Good For Ed

9 07 2014

Troy

Hot rumor going around the political circuit in and around the political types hanging around the Lincoln County Fair.  It’s being said so often and spread so far and wide that it has to be true.

Ed Martin, who I once said had “all the emotional stability of a Kardashian,” now runs the state Republican committee.  The hot rumor is that he’s steaming mad over the RINO establishment’s tactics in Mississippi a few weeks ago.

And he’s not just some nobody snarky blogger.  He runs a state Republican committee, in what is becoming a pretty reliable red state in most instances.  Him having this attitude is Fort Sumter.  And it was only three months between that and Manassas.





Weakening the World

8 07 2014

Boston

Hide the wife and kids and bar the door.  Because Grover Norquist is thinking again.

He thinks big cities can turn red if Republicans get in front of the Uber/Lyft issues on the side of the disruptive innovations.

Just like big cities turned red because Republicans got out in front of the charter school question in favor of them.

Really, though, if you want to turn big cities red, you’d swap out their current predominant demographics for white families, and make it easy and affordable for white people to start families.  But ole Grover’s wee little brain infected with the egalitarian-libertarian virus will reject that out of hand.





RINO Secret Sauce

30 06 2014

Arizona

They think they’ve found the magic formula.

What this officially means is that they’ve learned nothing from Cantor.  His defeat didn’t humble the RINOs, it only made them more angry and got them on the war path.

Though it’s probably better for us in the long run, because it only means the day of reckoning is now closer than it otherwise would have been.





Boner Passes the Hot Potato

20 06 2014

Cincinnati

CNS:

House Speaker John Boehner is asking President Obama to send the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border, to relieve the U.S. Border Patrol as it deals with an unprecedented influx of children and families — tens of thousands since October, many from Central America.

“Our country is facing a national security and humanitarian crisis along our southern border,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wrote to the president on Friday.

“The policies of your administration have directly resulted in the belief by these immigrants that once they reach U.S. soil, they will be able to stay here indefinitely.

Not so fast, Johnny.

I wonder why “these (invaders)” have the “belief…that once they reach (Amurrikan) soil, they will be able to stay here indefinitely.”  Could part of the reason be that open borders RINOs like John Boehner are trying to weasel their way into getting some sort of amnesty bill passed?  Could the “we’ll find a place for you” slash “we can’t deport millions of people” rhetoric from Rand Paul be fueling the Camp of the Saints?  Could rhetoric about the necessity of giving some sort of legal status to “kids” and “dreamers” from that political dead man walking, Eric Cantor, have encouraged the deluge?

Say it ain’t so!

Turns out Barack Obama isn’t the only one good at being able to avoid the blame for the negative consequences of his own actions.





And the Alternative Is?

4 05 2014

Washington, D.C.

Let me translate this into English.

Obama is only a “failure” because he hasn’t invaded the world nor has he been able to convince House Republicans to bust the border wide open.

IOW, neo-con whining.

If this is the “alternative” to Obama, then Obama looks pretty good.

Inconvenient truth:  Obama doesn’t enforce immigration law, and he does want to invade the world, just not as much of the world as the neo-cons want.





Rorschach on a Roll

24 04 2014

Dixie

NYT via Hoft.

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Orange is a county where the white voters gave Barack Obama less than 20% of their votes.  It does not mean meant Romney carried the county, and a county not being orange on this map does not mean that Obama did carry it.

It’s amazing how two different people can see the same thing and come up with two different tellings of the tale or interpretations of the data.  You can read what Nate Cohn of the NYT thinks, and I doubt that he’s out of the NYT mainstream on that.

My interpretation is that the white people in these orange counties, and a lot of others that were close to being orange on this map, have done the heavy lifting for the Stupid Party election in and election out, and have almost been a Stonewall Jackson to preclude its extinction.  Yet those white voters have disappointingly little to show for it, one rare and fleeting exception was SCOTUS upholding MCRI earlier this week.

This map doesn’t prove Nate Cohn correct, it proves Hunter Wallace correct.





Awesome

14 04 2014

Cincinnati

It’s going to be hard to defeat an incumbent House Speaker in his own party’s primary for his own Congressional seat.

But he’s giving himself a puncher’s chance with this.





Because…Republicans

9 04 2014

Virginia

It calls itself “Shaun Kenney,” but it’s really an unhinged neo-Marxist egalitarian loon that is now running the Virginia Republican Party (into the ground).

If Shawn the Loon gets what he wants, realizing that he’s probably also for ditching the social issues, doffing the tax and spend skepticism (former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell signed one of the biggest tax increases in state history), and who knows what else, you have to wonder what he thinks is supposed to be the compelling reason to vote Republican instead of Democrat.

UPDATE 4/15

One degree of separation between Kenney and Eric Cantor.

 

 

 





Just a Duh Machine

11 03 2014

Washington, D.C.

One thing I learned from the Uncle Remus stories:

When your worst enemy is about to throw you into the briar patch, beg him not to.

With that in mind, let’s look near the end about this article about the Chamber Pot of Commerce’s war on TPM incumbents turning out to be a big flop:

As a result, “Tea party groups are launching rebel campaigns,” and “a new breed of conservative is marching up to Congress who doesn’t much care that the Republican Party is supposed to be the party of Big Business.” Big business groups have spent money to help Florida Republican Dave Jolly and Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), an ally of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH), who is being primaried by Bryan Smith. But they have not spent as aggressively for establishment candidates or against conservative incumbents as they had suggested.

The Chamber Pot of Commerce, with all its saber rattling, left the TPM no choice but to sound and hopefully also eventually be more populist, so they had to take it.

Yeah, what a smart strategy, Chamber Pot of Commerce.  “We’re gonna turn the people against these bastard incumbents because they’re not shills for mega-corporations!”

As an aside, the aforementioned Dave Jolly is the Republican nominee in a special election in Florida today for a Congressional seat, FL-13, in the Tampa Bay area.  The Democrat nominee is Alex Sink, who was the Democrat nominee for Florida Governor two years ago.  The special election had to be held because the incumbent Republican, Bill Young, died a few months ago.  The polling shows it tight, and now I realize why Jolly isn’t going to run away with it even if he does win:  Because he’s a RINO establishment whore, and voters in FL-13 know it.

Also, Steve LaTourette gets a mention here.  I’ve mentioned him before in this space.





Life Is For the Living

11 03 2014

National Harbor, Maryland

If you haven’t read James Kirkpatrick’s second V-Dare column about the total waste of time, energy, money, space and oxygen that was CPAC 2014, the column came out overnight, then get to it.

CPAC started as essentially a weapon in the Reaganite war against the Ford-Rockefeller establishment, and now the latter have, using one weird trick, taken it over.  (Sorry for the allusion to internet linkbait.)  Sure, Reagan would be turning over in his grave to see what happened to CPAC, but the whole sad weekend and James Kirkpatrick’s two postmortems in V-Dare are proof that life is for the living.

But then I thought about it some more.  Sure, the RINOs stole CPAC and a whole lot of other things from genuine Reaganite conservatives.  But what if that is somewhat the fault of genuine Reaganite conservatives?  What if I told you that the reason that happened is because genuine Reaganite conservatives made it easy for the RINOs and their burglary?

I’m going to cut to the chase, mainly because the salt mines of the State Capitol will soon beckon.  The reason the Reaganites are partially to blame for the RINOs stealing their institutions from them is because Reaganites left the doors to their houses both unlocked and wide open, in a sense of speaking.  Genuine lamestream conservatives spent (wasted) decades trying to mash up and roll together the features and consequences of American rightist populism-nationalism with noxious egalitarian-libertarian ideology.  In other words, the RINOs were able to take over CPAC and everything else because the Reaganites’ self-prostration to egalitarianism-libertarianism neutralized their ability to fight back, much less notice the theft.

If the “mainstream” right would have never dicked around with egalitarianism-libertarianism, then it would have been virtually impossible for scam artists like Al Cardenas and many others like him to infiltrate and steal mainstream rightists’ institutions from them.  Or, let me put it to you another way:  This kind of purloining and perfidy would not be possible in today’s Russia.





Prop Goes the Weasel

10 03 2014

National Harbor, Maryland

Mitch-McConnell-rifle-CPAC-620x361

Mitchey boy must not realize that all the low information voters are in the other party.  I’m glad this stunt fell flat.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean the CPAC crowd this past weekend was impervious to political stunts.  To wit:  Rand Paul.  However, the news on that front is not all bad.





Part of the Plan

3 03 2014

National Harbor, Maryland

Lamer cons are going to use the occasion of CPAC this coming weekend to bitch and moan about the Stupid Party’s failure to adhere to lamestream conservatism.

The whole irony of this?

CPAC started out as a lamer con weapon to combat the RINO/Stupid Party establishment, and was an early incubator of Ronald Reagan’s national ambitions.  But now, CPAC has pretty much been absorbed into the RINO/Stupid Party machine.  So much so that the same open borders donor class sugar daddies that have pretty much bought out the ACU (the long time sponsor of CPAC) have now also footed the bill to hold CPAC at the much swankier and much more expensive Gaylord Center in much more expensive (and blue state, I might add) National Harbor, Maryland.

Sure, we might get some very good people saying some very good things at CPAC this weekend.  But don’t worry, the barnacles behind the curtains will make sure it all goes into File 13.

Meanwhile, John Boehner is still trying to scam his way into getting amnesty and open borders.

With that, I’m going to point you to two excellent James Kirkpatrick columns about last year’s CPAC, last March 13 and March 18.  I get the feeling that all that will be necessary for him to write about this year’s CPAC is to take last year’s columns and change the dates.

Oh, and one more thing?  The article I linked to at the beginning of this post quotes St. Louis’s own Ed Martin.  Yes, THAT Ed Martin.





It’s About Time

18 02 2014

Colorado

Politico:

Exclusive: Mega-donors plan GOP war council

A group of major GOP donors, led by New York billionaire Paul Singer, is quietly expanding its political footprint ahead of the midterm elections in an increasingly assertive effort to shape the direction of the Republican Party.

The operation was launched discreetly last year, with the previously unreported formation of a club called the American Opportunity Alliance to bring together some of the richest pro-business GOP donors in the country, several of whom share Singer’s support for gay rights, immigration reform and the state of Israel.

It’s about time someone stood up to the homophobic xenophobic anti-Israel/anti-Semitic opulent money and political machine in this country.  I’m glad the poor oppressed billionaires are finally starting to call out the malignant conspiracy that the broke and powerless and dispossessed are waging against them.

Power to the (filthy rich) people!





Too Clever By Whole

3 02 2014

Aztlan

So Sean Trende’s fancy theory is that the Stupid Party is pushing amnesty+open borders because it wants to keep the 2014 red wave from being too big of a blowout for themselves, to make it a relatively narrow win.  Because they’re afraid of the implications of winning big, or they don’t want the TPM to be able to take credit for a massive red wave, or they’re trying to drive out the TPM and win anyway (albeit more narrowly) to “prove” that they can win without it.  Therefore, they’re pushing amnesty to depress their own base.

These are the kinds of off the wall theories that people come up with because they can’t accept Occam’s Razor, in this case, a donor riot.

But here’s proof that Trende’s theory is goofy — If the Stupid Party was trying to drive away its base on purpose by pushing amnesty, then why are they trying to make us think the amnesty plan they’re pushing is “conservative” and something we should embrace?  Why is Mark Zuckerberg going to start opening up his daddy warbucks war chest soon to try to con conservatives into thinking whatever Boehner+Cantor+McCarthy+Rodgers+Ryan+Goodlatte spit out is conservative if this was all an effort to drive us away?





Scam Vs Scam

27 01 2014

Aztlan

Byron York:

On Sunday I talked and emailed with four sources intimately involved in the immigration matter, and the picture that emerges is yes, some Republicans have discussed delaying action on immigration until after the threat of primary challenges passes. But no, it does not appear that the GOP leadership is planning to do it or is even pushing the idea — and besides, there is no guarantee at all that Republicans will agree to do anything on immigration, anyway.

First, from the top. “There are a lot of members who think primary dates should be a factor,” says one leadership aide. “The Speaker is not one of them.” Another leadership aide stresses that “absolutely no” decisions have been made and “I’ve not heard one word about primary calendars and filing deadlines. That [Wall Street Journal] passage is people projecting their desires.”

Yet another aide concedes that the issue has been discussed among the membership, but there’s an obvious problem: it’s such an obvious maneuver. “If you do it before the primaries, a lot of the members are going to be skittish about doing it before the primaries,” the aide says. “They’re not going to take the vote. But when you start to say that, then it looks political. So all of these members who are facing primaries are going to be asked, ‘What are you going to do?’” The aide notes that if GOP voters believe lawmakers are even thinking about taking action on immigration, they will demand that their representative make some sort of binding pledge, as when many GOP members found themselves under pressure to promise not to vote to raise the debt ceiling. That would be counter-productive for those Republican members who want to pass one or more immigration bills.

Finally, a well-connected strategist calls the primary challenge talk recounted in the Wall Street Journal “painfully blunt” and adds, “I don’t know what leadership staff would say that.” Even talking about delaying action on immigration in order to foil primary challenges could incite conservatives out in the districts to launch primary challenges.

The strategist stresses that, for all the talk, there’s no agreement within the House GOP on what to do about immigration. But there’s no question the issue is on the table. “The focus of the retreat is how do we address the economy and jobs,” the strategist says. “There are going to be a couple of specific issues that are brought up because they are clearly things that are going to have to be dealt with — the debt ceiling, health care, and immigration is one of those, as well.”

Let me net this out for you:

On one side, you have RINOs who want to wait until the primary season is over so that whatever scam they try to pull on us, we can’t do anything about it through primarying the RINOs.

On the other side, you have RINOs who don’t want to wait until the primary season is over, because doing so would be too obvious that they’re trying to scam us and pull a fast one over on us.

Oh my, this is what it’s down to. Debating on how best to scam us.

Because…the Chamber Pot of Commerce is opening the daddy warbucks war chest, big time.

The only slight silver lining in this cloud is at least they’re aware that they’re being treacherous.





Zombie Amnestypocalypse

4 12 2013

Aztlan

There is nothing more alive than something that jillionaires and zillionaires want that is said to be dead.

We all knew it would be back.  I just thought that it wouldn’t be until after the elections in 2014, the lame duck session of Congress.

Turns out that it’s going to be sooner than we thought.  Boehner is waiting on the last candidate filing deadline of all the states for the 2014 election cycle to pass, which is actually coming up pretty soon.  So he’s going to lay low and wait until the Republican primary ballot candidates are locked in, then start salami slicing his way to amnesty.  That way, we won’t be able to primary any RINOs that vote for any of the salami slices, and I guess Boehner and Co. presume that we’re so incensed over ObamaDontCare that the Democrats in those districts don’t have a chance anyway.

What this means is that temporary respite of mine in my daily phone calls to members of Congress is over.  I actually finished the entire 435 member House before I paused, but I’m going to have to start again sooner than I thought I would have had to, and start all over again from the beginning.





Both Woefully Wrong

2 12 2013

BRA

Stupid Party sends out a tweet honoring Rosa Parks.  Think Regress loses its shit in earnest.

They’re both wrong, BTW.  Which is usually the case when the Stupid Party and the kook left start “arguing” about race.





All Mixed Up

26 11 2013

Northern Virginia

Karl Roverrated is Grover Norquist’s sock puppet.

Err…Grover Norquist is Karl Roverrated’s sock puppet.

Hell, I can’t keep up.

Does it matter anyway?  They’re all the same RINOs out of the same stables funded by the same donor class comprised of the same people.  Pick one, you’ve picked ‘em all.





I Want a Divorce

11 10 2013

Babylon

yellowstain

Irreconcilable differences.

Yeah, I know, the battle over who gets custody of Justin Amash will be epic.

 





Try to Remember

3 09 2013

Chicago

Chicago’s revvunds demand that Mark Kirk atone his evil comments about rounding up gang bangers by supporting reparations for slavery, which would largely benefit black revvunds.

This is Mark Kirk we’ll talking about.  This will probably be his next order of business after voting to send us to war in Syria.

Alan Keyes came out for reparations for Senate in 2004 when he was running for the same Senate seat Kirk has right now.  It was such an unpopular position that Keyes lost the election to…

…Barack Obama.





If Number Four Is Spouting This…

27 08 2013

Spokane, Washington

Rumor mill:  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA), the fourth in command in the House Republican leadership, reportedly told a town hall of her constituents within the last few days that the ObamaCare individual mandate is justifiable because it’s just like requirements to buy car insurance.

If this is true, then #4 saying this is a clue that #3, #2 and #1 think it.  Those being the useless twaddles from Bakersfield, Calif., Richmond, Va., and suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, respectively.

Cathy McMorris Rogers’s opinion about Delbert Shorty Belton?  You’d think someone would ask, after all, it happened in her city.





Limbaugh Theory, Boehner Corollary

5 08 2013

Washington, D.C.

AP:

House GOP plans anti-Washington push in August

House Republicans will take a carefully orchestrated, staunchly anti-Washington campaign to voters this month, blaming President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats for Americans’ unhappiness with government.

“Every day I serve in Congress, I work to fight Washington,” says a suggested op-ed in a richly detailed “planning kit” distributed to all 234 House Republicans ahead of the August recess.

Running against Washington is an old strategy. Ronald Reagan summarized it only minutes after being sworn in as president in January 1981. “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem,” he told the country. “Government is the problem.”

Even if there’s little new about the tactic, it requires some finesse, or selective forgetfulness, by Republican incumbents seeking re-election to a House that their party controls. “Part II” of the House Republican Conference’s August planning kit focuses on the GOP’s accomplishments, aides said.

There’s nothing new about the tactic because it’s Obama’s tactic:  Trying to divorce himself from the consequences of his own actions, by constantly appearing to be campaigning against Washington, in order to bamboozle the low information undertow.

It’s almost as lame for the House Republican leadership to do it, because most of the reason why people despise Washington these days wouldn’t be happening if the House Republican leadership wasn’t the surrender monkey caucus, and if it wasn’t trying to find a way to scam its more proper-thinking back benchers into signing on to immigration treason and open borders.  ObamaCare would be dead in the water if the House would use the power of the purse not to fund it, but that idea is the province of a handful of “wacko birds,” i.e. members of Congress who take their oaths seriously.

If you’re a House Republican, I suggest you put this “planning kit” in the same recycling bin where you put all those solicitations from the Jehovah’s Witnesses.





Castles Way Up High

23 07 2013

Delaware

Me, May 17:

Prediction:

By the time it’s all over, and all the documents have bubbled up to the surface and everyone that has something to say winds up talking, we’re going to find out that IRSgate was a bipartisan scandal.  What I mean by that is that both Democrats/Obama and the RINO/Stupid Party Establishment wanted to use the IRS to put the screws on the TPM, because both dislike it, and both had an incentive in 2012 to keep it from being too active; the RINOs didn’t want them to interfere with their coronation of Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee earlier in the year, and Obama wanted to be re-elected later in the year.

That the IRS director during the heart of the IRSgate timeline was a Bush holdover is not an irrelevant fact here, IMHO.

And I bet Karl Roverrated is involved somehow.

WaT, today:

Records of snooping into Christine O’Donnell tax records disappear

Delaware state officials have told Congress that they likely destroyed the computer records that would show when and how often they accessed Christine O’Donnell’s personal tax records and acknowledged that a newspaper article was used as the sole justification for snooping into the former GOP Senate candidate’s tax history.

(snip)

Specifically, Mr. Grassley’s staff was told that a Delaware state investigator asked for and received permission from his boss on a Saturday to access Ms. O’Donnell’s tax records based on a local newspaper article about a civil lien. The lien, it turned, out was issued erroneously.

Mr. Grassley said he was concerned that a simple newspaper article that alleged no criminal wrongdoing could be used to pierce one of America’s most protected privacies, tax information.

(snip)

“The state says it looked at Ms. O’Donnell’s federal records because of a newspaper article describing a federal tax lien against her,” Mr. Grassley said. “Does the state look at every taxpayer who faces a federal lien or only those who happen to appear in a newspaper article? Is it routine for a state employee to email his boss about looking at a taxpayer’s records on a Saturday, when the article appeared? It’s hard to evaluate what happened in the O’Donnell case without answering these questions, and I’ll continue to work to get more information.”

Mr. Grassley’s staff also was told that Delaware officials do not think they kept any of the computerized records showing when their investigators accessed Ms. O’Donnell’s tax records because such searches are stored for only three months before they are deleted or destroyed.

The access was believed to have occurred in March 2010, the same month Ms. O’Donnell formally launched her Senate campaign that shocked the Delaware establishment by defeating Republican favorite Michael Castle in the primary election.

(snip)

But Ms. O’Donnell told The Times last week that when investigators alerted her in January that her confidential tax records were breached three years ago, they told her the date was March 9, 2010.

That date was the same day Ms. O’Donnell scheduled a news conference to announce her Senate run. It’s also the same date the IRS admitted the lien against her was mistakenly generated by a computer and sent to Delaware.

On March 9, 2010, Christine O’Donnell was not a political threat to the Democrat looking to replace Joe Biden in the Senate, that being the man who ultimately won, Chris Coons.  She was an immediate threat to the establishment liberal-RINO Mike Castle.  Therefore, leaking fake info about tax “issues” she didn’t have at the time it was leaked was done with the intent of helping Castle.  Meaning that there’s some smoking gun out there with liberal-RINO fingerprints all over it.

UPDATE

Sorry for the junior senior moment I just had, but I did a blog post with a title that has a musical allusion, and I totally forgot the YT video embed.

This and its remixes were club staples in the first half of the last decade.





Point of Pride

23 07 2013

Aztlan

A poll of Hispanics shows that illegal aliens are 31% strong Democrat, 23% leaning Democrat, 15% leaning Republican and 4% strong Republican, while 27% don’t identify with either party.

Conservatism Inc. and the Stupid Party are popping champagne bottles tonight to celebrate the fact that 19% of illegal alien Hispanics are strongly or lean Republican, to add to their black voter.





Ask People

3 07 2013

Chicago

Breitbart:

Study: Republicans Leaving Party Are Tired of ‘Two Evils’ Argument

A new study by the Frontier Lab, a conservative market research group, found that Republican voters who leave the party do so because they are are tired of being told to vote Republican as the “lesser of two evils.” The study, “Switching Behavior: Modeling disaffiliation from the Republican brand,” is published on the group’s website and applies scientific methods of qualitative research to the GOP’s most urgent problem.

Unlike the official Republican National Committee (RNC) “autopsy,” which was prepared by consultants and political figures using familiar campaign-season methods such as focus groups and polls, the Frontier Lab study applied a specific methodology from market research, Behavioral Event Modeling (BEM), to understand the specific decisions of a sample of 97 Republicans who had chosen to leave the party in recent years.

IOW, the official “autopsy” was done by the same people who caused the problem.   The RINO Establishment isn’t going to tell you that the RINO Establishment caused Romney not to win, and certainly the RINO Establishment won’t fix the RINO Establishment.  As far as the RINO Establishment is concerned, those bugs are features.  The zillionaires for whom the barnacle class of the RINO Establishment rides herd don’t care who of which party wins elections, they just want their EL CHEAPO labor.  You watch:  If the 2016 Presidential race is Generic Democrat vs Jeff Sessions, the RINO Establishment will be behind the curtains all-in all-out for the Democrat.

Meanwhile, the people have been kicked in the nuts so long that they finally figure out they’re not wanted are merely telling the truth.





Count Me Unimpressed

23 06 2013

Opelousas, Louisiana

Shorter Rastus:  “I switched parties because the Republican Party was the left wing party in this country 150 years ago.”

What’s even more pathetic is the orgasm that lamestream conservatism is having over this.

And you wonder why we’re in the fix that we’re in — The blight right wing, or what laughably passes for it, is as egalitarian as the left.





Growth Qua Growth

29 04 2013

New York

paul-singer

…is helping to fund the GOP’s amnesty and open borders wing.

This one’s fortune came from hedge funds.  Therefore, unlike Sheldon Adelson, another GOP amnesty and open border wing sugar daddy, who directly benefits and profits as the labor wage scale is driven down, (which of course is one of the real desired effects of “comprehensive immigration reform”), as Adelson hires a lot of cheap labor Hispanics in his Las Vegas casinos, Paul Singer’s interest in amnesty and open borders isn’t direct, because a mass onslaught of cheap labor peasant Mezo-Indo-Chicano jungle people doesn’t reduce his firm’s labor costs.  No, his interest is growth for the sake of growth.  That and I’m sure he thinks he can shave his labor costs a little with the allotment of legal immigrant visas being expanded in the Gang Bangers of Eight bill.





This Time, Megan McArdle Keeps It Nice and Simple

24 04 2013

Daily Beast

Let’s pick it up in about the middle:

Jed Bartlett doesn’t win policy debates because of his amazing tactical skills, his overpowering arguments, or the sheer persuasiveness of his granite-faced brand of urbane folksomeness.  He wins them because Aaron Sorkin is a liberal and he wants Republicans to lose on the major issues.  Unfortunately for liberals, Tom Coburn and John Boehner don’t have their lines faxed over from Hollywood every morning.

(snip)

If you want to actually understand why gun control failed, let’s try a simple exercise.  Raise your hand if you had a strong opinion about the background check bill that was in front of Congress.

Keep your hand raised if you know how your own Senator voted on it.  Otherwise put your hand down.

Keep your hand raised if you actually live in a state that might plausibly elect a Republican to congress.

Okay, now keep your hand raised if that bill was in the top one or two issues that you’ll be voting on in 2014 or 2016.  By which I mean, if your Senator votes the wrong way on that bill, you will vote for anyone who opposes them.  Anyone–even someone with the wrong opinions on gay marriage, social security reform, transportation subsidies, the Keystone XL pipeline, carbon taxes, marginal tax rates on people who make more than $250k per annum, the deficit, and student loan repayment programs.

Now look around.  Aside from those three guys in the back from Handgun Control Inc., do you know who still has their hand raised?  NRA members.

Immigration Patriots should heed this lesson.

But I don’t get why she thinks that John Boehner and Tom Coburn are examples of Obama opponents.  Boehner, you know about his lassitude and uselessness.  But don’t forget that Tom Coburn and Obama get along well, and in fact, one of Obama’s scant few Senate accomplishments (yes, it’s hard to remember that Obama spent a few days in the U.S. Senate) was co-sponsored with Coburn.





You Win By Losing

23 04 2013

Washington, D.C.

Politico:  Amnesty hurts Republicans.

Stupid Party:  Yeah, but losing is our only path to winning.

The Detroit Lions finished 0-16 in the 2008 NFL season.  They were close and competitive in many of those games, and those were said to be “moral victories.”  Too bad that moral victories don’t count as real victories in the standings.





Really Really Want

28 03 2013

Washington, D.C.

Politico:  Republican barnacle class wants SCOTUS to “get it over” and legalize gay “marriage” right away.  Their reasoning is that if SCOTUS does that, it will take the issue off the table as a wedge issue for the left, and in fact will take it off the table as an issue in general.

Sure, just like Roe v Wade did for aborticide.

This is why you read this space, and why I get paid the big bucks — To translate this kind of bullshit into English.

What this really means is that the barnacle class of Republican consultants is for gay “marriage,” and they want SCOTUS to rule in favor of it as forcefully as they can so they have the skirt of a SCOTUS decision to hide behind, an excuse not to oppose it and to marginalize people and candidates who want to oppose it.  The Neal Boortz right-libertarian types, who wish the “religious right” would just shut up and go away (but keep on voting Republican), are coveting that SCOTUS is as profound on the “libertine” side of the gay “marriage” cases in front of them right now as they were in Roe v Wade.  They can say, “the issue is settled, the Supreme Court has spoken, so quit talking about social issues.”

Here’s an analogy I can use for our side — The Heller and McDonald decisions.  With SCOTUS precedent firmly on our side, it is for our side of the 2A question a convenient bludgeon to demoralize the other side.








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