Congratulations GOVERNOR Rick Scott on Defeating Charlie Crist
It’s been just short of week since Rick Scott destroyed the political career of Charlie Crist and I still get a smile thinking about it. Four years ago, I was one of very, very few conservatives who dared even be nice to Rick Scott. His primary opponent had been a congressman and an impeachment manager in the Clinton impeachment. Virtually all of the major conservative | Read More »
RedState Weekly Briefing: Post Election Wrap, Cooking the Lame Duck & What Comes Next #RSWB
This week on the RedState Weekly Briefing Thomas LaDuke, Joe Cunningham, and I are joined by Leon Wolf and Brandon Finnigan to discuss Tuesday’s election, the emergence of the lame duck, and what comes next for Republicans in Congress. We should be live just after 7 pm Eastern. If you would like to join in the discussion, ask questions, or get to the links we | Read More »
Tech at “Night”: Down Goes Silk Road 2.0
Sorry this is late. I had a terrible headache Friday night.
Even as anarchists are talking about a “Hackathon” (a name that unfortunately for them will just remind everyone of Aaron Swartz’s crimes) to promote their extremist worldview, the FBI is busy on its own. Silk Road 2 is down, and its owner Blake Benthall has been arrested.
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The Liberal Obsession with Rewriting the Berlin Wall Continues Apace
For reasons I can’t identify, the last couple of weeks have seen an uptick in one of liberals’ favorite hobbies: dishonestly rewriting the rise and fall of global communism and their role in it. A couple weeks ago, Foreign Policy provided a platform for communist William Blum to rewrite the entire history of the Berlin Wall, blaming its very existence on America. My colleague streiff | Read More »
Democrats Play Ostrich After Electoral Meltdown
Via The Hill comes news that Democrats plan to keep the exact same Congressional leadership team in both chambers, with the exception of replacing Steve Israel (who perhaps embarrassed himself the least of all the Democrats on Tuesday). President Obama plans to keep his same leadership as well. More importantly, Democrats plan to keep the same message and focus on the same issues, including outside | Read More »
Partisan Politics Will Be the Only Thing that Saves Obamacare
With the news that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the King v. Burwell case, liberals have to be wondering more than ever what they expect to have gained from the Obama presidency after eight years. The administration, predictably, is puling away to the effect that the challenge is a “partisan” challenge not mounted in good faith, and that the only reason the Supreme | Read More »
King v. Burwell is *not* a major constitutional challenge to Obamacare.
Background here (via here): the short version is that the Supreme Court has decided to hear arguments on King v. Burwell (which is effectively the same as Halbig v. Burwell). For those who don’t remember, the underlying issue is whether Obamacare actually gives the President the ability to provide subsidies to people who use state-sponsored Obamacare exchanges AND the federally-provided one, or whether the law | Read More »
Lawn Care, Dry Cleaning and 7 Other Things More Money is Spent on Than Politics
The Left, licking its wounds from its stunning defeat this week at the polls, has gone back to incessantly complaining about the amount of money in politics.
It is estimated that $3.7 billion dollars was spent this election cycle. To the Left, this is a horrible, terrible, no good, dirty, astroturfing.
But the irony of all the decrying from the Left is just how little, comparatively, we spend on politics.
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Delusional Wendy Davis Campaign Remains Delusional in Postmortem Analysis
Fresh off of one of the worst political defeats in Texas history, the Wendy Davis campaign is showing no signs of serious self-introspection. As Breitbart reports, they are mainly attributing their losses to immigration and…Ebola: Speaking on behalf of Davis’ campaign, Communications Director Zac Petkanas told the Wall Street Journal, “The losses that you are seeing in very blue states are simply amplified in states like Texas | Read More »
I get it. We live in an eternal political cycle, so it only comes naturally that we should look ahead to who could or will run in 2016. Whether it is Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, , Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, , Megan McCain, Erick Erickson, or even Rick Santorum (which is, frankly, ridiculous), now does not seem, to me, to be the time | Read More »
BREAKING: Supreme Court Takes Obamacare Subsidies Case
News just came down this afternoon that the Supreme Court has granted certiorari in King v. Burwell (No. 14-114), to decide whether the subsidies provided by Obamacare for the purchase of health insurance policies are available on the federally operated Healthcare.gov exchange, or only on state-established exchanges in those states that have one (a diminishing number, given that several of those states’ exchanges collapsed and | Read More »
Message to the GOP: Governing is not crony capitalism
As the new Congress sets its agenda, there will be an incredible amount of pressure put on the new GOP majority to pass bills, regardless of substance, with bipartisan support to prove it can “govern.” Yesterday Utah Senator Mike Lee posted a lengthy, by blog standards, essay at The Federalist, titled Mike Lee’s Plan to Fix Congress. It is a great read and deals in the | Read More »
Chris Christie, Obvious 2016 Frontrunner
In a straw poll of front page RedState contributors named Leon, Chris Christie would not come in the top 5 of Republican 2016 contenders. But given the results of Tuesday, it is time to stop pretending that anyone other than Christie is the GOP front runner right now. The problems with Christie as a candidate are well known and documented. Among the expected 2016 field, | Read More »
The “Romney 2016″ Talk Needs to Stop Now
The seemingly endless speculation about Mitt Romney’s prospects in 2016 needs to stop. He’s gotten more press coverage than any Republican who has already lost one general election loser in recent memory, and need I remind you, that general election loss was against what was supposed to be a historically weak incumbent President. Even so, the lessons of history seem to be lost on the | Read More »