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Opinion | Kevin McCarthy’s border stunt reveals a dark truth about the GOP

Opinion | Kevin McCarthy’s border stunt reveals a dark truth about the GOP

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will to the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday. It’s a transparent attempt to distract from newly released tapes recorded just after the Jan. 6 insurrection, in which McCarthy is heard telling other Republicans that he would advise then-President Donald Trump to resign.But McCarthy’s trip is more than just a cheap stunt. It’s an admission of a dark truth about the Republican Party.If McCarthy wanted to center his stunt on the most politically potent issue, he wouldn’t pick immigration. In a recent Gallup poll, 17 percent of voters as the most...

Apr 24
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Opinion | Politicians love talking about bipartisanship. But for voters, accomplishments matter more.

Opinion | Politicians love talking about bipartisanship. But for voters, accomplishments matter more.

As President Biden’s 100th day in office approaches, Republicans have seized on the only broken promise they can get their hands on: Biden’s failure to magically transform Washington into a bipartisan wonderland. On “Fox News Sunday,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) complained, “The bait was, he was going to govern as bipartisan. But the switch is, he’s governed as a socialist.” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) grumbled, “This is not what I thought I would get from Joe Biden.” And Sen. Rick Scott (Fla.) tried to get ahead of Biden’s address to Congress this week by blaming any...

April 25, 2021
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Opinion | Republicans play a shell game with bipartisanship

Opinion | Republicans play a shell game with bipartisanship

When “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace welcomed Sens. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.) to the program Sunday, he shared an unusual bit of context. “Senator Coons, you and I were talking a few weeks ago and you suggested a segment with Senator Cornyn and you about bipartisanship,” Wallace said, “and specifically about a plan you were both working on to take on China. However, in preparing this week, I find that you’re no longer together, necessarily, on that China plan.”The 10-minute segment was just the latest proof that, when it comes to the most important issues,...

April 18, 2021
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Opinion | Democrats have Republicans on the back foot. Now they must keep pushing.

Opinion | Democrats have Republicans on the back foot. Now they must keep pushing.

ADThe just-passed stimulus package is a rarity in today’s Washington: a major new law that’s a win in terms of both politics and policy. after shows overwhelming support. As my colleague Greg Sargent , the bill is even popular with both lower-income Republicans and non-college Whites, two key components of the Trump-era GOP coalition. Millions of Americans are already desperately needed payments to help the country get back on its feet from a once-in-a-century pandemic.Or, to hear Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) on ABC’s “This Week”: “This is a Nancy Pelosi payoff to the liberal left.”...

March 14, 2021
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Opinion | Now is the wrong time for Democrats to skip town

Opinion | Now is the wrong time for Democrats to skip town

ADDemocrats’ Saturday in former president Donald Trump’s impeachment trial occasioned plenty of criticism. But while the merits of hearing witnesses were debatable, one reason the senators apparently were eager to hastily conclude the trial deserves plenty of flak: Less than a full month into Joe Biden’s presidency, Congress is already entering a week in recess — risking Democrats’ agenda and Americans’ livelihoods.By itself, the case for hearing more witnesses was weak. The House impeachment managers wanted to call Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), but there’s no evidence to suggest...

February 14, 2021
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Opinion | Democratic leaders play a ridiculous blame game with progressives

Opinion | Democratic leaders play a ridiculous blame game with progressives

If a football coach went into a game saying “we’ll rely on passing the ball,” executed that strategy, lost the game, then blamed the loss on running the ball, everyone would laugh at that coach. And yet that’s exactly the approach Democratic moderates are taking after Tuesday’s disappointing House and Senate results: Reject progressives’ suggestions, then blame those suggestions anyway for their failures.Remember, from the Democratic primary onward, party leaders running on Medicare-for-all, a Green New Deal and other progressive ideas. That approach, they said, would lead Democrats to lose...

November 8, 2020
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Opinion | Ted Cruz accidentally shows Democrats the way forward

Opinion | Ted Cruz accidentally shows Democrats the way forward

On the one hand, to hear Senate Republicans tell it, Democrats are barely this side of evil incarnate. They “have hung the American people out to dry,” Sen. John Barrasso (Wyo.) this month. They “stand for radical leftism and hating Trump,” Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) in August.On the other hand, according to Senate Republicans, Democrats are also the model for the latest Supreme Court fight. “If the president were Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer were the majority leader,” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, “the odds are 100 percent” that Democrats would seek to nominate and...

September 20, 2020
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Opinion | The whiny core of Trumpism

Opinion | The whiny core of Trumpism

Few Trump White House members have survived the administration’s tumult as well as Peter Navarro. The economics professor and failed California political candidate is officially the director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy; unofficially, he has elbowed his way into the government’s coronavirus response. As The Post , two coronavirus-related contracts Navarro championed are under internal scrutiny, yet his position appears to remain secure because of “his one true ally: President Trump.” That should be no surprise: When you strip away the glitz that inherited money can buy,...

September 13, 2020
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