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The GOP's Political Correctness Dodge

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Republican presidential candidates and the far-right echo chamber have made "politically correct" an all-purpose dismissal for facts and opinions they don't want to hear.

Take Donald Trump's claim that when the World Trade Center towers collapsed on 9/11, "I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of ...Read more

Obama's Critics Stop Making Sense

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The impact of the Paris attacks on the Republican presidential race may turn out to be minimal, especially since the establishment candidates aren't making any more sense than outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

Theoretically, a deadly rampage by Islamic State terrorists ought to make Republican voters think twice about ...Read more

What Would Obama's Critics Do?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- As Paris mourns its dead, critics of President Obama's caution in the fight against the Islamic State are full of sound and fury. But those who throw around such words as "weak" and "feckless" should tell us if they support the logical alternative: Sending in tens of thousands of U.S. troops.

Clearly our nation has ample military ...Read more

GOP Debates Foolish Economic Policy

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The real headline from this week's Republican debate wasn't that the candidates clashed over immigration and national security. It was that they agreed on economic policies that have proved unpopular and unwise -- and that may make the eventual nominee unelectable.

The central issue facing most American families is that incomes, ...Read more

Ben Carson's Own Weapon Of Mass Distraction

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Ben Carson's woe-is-me whining about media scrutiny is more than just a sorry spectacle. It shows the extent to which a culture of victimization has infected the conservative movement.

"There's no question I'm getting special scrutiny, because there are lot of people who are very threatened," Carson said in a "Face the Nation" ...Read more

The Outsiders Have Found Their Way In

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Why haven't Donald Trump and Ben Carson faded away? Because they're saying what much of the Republican Party base wants to hear on such emotional issues as immigration, gun rights and opposition to President Obama.

Trump and Carson are also fortunate to be outsiders at a time when the GOP is in chaos and the party establishment is...Read more

Don't Blame It All On The Moderators

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Republican debates have been a disaster for some candidates, a boon for others and an uninspiring spectacle for the nation to witness. But don't blame it all on the moderators.

Not that the questioners are blameless, mind you. It's true that some of the queries at last week's CNBC encounter seemed designed to provoke rather ...Read more

Was The Third Debate Bush's Last Stand?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Jeb Bush deserves headlines from Wednesday's anarchic GOP debate, but not the good kind. Something like: "Is Bush Finished?"

The evening in Boulder, Colorado, will be remembered for interruptions, non sequiturs, mangled facts and general chaos. But the most significant impact may have been to dramatically lengthen the odds that ...Read more

Benghazi Hearing Was A Self-Defeating Travesty

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton must have been mindful of the old adage that you never interrupt an enemy when he is making a mistake. She sat in the witness chair with the patience of Job, hour after endless hour, while the House Select Committee on Benghazi did all it could to make her our next president.

How much of a self-defeating travesty ...Read more

Paul Ryan Is Doomed, Too

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- A week ago, Paul Ryan looked doomed. Now, he looks really, truly doomed.

The Wisconsin Republican, who achieved national prominence as Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012, seems more likely than ever to become the next speaker of the House. A devout man of faith, he will need your prayers.

When incumbent John Boehner announced his...Read more

The Blame Lies With The Terrorists

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Is Jeb Bush justified in claiming his brother "kept us safe" from terrorism? Obviously not.

Let me be clear: It is grotesquely wrong to suggest that George W. Bush is in any way to blame for the 9/11 attacks. That odious distinction belongs to Osama bin Laden, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the 19 evil young men, most of them Saudi ...Read more

The GOP Was Right To Fear Clinton

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Before all the craziness -- before Donald Trump and Ben Carson and the need for two-tiered debates -- Republicans' biggest fear about next year's election was having to run against Hillary Clinton. As we saw Tuesday night, they were right to worry.

At the Democratic candidates' first debate, Clinton was vastly more poised and ...Read more

Dr. Ben Carson, Crackpot

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The craziest thing about the Republican presidential contest isn't that Donald Trump is in the lead. It's that Dr. Ben Carson -- who truly seems to have lost his mind -- is in second place and gaining fast.

Trump may be a blowhard, but Carson has proved himself to be a crackpot of the first order. Of all the GOP contenders, he's ...Read more

Chaos Is The GOP's New Normal

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- At this point, I worry we're going to start finding members of the Republican establishment curled up in their beds, eyes clenched shut and ears covered with trembling hands, moaning "make it stop, make it stop, make it stop."

Pity their suffering, but remember that they brought it on themselves.

The insurrection that propelled ...Read more

Obama Is Right To Be Cautious On Syria

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Contrary to popular belief, President Obama does have a plan for Syria. It's just not one that promises to have much immediate impact on the course of the brutal civil war.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, by contrast, has a plan that is far bolder and much more likely to produce results on the ground -- but only in the short ...Read more

Sanders' Clarion Call

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- First came the big crowds, now comes the big money. At this point, anyone who doesn't take Bernie Sanders seriously must not be paying attention.

Sanders' campaign announced that it raised an eye-bugging $26 million in the third quarter -- essentially matching the $28 million raised during those three months by Hillary Clinton, ...Read more

Fiorina Is Too Mad To See Straight

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- How angry is Carly Fiorina? So angry she can't see straight. That's the only explanation for the yawning gulf between what she says and the plainly visible facts.

Fiorina stands out among the Republican presidential candidates not just because she is a woman but also because she has adopted a strategy of breathing fire. She ...Read more

Francis Elevates The Discourse On Capitol Hill

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- "God bless America" sounds banal coming from politicians but profound when spoken by the shepherd of 1.2 billion souls. In his historic address to Congress, Pope Francis delivered a blessing of encouragement, not admonition -- and spoke powerfully about the hot-button issues that keep our political leaders mired in bitter gridlock....Read more

GOP Candidates Defy The Founders On Religion

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The founders of this nation recognized Islam as one of the world's great faiths. Incredibly and disgracefully, much of today's Republican Party disagrees.

Thomas Jefferson, whose well-worn copy of the Quran is in the Library of Congress, fought to ensure that the American concept of religious freedom encompassed Islam. John Adams ...Read more

A Report Card For The GOP Debate

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Sorry, Republicans, but it's still Donald Trump's world. And sorry, Donald, but now you have to share it with Ben Carson.

The conventional wisdom seems to be that Carly Fiorina won herself a big patch of political territory in Wednesday night's marathon 11-candidate debate on CNN. But the conventionally wise have been consistently...Read more

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