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  • Enough of This "Gang Of" Crap (Modern political usage of term started with ChiComs)

    07/21/2011 1:37:08 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 26 replies
    Rush ^ | July 20th | El Rushbo
    And, by the way, a little history question. Do you know where this "gang of" stuff started, in our lifetimes at least? I'm sure that there have been gangs in the history of humanity, but in the political realm, the original gang was Gang of Four. Mao Tse-tung's wife, a ChiCom broad, led a Gang of Four in an anti- something or other movement. So a cultural revolution equaled murder. And Mao's wife, Mrs. Mao, led the Gang of Four against it. So this "gang of" crap can be traced back to the original brutal, murderous ChiComs.
  • McCain calls for new ‘Gang of 14’ to stop Obama push on healthcare

    03/05/2010 8:41:05 AM PST · by maggief · 173 replies · 4,757+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 5, 2010 | Alexander Bolton
    GOP senator tells Democratic centrists he was there for them when Republicans tried to force judges through in 2005. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is seeking bipartisan support to block Senate Democrats from using special parliamentary tactics to pass healthcare reform. The Democratic strategy of using reconciliation to pass changes to the healthcare bill is reminiscent of Republican attempts to force President George W. Bush’s judicial nominees through with a simple majority vote, McCain said Thursday. He implored centrist Democrats to think about the consequences. He even invoked President Barack Obama’s own words to make his case. And McCain reminded Democrats...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: With Hayworth, has McCain met his Tea Party Waterloo?

    02/24/2010 8:45:14 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies · 1,742+ views
    GOPUSA / Intellectual Conservative ^ | 2010-02-24 | Bobby Eberle
    While understandable that Palin would support the man who put her on the national stage, other candidates who vouch for McCain's "conservative" credentials are doing a disservice to the movement. And it doesn't look like it's going to fly this time around. The groundswell of grassroots attitudes are embodied in the Tea Party movement, and McCain represents everything they are against. The Tea Party movement represents many themes. It began last year in response to the bailout and stimulus bills that showed the government is simply spending too much money. Much to the surprise of the left-wing elite, the Tea...
  • Obama may use 50-vote tactic on energy, healthcare

    03/01/2009 4:30:38 PM PST · by cdchik123 · 74 replies · 4,876+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3-1-09 | Jim Snyder
    President Obama’s budget director said the White House would consider using a Senate procedural tactic so that only 50 votes would be rquired to pass major healthcare and energy reforms. Peter Orszag, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, said the administration would prefer not to use the budget reconciliation process to push through its package. But he added: "We have to keep everything on the table. We want to get these.... important things done this year." Orszag called healthcare in particular "the key to our fiscal future." Orszag made the comments on ABC’s "This Week with George...
  • Dems: GOP rejected bipartisanship [Grahamnesty/Gang of 14 alert]

    02/15/2009 3:30:14 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 24 replies · 1,364+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-02-15 | Mike Soraghan
    Democrats fired back in the rhetorical fight on bipartisanship Sunday, complaining Republicans didn’t support President Obama’s stimulus bill even when their ideas were embraced. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) complained Sunday that even after the Senate voted to accept amendments offered by Republican Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), the GOP senators voted against the bill. “We don’t know what more to do in terms of bipartisanship,” Schumer said in an appearance on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” . . . . . But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he knows bipartisanship when he sees it, and he...
  • For McCain, ‘Gang’-ing Up Ain’t What It Used to Be

    02/08/2009 1:36:41 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies · 796+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 2009-02-08 | Joseph J. Schatz
    It used to be that any “gang” of Senate centrists seeking a big legislative deal would have John McCain at its core — to the chagrin of Republican Party leaders. Not anymore. While a large group of Senate moderates worked behind closed doors in the Dirksen Building last week to fashion a compromise plan to trim the stimulus plan by some $100 billion, the original maverick was on the floor, leading conservative GOP opposition. McCain, R-Ariz., a longtime fiscal conservative but not always a tax cut advocate, said the plan is too costly and full of wasteful spending. He offered...
  • Republican Defeat By Moderation

    02/07/2009 4:57:32 AM PST · by Man50D · 90 replies · 1,430+ views
    AmericanThinker ^ | February 07, 2009 | Lee Cary
    The capitulation of a cabal of Republican Senators concerning the stimulus bill is just another example of defeat by moderation. Political pundits will place blame or credit, depending on their bias, on a few Republican Senators. But they’re only the latest symptom of a long festering disease. The absence of values promotes the absence of disciple, which obviates the opportunity for concerted action in pursuit of a defined agenda. The net result is defeat for the party of moderation. The tumor need not encompass the entire body to bring trauma to the organism. For complex reasons, the media has defined...
  • Senate's 'Gang of 14' May Be Poised to Strike Again, Over Stimulus Bill (Not Again!)

    01/29/2009 7:51:42 PM PST · by tobyhill · 34 replies · 1,542+ views
    fox news ^ | 1/29/2009 | fox news
    Senate Republicans and some Democrats aren't happy that the $819 billion economic stimulus bill that the House passed Wednesday contains billions of dollars for programs that arguably won't spark much job growth. As a result, one moderate Democrat is looking to bring some of his colleagues together, as was done in the past on the issues of judicial appointments and energy policy, to find some common ground on how the stimulus bill might be improved, Fox has learned. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., who famously gathered Republicans and Democrats in a so-called "Gang of 14" to avert a shutdown of the...
  • The Long Run: After 2000, McCain Learned to Work Levers of Power

    07/20/2008 10:45:09 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies · 244+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2008-07-21 | David D. Kirkpatrick
    Senator John McCain was all but a sworn enemy of Senator Trent Lott, the former Republican leader. Mr. Lott had quashed Mr. McCain’s most cherished legislative goals. And, worse, Mr. McCain believed that in the 2000 Republican primaries, Mr. Lott had spread rumors about his colleague’s mental stability on behalf of his rival for the nomination, George W. Bush. --snip-- Over the next eight years, he mastered the art of political triangulation — variously teaming up with Mr. Lott against the president or the new Republican leaders, with Democrats against Republicans, and with the president against the Democrats — to...
  • New Gang of 14 won’t back McCain

    06/11/2008 7:56:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 58 replies · 95+ views
    The Hill ^ | 6/11/08 | Kristen Coulter and Bob Cusack
    At least 14 Republican members of Congress have refused to endorse or publicly support Sen. John McCain for president, and more than a dozen others declined to answer whether they back the Arizona senator. Many of the recalcitrant GOP members declined to detail their reasons for withholding support, but Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.) expressed major concerns about McCain’s energy policies and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) cited the Iraq war. A handful of other Republicans on Capitol Hill made the distinction between “endorsing” and “supporting,” adding that while they have not endorsed, they do support McCain. In recent weeks, much of...
  • Turnout thin at (Lindsey) Graham campaign stop

    05/19/2008 4:11:03 PM PDT · by pissant · 53 replies · 529+ views
    Beaufort Gazette ^ | 5/17/08 | Jeremy Hsieh
    At a sparsely attended campaign event in Beaufort on Friday, Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham promised he would work to solve the nation's immigration problems if reelected and pooh-poohed speculation that Arizona Sen. John McCain would tap him as a presidential running mate. About 30 people showed up to Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park to meet the senator during a Lowcountry boil his campaign sponsored. Mike Passanite, owner of Boundary Street Pizzaria, catered the event and said he was told to expect about 125. Norma Stewart of Sun City Hilton Head said rain in southern Beaufort County probably kept many...
  • McCain touts 'Gang of 14,' immigration reform (Back to his old tricks, again...)

    05/06/2008 10:55:55 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 116 replies · 1,066+ views
    CNN political ticker ^ | 05/05/2008 | Peter Hamby
    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (CNN) — John McCain the presidential candidate suddenly sounded like the John McCain of 2005 on Monday, touting two pet issues that have generated considerable heartache among grassroots conservatives: the “Gang of 14” compromise and comprehensive immigration reform. McCain brought up the “Gang of 14” saga unprompted at a town hall here, in advance of a major speech on judicial appointments he is set to deliver tomorrow in Winston-Salem.
  • Worst Ultra Liberal Pro-Illegals GOP U.S. Congress Members (McCain Endorsers RINO Alert)

    03/18/2008 6:01:43 PM PDT · by flattorney · 15 replies · 907+ views
    FlAttorney; SFARI; ABI ^ | March 18, 2008 | Self
    Worst Ultra Liberal Pro-Illegals Republican U.S. Congress Members In Order, Grade F and D, with ranking % - Best =100%, and Footnote Comments <> Most are John McCain Campaign Key Members, Endorsers, and Supporters March 18, 2008 Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), F-, 4%, (E) (E1) (1)Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), F-, 4%, (E) (E1) (2)Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), F, 7%, (E), (E1) (3)Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), F, 15%, (P) (A)Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), F, 15%Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), D-, 18%, (A) (5)Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), D, 23%, (C) (K) (A x 2)Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL), D, 25%, (N) (A x 2)...
  • The McCain Court

    03/18/2008 9:12:53 AM PDT · by paleorite · 17 replies · 501+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | Mar. 10, 2008 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    The prospect of overturning Roe v. Wade may be only incentive powerful enough to turn a disillusioned conservative into a motivated McCain voter this November. After the betrayals of the Bush era, many on the Right still point to the ascendance of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court and proclaim, “It was worth it.” Campaigning across the country, McCain promises conservative audiences, “We’re going to have justices like Roberts and Alito.” And Sen. John Cornyn told the New York Times that judges “are the one issue that cuts across all aspects of the Republican coalition,” saying that...
  • To the GOP's self-righteous Purists

    03/05/2008 10:14:20 PM PST · by RussP · 362 replies · 2,174+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | March 5th, 2008 | Burt Prelutsky
    ... If there's a single thread that runs through the e-mails I receive from peevish Republicans, it's that none of the current candidates possesses the conservative purity of Ronald Reagan. One could almost get the idea that Dutch was betrayed by Pontius Pilate and crucified on Calvary. But that wasn't exactly the case. The fact of the matter is that Gov. Reagan gave Gov. Jerry Brown a run for his money – or should I say our money? – when it came to raising taxes here in California. But, in spite of the additional revenue, he was responsible in large...
  • Ted Nugent: McCain has two battles he must win

    02/17/2008 6:58:18 AM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 169 replies · 808+ views
    Waco Tribune ^ | 2/17/08
    Ted Nugent: McCain has two battles he must win Sunday, February 17, 2008 Now that Mitt Romney has thrown in the towel and endorsed him, the Republican nominee for president will almost certainly be Sen. John McCain. Attempting residency at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is surely tough enough without turning your friends into enemies. There are plenty of enemies on the other side who wear different political stripes altogether. McCain faces a distrustful, dissatisfied, frustrated, and in some cases, downright angry conservative base. Conservatives are not happy with McCain. He has not always carried the conservative torch on immigration, taxes, First...
  • McCain a 'True Conservative,' Bush Says

    02/10/2008 6:37:18 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 243 replies · 502+ views
    McCain a 'True Conservative,' Bush Says Feb 10 09:36 AM US/Eastern WASHINGTON (AP) - John McCain is a "true conservative," President Bush says, although the presumptive Republican presidential nominee may have to work harder to convince other conservatives that he is one of their own. McCain "is very strong on national defense," Bush said in an interview taped for airing on "Fox News Sunday." "He is tough fiscally. He believes the tax cuts ought to be permanent. He is pro-life. His principles are sound and solid as far as I'm concerned." But when asked about criticism of McCain by conservative...
  • McCain uncomfortable with TN GOP anti-Obama release [Mega barf alert]

    02/27/2008 4:57:40 PM PST · by indcons · 163 replies · 528+ views
    Fox News ^ | Mosheh Oinounou
    <p>For the second time in as many days, Sen. John McCain was forced to rebuke members of his own party for over-the-top attacks on Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama.</p>
  • McCain's Fate Rests Upon A New Gang of 14 by Martha Zoller

    02/25/2008 1:44:53 PM PST · by K-oneTexas · 21 replies · 458+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 02/25/2008 | Martha Zoller
    McCain's Fate Rests Upon A New Gang of 14 by Martha Zoller With Senator John McCain becoming apparent winner of the Republican nomination for President, we should begin looking at the electoral map shaping up for the November general election. Remember McCain's "Gang of 14," that loose group of 14 "swing" Senators of varying political stripes put together by McCain to break the deadlock on President Bush's judicial nominees? The Gang enabled Justices Alito and Roberts to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, but also abandoned of many other good conservatives for other appointments. Now McCain faces a new “Gang...
  • McCain and the Gang of 14 There’s no defending it.

    02/04/2008 5:43:18 PM PST · by elizabetty · 17 replies · 317+ views
    NRO ^ | January 18, 2008 | McCarthy and Levin
    In their attempt, in a Weekly Standard article, to defend Senator John McCain’s elevation of senatorial privilege over efforts by the Bush administration and the Right to get conservative judges confirmed, Adam White and Kevin White miss important points, simultaneously providing an incomplete version of history. ~snip~ Thus, they intimate that Frist was actually relieved by the Gang of 14 deal and suggest he encouraged it behind the scenes. Of course, had it been as the authors suggest, there would have been no need for a Gang of 14 deal. Frist would not have pressed the issue, and the Senate...
  • For John McCain

    02/03/2008 11:19:47 PM PST · by moderate_conservative · 95 replies · 348+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 3, 2008
    Facing an uphill battle in the November elections, Republicans need to nominate a presidential candidate who represents the best traditions of the Grand Old Party: fiscal responsibility, devotion to national security and honest conduct of the nation's business. Republican voters should consider themselves lucky. They have two candidates highly qualified to occupy the Oval Office: John McCain and Mitt Romney, two principled political figures who could chart a new course for our country and lead it forward with honor. In a close call, our endorsement goes to McCain, a war hero, experienced player in the U.S. Senate and Washington politics,...
  • Pat Buchanan: "President McCain" Would Launch Iran War

    01/31/2008 7:56:04 AM PST · by freedom44 · 74 replies · 199+ views
    AHN ^ | January 28, 2008 | Isabelle Deurme
    New York, NY (AHN) - Conservative Pat Buchanan during an on-air interview said that a war with Iran would be in the near future should Republican candidate Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) be elected president in 2008. The comment came during an interview with MSNBC's Joe Scarborough about a recent comment McCain made saying more wars were inevitable. "You get John McCain in the White House, and I do believe we will be at war with Iran," Buchanan said. The comment was based on McCain's statements made Sunday to a crowd of supporters. "There's going to be other wars," the Huffington...
  • The McCain Sieve, or The SwiftTalk Express

    01/30/2008 9:19:26 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 8 replies · 4,809+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 1-30-2008 | grey_whiskers
    With John McCain’s victory in the Republican Primary in Florida, a lot of attention has come his way. The reaction of the pundits and the blogosphere has been all over the map. Some, such as Michael Medved, are enthusiastic about the candidate and his chances in the general election; others, such as Rush Limbaugh, are concerned that a McCain candidacy will spell the end of the Republican party as we know it. And with the cheering for and against him, so to have his past actions and policies come under scrutiny. Everything, from the Keating Five, to the Gang of...
  • The Base is Wrong About the Gang of 14

    01/30/2008 7:19:07 AM PST · by ECM · 107 replies · 675+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2008 | Richard Baehr
    When conservatives lay out their long list of apostasies committed by John McCain, one of them is always his role in the Gang of 14, the 7 Democrats and 7 Republicans in the Senate who agreed to a judicial compromise in 2005. The deal that was struck eliminated the use of the "nuclear option" by the then-GOP-controlled Senate, and also limited the Democratic minority's ability to use the filibuster to block certain judicial nominees (at the time the deal was stuck, there were no pending Supreme Court nominations, only Appellate Court nominations were being held up). To put it plainly,...
  • Rasmussen: McCain Ascendant

    01/30/2008 3:01:53 PM PST · by jdm · 32 replies · 67+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 30, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    In what looks to be a bona fide movement behind the campaign, John McCain has not just become the Republican frontrunner but the national leader in the presidential sweepstakes. In a poll taken before his Florida victory, Rasmussen has McCain leading Hillary Clinton by eight points and Barack Obama by six. It caps an improbable comeback by a man whom the media laughed off as dead in the water six months ago: The latest Rasmussen Reports survey of Election 2008 shows Republican frontrunner Senator John McCain with single-digit leads over Democratic Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. McCain now leads...
  • WSJ Op-Ed: Judging John McCain

    01/30/2008 12:43:12 AM PST · by Aristotelian · 24 replies · 60+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 30, 2008 | COLLIN LEVY
    What if campaign finance reform was more important to conservative voters than abortion? If that sounds improbable, have another look at the judicial nomination gauntlet soon to be faced by Sen. John McCain. Despite a pro-life voting record, conservative court watchers are questioning whether he could be trusted to fill seats on the Supreme Court. The Republican candidates have all said they want judges who will strictly interpret the law. But the conservative base is beginning to mutter loudly about how Mr. McCain's competing priorities could threaten his ability and willingness to push solid nominees past a Democratic Senate. The...
  • McCain Vs. The Base

    01/28/2008 2:43:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 173+ views
    CBS News ^ | January 28, 2008 | Kevin Drum
    The conservosphere is up in arms over John Fund's report in the Wall Street Journal that John McCain would be squishy on conservative appointments to the Supreme Court: More recently, Mr. McCain has told conservatives he would be happy to appoint the likes of Chief Justice John Roberts to the Supreme Court. But he indicated he might draw the line on a Samuel Alito, because "he wore his conservatism on his sleeve." Over at The Corner, Kathryn Jean Lopez has Fund's back: For what it's worth, I've been told the same thing John F. reported — that at a private...
  • Who’s Got McCain’s Back? (Juan's amigos)

    01/28/2008 2:08:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 726+ views
    PoliPundit ^ | January 28,, 2008 | Michael 'A.J. Sparxx' Illions
    It is often said that the best way to find out how a candidate would act in office if elected, is to see who he/she surrounds himself with. Money is another factor, what people and industries are backing the candidate. These answers should be an indicator of what to expect. Who is behind the man should gauge what kind of man he is. The great Richard Viguerie tells the story of how he and other conservatives had a “seat at the table” of the presidential campaigns of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan for. His thinking was if Conservatives aren’t at...
  • Inquirer’s GOP endorsement for president: McCain (LameStream Media Loves Him!)

    01/26/2008 10:02:54 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 30 replies · 56+ views
    Philly.com ^ | 01/26/08 | Editorial Board of the Philadelphia Inquirer
    Sen. John McCain of Arizona is the best Republican candidate for president. Experience? The four-term senator and Vietnam war hero has it all over his opponents.
  • Fiscal Mantra for McCain: Less Is More

    01/26/2008 12:25:34 AM PST · by a77 · 29 replies · 13,903+ views
    NYT ^ | January 26, 2008 | DAVID LEONHARDT
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Senator John McCain said that, if elected, he would do what other presidents had tried but failed to do: cut government spending sharply enough to reduce the budget deficit while lowering taxes at the same time. In an interview outlining his economic approach, Mr. McCain emphasized his experience working on economic matters in Congress and laid out an unorthodox version of conservatism. After initially opposing President Bush’s tax cuts, he has become a supporter of making them permanent and of pursuing additional tax reductions, saying they are the best way to encourage economic growth.
  • Transcript of Roberta McCain on C-SPAN (Says son hasn't any support among GOP base)

    01/24/2008 9:09:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 12,853+ views
    Time ^ | January 24, 2008 | Mark Halperin|
    Steve Scully: This is a political question in terms of how he gets the nomination, but just from what you have seen, how much support do you think he has among the base of the Republican Party? Roberta McCain: I don’t think he has any. I don’t know what the base of the Repub–maybe I don’t know enough about it, but I’ve not seen any help whatsoever. Scully: So can he then go on and become the nominee of this party? McCain: Yes, I think holding their nose they’re going to have to take him. Scully: Can you explain? McCain:...
  • McCain Is at Ease in Front of Florida Crowd

    01/24/2008 1:04:47 AM PST · by a77 · 41 replies · 64+ views
    The Ledger (FL) ^ | January 23, 2008 | Lloyd Dunkelberger
    PENSACOLA -- Standing in front of a giant American flag in a junior college gym filled with more than a few veterans, John McCain was ready to rally his troops. "I love it here -- some great memories," he said, joking that he had spent considerable time in the local "cultural establishments" while he was a young officer. The Republican senator from Arizona was at ease. His military roots run deep in the state. He trained as a pilot at the Pensacola Naval Air Station -- like his grandfather did before him. His family waited for him in Orange Park...
  • Medved: Six Big Lies About John McCain

    01/23/2008 5:37:49 PM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 112 replies · 720+ views
    Townhall ^ | 1/23/07
    Six Big Lies About John McCain By Michael Medved Wednesday, January 23, 2008 LIE #1: John McCain isn’t a loyal Republican. TRUTH: McCain has been a stalwart Reagan Republican since he first entered politics in 1981....McCain has earned a lifetime rating of 83 for his Senate voting record from the American Conservative Union; his friend, Fred Thompson, won a very similar lifetime rating of 86.” LIE #2: McCain represents a betrayal and rejection of the Reagan coalition. TRUTH: McCain is a consistent, passionate Reagan Republican who, like the greatest president of recent years, is unabashedly pro-life, pro-second amendment rights, pro-military,...
  • McCain Wins South Carolina GOP Primary, AP Projects

    01/19/2008 6:18:39 PM PST · by Aristotelian · 521 replies · 5,828+ views
    AP | Jan. 19, 2008 | Breaking News
    Sen. John McCain won Saturday's South Carolina Republican presidential primary, AP projects. Fox News and NBC News exit polls ranked the economy as the top concern among South Carolina primary voters, followed by illegal immigration, the war in Iraq, and terrorism. Columnist and Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol commenting on Saturday's results on the Fox News Channel said that the Republican field is now winnowing down to just three viable candidates: McCain, Mitt Romney, and Rudy Giuliani.
  • New McCain Political Ad

    01/19/2008 9:41:18 AM PST · by Count of Monte Logan · 1 replies · 53+ views
    YouTube ^ | McCain Camp
    Don't watch this too close to a last meal... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ugJTjVX0X0 (real one)
  • The Trouble With McCain

    01/18/2008 2:10:24 PM PST · by america4vr · 16 replies · 104+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 16, 2008 | Jay Cost
    After his win in New Hampshire, many came to view John McCain as the Republican front-runner. I thought this talk was a bit hasty even before Mitt Romney's victory in Michigan. Who knows how the Michigan results will influence South Carolina and the rest of the nation? There is another reason I am hesitant about this bandwagon. I think that the problem that nearly destroyed Mr. McCain's candidacy last summer is still there--and it could yet do him in. The problem? Conservative leaders do not care for his candidacy. Before I get into this, I need to clarify a common...
  • Lieberman: McCain Will Get Tough With Castro, Chavez

    01/18/2008 1:58:35 PM PST · by bill1952 · 19 replies · 72+ views
    Newsmax ^ | January 17, 20 | Paul Crespo
    Lieberman: McCain Will Get Tough With Castro, Chavez January 17, 2008 By: Paul Crespo Joe Lieberman was dispatched to Miami's Little Havana on Thursday to woo influential Cuban-Americans to back GOP presidential candidate John McCain. Lieberman, a longtime friend of the Cuban-American community, said that McCain is the best candidate to champion the cause of freedom ... Most importantly, Lieberman said, McCain would be able get bipartisan support for these measures. And McCain will take on more than just Fidel Castro. Across the board, McCain will engender trust in our friends and fear and respect from our enemies, said Lieberman.......
  • Give Senator John McCain the S.C. victory he deserves

    01/18/2008 7:28:43 AM PST · by a77 · 176 replies · 867+ views
    Charleston Post And Courier ^ | Thursday, January 17, 2008
    Eight years ago we urged voters in South Carolina's Republican presidential primary to support John McCain. His record since then has left us even more convinced that the Arizona senator should be the 2008 Republican presidential nominee. Not only has the senator continued to live up to the "straight talk" theme of both campaigns, he has provided the country with positive leadership in critical areas. Well known for an independent streak that has led to deviations from the party line, John McCain mainly reflects mainstream conservative values, as evidenced by his calls for less government regulation and a reduction of...
  • John McCain: Conservative Stalwart

    01/17/2008 10:40:07 PM PST · by Keyes2000mt · 83 replies · 285+ views
    Red State ^ | 01/16/2008 | Adam Graham
    Here's the truth: John McCain is one of the most Conservative Republicans in the Senate. Indeed, in 2006 few Senate Republicans were as Conservative or had a higher ACU Rating than John McCain. They're listed below: Richard Shelby Jeff Sessions Lisa Murkowski John Kyl Wayne Allard Mel Martinez Saxby Chambliss Johnny Isakson Larry Craig Michael Crapo Charles Grassley Mitch McConnell Jim Bunning David Vitter Norm Coleman Trent Lott Thad Cochran Jim Talent Kit Bond Conrad Burns Chuck Hagel John Ensign Judd Gregg John Sununu Pete Domenici Elizabeth Dole Richard Burr Michael DeWine Jim Inhoffe Tom Coburn Gordon Smith Rick Santorum...
  • Lindsey Graham Gets GOP Primary Challenger

    11/13/2007 4:39:30 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 67 replies · 620+ views
    CBS News ^ | November 13, 2007 | Josh Kraushaar
    Buddy Witherspoon, a long-time South Carolina committeeman to the Republican National Committee, will be announcing this week that he will challenge Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in the GOP primary, according to a source familiar with his intentions. Witherspoon, an orthodontist, is known as an arch-conservative on social and cultural issues, and plans to run a campaign centered on fighting illegal immigration. But as a first-time candidate, he will face an uphill battle raising his name identification and money against a very well-funded incumbent. Graham has over $4.2 million in his campaign account at the end of the third quarter. Graham...
  • John McCain Visits Mike's America

    11/12/2007 8:15:48 PM PST · by Starman417 · 28 replies · 67+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-13-07 | Mike
    Straight Talk" for Conservatives... John McCain visited Mike's America Lowcountry neighborhood today and had some straight talk for conservatives. U.S. Presidential candidate Senator John McCain being introduced by hostess Paula Bethea on November 12, 2007. Senator McCain's mother Roberta is to the left. Photo by Mike's America ~~~snip~~~ Following Senator McCain's remarks he invited questions from the group. I introduced my question by saying: "Many conservatives in South Carolina were disappointed because you and Senator Graham (McCain's SC Co-Chairman) 1. participated in the "Gang of 14" to block the "nuclear option" and break the filibuster of President Bush's judicial nominees, 2....
  • Specter says Dems broke their promise

    07/11/2007 8:56:12 PM PDT · by Jean S · 65 replies · 2,929+ views
    The Hill ^ | 7/12/0 7 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has fired an early volley in what Senate Republicans and conservative activists predict will escalate into another pitched battle with Democrats on judicial nominees. Specter has accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) of breaking promises they made regarding Leslie Southwick, President Bush’s pick for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Specter aired his grievance with Reid and Leahy during a private meeting with leading conservative activists late Tuesday afternoon. Specter told those assembled that he was prepared to battle Democrats...
  • Loyal Opposition (Juan McCain & his allies) [Barf Alert]

    06/18/2007 12:21:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 461+ views
    Men's Vogue ^ | Spring 2006 Issue | Ned Martel
    John McCain and his Republican allies challenged the president on his own turf—and won. Now that the senator has gained momentum, can he really make the GOP grand again? My party has gone astray," John McCain says, busily signing books at Warwick's, a bookshop in La Jolla, California, late last year. Hundreds of people are lined up around the block to get a glimpse of the GOP's in-house reformer. He is hawking his fourth best-seller, Character Is Destiny, an anecdote-rich guide to idealism for young readers, and the senator teases the store clerk about books that aren't in proper piles,...
  • McCain, casting himself in vein of Reagan, says GOP has lost its way

    11/20/2006 9:30:29 AM PST · by presidio9 · 118 replies · 1,801+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 17, 2006 | Liz Sidoti
    . John McCain, casting himself as the embodiment of the Republican Party's future in the vein of Ronald Reagan, said Thursday the GOP has lost its way and must return to "common-sense conservatism." "Though we suffered a tough defeat last week, we will recover if we learn our lesson well and once again offer Americans enlightened, effective and principled leadership," the Arizona Republican said in a speech that laid out his vision for the party's path forward — and could set the tone for a potential presidential campaign. The same day he launched a committee to explore whether to run...
  • The Gang of 14's Legacy: John McCain's Burden

    11/18/2006 10:11:12 AM PST · by freespirited · 39 replies · 1,150+ views
    Townhall ^ | 11/18/06 | Hugh Hewitt
    Today, soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told the Federalist Society that if "Democrats want our cooperation, they'll give the president's judicial nominees an up-or-down vote." The AP account terms this a "veiled threat," even though there is no "veil' in McConnell's statement. The forthright priority he is giving the repair of Constitutional process in the nomination and consideration of federal judicial nominations is in fact consistent with his much longer discussion of the importance of the judicial nominations' issue with me from Wednesday's program, and very similar to the opinions aired by Senator Coburn -a Judiciary Committee member-- on...
  • McCain woos conservatives on judges issue

    11/16/2006 6:17:26 PM PST · by freespirited · 64 replies · 1,507+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 11/16/06 | Tom Curry
    In his quest for the Republican presidential nomination, Arizona Sen. John McCain courted Thursday the group that vets conservative judicial nominees, the Federalist Society.... In his speech to a packed ballroom at a Washington hotel, McCain assured the group that despite last week’s sobering election returns for Republicans, “the election was not an affirmation of the other party’s program." ... He spoke of the importance of judges who would strictly interpret the Constitution.... The reaction from the Federalists was polite, but not overwhelming. ... Some social conservatives are wary of McCain because he has never shared their enthusiasm for such...
  • Giuliani vs. McCain

    05/20/2006 10:58:51 AM PDT · by Blackirish · 78 replies · 3,404+ views
    Real Clear politics ^ | 5/19/06 | Ryan Sager
    Michael Kinsley's column today gets into the great irony of the (potential) Giuliani vs. McCain battle in the GOP primaries in 2008: McCain agrees with the Religious Right on most things, but they hate him. Giuliani disagrees with the Religious Right on most things, but they (at least for now) love him. This is borne out by polling. To take just one example, a November 2004 Gallup poll found that, in a field of Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Jeb Bush, Giuliani came out on top with 47 percent of the vote from all Republicans. He got 47 percent from...
  • Specter Gives Judicial Nominee New Hearing

    05/04/2006 8:30:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 804+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/4/06 | Laurie Kellman - ap
    WASHINGTON - Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter on Thursday granted Democrats a hearing to question White House aide and judicial nominee Brett Kavanaugh on his role in the administration's secret wiretapping program, its torture policy and any relationship with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The move put off, for now, a repeat of last year's parliamentary showdown over President Bush's nominees. "I don't want to place the Senate in the position we were in a year ago at this time," Specter, R-Pa., said. Democrats lauded the decision. "It's the least that can be done for the nominee to the second highest...
  • The Principles of Bill Pierce (Why We Should Vote for Him and Send Mike DeWine Packing on May 2)

    04/29/2006 8:23:32 PM PDT · by litany_of_lies · 3 replies · 475+ views
    US GOP Senate Candidate Bill Pierce (OH) ^ | April 29, 2006 | William G. Pierce
    With your help, we can replace the liberal ideals, liberal philosophy, and most importantly the liberal votes which Senator DeWine has exhibited over the past eleven years with our shared conservative principles, to: Protect and Defend the Sanctity of Life. I oppose abortion in all cases with the rare exception of protecting the life of the mother when the decision must be made as to which life will be saved. I also oppose human cloning; Protect Traditional Marriage. I feel that marriage is a sacred bond between one man and one woman and that states should not be forced to...
  • Interview With Conservative Challenging DeWine

    04/14/2006 10:09:59 AM PDT · by RealTeen · 16 replies · 562+ views
    Right on the Right ^ | 4-12-06 | RealTeen
    Bill Pierce is now running against Senator Mike DeWine in the primaries. Pierce is a strong Conservative, and he is challenging perhaps one of the greatest RINOs of our time. As an Ohioan, I want DeWine replaced. DeWine does not aptly represent the majority of Ohioans, and we need someone like Bill Pierce. The following is my exclusive interview with him: Q. First off, before we get down to comparing you and your Republican opponents in the Primary, why do you think (in general) you’re qualified to hold the office of United States Senator? What life experiences have made you...