Time for a 2020 Vision, Not Platitudes

      Whoever the next President is, he will seek a second term in the year 2020. For the Republicans, they should take advantage of 2020 and tell us with foresight, not with hindsight, what their vision for America is. And I want to extend an invitation to all of them from Jeb Bush, who has announced, to the rest who will announce, to share their vision | Read More »

      Mitigating the Suck

      I campaigned for Jody Hice and Barry Loudermilk in Georgia. They both said they were opposed to as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Today, the both voted for him, having previously voted against him in the Republican Conference. They both stood behind that as their justification to vote for him today, but their constituents thought otherwise. For an hour on the radio in Atlanta | Read More »

      It’s official: the Obama administration hates it when you have cheap Keystone oil.

      It only took three relentless Congressional electoral cycles to get Barack Obama to admit it, too.  Not that the administration wants to admit it, even now.  They just ran out of options: The White House on Tuesday for the first time issued a veto threat over Republican-backed legislation to approve the Keystone pipeline, setting up a likely showdown between President Obama and the GOP-controlled Congress in | Read More »

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      On the Election of John Boehner as Speaker of the House

      Yes, it has always been pretty much a fait accompli that Boehner would be elected speaker. And yes, it looks like conservatives were unable to deny Boehner the victory on the first vote, although it was closer than I initially believed. That said, I think that both sides of this debate are wildly overreacting to what happened here. I think the anti-Boehner side is way | Read More »

      Whoa. Hold On Folks.

      Sure, I wanted to lose. And yes, it is continually frustrating to know conservatives in their quiet place are ready to vote against him, but when they get to the floor they cave. But I am seeing some hysterically enraged tweets, direct messages, Facebook posts, emails, and text messages. Maybe it is because I’m sitting in a seminary class right now while everyone else is | Read More »

      Glenn Grothman Is All Talk

      The reason people are so deeply cynical about politics is because they rally around candidates who say bold things only to see those candidates immediately cave once secured in their position. Behold Glenn Grothman, a Congressman from Wisconsin. “I would have no problem looking for an alternative to Speaker Boehner,” Grothman said in a candidate debate Aug. 1. “I have no problem standing up to | Read More »

      The New York Times Libels Steve Scalise

      The layers and layers of fact checkers and editors that the media employs are often terrible at their jobs, but seldom do you see a failure as spectacular as this. I am not a huge fan of and would prefer that someone else be elected Majority Whip. But it now seems clear that the allegation that he spoke at a white supremacist rally is outright | Read More »

      The Tea Party’s Racism

      The New York Times has a story about the challenges to . It again makes the point that Republican Leaders intend to push hard against conservatives once Boehner’s spot as Speaker is secure. But there is more to it. The Times brings back up the Scalise issue. It adds extra liberal hyperbole that even I, as someone who questioned Scalise, think is inappropriate. But there | Read More »

      Eric Cantor gives advice to the new Congress

        Eric Cantor, former House Majority Leader, has some interesting thoughts on the next Congress. Some are good but most indicate how we dodged the bullet when he lost his primary. Via CNBC: After six years, the differences between President Obama and Congressional Republicans are well known. Republicans want to repeal the president’s health-care law and oppose his efforts to regulate climate change and his unilateral | Read More »

      Dear Freshman Republicans

      Congratulations on your election. You all come from different backgrounds with different views and even differing ideologies and priorities. But collectively you now are called upon to decide important issues. For those of you in the House, many of you campaigned saying you would vote against Speaker Boehner. You are now trying to talk your way out of it claiming you tried behind closed doors | Read More »

      Jim Jordan on the Verge of a Horatius Moment

      Horatius stood at the Pons Sublicius as an invading army tried to conquer Rome. According to Babbington’s poem, Horatius famously asked “Who will stand on either hand and guard this bridge with me?” Horatius saved Rome. Congressman finds himself in a similar moment. The Politico reports that privately Boehner’s aides and the Republican Leadership intend to use ‘s re-election to vanquish the conservative opposition with | Read More »

      The Vine

      Happy New Year! Are you ready to represent life in 2015? As a movement, we are starting out the year in a strong position: The majority of Americans do not support abortion on demand, we’ve put a pro-life majority in Congress, and more pro-life laws were put in to place in 2011 – 2013 than in the entire previous decade! It’s going to be a great | Read More »