Day Two of the Great VAGOP Meltdown.
For those coming in late, let me summarize*: both Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have been excluded from the Virginia Republican primary by the Virginia GOP. This has placed the VA GOP in an awkward situation, given that: they have excluded the current national and Virginian front-runner from their own ballot; have currently no write-in option on the ballot; do have an open primary that | Read More »
Update on the VA primary ballot situation.
Or possibly “mess,” depending: Rick Perry’s definitely not certified, but is going to contest the results. Newt Gingrich may be certified; there’s this report (via @allahpundit), but I’ve seen no confirmation elsewhere and the VA GOP site is currently melting down. [UPDATE: that report has now been walked back.] Presumably Ron Paul will be next, as he has not actually gotten 15K signatures. [UPDATE: turns | Read More »
Behold! The epic end to the Occupy Scranton permanent campground.
In all of its glory. Yes, that man is wearing a dome shelter. He wasn’t the only one. Essentially, the Occupy Scranton people had dwindled down to a pair of shelters and a few people, and their permits had run out; when the cops came to finally break things down the Occupiers responded (after the obligatory claim that camping = free speech) by poking holes | Read More »
Ohio redistricting referendum fails to make the ballot. [UPDATED]
[UPDATE: I've had folks note that the original map is not quite the same as the final, approved map. There's been some tweaking of districts; not enough to particularly change any of the practical results found below, but enough to be noteworthy. Fair enough.] I was over at Larry Sabato’s site today* and I came across this report that an attempt to referendum the Ohio | Read More »
Obama “won’t release his college transcripts” campaign criticizes Mitt Romney…
…for declining to release his tax returns: A spokesman for President Obama‘s re-election campaign blasted Mr. Romney and questioned whether he had something to hide in his finances. “Why does Governor Romney feel like he can play by a different set of rules?” said Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign. “What is it that he doesn’t want the American people to see?…” I | Read More »
Joe Lieberman inserts himself into Operation Fast & Furious.
Short version of the background: Operation Fast & Furious was a botched Department of Justice operation where the federal government catastrophically mucked up a program ostensibly designed to curtain illegal gun running to Mexico by… sustaining, encouraging, and enabling gun running to Mexico. Several hundred people have died as a result – including at least one American law enforcement official – and now questions are | Read More »
RS Interview: Ricky Gill (R CAND, CA-09 PRI)
Before we talk about this race, some quick background on this district: as you probably know, California did some pretty severe internal redistricting after the 2010 Census. What you probably didn‘t know – but probably suspected anyway – is that the Democrats who run the state managed to pervert was supposed to be a nonpartisan process by the blatant use of astroturf, front groups, and | Read More »
Syrian opposition misses unilateralist cowboy George W. Bush.
At least, that’s the impression that one gets from the fairly unambiguous picture found below: Obama’s procrastination kills us: We miss Bush’s audacity. The world is better with America’s Republicans Occuped Kafranbel 16 12 2011 Kafranbel is a town in northern Syria which has been one of the centers of peaceful protests for most of 2011; and the photo looks legitimate.
The American Family Association has NOT endorsed Newt Gingrich.
Earlier today, The Hill reported that the American Family Association (AFA) endorsed Newt Gingrich (screenshot here). This report has since been corrected: what has happened that Newt Gingrich has received an endorsement from Rev. Don Wildmon. For those unfamiliar with the AFA, Rev. Wildmon is of course its founder of the AFA, but he’s not actually the chairman. He retired last year for health reasons | Read More »
Reminder: the Smart Guys were wrong on the ‘stimulus.’
This Robert Samuelson piece on the inherent problem with Keynesian economic theory – which, in my opinion, can be summed up neatly as “First, assume that your planned economy will be managed forever by an immortal, unelected, and incorruptible Keynesian economist” – is pretty good, but it has one passage in it that makes my teeth ache. Here it is, in all of its questionable | Read More »
The “In lighter news, Kim Jong Il’s dead…” Overnight Open Thread.
…at least, according to the BBC. Here’s hoping that his replacement (Kim Jong Un, at least for this week) is not quite as clinically insane. BBC video after the fold*. Open thread. (Via Hot Air Headlines) Moe Lane (crosspost) *Not really.
Ricardo Sanchez drops out of TX-SEN Democratic primary…
Instapundit has reminded me of this story about retired General Ricardo Sanchez’s dropping out of the Democratic TX-SEN primary. The very short version: Sanchez was the handpicked recruit of the DSCC, much to the cynical amusement of hardcore partisan Republicans who looked forward to savaging rabidly anti-war DSCC chair Patty Murray for recruiting and running the guy who ran the infamous Abu Ghraib prison. And | Read More »
Obama, Reid facing revolt over Keystone ethical oil pipeline?
(Via @davidhauptmann) Background: the House of Representatives, understandably upset that the Obama administration would rather please foreign conflict oil despots and radical progressives than provide manufacturing and construction jobs to good Americans – to say nothing of cheaper energy – has passed a bill that would expedite the construction of the Keystone ethical oil pipeline. More specifically, the House passed a bill that would extend | Read More »
Analyzing the new Pennsylvania district map.
The new redrawn Pennsylvania Congressional map is out, and it’s… well. If you ever wondered whether elections have consequences, then wonder no more. Executive summary: two of the least powerful PA Democratic Congressmen have been thrown into Thunderdome and told to fight each other; the other five PA Democrats have been, ah, reassured that their seats are safe; and the nine PA Republicans have had | Read More »
Speaker Boehner extends State of the Union invitation to President.
Speaker of the House John Boehner has formally offered an invitation to the President to give his annual State of the Union address. As we work together to end this legislative year by advancing initiatives to help Americans struggling a difficult economy, we must also look ahead for new opportunities to put solutions before politics. In the coming year,. Republicans will continue our efforts to | Read More »