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Immigration reform legislation will be proposed in the Senate soon and there's a debate within the Republican Party about whether it makes sense to support it.  I think it's politically smart for the GOP to do so, but not for the reason most commonly cited. One of the biggest lessons of the 2012 election, according to many commentators, was the Republicans’ failure to attract more minority voters. President Obama crushed Governor Romney among Hispanics, so there has been a rush among conservatives to figure out how to win more of that vote....

April 09, 2013

Who are going to be the presidential nominees in 2016?  If you’re not a deeply obsessed political junkie, you probably wonder why this question is being asked at all in 2013, at the start of President Obama’s second term.  But it is being asked, and the pre-race is being covered pretty regularly by sites like The Washington Post’s The Fix, NBC’s First Read, and ABC’s The Note. 

It’s happening for about the same reason they broadcast the NFL Combine on NFL Network.  The year-round, 24/7 political outlets need content.  And in the era of...

April 08, 2013

I like the governor of my state more than I thought I would when he was elected, and that’s a problem for him. When Bob McDonnell was running for governor, I had the impression he was a hard right apostle of the worst elements of the Virginia Republican Party.  Just about all I needed to know was that he did his graduate work at Christian Broadcasting Network University, which has since changed its name to Regent University.  In a state that is home to Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, that is a telling marker.  I assumed the worst. But, in my...

April 02, 2013

In yesterday's Supreme Court oral argument about gay marriage, it seemed like the justices thought all the lawyers held untenable positions. That may be the nature of this process, where the jurists test the weak points of each argument, but it seemed particularly true in this case.Charles Cooper, arguing on behalf of those who want to preserve California's ban on gay marriage, got some deeply skeptical questions from Justice Elena Kagan.  Cooper strangely centered his case on the idea that traditional marriage must be the only legally-...

March 27, 2013

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