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    Voting with my pocketbook: Arthur edition.

    Via Glenn Reynolds, ladies and gentlemen: your tax dollars at… actually, “waste” doesn’t have the right connotation of “bizarrely surreal.”  Essentially, Democratic legislators have mainstreamed the antiwar Left’s Giant Puppet People by bringing the cartoon aardvark Arthur to a budget discussion. Now, here’s the thing: I try to regulate what my kids watch.  I’m assisted in this by the fact that my wife is, | Read More »

    Obama leaves unfunded transportation mandate under pillow…

    …in the hopes of finding $556,000,000,000 under it the next day. No, it’s a legitimate analogy.  The National Journal has looked over the President’s proposed transportation bill (public link), and noted this (subscription only): Obama wants $53 billion over six years for a high-speed rail program, $8 billion in fiscal year 2012, and he wants $50 billion this year to jump-start large infrastructure projects. The | Read More »

    CPAC 2011: Steve King (R, IA-05).

    This was probably the most informal one that I did, and (not unrelatedly) the most fun.  I generally get along perfectly well with the politicians and legislators that I talk to, but usually the time constraints alone are significant.  Your average Congressman or Senator is generally running around things like CPAC with a staff of at least two, both of which he or she legitimately | Read More »

    Scott Walker’s (R, WI) collective bargaining reforms.

    This post by Ann Althouse on the anemic protester response to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s budget plan – and it is an anemic response; it’s bad when you have to add a statue to your crowd in order to make your crowd look bigger – reminded me about Walker’s plan in the first place.  I got told about this actually by Kevin Binversie, who runs | Read More »

    Fox reporter embarrasses Think Progress dolt at CPAC.

    If you are not reading this on a computer that can show you YouTube videos, GO TO A COMPUTER THAT CAN SHOW YOU YOUTUBE VIDEOS. Lakeshore Laments described this video as “Fox News reporter [Jesse Watters] messing with the Think Progress clown” (at CPAC), which is accurate, but not nearly an epic enough description.  Which is not Lakeshore Laments’ fault: some things needs to be | Read More »

    CPAC 2011: Al Cardenas.

    He’s the new head of the ACU, and we had a bit of a general talk on that, and CPAC.  Al Cardenas has a pretty compelling story: it constantly amazes me why Communist dictatorships were so determined to keep sending us top-shelf immigrants.  Oh, right: it’s because Marxism is intellectualism for stupid people.

    CPAC 2011: Allen West (R, FL-22).

    I may have gloated a little over the “Congressman” bit: but then, FL-22 was one of the ten or so that most of us really, really, really wanted to get last November. Pleasant to have gotten this one, then. Rep. West did a blogger availability and the CPAC keynote speech shortly afterward; you can see part of the first and the whole of the | Read More »

    CPAC 2011: Peter Roskam (R, IL-06).

    He’s the Chief Deputy Whip, and we talked a bit about the budget, budget cuts, and why they’re not ripping off the bandage in one go. Also, a bit on the REINS Act, which (if passed) would effectively give Congress veto power over any federal regulations that would cost more than $100 million a year. This is, of course, an idea that the Left | Read More »

    CPAC 2011: Alex Mooney.

    Alex is the current chair of the Maryland GOP, and we talked for a bit on how to go about the work in a Blue State. Answer, of course: start from the bottom and work your way up. The Maryland GOP site is here. Moe Lane (crosspost)

    CPAC 2011: John Bolton.

    And his ‘stache. Moe Lane (crosspost)

    CPAC 2011: Saul Anuzis.

    Saul is an old friend of RedState, and is rumored to be running for Senate next year. As you can see, he’s not really authoritatively denying that. Moe Lane (crosspost)

    CPAC 2011: John Kuzmanich.

    John’s the head of the Oregon Tea Party, former Congressional candidate, and may be a possible Congressional candidate again.  We talked a little of the state of the state of Oregon (which is better than you’d expect, in practical terms): There’s also some interesting bits on David Wu.  Check it out. Moe Lane (crosspost)

    CPAC 2011: Sharon Day.

    Sharon is a new co-chair of the RNC, and was more than happy to talk about the way that procedures were going to be different than those of the old RNC. …and that’s all for tonight, I think. Moe Lane (crosspost)

    CPAC 2011: Mike Lee (R, UT).

    Senator Lee is, of course, an old friend of RedState, and happy to check in with us. Annoyingly, the interview was almost interrupted by the presence of the Rent is Too D*mn High guy. What that guy was doing at CPAC remains a mystery: as I recall, the fellow is not precisely conservative. Moe Lane (crosspost)

    CPAC 2011: Chris Barron.

    Yes. That Chris Barron. Probably one of the trickier interviews I’ll be doing this weekend (I should end up with a bunch, if today was any indication). Moe Lane (crosspost)