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    Obamacare or the Debt Ceiling

    Obamacare or the Debt Ceiling

    Republicans are winning the shutdown fight, and Democrats know it. People turning on the news this week came away with the knowledge that it was about Obamacare and kept hearing that Democrats wouldn’t negotiate. They also learned that for some reason the President didn’t want Word War II veterans to tour their own memorial, and Harry Reid won’t turn the funding on for cancer clinical | Read More »

    Share Obamacare With Congress

    I have written several times my thinking on the Vitter Amendment. Congress will find a way around it. Word now comes that Speaker Boehner, behind the scenes, was trying to find a way to make sure, on the sly, that Congress remains exempt. I think it is important that Congress make sure we know we expect them to suffer through Obamacare with it. To that | Read More »

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    Ted Cruz & Mike Lee: Commanders of the Conservative Army

    Ted Cruz & Mike Lee: Commanders of the Conservative Army

    Whenever a conservative says anything critical of the pukey leadership in the Republican Party — whenever they do it — what do we hear? “Circular firing squad.” “This is not helpful.” “They violated the 11th Commandment.” “Let’s not make our 80% friend our enemy.” “They won’t consider the end game.” They vomit this stuff up every single time any conservative points out how badly they | Read More »

    This is About Shutting Down Obamacare

    Congressmen, this is about shutting down Obamacare.Democrats keep talking about our refusal to compromise. They don’t realize our compromise is defunding Obamacare. We actually want to repeal it.This is it. Our endgame is to leave the whole thing shut down until the President defunds Obamacare. And if he does not defund Obamacare, we leave the whole thing shut down.After all, if the government is not | Read More »

    Hold Your Ground and Shut John Cornyn Up

    Hold Your Ground and Shut John Cornyn Up

    After three years of getting ready, yesterday the nation signed on to get Obamacare only to have websites across America crash. The ones that were not crashing were scam sites designed for identity theft. Amid all of that, if you tried to get Obamacare through an internet search engine, you probably got scammed. “[S]ome of these scam sites actually have better search-engine rankings than official | Read More »

    Let the Buying Off of Lobbyists Begin

    Talking to a member of Congress this morning, he tells me leadership staffers are sitting around dreaming up new, creative ways to lose this fight. He admits his cynicism is running high and is convinced Republican leadership staff are championing a loss as an “I told you so moment” to buttress a “should have listened to us” line.He is angry at his own side.More troublesome, | Read More »

    Surprise, The World Spins On

    As I type this — having gone to bed around 1 a.m. and back up now just after 4 — the government is still shut down. I know what you’re thinking. “How am I still alive?” Seriously. The government is shut down and the world is spinning on. You and I are still alive. In a few hours, my kids will go off to a | Read More »

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    House GOP: Stand Your Ground

    This is just embarrassing. The House GOP has refused to fight on Obamacare. Right now they are going through an elaborate dance routine, complete with leotards and streamers, to show everyone they are really fighting for something.They’ve gone through so many iterations, no one is really sure what it is they are fighting for, but it is for certain they are not fighting to defund | Read More »

    Oppose the Medical Device Tax Repeal

    Republicans are attempting two tricks to convince conservatives the GOP is still with them. The first is the Vitter Amendment, named for Senator David Vitter, which would require Congress to adhere to Obamacare like the rest of us. I consider it a shiny object and you should not be cheering the GOP is they get it. Congress will always game the system to benefit itself. | Read More »

    A Test of Your Power and Influence

    RedState Readers, there was a time when we could ask you to open your wallets for solid candidates and within hours goals would be met. We did that recently with Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia and you showed just how quickly you could raise money. But people still think you guys are not as engaged as you once were. So I have a challenge for you | Read More »

    Lies, Damn Lies, and Republican Senators

    Turns out John McCain was willing to shut down the military to stop Obamacare back at the end of 2009. Though attacking Ted Cruz for daring to risk a government shut down, McCain and a number of other Republicans were willing to try that in 2009, only to see other Republicans undermine them. Texas Senator John Cornyn is sending out fundraising letters telling people the | Read More »

    The Disconnect

    There is a real and genuine disconnect between grassroots conservatives and many in Washington. Let’s first concede that, like with many politicians, a cult of personality has started developing around Ted Cruz, though from my vantage point it is not nearly as virulent as among some. But, there are some who, should Cruz fall flat on his face, would declare it all part of the | Read More »

    The Atlantic’s Heritage Hit Job Relies on an Obama Voter Without Disclosing It

    The Atlantic's Heritage Hit Job Relies on an Obama Voter Without Disclosing It

    The Atlantic has written a hit job on the Heritage Foundation. The central premise of the article is that Republicans are upset because the conservative organization has declared conservatism and Republicans are not the same thing. The article relies heavily on Mickey Edwards, one of the Heritage Foundation’s three founding trustees. Molly Ball, the author of the Atlantic piece, writes: Mickey Edwards, one of three | Read More »

    Finger Lickin’ Frauds

    Finger Lickin' Frauds

    Live streaming video by Ustream Within hours of Liz Cheney, now a candidate for the Senate in Wyoming, announcing her support of Ted Cruz’s filibuster, Senator Mike Enzi, who Cheney is primarying, took to the floor of the United States Senate and declared he stood with Ted Cruz. Pat Roberts, the elderly Senator from Kansas who may soon be getting a stiff primary challenge, stiffly | Read More »

    The RedState Call Center is Active: Call the Senate

    The RedState Call Center is Active: Call the Senate

    The RedState call center is now active. Use our calling center to connect with your Senators. RedState makes it very easy. Go here now, enter your zip code, and get connected to your Senators. Tell them to stand with Ted Cruz and oppose cloture on the continuing resolution.