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The Party of Pain

October 10th, 2013 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

The tea party doesn’t like America very much.  That’s pretty clear.

Its members don’t understand how democracy works or how economies work.   All this ignoramus talk about a debt default being no big deal has even the GOP’s business backers tearing their hair out.

The best that could happen to Republicans is a tea party rush to the doors.  Let them start a third party.  But the craziness has gone on so long you wonder: Who are the Republicans, anyway?

THE PARTY OF PAIN

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For Obamacare, presence will make the heart grow fonder

September 24th, 2013 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

As seen in Romneycare, the Massachusetts model for Obamacare, presence makes the heart grow fonder.

Once Obamacare is in place, the people will see its virtues, and politicians will have to remove it from the public’s cold dead hands.

The tea party folks will simply have to find another adventure.

GAME SOON OVER ON OBAMACARE

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We really do need moderate Republicans

August 27th, 2013 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

My column supporting moderate Republicans has begot much unhappy email.

Guess which side of the political spectrum is producing the most discontent?  The Tea Party right.

A sampling:

The moderate GOP that has helped establish double digit (trillion) $ debt? Spending as a permanent priority in Washington?
The moderate, establishment GOP who has fielded 2 failing presidential candidates against a inexperienced, ideologically hyper-partisan and
leftist president, with no success or political impulse to compromise, or even propose legislation his party could pass without
Republican support?

Let me point out that the last two Republican candidates were destroyed by the right. McCain chained himself to Sarah Palin, and a fearful Mitt Romney abandoned his social libertarianism and disowned his key accomplishment as creator of RomneyCare in Massachusetts.

WE ALL NEED MODERATE REPUBLICANS

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Straying politicos’ five shades of gray

July 25th, 2013 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

“Theft” can cover anything from armed robbery to lifting a bag of chips.  Infidelity has a similarly wide range, which is why the behavior of Spitzer, Sanford, Vitter and Weiner can’t be lumped into one political handicap.

Here is my take, with an Anthony Weiner update (as of 10:07 a.m., July 25).

STRAYING POLITICIANS’ FIVE SHADES OF GRAY

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Obama’s IRS ‘gift’ to GOP is a boomerang

May 21st, 2013 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

This boomerang will come back

Giving the Tea Party folks something real to be angry over is a “gift” to Republicans, for sure.

The gift is a boomerang that will hurt the GOP’s prospects in a general election. What energizes the Republican fringe, weakens the Republican middle.

TEA PARTY RAGE: NOTHING FAILS LIKE EXCESS

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Amazing

April 11th, 2013 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

The bipartisan Senate plan for immigration reform is brave and smart. The amazing part is it might even become law.

AN IMMIGRATION FIX FOR REAL

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The sequester is dumb. But awful?

March 6th, 2013 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

Business almost as usual

My view that that the sequester may not mark the end of the world seems to be shared by Charlie Cook. Not that this is any way to run a railroad . . .

IS THE SEQUESTER THAT AWFUL?

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Does God want Mark Sanford in Washington?

February 21st, 2013 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

The former governor of South Carolina — he who disappeared for days to visit his mistress in Buenos Aires under the cock-and-bull story of hiking alone on the Appalachian Trail — is now running for Congress.

His modest message to voters is that, yes, he sinned.  But we all sin.  And we’d all be better people if we recognized that God wants Mark Sanford to have a second chance in politics.

We all sin, but, ooooh, not like Mark Sanford.

NO, WE DON’T ALL SIN LIKE MARK SANFORD

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Good news plagues Republicans

February 14th, 2013 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

Sure Obama played fast and loose with some facts, but the overall improving state of the union was too positive for Republican comfort.

GOOD NEWS PLAGUING REPUBLICANS

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Cheap labor Republicans speak

February 1st, 2013 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

On immigration, it’s a big guest-worker program or no enforcement.  So says WSJ’s Kimberley Strassel:

organized labor remains opposed to central pieces of reform, in particular a guest-worker program. That mechanism would allow low-skilled immigrants to legally fill temporary labor demands, and it is absolutely necessary if we are to avoid a future flood of illegal immigrants.

How about arresting employers who repeatedly hired illegal labor?  That could work, too.

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