Brian Darling is a Washington-DC based Congressional analyst and political commentator. He appears frequently on American and foreign television, radio and print, including Fox News, Sun News of Canada, BBC, RT (Russia Today) and Fox Business. Darling served as a staffer on Capitol Hill with four United States Senators and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. You can follow him on Twitter at @BrianHDarling


    Senator Rand Paul On Freedom

    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke at The Heritage Foundation yesterday. Sen. Paul, in 20 seconds, expressed the sentiments of many freedom loving Americans who feel violated every time they board a plane. “The next time you are in the airport. The next time the TSA asks you to hold your hands above your head. Little bit higher. Hey hun, just a little bit higher. And | Read More »

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    The Defense Sequester And Tax Hikes

    Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) had a battle of words with OMB Director Jeffrey Zients in the House Armed Services Committee today regarding looming automatic defense cuts.  This debate is a preview of what we shall see on the national stage this fall’s presidential and Congressional races.  The argument between Rep. Forbes and Obama official Zients shows the Obama Administration’s firm committment to higher taxes on the American people.  Clearly, | Read More »

    Law of the Sea Treaty Dead

    Three conservative cheers for Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Kelly Ayotte (R–N.H.) for announcing critical opposition to the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). The LOST is a treaty being pushed by the Obama administration that would bind the U.S. to decisions of a United Nations-sanctioned governing body of the world’s oceans. Conservatives worry that U.S. Senate ratification of the Treaty would lead to an | Read More »

    Health Savings Accounts Under Attack

    Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are an oasis in the desert of government-run health care.  That is why President Obama’s health care bureaucrats are intent on killing HSAs. According to a recent Wall Street Journal piece by 2021, health care spending will be almost one fifth of the whole U.S. economy.  In nine years, the government share will be about half. By 2021, health-care spending is likely to be nearly | Read More »

    Individual Mandate A Tax Or A Penalty

    For conservatives, the debate over whether the individual mandate in ObamaCare is called a tax or a penalty has become a litmus test for the Romney campaign’s conservative credentials.  It should not. Eric Fehrnstrom, Spokesman for Mitt Romney, said on MSNBC earlier this week that Romney “believes that what we put in place in Massachusetts was a penalty, and he disagrees with the court’s ruling that | Read More »

    Holder Stumbles Under Questioning About David Alexrod

    Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) asked some tough questions today at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee of Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder.  Holder could not directly answer questions about the nature of Obama Senior Advisor David Alexrod’s push to politically influence the Justice Department in 2009.  Holder said this in response to a question about Axelrod, “there’s a political dimension to the job I have | Read More »

    Law of Sea Treaty A Back Door For Cap And Trade

    Conn Carroll had an excellent piece at the Washington Examiner yesterday titled “Obama’s Lame Duck Plan To Pass Cap And Trade.”  Carroll makes the case that Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) may use the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) as a back door to implement cap and trade regulations on United States citizens. Mike Brownfield of The Heritage Foundation (my employer) wrote a short history of LOST | Read More »

    Washington Post Promoting Misleading Filibuster Arguments

    Today Ezra Klein at the Washington Post put out a piece promoting Common Cause’s lawsuit to have the Senate filibuster declared unconstitutional.  Klein repeats myth after myth about the filibuster.  This piece should commence an interesting national debate finally putting the argument to bed that the filibuster is somehow unconstitutional.  Abolition of the filibuster will lead to a Senate with less time for debate and limited transparency for the American people. It | Read More »

    Dear Tea Party, Applaud Rand Paul

    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has stepped up to the plate to fight reauthorization of the crony capitalist Export-Import Bank.  I wrote yesterday that the Tea Party is losing on this issue despite the heroic efforts of  Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) and other members who agree that the Ex-Im Bank is a high offense against free market capitalism. The Export-Import Bank was created in 1934 by FDR to facilitate trade | Read More »

    Dear Tea Party, We Are Losing

    Please send more members to Congress.  The House just passed legislation that is offensive to free market capitalism reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.  And only 93 conservative Representatives opposed.  Conservative cheers to Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) for making a speech on the House floor discussing the reasons why it is a terrible idea to reauthorize the crony capitalist Ex-Im Bank. A bill to reauthorizes the Ex-Im Bank through 2014 | Read More »