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  • NeverTrump's new goal

    05/07/2016 2:29:31 PM PDT · by Macoozie · 78 replies ^ | 7 May 2016 | Ken Klukowski
    “I agree with these folks that Trump is no conservative, and he’s more interested in redefining the Republican Party than in unifying it,” Blackwell explained. “I believe he is self-centered enough, and wants a win this election enough, that these folks can get his attention and perhaps find common ground. If not, he’ll have a problem this November.”
  • Big Oil's Effort To Tax Carbon and Your Family's Finances

    01/30/2016 9:44:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | January 30, 2016 | Ken Blackwell
    As world leaders gathered in Paris last month for the United Nations climate summit, many seemed surprised that several large oil companies, including BP and Shell, endorsed a carbon tax as a "key element" of any international climate deal. Less surprising was the preference of those in the renewable energy sector to see a tax on carbon. The implication was of course that if major companies - oil companies in particular - want to tax themselves, who are we to stand in the way? It must be an indication that the climate crisis is so acute that even they have...
  • Exodus II?

    03/20/2014 6:19:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | March 20, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    i>This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. The former President of Lebanon, Amine Gemayel, is a Maronite Christian. He recently warned of “an exodus approaching biblical proportions.” Gemayel told a gathering in Zurich of Christian Solidarity International (CSI) and other human rights activists that the current wave of church burnings, murders, and riots against Christians in the Mideast is the work of radical Islamists. The former Lebanese leader’s own brother had been assassinated in Beirut by these same jihadists. President Gemayel’s warnings echo those issued two years ago by Vienna’s Catholic prelate. Christoph Cardinal Schönborn in 2012 told a religious...
  • A Selfie in South Africa

    12/13/2013 8:36:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | December 13, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. President Obama is receiving plenty of criticism for his selfie cellphone portrait at the funeral of South Africa’s revered leader, Nelson Mandela. What the president had to say in tribute to Africa’s greatest statesman was largely overshadowed by the press pictures of Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s shapely blonde chief of government, Helle Thorning Schmidt. The three leaders are shown, dressed appropriately enough in mourning black. But they are seen yucking it up like teenagers while First Lady Michelle Obama sits up attentively, the perfect picture of dignity and...
  • Forward to Socialism!

    05/02/2012 11:08:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | May 2, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    Someone in the Obama campaign should find a new line of work. They've adopted as a slogan the single word: Forward! You've heard those complaints from conservatives that Obama is a socialist? Well, Forward! is one sure way to validate those concerns. Forward! has been the slogan of Marxists for more than a century. Vorwärts is not a soccer rival to Harry Potter's Hogwarts school, that home of witchcraft and wizardry. Vorwärts was the German language name of the Socialist newspaper for generations of European leftists. In Russia, Vladimir Lenin's Bolsheviks used the word Vperyod! Now, if you had been...
  • Jim Moran’s Crazy Analysis of the Midterms

    02/02/2011 7:53:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | February 2, 2011 | Ken Blackwell
    In Congressman Jim Moran’s (D) hometown of Alexandria, Virginia, a few years ago, some New Year’s Eve reveler ran his car into a pedestal in the middle of Washington Street. He knocked down a statue that had stood there for decades. The very liberal, very politically correct folks in Alexandria jumped at the chance to get rid of the soldier on the pedestal. That soldier is a Confederate Johnny Reb. They were about to ship Johnny off to the old soldiers home when Richmond intervened. It seems the statue was put up with state funds and couldn’t be moved without...
  • Barack Obama: the Most Anti-Israel President!

    11/11/2010 7:57:50 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 11, 2010 | Ken Blackwell
    With his remarks in Jakarta, Indonesia, President Obama made history once again. Sadly, it's a most unenviable title. I believe he is the most anti-Israel President in U.S. history. In going to Jakarta, Indonesia, to launch his latest attack, he literally went to the ends of the earth to give voice to his displeasure. He emphasized his opposition to the policies of the elected government of Israel. He used his Jakarta platform to complain about Israel building apartments for her growing population. Where? In Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. To make matters even worse, Jakarta is a city no Israeli...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Vote Fraud Essential to Democrats

    10/28/2010 4:29:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/28/2010 | Connie Hair
    Giving insight as only the Great Maha Rushie can, Rush Limbaugh put some sunlight on yet another scheme to interfere in America's ability to self-govern by left-wing billionaire George Soros.  Rush points out that even a small influx of cash into your state Secretary of State race can make a huge difference.  Something to ponder.RUSH LIMBAUGH, HOST:  Let me illustrate for you just how essential vote fraud is to the Democrat Party.  George Soros sank a lot of money into a project called the Secretary of State Project, starting in 2006.  Have you ever heard of the Secretary of State Project?...
  • NPR: All PC Things Considered

    10/22/2010 11:49:07 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 17 replies · 1+ views
    World Mag ^ | October 22, 2010 | Ken Blackwell
    National Public Radio is a monument to political correctness. Its acronym might better be thought of as “not professionally responsible.” It is not a left-leaning organization. The Leaning Tower of Pisa leans. NPR has fallen over completely for the “progressive” agenda. It is supine. Horizontal. And the actions of NPR president Vivian Schiller in firing Juan Williams are just the most public example of NPR’s bias. Juan Williams has done more than any other journalist to chronicle the history of the civil rights movement, to show the strong role of faith in sustaining black Americans through centuries of slavery, segregation,...
  • Idiocy About Russia: Not Useful

    08/02/2010 8:03:33 AM PDT · by jazminerose · 3 replies ^ | 8/2/10 | Joy Tiz
    Ken Blackwell–for the record, my first choice for RNC chair–provides a useful Russian history lesson in Townhall. While making the argument that Jim Jones is not a useful idiot, Blackwell throws in a little Russian reportage for those of us who attended state funded indoctrination centers: "Beset by shortages, invading Germans, and civil war at home, Lenin presided over one famous Kremlin meeting during which he renewed his assurances that capitalism was on its last legs. ‘We will hang all the capitalists,’ Lenin pledged. His comrade Martov bitterly answered: ‘Under our great new socialist government, we couldn’t even find enough...
  • Imperialism & Free Pizza

    06/17/2010 9:03:53 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 83+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 17, 2010 | Sarah Schaerr Norton
    Imperialism & Free Pizza Sarah Schaerr Norton, June 17, 2010 WASHINGTON, June 16, 2010 – Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski, an attorney for the American Civil Rights Union, will discuss their book, The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency at the next Accuracy in Academia authors’ night. What: “The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency” Who: Ken Blackwell, Former Ohio Secretary of State & UN Ambassador Ken Klukowski, Senior Legal Analyst, American Civil Rights Union When: Monday, June 21, 2010, 6:00 pm Where:...
  • The Obama Doctrine: Marching that Long Gray Line into a Gray Fog

    05/29/2010 5:21:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 368+ views ^ | May 29, 2010 | Ken Blackwell
    President Obama this week brought his unique brand of leadership to the U.S. Military Academy. Speaking at the West Point graduation, the commander-in-chief outlined a foreign policy that sharply differed from the Bush Doctrine that was proclaimed from that same podium eight years ago. In those tense, post-9/11 days, George W. Bush declared that the U.S. would carry the fight to our jihadist enemies, that we would not wait for those who were preparing weapons of mass destruction to strike us a first, devastating blow, and that we would regard any government that harbored terrorists as a foe. The Bush...
  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Jesus! [VA Gov. McDonnell lifts ban on chaplains praying in Jesus' name]

    04/30/2010 7:30:56 AM PDT · by rhema · 8 replies · 375+ views
    WORLD ^ | 4/30/10 | KEN BLACKWELL
    Virginia’s Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is catching flak from the ACLU because it does not like the fact that he has lifted the ban on police chaplains praying in Jesus’ name. Virginia’s former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine had issued the ruling in 2008, and the ACLU gang charges that McDonnell is giving in to conservatives and Christians in revoking the Jesus ban. Well, maybe another former Virginia governor influenced McDonnell—Thomas Jefferson. The author of Virginia’s famed Statute for Religious Freedom, Jefferson never tried to suppress Virginians’ or Americans’ free exercise of religion. In fact, as president in 1802, Jefferson invited...
  • Ken Blackwell on Jon Stewart tonight--new book--THE BLUEPRINT: Obama's Plan...

    04/28/2010 8:11:29 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 9 replies · 1,315+ views
    Amazon ^ | April 28, 2010
    THE BLUEPRINT: Obama's Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency Editorial Reviews Review “With their characteristic style, Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski offer compelling arguments and insights demonstrating that much of President Obama’s agenda undermines our Constitution and America’s system of limited government that keeps us free. An important and timely book.” —Edwin Meese III, Former Attorney General of the United States and Counselor to President Ronald Reagan “Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski do an outstanding job showing how much of President Obama’s agenda, which is undermining America’s families, also violates our constitutional rights. This is a must...
  • Does Obama Want Israel to Sign a Suicide Pact?

    04/09/2010 12:08:49 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 34 replies · 890+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4-9-10 | Ken Blackwell
    ... Netanyahu recently visited President Obama in the White House. There was no press availability. No joint press conference. No state dinner. No White House welcoming ceremony. Netanyahu’s limousine was nearly invisible as it left Capitol Hill. It was surrounded by a thick cordon of police vehicles as it raced through the halted traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue. If you blinked, you would have missed it. Netanyahu is said to fear that Arab and Muslim invitees to the President’s Convention Center extravaganza intend to “gang up” on Israel. He is concerned that they will dramatically present a demand for Israel to...
  • Ken Blackwell talks Michael Steele on Neil Cavuto

    04/07/2010 4:24:31 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 43 replies · 749+ views
    Fox News via You Tube ^ | April 5, 2010 | Neil Cavuto & Ken Blackwell
    Ken Blackwell talks Michael Steele on Neil Cavuto
  • RNC Resignations and 'Shadow RNC' Could Signal More Trouble for Steele

    04/05/2010 7:00:32 PM PDT · by iowamark · 52 replies · 1,015+ views
    ABC News ^ | 04/05/2010 | By JONATHAN KARL, KRISTINA WONG and HUMA KHAN
    Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele released a defiant statement... ...two GOP officials stepped down today -- top GOP donor Sam Fox stepped down from his position on an RNC fundraising committee, and Ken McKay stepped down as RNC Chief of Staff. In his statement, Steele announced he was appointing McKay's deputy, Mike Leavitt, to take his spot. According to a Republican close to the RNC, the elevation of Mike Leavitt -- who managed Steele's unsuccessful Senate campaign -- could spell more trouble for the RNC. Leavitt has been overseeing communications for the past two months, and during that...
  • Hail to the Chief Justice

    03/13/2010 4:43:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 892+ views ^ | March 13, 2010 | Ken Blackwell
    When the young John Roberts was confirmed as Chief Justice of the United States in 2005, he declined to put those gold stripes on his robes. They’re the ones that the late William Rehnquist had devised to indicate his status as first among equals on the nation’s high court. “I’ll have to earn them,” Roberts said modestly. He just did. He gave a powerful rejoinder this week to President Obama’s unprecedented foray into demagoguery. It’s more than a tempest in a teapot. Last January, President Obama took the unheard of step of criticizing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling during his...
  • President Obama and Military "Corpsemen"

    02/20/2010 5:21:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 697+ views ^ | February 20, 2010 | Ken Blackwell
    The blogs have been having a lot of fun with Vice President Joe Biden’s latest gaffe. The veep claimed that the U.S. would be the world economic leader “throughout the twentieth century.” I guess that was a safe bet. President Obama’s gaffes are less frequent than Biden’s gaffe-a-day act, but they are no less revealing. YouTube watchers have had a laugh at the Commander-in-Chief’s latest stumble. Speaking about the military, he referred to a medical corpsmen as a “corpse-man.” The President apparently was unfamiliar with the term. And no one on his staff thought to prep him with a phonetic...
  • Does Obama Walk the Walk When It Comes to Christians and Jews?

    02/15/2010 5:51:27 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 14 replies · 421+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 15, 2010 | Ken Blackwell
    It’s hard to call for an end to the culture wars when your own side is manning the barricades. President Obama is big on civility. He talks a very good game. But his nominee for a top slot at the Department of Justice--Dawn Johnsen--is a leading exponent of incivility. Johnsen worked with the ACLU for years. And she joined ARM--the so-called Abortion Rights Mobilization--to strip the Catholic Church of its tax-exempt status because of its pro-life advocacy. The Catholic Church eventually won that case--but not until it had spent years and millions of dollars defending itself. The Catholic Church was...
  • President Obama: How About Bowing to Reality?

    01/05/2010 6:09:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 584+ views ^ | January 5, 2010 | Ken Blackwell
    The editor of the New Yorker was once asked about the hip, cool, insider writing that graced his journal. Didn’t its stylish prose go over people’s heads? “We don’t write it for the little old lady from Dubuque,” he replied. Not pitching your case to the little old lady from Dubuque, Iowa, became a hallmark of modern sophisticated liberalism--a liberalism more characterized by point-of-view than by policy point papers. So when the New Yorker’s Christmas week number hit newsstands, it was bound to attract attention. The cover showed President Obama bowing to Santa. In their typical way, the editors of...
  • De-Fund Eric Holder's Manhattan Transfer

    12/05/2009 3:25:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 535+ views ^ | December 5, 2009 | Ken Blackwell
    Ex-White House counsel Greg Craig thought it was a good idea to transfer Elián Gonzalez from the arms of his loving family in Miami into the arms of Fidel Castro. Transfer Elián from Florida to Cuba. Bad idea. Attorney General Janet Reno thought she might have to prove her toughness by transferring dozens of women and children from a Waco cult headquarters to eternity. Really bad idea. But Eric Holder’s plan to transfer Khalid Sheikh Mohammed from Guantánamo Bay to Manhattan for a civilian trial is surely liberals’ worst idea. KSM and his cohorts had agreed to plead guilty before...
  • Ken Blackwell: A Chemical Scare Campaign Is Good Business for Some

    07/23/2009 12:06:23 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 1,042+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 23, 2009 | Ken Blackwell
    Last month, the Statistical Assessment Service (STATS), a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization affiliated with George Mason University, released "Science Suppressed: How America became obsessed with BPA," a report which accuses the media "of ignoring the extensive research of respected scientists and major health agencies in the United States and around the world, which found BPA was not only safe but played an important role in ensuring food safety."   It also confirms what countless previous studies have said; BPA is safe. If you're unfamiliar with Bisphenol A (BPA), it is a chemical used to make lightweight, versatile, durable, high-performance plastics.  It's...
  • Ken Blackwell: From Russia -- Without Love

    07/11/2009 12:23:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 585+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 11, 2009 | Ken Blackwell
    President Obama's recent trip to Russia contrasts sharply with Ronald Reagan's 1988 visit to Moscow. President Reagan reached out to the Russian people, too. He gave the first nationally televised speech ever delivered-uncensored-to the peoples of Russia. Reagan made a point of speaking of religious freedom and invoking God's blessing on the Russian people. Like Obama, Reagan also spoke to elite students. But unlike Obama, Reagan made a point of telling students at Moscow State University in the most civil terms why despotism was wrong. The Information Age then in its dawn was physically based, he told the sons and...
  • Al Franken — Democrat From Acorn (Acorn's Sec of State Program)

    07/06/2009 11:44:00 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 21 replies · 1,253+ views
    IBD ^ | 7/6/09 | Mikey_1962
    Politics: The former Stuart Smalley becomes the 60th Democrat in the U.S. Senate, thanks to the community organizers at Acorn and the little-known Secretary of State Project. Is the system being rigged? Incumbent Republican Norm Coleman conceded defeat in the mother of all recounts in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race after the state's Supreme Court unanimously rejected his lawsuit. Arguably, his seat may have been lost the day in 2006 when Democrat Mark Ritchie defeated two-term incumbent Republican Mary Kiffmeyer to become Minnesota secretary of state. It was Ritchie who orchestrated the recount that gave Democratic challenger Franken a lead some...
  • Al Franken — Democrat From Acorn

    07/02/2009 5:26:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 2,296+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 2, 2009
    Politics: The former Stuart Smalley becomes the 60th Democrat in the U.S. Senate, thanks to the community organizers at Acorn and the little-known Secretary of State Project. Is the system being rigged?Politics: The former Stuart Smalley becomes the 60th Democrat in the U.S. Senate, thanks to the community organizers at Acorn and the little-known Secretary of State Project. Is the system being rigged? Incumbent Republican Norm Coleman conceded defeat in the mother of all recounts in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race after the state's Supreme Court unanimously rejected his lawsuit. Arguably, his seat may have been lost the day in 2006...
  • No Trumpets in Zion

    06/05/2009 9:05:30 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 5 replies · 494+ views
    The Fox Forum ^ | June 5th, 2009 | Ken Blackwell
    The Washington Post last year admitted that it had “leaned” toward Barack Obama in the presidential race. That’s ridiculous. The Leaning Tower of Pisa leans, but it still stands. The Post and the rest of the liberal media fell over flat for him. ... President Obama’s Mideast trip has been hailed as a “new beginning.” Indeed it is. Obama very pointedly did not visit Jerusalem on this his first trip to the region. Liberal Democrat Harry Truman dared to recognize Israel in 1948 — minutes after the struggling Jewish state was born — and minutes before Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and...
  • Ohio: John Kasich filing for guv today

    05/01/2009 2:13:20 PM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 104 replies · 6,191+ views
    The Swamp Politics ^ | 05/01/09 | Mark Silva
    It's getting to be that time again: The 2010 elections are right around the corner, and they're going to get pretty interesting in some of the most heavily contested states and congressional districts next year. In Ohio, Republican John Kasich, a former longtime congressman and also commentator for FOX News Channel, plans to file papers today for a bid for governor, according to a well-placed source. Republicans wanted Kasich to run in 2006, he demurred, but has been planting the seeds for 2010 since them - in March 2008, he suggested that Ohio's income tax should be "phased out.'' He...
  • Fighting for Religious Freedom

    04/18/2009 6:15:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies · 335+ views ^ | April 18, 2009 | Ken Blackwell
    Last week, many Americans celebrated Holy Week and Passover. Both of these traditions remind us that we must continue to stand for religious freedom for all. I agree with Britain’s Anglican Bishop of Rochester, the Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali. He says that we Christians should treat our Muslim neighbors with love and with respect. We believe, even if they do not, that we are all created in the image and likeness of God. We believe that they share with us the civil rights that are enjoyed by all Americans. But we also believe, with George Washington, that each one here...
  • Ken Blackwell: Obama's Radical Foreign Policy Sacrifices Sovereignty

    04/07/2009 11:42:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 712+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 08, 2009 | Ken Blackwell
    While North Korea's missile test shows just how menacing the world can be, Barack Obama has unveiled a radical foreign policy. This policy leaves American troops carrying all the risks in overseas combat, while lowering our defenses at the same time that dangerous regimes are developing their means of mass destruction. It also subjects American companies to foreign socialistic control, as European leaders speak about a new, secular global order no longer led by the United States. President Obama is sacrificing our sovereignty and safety in an increasingly perilous world that rejects American values. North Korea showed the world exactly...
  • Conservatives' False Division

    03/26/2009 4:55:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies · 979+ views ^ | March 26, 2009 | Ken Blackwell
    The politics of division is at play within the conservative movement. Some predominately economic conservatives are at odds with some predominately social conservatives. This internecine spat is the result of conservatives forgetting they share a common opponent. What these conservatives should firmly fix on is that they share a basic philosophy regarding the relationship of the individual to the state. Many believe the individual possesses various rights that define what it means to be an individual at a fundamental level. More than that, all conservatives believe the source of these rights is not government. Most conservatives believe that these inalienable...
  • Blackwell: Steele Needs to Re-Read Bible, Constitution

    03/14/2009 3:14:45 AM PDT · by cdchik123 · 17 replies · 725+ views
    aol news ^ | March, 09 | Matt Lewis
    I just spoke with Ken Blackwell, a senior fellow at the American Civil Rights Union and a former Ohio Secretary of State, about Michael Steele's comments to GQ. According to Blackwell: "Chairman Steele, as the leader of America's Pro-Life conservative party, needs to re-read the Bible, the U.S. Constitution, and the 2008 GOP Platform. He then needs to get to work -- or get out of the way."
  • Steele to Rush: I'm sorry

    03/02/2009 3:20:29 PM PST · by Dan Nunn · 465 replies · 17,756+ views
    The Politico ^ | March 2, 2009 | Mike Allen
    Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says he has reached out to Rush Limbaugh to tell him he meant no offense when he referred to the popular conservative radio host as an “entertainer” whose show can be “incendiary.” “My intent was not to go after Rush – I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh,” Steele said in a telephone interview. “I was maybe a little bit inarticulate. … There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership.” The dust-up comes at a time when top Democrats are trying to make Limbaugh the face of the...
  • Dumbing Down America

    02/22/2009 10:17:27 AM PST · by dbz77 · 7 replies · 1,172+ views
    TownHall ^ | February 20, 2009 | Ken Blackwell
    One of the most contentious social and political debates of our time pits the opposing goals of equality of opportunity versus equality of outcome. Some would claim the point was settled before the Founding of the American republic in that the Declaration of Independence recognized as an unalienable right the "pursuit" of happiness rather than happiness itself. Others argue that various social and political disadvantages through history create the need for more balanced outcomes as recompense for past wrongs. This discussion is no more heated than in the world of education. The question of opportunity versus outcome is vexing and...
  • Orwell Knew

    02/20/2009 9:06:02 AM PST · by dbz77 · 12 replies · 1,416+ views
    TownHall ^ | February 20, 2009 | Ken Blackwell
    After a month in complete control of the federal government, Democrats in Congress and the White House have quickly dispensed with any notion that we have entered into a new post-partisan era of governance. Their campaign claims of wanting to govern inclusively were greeted with optimism by the more gullible among us. However, their recent actions leave no doubt as to their true intentions. They will push through whatever they want whenever they want. The minority party need not participate. Their first order of business was the wasteful $787 billion economic stimulus bill, rushed through Congress with no Republican votes...
  • Bush backlash seen at RNC meeting

    01/28/2009 7:46:43 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 85 replies · 2,102+ views
    UPI ^ | January 28, 2009 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Some Republican National Committee members in Washington for winter meetings say any vestige of former President George Bush must go, including the RNC chief. With six candidates competing to run the Grand Old Party, some RNC members said they are determined to remove Mike Duncan, the current RNC chairman seeking re-election, because he is seen as a candidate who would maintain the status quo, The Washington Post (NYSE:WPO) reported Wednesday. The winter meetings run through Saturday. Duncan "has never criticized Bush when the president was wrong," said Shawn Steel, a member from California. "He's the...
  • Loyal Opposition

    01/22/2009 10:42:45 AM PST · by dbz77 · 5 replies · 469+ views
    TownHall ^ | January 22, 2009 | Ken Blackwell
    Now that the Inauguration has ended, it’s time to govern. President Barack Obama has been chosen by the American people to lead. The Republican Party must work to find common ground with the new President, and to support him whenever possible. But Republicans cannot sacrifice principles to do so. If the President wants bipartisan support for his policies, he must find solutions that do not involve asking opposition leaders to violate their core beliefs. The most powerful nation in the world swore in its 44th president in a peaceful transfer of awesome power. America continues to show the world how...
  • Would All Be Well With Blackwell?

    01/22/2009 6:45:15 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 19 replies · 652+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | January 22, 2009 | Quin Hillyer
    Nobody in the race for chairman of the Republican National Committee has attracted as many high-profile conservative movement supporters as has former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell. And it's true that conservatives have a host of good reasons to be high on Blackwell. But while Blackwell clearly would re-energize the movement, he is not rightly seen as appealing only to conservatives. This is a man with a history of winning elections and a comprehensive plan for helping his party win plenty more of them, at all levels of government. First, to be clear: The list of conservatives who have...
  • Obama's Trojan Horse

    01/16/2009 9:10:33 AM PST · by dbz77 · 4 replies · 472+ views
    TownHall ^ | January 16, 2009 | Ken Blackwell
    Possible problems with President-elect Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan must be thoroughly vetted. While only a few details are known, one overlooked issue is that it could create a major electoral advantage for Democrats at taxpayer expense. That would be unacceptable for what is being touted as a nonpartisan measure, and gives Republicans yet another reason to oppose it if not restructured. President-elect Obama is constantly emphasizing the need for Congress to pass his stimulus plan. The details are vague. All that is certain at this point is that it is approximately one trillion dollars and Mr. Obama says it...
  • A Reminder to RNC Members: We Don't Need a Chairman. We Need Leaders.

    01/13/2009 4:44:12 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 9 replies · 416+ views
    The Next Right ^ | January 13, 2009 | Matt Moon
    The Next Right has been dedicated to promoting discussion on the future of the Republican Party. has done a great job in formulating a set of plans that the GOP can move forward with. The debates over messaging, policy, technology, campaign strategy, the role of the RNC, and the role of the chairman have been healthy. But the discussion over the chairman's race needs to be set in the proper context. Some of the candidates have been discussing "decentralization plans" and the "importance of state and local parties." But the fact is that the 168 members of the RNC...
  • The Man to Bring Back the GOP (Ken Blackwell)

    01/08/2009 6:21:18 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 58 replies · 1,227+ views
    Culture11 ^ | January 8, 2009 | Adam Graham
    The Republicans are behind in money, technology, and in reaching out to minorities. But ultimately the GOP doesn’t face a crisis on any of these points. The GOP crisis is one far more fundamental. It’s a crisis of trust. The proud Republican is a dying breed, limited to Lincoln Day Dinner attendees. Most meetings of grassroots Republicans where politics are discussed begin with the understanding that the party is messed up, dysfunctional, and broken. The only disagreements are how bad, why it happened, and how to fix it. The idea of the GOP reaching out, adding to its membership, seems...
  • Candidates for RNC chair wrap up hectic week in Washington

    01/07/2009 2:16:03 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 24 replies · 452+ views
    CNN Political Tracker ^ | January 7, 2009 | Peter Hamby
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) – The campaign to determine who will lead the Republican party into the era of Obama took a series of unexpected turns Wednesday, beginning with the removal of non-party members from a highly-anticipated “special meeting” of the Republican National Committee.</p>
  • College Republicans Endorse Ken Blackwell for RNC Chair

    01/06/2009 1:30:17 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 4 replies · 400+ views
    PoliGazette ^ | January 6, 2009 | Michael Van Der Galien
    Ken Blackwell announced Tuesday that the College Republican Leadership endorsed him in his bid for RNC chair. The CRNC is an important organization for college-age Republicans; Lee Atwater, Karl Rove, Morton Blackwell, and Grover Norquist were all former leaders of it. The group’s national leaders, Charlie Smith, Blake Harris, Dan Carlson, Esther Clark and all state leaders sent an e-mail to the Republican national Committee in which they announced their support for Blackwell. In this e-mail they state: “After two difficult election cycles our party is at a crossroads. We have obligations to our ideals and our constituents to evaluate...
  • Steele, Blackwell take limelight at RNC forum

    01/05/2009 7:09:41 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 21 replies · 924+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 5, 2009 | Ralph Z. Hallow & Tom LoBianco
    Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, an accomplished speaker, and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, not well known for dazzling performances, each repeatedly drew sustained applause and appreciative laughter during Monday´s debate among the six candidates for the Republican National Committee chairman post. "Ken Blackwell talked about a revolution today, and we're going to see some of that happening because we've lost our way as a party," said North Dakota GOP Chairman Gary Emineth. michael connor/the washington times Six candidates vying to be the new chairman of the Republican National Committee greet each other before taking part...
  • Notes from today's RNC debate

    01/05/2009 4:09:08 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 8 replies · 513+ views
    MSNBC ^ | January 5, 2009 | Mark Murray & Domenico Montanaro
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Despite differences in age, background and region, all six candidates vying to be the next chairman of the Republican National Committee agreed on almost everything at today's candidate forum here. They want lower taxes and less government. They want the party to do a better job of reaching out to minorities. They argue the GOP should pay more attention to the grassroots. They believe it needs to catch up to the Democrats when it comes to technology. They're waiting for Obama to overreach. And they responded -- every single one of them -- that Ronald Reagan is...
  • Q&A with Ken Blackwell, Candidate for GOP Chairman

    01/05/2009 6:41:21 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 37 replies · 776+ views ^ | January 5, 2009 | Penny Starr
    ( - Former Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, who is running for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, told in an interview that he hopes to revitalize the grassroots of the party in all 50 states. A longtime conservative activist, Blackwell served as mayor of Cincinnati as well as Ohio state treasurer and secretary of state of Ohio. He was the first African American to win statewide executive office in Ohio, and, in 2006, was the first African American to be a major party-candidate for governor in that state. He is currently a senior fellow at the...
  • Conservatives back Blackwell as RNC chief

    01/04/2009 10:06:55 PM PST · by BAW · 11 replies · 628+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 5, 2009 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell has won the backing of some of America's best-known conservatives in his bid to become Republican National Committee chairman, just days before he and the other hopefuls are scheduled to begin a week of joint appearances to Republican Party audiences. The soft-spoken politician has received public endorsements from across the spectrum of conservatives - social, movement and economic, but some in the party, people who back him and people who don't, fear he may lack the charisma needed to represent the party on television. Blackwell supporters include limited-government champions such as American Conservative...
  • Top conservatives back Blackwell

    01/03/2009 1:41:08 PM PST · by Al B. · 77 replies · 1,726+ views
    Politico ^ | Jan. 3, 2009 | Ben Smith
    Two dozen conservative luminaries will announce today their support for former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell for Republican Nation Committee chairman. The group, which mixes leading economic conservatives, including Steve Forbes and Pat Toomey, and leading social conservatives, including James Dobson and Tony Perkins, had agreed to endorse and campaign together for a candidate based on a questionnaire assembled by veteran GOP activist Morton Blackwell (no relation).
  • Six Vying To Become RNC Chair

    01/03/2009 3:43:32 AM PST · by careyb · 57 replies · 2,460+ views
    Washington ComPost ^ | 1/3/09 | Parry Bacon Jr
    Following an election that has left Republicans with no clear vision about how to regain power, the normally low-profile race to head the GOP's national committee has turned into a six-man showdown that has opened rifts along racial, regional and ideological lines. As Republicans debate their future, the contest for chairman of the Republican National Committee has become a proxy for the major questions at the center of the party's challenges: how to attract young and minority voters, win outside the South and counter an increasingly powerful Democratic majority. After Chip Saltsman, a candidate for chairman, sent party members a...
  • Blackwell wins Phyllis Schlafly's endorsement for RNC chair

    01/03/2009 8:23:22 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 27 replies · 707+ views
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | January 3, 2009 | Sabrina Eaton
    Former Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell's bid for Republican National Committee chairman was endorsed this morning by longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, according to a press release from the Eagle Forum, which she heads. "Ken Blackwell is a solid social and fiscal conservative who is dedicated to the principles that brought the Republican Party to power in 1980 and can do so again," Schlafly says in the press release. "He has 13 successful campaigns under his belt. He has run for office himself and knows how to win." Blackwell, a former Cincinnati mayor, is among six Republicans vying...