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  • Trump’s Pre-AIPAC Effort to Woo Congressional GOP Wins No Converts

    03/22/2016 1:31:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 21, 2016 | Elaina Plott
    Washington, D.C. — It was billed as an attempt to win new supporters from the ranks of congressional Republicans. But after Donald Trump convened a handful of lawmakers and a number of party luminaries for lunch on Monday, the sole attendee not already backing Trump’s candidacy emerged as uncommitted as he’d gone in. Held in D.C.’s high-powered Jones Day law firm, the confab was supposed to be a congressional outreach effort, but only one attendee — Senator Tom Cotton — was neutral on Trump’s candidacy. The others — including Senator Jeff Sessions and Representatives Chris Collins, Scott DesJarlais, Renee Ellmers,...
  • Moderates in Iran—the Iranian Regime or its Political Opposition

    03/09/2016 7:08:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | March 9, 2016 | Raymond Tanter
    The search for moderates in Iran to justify the nuclear deal with Tehran would benefit from looking at the moderate Iranian opposition that rejects both clerical rule of Iran as well as acquiring nuclear weapons in word and deed. It is the main adversary of the Islamic Republic from within. Iran’s parliamentary elections took place on February 26. They prompted two narratives of the outcome. As headlined in The New York Times of Feb. 29, “Iranian President and Moderates Make Strong Gains in Elections.” But as noted in The Weekly Standard Magazine of Mar.14, Iran’s moderates only “Make-Believe” ones. The...
  • The Real Iranian Moderates

    01/26/2016 2:20:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | January 26, 2016 | Ken Blackwell
    Everyone loves to deal with moderates, especially when they represent a rare shift toward moderation for a rogue state. The trouble is that the concept of a moderate is relative. In dealing with the former Soviet Union we heard the term "Politburo moderates" over and over. Reaching out to this fabricated species was an excuse for being nice to despicable governments. In the case of the Islamic Republic of Iran, reaching out to "moderates" among the ayatollahs' inner circles has been a constant dream of American officials for the past 30 years. These moderates are supposed to be the...
  • Brigitte Gabriel gives FANTASTIC answer to Muslim woman claiming all Muslims are portrayed badly

    11/21/2015 3:54:59 AM PST · by knarf · 33 replies
    youtube ^ | June 18, 2014 | knarf
    5 minute discourse regarding "moderate muslims" and words we can use as WE formulate our thoughts and language for the present and coming dangera reminder
  • Obama: ‘I’ve Been Skeptical From the Get-Go’ About Training the Syrian Opposition

    10/12/2015 8:29:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 12, 2015 | 8:04 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    President Obama now says he never believed in the $500-million program to train and equip the moderate Syrian opposition. The administration last week halted the failed program, which ended up “training” fewer than 100 Syrians, all but four or five of whom deserted or died after the Americans tried to turn them into anti-ISIS fighters. “Steve, this is why I’ve been skeptical from the get-go about the notion that we were going to effectively create this proxy army inside Syria,” Obama told CBS’ Steve Kroft during an interview for “60 Minutes.” …
  • Who are the True Muslims? Are the extremists the “true” Muslims, or are the moderates?

    07/11/2015 7:08:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/11/2015 | Ronald Kimmons
    He called out to me as I walked by the pool. “Hey, what’s going on? Do you want a beer?” I politely declined, telling him that I did not drink. “Really? I’ve never met an American who didn’t drink. I have a soda. Do you want a soda?” It was late, and I have never been a very social person, but with my wife and children in South America waiting on my wife’s green card, I had been spending my evenings alone. So I sat down and talked to him. We will call him Ali. He told me he was...
  • They Come to Bury Conservatism (Great advice in the last paragraph)

    03/11/2015 6:32:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | March 11, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    The media have developed a predictable and equally annoying habit every presidential election cycle. We hear the Republicans are going to be crushed by pandering too much to conservatives. The Democrats are firmly moderate and need a push from the left so they don't forget their "compassion." So it was with Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter 35 years ago. So will it be in 2016, no matter who is nominated. Republican primary voters have nominated moderates in every election cycle since Reagan '88, but not because they are moderates. Instead, the moderates survive the usual conservative circular firing squad exercise;...
  • THE THIRD WAY Politics Of The Radical Center

    02/27/2015 11:59:34 AM PST · by Eva · 42 replies ^ | Ecumenical News International
    The "Third Way" ideology is much more than just 'another way' of doing things. Rather, it is the specific ideology of the political elite and their multinational industrial paymasters. And, if you study this ideology closely, you may soon learn the real reason behind all those very oppressive laws, rules and regulations coming out of Washington these past few years. Simply put, the intent of the "Third Way" ideologues is to design a classed society -- made up of us worker serfs and our elite controllers. To do that, it is necessary that the elite have general control over money,...
  • 2016 and the Coalition of the Uninspired

    How is it possible that a president can win re-election by a relatively comfortable margin while receiving fewer raw votes than his first election? Enter Mitt Romney. A simple data comparison is very telling. That comparison is the Romney raw vote vs. all votes for congressional Republicans in a given state. Crunching the numbers, Romney significantly underperformed the Republican congressional vote totals in multiple states. In North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin -- all presidential swing states -- Mitt Romney underperformed the total raw votes cast for all Republican congressional candidates by an average of 3 percent. That means that...
  • John Feehery: Support the Speaker (telling piece from Establishment Oligarchy bag-man)

    01/06/2015 6:31:59 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 1/5/15 | John Feehery
    From 1910 to 1943, it was fairly common for some members of the Republican Party to vote for somebody for Speaker of the House other than the choice of the conference. Progressive Republicans initially joined with Democrats in rebellion against the autocratic Joe Cannon, and the habit stuck. And in every Speaker’s election during that time, up to 11 members would cast their votes for a person other than the two candidates put forward by the two major parties. ADVERTISEMENT That habit died in 1945, and from the close of World War II to the close of the Cold War,...
  • Conservative Republicans cast a longer shadow over moderates in Johnson County

    11/23/2014 11:39:08 AM PST · by centurion316 · 16 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | November 21, 2014 | Dave Helling
    The Johnson County moderate, a fixture of Kansas politics for decades, is an increasingly endangered species. Republicans and analysts on both sides of the moderate-conservative divide say the Nov. 4 election results confirm that conclusion. The centrist bankers, lawyers and businessmen who once defined the county’s politics are giving way to younger, more socially oriented conservatives who now play the major role in determining the county’s approach to government. “The old guard just doesn’t have the weight they used to have,” said Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican just elected to a second term. “The fact that the elites...
  • Some in GOP 'Not Comfortable' with Ted Cruz on Campaign Trail

    10/19/2014 4:13:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    NewsMax ^ | October 14, 2014 | Andrea Billups
    While Sen. Ted Cruz may be a star among tea party faithful and other more socially conservative Republicans, he has been less active on the midterm campaign trail as some candidates fear he could polarize voters, The Hill reports. More welcomed in states with tight midterms contests have been Cruz's conservative brothers in the Senate, Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky, who have been counted on to support election bids across the country, the Hill noted. “It’s almost exactly a year ago to the day when [Cruz] led to the government shutdown," Republican strategist Rich Galen told...
  • ‘Vetted Moderate’ Free Syrian Army Commander Admits Alliance with ISIS

    09/11/2014 9:22:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/11/2014 | Patrick Poole
    As President Obama laid out his “strategy” last night for dealing with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and as bipartisan leadership in Congress push to approve as much as $4 billion to arm the Syrian “rebels,” it should be noted that the keystone to his anti-Assad policy — the “vetted moderate” Free Syrian Army (FSA) — is now admitting that they, too, are working with the Islamic State.This confirms our reporting about the FSA’s alliances with Syrian terrorist groups here at PJ Media last week.On Monday, the Daily Star in Lebanon quoted a FSA brigade commander saying that his...
  • LaTourette says GOP at crossroads, must shift from right to have shot at White House, Senate

    04/22/2014 7:52:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Akron Beacon Journal | April 22, 2013 | Stephanie Warsmith
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  • Clark Clifford Republicans

    01/15/2014 8:40:30 AM PST · by Shery · 4 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 15 January, 2015 | Jeffrey Lord
    SPECIAL REPORT CLARK CLIFFORD REPUBLICANS The GOP Establishment shell game: when winning is losing. By Jeffrey Lord – 10.18.11 (reprint) "Clark is a wonderful fellow. In a day when many are seeking a reward for what they contributed to the return of the Democrats to the White House, you don't hear Clark clamoring. All he asked in return was that we advertise his law firm on the backs of one-dollar bills." -- John F. Kennedy on Washington lobbyist and ex-Truman aide Clark Clifford What can one say? Is there any wonder Tea Party supporters think they are always in danger...
  • Message to Republicans: Moderates win (President Dole, President McCain, President Romney)

    11/06/2013 7:00:47 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 46 replies
    washington post ^ | 11/5/13 | Carter Eskew
    While off-year elections suffer from a surfeit of interpretation, it’s hard not to see the victories of Christie and McAuliffe as sending a similar message: Republicans must be moderate to win. Mr. McAuliffe was a cipher of a candidate who was saved in the end by Mr. Cuccinelli’s reactionary social views. And Mr. Christie’s victory simply confirmed what we have known about Republicans in New Jersey since Clifford Case: Republicans must be moderates to win statewide. (See another governor named Christie Todd Whitman.) But while the lessons of the 2013 gubernatorial elections may seem obvious to many, Republican zealots are...
  • God Bless the Conservative Warriors

    11/01/2013 7:44:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | November 1, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    I just don't understand it. Everywhere we turn, we conservatives are told we need to moderate, be less extreme, be more bipartisan. The public just wants us all to get along and solve our major problems together. Democratic politicians and the liberal media harp on the alleged extremism of mainstream conservatism, the tea party, Sen. Ted Cruz, conservative talk radio and anyone else who dares to call out President Obama and his Democratic congressional cohorts in plain language for what they're doing to the country. Nonsense. No one with a modicum of political power is more extreme than Obama's Democrats...
  • GOP moderates in tough spot in swing districts

    10/10/2013 2:08:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 10, 2013 3:42 AM EDT | Steve Peoples
    Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick had been expected to face a tough re-election fight. Then he sided with GOP leadership and a tea party insisting that a federal spending plan to keep the government open must delay or defund President Barack Obama’s health care law. Now, with the partial government shutdown stretching into its second week, Fitzpatrick’s bid for a second term may be growing even more challenging. Voters in his suburban Philadelphia district talk of a widening sense of disappointment with their two-term congressman, while Democrats across Pennsylvania and other states claim new momentum in their quest to take back...
  • Syrian Rebels Execute Sierra Leonean Immigrant ("tortured to death by the Free Syrian Army"

    09/19/2013 6:55:11 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 12 replies
    The Patriotic Vanguard (Sierra Leone News Portal) ^ | 9/19/2013 | Alpha Rashid Jalloh
    Amidst reports of chemical weapons and atrocities committed by the warring factions, one Sierra Leonean, Sheikh Mohammed Canah Bah (photo) [at URL] has been captured and tortured to death by the Free Syrian Army... Even though no reason has been proffered by the rebel faction for the capture and execution of the Sierra Leonean, reports generally indicate that such dispositions have been usually manifested against foreigners in the country, a situation akin to what happened to blacks in Libya during the rebellion against Muhamar Al Gaddafi. A representative of the Sierra Leone Students Union in Syria, now residing in the...
  • Obama waives ban on arming terrorists to allow aid to Syrian opposition

    09/16/2013 5:28:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 118 replies ^ | September 16, 2013 | JOEL GEHRKE
    President Obama waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups to clear the way for the U.S. to provide military assistance to "vetted" opposition groups fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. Some elements of the Syrian opposition are associated with radical Islamic terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, which was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., in 2001. Assad's regime is backed by Iran and Hezbollah. The president, citing his authority under the Arms Export Control Act, announced today that he would "waive the prohibitions in...
  • Bahrain: Security Forces Detaining Children

    09/17/2013 7:03:59 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 5 replies
    Albany Tribune ^ | 9/15/2013 | Staff
    Bahrain security forces routinely detain children without cause and subject them to ill-treatment that may rise to the level of torture, Human Rights Watch said today, based on reports from victims, family members, and legal rights activists. On September 12, 2013, the European Parliament issued a further resolution on the deteriorating rights situation in Bahrain, urging it among other things "to respect the rights of juveniles, to refrain from detaining them in adult facilities and to treat juveniles in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of a Child, to which Bahrain is a party." ... Information recently obtained from...
  • John Kerry’s Moderates: Are Non-Al-Qaeda Syrian Rebels Really ‘Democratic’?

    09/06/2013 10:27:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/06/2013 | Jonathan Spyer
    For elected representatives and the public to have the necessary discussion regarding action in Syria, it is crucial that a clear picture of the realities on the ground in Syria be presented. Regarding the Assad regime and its apologists, nothing needs to be cleared up. This is a regime characterized by murderous brutality since it first emerged in the 1960s. It has been perhaps the single most destabilizing factor in the Levant throughout the years of its existence. An apparent use of nerve gas against its own civilians fits entirely with the more general pattern of its behavior. But as...
  • Look who is purging their party now

    04/27/2013 2:56:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 25, 2013 | David Freddoso
    It was almost exactly four years ago that MSNBC's blustery Chris Matthews declared that "the Republican Party continues to be unable to hang on to its moderates, especially in the Northeast, where it has begun to resemble the 19th century, pre-Civil War Whig Party." It was 2009, and the late Sen. Arlen Specter, Pa., had just announced he was leaving the GOP, prompting Matthews to declare that the party was killing itself by purging its moderate members."They want to be the party of the religious right!" he boomed.Matthews' guest, Chuck Todd, was more measured, merely asking, "Can the Republican Party...
  • The Questions Nobody Wants to Ask About ‘Moderate Islam’ (The Tragedy of Jazz Bassist, Tarik Shah)

    04/04/2013 8:29:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/04/2013 | Robert Spencer
    Tarik Shah is a formidable jazz bassist who has recorded with a number of luminaries, including Pharoah Sanders and Abbey Lincoln. He is also prisoner number 53145-054 at the medium security Federal Correction Institution in Petersburg, Virginia, where he is serving a fifteen-year sentence for plotting to provide combat training to al-Qaeda jihadists. His sad and tragic case points up again lingering questions about Islamic moderation that have never been answered. In 2004, Shah made the acquaintance of a man he thought was an al-Qaeda member, but who was actually an FBI informant. Shah, a martial arts expert as...
  • 7 Reasons Conservatives Don't Trust the Republican Establishment

    01/16/2013 9:31:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | January 16, 2013 | John Hawkins
    Just as moderates are completely unrepresented in a Democratic Party that's dominated by liberals, movement conservatives often don't feel represented by the Republican Party. At first glance, this seems rather odd since most Republicans in Congress are conservative. However, it's a natural reaction to the Republican establishment that has its hands welded to many of the GOP's levers of power. The Republican Party may be mostly conservative, but there are a multitude of reasons that you can't trust the establishment Republicans as far as you can throw them. 1) They have supreme confidence without supreme competence. Conservative talk show hosts,...
  • The Great "HOW TO WIN ELECTIONS" Wars (tea party vs. insiders)

    12/09/2012 7:52:03 AM PST · by Moseley · 31 replies
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | December 4, 2012 | Jonathon Moseley
    Almost every challenge facing the Republican Party boils down to one issue: How is it possible for Republicans to win elections? The GOP establishment fights, undermines, lies to, and betrays conservative Americans because GOP insiders do not believe it is possible to win elections on a tea party agenda. We’re looking at everything all wrong. We want Republican leaders to champion our tea party issues. But they can’t. They don’t know how. Conservatives believe that a properly-run campaign based on conservative values will win. More than that, we know it is the only way that a Republican candidate can win....
  • Gallup: More 2008 Obama voters plan to switch sides than 2008 McCain voters

    08/07/2012 7:40:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/07/2012 | Rick Moran
    Yes, it's buyer's remorse and it will probably be one of the deciding factors in the race this year. Gallup: Eighty-six percent of voters who say they voted for Barack Obama in 2008 are backing Obama again this year, a smaller proportion than 92% of 2008 John McCain voters who are supporting 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Nine percent of 2008 Obama voters have switched to supporting Romney this year, while 5% of McCain voters have switched to Obama. The results are based on July 23-29 Gallup Daily tracking with more than 2,000 registered voters who reported voting in the...
  • Krauthammer: Generation Of Right-Of-Center Republicans Coming To An End

    05/09/2012 11:55:44 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 36 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 5-9-2012 | Ian Schwartz
    "I think it's a generational issue," syndicated columnist and FOX News contributor Charles Krauthammer said about the Lugar-Mourdock Senate primary in Indiana. "I think Lugar is a lion of the Senate. I think he's served very well, he's been very important in foreign affairs over these years but that doesn't appeal to voters. He's been in there for very long time. He's had a lot of moderate opinions. He's not a Tea Party favorite and I think his time will likely will have come. I'm not sure that there is anything he could have done differently in campaigning. He is...
  • There are no winners in war against moderates

    05/05/2012 3:57:17 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 54 replies ^ | May 5, 2012 | Cokie and Steven Roberts
    Former Republican Rep. Tom Davis told The Hill newspaper: “The middle is getting squeezed,” but his comment vastly understates the crisis in the capital. Activists in both parties have declared war on moderates. The ideological gap between the two parties is widening rapidly. Paralysis is pervasive. Political scientist Keith Poole of the University of Georgia, who studies voting patterns, told the National Journal: “We are clearly as conflicted as we’ve been since 1905. The parties are, I think, completely dysfunctional and incapable of acting on major policy.” The National Journal reports that as recently as 1999, more than half of...
  • Santorum Has No Credible Path to the Nomination. But... (A grand "compromise")

    03/06/2012 2:09:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | March 6, 2012 | Adam Yoshida
    ....................................I think that the choice, ultimately, rests with both Senator Santorum and Governor Romney. At this point, Santorum has the staying power to drag this thing out. Perhaps, even, he feels justified in doing so. Giving up a hope, even a faint one, of securing the nomination of a major party for the presidency is no small thing to ask of a man. However, doing so in the service of ensuring that Barack Obama becomes a one-term president would be a supreme act of patriotism. Likewise, surrendering the freedom to choose whomever one wishes as a running mate in exchange...
  • ÇBS calls Michigan for Romneyr

    02/28/2012 7:42:34 PM PST · by gov_bean_ counter · 24 replies · 1+ views
    TV News Break | Feb 28, 2012 | gov_bean_ counter
    Somebody has a decision to make.
  • Romney's Slide Among Independents Continues

    02/16/2012 4:26:17 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 25 replies
    The Compost via RCP ^ | February 13th
    As I’ve been noting here, one key metric to determine whether the prolonged GOP nomination process is damaging Mitt Romney’s general election prospects is his standing among independents, many of whom remain sour on Obama’s economic performance. Today’s new Pew poll offers another installment. The topline is striking enough — it finds that Rick Santorum is surging among Tea Partyers and conservatives, again suggesting that they just can’t come to terms with Romney as the nominee.
  • Which should we fear more, a third party or an Only party?

    01/29/2012 7:00:20 PM PST · by JoanVarga · 54 replies
    Primordial Slack ^ | 1/29/2012 | Joan of Argghh!
    I’m pretty sure we’re watching the progressive end-game unfold after its 100-year incremental march. Like Mexico’s “institutional revolution” we have instituted and indoctrinated our own offspring to lead us exactly to this point: One Party Government. It may turn out differently, but I’ve seen the tipping point with Mitt Romney’s vicious and specious attacks on Newt being repeated by all the media/government players. No, they’re not just the usual suspects of the MSM any more. Now our “new media” allies have fought their way to some imagined significance and so they kowtow to the powerful. We are all Capt. Schettino...
  • Are the Republican aristocracy afraid of winning, or just content with losing?

    12/20/2011 10:39:37 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 22 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/20/2011 | Doug Book
    Northeastern, milquetoast Republican “moderates” who toil long and hard to avoid the social embarrassment of association with uncivilized, conservative inhabitants of flyover country must understand that we in the Party base are NOT willing to graciously lose the 2012 election. If Karl Rove, George Will and Peggy Noonan wish to escape the disapproving gaze of haughty Hamptons friends by mocking every Republican candidate who vaguely appeals to conservatives, let them. This time around, we who actually appreciate living and working in a free, prosperous United States are not going to surrender our ideals to the “wise counsel” of RINO elites...
  • Romney a potential running mate, says Gingrich

    12/07/2011 7:10:43 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 90 replies
    CNN ^ | 2011-12-07
    Newt Gingrich has at least one name on his list of potential running mates: GOP rival Mitt Romney. "I think Mitt Romney is a very admirable person, and I'm not going to pick a fight with Mitt Romney," Gingrich said in an interview Wednesday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. When asked if he would ever ask Romney to be his vice presidential nominee, Gingrich didn't mince words. "I think the consensus is that he'd certainly be on the list, whether he'd want to or not," Gingrich said. "He's a very competent person. This is a very serious man. I would certainly...
  • A Choice of Two Temperaments [but not of policy]

    12/07/2011 1:51:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 85 replies · 1+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 6, 2011 | Yuval Levin
    What an odd pair of front runners Republicans appear to have ended up with. Not the usual conservative vs. moderate pairing, but two quite unusual political figures with remarkably similar policy and political profiles but remarkably different temperaments and dispositions. Let me say first: I used to work for Newt Gingrich. In the last year of his speakership, I was a “staff assistant” in his congressional office. I was 21 when I started there. No offense to anyone reading this who is now a staff assistant on the Hill, but that’s a very junior job—or at least it certainly was...
  • Michael Medved Misapplies Statistics, Misunderstands Labels and Props Up Mitt Romney

    12/05/2011 2:58:45 AM PST · by · 18 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 12/5/2011 | David Shedlock
    In an obvious effort to get conservatives to warm up to the idea of moderate Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee for president, talk show host Michael Medved does a little jujitsu move against election facts. As I have shown elsewhere, in every presidential election since 1972, GOP candidates do better when they are seen in greater contrast with the Democratic nominee. This was never more true than in 2008, and though Medved admits that John McCain was a moderate, he implies that the GOP would have won if they had nominatedsomeone even more moderate than McCain. This is pure poppycock. Medved confuses...
  • Moderate approach to deficit wins Romney support in Iowa

    11/08/2011 11:45:18 PM PST · by iowamark · 5 replies ^ | 11/07/2011 | Hannah Hess
    DUBUQUE -- Despite knocks from the left and right Monday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won new support in Iowa by laying out a moderate course to slash $500 billion from government spending. While other Republican presidential candidates have presented blueprints to scrap entire federal agencies, Romney vowed to "slay the deficit beast" by putting each government-funded program to a test: Are they so critical that they are worth borrowing money from China to pay for? He said Amtrak, public arts and broadcasting would be among the programs cut "These are wonderful things, but I'm not willing to borrow a...
  • Insight: In 2012, some "Obamacons" turn back to Republicans

    11/02/2011 9:40:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 1, 2011 | Patricia Zengerle and Eric Johnson
    In contrast to 2008, Democratic President Barack Obama cannot count on a wave of support for his re-election bid next year from well-known moderate Republicans. Unhappy with Obama's handling of the economy, conservative backers from three years ago are either sitting on the fence or have thrown their lot in with Republican presidential hopefuls like Mitt Romney. Known as "Obamacons," moderate Republicans helped make the Democrat's case in 2008 that he was a new breed of "post-partisan" politician who would work with both parties. Obama's youth and the narrative of electing the first black president also attracted Republicans to make...
  • Moderate House Democrats a Vanishing Breed

    10/30/2011 8:56:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | October 30, 2011 | Salena Zito
    Two issues plague Democrats when it comes to congressmen representing swing districts: The moderates don’t get heard in Washington, and centrist districts are rapidly becoming extinct because of the way congressional lines are being drawn. Main Street America’s ability to be represented fully is diminishing, according to U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire of Southwestern Pennsylvania. “I have a district which is pretty evenly divided politically, so I hear from a variety of voices with their concerns,” the three-term Democrat said. He follows those concerns when voting, he insisted, rather than following the party line. That is not the case, he said,...
  • Moderate Muslims Rally Against Extremism in London

    09/24/2011 1:58:35 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/9/11
    Thousands of Muslims gathered in London on Saturday at a rally "to fight extremism and promote a moderate, inclusive version of Islam." The event's organizers, Minhaj-ul-Quran International, said prior to the event that some 12,000 Muslims are expected at Wembley Arena. The group's founder, Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, told journalists that killing innocents is forbidden in Islam and Muslims must integrate into the societies in which they are living.
  • Left Behind: How Democrats Are Losing the Political Center

    09/24/2011 9:14:07 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 24, 2011 | William Galston
    If you don’t think ideological perceptions matter in American politics, you need read no further. If you do and you’re a Democrat, there’s something to worry about. Even as the terms of the political debate in Washington, in the eyes of many Democrats, have moved steadily to the right, the electorate is increasingly likely to see itself as ideologically closer to the Republican Party than to Democrats. Unless Obama and Democrats can find a solution to this riddle—and find one fast—they will be contesting the 2012 election on forbidding terrain.In mid-2005, as disaffection with the Bush administration and the...
  • A Recap Of the CRP Platform Committee Activity At the Convention (California Republicans)

    09/21/2011 12:04:39 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 2 replies
    Flash Report ^ | 20 September 2011 | Jon Fleischman
    A Recap Of the CRP Platform Committee Activity At the Convention There is much to be said about the California Republican Party’s Fall Convention held in downtown Los Angeles last weekend. Presidential candidates and a straw poll, great workshops and townhalls, tributes, speeches and more. The better part of a thousand GOP activists, donors and leaders descended on the L.A. Live! Marriott-Ritz hotel, across from the Staples Center (we were the pre-show for the Emmy Awards, I guess). This column, however, is devoted to only one aspect of the convention – the ongoing process of the quadrennial adoption of the...
  • Rush Limbaugh Schools Us On Moderates

    09/07/2011 8:52:46 PM PDT · by DailyRushbo · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Schools Us On Moderates: Moderation Is Not A Substantive Belief, Moderation Is A Tactic. Moderates Exist To Be SEEN As Something Rather Than Existing To BE Something.
  • Giuliani to GOP: 'Get the Heck Out of People's Bedrooms'

    07/17/2011 1:39:38 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 75 replies ^ | July 17, 2011
    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is still weighing a presidential bid, said Sunday that the Republican Party should stop focusing on gay marriage and "get the heck out of people's bedrooms." Giuliani, who personally supports civil unions but not same-sex marriage, said that he was against the recent vote in New York to legalize gay marriage in the state. But while he called that decision "wrong," he described it as a "democratic vote" and urged Republicans to move on. "I think that marriage should be between a man and a woman, but I think that the Republican Party...
  • Mitch McConnell Just Proposed the “Pontius Pilate Pass the Buck Act of 2011"

    07/12/2011 2:23:28 PM PDT · by Qbert · 109 replies
    Redstate ^ | 7/12/2011 | Erick Erickson
    Mitch McConnell is right now talking about making a historic capitulation. So fearful of being blamed for a default, McConnell is proposing a compromise that lets Barack Obama raise the debt ceiling without making any spending cuts at all. Consider sending McConnell a weasel as testament to his treachery. His address is 601 W. Broadway, Room 630, Louisville, KY 40202 and the phone number is (502) 582-6304. McConnell’s idea is to make the debt ceiling automatic unless Congress, by a 2/3 vote blocks the increase. Oh yes, he put a salve on it by dressing it up in tough talk...
  • Mitch McConnell urges tea partiers: It's time to create a third party

    07/12/2011 2:14:30 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 40 replies
    This is what progressives do. Grow power in the executive, at the expense of other branches. Once again, you have the republican establishment snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory and putting defeat right back front and center. It's time to light up McConnell's office, no matter what part of the country you're from. One of the headlines regarding what McConnell just said is this: McConnell Proposal Gives Obama Power to Increase Debt Limit And that's exactly the kind of thing that's going to get tea partiers to form a third party. That's the last thing we need. And...
  • New York Times Calls Ruth Bader Ginsburg A 'Moderate'

    06/21/2011 5:13:51 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On Fox News this weekend, Jon Stewart famously denied that the New York Times pushes a liberal agenda. Perhaps the man from Comedy Central sees the paper as "moderate." After all, the Times itself apparently doesn't believe there are any liberals on the Supreme Court. In an editorial today, the paper described Ruth Bader-Ginsburg and every other member of her liberal wing of the Court, as "moderate." The Times' mind-boggling notion of what constitutes a "moderate" came in its editorial blasting the Supreme Court's decision of yesterday throwing out a huge class-action sex-discrimination case against Wal-Mart. Here's the relevant excerpt...
  • Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Mitt Romney and other Democrats

    06/12/2011 9:22:42 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 14 replies
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | 6-12-2011 | Steve Barrett
    Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Mitt Romney and other Democrats by Steve BarrettWhy is Mitt Romney still running for president?Let me rephrase: Why is Mitt Romney still running for president — as a Republican? Shouldn’t he be seeking the Democrat nomination and snapping up as many center-left votes as possible while Barack Obama forages for support on the fringe? After all, there’s incontrovertible evidence of Romney’s Democrat credentials. It’s called RomneyCare, and he merrily shepherded it into law as governor of Massachusetts. How’d that work out? Well, it’s estimated that without radical reform of RomneyCare, annual premiums for a typical...
  • After the Wave

    03/22/2011 7:37:19 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 10 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 1-10-2011 | henry olsen
    Conservative Republicans are rightfully giddy about the results of the midterm elections. The enormous Republican wave washed away hundreds of Democrats at all levels of government, giving Republicans their highest number of seats in the House of Representatives since 1946, and their largest number of state legislators since 1928. More important, the currents that caused the wave clearly work to Republicans' benefit: Voters were expressing widespread opposition to the liberal direction in which President Obama and the Democratic Congress have taken the country. This has led many conservatives to argue that, on November 2, 2010, America returned to its normal...