When will the Tea Party have won?
Yesterday was the debacle in Mississippi. Today came the opinions. Despite what happens on any given Tuesday, #TeaParty has won b/c GOP pushed to right since '09. #LongView — Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) June 25, 2014 Really? Here’s my take: @ron_fournier It isn't the goal of TPers to "move the party to the right" which is a catchall, definitionless phrase. — Charles Flemming (@ChasFlemming) June 25, | Read More »
What the Tea Party needs now
On National Review Online’s The Corner this morning, Betsy Woodruff reports something that Katrina vanden Heuvel said that just stunned me (Nation Editor: With Cruz, Delusional Is No Longer Marginal, emphasis mine): The morning’s panel on ABC’s This Week didn’t have much love for Senator Ted Cruz. In a discussion of the fight over last week’s debt ceiling hike — read some of NR’s reporting on it here and here – | Read More »
Why ‘Win Power to Win Policy’ Won’t Work Now—or Ever
The role of the minority Prevent the majority from passing an agenda that is bad for the country and its citizens. Try to pass an agenda that they think is better. Get hired. Notice the order? You win power by showing what you will do if you get power. The current Republican leadership is blowing the job interview and doesn’t realize it. So how does | Read More »
Gee, Mr. Wehner—I thought I WAS sentient
My last mention of Peter Wehner in these pages, while somewhat critical, was made with genuine respect. I thought he’d been more fair than most of Ted Cruz’s critics as he tried to fathom the concerns of Tea Party conservatives. While the post by Mr. Wehner I was commenting on didn’t directly address Cruz, it did talk at some length about the people to whom | Read More »
The Tapper Litmus Test
A war has broken out on my Twitter timeline It pits a shocking number of right wingers against Jake Tapper over an intense exchange with author and former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell over Afghanistan and that battle that led to the book that led to a movie. Folks are taking sides. First the background: Betsy Rothstein Yesterday, in The Mirror (Glenn Beck ridiculously scolds CNN’s | Read More »
Coping with the Fear of Their Own Shadow Caucus
Last Sunday evening, after watching video of Ted Cruz that morning battling David Gregory on Meet the Press, I realized I was looking at the future—or at least the potential future—of how to win this thing. Not the budget battle or Obamacare, per se, but this thing. This battle between limited, constitutional government and the overwhelming firepower of entrenched progressivist thinking that pervades government, journalism, | Read More »
What Color is Your Racism?
I’ve been blocked a few times. This time’s easily the most bizarre. I guess it began when I tweeted a thought based on the seemingly universal need for closure as a multiplier in the reaction to Zimmerman’s acquittal. Much of the impetus behind the Zimmerman case isn't racial. It's Americans making the need for closure after tragedy an insatiable idol. — Charles Flemming (@ChasFlemming) July 14, | Read More »
UPDATED: Stupid Drone Tricks
This is probably my favorite example of a drone who thinks he’s bested his conservative adversary. Then doesn’t see his mistake, even after he’s been called on it. Repeatedly. This little exchange was part of a longer thread debating attempts by legislatures to “control” a woman’s body. One pro lifer makes a good point. A second responds with an even better one. (NOTE: Sorry you | Read More »
She says this as if it’s a bad thing.
Megan O’Neil, writing in Bloomberg: The current U.S. Congress, facing a backlog of unfinished business and sliding approval ratings, is on pace to clear fewer bills than its predecessor — which had the least number of measures signed into the law since modern record keeping began in the 1940s. She says this as if Congress not passing a lot of unproductive or even damaging laws is | Read More »
What if making Obamacare work never was the real plan?
Day before yesterday I had this thought: What if Obama never intended Obamacare to actually happen? Or maybe, didn’t care? He had something else in mind… Then came the 4th of July, and came across a few bits of Alternate History. First I read Paul Pirie’s “The American Revolution was a flop” in the Washington Post, where the author (“former historian” and “freelance writer” living in | Read More »