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    In Which Bill Kristol Decides To Play The Fool. Again.

    For years Bill Kristol defended the excesses of the Bush Administration. Before that, he was a John McCain champion. His partner in crime is Fred Barnes who defended the rise of “big government conservatives.”And now, Bill Kristol thinks that conservatives who want smaller government are “pro-Obama” conservatives.Nothing could be further from the truth, but Kristol really doesn’t care. This is point scoring from a guy | Read More »

    It’s All Too Odd

    Consider that John Boehner and Harry Reid named their different legislation to raise the debt ceiling by the identical name.Consider also that John Boehner and Harry Reid’s legislation are virtually mirror images to each other — a fact that the rhetoric has obscured, but is in reality accurate.Consider, in fact, that Boehner and Reid use the same language in various portions of their legislation.Consider that | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for July 27, 2011

    RedState Morning Briefing For July 27, 2011Go to to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge.1. It’s All Too Odd2. In Defense of Holding the Line3. The Boehner Plan: Phony Cuts, Slimy Procedures, Dangerous Ignorance4. Boehner Grounds into a Double Play5. The Speaker’s Plan Is A Bad Bargain6. Get on the line to hold the line

    Bringing You Up to Speed #EERS

    Yes, I was on the radio for 4.5 hours this morning. And I’m going to be back on the radio at 7:05 p.m. ET tonight for 3 more hours. I’ll be bringing you up to speed on the latest about John Boehner’s plan and the Congressional Budget Office score that shows it will only cut $1 billion in 2012. Keep in mind that the federal | Read More »

    In Defense of Holding the Line

    I’m getting beat to hell and back by conservatives for insisting the GOP hold the line on Cut, Cap, and Balance. Even here at RedState, I’m getting accused of “ideological intransigence.” Yeah, here at RedState. There’s a first time for everything. People want a deal. People want John Boehner’s deal. People are upset with me for not liking John Boehner’s deal. People are telling me, | Read More »

    Get on the line to hold the line

    You can go to to bypass the congressional switchboard and get the direct dial to your Congressman.Tell them to hold the line on Cut, Cap, and Balance. A host of conservative organizations are coming out against Boehner’s plan because, among other things, it only cuts $6 to $7 billion and punts major reform to a commission of 12 that will only need 7 votes | Read More »


    I honestly cannot tell you how disgusted I am with the House Republicans today.They will yet again pass off their responsibility to a committee that will do nothing. We know it will do nothing because we have had 17 of these committees come before this one and the debt has gone up from $1 trillion to $14 trillion.Boehner’s plan, despite what you are hearing, does | Read More »

    They Are Not Serious

    Senator Helms once said, “Compromise, hell! That’s what has happened to us all down the line — and that’s the very cause of our woes. If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time?”The Democrats and Republicans in Washington may be | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for June 26, 2011

    RedState Morning Briefing For July 26, 2011Go to to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge.1. They Just Aren’t Serious2. The Absolution I Cannot Give3. The History of Deficit Commissions 1982-20114. Again, No Compromise.5. In Defense of Nick Ayers

    In Defense of Nick Ayers

    I’ve got to take issue with this post by Matt Lewis going after Nick Ayers. It makes Ayers out to be some sort of arrogant jerk who gets handed things on a silver platter — not to mention being blessed with a lot of luck.Just as major league baseball managers probably get too much credit when things go well and too much blame when things | Read More »

    Here’s my prediction

    Tonight, the President will address the nation and call for merging John Boehner and Harry Reid’s debt ceiling plans.In effect, the President says if he can get a one time increase, instead of having to have two takes to get what he wants, he’s pretty much ready to go along with John Boehner’s plan.So here is what I predict will happen:(1) Harry Reid’s plan will | Read More »

    Staff Briefing Notes on the Boehner Plan

    I was just given the following bullet points from one of the individuals who got briefed at the staff level on John Boehner’s proposal:On background if you would please*, just left the meeting on the Boehner deal. Some highlights:Outlay reduction for FY 12 – $25 billion cut in discretionary spending.Debt limit increase right away – $1 trillionDoes not touch Obamacare funding, Medicare or Social SecurityIncludes | Read More »

    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 »