Analyzing the new Pennsylvania district map.
The new redrawn Pennsylvania Congressional map is out, and it’s… well. If you ever wondered whether elections have consequences, then wonder no more. Executive summary: two of the least powerful PA Democratic Congressmen have been thrown into Thunderdome and told to fight each other; the other five PA Democrats have been, ah, reassured that their seats are safe; and the nine PA Republicans have had | Read More »
Speaker Boehner extends State of the Union invitation to President.
Speaker of the House John Boehner has formally offered an invitation to the President to give his annual State of the Union address. As we work together to end this legislative year by advancing initiatives to help Americans struggling a difficult economy, we must also look ahead for new opportunities to put solutions before politics. In the coming year,. Republicans will continue our efforts to | Read More »
Keystone showdown looms: is Harry Reid a Senator, or Barack Obama’s Lap Dog?
Here’s the background: the current hot topic of conversation in domestic politics right now is whether or not to extend a temporary payroll tax cut. It’s currently an object of some controversy on the GOP side, largely because it would involve effectively another 180 billion in spending; Democrats were in fact kind of gleeful about that, given that it promised to give Republicans a bit | Read More »
RS Interview: Rob Cornilles (R CAND, OR-01).
This one is the special election called for Oregon’s First District after incumbent David Wu retired. Suddenly. Under circumstances best described as “murky.” Or possibly “neurological.” It’s a D+8 district, but the Democrats are certainly acting as if it’s in play. Rob’s a small business owner who ran against Wu in 2010 and gave the incumbent his toughest re-election fight; we talked about his chances | Read More »
Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s problem with the reality of unemployment.
Watching this Debbie Wasserman Schultz video is surprisingly difficult: you keep expecting her to crack up at the nonsense that she’s spouting off. But… no. Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson: “Unemployment has gone up precipitously since he took office.” DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “That is simply not true. In fact, unemployment has now dropped below 9%. It’s continuing to drop. He’s been focused on | Read More »
Elizabeth Warren’s inaccurate Karl Rove whining.
So let me set the background, here. Crossroads GPS is a 501(c)(4) associated with American Crossroads (a 527 advocacy group which has Karl Rove advising it; this will be important later), and it put out this ad on Massachusetts Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren (who is running, of course, against Republican Senator Scott Brown). Said ad helpfully points out that Warren was up to her eyeballs | Read More »
Democratic shenanigans, million-dollar ad buys in OR-01.
Background: OR-01 is a D+8 district which has not gone Republican in decades. This should normally make it reasonably safe for the Democrats… except that the seat is vacant because David Wu… well. Something happened in David Wu’s head. Possibly something neurological; definitely something that caused what was at best a sex scandal and at worst… something else. So – and despite the best efforts | Read More »
Are there SECRET Fast & Furious emails from Eric Holder?
Maybe. Just possibly maybe. Check out the video below showing freshman Rep. Sandy Adams of Florida – I had the pleasure of interviewing her last year, by the way – grilling Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast & Furious. For those of you unfamiliar with the Congresswoman, Rep. Adams is a former police officer whose first husband (also a police officer) was killed in | Read More »
ILWU backpeddling from job-killing Occupy attack on West Coast?
Background (H/T: Instapundit) next Monday there is supposed to be an organized shutdown of the West Coast’s port facilities by the Occupy movement – if you’re wondering why the heck they’re going after port facilities, it’s because the Occupy movement has a lot of anti-globalization sorts in it these days, and those people hate free trade with a passion that normal people reserve for rapists | Read More »
Team Romney’s pointless reach-out to the Leftist press.
Background: Matt Lewis noted with no little bemusement that some folks working for Team Romney had a conference call where folks from organizations from the table below were invited and were given the opportunity to ask questions, while “Townhall.com, HotAir, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, National Review, Weekly Standard, American Spectator, or Washington Times” got left out in the cold. Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air | Read More »
AG Eric Holder calls Operation Fast & Furious ‘Reckless…’
The Obama administration – in the form of Attorney General Eric Holder – admitted today in Congressional testimony that Operation Fast & Furious program was ‘reckless,’ and will likely end up getting even more people killed. Rep. Ted Poe, R-TX: Would you agree that this operation was reckless? It was a reckless operation on the part of the United States? Attorney General Eric Holder: I | Read More »
Mitt Romney flip-flops a grenade into illegal immigration debate.
How do I put this? Actually, that’s easy: with malice aforethought. Below are two key quotes of Mitt Romney with regard to his discussion with the Washington Examiner about illegal immigration: I listened to Lindsey Graham the other day… I went down to Florida and met with Jeb Bush… Yeah. As The Examiner put it – succinctly – “Lindsey Graham. Jeb Bush. If you are | Read More »
Jerry Nadler picks Occupy Wall Street over NY-08′s constituents.
(H/T: JWF) Rep. Nadler is apparently quite upset that the cops cleared out the fetid, disease-ridden plague pit that had replaced what was once (and is now becoming again) a decent enough public-private urban park in lower Manhattan: he’s insisting – insisting! – that the Attorney General take time out from Holder’s current busy schedule* to investigate the cops for ‘misconduct.’ It would seem that | Read More »
Reviewing Obama’s sparsely-attended class warfare speech… oh, SUGAR.
Said speech was in Osawatomie Texas no, wait, he meant Kansas, where President Barack Obama hopes to recreate a little electoral magic represented by Teddy Roosevelt’s speech in 1910… to wit, splitting the Republican vote and thus getting a Democrat elected. The speech itself is pretty mediocre, even by this President’s standards: but then, if you’re looking for deathless prose then you’re following the wrong | Read More »
Cloture vote today on gun-grabbing, pro-lifer-hating Caitlin Halligan.
I got tipped this one by the Rick Perry campaign: surprised that I didn’t see this before. Halligan is up for a judicial appointment to the US Circuit Court of Appeals for DC, and she’s… well, read [for some reason, the link didn't work the first time]: Ms. Halligan’s confirmation has been vigorously opposed by the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, and Committee | Read More »
Nancy Pelosi retreating from insinuations of new dirt on Newt Gingrich.
For those who missed it: Last Friday Nancy Pelosi told Talking Points Memo that she had all sorts of investigative dirt available on current GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich. Specifically, “I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him, four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year. A thousand pages of his stuff.” So… | Read More »
A PSA for the failed #OccupyDC barn-builders.
Well… shed builders, at least. Seriously, that’s not even close to being a barn. Moving along: as the link above notes, some of the people ‘occupying’ DC tried to put up a wooden structure today… and, apparently, was not able to get the blessed thing even half-done before the cops finally decided to put this exercise in sustained disdain for property rights out of its | Read More »
Obama goes to Osawatomie, Kansas to ‘channel’…
…quick: which legendary figure from American history is Obama planning to ‘channel’ there?
Friday’s Fast & Furious Fallout: Fatal Falsehoods From Feds?
To give a quick background: Operation Fast & Furious, of course, was an incredibly botched government program where federal law enforcement agencies handed over firearms willy-nilly to Mexican narco-terrorists and then lost track of the weapons… no, really, that’s what they did, and the next person who comes up with a legitimate and/or sane reason for them doing that will be the first. As you | Read More »
These are not really TRUE ‘Bin Laden Buns.’
Despite what the bakers in Malawi might think. Naming a product after the world’s most notorious terrorist may not seem like a surefire route to commercial success. For bakers in the Malawian city of Blantyre, however, this marketing ploy is helping to reel in customers while ensuring that their produce has an unmistakeable identity. “We make bin Laden buns,” said Mahomed Hanif Valimamade, co-owner of | Read More »