The CBO Says The Fiscal Cliff Is A Good Thing
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When the nonpartisan CBO examined the fiscal cliff it found that if the current measures were not sustained it could push us into a recession. It also found that letting the measures under consideration to lapse was critical to the long term economic health of the country.
The Only Thing You Need to Read Today About the Election
We are three days removed from a brutal election for the GOP. A lot has been said. I have decided it is virtually all bull crap. Whenever the GOP loses — actually going back to some time around 1972 and the re-election of Richard Nixon — Democrats have told the GOP they are going to lose the demographic battle. Demography is only destiny when you | Read More »
It Is Time to Throw the Social Conservatives Out of the GOP
It is time to throw the social conservatives out of the GOP. Look at what they got us — Barack Obama. It was the social conservatives who did it. They insisted the GOP support real marriage and children. To hell with that. I’m getting this, in various forms, from lots of tea party activists. The GOP establishment in Washington is whispering it to each other. | Read More »
Union-Backed Democrat Loses Race To Dr. Dan Benishek (Again), Then Backtracks
Michigan Congressman Dan Benishek [MI-1] won his re-election race on Tuesday night against union-bought Democrat Gary McDowell by the slimmest of margins–2,297 votes, with 100% of the precincts counted. In fact, the unions’ candidate even congratulated ‘Dr. Dan’ [Benishek is a surgeon]. McDowell praised Benishek for winning the contest. “It was a great race. Congratulations to Dan Benishek. Hope he does well,” McDowell said this | Read More »
Dear Consultants: In Close Elections, GOTV Matters
In 46 states (excluding AK, MS, NJ, and RI), Mitt Romney either expanded the percentage victory margin or shrunk the percentage loss margin compared to McCain in 2008. In only 4 states did Romney win by a smaller percentage or lose by a higher percentage than McCain did in 2008.
Great news, right? Not so fast.
Judging by the current vote totals, Romney’s nationwide operation fell far short of McCain’s in 2008. In fact, Romney currently trails McCain by around 2 million votes.
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There is no permanence in politics. All is fleeting. All is cyclical. We find comfort in our cycle and distress when others rise to the top.Right now, conservatives are bitterly disappointed. Some choose to check out mentally. Some have decided to throw in the towel. A few blame the American people. Many think the gig is up, the show is over, and destiny is undone.Demography | Read More »
About Tuesday’s Loss: If The Archangel Michael Were On The Ballot, Beelzebub Would Still Have Won
Last night’s loss was destined to happen regardless whether Mitt Romney or the Archangel Michael were on the ballot. Beelzebub would still have still won.
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To Beat the President
Even if you get pissed off, make it to the fourth paragraph below please.I have spent five years and a few months loudly saying Mitt Romney could not win the Presidency and a month and a half actually thinking he could through no act of his own, but rather the act of the President failing miserably in the first debate.I should have stuck to my | Read More »
Okay, not really. It’s a difficult morning to be sure, but it’s not the end of the world. As Erick wrote early this morning, we’ve really only maintained the status quo. In order to assess the future, we must reassess the past. How did we end up relatively close to where we were four years ago? Much time will be spent pouring over the results. Who | Read More »
The Fall of the House of Romney
Let’s not sugarcoat this: last night was a bitter loss for Republicans and conservatives, all the worse because the presidential race – like a number of the key Senate races – was eminently winnable, and down the stretch a great many of us believed we were going to win it. I’ll return (hopefully this week) to the poll-reading question of why that was wrong, after | Read More »
How to Stop Losing
Several months ago I wrote an article condemning the manner in which we conducted our tax arguments. I felt they were too divisive and failed to teach anyone why our policies were right. In short, while it feels good to hold up a piece of paper complaining that the 53% pays for everything, it does little to convince the 47% to vote for us. And | Read More »
To the Extent that Conservatism Was on the Ballot, It Was Not Defeated
Well, the ballots have not been fully counted yet and the exit polling data is still preliminary, but Barack Obama has won another term, albeit by a narrow margin. The immediate ramification of the election for Republicans will be the acerbic civil war that we must confront within the party. Many Republican hacks are already blaming our loss on our lack of appeal to minorities | Read More »
Status Quo Ante
Like when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, we now know what happens when a candidate so weak anybody can beat him meets a candidate so weak he cannot beat anybody. Americans vote for the status quo. $6 billion later, Americans voted for the status quo. Karl Rove, call your donors.Republicans will keep the House. Democrats will keep the Senate. Obama will keep the | Read More »
…Well, we lost.
(…so I’ll just reproduce my post from my personal site here.) Can’t say that I didn’t try my best; I think that the wrong person won; and I think that the end result is going to be worse for the country. And, oh, yeah, fine: the state polls weren’t smoking crack after all. I’m not going to make any excuses or accusations; everybody I know | Read More »
Get Out The Vote
Today is our day, the voters’ day. Here’s a little reminder from some Republicans you may remember about the importance of getting out the vote.