The Daily Caller

The Daily Caller

Alison Lundergan Grimes taps famous friends; rakes in out-of-state cash

Former President Bill Clinton joins U.S. Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes for a campaign event in Louisville, Kentucky February 25, 2014.  Grimes, currently the Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes is running against current Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.  REUTERS/John Sommers II  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3FPT4

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes outraised her incumbent opponent again, reportedly hauling in 2.7 million (compared to Sen. Mitch McConnell's 2.4 million).

The Fall Gal? (If only anyone got the reference)

9:44 AM 04/15/2014

It happened again.

Markos and Miley: What liberalism has wrought

9:01 AM 04/15/2014

They're a year behind me in noticing, but some prominent liberals are starting to raise the "mission accomplished" banner, declaring the culture war over -- even as they concede it isn't "WON won" (because nothing's ever really over, is it?).

Claire Shipman’s flexibility

12:42 PM 04/14/2014

Over at the Federalist, Mollie Hemingway flags this excerpt from a recent Washingtonian profile of of ABC News contributor Claire Shipman (wife of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney): "Shipman," the Washingtonian notes, "works part-time now for ABC News, something she’s done for five years, which has given her more flexibility to write and hang out with her children. Flexibility, she says, is what most working mothers really want."

Palm Sunday — and the search for a political savior

9:03 AM 04/14/2014

The other day, I penned a semi-controversial column for The Week, titled For Christians, a silver lining to losing the culture war?

5 reasons the ‘carpetbagger’ tag won’t stick to Scott Brown

11:42 AM 04/11/2014

You can't beat a man at his own game, which is why I always respect the analysis of local political reporters. It was a 2007 lunch with a former New Hampshire reporter, for example, that convinced me John McCain could win The Granite State, and reinvigorate his struggling campaign -- a tip that informed my reporting (and helped me avoid writing the premature political obituaries that many of my contemporaries did).

How to burnout at writing (hint: do it for the wrong reasons)

1:05 PM 04/10/2014

Over the years, I've read more than a few Rolling Stone profiles. And, like every genre, there are the standard tropes that gets recycled precisely because they are true. Here's one that could be assigned to almost any male musician of the last fifty years: "Why did I first learn to play guitar? Girls, of course!" 

Rand Paul sweats the details

4:00 PM 04/09/2014

There's a fine line between being a detail-oriented legislator and a pain-in-the-ass obstructionist. Rand Paul has been known to walk that line.

N.M. Gov candidate campaigned with rancher accused of torturing kids

12:33 PM 04/09/2014

It's a good practice to avoid putting much stock in anything a political party disseminates. But this from the New Mexico GOP caught my attention:

Charles Murray’s sincere advice about work and life

4:57 PM 04/08/2014

In a world where too many young people no longer respect their elders, Charles Murray is offering a generous gift to the next generation. If only they'll take his advice.

Yes, the conservative ‘wonk gap’ is real

2:09 PM 04/08/2014

Over at Mediaite, Noah Rothman pokes holes in the notion that there is a "wonk gap" on the right. After all, Rothman writes,

Breitbart’s Californication (and the liberal pearl clutching)

2:43 PM 04/07/2014

My initial response to the punk iconography surrounding the launch of Breitbart California was to dismiss it as weird, silly, and a transparent attempt to ape the left and appear "edgy."

The new Bush-Cheney regime?

9:32 AM 04/07/2014

Between the near coronation of Jeb Bush at an event honoring his dad's presidency, and Liz Cheney's defense of her dad's policies, it was a good weekend for Republican royalty.

Alison Lundergan Grimes, paper tiger?

11:03 AM 04/04/2014

On paper, Alison Lundergan Grimes was the perfect recruit to run against Sen. Mitch McConnell. McConnell's negatives are high, and Grimes is seen as an attractive (just me, or does she resemble Molly Parker?) young Secretary of State -- with potential cultural crossover appeal in the "Bluegrass State." And it also doesn't hurt that she happens to be the daughter of former Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman (and Bill Clinton pal) Jerry Lundergan, either.

Reminder: Journalism can be noble — and dangerous

9:14 AM 04/04/2014

There have (thankfully) been few things I've written and then later regretted. But here's one: Last year, I criticized the "effete" liberal media for bias against what might be described as America's "gun culture." It was a short blog post calling for ideological and cultural diversity in the newsroom -- worthwhile goals, I still contend -- but the criticism was harsh, and much too broad -- inadvertently encompassing everyone from cable news commentators, to local crime reporters, to war correspondents.

On drug addiction issue, Chris Christie stresses compassion

3:28 PM 04/03/2014

"The war on drugs has failed," Chris Christie declared yesterday. “There will always be jail cells for violent sociopaths who may have drugs as part of their problem as well," he continued, "but for those who do not and whose crimes are non-violent and motivated by drug addiction, we need to try to save them.”

Why Ted Cruz’s speech at Liberty University should concern Rand Paul

11:28 AM 04/02/2014

Ted Cruz didn't so much give a speech at Liberty University today as a sermon -- and a darn good one, I might add. Plenty of others, I suspect, will dissect his words, but I think the political potential also serves some exploring.

A response to Dave Weigel

12:17 PM 04/01/2014

A post I penned yesterday about how Democrats are preemptively laying the groundwork to explain potential 2014 losses wasn't terribly well received by Dave Weigel. The often-astute Slate reporter and blogger took umbrage at my suggestion the media was carrying liberal water, sniping: "If there was a meeting where the AP and NYT coordinated their coverage, I was not invited."

‘Noah’: Why Christians should see it

9:05 AM 03/31/2014

* * * (Spoiler alert: I'm not sure if it's possible to spoil the story of Noah's ark, but be forewarned...)