What’s at Stake Today: Creating a Conservative Bench in Conservative States
Today is the calm before the storm of next week when conservatives will be involved in the marque fight of the cycle; Ted Cruz vs. David Dewhurst in Texas. Nonetheless, there are primary elections in Arkansas and Kentucky today that will provide us with a couple pickup opportunities. Arkansas-4 Blue Dog Mike Ross is headed back to the Democrat kennel, creating a prime pickup opportunity | Read More »
The call for Mickey Mouse as a write-in in the CA-DEM Primary!
Slightly contra Instapundit, this call for Mickey Mouse as a write-in on the California ballot is a blogger’s joke rather than an actual movement [UPDATE: I am informed in comments here that this is meant absolutely seriously; please be assured that I had no intention of mocking either the sentiment or the activity], but if it’s kidding then it’s kidding on the square. And it’s | Read More »
It’s Time to Dump Upton for Jack Hoogendyk in MI-6
It’s hard to think of a more liberal Republican that occupies a more consequential position in Congress than Fred Upton. It’s not just the fact that the Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the most powerful House panels, is a big supporter of green energy. It’s not just the fact that this same man was the Thomas Edison of the incandescent light | Read More »
Obama insults his base with his ‘second term’ wish list.
(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) Apparently the President wants to spend his extremely hypothetical second term doing the following: Repealing DOMA; Passing another DREAM Act; ‘Reforming’ Wall Street; and ‘Investing’ in schools. Now, I’m not going to fall into the trap of getting sidelined discussing the merits of any or all of those proposals*. Instead, I’m going to ask: just how stupid does President Obama think | Read More »
Election 2012: The long, slow retreat of Obama for America.
It’s funny, really. Somebody like Mark Halperin sees this: Barack Obama’s decision to base his re-election campaign outside of Washington seems to be working pretty darn well. The campaign’s massive, high-rise headquarters in Chicago’s Loop achieves a fine balance between 2008’s hip-casual dorm room (there’s a Ping-Pong table and cheeky homemade signage) and 2012’s systematized Death Star (there are more employees than I have ever | Read More »
It’s Game Time in Indiana and North Carolina
The presidential primary is ostensibly over, but there are still many primary elections taking place that should be of interest to conservatives. We often find ourselves bemoaning the lack of conservative members in Congress during the legislative session. Well, it is during primary season that we have the opportunity to shape the orientation of Congress. On Tuesday, Indiana and North Carolina will be holding primaries. | Read More »
, david mcintosh
, kristi risk
, larry bucshon
, mark meadows
, North Carolina
, richard hudson
, Richard Lugar
, Richard Mourdock
, scott keadle
Ron Gould for Congress in AZ-4
Editor’s note: This is the next endorsement on behalf of The Madison Project PAC in a continuing series of conservative endorsements for the 2012 congressional elections. Over the past year, we have learned the hard way that not all freshmen House members turned out to be the Tea Party champions that they claimed to be. Many of them cast their lot with leadership, eschewing all | Read More »
The Hubris of Renee Ellmers
In a matter of just a few years at the beginning of the millennium, we succeed in adopting marriage amendments in 30 states. It looked like we were well on our way to preempting one of the greatest assaults on our values. But over the past few years, between the liberal courts, the Obama administration, and blue states adopting gay marriage, we have lost a | Read More »
The True Meaning of Bipartisanship in Washington
We are constantly hearing the DC chattering class bemoan the toxic partisanship that is endemic of congressional politics. These supercilious wizards of smart contend that if we just had a little more bipartisanship in Washington, all of our public policy troubles would dissipate in short order. The reality cannot be more antithetical to this ubiquitous line of thought from the media. We suffer from a | Read More »
The Ultimate Treachery
I’m at a loss for words; I’m really not sure what to think of this. What word would you use to describe someone from party A asking members of party B to vote down a member of party A for supporting a fundamental view of party A? Politico’s Maggie Haberman is reporting that the leadership-affiliated Young Guns Network has sent out mailers asking Democrats to | Read More »
Politico: excusing in 2012 their lack of foresight about 2010?
I need to push back on this cover-their-rear statement by Politico on the ‘surprise’ flipping of the House of Representatives in 2010. [House Speaker John] Boehner doesn’t play political prognosticator often. But when he does, those close to him say, there’s usually a calculated reason. In April 2010 — almost two years ago exactly — the then-House minority leader said in a radio interview that | Read More »
Eric Cantor Tries to Stop Stalwart Scott Keadle in NC-8
This has been a tough week for conservatives in Washington. Republicans in both houses are caving on the postal bailout, highway bill, appropriations, Ex-Im Bank, Violence Against Women Act, and the student loan bailout. It’s not going to get easier when they come back from recess in May. This is why we need game-changers like Scott Keadle in Congress. Keadle is running in NC-8, the | Read More »
Romney Must Coalesce Around Conservatives, Not Vice Versa
There is an interesting factoid that was overlooked from last night’s largely pro-forma presidential primaries. According to University of Minnesota’s Eric Ostermeier, Romney was the first GOP frontrunner who failed to reach 60% in contests “conducted after his last major challenger dropped out of the race.” Romney won just 56% of the vote in Delaware and 58% in Pennsylvania. Over the past few months, we’ve | Read More »
Mark Meadows for Congress in NC-11
Editor’s note: This is the next endorsement on behalf of The Madison Project PAC in a continuing series of conservative endorsements for the 2012 congressional elections. Earlier this year, Heath Schuler decided that masquerading as a conservative Democrat in the era of Obama and Pelosi had become too cumbersome, and summarily announced his retirement. This western North Carolina district has become even more Republican after | Read More »
Cook: State Republican parties gave national GOP 9 seats for 2012.
Cook Political Report has more or less formalized their 2012 redistricting scorecard; their final score is a gain of one Republican seat, based solely on redistricting. Cook notes that this total actually represents about 10 to 15 seats being fortified for the GOP, given that the majority of legislators who benefited from redistricting were Republicans. This will no doubt infuriate Democrats, but then: elections matter. | Read More »