The Old Senate Versus the New Senate
Suffice to say, for the second consecutive cycle, the Republicans blew gaining control of the Senate and deposing Harry Reid as Majority Leader and, thus, setting the legislative agenda in the upper chamber of Congress. Although the GOP gained a seat out of Nebraska, that was a foregone conclusion. Unfortunately, the Republican Party lost key races in Wisconsin and North Dakota and failed to defend | Read More »
Electoral Reform- Part 2: Are Third Parties the Answer?
For better or worse, the United States has a two-party system. Initially, we had George Washington and nothing else. There were obvious splits early in our history with John Adams and Thomas Jefferson being the most noticeable, but even there both were Federalists. It was the election of the populist Andrew Jackson that basically gave birth to the Democratic Party then, in 1856, the northern | Read More »
Electoral Reform- Part 1: Is There a Need?
On Election Day, as I was following the returns from around the country on Politico (I was following all the races, not just President), somewhere on the lower part of their list of articles was one entitled, “The Real Winner: More Gridlock.” This was published before any votes had been tallied and was the consensus of political “experts.” This was based on an assumption that | Read More »
26 Days to Election Day: Kentucky
Kentucky is considered a border state. To a large extent, it is conservative and Republican. In 2008, McCain easily won Kentucky. Obama managed to win the Louisville area and some swaths of real estate along the northern border and some territory east of Frankfort. He can kiss that area good-bye this year. The key word in Kentucky, as in the next entry tomorrow, is coal! | Read More »
It’s Even Worse Than It Looks (?)
This is not my title, but the title of a book I am currently reading minus the question mark at the end. This is a book that was on the New York Times best seller list by Thomas Mann (of the Brookings Institute) and Norman Ornstein (of the American Enterprise Institute). I really do not remember the motivation behind purchasing the book, but it has | Read More »
How Is the Tea Party Doing Thus Far?
With all but a handful of states having completed their primaries to determine Senate and House races in November, it would be a good time to look at how Tea Party endorsed candidates are doing. There are still a few high profile primary elections yet to go- Massachusetts, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Additionally, there is run off election in Georgia to determine three Republican nominees | Read More »
The Buckley Rule, The Tea Party, and Winning
Most experts trace the beginnings of modern conservatism to William F. Buckley and his National Review magazine. Among other quotes, his most famous is now known as the Buckley Rule: Nominate the most conservative candidate who is electable. For conservative purists, this often creates conflicts. And there is no shortage of debate here and elsewhere about the Buckley rule. On any given day, various politicians | Read More »
In Defense of John Roberts
There is a tremendous amount of vitriol on these pages and other sites directed at Chief Justice John Roberts for his recent decision in the Obamacare cases. This writer has read and reread the decision, the concurrence and the dissenting opinion. I am still left with the impression that this opinion was, as one writer called it, a “deft decision.” Since Sandra Day O’Connor left | Read More »
The Club for Growth and the Tea Party
Erick Erickson’s article regarding the study conducted by the Club for Growth and the Tea Party needs a little more explanation than can be handled in a response in the “comments” section of that article. In a way, it is a little misleading to a certain degree. But first, we have to go back to 2010 and look at the strength of the Tea Party | Read More »
For Romney to Win: Part 1 (The Size of Government)
Frank Luntz recently had an article in the Washington Post about five myths regarding conservative voters. This may very well be a starting point for a winning strategy for Romney in this year’s general election campaign if he can accurately and forcefully articulate the message. In short, he has to delineate a vision, based on pragmatic conservative ideology, that separates him and the Republican Party | Read More »