Principle as Political Liability
What a weird campaign season we are having. Let me present you a truth that some of you may bristle under, but is true nonetheless. No matter how right the cause or principle, it may still be a political liability. I’ll start with the one you’ll agree with it. Barack Obama and many on the left may believe that abortion . . . er . | Read More »
The Last Debate?
Today is a holiday here at RedState, but I’m doing laundry, packing, and preparing to fly out to Arizona. On Wednesday night, CNN will bring the nation what may very well be the last debate in the Republican Presidential Primary season. From Mesa, AZ, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul will take the stage one last time. At least we can presume | Read More »
The Debate Strategery, Defending George Stephanopolous, & Taking On George Lucas #EERS
Tonight on the Erick Erickson Show I’ll delve into lunch box inspections, the cancellation of the CNN debate, and at 7:05 pm ET, believe it or not, I’ll defend George Stephanopolous. Sometime around 8pm I hope to have time to take on George Lucas and his latest “story” about who shot first. You can listen live right here on the WSB live stream. You can | Read More »
Michigan and Arizona Poll Update
Today’s Twitter talk is focusing on the March 1 debate in Georgia, but the Arizona and Michigan primaries come two days before then. And it’s looking good for Rick Santorum over Mitt Romney, even in Michigan, the state that was Romney’s big win last time, and where George Romney was once Governor.
The Uber Conservative
In his CPAC speech, Mitt Romney used “conservative” more than any other word except “President.” Just how many times? My radio producer Shane Backler cut up his speech and put them all together.
Panic Time for Everybody. Sepuku Seems To Be Winning the GOP Primary.
Mitt Romney should win Michigan. It is his for real home state — not one of the adopted or moved in to and bought a big house home states. Michigan is Mitt Romney’s home state as in his father was Governor of Michigan. He should win it. He is losing it. He is losing it to Rick Santorum. A PPP poll now has Santorum 16 | Read More »
A Severe Conservative Speaks at CPAC
Mitt Romney got a warm reception at CPAC, standing ovations . . . the works. He did nothing to calm fears that he is not one of us. In fact, he might have made it worse today. He ad-libbed one particular portion of his speech that just may give away the game for him with the CPAC crowd. He threw in this line: “I fought | Read More »
The other night I was having dinner and Pat Cadell, Jimmy Carter’s pollster and a very honest liberal, came up to me. He said bluntly that if his side’s front runner had lost 3 of the first 8 elections and been swept out last Tuesday, by Wednesday the Democrats would have a new candidate in the race. He is right. Yet the Republican Party has | Read More »
The Fiscal Conservative “Go It Alone” Strategy Failed
From the diaries by Leon… Let me begin with two brief qualifiers. First, I believe in fiscal conservatism. I am a 100% fiscally conservative believer in small government. I also happen to be 100% in favor of social conservatism and a strong national defense. So, in short, I am a Reagan conservative. The following diary is not a critique of fiscal conservatism but rather those | Read More »
A Big, Big Win for Santorum . . . Errr . . . CPAC
Mitt Romney had a horrible, horrible night. Early yesterday, Mitt Romney’s campaign called Missouri a “beauty contest” and said to focus on Colorado. We did. Wow. I’ve said since Sunday that yesterday would be the first day of voting that Mitt Romney’s “poor” comment to Soledad O’Brien would have an impact. It typically takes a week for comments like that to be digested by voters. | Read More »
The Sweet Meteor of Death 2012
As I said back in December, I have no plans to endorse a candidate for President of the United States. I wrote, at the time, “I would prefer instead to tell you exactly what I think about each of the candidates, good or bad, and let the chips fall where they may.” Since then, I have routinely been asked who I would endorse. Today, after | Read More »
Unemployment News is Good for Obama, Not as Good for the Economy
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 why the latest unemployment report is good politically, but not a sign that the recession is over, the Facebook IPO, and our Super Bowl picks. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen Clouse and Associates. If | Read More »
Danger Will Robinson . . . or Ann Coulter
This week is a career milestone for me. I appear in Time magazine writing about the state of the conservative movement. As a kid living overseas, my American history teacher subscribed us all to Time and U.S. News and World Report. So it is kind of cool to be in an issue of, between the two, the still printed survivor. The point I try to | Read More »
Speaking of Sacrificing One’s Credibility at the Altar of the Romney Campaign (Updated)
…here are a couple gems from two of the campaign’s most fervent, credibility-contorting cheerleaders, the “detestable harpy“** and Jennifer Rubin. As noted earlier today, the harpy decided to go Full Romney in her column yesterday. Called “THREE CHEERS FOR ROMNEYCARE!,” the harpy declared Romney’s signature – and most problematic – legislative achievement to have been a victory for the constitution and for conservatism. As if | Read More »
The Real Problem With Romney’s Comments
Yesterday, Mitt Romney caused a stir when he made the following remarks about the poor during an interview with CNN: “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich…. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are | Read More »