American Politics

American Politics

Another sign of party's decline

U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell's defection is more than just another seat on the Republican side of the aisle. It is another indicator of the increasing isolation and possible decomposition of the Democratic Party itself. 

Gingrish shakes, rattles and rolls

Media mavens and Washington-based mandarins have taken to describing Speaker of the House-elect Newt Gingrich as "reckless" and "out-of-control." They would have us believe that -- after the flush of victory wears thin -- the new Republican leader will settle down, play by the rules of Washington, and things will get back to normal. In the patronizing words of USA Today Gingrich will "grow into the job. " Take another look. 

Election verdict: Less is better

The tsunami we predicted in this column on Oct. 12 -- Republican control of Congress for the first time in 40 years -- happened on Nov. 8. 

However, the majority that carried the election is not, in my judgment, a New Republican Majority -- as many Republicans are saving. Rather, it's a New American Majority -- and Republicans are its temporary custodians. 

These are days of discontent

As the 1994 election approaches, competitive races Hare beginning to tighten. That usually happens just before Election Day. Reason: Undecided voters make up their minds and potential turncoats who may have flirted with the "other" candidate come back to the party fold. 

States' rights debate rages on

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Consider this: "Our fathers knew, when they made the government, that the laws and institutions which were well adapted to the green mountains of Vermont, were unsuited to the rice plantations of South Carolina. They knew then, (and) we know now, that the laws and institutions which would be well adapted to the beautiful prairies of Illinois would not be suited to the mining regions of California.

Tsunami could sweep GOP in

Clinton "undertow." That's the label used by most Washington, D.C.-based political analysts to explain expected Democratic losses in the Congressional elections next month. 

However, losses anticipated by this "undertow" scenario are very modest. ABC's veteran political editor, Hal Bruno, said last week that Republicans will probably "pick up 15 seats in the Senate." Last Friday, on PBS's Washington Week in Review, respected U.S. News & World Reportreporter Steve Roberts opined that "Republicans are not going to succeed as much as they think they are." 

40 years of lies turn people off

Polls tell us that Americans increasingly distrust government. In 1964, more than three out of four Americans (76%) answered "Always or most of the time" to the question: "How much of the time can you trust government to do what is right?" Today, according to aTime/CNN poll, only one in five (19%) gives the trustful response. 

Gen. Powell's crafty strategy

I had this conversation with myself driving home the other day -- about Gen. Colin Powell. It went something like this: 

Left Brain: Why would Colin Powell get involved in this Haiti misadventure? Pulling President Clinton's chestnuts out of the fire? That doesn't make sense. And praising Bill Clinton's leadership? James Carville already has that in the can for a Clinton ad. Powell just doomed forever his chances for the Republican presidential nomination. 

Right Brain: C'mon. Powell is national hero. He's not a politician. He transcends politics. Everybody loves him. 

Crime bill feeds public cynicism

Why are Americans so cynical about Congress? Just examine the so called crime bill, passed by the House of Representatives this weekend when 46 Republicans joined House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., to resurrect the measure, which had failed to pass a critical vote in the House 10 days earlier. The lessons are many.

Don't blame us for Clinton woes

As President Clinton continues to sink in the polls, pro-Clinton and pro-activist government pundits are beginning to blame the American people for Clinton's political problems. Example: Respected Washington columnist William Raspberry recently opined that Americans are too obsessed with fitness for office and too little concerned about performance in office. Europeans, he said, don't get hung up on fitness issues. 

This merits examination. 

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