The Era of the Senator
The esteemed Dan McLaughlin among others has promoted the idea that Governors are better choices for President than legislators are. And for years, the parties and the electorate seemed to agree. But with cable news and the Internet creating a perpetual conversation about national political issues, we’re now seeing the rise of the Senator as Presidential candidate. I’m not saying Governors are finished, but the | Read More »
How many Senators will retire in 2016?
Possibly not that many: “Of the 34 senators facing re-election next year, just one has announced retirement. A CQ Roll Call survey of the entire Senate class showed only one more senator publicly undecided about re-election, plus three additional senators considering bids for other offices. Two more Senate offices did not return requests for comment on re-election plans, though Democrats are near certain one of | Read More »
RIP: ‘Republicans cannot defeat Democratic incumbent Senators.’
“Republicans cannot defeat Democratic incumbent Senators.” This was, in some ways, the single most obnoxious meme that Democrats promulgated in the last two, three election cycles, largely because it was based on an unusually facetious argument. Basically, the idea was that Democrats had a skill set and resources that made their incumbent Senators bulletproof; there was no way that a Republican should challenge one, so the | Read More »
Why the GOP needs to modernize, not moderate their positions
To those in the GOP saying we need to become more moderate, or which really means more liberal, I say this; no. The GOP does not need to become more moderate, in fact, it’s the exact opposite.
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, John McCain
, Limited Government
, Rand Paul
NRSC: Why aren’t Democratic Senators practicing what they preach on Equal Pay?
If the Democrats didn’t want to be judged by this standard, then they shouldn’t have tried to impose it in the first place.
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Democratic Senators *may* be starting to signal that healthcare.gov is doomed. #obamacare
I could not believe that Dianne Feinstein had said this, in response to Bob Schaffer’s pointing out that the President kept telling us that if we liked our plans, we could keep our plans: Well, as I understand it, you can keep it up to the time — and I hope this is correct, but this is what I’ve been told — up to the | Read More »
Where Congress Stands on #Syria
In case you missed it, the Washington Post has an excellent graphic laying out where each Representative and Senator stands on the AUMF for Syria. The Post has divided Congress into four categories: “Against military action”, “Leans no”, “Undecided”, and “For military action”. Long story short: this is a winnable fight for those of us out there who want Congress to say “No” to the | Read More »
Tags: Bashar al-Assad
, Foreign Affairs
, Foreign Policy
, House of Representatives
, military action
Republicans, Executive Experience and 2016
I realize it’s still a ways off, but if there is a PAC set up to defeat Hillary, then we can surely analyze a bit over who our champion in 2016 will be. When it comes to electing the president, the parties typically put forward one of two options: a senator or a governor. There are a couple reasons why this makes more sense than | Read More »
Direct Corruption: The Seventeeth Amendment
By Ed Willing No doubt, the last several years in America have been challenging to everyone, on all sides. It has both challenged those on the left as they see so many millions question their policies and principles, and has infuriated said millions on the right because they cannot believe how quickly America has turned away from its founding principles. Both sides agree there’s problems | Read More »
Tags: "Seventeenth Amendment"
, 17th Amendment
, States rights
Tim Kaine mentioned as possible nominee to succeed Jim Webb
MSNBC’s article announcing Senator Jim Webb’s retirement at the end of his single US Senate term includes speculation on who might run to replace Webb. They mention Tim Kaine and then mention Tom Perriello, who was shellacked as he ran for reelection to the US House from Virginia. As to Perriello, um, okay. Not much to talk about there. Usually a sitting or VOLUNTARILY retired | Read More »
, Democratic National Committee
, Howard Dean
, jim webb
, Tim Kaine
, tom perriello
, US Senate
Democratic 2010 ‘Three Wise Monkeys’ Campaign Strategy
“See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” is the Japanese maxim for doing the right thing. However, we have come to understand that the logical progression of this philosophy is ‘wishful thinking’ and the ‘ostrich head in the sand’ phenomena. In other words, when in danger, there is an impulse to just pretend nothing bad around you is occurring. That seems to be | Read More »
Republicans In The Senate Have Work Cut Out.
Senate Republicans, present us with a unified party message prepared to lead… and you’ll have to prove yourselves out here in Patriotville. You’ll have to be ready to fight for every inch of political ground and not give an inch to the opposition. It is time to present a unified party. Tell the local and national parties that we will not tolerate RINOs any longer… | Read More »
My interview with Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)…initial reactions
This morning I had the opportunity to interview Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA). (Surfing through RedState, I see that Isakson has mixed reviews among commenters. Many posts have referred to him as a RINO and are critical of his conservative credentials.) The purpose of this interview was to write an article for a real estate trade magazine. I will also use the interview for | Read More »
A Lesson From Christmas of 1776
The first key vote came in last night. The Democrats got their 60. But there will be several more votes. Yes, this Christmas, the American people face a tyrannical Congress and narcissistic President hell bent on forcing upon them – over their clear opposition – a healthcare bill that will reduce the quality of American healthcare, cost trillions of dollars, increase taxes, empower the national | Read More »
Flushing Them Out
As the health care reform debate becomes more heated, several of our esteemed representatives and senators are hiding in the tall grass of our Democratic friends hoping not to get metaphorically poached. They are pretending that meeting with their own political allies and operatives will give them cover in the future by arguing they did meet with their constituents and citizens. Of course this is | Read More »