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  • Future of GOP and Moderate Republicans Uncertain [GOP "Struggling To Find Its Identity"]

    11/01/2009 6:08:31 PM PST · by Steelfish · 39 replies · 962+ views
    NYTimes ^ | November 01st, 2009
    Future of GOP and Moderate Republicans Uncertain ASSOCIATED PRESS November 1, 2009 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- In a Republican Party struggling to find its identity, the surprise withdrawal of the chosen GOP candidate for a New York congressional race -- forced by a rising conservative upstart -- renews a lingering national debate: Are moderates welcome in today's Grand Old Party? The question became even more relevant Sunday when the ex-candidate, state Assemblywoman Dierdre Scozzafava, threw her support behind the Democrat in the race rather than the Conservative Party candidate favored by fellow Republicans. The GOP leadership insisted on Sunday political...
  • In Tuesday's contests, Steele sees a vote on his leadership

    10/31/2009 5:30:04 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 24 replies · 863+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 1, 2009 | Perry Bacon Jr.
    As they campaigned together across Virginia on Thursday and Friday, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele praised Robert F. McDonnell, the state's GOP gubernatorial candidate, as an innovative leader. McDonnell was just as enthusiastic. "Thank you to my largest donor, Michael Steele," he told a crowd outside a train depot in Culpepper on Friday, referring to the millions that the RNC has poured into the contest. And seeming to realize the potential double meaning of his words as Steele's 6-foot-4 frame towered over everyone, McDonnell joked, "And also my tallest." Steele smiled at the rhetorical embrace by McDonnell, who...
  • Republican Scozzafava Suspends New York Congressional Campaign

    10/31/2009 8:09:06 AM PDT · by libstripper · 97 replies · 2,558+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 31, 2009 | Fox ews
    Republican state Assemblywoman Dierdre Scozzafava has suspended her campaign for upstate New York's 23rd Congressional seat, leaving Democratic nominee Bill Owens and Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman in the race that will conclude Tuesday. The move comes on the heels of a new poll that showed Scozzafava had fallen behind her two competitors in a race too close. The Siena College poll has Owens picking up 36 percent of the vote, while Hoffman has 35 percent. Scozzafava has 20 percent, with nine percent of voters undecided. It's a turnaround from the first Siena poll on the race in September, which...
  • N.Y. GOP rift spreads to races in other states (GOP Establishment vs Tea Party)

    10/29/2009 3:25:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 69 replies · 2,104+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/29/2009 | Kara Rowland
    Doug Hoffman's insurgent campaign in New York's special House race, which had already split national Republican leaders, is now turning into a litmus test for other Republican congressional candidates running in 2010 to prove their conservative credentials. Liz Lauber, running in the Republican primary for a House seat in Missouri, this week made support for Mr. Hoffman a campaign issue, calling on five-term Republican incumbent Rep. Todd Akin to endorse and donate money to the Conservative Party nominee who is running in a special election Nov. 3. Mr. Akin did endorse Mr. Hoffman, though his office said it was not...
  • McCain on Palin: 'Let's come up with a winning combination next time' [next time???]

    10/11/2009 6:53:02 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 159 replies · 6,070+ views
    Politico / CNN ^ | 2009-10-11
    (snip) Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," the Arizona Republican said: "When we selected, or asked, Sarah Palin to be my running mate, it energized our party. We were ahead in the polls, until the stock market crashed. And she still is a formidable force in the Republican Party. And I have great affection for her. Will Sarah and I - did we always agree on everything in the past? Will we in the future? No. But let's let a thousand flowers bloom. Let's come up with a winning combination next time." (snip)
  • Could Mitch Daniels and Jeb Bush lead the GOP back to the White House?

    09/23/2009 2:47:27 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 103 replies · 2,259+ views
    INDIANAPOLIS | Did Hoosiers get a first look last week at The Ticket? Mitch Daniels. Jeb Bush. 2012? Both Republicans frequently deny seeking higher office, but each man also told The Times the other would be a strong candidate for a presidential run. "If he wants it, sure," Bush said of Daniels' national prospects. "I honestly believe he is the best governor in the country in terms of the courage of his convictions, intelligence, strategic thinking," Bush said. At the same time, Daniels said he's disappointed Bush says he's ruled out a future in government. "I understand his answer, but...
  • Pawlenty may be positioning himself for 2012

    09/22/2009 5:55:34 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies · 1,208+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 22, 2009 | BRIAN BAKST
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is preparing to launch a national fundraising committee, another signal the Republican may be positioning himself for a possible 2012 presidential run. The 'Freedom First' political action committee will be formalized in the next few weeks, Pawlenty adviser Alex Conant said Tuesday. He described it as a logical step for the governor, who has been giving speeches and campaigning for Republicans around the country. While forming such committees is a typical step for politicians who aspire to higher office, Pawlenty downplayed any link between his new PAC and a 2012 presidential...
  • Conservatives Now Outnumber Liberals in All 50 States, Says Gallup Poll

    08/17/2009 10:05:16 AM PDT · by jdfromny · 50 replies · 1,702+ views
    CNS News ^ | August 17, 2009 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Self-identified conservatives outnumber self-identified liberals in all 50 states of the union, according to the Gallup Poll. At the same time, more Americans nationwide are saying this year that they are conservative than have made that claim in any of the last four years. In 2009, 40% percent of respondents in Gallup surveys that have interviewed more than 160,000 Americans have said that they are either “conservative” (31%) or “very conservative” (9%). That is the highest percentage in any year since 2004.
  • Statement of Sen. Juan McCain on Southern Border Violence [too little, too late]

    07/28/2009 2:24:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 608+ views
    Mr. President, I come to the floor today to talk about the violence that continues to plague our southern border region by Mexico’s well armed, well financed, and very determined drug cartels. Despite the increased efforts of President Calderon to stamp out these blood-thirsty and vicious drug cartels, violence has increased dramatically, claiming over 6,000 lives in Mexico last year alone. The murderers carrying out these crimes are as violent and dangerous as any in the world. Many have extensive military training and carry out their illegal activities with sophisticated tactical weapons and no regard for human life. Last week,...
  • Former presidential candidate Gary Bauer: Pundits Will Eat Their Words On Governor Palin

    07/15/2009 10:24:01 AM PDT · by MaxCUA · 2 replies · 468+ views
    Former presidential candidate Gary Bauer said that reports of Sarah Palin's political demise were "premature and reflect more the hopes and dreams of liberal analysts than actual reality." The chairman of the Campaign for Working Families made the following statement: "No Republican can get the GOP nomination for president or win the White House without the Values wing of the party. Given that reality, I have no doubt that between now and 2012 a leader will emerge.
  • Huckabee 'Concerned' About Palin Possibly Forming 3rd Party (And what's wrong with that?)

    07/15/2009 8:15:16 AM PDT · by wk4bush2004 · 194 replies · 4,069+ views
    So she has a role to play. Whether she runs or not, she has an important voice, and I hope she remains -- let me be real clear -- a part of the Republican Party. I'm a little concerned when I hear her say that she may sort of branch out and go third party or go independent. That would be a big mistake because we need to rebuild the Republican Party, not abandon it.
  • (Palin) Tearing up the rulebook

    07/15/2009 8:29:52 AM PDT · by euram · 513+ views
    conservatives4palin ^ | 07-15-09 | Joshua Livestro
    RULE 3: "Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy." Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals
  • Sarah Palin and the Political Civil War in the Republican Party

    07/15/2009 8:30:38 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 50 replies · 1,313+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 07/15/2009 | Mike Volpe
    Sarah Palin has again found herself in an ideological battle that she never had any intention of finding herself in the middle of. During the campaign, her candidacy became a flash point for the culture wars. Her political future has now become a flash point for a political civil war within the Republican party. That political civil war is between so called elitists like Peggy Noonan and Charles Krauthammer on one side and the regular base of voters on the other side.
  • Sarah Palin at the Reagan Library (8/8): "The GIPPER 2.0" and details of the FREE rally

    07/15/2009 5:36:44 AM PDT · by RonDog · 77 replies · 4,989+ views
    The L.A. Chapter needs YOUR help with this FReep! Sarah Palin is scheduled to be GUEST SPEAKERin the Air Force One Pavilion of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and MuseumSATURDAY, August 8for a 50th Anniversary Gala of the the Simi Valley Republican Women Federated As I posted to MayflowerMadam on the other thread:I’ve sent emails to the Republican group as well — for verification that this is actually happening, and have not had any response... I am fairly confident that it **is** going to happen.But the Simi Valley group was not expecting to get so much attention, having planned this...
  • It Looks Like Sarah Palin is Following My Advice

    07/15/2009 5:16:52 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 14 replies · 666+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 7/15/2009 | Moneyrunner
    While all the "nattering nabobs of negativity" (to quote a former VP) were busy writing Sarah Palin's obituary while dancing on her grave, I predicted that she would come out and begin a conversation with the American people. Specifically, here is what I said in my essay What Palin Could, And Should, Do Here's my suggestion for the key topic she should be focused on: ENERGY. ... In Palin and the politics of abundance I said: Sarah Palin can become the spokesman for abundance while the left preaches the politics if scarcity. ... So imagine my surprise - NOT -...
  • Sarah Palin makes a play for Democrat votes: Appears to be planning to lead a third party

    07/15/2009 3:11:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies · 3,560+ views
    The London First Post ^ | July 13, 2009 | Jonathan Harwood
    Sarah Palin still won't say whether she's building towards a presidential campaign in 2012. But she does plan to stay involved in national politics and appears to be casting herself as the possible leader of a new movement in American politics, one that would welcome Republicans and Democrats. "I will go around the country on behalf of candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation," she said in an interview with the Washington Times on Sunday. "People are so tired of the partisan stuff - even my own son is not a Republican," she...
  • Palin’s PAC Rakes It In

    07/14/2009 6:37:57 AM PDT · by AIM Freeper · 4 replies · 453+ views
    Accuracy In Media ^ | July 14, 2009 | Don Irvine
    SarahPAC is off to a quick start on the fundraising end. From the Politico Sarah Palin’s political action committee raised nearly $733,000 in the first six months of 2009 and has more than $450,000 in cash on hand, according to new filings with the Federal Election Commission. While Republicans are hopeful that Palin will be a big fundraising help for them, her political action committee hasn’t exactly been a campaign-finance ATM. Since its formation in late January, it appears to have made just two political contributions — $5,000 to Palin’s 2008 running mate, Sen. John McCain, and $5,000 to Alaska’s...
  • Sarah Palin Does Not Understand Cap and Trade

    07/14/2009 6:43:27 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 102 replies · 3,575+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | July 14, 2009 | Conor Clarke
    If you're wondering what Sarah Palin will do after leaving the Alaska governor's office, look no further than her op-ed in the this morning's Washington Post. She writes, "at risk of disappointing the chattering class, let me make clear what is foremost on my mind and where my focus will be: I am deeply concerned about President Obama's cap-and-trade energy plan, and I believe it is an enormous threat to our economy." As a card-carrying member of the chattering class, let me say that I am in indeed disappointed by this development. Not because Palin is showing a greater interest...
  • Sarah Palin Doesn't Know What Cap And Trade Is (Barf Alert)

    07/14/2009 7:17:04 AM PDT · by DB9 · 44 replies · 1,711+ views
    Business Insider Green Sheet ^ | July 14, 2009 | Jay Yarrow
    Sarah Palin Doesn't Know What Cap And Trade Is Jay Yarow|Jul. 14, 2009, 8:39 AM|109 PrintTags: Sarah Palin, U.S. Government, Garbage, Carbon, Emissions, Cap And Trade, Energy, Alternative Energy, Politics Sarah Palin wades into the debate on cap and trade, or as she prefers to call it, cap and tax, today in the Washington Post's editorial pages. Predictably she doesn't like it, but it doesn't appear as though she understands the issue at hand. "There is no denying that as the world becomes more industrialized, we need to reform our energy policy and become less dependent on foreign energy sources....
  • Palin Attacks Obama in WaPo Op-ed, How Will Media Respond?

    07/14/2009 4:51:33 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 134 replies · 4,685+ views
    NewsBusters.com ^ | 07/14/2009 | Noel Sheppard
    If Palin Derangement Syndrome-afflicted media members thought the Alaska Governor's surprising pre-Fourth of July announcement meant she was getting out of politics, her op-ed in Tuesday's Washington Post should change their minds. In a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration, Sarah Palin took off the gloves to attack the recently House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act, disaffectionately known as cap-and-tax. Marvelously, Palin also took a couple of jabs at her not so adoring press: Unfortunately, many in the national media would rather focus on the personality-driven political gossip of the day than on the gravity of these challenges. So,...
  • Missteps, ignored advice on Palin’s route to exit (NYT Hit Piece)

    07/13/2009 5:21:53 PM PDT · by AmericanSphinx71 · 28 replies · 846+ views
    MSLSD ^ | 7-13-09 | Jim Rutenberg and Serge F. Kovaleski
    Missteps, ignored advice on Palin’s route to exit Seemingly relentless string of professional, personal woes led to decision ANCHORAGE - In late March, a senior official from the Republican Governors Association headed for Alaska on a secret mission. Sarah Palin was beset by such political and personal turmoil that some powerful supporters determined an intervention was needed to pull her governorship, and her national future, back from the brink. The official, the association’s executive director, Nick Ayers, arrived with a memorandum containing firm counsel, according to several people who know its details: Make a long-term schedule and stick to it,...
  • Will the Political Establishments Hate for Sarah, Help Create a New Party?

    07/13/2009 11:15:49 AM PDT · by OneVike · 123 replies · 2,774+ views
    Post Scripts ^ | 7/13/09 | One Vike
    By OneVike “The pundits are wrong. Conventional wisdom is wrong. Sarah Palin's decision to step down as Alaska governor was a brilliant move................. The pundits call her a quitter, but let's be honest - the pundits never liked her to begin with. Better to take one hit for stepping down and move on than to stay in Alaska and die a death by a thousand cuts. Willie's World-Willie Brown” Those are the words of one of the most savy politicians in California's history, Willie Brown. Many pundits and politicians have taken Sarah Palon to task for resigning her post as...
  • The passing of Palin?

    07/13/2009 6:21:18 AM PDT · by bmweezer · 115 replies · 1,988+ views
    The GOPNation.com ^ | July 13, 2009 | Ted Tally
    I typically love The Economist, which tends to cover the entire world in an almost unbiased fashion, unlike most of our weeklies (Newsweek, TIME and the like). And yet, in this week's edition, the article entitled "The passing of Palin" was just plain wrong, condescending and completely off the mark. Just reading three of the article's paragraphs makes for interesting and infuriating reading: To half the country, this sounds like pathetic whining. Politics is a tough business. If you can’t cope with harsh criticism, perhaps you should find a less demanding line of work, such as making lucrative speeches to...
  • Palin’s Route to Resignation: Missteps and Ignored Advice (NY Slimes Hit Piece)

    07/13/2009 5:10:10 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 30 replies · 1,249+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 13, 2009 | JIM RUTENBERG and SERGE F. KOVALESKI
    ANCHORAGE — In late March, a senior official from the Republican Governors Association headed for Alaska on a secret mission. Sarah Palin was beset by such political and personal turmoil that some powerful supporters determined an intervention was needed to pull her governorship, and her national future, back from the brink. The official, the association’s executive director, Nick Ayers, arrived with a memorandum containing firm counsel, according to several people who know its details: Make a long-term schedule and stick to it, have staff members set aside ample and inviolable family time to replenish your spirits, and build a coherent...
  • Health care: Mitt's Mass. mess might make 2012 tough

    07/12/2009 5:36:29 PM PDT · by Coleus · 67 replies · 1,406+ views
    star ledger ^ | 07.11.09 | paul mulshine
    As a conservative, I have pretty much given up on the Republican Party after the big-spending, big-government Bush years. I am firmly in the corner of the one man who called the entire era correctly, and that is Ron Paul.   However, of all the mainstream GOP hopefuls for the 2012 presidential nomination, I would say Mitt Romney is the most capable.  But Mitt's got a problem. A big problem. And that's his health-care policy.When Romney was governor of Massachusetts. he endorsed a health-insurance plan that is little different from the one now being pitched by the Democrats. That alone may...
  • Palin Hints At Independent Conservative Movement - (Wash. Times changes "stump for Dems" headline)

    07/12/2009 1:55:30 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 251 replies · 5,698+ views
    SarahPAC ^ | July 12, 2009 | Tammy Bruce via SarahPAC
    Enter now Sarah Palin with very encouraging comments that lead one to believe that she is indeed planning to do what she must: build an independent conservative movement and take this nation back from the liberals which now control both parties.Thanks liberals, for provoking Sarah into the national scene while vetting that family at the same time. One thing I will say, the Washington Times with their headline for this exclusive interview reveal an anti-Palin stance. She is, don’t doubt, a threat to every existing political status quo. I hope the Washington Times and their editors realize, sooner than later,...
  • Jack Kelly - Looking down on Palin: Beltway elites can't figure out why the hoi polloi like her

    07/12/2009 12:58:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies · 2,515+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | July 12, 2009 | Jack Kelly
    What do Janet Napolitano, Kathleen Sebelius and Jon Huntsman have in common? All were governors who resigned this year to pursue other opportunities, and did so without a peep of criticism from journalists or their fellow pols for "quitting" on the peoples of Arizona, Kansas and Utah, respectively. I write not to belabor the news media's double standards with regard to Democrats and Republicans, or between other politicians and Sarah Palin. I want to highlight an observation made by Princeton Professor Angelo Codevilla: "The distinctions between Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, are being overshadowed by that between what we...
  • Voters Swinging to Republicans on Issues

    Voters have now witnessed 2.5 years of Democratic control over Congress and six months of total control in Washington, and they don't much like what they see. The Rasmussen survey now finds that likely voters trust Republicans more than Democrats on eight out of ten key issues, including a 46-41 margin on the economy and 52-36 on taxes. If these trends continue, we may see the beginning of a Republican comeback in 2010.
  • ^Conservative^ Presidential Primaries

    07/06/2009 1:34:12 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 128 replies · 2,814+ views
    July 6, 2009 | Jim Robinson
    Well, the presidential primary sweepstakes is heating up already. Many people have written Sarah Palin off. Heck, many thought she never had a chance anyway and they're gloating about it. And, unfortunately, "conservative" Governor Sanford blew his chances. Keep it zipped up fellas. And the media, as usual, is panting hard for the most liberal Republican they can find in the primary race. Namely, Governor Slick Willard Romney. Hey, Romney's ok. IF you're one of those liberal/moderate RINO types that loves big government forcing big government "solutions" for health care, etc, down your throat. AND if you can morally ignore...
  • HR 2751 (Cash for Clunkers socialist clap trap) Passes House. See which RINOs voted YEA.

    06/11/2009 8:51:52 AM PDT · by pissant · 63 replies · 2,068+ views
    Govtrack ^ | 6/10/09 | Some marxist
    H.R. 2751: Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act To accelerate motor fuel savings nationwide and provide incentives to registered owners of high polluting automobiles to replace such automobiles with new fuel efficient and less polluting automobiles. Sponsor: Rep. Betty Sutton [D-OH13] Yea: Dems 239..........RINOS 59 Nay: Dems 9............GOP 110
  • Huntsman strategist: If Palin and Limbaugh dominate, GOP 'headed for a blowout' in 2012

    05/18/2009 7:22:04 AM PDT · by redk · 214 replies · 5,371+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05/18/09 | Byron York
    The Republican strategist who helped Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman prepare for a possible presidential run says the Republican party is in for a devastating defeat if its guiding lights are Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney. "If it's 2012 and our party is defined by Palin and Limbaugh and Cheney, then we're headed for a blowout," says strategist John Weaver, who advised Huntsman and was for years a close adviser to Sen. John McCain. "That's just the truth." Huntsman, a favorite of GOP moderates, left the Republican presidential race last week after accepting President Obama's offer to become U.S....
  • Conservatives may buck Charlie Crist [just say NO! to kneepad RINOs]

    05/12/2009 11:55:31 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 52 replies · 1,390+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-05-12 | Josh Kraushaar
    The expected announcement Tuesday by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist that he’s running for the Senate would seem to be a rare bit of good news for beleaguered Republicans. But while Crist is a brand-name recruit with sky-high approval ratings and bipartisan appeal, his path to keeping the seat of retiring Sen. Mel Martinez in GOP hands has at least one significant roadblock: Sunshine State conservatives. Despite Crist’s widespread popularity, he faces a primary in which he will have to make his case to a restless GOP base dissatisfied with his high-profile advocacy for President Barack Obama’s stimulus and his handling...
  • Stomp the RINOs

    05/11/2009 9:54:10 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 1,093+ views
    (slightly edited for re-posting, with edits in [square brackets])Are you a registered Republican voter? Are you sick and tired of the same old losing and self serving ways of the regular Republican organizations? Are you sick of election loss after election loss and Republican party officers and members selling themselves and us out for their personal gain? Are you willing to support our grass roots efforts to return our government to a limited government of and for the people? Are you sick and tired of the "Republicans In Name Only" (RINOs) running our party into the ground? If you answered...
  • 50% of GOP Voters in Arizona Say McCain Is Out of Touch

    05/11/2009 9:25:12 PM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 40 replies · 1,809+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 5/11/2009 | Rasmussen Reports
    Arizona Republican voters don’t see Senator John McCain having much trouble winning the GOP Senate Primary next year, but 50% believe he has lost touch with his party’s base. Conservatives are even more critical of the longtime incumbent. Forty-three percent (43%) of Arizona Republican voters offer a more positive assessment and say McCain has done a good job representing GOP values, according to a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state. Nationally, 69% of GOP voters believe that Republicans in Congress are out of touch with the party’s base. A recent analysis by Scott Rasmussen suggested that the Beltway...
  • Grassroots Republicans are key to party's future

    05/11/2009 4:16:48 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 566+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 2009-05-09 | David Steelman
    . . . . . Elected Republicans should govern by the principles they profess in campaign rallies and advertisements. Those principles were once the difference between the parties. . . . . . The Republican Party, at its best, is a party of broad ideas and principles. For example, those who tend to vote Republican believe in limiting the size and scope of government and respect the guarantees of individual freedom and liberty of our Constitution. They respect life and its diversity; and they understand that free market capitalism, the glue that holds the Republican Party, and our nation, together,...
  • GOP Moderates Seek Primary Opponent Against Toomey

    05/07/2009 4:29:45 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 63 replies · 1,329+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | May 7, 2009 | Ted Meehan
    “The Big Tent.” That’s the term moderates use over and over again. The term was meant to be inclusive of moderates who wished to be apart of the Republican Party, and who — as Ronald Reagan used to say — “would be with us 85 percent of the time.” However, when moderate Republicans use the term, their meaning is that there is really no room in the party for conservatives. Case in point. On April 28, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter announced he was switching parties because polls showed he had no chance of winning a primary election against Pat Toomey....
  • Will GOP follow moderates into oblivion? [RINOs are stupid, arrogant losers]

    05/06/2009 8:30:12 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies · 782+ views
    Renew America ^ | 2009-05-06 | Chris Adamo
    Republican stalwarts are fond of recalling the 1992 Democrat National Convention, and the manner in which Bob Casey Sr., the Governor of Pennsylvania, was prevented from giving a speech on account of his strident pro-life views. Here was the incontrovertible proof that Democrats censor and oppress those who do not toe the party line. What is rarely recalled is that, four years later in the Republican National Convention, the official party policy was to avoid any mention whatsoever of the entire abortion issue. GOP candidate Bob Dole sought to sidestep controversy that party insiders feared might be overly "divisive," since...
  • Republicans in the Northeast: Going, Going …

    05/05/2009 9:34:56 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 24 replies · 1,032+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 5 | Jazz Shaw
    The next time you take your family to visit the American Museum of Natural History, be sure to make time to see their collection of fossil remains of extinct creatures. These include the dodo bird, the Tasmanian tiger, the Caspian tiger … and the Northeast American Republican. Laymen tend to think the mass extinctions surrounding the last ice age happened fairly rapidly, but some animals such as the short faced bear lingered on in small numbers for thousands of years. By comparison, the once robust herds of United States Republicans roaming the territories north of Virginia and east of Ohio...
  • Letter: What Does Sen. Specter's Defection Mean to the GOP?

    05/03/2009 10:55:26 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies · 698+ views
    (snip) With regard to Sen. Jim DeMint's comment that it's better to lose with 30 committed conservatives than it is to win with 60 unprincipled opportunists (or, what the media refer to as a "big-tent coalition of moderates"), he correctly reads the tax-day protest tea leaves. The Republican Party can't outspend or be perceived as more moderate than Democrats. Many conservatives and libertarians are prepared to bolt from the Republican Party at a grassroots level unless the GOP recommits to the limited government principles that Mr. Specter embraced only when politically expedient. The Journal's editors liken a 30-vote minority party...
  • 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....
  • How do FreeRepublic Conservatives recover ground for their Presidential retreat?

    05/01/2009 2:54:54 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 110 replies · 3,951+ views
    1 May 2009 | Self
    Wondering how all the anti-Republican "I'm not gonna vote for McCain" folks think about about what they got? What do these same . . . true believers . . . believe is in store for us during the mid-term elections?
  • Purge the RINOs and the RINO Apologists

    04/28/2009 7:57:14 PM PDT · by Natural Law · 82 replies · 1,817+ views
    4/28/09 | Natural law
    I am as sick to death of RINO apologists as I am the RINOs themselves. Too many real conservatives took a lot of flack here on FR during the last mid term and presidential election cycles for expecting Republicans to actually legislate like Republicans rather voting for every Obama-lite candidate with an “R” after their names who just might be electable. To too many, elections are about partisan score keeping and not about the direction and future of the country. Many conservatives received a lot of undeserved criticism because they refused to vote straight party line or choose the lesser...
  • We Didn’t Have to Lose Arlen Specter [Snowe] [invokes Reagan] [RINO purge]

    04/28/2009 7:08:49 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 64 replies · 2,235+ views
    Washington.IT is disheartening and disconcerting, at the very least, that here we are today — almost exactly eight years after Senator Jim Jeffords left the Republican Party — witnessing the departure of my good friend and fellow moderate Republican, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, for the Democratic Party. And the announcement of his switch was all the more painful because I believe it didn’t have to be this way. When Senator Jeffords became an independent in 2001, I said it was a sad day for the Republicans, but it would be even sadder if we failed to confront and learn...
  • Minuteman founder Simcox to run against McCain [AZ 2010] [the end of McCain?]

    04/21/2009 11:51:46 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 193 replies · 8,110+ views
    The Arizona Capitol Times ^ | 2009-04-21 | Jim Small
    Sen. John McCain will face a challenge from the right in next year's Republican primary, as one of the country's most prominent border hawks will announce his candidacy for Arizona's Senate seat on April 22. Chris Simcox, who founded the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, will file campaign paperwork today to formalize his challenge of McCain, who has angered conservative Republicans for his stances on a variety of issues - most prominently, illegal immigration and border security. Simcox will represent a stark contrast in Republican ideology compared to that of McCain, said Eric Johnson, a senior advisor to Simcox and former...
  • Meghan McCain: Can we ban mentioning her on FR???

    04/20/2009 12:40:16 PM PDT · by fishtank · 120 replies · 2,729+ views
    4-20-2009 | fishtank
    I am getting tired of seeing daily threads about Meghan McCain almost daily on FR. I don't watch network TV, and honestly never heard of her until several weeks ago. Could we just quit posting about her already, unless there is TRULY a news article that concerns her?????
  • Toomey vs. Specter, part two [taking out the RINO trash] [Club for Growth endorses DeMint, Coburn]

    04/15/2009 5:58:34 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies · 836+ views
    (CNN) — It's official. Former Rep. Pat Toomey is challenging Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter for his Senate seat, again. Toomey formally announced his 2010 Senate bid Wednesday, the second time he will challenge the incumbent Pennsylvania senator after running an unsuccessful primary campaign against him in 2004. "I'm running against Arlen Specter in the Republican primary because we need a new direction and positive solutions," Toomey says on his campaign website, ToomeyForSenate.com.
  • Romney Lets His Conservative Mask Slip

    04/04/2009 11:47:07 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies · 1,251+ views
    Say Anything Blog ^ | 2009-04-04
    For a while now I’ve been saying that Romney is no conservative, and anyone holding him up as the hope for the conservative movement against Obama in 2012 is fooling themselves. During his campaign for the Republican nomination in 2007/2008 Romney held himself up as a rock-ribbed conservative. The reality is that he’s a power-hungry politician. He was one of the first political leaders in America to institute what amounts to a nationalized health care system in Massachusetts, and his various positions on abortion have changed so often in timing so convenient for his political career as to leave one...
  • The Republican Party: Lost in the Wilderness

    04/03/2009 9:14:18 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 43 replies · 1,396+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 2009-04-01 | Matt Barber
    After Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, they rebelled against God and were made to wander aimlessly in the desert for 40 years on a needlessly roundabout journey to the Promised Land. God kept the coveted prize out of reach until that rebellious generation passed. Today we find an improvident Republican Party lost in the political wilderness. As the GOP seeks to find its own Promised Land – a return to majority leadership – it has, to its own detriment, rebelled against the core conservative principles solemnized within its own party platform. In a “big tent” effort to be...
  • Pat Toomey Considers Re-match with Arlen Specter

    03/02/2009 10:44:08 PM PST · by freespirited · 15 replies · 679+ views
    Patriot News ^ | 3/3/09 | LAURA VECSEY
    The GOP angst over Arlen Specter escalated Monday after Pat Toomey said he might challenge the state's senior senator in the 2010 primary. Toomey, a former Pennsylvania congressman, made his remarks during a radio show Monday morning. It was such hot news among Republican faithful that the Web site GrassrootsPA.com temporarily crashed after breaking the story and attracting megahits. Many conservatives in Pennsylvania have had it with Specter. For them, the news about Toomey was a chunk of delicious red meat. Meanwhile, Specter, 79, knows his biggest supporters are on the other side of the aisle -- and in the...
  • Letter of resignation to the RNC; I quit!

    01/18/2009 3:45:22 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 214 replies · 6,174+ views
    Renew America ^ | 2009-01-18 | J. R. Dieckmann
    After wrestling with this decision for two years now, I have resigned from the Republican party. The party no longer represents my values and I see no hope for real change in the foreseeable future. The following letter is being sent to the Republican National Committee along with the California Republican Party by U.S. Mail. If you feel the same way, you are welcome to use this letter, or portions of it, for your own letter of resignation if you wish. Then contact your state Secretary of State's office to change your voter registration.