Roll Call: “Joe Manchin is a bona fide centrist. Deal with it”

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the centrism of Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Manchin is a traditional Democrat, not a bomb thrower. He seeks out compromise to move the country forward and, unlike many of his fellow Democrats, uses reason and rationality to argue for his positions on issues,Continue reading “Roll Call: “Joe Manchin is a bona fide centrist. Deal with it””

Roll Call: “Independents will decide when Biden’s honeymoon is over”

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in this week’s Roll Call about how Biden’s policies are doing among independent voters. Contrary to what the White House and corporate media are saying, on most issues, Republicans are not on board, and neither are independents.  The Biden team ought to remember that honeymoons don’t last forever, norContinue reading “Roll Call: “Independents will decide when Biden’s honeymoon is over””

Roll Call: “Yes, I still believe in bipartisanship. No, I don’t believe in unicorns”

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about why bipartisan cooperation is still possible, even in today’s political environment. The fact that Collins and Coons were able to recruit a majority of senators to stand fast for the filibuster shows that bipartisan cooperation is possible, even if it is on life supportContinue reading “Roll Call: “Yes, I still believe in bipartisanship. No, I don’t believe in unicorns””

Roll Call: “A needed lesson in bipartisanship: The Civil Rights Act of 1964”

In today’s Roll Call, the Winston Group’s David Winston writes about the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its lessons in bipartisanship that are still applicable today. Beyond the rightness of the legislation, it was bipartisan unity that delivered the Civil Rights Act of 1964. No rules were changed to get it done. ThisContinue reading “Roll Call: “A needed lesson in bipartisanship: The Civil Rights Act of 1964””

Roll Call: “As Democrats plot to overturn Iowa result, it’s déjà vu all over again”

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about Democrats’ ongoing attempt to oust Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa’s 2nd District, whose election was certified and who has been seated in Congress, and the similarities it bears to the situation in Indiana’s 8th Congressional District in the 1984 election cycle. So what shouldContinue reading “Roll Call: “As Democrats plot to overturn Iowa result, it’s déjà vu all over again””

Roll Call: “Biden’s progressive agenda doubles down on past policy failures”

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the $1.9 trillion COVID relief law, and how Democrats may have taken the wrong lesson from President Obama’s first two years in office: Despite winning Congress and the White House by razor-thin margins, Democrats have decided to double down on Obama’s strategic mistake thatContinue reading “Roll Call: “Biden’s progressive agenda doubles down on past policy failures””

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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