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    “Hate Speech” is not “Any Speech You Hate”

    "Hate Speech" is not "Any Speech You Hate"

    Last week, Vanderbilt University professor Carol Swain wrote an op-ed in the Nashville Tennessean about the Charlie Hedbo attacks. The basic thesis of Professor Swain’s article, which was published in a non-Vanderbilt sanctioned publication and written on her own time, is that present-day Islam is incompatible with Western values like free speech and religious pluralism. The most inflammatory portion of Prof. Swain’s article is doubtless | Read More »

    Fiorina 2016: A Campaign Without a Raison D’être

    Fiorina 2016: A Campaign Without a Raison D'être

    In a year in which the GOP promises to field its strongest field of qualified and experienced candidates in a generation, and in which there promises to be a veritable buffet of viable options for establishment and movement conservatives alike, for some reason the existence of Carly Fiorina’s bizarrely pointless 2016 campaign continues to be a story worth reporting on for the political media. The usual | Read More »

    Governor Throne of Skulls (Scott Walker) Telegraphs 2016 Bid

    Governor Throne of Skulls (Scott Walker) Telegraphs 2016 Bid

    With the three establishment-favored Governors (Jeb, Christie, Romney) having already all but declared, the time has come for other contenders to telegraph their intentions or face being left behind in the fundraising/operations cycle. One of my two favorite candidates for 2016 has always been Scott Walker, but the looming question has always been whether Walker would run at all given that a campaign would interfere | Read More »

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Friends: 2016, Terror in Paris, Kelvin Cochran

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Friends: 2016, Terror in Paris, Kelvin Cochran

    Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Friends! This week, Jeff Blehar of the Ace of Spades Decision Desk joins the regular panel featuring Leon Wolf, Scott Lincicome of the Cato Institute, Neal Dewing of the Federalist, F. Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon, and Jay Caruso of Pocket Full of Liberty to discuss the early 2016 field, ongoing terror in Paris, the | Read More »

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    I’m for Same Sex Marriage, but Against What Happened to Kelvin Cochran

    I'm for Same Sex Marriage, but Against What Happened to Kelvin Cochran

    I have always envied people who are able to approach the issue of same-sex marriage as though it were an easy or simplistic issue. Personally, with respect to this issue, I have always wrestled with two very strong and competing political impulses. The first is an impulse borne of the belief that tradition is necessary to a well-ordered society and that absent compelling evidence, it | Read More »

    A Divided Establishment, For a Change

    A Divided Establishment, For a Change

    The last week has brought some welcome news for conservatives who are hoping to see a movement conservative nominated in 2016. First, Jeb Bush made it all but official that he will run by filing paperwork for his leadership PAC. Then it became apparent that Mitt Romney in all likelihood also intends to run in 2016. Not to be outdone, news leaked yesterday that America’s | Read More »

    The Last Garrison of Defense for Obama’s Legacy is Manned by Jonathan Chait

    The Last Garrison of Defense for Obama's Legacy is Manned by Jonathan Chait

    Writing in New York Magazine, former TNR stooge Jonathan Chait writes, somewhat counter intuitively, that History will be “Very Kind” to Obama’s legacy. This assertion comes ironically juxtaposed with the virtually universal blistering criticism Obama is receiving even from his most vociferous defenders (like Mike Lupica) for having failed to send even an administration representative (nevermind the President himself) to the anti-terror rally in Paris | Read More »

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    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Friends: #ParisShooting, Leadership Challenge, Early 2016 Challengers

    Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Friends! Tonight, T. Becket Adams of the Washington Examiner joins the regular panel of hosts: Leon Wolf of RedState, Jay Caruso of Pocket Full of Liberty, F. Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon, Neal Dewing of the Federalist, and Scott Lincicome of the Cato Institute to discuss yesterday’s terror attack in Paris, the leadership elections in | Read More »

    The Media’s Main Bias is Anti-American

    The Media's Main Bias is Anti-American

    Kudos to the Islamic terrorists yesterday who shot up the Charlie Hebdo offices yesterday for doing so in such a way that the media could not pretend that they were not Muslim or that their belief in radical Islam was not the primary motivating factor for their actions. Having been robbed of their normal playbook of refusing to use Islamic names or to report that terrorists | Read More »

    On the Election of John Boehner as Speaker of the House

    On the Election of John Boehner as Speaker of the House

    Yes, it has always been pretty much a fait accompli that Boehner would be elected speaker. And yes, it looks like conservatives were unable to deny Boehner the victory on the first vote, although it was closer than I initially believed. That said, I think that both sides of this debate are wildly overreacting to what happened here. I think the anti-Boehner side is way | Read More »

    The New York Times Libels Steve Scalise

    The New York Times Libels Steve Scalise

    The layers and layers of fact checkers and editors that the media employs are often terrible at their jobs, but seldom do you see a failure as spectacular as this. I am not a huge fan of and would prefer that someone else be elected Majority Whip. But it now seems clear that the allegation that he spoke at a white supremacist rally is outright | Read More »

    In Defense of Mike Huckabee (sort of)

    In Defense of Mike Huckabee (sort of)

    With the news that Mike Huckabee has started an exploratory PAC for an anticipated 2016 run, the DC consultant machine has gone from zero to full contempt mode pretty much instantaneously. As I’ve watched all this unfold across the blogosphere and twitter all weekend, I could not help but think that 90% of the contempt that Huckabee generates is borne of not-very-veiled bigotry against the | Read More »

    The NYPD’s Dangerous Sense of Entitlement

    The NYPD's Dangerous Sense of Entitlement

    It is a painful proposition, as a conservative, to have to take the side of Bill de Blasio in a debate. And in the current fracas between de Blasio and the NYPD, thankfully I don’t have to take de Blasio’s side to say that what the police unions are doing in New York is flatly and emphatically wrong. According to reports, the NYPD is as | Read More »

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Friends: New Year’s Predictions, Scalise, Special Elections

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Friends: New Year's Predictions, Scalise, Special Elections

    Welcome to 2015! Tonight, Amy Otto of the Federalist joins regular hosts Leon Wolf, Scott Lincicome of the Cato Institute, Jay Caruso of Pocket Full of Liberty, F. Bill McMorris of the Washingotn Free Beacon, and Neal Dewing of the Federalist for a special New Year’s Day presentation. Grab your favorite adult beverage and join the crew for a rousing discussion of politics and all | Read More »

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    Quiz for the Media: David Duke or Louis Farrakhan?

    Quiz for the Media: David Duke or Louis Farrakhan?

    Greetings, members of the media who might be stopping by to see how RedState is responding to the news that Republican spoke to a group that is aligned with David Duke. We understand that it is a slow news day, but that doesn’t mean it’s ever the wrong day to broad brush all Republicans as racist! So, it’s possible that Rep. Scalise gave a wink | Read More »