Hennessy's View

We Heard From Ann Wagner. Now Let’s Hear From the Clintons’ Victims

Today, Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) abandoned her party’s nominee to support a rape accomplice for President. **Ann Wagner has lost her moral authority on all matters outside of her own home**. I call on Mrs. Wagner to resign from the House of Representatives and to retire gracefully from public life. Mrs. Wagner seems to believe that being a woman gives her some unique moral vantage point. She forgets that she’s not the only woman in America. Read more →

The Strangest Governor Race Ever

You might be wondering why the Missouri Farm Bureau endorsed Democrat Chris Koster instead of Republican Eric Greitens. The Farm Bureau endorses Republicans about 99% of the time. If you’re thinking it had to do with policy or personality, you’re thinking wrong. (And, no, it wasn’t because of Koster’s hair, Mark Reardon.) This was all about the establishment vs. the people. It’s about power and control. Greitens threatens the establishment. Read more →

Whip It. Whip It Good.

Maybe Ann Wagner’s the problem. Rep. Ann Wagner (HA-64) is the House Majority Whip. Her job is to know how every GOP member will vote on bills and to cut deals until House leadership gets the numbers it wants. It’s unfathomable that a majority whip would not have seen the Kevin McCarthy meltdown coming long before the House Republican caucus met to nominate a candidate for speaker. But many accounts suggest that the Republican House leadership thought McCarthy had the votes up to the moment he withdrew. Read more →

In the US House, Insider Money Buys Leadership Positions

The US House of Representatives is not a meritocracy. And that’s a shame. House “leadership” doesn’t actually have anything to do with leadership. It has everything to do with money. In a story about the fall from power of Nancy Pelosi, Michael Barone describes how the House leadership process evolved from seniority to raw cash. For years, liberal Democrats had decried the seniority system, which automatically made conservative Southerners (and/or senile members) committee chairmen. Read more →

Whatever Happened to the Party of Ideas?

From about 1978 until the Monica Lewinsky fiasco, the GOP was called “the party of ideas.“ I miss the ideas. William F. Buckley helped. Buckley liked big ideas and smart people. He liked politicians who gave legs to great ideas and governors with the guts to experiment. Governor Ronald Reagan appeared on Buckley’s Firing Line shortly after the Gipper became California’s governor. Reagan talked about many ideas he was trying or hoping to try. Read more →

How Can I Possibly Vote for Rick Stream for County Executive?

Maybe this logic sucks, but this is my logic. When I vote, I ignore my positions on issues. Instead, I use my vote to advance two objectives: 1. I want my vote to improve policy towards liberty. 2. I want my vote to maximize my political power. A simple test that I ask myself is this: If I vote for A, do I expect resulting policy to be more or less to my liking? Read more →

Why Ann Wagner Is Wrong to Attack Heritage Action

Accountability? We don’t need no stinking accountability. No, Ann Wagner didn’t actually say that. But her comments to a 2nd District Republican committee meeting on Tuesday gave at least one attendee the impression that Mrs. Wagner opposes the idea of conservatives holding Congress accountable. Ann Wagner Attacks the Conservative Heritage Action Rep. Ann Wagner accused the conservative Heritage Action for America of “pitting Republican against Republican” and “never attacking Dems” at the Republican meeting. Read more →

I Will Vote for Libertarian Bill Slantz for Congress

Libertarians want to take over the world and leave you alone. What a refreshing ambition! A couple days ago, I wrote that I will not vote for Ann Wagner’s re-election in 2014. I arrived at that position after realizing that Mrs. Wagner and I share incompatible, mutually exclusive views on the proper relationship between government and people. She believes government should run markets. I believe government should make sure markets are fair. Read more →