Tea Party movement

How Crazy Are Democrats? This Crazy

Featured image Scott Rasmussen, in a survey of 1,000 likely voters, reports findings that shed considerable light on the mentality of Barack Obama supporters. Rasmussen asked this question: Which is a bigger terrorist threat to the United States today – radical Muslims, the Tea Party, local militia groups, the Occupy Wall Street movement, or other religious or political extremists? Now, there is only one sane answer to that question. No Tea Party »

Hunting That Elusive Tea Party Bomber

Featured image Hope springs eternal. Whenever an act of political violence occurs, liberals eagerly wish for the perpetrators to be Tea Partiers. Alas, they are always disappointed. Via InstaPundit, Tim Blair points out that the disease isn’t limited to the U.S. The Sydney Morning Herald ran a very silly column by one Waleed Aly, who said, among other howlers: But it’s possible, too, that this reticence is a product of the very »

A Tea Party election day

Featured image My post yesterday bemoaning the apparent superiority of Team Obama’s ground game failed to mention at least one important consideration — groups like the Tea Party that will supplement the Romney ground game. One reader tells me: I signed up, since I live in the red hills of Texas, to make calls in Virginia with the Election Day Tea Party. I got this information from Instapundit. They are also going »

George Will says: This book is a blast

Featured image When Encounter Books debuted its Broadsides series of pamphlets in 2009, I saluted it in this post. Three years later, it is time to look back. That is the mission of The New Leviathan: The State Versus the Individual in the 21st Century: A Collection of Encounter Broadsides. Edited by Roger Kimball, the book compiles Broadsides pamphlets written by a panoply of prominent authors including Daniel DiSalvo (“Government unions and »

Did Obama mastermind the rise of Paul Ryan?

Featured image Ezra Klein of the Washington Post has an interesting, if somewhat delusional, take on the rise of Paul Ryan. According to Klein, Ryan’s rise was orchestrated by President Obama. In Klein’s telling, Ryan was just an obscure committee chairman with a plan Republican insiders had no interest in, until Obama starting gushing about how serious Ryan was. Even then, Ryan’s profile wasn’t rising quickly enough. So in April 2011, Obama »

Ted Cruz is cruising

Featured image With more than one-quarter of the vote in, Ted Cruz is leading David Dewhurst in the Texas Republican Senate run-off. His margin is 54-46 which translates into 50,000 votes. Politico has declared Cruz the winner. This is a huge victory for the Tea Party which, polls showed, supported Cruz overwhelmingly and provided him with his margin of victory. It’s also a victory for the Republican Party because Cruz is both »

Cruz surges in Texas

Featured image For the past few weeks it’s been looking like Ted Cruz has the edge over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Texas Republican Senate primary ranoff. This would be an upset because Dewhurst ran well ahead of Cruz in the initial primary. However, as some of our most astute readers told me just after the primary, Cruz’s advantage in voter enthusiasm would make him competitive, at a minimum, in the »

They might be giants, but Dana Milbank wouldn’t know

Featured image The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank writes about “The missing giants” of the Senate and pronounces that there’s a “plague of legislatative dwarfism in the Senate.” This sort of column has been written, I suspect, since the “Great Triumvirate” (Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John Calhoun) left the scene 160 year ago. Milbank being Milbank, his incarnation of the “where have all the giants gone” lament is largely a vehicle for »

An upset in Nebraska

Featured image In Nebraska, State Senator Deb Fischer has upset Jon Bruning, the state’s attorney general, to win the Republican nomination for the Senate seat held by Democrat Ben Nelson, who is retiring. Late returns had Fischer leading Bruning by 40-36. She will face former Senator Bob Kerrey. Until recently, Bruning had been leading in the polls. Fischer had been running third, behind Don Stenberg, the state’s treasurer, who was endorsed by »

Richard Lugar’s unavoidable defeat

Featured image The post mortems are pouring in following the defeat of Sen. Richard Lugar in the Indiana primary last night. The ones I’ve seen contain plenty of nonsense. The Washington Post, for example, quotes “Republican insiders” as attributing the result to Lugar’s “nice guy” approach and lack of warrior instincts, rather than to the strength of the Tea Party in Indiana. John McCain, who was easily re-elected in 2010 and who »

Lugar routed

Featured image Indiana state treasurer Richard Mourdock is on his way to a huge victory over incumbent Richard Lugar in today’s Indiana Republican Senate primary. With half the vote counted, Lugar is almost 20 points behind. Lugar has been a Senator since 1977. His lifetime ACU rating is 77 percent. His ACU rating for 2011 was 75 percent. These numbers show Lugar to be a man of the center-right, but not a »

Desperation time for Sen. Lugar

Featured image Last week, we noted that a poll conducted for the campaign of Richard Mourdock showed him leading Sen. Richard Lugar by five points in the race for the Republican nomination for the Indiana Senate seat Lugar has held since 1977. Lugar’s polling may well confirm that he is in trouble. Recently, his campaign has been flailing at Mourdock with an air of desperation. Here is how the Indianapolis Star puts »

“Shut-up and let us run the country,” they explained

Featured image Don’t miss Peter Robinson’s take-down of a piece in the Washington Post by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, two veteran purveyors of Washington conventional wisdom. Mann and Ornstein fret that (you’ll never guess this) our politics are broken and that (don’t be shocked) this is the fault of Republicans. They write: The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by »

Good news for the Romney campaign

Featured image The Romney campaign has hired Michael Biundo, who managed Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign. Biundo will be deputy national director of coalitions. His task will be to help unite tea party activists, evangelicals and other conservatives behind Mitt Romney. By all accounts, Biundo did a fine job of working with these groups on behalf of Rick Santorum. One might have hoped that would rally around Santorum sooner than they did (the »

Did Everyone Take Stupid Pills This Week?

Featured image There seems to be a concerted effort this week to prove that the Republican Party really is the Stupid Party.  There were lots of people Tuesday night saying that they hoped that after the convincing win in the Illinois primary, Mitt Romney would avoid saying something stupid the next morning to blunt his momentum.  So instead of doing it himself, like any good private sector executive that I hear he »

“Tea Party Downgrade”? They Can’t Possibly Sell That

Featured image The downgrading of U.S. debt is an extreme embarrassment for the government in general, and the Obama administration in particular. So the administration has reacted in the only way it knows: by denouncing Standard & Poors, and by blaming its political opponents, the supporters of the Tea Party, for the downgrade. The administration’s knee-jerk responses are somewhat inconsistent: if S&P was wrong to downgrade the debt, and the downgrade was »