Skip to comments.Hard Right Turn Worries GOP Moderates in N.H.
Posted on 02/01/2011 4:25:42 AM PST by Jim Noble
New Hampshire Democrats conceded a dramatic loss of power to a Republican insurgency last November. Now another group is coming to terms with its sidelining.
Moderate Republicans, the practical-minded mainstay of the states venerable GOP, have watched in dismay as conservative legislators have proposed restricting state education funding to English, math, science, social studies, and physical education and urged that officials no longer bear faith and true allegiance to the United States and New Hampshire, but rather, only to New Hampshire.
With the recent ascension of Tea Party activist Jack Kimball to head the state Republican Party, many moderates now say they are resigned to having little sway in shaping the states agenda.
We know we dont have much of a chance of convincing anybody of anything, said Representative Priscilla Lockwood, a moderate Republican, who said she fears that abortion will be restrict ed and gay marriage banned...
The 2010 election produced Republican supermajorities in the Legislature, but with many new members leaning further right than their predecessors; in the House an estimated 100 of the 400 members are Tea Party-affiliated. The election also yielded a Republican US Senator, Kelly Ayotte, backed by Sarah Palin, and two Republican US representatives...
The impact of the conservative sweep has been evident in the Legislature where conservatives first order of business, with the backing of William OBrien, the new speaker of the House, was to change rules on weapons in the Statehouse, making them explicitly welcome rather than tacitly permitted. A string of proposals followed, including those on restricting school funding and the oath of office...
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They are called RINOs.
You know what I say to the moderates in NH (and everywhere else):
...well, this is a family site. I’d rather not say.
If Pricilla Lockwood is worried about restrictions on abortion, and banning gay marriage, she should just be a democrat. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
There is a place for moderates in the GOP, just not in any leadership role.
The problem with RINOs is that they are all too willing to compromise on their principles and then once done, they have nothing to show for that, no bang for their buck; they are far too trusting of the democrats who are known for their perfidy and deception.
Once RINOs understand where this anger comes from against them, maybe they will not be so willing to comrpomise with democrats which is what the rank and file conservatives are demanding and which is why the Tea Party came into being and into such prominence.
These so-called “moderates” (aka: losers) are always worried about something. Good. People with functioning brain cells reject you and reject your opinions. Become DIMocRATs, you RINO losers.
The battle isn’t between Dem and Rep, it’s between “progressives and legit conservatives. If you help elect a typical GOPer, you haven’t accomplished anything, you’ve just deluded yourself. All you’ve really done is invited the enemy inside the gates while you scan the horizon looking for where the next attack is coming from. How many knives in the back will it take before conservatives wake up to this fact?
I feel bad for NH. The MAssholes have invaded to get away from their mess, just to start their mess all over again.
Elections have consequences, don’t they?
the practical-minded mainstay the traitorous sell-out democrate-lite liberals of the states venerable GOP... There fixed it.
Personally, a line needs to be drawn in the sand by conservatives and the rinos need to go home to the democrat party they adore.
We have the same problem in GA. People from MA, NJ, NY, CT, etc. have moved here over the past several decades to get away from the economic mess and police states that their government loving ideas have given rise to. In short having sh!t where they ate up north and then not liking the consequences, they're proceding to sh!t where they eat and where I eat too.
[The problem with RINOs is that they are all too willing to compromise on their principles and then once done, they have nothing to show for that,...]
McCain and other rinos come to mind.
These RINOS are essentially TRANSPLANTED MASSACHUSETTS DEMOCRATS.
That's because facts have a funny way of getting in the way of your convincing.
I never understand conservatism until it’s patiently explained to me by a liberal newspaper.
RINOs cannot convince anybody of anything because they stand for nothing, have no values or principles they stand by and fight for. They are like Claude Rains in Casablanca, they blow with the wind, and as such they make enemies on both sides. Better to stand for something and have an enemy on only one side of the aisle.
And what principles are those?
Turning right politically without becoming more moral is just a waste of time.
You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything...
“and urged that officials no longer bear faith and true allegiance to the United States and New Hampshire, but rather, only to New Hampshire.”
How could I ever have faith in and allegiance toward a group of criminals in business suits who seek to enslave the American people from their ivory tower in the District of Criminals (D.C.)?
How does she distinguish herself from a democrat? She and her ilk are the reasons I quit calling myself a republican.
Have you ever noticed that the Press never worries about moderate or conservative Democrats being sidelined by the hard line Statist Democrats.
Priscilla Lockwood, a moderate Republican, who said she fears that abortion will be restrict ed and gay marriage banned...
My guess is Ms. Lockwood, Like Chrissie Whitman and Tom Kean, is one of those born with a silver spoon in her mouth, blue-blooded liberal eltists whose only interst in being a “Republican” is to protect her business interests and because her family traditionally disdained the Democrats.
These people have the political philosophy of an creampuff.
The Massholes are no longer the problem. This article is spot on. Some of the reddest parts of the state are where good people from Mass. have gotten themselves to hell out of their home state and come up here. I applaud them. They are my kind of people and I am a native who has long been disgusted with the NH Republican party. Not now. We finally got ‘er turned around and you can hear the howling of the dimlycrats and rumpsprung Reps like Priscilla from Nashua to Pittsburg. I love it!
Funny, I consider someone who advocates the murder of the innocent unborn to be a dangerous extremist.
That's a GREAT point & spot on.
I know these people, they're my neighbors. They are members of the Rodney King Party (can't we all just get along?).
They do not see what we see. They do not see that the conflict is fundamental and has become irrepressible.
Like the Constitutional Union Party in 1860, they don't want to believe that war is coming. And can you blame them?
from occupied ga: How'd that war thingy work out the last time?
Decision time is upon us.
Want a rematch.
Two words. GET OUT!
(nice Dylan quote, BTW Jim).
No enemies to the Left, which is why the RINOs always end up on the left.
Then maybe they should step down, stay at home and watch Oprah, because we sure as hell don't need representatives the "do not see what we see." Kind of makes them not really representative doesn't it?
How'd that war thingy work out the last time?
I don't really see the relevance of that question to the discussion, but since you're curious, one heck of a lot better than you'd expect when an industrialized nation of 22,000,000 goes against an agricultural nation of about 9,000,000 and a nation with 90% of the manufacturing capacity vs 10% of the manufacturing capacity. But we're a lot better prepared this time, and won't go about it in open conflict. Think insurgency and asymmetric warfare if the ballot box fails.
I was going to use "You walk into the room like a camel and then you frown" for Sarah Schweitzer, but I thought it might sail over too many heads.
Rep. Priscilla Lockwood (R-NH Merrimack District 6)
7th term Republican from New Hampshire Merrimack District 6.
Visit Official Website
Marital Status: Married (Robert)
Prev. Occupation: Educator, Small Business Owner
Prev. Political Exp.: Canterbury Town Selectman, 1995-2001
Education: BA University of New Hampshire, 1959
Birthplace: Manchester, NH
The Boston Globe writing about the goings-on in New Hampshire is kind of like me writing an article for the American Journal of Medicine.
Neither article would be used for anything other than bird cage liner...
There's your problem...wonder if she is a SEIU member?
A lot of people from New York and Connecticut stinking up New Hampshire, as well...people native to NH are now a MINORITY in their own state; based on 2010 Census figures...
Don't sweat it, Prissy...the new 'Republican' legislature has already announced that they have no intention of trying to overturn NH's new 'gay marriage' law.
Several ‘Free Staters’ ran as ‘Republicans’ and were elected to the State Legislature...couldn’t get elected as Libertarians, I guess...
Are teachers members of the SEIU?
I haven’t seen their membership cards, but I have seen them wearing the purple shirts...maybe it’s a ‘solidarity’ thing...
Can you explain “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” to me?