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Future of the GOP : Analysis
House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are among the GOP elites considered high-ranking members of the oft-referenced "Republican establishment."

Who exactly is the 'Republican establishment'?

This drawn-out primary has been filled with endless talk of party elites and conservative power brokers. Well, who are these people?

Future of the GOP : Forecast
The longer the Republican primaries drag on, the less voters seem to think of their potential national leaders, according to a new poll.

The 'corrosive' primary season: How badly has it damaged the GOP?

A pre-Super Tuesday poll found that voters think less of the Republican candidates as their combative primaries drag on. Can the GOP bounce back?

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
The late Andrew Breitbart didn't always show respect for the dead: In the wake of Sen. Ted Kennedy's (D-Mass) death in 2009, Breitbart called the liberal lion a "villain," a "duplicitous bastard," and a "prick."

Andrew Breitbart's death: The 'astonishing' liberal gloating

While conservatives grieve over the loss of a liberal bête noire, some on the Left engage in a little grave-dancing. Would Breitbart actually approve?

Future of the GOP : Breaking Opinion
Conservative watchdog Andrew Breitbart, who died Wednesday, was a risk taker known for exposing liberal hypocrisy.

Andrew Breitbart's death: A blow to conservatism

The brash, conservative crusader passed away suddenly at 43, leaving activists, politicians, and commentators on the Right struggling to fathom their loss

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
Skyrocketing gas prices in 2008: Some say the cost of fuel, which is climbing once again, could reach $5 per gallon in many parts of the country this summer.

Does the GOP want $5 gas?

As rising gas prices sour the national mood, Obama accuses Republicans of hoping for more bad economic news so they can use it against him in November

Future of the GOP : The Bullpen
Robert Shrum

Robert Shrum: The unholy alliance between Catholic bishops and the GOP

Catholic leaders are self-righteously trying to infringe on the liberty of all Americans. And head-in-the-sand Republicans are cheering them on

Future of the GOP : Best Video
Newt Gingrich sweeps away a pile of sparkly bits after being glitter-bombed in May.

Glitter bombing the GOP candidates: A video history

Mitt Romney is the latest victim of the glitzy assault by gay activists, joining Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, who have also been stuck picking sparkles from their hair

Future of the GOP : The List
John Boehner and the House GOP are opposing a bipartisan plan to extend a popular payroll tax holiday for the first two months of 2012, and critics warn that the GOP could lose control of Congress as a result.

What the payroll tax 'fiasco' will cost the GOP: 5 theories

Republicans are getting hammered for their bungling of the payroll tax cut extension. How badly will it hurt the GOP going into an election year?

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
House Speaker John Boehner's caucus rejected the Senate's two-month extension of the payroll tax break: Without congressional action, taxes on working Americans will climb two percentage points on Jan. 1.

Payroll tax fight: Has Boehner lost control of the GOP?

The House speaker rejects the Senate's bipartisan tax deal after members of his caucus revolt. Just who's calling the shots in the House?

Future of the GOP : Slideshow
The Republican presidential candidats' movie choices

The Republican candidates’ favorite movies: A slideshow

A look at the cinematic tastes of the GOP's past and present presidential hopefuls

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
A county GOP committee in Virginia sent out this Obama illustration as part of an invitation to a Halloween parade, and ended up offending Democrats and Republicans alike.

'Zombie Obama': A GOP group's 'disgusting' email

Virginia Republicans apologize after sending a mailer depicting the president as a zombie with a bullet hole in his head. What were they thinking?

Future of the GOP : The Bullpen
Tish Durkin

Tish Durkin: Why Republicans should stop dreaming of Chris Christie

Dissatisfied with Rick Perry, many conservatives are hopelessly trying to draft New Jersey's governor. But let's face it — he's no messiah

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
House Speaker John Boehner convinced his GOP caucus to pass a temporary spending bill on Friday, but only after 48 members of his party revolted in an embarrassing Wednesday vote.

Will John Boehner ever be able to control his caucus?

The Republican speaker pushes through a stopgap spending bill — but only after bowing to conservatives who embarrassed him earlier this week

Future of the GOP : Controversy
Top Republican leaders sent Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke a letter this week sternly discouraging him from using monetary policy to try and stimulate the economy; Bernanke ignored their advice.

Proof that the GOP wants to 'sabotage' the economy?

Liberals cry foul after top Republican leaders urge Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke not to use monetary policy to help juice the sputtering economy

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will not offer a formal response to President Obama's jobs speech Thursday night, prompting Nancy Pelosi to brand the Ohio Republican as "disrespectful."

No rebuttal: Is the GOP dissing Obama's jobs speech?

Nancy Pelosi labels House Speaker John Boehner "disrespectful" for opting not to respond to the president's big speech on Thursday

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and fellow Republicans say that disaster relief will come to those who need it, but that Democrats will have to make spending cuts to offset it.

Is the GOP really being 'cold-hearted' about Irene relief?

House Republicans insist that Congress must cut spending before paying to help victims — and, arguably, conservatives have a point

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