Tea Party 1 Union Thugs 0
It’s often frustrating how we are forced to go to battle with the left on the bandwagon of flaccid and uninspiring Republicans that lack core principles. That was not the case last night when Scott Walker won his decisive victory against the best efforts of the union thugs in Wisconsin. Scott Walker is a man who sought power not for power’s sake, but to implement | Read More »
The Club For Growth’s Depressing Study: Failure and Lies of the Tea Party Congresscritters
“If the tea party is not much more successful in primarying Republican candidates and then having those guys practice what they preach, the GOP is within a decade of going the way of the Whigs.” There have been many studies out on the “tea party congress” and just how tea party it actually is. One study last year noted that 70% of candidates who went | Read More »
Will Gay Marriage or the Tea Party Have a Bigger Impact in 2012?
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Aaron Blake to discuss Romney’s reaction to Obama’s gay marriage support, his missed opportunity with the GOP base, and why both the establishment and Tea Party could lose in Nebraska. We’re brought to you as always by Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d | Read More »
Dear Tea Party, We Are Losing
Please send more members to Congress. The House just passed legislation that is offensive to free market capitalism reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank. And only 93 conservative Representatives opposed. Conservative cheers to Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) for making a speech on the House floor discussing the reasons why it is a terrible idea to reauthorize the crony capitalist Ex-Im Bank. A bill to reauthorizes the Ex-Im Bank through 2014 | Read More »
Will The Tea Party Fight or Retreat?
Last night in Wisconsin the state Republican Party tried a few parliamentary maneuvers to drive tea party members from the ranks of the GOP. For reasons I cannot begin to fathom, the Wisconsin GOP seems willing to sacrifice tea party energy in the Scott Walker recall in order to save Tommy Thompson’s Senate bid. In Indiana, Eric Cantor has weighed in on behalf of Barack | Read More »
Snatching Defeat From The Jaws of Victory: Texas Primary Update
My first introduction to politics was at 10 years old, volunteering with my parents on a State House campaign. What hooked me on political involvement was that we lost by 12 votes on a re-count and I knew that even at 10 years old I could have found 13 more votes if I’d have worked harder. The promise I’ve made myself in every election cycle | Read More »
American Majority Action Unveils Killer GOTV Digital Technology
As a movement, we have enjoyed unparalleled growth over the past few decades, particularly, over the past few years with the advent of the Tea Party. We have more conservative thinkers, writers, talk radio hosts, and organizations than Ronald Reagan would have ever imagined. Most importantly, we have more passion and grassroots activism than ever. However, the most direct way to affect conservative change is | Read More »
Calling All Tea Partiers in Rick Crawford’s Northeastern Arkansas District
As the 112th Congress begins to mature, it’s becoming painfully clear that not everyone in the “Tea Party freshmen class” is much of a tea partier. In fact, some of them would fit in more with the coffee party [go here if you've never heard of them]. In 2010, we were largely focused on turning over the House from Democrat to Republican. To the extent | Read More »
The Relentless Pursuit of Americanism
From the diaries. It should be no secret to anyone who reads my columns in The American Spectator or my posts here that not only do I strongly believe that America is in crisis but that the values espoused by the conservative movement are being trampled to dust, which is such a gentle term for the reality of what is actually taking place. Why this | Read More »
Super Tuesday: Romney and Santorum Limp Along, Tea Party Claims First Scalp
Romney wins OH, VA, MA, VT, and ID; Gingrich wins GA; Santorum wins OK, TN, and ND. Alaska is still pending. Here are some random thoughts. 1) It looks like Romney will eke out a very narrow win in Ohio. The pattern is becoming familiar. Romney can’t just outspend his opponents; he must swamp them in order to pull out a narrow victory. There is | Read More »
Is David Brooks Comparing the Tea Party to Nazis?
“David Brooks, please look up Godwin’s Law.” David Brooks seems to forget it was the tea party movement that handed the Republicans control of the House in 2010. Today he laments the rise, again, of conservatives and views his ideological drift to the left as standing still with conservatism moving away from him. He really does lack serious self-awareness. How silly. In a column titled | Read More »
The Demise of the Tea Party is Greatly Exaggerated
Promoted from the diaries Certain people keep opining that the Tea Party is all but dead, but those who wish for the demise of the Tea Party are missing the emerging new political infrastructure where Tea Party groups have set aside rallies for political action. Consider Wisconsin to determine where the Tea Party is going in 2012 and beyond. From New York to California, newspapers are | Read More »
How Can Mitt Romney Win Over Conservatives to Secure the GOP Nomination?
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Matt Lewis to discuss the Florida primary, what the win means for Romney, and what he’ll have to do to secure the conservative base and the Tea Party contingent if he wants to be the nominee and defeat Obama in the fall. We’re brought to you | Read More »
Court Ruling Throws a Wrench in US – China Trade Relations
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Scott Lincicome to discuss a court ruling impacting the Obama administration’s US-China trade practices, how this will impact the American marketplace, and how the Senate may come to the rescue. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen Clouse and Associates. | Read More »
Breaking the GOP Cycle of Capitulation
As we forge ahead to the new legislative session, it is important that we internalize the lessons of the dismal failures from last session. Most of the dominant and sundry legislative battles last year can be explicated by the inane cycle of Republican capitulation. It goes something like this: Democrats propose some odious and profligate legislative idea or budget bill. Conservatives advocate that we uproot | Read More »