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Roll Call: “Republicans can’t win the economic argument if they don’t make it in the first place”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the strong argument in favor of Republican economic policies that the GOP could be making.

Instead of criticizing the positive economic report, Republicans ought to take credit for producing an economy so strong the country has been able to weather shutting down almost our entire economic system, not without pain, but with the power to rebound and quickly. But many Republicans seem ready and willing to cede the rebounding economy over to the Democrats.

Read the full piece here.

Roll Call: “For Joe Biden, unity is for Democrats only”

by Caitlin Peartree

In this week’s column for Roll Call, the Winston Group’s David Winston assesses how Biden’s actions so far are measuring up against his inauguration day promise of unity.

In the case of his unity promise, less than a majority — only 48 percent — said Biden has been working to promote unity. Thirty-eight percent said he was focused on his base. Only weeks into his presidency, his numbers on this question should be stronger.

Read the full piece here.

Roll Call: “Partisan voters claim, ‘We wuz robbed.’ No, they weren’t”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the present political environment, one that has gone far beyond politics as usual.

The country today is mired in the alarming aftermath of two extremely polarizing presidential elections where the losing side in each refused to accept the outcome.  Not a good prescription for a strong democracy. 

Read the full piece here.

Roll Call: “In our political rewards system, fundraising tops accountability. That has to change”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the role of money and fundraising in politics and the impact they have had on the larger political environment:

The political reward system has created a model that works for consultants, the media and super PACs that dominate the political environment, but it is failing candidates, the donors who fund campaigns and those who value civil political discourse and democracy. And it’s dividing the country in the process.

Read the full piece here.

Roll Call: “Anger has been the drug of choice for our political system for too long”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the divisiveness of our current politics and what we should do moving forward.

“This didn’t start with the 2020 election. It has been years in the making. Whether you voted for Donald Trump or Joe Biden, don’t think this goes away because Trump is no longer in office. This was already in motion long before Trump came on the scene; and unless the system changes, it will continue to deteriorate and become even more dangerous.”  

“I don’t know why anyone should be surprised. When anger is the drug of choice in politics, when it takes a bigger and bigger hit to grab eyeballs and get attention, where else would we end up?”

Read the full piece here.

Roll Call: “Note to Joe Biden: Unity is more than just words”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the need for unity in the country, and whether the President’s actions in his first days in office will help achieve that unity.

So far, his support for unity has been more rhetorical than substantive. Biden’s unilateral executive orders will only further divide the nation, but his approach isn’t very different from his most recent predecessors. Whether it was Bill Clinton or Barack Obama, Donald Trump or Biden, right out of the gate, each focused on policies that reflected base priorities rather than looking for compromises that might have avoided what has been a downward spiral of bitter partisanship in Washington.

Read the full piece here.

Seven Key Stats From the 2020 Election

by Caitlin Peartree

By David Winston and Myra Miller

The horrific events in the Capitol have made this one of the darkest weeks in recent history. There is no justification whatsoever for what occurred on Wednesday. While Republicans should always support election integrity in the voting process, many people have had difficulty in understanding how President Trump could have lost at the presidential level while Congressional Republicans won seats at a widespread scale, contributing to the theory that the election was stolen or rigged. 

Click here for seven statistics from the 2020 election that should help explain this gap between the Congressional and presidential vote.

Roll Call: “2020 was no fluke for congressional Republicans, no matter the Georgia runoff results”

by Caitlin Peartree

In his first Roll Call column of 2021, the Winston Group’s David Winston offers an assessment of the 2020 elections in light of the Georgia run-offs:

What happens in the next 48 hours in Georgia and the halls of Congress will change the political dynamics of the next two years.

What it won’t change, however, is how and why President Donald Trump lost and Joe Biden won.

And it also won’t change the fact that congressional Republicans outperformed the president and upended the expected blue wave by focusing on legislative priorities that connected ideologically with a broader electorate.

Read the full piece here.

Roll Call: “Pelosi’s dilemma: Fuel the fires or practice what Biden preaches?”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about Joe Biden’s calls for unity since the election, in contrast with Congressional Democrats’ seeming pursuit of a more progressive agenda.

When you lose seats like Florida’s 27th District or Iowa’s 2nd or Texas’ 23rd, perhaps a little introspection on the part of the speaker might be in order. Perhaps rethinking a progressive agenda that is at odds with a center-right country is a good first step. But if the events of the past couple of weeks are any indication, congressional Democrats are gearing up for more ideological battles, not preparing for peace talks.

Read the full piece here.

Roll Call: “Biden at bat: ‘There is no joy in Mudville’”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston considers the results of the election in today’s Roll Call, with takeaways for both Democrats and Republicans. 

In many ways, the 2020 election has already delivered its verdict. Simply put, the blue wave that was predicted never happened, and while it may not have technically been a red wave, it was certainly a “red surprise” with unexpected Republican strength driving key victories at every level.

In the end, there was “no joy in Mudville” for a party that expected a clean sweep. There was no mandate for Biden or the Democratic leadership on the Hill, nor for the Democratic Party and its policies. The top issue in this election was the economy, as it usually is, but this year, it was complicated by the impact of the coronavirus.

Read the full piece here.

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