Dear Kelly Ayotte, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee, Rob Portman, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio
Welcome to the Senate. It ain’t easy, is it? Here’s the thing you need to know. Right now, you are probably telling yourself you need to be reasonable. You are probably telling yourself you need to cut a deal. I’m willing to bet you are telling yourself you should do something short term and in six more months or whenever, after everything has calmed back | Read More »
Are Conservatives & Conservative Organizations in D.C. Actually Feckless Wimps?
A number of conservatives and conservative groups in Washington, D.C. are pushing yet another pledge. This one is to cut, cap, and balance. They want you to pledge to urge your Senator and Congressman to oppose any debt limit unless all three of the following conditions are met: (1) substantial cuts in spending; (2) enforceable spending caps; and (3) passage of the Lee-Cornyn-Hatch Balanced Budget | Read More »
I think Jim DeMint clears that up nicely
After suggesting Mike Lee was going to be wholly ineffective the other day, Jenn Rubin has turned her sights back on Jim DeMint today with some statements from DeMint that Rubin accurately notes could ruffle some feathers within the tea party movement. DeMint said, among other things, “One of the reasons I endorsed Romney [in 2008] is his attempts to make private health insurance available | Read More »
Time Magazine has released its 40 Under 40 list for the year. Question number two is “What’s your go-to political blog?” Among Republicans on the list, RedState.com is the most consistent answer. Those listing RedState as their go-to blog include Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley, George P. Bush, Sean Duffy, Nick Ayers, and Mike Lee. Surprisingly, among the Democrats, not a single person listed Daily Kos | Read More »
Conservatives Have Won Nothing. You Read It Right. NOTHING.
It has come to this, I’m afraid. We need to keep our perspective. Conservatives have won nothing. Nothing. Ken Buck you say? Sharron Angle? Mike Lee? Pat Toomey? Marco Rubio? Joe Miller? Rand Paul? Nikki Haley? Here, pay attention: they are all candidates. Yes, yes — we won primaries. Contrary to popular opinion that conservatives wanted a purge of party, we instead played smartly — | Read More »
Going Where I Shouldn’t. Saying What I Shouldn’t.
In victory one is supposed to be magnanimous — a polysyllabic word for not being a sore winner. The race in Utah, the attacks on Jim DeMint, the other problematic issues behind the scenes, etc. test the limits of magnanimity. I am going to go where I shouldn’t go and say what I shouldn’t say. Some of you are really, really not going to like | Read More »
Freedom and the Fight.
It was 1:25 a.m. on November 5, 2008. The Republicans had just lost badly. Barack Obama had given his victory speech. Jesse Jackson had cried. And I was tired. I sat down at my computer and wrote this post entitled “The After. The Before. The Future, Present, and Past.” The subtitle was “The Day After and the Day After That, We’ll Fight On.” I was | Read More »
Mike Lee Will Be Utah’s Next Senator
They laughed at us last year when I said Bob Bennett needed to be taken out. They called me crazy when I said the path to Florida from NY-23 ran through Salt Lake City. They howled with laughter when I said Utah voters should replace Bob Bennett with Mike Lee. They aren’t laughing tonight. Mike Lee won. Nikki Haley won in South Carolina. RedState won. | Read More »
Jon Lerner: Winner
Friends, if you are still up at this late hour you know Mike Lee won in Utah. We beat Bob Bennett twice — first at the convention and second by beating his chosen successor. We beat the Chamber of Commerce and the GOP establishment back in DC with this race. But we need to raise a glass to a man many of you have never | Read More »
Is Tim Bridgewater Crazy?
Robert Costa has an article at National Review about today’s race in Utah and I come away with the distinct impression that Tim Bridgewater must be crazy. Why? Well, there is this bit: Bridgewater doesn’t hide that he has little love for the Palmetto State senator. “It will take me a long time before I feel comfortable working with him,” he says. “If I’m elected, | Read More »
The Bridgewater – Eager Team Takes the Bait
Yesterday I posted this and noted, “Cherilyn Eager’s IP address at RedState is identical to one used by an anonymous Bridgewater supporter’s at RedState.” Now, here’s the key: I never said which post or comment was shared. Nonetheless, our resident anonymous Bridgewater supporter decided to proactively point out that The post: http://www.redstate.com/cherilyneagar/2010/06/17/mike-lee-%e2%80%93-playing-utah-or-being-played/ was not posted by me, and the IP address for that post would | Read More »
The Tim Bridgewater Attack On Jim DeMint Continues
Tim Bridgewater’s supporters have set up and are pushing a website called the “Jim DeMint Takeover.” It contains just one post. It is a YouTube of Mike Lee, who is asked, “If you are elected as the new Senator from Utah, who will be your mentor and why?” Mike Lee’s response? “My mentor in the senate and among those who are still in the world | Read More »
A Senate Candidate Helps Mexican Drug Lords Get U.S. Tax Dollars, Then Launches a Jihad Against Jim DeMint
A few days ago, former Utah Senate candidate Cherilyn Eager, the woman who claimed Tim Bridgewater offered to pay off her campaign debt in exchange for her endorsement then denied that was a bribe before – you know – endorsing Bridgewater, came onto RedState and attacked Jim DeMint. Eager claims that Jim DeMint and Mike Lee are both affiliated with some energy company I’ve never | Read More »
An Inconvenient Truth: Bob Bennett and Tim Bridgewater Together
Months ago I told you Bob Bennett and Tim Bridgewater were cutting a deal. I got so much blowback from so many people I actually had to remove the post from the front page of RedState. I stood by the story, but the brouhaha that resulted necessitated the post going into draft mode so we could get on with the day. Well, I was and | Read More »
Did a Candidate for the U.S. Senate Use Your Tax Dollars to Help a Mexican Drug Trafficker?
By now it’s a well known and established fact that Utah Senate candidate Tim Bridgewater isn’t exactly the traditional small business man that he wants Utah voters to believe; rather, he’s a lobbyist who specializes in getting taxpayer money for his own and for his clients’ businesses – including overseas businesses like Indonesia Power. But did Tim Bridgewater stoop so low as to secure a | Read More »
Mike Lee Is Up 9 Points
In the race for Bob Bennett’s Senate seat in Utah, Mike Lee is ahead by 9 points. (PDF) This is important because Bridgewater can write himself huge checks between now and the primary election to close any gap, so the further ahead Mike is the better. This also means you need to give as much money as you can as quickly as you can and | Read More »
Tim Bridgewater: Indonesian Job Creator
Tim Bridgewater want to pretend the Utah primary is about a businessman versus a lawyer. Given Bridgewater’s track record, he’s using the term “businessman” loosely. In fact, I can’t tell that any of businesses are profitable except for the infusions of cash secured for him by Bob Bennett as earmarks. Along the way, Bridgewater has been creating jobs, just not for Utahans — for Indonesians. | Read More »
It Is What Politicians Do, Not What They Say
Politicians will say anything under the sun to get elected. The most Godless, secular leftist in America running in South Carolina would cling to Jesus, mom, and apple pie with the best of them. It is why we must dig into candidates’ actions, not their words. Pledges in Washington have become a joke because of this. Anybody can sign a pledge saying they will not | Read More »
Cherilyn Eagar Digs In and Backtracks
The Cherilyn Eagar campaign posted a statement about Ms. Eagar’s meeting with Tim Bridgewater back on May 12th. I guess she knew where this was headed. Read her statement. The relevant part is here: Mr. Bridgewater offered me the role of an unpaid spokeswoman, and I was honored at his confidence in me. It was a compliment to our campaign. In an earlier meeting with | Read More »
Tim Bridgewater’s Bribe
It turns out that Tim Bridgewater — the Utah Republican running for U.S. Senate against conservative Mike Lee — tried to bribe another candidate for her endorsement at the Utah State Nominating Convention. According to Cherilyn Eagar, Bridgewater offered to pay off her campaign debt IF she would endorse him before the final ballots were cast at the convention. Eagar is going out of her | Read More »