On Zealots and Zealotry
I want to spend some time talking about zealots and zealotry. Already, the situation is growing out of hand, and I expect it to get even worse as we head further into campaign season. The Rebecca Mansour situation yesterday was a case in point. I cannot tell you the number of people who read the Daily Caller article and still emailed me under the belief | Read More »
Conservatives Stand to Lose Big in 2012
After the historic gains made by conservatives — not just Republicans — in 2010, the conservative movement stands to slide back and lose in 2012. I’m not talking about the race to the White House. I’m talking about the United States Senate. At a time when Senate Republicans refuse to lead and Mitch McConnell is doing his best to marginalize the solid conservatives, the right | Read More »
“It’s a Weak Field”. No, It Is Pretty Typical.
A lot of people are taking some comfort in my post from this morning. But there is also a lot of “the field is weak” comments. Let’s review, shall we? Let’s go back to 1964, which was arguably the first year of the modern campaign era. Then we’ll work our way forward with those open years or years when the GOP was the out of | Read More »
How Will the Economy Impact the 2012 Presidential Campaign?
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the Greek debt crisis and Francis’ thoughts on the 2012 race for President. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like to email us, you can do so at | Read More »
Mitch Daniels as Mario Cuomo
Well I got that one spectacularly wrong. As I said last week, three people close to the Governor had told me he absolutely was in. They said it was more than reading tea leaves. But they were wrong and I was wrong. To be fair, or at least in damage control mode, all indications even up to Friday were that Daniels was in, but something | Read More »
Mitch Daniels is officially NOT running for President
Well, maybe not “officially”, but as close as you can get. Several news sources (and a couple of Redstate diarists) are reporting that Daniels has contacted his supporters to make the announcement: In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one,” Mr. Daniels wrote. “The interests and wishes of my family is the most important consideration of all. If I have | Read More »
Tim Pawlenty To Make It Official on Monday
Tim Pawlenty will declare his candidacy for the Presidency on Monday. It’s not like this is unexpected news, but at least he is finally making it official. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a laid-back Midwestern Republican who governed a Democratic-leaning state, is running for president and will declare his candidacy on Monday in the leadoff caucus state of Iowa, an adviser told The Associated Press. | Read More »
The Horse Race for This Week
I think I’ll start doing this every week. The feedback, both from you guys and from others who are trying to keep up with the pulse within the conservative grassroots has been very positive. Feel free to disagree. I’m just giving you my honest take on where I see the 2012 horse race right now. Last week I took a bit of heat from Dan | Read More »
David Dewhurst Embraces The DewCrist Label And Openly Declares War on Conservatives
Next year’s U.S. Senate primary in Texas offers a wide range of choices. RedState has previously noted our strong preference for either former Texas solicitor general Ted Cruz or former railroad commissioner Michael Williams – both of whom have proven themselves as articulate and reliable champions of conservative principles. On the next tier are former Texas secretary of state Roger Williams and current railroad commissioner | Read More »
Rick Perry Is Not Running for President. Mitch Daniels Is Running for President.
Rick Perry is not running for the Presidency. There is a lot of buzz about what Perry has recently said, but he is not running. His key people are helping Newt. Behind the scenes, many have been pestering him, but he has been swatting them away. Rick Perry is not running for President of the United States. The buzz is related to the continuing disappointment | Read More »
In A Statement That Surprised No One. Now With More Words Than Necessary to Explain it All.
In a statement that surprised absolutely no one, Donald Trump decided not to run for President. Now here are more words than are necessary to explain it all. Few took it seriously, though I was happy to participate in an interview with him tomorrow that he abruptly canceled Friday. In any event, I actually do think he took the idea to run seriously. We can | Read More »
I have thought a lot more about Mike Huckabee’s departure from the race on Saturday and then Newt Gingrich’s Meet the Press appearance Sunday. They raise a few questions in my mind that I want to explore here. Admittedly, a post like this pulls from my own biases in how I see the candidates, but I’m going to do my best to be as objective | Read More »
How I View The Horse Race
It’s that time boys and girls — that time where I tell you what I really think and you can all hate me for daring to say something critical about your preferred candidate. Here’s how I think the 2012 race is shaping up by candidate, in alphabetical order.
, Donald Trump
, Gary Johnson
, Herman Cain
, John Huntsman
, Mike Huckabee
, Mitch Daniels
, Mitt Romney
, Newt Gingrich
, Rick Santorum
, Ron Paul
, Sarah Palin
, Tim Pawlenty
Mitt Romney At His Apex?
If the Republican Presidential Primary were held today, Mitt Romney would probably be the nominee. But this may be the high water mark for Mitt Romney after yesterday’s speech at the University of Michigan in which he gave a full throated defense of Romneycare. In fact, in his Power Point presentation on slide 7, Mitt Romney defends the individual mandate as okay at the state | Read More »
John Weaver Needs a New Playbook
John Weaver really needs a new playbook. In 1999-2000, newspaper headlines were filled with the titilating details of how “Democrats Fear a McCain Nomination.” In fact, one CNN report in early February of 2000, noted Democrats were worried because “conservative Democrats and Independents are voting for John McCain because they believe that he is the perfect person to replace Bill Clinton in the White House.” | Read More »