House of Representatives

McSally’s sally

Featured image When they finished counting the votes in Arizona’s Second Congressional District — if I have this right, it’s the redistricted version of the district formerly represented by Gabrielle Giffords — Republican challenger Martha McSally led incumbent Democrat Ron Barber by 161 votes. The final count is subject to a mandatory recount, but we have ground for hope that McSally’s lead will hold up. A tranche of votes discovered after the »

Meanwhile, what about the House? [UPDATED]

Featured image The day before the election, attention is focused, as it should be, on the battle for control of the Senate. But we shouldn’t neglect the House. No one thinks the Democrats will win back the House this year; it’s understood that, to the contrary, the GOP is likely to build on its current margin. But the more seats the GOP picks up, the greater the likelihood it will retain control »

Marinomania!

Featured image I can’t get enough of Rep. Tom Marino and his close encounter of the harridan kind with Nancy Pelosi on the floor of the House this past Friday night. It’s the kind of bedtime story I need in the Age of Obama. Rep. Marino found his way onto FNC last night with Shannon Bream sitting in for Megyn Kelly on the Kelly File (video below). Rep. Marino, a nation turns »

Marino’s moment

Featured image Tucker Carlson caught up with Rep. Tom Marino this morning on FOX & Friends to ask about Marino’s close encounter of the harridan kind with Nancy Pelosi this past Friday night. The video is below. Rep. Marino is one cool cucumber. We who are about to sigh salute you! »

The wrath of Pelosi, the cool of Marino

Featured image ABC’s John Parkinson reports this close encounter of the harridan kind (video below) in connection with the House wrapping up its debate on the immigration bill yesterday: In an unusual breach of decorum, even for the divided Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chased Rep. Tom Marino across the House floor, taking offense at comments by the Pennsylvania Republican during debate on the border funding bill Friday night. “We don’t »

GOP gaining ground in House races

Featured image The Cook Political Report has revised its district-by-district assessment of this fall’s House races. 21 races have a new rating and 17 of them favor Republicans. Of particular interest for us is the reassessment of the race in Minnesota’s Eighth District, in which John’s friend Stewart Mills is challenging incumbent Democrat Rick Nolan. Cook has switched this race from “leans Democrat” to “toss-up.” Stewart Mills will be one of our »

Sen. Sessions, we are standing by

Featured image This morning Bill Kristol explained in a powerful note to the House GOP why it should kill the bill pending before the House to address our current border crisis. Now comes word that House leadership has pulled the bill rather than see it defeated as a result of the conservative revolt against it. Where do we go from here? I hope we will hear from our man on the bridge, »

What is to be done?

Featured image The House Rules Committee took the first step toward initiating a lawsuit against President Obama over his faithless execution of the laws and abrogation of the separation of powers. The committee held a hearing on the House Resolution that would provide the House authority Four professors of constitutional law testified to the Rules Committee about the merits of the lawsuit, with two supporting and two opposed; the two in support »

Frank Scaturro for Congress

Featured image Frank Scaturro first came to my attention as a historian. He’s the author of Grant Reconsidered, a brilliant defense of the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant, which I discussed here. He also wrote The Supreme Court’s Retreat from Reconstruction: A Distortion of Constitutional Jurisprudence, which I have not read. But Scaturro’s talents extend beyond the study of history to law and politics. He served as Counsel for the Constitution for »

Dems name Benghazi select committee members

Featured image After weeks of posturing, the Democrats have done the sensible thing and agreed to participate in the select committee to investigate Benghazi. Today, Nancy Pelosi named her five allotted members. They are: Elijah Cummings (Maryland) Tammy Duckworth (Illinois) Linda Sánchez (California) Adam Schiff (California) Adam Smith (Washington) Cummings gained invaluable experience carrying water for the administration during hearings by the House Oversight Committee (of which he is the ranking member) »

Tommy Moll — a worthy successor to Tom Cotton

Featured image With Tom Cotton running for the Senate this year, Arkansas’ Fourth Congressional District will be electing a new representative. Tommy Moll, an Arkansas businessman, is seeking the Republican nomination for that seat. Moll formerly worked at the Peterson Institute in Washington, DC, where he analyzed ways in which public policy can help open new markets to American businesses and farms. During his time in Washington, and at fundraisers held this »

Alex Mooney wins his primary

Featured image We have written several times about Alex Mooney (Dartmouth ’93) who is running for Congress in West Virginia’s second congressional district. Tonight, Mooney won the Republican primary. With more than 90 percent of the precincts reporting, Alex has 36 percent of the vote. His closest rival has 22.5 percent. No majority is required, so Alex is the Republican nominee. He will face Democrat Nick Casey, a lawyer-lobbyist. He’s a hard »

A quick look at the Republican Benghazi committee members

Featured image Speaker Boehner named the six additional Republican members of the select Benghazigate committee yesterday. Trey Gowdy will be joined by Susan Brooks (Ind.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Mike Pompeo (Kan.), Martha Roby (Ala.), Peter Roskam (Ill.), and Lynn Westmoreland (Ga.). Jordan, who has a law degree, serves with Gowdy on the House Oversight Committee. He has been a pretty effective questioner when I’ve seen him in action. Pompeo is a Harvard »

The case for immunizing Lois Lerner

Featured image Charles Krauthammer has been saying for months that the House should “immunize” Lois Lerner so she will answer questions about the IRS scandal. Now, Andy McCarthy presents a detailed case for doing so. Lerner, as we all know, has refused to testify before Congress on the grounds that truthfully answering the questions of House investigators might incriminate her. If the House grants her immunity, i.e., promises that her statements will »

7 Repubs, 5 Dems for Benghazi select committee

Featured image Politico reports that Speaker Boehner has decided on the partisan split of the Select Committee on Benghazi. It will be 7 Republicans and 5 Democrats. That’s a fair split given the Republicans’ majority status in the House. As Politico points out, there are very few House committees that are evenly split. The Ethics Committee is one. Nonetheless, Nancy Pelosi had demanded an even split of 6-6. She claimed that with »

Trey Gowdy, not your father’s investigation committee chairman

Featured image Speaker Boehner has appointed Rep. Trey Gowdy to chair the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Gowdy is an experienced prosecutor who has consistently impressed me (and, obviously, Boehner) during hearings before the Oversight Committee on Benghazi and the IRS. Gowdy breaks the mold for chairman of a big ticket investigative committee. The typical chairman is a stern but somewhat subdued father figure — think Sen. Inouye of Iran Contra fame »

Dems playing defense in the House of Representives

Featured image If there is anyone left who believes the Democrats have a decent shot at winning control of the House this year, he or she should check out the ad reservations made by House Majority PAC, the leading super-PAC backing Democrats in House races. The group’s name reflects optimism, but its buys don’t. Three quarters of the districts for which the PAC has reserved air time are presently held by Democrats. »