Ron Elving

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Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base

Friday, April 18, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker officially announced this week that he is running for — wait for it — re-election as governor of Wisconsin.

It will be at least six months before he says anything definitive regarding that other office, the oval-shaped one in Washington, D.C.

And that's to be expected.



Immigration Turbulence Buffets Boehner

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Will the real John Boehner please stand up?

Just a dozen days ago, Speaker Boehner and his GOP leadership team embraced a set of principles for updating the nation's immigration laws.

In that moment, the House seemed about to acknowledge the most pressing issue before the Congress – the ...


Congressman's Exit Closes Book On 'Watergate Babies'

Friday, January 31, 2014

Henry Waxman's retirement means more than the loss of a legendary legislator on health care, energy and other regulatory issues. It also closes an era that began 40 years ago with the election of the "Watergate babies."

When Waxman departs, there will no longer be a House member who has ...


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

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The toughest test of a card player comes not with a big hand or a sheer bust, but rather with cards somewhere in between. Then it's not the deal that makes the difference — it's the sheer skill of the player.

The hand President Obama was playing in his


7 Election Lessons We Should Have Seen Coming

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

In the end, they pretty much all won. The people who were expected to prevail Tuesday night wound up in the winner's circle. In New Jersey and New York, of course, and in Virginia, too, in the end. The ballot measures also went according to script.



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

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

One line President Obama might have borrowed for his speech to the nation Tuesday night was a famous one from John F. Kennedy's inauguration address: "Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate."

Always admired as a fine turn of phrase, what meaning does ...


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. That aspiration was his fondest dream for his second term, much as it was for his first. ...


Logic Behind Obama News Conference Hard To Fathom

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

On Tuesday afternoon, President Obama declared May as Older Americans Month, National Foster Care Month, National Building Safety Month, Jewish American Heritage Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

The president also issued a statement on the investiture of the new king of the Netherlands.

While small and routine, ...


Reluctant Justices May Be Forced To Make History

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Now and then, an issue before the U.S. Supreme Court changes the course of the nation's political history — whether the justices like it or not.

It's happening again with gay marriage. This week the court heard oral arguments in two key cases. One could restore legal same-sex marriage in ...


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

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The release of a "postmortem" report on 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 breakup.

Or, it could be both.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus put out ...


The Bush Family Checklist

Friday, March 15, 2013

And the Bushes just keep on coming.

In recent memory, there was George H.W. Bush, 41st president of the United States. Then there was George W. Bush, 43rd president. And now there's John Ellis "Jeb" Bush, who may want to become the 45th president.

Jeb is sending mixed signals: Tonight ...


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 th...


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 n...


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 animate...


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...