August 28, 2012 |
The word "abortion" does not appear in a Republican Party platform until 1976, when the party concedes that it is deeply split between those who support "abortion on demand" and those who seek to protect the lives of the unborn. The quest for lower taxes does not define Republicanism until the 1980s, and matters of faith play almost no role in the GOP's plank until the 1990s. The Republican Party, viewed through its quadrennial platform documents, is consistently business-oriented and...
April 8, 2013 |
Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the grocer's daughter whose overpowering personality, bruising political style and free-market views transformed Britain and transfixed America through the 1980s, died Monday after a stroke, her spokesman said in a statement. She was 87. The first woman to lead a major Western power, Mrs. Thatcher served 11 1 / 2 uninterrupted years in office before stepping down Nov. 28, 1990, making her the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th...
May 15, 2013 |
Virginia Republicans will gather in Richmond this weekend at a convention dominated by conservatives even as fresh evidence shows them increasingly at odds with most voters in the commonwealth when it comes to key issues such as gay marriage, gun rights and immigration policy. A new Washington Post poll shows stark challenges for both parties in the midst of a crucial gubernatorial race between Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) and businessman Terry McAuliffe (D)
May 24, 2013 |
Republicans weighing a shift to the center ahead of the next presidential race will find a cautionary tale on this side of the Atlantic, where British Prime Minister David Cameron is paying the price for his foray outside of strictly conservative territory. Cameron strode into No. 10 Downing Street three years ago with a platform that included die-hard conservative values such as slashing the deficit and shrinking big government. But casting himself as a new breed of...
November 8, 2012 |
They lose and immediately the chorus begins . Republicans must change or die. A rump party of white America, it must adapt to evolving demographics or forever be the minority. The only part of this that is even partially true regards Hispanics. They should be a natural Republican constituency: striving immigrant community, religious, Catholic, family-oriented and socially conservative (on abortion, for example). The principal reason they go Democratic is the issue of illegal immigrants.
April 8, 2013 |
When I met Margaret Thatcher , she was out of office, watching with more than a touch of amusement as her successor, John Major, meandered from crisis to disappointment to sticky wicket. Major seemed in thrall to events, not in command of them. Thatcher, who had been ousted by her own Conservative Party, was feeling vindicated. She leaned close to deliver a final verdict on Major: "If only he were a man . " Thatcher was a towering but polarizing figure. Many aspects of her legacy — the...