The Hill: Yeah, the Democrats Empowering Boehner Now
After caving to the Obama administration as well as the Democrats in Congress and the media by bringing a “clean” DHS funding bill up for a vote, we here at RedState admitted the fact that Speaker now essentially owes his job to the Democrats. Now, the Democrats themselves are willing to go on record as wanting to empower Boehner, because they know he’ll be willing | Read More »
Changing of the Guard By Force
I’ve gone on the record before as saying that you shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. In my mind, I’ve always thought a liberal Republican was better than any Democrat in terms of who we got into Congress. I have staunchly opposed the agendas of and in the House and Senate, but have been hesitant to say “Screw it, let’s get them out | Read More »
Boehner & McConnell’s Playbook Incentivized Barack Obama’s Liberal Push
Dan Pfeiffer was one of the President’s early advisors. He has departed the White House and conducted an exit interview with New York magazine. On the leftward tilt of the Obama Administration, Pfeiffer actually echoes what many conservatives from Rush Limbaugh to myself have been saying. Essentially, and incentivized it. Now, Pfeiffer blames the GOP obstruction, but there’s more to it than that. As Pfeiffer | Read More »
Political Strategy and Pro-Life Legislation
So, it’s no surprise that the moment there was conflict and concern over the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the possibility it could damage the GOP’s image among the women that Boehner, et al. would pull the legislation and put forward a much safer and much smaller bill that is meant to appease the “base.” Ever-conscious of its image, the leaders of the | Read More »
The Obamacare Penalty could be Bigger than Many People are Expecting
Back in December, I wrote about the upcoming deadline on February 15th to purchase insurance or face the Obamacare penalty doled out by the IRS. It should come as little surprise with all the confusion and misinformation about the ACA that many people still seem to be ignorant of just how much they might have to pay if they refuse or forget to sign up for a | Read More »
Dynamic scoring takes another step forward in Congress.
Well, this is a promising first step: “House Republicans are moving to increase the use of dynamic scoring through a rules change that would require long-term estimates of the economic effects of major legislation. The macroeconomic estimates required under the rule would include the projected effects of legislation on economic output, employment and capital stock, resulting in an assessment of how a proposal would cause | Read More »
IRS Scandal: Investigators Uncover Lois Lerner’s E-mails in Data
Here at Redstate, we’ve already talked about how Lois Lerner’s assertion that her and her colleague’s e-mails were lost when their hard drives were “mysteriously” destroyed is a load of bunk. We also know that the e-mails probably exist in the government’s back-up system, although the relevant bureaucrats are just too lazy to go through the files and find them. Now, the Treasury Inspector General | Read More »
Dump Gruber Ally, Doug Elmendorf, as CBO Director
A critical decision facing the new Congressional majority is the appointment of a director for the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO acts, in the words of former Bush economic advisor and economics professor Greg Mankiw: Someone recently said to me that the CBO director is not really a player in the political game. He is more like the referee. That analogy sheds light on why Doug is the | 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 »
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 »
Majority of young likely voters prefer a Republican-run Congress
A new Harvard Institute of Politics (IOP) poll of 18- to 29- year-olds finds a majority, 51%, who say they will “definitely be voting” in the November midterm elections prefer a Republican-run Congress. Only 47% favor a Democrat-controlled Congress. That’s a significant shift from the 2010 midterm elections, when IOP found 55% preferred Democrat control and 43% prefer Republican control. Among those most likely to vote, President Obama’s job approval | Read More »
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Congress must move slow on increasing NIH funding
As the administration continues to flop about like a landed fish in its response to Ebola, the agencies that mismanaged the US response are looking at the panic caused by their ineptitude as a fund raising gimmick (here | here). The core of the problem is not that NIH or CDC has too little money but rather they have too much. The Washington Free Beacon | Read More »
NRSC will drop money in New Hampshire, other states after all.
The NRSC will be throwing money into New Hampshire and elsewhere after all.
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Philip Bump Just Wrote One of the Stupidest Pieces Ever in the Washington Post
Hey, did you know that if you are not clocked in at the office you are not working, even if you are sitting at home on your laptop cranking away on a report? That is the essence of this ridiculously stupid piece from Philip Bump at the Washington Post. Bump is apparently the new court jester of conventional wisdom over at The Fix. According to | Read More »