The GOP’s Era of No Feelings
A look at almost all the polling shows that this is supposed to be the GOP’s year. The Republican Party has everything to gain – control of the Senate, greater control of the House, an effective means of stopping the President Barack Obama’s agenda. It is difficult – though not entirely impossible – to imagine the GOP not meeting at least their goal for the Senate. | Read More »
Rand Paul’s Begrudging Concession To Reality
You may not be interested in strategy, but strategy is interested in you. – Leon Trotsky Rand Paul would rather the United States not engage in a costly, frustrating and bloody fight against ISIS. ISIS doesn’t care what Senator Paul thinks about much of anything. They are atavistically determined to make America care about what they think regarding the possibility of a conflict. Therefore, under | Read More »
Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Help Republicans Look Anti-Cronyism
Did you happen to catch this story the other day at National Journal? “Only one week after Sen. Mitch McConnell took the CEO of Delta Air Lines to breakfast in the exclusive Senate Dining Room last month, the airline executive and his wife wrote $10,000 worth of checks to help fund McConnell’s political operation. The donations, which were reported to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, made Rick and Susan Anderson | Read More »
Vox.com’s Ezra Klein Stumbles Bass-Ackward Into a Cogent Point
From Ezra Klein of Vox.com (“Everything you need to know in two minutes, using two brain cells”) comes an analytically-challenged piece with an awkward title: A stunning graph on how money polarizes politics Now, I suppose that what young Ezra is getting at is that there is a large moderate slice of the population that doesn’t donate much money to political causes (as shown in | Read More »
See Ya Later, I’m Voting Vader
So you’re tired of the hypocrites and the 3rd party types that flame out. I could empathize. I endorsed Rick Santorum on what I believed to be his comparative merits in 2012. I cried in my pitcher Newcastle Brown when SMOD burned up somewhere above the Tropopause. For those of you with too much hair on yer chest to ever vote for the lesser evil, | Read More »
Could Elizabeth Warren Face Ted Cruz In 2016?
Should the Democrats nominate Elizabeth Warren for President in 2016, as a draft-Warren movement, some liberal pundits and enthusiasts at this week’s Netroots Nation convention believe? Should Republicans nominate Ted Cruz, who has kept his options open with frequent trips to Iowa and New Hampshire? In some ways, Cruz and Warren are mirror images, and the cases for and against them are surprisingly similar. But | Read More »
GOP Gov. Kasich: Job Growth, Big Government are “Two Wings of a Bird”
Ohio Governor John Kasich fleshed out his vision of big-government Republicanism during a June 16 speech at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
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Rep. Marlin Stutzman Running for House Majority Whip
Less than nine months after being kicked off the House GOP whip team, Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) has thrown his hat into the race for Majority Whip. The GOP’s top whip post opened up as soon as current whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy made it clear he wants the newly open job of House Majority Leader. Outgoing majority leader Rep. Eric Cantor was dealt a stinging | Read More »
Eric Cantor, The GOP Ecosystem And The Tea Party
Success can test one’s mettle as surely as the strongest adversary. – From “Conan The Barbarian” So The Tea Party is dead. Its candidates are “outside the mainstream”, “unelectable” and, heaven forefend; “extreme.” At this juncture I have an image of Inigo Montoya. “You use this word ‘extreme.’ I do not think you know what it means.” That may be a statement both fair and | Read More »
Mick Mulvaney: The New Lindsey Graham
Folks, for all of you relying on House “conservatives” to save us from becoming an open borders utopia just know that we’ve got a serious problem. I sincerely thought that, although there is some disagreement over what to do with those here from the second great wave of illegal immigration, all Republicans would unite to stop Obama’s egregious facilitation of a third great invasion. Sadly, | Read More »
Thad Cochran is Wasting GOP Resources by not Conceding
Conventional wisdom is descending on the McDaniel vs. Cochran run-off that was kicked off last night when neither candidate pulled in over 50% of the votes in the Mississippi primary. The wisdom goes something like this: Cochran is a safe bet with high name ID in Mississippi and therefore will be able to spend his energy and resources fighting back against a lesser known Democrat | Read More »
The Defeat of Enlist Act Amnesty and Why #Primaries Matter
On April 10, Breitbart reported that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) had made a pledge last year to help Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) pass his ENLIST Act amnesty. This bill would essentially invite illegals to join the military and turn our armed forces into a visa mill for open borders. As Denham made his push to add the ENLIST Act to the NDAA in | Read More »
Steve “Snake Oil” LaTourette Cheers Primary Wins for Big Government
Republican lobbyist Steve LaTourette celebrated the defeat of conservative primary challengers in North Carolina, Indiana, and Ohio in a May 7 release from Main Street Advocacy.
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House Leaders Pass Another Bill With Democrat Support
Evidently, the fact that Republicans “only” control the House necessitates that they pass bills with Democrats support. Once again, House leaders passed a bill through the House with only a majority of Democrat support. As we noted yesterday, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation is a corporate welfare bank to subsidize foreign investment. 106 Republicans voted for it while 116 voted against it. This is yet | Read More »
Defending Main Street Attacks Matt Lynch for Fighting Obamacare
Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) appeared in a Defending Main Street mailer this week attacking Ohio Rep. Matt Lynch (R-Bainbridge Twp.) for his opposition to Kasich’s big-government agenda.
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