9:20 AM, Mar 5, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Mike Lee, perhaps the United States Senate’s leading voice for a conservative reform agenda, has now endorsed Ben Sasse in Nebraska’s Senate race. Lee declared, “Nebraskans need Ben Sasse to represent their values, reformers in the Senate need his conservative vote, our country needs his voice.” Lee added that Sasse is “a strong constitutional conservative who understands the proper role of government” and who “also recognizes that we must run and win on the power of our positive ideas.”
Sasse, a fifth-generation Nebraskan and one of the nation’s youngest college presidents (of Midland University), has made his opposition to Obamacare the centerpiece of his campaign. He has been highly critical of President Obama’s lawless refusal to executive Obamacare as written, in plain violation of the constitutional separation of powers. And he has expressed his opposition not only to Obamacare but also to the entire Obamacare worldview:
“I am opposed to Obamacare not just because it was passed by a dishonest legislative gimmick; not just because it puts bureaucrats between patients and doctors; not just because it infringes on religious liberty and forces people of conscience to pay for abortion; not just because its information technology systems won’t work, and will likely lead to massive data leaks of Americans’ confidential financial and health data; and not just because its budget projections were built on Ponzi schemes, and because its actual costs will dwarf all estimates from the time of its legislative debate….
“I am also against it for a much more basic reason: I oppose Obamacare because I reject the worldview underlying it.”
Sasse has also been endorsed by Paul Ryan, Tom Coburn, the Senate Conservatives Fund, the Club for Growth, the Family Research Council, and Gun Owners of America.
10:24 AM, Jan 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Erin Bilbray, a Democratic congressional candidate in Nevada, uses Facebook to connect with friends and supporters alike. She also uses it to express support for musicians (Amy Winehouse, Dave Matthews) and, well, other not-so-wholesome things.
Like this graphic, which the congressional candidate "liked" on Facebook:
Which features the offensive N-word and "Ching-Chong Ching" to refer, it would appear, to Asians.
And Bilbray used Facebook to express her "like" for the graphic:
Not necessarily a drift toward non-interventionism. 7:04 AM, Sep 7, 2013 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
It’s not hard to imagine the story of Syria and the GOP going something like this:
7:11 AM, Jul 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
House majority leader Eric Cantor appears to be following the boss's advice, as Robert Costa reports:
Cantor urged his colleagues to use the White House’s delay of the employer mandate as a political battering ram against the administration’s prized law.
10:33 AM, Jun 4, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
A big part of Obamacare is its massive expansion of Medicaid. Fortunately, this expansion can’t happen in most states without Republicans freely choosing to make it happen. Unfortunately, far too many Republican governors seem to be confused about the distinction between repealing Obamacare and implementing it.
4:23 PM, May 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
While traveling to New Jersey today, President Barack Obama stiffed the Democratic opponent of Republican governor Chris Christie. Obama did not meet privately with Barbara Buono, the Democratic candidate. But he did walk along the Jersey Shore boardwalk with Christie.
Via the pool report:
11:44 AM, Mar 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Kristol, with Nina Easton, Karl Rove, and Joe Trippi, on the Internet-only Fox News Sunday postgame show:
7:00 AM, Mar 13, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In the aftermath of Mitt Romney’s defeat in last fall’s election, and the defeat of a myriad of Republican Senate candidates (establishment and Tea Party alike) in Romney’s wake, Republicans are getting no shortage of free advice. The quantity of that advice, however, is more apparent than its quality.
6:10 PM, Feb 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The following are excerpts of the Republican response to the State of the Union Address, which will be delivered by Marco Rubio:
9:44 AM, Feb 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
On Fox News last night, the boss defended the Tea Party against the GOP establishment:
1:36 PM, Jan 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
THE WEEKLY STANDARD previously noted Senator David Vitter’s offense at Chuck Hagel’s “suggestion that my support of Israel is somehow contrary to my Constitutional oath.” Here’s Vitter’s full letter, laying out that concern and many others:
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:25 PM, Jan 18, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham:
7:20 AM, Jan 9, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
As an ignorant but unabashed admirer of Xenophon, I was struck by this email from a reader, and thought other readers would enjoy it as well: