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    The Final Fall Back Position

    Talking to a number of folks on the hill today, I think their final fallback — last man on the barricades position — should be this:We’ll give the Democrats a clean debt ceiling increase in exchange for them sending the Lee-Cornyn-Hatch Balanced Budget Amendment to the states.Yeah, it may never happen. But a lot of people said they’d never vote for TARP until the market | Read More »

    A note to you disenchanted tea party activists

    I’m getting a lot of emails from tea party members rather upset with members of Congress today.The funniest story I’ve heard today from several people on the hill is that the House GOP held a budget “listening” session to learn how to message better for tea parties and independents. The House GOP leaders really thought that they had the policy right and just needed to | Read More »

    It Amazes and Baffles Me

    A week ago, the United States House of Representatives sent a bipartisan measure to the United States Senate where it fell five votes short of a majority.Today, John Boehner sent over legislation that couldn’t even get all the Republicans to support it, didn’t get any Democrats to support it, and will get less support in the Senate than last week’s plan.And now the Democrats have | Read More »


    As I called it. John Boehner now has the votes to pass his plan.Harry Reid just declared that the only compromise that will pass will be his plan. “The only compromise there is — is mine,” he said.Harry Reid will take John Boehner’s plan, insert all the Democrats’ demands, and send it back to the House daring the GOP to kill “the Boehner Plan.”The Democrats | Read More »

    Barack Obama’s Secret Plan to Save America, Solve the Debt Crisis, and Fight the Freemasons

    Apparently, according to White House Chief of Staff William Daley, Barack Obama has a secret plan to raise the debt ceiling. We’re not allowed to see it.From the transcript with Wolf Blitzer:BLITZER: So what you’re saying is the president did present a plan to the speaker, John Boehner.DALEY: Yes.BLITZER: But – but he didn’t…DALEY: Right.BLITZER: – make it public.DALEY: No, because there’s… both the speaker | Read More »

    So Erickson, What Would You Do?

    I keep getting asked what I’d do instead of the Boehner plan. Well, today I’m filling in for Neal Boortz again and I’ll tell you what I’d do. Tune in live from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET by clicking right here. The phone number is 1-800-WSB-TALK. Consider this an open thread.

    The Reality Check

    At some point, whether during the TARP fight or . . . you name it . . . you come to the realization that there really aren’t a lot of friends left around you on the front lines fighting back at what is, for all intents and purposes, what is arguably the side you’re supposed to be on.At that moment, you must perform a reality | Read More »

    The Worst Negotiators

    I cannot decide who the worst negotiators are, Republican leaders or House conservatives.John Boehner’s plan couldn’t get the votes last night so Boehner had to agree to add language conditioning a vote on a balanced budget amendment — an amendment House Republicans said could not pass so there was no reason to pursue Cut, Cap, and Balance. The vote will now be today.The vote now | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for July 29, 2011

    RedState Morning Briefing For July 29, 2011Go to to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge.This is going to be a fun day with a vote this morning on John Boehner’s plan. If you want, you can listen to me cover it all live on the radio. I’ll be filling in for Neal Boortz. You can listen live from 8:30 a.m. to 1p.m. | Read More »

    What to do #EERS

    I keep getting asked “what I’d do differently.” Well, let’s hash this out. Listen live at and call in at 1-800-WSB-TALK. Consider this an open thread.

    What to do #EERS

    I keep getting asked “what I’d do differently.”Well, let’s hash this out.Listen live at and call in at 1-800-WSB-TALK.Consider this an open thread.

    Crossing a Line and Overreaching

    UPDATED: Speaker Boehner has come out forcefully and denied that he is a part of or approves of redistricting Jim Jordan out of office. —————— Yesterday, House Republicans went to war against the conservative Republican Study Committee and its staffers who’ve been doing the Lord’s work against the Boehner plan. Some of those attacks helped energize and militarize some of the conservative leaders who had | Read More »


    I see a lot of John Boehner Plan supporters mockingly referring to guys like Mike Pence as “RINOs”.I have not and will not.Let’s be clear that while a number of us in the past few days have been called hobbits and “pro-Obama” this remains a disagreement among guys who are typically friends.I disagree with Mike Pence and Allen West on this one. They are not | Read More »

    The Horserace for July 28, 2011

    IA Caucus: Feb. 6, 2012 NH Primary: Feb. 14, 2012 (expected) SC Primary: TBD NV Caucus: Feb. 18, 2012 In this week’s horserace, Michele Bachmann has stabilized and the attacks against her have actually helped her. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, finally decided to come out of the candidate protection program and be seen to endorse John Boehner’s plan. His support was not as | Read More »


    The Three Scenarios (And A Fourth)

    There are three scenarios I see playing out here on the debt ceiling.The least likely scenario is John Boehner’s plan barely makes it through the House and then the Senate Democrats say, “Okay, we’re out of time, let’s do it.” That’s what the GOP is telling themselves will happen. Senator Reid today quashed that idea by saying the Senate will vote tonight to kill Boehner’s | Read More »