Sunday, January 15, 2012


Blount County Young Republicans Hosting Debate Watching Party

The Blount County Young Republicans will be hosting a Republican Presidential Debate Watching Party on this upcoming Monday, January 16th. The event will take place at the Court Yard Grill on Alcoa Highway, and guests are encouraged to arrive by 8:45 P.M. The debate starts at 9:00 P.M. and will last until approximately 11:00 P.M.

I plan on attending (providing that I can get at least one of the boys to sleep by then). As with most YR events, it will be a casual evening with informal discussions by Republicans under 40 who are concerned about our nation. For those not familiar with Court Yard Grill, it is on the right as you head south down Alcoa Highway just prior to entering the Alcoa Motor Mile. It's a big restaurant with green neon highlights.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Is the Sacrifice of Kerry Roberts a Sign of Bigger Problems?

One could fill a book with the nuances of the redistricting plan put forth by GOP National Committeeman John Ryder and the Tennessee Republican Party - why lines were drawn here, how subtle differences impact voters there. It's chocked full of interesting decisions and - likely - more political favoritism and money than any of us will ever know.

The one decision which jumped out to me and a few others in the blogosphere is what is being done to Kerry Roberts. Roberts, a Tea Party favorite, persevered and eventually was elected to replace moderate Diane Black when Black moved on to the U.S. House. Now with redistricting, Kerry Roberts is being treated worse than any of the Democrats, basically ousted from the Senate by being drawn into another Republican's district that doesn't come up for election again until 2014. That means that Roberts' term will end when this session ends and, if he so chooses to run for the Senate again, he will have to do so in a contested GOP primary in 2014 against a sitting incumbent.

This sends a very dangerous message to the grassroots. Ken over at Blue Collar Muse is none too pleased, and the GOP needs to be clear with the Tennessee grassroots as to why this was done. I don't think I would want to disrespect the grassroots when, in all likelihood, the top of the ticket is going to be represented in 2012 by a candidate that the grassroots does not care for in Mitt Romney. And Ken might be the most important grassroots leader in Tennessee politics at this juncture, having worked over the past couple of years to strengthen the networking in the Volunteer State.

Lots of questions, and very few answers thus far...

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Thursday, January 05, 2012


Obama's Appointment of Cordray was Illegal

Lots of Republicans are angry at President Obama's recess appointment of Richard Cordray as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). One argument being used that Obama's action was illegal is that the Senate is not in recess, instead being brought into session for a few minutes every few days.

I believe that the argument above is with merit. However, there's one that is just as good contained within the text of the Dodd-Frank Bill itself, the legislation that created the CFPB. That legislation states that the board needs a director to exercise its designated powers, and that director can exercise those powers once he or she "is confirmed by the Senate."

That obviously didn't happen here, and it is a reasonable interpretation of the law that the Congress specifically was stating through its legislative intent that the director not be subject to a recess appointment.

So, even if a judge found that the Senate is for all intents and purposes in recess, that doesn't win the day for Obama. He still doesn't have a director, as per the terms of the legislation that created a need to have one in the first place.

Someone needs to challenge Cordray's appointment in federal court - and soon - before the CFPB starts making a mess of things through actions that will be difficult to undo.

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Red State Update: Iowa Caucus Report

Well, who could have foreseen those results from Iowa a couple of weeks back? Despite average to below average debate performances and having done nothing of real note except for participate in Iowa evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats' pay-for-pay scheme that "earned" Santorum the endorsement of several Iowa Christian religious leaders, Rick Santorum rolls out of Iowa with the most personal political relevance since he turned his back on Pennsylvania conservatives and worked for Arlen Specter's re-election.

Meanwhile, Bachmann does something that I can't remember ever happening - going from Ames Straw Poll winner to last amongst the active Iowa campaigns at the caucuses. Sure, her debate performances were uneven, but they weren't significantly worse than Santorum's - surely not worth twenty-points worse.

Perry comes out of Iowa not only disappointed, but significantly confused. Why on earth did he seem to signal his exit from the field Tuesday night, saying that he was returning to Texas instead of continuing on to South Carolina? Maybe it's just this experienced guy's opinion, but if it had been my call, I would have put a contrite but strong Rick Perry out in front of the cameras, shown that my candidate was a fighter and that he was going to carry the fight to South Carolina. Go all-in in the Palmetto State. Fight for Bachmann's supporters while courting Gingrich's unorganized crowd in the hopes that he straps on a figurative suicide bomb in his anger and tries to destroy Romney in a quixotic charge in New Hampshire. Stem Santorum's rise in South Carolina, where Santorum has no organization and has not campaigned with regularity. Come out of South Carolina in the top-two, marginalize Paul, and say that you are the candidate for the Anti-Romney movement. But what do I know...

I'll let Jackie and Dunlap from Red State Update take it from here on the Iowa wrap-up:

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