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  • Ryan: GOP can’t be seen as ‘opposition party’

    04/26/2016 9:43:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    AP via PBS Newshour ^ | April 26, 2016 at 9:28 AM EDT
    House Speaker Paul Ryan concedes the “five-point” Republican legislative agenda he’s pursuing in Congress could be construed as competing with policy points the GOP presidential candidates are pushing in the primary season. But he argues that the party shouldn’t wait until its nominating convention in July to tell the public its priorities, including lowering the national debt, strengthening the military and easing government regulation of business. […] … Ryan adds that the GOP needs “a transition from being an opposition party to being a proposition party.” …
  • Democrats seek to hit Jeb Bush with comparisons to Romney [Jeb can never appease enough]

    02/09/2015 3:01:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Wisconsin News ^ | February 9, 2015 | KEN THOMAS and THOMAS BEAUMONT
    ".... Lisa Wagner, Romney's 2012 Midwest fundraising director, said that once voters meet Bush, "they see his head and his heart are connected" and they are "very, very taken" with his "sincerity."During a question-and-answer session after the Detroit speech, Bush said losing his first bid for Florida governor in 1994 taught him that winning campaigns requires building an emotional attachment with voters. When he won the job four years later, he said, he campaigned in places—from black churches to public schools in poor communities—where few expected a Republican to go for votes.That, Bush said, allowed him to "to connect on...
  • GOProud’s exclusion from CPAC sparks burst of support for gay conservatives

    02/17/2013 11:52:06 PM PST · by Bratch · 20 replies
    Twitchy ^ | February 17, 2013 | Twitchy Staff
    The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is less than a month away and the now-annual kerfuffle over the participation of gay conservative group GOProud was in full swing on Twitter this weekend. When GOProud co-sponsored CPAC in 2011, several conservative groups boycotted the conference. Later that year, the American Conservative Union’s board of directors voted to exclude GOProud from formal participation in 2012 and the welcome mat is still rolled up. Naturally, the liberal media presented this as unimpeachable evidence of the Right’s “H8″ and intolerance. But among conservatives on Twitter, there’s little controversy over whether to embrace gay conservatives as...
  • Ron Paul is the GOP's Big Tent Frankenstein

    12/20/2011 5:41:55 AM PST · by jenk · 17 replies ^ | 12/20/11 | Jen Kuznicki
    With the policies of the GOP now in place, anyone could run under the Republican banner. The mentality of the GOP has brought it to this point in history, where the party pushes candidates who sound like Democrats in order to trick the electorate into believing Republicans aren't really "mean" enough to expect them to be responsible for their own lives. But that is not the problem of Ron Paul. The Ron Paul problem of the GOP is that there has never been a real clear interpretation of what he and his followers truly believe because the Republican Party wants...
  • The Pauper's Princess (Kate Middleton's $340 dress vs. Moochelle's $2K dress)

    05/28/2011 12:01:59 AM PDT · by wac3rd · 58 replies
    New York Post via Drudge ^ | 05-27-11 | Kirsten Fleming
    As newly minted princess Kate Middleton greeted Michelle Obama in the ornate surroundings of Buckingham Palace Tuesday, it was hard to believe she was wearing a $340 dress from British retailer Reiss — a frock any commoner could buy. (snip) While Michelle Obama has also been applauded for wearing clothes from affordable stores such as J.Crew and H&M, she also favors big-name designers such as Jason Wu and Isabel Toledo. The floral Barbara Tfank dress she wore to meet Middleton this week cost at least $2,000.
  • Gallup: That electoral map for Obama in 2012 starting to look grim

    02/23/2011 3:29:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 113 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/23/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    That’s not quite what Gallup explicitly says in its analysis, but it’s a rather inevitable conclusion when one sees the graphic presentation of the results. Barack Obama lost eleven points in his approval ratings on a state-by-state basis in 2010, and now the floor has Obama in danger of losing the next election. Bear in mind when looking at the legend that the “average” approval rating for Obama was 47% — and that Obama had a 50% or better rating only in the dark-green states: Obama’s overall average approval rating in 2010 was 47%, down 11 percentage points from the...
  • The Big Tent and

    09/16/2010 12:40:58 AM PDT · by nathanbedford · 33 replies
    Free Republic | September 16, 2010 | Nathan Bedford
    Once in while we write something on Free Republic upon which we can look back with some satisfaction. Just after the November election of 2008 when everything was as bleak for conservatism as it could be, and the Libs were condescending to instruct us about how to conduct ourselves, I wrote a piece which I think has been borne out in the last election. The Murkowskis and the Castles along with so many other Republicans have been bayoneted along the trail as the party and, more to the point, conservatism has found its soul. The bloodletting was not only necessary...
  • Ken Mehlman, Bush Campaign Manager, Comes Out as Gay

    08/25/2010 4:08:56 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 58 replies · 2+ views ^ | Aug. 25, 2010 | Brian Montopoli
    Former Republican National Committee chairman and Bush-Cheney campaign manager Ken Mehlman has announced publicly that he is gay, CBS News chief political consultant and politics editor for The Atlantic Marc Ambinder reports. "It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life," Mehlman said. "Everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey, and for me, over the past few months, I've told my family, friends, former colleagues, and current colleagues, and they've been wonderful and supportive. The process has been something that's made me a happier and better person. It's something I wish I...
  • Gay Marriage: Laura Bush, Dick Cheney and Barack Obama

    05/13/2010 12:57:50 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 36 replies · 803+ views
    PAjamas MEdia ^ | May 13 | Roger L. Simon
    This is a long way around to a discussion of gay marriage, something I have been in full support of since initiating this blog in 2003. It is also the subject that, when I write about it, often creates the greatest dissension from those who otherwise applaud what I am saying. So it is with some gratification that I found tonight that the person in public life I have admired tremendously for some time is also a supporter of same-sex marriage – Laura Bush. She proclaimed that support in her characteristic well-mannered, low-keyed fashion on Larry King Live. (Okay, nobody’s...
  • { ELCA } Lutheran Church widens its tent

    02/25/2010 1:11:19 PM PST · by SmithL · 56 replies · 736+ views
    Marlborough Enterprisa (MA) ^ | 2/25/10 | Catherine Buday
    MARLBOROUGH — After St. Ann’s Catholic Church was closed in 2004, Stacie LaBoissiere and her husband began looking for another spiritual home. But they ruled out joining another Catholic parish. “My sister is a lesbian, married to a woman,” LaBoissiere explained. “I knew that I did not want to remain Catholic as a result of their views on homosexuality. I could not become a member of a church that would condemn my sister. If a church would not accept my sister, then they would not accept me.” The couple joined Marlborough’s St. Stephen Lutheran Church, after its pastor Scott Howard...
  • The GOP's Big Tent? (More on the GOProud Controversy at CPAC)

    02/19/2010 1:27:56 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 69 replies · 1,319+ views
    Time Magazine's Swampland blog ^ | 02/29/2010 | Jay Newton-Small
    Take a stroll through CPAC's exhibition hall this year and between the proffered candy, bumper stickers and key rings you can't help overhearing some heated debates. At the end of the first row of exhibitors, next to the National Rifle Association, is a booth for the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property. “That's a lot of things to be worried about,” I remarked to the booth attendee. “Yes,” he said smiling, “we have a lot of fingers in a lot of pies.” These days, the group is particularly concerned with gays in the military. Beyond opposing...

    01/08/2010 6:18:55 AM PST · by MestaMachine · 579 replies · 8,018+ views
    Freeperdom | January 08, 2010 | MestaMachine, Blueyon, Others
    BURNIN' DOWN THE TENT!!! This is PART II of the RINO FREE AMERICA PROJECT!!! CALLING ALL FREEPERS AND STATE MESSAGE BOARDS TO ACTION!!!(Approved and endorsed by Jim Robinson.) Do we want action? Yes, we do!!! Are we willing to take a giant step forward and create a central action site that allows us to see at a glance every single state’s candidates for national office, House and Senate, to separate the wheat from the chaff? That is our hope. We want to spend our money, our time, and our votes wisely. Our time is JUST as valuable as the money...
  • 51% of SC Republicans Say Party Should Be More Like DeMint Than Graham

    12/08/2009 9:41:54 AM PST · by Reeser · 11 replies · 382+ views
    "Two of the most influential Republicans in the U.S. Senate these days come from South Carolina, Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham. But Graham’s efforts to work with majority Democrats on some issues has angered many GOP voters in the state, even prompting efforts to censure him."
  • RNC Chairman Steele in Chicago; will meet with Illinois GOP leaders and 10th CD hopeful Coulson

    11/20/2009 8:43:05 AM PST · by chicagolady · 19 replies · 781+ views
    POLITICO ^ | 11-20-2009 | Josh Kraushaar
    State Rep. Beth Coulson, one of the most moderate Republican candidates running for Congress, will be meeting with Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele tomorrow in Illinois to discuss her campaign – and the need for Republicans to have a big-tent party so it can compete in Democratic-minded districts.
  • Steele defends Snowe: 'She works in Maine' (stupid RINO alert)

    11/04/2009 9:32:53 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 68 replies · 2,053+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-11-04 | Eric Zimmermann
    A day after Tim Pawlenty took a few shots at Olympia Snowe, RNC Chairman Michael Steele came to her defense. Asked on Morning Joe whether there was room for the Maine centrist in the GOP, Steele responded "absolutely." Welcome! Welcome! Because--you know why that's important? Because every footprint of this party is different from region to region, from county to county. I can't win in the northeast with someone who'd be a better candidate suited in the south....So the reality of it is I'm looking to find my candidates where they are. And I want to lift them up because...
  • Charles Gibson Frets: 'Liberal Republican Gets Forced Out, What Happened to the Big Tent?'

    11/02/2009 7:46:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies · 1,623+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 11/2/2009 | Brent Baker
    Following a Monday night look at Tuesday's special election to fill New York's 23rd congressional district seat in which Republican Dede Scozzafava dropped out after falling behind the Democrat and the Conservative Party nominee, ABC anchor Charles Gibson -- instead of wondering why the GOP establishment failed to pick a candidate who upholds basic Republican principles -- delivered the usual liberal media upset over the GOP's lack of a “big tent,” a phrase you never hear when Democrats pick left-wing candidates: A liberal Republican gets forced out of the race by a more conservative guy who was actually not a...
  • Carville: Reagan's big tent has imploded

    11/01/2009 9:42:34 AM PST · by markomalley · 69 replies · 1,542+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/1/2009 | Josh Gerstein
    If the withdrawal of Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava in Upstate New York will make the race tougher for Democrats to win, they don't seem too upset about it. In fact, they're reveling in the news. "I have an announcement to make. Ronald Reagan’s big tent just collapsed in Upstate New York. It no longer exists," Democratic strategist James Carville said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." Carville said the message from the NY-23 race is "if you're not our definition--if you’re not a Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin directive of what constitutes a Republican, if you don’t check...
  • How Republicans Can Build a Big-Tent Party [Jim DeMint]

    10/27/2009 10:26:25 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies · 909+ views
    It's the Democrats who won't tolerate a diversity of views. BY JIM DEMINT Sen. Arlen Specter's defection to the Democratic Party this week is no reason for Republicans to cheer. But his reason for leaving -- he faced an unwinnable primary election next year -- is no cause for soul searching. There is a question Republicans do need to ask: What is it that binds our party together? In the wake of two successive electoral defeats and the likelihood of a 60-vote Democrat majority in the Senate, what does it even mean to be a Republican today? Moderate Republicans are...
  • Torching the Big Tent (NY Times on the GOP)

    10/26/2009 8:34:05 AM PDT · by pissant · 51 replies · 1,211+ views
    NY TImes ^ | 10/25/09 | Pinchy "loaf" Sulzberger
    The feeble pulse of moderation in the Republican Party is in danger of flat-lining in the Nov. 3 Congressional election in upstate New York. Luminaries like Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich have taken opposing sides over whether the party dare tolerate the official Republican candidate in the 23rd district — Dede Scozzafava, a six-term assemblywoman whose record includes refreshing tinges of centrism. Ms. Scozzafava was nominated by local party leaders as eminently electable despite — or because of — her defense of women’s abortion rights and her tolerant views on same-sex marriage. She is already shunned by many more ideologically...
  • Big Tent RINO Zero Dollar available

    10/24/2009 11:37:14 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 8 replies · 691+ views
    self | 10/25/09 | Secret Agent Man
    Just been getting real tired of the RINOs spouting off about the party and ripping conservatives as the problem. These people are cancer to the GOP and need to be excised. Follow the lead of your ass-face Arlen Specter and admit what you are and go to the Democrats. Look how happy Arlen is now that he's come to grips about who he really is. All you jackasses are more concerned if the libs like you and the media likes you and that you better listen to the media pundits when they tell you what you need to do to...
  • Chairman Steele Says Pro-Abortion Candidates "Absolutely" Welcomed by GOP

    09/22/2009 3:41:29 PM PDT · by fabrizio · 137 replies · 2,788+ views
    WASHINGTON, D.C., September 22, 2009 ( - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has again cast doubt on his professed loyalty to the pro-life movement by saying he "absolutely" believes there is room for a pro-abortion candidate in the GOP. Steele gave the remarks during a brief interview with the Columbus Dispatch in a local restaurant Thursday after leading a Republican rally against President Obama's health care legislation. Steele told the newspaper that a Republican candidate's view on legal protection for unborn children should reflect the views of their local constituencies. The GOP chair was then asked if there is...
  • RNC Chairman Steele Welcoming Pro-Abortion Candidates to GOP

    09/18/2009 7:26:33 PM PDT · by · 152 replies · 2,610+ views
    Intellectual Conservative Politics and Philosophy ^ | September 18th, 2009 | Teddy Sifert
    What's next, is Steele going to welcome gun control candidates into the party? Candidates advocating for higher taxes and spending? In a September 3rd interview, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told a surprised Columbus Dispatch reporter that he would lead the charge of pro-abortion GOP candidates if abortion is a value in their community. Columbus Dispatch Senior Editor Joe Hallett asked Steele "if there is room in the party for a pro-abortion rights candidate…" Hallett quoted Steele's reply: "There absolutely is, there absolutely is… The key thing right now-and I think this is true for Republicans across the country-is...
  • Barbour tells NH GOP inclusion is key ["We're a big party"]

    06/24/2009 9:19:20 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 50 replies · 1,380+ views
    The Union Leader, Manchester, NH ^ | 2009-06-24 | Jillian Jorgersen
    BEDFORD – The Republican party needs to rebuild itself from the bottom up, said Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour last night before addressing a gathering at a New Hampshire State Republican Committee reception. "You're in the White House for eight or 12 years, you become a top-down party, I don't care if these are Republicans or Democrats. When you get out, you're liberated to rebuild your party from the bottom up," he told reporters before a reception at at C.R. Sparks, which was closed to the press. Barbour assumed chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association yesterday, following South Carolina Gov. Mark...
  • Should the GOP Run Toward the "Middle"? [Hell No!]

    05/29/2009 5:00:49 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies · 674+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2009-05-14 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    When Republican Sen. Arlen Specter defected to the Democratic Party recently, politicians and pundits everywhere heralded the move as another sign that the GOP was "too conservative." Said liberal Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, "If the Republican Party fully intends to become a majority party in the future, it must move from the far right back toward the middle." Presumably "the middle," a pasture that so many Democrats, liberal Republicans, and others believe the GOP should now graze, is a place free of "reckless" government-slashing rhetoric. These critics believe Obama is president, the Democrats are in power, and Republicans who refuse...
  • Democrat Lite A Big GOP Does Not Make

    05/28/2009 7:13:46 PM PDT · by lancer256 · 22 replies · 675+ views ^ | 05/28/09 | david limbaugh
    I see "pragmatists" everywhere I look in the Republican Party -- those who say we must always be more concerned with not offending so-called moderates than with advancing our principles. The irony is that no one is less pragmatic, in the end, than these self-styled pragmatists because their prescriptions are a recipe for failure. Most recently, of course, the Republican branch of the political correctness sect insists that we must not oppose Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination for the Supreme Court because her confirmation is inevitable and by opposing it, we'll gratuitously alienate Hispanics and women -- as if they haven't...
  • RINOs on March to GOP Extinction

    05/28/2009 5:58:30 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 14 replies · 1,314+ views
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 28 May 2009 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Audio sound bites, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who Pravda says his political career is being destroyed by homosexuals in California, Pravda said that, Pravda, English language Pravda was on CNN last night, had a question. "What do you think the future of the Republican Party is? Who's in charge? Do you think Rush Limbaugh's the leader of the Republican Party these days, Governor Schwarzenegger?" SCHWARZENEGGER: They say that Rush Limbaugh is the 800 pound gorilla in the Republican Party. But I think that's mean-spirited to say that, because I think he's down to 650 pounds, so I think one...
  • Zogby and McLaughlin surveys show Powell is wrong: GOP contrasting Dems can win back the house

    05/28/2009 6:06:48 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 15 replies · 716+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | May 28, 2009 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The latest polling data released from Zogby and McLaughlin polls suggest Americans want Obama to keep his promise to raise taxes only on those earning more than $250,000 and govern under a system of checks and balances from the Congress. Zogby’s sample of almost 4000 people, who voted last November, was apportioned to reflect Obama’s 53/46 victory over McCain. When he asked for a reaction if Obama dropped his promise not to raise taxes on those earning less than $250,000, 20% said it would make them less likely to vote for him. Since Obama drew 69.5 million votes this is...
  • Video: Colin Powell: “I’m still a Republican”

    05/25/2009 2:10:54 PM PDT · by Justaham · 39 replies · 1,062+ views
    “I’m still a Republican” says guy who voted for a pro-infanticide, Marxist radical for President.
  • NY Times Wants Two Liberal Parties

    05/26/2009 11:46:21 AM PDT · by AIM Freeper · 25 replies · 886+ views
    Boycott The New York Times ^ | May 26, 2009 | Don Feder
    In reporting on the contretemps between former Vice President Dick Cheney and Colin Powell, The New York Times continues its longstanding agenda to get the Republican Party to move to the left. In yesterday’s paper, The Times reported on Powell’s Sunday appearance on “Face The Nation,” where the former Secretary of State boldly declared “I am still a Republican” (despite having endorsed Barack Obama) and called for an “after-action review” of GOP losses in the last election. “Mr. Powell’s appearance underlined an extraordinary public struggle among Republicans over the future of the party,” The Times informed us in the hushed...
  • El Rushbo: Where Do General Powell and Governor Ridge Stand on Issues?

    05/26/2009 4:05:36 PM PDT · by pissant · 23 replies · 1,142+ views
    Golden EIB ^ | 5/26/09 | El Rushbo
    RUSH: Now, I've checked my e-mail at home since the Sunday shows. They had General Powell on Face the Nation Sunday. Tom Ridge was on CNN on Sunday morning. Tom Ridge, just for your information, Tom Ridge called this program in 2003 to detail for... I mean, he wanted to be on this program in 2003, Tom Ridge out there saying I'm too shrill and I need to dial it back and all these other things. But I need to ask the question: Who's really changed? I've been who I am for 20 years. When it comes to the core...
  • Gingrich: Powell Still Welcome in GOP

    05/25/2009 7:49:50 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 117 replies · 2,743+ views
    NewsMax | May 24, 2009 | Phil Brennan
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich backed Dick Cheney’s critique of the Obama administration’s anti-terror policy Sunday, calling it one of several ‘big mistakes’ being made in national security by the Democrats. But he broke ranks with the former vice president over Colin Powell, saying that the former Secretary of State belonged in the party and that Republicans should be the party of the ‘big tent’ even if fights broke out in that tent from time to time. “I don't want to pick a fight with Dick Cheney, but I think, the fact is the Republican Party has to be a...
  • Powell Jousts With Cheney on Path of Republican Party (which politician is most believable?)

    05/25/2009 4:26:08 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 40 replies · 1,107+ views
    ny times ^ | may 24, 2009 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    Colin L. Powell challenged Dick Cheney on the legacy of the Bush administration and the future of the Republican Party on Sunday, declaring that Republicans should not bow to “diktats that come from the right wing.” Skip to next paragraph Blog The Caucus The latest political news from around the nation. Join the discussion. More Politics NewsReaders' Comments Readers shared their thoughts on this article. Read All Comments (131) »The remarks by Mr. Powell, a former secretary of state, amounted to a public rebuttal of Mr. Cheney, the former vice president, and Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio commentator, who have...
  • Powell urges Republicans to broaden their appeal

    05/24/2009 7:59:16 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 110 replies · 2,894+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/24/09 | Charles Abbott
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican Party needs to broaden its base rather than move farther to the political right to make gains against President Barack Obama's Democrats, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Sunday. "Let's debate the future of the party. And let's let all the segments of the party come in," Powell, a Republican who served in President George W. Bush's Cabinet but endorsed Obama last year, told CBS's "Face the Nation."
  • Powell: In GOP, says party must be more inclusive

    05/24/2009 8:52:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 71 replies · 1,439+ views
    WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says he's still a Republican, but the party needs to change and be more inclusive. Powell is a moderate Republican who says he endorsed Democrat Barack Obama over Republican John McCain for president because he thought Obama was the better candidate. Former Vice President Dick Cheney and radio personality Rush Limbaugh have openly mocked Powell's political leanings – questioning whether he still is in the GOP.
  • Powell, Ridge Hit Back at Conservatives (barf alert!)

    05/24/2009 5:10:27 PM PDT · by Baladas · 38 replies · 1,053+ views
    AP ^ | May 24, 2009 | DOUGLASS K. DANIEL,
    WASHINGTON (May 24) -- The conservative vs. moderate split threatening to rupture the Republican Party played out across the airwaves Sunday, with Colin Powell and Tom Ridge denouncing shrill and judgmental voices they say are steering the GOP too far right. Karl Rove challenged Powell to lay out his vision and "back it up" by helping elect Republicans. At stake is the GOP's status as a major party, Powell and Ridge suggested "I believe we should build on the base because the nation needs two parties, two parties debating each other. But what we have to do is debate and...
  • Powell to Rush and Cheney: Yes, I’m still a Republican

    05/24/2009 12:03:59 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 77 replies · 2,287+ views
    Hot Air ^ | May 24, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Time for another round of increasingly tedious GOP big tent/small tent navel-gazing, this time with moderates on the offensive. Powell’s point about Limbaugh not being above criticism is fair enough but I don’t know what he expects from big shots like Steele who’ve been forced to grovel to him. As the GOP shrinks, it relies more heavily on the base for fundraising; the base adores Rush, so as a matter of simple politics, party leaders can’t afford to take him on. It’ll necessarily fall to moderates like Powell who are outside the process and have nothing to lose by antagonizing...
  • Republican moderates argue for inclusion, tilt away from right wing of the GOP (Gen. Powell, Ridge)

    05/24/2009 12:22:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies · 3,081+ views
    CLTV / The Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2009 | Douglass K. Daniel
    The conservative vs. moderate split threatening to rupture the Republican Party played out across the airwaves Sunday, with Colin Powell and Tom Ridge denouncing shrill and judgmental voices they say are steering the GOP too far right. Karl Rove challenged Powell to lay out his vision and "back it up" by helping elect Republicans. At stake is the GOP's status as a major party, Powell and Ridge suggested. "I believe we should build on the base because the nation needs two parties, two parties debating each other. But what we have to do is debate and define who we are...
  • Colin Powell to Limbaugh and Cheney: It's my party

    05/24/2009 3:34:38 PM PDT · by South40 · 122 replies · 3,055+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/24/2009 | Mike Dorning
    Reporting from Washington -- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell warned Sunday that ideological conservatives, particularly radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, have gained a hold over the Republican Party that risks driving the GOP into an extended exile from power. Powell's warnings were cast in unusually personal terms as Powell answered recent charges from two champions of the Republican right -- Limbaugh and former Vice President Dick Cheney -- that Powell was no longer a Republican. "Rush will not get his wish and Mr. Cheney was misinformed," said Powell, whose resume includes military advisor to Ronald Reagan, chairman of the Joint...
  • Powell to Rush, Cheney: Room For Me Among 'Emerging' Republican Party

    05/20/2009 8:50:22 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 106 replies · 2,525+ views
    Powell to Rush, Cheney: Room For Me Among 'Emerging' Republican Party Posted by David Beard, Staff May 20, 2009 06:27 AM Colin Powell issued a sharp rebuke last night to Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney for trying to exclude him from the backbiting Republican Party. Before some 1,500 business leaders in Boston, as well as Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen, the retired general and former secretary of state spoke openly of the dispute roiling the Grand Old Party after election setbacks and polls putting its popularity at roughly one of five Americans. "Rush Limbaugh says, 'Get...
  • Steele: GOP Welcomes Pro-Choice Moderates

    05/17/2009 8:20:57 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 159 replies · 3,133+ views ^ | Sunday, May 17, 2009 |
    The chairman of the Republican Party says the GOP is open to supporting pro-abortion rights candidates. Appearing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," the head of the Republican National Committee responded to a question from moderator David Gregeory about the viability of a GOP politician who isn't strictly anti-abortion. "We've had wonderful pro, pro-choice candidates," Steele said. "[Former] Governor Christie Todd Whitman [of New Jersey], for example, was a very successful Republican governor. ... "I look forward to working to build a strong pro-life coalition within the Democratic Party since that's -- this is the direction the president wants to...
  • RINO Party bosses jump the gun

    05/17/2009 2:00:23 PM PDT · by MKAP001 · 38 replies · 1,016+ views
    The interests of Floridians — not political parties — should be paramount as candidates jockey for position in the state’s 2010 elections. The dominos officially began tumbling this week when Gov. Charlie Crist announced, to no one’s surprise, that he’ll run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez. Crist, who has vied for four statewide offices in the past 13 years, was immediately endorsed by state Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer. While anointing his friend (who installed Greer as chairman in 2007), the GOP boss said he would work to limit primary contests for governor and the...

    05/17/2009 11:48:59 AM PDT · by Moseley · 69 replies · 2,126+ views
    US News and Views, ^ | May 17, 2009 | Jonathon Moseley
    The Republican Party certainly does require a "Big Tent" -- the kind of tent we sometimes see covering a house infested with termites. Unless conservatives can rid the GOP of Democrats hiding out in their midst, the Republican Party can never recover. Liberals are sapping the GOP's strength from within. It now seems that a looming divorce within the GOP has grown inevitable. Unless the Republican Party returns to its conservative principles, a number of conservatives will go on strike. They feel it is no longer acceptable for conservatives to do most of the hard work of winning elections, while...
  • A 'me too' GOP?

    05/14/2009 2:56:45 AM PDT · by plsjr · 24 replies · 463+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 14, 2009 | James A. Leggette
    Since the election of President Obama -- and now accelerated by the defection of Senator Arlen Specter, much ink and chattering has been devoted the future of the Republican Party. Like any organization either in politics, sports or business which is currently behind, the GOP is struggling with crafting a game changing strategy. Some advocate embracing a big tent strategy by incorporating a variety of disparate and potentially irreconcilable views. Others argue that the party should go back to set of core conservative principles despite the risk it might appeal to a smaller audience than desired to build a new...
  • Jack Kemp's Warning

    05/09/2009 12:43:27 PM PDT · by steve-b · 46 replies · 1,410+ views
    The Jamestown Sun ^ | 5/9/09 | Steve and Cokie Roberts
    "I've taken showers," Jack Kemp loved to say, "with the kind of people most Republicans have never met." By the time Kemp died last week at 73, he was no longer a force in the Republican Party, but the warning contained in his joke resonates more than ever.... He wanted the "big tent" of the Republican Party to cover the entire football field where he once starred as a quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. The black linemen who blocked for him and the blue-collar workers who cheered for him should all have a place in the GOP. But as Sen....
  • Rich Lowry: Specter no great loss, but GOP still must appeal to moderates

    05/08/2009 1:56:36 PM PDT · by pissant · 30 replies · 732+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 5/8/09 | Rich Lowry
    If there were ever a senator a party would want to show the door, it's Arlen Specter. Personally disagreeable, philosophically unmoored and fundamentally self-interested, he represents the worst of the U.S. Senate. So the collective cry of good riddance on the right that greeted his departure from the GOP is understandable. Specter joined the Republican Party in the 1960s for opportunistic reasons, and he left it last week for opportunistic reasons – a primary challenge from the talented conservative Pat Toomey that he probably wouldn't have been able to overcome. A better politician wouldn't have so lost the affection and...
  • A cow is born

    05/08/2009 7:36:45 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 20 replies · 1,599+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/8/09 | Ilana Mercer
    I thought Elizabeth Hasselback, the Republican Party's brain trust on the "View," was a little simple. But, intellectually, she towers above the succession of vacuous, narcissistic, pig-ignorant panelists paraded on Sean Hannity's "Great American Panel." Just as you thought American pop-politics could go no lower, a woman with real curb appeal appears on the political scene. Meghan McCain might just be the greatest ditz to date to emerge from that big tent Republicans keep touting. Meghan made her first major debut on the Rachel Maddow Show. There, in defiance of Ms. McCain's empty refrains and non sequiturs, the left-liberal TV...
  • Powell Says Shrinking GOP Should Return To The Center (also lashes out at Rush; MEGA barf alert)

    05/05/2009 7:23:15 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 90 replies · 3,027+ views
    CongressDaily AM ^ | May 5, 2009 | Chris Strohm
    The Republican Party is in big trouble and needs to find a way to move back to the middle of the country, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Monday. Powell said the GOP is "getting smaller and smaller" and "that's not good for the nation." He also said he hopes that emerging GOP leaders, such as House Minority Whip Cantor, will not keep repeating mantras of the far right. "The Republican Party is in deep trouble," Powell told corporate security executives at a conference in Washington sponsored by Fortify Software Inc. The party must realize that the country has...

    05/05/2009 3:05:05 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 598+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 5, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    IF there were ever a senator a party would want to show the door, it's Arlen Specter. Personally disagreeable, philosophically unmoored and fundamentally self-interested, he represents the worst of the US Senate. So the collective cry of good riddance on the right that greeted his departure from the GOP is understandable. Specter joined the Republican Party in the '60s for opportunistic reasons, and he left it last week for opportunistic reasons -- a primary challenge from the talented conservative Pat Toomey he probably wouldn't have been able to overcome. A better politician wouldn't have so lost the affection and loyalty...
  • If Reagan Tolerated GOP Moderates, Why Can’t Today’s Conservatives?

    05/04/2009 2:25:32 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 85 replies · 4,069+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 4 | Rick Moran
    Two recent events have served to highlight some of the problems facing the Republican Party as it gropes its way forward toward an uncertain future. The defection of Arlen Specter and the death of Jack Kemp both highlight in their own way the biggest question that will face the GOP for the foreseeable future: whether to build a majority party based on an ever-narrowing definition of who can join and receive support from the Republican Party or accept that there are different kinds of Republicans in different areas of the country who should have a say in party affairs. Arlen...
  • Is Extremism Dooming The Republican Party?

    05/03/2009 8:08:31 AM PDT · by AmericaTalks · 100 replies · 2,148+ views
    America Talks ^ | 05/03/09 | David Zublick
    With the recent defection of Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party, many Republicans are shaking their heads and wondering if the GOP is relegating itself to minority status because its views are too extremist. Olympia Snowe, in a recent op-ed in the New York Times wrote: "Regrettably, we failed to learn the lessons of Jim Jeffords’s defection in 2001. To the contrary, we overreached in interpreting the results of the presidential election of 2004 as a mandate for the party. This resulted in the disastrous elections of 2006 and 2008, which combined for a total loss of 51 Republicans in...