In Praise Of “Dr. No”
See this story and this one, which cover Senator Tom Coburn’s efforts to bring excessive government spending to heel by refusing any and all expenditures unless there are appropriate offsets to those expenditures. I am not a fan of term limits but it is impossible to deny that Coburn’s decision to limit himself to two terms has freed him from the need to engage in | Read More »
“The Most Ethical Congress In History”
From time to time, it would serve us well to remind ourselves just how hollow that claim really is.
MI:13– Clock is ticking on RMGN, Primary Races
Cross-posted on Right Michigan at www.RightMichigan.com.Ready for another wild week? Eight days until Michigan’s primary and outside of editorial endorsements it can still be like pulling teeth to get any coverage in the MSM. Not that you can blame them. Voters themselves rarely and infrequently show up for non-Presidential primary elections so why waste the ink and paper, right? Besides, there’s plenty of other political | Read More »
Senator Reid Offers Excuses Not Solutions
When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced a massive and unprecedented $10 billion omnibus spending bill this week comprised of about 35 of the 200 bills I have declined to help pass without debate this Congress, he argued his effort would end my “unprecedented obstruction” and advance the priorities not of politicians seeking reelection but the American people. What the Majority Leader’s tactics are more | Read More »
CA Congressional Run-Down
I’m pretty sure that by now you all know the drill, so I’ll dive straight in. CA-14.Incumbent: Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA).Challenger: Ronny Santana (R).CQPolitcis Rating: Safe Democrat.I concur with CQ’s rating: Though not gerrymandered, the population is extremely liberal in their views (with the conservative enclaves of Atherton, Los Altos, and Woodside being the exceptions), which explains why Eshoo, who has represented the district since | Read More »
On Congress’s Own Kangaroo Court
Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee held a kinda sorta almost impeachment hearing for President Bush. The atmosphere was summarized perfectly by one witness:”I am really astonished at the mood in this room,” commented one witness, George Mason University School of Law professor Jeremy Rabkin.”The tone of these deliberations is slightly demented,” Rabkin said. “You should all remind yourselves that the rest of the country is | Read More »
Sanity Is Absent In The House
Back during the 2006 elections, Democrats complained that Republicans would not allow them to bring issues near and dear to the hearts to the floor of the House for a vote and promised that if they took the majority, they would show the grace and kindness to the minority that Republicans never showed them.We see with the current debate over offshore drilling that such promises | Read More »
*545 People *By Charlie ReesePoliticians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits?
Democrats Revive the K Street Project
One of the Democrats’ signature promises when they campaigned for control of Congress in 2006 was to end the ‘K Street Project.’ That was the term for the pressure put on lobbyists after the 1994 elections to hire more Republicans. As Kimberly Strassel points out, the K Street Project is back, and it’s gone from red to blue:
It is being played. About the only thing that needs to be added to the mix is increased publicity concerning the actions of Senate Republicans, along with questions on why Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats won’t allow for offshore drilling to take place in light of the tremendous gas price increase the country has experienced. If those questions are asked insistently, Republicans will gain | Read More »
Is it 57 states or 51 states?
The leaders of the reality based community just can’t seem to get a grip on reality. Obama thinks there are 57 states and now House Majority leader Steny Hoyer thinks there are 51 states. From Hoyer’s Office comes this: House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) issued the following statement today after 51 state governors released a letter calling for the extension of renewable energy | Read More »
Cantor for VP?
If John McCain really wants to squash any ‘bounce’ that Barack Obama receives from his Middle East trip, then he’ll actually announce his vice presidential selection this week. But if all he wants to do is throw up some dust while saving his announcement for later (which Jim Geraghty suggests is what’s happening), he couldn’t do a much better job than he’s doing now.In the | Read More »
NH Senate/Congress Polls (Good News)
After trailing in polls for a year, Republican Sen. John Sununu has pulled close to even with Democratic challenger Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race, according to a new University of New Hampshire poll.Shaheen, a former three-term governor who lost to Sununu in the 2002 Senate election, led by 12 points in the last UNH poll in the race, in April.The latest telephone | Read More »
Democrats Boxed-in on Drilling
Roll Call points out that the statutory ban on coastal oil drilling expires on September 30, and that Republicans are expecting Democrats to use a parliamentary maneuver to prevent an up-or-down vote on the ban. But even if Pelosi and Reid succeed in passing an extension of the moratorium without giving Republicans a chance to defeat it, the President still has to sign the bill. | Read More »
The Senate’s Integrity Is at Stake
For more than 219 years, the U.S. Senate has earned a reputation as the “world’s greatest deliberative body.” But in the year-and-a-half since Democrat Harry Reid took over as majority leader, the body has taken on a new role — one that substitutes debate and deliberation for politics and expediency.The latest threat comes in the form of what conservatives have dubbed “Reid’s Monkey Pork Bill.” | Read More »