The overwhelming tendency of the Republican Party to define itself almost exclusively by the political opponents it obsessively despises has made the GOP the party of negativity and obstruction.
The right wing, which has been trying to push a Benghazi "scandal" since before Mitt Romney blew the 2012 election, has concentrated on one phrase Hillary Clinton said during her five-hour congressional testimony. And it's a phrase they are sure to pound into the ground between now and 2016.
This is the year in which impressions about the slow-paced economic recovery will solidify into a partial frame for the next presidential campaign.
Have women grown tired of waiting for a woman to place her hand on the Bible and take the Oath of Office as President of the United States? More importantly, will women be willing to vote a woman into the nation's highest office?
Now that Chris Christie is generally considered to be toast for the nomination he never would have had anyhow, Jeb Bush is being whispered about as the Republicans' "great white hope."
As the 2016 election approaches, it is likely that we will also be told that having a clear nominee early in the process, rather than a hard-fought, and potentially nasty, campaign for the nomination will be good for the party. This idea is intuitive and attractive, but it should be noted that it also completely false.
I get it, Christie isn't Republican-sexy enough. But he's your best player. We've been over the math and Ronald Reagan isn't walking through that door. And if he did you'd probably call him a RINO too for compromising with Tip O'Neill.
We have credible evidence that where national park rangers and community ecoguards are out patrolling, and risking their lives doing so, elephants have a much greater chance of escaping the poacher's bullet, axe and chainsaw.
This cover is a potent visualization of some of the concerning cultural obstacles and stereotypes that continue to hold back women and girls from positions of power.
That campaign, based on the number of African elephants killed daily in 2012 due to poaching, is aimed at educating the public about ivory trade and consumption.
As Bridgegate worsens with 20 subpoenas and a quid-pro-Christie in Hoboken, Alter and Frum discuss whether the Governor lied or merely led a corrupt organization. And has Ailes/Fox helped grow or shrink the GOP?
To mobilize the Democratic base, the president and Democrats in Congress are going to have to do things much differently -- fight much harder, battle much more visibly and act much more boldly than they have in recent years.
Two years is the equivalent of twenty years in political time, but there have been some recent political twists and turns that may profoundly affect t...
Maybe the real scandal is what's not considered scandalous! ...
At the least, Brown clearly wants to influence the politics of 2016, which prompts this discussion of his first three presidential campaigns, each of which was telling and intriguing in its own ways.