Aug
13
2014
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From the 2014 RedState Gathering: Mark Davis and Scott Ott.

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)

Jul
11
2014
8

Ten years at RedState. Wow.

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.

Apr
17
2014
3

Quote of the Day, The Title Alone Is Almost Porn edition.

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.’

Mar
07
2014
4

How RedState is different from ThinkProgress.

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.

Moe Lane

Jan
02
2014
5

So, apparently Shia LaBeouf reads RedState.

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.

Moe Lane

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…

Mar
11
2013
8

QotD, I Wish To Associate Myself With The Remarks… edition.

…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.

Moe Lane

PS: I think that the time has come for Senator McCain to announce that this will be his last term in office.

Feb
03
2013
1

QotD, Gee, I Wonder Which Site They Should Get To Host A ’16 GOP Debate edition.

(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.

Moe Lane
Contributing Editor, RedState.com.

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Dec
03
2012
11

I would be happy to help moderate a GOP primary debate…

…in my official capacity as a RedState Contributing Editor:

One approach might be to start with a list of intelligent right-of-center people who will ask reasonable questions eliciting substantive responses. You can find them in abundance at such places as the National Review, the Weekly Standard, Breitbart.com, Townhall.com, HotAir.com, RedState.com, and, to be self-serving, PJMedia.com. There are plenty more, including, naturally, the Wall Street Journal opinion pages.

And to be as equally self-serving as Roger Simon is being.  But, honestly, the current system is as just as awful as Roger describes.  Remember all that stuff that we were yelling at the computer screen during the debates?  Wouldn’t it have been great if we were the people asking those questions? …Well, could we have made matters worse? (more…)

Aug
25
2012
19

#rsrh The New RedState is up…

…and like any site upgrade, we are in the process of patting the new site on the back until it belches.  Compared with what I remember of the last upgrade, this one is going pretty smoothly… which is a nice, diplomatic way of putting it, yes?

It’ll all get fixed, folks: and your posts are still there.

Feb
10
2012
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RS at CPAC: Karen Harrington (R CAND, FL-20 PRI)

This is from yesterday: Karen Harrington is goig up against Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who doesn’t quite have the district that she used to. We’ve talked before, and she had some thoughts on CPAC this time:

Karen’s site is here.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Jan
23
2012
4

#rsrh QotD, Nice Of Them To Notice edition.

And, hey, they even linked to RedState!

The Tea Party movement scared Republican members of Congress in 2010 when they mounted primary challenges to several Republican incumbents. The defeat of incumbents like Bob Bennett lent credibility to [RedState's Erick] Erickson’s threat to recruit primary challengers for Republicans who supported SOPA.

…(Via Instapundit) Admittedly, they don’t mention the site by name, but at least they linked, right?

Moe Lane (more…)

Jan
18
2012
16

Marco Rubio withdraws support for PIPA!

It has just been announced that the good Senator from Florida has listened to the concerns of the Online Right and has decided to stop being a cosponsor for PIPA, which is of course the Senate counterpart to the Hollywood-sponsored Internet-censoring SOPA bill.  This is frankly a relief: Senator Rubio has long been a friend to sites like, say, RedState, and it would have been absolutely painful to encourage a primary challenge to him in 2016 over this issue.

I encourage everyone reading this to, again, contact your Senators and Congressman to tell them to follow Sen. Rubio’s lead and reaffirm their stance against censorship.  Especially if your Senators and/or Congressman is a Democrat: the Online Right has to do the heavy lifting on this one, as the netroots find it institutionally, ah,  problematic to challenge its leadership*. (more…)

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