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  • Byron York: Will There Be a GOP Stampede from Trump [Evangelical Leaders Standing by Trump]

    10/08/2016 3:47:48 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 86 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10 Oct 2016 | Byron York
    (snip) As the defections were building Saturday morning, evangelical leader Gary Bauer sent a mass email headlined, "Gary Bauer Says Values Voters Continue to Support Trump-Pence Ticket." "The ten-year old tape of a private conversation in which Donald Trump uses grossly inappropriate language does not change the reality of the choice facing this country," Bauer wrote. Franklin Graham, who has not officially endorsed Trump, wrote a Facebook post that seemed to suggest evangelical voters should stick with the Republican nominee. "The crude comments made by Donald J. Trump more than 11 years ago cannot be defended," Graham wrote. "But the...
  • Byron York: As debates near, forum shows potential Trump advantage

    09/09/2016 9:57:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 8, 2016 | Byron Yprk
    NBC's "Commander in Chief Forum," held Wednesday night aboard the USS Intrepid in New York, was the closest thing to a debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton until the real thing on Sept. 26. And it showed an advantage Trump might have when the two meet face-to-face: she has a record in government to defend, while he doesn't. On that score, Trump, at 70 a newcomer to politics, seems new, while Clinton, at 68 a veteran of decades in public life, seems, well, not new. The format of the NBC forum, in which the two candidates were separated by...
  • From Trump, A Stunning Admission And A New Direction

    08/24/2016 5:32:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | August 24, 2016 | Byron York
    In general, in a campaign filled with controversial statements, it's fair to say Donald Trump doesn't do apologies and he doesn't do regret. Which is why it was extraordinary that in his speech in Charlotte Thursday night -- one of his first under a new campaign management -- Trump did that rarest of things: he expressed regret for rhetorical excesses of the past and conceded that they may have caused pain for some people. "Sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or say the right thing," Trump told...
  • speechByron York: Onstage, Trump sheds ego, lays off media, hones new role

    08/21/2016 5:31:31 AM PDT · by libstripper · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Aug. 21, 2011 | Byron York
    FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Back when Donald Trump was giving one hour-plus, free-form, jazz-improvisation speeches — that is, for nearly all of the campaign until the last week — Trump spent an inordinate amount of time telling audiences how great he was. He was the best at this, the best at that, he won this, he won that, his companies were the greatest, people loved him. A typical Trump speech included long stretches of nearly nonstop bragging.
  • Byron York: Asking for black votes, a very different Donald Trump

    08/17/2016 4:25:59 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 94 replies
    How many times have Donald Trump's supporters and critics debated whether he will pivot to a larger, more presidential candidacy? Too many to count. So put aside any talk of pivoting — the fact is, Trump delivered a focused, powerful, and disciplined speech Tuesday night in West Bend, Wisconsin, about 45 minutes north of Milwaukee. Trump focused largely on problems that disproportionately afflict black Americans, arguing that his proposals on crime, immigration, trade, jobs, education, and other issues will improve African-American lives more than Hillary Clinton's. Trump began by declaring, "We're at a decisive moment in this election," which few...
  • Byron York: Has Obama's act worn thin? President paints rosier picture of U.S. than voters see

    07/28/2016 7:27:04 AM PDT · by orchestra · 13 replies
    Washinton Examiner ^ | 7/28/2016 | Byron York
    PHILADELPHIA — For all his appeal as a speaker, and for all the love coming from Democrats crowded inside the Wells Fargo Arena, President Obama made a classic mistake in his address to the Democratic convention Wednesday night. Determined to defend his own accomplishments in office as well as convince Americans to elect Hillary Clinton for what would amount to his third term, Obama painted a picture of life in the United States that was brighter and more positive than most voters believe. "While this nation has been tested by war and recession and all manner of challenge — I...
  • Byron York: Why Trump attacked Martinez

    05/31/2016 7:21:25 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 72 replies
    Many observers were mystified when Donald Trump attacked New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. But the story was really very simple: Martinez hit Trump, so Trump hit back. *snip* The Trump-Martinez bewilderment focused on four factors: Martinez is Hispanic, she's a woman, she's a Republican (head of the Republican Governors Association), and she's popular. "I think it sent all the wrong signals," said Newt Gingrich, who has generally been pro-Trump. "You particularly don't want to see your candidate who needs to...get stronger with Latinos, and stronger with women, attack a Latina woman Republican governor." *snip* Trump has made a principle...
  • Byron York: What does Paul Ryan want from Donald Trump?

    05/06/2016 7:55:56 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MAy 6,2017 | BYron York
    Ryan's stand carries significant risk. With no competition, Trump is going to win more primaries, and pile up more votes, by the time of the convention. If Ryan changes course and supports Trump without some truly meaningful concession from the nominee, Ryan will look weak. If he opposes Trump the whole way, he'll anger a lot of people in his own party. At the moment, Trump does not appear inclined to accommodate Ryan. Shortly after the CNN interview aired, Trump released a statement saying, "I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan's agenda. Perhaps in the future we can work...
  • Byron York: In state after state, strong GOP support for Trump's Muslim proposal

    04/27/2016 2:51:12 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/27/2016 | Byron York
    What was once furious Republican opposition to Donald Trump's proposal to temporarily ban foreign Muslims from entering the U.S. has turned to virtual silence in the face of widespread GOP voter approval. Exit polls from the nation's biggest Republican primaries show impressive majority support for Trump's proposal. In the latest example, in Pennsylvania Tuesday, 69 percent of GOP voters said they support "temporarily banning Muslims who are not U.S. citizens from entering the U.S." In New York last week, the number was 68 percent. In Wisconsin, 69 percent supported Trump's idea. In Florida, 64 percent. Georgia, 68 percent. Ohio, 65...
  • Byron York: In state after state, strong GOP support for Trump's Muslim proposal

    04/27/2016 6:36:54 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/27/2016 | Byron York
    What was once furious Republican opposition to Donald Trump's proposal to temporarily ban foreign Muslims from entering the U.S. has turned to virtual silence in the face of widespread GOP voter approval. Exit polls from the nation's biggest Republican primaries show impressive majority support for Trump's proposal. In the latest example, in Pennsylvania Tuesday, 69 percent of GOP voters said they support "temporarily banning Muslims who are not U.S. citizens from entering the U.S." In New York last week, the number was 68 percent. In Wisconsin, 69 percent supported Trump's idea. In Florida, 64 percent. Georgia, 68 percent. Ohio, 65...
  • Byron York: What next for #NeverTrump?

    04/20/2016 5:15:33 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/20/2016 | Byron York
    What a difference two weeks have made for the #NeverTrump campaign. On the night of April 5, Ted Cruz decisively won the Wisconsin primary, with Donald Trump stuck in second place in familiar 35 percent territory. At his victory event, Cruz, who took home 36 of Wisconsin's 42 delegates, declared the state a "turning point" in the race. Cruz allies in the #NeverTrump effort were jubilant. "'Member when some said we couldn't stop @realDonaldTrump? Wrong," tweeted Katie Packer of the anti-Trump Our Principles PAC. "Congrats to all who stopped him from hijacking GOP #NeverTrump #cleveland." Of course, Cruz and his...
  • Byron York: For Donald Trump, two outrage-free weeks

    04/18/2016 4:59:12 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies
    Have you noticed something different about the Trump campaign? It's been more than two weeks since the last really outrageous thing the Republican front-runner has said or done. In the old days — say, a month ago — Trump would have set off multiple hair-burning controversies in the same period. But now — nothing. It's not an accident. When it comes to outrageousness, Donald Trump has dialed it back, on purpose. And indications from Trump world are that the new pattern will continue. (An obvious warning: It might not; by the time this article appears, it's always possible Trump could...
  • Byron York: Is GOP headed for its own Bush v. Gore?

    04/11/2016 2:14:07 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/11/16 | Byron York
    It's now likely Republicans are headed toward a contested convention in July. But they might be headed toward more than that — the party could be on its way to an internal version of the 2000 election, the race in which the candidate who lost the popular vote won the presidency, leaving injured feelings and diminished faith in the legitimacy of the electoral system.* And it could be worse than that. The 2000 winner of the popular vote, Al Gore, lost the presidency because of the constitutional structure under which electors, not popular vote totals, determine who enters the White...
  • Down Memory Lane: What "Conservatives" Said About Palin, 2008

    03/15/2016 8:57:10 AM PDT · by LS · 36 replies
    Self | 3/15/2016 | LS
    As part of my ongoing Trump campaign biography, I thought it would be interesting to see what so-called "conservatives" had to say about Sarah Palin in 2008. Turns out, it's not much different than what they have said about Trump (i.e., hatred): Remember how the so-called conservative media treated Sarah Palin in 2008? Charles Krauthammer wrote, “with Palin, the case against Obama evaporates.” Palin’s choice, he claimed, “negates the theme of readiness” to assume the office. Referring to her as a “wing-nut candidate,” Krathammer wrote of Palin’s “inevitable liabilities” due to the fact that any “unvetted neophyte has ‘issues,’” such...
  • Byron York: Do Trump's rivals benefit by blaming him for Chicago chaos?

    03/13/2016 2:35:16 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 13, 2016 | By BYRON YORK
    "It was too organized," said Cynthia Dugan, who came to Concord Coffee here in Lakeland to catch Rubio's quick stop Saturday afternoon, just four days before the Florida primary. "I think it was organized by and Black Lives Matter; it wasn't just a spontaneous event." I asked Dugan who was to blame. "The protesters," she answered. "And, unfortunately, some of the press." "To me, it's just too well organized — and George Soros are spending a tremendous amount of money to disrupt," said Richard Dempsey, of Lakeland. I asked Dempsey whether he blamed Trump for the chaos in...
  • Trump win confounds critics who thought gaffes would do him in

    02/21/2016 10:45:10 AM PST · by ripnbang · 105 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 21, 2016 | Byron York
    For months, Donald Trump's antagonists in rival campaigns, in the GOP establishment and in the punditocracy have believed the time would come, someday, when Trump would say something so outrageous, so over-the-top, so out there that the scales would finally fall from his supporters' eyes and the Trump candidacy would collapse. The South Carolina campaign, some believed, would be that time.
  • Byron York: At Veterans' Event, Trump's Biggest Gamble

    01/29/2016 4:46:21 AM PST · by kristinn · 34 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Friday, January 29, 2016 | Byron York
    The Donald Trump who appeared onstage at Drake University Thursday night -- just two miles from the Republican presidential debate he was boycotting -- was a different Donald Trump from the man who stars in rowdy rallies on the campaign trail. The Trump at Drake's Sheslow Auditorium said not a word about the polls that are his ongoing obsession. (Actually, that's not entirely true -- he mentioned the polls, but without the sheer numerical intensity he usually displays.) Trump also shared the stage with others -- not just with Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, who came to the event after...
  • Don't bet on Trump supporters skipping caucus night

    01/11/2016 3:55:59 PM PST · by dynoman · 102 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/11/16 6:26 PM | By Byron York
    CLEAR LAKE, Iowa-Nathan Hanson and Rich Lewerke are perhaps the most discussed, most invisible and most important people in Iowa politics: Long-time Iowans who have never attended a caucus before but say they will do so for the first time on Feb. 1 to vote for Donald Trump. "It's almost like Republicans don't want Trump, even though a lot of the American people do," added Lewerke, 52, a building contractor. "So I do think it's very important to caucus this time." "Never caucused before," said Bob, a former Mitchell County supervisor. "Haven't, but we're going to," added Donna. I asked...
  • Byron York: In Iowa, they love it when Ted Cruz is hated

    01/09/2016 8:33:09 AM PST · by Isara · 59 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/8/16 | Byron York
    MASON CITY, Iowa -- "He stood up for what he believes in, even though everybody in Washington hates him," said Toni Hagen, of Mason City, as she waited for Ted Cruz to address a full house at the Praise Community Church Friday morning. Hagen wasn't alone. Talk to people who come to see Cruz as he travels the state on a six-day, 28-county tour, and you'll hear from many who like the idea that Cruz is hated in Washington. And not just Cruz supporters; a lot of Republicans here are drawn to a candidate who is disliked by the GOP...
  • Byron York: Team Cruz says 'we have not peaked'

    12/22/2015 8:04:22 AM PST · by Isara · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/22/15 | Byron York
    Ted Cruz's rise in the polls - he tops the race in Iowa and is in second place, within a few points of leader Donald Trump, in a new Quinnipiac national survey - has led some to wonder whether the Texas senator is "peaking too soon." The answer from Team Cruz: No way. "We have not peaked," said spokesman Rick Tyler in a statement Tuesday morning.Our gain in the polls is coming at the expense of other candidates whose former supporters now believe that Cruz is the best choice. Our data shows that there are still a lot of voters...
  • Byron York: The facts on Rubio, Cruz, and immigration

    12/21/2015 9:05:09 AM PST · by Isara · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/21/15 | Byron York
    The Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill passed the Senate after a series of votes in June 2013. Democrats, who controlled the Senate at the time, unanimously supported the bill, while most Republicans opposed it. The four Republicans on the gang - Marco Rubio, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Jeff Flake - of course voted for it, and also agreed with Democrats on a plan to kill almost all GOP amendments.Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid allowed just a handful of amendments to reach the Senate floor. One, from Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, would have prohibited the legalization of illegal...
  • Byron York: Cruz triples support in Iowa, dominates GOP race

    12/12/2015 7:32:11 PM PST · by Isara · 127 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/12/15 | Byron York
    A new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll, the most respected survey in Iowa politics, has Ted Cruz with a solid lead in the first-voting state. The Texas senator has 31 percent in the new survey, to Donald Trump's 21 percent, Ben Carson's 13 percent, Marco Rubio's 10 percent, and Jeb Bush's six percent. In the last Register poll, in mid-October, Cruz was at 10 percent, meaning he has more than tripled his support in the last eight weeks. "From the beginning of this campaign, we've talked about uniting courageous conservatives to reignite the promise of America and keep our nation safe,"...
  • Byron York: Trump is getting better on the stump

    12/07/2015 5:14:34 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 3 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 12/6/2015 | BYRON YORK
    Campaigning is not a natural act, even for people who have been in the public eye for years. So here is one easy rule of politics: When a candidate with some ability does something over and over and over again, he gets better at it. That's what is happening with Donald Trump, to the chagrin of those in his party and beyond who hope to see his campaign collapse. A recent Trump performance at a fairgrounds in Manassas, Va., plus a number of other speeches available on video, show that Trump has become a more polished performer on the stump....
  • Can moderators be fair having called Trump a 'witless ape'?

    11/04/2015 7:07:26 AM PST · by GulliverSwift · 23 replies
    When Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus "suspended" the party's agreement to hold a debate with NBC on February 26, he took care to say that whether or not NBC was involved, the debate, which was set to include questions from partner National Review, would go on as scheduled. "While we are suspending our partnership with NBC News and its properties, we still fully intend to have a debate on that day, and will ensure that National Review remains part of it," Priebus wrote in a letter to NBC. As the debate approaches, however, it's likely that critics will raise...
  • GOP vet: Trump win looking more and more likely

    10/18/2015 11:47:53 AM PDT · by libstripper · 106 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct. 18, 2015 | ByronYork
    "I've resisted the idea that Donald Trump could and would become the Republican nominee," writes GOP strategist Alex Castellanos in an email assessment of the presidential race. "Unhappily, I've changed my mind." Castellanos, who once said flatly that "Trump is not going to be the nominee," writes "the odds of Trump's success have increased and been validated in the past few weeks."
  • For GOP 'kids,' no Trump could mean better debate: Why the second-tier GOP debate will be better

    08/04/2015 12:18:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08/04/2015 | Byron York
    Some political insiders have dismissed the upcoming debate for second-tier Republican presidential candidates as the "kids' table" debate. But for the low-ranking hopefuls who take part, the kids' debate might turn out to be as big an opportunity to move ahead as the first-tier faceoff scheduled for later on Thursday. For five reasons: 1) Donald Trump won't be involved. The top ten debate is in grave danger of becoming the Trump show. Even top GOP candidates' performances will be evaluated relative to Trump, making it harder for them to make a good impression on their own. 2) The second-tier debate...
  • Should Jeb have fired back when Hillary attacked? (Washington Generals Ping!!)

    08/02/2015 7:14:02 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08/1/2007 | BYRON YORK
    --SNIP-- But Bush had left all those Clinton charges unanswered. And to some conservatives who question his resolve to fight, Bush's silence had an ominous sound to it. After all, this was the Jeb who had presented Hillary with the National Constitution Center's "Liberty Medal" in 2013. And this was the Jeb who has sometimes seemed inclined to criticize fellow conservatives at least as much as Democrats. "Echoes of '92: Hillary implies Jeb's a bigot on stage yesterday, Jeb responds by praising Obama," tweeted radio host Laura Ingraham. Later, noting praise of Bush, Ingraham added: "Clockwork: New York Times will...
  • Jeb stresses compassion, 'showing his heart' in campaign rollout

    06/15/2015 6:31:49 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/15/15 | Byron York
    As part of announcing his 2016 presidential candidacy, Jeb Bush released a video entitled "Making a Difference." The video spotlights how Bush's work as governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007 affected four people: a low-income student, a low-skilled worker, a mother whose child is disabled and a woman who was the victim of domestic violence. "My core beliefs start with the premise that the most vulnerable in our society should be in the front of the line, not the back," Bush says in the video. "The barriers right now on people rising up is the great challenge of our...
  • Byron York: At correspondents dinner, Obama lets second-term anger out

    04/29/2015 10:05:14 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 26, 2015 | Byron York
    Depending on your perspective, President Obama's performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday night was either funny or filled with rage. Or perhaps it was funny about being filled with rage. Either way, there's no doubt that Obama, by incorporating comedian Keegan-Michael Key into his act, went public with the anger — specifically, the black anger — that has become part of the general conversation about Obama's time in office. Key and partner Jordan Peele do a Comedy Central routine in which Peele, playing Obama, delivers a calm, measured speech while Key, playing Obama's "anger translator," named Luther, acts...
  • Will 2016 Really Be A Foreign Policy Election?

    04/14/2015 4:40:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | April 14, 2015 | Byron York
    There's an emerging conventional wisdom that the 2016 presidential race, once predicted to be mostly about economic issues, will instead be dominated by foreign policy. "This is going to be a foreign policy election," National Journal's Ron Fournier said recently. "A foreign policy election (more or less) is upon us," declared "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd. "We are likely to have a foreign policy election in 2016," said the Weekly Standard's William Kristol. The argument is that the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, an ongoing crisis in Syria, the Iranian nuclear negotiations, Russian aggression and...
  • As 2016 race begins, GOP faces its Palin problem

    01/25/2015 4:55:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | January 25, 2015 | Byron York
    DES MOINES — As a chance to evaluate possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, the Freedom Summit here in Des Moines was a solid success. Several potential candidates — Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and a few others — left the 10-hour political marathon with their prospects undeniably enhanced. All that was good news for Republicans. But at the same time, more than a few GOP loyalists came away shaking their heads at the performance of a party star, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, whose long, rambling, and at times barely coherent speech left some wondering what role she...
  • While Hillary Clinton offers a resume, Elizabeth Warren offers a plan

    07/22/2014 1:37:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07/22/2014 | Byron York
    It seems almost too obvious to mention, but presidential candidates need a clear idea of why they want to be president. In the past few days, Democrats have heard that their still-undeclared front runner, Hillary Clinton, needs time to think about the question. Meanwhile, another undeclared hopeful, Elizabeth Warren, is thrilling liberal audiences with a forceful, point-by-point declaration of the principles that would guide her as president. The contrast is striking. Clinton is offering Democrats her resume. Warren is offering them a plan.
  • With Midterms Nearing, GOP Still Searches For Agenda

    06/03/2014 4:39:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | June 3, 2014 | Byron York
    The midterm elections are less than six months away, and Republicans still can't agree among themselves on what it will take to win. The latest debate among party insiders is whether GOP House and Senate candidates should produce a document like the Contract With America that tells voters what to expect if Republicans win full control of Congress. But the fact that there is a debate at all indicates that the race is not shaping up as Republicans envisioned months ago. Much of the anxiety concerns Obamacare. The six months between October and March saw the disastrous rollout of...
  • John Boehner's double-speak rattles House immigration foes

    04/21/2014 6:42:30 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | APRIL 21, 2014 | Byron York
    When it comes to immigration, many Republican members of the House have long distrusted their leader, Speaker John Boehner. Now, things have gotten even worse. Boehner has assured members who oppose comprehensive immigration reform that nothing will be done on the issue until the Obama administration "can be trusted to enforce our laws." Given the average GOP Congressman's view of Barack Obama, that means "never." That's certainly how many members interpreted the speaker's words. But last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Boehner, while speaking to donors in Las Vegas recently, said he is "hellbent" on passing immigration reform...
  • No, House Republicans haven't voted 50 times to repeal Obamacare

    03/17/2014 4:02:22 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 12 replies
    It has become a truism that House Republicans have voted dozens and dozens of times -- at least 50 in all -- to repeal Obamacare. They have been obsessed with repealing the Affordable Care Act, President Obama told a Democratic National Committee meeting in Washington last month. You know what they say: 50th time is the charm. Maybe when you hit your 50th repeal vote, you will win a prize. Maybe if you buy 50 repeal votes, you get one free. We get it. For more than a year, Democrats and their advocates in the press have been ridiculing the...
  • The House GOP’s incredible, amazing discovery: Most Americans aren’t entrepreneurs

    02/01/2014 9:07:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 31, 2014 at 4:18 PM | Byron York
    At the House Republican retreat in Cambridge, Md., Thursday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called on GOP lawmakers to take a new approach to the nation’s economic anxieties. […] Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Cantor’s presentation was that it included a recognition that in the past Republicans have focused more on the nation’s employers than employees, have talked about small business owners and entrepreneurs to the exclusion of the far greater number of Americans who don’t own their own businesses. […] What was extraordinary about that portion of Cantor’s presentation was not that it was out of place—it was...
  • Establishment Conservative Journalists Meet Off-the-Record with Obama at White House

    10/08/2013 9:14:29 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/8/2013 | Ben Shapiro
    In a clear attempt to woo largely establishment conservative commentators who have loudly opposed the GOP’s current government shutdown strategy, President Obama held an off-the-record meeting with the Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer, the Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot, National Review’s Washington editor Robert Costa, syndicated columnist and former CNN co-host Kathleen Parker, and Byron York of the Washington Examiner.
  • Out of ideas, House GOP considers Hail Mary [GOP-E figuring a way to wimp out]

    10/03/2013 2:36:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/3/2013 | BYRON YORK
    As the partial government shutdown enters its third day, many House Republicans are determined to keep fighting, even though they see no plausible way out of the current impasse, because they've come so far they cannot imagine backing down now. "I think there's a sense that for us to do a clean CR now -- then what the hell was this about?" one Republican House member told me. "So I don't think it's going to end anytime soon."Wednesday was the best day in a while for Republicans, but not because of any progress they made toward their goal of defunding,...
  • Tangled in Obamacare fight, GOP senators wonder: How did this happen?

    09/27/2013 2:38:44 AM PDT · by EBH · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/25/2013 | Byron York
    Just a month ago, Sessions expressed deep doubts about the tactic. "I'm not sure it’s the best viable way at this point," he said on Bill Bennett's radio show in August. "I've looked at it really hard, I’ve talked to Mike, and I certainly respect what he's doing, but I’m not convinced right now that this is going to be a way that will be successful and effective." By Tuesday, Sessions had become convinced, even though he took care to express respect for colleagues who sided with leadership. "I didn't sign the letter, and I've got some great friends who...
  • Why many Republicans won't support Obama on Syria attack

    09/02/2013 5:41:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/2/2013 | Byron York
    Early signs say it will be hard for President Obama to win congressional authorization for military action in Syria. That could change; lawmakers might re-write the president's draft authorization into something they can live with, ultimately allowing Obama to go forward. But whatever happens, Republicans have a compelling case for rejecting the president's request. Based on off-the-record conversations with some of them, this is it:1) The chemical weapons evidence. The Obama administration appears to believe that conclusive proof that the Assad regime used chemical weapons against Syrian civilians creates an unassailable case for U.S. intervention. A few lawmakers will likely...
  • Commentary: Ted Cruz Merits a Look for President in 2016

    07/24/2013 2:03:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Yahoo! Contributors Network ^ | July 24, 2013 | Mark Whittington
    A Marist poll released Wednesday indicates that Hillary Clinton is the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 2016, and that there is a very crowded and tight field among Republicans. Yahoo asked voters: Which candidate are you backing and why? Here's one perspective. COMMENTARY | The latest Marist poll of potential presidential candidates shows a couple of interesting results. First, Hillary Clinton is blowing away other Democrats. Second, the Republicans appear to be bunched up with no clear front runner. Turning one's attention to the Republican field, one looks upon Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas. Hot Air,...
  • Liz Cheney: No more ‘go along to get along’

    07/18/2013 3:32:20 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 1(8 | Byron York
    Liz Cheney, the former vice president’s daughter and Washington political figure who is challenging incumbent Mike Enzi for a Senate seat from her home state of Wyoming, met with reporters Wednesday for the first time as a candidate. She gave several hints about her plan to convince voters that Enzi does not deserve a shot at a fourth term in the Senate. “I’m running because I believe it is necessary for a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate,” said Cheney, appearing at a hotel in Casper. “I’m running because I know as a mother and as...
  • Support falling in polls, Harry Reid announces rush to pass immigration bill

    06/19/2013 6:26:28 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 6/18/13 | Byron York
    With a new poll showing falling support for the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced an accelerated schedule in which the Senate would take a final, up-or-down vote on passing the bill by the end of next week. "I’m just telling everybody that we’re going to either file cloture on this on Friday or Saturday or Sunday or Monday,” Reid said as the Senate opened its morning session. Filing for cloture means that a final vote would be held three days later. So if Reid filed for cloture on Monday, June 24,...
  • Byron York: Winning Hispanic vote would not be enough for GOP

    05/03/2013 10:27:43 AM PDT · by Will88 · 57 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 2, 2013 | Byron York
    "But what if Romney had been able to reach a mind-blowing 70 percent of the Hispanic vote? Surely that would have meant victory, right? No, it wouldn't. Romney still would have lost, although by the narrowest of electoral margins, 270 to 268. (Under that scenario, Romney would have won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College; he could have racked up huge numbers of Hispanic votes in California, New York and Texas, for example, and not changed the results in those states."
  • Will Immigration Reform Kill Rubio's Presidential Chances?

    04/09/2013 5:19:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | April 9, 2013 | Byron York
    Passing major legislation is not a path to the presidency. So why is Sen. Marco Rubio, who is almost surely running for the 2016 Republican nomination, working so hard on comprehensive immigration reform? Look at the only lawmaker who has become president in the last half-century. Barack Obama did almost nothing in his brief time in the Senate. His career in the world's greatest deliberative body consisted mainly of showing up, becoming immediately dissatisfied and looking for something better. Obama never took a leading role crafting any piece of momentous legislation. And some of the things he did do, like...
  • The GOP congressman who destroyed Obama’s sequester scare story

    03/13/2013 9:07:49 AM PDT · by MissTed · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/12/13 | Byron York
    The Obama administration has employed a variety of tactics to frighten the public about the possible consequences of sequestration. Air-traffic control towers will be shuttered. Children will be thrown off Head Start. The nation’s guard against terrorism will be lowered. Republicans, and in some cases the press, have poked some pretty big holes in some of the administration’s most extravagant claims. But no one has done a better job than a little-known GOP congressman, Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, who took on officials from the Centers for Disease Control at a House hearing last week. The occasion was a meeting...
  • Byron York: How defense spending will grow under sequester cuts

    02/24/2013 6:55:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/23/2013 | Byron York
    The major objection most Republicans have to the coming sequestration budget cuts is that the cuts will fall disproportionately on the Department of Defense. That’s true; defense spending is about one-fifth of the federal budget but will take about half of the sequester cuts. But even for the Pentagon, the cuts are only to the rate of growth for the defense budget in coming years. They are not actual cuts that make spending decline. In a February publication, “The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2013 to 2023,” the Congressional Budget Office (summary here, full report here) outlines the increases...
  • Top Dem promises to pass budget — but only to raise taxes

    01/21/2013 5:30:00 AM PST · by bestintxas · 8 replies
    wash examiner ^ | 1/20/13
    Byron York Chief Political Correspondent The Washington Examiner @ByronYork Popular in PoliticsUtah sheriffs warn Obama of deadly war over guns Newsweek: Obama is 'The Second Coming' Top Dem promises to pass budget — but only to raise taxes Lupe Fiasco gets booted from inaugural event after rapping anti-Obama song Chuck Schumer: GOP has to back tax increases to get a budget In recent days Republicans have had some success pointing out that it will soon be four years since Senate Democrats have allowed Congress to pass a budget — something the Congressional Budget Act requires lawmakers to do each year....
  • Obama, Reid slam brakes on gun control

    12/24/2012 9:59:27 PM PST · by Red Steel · 67 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 19, 2012 | 12:38 pm | Byron York
    With President Obama’s announcement of a commission to study and recommend ways to reduce gun violence, the two most important Democrats in government — Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — have both indicated a desire to slow the momentum toward gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings. The president’s decision to appoint a blue-ribbon panel — the classic Washington ploy to defuse and delay consideration of an issue — along with Reid’s inaction on the gun question will undoubtedly frustrate many in their party who want immediate action. Obama seemed to anticipate that frustration...
  • In 2016, GOP Needs a Candidate Voters Believe In

    11/18/2012 5:01:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 111 replies ^ | November 18, 2012 | Byron York
    In the wake of Mitt Romney's loss, many Republicans say the GOP must make far-reaching changes to be competitive in future elections. White voters are a smaller and smaller part of the electorate, they point out, while Latinos and other minorities are growing as a percentage of the voting public. Unless the Republican Party reinvents itself to appeal to those voters, the argument goes, the GOP can get used to being out of power. There's something to that. The electorate is changing, and the Republican Party needs to keep up with the times. But the more fundamental answer to the...