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    John Boehner on Independent Thinking and Retribution

    John Boehner is making clear to Republican House members that the four conservatives removed from committees were removed because their votes defied House leaders.There was a time when John Boehner thought otherwise and valued independence from House members. From Meet the Press on January 5, 1997, over the dissatisfaction with Newt Gingrich: MR. RUSSERT: And with us now the Democratic whip, David Bonior of Michigan; | Read More »

    Steve Scalise Fails the First Test for Conservatives

    Steve Scalise Fails the First Test for Conservatives

    Several weeks ago, Congressman Steve Scalise (LA) was elected chairman of the Republican Study Committee. Many of us felt a deep-rooted disquiet that Scalise would be too closely aligned with leadership. We feared he wouldn’t properly defend conservatives and their policies. Well, his response to the recent leadership purge of conservatives from congressional committees has validated our fears. The fact that he was at the | Read More »

    Conservatives Actually Suck at This

    Conservatives Actually Suck at This

    John Boehner can do whatever the heck he wants to. The GOP could be making the argument that the White House has offered nothing on spending and the American people want spending cuts as much as they are okay with tax increases, but instead John Boehner will publicly negotiate with himself.And he can. He can throw conservatives off fiscal committees without consequence.Conservatives can complain, moan, | Read More »

    Even an Ugly Cat Knows This

    Even an Ugly Cat Knows This

    When you come to RedState, you aren’t charged. The Morning Briefing is free. You want a RedState account? You got one. You want to comment? Okay. We’re free. Like listening to the radio, you don’t have to pay. We make our money off of ads. It’s simple. But you guys complain. Some of the ads are annoying. Okay — some of the ads are damn | Read More »

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    I am Thankful for John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy

    Not quite two weeks removed from Thanksgiving, it is worth giving thanks to John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy. I really am thankful for them. Yesterday the three of them purged fiscal conservatives from committees as punishment for being authentically fiscal conservatives. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina was put on the Financial Services Committee to show fiscal conservatism had nothing to do with removing | Read More »

    Self-Awareness Matters

    In politics, self-awareness matters. It does. When I was a political consultant, I told my clients my first two rules. The first was to know when you were in the minority, even when you thought you were right. The second was to know yourself as others see you.Self-awareness matters.Were I to run for the Senate, it would be a terribly nasty campaign. It’d actually be | Read More »

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    Cliff Diving

    Cliff Diving

    Only a fool would think that the same Congress that got us in this mess can get us out of this mess. The fiscal cliff is the byproduct of multiple congressional compromises to kick several different cans down the road. Now they’ve all landed in the same spot. Both sides are trying to kick multiple cans at one time and are kicking each other instead. | Read More »

    Update on the RNC Consultants

    A short time ago, I talked to Sean Spicer of the RNC.He tells me that Jeff Larson will not be doing the autopsy and, according to Sean, there had been no plans for Larson to do it.He also wanted to make clear that Jeff Larson is fully divested of his interest in FLS Connect. Additionally, he said that FLS Connect and Targeted Victory are not | Read More »

    The Incestuous Bleeding of the Republican Party

    If money is the root of all evil, for the Republican Party evil is located on the fifth floor of 66 Canal Center Plaza, Alexandria, VA 22314.Strip away the candidate and coalition and it is on the fifth floor of 66 Canal Center Plaza where the seeds of Mitt Romney’s ruin and the RNC’s get out the vote (GOTV) effort collapsed — bled to death | Read More »

    Ted Cruz’s First Decision is a Huge Deal

    One of the biggest tragedies that befalls new members of congress is the propensity to draw from K Street to pick staff, in particular a Chief of Staff. Many tea party supported candidates came into Washington in a wave of conservative glory in 2010 and promptly chose lobbyists for Chiefs of Staff. On the Senate side, Mitch McConnell’s office was professionally slick in easing new | Read More »

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    I’m Not Sure What Republicans Stand For in Congress

    I'm Not Sure What Republicans Stand For in Congress

    I was once an elected Republican. There isn’t much that the Republican Party has to do with trash collection, but I was a Republican on the Macon, Georgia City Council and I supported trash collection privatization. It wasn’t the Republican thing to do. It was the conservative thing to do. It was the right thing to do. Multiple times it had been tried and multiple | Read More »

    FLS: Screw Up, Lose, and Spin

    On January 2, 2009, I wrote about FLS Connect. FLS Connect received over $1 million from the National Republican Campaign Committee in 2008. It was also, back then, the third largest recipient of expenditures from the Republican National Committee, netting around $30 million.As I wrote then, “Rich Beeson is the Political Director of the RNC. Before going to the RNC (and after leaving the RNC | Read More »

    Regarding Saxby Chambliss

    Regarding Saxby Chambliss

    Saxby Chambliss is waffling around like a dog off its leash for the first time. He says he does not care about a “twenty year old pledge” he signed. He’s talking about the Americans for Tax Reform pledge that says he pledges not to raise taxes. He has clarified his remarks to mean he wants tax reform that increases revenue through job growth. Everyone knows | Read More »

    A Primer for Rich Donors Who Got Taken to the Cleaners by Republican Consultants

    When consultants told rich donors who were funding them that they were not making money off the Super PAC’s that the rich idiots . . . er . . . donors funded, they were being honest. They probably were not.But ad heavy Super PACs outsourced the ad buys, the mail, the data collection, etc. to other groups that got commissions and you can be sure | Read More »

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    I Think CNN.com Badly Mischaracterizes This Site

    I tried to ignore this piece at CNN.com by Tom Cohen, but given how it continues to crop up in my inbox from people on both the left and right, I think it is worth responding to.I reached out to my friends and colleagues over at CNN.com to tell them I thought both I and RedState were being badly mischaracterized. While making an edit to | Read More »

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