Were George Orwell alive today he would write a book titled 1986. It would include a narrative of all the cast of characters who lied to us about immigration enforcement 27 years ago, yet are now serving as the problem-solvers to fix the lies they originally propagated. It would include a character of John McCain demanding to “build the dang fence” in order to win | Read More »
A Primer on the Upcoming Senate Immigration Debate
On Tuesday afternoon, Harry Reid plans to bring the amnesty/immigration deform bill (S.744) to the floor for the first procedural vote – cloture on motion to proceed with debate. Harry Reid can probably count on all 54 Democrats voting for cloture, with the possible exception of Mark Pryor (AR). In a sane world, Senate Republicans would all vote against the motion (even assuming we lose | Read More »
Bill Cassidy’s Complicated Relationship With Obamacare
When the establishment is looking to recruit someone to run for Senate, they first look to find like-minded people in the House. What better person to be a yes-man for McConnell than someone who has been a yes-man for House leadership? Their latest recruit is Congressman Bill Cassidy who is being supported by all of the establishment in his bid for Senate. Every Republican in | Read More »
Mitch McConnell Goes All In for Reid/Schumer Amnesty
[Update: Politico just revised it original story and took out the part about McConnell waiving the right to force a vote. They now say Reid's agreement with McConnell was just that he "won’t oppose bringing the immigration bill to the floor." Whether this is more shoddy reporting from McConnell or a change in heart by the minority leader is yet to be determined. The Hill | Read More »
Mitch McConnell, Electability, and Jim Bunning’s Revenge
One of the favorite narratives propagated by the Republican establishment is that our candidates are “unelectable” loose cannons who will throw the election to the Democrats. [As if they are suddenly concerned about Democrat policies.] They try to invoke the name of Christine O’Donnell every time one of their members is challenged in a primary. Well, it looks like we found the Christine O’Donnell of | Read More »
Senate Judiciary Committee Seals the Fate of the Gang Immigration Bill
Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its markup of the gang of 8 immigration deform bill (s.744). The striking thing about the markup is that any casual observer would think we were living in 1965 or 1986, when there was either relatively low legal immigration or no failed amnesty to look back upon. To most of the senators sitting around the table, the border is more secure than ever (despite the sharp rise in crossings), our record levels of immigration don’t exist, and there is no reason to implement the enforcement before the legalization.
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Kim Strassel Again Serves as the Senate GOP’s Stenographer
Kim Strassel somewhat diplomatically lashes out at Senator Ted Cruz in the Wall Street Journal. Her subtitle sums up her point, which really isn’t worth delving too far into. The subtitle is, “The GOP is split between those who insist on making a point, and those who want to make some progress.” Got that? So Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz want to make | Read More »
John Boehner, Mitch McConnell should attend Margaret Thatcher’s funeral.
The President can’t be bothered to go himself, you see. Or – and this is the actually offensive part – send anybody currently from the administration. Whitehall sources have revealed that the US delegation at tomorrow’s service in St Paul’s Cathedral will be led by two Reagan era secretaries of state: James Baker and George Shultz. Though President Obama himself had not been expected to | Read More »
Kentucky Democrat alleges Progress Kentucky behind Mitch McConnell wiretap.
I’m not going to be cute about this: Progress Kentucky is a racist organization. We know this because they went after Mitch McConnell’s wife for being, apparently, a spy for the Chinese. Progress Kentucky is a crazy organization. We know this because they thought that Ashley Judd was a viable candidate for Kentucky Senate (nobody else did, honestly). And, allegedly, Progress Kentucky is a stupid | Read More »
Mother Jones, Mitch McConnell, & Ashley Judd.
A few things that I’m taking away from this (forwarded) Mother Jones “expose” of Mitch McConnell’s Ashley Judd oppo research: The whole thing reminds me of the Washington Post‘s ongoing (and rather pathetic) attempts to recreate that one, perfect fix that the WaPo had in 2006 when they destroyed George Allen’s Senate career. Yes, David Corn, last year you folks got your hands on a | Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: McConnell to Filibuster Reid Gun Control Bill
Senator Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has confirmed he will filibuster new gun control legislation, spokesman Brian McGuire confirmed for me today. While nobody knows yet what Senator Reid’s plan is for the gun bill, if he chooses to file cloture on the motion to proceed to the Reid Bill (S. 649), Senator McConnell will oppose cloture on proceeding to that bill. The future of the | Read More »
Elective Despotism and the Second Amendment
Yesterday, the Maryland state legislature voted to infringe upon my Second Amendment rights. In a state already riddled with violent crime despite (or rather because of) some of the strictest gun laws, law-abiding citizens have no recourse. Under the new law, hundreds of guns would be banned, high capacity magazines would be prohibited, all gun owners would have to submit to finger printing, and state | Read More »
How Does Rand Paul Want to Change the Moss-Covered GOP?
Rand Paul really struck a chord with many conservatives when he declared at CPAC that “the GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered,——I don’t think we need to name any names here, do we?” But will he adhere to his own admonishment? The imagery of stale air and moss-covered vegetation serves as the superlative metaphor for the way so many of us view the | Read More »
Senate Republicans Willfully and Knowingly Lie to Their Constituents
Last night, having noted the list of Republicans in the Senate who voted to fund Obamacare in yesterday’s Morning Briefing, I went through a series of emails from readers. Readers from Texas, Kentucky, Utah, South Dakota, and Georgia all had the same story. They’d called the offices of Senators Chambliss, Cornyn, Hatch, Thune, McConnell, and Isakson to object to those senators funding Obamacare. They were | Read More »
Mitch McConnell Votes to Fund Obamacare
Hey, remember that awesome CPAC speech by Mitch McConnell? The one where Mitch McConnell said — and I quote — “Obamacare should be repealed root and branch. And we’re not backing down from this fight.” And the same speech where Mitch McConnell also said, “This law is a disaster, and anybody who thinks we’ve moved beyond it is dead wrong.” Well, as I told you, | Read More »