Tampa Lockdown: Is the RNC Really Worth It?

In an attempt to “keep it clean,” Tampa police recently conducted a sweep of the city’s strip clubs ahead of this week’s Republican National Convention, busting dancers aged 18 to 61 who were suspected of working as prostitutes. What these cops don’t know is that no amount of whitewash can hide the dirty fact that … Continue reading “Tampa Lockdown: Is the RNC Really Worth It?”

Tomorrow’s Man – or Yesterday’s?

Among the GOP victories in 2010, none was sweeter than that of Marco Rubio. The charismatic young Cuban-American challenged Gov. Charlie Crist in a Senate primary, ran him out of the party and swept to victory by 19 points in a three-way race. Among those mentioned as running mates for Mitt Romney, it is Rubio … Continue reading “Tomorrow’s Man – or Yesterday’s?”

CPAC Devolving on Defense

Contrary to what some outsiders might believe, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference is not a big happy tent for conservatives. Rather, think of the vaunted “CPAC” as a veritable planet of partisan uniformity, to which its predominantly college-age participants instinctively flock each year, their behavior, language and dress code all working off the same … Continue reading “CPAC Devolving on Defense”

Do the Republicans Ever Learn?

In August 2008, as the world’s leaders gathered in Beijing for the Olympic games, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, hot-headed and erratic, made his gamble for greatness. It began with a stunning artillery barrage on Tskhinvali, capital of tiny South Ossetia, a province that had broken free of Tbilisi when Tbilisi broke free of Russia. As … Continue reading “Do the Republicans Ever Learn?”

CPAC and the Wars

Antiwar sentiment was a major issue for the first time at this year’s giant CPAC meeting in Washington. Thousands of young conservatives attended, some 5,000, and for the first time, Ron Paul was voted the favorite presidential candidate with 31% of the vote. His speech about how governments use wars to take over dictatorial power … Continue reading “CPAC and the Wars”