Stories by Mytheos Holt

Mytheos Holt was formerly a Speechwriter for Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming. He lives in Washington, D.C. and has a Bachelor's Degree in Government and History from Wesleyan University.

Kasich’s Collective Bargaining Fumble

November 8th, 2011 at 5:44 pm 57 Comments

In just a few hours, the polls in Ohio will close and we will begin to discover whether John Kasich’s signature initiative–Senate Bill 5, which ends collective bargaining rights for public sector unions–has survived the consistent attacks on it by the Ohio Democratic Party.

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Neo-Cain?

October 17th, 2011 at 5:30 pm 16 Comments

Herman Cain’s gaffe claiming he’s not familiar with the “neoconservative movement” has already sowed widespread doubts about his fitness for the office of President.

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Are the Wall Street Marchers Suckers?

October 13th, 2011 at 4:48 pm 83 Comments

Are the Occupy Wall Street marchers Suckers? FrumForum Assistant Editor Mytheos Holt thinks so but FrumForum Managing Editor Noah Kristula-Green wonders if thats really the case. If the OWS marchers are being mislead, then by whom? Mytheos and Noah will debate via gchat, but first, the opening statement to explain their views:

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Cain’s 999 ‘Plan’ is Just a Slogan

October 12th, 2011 at 5:02 pm 20 Comments

At last night’s Republican debate, Michele Bachmann said “If you turn 999 upside down, the devil is in the details.” It was a clever line. Problem is that when it comes to Herman Cain’s 999 plan, there are no details, because there is no plan. What there is is a slightly longer list of talking points, with something that looks like the protean stirrings of a plan sandwiched between them.

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GOP Rebukes Anti-Mormon Intolerance

October 11th, 2011 at 12:00 am 153 Comments

This past weekend, at the annual Value Voters’ Summit, Pastor Robert Jeffress stunned GOP voters and media by accusing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney of not actually being a Christian, but rather a member of a “cult,” in contrast with Texas Governor Rick Perry, who Jeffress introduced at the Summit. Romney apparently still has friends in all sectors of the conservative movement, because the reaction has been immediate and almost entirely harsh.

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The Occupation Comes to DC

October 9th, 2011 at 12:00 am 177 Comments

This Saturday, October 8, protesters swarmed Freedom Plaza to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan. Billing themselves as a sister occupation to “Occupy DC,” these protesters set up tents and proclaimed their intent to stay despite only having a permit to use the Plaza until Sunday. Not satisfied with the media coverage, FrumForum sent this author to the protests. What I found was certainly surprising.

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Santorum’s Selective Marriage Memory

October 7th, 2011 at 4:09 pm 15 Comments

Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum had strong words for the people at the Values Voters Summit this Friday. From a heartfelt story of his child who had only lived 2 hours after being born with a fatal defect to the decision to end his speech flanked by his wife and children, Santorum proved ably that he “never put social issues and values issues on the back burner,” as he memorably opened.

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Romney Faces Skeptical Social Conservatives

October 7th, 2011 at 1:00 pm 181 Comments

It is the political conventional wisdom that Mitt Romney has a problem with evangelical voters. Ever since he lost the Iowa caucuses in 2008 to Mike Huckabee, Romney’s appeal to the socially conservative base has been in doubt. Whether Romney can appeal to these voters is the question that looms over the Values Voter Summit currently being held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC.

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Is Cain Socially Conservative Enough?

October 7th, 2011 at 10:39 am 60 Comments

Today, the Susan B. Anthony list and National Organization for marriage released a joint scorecard for the Republican candidates for President at the annual Values Voters Summit. Ordinarily, a release like this carries few surprises, and in this election cycle so dominated by fiscal issues, a scorecard devoted to gay marriage and abortion is unlikely to carry the same weight it would have in the past. However, what may surprise those perusing the score card this time around is the fact that one candidate – the one widely interpreted as the most conservative in the race – actually falls to the Left of most of his peers on both issues.

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The Coming Super Committee Crack-Up

October 6th, 2011 at 12:00 am 21 Comments

Under any other circumstances, one would expect a technical, lobbyist-dominated group like the Super Committee to do what Congress always does when confronted with a crisis: Kick the can down the road. However, evidence suggests that won’t happen this time. Why? Because the only incentives the Super Committee has to get anything done are tragically unequal to the moment.

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