How Low Can He Go?
Via Jim Geraghty, we get this delightful story of a Barack Obama fundraising event that sounds more like a Cippers game than an appearance by the Commander in Chief: Pres. Obama is the best fundraiser the Dem Party has, but his drawing power is way down from its peak during the ’08 campaign. Obama is heading to MO and NV today to raise money for | Read More »
Stop the Dodd-Frank Financial Overhaul
Early on Friday morning, after a 20-hour long conference, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a consensus version of their Wall Street overhaul. It’s nominally intended to address the problems exposed by the 2008 near collapse, which gave birth to our current bailout culture. But instead of addressing the problems of Fannie and Freddie, this bill does nothing to reform those GSEs. Faced with a | Read More »
Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) Cares a Lot About our Troops
She cares so much in fact, that she is really deeply committed to making sure that if they get accused of a crime, they get their day in court. In fact, just last week she sent a letter to a constituent, saying how confident she was that three Navy SEALs accused of punching a terrorist would get justice:
Climate Change Disconnect
On Thursday, the US Senate is scheduled to vote on Lisa Murkowski’s SJRes 26, which would stop the EPA from imposing a cap-and-trade-style energy rationing plan. This will be the most important climate change vote of the year, particularly in the Senate. But how is the White House dealing with the possibility that the Senate will reject cap and trade? Are they lobbying the Senate, | Read More »
Announcing Liberty Central
The first part of the Obama administration has shown us clearly that the leadership in Washington is committed to a far left agenda. Forced to choose between steering a moderate course and preserving their popularity, or dramatically expanding the size of the state, Congress and the president have chosen the latter. Their extremism is bound to cost them seats in November, but that won’t reverse | Read More »
Government Motors Has a Truth Problem
Have you seen the Wall Street Journal op-ed by General Motors’ CEO Ed Whitacre? Have you seen the commercials GM is running, bragging about having repaid their taxpayer loan ‘in full?’ Whitacre acknowledges that there’s ‘still more to do.’ At the top of the list should be ending their attempts to fool American taxpayers, to whom GM still owes tens of billions of dollars: Uncle | Read More »
Blue Dogs Should Pray Health Care Fails
Dear Swing-Seat Democrats: Hey. How are things? I see that you’re really busy trying to figure out just how much you’ll need to sell your vote for Obamacare. So I’ll make this quick. Liberals got all angry when Jim DeMint said that if the president’s health care rationing bill was defeated, it would be his ‘Waterloo.’ DeMint meant that it would more or less put | Read More »
Why Does the Democrat Health Care Bill Punish Florida Seniors?
President Obama and Congressional Democrat leaders promised that they would use the reconciliation ‘fix’ to correct the inequities of the original House and Senate bills. Items like the Cornhusker Kickback and Louisiana Purchase would be eliminated, and all states would be treated fairly. But it turns out they didn’t mean it. According to the Associated Press, there are still special deals intended to buy the | Read More »
O Brave New World
It’s becoming apparent that Democrats have decided that they really will do anything to pass Obamacare – including seemingly violating the Constitution. This is likely to guarantee that their health care plan will enjoy an express ride to a Supreme Court challenge, but it also opens up a whole new range of possibilities for enactment of a bold conservative agenda. Right now, it seems highly | Read More »
Connolly (D-VA), Nye (D-VA) Keep Rangel Donations
Charlie Rangel’s offenses are serious enough to have prompted an ongoing ethics investigation. They are serious enough to warrant his stepping aside as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. They’re serious enough that there’s a real question as to whether this is the end of his political career. And they’re serious enough that 27 House Democrats have decided to surrender the donations he | Read More »
Is Nancy Pelosi Trying to Lose the House?
Ask yourself this question: if Nancy Pelosi were trying to lose control of the House, what would she do differently? Elevating her extreme liberal California pal Pete Stark to temporary leadership of the Ways and Means Committee is a great way to further alienate independents and divide Democrats. Stark is next in line for the post in seniority, but his maverick personality had led some | Read More »
Rick Boucher (D-VA) Is Feeling the Heat
Coming into this election cycle, Rick Boucher was the safest of Democrats. Despite his district’s strong Republican lean, he has been re-elected comfortably in recent years. His district did not even earn a mention on Charlie Cook’s list of races to watch until September, when he first listed it as ‘Likely Democratic.’ It’s become clear recently however, that Rick Boucher is in trouble. His liberal | Read More »
House Republicans Speak
As noted earlier, I had the opportunity to attend much of the GOP Retreat in Baltimore today. I interviewed several Members about the session with President Obama, and I interviewed Congressman Pete Sessions about the upcoming midterm elections. Here they are, unedited:
The House GOP Retreat
Today I attended the House GOP retreat in Baltimore, at the invitation of House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence. I got to play at reporter, and to chat with some Members of Congress and staff. I also got to attend the speech with the President, and the subsequent question-and-answer session. As others have noted, the speech very much seemed to be an attempt by the | Read More »
What’s the Matter with the New York State GOP?
In the wake of Scott Brown’s upset win in Massachusetts, Blue-Chip GOP candidates are coming out of the woodwork around the country. But there seems to be little progress in dark blue New York – at least when it comes to statewide races. With a dearth of good candidates (so far), New York may be one state where Democrats dodge a Republican wave that seems | Read More »
Schumer: Move the KSM Trial From NY? Sure, That Would be Fine.
Speaker (to be) Boehner predicted the other day that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will not be tried in New York City. It seems increasingly likely that he’s right, as Democrats grow more and more fearful of the political and security ramifications of these proceedings. With Schumer and Gillibrand now saying that they’re open to a different venue, and the White House no longer willing to stand | Read More »
Arguments I Never Expected: Hayworth Is No More Conservative than McCain
My friend Matt Lewis pens a piece today about the coming primary between John McCain and former Representative JD Hayworth. I suppose it’s a preview of how McCain plans to try to split Hayworth from his conservative base. But if this is the best that McCain can do, then he’s headed for trouble. First off, full disclosure: I have liked JD Hayworth since my days | Read More »
NYC Police Commissioner: We Were Never Consulted on Terror Trials
Mike Bloomberg’s Chief of Police spoke to the New York Young Republican Club last week, and he told the stunned audience that the Obama White House never consulted with the NYPD or Mayor Bloomberg before announcing a decision to try Khalid Sheikh Muhammad in lower Manhattan: “We were not consulted,” Kelly said tersely of the decision. He stated that the trial “will raise the threat | Read More »
Report: DSCC Trying to Get Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) to Retire
This is nothing more than scuttlebut, so take it for what it’s worth. But given her horrible poll numbers, it’s probably quite reasonable to conclude that anyone would have a better shot at winning this Senate seat than Blanche Lincoln: A well-known Washington insider has been telling Arkies this weekend that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is trying to talk Sen. Blanche Lincoln out of | Read More »
Congressional Democrats to AMA: Go Pound Sand
Here’s a completely unsurprising and predictable story. Do you remember how many conservatives spent months trying to figure out why the leadership of the American Medical Association signed the nation’s doctors up in support of Obamacare? Many conservatives argued that the AMA was being shortsighted – that Congressional Democrats would ultimately betray the AMA, despite the powerful group’s consistent advocacy of the president’s health care | Read More »