Thomas Jefferson Street

November 2012


GOP Shouldn't Abandon Call for Lower Taxes, Pro-Life Stance

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Still reeling from its surprising loss in the 2012 presidential election, Republicans of all stripes are coming forward with "new" ideas to restore the party to electoral success.

The latest is Arizona Sen. John McCain who, displaying the same political acumen that allowed him to win the White House ...

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Republican Party
2012 Congressional elections
2012 presidential election
Democratic Party
Obama, Barack
taxes
abortion

Obama's Coming Carbon Tax

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The closer the U.S. economy gets to the "fiscal cliff" the more panicked the spending interests appear to be. That's because they know that House Speaker John Boehner and his allies in Congress are standing firm against an increase in income tax rates—which the spenders need only for political ...

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taxes
deficit and national debt

Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump Among Real 2012 Losers

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Last week, Republicans lost a golden opportunity to win the White House. The GOP also lost two seats in the Senate when there were many more Democratic seats up for grabs than Republican ones. The GOP retained control of the House of Representatives but nationally more voters actually supported ...

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Limbaugh, Rush
Trump, Donald
Republican Party
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Congress
Akin, Todd
Mourdock, Richard
McConnell, Mitch

Fixing the Fiscal Cliff and Immigration Are Keys to a GOP Revival

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It's popular sport this time of year—and particularly so in this cycle—to pull out the pundits' predictions and mock their inaccuracy. So, let's pause one final time this cycle and look briefly at the dogs that didn't bark:

  • Nancy Pelosi's "Mediscare" campaign—seniors would be pushed off the cliff in ...
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    Republican Party
    Obama, Barack
    Romney, Mitt
    2012 presidential election
    economy
    immigration reform
    Hispanics
    female voters

    Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio Among Real 2012 Winners

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    There were also a lot of politicians not on the ballot this year who won or lost, anyway. In fact, Republicans who didn't run this year did better than the GOP candidates who did. I'll call the winners now and deal with the losers in my next post. The envelopes please. The winners were:

    Hillary ...

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    Clinton, Bill
    Clinton, Hillary
    Republican Party
    Kerry, John
    Rubio, Marco
    car manufacturers
    Democratic Party
    democracy

    Against Filibuster 'Reform,' GOP Needs to Radicalize the Senate

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    Over the last two years, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid has ruled over the United States Senate like some kind of 19th century potentate.

    A ruthless political operative, Reid has single-handedly blocked legislation, prevented the Senate from voting on healthcare repeal, and led the effort to keep his fellow ...

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    Senate
    Congress
    Reid, Harry
    Republican Party
    Democratic Party
    McConnell, Mitch
    Cornyn, John
    Paul, Rand

    Romney's Defeat Comes Down to Obama's Chicago-Style Tactics

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    Anyone who cares about electoral politics and who has not yet read Michael Barone's piece in Friday's Wall Street Journal needs to do so. Now the dean of American political reporters and analysts, Barone writes about American elections better than anyone else. He may not always be right in his ...

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    Romney, Mitt
    Obama, Barack
    2012 presidential election
    Electoral College
    Congress
    House of Representatives
    Senate

    Obama's Victory Shows Democrats Understand the Future of America

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    Oh my, oh boy, oh baby, Obama!

    Yes, my dear Republican friends, four more years. 

    The president did the unbelievable. Even many in his party didn't believe he could be re-elected with the economy as it is, the unemployment rate as it is, the death of a U.S. ambassador, and a very strong campaign run ...

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    Hispanic voters
    Obama, Barack
    Romney, Mitt
    2012 presidential election
    Democratic Party
    female voters

    Election Day Likely To Return Status Quo to Washington

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    It's looking a lot like post-November 6 Washington will bear a striking resemblance to pre-November 6 Washington. I caught former Virginia Rep. Tom Davis, who used to run the National Republican Congressional Committee, and former Texas Rep. Martin Frost, who used to head the Democratic ...

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    2012 Congressional elections
    2012 presidential election
    House of Representatives
    Senate
    Obama, Barack
    Warren, Elizabeth
    Romney, Mitt
    Brown, Scott
    Mourdock, Richard

    Romney, Mourdock, Koster, and the Sexist Attitudes Towards Women

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    It's been more than two decades since Susan Faludi published Backlash, a book chronicling the social and legislative efforts to undo the advances women made during the second wave of the feminist movement in the '60s and '70s. It was the following year, 1992, which was the "Year of the Woman" in ...

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    Mourdock, Richard
    2012 Congressional elections
    2012 presidential election
    Romney, Mitt
    Gillibrand, Kirsten

    Romney, Obama, Ohio, and the Truth About the Auto Bailout

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    It increasingly looks as if the old saying "as Ohio goes, so goes the nation" will hold true in 2012.

    If Republican Mitt Romney wins the Buckeye State, he probably becomes the 45th president of the United States. If he loses Ohio, Romney still may win the election, but it will be much more difficult

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    Ohio
    car manufacturers
    Chrysler
    General Motors
    Obama, Barack
    2012 presidential election
    Romney, Mitt
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