With Cantor’s Exit, Big Business Loses a Good Friend
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the World Cup, Eric Cantor’s shocking loss and what it means for the GOP’s relationship with Big Business.
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Eric Cantor, The GOP Ecosystem And The Tea Party
Success can test one’s mettle as surely as the strongest adversary. – From “Conan The Barbarian” So The Tea Party is dead. Its candidates are “outside the mainstream”, “unelectable” and, heaven forefend; “extreme.” At this juncture I have an image of Inigo Montoya. “You use this word ‘extreme.’ I do not think you know what it means.” That may be a statement both fair and | Read More »
What Cantor’s Shocking Loss Means for the GOP
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Melissa Clouthier to discuss Eric Cantor’s shocking loss last night, how much of a role the tea party played and what this means for immigration reform.
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The “sleeping giant” awakens …. Cantor goes down … November reverberations
Back in history, a few year prior to D-Day, America was referred to by Admiral Yamamoto as a “sleeping giant” — “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” The debacle at the Arizona border is not lost on the average American voter, with tens of thousands of Mexican children crossing into US creating | Read More »
Wisconsin Police Chief Harasses Tea Party Activist
A Wisconsin police chief used his official and personal computers to harass a Tea Party activist who is suing him in federal court. Confronted by law enforcement investigators about the harassment, the chief initially denied having any knowledge of it. Told of the evidence against him, he admitted he had spent time harassing a private citizen out of spite. Tim Kelemen is the police chief | Read More »
Where conservatives and the Tea Party can win
One of the favorite sports of the GOP establishment these days is predicting the end or the inevitable irrelevance of independent conservative candidates for the House and Senate. The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin takes up the cudgel in a story call Where can the tea party win? The tea party we have seen this primary season is outmatched easily when it takes on mainstream, | Read More »
Lindsey Graham, Impeachment and Tea Party Conversion
Lindsay Graham surprised a lot of us earlier in the week when he said that if Obama persists in releasing Taliban, and presumably al Qaeda, prisoners in contravention of the law then many in the GOP would push for impeachment: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned Wednesday that Republican lawmakers would call for President Obama’s impeachment if he released more prisoners from Guantanamo Bay without congressional | Read More »
Locals vs. Outsiders in AL-06 Race
Thanks to the retirement of Congressman Spencer Bachus in Alabama’s 6th Congressional District, which encompasses all of Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Coosa and Shelby Counties and most of Jefferson County, seven candidates are vying for our votes. The race has been called “the most moneyed primary in the South” http://www.rollcall.com/news/the_most_moneyed_house_primary_in_the_south-230516-1.html which seems accurate considering the obscene amount of money that has been raised and spent, particularly | Read More »
ALABAMA’S TEA PARTY CONSERVATIVE – SCOTT BEASON
Scott Beason, the tea party conservative supported by local activists.
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How is Prohibiting Consumers from Getting Free Stuff Pro-Consumer?
The Media Marxist Left pushing the terrible Internet policy known as Network Neutrality oft are absurdly called “consumer groups.” Major U.S. Consumer Groups Support (Federal Communications Commission) FCC Action on Net Neutrality They want Net Neutrality because they want a single-payer government Web – they want the government to be your sole Internet Service Provider (ISP). “(T)he ultimate goal is to get rid of the | Read More »
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BREAKING: Tea Partiers Can Be Idiots, But McDaniel Camp Not Involved
Tea party folks in Mississippi are being rounded up for being freaking idiots. My great regret is that we do not publicly flog people anymore because these people deserve it. But as much as the NRSC might hype this story, they will overlook one big detail: Michael Guest, the district attorney for Madison and Rankin counties, told Simmons that he doesn’t believe anyone with the | Read More »
What is the Tea Party’s Influence in the GOP?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Matt Lewis to discuss the Tea Party’s influence in recent GOP primaries, when that Tea Party label should actually apply and how they may influence the selection of the Republican nominee for President in 2016.
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Does The Tea Party Need More Experienced Candidates?
This election season’s primary results, in particular Mitch McConnell’s lopsided trouncing yesterday of Matt Bevin, have produced their share of obituaries for the Tea Party. But the experience so far of Tea Party and other insurgent showdowns against the GOP establishment just goes to show that candidates and campaigns still matter – and that’s not likely to change. While both “Establishment” and Tea Party campaigns | Read More »
Idols of Our Destruction
People, regardless of demographic, are into idols. We have cults of personality, standards by which we judge all comers, issues (not principles) on which we will not compromise, and the ideal of the nation itself. Not all are idols, but all can be idols. In political seasons, we make idols of our candidates — they are flawless, pure, and indestructible. That is until they are | Read More »
34-Year Incumbent Lashes Out against Conservative Challenger
From the diaries, by Erick An ironclad rule of campaigns is that desperate candidates launch negative ads. Last week, we saw only the latest example of this in northeast Texas, where our primary runoff election will be held on May 27 (early voting begins May 19). First, a bit of background. Congressman Ralph Hall (R-TX) first ran of political office in 1949. You read that | Read More »