The Republicans Who Want to Raise Your Taxes
Remember 66 Canal Center Plaza? In November of last year I documented how much of the Romney Campaign’s third party operations were run out of 66 Canal Center Plaza. Suite 555 of Canal Center Plaza houses Black Rock Group, Crossroads Media, WWP Strategies, TargetPoint Consulting, and Americans for Job Security. A number of these groups either directly helped the Romney campaign or worked with the | Read More »
Guy Who Called Romney a Douche on TV Thinks Obama is a Racist
Roger Ailes says Barack Obama is lazy. The media has blown it into a big story with the facts not on the media’s side. Van Jones, who on live national television called Mitt Romney a douche, was outrageously outraged by Roger Ailes’s assertion on CNN and even hinted that it might be racist for Ailes to say so. The media is yet again willfully choosing | Read More »
Tech at Night: Thailand succeeding, Anonymous failing, Ben Howe asking a fair question about Google
I’m constantly pointing out how New Zealand is making it itself into a bit of an anti-American legal haven, but they’re not the only ones who have a history of that. Thailand has had issues, so many that the government had to declare a Year of IP Protection, with renewed enforcement to go with it. And as it turns out, they have a long way to go, but even US industry groups recognize the progress. That’s good to see.
I imagine they don’t harbor fugitives like Kim Dotcom, either. Who may or may not drink 10 liters of Coke every day, then blame the eeevil Americans for the consequences.
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FLS: Screw Up, Lose, and Spin
On January 2, 2009, I wrote about FLS Connect. FLS Connect received over $1 million from the National Republican Campaign Committee in 2008. It was also, back then, the third largest recipient of expenditures from the Republican National Committee, netting around $30 million. As I wrote then, “Rich Beeson is the Political Director of the RNC. Before going to the RNC (and after leaving the | Read More »
Ronald Reagan and What I Got Wrong
Every person who talks and writes about politics gets stuff wrong. I’ve gotten my fair share wrong. But what I think I got most wrong in Campaign 2012 was the damage Mitt Romney’s “47%” remark would do to him. It may seem obvious, but bear with me. Mitt Romney was talking off the cuff to a supposedly off the record group of donors and muddled | Read More »
We Need a More Populist Republican Party
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss Mitt Romney’s claim that he lost to Obama because of gifts given to the 47%, Bobby Jindal’s response and the need for a more populist Republican Party.
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What Happened In Ohio?
This was a narrative/identity election not an ideological one and Romney lost the narrative and failed to motivate key undecideds and low energy Republicans while Obama motivated his base and managed to increase turnout in a few key segments. For more of my take on what happened and why I was wrong keep reading.
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From November 8, 2011: See, I Told You So
Yep, I’m going to label it that way. Only after the first debate did I start to think Romney could win (and frankly, given the way some of you people reacted when I said the polls weren’t rigged, I’d have kept my mouth shut if I thought otherwise), but for five years I have been saying roughly what is now happening would happen — Romney | Read More »
21 Thoughts and Observations on the Election
1) Obama won by running a divisive wedge issues-based campaign in the right locations, in conjunction with a killer ground game. He ran up huge margins with blacks in VA and OH. He played the amnesty card with Hispanics in CO, NV, and FL. He played the war on women card with white women in NH, WI, and IO. But wedge issues, such as immigration | Read More »
How Can the GOP Bring Hispanics into the Party’s Coalition?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Daniel Garza to discuss Mitt Romney’s failure with Hispanics, a common ground immigration policy Republicans could support, and how conservatives can appeal to Hispanics to bring them into the party’s coalition.
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To Beat the President
Even if you get pissed off, make it to the fourth paragraph below please. I have spent five years and a few months loudly saying Mitt Romney could not win the Presidency and a month and a half actually thinking he could through no act of his own, but rather the act of the President failing miserably in the first debate. I should have stuck | Read More »
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss Romney’s embarrassing loss last night, the thumping suffered by the GOP in the Senate contests and where the Republican party goes from here.
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The usual hand wringing is occurring now about social conservatives causing the GOP to lose. Todd Akin lost because he swallowed his foot and kept gagging on it, not because he is pro-life. Richard Mourdock was beaten by a Democrat who ran as a pro-lifer. As for the so called “war on women,” there is no war on women and women did not abandon Mitt | Read More »
Status Quo Ante
Like when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, we now know what happens when a candidate so weak anybody can beat him meets a candidate so weak he cannot beat anybody. Americans vote for the status quo. $6 billion later, Americans voted for the status quo. Karl Rove, call your donors. Republicans will keep the House. Democrats will keep the Senate. Obama will keep | Read More »
Who The Heck Knows?
Republicans are supposed to be “rah-rah” for Romney today. Democrats are supposed to be “rah-rah” for Obama today. I don’t much believe either side at this point. Democrats are supremely confident right now in Washington. The Republican consultants not so much. It is a reversal from just two weeks ago. Here’s what I do know and do believe. I believe Mitt Romney will win Florida, | Read More »