A McConnell Majority vs. an Enduring Majority
One of the more trenchant lines delivered from the podium at CPAC last week was Sarah Palin’s zinger regarding the GOP “Beltway Boys”: “You didn’t build that. The Tea Party did.” Palin was referring to the GOP House majority acquired through the 2010 midterm elections, but the same observation is apropos for the potential to win a Senate majority this year. I don’t know about | Read More »
‘Crush Them Everywhere’
“Crush them everywhere.” That is not Mitch McConnell’s expectation on beating the Democrats. That is not Mitch McConnell’s hope against Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats. This — “crush them everywhere” — is what Mitch McConnell tells the New York Times he intends to do to conservatives. “They cannot crush this conservative uprising; they can only delay it.” Across the country, as conservatives realize that | Read More »
Big Labor: Wait, this #Obamacare thing we passed is going to hurt *us*?
Unite Here has discovered the indifference of Barack Obama: A national union that represents 300,000 low-wage hospitality workers charges in a new report that Obamacare will slam wages, cut hours, limit access to health insurance and worsen the very “income equality” President Obama says he is campaigning to fix. Unite Here warned that due to Obamacare’s much higher costs for health insurance than what union | Read More »
Ted Cruz: Republicans Win When They Paint in Bold Colors
When Senator Ted Cruz spoke last week at CPAC, he brought more than a speech designed to fire up the base, though certainly that was part of his rousing appearance oat n the conservative conference. “Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no | Read More »
Whoa!! Pat Caddell channels Erick Erickson at CPAC, and other observations.
Don’t know how many of you caught Pat Caddell’s address at CPAC, but it was fascinating. He excoritated the GOPe, the money men, the Roves in our midst. And then he went after Boehner. He all but called for the House GOP caucus to toss him overboard. Powerful stuff. Note: I’ve looked for a video of Caddell’s talk, but couldn’t find a link. If anyone | Read More »
It’s Time to Move the Individual Mandate Delay in the Senate
The individual mandate delay (H.R. 4118) passed the house Wednesday by a 250-160 margin and, thanks to Senator Rand Paul, the bill should be on the Senate calendar by the time you read this. Although there are tricks to bringing it up, bringing it onto the calendar means that any Senator can force the Senate to vote on delaying the mandate — or any other issue any | Read More »
NLRB accuses union thugs of violence, threats of rape and implied harm to managers’ kids
In the latest development of a more than year-long labor dispute in Vancouver, the National Labor Relations Board has accused picketers of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 4 of a multitude of horrific acts which include violence, threats of rape and implied harm to children, as well as racial slurs toward company security officers. These acts, according to The Oregonian include the | Read More »
Al Cardenas Responds to Lack of Pro-Life Emphasis at CPAC 2014
The 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) caused concern for the pro-life community before the doors even opened on Thursday. As noted at LifeNews Wednesday, while the agenda included a variety of topics, the issue of life was noticeably absent from the breakout panels. From the perspective of pro-life activists, the lack of inclusion perhaps indicated a deficit of interest in openly supporting what has traditionally | Read More »
Witness The Political Genius of Salon
Brian Beutler of Salon says Republicans are only pretending that Obamacare will help them at the polls. Hilarity ensues.Read More »
The Washington Times twists the knife on the Connecticut gun registration law.
They had to set it up, though. First, the Washington Times hammered the Connecticut legislature for passing a law that maybe three hundred thousand gun owners are deliberately flouting. Then they noted that Connecticut doesn’t have the resources for putting all those people in jail. After that, and gently hinting that the recent problem that we’re having with over-militarized cops is not exactly compatible with | Read More »
Tech at Night: Snowden-backed Russia goes on the Cyberwar offense. Lamar Alexander, the worst Senator, joins with DiFi
Sometimes the cronys win, sometimes the cronys lose. They’re reportedly winning on STELA, the bill that scared entrenched, well-connected TV broadcasters because it as going to make them compete for cable dollars in a way that they never have had to in 70s-era winners-and-losers regulations. It’s still likely a good bill, but just not the pro-market bill it could have been.
The good news is the cronys are reportedly losing in Colorado, as entrenched taxi services are feeling the threat from new, innovative competitors. Let the customers decide, not government.Read More »
What La Raza Learned From Vladimir Putin About Barack Obama
Last guys don’t finish nice. -Saul Alinsky There is a lyric from an old Nine-Inch Nails song titled “Head Like A Hole” that describes how to properly negotiate with Barack Obama if you want him to respect your wishes. He understands power exactly the way Saul Alinsky taught him how to understand power. Here’s how you deal with a man who believes at his core | Read More »
“Hey, America! You want some good infrastructure jobs and more oil?” #keystone
What’s that, America? Support for the Keystone XL pipeline reached a two-year high in the latest ABC News/ Washington Post poll, with the public overwhelmingly saying it would create jobs, while dividing on its potential environmental impact. Two-thirds favor government approval of the 1,700-mile, $5.4 billion pipeline to move oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, up 6 points from 2012, vs. two in 10 | Read More »
The Democrats’ 2014 Whitewash
Barack Obama’s electoral success has shown the Democratic Party the value of a non-white candidate in driving turnout and enthusiasm among the non-white voters that are vital to the party’s success. So why are nearly all the statewide Democratic candidates this year white?Read More »
Perry fires up CPAC with call for a little rebellion
Gov. Rick Perry kicked off day two of the American Conservative Union’s Conservative Political Action Conference with a barn burner. Perry’s remarks were full of red meat for the mostly young Conservative audience, well delivered and even more well received. Perry’s speech was by far the highlight of this year’s CPAC, at least so far. Gov. Perry started off by quoting Thomas Jefferson, “A little rebellion now and | Read More »
Lessons of the Week from Texas to CPAC
Without any galvanized or united tea party/conservative opposition pitted against a 12 year, popular incumbent, 40% of Texas Republicans still voted against John Cornyn. Put it to you this way — RedState did not oppose John Cornyn and one of our own front page contributors did work for him on this campaign. And without anyone really campaigning against him, 40% of Texas Republicans still wanted | Read More »
Jobs, a Big Default in China and the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the February jobs report, a momentous default in China and Sweeney Todd.Read More »
Union Lessons on GOTV and Phone Banking
It’s a given that the only way a party/candidate/cause can win elections is by having more ballots in the box than the other side. In most elections, whether they be political elections or workplace elections, unions maintain a superior ability to “get out the vote” most of the time. Therefore, when the pro-union LaborNotes publishes an article (specifically, about internal union elections) detailing some of | Read More »
Gary Peters (D CAND, Michigan Senate) is now officially In Trouble.
He just replaced his campaign manager. It’s one of the warning signs: With Michigan looming as a now key Senate race, Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, who is locked in a tight battle with Republican Terri Lynn Land, has replaced his campaign manager. Paul Tencher, who ran now-Sen. Joe Donnelly’s winning campaign for the Democrats in Indiana last cycle, will take over as the head of | Read More »
White House: Ukraine Crisis Proves Romney Was Wrong about Russia
Kudos to the press on this one. I didn’t really think any of them could bring themselves to ask the Obama administration whether Obama regretted his tragic self-beclowing at the second Presidential debate, when he responded to Mitt Romney’s claim that Russia was a geopolitical threat with a “the 80s called and they want their foreign policy back” joke; a joke that both demeaned the | Read More »