Tea Party candidates had few victories in the 2014 congressional primary season. By challenging "establishment" Republicans, did those Tea Party challenges, nonetheless, make the Republican Party more conservative?
After winning 10 targeted races in the 2010 congressional midterm elections, the Tea Party movement of the Republican Party had only one clear victory this year. Tea Party-backed John Ratcliffe knocked off 91-year-old Ralph Hall in Texas' 4th Congressional district. Other than that, those backed by the Tea Party were unable to be "2014's Ted Cruz," the Tea Party candidate who won election as Texas senator in 2012. It seems as though 2014 is the year the "establishment" held its ground.
Even though the movement claims that the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in June to economics professor Dave Brat in Virginia's 7th Congressional District as a major Tea Party victory, Brat did not receive the movement's support until the very end of the race when they saw he could win and should not be considered a true champion of the Tea Party movement, Dr. John Ishiyama, a professor of political science at University of North Texas, explained in an interview with The Christian Post. more >>
In a lengthy foreign policy interview for The Atlantic, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed many of the same critiques of President Barack Obama's "don't do stupid stuff" foreign policy mantra recently offered by Republicans.
"Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle," Clinton told Jeffrey Goldberg in the interview conducted early last week and published Sunday.
Several Republican leaders have also argued that a counterterrorism strategy is needed. Those criticisms have been especially loud since Obama announced on Thursday that he would attack ISIS, also called Islamic State or ISIL. In announcing the attacks, Obama and other White House officials were clear in communicating that it was not part of a long term strategy to deal with ISIS. more >>
Although a recent poll published Tuesday finds that the majority of Americans disapprove of how his or her own member of Congress is doing their job, odds are that will not stop them from voting the majority of incumbents back into office during the 2014 midterm elections.
The Washington Post-ABC News phone poll conducted from Jul. 30 to Aug. 3 asked 1,029 adults whether they approved of the way his or her own member of the U.S. House of Representatives was handling their job. For the first time in the 25-year history of the polling on this question, more than half, or 51 percent, of those polled said they disapproved of the actions of their own House representative. Only 41 percent said they approved of their congressman, while eight percent had no opinion. The poll had a plus or minus 3.5 percentage point margin of error.
The Washington Post-ABC poll provides more validity to a Gallup Poll issued in January finding that only 46 percent of Americans felt that their member of Congress deserved re-election. more >>
Dr. Ben Carson, a retired world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., has taken the first step toward launching a possible 2016 presidential campaign.
Last Friday, the 62-year-old Republican announced that he is forming a political action committee under the name of One Nation which will act as a tool to provide campaign funding for Carson and other like-minded congressional candidates. Carson selected Houston business tycoon Terry Giles to run the PAC. Giles could be his campaign manager should he decide to run.
In an Monday interview with The Christian Post, Dr. Todd Eberly, associate professor of political science and public policy at St. Mary's College in Maryland, said that technology has made it easier to gain political support. more >>
The future of the Republican Party looks bleak. With the proportion of non-white voters increasing, demography is working against them. Republicans need an agenda that demonstrates their trust of voters — an agenda that looks to expand, rather than simply mobilize, its base. To do this, Republicans need to show potential supporters that they want them in the voting booth.
Part one of this series pointed out that some Republicans have advocated a "whites only" strategy for winning elections, and explained why that strategy would be disastrous for the party and for the nation. (Part two advised Democrats on what to do about their religion problem.)
Instead of a "whites only" strategy, Republicans should seek to expand their base. They can do this with an "expand democracy" platform. more >>
After a narrowly won primary victory, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran continues to fight allegations that he engaged in illegal "vote-buying" of black voters to help him win.
A spokesman for the Republican incumbent recently released a statement denouncing the allegations that such "vote-buying" was used to defeat primary challenger and Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel.
Jordan Russell, a spokesman for the Cochran campaign, called the allegations, leveled by some conservative activists such as blogger Charles C. Johnson of GotNews.com, "baseless and false." more >>