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    Feature, Not Bug.

    You need to read the opening of Ben Domenech’s Transom today. Just ponder this part. But for those in the media claiming this lack of leadership clarity and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 61%’s failure to launch is some terrible thing for the Republican Party in the 2016 presidential stakes – I’m sorry, it is to LOL. This Congress is incredibly unpopular, and | Read More »

    Paul Ryan is a Dangerous Pick for Conservatives

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 57% is one of less than a dozen Republican congressmen to have voted for every bailout to come before Congress.”There is a cult of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 57% that is as strong as any cult of personality in American politics. It’s just the people who eschew populism and conservative politics are the ones in | Read More »

    The Washington Whirlwind and the Rumor Mill

    “I would rather err on the side of telling readers what is going on in a play by play and having to update than have a media elite in Washington decide what you and I should know.”Let’s get everybody up to speed here. Yesterday, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 61% backed out of the Speaker’s race after he, [mc_name name=’Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)’ | Read More »

    BREAKING: Kevin McCarthy Quits Race for Speaker

    Having failed to secure the votes of the 40 members of the House Freedom Caucus, Congressman Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 61% has bailed on running for Speaker of the House. Just yesterday, McCarthy picked up the endorsement of former Vice President Dick Cheney and this morning was beginning to circulate a memo with campaign promises for what he’d do as Speaker. But | Read More »

    The Fundamentals Still Matter: Even Jesus Had a Ground Game

    With all the hype, celebrity, and media coverage of Campaign 2016, and the worries abounding about guys like Donald Trump on the right and Bernie Sanders on the left, it is important to remember that fundamentals still matter. Television ads will draw people to the polls, but those advertisements will not be enough. There must also be a ground game. Even Jesus had a ground | Read More »

    Daniel Webster as Speaker

    Two days ago, Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) 77% was a long shot candidate for Speaker of the House with barely any press mentions. He completely failed to gain traction. But with Chaffetz in the race and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 61% making verbal gaffes undermining the Benghazi investigation, Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) 77% is suddenly in | Read More »

    Donald Trump Needs a New Season

    Ashley Parker and Amy Chozick at the New York Times have written a piece on how Donald Trump appears to be slowing down. Here’s one of the quotes they use from me. “It’s kind of a like a season of TV shows — eventually people burn out on them,” said Erick Erickson, a conservative commentator who runs “We’ve had a season of Trump and | Read More »

    Barack Obama is Vladimir Putin’s Submissive Gimp

    “Today we are seeing what leading from behind really means.”A story came out the other day that some beta males are now lecturing around the country that if you look too masculine it is unhealthy and potentially sexist. These guys who squat to pee really do not appreciate it when men behave like men and look like men. These are also Obama voters who have | Read More »

    Less Than Five Points

    We’re talking less than five points. That is the polling gap in Kentucky between Matt Bevin and the liberal Democrat he is running against. Have you donated to Matt yet? Less than five points and the race is not for another month — this is totally winnable. We need to get Matt Bevin fully funded. Look, there is not another campaign right now in the | Read More »

    The Fickle Spinelessness of a Wet Noodle Choice

    So that’s how it’s going to be, I guess. We get Mr. Good Hair vs. Mr. Ambitious. In the race to replace Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A%, it comes down to Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 61% vs. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) 81%. So many of the House Republicans, including the conservatives, are too risk adverse to | Read More »

    Have You Chipped In Yet?

    Folks, I’m not kidding. We can flip Kentucky to our side this year. Have you donated to Matt Bevin yet? We need to do our part. Matt Bevin is an American success story. He and his wife run the last American bell manufacturer. Seriously. Does your church have a church bell? It either came from China or Matt Bevin made it. You guys need to | Read More »

    Let Them All Debate

    Jim Gilmore has not registered a blip on the screen. He polls at 0%. Scott Walker has exited the stage. Rick Perry has exited the stage. In the Real Clear Politics average, there are now 14 candidates who register in the polls in terms of the Republican nomination. It is time to put them all on stage. Unfortunately, the CNBC-GOP debate has further shrunk the | Read More »

    All Good Things . . .

    The cat is now completely out of the bag, so I might as well fess up. I am leaving at the end of this year. June 3rd was my 40th birthday and also my 10th year on the payroll as Editor-in-Chief of RedState. I emailed the corporate overlords that day and told them it was time to start planning a transition. Frankly, I wanted to | Read More »

    I Have a Concern About Jason Chaffetz

    I have a legitimate concern about Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) 81% running for Speaker of the House. Chaffetz was the Boehner lapdog who fired Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) 84% for daring to stand up to Speaker Boehner. That act, of course, started Meadows down the path that has led to the resignation of [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ | Read More »

    Matt Bevin for Governor

    Matt Bevin for Governor

    I backed Matt Bevin in his Senate race. He is a profoundly good guy. But when he ran for Governor, my impression of the race was that the state was ready to move on. And I did not back him. I should have. The top two candidates began beating the crap out of each other in a nasty, nasty way and Matt just showed the | Read More »