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  • 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
    Link only: http://www.ohio.com/news/latourette-says-gop-at-crossroads-must-shift-from-right-to-have-shot-at-white-house-senate-1.482707
  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    http://washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    http://www.kearneyhub.com ^ | 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 grassboots.org · 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
    IowaPolitics.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    FoxNews.com ^ | 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 MoveOn.org 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...
  • Conservatives Continue to Outnumber Moderates in 2010

    12/18/2010 9:37:37 AM PST · by Qbert · 21 replies
    Gallup ^ | 12/16/2010 | Lydia Saad
    Long term, Republicans growing more conservative, Democrats more liberal PRINCETON, NJ -- The political composition of U.S. adults held fairly steady in 2010 compared with 2009. Conservatives remained the largest group, followed by moderates and then liberals. At 35%, the percentage of moderates has declined to a new low, highlighting the increased political polarization that has occurred over the past decade. Gallup measures Americans' political ideology by asking respondents to define their views as very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal, or very liberal. The trends represent annual averages of stand-alone, multiday Gallup surveys conducted each year, with more than 26,000 interviews...
  • Minn. GOP brings out the knives for moderates (hordes of RINO traitors get the zot)

    12/17/2010 10:34:35 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-12-11 | James Hohmann
    In a dramatic display of the new Republican order, Minnesota’s state GOP banished 18 prominent party members — including two former governors and a retired U.S. senator — as punishment for supporting a third-party candidate for governor. The stunning purge, narrowly passed by the state Republican central committee last weekend, suggests more than just a fit of pique: by banning some of the state’s leading moderates, the Minnesota GOP moved toward extinguishing a dying species of Republican in one of its last habitats. Those exiled warned that the measure, which bans the 18 former members from participating in party activities...
  • Murkowski on cusp of win; how will she legislate?

    11/08/2010 5:14:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | November 8, 2010 | Becky Bohrer (Associated Press)
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is on the cusp of vindication after waging a high stakes - and long shot - write-in campaign to keep her job. Initial returns show write-in ballots holding a 13,439-vote edge over GOP nominee Joe Miller, and though it's not clear how many of those are for her or will be counted as valid, she's confident enough in her winning to tell supporters that they'd "made history." The write-in count starts Wednesday in Juneau.
  • CBS: Stewart-Colbert Rally Is For 'Moderates'

    10/30/2010 7:27:37 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 54 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    mod-er-ates: [noun] Fans of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi -- The CBS Dictionary It would be funny if it weren't so outrageous . . . CBS is trying to pawn off the rally organized by Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart—the guy who had Barack Obama on his show for for a half-hour this week—as a gathering of "moderates." CBS correspondent Wyatt Andrews used the m-word to describe the gathering masses in his report on this morning's Early Show. View video after the jump.
  • Jon Stewart's march is no laughing matter (Jon Stewart, Arianna & PETA are moderates???)

    10/26/2010 7:22:32 AM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 26, 2010 | Anne Applebaum
    I don't know about you, but my heart sank when I read about Jon Stewart's Million Moderate March, planned for the Mall next weekend. My heart sank further when I learned that liberal groups, lacking any better ideas, have decided to take this endeavor seriously. It's bad enough that the only way to drum up enthusiasm for a "Rally to Restore Sanity" is to make it into a television comedian's joke. But it's far worse that the "moderates" in attendance will have been bused in by Arianna Huffington and organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. This is...
  • Why Do Non-Leftists Vote Democrat?

    09/28/2010 7:02:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Nationa Review ^ | 09/28/2010 | Dennis Prager
    All Americans, including conservatives, understand why any leftist would vote Democrat this year. The Democratic party is now America’s version of a European Social Democratic or even a Green party. In domestic policy, there is no significant difference between Democrats and those European parties. So there is no question as to why those on the left would vote Democrat. There is, however, a legitimate question regarding non-leftist Americans: Why would any of them vote for a Democrat this year? The Democratic president and Democratic party have expanded the American government to an unprecedented extent. Moreover, they have done so in...
  • How Bad is Lisa Murkowski?

    09/21/2010 12:52:03 AM PDT · by Terrence DoGood · 28 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 21 September, 2010 | Bruce Walker
    How does Lisa Murkowski compare to other Republican senators from the Rocky Mountain region? Against her 68% ACU voting record, the other Republican senators in the region have these ACU voting records: Ensign (WY) 100%, Barasso (WY) 100%, Crapo (ID) 92%, Risch (ID) 96%, Hatch (UT) 88%, Bennett (UT) 84%, Ensign (NV) 100%, Kyl (AZ) 92%, and McCain (AZ) 96%. Lisa was much less conservative than Senator McCain, the archetypical RINO or Senator Bennett, the Utah Republican denied re-nomination this year. Lisa Murkowski, not Joe Miller, is out of touch with voters in the region. It gets worse. Out of...
  • Starting to say 'no'

    09/09/2010 3:37:09 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 9, 2010 | ANDREW C. McCARTHY
    A Tectonic shift is in mo tion: How fitting that its focal point is Ground Zero, the inevitable fault line between Islam and the West. Only the blink of an eye ago, uttering the unpleasant truth that in terms of doctrine there is no such thing as "moderate Islam" resulted in one's banishment from what our opinion elites like to call the "mainstream," by which they mean the narrow-minded, viciously defended circle of their own pieties and fictions. You could say it, but your skin had better have an extra coat or two of thick: You were in for a...
  • District-by-district polls already show 2010 should eclipse 1994. (So make it happen!)

    09/06/2010 4:46:37 AM PDT · by dangus · 31 replies
    Various poll sources ^ | 9-6-10 | Dangus
    Republicans are now leading in 47 congressional districts held by Democrats. (This is up 8 just since last week.) There are another 5 seats held by retiring Democrats in significantly Republican-leaning districts which have not been polled. That's a total of 52 seats, almost equal to the number gained by Republicans in the 1994 election (54). There are another 20 where Republicans have pulled very close to Democrats, and the Democrats are polling well below 50%, normally a sign of grave danger this early in the election season. And of course, although the media tend to poll the races where...
  • Why Islamic Moderates Are So Scarce (It goes back to a ninth-century theological dispute)

    09/02/2010 6:50:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 09/02/2010 | Joshua Gilder
    As past statements of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf continue to surface, many Americans have concluded that the would-be builder of a mosque at Ground Zero is lying when he calls himself a “moderate” representative of his faith. The more disturbing possibility, however, is that he’s telling the truth — that Rauf is indeed the voice of mainstream Islam. One indication is the resounding silence from the rest of the Islamic community. If that community were truly moderate — as we in the West understand the term — one might expect it to distance itself from a man who blames the...
  • Why They Can’t Condemn Hamas

    08/28/2010 8:27:50 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew c. McCarthy
    Hamas is a shibboleth. If you want to know whether an ostensible Muslim “moderate” is really moderate, ask him if Hamas is a terrorist organization. It is really not a hard question, even if Feisal Rauf can’t — or won’t — answer it. Rauf, the would-be imam of the controversial Ground Zero mosque, is also a stud in the State Department’s stable of ready-to-travel-on-your-dime “moderates.” That same State Department has branded Hamas a terrorist organization, and we can’t even get it to say that about the Taliban, the guys we’re fighting in the overseas contingency operation formerly known as the...
  • Another ‘Moderate’ GZ Mosque Supporter Can’t Bring Himself to Call Hamas a Terrorist Organization

    08/25/2010 7:57:04 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew c. McCarthy
    Last night, I was on David Asman’s Fox Business Channel show, Scoreboard, debating Imam Dawoud Kringle of the New York State prison system, a GZ mosque supporter. Imam Kringle, who seems like a nice enough fellow, reeled off the usual talking points about how Islam forbids terrorism and, therefore, if someone commits an act of terrorism that act is, by definition, un-Islamic. Then came the moment of truth: the very simple question, “Is Hamas a terrorist organization?” Have a look at the YouTube clip below. Like his friend Imam Feisal Rauf, Imam Kringle won’t answer the question. I pressed him,...
  • Six Months of Scott Brown

    07/20/2010 3:35:20 AM PDT · by Scanian · 84 replies · 1+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | July 20, 2010 | Aaron Goldstein
    Six months have passed since Scott Brown shook the world with his upset victory over Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts special election to fill the people's seat once held by Ted Kennedy. Brown was elected to the United States Senate in no small part due to the energy and enthusiasm of Tea Party activists. In the intervening 180 days, the euphoria of sending a Republican Senator from Massachusetts to Capitol Hill has waned amongst Tea Party enthusiasts. Some thought the election of Brown would spell the death knell of Obamacare. As the 41st Republican senator, he put Republicans in a...