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  • John Fund: Remember Mississippi!

    06/27/2014 6:30:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 27, 2014 | John Fund
    How far did the establishment GOP forces backing Senator Thad Cochran go in Mississippi this week? Too far, and their tactics are likely to leave permanent scars in a civil war with Tea Party forces that are out of all proportion to the importance the establishment placed on saving one 76-year-old senator’s ability to please Washington’s K Street lobbying interests. “This is a win for the establishment, but it’s a win with an asterisk, because it’s so tainted that it might be one of those things where they’re going to be sorry they ever won the runoff in Mississippi,” Craig...
  • Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Obama for 12th and 13th time Since 2012

    06/26/2014 10:12:51 AM PDT · by rhema · 74 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/26/14 | John Fund
    Did you know the Obama administration’s position has been defeated in at least 13 – thirteen — cases before the Supreme Court since January 2012 that were unanimous decisions? It continued its abysmal record before the Supreme Court today with the announcement of two unanimous opinions against arguments the administration had supported. First, the Court rejected the administration’s power grab on recess appointments by making clear it could not decide when the Senate was in recess. Then it unanimously tossed out a law establishing abortion-clinic “buffer zones” against pro-life protests that the administration supported (though the case was argued by...
  • Coming Soon: Blistering New Book on DOJ and Voting Section (Obama's Enforcer)

    04/14/2014 2:08:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Election Law Center ^ | April 14, 2014 | Christian Adams
    On June 10, a blistering new book on the Justice Department and the shenanigans inside the DOJ Voting Section is released. "Obama's Enforcer" by John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky will detail abuses of power at Holder's Justice Department. It has disturbing stories from inside the Department about Justice Department staff both giving a pass to criminal election activity as well as naming the names of those inside the Civil Rights Division who engaged in criminal activity. Amazon link here.
  • With Senate at Stake, Two Ex-GOP Senators Endorse Democrats

    01/29/2014 5:48:03 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 28, 2014 | John Fund
    With control of the U.S. Senate up for grabs this November, a single seat may determine who has the majority. That’s why Republicans should find it disconcerting that two of their establishment lions have broken ranks and are backing Democratic candidates in competitive races. The latest apostate is former senator John Warner of Virginia, who announced this week he is backing incumbent Democratic senator Mark Warner for reelection. He is thus giving the back of his hand to former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie, a former George W. Bush adviser, who has a decent shot at winning and is no wild-eyed...
  • There’s No Obamacare Comeback Yet - Serious questions remain about implementation

    12/09/2013 5:32:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | December 9, 2013 | John Fund
    "....... question is whether insurance companies believe in the website enough to put their advertising money where their mouthpieces were before its launch on October 1. “The big tell of if/when people finally believe it’s working is when you see the states, insurance companies, etc., restart their ad buys and outreach programs that they put on hold to drive people to the site,” a Democratic observer of health-care issues told NBC’s First Read. “Once it’s established that you can go from typing in the words ‘HealthCare.gov’ to getting a confirming e-mail saying you’re covered with reasonable ease, then I think...
  • Bad Judgment

    10/13/2013 8:19:21 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | OCTOBER 28, 2013 | John Fund
    It’s been over a quarter-century since Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court became a defining moment in the confirmation of federal judges. Since the distinguished judge and former Yale Law professor was “borked” by demagogic personal attacks and blocked from the Court, confirmation battles have grown uglier and more protracted. John Lott, an economist who has written thought-provoking books on everything from gun control to the federal budget, says the pitched battles over court nominations are having real-world consequences. He argues that our federal courts are being intellectually degraded as politicians in both parties try to keep the brightest...
  • Democrats: Why Should Obama Have to Deal with an Illegitimate GOP Congress?

    08/28/2013 3:26:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 28, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, we opened yesterday talking about Syria, and I'm not gonna spend much more time on it. I do want to share with you a fascinating quote. To me, this is really fascinating. It's not surprising, but to have it said is momentous. I didn't see this on TV. I didn't have the TV on last night. I was reading John Fund today at National Review Online, and the title of his piece is, "The World Turned Upside Down, Indeed." His point here is about Obama and the Democrats ignoring Congress, in whatever they do with Syria....
  • Get Ready for the All-Hail-Hillary Movies

    07/30/2013 7:39:57 AM PDT · by National Review · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | July 30, 2013 | National Review
    In the run-up to 2016, Hollywood plans to turn out “evenhanded” biopics. Sure. By John Fund I wasn’t surprised to learn that sometime before the 2016 election, NBC will be releasing a four-hour miniseries about Hillary Clinton starring Academy Award nominee Diane Lane. What did surprise me was that the series will cover none of her life before the Monica Lewinsky scandal, which took place five years into her husband’s second term as president and when Hillary was already 51 years old. It’s as if her first half-century will be airbrushed away, along with the many scandals that dogged her...
  • Detroit’s Precious Art

    07/25/2013 7:59:21 AM PDT · by National Review · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | July 27, 2013 | National Review
    Selling only 38 pieces from the Detroit Institute of Art could raise $2.5 billion. By John Fund Everyone has an idea about how to handle bankrupt Detroit. Public-employee unions want a state or federal bailout. A liberal state-court judge in Lansing wants to block the bankruptcy because it might reduce government pensions — with no thought as to where the money to pay for them will come from. Supply-siders want to create “innovation zones” that would spur growth by reducing taxes and regulations in the inner city, but it would be years before that measure would have an effect.
  • Name That Bureaucrat

    07/19/2013 6:27:23 AM PDT · by National Review · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | July 19, 2013 | National Review
    The IRS scandal shows that those who make decisions must be held responsible. By John Fund Finally, we may be getting somewhere in the IRS scandal involving the targeting and harassment of tea-party groups applying for tax exemptions. At Thursday’s House Government Reform and Oversight hearing, some names were at last attached to some of the IRS’s most questionable actions in the scandal. Back in May, top IRS officials Steven Miller and Lois Lerner insisted that “rogue” agents in the Cincinnati office acted without direction from IRS headquarters in Washington. But Elizabeth Hofacre, who was the Cincinnati agent in charge...
  • Young People Should Say No to Obamacare: The program needs them, but it’s not worth signing on.

    06/21/2013 5:48:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/21/2013 | John Fund
    Starting in 2014, Obamacare will attempt to get almost every American to obtain health insurance. The system desperately needs healthy young people, millions of whom don’t have health insurance, to sign up because their money is needed to subsidize treatment for older, sicker Americans. But will they? Young people will be asked to buy policies that don’t reflect the low risk they have of getting sick. Obamacare allows health insurers to vary premiums based on age, but they can charge older customers only up to three times as much as healthy young customers, while most insurers have as much as...
  • O’Keefe Sting Catches ‘Obamaphone’ Salesmen on Camera: ‘I Don’t Care What You Do With It’

    06/18/2013 9:02:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/18/2013 | John Fund
    James O’Keefe is back. His new book Breakthrough chronicling his undercover video takedowns of ACORN, NPR, and local election officials who ignore voter fraud is being published today. He also has a new video out that should embarrass two companies who distribute government-paid-for “Obamaphones” to people who claim they lack cellular service. Company reps are seen handing them out to O’Keefe allies who say they will sell them for drug money, to buy handbags, or to pay their bills. No objection is heard. O’Keefe will appear on tonight’s O’Reilly Factor to discuss just how much of a scam the $2.2...
  • Putting Lipstick on the Obamacare Pig [Team Obama Spends $3.1 Million To Promote Crap Law]

    04/23/2013 6:30:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/21/13 | John Fund
    Department of Health and Human Services has just handed out a $3.1 million PR contract to improve the public image of Obamacare. Advertising Age reports that the firm Weber Shandwick will help “roll out a campaign to convince skeptical — or simply confused — Americans the Affordable Care Act is good for them and convince them to enroll in a health plan.” Obama officials insist the ads won’t be political, but critics recall that just before the 2010 midterm election, HHS spent $3.2 million on “educational” TV ads praising Obamacare. The spots featured the late actor Andy Griffith, a favorite...
  • Putting Lipstick on the Obamacare Pig: Even enthusiastic Democrats now predict a “train wreck.”

    04/22/2013 6:49:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/22/2013 | John Fund
    The Department of Health and Human Services has just handed out a $3.1 million PR contract to improve the public image of Obamacare. Advertising Age reports that the firm Weber Shandwick will help “roll out a campaign to convince skeptical — or simply confused — Americans the Affordable Care Act is good for them and convince them to enroll in a health plan.” Obama officials insist the ads won’t be political, but critics recall that just before the 2010 midterm election, HHS spent $3.2 million on “educational” TV ads praising Obamacare. The spots featured the late actor Andy Griffith, a...
  • The Media After Gosnell (John Fund praises Kirsten Powers who used to work for the rats!)

    04/15/2013 9:32:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 15, 2013 | John Fund
    Now it’s time for journalists to report on the “meat-market style” abortions at a Delaware clinic. If there were an award for Most Constructive Shaming of the News Media, the clear winner would be Kirsten Powers, the brave Fox News pundit and Daily Beast columnist. Last Thursday, she called out the mainstream media for failing to adequately report on the ongoing trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist who is charged with murdering seven newborn infants and a patient seeking an abortion. Powers’s USA Today piece provoked an instant response from many sheepish journalists.Megan McArdle of the Daily Beast...
  • Why Not Separate Marriage and State? Cultural war can be avoided by getting gov't out of marriage.

    03/29/2013 5:43:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/29/2013 | John Fund
    There is no question that the media, political, and cultural push for gay marriage has made impressive gains. As recently as 1989, voters in avant-garde San Francisco repealed a law that had established only domestic partnerships. But judging by the questions posed by Supreme Court justices this week in oral arguments for two gay-marriage cases, most observers do not expect sweeping rulings that would settle the issue and avoid protracted political combat. A total of 41 states currently do not allow gay marriage, and most of those laws are likely to remain in place for some time. Even should the...
  • America’s Suicidal Cities: Detroit refuses to take its medicine.

    01/31/2013 10:45:55 AM PST · by EveningStar · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | January 31, 2013 | John Fund
    Some major American cities are dying, and the worst part is that these grievously ill patients often are refusing to take even the mildest medicine that would make things better. Take Detroit, a city that has become a synonym for urban failure. The murder rate of one per 1,719 people last year was more than eleven times the rate in New York City. One contributing factor may be that two-thirds of Detroit’s streetlights are broken.
  • Gun Sales and Background Checks: Obama’s Bogus 40 Percent Stat

    01/17/2013 11:00:44 AM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 17, 2013 | John Fund
    Of all the gun-control measures touted by President Obama on Wednesday, the one that got top billing was a dramatic tightening of background checks on gun purchasers. Obama himself said the need was urgent because “40 percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check.” But before we make the most sweeping changes in federal firearms law since the 1960s, shouldn’t we at least examine the validity of that figure? It’s about as dubious as they come.The administration is focusing on background checks in an attempt to drive a wedge between staunch anti-gun-control absolutists such as the...
  • 'Gun Free' Zones Attract Killers

    12/23/2012 6:09:49 PM PST · by Daffynition · 20 replies
    NRO via Hartford Courant ^ | December 21, 2012 | John Fund
    A few things you won't hear about from the saturation coverage of the Newtown school massacre: •Mass shootings are no more common than they have been in past decades, despite the impression given by the media. •In fact, the high point for mass killings in the U.S. was 1929, according to criminologist Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
  • The October Surprise May Be Libya. Team Obama cannot keep the lid on the scandal.

    10/15/2012 6:42:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/15/2012 | John Fund
    What if we’ve already had an October surprise in this campaign, in September, and the mainstream media are failing to follow up? An issue becomes a real issue only if enough people give it the attention it’s due. Many people in the diplomatic and intelligence communities say that the Obama administration, behind the scenes, is in complete disarray in the aftermath of al-Qaeda’s attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. That tension burst into the open during last Thursday’s debate, when Vice President Joe Biden said the administration “did not know”...
  • Smart Democrats Should Be Worried

    08/11/2012 2:48:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The National Review ^ | August 11, 2012 | John Fund
    Liberal pundits are already fanning out in force to attack and discredit Paul Ryan. Michael Tomasky, who recently wrote a Newsweek cover story calling Mitt Romney a “wimp,” has now decided that Romney’s bold move is “a terrible choice” because Ryan has proven himself to be an extremist on budget issues. No doubt there are many Democrats rubbing their hands in glee in contemplation of reviving some version of the ad that featured an actor playing Paul Ryan pushing a grandmother in a wheelchair off a cliff. But the smarter ones are worried. First, if Ryan is an extremist and...
  • What Obama Has in Store for Us (What he will do if, God forbid, he wins a second term)

    08/06/2012 8:33:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/06/2012 | John Fund
    The latest line of attack on Mitt Romney by Obama supporters is the most breathtaking yet: Romney, we are told, is a stealth candidate. Michael Tomasky, who wrote the controversial Newsweek cover story declaring that Romney is a “wimp,” now accuses Romney of a “desire to sneak into the White House all but unexamined by voters.” Holy Double Standard! Romney certainly could have handled the release of his tax returns better, and it’s likely he is concealing embarrassing details. But Barack Obama, aided and abetted by a subservient media, spent much of his 2008 campaign trying to conceal his radical...
  • The Marxist Roots of Net Neutrality

    04/27/2011 3:49:17 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 21 replies
    The Lonely Conservative ^ | December 2010 | lonelyconservative
    The net neutrality vision for government regulation of the Internet began with the work of Robert McChesney, a University of Illinois communications professor who founded the liberal lobby Free Press in 2002. ......... For a man with such radical views, Mr. McChesney and his Free Press group have had astonishing influence. Mr. Genachowski’s press secretary at the FCC, Jen Howard, used to handle media relations at Free Press. The FCC’s chief diversity officer, Mark Lloyd, co-authored a Free Press report calling for regulation of political talk radio. ............... Considering how openly activist the Berkman Center has been on these issues,...
  • John Fund: Why Sarah Palin Is Not Running

    09/02/2011 10:37:38 AM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 140 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 09-02-11 | John Fund
    Sarah Palin will swoop into Iowa and New Hampshire to speak at tea party rallies this Labor Day weekend, whipping up talk she will announce her candidacy for president. After all, this coming Saturday will mark the third anniversary of her acceptance speech for vice president at the Republican National Convention – a speech which established her as both a conservative icon and a magnet for criticism. Her supporters are certainly encouraging talk she will be a 2012 candidate. Peter Singleton, her Iowa political organizer, told National Review’s Robert Costa last month: “I believe she will run. Labor Day will...
  • What's at Stake in Wisconsin's Budget Battle

    02/19/2011 6:54:05 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 69 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/19/2011 | John Fund
    This week President Obama was roundly criticized, even by many of his allies, for submitting a federal budget that actually increases our already crushing deficit. But that didn't stop him Thursday from jumping into Wisconsin's titanic budget battle. He accused the new Republican governor, Scott Walker, of launching an "assault" on unions with his emergency legislation aimed at cutting the state budget.
  • Dems Sweat ObamaCare Ruling

    12/14/2010 4:30:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/14/10 | John Fund
    <p>The White House expressed confidence yesterday that ObamaCare will survive a federal judge's ruling that invalidates the law's health insurance mandate. But behind the optimistic facade, many liberals are worried that the current political climate could give the Supreme Court cover to strike down a key part of the law.</p>
  • NY State Board of Elections "Misprint" in Ballot Instructions

    10/26/2010 7:03:15 PM PDT · by Mr. K · 26 replies
    912 Project | 10/26/10 | NYBoard of Elections
    1. The NYS Board of Elections has now published the official sample ballot for November 2nd -- with the Taxpayer Party and the Anti- Prohibition Party on the same line, meaning Carl Paladino and Madam X are on the same line. ?? They claim there wasn't enough room on the ballot so they had to combine them on Line "I" -- except that Line "J" is empty. If you have any confusion, simply vote for Carl on the Republican or Conservative line. But remember we need 50,000 signatures on the Taxpayers Line... 2. Hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots were...
  • The Anti-Pelosi Boomlet

    10/20/2010 4:34:55 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-21-10 | JOHN FUND
    if Democrats retain the majority, Nancy Pelosi will expect support from every member, and she will get support from almost every member.. It's become the new way of spotting which House Democrats are in deep political trouble. A dozen Democratic incumbents -- about one in 20 of those seeking reelection -- so far have publicly distanced themselves from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Significantly, half aren't from southern districts where the San Francisco Democrat has traditionally been a hard sell. The latest defector is Rep. Jason Altmire, who represents the Pittsburgh suburbs in Pennsylvania. While he won't rule out voting for...
  • Stupid Politician Tricks

    10/14/2010 6:30:26 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-15-10 | JOHN FUND
    Democrats are attempting to obfuscate their voting records. It's one of the most misleading types of campaign ads -- a challenger accuses the local Congressman of voting "with" unpopular Speaker Nancy Pelosi an overwhelming percentage of the time. In reality, most votes are mundane, uncontroversial matters of moving House business along. Then again, what really matters in such political ads is the symbolic rejection of the party leader being named. Ms. Pelosi is now coming in for exactly such treatment by fellow Democrats attempting to save their skins. Alabama Rep. Bobby Bright says he will refuse to vote for Ms....
  • Feingold: I'm the Original Tea Partier!

    10/13/2010 12:48:38 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 66 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-14-10 | JOHN FUND
    The Wisconsin senator boasts of his strong support for gun rights even though the NRA gave him failing grades during his last two re-election bids. The increasingly strained efforts by Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold to ingratiate himself with conservative voters don't appear to be having much effect. His GOP challenger Ron Johnson has led in every major published poll since July, and currently has a lead of seven points in the RealClearPolitics average of recent polls. That hasn't stopped Mr. Feingold from trying to reinvent himself as the original Tea Partier. He plugged away again in this week's debate...
  • Gallup Delivers a Stunner

    10/05/2010 10:42:25 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 152 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-06-10 | JOHN FUND
    The real historical parallel may be 1894 when Republicans took 100 seats. As Election Day draws closer, every major public opinion poll shifts from interviewing registered voters to those whom it identifies as "likely" voters. Gallup, the oldest U.S. polling company, first developed the model it uses for identifying likely voters back in 1950 and its final election polls have proven highly accurate. Yesterday, Gallup delivered its first 2010 "likely voter" poll and the results floored the political community. In the generic ballot question, which asks which party a voter would favor in a generic House contest, Gallup gave the...
  • Bogeyman Boehner

    09/30/2010 4:19:56 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-01-10 | JOHN FUND
    Democrats are planning to portray John Boehner as a Beltway insider beholden to lobbyists for corporate interests. Michael Dukakis, who carried only ten states as the Democratic Party's failed presidential nominee in 1988, dropped by the Obama White House recently to give folks there the benefit of his campaign advice for the mid-term elections. Mr. Dukakis told the Boston Globe that he told Obama advisers that they should emphasize that Republicans "want to go back and do exactly what got us in this mess in the first place." He insisted that if "we do that and deliver this message over...
  • The Carter-Obama Comparisons Grow

    09/23/2010 2:23:53 PM PDT · by South40 · 32 replies
    WSJ ^ | SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 | John Fund
    Walter Mondale himself sees a parallel. Comparisons between the Obama White House and the failed presidency of Jimmy Carter are increasingly being made—and by Democrats. Walter Mondale, Mr. Carter's vice president, told The New Yorker this week that anxious and angry voters in the late 1970s "just turned against us—same as with Obama." As the polls turned against his administration, Mr. Mondale recalled that Mr. Carter "began to lose confidence in his ability to move the public." Democrats on Capitol Hill are now saying this is happening to Mr. Obama.
  • Desperate Dems Turn the Election into a Celebrity Roast

    09/09/2010 6:25:38 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 43 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 09-10-10 | JOHN FUND
    Leading Democrats rolled out their strategy for countering Republicans in the November elections yesterday and it appeared to be equal parts fear and ridicule. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine journeyed to Philadelphia to participate in a pep rally with Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, himself a former DNC chair. The event featured the two men trying out their attack lines for the fall elections. Mr. Rendell said the Republican Party was being taken over by "fruit loops" who question whether President Obama is a U.S. citizen, claim the jobless prefer unemployment checks to a paycheck, and want to change the...
  • Palin's Man vs. ObamaCare (VIDEO ANALYSIS)

    08/25/2010 5:52:01 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08-26-10 | JOHN FUND
    Lisa Murkowski may lose because she didn't denounce ObamaCare. It looks as if Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the ranking Republican on the Energy Committee, has lost her GOP primary to Joe Miller, a former judge who made maximum use of his endorsements from Sarah Palin and Tea Party groups. The moderate Sen. Murkowski is trailing by 2,000 votes this morning, and she would have to take over 60% of the absentee votes still outstanding to overcome that gap. Should he be declared the victor, Mr. Miller will be the overwhelming favorite in the general election in conservative Alaska and a...
  • Palin Hunts a Momma Grizzly

    08/23/2010 1:47:37 PM PDT · by Syncro · 26 replies
    online.wsj.com ^ | AUGUST 24, 2010 | JOHN FUND
    Palin Hunts a Momma Grizzly Sarah Palin has accused Senator Murkowski of becoming "part of the big government problem in Washington." By JOHN FUNDAllies of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski are looking over their shoulders before Tuesday's GOP primary. Internal polls taken for her campaign show Fairbanks attorney Joe Miller closing the gap. A new RT Nielson poll also has Ms. Murkowski's lead down to 47% to 35%. If accurate, it shows Ms. Murkowski below the level of support where an incumbent can be considered safe. Ms. Murkowski has outspent her rival by almost 20 to 1, but she has yet...
  • Ivory Curtain Opens Crack

    08/02/2010 10:53:27 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 2 replies · 2+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 2, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Believe it or not, one of the University of California campuses is actually featuring some free market stalwarts in a conference. Naturally, it is in the off-season at UC-Hastings College of Law. Hey, it’s a start. The 2010 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy features: * Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform; * John Fund of The Wall Street Journal; * Allison Hayward, J. D. and * Ward Connerly, an old friend of Accuracy in Academia’s who was with us when Columbia University threw us off campus for attempting to hold a conference entitled “Is there a place at...
  • Déjŕ Newt

    06/25/2010 5:41:12 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 06-25-10 | JOHN FUND
    President Obama's approval rating has fallen to 45%, below the 46% that Bill Clinton recorded just before his party's disastrous 1994 election. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll continues an unbroken string of bad news for Democrats in the upcoming mid-term elections. President Obama's approval rating has fallen to 45%, below the 46% that Bill Clinton recorded just before his party's disastrous 1994 election. Only a third of the country believes the economy will improve in the next year and Republicans continue to hold a lead in generic ballot tests and in the 70 or so House races that...
  • Rahm on the Run

    06/22/2010 10:35:11 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 06-22-10 | JOHN FUND
    Democratic insiders say Rahm Emanuel will leave shortly after the mid-term elections. President Obama and Rahm Emanuel, his controversial chief of staff, may be parting ways. London's Daily Telegraph newspaper reports that Democratic insiders say Mr. Emanuel will leave shortly after the mid-term elections. Differences in style between the cerebral Mr. Obama and the confrontational Mr. Emanuel are said to have played a role. In addition, Mr. Emanuel is reported to be frustrated at the inability of the White House to "knock heads together" to fashion political compromises. Mr. Obama sent a signal by choosing the respected but hard-charging member...
  • Giving New Meaning to 'Bully' Pulpit

    06/15/2010 8:49:35 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 7 replies · 630+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 06-16-10 | JOHN FUND
    Why did a Democratic congressman manhandle two young people? A congressman who stands six feet, six inches tall leaves a Washington D.C. fundraiser for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. North Carolina Democrat Bob Etheridge is approached by two young people with video cameras, who ask: "Do you fully support the Obama agenda?" The congressman's response -- in what are said to be the unedited videos posted on BigGovernment.com -- is nothing short of bizarre. "Who are you?," he asks, as he grabs one of the cameramen by the wrist and neck. "I have a right to know who you are," Mr....
  • House Democrats Are About to Become Unemployment Statistics

    04/23/2010 3:55:13 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 32 replies · 1,071+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 04-23-10 | JOHN FUND
    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's gloomy November forecast. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer gave a gloomy assessment of his party's prospects at a media breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor this week. When reminded that political handicapper Charlie Cook is predicting a loss of 30 to 40 seats and perhaps more for House Democrats this fall, Mr. Hoyer didn't push back. "It's an accurate view of what the polls reflect right now. Yes. I have great respect for Charlie Cook." Democrats would lose control of the House if they drop 40 seats. Mr. Hoyer went on to say he...
  • House Democrats Are About to Become Unemployment Statistics

    04/23/2010 12:01:56 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies · 1,500+ views
    House Democrats Are About to Become Unemployment Statistics House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's gloomy November forecast. By JOHN FUND House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer gave a gloomy assessment of his party's prospects at a media breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor this week. When reminded that political handicapper Charlie Cook is predicting a loss of 30 to 40 seats and perhaps more for House Democrats this fall, Mr. Hoyer didn't push back. "It's an accurate view of what the polls reflect right now. Yes. I have great respect for Charlie Cook." Democrats would lose control of the House if...
  • GE Fondly Recalls Its Own 'Reagan Era'

    04/05/2010 7:21:40 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 35 replies · 823+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 04-04-10 | JOHN FUND
    General Electric's Obama-backing CEO Jeffrey Immelt celebrates Ronald Reagan. General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt hasn't been popular with conservatives of late. GE was a major backer of the cap-and-trade climate bill that passed the House last year, in part because the capping of carbon emissions would boost demand for its wind turbines and solar panels. Then there are GE's media properties. It owns MSNBC, the cable news channel that employs liberal frothers such as Keith Olbermann. GE also owns CNBC, whose top on-air talent was ordered last year to a secret meeting with Mr. Immelt and NBC President Jeff Zucker...
  • Deemin' Nancy

    03/17/2010 6:34:43 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 36 replies · 1,134+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03-17-10 | JOHN FUND
    The "deem and pass" rule has set off complaints among Democrats.
  • Advice to House: Don't Take Any Obama Wooden Nickels

    03/05/2010 6:53:40 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 22 replies · 1,165+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03-05-10 | JOHN FUND
    The Senate may trick the House into passing its bill. Nancy Pelosi is trying to shoo House Democrats into voting for the Senate health care bill, but members are more worried than ever that the Senate won't then implement the necessary changes through the reconciliation process to make the final bill acceptable. They have good reason for concern. Now they're hearing from Senate colleagues that the GOP can be expected to make Senate reconciliation as difficult and drawn-out as possible through delaying tactics. President Obama may wind up just signing the Senate bill into law no changes whatsoever -- preserving...
  • What Voters Know About ObamaCare

    02/26/2010 7:37:29 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 10 replies · 605+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 02-26-10 | JOHN FUND
    A full 48% of voters want Congress to start over, and 25% want lawmakers to stop working on health care altogether. When Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander opened the Republican response to President Obama's remarks at yesterday's health care summit, he asked Democrats to renounce the idea of using parliamentary maneuvers such as reconciliation to pass health care with a simple majority vote. Mr. Obama tried to swat him down by claiming Americans wanted a straight up-or-down vote on his health care bill and don't care about what methods are used to get it. "You know, this issue of reconciliation has...
  • Why Bayh Is Quitting the Senate

    02/16/2010 8:37:28 PM PST · by chickadee · 72 replies · 2,482+ views
    WSJ Online ^ | 2-16-10 | John Fund
    "Mr. Bayh knows something about high-water political floods. As a 24-year-old law student he helped run his father's 1980 Senate re-election and saw him go down to defeat under the Reagan landslide. In 1994, Mr. Bayh was governor of Indiana and thankful he wasn't before the voters when they revolted against Bill Clinton. "Every 14 or 16 years we seem to have to relearn this lesson," Mr. Bayh said. "I do have a sense of deja vu, and the movie doesn't have a happy ending." He isn't the first observer to note the misfortune that befalls modern Democrats when they...
  • Who Rules the Tea Party Empire?

    02/08/2010 5:46:08 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 24 replies · 691+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 02-08-10 | JOHN FUND
    "Sarah Palin is the honorary Queen Bee of the Tea Party convention. The Tea Party convention held this past weekend in Nashville wasn't the biggest such gathering (600 people) or the most representative (the ticket price was more than $500) but it did give the national media a pretty good angle on the views and direction of this disparate movement. First, it's clear the group has no leader, although Sarah Palin is certainly the honorary Queen Bee in the eyes of many attendees. Her Saturday night speech was given rapturous applause. Second, the Tea Partiers are unlikely to succumb to...
  • Health Care? Don't Mention It!

    02/04/2010 8:24:26 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 16 replies · 550+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 02-04-10 | JOHN FUND
    <p>Democrats privately lay into President Obama for his lack of a health-care strategy.</p> <p>President Obama's session with Democratic Senators yesterday was carefully scripted, with the questioners all selected in advance by the Democratic leadership to address issues such as partisan gridlock and GOP obstructionism. Senators Evan Bayh and Blanche Lincoln, both of whom are facing serious opponents this fall, went off message with concerns about the liberal drift of the administration, but all other questioners stuck to their talking points.</p>
  • Scott Brown: 'People Aren't Stupid'

    01/29/2010 4:48:10 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 40 replies · 1,613+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-29-10 | JOHN FUND
    'And leaders should figure out they're better informed now than ever.' Boston When I arrived at his cramped state senate offices, Scott Brown had just opened one of the many packages he's received since his stunning U.S. Senate victory 11 days ago. A local artist has done up a version of the iconic red, white and blue collage from the 2008 presidential campaign that shows Barack Obama with the word "Hope." This one features a smiling Mr. Brown instead, but the word below is different. It reads "Change." By filling the seat vacated by liberal lion Ted Kennedy in a...