EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for April 17, 2012
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Don’t forget to file your taxes today if you haven’t already. There are millions of Americans who depend on your tax dollars for survival thanks to Obama’s economy.
Last year, Senator Ron Johnson (HAFA Score 94) ran for a Leadership post (not because he wanted to be in Leadership but because he wanted to change it). Roy Blunt (HAFA Score 63) beat him. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (HAFA 76) had hand picked Senator Blunt. Even though McConnell pulled out all the stops to help Blunt, Johnson still got 22 Republican votes, which is a signal that nearly half of the Conference is not satisfied with the current strategy coming out of McConnell’s shop.
Well it has gotten worse. Senate Republican Leadership staffers are now attacking Johnson either on behalf of leadership or because Senate GOP Leadership has lost control of their staff. Either way it’s bad, and Senators must be wondering about McConnell’s leadership skills.
After the leadership fight, instead of backing down, Johnson has voiced his displeasure with the lack of a coherent conservative strategy from McConnell’s office.
In typical fashion though, rather than taking Johnson’s advice and developing a conservative strategy, Leadership retaliated last week with a cowardly hit piece on Johnson. The article contained quotes from a “senior GOP aide.”
Got any questions for Rep. Raúl Labrador (ID-01), Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS-01), Rep. Jeff Landry (LA-03), Rep. Allen West (FL-22), Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC-05), Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Rep. Ted Poe (TX-02), Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25), Rep. Sandy Adams (FL-24), Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06), Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-05), or Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04), Chairman of the Republican Study Committee?
You can ask them today at an event moderated by Rob Bluey, Director of the Center for Media and Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation, focusing on tax reform, the Buffett Rule, and other news of the day.
To refresh people’s memories: allegations came out last week that NC Democratic party Executive Director Jay Parmley had sexually harassed a male staffer (the Daily Caller noted yesterday that local reports are saying that said staffer was also allegedly fired after making a complaint; if that’s true, then there’s a bigggggggggg problem going on in North Carolina right now for the Democratic party*). Anyway, Parmley has decided to leave his job – and is he bitter about it? Well, perhaps a little . . .
If Texas Democrats, or even Republicans for that matter, thought they’d have a quieter, gentler Rick Perry on their hands in the wake of his . . . um . . . temporary diversion into Presidential politics, they know better today.
In a speech Monday in Houston, Perry laid out five fundamental conservative principles for the Texas Legislature to follow, essentially throwing down the gauntlet to any legislator — or wanna-be legislator — who thinks they’ll be able to bring a tax and spend mindset to the Texas Capitol building.
Perry’s “Texas Budget Compact” is pretty much bedrock conservative fare: no higher taxes, stricter limits on spending, truth-in-budgeting, cutting of wasteful programs, and maintaining a healthy “Rainy Day” reserve fund. They’re basic enough that it’s hard to imagine any candidate running for office in the reddest state in the union can ignore them without having some serious explaining to do.