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Novak: House Republican Upheaval? (Leadership Battle Looms)
Creator's Syndicate ^ | November 26, 2005 | Robert Novak

Posted on 11/26/2005 1:13:16 PM PST by RWR8189

WASHINGTON -- There is no doubt Rep. John Boehner of Ohio is quietly enlisting support from fellow House Republicans to elect him as majority leader in January. The question is whether Rep. Tom Reynolds of New York also is campaigning to be majority whip.

Reports of a Boehner-Reynolds ticket have circulated in Washington, but Reynolds vigorously denies it. If he does run for whip, Reynolds would be accused of cutting and running from his duties as House Republican campaign chairman because of the difficult 2006 midterm election ahead.

A special election in January would mean House Republicans have given up on Tom DeLay getting rid of his criminal indictment in Texas in time to resume the majority leader's chair in this session of Congress. Majority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri has been acting leader.

CHENEY AND DELAY

Eyebrows raised in Washington's political circles when it was announced that Vice President Dick Cheney has opted to go to Houston Dec. 5 for a Tom DeLay fund-raiser instead of attending the annual White House Christmas party for members of Congress.

Cheney's support of sidelined House Majority Leader DeLay is no surprise. But the vice president's presence at the White House party would be desirable in hopes of bolstering the sagging morale of the Republican lawmakers.

A footnote: Word of ex-DeLay aide Michael Scanlon's guilty plea in the Jack Abramoff scandal has sent a wave of fear through the Washington Republican establishment. Scanlon appears to have cut a deal for possibly naming names and pointing fingers in return for a lighter sentence.

DEMOCRATIC DROUGHT

Just as Democrats had envisioned the promised land with enhanced prospects for gaining control of the House in the 2006 elections, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) fund-raising hit a bump in the road.

The DCCC, which did well in September by raising $5.4 million, fell off the cliff in October by bringing in just $1.6 million. Republicans continue to outdo the Democrats consistently in House fund-raising.

A footnote: The Senate Democratic campaign committee continues to lead its Republican counterpart. But even the most optimistic Democrats concede it is highly unlikely they can pick up the necessary six Senate seats to retake control.

ROOKIE BLUNDER

Rep. Jean Schmidt, the most junior member of the House after a special election in Ohio, was not only booed by Democrats after she implied that Democratic Rep. John Murtha was a "coward" for suggesting U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq. She also was privately denounced by Republicans.

She undermined the Republican leadership strategy of rejecting troop withdrawal but not criticizing Murtha, a decorated Marine war veteran who is popular on both sides of the aisle. Schmidt must have not gotten the message, but she later apologized for what she said.

A footnote: Schmidt nearly lost the special election because of lukewarm support from conservatives, who disliked her voting record in the Ohio legislature on gun control issues.

RUDY AND BLACKS

While former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is shown by polls to be the most popular possible Republican presidential candidate with the party's voters nationally, he is viewed as a disaster in the 2008 election by prominent African-American Republicans.

The black Republicans, engaged in a difficult uphill struggle to broaden the party's base, say the overwhelmingly favorable voter response to Giuliani's handling of the 9/11 disaster did not apply to African-Americans. They report that the black attitude toward Giuliani remains shaped by the record of police shootings in New York under his watch.

Specifically cited is Giuliani's support of the police in the shootings of Amadou Diallo and Patrick Dorismond, both unarmed black men.

Copyright 2005 Creators Syndicate


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; 109thcongress; abramoff; blackvote; blunt; boehner; cheney; dccc; delay; giuliani; gop; housegop; jeanschmidt; johnboehner; leadership; murtha; novak; reynolds; rudygiuliani; schmidt; tomdelay; tomreynolds

1 posted on 11/26/2005 1:13:21 PM PST by RWR8189
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To: RWR8189

Giuliani is a good pick for a blue state office, but he would not win nationally.


2 posted on 11/26/2005 1:21:08 PM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at His footstool; He is holy. Ps 99:5)
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To: RWR8189

Much has been made of Mr. Delay... but he is not the Repub. party.. most all of the elections are going to be decided by local issues anyway. If we get new leadership, fine. We can just move on..


3 posted on 11/26/2005 1:22:10 PM PST by razorgirl
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To: RWR8189

Novak's a Rockafeller Pub at best, I never considered him a conservative. I've been reading (laughing at) him for years.

Typical RINO


4 posted on 11/26/2005 1:25:13 PM PST by wrathof59 (2005 World Champion Chicago White Sox, Life is Good!)
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To: RWR8189

"Boner"... now that's funny.


5 posted on 11/26/2005 1:25:29 PM PST by xcamel (a system poltergeist stole it.)
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To: RWR8189

I like John Boehner but he isn't tough enough to go against those Rats.


6 posted on 11/26/2005 1:27:47 PM PST by Suzy Quzy
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To: RWR8189
What a complete waste of ink Novak has become. Whine bitch and cry for the poor "Congresscritters" Hey scumbags, how about you actually PASS legislation instead of whining that Cheney isn't going to be there to hold your hands and tell you how great you are. Maybe you should try being less RINO and more LEADERS. A good place to start would be supporting Schmit against a Traitor named Murtha instead of throwing her under the bus to suck up to that senile old Dinosaur.
7 posted on 11/26/2005 1:28:22 PM PST by MNJohnnie ("You cannot kill hope with bombs and bullets" Sgt. Clay Smith)
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To: razorgirl

The media keeps pushing their spin about Rep. Schmidt callint Murtha a coward. It was my impression she merely read a letter from a constituent that said" Cowards run , Marines dont run." Now that isnt calling Murtha a coward,its saying if the shoe fits wear it.

Like Cinderrella's glass slipper it seems to fit pretty well.But then it fits a lot of Representatives, and some Senators,some of them Republicans.


8 posted on 11/26/2005 1:30:23 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: Suzy Quzy
Wasn't John Boehner the moron handing out campaign checks for votes on the floor of the H.O.R. during a vote?


If so, I would think he isn't the best candidate for the job.
9 posted on 11/26/2005 1:36:19 PM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!!)
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To: RWR8189

I quit reading after seeing Bob Novak and "Republican." [yawn]


10 posted on 11/26/2005 1:37:12 PM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: MNJohnnie

11 posted on 11/26/2005 1:41:10 PM PST by devolve (<--- (--------(--do not check out my lame FR home page--)--------)
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To: RWR8189
Eyebrows raised in Washington's political circles when it was announced that Vice President Dick Cheney has opted to go to Houston Dec. 5 for a Tom DeLay fund-raiser instead of attending the annual White House Christmas party for members of Congress.

Novak is a source I really have questionable faith in, more hit and run then consistent...

If the above IS true, however? Doesn't bother me a damn bit. If I had the choice to spend time with Delay...or Congress? I'm choosing Delay without hesitation.

12 posted on 11/26/2005 1:41:12 PM PST by Soul Seeker (Mr. President: It is now time to turn over the money changers' tables.)
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To: wrathof59
Novak is guilty of abject hatred of all things Bush.

Always was, always will be. That colors his outlook on everything.

He is not a credible source other than giving he dems something to cheer about now and then.

13 posted on 11/26/2005 1:51:25 PM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: wrathof59
Novak's a Rockafeller Pub at best, I never considered him a conservative.

Novak has always been a registered Democrat. Conservative for a Democrat (i.e. moderate), but always a Democrat.

14 posted on 11/26/2005 1:55:49 PM PST by peyton randolph (Warning! It is illegal to fatwah a camel in all 50 states)
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To: RWR8189
"....sagging morale of the Republican lawmakers."

They have no one to blame for that but the RINOs w/i their midst. McLame, McSphincter, and Mr. Elizabeth Taylor--take a bow!

W needs to start kickin' some butt or the wheels are goin' to come off altogether.

15 posted on 11/26/2005 1:57:13 PM PST by Pietro
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To: wrathof59

The term 'checkered-pants' was made for him. I firmly believe he thinks Republicans are more effective as the minority... and that conservatives are rubes.


16 posted on 11/26/2005 2:03:21 PM PST by johnny7 (“You have a corpse in a car, minus a head, in the garage. Take me to it.”)
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To: peyton randolph

"Novak has always been a registered Democrat. Conservative for a Democrat (i.e. moderate), but always a Democrat.

Do you have a source for that?

I always thought he was a pubbie.


17 posted on 11/26/2005 2:10:49 PM PST by Kenny500c
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To: RWR8189; Gipper08
DeLay is far from the point where they need to worry yet about selecting another majority leader. If that scenario were to play out the logical picks, in my opinion, are Mike Pence or current deputy-whip, Eric Cantor.
18 posted on 11/26/2005 2:17:51 PM PST by jla (Proud Conservative-Purist)
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To: Kenny500c
Do you have a source for that?

Don't have copies of all the quotes. Used to watch him in mid-80s on Crossfire. He made it clear then. He's mentioned it several times in columns too...at least one occasion when he was covering events at the Dimwit National Convention.

However, here is some supporting evidence.

NOVAK: I'm a registered Democrat actually.  CNN Transcript - Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields Daniel Patrick Moynihan Discusses Campaign 2000 - April 29, 2000

Bob Novak spent several minutes telling the audience he was a registered Democrat and had been so for many years.Think Progress » Novak Criticized Carville For “Foul Mouth,” Said He Was “Poisoning America”

There is more. Google it.

19 posted on 11/26/2005 2:31:18 PM PST by peyton randolph (Warning! It is illegal to fatwah a camel in all 50 states)
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To: peyton randolph

Thanks for the info.


20 posted on 11/26/2005 2:39:04 PM PST by Kenny500c
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To: RWR8189

So Why is Novak still withholding his source's name?


21 posted on 11/26/2005 2:40:54 PM PST by stocksthatgoup (Polls = Proof that when the MSM want your opinion it will give it to you.)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
Word of ex-DeLay aide Michael Scanlon's guilty plea in the Jack Abramoff scandal has sent a wave of fear through the Washington Republican establishment. Scanlon appears to have cut a deal for possibly naming names and pointing fingers in return for a lighter sentence.

Wussies. Stand up and fight back...quick being afraid. CONSERVATIVES WILL NEVER GET A FAIR AND BALANCED HEARING IN THE LAMESTREAM PRESS. NEVER EVER EVER! SO REPUBLICANS, QUIT ACTING LIKE YOU'RE VICTIMS: FIGHT BACK--AND HARD.

22 posted on 11/26/2005 3:12:54 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: wrathof59
Novak's a Rockafeller Pub at best, I never considered him a conservative.

Novak is a paleoconservative.

He is from the Buchanan wing of the party.

23 posted on 11/26/2005 3:56:25 PM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: wrathof59

My take on Novak is very similar to yours...I always laughed when CNN introduced him as a "conservative" columnist.


24 posted on 11/26/2005 3:57:09 PM PST by Txsleuth (9/11NEVER FORGET-NEVER SURRENDER, Sam Johnson, a REAL hero!)
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To: peyton randolph
Novak has always been a registered Democrat.

Novak is not a democrat.

He is a paleocon republican.

I.E. the weird fringe guys from the Buchanan side.

25 posted on 11/26/2005 3:57:23 PM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

I think Rudy has a better shot at winning nationally than he does unseating Hilly for the Senate seat in NY.


26 posted on 11/26/2005 3:57:29 PM PST by HitmanLV (Listen to my demos for Savage Nation contest: http://www.geocities.com/mr_vinnie_vegas/index.html)
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To: peyton randolph; Kenny500c; Sonny M
Novak is a registered democrat because he wants his vote to count in the DC area.As you should know,D.C is 94% democrat and Novak wants to be able to vote in local elections and primaries.Novak is indeed a paleo-conservative who is more conservative on most issues than the current Republican Party.
27 posted on 11/26/2005 4:15:07 PM PST by BransonRevival (Mike Pence for President)
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To: RWR8189

Just as Democrats had envisioned the promised land with enhanced prospects for gaining control of the House in the 2006 elections

Riiiight. And I'm going to win the lottery


28 posted on 11/26/2005 4:17:29 PM PST by Valin (Purgamentum init, exit purgamentum)
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To: BransonRevival
Novak is indeed a paleo-conservative who is more conservative on most issues than the current Republican Party.

Depends on the issue.

He goes back and forth on some things.

To his credit he did write a foreword on newer copies of Jude Wakkinskis "How the world works".

Its the book President Reagan used to call "The bible of supply side economics".

But Novak has always been flakey, I do remember him on crossfire yelling at Buchanan (who he actually likes) that he was a republican.

29 posted on 11/26/2005 4:26:10 PM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: RWR8189; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; Kuksool

"RUDY AND BLACKS"

"While former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is shown by polls to be the most popular possible Republican presidential candidate with the party's voters nationally, he is viewed as a disaster in the 2008 election by prominent African-American Republicans."

"The black Republicans, engaged in a difficult uphill struggle to broaden the party's base, say the overwhelmingly favorable voter response to Giuliani's handling of the 9/11 disaster did not apply to African-Americans. They report that the black attitude toward Giuliani remains shaped by the record of police shootings in New York under his watch."

"Specifically cited is Giuliani's support of the police in the shootings of Amadou Diallo and Patrick Dorismond, both unarmed black men."

The irony in all of this is that Giuliani, who cut the crime rate at a percentage unimaginable in the modern era, was probably responsible for saving hundreds, if not thousands of lives of Black New Yorkers who were getting slaughtered en masse under previous regimes going back decades. Comparing two unfortunate incidents to the thousands of lives saved is really beyond the pale.


30 posted on 11/26/2005 4:26:27 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: RWR8189

More drivel from Novak. The Hammer will be back.


31 posted on 11/26/2005 4:28:14 PM PST by Cautor
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To: Kenny500c

No, Wikipedia states this as well. (For what that is worth)


32 posted on 11/26/2005 5:07:38 PM PST by MassachusettsGOP (Massachusetts Republican....A rare breed indeed)
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To: Sonny M

He's a Critic of Israel, and supporter of Palestine. BARF!


33 posted on 11/26/2005 5:09:23 PM PST by MassachusettsGOP (Massachusetts Republican....A rare breed indeed)
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To: RWR8189; The Ghost of FReepers Past

I'm beginning to wonder if Dennis Hastert will retire.


34 posted on 11/26/2005 5:40:47 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Sam Alito Deserves To Be Confirmed)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I agree. Many conservatives are reflexively opposed to Guiliani becasue of his liberalism on social issues. But if a commitment to appoint Constitutionalist judges and Justice Department officials could be obtained from him, would that win over any pro-life, pro-family conseratives?

I ask because I don't think we should rule him out entirely. He is, after all, an excellent leader and administrator.


35 posted on 11/26/2005 5:43:22 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Sam Alito Deserves To Be Confirmed)
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To: Dark Wing

ping


36 posted on 11/26/2005 6:44:49 PM PST by Thud
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

IMO only Jeb Bush might be able to defeat Giuliani for the 2008 GOP nomination, unless Giuliani makes some awful mistake. The voters prefer candidates with elective experience in major executive office to those without. Rudi Giuliani and Jeb Bush are the big two in that regard. Rudi is a national hero and Jeb Bush is the best governor in the country. Don't overestimate ideology. The voters are far more interested in candidates' characters and executive ability than their ideology.


37 posted on 11/26/2005 6:53:16 PM PST by Thud
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To: Sonny M

Both Buchanan and Novak went so far to the right they went "round the bend" so that they ended up in the left fringe group that hates Israel!!


38 posted on 11/27/2005 4:43:18 PM PST by Suzy Quzy
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To: Suzy Quzy

As far as I am concerned, the guy lost it years ago. 1st of all, this tactic is just what the demorats want, for us to fight over who will comprise our leadership. His "article" just lends to that agenda.

There is no way that Reynolds and Boehner will be mucking up the party for their own political gain, it just will not happen. We need a strong and steady road right now, and we need to get together and back those that are working hard for our party. Blunt and Hastert are working their asses off, and doing a damn fine job. Right now, the MSM and the Rats are out to get them, they have nothing, don't listen to their garbage.


39 posted on 11/30/2005 7:20:30 AM PST by hardknocks
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