Fox News Poll: 34% of voters favor GOP health care plan

Half of American voters agree with the Republican charge that ObamaCare will collapse if it’s left as is. At the same time, most give positive marks to their health insurance and over half oppose the GOP plan to replace the current health care law. … President Trump gets negative marks […] Read more »

The New Party of No: How a president and a protest movement transformed the Democrats

… The Democrats have never been a natural opposition party, or a particularly effective one. Republicans from Reagan to the Tea Party broadly believed in reducing government, as the anti-tax activist Grover Norquist famously put it, “to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it […] Read more »

In Trump Era, What Partisans Want From Their Congressional Leaders

As President Trump prepares for his address next week to a joint session of Congress, Republicans say they are more inclined to trust the president, rather than GOP congressional leaders, if the two sides disagree. For their part, Democrats are far more concerned that congressional Democrats will not do enough, […] Read more »

‘Repeal and Replace’: Words Still Hanging Over G.O.P.’s Health Care Strategy

In March 2010, on the day before President Obama was to sign the Affordable Care Act into law, a group of senior Republican aides huddled in Senator Mitch McConnell’s Capitol suite to try to come up with a catchy slogan to use against it. Many conservatives were simply advocating a […] Read more »

The End of the 114th Congress

The 114th Congress has finally ended. The most polarized Congress since the early 20th Century and one where almost all issues have been drawn into the first dimension [we will address dimensionality in a future post; the current period is unique in American history]. CONT. Voteview Read more »

CNN/ORC poll: A nation divided, and is it ever

After a bruising presidential election featuring the two least liked major-party candidates in recent history, more than 8-in-10 Americans say the country is more deeply divided on major issues this year than in the past several years, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. And more than half say they are […] Read more »

The Poll Numbers That Show Why Mitch McConnell Is Sounding the Alarm

… As the Donald Trump campaign implodes, Mr. McConnell could not care less about his party’s presidential nominee. The thing he cares about is making sure that Republicans focus on supporting his Senate colleagues Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Rob Portman (Ind.), Pat Toomey (Pa.), and […] Read more »

Figures and factions

With all eyes fixed firmly on the fissures Donald Trump is creating in the GOP, the deep divisions among congressional Republicans are going largely unnoticed. It’s hard to overestimate the height of symbolic petard on which GOP lawmakers are hoisting themselves by failing to pass a budget. CONT. Mark Mellman […] Read more »