Four Steps to Senate Control in 2014
For the third consecutive election cycle, the Republican Party is yet again poised to take control of the Senate. Of course, we said that in 2010 and 2012. In 2014, things may be somewhat different. Coupled with the likely retention of GOP control of the House, this is yet again a unique opportunity which Harry Reid has, coincidentally, made it easier for Republicans to thwart | Read More »
Liberal Blowhards, Race and Barack Obama
One of my favorite liberal blowhards, the aptly named Charles Blow, recently penned an article in the New York Times which seems to suggest that opposition to Barack Obama, particularly his signature legislation- Obamacare, is racially motivated. This is not surprising since Charles Blow is an example of the typical African-American liberal who sees a racial bogeyman wherever he looks. Just a perusal of his | Read More »
Just What IF Christie is the Nominee?
It is exactly three days past Election Day 2013 as I begin writing this and by the looks of it here on Redstate and elsewhere, Chris Christie is the apparent front runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. It amuses me to read some of the more extreme rhetoric here and elsewhere against Christie by many who simply read what they see in the press, | Read More »
The Debt Ceiling, the Budget and the Fallout: The House
With the debt limit ceiling and continuing resolution votes out of the way for now, the media will likely turn to the fallout from the recent drama played out in the halls of Congress. No sooner than the House vote was completed, the liberal bloviators at The Washington Post and the New York Times were predicting the downfall of the Republican Party and the coming | Read More »
Blame and a Government Shutdown
The House has voted to fund the government through the remainder of the year if Obamacare is delayed for one year. Despite the wrangling and punditry leading to this vote, everyone with a functional synapse in their brain knew this was going to happen. There now appears to be a post-vote resignation befalling all the pundits that a government shutdown is all but inevitable. Harry | Read More »
The IRS Scandal: There is No Smoking Gun
There will no doubt be Congressional hearings into the brewing IRS scandal that just seems to get worse by the day, especially evey time Jay Carney opens his mouth. To illustrate the fact that where there is smoke, there likely is fire one need only look at where we are now. This entire episode came to light publicly when an IRS official, speaking before an | Read More »
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 »