EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for April 15, 2010
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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer admits the tea party movement is getting members of Congress to thing about retiring.
And that is what the movement should be about, more or less, but there is much more too. And judging by the reaction from yesterday, a lot of people got the point I was making, but a vocal minority not only did not get it, but were highly offended and thought I was attacking them.
Of course I was not attacking them. I would have to be attacking myself. I have said repeatedly that I consider myself part of the tea party movement. But their reaction and that of others suggests to me too many have become so fixated on being a part of this thing called the tea party movement that there is a reluctance to move forward into something else.
A friend suggested I should have referred to it as Tea Party 2.0, which actually gets to the gist of what I am talking about, but I am more and more convinced we must leave behind the moniker of the tea party.
Let me see if I can break this down again without causing more wailing and gnashing of teeth.
The 2006 and 2008 election cycles were unkind to the Republican Party, but what happened in Colorado was something altogether different and totally new. A group of four mega-donors decided to ignore the state Democratic establishment and start from scratch with a brand new, privatized political infrastructure. Of course they were aided by the new campaign finance reform laws, but what the “Gang of Four” (Rutt Bridges, Tim Gill, Jared Polis and Pat Stryker) did was replicate all of the essential functions of the Colorado Democratic Party–and added a few more for good measure.
From policy generation to leadership recruiting, coalition building to grassroots activation, the Gang of Four personally funded dozens of 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 527 organizations that worked in perfect harmony to take down the Republican establishment and install left-leaning policymakers in its place.
To understand what happened in Colorado is to understand the future of state-level politics, but I think the future of American politics as a whole.
There is just something a bit creepy about this. I’ve heard stories of Charlie Crist’s fan from two different Governors, both of whom swore me to secrecy until news of his fan was made public elsewhere. I don’t know how much of a secret it actually is, but both of these Governors were a bit dumbstruck by it.
In fact, one told me that at a joint press conference the Crist folks wanted to get into the press room early to make sure the fan was in position to take care of Charlie. This particular Governor thought it strange. The other Governor said Charlie is just a prima donna.
In any event, the fan story is out in the open now. You be the judge. He travels with his fan everywhere.
Feminists rejoice at the idea of abortion for convenience. They are also anti-woman. Most of us realize that the whole “safe, legal and rare” thing that pro-abortion advocates spout is lip service only. But, if you ever had any doubt, this should set that doubt aside once and for all.
Yesterday at his nuclear conference, Obama said the following:
“Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.”
Whether we like it or not. That’s like what Mommies say when telling you to eat your yucky vegetables. Would he prefer that we be vulnerable and weak? Heck of an American Can-Do attitude, Barry!
In the 1980s, Congress, searching for domestic energy supplies, created incentives in the form of production tax credits for ethanol and for unconventional natural gas.
The history of those two programs, and the current state of affairs in the energy world, speaks volumes about the relative merits of these two fuels.