Hennessy's View

Forbidden Truths of Republicans and Race

Republicans hate race. Race has been bad for the GOP ever since Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. See, Lyndon Johnson was a Democrat, and he proposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Most Democrats violently opposed the bill. But most Republicans supported it. The bill passed, of course, and it survived many Supreme Court challenges. The Civil Rights Act’s aim was to wring racist behavior out of American life. Read more →

Why Did the Pritzkers Donate to Greitens?

A couple weeks ago, the blog Progressives Today ran an attack piece on Eric Greitens for two of his donors (link). The piece generated of lot angst and fury on the right side of social media. **Turns out the story was pretty shoddy journalism. ** Progressives Today didn’t bother to look at the Pritzkers’ other donations or the military museum they founded. If they had, they’d know that Jennifer N. Pritzker (formerly James N. Read more →

Fill the Cabinet

My friend Scott Oppelt mentioned his complaint that the GOP has so many great candidates all at once. Why can’t they be spread out over 20 years? Great question. History being what it is, we can’t spread them across time, only across government. So this week’s poll is a little fun. The rules: You must fill the next White House cabinet using only the current candidates for President. You do not know who the President or Vice President is, so assume it’s none of the current candidates. Read more →

We Are the RINOs

You, dear reader, you and I are the RINOs.We can now stop calling the crony capitalists and their legislative puppets RINO. They are the TRUE Republicans. It’s their party; a lobbyist bought it for them, not for us. They own it. We are the impostors, the fakes, the interlopers into an intimate mating dance between the masters of manipulation and the TBTF banks and corporate overlords. Step back. Take a breath. Read more →

How Missouri Republicans Made Jay Nixon Look Like a Statesman

You know how reckless and tone-deaf Obama is about Army deserters? Missouri’s House and Senate Republican leaders are just as clueless and irresponsible about money. Yes, I said it: the Missouri Republican legislature is about as conservative and principled as Susan Rice on a Sunday talk show. By going on a votes-for-cash spending spree on the last day of the General Assembly, the House and Senate handed Jay “Idiot” Nixon a PR prize worth its weight in pork. Read more →

Jonah Goldberg Perfectly Defines the GOP Establishment

I hope you read Jonah Goldberg’s short article on National Review Online last week. If not, you missed the best definition of Establishment Republicans EVER! Goldberg’s piece also exploded the myth of “pro-business” way too many conservatives believe. Conservatism isn’t pro-business, it’s pro-market. I’ll let Jonah explain: Just to clarify, the difference between being pro-business and pro-market is categorical. A politician who is a “friend of business” is exactly that, a guy who does favors for his friends. Read more →

How to Avoid Collateral Damage When Hunting for RINOs

Lowell Weicker was a RINO. So was Lincoln Chaffe for a while. And John Linsday, the mayor who tried to destroy New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s. RINO stands for “Republican In Name Only.” Rhinos and Elephants are both pachyderms, so it’s a pretty clever name for people who join the Republican Party but prefer the Democrat platform. The problem is, some people take the concept to extremes. Read more →

Here’s the Most Encouraging Thing John Boehner Ever Said

Today on ABC’s This Week, Speaker of the House John Boehner spoke very powerful words about himself. They reveal his motivation. And it’s very encouraging. “I’m a reasonable guy. But I didn’t come to Washington to be a congressman. I came to do something for my country.” Write that down. That statement echos. Research shows thatpeople motivated by doing, by getting better, by learning, will work harder and stay truer to their principles than people motivated by demonstrating how good they are–being something. Read more →