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    My Friend Fred, May He Rest In Peace

    I was on a train headed from Munich to Berlin in late August of 2007. My friend Ed had roped me into the trip, hosted by the American Council on Germany. The American delegation, having gotten to know each other, was bound for a rendezvous with our German counterparts. Ed, a friend of Fred and Jeri Thompson’s, did not have to sell me hard on | Read More »

    Jeb Bush: A Good Man Whose Time Is In The Past

    The attack came with the reluctance of a good man knowing he must do something he does not want to do. At the CNBC debate in Boulder, Colo., the pretentious moderators asked Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 94% about missing votes in the Senate. For perspective, Rubio has missed far fewer votes than Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or John Kerry when they ran | Read More »


    Ted Cruz Had a Very, Very Good Night

    Last night at the CNBC debate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% had a very, very good night. Even leftwing activists liked his answers and attack on the media. Liberal Hollywood comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted, “I hate Ted Cruz with the power of a million chainsaws revving but I agree with everything he just said.” Today, people are still cheering on Cruz’s comment | Read More »


    Here Is Why I Do Not Blame the RNC For the CNBC Debate

    Reince Priebus was very quick to denounce the CNBC debate after it was over. He was right too. But let’s not kid ourselves. Part of the reason he did so was because it was a public relations disaster for the RNC, which took charge of orchestrating the debates this year. But that is actually why I do not blame the RNC. Have we forgotten 2012? | Read More »

    Dear Jeb Bush, It Is Time To Take Your Campaign Out Back And Shoot It

    I do like Jeb Bush, but wow. Forget everything else about the CNBC debate and forget everything Jeb said, but one thing. Tonight, Jeb Bush brought up Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 94% skipping votes in the Senate. This came after the Bush Super PAC publicly announced it was going to blow up Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 94% over missing | Read More »


    To Crush Republicans Who Vote for This Budget Deal, Support These Groups

    In the next seventy-two hours, many of you are going to be flooded with emails and direct mail from scam PACs. Like the group wanting you to give money to make Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) 78% Speaker, these groups exist as nothing more than operations to line the pockets of consultants. They do not spend their money well and I cannot recommend | Read More »

    John Boehner’s Enablers Are Now Shocked At The Spending

    There is a branch of the Republican Party that stocks most of the Republican punditry corps on television, fills the op-ed pages and editorial pages of right leaning papers, and gets together to toast themselves each year at the CPAC, among other places. They turn their nose up at the conservative grassroots. They hate the tea party. And they will defend till the death [mc_name | Read More »

    This One Thing May Give Donald Trump the Republican Nomination for President

    Donald Trump wrote The Art of the Deal. He literally wrote the best selling book on cutting business deals. And Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% just handed Barack Obama a sweetheart deal that undercuts the Republicans. Republicans in the House and Senate are already complaining that Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% and, to a lesser extent, [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch | Read More »

    The Bush Brothers Road Show Is a Mistake

    “About the only way for the Bush family to hurt Donald Trump at this point is for Jeb Bush to withdraw from the race.”I get frequently criticized for not being hard on Jeb Bush. RedState is accused of being JebState by Trump supporters. I’ve stated repeatedly that Jeb Bush is not my first, second, or even third choice for the nomination, but I think Jeb | Read More »

    Ben Carson’s Debate

    Today I’m in Boulder, CO for the CNBC debate, which will be Ben Carson’s to win or lose. Carson will now be at center stage, next to Donald Trump, a position once held by former Governor Jeb Bush. Carson has worked his way closer and closer to the center of the stage. As any of the candidates could tell you from the prior debates, the | Read More »

    Donald Trump’s First Real Crisis on the Campaign Trail

    We have arrived at Donald Trump’s first real crisis on the campaign trail. In one word, it is “Iowa.” In the latest Monmouth poll, Trump is now 14 points behind Ben Carson. One poll, in and of itself, is not a trend. But there are now five polls showing the same trend. Trump is now behind Carson. Trump supporters cannot credibly think that suddenly the | Read More »

    Yes, the Arguments For Abortion Do Parallel the Arguments Defending Slavery

    Ben Carson is right. I’m shocked the media is shocked. I’ve made the same point on CNN and Fox for several years as have a number of pro-lifers. Go through the arguments defending abortion and you will hear echoes of slavery. It’s their property. It’s their body. It’s not a person. It’s only 3/5th a person. They feel nothing. It does not matter if they | Read More »

    Politicizing Taylor Swift

    On Saturday evening, I took my ten year old to her first concert. It was only my second, but my first like that. Wow. The concert was great. I flooded Instagram with a lot of pictures. Those pictures, in turn, went to Facebook and Twitter. Here was a sold out concert of approximately 56,800 people, many of them parents with children, and it was perfectly | Read More »

    Conservatives United Get Huge Wins for the GOP

    There is lots and lots of condescension in Washington by those who loathe the House Freedom Caucus and outside conservative groups. They’re referred to as the “entertainment wing of the GOP,” accused of being in it for the money, and laughed at as if no reasonable person could possibly agree with them. All the dripping scorn and condescension hide a very simple fact — the | Read More »

    Barack Obama Vetos Defense Bill Because It Spends Too Little

    The glory days of big spending liberalism are back. Barack Obama has just vetoed a defense spending bill that spends $612 billion. Why? It does not spend enough on non-defense spending. That’s right. Barack Obama wanted more domestic spending. The Republicans and enough Democrats in the Senate refused. So Obama vetoed it. He wants bigger government or no defense. That’s the American left. By the | Read More »