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Full-time husband and homeschooling dad. Political junkie when time allows. Ardent Reagan conservative. Constitutionalist. Believer in American exceptionalism. Fan of Madisonian democracy. Evangelist for limited government. Hopeful American. Christ follower.

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    The cynicism of journalists meets Separation of Powers 101

    Only if you view genuine political arguments through jaundiced eyes It began with Reince (quoting John) RT @SpeakerBoehner This lawsuit isn’t about Republicans vs. Democrats. It’s about protecting the #Constitution → http://t.co/chIdm8LES6 — Reince Priebus (@Reince) July 10, 2014 Which didn’t set well with Ron No-it's about Republicans vs Democrats. At least be honest about it, Mr. Chairman. https://t.co/FvMRsH8o89 — Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) July 10, | Read More »

    I’m sorry—you can’t get much more post-nationalist than this

    This freaks me out 12 ways to Sunday: imagine the audacity of being born somewhere and telling other people they weren't allowed to live there. like you planned your own birth — Cohen is a ghost (@skullmandible) July 9, 2014 This ‘logic,’ unfortunately, is becoming less and rare. And that scares me. @skullmandible Are you really that post-nationalist? That post-American? @ron_fournier — Charles Flemming (@ChasFlemming) July | Read More »

    ‘Do we HAVE to revisit that Martin Bashir thing again?’

    ‘Yes, children, because that unfortunate man has much to teach us’ @ron_fournier I defended Martin Bashir—again—just a few minutes ago. Not that he deserved it. But the health of our discourse needs it. — Charles Flemming (@ChasFlemming) July 4, 2014 Actually, the health of our discourse demands it. I’ve pondered over and over again the weird phenomenon of me defending Martin Bashir against right-wing distortion when even | Read More »

    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 »

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    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 »