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  • What Next for Conservatives? (Laura Ingraham)

    02/11/2008 1:48:13 PM PST · by Choose Ye This Day · 132 replies · 246+ views
    Laura's e-blast ^ | February 11, 2008 | Laura Ingraham
    Now that Mitt Romney has stepped aside in the GOP presidential race, many conservatives are trying to figure out where to go from here. John McCain will be the Republican presidential nominee. Conservatives are dispirited because on many issues they don't consider him one of them. And it's true -- he is a moderate who considered leaving the GOP in 2001 ... he did think about joining John Kerry's ticket in 2004 ... and he did side with liberals over conservatives on everything from immigration to closing Gitmo. But we have no time to be dejected and have to keep...
  • Now is the Winter of Our Conservative Discontent

    02/07/2008 8:24:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 177 replies · 337+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 07, 2008 | Thomas Lifson
    The prospect of John McCain as Republican nominee is inspiring sometimes angry resistance from millions of conservative stalwarts. Ann Coulter's famous support for Hillary Clinton  threatens to spark a wave of conservative "suicide voters"  if the Arizona Senator gets the nomination. Other Republicans, variously called insiders, party pros, elitists and worse, blithely assure us the alienated base will come around in the end and vote for McCain and the GOP ticket, particularly if Hillary Clinton is the alternative. Assuming McCain gets the nomination, I am not so sure. It could go either way. Anger at McCain Anger has been a...
  • Third-party what if...

    02/07/2008 11:52:02 AM PST · by Dr. Free Market · 92 replies · 88+ views
    2/07/08 | Dr.FreeMarket
    This is my idea, and I am trying to get a read on what you think people would do and its effect...

    02/04/2008 10:20:12 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 1 replies · 989+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | 10/27/1964 | Ronald Reagan
    This speech is a verbatim transcript of "The Speech" given as a portion of a pre-recorded, nationwide televised program sponsored by Goldwater-Miller on behalf of Barry Goldwater, Republican candidate for the presidency whom Ronald Reagan actively supported. Thank you very much. Thank you and good evening. The sponsor has been identified, but unlike most television programs, the performer hasn't been provided with a script. As a matter of fact, I have been permitted to choose my own ideas regarding the choice that we face in the next few weeks. I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I...
  • McCain Makes Headway With Conservative Wing

    02/02/2008 6:54:38 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 202 replies · 143+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2 February 2008 | ELIZABETH HOLMES
    Mr. McCain stepped up his attempts to court the Republican right, scoring a number of high-profile endorsements this week. Yesterday, he received the support of billionaire Steve Forbes as well as former Solicitor General Theodore Olson. Mr. Olson, who served as assistant attorney general in the Reagan administration, represented President Bush in the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore. The picture was a bit mixed earlier in the week when Mr. McCain got near-simultaneous endorsements from moderates California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former New York Mayor and rival Rudy Giuliani, causing some consternation among party conservatives. Some prominent pundits, including...
  • Conservatism On The Sleeve And On The Hoof

    01/28/2008 9:14:12 AM PST · by jdm · 1 replies · 53+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 28, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    John Fund takes a look at the problematic relationship between John McCain and conservatives in his party, and focuses on one of the hot-button issues: judicial nominations. He doesn't give activists much hope on this front, quoting McCain as supportive of John Roberts' nomination but rejecting Samuel Alito as a model for future nominations. Why? Alito didn't hide his conservative nature well enough: Nothing would improve Mr. McCain's standing with conservatives more than a forthright restatement of his previously stated view that "one of our greatest problems in America today is justices that legislate from the bench." Mr. McCain bruised...
  • Are Conservatives Closet Existentialists?

    01/23/2008 4:56:57 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 20 replies · 165+ views
    23 January 2008 | vanity
    In an introduction to his standout lecture series on existentialism Professor Robert C. Solomon summarizes and defines existentialism as follows: ”The message of existentialism, unlike that of many more obscure and academic philosophical movements, is about as simple as can be. It is that every one of us, as an individual, is responsible—responsible for what we do, responsible for who we are, responsible for the way we face and deal with the world, responsible, ultimately, for the way the world is. It is, in a very short phrase, the philosophy of “no excuses!” Life may be difficult; circumstances may be...
  • GOP Can Learn from Ron Paul

    12/14/2007 10:58:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 126 replies · 647+ views
    WSJ via ^ | December 14, 2007 | Kimberley Strassel
    Ron Paul is no compassionate conservative. His supporters love him for it. If there's been a phenomenon in this Republican presidential race, it's been the strength of a fiery doctor from Texas and his message of limited government. As the GOP front-runners address crowds of dispirited primary voters, Mr. Paul has been tearing across the country, leaving a trail of passionate devotees in his wake. Paul rallies heave with voters waving placards and shouting "Liberty! Liberty!" Money is pouring in from tens of thousands of individual donors--so much cash that the 10-term congressman recently admitted he wasn't sure he could...
  • Bowden accused of imposing religious beliefs on players

    11/28/2007 7:08:06 PM PST · by Abbeville Conservative · 32 replies · 147+ views
    Tigernet ^ | November 28, 2007
    Bowden accused of imposing religious beliefs on players ACLU wants Clemson to stop coach's annual team trip to local church The American Civil Liberties Union has accused Clemson head football coach Tommy Bowden of abusing his authority by imposing his religious beliefs on his players, and it has asked the university to discontinue the coach’s practice of strongly recommending players to participate in an annual team visit to a local church. The university on Wednesday denied the ACLU’s claim that Bowden, who is a state employee in a supervisory position, has violated the players’ constitutional rights of separation of church...
  • Malaise on the Right

    10/28/2007 11:27:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 58 replies · 121+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | November 5, 2007 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    The New York Times report that social conservatives are talking of bolting to a third-party candidate, should Rudy Giuliani get the GOP nomination, is another sign of the disintegrating Reagan coalition. In truth, that coalition—the 49 states and 60 percent of the nation Reagan won in 1984—was but a Xerox copy of Nixon’s New Majority of 1972. A decade before Reagan won the presidency, Kevin Phillips had already published The Emerging Republican Majority.To understand why the Republican coalition is disintegrating, one must understand what held it together.To create a GOP majority in the 1960s, as Nixon did, one had first to...
  • Hopefuls should out-Reagan Reagan

    10/28/2007 11:01:19 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 15 replies · 127+ views
    LA Times ^ | 28 October 2007 | By William Voegeli
    ...In response, the men seeking the 2008 GOP presidential nomination have largely turned that race into a contest over which candidate can best remind primary voters of Ronald Reagan, the model small-government Republican. ...In his inaugural address in 1981, Reagan said, "It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the federal government and those reserved to the states or to the people." In his farewell address eight years later, the president said, "[M]an is not free unless government is limited. There's a...
  • What Comes Next (Conservatives today are in a funk.)

    10/12/2007 11:36:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 47+ views
    NY Sun ^ | October 12, 2007 | YUVAL LEVIN AND PETER WEHNER
    Conservatives today are in a funk. The strains of governing, the challenges of war, and the frustration of an unsuccessful mid-term election have contributed to unease and unhappiness. But deeper than these issues is an intellectual fatigue and uncertainty about where the attention of the conservative movement now should be directed. What domestic issues can unite and motivate conservatives to great political exertions, and can win the allegiance of the public? In this respect, the right is partially a victim of its own successes. If 25 years ago you had asked an American conservative to name the preeminent domestic policy...
  • Pitts: What's free speech worth?

    10/07/2007 5:25:25 PM PDT · by xzins · 9 replies · 593+ views
    Statesman ^ | 30 Sep 07 | Pitts
    Some of you guys are jerks. No, I'm not talking about you, dear reader, whose erudition and class I've always admired. And you smell good, too. But some of you other guys are some seriously pre-literate knuckle draggers. Exhibit A would be the relatively new message boards on the Web site of that great metropolitan newspaper, The Miami Herald. Or at least it would have been, before management stepped in a few weeks back, began policing the boards more closely and put up a notice asking people to keep their comments on-point. Before that, the message boards, theoretically a place...
  • Ted Nugent Owes No Apologies (Leave Muh Guns Alone! Nugent IS DA Man Alert)

    09/16/2007 8:49:51 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 25 replies · 1,052+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 09/16/2007 | J.H Huebert
    In the video, which has made the rounds online and on television, Nugent stands onstage with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle in each hand. First he tells of his recent visit to Chicago, during which he claims he said to Sen. Barack Obama, "Hey, Obama! You might want to suck on one of these [guns], you punk!" Nugent adds, "Obama, he's a piece of s---, and I told him to suck on my machine gun. Let's hear it for him!" Nugent then relays details of a recent visit to New York, during which he putatively conveyed a similar message to another...
  • The Cult of Men

    09/10/2007 11:20:21 AM PDT · by Keyes2000mt · 14 replies · 775+ views
    Renew America ^ | 09/10/2007 | Adam Graham
    Our government, we're been told, is one of laws, not of men. Yet, our politics have fast become a politics devoid of ideas and focusing instead on personalities. Patrick Ruffini, writing on Hugh Hewitt's blog, recently declared, "policy is boring and politics is interesting." A journalist told me something similar a while back. And heretofore the campaign coverage has aligned with that fact. The truth is, we've had a campaign of irrelevancy with red herring being the fish of the day. We've talked about John Edwards' haircut, Hillary Clinton's cleavage, what some Huckabee supporter said about Catholicism, and the smack...
  • These ‘GOP 12' must go.

    08/31/2007 11:46:14 AM PDT · by bmweezer · 8 replies · 335+ views
    The ^ | August 31, 2007 | The
    Updated on August 31, 2007 thanks to retirement of Sen. John Warner of VA who was one of our 'GOP 13', now 12.Sen. Larry Craig’s indiscretion is just the latest in a series of poor judgments – both of a political and/or personal nature that has inflicted the Republican Party in recent years, thereby hurting the Republican ‘brand’. Now, thanks to actions such as these, we find the GOP in the minority in both houses in Congress, with a Democratic White House coming in 2009 looking increasingly likely. Unless the Republican Party – and its leaders – realize that the...
  • Getting Immigration Right - How conservatives blocked the open-borders establishment

    08/16/2007 12:00:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies · 1,293+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | July30, 2007 | John O’Sullivan
    In summer 1991, beginning a long air trip on a National Review Institute delegation to the Far East, I opened a 14,000-word submission to National Review and settled down to read. My mood was a good deal more optimistic than it usually was toward 14,000-word submissions. Its author was a friend and gifted writer, Peter Brimelow, then a senior editor at Forbes, who had long wanted to write this piece. But was the topic “hot” enough to command as much as 20 pages in a national magazine? I was soon blown away by one of the most powerful and lively...
  • The End of reagan's Party

    07/09/2007 1:50:12 PM PDT · by eth3l · 13 replies · 688+ views
    GOPublius ^ | 07/09/2007 | Publius
    But now, in the sixth year of the Bush Administration, the Republican Party is in serious disarray. Only thirteen years after Gingrich brought the GOP roaring into power, and thanks in no small part to a congress who spent more and achieved less than any other in recent memory, the American people have tossed out the GOP, seeking fiscal discipline, and national security answers from, of all places, the Democratic Party.
  • How Conservatives Enhanced Online Voice - Talk Radio Blends With Blog Postings To Boost Message

    07/03/2007 6:14:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 989+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 3, 2007 | JUNE KRONHOLZ and AMY SCHATZ
    Political activism on the Internet -- and in the so-called blogosphere, in particular -- has long been considered a liberal stronghold. But conservative bloggers show increasing signs of their own coming of age. They took a major leap forward by playing a central role in scuttling the Senate immigration bill. Meanwhile, many of the most popular talk-radio hosts are now posting on blogs, and the frequent collaboration of the two media is creating a unified conservative voice that is likely to be an important factor in the 2008 elections. One example: Fred Thompson, the actor and former Tennessee senator, was...
  • It's Official: The Reagan Revolution Is Over

    04/16/2007 9:23:04 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 71 replies · 1,915+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 4/16/07 | David From
      Question: How can a candidate for president raise US$23-million in three months--only slightly less than John McCain and Rudy Giuliani combined--and still register barely above zero in polls of members of his own party? That is the sad story of Mitt Romney, the movie-star handsome former governor of Massachusetts. Romney registers a dismal fourth in Republican opinion polls. Yesterday's LAT/Bloomberg poll put him at 8% approval among Republicans. A year ago, Romney looked like an emerging Republic star. He had rescued Massachusetts from a large budget deficit without raising taxes. And he had engineered a state-wide health insurance...