Ron Elving

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6 Years On, Is The Tea Party Here To Stay?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Disillusionment with Wall Street, big political parties, big deficits and big government in general began even under Republican George W. Bush, but it took a hard turn after the election of 2008.

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Why Congress Doesn't Really Worry About What Most Americans Think

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Polls show Americans are largely in favor of authorizing further actions against the Islamic State. Yet there is one group of Americans that is having far more trouble deciding how it feels: Congress.


Honoring Presidents Day Reminds Us 2016 Isn't That Far Away

Monday, February 16, 2015

On this holiday, we look ahead to who might enter the 2016 presidential race. Is Democrat Hillary Clinton going to run, and what Republicans might decide to enter the race?


Why Convention Sites Don't Make Very Good Swing State Strategy

Friday, February 13, 2015

The idea that convention cities are decided with an eye toward winning the host city's state is popular to the point of being irresistible. But it doesn't fare well against the facts.


In White House Memory, A-U-M-F Translates To B-U-S-H

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Surely it is not a welcome thought for the current White House that it is going to Congress for the Authorization for the Use of Military Force " ... just like President Bush."


Ukraine Is Just 1 Foreign Policy Challenge On Obama's Agenda

Monday, February 09, 2015

President Obama is expected to submit to Congress what's called an AUMF, an authorization for the use of military force against ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State.


Life In The 'New' Washington: In Your Face! No, In YOUR Face!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The 114th Congress so far has displayed all the dominant traits inherited from its parents – the 113th and 112th congresses. It's all about honoring past promises and settling old scores.


Abortion Vote Shows How Much Democrats' World Has Changed

Monday, January 26, 2015

Of those 64 Democrats who cast a key anti-abortion vote in November 2009, only 12 remain in the House today.


Senate Says Climate Change Real, But Not Really Our Fault

Friday, January 23, 2015

The brand new chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Sen. Roger Wicker was the only senator to vote against calling climate change "real and not a hoax."


Obama State Of The Union Seeks To 'Turn The Page' To A Brighter Chapter

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Republicans find Obama galling, in part, because he seems so blithe in defying them. To them, the historical page that is being turned at this moment is the one with Obama's face on it.


Obama Joins Ike, The Gipper, Bill And George II In A Club No One Wants To Be In

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Clinton began his seventh year with a unique if dubious distinction: He was the only president ever to give a State of the Union speech with impeachment charges pending against him in the Senate.


Iowa's Sen. Ernst Grabs Spotlight That's Often Proven Too Hot

Friday, January 16, 2015

As often as not, the opportunity to speak right after the president has been the kiss of death for aspiring politicians — especially for the GOP during the Obama years.


What If Mitt And Jeb Really Do Go At It, Hammer And Tongs?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

If Romney is serious, and follows through, it will fundamentally change the nature of the GOP primaries next year. And if both he and Jeb Bush run, they become each other's first hurdle.


Still Just A Bill: Why Being Senate Bill 1 Doesn't Guarantee Success

Friday, January 09, 2015

The prestige of being S-1, like the Keystone XL legislation, conveys a sense of priority and urgency. But the history of past bills designated as such is rather mixed.


5 Signs We're Not In Post-Partisan Paradise Yet

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

It took only a day for the shiny new 114th Congress to start looking like the beaten and battered 113th that limped out of town last month.


6 Reasons Size Matters To The New GOP Majorities In Congress

Monday, January 05, 2015

Big majorities are more likely to make history, either by passing new laws that really matter or by frustrating a president who has big plans.


Was Cuomo Destined To Be President Or Just Political Poet Laureate?

Friday, January 02, 2015

It may never be clear whether the late New York governor passed on the 1988 and 1992 presidential cycles — his natural turn at bat — for reasons related to politics or his personality.


6 Reasons Steve Scalise Will Survive His Speech Scandal

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The House majority whip's protestations of innocence about EURO and its views have strained credulity, both in Washington and in Louisiana. But it's not nearly enough to bring him down.


Obama Finds Reset Button With 2 Years To Go: Is It Too Late?

Monday, December 29, 2014

The president knows he was once regarded as having limitless promise, and realizes as well how disappointed many of his acolytes have been.


Is Ted Cruz Running For President...In 2008?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Even in an age of galloping ambition, the Texan rides ahead of the pack. Obama liked to quote Martin Luther King's line about "the fierce urgency of now," Cruz seeks to embody it at every turn.