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 »
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 »
How the Supreme Court’s Latest Grant Could Cripple ObamaCare
The Supreme Court announced today that it would hear a major ObamaCare case that could deal a crippling blow to President Obama’s prized pro-abortion health care law.
With a newly elected pro-life Senate, a major challenge to ObamaCare subsidies at the Supreme Court, and the news that these subsidies are directly paying for abortion, the President’s prized pro-abortion reconfiguration of America’s health care landscape may be in serious jeopardy.
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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 »
Now that They Control Congress, Should the GOP Audit the Fed?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the jobs report, movements to audit the Fed and if the GOP and Democrats should work together to get legislation passed and signed by the President.
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I’ll be on Outnumbered at Noon Today
I’ll be on Outnumbered on Fox News at 12:00 p.m. ET today. Be sure to tune in.
The Vanquished Advising the Victors
Since Tuesday, an especially irritating species of column has cropped up in major news media outlets. Broadly speaking, this column purports to be advice or caution to the GOP about how they should govern once they are in power or things they should avoid doing. That’s all fine and good of course except that these columns come from people who have spent their entire lives | Read More »