David Plouffe, Obama’s campaign manager, needs our kind of money.

    The big news from the Obama campaign this Monday is that campaign manager David Plouffe’s surname rhymes with Puff. Magic dragons aside, Mr. Plouffe has issued a vid in which he whines that the Obama lucrative lucre juggernaut is being outspent and will probably be outspent by the McCain campaign. It is RNC cash. Plouffe – rhymes with puff — tells us that very rich | Read More »

    RE: Chandra Levy

    You mean Cindy Sheehan?

    On the Shoulders of SUVs

    [Full Disclosure: I have been working in the auto industry for 8 years now, and I intend to continue working in it. I am not employed by a major auto manufactuere; I am not UAW. I am not involved in vehicle design. I assist in equipment installation and set-up for manufacturing. Once the vehicle is launched, I move on to the next launch.] Toyota announced | Read More »


    RE: Chandra Levy

    You’d think they have better things to cover. And to think, it’s not even August yet. No doubt in August we’ll be back to Natalie Holloway or whatever her name is.

    Special Thanks

    There are always a number of problems with the launch of a site like RedState onto a new platform. There are the load issues that you can only really experience when you experience them. There are the caching issues. There are the compatibility issues. Then there are the user interface issues where some people cough Gamecock cough get used to the site functioning one way | Read More »


    Breaking: Bush to permit offshore oil drilling.

    Via Hot Air Headlines, the head of state of the “world’s biggest polluter” says hi: Bush to Lift Executive Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling WASHINGTON — President Bush will lift an executive ban on offshore oil drilling, although new oil exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf will remain off limits until Congress also takes action. The president will make a Rose Garden statement on Monday, | Read More »

    Who killed Chandra Levy?

    In the summer of 2001, before we were forced awake by September 11, there was plenty of political chatter about then-missing DC Intern Chandra Levy. Much of this centered around former Congressman Gary Condit, D-California, who had done some kinky things to Levy and was considered by the mainstream media to be involved. Her corpse was discovered, but there is not definitive word on what | Read More »

    Oklahoma Election 2008

    As we find ourselves with a new look to the blog and in the summer run up to an election, I thought we’d look at the different offices up for bid in Oklahoma. To start: Senate Our Current Senators are James Inhofe and Tom Coburn. Tom Coburn is in office until the 2010 election, so it is Inhofe’s seat up for grabs. Let’s look at | Read More »

    Family planning is back..or..Keep your pants ON!

    Family planning is back..or..Keep your pants ON! After waiting for almost a decade and seven children, Jose Pagunsan, a garbage dump worker in the Philippines, was finally getting his wish on Friday…a free vasectomy. “I really wanted to do this a long time ago because my wife’s health has suffered due to multiple pregnancies and childbirths,” the 41 year-old scavenger told Reuters, adding his wife | Read More »

    McCain Touts Role in “Campaign Reform”

    John McCain has begun running a 30 second version of this ad in Ohio and 10 other states, in which he touts his role in “campaign reform.” This is, to my knowledge, his first televised ad to tout, even obliquely, his role in passing campaign finance reform during this presidential campaign. While “McCain-Feingold” did much to harvest good PR for Senator McCain and helped put | Read More »

    Barack Obama Voted Four Times To Allow Criminal Charges Against Homeowners Who Defend Their Person and Home With a Gun

    In a victory for individuals across the nation, whether they know it or not, the Supreme Court has decided the 2nd amendment does do what it says — give the people the right to keep and bear arms. Barack Obama’s rapid reversal from opposition to agreement on the issue would make mere mortals snap in half under all the G-forces. Despite Obama’s propensity to say | Read More »

    Mid-Morning Update on Site Status

    For those of you joining in, we have a caching problem still this morning and we’re awaiting an IT fix. If you log in, the front page shows no content after about 6am. If you actually go into any posts or comments, you can the see all the up to date content. LIkewise, logging out of the site shows you current content. We’re working on | Read More »


    The Window Is Open

    At the top of http://www.countryaboveself.com is a new graphic. That graphic depicts a ‘window of opportunity’. It started on Jul 10 and ends on August 24. Do the math. Today, it is still in the ‘green’ but when congress goes on recess it will be in the ‘yellow’. It may not appear important. But it is. For all of us.

    Re: Miss USA Endorses Obama: Jeff, Mark for shame

    I mean really picking on Miss South Carolina. She wasn’t involved in this. I plan on offering my services teaching her geography the poor dear sweet child obviously has been hurt having been educated by democrats. Now miss USA, needs lessons in walking. I would be once again be glad to offer her my help.

    Three little words, Senator Obama.

    The New York Times passed a grim milestone last Friday: it was the year anniversary of one of their most embarrassing editorials ever (Via Gateway Pundit). The Road HomeIt is time for the United States to leave Iraq, without any more delay than the Pentagon needs to organize an orderly exit.{snip}When Congress returns this week, extricating American troops from the war should be at the | Read More »

    Kirsten Powers embarasses herself in today’s NYPost

    In this article in today’s NYPost, Democrat Kirsten Powers calls the netroots “dumb” for obsessing on FISA. She opens her critique with this paragraph: ASK passers-by on any street in America what their top issue is for the upcoming presidential election, and they’ll all answer the same thing: the Foreign Service Intelligence Act. Powers complains about the “extreme lack of self-awareness on left-wing activists’ part.” | Read More »

    Detroit Public School Board members in the State House?

    Cross-posted on Right Michigan at www.RightMichigan.com. It is the middle of July which means it is time for the media to start covering every angle and bit of minutiae associated with the rapidly approaching primary elections.  And with good reason.  We head to the polls three weeks from tomorrow already! At the Lansing State Journal the calendar means a discussion of the political implications of | Read More »

    Articles of Interest 7-14-2008 Green Party, Hoogendyk for Senate, McCain HQ, Obama problems

    113 DaysUntil Election Day July 14,2008 MORNING UPDATE: GREEN PARTY… The U.S. Green Partychose former DemocraticRep. Cynthia McKinney as its 2008 presidential candidate onSaturday.McKinney, 53, will be joined on the ticket for the Novemberelection by vice presidential candidate Rosa Clemente, a hip-hopartist and activist. TODAY!!!…McCAINHEADQUATERS & VICTORY CENTER GRAND OPENING…we willofficially open our headquarters TODAY, Monday, July 14th at 5pmand would be honored if you | Read More »

    News Blackout – New York Times Ignores Momentous Pro-Jewish Court Case Win in France

    France TV 2 has lost a major court case in France that makes the lie to a major piece of Palestinian propaganda. In 2000 an incident occurred in the Palestinian areas that has since been used as propaganda for the Palestinian cause all across the world and the New York Times has repeatedly been a willing host for this propaganda. Now, however, it has been | Read More »

    SEIU Ripping Off It’s OWN Pensioners

    It must be nice to be spending 85 million dollars on political campaigns yet refuse to fully fund your own member’s pension plan. That, among other things, is exactly the sort of hypocrisy that it was revealed that the SEIU has been caught indulging in this week. Diana Furchtgott-Roth did yeoman’s work in detailing the state of the SEIU’s underfunded pension obligations in the New | Read More »

    Here is something interesting

    John Zmirak has written a graphic novel, which recapitulates Dostoevski’s great episode from which it takes its title. This grand inquisition takes place in Rome, its protagonist is an African bishop, and the inquisitor is a most unlikely personage. The dialogue is a powerful and evocative blank verse, and the artwork is beguiling. I am by no means an expert on graphic novels, but this | Read More »

    Obama: 143 days of experience

    Barack Obama logged exactly 143 days of experience in the U.S. Senate before setting his sights on winning the White House. Obama was sworn in as a senator on Jan. 4, 2005, and he announced that he was forming a presidential exploratory committee on Jan. 16, 2007. In that interval, the Senate was in session and working for 143 days, according to GOPUSA’s blog The | Read More »


    Chuck Schumer Owes the Public an Apology

    Federal regulators seized and shut down IndyMac on Friday evening. The bank will reopen today under federal control. For the first time in recent history, a United States Senator is being blamed for the crisis. In a written statement, the Office of Thrift Supervision, which regulated IndyMac, said “the immediate cause” of the failure was statements made by Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat. | Read More »

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    Here’s where we stand this morning

    We’re having strain on the server still, which is slowly being worked out. Caching on the front page is pretty darn aggressive right now, so it’s going to take some time to see changes reflected on the front page. They’ll get there though. Just be patient and remember what the 2.0 launch was like. Heh.


    The GOP is the Party of Freedom of Choice: The Party that Believes in Your Right to Direct Your Life

    Welcome to RedState 3.0. It’s been a long time coming. As we get under way on this first Monday after launch, we’re going to have a number of guest posters throughout the week, helping us celebrate both the start of our fifth year and our new site. We wanted this to be our first post on the first Monday, a reminder of what we believe | Read More »

    Missouri Congressional Rundown[Updated]

    Jump below the fold to view a complete rundown of Congressional races in Missouri.MO-SEN Neither Senator Claire McCaskill (D) or Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond (R) are up for re-election this cycle. MO-01 Democrat Lacy Clay is seeking re-election. There is no Republican challenger. The district consists of mostly downtown St. Louis, a Democrat strong hold in the state. This is especially peculiar considering the Libertarians | Read More »

    A Questionnaire for Candidates & Incumbents

    Each election, candidates are scrutinized from a variety of directions and on an even wider variety of issues. Two issues that shouldn’t be debated, though, are the First Amendment and our nation’s prosperity. With that in mind, every candidate or incumbent nationwide should answer some questions on those subjects. Let’s get to the questions: Do you support reviving the Fairness Doctrine? If you do, explain | Read More »

    MO-GOV: Steelman v. Hulshof for the Republican Nomination [Updated: Kinder Endorses Hulshof]

    Since the surprise announcement by Missouri Governor Matt Blunt that he would not seek re-election, the race for the GOP nomination has been anything but ordinary. The two candidates are U.S. Representative Kenny Hulshof (MO-09) and Missouri State Treasurer Sarah Steelman. A local blog, the Relevant Elephant, has conducted interviews with both candidates. Rep Hulshof’s can be found here while Steelman’s can be found here. | Read More »

    Michelle & Barak’s Jihad style fist-bumping (New Yorker Cover)

    This is hilarious. You can be sure Bambi’s MSM puppets will cry foul over this satire. But the truth may lie in the satire, a picutre is certainly worth a thousand words Will American voters realize Bambi is just a trojan horse before it is too late? Are those Obamabots & Obama Youth going to burn down ‘New Yorker’? Hold your breath.A populsitic, charismatic, self-serving | Read More »

    President Bush and Abdication

    President Bush has not directed the EPA to issue regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions, and EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson has indicated the agency would seek further public comment before making a determination on the matter. The New York Times Editorial Board is all in a tizzy. The Bush administration made clear on Friday that it will do virtually nothing to regulate the greenhouse gases that | Read More »

    Anheuser-Busch, Chrysler Tower, Citibank…

    What’s up with Warren Buffett? Why was he so insistent on the sale of Anheuser-Busch to a Belgian Company, a company with a reputation for ruthless cost-cutting and downsizing its acquisitions. I’m a capitalist, with a heart. Compassionate capitalism I call it. The activities and behaviors of some of this country’s most noted billionnaires are getting under my skin. Am I the only one sick | Read More »

    LA Gov. Jindal Eyes “Slush Fund” Veto

    Jindal may veto “slush fund” expenditures “Non-Governmental Organizations” (NGOs) have long been the recipients of state funds as directed by the State Legislature. In the old system, there was one designated slush fund for the “urban caucus” and another for the “rural caucus”. In practice, these NGOs have received little attention; their “community development” missions are difficult to audit and control. Plundering of tax money | Read More »

    Congressional Candidate Dr. Carl Mumpower

    This is a video of Dr. Carl Mumpower, who is challenging Congressman Heath Shuler for the US House Seat representing the North Carolina 11th Congressional District, speaking and taking questions at the monthly meeting of Citizens For Change in Buncombe County. He goes over some of his principles, and discusses recent activity and controversy in his campaign, and takes a few questions from attendees. What | Read More »

    Rasmussen: Daily Presidential Tracking Poll – Tied(two days in a row)

    Rasmussen: Daily Presidential Tracking Poll For the second straight day, the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll shows that the race for the White House is tied. Sunday’s numbers show Barack Obama and John McCain each attracting 43% of the vote. When “leaners” are included, the two candidates are tied at 46%. For most of the past month-and-a-half, Obama has led McCain by approximately five | Read More »

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    Nancy Pelosi, Oil, & The End Of The American Dream

    According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the need to open more of the US to oil exploration is a hoax. Last week in a press conference she said, “This call for drilling in areas that are protected is a hoax, it’s an absolute hoax on the part of the Republicans and this administration.” One would have hoped she was talking about man-made global warming – | Read More »

    Nine Ideas To Jump-Start The McCain Campaign.

    Hi all. I was just brainstorming recently on ideas to help boost McCain’s campaign. Inoticed recently he reshuffled his campaign management, mostly due to pressurefrom the RNC (even though he de facto runs the RNC right now!) and from thisidea that he’s essentially wasted the last 3 months when Obama and Hillary havebeen sparring with each other. Anyways, what follows are my 9 thoughts: 1. | Read More »

    Deborah Honeycutt, BMW Direct, and a misunderstanding of direct mail programs

    A lot of Democrats are making a big deal out of this. Any conservative who has ever done a direct mail program is reading all the reports and scratching their head wondering what the big deal is. In fact, the only reason this is somewhat of a story is because the FEC has required a change in accounting methodology that now deepens the disclosure requirements | Read More »

    If It’s Sunday Evening in New York, It’s Monday Morning in Tokyo

    Update: 9:40am EDT, 14Jul08: Overseas markets reacted well to the Paulson “we have a plan” statement. Asian markets ended lower on regional concerns while Euro markets are somewhat higher. The US stock market has opened up over 100 points, while the US Treasury market is only slightly lower. FNM and FRE stock were both up about 20% in pre-market trading, while their bonds, swaps, and | Read More »

    Blood On Their Hands

    Efforts to push through UN sanctions against Zimbabwe in the wake of massive abuses against those who had the courage to resist Robert Mugabe in the run-up to the June 27th presidential run-off election have failed. Here is the reason why: Russia and China on Friday night vetoed United Nations sanctions against the Zimbabwe leadership, delivering a stinging blow to western efforts to turn the | Read More »

    A Much Desired Development

    I’m with Greg Mankiw: It really would be a wonderful thing if Presidential candidates pandered to economists.


    Who Is Barack Obama?

    Ryan Lizza offers an answer. This is a very long article, but it is a good one and chock-full of information–some of which is quite disturbing: One day in 1995, Barack Obama went to see his alderman, an influential politician named Toni Preckwinkle, on Chicago’s South Side, where politics had been upended by scandal. Mel Reynolds, a local congressman, was facing charges of sexual assault | Read More »

    Obama: ICE “Terrorizes” Illegals

    There was a YouTube Video, but it was pulled. . . . In a panderfest to La Raza, Obama once again showed his love for America and its laws. The system isn’t working when 12 million people live in hiding, and hundreds of thousands cross our borders illegally each year; when companies hire undocumented immigrants instead of legal citizens to avoid paying overtime or to | Read More »

    A RedState 3.0 technical geek thread

    Well, I’ve made several comments yesterday and today, and virtually none of them have shown up, at least that I can see. I don’t know if it’s just the site startup woes, or if it’s FF 3, or what. But it doesn’t seem to be working right. I’ll try this diary and see if I can see it. If not, well, I don’t know what | Read More »

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    Developments In Iraq . . . Or: The Shifting Media Narrative In Reporting On Iraq

    This is interesting: The Bush administration is considering the withdrawal of additional combat forces from Iraq beginning in September, according to administration and military officials, raising the prospect of a far more ambitious plan than expected only months ago. Such a withdrawal would be a striking reversal from the nadir of the war in 2006 and 2007. One factor in the consideration is the pressing | Read More »


    In the wake of what might have been the Worst. Poll. Ever., Newsweek has now come out with a new survey that tells us the race between John McCain and Barack Obama has tightened considerably: A month after emerging victorious from the bruising Democratic nominating contest, some of Barack Obama’s glow may be fading. In the latest NEWSWEEK Poll, the Illinois senator leads Republican nominee | Read More »

    Our Community

    I’m putting this up again. We had it up at the old site for a while. In lieu of the added feature set here to get people involved at their local and state level, I want to put this back and say again: if you feel you can’t get excited about POTUS ’08, focus on your local area and your state. IF YOU ARE NEW | Read More »


    A New Low

    The Democrats have planned an new “October Surprise” attack ad. According to Senator Inhofe (R-OK), the ad will feature speech clips of Bush, Cheney, and McCain to create the impression that they support unrestricted torture for the Gitmo detainees. These clips will be followed by a clip of a soldier putting electrodes on a bare-chested man hanging on a wall. The prisoner will then jerk | Read More »

    Dumb and Dumber [Closed and annotated]

    [Folks, please remember that this is a website dedicated to promoting conservative and Republican ideals; it’s not a place to advertise your “new” allegiance to the Libertarian Party and its latest paladin, Bob Who? I’m being nice by merely closing this diary, so take the hint. – Moe Lane In this presidential election, what we have to choose from is a travesty. First, there’s Barack | Read More »

    Preacher: “Pour Out a Little Hennessy, Smoke a Bag of Weed If You Want To”

    This church is probably packed on Saturday nights. There is a case in Maryland involving a guy who allegedly ran over a police officer and killed him. The guy was arrested and, while in jail awaiting trial, somebody killed him. Not very good jail-keeping there. Anyway, the preacher at the dead guy’s funeral seems to have found some heretofore unknown Biblical guidance on grieving. The | Read More »

    Weeping For Our Future

    As I was mowing my yard this morning, a couple of the neighborhood boys came by and said hello. Cute, innocent, 9 & 7 years of age. As I told them about my time in the Navy, they were enthralled, and at the same time, upset. They then proceeded to tell me why not only the Iraq war is wrong, but all war is wrong. | Read More »