Establishment Republicans surrender on social issues to protect their incumbency
In a recent interview with KSL radio, Senator Orrin Hatch—a member of the G.O.P. Hall of Shame for abandoning conservative principles for political benefit—added to his lofty hall of shame credentials when he decided that being a supporter of traditional marriage was simply too passé to demand any more of his attention: “Let’s face it: anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going | Read More »
Orrin Hatch Speaks for the French Republicans
I’m sure Senator Orrin Hatch would have had the courage to make the following statement in 2012 during his contentious primary challenge: Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says it’s obvious that gay marriage will become legal across the country sooner or later. Hatch said people who can’t see what’s happening aren’t living in the real world. He made the remarks Wednesday onKSL-Radio’s Doug Wright Show. Hatch | Read More »
2014: The Year of the Primaries
Next year Republican primary voters will have an unprecedented number of choices for whom to nominate to the United States Senate. There have never been so many primary challenges against such high-level and long-serving members of the Senate. There are now primary challenges in Kentucky, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kansas, and Wyoming. The challengers vary in degrees of viability, competence, and skill. Not all | Read More »
Will Pedophiles be Covered Under Senate “ENDA” Bill?
While it’s possible to recover from fiscal bankruptcy, we will never recover from the moral bankruptcy in Washington. We will never build a free and prosperous country built upon the ruins of the civil society. But this week in Washington, Harry Reid’s Senate will spend the entire week using the power of government to infringe upon our liberty and destroy the civil society. As we | Read More »
Orrin Hatch Enshrined In The G.O.P. Hall Of Shame
Ever since the T.E.A. Party helped Republicans take back the House of Representatives in 2010—along with gaining a few seats in the Senate—Republican “leaders” in both houses of Congress, in classic “cutting off the nose to spite the face” behavior, have targeted them for elimination. These RINO WIMPS (Republicans In Name Only who are Washington Insiders Masquarading as Public Servants) have made it known that | Read More »
The New Bitter Clingers
We all remember the quote nearly by heart, don’t we? “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” And if you forgot it, there it is. Along with it is that offended feeling you got when you first | Read More »
Conservatives, Beware the Hatch Effect
In 2014, several prominent Republicans in the House and Senate are going to be challenged by people more conservative than the incumbents in area where a more conservative person can still win. Leading up to these challenges, conservatives must beware of the Hatch Effect. In 2012, many conservatives in print, radio, and television came out quickly and endorsed Orrin Hatch against Dan Liljenquist. Hatch had | 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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, Chuck Schumer
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, jeff flake
, John Cornyn
, judiciary committee
, Lindsey Graham
, Marco Rubio
, Mike Lee
, Mitch McConnell
, Orrin Hatch
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 »
Tech at Night: As usual, Republicans are right and Democrats have an alternate agenda in the Senate
A lot of conservatives seem to be getting behind a Hatch-Rubio bill to increase immigration for skilled individuals. No wonder Harry Reid wants to block it for partisan reasons. Have to put politics over anything else. Can’t let Republicans do a good thing.
Though I think the Senate priorities are pretty messed up. Jay Rockefeller is talking about workforce standards in the context of cybersecurity legislation. Talk about using any excuse to grow government. At least guys like John Thune recognize the need for the government and private business to work together against foreign Internet threats.
I mean, we can’t rely solely on NSA doing its best to do the right thing on its own.
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, Harry Reid
, Jay Rockefeller
, Marco Rubio
, Net Neutrality
, Orrin Hatch
, Tech at Night
Thank Bipartisan Committee Work for Corporate Welfare in Tax Bill
Throughout the tax debate, we heard righteous indignation from both parties regarding the need to close up special interest loopholes in the tax code. Yet the special interest loopholes were the only items preserved in the cliff tax bill. The entire package of over $40 billion in corporate subsidies and green social engineering was taken from a Senate Finance Committee Bill, which unfortunately, was supported | Read More »
The RSC should not have pulled the Copyright paper
The Republican Study Committee backed off on copyright reform after publishing what was an important paper on the topic. The excuse is that the paper needed further review, but what I fear is that the paper actually went further than rent-seeking allies of squishy centrist Republicans are willing to go. I have no evidence to sustain this. It’s just my gut feeling. The paper went out, industry groups had to have seen it, given all the attention it got. Over the weekend they complained, and down the paper went on Monday.
I have a copy of the paper, and if we go point by point, it’s hard to find a real reason to oppose it though. So if there is another reason, I’d love to hear it.
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46 Days to Election Day: Utah
Utah is perhaps one of the most Republican states in the country although Wyoming may have something to say about that. Like Washington, besides a presidential election, there is also a gubernatorial race, Senate race, and four House seats as Utah also gains a seat in the House this decade. Is there any doubt that Mitt Romney will win this state and their six electoral | Read More »
The Finance Committee’s Special Interest Tax Extenders
Last week, with the help of Senator Orrin Hatch, the Senate Finance Committee voted to extend dozens of special interest tax preferences for green energy – preferences that are nothing more than subsidies and market distorters. Included in the $205 billion package is the Production Tax Credit, which subsidizes up to 80% of wind energy production. Score one for Big Wind! Other special interest handouts | Read More »