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  • It's Time For Gingrich To Drop Out of Race For GOP Nomination [Editorial]

    03/18/2012 9:05:17 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 46 replies
    Times Herald (Georgia) ^ | March 15, 2012
    Sunday, March 18, 2012 It's Time For Gingrich To Drop Out of Race For GOP Nomination EDITORIAL The time has come for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to drop out the Republican presidential race and allow Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum to battle it out for the GOP nomination. After an up-and-down campaign, Gingrich based his chances primarily on a Southern strategy. That worked, with wins in South Carolina and Georgia. Then Gingrich set his sights on Alabama and Mississippi, where voters make their decisions on Tuesday. Gingrich had been first or second in those two states in pre-election polls....
  • Newt Gingrich: No One Understands Me

    03/15/2012 11:22:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies · 1+ views
    National Journal ^ | 03/15/2012 | By Sarah Huisenga
    PALATINE, Ill.--Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on late Wednesday expressed frustration with both the news media and the Republican establishment for failing to understand his “large ideas” for transforming American politics. As calls for Gingrich to bow out of the race grew louder after his second-place finishes in Mississippi and Alabama--two states he said he had a chance to win--the candidate seemed to be in low spirits and offered a grumpy analysis of the state of the GOP primary to a crowd that gathered for a Lincoln Day dinner in this northwestern suburb of Chicago. “The thing I find most disheartening...
  • Not Penn. pals

    03/16/2012 6:43:07 AM PDT · by Mangia E Statti Zitto · 11 replies
    The Daily ^ | 03/15/2012 | Dan Hirschhorn
    As Rick Santorum desperately tries to make a dent in Mitt Romney’s formidable delegate lead, he faces an unlikely obstacle on the primary calendar: his home state of Pennsylvania. Yes, Santorum is currently favored — though hardly a lock — to win the popular vote in the state he represented in Congress for 16 years. But Pennsylvania’s non-binding primary rules for distributing delegates raise the prospect that Santorum, who has said he’ll win the vast majority of the state’s delegates, could actually come away from next month’s primary empty-handed at a time when he can ill-afford it. Which means the...
  • Gingrich Calls Political System Stupid, Vows To Stay In The Race

    03/15/2012 11:07:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | March 15, 2012 | Alex Moe
    Gingrich Calls Political System Stupid, Vows To Stay In The Race By NBC's Alex Moe PALATINE, Ill. – Hours after finishing a disappointing second place in both the Alabama and Mississippi primaries, Newt Gingrich marched his campaign onward, vowing he is “staying in the race.” Campaigning in Illinois on Wednesday, Gingrich made little mention of the two contests he had hoped to win in the South. He instead focused his speeches on the big ideas that drive his campaign, explaining that many people just don’t understand what needs to be done to help change the country. “The thing I find...
  • Since when did intellect and education become bad things?

    03/08/2012 1:16:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 83 replies · 1+ views
    Hanford Sentinel ^ | March 8, 2012 | Kevin Horrigan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    As a card-carrying member of the media elite, it’s hard for me to say something nice about Newt Gingrich. But here it is: He doesn’t wear blue jeans in public. [SNIP of SNARK due to excerpt limit] For many Republican primary voters, the only thing worse than a regular elite is an intellectual elite or a media elite or especially a liberal intellectual media elite. [SNIP] More to the point, does the fact that a guy reads books and deals in ideas disqualify him? For many Americans, it does. Anti-intellectualism has been a consistent theme throughout American history. The political...
  • Karen Santorum: Husband's surge 'is God's will'

    02/24/2012 5:57:11 AM PST · by Mangia E Statti Zitto · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/23/2012 | Stephen Dinan
    The wife of presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Thursday that his rise in the polls is due to God working in mysterious ways. "I personally think this is God's will. I think He has us on a path, and I do think there's a lot more happening than what we're seeing," Karen Santorum told Glenn Beck as she and her husband sat for an interview on his Web-based show, GBTV. "Personally I mean I think Rick's a great guy, and he's really smart and everything. But I think a lot more is happening than what we can actually see."
  • Santorum lied. Spector said he did not promise to back Bush's Supreme Court picks for endorsement.

    02/23/2012 9:00:30 PM PST · by mitchell001 · 141 replies · 1+ views
    http://www.breitbart.tv/specter-santorum-lied/ ^ | February 23, 2012 | Ralph Mitchell
    According to today's video interview between CNN's John King and Arlen Spector at the link below, Rick Santorum lied about Arlen Spector's promise to support George Bush's Supreme Court nominees in exchange for Santorum's endorsement, during the nationally televised debate on CNN Wednesday. This is damaging video evidence of Santorum's lie about this important reason given by Santorum for supporting the liberal Arlen Spector over the conservative Patrick Tomey is at the following link. http://www.breitbart.tv/specter-santorum-lied/ During the debate, Romney claimed that if Tomey was elected as the GOP Senator from Pennsylvania instead of Spector, Obamacare would not have passed by...
  • Santorum: Obama wants to 'indoctrinate' students by boosting college enrollment

    02/23/2012 7:51:26 PM PST · by writer33 · 18 replies
    CBS ^ | 02/23/12 | Rebecca Kaplan, Matthew Shelley
    DALLAS, Texas - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Thursday that President Obama wants more young adults to go to college so they can undergo "indoctrination" to a secular world view. In an hour-long interview with conservative television host Glenn Beck, Santorum also defended his record on abortion and his vote in favor of President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind education law. On the president's efforts to boost college attendance, Santorum said, "I understand why Barack Obama wants to send every kid to college, because of their indoctrination mills, absolutely ... The indoctrination that is going on at...
  • Mitt Romney: Labor unions play an important role in our society

    02/21/2012 11:24:58 PM PST · by cdchik123 · 29 replies
    hotair ^ | 2/21/12 | tina korbe
    Just as Rick Santorum has pointedly and repeatedly reminded voters that Mitt Romney supported an individual health care mandate and the Wall Street bailouts, so Mitt Romney has sought to remind voters that Rick Santorum has been cozy with Big Labor in the past. In his attacks on Santorum, Romney has sounded unequivocally anti-labor, which no doubt has not helped him much in Michigan. Today, though, the former Massachusetts governor displayed a nuanced perspective on labor unions, characterizing himself as pro-union-worker but anti-union-bosses. His first line — “Labor unions play an important role in our society” — might seem to...
  • Santorum: 'I'm not a manager, I'm not a visionary - I'm a guy from a steel town'

    02/21/2012 6:47:42 PM PST · by writer33 · 115 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/21/12 | Emily Schultheis
    "I'm not a manager. I'm not a visionary," he told the crowd in an apparent reference to his GOP rivals Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. "I'm a guy from a steel town who grew up understanding what made this country great and for the years that I've been involved in public life, put my heart and my effort on the line to make this country the kind of country that we all want to hand on to our children and grandchildren." Santorum also touched on the fight over who's the real "Washington insider," saying the only reason Romney wasn't a...
  • Gingrich Archives Show His Public Praise, Private Criticism of Reagan

    02/19/2012 9:56:45 PM PST · by Steelfish · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2012 | Jerry Markon
    Gingrich Archives Show His Public Praise, Private Criticism of Reagan By Jerry Markon February 19 CARROLLTON, Ga. — In an unnoticed 1992 speech, Newt Gingrich in a single utterance took aim not only at a beloved conservative icon but also at a core tenet of the conservative movement: that government must be limited. Ronald Reagan’s “weakness,” Gingrich told the National Academy of Public Administration in Atlanta, was that “he didn’t think government mattered. The Reagan failure was to grossly undervalue the centrality of government as the organizing mechanism for reinforcing societal behavior.” A review of thousands of documents detailing Gingrich’s...
  • Today House Republicans Are Set To Approve Barack Obama’s Latest Stimulus Plan

    02/14/2012 5:48:04 AM PST · by IbJensen · 32 replies · 1+ views
    It is sad that we have gotten here, but House Republicans, including conservative stalwarts like Jim Jordan of Ohio, are set to pass Barack Obama’s latest stimulus plan. Except they are calling it John Boehner’s “Highway Bill.” Consider, however that Barack Obama’s budget, unveiled yesterday, calls for much of the same infrastructure spending the House Republicans want. There is a reason the Heritage Action for America, Club for Growth, Competitive Enterprise Institute, and other conservative organizations are opposed to this spending spree. It is not conservative. It should not be Republican. It is Barack Obama style spending. Call your Congressman...
  • House Conservatives Support Barack Obama’s Latest Stimulus

    02/09/2012 4:11:52 AM PST · by IbJensen · 13 replies
    Red State ^ | 2/9/2012 | Erick Erickson
    Since February of 2009 when President Barack Obama began his aggressive push for stimulus into the American economy, he focused on one core area — infrastructure. In fact, in his stimulus speech before Congress in 2009, his States of the Union in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and his Jobs Act speech of late 2011, the President repeated referred to spending government money to create jobs to fix America’s infrastructure. Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), leader of the Republican Study Committee, is confirmed to be leaning toward supporting the plan. His public pronouncements that he is leaning toward supporting the plan is...
  • Snatching Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory

    01/29/2012 4:54:39 AM PST · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    http://www.rightsidenews.info/2012012715481/editorial/us-opinion-and-editorial/snatching-defeat-from | 1/27/2012 | J D Longstreet
    Recently I wrote: “America is at a point in world history when we need a strong leader -- a leader not afraid to assert America’s leadership. Obama is NOT that person. I am very afraid there is no one vying for America’s leadership today any stronger as a national or world leader. In a recent column, Thomas Sowell said: “The 2012 Republican primaries may be a rerun of the 2008 primaries, where the various conservative candidates split the conservative vote so many ways that the candidate of the mushy middle got the nomination – and then lost the election.” I...
  • THEY SPEND OUR TAXES ON THIS?

    01/26/2012 6:10:43 AM PST · by IbJensen · 6 replies
    Red State ^ | 1/25/2012 | Daniel Horowitz
    Our national debt stands at $15.2 trillion, and is growing by roughly $6 billion per day. We have tens of trillions in unfunded liabilities for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Unfortunately, we have learned that Republicans lack the gumption to fight for transformational spending cuts and reforms of major entitlements. However, at the very least, one would expect them to oppose silly pork projects like Buffalo Soldiers! Yesterday, the Republican-controlled House passed HR 1022, a bill that would require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of the history of Buffalo Soldiers in the establishment of national parks....
  • GOP Snubs Delegates in a Critical Swing State — Again!

    01/22/2012 6:56:28 AM PST · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 1/23/2012 | Mike Merrill
    As all eyes turn to Florida, you’d think GOP party leaders would be bending over backwards to win this critical swing state swings back this year after it went to Obama in 2008. Surprisingly, party leaders are doing the exact opposite. The GOP leadership voted unanimously to snub Florida Republicans again, this time adding insult to injury in their own backyard with the convention in Tampa—all because Florida had the audacity to move its primary up to January 31st. In addition to cutting the Florida delegates in half, GOP delegates from Florida are getting lousy seats in the convention hall,...
  • Boehner Commends 'Dignified and Statesmanlike' Negotiations of Supercommittee (Praises Patty Murray)

    11/22/2011 8:43:54 AM PST · by Qbert · 50 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 22, 2011 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner is among the lawmakers expressing disappointment that the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction could not agree on a way to accomplish its assigned task, which was to reduce the federal budget deficit by $1.2 trillion. "While I am disappointed, the House will forge ahead with the commitments we have made to reducing government spending and removing barriers standing in the way of private-sector job creation," Boehner said in a statement issued on Monday after the supercommittee announced its failure. "I commend both of the panel's leaders, (Republican Rep.) Jeb Hensarling and (Democratic...
  • Republicans Throw Their ‘Pledge To America’ Under the OmniBus

    11/18/2011 5:29:32 AM PST · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    Red State ^ | 11/17/2011 | David Horowitz
    Update: Roll call of members who stood strong is below the fold. This afternoon, the House passed Harry Reid’s first minibus appropriations bill (Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, Transportation-HUD), which contains record levels of spending for Food Stamps, WIC, and international food aid. It also contains $2.3 billion for disaster spending, which is excluded from the budget caps. Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers promised today on the House floor that spending will not exceed the $1.043 trillion spending cap. Well, the extra $2.3 billion in disaster spending allowed him to do just that. Moreover, if they continue to adopt the higher spending levels...
  • Hensarling says GOP is willing to consider new Dem tax proposals

    11/17/2011 9:13:36 AM PST · by Qbert · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/16/11 | Russell Berman
    Republicans on Wednesday signaled they would consider higher tax revenues to win a supercommittee deal if Democrats offer deeper cuts to entitlement spending. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas), a conservative Republican who is the co-chairman of the deficit supercommittee, walked back a statement he made Tuesday on television, when he said Republicans “have gone as far as we feel we can go” by offering to raise $250 billion in new tax revenues. Briefing reporters on Wednesday, Hensarling said Republicans would be “more than happy to negotiate” around a new offer from Democrats, pointedly declining to say whether $250 billion was the...
  • Va GOP hits graphic of zombie Obama shot in head

    10/31/2011 4:18:12 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 84 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 31, 2011 | BOB LEWIS
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Halloween-themed graphic featuring a zombie President Barack Obama with a bullet hole in his forehead provoked widespread outrage and the attention of the Secret Service Monday after a local Republican committee in Virginia used it to scare up interest in Halloween parade political activities. The montage, a banner on a mass email to Loudoun Republicans, mingles seasonal images including a jack-o-lantern, a disfigured U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and a throng of flesh-hungry zombie Obama supporters.
  • Mitt Romney gains key New Hampshire backer in John Sununu

    10/23/2011 2:45:27 PM PDT · by bkopto · 42 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Oct 23, 2011 | Michael A. Memoli
    Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu became the latest boldfaced name to endorse Romney, an announcement that came on the front page of the Sunday Union Leader. Sununu will join Romney on Monday when he files his paperwork with the secretary of state's office to become an official candidate in the New Hampshire primary. The former White House chief of staff, among the most prominent Republicans in the state, said in an interview that he'll "help in any way that they want," but that Romney is already well-positioned to win the state. SNIP Another former governor — Jon Huntsman of...
  • CNN Republican Debate: Are Republicans Getting Dumber?

    10/18/2011 9:26:05 AM PDT · by bkopto · 38 replies
    Conservatie HQ ^ | Oct 17, 2011 | Richard A. Viguerie
    What makes Republican candidates for President agree to a debate moderated by CNN’s notoriously liberal host Anderson Cooper? Beside rank stupidity, it is hard to think of a reason. Imagine a debate among the Democratic presidential candidates in which Sean Hannity, Michael Barone and Laura Ingraham asked the questions; it will never happen because the Democrats don’t feel the need to pander to the conservative media the way Republicans are willing to pander to the establishment press. And here is what Republicans get when they do pander. A debate moderated by the same Anderson Cooper whose vulgar jocularity with David...
  • Republican Leaders Warn Bernanke Against QE3

    09/20/2011 10:14:11 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-20-2011 | Zeke Miller
    Republican Leaders Warn Bernanke Against QE3 Zeke Miller Sep. 20, 2011, 7:13 PM | Top Republican lawmakers in both chambers of Congress warned Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke against pursuing another round of quantitative easing after tomorrow's meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee. Questioning the efficacy of the first two rounds of monetary easing, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) said they are concerned another round of QE could "exacerbate current problems or further harm the U.S. economy." Here's...
  • Full Text: Republicans’ Letter to Bernanke Questioning More Fed Action.

    09/20/2011 8:28:03 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/20/2011 | Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, Kyl
    Dear Chairman Bernanke, It is our understanding that the Board Members of the Federal Reserve will meet later this week to consider additional monetary stimulus proposals. We write to express our reservations about any such measures. Respectfully, we submit that the board should resist further extraordinary intervention in the U.S. economy, particularly without a clear articulation of the goals of such a policy, direction for success, ample data proving a case for economic action and quantifiable benefits to the American people. It is not clear that the recent round of quantitative easing undertaken by the Federal Reserve has facilitated economic...
  • 7 Reasons Why Liberals Are Incapable of Understanding The World

    08/23/2011 6:46:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2011 | John Hawkins
    To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil. — Charles Krauthammer Even liberals who've accomplished a lot in their lives and have high IQs often say things on a regular basis that are stunningly, profoundly stupid and at odds with the way the world works. Modern liberalism has become so bereft of common sense and instinctually suicidal that America can only survive over the long haul by thwarting the liberal agenda. In fact, liberalism has become such a toxic and poisonous philosophy that most...
  • UPDATE 3-White House denounces Perry as Republicans target Fed

    08/17/2011 3:53:03 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 98 replies
    Reuters ^ | 16 Aug 11 | Patricia Zengerle
    * Perry threatens Fed chairman, Bachmann also criticizes * Remarks reflect intense political pressure on Fed * White House says threatening Bernanke "not a good idea" (Adds fresh quotes from Bachmann, Obama, economist) WASHINGTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - The White House denounced Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Tuesday for his threatening remarks toward the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve that represented some of the most inflammatory rhetoric of the 2012 election campaign. Campaigning in Iowa on Monday, the Texas governor said he would consider it "treasonous" if Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke "prints more money between now and the...
  • Former Bush Staffer: Tea Party Activist Not Respectful in Confrontation With Obama

    08/16/2011 9:02:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 128 replies
    National Journal ^ | 8/16/11 | Sara Sorcher
    A former member of George W. Bush’s senior staff said that the tea party activist who confronted Barack Obama in Iowa was using an inappropriate tactic to try to embarrass the president. At the town-hall meeting on Monday, founder and chairman of the Iowa Tea Party Ryan Rhodes interrupted and confronted Obama about a disputed report that during a closed-door meeting with House Democrats, Vice President Joe Biden called tea party activists “terrorists” for holding the debt-ceiling negotiations "hostage."
  • Mitch McConnell Just Proposed the “Pontius Pilate Pass the Buck Act of 2011"

    07/12/2011 2:23:28 PM PDT · by Qbert · 109 replies
    Redstate ^ | 7/12/2011 | Erick Erickson
    Mitch McConnell is right now talking about making a historic capitulation. So fearful of being blamed for a default, McConnell is proposing a compromise that lets Barack Obama raise the debt ceiling without making any spending cuts at all. Consider sending McConnell a weasel as testament to his treachery. His address is 601 W. Broadway, Room 630, Louisville, KY 40202 and the phone number is (502) 582-6304. McConnell’s idea is to make the debt ceiling automatic unless Congress, by a 2/3 vote blocks the increase. Oh yes, he put a salve on it by dressing it up in tough talk...
  • Is Obama getting ready to snooker Boehner on taxes?

    07/09/2011 2:55:49 PM PDT · by Qbert · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | JUL 9, 2011 | James Pethokoukis
    The media accounts of the tax reform deal being cooked up by President Obama and House Speaker Boehner aren’t all that clear. But it is looking like a big tax increase: – The White House is insisting that as part of any deal the current tax rates on the middle class—the child tax credit, etc.—would be made permanent, while the lower rates on capital gains, dividends and the higher income brackets would expire after 2012. Taken by itself this would be a tax increase pure and simple and violate the GOP’s campaign pledge. But here’s what we’re told is Mr....
  • Budget deal details: Cuts that aren't quite cuts (Including $1.7 Billion unspent 2010 census funds)

    04/12/2011 10:58:10 AM PDT · by Qbert · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | 4/12/2011 | AP, CBS
    (CBS/AP)  Details of the $38 billion worth of spending cuts factoring in last Friday's 11th-hour budget that averted a government shutdown have been released, but the cuts, while historic, were significantly eased by pruning money left over from previous years, using accounting sleight of hand and going after programs President Barack Obama had targeted anyway. [Snip] Many of the cuts appear to have been cuts in name only, because they came from programs that had unspent funds. For example, $1.7 billion left over from the 2010 census; $3.5 billion in unused children's health insurance funds; $2.2 billion in subsidies for...
  • Budget deal still leaves largest deficit in history

    04/10/2011 4:39:23 PM PDT · by Qbert · 6 replies
    WTSP.com ^ | Apr 10, 2011 | WTSP-CBS
    If you believe the spin from the White House and the offices of congressional leaders, there were only winners in the struggle to reach a budget agreement last night and avert a government shutdown. Both House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the agreement "historic" and President Obama praised "their leadership" while a team of his top aides did the same for him. [Snip] Depending on whose numbers you accept, the budget agreement calls for either $87.5 billion in cuts or $38.5 billion. Either way, it's a drop in the budget bucket. The federal budget for 2011...
  • Debt Jumped $54.1 Billion in 8 Days Preceding (Budget) Deal to Cut $38.5 Billion for Rest of Year

    04/09/2011 3:52:23 PM PDT · by Qbert · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 09, 2011 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The federal debt increased $54.1 billion in the eight days preceding the deal made by President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) to cut $38.5 billion in federal spending for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, which runs through September. The debt was $14.2101 trillion on March 30, according to the Bureau of the Public Debt, and $14.2642 on April 7.
  • Speaker Boehner Violates Pledge to Stop Obama Care? .

    02/17/2011 4:45:24 AM PST · by IbJensen · 27 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 2/17/2011 | James Simpson
    Speaker Boehner: Honor Your Pledge or Resign, NOW! It is almost impossible to believe that a mere month into the new Congress, old guard Republicans led by House Speaker John Boehner are stampeding to violate key campaign pledges. We have seen the “resolute” House Republican leadership quail over the prospect of actually making a paltry $100 billion in promised spending cuts. We have seen tough talking Darrell Issa backing off desperately needed investigations of blatant Obama administration corruption and abuse of power. We have witnessed the spectacle of Speaker Boehner mindlessly complimenting Obama on his treasonous handling of Egypt, undermining...
  • Boehner credits Obama for handling of Egypt crisis

    02/13/2011 5:16:31 PM PST · by Suvroc10 · 62 replies
    LA Times ^ | Feb. 13, 2011 | Ken Dilanian
    Reporting from Washington — House Speaker John A. Boehner said Sunday he thinks the Obama administration handled "a very difficult situation" in Egypt about as well as possible, undercutting potential Republican presidential candidates who have charged that President Obama botched the U.S. response to a popular revolt against a key ally. Boehner, the nation's top Republican elected official, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he thought there was a need for an assessment to determine why the U.S. intelligence community "didn't have a better feel for" the grass-roots movements that felled authoritarian regimes in Tunisia and Egypt in recent weeks....
  • Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s New Start - Republicans no longer have the wind at their backs.

    12/24/2010 2:26:38 PM PST · by neverdem · 176 replies · 3+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | December 24, 2010 12 | Charles Krauthammer
    Obama's New StartRepublicans no longer have the wind at their backs. Riding the lamest of ducks, President Obama just won the Triple Crown. He fulfilled (1) his most important economic priority, passage of Stimulus II, a.k.a. the tax-cut deal (the perfect pre-reelection fiscal sugar high — the piper gets paid in 2013 and beyond); (2) his most important social-policy objective, repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell”; and (3) his most cherished (achievable) foreign-policy goal, ratification of the New START treaty with Russia. Politically, these are all synergistic. The bipartisan nature of the tax deal instantly repositioned Obama back to the...
  • Republican Tax Deal Proves They Haven't Learned Anything

    12/16/2010 6:06:07 AM PST · by IbJensen · 24 replies
    Right Side News ^ | December 13, 2010 | James Simpson
    Nothing changes so much as it stays the same. The Democrats continue to be relentless in their determination to destroy this country, and Republicans, despite just coming off an historic electoral victory nationwide, still don’t get it. Republican_Safety_Plan ..... always covering their butts, always a safety net, always a bridge to back track on...(cya)...Picture FITS FOLKS! It would be impossible to imagine under normal circumstances that Democrats in Congress, having gone through what they have for the past two years, do not yet have their facts straight. But nothing changes so much as it stays the same – they still...
  • Barbara Bush Should Shut-Up

    11/20/2010 12:13:04 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 197 replies
    Riehl World View ^ | 11/20/10 | Riehl World View
    This annoys the hell out of me, because I'm not some rabid Palinista. Crap like this from Barbara Bush leaves one no alternative but to respond to it. What, does she have another son, or a grand kid lined up for the job of President? Reagan handed your husband his, despite some misgivings, and he blew it, Barbara. And as much as I supported her husband and her son while they were in office, they've hardly gotten us to a great place. Guess what? If not for 9/11, GW may well have been a one-term-er, just like his father. He...
  • Country Club, RINO Republicans Throwing Temper Tantrums

    09/18/2010 8:45:00 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 18 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/18/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    One of the interesting things of this election cycle has been to see what sore losers RINOS and country club Republicans are becoming. Since the Tea Party Movement has been throwing establishment GOPers out right and left (or maybe that's let and left) some of them have responded with petulance instead of accepting the will of the voters. In fact we've been seeing quite a few little tantrums thrown by the RINO set as voters have been turning against them. Recall that "Benedict" Arlen Specter had to jump parties because Republican Pat Toomey was encroaching on the privilege that Specter...
  • Boehner: I'll Drop Tax Cut for Rich If I Have To [reality check at post 121]

    09/12/2010 8:24:10 AM PDT · by roses of sharon · 239 replies · 1+ views
    (CBS) The leading Republican in the House, and a vocal proponent of allowing an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans, including the wealthiest 3% of earners, objected to charges by President Obama that Republicans are holding tax breaks for the bottom 97% of earners hostage unless the wealthiest also get an extension. In a pre-taped interview to appear on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner said that, if approving a bill to extend breaks for middle class income Americans were "the only option," he would support it. The Congressional Budget Office has...
  • Steele says immigration law 'not a reflection of an entire political party'

    08/24/2010 9:46:51 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | Aug. 24, 2010 | Elise Viebeck
    Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele refused to embrace Arizona's controversial immigration law Tuesday during an interview with Univision, the country's largest Spanish-language television network. "The actions of one state's governor is not a reflection of an entire country, nor is it a reflection of an entire political party," he said, referring to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and her support for S.B. 1070. "The governor and the people of Arizona made a decision that they thought was in their best interest, and that's the beauty of a republic, that's who we are." Steele has faced criticism as RNC chairman because...
  • GOP in Default Mode

    08/23/2010 3:21:25 AM PDT · by Scanian · 37 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 23, 2010 | J.R. Dunn
    It's widely acknowledged that in 2010, the Democrats are on the ropes. But just about the same could be said for the Republicans. A few weeks ago, John Cornyn and John Boehner revealed this election's GOP platform. In a year of massive unrest, public disgust with government, and large-scale rejection of interventionist policies, the GOP will emphasize...deficits. An issue to warm an economist's heart -- and the occasional accountant's, too. Top that one, Obama. In the wake of Scott Brown's stunning upset in Massachusetts last February, with the entire New England region open to exploitation, the GOP is doing nothing....
  • GOP in Default Mode

    08/23/2010 3:46:19 AM PDT · by Man50D · 108 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 23, 2010 | J.R. Dunn
    It's widely acknowledged that in 2010, the Democrats are on the ropes. But just about the same could be said for the Republicans. A few weeks ago, John Cornyn and John Boehner revealed this election's GOP platform. In a year of massive unrest, public disgust with government, and large-scale rejection of interventionist policies, the GOP will emphasize...deficits. An issue to warm an economist's heart -- and the occasional accountant's, too. Top that one, Obama. In the wake of Scott Brown's stunning upset in Massachusetts last February, with the entire New England region open to exploitation, the GOP is doing nothing....
  • How the GOP would govern the House (bring back earmarks???)

    08/23/2010 12:58:41 PM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/23/10 | Jake Sherman
    RICHMOND, Va. — House Republicans have banked on voter anger, a sputtering economy and an unpopular president to propel them ahead of Democrats in the polls so far this year. But now they’re trying to lay the foundation for how they would actually govern. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said a House GOP majority will focus on aggressive oversight of the Obama administration, will work to defund the agencies responsible for implementing health care and will push a “zero tolerance” ethics policy. He also said Republicans may roll back their ban on earmarks, as long as the spending items...
  • Pence: No personal attacks against Obama or Dems

    08/18/2010 6:38:02 AM PDT · by Mojave · 168 replies
    The Hill's Blog Briefing Room ^ | 08/18/10 | Michael O'Brien
    Republicans shouldn't engage in personal attacks against President Obama or other Democrats on the campaign trail, a top House Republican said Wednesday. Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.) pressed his party to attack ideas with which they disagree, but to avoid attacking opponents during an election cycle that has been noted for its heated rhetoric.
  • GOP begins seeking ideas from public

    05/25/2010 3:37:57 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 48 replies · 928+ views
    washingtontimes ^ | 7:42 p.m., Monday, May 24, 2010 | Sean Lengell
    Cites voter frustration. <America, House Republicans want your help. In an effort to shed its image as a "party of no" with few original ideas to challenge the Democrat-controlled Congress and White House, House Republicans on Tuesday will begin a campaign to ask the general public for input in drafting their next agenda. The nationwide "America Speaking Out" campaign seeks to capitalize on growing voter frustration of the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress. Organizers say they welcome ideas from all voters, regardless of party affiliation. "American Speaking Out is an effort to open the back rooms and closed doors...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: McCain likely grinning as GOP accepts open primary (will Rats save their Maverick?)

    05/06/2010 7:28:44 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 70 replies · 1,506+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Ariz. ^ | 2010-05-04 | Rhonda Bodfield
    The Republican Party is re-opening its big umbrella - or more accurately, not closing its primary after all. At a meeting over the weekend, the state executive committee decided to forgo a legal challenge to a law that allows independents to choose which primary they want to vote in. While some members argue that Republicans should be choosing the party's nominee, state GOP spokesman Matt Roberts said the group decided to hold off until at least until next year, given the slow wheels of justice and the looming August primary. Somewhere, John "Don't Call Me Maverick" McCain is probably a...
  • GOP will allow Senate financial reform debate

    04/28/2010 1:21:29 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 124 replies · 5,057+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | 04/27/10 | Staff
    Party has halted three attempts to start debate on Democrats’ bill WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans are prepared to end their stalling tactics on new banking regulations and will attempt to change the bill on the Senate floor, Republican officials said.
  • (Republicans) AWOL in the Bunning Battle

    03/04/2010 5:38:41 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 646+ views
    National Review ^ | March 4, 2010 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    If Obamacare passes, Obamacare is forever. Just ask Jim Bunning. The Kentucky Republican finally caved in Tuesday after relentless pressure from other senators — including Republicans — to drop what the Politico called his “one man” filibuster of a bill to extend expiring unemployment benefits. Technically, it was not a filibuster. It was an objection to a procedure, called “unanimous consent,” used to speed along uncontroversial legislation. In this case, there ought to have been raging controversy: Bunning was objecting to yet another monthly extension of unemployment payments absent an explanation of how it would be paid for. He was...
  • Dems, GOP May Not 'Bridge The Gap' On Reform [BUST! Obama: Verdict by Fall Elections]

    02/25/2010 3:36:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 563+ views
    MSNBC ^ | February 25, 2010
    Dems, GOP May Not 'Bridge The Gap' On Reform Obama concludes health care summit by saying accord may be impossible WASHINGTON - After a day of debate and disagreement, President Barack Obama concluded Thursday's unprecedented live talkfest on health care with the bleak assessment that accord between Democrats and Republicans may not be possible. He rejected Republican preferences for starting over, discussing the issue much longer or taking a step-by-step solution. Obama said he is not sure that Democrats can "bridge the gap" with the GOP to reach a compromise on the plan, and he strongly suggested that Democrats will...
  • Steele hints critics motivated by race

    02/10/2010 6:41:06 AM PST · by dmartin · 51 replies · 1,094+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 9, 2010 | Eric Zimmermann
    Critics of Michael Steele's tenure as Republican National Committee chairman are motivated by racism, Steele suggested in an interview published on Tuesday. Speaking to Washingtonian magazine (no online version), Steele wondered why his Democratic National Committee counterpart doesn't get the same criticism he does. "I don’t see stories about the internal operations of the DNC that I see about this operation," Steele said. "Why? Is it because Michael Steele is the chairman, or is it because a black man is chairman?”