GOP Needs the Energy and Support of the Tea Party Movement

We must be able to compromise with one another, before we can successfully reach agreements with Democrats. This idea, or principle, is something that I talked about frequently with friends and some foes during the past few weeks. Andrew McCarthy’s recent NRO piece says, in part “if the defund plan was delusional, the GOP establishment’s …

Shutdown Aftermath, A Reflection from Miami

Now that the shutdown has ended, I think it is a good time for Republicans to start thinking what went wrong and to learn from their mistakes. What were some of these mistakes? Two of them jump out. The first one involves the law of timing. John Maxwell in his book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws …

Certain GOP Activists Need a Sabbatical

I had to read, twice, the following Brietbart article on Grover Norquist. I’ve lived in Northern Virginia for more than two decades, worked in the party HQ and the Congress. Political types come and go. It may be time for Norquist to take a sabbatical. If anyone owes an apology it is him, to the …

Senators Cruz & Lee, Shaking Things Up

A lot happened this week in Washington, DC that captivated the nation, the world, as well as the locals. A partial government shutdown that political elites said would never come to pass, started. There were two odd events such as the car chase ending the death of the driver and, a less publicized incident, an …

What Establishment Republicans Do Not Understand

Create an inkblot and what do you see? That is the essence of the Rorschach test. Mention the phrase “The Tea Party” what do you think? With the pending government shutdown that is the question that the media and the rest of the political class is asking. What exactly is the Tea Party? To some, …

The Nation Needs More Ted Cruz, A Lot Less John McCain

A young clerk in the hotel I was staying at during a recent visit to Central America, asked me about the United States and our political system. We had a great conversation. Quite knowledgeable about our political system, he was especially fascinated by President Obama and his relationship with the Republicans, or what referred to …

On Neanderthals and Anarchists

The Obama Administration and Senate Democrats must be feeling the political pressure. The name calling season is in full swing. In the Senate yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that the Congress had been taken over by anarchists.  The Vice President, not to be outdone by his Senate counterpart, said that “this sort of …

Immigration Reform Political Engine is on Fumes

The Gang of Eight immigration reform opener was second term political payback to loyal Democratic Party constituencies that had been clamoring for it for some time. The timing followed a fairly typical political script that had been used by other administrations. From the start, I never thought any reform would pass. Pro-amnesty advocates were being a …

Welcome Back Congress, Resist the Urge to Cave

Righteous indignation is not a sufficient reason to engage the military in any sort of operation. Yet, for now, that is all we hear from senior officials in the administration as well as the Congress. Besides the most recent attack that resulted in the death of about 1,000 people, reports have also recently surfaced that …

Identity Politics, Nation Needs to Move On

A fellow Virginia conservative is not happy with the GOP and he is telling fellow Republicans all about it. Consider this excerpt from Mr. Carl Tate’s most recent post at the Virginia Black Conservatives blog: I’ve had elected officials pat me on the back and tell me to wait “my turn” while I watch them …

GOP Sued for Political Malpractice, Seriously

If  your upset with the Republican Party, or with the Democrats for that matter, there are many ways to express your frustration. You could run for office. Maybe pen an op-ed in the local newspaper. Or, you can do as Mr. Cody Fitch did in California, go to court. Really. The Volokh Conspiracy blog posted a complaint …

GOP Needs More Mark Levins

Conservative radio commentator and author Mark Levin is one of the more under-appreciated political minds of our day. His radio show is entertaining, thought-provoking and generous. Yes, generous. In a business that is always taking, Mr. Levin give listeners a lot of free advice while he alienates himself to people in the Republican Party. You …

Virginians Bored of Politics? We May Just Be Tired With Inefficient Politicking

Former Virginia House of Delegates member, Chris Saxman of New South Strategic Partners, penned an interesting article over at the Daily Caller last week: “Are Virginians Bored of Politics?”.  In part, Saxton says: The most important divide in any election is between those who vote and those who do not. Virginia voters this year are …

Why the GOP Is Wrong On Obama Care

The American Spectator recently posted on their blog an interview that Sean Hannity had with Karl Rove back on July 26, 2013 regarding Affordable Care Act. As many are aware, certain elements of the Affordable Care Act was supposed to take in effect this year. Recently, the Administration has ordered a delay in the implementation …

Politicians Are Paid Enough. You Run for Office to Serve, Not Make A Living

During the past few weeks our governor, Bob McDonnell, has come under a great deal of scrutiny because of allegations that he and the family may have engaged in unethical behavior. I’m not going to weigh in on any of it because, frankly, for now this appears to be another case of political voyeurism. Virginia’s Governor …

Study: Hispanic Housing Discrimination Reportedly Highest in the Democrat-Controlled Areas of Virginia

Over at the Dixie Pig blog, I found an interesting post about a recent report on alleged housing discrimination against Hispanics that was published by a Washington, DC-based non-profit: the Equal Rights Center. The report is titled, “Precaución: Obstacles for Latinos in the Virginia Rental Housing Market” and it goes into some detail about alleged …

The State of Our Union: A Reflection

  “They say that if you go to his grave and speak loud and clear, “Dan’l Webster-Dan’l Web- ster!” the ground’ll begin to shiver and the trees begin to shake. And after a while you’ll hear a deep voice saying, “Neighbor, how stands the Union?” Then you better answer the Union stands as she stood, …

The Immigration Reform Silly Season In Full Swing

The immigration reform silly season is in full swing. The Senate approved a proposal that was dead in the House before the Senate voted to approve it. If politicians had invested as much political energy to the federal debt problem as they have to the immigration matter, the nation would be better off. Spin as they …

Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory, Welcome to the Party of Lincoln

Era of the Green Eyeshade Republican

What has happened to our GOP?  I do not recognize it anymore. It has gone green, as in the party of the Green Eyeshade Politico. This week the College Republican National Committee (CRNC) will release yet another 2012 election post-mortem. It contains the usual parade of horribles and  pabulum-laden advice on messaging for “tomorrow’s GOP”. POLITICO is …