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I have heard it as conventional wisdom through this election season that “The Senate hates Ted Cruz”.  Both stated as such or as an argument in the form of “Of course they would confirm Cruz to SCOTUS to get rid of him”. Why?  I assume for the Dems it’s a matter of partisanship, since he […]

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Folks, it’s time to stop talking Trump, start talking turkey. Life is long, & it’s longer if you make bad choices. For better & worse, we’re conservatives, & what does that mean in America? It means you get the Congress, but maybe not the presidency. Time was, the GOP had no big problem winning the […]

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Kudlow Decides Against CT Senate Run

 

Bad news for Connecticut:

Larry Kudlow had been eyeing a challenge to Sen. Richard Blumenthal for months, though he had not made any formal announcement. Throughout the past few months, Kudlow continued contributing and writing for CNBC, including interviewing several presidential candidates. Despite questions surrounding a possible candidate getting free airtime, the network asserted that Kudlow is not a CNBC employee (he stopped hosting a show in 2014).

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Now, I usually enjoy The Federalist website, but this piece by Gabriel Malor is simply awful. I hope that I see the senate display some backbone and block any Obama appointment to fill Scalia’s seat. We owe it to his legacy to ensure that Obama is not able to name his successor. However, the article by Malor would […]

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So Let’s Have a Look at CISA, Shall We?

 

One thing that may be said in CISA’s favor is that unlike certain other major pieces of legislation I could mention, it’s short. We can read the whole thing in just a few minutes here. And we should, since this whole democracy business is about governing ourselves (lest we forget).

CISA, or the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, passed the Senate yesterday by a 74-21 vote. I propose we take no one else’s word about whether it’s good or bad; approach it with an entirely open and non-partisan mind, and study its plain meaning closely together. Let’s look at the complete text, line by line. My comments will be in blue.

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Whether the Democrat majority is 60 votes, 56 votes or 44 votes, Sen. Mitch McConnell has proven himself to be an excellent Minority Leader. He has worked mightily to prevent Obama from implementing his agenda through legislation after the initial spurt during 2009-10 when ObamaCare and “economic stimulus” were pushed through. Sure, Obama has achieved […]

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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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I was just watching through news clips and was on Special Report with Brett Baier of Fox News when I saw one clip in particular. http://video.foxnews.com/v/4487552261001/republicans-latest-to-move-to-block-iran-nuclear-agreement/?playlist_id=930909819001#sp=show-clips Preview Open

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How Will Trump Affect a Vulnerable GOP Senate?

 

TrumpLet’s imagine for a moment that Harry Reid lost his 2010 reelection bid. He wouldn’t have been the Majority Leader who effectively dismantled the US Senate. He couldn’t have protected the boundary-breaking Obama Administration. He wouldn’t have enabled Obama’s agenda, nor could he have shielded the President from dangerous bills that would have forced White House vetoes, humiliating Democrats. Obama would have been hamstrung, unable to fulfill his campaign promise to fundamentally transform the United States.

Maddeningly, Harry Reid was very beatable in 2010. Nevadans disdain Reid, a backwater politico who used his elected offices to gorge on the taxpayer teat, enriching himself and his family. Nevada’s conservative primary voters elected Tea Party darling Sharron Angle to run against the highly unpopular Reid. Barely known beyond Silver State political circles, Angle was a disastrous candidate and the best thing to happen to MSNBC since the divine comedy of Keith Olbermann.

Angle’s daily “misstatements” were stunning, if only for her total lack of media savvy. For example, she intimated that “Second Amendment remedies” might ensue if “Congress keeps going the way it is.” The comment, worthy of a drunken redneck bar rant, was chopped, spliced, and replayed ad nauseam every night in the mainstream media. Giddy journalists reprinted her bipolar ramblings with glee.

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Not surprising news, but still very disturbing. One would think the Senate could muster up sixty votes to take money away from barbarians. But as the Greeks said in defining the word barbarian: “Bar, bar, bar.” I wonder if those who voted against the measure met afterwards to drink a toast to the killers who […]

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This month there was a Pew Research opinion poll (see story at Hot Air) that showed the new “Republican controlled” Congress was viewed by about 60% of Republicans as not representing their views on the key issues of federal spending, illegal immigration and SSM. The results were abysmal in comparison to the approval rating for […]

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We have just witnessed the U.S. Senate, which is nominally under the control of a Republican majority, vote to abdicate its power to “advise and consent” to a nuclear arms treaty with Iran. I am obviously referring to the Corker-Menendez bill that now goes to the House for consideration. The Senate filibuster rule is at […]

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Rubio Speech Drops Hammer on Anti-Israel President

 

If Marco Rubio keeps talking like this, he’ll be the GOP front runner before we know it.

Two days after Benjamin Netanyahu’s big victory in Israel, one day after Obama’s peevish reaction, and on the same day the White House stated that they foresee “terrible days” for Israel ahead, Rubio spoke up. In 15 minutes, Florida’s junior senator vivisects Obama’s Israel policy before dispatching it once and for all into the depths of hell.

How Long Does the Senate Stay Republican?

 

You won’t hear much talk about the House changing hands in 2016. With 247 seats under Republican control, Nancy Pelosi would need a Democrat landslide the likes of which hasn’t been seen since 2006 to make that happen. As there won’t be an unpopular GOP president driving the next election, such a scenario seems unlikely. Besides, the same rising tide that would bring in a Democratic House majority in 2016 would probably wash it out to sea in 2018 after a negative midterm referendum against a Democratic president.

The Senate, where Republicans hold a far less commanding 54-46 advantage, is another matter. In 2016, 34 members of the Senate’s “Class 3″ will have to decide whether to retire or seek another term. That includes 24 Republicans and 10 Democrats. To make matters worse for the GOP: only two Democratic seats are in competitive states (Colorado and Nevada), while over half a dozen Republican incumbents are up in states that Barack Obama carried at least once.(In 2018, the pendulum swings back the GOP’s way, with 23 Democrats — and 3 independents who caucus with them — up for reelection versus only 8 Republicans).

Eliminate the Filibuster

 

hero1_1Ever since Democrats changed the Senate’s rules to prohibit filibusters of judicial appointments, Republicans have been debating what to do in response once they take the majority. Some have argued for returning to the status quo before the changes, while others contend that we should stick to the new rules to give Democrats a taste of their own medicine. I argue we should advance the changes and eliminate the filibuster entirely.

Liberals generally think they’ll benefit from the end of the filibuster, but the truth is that conservatives would gain far more from its repeal. For decades, the filibuster has been used to entrench the bureaucratic state. In the thirties, Roosevelt successfully intimidated the Supreme Court into overturning a century of precedent, saying that the federal and state governments had little authority to interfere in freely negotiated, private, contractual arrangements. That move paved the way for the Wagner Act, minimum wage laws, price controls, and — eventually — the ACA; basically the entire progressive agenda. The Supreme Court’s panicked reversal allowed progressive vote-buying by government spending, which led to the formation of durable progressive constituencies, and a decades-long, successful campaign to take over the judiciary.

Fortunately, Democrats have not learned the lesson of their own success. Unfortunately, neither have Republicans who favor reinstating the filibuster, despite the fact that Obama’s appointments can’t be rescinded  and that unilaterally reestablishing the old rules will only concede the conservative agenda. Conservatives have to recognize that progressives have changed the nature of the relationship between the organs of government and — while adhering to the rules in the constitution — we mustn’t shy away from changing other rules to advance our agenda of greater individual freedom.

The Sad End of Mary Landrieu

 

Sen. Mary Landrieu has been the Democratic Senator representing Louisiana for the past 18 years. Prior to that, she held state government offices for another 18. She’s the daughter of a former New Orleans mayor, sister to that city’s current mayor, and perhaps the most public face of the Landrieu family political machine.

After a rough and desperate campaign, she’s expected to lose her runoff to a confident Republican. National Democrats have pulled their ad money and support, considering the Pelican State Princess doomed to a cushy political exile in her D.C. mansion. Everyone seems to have accepted the inevitable — except Landrieu herself.