Friday, August 9th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, News, Obamacare
After Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, was caught red-mouthed saying that he had to hold his nose to work for Mitch McConnell, Mitch’s campaign thought they would make light of the verbal gaffe by parlaying it into Obamacare. They tried to co-op “nosegate” by posting a photo on twitter with Jesse Benton holding his nose against the proverbial stench of Obamacare.
Nice try, Team Mitch. The only problem is that the stench of Obamacare is most potent in McConnell’s office at 317 Russell Senate office building. That is where he is pressuring members not to sign onto Mike Lee’s letter promising to do the only consequential thing that will actually block Obamacare.
Friday, August 9th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Issues, News
If you want to understand everything that is wrong with the current crop of leaders in both parties, take a look at this story out of Nashville by local investigative reporter Ben Hall.
Evidently, Lamar’s top campaign staffers were coordinating the creation of a traveling exhibit of Senator Alexander with the taxpayer-funded Tennessee State Museum. The exhibit, which would paint a acclamatory picture of the senior senator, was originally going to be deployed towards the end of this year and into 2014, to coincide with his reelection campaign…that is..until Ben Hall caught them in the act.
The taxpayer-supported museum had been working with Alexander’s campaign on an exhibit that would travel across the state — while the senator was running for re-election.
Thursday, August 8th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, News, Obamacare
Over the past three years, we have heard apologists for the Republican establishment argue that we only control one-half of one-third of government, and as such, are unable to force any transformational change. Undoubtedly, we lack the wherewithal to propose and pass new legislation into law. But when it comes to funding various functions of government, we wield full power.
James Madison poured copious pages of ink explaining the peculiarities of the two branches of Congress. In Federalist #58, he explained the unique power over the purse that is manifest in the House of Representatives:
The House of Representatives cannot only refuse, but they alone can propose, the supplies requisite for the support of government. They, in a word, hold the purse — that powerful instrument by which we behold, in the history of the British Constitution, an infant and humble representation of the people gradually enlarging the sphere of its activity and importance, and finally reducing, as far as it seems to have wished, all the overgrown prerogatives of the other branches of the government. This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.
Well, the American people are turning to Republicans in Congress as the last refuge to redress the grievances wrought by Obamacare. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), a Madison Project endorsee, is circulating a letter to fellow House members requesting that they commit to defunding Obamacare in the next budget bill. Here is the latest list of signatories. If your member is not on the list, confront them at the next town hall meeting and tell them to read Madison’s writings:
Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Issues, News
Winning a vacated seat from a sitting Democrat is not the only way to move a district to the right. We should celebrate when a RINO retires as well.
Today, Rep. Rodney Alexander (RINO-LA-5) announced that he will not seek reelection next year. What a relief. Now we have an opportunity to easily pickup a conservative district.
Rodney Alexander has been in Congress since 2003. He represents the conservative northeast of Louisiana, which Mitt Romney carried by 23 points, yet he is one of the biggest underperformers in the House conference. He is also, by far, the most liberal member of the Louisiana Republican delegation.
In 2011, he voted against every effort to cut spending and supported all of the bloated spending bills along with raising the debt ceiling. Alexander is another member of the Appropriations Committee who uses his position to block spending cuts. He is a big supporter of destructive Davis-Bacon wages and Big Labor in general. He was part of the TARP coalition.
He has earned a pathetic 36% rating from Heritage Action this year. It’s members like this – members who waste red districts – that prevent us from creating a coalition of limited government advocacy in Congress.
We’re looking forward to finding a real conservative to represent this conservative district.
Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Family Values, Issues
When Republicans lost the last presidential election to a weak president amidst an unprecedentedly lethargic economic recovery, Republicans of all stripes engaged in some soul-searching about what went wrong and what needs to change within the party.
The party establishment issued an “autopsy” report in which they searched everywhere for the culprit of electoral failure. They looked under the bed; they looked under the covers. They blamed our losses on conservatives and conservative ideas. They suggested we need to adopt Democrat positions on issues like marriage and amnesty.
Yet, they failed to examine the one obvious culprit – the failed leadership within the party. They never even entertained the idea that, perhaps, it is the current crop of elected officials – people who stand for nothing and appeal to nobody – who were responsible for our electoral losses. Ironically, the very people who are pushing a pale-pastel agenda for the party in pursuit of new voters – the stuffed-shirt, country club consultant class and their elected officials – will never appeal to younger voters and minorities. They certainly won’t appeal to Reagan Democrats – the most reachable constituency for conservatives. That should have been the obvious moral of running a candidate like Mitt Romney.
Look down the roster of the 45 elected Republicans in the Senate. Putting ideology aside for a moment, how many of them represent a vibrant fresh voice for a new generation? You can count them all on one or two hands. This needs to change if we ever hope to grow our party. As Milton Wolf (Obama’s second cousin from Kansas) said at the Red State Gathering on Friday, “if the GOP establishment can’t fight for the Constitution and for the American Idea in a small tent then they can’t fight for them in a large tent either.”
Beginning this year, we are starting a new paradigm in Republican politics. Gone are the days when every sitting Republican is the defacto nominee for the duration of his or her life, barring any egregious scandal. Every six years, each Republican will have to stand on his record and vouch for why he is the best person to represent Republicans, especially in a conservative state. If nobody comes along to challenge them and we are stuck with a weak Republican, then so be it. But if and when we find viable challengers, we will not sit back and rubber stamp another six years of rudderless leadership.
Monday, August 5th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Elections, News
At the Red State Gathering this past weekend, Senator Ted Cruz made a salient point that has been overlooked in Washington politics since the days of Reagan. Why is there always a presumption that Republicans will blink first during any legislative brinkmanship? Why would Republicans lose a fight over defunding Obamacare when the law is so unpopular with the public?
Well, although Ted Cruz and his allies are changing the political dynamic within the party, the answer to the question is quite simple. With finger likin’ frauds like Mitch McConnell running the party, of course there is a presumption that Republicans will blink first. He is too chicken to even sign onto Mike Lee’s letter pledging to defund Obamacare in any battle over the budget. In fact, he is coercing other members to stay away from the letter in order to join him in the chicken caucus of surrender.
With that degree of conviction, no wonder Democrats believe Republicans will always cave on their principles.
Just how much of a chicken is Mitch McConnell? After serving in Washington for almost 30 years, he is too scared to vouch for his record. Over the weekend, all the candidates for Senate from both parties spoke at the annual Fancy Farm picnic in western Kentucky. McConnell was too chicken to stick around for Matt Bevin’s speech, so he summarily took his toys and activists and went home. Instead, he relied on his campaign staff to put out another sneaky dishonest ad against Bevin. He’s not man enough to defend his refusal to fight Obamacare.
Fortunately, we have a man with courage running for Senate; a man who is willing to call out the most powerful elected official in the state. Here is Matt Bevin’s speech at Fancy Farm:
Friday, August 2nd, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Elections
How do you take a state Romney carried by 23 points with 116 of 120 counties and turn it into a dead heat? Ask Mitch McConnell.
Kentuckians are not happy with Obama. Amidst the war on coal, even 40% of Democrats voted against Obama in the presidential primary. They overwhelmingly supported Romney in the presidential election, even though his persona was not exactly a great fit with the state. Obama has since escalated his war on coal. Wouldn’t it go without saying that the sitting Republican senator from the state would easily cruise to reelection?
Yesterday, two polls showed the race between Mitch McConnell and Allison Lundergan Grimes to be a dead heat. Yes, they were Democrat surveys that had some push-poll bias in them. But even the Republican poll that was published last week had McConnell under 50%. Remember, it took over $20 million in a cheap media market state to eke out a victory in 2008 against Bruce Lunsford. It was touch-and-go for a while even with Obama on the ballot. He just pulled it out after running a scorched earth campaign on his opponent.
Democrats are not targeting him because he is effective; they are targeting him because he is vulnerable.
There are a number of Republicans up for reelection next year from red states. Which other Republican from a Romney+23 state is even close to being vulnerable in a general election? How in the world do you bridge that gap?
At a time when we can easily win back the Senate on red state territory, do we really need to spend tens of millions of Republican dollars bailing out a failed leader in a slam dunk seat? It would be one thing if we had to spend that type of money on a guy like Ted Cruz. But for a finger likin’ fraud? Really?
And it is precisely the unprincipled deal-making persona that has made him so vulnerable in a red state. He talks loudly and carries a white flag; he stands for nothing and appeals to nobody, and the voters see that. The McConnell apologists can kick and scream all they want, but it is incontrovertibly clear that McConnell is dramatically underperforming the generic Republican bent of the state, and has been for quite some time. This has left a gaping hole for a phony moderate Democrat like Grimes to jump through and exploit his weakness with a contrived “outsider” populist campaign.
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Foreign Policy, News, Press
For Immediate Release:
July 31, 2013
Contact: Daniel Horowitz
Madison Project Highlights McConnell’s Flip-Flop
on Foreign Aid to Egypt
McConnell was for funding the Muslim Brotherhood before he was against it
Washington, D.C. – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement regarding today’s vote on Senator Rand Paul’s amendment to freeze all foreign aid to Egypt [Roll Call #195]:
“Once again, Senator Mitch McConnell has shown that he has no ideological consistency and is guided by his political weather vane,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project. “Breaking his normal voting habits, Senator McConnell joined a small group of Republicans to support Senator Paul’s amendment to the annual Transportation-HUD appropriations bill, which would have frozen $1.5 billion in annual aid to Egypt. While we applaud his newfound opposition to aiding our enemies, his timing is completely suspect.”
Earlier this year, McConnell opposed Senator Paul’s efforts to block the transfer of F-16s and M1 tanks to Egypt [Roll Call #9, 1/31/2013]. He also voted against a Senator Ted Cruz amendment in March, which would have cut aid to Egypt and reallocate the funds for missile defense projects [Roll Call #85, 3/23/2013].
“What is even more jarring is that he supported such aid back when the Muslim Brotherhood controlled the country, but now opposes it after they have been deposed,” said Horowitz. “It’s extremely difficult to discern any coherent governing philosophy with Mitch McConnell – that’s just troubling.”
“This is yet one more example of how Matt Bevin is already making a difference,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “He is forcing Mitch McConnell to vote with conservatives against his own intuition. That is why we are proud to have endorsed Matt Bevin. Matt won’t be a fair weather friend to conservatives in Kentucky. He will consistently promote Kentucky values.”
To view our endorsement of Matt Bevin, click here.
The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at http://madisonproject.com/
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Economy, Issues
Ever since the 1930s, or perhaps the times of Woodrow Wilson and the progressives, we’ve ceased to function as a constitutional republic governed by our founding laws. Instead we have transitioned into a pure democracy government by majority rule. The tyrannical rule of a majority of the political class, in conjunction with the lack of courage from those who claim to represent We the People, has bequeathed us with a losing equation for almost a century.
There is an imbalance of power inherent in the political system of any pure democracy, in that the forces of tyranny have a built-in advantage over the defenders of freedom. It takes but one legislative or administrative victory for statism to succeed in guiding society on an indelible path towards socialism. As long as the media and societal institutions manipulate 51% of the population to elect 51% majorities for any big government proposal, they secure a permanent victory. The forces of freedom are never strong enough to overturn a government intervention once the dependency takes root.
On the other hand, we don’t have the ability to perpetuate the lack of government intervention. Even if we succeed in blocking a proposal, they will try a second, third, or fourth time until they are successful. Hence, when liberals failed to institute a government takeover of healthcare in 1993, they tried again the next time they won unfettered power, and achieved their dream. If our approach to governance is to consummate liberal programs into law when we have a seat at the table, we will never slow the inexorable slide into socialism.
We have approximately 77 welfare programs, and the best we can do is offer some minor tweaks.
We have government-run healthcare for seniors and complete federal control over our retirement, yet those two failed programs have become untouchable.
We have officious federal involvement in agriculture, housing, education, energy, and local transportation, yet all we can do is nibble around the edges.
We stand today at the precipice of enacting the worst government program ever. We have two choices: we can continue funding Obamacare, only to find ourselves discussing modest tweaks to the law in 10 years from now – not unlike the way we are forced to approach Medicare now. Or we can end the cycle of big government by forcing a fight to the death over this cancer to our country before it take effect. It is that simple. There are no other options. Anyone who opposes the defund effort before the law takes effect is essentially admitting that Obamacare will become enshrined into the welfare state forever.
Some figures in the beltway conservative intelligentsia are scoffing at the idea, asserting that we will have better opportunities to get rid of Obamacare. Others ask why we are not pushing budget brinkmanship over other conservative policy priorities if we think it will work with Obamacare. These people are overlooking several factors:
Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Issues, News
Here’s a text book example how Mitch McConnell speaks loudly and carries a white flag when dealing with President Obama and Harry Reid.
Two weeks ago, McConnell sent his minions out to cut a deal allowing all of Obama’s radical nominees to pass through the senate confirmation process, albeit without his finger prints on them. A compromise usually contains elements from which both sides must agree to give some ground. But the McConnell compromise gave Obama everything he wanted. They agreed to confirm Richard Cordray for the new Dodd-Frank agency, Gina McCarthy to head the EPA, and Tom Perez as Secretary of Labor.
So what did Republicans get in return? Obama had to withdraw his two nominees to the National Labor Relations Board. But here’s the catch. Republicans unilaterally agreed to approve any replacements. As we all know, there is no lack of radically pro-union officials in Washington. So a few hours later, with the consultation of the AFL-CIO, Obama nominated former AFL-CIO counsel Nancy Schiffer and the current chief council at the NLRP Kent Hirozawa.
Earlier today, McConnell and 10 of his RINOs voted for cloture on the Hirozawa nomination. He might vote against him in the end, but this vote is the one that counts; it ensures that this pro-union radical gets confirmed. Once confirmed, these people will promulgate pro-union rules that help fill the coffers of those who help defeat the Republican Party.