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  • M. Stanton Evans, conservative icon, dead at 80

    03/03/2015 3:10:26 PM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 3, 2015 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    M. Stanton Evans, arguably the funniest serious man in America for much of his 80 years on the planet, died Tuesday after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. For most of his life, as Mr. Evans watched fellow conservatives come and go, he lamented — always with humor, not bitterness — their tendency to catch “Potomac fever” as soon as they come to power. “When our people get to the point where they can do us some good, they stop being our people,” he said, uttering what became known as “Evans‘ Law of Politics.”
  • Thanks for the memories, but it's time for Christians to unite not fight

    03/03/2015 12:32:27 PM PST · by two134711 · 120 replies
    self | 3/2/2015 | two134711
    Thank you Free Republic for allowing me to post and vent on this site for over ten years. I am a young, married conservative woman who is trying to raise her daughter to be a fine, upstanding lady, an educated woman and a worthy wife to a decent man. Despite the stupidity of my generation (I am on the cusp of GenX and GenY) there is hope. Many young people are more prolife than ever. And at last, many others are beginning to open their eyes to the lies of socialism. However recent events on this site like witnessing the...
  • Conservatism as Counterculture

    03/02/2015 11:23:18 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/2/2015 | Shelby Steele
    I was recently invited to make some remarks at a charity dinner for a cause that I strongly support. The organizers worried that, because their cause affected only Third World nations, they would have a hard time raising money from an American audience. Localism, it seemed, in everything from farm produce to charity giving, was the new vogue. People wanted to see their dollars at work locally rather than watch them disappear into the coffers of some international organization. Could I help them make the case for international giving? On the night of the dinner it occurred to me to...
  • Facebook yanks page of 12-year-old conservative who said Obama doesn't love U.S.

    02/28/2015 6:25:51 PM PST · by PROCON · 152 replies
    examiner.com ^ | Feb. 28, 2015
    On Friday, C.J. Pearson, a 12-year-old conservative from Georgia who posted a viral video supporting Rudy Giuliani, discovered that his personal Facebook page was locked. In an exclusive interview with Examiner.com on Saturday, Pearson said he received a message from someone about 6 a.m. Friday. That's when he learned his account and page had been locked for "suspicious activity." He jumped through all of Facebook's hoops, but wasn't able to recover his account. So he created a new profile to take its place. His public page was not affected, he said, however, he can no longer administer the page....
  • Ingraham uses CPAC speech to bash Bush

    02/27/2015 6:33:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2015 | David McCabe
    Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham used her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to slam moderate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R). The influential talker suggested that Bush, who is quickly becoming a favorite of the Republican establishment, could even run on the same ticket as likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton because of their policy similarities. "Why don't we just call it quits, and Jeb and Hillary can run on the same ticket," she said to applause. Ingraham's criticism reflects the way that conservative base is skeptical of Bush, who has locked down the support of many establishment...
  • Bush in the conservative hot seat

    02/27/2015 5:08:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2015 | Jonathan Easley 216 84
    Jeb Bush’s likely presidential candidacy will face its first major test on Friday when he addresses a rowdy group of activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). It’s a critical moment for the former Florida governor as he looks to convince conservatives that he appeals to more than just the GOP establishment. Jeb Bush’s likely presidential candidacy will face its first major test on Friday when he addresses a rowdy group of activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). It’s a critical moment for the former Florida governor as he looks to convince conservatives that he appeals to...
  • Hollywood conservatives, Duck Commander fight the PC police - and win

    02/26/2015 8:51:40 PM PST · by PROCON · 15 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Feb. 26, 2015 | Jennifer Harper
    The liberal hold on Hollywood is loosening. A persistent conservative mindset is emerging in the entertainment industry, replacing glitter with some red, white and blue as studios discover that Americans like America, and they pine for fare that uplifts the nation. Money talks. Consider that “American Sniper” has made $428 million at the box office since it opened six weeks ago, largely credited to a devoted heartland audience. A new breed of stars has claimed some turf. Plainspoken “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson was candid about his belief in traditional values and stood firm in the aftermath, despite a media...
  • Cruz: Make Candidates Who Claim Conservatism Prove It

    02/26/2015 12:15:37 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | 02/26/2015 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    Republicans must not let themselves be tricked into picking a moderate presidential nominee in 2016, by demanding their hopefuls have a demonstrated commitment to conservatism, Sen. Ted Cruz told an enthusiastic audience Thursday. Cruz, himself a likely presidential candidate, warned activists gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington that voters who pick the GOP nominee are likely to hear a similar pitch: "You betcha. Who-diddley. I'm as conservative as all get out." But, without naming names, he suggested that many of those likely candidates lacked the record to back it up.
  • House conservatives: Boehner’s Speakership in danger if he caves on DHS/amnesty like McConnell did

    02/25/2015 8:28:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/25/2015 | AllahPundit
    Another empty threat or the last straw?This is noteworthy, I think, not so much because there’s a legit prospect of mutiny as because it shows what a total strategic clusterfark the whole cromnibus/DHS/amnesty fiasco has been. Not only are Republicans at each other’s throats, there’s a nonzero chance that DHS may shut down this week because the Republican-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate simply can’t get on the same page. Imagine that. Imagine if the first big legislative standoff in the new GOP Congress ends with a stalemate between the two chambers rather than a stalemate between the GOP...
  • NYT: In Pre-Primary Pivot to Right, Walker Shifts Tone on Abortion

    02/23/2015 1:41:20 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 22, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    "....The shift in emphasis and tone is noticeable not only on abortion, but also on same-sex marriage, another issue of intense interest to social conservatives. A few weeks before the November election, in an interview with The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the governor sidestepped questions about his earlier opposition to abortion, and declined four times to answer directly when asked if abortion should be prohibited after 20 weeks — a position he had previously embraced. He also declined to restate his earlier opposition to abortion in cases of rape and incest. But in a breakout speech in Iowa on Jan. 24,...
  • Marie Harf Wrote Thesis on How Conservative Support for Israel Complicates U.S. Foreign Policy

    02/19/2015 7:08:16 PM PST · by PROCON · 48 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Feb. 19, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf wrote her college honors thesis on “how conservative evangelical support for Israel complicates U.S. foreign policy,” according to Indiana University records. Harf’s thesis further illustrates the collegiate thinking in an Obama administration that has alienated a key American ally in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Harf, 33, previously worked on Obama’s 2012 campaign. Harf’s Indiana University honors political science professor said that Harf did not plan to pursue political science like her professor father Jim, but that she ended up becoming “pretty good” at it.“I always had a soft spot for Jim, since he first...
  • 10 truly bizarre Tea Party bills: From nipples to militias to religious zealotry

    02/18/2015 10:24:46 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 76 replies
    Salon ^ | February 17, 2015 | by ERIC STERN
    Here are the 10 most bizarre Tea Party bills currently being debated in the Montana Legislature, which is now controlled by the right wing of the Republican Party. Some of these bills, believe it or not, have a chance of making it to the governor’s desk. 1) Prepare for National Ammunition shortage (SB 122). When Obama comes to get our guns and bullets, Montana will be ready... 2) Establish Armed Militias in Every Town (SB 130). Even if we have enough bullets, Montana could still be in grave danger from the federal government... 3) Require that nipples and areolae be...
  • Scott Walker Would Be the Most Conservative GOP Candidate Since Goldwater

    02/12/2015 2:35:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 126 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | February 11, 2015 | Kevin Drum
    For those of us who are sort of fascinated by the rise of Scott Walker as a Republican presidential contender, here's an interesting chart from Jason McDaniel, a political science professor at San Francisco State University. It shows the relative conservative-ness of GOP presidential nominees in the past six contested elections, and it demonstrates what an outlier Walker would be if he won next year's primary: he'd be the first candidate since Ronald Reagan who's more conservative than the average of the Republican field. And by McDaniel's measure, he'd actually be the most conservative recent nominee, period—even more right-wing than...
  • “It’s going to take a crisis”: Why Republicans have a stranglehold on U.S. politics

    02/12/2015 12:54:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 72 replies
    Salon ^ | February 11, 2015 | Elias Isquith
    When Barack Obama was first elected president of the United States, it was hard to predict what the coming years had in store. That’s always the case to some degree, of course — that’s the nature of the future. But even stipulating that predictions about the future are especially difficult, the final months of 2008 were especially tumultuous and uncertain. Through all the chaos, though, at least one thing seemed certain: the Republican Party, which had just gotten blown out for the second election in a row, was in deep, deep trouble. Fast-forward about six years, and the picture is...
  • Democrats seek to hit Jeb Bush with comparisons to Romney [Jeb can never appease enough]

    02/09/2015 3:01:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Wisconsin News ^ | February 9, 2015 | KEN THOMAS and THOMAS BEAUMONT
    ".... Lisa Wagner, Romney's 2012 Midwest fundraising director, said that once voters meet Bush, "they see his head and his heart are connected" and they are "very, very taken" with his "sincerity."During a question-and-answer session after the Detroit speech, Bush said losing his first bid for Florida governor in 1994 taught him that winning campaigns requires building an emotional attachment with voters. When he won the job four years later, he said, he campaigned in places—from black churches to public schools in poor communities—where few expected a Republican to go for votes.That, Bush said, allowed him to "to connect on...
  • Democrats should welcome a Scott Walker-led GOP ticket [will break back of conservative base]

    02/06/2015 8:40:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 91 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 6, 2015 | James Downie
    "... Among candidates that the conservative base consider “real” conservatives(as opposed to Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, apostates on various key issues),Walker is the most likely to win the Republican nomination.And Democrats should hope he gets the nod.The fundamentals suggest that the 2016 election will be extremely competitive. With economic growth picking up and President Obama’s approval rating trending back toward 50 percent,Democrats have a real chance now to capture a third term in the White House,historically a tough ask. But under all but the best conditions,Hillary Clinton will need every advantage she can get. As John Sides and Lynn...
  • The top 40 conservative websites: February 2015 edition

    02/01/2015 11:21:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/01/2015 | Sierra Rayne
    As February begins, it is time again to look at the rankings of conservative websites.  Using Alexa's web analytics and monitoring a suite of over 100 sites, here are the top 40 conservative websites for February 2015 based on their U.S. rankings. Fox News has moved up into the top 50 of all websites in the United States, and the Wall Street Journal has also cracked the top 100.  Fox News is now ahead of the Washington Post (57th) and The Guardian (101st) for web traffic, and is catching up on the Huffington Post (26th) and the New York...
  • John Kasich, Sam Brownback and big government conservatism

    01/31/2015 7:03:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/31/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    John Kasich has been making all sorts of news lately, but probably not the type he wants to be showing up in conservative chat rooms. Kasich has a pretty solid conservative portfolio from years past, and he’s still pushing for lower tax rates at home (in most cases) but even some of his more ardent supporters were shocked when he went on tour promoting Medicaid expansion for Obamacare. He also didn’t do himself any favors when he began dancing on the head of a pin for Common Core. (Wait.. this guy wants to run for President as a Republican?)But...
  • You Betcha I Was Wrong About Sarah Palin

    01/28/2015 12:15:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 148 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 01/28/2015 | Matt Lewis
    It’s time to admit that, whatever their motivation was at the time, the Alaska governor’s critics always had a point. Has conservative genuflection at the altar of Sarah Palin finally come to a halt? In case you missed it, her speech in Iowa this week was not well received on the right. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York called it a “long, rambling, and at times barely coherent speech” and National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke said she slipped into self-parody. And there’s more. The Examiner’s Eddie Scarry, for example, contacted several conservative bloggers who were once Palin fans, but have since...
  • Why Donald Trump is Right

    01/28/2015 10:13:44 AM PST · by arthurus · 14 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 27 January 2015 | Jeffrey Lord
    Donald Trump on Saturday slammed Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush as potential 2016 presidential candidates — a move that delighted the crowd of Iowa conservatives and demonstrated the two candidates’ potential liabilities in a GOP primary. The conservative real-estate magnate, speaking at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines hosted by Republican Rep. Steve King, spent several minutes criticizing both Romney and Bush and labeling them as weak candidates. ‘It can’t be Mitt — he ran and failed. He failed,’ Trump said, to applause….. ‘You can’t have Bush,’ Trump later added, a line that drew even more applause from the...
  • GOP abuzz over Mitt Romney’s liberal lexicon on poverty, foreign policy

    01/21/2015 11:45:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 20, 2015 | Ralph. Z. Hallow
    Mitt Romney’s opening pitch for a third shot at the White House left many Republicans scratching their heads, in part because his plans to fight poverty and tyranny seemed to borrow the lexicon of liberals like FDR, LBJ and Woodrow Wilson. With a full house of Republican National Committee members listening aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, Mr. Romney implored his party last week “to lift people out of poverty” and “to make the world safe.” The first phrase is a favorite of liberals who gush over Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs...
  • Attack in Paris: European elites fear conservative wave

    01/09/2015 11:19:22 AM PST · by juliosevero · 41 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    The Vatican and four Muslim leaders jointly condemned attack in Paris as European elites fear conservative wave By Julio Severo Four French Muslim leaders and the Vatican issued a joint declaration Thursday denouncing the Paris newspaper massacre. The declaration stressed that dialogue among religions was the only way to eliminate prejudice. According to the Associated Press, the Vatican has sought to mend relations with Islam that were initially strained under Pope Benedict XVI, who in 2006 made a speech that suggested Islam espouses violence. His suggestion caused storms of protest throughout the Islamic world. Even though Benedict said he...
  • Ditch Scalise For Not being Conservative Enough, Not For A BS Racism Charge

    12/31/2014 3:52:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Red State ^ | 12/31/2014 | Aaron Gardner
    Have you heard? Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) burned a cross on MLK Jr. day while riding on David Duke’s shoulders waving a Confederate flag soaked in African American and Jewish blood. Oh, and he is in the Republican Leadership as the token Conservative.Actually, everything in that first paragraph was a lie. Well, all except for the part about Scalise being the token Conservative in leadership. Despite the fact that the above is a lie, it is the narrative being set by the media and others for various differing reasons. The actual claim which came out this week, while contextually different...
  • How Progressive Was Hollywood in 2014? Analyzing every movie that made more than $100M domestically

    12/31/2014 11:23:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/31/2014 | Tom Weiss
    It has become cliché for conservatives to lament the progressive politics of the writers, directors and actors in Hollywood. Whenever a major star “comes out” as a conservative — Clint Eastwood or James Woods, for example — the right latches on to them and hangs on their every politically relevant word.But Hollywood is a multi-billion dollar a year industry. Box office receipts in the U.S. alone were over $9 billion in 2014. Their goal is to produce films that audiences want to see again and again, not necessarily films that adhere to their progressive worldview. So what kind of movies...
  • Conservative Lawmakers Plan To Vote Against Boehner For Speaker

    12/30/2014 1:56:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 29, 2014 | Alex Pappas
    "...........These potential defectors are mostly keeping quiet about it in public, but in a posting on Twitter over the weekend, Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie of Kentucky hinted he would oppose Boehner. He posted a photo of a sign that reads: “Next Speaker Please.” Such an attempt was tried two years ago, but ultimately failed: a group of conservatives tried to overthrow Boehner during the public vote, but only nine conservatives, frustrated with Boehner’s leadership, ended up voting against him. Organizers of that effort said more people had committed to vote against Boehner beforehand, but backed out before the vote. And...
  • Top 25 Conservative Voices in California

    12/23/2014 4:28:38 PM PST · by PROCON · 26 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 23, 2014 | Jon Fleischman
    While California has become a bastion of liberalism, the Golden State is not without conservative voices. It was actually a project to narrow this list to 25 people – my apologies to many who would have made the top 50. You can find any of them via a web search. I did not include elected officials in this list. I looked for people whose voices are heard beyond Twitter and/or Facebook. Here are the Top 25 Conservative Voices in California, in alphabetical order:
  • Louisiana not inclined to join 'SEC' presidential primary day in 2016

    12/23/2014 10:44:48 AM PST · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Times-Picayune ^ | December 22, 2014 | Julia O'Donoghue
    Neither the Louisiana Republicans nor the Democrats are interested in participating in the so-called "SEC primary" for the 2016 presidential nominations that most other states in the Deep South have decided to join. Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama are likely to hold their presidential primary contests on the same day -- March 1, 2016. Florida and Texas are also considering scheduling their primary contests on that date. But Louisiana seems poised to stick with it's original plan -- a March 5 primary contest. "We are better off being on a date by ourselves. ... If you throw us in...
  • Dixie rising How the Deep South is trying to game the GOP primary.

    12/23/2014 10:44:44 AM PST · by Mozilla · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | December 22, 2014 | James Hohmann
    The Deep South has elected Republicans to every top office in the region. Now it wants to be sure that clout extends to the choice of the GOP’s 2016 presidential nominee. Officials in five Southern states — Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas — are coordinating to hold their primary on March 1, 2016. Texas and Florida are considering also holding a primary the same day but may wait until later in the month. Either way, March 1 would be a Southern Super Tuesday, voting en masse on the heels of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. The joint...
  • How Jeb Bush Can Thread The Needle And Win

    12/19/2014 1:25:33 PM PST · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 16, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Since talking about it on Morning Joe earlier today, a few people have asked me to expound on my theory regarding what Jeb Bush would have to do to overcome the many challenges he would face on his way to the Republican nomination. It seems clear that Bush is hell-bent on not pandering to the base, so the obvious challenge he will have to overcome is winning a Republican primary while holding some positions (immigration reform, Common Core, etc.) which are anathema to the grassroots conservatives who will comprise a decent chunk of the primary electorate. The way to overcome...
  • What the New Congress Should Do

    12/15/2014 8:26:43 PM PST · by pgyanke · 17 replies
    Vanity | 12/15/14 | pgyanke
    We have been betrayed. Again. Just like in 2010, the outgoing GOP class compromised a referendum election before the new Congress even had a chance to take their seats. In this case, the GOPe "leadership" essentially funded everything the new members were specifically elected to stop. What can the incoming Congressmen do? 1. Vote for new leadership 2. Remember that no Congress can be bound by a prior Congress. What if... we had a GOP president and owned both houses of Congress. After losing a wave election where Congress is going to fully flip sides in January, the outgoing Congress...
  • Juan Williams: Democrats must fight or lose young voters

    12/15/2014 4:39:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 15, 2014 | Juan Williams
    The passionate stand by Americans across the country in protesting the failure of grand juries to indict policemen for killing two unarmed people – both poor, black men – is revving up the demand for a political response from Democrats in Washington. Young people of all colors, but mostly blacks, Hispanics and immigrants, are the primary source of that pressure. Their political agenda extends beyond outrage over the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York. They also want Democrats in Congress to get busy defending ObamaCare. But their rising political engagement is best seen...
  • Down and Out - Democratic Party losses as state level almost unprecedented - crippling

    12/12/2014 12:46:01 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Slate ^ | December 11, 2014 | Jamelle Bouie, covers politics, policy and race
    The Democratic Party’s losses at the state level are almost unprecedented, and could cripple it for a long time to come. "........With that said, there are more costs to Democratic weakness in the states than just House elections. States are where parties build talent and try new ideas. Here, the GOP is instructive. Its brightest stars are either governors (Scott Walker, John Kasich, and Chris Christie) or former state officeholders (Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Joni Ernst). And Republican-controlled statehouses have been incubators for conservative ideas, from experiments in tax cutting (Bobby Jindal’s Louisiana and Sam Brownback’s Kansas) to full-fledged...
  • Red States Are Getting a New Shade of Redder-people who deny climate change most likely to suffer

    12/12/2014 1:28:28 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    Slate ^ | December 12, 2014 | Joshua Zaffos
    ".....Yuma,Colorado, a farming town of 3,500 people near the Kansas border, celebrated last month as homegrown Republican Cory Gardner was elected to the U.S. Senate. Gardner, a high school football player and the son of a farm equipment dealer, defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall to help the GOP gain control of the Senate in the second-most expensive congressional race of all time.Gardner represented Colorado’s 4th Congressional District for four years, an expansive territory that covers the mostly flat and rural eastern third of the state. Farmers there mostly grow corn to feed cattle, and water comes from the quickly...
  • Why Matt Drudge and Lucianne Goldberg still rule the conservative media roost

    12/11/2014 9:18:29 AM PST · by PROCON · 33 replies
    WAPO ^ | Dec. 11, 2014 | Philip Bump
    A flock of (relatively) new conservative media sites have gained attention in the mainstream-ish media over the past few weeks, a function of their increased role in driving political attention and, in some cases, their savvy in redirecting Facebook's traffic hose toward themselves. Bloomberg's Dave Weigel notes a series of scoops from the Washington Free Beacon (largely focused on Hillary Clinton); at Slate, Betsy Woodruff explains Twitchy. At the Awl, John Herrman noted the rise of the Independent Journal Review, which "landed big" on Facebook. For all of this success, for all of the novelty of new sites with sharp...
  • Hank Johnson: Blacks like Ben Carson ‘trying to tap into the ignorance of people’

    12/09/2014 6:43:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Rep. Hank Johnson, Georgia Democrat, said black people like retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson are trying to tap into the ignorance of people who have been whipped “into a frenzy, like a lynch mob.” Mr. Johnson was speaking on Michael Smerconish’s radio show about President Obama and opposition that he’s faced since winning election. “I support the president, I believe he’s done as much as is humanly possible to advance the cause of justice and prosperity and freedom for all people, not just blacks, and not just here in America, but across the world. I think he has changed the paradigm...
  • Facebook Army to Police GOP Candidates

    "Anybody who runs as a conservative," Brent Bozell declared, "is going to have to satisfy our army." The digital army sprung to life with a click of a mouse in a nondescript office park in Alexandria. Less than 10 miles away, at the White House, the phones began to light up. One call came into the switchboard and then another. Thousands of people flooded the phone lines. It was early August 2014, and the callers were conservatives lambasting President Obama for promising what they described as "executive amnesty." The deluge of angry activists was not the work of a heavily...
  • South's Shift To Conservatism Now Complete With Defeat Of Mary Landrieu

    12/07/2014 5:30:03 PM PST · by goldstategop · 43 replies
    New Orleans Advocate ^ | 12/07/2014 | Gregory Roberts
    The values that are pre-eminent for Republican Party voters are probably freedom, independence, autonomy, limited government and self-reliance, and a strong belief in the powers of capitalism and a free market,” Cross said. “We see them in the South: the calls or less government, the call for people to take personal responsibility, the inveighing against the dependent class.” And in Louisiana and other energy-producing states, he said, the perceived antipathy of national Democrats for the oil and gas industry helps swell Republican ranks. “We’re looking at something more than just a bad year,” said Charlie Cook, the Shreveport native who...
  • Ted Cruz's Brain Trust: The Advisers Who Want To Make Him President

    11/20/2014 4:16:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    There's no official Sen. Ted Cruz presidential team — yet. But the Texas Republican is already surrounding himself with key strategists and advisers that could make his transparent White House ambitions a reality. The tea party firebrand relies on a small circle of advisers to inform his views and amplify his ultraconservative message. The inner circle breaks down into two groups: his chief advisers in the Senate office, and the chiefs of his nationally-focused political operation, which he beefed up in the summer of 2014 by hiring a crop of seasoned Republican campaign operatives. These are the key players that...
  • IRS is monitoring comment threads on conservative blogs

    11/20/2014 7:47:17 AM PST · by PROCON · 116 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Nov. 20, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Internal Revenue Service, which claims to be so understaffed that it can’t bother to collect unpaid taxes, or search backup tapes for Lois Lerner’s “missing” emails, apparently has plenty of time to read the comment threads on conservative blogs that have been critical of the agency (Hi there, IRS agents!). William Jacobson, one of the best-informed and most effective critics of the agency, writes on Legal Insurrection: Hey, remember the Reader Poll we did about whether it was okay to follow and try to interview Lois Lerner in her neighborhood? Do you approve of media confronting Lois Lerner in...
  • The Future of Australian Conservatism (Australia's equivalent to Sen. Ted Cruz).

    11/16/2014 8:26:41 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 2 replies
    Quadrant Online ^ | October 14th, 2014 | Edwin Dyga
    Late last year, Senator Cory Bernardi published his first major work on political theory, illustrating his vision for a responsible, confident society and the governing principles that will be needed to foster it. The Conservative Revolution (Connor Court) was not intended to be a manifesto but has nevertheless been described as such since it was released for sale to the public. Perhaps the greatest interest to students of politics and to the media was less the content of the volume as the visceral neck-twitching reaction to its public release. There is something to be said for the confidence of Bernardi’s...
  • David Pietrusza On Calvin Coolidge

    11/15/2014 11:29:24 AM PST · by statestreet · 3 replies
    Vimeo ^ | Novemer 14, 2014 | William K. Sanford Town Library
    Author David Petrusza discusses the pivotal 1924 election for president, won by "Silent Cal Coolidge."
  • The Unlikeliest Winner [Johnny Tacherra competitive in CA-16 may have won]

    11/12/2014 5:00:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | November 12, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    ".....As of publication time, Republican Johnny Tacherra is leading longtime Democratic lawmaker Jim Costa in the yet-to-be-decided race for the Golden State’s 16th congressional district. With provisional ballots still to be counted, and with a 700-plus-vote cushion, Tacherra is confident that he will survive. He and his wife are heading to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to take part in freshmen-member orientation on Capitol Hill....... ....The New York Times put the race on its “Democrats Are Expected to Win Easily” list, and the Cook Political Report labeled the seat as “Solid Democrat,” or uncompetitive. Republican national committees and organizations stayed out...
  • Can The GOP Only Win The Presidency With A Conservative?

    11/11/2014 6:15:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/11/2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Over at the Washington Examiner, Philip Klein makes the interesting case that the GOP can only win the presidency by nominating a real conservative.Regarding the failed presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney, Klein notes,“His clumsy statements, such as declaring that he was ‘severely conservative’ and that his preferred immigration policy would lead to ‘self deportation,’ were rooted in the fact that he was just regurgitating what he thought conservatives wanted to hear rather than explaining views with which he was comfortable. This was also at the heart of his butchering the conservative critique of the culture of dependency with his ’47...
  • Ted Cruz Wins: The Shutdown Worked

    11/11/2014 2:58:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 11, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    “There is no possibility of a government shutdown. Remember me? I’m the guy that gets us out of government shutdowns,”— Soon-to-be-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Time magazineThe lefties over at Think Progress were elated.It was September 30, 2013, and they thought they had the GOP right where they wanted it as Texas Senator Ted Cruz plowed ahead with the idea of defunding Obamacare—an action that caused Democrats to promptly shut down the government — and blame not just Cruz but the Republican Party. The whole event was giving prominent Republicans in and out of office the political willies. Think...
  • Election Post-mortem: Conservative Christians Still Key to Republicans

    11/08/2014 8:09:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/8/2014 | BY MARK TOOLEY
    It is often claimed that conservative religious voters, especially white evangelicals, are going the way of the dinosaur, consigned to demographic irrelevance. But they were a key component of the Republicans’ 2014 midterm victories. According to exit polls, Conservative religious voters made up as big a percentage of the electorate as ever, and they backed Republicans at least as strongly as ever. White evangelicals were 26% of the electorate this year, and 78% of them voted Republican. That’s up from 2010, when they were 25 percent of the electorate, and 77 percent voted Republican, and 2006, when they were 24...
  • Tea party favorite to head Dallas think tank (LTC Allen West)

    11/08/2014 6:55:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 7, 2014 | Jim Landers
    Tea party favorite Allen B. West was named Friday to be the new CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas think tank that has focused on market-based solutions for health care and tax and fiscal policy. West, 53, is a former Republican congressman from Florida and a retired Army lieutenant colonel. He is expected to boost donations to the think tank, which sagged after the forced departure of founding CEO John Goodman in June. Since leaving Congress in 2013, West has been a commentator on Fox News, a blogger and a fundraiser for conservative veteran and minority...
  • Senate Candidates Who Championed Pro-Life, Social Conservative Principles Win Decisive Victories

    11/05/2014 11:13:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/5/2014 | Samuel Smith
    With the results of the midterm election giving control of both the House and Senate to the Republican Party, leaders of two prominent social conservative political action groups said in interviews with The Christian Post that those candidates who fully embraced their conservative stances on social issues were fully rewarded by the voters. Tony Perkins, president of the social conservative advocacy group Family Research Council, and Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, agreed that Republican candidates who either supported abortion or hid their views on abortion and other social issues did not fare as well as those...
  • Mia Love, Daughter of Haitian Immigrants, Will Be GOP's First Black Woman in Congress

    11/05/2014 7:38:02 AM PST · by Ripliancum · 34 replies
    people magazine ^ | 07:45 AM EST | SANDRA SOBIERAJ WESTFALL
    A Mormon mother of three secured her place in American history as the first black female Republican elected to Congress. "Tonight you have made history!" Utah's Mia Love told supporters after winning the state's 4th House district. "Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect a black Republican LDS (Latter Day Saint) woman to Congress. Not only did we do it, we were the first to do it!" Love, 38, who also will be the first Haitian-American to serve in the Capital, was surrounded by her husband, Jason, and their kids: Alessa, 14; Abigail, 11; and...
  • What Should A Smart Conservative Do? Thinking about sitting out this election? Think again.

    11/04/2014 7:47:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/4/2014 | Kevin Tharp
    This 2014 election may be one of the most important elections in recent memory. Of course every election cycle someone claims that the next election is the most important one and they make arguments to support their claim. But every election can have serious consequences and should be treated as important and significant. This one is no exception. So what should serious-minded conservatives do? Some conservatives are still thinking about the primary season. Their ideal candidate did not win. Maybe even the best candidate ideal or not did not win either. As a result, a few are considering not voting...
  • Conservatives, Categorize Thyself: (chart)

    11/03/2014 5:29:30 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 30 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 November 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Found this on twitter over the weekend, credited to some spam website I'm not going to link. However, I did find the graphic clarifying and amusing, while seemingly accurate in it's definitions... I -as with many of you, I'm sure- fall-in somewhere around  'modern conservatism' (purple line)... alas, by definition a 'modern' descriptive indicates how relentless the overall expansion of government has been over the long run... and how many times we've been forced back to a new, more defensible position. But has there ever been historical examples of purely 'Voluntarist' societies, even on a local level? Perhaps some Indian...