Peter Robinson traces the enormous growth in government (e.g. Medicare Part D, discretionary spending) at the hands of Republicans, and concludes: “The land of the free and the home of the brave could soon be transformed into the land of the dependent and the home of the infantilized.”
This is one funny interview with Karl Rove, but I don’t think the reporter found it funny. The best line is about Joe Biden: “I think he has an odd combination of longevity and long-windedness that passes for wisdom in Washington.” Translation: he’s an old wind-bag.
From this report on the Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama meeting, it sounds like the Secretary of State gig is a realistic career move for Clinton. The person most put out by this could well be Joe Biden. Whatever he’s going to do in this administration it won’t be micro-managing her.
Ward Connerly soldiers on for a colorblind society. With an African American President-elect it is harder to maintain the argument that the only way for minorities to make it is through discrimination against others.
Congressman Dan Lungren challenges Minority Leader John Boehner. I am not sure how Lungren, who began serving in the Congress in 1979 ( he served as California’s Attorney General before returning to the House for a second stint in 2005), represents “change.” I think we learned in the Presidential election that if you are going to be a credible advocate for shaking up Washington it is better not to have worked there for decades.
I’m not sure what this person’s gripe with Tim Pawlenty is, but criticizing national Republicans for a poor message and ineffective messengers doesn’t signal that Pawlenty is “moderate” — it suggests he is honest and ambitious.
Jay Nordlinger writes: “In a way, it’s amazing that conservatives ever win. Conservatives will tell you the following: The Left controls education, K through graduate school. (Maybe pre-K through graduate school — I don’t know.) They control the movies, popular television, the mainstream media, etc., etc. And then conservatives get surprised, often, when liberals triumph at the polls. Well, when all the shaping institutions shape one way . . .” Fortunately for conservatives, having children, attending religious services and working out in the world for a number of years tends to counterbalance those liberal influences. But it is an uphill climb.
If this pol wants to be head of the RNC shouldn’t he explain why his state party is in such shambles despite horrid Democratic-led government? If he can’t revive the party in a state where the Democrats have rotten leadership, he may not be the one to go up against the Democrats in the Obama era.
If its mayor has his way, “bailout” money will be going to the city of San Jose to pay for rapid transit and clean technology businesses. What was this really for? Perhaps it is an irrelevant question — it’s just a race to the public trough.
Yeah, what’s the point of recruiting Republicans who can win outside traditional conservative strongholds, if they only lose when the going gets tough? Wait. What?? No. Recruit candidates, spread the message, and show constituents that Republicans are effective legislators — this is how you wind up in the majority.
The last thing Sarah Palin needs on her resume is “saved Ted Stevens and Don Young from defeat.” Actually, I think those races had far less to do with Palin than with the unfortunate reality that voters like pork. Lots of it.