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Obama Is Starting to Beat Himself

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 1st, 2012 11:08 pm by HL

Obama Is Starting to Beat Himself
Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal
For some reason President Obama has us thinking of Marissa Mayer, Bill Ackman and Mark Zuckerberg. “You didn't build that,” Mr. Obama explained to the nation's entrepreneurs, and has been explaining ever since. He only meant to say we need government as well as private initiative, and who could disagree? This argument is anodyne, dispositive of nothing that is in dispute.

Tea Party’s Cruz Wins Texas GOP Senate Race
Caitlin Huey-Burns, RCP
The Tea Party trumped the institution in Texas on Tuesday, propelling attorney Ted Cruz to an upset victory over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the nationally watched Republican primary for the Lone Star State's open U.S. Senate seat.Cruz, a 41-year-old Cuban-American who is expected to win the general election in November (Texas hasn't elected a Democrat statewide since 1994), has pledged to bring his unbending conservatism to the upper chamber. The Tea Party's upset win is significant given the widespread rumors of its demise. But Cruz's victory signals that the grassroots…

Cruz Gives Tea Party a Madisonian Flair
George Will, Washington Post
Ted Cruz’s victory in Tuesday’s Texas Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate nomination is the most impressive triumph yet for the still-strengthening tea party impulse. And Cruz’s victory coincides with something conservatives should celebrate: the centennial of the 20th century’s most important intraparty struggle. By preventing former president Theodore Roosevelt from capturing the 1912 Republican presidential nomination from President William Howard Taft, the GOP deliberately doomed its chances for holding the presidency but kept its commitment to…

Battle for Religious Freedom Continues
George Weigel, National Review
As of August 1, the Obamacare/HHS mandate requiring the provision of contraceptives, abortifacient drugs, and sterilization procedures — all in the name of “reproductive health” — is finalized. The mandate has triggered the most unexpected controversy of the 2012 election season.The Catholic bishops of the United States and other concerned parties have accurately described it as a grave violation of religious freedom; dozens of entities have sued the Obama administration over the mandate, charging that HHS is in violation of the Religious Freedom…