Ken Mehlman, who ran George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign, has admitted that he is gay. Writing in The Atlantic, Marc Ambinder said Mehlman made the realization about his sexual identity “fairly recently.” The one-time head of the Republican National Committee told Ambinder that “Everybody has their own path to travel, their Read More
For voters listening to the Republican leadership over the past year, the most startling surprise was the shift in their attitude toward Medicare. Where faithfulness to true conservatism was once measured by fierce hostility to the popular insurance program for the elderly, as articulated by Ronald Reagan at the birth of Medicare in 1965, today Read More
To appreciate that Michael Steele has already performed a valuable service for the Republican Party, you need only enter the name of his closest competitor in the January election for party chairman into Google’s search bar.
The name of Katon Dawson, the South Carolina G.O.P. chairman who was edged out by Steele Read More
ST. PAUL—The pomp in St. Paul today may have been blown aside by Hurricane Gustav, but the Republicans have passed their party platform for the next four years, spelling out the G.O.P’s approach to a huge array of issues. Among those issues is housing, for which the Republicans want to further emphasize homeownership. Read More
ST. PAUL—With Hurricane Gustav slamming into the Gulf Coast today, the schedule here at the Republican National Convention has been upended today and official events have been canceled. But lobbying, even for the property insurance industry (which will surely be paying out a fair amount of claims in coming months), goes on.
We bumped into Read More
Substantive discussion on housing policy (or most any other type of policy) is not material that makes its way into speeches at national political conventions. Indeed, at the Democratic convention this week, speaker after speaker at the convention referenced the foreclosure crisis or other housing issues, but rarely did they do any more than give Read More
Barack Obama’s fund-raising and registration drive has caught the attention of the Republican opposition.
The R.N.C. is sending mail soliciting donations of $100 for a "Two-Month Emergency Pledge" to help John McCain. Saying the next two months will determine the winner of the election, the mail comes with a letter from McCain, Read More
The $52 million the Obama campaign raised in June is a good deal more than John McCain’s $22 million, and much better than the $30 million number reported earlier in the week, which an Obama bundler had advised me was very low.
But the relevant bar is really whether it’s enough Read More
From R.N.C. spokesman Danny Diaz: “Senator Clinton said her vote on Iraq was one of ‘conviction’ and the ‘right decision.’ Candidate Clinton says just the opposite on the stump. Clearly, voters in New Hampshire cannot trust Senator Clinton or Candidate Clinton as neither is willing to be honest with them.” Read More
Nearly 15 years after her disastrous failure to drive a universal health-care coverage policy from one perch in the White House, Hillary Clinton put herself at the center of the health-care debate yesterday as a part of her effort to return there.
In the basement of the Broadlawns Medical Center, a hospital that specializes in Read More