Twilight for Louisiana Democrats

By 11.12.14

It was a packed crowd at Huey’s, the downtown Baton Rouge watering hole named for the state’s most notable, if notorious, Democratic governor and senator, on Monday. But few in the crowd would have had much positive to say about the bar’s namesake. This was a Republican Unity Rally, and many of the state’s most prominent GOP politicians were gathered to show solidarity with Senate hopeful Bill Cassidy — who earned 41 percent of the vote in last week’s election, forcing Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu (42 percent) into a runoff.

The bar’s small stage was crowded with large personages: Sen. David Vitter and Gov. Bobby Jindal, leaders of the state’s two most prominent (and warring) factions; former congressman Jeff Landry, who will be running for Louisiana attorney general next year; state Sen. Elbert Guillory, a prominent black Republican now known for a very aggressive commercial opposing Landrieu.


Think Twice About Illinois’s Crony Republican Governor-Elect

By 11.7.14

With Bruce Rauner’s election in Illinois, the Republican Governor’s Association has checked this bluer-than-blue state off its Democrat tick list. It must feel good—but I’m less than sanguine. 

For the better part of a year, powerful Chicago Democrats have been whispering in my ear, extolling Rauner’s virtues. I heard similar insider political “chatter” about Barack Obama from these same Democrats long before he ran for U.S. Senate. Even the left-leaning Chicago Sun-Times suddenly changed its no-endorsement policy to back Rauner — and only Rauner — without even the basic formality of a candidate questionnaire or interview.

You see, for decades, Rauner, a wealthy venture capitalist and former chairman of private equity firm GTCR, donated millions to the Democratic Party to help defeat Republican candidates. That “investment” has paid dividends.


The #WaronWomen is over—and we won

By 11.7.14

Republicans are jubilant after their electoral victories Tuesday night — but it might be that Democratic losses tell a more complete story than GOP gains.

While voters almost uniformly backed conservative candidates, they also supported ballot measures out of sync with the traditional Republican party platform. Sure, marijuana legalization — which passed in the nation’s capital and in Oregon — can be chalked up to a rise in libertarians (me included), lurking at the margins of the GOP like the outsiders we’ve been since high school. But voters also approved non-binding hikes in the minimum wage in four states and three major cities. That’s hardly a hardline conservative position. So what gives? 

The easy answer is that Americans are, on the whole, idiots, who tune into elections at the last possible moment, when they simply can’t avoid it any longer. Hence the increase in television commercials the last two weeks, as the parties compete to see who can more effectively convince voters that the other guys are more likely to murder their grandmother, child, puppy, or cable television package — whichever they might find more important.


Elbert Guillory’s Message to the Black Community

By 11.4.14

Elbert Guillory, a black Republican state legislator from Louisiana, has taken his show on the road.

Guillory came to fame through a recent video attacking incumbent U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat locked in a tight re-election race. Walking in a sharp three-piece suit through an impoverished area near where he grew up, Guillory said that Landrieu has failed to actually help the black community that has consistently supported her for the eighteen years she has held office. His commentary is withering: “You’re not Mary’s cause—and you’re certainly not her charity. You are just a vote. Nothing less and nothing more. For her, you are just a means to an end so that she remains in power.”


The New Yorker’s Anti-Reagan Reflex

By 11.4.14

Ronald Reagan has displeased the New Yorker. Twenty-five years gone from the presidency and ten years gone from this life, it seems the nation’s fortieth president still has a capacity to stir angst among the ruling class.

In a piece titled “The Reagan Reflex,” former Clinton speechwriter Jeff Shesol is but the latest to target Reagan’s legacy and pronounce that — don’t you know — it’s time to move on. The article summons all at once exactly what so infuriated liberals of the day about Ronald Reagan and exasperated GOP establishment at the same time. Indeed, one can almost hear the Reagan response: There they go again.


Voter Fraud and Voter I.D.

By 11.4.14

One of the biggest voter frauds may be the idea promoted by Attorney General Eric Holder and others that there is no voter fraud, that laws requiring voters to have a photo identification are just attempts to suppress black voting.

Reporter John Fund has written three books on voter fraud and a recent survey by Old Dominion University indicates that there are more than a million registered voters who are not citizens, and who therefore are not legally entitled to vote.

The most devastating account of voter fraud may be in the book Injustice by J. Christian Adams. He was a Justice Department attorney, who detailed with inside knowledge the voter frauds known to the Justice Department, and ignored by Attorney General Holder and Company.

One of these frauds involved sending out absentee ballots to people who had never asked for them. Then a political operator would show up — uninvited — the day the ballots arrived and “help” the voter to fill them out. Sometimes the intruders simply took the ballots, filled them out and forged the signatures of the voters.


Too Chicken to Count the Unhatched

By 11.3.14

Much to the consternation of my peers, Republican cheerleaders all, I am not predicting the Senate slips from Harry Reid’s slimy grasp this week. Despite polling which suggests otherwise, I see this as a 50-50 proposition with a slight presumption in favor of Democrat retention. But hey, go ahead, vote your head off Tuesday and prove me wrong.

In truth it always takes a miracle for Republicans to win an election; any election on any level. Pretty much every child in this country, whether in public or private school, in secular or religious school, is inculcated by teachers with the Democrat version of reality. Democrats are wonderful kindhearted broadminded scientific individuals who look out for the little guy — and are often the little guys themselves — on the long march into the Age of Enlightenment. Republicans are mean predatory phobic obscurantist revanchist pietists for whom the Dark Ages cannot get back here soon enough. After a full dose of this hooey through elementary, junior high, high school, university and graduate school, it is a wonder anyone ever casts a single vote for a Republican.


As the World Burns, Democrats Target the First Amendment

By 10.30.14

With less than a week to go before Election Day, the Democrats running for the U.S. Senate are making their final pleas to voters. They’re especially intent on proving that they can tackle the growing number of problems around the globe: the Islamic State in the Middle East, Russian aggression in Ukraine, Ebola, and so on.

But actions speak louder than words. Every incumbent Senate Democrat — particularly Mark Udall (Colo.), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Mark Warner (Va.), and Al Franken (Minn.) — has had plenty of chances to sponsor, debate, or vote on bills dealing with these international crises.

Instead, they spent the Senate’s last days in session voting to gut the First Amendment.


Optimism and Desperation in the Midterms

By 10.29.14

The long-awaited midterm elections are but days away, and Republican optimism is beginning to cross the border into giddiness. Last week RedState’s Erick Erickson all but declared the Senate won, despite many close races:

With the President’s numbers so bad and the GOP’s numbers so good, it makes you wonder what is going on in the state level polling that shows so many races so close. That national polling trickles down to states.

Perhaps there is some over-compensation and over-correction that is, ironically, going to cause a lot of pollsters to repeat the mistakes of 2012. There is no evidence that the voters who vote for Barack Obama are the Democrats’ voters. They are Barack Obama’s voters.

They did not show up for him in 2010 and the hysteria and race baiting the Democrats have stooped to in these final weeks suggests they know these voters will not show up for him in 2014 either.

The end of Barack Obama’s Presidency approaches.


The Rehabilitation of Rick Perry

By From the Sept/Oct 2014 issue

Three years ago, a Texas reporter named Jay Root set out to chronicle the behind-the-scenes maneuvers that would land Governor Rick Perry in the White House. He couldn’t have guessed that, in the end, the story wouldn’t have much to do with ad buys or endorsements or personality conflicts. The real event, of course, played out in public, in the on-stage meltdown that gave Root the title of his 2012 e-book: Oops!

Yet that unforgettable moment when, during a nationally televised debate, Perry could recall only two of the three cabinet departments he proposed to eliminate, was just the final indignity in a short campaign full of them. Remember that ad in which Perry complained that “gays can serve openly in the military, but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school,” or the parodies it provoked? How about that rambling, free-and-easy speech Perry gave in New Hampshire that caused everyone to assume he was either drinking or still taking painkillers from his back surgery three months earlier? It was, according to James Carville, the worst campaign in American history.