This weekend in #OWS.
Let’s see who got arrested and/or committed a variety of illegal activities, shall we? Boston. Cyber-terrorism! Vandalizing! (Via AofSHQ) Charlotte. Public nuisance! (Blocking traffic, specifically.) Chicago. Trespassing! (Via @amandacarpenter) Cincinnati. Trespassing! (Yes, that one was boring. Work with me for a minute.) Gainesville. Bo Diddley’s son arrested at Bo Diddley plaza for tresspassing! (…OK, yeah, that’s a little ironic. And old. Hush with your insidious | Read More »
Mike Doyle (D, PA-14) backtracks on ‘terrorist’ comments.
Alternate title: Politically flabby Democrat (in comfortably Democratic seat) suddenly remembers that home state is losing a Congressional District; and that the redistricting process is fully in the hands of the other party*. Which is probably too long a title, at that. Anyway, Mikey Doyle is very, very sorry that the Tea Party thought that he was talking about them when he started spouting off | Read More »
Jack Davis (FAKE, NY-26) hits cameraman.
I believe that we have finally established, once and for all, that this guy is a Democrat: Jack Davis takes swings at cameramen. Although he needs a buddy to help, of course. JANE CORWIN FOR NY-26. Moe Lane [UPDATE]: Via Legal Insurrection, I see that the Davis campaign is well-versed in the ancient Democratic art of blame-the-victim. Free advice, folks: don’t take a swing. Don’t | Read More »
Tim Pawlenty and the Tea Party.
Interesting post here about Tim Pawlenty and the Tea Party: A two-term governor who typically emphasizes substance over style, Pawlenty has long been setting the groundwork to run a conventional campaign. He carries many of the calling cards of the kind of “safe” GOP candidates who have, in every presidential election of the modern era, beaten back challenges from grassroots favorites who eventually fizzled out | Read More »
Jack Davis (FAKE-CAND, NY-26) thinks Tea Partiers are idiots.
Jack Davis is, of course, the former Democrat trying to run in NY-26, which is up for a special election this spring (the Republican/Conservative Party candidate, equally of course, is Jane Corwin). Davis, having been completely unable to get any traction in getting elected thus far, has decided to go one step further than such Democratic party luminaries such as Michael McGuinness and Alan Grayson; | Read More »
QotD, excellent advice edition.
From a New Hampshire Union Leader editorial crediting the Tea Party with ensuring that Senate Minority Leader McConnell would refuse to play ball on the Omnibus: The truth is that without the constant vigilance currently provided by what can loosely be called the Tea Party movement, Republicans would be just as happy as Democrats to squander taxpayer money. They are only acting frugal now because | Read More »
Freshmen House assignments.
The Hill reports that the following House freshmen will be given slots on the following committees: Appropriations: Alan Nunnelee, Steve Womack, Kevin Yoder, & Tom Graves on Appropriations. Energy: Cory Gardner, Morgan Griffith, Adam Kinzinger, David McKinley, Mike Pompeo, and Charlie Bass. Financial Services: Quico Canseco, Bob Dold, Sean Duffy, Michael Grimm, Nan Hayworth, Bill Huizenga, Robert Hurt, Steve Stivers, Steve Pearce, and Michael Fitzpatrick. | Read More »
Good Tea Party documentary.
Glenn Reynolds is a commenter in this documentary by the Knoxville News-Sentinel about the Tea Party (The Tea Party: Brewing up a movement), and both he and it comes off well: Short version: it concentrates on why people think that the Tea Partiers are participating and where it will end up going, and – very refreshingly – manages to do so without once regurgitating Democratic | Read More »
Crashing the ‘Crashing the Tea Party’ Meme.
I can’t speak for whether or not the ‘Crash the Tea Party’ thing referenced here is real, or just some dweeb on the West Coast who’s trying to sell t-shirts to liberal racists who don’t want to admit that they’re racists. Honestly, I could see either; one of the gratifying things about the Tea Party movement has been to see demonstrated that the Left’s vaunted | Read More »
Meet Charlotte Bergmann (R CAND, TN-09).
She’s running in Steve Cohen’s district, and for some reason* she’s very, very annoyed that Rep. Cohen is going around accusing Tea Partiers of being racist, would-be Klansmen. Charlotte’s site is here: please check it out. Moe Lane
Meet Liz Carter (R CAND, GA-04).
I used my shiny new audio rig to record an interview with Liz Carter, who is the front-runner for the Republican nomination in GA-04 (which means that she’d be running against Hank “Guam” Johnson). She’s in it to win it: Liz is running on an accountability platform, and is supportive of the local Tea Party: her website is here. Nice person to talk to. Check | Read More »
*Another* faux-populist Lefty group for potlatching money?
(Via Big Government) It’s interesting to see the difference between intent and result in this Washington Post article on a quote-unquote ‘Coffee Party’ that’s ready to take to the streets on behalf of the Left. It’s not really quotable, but the gist of the article is that there’s this movement that showed up in reaction to the Tea Party folks and is trying to duplicate | Read More »
My immediate reaction to this paragraph…
…off of The Other McCain: Jumping in Pools says “The battering and blaming of the Republicans has to stop.” Mr. Kat, when those GOP windbags threaten the invariant principles in, for example, the Constitution, then they are a tumor, albeit a benign one. The most you’re buying from a RINO is time. The RINO’s non-command of principles will feed the Progressive decline, albeit more slowly | Read More »
Let me just push back on the Left’s attempt to co-opt…
…the anti-health care rationing movement, as per Mickey Kaus (who is not the one trying to do it). Three things to remember: The Online Left is angry about this bill because the final version is likely to have no public option, Stupak-like language banning federal funding of abortion, and no clear path to single-payer health care. Give them some path to two out of three | Read More »
We’re not the ones sending out the blueshirts, *Nancy*.
(Via RS Diarist rechief) Turns out that the Drudge rumor was right: Pelosi & Hoyer really did write an op-ed with the title ‘Un-American’ attacks can’t derail health care debate. And it’s precisely what I expected, too. Which is to say, an op-ed that can write this: Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. …without even a hint of a sign of a suggestion that | Read More »
Tea Party protest today at noon: St Louis SEIU HQ.
(Via Dana Loesch) They’re protesting the beating of Kenneth Gladney by SEIU agents Thursday night. Demand Justice! Denounce Violence! Saturday at SEIU Office DATE: Saturday, August 8, 2009 (tomorrow) TIME: Noon LOCATION: SEIU Headquarters, 5585 Pershing Ave., Suite 130, St. Louis, MO 63112 The St. Louis Tea Party will hold a press conference and peaceable protest at SEIU Headquarters 5585 Pershing Ave., Suite 130, St. Louis, | Read More »
Brave, Brave Carnahan.
When faced with a vigorous band of constituents who wished to loudly express their discomfort and annoyance with both Russ Carnahan’s specific and general voting records, the Congressman did the proper thing: he engaged with them. He listened. He explained why sometimes – to evoke Burke – you have to exercise your own judgement in representing your district, and not knee-jerk defer to constituent opinion. | Read More »
New GOP challenger in Russ Carnahan’s (D, MO-03) seat.
This one is causing some commentary, behind the scenes: former Blunt chief of staff Ed Martin has started an exploratory committee to run in Carnahan’s district, which includes large parts of the St. Louis area. CQ Politics currently rates the seat as “Safe Democrat:” Cook reports the district as being D+7; and Carnahan is from the third generation of a powerful Missouri political family. Actually, | Read More »
Stopping the spin, or being shaken awake from deficit shock.
At some point this August (or later), you might hear somebody ask you – probably with at least a sniff in their voice; possibly with an outright sneer – why it is that all of a sudden conservatives/Republicans now are worried about deficits. What were we, asleep? Not particularly, of course – nonetheless, I think that this (alas, anonymous) comment about the Columbus Tea Party | Read More »
Sen Claire McCaskill (D, MO) sounds rattled.
After a rather fascinating exercise of profiles in courage from her St. Louis office – essentially, they locked the doors, drew the blinds, called the cops, and hid from a bunch of protesters knocking on the door. But can you blame the staffers? …I mean, those guys brought a cocker spaniel. Anyway, Senator McCaskill would have liked to be conciliatory, except that the passive-aggressive resentment | Read More »