The US Republican Party, once dominant now in disarray, is beginning the search for a leader to chart a course out of the wilderness after the presidential and congressional elections disaster.
President George W. Bush and his political guru Karl Rove once dreamed of building a conservative coalition that would outlast them.
But Bush will leave Washington in January with Democrats monopolizing power in the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives.
The first meeting of incoming and outgoing presidents has been a rite of passage fraught with emotion, surprises and the rare exchange of secrets between leaders of opposite political parties.
On Monday, President Bush will welcome President-elect Obama to the White House, and the 43rd and 44th presidents will make nice. This, after a hard-fought campaign in which one of Obama's most effective strategies was to rail against the "failed policies" of the current president.
It popped out casually, a throwaway line as he talked to reporters about finding the right puppy for his young daughters.
But with just three offhanded words in his first news conference as president-elect, Barack Obama reminded everyone how thoroughly different his administration — and inevitably, this country — will be.
"Mutts like me."
Gov. Sarah Palin denounced anonymous criticisms leveled at her by former John McCain aides as lies, including allegations that Republican lawyers were traveling to Alaska to reclaim her high-priced wardrobe and that she didn't know Africa was a continent.
"Those accounts are not true," the former Republican vice presidential candidate said in her first public comments on the matter since the election Tuesday.
President-elect Barack Obama prepared to hold his first post-election news conference Friday as he lost little time in assembling an administration that is sailing into a sea of troubles.
With stock markets once again in freefall, Obama was to convene a meeting of his high-powered panel of economic advisers before the first press conference since his triumph in Tuesday's election against Republican John McCain.
Even in the powerful afterglow of historic Election Day 2008, realism makes us ask: What will Barack Obama's first 100 days in office mean for us?
Americans are known for their eagerness for a new president to succeed. We do give each one a honeymoon. We traditionally have suspended judgment for 100 days, preferring to be believers in a new administration. Already, some voters who vehemently supported John McCain are rushing to take credit for Obama's victory. (However, if he proves a disappointment, they will just as quickly distance themselves from him.)Read More
Congratulations to Barack Obama, the incoming 44th President of the United States. He soon will fill America's highest office after a nearly flawless, first-time White House bid. He demonstrates that education, eloquence, and elegance trump lingering racial bias. His staunchly left-liberal ideas aside, he inspires in many ways. May he govern justly and make every American proud.
Now, what about those who Obama and his supporters vanquished? What the Republican Party badly needs is a Night of the Long Knives.Read More
Barack Obama's historic victory has created a new electoral map.
Several red Republican states turned blue for Democrats on Election Day. Some blue states turned even bluer. Predictably, the result has buoyed Democrats and depressed Republicans. Less predictable is whether the change will last.Read More
My son, a nominal Republican, called from the West Coast to inform me that he had just voted for Barack Obama.
"I just felt l had to be a part of history," he said excitedly. "I wanted to be able to say that I helped elect the first African American president of the United States."Read More
The election of Barack Obama was a transformational moment in American politics, a seismic shift in the political landscape, a rejection of the old, hard-edged ideologically driven campaigns.
And so perhaps you, like so many other Americans, are asking, "What's in it for me?"
The answer comes back in these perilous financial times -- a steady job in the Obama administration. It's well-paid work, white-collar, indoors, no heavy lifting and good for four years and, with luck, maybe eight.Read More