Will no one rid me of this turbulent group?
In June of 1170, the Archbishop of York and the Bishops of London and Salisbury crowned Henry II of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Beckett, should have had the privilege, but he and King Henry had been warring over the powers of clergy in England. Beckett proceeded to excommunicate the bishops and other opponents of the Catholic Church in England. According to tradition, Henry | Read More »
This is a Scandal We Must Not Let Slide
Welcome to 1984. The government that is supposed to govern by the consent of the people is now attacking those who seek to preserve the Constitution. Even as a number of non-profit organizations that aid and abet illegal aliens or Islamic terrorists are able to operate without any fear of investigation, we now know that tea party patriot organizations have been singled out for audits | Read More »
Will the Wisconsin GOP Kick Out Its Tea Party Supporters Tonight?
The Wisconsin Tea Party movement is not gelling to Tommy Thompson who presumed he would have an easy nomination to be Wisconsin’s next Republican Senator. Tea Party activists have rallied against him in Wisconsin and now the state party seems poised to shut out a group that has been so helpful in battling the recall efforts there. According to several people I’ve spoken to on | Read More »
NY GOP picks Jane Corwin for NY-26 special election.
The seat, of course, was vacated by Chris Lee as part of what was a somewhat bizarre Craigslist meltdown. Ms. Corwin is herself a state Assemblywoman who was first elected in 2008 after defeating the Republican candidate in the primary; she’s previously run on the Conservative ticket in NY and has been endorsed by Paladino (who won this district in 2010). Jane Corwin has been | Read More »
House GOP to Tea Party: We’re Too Important to Have Our Budgets Cut
With a hat tip to Drew Ryun for the title of the post, Tim Carney brings word this morning that some Republicans think they are too important to have their budgets cut. The Republican Study Committee, the organization of conservatives in the House of Representatives, is proposing further cuts in spending to Congress’s budget. Some Republicans are flipping out and going to 12 on a | Read More »
Malicious Mendacity in the Tea Party Movement [UPDATED]
Here’s a rule of thumb — if engaging the tea party movement, focus on the local groups, not the big groups. Tea Party Express has one heck of an impressive track record this year at the national level and they need to be commended for that, but all things being equal it is the local groups that have the volunteers, get out the vote efforts, | Read More »
Karl Rove and the Tea Parties
Thanks for the kind comments on my thoughts on Delaware. But I wanted to add a brief note about the views of Karl Rove, who blasted away at Christine O’Donnell before the votes were even all counted. It’s an instructive moment about how the old guard is failing to adapt to this new environment. It’s been a rough cycle for Rove. He’s provided behind-the-scenes consulting, | Read More »
Democrats argue it is fine to ban book promotion
The “Young Guns” have a book. They also have a promotion tour and a video. Now, the Democrats could engage in a battle of ideas. But that’s not what they do. (are you surprised?) Instead the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee files a complaint with the Federal Election Commission that promoting the book violates election law. Really. By their interpretation, a book publisher cannot promote a | Read More »
Senate Republicans to Tea Party Activists: Go To H – E – Double Hockeysticks
I told you a while back about a small group of Republican Senators sitting down for drinks at the Capitol Hill Club. They’d been to a tea party rally that day and were openly mocking the tea partiers. One of them, a guy tea partiers adore, seemed to hold them in open contempt at this table. Well, between the tea partiers and Jim DeMint, these | Read More »
Microcosm of the conservative/liberal 2010 strategy.
Perhaps ‘microcosm’ isn’t the best word; ‘personification’ might work better. The background: the Hill asked two bloggers – one from the Right, and one from the Left – to answer the question “Like Sen. Graham said, will the Tea Party movement die out?” The blogger on the Right was Ace of Ace of Spades, and contrary to his own self-deprecating later observation he answered the | Read More »
Meghan McCain and the Irony of the Pot Calling Kettle Black
I suppose the phrase “the pot calling the kettle black” is somehow racist now, but since I’m called one incessantly just for being a Conservative anyway, I’ll say it regardless. Meghan McCain epitomizes that phrase and she proves it yet again with her latest inane rambling of her alleged thoughts on Rand Paul. I admit that when she tweeted that a new article at The | Read More »
Democrat Governors Officially Call Tea Party Activists “Political Terrorists”
It would be really funny if it were not true. Remember the advertisement from the Republican Governors Association themed “Remember November”? The left went nuts because the ad was so effective. The RGA followed it up with a new ad ridiculing the over the top rhetoric and distortions from the media. Well, the Democratic Governors Association has decided to wade into the fray. The DGA | Read More »
Conservative Vision vs Republican Trench Warfare
[promoted by consensus. --streiff] Sofia, 1700 hours, Thursday I’m waiting to be picked up for dinner, which around here starts at 2200. Last night I spent in the mountains, no computer access, so wrote a few notes longhand, as I was bowled over by the depth of Coldwarrior’s piece on Tea Partiers and Precinct Committees, and his personal effort to push it forward, as it | Read More »