No Christmas for the big spenders

December 8, 2006 at 6:10 am

Today in my column I profile the efforts of conservatives in the Senate who have succeeded in blocking a raft of last-minute prok projects. Led by Senators Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn, these conservatives have taken away the appropriators’ usually dependable Christmas list.

Who will lead the minority to the majority?

November 16, 2006 at 8:45 am

I preview tomorrow’s GOP leadership elections for Townhall today:

On Friday morning House Republicans will hold a meeting to elect leaders who will lead them in the minority for the first time since 1994. The House leadership elections have become ground zero for an intra-party debate about the future of the Republican Party and the broader conservative movement.

Many outside groups, conservative blogs and grassroots conservatives are agitating for a return to bedrock conservative principles. The call for a back-to-basics approach has often been coupled with a call for fresh faces in GOP leadership. Among the members vying for leadership positions there are indeed some fresh faces as well as some old hands. But all have one thing in common: They are echoing outside calls for a return to the fundamentals.

9-11 bipartisanship will be momentary

September 8, 2006 at 7:44 am

My weekly column is up…today my column focuses on Democratic attempts to maximize political gain in Congress with an eye toward the midterms. Consequently, the 9-11 5th year anniversary will be a fleeting moment of bipartisan unity:

On Monday, congressional Democrats and Republicans will stand together on the front steps of the United States Capitol to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on America.

As they did five years ago, lawmakers will temporarily set aside partisanship to collectively acknowledge the gravity of the day. Unlike five years ago, though, the bipartisanship of the moment will be short lived.

Read the rest here.

More on the porkbusters

September 1, 2006 at 8:03 am

My column this week has more info on the success of the Porkbusters movement plus additional information about the Senate holds practice. Read it here.

Is Bob Casey, Jr. the next Mark Pryor?

August 24, 2006 at 10:01 am

In 2002, Democrat Mark Pryor succeeded in defeating incumbent Republican Tim Hutchinson (my boss at the time) in the Arkansas Senate race. Pryor’s strategy in that race is eerily similar to the strategy being employed by Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey, Jr. against Rick Santorum this fall.

In a column over at National Review Online I examine the parallels and tell you why history may not repeat itself this year in Pennsylvania.

Terrorism issue breathes life into GOP

August 24, 2006 at 7:01 am

My column today focuses on the GOP’s recent uptick in the polls as a result of successes in the war on terror. You can read it here.

Playing politics with the Middle East

July 27, 2006 at 12:01 am

My weekly column is up…here is the intro:

Democratic Senators Barbara Boxer and Charles Schumer boycotted a joint session of Congress yesterday when it convened to hear Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The duo’s gesture was an effort to make a political statement along with their House colleagues.

On July 25, nineteen House Democrats sent a letter to Speaker Dennis Hastert in which they decried July 19 comments made by Maliki regarding Israel. Maliki had come down on the wrong side of the fence when commenting on the current Middle East crisis, saying, “We call on the world to take quick stands to stop the Israeli aggression.”

Continue reading to understand why the Democrats acting on this issue are blatantly playing politics.

Crybaby Kim revives old D.C. debate

July 6, 2006 at 1:00 am

In my column today I add to this post from yesterday in which I wrote about Kim Jong Il’s recent provocations highlighting the need for improved missile defenses.

From the column via Human Events:

Precursors to a coming renewal of the missile-defense debate were visible even before North Korea’s provocations. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions offered an amendment on June 22 that would add $45 million to the Pentagon’s missile-defense program. The Sessions amendment amazed observers by passing 98-0. The unanimous passage was out of character for the Democrats who have fought increased funding for missile defense for decades.

Also, on the June 26 Fox News Sunday show, Sen. John Warner, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told host Chris Wallace that we should “anticipate that such missile defenses that we have now in place—and it’s been a struggle through the Congress to get the money to put these defenses in—they will be utilized to the extent they can.”

Warner’s reference to struggle in Congress was a jab at the Democrats. The ranking Democrat on Warner’s Committee —Carl Levin, who was sitting adjacent—did not respond. After all, Levin has been one of the chief opponents of missile defense, most recently leading a failed effort to defund the program by $50 million.

This effort to kill a national missile defense was just the latest in a long series of similar attempts. When President Bill Clinton took office in 1992, it took his administration only about 100 days to announce the death of President Reagan’s vision for a national missile defense, and the Democratic House of Representatives was happy to go along. In fact, in subsequent defense budgets House Democrats proposed even less funding for any sort of missile defense than President Clinton did.

Read the rest here.

Blog impact

June 29, 2006 at 6:35 am

In my Townhall column today I write about the impact the blogosphere had pushing Congress to introduce a resolution condemning the publication of classified anti-terror programs.

I also cover Congress’s poor mid term grades and an emerging group within the Democratic caucus.

Read it here.