Carlos Beruff’s Lonely, Long-Shot Bid to Defeat Marco Rubio
Palm Court, Fla. — The first person Carlos Beruff talks to when he arrives for an event with the Flagler County Young Republicans has no intention of voting for him.
“I’m a [Marco] Rubio guy. And I told him that,” …
At its best, the Supreme Court functions precisely as it was intended: as an antidemocratic brake on popular legislative and presidential passions when those passions do violence to the law, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. At its worst …
Financing the Florida Senate Race
The Florida Senate race will undoubtedly be one of the most interesting of the 2016 cycle. Republican congressman Ron DeSantis announced early, and others, including lieutenant governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, are expected to challenge him in the primary, which would set up …
Florida’s Lieutenant Governor on Why the Florida GOP Must Win the 2016 Senate Race
While the political world waits with excitement#…#well, contentment . . . well, impatience for Jeb Bush to make his announcement, another Florida politician is also inching closer to a decision on a high-stakes campaign for office:
Lopez-Cantera on Why Florida GOP Must …
My guest on Q&A today is Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, the majority leader. I ask him a slew of questions, beginning with, “What difference does it make?” The phrasing is borrowed from Hillary Clinton. The question has …
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) is not talking like a man who was humbled to be on the wrong side of a landslide in the most recent midterms.
“I support this legislation, but we’re not going to …
Obama Defies the Will of the Senate
So bitter and pronounced has become President Barack Obama’s distaste for the separation of powers that he is now riding roughshod over Madison’s handiwork at the expense of his own party. “Eight days after joining the Treasury Department …
The Grim Side of DeMint’s Move to Heritage
The final Morning Jolt of the week closes with some downbeat thoughts about Jim DeMint’s departure:
Wait, Where Are You Going, Senator DeMint? How Can You Go Now?
You’ll pardon me if I’m not relentlessly upbeat about Thursday’…
Looking at the Incumbents and Quasi-Incumbents in the Senate . . .
As noted, one of my rules of thumb for my election predictions was that any incumbent below 50 is in at least a little trouble, and an incumbent in the mid-40s is in real trouble. The more well-known and well-established …
Senator Jon Kyl used his opening statement to unleash a torrent of criticisms against Kagan. He belittled her experience, making the accurate point that other SCOTUS nominees without judicial experience have had “actual” legal experience, as contrasted with Kagan’s …
Obama and Juan Williams Need a Lesson on the Constitution and the Facts on Judicial Nominations
Someone should remind President Obama and Juan Williams what the Constitution actually says about confirming nominees. They seem unaware of how the process works. They also appear ignorant of the facts regarding the many judicial nominees the president has had …
Ben Sasse: The Senate Must Reassert Its Place in the Constitutional Structure
EDITOR’S NOTE: This week, Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, after having waited the traditional full year before delivering his maiden floor speech — a practice now largely abandoned — rose to address his colleagues in the Senate. His remarks, …
Larry Kudlow and NRSC Renew Discussions on Senate Run
Larry Kudlow and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have exchanged flirtations in the past. Now, the former Reagan economic aide and the organization tasked with protecting the GOP’s Senate majority in 2016 are once again mulling the possibility of Kudlow …
GOP Lets Democrats ‘Save Face’ in Human Trafficking Fight
Top Senate Republicans and Democrats negotiated a conclusion to the impasse that had delayed the passage of a anti-human trafficking bill and a vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to lead the Justice Department.
Don’t Confirm Loretta Lynch
An unanswerable question hangs over the nomination of Loretta Lynch for attorney general: Is Republican opposition to her more racist or sexist?
As an African-American woman, Lynch represents a gloriously double-barreled opportunity to accuse Republicans of sub-rosa hatreds.
The political …
The REFUND Act and the American Dream
After it was suspended for more than a year, the debt ceiling went back into effect on Sunday, leaving leaders in Washington scrambling to ensure America can meet her most basic financial obligations. The Department of the Treasury has now …
Bloggers Eager to Deport Immigration-Reform Proposal
From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt:
Righty Bloggers Wish to Deport Latest Bipartisan Immigration Reform Proposal
So, what are the early reviews for that immigration-reform package introduced by eight senators?
I can at least respect the …
The States Were Blue, but the Results Leave Us Bluer
PoliPundit offers a useful analysis of why the House went overwhelmingly for the GOP but Senate gains lagged: The House races were largely fought on Republican-leaning turf, but the key Senate fights were in deep-blue states.
That’s true, as far …
Excerpts from Kagan’s opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee are available here.
Two notes: 1. Her final remarks could be different, but in the excerpts she does not mention Harvard by name. Perhaps she was advised that bouncing between …