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10 Voices Shaping the Modern Republican Party
Wall Street Cheat Sheet ^ | May 9, 2014 | Anthea Mitchell

Posted on 05/13/2014 9:27:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

As the presidential election becomes more and more a topic of conversation, it is abundantly clear that while Democrats are banking on Hillary Clinton to run, Republicans are somewhat more split on the matter. However, that doesn’t mean that the party lacks strong or influential leadership. Let’s take a look at some of the most vital, vocal, and well-known voices of the Republican party.

1. Rush Limbaugh

The conservative talk show host is known as a major voice for the Republican party, one that is known for strong rhetoric and far-right political views. He has been hailed as a passionate speaker who cares about America. He has also been criticized as racist, sexist, and even called a “brainwashed Nazi” by one caller, himself a Republican. Even with all the criticism, there can be no doubt that he influences and drives much of the fiery conversation on major topics, including gun control, unemployment, Liberal’s benefit programs, Obamacare, and much more.

2. Sarah Palin

Some have compared to her to the Republican Hillary Clinton, a few even suggesting that she run against her or in some way get involved in the presidential race of 2016 — a move that looks unlikely, but a sentiment that illustrates the great degree of respect many Republicans have for Palin. As one of the few women with a strong place in the far-right of the political hemisphere, and one of the few women in politics to have the public eye as much as she has, Palin is a major name in the GOP.

She’s been everywhere; in politics — national and Alaskan — books, even TV, with Palin’s new TLC show Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Just recently, she’s been back in the news and public eye after a blazing speech at the NRA’s Stand and Fight rally last month, which incited a fair amount of discussion regarding her position on torture and waterboarding. If nothing else, she knows how to grab people’s attention.

3. Karl Rove

Karl Rove is one of the nation’s most respected Republican political advisors and consultants, with his time in politics dating back to his time as Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to George W. Bush. Eventually, he resigned to later become a political analyst for Fox, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal – for which he wrote an article this week that discussed President Barack Obama’s poor polling numbers.

“Republicans will help Mr. Obama if they react to his bad polling numbers by picking the safe path — that of keeping their fire focused on the president’s shortcomings, instead of also offering a popular governing agenda equal to the economic and other challenges faced by millions of Americans, especially those in the middle class,” wrote Rove. Ultimately, he went from advising the President to advising Republicans and Americans more broadly. He also played a strong role in the creation of American Crossroads, a PAC that has been a part of such political fights as Romney’s in the 2012 election.

4. John Boehner

As Speaker of the House, John Boehner’s role in Republican politics is fairly obvious. That said, he has had a particularly interesting career as Speaker, and a particularly divisive one at times for the GOP, especially when it came to far-right Tea Party criticism just after the shutdown. He’s taken a strong stance on immigration reform and a number of other major issues, even if it meant conflicting with his own party. Ultimately, his place at the head of the majority in the House gives him about as much influence as one can have, save with another election.

5. John Roberts

Much like Boehner, John Roberts’ position is by definition one of incredible influence as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. From Roberts have come such statements as “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race,” as well as the selection of every FISA judge presently working in review of the NSA and FBI. While on many issues, including that of race, Roberts has been to the right, in one key area he set off a storm of Republican backlash still being felt to this day — in finding Obamacare constitutional.

6. Koch Brothers

With number six you get two for the price of one — but it’s one hell of an expensive price when it comes to the oil billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch. The two are praised by Republicans for acting in support of vital conservative interests via support of political elections. They are major business players as well, lauded for creating many jobs for the American economy. In turn, they are criticized by Democrats for buying politicians and elections with major donations, many for negative ad campaigns in key states and for benefiting from business legislation as a result of their involvement in politics.

In response to these accusations, Charles Koch wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, defending his family’s involvement in politics. “Far from trying to rig the system, I have spent decades opposing cronyism and all political favors, including mandates, subsidies, and protective tariffs — even when we benefit from them,” he wrote. “If we want to restore a free society and create greater well-being and opportunity for all Americans, we have no choice but to fight for those principles.”

7. Ted Cruz

Popular? Not always. But Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) nevertheless remains an important figure for the GOP, as controversial figures often are. Stubbornly anti-Obamacare and highly aggressive in going after Republican interests, he’s a proud Tea Partyist, and is still being criticized for his filibuster that had Republicans and Democrats alike fuming earlier this year. That anger, plus the suggestions from some that he run for President, clearly elevates him to a strange mixed popularity that is certainly notable.

8. John McCain

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) may have lost the 2008 presidential election, but he still remains a notable Senator in Washington, not hesitant to offend with his positions, and at times doing just that. He most recently criticized Obama for events with Russia, saying that harsher and more specific sanctions are needed, and claiming in an opinion piece with The New York Times that, “Mr. Putin also saw a lack of resolve in President Obama’s actions beyond Europe,” and that Obama is making the U.S. appear weak. With his own personal military record, McCain is known for having a more aggressive foreign policy preference with perhaps the exception of Lebanon.

9. Rand Paul

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is just one of many names being tossed around for 2016 presidential elections, but still, his name is out there. He, like Cruz, is a member of the Tea Party, but has dodged some of the political animosity that Cruz has stored up, though still setting off members of both parties at times. He has encouraged the Republican party to seek out a better relationship with Hispanic and African American demographics in the U.S., while also holding an anti-amnesty view with a careful but conservative stance on immigration.

10. Mitch McConnell

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R- Ky) is a Republican struggling to make headway, or prevent headway, among enemies. As such, he demands an intense level of loyalty from within the GOP, and tends to be a voice for unity and stubbornness in the face of diversity.

He also veers away from the bipartisan, discouraging across the aisle cooperation at times. “It was absolutely critical that everybody be together because if the proponents of the bill were able to say it was bipartisan, it tended to convey to the public that this is O.K., they must have figured it out,” he said of health legislation in the past, according to The New York Times.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gop; palin; randpaul; tedcruz
What would your list look like?
1 posted on 05/13/2014 9:27:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Karl Rove? John Boehner? John McCain? Mitch McConnell?

Zero cred.

These are all yesterday’s men.


2 posted on 05/13/2014 9:32:54 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - Time For A Second Party)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This writer is dilletante


3 posted on 05/13/2014 9:33:21 PM PDT by wardaddy (we will not take back our way of life through peaceful means.....i have 5 kids....i fear for them)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Limbaugh, Palin, Cruz. Riding the fence on the Koch brothers. The rest on that published list can go to hell.


4 posted on 05/13/2014 9:34:37 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Whether one agrees with the list or not, the writer seemed to be making an authentic list, and not just using it to add or leave off names to make a fake list to promote or cut out, like they usually do.


5 posted on 05/13/2014 9:36:26 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Short list. Mark Levin. Cruz. Mike Lee. Rand Limbaugh


6 posted on 05/13/2014 9:37:06 PM PDT by Brasky (You miss every shot you never take.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Number one with a bullet:

The National Chamber of Commerce.

Evidently, they are the solitary voice that matters to the Republican establishment. What else could explain their Kamikaze efforts to enact amnesty for illegal aliens?
7 posted on 05/13/2014 9:38:58 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: All

Sarah Palin


8 posted on 05/13/2014 9:42:06 PM PDT by Kolath
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Add Scott Walker


9 posted on 05/13/2014 10:01:17 PM PDT by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I agree with the list.

The GOP has a serious identity crisis right now.

It is not resolved. I believe the list is accurate.


10 posted on 05/13/2014 10:06:26 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: TADSLOS

I’ll second that.


11 posted on 05/13/2014 10:10:39 PM PDT by Pelham (If you do not deport it is amnesty by default.)
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To: Bratch

Unfortunately that appears to be the truth.


12 posted on 05/13/2014 10:11:24 PM PDT by Pelham (If you do not deport it is amnesty by default.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Of the people on that list, Ted Cruz is the only person who might run and win.


13 posted on 05/13/2014 10:13:44 PM PDT by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: Tau Food

Perhaps, but did you notice who the author places near the top of the list?


14 posted on 05/13/2014 10:15:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Influential Republicans:

1. Trey Gowdy 2. Ted Cruz 3. Scott Walker 4. Mike Lee

5. Jeff Sessions 6. Most Any Freeper 7. Rand Paul

8. That reporter that covered the Gundy stand off

9. Rush Limbaugh 10. Mark Levine


15 posted on 05/13/2014 10:15:41 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m convinced Palin will not run. I think she feels that she got really burned the last time she ran for office. She’s probably right. There were many long knives out that year.


16 posted on 05/13/2014 10:17:59 PM PDT by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: Tau Food

Either way she’s at least as influential as Hillary and Fauxcahobtas combined.


17 posted on 05/13/2014 10:19:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, I agree. She has a lot of clout and she takes care to use it wisely, I think. She’ll be a force for quite a while.


18 posted on 05/13/2014 10:21:07 PM PDT by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“What would your list look like? “

Well it sure as hell wouldn’t look like this one. Most of the people on this list are part of the problem, not the solution. And the one’s here that would be on my list are on the wrong end of it for the most part.


19 posted on 05/13/2014 10:48:07 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: TADSLOS

Double dittos.


20 posted on 05/13/2014 10:56:51 PM PDT by The Final Harvest (True the Vote: MY AMERICA, "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

No we don’t.

It’s the old elitists like Boehner and Rove who have an identity crisis.

The real list is Limbaugh, Palin, Cruz, Lee, Walker, Perry, and those who believe in America.


21 posted on 05/13/2014 11:01:29 PM PDT by The Final Harvest (True the Vote: MY AMERICA, "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: Tau Food

I totally agree .. Cruz is the only guy with steel spine enough to clean up the dems have made.


22 posted on 05/13/2014 11:02:44 PM PDT by The Final Harvest (True the Vote: MY AMERICA, "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: TADSLOS

Rand Paul was on Hannity radio today touting his liberal credentials

Even Sean was trying to help him out
It was reminiscent of, ‘ you don’t mean yore Muslim, you mean Christian’


23 posted on 05/13/2014 11:31:30 PM PDT by stanne
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To: vette6387

Good feedback.


24 posted on 05/13/2014 11:32:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

10 Voices Shaping the Modern Republican Party

1. Obama
2. Reid
3. Pelosi
4......


25 posted on 05/14/2014 2:18:07 AM PDT by maddog55 (I'd be Pro-Choice if we could abort liberals.)
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To: wardaddy

Right. A professional would not refer to the “Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.” Roberts is Chief Justice of the United States. Unfortunately. He’s a weirdo.


26 posted on 05/14/2014 2:38:51 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Brasky

I agree with all of those - except I’d add Trey Gowdy


27 posted on 05/14/2014 3:09:10 AM PDT by sneakers
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No one makes the Libtard’s heads explode like Palin and Limbaugh - (and both occupy a ton of room in Obozo’s head, rent free).


28 posted on 05/14/2014 3:54:24 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Arthur McGowan
"Roberts....He’s a weirdo."

Agree. We may never know what that weirdness really entails - but SOMEONE does....

29 posted on 05/14/2014 3:57:55 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Karl Rove is one of the nation’s most respected Republican political advisors and consultants

By whom? He darn near lost to Gore, and if it wasn't for the Swift Boat Vets, he'd have lost to Kerry.

30 posted on 05/14/2014 3:59:38 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

-——He has encouraged the Republican party to seek out a better relationship with Hispanic and African American demographics in the U.S-——

My list would be practically the same. to change would be nitpicking

Regarding Rand Paul’s statement.

There is no room presently in the Republican party for substantial change in the relations with Black america. Of all the various groups the black community is the least likely to provide much change in anything. They have a commitment to being black but no commitment to America. The culture of Black America is rigid and will not be substantially moved. That does not mean there are not some that might be disgusted and split away from the orthodoxy, but the numbers are very small.

Better course....... court the hispanics. They can move upward if Republicans provide the way


31 posted on 05/14/2014 4:13:25 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert

“court the hispanics. They can move upward if Republicans provide the way.”....

While I agree with helping the Hispanics, I do not agree they should be able to walk in here freely. They are historically hard working Christian people. Like many other races and cultures (including whites) there are the bad ones. By in large, they just want a better life for themselves and their families. The GOP needs to look a bit closer. Blacks on the other hand have been indoctrinated into the world of “welfare”, most of them believing it is there right to be given everything because they are ancestors of slaves. I do not see that ever changing for years to come but it could be accomplished if ANYONE cared to make the effort.


32 posted on 05/14/2014 4:24:04 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: DaveA37

You make a big big mistake.

There are lots and lots and lots of American people with Hispanic origins. To lump them with illegals s to totally misunderstand the situation.

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio..... the Bush kid running in Texas


33 posted on 05/14/2014 4:27:15 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert
Sorry there bert but you missed my point.

I did not INTENTIALLY lump all Hispanics into the same barrel, I know many and some are related to me via marriage. (I have two grandchildren who happen to be part Hispanic). While I do agree there are "undesirables" in EVERY race, by in large the Hispanics that come here, albeit “illegally”, are NOT of that "bad" vintage, they just want a better life and since our borders no longer exist, they come for that opportunity. Hope that clears it up.

34 posted on 05/14/2014 5:06:25 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: DaveA37

To reiterate my point....... rather than split forces and try to assimilate the black community, there might be better success and more voters gleaned by directing the full energy of the effort at the those of long ago Hispanic family origins.

All are not required. A significant marginal effort would do nicely


35 posted on 05/14/2014 5:11:16 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert
There are lots and lots and lots of American people with Hispanic origins. To lump them with illegals s to totally misunderstand the situation.

The fact that hispanic (or to be more precise, Mexican) majority towns are some of the poorest, most illiterate zip codes in America, and have levels of socioeconomic and cultural dysfunction similar to what we see in the black community (gang activity, teen mothers, etc) deflates this whole myth of them being "natural conservatives" and "Republicans who don't know it yet."

I can see Cuban-Americans as a natural Republican constituency, but not most Mexicans.

36 posted on 05/15/2014 3:41:18 PM PDT by ek_hornbeck
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To: ek_hornbeck

I will argue again, you miss the point.

It is not all or nothing.

While what you say is true, that fact has nothing to do with the large segment that do not live in the conditions you describe. If there is a Hispanic community, there are subcultures within that whole. There are those that are prosperous and upwardly mobile and they need to be courted to become Republicans.

A few voters here and a few voters there and pretty soon you have a landslide (if self righteous conservatives actually get up the initiative to go vote)


37 posted on 05/16/2014 4:19:02 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert
While what you say is true, that fact has nothing to do with the large segment that do not live in the conditions you describe. If there is a Hispanic community, there are subcultures within that whole. There are those that are prosperous and upwardly mobile and they need to be courted to become Republicans.

I'm not missing the point at all, because the GOP's strategy of courting middle class Hispanic voters comes down to supporting policies like amnesty for illegal immigrants and liberal immigration policy that actually serve the interests of the barrios and borderland colonias. As long as middle class Hispanics feel a sense of solidarity with the illegals and the cholos, this won't change, just like the political habits of the black community won't change until middle class blacks stops seeing their ghetto counterparts as "brothers."

It's a completely counterproductive strategy because it alienates more GOP voters who oppose amnesty and open borders than it can possibly win over form the target demographic.

38 posted on 05/16/2014 2:34:20 PM PDT by ek_hornbeck
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