The American Conservative Union’s Embarrassing Scorecard
I had to look twice. Then I looked one more time.The American Conservative Union (“ACU”) has released its annual scorecard. It is supposed to be a scorecard for a measure of conservatism on Capitol Hill.So you will be as surprised as I was to find that Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican Leader with a history of undermining conservatives in the Senate, has a 100% score | Read More »
The Ted Cruz Roadblock
The media has started attacking Ted Cruz so much Mike Allen is whining about it in hilarious fashion.Ruth Marcus started it on the morning of Valentine’s Day.Jonathan Weisman did a story the next day on Cruz.Between Marcus and Weisman came an overnight Manu Raju piece in the Politico that caused Mike Allen’s tantrum.Writing the morning of the 15th, Mike Allen wroteJonathan [Weisman] was working on | Read More »
Mobilization: How to Put the Roots Back Into Grassroots Activism
While the Left has used its playbook effectively for years on the Right, gotten a President elected and re-elected, it is not too late to use the some of the tactics and put the roots back into grassroots activism.
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I Endorse Mark Sanford for Congress
On June 23, 2009, I wrote a defense of Mark Sanford buying his story that he was on the Appalachian trail, when he was really chasing Argentinian tail. The next day it blew up in my face. There was a scandal. He had committed adultery. He had run off to Argentina in an irresponsible act. I wrote at the time What Mark Sanford did was | Read More »
Healthcare Paid for With Unicorn Farts
There will be many words from many people about much of the President’s State of the Union speech from last night.I will only focus on one line, which distinctly highlights again just how out to lunch the man is when it comes to real healthcare reforms in this country.During his speech the President said this:We’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays | Read More »
Dear Howard Kurtz et al, Let Me Explain Why Conservatives Hate The Press Corps With One Easy Example
The press is convinced that conservatives do not like them because of conjured up, imaginary reasons. That couldn’t be further from the truth. This past week, the press gave us yet another example of why conservatives have legitimate reason to hate them. Yesterday, one of the best media critics in America, Howard Kurtz, wrote a column at CNN.com about conservatives blaming the liberal media for | Read More »
The Tipping Point
There is no permanence in politics. Democrats patting themselves on the back at a job well done will at some point be drowning their sorrows in beer as Republicans again talk about their ridiculous fantasy of a permanent Republican majority (this time without steel tariffs). People shift over time. Pendulums swing. And in the age of instantly lame ducked Presidents upon their swearing in for | Read More »
It’s the Messaging, Stupid. It’s the Stupid Messaging.
As many have already discussed, Karl Rove has launched an organization, the Conservative Victory Group, that purports to work on behalf of conservative candidates to shore up our numbers in Congress and bring our party into the 21st century. Like many others, I viewed this as the political equivalent of declaring war on the grassroots. The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny set off the fireworks | Read More »
CBO: Government to Spend $47.2 Trillion Over Next 10 Years
We’ve all been waiting to see the updated CBO Budget and Economic Outlook for 2013 and the next ten years. Most of the news articles are focusing their headlines on the deficit and debt numbers projected in the CBO report. But remember that the reason why CBO deficit projections always understate the reality is because they overstate the amount of revenue they expect to come | Read More »
NBC: here’s the Obama administration’s white paper legitimizing drone strikes!
NBC News has gotten its hands on a white paper that’s being used to legitimize the Obama administration’s drone policy, and it’s a… doozy. Short version: members of terrorist groups actively attacking the United States (or our interests) can expect to be shot on sight; and that includes the members of terrorist groups that happen to also be American citizens. And the administration does not | Read More »
Thank God for American Crossroads and the Conservative Victory Project
American Crossroads is creating a new Super PAC to crush conservatives, destroy the tea party, and put a bunch of squishes in Republican leadership positions. Thank God they are behind this. In 2012, they spent hundreds of millions of rich donors’ money and had jack to show for it. It is interesting though. The people who brought us No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, | Read More »
I Don’t Like Marco Rubio’s Plan
There. I said it.You’d be surprised how long it has taken to say this. I’ve let multiple friends vet the various drafts of posts I’ve written on this and they all wind up arguing with each other over the details. Is it amnesty or isn’t it? Should we give a path to citizenship or not? We are getting in the weeds when the basics will | Read More »
I was not going to say anything, but rather just fade away. I suppose though with rumors and reports I should say something. My voicemail and inbox are, as I type, filling up. I have turned my phone off as the only way to get it to stop ringing. Yes, I can confirm I am leaving CNN. It was a very, very difficult decision. I | Read More »
So, Unions Mislead About Income Effects Of Right-To-Work States? Shocking!
Union bosses and their union-bought politicians insist that Right-to-Work laws mean Right-to-Work for less.
While it makes for a great sound byte, the union claim requires a deeper examination.
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Reflections on the American Revolution (Part I of II)
I’ve recently been reading a fair amount on the American Revolution, especially David McCullough’s 1776 (which should be required reading for every American).* The more you read of the Revolutionary War, the more there is to learn, especially about the vital question of how the colonists pulled off their victory over the vastly wealthier and more powerful Great Britain. The standard narrative of the American | Read More »