Brown Victory Now A Very Real Possibility

It is now undeniable:  Scott Brown has the momentum in the Massachusetts Senate race, and the cause is health care.  That should be horrifying news to Democrats – and if they had any sanity, they would pull back from the brink and embrace the realization that the voters are preparing to send a powerful message.  [...]

The Shape Of Things To Come?

The Massachusetts Senate race is notable for many reasons, and the lesson seems hard to ignore: Riding a wave of opposition to Democratic health-care reform, GOP upstart Scott Brown is leading in the U.S. Senate race, raising the odds of a historic upset that would reverberate all the way to the White House, a new [...]

Big Night for the GOP…

…at least at the statehouse level.  The big statewide offices in Virginia have been swept by the Republicans, and it’s looking probable, though not declared yet, that Christie will win in New Jersey.  NY-23 hasn’t been called at this time, but appears likely to go to the Democrat, in what will be widely read as [...]

Hiatt: Obama Inherited a Nation Headed Towards Fiscal Disaster – and Made It Worse

See, here’s the deal – I will probably never convince those of you on the left that my opposition to Obama’s domestic agenda is not partisan (well, okay, partly partisan, but not in the main). I really DO wish we could offer universal health care, and I acknowledge the seriousness of climate change (while remaining [...]

Am I ALWAYS A Partisan Hack?

Of course, I’d like to think not…so let me cross my party twice here: First, it’s about time Al Franken was seated. I don’t like him, and I don’t think he’ll add anything but rancor to the Senate (surprise me, Al, surprise me)…but this has gone on long enough. I’m glad Coleman finally conceded, but [...]

What’s Another Trillion Between Broke Friends?

What do you suppose a responsible politician would do, in the face of a struggling economy reeling under massive amounts of personal debt and a government deficit running wildly out of control and sparking still nascent but unmistakable fears of the return of crushing inflation? We’ll never know, because we’re not governed by responsible politicians. [...]

Congressional Hypocrisy On “Torture”

UPDATE 05/15/09: I’m taking the rare step of bumping this post back up top, as there has been a lively give and take in the comments and the Nancy Pelosi angle has thrown this story into high relief… __________________________________________ It’s been well-established from newspaper reports, including work by the NY Times (wrong – I misremembered, [...]

Remembering Jack Kemp

Jack Kemp was a man who was easy to like.  Of course, I never met him personally, but his public persona was optimistic and he famously argued for the need for Republicans to have a ‘big tent’ philosophy.  His other (political) claim to fame was his advocacy of tax cuts and supply-side economics.  All of [...]

The Specter Switch

By now you’ve read 10,000 words on this topic, but let me put my two cents in: First, it’s a disaster for Republicans.  I don’t want to hear this RINO stuff – he just gave the 60th vote to the Democrats.  That’s huge. It’s also a huge black eye for the Republican Party that we [...]

It’s Tax Day, Tea Party Day…

…and my birthday.  So what do I think about that?  Well, you have to get older, so… Oh, the tea party thing.  Well, I haven’t been involved, but I think it’s great, for the following reasons: (1) Government spending IS waaaaaaay out of control.  The fact that this began under a Republican president doesn’t mean [...]

Another Nail In The “Card Check” Coffin

A few days ago, we learned that Arlen Specter, on whose support unions counted to pass the nefarious “Card Check” legislation, had decided against the laughingly titled “Employee Free Choice Act”. Now key Democrats are deserting, as well: Whether you label it the “card check” bill or the Employee Free Choice Act, you can also [...]

How to Get Out of the Informed Speculation Hall of Shame

My Hall of Shame (see menu at the top of the screen) had three initial members:  Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe, and Susan Collins.  I chose these three for voting for the Obama stimulus.  I did this not because of the gesture of bipartisanship (I don’t believe in obstruction for obstruction’s sake, and indeed, I think [...]

A Katrina Moment? I Doubt It

I’ve been quite critical of Barack Obama of late, and rightly so…and there is no doubt he has been in a major slump.  When a Democrat loses Frank Rich, you know he’s in a bit of trouble: A CHARMING visit with Jay Leno won’t fix it. A 90 percent tax on bankers’ bonuses won’t fix [...]

Don’t Look Now…

…but Democrats, apparently unsatisfied with the distraction of the pork-laden omnibus spending bill, are going to throw another divisive partisan struggle on top of the economic meltdown tomorrow, as if we didn’t have enough going on already. Of course, I’m talking about the notorious ‘card check’ legislation which appears to exist for one reason only: [...]

The Path Of No Return

Ross Douthat (via Mickey Kaus) writes in the Atlantic about Barack Obama’s strategy of bringing European-style ‘social democracy’ to the US.  Essentially, he sees it as the reverse of the old Reagan-style “starve the beast”: in this case, use temporary middle-class tax breaks and the anxiety and fear surrounding the economic crisis to mask over [...]

Reid: Porking Is Fundamental

I blogged below on how Obama is just not credible.  I’m sorry, but he’s not.  He has not lived up to his promises, time and time again, which makes him no different than any other politician – only he was SUPPOSED to be different. The latest letdown is his quick cave-in to pork, which as [...]

2012 – Do Republicans Have A Prayer?

The answer is yes, if the economy keeps tanking – Obama inherited this recession, but it’s gaining steam.  Markets are about expectations, and at this point, the drag on the markets can no longer be put squarely at the feet of ex-President Bush.  There is no confidence that Washington has a handle on this crisis [...]

The Bravest Man In Washington?

It takes no guts at all for a Republican to oppose Barack Obama’s reckless budget that projects a one-year deficit of $1.75 trillion (or more than 12% of the size of the entire yearly output of the U.S. economy, and one that still relies on overly rosy economic forecasts even at that).  It would be [...]

2010 News Already?

Yes, I know Obama is speaking in primetime in just a bit, but really, do we expect any actual news from that?  I doubt it…so here’s a first peak at next year, in my own backyard. I don’t know why Kay Bailey Hutchison has decided to leave a safe Senate seat to take on an [...]

Captain, That Does Not Compute

My last post talked about the erroneous idea that opposition to the Democratic stimulus bill (with just three Republican votes in the Senate, and none in the House, and given that Democrats control both houses and the presidency, I think that’s an accurate description) equates to a desire to do nothing about the economic crisis.  [...]