As Ryan takes over, can he tame the reckless Establishment?

We expect more of the same from Speaker Ryan, but we hope for the best. Indeed if Ryan can get the big spending establishment under reins this will be an historic achievement. Truly something to be proud of. His position in history will be unique. And you know pols love that sort of thing.

We think it is possible that Ryan has it in him. Possible. Not probable though.

Read More

Will a conservative/libertarian/liberal coalition kill the TPP?

Given that the President is for the TPP, the Senate has basically said that it is on board, and the House leadership is pushing the thing, a derailment of the trade deal would constitute a significant coup. Such things are rare in American politics.

Read More