(David Bozeman) – The most annoying cliché in American politics has to be that Republicans are — cue the fright music — too extreme. Former Senator Bob Dole, who is so moderate and conciliatory that his two national campaigns (1976 and 1996) both crashed and burned, recently offered his take on the GOP, famously advising them to post a “Closed for Repairs” sign. This for a party that, for all its weaknesses, controls the House [...]
(Willie Deutsch) – On Feb. 23, 2013 Gov. Bob McDonnell cheered while the Virginia House of Delegates approved a massive tax hike which the state senate had just approved. As Americans for Limited Government noted at the time, it was a “quadruple insult to the tea party: 1) a tremendous tax increase to fund a 2) huge spending increase bought for with the 3) implementation of Obamacare in Virginia in a manner that 4) unconstitutionally [...]
(Roger Stone) – I like Chris Christie. Maybe it’s the Jersey thing, but I like his bluntness and confidence. I wrote on these pages that it was wrong to exclude him from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this year.. But I am astonished by the decision he has made regarding the seat of late Senator Frank Lautenberg, who was the oldest member of the U.S. Senate when he died early Monday. Lautenberg beat patrician [...]
The “Big Lie” is a propaganda technique embraced by the communists in which the offending party tells a whopper so “colossal” that the public would refuse to believe anyone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” The audacity of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval’s early re-election campaign propaganda certainly falls into that category, but fortunately for the governor the Nevada Legislature passed a law this session making it illegal to fire anyone for [...]
As someone who has been chronicling and documenting the GOP’s habit of never blowing an opportunity to blow an opportunity for over twenty years now, even I was stunned at how Assembly Republicans choked on a slam-dunk opportunity in the final week of the 2013 Nevada legislative session. The concept of “parental triggers” – in which the worst failure factory government schools can be converted into a union-free charter school if a majority of parents [...]
I’m trying to figure out who is more revolting in their disdain for America’s success stories – the President of the United States or the president of the Nevada teachers union. Barack Obama spent the first four years of his presidency hunting down, Ahab-like, “the wealthiest among us” and finally got his pound of flesh at the conclusion of the fiscal cliff-hanger last month. He’s now back in his boat, harpoon at the ready, looking [...]
“You never let a serious crisis go to waste.” So saideth Rahm Emanuel, former political adviser to President Obama – who has taken said advice to heart and effectively made it his own 11th Commandment. But it’s not just Democrats who swoop in to take advantage of a crisis. Alas, trying to capitalize on the raw emotional pain of a tragedy for political gain is one of the truest examples of bipartisanship you’ll find in [...]
(Chuck Muth) – It’s not just the fact that Moderate Mike is now the leading Gumby Republican heading to Carson City; it’s how badly he conned the donors and voters who got him elected in the first place in 2010.
(Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) It should come as no surprise to anyone in Nevada who was followed the news in 2012 that Harry Reid was named by Judicial Watch, a public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, to its 2012 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” The group lists the top 10 alphabetically so there is no way to tell if Harry was No. 1 or No. 10. Here is what Judicial [...]
(Nancy Dallas) – Irrelevant of political party, two political characteristics in particular really irritate me – arrogance and double-talk. They mix easily together, but make a distasteful product. I have never met Nevada State Senator Mike Roberson, but his recent political activity demonstrates he apparently has become just such a product.