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    John Thune Is Not Running For President. Orrin Hatch is Retiring.

    [UPDATE:] John Thune’s office is denying the report and says Thune supports the earmarks moratorium. That’s good news, but then we’re left wondering why multiple Senators and the campaigns of two Senators-Elect would be under the distinct impression that John Thune was directly soliciting their opposition to the moratorium. It is a secret ballot after all.—————–Sources in the United States Senate tell me John Thune | Read More »

    Why Does Tim Geithner Still Have A Job?

    One week before the midterm elections in 2006, George W. Bush publicly said he would stand by Donald Rumsfeld. The day after the election, Donald Rumsfeld was out the door. The President, Republicans, and virtually everyone else blamed the war for the GOP midterm disaster. Rumsfeld was the head that rolled.The day after the election.Tim Geithner’s head remains in Washington. Why? The President says it | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for November 10, 2010

    RedState Morning Briefing For November 10, 2010Go to to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge.1. No More Earmarxists2. It’s Not Just Earmarks Bans From Which Mitch McConnell Cuts and Runs3. MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Preaches Violent Revolution4. Earmark Myth – They Don’t Cost Any Money to Taxpayer5. A Blow Struck For Freedom6. Just Say No to Fred Upton

    It’s Not Just Earmarks Bans From Which Mitch McConnell Cuts and Runs

    This is truly appalling.Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Senate Republicans, supported an earmarks ban and voted to ban earmarks. But he knew there weren’t enough votes for it. Now that it looks like there are enough votes, McConnell is lobbying furiously behind the scenes to kill the earmarks ban.But the man has trumped himself in rank hypocrisy. According to President George W. Bush, back | Read More »

    Just Say No to Fred Upton

    Congressman Upton wants to Chair the House Energy & Commerce Committee. While I am a big fan of Congressman Barton, and he wants a waiver, I am not in favor of any waivers for House Committees and think the House GOP needs to choose someone other than Upton. Congressman Shimkus would be great. Joe Pitts (!!!!) would be awesome. And there are others. But of | Read More »

    No More Earmarxists

    “Earmarks are certainly not the only issue, but they are the most telling as to whether Republicans really have learned their lesson in the minority.”As I write this, Mitch McConnell is privately trying to get enough votes to kill an earmarks moratorium among Senate Republicans. The measure is sponsored by Senators Coburn, Cornyn, DeMint, Ensign, and Enzi, along with Senators-Elect Ayotte, Johnson, Paul, Rubio, and | Read More »

    Rubio & RedState

    Stephen F. Hayes, over at the Weekly Standard, has written some more about things he left out of his original article on Marco Rubio. It included this bit.Rubio also mentioned others whom I did not include in my original story – for reasons of space. He noted: “Jeff Miller endorsing us in Florida was a big deal.” He mentioned Jeb Bush Jr and George P. | Read More »

    The Truth About Salt, Rick Perry and Dana Milbank’s “Fact Checking”

    Today, in the Washington Post, Dana Milbank takes on Governor Rick Perry and his new book, Fed Up. Now you would think that in a 200 page book that deals with countless issues – including Perry’s bold but accurate claim that Social Security is bankrupt and that the members of the Supreme Court serve as the “Grand Ayatollah’s” of the Constitution – he might get | Read More »

    Haley Barbour Concurs And Phones Are Ringing In RNC Land

    While the RNC is pushing back against people like me for pointing out they did not mount a good GOTV effort because they sabotaged their 72 hour program, they’ll have a hard time pushing back against Haley Barbour.Barbour has, a bit surprisingly, gone on the record to say that the RNC’s get out the vote (GOTV) efforts were sub-par. Given just how effective the Republican | Read More »

    The Dumb Things I Heard Last Night a/k/a Charles Krauthammer Disappointed Me Last Night

    There are a few dumb things I heard last night that need to be put down quickly. First and foremost was a silly discussion across several news networks that the race for GOP Conference Chair in the House between Jeb Hensarling and Michelle Bachmann was a race between the tea party and the establishment. To say that Michelle Bachmann is of the tea party and | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for November 9, 2010

    RedState Morning Briefing For November 9, 2010Go to to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge.1. Sen. Coats Starts with a Bang – Wants to “Reform” the Filibuster2. Obama sets the modern record for Midterm losses3. Political Malpractice: The GOP Should Have Had Bigger House Gains4. Senate Scorecard: RedState vs NRSC

    I Guess the RNC Is Clueless

    I wasn’t going to go there, but after this piece went up, I got an email from RNC Spokesman Doug Heye, who wrote:We in fact did have a 72 hour program. Not sure why you would claim that we didn’t.Well Doug, I go it from you. See this Roll Call article.The RNC traditionally runs the GOTV operation for Capitol Hill, which includes recruiting and registering | Read More »

    Political Malpractice: The GOP Should Have Had Bigger House Gains

    “Our success last Tuesday is covering up some very fundamental and institutional problems that will hurt us in 2012.”Just the facts. That’s all I’m going to give you here — no blame game. No names.Largely because I don’t want RNC people calling and crying and trying to spin me when all I’m doing is pointing out some facts.It has been suggested that the reason the GOP | Read More »

    ‘It’s Not Me. It’s You.’

    Mr. Obama has made up his mind. The voters did not reject him or his policies on Tuesday. They just rejected the economy. Never mind that it is his policies that have made things worse.We’ve heard this now since last Wednesday. Mr. Obama has taken it as his mantra that “it’s the economy stupid” and also that people are too stupid to understand what awesome | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for November 8, 2010

    RedState Morning Briefing For November 8, 2010Go to to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge.1. ‘It’s Not Me. It’s You.’2. Some Senate Republicans Push for Earmarks and Budget Busting Spending in Lame Duck3. Killing the Private-Sector: What Democrats in Congress couldn’t do for union bosses, the NLRB will4. A Brief Word In Defense of Keith Olbermann5. Looming Obama Tax Increases Will Hit | Read More »