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  • Evan McMullin: Conservatives must now abandon the Republican Party

    11/09/2016 1:36:59 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 81 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/09/2016 | Josh Rogin
    SALT LAKE CITY — As presidential candidate Evan McMullin (I) and his team watched the election results come in Tuesday night, they were furiously rewriting his speech. They, like most of the nation, were shocked that Donald Trump was poised as of early Wednesday morning to potentially win the presidency of the United States. But McMullin’s core campaign message, that the Republican party had forsaken its principles and allowed itself to be hijacked by a parasite named Trump, was validated by the incoming results, he told the crowd of supporters here in Utah. As of late Tuesday night, Trump led...
  • Pro-LGBT push underscores GOP convention (Barf Alert)

    07/23/2016 1:24:44 PM PDT · by 20yearsofinternet · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/23/2016 | Megan R. Wilson
    Pro-LGBT Republicans, both gay and straight, say the party is going through a fundamental change. Equality issues are not controversial among younger Republicans, majorities of whom support gay marriage and other measures. Richard Grenell, an openly gay former diplomat, told The Hill he is encouraged by how much progress the party has made, even over the last four years. During the 2012 campaign, Grenell stepped down as Mitt Romney’s national security and foreign policy spokesman after to a conservative backlash over his sexuality. “When I walk through the convention, I see politicians, activists and staffers who swarm me to tell...
  • 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
    jenkuznicki.com ^ | 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
    cbsnews.com ^ | 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...
  • BURNIN' DOWN THE TENT!

    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...