What’s the Real Nature of Conservative Politics?

    Political terms mean different things in different countries, and they mean different things in the same countries at different times. In the United States and across the world in the 19th Century, the word “liberal” described someone primarily concerned about liberty. Over the years, the word “liberal,” deliberately adopted by the left in the United States, has come to mean here someone committed to, among | Read More »

    What’s the Real Nature of Conservative Politics?

    Political terms mean different things in different countries, and they mean different things in the same countries at different times. In the United States and across the world in the 19th Century, the word “liberal” described someone primarily concerned about liberty. Over the years, the word “liberal,” deliberately adopted by the left in the United States, has come to mean here someone committed to, among | Read More »

    The Watercooler ~ Friday’s Open Thread

    Okay, after moaning and groaning yesterday, I got so much great feedback and references to read from the commenters that I’m ready to carry on. That’s one of the reasons I keep coming to RedState — I learn so much from others. In fact, this one (courtesy of RedState member Wubbies) at Forbes hit the nail on the head and is a must read for | Read More »

    It’s the Messaging, Stupid. It’s the Stupid Messaging.

    It's the Messaging, Stupid. It's the Stupid Messaging.

    As many have already discussed, Karl Rove has launched an organization, the Conservative Victory Group, that purports to work on behalf of conservative candidates to shore up our numbers in Congress and bring our party into the 21st century. Like many others, I viewed this as the political equivalent of declaring war on the grassroots. The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny set off the fireworks | Read More »

    An Odd Assumption

    I’m looking for help here this morning.   I understand that wise and wonderful election wizards like Karl Rove begin the process of predicting election wins by making the (goofy, IMHO) assumption that the incumbent will win all the same states he/she did in the last race. I know they have to start somewhere, but is this a reasonable assumption in this particular race?   | Read More »

    Resident Obama: Halloween in D.C.

    Murkowski/Miller and Rove/O’Donnell: A Case Study of the Problem

    Lisa Murkowski has gone and done it now.  Yesterday on CNN’s “State of the Nation,” the Senator said: But what happened in my particular race, you had the Tea Party Express, this California-based group, come in at the last minute in a campaign, run a mudslinging, smear — just a terrible, terrible campaign, with lies and fabrications and mischaracterization. They came in, they dumped $600,000 | Read More »

    Politics as Usual – No More

    As I write this diary, only my second feeble attempt in my 5 years plus on RS, I’m watching the end of one of my favorite faded color classics of the 70′s… “Soylent Green,” on cable.  The idea of the dead being harvested for food was once the realm of wild apocalyptic vision sci fi.  Today, what we know as fact about the “enlightened progressive” | Read More »

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    Moderation is a result, not a starting point.

    Recent news accounts of a closed-door Senate meeting/luncheon mention “moderate” Republicans like Scott Brown of MA wondering aloud if there was still room for “moderates” in the Republican party. In a word, Senator, No. That is if you define a moderate as someone who, to steal Peggy Noonan’s analogy from today’s WSJ Online, starts negotiating from the 18-inch mark on the 36-inch Yardstick. A digression: | Read More »

    Observations of the O’Donnell Victory

    Now that the smoke has cleared and dust has begun to settle, what did we learn from Christine O’Donnell’s win over Mike Castle? O’Donnell’s victory capped off a primary season that dramatically displayed the  country’s unrest. Supposed shoo-in candidates backed by the national party (particularly Republican) turned out not to be the ‘gimmes’ most pundits believed they would be. Money, the life blood of campaigns | Read More »

    CREW is sad that Obama wants to end the Plame game.

    Very, very sad: CREW learned today that the Obama administration is opposing our request that the Supreme Court reconsider the dismissal of the lawsuit, Wilson v. Libby, et al. In that case, the district court had dismissed the claims of Joe and Valerie Wilson against former Vice President Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and Richard Armitage for their gross violations of the Wilsons’ constitutional | Read More »

    Today’s Headlines — March 5, 2009

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/05/big-donors-dominate-obama-advisory-board/ EXCLUSIVE: Big donors dominate Obama panel ‘Distinguished citizens’ include subprime banking executive — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/05/foreign-ties-of-nominee-queried/ Foreign ties of nominee questioned Post handles classified data — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/05/shell-oil-tries-to-ease-cap-and-trade-pain/ Shell Oil exec sees ‘cap-and-trade’ win Wants to shape bill, not kill it — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/05/gun-planks-stymie-dc-vote/ Gun planks stymie D.C. vote — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/05/ice-program-catches-illegals-on-minor-offenses/ Minor offenses trip up illegals ICE program meant to catch perpetrators of serious crimes — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/05/rove-miers-agree-to-testify-under-oath/ Rove, | Read More »

    Byrd vs. Obama on the Constitution.

    As in, Obama needs to stay on his side of the line drawn by it: Byrd: Obama in power grab Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the longest-serving Democratic senator, is criticizing President Obama’s appointment of White House “czars” to oversee federal policy, saying these executive positions amount to a power grab by the executive branch. In a letter to Obama on Wednesday, Byrd complained about Obama’s | Read More »

    Did “Boy Genius” have it half right?

    Wanted to get some feedback from members about a theory I have that Karl Rove’s strategy for W’s elections came around a bit too soon, and might be worth a second look for 2012/2016. I think McCain ran a campaign that was much more similar in strategy and tone to Dole 1996, than the Rove tactics of 2000/2004. True McCain, at the end had a | Read More »

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    Why the Election Won’t be so Bad for Republicans and Breaking that Northern Virginia Myth

    It has amazed me as to how much Republican politicians, analysts, and pundits continue to concede the point that this is a Democratic year and we will be lucky if we make it out of this election with some dignity. The reason its amazing is because it’s just not true! Republicans better start acting like winners, and start showing the American people why their ideas | Read More »