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For the GOP, bad has gotten worse

You would think that the narrow loss in November was a landslide. The mainstream media would have you believe the Republican party is near extinction.

Some Republican leaders earnestly want to step up during the party's time of need. They want to present a new face and a fresh approach, to give the media a nod with some "I get it" contrition and turn the page. These leaders are trying to do the right thing, but their personal ambition and inexperience are making them play into the media's hands. There is not yet a market in the mainstream media or within American punditry that will allow for any Republican resurgence. Note to GOP leaders: Be still, surefooted; things could get worse.

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Posted on 6 February 2013 | 3:40 pm Author: Ed Rogers

Why is the president hiding from a budget?

I think the fact that President Obama has refused to offer a budget for the government for the next year is underreported. The latest reason the White House gives for the delay is that officials are working on getting it right and they are struggling with the details.  Given that all the resources of the federal government are at the president's disposal, this could not be the real reason. The budget is not a pop quiz that they didn't know was coming; the due date is written in the law. Why has the administration been waffling about submitting a budget? The answer must be that offering a budget would reveal things that they don't want revealed.

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Posted on 5 February 2013 | 1:33 pm Author: Ed Rogers

The Obama Effect, Part II

Well, with today's jobless report we see the drag of the "Obama effect" on employment.  The Obama administration and its apologists say that once you get past all the bad news in the jobs report, the news isn't so bad. Sure, GDP is falling and unemployment is rising, but things could be worse. Only the most fawning, docile commentator could continue to make excuses for the president and the Democrats.

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Posted on 1 February 2013 | 7:02 pm Author: Ed Rogers

Obama is a drag on GDP

Before the news of the stunning contraction of gross domestic product in the fourth quarter of 2012 completely evaporates from the headlines, I’d like to offer one more cause of the economic anemia we are suffering from. Part of the reason we have such low growth is what I call “the Obama effect” — or simply put, “the Obama drag.”

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Posted on 31 January 2013 | 8:26 pm Author: Ed Rogers

Obama is a downer in the immigration debate

Just as it appears that a bipartisan group of senators could be coming together on immigration reform, President Obama has decided to weigh in.  It's hard to determine what he wanted to accomplish with his campaign-style rally and speech in Las Vegas Tuesday.  Maybe he was agitated at being left out or maybe he didn't want to appear to be irrelevant — which he is not — to the process.

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Posted on 30 January 2013 | 2:39 pm Author: Ed Rogers

Ed Rogers
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Ed Rogers is a co-host of The Insiders Blog, offering commentary from a conservative perspective on Election 2012. He is also chairman of the lobbying and communications firm BGR Group, which he founded with now-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in 1991. Rogers has been involved with numerous Republican political campaigns, including the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. In the first Bush White House, he reported to chief of staff John Sununu. In the Reagan White House, he worked in the office of political affairs. Read more about Rogers.