Republican Party

Who governs America matters to every citizen of the world. Yet a bigoted demagogue stands a real chance of being elected President

The President And The Apprentice is an intriguingly contrarian retelling of the story of Nixon and the Eisenhower presidency

How American politics became polarised

Both Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn are hostile to the establishment and oppose centrist politics — but the similarities between these apparent opposites go much deeper than that

For American conservatives to return to the White House in 2016, they must stop running up an escalator that is moving down

Critics like to think that neoconservative ideas lie buried in the sands of Iraq. But neocons are still in the mainstream of US politics

Obama’s multilateralism and a growing trend for Republicans to turn their backs on the world pose a grave security threat

‘In the gap where arguments and examples should be, the President invoked God, attacked the Republicans and invoked spectacle’

 On both sides of the Atlantic, the centre-Right has a leadership problem. To paraphrase Dr Johnsonon the widower who, having lost his uncongenial first wife, could not wait to marry again: the re-election of Barack Obama last month was a triumph of the politics of hope over the reality of experience. His wretched record notwithstanding, Americans gritted their teeth and rewarded their president with a second term. Why did they do this? Those who depend on big government—public sector employees, single mothers “married to the state”, and so on—had a positive reason to vote for Obama. The rest did not. What, then, were they voting against?

Herman Cain’s chances of becoming US President have been put paid to by allegations of sexual harassment. But can Newt Gingrich seize the moral high ground?