RNC Candidates Pre-Debate Interviews
The Susan B. Anthony List, which is hosting a debate among the candidates for chair of the Republican National Committee on Monday, has pre-debate interviews with the candidates available on its website.
Only 9,098 Of Last 10,500 Years Warmer Than 2010
On Watts Up With That?, Dr. Don J. Easterbrook notes the attention 2010 is getting as a contender for the warmest year of the century. And then he calms everyone down:
Another graph of temperatures from the Greenland ice core for ...
Cino Releases Third Plank
Maria Cino, a candidate for chair of the Republican National Committee, releases the third plank of her platform today. This one focuses on fundraising, a topic of concern among the RNC’s 168 members. Cino’s plan includes six points:
Anuzis Gets Two Thirds of the Lone Star
Bora Van Dormolen, the Republican national committeewoman from Texas, endorses Saul Anuzis for chair of the RNC, giving the candidate two thirds of the Lone Star State’s delegation. Each candidate must receive two-thirds support from three separate states to ...
Ada Fisher, the Republican national committeewoman from North Carolina, plans to back Maria Cino for chair of the RNC. In an e-mail to National Review Online, Fisher writes:
I do not believe in candidate endorsements. I have notified the Central ...
Cino Burnishes Pro-Life Credentials
A recent story has accused Maria Cino, a candidate for chair of the Republican national committee, of being pro-choice, so the candidate has sent a letter to the RNC to burnish her pro-life credentials:
Dear RNC Member:
Yesterday, a false ...
National Review Online has learned that Ohio GOP chief Kevin DeWine and committeewoman Jo Anne Davidson have endorsed Maria Cino for chair of the Republican National Committee.
From a statement to be released at 10:00 A.M.:
“I had the privilege ...
Yue Organizes Effort to Oust Steele
Solomon Yue, the Republican national committeeman from Oregon, tells National Review Online he’s leading an effort to ensure the RNC elects a new chairman on January 15.
“The bottom line is one of the five challengers will be ...
The Winston Group, a Republican polling firm, sums up the lessons of the 2010 election in a statement to the press. According to the group’s post-election survey, both President Obama’s and congressional Republicans’ electoral strategies worked: The ...
Kansas congressman Todd Tiarht is supporting Maria Cino for chair of the Republican National Committee. In a statement, Tiarht writes:
“Maria has played a special role in my races for Congress as she was the person running the NRCC in ...
Attacks on Priebus and Wagner Intensify
To the Republican National Committee’s dismay, anonymous e-mails are attacking two of its candidates for chair, Reince Priebus and Ann Wagner.
This morning, the RNC received an e-mail entitled, “Ann Wagner needs Obama stimulus $$ for a new ...
Steele Calls RNC Member an 'Idiot'
The Huffington Post’s Nick Wing reports:
During an appearance on WBAL radio last week, Steele was asked to address a concern from Indiana Committeeman Jim Bopp, Jr., who had claimed that the RNC chairman played the race card ...
Collins Proposes Ballot Measures
Gentry Collins, a candidate for chair of the Republican National Committee, thinks the GOP should place anti-Obamacare measures on state ballots in 2011:
“We at the RNC (should) lead a campaign to put referenda on the ballot to repeal Obama Care ...
USA Today Attacks Fox News
“Survey: More Fox News, More Climate Doubts” blares the headline in USA Today this morning. Here’s the gist of it:
“The more Fox News you get, the less likely you are to trust scientists,” says Stanford public opinion expert ...
Morton Blackwell's Crystal Ball
Morton Blackwell, the Republican national committeeman for Virginia and president of the Leadership Institute, tells National Review Online he expects the next chairman of the RNC to be most members’ second choice.
The committee, Blackwell explains, “meets only ...
Wagner Wins West Virginians' Backing
Politico’s Alex Burns reports:
Former Missouri Republican Party Chair Ann Wagner will pick up a pair of key endorsements in her bid to lead the RNC today, from West Virginia RNC Committeeman Jim Reed and Committeewoman ...
Evie Axdahl, the Republican national committeewoman from Minnesota, has endorsed Maria Cino for chair of the RNC. A founding member of the Republican National Conservative Caucus, Axdahl cites Cino’s social conservatism as a reason for her support. In a ...
So says CNN’s Peter Hamby:
[Reince] Priebus informed the [Republican National Committee]‘s 168 members in an email that he has picked up three more backers: North Dakota Committewoman Sandy Boehler, Mississippi Committeeman Brad White and Mississippi Committeewoman Jeanne Luckey.
Mike Duncan Will Not Run for RNC Chair
The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack posts a statement from former Republican National Committee chair Mike Duncan:
“After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I will not seek the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee.
“The 2012 political season ...
Wagner's Budding Coalition
Donna Gosney, the Republican national committeewoman for West Virginia, thinks the committee’s southern members are coalescing behind Ann Wagner for chair. Gosney has yet to endorse a candidate; she leans toward Wagner but also likes Maria Cino.
Priebus's Supporters Fend Off Attacks
Steve King, the Republican national committeeman for Wisconsin and a supporter of Reince Priebus, says the accusation that Priebus assisted legal clients on applications for stimulus funds is false. “There’s absolutely not a scintilla of truth to ...
Andrew C. McCarthy challenges transnationalists over New START.
Victor Davis Hanson defends the liberal arts from its opponents, Left and Right.
Matt Shaffer warns of FCC commissioner Michael Copps’s attempt to regulate the air waves.
Robert Costa profiles ...
Unions Recruit Jailed Legislator to Their Cause
Christian Schneider, a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, writes of today’s strange happenings in the Badger state:
The state public employee unions are trying to ram through their contracts before the new Governor and Legislature take ...
Coleman Won't Endorse Steele
Former Minnesota senator Norm Coleman won’t run for chair of the Republican National Committee, but he won’t endorse the current occupant of that office, either. Roll Call reports:
Coleman told Roll Call in a telephone interview Wednesday morning ...
DeMint, Thune Voice Displeasure with Steele
The two Republican senators are less than enthused with the current chairman of the Republican National Committee, Roll Call reports:
“I’m looking for what the alternatives are,” said Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.), who raised millions ...
Former New Jersey committeman David Norcross, something of a ringleader within the RNC’s anti-Steele crowd, co-authored a message Tuesday to the committee’s 168 members endorsing Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus. The message was co-signed by former Wisconsin ...
Steele Supporter Jumps to Wagner
Politico’s Alex Burns reports:
FIRST IN SCORE – BREAKING RANKS: Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney, a previously Steele-friendly member named to a leadership position by the RNC chief, will publicly defect today and endorse former Tennessee GOP Chair ...
Wagner Responds to Steele
Ann Wagner responds to Michael Steele’s announcement in an e-mail to supporters:
“I welcome Michael Steele to the race. But this is not about Michael Steele – it is about a fully funded, fully functional RNC and winning in 2012.
Maria Cino, newly announced candidate for chair of the Republican National Committee, sends a press release in response to Steele’s announcement:
“It’s an unfortunate fact that our party is now challenged by very serious issues: massive debt, ...
Steele Will Run For Reelection
A member of the Republican National Committee who is on the conference call with Michael Steele currently under way tells Frum Forum that the embattled chairman has announced he will run for reelection.
Anuzis, Priebus Jostle for Gingrich's Approval
Two candidates for chair of the Republican National Committee — Saul Anuzis and Reince Priebus — both tout Newt Gingrich’s praise in their announcement videos — though Gingrich doesn’t explicitly endorse either of them in his statements.
Sen. John Thune suggests the Senate postpone consideration of New START until next year.
Peter Brookes reminds the Senate to consider China’s nuclear forces in evaluating New START.
Stanley Kurtz counters David Frum’s criticisms of his ...
Phyllis Schlafly, founder of Eagle Forum, has endorsed Ann Wagner for chair of the Republican National Committee. Political Fix reports:
Schlafly, reflecting widespread discontent with current RNC head Michael Steele, said in a statement that the Republicans “desperately need new, ...
RNC Contenders Donated Sparsely, Strategically
All the contenders for chair of the Republican National Committee promise to raise money and to spend it wisely. But which candidates did these hopefuls consider good investments for their own cash?
We’re rather ignorant on this topic ...
Healy Won't Run for RNC Chair
CT News Junkie has the scoop:
Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Chris Healy sent a letter to members of the Republican Party Tuesday to let them know he won’t be challenging National Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele for the ...
Barbour Endorses Priebus for RNC Chair
Henry Barbour, that is. CNN reports:
Mississippi Committeeman Henry Barbour, a respected figure inside the RNC and a close confidante to his uncle, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, emailed committee members to praise [Reince] Priebus’ record in Wisconsin as well as ...
Oliver North warns against repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
The editors declare a qualified victory on taxes.
Rich Lowry wonders if President Obama’s surrender on taxes signals a new trend.
Andrew McCarthy ...
Despite Tea Party Nation’s plea, Sarah Palin has declined to run for chair of the Republican National Committee. In response, Judson Phillips, founder of TPN, has endorsed former Michigan GOP chair Saul Anuzis, the Hill reports:
Discontent with Steele Grows on RNC
The grumbling about Michael Steele is growing on the Republican National Committee, yet the chairman still has his advocates, as I learned in conversations with about a dozen members of the committee.
Over the past two years, Steele’s ...
Gingrich: RNC Needs a Change
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is calling for a shake-up at the Republican National Committee, another setback for Chairman Michael Steele as he decides whether to seek a second term atop the party organization.
Gingrich has friendly relationship ...
Duncan Currie spotlights four newly elected governors whose policy brews in the “laboratories of democracy” will be particularly important to watch.
David Beckworth makes the conservative case for Quantitative Easing: Part Deux.
Jim Geraghty summons his predictive powers ...
King Disputes Allegations of Racism
The blogosphere is aflame tonight over Rep. Steve King’s recent comments on the House floor. Earlier today, the House passed the Claims Resolution Act of 2010, which authorizes the Department of Agriculture to pay $1.15 billion in settlements for the ...
Steele's Spending Draws Attention
Some members of the Republican National Committee are grumbling about Chairman Michael Steele’s hiring of Belinda Cook as the RNC’s liaison to the 2012 convention — a full two years before the event. John Hayward at Human Events details Cook’...
Bolton on WikiLeaks: 'Treason, Punishable by Death'
Former ambassador John Bolton tells National Review Online that he would charge Pfc. Bradley Manning with treason for sharing U.S. intelligence with Wikileaks. “I believe treason is still punishable by death and if he were found guilty, I ...
What Else Is in the WikiLeaks Trove?
As most undoubtedly already know, Wikileaks dumped another load of the State Department’s dirty laundry onto the pages of the New York Times this morning. You can read Victor Davis Hanson’s reaction to the ...
Obama Grants Second Pardon
At 10:30 a.m., President Obama — after a suspense-filled, potentially carnivorous encounter with a turkey in the Rose Garden — will pardon the bird and its alternate in his usual magnanimity.
The 21-week-old, 45-pound fowl, named Apple and Cider respectively, got their ...
Victor Davis Hanson resists calls to cut the defense budget.
Andrew Stiles encourages Senate Democrats’ flirtation with an earmark ban.
Katrina Trinko evaluates Rep. Mike Pence’s chances to win the presidency.
Dennis Prager tells liberals to get ...
As the Nation Goes, So Goes Maine
On Nov. 2, the Pine Tree State breathed new life into the old adage, “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.”
For the first time since the 1960s, Republicans won both the governor’s mansion and the state ...
On last night’s Hardball, Prof. Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School defended Ahmed Ghailani’s trial, particularly the judge’s exclusion of Hussein Abebe’s testimony. Abebe, a Tanzanian, sold dynamite ...
Cool, Dispassionate Reason
Skeptics of cap-and-trade have found their cinematic answer to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth in Bjørn Lomborg’s new documentary, Cool It.
Lomborg, 45, has an innocent-sounding résumé: He is director of ...
Cino Focuses on State Offices
This morning, Maria Cino sends a letter to the Republican National Committee outlining her strategy for 2011 — namely, to keep the governors’ mansions in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi, and to gain seats in several state legislatures. Here’s the letter:
The editors challenge the perception that President Obama opposes same-sex marriage.
Matthew Shaffer speaks with Rep. Ron Paul.
Kevin Williamson critiques the anti-gun animus of President Obama’s pick for ATF chief.
Thomas Sowell argues that economists are the real ...
Cino Releases Second Plank of Platform
Maria Cino is releasing her platform, “A Path to Victory in 2012,” in installments; and today, she released the second plank, “Restoring Accountability.” If elected chair of the Republican National Committee, Cino says she will keep members informed of developments before ...
Hispanic GOPers Endorse Anuzis
A group of Hispanic Republicans has endorsed Saul Anuzis for chair of the Republican National Committee. Here’s the e-mail sent to the committee this morning:
National Hispanic Leaders Endorse Saul Anuzis for RNC Chair
A national group of Hispanic-American ...
RNC Candidate: Steele's Defeat Likely
A candidate for chair of the Republican National Committee tells National Review Online that Michael Steele’s defeat is certain. In an e-mail to NRO, the candidate writes, “Reince [Priebus] continues to pull Steele supporters, including Shawn Steele of California ...
John Ashcroft Endorses Ann Wagner
The former attorney general backs Ann Wagner for chair of the Republican National Committee.
Anuzis, Collins, and Priebus Talk Social Conservatism
Politico’s Andy Barr reports:
Wisconsin Republican Chairman Reince Priebus, Michigan National Committeeman Saul Anuzis and former RNC political director Gentry Collins each sat for interviews via skype with SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser and National Organization for Marriage Chairwoman ...
National Journal’s Reid Wilson has the scoop:
Priebus, the chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, has won backing from Indiana national committee member Jim Bopp, a prominent Republican attorney and the founder of a group of conservative members of ...
Victor Davis Hanson marvels at the Obamaites’ about-face.
Sen. Mitch McConnell announces that change has come to the U.S. Congress.
Jonah Goldberg whittles down the GOP presidential field to the most probable contenders.
Michelle Malkin dubs “net ...
Collins Picks Up Supporter
Politico’s Alex Burns reports:
OPPOSITION LEADER: Collins announced up his third public endorsement in the RNC race overnight, winning former Raleigh Mayor-turned-North Carolina GOP Chairman Tom Fetzer’s support. Fetzer, who called for Steele to resign last ...
Cino Releases Plan for Chairmanship
Maria Cino, a candidate for chair of the Republican National Committee, has just released a plan of action for her potential chairmanship. In a press release, her spokesman Chad Kolton writes:
[Cino] sought input from current RNC Members and then ...
Ann Wagner, another candidate for chair of the Republican National Committee, says she won’t throw her support to Michael Steele if her campaign fails:
Wagner called on her rivals not to back Steele if history begins to repeat itself. “...
RNC's Fiscal Pain Sharpens
A member of the Republican party’s budget committee tells National Review Online that the GOP has a $5 million note due February 28, 2011 — and it won’t be paying it back.
“The RNC accessed a $15 million line of ...
Ramesh Ponnuru and Reihan Salam report from the front lines of the Republican class war.
Richard Perle and Kim Holmes suggest the Senate learn from Reagan and reject New START.
Jack David swipes the cutting knife away from the defense ...
John Bolton Endorses Ann Wagner
The former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. makes his pick for chair of the Republican National Committee. In a statement to the press, Bolton writes:
“Ann Wagner is a tough, no-nonsense conservative leader with the highest integrity, and ...
NY GOP Chair, Cong. Delegation Endorse Cino
Edward F. Cox, chairman of the New York Republican Party, and the Empire State’s entire Republican congressional delegation announced their support for Maria Cino as chairwoman of the Republican National Committee this morning. In a statement, Cox writes:
Anuzis Grabs Another Endorsement
Anuzis also announced a key endorsement Friday from Bill Crocker, the national committeeman from Texas.
Crocker joins Virginia committeeman Morton Blackwell in backing Anuzis; both are prominent conservative voices within the RNC.
Anuzis now has nine RNC members ...
RNC Fundraiser Calls It Quits
Politico’s Ben Smith reports:
The Finance Chairman of Michael Steele’s Republican National Committee resigned today, a Republican source said.
Peter Terpeluk, a major George W. Bush fundraiser who served as Ambassador to Luxembourg, had struggled to raise large-dollar ...
In the Rules of the Republican Party, Rule No. 5, which concerns the “Officers of the Republican National Committee,” states:
(a) The officers of the Republican National Committee shall consist of:
(1) A chairman and a co-chairman of ...
Politico’s Alex Burns reports:
Former Missouri Republican Party Chair Ann Wagner will gain another vote in the RNC race today when Alabama Committeewoman Bettye Fine Collins endorses her in a message to the full committee. “I have known ...
Kaufman: RNC Still in Shock
Ron Kaufman, the Republican national committeeman for Massachusetts, tells National Review Online that most people on the committee are still processing the fact that Chairman Michael Steele is unlikely to be reelected.
“Most members of the committee two months ago ...
RNC Candidate's Firm Sought Stimulus Funds
Reince Priebus, a candidate for chair of the Republican National Committee, worked at a law firm that helped clients seek stimulus funds. In 2009, Priebus’s firm, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, created a “Stimulus Legislation Team” — of which Priebus was listed ...
Steele's Champions Rise to His Defense
Jody Dow, the Republican national committeewoman from Massachusetts, and Joseph Trillo, the committeeman from Rhode Island, tell National Review Online they’re sticking with Michael Steele. “I think Michael has fulfilled what he promised to do,” Dow ...
Steele Unconfirmed for SBL/ATR Debate
Kerry Brown, spokeswoman for the Susan B. Anthony List, tells NRO that every candidate for chair of the Republican National Committee has confirmed for the January 3 debate hosted by SBL and Americans for Tax Reform. Every candidate, that is, except ...
‘I don’t really know what will come out of it,” an attendee told me at the founders’ meeting of “No Labels” on Monday. “But it sounds good.”
And thus a movement ...
Dennis Prager takes Aaron Sorkin to task for calling Sarah Palin an “idiot.”
Mona Charen marvels at liberals’ apoplectic response to the tax deal.
Iain Murray and F. Vincent Vernuccio identify the “enemy within”: public-sector ...
Anuzis Reacts to Steele's Announcement
Responding to Michael Steele’s announcement, Saul Anuzis writes in an e-mail to National Review Online, “It clarifies the field and defines the race. I’m looking forward to discussing the future of the RNC.”
Steele Supporter: 'I'm Very Pleased'
John Frey, a member of the Republican National Committee, reacts to Michael Steele’s announcement in an e-mail to National Review Online:
I’m very pleased he’s seeking re-election.
At the meeting two years ago when he was elected, ...
A member of the Republican National Committee has provided National Review Online notes from Michael Steele’s speech to the committee tonight.
“We have been turning the elephant,” Steele told members in his pitch. “Collectively, we secured $179 million,” he said, ...
Cino (Officially) Enters RNC Race
Chris Cillizza reports:
Former RNC official Maria Cino added her name to the list Saturday, and boasts strong backing from the political strategist set. (It’s not clear whether that support will translate to strength among the 168 members of the ...
Bloomberg's Love-Hate Relationship with Labels
Yesterday, Michael Bloomberg decried “partisan warfare” in a speech to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce:
Both parties follow the mood of the moment — instead of leading from the front. They incite anger instead of addressing it — for their ...
RNC's Debt Greater than Previously Disclosed
The Republican National Committee has quietly disclosed more than $4 million in previously unreported debt in amended filings with the Federal Election Commission, meaning yet another headache for embattled party chairman Michael Steele.
In a letter to the FEC ...
Barbour: Priebus 'One of the Best'
Henry Barbour, Mississippi’s national Republican committeeman, tells National Review Online he supports Reince Priebus for chair of the RNC because he thinks Priebus is “one of the best state chairmen we have.”
“He’s a ...
Steele's Coalition Crumbling?
ABC’s Michael Falcone wonders if Michael Steele will decline a bid for reelection as chair of the Republican National Committee. Steele’s prolonged absence from the political arena suggests he’s less certain to run than ...
The Washington Post reports:
The Senate has voted unanimously to convict U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana on the first of four impeachment charges, removing him from the federal bench.
The decision makes Porteous just the eighth ...
Club for Growth Rejects Tax Deal
The Club for Growth announces its opposition to President Obama’s tax deal with congressional Republicans:
“This is bad policy, bad politics, and a bad deal for the American people,” said Club President Chris Chocola. “The plan ...
Earmarks Galore â€” and Online
Taxpayers against Earmarks, WashingtonWatch.com, and Taxpayers for Common Sense have launched an online database of every congressman’s earmark requests for fiscal year 2011. Over 39,000 requests were submitted this year, totaling $130 billion. The three watchdogs are hounding Congress for ...
Grumbling Abounds at the RNC, But Steele Could Still Win
Grumbling about Michael Steele is increasing across the Republican National Committee, but the chairman still has his advocates, several members tell National Review Online.
Over the past two years, Steele’s numerous gaffes have embarrassed members, yet many of ...
Charles Krauthammer exhorts the Justice Department to hunt down Julian Assange.
The editors counsel Senate Republicans to delay ratification of New START.
Victor Davis Hanson sums up progressivism as “high-minded adolescence.”
John Wohlstetter refutes eight air-security myths used ...
Cheney Backs Cino for RNC Chair
Former Vice President Dick Cheney and a clutch of former George W. Bush advisers have a horse in the Republican National Committee chairman race: Maria Cino.
CNN has learned that Cheney will be among the hosts next Tuesday ...
Wagner Brings 'Full-Package Skill Set' to the Table
Ann Wagner, a newly announced candidate for chair of the Republican National Committee, tells National Review Online she has a “full-package skill set” that distinguishes her from the pack.
“I’ve been involved in politics for ...
The Obama administration made all sorts of promises to countries that contemplated accepting prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, today’s New York Times reports. Readers will remember from yesterday’s post that the administration offered Slovenia a ...
Hoekstra: White House Kept Congress in the Dark
Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, tells National Review Online that the WikiLeaks controversy shows how the White House is keeping Congress in the dark on foreign policy.
On January 1 of this year, Hoekstra was ...
Keith Payne gives the Obama administration some straight talk on the New START treaty.
Michael Franc argues veterans were crucial to Republicans’ victory on November 2.
Kathryn Lopez notes a curious similarity between the pope’s book-length interview and ...
John Boehner, Sarah Palin, Victor Davis Hanson, Larry Kudlow, and others tell NRO what they’re thankful for.
Dr. Elizabeth Whelan identifies the numerous “toxins” and “carcinogens” in your Thanksgiving feast and assures us they ...
Healy Close to Decision on RNC Race
Chris Healy, chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party, tells National Review Online he’ll decide whether to run for chairman of the Republican National Committee by next week. “It’s a holiday period,” Healy says, “...
Conservatives Send Brown Back to the Drawing Board
Last week, Senators Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the “Empower States to Innovate Act” to fine-tune Obamacare. Under the current law, states can apply for waivers to opt out of the mandates (yet still receive ...
Anuzis Ready for 'Grunt Work'
Saul Anuzis, former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, tells National Review Online he’s ready to do the “grunt work” as chairman of the Republican National Committee. Anuzis announced last week that he’s challenging ...
Charles Krauthammer lauds the “Don’t Touch My Junk” man for saying what we’ve all been thinking.
Mona Charen suggests that we give Sarah Palin a TV show — not the White House.
Rep. Peter Hoekstra ...
Ramesh Ponnuru reassures us that 2011 won’t be like 1995.
Thomas Sowell tells Congress to put the kibosh on deficit-reduction commissions.
Daniel Pipes commends Oklahomans for just saying no to sharia.
Dennis Prager asks liberals to recognize the sad facts ...