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One year ago today, NRSC backed Arlen Specter bolted from the GOP. Today, the media is reporting NRSC backed Charlie Crist is also bolting the GOP. Seeing a trend here, aren’t we? Charlie Crist will not only run as an independent in Florida, but he has also reserved all of his air time in Florida through November, or as much as he can. Why? Because he knows the Club for Growth is going to do what they did to Specter — fund an effort to have Crist donors ask for their money back. Well, because Crist has spent it all on television advertising holds that he may or may not later use, he can say he has none to give back. Classy, Charlie. Please click here for the rest of the post.
With a looming nomination to the Supreme Court dominating the headlines, much has been written about the dangers of activist judges – those jurists who do not feel bound by a strict reading of the Constitution, but instead are compelled to reshape the letter of the law to fit their desired outcomes. It turns out activist judges are not the only breed of unelected arbiters attempting to impose their vision of the law from outside the legislative branch. Elsewhere in the federal government lurk various boards and governing bodies that, when commandeered by ideologues, could wreak havoc on the law and long-standing policy. Consider the National Labor Relations Board, an independent federal agency created by Congress to administer the law that governs relations between unions and employers. The NLRB’s website describes the five-member governing board as a quasi-judicial body that decides labor issues. In other words, the Board is intended to act as an impartial arbiter of labor law, resolving disputes within the confines of the laws passed by Congress. Enter Craig Becker. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Arizona’s newly passed law requiring police to determine the immigration status of persons suspected of being in the country illegally has created a firestorm of controversy in all the usual quarters on the left. Democrats and liberal pundits decry the state’s attempt to get a handle on its burgeoning illegal immigration problem as heavy-handed, inherently discriminatory, and racist. President Obama calls the law “misguided,” Rev. Al Sharpton promises “freedom walk” marches in the state if the law is not rescinded within 90 days, and San Francisco—the nation’s pre-eminent “sanctuary city”—has called for a boycott. This criticism is as expected as it is wrong. But there are some on the right as well who are critical of Arizona’s actions, if not its intent. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Marlin Stutzman filed his financial disclosure. Coats has not. Marlin Stutzman has an A+ rating from the NRA. Coats does not. Marlin Stutzman has lived in Indiana for the past ten years. Coats has not. Marlin Stutzman has never lobbied for bailed out banks. Coats has. There are huge undecideds in this race in Indiana. Give money to Marlin Stutzman. Get him through the primary. Don’t let the NRSC keep picking the candidates. Conservatives need to choose. And conservatives need Marlin Stutzman. Please click here for the rest of the post.
I’ve never used the word epistemic until last week and I bet you have not either. There has been a circle of the mundane percolating up on thoughtful websites most people don’t read that finally made it to the New York Times. I’d say go read it, but then you would see that RedState is mentioned and the point made at RedState is taken wholly out of context. To be fair, the New York Times did not do it. The culprit was one of the vegetarian philosophers who doesn’t like red meat rhetoric. In reality, what this whole discussion is over is simple. Everyone being attacked by the vegetarian philosophers is being so polite dancing around the core issue here. Smug 20 and 30 somethings who don’t relate well outside NY-DC-LA are not interesting, do not sell books, do not get TV talking head contracts, and generally hack people off by their inability to relate to anyone other than smug 20 and 30 somethings in NY-DC-LA who think they are cool because they like “drinking beers at Solly’s or Local 16 or The Big Hunt,” in one of these guy’s own words. Please click here for the rest of the post.