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New Republican House agenda depends on ‘the timid twenty’

New Republican House agenda depends on ‘the timid twenty’

The right-wing takeover of the House Republican conference is counting on a feckless speaker and the “timid twenty.” Kevin McCarthy’s (D-Calif.) weakness was on display to virtually every demand from right wingers. Even his mentor, former Congressman Bill Thomas, says he lacks character and is untrustworthy. The “timid twenty” are 17 House Republicans who represent districts carried by Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, and three others who won last November by less 1 percent. (Actually, there are 18 GOP members in those Biden districts, but I don’t count George Santos, the...

January 15, 2023
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Imperative that Democrats figure out what went wrong in 2020

Imperative that Democrats figure out what went wrong in 2020

by Albert Hunt, opinion contributor - 04/25/21 10:00 AM ETThe views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill✕This past election, the Democrats won the big one — the presidency — and unexpectedly swept two Senate seats in Georgia. Overall, however, it was a bad year. Some Democrats realize if they don’t figure out why — and what to do about it — deeper troubles lie ahead.While a 50-50 Senate gives Democrats control, they lost several races they were supposed to win. Instead of picking up House seats, they lost more than a dozen to barely retain a majority....

April 25, 2021
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Biden, like most new presidents, will get his shot at economics

Biden, like most new presidents, will get his shot at economics

by Albert Hunt, opinion contributor - 02/14/21 11:30 AM ETThe views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill✕The new president’s economic priority causes political controversy, forcing modifications to pass it along partisan lines.Sure, that’s Joe Biden today — but it also was Ronald Reagan in 1981, Bill Clinton 12 years later, and then both George W. Bush and Barack Obama.That’s the way it works, no matter the frustration of those kumbaya Republicans, some editorialists and a handful of Democratic skeptics. Give the new guy a shot; we can come back, if...

February 14, 2021
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Trump’s legacy: An enduring contempt for truth?

Trump’s legacy: An enduring contempt for truth?

by Albert Hunt, opinion contributor - 12/27/20 11:30 AM ETThe views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill✕PolitiFact, the fact checking site, was in a quandary over its annual “lie of the year” award; there were so many choices.Instead of the usual one example, the award was given , “a crisis exacerbated by the reckless spreads of falsehoods.” In a “symphony of counter narrative,” PolitiFact charged, President Trump “was the conductor.”The other top fact checking site, directed by the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, gives annual “,” and once again Trump...

December 27, 2020
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Older voters helped put Trump in office; they will help take him out

Older voters helped put Trump in office; they will help take him out

by Albert Hunt, opinion contributor - 10/11/20 10:30 AM ETThe views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill✕Joe Biden’s path to a decisive victory in three weeks is propelled by his peers: old folks.In national and key battleground states, the turnaround from four years ago among voters 65 and over is striking. They and now are solidly with Biden. Experts and political strategists say this undoubtedly reflects concerns over Trump’s mishandling of the Coronavirus pandemic, which . Those 65 or older are 16 percent of the population, but account for of the...

October 11, 2020
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Amy Coney Barrett is brilliant; her ascent to the Supreme Court is not

Amy Coney Barrett is brilliant; her ascent to the Supreme Court is not

by Albert Hunt, opinion contributor - 10/07/20 11:30 AM ETThe views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill✕This one is easy: Amy Coney Barrett is brilliant, qualified for the Supreme Court, the most engaging selection since Sandra Day O’Connor.She’s also the most right-wing nominee since Robert Bork was rejected in 1987. Also — through no fault of her own — she is ascending because Republicans cheated. That will be a permanent stain.The process is rigged so that she will be voted on and approved by the Senate shortly before the election, COVID-19 fears...

October 7, 2020
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Trump’s fear and loathing of voting by mail in the age of COVID

Trump’s fear and loathing of voting by mail in the age of COVID

Follow Us   © 1996-2020 News CommunicationThe views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill © Getty ImagesRepublicans, led by an imperiled , are devising new ways to limit voting this fall, seeking to capitalize on the fears of COVID-19.They are not resting on in which voter lists have been pared, burdensome voter identification requirements enacted, early voting selectively curtailed, and the postal service — run by a Trump ally — accused of impeding mail voting.The deadly pandemic places a premium on voting by mail. Republicans, however,...

September 10, 2020
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Organized labor staging political resurgence for 2020

Organized labor staging political resurgence for 2020

by Albert Hunt, opinion contributor - 09/07/20 10:30 AM ETThe views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill✕Organized labor, whose political clout hit a low in the 2016 presidential race, feels optimistic this Labor Day that it’s backing a better candidate in a better climate against a better target.Unions, with only a few exceptions, are . They are confident he’ll do considerably better than Hillary Clinton, who won union households by only 51 percent to 42 percent. According to the election day exit poll, they comprised 18 percent of the overall...

September 7, 2020
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Trump sealed his own fate

Trump sealed his own fate

by Albert Hunt, opinion contributor - 07/05/20 11:30 AM ETThe views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill✕Five months ago, Donald Trump was an even bet for reelection: The Senate was about to reject his impeachment; the economic outlook was pretty bright, and Democrats were on the verge of an ideological electoral jihad. This all had to come together for him, as his approval ratings never advanced beyond the mid 40s.By a month later the Democrats miraculously coalesced behind the 77-year-old former vice president, the safest of all nominees.But Trump sealed...

July 5, 2020
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The sad spectacle of Trump’s enablers

The sad spectacle of Trump’s enablers

by Albert Hunt, opinion contributor - 06/07/20 6:00 PM ETThe views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill✕It was no surprise when President Trump, after federal cops cleared away peaceful protesters with tear gas, walked a block to a shuttered church for a political photo opportunity holding up a Bible.This kind of thing will likely only get worse so long as Trump feels the need to stave off reelection rejection. It’s his M.O.But what’s the excuse of his fellow travelers, those at the top echelons of this administration and in Congress, who enable him?There,...

June 7, 2020
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