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  • Oberweis shunned by fellow Republicans

    03/25/2014 4:18:10 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 32 replies
    WLS-AM ^ | 3-24-14 | Bill Cameron
    In the race for U.S. Senate, Republican challenger Jim Oberweis is getting shunned by two top Republicans - one local, one national. Dick Durbin is such a favorite for reelection that Republican Senator Mark Kirk says he’s not even planning to campaign with fellow Republican Oberweis. “I’m going to be protecting my relationship with Dick and not launching into a partisan jihad that hurts our partnership [in which we] both pull together for Illinois.” And at his side at an unrelated news conference was Republican Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, in town for a fundraiser, who took a...
  • Crisis: Reid calls “special meeting” of Senate Democrats on ObamaCare

    11/13/2013 4:40:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Hot ^ | November 13, 2013 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    I don’t get it. Sebelius claims that “the marketplace is working.” What is there to talk about? Actually, I can think of two items on the agenda. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday will convene a special meeting of the Senate Democratic caucus and senior White Officials to discuss the troubled rollout of ObamaCare…The Senate leader said President Obama called him Tuesday evening to discuss healthcare and other issues.Several Democrats have signed onto a proposal sponsored by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) that would force insurance companies to let people keep their health plans if they like them.Sen. Tim...
  • When things keep going wrong We should change how We deal with them

    10/06/2013 11:34:09 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 4 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | October 6, 2013 | Dan Miller
    The Republican Party is broken. Its leadership has great difficulty doing anything beyond yielding to the Obama Machine. Can the party be fixed, or should it be put out of our misery.Here's the RINO view: It hasn't worked very well.Here's the Democrat view: It has worked. In a presentation shortly after the November election debacle, Bill Whittle explained that most Republicans do not stand for what they say are their basic principles. Before getting into that, some historical insights into basic concepts, "big ideas" and what most conservatives believe is necessary Part I -- Constrained vs. Unconstrained Visions of Humanity[youtube=] Video linkPart II --...
  • Incumbents uneasy over political changes

    07/29/2012 6:38:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/29/12 | Willie Brown
    Between the new congressional district lines and the new open primaries, people who hold elected office in California are running for their lives. In previous years, maybe 10 percent of congressional and legislative districts were competitive. Now everybody thinks they're at risk. Even well-known incumbents in Democrat-dominated districts - people like Reps. Barbara Lee and John Garamendi - fear they might get beat. As a result, they are scooping up and holding onto as much campaign cash as possible. It's all putting a pinch on Rep. Nancy Pelosi's hopes of the Democrats retaking the House. You see, in the past...
  • Senate runoff turns on style, experience, not policy differences

    07/29/2012 9:16:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Austin-American Statesman ^ | July 28, 2012 | Kate Alexander
    When the dust clears after Tuesday's U.S. Senate runoff, voters in the Republican primary probably will have chosen Texas' next senator. Their decision is expected to shape Texas politics for years to come. It has been a bitter, bruising and expensive battle between Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz, a former state solicitor general. Little divides the two on core policy matters. They are both conservatives who oppose President Barack Obama's health care reform, have called for significant cuts to the federal budget and support stronger measures to secure the border with Mexico. But they differ greatly in terms...
  • Incumbency Shakers

    05/05/2012 11:45:58 AM PDT · by Twotone · 1 replies
    American Spectator ^ | May 2012 | John H. Fund
    More Americans approve of polygamy than of Congress. A February CBS News/New York Times poll found just 10 percent of respondents approved of Congress’s job performance. snip A new group called the Campaign for Primary Accountability (CFPA) plans to shake up this stagnant system. Its key insight is that incumbents who are ethically challenged, lazy, or ideologically mismatched to their district can be beaten—but in party primaries. And it has already had some impact on this year’s elections.
  • The next Jean Schmidt? The top 10 House incumbents who could lose their primaries

    03/31/2012 3:20:03 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 30, 2012 | Aaron Blake
    Even in the most anti-incumbent primary season of the past few decades, less than 5 percent of members of Congress lost their primaries. ... But relatively speaking, this looks like one of the most anti-incumbent years in decades. There are several factors in the coming election that will lead to an increase in the number of members sent home early — and it’s quite possible we could see more incumbents lose than at any point in the last 40 years.
  • Tea Party Express Turns Eyes to Senate

    12/18/2011 12:36:33 AM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    Roll Call ^ | December 17, 2011 | By Janie Lorber and Ambreen Ali
    For the Tea Party Express, next year’s election is all about the Senate. With no consensus tea party presidential candidate in sight, the group plans to kick off the new year with a stream of endorsements in Senatorial races, Chairwoman Amy Kremer told Roll Call Friday. In September, the group co-sponsored a Republican presidential debate with CNN and its leaders expected to anoint one of the nominees as the candidate of the tea party shortly thereafter. But no single candidate managed to capture the imagination of grass-roots conservatives.
  • The Most Important Day Isn't Tuesday--It's THURSDAY (Rare Opportunity in Bay State)

    10/28/2010 5:56:03 AM PDT · by suspects · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 28, 2010 | Michael Graham
    What will you be doing one week from right now? The most important date in this election isn’t, as Massachusetts Democrats want us to believe, 1991, or 1998, or even this Tuesday, Election Day. The date you should focus on like a laser beam is Thursday. Tuesday you vote. Wednesday is the postgame show. But Thursday will be the first day you fully comprehend the consequences. How are you going to feel if the Massachusetts you wake up to that morning is exactly like the one you’re living in today? How will you feel if, after four years of higher...
  • Midterm blowout: 50 or more Dem seats set to fall in the election

    10/27/2010 6:26:59 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/27/2010 | Shane D’Aprile
    Republicans are headed for a blowout election win that seems certain to seize more than enough seats to knock out the Democrats and take control of the House. The Hill 2010 Midterm Election poll, surveying nearly 17,000 likely voters in 42 toss-up districts over four weeks, points to a massive Republican wave that, barring an extraordinary turnaround, will deliver crushing nationwide defeats for President Obama’s party. The data suggest a GOP pickup that could easily top 50 seats (the party needs 39 for control of the House). Of the 42 districts polled for The Hill, all but two of which...
  • Three Words To Describe The Pelosi Congress? (Globe Spins for Dems)

    10/26/2010 4:19:43 AM PDT · by suspects · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 26, 2010 | Michael Graham
    If I asked you to describe the performance of the Pelosi Congress in three words - three family-friendly words, that is - what would they be? “Corrupt and incompetent?” “Arrogant and inept?” Maybe “dazed and confused?” The Boston Globe-Democrat’s three words? “Record of Accomplishment.” And here’s the scary part: I think they mean it. Knowing the Globe, I wasn’t surprised that they endorsed every Democrat for Congress. After all, they haven’t endorsed a single Republican in a congressional general election this century. But if you want to see how lost the left has gotten in its own fantasies, the Globe-Democrat’s...
  • The Amazing, Disappearing Democrat Incumbents! (Identity Crisis Hits Democrats)

    10/19/2010 4:32:34 AM PDT · by suspects · 15 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | October 19, 2010 | Michael Graham
    Will the real incumbent Democrat politician please stand up? Last week I received a mailing from “Candidate for State Senate” Karen Spilka out in MetroWest. The mailer promises that “As our next state senator [emphasis added], Karen Spilka will protect and create good jobs,” etc., etc. Now, in what has to be the most bizarre twist in the history of Massachusetts politics, it turns out MetroWest already has a state senator named Karen Spilka. And now there’s this new “candidate” Karen Spilka who apparently wants to become “our next state senator” and replace her. Wow - what are the odds...
  • GOP House Contenders Flying under the Radar

    09/30/2010 1:27:54 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 30, 2010 | Richard Baehr
    November 2nd could see some big, unpleasant surprises for incumbent Democrats in the House of Representatives. Strong GOP contenders, largely unnoticed by the national media and party bigwigs, are making bold plays for seats long regarded as belonging to the Democrats. How big a wave will there be for the GOP in House races this year? The latest analysis by rates only 139 of the 256 Democratic-held seats as safe, or 54% of the total now held by the Democrats. For the GOP, only sixteen of 179 are in play (9% at risk). RCP divides seats into seven categories:...
  • Republican revolts

    09/05/2010 4:21:05 AM PDT · by Scanian · 38 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 05, 2010 | Editorial
    When given the chance this election season, Republican voters are tossing out hidebound incumbents and ushering in new blood, sending a signal to the GOP establishment that the flip-flopping and rampant spending of the latter Bush years won’t be tolerated. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who’d boasted of her Appropriations Committee power over pork-barrel spending, learned that lesson last week — conceding defeat to upstart challenger Joe Miller, an Iraq War veteran and Tea Party favorite. In this election cycle, the GOP grassroots also ended the tenures of incumbent Sens. Bob Bennett of Utah and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania — despite...
  • Why the Dems will lose Congress

    07/31/2010 2:47:16 AM PDT · by Scanian · 45 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 31, 2010 | Michael Barone
    Democratic spin doctors have set out how their side is going to hold on to a majority in the House. They'll capture four at-risk Republican seats, hold half of the next 30 or so Democratic at-risk seats, and avoid significant losses on target seats lower on the list. That's one plausible scenario. The shift of opinion away from Democrats, so evident in the polls, could turn out to be illusory. The widely held assumption that Republicans will turn out in greater numbers than Democrats could prove wrong. Democratic candidates do indeed have a money advantage in many close races, and...
  • Polling the State of the State's Voters

    06/30/2010 6:28:50 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/29/2010 | Tom Gantert
    Trust in state government among Michigan residents and their views of Gov. Jennifer Granholm are at all-time lows, according to a poll released on Monday. The poll found 43.7 percent of those surveyed said Granholm was doing a "poor" job; 35.5 percent rated her as "fair"; 17.4 percent said "good"; and 3.4 percent said "excellent." Only 20.8 percent of those surveyed rated Granholm as "excellent" or "good." That's the governor's lowest rating since she took office. The highest was 57.2 percent when Granholm first took office in 2003. Meanwhile, 37.0 percent of those polled said they seldom or never trust...
  • California Republicans tap women to lead ticket

    06/09/2010 6:01:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 88+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 9, 2010 | David Espo (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON – Once, California Democrats led the way to a year of the women. Now, nearly two decades later, Republicans hope it's their turn. Meg Whitman won the party's nomination for California governor on Tuesday and Carly Fiorina will carry the GOP banner into the fall campaign for a Senate seat, a pair of wealthy businesswomen and first-time candidates running against veteran politicians in a year of palpable anti-establishment sentiment. In next-door Nevada, a third woman contender, Sharron Angle, won the right to oppose Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the fall. And hundreds of miles to the east, South...
  • Eye on Key Primaries That Could Signal Major Shift in November

    06/08/2010 10:31:43 AM PDT · by Welshman007 · 3 replies · 40+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 6/8/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    ...the electorate is in a unique mood. Haley is viewed as the ultimate anti-good-ole-boys candidate, the outsider who shares the values of the Tea Party. Unfortunately, unsubstantiated and unproven charges of marital infidelity hit the campaign like a ton of bricks in the waning days of the race. One source of the charges in particular could not prove his allegations, despite his insistence he had 'documentation.' That proved to be false. The other accuser worked for the Bauer campaign. He has no proof except his own statement that he had 'an inappropriate physical relationship' with Haley at some point in...
  • 'Change' for voters omits Bam

    05/23/2010 3:36:45 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies · 971+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 23, 2010 | Terry Keenan
    Voters sent a strong message to President Obama this week that the change they now believe in doesn't have much to do with him whatsoever -- Americans will vote for change in 2010 by kicking the incumbents out, period. But the message from the polling places in the four states with special primaries on Tuesday wasn't the main one the White House should have been listening to this week -- the message of the markets is far more important and it is signaling tough times ahead for Democrats come November. David Axelrod, listen up. Indeed, the markets are flashing big...
  • Is There Really a Difference Between the Parties Any More?

    05/21/2010 7:10:19 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 35 replies · 386+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 5/21/10 | Ken Lowder
    Arizona Senator, Jon Kyl, was on Face the Nation the other day talking about Obama's latest pick for the Supreme Court of the US, Elena Kagan. During this interview he showed that he really had very little information on her background and core far left liberal beliefs. As usual he came off to me as an unknowing politician from Washington DC. He ended the interview by stating that a filibuster was off the table. Folks, we can now concede that this nominee will get voted in as the most powerful way of stopping her has been withdrawn. All the Democrats...
  • Primaries test incumbents' durability, tea party

    05/18/2010 12:37:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 351+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/18/10 | David Espo - ap
    WASHINGTON – Democrats Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania and Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas struggled uncertainly for nomination to new Senate terms Tuesday and tea party activists clashed with the Republican hierarchy in Kentucky in primaries testing anti-establishment anger in both political parties. In a fourth race with national implications, Republican Tim Burns and Democrat Mark Critz vied to fill out the final few months in the term of the late Rep. John Murtha .. ... .. Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden in Oregon faced little opposition .. for .. a third full term. Voters in Pennsylvania and Oregon also selected gubernatorial candidates.
  • The Power of Incumbency… No More

    05/18/2010 12:11:56 PM PDT · by Mike Reagan · 9 replies · 389+ views ^ | 5-18-2010 | Michael Reagan
    The Power of Incumbency… No More In politics, incumbency usually provides a significant advantage to a candidate. Usually special interests and large-dollar donors flow to those who are currently in power and have control over government purse strings. Incumbents also carry the distinct advantage of staying in the public eye simply in the course of their duties and at the public expense, making campaigning considerably easier. So, election after elections, odds are you get to keep your seat. No more, however. Today, there is an electoral tide turning against this once-impenetrable head-start. Today, it seems that being an incumbent now...
  • Voters may be fed up with pork--Many congressional earmarkers now tagged for ouster

    05/17/2010 5:36:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 301+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 18, 2010 | Sean Lengell
    Is America losing its taste for bacon? When it comes to the congressional variety, members of the powerful appropriations committees are finding that holding the nation's purse strings - and the power the positions afford in doling out pork-barrel projects back home - are no guarantee these days for re-election. Six of the 13 members of the Senate Appropriations Committee up for re-election this year have announced they'll retire or have lost a primary challenge. A seventh, Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Democrat, is trailing challenger Rep. Joe Sestak in the polls heading to Tuesday's primary. The committee has 30 total...
  • May Could Be the Cruelest Month for Senate Incumbents

    05/08/2010 6:19:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies · 1,089+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 7, 2010 | Susan Davis
    Over the next 11 days, the Senate could lose three of its incumbents in primary fights. For some perspective on how politically stunning that fact is, consider this: since 1980, only seven senators have lost their seat in a primary election. And one of them, Connecticut’s Joe Lieberman, rebounded to win the general election. Now, Utah Republican Sen. Bob Bennett, Arkansas Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln, and Pennsylvania Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter are facing serious intra-party fights to hold on to their seats. Bennett could lose his seat on Saturday, when 3,500 delegates at the Utah Republican Party’s state convention will...
  • Howard Dean: The Bet's Off on Incumbency

    04/10/2010 12:17:20 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 1,510+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 10, 2010 | David Pietrusza
    Liberal propagandists are very good at changing the subject, their task made all the more easy thanks to their firm grasp on both the channel and volume controls of the mainstream media remote control device. >p>Take for very good example, the current election cycle. Democrats are in trouble. Big trouble. We know that. They know that. But it is also very handy to provide excuses, excuses that will disguise the real reason for rising voter discontent. So the story becomes not that the public is outraged with Democrats or liberals or those who rammed the stimulus or the health care/student...
  • The Incumbent Democrat Body Count

    03/03/2010 6:30:42 PM PST · by the invisib1e hand · 7 replies · 529+ views
    They're dropping like flies, these Democrats. Some of natural causes (Murtha), some because of special elections (Massachusetts special election), some are being railroaded out (Gov. Paterson), some are being eaten by their own (Schumer), and some are mysteriously retiring (Bayh). It's widely known that the wheels of justice grind slowly, but they do grind -- and in this case, the more the better. And yet, there seems to be an uncanny clustering of misfortune that suggests something more than coincidence at work. While we cannot attribute, prima fascie, the natural causes to anything known to be in the control of...
  • Specter's Snowball Effect

    02/21/2010 9:10:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies · 1,963+ views ^ | February 21, 2010 | Salena Zito
    WASHINGTON – It is probably fair to say that U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, D-Pa., started it all. He perceived, long before anyone else, that this will not be the year of the incumbent. Armed with campaign battle scars, a cantankerous personality and fairly long-in-the-tooth seniority (even by Senate standards), Specter has come to symbolize the end of the incumbent. A CNN poll last week showed that only one-third of U.S. voters (a record-low number) think their members of Congress deserve to go back next year. When Specter switched parties last spring, he was brutally honest why: He didn't want to...
  • Congress poll is Capitol hell

    02/17/2010 3:28:03 AM PST · by Scanian · 17 replies · 659+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 17, 2010 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Just when you thought Congress couldn't reach a new low, it did. Only a third of US voters think their Congress members have earned the right to get sent back next year -- a record-low number, a poll released yesterday shows. Thirty-four percent of voters queried think members of the House and the Senate ought to be re-elected -- while an astonishing 63 percent were in favor of throwing the bums out, the new CNN poll showed. That's the worst performance for Congress in the history of the network's polling -- the latest red flag for the floundering Democratic leadership...
  • Congress continues to hemorrhage incumbents.

    02/15/2010 7:18:20 PM PST · by Lexluthor69 · 16 replies · 622+ views
    The Silent Majority ^ | 02-15-10 | Robert Ehrenkaufer
    In the run up to the mid-term elections of 2010 it seems as if incumbents can read the proverbial writing on the wall. Evan Bayh's announcement is the most recent in a long stream of retirements. What better way to heal the "body politic" than to purge from its bowels the parasites that infect it. What better way to address the financial meltdown we have experienced than to give Congress a colonic and flush away the detritus that litters both sides of the aisle.
  • New York Times survey finds Obama edge over GOP ... until you look at the data (YES!!!)

    02/15/2010 7:08:27 PM PST · by Zakeet · 40 replies · 2,442+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 14, 2010 | Mark Tapscott
    Here's the lead and following two graphs for The New York Times story on the results of its latest joint public opinion survey with CBS News: "At a time of deepening political disaffection and intensified distress about the economy, President Obama enjoys an edge over Republicans in the battle for public support, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. [Snip] Reading those graphs might well lead one to conclude that, while the president certainly has some problems, his difficulties are less severe than those facing Republicans and he enjoys significant public support on his major policies. But a...
  • Let's Roll

    02/04/2010 10:55:20 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 4 replies · 267+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 2/4/10 | Ken Lowder
    Well there is no doubt that the Tea Parties are indeed a force in American politics. The democrats called it a fluke when they lost the governorships in New Jersey and Virginia. The loss at Massachusetts flipped them on their collective ears. So what do we do now? I say let's roll on even harder while we have the momentum. Now is not the time to rest on our laurels and wait and see what Sarah Palin and Scott Brown do now.
  • Vulnerable Dems seek distance from Obama

    02/03/2010 4:02:53 PM PST · by Baladas · 10 replies · 390+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | February 3, 2010 | Janet Hook and Christi Parsons
    As Congress begins picking through President Obama's vast election year budget, many Democratic incumbents and candidates seem to be finding something they love — to campaign against. A Democratic Senate candidate in Missouri denounced the budget's sky-high deficit. A Florida Democrat whose district includes the Kennedy Space Center hit the roof over NASA budget cuts. And an endangered Senate Democrat denounced proposed cuts in farm subsidies. A headline on the 2010 campaign website of Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), blares her opposition to Obama's farm budget: ``Blanche stands up for Arkansas farm families,'' it says. Heading into an election season in...
  • "Who Wants To Be The Next Scott Brown?" (Incumbents Days Are Numbered)

    01/28/2010 2:41:45 AM PST · by suspects · 5 replies · 496+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Michael Graham
    Forget the State of the Union speech last night. In fact, forget Washington and Beacon Hill. If you wanted to see the people who are changing the course of American politics, you should have been at a racetrack in Braintree on Tuesday night. That’s when I hosted a campaign training session for regular citizens who want to run for local and state offices. The room at F1 Boston’s conference facility was set up for 200. Half an hour before our start time, we had 300. By the time we began, we had nearly 400 attendees - and another 100 or...
  • Days numbered for incumbents

    01/28/2010 8:56:31 AM PST · by Capt. Tom · 2 replies · 392+ views ^ | Thursday, January 28, 2010 | Michael Graham
    Forget the State of the Union speech last night. In fact, forget Washington and Beacon Hill. If you wanted to see the people who are changing the course of American politics, you should have been at a racetrack in Braintree on Tuesday night. That’s when I hosted a campaign training session for regular citizens who want to run for local and state offices. The room at F1 Boston’s conference facility was set up for 200. Half an hour before our start time, we had 300. By the time we began, we had nearly 400 attendees - and another 100 or...
  • Boren (D.Oklahoma) Says he is "in the driver's seat."

    01/10/2010 5:44:16 PM PST · by Memphis Moe · 14 replies · 777+ views
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, Oklahoma's only Democrat in Congress, predicts his party will lose seats in elections later this year. "If we have a tight majority one way or another, that puts me in the driver's seat,'' the three-term lawmaker said. "In the 112th (Congress), I probably will have the most influence I have ever had, no matter who has the majority.''
  • Congressional Republicans backing more insurgent candidates

    01/09/2010 3:45:10 PM PST · by mdittmar · 10 replies · 709+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/09/10 | Aaron Blake
    A growing number of GOP members are bucking the party and backing non-establishment candidates in this year’s primary elections. Many are feeling liberated, particularly after seeing Conservative Doug Hoffman drive centrist Republican Dede Scozzafava out of the New York special election. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has drawn the most attention for supporting Marco Rubio in Florida’s Senate race and Chuck DeVore in California’s. But now, other members of Congress are also backing candidates running against establishment favorites hundreds of miles away. In Rep. Glenn Nye’s (D-Va.) district this week, two primary candidates running against national party-favored businessman Scott Rigell drew...
  • Get in the face of each politician.

    05/09/2009 4:53:19 PM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 11 replies · 589+ views ^ | 2009 | Bruce Donnelly
    Action: Forget big national protests for media attention. Get in the face of each politician. "Track their scheduled local appearances. Organize locally to have protesters at their events. Instead of holding big "Tea Parties" on nationally scheduled dates, organize them locally by networking people who can show up on short notice to express their concerns directly to their own public officials. This is more effective than writing letter and e-mails for staff to tally and ignore, or answer in perfunctory ways just to create the illusion of listening. Instead, show up at their event and ask to personally deliver hundreds...
  • Revolt With Your Vote - 2012

    03/16/2009 5:16:09 PM PDT · by LarryBrown · 8 replies · 829+ views ^ | 3/16/09 | Larry Brown
  • Americans are Stupid!

    10/15/2008 1:51:47 PM PDT · by nels96 · 21 replies · 868+ views ^ | 10-15-08 | Nelson Lee Walker
    AMERICANS ARE STUPID! (text) I’m coming around to the idea that the bulk of the American people are basically stupid, stupid, stupid! Why? How else can we explain how Congress, which has a 9% approval rating, gets reelected about 95% of the time? Do we ever “throw the bums out”? Listen to these stats:Senate: As of 2008, of 100 Senators, 39 (39%) reelected for 18 yrs or more, 4 over 40 years! House: As of 2008, of 435 members, 143 (33%) reelected for 14 yrs or more, 5 over 36 years! And the longer these guys are in office, the...
  • Letter: Time to vote incumbents out of office

    10/11/2008 7:43:48 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 43 replies · 804+ views
    The Culpeper Star-Exponent, Culpeper, VA ^ | 2008-10-10 | John J. Callahan
    For at least the last 10 years, we’ve noticed a trend that Congress does not support the will of the American people. Voters have sat back and re-elected the same people who are not heeding the wishes of the people, but have led the country deep into socialism and all its dilemmas. Even now, while we hang on the verge of a depression, the Congress approves bailouts which will cost almost a trillion dollars with the earmarks that have been attached. Congress treats the American people as if the voters are dumb children unable to think or take care of...
  • Cal Thomas: Judgment Day

    09/24/2008 9:51:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 653+ views
    Townhall ^ | September 25, 2008 | Cal Thomas
    It isn't often that public outrage peaks so close to an election, but this is a rare moment in history when "we the people" can exact a price from the political leadership that has duped, scammed and lied to them, contributing mightily to the current financial mess. At the Senate Banking Committee hearings Tuesday, Democrats, led by Chairman Chris Dodd of Connecticut, seemed to think the mortgage crisis, aided and abetted by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, AIG, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and other disasters, occurred on someone else's watch. Dodd, joined by ranking Republican Richard Shelby of Alabama, criticized...
  • Americans must stop reelecting their Congress!

    08/20/2008 1:47:23 PM PDT · by nels96 · 19 replies · 350+ views ^ | 082008 | Nelson Lee Walker
    Some years ago it became apparent to me that politics stinks, and that the stinkiest part of politics is the US Congress. Judging from the fact that voter participation in all our elections runs from 40 to 50%, apparently a great many voters agree, and simply don’t vote So I made myself a commitment to start a campaign to “Tro Da Bums Out!” (All of them) First, I looked at Term Limits. Since 75% of Americans want term limits for Congress, I thought it would be easy. But... we need to get a bill for term limits thru Congress FIRST,...
  • Advice to 2008 Voters

    08/11/2008 1:47:52 PM PDT · by nels96 · 3 replies · 179+ views ^ | 08-11-08 | Nelson Lee Walker
    Those good souls who are working to get a term limits amendment to put an end to corrupt Congresses should stop and realize that it is an impossible task. Congress will not, repeat NOT, allow a bill for such an amendment to pass. And, for the same reasons, they will NOT allow an Article V convention for amendments to happen. Those are the only two ways allowed by the Constitution to propose amendments. Therefore it is left to us, the people, to conduct our own de facto term limits, at the ballot box. It is a very simple strategy, to...
  • An 'Extremist' Suggestion to Fix Congress

    07/19/2008 12:48:21 PM PDT · by nels96 · 25 replies · 291+ views ^ | 080719 | Nelson Lee Walker
    MY 'EXTREMIST' SUGGESTION TO CHANGE CONGRESS There was a time when I was generally and proudly optimistic about the prospects for our country. But the growth of an irresponsible, liberally biased media, the incompetent ever-growing leviathan of government, and the essentially permanent self-serving Congress, has turned me into a desperate ‘extremist’, calling for all voters to ‘Never Reelect’ anyone in Congress, lest we continue our descent into a ‘Dictatorship of the Congress’. It makes little difference who wins the Presidency. It is in Congress where the problems lie! I can think of no rational alternative to ‘Never Reelect’ any congressperson,...
  • Use the presidential candidates to pressure Congress for Term Limits

    07/08/2008 4:15:22 PM PDT · by nels96 · 14 replies · 383+ views ^ | 070808 | Nelson Lee Walker
    Presidents are term limited, so they can only do so much damage to the country. What I am very concerned about is our crummy Congress, which gets worse every year, and needs to be term limited. But Congress has a LOCK on never letting us get term limits on them. So I suggest the only way to do it, is to NEVER REELECT any incumbent! In the meantime, we can try to use the presidential race to give us a boost. Such as the following: McCain is a maverick. He likes to make waves. And he specializes in townhall meetings....
  • Congress needs a landslide de-election

    06/12/2008 2:47:03 PM PDT · by nels96 · 17 replies · 226+ views ^ | June 12 2008 | Nelson Lee Walker
    Congress is not working, and that is chiefly due to the fact that its reelection rate is 98%. Why should they rock their boat when they always get reelected? Major national issues such as our need for energy remain unaddressed, while gasoline approaches $5/gal. Russia, Venezuela, China, et al, are all rushing to fill the demand at our expense. To solve this coming energy crisis, Congress could simply vote to remove its restrictions on domestic drilling in ANWR, off our coasts, our shale in the Rockies, on nuclear power, etc. And stop pushing foolish inefficient bio-fuels! But they won’t, because...
  • We need a revolution to take back our Congress

    03/29/2008 1:39:29 PM PDT · by nels96 · 21 replies · 584+ views ^ | 3-29-08 | Nelson Lee Walker
    A REVOLUTION TO TAKE BACK THE US CONGRESS by I am proposing that we create a popular, bloodless, political revolution in our country. I believe that it is very necessary, very possible, and very doable. The object of this revolution is the destruction of the professional political class which currently dominates and corrupts the US Congress. I am convinced, as are many, many voters, that the bulk of our country's political problems arises out of this 'permanent' Congressional political class, and their devotion to party power and to the financial special interests keeping them in power. There is a...
  • Sunsetting campaign war chests

    03/26/2008 6:00:03 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 5 replies · 220+ views
    The Lowell Sun ^ | March 25, 2008 | David D'Arcangelo
    This article recommends limiting the campaign war chests of encumbents in order to give new candidates a more equal opportunity to win elections.
  • Finally A Debate That Was A Debate

    01/12/2008 7:16:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 171+ views
    The American Chronicle ^ | January 12, 2008 | Ken Hughes
    The last two Republican debates finally offered the voters a look at the candidates as they are [sans] the You Tube foolishness. The debate was periodically laced with sarcastic innuendo otherwise they were very informative for the first time in this campaign. Fred Thompson as it turned out was every bit the Statesman of the group, I’m not sure the public is ready for a statesman. Statesmen are only crowned as such after their service to the nation is over. Fred Thompson has a long and distinguished career serving his country in a variety of positions. If he doesn’t become...
  • Incumbents Hold Cash Advantages

    10/13/2006 1:05:50 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 292+ views
    AP ^ | 10/13/6 | JIM KUHNHENN,
    Republican Sen. Mike DeWine, locked in one of the fiercest Senate races this year, enters the final weeks of the campaign with a $3 million advantage over challenger Rep. Sherrod Brown. In Connecticut, Sen. Joe Lieberman, running as an independent, had $4.7 million in the bank as he attempts to fend off millionaire Democrat Ned Lamont. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez had $5.5 million as of the end of September to defend his seat against Republican challenger Tom Kean Jr. And in Rhode Island, incumbent Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee reported about $700,000 on hand, compared to $1.4 million for...