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  • Poll: Romney may have the most to gain from Cain scandal

    10/31/2011 1:55:34 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 54 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10-31-2011 | Will Rahn
    Poll: Romney may have the most to gain from Cain scandal Will Rahn October 31-2011 If the sexual harassment allegations against former pizza mogul Herman Cain turn out to be credible — or simply refuse to fade away — polling suggests that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney stands the most to gain, the Washington Post reports. While it’s too early to say what if any damage the allegations reported by Politico on Sunday will do to Cain’s campaign, they have the potential to shake up the race. Cain has been polling in first or second place for more than a...
  • Is This Man the G.O.P.’s Best Bet for 2012? (NYT's David Brooks pretty sold on Romney at this time)

    09/29/2011 7:48:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/29/2011 | By DAVID BROOKS AND GAIL COLLINS
    Gail Collins: David, are you reconciled to the fact that Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican presidential nominee? David Brooks: Oh, I went through that phase a few weeks ago after the debate at the Reagan library. That’s the night I noticed Romney was the best candidate in the field. Since then I’ve noticed that he has given three debate performances that are better than any Barack Obama has given in his life. (Obama’s a better speechmaker, but Romney’s a better debater.) So now I’m settling into the idea that Romney might well be president. This will be...
  • Establishment Republicans Want to Redefine the Term "Conservative"

    09/21/2011 8:00:41 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 15 replies
    El Rushbo ^ | September 21st | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Folks, this is a little Inside Baseball, but it's important because he who controls the language ends up winning the debate, and it might seem like a small thing, but I have learned and I have been given to understand that the "establishment Republicans" hate the term. They don't like being called "establishment Republicans," and they are trying to change the term to "establishment conservatives" and in the process co-opt the definition of "conservative" and conservatism. It's not something that you'll notice if you watch cable news or even read. You have to be able to see the stitches...
  • (RINO) Sen. Collins recounts role in repealing 'don't ask' ("It was exciting")

    01/18/2011 9:29:55 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies
    The Press-Herald, Portland, Me. ^ | 2011-01-14 | David Hench
    PORTLAND — Sen. Susan Collins this morning described for a group of business leaders from across New England her role in repealing the law banning gays in the military. (snip) In a 30-minute presentation, the Republican lawmaker described the 11th-hour maneuvering against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the waning days of 2010, her work to convince key Republican allies to support repeal and the challenge of opposing a close friend, renowned veteran, Sen. John McCain of Arizona. "It was exciting to help lead what I believe to be a historic change for our country, but boy it was not...
  • Beltway Pundits Still Want to Pick Our Candidates

    01/04/2011 6:57:40 AM PST · by DB9 · 49 replies
    C4P ^ | January 4, 2010 | Doug Brady
    By now most of you have heard the recent musings by veteran beltway pundits Charles Krauthammer and George Will. In summary, both don’t want her to run for the nomination because, they assure us, she can’t win. We will all be much better off, evidently, if we nominate the flip-flopping Mitt Romney, the cadaverous Mitch “VAT” Daniels (George Will’s latest flavor of the month), or someone of similar ilk. None of this is surprising, of course, as we were warned two months ago that once the mid-terms were concluded, the GOP establishment and their lap dogs in the “conservative” beltway...
  • Frank Rich: Even If They Win Tea Partiers Will Never Get Into GOP Back Rooms

    10/31/2010 10:29:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 31, 2010 | Glynnis MacNicol
    Who has the most to lose from a Tea Party victory this Tuesday? Frank Rich thinks the Tea Partiers themselves might since they will immediately be confronted with the fact they have merely been puppets of the GOP establishment all along, used to “camouflage its corporate patrons and to rebrand itself as a party miraculously antithetical to the despised G.O.P. that gave us George W. Bush and record deficits only yesterday.” All this so-called Tea Party power is merely an illusion, says Rich, and come Wednesday it will simply be politics as usual…at least in the beginning. "But whatever Tuesday’s...
  • Devastating Review of Meghan McCain’s Dirty, Sexy Politics

    09/13/2010 8:04:55 AM PDT · by absentee · 53 replies
    The New Ledger ^ | 9/13/2010 | Leon Wolf
    On June 20, 2002, the United States Supreme Court decreed, in the case of Atkins v. Virginia, that the mildly mentally retarded were categorically exempt from capital punishment, reasoning that fully functional adults of diminished mental capacity were as a matter of law not as culpable for their acts. Writing eloquently in dissent, Justice Scalia drew a sharp distinction between the severely mentally retarded (who are truly not responsible for their actions), and the merely stupid (the category into which Mr. Atkins undoubtedly fell). Scalia argued forcefully that, with respect to the merely stupid, at least sometimes they deserve to...
  • Republicans Raise Money for Gay Agenda (Palin Sabotage, CATO Inst, Grover Norquist, John Podesta)

    09/20/2010 12:32:37 PM PDT · by unspun · 44 replies reposted on Gulag Bound Blog ^ | September 20, 2010 | Clilff Kincaid
    <p>The civil war in the Republican Party takes another turn on Wednesday night when Sarah Palin basher Nicolle Wallace lends her name to a fundraiser for a pro-homosexual group called American Foundation for Equal Rights. Wallace, an adviser to the 2008 McCain for President campaign, figures prominently in Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue, as someone determined to get her on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric so that she could be sandbagged by the left-wing anchorwoman.</p>
  • Why I oppose Arizona immigration law SB1070 and got the ZOT!

    06/20/2010 8:59:50 PM PDT · by Danny H · 188 replies · 1+ views
    I'm a conservative Republican on over 9 out of 10 issues. I'm for almost everything conservatives and Republicans are for. However, SB1070 is a terrible bill. We need McCain's comprehensive immigration reform. The immigrants help many companies which in turn help the US economy. The bill does nothing but make people angry at each other. I also support McCain over Hayworth in the AZ senate race. We can't risk losing that seat to a Democrat if we except to pick up both houses in November.
  • Country-Clubber Ron Paul Says Moose Hunter Sarah Palin Is Country-Club Republican

    07/19/2009 9:15:16 AM PDT · by curth · 32 replies · 1,494+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/19 | gateway pundit
    Nuts. Ron Paul says moose hunter Sarah Palin is a typical country-club Republican. In a recent interview with Politico Ron Paul bashed Sarah Palin for being a "conventional, country-club type of Republican": As for soon-to-be departing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Paul dismisses her supporters as "more establishment, conventional Country-Club type of Republicans." "I wonder whether she's energizing the 15-20 year olds," Paul muses. "That would be a question I would have. Because she doesn't talk about the Federal Reserve and some of these issues. She doesn't talk too much about personal liberties, civil liberties, getting rid of drug laws, attacking...
  • Bob Shrum: Palin won't be GOP nominee in 2012 (Guess who he thinks will be?)

    07/13/2009 8:11:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 147 replies · 4,495+ views
    The Week ^ | July 14, 2009 | Robert Shrum
    She pulls at the heartstrings of the Republican base, but in addition to all the peculiar problems of her own design, Sarah Palin has one obstacle she cannot overcome. Republicans like to choose the next in line—and she isn't. Sarah Palin is the bright red thread in the dull, grey fabric of the Republican Party. She is charismatic, quirky, melodramatic, and fervently anti-choice, anti-gay, and anti-Obama. But there's one thing she'll never be—the GOP nominee for President in 2012. Palin has the most intense grassroots base of any potential candidate, in the true-believing core of the party. And that's worth...
  • Sarah Palin For President

    07/02/2009 9:30:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 700 replies · 9,582+ views
    Macleans ^ | July 2, 2009 | John Parisella
    Sounds far-fetched and, to some, totally implausible. But the Republicans are losing potential candidates at a pace that is downright alarming if you believe in a healthy two-party system. The demise of John Ensign’s political career a few weeks ago and the surreal downfall of Mark Sanford last week is enough to send chills through the even the most optimistic Republican strategist. We know that of the 2008 crop, only Mitt Romney seems likely to stay on as a contender. The old stalwarts like Newt Gingrich may get a lot of press, but it is unlikely they can mount a...
  • McCain's Camp Praises [Governor] Sanford and Trashes [Governor] Palin?

    07/01/2009 6:07:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 870+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 1, 2009 | Tammy Bruce
    People like John McCain and others who have been part of the self-absorbed, navel-gazing and corrupt Washington environment for a quarter century no doubt resent someone not "of them." But it is indeed odd when Sarah Palin, a bright, shining light for conservatives remains the prime target of the existing machine, while Mark Sanford and other hypocritical liars are serenaded as getting a raw deal by the very public daughter of a defacto leader of the party. For some reason, Meghan McCain, writing in The Daily Beast, seems to think adulterous politicians, like South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, should be...
  • Florida GOPers look to Specter for inspiration [Crist] [RINO alert]

    05/08/2009 9:29:33 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 752+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-05-05 | Aaron Blake
    Is Charlie Crist the new Arlen Specter? No, there’s no indication the Florida governor is looking at a party switch. But much like with Specter, conservative Republicans in Florida are speaking out against Crist and hoping his apostasy on the federal stimulus will open the door for a conservative to take him down. The parallels are striking, both because Crist and Specter were among so few major Republicans to support the stimulus and because both are set to wage big-time Senate campaigns in which they face primary challengers. There isn’t yet a chorus of anti-Crist voices in the Florida Republican...
  • Good riddance? GOP relies on Specter-like recruits

    05/07/2009 5:40:21 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 27 replies · 968+ views
    Politico ^ | May 6, 2009 | JOSH KRAUSHAAR
    For many Republicans, including Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, the reaction to Sen. Arlen Specter’s party switch was unequivocal: good riddance. Yet even as his jilted former party slams the door behind him, the GOP is quietly pursuing a 2010 strategy that relies heavily on candidates nearly identical to Specter. The party’s road to winning back a Senate majority, it seems, is paved with moderates whose records are sure to make conservatives blanch. For the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s recruitment list for 2010 reads like a roster of some of the party’s best-known RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) and...
  • Will GOP follow moderates into oblivion? [RINOs are stupid, arrogant losers]

    05/06/2009 8:30:12 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies · 782+ views
    Renew America ^ | 2009-05-06 | Chris Adamo
    Republican stalwarts are fond of recalling the 1992 Democrat National Convention, and the manner in which Bob Casey Sr., the Governor of Pennsylvania, was prevented from giving a speech on account of his strident pro-life views. Here was the incontrovertible proof that Democrats censor and oppress those who do not toe the party line. What is rarely recalled is that, four years later in the Republican National Convention, the official party policy was to avoid any mention whatsoever of the entire abortion issue. GOP candidate Bob Dole sought to sidestep controversy that party insiders feared might be overly "divisive," since...
  • The Specter of Charlie!: Why GOP voters should wake up an do not support another RINO

    04/30/2009 2:38:44 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 1 replies · 395+ views
    CFP ^ | 4/29/09 | Javier Manjarres
    Yesterday’s announcement by Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter that he would be permanently ‘reaching across the aisle’ should be considered another wake-up call for the Republican Party. As we all have witnessed, Senator Spectacle has proven to be nothing but a ‘Lib’ in sheep’s clothing throughout most of his Senatorial career. Just recently, Spectacle was one of three ‘moderate’ Republicans that supported President Obama’s ‘Porkulus Package.’ Speaking of pork, we also had another self-proclaimed ‘moderate’ Republican, Florida Governor Charlie Crist, endorse that same spending bill. Governor Crist has also expressed interest in running for the US Senate next year, but Crist...
  • Olympia Snowe: We Didn’t Have to Lose Arlen Specter

    04/28/2009 8:37:10 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 140 replies · 3,719+ views
    IT is disheartening and disconcerting, at the very least, that here we are today — almost exactly eight years after Senator Jim Jeffords left the Republican Party — witnessing the departure of my good friend and fellow moderate Republican, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, for the Democratic Party. And the announcement of his switch was all the more painful because I believe it didn’t have to be this way. When Senator Jeffords became an independent in 2001, I said it was a sad day for the Republicans, but it would be even sadder if we failed to confront and learn...
  • Mass. Republican Party abandoning pro-family conservatism, new chairman tells homosexual newspaper

    04/09/2009 10:31:25 AM PDT · by massmike · 89 replies · 2,309+ views ^ | 4/9/2009 | n/a
    Newly elected Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Nassour has wasted no time making it clear where she wants the party to go. Last week, in a front-page interview with the hardcore homosexual newspaper Bay Windows, she told the homosexual community that they didn't need to worry about the Republican party opposing them on "social issues" or "the culture wars."
  • Even If He Loses Nomination, Huck's Drive Helps GOP (It Ain't A Country Club GOP No More Alert)

    12/18/2007 9:12:26 PM PST · by goldstategop · 25 replies · 169+ views ^ | 12/19/2007 | Michael Medved
    Despite his current standing in the polls, Mike Huckabee remains an under-funded and chronically disorganized long-shot when it comes to actually winning the GOP Presidential nomination. While easily the most gifted TV communicator in the field, the former Arkansas governor displays some serious vulnerabilities as a candidate for the White House and his innumerable critics and rivals have attacked these weaknesses with gleeful ferocity. Even if he fails to win a place on the national ticket, however, Huckabee’s startlingly strong campaign provides potent benefits for both his party and his country. In the two weeks remaining before the Iowa Caucuses...
  • Does Rudy's Rise Reflect Social Right's Decline? (Voter Ignorance Explains Rudy's Rise Alert)

    07/26/2007 9:03:47 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 65 replies · 939+ views
    Don ^ | 07/28/2007 | Don Feder
    Like the Olympics, it's a game that's played every four years. The media march out on the field in their ideologically matching blazers and try to convince the GOP to ditch social issues. Their pitch goes something like this: Republican voters are far more moderate than their party's platform. The day of the religious right has come and gone. With pro-life, pro-marriage stands, the party alienates legions of voters who agree with it on taxes, spending and defense. An article in the July 5 Wall Street Journal ("Giuliani Support Hints at Shift") argues, "Mr. Giuliani's lead in the polls -...
  • Fallout's Just Begun from Immigration Bill's Failure (Wall Street Journal Post Mortem)

    06/30/2007 2:34:23 PM PDT · by hardback · 146 replies · 3,409+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/29/07 | John Harwood
    Democrats won both houses of Congress in the 2006 elections in part by arguing that Republicans were incompetent to govern. On immigration, they enjoyed a comparatively united party and cooperation from a Republican White House. More than any other factor, heat from the right killed the bill. But voters elect congressional majorities to solve problems, and Democratic incumbents can expect to pay some price every time they fail. But that fallout almost certainly will pale alongside the damage to future Republican presidential candidates. Hispanics represent the fastest-growing chunk of the U.S. electorate. Their choices help drive the rising swing states...

    04/24/2007 10:22:39 AM PDT · by Al Simmons · 781 replies · 27,258+ views
    On one the few rational minds left around here - but for long | 4/24/2007 | Al Simmons
    About me: Lurker - since 1998 Member - since 1999 In self-imposed exile - since April 2007 The tone of the debate and the attacks on long-time fellow Freepers for the cardinal sin of daring to support Rudy Giuliani in early 2007 around here have really saddened me. Instead of fighting the enemy FR is now imposing an 'ideological purity' test on FR members. The well-oiled train has gone off the rails and Mr. Robinson risks becoming the next Joe Farah - a fellow who started a great website for conservative news and opinions, but who gradually drifted off to...
  • The GOP Still Doesn't Get It...(Rep. Jeff Flake's demotion)

    01/13/2007 2:16:24 PM PST · by FlyVet · 47 replies · 1,181+ views
    The Jawa Report ^ | January 13, 2007 | By Ragnar Danneskjold, Pawn of the Illuminati
    Citing the WSJ, Stephen Bainbridge asks "Did the K Street Gang learn nothing from the drubbing it took in 2006?" Apparently not: One big test of a new minority is to draw the right lesson from its drubbing at the polls. House Republicans have a long way to go, judging by House Minority Leader John Boehner's decision this week to punish Arizona's Jeff Flake by tossing him off the Judiciary Committee. The offense? Porkbusting. Mr. Flake should be getting a promotion to the leadership, given how prescient he was in warning his colleagues about the perils of their run-amok "earmarking."...
  • When Not Voting Is The Right Thing To Do (Barf Alert)

    10/30/2006 10:34:02 PM PST · by goldstategop · 117 replies · 1,678+ views ^ | 10/31/2006 | Joseph Farah
    Some people get mad at me when I tell them not to vote. But I believe there is a right time to abstain from casting a ballot – particularly if the only choice is a Democrat or Republican who are indistinguishable on the major issues of the day. A good example of a race where a protest vote for a third party candidate or a non-vote would be the right thing to do on Election Day is the New Jersey Senate race between incumbent Robert Menendez, the Democrat, and Republican challenger Thomas Kean Jr. (Column continues below) Pollsters say the...
  • Roberts Subverted Reagan (Backstabbing Establishment Republican No Friend Of Conservatives Alert)

    08/17/2005 12:56:26 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 295 replies · 3,922+ views ^ | 08/17/05 | Joseph Farah
    That carefully crafted political blank slate of Judge John Roberts is getting filled in piece of by piece. And what it reveals is an ugly portrait of a backstabbing establishment Republican who subverted the political will of the greatest American president of the 20th century. Memos drafted by the Supreme Court nominee during his tenure in President Reagan's Justice Department show a distinct hostility to the conservative ideals embraced by his boss and to some of the individuals who championed those ideals. Take, for instance, a Dec. 14, 1981, memo, obtained by the Washington Times, and written to his colleague,...
  • Republicans have way to protest party's takeover by religious right

    03/30/2005 8:45:00 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 269 replies · 6,687+ views
    Omaha World Herald/ ^ | 3-27-05 | Harold Andersen
    the (relatively silent) majority of Americans feel(s) that the most compassionate treatment for Terri Schiavo - as well as the proper legal course of action - is to let her vegetative existence end, as advocated by her legal guardian, her husband. For Republicans who consider their party a captive of the religious right on matters like medical research and right-to-die legislation and now legislative intrusion into the judicial system, there is a way to at least feel more comfortable with their political consciences. That way is to leave a party whose leadership is currently attempting to leave behind in the...

    01/02/2005 5:25:51 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 188 replies · 4,674+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | SUN JAN 02, 2005 | Matt Drudge
    XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX SUN JAN 02, 2005 18:00:00 ET XXXXX BUSH BASH BOOK BURSTS IN TIME FOR INAUGURAL Christine Todd Whitman, the former New Jersey governor who was President Bush's first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has written a book that touts the importance of moderates to the future of the Republican Party and flays Bush and his team for ignoring the country's middle. Whitman charges on Page 3 that Bush's three-percentage-point margin in the popular vote is the lowest of any incumbent president ever to win reelection, the WASHINGTON POST reports in coming editions, newsroom sources tell...
  • Goodbye, Barry Goldwater

    01/19/2004 5:32:19 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 82 replies · 276+ views ^ | 01-19-04 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    Goodbye, Barry Goldwater Posted: January 19, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 Creators Syndicate, Inc. "Bush Plans $1.5 Billion Drive for Promotion of Marriage" ran the headline in the New York Times. The story told of how Bush aides were "planning an extensive election-year initiative to promote marriage" and debating whether to float the idea in the State of the Union. "For months," the Times reported, "administration officials have worked with conservative groups on the proposal, which would provide at least $1.5 billion for training to help couples develop interpersonal skills that sustain 'healthy marriages.'" Then came this kicker: "'This...