The Watercooler ~ Friday’s Open Thread Miscellany
In a recent diary you can find here, the analysis of how Republican Kevin Faulconer won the San Diego Mayor’s race failed to address a key factor — the GOTV efforts. This piece by Jason Cabal Roe, a Republican political consultant in San Diego, gives credit where credit is due: While there has been much focus on Republican Kevin Faulconer’s convincing victory in deep-blue San | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Open Thread
Okay, so I created an open thread because I have need of an open thread and don’t see any others appearing. For good measure, to cut through the cacophony of dissonance and confusion that seems to be breaking out all over, I threw in a fun song. (My question for the open thread will appear as the first question in the comments after I publish | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Conservatives Lack Offensive Strategies
One of my biggest frustrations with the Republican Party — specifically the conservative movement — is the lack of planned offensive strategies to undermine and reverse the momentum of big government. Even some of the best conservative activists get bogged down in fighting against the status quo, and forget to address the bigger picture. This leaves us constantly on the defensive and settling for much | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ A Diary for RedState Californians
I decided to put together a diary that would enable other depressed California activists to take advantage of our time in the wilderness as we suffer under the hand of reckless Democrat rule with seemingly no end in sight. For those of you who may not watch politics that closely, the victory for Republican Kevin Faulconer in San Diego’s special mayoral election (the special election | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ American Comeback, a project of the Republican Governors Association [UPDATE]
The Republican Governors Association has launched a new project dubbed, “American Comeback,” featuring ads of various Republican Governors touting the work they are doing in their states to bring America back to being a prosperous nation. From their launch page: Republican Governors are not going to take a back seat to anyone in Washington anymore. The answers aren’t coming from Washington. Republican Governors don’t just | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Is Ohio Governor John Kasich Preparing for a 2016 Presidental Run?
With Chris Christie being pummeled in the New Jersey scandal, thus potentially permanently damaging his chances at a 2016 White House run, the picture remains murky regarding potential GOP candidates who are considering the race. But according to The National Journal, insiders close to Ohio Governor John Kasich say he is seriously considering a run: But there’s one candidate who isn’t generating much buzz and | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Do I Hear a Tea Kettle Whistle Spewing?
We’re now entering into the Tea Party’s fifth year since its spontaneous emergence in 2009. Some continue to ignore us, others mockingly dismiss us, misrepresent us and belittle us. Myself, I see another Tea Party wipe-out coming in the next election. And this time, the rage is thoroughly at both parties. In fact, most of us are even more outraged at the Republican establishment than | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ America’s Judicial Hellholes
Returning from a short sabbatical brought on by — among other things — growing weary of too many negative reports on the state of my state, California, I stumbled upon an interesting report from the American Tort Reform Association that ranks the six most egregious judicial hellholes in the U.S. each year. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, California ranks at the top of the list for | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Look Me In The Eye
When I first came to RedState a few years ago, I frequently wrote about the internal struggle I fought with respect to living out my faith in the political public square. I was politically ignorant and naive in many ways and came here to learn and contribute, somehow, someway, to helping our crumbling, deteriorating nation be restored to her former glory. Now, nearly three years | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Is There A Proper Way to Govern and Educate?
The following article, a publication of Hillsdale College, is taken from a speech given by Dr. Larry Arnn in October of 2013. Dr. Arnn is president of Hillsdale College. The speech brings such clarity to the proper way to govern and educate that I copied it in its entirety. There is a proper way to educate and there is a proper way to govern, and | Read More »