Some things in politics are hard to reconcile. Since Donald Trump’s election last month, economic optimism has skyrocketed. The Conference Board reported earlier this week that its December Consumer Confidence Survey hit its highest levels since August 2001, and that while feelings about the current economy declined slightly, expectations for the economy over the...
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The November elections pitted Democrats against Republicans, conservatives against liberals, Trump-style populists and tea partiers against the establishment and conventional politicians.
If Democrats want to keep blaming others for their sorry performance on Election Day, they’re obviously free to do so. Yes, they were hurt by the disclosure of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, claims that the Clinton Foundation was a “pay-to-play” operation, and even fake news. Yes, if FBI Director James Comey hadn’t reopened the Clinton email investigation,...
Virtually every day, President-elect Donald Trump says or does something that many in the Washington establishment find horrifying. Most, though certainly not all, of his decisions and actions run against the grain of people who, like myself, look at politics and policy through pretty traditional lenses. A key question is whether these objections are more of an...
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The two-thirds of Republicans in the House who have never served when the GOP held majorities in the House and Senate alongside a GOP president can be forgiven for not remembering the last time they were similarly situated. It was 2006, and they lost 30 seats in the House. When Democrats were last in that situation, it was 2010 and they lost 63 House seats. When one party...Read more »
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