Turns Out Grover Norquist Lobbied For Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
While heading Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist founded the lobbying firm of Janus-Meritt Strategies with David Safavian, the former Chief of Staff of the General Services Administration (GSA) who was convicted of lying to prosecutors during the Abramoff scandal and sentenced to prison. Safavian’s conviction was recently upheld. One of the more interesting clients for Mr. Norquist was Fannie Mae. In 2000, Janus Merit | Read More »
The Gang of Six Becomes Five. Coburn Bolts. Chambliss Stays.
The “Gang of Six”, which is the group in the Senate trying to come up with bipartisan tax increases and tax restructuring to implement the Deficit Commission’s plans, is collapsing. Late yesterday, Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn bolted from the group because the Democrats are unwilling to deal with restructuring entitlements in their quest to raise taxes. Two Republicans remain, Mike Crapo of Idaho and Saxby | Read More »
Morning Briefing for May 18, 2011
RedState Morning Briefing For May 17, 2011Go to www.RedStateMB.com to get the Morning Briefing every morning at no charge. 1. The Gang of Six Becomes Five. Coburn Bolts. Chambliss Stays. 2. Lee Fang and Center For American Progress Use Foreign Money to Influence American Elections 3. The Senate Republicans Get Ready to Suck on Energy 4. Jon Huntsman for Mike Bloomberg’s Vice President! | Read More »
Lee Fang and Center For American Progress Use Foreign Money to Influence American Elections
Remember in 2010, Barack Obama, the Center for American Progress (“CAP”), and little Lee Fang over at CAP, were in high dudgeons about the United States Chamber of Commerce and “foreign money.” The irony here is that Lee Fang and CAP are largely funded by a convicted criminal named George Soros whose conviction for insider traded was upheld way back in 2006 in France. But | Read More »
Tonight on the show: Is Herman Cain A Serious Candidate? #EERS
Is Herman Cain a serious candidate? On the right, Hugh Hewitt thinks Herman Cain should be excluded from future debates. On the left, Jay Bookman says Cain is not Presidential material.I’ll break it down for you tonight on the Erick Erickson Show on WSB starting at 7:05 p.m. ET. You can listen live at http://wsbradio.com and call in at 1-800-WSB-TALK.I’ll also be talking about the | Read More »
The Senate Republicans Get Ready to Suck on Energy
This is really pitiful. The Senate will most likely vote on Senator Menendez’s legislation today to punish the American people, drive up the cost of gasoline, and do so in the name of sticking it to oil companies.Tomorrow, Senator McConnell is going to offer a Republican alternative that doesn’t suck as bad, but will still punish consumers, oil drillers, and the free market. The legislation | Read More »
Morning Briefing for May 17, 2011
RedState Morning Briefing For May 17, 2011 Go to www.RedStateMB.com to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge. 1. Natural Constituiences 2. The Silver Lining to L’Affair DSK 3. Tell the White House We’re Running on Empty 4. In A Statement That Surprised No One. Now With More Words Than Necessary to Explain it All. 5. Jan Schakowsky (D, IL): SEALs are criminals! 6. | Read More »
Charter Schools, Trump, Huckabee, and Newt #EERS
Tonight on the Erick Erickson Show, I’m going to spend some time up front talking about a landmark Georgia Supreme Court case today that largely destroys charter school efforts in Georgia.Also, I’ll get into Newt, Trump, Huckabee, and, of course, the debt ceiling.You can listen live at http://wsbradio.com and call in at 1-800-WSB-TALK.Consider this an open thread.
In A Statement That Surprised No One. Now With More Words Than Necessary to Explain it All.
In a statement that surprised absolutely no one, Donald Trump decided not to run for President. Now here are more words than are necessary to explain it all.Few took it seriously, though I was happy to participate in an interview with him tomorrow that he abruptly canceled Friday.In any event, I actually do think he took the idea to run seriously. We can all say | Read More »
I have thought a lot more about Mike Huckabee’s departure from the race on Saturday and then Newt Gingrich’s Meet the Press appearance Sunday. They raise a few questions in my mind that I want to explore here. Admittedly, a post like this pulls from my own biases in how I see the candidates, but I’m going to do my best to be as objective | Read More »
Morning Briefing for May 16, 2011
RedState Morning Briefing For May 16, 2011Go to www.RedStateMB.com to get the Morning Briefing every morning at no charge. 1. Huckabee Is Out. The Down and Dirty on Who It Helps and Hurts. 2. Newt Gingrich’s Rapidly Self-Limiting Campaign Defends the Individual Mandate 3. Do Victory Laps and Spiking the Football outweigh Operational (and Personal) Security? 4. Who’s the Boss? AFL-CIO Affiliate | Read More »
Newt Gingrich’s Rapidly Self-Limiting Campaign Defends the Individual Mandate
Newt Gingrich appeared on Meet the Press this morning and said two things that won’t exactly endear him to the Tea Party crowd or the reform minded movement sweeping the GOP.First, he endorsed the individual mandate and said he would not bash Mitt Romney over the individual mandate.Second, he went after Paul Ryan’s proposal to reform Medicare. Your mileage may vary on Ryan’s plan, but | Read More »
Huckabee Is Out. The Down and Dirty on Who It Helps and Hurts.
UPDATED: Title changed to reflect that Mike Huckabee is not running.The down and dirty analysis of who it helps:Tim Pawlenty. He becomes the evangelical governor in the race.Herman Cain. He remains the Huckabee of 2012.Sarah Palin. She and Huckabee would largely be fighting for the same crowd.Who it hurts:All of us. Some of you won’t agree, but I think Huckabee would force the other candidates | Read More »
How I View The Horse Race
It’s that time boys and girls — that time where I tell you what I really think and you can all hate me for daring to say something critical about your preferred candidate. Here’s how I think the 2012 race is shaping up by candidate, in alphabetical order.
, Donald Trump
, Gary Johnson
, Herman Cain
, John Huntsman
, Mike Huckabee
, Mitch Daniels
, Mitt Romney
, Newt Gingrich
, Rick Santorum
, Ron Paul
, Sarah Palin
, Tim Pawlenty
Unfortunately, I’ve just been informed that Donald Trump needs to reschedule our one on one interview. Those of you who have registered already will get a note when the rescheduled interview takes place.Sorry about that. And my plane ticket isn’t refundable. Oh well.