Could the 2016 election hinge on whether or not to close Gitmo?
Elections are quirky, and often unpredictable. Sometimes there are broad themes that shape races. Bill Clinton had “it’s the economy, stupid!” as his mantra. Ronald Reagan promised us the vision that “it’s morning again in America.” Less remembered today, but very effective then, was Dick Cheney’s refrain during his 2000 acceptance speech at the Republican convention, “Help is on the way!” And sometimes it’s one | Read More »
Podesta: Clinton to draw differences with Obama IF she runs: “I pee sitting down, he pees standing up”
Sort of a weird story on Reuters:”Podesta: Clinton to draw differences with Obama if she runs” John Podesta, long-time Clintonista, and now an adviser to Obama (though he’s leaving next month) is expected to head up Clinton’s WH campaign if and when she decides to enter the race. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place. Obama snatched the nomination from Hillary in | Read More »
Sabermetrics, the vote for Speaker, and why we’re going to need a new party
Sabermetrics is the empirical analysis of baseball, especially baseball statistics that measure in-game activity. Bill James, who pioneered sabermetrics, defined it as “the search for objective knowledge about baseball.” It gained great acceptance with the general public after the publication of “Moneyball.” About the closest thing we have to sabermetrics in politics are the various scorecards that different organizations use to track how members vote. | Read More »
Taking the “measure” of Obama: 208, 24, 20
As we near the end of Obama’s 6th year in office, we can take the measure of the man by looking at three numbers. Though they are in fact disparate, when viewed in context, they provide a true insight into his soul, or rather, a lack of: 208: The number of times Obama has played golf. Does he get a mulligan for the times his game | Read More »
What’s wrong….very, VERY, wrong….with this picture?
From FOX News this past Sunday: H/T to Mississippi Conservative Daily. Click on the link to read what Chris McDaniel has to say about it. BTW, has anyone seen or heard of/from Thad since the run-off?
Four little words of advice for Michael Grimm: Charlie Rangel and Alcee Hastings
New York GOP Congressman Michael Grimm yesterday pleaded guilty to one count of felony tax evasion. It is inevitable that he will soon resign from the House. Speaker Boehner has wisely to date refrained from any public comment; allowing Grimm time over the holidays to contemplate his fall from grace and hopefully come to the correct decision as to his future. Let’s be clear here. | Read More »
Obama, executive orders….excuse me…”unsigned” memoranda, and razor blades
Those of us of a certain age recall that once upon a time shaving was almost always accomplished with a Gillette safety razor, using double edged blades. (Though for a while, Schick was the choice of conservatives….as they advertised in “National Review.”) In those antediluvian times, before ATRAs and other disposables, regardless of which brand you chose, you were faced with the problem of what | Read More »
Erick is half right…..
Erick penned a superb, powerful diary the other day: House Conservatives have the power, and should depose Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A%. He points out, correctly, that it will take only 30 conservative House members to deny Boehner the 218 votes he will need in the next Congress to be elected Speaker. He makes the case that by in effect vetoing Boehner, | Read More »
Is Kwanzaa kaput?
Hanukkah starts tomorrow, and Christmas is ten days away. But as I was out and about this past weekend doing some holiday shopping, I suddenly realized..whoa…there’s no Kwanzaa anymore. It’s like…gone… I looked… No signs anywhere. In any stores.. I mean, I couldn’t even find a “Happy Kwanzaa” card at WalMart ( and they’re out even out of stock at WalMart.com….and they have EVERYTHING) Plug | Read More »
Marlin Stutzman has two choices: If he was indeed lied to, he should run for Speaker; if he is lying, he should resign.
I have admired Marlin Stutzman for his positions during his short time in Congress. He has always been a solid, pro-life conservative. He supported the 2013 government shutdown. Last night, Stutzman changed his original vote on the rule that allowed the cromnibus bill to come to the floor. Had he not done so, it is likely that the bill would have died. According to CQ | Read More »