Stories by Tim Mak

Tim Mak was a reporter for from 2009 to 2011.

Bush Donors Have No Feud With Perry

August 18th, 2011 at 9:45 am 25 Comments

As Rick Perry’s campaign begins, the supposed feud between the current Texas Governor and former President George W. Bush has become a commonly accepted piece of knowledge. But a closer look suggests that any such conflict is confined to the aides and advisers of the two men – not to their larger political organizations. When it comes to donors in particular, the Bush and Perry networks have extensive overlap.


What Has Perry Done for Hispanics Lately?

August 17th, 2011 at 12:56 pm 59 Comments

As Governor Rick Perry begins his presidential campaign, Hispanic voters open to the idea of voting Republican are wondering which Rick Perry will show up.

In Texas, Hispanic voters concerned about immigration issues and undocumented immigrants have witnessed two Perrys: the good Perry who signed the Texas DREAM Act, and the bad Perry who aggressively pursued sanctuary cities legislation.


Mitt Romney: Goldbug?

August 13th, 2011 at 11:04 am 25 Comments

Romney’s campaign filed FEC reports indicating the candidate’s personal wealth to be between $190 million and $250 million. The most important sentence is buried in this Los Angeles Times article:

“The couple owns between $250,001 and $500,000 in gold.”

Pawlenty and Bachmann Spar in Iowa Debate

August 11th, 2011 at 8:11 pm 77 Comments

A spirited debate tonight on Fox News, but one where the winner ultimately turned about to be someone who said the least substantively.

Frontrunner and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney escaped unscathed – no one seriously challenged him, and with expectations that he would be targeted, this alone makes him the winner.


Priebus’ Big Wisconsin Win

August 10th, 2011 at 7:00 pm 21 Comments

Chalk up another win for Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus.

The four Republican victories in the Wisconsin recall elections means that the GOP maintains control over the state senate. But for Priebus, cialis sale this was something more personal – he has strong ties in Wisconsin, as the former chairman of the state GOP.


Perry’s Highway to Nowhere

August 9th, 2011 at 12:15 am 67 Comments

On Saturday, Texas Governor Rick Perry will announce that he intends to run for president. Perry will bring a lot of conservative rhetoric to the GOP field, but what about his actual record? The truth is, not all of Perry’s policies have been successful and some of them may not fit the Tea Party’s definition of “conservative.”

Over the last decade, Perry saw his most ambitious transportation infrastructure plan, the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC), torn apart in the state legislature by Republicans and Democrats alike.


The NAFTA-Muslim
Brotherhood Link

August 7th, 2011 at 1:14 am 66 Comments

What would happen if two of the most notorious conspiracies of the last decade converged to create a super-conspiracy?

As you might recall, sale writer David Horowitz condemned CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference) this year for the inclusion of Suhail Khan, see a Muslim conservative who was a senior political appointee during the Bush administration.


Tea Party Turns on Debt Compromisers

August 2nd, 2011 at 2:42 pm 39 Comments

There goes another lazy narrative. Fifty-nine Republican House freshmen voted ‘yes’ last evening on a debt ceiling compromise, making up about 68% of the freshmen class. In the 60-member tea party caucus led by Rep. Michele Bachmann, 53% voted in favor of the compromise.

But what will be the consequences of a ‘yes’ vote on the compromise deal?


Is Romney Pulling a Limbaugh?

August 1st, 2011 at 6:23 pm 31 Comments

How seriously are outside conservative groups opposing the debt ceiling compromise negotiated in part by Republican Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell?

Not very seriously, here it seems. Ultra-hardliner Erick Erickson, site the proprietor of, appeared to praise the compromise just days after he said he could offer “no absolution” on a debt deal. (more…)

Did Boehner Win – or Did Bachmann Lose?

August 1st, 2011 at 12:36 am 15 Comments

The Thursday vote on the Boehner debt ceiling bill was a clarifying moment, drugstore and one that should be reexamined as House Republicans now consider how to vote on a deal with the White House, announced on Sunday evening.

Firstly, the Boehner vote served to illustrate what separates those who would never raise the debt ceiling to those who could eventually be persuaded to compromise; those who were all bluster and those who seriously could not be convinced to raise the debt ceiling.