In response to his party’s caucus shrinking to its lowest number in over 80 year, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY, outgoing Congressional Campaign Chair) revealed a tone-deafness that, if shared by the rest of his caucus, could lead to even further shrinking. Israel parroted the usual line we hear on the left these days – that… More Steve Israel…doesn’t get it
Disaffection with the president was a major driver for Republican success in last night’s election – of that there is no doubt. That said, the extent of success was greatly helped by…wait for it…taxes. We begin with the epicenter of the tax argument: Kansas. Governor Sam Brownback’s tax reduction were supposed to be his own… More Tax issue helped Republicans expand the wave election (too bad Virginia Republicans took it away from Gillespie)
So, now, those of us who don’t buy global warming alarmism are to be blamed for alarmists’ stress. Andrew Stuttaford (The Corner) has the details Just when you think that the misery that climate change is bringing in its wake can get no worse, there is this. Grist reports: …From depression to substance abuse to suicide… More New Global Warming Alarmist Problem: “Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder”
Update: It appears the Fed isn’t listening (Washington Post), good for them. They’re at it again. The Wall Streeters who made their money while hooked on “quantitative easing” (or QE, for short) – the fancy term for when the Federal Reserve sucks up a whole range of securities and turns them into dollars – are insisting… More Wall Street demands new money fix (Updated)
As we careen toward Election Day, the rest of the world drones on. Across the Atlantic, the European Union has decided to try reducing carbon emissions by 40% over the next fifteen years. Anthony Watts thinks it’s nuts… Eric Worrall writes: The European Union has just committed economic suicide, by agreement a landmark deal, to… More Europe embraces its collapse with carbon reduction requirement
This summer, most eyes were on Brazil for the World Cup. Far fewer noticed the uproar in the country over how badly the Brazilian government went through $11 billion to prepare for it. Once Brazil was embarrassingly bounced from the tournament by Germany, I felt that uproar would be a lot more important. Well, yesterday,… More Meanwhile, in Brazil…
The Pew Research Center has a new poll out on how self-described Democrats and Republicans view their own parties on abortion, immigration, marriage, and spending. Most are focusing on the top line: namely, that we Republicans are more upset at our party than the Dems – across the board. However, Pew did a little more digging about why Democrats… More What has the Democrats most upset at their party? Not social issues…
In the span of a couple of weeks, we are seeing three signs that Europe is falling into Yeats’ most well-known phrase (“Things fall apart; the center does not hold”). The first took place in France, of all places. A recent IFOP poll revealed that Marine Le Pen, daughter of fascist Jean-Marie Le Pen and… More Meanwhile, Europe continues to fray at the edges
Reactions to the Bob McDonnell verdict our pouring in, and there’s one in particular (from many of his defenders) that I find completely flabbergasting. The ex-Governor’s defenders are calling him a “man of integrity.” My jaw hits the table each time I see that. Folks, Bob McDonnell spent all of 2009 insisting he would not… More Bob McDonnell was a WHAT?!?!
Walter Dnes (WUWT) examined American temperature “adjustment” by the USHCN (United States Historical Climate Network), and found that said adjustments were not just annual, but monthly as well (i.e., different months were “adjusted” differently). Among his more interesting findings… Winter months were adjusted upward more so than summer months, since 1970 (it’s quite possible their could… More More on temperature data “adjustment”
With Ben Chafin’s election, it is now official. After seven months, the Republicans have a majority in the Virginia Senate once more. As one would expect, a number of my friends are crowing. Unfortunately for me, recent political history is screaming in my ears. It makes my optimism about a fully Republican-controlled Virginia legislature extremely… More Dear Virginia Senate Republican Majority: Don’t mess it up again with another tax hike
As a native of New Jersey, I can say without reservation that its bizarre allergy to gun rights was one of the chief reasons I left. Radley Balko (Washington Post) has the details on the latest ridiculous example: Shaneen Allen, who brought her Pennsylvania-permitted gun into the Garden State, told authorities of it when pulled… More Memo to Chris Christie: We are watching the Shaneen Allen case…and you
There has been a lot of speculation about the president ordering a mass de facto legalization of millions of unauthorized immigrants “by summer’s end” (Charles Krauthammer, NRO), and the possibility that he might just be hoping for an impeachment reaction, judging by Dan Pfeiffer’s reaction (Reid Epstein, Wall Street Journal). His fellow Democrats appear giddy just at the… More Obama’s immigration order threats mean Ex-Im Bank is probably dead
The victory of Pat Roberts (Republican U.S. Senator from Kansas) in his primary battle is reaffirming the conventional wisdom that “Establishment” Republicans are thwarting “Tea Party” challengers. As one may expect, I don’t automatically share that view. In fact, I think the Tea Party vs. Establishment meme misses the point. Most would be surprised to… More Another TARP opponent survives
There is a lot of discussion about the effects and wisdom of the Halbig decision, including some amusement at the site of a leading Obamacare architect turn himself into a rhetorical pretzel. However, one thing that has not really been addressed is the need to be serious about “repeal and replace.” Republicans need to remember that if the… More The 2016 Republican nominee better have an alternative to Obamacare
To her supporters, Senator Elizabeth Warren is a champion of the downtrodden and bane of the wealthy. To those of us who know better, she’s a government-always-first leftist who is quite fine with helping the biggest and wealthiest corporations in America so long as the government grows. We have the Heritage Foundation to thank for… More Elizabeth Warren backs the Bank of Boeing
For obvious reasons, the more watched of the two special elections to take place on the 19th of August will be the State Senate election in Southwest Virginia. Control of the State Senate depends upon that outcome. However, the other race – for a House of Delegate seat in northern Arlington and (mostly) McLean – could provide… More Did T-Mac just hand northern Arlington to the Republicans?
I basically copied and pasted the title from Veronique de Rugy, who got it herself from the Blog of the House Financial Services Committee – where Chairman Jeb Hensarling is leading the fight against the Export-Import Bank. The Bank’s defenders insist that it’s all about helping American exporters, but they largely ignore the fact that most of the… More Egregious Ex-Im Deal of the Day
Roughly a month after he earned the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, Ed Gillespie – consummate Establishment man – spoke to Rick Sincere (a.k.a., the Charlottesville Libertarian Examiner) about his campaign going forward. He addressed head on complaints about his former employer, President George W. Bush (emphasis added). “The difference between Republicans and Democrats,” he told… More Ed Gillespie says GOP “learned a lesson,” then proves it by opposing Ex-Im Bank
Over the weekend, what started as an argument among global warming skeptics became a dramatic indictment of temperature reporting from the United States Historic Climate Network. Anthony Watts (Watts Up With That) and Judith Curry (Climate Etc.) provide the details on Steve Goddard’s initial attempt to claim that a large swath of temperature “raw” data… More What is happening with USHCN temperature data?
The primary defeat of Eric Cantor continues to reverberate in unexpected ways, as his incoming successor as Majority Leader tells Fox News that he supports shutting down the Export-Import Bank (Washington Examiner): On “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace asked McCarthy if he agrees with “conservatives who say that the Export-Import Bank is a form… More New House Majority Leader: Kill Ex-Im Bank
Based on the Richmond Times-Dispatch report, a budget deal is in sight (via Bull Elephant): The Senate will convene Thursday to enact a two-year state budget that will have about $700 million less in new spending than when the General Assembly adjourned its regular session March 8 without approving a budget because of a bitter political battle over… More The Virginia Medicaid battle is suspended, but not over