January 4, 2013 |
The new year has begun with an avalanche of Republican retrospectives: What went wrong? What must the GOP do? In attempting to navigate my own thoughts, I keep bumping into advice my father gave me a long time ago: "Learn Spanish. You will need it to survive in the world you will inherit. " For those living in Florida then, the trends were becoming obvious. They were literally in our neighborhood, where in 1960 a recently arrived Cuban family had moved in a few doors down. Having just escaped Castro's Cuba with only a few coins sewn into...
November 15, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS — Republican leaders have begun reckoning with the fact that their party has grown increasingly out of step with a broad majority of American voters. While party leaders remain confident in their beliefs, they have identified a litany of problems and a steep set of challenges: flawed candidates, a problematic message, the alienation of nonwhite Americans who account for a growing share of the population, outdated technology and a political operation that is not up to that of the Democrats.
November 15, 2012 |
One day before states were required to tell the federal government whether they would build their own health insurance exchanges, the Obama administration on Thursday extended the deadline for one month at the request of Republican governors. The decision came in response to a Wednesday letter from Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal asking President Obama to push back the impending deadline. The two governors made the request on behalf of the...
November 14, 2012 |
Mitt Romney is blaming his loss in the presidential election on "Obamacare" and other "gifts" he says President Obama handed out to African Americans, Hispanics and other core supporters, according to news reports Wednesday. The defeated Republican candidate told donors in a conference call that Obama targeted those demographics, along with young voters and women, through programs such as health-care reform and "amnesty" for children of illegal immigrants, according to articles posted online by the New York Times and...
August 29, 2012 |
If I were Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, I would feel more than a little resentful at getting a mere 10 minutes of cable-only television exposure at the Republican convention in Tampa. I mean, McDonnell can boast of a stronger record of conservative accomplishments than the evening's big star, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the keynote speaker. McDonnell was workmanlike in the second-biggest speech of his career, after his 2010 response to President Obama's State of the Union.
August 28, 2012 |
TAMPA — Gov. Robert F. McDonnell of Virginia addressed the Republican National Convention on Tuesday not once but twice, first as chairman of the platform committee and then in prime time as leader of a must-win state . That morning, when he could have been practicing one speech or the other, he schlepped 25 miles from Tampa to a Holiday Inn in Clearwater to speak to a joint breakfast of the Montana and Washington state delegations....