Do Democrats Think They’re Immune for Obamacare’s Fallout in 2014?
Matt Canter, the Deputy Executive Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is fired up about Obamacare, and how it might be innocuous to Senate Democrats in 2014. Yet, could this be a sign of the hubris that sunk Republicans in 2006, 2008, 2012? After all, prior to the 2006 slaughter, the GOP was ahead of Democrats concerning targeting voters and digital strategy. Remember Voter | Read More »
Tags: "federal spending"
, Barack Obama
, Health Care
I Smite Thee, in the Name of Andrew!
We lost Andrew Breitbart just over a year ago. Since then, there have been endless discussions about how best to honor his memory, pondering over whether anyone could possibly fill his shoes. As I look back over the past year, I’m sad to admit that I think we as a conservative movement are doing a very poor job of carrying on Andrew’s legacy. Now, I don’t claim to | Read More »
EDIT: I should have been a little more clear when I discussed compromise. As Bill S. says in the comments, more often than not, it boils down to libertarians and liberals calling for social conservatives to go their way, rather than vice versa. Compromise is a two-way street. Over the past several days, we’ve watched our country devolve into arguments over a social issue that | Read More »
Kagan ’09: ‘There is No Federal Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage’
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. It’s 2009, and Elena Kagan is answering questions during her confirmation hearing for the position of Solicitor General within the Obama administration. According to William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, who posted this piece on March 25, this is what she had to say about gay marriage: 1. As Solicitor General, you would be charged with defending the Defense of Marriage Act. | Read More »
Is The Marketplace Fairness Act A Giant Tax Increase?
The Marketplace Fairness Act passed last Friday, and conservatives are somewhat lukewarm about it. As Robert W. Wood wrote in Forbes on March 23, …[the bill] doesn’t impose a federal tax or even a new state tax. Online sellers are already required to collect sales tax from customers in their own states. But under the Supreme Court’s 1992 holding in Quill v. North Dakota, retailers don’t | Read More »
Finally! Radical Caitlin Halligan Withdraws Nomination To D.C. Court Of Appeals
Well, it took three years, but Caitlin Halligan will not be a sitting on the D.C. Court of Appeals. She’s known for her progressive political views and judicial activism, which were so far outside the mainstream that other courts rejected her legal arguments. Ed Whelan at the National Review has documented her radical judicial philosophy. In 2004, Halligan signed a report issued by the Association of | Read More »
Bostic Hopes For A ‘Ted Cruz’ Moment Against Sanford
In the the race to fill the vacant seat left by former Congressman – now Senator – Tim Scott (R- South Carolina), we have disgraced former Gov. Mark Sanford (R-South Carolina) and Curtis Bostic. Sanford failed to received 50% of the vote, which means there’s going to be a runoff election on April 2. Robert Behre of the Post and Courier wrote yesterday that: Bostic said Sanford stole tax money, | Read More »
We Must Take Care of Our Own
What are conservatives supposed to think when they elect 240 members to Congress who ran as limited government warriors, only to find a few dozen members actually fighting for those values when it counts? Were they all a bunch of frauds? Undoubtedly, there are many Republicans in Congress who never were conservatives from day one or who never understood the true meaning of conservatism when | Read More »
Lindsey Graham Enshrined In The G.O.P. Hall Of Shame
Have you heard that scientists are going to start using lawyers and politicians instead of rats for laboratory experiments? Apparently, this keeps the scientists from becoming too attached to their subjects . . . and there are simply some things even a rat won’t do. While it’s true that every member of The Strident Conservative G.O.P. Hall of Shame is worse than a rat when | Read More »
, Global Warming
, GOP Hall of Shame
, Illegal Immigration
, Lindsey Graham
, T.E.A. Party
Sen. Feinstein’s Assault Weapons Ban Amendment is DOA
Well, any conservative could have seen this coming, despite the incessant rambling of anti-gun zealots calling for a ban on so-called assault weapons. The first ban had a de minimis effect on lowering violent crime, and Democrats paid a heavy political price during the ’94 midterms for it. Now, the Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe reports today that this anti-gun provision is dead on arrival. Furthermore, it’s not included in the | Read More »
Uh, Rand Paul Didn’t ‘Win’ The CPAC Straw Poll
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has won the CPAC 2013 straw poll. Hooray! However, it’s not true. Contrary to what the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, the Washington Times (who conducted the poll), CBS, and CNN, have reported Sen. Paul tied with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), which places him in a good position for 2016. Aaron Blake for the Post wrote: Paul won 25 percent of the vote in a field of potential 2016 GOP presidential | Read More »
GOProud’s LaSalvia: ‘ I’m Embarrassed To Call Myself A Republican Right Now’
Many conservatives have come to GOProud’s defense after it was denied the ability to sponsor CPAC. I was one of them. The National Review‘s editorial board, Kurt Schlichter, Andrew Bair, and Jedediah Bila were some others. Yes, CPAC was involved in the inexcusable outing of Tony Fabrizio, a Rick Perry pollster, in response to the governor’s ad about gays in the military – but that was two years ago. It | Read More »
CPAC: Folks, Mitt Romney Lost
Mitt Romney addressed CPAC this afternoon, and I did support his candidacy. After all, he was the only person in our miserable 2012 crop of candidates that had the best chance of winning. However, his communications team was mostly on defense, his high-tech GOTV ORCA program crashed rendering 30,000 volunteers helpless on Election Day, and his candidacy prohibited conservatives from talking about health care. As | Read More »
Politically Speaking, Is There A Doctor In The House?
Great doctors do the impossible; they save the un-savable. Doctors innovate and create new procedures to cure patients at the risk of criticism from their peers, as well as the risks of lawsuits. Great doctors think beyond the known in order to save a patient because the immediate life of the patient is paramount above all else. So why can’t Washington politicians act like great doctors | Read More »
Really, Lets Not Repeal Obamacare
Paul Ryan released his outline of the GOP budget proposal yesterday and I couldn’t help cringing when I heard the news report: “Ryan’s budget proposal would also repeal Obamacare” (paraphrased). I can’t imagine there’s much in the actual proposal that I disagree with but I’ve always been uncomfortable with the idea of “repeal”. Not in principle mind you. Obamacare is a public-policy black box. In | Read More »