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  • 'They p***ed him off': Conservative Republicans lose committee assignments in retaliation...

    01/06/2015 11:30:01 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | January 7, 2015 | David Martosko
    Iron-fisted U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is moving quickly to punish conservative Republicans who tried to oust him Tuesday during the biennial leadership election. Hours after the contentious vote, Florida Rep. Daniel Webster – who actively campaigned against Boehner and persuaded 12 GOP members to support him – found himself left off the membership list of the powerful House Rules Committee, where he served for the last two years. Rep. Rich Nugent, a fellow Floridian who voted for him, suffered the same fate. 'My philosophy,' Webster told reporters after he heard the news that he had been bumped from the...
  • Republicans for Change - Davis, Scott, West, Love

    08/29/2012 3:05:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | August 28, 2012 | Fred Barnes
    “There seems to be a movement on the local and state level,” Scott said, of black Democrats who want “to align with their values” rather than with their history as Democrats. “We’ll continue to see that shift.” Artur Davis, a former Democratic congressman from Alabama, has been a Republican for only a few months. But his speech tonight at the Republican convention is important because he reflects a major theme of Mitt Romney’s campaign against President Obama and another theme promoted by the GOP. The Romney theme is that it’s okay to have changed your mind about Obama. Davis, an...
  • Conservatives Can't Wait to Vote

    05/09/2012 11:25:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Rush ^ | May 9, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I'm gonna break this down in even more detail as the program unfolds. Lugar has issued a very lengthy and quite telling statement. Lugar is comparing his defeat to the end of reason, the end of the Republican Party, the end of compromise, the end of people working together. Lugar is saying that his defeat is a bad thing. It's gonna lead to partisanship and rancor. It's gonna lead to the end. The Senate is gonna descend now. It's not gonna be nearly the august body it has been. Not because he's not there. He's not that...
  • Romney gaining conservatives' support, if not their hearts

    04/22/2012 7:06:08 AM PDT · by Innovative · 309 replies
    Washington Post ^ | apr 19, 2012 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Sandhya Somashekhar
    Mitt Romney was not his first choice for president, but conservative political activist Scott Magill has come to accept that Romney is now his only choice. So Magill is looking for reasons to get jazzed about the candidate he once dismissed. His list so far: Romney is a Republican who would sign into law legislation passed by a GOP-led House. Romney has started to hit the right talking points. If elected, Romney would have to listen to the conservative base - or risk its wrath at reelection time. Also, and perhaps most important, Romney is not Barack Obama. The conservative...
  • Mark Levin: The Speech Romney Should Give.

    04/18/2012 11:04:11 AM PDT · by true believer forever · 76 replies
    I saw this posted on Real Clear Politics, and it's worth a listen by the Romney people. It's an audio of Mark Levin on "The Speech Romney Should Give." Governor Romney gave a speech to a group of wealthy supporters and made the classic moderate Republican mistake of dissing "true believers" -- i.e., conservatives. Somebody on Team Romney needs to have a discussion on conservatives with the candidate. The Governor is clearly a smart guy, a good man and he would be head and shoulders a better president than his soon-to-be opponent. But if this attitude persists it can either...
  • That Was Quick: The Entire Conservative Establishment Has United To Kill Gingrich's Campaign

    01/26/2012 9:11:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 128 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1/26/12 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    The entire GOP establishment has unleashed on Newt Gingrich this week, and it looks like it is slowing his momentum in the polls. Almost all of the anti-Newt Gingrich material hitting the media is coming from conservative institutions: National Review, The New York Sun, and the Washington Times. Just look at the Drudge Report from last night and early this morning.:(Snip for graphic) The number one news source for many populist and conservative readers, looks like an anti-Gingrich pinboard. There are twelve anti-Gingrich links leading the site, with video of Gingrich trashing Reagan,
  • Conservatives, Romney, and Electability

    11/24/2011 8:28:09 PM PST · by rocky88 · 103 replies ^ | November 23, 2011 | Michael Medved
    "In short, the electoral experience of the last 50 years does nothing to undermine the common-sense notion that most political battles are won by seizing and holding the ideological center. In the last two presidential elections, more than 44% of voters described themselves as "moderate," and no conservative candidate could possibly prevail without coming close to winning half of them (as George W. Bush did in his re-election). The notion that ideologically pure conservative candidates can win by disregarding centrists and magically producing previously undiscovered legions of true-believer voters remains a fantasy. It is not a strategy. At the moment,...
  • Tea Party Express endorses Democrat in Idaho

    04/21/2010 10:32:18 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 40 replies · 1,138+ views ^ | April 21, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Vaughn Ward wonders when the Tea Party Express passed him by. The Republican challenger to Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Walt Minnick in Idaho figured to at least have a shot at an endorsement to switch the seat from a vote for Nancy Pelosi and Democratic control of the House. Instead, the Tea Party Express endorsed Minnick, and left a lot of head-scratching behind in Idaho afterward: When the Tea Party Express last week endorsed Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick — the only Democrat to receive the backing of the conservative grassroots group — one of his Republican challengers said he was...
  • Poll: More than half of Hispanics identify as conservative [TxGov]

    02/24/2010 7:15:59 AM PST · by deport · 99 replies · 1,230+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 2-23-2010 | ROBERT T. GARRETT
    Regardless, Gov. Rick Perry has fared relatively well, perhaps because of his anti-Washington rhetoric and his careful immigration stance, a recent poll indicates. It shows more than half of Texas Hispanics call themselves conservative, and a surprising 23 percent say they might participate in Tuesday's GOP primary. Among those, Perry leads Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison by 2 to 1, according to the poll, commissioned by an Austin consultant for a national group of Hispanic legislative leaders... Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, said the poll hints at a little-noticed facet of Perry's political persona: He doesn't frighten Hispanics...
  • The Left WILL Try to Split the Conservative Vote

    02/23/2010 10:31:00 PM PST · by TruthHound · 33 replies · 724+ views
    Warning: We are bound to see shenanigans as the Desperate Democrats try to cling to power in November of 2010 and 2012. It will happen. All the big liberal media will be in on it, and they will lie and smear GOP candidates, starting with the ones who look the most like Ronald Reagan. We will not find out for sure when it's happening. It will be hidden and covered up. The New Media have to keep a sharp eye on people trying to infiltrate conservative groups. Bottom line: You will have to use your smarts to figure out what...
  • US conservatives prefer Paul to Palin: poll

    02/21/2010 7:20:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 71 replies · 1,458+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/21/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – A straw poll of US conservative activists saw Texas congressman Ron Paul emerge as the preferred Republican presidential candidate to run against President Barack Obama in 2012. Some 31 percent of the more than 2,000 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) attendees who participated in the poll voted for the outspoken libertarian. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, John McCain's running mate in 2008, came in third with 7.0 percent, some way behind former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (22 percent), who had won the CPAC poll for the last three years. There were boos among the crowd as the...
  • Running against GOP establishment, Rubio, Hayworth find allies among conservative activists

    02/20/2010 10:50:23 AM PST · by AuntB · 13 replies · 507+ views
    AP ^ | Feb. 20, 2010 | BRENDAN FARRINGTON
    Marco Rubio and J.D. Hayworth have different styles and different backgrounds, and they're from opposite sides of the country. But both are hoping to win Senate seats by tapping into the energy of conservatives to defeat big-name, establishment-backed Republicans. Hayworth repeatedly and directly attacked McCain for working with Democrats on issues like immigration and campaign finance reform. "If you want to see how politicians undergo campaign-year conversions, you've got my friend," Hayworth said before pausing. "I hate using that term, because he uses it all the time — you have my senior senator, John McCain." Hayworth is more brash than...
  • Part 2--Assessing Conservative Presidential Candidates

    02/01/2010 7:05:23 PM PST · by Welshman007 · 6 replies · 205+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 2/1/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    In the first article of this series an assessment was provided for some of the most popular of the assumed conservative Presidential candidates for 2012. Now we come to Part 2.
  • New poll shows 'Tea Party' more popular than Republican Party

    12/08/2009 12:03:30 AM PST · by geddylee · 30 replies · 1,299+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12-07-09
    A new Rasmussen poll finds that the tea party movement's popularity is growing, so much so that it garners more support than the Republican party on a generic Congressional ballot. The poll hints that the burgeoning discontent among conservatives within the GOP threatens to splinter the party at a time when the popularity of President Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress are waning as we head into an election year.
  • Just to be clear: Conservatives, not moderates, crushed the Democrats in Virginia

    11/04/2009 7:03:06 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 4 replies · 574+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | November 4, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    There seems to be some misconception by some, especially those on the left, that the big winners in Tuesday's elections in Virginia were moderate Republicans. Let's disabuse them of that notion. The charge is usually stated as a premise in a comment along the lines of "the right wing should not celebrate too much over these results, because had the Virginia guys been conservatives, they never would have won." Then, for the chaser, they throw out the Hoffman loss in NY-23 as the example of what happens to a conservative when he dares to run for office.
  • In NY-23, Conservatives Win (Erick Erickson of Red State)

    11/03/2009 10:24:33 PM PST · by nutmeg · 98 replies · 2,716+ views ^ | Wednesday, November 4th at 12:04AM EST | Erick Erickson
    The race has now been called for Democrat Bill Owens. This is a huge win for conservatives. “Whaaaa. . . ?” you say. There are two big victories at work in New York’s 23rd Congressional District. First, the GOP now must recognize it will either lose without conservatives or will win with conservatives. In 2008, many conservatives sat home instead of voting for John McCain. Now, in NY-23, conservatives rallied and destroyed the Republican candidate the establishment chose. I have said all along that the goal of activists must be to defeat Scozzafava. Doug Hoffman winning would just be gravy....
  • The Real Story (behind NY23, VA, and NJ)

    11/01/2009 6:50:21 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies · 1,574+ views
    NRO ^ | 11/1/2009 | Jonah Goldberg
    'm writing about this for my USA Today column, but the Frank Rich hissy fit is a perfect example of the real story of the election. The story is not that the GOP is self-destructing, it is that the conventional wisdom is being shown to be ludicrous. For some time now Frank Rich, Sam Tanenhaus and countless others (including David Frum) have been arguing that the GOP is a rump party and the only way for it to survive is for it to embrace me-too Republicanism of one flavor or another. The story of all three major races (VA, NJ,...
  • Base sends GOP warning shot in NY-23

    10/31/2009 5:07:30 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 93 replies · 3,332+ views
    Base sends GOP warning shot in NY-23 By: Jonathan Martin and Alex Isenstadt October 31, 2009 07:43 PM EST Republican Dede Scozzafava’s decision Saturday to drop out of the New York special congressional election gave conservatives a big win, but may present a challenge for Republicans heading into next year's mid-term elections. The long-term implications from Scozzafava’s Halloween surprise will depend on what lessons Republicans take from the race, where Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman now seems poised to consolidate center-right support and win the seat previously held by Republican John McHugh, who resigned to become President Obama’s Secretary of...
  • When is Conservative enough, Conservative enough? (vanity)

    10/31/2009 10:34:47 AM PDT · by rbbeachkid · 44 replies · 625+ views
    Karen Dennison
    Although I am very happy with the events so far in New York and I support both Hoffman's run against a liberal GOP Candidate and the conservative statement to the GOP, I have some concerns. I think that Hoffman's campaign will encourage more independents to buck the GOP establishment. While I think that this is necessary in showing the GOP that the conservative grass roots don’t want the establishment’s compromising, weak spined, unprincipled moderates, when will conservative enough be conservative enough? There are few politicians that espouse the (small l) libertarian, small government philosophies that I believe in. I am...
  • The Doug Hoffman Effect strikes in two key races for GOP

    10/31/2009 7:58:47 AM PDT · by Grunthor · 16 replies · 1,144+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/30/09 | Aaron Blake
    With Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman running neck and neck with the Democrat in Tuesday’s special election in New York, some other disaffected Republicans are seeing the third-party route as more viable. And it could hurt the Republicans in those races. In Virginia’s 5th district, state Sen. Robert Hurt’s entry into the GOP primary has spurred little-known candidate Bradley Rees to switch to the Virginia Conservative Party. And in Ohio, another GOP primary contender said this week that he’ll run as a Constitution Party candidate. Both will go at the GOP nominees from their right flanks and try to expose...
  • Republicans going rogue in upstate New York

    10/24/2009 8:51:21 AM PDT · by cc2k · 121 replies · 4,328+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 24, 2009 | Patrik Jonsson
    This fall's only congressional election, featuring a third-party conservative challenging the Republican nominee, tests the future of the GOP. Will the Tea Party insurgency prevail? Atlanta Pitting conservative purists against party pragmatists, a growing number of national Republican figures are bucking the party standard and backing a third-party candidate in the sole congressional election scheduled this year, upstate New York’s 23rd congressional district. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, former Senator Rick Santorum, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, current Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann, former Tennessee Senator and presidential candidate Fred Thompson, and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes have all...
  • Sensing Its Moment, The Right Descends On NY-23

    10/24/2009 5:07:45 AM PDT · by publius1 · 29 replies · 1,695+ views
    The Daily Politics ^ | 10/23/2009 | Elizabeth Benjamin
    Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund, is packing her bags in preparation for a trip tomorrow from Virginia to NY-23, where she will join members of her staff working to help Conservative nominee Doug Hoffman. Dannenfelser, who described the fund, a national pro-life PAC, as "basically the mirror image of EMILY's List, said the race for the seat vacated by former Rep. John McHugh has galvanized the GOP grassroots in a way she hasn't seen before. "There's basically a split between a few party leaders and the entire Republican base," Dannenfelser said. "Only a handful...
  • For fiscal conservatives, nothing will change until we form another political party

    10/15/2009 7:12:28 PM PDT · by DavidFarrar · 152 replies · 2,178+ views
    Early '10 Lessons from '09 Disasters ^ | 10-15-2009 | Conn Carroll
    Poltico's Jonathan Martin reports: "The surging campaign of third-party candidate Chris Daggett has turned the New Jersey governor's race into a dead-heat and left Republicans divided over the seriousness of the threat he poses to GOP nominee Chris Christie." The Hill's Reid Wilson reports: The House GOP conference is bitterly divided over a centrist New York Republican’s run for the House seat vacated by Army Secretary John McHugh. "Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, who backs abortion rights and has voiced support for gay rights, has drawn a challenger from the right who is running on the Conservative Party line. And though House...
  • Tea-Party Activists Complicate Republican Comeback Strategy (Video)

    10/15/2009 6:05:22 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 61 replies · 2,639+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-15-09 | NAFTALI BENDAVID
    PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- The rise of conservative "tea party" activists around the country has created a dilemma for Republicans. They are breathing life into the party's quest to regain power. But they're also waging war on some candidates hand-picked by GOP leaders as the most likely to win. In upstate New York, Dede Scozzafava, 49 years old, is the choice of local party leaders to defend a Republican seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, an abortion-rights candidate who could appeal to independents. Doug Hoffman, 59, is a local accountant backed by tea-party activists who has jumped into the race...
  • Pence woos conservatives

    10/02/2009 9:52:20 PM PDT · by pissant · 16 replies · 614+ views
    Politico ^ | 10/2/09 | Jon Martin
    Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) exhorted Republicans Friday to rally against fiscal excess, promising a conservative crowd that the country is “on the verge of a great American awakening.” Pence, the House GOP conference chairman, said the simmering unrest that led to Tea Parties since the spring and the march in Washington last month reflected a country angry about the expansion of government. “It’s authentic and it’s real and it’s powerful and it’s American,” Pence told about 2,000 conservatives at the annual conference of Americans for Prosperity, a free-market group. The five-term Hoosier said of the movement: “The politicians aren’t leading...
  • CPAC Chairman: Palin Not Ready for Presidential Run [Dave Keene? Who's Dave Keene?]

    07/09/2009 11:34:08 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 372 replies · 5,420+ views
    newsmax ^ | Today | Kessler
    <p>Sarah Palin needs to stop whining about unfair media coverage and get over the fact that some people don’t like her, Dave Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, tells Newsmax.</p> <p>Palin doesn’t seem to get that politics is a tough game, says Keene, one of the country’s most astute political observers.</p>
  • In GOP base, a 'rebellion brewing'

    04/26/2009 6:03:07 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 152 replies · 6,632+ views
    In GOP base, a 'rebellion brewing' By: Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin April 26, 2009 07:03 AM EST A quick tour through the week’s headlines suggests the Republican Party is beginning to come to terms with the last election and that consensus is emerging among GOP elites that the party needs to move away from discordant social issues. There was Sen. John McCain's daughter and his campaign manager who last week demanded that their fellow Republicans embrace same-sex marriage. Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman – the most devoted modernizer among the party's 2012 hopefuls – won approving words from New York...
  • Conservatives Size Up Sanford for 2012 (Long article)

    03/23/2009 12:00:50 PM PDT · by VinL · 87 replies · 2,303+ views
    Washington Independent ^ | 3-23-09 | D.avid Weigel
    In the ongoing debate over the economic stimulus package, South Carolina Republican Gov. Mark Sanford has made all the right enemies. The White House has brushed aside Sanford’s threat to turn down $700 million allotted for his state. Republicans in Sanford’s own state have hinted that they’ll override any attempt to veto the cash. Moderate California Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has gently mocked Sanford’s position. “I’ll take it,” Schwarzenegger told George Stephanopolous last month. “I’m more than happy to take his money or any other governor in this country that doesn’t want to take this money.” Sanford’s public battle with...
  • Conservatives Back Blackwell As RNC Chief

    01/05/2009 2:50:20 AM PST · by careyb · 17 replies · 683+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/5/09 | Ralph Hallow
    Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell has won the backing of some of America's best-known conservatives in his bid to become Republican National Committee chairman, just days before he and the other hopefuls are scheduled to begin a week of joint appearances to Republican Party audiences. The soft-spoken politician has received public endorsements from across the spectrum of conservatives - social, movement and economic, but some in the party, people who back him and people who don't, fear he may lack the charisma needed to represent the party on television. Blackwell supporters include limited-government champions such as American Conservative...
  • Where did the Reagan votes go in the 2008?

    11/19/2008 7:09:24 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 34 replies · 830+ views ^ | November 19, 2008 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Where did the super-majority of votes gathered by Ronald Reagan in his presidential campaigns go in 2008? Can they be reclaimed by future Republican candidates? Reagan's 1980 and 1984 victories were based on a coalition of three different groups. He attracted the fiscal-integrity/limited-government conservatives who had not given up since Barry Goldwater's campaign, the social conservatives who newly came into the political process to be active against the Equal Rights Amendment and abortion, and the Reagan Democrats (mostly blue-collar, Catholic and/or Irish) who sought a change from the stagflation of the Jimmy Carter years. In 2008, the first two groups...
  • Not "Conservative" Enough

    11/17/2008 2:08:51 PM PST · by Kukai · 177 replies · 2,113+ views
    Right Side News ^ | November 17, 2008 | JB Williams
    Under the myopic mantra of "not conservative enough," the nation just rejected its best known American hero and real Washington watch-dog and elected the most inexperienced far left freshman member of the U.S. Senate, aka the elitist good ole boy network, as Commander-in-Chief. Despite the fact that John McCain has a history of being "conservative" on 16 of 20 national issues (80%), according to too many "conservatives," he was not conservative enough to gain their support in the 2008 general election, even after bringing conservative Washington outsider Sarah Palin aboard. So, "conservatives" put Barack Hussein Obama and leftist Democrats in...
  • Conservatives must admit their Complicity (Blind Squirrel, George Will, finds a nut)

    11/14/2008 4:59:07 PM PST · by · 17 replies · 860+ views
    Go San ^ | 11-14-08 | George Will
    <p>WASHINGTON - Conservatism's current intellectual chaos reverberated in the Republican ticket's end-of-campaign crescendo of surreal warnings that big government - verily, "socialism" - would impend were Democrats elected. John McCain and Sarah Palin experienced this epiphany when Barack Obama told a Toledo plumber that he would "spread the wealth around."</p>
  • Conservatives, Obama's Win is Your Fault

    11/10/2008 5:32:31 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 65 replies · 270+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 11/10/07 | Warner Todd Huston
    With that headline you may think I am employing hyperbole. If so, you would be wrong. I am absolutely and positively blaming the conservative movement for the rise to the presidency of a man that adheres to a socialist ideology. In fact, in this day and age, I might even blame conservatives for the continued existence of this man's ideas altogether, though that might be a stretch. No, more directly, conservatives are at fault for the singular fact that many millions of Americans saw no reason not to vote for a socialist. They mistakenly imagined his ideas were still just...
  • Exit Polls Reveal Conservatives Abandoned McCain

    11/09/2008 11:54:31 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 215 replies · 525+ views
    News Max ^ | November 09, 2008 | News Max
    Democrat Barack Obama garnered a surprising 20 percent of the vote from conservatives who cast ballots on Election Day, top-ranked radio-talker Rush Limbaugh told listeners. Citing exit polls, Limbaugh also said on Wednesday that Republican John McCain lost independents and moderates by a margin of 60 percent to 39 percent. “McCain only got 89 percent of the Republican vote,” Limbaugh said. “He only got 80 percent of the conservative vote. “And therein lies the tale, the recipe offered up by the wizards of smart in the Republican Party and on our side — for whatever reason we have to abandon...
  • Video: Conservatives have a fee-vah and the only prescription is more Joe the Plumber

    10/17/2008 11:22:59 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 643+ views
    Hot Air ^ | October 16, 2008 12:00 pm on | Allahpundit
    Four minutes from the impromptu presser outside his home this morning. It’s like “Meet John Doe” but without the newspaper columnist pulling the strings! If there was any doubt about his political affiliation before, listen to him on social security and Iraq and watch those doubts melt away. Can a cameo at a ‘Cuda rally be far off? The highlight: One of the reporters trying to kookify him by pressing him on some sort of old association with the Natural Law Party. He’s middle class and conservative; there simply must be some extremism in there somewhere. Update: Let the ritual...
  • WRONG FOR THE RIGHT (McCain Blew It for Conservatives)

    10/12/2008 6:21:16 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 186 replies · 2,386+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 12, 2008 | DAVID FREDDOSO
    To the degree that they are engaged in this election, conservatives are motivated entirely by fear of Obama and what he will do as president when backed by a solidly liberal Democratic House and Senate. They are not driven by love of the Republican candidate, and it shows in the anger present at McCain campaign rallies. Most conservatives will probably vote for McCain, but they also realize they are far less likely to persuade others, and they feel a disaster coming. The enthusiasm the Right felt during the 2004 election, which had been framed as a true ideological clash between...
  • McCain faces conservative backlash over mortgage plan

    10/10/2008 7:59:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 159 replies · 1,583+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/10/08 | Alexander Mooney
    McCain faces conservative backlash over mortgage plan By Alexander Mooney CNN (CNN) -- John McCain is facing a fresh round of anger from members of his own party deeply opposed to the Arizona senator's proposal for the federal government to purchase troubled mortgage loans. John McCain first mentioned his mortgage relief plan during Tuesday's town-hall debate with Barack Obama. John McCain first mentioned his mortgage relief plan during Tuesday's town-hall debate with Barack Obama. The pointed backlash from several economic conservatives -- many of whom already distrust McCain's commitment to free-market principles -- couldn't come at a worse time for...
  • McCain Haters For McCain

    09/06/2008 12:02:52 AM PDT · by neverdem · 149 replies · 625+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 05, 2008 | Randall Hoven
    I think I'm fairly representative of those conservatives who just could not stand to vote for John McCain.  But I now plan to vote for him this November.  Let me tell you why. My published criticisms of McCain can be read here, here, here and here.  I even contemplated that a President Obama might not be so bad.  I think my bona fides as a "McCain hater" are fairly well established.  (Although I don't care for the word "hate" here.  I didn't hate him, just voting for him.) To some conservatives, voting is a simple matter: only one of two...
  • McCain, GOP in cease-fire -- for now -- over immigration policy

    09/04/2008 10:58:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies · 448+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 9/4/08 | Jim Miller and Ben Goad
    ST. PAUL, MINN. - Republican John McCain's primary campaign almost collapsed last year under the weight of opponents' attacks that he backed "amnesty" for illegal immigrants. As McCain prepares to accept his party's nomination for president tonight, past critics of the Arizona senator's position have rallied behind his candidacy. McCain, meanwhile, has backed away from signature immigration legislation and signed off on a party platform that makes a fence along the Mexican border a priority. The party's Twin Cities unity on immigration bridges, for now, an increasingly charged ideological rift for Republican candidates and campaigns. "We don't go around talking...
  • Goodbye Apathy (Because of Sarah Palin, conservatives now have no choice but to back McCain)

    09/01/2008 11:47:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 130 replies · 472+ views
    American Prowler ^ | 9/2/2008 | Paul Chesser
    The choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin last week by Republican presidential candidate John McCain has been explained in the media as a "game-changer," "bold," "daring," and in keeping with the Arizona senator's "maverick" image. But here's what the decision means for across-the-board conservatives: vital. Before McCain's decision many on the Right (including myself) were alternately ambivalent, disaffected, or outright opposed to the idea of voting for him. After years of nose-thumbing acts by the GOP candidate towards many of his party's colleagues and its base, the temptation for conservatives to register a protest vote (most likely Libertarian Bob Barr)...
  • What Can Conservatives Expect at the RNC?

    09/01/2008 6:32:38 AM PDT · by kellynla · 10 replies · 273+ views ^ | 09/01/2008 | Brian Darling
    Many conservatives are nervous as the Republican National Convention kicks off. They know they won’t be hearing anything close to the no-compromise declarations of Helms and Goldwater. John McCain is working hard to convince conservatives he is one of us even as he surrounds himself with prominent moderates, including Rudy Giuliani, Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania and Sen. Joseph Lieberman. Yes, conservatives will have their say at the convention: Vice President Dick Cheney, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oka.), and Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) are scheduled to speak. But...
  • Sarah Palin: conservatives find the girl of their dreams

    08/30/2008 11:29:49 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 31 replies · 951+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 31, 2008 | Sarah Baxter
    When Sarah Palin stepped into the spotlight as John McCain’s running mate in Dayton, Ohio, and promised that women could “shatter that glass ceiling once and for all”, it was an electrifying moment in a presidential election that had already produced its share of upsets and surprises. History was on the march again the morning after Barack Obama became the first African-American to accept his party’s White House nomination. After the fireworks, the 80,000-strong crowd who had cheered Obama to the skies at the Mile High stadium in Denver woke up with a hangover. “We may be seeing the first...
  • Palin electrifies conservative base

    08/31/2008 7:30:27 AM PDT · by devere · 25 replies · 114+ views
    Politico ^ | 8/31/2008 | Jonathan Martin
    The selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate has electrified conservative activists, providing a boost of energy to the GOP nominee-in-waiting from a key constituency that had been previously had been lukewarm – at best – about him. By tapping the anti-abortion and pro-gun Alaska governor just ahead of his convention, which is set to start here Monday, McCain hasn’t just won approval from a skeptical Republican base – he’s ignited a wave of elation and emotion that has led some grassroots activists to weep with joy. Serious questions remain about McCain’s pick – exactly how much he...
  • Palin announcement boosted McCain among Alaska's conservative element

    08/30/2008 6:14:43 PM PDT · by rhema · 2 replies · 122+ views ^ | August 29, 2008 | Amanda Bohman
    FAIRBANKS -- Among social conservatives, and Alaska has plenty, U.S. Sen. John McCain’s popularity grew Friday after he named Gov. Sarah Palin his running mate. Palin is solidly pro-gun, pro-death penalty, anti-abortion, against gay marriage and she has advocated for creationism to be taught in public schools. McCain has a reputation, deserved or not, for being moderate on some social issues, although his votes in the Senate and the positions described on his campaign Web site would suggest otherwise. The Arizona senator was the last choice among Alaska Republicans who voted in February’s presidential preference poll. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt...
  • Conservatives Refusing to Support McCain: Here´s What You´ll Get

    08/26/2008 7:29:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 192 replies · 1,641+ views
    The American Chronicle ^ | August 26, 2008 | Nathaniel Shockey
    There has been plenty of whining from conservatives concerning whether John McCain would select a pro-choice vice president. I just hope whining is all it is. As my colleague Dan Calabrese pointed out on August 21, the political leanings of the VP concerning abortion are largely irrelevant. The only way to meaningfully decrease the number of abortions is to convince people that abortion is a bad idea, not to legislate. But this conservative whining must be starting to concern McCain and his political strategists at least a little. Maybe these people who keep complaining that McCain isn´t conservative enough are...
  • Conservatives Can Also Play the Maverick Game

    08/20/2008 1:31:53 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies · 198+ views ^ | Aug 20, 2008 | Richard Viguerie
    Richard A. Viguerie 9625 Surveyor Court, Suite 400 Manassas, Virginia 20110 Contact: Bob Sturm (703) 396-6974 After 6 PM Eastern time and on weekends & holidays, contact Bob Sturm (703) 307-8176 FOR RELEASE August 20, 2008 An Open Letter from Richard Viguerie to John McCain: Conservatives Can Also Play the Maverick Game (Manassas, Virginia) The following is an open letter from Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of, to Senator John McCain in regard to news reports that the Republican presidential candidate may select a vice presidential running mate who supports abortions rights: Dear Senator McCain: The buzz in recent...
  • Is McCain going to screw conservatives (again)?

    08/19/2008 9:45:40 AM PDT · by the anti-liberal · 206 replies · 293+ views ^ | August 19, 2008 | Michelle Malkin
    By Michelle Malkin  •  August 19, 2008 09:11 AM Scroll down for updates… Wouldn’t put it past him. Would you? Which is why, despite all the encomiums he’s received from his Saddleback appearance, I haven’t joined the ga-ga bandwagon (and won’t).Rich Lowry reports: NR has learned that the McCain campaign has been calling key state GOP officials around the country the last couple of days and sounding them out about the consequences of a pro-choice VP pick. The campaign is asking about the reaction of conservative grass-roots activists to such a pick and whether a pro-choicer can be sold to them....
  • NYT: Conservatives move against Romney as VP pick

    08/18/2008 2:55:31 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 109 replies · 290+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 08/18/08 | Michael Luo
    On the day Mitt Romney bowed out of the presidential race last February, his supporters latched onto something of a consolation prize that appeared to bode well for his political future: the warm embrace of hundreds of conservatives whose seal of approval he had long sought. -SNIP- Yet as Mr. Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, is said to have emerged as a top contender to be Senator John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate, a vocal segment of conservative leaders and grass-roots activists have mobilized against him, with some going out of their way to block his path to the Republican...
  • Conservatives Warn McCain: Don't Pick Pro-Choice VP

    08/16/2008 7:54:52 AM PDT · by kellynla · 102 replies · 342+ views ^ | August 15, 2008 | Phil Brennan
    Top conservative activist and leader of the Eagle Forum, Phyllis Schlafly — a legendary militant pro-lifer — reacted to John McCain's remark that former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge's pro-choice position would not rule him out as a vice presidential running mate by telling Newsmax, "I think [McCain] would be making a mistake." Schlafly was not alone in warning McCain against picking Ridge or any other pro-choice advocate as his running mate. Other top conservative leaders chimed in, showing that McCain, already getting only grudging support from the GOP’s right wing, might drive conservatives to desert his cause and torpedo his...
  • McCain - Has Not Used Word "Conservative" Since Securing Nomination Five Months Ago

    08/13/2008 9:32:46 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 34 replies · 109+ views
    13 August 2008 | zeestephen
    "" is a website that enables a user to count the number of times Obama and McCain have used specific words in more than 125 major published speeches since 2004. John McCain used the word "Conservative" seven times between 2004 and 2008. He used the word 16 times in two months after Mitt Romney challenged him from the right in the 2008 GOP primaries. After McCain clinched the nomination in March 2008, he has NEVER used the word "Conservative" in a major speech.