RS Interview – Matt Kibbe (Freedomworks President)

    As the video mentions, Matt helped kick off the festivities this morning. We talked about Blogcon, Freedomworks, and various priorities for 2012:

    Eric Holder admits differences between F&F, OWR.

    (Via Instapundit) For those needing background: “F&F” is Operation Fast & Furious, which is an Obama-era operation in which guns were actively allowed to cross over the border (without any attempt to track them) and illegally resold to Mexican narco-terrorists, without the permission (or even the awareness) of the Mexican government. “OWR” is Operation Wide Receiver, which was a Bush-era operation where rather less guns | Read More »

    The “Aside from that, Mr. Lane, how was the CNBC debate?” Overnight Open Thread.

    Well, let’s see: the lack of an official live feed was exasperating and Cramer was, well, Cramer.  Newt ate another moderator’s liver and came back for seconds.  As for the performances: well, nobody on the Right will want to talk about anything except Perry’s fairly drastic brain freeze, and nobody on the Left except for Cain’s “Princess Nancy” comment and maybe Romney’s reversal on payroll | Read More »

    Virginia Senate control hangs by thread.

    The Washington Post sums it up: at least six seats lost by the Democrats (including their House Minority Leader) in the House of Delegates and either one (Bill Stanley over Roscoe Reynolds) or two (Bryce Reeves leads Edd Houck by 86 votes) in the state Senate.  If it’s one, the Democrats retain control of the state Senate; if it’s two, then the Senate is tied | Read More »

    Occupy DC: Corporate-funded, corporate-controlled, corporate-aimed.

    This ABC News article is correct enough, as it goes: On the surface, the “Occupy the Koches: Guerilla Drive-In” event looked like any other “Occupy” movement protest against the proverbial 1 percent of the population who hold the nation’s wealth. But a confederation of long-established progressive political advocacy groups — the Campaign for America’s Future, Campaign for Community Change, Common Cause, Health Care for America | Read More »

    RS Interview: Dan Liljenquist (R, UT-SEN District 23)

    This interview was from last week; unfortunately, technical difficulties were… difficult.  Dan Liljenquist is developing a name in the Utah legislature for his past work on pension reform and current work on Medicaid reform; we talked about that, as well as the possibility that he might be making a primary challenged against sitting Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.  As you might remember, Utah’s nomination system does | Read More »

    Cash for Clunkers’ failure: minorities, poor people hardest hit.

    Washington Post’s Ezra Klein’s substitute writer Brad Plumer got the unenviable job of having to admit that the government’s infamous Cash-for-Clunkers stealth auto dealership bailout – in which people traded in still-useable cars in exchange for trade-in money for a new car – didn’t particularly stimulate the economy, didn’t improve US car manufacturer’s market share, and “increased average fuel economy in the United States by | Read More »

    The Real Occupy DC.

    A couple of things to take away from this video: (For those without video access, it starts with Rudy Giuliani at the AFP summit hanging the Occupiers around Barack Obama’s neck; continues with scenes of Progressives Acting Badly by trying to interfere with the free movement of more productive members of society attending said summit; and ends with several actual residents of DC pointing | Read More »


    If this story is accurate, Herman Cain will not win Iowa.

    [Update: I swear that I was going to leave this in diaries - but, given the agitation that it's sparked on my other site, I'm thinking that it really needs to be fronted after all. - ML] (HT: Hot Air Headlines) Herman Cain will not even come close to winning Iowa. This is the takeaway passage from the article that Team Cain needs to read | Read More »

    Occupy DC tries, fails to trigger Mob incident.

    Background: Americans for Prosperity is having its annual summit this weekend, and the Occupy movement decided to send some people over to disrupt it – which is to say, they tried to rush the building. They failed, of course – the American Left simply is not very good at demonstrations* – but in the process of expressing their inner kindergarteners (the ones that weren’t using | Read More »

    The Circle closes on #OWS.

    The cycle is completed: the past and the future have merged, to become the eternal Now. The prophecy has been fulfilled and the revelations made clear. A man with no mask and tattered regal finery has come to the midnight feasting hall; the star-bruised sky itself bears witness to the rightness of this moment. Things have become again as they were, and the memory of | Read More »

    #OWS branches out into bumfighting.

    Admit it. You knew this was going to happen eventually.

    RS Interview: Ovide Lamontagne (R CAND, NH-GOV PRI).

    This should have been up yesterday, but the various technical breakdowns that I was having were fairly epic.  Anyway: you probably remember Ovide Lamontagne as being a NH Senate Republican primary candidate in 2010… and for graciously conceding the race when he lost the primary, which may have well saved the GOP that seat in the general election.  At any rate, he’s currently the only | Read More »

    Frank Lautenberg/Rush Holt paid out race-tinged hush money?

    I believe that the word that both the senior Democratic Senator from NJ, and the Democratic Congressman from NJ-12, would insist on seeing here would be allegedly. As in, allegedly former canvass worker Christopher Nastuk was told that it would be, ah, “demographically undesirable” to use African-American canvassers in Holt’s lily-white district. Or, allegedly the minority canvassers that Nastuk did hire were fired anyway “and | Read More »

    Gov. Perry at the Iowa Republican Presidential Forum on Manufacturing.

    Texas governor and Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry participated in a Presidential manufacturing forum today in Pella, Iowa (hosted by the Vermeer Corporation): and it’s pretty interesting viewing. (The entire forum (and transcript) can be seen here.) Governor Perry answered questions from both the moderators and the audience: if I had to sum up fifteen minutes of informed, fairly specific commentary in one sentence | Read More »