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  • Tea party vs. establishment as primary season opens - The Washington Post

    05/05/2014 3:52:41 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 11 replies
    WASHINGTONPOST.COM ^ | Monday, May 5, 12:19 PM | Dan Balz
    Between now and the end of June, more than two dozen states will hold primary elections. A major subplot of this years midterm elections is the competition between the Republican establishment and the tea party wing of the party. The establishment is fighting back, but has the tea party already won? The general election is still six months off. But Tuesday opens the summer preseason of intraparty contests, which starts with an important primary in North Carolina. Between now and the end of June, more than two dozen states will hold primary elections. After a July break, the preseason will...
  • Grenade tossed in GOP civil war

    02/12/2014 5:21:25 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    movile.wnd.com ^ | 2/11/14 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, has announced his office has taken the initial steps to call for a Senate Ethics Committee investigation of Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. Cornyn is the Senate minority whip and second-most powerful Republican on Capitol Hill. He is also facing a challenge from Stockman for his Senate seat in the Texas GOP primary on March 4. A Stockman spokesman told WND a formal Request For Investigation was filed with the Senate Ethics Committee Monday. He said Cornyn could face as many as 24 counts of using his Senate office to promote his reelection campaign. The...
  • Lindsey Graham: I 'Embrace' Being a 'Chamber of Commerce Republican'

    01/24/2014 12:08:50 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 48 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/24/14 | Matthew Boyle
    As the battle between the grassroots and the establishment sides of the Republican Party rages on, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is taking a very public stance on the side of the establishment. Im going to embrace being a Chamber of Commerce Republican, Graham said in an interview with The Greenville News in Greenville, SC this week. The Chamber of Commerce represents the biggest group fighting on behalf of the GOP establishment in its ongoing battle with the Tea Party movement, becoming deeply involved in Republican primary elections and pushing comprehensive immigration reform on Capitol Hill. Theres a fight in our...
  • Why This Round Of The Republican Civil War Was Different

    12/13/2013 9:59:12 PM PST · by zeestephen · 36 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12 December 2013 | Molly Ball
    So what happened? Why didnt those Tea Party lawmakers and conservative groups get their way? Heres what happened: Boehner took control.
  • The Republican Civil War Is Getting Bloodier

    12/12/2013 7:47:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 95 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 11, 2013 | Josh Kraushaar
    Even as their political prospects brighten for 2014, Republicans are at odds with each other.Glen Bolger, one of the Republican party's leading pollsters, told the Washington Post today that the Republican party needs to stop being the "dysfunctional equivalent of the Washington Redskins."Related Stories RSC Fires Executive Director for Leaking Talks to Outside GroupsPaul Ryan Says Conservative Attacks Are a 'Strange New Normal'John Boehner Blasts Conservative Groups: 'This Is Ridiculous' If anything, Bolger was being too generous. The ongoing Republican soap opera between the so-called establishment and the emboldened conservative grassroots is even more chaotic than the latest drama between...
  • Its True The Republican Establishment Elites Hate The Tea Party Grassroots

    11/13/2013 9:48:16 AM PST · by IChing · 35 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 11/13/13 | Donald Joy
    Back in January of 2010, I drove my old Honda from D.C. up to Massachusetts to help out the Scott Brown campaign in the final days of the push to get him elected to the U.S. Senate. It was a very stimulating experience, because the entire country was caught up in the special-election drama of a charismatic Republicans bid to win what had for decades been Democrat Ted Kennedys senate seat, and of course because Brown did end up winning. It was exhilarating, to join in and be part of what seemed to be such an historic accomplishment in American...
  • Can Conservatives Take Over the GOP?

    11/12/2013 10:40:17 AM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 41 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | November 12, 2013 | Nelson Hultberg
    It began with Richard Nixon. He showed Republicans how to win elections and lose their soul, how to capitulate to statism and call it a new kind of freedom. Consequently the GOP is now a carbon copy of the Democrat Party. Throughout the seventies and eighties, neoconservative intellectuals eagerly fostered this new kind of freedom which gave Republicans an excuse to blank out on the reality of what they were doing. Led by the late Irving Kristol and big government luminaries like Harvard sociologist Patrick Moynihan and Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz, these influential former socialists infiltrated the Republican Party like...
  • When moderates fight back: GOP civil war could be brutal in 2014 elections

    11/07/2013 5:08:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | November 7, 2013 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There's a fight brewing and it could get ugly. In one corner is the Republican Party. And in the other ... the Republican Party. The stakes could not be higher. The GOP has failed to get a majority of Americans to vote for its presidential candidates in five of the last six elections. And Tuesday night's gubernatorial races -- a win in New Jersey and loss in Virginia -- sent confusing signals, at best, about where the party is headed. The fight spilled out into the open in a race for Alabama's 1st Congressional District, with two Republicans the face...
  • GOP civil war: The Battle of Virginia

    11/08/2013 5:18:42 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Wash Times ^ | 11/7/13 | Conor Higgins
    Democrats all over the country rejoice at the news that Terry McAuliffe defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the race for Virginia governor on Tuesday. To them, this victory is a resounding triumph over the conservative right, and a clear message to all Americans that the radical ideas of the Tea Party have no place at the national or state level. To them, this is a loud and clear message that the Tea Party and their radical agenda are on their way out. What is the real message of the Virginia gubernatorial race? -snip- Do you think it is possible, that...
  • Mitch McConnell draws a line in the sand for the Tea Party

    11/08/2013 5:51:02 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 11/8/13 | Jazz Shaw
    Up until now, the war between the Tea Party and the establishment GOP (however you define that) has been kind of one sided. Responses from the old guard have tended to run along the lines of, were all fighting for the same goals, we just dont agree on the tactics or, more simply, cant we all just get along? But this week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sat down with Peggy Noonan for a WSJ interview which is bound to have some tongues wagging. In it, hes essentially taken off the gloves, and said what most of the media mavens...
  • Waterloo for the Republicans: Will the Cruz, Paul, Palin, Lee, Bachmann wing win out?

    11/05/2013 3:18:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 5, 2013 | Peter H. Fenn, Democratic political strategist & consultant
    In the coming two to four years, the Republicans seem ready to engage in a battle royal for the soul of their party. And it sure will be ugly. It looks like a war between the Backward Caucus and the usual Conservative Caucus. Forget the moderate Republicans; most of them were put out to pasture long ago. Parties have seen battles between factions since the founding of the republic: the Whigs, the Bull Moose Party, conservative Democrats, liberal Republicans plenty of splinter groups to go around. Conservatives took over the Republican Party in the 1970s and northern liberal Republicans...
  • GOP Civil War Rages in Alabama

    11/05/2013 11:56:16 AM PST · by County Agent Hank Kimball · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 5, 2013 | Lara Seligman
    Establishment Republicans, looking to push back against Tea Party conservatives they blame for undermining the GOP brand, face an early test of their clout with the grassroots in Tuesdays primary election for Alabamas 1st congressional district. Amid a concerted effort by the Chamber of Commerce to secure a win for former state Sen. Bradley Byrne in the deep-red district, polls show his race against conservative underdog Dean Young remains a toss-up. No one can say that one side will definitely win, and thats whats got everybody so nervous, said David Mowery, an Alabama-based Republican strategist. Byrne and Young are vying...
  • McCain: We'll Try to Pass Immigration Changes After GOP Primaries

    10/29/2013 4:12:29 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct 29, 2013 | Tony Lee
    I think conventional wisdom is that time is not on our side, McCain told reporters on Monday after an event in Chicago. But there are a number of members of Congress who have primaries and when those primaries are done, they may be more inclined to address the issue of comprehensive immigration reform.
  • How GOP Insiders Will Fail in Civil War vs. Tea Party: The Establishment Strikes Back

    10/29/2013 2:46:52 PM PDT · by Moseley · 51 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | October 29, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    The Establishment Strikes Back. But this campaign against the tea party will fail, because false assumptions dominate the thinking and plans of Americas Republican establishment. GOP insiders have now declared war on the tea party. They are promising during the 2014 U.S. elections to restore business interests to dominate the GOP, and weaken the tea party influence. Hopefully well go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them, said former Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio. According to the National Journal, LaTourettes new political group, Defending Main Street, aims to raise $8 million to fend off tea-party...
  • Head of centrist GOP PAC: Lets go beat the snot out of tea partiers in the primaries next year

    10/26/2013 5:45:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 24, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Dude, theyre feeling it. The RINOs are ready to charge. Assuming theyre successful and a bunch of tea-party incumbents get bounced from the House, its pretty much third-party time for grassroots conservatives, right? 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 midterm election from turning into another missed opportunity. 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...
  • GOP establishment plans to exorcise Tea Party, defend two Illinois congressmen

    10/26/2013 5:54:18 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 69 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | Friday Oct 25 2013 | Illinois Review
    Writing in National Journal, Beth Reinhard reports that the Republican Party is gearing up to exorcise itself of conservative and Tea Party elements it believes will lead the GOP to defeat in 2014. "Hopefully we'll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them," said former Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, whose new political group, Defending Main Street, aims to raise $8 million to fend off Tea Party challenges against more mainstream Republican incumbents. "We're going to be very aggressive and we're going to get in their faces." Tactics being discussed among Republican consultants, donors, and...
  • The Republican Embrace of the Welfare State: The establishment GOP has accepted progressivisms...

    10/26/2013 2:19:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 26, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The establishment GOP has accepted progressivisms central premise.Charles Krauthammer has come to my rescue. You see, Ive been on the receiving end of some spirited reaction since asserting in last weekends column that what we commonly call the Republican establishment i.e., not all individual Republicans but GOP leadership is more sympathetic to Obamas case for the welfare state than to the Tea Partys case for limited government and individual liberty. The statement may have been provocative in the sense of expressing a truth that people on the political Right prefer not to talk about. But it was not...
  • The Idea of a Third Party Alternative to the GOP

    10/23/2013 6:56:33 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 53 replies
    American Clarion ^ | October 23, 2013 | Bob Ellis
    Richard Viguerie at Conservative HQ examines the idea of starting a third party alternative to the RINO-led Republican Partyan idea that has been growing in popularity since the rise of the Tea Party movement four years ago, and even more popular now that the Republican leadership in congress has once again caved to Democrats in the fight against ObamaCare. Since even Sean Hannity expressed support for a third party recently, Viguerie felt it was time to address the issueand rebut it. Viguerie reminds us of some GOP history and the war between liberals and conservatives in the Republican Party: In...
  • Viguerie Predicts 'Absolute' Bloodbath in 2014 GOP Primaries

    10/23/2013 6:06:12 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 40 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | October 22, 2013 | David A. Patten
    Movement-conservative icon, author, and direct-market pioneer Richard Viguerie threw down the gauntlet to establishment Republicans and the GOP leadership Tuesday, charging that conservatives "have been betrayed, abandoned by our leaders, and that includes Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, [and] Reince Priebus at the Republican National Committee." Viguerie and other grass-roots conservative leaders are warning that Republicans who voted to end the shutdown on terms favorable to President Barack Obama and the Democrats will face major primary opposition in 2014.
  • The GOP civil war: Pregame predictions

    10/23/2013 2:48:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Washington Times | October 22, 2013 | Its All Smoke and Whiskey by Conor Higgins
    "...........[SNIP]...........But while the factions within the GOP prepare themselves for what is sure to be a West Side Story type rumble, it is possible that the Establishment may have overplayed its hand and compromised its position without even realizing it. To the Establishment, the Tea Party is political plutonium, explosive and too hot to handle right now. They need to cut ties with it, bring it to heel, or spin it so that it seems like they are all one big happy family, which probably wont happen. They believe that conservative voters want to see the individuals responsible for partially...
  • Will a New Republican Party Please Stand Up?

    10/23/2013 3:26:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10/23/2013 | Kathleen Gotto
    Americans know the Republican Party has lost its way and the effectiveness of party conservatives has been neutralized. But it is not just the Republican Party per se that is the problem. All three branches of the federal government have seized our inheritance to the point where now we citizens are the ones who support and defend the Constitution, and career politicians and judges are destroying what is left of it. It is indisputable that the Republican Party offers no united opposition to the tyrannical Left. Indeed, in the recent government shutdown fiasco, Republican senators repudiated their fellow House Republicans...
  • RINO Hunting Season Opens (shortened)

    10/23/2013 8:44:38 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10/22/13 | David Freedlander
    Forget defending their House majority—some Republicans who angered the Tea Party during the shutdown must first beat back primary challenges. Even Boehner isn’t immune, reports David Freedlander. inShare. Republicans in the House of Representatives have such low approval ratings, according to recent polls, that a Democratic takeover looks possible. But before Republicans can defend their majority, they first must stave off a slew of primary challengers who are targeting incumbent members of Congress. Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast The new spate of primaries mostly target those Republicans who failed to toe the Tea Party line during the recent budget...
  • Jon Stewart: John McCain Cant Knock the Tea Party, He Gave Us Sarah Palin (Video)

    10/23/2013 2:34:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Yahoo! OMG! South Africa / The Wrap ^ | October 23, 2013 | Brent Lang
    Jon Stewart waded into the civil war currently engulfing the Republican Party that is pitting members of the political establishment against the Tea Party. On Tuesdays edition of The Daily Show, Stewart noted that many enlistees in the GOPs old guard are responsible for unleashing a right-wing agenda that culminated in the shutdown of the federal government this month and brought the country to the brink of default. The party wanted to absorb the Tea Party energy, to swallow and digest the Tea Partys enthusiasm and passion, so long as the Tea Party promised not to burst through their chests...
  • Republican party's 'humiliating' defeat raises prospects of lasting party split

    10/18/2013 3:39:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 16, 2013 | Dan Roberts and Paul Lewis in Washington
    The Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, has a curious habit of pulling despairing faces when marching his divided troops into battle. As he marched them back again on Wednesday, exhausted and bedraggled by their failed attempt to hold President Obama to ransom over his healthcare reforms, there is much of the same eye-rolling that characterised the start of their reluctant campaign. We fought the good fight. We just didnt win, he told a radio interviewer. But not all Republicans think they can shrug off the past two weeks just as easily. Moderate senators Lindsey Graham and...
  • Lets talk about the Republican split.

    10/18/2013 4:57:02 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 21 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 10/18/2013 | Moneyrunner
    Lets talk about the Republican split. I was going to call it a Civil War but that would be an exaggeration. There is a very deep fissure in the Republican ranks. There are any number of ways it can be described, but one of the best descriptions I have read of the "establishment" Republican Party is that it's the Not-Democrat Party. By that I mean that the Republicans are the party you vote for when you dont want the Democrats to win. The Democrats have become firmly ideological. When Michelle Obama spoke about her husband wishing to fundamentally transform America,...
  • The Republican civil war is just getting started

    10/18/2013 9:03:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Week ^ | October 18, 2013 | Jon Terbush
    The future of the GOP? With the government shutdown and debt ceiling fight in the rearview mirror, Republicans can move on to more important matters like determining which of the party's warring factions will control the GOP going forward. The recent fiscal fist-fighting ostensibly pit Republicans against Democrats, but the real power struggle was between Tea Partiers and the GOP establishment. The conflict, bubbling beneath the surface for some time, finally boiled over into a messy public spat that, even as the shutdown came to a close, showed no signs of stopping. The fissure has been growing since 2010,...
  • GOP Congressman Rips Tea Party Colleagues: 'I'm Not Sure They're Republicans'

    10/16/2013 1:59:13 PM PDT · by don-o · 75 replies
    National Journal ^ | October 16, 2013 | Shane Goldmacher
    In a sign of the internal backlash against the right wing of the House Republican Conference, Louisiana Republican Charles Boustany questioned the political allegiances and motivations of his tea party-aligned colleagues and said they had put the GOP majority at risk in the current shutdown fight. "There are members with a different agenda," Boustany said Wednesday in an interview in his office. "And I'm not sure they're Republicans and I'm not sure they're conservative."
  • House Conservatives Revolt

    10/15/2013 5:54:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 79 replies
    NRO - Corner ^ | October 15, 2013 | Robert Costa
    In a few minutes, House Republicans will meet in the Capitols basement. The chief topic of conversation: the emerging Senate deal. But before the meeting even begins, House conservatives are bashing it behind the scenes, and theyre pushing the leadership to reject the compromise. A flurry of phone calls and meetings last night and early this morning led the consensus among the approximatley 50 Republicans who form the House GOPs right flank. Theyre furious with Senate Republicans for working with Democrats to craft what one leading Tea Party congressman calls a mushy piece of st. Another House conservative warns, If...
  • 5 Republicans Who Deserve To Lose Their Jobs Over Their Shutdown Behavior

    10/15/2013 6:35:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 10-15-2013 | John Hawkins
    You don't go on television during a shutdown and tell the world that your party is shutting down the government. You don't go out and take vicious shots at other Republicans for advocating the strategy your party is engaged in, especially when you don't have the cahones to go after Democrats the same way. If conservative Republicans like Justin Amash and Tim Huelskamp were punished for not being deferential enough to leadership, how is it that establishment Republicans can actively work to undermine the Republican Party during a shutdown fight and get a complete pass? If these mediocrities are so...
  • (David Frum) A tea party exit would be a blessing for the GOP

    10/15/2013 8:16:05 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 70 replies
    CNN Op ^ | 10-14-2013 | David Frum
    "Do the Republican and Democratic parties do an adequate job of representing the American people, or do they do such a poor job that a third major party is required?" A record 60% of Americans now yearn for a third major party, according to Gallup. Independents, unsurprisingly, are most likely to favor a third party, but a majority of self-described Republicans say yes, too. But what do they mean by that "yes"? (snip) But here's a caution about third parties in American history: They are much more likely to arise on the fringes of the political system, not the center....
  • Hannity: "It May Be Time For A New Conservative Party In America" (audio)

    10/14/2013 2:51:32 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 73 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 14, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    HANNITY: I don't blame the media. I don't blame Harry Reid. I don't blame Obama. If every Republican would have stood by their promise like Ted Cruz, we wouldn't be in this position today. If they held together, we wouldn't have a problem today. You know, what is different here is, you know, every time the establishment wins, they want the tea party conservative base to go along with them. Now when the tea party stands up and fights for what they promise their voters, somehow they're evil, somehow what they did is wrong. When yet, all I see is...
  • Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell and the power of Republican surrender

    09/26/2013 11:08:39 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 9 replies
    wash times ^ | 9/26/13
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz took Washington by storm with his filibuster against Obamacare. Utah Senator Mike Lee, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions and Florida Senator Marco Rubio helped out. Unfortunately for both Cruz and America, Ted Cruzs filibuster was doomed before it started. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell along with Texas Senator John Cornyn, Arizona Senator John McCain and other members of the Republican Establishment had already moved to the position of preemptive Republican surrender. McConnell and Cornyn were whipping votes to vote for cloture or, in other words, stop Cruzs filibuster. In baseball terms, it is the bottom of the...
  • What we just saw (The battle is now joined)

    09/25/2013 9:11:59 PM PDT · by ReaganberAlles · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/25/2013 | Michael Walsh
    "In the aftermath of Senator Ted Cruzs epic performance on the Senate floor, a few observations: After his disgraceful attacks on Cruz, including his reach-across-the-aisle, dog-in-the-manger response today, this should be the end of Senator John McCain as a voice of influence in the Republican party." "Win or lose, the battle is now joined: First the struggle for the GOP and then the battle for control of Congress and the presidency. Cruz just struck at the kings he could reach the Republican leadership and has most likely dealt them a fatal blow. Now the Tea Party hordes must...
  • Ted Cruz Reveals that the Republican Establishment Despise Their Own Base

    09/26/2013 1:54:08 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 88 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 9-26-2013 | Karin McQuillan
    The Revolutionary War was a rebellion against Britain, but it first required a battle between Tories and Patriots. Ted Cruz is fighting for the honor of leading the conservative movement. The main goal is to give the American people a voice, defeat the Democrat Party, and take over Congress and the White House, so we can shrink our federal government back to constitutional limits. The battleground of the moment is ObamaCare. But the first adversary that must be defeated is the Republican establishment. Is it any wonder that the Republican leadership is working to make sure the defunding effort fails?...
  • Republicans Have No Clue Who Their Enemy Really Is

    09/26/2013 3:49:31 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 39 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 09/26/13 | LD Jackson
    I've never been someone who constantly calls for a third-party in our political system. I have long-held the opinion that a third-party would be able to get very little done, simply because the Democrats and Republicans are so entrenched in the system. I'm still not there yet, but there is something that I need to get off my chest. Why does our party insist on eating its own? Would it be so hard for the Republican establishment to admit that Senator Ted Cruz is doing something good in his attempt to alert and inform Americans about the dangers that are...
  • UPDATE 2-U.S. House Republicans delay vote on spending, 'Obamacare' after split

    09/11/2013 4:04:11 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 11, 2013 | David Lawder and Richard Cowan
    (Reuters) - A Republican plan aimed at averting a government shutdown in less than three weeks ran into a wall of opposition on Wednesday from conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and leaders delayed any votes on it until at least next week.The plan, derided as a "trick" by some conservatives, would have let them cast an essentially symbolic vote to defund "Obamacare" healthcare reforms without risking a shutdown, feared by party leaders who remember the political damage they suffered when government offices shut their doors in the mid-1990s.The move in the House is the latest indication a Republican...
  • Senate cloture vote tells us one thing: the GOP as a national party is dead

    04/21/2013 6:42:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Protein Wisdom ^ | April 11, 2013 | Jeff Goldstein
    As some Newtown families, props being used by the very gun grabbers who have set up the kinds of gun-free shooting galleries in which their children were slain, held hands and prayed for more than 60 votes (having been flown in at taxpayer expense to lobby our representatives to take away our natural rights), it occurred to me that, with 16 Republicans voting that a debate on amending an unalienable right is perfectly in keeping with the Constitution, the Republican party then and there died. Went t*ts up. Ceased to be. If John McCain and Lindsay Graham and Lamar Alexander...
  • Social conservatives warn Priebus they could abandon GOP

    04/10/2013 4:58:07 PM PDT · by yongin · 123 replies
    First Read NBC News ^ | April 9, 2013 | Michael O'Brien
    A group of high-profile social conservatives warned Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus in a letter this week that their supporters could abandon the GOP if the party seeks to change its position on social issues, particularly same-sex marriage. Thirteen social conservatives, representing various influential groups, wrote Priebus ahead of the RNC's quarterly meeting this week in Los Angeles to sternly rebuke the conclusions of a post-election report that advised Republican elected officials to adopt a softer tone toward social issues. "We respectfully warn GOP Leadership that an abandonment of its principles will necessarily result in the abandonment of our...
  • Should the GOP dump social issues?

    03/31/2013 10:26:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The Laura Ingraham Show ^ | March 31, 2013 | Laura Ingraham
    Recently reporter Thomas Edsall - who has spent most of the last 30 years covering politics for the Washington Post and the New Republic - had some advice for the GOP. He draws upon some recent polling data to argue that "the Republican Party can afford to marginalize . . . Christian right leaders because evangelical social conservatives . . . are not going to vote Democratic." Thus, he reasons that Republicans can, as he puts it, "concede defeat in the culture war" in the hopes of picking up more socially liberal voters. Mr. Edsall might want to check with...
  • Trouble Brewing in GOP

    03/19/2013 5:15:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 101 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    For the first time, I am wondering about the long-term viability of the Republican Party. I say this not as an advocate of its demise or restructuring but as an observer of troubling signs. The Republican Party is thought to be the institutional vehicle for the advancement of conservative policies, but for decades, the conservative movement has been frustrated with the party's deviation from conservative principles -- its refusal to live up to its decidedly conservative platform. I believe that the disappointing results for Republicans in the 2006 elections and probably the 2012 elections, as well, were in no...
  • Rove Fires Back after Palins Blistering CPAC Speech

    03/17/2013 7:25:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 109 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | March 17, 2013 | Kenneth Hanne
    Karl Rove sought to turn the tables Sunday on Sarah Palin, jabbing her for stepping down early as Alaska governor, a day after she blistered the GOP consultant in a speech at CPAC. Palin launched a broadside against the GOP establishment on Saturday at the gathering of conservatives, but directed her sharpest aim at Rove, reports Huffington Post. “If these experts who keep losing elections and keep getting rehired and getting millions — if they feel that strong about who gets to run in this party, then they should buck-up or stay in the truck,” Palin told CPAC Saturday, according...
  • The REAL Civil War In The Republican Party

    03/15/2013 12:47:12 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 60 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-15-13 | Curt
    The NYT's, that bastion of unbiased reporting...cough, has a story today entitled "Divisions in G.O.P. Are Laid Bare on First Day of Conservative Conference". The largest annual gathering of Republican activists began here Thursday with appearances by rival presidential hopefuls offering their party starkly different paths back to prominence and diagnoses of what ails it after last falls demoralizing losses. We dont need any new ideas, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida told a room packed with cheering grass-roots activists, anticipating what he predicted would be liberal critiques of his remarks. The idea is called America, and it still...
  • In Closed-Door Meeting, Cantor Warned of Civil War

    02/28/2013 9:20:16 PM PST · by Mozilla · 17 replies
    The Corner ^ | February 27, 2013 | Katrina Trinko
    House majority leader Eric Cantor is increasingly frustrated with a group of House Republicans who are working against the leadership, and hes not afraid of voicing his dismay. In a closed-door conference meeting on Wednesday, Cantor told one GOP member that if they blocked the Senate-passed Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) from coming to the floor, theyd cause civil war in the ranks. Cantors comment irked some Republican aides, who told National Review Online that such strong language is inappropriate. In recent days, some conservatives have been upset about the Senates version of VAWA, saying that parts of the bill...
  • Grand old stances on social issues destroy GOP unity

    ANY hopes Republicans might have had that the gnashing of teeth that came with their November election loss might be over were dashed this week, when tensions between the right and far right threatened to explode into civil war. After the President, Barack Obama, delivered a State of the Union address that was the logical extension of his trenchantly liberal inauguration address, Republicans delivered not one but two rebuttals. There have been signs of a realignment in the conservative firmament ever since the election. Blame has been laid and fingers pointed. The former Bush speechwriter David Frum told Fairfax Media...
  • Republican Leaders Worry Their Party Could Divide in Two

    02/14/2013 5:54:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    Yahoo! News / National Journal ^ | February 14, 2013 | Ron Fournier
    Inside the cozy enclaves of GOP bonhomiehunkered at the tables of see-and-be-seen Washington restaurantsRepublican leaders are sourly predicting a party-busting independent presidential bid by a tea-party challenger, like Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in 2016. To them, the GOP apocalypse looms larger than most realize. Dueling State of the Union rebuttals and Karl Roves assault on right-wing candidates are mere symptoms of an existential crisis that is giving the sturdiest Republicans heartburn. And yet, the heart of the matter extends beyond the GOP. My conversations this week with two Republican officials, along with a Democratic strategist's timely memo, reflect a growing...
  • Does the Republican Party Have a Future?

    02/11/2013 4:20:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Star Parker
    The United States, from day one, was a project about principles and ideals. The super power that emerged and grew from the handful of colonists that began settling here was not the product of where those colonists happened to land, but the ideals and principles in their head and heart applied in how they lived their lives. The Republican Party was founded in 1854 to address one great blot on the nations founding legacy the existence of slavery in a nation founded under the ideal of freedom under God. Runaway slave and self-educated abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass said...
  • David Brooks: The Establishment Will Eventually Win Fight Against Tea Party

    02/10/2013 7:33:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    RCP ^ | 02/11/2013
    <p>JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR: Well, bring it back home, and talking about politics, pure politics, inside the Republican Party, David, it looks like there are some -- we have seen some evidence of this, but now it looks like it's more out in the open, that some of the traditional -- folks we thought of as being traditional leaders of the Republican Party are openly challenging the Tea Party.</p>
  • Inside the Beltway: The war on Rove escalates

    02/07/2013 5:49:42 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 7 February, 2013 | Jennifer Harper
    A bristling group of 25 traditional conservatives are out to protect one of their own in a new push against the establishment Republicans of Karl Roves American Crossroads. The coalition has sent a letter of protest to Steven Law, president of the super-duper PAC, following an interview with the organizations spokesman that aired Wednesday on a talk radio station in the nations capital: We cannot and will not abide the unjust, personal broadside your aide Jonathan Collegio leveled against a man whose family has dedicated itself to advancing the cause of liberty for over half a century. This morning Mr....
  • Is the Republican Party headed toward civil war?

    02/06/2013 4:01:44 PM PST · by Mozilla · 44 replies
    CBS ^ | 2/6/13 | Lindsey Boerma
    For anyone who sees Mitt Romney's loss in the November presidential election as a harbinger of GOP decline, conservatives have a message - make that two, tellingly conflicting, messages. One, embodied by the Conservative Victory Project (CVP) - a group backed by Karl Rove's "super PAC" seeking to curb influence from far-right organizations - and spelled out Tuesday by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.: Our olive branch is ripe, Democrats, and with the right legislation, we're willing to compromise. The other, perhaps best summarized in paperwork filed today by ousted Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., to create a "super PAC"...
  • The GOP Civil War Has Begun

    02/06/2013 2:53:37 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | David Bossie
    When a person amasses too much power, they often believe they are indestructible. What Karl Rove and company did last week in the New York Times, claiming that their new Conservative Victory Project would cure the ills of a disappointing campaign cycle, is laughable. The so-called Conservative Victory Project is nothing more than an attempt by establishment Republicans to cull the conservative movement. Why does Rove think he has a monopoly on wanting to win? At least Karl Rove and company are finally out front with their disdain for the conservative movement, and I am thankful for it. The battle...