State & Local Politics

State & Local Politics

Chris Christie's moment of truth

Will the real Chris Christie please stand up? When Gov. Christie (R) decides who will replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), we will learn a great deal about the real Chris Christie. 

Will Christie pick a moderate and further, possibly permanently, alienate the GOP right? Or will he pick a conservative and create Democratic anger toward President Obama, who last week was virtually campaigning for Christie's reelection, and anger major Democratic and independent donors who support Christie? 

Christie's choice will tell us a lot about who he is and what he intends. Today, Christie has a wide range of political options. He might want to run for president in 2016. He might not want to run for president at all. He might want to run later than 2016. He might want to run as a Republican or move toward authentic political independence. 


'Soporific princess fluffy-bunny socialism' — Texas secession and the Canadian Century

The Hill reports that President Obama will not immediately sign a United Nations arms trade treaty opposed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) but is committed to doing so shortly.

I might add, Texas is committed to state and constitutional rights and will not secede. But it may commit to doing so shortly if Obama signs the treaty.

Mark Steyn, a conservative political columnist, recently discussed Texas independence on "The Dennis Miller Show."

"The idea that all 50 states are going to be content to slide off the cliff in a kind of haze and a drone of sort of soporific princess fluffy-bunny socialism is completely false. I mean, there will be — you're going to have serious secession movements if some of this stuff isn't turned around, not just in Texas."


Who lost Texas — and Kansas and Missouri and 30-some other states?

Raising the bar on glib, even for the Eloi at The Washington Post, former Post reporter Thomas E. Ricks includes Texas as one of the newspaper's “things to toss out” this year, along with flip-flops and Ben Bernanke.

“For decades, Texans have been clamoring about leaving the Union,” he writes. “Letting the Lone Star State secede would set a bad precedent. (See the Civil War of 1861 to 1865.) But what about expelling it instead? There is promise in that.”

But here is his error: “Texans have that Lone Star flag all set,” he says. “I think they’re ready to fly solo and lonely once again. Let them go.” In this day and age, what makes Ricks think that if Texas went, it would go alone?


Longhorn nation invaded by Rick Perry

Hell hath no fury like a crony capitalist scorned. 

What did students, young people, moms, dads and teachers do to Texas governor-for-life Rick Perry (R) to deserve his attack on education in Texas and the University of Texas, one of the greatest universities in America?

Perry, who I predict will soon be retired-for-life from electoral politics, is a sterling example of why Texas is going to go blue, why Hillary Clinton could carry Texas in 2016, and why some Republicans call other Republicans "the party of stupid."


Sanford's sideshow

In the midst of bombings, threats and fear this week former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) provided some badly needed comic relief. 

No one will argue that Sanford is incredibly smart and a truly principled conservative — principled in his fiscal policy anyway. And yes, he may still make a comeback and win a special election for his old House seat on May 7. But recent developments in his political campaign have revealed that indeed he is a singularly strange guy. 


Pay equity for women opposed by entire Texas Republican congressional delegation

In my last column I suggested there is a convergence of interest between Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Democrats in Congress. 

Today I suggest that pay equity for women could influence the political future of America. This includes turning Texas blue, especially because the entire Texas Republican delegation to the U.S. House and Senate, as far as I know, opposes pay equity for women, while Texas Hispanic women are among those treated most unfairly.


Texas blue, Florida blue, Ted Cruz red, Rick Perry fading, Hillary Clinton coming

First I should note that I will be phasing down my contributions on this Pundits blog soon, to devote more attention to other national websites that seek original content. Before continuing my series about why Texas (and Florida) are going blue, check out my new column "Break up the banks." I can report serious interest from some in high finance about the suggestion for a dramatic cut in capital gains taxes for investors in banks that voluntarily break up the "too big to fail" institutions. For today, I have an idea to accelerate the story of Texas (and Florida) going blue, a theme that is exciting Texas Democrats and interesting a growing number of national media including, now, Politico. Demographics are destiny. The blue future for Texas and Florida is certain. The question is when.


Texas politics, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and the GOP 'retoot'

Rick Perry will not be reelected governor of Texas. Odds are 60 percent he does not run for reelection, 60 percent he is defeated in a primary if he runs, and 50 percent he is defeated by a Democratic nominee if Perry wins a primary and Texas Democrats choose a strong candidate. 

Meanwhile, the speech by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) answering President Obama means nothing politically, while his conduct in the coming immigration debate means everything, which brings me to the GOP retoot. Contrary to assertions from many there is no GOP "reboot," which implies the machine is turned off and turned back on with defects removed. Instead we have a GOP "retoot," a slight change of tone masking an underlying blood war within the GOP as Karl Rove declares war against the right and Roger Ailes glides towards the center.


'Virginia in the Vanguard': California and Texas should also cast coins

“It’s starting to look like Virginia could yet emerge in a leading role among the states in respect of monetary reform,” say the editors of the New York Sun. “The lower chamber of its general assembly has passed a bill to underwrite a study of the feasibility of a monetary unit based on a metallic standard. It is one of a number of states that are reaching deep into the Constitution of the United States to protect themselves in an era when the value of the dollars issued by the federal government is collapsing.”

After a 237-year effort, Virginia has come to the righteous conclusion that it is not God, guns and guts that makes the earthly kingdoms — it is money. And Virginia’s are not the first citizens in our times to call for states to cast their own coin. Vermont’s are. California and Texas should follow.


Rick Perry, Ted Cruz and the Democratic future of Texas

Demographics are destiny. As I have recently written, Texas is headed blue; the only question is when. I have also correctly asserted that Karl Rove shares a good bit of my thinking about this. Texas Democrats are increasingly excited and Texas Republicans increasingly worried. Have you noticed how Texas Republicans have been traveling the nation suggesting “Come to Texas if you don't like Rahm Emanuel harassing banks, come to Texas if you don't like women being helped and respected by Planned Parenthood, and come to Texas if you are a polluter”? This attempt to import reactionary voters to Texas won't work. Perhaps next they will suggest Texas Republicans have a lot of (white male) babies and indoctrinate them young!