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    “It’s a Weak Field”. No, It Is Pretty Typical.

    A lot of people are taking some comfort in my post from this morning. But there is also a lot of “the field is weak” comments. Let’s review, shall we? Let’s go back to 1964, which was arguably the first year of the modern campaign era. Then we’ll work our way forward with those open years or years when the GOP was the out of | Read More »


    Off to the races with the horses we have

    On Saturday, several thousand people showed up in the humid heat of Atlanta to hear Herman Cain announce his bid for the Presidency.Today, in Iowa, Tim Pawlenty will announce his bid. If you have not seen it already, go watch Pawlenty’s preview. I am actually floored it is so well done.Newt Gingrich is already in.Mitt Romney will make a big splash soon and for all | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for May 23, 2011

    RedState Morning Briefing For May 23, 2011Go to to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge.1. Off to the races with the horses we have2. Mitch Daniels as Mario Cuomo3. The Perils of the Pre-1967 Proposal4. Israel, Palestine, and Obama: Is the President Already Walking Back his Demands on Israel?5. Nation’s First Unionized Pot Farm Goes Bust, Oakland Loses Bid to Be Cannabis | Read More »

    Mitch Daniels as Mario Cuomo

    Well I got that one spectacularly wrong. As I said last week, three people close to the Governor had told me he absolutely was in. They said it was more than reading tea leaves. But they were wrong and I was wrong. To be fair, or at least in damage control mode, all indications even up to Friday were that Daniels was in, but something | Read More »

    Yes, Tonight I’ll Defend Mitch Daniels A Bit #EERS

    Tonight on the Erick Erickson Show I’ll be defending Mitch Daniels a bit. Believe it or not. And I’ll probably rant on Saxby Chambliss some more and on No Child Left Behind. The show starts at 7:05 p.m. ET. You can listen at and call in at 1-800-WSB-TALK. Consider this an open thread.

    Tim Pawlenty To Make It Official on Monday

    Tim Pawlenty will declare his candidacy for the Presidency on Monday.It’s not like this is unexpected news, but at least he is finally making it official.Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a laid-back Midwestern Republican who governed a Democratic-leaning state, is running for president and will declare his candidacy on Monday in the leadoff caucus state of Iowa, an adviser told The Associated Press.The adviser, who | Read More »

    Another Bit of Data Into 2012

    I don’t think next year is going to be easy for the GOP. But I am increasingly convinced next year’s electoral struggle for the GOP will not be fraught with the dire and awful predictions of so many, no matter who the Republican Party nominates.It remains as it ever was — the economy, stupid!President Obama off to destroy the Israeli State in the name of | Read More »

    There Will Never Be Peace In the Middle East

    I hate to break the news to you, but until Jesus Christ himself returns there will be no peace in the Middle East.Not. Gonna. Happen.American foreign policy should be premised on strongly defending Israel and dealing with as friends those states who remain at peace with Israel.I realize the American media does a very poor job of it, but as Jeff Emanuel noted yesterday, even | Read More »

    The Greatest Seminar Caller Ever

    Last night I experienced a first and I think as long as I am on the radio I may never top the experience.Friends, meet Candice, my first seminar caller. Not only is Candice a seminar caller, but instead of just taking the talking points sheet and reading from it, she has her liberal friend in the car with her telling her what to say.If nothing | Read More »

    Today Barack Obama Meets His Inner Richard Nixon in Libya

    I half expect Benjamin Netanyahu to come to the United States today and demand the U.S. cede all territory gained from the 1848 Mexican cession back to Mexico. It, like Obama’s Middle East speech of yesterday, would be a key distraction from a date and duty Barack Obama has had 60 days to get ready for.Under the War Powers Act, today is the day Barack | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for May 20, 2011

    RedState Morning Briefing For May 20, 2011Go to to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge.1. President Obama Again Demonstrates his Utter Ignorance of the Israel-Palestine Situation2. Today Barack Obama Meets His Inner Richard Nixon in Libya3. The Horse Race for This Week4. American Spring: Time to Stop Funding Terror Around the World5. Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Unlikely Macho Man6. Socialist Senator Sanders Hawks His | Read More »

    Herman Cain and Jeff Emanuel #EERS

    Tonight on the show, Jeff Emanuel at 7:35 and Herman Cain at 8:05.I’ll give you one guess on the topic.Listen live at and call in at 1-800-WSB-TALK.Consider this an open thread.

    The Horse Race for This Week

    I think I’ll start doing this every week. The feedback, both from you guys and from others who are trying to keep up with the pulse within the conservative grassroots has been very positive. Feel free to disagree. I’m just giving you my honest take on where I see the 2012 horse race right now.Last week I took a bit of heat from Dan Riehl | Read More »

    Stop Goodwin Liu [Updated]

    UPDATE: Goodwin Liu has been stopped for now. The Senate failed to stop the filibuster against Liu.Thanks for your calls.— Erick——————————————Today the United States Senate will vote on cloture in the matter of Goodwin Liu. Sixty votes are needed. Call 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senator. Tell him to oppose Goodwin Liu.Goodwin Liu is a true radical, in favor of using the courts to redistribute | Read More »

    David Dewhurst Embraces The DewCrist Label And Openly Declares War on Conservatives

    Next year’s U.S. Senate primary in Texas offers a wide range of choices. RedState has previously noted our strong preference for either former Texas solicitor general Ted Cruz or former railroad commissioner Michael Williams – both of whom have proven themselves as articulate and reliable champions of conservative principles. On the next tier are former Texas secretary of state Roger Williams and current railroad commissioner | Read More »