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  • GOP Must Re-Learn Campaign Techniques [Neither insiders nor grassroots know how to win]

    04/11/2014 5:24:22 AM PDT · by Moseley · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 11, 2014 | Jon Moseley
    Republican insiders don’t actually know how to run successful political campaigns. But conservatives don’t know how to run campaigns effectively, either. The two sides need to stop accusing each other, and start (re)learning how to win elections. As a result, Republican elites want to tell us which candidates are “electable.” But they have no idea. They don’t know. A greater proportion of establishment-backed candidates lose contested general elections than do conservatives, particularly if you subtract the factor of insiders sabotaging conservatives. Elites cannot make valid predictions because they have forgotten how political campaigns actually work. One cause is that decades...
  • VIDEO! Glenn Beck: “Mitch McConnell Is As Big Of A Danger To This Country As Barack Obama Is”

    04/06/2014 7:56:44 AM PDT · by absentee · 20 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 4/5/14 | Caleb Howe
    In Louisville, Kentucky today, Freedomworks hosted #FreePAC, a gathering of right and center right grassroots activists. The keynote speaker was Glenn Beck, who had strong words for Mitch McConnell and other republican party leaders. [video at link] "I told you at the very beginning what this administration tries to do you and what the progressives on the right, let me tell you something, Mitch McConnell is as big of a danger to this country as Barack Obama is. The progressive disease is in both parties. Big government is a philosophy in both parties, period. It is antithetical to the American...
  • Scarborough: Christie's 'Ship Has Sailed,' Donors Lukewarm on Jeb Bush

    04/01/2014 7:20:31 AM PDT · by Qbert · 54 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 31 Mar 2014 | Wanda Carruthers
    Big money GOP donors are reluctantly leaning toward former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for president in 2016, said talk show host Joe Scarborough. "The whispers are out there. You hear it among top [Republican National Committee] donors. There is not an excitement. I'll be really honest with you. Nobody's going, 'Oh, we got to get Jeb,'" Scarborough said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Monday.  Donors are eyeing Bush because they see him as the only nominee who could beat presumptive Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Scarborough said, adding that contenders like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz aren't considered viable against the former...
  • Which Side Are You On? (You have to bend over for the GOP)

    03/30/2014 5:53:19 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 40 replies
    national review ^ | March 29, 2014 4:00 AM | Kevin D Williamson
    I am not naïve enough to believe that having elected Mitt Romney president or consigning the Democrats to the minority in both houses of Congress would change all that. But unless you are ready to give up on electoral politics entirely — and I confess to wavering on that question with a bias toward despair — then it is a matter of deciding whether X is preferable to Y. And sometimes that is a pretty easy call. Contemplating the inevitable shortcomings of elected Republicans, conservatives may consider the situation and think: “The lesser of two evils is still evil.” And...

    03/17/2014 7:36:53 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Monday March 17, 2014
    A new report from Politico’s Ken Vogel details how ten major GOP consultant firms who made a combined $1 billion off Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 White House bid are still large and in charge of GOP politics, raking in millions more for the 2014 cycle. According to Vogel’s analysis, the firms and the consultants who work for them have already made—through January 2014, nearly a full year before the midterm elections—more than $19.6 million. “They’ve also cemented relationships with some of the GOP’s rising stars, setting up the firms for even bigger paydays headed into the fall, when costly advertising...
  • There are 14 years worth of reasons why the GOP grassroots scoff at Washington Republicans

    02/26/2014 12:50:09 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | FEBRUARY 26, 2014 AT 8:52 AM | MARK TAPSCOTT
    Remember last fall when Sen. Ted Cruz single-handedly forced the biggest, most powerful government in human history to grind to a halt?That's the conventional wisdom of Washington Republicans, who also claim the GOP suffered a public relations catastrophe because Cruz demanded that their votes match their promises.No matter that President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were at least equally intransigent about having their way. The government shutdown was solely and only the fault of the insurgent Texas Republican senator, according to the conventional wisdom.Wait till the debt ceilingNow, remember how those same Washington Republicans also said Cruz picked...
  • Exclusive: Mega-donors plan GOP war council

    02/18/2014 9:56:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | February 18, 2014 | Alexander Burns and Kenneth P. Vogel
    A group of major GOP donors, led by New York billionaire Paul Singer, is quietly expanding its political footprint ahead of the midterm elections in an increasingly assertive effort to shape the direction of the Republican Party. The operation was launched discreetly last year, with the previously unreported formation of a club called the American Opportunity Alliance to bring together some of the richest pro-business GOP donors in the country, several of whom share Singer’s support for gay rights, immigration reform and the state of Israel. Around the same time, Singer and his allies also formed a federal fundraising committee...
  • High School Football Coach Ordered To Stop Prayers

    02/05/2014 3:53:04 AM PST · by xzins · 32 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | February 04, 2014 | Ryan Duncan
    The Freedom from Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that advocates the separation of Church and State, has reportedly asked a North Carolina football coach to cease praying with his players. Hal Capps is the head coach at Mooresville High School in North Carolina, he is also an open and devout Christian. Capps has been recognized by students for his habit of praying with the football players before team events and encouraging students to attend church. While much of the community has rallied around Capps in support, the FRF has maintained its stance on the coaches activates. Their attorney, Patrick Elliot,...
  • Should we care if Republicans win elections?

    01/23/2014 6:37:29 AM PST · by Moseley · 42 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | January 23, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    In the U.S.A., Republican voters and grassroots are sharply divided in political culture from the Republican establishment and politicos. But one culture clash in particular is urgent and important: Does it really matter if Republicans win elections? Republican politicos furiously insist yes. Republican voters answer a lukewarm maybe. The Republican Party is driving the United States over the cliff at 70 miles per hour, while the Democrat Party is driving the U.S.A. over the cliff at 120 miles per hour. Yet Republican leaders passionately try to convince us that it matters that Republicans must be driving as the car careens...
  • GOP Myths About Conservative Candidates

    01/13/2014 4:39:38 PM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Jan 2014, 9:35 AM PDT | Mike Flynn
    The pundit class and the GOP establishment currently are engaged in massive "concern trolling" over the possibility that Republican voters will elect conservatives in party primaries. Karl Rove, the US Chamber of Commerce and other special interests have vowed to spend whatever it takes to prevent citizens from nominating the "wrong" candidates. Setting aside the conceit that these interests know better than voters who should represent them, are these concerns even valid? The establishment's argument is based on three things: 1) Rep. Todd Akin (MO), 2) Sharron Angle (NV), and 3) Christine O'Donnell (DE). Granted, these campaigns were train wrecks,...
  • Lou Dobbs Drinks the Insider Kool-Aid [GOP should abandon social issues]

    01/13/2014 3:57:32 PM PST · by Moseley · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 13, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    Lou Dobbs, business anchor, offers a lot of truly excellent and a little really atrocious advice to the Republican Party in his new book Upheaval, released on January 7, which he discussed in his January 6 broadcast "Steps to creating a winning election strategy for the Republican Party." Dobbs' new book is a must-read; overall, the GOP should elect Lou Dobbs as its next party chairman. Though you may need to skip a few chapters. The problem is that Dobbs insists that the Republican Party must abandon social issues. He argues passionately that the Republican Party must not give up...
  • The Single Biggest Thing You Can Do to Clean Up the GOP

    01/10/2014 8:58:35 AM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    RedState ^ | January 10th, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    If you have not heard, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has attacked nationally syndicated conservative radio host and best selling author Mark Levin. They publicly attacked Mark Levin because the Jim DeMint created Senate Conservatives Fund (“SCF”) gives out copies of Mark Levin’s book. The NRSC alleges a quid pro quo relationship to help drive up the popularity of Levin’s book. The book was published in 2009 before SCF was a significant force and had already become a best seller before SCF gave out copies. This attack follows the National Republican Senatorial Committee (“NRSC”) attacking conservative businesses and threatening to...
  • Democrats Using Boehner in Fundraising Efforts

    12/14/2013 1:23:27 PM PST · by Qbert · 40 replies ^ | 12 Dec 2013 | Cynthia Fagen
    Democrats are gleefully using House Speaker John Boehner's own words in an effort to garner donations for mid-term elections next year. 21st Century Democrats, which bills itself as "building a progressive majority from the grassroots up since 1985," uses Boehner's proverbial public spanking of tea party opponents of the Congressional budget proposal to take back control of the House. "Even Speaker Boehner can't hide his disdain for the outside conservative tea party groups," the email reads.
  • Establishment GOP Purging Conservatives

    12/12/2013 4:55:42 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 26 replies ^ | December 12, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    You would think that we have enough work to do as conservatives at this moment in time. We have a radical president who is hell-bent on shredding the Constitution and transforming America into a government-dependent nation. We have a willing mainstream media who agree with him and are working overtime to help him achieve his goals whilst also running interference for him so as scandals are quickly hushed up and brushed aside. Then there's the Democratic Party that has sold its soul to the progressive cause of the overwhelming power of a massive government that dictates how we live in...
  • Battle Against Obama’s HHS Mandate is a True Battle for Religious Liberty

    12/10/2013 8:20:38 AM PST · by xzins · 9 replies ^ | 12/9/13 | David French
    I’m grateful that Kathryn Lopez of National Review keeps highlighting the principled plaintiffs challenging the HHS abortion-pill mandate before the Supreme Court. As the argument approaches, mainstream journalists will speak of the case in terms of “competing rights” or “competing liberties.” On one side are the business owners asserting a religious-liberty right not to purchase an objectionable product, while on the other side are the employees seeking to exercise their right to . . . what, exactly? Simply put, there are no true “competing rights” in this case. There is the right to religious freedom against a naked exercise of...
  • Duck Dynasty baffles New York

    12/05/2013 6:43:38 PM PST · by xzins · 36 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/5/2013 | Humberto Fontova
    Back in August, one of Manhattan’s swankiest and most celebrity-friendly hotels (Trump International) mistook one of America’s biggest celebrities (Duck Dynasty’s Jase Robertson) for a wino and shooed him from their lobby. The following day, in a story on the huge popularity of TV show Duck Dynasty, one of Manhattan’s most media-obsessed publications (The New York Post) wrote that a product (Duck Commander duck calls) featured on America’s most-watched TV cable show consists of a “whistle” used by duck hunters to “roust the feathered birds out of their hiding places.” “Their hiding places.” Got that? But, a duck that’s flying...
  • GOP establishment suffers from Stockholm Syndrome

    11/13/2013 6:47:20 PM PST · by workerbee · 11 replies
    Fox ^ | 11/13/13 | Wayne Allyn Root
    ***SNIP*** Obama is turning America into a Big Brother Nanny State with nasty government bureaucrats controlling our lives. He uses the IRS to destroy his critics and bankrupt his political opposition. He uses the NSA to listen to our calls and communications -- no doubt planning to blackmail opposition candidates. He uses the EPA to prevent America achieving energy independence from nations rife with supporters of radical Islam. He creates new government regulations to bankrupt small business owners, starving donations to conservative candidates and causes. And he uses the SEC as a weapon to extort political donations from big business....
  • Establishment GOP vs Grassroots: Civil War or Growing Pains?

    11/09/2013 9:48:18 AM PST · by Bratch · 24 replies
    Freedom Works ^ | November 06, 2013 | Stephen Kruiser
    Because I am a nice guy and don't want anyone to waste their time, here is a quick list of those who won't enjoy this post: 1) People working for Mitch McConnell's reelection.2) People who come from families that internalize everything rather than fight it out and get it over with. 3) People who are Mitch McConnell. The last several weeks have brought to the fore some ugly realities that the establishment GOP was hoping it could deal with using its go-to conflict resolution strategy: put it off, hope the problem goes away and then perhaps a nap. Led by a host of Republican...
  • [Vanity] Pop Quiz

    11/08/2013 12:09:26 PM PST · by TBP · 21 replies
    Me! | Yesterday | ME!
    Pop quiz: If nominated in 2016, Chris Christie will be another: a) Bob Dole b) John McCain c) Mitt Romney D) All of the above
  • Republican National Committee Needs a New Leader

    11/07/2013 6:39:29 AM PST · by Qbert · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | Nov 07, 2013 | Matt Towery
    For the record, I do not know the Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus. I'm told he's a nice person, and I understand shares membership in a collegiate fraternity. But nice guys with lots of experience as president of a student body or as an aide to some state legislator or even as a lawyer for the national GOP -- all of which he has accomplished, just won't cut it anymore. The RNC and its many "affiliated groups" gave up on GOP nominee for governor of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. They likely relied on the same old bunch of...
  • Top Eleven reasons to ignore liberal whining about GOP loss in Virginia

    11/06/2013 11:28:45 AM PST · by TBP · 14 replies
    Freedom Leadership Conference ^ | November 6, 2013 | Glenn Ryt
    One of the Democratic Party’s most accomplished operatives and ally of Hillary Clinton beat conservative Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia, ushering in two new post-election certainties. First, we will hear from Democrats how this means the repudiation of the anti-Obamacare efforts by Republicans and the endorsement of the President’s “stay the course” message. Second, the victory of Democrat Terry McAuliffe means that Republicans had better nominate candidates far more moderate in the 2014 election season, now begun. To be more specific. We conservatives – and this writer is certainly one – made two major mistakes and we had better learn our...
  • Incoming RGA chair Chris Christie to SC Republicans: I want to help Lindsey Graham get reelected

    11/06/2013 8:55:35 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 33 replies
    HotAir ^ | Wednesday November 6, 2013
    If we’re going to burn Christie in RINO effigy, we might as well have lots of gasoline for the fire. In the interview, Mr. Christie said intelligent voices were being drowned out in Washington, and described the effort led by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to cut off funding for President Obama’s health care program as “a monumental failure.”… In the interview, Mr. Christie said he would be appearing frequently in “places like Ohio and Michigan and Florida,” all states with incumbent Republican governors up for re-election next year. He has also told South Carolina Republicans that he wants to...
  • Political families... VANITY

    11/05/2013 8:02:48 PM PST · by Sporke · 24 replies
    Me | 11/05/13 | Me
    I apologize in advance because I am not overly educated nor well spoken. I do NOT understand the national fixation with political families and cronies. The Bushes, the Clintons, the Kennedys, etc., and their "inner circle" friends. Can someone educate me? Is there a reason we keep electing the same political class, in election after election? Both parties do it, and the people jump at the chance to vote for them. I will never vote for another Bush, or Clinton, or Kennedy. I will never vote for their campaign henchmen either. Am I just dumb? I want NEW people with...
  • Republicans Pulling Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

    10/30/2013 5:50:00 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 8 replies ^ | October 30, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    Reading the political news every day can get quite depressing as one continually sees an insane lack of common sense from the Republican establishment. In a perfect world, every elected member of the Republican party (and the inner bosses) would adhere to Constitutional principles and stand united against the anti-American forces of progressive liberalism. Sadly, we don't live in a perfect world and this is reflected in the Republican establishment hell-bent on destroying the Tea Party. This is utter political suicide as that, without the fiscally conservative Tea Party base, Republicans will not likely be able to gain seats in...
  • Inside the Messy but Moneyed Republican Plan to Neutralize the Tea Party (Empire strikes back)

    10/24/2013 9:47:14 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 85 replies
    National Journal ^ | Thursday October 24, 2013
    It took a tea party insurrection that disabled the federal government and wrecked the Republican brand, but after months of handwringing, establishment Republicans are preparing to attack ultra-conservative ideologues across red America. From Alabama to Alaska, the center-right, business-oriented wing of the Republican Party is gearing up for a series of skirmishes that it hopes can prevent the 2014 mid-term election from turning into another missed opportunity. But this will not be a coordinated operation. It will be messy, ugly, and prone to backfiring. And if the comeback succeeds, it will be in fits and starts, most likely culminating in...
  • Slight Vanity: Dust Yourselves Off, Guys

    10/16/2013 8:02:53 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 67 replies
    10/16/2013 | Me
    Okay, guys. Today was a bad day for us. No getting around the facts. It was the biggest gutting since the Kenyan scored a second term. In New Jersey, a senate seat that looked possible went to Corey Booker by about 10 points. Regards to Steve Lonegan. Excellent man who did better than he had any right to. He worked tirelessly against all the odds. Props too to Levin, Palin, and Rand Paul for campaigning on his behalf. Krispy was absent yet again. This loss is hugely overshadowed by the complete collapse of the GOP in Washington. It was a...
  • Peter King's new goal: Take down Ted Cruz

    10/15/2013 10:37:37 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 77 replies ^ | OCTOBER 14, 2013 AT 12:15 PM | ASHE SCHOW
    Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., is no fan of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. The New York congressman made it clear on Monday’s "Morning Joe" that he will work to stop Cruz and his allies in their tracks. “I’ve been speaking out against Ted Cruz and this whole crazy movement since it started,” King told MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski. King also said he thought that “there’s no doubt that the Democrats are winning,” and that President Obama needed to play “a more aggressive role” in the negotiations to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling. King also warned that Cruz and...
  • Senate Votes to Ban Third Parties from Ohio Elections

    10/14/2013 5:31:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 108 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | October 14, 2013 | Joshua Cook
    Since 2008, the idea of third parties started to gain more popularity across America.  Principled conservatives and libertarians united against both the Democrat and Republican establishment started to explore methods of opposing Washington elites and the status quo. The Tea Party had some success – and has continued most successfully – with primary campaigns which put principled people like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul in races as the Republican candidate.  Once they won the GOP nomination, winning the general election was often pretty straightforward. Yet many liberty activists have become disenchanted by the two party system and are turning to other options....
  • Jerk of the Week - Establishment Republicans

    10/13/2013 6:55:39 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 8 replies ^ | October 13, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    It behooves all Americans to stand up for what they believe in, and this intestinal fortitude is expected from our elected officials. Alas though, many of those lack any backbone at all and are quite happy to "go along to get along." Normally, we pick some clinically insane progressive liberal to be our Jerk of the Week, but to be fair, we should pick out all those, no matter where they claim to lie on the political spectrum, who are willing to let our rights and liberties be eroded over time. Our choice for Jerk of the Week honors is...

    10/11/2013 4:21:21 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 11, 2013 | Thomas Beaumont
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.
  • About that NBC/WSJ Poll that Killed Republicans on the Shutdown… (Gov. workers, Dems oversampled)

    10/11/2013 6:46:47 AM PDT · by Qbert · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 10, 2013 | BRYAN PRESTON
    A sharp reader caught a statistical problem with that much-cited NBC/WSJ poll that shows Republicans are getting whooped in the shutdown: Tampa @S1CT @texasbryanp In today's NBC/WSJ poll, 1 in 5 respondents work for govt.  Only 8% of pop works for govt.  See last page. 8:12 - 10 Oct 2013 It’s true. Here is the complete poll with the sample, the questions, etc. On the very last page we get the breakdown of where the 800 respondents work. The wording of the question is broad enough to sweep in spouses of government workers and other situations in which the respondent...
  • Establishment GOPers assail tea party on shutdown

    10/11/2013 5:38:52 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/11/2013 | Thomas Beaumont
    From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington. The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the tea party in next fall's elections.
  • Republican Party’s Favorability Sinks to Record Low

    10/10/2013 6:33:11 AM PDT · by Qbert · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | October 9, 2013 | Sterling Beard
    The Republican party has seen its favorability sink to 28 percent in this month’s Gallup poll, the lowest favorability rating measured for either party since the organization began polling on their approval in 1992. The poll, conducted October 3 through October 6, finds that the GOP has dropped ten points in favorability from September. In addition, it’s viewed unfavorably by 62 percent of Americans. Independents also view the Democrats more favorably, 32 to 27 percent. However, self-identified Republicans are more than twice as likely to see their own party unfavorably (27 percent) than Democrats (13 percent). Gallup says the results...
  • EXCLUSIVE--Palin Rips 'GOP High Roller Machine': 'Their Money Can’t Buy Elections Anymore'

    10/05/2013 9:08:33 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 102 replies ^ | 10-5-2013 | Stephen K. Bannon & Tony Lee
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin blasted the Republican establishment's contempt for and destructive behavior toward the Tea Party during the current budget showdown with the Obama administration. Palin told Breitbart News that these establishment financiers cannot relate to the average American worker and are throwing a "fit" because Wall Street knows they are in a whole new ballgame where their influence is diminishing. Palin was responding to an article by David Freilander in Thursday's Daily Beast in which prominent Republican establishment financiers showed disdain for the conservative grassroots while being unable to identify...

    09/24/2013 12:03:42 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 44 replies
    Brietbart ^ | Tuesday September 24, 2013 | by Seton Motley
    The national Republican Party has a serious brand problem. Too many Establishment Elephants are too often Diet Democrats - taking positions just slightly less Large Government than the Donkey Party. That is - when they’re not agreeing with them in totality. Which disheartens and drives away American grassroots Conservatives - the lifeblood of any hope for Republicans in any election. And it drives average Americans crazy, because they see too much damage being done by DC - with two Parties too often agreeing on the obviously wrong solution. Democrats are for amnesty for the 12-20 million illegal aliens currently in...
  • The Cruz Campaign Against ObamaCare

    09/24/2013 6:18:03 AM PDT · by Qbert · 40 replies
    WSJ ^ | September 23, 2013 | WSJ Editors (closeted Democrats)
    So House Republicans have passed and sent to the Senate a budget that includes no funding for the Affordable Care Act, setting up a political showdown that could result in a government shutdown. We wish the GOP luck, since we support the policy if not the strategy. [Snip] That starts with Senators Mike Lee (Utah) and Ted Cruz (Texas), who joined with a handful of conservative groups to force Speaker John Boehner's hand. In July they had vowed to mobilize a grass-roots "army" to support ObamaCare repeal. The legions never arrived, but the activists still insisted that any continuing resolution...
  • Huffington Post, GOP Establishment Prop Up ObamaCare with Ted Cruz Hit Piece

    09/19/2013 9:44:28 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/19/2013 | Matthew Boyle
    The Huffington Post inaccurately accused Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of “conceding that the [Republican] party's efforts to repeal ObamaCare aren't going anywhere in the Senate” on Thursday. This article is misleading and is meant to drive a wedge between Senate and House conservatives. First off, Cruz is not making an effort to “repeal” ObamaCare. Republicans have voted over 40 times to"repeal" the President's health care overhaul and none of those votes have amounted to any change in law. Cruz is leading a fight to defund ObamaCare. This is a markedly different approach; Congress would use its power of the purse...
  • The tea party vs. establishment

    09/10/2013 4:52:02 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 10, 2013 | CNN Correspondent Erin McPike
    Washington (CNN) – A growing chorus of high-profile tea party leaders is threatening Republican lawmakers: Defund Obamacare or get a primary challenge. Three conservative Republican senators, a handful of House members and even more tea party activists took to a stage on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building Tuesday afternoon to protest the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. But their call to action–and their anger–was directed more at the Republican leadership in the House than at President Obama. One sign in the crowd read: "Hey, GOP. The end is near for Obamacare or you. Your choice." The...
  • Matt Drudge Tweets! “Why Would Anyone Vote Republican”?

    09/03/2013 10:13:59 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 186 replies
    People are tired of the Republican-Democrat alliance <
  • Mark Levin: I Will Do Everything I Can To Make Sure Christie Is Not The Nominee

    08/14/2013 1:23:24 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 35 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Wednesday August 13, 2013
    CAVUTO: Why don't you like him? LEVIN: It's not a matter of like, he is a Gerald Ford Republican. Despite all the huffing and puffing, your home state of New Jersey is still a financial disaster. Is he better than the Democrats that preceded him? Yes. What isn't and who isn't? I'm all for that. But he didn't sign on to challenge Obamacare. Why not? That was a free -- he didn't have to pay a cent to do that. In my view, he is weak on immigration reform, he's an amnesty guy. He's a greeny when it comes to...
  • Immigrant and U.S.-Born Hispanics Tilt Democratic (Gallup)

    08/09/2013 10:56:26 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 13 replies
    Gallup ^ | Friday August 9, 2013
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Hispanics in the U.S. identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party over the Republican Party by about a 2-to-1 margin, regardless of whether they were U.S.-born. Hispanics born outside the U.S. do have slightly less attachment to either party, and are more likely to be politically independent, but these differences do little to alter the basic underlying advantage Democrats enjoy across the entire Hispanic population.
  • We Must Support Ken Cuccinelli #standwithken

    08/07/2013 10:09:38 AM PDT · by JSDude1 · 21 replies ^ | August 7th, 2013 at 04:30 AM | Erick Erickson
    We have not done this in a while. Perhaps, in growing up, we let go of some things of our youth we should not have let go. One of those was raising money in a coordinated effort for solid candidates. We must start doing that again. And so today I want to ask you to make a commitment. RedState endorses Ken Cuccinelli for Governor of Virginia and we want you to join us in giving him a contribution. I have personally given him $50.00 already to get this going. Will you join me? Match me, double me, triple me, or...
  • Mark Levin Doubts He Would Support Chris Christie If He Is The Republican Nominee

    07/31/2013 9:47:17 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 68 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Wednesday July 31, 2013
    CAVUTO: Wait. Wait. If Chris Christie were the Republican nominee, in 2016, would Mark Levin support him? LEVIN: I doubt it. CAVUTO: If Hillary Clinton were the Democratic nominee, would you sit the election out? LEVIN: I don't know, we'll see. I'm sick and tired -- Neil, this is the problem. Guys like me have been voting Republican our entire lives and were taken advantage of and the base is under attack now. One of your colleagues there, Karl Rove, has actually set up a PAC to attack the tea party in primaries and so forth. I've had enough. I'm...
  • Here comes the cavalry: Big-money GOP groups, donors bolster pro-amnesty Republicans

    07/02/2013 12:54:50 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 39 replies
    HotAir ^ | Tuesday July 2, 2013
    Business interests want to expand the supply of cheap labor. Republican leaders want a magic bullet that’ll supposedly start to make them competitive again with Latino voters. No one but no one wants the party’s biggest young Latino star to have his presidential hopes dashed before he’s even begun to run — except of course for the handful of jerks like me who think lying bald-faced to your constituents on a key issue to get elected is a dealbreaker. It’s time for the Republican establishment to say, “Thanks, Marco.” Fox News viewers in Florida will see a new commercial in...
  • Palin: If the House sells out on immigration too, it might be time to leave the GOP

    06/28/2013 2:34:32 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 124 replies
    HotAir ^ | Friday June 28, 2013
    Just to preface her post, a good point by DrewM: DrewM @DrewMTips How many ppl saying "cut Marco slack. Don't write him off in 16" would FREAK out if he became pro-choice & helped Dems loosen abortion laws? 2:41 PM - 28 Jun 2013 We all have our “red line” issues, as Drew says. Offhand, I can’t think of a single person I know privately or on Twitter who supports (or is indifferent to) the Gang of Eight bill and who also traditionally has treated border security as a “red line.” Everyone wants better border security and everybody thinks it’s...
  • A sad betrayal of working class Americans

    06/28/2013 9:40:57 AM PDT · by palin45potus · 32 replies
    Sarah Palin Facebook Page ^ | 6-28-13 | Sarah Palin
    Please take a look at the article linked below to understand how the amnesty bill the Senate passed yesterday is a sad betrayal of working class Americans of every ethnicity who will see their wages lowered and their upward mobility lowered too.

    06/25/2013 3:55:03 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 113 replies
    FoxNews Radio ^ | Tuesday June 25, 2013
    In an interview on Gibson Radio today Sarah Palin said Marco Rubio has flipped and flopped on Immigration, and as a result if someone wanted to primary Rubio, fine by her. Same with Kelly Ayotte. She is not alone. Not a few people recall that Marco Rubio attacked Charlie Crist in 2010 for holding the exact same position Rubio holds today. In fact, you could say Rubio beat Crist for the Florida Senate seat on precisely that issue: Rubio opposed what he called Amnest (legalization without border security), and today he seems to support it.
  • Senator Cruz: GOP Senators 'Yelled' At Us Over Filibuster Threat (Good going, Ted!!)

    04/30/2013 5:52:13 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 29 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4/30/13
    "We’ve had probably five or six lunches with a bunch of Republican senators standing and looking at Rand and Mike and me and yelling at us at the top of their lungs. I mean really upset. And they said, ‘Look, why did you do this? As a result of this I go home and constituents are yelling at me that I gotta stand on principal.” I’m really not making that up. I don’t even bother to argue with them… But, here was their argument. They said, ‘Before you did this the politics on this were all great. The Dems were...
  • Failed Establishment Narrative

    04/20/2013 2:13:40 PM PDT · by LibertyByLogic
    New Media Central ^ | 4/20/13 | New Media Central
    Lax marijuana laws may soon become a reality in the United States. ... National support is rising for this cause.[5] Cohen’s proposal comes as a bipartisan coalition of House representatives have sponsored the Respect Marijuana Laws Act.[6] It would exempt businesses that comply with state marijuana laws from federal prosecution.[7] Moreover, Kentucky senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul recently supported the passage of a regulatory framework allowing industrial hemp in their state.[8][9] McConnell is a figurehead for the GOP establishment. Paul represents the rising libertarian caucus. Ergo, the Republican Party may soon change its position on pot.
  • Who Might Be the next Illinois GOP Chairman? FREEP THIS POLL!

    04/19/2013 12:36:18 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 30 replies
    battlegroud Polling ^ | April 19, 2013 | Battleground Polling
    LaGrange, IL— This weekend’s epic showdown between movement conservatives and more moderate elements of the Illinois Republican Party ended with a split result. Embattled Party Chairman Pat Brady remains at the helm of the State Central Committee but the committee is beginning the process of lining up a successor in the event Chairman Brady resigns or his detractors can garner enough votes to oust him while simultaneously navigating party rules to make it happen. Brady’s term runs through the 2014 primary season when a new, 18-member central committee, selected under the downsized 2011 congressional map, will organize itself and elect...