The Passion Deficit
From the diaries by Jeff. No “Mute” button here – this is very important. Now comes news that House Republican Leader Eric Cantor (R.-Va.) is refusing to commit that the Pence amendment to defund Planned Parenthood will be in the final version of the bill which will fund the government for the rest of the year -– the “long-term continuing resolution.” This, despite the fact | Read More »
So Called Constitutional Option Is A Trick
The Senate commenced debate on a filibuster reform today. Be aware that liberals in the Senate are using strong arm tactics to seize power. They are using something called the “Constitutional Option” and you need to understand that this is a rhetorical and procedural trick. There is nothing unconstitutional about the filibuster and the “Constitutional Option” is a means to ignore the explicit rules of the | Read More »
Rand Paul’s Plans for 2011
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed Today Coffee and Markets is proud to be joined by Senator-elect Rand Paul of Kentucky. The new year will bring with it a new House and Senate, one populated with several members whose approach to the job stands to be a unique departure from politics as usual. Foremost among these is Paul, the Kentucky eye doctor who won | Read More »
QotD, excellent advice edition.
From a New Hampshire Union Leader editorial crediting the Tea Party with ensuring that Senate Minority Leader McConnell would refuse to play ball on the Omnibus: The truth is that without the constant vigilance currently provided by what can loosely be called the Tea Party movement, Republicans would be just as happy as Democrats to squander taxpayer money. They are only acting frugal now because | Read More »
What Really Started the Financial Crisis?
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss what the dead $1.1 Trillion Omnibus spending bill means for small businesses, and what really started the financial crisis. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like to email us, you | Read More »
It’s Not Just Earmarks Bans From Which Mitch McConnell Cuts and Runs
This is truly appalling. Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Senate Republicans, supported an earmarks ban and voted to ban earmarks. But he knew there weren’t enough votes for it. Now that it looks like there are enough votes, McConnell is lobbying furiously behind the scenes to kill the earmarks ban. But the man has trumped himself in rank hypocrisy. According to President George W. | Read More »
No More Earmarxists
“Earmarks are certainly not the only issue, but they are the most telling as to whether Republicans really have learned their lesson in the minority.” As I write this, Mitch McConnell is privately trying to get enough votes to kill an earmarks moratorium among Senate Republicans. The measure is sponsored by Senators Coburn, Cornyn, DeMint, Ensign, and Enzi, along with Senators-Elect Ayotte, Johnson, Paul, Rubio, | Read More »
QotD, Mitch McConnell edition.
Interesting gambit from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell here. “Over the past week, some have said it was indelicate of me to suggest that our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term in office,” Mr. McConnell says. “But the fact is, if our primary legislative goals are to repeal and replace the health spending bill; | Read More »
Senate GOP Views Tea Party as “Destructive”. Still Seeks to Use Tom Coburn to Co-Opt New Conservative Senators.
“The irony is that the new Senators the GOP is portraying as “problems” will be more reliable votes for the GOP than the Senators the GOP is touting.” This is a most interesting read from MSNBC.com, not actually affiliated with the television network of the same name and actively trying to come up with a new name so as not to be associated with Alan | Read More »
Marginalizing Jim DeMint: Are Senate Republicans Trying to Get Tom Coburn to Be Judas to Conservatives?
As you know, Senate Republicans are more than a little unhappy with Jim DeMint. The Senate GOP will see an influx of DeMint backed candidates after November. Consequently, the Senate GOP has become more fixated with marginalized Jim DeMint than fighting Barack Obama. For perspective, Mitch McConnell won’t even campaign against or speak ill of Harry Reid to help Sharron Angle. But his minion are | Read More »
Senate Republicans Yet Again Give Middle Finger to the Tea Party Movement
It is a story that superficially is about Jim DeMint. He beat up his Senate Republican colleagues in an email the other day for what they did. Lisa Murkowski left the party to run as a write-in candidate against Joe Miller in Alaska after he beat her in the GOP primary. Murkowski’s chief selling point is that she is the ranking Republican on the Energy | Read More »
Senate GOP Leadership Begins Setting The “Blame Conservatives” Narrative
Here’s the situation on the ground: if the GOP makes significant gains in the United States Senate, it will be in spite of the best efforts of the Senate Republicans. The Senate GOP stood with Charlie Crist and conservatives stood with Marco Rubio. The Senate GOP stood with Arlen Specter and conservatives stood with Pat Toomey. The Senate GOP stood with Trey Grayson and conservatives | Read More »
The GOP could easily be back in the wilderness in 2014
From the Diaries by Erick. Introduction My first political act was attending a Ronald Reagan rally back in 1980. Since then I’ve watched with great disappointment the ability of the GOP to turn opportunities into wasted piles of crap and to push soft Republicans and weary independents into the arms of the Democrats or those who don’t vote. Such moves have led to this kind | Read More »
Yet Again the NRA Sells Out Freedom to the Democrats
From the NRA press release on the day of the Citizens United decision, Wayne LaPierre called the decision “…a defeat for arrogant elitists who wanted to carve out free speech as a privilege for themselves and deny it to the rest of us.” SOURCE There are few organizations purportedly on the side of freedom that aggravate me more than the National Rifle Association. In fact, | Read More »
It Was Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell is finally endorsing Trey Grayson in Kentucky after working behind the scenes for months with Grayson’s campaign. Grayson’s campaign has all the hallmarks of a McConnell Senate campaign effort, i.e. it is losing. Both times McConnell led the Senate Republicans’ election efforts, they lost seats. But it gets more interesting. As news of McConnell’s endorsement percolates this morning in Kentucky, we now know | Read More »