When John Edwards was doing what he was doing with Rielle Hunter, much of the conservative movement was up in arms that the man had an affair on his cancer stricken wife, had a baby with the adulteress, and then tried to cover it up. The National Enquirer, of all places, was first on the story and it took the more traditional media forever to | Read More »
The Politician and the Crackhead
If Satan’s best trick is to make us believe he does not exist, his second best trick is to convince us that one more taste of sin will satiate our desire. It is the same with the politician and the crackhead. The crackhead holds the pipe in his hands and thinks, “Just one more hit and then I’ll get clean.” It is never really enough. | Read More »
If Not Now . . .
“At what point do we hold our side accountable? Contrary to what some of you want to think, it was not the Democrats who got us to $16 trillion in national debt. It was bipartisan.” Despite making clear that I was not advocating a third party, but rather recognizing that one will spring up if the Republican leadership does not pay attention to the state | Read More »
Maybe We Really Do Need a Third Party
“The problem for the GOP is that it is in danger of fracturing, not because it has moved so far right, but because it refuses to actually practice what it preaches.” Senator Max Baucus of Montana receives campaign donations from the parent company of Phillip Morris. Senator Baucus then puts a provision in the highway transportation bill banning roll your own cigarette operations, a business | Read More »
The Stupid Party Expands Government Again
House and Senate Republican leaders, collectively the Stupid Party, are yet again set to expand government, government spending, and engage in Keynesian economic policies they’ve criticized Barack Obama for. Somewhat wisely, they are releasing all this as the Supreme Court releases its Obamacare decision so no one will pay attention. Ironically, as we wait to see if the Supreme Court gives Congress plenary power through | Read More »
More Data About Squishy Republicans Busts Common Theory on Squishiness
Why do so many Republicans vote like squishes, often siding with Democrats on issues — or at least not voting with conservatives in the House? The most common theory is that these Republicans are in tight races in swing districts. They have to sometimes cross the aisle. They have to sometimes vote like squishes just to stay elected. The Madison Project this morning is completely | Read More »
Now Is Not The Time for the Senate GOP to Divide Republicans
Not a day goes by these days that I don’t hear more about Senator Marco Rubio’s immigration plan and get asked my thoughts on it. The plan is just that — a plan. To my knowledge there is no legislative language yet. But from what I have heard I like the plan with some reservations. I am to the left of many of RedState’s readers | Read More »
A Case Study in Why Republicans Do Not Fear Conservatives
“Paper tigers are desk ornaments, not cause for concern.” The primary battle for Illinois’s 16th Congressional District is a case study in why Republicans do not fear conservatives and do not take conservatives seriously in the House of Representatives. Consider, if you will, that what Jim DeMint has done in the United States Senate is make Republicans understand they might just be seriously challenged by | Read More »
Will Republicans Vote to Raise the Debt Limit for the Fannie Mae of Corporate Welfare?
“Click here to call your Congressman and make your voice heard. Tell him to let the Export-Import Bank charter expire.” The Export-Import Bank is a federal agency whose sole reason for existence is to use your tax dollars to subsidize sales of American manufactured goods to foreign buyers. It is nothing short of corporate welfare, and its business model (providing loans and loan guarantees at | Read More »
Lack of Principle Got Them In This Mess. Principle Gets Them Out.
The payroll tax holiday has become a mess for Republicans. I am beginning to believe raw sewage has greater political acumen than the Republican leadership in Washington. At least raw sewage can pick the path of least resistance when flowing through the bowels of Washington, D.C. Not so the Republicans. They have gotten themselves into this mess for three reasons. First, House Republicans were going | Read More »
The Republican Party has gone insane. For the better part of the last three years the Republican Party has exercised itself into a frenzy over the need to repeal Obamacare. For the two years leading up to November of 2010, mostly middle aged working white people took to the streets in sizes rivaling a NASCAR race to protest the socialization of the American health care | Read More »
We Sent ‘Tea Party’ Republicans to Washington for This?
In the House Republican’s Pledge that I told you was a “Pledge to Nowhere,” you find this language: “tax increases must be prevented” and “We will help the economy by permanently stopping all tax increases”. Got it? The House GOP pledged, also known as a promise, to stop “all tax increases.” It was their promise. According to The Hill, the Republicans are about to give | Read More »
Remember Journolist? Why In God’s Name Is The GOP Consenting to Let a Journolist Member Moderate a Debate?
“How about you guys with a double digit polling average in Real Clear Politics come down to Atlanta instead and Brent Bozell, the Ryun brothers, and I will ask you guys some real questions by conservatives and for conservatives. ” Before the MNSBC-Politico Debate, I wondered why in God’s name the Republican candidates would bother giving press and air time to a bunch of liberals | Read More »
This is really pathetic
This is unsurprising, but also really pathetic. “Conservative” elites are unhappy with the Republican field. Bill Kristol pines for a smart guy. Let me put this in perspective for you. The group of “smart” conservatives who were okay to let No Child Left Behind go through, who did little to oppose Medicare Part D, who advocated for TARP, and endorsed the idea of “big government” | Read More »
If You Support Mitch McConnell, We Don’t Support You
I am instituting a new policy here at RedState. In the future, as we support candidates for the U.S. Senate in Republican Primaries, we will not support any candidate who goes on the record supporting Mitch McConnell as Senate Republican Leader. That does not preclude them from voting for McConnell once they get there if there are no better options. But when looking to endorse | Read More »
Dear House Republicans, This is Your “Time For Choosing”
“From here on out, if you lose this fight, every time you balk at expanding government, social security checks will be withheld, medicare payments will be withheld, and in just a few short years, surgeries will be cancelled, vaccinations withheld, and hospitals shuttered.” Dear House Republicans, In the election of 2010, voters sent you to Washington to do two things: (1) End Obamacare and (2) | Read More »
Nancy Pelosi Congratulates Mitch McConnell on His ‘Pontius Pilate Act’. Seriously.
If it weren’t bad enough that Harry Reid is trying to make Mitch McConnell‘s ‘Pontius Pilate Pass the Buck Act of 2011″ acceptable to Republicans, you might want to consider that Nancy Pelosi congratulated Mitch McConnell on a job well done. Not kidding. Stephen F. Hayes, who my wife says is the best looking guy on Bret Baier’s panel other than Bret (yeah, I have | Read More »
Harry Reid Tries to Make Mitch McConnell’s ‘Pontius Pilate Act’ More Appealing to Republicans
Just how pathetic is Mitch McConnell‘s ‘Pontius Pilate Pass the Buck Act of 2011,’ his proposal to let the President automatically raise the debt ceiling by $2 trillion without any cuts so long as the GOP doesn’t get blamed? Harry Reid is intervening to make it more palatable to Republicans. Publicly, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) left the door open to the idea. | Read More »
The President Declares He Will Shoot His Hostages
Everyone is using the hostage metaphor these days regarding the debt ceiling. Barack Obama started it back in December when he called the GOP hostage takers before the GOP gave him everything he wanted. Well, I hope the GOP noticed Barack Obama yesterday upped the ante and declared his willingness to shoot his hostages, i.e. senior citizens. Yes, if the GOP dares to hold the | Read More »
Republicans Must Show They Will Shoot the Hostage
Does the party of freedom have less courage than the party of socialism? Jim DeMint thinks if the GOP fails to be bold in the debt ceiling fight that’ll be why. As the sun rises this morning, be prepared to be completely and totally disappointed in the total lack of leadership by House Republicans when it comes to taking a bold stand in the debt | Read More »