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  • Arizona’s Gov. Brewer endorses Romney

    02/26/2012 6:56:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 121 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2012 | By Stephen Dinan
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination on Sunday, saying he is the most electable candidate in the field. “He’s the man that can carry the day,” Mrs. Brewer said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
  • Hedging its bets, Google picks Romney backer [Molinari] as new top Washington lobbyist

    02/26/2012 4:19:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill - Hillicon Valley tech report ^ | February 26, 2012 | Brendan Sasso
    By hiring former Rep. Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.), a supporter of Mitt Romney, to head its lobbying team, Google is hedging its bets on the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. The Internet giant already has close connections with the Obama administration. Company Chairman Eric Schmidt advised Obama during his 2008 campaign and is a frequent guest at the White House. Google employees are the third biggest contributors to Obama's re-election campaign, according to campaign finance data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. But with so much at stake in legislation and policy, Google wants to be on good terms...
  • Groan: Jeb Bush Accuses GOP Candidates of Fear Mongering, Finds It “Troubling”…

    02/24/2012 8:59:04 AM PST · by Qbert · 44 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 2/24/2012 | Weasel Zippers
    Full-blown RINO. Via Politico: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said Thursday that he found it “troubling” that the 2012 presidential candidates are “appealing to people’s fears and emotion” on the campaign trail, according to reports. Bush expressed concern about the type of rhetoric that the candidates were using, without getting specific or naming names. “I used to be a conservative and I watch these debates and I’m wondering, I don’t think I’ve changed, but it’s a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people’s fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon...
  • Poll: Christie is top choice at 'brokered' convention

    02/22/2012 12:23:17 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 149 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Feb. 22, 2012 | Dave Boyer
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the top choice of Republicans if the party nominates its presidential candidate at a "brokered" convention this summer, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday. Mr. Christie is favored by 32 percent of Republicans, followed by former Govs. Sarah Palin of Alaska and Jeb Bush of Florida with 20 percent each, the poll found. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is fourth at 15 percent. Some conservatives are contemplating a so-called brokered Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in August, in which none of the current candidates would have gained enough delegates to win...
  • Romney Struggles For Right Pitch

    02/20/2012 6:53:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | February 20, 2012 | Sam Youngman
    Mitt Romney isn't singing anymore. A little more than two weeks after his off-key but enthusiastic renditions of "America the Beautiful" captured the spirit of a candidate who had won the Florida primary and seemed on the verge of locking down the Republican nomination for president, Romney is back in lackluster mode. It's not just that Romney is facing a surprising challenge in his native state of Michigan from Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who vaulted into contention in the state-by-state nomination battle with wins in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado. What alarms many Republican Party leaders and strategists are...
  • Fox News Sunday: Newt Gingrich on resurrecting his presidential campaign

    02/20/2012 2:48:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 19, 2012 | Chris Wallace interview with Newt Gingrich
    [SNIP] I'm much prepared to break out of the Washington establishment model. ........WALLACE: You were listing to some of the states. And obviously, you know, it's not only big ideas. It's also political strategy. What does it mean to Mitt Romney if he were to lose his home state and an important swing state of Michigan? GINGRICH: Well, I'd be curious what their rationales would be. Here' the guy who's been running for six years, put in $40 million of his own money last time, has outspent all the rest of us I think by three or four to one...
  • The Trouble With Mitt

    02/20/2012 1:19:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Ricochet ^ | Febrauary 17, 2012 | Ben Domenech
    John Hinderaker encapsulates an assumption which has started to take hold among many of Mitt Romney’s backers: that the fault for what appears to be an increasingly likely 2012 election loss lies with conservatives for making this a real primary. Speaking of the see-saw of not-Romney candidates, he writes: The same pattern has been repeated more than once during the current, discouraging presidential nominating process. If the GOP loses this year’s presidential contest, the party will have no one to blame but its own activists. I'm hearing this meme repeated by many increasingly dejected Romney supporters around Washington, D.C. See,...
  • VANITY- My conversation with Josh at the RNC- No wonder our Republican party is falling apart

    02/09/2012 2:08:54 PM PST · by georgiagirl_pam · 118 replies ^ | February 9, 2012 | georgiagirl_pam
    Oh my gosh! I am so very mad I am still shaking. I called the RNC today to get the definitive answer on the Florida delegate count. I was transferred to a young man named Josh and what ensued was the most infuriating, while enlightening, conversation that I have had in a long while. I first asked my question about the delegates. His convoluted answer was basically that they couldn't impose two punishments, so the one punishment imposed was taking away half of their delegates. I asked him about that rule, was that in writing somewhere. He then proceeded to...
  • Romney says he still expects to be GOP nominee

    02/07/2012 10:39:25 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 37 replies
    Times Herald ^ | 7 Feb 2012 | AP
    Mitt Romney says it's been a good night for Rick Santorum, but that he still expects to become the Republican nominee for president. After losses to Santorum in Missouri's non-binding primary and the Minnesota caucuses -- where he is in third place -- Romney is congratulating the former Pennsylvania senator but continuing to focus on President Barack Obama. Despite Tuesday's setbacks, Romney says he is ready to lead the Republican Party and is happy to compare his record on leadership to Obama's.
  • Hamas and the Washington Establishment

    02/06/2012 4:34:21 PM PST · by Amerisrael · 2 replies
    To date, the Republican presidential primary race has been the only place to have generated any useful contributions to America's collective understanding of current events in the Middle East. Last month, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich became the first major political figure in more than a generation to pour cold water over the Palestinian myth of indigenous peoplehood by stating the truth, that the Palestinians are an "invented people." As Gingrich explained, their invention came in response to Zionism, the Jewish national liberation movement. Since they were created somewhere around 1920, the Palestinians' main purpose has not been...
  • Trump’s Paper Tiger Rebellion Against Conservatives

    02/04/2012 9:54:05 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 48 replies
    In the spring of 2011, Donald Trump threatened to start a revolution within the Republican Party, appealing to the naive among Tea Partiers by promising to take on President Obama as no one else could. All too many members of the conservative media, including even some highly reputable ones, took his nonsense seriously.
  • Allen West switching districts for reelection (FL-18) (Take that establishment!)

    01/31/2012 3:55:53 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | January 31st | TRS
    Allen West has decided to switch to the newly proposed 18th district in Florida for reelection. Here is his statement below: “After much prayer, reflection and discussion with my close friends and family, I am announcing today my decision to seek reelection in Florida’s proposed 18th Congressional district. I have always believed the state of Florida would be best served by having both Congressman Tom Rooney and myself in the House of Representatives working to solve our nation’s most pressing problems. I have never waivered from my vision; to work to create jobs, restrain federal government spending, reduce America’s ever...
  • The Florida Smear Campaign [Prof. Thomas Sowell Calls It Like It Is!]

    01/31/2012 1:36:19 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    National Review | January 31, 2012
    January 31, 2012 The Florida Smear Campaign Mitt Romney’s Fraudulent Attacks on Newt Gingrich. Thomas Sowell. The Republican establishment is pulling out all the stops to try to keep Newt Gingrich from becoming the party’s nominee for president of the United States — and some are not letting the facts get in their way. Among the claims going out through the mass media in Florida, on the eve of that state’s primary election, is that Newt Gingrich “resigned in disgrace” as speaker of the House of Representatives as a result of unethical conduct involving the diversion of tax-exempt money. Mitt...
  • Matt Strawn resigns as IA GOP Chair (Superdelegate)

    01/31/2012 12:06:02 PM PST · by parksstp · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 01-31-2012 | Juana Summers
    Matt Strawn, the Iowa GOP chairman who has been embroiled in controversy since the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus results, is resigning, he announced Tuesday. “It is only because the Iowa GOP has returned as a strong and relevant voice in Iowa politics that I am now able to evaluate all the competing priorities in my personal, business and political life. The party is strong and has the resources in place for victory in November,” Strawn said in a statement. “Now is the time to transition to new leadership.” Read more:
  • Romney Ramps Up Attack Ads Against Gingrich to Unprecedented Levels (92% of ads negative in Fla.)

    01/31/2012 10:48:59 AM PST · by Qbert · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Jan 31, 2012 | John Avlon
    No, it’s not your imagination. Things are uglier than ever in the Sunshine State. A staggering 92 percent of the political ads run in Florida over the last week of the campaign have been negative. “For as long as I’ve been in politics, 14 years, journalists call me and ask if this is the most negative election ad atmosphere I've ever seen,” says Kenneth Goldstein, president of Kantar Media CMAG, which tracks content and targeting of political advertising. “And every year I say, ‘Don’t be ridiculous.’" “But this year it's true. This primary season is the most negative it's ever...
  • Five Reasons So Many Grassroots Conservatives Don't Like Mitt Romney

    01/31/2012 5:42:35 AM PST · by Seattle Conservative · 47 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 31, 2012 | John Hawkins
    1) He's not a conservative. There have been a lot of conservatives who've talked a good game during the primaries and then have let us down in D.C., but if Mitt Romney becomes the nominee and gets elected, some people seem to be hoping that he'll be the first Republican moderate to go to D.C. and turn into a fire-breathing conservative. Based on his record, if Mitt Romney is nominated, he will be the least conservative candidate since Nixon. >snip 2) He doesn't believe in anything politically other than Mitt Romney. What conservative cause has Mitt Romney ever fought like...
  • It's Not About Newt

    01/30/2012 5:23:15 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 28, 2012 | Joseph Koenig
    GOP voters are sending a clarion call to the party establishment, but it seems GOP leaders are not getting the message. The statement being sent to the GOP elite isn't about Newt, and it goes beyond even Romney. It is about a deep dissatisfaction that has been building for years within the Republican rank and file. With the proclamations of Bob Dole and others against Newt Gingrich recently, it is clear the GOP establishment fears a Gingrich nomination. In truth, however, it is the GOP establishment's own ineffectual leadership that led to the recent surge of the former Speaker of...
  • The Republican Establishment's Strategic Blunder

    01/30/2012 12:08:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 104 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2012 | Steve McCann
    The RepublicanParty has a tenuous hold on the conservative movement in America. At present the only home for the 40 per cent of the electorate that identify themselves as conservative is the Republican Party, but it appears that those who are nominally identified as the "Republican Establishment" are doing all they can to alienate the vast majority of the current base of the Party. There is no office on ConnecticutAvenue in Washington with a sign reading "The RepublicanEstablishment" or the "The Democratic Establishment"; rather it is an amalgam of like-minded groups with one common interest: control of the government purse-strings....
  • Weatherford Confirms Redistricting Will Leave Allen West’s Congressional Seat Vulnerable

    01/29/2012 5:56:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 2+ views
    The Shark Tank ^ | January 27, 2012 | Javier Manjarres
    Jacksonville,FL- After last night’s Republican Presidential debate, the candidates’ respective spinmeisters made their cases to the media as to why their guy won the debate. One of Governor Mitt Romney’s spokesmen was Florida Representative Will Weatherford, and during the course of his remarks in the “Spin Room”, he shed a very dim light on the ongoing redistricting process in the Florida Legislature. Over the past several weeks, many Republicans have voiced their disappointment towards the Republican legislature after the release of the preliminary redistricting maps. Much of the ire concerns the proposed boundaries of Congressman Allen West’s 22nd Congressional District...
  • Mr. L Nails it (Why Palin didn't run...logistics).

    01/29/2012 2:22:29 PM PST · by ak267 · 18 replies
    Mr. L ^ | 1-29-2012 | Mr. L
    The GOP establishment talking about going into smoke filled rooms & brokered conventions. Problem with that is, they're looking to come out of the smoke filled rooms with moderates like Mitch Daniels & Jeb Bush. My thoughts on this & also the dizzy upside down electorate. Sarah Palin appears on Fox Biz Tom Sullivan shows possibly why Palin never officially ran for president. Did she say what it would take for her to make a late entry? By the way where is the vaunted TP-Express endorsement?
  • Romney is winning his battles, but losing our war

    01/28/2012 4:55:54 PM PST · by georgiagirl_pam · 25 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | January 28, 2012 | William A. Jacobson
    If you asked me even a couple of weeks ago whether the Republican Party could heal from the wounds of this election cycle in time to unite against Obama, I would have said ”Yes.” I’m not so sure anymore. After the South Carolina primary the Republican establishment, and media supporters like Matt Drudge, launched Scorched Earth II on Newt, while pro-Romney pundits like Ann Coulter heaped scorn on the conservative and Tea Party voters who sided with Newt. It may just be “not-beanbag” to the Romney campaign and its supporters, but people hear them loud and clear. Two lines of...
  • Lack of established leaders adds to Republican Party's woes

    01/28/2012 12:50:35 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 5 replies
    Salem (MA) News ^ | 1/28/12 | David M. Shribman
    LEWISTON, Maine — Against all odds, against all expectations, perhaps even against all reason, the Republican presidential nomination fight is centered in Florida this week and then moves to a hopelessly complex process here in Maine next week. This is a far different contest than the Republicans conducted a few weeks, a few miles, and a political lifetime away across the border in New Hampshire. Strip the cant from the 2012 Republican nomination fight and you have a front-runner who lost two out of the first three tests and now is barely entitled to the title; a challenger in the...
  • I Endorse Newt Gingrich

    01/28/2012 5:32:59 AM PST · by Clintons-B-Gone · 44 replies
    All Voices ^ | January 28, 2012 | R.G. Yoho
    Realizing that most Americans certainly won’t care what I think, nevertheless, I am hereby endorsing Newt Gingrich for President. Of the remaining candidates for the Republican nomination, Gingrich is the only one who will fight to restore our country with the same degree of passion he gives to winning the presidency. This past week, I have been appalled at the Republican Establishment’s coordinated attacks on former Speaker Newt Gingrich. Their “schlock and awe” campaign has been unkind, unfair, untrue, and unprincipled.
  • Rush just filleted Elliot Abrams' Newt-bashing as hoodwinked by Romneybots. (Rush is right vanity)

    01/27/2012 10:01:51 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 19 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Broadcast | 01/27/12 | (vanity)
    Holy cow. Powerful start to Rush's show today. - Disclaimer: this information is provided as an imprecise, recollection second-hand of statements on Rush Limbaugh's broadcast this morning. No claim of accuracy is made, do your own due diligence please. - Yesterday, one of the most damning statements (as far as Newt's perspective would be) Rush made, as he was attempting on-air to make sense of the blizzard of Newt-hate yesterday from Drudge et al, was his thoughts about a rather nasty article by Elliot Abrams. The article claimed Newt Gingrich opposed Reagan's foreign policy toward the evil empire. Rush clearly...
  • And We Should Hate Newt Gingrich for This?

    All the members of the Republican Party who have been complicit and collaborative in the destruction of our nation in the past few decades always talking about smaller government while never fighting against the tide of creeping socialism have now come out against Newt Gingrich. Yesterday, at National Review, Elliot Abrams attacked Newt Gingrich for attacking Ronald Reagan from the right. Today, it is Bob Dole’s turn. Bob Dole, you will remember from George Stephanoupolos’s memoir of his time in Clinton’s White House, totally cut the legs out from under Newt Gingrich and House Republicans during the government shut down....
  • Dole vs. Gingrich: The GOP Empire Strikes Back

    The Republican establishment mobilizes to prevent the nomination of Newt. By Major Garrett Updated: January 26, 2012 | 10:53 p.m. January 26, 2012 | 4:52 p.m. After arriving in Florida like a rolling ball of butcher knives, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is looking less edgy and more flabby by the hour. The last four polls in Florida now show Mitt Romney back ahead (the previous four had Gingrich up). That's at least in part because Republicans-–some conservative, some semiconservative, and some conveniently conservative–-are attacking Gingrich as a walking, talking party menace; a flu-like contagion who will lose the presidency...
  • Byron York: Gingrich: Conservative critics part of DC 'frenzy'

    01/26/2012 1:45:58 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 25, 2012 | Byron York
    MOUNT DORA, Florida -- After an appearance before several hundred Tea Party supporters at a lakeside resort, Newt Gingrich reacted to the latest wave of criticism directed at him from members of the Washington-based conservative establishment. Members of that establishment, he said, are "sitting around in a frenzy, having coffee, lunch, and cocktail hours talking about how do we stop Gingrich." I asked Gingrich to react to a new column by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., longtime editor of The American Spectator in which Tyrrell called Gingrich "conservatism's Bill Clinton" and hinted that Gingrich might be the subject of new allegations...
  • Newt Backed Reagan, Romney Opposed Him

    01/26/2012 11:22:48 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies · 1+ views
    NewsMax ^ | January 26, 2012 | Jim Meyers
    ....Romney supporters have launched a last-minute attack on Gingrich seeking to impugn the former House speaker’s close working relationship with President Reagan and his dedication to Reagan conservatism. But efforts to cast Gingrich as anti-Reagan are doomed to fail, political observers say. “There is something truly obscene about the full-blown assault on NewtGingrich’s strong Reagan conservative history from and on behalf of Mitt Romney, who unabashedly ran away from the Reagan legacy and conservative principles in his 1994 Senate campaign and 2002 gubernatorial campaign,” William A. Jacobson, associate clinical professor at the Cornell Law School, writes on the Legal Insurrection...
  • 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,
  • The Drudge War on Newt

    01/26/2012 8:15:05 AM PST · by el_texicano · 92 replies
    I’d like you to take a look at DrudgeReport. There is an all-out war on Newt Gingrich, not merely by the left-wing media, but particularly on the right side of the political divide. Drudge has run as many as nine negative articles about Gingrich simultaneously, but he is running few negative articles about Romney, and those he does run are only half-negative, so it’s becoming clear that Drudge is trying to manipulate the outcome in the direction of a result he prefers. I surely hope conservatives realize that nobody in media is pure, because everybody has biases. In the case...
  • Ok just WHY are Conservatives/Just Regular Folks irritated/Pissed @ the "GOP/Rino" "Party"...

    01/23/2012 10:36:38 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 105 replies
    23 Jan 2012 | US Navy Vet
    Ok Here's the list: 1. "Kinder-Gentler" 2. "Read My Lips/No New Taxes" 3. The 1990 Budget "Deal" 4. The PATHETIC 1992 GOP Election "Campaign" 5. SQUANDERING the 1980s and Reagan's Gains 6. The EVEN MORE PATHETIC 1996 GOP Election "Campaign" 7. "Compassionate Conservatism" 8. "Patriot Act" 9. The ULTIMATE IN PATHETIC 2008 GOP Election "Campaign"
  • Romney to release his tax returns on Tuesday

    01/22/2012 7:14:26 AM PST · by vmivol00 · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | Jan 22, 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON—Mitt Romney says he'll release his tax 2010 tax returns and 2011 tax estimates Tuesday and says it was a mistake for his presidential campaign to hold off as long as it did in getting them out.
  • GOP Insider: “Guarantee You The Establishment” Will Ambush, Try To Replace Newt Cos

    01/21/2012 9:23:24 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 41 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | January 21st, 2012 | Pat Dollard
    GOP Insider: “Guarantee You The Establishment” Will Ambush, Try To Replace Newt Cos “They Can’t Control Him”
  • Santorum's Iowa Victory - Have American Elections Become As Corrupt Third World Elections?

    01/21/2012 9:16:48 AM PST · by pinochet · 26 replies
    Why did the Iowa Republican Party decide to announce a Santorum victory, only a day before the South Carolina Primary? It requires no more than 4 days after the announcement of the initial results, to conduct a fully certified recount, because relatively few people vote in the Iowa Caucuses. The reason why they announced Santorum as the winner of Iowa at this time, is to get some supporters of Gingrich to vote for Santorum, in order to split the conservative vote and assure a victory for Romney. American elections have become as corrupt as the elections in Mexico, Colombia,...
  • Noonan, Krauthammer to GOP: You're losing this thing

    01/20/2012 9:47:07 AM PST · by Qbert · 64 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/20/12 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    Two prominent conservative columnists, Charles Krauthammer and Peggy Noonan, warn this morning that Republican infighting may do the party grievous damage for the 2012 election, with Krauthammer declaring that President Obama "could not have chosen more self-destructive adversaries." Here's Krauthammer on GOP candidates playing into Obama's message reboot: For the first few weeks, the class-envy gambit had some effect, bumping ObamaÂ’s numbers slightly. But the story was still lagging, suffering in part from its association with an Occupy rabble that had widely worn out its welcome. Then came the twist. Then came the most remarkable political surprise since the 2010...
  • 2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President (Establishment for Mittens)

    01/19/2012 9:14:51 PM PST · by Danae · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-19-2012 | The Hill Staff
    Republicans running for the White House are racking up endorsements from GOP members on Capitol Hill. In 2008, Mitt Romney secured the most congressional endorsements in the GOP primary, but Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) subsequently won the nomination. The list below reflects publicly committed backers of 2012 presidential hopefuls. (Updates are already on the article page ~D) *More information at the link!
  • If Rick Santorum won Iowa, why is GOP calling it a 'split decision'?

    01/19/2012 8:26:06 AM PST · by Qbert · 45 replies
    Reuters via CSMonitor ^ | January 19, 2012 | Reuters
    The Iowa Republican Party will certify this month's presidential caucuses as a split decision between former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, citing missing data from eight precincts, the Des Moines Register reported on Thursday. The party had previously awarded the contest to Romney, with an eight vote margin. The official certified caucus results are due out Thursday at 8:15 a.m. local time (1415 GMT). The Register said the new count put Santorum ahead by 34 votes. However, results from any one of the eight precincts with "missing data" could hold an advantage for Romney, the...
  • Mark Levin: Mark Blasts the Republican Establishment and Explains Corporatism vs Capitalism

    Mark Levin: Mark blasts the Republican Establishment and Explains Corporatism vs Capitalism
  • Is a 'death match' coming between Gingrich, Santorum and Perry to be the Reagan Rep in 2012?

    01/17/2012 5:46:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 16, 2012 | Bradley A. Blakeman, Politics and Public Policy at Georgetown University
    [SNIP leading up to the "advice" from a former GW Bush adviser] ....A win in SouthCarolina will be overwhelming proof that Romney is just “right” enough to win the nomination. If that were to occur, Romney would have won in the conservative Midwest, the more liberal/independent Northeast and the conservative South. Perry, Santorum and Gingrich need a win, place or show in SouthCarolina to continue to Florida. ...The real question will be one for Gingrich to answer. If Gingrich doesn’t come in a close 2nd or 3rd in South Carolina, will he engage in a “scorched earth policy” that if...
  • Has Lamar Smith been co-opted by the establishment?

    01/16/2012 5:42:50 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 3 replies
    SOPA is only one reason I ask this. Maybe it's just me, but it seems like I see Lamar Smith coming up more and more, and not in a good way. For those who may have forgotten, here is what Trent Lott said: "We don't need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples," Lott said in an interview. "As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them." How successful do you think they've been?
  • Poll: Republicans in Congress at risk (The establishment is destroying the party)

    01/15/2012 5:12:43 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 102 replies · 6+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 13th
    Democrats have taken the lead in a generic congressional ballot for the first time since being washed out of office by Republicans in the 2010 election, according to a Democracy Corps survey released Friday. ... Fifty-three percent said they were increasingly displeased with Republicans in Congress, and the same amount said they were turned off by the increasingly contentious GOP presidential primary.
  • Why does the republican establishment like Marco Rubio?

    01/07/2012 7:11:49 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 16 replies
    Have you ever thought about that? How many times have you seen establishment types posit about how beautiful it would be to have a Romney/Rubio ticket? Even after Rubio has made it clear he isn't interested, I keep hearing it. It can be summed up in one word: Hispanic. The republicans have absolutely nothing in common with a conservative like Rubio, yet every time they mention his name, they always go off on a tangent about how he can win the hispanic vote. Because of his skin color?!?! Yep. The republicans are that superficial. It's that simple. They're in full...
  • Mitt Romney's RINO Austerity Economics Make Him Least Electable

    01/05/2012 10:09:06 PM PST · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/05/2012 | Peter Ferrara
    In 1980, George H.W. Bush was making much the same argument against Ronald Reagan that Mitt Romney is making this year. Bush argued that he was the most electable against hapless Jimmy Carter. The big money Republican establishment was behind Bush because they feared that Reagan was too radical to win, and would carry the entire party down to historic defeat, like Goldwater did. Reagan even lost Iowa to Bush on that argument. But Reagan carried forward the pro-growth economic message that ultimately swept him to the nomination, and then to landslide victory in the fall, his coattails handing the...
  • Our Trojan Horse president

    12/28/2011 3:16:40 AM PST · by Scanian · 25 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/22/2011 | Robert Knight
    I was thinking about writing a novel about what might happen if a man who hates America and wants to bring it down is somehow elected president. What would he do? I sketched out a few plot elements, and you can decide whether this will fly. First, the Trojan Horse president would initiate unprecedented spending, driving the debt up by more than $4 trillion just in the first three years. Much of the money would go into the pockets of political supporters and people who donate heavily to his campaigns. He would ram through an unreadable law allowing the federal...
  • The Establishment Moves Rightward (Shrink from the left, shift to the right)

    12/28/2011 6:03:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/28/2011 | Jonah Goldberg
    I’ve made a disturbing discovery: I am a member of the conservative “establishment.” I feel like Michael Douglas at the end of Falling Down: “I’m the bad guy?” Largely in response to the real and perceived excesses of the Bush years and the overreach of the Obama administration, the base has become more populist. In particular, the rank and file of the GOP and the conservative movement have become deeply disenchanted with what they see as the rubber-spined, foot-dragging quislings drinking from a trough of Chablis at some Georgetown party. The term “RINO” (Republican In Name Only) has become an...
  • GOP Senator: Tea Party Challenges 'Killed Off' Chances for Republican Majority in Senate

    12/26/2011 6:50:49 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 44 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | December 25th | Madeleine Morgenstern
    <p>Sen. Dick Lugar said challenges by Tea Party candidates are partly to blame for the Republicans not having a majority in the Senate.</p> <p>“Republicans lost the seats before in Nevada and New Jersey for example and Colorado where there were people who claimed that they wanted somebody who was more of their Tea Party aspect, but in doing so they killed off the Republican chances for majority,” he said. “This is one of the reasons why we have a minority in the Senate right now.”</p>
  • GOP senator (Lugar) says Tea Party challenges 'killed off' efforts at Republican majority

    12/25/2011 9:37:10 AM PST · by Qbert · 100 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/25/11 | Meghashyam Mali
    Sen. Dick Lugar (Ind.) facing a primary contest from the right in his reelection bid said past Tea Party-backed challenges had “killed off” Republican efforts to take the Senate in the past and could undermine a GOP majority again in 2012. “A Republican majority in the Senate is very important, and Republicans who are running for reelection ought to be supported by people who want to see that majority,” Lugar said in an interview which aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “I think the majority of Tea Party people understand that too,” he added. Lugar who is facing...
  • The GOP Establishment's Primary Strategy Has Led to Ron Paul Creep

    "But because the Republican Party insists on insider moderates or at least gives the impression that's who they support, then it opens the door for all kinds of people to make headway because the Republican primary base is not interested in who the establishment is interested in. It's just that simple. I'll tell you something I've been saying here for the last couple, three weeks, maybe even longer than that, that Mitt Romney can't get higher than 30% anywhere. Other than New Hampshire, he gets 35. But in truth no other Republican does, either. When you get right down to...
  • Jeb Bush pens campaign-like economic manifesto

    12/19/2011 11:15:20 AM PST · by Qbert · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/19/2011 | Byron York
    With a little more than two weeks to go before Republicans begin voting in presidential caucuses and primaries, the GOP faces the possibility of a muddled result in Iowa; a primary race that may take months of bitter campaigning to resolve; and a large number of Republican voters who remain unhappy with the current presidential field.  Some of those voters are still hoping another candidate might enter the race. That is why a new article from former Florida governor Jeb Bush is likely to attract attention from voters and political analysts alike.  In the Wall Street Journal, Bush has written...
  • Reagan liberal? Not so fast. He was blocked by establishment republicans in the senate

    12/18/2011 5:35:15 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 4 replies
    There's a good pull quote from this website that far too many revisionist republicans hope would be forgotten: When the administration proposed to abolish the Department of Education in 1981, Howard Baker, the first Republican Senate majority leader since 1954, actively opposed abolition.[x] Baker wanted to remain majority leader and was worried that getting rid of the department would alienate too many voters. I was reminded of this the other night when I was listening to Mark Levin's show and he mentioned this. It was on the (Direct MP3 Download)december 14th show, between 18-20 minutes in. Does anybody have further...