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  • Christie calls on House GOP to compromise

    11/17/2014 1:17:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    WREX-TV / The Associated Press ^ | November 17, 2014 | Steve Peoples
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Making a rare Capitol Hill appearance, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday encouraged the GOP's newest members of Congress to embrace compromise and common ground as they shift to a governing role following their party's midterm rout. The Republican governor, who is contemplating a 2016 presidential bid, addressed newly elected House Republicans and their spouses during a closed-door orientation luncheon inside the Capitol. The often-outspoken Christie declined to answer questions from reporters afterward, but attendees said offered a distinctly bipartisan tone. "He did talk about compromise and finding common ground," said incoming Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J....

    10/23/2014 6:29:03 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/23/14 | Tony Lee
    Texas' two Republican Senators disagree on what Republicans should prioritize if the party regains control of Congress. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is considering a 2016 presidential run and is seen as the conservative voice in Congress, wants Republicans to try to repeal Obamacare and stop President Barack Obama's executive grants of amnesty. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who may become Majority Whip if the GOP wins a net of six Senate seats this year, believes Republicans will only win the White House in 2016 if conservative stalwarts like Cruz water down their bold conservatism and compromise. Cornyn recently said "that...
  • McCain: 'People Don’t Like Republicans and They Don’t Like Obama

    10/22/2014 12:32:25 PM PDT · by lbryce · 52 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 22,2014 | Dylan Stableford
    Arizona Sen. John McCain is expecting a low voter turnout in next month's midterm elections because he says voters are skeptical of both the Obama administration and the Republican Party. “What I’m hearing from my pollster friends is that people don’t like Republicans and they don’t like Obama," McCain said in an interview on Pivot's "TakePart Live," a show co-hosted by his daughter, Meghan McCain. "And they're very, very turned off. And I’m afraid we are going to see a very low voter turnout in this election, and that’s not healthy for, obviously, any of us.” According to the latest...
  • John Cornyn for re-election to Senate (because he'll be a Grand Conciliator...)

    10/03/2014 11:46:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 10/3/14 | EXPRESS-NEWS EDITORIAL BOARD
    We do not always agree with Texas Sen. John Cornyn, and, as he is in Senate leadership, it’s difficult not to lay some of the blame at his feet for the gridlock that has seized Congress. We recommend him for re-election nonetheless, based on a long record of achievement — but also on a hope. Through his decades of public service to Texas as a state district judge, a state Supreme Court justice and attorney general, we’ve seen a John Cornyn who might not have been as comfortable as he appears today in the Beltway’s toxic politics. This, of course,...
  • John Cornyn Publicly Mocks Popular Texas Tea Party Leader

    05/21/2014 4:10:25 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 11 replies
    breitbart ^ | // | k tate
    Last night Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn took to Twiiter to attack former Texas House candidate and popular Tea Party activist Katrina Pierson. "That tweet was completely unprovoked," Pierson told Breitbart Texas. "With all the tweets Cornyn gets, why would he respond to that one? He was digging at me personally." It is unclear if the tweet was written by a staffer or by Cornyn himself, but according to Pierson, Cornyn said in the past that he controls his own account. "We all know that John Cornyn runs his own Twitter account," Pierson said. "He tells people, 'Just contact me,...
  • Boehner: 'There Was No Mocking'

    04/30/2014 9:01:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    cns news ^ | 4/30/14 | Susan Jones
    ( - At a news conference on Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner said there had been "no mocking" in his much-publicized characterization last week of House Republican colleagues who oppose legislation that would give legal status to illegal aliens. "There was no mocking," Boehner said. "You all know me. You know, you tease the ones you love. But some people misunderstood what I had to say, and I wanted to make sure the members understood that the biggest impediment we have in moving immigration reform is that the American people don't trust the president to enforce or implement the law...
  • Cornyn votes against raising the debt ceiling

    02/12/2014 3:34:07 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 70 replies
    Pearland Journal ^ | 2/12/14 | Pearland Journal
    WASHINGTON, D.C. —U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after voting against raising the debt ceiling. “After five years of out-of-control White House spending, including a jobless, trillion-dollar stimulus, now is hardly the time to give the President carte blanche to continue his spending spree. I voted against raising the debt ceiling because we need sensible reforms to cut down on spending and restrain Washington going forward.”
  • John Cornyn: ‘We will raise the debt ceiling’ (Flashback January 2013)

    02/12/2014 8:17:25 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/18/13 | KATIE GLUECK
    The debt ceiling will be raised and the country will not default on its debt, Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn said “unequivocally” on Thursday. “We will raise the debt ceiling. We’re not going to default on our debt,” Cornyn (R-Texas) said to the Houston Chronicle’s editorial board. “I will tell you unequivocally, we’re not going to default,” he added.
  • Savior or Saboteur? A Texas Senator Shakes Up the Immigration Debate (Cornyn Amnesty Flashback)

    02/10/2014 7:42:29 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/14/13 | ASHLEY PARKER
    One week into the Senate’s immigration floor fight, Senator John Cornyn of Texas has emerged as one of the most polarizing figures on the issue: a Republican leader from a border state brandishing a border security plan that he says is meant to salvage the measure but that is seen by others as a surreptitious attempt to scuttle it. -snip- One thing is certain: the role of Mr. Cornyn, who has snowy white hair and a visage that looks more British tea-sipper than Texas two-stepper, is sure to have ramifications for him in the Republican leadership, in the Senate itself...
  • For John Cornyn (Endorsement)

    02/06/2014 6:14:41 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 1/24/14 | Editorial Board
    Incumbent should emulate former colleague Kay Bailey Hutchison in approach to service. For the second state election cycle in a row, a Republican primary race will be the main event in the election of a United States senator from Texas. Texas Democrats are effectively spectators, as they have been far too often since 1994. Five relative unknowns have declared to challenge the GOP winner in November. Two years ago, the retirement of veteran U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison triggered a four-person GOP campaign that eventually led to the election of dark horse Ted Cruz. In November, Cruz cruised to victory...
  • Put Christie under oath

    02/01/2014 6:36:05 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 44 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/31/14 | Editorial Board
    All the king’s horses and all the king’s men will never put Chris Christie together again if New Jersey’s governor fails to refute the accusation that he knew of the George Washington Bridge lane closures as they were taking place. In that event, Christie’s governorship is over and he should prepare to face a federal criminal probe as a private citizen. Resignation would be a must. Otherwise, impeachment would be a snap. Christie stands on the brink of ruin thanks to David Wildstein, the high school pal who, as his Port Authority enforcer, ordered the closures that plunged Fort Lee...
  • McCain: We'll Try to Pass Immigration Changes After GOP Primaries

    10/29/2013 4:12:29 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct 29, 2013 | Tony Lee
    “I think conventional wisdom is that time is not on our side,” McCain told reporters on Monday after an event in Chicago. “But there are a number of members of Congress who have primaries and when those primaries are done, they may be more inclined to address the issue of comprehensive immigration reform.”
  • Jeb Bush says GOP needs ‘agenda’ (On MSNBC, Jeb tells House GOP to pass Amnesty)

    10/17/2013 7:33:44 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/17/13 | TAL KOPAN
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Thursday that Republicans need to craft a positive agenda and can’t just rail against Washington, D.C. “We have to have an agenda, we just can’t be against what’s in front of Washington, D.C.,” Bush said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday. -snip- Taking one last dig at lawmakers on the Hill, Bush called on them to pass immigration reform and hoped it would set a precedent of lawmaking.
  • Obama reaches out to McConnell

    10/15/2013 6:17:34 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/15/13 | Justin Sink
    President Obama phoned Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday as senators worked to finalize a deal that could reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. Neither White House nor congressional aides would provide details of the discussion, which came despite the president cancelation of a planned afternoon meeting with McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
  • John Cornyn slams Yellen as Fed chair nominee

    10/10/2013 9:03:48 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies ^ | October 10, 2013 | Nora Lindtner
    Texas Sen. John Cornyn condemned President Barack Obama’s nomination of Janet Yellen as the head of the Federal Reserve. The Senator feels the reason why America finds its self in a fiscal predicament is due to stimulus “obsession”, and that the last thing the nation needs is someone who intends more “quantitative easing” because that will further harm the economy. “Ms. Yellen subscribes to the liberal school of thought that the best way to handle to our nation’s fiscal challenges is to throw more money at them,” Cornyn wrote in a press release. Not supporting Cornyn’s opposition of Yellen, is...
  • Cornyn Praises Cruz, but Disagrees on Obamacare Tactics (Cornyn will vote for cloture)

    09/25/2013 9:23:17 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 83 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 9/25/13 | Niels Lesniewski
    As Ted Cruz continued to hold the Senate floor, his senior GOP colleague from Texas was calling in to local radio stations expressing general support for the effort while noting a significant tactical disagreement. “Ted’s been a great addition to the United States Senate,” Sen. John Cornyn said on KTSA. “He and I were dove hunting in Hondo this weekend together and we both agree that we need to defund and delay and defeat Obamacare to protect the American people.” But Cornyn, the Republican whip, is in the camp along with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that plans to support...
  • Sen. Marco Rubio tours Florida to repair image damaged over immigration reform

    08/15/2013 12:51:35 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 44 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | AUG 13,2013 | Alex Leary
    As he moves across Florida this week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is keeping two schedules. The public one, where he tells friendly, pro-business crowds what he sees as the dangers of Obamacare. And the invite-only one, where he seeks to reconnect with grass roots conservative activists who have questions — and some outrage — over his involvement in immigration reform. It's a two-step plan designed to repair Rubio's image, which has taken a beating in recent months, darkening the glow of his 2016 presidential The redemption tour continued Tuesday with stops in Tallahassee and Panama City and concludes today in...
  • Pat Toomey: Mitt Romney is a conservative (Another Vichy Republican sellout like DeMint...)

    03/24/2012 5:43:31 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 89 replies · 1+ views
    Morning Call ^ | 3/23/12 | Colby Itkowitz
    Mitt Romney got the next best thing Friday to an endorsement from U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, he got validation. "I think Mitt Romney is a conservative and if he's president, he'll govern as a conservative," Toomey, R-Pa., told reporters after a speech to the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, the annual gathering of conservatives in the state. Toomey made his mark in Washington hunting down and replacing Republican moderates in Congress with Republican conservatives as president of Club for Growth, a powerful anti-tax group. A tea party kingmaker, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., also affirmed Romney's conservatism after meeting with him Thursday...

    12/28/2011 3:23:53 PM PST · by Syncro · 81 replies · 1+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | December 28, 2011 | Ann Coulter
    ONLY ONE CANDIDATE IS RIGHT ON THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES December 28, 2011In the upcoming presidential election, two issues are more important than any others: repealing Obamacare and halting illegal immigration. If we fail at either one, the country will be changed permanently. Taxes can be raised and lowered. Regulations can be removed (though they rarely are). Attorneys general and Cabinet members can be fired. Laws can be repealed. Even Supreme Court justices eventually die. But capitulate on illegal immigration, and the entire country will have the electorate of California. There will be no turning back. Similarly, if...
  • Scott Brown haters, consider the alternative

    12/27/2011 10:48:49 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 39 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/28/11 | Howie Carr
    IÂ’d like to address a question to all the people I hear from who tell me how bad U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is, how heÂ’s a turncoat, sellout, backstabbing, snake-in-the-grass Republican in Name Only (RINO). My question is, if Scott Brown is so damn liberal, how come the Democrats already are spending millions upon millions of dollars to knock him out of the Senate next year? Granted, I donÂ’t think there are that many of these Brown haters out there, but they are way overrepresented in the universe of talk-show radio callers. When the first words out of their mouths...
  • Mitch McConnell kicks the Tea Party to the curb (Leftist agit-prop)

    12/23/2011 2:37:53 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies ^ | 12/23/11 | Keith Rouda
    Mitch McConnell didn't like the Tea Party from the get go. He is a strategist -- a chess player. You could tell from the start that the Senate minority leader saw no upside whatsoever in having the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower, and Reagan represented by idiots like Christine O'Donnell, borderline personalities like Sharron Angle, or know-nothings like Rand Paul. But, ever being that strategist, he also realized that the Tea Party was poised to have a good run for a couple years. So he never got fully on board with them, but he did make room for them, and he...
  • "Have to do this": Cuomo Charts Course for Gay Marriage in NY

    06/25/2011 4:21:03 PM PDT · by sinanju · 49 replies
    MSNBC / NYT ^ | 6/25/2011 | Michael Barbaro
    "...The story of how same-sex marriage became legal in New York is about shifting public sentiment and individual lawmakers moved by emotional appeals from gay couples who wish to be wed. But, behind the scenes, it was really about a Republican Party reckoning with a profoundly changing power dynamic, where Wall Street donors and gay-rights advocates demonstrated more might and muscle than a Roman Catholic hierarchy and an ineffective opposition. And it was about a Democratic governor, himself a Catholic, who used the force of his personality and relentlessly strategic mind to persuade conflicted lawmakers to take a historic leap....
  • The GOP Will Pay a Grave Price

    06/25/2011 3:28:50 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 26 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 25, 2011 | Maggie Gallagher
    New York Republicans are responsible for passing gay marriage. The party will pay a grave price. Here is what we know. In state after state, Democrats who control a chamber in support of their base have prevented votes favorable to marriage: Iowa, West Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania. When Democrats are in the minority, they’ve demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to their base — in Wisconsin and Indiana fleeing the state to prevent a vote. N.Y, Republicans did not have to bring gay marriage up for a vote: What does it mean that they passed gay marriage in N.Y.? Michael Long, the...
  • What David Frum Needed To Say After Giffords' Shooting

    01/10/2011 4:39:37 PM PST · by Lakeshark · 14 replies
    Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion ^ | 1/10/11 | William A. Jacobson
    David Frum takes Sarah Palin to task for not being more public in her reaction to the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords, not being sufficiently empathetic, and not grasping the scope (no pun intended) of the accusations against her, What Palin Needed To Say After Giffords' Shooting: "Palin failed to appreciate the question being posed to her. That question was not: “Are you culpable for the shooting?” The question was: “Having put this unfortunate image on the record, can you respond to the shooting in a way that demonstrates your larger humanity? And possibly also your potential to serve as leader...
  • Obama's Gifts to the GOP

    11/11/2010 8:59:59 PM PST · by Sarah · 20 replies · 3+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 12, 2010 | Peggy Noonan
    Obama's Gifts to the GOP Republicans own the political center for now. Not because they deserve it. Democrats are down, and sniping at each other. That's the way it goes when parties lose. What's interesting is the mood this week among Republicans on the ground. It's not triumphal. They all seem to have in the back of their minds a question: Is this election the beginning of the big turnaround? Is this when the GOP comes to the fore as its best self and soberly, shrewdly pursues policies that will help dig our country out of the mess? Or will...
  • David Frum: A new look at a third party (RINOS ATTEMPTING TO THWART TEA PARTY) (BARF ALERT)

    10/23/2010 1:57:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 66 replies
    National Post ^ | 2010-10-19 | David Frum
    Republican political strategist Mark McKinnon – veteran of McCain and Bush presidential campaigns – acknowledged in an interview with David Frum that a third-party presidential effort for 2012 was not far off, and hinted at his involvement in one. In the podcast interview, McKinnon, who was discussing his recent Daily Beast column “A Centrist Manifesto”, lamented that “there’s nobody that gets rewarded for bipartisan behavior, [and] in fact they get punished.” To that end, he said, “there is a very real possibility for a legitimate third party effort for 2012 … American voters are so hungry for more voice, and...
  • Citizens United Foes Seek a McCain Stand-In (McCain may attack conservatives after beating J.D.!)

    04/15/2010 9:36:37 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 58 replies · 2,371+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 2010-04-16 | Matthew Murray
    (snip) Elias and other observers say that the day of reckoning for possible McCain support is Aug. 24, when Arizona voters take to the polls to decide the 2008 GOP presidential nominee’s fate against his primary opponent, GOP former Rep. J.D. Hayworth. Many observers speculate that after the primary, McCain may pivot toward the middle and could ultimately back a Schumer-Van Hollen bill.“Perhaps he’s planning on voting for it, but because of political considerations or other things he just doesn’t want to be out front,” Elias said. “At the end of the day, it may very well be that he...
  • Ex-Bush Speechwriter David Frum 'Terminated' By Top Conservative Think Tank

    03/25/2010 1:21:46 PM PDT · by HD1200 · 34 replies · 1,888+ views
    Being reported by Huffington What took the think tank so long?
  • The Conservative the Right Loves to Hate (David Frum)

    03/24/2010 9:44:55 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 22 replies · 839+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 03/24/10 | Tunku Varadarajan
    David Frum made headlines by branding Obamacare the Republicans’ Waterloo. Tunku Varadarajan on the rise of the ‘polite-company conservative’—and how Frum gets it all wrong.. Yesterday, I got an email from a prominent conservative academic; it was, I think, a touch harsh on the object of its attention. Here’s what it said: “Frum's pathetic, desperate whining reeks of self-loathing. At least that shows good judgment: I loathe him, too.” The Frum in question is David Frum, former speechwriter for George W. Bush, and the “whining” that so goaded my correspondent was a blog by David, written on the day the...
  • Hannitized is Sanitized

    03/21/2010 3:40:53 PM PDT · by Nephi · 47 replies · 1,777+ views
    Frum Forum ^ | March 19, 2010 | David Frum
    Debbie Schlussel posted a long piece last evening about a charity that Sean Hannity is affiliated with, accusing them of malfeasance and mismangement. FrumForum has done an exhaustive investigation of the charity in question, Freedom Alliance, and found enough evidence to substantially rebut each of Schlussel’s claims. I’ll approach them one by one.
  • Mitch Daniels Offers Advice to Republicans

    03/09/2010 4:08:36 PM PST · by yongin · 58 replies · 871+ views
    NY Times blogs ^ | March 9, 2010 | JEFF ZELENY
    Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana offered a piece of advice to fellow Republicans: “Lay down the philosophical swords” to begin rebuilding the party and tackle the nation’s immense challenges. But he urged Republicans to not become too emboldened by the discontent in the electorate. “Somebody said anger is not a strategy,” Mr. Daniels said in an interview today with editors and reporters from The New York Times. “We have to preach that in our own congregations.” Mr. Daniels, who is in the middle of his second term as governor, said the politics of a midterm election year would likely prevent...
  • George Will Delivers Big at CPAC

    02/22/2010 2:18:03 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 31 replies · 1,331+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | Michael van der Galien
    Commentary’s Peter Wehner rightly draws attention to George Will’s superb speech at CPAC last week. Although the speeches of other speakers, such as Newt Gingrich, Andrew Breitbart, Glenn Beck and, yes, even Ron Paul were covered extensively in the blogosphere, Will’s speech has largely been ignored. This is, as far as I’m concerned, a shame, because Will truly “knocked one out of the park,” as Wehner puts it. Will’s main point was that the Left’s main goal is to make Americans dependent on the government for pretty much everything. He succinctly called this “the dependency agenda.” I strongly encourage you...
  • Crist, at White House, stays 'well beyond hugging range'

    02/21/2010 8:48:21 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 25 replies · 743+ views ^ | 02/21/10 | pool report
    Gov. Charlie Crist and other governors were at the White House this evening for a dinner. The following is a press "pool" report: Governors and first spouses from around the country were in black-tie attire in the State Dining Room. Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota was seated to the right of FLOTUS (First Lady Michelle Obama). In the back row: Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida – well beyond hugging range – at Table 3 with Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Mike Beebe of Arkansas, and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of Calif. sat beside Wisconsin Gov Jim...
  • Powell: It's Time to Lay Off of Obama

    02/21/2010 7:25:58 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 133 replies · 2,669+ views ^ | Feb. 21, 2010 | Polly Davis Doig
    (Newser) – It's time to get past the incessant partisan potshots being taken at President Obama and forge some progress, Colin Powell told Face the Nation today. "I don’t think the country will be well served if the next three years are attempts to bring him down and destroy him as a political figure," said the Republican, who added that "Americans will want to see some progress" and said he doesn't regret voting for Obama in 2008. Powell also dismissed Dick Cheney's suggestions that the country was less safe under Obama as bunk: "To suggest that somehow we’ve become much...
  • George Will's Speech At CPAC 2010 (Excellent)

    02/21/2010 7:25:48 PM PST · by StopObama2012 · 48 replies · 1,346+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 2/21/2010 | Real Clear Politics
    Speech by George Will to CPAC 2010.
  • Sarah Palin and the mutual loathing society

    02/18/2010 6:50:18 PM PST · by U.S. Army Retired · 71 replies · 976+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, February 18, 2010 | George Will
    The Republican presidential nominee, an Arizona senator, was a maverick, which was part of his charm. He spoke and acted impulsively, which was part of his problem. Voters thought his entertaining dimensions might be incompatible with presidential responsibilities. For example, he selected a running mate most Americans had never heard of and who had negligible experience pertinent to the presidency. This was 1964. Barry Goldwater, whose seat John McCain occupies, chose to run with Bill Miller, a congressman from Lockport, N.Y., near Buffalo. Miller, Goldwater cheerfully explained, annoyed Lyndon Johnson. After the Goldwater-Miller ticket lost 44 states, Miller retired to...
  • A history of creased pants and shopworn ideas for David Brooks and other trouser jockeys

    02/13/2010 11:02:50 AM PST · by Silly · 16 replies · 762+ views ^ | February 11, 2010 | Paul Klenk
    Today Matt Patterson takes on The New York Times’ David Brooks for his infatuation with Obama and the “limits of [Brooks’] understanding.” The jumping off point for his piece at Big Government is Brooks’ “continued fascination” with Obama’s perfectly creased pants. So let us jump off Obama’s lap and begin this discussion with a bit of history. You are likely not aware that trousers with creases were once sneered at. They announced to everyone that your pants were “store bought” — creased from sitting on a store shelf, a sign they were factory-made and of inferior quality. Those weren’t “creases”...
  • The Perot Option [Left's Strategy to Divide Us and Keep Power]

    01/30/2010 4:54:48 AM PST · by cmj328 · 37 replies · 933+ views
    NYT ^ | January 28, 2010 | David Brooks
    There is a specter haunting America: the specter of a saner, updated version of Ross Perot. He is lurking out there, ready to ride the free-floating anger and distrust of Washington. He is out there now in one of his homes or private jets, getting madder by the day. He is large of ego, full of money and cranky in mien. When he enters the arena, he’ll say that Washingtonians, all of them, are a bunch of failures. Over the past five years, Washington has tried to reform Social Security, immigration, health care and energy policy. All of these efforts...
  • The Obama Contradiction [PEGGY NOONAN]

    01/29/2010 10:57:44 AM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies · 1,960+ views
    WSJ ^ | January 29,2010 | PEGGY NOONAN
    When you watch a president give a State of the Union Address on television, you're always watching three people: the president at the podium, and the vice president and House speaker on the rise behind him. As a TV shot it's awkward. The vice president and the speaker have been instructed by media professionals not to let their eyes do what they want to do, which is survey the doings in the chamber. Instead they must stare unwaveringly at the back of the president's head. This is so that they appear to be fascinated by what he's saying, as if...
  • Brooks: Democrats “Arrogant, Elitist, & Contemptuous” If They Pass ObamaCare After MA Election

    01/19/2010 3:55:13 PM PST · by Starman417 · 13 replies · 928+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-19-10 | Curt
    Most of this opinion article from David Brooks is the usual "Obama is so great, so wonderful, so thoughtful" baloney but then you get to the bolded paragraph below and you will have to re-read it a few times just to make sure you reading it right. Yes, he is calling out the left if they fail to learn from Massachusetts: The country is now split on Obama, because he is temperate, thoughtful and pragmatic, but his policies are almost all unpopular. If you aggregate the last seven polls on health care reform, 41 percent support it and 51 percent...
  • A Blight Grows in Brooklyn

    01/03/2010 6:23:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1,029+ views ^ | January 3, 2010 | George Will
    BROOKLYN -- On Aug. 27, 1776, British forces routed George Washington's novice army in the Battle of Brooklyn, which was fought in fields and woods where today the battle of Prospect Heights is being fought. Americans' liberty is again under assault, but this time by overbearing American governments. The fight involves an especially egregious example of today's eminent domain racket. The issue is a form of government theft that the Supreme Court encouraged with its worst decision of the last decade -- one that probably will be radically revised in this one. The Atlantic Yards site, where 10 subway lines...
  • Rogue on the Road (Frum: Palin uses sex)

    11/18/2009 6:45:03 PM PST · by RedStateDefender · 57 replies · 2,054+ views
    News Hour with Jim Lehrer ^ | 11/18/2009 | Judy Woodruff / David Frum
    Judy Woodruff did a piece on Sarah Palin and her book. Among the interview participants was National Review Contributing Editor David Frum. Frum said that Palin "got into a position of leadership by sending very powerful sexual signals." It was a highly edited segment and there was no follow up or elaboration. (Segment has not yet been posted online.)
  • Romney accuses Obama of not protecting troops

    11/14/2009 1:52:09 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 93 replies · 2,263+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney delivered a scathing criticism of President Obama's Afghanistan strategy Friday night, accusing the president of delivering rhetoric and not action in the war-torn country. Quoting from a speech Obama delivered in March, Romney agreed with the president "that 'we are in Afghanistan to confront a common enemy that threatens the United States, our friends and allies."' Romney continued on seconding the president: "I believe 'that to succeed, we and our friends and allies must reverse the Taliban's gains, and promote a more capable and accountable Afghan government.'"
  • David Frum: The Palin Fantasy

    11/09/2009 7:09:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies · 2,283+ views
    The Frum Forum (fka The New Majority) ^ | November 7, 2009 | David Frum
    Matthew Continetti has a piece in this weekend’s Weekly Standard hailing Sarah Palin as the ideal leader of a new populist uprising. One obvious objection to his thesis: The populist Sarah is in fact one of the most unpopular figures in American life. According to Gallup, 63% of Americans say they would never consider voting for her. By a margin of 62%-31% Americans rate Palin “unqualified” to serve as president – by far the worst score for any leading Republican. In comparison, only 51% of Americans say they would never consider voting for Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee – and...
  • Palin 'Catastrophic' for GOP?

    10/02/2009 4:31:30 PM PDT · by pissant · 111 replies · 3,806+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 10/2/09 | Steve Stromberg
    Steve Schmidt, John McCain's chief campaign strategist in 2008, said today that a Sarah Palin presidential nomination in 2012 would be “catastrophic” for the GOP. Is this controversial? I can’t count the ways in which she is a poor candidate. She’s a terrible strategist, having inexplicably resigned before the end of her first term. She's a capricious handler of her public appearances and the press. She picked a fight with David Letterman, of all people. People give her credit for having a unique brand of political charisma, but she needs prepared texts lest she go off the rails. (Remember her...
  • Coulter, Frum On Sarah Palin's Resignation (Video)

    07/27/2009 10:40:55 AM PDT · by Syncro · 25 replies · 1,629+ views
    Real Clear Politics Video ^ | July 27, 2009 | CBS News
    Frum disses Palin for sharing money with Alaska taxpayers when she comes out against government "handouts" He says Palin was popular in Alaska because she gave everyone 1200 bucks. Frum: Palin failed in interview after interview. Coulter: She has tremendous star power Frum: Palin a divisive force within the republican party And within the country. And will lead the party to political defeat and ineffectiveness in government. (LOL HUH? That's what the GOP did with McCain)Coulter: Reagan was divisive too, and they said he was just appealing to the base (It worked then) Coulter: Palin a lot closer to the...
  • Powell says Iraq surge should have come earlier

    07/05/2009 8:27:45 PM PDT · by trumandogz · 35 replies · 1,051+ views
    WASHINGTON – Colin Powell says the U.S. took too long to strengthen its forces in Iraq after Baghdad fell early in the war. Powell, the nation's top military officer under President George H.W. Bush and secretary of state for President George W. Bush, said the decision to use a lighter force to defeat the Iraqi army was correct. But he said in a television interview broadcast Sunday that the younger Bush's administration should have realized the initial success in 2003 was only the start of a longer fight.
  • Colin Powell 'concerned' Obama's agenda may be too ambitious, too costly

    07/05/2009 10:05:54 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 26 replies · 637+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 7/5/2009 | Michael Saul
    ormer Secretary of State Colin Powell says President Obama's agenda may be too ambitious, and costly. "One of the challenges that President Obama has now is that he's got so many things on the table, and these are issues that the American people find important, health care and so many other issues," said Powell in an interview slated to air Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union with John King." "But I think one of the cautions that has to be given to the president -- and I've talked to some of his people about this -- is that you...
  • The urgent case to reform conservatism

    06/18/2009 2:29:34 PM PDT · by yongin · 12 replies · 636+ views
    The week ^ | June 18, 2009 | David Frum
    For the past four years, Republican reformers have been warning of political disaster ahead. Our party's ideas have fallen behind the times, we are losing key demographic groups, and we have suffered disappointment and defeat in four of the six national elections since 1998. You'd think that such a record would demand reform. Yet most conservatives prefer to rationalize the dismal trends. They say: There's nothing wrong with conservatism. We lost in 2006 because of overspending and Iraq. We lost in 2008 because of the financial crisis and John McCain. There's no need to change or adapt. All we need...
  • George Will: Racing Past the Constitution

    04/12/2009 7:29:21 AM PDT · by kellynla · 60 replies · 4,368+ views ^ | April 12, 2009 | George Will
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Rampant redistribution of wealth by government is now the norm. So is this: It inflames government's natural rapaciousness and subverts the rule of law. This degeneration of governance is illustrated by the Illinois Legislature's transfer of income from some disfavored riverboat casinos to racetracks.</p>