IRS targeted the Leadership Institute
I worked at the Leadership Institute in Arlington for a little more than four years; it was my first job out of college and one of the most important times of my career. I learned a tremendous amount about the conservative movement, the nature of coalitions, and how political technology was philosophically neutral. I also learned about character and left with a hero: Morton Blackwell. | Read More »
VA Speaker doubles down on tax hike
I don’t get to volunteer on campaigns very often anymore, but I do appreciate the opportunity to support candidates and causes financially where I can. No surprise, I’m no stranger to fundraising emails, unfortunately. In someways, they’re like hippies – let a few in the door and soon they take over the place. That said, I do get the occasional interesting pitch. In this case, | Read More »
While it is definitely the season for Republicans to put their candidates through the thresher of primary politics, I think Dan McLaughlin did a great thing by highlighting “Good Newt” in a speech that Gingrich gave to the NRA earlier this year. (Followed by Good Newt Strikes Again) It’s important that while we vet our candidates most notably by focusing on their flaws, we remember | Read More »
Libya vs. Iraq
The script writes itself. “I don’t care. Obama is awesome.” Don’t even bother arguing with the Left on this one.
RedState vs HuffPo
Well, we’ve seen enough articles over the past week that we can’t stop reading about AOL’s remarkable acquisition of The Huffington Post – at a pretty significant $315m price tag. First, I have to say that the capitalist in me needs to genuinely congratulate Ms. Huffington. To turn her website into the pageview and influence juggernaut it’s become shows real internet acumen. Through a savvy | Read More »
Dear Michael Steele: Happy Birthday. STFU.
Most Honorable Chairman of the Republican Party, First, a most happy birthday to you, sir. And what could be better than celebrating your 52nd in Columbus, Ohio. Of course, the best we can say about that is that thank God you’re actually in a state that matters this year. For today, anyway. But seriously, it was such a joy to read in Politico about the | Read More »
Hey, thanks Switzerland
Sigh. Switzerland has ruled the famed film director will not be extradited to the United States, from where he fled in 1978 after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. How depressing to see this scumbag free, celebrated even. On the other hand, a free Polaski is a great and useful object that can prove quite helpful in identifying the vile apologists that ought | Read More »
Online training for tea party activists
There are quite a few great opportunities for committed Tea Party activists to study and develop the skills needed to win elections. Erick’s been talking about and supporting American Majority; and Ned Ryun has a great diary here at RedState. Let me commend to you another great partnership: the Leadership Institute and Tea Party Patriots. LI has launched TeaPartyTraining.org. Morton Blackwell has taken decades of | Read More »
Dear David Frum
I know you’re working hard to modernize the Republican party and all the while keeping your boot thumb on the pulse of the conservative movement..but we haven’t been RedState.org in years. We’ll be over here with the icky Palin people, trying to actually get folks elected. I’m sure when we do, they’ll need a fancy speechwriter or two to polish them up and make them | Read More »
From The Mailbag
Oh, how I’ve missed the mailbag. From: kestrel9000 <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: July 29, 2009 1:34:57 PM EDT To: email@example.com Subject: erick There is still time to stop the Democrats” from providing medical care to the least among us? F**k you, you evil co*ks****r. How do you sleep? If I saw your face I would put a fist in it. Where is Krempasky? You’re a bastard. A | Read More »
Conspiracy Where There Is None
Two posts in one day…the hell is wrong with me? Anyway, sorry to be late to this particular discussion – but it looks like Google (specifically Blogger) had drawn a ton of flak this week over placing a blog behind Blogger’s “interstitial” content warning and accusations of political bias have followed quickly behind. Without rounding up all the links (Moe did that quite well here), | Read More »
Arnold: 1, California Democrats/Unions/Liberals: 0
Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t exactly my kind of Republican. He’s squishy on a lot of issues I care about. He seems a little too concerned with the opinion of some in the media. All that said, how can you characterize the news today that California political leaders have reached a budget deal as anything but a crushing win for the Gov? No new taxes, deep budget cuts, | Read More »
50% self-righteous | 50% self-indulgent | 100% d-bag
Culture11, we hardly knew ye. And what a true tragedy for us, that we failed to recognize such brilliance, a guiding star, a beacon to lead us back to the path of…of…well, that was the problem, wasn’t it? That the people busy trying to win elections just weren’t cool enough. Not enlightened enough? Or just too stuck on Sarah? “One of my proudest moments,” Kuo | Read More »
VA-Gov: Can McAuliffe Buy Richmond?
With so many people and discussions focused on what Republicans can do to prepare for 2010, many forget that political ground zero this year will be the Commonwealth of Virginia where the governor is elected in odd years, and incumbents can’t run – so it’s always a near-free for all. Rasmussen has it pretty wide open, which isn’t surprising. Now, enter the former Chairman of | Read More »
10 Years Later…
What a country. 10 years ago TODAY, Congressman Ray LaHood from Illinois gaveled an extraordinary vote. From the Speaker’s chair in the House of Representatives, he presided over the impeachment of President. William Jefferson Clinton. Today, President-elect Obama is preparing to formally announce his pick for Secretary of Transportation: none other than Congressman Ray LaHood from Illinois. I’m sure this must warm the hearts of | Read More »
We don’t deserve Joe Biden
Seriously. $369/year? Is that all Joe Biden can contribute? If so, must have taken some Delaware-sized stones to sit and smirk in the audience at the Columbia Presidential Forum on Service last night while John McCain talked about his love for the sacrifices our military makes.
One of the RedState contributors came up with a great out-of-nowhere pick for Senator McCain to add to the ticket: Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn. Yes, please. Only problem – what sort of slogan could they run on together? Here’s a couple that got tossed around over email: McCain-Coburn 2008 Dark Horse? No, The one You Road In On. McCain-Coburn 2008 100% Ted Stevens-free McCain-Coburn 2008 | Read More »
Looks like Radley has finally gotten his white whale. For those who’ve followed TheAgitator for the last two years or so, you’ll join in offering no small measure of congratulations, too. Pretty damn corrupt/incompetent Mississippi “medical examiner” Dr. Steven Hayne has made his last taxpayer-funded Y-incision.
More Coburns, Please
Man. This guy is teh awesome. I’d offer to nominate him for some sort of leadership award…if I thought for a minute he’d give a crap.
Andrew Tilghman: Lying or Obtuse?
Seriously, the folks at TPM Muckracker are like a dog with a bone with this BMW story. But with every post they prove their ignorance of direct mail, or their willingness to just ignore the facts, or worse – a penchant for dishonesty. In the latest, Tilghman is outraged (outraged!) that a Republican who raised about $670k this quarter: At the same time, he spent | Read More »