For November 14, 2012
1. Can We Replace John Boehner With Paul Ryan?
John Boehner has been willing to throw his conference under the bus repeatedly. We know from the Bob Woodward book that he was willing to raise taxes. We know he cut a deal with Barack Obama without consulting the rest of his conference. We know it blew up in his face.
We know he now doesn't even want to fight Obamacare, calling it the "law of the land." We know he only walked back that statement because of the outrage that ensued.
We know he wants to start putting moderates into leadership positions like Cathy McMorris Rodgers instead of Tom Price. We know he is demanding conservatives "get in line".
House Republicans are being badly served by John Boehner. . . . please click here for the rest of the post →
2. On the RSC Chairman's Race
The most important vote that will happen very soon is the vote for Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the conservative group within the House Republican Conference that often finds itself trying to pull the Republicans to the right. These past two years, it was the RSC leadership that pressed the GOP to avoid selling out to Barack Obama repeatedly, insisted the GOP keep its word on cutting spending, and held the line on "cut, cap, and balance." It is important that the RSC have the strongest possible conservative in charge because when pressure is brought to bear by House Republican Leaders, we do not want a shrinking violet in the job. . . . please click here for the rest of the post →
3. Rich Idiots and the Republican Gigolos
A lot of Republican donors are idiots. Right now they are licking their wounds. They got played by a bunch of Republican gigolos, largely known as "tech consultants."
It wasn't just Team Romney and ORCA. It happened across the Republican Party. Millionaires and billionaires shelled out huge sums of money to outside groups that promised the moon and delivered a crater instead. They became sugar daddies and got played. Heck, they didn't even get a happy ending.
Around the country, the rich donors of the GOP fell repeatedly into the exact same trap — they funded people who talked like them, looked like them, and thought like them. The diehard conservative activist on the ground was less likely to get attention than the jet setters and poseurs in that world who "had a plan". . . . please click here for the rest of the post →
4. Is It Time to Roll Up the Welcome Mat Here?
Barack Obama won the election.
He did not win by stealing the election. Voter irregularities always happen. It is one reason we support voter ID rules. But even in the worse scenario of reports out there, there were not enough tales of voter irregularities to matter nationwide. This is another benefit and built in safeguard of the electoral college.
Barack Obama won. He won by turning out the most people in a well run campaign. In other words, he won fair and square. Instances of voter fraud should be taken seriously and we urge their investigation. But any instances of voter fraud would not have altered the ultimate outcome of this election.
We here at RedState are American citizens. We have no plans to secede from the union. If you do, good luck with that, but this is not the place for you. . . . please click here for the rest of the post →
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Morning Briefing: Ryan Instead of Boehner
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