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3/17/2015

Mickey Kaus Calls It Quits At The Daily Caller

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:04 pm



[guest post by Dana]

Mickey Kaus, blogger at The Daily Caller, calls it quits:

“I wrote a piece attacking Fox for not being the opposition on immigration and amnesty — for filling up the airwaves with reports on ISIS and terrorism, and not fulfilling their responsibility of being the opposition on amnesty and immigration…. I posted it at 6:30 in the morning. When I got up, Tucker had taken it down. He said, ‘We can’t trash Fox on the site. I work there.'”

Kaus says when he told Carlson he needed to be able to write about Fox, Carlson told him it was a hard-and-fast rule, and non-negotiable.

“He said it was a rule, and he wouldn’t be able to change that rule. So I told him I quit,” Kaus explained. “I just don’t see how you can put out a publication with that kind of giant no-go area. It’s not like we’re owned by Joe’s Muffler Shop, so we just can’t write about Joe’s Muffler shop.”

I enjoy reading Kaus, even when I don’t agree with him. He doesn’t simply regurgitate the party line on issues and is willing to criticize both Democrats and Republicans alike. No sacred cows.

And speaking of sacred cows, if Tucker Carlson holds Fox News up as untouchable and not to be criticized, where does that leave the state of objective and comprehensive reporting at The DC? It reminds me a bit of Brian Williams putting the kibosh on airing stories critical of the White House (which ironically, was reported about in The Daily Caller).

–Dana

61 Responses to “Mickey Kaus Calls It Quits At The Daily Caller”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (86e864)

  2. Good for Mickey.

    AZ Bob (34bb80)

  3. Dana,

    I have no respect whatsoever for Kaus. I’m glad he’s gone, but I would have preferred a flat out firing for being a Democrat, a flaming hypocrite, and pretty much a troll.

    Yes, he is adamant about amnesty and how some on the GOP side support it, but the truth is that Kaus votes for the Democrat party line — all of whom support amnesty.

    He gave money to, supported, and voted for Kerry in 2004. That alone should tell you he’ll vote for anyone with aa D after their name.

    He supported Hillary in the primaries, but voted for Barack in the general election. There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between those two on immigration.

    He supported Obama again in 2012, even though Obama’s position of amnesty was notorious. He found a reason. He will always find a reason.

    Then he hires on to a conservative web service to drive wedges between Republicans on the immigration issue, even though it wasn’t important enough to vote for Romney. The man is a professional troll. All this “oh! he’s so independent! oh!” crap is just that. He has never, and will never, do anything put pull the D lever.

    Why we listen to him and his poison pen is beyond me. There are enough Republicans on both sides of the issue, who do not wish the GOP ill, without letting a Democrat operative tell us why we should fight.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  4. Note the reason that he quit: He was upset that Fox News isn’t stirring the pot Kaus wants stirred — probably because Fox knows that the incessant intraparty squabbling Kaus wants to see isn’t a good thing. So he ranted about it in no uncertain terms, the DC pulled it for business reasons (and possibly because they were tired of Micky One-Note). So the agent provocateur quit.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  5. Kevin M,

    Aside from Kaus, it does bring into question the reporting of The DC if indeed Fox News is untouchable. Every organization should be fair game and every reporter / news outlet should likewise be willing to hold any and all accountable. This may not be a situation that needs accountability, but to me it’s enough that Carlson has said hands off because of his conflict of interest. Would you agree?

    Dana (86e864)

  6. At least Tucker Carlson and Mickey Kaus are clear about where they stand. It is too bad the rest of the media rely on the lie of objectivity to advance the leftist cause.

    When you really think about it, that is the problem with the left. About everything.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  7. I would have preferred a flat out firing for being a Democrat

    That is absolutely pathetic.

    Then he hires on to a conservative web service to drive wedges between Republicans on the immigration issue, even though it wasn’t important enough to vote for Romney.

    Romney is one of the most prominent voices in favor of Amnesty in the GOP. This was only a surprise to those who were absolute hacks for him in the primary season. Of course Kaus, who is so opposed to amnesty as to be extremely tiresome, does not support a predictable amnesty promoter. What would electing Romney to the presidency have done for Kaus on his issue?

    There are enough Republicans on both sides of the issue, who do not wish the GOP ill,

    I feel like I’m being too hard on you, yet I cannot actually see how I am. You are fixated on the success of a political party. The GOP is not an ends, it is a means. And sadly, with all due respect, your attitude of devoted partisanship is EXACTLY why the GOP is a failure as a means.

    Romney said the GOP should swallow hard and steal the immigration issue from the democrats in order to win over voters via amnesty. We should make a 180 on something Romney pretended to have a principled view on… only because it’s electorally beneficial to stake out precise positions versus the democrats.

    As a reform party, that staking out is predictable. Be ‘less bad’ on spending and regulations and taxes and this and that, but also close enough to the other party that you don’t alienate those who like the fruit of the more liberal policies.

    So all the energy to fix stuff is wasted. Utterly, shamefully wasted.

    I don’t even care that much about immigration, aside from wanting the laws enforced. I like immigration. but I urge people to take this and many other examples of the GOP’s lack of principles to heart.

    The man is a professional troll.

    The man is a professional. He just resigned from a great gig due to his integrity to his cause. That is something I respect, even if he is far from my point of view on almost all issues.

    Dustin (2a8be7)

  8. Every organization should be fair game and every reporter / news outlet should likewise be willing to hold any and all accountable.

    Yes Dana. It is sad that this needs to be explained.

    I’m curious why Daily Caller would be afraid of Fox News. Do they really suffer if they are criticized? Thy are criticized by the MSM and many websites all the time!

    Dustin (2a8be7)

  9. Dustin,

    The DC isn’t afraid of Fox News criticizing them. Tucker Carlson is afraid of getting fired by them. If he’s unwilling to be critical of any and all because of self-interest, then it weakens his journalistic claims. He can’t have loyalties dividers like that and pretend to be objective and thorough.

    Dana (86e864)

  10. He won’t criticize the hand that feeds him. He admits as much. It diminishes his credibility.

    Dana (86e864)

  11. Dana,

    I don’t know the details of exactly what Carlson said or did. Mickey may have know the score going in and this was his out card. We only get Mickey’s side, at a time when he’s obviously wound up. The DC is not going to comment on personnel matters for obvious reasons.

    Even if the DC won’t go after Fox, that may be a business decision, or it may have to do with investment in DC, or it may just be that they don’t want to be telling allied media what news to show or not show.

    I don’t watch Fox all that much, but I’m pretty sure they’ve covered the amnesty/immigration/Obama decree issue in some detail. I picture Kaus sitting there, listening to all this “right-wing crap” screaming “where is MY issue!!?!” at Hannity & co. It must be tough having to listen to those clowns diss his beloved ACA all the time.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  12. I would have preferred a flat out firing for being a Democrat

    That is absolutely pathetic.

    What is pathetic, Dustin, is editing a sentence, then damning it.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  13. He just resigned from a great gig due to his integrity to his cause.

    Integrity he has not yet managed to bring the the ballot box in at least the last 3 attempts. As I said, a hypocrite and a partisan who wishes the GOP ill.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  14. He won’t criticize the hand that feeds him. He admits as much. It diminishes his credibility.

    I am pretty sure that we only have Kaus’ paraphrased hearsay to support that.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  15. It may also be that Carlson wanted Mickey gone and this was just the card he used. Again, all we have is Mickey’s angry interview with the political news site that cannot be named.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  16. Six Flags Over Nothing…

    redc1c4 (589173)

  17. Kaus is a very good professional troll but the point is well taken. In fact Kevin M. makes excellent points. Yet as much as Kaus professes to vote Demo, he spends a lot of time knocking them.

    AZ Bob (34bb80)

  18. He’s an odd duck.

    AZ Bob (34bb80)

  19. It would be interesting to know if Tucker did this on his own, in order to head off any problems with his employers, if he did it because past criticism of Fox by others on The Daily Caller site had caused problems with his employers, or if someone at Fox saw Kaus’ column first and contacted Carlson and told him to yank the piece if he knew what was good for him.

    The first option would indicate a pre-emptive attempt by Tucker to keep him bosses happy, but doesn’t mean Fox was involved. The last two options would mean Fox execs are out trying to control content on conservative websites, which in turn means the people running those sites need to take that into consideration if they’ve got some ties of their own to the network.

    John (44be85)

  20. i hope he lands on his feet like one of them kitty cats you throw out the window

    happyfeet (831175)

  21. Have not watched craptastic cable news in 5 years. Tucker seems like a child that would sell out his family for a new bow tie. Only Mickey’s i know are Mantle, Mouse and mickey way, you know the candy bar.

    mg (31009b)

  22. Fox news is setup to damage conservatives. If you pay for cable, your one of them.

    mg (31009b)

  23. I like Kaus as well for the same cause. Tucker, not so much.

    DNF (946592)

  24. I like Kaus, he’s my favorite Democrat. I also hold dear something a certain type would find hard to swallow.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  25. I like him, but I harbor no illusions about which side he’s on on most issues. Who I detest are the phony, little poofters who go around preaching to all about what is best and how to win elections.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  26. Austin, Texas: All hat, no stones.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  27. I like reading Kaus. He’s been around awhile, usually doesn’t embarrass himself, knows a lot about politics, and when he writes on a subject he is not duplicitous or talking point-y. Nor has he ever hid his basic Democrat credentials from readers. I thought he was a good hire for DailyCaller. Perhaps there is more to the story. But I’ll say this: Unless Mickey was also planning a series of daily posts criticizing every one of the media outlets individually, (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, etc. etc. etc.) for their coverage or lack thereof on immigration issues, then I don’t think his singling out FOX was particularly useful or professional of him. I can absolutely see why Tucker might object to the emphasis only on Fox. None of the cables and networks are properly covering the violence, the disease, the stories of the border agents who are being prevented from doing their jobs, or the circumstances that “allowed” thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children to be absorbed into America last summer. None of the outlets are covering the pressure on law enforcement, social services and schools to accommodate these immigrant families –or reporting the taxpayer dollars being expended to do so. None of the media outlets or reporters are asking the tough questions in general.

    elissa (b2ceae)

  28. Kaus is correct. Fox as per Murdoch is pro-illegal and operationally pro-low wages. The middle class uis paying the price for this insanity with crowded schools an ERs coupled with lower wages for themselves and expanding entitlements for illegals . Instead from Fox we get a daily dose of more Middle East war. If we had real border security instead of teethsuckers asking you to take off your belts and shoes, we would have no reason to fear. I have no problem with Israel, but they can defend themselves. There isn’t any point to invading more of the ME(while borrowing money for China, Japan, the Saudis, et al to do so) if we allow ourselves to be invaded. Further had we a real president or a Congress with testicles we are right now on the cusp of energy independence. Instead cheap salad greens,lawn care and housekeepers uber alles!

    And when Jebbie or some other “nation of immigrants” moron loses to Hillary! or Fauxachontas it will be because middle and working class (largely white) Americans understand there really is no difference between the 2 parties. Would love it to be otherwise.

    Bugg (aace18)

  29. Fox knows that the incessant intraparty squabbling Kaus wants to see isn’t a good thing.

    The loss of Kaus hurts DC just as the firing of John Derbyshire hurt NRO. I have read Mickey and known him slightly for years. His affiliation with Democrats is limited to views on economics that I believe are wrong but sincerely held. He is correct that amnesty is a suicide pact for the GOP and the country. I think it is much more important for the country in Mickey’s opinion.

    Conservative and Republican are not congruent in the sense that triangles can be congruent. The Republican Party contains many time servers as politicians and many rent seekers among businessmen. The latter are usually in large companies that see opportunities to profit from government policy.

    An example of the businesses are those pushing large an increasing number of H1B visas for IT workers. One canary in the coal mine is SC Edison which is replacing American IT employees with Indian H1B visa holders.

    Information technology workers at Southern California Edison (SCE) are being laid off and replaced by workers from India. Some employees are training their H-1B visa holding replacements, and many have already lost their jobs.

    The employees are upset and say they can’t understand how H-1B guest workers can be used to replace them.

    The IT organization’s “transition effort” is expected to result in about 400 layoffs, with “another 100 or so employees leaving voluntarily,” SCE said in a statement. The “transition,” which began in August, will be completed by the end of March, the company said.

    This is not “amnesty” since it is legal immigration but it is an example of the crony capitalism and most of those companies support Democrats, not Republicans.

    I spent ten years after I retired from practice reviewing workers comp claims, mostly for California. I would estimate that nearly half the claims from California were from Hispanic surnames and about 2/3 of those were from illegals. Many illegals work in riskier jobs and many employers of them pay much less attention to safety, so it wasn’t always fraud. Some was.

    The illegals are generally illiterate in Spanish as well as English. Many claim second grade education in Mexico. Many work for cash and hang around street corners near rental locations and Home Depot parking lots looking for day labor. They, of course, are not going to be filing Workers Comp claims but they show up in ERs. I spent many years operating on illegals who came to ERs with injuries, many alcohol elated. Victor Hanson has written about the rampant alcoholism in the Fresno area with illegals.

    I have spent the last 50 years around LA County hospital and have watched it deluged with illegals. At one time, there was a special bus from the border in San Diego to LA County well baby clinic so illegal mothers with “anchor baby” children could keep their appointments at the clinic. It may still run although I suspect most mothers are now living in LA, the “sanctuary city.”

    The unwillingness of the GOP to address illegal immigration honestly is another of the near fatal problems of the party allied with the inability to address black racism and violence, as illustrated by the firing of Derbyshire.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  30. #27… Very well-said, elissa!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  31. “I wrote a piece attacking Fox for not being the opposition on immigration and amnesty

    I guess we can be relieved that trends involving the “undocumented” won’t necessarily make the following any worse than they already are—btw, I’m not sure if that comment should be said sarcastically or not.

    zerohedge.com, March 17: According to a shocking new report from the Educational Testing Service, Americans between the ages of 20 and 34 are way behind young adults in other industrialized nations when it comes to literacy, mathematics and technological proficiency. Even though more Americans than ever are going to college, we continue to fall farther and farther behind intellectually. So what does this say about us? Sadly, the truth is that Americans are stupid. Our education system is an abysmal failure, and our young people spend most of their free time staring at the television, their computers or their mobile devices. And until we are honest with ourselves about this, our intellectual decline is going to get even worse.

    According to this new report from the Educational Testing Service, at this point American Millennials that have a four year college degree are essentially on the same intellectual level as young adults in Japan, Finland and the Netherlands that only have a high school degree

    America, proving the motto that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. For example, all the people throughout the US who, based on opinion polls, have warm feelings towards Obama’s immigration “reform” policies.

    Hugs, hugs, everyone.

    Mark (c160ec)

  32. I enjoy reading Kaus regardless of whether I agree with him. Daily Caller has been a waste of bandwidth other than Jim Treacher since creation.

    SPQR (4764ea)

  33. Patterico-

    Saw this over at Reddit, and thought you might be interested. A corporation runs the LA Parking Enforcements Bureau, and seems to do so shabbily.

    http://np.reddit.com/r/LosAngeles/comments/2zdf31/til_the_la_parking_violations_bureau_is_actually/?context=3

    Some Guy from Reddit (dc492b)

  34. Yep, SPQR… agreed.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  35. If Chatsworth Osborne wanted his site to be taken seriously would he be running cheesecake slideshows on his front page?

    Dave (in MA) (037445)

  36. Only if they involve a young Thalia Menninger, Dave!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  37. It’s going to be hard to keep saying Fox is “fair and balanced” after this. Even though I didn’t agree with everything he wrote Mickey Kaus’s column was the only reason I looked at the Daily Caller.

    Robert Woods (1a174f)

  38. Mr Kaus wasn’t upset that Fox News is biased; he was upset that it wasn’t biased in the way he wanted it to be biased.

    Fox News has some awesome babes in short skirts, and they have the (mostly) right editorial slant. But they run five to seven stories a day, over and over and over again. CNN has the wrong editorial slant, but they do have Christi Paul in a skirt, and thyey cover a lot more stories than Fox.

    The Dana crying him a river (f6a568)

  39. I think it is much more important for the country in Mickey’s opinion.

    But not important enough for it to sway his vote? If he had came out against Obama in 2012 my opinion might be different, but he didn’t.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  40. romney was so gross and weird though

    happyfeet (831175)

  41. R.I.P. Andy Fraser, bass player for the group Free
    He’s all right, now.

    Icy (2d34b8)

  42. Anyone who ever thought the editorial slant of DC was anything but was a moron to begin with. Tucker’s Newspaper and he takes it where he wants. Does not make the stories they publish any less true or more true.

    Rodney King's Spirit (d5efc1)

  43. That was cold, Icy.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  44. :)

    Icy (797871)

  45. Austin, Texas: All hat, no stones.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

    Oh, I think it’s a pretty nice town. If that was some kind of passive aggressive insult I think you should know I don’t live in Austin (though I do love Austin). Hey, remember that time you lied about leaving comments when I called them bigoted? That was all hat, no stones too, I suppose. A man would have either apologized or defended his words.

    Kevin, I apologize for misrepresenting you. I honestly don’t see how I did, but you get to be the judge on what you are trying to say, so my bad. Under my apparently misguided view, your comment seems to say you think someone who isn’t devoted to electing Republicans is untrustworthy. I did not edit your comment, though I didn’t quote all of it, as it was only a few lines up. And my point was that this stupid hostility to democrats, even the ones who call their own party out, and this endless team R cheerleading, is exactly what screwed the GOP up so badly.

    Integrity he has not yet managed to bring the the ballot box in at least the last 3 attempts. As I said, a hypocrite and a partisan who wishes the GOP ill.

    You suggest not voting for republicans is the same as lacking integrity, and that is obviously silly. Most Americans do not vote for Republicans. Even most of the people who do don’t seem to think much of the party these days (can’t prove this, but I believe it).

    Ace has a great post about the impact of the Establishment, which I cannot rightly call RINOs anymore. Kaus is simply calling them like he sees them. No, he didn’t support Romney, one of the leaders of amnesty. Someone who has personally been called out for employing illegals (and as indirect as it was, and as many excuses as he offered, it was on his own lawn, and he was caught repeatedly doing the exact same thing). So of course Kause saw through Romney, as I did when I argued against his devoted fans who angrily defended his honesty on immigration. Turns out they were wrong on both that position and his electability. It’s the same issue, btw. Those who compromise on principles aren’t electable from a reform point of view. I’ve said so many many times, and it’s not because I’m psychic that I could call Romney or Mccain losing over a year in advance each time.

    Conservatives on certain issues are left with no real choice these days. Conservative isn’t even the right word. People who just want a balanced budget or a government that doesn’t lie like, say Boehner did in the issue Kaus wanted to discuss, have no real option.

    Elissa, you’re right. None of the outlets are covering this. Except Kaus, I guess. It is quite remarkable that he faced a choice between having a job and doing his job, and that’s why I found Kevin’s dismissal of the man objectionable. People who stand for something need to stick together, against the people who stand for nothing. In my opinion, partisanship these days is standing for nothing.

    But I’ll say this: Unless Mickey was also planning a series of daily posts criticizing every one of the media outlets individually, (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, etc. etc. etc.) for their coverage or lack thereof on immigration issues, then I don’t think his singling out FOX was particularly useful or professional of him.

    The extremely tired argument from the GOP establishment is always thus: the left is worse, so focus on them. The useless ‘conservative’ choice we give you is somehow not as bad, and criticizing the conservative choice from a conservative point of view is not helpful to the greater cause. But Fox is all the right’s got on TV. Its purpose, at least supposedly, is to restore some sort of balance to a media world on issues like this. And so Fox’s failure in this regard is special. Even if it weren’t, why shouldn’t Kaus call out the specific news organization that he was ordered not to criticize? That in and of itself is an awesome story I want to hear more about.

    The DC isn’t afraid of Fox News criticizing them. Tucker Carlson is afraid of getting fired by them. – Dana

    Shame on Fox if this is how they would handle criticism. Shame on everyone who thinks that’s OK.

    Dustin (2a8be7)

  46. WTF is the matter with you, Dustin… seriously? My comment about Austin had nothing to do with you, imagine that. You seem to be a narcissistic blowhard. Be well and good luck.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  47. Hopefully Mickey will find a new home soon on another larger blog or news site. It might be even be a better fit if it is a left leaning site or “neutral” site where he might be able to break some new ground with a different audience and gain some converts with respect to his concerns (and ours) about illegal immigration and amnesty. Earlier I located and read his “disappeared” piece over on his own blog, Kausfiles. I completely agree with him on this broad topic, but I also thought his writing there came across as an unusually emotional hit piece– not as a constructive piece, and that usually does not work well if one is sincerely hoping to persuade or change behavior (as apparently he hoped to do with Fox). My guess is that both he and Tucker were hot under the collar in the moment, and both over-reacted. The Daily Caller, however, is increasingly a disappointment politics-wise and I find I go there less and less because there is an overall feel of cheapness to it.

    elissa (2b4607)

  48. Under my apparently misguided view, your comment seems to say you think someone who isn’t devoted to electing Republicans is untrustworthy

    No, I said nothing of the sort. I said that a person who is a lever-pulling Democrat, who makes his living accusing Republicans of acting like the Democrats he always votes for, is a hypocrite and an insincere person (aka a troll) and not the kind of person a GOP-flavor news site ought to be employing.

    Democrat, hypocrite AND troll, not just “democrat”.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  49. Kause saw through Romney, as I did when I argued against his devoted fans who angrily defended his honesty on immigration.

    So, every person needs to be a detective and investigate every legal contractor to be sure they are not employing people who fake legal ID ? If you are in California, I assume you voted for Jerry Brown over Meg Whitman who was successfully attacked by Gloria Allred who found a disgruntled employee who had been fired for using fake ID.

    Romney should not be expected to vet every company that does a legal service.

    not the kind of person a GOP-flavor news site ought to be employing.

    The tying in knots style of political jiujitsu that loses elections is on display.

    When I first got involved in politics, I read a book about “Unlikely allies.” If you want to win, rather than look good in the mirror, you look for people who might not agree with you on other issues but who will be helpful on something important.

    You seem to prefer virginity on all issues. You will find few allies but your ego will feel powerful, at least at home in the basement where you won’t have to face the world.

    If amnesty and illegal immigration are important why do you reject allies ? Pretty self defeating it seems to me.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  50. Off Topic, but this is a wake-up call to conservatives. Walker should do an interview with M.M.
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/03/18/exclusive-michelle-malkin-scott-walker-deserves-to-be-vetted-problems-much-bigger-than-ousted-pro-amnesty-aide/
    I wish team republican loved this country as much as M.M.

    mg (31009b)

  51. malkin’s problem is she’s the kind of moronic dimbulb screechy fox news attention whore who’d write an article premised on a completely ridiculous idea like that somehow Mr. Governor Walker is in danger of not being vetted

    happyfeet (831175)

  52. racist

    mg (31009b)

  53. i’m a report to the nearest starbucks for corrective education

    happyfeet (831175)

  54. it won’t help

    mg (31009b)

  55. So, every person needs to be a detective and investigate every legal contractor to be sure they are not employing people who fake legal ID

    The Boston Globe told him that the people trimming his rose bushes were illegals. He said sorry, his friend from church employed them. Soon later, they told him the same thing, and he said sorry, that same friend from church employed them.

    I don’t think he needed to be a detective to figure it out. Truth is, it is very easy to verify an employee’s lawful right to work, and that should be better understood. For sure, if someone wants to be a leader they ought to try to lead on things they claim (at the time) are very important to them. Romney used to claim he supported e-verify.

    You seem to prefer virginity on all issues.

    I actually like immigration and want more of it, and I also support the some versions of the Dream Act because it’s practical, so no, that’s not my view. My problem is with a lack of convictions. Romney went from an extreme right view on immigration during the primary to urging the GOP pass amnesty after the general election. Romney is a tiresome target for me to pick on, but as it’s Kaus’s big cause, it’s worth noting that the GOP’s leadership has obviously been deeply dishonest with the American people about their aims on immigration. Boehner maneuvering to assist the DHS amnesty funding he promised to fight tooth and nail is not acceptable leadership. The only view I’m much of a hard liner on is a balanced budget, but consider the longer view: any reform of entitlements or spending will face a ton of political pressure. Conservatives are told by the GOP that they should support the party in order to get the reforms they want. The GOP caves to pressure preemptively on many issues, immigration obviously among them. When someone calls out the truth, the response is to shut them out. That’s what Kaus is ticked about, and so no wonder he doesn’t promote the GOP as Kevin thought he ought to.

    Dustin (7d8079)

  56. No, I said nothing of the sort. I said that a person who is a lever-pulling Democrat, who makes his living accusing Republicans of acting like the Democrats he always votes for, is a hypocrite and an insincere person (aka a troll) and not the kind of person a GOP-flavor news site ought to be employing.

    OK, my mistake. I’m not sure how to read your comments saying if he feels the way he does, and he didn’t support certain GOP politicians, he lacks integrity.

    Regardless, there were really only two good writers are Daily Caller, Kaus and Treacher. Kaus made some very good points about both political parties and I thought his work was interesting. The only way I can understand what you’re saying is that a “Gop-flavor news site” shouldn’t do things that aren’t aimed at electing Republicans. But apparently that isn’t what you mean at all. I think a commentary site should not shut journalists down for telling the truth about important stories. Do you disagree with that?

    Dustin (7d8079)

  57. i’m a report to the nearest starbucks for corrective education

    happyfeet (831175) — 3/19/2015 @ 4:17 am

    Give one of those “Flat White” brews a try and make it one of those Venti’s…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  58. i actually did kinda like the flat white thing but

    i’m just so done with these wankers

    starbucks is beneath my dignity

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  59. Them flat-whites are pretty good, feets!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  60. ” it is very easy to verify an employee’s lawful right to work,”

    It’s easy to verify all employees of an employee ?

    Good to know.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  61. Illegal immigration, coupled with Amnesty, will change America even more, turn Texas “blue” and when that happens, it will be Leftists holding the White House for the foreseeable future. Don’t believe the bullsh*t. It is utter nonsense.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)


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