March 12, 2013 |
TEHRAN — Three months before Iranians vote for a new president, the election is shaping up to be livelier and more contentious than many expected. And the man who has no chance of winning — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is barred from running because of term limits — is taking advantage of the competitive political landscape with populist moves widely seen as aimed at shoring up support for his preferred successor. Increasingly, his many rivals seem to be worried that it is working.
November 9, 2012 |
1 . Election to a second term is a mandate. Reelection is usually a validation of a president's popularity and political skill, as well as a rejection of what was proposed by the losing candidate. Reading it as an endorsement of an ambitious political agenda is a trickier proposition. Three 20th-century presidents elected to second terms by overwhelming margins — FDR, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon — were ultimately weakened by political overreaching. The escalation of the war in Vietnam undid Johnson,...
July 11, 2012 |
There are rules for the people in the people's House, when they come to sit in the gallery and observe their representatives doing the people's bidding. Visitors may not read, or write, or have cellphones with them or be disruptive. Not so for the elected representatives, more than a few of whom have "crickets chirping" ring tones on their cellphones, as became audibly apparent in the few minutes before the full House voted Wednesday to repeal President Obama's health-care law. The people...
May 23, 2012
Regarding Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein's May 20 Outlook commentary, " What won't fix Washington. What will. ": Mr. Ornstein and Mr. Mann argued that a third party won't help solve the political gridlock in Washington, but they discussed only a presidential challenge. The gridlock problem is in Congress, not in the executive branch, and a congressional third party might well be the key to a solution. Here's how: The new third party would first target a number of vulnerable House and Senate seats held by both parties,...
April 27, 2012 |
Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is known as the Senate's "Dr. No" for his dislike of — and "nay" votes on — earmarks, Obamacare and compassionate conservatism. In his new book, "The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington From Bankrupting America," he takes aim at D.C. insiders, wasteful government spending and Grover Norquist. Some highlights: On Stanley Thornton, the "adult baby": Coburn made headlines last year for his criticism of Stanley Thornton Jr. , a 31-year-old California man featured...
April 24, 2012 |
RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell will begin airing TV ads Wednesday as he looks to remind viewers about the state's successes following a spate of negative publicity . "There is a lot to celebrate in our commonwealth," the Republican said in a statement Tuesday. "This ad highlights some of the men and women driving this recovery, while noting all that has been accomplished over the past two years. " McDonnell's political action committee, Opportunity Virginia , will pay for...