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    The Senate GOP: Trapped by a House Cat

    It has gone viral:  When a 22-pound house cat scratched a Portland couple’s 7 month-old child, the “man of the house” kicked it in the rear. At that point, the animal went “full kitty,” chasing the family into the bedroom and trapping it there. As the 911 operator intoned “9-1-1, what is your emergency?”, in the background, you could hear the chilling abject sound of | Read More »

    It’s Time to Move the Individual Mandate Delay in the Senate

    The individual mandate delay (H.R. 4118) passed the house Wednesday by a 250-160 margin and, thanks to Senator Rand Paul, the bill should be on the Senate calendar by the time you read this. Although there are tricks to bringing it up, bringing it onto the calendar means that any Senator can force the Senate to vote on delaying the mandate — or any other issue any | Read More »

    The World’s Worst Idea

    Comes news that House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy has endorsed comprehensive legalization for persons unlawfully in this country, and predicts the entire House “leadership team” may follow suit. Presumably, the leadership epiphany will be embodied in the “immigration principles” which House Speaker John Boehner will unveil at this year’s appropriately named “Republican retreat.” Thus, this package is expected to include: -a legalization “pathway to amnesty,” | Read More »

    14 For ’14

    (1) AMEND THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION WITH A ONE-YEAR DELAY OF OBAMACARE’S INDIVIDUAL MANDATE Reading the New York Times is like planting a listening device in Hitler’s bunker. So Monday morning, assuming no conservative would notice, the Times printed the Democrats’ comprehensive strategy for the 2014 elections: Distract attention from ObamaCare by pushing unemployment extension and minimum wage increases — – issues which would be packaged | Read More »

    10 Reasons to Vote Against the Murray-Ryan Giant Spending and Deficit Increase

    (1) IT INCREASES SPENDING BY OVER $50 BILLION DOLLARS. PERIOD. “New discretionary spending” would be increased by $26,300,000,000 this year, $21, 600,000,000 next year (fiscal year 2015), and $8,600,000,000 in fiscal year 2016. Thus, the total discretionary spending increases for three years is $56,500,000,000. This budget’s projections concerning spending in 2023 or any other out-year aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. Even the fake | Read More »

    “Thank You, Paul Ryan, Sir!”

    Greta Van Susteren claims not to like ObamaCare. Last night alone, she talked about how ObamaCare was destroying the insurance industry, destroying medical practice, compromising your privacy, and insuring that (unlike the “1%”) you would not have access to the top doctors treating your serious medical condition (and would be forced to die). Minutes later, as she nodded in adulation, Budget Chairman Paul Ryan explained | Read More »

    Assessing The Wake of Legislative Hiroshima

    WHAT IS THE NUCLEAR OPTION? The nuclear option, which was triggered by Harry Reid last Thursday, is always characterized by the “puppet press,” but never described. And there is good reason for this. The nuclear option is nothing but an exercise in fraud. A majority of senators stand up and vote for a reading of the Senate rules that is absolutely palpably factually untrue — | Read More »

    Ten Myths Used Against Defunding ObamaCare on the October 1 Appropriations Bill

    MYTH #1: THAT CONSERVATIVES LIKE SENATORS MIKE LEE AND TED CRUZ ARE “THREATENING TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT.” Republicans have only two choices: After pretending to oppose ObamaCare 40 times (only to have Harry Reid spit in their faces 40 times) they can dutifully fund the program (because they don’t want Obama, Reid, and their cronies to yell at them) – or they cannot fund | Read More »

    WE’RE HANGING FROM THE CLIFF — AND THE HASTERT RULE IS THE ROPE

    Two news items should shock even Republicans into awareness of potential doom: -The first, news reports that the “Gang of 8″ has reached agreement on the “path to citizenship” (Think, 20,000,000 new voters voting 71% Democrat, plus Orwellian biometric ID’s and “Brady Checks” for jobs). -The second, an announcement by House Speaker John Boehner on a Sunday talk show that the House would “consider” any | Read More »

    Whether the Semi-Automatic Weapons Ban Passes Depends on What Happens to the Senate Rules

    It was reported yesterday that Vice President Joe Biden “guaranteed” to ailing Boston Mayor Tom Menino that sweeping gun control legislation would be passed by the end of January. How sweeping? A quick look at Feinstein’s semi-auto ban legislation suggests that up to 75% of all handguns currently in circulation would be banned, along with 50% of all long guns. Depending on its configuration, the | Read More »

    Harry Reid: The Bully on the Playground

    Remember the really nasty bully on the school playground? The guy who would use force and intimidation to beat up the other kids? And on that rare occasion when he was actually losing, he’d just change the rules. By brute force. Because he could. Well, he’s probably stocking shelves at WalMart now. But a slimier, more vicious, infinitely more dangerous bully has now emerged on the | Read More »

    30 Reasons Republicans Lost The Election

    They Allowed Democrats To Pick Their Nominee For Them. A succession of potential Republican nominees -– Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich –- were bright, attractive, and have compelling narratives. Instead, Republican voters (or, at least, enough of them) bought into this Democratic mantra that only a liberal stand-for-nothing Republican can win a presidential election. Having Nominated A Stand-For-Nothing, He Proceeded To Run | Read More »

    Here’s What The Court’s Going To Do On ObamaCare

    It would be nice if the future of federalism did not rest on what Anthony Kennedy had for breakfast –- if Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell did not spend all of December, 2009, giving Harry Reid back-to-back votes on issues which allowed Reid to buy off swing senators. But we are where we are. So… THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS ONE ARGUMENT STANDING ON BEHALF OF | Read More »

    No, Virginia, We Have Not Yet Nominated The Guy Who Can’t Beat Obama

    From the diaries In the eleven presidential elections since the birth of modern conservatism, five GOP nominees ran as moderates –- and were perceived as moderates. All lost, with the single exception of George H. W. Bush in 1988, and he was arguably running for Ronald Reagan’s “third term.” Conversely, all six GOP candidacies which were framed and perceived as conservative won. So it is | Read More »

    GOP Faces Historic Losses If They Keep “Boehnering” Things Up

    From the diaries by Erick. Remember the arguments that Obama couldn’t conceivably win reelection if unemployment was over 7.2%? Or that the GOP had a lock on the Senate because they just had to defend 10 seats? Or that Democrats could never pick up the 25 House seats necessary to gain control? And, by implication, that all of these good things would happen while Republicans | Read More »