Eric Cantor & The Pro-Life Statists Take Sides In North Carolina
North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District provides the quintessential battleground between go-along to get-along Republicans and small government conservatives. Richard Hudson, a Capitol Hill careerist, returned home to North Carolina from Washington, DC to run for Congress to go back to Congress. He is a Republican careerist — just like so many of the Republicans in Capitol Hill who have helped drive up the nations’ debt. | Read More »
The Funniest Story of the Day: Eric Cantor’s Implausible Deniability
In what may be the funniest story of the day, Eric Cantor is throwing his own super PAC under the bus. His denial is implausible once the facts are in full view, but given the blow back he has gotten for his super PAC coming out for a host of squishy candidates who’d spend their time in Washington sucking up to Cantor instead of actually | Read More »
Eric Cantor’s Cage Is Rattled so I’m Giving $100.00 to Scott Keadle.
The tea party is rattling Eric Cantor’s cage today. In response to this post this morning and the outcry from conservatives, Eric Cantor has decided to flood the zone in North Carolina to help congressional staffer Richard Hudson beat back local doctor Scott Keadle. Today, Cantor’s Young Guns PAC threw $53,000.00 into the race for a media buy. See the 24 hour notice: YG ACTION | Read More »
Will The Tea Party Fight or Retreat?
Last night in Wisconsin the state Republican Party tried a few parliamentary maneuvers to drive tea party members from the ranks of the GOP. For reasons I cannot begin to fathom, the Wisconsin GOP seems willing to sacrifice tea party energy in the Scott Walker recall in order to save Tommy Thompson’s Senate bid. In Indiana, Eric Cantor has weighed in on behalf of Barack | Read More »
Eric Cantor Doesn’t Want You. He Wants Democrats.
This is more offensive than Cantor throwing his weight behind Adam Kinzinger’s re-election bid against Don Manzullo. He was successful there, but we need to shut him down in Indiana. The Republican Leader in the House of Representatives is not backing down from trying to drive up Democrat turnout in the Indiana Republican Primary. First, you have to wonder why a House guy is getting | Read More »
Conservatives Should Mobilize to Help Don Manzullo Against Adam Kinzinger in Illinois
“If we are unwilling to stand up for a man who stands up for conservatives even against his own party, then why should we ever expect any man to stand with the movement against the party?” On February 18, 2011, 98 Republicans joined with the whole of the Democratic Caucus in the House to defeat legislation offered up by Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee designed | Read More »
House GOP Leadership Admits It Will Not Hold The Line
Greta Van Sustren has a quote up from Eric Cantor. Cantor and the House Republicans are blaming Saxby Chambliss, Mike Crapo, Tom Coburn, and the other members of the Gang of Six for blowing things for them. It might actually be a blessing in disguise. Why? Because the overlooked portion of the Cantor statement makes clear to House Republicans that Leadership is abandoning Cut, Cap, | Read More »
House Republicans Should Not Rely on Democrats For Votes on the Debt Ceiling
I think conservatives need to draw one more line in the sand on the debt ceiling. There is a growing worry that John Boehner and Eric Cantor will come up with a deal with the White House that will require Democrat votes to get through the House of Representatives. This would be a replay of the continuing resolution fiasco that cut little and cost much. | Read More »
The Politics of Dopes
Here is the way things work in Washington. One group in Congress comes up with a bold plan to save the country. Let’s call it Cut, Cap, and Balance. Everyone else sets out to undermine their plan. Heck, most of the rest of Congress doesn’t have a plan at all — they just want to dump on the group that comes up with the plan. | Read More »
When The Boys In Leadership Flee, Will The Freedom Fighters in the House Hold the Line?
Tuesday night felt pretty good, didn’t it? The House GOP, joined by five Democrats, voted for Cut, Cap, and Balance. Finally, the House led on solid reform to turn the tide. Senators got active quickly to undermine the effort and still the House held the line. Great, wasn’t it? The Gang of 234 stood for freedom and, as an added bonus, gave a wonderful middle | Read More »
Eric Cantor Pulls Out. So does Jon Kyl. It Distracts From the Big Story.
Eric Cantor (R-VA) decided to pull out of talks with Joe Biden on what to do about the debt. He placed the problem in President Obama’s and Speaker’s Boehner’s laps saying there were issues relating to taxes that only they could resolve. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), a man well known on Capitol Hill to negotiate defeat from the jaws of victory, decided he would pull | Read More »
It’s Not Just Amateur Hour at the White House
There are two stories out today that suggest it is not just amateur hour at the White House where five days after Osama Bin Laden went to sleep with Davy Jones there are still more questions than answers. No, it is also amateur hour in the House of Representatives. Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) is declaring the fight to repeal Obamacare over. That’s right. He’s giving | Read More »
Congressional Republicans Begin Planting Hit Jobs on Conservatives
First the House GOP required Democrats to get their three week continuing resolution passed — a continuing resolution that cuts less money than the interest on our national debt that will accumulate over the next three weeks. Then the House GOP started bad mouthing the conservatives who voted against their plan. Now the House GOP is launching a direct assault on . . . wait | Read More »
Eric Cantor’s Failure of Leadership
On Friday, 92 Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, joined all of the Democrats to defeat an amendment offered up by Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn to ensure the GOP lived up to its “$100 billion in cuts” pledge. This was a failure of leadership, particularly by Eric Cantor. Blackburn’s amendment, by its own description, would have “reduce[d] spending by | Read More »
Senator Ethanol, the Young Guns, and the Politically Expedient
Senator John Thune took to the Senate floor yesterday to criticize his fellow 2012 presidential contenders for playing politics with the Obama-Kyl tax deal. “It is easy to stand on the sidelines and criticize this deal,” Thune said. “And it would perhaps be politically expedient to stand on the sideline and criticize this tax deal. But to advocate against this tax deal is to advocate | Read More »
Thank God Ronald Reagan Was a Conservative Before Being a Republican
Thank God that Ronald Reagan put his principles ahead of politics. As regular readers know, I’m not fully enamored by Dick Morris, but one of the best quotes on polling I’ve ever heard comes from Dick Morris. To paraphrase, Morris said politicians should never lead based on polling, but should lead based on principle and use polling to shape the message to enact those principles | Read More »
Dear John Boehner and Eric Cantor
Hi guys, Just a short note. If either of you support as Chairman of the Energy & Commerce Committee any of the damn fools who supported killing the incandescent lightbulb we’re going to have problems. That rules out Fred Upton. Sorry guys. I’m told you’ve been leaning toward him. But sorry. That may rule out some of the others too. But still — how many | Read More »
Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss.
Has the GOP learned its lessons from 2006? That’s the big question many on the right are asking themselves. After all, on the Senate side the same leadership that led the GOP out of power will be the same leadership leading the GOP back into power if they take back the Senate. In the House of Representatives, the members did a good job replacing their | Read More »
Eric Cantor and John Boehner’s Premature Discharge Problem
Eric Cantor and John Boehner are out today spinning furiously that their discharge petition is better than Steve King’s discharge petition. Except there is a fundamental flaw: they have a premature discharge problem. No, premature discharge is not a problem that can be cured with a pill. In order to have a discharge petition, the legislation to be discharged — that is forced to the | Read More »
Eric Cantor and John Boehner Don’t Really Want to Repeal Obamacare
Well, it is official. Eric Cantor and John Boehner — particularly Eric Cantor — have decided they don’t need or want conservatives and, more troubling, do not have any intention of trying to win at the polls by forcing Democrat hands on Obamacare. Our leadership is behaving badly. Last week and on Monday I mentioned Rep. Steve King’s effort to repeal Obamacare and start over. | Read More »