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  • Gingrich signs on to GOP re-branding effort [McCain-Romney NC4NA] [RINO Party]

    05/19/2009 2:40:28 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies · 1,092+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has signed on to the latest high-profile effort to re-brand the Republican Party — but don't expect to see him take a major leadership role for the National Council for a New America, or make a starring appearance at any of the events on the group's national tour. Organizers of the effort, spearheaded by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, originally told reporters that Gingrich had not been included in the newly-launched group because his 527, American Solutions, was a partisan entity. (The organization describes itself as a "tri-partisan" network.) Gingrich supporters dismissed...
  • SHOULD CONSERVATIVES FUMIGATE THE BIG TENT TO REMOVE LIBERALS?

    05/17/2009 11:48:59 AM PDT · by Moseley · 69 replies · 2,126+ views
    US News and Views, www.USNewsAndViews.com ^ | May 17, 2009 | Jonathon Moseley
    The Republican Party certainly does require a "Big Tent" -- the kind of tent we sometimes see covering a house infested with termites. Unless conservatives can rid the GOP of Democrats hiding out in their midst, the Republican Party can never recover. Liberals are sapping the GOP's strength from within. It now seems that a looming divorce within the GOP has grown inevitable. Unless the Republican Party returns to its conservative principles, a number of conservatives will go on strike. They feel it is no longer acceptable for conservatives to do most of the hard work of winning elections, while...
  • GOP: Resurgence or R.I.P.?

    05/15/2009 5:08:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 1,137+ views
    Renew America ^ | 2009-05-15 | Ken Connor
    Contrary to popular reports by Democrats and members of the chattering class, the Republican Party is not dead — not yet. In the aftermath of the 2008 elections, however, the GOP is hemorrhaging badly. It is dazed and confused. It is moribund, but it is not dead yet. Whether the Party of Lincoln will recover remains to be seen. Its prognosis is, at best, guarded. Having had their heads handed to them in the last election, and finding it difficult to take on a popular president, Republicans are casting about trying to find a new direction. But news of their...
  • What Republicans need is a mutiny (SoS for the GoP. Time to rock the Boat!)

    05/10/2009 9:23:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies · 1,777+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/10/09 | Richard Viguerie
    Two major debates face conservative Republicans about the future of the party. The first, rekindled by Sen. Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic Party, is whether the GOP should move furtherfurther leftward. The second is whether conservatives should tone down their advocacy on social issues. History is on the side of outspoken conservatives in both debates. To learn where to position themselves, some big-government GOP loyalists are going on so-called listening tours. The trouble is, skulking around the country on pandering tours isn't leadership. Politicians, lobbyists and campaign consultants who caused the problem cannot fix it. You can also rebrand...
  • Cheney to GOP: Don't Go Changin'

    05/09/2009 12:56:01 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 23 replies · 1,545+ views
    http://www.newsmax.com/ ^ | May 8, 2009 | By: Dave Eberhart
    Former Vice-President Dick Cheney told a North Dakota radio audience this week that in his opinion it would be a mistake for the struggling Republican Party to change in any fundamental way, according to a report in Politico. “I think it would be a mistake for us to moderate,” Cheney said. “This is about fundamental beliefs and values and ideas … what the role of government should be in our society, and our commitment to the Constitution and constitutional principles. “You know, when you add all those things up, the idea that we ought to moderate basically means we ought...
  • Cheney: Mistake for GOP to 'moderate'

    05/07/2009 6:08:38 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies · 1,456+ views
    (CNN) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney is weighing into the heated internal debate over the future of the Republican Party, declaring it would be a mistake for the GOP to "moderate." "This is about fundamental beliefs and values and ideas … what the role of government should be in our society, and our commitment to the Constitution and constitutional principles," Cheney said in an interview with North Dakota radio host Scott Hennen Thursday, according to a transcript. "You know, when you add all those things up, the idea that we ought to moderate basically means we ought to fundamentally...
  • Team of rivals: GOP base rips new group

    05/07/2009 3:37:24 PM PDT · by pissant · 103 replies · 1,778+ views
    Politico ^ | 5/7/09 | Andy Barr
    Social conservatives are blasting the National Council for a New America, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) nascent effort to rebrand the Republican Party, as a misguided and weak-kneed initiative that is out of touch with the GOP rank and file. The council, unveiled last week by Cantor and Sen. John McCain, is designed to be a “forward-looking, grass-roots caucus” that formulates policy prescriptions and communicates with voters in a way that could expand the Republican ranks. In announcing the formation of the group, McCain said he hoped the group would attract moderates and “like-minded Democrats” to a series of...
  • Palin definitely part of GOP effort

    05/07/2009 12:21:50 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 66 replies · 1,783+ views
    NBC ^ | 05-07-09 | Kelly O'Donnell and Domenico Montanaro
    Though it was reported three days ago that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would officially join the national Republican re-branding effort, the National Council for a New America, House GOP Whip Rep. Eric Cantor wanted to make it really official today. "I am pleased to announce that Governor Palin has joined the panel of experts," Cantor said. "When NCNA was announced last week, we spoke about a dynamic organization that worked to constantly bring in new people and innovative ideas. The launch of the National Council was just the first step in a growing effort to engage the American people in...
  • Band of centrists forming for Senate GOP in 2010

    05/07/2009 12:03:33 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 272 replies · 2,896+ views
    The Hill ^ | 05/06/09 | Aaron Blake and Reid Wilson
    For those writing Republican centrism’s obituary after Arlen Specter’s party switch, holster your quills. In fact, if the next few weeks go well for the GOP, it might pave the way for a whole new chapter in the left flank of the right-leaning party. The month of May will be huge, recruiting-wise, for Senate Republicans, with decisions expected from several big-name candidates, including Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, Rep. Mark Kirk (Ill.) and possibly Rep. Mike Castle (Del.). All would instantly be formidable — with Crist and Castle favored at the outset — and all are...
  • Meet the National Council for a New America - The Good News and the Bad

    05/06/2009 7:03:55 AM PDT · by PlainOleAmerican · 16 replies · 1,800+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | May 5, 2009 | JB Williams
    In an April 30, 2009 press release, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) issued a welcome statement announcing the formation of the National Council for a New America, which is reportedly a forward-looking, grassroots caucus intended to bring together Congressional leaders and the people, with a national panel of “experts.” That’s the good news! (snip) So, who are these “experts” that will lead the pro-American Right, back to its rightful place in national leadership? And, before we start talking about solutions, can we please properly define the problem?
  • GOP Tries to Dig Out of Its Hole

    05/05/2009 2:37:53 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies · 723+ views
    GOP Tries to Dig Out of Its Hole By GERALD F. SEIB If you're trying to figure how bad things are for Republicans, consider this: More Americans say they are conservatives than say they are part of the Republican Party -- which is supposed to be, after all, the party of conservatives. That picture emerges from deep inside the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. The numbers there show the extent of the woes facing today's Republican Party -- woes that came into sharp relief last week with the defection of Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter to the Democrats. Yet the...
  • Hatin' On the GOP, The National Council for a New America and YOU

    05/04/2009 6:25:49 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 15 replies · 683+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 5/04/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Yeah. I'm as mad at the GOP as you are -- then again I have been for a long time, not just lately. So, in the hope that something good could come of our losses, I listened in on Eric Cantor's conference call launching the National Council for a New America (NCNA) project and you all saw my immediate report. I patiently listened to Representative Eric Cantor and Senator John McCain and heard the vague overview, I took note of the names that were attached to the project, and I realized the import of the five basic issues that they...
  • Maybe They Don't Hate Her, Sarah Palin Joins GOP Listening Tour, May Meet Up With McCain

    05/04/2009 11:03:47 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 21 replies · 1,026+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 5/5/09 | Talkradio03
    From KTUU Alaska, Sarah Palin has joined the GOP listening tour with Romney and Cantor. Other cities are in the plans and Palin and McCain may be together at some point. Get ready for the media to have a hate fest just like they always do. Chris Matthews and everyone at MSDNC will be making fun of everything she says..Full Story Here
  • Palin To Be Part of National Council [Cantor's office confirms]

    05/04/2009 3:55:27 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 70 replies · 1,815+ views
    The Washington Post - The Fix ^ | 2009-05-04 | Chris Cilizza
    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be part of the National Council for a New America, an attempt by leaders in Congress and potential 2012 presidential candidates to rebrand the struggling party. "I am pleased to announce that Governor Palin has joined the National Council for a New America's panel of experts," said House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) today. "When NCNA was announced last week, we spoke about a dynamic organization that worked to constantly bring in new people and innovative ideas." . . . . . Palin's involvement in the group will help rebut the idea that the National...
  • Palin Joining GOP Rebranding Group

    05/04/2009 10:27:57 PM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 497 replies · 14,477+ views
    Roll Call ^ | May 4, 2009 | Jackie Kucinich
    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), the 2008 vice presidential nominee, will join a new Republican policy group aimed at reshaping and promoting the party brand. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.)announced Palin’s decision to join the National Council for a New America on Monday night. The group launched late last week and held its first town hall-style forum on Saturday in Virginia. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the 2008 presidential nominee, indicated during a conference call last week that his former running mate had been invited to join the policy panel. The group, which is made up of prominent Republican leaders,...
  • Unlike Romney's "National Council for a New America," Free Republic is a conservative site!

    05/03/2009 12:32:07 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1,448 replies · 35,299+ views
    I'm going to try one more time to explain what FR is all about. Free Republic is a conservative site. That does not necessarily mean it is a Republican site. In fact there may be many Republicans we don't support and some Republican issues we cannot agree with. I'll throw in Arlen Specter as a prime example of a Republican we cannot support. Should be obvious to all why not. Should also be just as obvious to all that we cannot support Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, John McCain and his lap dog Lindsay Graham, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, et al....
  • Jeb Bush, GOP: Time to leave Reagan behind

    05/04/2009 4:20:21 AM PDT · by VU4G10 · 177 replies · 4,831+ views
    washingtontimes ^ | Sunday, May 3, 2009 | Joseph Curl
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Saturday that it's time for the Republican Party to give up its "nostalgia" for the heyday of the Reagan era and look forward, even if it means stealing the winning strategy deployed by Democrats in the 2008 election. "You can't beat something with nothing, and the other side has something. I don't like it, but they have it, and we have to be respectful and mindful of that," Mr. Bush said. The former president's brother, often mentioned as a potential candidate in 2012, said President Obama's message of hope and change during the 2008...
  • Jeb Bush to Help Rebuild GOP

    05/03/2009 1:05:44 AM PDT · by advance_copy · 136 replies · 3,342+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 5/02/09
    Republican political figures in recent days announced policy programs to challenge President Barack Obama's agenda and to counter perceptions that the GOP is a listless, leaderless "party of no." In doing so, they're highlighting their differences with the Republican National Committee's political strategy. House and Senate Republican lawmakers were the latest to launch a group independent of the RNC, announcing the formation of the National Council for a New America. The group comprises potential GOP presidential candidates who plan town hall-style meetings to promote ideas different from Obama's. Their aides and allies have been vexed by the lack of comprehensive...
  • Jeb Bush, GOP: Time to leave Reagan behind ("nostalgia" for the heyday of the Reagan era)

    05/03/2009 6:05:21 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 278 replies · 7,319+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5/3/2009 | Joseph Curl
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Saturday that it's time for the Republican Party to give up its "nostalgia" for the heyday of the Reagan era and look forward, even if it means stealing the winning strategy deployed by Democrats in the 2008 election. "You can't beat something with nothing, and the other side has something. I don't like it, but they have it, and we have to be respectful and mindful of that," Mr. Bush said. The former president's brother, often mentioned as a potential candidate in 2012, said President Obama's message of hope and change during the 2008...
  • McCain, Kyl lead effort to revitalize GOP [as "the loyal opposition"]

    05/03/2009 8:44:44 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 52 replies · 1,390+ views
    The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. | 2009-05-03
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  • Official video: National Council for a New America (Barf Alert)

    05/03/2009 3:11:42 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 59 replies · 1,702+ views
    YouTube ^ | May 02, 2009 | Eric Cantor
    From the description: The NCNA will bring together citizens from across the country to begin a dialogue with the American people through a series of forums, town halls, and an online effort that will engage people in a discussion to meet our common challenges and build a stronger country through common-sense ideas. The NCNA will be a dynamic, forward-looking organization that will amplify the common-sense and wisdom of our fellow citizens through a grassroots dialogue with Republican leaders.
  • Socialist Myth Romney working to reshape GOP's image into Democrat Lite

    05/02/2009 6:52:12 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 181 replies · 4,423+ views
    NECN ^ | 05-02-09 | NECN: Washington, D.C.
    Former governors Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush joined Congressman Eric Cantor to talk health care, the economy and national security at the first town hall meeting for the National Council for a New America on Saturday. But the group steered clear of abortion and same-sex marriage -- wedge issues that have led to the defection of moderates and independents. "Listening to people can make a difference. We've got ideas on how we can help people get health insurance, how we can improve our schools, how we can make our economy strong today as well as down the road, how we...
  • Romney, Cantor, Jeb Bush stump for GOP revival [conservatives at event protest McCain, RINOs]

    05/02/2009 3:01:01 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 35 replies · 1,814+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-05-02 | Alexander Bolton
    (snip) On the subject of education, one attendee declared that “people learn more from listening to Rush Limbaugh than they do in high school or college.” And while the leaders said they're willing to embrace the thoughts of the concerned voters, a group of conservative activists who were protesting in the parking lot complained that they were not allowed through the doors. “We’re demonstrating against the fact that this organization set up by RINOs [Republicans in Name Only] have taken immigration off the agenda,” said Michael McLaughlin, a member of the American Council for Immigration Reform, a group seeking to...
  • Palin Likely to Be a Part of National Council [McCain-Romney gathering]

    04/30/2009 10:37:16 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies · 1,532+ views
    The Washington Post - The Fix ^ | 2009-04-30 | Chris Cillizza
    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to play a role in the National Council for a New America, a new effort led by House and Senate Republican leaders designed to find ways to make the party more appealing to independent voters. "I understand that Governor Palin is hopefully going to be involved as well," said Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) during a conference call this morning announcing the group's formation. Meg Stapleton, a spokeswoman for the Alaska governor, did not immediately return an email seeking to confirm Palin's involvement. If she does respond, we'll update the post.
  • Cantor wants fresh start - 'We Can Do Better'

    04/23/2009 10:16:24 AM PDT · by Lou Budvis · 68 replies · 1,440+ views
    Politico ^ | 04/23/09 | Andy Barr
    House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said ahead of a meeting at the White House Thursday that Obama and Republicans ... ... on Capitol Hill have gotten off on the wrong foot. "The first 100 days have not been the best days for bipartisanship," Cantor said during an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "We've got some very serious issues, and I do think now that we can come together," he said. "We can do better." Cantor added that he wants to tell the president later today that "we want to work with you."
  • McCain and Cantor tout new GOP policy group [to pander to Democrats]

    04/30/2009 9:37:05 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies · 1,286+ views
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 2009-05-01 | Tyler Whitley
    Rep. Eric I. Cantor, R-7th, has helped start an organization that he says will assist in developing policy to confront problems facing the U.S. In a conference call with reporters yesterday, Cantor said the National Council for a New America will solicit ideas across party boundaries from a wide spectrum of national leaders. The founding members are all Republicans, as are the 14 current House and Senate members. Cantor was joined on the call yesterday by Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, who is listed as one of the group's "national panel of experts." Cantor and McCain...
  • Republicans, including Romney, launch new [RINO] group

    04/30/2009 10:19:57 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 179 replies · 4,618+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 04-30-09 | The Boston Globe
    Reeling congressional Republicans today launched a new effort days after their latest setback -- the defection of Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, putting Democrats within reach of potentially being able to push legislation through the Senate without a single Republican vote. House GOP Whip Eric Cantor announced that the National Council for a New America will hold its first event on Saturday with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who ran last year and could run again in 2012; Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, another possible 2012 contender; former Governor Jeb Bush, the former president's brother; and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, a...
  • GOP's Big Names Try to Forge New Agenda

    04/30/2009 10:16:55 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 50 replies · 2,276+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 04-30-09 | Perry Bacon Jr.
    Looking to rebrand a struggling Republican Party, a group of party heavyweights including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) are launching a new group that will hold town halls around the country and look to produce GOP ideas on issues like education and health care. Republicans will announce today the creation of the "National Council for a New America," a group led by congressional party leaders that includes Bush, McCain, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal as its "national panel of experts." A letter announcing the group's creation does not specifically say...
  • The National Council for a New America Launches – Conference Call Report

    04/30/2009 9:53:11 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 15 replies · 604+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 4/30/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    This morning I listened in on Eric Cantor's conference call concerning the launch of the National Council for a New America (NCNA) hosted by Congressman Cantor and Senator John McCain. One of the main points that the two men stressed is that this is "not a contract with America," but a "conversation" with her. The GOP leaders also stressed that this is an "inclusive" effort with which they want to hear from all manner of Americans adhering to a variety opinions on today's most pressing Issues. The two also said that this is not an attempt to "re-brand" the GOP....
  • GOP set to launch rebranding effort

    04/29/2009 9:58:08 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 185 replies · 4,262+ views
    CNN ^ | April 29, 2009 | John King
    Coming soon to a battleground state near you: a new effort to revive the image of the Republican Party and to counter President Obama's characterization of Republicans as "the party of 'no.'" CNN has learned that the new initiative, called the National Council for a New America, will be announced Thursday. It will involve an outreach by an interesting mix of GOP officials... [John McCain and Jeb Bush]. In addition to Sen. McCain and Gov. Bush, GOP sources familiar with the plans tell CNN others involved in the new group's "National Panel Of Experts" will include: [Barbour, Jindal and Romney]...