engagements since that time have been an occasion for disillusionment. Anti-terrorism has not proved to be the force for political cohesion that anti-communism once was.
In the face of Barack Obama’s promotion of a state-mediated equality predicated on economic redistribution, conservatives have struggled to give a better answer than Mitt Romney’s private...read more
Aug 12, 2013 - Thirty years ago, State Senator Lowe Finney would have been an obvious candidate for Congress or governor. Today, his political career is endangered by changes in Tennessee politics and within the Democratic Party.
The most obvious obstacle for Finney’s advancement is Tennessee’s move to a reliable Republican state.read more