BREAKING: Pawlenty to drop out of race.

    It’s being reported that Governor Tim Pawlenty will drop his Presidential bid, in light of his third-place showing at yesterday’s Ames Straw Poll.  There’s no official confirmation yet, but that’s just a formality.  I’m on the way out the door to catch a flight home from the RedState Gathering, so my brief take on this: with Pawlenty leaving we’re back down to three real candidates | Read More »

    RS Gathering: Tim Scott (R, SC-01).

    Tim Scott was elected last year on a general reform slate in South Carolina: he was one of the candidates that we took an interest in, so it was great that he got to speak with our readers Friday night.  Afterward, we spoke with Tim briefly:   Sound was a little off at first: we had some motivated listeners Friday night.

    RS Gathering 2011: Ted Cruz (R CAND, TX-SEN PRIMARY)

    Ted is an old friend of the site and the RS Gathering: he spoke at our first one, and he spoke today as well.  We talked briefly afterward: Ted’s site is here.

    RS Gathering 2011: Nikki Haley.

    As always, we try to take the time to talk briefly with some of the candidates and politicians that attend the RedState Gathering.  As Governor Halley was so kind as to host us this year, I thought that I’d start with her. Governor Haley has of course been long a friend of the site, and it was a pleasure to have her welcome us to | Read More »

    RS Gathering: Perry declares.

    Governor Perry has made it official today: he’s running for President. Reactions from various and sundry Contributors and alumni within reach of the bar: Ben Howe: holy monkey Leon Wolf : well, that happened. Aaron Gardner: Rick Perry just became President. Now we just need to wait for the election. Brian Simpson: right person, right time, great speech. Thomas Crown: hit the right points, needs | Read More »

    RS Gathering: Day Two.

    Big day, too: we’ve had the training classes, and we’re hearing from Gov Haley now. FreedomWorks and Heritage have presentations today, and we’ll have candidates like Ted Cruz and Michael Williams and Richard Mourdock and Don Stenberg and Adam Hasner* making themselves available for questions. And, of course, there’s going to be a movie showing of The Undefeated tonight, as a special treat. Oh, and, | Read More »

    RS Gathering: The First Day.

    We’ve had the first set of speakers tonight: Rick Scott, Jim Demint, Nikki Haley. Cliche to say ‘a lot of energy,’ but there’s an enthusiasm here that is at higher… Intensity than we’ve had in the past. It’s fun to see, actually. It’s also hot as all get-out, which is why half the Contributors are decompressing in a pizza parlor right now. That and the | Read More »

    Union picketers picket… mother of five?

    Who thought that this was a good idea? A Quincy mom has disconnected her support for striking Verizon workers yesterday after a group of mouthy picketers surrounded non-union repairmen and turned a phone-line fix at her home into what she is calling a “ridiculous” protest scene. “I looked in the street and there are picketers, 10 of them or more, doing a circle around the | Read More »

    ‘Failure of Leadership.’

    Fresh from the creative mind of our own Ben Howe comes this latest reminder of precisely how badly we messed up the 2008 Presidential election by picking one of the most inexperienced candidates in history (both in terms of resume, and temperament) to run the country. The entertaining part?  Ben didn’t need much more besides a bunch of newspapers clippings and the President’s own words.  | Read More »

    The WI Recall results open thread.

    [UPDATE] With four retentions and two losses (one being the Republican in the Democratic district, and the other being the guy with the alleged adultery problem), I think that we can safely bring forth the unofficial Democratic Base Theme Song. No, you’ve earned this, Wisconsin Democrats.  Tonight’s results cost you twenty million, and you didn’t reach your primary objective. Enjoy. I’m pre-loading this: I have | Read More »

    A hopefully helpful ‘stimulus’ analogy.

    I would like to offer this analogy, for anybody out there dealing with an individual or individuals who seem convinced that the problem with the 2009 ‘stimulus’ was that it was not large enough: Imagine, if you will, you have a friend, and he’s a drunk.  And he’s in trouble: he needs five hundred bucks to get out from under his bills, but he doesn’t | Read More »


    RS Interview: David Williams (R CAND, KY-GOV)

    Kentucky Senate President Dave Williams is running for Governor of Kentucky; we had the opportunity to talk about the election today. This race has become more of interest lately with reports that individuals associated with incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear have been allegedly shaking down state employees for campaign contributions; it also came out today that political appointees have been very generous to Gov. Beshear so | Read More »

    DEA now linked to Operation Fast & Furious.

    It would appear that the DEA does not want to be the fall guy in Operation Fast & Furious*, either: DEA head Michele M. Leonhart admitted in a letter to Senator Grassley (Judiciary) and Rep. Issa (Oversight) that her organization was in fact involved in the investigation, and provided support for it. This is a significant admission by Ms. Leonhart, given that (as Bob Owens** | Read More »

    Left shocked to discover Harold Koh thinks like a stripper.

    Executive summary of this NYT article (the Hot Air Headlines title is a thing of beauty, by the way) Harold Koh used to be opposed to the Bush administration, and was thus all about busily opposing the government, and its ‘undeclared’ (note scare quotes) wars. Harold Koh is now part of the Obama administration (State Department), and is thus all about busily justifying the government, | Read More »

    WI Democrats make (illiterate) threats to news organization.

    Said threats being made by one Graeme Zielinski, communications director (his title will be funny in a moment; trust me) for the Wisconsin Democratic party – and my, but did he ever communicate!  And more than Zielinski really intended to, methinks. Background information: there’s a site called  They apparently cover Wisconsin local politics – of which there’s been quite a bit lately that’s been | Read More »