Tales from the Trail

Spending cuts an arrow through the heart of cowboy poets

March 8, 2011

Mean. That’s what Democrats say about Republican efforts to cut spending. They even want to rope in the cowboy poet.

Then came social issues and ‘morality’…

March 8, 2011

RTR2CNMS_Comp-150x150The Tea Party’s November victories and the ensuing Republican drive for spending cuts are in large part the result of a political strategy that focuses tightly on fiscal and economic matters, while minimizing rhetoric on moral questions and social topics. But for how much longer can Republicans keep a lid on the culture war?

Another one heads for the exit: Senator Ensign won’t seek reelection

March 7, 2011

UPDATES with Ensign announcement.

At this rate, the Senate will be overrun by freshmen in 2013.

USA-POLITICS/ENSIGNRepublican Senator John Ensign, once considered a potential presidential candidate in 2012, said he won’t seek reelection next year.

Obama tweaks Republicans at governors lunch

February 28, 2011

President Obama leaped into political frays on a whole bunch of different levels when he addressed state governors at a White House luncheon.

Boehner gets a taste of Republican budget-cutting zeal in Congress

February 17, 2011

House Speaker John Boehner got hit by the deep budget-slashing he advocates as the top Republican in Congress.

Washington grow up? Don’t hold your breath

February 15, 2011

President Barack Obama said he wants a mature discussion between politicians of all stripes as the White House and members of Congress try to make tough decisions on spending and taxes necessary to run the government and deal with a ballooning budget deficit.obama1

Budget and bipartisanship don’t mix on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2011

Where’s the love?

Despite all the (whining?) and dining at the White House in the hopes of  bipartisanship and civility, Republicans got out the trash-talk for  President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget proposal.

Pawlenty calls Tea Party push for more cuts “good news”

February 10, 2011

USA/House Republican leaders may be concerned about turmoil among newly elected Tea Party colleagues who want bigger spending cuts. But potential Republican White House hopeful Tim Pawlenty sees only good news.

Is Rand Paul a U.S. Senate action hero?

February 8, 2011

RTR9KH6_Comp-150x150It didn’t take Rand Paul long to become Captain America of the U.S. Senate. He’s tough-minded, strong-willed and he’s ready to battle the most dangerous titans on the political landscape, like Social Security and Medicare.

Americans want Tea Party ideas in Republican brew – poll

January 31, 2011

Americans think Republicans should listen to their Tea Party colleagues, not ignore them.