Republicans should have adopted Democrats' rules — and vice versa

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

Trump's better-than-even chance of winning the Republican nomination and Sanders' success in pushing Hillary Clinton to the left owe something to another factor: Each party's nominating process has proven better suited this year to the other party.

Gallup: 63 percent say nomination fight hurting the GOP

Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner

A net 63 percent of Republicans and those who lean Republican said the 2016 presidential primary fight between Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich is hurting the party. The April 15-17 poll is a sharp contrast from the same poll conducted in February 2012 during Mitt Romney's fight for the nomination, when 40 percent of voters said the campaign was hurting the party.

I Will Not Vote For Donald Trump. Ever.

Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

I have become convinced that Donald Trump’s pro-life conversion is a conversion of convenience. Life is the foremost cause in how I vote. Therefore I will not be voting for Donald Trump at all. Ever.

Democrats Assault the Second Amendment...Again

Jan LaRue, American Thinker

Not to be outdone, America's putter in chief, who's protected by enough firepower to take out a banana republic, is about to pen his next unconstitutional executive order aiming to disarm Americans.  President Obama will "order" private citizens to do background checks before they can lawfully sell a gun to anyone – including a family member.

What if Democrats had a national security debate?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Jobs and the economy are hugely important topics — for years, they have been the voters' top concern, and might be again if the world situation settles down. But national security is vital, too. That's why Republicans devoted an entire debate to it. You'll never see Democrats do that.

Democrats' problem: Americans have little faith in government

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

The Republican party certainly has its problems: a chaotic presidential race, a despised congressional party, unpopularity among the rapidly growing number of non-whites. But the Democratic party has its problems as well. One of them is the fact that the two signature policies of Barack Obama—the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, the nuclear agreement with Iran—are unpopular with most voters.

PC Response to Terror Is Reviving Democrats’ Weak 1980s Image

John Fund, National Review

More and more Democrats are anxious that a tone-deaf White House is pushing the party back to the days of the late 1970s and 1980s, when Democratic candidates from Jimmy Carter to Walter Mondale to Michael Dukakis were viewed as insufficiently responsive to foreign-policy threats. The party paid a price for that, and Democrats worry that they now look out-of-touch and uncertain in foreign policy.

Dems hope to turn refugee debate into gun debate

Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner

Democrats are pressuring Republicans to pass legislation blocking gun and explosives purchases for anyone suspected of being a terrorist, and are threatening to attach that language on a bill imposing new conditions on the entry of Syrian refugees.

Wanted: Grownups

Erick Erickson,

The Republican Party rarely wins domestic policy elections. But when it comes to foreign policy, it turns out the American people want someone in the White House who is willing to kill bad guys while suffering no delusions. The Democrats are infantile and delusional. They have reached a point where no evidence contrary to their world view will ever be allowed to pierce their bubble and get them to change their ways.

Democrats lose big in Virginia, too

Laura Vozzella and Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post

Republicans held onto the Virginia Senate in fiercely contested elections Tuesday, leaving Gov. Terry McAuliffe without legislative leverage or political momentum as he works to deliver Virginia for his friend and ally Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016.

When voter anger meets partisan division

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

The force of discontent, if it proves to be irresistible enough to move the seemingly immovable force of partisan polarization, seems more likely to work against the party now holding the White House than against the party better positioned to cast itself as a force for change.

Democrats like what they hear from Ryan

Mike Lillis, The Hill

After Paul Ryan’s speech, Rep. Joseph Crowley, vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus said, "It sounded an awful lot like a Democrat speaking. I think he's a good person and a decent guy. That came through, I think, today."

These Republicans joined Dems to stop pain capable abortion ban

Rachel Stoltzfoos, Daily Caller

Senate Democrats refused to allow a vote on a 20 week abortion ban Tuesday, with the help of Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and Mark Kirk. Collins and Kirk opposed the measure, while Murkowski also effectively opposed it by not voting.

Dems greet Pope Francis with three cheers for abortion

Washington Examiner

The position of Reid and company is extreme and untenable, and someday, even if only for political expediency rather than for fundamental decency, they will soften their rigid, doctrinaire support for abortion extremism.

Democrats Get It Right On Boehner And Bush

As CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie observed in his book TAKEOVER, the stock-in-trade of Democrats and the Left is to lie to make Republican candidates look scary to various independent segments of the electorate; the non-existent war on women, alleged Republican racism and “meanness” to the underprivileged are just a few of these tactics. But what if Democrats actually told the truth about a Republican, like John Boehner or Jeb Bush?

Status of the Senate races for 2016

National Journal

Republicans look more likely than not right now to lose two blue-state seats. But after that, it's far too early to say whether one party or the other holds a definitive advantage in five toss-up seats—four held by Republicans and one by retiring Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid.

101% Of Eligible Voters Ready To Vote In Mississippi?

Our friends at The Public Interest Legal Foundation have now filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Clarke County Election Commission in Mississippi because it has more voters on the rolls than living citizens.

Liberals, Conservatives and Abortion

Ron Ross, American Spectator

On some issues there is often little real difference between Republican and Democrat politicians’ attitudes and reactions. Not this time. The abortion debate that is now front and center provides an unambiguous contrast between the two parties. Moral clarity can be a powerful force.

Dems Hope GOP Platform Will Help Them Woo Millennials

Mike Lillis, The Hill

House Dems think the GOP’s agenda has given them a new opportunity to win over millennials ahead of '16. Even though younger voters tend to vote Dem., the group turned out in low numbers amid the midterms last Nov.

Dems Pull the Race Card on Education, Again

Frederick M. Hess & Michael J. Petrilli, National Review

Liberals deploy the same old tactics to shoot down any attempts to curtail bad federal laws.