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    Morning Briefing for May 17, 2011

    RedState Morning Briefing For May 17, 2011Go to to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge.1. Natural Constituiences2. The Silver Lining to L’Affair DSK3. 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. Obama’s Oil Drilling Subterfuge

    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 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 »

    Natural Constituiences

    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 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.

    Rescheduling Trump

    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.

    Mitt Romney At His Apex?

    If the Republican Presidential Primary were held today, Mitt Romney would probably be the nominee. But this may be the high water mark for Mitt Romney after yesterday’s speech at the University of Michigan in which he gave a full throated defense of Romneycare. In fact, in his Power Point presentation on slide 7, Mitt Romney defends the individual mandate as okay at the state | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for May 13, 2011

    RedState Morning Briefing For May 13, 2011Go to to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge.1. Why Yes, I Am Interviewing Donald Trump2. Mitt Romney At His Apex?3. RSC Debt Limit Plan: Cut, Cap, and Balance4. Joe Walsh’s Smackdown of Obama on Immigration5. Tax Hikes Texas Style 6. Energy State Dems: The New Endangered Species7. Teachers’ Union Protects Teacher for Standing Idly By | Read More »

    Mitt Romney Bear Hugs Romneycare. Obama Chokes on Jobs. #EERS

    Mitt Romney decided to fully embrace and bear hug Romneycare today, including the individual mandate. Meanwhile, Barack Obama choked on jobs today.We’ll get into all of it tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET on the radio. You can listen live at and call in at 1-800-WSB-RADIO.Consider this an open thread.

    Why Yes, I Am Interviewing Donald Trump

    He’s a blunt new voice that’s hitting our conservative establishment with the force of a wrecking ball. The guy fascinates all of us, but let’s face it: he also raises a lot of questions. I’ll ask Donald Trump those questions, 1-on-1, live, for a solid hour. Is this all just posturing? Is he running — or not? Let’s get answers. Who’s the real guy behind | Read More »

    John Weaver Needs a New Playbook

    John Weaver really needs a new playbook.In 1999-2000, newspaper headlines were filled with the titilating details of how “Democrats Fear a McCain Nomination.” In fact, one CNN report in early February of 2000, noted Democrats were worried because “conservative Democrats and Independents are voting for John McCain because they believe that he is the perfect person to replace Bill Clinton in the White House.”This is | Read More »

    The McConnell Defenders

    It never ceases to amaze me that so many self-described conservatives will defend Mitch McConnell and the GOP Senate Leaders to the hilt when it comes to their treatment of Senate conservatives.Last night, I noted that Mitch McConnell had snubbed Jim DeMint by putting Richard Burr in the Finance Committee.”But wait,” whined the alleged conservative defenders of McConnell. “Richard Burr had seniority.”Well yes, which I | Read More »