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  • After years of influence, GOP kingmaker’s future uncertain

    10/21/2017 10:43:28 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 13 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | October 21, 2017 11:40 am | AP
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina political strategist Richard Quinn has boasted a client list that includes Republican notables such as Lindsey Graham and John McCain. The veteran consultant’s name has long been synonymous with Republican political success in South Carolina. The kingmaker’s indictment this week on criminal conspiracy and illegal lobbying charges could mean difficult and, at the very least, awkward circumstances for the remaining Republicans who still rely on him for advice. Not to mention the vacuum it could create if Quinn — who’s advised presidential hopefuls in this early voting state for nearly 40 years —...
  • Bannon Gathers Donors as He Launches War on GOP Establishment

    10/18/2017 5:17:28 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/18/17 | Sean Moran
    Frustrated with Republican incumbents’ inability to pass any significant legislation, the Republican donor class started meeting with Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon over his plan to primary establishment Republicans. Former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon met with notable Republican donors, many whom remain frustrated by the Republican establishment’s inability to pass significant legislation such as repealing and replacing Obamacare, tax reform, and funding a southern border wall. The Republican donor class will consider backing Bannon’s campaign to challenge Senate Republican incumbents in the war against Senate Majority Leader...
  • Steve Bannon Takes on the GOP Establishment

    10/16/2017 12:53:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 16, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: At the Value Voters Summit over the weekend, Steve Bannon on Saturday made a speech, an address, and he basically said that this is a season of war against the GOP establishment — and, believe me, it was heard. The Wall Street Journal has an editorial, “The Antidote to Steve Bannon,” and this is gonna be one of those rare times where if you read this you will agree with the Wall Street Journal. Lindsey Grahamnesty, by the way, appears to be coming around. Something has happened. Lindsey Grahamnesty went out and played golf with Trump, and he was...
  • Salon’s Top 'Conservative’ List Is Nearly All 'Never Trump' Liberals Who Hate the Right

    10/16/2017 11:16:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 10-16-2017 | Kristine Marsh
    Salon’s Top 'Conservative’ List Is Nearly All 'Never Trump' Liberals Who Hate the Right Kristine Marsh October 16, 2017 Over the weekend, liberal online magazine Salon put out a highly mockable list of their top “25 Conservatives Actually Worth Following on Twitter.” The story made a splash on social media, because it seemed Salon’s only criteria for being a “worthy conservative” is that you had to be an outspoken “Never-Trumper” and a fierce critic of the right. Brownie points if you support Obamacare and spew profanities at the president. What didn’t count? Actually being a smart, thoughtful commentator on conservative...
  • Bannon on GOP insurgency: 'Nobody can run and hide'

    10/14/2017 8:31:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 14, 2017 1:54 PM EDT | Emily Wagster Pettus and Thomas Beaumont
    Steve Bannon has a stark message to Republican incumbents he considers part of the establishment: “Nobody can run and hide.” President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist is promoting a field of potential primary challengers to take on disfavored Republicans in Congress and step up for open seats. […] It’s an insurgency that could imperil Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Bannon called it a “populist nationalist conservative revolt” in a speech to religious conservatives in Washington on Saturday. The emerging Bannon class of rabble-rousers shares limited ideological ties but a common intent to upend Washington and knock out Senate...
  • The Republican civil war is spreading

    10/13/2017 8:43:42 AM PDT · by Mariner · 78 replies
    The Week ^ | October 13th, 2017 | Paul Waldman
    arties don't descend into vicious civil wars when things are going well for them. So the fact that it's happening now to the GOP tells you a lot about what Republicans are facing, even though they control the White House, Congress, and a majority of state houses and governorships. They are beginning to tear themselves apart over the question of who is to blame for their current difficulties, with one side saying it's the fault of a feckless establishment that is insufficiently loyal to President Trump, and the other side saying — mostly sotto voce, but occasionally out loud —...
  • The GOP Becomes the Party of the Little Guy

    10/12/2017 12:04:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | October 11, 2017 | Keith Koffler
    Follow the money. Because, even though Democrats don’t like it, money is speech. It speaks louder than words. And those who believe in something put their money where their mouth is. As they say. If you want evidence that President Trump’s populist revolution has made the Republican Party the party of the people, look no further than the money. The donations. An excellent but, of course, little-noted article by Matea Gold of the Washington Post reports that small-dollar donations – defined as $200 or less – to the Republican Party this year have vastly outpaced such giving to the Democrats....
  • BOOK: GOP Senators ‘Laughed Out Loud’ at Notion Border Wall Would Get Built

    10/11/2017 12:51:03 PM PDT · by bkopto · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/11/2017 | rebecca mansour
    During a private meeting of the most senior Republican senators, GOP leaders “laughed out loud at the idea that Trump’s border wall would ever be built.” The explosive revelation comes from Laura Ingraham’s new book, Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump. Ingraham reports that her source “was there in the room” when it happened and that the sordid episode is “a reminder that the populist movement that delivered Trump into office must remain vigilant and keep the heat on the GOP Establishment.”
  • The Swamp Wants You to Think They’ve Seized the Presidency from Trump

    10/10/2017 1:05:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 10, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I’m seeing more and more stories, and it’s related to this whole Corker snafu, that Trump really isn’t president. That Kelly and Mattis and Tillerson have seized the office and are openly defying Trump on everything. The purpose of the story is just to put forth two propositions. One, of course that Trump is a dangerous idiot like Corker says, on the verge of starting World War III, and veterans of the swamp literally have to countermand him on virtually everything. And of course the second aspect of the story is a constitutional crisis. If that’s really happening, for...
  • Will Senate lose its last remaining pragmatists? (they are both weeping and frightened!)

    10/09/2017 5:19:02 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 44 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 10/9/17 | Francine Kiefer
    Collins, Corker, and McCain are three Republican pragmatists who regularly work across the aisle. Their exits – along with the potential loss of several endangered Democrats up for reelection in red states – would all but complete the hollowing out of the Senate’s political center. It’s a trend that’s been going on for more than a decade on both sides, says Jennifer Duffy of the independent Cook Political Report: “There’s virtually no middle left in the Senate.”
  • Squishy Republicans are Calling it Quits

    10/09/2017 1:50:14 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    ussanews.com ^ | 10/9/17
    In early September, Charlie Dent, Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania and co-chair of the moderate Tuesday Group, Charlie Dent suddenly announced he was retiring from the House after seven terms in office. So what. What’s the big deal? Well, it’s apparently a big deal to many – particularly it seems to publications on the left like The Atlantic. Yesterday, The Atlantic wrote a piece entitled, “Who Will Lead the Republican Moderates?” lamenting the exit next year of representative Dent. You see, Dent is the current “leader” of the moderate wing of the Republican Party in Congress. So of course it’s a big deal...
  • GOP donors say Senate RINOs hurting the party — and they’re right

    10/09/2017 1:57:30 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    This #neverTrump attitude among RINOs in the Senate is costing the Republican Party support. Major Republican donors are lamenting inaction in D.C. on major campaign pledges including tax reform and the repeal of Obamacare as a major reason why fundraising is down, placing most of the blame on #neverTrump #RINOs in the Senate. As reported by Fox News, political fundraiser Dan Palmer said Saturday that raising money for coming races has been difficult thanks to the obstinance of so-called “Republicans” (like John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and a handful of others). “I’ve been around Republican politics for 30 some years and...
  • Bob Corker Shows Us the True Face of the GOP Establishment

    10/09/2017 1:25:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 9, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Senator Bob Corker, Tennessee, retired from the Senate, has finally once and for all honestly opened up about the Republican establishment view of Donald Trump and what they think their role is, which is basically to nullify Trump, to contain Trump, to maintain our precious current world order. Trump poses the greatest threat. Republicans in the Senate think it’s their job to thwart the Trump agenda. Corker said so in frustration. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Anyway, Bob Corker and Donald Trump, big feud going on here with Corker having finally admitted what’s really going on, at least among his buddies...
  • Commentary: Welcome to the dysfunction of Illinois government

    10/09/2017 7:03:38 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune.com ^ | Oct 6, 2017 | Diana Sroka Rickert
    Commentary: Welcome to the dysfunction of Illinois government Diana Sroka Rickert I walked into the Thompson Center on my first day, not knowing what to expect. In many ways, my new workplace was like any other large organization: big building, thousands of people and plenty of broken computers. Except this building is dilapidated, many of the employees are political hires and the computers will never be repaired, ever. And it’s all paid for by you, Illinois taxpayers. “Welcome to state government,” said a new colleague, as we boarded the elevator for the 16th floor. This summer I got to see...
  • The League of Extraordinary Candidates: (snip)

    10/08/2017 2:52:34 PM PDT · by Pollard · 4 replies
    breitbart ^ | 10/8/2017 | Mathhew Boyle
    Remainder of article title: Economic Nationalist Leaders Plan for Anti-Establishment Midterm Tsunami to Force Change Conservatives and economic nationalist leaders are looking past the current dysfunction in Washington to a group of new and exciting young candidates throwing their hats in the ring nationwide to break the gridlock with midterm election victories. This group of individuals, which some are calling “The League of Extraordinary Candidates,” is emerging nationally—a distinct slate of U.S. Senate and House candidates, as well as key gubernatorial contenders, all united in their focus on breaking the logjam in Congress. Movement leaders view establishment Republicans and Democrats...
  • Breitbart Goes ‘Old Hickory’ in Tennessee, Gets 2 Establishment Scalps

    10/08/2017 7:19:07 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 7, 2017 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    In three short weeks Breitbart News reporting drove two of the three leading establishment Republicans in Tennessee out of the state’s 2018 U.S. Senate race. First up was incumbent Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), who made a surprise announcement on September 26 he would not run for re-election, one day after a Breitbart News report about his sweetheart deal in an Alabama retail center development in which Alabama taxpayers are set to pay him more than $3 million over 20 years in sales tax incentive rebates. Though his announcement that he would not seek re-election was couched in terms that claimed...
  • Corker responds: It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone ...

    10/08/2017 9:05:35 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 87 replies
    Senator Bob Corker Twitter ^ | October 8, 2017 | Senator Bob Corker
    It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.
  • Donald Trump has made a lot of people nervous, says former Bush advisor (More winning!)

    10/06/2017 1:35:05 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 30 replies
    CNBC ^ | October 6, 2017 | Michelle Fox
    President Donald Trump's recent comments are making Republican strategist Ron Christie nervous – and he told CNBC he's probably not the only one. On Thursday, Trump cryptically suggested that a meeting with senior military leaders was "the calm before the storm. "It gives our allies and adversaries pause for reflection to say, 'What is the United States about to do?'" said Christie, former special assistant to President George W. Bush. President Donald Trump's recent comments are making Republican strategist Ron Christie nervous – and he told CNBC he's probably not the only one. On Thursday, Trump cryptically suggested that a...
  • Group says McConnell 'wasted millions' against Moore

    10/04/2017 4:28:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2017 6:30 PM EDT
    A group that backed Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s contentious U.S. Senate primary said a super PAC aligned with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “wasted millions” trying to defeat Moore. The Senate Leadership Fund spent $9 million in the race on behalf of Sen. Luther Strange. Ed Rollins, lead strategist for the Great America PAC backing Moore, said the Senate Leadership Fund can “atone for this mistake” by providing Moore with the same level of financial support as he faces Democrat Doug Jones in the general election. …
  • Mike Pence's chief of staff wants to 'purge' Republicans who won't unite behind Trump

    10/03/2017 6:02:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 90 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/3/17 | Michael Kranz
    Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers on Tuesday pushed wealthy donors to unite against Republicans in Congress who oppose Donald Trump's agenda, advising them to "purge" the small contingent of GOP leaders impeding the implementation of the president's campaign promises. According to an audio recording of the event obtained by Politico, Ayers departed from Mike Pence's generally conciliatory public tone at a closed-door Republican National Committee event at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, and urged a more aggressive funding strategy.“Just imagine the possibilities of what can happen if our entire party unifies behind him?" Ayers told donors. "If — and...