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The Ted Cruz Majority

By 2.20.14

So. ABC’s Jonathan Karl jokes that Senator Ted Cruz is so hated inside the Senate GOP Caucus that he needs “a food taster” to attend Republican lunches. But? But the Hill has this story:

Cruz to get hero's welcome in Iowa, NH

Conservatives in Iowa and New Hampshire are preparing a hero’s welcome for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) after he showed up Senate Republican leaders during a crucial vote on the debt limit.

Cruz infuriated his Senate Republican colleagues this week when he filibustered a clean bill to raise the debt limit. His objection forced Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and 11 other Republicans to vote with Democrats to advance the legislation.

But in Iowa and New Hampshire, two important presidential primary states, conservative activists are cheering Cruz’s stand and buzzing about a possible presidential run in 2016.

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Cruz Control?

By 2.18.14

Freshman Senator Ted Cruz says many things that need to be said and says them well. Moreover, some of these things are what many, if not most, Americans believe wholeheartedly. Yet we need to remember that the same was true of another freshman Senator, just a relatively few years ago, who parlayed his ability to say things that resonated with the voters into two terms in the White House. Who would disagree that if you want your doctor, you should be able to keep your doctor? Who would disagree with the idea of a more transparent administration in Washington, or a President of the United States being a uniter instead of a divider?

There are many things like this that freshman Senator Barack Obama said that the overwhelming majority of Americans — whether liberal or conservative — would agree with. The only problem is that what he has actually done as President has repeatedly turned out to be the direct opposite of what he said as a candidate.

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Should the President Be Impeached?

By 2.13.14

Should the President be impeached?

For setting the Obama Precedent?

Also known as those multiple of multiples of arbitrary changes to Obamacare? And launching the IRS on employers who refuse to hire fifty employees so they can avoid paying for health care? Not to mention using the IRS and the full power of the federal government to harass and intimidate all those Tea Party groups?

The headline in the Los Angeles Times, reads this way:

U.S. to further delay Obamacare employer mandate

One of countless stories on the subject appearing all across the media landscape the Times version began this way:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration again delayed a requirement that large employers provide their workers with health benefits, offering businesses more relief from the president's health law deadlines.


Let’s move ahead three years. To 2017 and this news story:

Washington, January 21, 2017

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Storm Warning for Florida

By 2.12.14

If you have lived in Florida for any length of time, two things are certain—hurricane season and hard-fought elections. Right now there is a storm brewing and its name is Obamacare. No one, including candidates, is safe. Florida may prove a bellwether for voting across the country, and its large electoral vote total and congressional delegations might hold the key to a Republican resurgence. As George Will pointed out in his column this week on the Florida special election on March 11, if the Republican prevails, Republicans will construe this as evidence that Barack Obama has become an anvil in the saddle of every Democratic candidate.

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Hillary’s War on Women

By 2.12.14

If a conservative politician called an exploited intern a “narcissistic loony toon,” his career would be over. But Hillary Clinton will pay almost no price for describing Monica Lewinsky in those terms. The left’s sympathy for Sandra Fluke and its lectures on the dangers of name-calling won’t resurface for Lewinsky. Liberal pols, both those who mistreat women and those who excuse the mistreatment, enjoy a standing exemption from feminism’s customary strictures. Hillary is free to war on Bill Clinton’s women to her heart’s content.

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Dancing With Corporatists

By 2.11.14

Immigration reform is being “strangled by Republicans dancing to talk radio.”


This the assessment of our friends at the Wall Street Journal the other day, upset with House Speaker John Boehner’s “punt” on the issue. The paper correctly notes that part of the problem indeed rests with President Obama’s repeated rewriting of Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act. If the President is willing to so flagrantly abuse his power with his premiere health care law, goes the not unreasonable theory, what’s to stop him from abusing whatever law is passed on immigration?

Those of us who graduated from Reagan/Kemp university are decidedly not believers in zero-sum economics, as the paper attributes (unfairly, we would suggest) to both Alabama’s Senator Jeff Sessions and the Heritage Foundation. Both of these estimables from what the WSJ calls the “populist wing” of the GOP have been talking up the idea that immigrants will be taking jobs from American citizens.

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Immigration Strategery

By 2.5.14

Why have House Republican leaders in recent days offered interviews about immigration reform — an issue most Americans do not consider an urgent policy matter — and released a short list of “Standards for Immigration Reform” knowing that they would quickly get both barrels from the conservative punditry?

In a recent Gallup poll asking which are the most important issues for the federal government to deal with in the coming year, immigration ranked fifth from the bottom in a list of 19 issues, ahead of only government surveillance of U.S. citizens, abortion, race relations, and policies towards gays and lesbians — and far behind the economy, education, healthcare, entitlement reform, and terrorism.

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What Is Paul Ryan’s Game Plan?

By 2.4.14

As readers of this site can testify, I have long been a big fan of Paul Ryan (R-WI), especially his heroic struggles to reform entitlements. He is plenty smart, photogenic, and the embodiment of an upbeat, optimistic and happy conservative warrior, just like his mentor Jack Kemp, another one of my heroes. I also have a soft spot for people from Wisconsin, having had the good sense to marry one. If there is any member of the House GOP caucus who knows more about the federal budget and fiscal condition, I have not found one.

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ Botched Speech

By 1.30.14

Timidity as biography.

Real message?


Cathy McMorris Rodgers is doubtless a terrific person. But alas? Alas, the Congresswoman botched her speech.

Before she delivered her speech answering President Obama’s State of the Union address, perhaps she should have spent some time dipping into Sean Hannity’s Conservative Solutions.

But instead?

America learned Cathy McMorris Rodgers had a baby eight weeks ago.

Good for her. But…really? As part of the official response to the State of the Union?

Yes, this particular speech is always a problem. The response never can match the majesty of the President in the majestic House Chamber surrounded by pomp and ceremony.

But…much as I hate to say this….Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers botched the job.

What does this particular botched speech really say? What signal does it send about the House GOP leadership, in which Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers serves as chair of the House Republican Conference?

Along the same line? Same problem, different verse?

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The Washington Outsider’s Guide to the State of the Union

By 1.28.14

“He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” — Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution

“You lie!” -Joe Wilson, Congressman (R-S.C.) and American prophet during President Obama’s September 9, 2009 address on Obamacare before the assembled joint Houses of Congress

“The fate of the free world in the hands of a bunch of hustlers and thieves.” —Darius Stone, a character played by hip hop artist Ice Cube in the 2005 action film xXx: State of the Union, which incidentally has nothing to do with the State of the Union Address

“If Obama mentions inequality, finish 99% of your drink.” —2014 State of the Union Drinking Game, ClotureClub.com

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