Robert Winn: The Democrats are still the strong party of the two-party system as the Republicans keep trending toward the final stages of the weak opposition parties that preceded them
Some argue that there has never been a time in American history when there was a greater divide between the two major political parties. Certainly since the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2008 there has been an unprecedented lack of cooperation between the two sides. The articles on this page give some insight into the bones of contention the GOP has raised to justify the positions they've taken since the swearing in of President Barack Obama.
Tom Hastings: Why do you accept, tolerate, and even identify with the dishonesty, the cheating, and the incivility of the leadership of your party? What is wrong with you?
Tom Hall: Now that we have a president who is working hard to define it as the party of the most ignorant, most selfish, and mostly aging and dying-off old white people, progressives complain.
Robert M. Nelson: Just beneath the surface of this free-market rhetoric coming from some Republicans there are other Republicans who also understand the role of government in stimulating economic growth. They view things differently.
John Peeler: Trump has beaten them all by embodying Rand’s hero even as he disregards Rand’s dogma. Rand’s hero could never be bound by dogma. It’s all about him.
Steve Hochstadt: Liberals worry that Trump is a fascist, with comparisons to Mussolini and Hitler. Establishment Republicans denounce him as an insincere conservative. Trumpism
Robert Reich: Most of the economic gains have gone to you and others like you who spend only a small fraction of what they rake in. That spells trouble for the economy – and for you.
Tina Dupuy: So while Republicans are swooning over Bernie, I’m obsessed with the Republican field for the same reason I spent a year getting into Real Housewives of Whatever Awful Place: I loathe all the cast members.
Robert Reich: I wanted my Republican friend’s take on the Republican candidates because I felt I needed a reality check. Was I becoming excessively crotchety and partisan, or are these people really as weird as they seem?
Steve Hochstadt: I think that Republican voters are expressing what they want pretty clearly. They want a political outsider. Maybe that’s their main message so far. That’s news.
Lauren Windsor: After winning the mid-terms, GOP leadership promised an end to shutdowns, but the rest of the party didn’t seem to get the memo.
Tina Dupuy: Putin combines all the decisiveness of the no-apology President Bush with all the Winter Olympics accolades of no-apology candidate Mitt Romney, but with more shirtless horse riding!
Tina Dupuy: The failure of leadership during Hurricane Katrina was vast and widespread, but it started way before the storm. It started with leaders erring on the side of hysteria coupled with the disaster-porn fetish of 24-hour cable news.