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    Thad Cochran or Someone at his Behest Illegally Paid for Votes, Probably

    Thad Cochran or Someone at his Behest Illegally Paid for Votes, Probably

    Let’s start with what we know. FiveThirtyEight has done an analysis that shows that Thad Cochran’s campaign benefited from around 30,000 additional black votes in the runoff election as compared to the initial primary. If you were given only this piece of information and knew nothing of how politics works in the deep South, you might well sound like credulous naif and establishment stooge Rand | Read More »

    Democrats vs. The First Amendment

    Democrats vs. The First Amendment

    In a lot of ways, it’s hard to discern an identifiable platform for the Democratic Party nowadays, but one thing they have openly and uniformly stood for recently has been opposition to the First Amendment. Harry Reid can’t open his mouth these days without some complaint about the Koch Brothers exercising their right to free speech falling out of it. Reid and 42 other Democrat | Read More »

    Rotten at the Core

    Rotten at the Core

    A lot of establishment campaign hands and consultants have been somewhat smug of late about their belief that they have beaten back the TEA Party challenge. So far this primary season, they lost a battle for an open seat in Nebraska (although they promptly pretended to have been in favor of Ben Sasse all along) and suffered a stunning defeat when Eric Cantor lost, but | Read More »

    Noel Canning Decision Exposes President Obama’s Insane Belief in his Own Primacy

    Without getting into the weeds of the Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion striking down President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the NLRB, I think it important to point out exactly what it is Obama’s reckless actions have wrought, and what they expose about his own opinions of himself. No reasonable person could have thought that Obama’s interpretation of the Recess Appointments Clause was correct. I, along with | Read More »

    Barack, the Insult Comic President

    Barack, the Insult Comic President

    No President is perfect. I accept it as a fact of human nature that every President will make mistakes. And I further accept that all Presidents will pursue policies that a substantial part of the country disagrees with, and I operate under the assumption that when Democrat Presidents are in office, more often than not I’m going to disagree with their policy (and probably personnel) | Read More »

    Bureau of Economic Analysis Releases Astounding Downward GDP Revision

    Bureau of Economic Analysis Releases Astounding Downward GDP Revision

    The BEA has concluded that the U.S. Economy shrunk by almost 3% in the first quarter of 2014 ,which is very bad. This rate of contraction is the worst seen since the first quarter of 2009, which was a very bad economic quarter by any indication. The suggestion that the Obama Administration has achieved even moderate stabilization of the economy is on increasingly thin ice. | Read More »

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    Racism for Fun (and Profit!)

    Racism for Fun (and Profit!)

    Personally, I’m opposed to the Washington Redskins’ name. And what I mean by that is that I find it personally grating and offensive, for reasons that are beyond the purview of this post. What I am even more strongly opposed to, however, is the ludicrous method by which the Federal Government is attempting to impose orthodoxy on the team by unjustifiably yanking their Trademark. Liberals | Read More »

    Elijah Cummings (D-MD) Rooted for the Tanks in Tiananmen Square

    Elijah Cummings (D-MD) Rooted for the Tanks in Tiananmen Square

    John Dickerson, writing in Slate (!), has perfectly encapsulated for me the outrage that virtually every American should feel about the current failure of the IRS to preserve records related to the Lois Lerner scandal: Anyone who has ever kicked a trash can across a room after trying to get the Internal Revenue Service to explain a tax rule, or been through one of its | Read More »

    Rick Scott Signs Terrible Law Expanding Florida DCF’s Power

    Rick Scott Signs Terrible Law Expanding Florida DCF's Power

    One of the least desirable features of a representative democracy is that often, poorly thought out legislation is rammed through with little thought as a gross overreaction to immediate public outrage. Such is the case with the child welfare law signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott today. The gist of this story is that the Florida Department of Children and Families (“DCF”) has | Read More »

    Thad Cochran Admits Personal Responsibility For Destruction of McDaniel Campaign Signs

    Thad Cochran Admits Personal Responsibility For Destruction of McDaniel Campaign Signs

    Recall that for weeks, the desperate Thad Cochran campaign and their increasingly shrill surrogates found that no connection between the misguided supporters responsible for the nursing home break in and McDaniel himself to merit trumpeting from the hilltops. The three McDaniel supporters were without question not employees of the campaign, had never been paid by the campaign, and did not even have official titles. In | Read More »

    The Media’s Insanely Inaccurate Reporting of the Scott Walker “Prosecution”

    The Media's Insanely Inaccurate Reporting of the Scott Walker "Prosecution"

    If you do a Google News search for “Scott Walker” right now, you get this list of results, which would lead you immediately to conclude that Scott Walker is in the midst of some potentially very serious legal trouble. If you click links to the stories contained beneath the glaring headlines, most of them somehow fail to contain the single most important salient fact about | Read More »

    Obama’s Missing 18 Minutes of Tape

    Obama's Missing 18 Minutes of Tape

    In order to properly analyze the media’s treatment of the revelation that hundreds or perhaps thousands of emails sent or received by Lois Lerner, the key figure in the IRS scandal, along with apparently six other IRS employees, have been mysteriously lost and cannot be recovered in response to a subpoena, it is necessary and instructive to recall the media’s treatment of similar revelations in | Read More »

    On the Importance of Sticks

    On the Importance of Sticks

    You’re probably not reading this website unless you were already aware that earlier this week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary to a guy almost no one had ever heard of, even among the subset of people who follow politics closely. A lot of ink has been spilled examining the reasons for Cantor’s defeat, whether it did or did not have to do | Read More »

    The Toxicity of Immigration Rhetoric

    The Toxicity of Immigration Rhetoric

    This is not a post about being right. Politics is not just about being right and it never has been. The way things work in a representative democracy is that you not only have to BE right, you have to convince a critical mass of other people in this country that you are right, otherwise being right will do you no good. Is it right | Read More »

    Rand Paul and his Lickspittles Strike Again

    Rand Paul and his Lickspittles Strike Again

    Last Friday, Rand Paul made waves with all the wrong people when he announced after meeting with some black pastors that the GOP needs to “lay off” Voter ID laws because “it’s offending people.” According to the story, Paul does not dispute that Voter ID laws are meritorious or that voter fraud is real; in fact, he is quoted as acknowledging that dead people vote, | Read More »