Latest posts from Practically Republican and Dave Spencer

Newsroom

We’ve gathered the latest news from around the country showcasing efforts to revitalize the GOP, do what’s best for our country, and get things done. The news is organized around the issues where we believe we can make the most progress, most quickly. Of course, we want to know what you think, so let’s talk.

Dave Spencer on GOP Senators and Trump

Recent days have seen GOP senators standing up to and speaking out about the fiasco that is the Trump administration. Practically Republican Founder Dave Spencer comments about Jeff Flake’s decision not run for another term and if we’re seeing the beginning of a tipping point for Republican pushback.

Why I’m Not Leaving The GOP

Based on the divisiveness, dysfunction and deceit of the first nine months of the Trump presidency, my Great Uncle Nelson must be rolling over in his grave on a rotisserie. And as a disillusioned Republican who looks in dismay at the current state of the party, I’ve been roasting right beside him on the spit.

The Summer of Love & Hate

The Summer of Love & Hate This past week’s news has been rightfully dominated by the ongoing natural disaster in Houston. My heart goes out to those whose lives have been upended by this crisis. Here in the Bay Area, there was another big story that became more of...

GOP Blockbusters Are Box Office Bombs

GOP Blockbusters Are Box Office Bombs I love going to the movies. As the lights go down and I sink into my seat, entertainment becomes an escape, a place to lose myself for a few hours in fun, fantasy and drama. Those diversions are especially precious after reading...

GOP Should Declare Moral Bankruptcy

GOP Should Declare Moral Bankruptcy What a mess. Party loyalty has its limits – and it may be time for me to throw in the towel. In all my years as a loyal Republican, I have never felt more humiliated or helpless about where the party stands on policy, legislation...

Talking Practical Politics on C-SPAN

Talking Practical Politics on C-SPAN Dave Spencer appears on C-Span’s Sunday morning news show, Washington Journal, to discuss the principles of Practically Republican with host Steve Scully.

There We Go Again

There We Go Again. The GOP brand dodged a bullet with the AHCA. Can yet another lesson be applied to Tax Reform? For the GOP faithful, it was yet another chapter in a sad story. The DBO (Dead Before Arrival) American Health Care Act once again confirmed to the...

The Worst Job In Washington

The Worst Job In Washington For some people in our nation’s capital, being skewered on Saturday Night Live might be a badge of recognition and courage. But in White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s case, imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery. It’s...

Hopes And Fears For The GOP In 2017

Hopes And Fears For The GOP In 2017 There is nothing like a trip to our nation’s capitol to get a reality check. A few weeks ago, I was in Washington for a conference: A Meeting to Construct the Peace After the War. It was sponsored by the No Labels Foundation, an...

Looking At Trump Through The Rearview Mirror

Looking At Trump Through The Rearview Mirror In politics, hindsight isn’t always 20/20. In July of 2015, I began writing this column for The Huffington Post, advancing ideas and strategies as a pragmatic Republican. Like many pollsters and pundits, I was surprised by...

Can’t Just Sleep Off The Election

Can’t Just Sleep Off The Election I’m standing on Pennsylvania Avenue watching Donald Trump’s Inauguration Parade. As he waves to the crowd, I try to shout, but my voice is drowned out by the screaming masses around me. I struggle to speak, but things start spinning...