Ron Elving

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Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base

Friday, April 18, 2014

Governors in both parties routinely run for re-election while keeping coy about the White House. But there's no question what's on the Wisconsin governor's mind, long term.


Immigration Turbulence Buffets Boehner

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

John Boehner and his GOP leadership team embraced a set of principles for updating the nation's immigration laws. Then the winds shifted and the House Speaker expressed grave doubts about the feasibility of overhaul.


Congressman's Exit Closes Book On 'Watergate Babies'

Friday, January 31, 2014

It wasn't just the gargantuan size of the Democratic class of 1974 that made it historic. The members of the class were young, relatively new to public office and remarkably certain they could remake Washington in their own image.


Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ANALYSIS: The president was brisk and confident during Tuesday night's State of the Union address. He also managed to avoid a remarkable array of issues that could have proved problematic. But he hasn't been nearly as adept at the less-dramatic business of dealing with Congress and the media.


7 Election Lessons We Should Have Seen Coming

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The premier lessons of Tuesday night's contests ended up being pieces of time-honored wisdom demonstrated anew: Issues matter. Money talks. And polls โ€” including exit polls โ€” can be misleading.


Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dies At 84

Friday, October 18, 2013

Former House Speaker Tom Foley has died. The Washington Democrat spent 30 years in the House until he lost his seat in the 1995 Republican revolution. He went on to serve as ambassador to Japan under Clinton. Foley was 84 years old and died of complications from a stroke.


Obama's Shift On Syria: A Show Of Strength Or Fear?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

In the face of congressional and popular resistance to his call for retaliation against Syria, the president had a conversion on the missile flight path to Damascus. But what constitutes presidential wisdom and strength in today's global politics? It may have less to do with traditional notions of strength and more to do with vision and adaptability.


National Security Adviser Donilon Resigns; Rice To Take Over

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The White House announced Wednesday that Tom Donilon is resigning as President Obama's national security adviser. He will be replaced by Susan Rice, the current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.


Goodbye, Again, To Obama's Most Audacious Hope

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The sudden eruption of second-term scandals in his administration will have many costs for President Obama, but surely the most grievous will be the lost opportunity to transcend the partisan wars of Washington, his fondest dream for his second term, much as it was for his first. Now it seems destined to be dashed once again.


Logic Behind Obama News Conference Hard To Fathom

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

What stood out were the moments he seemed at a loss with the frustrations of dealing with Congress. But no matter how frustrating a president finds this dilemma, it does not advance his cause to wear his frustration in public. Yes, he must acknowledge the difficulties he faces, but he also needs to transcend them.


Reluctant Justices May Be Forced To Make History

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A look back at landmark cases makes clear that the Supreme Court never really knows exactly how its decisions will play out โ€” especially not in the long run. That uncertainty must loom over the justices now as they contemplate the issue of gay marriage.


RNC Post-Election Report A Line In The Sand For Divided GOP

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The hard-eyed assessment of the 2012 national election by the Republican National Committee is either the first step toward the GOP's recovery or the latest sign that the party is headed for a break-up.


The Bush Family Checklist

Friday, March 15, 2013

Jeb Bush is popular in conservative circles and is the third member of the Bush family to be seen as a presidential contender. (The last two were elected.) So is there some sort of How to Be President checklist somewhere in the Bush house? If so, it might look something like this.


Fiscal Cliff Debate: Why The (Very) Few Rule The Many In Congress

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Even if the Senate were to approve a compromise package and a majority of the House (Republicans and Democrats) were prepared to accept it, the deal likely won't even be brought to the House floor for debate and a vote. How can this be? Because of the de facto "majority of the majority" rule.


George McGovern, An Improbable Icon Of Anti-War Movement

Monday, October 22, 2012

The opposition to the Vietnam War was young, unconventional, countercultural and suspicious of government. McGovern himself was none of these things. At the time of his presidential nomination in 1972, the two-term Democratic senator was a decorated World War II veteran who had spent most of his adult life in politics.


A Stronger Showing At Hofstra, But Ghost Of Denver Still Haunts Obama

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The president's improved performance last night doesn't eradicate the damage from the Oct. 3 debate. Only one chance remains to do so before Election Day, so the pressure that animated the Hofstra debate will be all the greater in Monday's finale in Florida.


Roberts' Ruling Recalls Other Moments When High Court Shocked The Nation

Friday, June 29, 2012

Time and again, the court has shaken up American politics with pronouncements no one quite expected, from the rejection of "separate but equal" schools to the striking down of bans on gay sex. And the effects of a landmark decision may only be revealed over time.