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  • Once More With 'the Vision Thing'

    11/05/2015 7:49:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    "Where there is no vision, the people perish..." (Proverbs 29:18, KJV)It was George H.W. Bush who reportedly dismissed an idea from a friend that he should spend time at Camp David thinking about what he might do should he become president. According to a January 26, 1987 article in Time magazine, Bush is said to have dismissed the suggestion with this line: "Oh, the vision thing."Now comes the new speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan, who is not only embracing the "vision thing," but is accusing his fellow Republicans of not having any vision at all.Appearing last weekend on...
  • Someone Get Biden And Ryan Some Fiber

    10/22/2015 6:10:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    While normal Americans go about their business, the political world is anxiously awaiting two men to decide if they want to lead. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., debated one another in 2012, but now they seem to be playing a game of indifference when it comes to their political futures. I’m writing this on Tuesday night, so anything could happen by the time you see this, but given their reluctance or inability to make a decision, I might be better served to wait until next week to run this. Biden has wanted to be president...
  • The irrefutable case for Paul Ryan

    10/22/2015 4:12:13 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 10-22-15 | Ross Kaminsky
    Conservatives would be nowhere without him. Now they need to back him. Case closed. (UPDATE: On Wednesday evening, the Freedom Caucus announced that a “supermajority” of its members support Paul Ryan for Speaker. While they did not reach the 80 percent threshold of the caucus members needed to issue a formal endorsement, this is, as Rep. Ryan put it, “a positive step toward a unified Republican team.” Ryan’s becoming speaker is still no sure thing, though more likely than it was Wednesday morning. Some Freedom Caucus members seem hesitant to switch their endorsement from Rep. Daniel “Not the Dictionary Guy”...
  • Paul Ryan for speaker

    10/22/2015 3:53:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 10-22-15 | Washington Examiner Staff
    When Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., withdrew from the race for speaker of the House, some people wondered whether it signaled the approaching death of the Republican Party. It was indeed a potent moment, for the majority leader, backed by a massive majority of his congressional party colleagues, was derailed by an intransigent and habitually disruptive minority. Yet the exit of McCarthy may end up being the party's lifeline. For Republicans now have the opportunity instead to elect Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who is both less inclined to seek power and, we think, more likely to use it effectively. GOP...
  • Freedom Caucus Majority Backs Paul Ryan for House Speaker

    10/21/2015 8:53:26 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 54 replies
    A strong majority of anti-establishment conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus voted on Wednesday night to support Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin for House speaker, assuring that he will have the votes to secure the post next week and averting a leadership crisis for Republicans. Mr. Ryan indicated that he was prepared to seize the gavel and try to bring unity to his party, which has been riven over how House leaders exert authority over members. That fight had become so bitter that it forced the resignation of Speaker John A. Boehner and derailed the candidacy of the majority...
  • Paul Ryan announces conditions under which he will run for Speaker

    10/21/2015 7:50:56 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/21/15 | Dan Calabrese
    And they're completely reasonable. I know there’s no getting through to those of you who think Paul Ryan is a RINO!!!!! because he’s made deals with Democrats in a divided Congress. Anyone with a governing record is going to have things like that in his or her history, and if you don’t understand that then I don’t know what to tell you - except that you’re going to spend your entire life shrieking that no one is acceptable to you and everyone who’s ever done anything but talk is a sellout. So I’ll just let you shriek and try to...
  • Do we really need a Speaker? Maybe not if the will is there

    10/20/2015 9:42:41 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/20/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Discharge petitions could be the answer to the impasse in the matter of a new House Speaker. I don’t much care for the current Speaker of the House John Boehner. If you are reading this, chances are you feel the same way. This said, we should acknowledge that our dislike for Boehner, while currently personal, has its origins in his lies and disregard for our wishes regarding illegal alien control, Obamacare and the passage of a federal budget. A layman’s review of whether or not the House can actually function without a Speaker reveals that doing so is pretty much...
  • Boehner likely to move on debt limit hike before departure

    10/14/2015 9:19:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 14, 2015 4:21 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    House Speaker John Boehner is signaling that he’ll move must-do legislation to increase the government’s borrowing cap before he leaves Capitol Hill. The statutory cap on the government’s so-called debt limit needs to be raised by early November, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday, confirming a recent warning from the administration. Boehner himself has said that he doesn’t want to leave a “dirty barn” for his successor, comments that have been widely interpreted as a promise that he would try to at least clear away the debt limit issue rather than saddle the next speaker with the task. …
  • Who's 'Crazy' Around Here?

    10/13/2015 11:50:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    It strikes me all of a sudden that a word spoken on behalf of the Republican Party's "crazies" might not come amiss. Ah, those half-wits, those yo-yos, those howlers at the moon -- just look at 'em! Overthrowing House speakers, threatening to shut down Congress over funding for Planned Parenthood, allowing no end to trouble for responsible GOP leaders! And all of this to the vast entertainment of the liberal media. So, what kind of word might be appropriate to speak on behalf of the House's Freedom Caucus and their allies in the Senate, such as Ted Cruz? Let's steer...
  • Don't Take Your Guns to Town, Paul

    10/13/2015 10:43:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    The honor of it all aside, Rep. Paul Ryan would do well to decline the speakership of the House. For it is a poisoned chalice that is being offered to him. The Republican Party is not, as some commentators wail, in "chaos" today. It is in rebellion, in revolt, as it was in the early 1960s when Barry Goldwater's true believers rejected Eisenhower Republicanism and Nelson Rockefeller to nominate the Arizona Senator for president. A similar and bristling hostility to today's establishment has arisen, in the GOP Congress, the country, and the presidential race. The acrimony attendant to this militants...
  • Banana Republicans?

    10/13/2015 10:21:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    When Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) walked into a Capitol Hill conference room to meet with his Republican colleagues last Thursday, he seemed a certain bet to be elected the next speaker of the House of Representatives. Subsequent reports revealed McCarthy already knew he didn't have enough votes to win, or if he did, it was barely enough, but an insufficient majority to rule the contentious GOP caucus. And so he shocked everyone when he emerged and announced his withdrawal as a candidate. The website The Hill reported that Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) confronted Speaker John...
  • Hewitt slams House Freedom Caucus

    10/12/2015 12:53:30 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/11/15 | Kevin Cirilli
    Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Sunday slammed Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) and the House Freedom Caucus for "holding the House hostage" and blocking Republicans from electing a successor to outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who wants to resign at the end of the month. Hewitt said on NBC's "Meet The Press" that he hopes Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) — who has said he doesn't want to be Speaker — will change his mind. Hewitt then criticized Brat, who was on the roundtable, and the conservative House Freedom Caucus for giving Ryan a tepid response. "There's like 15 of you...
  • Speak(er) No Evil

    10/12/2015 6:07:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2015 | Rich Galen
    While official - and unofficial - Washington, DC is barely able to breathe given the turmoil in the Republican Conference of the U.S. House, it is useful to remember that we have been here before. Let me relay the story. It was December 19, 1998. I was in Bangkok, Thailand (which is part of the story) but more importantly the House was voting on the Articles of Impeachment against President Bill Clinton. November 1998 had marked the second midterm election of Bill Clinton's Presidency. It was widely expected that the GOP - already in the majority - would pick up...
  • Open Thread: Did the House Dodge a Bullet With McCarthy?

    10/11/2015 5:08:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    Last week, the House Republicans were plunged into disarray when House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the presumptive favorite, withdrew from the speakership race. It seemed he was already facing a troubled road to succeed out-going Speaker John Boehner, given that the House Freedom Caucus–a 40-member block–was going to vote for Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) for the top spot; McCarthy had reportedly refused to give in to their demands. That, coupled with the possibility of relying on Democrats for his victory, along with his comments about the House Select Committee on Benghazi–he said it was sinking Hillary’s poll numbers–crippled...
  • Media’s Concern Trolling Over GOP ‘Chaos’ Proves ‘Chaos’ Is Good

    10/10/2015 11:21:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2015 | Stephen Kruiser
    The news alert about Kevin McCarthy’s abandonment of his pursuit to become John Boehner’s successor hit my phone just as I was about to go for a run. Rather than read the whole story, I just smiled and hit the pavement. Within the first few steps I wondered how long it would take before the hyperbole-laden garment rending would begin in the left media about conservatives being the death of the Republican Party, congressional compromise, and the frolicsome joy we so love to see in puppies and kittens. It was a short run, but they were on it by the...
  • Judge's ruling upends Florida's political landscape

    10/10/2015 8:55:16 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 55 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | October 10, 2015 | Gary Fineout
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The political careers of several members of Congress — including a Republican seeking to become the next U.S. House speaker — could come to an abrupt halt under a sweeping overhaul of Florida's electoral map. Florida Circuit Judge Terry Lewis on Friday recommended new boundaries for the state's 27 congressional districts, some of which would make it nearly impossible for U.S. Rep. Dan Webster — one of the hard-line conservatives who pushed John Boehner to resign as speaker and then turned on Boehner's No. 2, Kevin McCarthy — to win re-election from his current central Florida...
  • Paul Ryan as Speaker would be good for the country, says … amnesty advocate Luis Gutierrez

    10/09/2015 9:46:19 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies
    http://hotair.com ^ | October 9, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via Breitbart. We’re at a delicate moment right now within the commentariat where sounding any critical note about Ryan is proof that you’re a wingnut who wants the House to burn rather than govern. So here’s proof that my RINO credentials are still in good order: I’ve always liked Ryan personally (who doesn’t?) and I admire him for having tried — and seemingly failed, alas — to raise public alarm about the crisis in federal entitlements. It’s no small thing either that the guy’s managed to earn the goodwill of people on both sides of the centrist/tea party divide within...
  • Plato Wants Paul: Reluctance as a Virtue for Paul Ryan as Speaker

    10/09/2015 6:50:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2015 | Joshua Holdenried
    Washington is a roaring dumpster fire—or, at least saying so on the stump whips up the type of thunderous applause that’s capable of putting a reality T.V. star within striking distance of the White House. Yes, I agree with most Americans that something’s definitely rotten in the state of Denmark, but sometimes our best saviors are not the ones yelling the loudest from the outside, but the ones quietly working the hardest on the inside. Enter Paul Ryan…or not, unfortunately. When Speaker John Boehner announced his impending resignation last month, the name “Paul Ryan” inevitably entered the race with neither...
  • Conservatives: Don’t Get Suckered Into Backing A “Compromise” Speaker Who Is Boehner-Lite

    10/09/2015 7:32:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 16 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 10/9/2015 | CHQ Staff
    The sudden implosion of the supposedly inevitable ascension of establishment Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to the office of Speaker of the House, now occupied by his mentor John Boehner, has shown the Capitol Hill Republican establishment to be a fragile edifice ready to collapse. Paul Ryan. Conservatives should not be suckered into propping it up any longer by abandoning their battle to elect principled conservatives to run the House of Representatives. But that is exactly what is going on in Washington right now as those establishment politicians who stand to lose out if new leadership is elected and...
  • Next man up? House GOP pushes reluctant Ryan to seek Speaker's chair

    10/09/2015 2:41:32 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 09, 2015 | Fox News
    Since House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., shocked his congressional colleagues early Thursday by withdrawing his name from consideration to replace John Boehner, R-Ohio, as Speaker of the House, Republicans have launched a relentless press aimed at convincing House Ways and Means Committee chair Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to put himself forward for the job. Fox News has learned that Boehner himself is imploring Ryan, Mitt Romney's running mate on the 2012 Republican presidential ticket, to put himself forward for the top job in the House, largely because Ryan is one of the few unifying figures in the House Republican Conference.
  • McCarthy’s pledge to conservatives: ‘I’m not John Boehner’

    10/07/2015 9:43:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 7, 2015 12:19 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is making a promise to conservative Republican lawmakers—“I’m not John Boehner”—as he seeks their support to replace Boehner as speaker. […] “I think McCarthy’s pitch was ‘I’m not John Boehner, I’m going to run things differently, I’m my own man,’” said Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas. “And I think that’s a case that he does have to make. One of the things I hear all the time from my constituents back in Texas is we don’t want John Boehner 2.0.” …
  • Rep. King: ‘This is a victory for the crazies’ (Peter King on Boehner resignation)

    09/25/2015 9:22:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 25, 2015, 11:47 am | Bradford Richardson
    Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) decision to resign from Congress at the end of October is “a victory for the crazies,” Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) said Friday. “I’m disappointed. This is a victory for the crazies,” King told Newsday. “You can’t appease these people.” King said Boehner was resigning “to avoid putting the party through tumult” amid challenges to his leadership and an impending government shutdown. The Long Island Republican also told Reuters that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is the leading contender to replace Boehner as Speaker. …
  • Endgame Begins: Boehner Forced to Rely on Democrats to Keep Speakership

    09/25/2015 2:55:39 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/24/15 | Matthew Boyle
    House Speaker Rep. John Boehner still won’t be able to win reelection without Democratic votes, Breitbart News has learned, and he has abandoned yet another plan to try to embarrass conservatives seeking his ouster, which he was going to move forward with on Friday. The day after Pope Francis addressed the Congress for the first time—in front of a teary-eyed Boehner—the Speaker had planned to move forward by bringing forth a resolution to vacate the chair, then holding a vote for his reelection intended to prove he had widespread support in the GOP conference. But just as when Rep. Mark...
  • House conservatives open to Kevin McCarthy as new Speaker?

    09/16/2015 9:20:44 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 32 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/16/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Would he make a difference as an ousted Boehner's replacement? The Hill reports today that House conservatives who’ve had it with John Boehner’s weakness as Speaker might be willing to get behind Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as a replacement - provided more conservatives are added to the Speaker’s leadership team, which under Boehner is pretty much a squish brigade that sees its job as defending Boehner’s reluctance to fight Obama on just about anything difficult. The prospect of McCarthy as Speaker is a curious one for several reasons. For one, he is at present part of Boehner’s leadership team, and...
  • Hours before vote, small GOP opposition to John Boehner grows (shenanigans to change the threshold)

    01/06/2015 7:37:04 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/6/15 9:47 AM EST | By Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
    Boehner’s opposition grew Tuesday morning just a few hours before the vote... ...At least 12 House Democrats will be in Manhattan attending Mario Cuomo’s funeral Tuesday in Manhattan. Another “handful” of Democrats are already planning to skip the vote, and that number could grow much larger, according to Democratic insiders. But every Democrat who skips the speaker vote helps lower the threshold for Boehner to be reelected. Air travel is already slowed as well. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is holding aircraft at their destination until 10 a.m., and is experiencing delays of between 15 and 30 minutes for flights...
  • Why is Louie Gohmert challenging Boehner for Speaker of the House?

    Why is Louie Gohmert challenging Boehner for Speaker of the House? by Wilson Monday, Jan 5, 2015 at 11:35 AM EST Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) announced Sunday that he planned to challenge House Speaker John Boehner for the top spot in Congress. Hot on the heels of his announcement, Louie joined Glenn on radio to talk about why he was running and the risks he faces if he loses.Louie explained that there were many representatives telling their constituents that they had to vote for Boehner because there was no other option. “I was persuaded. I’ll be the sacrificial lamb....
  • T.W. Shannon - Rising Black Republican Star

    04/21/2014 4:42:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2014 | Star Parker
    In January of 2013 T.W. Shannon established two milestones. He became the first black speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. And, at the age of 34, he became Oklahoma’s youngest House speaker in history. Also noteworthy is that this young black American is a Republican. Now T.W. Shannon is making new headlines. He has stepped down from his position as House speaker to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex) has just joined Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Dr. Ben Carson and Sarah Palin in endorsing Shannon. Should Shannon...
  • Congressional Budget Office: Wage hike would lift pay but cost jobs

    02/22/2014 3:48:22 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 22 replies
    www.FoxNews.com ^ | February 18, 2014
    A plan by President Obama and fellow Democrats to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would cost roughly 500,000 jobsbut increase wages for roughly 16.5 million Americans, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. The report was immediately met with sharp Republican criticism for the wake hike plan. “While helping some, mandating higher wages has real costs, including fewer people working,” said a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “With unemployment Americans' top concern, our focus should be creating -- not destroying -- jobs for those who need them most.” ...Republicans argued the report puts authoritative weight...
  • Congressmen Confirm That Boehner Will Either Resign Speakership Or Be Forced Out

    01/02/2013 5:08:45 PM PST · by drewh · 372 replies
    Cybercast News Service.com ^ | 1/2/13 | Ron Meyer
    I have confirmed with a group of Congressmen that House Speaker John Boehner will not be reelected Speaker tomorrow. He will either resign or be forced out tomorrow. Only 17 members are needed to block Speaker Boehner's election tomorrow. A Speaker needs an absolute majority of all votes cast for a specific person. If no one has a majority, the House is speakerless. I've confirmed these rules with the House Parliamentarian.
  • Could Debbie Wasserman Schultz be Florida's next governor?

    07/13/2012 1:28:25 PM PDT · by T.O.K. · 69 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | July 13, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    In an article published Friday by the Buzz, the idea of Debbie Wasserman Schultz running for Florida governor is said to be the subject of “intriguing chatter around some political circles in Washington DC.” The very thought of it strikes fear into many Florida conservatives.
  • Former Tennessee House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh won't seek re-election

    03/08/2012 9:18:33 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/8/12 | Richard Locker
    NASHVILLE – State Rep. Jimmy Naifeh of Covington – the son of Lebanese emigrants who served as House speaker longer than anyone in Tennessee history – announced on the House floor today that he won’t run for re-election this year after 38 years in the General Assembly. Naifeh, 72, a Democrat, was first elected to the House in 1974 and re-elected 18 times. The House elected him its speaker, the chamber’s presiding officer, for nine two-year terms from 1991 until 2009 when Republicans won a House majority. He’s remained an outspoken House member since then. Addressing his colleagues on the...
  • Nancy Pelosi changes Twitter name, loses ‘Speaker’

    01/05/2011 7:20:17 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/5/2011 | Vince Coglianese
    One of the modern day dynamics of the House Speaker transition between Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner is the handing over of something much more far-reaching than the Speaker’s gavel: the “Speaker” handle on Twitter.Late Tuesday evening, hours before the Wednesday kick-off of the 112th Congress, Rep. Pelosi dutifully ceded the use of @SpeakerPelosi in exchange for @NancyPelosi. Meanwhile, @JohnBoehner remains to be actively used by the entering Speaker (he also used @GOPLeader, but that account has been handed over to Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor), while @SpeakerBoehner appears to be locked for eventual use by the Ohio congressman became the...
  • Greatest Picture Ever Taken for the American People (VANITY)

    01/05/2011 7:15:56 AM PST · by NorCoGOP · 35 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 1/5/2011 | Drudge
    Hope for America, finally...
  • Is Pelosi Jealous Boehner Can Cry?

    11/21/2010 5:51:08 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 16 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-20-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Incoming Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said incoming Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is "known to cry." "You know what? He is known to cry. He cries sometimes when we're having a debate on bills. If I cry, it's about the personal loss of a friend or something like that. But when it comes to politics — no, I don't cry. I would never think of crying about any loss of an office, because that's always a possibility, and if you're professional, then you deal with it professionally," Pelosi (D-Calif.) told the New York Times magazine. Read the rest at The Hill Wow...That,...
  • CAPITAL CULTURE: Got hankies? Next speaker's weepy

    11/09/2010 12:39:39 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 15 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Nov 9 2010 | By NANCY BENAC
    If soon-to-be-ousted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is known for her steely smile and composure, her replacement, John Boehner, has a reputation for tearing up. It starts with a quaver in the Ohio Republican's voice. Then there's a pregnant pause as he tries — usually unsuccessfully — to keep his feelings in check. Soon, he's choking out words in a rush of emotion, shaking his head and waving his hands as he tries to pull himself together. It happened most recently when Boehner took his first turn on stage after Republicans seized control of the House in the midterm elections
  • An Open Letter to the Next Speaker of the House

    11/09/2010 5:56:08 AM PST · by Stoutcat · 15 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 11-09-10 | Stoutcat
    Dear Speaker Boehner/Cantor/Bachmann/Whomever, Speaking as a citizen, a conservative, and a Tea Partier, I’d like to give you some advice as you prepare to take up the reins for the 112th Congressional session. These suggestions come from my desire to get our country back on track, to mitigate the disasters wrought by the 111th Congress, and to start Congress delving into the bigger picture about what will happen to America if we allow ourselves to continue on our current path. They are very simple suggestions, and I hope you will take them in the spirit in which they are offered....
  • FREE Conservative Book Giveaway and Review

    10/25/2010 3:41:22 PM PDT · by hopeisnotaforeignpolicy.org
    How to win a free copy of “She’s the Boss: The Disturbing Truth About Nancy Pelosi,” by Rochelle Schweizer: Sentinel was kind enough to give me three copies of the book to give away to readers of Hope is Not a Foreign Policy. The rules are simple. For each action you take (see list below), leave a comment indicating what you have done. Leave a new comment for each new action that you take. For example, if you blog about the giveaway on your blog, leave a comment. If you post the giveaway on your Facebook News Feed, leave a...
  • Its Nice To Know Pelosi Wont Have Democrat Support When They Lose The House

    10/19/2010 6:57:00 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 15 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 10-19-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    A House Democratic lawmaker said late last week that he'd heard Nancy Pelosi wouldn't seek another term as Speaker.Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) said that not only would he not back Pelosi (D-Calif.) for Speaker again, but also that he'd heard she would not seek another term in that position. "From what we're hearing, she's probably not going to run for Speaker again," McIntyre told WWAY-TV in North Carolina. "And if she does, I'm confident she's going to have opposition, and I look forward to supporting that opposition."Read the rest at The Hill...if you must --------------------------------------------- Do you see what this...
  • Every Democrat elected to the House of Representatives will vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker

    09/05/2010 2:17:31 PM PDT · by Michael Zak · 36 replies
    Grand Old Partisan ^ | September 5, 2010 | Michael Zak
    Though obvious to political junkies, it's not obvious to everyone. And, it's a wedge issue that Republicans can use to split independents away from die-hard Democrats. This sums up the mid-term election issues very nicely: every Democrat elected to the House of Representatives will vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. Yes, every Democrat elected to the House of Representatives in November will vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker in January.
  • Prominent Pelosi tailor-made for attack ads

    03/22/2010 7:40:13 AM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies · 734+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/22/10 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's starring role in the health care reform fight may make her a hero in her own party, but it also guarantees the San Francisco Democrat will be the poster girl for Republican attacks come this fall. "She will have a starring role in a lot of campaigns across America if Republicans have their way," said Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen."She is tailor-made for attack ads, given where she is from and the way she looks," Whalen said, referring to Pelosi's image as a well-heeled latte liberal. And while her seat in Congress probably won't be in...
  • Judicial Watch posts documents in ‘Pelosi Air Force Scandal’; travel tops $2 million

    01/31/2010 2:19:29 PM PST · by Crush · 36 replies · 2,039+ views
    The US Report ^ | 29 Jan 2010 | Kay Day
    The government watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained documents from the Air Force detailing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s use of US Air Force aircraft for Congressional Delegations (CODELs). According to the documents obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Speaker’s military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period — $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol. The following are highlights from the recent release of about 2,000 documents related to Pelosi's travel: •Speaker Pelosi used Air Force aircraft to travel back to her district at an average...
  • Dems' Massachusetts loss clouds Pelosi's future

    01/20/2010 6:33:49 AM PST · by mmanager · 27 replies · 1,303+ views
    SFGate ^ | Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | Carolyn Lockhead
    (01-20) 04:00 PST Washington - -- If the late Edward Kennedy's Massachusetts Senate seat isn't safe for Democrats, is Nancy Pelosi's speakership of the House safe? The answer is yes, unless there's a Republican landslide in November. Forty Democratic House members would have to lose their seats to topple the San Francisco Democrat from the third-highest elected job in the country, just two steps down from the presidency. Even before a stunning Republican victory in Tuesday's special election in Massachusetts rocked Democrats coast to coast a day before the anniversary of President Obama's inauguration a year ago, political handicappers were...
  • Caption this Picture of Nancy Pelosi (Drudge having a field day!)

    01/06/2010 9:09:04 AM PST · by pillut48 · 38 replies · 4,092+ views
    Drudge ^ | 01-06-10
    Man, Drudge is finding some of the MOST unflattering pics of SanFranGranNan, notwithstanding the evil subject!! LOL.
  • Pelosi Negatives Go Up When She’s Identified As House Speaker

    12/13/2009 11:50:01 AM PST · by yoe · 19 replies · 1,524+ views
    Rasmussen Report ^ | December 13, 2009 | Staff
    One of the things that political pros often overestimate is how well known politicians are. Nancy Pelosi is one of the most visible elected politicians in the country and the first woman ever to serve as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Rasmussen Reports recently asked voters their opinion of “Nancy Pelosi” and the responses were mixed. Forty-six percent (46%) offered a favorable opinion and 50% an unfavorable view. Just half the nation’s voters voiced a strong opinion about Pelosi—14% Very Favorable and 36% Very Unfavorable. However, in a separate survey conducted the same night, Rasmussen Reports asked voters their...
  • Pelosi The Mistrusted

    07/28/2009 5:41:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,231+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 28, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Leadership: Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims she has no use for polls. For her, that's a good thing, because polls now show that voters despise her. But a politician who disdains public approval should be a little disturbing.Not every House leader has been popular, but none have reached the nadir of Pelosi. Last week, a Public Strategies/Politico poll showed she is now trusted by fewer than one out of four voters. Asked for a reaction by Politico's Glenn Thrush on Monday, Pelosi laughed it off, declaring "I don't care." A response like that can only come from someone so securely unaccountable...
  • National GOP leader vows to help boot Tennessee’s House speaker out of office

    05/26/2009 3:27:59 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 805+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 5/26/9 | Richard Locker
    NASHVILLE — Over the weekend, Republican National Chairman Michael Steele ventured into Tennessee House Speaker Kent Williams’ backyard in upper East Tennessee and pledged to oust Williams next year. The Kingsport Times-News quoted Steele as saying: “I got a bull’s eye right on his back and we’re taking him out.” Williams is the second-term legislator and Elizabethton restaurateur who stunned fellow Tennessee Republicans when he joined the House’s 49 Democrats in voting for himself for speaker Jan. 13 to defeat his own Republican Caucus’ nominee. For that, the Tennessee Republican Party declared he was no longer a member of the...
  • Please don't resign, Nancy!

    05/19/2009 6:06:05 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies · 838+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/19/09 | Joseph Farah
    I disagree with those calling for Nancy Pelosi to resign as speaker of the House. I want her to stay right where she is – the poster girl for Democratic Party dishonesty, duplicity, hypocrisy, vacillation, finger-pointing and the inability to distinguish right from wrong. Really. Why would anyone who wants to see the Congress turned upside-down in 2010 want Nancy Pelosi to step down? It doesn't make sense. I want her to stay where she is until the next election. I want Harry Reid to stay where he is in the Senate. I want Barney Frank to get as much...
  • Panetta to CIA employees: We told Pelosi the truth

    05/15/2009 12:12:38 PM PDT · by GOPinCa · 196 replies · 9,451+ views
    Politico ^ | Glenn Thrush
    CIA Director Leon Panetta just sent a stern message to his employees defending the agency against Speaker Nancy Pelosi's criticisms. His message: We didn't mislead Congress; stay focused on your job. Panetta's note was sent to reporters via the CIA press office. Here's the key graph: "Let me be clear: It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress. That is against our laws and our values. As the Agency indicated previously in response to Congressional inquiries, our contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate that CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing “the enhanced techniques...
  • There Can Be NO Bi-Partisanship Around Nancy Pelosi

    02/02/2009 9:33:05 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 641+ views
    Politico/Yidwithlid ^ | 2/2/09 | Yidwithlid
    Let the evidence show that Nancy Pelosi has been an absolute disaster at everything that she has done as speaker, with the possible exception of shifting the blame on to other people. In fact she has probably been one of the worst in history. When she first took over the speaker's gavel, Ms Pelosi called herself "The Most Powerful Woman in the World," but she did not use her POWER to do that could help us avoid the financial mess. And she had plenty of time. But Nancy continues to get a free pass even though she has presided over...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Pelosi paid husband with PAC funds

    09/30/2008 9:52:46 PM PDT · by Soliton · 74 replies · 3,766+ views
    Washington Times ^ | October 1, 2008 | Jennifer Haberkorn
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed nearly $100,000 from her political action committee to her husband's real estate and investment firm over the past decade, a practice of paying a spouse with political donations that she voted to ban last year. Financial Leasing Services Inc. (FLS), owned by Paul F. Pelosi, has received $99,000 in rent, utilities and accounting fees from the speaker's "PAC to the Future" over the PAC's nine-year history.