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Filed Under:US Politics / Conservative
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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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Harry Reid, the bane of Senate Dems

Senate Democrats’ act is wearing thin. Oh, we’d like to “fix” Obamacare but Harry Reid won’t let us vote. Oh, we’d like to vote for the Keystone XL pipeline, but Harry Reid won’t let us. Oh, we really support Iran sanctions, but Harry Reid won’t let us vote. Oh, we think Obama acting unilaterally on […]

The conservative reform agenda: Probably smaller, definitely better

In an amusing account of the Ayn Rand wig-out over Rep. Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty plan, James Pethokoukis writes, “If you’re someone who finds that kind of reasoning — ‘Taxation is theft!’ — appealing and persuasive, then of course you will dislike... Ryan’s anti-poverty plan and the safety net it wishes to reform. […]

10 keys to presidential credibility

On Monday I mentioned a CNN poll that showed Texas Gov. Rick Perry shooting up five points to a statistical dead heat in the pre-2016 presidential primary polling. Then a Fox News poll came out also reflecting Perry’s improvement, going from 5 percent in April to 12 percent now. He seems to have crossed a […]

Polling shows Democrats need to self-reflect on Israel

A Pew poll tells us: “As violence between Israel and Hamas shows no signs of abating, the sympathies of the American public continue to lie with Israel rather than the Palestinians. And dating back to the late 1970s, the partisan gap in Mideast sympathies has never been wider. Currently, 51% of Americans say that in […]

Responding to Obama’s immigration edicts

Ubiquitous media reports indicate the president is preparing to declare he in essence will not faithfully executive certain immigration laws for certain groups of people — millions in total, perhaps — because Congress won’t do what he wants. This from a former constitutional law instructor. One would hope that elected officials of both parties and public figure […]

Time for the discredited John Kerry to resign

Secretary of State John Kerry is getting bashed from all sides these days — Israel, the Palestinian Authority, the U.S. media, the Israeli media, Egypt and even ex-advisers. As chaotic as the Obama administration’s foreign policy may be — actually, because it is so chaotic — Kerry should consider resigning. We face multiple threats, ranging […]

Morning Bits

A lame fundraising stunt. The speaker of the House: “This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they’re trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election. We have no plans to impeach the president. […]

Potential 2016 candidates should offer alternatives to our wrongheaded foreign policy

In defending the Obama administration’s foreign policy record, the media and (other) Democratic partisans often say to Republican critics, “Well, what would you do?” Republicans shouldn’t be defensive. In fact, there are many alternatives to the past 5 1/2 years of incompetent and wrongheaded foreign policy. Republicans should be happy to spell them out. On Sunday, […]

Can Paul Ryan win over critics of his anti-poverty plan?

The reaction to Rep. Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty rollout was instructive. On the bright side, there seems to be support from the center-left through the center-right for many of the Wisconsin Republican’s ideas. From rabid partisans there was expected barbs and indifference. Show More Summary

Harry Reid’s cheap talk

When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) speaks, you often can’t decide whether to laugh or cry. Yesterday he tried out this one: “The United States of America should live up to its commitments, particularly with our friend Israel, which happens to be the only true democracy in the Middle East. We can do better […]

Obama’s former adviser explains the Gaza debacle

The long-time Middle East negotiator, former Obama adviser and perhaps future adviser to Hillary Clinton, Dennis Ross, as I noted yesterday, was surprisingly blunt in his assessment of the recent foreign policy efforts of his former boss and of Clinton’s successor. In particular I want to focus on what we can learn from Ross on Gaza, both […]

Morning Bits

Speaker of the House John Boehner doesn’t like what he sees from the administration. “We will not equate professional militaries with terrorist organizations that use human shields and seek to maximize civilian casualties.  And we insist that the demilitarization of Gaza be not just a House goal but a shared, uncompromising U.S. and international objective.  […]

Bipartisan indictment of Iran and Gaza policies

On Monday, a panel of bipartisan experts hosted by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, including the president’s former senior adviser on the Middle East, Dennis Ross, agreed essentially with two propositions. First, President Obama is blowing it on Iran. Second, his conduct on the Gaza war isn’t  helping matters. On Iran, Ross put it this […]

Polling trends that matter

Recent polling for the 2014 midterms and beyond is plentiful but not always illuminating. There are two exceptions to this: polls that show a consensus for a trend/wave election, and dramatic movement toward a particular candidate. MSM polling outfits seem increasingly to agree that the GOP will win six or more Senate seats, enough to […]

Obama’s ‘impeachment’ canard

First, the Obama forces cooked up the “war on women.” That led to all sorts of pesky questions such as why the White House was paying women 13 percent less than men. (The White House spinners pleaded that it’s complicated — at least when it applies to the Obama White House.) Then the Obama hacks took to […]

Kerry’s meddling goes nowhere, Obama tries rescuing Hamas

The Wall Street Journal headline reads: “U.S. Push for Gaza Truce Yields Little.” It could easily say: “From Netanyahu to Livni, Israel Decries Kerry Plan.” (Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, a favorite of American liberals, told Secretary of State John Kerry that his plan was “completely unacceptable... [and] would have strengthened extremists in the region.” […]

Hillary Clinton (re)writes fiction

With the Middle East and her legacy coming apart at the seams, Hillary Rodham Clinton has taken up fiction. In her CNN interview, she was back to rewriting her indefensible track record. On Iraq, she insists on the agreement to keep troops in Iraq: I supported what we were trying to convince [Iraqi Prime Minister […]

Ups and downs

UP: Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer DOWN: Secretary of State John Kerry UP: Australia DOWN: Turkey UP: Canada DOWN: UNRWA UP: Vladimir Putin’s conviction the United States will do nothing about Ukraine DOWN: Evidence of U.S. response to the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane UP: Minnesota GOP Senate candidate Mike […]

Morning Bits

An outbreak of buyer’s remorse. “According to the [CNN] poll, if the 2012 election were somehow held again, Romney would capture 53% of the popular vote, with the President at 44%. Obama beat Romney 51%-47% in the popular vote in the 2012 contest.” Outside the GOP, President Obama gets rotten reviews on his handling of border […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “Hamas is betting on that fact that people don’t have the context, basically that they can hoodwink people, mislead the entire world.” 2. “The idea that we can’t assimilate these eight-year-old criminals with their teddy bears is preposterous.” 3.  “[Vladimir Putin is] a schoolyard bully.... We should raise the sanctions.” […]

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