Why Libertarian Kids, Not Drones, Scare McCain and Graham
March 12, 2013
Jennifer Rubin—WaPo’s token conservative—said it perfectly: McCain lost his cool with Rand Paul and sounded like the old man down the street screaming to the new kids on the block, “Get off my lawn!” The real reason McCain and Lindsey Graham embarrassed themselves on the floor of Senate had nothing to do with what Rand Paul said. Rand Paul’s ideas terrify McCain, Graham, and most of the Republican establishment.
Ed Martin’s Grit Overwhelms Establishment’s Power
January 6, 2013
In a blow to the old guard establishment,** the Missouri Republican State Committee elected Ed Martin Jr. as its new party chairman**. Roy Blunt and all six Republican members of Congress from Missouri lobbied the new state committee over the past few weeks to block Ed and retain the establishment’s choice, David Cole. Jo Mannies of the St. Louis Beacon wrote: Cole’s loss appears to be a setback for Missouri’s GOP establishment.
The State of the GOP
March 28, 2012
by Bill Hennessy and Jim Durbin John Knowles’s classic novel, A Separate Peace, begins memorably: I went back to the Devon School not long ago, and found it looking oddly newer than when I was a student there fifteen years before . . . as if a coat of varnish had been put over everything for better preservation. I get precisely the opposite feel when I look at the Republican Party.
What You Think You Know About Establishment Candidates Is Probably Wrong
February 21, 2012
I see is all the time. Supporters of Establishment candidates complain that their opponents are establishment, too. We saw it in the Missouri 2nd District. We see in the GOP Presidential primary. The last refuge of the Establishment’s candidates is to spread the pain of the Establishment label. What many people don’t get is what the Establishment label actually means. It’s time everyone understood this. **The Establishment’s candidate is the candidate the Establishment chooses for us.
Mitt Romney’s Resume Cover Letter
February 9, 2012
There are some things you just don’t say in a cover letter—or on the campaign trail. A self-aggrandizing cover letter from an NYU undergrad to some Wall Street banks has the whole financial world laughing. The kid’s naïve hubris and ignorance of what employers look for in a candidate earned him public humiliation on an internet scale. Here’s just a sample of the kid’s self-promotion: That semester I achieved a 3.
New Hampshire Exposes GOP’s Diverse Base
January 12, 2012
Okay, Santorum and Gingrich didn’t get a bump out of their debates over the weekend. More like the bump got them. And Ron Paul did way better than I expected. Congratulations to Dr. Paul and Mitt. I still think my Saturday night post accurately reflected the national impressions, though. That’s backed up by this CBS News poll that shows Republicans believe Santorum most closely shares their values, but—and this is a J Lo but—they believe Romney is more electable.
BREAKING: Santorum Pulls Away with 13-Vote Lead
January 4, 2012
That’s with 88 percent of the counting complete. The bigger story: Romney’s underperforming his 2008 results in key counties. Santorum outperforming Huckabee in 2008. What does it all mean? Conservatives and libertarians dominate the caucuses. Romney is the choice of the Republican establishment. The cronies poured millions into his campaign even before he declared himself a conservative. He’s won endorsements from just about every big name general election loser include Bob Dole and George H.
Where’s Bob Dole?
December 20, 2011
The middle of the road is fine until you have to get somewhere. I voted for Bob Dole in 1996. Yet his nomination drove me away from political activism for years. I got out of the Navy in the fall of 1994. I watched the GOP reclaim the House with my nephew, Scott. I expected the Republicans to nominate a solid conservative who deliver a knock-out blow to the Clinton era two years later.
What’s the Big Deal with the Establishment?
December 14, 2011
A friend of mine told me this story. He sat that there bragging about getting a tax cut for friends of his. I said, ‘you do realize, don’t you, that you’re just like the Democrats, except you’re giving taxpayers money to a different special interest.’ He looked at me and said, ‘but our special interests do good with the money.’ My friend was talking about the second highest-ranking Republican in the Missouri House at the time.
The GOP’s Predictable Plan to Destroy the Tea Party
December 7, 2011
Yes, the establishment wants you to go away. Are you going to obey? With a little help from The Atlantic and New York Times (of all places), we can put together a strategy to recognize and deflect the establishment’s tactics. Put this in your back pocket. You’ll need it before primary season is over. Establishment Tactic 1: Never admit membership in the establishment How To Handle: Never argue about what he establishment is.
How the Establishment Wins
December 6, 2011
A few years ago, Malcolm Gladwell wrote an awesome article for The New Yorker: How David Beats Goliath. Read it after you read this. The story encourages and frustrates at the same time. Encourages because we learn Davids can, occasionally, beat Goliaths. Frustrates because Goliaths tend to change the rules just before the epic battle. That’s how the establishment wins—by establishing the rules. And changing them as necessary. Not exactly fair, but fairness isn’t in the rule book.
Guess Who the Puritans Are?
December 4, 2011
Some center-right people take their ball and go home. Guess who? Since the 2010 election, we’ve heard from the Establishment (GOP, MSM, DNC) that Tea Partiers are too puritanical. The elitist theory holds that Tea Partiers demand doctrinaire allegiance to some engraved-granite list of principles. Stray from that list, and the Tea Party will hunt you down like a dog in the street and beat you with a Wiffle Ball bat until you pee blood for a week.
Why Can't the Establishment Fix America's Problems?
November 14, 2011
America has but one political party capable of winning races on a scale large enough to change government practices: the Republican Party. When the GOP takes Washington (or Jefferson City), things don’t seem to get better. Wonder why? Let’s take a little stroll down memory lane. “To secure the nomination, the Dewey forces spent money and made deals and promises that Taft would never make. Offers were made of Federal jobs that Delegates could not resist.
5 Things to Question About Debt Deal
August 1, 2011
Yes, the Tea Party movement influenced what went on in Washington. No, the Tea Party is not the winner. (No one won.) No, this debt deal won’t guide the government off the road toward bankruptcy. Here’s why. No Entitlement Fix: In fact, it appears that entitlements aren’t touched. Entitlements are the nation’s spending problem. Not roads and bridges, not the military. Entitlements. Until we arrest and reverse growth in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, we’re spitting in the ocean.