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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 ^ | 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,...