Democrats’ “Rookies and Retreads” Recruiting Strategy is Bound to Fail

Washington is working again. Congressional committees are meeting and voting, a robust floor debate is taking place nearly daily (even on Fridays!), amendments are being heard and voted, legislation is getting passed, and executive appointments are getting confirmed. This is not the Congress that voters came to know and to hate over the last four…
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Harry Reid Needs a Reminder That He’s In the Minority Now

Harry Reid just can’t give it up. Despite guiding his caucus into the minority, in no small part because of his too-clever-by-half attempt to gum up the Senate towards his own political ends, Reid seems desperate to retain the power of the Majority Leader. His latest gambit, which is sure to rankle pro-trade senators on…
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Sensing the End Was Coming, Reid Opts to Go Out Under His Own Terms

Harry Reid’s announcement that he would not be seeking re-election next year caught many by surprise. Just six weeks ago a battered Reid, fresh off the psychological indignity of being forced to the minority and the physical pain from serious eye and facial injuries suffered in an exercise accident, appeared defiant in his intention to…
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Reid’s Retirement Will Allow the Senate to Heal

“I want to be able to go out at the top of my game,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid told the New York Times’ upon announcing his retirement on Friday. “I don’t want to be a 42-year-old trying to become a designated hitter.” Too late for that. Senate Democrats, under Harry Reid’s watch, fell into…
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Senate Democrats Continue to Thwart the “Right Thing To Do” Approach to Governance

Senate Republicans, led by new Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, entered 2015 with a simple goal: Get the Senate working again. “It’s time to change the business model,” he said earlier this year. “We need to return to regular order. We need to get committees working again. Sometimes, it’s going to mean working more often. Sometimes,…
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Vicious Primaries are Already Threatening Democrats 2016 Hopes

Democrats just can’t help themselves. At a time when the party has been battered and bruised in recent elections over its defiant espousal of President Obama’s liberal agenda, Democratic candidates are moving further leftward, seemingly convinced that voters will follow. The questionable strategy is rearing its head in the form of numerous primary challengers, which…
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Democrats Cynical Attempt to Politicize a Bipartisan Sex Trafficking Bill

Just weeks ago it finally looked like Republicans and Democrats had found an issue they could agree on. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, a bill that would expand resources for law enforcement to combat sex trafficking, enhance services for victims and increase penalties for perpetrators, sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee by a…
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Harry Reid’s Vulnerability a Bad Sign for Senate Democrats’ 2016 Hopes

Who is the most vulnerable Senator up for re-election in 2016? The answer, at least according to a poll of a bipartisan group of strategists, is former Majority Leader Harry Reid. “If Reid doesn’t decide to retire, he’s a good bet to be taken down in a presidential year,” one Democratic strategist told National Journal.…
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McConnell, Senate Republicans Fulfill Promise Of Open Debate

After finding out that Republicans had won a majority of the seats in the U.S. Senate Mitch McConnell—the presumptive majority leader—immediately laid out his priorities. “The first thing I need to do is get the Senate back to normal, and that means working more,” McConnell said. The goal was to strike a balance between open…
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Vermont’s Dabble With Socialized Medicine Comes to a Merciful End

Democrats and progressive ideologues have always loved the idea of “single payer” healthcare, which is nothing more than a nicer-sounding term for socialized medicine, in which the government, rather than private insurers, pays for all health care costs. Prior to Obamacare becoming law they wondered why single payer wasn’t on the table. “Wouldn’t [single payer]…
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