Irregular Constitutional Order

I’ve seldom agreed with Hugh Hewitt so strongly—and readers know I agree with him a lot—as I do on repealing the medical device tax through regular constitutional order and not the usual rendering of pig lips and cow parts.  Hewitt has a post today on the issue at his blog.  Here’s a key exchange from…

Customer Feedback, Week 6

[Lay impressions on the GOP’s political messaging this week. More information about this series can be found here. Other posts in the series can be found here.] Slow news week last week.  A relative (and rare) calm before the State of the Union tomorrow night.  Hagel and Brennan Republicans are weak on the confirmations of…

“Ideological extremism is not the same thing as political ineptitude”

If you haven’t been following the conversation among William Voegeli, Geoffrey Kabaservice, Stephen Hayward, and David Frum about Voegeli’s lead article in the most recent Claremont Review of Books, you’re missing out.  (See here for some prior excerpts and discussion on these pages.  Also, if you’re interested in books, conservatism, or both, consider subscribing to…

Customer Feedback, Week 4: Goodbye to Stupid

[Lay impressions on the GOP’s political messaging this week. More information about this series can be found here. Other posts in the series can be found here.] Benghazi, abortion, recess appointments, reactions to the second inaugural.  A relatively slow news week. “Stop Being the Stupid Party” Says Gov. Bobby Jindal.  The Tea Party message is…

Customer Feedback, Week 3

[Lay impressions on the week’s politics for the benefit of hypothetical GOP leaders looking to know whether and how the week’s political messaging went over. More information about this series can be found here. Other posts in the series can be found here.] Reactions to this week’s political messaging, particularly concerning House Republican leadership: GOP…

In Defense of GOP Extremism…

…is William Voegeli’s lead article in the latest Claremont Review of Books.  He paints a formidable defense of GOP’s “extreme” tendencies of late:  Brought to the present by a recent history defined by two fundamentally unprincipled parties compromising on a fundamentally unprincipled post-New Deal agenda—typically with Republicans serving as tax collectors for the welfare state—it…