The GOP's Limited Ability to Win Over Those Who Vote Libertarian
A Virginia Democrat laughs on the Washington Post op-ed page:
Robert Sarvis received 2.4 percent of the vote; without him (or another Libertarian of similar stature) on the ballot, most of those votes would likely have gone to Republican nominee Ed …
Conservatives and 'Line in the Sand' Issues
Earlier today I had an exchange with a reader — whom I respect a great deal — who doesn’t agree with my Twitter argument about the folly of conservatives’ staying home and not voting this cycle (or any cycle, …
Scarborough: 'I’m somehow a RINO because I’m being the Cassandra here!'
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Morning Joe Speaks to the Morning Jolt!
I had a chance to speak with Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, recently, about his new book, The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How …
Why Republicans Aren't Worried About PPP's Latest Survey
From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt:
Apparently No One’s Really Persuaded by PPP’s Latest Survey
So, how worried should Republicans be about losing the House? A PPP poll suggested they should, surveying GOP districts, asking a …
Why Do Virginia Republicans Still Use Nominating Conventions?
The first Morning Jolt of the week features a look at how the Obama administration is claiming that if you look too closely at the scandals, you’re on a witch hunt; a surprising Washington figure who is already “Going Bulworth”; …
You Can't Persuade People You Disdain
Over on the homepage, I have a long article on how wishy-washy voters may come to the conclusion that Republicans and conservatives are mean and nasty because . . . every once in a while, some Republicans and conservatives are mean and nasty. …
A Surge of Optimism for Republicans?
The Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt features more discussion of parenting and modern society, the mysterious ailment of Jesse Jackson Jr., and bits of good polling news:
A Surge of Optimism for Republicans
I’ll let Ace set …
The Hero vs. Hero Battle You Haven't Been Waiting For, True Believers!
Perhaps when you write a Morning Jolt late enough, and a weekend is looming, the mind begins to see strange comparisons…
The Conservative Civil War Multi-Issue Crossover Event!
I think a lot of the discussion among conservatives Thursday can be …
David Limbaugh, contra VAT
Over at Ricochet, David Limbaugh has a wise response to my post yesterday on Grover Norquist, VATs, Mitch Daniels, etc.
While I am a supply sider I agree that we should not allow our exuberance for pro-growth tax policies to …
Even the Goods Ones Are Hostages to Pork
But before I go: This important, Earth-shaking news just hit my desk, courtesy of Virginia governor Bob McDonnell. For reasons known only to God, the farm lobby (a.k.a Big Elmer), and Governor McDonnell, setting up Web sites to …
Liberal Group's Ad Blames Congressional GOP for Ebola
Perfect. The tax-exempt “Agenda Project” is airing an ad declaring “Republican cuts kill,” directly blaming congressional Republicans for the Ebola outbreak:
From their even-tempered, fair-minded release:
Today the Agenda Project Action Fund launched “Republican Cuts Kill,” a multi-pronged blitzkrieg attack …
Iowa Republicans: We're Happy With the Senate Polls
The Republican party of Iowa e-mails:
CNN: GOP Remains Happy About Iowa
CNN’S JOHN KING: “There’s a big senate race, Tom Harkin, the senator hosting the steak fry, he’s retiring. In the race to succeed him, another brand …
A Lame Attempt to Blame Republicans for Obamacare's Mess
Jamelle Bouie, writing in The Daily Beast: “Before we blame the problems with Healthcare.gov on ‘big government’ or ‘liberalism,’ we should remember that the Affordable Care Act needed GOP cooperation to succeed.”
Why? As Robert Gamble noted, “If …
Can Conservative Comments from Celebrities Change the Culture?
The culture section of today’s Morning Jolt:
Can Conservative Comments from Bono and Ashton Kutcher Change the Culture?
Last night I had a chance to dine with some conservative bloggers, new media, and social-networking types, and once again the topic …
The Perpetual Death of the GOP
The midweek edition of the Morning Jolt offers a pair of Emily Litella “nevermind” moments from our friends on the Left, and then this consideration of the latest moment of GOP doom and/or transformation:
The Perpetual Generational Death of …
Democrats' Advantage in Voter Registration Slipping in Key States
This news release – announcing that there are now roughly 20,000 more registered Republicans in Iowa than registered Democrats – suggests that Hawkeye state Republicans can crow about a dramatic turnaround, pointing out that back in January 2009, Iowa Democrats enjoyed a 110,000 …
Grim Poll Numbers for GOP, Awful Ones for Gingrich
Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart and Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conduct the NBC/Wall Street Journal survey, were just on with Chuck Todd on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown. They noted that in their latest poll, Barack Obama carries rural …
What To Do After the Election
A challenge to the Class of 2010:
The Brits cut spending.
The Romanians cut spending.
Spain cut spending.
The Czechs cut spending.
The Irish cut spending.
South Africa is cutting its deficit.
Even the French are cutting some spending.
Grover Norquist Is Living in Candyland
So it turns out that the cure for “epistemic closure” is great quantities of crystal meth. The things you learn from Grover Norquist.
In case you missed it, Norquist came down like a runaway gravel truck on Indiana governor Mitch …
I have to admit that I am scratching my bald noggin over the fact that a fair number of my fellow right-wingers are dismissing “The Pledge” as pusillanimous, lacking sufficient specificity, etc. I do not get it.
I don’t …