How Republicans Should Oppose Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee
At this writing, we do not know who President Obama will nominate to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court, and so it’s impossible to anticipate precisely how much Republican opposition his pick will meet with, or for that matter whether any Democrats will be opposed. Nonetheless, of this much we can be sure, from Obama’s own history and prior statements as well as that | Read More »
Mark Sanford Takes The Heat
If the GOP is going to renew itself, Republican governors will need to play a major role. Fortunately, we have some good ones. Several of us from RedState participated in a blogger call with one of the best, South Carolina’s Mark Sanford. Gov. Sanford, best known as a critic of excessive government spending, is leaving office in 2010 due to term limits, and there is | Read More »
Democratic Spin on GTMO Stupid Even By Standards of Democratic Spin
Goldfarb notes this hilarious attempt to claim that Republicans opposed to moving detainees from Guantanamo into their districts are – wait for it – insulting America’s corrections officers: ON GUANTANAMO, GOP DISPARAGES MEN AND WOMEN WHO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE Why do Republicans think that Americans can’t do their jobs? Today, John Boehner and the Republican House leadership are introducing legislation to keep Guantanamo detainees | Read More »
The Unspeakable: Why Can’t A Billboard Say Obama Is “Pro-Abortion”?
You may remember the flap over the Secret Service limitations on where protestors could set up near George W. Bush, and the wailing about “free speech zones” being an unconscionable restriction, etc. I have yet to hear anybody (1) complain about the Secret Service’s policy since Obama took over or (2) explain how the policy changed, as I suspect it has not. Like so many | Read More »
BREAKING: Tom Ridge Not Running For PA-SEN
Former Pennsylvania Governor and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has announced he will not run for Arlen Specter’s Senate seat. Here’s Ridge’s view of where he goes next:
Why Republican Unity On Spending Matters
While the defection of Arlen Specter to the Democrats had a number of causes, the proximate cause was that his support of the Obama stimulus bill brought Pat Toomey off the fence and into a primary race Specter would have lost. Jim DeMint followed this up with a provocative WSJ op-ed arguing for more purity in the GOP caucus in sticking to small-government principles and | Read More »
Chuck Schumer Drops the Mask
As noted by Jonah Goldberg, liberal Democrats like Chuck Schumer are now so convinced that 2006 and 2008 have permanently altered the American political landscape that they no longer feel the need to hide their disdain for the things majorities of the American people have supported for decades: “The world has changed,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York proclaimed on MSNBC. “The old Reagan | Read More »
RIP Jack Kemp, 1935-2009
Just saw this reported: Jack Kemp, a giant of the modern conservative movement, has died after a bout with cancer. Kemp never won national or even statewide office, and his gravelly wonkishness wasn’t always the epitome of charisma, but his political career was a testament to the power of ideas, simple ideas like human freedom and the potential of the individual to do better for | Read More »
Michelle Antoinette and the Don’t-Go-To-The-Mall Administration
Michelle Obama, February 2008: Obama explains that she and her husband made the choice to give up lucrative jobs in favor of community service. “We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do,” she tells the women. “Don’t go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse. Those are | Read More »
The Inverted Conscience of Barack Obama
Next time the United States captures some hardened, mass-murdering terrorists, the CIA should tell President Obama that we captured some unborn children, and he’ll let them do whatever they want.
Peter King to Holder and Napolitano: Tell Us Where You Will Send The Guantanamo Detainees
President Obama has basked in the international glow of his decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, but he’s never yet answered the hard question at the core of opposition to this decision: what are you going to do with the detainees? It’s a question some of our allies have proven much less interested in asking themselves (witness France’s announcement that it would take | Read More »
Nancy Pelosi Was Briefed On Waterboarding But Says She Didn’t Inhale
One of the occupational hazards of partisan politics is attacking the other side for something people on your own side knew about or participated in. Of course, that’s politics; but it becomes a serious problem when you raise the rhetorical temperature to the point of calling your political opponents war criminals … and it turns out your own people knew about the “war crimes” and | Read More »
Peter King Lays Out The Stakes
The GOP has been in a defensive crouch for too long on the war on terror. But one of the Republicans who hasn’t been afraid to lay the stakes of the current debate about interrogation procedures is Long Island Congressman and possible Senate candidate Peter King. King argues that if the Democrats try to prosecute Bush Administration officials for approving coercive interrogation techniques against 9/11 | Read More »
Barack Obama Thinks You Can’t Count
[W]hat I’ve proposed, you’ll hear Sen. McCain say, well, he’s proposing a whole bunch of new spending, but actually I’m cutting more than I’m spending so that it will be a net spending cut. -Barack Obama, Second Presidential Debate, October 7, 2008. OBAMA: …[W]hat I’ve done throughout this campaign is to propose a net spending cut. I haven’t made a promise about… SCHIEFFER: But you’re | Read More »
You Know What We Needed? More, Cheaper Subprime Loans! And Maybe Cheaper Hookers, Too.
So, Ezra Klein wants Eliot Spitzer back in public life, and argues that New Yorkers should take him back just like his wife did, and presumably for the same reasons. This is part of Spitzer’s rehab tour (more here and here). But Klein has picked the wrong man, and for the wrong reasons.
Obama National Intelligence Director Declares Terrorist Threat Over
Amazing: What was more interesting was the accompanying statement by the Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, trying to justify Obama’s decision–or at least put it “into perspective.” The perspective, the context, is that in the months after 9/11, “we did not have a clear understanding of the enemy we were dealing with, and our every effort was focused on preventing further attacks that would | Read More »
Tea Party Open Thread
Let us know in comments about any events today you’ve been following. We’d like to see if anyone has an overall estimate of the number of events or total attendance today, as well as any particular stories that need to be told. Please use this thread for discussion, and use the Tea Party Turnout Thread for actual hard numbers. Even if you post the numbers | Read More »
Should The Surviving Somali Pirate Be Tried…In Juvenile Court?
It’s so hard to do satire these days, because the truth is so often beyond parody. The last of the heavily-armed pirates who stormed the Maersk Alabama, held a paralyzed U.S. Navy at bay for three days and repeatedly threatened to execute their hostage unless they were paid millions in ransom may well be tried in the United States for piracy. This is probably the | Read More »
It’s Blago Time! [UPDATED]
Fitzmas in April for the man Barack Obama endorsed for re-election in 2006? The U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago said Thursday it will release news late in the afternoon about a “significant criminal matter” that will include a court filing. A written statement gave no information on what the subject might be, but in early January, federal Judge James Holderman gave the office three additional | Read More »
What Kind of Fool is Matt Yglesias?
a) The kind of fool who has never held a real job? b) The kind of fool who thinks there’s nothing un-American about using punitive taxation to drive the best baseball players in the world out of the United States? c) The kind of fool who has been drinking too much bong water? Judging by this post, probably all three?