Feature, Not Bug.
You need to read the opening of Ben Domenech’s Transom today. Just ponder this part. But for those in the media claiming this lack of leadership clarity and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 61%’s failure to launch is some terrible thing for the Republican Party in the 2016 presidential stakes – I’m sorry, it is to LOL. This Congress is incredibly unpopular, and | Read More »
Paul Ryan is a Dangerous Pick for Conservatives
“Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 57% is one of less than a dozen Republican congressmen to have voted for every bailout to come before Congress.”There is a cult of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 57% that is as strong as any cult of personality in American politics. It’s just the people who eschew populism and conservative politics are the ones in | Read More »
Chaos in the House
There’s a lot of speculation going on right now that the chaos in the House of Representatives illustrates to the public that the Republican Party is dying. While I think the party is perhaps deathly ill, what’s going on in the House is proof that there is a panacea for the illness. Ask any moderate Republican in the House what the illness is, and they | Read More »
The Washington Whirlwind and the Rumor Mill
“I would rather err on the side of telling readers what is going on in a play by play and having to update than have a media elite in Washington decide what you and I should know.”Let’s get everybody up to speed here. Yesterday, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 61% backed out of the Speaker’s race after he, [mc_name name=’Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)’ | Read More »
Former Prostitution Ring Leader Thinks the GOP Has a Governance Problem
Politico has trotted out Barney Frank to explain to its readers what is wrong with the House of Representatives these days. Predictably, Barney Frank’s hot take is that the GOP is a “plague on government.” I mean, exact words. Now, the first thing that we ought to observe about this tiresome and predictable explanation is that it is a pretty ballsy take for a guy | Read More »
Matthew Keys is guilty and should go to prison for his hacking
Sometimes you can read a story about an alleged criminal, and it’s hard to tell if the person was actually guilty or not. But in the case of Matthew Keys, convicted of breaking into the LA Times website as part of a conspiracy with the online network Anonymous, it’s obvious he’s guilty as sin and deserves to be put away.
Moderates Are the Problem in the House GOP
In the wake of the stunning exit of McCarthy from the leadership race, fingers are pointing and blame is flying like crazy. The media is happily carrying the narrative that the current chaos in the House GOP is the result of the conservative caucus being intractable and unreasonable, even though no one knows for sure why McCarthy ultimately exited. Here is the problem with this | Read More »
Hillary Clinton? Still Not Inevitable
Are you exhausted yet? It’s only October of 2015. We still have more than a year until the general election, and between now and then, much will happen. If you would have asked most of us a year ago, we would have anticipated things to be quite different right now. The GOP race is unexpected both in who inhabits the frontrunner’s space and which candidates | Read More »
Should House Republicans Draft Paul Ryan To Be Speaker?
The great subplot of the moment, with Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 61% stepping aside from the race to replace Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% and become the 54th person to serve as Speaker of the House, is whether Boehner and others in the GOP caucus can convince Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan to step up and take the | Read More »