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  • Sarah Palin and the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy that is out to get her

    06/16/2011 10:31:17 PM PDT · by techno · 125 replies
    June 16, 2011 | techno
    Around the time that President Clinton got into hot water with Monica Lewinsky in 1998, wife Hillary coined the phrase "vast right-wing conspiracy" to denote the supposed nefarious, political forces that were determined to bring her husband down and cause him to leave office. Personally I think Hillary was a bit off in her assessment of Clinton's enemies (personally I think Bill Clinton was his own worse enemy)but 13 years later I think we do have a vast right-wing conspiracy set up to derail the Presidential ambitions of Sarah Palin. In the past I focused more on the Left and...
  • Why do conservative elites go out of their way to trash Palin?

    01/05/2011 8:44:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | January 4, 2011 | Doug Gibson, Opinion Editor
    I’ve noticed that George Will and Charles Krauthammer have taken time out of their many TV gigs to trash Sarah Palin. Other prominent conservatives seem to relish dissing the former Alaska governor. David Frum, Joe Scarborough, Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, Chris Christie; don’t forget Kathleen Parker, who parleyed her Palin envy into a CNN talk show that no one watches. This is not an attack on these conservatives. I read them all and often find a lot of worth in what they opine. I don’t understand why they actively, often unprompted, go out of their way to bash Palin. I...
  • David Brooks: Richard Blumenthal 'Accidentally' Said He Was a Combat Veteran

    05/20/2010 6:53:15 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 77 replies · 1,075+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | May 20, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    David Brooks seemed to be having a coherency challenged moment during his latest scheduled conversation with fellow New York Times columnist, Gail Collins. First Brooks excused what Connecticut senatorial candidate Richard Blumenthal falsely claimed about being a Vietnam combat veteran as an "accident": As for Blumenthal, my guess is he survives his little brush with mendacity. The Connecticut Democrat accidentally said he was a combat veteran, when in fact he never served in Vietnam. Could happen to anyone! A moment later, Brooks reversed course and admitted that Blumenthal lied but, eh, no big deal: The claim is dishonorable, but everybody...
  • Kathleen Parker Calls Townhall Demonstrators 'Fringe' and Tax Protesters 'Teabaggers'

    08/09/2009 10:26:17 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 44 replies · 1,577+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | August 9, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    Kathleen Parker has an interesting little shtick. Few noticed her when she was writing from a conservative point of view...until she started attacking conservatives about a year ago. Then she went whole hog and has made a lucrative new career of attacking conservatives...while still going through the motions of pretending to be conservative. Parker's latest column on the topic of townhall protests is but the latest in her role of pretend conservative. Here is how "conservative" Parker refers to those protesters: Generally considered a fringe group, the demonstrators have been described derisively by Democratic leaders. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed...
  • Palin is Not the Answer

    07/10/2009 12:37:29 PM PDT · by dr_who · 326 replies · 5,938+ views
    Reason Magazine online ^ | July 10, 2009 | cathy young
    Sarah Palin's announcement of her resignation as governor of Alaska may be the end of her political career or, as some speculate, the real beginning. What seems clear is that Palin is not conservatism's new hope but its dead end. In recent days, this has been amply confirmed by the arguments of Palin defenders, focused less on her presumed merits than on her presumed injuries at her enemies' hands.Thus, Ross Douthat, the new conservative voice at the New York Times, hails Palin as Everywoman—living proof you can aspire to the White House without an Ivy League degree—and deplores her abuse...
  • Curtains for the GOP? (Is the GOP leaderless?)

    07/08/2009 7:41:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies · 752+ views
    National Review ^ | 7/8/3009 | John J. Pitney Jr.
    Sarah Palin’s resignation and Mark Sanford’s downfall have renewed the media meme that the GOP is “leaderless,” therefore doomed. Google “Republican leaderless” and you get more than 38,000 results. The GOP has very real problems, but this one is mainly hype. In American politics, the -party that is out of power is naturally leaderless. The United States does not have a parliamentary system with one person heading the opposition. In our system of federalism, bicameralism, and separated powers, the party that does not hold the presidency has many voices. In search of drama, however, journalists depict this normal state of...
  • Despite Palin Resignation, The GOP Still Needs Culture Warriors

    07/06/2009 3:07:59 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 40 replies · 947+ views
    US News and World Report ^ | July 06, 2009 10:51 AM ET | By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country
    Reihan Salam, an influential young player in the effort to revive the Republican Party, writes this weekend that Sarah Palin's resignation is another sign of the fading culture wars: What does seem increasingly clear is that Palin's collapse represents the end of a certain kind of politics. If the culture war really is ending, culture warriors like Palin will fade from the scene. I can hear many mainstream Republicans sharing Salam's sigh of relief. I think they're fooling themselves. It's wishful thinking by the GOP's non-social conservatives, who want the party to double down on fiscal conservatism—especially now that Democratic...
  • Sarah Palin trashed by members of John McCain's campaign team in Vanity Fair [not again]

    06/29/2009 10:43:54 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 165 replies · 4,892+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | 2009-06-29 | Michael Saul
    Alaska's lipstick-wearing pit-bull is a "Little Shop of Horrors." That's how one longtime friend and campaign trail companion of John McCain, the vanquished 2008 GOP presidential nominee, described veep nominee Sarah Palin. In an expansive story in the August edition of Vanity Fair, a slew of senior members of McCain's campaign team told reporter Todd S. Purdum that they suffer a kind of survivor's guilt following the 2008 presidential election.
  • Kathleen Parker: Mars and Venus Collide

    05/23/2009 11:37:59 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies · 870+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2009 | Kathleen Parker
    Listening to President Obama and former Vice President Cheney give their respective national security speeches Thursday put me in mind of John Gray, author of "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus." Different men, different planets. Or are they?
  • Is Meghan McCain the new face of the GOP? [McCainiacs attempt hostile takeover] [barf bag alert]

    05/11/2009 9:59:36 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 74 replies · 1,813+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2009-05-12 | Carla Marinucci
    Republican leaders frantically seeking to rebrand their party might want to swing their attention from Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney to a feisty young Republican who has never been elected to anything: Meghan McCain. The 24-year-old daughter of U.S. Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential candidate, is a regular political blogger and most certainly not her mother Cindy's serene, St. John-suit-wearing stereotype of a Republican woman.
  • Jeb Bush, GOP: Time to leave Reagan behind(RINO ALERT)

    05/04/2009 2:28:14 AM PDT · by personalaccts · 68 replies · 1,659+ views
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | 5/4/09 | Joseph Curl
    Jeb Bush, GOP: Time to leave Reagan behind Party leaders go on 'listening tour' with eyes on future By Joseph Curl (Contact) | Sunday, May 3, 2009 Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Saturday that it's time for the Republican Party to give up its "nostalgia" for the heyday of the Reagan era and look forward, even if it means stealing the winning strategy deployed by Democrats in the 2008 election.
  • Was there something in the water last night (perhaps Kool-aid)

    02/25/2009 7:02:30 AM PST · by wilco200 · 47 replies · 2,208+ views
    2/25/09 | Wilco200
    Was is just me or did the entire GOP just throw in the towel last night? From the moment Obama walked into the chamber, until the last talking head went to sleep, it seemed like the Republican party just decided to give. Up I couldn't believe my eyes or ears. As Obama walked into the chamber I saw Republicans lunge towards the aisle, straining for to touch the leaders garment. It was a cross between Jesus entering Jerusalem and the Beatles hitting the tarmac in the US for the first time. As Obama spoke, the Republican rose in applause multiple...
  • On the Death of the GOP

    02/26/2009 7:19:45 AM PST · by aic4ever · 67 replies · 1,073+ views
    Organized Exploitation ^ | 02-26-2009 | Paul Kroenke
    The Grand Old Party has lost its way. It is in the wilderness with no leader and no true goal, and it is there because its authoritarian nature on social issues has led it there.
  • The Republican Party: It's time for a Revolt

    01/19/2009 3:56:08 PM PST · by The Mayor · 254 replies · 4,159+ views
    My post at RedCounty ^ | Rus Thompson
    Time for a revolt? Yes, it is. It is actually long past due for one, and now is the time to start. "The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." Thomas Jefferson All over the country Republicans have been losing elections, from here in New York to the National elections. Why? Simple, they have lost their way and have strayed so far from their base no one wants to support them or vote...
  • Win or Lose, Republicans Will Revisit the Party’s Image (Frum Still Lashing out at Limbaugh)

    10/30/2008 8:33:47 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 79 replies · 2,820+ views
    NYTimes ^ | http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/31/us/politics/31repubs.html | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    Ms. Palin has emerged as a flash point for a split dividing talk-radio populists and conservative traditionalists from some of their former intellectual allies at National Review and the Heritage Foundation. “These are the people who are embarrassed by Sarah Palin,” Rush Limbaugh recently declared on his radio program, pointedly criticizing several columnists by name, “ ’cause she’s not an intellectual and she didn’t go to Harvard or have a college degree from approved universities and she drops her g’s from words like ‘morning’ and says ‘mornin’.” One of the columnists, David Frum, fired back on National Review’s Web site....
  • Romney Supporters Trashing Palin

    10/29/2008 10:27:52 AM PDT · by Ol' Sparky · 137 replies · 3,687+ views
    Townhall ^ | 10/28/2008 | Amanda Carpenter
    It looks like there might be some truth to those rumors former Mitt Romney supporters are already trying to clear Sarah Palin from the GOP presidential deck to make room for their man Mitt in 2012. Former Romney Spokesman Kevin Madden was particularly harsh on Palin in an interview on CNN. His criticism of Palin is especially noteworthy because we're only days from the election. In a spot with Campbell Brown Madden said Palin's wardrobe flap showed how "unseasoned" Palin is. BROWN: And, Kevin, even defending this whole controversy over the clothes, the RNC buying all the clothing, it keeps...
  • Help needed identifying Vichy Republicans.

    10/26/2008 7:41:48 PM PDT · by padre35 · 182 replies · 2,278+ views
    Self | Self
    I've had enough, after watching Gerry Rivers of all people, an inveterate Obama fan, throw dirt on McCain/Palin, I think the list of traiterous Republicans otherwise known as Vichy Republicans should be assembled before the election.
  • Former governor William Weld (RINO-MA) throws support behind Barack Obama

    10/25/2008 9:12:26 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 45 replies · 745+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | October 25, 2008
    Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president yesterday, citing Obama’s “deep sense of calm” and “first-class political temperament.” Weld, a Republican, said he has never endorsed a Democrat for president before, but in the last six weeks or so, it became “close to a no-brainer.” Obama has a history of bringing Democrats, Republicans and independents together and is the best choice at a time when America’s standing in the world is at a low point, he said. “It’s not often you get a guy with his combination of qualities, chief among which I would say is...
  • No Reason For Conservatives To Jump Ship

    10/23/2008 6:32:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies · 875+ views
    ibdeditorials.com ^ | October 23, 2008 | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    Contrarian that I am, I'm voting for John McCain. I'm not talking about bucking the polls or the media consensus that it's over before it's over. I'm talking about bucking the rush of wet-fingered conservatives leaping to Barack Obama before they're left out in the cold without a single state dinner for the next four years. I stand athwart the rush of conservative ship-jumpers of every stripe — neo (Ken Adelman), moderate (Colin Powell), genetic/ironic (Christopher Buckley) and socialist/atheist (Christopher Hitchens) — yelling "Stop!" I shall have no part of this motley crew. I will go down with the McCain...
  • Former Bush Press Secretary Backs Obama [Slimy weasel alert)

    10/23/2008 3:27:46 PM PDT · by VictoryGal · 83 replies · 2,026+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 23 2008 | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK -- Scott McClellan, President Bush's former press secretary, says he is backing Barack Obama for president. McClellan made the endorsement during a taping of Comedian D.L. Hughley's new show that is premiering on CNN this weekend.
  • GOP's Arne Carlson endorses Obama

    10/23/2008 12:01:44 PM PDT · by Minn · 81 replies · 2,158+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 1/23/2008 | MIKE KASZUBA
    The former governor said Obama represented the best hope for an America facing an economic crisis.Former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama today, saying Obama represented the best hope for an America facing an economic crisis and criticizing Republicans for waging a mean-spirited campaign that has "been going down all these side roads." Introduced to a standing ovation at the State Capitol by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, Carlson said his party had strayed from the moderate philosophies of past Republican leaders such as Ohio Sen. Robert Taft and President Dwight Eisenhower. "I consider...
  • We must remember these "so called conservatives."

    10/17/2008 7:44:24 PM PDT · by brandon craig · 20 replies · 619+ views
    I read today where Philadelphia talk show host Michael Smerconish has endorsed Obama. Michael also worked in the Bush Administration and has been a frequent guest host for Glenn Beck. He will be paraded about as another "conservative" who is voting for Obama by the MSM. This is not like voting for Bill Clinton in 96 or voting for a local Democrat for governor or Congress. Any national "conservative" who supports a Marxist like Obama and thinks it would be best for America to elect him along with a Congress controlled by Pelosi and Reid has either lost their mind...
  • Restoring conservatism [eject the RINOs]

    10/17/2008 5:52:38 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 86 replies · 1,117+ views
    Renew America ^ | 2008-10-17 | Ken Connor
    If the election were held today, Barack Obama would be the new President of the United States of America. The latest Real Clear Politics average of national polls shows Obama ahead of McCain by nearly seven percentage points. It looks like the Democrats are going to have control of both the White House and Congress for the next four years. And, mark it down, if there is a Democrat sweep, conservative Republicans will get the blame. The fact of the matter is, however, that President Bush and the Republicans who dominated Congress during most of his administration governed as anything...
  • The Buckley Son Rises: Kathleen Parker doubles down

    10/17/2008 9:34:11 AM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 59 replies · 1,456+ views
    National Review ^ | October 17, 2008 | Kathleen Parker
    The truth few wish to utter is that the GOP has abandoned many conservatives, who mostly nurse their angst in private. Those chickens we keep hearing about have indeed come home to roost. Years of pandering to the extreme wing — the “kooks” the senior Buckley tried to separate from the right — have created a party no longer attentive to its principles. Instead, as Christopher Buckley pointed out in a blog post on thedailybeast.com explaining his departure from National Review, eight years of “conservatism” have brought us “a doubled national debt, ruinous expansion of entitlement programs, bridges to nowhere,...
  • Palin's Failin' (Noonan Barf Alert)

    10/16/2008 10:11:33 PM PDT · by acsuc99 · 198 replies · 4,004+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/17/08 | Peggy Noonan
    But we have seen Mrs. Palin on the national stage for seven weeks now, and there is little sign that she has the tools, the equipment, the knowledge or the philosophical grounding one hopes for, and expects, in a holder of high office. She is a person of great ambition, but the question remains: What is the purpose of the ambition? She wants to rise, but what for? For seven weeks I've listened to her, trying to understand if she is Bushian or Reaganite—a spender, to speak briefly, whose political decisions seem untethered to a political philosophy, and whose foreign...
  • Actor Duvall Blasts Palin Critics at Fundraiser [calling columnist George Will a "super-nerd"]

    10/14/2008 5:59:20 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 112 replies · 3,950+ views
    Actor Duvall Blasts Palin Critics at Fundraiser October 14, 2008 8:24 AM ABC News' Imtiyaz Delawala Reports: Introducing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at a GOP fundraiser Monday, actor Robert Duvall blasted conservatives who have criticized the McCain-Palin ticket in recent days, calling conservative columnist George Will a "super-nerd" and former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson a "block of wood". At an RNC fundraiser in McLean, VA, Duvall introduced Palin for the third time since her nomination to the Republican ticket, taking the opportunity to accuse Republicans critical of the McCain campaign as giving "credence to the other side." "It bothers me...
  • Moderate GOP Got the Campaign They Wanted and They Don't Like It

    10/13/2008 3:47:00 PM PDT · by pissant · 114 replies · 2,942+ views
    EIB ^ | 10/13/08 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Bill Kristol, writing today an op-ed in the New York Times, says it's time for McCain to fire his campaign. He says that what McCain needs to do is get rid of the whole campaign and start over these last three weeks and make the case for "a broadly centrist conservatism." Now, you know, Bill Kristol and I know each other and I've been a friend of Bill Kristol for a number of years. Bill Kristol, however, was one of the early supporters of Senator McCain back in the 2000 presidential race; and, of course, I was not. Moving...
  • CBS ‘Early Show’ Uses Republican to Call Palin a ‘Huge Mistake’

    10/13/2008 11:16:52 AM PDT · by publius1 · 65 replies · 1,849+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | October 13, 2008 | By Kyle Drennen
    David Frum, CBS On MondayÂ’s CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith discussed the presidential campaign with former Bush speech writer David Frum and declared: "There is growing concern among some Republicans about McCain's campaign. They're calling on him to stabilize it." Later in the segment, Smith asked Frum point blank: "Was Sarah Palin a mistake?" Frum replied: "I think Sarah Palin was a huge mistake...Americans can be pretty jokey about their government when times are good, but when times are bad, they want to know do -- can you do the job? And when you have a candidate who so...
  • Sorry, Dad, I'm Voting for Obama (Christopher Buckley)

    10/10/2008 8:46:20 AM PDT · by Numbers Guy · 168 replies · 9,068+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10/10/2008 | Christopher Buckley
    Let me be the latest conservative/libertarian/whatever to leap onto the Barack Obama bandwagon. It’s a good thing my dear old mum and pup are no longer alive. They’d cut off my allowance. Or would they? But let’s get that part out of the way. The only reason my vote would be of any interest to anyone is that my last name happens to be Buckley—a name I inherited. So in the event anyone notices or cares, the headline will be: “William F. Buckley’s Son Says He Is Pro-Obama.” I know, I know: It lacks the throw-weight of “Ron Reagan Jr....
  • David Brooks: The Class War Before Palin

    10/09/2008 10:43:52 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 88 replies · 2,552+ views
    Modern conservatism began as a movement of dissident intellectuals. Richard Weaver wrote a book called, “Ideas Have Consequences.” Russell Kirk placed Edmund Burke in an American context. William F. Buckley famously said he’d rather be governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone book than by the faculty of Harvard. But he didn’t believe those were the only two options. His entire life was a celebration of urbane values, sophistication and the rigorous and constant application of intellect. Driven by a need to engage elite opinion, conservatives tried to build an intellectual counterestablishment with think tanks and magazines....
  • Kathleen Parker: To Appalachia With...Respect (she's advising Obama on how to sway `rednecks')

    10/09/2008 10:25:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies · 1,690+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 10, 2008 | Kathleen Parker
    WASHINGTON -- If you're a Democrat who needs help getting the votes of rural white folks, the go-to guy is David "Mudcat" Saunders, a central-casting political consultant recently made famous by a parade of magazine writers led by The Weekly Standard's Matt Labash. But sometimes you can learn more about a people and their place through literature than by hiring consultants. So I called Ron Rash, poet, author and purebred Appalachian whose newest novel, "Serena," should be at the top of Barack Obama's reading list. Sarah Palin might enjoy it as well. Described by one blurber as "an Appalachian retelling...
  • David Brooks: Sarah Palin "Represents A Fatal Cancer To The Republican Party"

    10/08/2008 3:16:45 PM PDT · by publius1 · 196 replies · 4,957+ views
    E-mailed to me | October 8, 2008 | Danny Shea
    David Brooks spoke frankly about the presidential and vice presidential candidates Monday afternoon, calling Sarah Palin a "fatal cancer to the Republican party" but describing John McCain and Barack Obama as "the two best candidates we've had in a long time." In an interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg at New York's Le Cirque restaurant to unveil that magazine's redesign, Brooks decried Palin's anti-intellectualism and compared her to President Bush in that regard: [Sarah Palin] represents a fatal cancer to the Republican party. When I first started in journalism, I worked at the National Review for Bill Buckley. And Buckley...
  • Kathleen Parker: Palin and her supporters know the code (Media doesn't like the war they started)

    10/07/2008 3:16:36 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 93 replies · 4,585+ views
    http://www.mcall.com/ ^ | October 7, 2008 | Kathleen (turncoat) Parker
    The McCain campaign knows that Obama isn't a Muslim or a terrorist, but they're willing to help a certain kind of voter think he is. Just the way certain South Carolinians in 2000 were allowed to think that McCain's adopted daughter from Bangladesh was his illegitimate black child. But words can have more serious consequences than lost votes and we've already had a glimpse of the Palin effect. Dana Milbank of The Washington Post reported that media representatives in Clearwater were greeted with taunts, thunder sticks and profanity. One Palin supporter shouted an epithet at an African-American soundman and said,...
  • Rudy blasts conservative doubters of Palin as ‘jerks’

    10/05/2008 5:18:10 PM PDT · by kingattax · 58 replies · 1,952+ views
    PolitickerOH.com ^ | October 4, 2008 | Justin Miller
    LEWIS CENTER -- Rudy Giuliani blasted prominent conservative columnists who have criticized Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin as being unqualified and even worthy of being removed from the GOP ticket. The former New York City mayor spoke at a press conference at the Ohio Victory campaign’s grassroots leadership conference Saturday. Giuliani was asked what he would say to columnists who’ve criticized John McCain’s selection of Palin, such as Kathleen Parker, George Will and David Frum. “I think they look like a bunch of jerks after the debate the other night,” Giuliani said. “I think they should all say they...
  • Kathleen Parker: Sarah Palin's Bridge to Somewhere (Barf Alert)

    10/03/2008 10:04:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies · 2,878+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 04, 2008 | Kathleen Parker
    <p>WASHINGTON -- What did they do with the other Sarah Palin?</p> <p>I mean the one who bases foreign policy experience on the proximity of Russia to Alaska and who speaks cutely about Vladimir Putin poking his little head into American airspace. Where did they put her?</p>
  • Palin And Her Critics

    10/03/2008 3:02:37 PM PDT · by atlaw · 16 replies · 802+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | October 3, 2008 | Daniel Larison
    . . . I rehash all of this not to dwell on Palin’s problems, which are increasingly irrelevant as McCain heads towards defeat, but to implore conservatives to stop ignoring reality just because they happen to like a candidate’s personality and biography. Besides being bad for the quality of conservative thought, it embraces the caricature that conservatives are indifferent to knowledge and have no use for expertise, which has become an all too legitimate critique of how conservatives have responded to the misrule of the Bush administration. That was not always the case, but if conservatives insist on making elaborate...
  • Kathleen Parker: Speak correctly, or build a big bunker ("Help! I'm getting angry emails!!!)

    10/01/2008 11:59:28 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 91 replies · 2,816+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 1, 2008 | Kathleen Parker
    Allow me to introduce myself. I am a traitor and an idiot. Also, my mother should have aborted me and left me in a Dumpster, but since she didn't, I should "off" myself. Those are just a few nuggets randomly selected from thousands of e-mails written in response to my column suggesting that Sarah Palin is out of her league and should step down. Who says public discourse hasn't deteriorated? The fierce reaction to my column has been both bracing and enlightening. After 20 years of column writing, I'm familiar with angry mail. But the past few days have produced...
  • Concerns About Palin's Readiness as Big Test Nears (NYT, nuff said)

    10/01/2008 6:45:15 AM PDT · by steve-b · 20 replies · 721+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9/30/08 | Adam Nagourney
    A month after Gov. Sarah Palin joined Senator John McCain’s ticket to a burst of excitement and anticipation among Republicans, she heads into a critical debate facing challenges from conservatives about her credentials, signs that her popularity is slipping and evidence that Republicans are worried about how much help she will be for Mr. McCain in November.... "I think she has pretty thoroughly — and probably irretrievably — proven that she is not up to the job of being president of the United States," David Frum, a former speechwriter for President Bush who is now a conservative columnist, said in...
  • Sarah Palin—The Fall Girl?

    09/26/2008 5:11:02 PM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 104 replies · 2,782+ views
    Human Events ^ | 9/26/08 | D. R. Tucker
    Are certain conservatives setting Sarah Palin up to fail? With the recent news that conservative commentator Kathleen Parker has joined the ranks of anti-Palin conservatives George Will, Charles Krauthammer, David Frum and Ross Douthat (as well as moderate-conservative David Brooks), one has to wonder how these folks will respond if McCain and Palin lose to Barack Obama and Joseph Biden on November 4. It’s likely that Parker, Will, Krauthammer, Frum, Douthat and Brooks will attempt to blame Palin for a GOP loss, arguing that she was not ready for prime time and that her supposed lack of knowledge drove away...
  • Liberal Republicans Lose (Michelle Malkin: Death Dirge Of The RINOs Alert)

    09/04/2008 2:42:46 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 122 replies · 442+ views
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | 9/04/2008 | Michelle Malkin
    The future of conservatism is bright. All those liberal Republicans who were arguing that the GOP needed to “rebrand” itself and move leftward are now crying in their coffee. Arlen Specter is feeling lonely. Break out the world’s smallest violin. I’m verklempt. Bloomberg News: At a Tuesday reception for moderate Republicans, Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter hushed the cocktail chatter when he began ticking off a long list of like- minded lawmakers who no longer hold office. “Today, we’re in a phone booth,” Specter said. To conservatives at the Republican National Convention this week, John McCain’s choice of running mate Sarah...
  • Andrew Sullivan has completely lost all decency

    09/02/2008 2:12:40 PM PDT · by Oldie · 42 replies · 154+ views
    TheAtlantic.com Sullivan Blog ^ | 02 Sep 2008 04:49 pm | Andrew Sullivan
    If you want to know why ... John McCain came to pick a total unknown with a Down Syndrome baby as his replacement as war-president, you have to understand the immense importance of the Christianist base. McCain isn't one of them, however much he tries to re-tell his life-story to make it so. They know it, he knows it, and he needed a religious running mate. He might have succeeded with Pawlenty, who is a solid pick that a mature and responsible campaign would have selected in a heartbeat. Instead - partly out of insane cynicism (did he really believe...
  • VP Alert (McCain Camp Now ACTIVELY Calling Leaders on Possibility of Selling Pro-Choice Pick)

    08/19/2008 7:49:51 AM PDT · by TitansAFC · 154 replies · 790+ views
    National Review ^ | 8-19-08 | Rich Lowry
    NR has learned that the McCain campaign has been calling key state GOP officials around the country the last couple of days and sounding them out about the consequences of a pro-choice VP pick. The campaign is asking about the reaction of conservative grass-roots activists to such a pick and whether a pro-choicer can be sold to them. This is an indication that the McCain campaign is serious about the possibility of a pro-choice VP nominee and that McCain leaving the door open to Tom Ridge last week may not have been merely a friendly nod to a longtime supporter....
  • Ridge: GOP would accept abortion-rights VP

    08/17/2008 8:37:51 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 107 replies · 524+ views
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 17 AUGUST 2008 | YAHOO NEWS
    This is an AP article. I did a search and didn't see it posted anywhere and I'm not sure if AP articles were still prohibited here. Anyway, Ridge believes Republicans will accept a pro-abortion VP.
  • McCain alarms base with abortion comment

    08/14/2008 8:54:39 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 248 replies · 937+ views
    Politico ^ | 8/14/2008 | Jonathan Martin
    Top social conservative leaders in key battleground states are urging John McCain not to pick a running mate who supports abortion rights, warning of dire consequences from a Republican base already unenthused about their nominee. McCain’s comments Wednesday to the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes that former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge’s pro-abortion rights views wouldn’t necessarily rule him out quickly found their way into the in-boxes of Christian conservatives. For those who have been anxiously awaiting McCain’s pick as a signal of his ideological intentions, there was deep concern that their worst fears about the Arizona senator may be realized. “It...
  • Lack Of Money Hobbling 'Republican Attack Machine'

    06/30/2008 10:09:14 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 126+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | June 30, 2008 | Steven Thomma
    WASHINGTON — Democrats and the media have used the term so much that it's almost an article of faith. But the so-called "Republican attack machine" waiting with piles of unregulated cash to chew up Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is anything but. Obama cited the threat of unregulated attack groups — called "527s" because they're authorized to raise unlimited cash under that section of the Internal Revenue Service code — to justify dropping his pledge to take public financing — along with its spending limits — for the general election campaign. Yet there's no 2008 equivalent to the 2004 Swift...
  • GOP Embraces McCain, Discards Bush

    06/15/2008 1:28:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 64 replies · 75+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 15, 2008
    John McCain has cursed and bullied fellow Senate Republicans on a host of issues over the years. Yet McCain's colleagues are setting aside any hard feelings to embrace his White House bid -- for their own good. In doing so, many are also distancing themselves from Republican President George W. Bush, widely derided for the unpopular Iraq war, ailing economy and soaring gas prices. "We are going from rallying around one of the most disliked guys in the world, to a guy who is very well liked in America, but not so popular in the Senate," a Senate Republican leadership...
  • GOP Insiders Worry About McCain's Chances

    06/09/2008 12:29:26 PM PDT · by Signalman · 175 replies · 312+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 9, 2008 | Thomas Edsall
    For four months John McCain had a clear field while Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were at each other's throats. Given the opportunity, the Arizona Senator failed to define the debate in favorable terms, spending much of the valuable primary months defending himself on charges that his campaign staff was top heavy with lobbyists. Conversely, McCain has so far eluded the anti-Republican tidal wave that threatens to sweep away the party's candidates at every level, from county councils to the U.S. Senate. Amid the early wreckage -- GOP partisan identification in the tank, three defeats in rock-solid GOP House districts,...
  • Why the Conservative Crisis? [Must Read]

    06/05/2008 8:32:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 135+ views
    Townhall ^ | May 27, 2008 | The Right Rev. Rowland
    Why the Conservative Crisis? To me, Conservatism is mostly the child of Wisdom and Common Sense. But what do we do when common sense is no longer common and wisdom is no longer held in esteem? That is the current state of Conservatism in America. Slandered and slapped, belittled and maligned. Many conservative Americans are shifting nervously in their seats, unsure of what they were once sure of. The power of a constant drone of the media, academia, and even popular culture can make even the most headstrong believers hesitate. When the perception is built that almost nobody believes as...
  • Tom Coburn: Republicans Are in Denial

    05/26/2008 9:44:18 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 66 replies · 234+ views
    WSJ ^ | May 27th, 2008 | Tom Coburn
    As congressional Republicans contemplate the prospect of an electoral disaster this November, much is being written about the supposed soul-searching in the Republican Party. A more accurate description of our state is paralysis and denial. Many Republicans are waiting for a consultant or party elder to come down from the mountain and, in Moses-like fashion, deliver an agenda and talking points on stone tablets. But the burning bush, so to speak, is delivering a blindingly simple message: Behave like Republicans. Unfortunately, too many in our party are not yet ready to return to the path of limited government. Instead, we...
  • Why I Will No Longer Support John McCain For President

    05/23/2008 11:08:25 AM PDT · by pissant · 358 replies · 446+ views
    Right Wing News ^ | 5/23/08 | John Hawkins
    I've never been a fan of John McCain. Not only is he not a conservative, he may have done more damage to the conservative movement than any other Republican over the last few years. Look back at the Gang-of-14, global warming, McCain-Feingold, coddling terrorists at Gitmo, illegal immigration -- on and on and on, and you'll remember John McCain working feverishly with liberals to defeat conservatives. For that reason, John McCain was not someone I backed for the Presidency. My order of preference for President was Duncan Hunter (whom I consulted for), Fred Thompson, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and then,...