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Mea Culpa, now back to business as usual…

IRS Admits Wrongdoing, to Pay $50,000 in Leaking of Marriage Group’s Tax Return

Two years after activists for same-sex marriage obtained the confidential tax return and donor list of a national group opposed to redefining marriage, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle the resulting lawsuit.

The Daily Signal has learned that, under a consent judgment today, the IRS agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for Marriage as a result of the unlawful release of the confidential information to a gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, that is NOM’s chief political rival.

“Congress made the disclosure of confidential tax return information a serious matter for a reason,” NOM Chairman John D. Eastman told The Daily Signal. “We’re delighted that the IRS has now been held accountable for the illegal disclosure of our list of major donors from our tax return.”

When Hell Appears To Be Other Americans


The Pew Research Center published its latest survey of partisanship in American politics this past week–and with it issued another of its regular warnings about the consequences of our contemporary political polarization. The report begins with the following finding:

The overall share of Americans who express consistently conservative or consistently liberal opinions has doubled over the past two decades from 10% to 21%. And ideological thinking is now much more closely aligned with partisanship than in the past. As a result, ideological overlap between the two parties has diminished: Today, 92% of Republicans are to the right of the median Democrat, and 94% of Democrats are to the left of the median Republican.

Despite the trouble caused by parties in government—and, in this context, the particular difficulty it creates for protecting the constitutional division of powers—here too Publius cannot really wish them away: “an extinction of parties necessarily implies either a universal alarm for the public safety, or an absolute extinction of liberty.” An existential threat to liberty or its absence altogether: these are the only circumstances in which one can expect parties to disappear.

Pushing back harder

Brat, McDaniel, Carr, and Maness: Get Rid of Common Core

As expected, the Common Core standards have become a significant electoral issue – one that is separating Washington establishment politicians from grassroots conservative candidates.

While Dave Brat’s (R-VA) stunning victory over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was largely focused on the immigration debate, Brat’s opposition to the Common Core standards and such “top down approaches by the Federal Government” was spelled out on his website.

“I will support efforts to place Virginia’s teachers, parents, and local officials, who best understand the needs of the community, in control of our education system,” Brat said.

Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) faces a run-off primary election against longtime incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R) on June 24. In February, McDaniel spoke at an education summit in his state where he reaffirmed his position against the Common Core standards.

“This type of issue is right at the heart of what we conservatives believe in and that is local control over these issues,” McDaniel said. “I think there are others out there, like Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee and Rand Paul who believe just as we believe. We’re going to do the very best we can to get rid of Common Core once and for all.”

McDaniel backed up his words with action by co-sponsoring bills in the Mississippi state senate to halt implementation of Common Core and to permit parents to opt their children out of mandatory electronic data tracking.

Ted Cruz, It Is Time for You To Listen


For the past two years he has been telling America to make DC listen. It became a clever hashtag. He got his picture with that hashtag at a RedState Gathering. At the Texas Republican Convention recently, his booth had #MakeDCListen as a banner.

Ted, did you see Virginia last night? We are making D.C. listen. We are working really hard to send an army of conservatives to D.C. to help you. But frankly, with the exception of that Iranian ambassador thing, you really have not done anything since #MakeDCListen.

It’s time for you to listen.

We have been doing all you’ve asked. Conservatives are out voting for you in straw polls and voting for fellow conservatives. But we can’t help notice that outside of Texas, you’ve only endorsed two people for the Senate — Ben Sasse and T.W. Shannon. That’s it. In both of those cases it took you forever to come in. Virtually every other conservative was already on board each one.

I thought you were leading, but it looks more like leading from behind.

But they don’t see you leading the charge. They don’t see you responding.

Ted, it’s time for you to lead. #MakeDCListen was so 2013. It is time for you to go to Mississippi, get Chris McDaniel across the finish line, and #MakeDCFear. You’re either leading or you’re Cantoring your way into the White House. Last night we saw how well that strategy works.

A tactic worthy of Andrew Breitbart…

“The cameras were already there, Brat just had to show up to get his first national attention, for free. Without spending a penny, Brat convinced the 7th District that Cantor was a liar.” H/T InstaPundit

This appearance by Brat, and the amateur-hour kabuki orchestrated by Cantor and Gutierrez, was the day the MSM first paid attention to Brat. This was the turning point. Brat loses if Gutierrez does not show, or if Brat does not show up to preempt him.

The AP, Politico, and others reported that evening that “Cantor Gets Hit on Amnesty From Both Sides”.

Allen had hoped the headlines would read “Cantor targeted as chief opponent of immigration reform.” The average low-information voter in the 7th District now had in one hand a bombastic mailer about Eric Cantor’s bonafides; in the other, a laptop claiming that Cantor’s opponent was clearly, undoubtedly campaigning to the right of Cantor on amnesty.

The MSM attention put the lie to Cantor’s mailers. Allen had taken what he thought was a calculated risk by lying so brazenly to Cantor’s constituents, assuming Brat would not have the money to combat the message. But Allen overstepped by coordinating a press event with Gutierrez.

The cameras were already there, Brat just had to show up to get his first national attention, for free. Without spending a penny, Brat convinced the 7th District that Cantor was a liar. Of course, it was true. And this event occurred between the Allen “34-points” boast, and the Daily Caller poll.

Brilliant. Push back, harder.

White House plans more transfers from Guantanamo prison

And this is my nonplussed expression…

The White House is making plans to transfer more detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay despite the mounting political furor over the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, officials said Tuesday.

Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said the White House was “making progress on a number of additional promising opportunities” to transfer more prisoners and that officials were reviewing Yemeni detainees “on a case-by-case basis.”

“While we do not generally discuss transfers before they take place, we are fully committed to implementing the president’s direction that we transfer detainees to the greatest extent possible, consistent with national security and our humane-treatment policy, as we work toward closing the facility at Guantanamo Bay,” she said.

Hayden said 17 inmates had been moved out of Guantanamo in the last 13 months, including the five former Taliban officials transferred to Qatar in the swap for Bergdahl.

The future of America’s most notorious prison camp, and its 149 remaining inmates, has been in doubt since the White House announced the exchange May 31.

“I want to close Guantanamo, but I want to put those people into a secure facility. That doesn’t mean I want to release them back to commit more acts of terror.” — John McCain (R-AZ).

And yet, here we are…


Another one who needs to bite the dust…

Thad Cochran runs in Mississippi as king of corporate welfare

When the Republican Party deviates from its limited-government talk, it’s almost always at the bidding of Big Business. And in these casesMississippi Sen. Thad Cochran almost always sides with Big Business.

Cochran, the six-term Mississippi senator, has suddenly become the underdog in his re-election. The Republican primary has gone to a runoff after Cochran and conservative challenger Chris McDaniel both finished with 49 percent of the vote. (McDaniel finished 1,386 votes.

Go through Cochran’s PAC checks, and you see many clients of the corporate welfareCochran supports.

The PACs for the Florida Sugar Cane League, the Michigan Sugar Company, the American Sugar Cane League, and nine other sugar PACs contributed a combined $40,500 to Cochran’s primary this year, according to his mid-May federal filing.

Cochran consistently champions the sugar industry‘s top lobbying priority: the federal sugar program, which drives up prices for American families and food makers in order to enrich a handful of sugar growers and refiners.

This is the main Republican divide today: the Tea Party versus K Street. K Street still has a pretty firm grip on the party, but the fact that the business lobby even has a rival for control of the GOP is something new.

There’s no doubt the business lobby wants to keep Thad Cochran in the Senate. Sadly for Cochran, corporate PACs don’t get to vote in the runoff.

How Big Money failed to rescue Eric Cantor


The darling of big Wall Street donors, the K Street business types and the Republican establishment went down in flames Tuesday, all the while crushing his no-name opponent with a 26-to-1 cash advantage in the money race.

Cantor, the House majority leader, raised nearly $5.5 million during the cycle, bolstered by investments from the American Chemistry Council, the American College of Radiology, the National Rifle Association, and the National Association of Realtors.

He lost to Dave Brat, a college professor with a $200,000 shoestring budget.

The result should be a wakeup call that with a fickle Republican primary electorate in an anti-incumbent, anti-Washington mood, no fundraising advantage can guarantee victory. Brat’s win is all the more stunning because like-minded outside groups didn’t buy TV ads, focusing on other prizes like GOP Senate primaries in Kentucky and Mississippi.

Brat’s victory was driven by conservative talk radio and the grassroots opposition to immigration reform that was the talk of both conservative and mainstream media.

Brat, never got a single PAC donation over the course of the race, according to FEC records.

Military Bases: Obama’s New Illegal Alien Dumping Grounds


It seems that two planeloads of illegal aliens were recently shipped to Massachusetts. The first reportedly landed at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford. Approximately 160 illegal immigrants arrived on that flight and stayed nearly a week before being transferred to a Department of Homeland Security site and then released.

How many other military bases are stealthily being used to redistribute, house, process and release illegal border crossers?

What we do know for sure is that the Obama administration already has converted several other military bases across the country into outposts for tens of thousands of illegal aliens from Central and South America.

San Antonio’s Lackland Air Force Base opened its doors as an illegal immigrant camp last month. Port Hueneme Naval Base in Ventura County, Calif., will shelter nearly 600 illegal border-crossing children and teens. The Fort Sill Army post in Lawton, Okla., was ordered on Friday to take in 1,200 illegal aliens despite the objections of GOP Gov. Mary Fallin, who blasted the White House, saying, “The Obama administration continues to fail in its duty to protect our borders and continues to promote policies that encourage, rather than discourage, illegal immigration.”

Where’s the GOP “leadership” in this country? Doing the bidding of the amnesty-loving U.S. Chamber of Commerce and demonizing Republican candidates at every level who are sick and tired of giving away the store and the country.


Eric Cantor and the Conventional Wisdom

Rule #1? Don’t get cocky, kid…

There are two words that recur like a drumbeat in the news stories about David Brat’s defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia primary last night.  One is “historic.” The second is some variant of “stunning” (“staggering,” “shocking,” etc.).  John Fund does us the courtesy of deploying both: “Eric Cantor’s loss is historic,” he writes at National Review. “No sitting House majority leader has lost an election since the office was created in 1899. While Cantor’s loss was a stunning surprise, the warning signals were around for a while.” He then supplies a list of explanations that seemed obvious only after David Brat won. Yesterday afternoon, the wise men of the commentariat would have dismissed them with a self-assured thoroughness and consistency that is truly marvelous to behold.

“Historic” and “stunning.”  That is, the triumph of the tea-party-backed economics professor was both 1) important and 2) unexpected.

Frankly, though, what surprises me about such events as David Brat’s victory is the surprise they occasion. Nigel Farage and the other anti-EU politicians weren’t supposed to trounce the established parties in the European elections a couple of weeks ago. Members of the established parties and the human remora that attend them told us so. But Farage, Le Pen, and the rest trounced them across Europe.  This, said Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, was “a shock, an earthquake that all responsible leaders must respond to.”

Right.  And how’s that working out?  From where I sit, the response of “responsible leaders,” i.e., representatives of the conventional wisdom, has been mostly confined to what they used to call in the Wild West a circling of the wagons. Demonize the bastards. Ostracize ’em.  Talk incessantly about “fringe candidates” and “extremists”  who cannot win (except they just did), who will upset the status quo, which by an extraordinary coincidence just happens to benefit those registering their “shock,” their having been “stunned,” “staggered,” not to say “utterly dismayed.”

Both parties have been assiduous in demonizing the tea party.  And they’ve been quite effective in convincing themselves that it was yesterday’s news, that the upsets of 2010 were an anomaly, that business-as-usual (represented by us mature politicians who are already in office) had once again achieved the upper hand. Order, in short, had been restored.

Push back harder and remember, in this country it’s still “We the People”…


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