In his new book, Matt Bai makes a real contribution to our understanding of the Hart episode. He clears up the widely believed myth -- which I had previously accepted -- that what led to Hart's exposure was his challenging the press to follow him around. Bai's theory that the story explains everything that's wrong with contemporary politics, though, neither hangs together nor fits the facts.
It's a mistake to assume the public is moving substantially leftward on social issues or that Democrats now have a long-term advantage on them -- because not all "social issues" are the same.
Passive dissatisfaction is the order of the day, rather than an active, energized one that brings many voters to the polls. That may be why the polls in so many hot Senate contests this fall aren’t moving much. But for most Americans, the new harsher economic reality may temper the “throw the bums out” mentality.
Over the weekend, Hillary Clinton went to Iowa for the first time since she lost the caucuses there in 2008. "Hello, Iowa. I'm baaack" is how she began her remarks. For Republicans, it sounds a bit like a horror film.
A Republican Party that goes beyond being transfixed by arguments about the past has a chance to search, cooperatively and with respectful disagreement along the way, for policies that address genuine problems in line with conservative principles, policies that can prove politically attractive, legislatively feasible and effective in governance.
Republicans didn't run on any agenda of their own in 1998, just as they're not running on one today. Their campaign message was: If you don't like the president, vote for us. It didn't work.
The question of whether Mitt Romney will run for president in 2016 is yet to be determined. In the meantime, both he and the Republican Party still have a lot to learn from his 2012 race.
The implications of Cantor’s defeat will not be lost on establishment conservatives — including those contemplating a presidential run.
We welcome you to join us as Brown shares her perspective on the role of the courts in seeking educational justice and advocating for continued reform.
AEI welcomes you to this Philanthropic Freedom Project event, in which Novogratz will describe her work investing in early-stage enterprises, what she has learned at the helm of Acumen, and the role entrepreneurship can play in the fight against global poverty.