The GOP Loss In New York Was About New York, Not Paul Ryan
Republicans suck in New York. Period. End of Story. The GOP lost the special election in NY-26 and the media and Democrats are heralding it as proof that the GOP is getting punished for wanting to reform medicare. Back when the GOP lost the 2009 special election in New York featuring Dede Scozzafava, et al, the Democrats heralded the GOP defeat as proof that Republican | Read More »
The Senate Republicans Get Ready to Suck on Energy
This is really pitiful. The Senate will most likely vote on Senator Menendez’s legislation today to punish the American people, drive up the cost of gasoline, and do so in the name of sticking it to oil companies. Tomorrow, Senator McConnell is going to offer a Republican alternative that doesn’t suck as bad, but will still punish consumers, oil drillers, and the free market. The | Read More »
Why Republicans Will Never Win the PR Battle on a Government Shutdown. And Why They Shouldn’t Care.
“Should Washington’s power diminish, reporters’ access to power would diminish. Smaller government is a deal breaker for the Washington press corps.” Conservatives are prone to lament a liberal bias in the media. There is another bias conservatives should play more careful attention to because it affects even the more relatively unbiased analysts and reporters that exist on television, radio, and in print. It is the | Read More »
The Stupid Party Prepares to Get Down Right Dumb
While we’ve all been focused on the Administration’s schizophrenia over Libya, there is another political battle being fought in the halls of Congress over the budget. The starting point for this is this report from Emily Miller at Human Events. The key take away is that “the Senate Republicans are preparing to tell President Obama that they want a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the | Read More »
74 or 35 or More of the Same. The Pledge to Nowhere Comes Back to Bite the GOP on the Bottom.
“We will put government on a path to a balanced budget and pay down the debt with a plan to … Cut government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels saving at least $100 billion in the first year alone.” — A Pledge to America I was roundly attacked for calling the Republicans’ “Pledge to Nowhere” a lot of pablum. Guess what? I was right. The Republicans | Read More »
How The Stupid Party Gets Its Name
Today was another fine example of how the Republican Party gets labeled as the stupid party. Senator Dick Durbin hinted two days ago that the Senate Democrats would be unified in their opposition to repeal Obamacare except for one or two. In other words, the GOP had the opportunity to get Democrats to jump ship. But Democrats have signaled that they want to “fix” Obamacare, | Read More »
Now Is The Time. Today Is The Day. Let’s Have a Coup.
“In 2010 the tea party movement led outside the GOP. This year the tea party should take over the GOP.” It is abundantly clear as we head toward finding a new chairman for the Republican National Committee that the committeemen of the RNC have grown out of touch with the Republican activists they rely on each year to give money, knock on doors, and vote. | Read More »
Playing With the Two Immutable Laws of Washington
There are two immutable laws of Washington, D.C. To understand the tax compromise in the Senate, you must know the laws. Politicians in leadership believe that if they make both the left and right angry they must have done something right; and, If Democrats and Republicans come together in a compromise — no matter how bad that compromise may be — the media will herald | Read More »
Senate GOP Sells Out National Security for Tax Cuts
Let’s be honest, there are many sexy issues in politics these day. The START Treaty is not one of them. No one other than Barack Obama and the Kremlin care about START. But we should. We should also care that the Senate GOP, thanks to the “skillful” negotiations of Jon Kyl (R-AZ), have decided to sell us down the river to Moscow in order to | Read More »
The Civil War
Everyone in the media wants to talk about a Republican civil war. There are certainly feuds, but now that the election, the civil war that mostly played itself out in primaries between NRSC backed candidates and the eventual winners of most of the primaries is largely over, other than a few Senate aides and Senators upset about not being in the majority. Note to them: | Read More »
Potential Tea Party Targets for 2012
As you are settling down from yesterday’s victories, you will want to also pay attention to this list. While many will be focusing on a potential Presidential pick for the GOP, we should not all get distracted by that. We have a significant opportunity to improve the Senate GOP through some primaries. Here is a list of potential targets for primaries — the Senate Republicans | Read More »
Again I Say Fight!
“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have | Read More »
Senate Republicans May Not Try to Repeal Obamacare
I have told you this before and I will tell you this again. Unless you elect Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio, Ken Buck, Ron Johnson, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Sharron Angle, and Joe Miller, we will never see Obamacare repealed. Senator Judd Gregg is up today saying that repeal is not recommended. Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.), the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said that | Read More »
Marginalizing Jim DeMint: Are Senate Republicans Trying to Get Tom Coburn to Be Judas to Conservatives?
As you know, Senate Republicans are more than a little unhappy with Jim DeMint. The Senate GOP will see an influx of DeMint backed candidates after November. Consequently, the Senate GOP has become more fixated with marginalized Jim DeMint than fighting Barack Obama. For perspective, Mitch McConnell won’t even campaign against or speak ill of Harry Reid to help Sharron Angle. But his minion are | Read More »
Perhaps the Most Ridiculous Thing to Come Out of Washington Since George McClellan
The House Republicans’ “Pledge to America” is out. A thrill will run up the leg of a few Chris Matthews’ types on the right. As Dan noted on Twitter, the Contract with America was 869 words and this is 21 pages. The Contract told you everything you needed to know about how a Republican Congress would be different from a Democrat Congress after 40 years | Read More »
The Illusion With America
The House Republicans are set to unveil the Contract with America Part II, which we already know based on history will be more an illusion than substance. We also know, based on early word about what is in there, that it will be an unmitigated spectacle of wasted opportunity. There will be good points we will all love. But what will be missing will make | Read More »
The New York Republicans
The New York Republican Party is in disastrous shape under the clubby leadership of Ed Cox. In a competitive year for Republicans, no strong challengers have come out of New York and the state GOP continues to lag. Want to know why? Our own Dan McLaughlin has an op-ed in the New York Post today that is well worth reading.
Cowardly Republican Senate Aides Begin Attacking Jim DeMint
It has begun. Republican Senate aides who desperately want the majority back so they can add an extra zero to their eventual K-Street salary package once they stop prostituting themselves to lobbyists and instead become lobbyists prostituting themselves to squishy Republicans are attacking Jim DeMint. In addition to their own self-interest, you can be sure they are expressing their bosses’ frustrations. Now, you and I | Read More »
GOP, Inc. As Darth Vader Starring Rob Jesmer As the Guy in the Suit
It is a delightful morning. The National Republican Senatorial Committee and the GOP Establishment, including Karl Rove in full on meltdown last night on Fox News, has been beaten yet again in Delaware by the supposedly crazy girl from the fringe who could not possibly take out the 12 time elected Republican Mike Castle. Christine O’Donnell was crazy . . . crazy like a fox. | Read More »
Actually it looks like the Democrats will be the ones destroying social security
A headline at CNN back on August 13th proclaimed “Democrats to use Social Security against GOP this fall”. There is just one problem. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that it is Barack Obama’s own debt commission that intends to destroy social security as we know it. In addition to raising the retirement age, which is now set to reach age 67 in 2027, specific | Read More »