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    The Creepy Jon Huntsman Fundraising Letter

    I admit up front that I”m biased, but good grief I can’t let this pass.I got a fundraising solicitation from Jon Huntsman today. Here’s how it begins:This is the chance you’ve been waiting for. It’s been a long two and a half years of uncertainty, anxiety, confusion, and an overall lack of direction and sure-handed leadership.It’s time to turn the page. . . and today | Read More »

    The History of Deficit Commissions 1982-2011

    Apparently, the Republicans in Congress need a brief remedial lesson in the history of debt ceilings in this country over the last thirty years.January 1982 – Commission on Fiscal Accountability of the Nation’s Energy Resources — Debt at $1.14 TrillionJanuary 1983 – National Commission on Social Security Reform – – Debt at $1.20 TrillionJanuary 1984 – Executive Committee of the President’s Private Sector Survey on | Read More »

    Speaker Boehner Commits Us To A Credit Downgrade

    Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) was on Fox News a while ago saying House Republicans are standing behind John Boehner and his proposal. They might want to think again.Having now reviewed it, it seems pretty clear that we will lose our credit rating as it does a lot of what the credit agencies have said not to do — mainly to punt.Beyond the Speaker’s spin, here’s | Read More »

    The Absolution I Cannot Give

    In the past 48 hours I have had call after call after call from members of the United States Congress. They’ve read what I’ve written. They agree. But they feel the hour is short and the end is nigh.So some are calling looking for alternatives. Some are calling looking for energy. Many are calling looking for absolution.And so I address them and put it here | Read More »

    The President Rejects the Bipartisan Plan

    The President has rejected the short-term bipartisan deal that Reid and Boehner concocted.Now Boehner is losing the headlines with the media claiming Reid will offer no tax increases and more spending cuts than Boehner, not that they are real.It’s just another reason the House needs to draw a line in the sand and demand Cut, Cap, and Balance. Stop negotiating. Fight.You can listen to me | Read More »

    Saxby Chambliss’s Office Says I’m Lying

    I read from an email from the Republican Communications Director for the Senate Budget Committee. A listener to my show this morning called Saxby’s Washington Office and they said I was lying. Well, read for yourself what the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee say about Saxby Chambliss’s proposal: It seems the G6 plan does not balance elimination of deductions with reductions of rates in | Read More »

    In Other Words, House Republicans Should Hold the Line on Cut, Cap, and Balance

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Bank of America is probably going to cut the U.S. credit rating anyway.Bank of America-Merrill Lynch says in a note that the U.S. credit rating will likely be cut to AA by the end of the year. Even though the house believes a stopgap deal will come at the last minute, any follow-up deal is likely to be disappointing | Read More »

    House Republican Leaders Cave in Less Than 24 Hours

    This is embarrassing.On Fox News Sunday, John Boehner began the day saying that he wanted a deal that kept to the principles of “Cut, Cap, and Balance.”He concluded Sunday by telling House Republicans that Cut, Cap, and Balance was off the table due to Senate opposition.Twice the House GOP has staked out a position. Twice they have been shot up and beat to hell by | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for July 25, 2011

    RedState Morning Briefing For July 25, 2011Go to www.RedStateMB.com to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge.1. Hold Fast In the Face of Fear2. God and Oslo3. House Republican Leaders Cave in Less Than 24 Hours4. The Unanswered Questions for GOP Leaders from Freshmen5. Dear Kelly Ayotte, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee, Rob Portman, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio6. Putting Saxby Chambliss, Mike Crapo, and | Read More »

    The Stupid Party

    Having watched this debt ceiling fight play out over the past couple of months, I keep coming back to one inescapable conclusion: we need better generals.The Washington GOP wants to force another vote on the debt ceiling right before the election. That’s one of the ideas being kicked around in part of this grand deal.Let’s play this out:We get to the last week. The Democrats | Read More »

    Dear Kelly Ayotte, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee, Rob Portman, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio

    Welcome to the Senate. It ain’t easy, is it? Here’s the thing you need to know. Right now, you are probably telling yourself you need to be reasonable. You are probably telling yourself you need to cut a deal. I’m willing to bet you are telling yourself you should do something short term and in six more months or whenever, after everything has calmed back | Read More »

    It’s “Sh#!”

    A House Republican who is in leadership called me tonight. He said what we are hearing about — the two tier plan — is “sh*t” and he’s blaming Boehner. He agrees that Boehner is getting nervous and wants a deal. But this two tier plan seems to be the Republicans’ initial offer. Harry Reid is headed that way. Many Democrats want more. So keep in | Read More »

    Hold Fast In the Face of Fear

    “The only reason this is a crisis and the only reason they now want a last minute deal is because while House Republicans were working to save the country Democrats were busy scoring cheap political points.”I’ve gotten lots of calls about compromise this weekend. Senators have called. Congressmen have called. Staffers have called.I try not to be too committal on these calls because I like | Read More »

    God and Oslo

    Yesterday, I filled in for Neal Boortz on his syndicated show and was live on air as the news was breaking from the horror in Oslo, Norway. With Al Jazeera, international news networks, and domestic networks all raising the link to an Islamic radical Norway was deporting, I put on twitter that the odds were it wasn’t an angry Lutheran doing the bombing and shooting | Read More »

    House GOP Leadership Admits It Will Not Hold The Line

    Greta Van Sustren has a quote up from Eric Cantor. Cantor and the House Republicans are blaming Saxby Chambliss, Mike Crapo, Tom Coburn, and the other members of the Gang of Six for blowing things for them.It might actually be a blessing in disguise. Why? Because the overlooked portion of the Cantor statement makes clear to House Republicans that Leadership is abandoning Cut, Cap, and | Read More »