The necessary conservative pivot

What represents American culture today is dramatically different than the American culture of my childhood. Of course, things change over time. Styles, music, art, technologies are all subject to change at any given moment. But I’m speaking of fundamental changes to American culture – the kind of changes that alter our future. One fundamental change to American culture began in 1967 when no-fault divorce was first enacted. About that same time, the War on Poverty fundamentally affected family formation in many poor communities. Contraception and abortion decisions by the United…

Vichy Republicans

“Which side are you on?” “I have no conviction, if that’s what you mean. I blow with the wind, and the prevailing wind happens to be from Vichy.” —from the film, “Casablanca”. Dance, you fools! Dance! So, this is what it feels like to take pleasure in the misery of the Republicans. If I had known it was this much fun, I would have deserted the GOP years ago. I would find much more entertainment in what has happened to the Republican Party in the time that Donald Trump has…

Trump and Fear

Let’s talk about Donald Trump. Believe me, I don’t like it any more than you do. I find Donald Trump’s success in the GOP primaries exasperating and depressing. I haven’t written about it very much because I don’t like to think about it very much. I changed my mind when he announced that he thinks we should ban all Muslims from entering the country. The Hill reported: Trump, in a formal statement from his campaign, urged a “total and complete shutdown” of all federal processes allowing followers of Islam into the country until…

But for Jason Chaffetz, would we be talking about potential Speaker Paul Ryan?

When Congressman Jason Chaffetz announced he was running for speaker, most pundits, myself included, opined that it was a long shot. Think something like a football kicker lining up for a field goal from sixty yards out, into the wind. In retrospect, maybe it’s because of that kick into the wind that we might win the game. But for Chaffetz, would we be talking about Congressman Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House? In the chaos that followed, the factions of the Republican Party in the House dissolved into intense internal…

Race for Speaker: Wait. What the heck just happened??

In case you missed the DC melt-down of the last couple of days, or you’re still shaking your head, you’re not alone. Like Ron Swanson, we’re all wondering what the heck just happened. So really – in case you missed it, on Thursday, Congressman McCarthy goes into a meeting as the easy shoe-in for the next Speaker of the House and comes out angry and no longer a candidate. Boehner is angry and now talking about staying on as Speaker for a while longer. (And by the way – he’s…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Oct. 9, 2015

After months of silence (both by himself and the media), Justin Miller will be resigning and likely be pleading guilty to communications fraud. The traditional media was so out of the loop on this one that UPH had it before everyone else. Which is strange to me given the gravity of the situation. I guess there’s no accounting for not being accountable. Anyhow, the links: Miller’s statement Speaker Hughes’ statement Minority Leader King’s statement And the UPH link that started it all this morning. And it looks like Jesse Harris finally…

Rep. Mia Love says college students should “Know Before They Go” [UPH Wire]

From the Office of Congresswoman Mia Love   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rep. Mia Love says college students should “Know Before They Go”   WASHINGTON—Utah Congresswoman Mia Love says students have a right to know what their chances of getting a job after college are, and what they can expect to earn.   That’s why she is excited to announce she is introducing her first bill: “The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act”, along with Rep. Duncan Hunter R-California.  Congressman Paul Ryan (R) Wisconsin, Congressman Trey Gowdy (R) South…

Would Mitt Romney be a Better President than Hillary?

If you’re Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, or any number of other undeclared Republican hopefuls for the 2016 Republican Nomination for President, Mitt Romney has got to be driving you crazy. Not only does he have better hair than you–and he does–he’s also a virtual press magnet. Any time he opens his mouth and says a combination of words that in any manner involve “President” and “Hillary Clinton,” he gets press time. And, really, let’s be honest: that second phrase is optional. Probably the first is, too. All Mitt…

7 Signs that Mitt Romney is Definitely Not, Maybe, Possibly Considering A Run for President

Mitt Romney is definitely not…well, probably not–er, possibly? running for President. Just ask Romney confident and almost son, Spencer Zwick, who commented on a Draft Mitt organization that was slated to launch August 1: This organization has absolutely no bearing on Mitt Romney running for president. He says he’s not running for president and nothing this organization can do will change that. Do you hear that? Mitt’s out, folks. He’s definitely, positively, most assuredly, probably not, but maybe there’s still a chance, not running for President. Cross my heart and…

The Inevitable President Hillary and Other 2016 Musings

I can’t say I learned anything new from Hillary Clinton’s interview with Diane Sawyer. Hillary said she hasn’t made up her mind if she’s running for President in 2016. This, of course, is a lie, but it’s a lie we dance around every mid-term. 2006, 2010, 2014 are the years for midterm swings in Congress, but they are also the years for people who have every intention of running for President to issue denials that they’ve made up their mind.The remark that’s received the most publicity is the one about…