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Conservatives Have a Great American Novel, Too

'Gone With the Wind' is really right-wing, Noah Berlatsky observes

(Newser) - Pretty much everyone likes to believe that art in this country is made by and for liberals. Conservatives like to believe they're the "few, proud freethinkers" fighting the mainstream narrative, and liberals like to think they're "naturally more artistic, funny, daring, and generally aesthetically awesome,"... More »

Believe It or Not, the GOP Is Winning

The whole policy discussion is still being held on their terms

(Newser) - Republicans may look like they're cleaning egg off their face right now. "House Republicans have suffered a huge tactical defeat of their own devising," writes George Packer at the New Yorker . "But in a larger sense, the Republicans are winning, and have been for the past... More »

Poll: Tea Party, GOP Not Really Into Each Other

Support for conservative movement nears record low

(Newser) - The Tea Party movement continues to make its presence felt on Capitol Hill, but its influence over the American people is on the wane. A new Gallup poll shows support for the movement nearing an all-time low at 22%, compared to 27% who oppose the movement. Those who oppose the... More »

GOP Botched Its Own Autopsy

No one much impressed with party's toothless self-reflection

(Newser) - Republicans were pretty harsh on themselves in yesterday's much-discussed autopsy of the 2012 campaign , but did they actually get to the root of their electoral woes or propose decent solutions? "Unfortunately, the answer on both counts is, not really," the National Review laments. The report concludes that... More »

Yes, Rand Paul Could Be the GOP Frontrunner

Steve Kornacki warns us not to count out the a libertarian shift for the GOP

(Newser) - Don't look now, but Rand Paul is becoming a serious contender for the GOP's 2016 nomination , libertarian views and all. When Paul won CPAC's straw poll , he didn't get the chorus of boos that his dad got when he won. Whereas the elder Paul was an... More »

CPAC Chair: Christie Unworthy of Invite

NJ governor's conservatism lacking, he says

(Newser) - Chris Christie isn't CPAC material, American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas said today, explaining why the New Jersey governor hadn't gotten a spot in the annual conference that begins today. "I'm a firm believer that if the Republican Party's going to have success, it's... More »

Jindal to GOP: 'Change Everything'

Louisiana governor repeats 'stupid party' line to RNC's face

(Newser) - Bobby Jindal delivered the keynote address at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting last night, a speech billed as a "rebuttal" to Barack Obama's inaugural address, but he took aim as much at his own party as Obama's. Jindal said that while Republicans should stick by... More »

Dear House GOP: Give Up

Charles Krauthammer says it's time to stop trying to govern from the House

(Newser) - There is not, as conventional wisdom seems to indicate, some massive, irreconcilable rift between House and Senate Republicans. "What divides Republicans today is a straightforward tactical question," writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post: "Can you govern from one house of Congress? Should you even try?" Many... More »

GOP's Diversity Solution: The Tea Party

It's bringing in new, and not necessarily white, blood: Josh Kraushaar

(Newser) - If you listen to some Republican strategists, the Tea Party is driving minorities away from the GOP. But tell that to Nikki Haley, the nation's second Indian-American governor, who yesterday appointed Tim Scott to be the only African-American senator in next year's Congress. Both are Tea Partiers. "... More »

Jindal: Birth Control Should Be Over-the-Counter

Louisiana governor blames 'big government' for state of affairs

(Newser) - Bobby Jindal has people talking today, thanks to an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which he endorses making birth control available over-the-counter to anyone 18 or older. "We have been stupid to let the Democrats demagogue the contraceptives issue and pretend … that Republicans are somehow against... More »

Jim DeMint Leaving the Senate

He'll become head of the Heritage Foundation

(Newser) - Jim DeMint is resigning his Senate post so he can take a gig as president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, he announced today. DeMint will step down in early January, the Wall Street Journal reports. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will appoint an interim replacement until a special election can... More »

Jindal: GOP Needs to 'Stop Being the Stupid Party'

Louisiana governor unloads on own party

(Newser) - Tell us how you really feel, Bobby Jindal. The Louisiana governor let loose on his own team in a Politico interview yesterday, saying that Republicans need to "stop being the stupid party." Jindal says Republicans need to stop sneering at intellectuals, and get some real policy in the... More »

Gingrich: GOP Needs to 'Stop Talking,' Start Thinking

Newt Gingrich on the future of the Republican Party

(Newser) - In a less-than-subtle column for Politico , Newt Gingrich blasts the GOP for being downright "wrong" about pretty much everything from voter turnout to the best advertising messages to "the makeup of the electorate." Bottom line: "Republicans spent more and achieved less than Democrats in 2012,"... More »

GOP Doesn't Need Change

Charles Krauthammer thinks the world is overreacting to Mitt Romney's defeat

(Newser) - All week pundits have been burying the GOP, insisting it must change to meet America's changing demographics or die. But not Charles Krauthammer. "The answer to Romney's failure is not retreat," he writes in the Washington Post . It is to "do conservatism, but do it... More »

We Need a Center-Right Party

Republicans have to adapt, for everyone's sake

(Newser) - Democrats didn't win this election: Republicans lost it, mostly because of demography. "A coalition of aging white men is a recipe for failure in a nation that increasingly looks like a rainbow," observes Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times . But nobody should cheer the ongoing decline... More »

The Age of Reagan Is Over

Barack Obama's coalition is real, Ross Douthat admits

(Newser) - Conservatives wanted to believe that Barack Obama's 2008 victory was a one-time affair, a unique confluence of events. Now they know better. It's a genuine realignment, writes Ross Douthat in the New York Times . Obama won with the same coalition he marshaled in 2008. "It was the... More »

Conservatives' Faith in Science Failing: Study

But then, they're probably skeptical of this study, too

(Newser) - Conservatives have become less likely to trust science over the past 40 years—especially if they're educated, according to a new study. The study looked at the General Social Survey, which began asking Americans how they felt about science in 1974. Back then, conservatives were the biggest believers in... More »

Sarah Palin to Dr. Laura: 'Don't Retreat ... Reload!'

"b thankful 4 her voice, America!'

(Newser) - Not content to sit on the sidelines, um, ever, Sarah Palin swooped in with some words of advice for Dr.Laura, the N-word dropping, former radio host . "Don't retreat ... reload!" she advised, via Twitter . Dr. Laura was forced to step down because her First Amendment rights "ceased... More »

Jim DeMint Could Destroy the GOP

Democrats love his with-us-or-against-us conservatism

(Newser) - Jim DeMint might just be the Democrats’ secret weapon. For starters, the senator from South Carolina is making good on his declaration that he’d rather have “30 Republicans in the Senate who believe in principles of freedom than 60 who don’t,” endorsing lots of far-right candidates... More »

Bachmann: Obama Has Created a 'Nation of Slaves'

Rep's running with health reform=slavery

(Newser) - Looks like the far right is running with this health care reform-as-slavery meme. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann accused President Obama of “turning our country into a nation of slaves,” this weekend at a conservative summit in Denver, Politico reports. She was riffing on a quote from Revolutionary War... More »

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