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Last week I had a mostly lighthearted conversation with a liberal co-worker about politics. During our brief discussion she couldn’t help but excoriate the GOP for being the regressive enemies of progress they are. She hit all the Huffington Post, MSNBC, BuzzFeed, and Mother Jones talking points. From abortion, gay marriage, income inequality, global warming, […]

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Happy Halloween, Ricochet, America, soon to be former Speaker Boehner! Speaker Boehner has announced he will step down just before Halloween This is the right thing to do & the timing is no doubt intended to suggest all hell is breaking loose. Maybe you can have the pope back to anoint the next one, just […]

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The flurry of activity around the blessed return of football this weekend inadvertently got me thinking about the explanation for the consistently strong polling numbers for Donald Trump. To be sure, there are some who genuinely like Trump.  And I absolutely understand his visceral appeal and charisma.  Every other candidate, to some degree, projects a […]

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CNN Improves Debate Rules; Fiorina the Big Winner

 

When facing a 17-person GOP field, cable networks had a debate dilemma: limit the number of participants or install bleachers. They chose the former, but their process is deeply flawed. Serious candidates like Perry and Jindal are shouting to an empty auditorium while vanity projects like Huckabee use the debate to hawk his book. (Buy Giblets, Gullets & Grifters, available now at your local Bass Pro Shop!)

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Only four things are certain since social progress began: Dogs will eat to excess; pigs will enjoy being unclean; people will play with fire; & GOP politicians will do the Philistine song & dance for the national audience, making sure no one suspects that their presidential-looking bodies harbor souls moved by the greatest enterprises known to mankind. It’s a […]

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Can Conservatives Unite When the Time is Right?

 

DisUnited States of AmericaThe election is more than a year away, but I already have a sinking feeling about it. Why? Heck, people don’t even start voting until Iowa goes the polls on February 1, right? Still I sense what’s coming.

Right now, many candidates and many of my fellow conservatives are going in lots of different directions — and that is fine. But as the 17 candidates are winnowed down, we’ll be left with fewer and fewer, until finally, in 2016, we’ll be left with one. That’s when I worry about what’s to come.

Whoever that candidate is — my choice right now is Ted Cruz; others prefer Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Scott Walker, etc. — needs to receive full, 100-percent support from everyone who supported other candidates. Then we need to come together. And I have a bad feeling right now that we haven’t learned any lessons from the last two presidential elections, when voters who were disappointed by the results of the primaries abstained from voting entirely. As Cruz told Hannity last March, “Republicans need to bring back “the conservatives who stayed home in ’08 and ’12.” If we don’t, he warned, “Hillary Clinton’s the next president.” (And Hillary Clinton might be the optimistic scenario.)

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I’ve recently come to a claim that Trump’s poll numbers are mostly explainable as in a king of the hill episode. The irony is that the character is not athletic, at all.  One episode was where Bobby hill was placed on the track and field team as a punishment for the rest. Every time the […]

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Obama’s Success: It’s the Institutions, Stupid

 

Over the past few weeks and months, Obama has been winning. His administration has proved unstoppable on just about every item on its agenda, from environmental and energy regulation to illegal immigration to gay marriage to Obamacare. Indeed, the president recently acknowledged this obliquely, saying that gun control “has been the one area where I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied.” It’s difficult to find any other area where conservatives have held back the progressive tide. The next president will be hard-pressed to contain the damage to our economy, our international interests, and our liberty.

Two competing narratives dominate the 2016 GOP nomination contest. The first stresses competence and experience. Obama, this narrative goes, came to office as a community organizer with no real-world experience and little political experience. He surrounded himself with ignorant young hacks, and has stumbled from one mistake to another. Thus we need to nominate an experienced administrator with a proven record as an executive: no more first-term senators.

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Every good candidate needs a great campaign website.  What I look for is one that includes descriptions of the candidate’s stance on “the issues,” topics such as foreign policy, the economy, education, health care reform, etc.  The more specific the candidate is with their policy proposals, the more seriously I take them.  So, this afternoon I decided to […]

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Who Will Win The Fox Debate?

 

The PredictIt market currently has Paul and Rubio as the top two winners of tonight’s debate. A “win” is defined as the biggest polling bump between the last Fox poll before and the first one after the debate. Yesterday I believe Carson was on top for awhile. I’ve included the current market info as of late morning (Pacific Time).

Part of me thinks that Trump gets a little bump because he’ll hit a wider audience. As long as he doesn’t commit any unforced errors then he’ll stay where he is or do better. My guess is that the veneer will wear off as people realize he’s not serious. The flirtation phase will be over.

#WarOnBabies?

 

shutterstock_235463509The San Francisco Chronicle — no doubt to the concern of President Obama, who hates incendiary language in politics — is trying to resurrect the “GOP War on Women.” 

The strategy largely worked in 2012, but flopped in 2014, especially in the Colorado Senate race, where Mark Udall argued that everything Cory Gardner said from “Have a nice day!” to “We must defeat terrorism!” was attack on the fairer sex. But the Chronicle — no doubt concerned with the GOP’s ability to be competitive — warns that attacks on Planned Parenthood might help GOP candidates in the primaries, but it will doom them in the general election.

So what tactic should the Republicans take? Should they shy away from defunding Planned Parenthood? Should they let female members take the lead on the issue? Or should they point out that the Democrats are continuing their War on Babies? While the Democrats rely on cartoonists to draw pictures of bad, white, Republican males with bazookas pointed at defenseless women, our side has documented photos and videos of real-life carnage on the unborn (or recently born).

There Is No Long Game

 

shutterstock_180292460During his excellent speech before Congress, Sen. Ted Cruz repeated a common complaint of Republican voters:

The American people were told, “If only we have a Republican majority in the House, things will be different.” Well, in 2010, the American people showed up in enormous numbers and we got a Republican majority in the House. And very little changed. […] Then the American people were told, “You know, the problem is the Senate. If only we get a Republican majority in the Senate and retire Harry Reid as majority leader, then things will be different.” Well, in 2014, the American people rose up in enormous numbers, voted to do exactly that. We have had a Republican majority in both houses of Congress now for about 6 months. What has that majority done?

While debating the possibility of de-funding Planned Parenthood the other day, a fellow Republican insisted we needed total control — a Republican president and a Republican majority in both houses of Congress — for that to happen. Appropriations are not a significant authority, apparently. Since Roe v Wade, he told me, Republicans have enjoyed such total control for only two years, under President George W. Bush. That’s two out of 40 years. In order to prevent about a million children from being slaughtered every year, I’m being asked to wait for an electoral scenario which has only happened once in my lifetime.

Scott Walker: The Left’s Keyser Söze

 

Conan Walker 3During the sleepy summer months other candidates have announced their runs, sometimes to acclaim and sometimes to silence, but Wisconsin’s governor has bided his time. He has plotted, planned, and stayed out of the spotlight while overseeing the approval of his state’s budget. Monday he finally announced, in a heartland-themed ceremony outside of Milwaukee.

Introduced by his wife Tonette, Walker took the stage sans teleprompter and ticked off one conservative priority after another. It was a serious, straightforward speech delivered from — and to — middle America. It wasn’t flashy, but with his record, Walker didn’t need it to be. Think Cal Coolidge if he ate brats and rooted for the Packers.

Walker has spent one-and-a-half terms tipping sacred cows and winning three elections amidst the most toxic leftist attacks imaginable. Riots in the streets, court-ordered harassment of his allies, and threats on his family weren’t enough to make him back down. This steel makes Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) very, very nervous. The official Twitter account of the DNC has shrieked all weekend over the unassuming executive’s entry into the race.

Only Nixon Could Go to China. Only the GOP Can Clean Up Military Procurement.

 

f-35_jsf_jointstrikefighter_trillion_dollar_boondoggleDavid Axe, editor of the well-regarded online warfighting journal War is Boring, has obtained an unclassified but internal five-page brief from a former F-35 Joint Strike Fighter test pilot. The unnamed pilot blasts the military’s latest and “greatest” jet fighter’s ability to do, well, anything:

The F-35 jockey tried to target the F-16 with the stealth jet’s 25-millimeter cannon, but the smaller F-16 easily dodged. “Instead of catching the bandit off-guard by rapidly pull aft to achieve lead, the nose rate was slow, allowing him to easily time his jink prior to a gun solution,” the JSF pilot complained.

And when the pilot of the F-16 turned the tables on the F-35, maneuvering to put the stealth plane in his own gunsight, the JSF jockey found he couldn’t maneuver out of the way, owing to a “lack of nose rate.”

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Miss Berlinski once asked, on a whim, a rather dangerous question: What do you believe to be true that no one else believes to be true? That is the way to start a civil war. Happily, I am a stranger, so I believe I can afford to answer that question–not without all due apologies, not […]

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Where’s the GOP Law-and-Order Candidate?

 
Where's the GOP's law-and-order candidate?

Where’s the GOP law-and-order candidate?

Is there a GOP law-and-order candidate? Murders in Atlanta are up 32% since mid-May. Murders in Chicago are up 17%, and shootings 24%. In St. Louis, in the aftermath of Ferguson, shootings are up 39%, robberies 43%, and murders 25%. In Baltimore, scene of the worst urban riots in two generations, law and order is in extended meltdown, with 32 shootings over the Memorial Day weekend alone. As Heather Mac Donald’s disturbing column in last weekend’s Wall Street Journal makes clear: