Paul Ryan isn’t afraid of Steve Bannon. He should be.

There's been a target on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's back ever since he assumed the role from his predecessor, John Boehner. That target wasn't painted there by Democrats or leftist media, though they haven't exactly been supportive. The target was painted on his back by Breitbart and other alt-right "conservative" media sites who … Continue reading Paul Ryan isn’t afraid of Steve Bannon. He should be.

The GOP House, Establishment Cowards and Conservative Fools

If the party wants me and people like me they’ll have to earn me. When the GOP can convince me that they are serious about growing the party, when they convince me they are serious about treating the tea party et/al as valued members as opposed to a source of temp labor and occasional funds. … Continue reading The GOP House, Establishment Cowards and Conservative Fools

The Subtle Ways of “Journalism”

There are many ways that you can make a suggestion in a story and create the meme you want to make in a persons mind. A great little example of this took place in the coverage of the pro-forma vote for speaker in the new congress. First lets look at the coverage via The Hill … Continue reading The Subtle Ways of “Journalism”

I’m Old Enough to remember when Palin hitting Ryan was a joke

Do you remember back in May when Sarah Palin said this: "I think Paul Ryan is soon to be 'Cantored,' as in Eric Cantor," Palin said, referring to the former Republican House majority leader who was ousted in a shocking upset in 2014 when challenger Dave Brat ran to his right in a Virginia primary. … Continue reading I’m Old Enough to remember when Palin hitting Ryan was a joke

I Do not Choose to Run (Yet): A Smart Move by Paul Ryan

Speaker Ryan's Sherman moment is the example of great longterm thinking. By declining to run at this time Ryan achieves many things: 1. He doesn't antagonize any of the existing candidates or their supporters meaning that the Trump Cruz and Kasich factions will not be hitting him for it. 2. He keeps the party from … Continue reading I Do not Choose to Run (Yet): A Smart Move by Paul Ryan

Obama’s 2012 straw man: Bain Capital

By John Ruberry It's hard to fathom now, but one of the major issues of the 2012 presidential campaign was Mitt Romney's 15-year leadership of the Boston-based private equity firm Bain Capital, which he co-founded. Two years later President Obama, who of course defeated Romney in '12, faces multiple crises, including scandals involving IRS targeting of … Continue reading Obama’s 2012 straw man: Bain Capital

Field Guide to CPAC 2014 George Will & Tom Coburn panel

As you might guess if you have watched any of the national coverage of this or any CPAC most of the attention goes to the big speeches from people like Paul Ryan. This is only natural as these big speakers are folks who could be the standard bearers for the party in two years. How … Continue reading Field Guide to CPAC 2014 George Will & Tom Coburn panel

A Paul Ryan Festivus Miracle at The Hill!

I was going to contrast these words from Paul Ryan on the Tea Party “I was frustrated, too,” he said. “But I think these are very important elements of our conservative family. I would prefer to keep those conversations within the family. And I think he was just basically voicing his frustration with their opposition … Continue reading A Paul Ryan Festivus Miracle at The Hill!

Some advice on judging the Ryan/Murray Budget deal…

The Ryan Murray deal has now been out there for about two days and there are many different opinions on it. Some think it's a win for the GOP: Though I, too, would like government to shrink, I think this is the right policy trade-off; shutdowns are making it harder and harder to talk about … Continue reading Some advice on judging the Ryan/Murray Budget deal…

Demoralized as Hell: Delusional Chimp Edition

Gloria:  "Wow, that's convoluted logic" Archie:  "Yes, and that's the kinda straight thinking I'm trying to put across here." All in the family 1972 I woke up late today and have been trying to think of how to properly encapsulate the reaction of the far left to Joe Biden's performance last night.  In my travels … Continue reading Demoralized as Hell: Delusional Chimp Edition

My Take on the VP debate, Ryan by decsion

Pseudolus: (to Hysterium) Calm yourself down! I’ll tell you when it’s time to panic! Miles Gloriosus: (noticing the hourglass) I smell mischief here! Pseudolus: It’s time. A funny thing Happened on the way to the Forum 1966 Looking at this debate Joe Biden is doing the kind of attacking necessary mollify the left and give … Continue reading My Take on the VP debate, Ryan by decsion

Paul Ryan, the Left and Instant Gratification

There are times when I really think the left thinks it is still 1992 or 1996 or before, the internet doesn't exist and nobody is around to dispute a word they put out, but then I sit down and think and realize it'a all about short term gratification. Yesterday after the Code Pink people failed … Continue reading Paul Ryan, the Left and Instant Gratification

Answer: It gives an excuse to the MSM to talk about something other than the speech itself

Question: Why would Code Pink risk turning off voters by trying to disrupt Paul Ryan's speech? Of course code pink loves the attention and I'm sure somebody is paying for this stuff in the background, but one might think that this kind of thing isn't a coincidence. Paul Ryan has been in congress 20 years, … Continue reading Answer: It gives an excuse to the MSM to talk about something other than the speech itself

Examiner Column Romney/Ryan and Cheryl

My column for the Examiner Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Cheryl at St. Anselm College covers the St. Anselm event and points to the real danger that the Obama Campaign faces: The visuals were excellent and it seemed hard work of the volunteers paid off. My interviews after the event suggested an energized crowd, but … Continue reading Examiner Column Romney/Ryan and Cheryl

Romney/Ryan Post event interviews & photos

]Ok we have the raw report of the Romney/Ryan event, we have the Q & A but what really matters is what id people think about what was said? There reactions were varied, some were just "I like Romney" That's what I call a booster Clive was much more soft-spoken, (and I mean soft, very … Continue reading Romney/Ryan Post event interviews & photos