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A Chance for Reflection

William Davie | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

As the United States recovers from the Government shut down and the fact that the Government nearly defaulted on all its loans, the Republican Party needs to take this opportunity to do some serious soul searching, figure out what its priorities are, and think how it can avoid being wiped out during next year's Midterm Elections.

A Simple Guide To Why Washington Came So Close To Financial Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK Politics

After 16 days of shutdown and having come within a day of breaching the debt ceiling, Republicans and Democrats reached a deal to reopen the US govern...

Gay Marriage Compared To Incest

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK

Having all but scuppered their 2012 election chances with a succession of less-than-progressive statements about women, rape and contraception you’d...

From Shutdown Crisis to Debt Ceiling Panic

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

The current US federal government shutdown - which is more of a slowdown - has merely set the stage for an even more nerve-racking deadline on October 17 when the US will cross their debt ceiling. At most the government could get by for another couple of weeks with $30bn cash on hand, but without a deal the US will in effect be in default in a couple of weeks.

America's Blatant Violation of the Will of the Founding Fathers

Max Sobell | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Max Sobell

It is such a shame that conveniently the religious right feel they can ignore parts of the ideals of the Founding Fathers. What I find more of a shame is that the Republican Party is slowly becoming synonymous with religion and religious values. There are only a handful of moderate Republicans anymore

Is Conservatism in the US, Through?

William Davie | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

Despite their last two presidential candidates running on a hard right platform and then losing, the majority of potential candidates for 2016 are those on the far right of the party. Meanwhile moderate candidates who could win, such as Jon Huntsman or Chris Christie, are slammed for being RINOs and too moderate.

American Government - You Get What You Deserve

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Despite the denials of responsibility from both parties, a variety of forces including money, the Citizens United Supreme Court Decision, the Gerrymandering of both safe Republican and Democratic Congressional Districts have resulted in the public's general distrust of Washington.

The Sequester Asteroid Plunges Toward Washington as Congress Gets Out of Town

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

The sequester was a legislative tool designed to scare the Congress into doing its job. It clearly seems to have failed to produce this result. If it goes into effect, the sequester means across the board cuts in every agency of federal government with no ability to control what is cut and what is not.

SOTU: Obama's Main Event

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Will it have thrills and spills of a NASCAR race? Or will it have the numbing predictability akin to watching partisan paint drying?

Has the GOP Become the Grand 'Old' Party?

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

The battle over the Hagel nomination is really a 'proxy war' for control of the Republican Party.

Republican Candidates Given Training in Order to Talk About Rape More Sensitively

Planet Ivy | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Politics
Planet Ivy

Just as when Tory MP, David Davies called plans to legalise gay marriage "barking mad", then tried to justify his homophobia by explaining he hadn't had "diversity training", this newest development in the American abortion debate would be laughable if it wasn't so horrifying.

Obama vs GOP Congress - Game On

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

This week both President Obama and the newly elected 113th Congress return to Washington to try once again to do the people's business. We start with a strengthened Obama administration and a rather weakened Republican Party and possibly an even more weakened house speaker John Boehner.

Obama - Let's Make a Deal

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 25.01.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

It seems like the election may have had a real affect on the general attitude here in Washington.

Demographic Anxiety and the US Election

Ben Bankhurst | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK Politics
Ben Bankhurst

The assumption that white America is somehow both culturally and politically the 'real' or 'traditional' America is absurd. White America as some unchanging monolith does not exist. It never has.

It's Time for Washington to Think Strategically

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 12.01.2013 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Investors were clearly thinking along traditional lines last week and wanted Romney, but the Obama victory doesn't have to be such a bad result for them. Chances of reaching a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff have increased a little bit with the outcome of these elections. And the outlook for getting to a more comprehensive agreement on getting back on a healthy fiscal track have improved somewhat with a second-term president and less power for the Tea Party.

The Republican Path to 2016

Eddy Evans | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Eddy Evans

The Republicans need to be careful about making token gestures, either in terms of legislation or candidates. They need deep, and sustained outreach over many years and a new constructive approach to policymaking in this area if they are to be credible and successful.

A Republican Post-Mortem: It's Demography, Stupid!

Joseph Yackley | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Yackley

The exit polling data is clear. Apart from political party, no other measure explains the outcome of the election more than race and ethnicity. Not gender, not religion, not age.

Super PACs - A Waste of Time?

Iain Anderson | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Politics
Iain Anderson

One thing is for certain, however. In 2012, super PAC politics proved ineffective when faced with a massive Obama turnout/campaign machine that was able to mobilize the base and push huge numbers of supporters to wait in line and vote for the incumbent. It appears that grassroots efforts and microtargeting, as old school as these electoral methods may appear, trumped the new, emerging brand of super PAC politics. Good.

Four More Years - Signed, Sealed and Delivered

Ashish Prashar | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Politics
Ashish Prashar

My faith in Obama was justified. We won again - and I don't mean just Obama, the Democrats or the people who voted for him. I truly believe that every man, woman and child - no matter what colour their skin, ancestry, faith or sexual orientation - has won something from the re-election of Barack Obama as the President of the United States.

The Republicans Are in Slow-motion Demographic Crisis

Joel Faulkner Rogers | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Politics
Joel Faulkner Rogers

Republican and Tea Party pundits have talked about the potential for these burgeoning groups to change their voting preferences over time. But the GOP clearly risks long-term demographic suicide if its leaders continue their love-hate relationship with the centre without finding more imaginative ways to meet these voters halfway.

Election Special: How it Stacks Up...Obama by a Whisker?

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 26.12.2012 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

As much as I see Obama as a disappointment, I still feel he would be the lesser of two evils. And, many voters will see it the same way.

Why Romney Lost the Debate - Anxiety and Choking

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK Politics
Professor Ian Robertson

It strikes me - this is an impression not a scientific conclusion - that Obama wants to be president less desperately than does Romney.

By Snubbing Ron Paul, the RNC May Have Cost Romney the Election

Brad Linzy | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Politics
Brad Linzy

Unlike in the UK, where you have viable alternatives to the two prevailing parties (I am particularly enamoured with the Monster Raving Loony Party), the Republicans and Democrats in America have created high petition thresholds for ballot access that make it next to impossible for third parties to compete.

Jon Voight Attacks 'Left Wing Media Conspiracy' Against Mitt Romney

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons and Paul Vale | Posted 29.08.2012 | UK Politics

Jon Voight has accused Sky News of propagating “left-wing media spin” in an interview on the channel on Wednesday. Speaking from the Republican...

Ann Romney Sets About Impossible Task Of Enticing Women To Republican Cause

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 30.08.2012 | UK Politics

Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, has spoken of a small village in Wales during her address at the Republican Natio...