Meet Harry Cunning and Johnny Squeaker

    So five years have passed since Obama took office and five years later Americans are still waiting for the promise of a budget, smaller Government, secured borders, jobs, transparency and a strong economy. What did we get in five years a leader and Administration who are addicted to spending, redistribution, big Government, open borders, no transparency, a weakened military and a toxic economy. The unemployment | Read More »

    McConnell playbook: When victory is certain, surrender!

    Current polling numbers show that Obama is looking a little more like the anti-christ than the messiah these days. In a new Quinnipiac University poll, the President’s approval rating is at its lowest point in Quinnipiac polling history–nationally or in any state–at 34%. This puts him within striking distance of the second-term average of 34.4% of Richard Nixon, which was reported by Gallup at the | Read More »

    Collapse of the Leviathan

    106,000 Americans have put an Obamacare plan in their shopping cart on one of the state or federal Affordable Care Act websites. It is not that 106,000 people have paid for a healthcare plan. The federal government has decided to tabulate those who have paid for an account and those who have merely selected an account without checking out from the website as having gotten | Read More »

    It’s a Trap!

    It's a Trap!

    Republicans are walking into a trap and they don’t even realize it. They are about to consider, in the House of Representatives, legislation by Congressman Upton that would allow people to keep their insurance plans. There’s a problem though. It is widely acknowledged that Congressman Upton’s legislation is more messaging than substance. His legislation does not have anything in it that can force insurance companies, | Read More »

    Barack Obama’s Iraq

    In lamenting the sorry state of Meet the Press these days, Dave Weigel reminds me of a Barack Obama quote worth pointing out to Republicans. In an interview with the New Yorker magazine, Barack Obama opined on Iraq, “There’s an old saying in politics: when your opponent’s in trouble, just get out of the way … in political terms, I don’t think that Democrats are | Read More »

    Election 2014: Key Races, Tea Party Candidates & The Odds of the GOP Retaking The Senate

    In order to retake control of the U.S. Senate, Republicans need to net a six-seat pickup. In the House, Democrats will have to net a gain of 17 seats in order to obtain majority control. Seven key races in each chamber: SENATE •ALASKA: Tea Party candidate Joe Miller is expected to be one of three contenders for the Republican nomination to challenge Mark Begich, first-term | Read More »

    Repeal is the Only Fix

    There are, winding their way through the House and Senate, several Republican proposals to fix or ameliorate the effects of Obamacare. I get the desire to message. The Republicans are always messaging. Heck, back in 2009, the GOP offered up a series of amendments to contrast Republican ideas on healthcare to Democrat ideas. Senator John Kyl, then the Republican Senate Whip, went on Bill Bennett’s | Read More »

    The Real Scapegoat for the Obamacare Failure

    The October 1 launch date for Obamacare has come and gone, and even liberals are now starting to acknowledge that the Obamacare rollout is a massive failure. And if the signature “achievement” of President Obama’s presidency — and his legacy — is at risk, this can only mean one thing: FIND A SCAPEGOAT! Now, in the real world — that is, the private sector — | Read More »

    The Republican Schism

    There is a data set within yesterday’s CNN poll that even CNN largely overlooked, but that explains so much of the current tension within the Republican Party. Long after we are dead, pundits and political reporters will still talk about the Rockefeller Republicans vs. the Conservatives and other such archaic divisions that no longer exist except in the rhetorical habits of pretentious political reporters. The | Read More »

    Advancing. Ever Advancing.

    Advancing.  Ever Advancing.

    Much cynicism has been expressed over the past month about the effort, led by Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, to fight Obamacare. It was about money or defeating Republicans or something other than what it was about — undermining Obamacare with a united front. It was always about undermining Obamacare, despite the claims of others. But, those of us who were in this fight against | Read More »

    Bridge Burning and Bridge Building

    House Republicans have signaled they are giving up. They’ll merge their ideas with Mitch McConnell’s ideas. The result will be a funded government, raised debt ceiling, and nothing done with Obamacare. Throughout this fight, Harry Reid has outsmarted Mitch McConnell. Repeatedly, Reid used the Senate’s rules to toss aside numerous proposals from the House while McConnell looked on not knowing how to fight back. Reid | Read More »

    The Fight Remains About Obamacare

    I stepped out last night, away from politics, to be the celebrity chef at a cooking school. It was refreshing to tune out the political world. But when I checked into my hotel after eleven last night, there was a backlog of weepy, crying emails from people ready to surrender. Why? Because the GOP has gone from being not liked to being not liked? Because | Read More »

    Yes, I Think This Means the GOP is Winning

    Polling shows more Americans blame the GOP than Barack Obama. I think this means the GOP is winning. You’ll need to let me explain. Republican leaders have lived in abject fear for the last two months that there would be an overwhelming backlash against them. In 1995, public opinion ran against the GOP 2 to 1. Bill Clinton consistently got the better of the GOP. | Read More »

    The Strategy of a Shutdown, Pt. 1

    If you’ve read any of my posts before, you’d be familiar with my love of classical military strategy. I am particularly fond of the Art of War and all works that are directly inspired by it. One such work is “Mastering the Art of War,” which I’ve sourced before and will be going to again for this post. One thing about the shutdown is the | Read More »

    How Republicans can win the Shutdown fight

    Now that the federal government has partially shutdown, the Republicans are primed to win this side of the fight over Obamacare if they play their cards correctly. Unlike the Newt Gingrich-led shutdown of 1995 which was about broad-based cuts to many programs including Medicare, the trigger of the shutdown comes from the discretionary funding for Obamacare. It constitutes a small portion of the federal budget and | Read More »