The Second Stage
From denial, wherein Democrats swept out of office have decided to keep the same party leaders in the same position, we are moving on to anger. We have liberal writers positing Pelican Brief scenarios of dead Supreme Court Justices causing 4-4 preservations of Obamacare to others claiming the GOP wants to kill people. Along the way, all the liberal tributes to the fall of the | Read More »
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 »
We won. Now watch leadership like a hawk.
Tuesday night was a shellacking — a big, good old-fashioned, glorious shellacking. At the national level, the voting populace definitively rejected Obama-era reactionary progressivism as the sclerotic, intellectually vapid, and more generally failed stain on the American political conscience that it is. However, now that Republicans control the entire Congress and begin the work of trying to construct a legislative agenda — either to meaningfully enact | 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 »
What An Alabama State Senate Election Tells Us About The Fate of Senator Reid in 2016
What follows could be seen as a highlight film of Harry Reid’s term as Senate Majority Leader. Much of what passes for political journalism is hope propagated under a newspaper byline. Here Phillip Klein tugs my heart strings with something that would be quite simply precious if it really came to pass. On Tuesday, , D-Nev., lost his job as Senate majority leader. Two years | Read More »
Democrats now facing a lame-duck session crunch time ENTIRELY OF THEIR OWN MAKING.
Lotta good bits in this: [Aside from confirming nominees, Harry] Reid also wants to move a package of expiring tax provisions, the annual Defense Department authorization bill and an extension of a tax moratorium on Internet purchases in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That will be a challenge not only because of the tight schedule, but because of expected clashes between Democrats over what should | 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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Obama’s Libyan adventure continues to bear fruit
Via the Huffington Post: The mantra that we need to train the forces of friendly governments and, for that matter, rebel groups, may have become a staple of every 21st century Western intervention in the Middle East, but sometimes things just go wrong. Really wrong. A new generation of the Libyan army was supposed to be trained in the West as part of international efforts | Read More »
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 »