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A decade ago, as we were approaching President Barack Obama’s first congressional mid-term elections in 2010, Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel “Atlas Shrugged” enjoyed a renaissance. A three-part movie ensued. Audiobooks and reprints of her tome became fashionable. “Who is John Galt?” bumper stickers found their way on vehicles. Her best-selling book promoted her largely libertarian, […]

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As a frequent Ricochet engager and poster, I have enjoyed being here. Until recently. Why? Mostly because the editing here seems to have changed. Despite having multiple “likes” exceeding the minimum (12) to be advanced to the “main feed,” my posts have been ignored. I sense an editing change.  Preview Open

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Click on your favorite internet search engine (mine is duckduckgo.com) and type in “polling failures.” You might be surprised just how many writers, bloggers, and election analysts criticized the quality of political polling both in 2016 and 2020. “The Worst Polling Failure in American History.” Preview Open

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Conventional political wisdom, as it were (remember, Donald Trump was NEVER supposed to win), suggests that special elections are not indicative of trends in the electorate leading up to a mid-term or presidential election. Maybe, maybe not. It depends on several things, including the nature of special elections themselves. What are the demographics and political […]

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Having spent a quarter-century working in, or with, dozens of congressional campaigns, I consider myself pretty plugged in and reasonably well connected in politics. But even I was surprised on Tuesday morning while listening to the first hour of the estimable Hugh Hewitt’s national radio show. The Democratic candidate for Governor of Virginia, Terry “The […]

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The odds are that you’ve never heard about the “Automatic Boost to Communities” Act, HR 1030. It’s a bill sponsored by anti-Semitic “Squad” member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and co-sponsored by seven other congressional economic giants, including noted Boston University Econ major Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY). It is pending before the House Ways and Means […]

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Do We Need More Political Parties?

 

You probably missed the story last week. Former Democratic Presidential candidate and, briefly, a frontrunner to replace outgoing New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Andrew Yang, officially left the Democratic Party.

You remember Yang among the Democrats looking to challenge Donald Trump in 2020. But despite not surviving past the New Hampshire primary (he would endorse Joe Biden), he and his “Yang Gang” of enthusiastic, young-ish supporters garnered plenty of media attention. His signature issue was, and remains, Universal Basic Income (UBI). Everybody gets a check, and you don’t even have to work for the money.

The former attorney, health care, and education test-prep executive is no longer a Democrat and has started the “Forward Party.” It is a Political Action Committee that wants to morph into a political party. From Wikipedia:

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe, meet Andrea Weiskopf. You said several times during your WAVY-TV Roundtable yesterday (Oct. 7th) that Critical Race Theory “is not taught in Virginia” and has never been taught in Virginia. Journalist Anita Blanton asked you three times to define CRT. You refused and instead reflexively and wrongly repeated that it doesn’t matter […]

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It should have been no surprise that Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell expertly timed a proposal late Wednesday – after the “markets” closed, and more about that later – to go along with a temporary, conditional “deal” to extend our government’s debt limit until December, including a “price tag” just south of $500 billion. Senate […]

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We’ve seen more double standards from our political elite over the past two years than the past 20 or more combined, from “rules for thee not for me” politicians like California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-French Laundry) to President Joe Biden calling Georgia’s fair election reform laws “Jim Crow on steroids” while his home state of […]

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Apparently, Democrats have determined to “trick or treat” early in the Commonwealth of Virginia this year. Not waiting until October 31 for Halloween, they didn’t even wait until October 1 to begin their dirty tricks to influence the November 2nd election. Virginia and New Jersey hold statewide elections this year, the only two conducting major […]

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Tim Tebow Has Bigger Fish to Fry

 

A little story… I moved to Tennessee when I was twelve days shy of 21 years old, and enrolled at Lee University at 22. I moved there mere months after UT won the national title, so the whole state was painted in orange…well, even more than normal at least.

I didn’t grow up a college football fan. If a game was on Saturdays, Dad and I would watch, but it wasn’t appointment TV. Appointment TV was the Chicago Bears…and the Boston Celtics when Bird was around, but that’s another story for another day. I said to myself that I wouldn’t get myself into this SEC religion. I’m not getting into this SEC religion. I was adamant about this.

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I’m waiting for a sane Democrat (oxymoron alert) to say that it’s “darkest before dawn.” It would at least add a little levity to the negotiations that resemble more a locker room brawl that is spilling out onto the field for everyone to see. Nancy Pelosi broke her promise to vote Thursday on a bipartisan […]

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Economic Illiteracy on Parade

 

The new Democratic talking point about their $3.5 trillion budget “reconciliation” is that it “costs zero dollars.” You read that correctly. From our avatar president’s Twitter feed:

The last line tells us how Democrats define “costs zero dollars.” It “adds zero dollars to the national debt.”

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Despite the “best” efforts of the Democrats’ retread gubernatorial candidate, New York native, Bill Clinton bag man, and corrupt Terry McAuliffe, Glenn Youngkin stayed focused on Virginia and won the second and last debate. On education, job creation, and comparison to other states, Yougkin scored. And that was no small challenge. Climatista and never-Trumper Chuck Todd of […]

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It’s not news that traditional newsrooms are shrinking across America. Some local newspapers have gone from daily to biweekly or less, if not out of business altogether. This, despite the rise of new digital news organizations in recent years. You’ve probably seen them, from a national network of local “Patch” outlets, left-leaning Axios and its […]

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It’s Not Just the Democrats’ HR 1 or HR 4, the So-Called “Corrupt Politicians Act.” Other “Reforms” are Afoot. Canada’s federal election on Monday featured what they call a “first past the post” election – whoever gets the most votes in a “riding” (what they call parliamentary districts) wins the election, even if no one […]

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Canada’s Conservative Party Leader Ran Hard to the Middle and Failed to Win Seats in Parliament. Why?  It is challenging to draw parallels between politics in Canada versus the United States. There are some significant differences between us. Canadians, in particular, are more trusting of their government and more compliant with diktats. But parallels exist. […]

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Senate’s Parliamentarian Back Under the Klieg Lights

 

Klieg lights, Wikipedia tells us, were intensely bright “carbon arc” lights used in filmmaking. They were so bright that they allowed Hollywood directors to film daytime scenes at night. They were also so bright as to cause inflammation of the eye, known as “Klieg eye.”

Let’s hope the Senate’s Parliamentarian, Elizabeth McDonough suffers no such injury. Or worse. Few people like the spotlight less than the Senate’s Parliamentarian, a senior staff member and legal expert who reports to the Secretary of the Senate, the chamber’s senior officer. And now, she has won a new Twitter hashtag, #FireTheParliamentarian.

Virginia’s Youngkin Wins First Debate

 

Virginia Republicans last May put their faith in a first-time candidate for public office, Glenn Youngkin, as their nominee for Governor in the state’s odd-year general election on November 2nd. They chose him over more experienced political veterans such as former House Speaker Kirk Cox, State Senator Amanda Chase, and long-time GOP supporter and candidate Pete Snyder.

Choosing a novice candidate is risky, especially when running against a long-time political pro and former governor like Terry McAuliffe. But Virginia’s GOP saw in Youngkin what I did when first meeting him in December 2020 – the best natural candidate I’ve ever met. And I’ve worked in over 35 congressional and US Senate campaigns in 25 states over a quarter-century, where I’ve done my share of helping negotiate debates, coach candidates, and conduct mock debates.

So many Republicans were no doubt a little trepidatious of tonight’s gubernatorial debate at Appalachian Law School in Grundy, Virginia in the Commonwealth’s far southwest corner, bordering Kentucky and West Virginia. They need not have been. Youngkin won the contest.