No Enemies on the Right

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Dec. 9 2010 11:12 AM

No Enemies on the Right

I talked to the Club for Growth yesterday and confirmed that the conservative group was not interested in funding primary challenges to Republicans who backed this tax deal. Today I see that Americans for Tax Reform's Ryan Ellis is promoting one part of the deal:

Reports indicate that the Obama-Congressional GOP tax deal contains a new plank of tax relief: one year of full business expensing in 2011. This is potentially the most pro-growth aspect of the entire package.

Following from there, more praise for that part of the plain. Seriously, apart from Jim DeMint's statement to Hugh Hewitt, there is no rousing conservative opposition to passing this deal.
UPDATE: I should have said before: I've talked to DeMint's staff about the interview with Hewitt, in which DeMint said he'd vote against cloture on the tax deal. DeMint sees a world of difference between his position and that of Bernie Sanders, who has said he'll filibuster the deal. DeMint doesn't intend to vote one way on cloture and one way on the bill -- but he is not saying he'll make a stand and kill this deal if it comes down to that, which is what Sanders is saying. "Senator DeMint has simply stated he does not support the deal as currently structured as it includes huge new deficit spending and death tax hikes," said DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 


Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

The XX Factor

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

Trending News Channel
Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM Watch Flashes of Lightning Created in a Lab  
  News & Politics
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 11:33 AM Planned Parenthood Is About to Make It a Lot Easier to Get Birth Control
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Brow Beat
Sept. 20 2014 3:21 PM “The More You Know (About Black People)” Uses Very Funny PSAs to Condemn Black Stereotypes
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 5:03 PM White House Chief Information Officer Will Run U.S. Ebola Response
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.