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    Donald Trump Makes John Boehner Expendable

    This year began with an election on whether should continue as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. A number of brave House conservatives, led by , Tom Massie, and , waged a historic effort to deny Boehner the Speakership. What resulted was an earth-shattering groundswell of grassroots opposition to Boehner that shocked every Republican congressman. It was unsuccessful only because a handful of otherwise | Read More »

    Our Ways Are Not Their Ways

    I am reminded of the story of Elisha and the chariots of fire. The King of Syria sent his army down to Dothan to capture Elisha, who had been revealing that king’s plans to the King of Israel. Elisha’s servant was scared so Elisha prayed that the servant’s eyes would be opened to fully see. They saw, surrounding them, the army of the Lord in | Read More »

    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Upset The Best Laid Plans of the Political Class

    In 2012, the Republicans engaged in a protracted battle to find their nominee. Multiple candidates soared only to implode or be crushed by the might of Mitt Romney’s Super PAC and personal campaign money. There were lengthy debates that generated enough sound bites to fund two years of Democratic attack ads. When it became clear Romney would be the nominee, even though he was not | Read More »

    Ted Cruz’s Time

    Ted Cruz's Time

    Look at the Real Clear Politics polling average. The candidates who are perceived to be “not of Washington” are Trump, Carson, Cruz, Huckabee, Fiorina, Paul, Perry, Jindal, and (arguably) Walker. Some of them may be “of Washington,” but they have pretty legitimate outsider, non-establishment bona fides. Add up their polling total in the average and we get 61.4% of the vote. In other words, right | Read More »

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    Can We Recalibrate?

    I have debated all week writing this post. I hope you will spend some time with this. But to get there, I need you to see something. And I need you to see it raw, unedited, and vile. You need to read some stuff, but it is not for the faint of heart. What you are going to read is not redacted, not safe for | Read More »

    Congratulations Dr. Ben Carson

    Twenty-four hours ago, a report surfaced that Dr. Ben Carson had used fetal issue in research that came from aborted fetuses. Dr. Carson has now released a statement a statement that the fetal tissue did not come from abortions. Less than eight hours ago, Dr. Carson was attacked because news reports claim he supported a universal healthcare system in 2007. I have not seen a | Read More »

    I Wish I Had Known

    Back on July 1, 2013, one of the front page contributors at RedState posted a piece taking issue with something Sarah Palin had said. He used for the “featured image” an image that was salacious and fake. I would not mention this except both Governor Palin and her daughter Bristol have now pointed it out as a bit of hypocrisy on my part related to | Read More »

    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the Mirror

    “[A]ll the other candidates combined get 58.6% of the vote.” Look at the Real Clear Politics averages for the Republicans and for the Democrats. Clinton and Trump lead, but both have begun a downward trend. Clinton’s has been gradual until recently. Trump’s has been a rapid up and now a decline. Two of the Super PACs in the GOP race reached out to me Tuesday | Read More »

    Rick Perry’s Guide to Getting Back in the Race

    Rick Perry running out of money is not fatal to his chances for 2016. It happened to in 2007, prior to him accepting the GOP’s Presidential nomination in 2008. It happened to Newt Gingrich in 2011, prior to beating Mitt Romney in South Carolina in 2012. But both of those men had to tinker with their message. Rick Perry needs to do the same. I | Read More »

    The One I Got Wrong

    If I had to do it over again, I would have rescinded the invitation to Donald Trump again. It was the right thing to do. I am more sure that it was the right thing to do by the response of many Trump supporters to highlight all the terrible things I’ve said in my career. Those don’t mean Trump should have been given a pass. | Read More »

    John Kasich Runs From His Own Record

    In February of 2013, John Kasich decided Jesus told him to expand the medicaid portion of Obamacare in Ohio. As the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported, Gov. John Kasich included the much-anticipated announcement in his two-year budget proposal Monday. The move makes Ohio one of a growing number of Republican-led states to fulfill an option under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to expand | Read More »

    The Professional Protestors and Bernie Sanders

    Follow along with me here. Hillary Clinton invited Deray McKesson to her third announcement speech. That was the one she did when everyone forgot about the first two and the video. McKesson is affiliated with the Black Lives Matter crowd of professional protestors and disruptors around the country. They go from place to place to protest injustices that are often real and sometimes not. They | Read More »

    Not Dead Yet

    Lots of media reports note that Rick Perry’s campaign has stopped paying staff. His campaign itself is out of money though his Super PAC still has more than $10 million cash on hand. That’s why you cannot count Perry out yet. In the 2008 Presidential campaign season, ran out of money in August of 2007 and went on to be the Republican nominee in August | Read More »

    ‘You can’t stand on the sidelines’

    This is a really interesting ‘must read’ on the impact of the Planned Parenthood videos. Ruben Navarrette, Jr. considers, or at least considered, himself pro-choice until the Planned Parenthood videos came out. Now he is not so sure. His wife is pro-life and scolded him. She said, “You can’t stand on the sidelines, especially now that you’ve seen these videos,” she told me recently. “That’s | Read More »

    Chuck Schumer and the Litmus Tests of the Democratic Party

    Chuck Schumer and the Litmus Tests of the Democratic Party

    Go back to the second half of the second term of the Bush Administration. Really in 2005, but then after 2006, there was wide spread disagreement between the base of the party and President Bush on a host of issues. Bush’s appointment of Harriet Miers and immigration reform had begun it. But into 2007, the war effort was a subject of concern, TARP was a | Read More »