“I Don’t Know What We’re Yelling About!”
In the movie “Anchorman” Broadcast dinosaurs Ron Burgundy, Brian Fantana, and Champ Kind argue over the “virtues” of allowing a woman to anchor the evening news in the 1970s. They shout loudly at their station manager airing their objections before Steve Carrell’s hapless Brick Tamland yells, “I don’t know what we’re yellling about!” It’s a funny scene, but an illustration that perhaps the smartest person | Read More »
An Open Letter to Ann Reid, Scott Terry, and the MSM
Ann Reid of the Giro was on MSNBC on Monday seems to believe that most people at CPAC agreed with a troll heckler, Scott Terry, a fringe white nationalist. I would like a moment to respond to Ms. Reid, Mr. Terry, MSNBC and the mainstream media who endlessly promotes fringe people like this. Dear Ms. Reid: I understand you are not interested in understanding conservatives | Read More »
Can We Finally Agree Neoconservativism = Liberalism?
With the possible exception of former Vice President Dick Cheney, whom every conservative would agree is as tried and true as they come, I am as convinced as ever that neoconservatives are really displaced liberals trying to remold the GOP into it’s image. Let me explain. Before the peace movement of the 1960s and 1970s and, to an extent, The Franklin Roosevelt Administration, the foreign | Read More »
Minorities and Women.
So, apparently the GOP is holding a panel on “how to successfully communicate with minorities and women.” Here are some tips I’d give to them: 1) Be yourself. There’s nothing worse than hearing a parade of white Democrats going through black churches suddenly sounding like Bishop T.D. Jakes. In fact, it’s downright embarrassing! We should go to those places but we should be ourselves. We | Read More »
Right/Left? How about Success/Failure?
The media’s obsession with framing every argument politically is hurting our country. I was sitting in Starbucks today when I saw a gentlemen across from me reading an article in the Wall Street Journal (a by and large conservative newspaper), “Centrist Republican Governor Tacks Right”. It was about Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder coming out in favor of right to work laws after running a pro-labor | Read More »
“Conservatism” must die….
Following the election, the editor of this blog, Erick Erickson pointed out that he had predicted almost a year to the date that it happened that if Mitt Romney were the Republican nominee, Conservatism would die and Barack Obama would win re-election. It’s a little disheartening to see Speaker John Boehner, the defacto leader of the Republicans in Washington making that prediction come true by | Read More »
These Ridiculous Fiscal Cliff Negotiations
Just so we’re clear, aren’t these negotiations supposed to be about closing the gap on the deficit? That deficit this year will reach around $1.2 Trillion this year alone? And the presidents solution? $1.6 trillion over TEN YEARS assuming people don’t move their money around to avoid the new income taxes to people making over $250,000. I get the sneaking suspicion that President Obama and | Read More »
Yes, We DO Need to Start Talking About 2016
Divide and conquer. That has been the establishment’s strategy for the last seven election cycles and it has worked. If they can divide the conservatives (or in the case of 2000, fool them into voting for a moderate), it will leave what they see as “acceptable” candidates and we nominate mushy moderate after mushy moderate. Our record in those seven election cycles? 2-5. If the | Read More »
Film Review: “Lincoln”
“We are a conservative anti-slavery party.” One of the Republican Party’s founders Francis Preston Blair says to President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s biopic of the first Republican president. Despite Blair’s fears that Lincoln was appeasing “radicals” in the party (people who held such “radical” views like, you know, black Americans were equal human beings to white Americans), it was an adequate description of Lincoln’s | Read More »
While I have always worn the label with a degree of pride I have always found the term “conservative” rather unusual for a movement and party like ours. At it’s base, we believe in reforming social services that have been around for 100 years and redefining the tax code, I would hardly call those “conservative” in the purest sense of the word. I also find | Read More »
R. E. S. P. E. C. T.
“Demography is destiny.” The quote has been attributed to many a people, and this presidential election has got many a conservative, including talk show host Sean Hannity and columnist Charles Krauthammer thinking this way. Hannity has said he has “evolved” on the issue of immigration, Charules Krauthammer believes conservatives should embrace the word “amnesty.” To be completely honest with you, I’ve never had a problem | Read More »
An Open Letter to Gary Johnson and Other Libertarians
Dear Gov. Johnson, First of all, thank you. Thank you for meaning what you say, for promoting limited government and true fiscal conservatism. It’s one thing to say these things, it’s another thing altogether to actually govern that way. You have one of the best governing records of all time and I am sorry that you did not resonate in the GOP primaries more. You | Read More »
It is Bush’s Fault.
According to the exit polls, voters still overwhelming blame Bush for the state of our economy. And in a way, they’re right. I keep hearing that Republicans lost with moderates in 1992, 1996, 2008 and 2012. But we lost in 2000 and 2004 as well. President Bush supported the most massive expansion of government since LBJ with his prescription drug program. He and the congressional | Read More »
The GOP has got to change.
So, we lost. At the very least that’s what it looks like at this point. President Obama will have prevailed with a comfortable electoral college vote advantage over Mitt Romney and if he’s lucky a plurality of the popular vote. While I was anticipating a close Romney win, there are some real short term and long term problems we’re facing in the Republican Party that | Read More »
We need more “Dark Knight”s, less Citizens United.
SPOILERS for The Dark Knight Rises are ahead!!! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy films put out by groups like Citizens United. I am looking forward to seeing “2016: Obama’s America” but we’ve got to face it: those films are being marketed towards a conservative audience, they’re going to be seen almost exclusively by conservatives, and their content is pretty straight-fowardly conservative. We’re not making | Read More »
I kind of like that we’ve got a super rich guy as our nominee…
With Hilary Rosen’s attack on Ann Romney, and the Romney campaign’s amazingly well coordinated response, the Obama campaign has been awakened quite rudely to the fact that the Romney campaign is not going to idly sit back and allow the president to continue to divide the country. I have not been a fan of Mitt Romney to say the least, but his campaign’s response to | Read More »
Film Review: “Bully”
A couple of days ago I had the opportunity to screen “Bully” – a new documentary that talks about bullying in schools. While I haven’t heard too much from conservatives regarding the film specifically, I have heard discussions about bullying in schools that amount to “it’s apart of life – get over it.” To the extent that I think cruelty is apart of human nature | Read More »
If Newt Drops Out, I’m Voting For Romney.
I know this might shock some conservatives, but those of us supporting Newt Gingrich for President aren’t necessarily going to just jump right over to Rick Santorum. Rick Santorum is not a conservative. He’s voted time and time again for stupid policies like No Child Left Behind and the Prescription Drug Benefit (which, to my amazement, Newt continues to support.) His excuse of “getting behind | Read More »
“Game Change”-ing History.
There is no doubt in my mind that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin struggled when she was chosen to be Senator John McCain’s running mate. That is not to say that, as the new HBO film “Game Change” strongly implies, that Gov. Palin is dumb. But as her released emails show, she was so dedicated to being a good governor in a remote state | Read More »
A Fair Take on Sarah Palin
Needless to say, the new HBO film “Game Change” is a load of crap. Based on accounts from disgruntled campaign staffers with a vendetta to take down on Gov. Palin (yes, we’re looking at your Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace.) Further the book “Game Change” was really primarily about Sen. Hillary Clinton and now President Barack Obama duking it out for the Democratic nomination which | Read More »