Skip to comments.Note to Republicans: Channel Jack Kemp
Posted on 04/06/2014 7:16:15 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
When Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, delivered a speech last month outlining proposals for economic growth, his sponsor was the Jack F. Kemp Foundation, a Beltway organization set up in memory of the Republican politician who died in 2009 and has recently been cited as a hero by some of the partys most prominent figures.
Senator Rubio is one outspoken admirer. Another is Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, who worked at Mr. Kemps think tank, Empower America, in the 1990s, and has said that Mr. Kemp was one of his principal mentors.
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Any economic growth doesn’t mean squat if the borders aren’t secured and the welfare/warfare state is reined in.
Kemp lost, which is why the NYT wants his naivete repeated
“In 1990, when he was HUD secretary, the ardently pro-immigrant Kemp threatened to withhold federal funding from the city of Costa Mesa, Calif., unless it repealed laws barring social services for undocumented immigrants.”
A real fiscal conservative.
Kemp was a patriot — but he was a big government guy.
Not what America needs today.
America needs someone who will close entire Federal Handout agencies and Departments — along with the programs they administer.
Figures, Kemp was very weak and helped Dole lose.
Kemp’s choice by Dole was a bold pick at the time, but there wasn’t going to be anyone that would’ve helped. Dole needed to go nuclear on Bubba and he wouldn’t do it.
We probably should be grateful that Colin Blow didn’t get the nomination, because he probably would’ve won, and we’d have had a liberal Democrat as a GOP President and the damage he’d have inflicted would’ve been monumental.
Kemp another milk toast Republican
Why do they advise Republicans to channel the losers?
What he fully missed was the effect of culture on economic activity.
Sure. I’ll start wearing sweaters everywhere I go, talk real slow and try to remember what day of the week it is...
Got a Roth-IRA? Thank the Kemp-Roth Act of 1981.
Have you too soon forgot that it was Jack Kemp at a (R) primary debate in 1988 where Kemp flat out declared that if George HW Bush was elected "...the Reagan Revolution is dead."?
C'mon, you're from NY. You really should know better.
Kemp's style reminds me of Michael Steele, both apologizing for being a Republican was supposed to get minorities to become Republicans.
Al Gore - "I want to complement Mr Kemp for not being a racist like everyone else in his party."
Jack Kemp - "Thank you."
Let’s don’t and just say we did, ok???
Kemp was super, except for his support for affirmative action and shamnesty.
Seemed like he wanted to create some kind of conservative version of the welfare state, a faulty premise. I give him points for engaging minorities but his approach was flawed.
Worst debate performance, ever...Kemp vs Gore.
Bobdole’s running mate. Swell.
His performance in the Vice Presidential debate that year was atrocious! He never once challenged his opponent, and didn't really explain the positions he and Dole were taking. I was so disappointed, because I really thought he could do so much good as VP.
Just what Pubbies need....advice from a person who hates conservative Republicans.
more Liberals trying to tell Conservatives to behave more like Liberals, so they won’t offer a choice, just an echo, and continue to lose
Early 1993 I saw him give a speech on CSPAN talk about capital gains tax cuts and minorities and I thought we had something special.
But by 1996 I realized how weak he was. He was going to fix all our problems with tax cuts, the economy would boom and no one would want any form of welfare. No immediate spending cuts were necessary. It would all work out.
It was all crap.
And he was great for explaining why he disagreed with conservatives.
You are correct. He assumed good faith and a modicum of self discipline and ambition. Those were the mistakes in his premises in some enclaves.
Kemp was a favorite of the corporate crowd.
He was. He was one of the ‘managerial’ types.
Why do they advise Republicans to channel the losers?
Hint: This is the NYT.
Kemp blew the 1996 VP run, particularly the debate, BIG TIME! It was a classic case of ONE Aw, s canceling out dozens of Atta boy!s.Before that debate, Kemp was THE MAN. He so transformed the Republican political landscape that whenever you call a Bob Dole or Bob Michaels a RINO you are channeling Jack Kemp. Before accepting the VP candidacy, Kemp had called Dole the tax collector for the welfare state.
Kemps blunder in the 96 debate with Al Gore was simple - he failed to take on the mandatory role of a political candidate. Namely, to defend the honor of his constituency. Al Gore gave Kemp a backhanded compliment that Kemp was the only Republican who wasnt a racist - and Kemp actually thanked him!! Before then, Kemp had been my political hero. After that, not so much.
In place of Jack Kemp, Dole should have nominated Thomas Sowell. He sure wouldnt have lost any worse . . .
There can be no reasoning w/ our opponents; we must make it clear to the people what our enemies want and what they are willing to do to achieve it.
The democratic party has become a force of societal destruction w/ which we cannot compromise.
Speaking of dead Republicans: RIP to Mickey Rooney, dead at 93.
I remember him saluting RR at his funeral; added to my tears.
Jack Kemp, during the VP debate Al Gore congratulated Kemp on being unlike the racist hayseed conservatives that supported him- and Kemp proudly agreed with Gore. Kemp was a fool.
He was dead to me after that debate.
Yes, and from reading the posts on this thread it looks like a lot of us remember that stupidly insulting and self righteous action by Kemp.
Out here in SoCal we also remember HUD Secretary Jack Kemp bullying the city of Costa Mesa when Costa Mesa was trying to reserve HUD housing for Americans- Kemp, a big lover of illegal immigrants, squashed Costa Mesa even though this harmed poor Americans. What a jerk.