Sarah Palin, who grabbed Michael Steele's "drill, baby, drill" slogan with both hands in 2008, issues a statement (on Facebook, of course) about the disaster on the Gulf Coast. Parts of it will be familiar to readers of "Going Rogue," who remember the dramatic account of what happened to Todd Palin's work when the Exxon Valdez spilled.
For a while, the only impact of CrashtheTeaParty.org looked to be the effect it had on Beaverton, Ore. teacher Jason Levin's career. After doing interviews to promote his ill-advised project -- getting liberal plants to out-crazy tea party activists at their own events -- he was suspended. But he's back on the job.
The problem, of course, is that Bennett backed TARP and a compromise health care bill -- and he tentatively supported immigration reform. He can quote the Constitution all he likes. It won't convince these activists.
If you've ever seen those inner-city billboards warning of a mysterious "black genocide," you should check out Kathryn Royce's briefing on the fairly recent comeback of a race-based anti-abortion argument.
Our future, if it is going to be successful, may lie in the FDR pattern of engaging them openly in heated political warfare, of not cooling off our supporters but of stirring the fires and passions often. It seems to me here that we are in a contest over the soul of the country now and the decision will not be some middle compromise—it will be their kind of society or ours; we will prevail or they shall prevail.
"It's unwinnable at this point," said the Cook Political Report's David Wasserman. "I think it's the second-most senior heavy district behind Rep. Vern Buchanan's (R-Fla.) -- it's the Villages, it's where Glenn Beck goes to do his rallies."
"He's a Democrat with Democratic values," said Blank, who is handling press questions as the campaign launches. "After Harvard Business School, he did run for Congress in California as a Republican -- but obviously, since then he has been a Democrat, a supporter of the Florida Democratic Party, a supporter of Barack Obama."
"Some aspects of the law turn law enforcement officers into immigration officials by requiring them to determine immigration status during any lawful contact with a suspected alien."
You'll see these photos again, with or without the story of "SWAT teams" battling back average Americans. (It's very important, for some reason, that Hoft point out that most of the protesters were elderly white women.)
Stephanie Mencimer reports on the Tea Party-written, 10-principle pledge that was developed over four months (I was at an early planning meeting) but has met resistance from elected Republicans who want to draft their own sequel to the "Contract with America," the yet-unwritten Commitment to America.
Reihan Salam says good riddance. Rush Limbaugh tells Republicans to stand fast on Arizona. Gary Bauer gets into the Israel scaremongering business. The New York Times ponders Julian Sanchez. The Economist endorses the Tories. Conor Friedersdorf goes back to the...
"More than a year ago," say the GOP leaders, "Governor Crist asked for our endorsement with a commitment that he would proudly represent Floridians and our party with principled conservative leadership. Quite simply, he did not keep his word."
That rarest of multimedia creations -- a listenable (catchy, even) song written and sung by a political candidate.
Here is your latest example -- if one was needed -- of state activists leading the national Republican Party. In our diavlog yesterday, Politico's Ben Smith compared this to the "laboratory of democracy" that Eliot Spitzer ran in New York as he sued Wall Street firms. I think it's comparable, but much more intense.
Fairbanks, Alaska, lawyer Joe Miller is in Washington this week for meetings with conservatives, trying to drum up support for his extremely under-the-radar challenge to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R). He's got a great hook: On Monday, he says, he'll have news about Sarah Palin's choice in the race.
"I am a Republican. Former Committeewoman from Orange County, former staffer for US Senator Paula Hawkins and former Department of Treasury Senior Analyst. I am now a resident of Alachua County. I have grown more and more upset with my party over the past few months. The Republican Party is being hijacked by ultra conservatives that have let compassion and logic fly out the window."
"This law of 'frontier justice' – where law enforcement officials are required to stop anyone based on “reasonable suspicion” that they may be in the country illegally – is reminiscent of a time during World War II when the Gestapo in Germany stopped people on the street and asked for their papers without probable cause," said Rep. Connie Mack in a statement. "It shouldn’t be against the law to not have proof of citizenship on you."
Most Americans dislike her and think she's unqualified for the White House. And most Republicans -- even those who like her -- think she has more to do to become electable and ready to govern. But if she runs, she's not going to suddenly get flummoxed by the media.
The offer: stock in a gold mining operation, Constitution Mining. The essential background reading is here, from Ken Vogel.
"It's a very volatile situation," Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) told me yesterday. "The first time I ran I got around 60 percent at the convention and I was sure, the night before, that I wouldn't get that." (In Utah's system, a candidate who wins 60 percent support at the convention automatically becomes the party's nominee.)
The tsunami of support proves that Sarah, 46, represents what many Americans know to be common and sensible.
In a Tuesday appearance on WTOP, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) engaged in some off-message musing on Arizona's immigration law. After some prodding from a caller and his interviewer, McDonnell admitted that parts of the bill were worrying to him.
Politico's senior reporter sat down with me -- in a manner of speaking -- for a 40-minute chat about immigration, Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah), and how the media covers the tea parties.
John Judis diagnoses Arizona's "hysteria." Ken Vogel meets Mike Huckabee's Israel Whisperer. Michele Bachmann speaks too soon. Julian Sanchez is disappointed in George Will. Ralph Z. Hallow strikes again. Robin Hanson tolerates. Elizabeth Scalia is the latest conservative to see...
Mike Connolly, spokesman for the Club for Growth, said, "I wouldn't say that anybody's winning today," said Connolly. "Nobody's gloating. But whatever the polls are today, that's as high as Charlie Crist will go."
Kris Kobach, a former Homeland Security lawyer for the Bush administration who helped draft Arizona's immigration bill while running for Kansas secretary of state, goes there in a Washington Times op-ed. Mr. Obama's reaction was true to form. Just as...
I also recorded an episode of BloggingHeads with Politico's Ben Smith.
It's the kind of stuff -- so much less important than his state sovereignty record, but important in building his image -- that has grassroots conservatives daydreaming about a Perry run for president in 2012, despite his many statements to the contrary.
"What I run into," Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) told me recently, "is that you ask Republicans to support 100 percent full repeal, but there are a number of them that aren't committed to full repeal."
"We will not stop! We will take up our shovels and our pickaxes, and we break the land, and make your landscaping, and clean your toilets, and our plungers. We will use them against you! Believe that!"
Annie Lowrey has a superlative rundown on the GOP's proposed substitute to the Democrats' financial reform bill.
In a good Republican year, Burges might get more Republican colleagues in the legislature ready to back her up. But 2011 will be a year of jockeying for the GOP primary, and the state's senior senator may still be Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has made no secret of how much he loathes it when his party engages on this issue.
The Democratic senator from Pennsylvania speaks like a man who isn't worried about beating Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Penn.) in his new-ish party's primary.
It's a pattern I've gotten very, very used to. A conservative Republican issues a new ad, or some clip from the campaign trail goes viral. Democrats and liberals make fun of it. Meanwhile, the video becomes incredibly popular and the candidate laughs all the way to the polls. Today's winner of the game is Tim James, a Republican candidate for governor of Georgia who's been mocked for a week for this campaign ad -- which has more than 150,000 views now.
Get ready for "Tea are the World." The race for governor of Georgia gets a third-party conservative spoiler. Ted Nugent loves Arizona. David Iglesias returns! Real talk from Spencer Ackerman on tea parties. Jeff Sessions girds for battle. Robert Reich...
A much-discussed Salt Lake Tribune poll confirms what I reported last week -- Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) is on track to lose the GOP nomination at next weekend's party convention.
For nearly two full days, an anonymously sourced story in the American Spectator -- alleging that the Department of Health and Human Services buried an actuarial report on the costs of health care reform -- has burned up conservative blogs. But HHS tells me that the story isn't true.
An Iowa Republican candidate for the U.S. House suggested in a candidate forum that he should be able to "micro-chip an illegal."
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has introduced legislation to tighten the restrictions on political mail made to look like Census forms -- an issue that flared up again yesterday and today after the Republican National Committee, which has been whacked for...
The long-rumored "birth certificate march on Washington" -- a project of the original birther attorney, Phil Berg -- will happen on Saturday, May 29, at President's Park, right across from the White House.
Jeb Bush is lending his name to an under-the-radar conservative campaign for federal immigration reform this year.
Last night I appeared on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann to talk about a story that had been driven into the mainstream by the blog PalinGates. The story: Palin made three statements that PalinGates believed may have been false, and...
Within five minutes of each other, both White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee circulated this story. Why? Read on. A Wall Street Journal analysis of 12 large financial services companies, including J.P. Morgan Chase...
Two weeks after independent Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill attended the big tea party on Boston Common, he's getting hit with a seven-figure attack ad from the Republican Governors Association. The RGA's strategy, as the Boston Globe points out, is...
The Washington Examiner brings us a headline for the ages, in this photo snapped by Twitter user Maimonides. The headline leads to this story by Julie Mason, which captures the narrative I spotlighted yesterday -- conservative shock and horror at...
Over the past week, several Republicans have called me out for what they considered a flippant tone in coverage of their messaging on financial reform. It's an interesting criticism and a frustrating problem. I don't know how to cover some...
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) keeps up the "we're filibustering-but-we're-ready-to-deal" two-step. Palin haters want to believe she perjured herself in the hacked e-mail trial. (My reporting confirms that the questioning was narrowly focused and she didn't.) Andrew Breitbart promises another round...
The idea that President Obama is making a special exclusion of nonminority, nonyoung voters is too cute by half.
Conservative group FreedomWorks is about to enter Utah's volatile Republican Senate primary race with direct mail and phone calls.
After watching an ad, you like to be able to say something like, "Ah, I get it." I couldn't do that with this one.
I've gotten a look at the internals of this morning's poll on financial reform, and the party breakdowns confirm that the package being debated in Congress simply hasn't generated much ire among members of the GOP base. With one exception,...
The campaign of Col. Allen West (ret.), probably the 2010 congressional candidate with the biggest Republican fan base, releases an internal survey that has him leading by 2 points, 44 to 42 percent, over Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.). West ran...
There's a lot to chew on in the Washington Post/ABC News poll on financial reform. On the issue as a whole, Obama has a 17-point lead over Republicans. The narrowest support for a Democratic initiative, 43 to 41 percent, comes...
Gabriel Sherman's sprawling New York magazine cover story on "Palin, Inc." is actually a fast and breezy read. It being an article about Sarah Palin, there's no policy to slow it down. We get a brief explanation of how bitter...
The former congressman, who's still running a strong primary race against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), explains his position on local legislation to require proof of citizenship from presidential candidates. We now require voters to offer proof that voters are who...
Crown Publishers revealed the cover of former President George W. Bush's semi-memoir, "Decision Points," on Sunday evening. And here it is: Alan Cooperman blogged some early thoughts about the book when we first learned something about its contents. "Decision Points"...