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The Tories shouldn’t be frightened by the Republican Right – Telegraph

The Tories shouldn’t be frightened by the Republican Right – Telegraph.

The Tories shouldn’t be frightened by the Republican Right

The trenchant moral case for the free market being made in America’s election campaign should be heard in Britain, too.

9:00PM GMT 07 Jan 2012

What a difference four years can make. The last American presidential campaign began with a galaxy of star performers roaring away from the starting blocks. As Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama descended for personal visitations on the little town hall caucuses and trudged through the snow of New Hampshire to greet breakfasting truckers in their diners, even those cynical BBC correspondents who generally hold US politics at an ironic distance began to see the point of its commitment to grass-roots democracy.

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The surprising rise of Rick Santorum in the first primary contest does not mean that the Republican party has found an unexpected star – which might have injected some excitement into the process. What it suggests, rather, is that the party faithful (and God knows, you have to be faithful to participate in the time-consuming caucus process) had so little enthusiasm for Romney, and were so desperate to make clear their desire for someone whom they saw as a genuine conservative, that they backed a man who is not plausible presidential material just to make a point. Not good.

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Even Romney, who is Mr Moderate, is framing his challenge to Obama as a demand for a resurrection of the “merit society” as against the “entitlement society”. But it is the Republican Right (which regards Romney as a Left-wing wimp) that is putting forth the most trenchant case for free-market economics and framing it in unabashedly moral terms. The ideal of self-determination and personal independence is so fundamental to the conception of civic virtue in America that it scarcely requires any justification in political debate: all that is needed is to point out that a policy is detrimental to the ability of individuals to make their own way in life and to take responsibility for their actions, for it to become virtually indefensible.

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The American Spectator : Going North

The American Spectator : Going North.

Feature

Going North

In a parliamentary system, we would easily solve our debt crisis.

AFTER THE STANDARD & POOR‘S downgrade in early August, it didn’t take long for the blame game to begin. Predictably, the mainstream media blamed the Republicans. The problem began with the November 2010 election, when a group of Tea Party “terrorists” were elected to Congress. Those who take a longer view blamed it on George W. Bush (who else?).

I go back even earlier. To September 6, 1787, to be precise. That’s when the Founders in Philadelphia abandoned their plans for parliamentary governance in favor of a presidential system.

The presidential system, with its separation of powers between the different branches of government, is at the core of the Constitution, and questioning its worth seems almost unpatriotic. And yet we very nearly adopted a system not unlike the parliamentary regimes of Great Britain and Canada, which lack a separation of powers.

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Behind the Republican Resistance to Compromise – NYTimes.com

Behind the Republican Resistance to Compromise – NYTimes.com.

FiveThirtyEight: Nate Silver’s Political Calculus

July 7, 2011, 10:17 am

Why the Republicans Resist Compromise

The chart that I’m going to show you is one of the more important ones that we’ve presented at FiveThirtyEight in some time. It helps explain a lot of what’s going on in American politics today, from the negotiations over the federal debt ceiling to the Republican presidential primaries. And it’s pretty simple, really, although it took me some time to track down the data.

Here’s what the chart will show: The Republican Party is dependent, to an extent unprecedented in recent political history, on a single ideological group. That group, of course, is conservatives. It isn’t a bad thing to be in favor with conservatives: by some definitions they make up about 40 percent of voters. But the terms ‘Republican’ and ‘conservative’ are growing closer and closer to being synonyms; fewer and fewer nonconservatives vote Republican, and fewer and fewer Republican voters are not conservative.

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N.C. Dems brace for GOP remap – Alex Isenstadt – POLITICO.com

N.C. Dems brace for GOP remap – Alex Isenstadt – POLITICO.com.

North Carolina Democrats largely survived the carnage of the midterms — eluding the fate that claimed many of their Southern colleagues.

But the redistricting nightmare they now face will be harder to escape.

With North Carolina Republicans slated to unveil a new congressional map this week, Democrats are bracing for a buzzsaw. Party officials sullenly concede that as many as three Democratic incumbents could be imperiled and that there is little they can do to stop it.

“I don’t think there will be anything subtle about it,” said Mike Davis, a longtime Democratic consultant in the state. “It will be more like a bulldozer.”

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Partisan Corners of Online and TV News – NYTimes.com

Drilling Down

The Partisan Corners of the News

By TEDDY WAYNE

Published: May 8, 2011

Almost as many Americans now receive their political campaign news from the Internet as from newspapers, with nearly a quarter getting the bulk of their information on the 2010 midterm elections that way, according to a Pew Internet report.

Online news tends to be partisan, and 55 percent say they believe that the Internet increases the influence of those with extreme views, compared with 30 percent who think it has mitigated such perspectives by giving “ordinary citizens a chance to be heard.”  Forty-four percent of Republicans usually get political news from online sources that share their point of view, versus 37 percent of Democrats.

Read the full article here:  Partisan Corners of Online and TV News – NYTimes.com.

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Republicans are being held hostage by their base – The Washington Post

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s announcement Monday that he will not seek the presidency is just the latest sign that politically sentient Republicans fear their party’s voters have moved so deeply into la-la land that winning their support in next year’s primaries could render their nominee unelectable in November. “Friends of Barbour,” reports The Post’s Dan Balz, “said that he had come to the conclusion that Republicans can win only if they are totally focused on serious issues and not distracted by some side issues, such as Obama’s birthplace, that have arisen in the early going.”

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Wahlbenachteiligung für Studenten in New Hampshire

Weil sie, wie der republikanische Sprecher des Repräsentantenhauses in New Hampshire, William O’Brien, liberal wählen, plant die republikanische Partei dort neue Wahlgesetze, die es Studenten in New Hampshire erschweren bis unmöglich machen, ihr Wahlrecht auszuüben. So sollen Studenten in Zukunft nur noch dann an ihrem Universitätsort wählen dürfen, wenn auch ihre Eltern dort schon vorher ihren ständigen Wohnsitz hatten. Andernfalls müsstne si an ihrem Herkunftswohnort bzw. in ihrem Heimatbundesstaat wählen – was für viele einen Ausschluss von der Wahlteilnahme bedeuten würde.

Diese Maßnahme, sowie auch die Einführung von Wählerindetifikationen, zielt nach Angabe demokratischer Politiker darauf ab, Kerngruppen demokratischer Wähler – klassischerweise Studenten und Angehörige von Minderheiten – von den Wahlen auszuschließen.

Mehr dazu im Slate Magazine und in der Washington Post.

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Auch die Demokraten …

… sind – und das auch noch nach den vielen kürzlich im Gefolge des Attentats in Tucson ergangenen Appellen, die Polemik im politischen Diskurs zu zügeln – immer noch nicht frei davon, wenn z.B. einer ihrer Kongressabgeordneten, Steve Cohen [D-Tennessee] in der erneuten Debatte um das Gesundheitsgesetz die Republikaner mit Nazis vergleicht:

They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels. […] You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing.

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