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  • Conservative-GOP marriage over?

    05/07/2012 8:59:54 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 172 replies
    politico ^ | Monday May 7, 2012 | Craig Shirley
    It should come as no surprise that the Republican National Committee has been “covertly” supporting Mitt Romney throughout the primaries, as POLITICO recently “revealed.” It was the worst-kept secret in Washington Reagan, the über outsider, called for a “new Republican Party” back in 1977. Reagan wanted the GOP to shed its country club, corporate boardroom image and become a genuine conservative movement, focused on the individual. Reagan’s words threatened the status quo of the scions and heiresses of the country club and corporate boardroom set. The former California governor and his conservative followers were never accepted by these insiders [...]...
  • Which Republicans will get to speak at the convention? (Sarah might be denied to speak?)

    05/03/2012 4:51:24 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 110 replies
    HotAir ^ | Thursday May 3, 2012
    Several insiders interviewed for this story said former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will present a unique challenge to Romney’s team: Will they give her a prime spot to satisfy her fans, or reduce her role because of her polarizing nature? “You want people to generate interest and passion,” said one Republican who has organized conventions before and who, like others, didn’t want to be named. “Sarah Palin goes to a very small segment, relatively speaking, of the Republican Party. And you’re trying to put together a rainbow coalition.” (Democrats faced a similar situation in 1992, when then-Gov. Bob Casey of...
  • Coulter: Romney doing the job Republican establishment won't

    05/01/2012 7:26:33 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 84 replies
    St Augustine Record ^ | April 30th | Ann Coulter
    The actual Republican Establishment — political consultants, The Wall Street Journal, corporate America, former Bush advisers and television pundits — are exhorting Mitt Romney to flip-flop on his very non-Establishment position on illegal immigration. Both as governor of Massachusetts and as a presidential candidate, Romney has supported a fence on the border, E-Verify to ensure that employees are legal and allowing state police to arrest illegal aliens. He is the rare Republican who recognizes that in-state tuition, driver’s licenses and amnesty are magnets for more illegal immigration.
  • GOP upstart defeats party stalwart for national political seat

    05/01/2012 8:05:35 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 14 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | April 28th | Michael Dresser
    A conservative activist running an insurgent candidacy against the Maryland Republican establishment seized the post of national committeewoman at the state GOP convention Saturday, beating longtime party stalwart Audrey E. Scott. The victory by Nicolee Ambrose of Baltimore represents a generational changing of the guard for Maryland Republicans. Her win came after a bitterly fought internal struggle that played out in blogs and on Facebook.
  • Romney camp [Guy Molinari] is taking nothing for granted on Staten Island or in NY [they can't]

    04/23/2012 6:07:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    SI News - Staten Island News ^ | April 23, 2012 | Tom Wrobleski
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Mitt Romney may be the presumptive GOP nominee against Democratic President Barack Obama, but Republican primaries will still be held in New York and elsewhere tomorrow. Guy Molinari, Romney's state campaign director, said the Romney forces are taking nothing for granted, looking to battle Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich across the Empire State, where 95 delegates are at stake. "We have to redouble our efforts and go for a clean sweep," said Molinari. "We want to win every congressional district." And that includes Staten Island. Even though Molinari said informal tracking shows Romney is "very strong"...
  • Conservatives/Tea Party are like women with Battered Woman Syndrome to the Establishment

    04/20/2012 9:12:27 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 32 replies
    Friday April 20, 2012
    The GOP Establishment and Elites attack, mock, sabotage, set them up and join in with the liberals in taking down conservatives and true conservative candidates but each and every time the Establishment knows that when push comes to serve -- the conservatives wont leave the reservation and will support them when they come calling every time. They keep telling them that "you got nowhere to go, you aint leaving" The conservatives like those women, keep believing that one day things are going to get better. That next time they will be truly appreciated, that next time the husband is going...
  • Where Do Conservatives Go Now? Part 2 (Don’t Get Suckered into Supporting the Republican Party)

    04/20/2012 8:09:50 AM PDT · by xzins · 226 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 19 Apr 12 | Richard A. Viguerie
    Fourth, Remember the Difference Between Republicans and Conservatives. Conservatives look at the endorsements Mitt Romney has garnered from such establishment figures as former President George H.W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and most importantly from business-as-usual Washington insiders, such as lobbyist Ed Gillespie, and they see advocates of positions they often opposed, not friends of the transformational agenda that won the Tea Party wave election of 2010. Surveying Romney’s record and agenda, and most importantly the people he is likely to bring to Washington to implement his agenda, movement conservatives see little likelihood a Romney administration will differ...
  • In Pivot to Messaging, Ron Johnson Looks to Purge Staff (GOP-E Looking to purge Johnson)

    04/18/2012 6:25:41 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 13 replies
    Roll Call ^ | April 12th | Meredith Shiner
    Freshman GOP Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.) is looking to purge nearly his entire Washington, D.C.-based legislative team, according to multiple Republican sources familiar with the situation. Johnson's frustration with his legislative staff has been one of the worst-kept secrets in Washington for months, those close to Republican Conference politics said.
  • Establishment GOP’s Desperate Fight to Hold Power

    04/13/2012 2:49:52 PM PDT · by xzins · 42 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 4/11/12 | Richard A. Viguerie
    Rick Santorum’s exit from the Republican presidential campaign is a win for the Republican establishment, but it is a win that has revealed the desperate weakness of the Republican Party’s Washington insider culture. Now completely dominated by acolytes of the Bush family, the Republican Party at the national level has no real philosophical core – it is merely about holding onto power. But this is not power as it is understood in high school civics classes – the ability to use the levers of government by holding elective or appointive office. The power that the insiders of the national Republican...
  • Romney win, now almost certain, won't decide future of GOP

    04/07/2012 3:10:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Salem News ^ | April 7, 2012 | David M. Shribman
    SILVER SPRING, Md. — Five different political contests are being conducted right now. Only two are evident to the naked eye. The first of the visible contests pits Mitt Romney against Rick Santorum for the Republican presidential nomination. The results here in Maryland and in Wisconsin this week tell us who has a commanding lead there. The second visible contest pits Romney against President Barack Obama. That one began this month with their twin addresses to the convention of editors in Washington. Obama has a 4-point lead, according to a Gallup poll conducted last week for USA Today. Now to...
  • South Carolina Tea Party Leader Says She Doesn’t Know Anyone ‘That Does Not Despise Mitt Romney’

    04/06/2012 10:19:20 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 32 replies
    mediaite ^ | January 5th, 2012 | Nando Di Fino
    It’s no secret that Mitt Romney isn’t exactly a darling of the Tea Party, but Karen Martin, the head of the Spartanburg County, S.C., chapter, did not mince words when speaking to NPR’s Frank James about just how little they care for him. “There’s no Tea Partier that I talk to in the state or nationally that would want to promote Romney,” Martin said. “Other than the people that have come out publicly and endorsed Mitt Romney and the people left over from his 2008 campaign, I do not personally know anyone that does not despise Mitt Romney and doesn’t...
  • RNC neutrality challenged on Romney

    04/06/2012 2:08:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | April 6, 2012 | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    The Republican National Committee was supposed to play the part of umpire in the GOP presidential primary, but some Republicans are grumbling that the committee wasn’t just calling balls and strikes. Critics, including supporters of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich and even neutral Republicans, argue that the national party took steps that helped tilt the contest toward Mitt Romney — an allegation that the RNC rejects but is taking very seriously. The list of specific grievances ranges from issues that even the party acknowledges are legitimate, to those that they dismiss as desperate fixations from Romney’s flailing rivals. For example,...
  • Lugar super PAC readies $100,000 attack in primary

    03/31/2012 9:14:29 AM PDT · by Qbert · 8 replies
    AP via Journal Gazette ^ | 3/31/2012 | AP
    INDIANAPOLIS – A super PAC supporting Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar will spend next week attacking his Republican primary opponent and a separate super PAC as outside groups begin playing a greater role in Indiana’s Republican primary. Hoosiers for Economic Growth and Jobs posted the ad online Friday, ripping the anti-tax Club for Growth for supporting state Treasurer Richard Mourdock’s campaign. The super PAC is spending $100,000 to air the ad on Indianapolis television stations next week. “A Super PAC is attacking another Super PAC for being a ‘special interest,’ and attacking a former congressman who is not a candidate in...
  • Romney nails endorsements from George H.W. Bush and Florida Senator Marco Rubio

    03/29/2012 2:59:06 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 108 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 03-28-12 | Jonathan Lemire
    Mitt Romney trotted out a pair of big-name GOP endorsements Thursday to urge Republicans to close ranks around him — but his main rivals refuse to abandon their own White House dreams. Romney received the blessing of powerful Republicans past — former President George H.W. Bush — and present - popular Florida Senator Marco Rubio — in a 24-hour span, further signaling that the GOP establishment wants the grueling primary process to end. Romney even met with opponent Newt Gingrich over the weekend in New Orleans to ask for his support, but no deal was brokered, advisors to both men...
  • Untangling the Republican Delegate Mess (sausage making the GOP doesn't want us to understand)

    03/26/2012 12:42:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies · 3+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 26, 2012 | Greg Lewis
    It is possible that MittRomney might not get the requisite number of delegates before the RepublicanNationalConvention is held in August, but that's looking more and more unlikely as the primary season grinds on. Because it could happen, though, here's a review of the "delegate math," as well as a look at how it might be skewed by the tangled web of rules spun by the RepublicanParty and the flouting of those rules by a couple of key states. [SNIP] The kicker in all this is that, as much fun as it would be to watch that perverse, self-inflicted three-ring circus...
  • Risk-Averse Romney - The candidate attempts to reassure conservatives (by saying it's our hang-ups)

    03/24/2012 6:21:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Weekly Standard Magazine ^ | April 2, 2012 issue | Stephen F. Hayes
    Mitt Romney wants to eliminate government programs and shutter cabinet agencies. Doing so, he says, is “the critical thing” that needs to be done in order to bring government books back into balance and to begin restoring the promise of America. “Actually eliminating programs is the most important way to keep Congress from stuffing the money back into them,” he told me in a 30-minute interview on March 21. It’s a smart answer and a deeply conservative one. But Romney, ever cautious, is reluctant to get specific about the programs he would like to kill. He did this in his...
  • (We need a collective list of Rep-E) office holders who support Romney. To vote against.

    03/19/2012 9:07:19 AM PDT · by JSDude1 · 20 replies
    3/19/2012 | me
    Please list ANYone, be they State Senators, and State Representatives, to Governors, Candidates for Congress, US Senators, US House Members, local officials and candidates, etc..
  • Michael Steele: Brokered Convention Was 'My Goal'

    03/13/2012 11:36:55 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 24 replies
    Newser ^ | March 12th | Matt Cantor
    As the GOP nomination process drags on, odds against Republicans seem to be increasing: Voter turnout has dropped, and independents are fleeing Mitt Romney. Turns out, however, that the lengthy contest is just what the former GOP head sought in the first place. "I wanted a brokered convention," Michael Steele tells Mother Jones. It was "one of my goals" in rearranging the Republican nomination process: Steele hoped his party could emulate the excitement of the Democrats' 2008 primary battle.
  • Virginia Board of Elections: NO WRITE-INS!

    03/06/2012 12:29:29 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 19 replies
    campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | March 5, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    Virginia Board of Elections: No write-ins! By Charlie Spiering Commentary Staff Writer Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Are you a Santorum or Gingrich fan? The Virginia ballot tomorrow does not permit write-in votes for a candidate of your choice. In fact, you will only have two choices for president tomorrow. Ron Paul or Mitt Romney. Here is the statement from the Virginia Board of Elections: ATTENTION: PERSONS VOTING IN THE 2012 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY Virginia election law (§ 24.2-529) does not permit write-in votes...
  • The True 1% (And What To Do About Them)

    03/01/2012 12:23:03 PM PST · by LRoggy · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity | 3/1/12 | Lee Roggenburg
    First of all, RIP Andrew Breitbart, you will not be easily replaced. In your honor I have written the following.