The legitimacy of elections

    The worst possible outcome of the IRS scandal would see it growing large enough to call the legitimacy of the 2012 election into question. Some people reading this might think it’s already reached that point.  Others would say it could never reach that point.  There is a case to be made that the American system would resist such an outcome, in a much broader sense than merely | Read More »

    IRS targeted the Leadership Institute

    I worked at the Leadership Institute in Arlington for a little more than four years; it was my first job out of college and one of the most important times of my career. I learned a tremendous amount about the conservative movement, the nature of coalitions, and how political technology was philosophically neutral. I also learned about character and left with a hero: Morton Blackwell. | Read More »

    IRS targeted the Leadership Institute

    I worked at the Leadership Institute in Arlington for a little more than four years; it was my first job out of college and one of the most important times of my career. I learned a tremendous amount about the conservative movement, the nature of coalitions, and how political technology was philosophically neutral. I also learned about character and left with a hero: Morton Blackwell. | Read More »

    Don’t Make it About Barack Obama

    I have to agree with Ben Domenech from the Transom this morning. Republicans will lose if they try to make the IRS scandal about Barack Obama. We are not going to convince a majority of Americans who voted for him that they were wrong. We spent the last four years trying that.As Domenech noted this morning: Here’s the hard thing Republicans have to do if | Read More »

    What will Seal the Deal against Common Core Standards in GA?

    On the Wednesday after Mother’s Day, Governor Nathan Deal (GA-R) seemed to offer mothers, caregivers, and parents of students a belated gift. Deal signed an executive orders statement on Georgia education and Common Core. The Governor appeared to affirm state and local BoE controls over Georgia school standards and curriculum. His May 15th executive order wording seemed a slap down of the notion that his | Read More »

    Senator Mike Lee on the Power and Corruption of the IRS

    On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Senator Mike Lee to discuss the growing scandal at the IRS, its constitutional implications and his efforts to protect your emails from the feds. Then Ben and Brad discuss the political opportunities and traps that Republicans face with these brewing scandals.

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    Obama’s Worst Week Ever?

    Back in 2007 when a somewhat obscure Senator from Illinois was making noise about running for President, this writer decided to look into this guy. Most of the good information I found was from a website I’ll be damned if I can locate again- WTF Obama.com or something like that. Regardless, a few things emerged from this research. The first was that the birther “controversy” | Read More »

    The Thrill is Gone…and the Wheels Have Come Off (Important Updates)

      When the president loses ”I get a thrill up my leg” Chris Matthews, then the writing is on the wall: this president is toast. I sometimes Lefty lurk on MSNBC to hear what the latest nonsense they are spewing and just happened to watch the 7:00-8:00am hour today. I’m glad I have a DVR because I was so shocked at some of the statements, I had | Read More »

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    Where are the ads?

    I had three television shows Wednesday night I just could not miss. The season finale of Arrow (which, if you’re a comic book nerd and haven’t seen it, you’re missing out), Law and Order: SVU and Psych. Judge my taste in shows all you want, but it’s somewhat irrelevant. All that was over at 10 p.m. central standard time. I began writing this post at | Read More »

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    Embattled Eric Holder Promises Gun Control

    Eric Holder may be under intense scrutiny for his department’s part in wiretapping AP phones, seizing phone records, allowing IRS persecution, and gun-running, but that doesn’t mean his goal of gun control is in the backseat. During an interview with NPR, Holder reiterated his desire for gun control by focusing on impeding access and drying up supply, bold my emphasis: Holder stated that although the | Read More »

    Embattled Eric Holder Promises Gun Control

    Eric Holder may be under intense scrutiny for his department’s part in wiretapping AP phones, seizing phone records, allowing IRS persecution, and gun-running, but that doesn’t mean his goal of gun control is in the backseat. During an interview with NPR, Holder reiterated his desire for gun control by focusing on impeding access and drying up supply, bold my emphasis: Holder stated that although the | Read More »

    IRS Persecution Is A War On Women

    Forget “binders full of women” — the IRS’s persecution of hundreds of tea party groups is the real war on women. I co-founded the movement in my hometown of St. Louis and have travelled the country with various tea party groups and I’ve seen it first hand: the tea party movement was predominately led by women. It isn’t a slight to our men; in speech after speech | Read More »

    IRS Persecution Is A War On Women

    Forget “binders full of women” — the IRS’s persecution of hundreds of tea party groups is the real war on women. I co-founded the movement in my hometown of St. Louis and have travelled the country with various tea party groups and I’ve seen it first hand: the tea party movement was predominately led by women. It isn’t a slight to our men; in speech after speech | Read More »

    Eric Holder may have an *exquisitely* painful day today over at House Judiciary.

    I know, I know: you are wounded unto death about such a thing occurring. Wounded unto death. Attorney General Eric Holder will testify before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, where Republicans say they’ll grill him about the Justice Department’s secret review of Associated Press phone records and the IRS targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny, among other issues. The oversight hearing had already | Read More »

    Will no one rid me of this turbulent group?

    Will no one rid me of this turbulent group?

    In June of 1170, the Archbishop of York and the Bishops of London and Salisbury crowned Henry II of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Beckett, should have had the privilege, but he and King Henry had been warring over the powers of clergy in England. Beckett proceeded to excommunicate the bishops and other opponents of the Catholic Church in England. According to tradition, Henry | Read More »