Skip to comments.Palin-bashing CPAC/ACU Chair donated $2,000 to Arlen Specter, endorsed Romney
Posted on 07/09/2009 12:44:31 PM PDT by Antoninus
David Keene, the Chairman of the American Conservative Union trashed Sarah Palin publicly today on NewsMax. However, a quick search of Mr. Keene's recent political contribution history reveals the following:
David Keene, Managing Associate of the Carmen Group Lobbying Firm, and Head of ACU, Alexandria, VA.
Political contributions in 2008 election cycle:
KEENE, DAVID, ALEXANDRIA,VA 22314 THE CARMEN GROUP/EXEC 5/1/07 $1,000 Specter, Arlen (R)
KEENE, DAVID, ALEXANDRIA,VA 22314 THE CARMEN GROUP/EXEC 12/19/07 $800 Specter, Arlen (R)
KEENE, DAVID, ALEXANDRIA,VA 22314 THE CARMEN GROUP/EXEC 12/19/07 $200 Specter, Arlen (R)
What I want to know is, how does a guy like this get to be the chairman of the ACU? Has the American Conservative Union turned into the American Liberal Republicans Who Are Now Democrats Union when we weren't looking? Apparently so.
That said, if I were Sarah Palin, I'd take this guy's advice and toss it in the bin with the rest of the fish guts.
Antoninus.....great find!!.............I see the Palin Rapid Response Team is gearing up..........let there be no rest for these beltway phoneys and blood suckers of our donations........EXPOSE THEM. ATTACK THEM. ELIMINATE FROM THEIR POWER BASE IN THE MOVEMENT. I was around as a college kid in 1964 and I can tell you the hard core conservatives who took over the party for Goldwater .....took no prisoners......this must be our position today....to the Beltway Rinos one message only....PALIN or PERISH !!
Keene is a liberal scumbag who needs to be swiftly removed from his position in the ACU.
Anyone have a hi-res of this picture?
By December of 2007 it was clear that the nomination was going to go to either McCain, Huckabee, or Romney.
We’ve seen that, in addition to McCain not being conservative, he was unable to win.
I know some here liked Huckabee and thought he was conservative, but many didn’t see him as a fiscal conservative at all, which is a major focus for the American Conservative Union.
Hunter was already gone, and while Thompson was still running, it had become clear from poll numbers that he wasn’t likely to survive (a month later, he dropped out).
Rush Limbaugh eventually tried to steer his audience to vote for Romney or Giuliani rather than McCain. Others did the same thing.
Tom Tancredo endorsed Romney as well. And if you posted Romney’s campaign platform without a name on it, you’d get widespread approval here at FR for the conservative positions he was espousing.
Many people who had a chance to sit down and speak directly with Romney came away believing he would do what he said he would do in his campaign. A lot of people didn’t trust that he had changed.
I have no idea why Keene would give money to Specter in 2007, although the amounts are rather small.
I have no other knowledge about Keene’s views on the issues, but generally have found the American Conservative Union to be respectable.
It is very important though that any person who says anything negative about Sarah Palin be attacked brutally, harshly, loudly, and without regard for truth. It’s the Alinsky way, and as many have said, it worked for Obama so why shouldn’t Conservatives adopt the same rules?
One reason that some people have trouble taking this seriously.
It is PALIN or PERISH !!
Little known fact, David Keane’s wife if a pro-abortion, card-carrying RINO. I know her. Reasonably pleasant lady as RINOs go.
With supporters of Specter/Romney against her, no wonder Sarah is favored by 72% of Republicans.
I remember discussing that before. I wonder if he still thinks Specter is honest and can be taken at his word after his flip-flop on the “stimulus” and then switching over to the Democratic party?
I wonder if Keene is joining those asking for their money back?
As one who speaks about those who talk personally to candidates, I will say that it seems sometimes being FRIENDS with candidates (as opposed to being a disinterested observer who gets one-on-one time with them) seems to make some people overly accepting of what the candidate tells them). Whether it’s the natural inclination to trust people you know, or it’s the sheer thrill of being friends with someone in power, I can’t say.
LOL! Boy, do I ever know the feeling! Every time I see a closeup and look at her gorgeous complexion, I want to cry. Heh. She's got SERIOUS babe-ness.
Really, I am...
I’m simply shocked. Who would have guessed his view might not be impartial.
Everyone who has ever given a donation to ACU needs to bombard them with demands that this RINO resign his post. How in the world did such a guy wind up heading a conservative organization?
FYI...during last year’s preesidential campaign I stuck a bright red PALIN POWER bumper sticker on the rear of my SUV. The last few days, since her resignation, I’ve easily had 25 people, or more..total strangers..come up to me in parking lots, shooping centers, and give me a thumbs up, and also tell me that they hope she runs. I’m in Tampa, and I suspect that conservatives may be coming out of the woodwork....the Fla GOP sen primary is going to be huge..
David A. Keene
Dance of the GOP Pander Bears February 13, 2007
How come if he’s such a conservative, He’s never come on FR?
What are we, chopped liver? Not good enough?
His writing is boring, boilerplate, NR regurgitation’s.
He’s a hack.
He has been at the head of the ACU (how?) 25 years.
“Hes [Specter] willing to climb out of his foxhole and take on the opposition”
When Senator Specter crawled out of his “fox hole” and approached the other side; it was NOT to engage them in battle but to SWITCH SIDES.
Therein lies the problem. Romney is a chameleon who cannot be trusted. The ultimate "whichever way the wind blows" scumbag politician.
By the way:
Since everything you said is true there is no doubt that the Statist Media will try to force this guy on us.
Keene, who lives in Alexandria, Virginia,
Enough said Beltway conservative.
Thanks for linking the original comments by Keene so I could read them. He did not bash or trash Sarah Palin. He stated the obvious and gave wise advice. He also noted that she cancelled on her speaking engagement at CPAC2009 after she had confirmed. She and her people could not even manage to deliver a video appearance.
I have never seen statements from Palin that she is a conservative. She has claimed to be a ‘maverick.’ I also don’t know what her position is on the crucial issues of the day: socialized medicine, cap and trade and nuclear disarmament.... all of which issues she is distracting us from with her drama.
We need to be contacting Reps and Senators to work on legislation to stem the tide of socialism in the U.S. When Palin decides what she plans to do next, she will let us know. Personally, I am more interested in the welfare of my country.
(More Keene babble fest on Mitt’s water carrier, Hugh Hewett.)
HH: Wow, thats a long record. Now you stunned a lot of people this morning when it was announced youd endorsed Mitt Romney. Does that mean the ACU has endorsed Mitt Romney, or is it just David Keene?
DK: Its just me, for what thats worth. The ACU doesnt endorse candidates. I was going to stay out of this for a variety of reasons. As this race began, and I think youve been watching it, none of the candidates seemed capable of really reaching into the various component parts of the conservative movement, and therefore, the Republican base. Weve got, as you know, economic conservatives, social conservatives, national defense conservatives. And the candidates seem to be isolating themselves with one part of the base, rather than the whole thing. Secondly, frankly, I have a lot of friends that are running. I know a lot of the candidates. I had breakfast this morning with Duncan Hunter. And I admire a number of the candidates, and I thought a number of them would be able to win. But in the last few months, a couple of things have happened. One is Ive become convinced that the single candidate that is capable of reaching into all the camps is Mitt Romney. Secondly, Ive become more and more convinced that if Mayor Giuliani were to win the nomination, he would fracture the coalition, and it would be very difficult to pick up the pieces after its over. If you combine that with the fact that the only candidate, other than that has a plan to win other than Giuliani, is Mitt Romney, whos doing it the old-fashioned way. Hes organizing in the early states, hes doing the things that candidates have traditionally done to break through and then win in the big states. Its become clear to me that particularly with the collapse of Fred Thompson, that what we have shaping up, and therell be bumps in the road, youll have Huckabee getting more votes expected here, and somebody else getting more votes than expected there, but what weve really got is a race between Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani. And the reason that I came out for Mitt Romney today is on the one hand, I believe he is the candidate that can unite the party and win, and on the other hand because I think its time for conservatives to step up to the plate and say if were serious, and this is the choice, then lets make that choice.
“Only group to donate to is Heritage Foundation.”
Ditto. Money well spent.
AND, last year they sent me 7 copies of the Constitution that I had requested for my grandchildren.
Romney is increasingluy looking like a TROLL!!!!!
Romney is increasingly looking like a TROLL!!!!!
LOL—that’s what I thought when I first saw Keene’s photo.
Nothing that I have received from them or that I have read anywhere, indicated that they were on board with any government enforced insurance program anywhere.
Please post your reference from Heritage for us all to read.
I also dont know what her position is on the crucial issues of the day: socialized medicine, cap and trade and nuclear disarmament....
A "Conservative" Mittbot saying socialized medicine is an issue...
A full day supply of irony in a single phrase...
Unless you are saying you are in favor of socialized medicine, then I with draw the ironic comment...
At least on that...
Take note of all these pubbies who are bashing Sarah...they will not be forgotten, especially at contribution time.
It’s another way of telling someone to grow up.
For example, if you’re in boot camp or on a pro baseball team, sometimes your coach will confront you so you will excel.
Nice to see someone finally notice. Sad that it took “Palin-bashing” to bring it to light. I would challenge all conservatives to start peeling back the layers of the onions of the rest of the so-called “conservative” DC organizations that harvest tens of millions of dollars from the rank and file, while regularly selling them down the river. Most of them have been bought out lock, stock and barrel by Romney.
Here is what I don’t understand. Assuming all of these “conservative” pundits, columnsists, and figures who are attacking Palin are really conservative then why the hell would you air it in public. Even if I believed that Palin was wrong (which I don’t) I would never air my frustrations with her so all of the leftist scum could lop it up. Why the hell would any conservative want to be quoted by the enemy as siding with them? This is what I don’t understand about Erick Erickson of redstate.com. Are you proud of yourself that you are quoted in the Washington Compost as siding against the person who makes the liberals shake in their panties?
Some in the Heritage health care group have supported Romney's attempt at giving it a try, but I would say it is not the organization as a whole, indeed the idea was never actually taken beyond “the lab” by Heritage, just picked up as Romney was making his own.
Obviously there was a reason for that. There is no “government based” solution, conservative or otherwise that works in the real world....
Romney tried it anyways...
And you conveniently overlook the way she flaked out on CPAC. So now even CPAC isn’t conservative enough for “true conservatives?”
As I said, I’d rather focus on pressing ISSUES of concern rather than this ongoing obsession with a PERSON.