Plan B Morphs Into a Conservative Wish List

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 10:45 am

House Republicans will wait until tonight to pass “Plan B,” and while I think ultimately it will pass, the reason they’re waiting so long is that they have to figure out what to put into it to get conservative votes. Erick Son of Erick has a whip list of 34 no votes and 12 leaners, [...]

Boehner’s Plan B Also Cuts Taxes on Rich, Raises Them on Poor

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 6:25 am

John Boehner may not even have the votes for today’s “Plan B,” a bill that effectively raises taxes on people making over $1 million a year. He was seen gladhanding on the House floor last night, whipping votes for his side. He can only lose 24 votes to reach 217 (there are a couple vacancies [...]

Jim DeMint Kicked Upstairs to Run the Heritage Foundation

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 8:30 am

Jim DeMint, a leader of the conservative faction in the Senate, is moving on to a place of higher significance: a Washington think tank. DeMint, a staunch conservative who often clashes with party leadership, was reelected to a second term in 2010. He will depart before the new Congress is sworn in next month. “I’ve [...]

Boehner Purges Conservative Members from Influential Committees

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 7:00 am

As I noted, John Boehner got as much flak from his right flank on his three-page “counter-offer” as he did from his left. Conservative groups groused at the inclusion of $800 billion in revenue collection increases, even as it followed the Romney campaign pattern of lowering rates while broadening the base. Obviously they would rather [...]

Boehner’s Counter-Offer: Based on Impromptu Bowles Super Committee Testimony

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 6:20 am

In trying to make a quick understanding of the Boehner counter-offer on the fiscal slope yesterday, I knew that his reference to the “Bowles plan” was not a reference to Bowles-Simpson but rather something Bowles wrote or said in November 2011. It turns out that it came from testimony before the failed Super Committee, where [...]

Conservative Conspiracy Theorists Decide BLS Massaged Data to Boost Employment Numbers

By: Friday October 5, 2012 9:36 am

Because data is just fungible to the political leanings of whoever confronts it, we predictably saw a number of conservatives question today’s jobs report, suggesting that the Bureau of Labor Statistics fudged the data to help the President’s re-election campaign. Leading this charge was former GE CEO Jack Welch on Twitter. I think the government [...]

Challenges to Conservative Voter Suppression Tactics Largely Successful in 2012

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 10:16 am

With the narrow, potentially confusing but generally beneficial ruling yesterday in the Pennsylvania voter ID case, the trend is confirmed: voting rights activists have successfully fended off a number of voter suppression tactics put forward by Republicans seeking to model the electorate to their benefit in 2012. The result, that Pennsylvanians will not have to [...]

Romney Comments on the Nation of Moochers Has Long Conservative Pedigree

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 7:41 am

Trying to recover his footing after a terrible couple of days, Mitt Romney appears to want to shift his comments on the 47% of Americans who “believe that they are victims” and think they’re entitled to health care and food into a strength. In a USA Today op-ed, Romney tries to pivot into the more [...]

Romney to Donors: All Obama Voters “Dependent Upon Government”

By: Monday September 17, 2012 3:28 pm

The hidden camera moment of this election cycle comes not from the long-awaited Michelle Obama Whitey tape, but from a fundraiser for the Republican nominee. Mother Jones’ David Corn has obtained video – catnip for 24-hour news networks – of Romney speaking at a gathering of high-dollar donors, wherein he gave his strategy for the [...]

Romney’s Multiple Positions on Obamacare Shows Difficulty for Him to “Move to the Middle”

By: Monday September 10, 2012 7:34 am

Most of what you want to know about the impact of the two back-to-back political conventions on the 2012 election can be seen in Mitt Romney’s flailing response yesterday on Meet the Press to a question about health care. Mitt Romney said Sunday that he would retain elements of President Obama’s health care overhaul, blamed [...]

Republican Platform Lumbers Far to the Right

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 12:23 pm

The Republican platform is too large a document and covers too many issue areas for one person to dissect entirely. I covered my core competency by going through the housing plank. But for those who did have the time and resources to do a full overview, the picture becomes clear that this is a pretty [...]

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