My original question:
Ted Cruz’s response is here.
Marco Rubio’s response is here.
We divvied up the states between us, looked at the polling, delegate allocation, the endorsements, campaign trips, and whatnot. Mine is here (Arkansas). We’re going to be publishing them for the rest of the weekend, so check ’em out.
Found here. Short version: Hillary Clinton is doing unto Bernie Sanders what Barack Obama did unto her. Also: I despise Commies. But you knew that already. God knows I’m hardly shy about expressing that opinion…
Trying to finish up some of the video that I shot at the RedState Gathering last week – it may be time to get a new camera, not to mention a better one. On the bright side, Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite 12 (the latest version is 13) is pretty handy to use and it’s not making my computer wheeze and overheat in the process, so I got that going for me.
PS: I probably will not be putting those videos up here on this site. I’ve done it otherwise in the past, but for this stuff I think I’ll be keeping them strictly on RedState.
…but why does the Iowa GOP even want to split their straw poll off from the Iowa State Fair? I can sort of get the idea that the state Republican party may be a little upset with RedState: after all, we routinely daydream about a wonderful world where agriculture subsidies and ethanol mandates are history. But shifting the time and venue of the Iowa Straw Poll so that it interferes with the RedState Gathering still seems a little… petty.
I know, I know: the Iowa GOP will undoubtedly claim that we were completely irrelevant to their decision-making process. Some of them might even believe it. But there’s a certain percentage of that state’s party infrastructure that has never forgiven RedState for upstaging them in 2012 with Rick Perry’s announcement. And, let’s face it: Iowa is bad at picking the Republican nominee. Which is something else that the Iowa GOP doesn’t seem inclined to forgive us for mentioning.
I wasn’t there for this year’s RedState Gathering, but I watched this particular panel from it with no little interest. Mark Davis is a Texan talk show guy; Scott Ott is, of course, Scott Ott of Scrappleface. The video is about a half hour long, and mostly about Texas, the Left’s long term goals for Texas (via the use of Battleground Texas), and how we should be talking to people. It’s very interesting: listen to the whole thing.
In case you’re wondering, the consensus between Mark and Scott about this year’s Texas election is that Wendy Davis is, ha, toast. And that this is something that we have to worry about, because it’s really easy to get complacent about this sort of thing. Not a smart thing to do, over the long term.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
Since streiff is telling his story… huh. I don’t know if I really have any. As near as I can remember, I more or less segued smoothly over from Tacitus to RedState; I commented, then diaried, then got front-page privileges at the former site, and then started doing the same over at RedState. I do remember getting moderating privileges, though. Mostly because the trolls all hid for a day and a half after I started chortling in glee, and I think that I ended up having to ban Neil Stevens.
It’s been a fun decade. At least, on the site. The political situation has had its ups and downs, to put it mildly. But I work with a bunch of great people, get bemused access to sitting legislators on the federal level, and every so often I get to be a troll* for the side of Good. Not bad for a kid from Jersey.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*I am so totally a troll. The worst kind of troll, in fact: one with a badge.
And it’s all you need, too: “Media Matters for America is resisting SEIU’s effort to unionize its staff.”
But go read LaborUnionReport’s RedState article for the background information anyway. It is, as they say, a ‘hoot.’
Well, there are many reasons, but here’s one: if somebody had ever tried to institute this kind of top-down control over what RedState Contributors can or cannot write about, that person would have drawn back a bloody stump where his hand had been. I’m not going to pretend that RS doesn’t have expectations – our most famous one is that all Contributors are pro-life – but here’s the thing: we also have a basic sense of self-worth. And we can be a prickly bunch about our independence.
So I would appreciate it if the Left stopped assuming that everybody else engages in the same behaviors that they do.
Only apparently ironically. The denouement of LaBeouf’s descent into plagiarism:
The Twitter apologies continued until New Year’s Eve, when LaBeouf wrote on Twitter that he was sorry for “offending you for thinking I was being serious instead of accurately realizing I was mocking you,” a statement that was taken from a Red State article and that declared a strange sort of victory. But none of this started off as an attempt at ironic plagiarism.
At least, we hope. Personally, I liked Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull more than most of my colleagues, but the various Transformers movies left a bad taste in my mouth.
PS: I actually don’t want to be too hard on the kid. Nobody’s paying him to think, which is apparently why he’s so bad at it…
…of the distinguished gentleman from Georgia:
I support killing bad guys with drones overseas. Hell, I’m okay with killing bad guys in the United States with drones if they are about to cause imminent harm. But the administration’s standard was far too nebulous. It is opposed by a majority of Americans. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, and others who are okay with drone attacks on bad guys supported Rand Paul because Paul found the sliver of ground on which they could all be opposed to an Obama Administration policy.
– My colleague Erick Erickson, over at RedState. As most of you know, I self-identify as ‘neoconservative:’ and my major problem with Barack Obama’s foreign policy is that he’s trying to do what he thinks George W Bush would do under the same circumstances, only he’s not very competent even at that. But I loved watching that filibuster. It was utterly guilt-free; I’m aware of Rand Paul’s likely defense stances, but he managed to keep the debate framed in terms that I could accept without quibbling. And then he made the administration give way on a point.
That last point is important: because the last time I checked neither, say, John McCain and/or Lindsey Graham (who I don’t actually particularly dislike) have done as well lately.
PS: I think that the time has come for Senator McCain to announce that this will be his last term in office.
(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) Byron York, on the RNC’s sudden realization that the Year of Hell that was the 2012 Republican primary may not have been the smartest thing that we’ve ever done. Anyway, they’re going to revamp the blessed thing (bolding mine):
…who should conduct the debates in 2016? “That’s a tricky question,” says Fleischer. “Putting on a proper live debate is no simple matter, and usually the people who are good at it are the networks or the cables. So it’s something we’ve got to work through and talk through, to figure out how the debates are going to be reflective of what a Republican primary voter thinks.” In the end, the party might decide to assign a few debates to organizations that did not conduct them in 2012.
YES. THAT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA.
Contributing Editor, RedState.com.