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Even Iain Duncan Smith’s critics can’t reject his welfare reforms

7 April 2014 18:18

Iain Duncan Smith’s speech today setting out the moral mission behind his welfare reforms (his series of interventions doing this was previewed in the Spectator at the start of this year)… Continue reading

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Speaks To Long Island Association Event

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton, 2016? God help us all.

31 March 2014 15:58

Connoisseurs of hinge-moments – those instants at which a country’s future changes – have long-appreciated the 1994 Florida gubernatorial election. Jeb Bush lost. Meanwhile, across the country, his elder brother… Continue reading

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BuzzFeed does politics. Watch out, Westminster

27 January 2014 17:30

It’s startling how few young people feel aligned to a particular newspaper. Gone is the idea of ‘taking a paper’. Today, we are far more likely to use Flipboard to… Continue reading

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Senate Chairman Of Transportation Committee Calls For Investigation Into George Washington Bridge Lane Closures

Rumours of Chris Christie’s political death are exaggerated.

8 January 2014 21:35

January 2014, two years before the Iowa caucuses and already Chris Christie, the pugnacious governor of New Jersey, has been handed the Black Spot. His chances of securing the Republican… Continue reading

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Negotiations Continue On Capitol Hill One Day Before Debt Limit Deadline

Debt emergency over – now for the Republican Party’s existential crisis

16 October 2013 20:22

Phew! America has stopped banging its head against the debt ceiling. For now. The world’s pre-eminent power can carry on ruining itself for a while longer — until the next… Continue reading

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Chris Christie Makes Campaign Announcement

Chris Christie lays down a marker for the 2016 US presidential election

7 August 2013 18:04

Ties between the Tories and the Republicans have rarely been weaker than they are today. The hiring of Jim Messina, Barack Obama’s campaign manager, is another sign that the Tories… Continue reading

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Chris Christie Makes Campaign Announcement

Chris Christie and the Average American Joe

6 August 2013 17:45

Jonathan Bernstein objects to the notion that it’s Chris Christie’s supposed ability to speak like an “average Joe” than makes him a strong candidate to win the Republican party’s 2016… Continue reading

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How can the Republican party rescue itself? By looking to Richard Nixon. Image: Getty

Nixon’s lessons for today’s Republicans

9 January 2013 16:27

If the past few weeks are any indication, conservative Republicans learned very little from the 2012 election. While the party’s establishment tries to claw its way back from defeat, tea… Continue reading

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Chris Christie, the Republican Governor of New Jersey, will be up for reelection next year. Picture: Getty Images

America’s new political battles begin

17 November 2012 14:40

It may be less than a fortnight since the 2012 US elections, but it’s never too early to start speculating about what might happen in the next ones. So here’s… Continue reading

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Western Kentucky v Mississippi Valley State

Race, gay marriage and modern Conservatism. Lessons for David Cameron from America. - Spectator Blogs

13 November 2012 17:10

So, we’ve had nearly a week to digest the results of the American election and contemplate what, if anything, it might all mean for politics there and, naturally, in this… Continue reading

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With the elections over, Speaker Boehner and President Obama have resumed negotiations aimed at avoiding the fiscal cliff. Picture: Getty Images

Briefing: The US fiscal cliff

9 November 2012 15:49

With the elections over and Barack Obama returned to the White House for four more years, the attention of US politicians has turned to the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ — a… Continue reading

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Mitt Romney concedes defeat in the US Presidential election. Picture: Getty

The Romney campaign meets electoral reality

9 November 2012 15:23

When I worked in Washington, I was shown round the White House by a junior Bush administration staffer. As our group made it round the building we passed various photos… Continue reading

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Romney Campaigns Throughout Swing States Ahead Of Presidential Election

The View from the Cocoon of Denial and Epistemic Closure - Spectator Blogs

7 November 2012 19:48

William F Buckley has, alas, gone the way of all flesh but his National Review lives on and arguably remains the flagship journal of contemporary American conservatism. It certainly considers… Continue reading

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US election 2012: Obama’s re-election

7 November 2012 7:18

In the end, Barack Obama won re-election comfortably. The Obama political team again demonstrated its ability to get the vote out where it needed it. The margin might have been… Continue reading

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President Obama Holds Election Night Event In Chicago

Barack Obama is Re-Elected President of the United States - Spectator Blogs

7 November 2012 5:45

Well, I was wrong. I thought Mitt Romney might do rather better than it seems he has. As I type this CNN has just called Ohio for Barack Obama, confirming… Continue reading

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Presidential Predictions: Barack Obama 294 Mitt Romney 244 - Spectator Blogs

6 November 2012 19:37

Asked my prediction a few days ago, I looked at all the possibilities and plumped for Obama 294, Romney 244. This is tediously in the middle of the general range… Continue reading

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Barack Obama Deserves A Second Term - Spectator Blogs

6 November 2012 14:10

No matter the result of today’s Presidential election, it will not be Morning in America tomorrow. Of course the successful candidate will talk of America’s essential greatness. He will promise… Continue reading

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Would you vote for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama tomorrow? Image: Getty

Why I would vote for Mitt Romney

5 November 2012 16:58

What is the role of a commentator in an election in which he or she cannot vote? And how would I vote tomorrow if I could? The response of many… Continue reading

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Mitt Romney at a rally yesterday in Virginia. Picture: Getty

The real Mitt Romney and why the American right can take heart

5 November 2012 12:56

Iain Duncan Smith last night threw his weight behind Mitt Romney in a manner his colleagues have been reluctant to do. He told Pienaar’s Politics that he was unimpressed with… Continue reading

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65th Anniversary Of D-Day Celebrated At National D-Day Memorial In Virginia

The Continental Divide: Why are Red States So Red and Blue States So Blue? - Spectator Blogs

31 October 2012 18:37

So, for the third time in the last four American elections it looks as though this contest is gonna be a close one. As in 2004, however, the narrow-but-significant advantage… Continue reading

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Mid Atlantic Coast Prepares For Hurricane Sandy

The Republican party didn't leave Michael Bloomberg. He was never really in it. - Spectator Blogs

30 October 2012 18:34

If two things could have been predicted about Hurricane Sandy it was that, first, far too many people would waste time pondering the likely impact of the storm upon next… Continue reading

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Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are both very likely to keep their jobs after next week's elections. Picture: Getty Images.

US Elections: Will everything just stay the same?

30 October 2012 17:06

We’re now just a week away from election day in the United States. And after all the campaign rallies, all the debates, all the billions of dollars spent, it looks… Continue reading

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Vice-President Biden closes the enthusiasm gap

12 October 2012 7:24

The conventional wisdom dictates that debates between VP candidates are nights that should only interest political anoraks. But the last eight days have not been good for conventional wisdom: remember… Continue reading

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Mitt Romney will debate President Obama for the first time in Denver, Colorado tonight. Picture: Getty Images.

‘Are you better off?’ won’t be a winning debate line for Mitt Romney

3 October 2012 16:02

‘Are you better off than you were four years ago?’ That was the question Ronald Reagan told Americans to ask themselves when choosing their President in 1980, and it’s a… Continue reading

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US President George W Bush (L) walks to

Mitt Romney is no George W Bush. That’s a problem.

19 September 2012 19:44

Failed presidencies have long half-lives. Just ask Walter Mondale or Michael Dukakis. Jimmy Carter’s legacy wasn’t the only reason they lost but they certainly received no assistance from the great… Continue reading

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