What’s Next for Conservatives

    The challenge for conservatives today is to reject that false choice, and choose our own way forward: a way that is at once principled, positive, and confident.

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    Barack Obama’s Iraq

    In lamenting the sorry state of Meet the Press these days, Dave Weigel reminds me of a Barack Obama quote worth pointing out to Republicans. In an interview with the New Yorker magazine, Barack Obama opined on Iraq, “There’s an old saying in politics: when your opponent’s in trouble, just get out of the way … in political terms, I don’t think that Democrats are | Read More »

    The working wage

    Every time I’ve gotten into a written or verbal discussion about minimum wage laws (or the relatively new crusade for a “living wage,” which is another exercise of compulsive power beyond what the law requires, premised on the idea that business owners who obey the minimum wage laws are nonetheless greedy villains) someone objects that people “deserve” so much better than the paltry whatever-dollars-per-hour, and | Read More »

    The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

    The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

    On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of this year in the twenty-first century, we pause to honor our veterans on this Veterans Day and remember that first of the great world wars, which ended the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. To those who served, we thank you. In Flanders fields the poppies | Read More »

    Repeal is the Only Fix

    There are, winding their way through the House and Senate, several Republican proposals to fix or ameliorate the effects of Obamacare. I get the desire to message. The Republicans are always messaging. Heck, back in 2009, the GOP offered up a series of amendments to contrast Republican ideas on healthcare to Democrat ideas. Senator John Kyl, then the Republican Senate Whip, went on Bill Bennett’s | Read More »

    10 Nov 1775

    10 Nov 1775

    “The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight!” MGen. Frank E. Lowe, USA; Korea, 26 January 1952 Today is the 238th Marine Corps Birthday. Below, the Commandant and the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps wish a Happy Birthday to Marines everywhere: A message from the Secretary of the Navy: And here is the official Birthday | Read More »

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    NRSC Wants a “Conservative” Not “Republican” Senate, But Declares War on Conservatives

    NRSC Wants a "Conservative" Not "Republican" Senate, But Declares War on Conservatives

    The New York Times reports that Republicans are moving quickly to shut down the right wing of the party. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has declared war on conservatives — punishing any groups that work with the Senate Conservatives Fund. Likewise, the NRSC is paying people to attack conservatives without disclosing they’re on the payroll. So you might find it very funny that the National | Read More »

    A Question for Mitch McConnell: Will Any Reporter Ask It?

    A Question for Mitch McConnell: Will Any Reporter Ask It?

    Mitch McConnell and his merry band of lobbyists have a clever little line attacking the Senate Conservatives Fund. They claim the Senate Conservatives Fund (“SCF”) has gotten more Democrats elected than the Democratic National Committee.It’s their favorite attack these days, now that attacking SCF for raising money has proved fruitless given that this particular attack is being made by dandified lobbyists and other hangers on.But | Read More »

    The ATM Ate Healthcare.gov

    I don’t need to belabor this point, but I think it is a point worth making.Last year, Barack Obama blamed ATM’s for unemployment. In fact, Barack Obama is pretty sure that the rise of technology has caused unemployment, not his policies.If he believes that, you’d think he’d hire a bunch of unemployed people to answer phones all day and process Obamacare manually instead of largely | Read More »

    That’s Not an Apology for Losing Health Care Insurance

    Everyone is spinning that Barack Obama is apologizing for people losing their healthcare. He did not. Listen to him. He’s apologizing for people believing they would not lose healthcare insurance based on his statements. That’s a pretty big difference. He knew. The White House knew people would lose their healthcare insurance. They misled people to try to build support for people. Barack Obama is apologizing | Read More »

    The End of Expectations

    The End of Expectations

    With apologies to non sports fans, allow me to introduce you to the dumbest controversy to hit America since the furor over whether John Bolton once put his hands on his hips while talking to a subordinate. I am talking, of course, about the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito Miami Dolphins controversy. Details at this point are still somewhat sketchy, but the basic outlines of the story | Read More »

    ENDA, Pathetic Amendments, and the End of the Fight for Religious Liberty

    [Update: Even after Democrats rejected Senator Toomey's milquetoast amendment, he still voted for the bill.  He was joined by 9 other undocumented Democrats - Ayotte, Collins, Flake, Hatch, Heller, Kirk, McCain, Murkowski.  We are at the point in the U.S. Senate where Democrats can count on GOP support for odious legislation so long as they are offered a mere vote on their phony amendment.] If | Read More »



    Let me start today with a post well off the beaten path. I’ve been struggling lately, and I know some of you have because you’ve told me, with controlling things not in my control. It can get very frustrating. You know something has to give, but you can’t control what must. Or, you know something is going to happen, but you cannot control the timing. | Read More »

    Justin Berrier of Media Matters Claims Wendy Davis Isn’t Mental, Just a Liar

    Justin Berrier of Media Matters Claims Wendy Davis Isn't Mental, Just a Liar

    Earlier today, I noted accurately that in 1996, Wendy Davis claimed to have suffered ongoing damage to her mental health because a newspaper editorial criticized her. She sued in court making that claim.Never fear liberals! Justin Berrier of Media Matters has rushed to Wendy Davis’s defense. According to Media Matters, they admit Wendy Davis did claim she suffered ongoing “damages to her mental health,” but | Read More »

    The Republican Establishment Lost Virginia

    Jason Johnson is Chief Political Strategist to Senator Ted Cruz. — Erick     Much ink is being spilled concerning the elections yesterday.  In my view, the spin being offered by Democrats and much of the media misses what really happened.     Several observations on the elections:   (1) Chris Christie should be congratulated.  He won a big victory in a state that is | Read More »