Pessimism is the New Black
I don’t often say this, but this Op-ed in the New York Times by Frank Bruni is really good, and you should read the whole thing. Bruni lays out a fairly significant amount of evidence that the characteristic optimism of Americans is not just suffering a temporary setback, but rather may have sustained a mortal wound: Much of this was chillingly captured by a Wall Street | Read More »
Thom Tillis Versus Kay Hagan on Crony Capitalism
Even if Republicans take control of the Senate in 2014, it’s difficult to imagine much of substance that they’ll be able to accomplish with Obama still holding the veto pen. That said, stopping bad ideas can be as important or more important than implementing good ones. And one thing Republicans can do is kill one of the worst symbols of crony capitalism in the Federal | Read More »
A Question of Optics: Rand Paul vs. Barack Obama
If you think that President Obama can provide you with health care, let him take a scalpel to your eye. I dare you – Kevin Williamson, NRO There is something genuinely tiresome about the tone of a lot of political commentary regarding how medical doctors spend their time caring for people in other countries. There is also something utterly profane, inhumane and despicable about how | Read More »
When Your Base Becomes Your Enemy
Throughout primary season, the National Republican Senatorial Committee in alliance with groups like the Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Partnership have treated the Republican base as their enemy. Running scorched earth campaigns, they have attacked conservative groups, they have attacked conservative activists, and they have funded third party campaigns to paint the tea party and its candidates as racists. They have been able to | Read More »
Playing the Game Badly
President Obama has been really great at winning his own election. We have to give credit where it is due. He has beaten our side twice. But it really is rather spectacular just how bad he is at so much of the rest of the game of politics. And, on this point, I think it should be said that it is not really him, so | Read More »
Tech at Night: We must act decisively against international Anarchy
Anarchy is back. The last time anarchy was a noticeable political movement in the world, bomb throwing anarchists were killing heads of state and government leaders, as part of their scheme to take the whole system down, and impose socialist rule. Of course they claimed socialist rule didn’t really count as rule, because ideology.
Well, these days world leaders are much better protected, so instead the anarchists are going after websites and just trying to disrupt, particularly online. We must be mindful of this, create cybersecurity policies that let government and industry share information (through bills like CISA), and make sure to investigate and prosecute these crimes.
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Mark Pryor’s (D-INC, Arkansas-SEN) attempt to squeeze votes from the turnout turnip.
Note that this is not about spirit, not about organization, and not about wanting it more. This is about math.
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A Society Without Standards
I would sooner be dragged through the fires of hell twice than watch any of the ridiculous, self-congratulatory Hollywood awards shows, so I did not see the Beyonce performance everyone is talking about today. I gather from Mollie Hemingway’s excellent article that Beyonce, a woman who has made a fortune by a) looking pretty, b) singing, and c) dancing on stage with women dressed up | Read More »
Colorado’s Governor Hickenlooper Explores Depths of Indecision on Death Penalty
Hickenlooper has moved from not making a decision, to holding even the public discussion of his inability to make a decision hostage.
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Mary Landrieu Draws a Prominent Democrat Challenger
The Hayride comes some dire news for embattled incumbent Mary Landrieu (D-LA), as she has drawn a challenger from the left who may siphon away some of her more reliable voters: A bad month for Sen. Mary Landrieu just got a bit worse in the wake of qualifying for her reelection attempt last week. Down in the aggregate in polls entering the month, during it she began falling behind | Read More »
Quote of the Day, Of COURSE Gary Peters (D-CAND, Michigan-SEN) Is Still A Misogynistic Hypocrite edition.
I really should have expected that, honestly. Former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, R-Byron Center, went first by slamming U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, claiming he is a hypocrite, flip-flopper and beholden to President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “Whenever men tell me about a war on women, I’m suspicious,” she said to a packed house at the Suburban Collection | Read More »
European anti-Semitism: it is the new black
Anti-Catholicism may be the last remaining acceptable prejudice, but in Europe anti-Semitism is making a comeback. Last week, Mark Steyn reported this nugget: A Tweet from Yasmina Haifi: ISIS heeft niets met Islam te maken …is vooropgezet plan van zionisten die bewust Islam willen zwart maken Which translated into English means roughly: ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. It’s a preconceived plan by Zionists who | Read More »
Rep. John Barrow (D, Georgia-12), monkeys, and cocaine.
There is something arresting about this campaign ad from the NRCC, which indeed draws on everything in the title.
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Bashar al-Assad: Obama’s new ally
Things seem to be on the verge of coming full circle in US relations with Syria. Early in the Obama administration, the ever sagacious Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referred to Syrian President Bahar al-Assad as a “reformer” before demanding his ouster. Now it seems that Obama has made the decision that the United States must cooperate with Syria in order to suppress ISIS/ISIL. Two | Read More »