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  • The Battle for the GOP Is On: Palin, Romney or Jindal

    11/30/2008 2:59:10 PM PST · by lewisglad · 260 replies · 5,419+ views
    Poligazette ^ | 11/30/08
    The Battle for the GOP Is On - Palin, Romney or JindalNovember 30th, 2008 By: Michael van der Galien | Tags: Leave a comment | Trackback The latest polls of Republican and all voters indicate that the conservative Republican base favors candidates voters in general do not think too highly of. For instance, 24.4% Republican voters want Governor Sarah Palin to be the Republican candidate for president in 2012. Only 13.4% of all voters agree. At the same time, Governor Mitt Romney ranks second among all voters, six points behind Palin, but leads among all voters (be it barely). Among...

    11/18/2008 7:24:10 PM PST · by · 118 replies · 2,413+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11-18-08 | Ma Parker
    As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit. Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D. I'm bathing in holy water as I type. To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh. Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth -- as long as we're setting ourselves free -- is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among...
  • Hagel: Rush Has No Answers

    11/18/2008 6:43:01 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 36 replies · 1,287+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Door, meet Hagel. That's how many Republicans are likely to react after the retiring Nebraska senator blasted Republicans in general and Rush Limbaugh in particular, claiming Rush and fellow conservative talkers "don't have any answers." David Shuster, subbing for Olbermann on tonight's Countdown, highlighted Hagel's remarks of today. View video here.
  • Toward the Tipping Point

    11/17/2008 3:03:20 PM PST · by lancer256 · 9 replies · 538+ views ^ | 11/17/08 | david limbaugh
    In the aftermath of the 2008 Republican electoral bloodbath, many are discussing what direction the party should take to recapture its vitality and viability. Liberals -- as if they have the best interests of the GOP at heart -- and so-called elitist, Northeastern Republicans seem to agree the party should tack center. I disagree. Traditional conservatism and its advocates invariably get bad raps. They're painted as uncompromising, uncompassionate extremists who won't adjust to the realities of the 21st century. But those familiar with modern history understand that these intramural debates have been going on for decades. I remember my father...
  • At National Review, a Threat to Its Reputation for Erudition

    11/16/2008 8:51:55 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 100 replies · 2,832+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 16, 2008 | Tim Arango
    In a span of 252 days, the National Review lost two Buckleys — one to death, another to resignation — and an election. Now, thanks to the coarsening effect of the Internet on political discourse, the magazine may have lost something else: its reputation as the cradle for conservative intellectuals and home for erudite and well-mannered debate prized by its founder, the late William F. Buckley Jr. In the general conservative blogosphere and in The Corner, National Review’s popular blog, the tenor of debate — particularly as it related to the fitness of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska to be...
  • Pawlenty Maneuvers With Governors(Palin Gagging)

    11/14/2008 12:38:03 PM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 90 replies · 3,360+ views
    human events ^ | 11/14/2008 | Jack Thompson
    Pawlenty in Miami was publicly angry, agitated, and even cranky, possibly because he found himself at odds with the far more conservative tone of every other speaker here. Hundreds of RGA members, who paid thousands of dollars to attend this Conference, wildly applauded “red meat” conservative pronouncements by speakers and not the more moderate and conservative-jabbing words by Pawlenty. And then there’s his “Palin problem,” real or imagined, that hit the fan yesterday in front of the national media, possibly upon the insistence of Pawlenty himself, as the above-reported comments to CNN by an anonymous presidential aspirant indicate.
  • Margaret Hoover: Republican Strategist?!? (vanity)

    11/06/2008 5:40:41 PM PST · by maximustc · 41 replies · 2,524+ views
    I just saw a disturbing guest on the "O'Reilly Factor." Margaret Hoover, a supposed "Republican Strategist," was blathering on about how young people "get it" about "gay marriage" and "women's reproductive rights." Proposition 8 may have passed, she argued, but the kids of her generation will overturn it. Disturbing, indeed, if she represents the future of the GOP: a quick web search will reveal that she is quite a hyped-up figure, given that her great-great-grandaddy was Herbert Hoover. The lefties are all saying that we need to pay attention to her. Precisely the reason that she needs to be shamed...
  • JOLTED GOP CASTING A WIDE 'NET (stupid does not even begin to describe loser Pubbies)

    11/12/2008 4:38:35 AM PST · by Liz · 154 replies · 1,848+ views
    NY POST ^ | 11/12/08 | CARL CAMPANILE
    Republicans sent out an SOS in hopes of lifting the fortunes of a party that suffered a political shipwreck. The RNC launched a Web site - - to gather advice on the best way to plot its comeback...... "We need to hear what our volunteers, activists, elected leaders, and party members think about the Republican Party as we renew our bond with the American people," said RNC chairman Mike Duncan......a video featured on the Web site waxes nostalgic by providing footage of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and outgoing President Bush. The video does not mention John McCain......
  • Was Sarah Palin the Nail in The Coffin

    11/04/2008 8:28:53 PM PST · by starlight · 122 replies · 5,665+ views
    nov. 4, 2008 | self
    Did the choice of Sarah Palin show a strong, sober mind?
  • George Will: All Shall Not Be Lost

    11/02/2008 5:54:35 AM PST · by kellynla · 155 replies · 4,682+ views ^ | November 02, 2008 | George Will
    WASHINGTON -- By midnight Tuesday, millions of conservatives probably will believe that the nation, foundering on the reefs of sin, is ruined. And millions of "progressives," emboldened to embrace truth in labeling by again calling themselves liberals, probably will have decided that Heaven is at hand, the nation revived like a flower in an April shower. In any case, political numeracy can illuminate the hours before midnight. So as Tuesday's numbers accumulate, here are some benchmarks to bear in mind: The House of Representatives currently has 235 Democrats and 199 Republicans; the Senate has 51 Democrats (including two independents who...
  • McCain advisor Charles Fried defects to Obama (was Solicitor General under Reagan)

    10/31/2008 4:15:24 PM PDT · by dennisw · 71 replies · 2,094+ views
    Harvard Law School Record ^ | 10/30/08 Section: Election 2008 | Chris Szabla
    Professor Charles Fried, an advisor to John McCain's presidential campaign, has announced that he can no longer support the McCain/Palin ticket. In a letter to the general counsel to the McCain/Palin campaign, he cited McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate as too dangerous "at a time of deep national crisis", and has asked for his name to be removed from several campaign committees on which he has served. Fried also publicly stated that he had voted for Obama via absentee ballot. Fried later clarified to The New Republic that he had voted for Obama because he no...
  • Obama and the Runaway Train The race, the case, a hope for grace.(Peggy Noonan's Dribble)

    10/30/2008 9:19:25 PM PDT · by Saint Athanasius · 164 replies · 3,032+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10/31/08 | Peggy Noonan
    The case for Barack Obama, in broad strokes: He has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing; his rise will serve as a practical rebuke to the past five years, which need rebuking; his victory would provide a fresh start in a nation in which a fresh start would come as a national relief. He climbed steep stairs, born off the continent with no father to guide, a dreamy, abandoning mother, mixed race, no connections. Obama and the Runaway Train The race, the case, a hope for grace. He rose...
  • Win or Lose, Republicans Will Revisit the Party’s Image (Frum Still Lashing out at Limbaugh)

    10/30/2008 8:33:47 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 79 replies · 2,820+ views
    Ms. Palin has emerged as a flash point for a split dividing talk-radio populists and conservative traditionalists from some of their former intellectual allies at National Review and the Heritage Foundation. “These are the people who are embarrassed by Sarah Palin,” Rush Limbaugh recently declared on his radio program, pointedly criticizing several columnists by name, “ ’cause she’s not an intellectual and she didn’t go to Harvard or have a college degree from approved universities and she drops her g’s from words like ‘morning’ and says ‘mornin’.” One of the columnists, David Frum, fired back on National Review’s Web site....
  • Romney Supporters Trashing Palin

    10/29/2008 10:27:52 AM PDT · by Ol' Sparky · 137 replies · 3,687+ views
    Townhall ^ | 10/28/2008 | Amanda Carpenter
    It looks like there might be some truth to those rumors former Mitt Romney supporters are already trying to clear Sarah Palin from the GOP presidential deck to make room for their man Mitt in 2012. Former Romney Spokesman Kevin Madden was particularly harsh on Palin in an interview on CNN. His criticism of Palin is especially noteworthy because we're only days from the election. In a spot with Campbell Brown Madden said Palin's wardrobe flap showed how "unseasoned" Palin is. BROWN: And, Kevin, even defending this whole controversy over the clothes, the RNC buying all the clothing, it keeps...
  • Blame Palin Choice on the Sycamore Tree (Kathleen Parker Mega Barf)

    10/27/2008 1:38:52 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 59 replies · 1,433+ views
    KC Star ^ | Monday, Oct 27, 2008
    My husband called it first. Then, a brilliant, 75-year-old scholar confessed to me over wine: “I’m sexually attracted to her. I don’t care that she knows nothing.” There can be no denying that McCain’s selection of her over others far more qualified —— suggests other factors at work. His judgment may have been clouded by ... what? Science provides clues. A study in Canada, published in New Scientist in 2003, found that pretty women foil men’s ability to assess the future. “Discounting the future,” as the condition is called, means preferring immediate, lesser rewards to greater rewards in the future....
  • Steven Edwards: McCain's Palin problems make Romney look better all the time

    10/27/2008 2:56:12 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 132 replies · 1,629+ views
    National Post ^ | October 27, 2008, 1:22 PM | Kelly McParland
    ... Sarah Palin is in revolt, it’s reported, angry that John McCain’s handlers forced her to wear haute couture; that she’s not been able to be herself before the media; and that Republican campaign strategy -- like the decision to give up on Michigan -- is askew. .... It's all about the political makeover of the Republican Party’s new great hope. For many senior Republicans, Obama appears sure to prevail Nov. 4 ... Advice is already incoming: She should at all costs avoid running for Congress, writes Ron Bonjean, former communications director for Speaker Dennis Hastert and Senate majority leader...
  • Palin's off-script comments irk McCain aides

    10/27/2008 2:38:41 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 71 replies · 1,855+ views
    CNN ^ | 11:26 a.m. EDT, Mon October 27, 2008
    Some aides to Sen. John McCain say they weren't happy that running mate Sarah Palin went off script Sunday...Palin deviated from her prepared remarks to talk about her wardrobe controversy Sunday. ... A senior McCain adviser told CNN those comments "were not the remarks we sent to her plane." ...A Palin aide said that the governor clearly felt like she had to say something to defend herself, because "that's really not who she is." ... sources told CNN that long-brewing tensions between Palin and key aides to McCain were on the rise. McCain advisers suggested that they have become increasingly...
  • Help needed identifying Vichy Republicans.

    10/26/2008 7:41:48 PM PDT · by padre35 · 182 replies · 2,278+ views
    Self | Self
    I've had enough, after watching Gerry Rivers of all people, an inveterate Obama fan, throw dirt on McCain/Palin, I think the list of traiterous Republicans otherwise known as Vichy Republicans should be assembled before the election.
  • Former governor William Weld (RINO-MA) throws support behind Barack Obama

    10/25/2008 9:12:26 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 45 replies · 745+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | October 25, 2008
    Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president yesterday, citing Obama’s “deep sense of calm” and “first-class political temperament.” Weld, a Republican, said he has never endorsed a Democrat for president before, but in the last six weeks or so, it became “close to a no-brainer.” Obama has a history of bringing Democrats, Republicans and independents together and is the best choice at a time when America’s standing in the world is at a low point, he said. “It’s not often you get a guy with his combination of qualities, chief among which I would say is...
  • No Reason For Conservatives To Jump Ship

    10/23/2008 6:32:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies · 875+ views ^ | October 23, 2008 | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    Contrarian that I am, I'm voting for John McCain. I'm not talking about bucking the polls or the media consensus that it's over before it's over. I'm talking about bucking the rush of wet-fingered conservatives leaping to Barack Obama before they're left out in the cold without a single state dinner for the next four years. I stand athwart the rush of conservative ship-jumpers of every stripe — neo (Ken Adelman), moderate (Colin Powell), genetic/ironic (Christopher Buckley) and socialist/atheist (Christopher Hitchens) — yelling "Stop!" I shall have no part of this motley crew. I will go down with the McCain...
  • Former Bush Press Secretary Backs Obama [Slimy weasel alert)

    10/23/2008 3:27:46 PM PDT · by VictoryGal · 83 replies · 2,026+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 23 2008 | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK -- Scott McClellan, President Bush's former press secretary, says he is backing Barack Obama for president. McClellan made the endorsement during a taping of Comedian D.L. Hughley's new show that is premiering on CNN this weekend.
  • GOP's Arne Carlson endorses Obama

    10/23/2008 12:01:44 PM PDT · by Minn · 81 replies · 2,158+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 1/23/2008 | MIKE KASZUBA
    The former governor said Obama represented the best hope for an America facing an economic crisis.Former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama today, saying Obama represented the best hope for an America facing an economic crisis and criticizing Republicans for waging a mean-spirited campaign that has "been going down all these side roads." Introduced to a standing ovation at the State Capitol by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, Carlson said his party had strayed from the moderate philosophies of past Republican leaders such as Ohio Sen. Robert Taft and President Dwight Eisenhower. "I consider...
  • We must remember these "so called conservatives."

    10/17/2008 7:44:24 PM PDT · by brandon craig · 20 replies · 619+ views
    I read today where Philadelphia talk show host Michael Smerconish has endorsed Obama. Michael also worked in the Bush Administration and has been a frequent guest host for Glenn Beck. He will be paraded about as another "conservative" who is voting for Obama by the MSM. This is not like voting for Bill Clinton in 96 or voting for a local Democrat for governor or Congress. Any national "conservative" who supports a Marxist like Obama and thinks it would be best for America to elect him along with a Congress controlled by Pelosi and Reid has either lost their mind...
  • Restoring conservatism [eject the RINOs]

    10/17/2008 5:52:38 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 86 replies · 1,117+ views
    Renew America ^ | 2008-10-17 | Ken Connor
    If the election were held today, Barack Obama would be the new President of the United States of America. The latest Real Clear Politics average of national polls shows Obama ahead of McCain by nearly seven percentage points. It looks like the Democrats are going to have control of both the White House and Congress for the next four years. And, mark it down, if there is a Democrat sweep, conservative Republicans will get the blame. The fact of the matter is, however, that President Bush and the Republicans who dominated Congress during most of his administration governed as anything...
  • The Buckley Son Rises: Kathleen Parker doubles down

    10/17/2008 9:34:11 AM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 59 replies · 1,456+ views
    National Review ^ | October 17, 2008 | Kathleen Parker
    The truth few wish to utter is that the GOP has abandoned many conservatives, who mostly nurse their angst in private. Those chickens we keep hearing about have indeed come home to roost. Years of pandering to the extreme wing — the “kooks” the senior Buckley tried to separate from the right — have created a party no longer attentive to its principles. Instead, as Christopher Buckley pointed out in a blog post on explaining his departure from National Review, eight years of “conservatism” have brought us “a doubled national debt, ruinous expansion of entitlement programs, bridges to nowhere,...
  • Palin's Failin' (Noonan Barf Alert)

    10/16/2008 10:11:33 PM PDT · by acsuc99 · 198 replies · 4,004+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/17/08 | Peggy Noonan
    But we have seen Mrs. Palin on the national stage for seven weeks now, and there is little sign that she has the tools, the equipment, the knowledge or the philosophical grounding one hopes for, and expects, in a holder of high office. She is a person of great ambition, but the question remains: What is the purpose of the ambition? She wants to rise, but what for? For seven weeks I've listened to her, trying to understand if she is Bushian or Reaganite—a spender, to speak briefly, whose political decisions seem untethered to a political philosophy, and whose foreign...
  • Actor Duvall Blasts Palin Critics at Fundraiser [calling columnist George Will a "super-nerd"]

    10/14/2008 5:59:20 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 112 replies · 3,950+ views
    Actor Duvall Blasts Palin Critics at Fundraiser October 14, 2008 8:24 AM ABC News' Imtiyaz Delawala Reports: Introducing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at a GOP fundraiser Monday, actor Robert Duvall blasted conservatives who have criticized the McCain-Palin ticket in recent days, calling conservative columnist George Will a "super-nerd" and former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson a "block of wood". At an RNC fundraiser in McLean, VA, Duvall introduced Palin for the third time since her nomination to the Republican ticket, taking the opportunity to accuse Republicans critical of the McCain campaign as giving "credence to the other side." "It bothers me...
  • Moderate GOP Got the Campaign They Wanted and They Don't Like It

    10/13/2008 3:47:00 PM PDT · by pissant · 114 replies · 2,942+ views
    EIB ^ | 10/13/08 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Bill Kristol, writing today an op-ed in the New York Times, says it's time for McCain to fire his campaign. He says that what McCain needs to do is get rid of the whole campaign and start over these last three weeks and make the case for "a broadly centrist conservatism." Now, you know, Bill Kristol and I know each other and I've been a friend of Bill Kristol for a number of years. Bill Kristol, however, was one of the early supporters of Senator McCain back in the 2000 presidential race; and, of course, I was not. Moving...
  • CBS ‘Early Show’ Uses Republican to Call Palin a ‘Huge Mistake’

    10/13/2008 11:16:52 AM PDT · by publius1 · 65 replies · 1,849+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | October 13, 2008 | By Kyle Drennen
    David Frum, CBS On MondayÂ’s CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith discussed the presidential campaign with former Bush speech writer David Frum and declared: "There is growing concern among some Republicans about McCain's campaign. They're calling on him to stabilize it." Later in the segment, Smith asked Frum point blank: "Was Sarah Palin a mistake?" Frum replied: "I think Sarah Palin was a huge mistake...Americans can be pretty jokey about their government when times are good, but when times are bad, they want to know do -- can you do the job? And when you have a candidate who so...
  • Sorry, Dad, I'm Voting for Obama (Christopher Buckley)

    10/10/2008 8:46:20 AM PDT · by Numbers Guy · 168 replies · 9,068+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10/10/2008 | Christopher Buckley
    Let me be the latest conservative/libertarian/whatever to leap onto the Barack Obama bandwagon. It’s a good thing my dear old mum and pup are no longer alive. They’d cut off my allowance. Or would they? But let’s get that part out of the way. The only reason my vote would be of any interest to anyone is that my last name happens to be Buckley—a name I inherited. So in the event anyone notices or cares, the headline will be: “William F. Buckley’s Son Says He Is Pro-Obama.” I know, I know: It lacks the throw-weight of “Ron Reagan Jr....
  • David Brooks: The Class War Before Palin

    10/09/2008 10:43:52 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 88 replies · 2,552+ views
    Modern conservatism began as a movement of dissident intellectuals. Richard Weaver wrote a book called, “Ideas Have Consequences.” Russell Kirk placed Edmund Burke in an American context. William F. Buckley famously said he’d rather be governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone book than by the faculty of Harvard. But he didn’t believe those were the only two options. His entire life was a celebration of urbane values, sophistication and the rigorous and constant application of intellect. Driven by a need to engage elite opinion, conservatives tried to build an intellectual counterestablishment with think tanks and magazines....
  • Kathleen Parker: To Appalachia With...Respect (she's advising Obama on how to sway `rednecks')

    10/09/2008 10:25:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies · 1,690+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 10, 2008 | Kathleen Parker
    WASHINGTON -- If you're a Democrat who needs help getting the votes of rural white folks, the go-to guy is David "Mudcat" Saunders, a central-casting political consultant recently made famous by a parade of magazine writers led by The Weekly Standard's Matt Labash. But sometimes you can learn more about a people and their place through literature than by hiring consultants. So I called Ron Rash, poet, author and purebred Appalachian whose newest novel, "Serena," should be at the top of Barack Obama's reading list. Sarah Palin might enjoy it as well. Described by one blurber as "an Appalachian retelling...
  • David Brooks: Sarah Palin "Represents A Fatal Cancer To The Republican Party"

    10/08/2008 3:16:45 PM PDT · by publius1 · 196 replies · 4,957+ views
    E-mailed to me | October 8, 2008 | Danny Shea
    David Brooks spoke frankly about the presidential and vice presidential candidates Monday afternoon, calling Sarah Palin a "fatal cancer to the Republican party" but describing John McCain and Barack Obama as "the two best candidates we've had in a long time." In an interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg at New York's Le Cirque restaurant to unveil that magazine's redesign, Brooks decried Palin's anti-intellectualism and compared her to President Bush in that regard: [Sarah Palin] represents a fatal cancer to the Republican party. When I first started in journalism, I worked at the National Review for Bill Buckley. And Buckley...
  • Kathleen Parker: Palin and her supporters know the code (Media doesn't like the war they started)

    10/07/2008 3:16:36 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 93 replies · 4,585+ views ^ | October 7, 2008 | Kathleen (turncoat) Parker
    The McCain campaign knows that Obama isn't a Muslim or a terrorist, but they're willing to help a certain kind of voter think he is. Just the way certain South Carolinians in 2000 were allowed to think that McCain's adopted daughter from Bangladesh was his illegitimate black child. But words can have more serious consequences than lost votes and we've already had a glimpse of the Palin effect. Dana Milbank of The Washington Post reported that media representatives in Clearwater were greeted with taunts, thunder sticks and profanity. One Palin supporter shouted an epithet at an African-American soundman and said,...
  • Rudy blasts conservative doubters of Palin as ‘jerks’

    10/05/2008 5:18:10 PM PDT · by kingattax · 58 replies · 1,952+ views ^ | October 4, 2008 | Justin Miller
    LEWIS CENTER -- Rudy Giuliani blasted prominent conservative columnists who have criticized Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin as being unqualified and even worthy of being removed from the GOP ticket. The former New York City mayor spoke at a press conference at the Ohio Victory campaign’s grassroots leadership conference Saturday. Giuliani was asked what he would say to columnists who’ve criticized John McCain’s selection of Palin, such as Kathleen Parker, George Will and David Frum. “I think they look like a bunch of jerks after the debate the other night,” Giuliani said. “I think they should all say they...
  • Kathleen Parker: Sarah Palin's Bridge to Somewhere (Barf Alert)

    10/03/2008 10:04:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies · 2,878+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 04, 2008 | Kathleen Parker
    <p>WASHINGTON -- What did they do with the other Sarah Palin?</p> <p>I mean the one who bases foreign policy experience on the proximity of Russia to Alaska and who speaks cutely about Vladimir Putin poking his little head into American airspace. Where did they put her?</p>
  • Palin And Her Critics

    10/03/2008 3:02:37 PM PDT · by atlaw · 16 replies · 802+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | October 3, 2008 | Daniel Larison
    . . . I rehash all of this not to dwell on Palin’s problems, which are increasingly irrelevant as McCain heads towards defeat, but to implore conservatives to stop ignoring reality just because they happen to like a candidate’s personality and biography. Besides being bad for the quality of conservative thought, it embraces the caricature that conservatives are indifferent to knowledge and have no use for expertise, which has become an all too legitimate critique of how conservatives have responded to the misrule of the Bush administration. That was not always the case, but if conservatives insist on making elaborate...
  • Kathleen Parker: Speak correctly, or build a big bunker ("Help! I'm getting angry emails!!!)

    10/01/2008 11:59:28 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 91 replies · 2,816+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 1, 2008 | Kathleen Parker
    Allow me to introduce myself. I am a traitor and an idiot. Also, my mother should have aborted me and left me in a Dumpster, but since she didn't, I should "off" myself. Those are just a few nuggets randomly selected from thousands of e-mails written in response to my column suggesting that Sarah Palin is out of her league and should step down. Who says public discourse hasn't deteriorated? The fierce reaction to my column has been both bracing and enlightening. After 20 years of column writing, I'm familiar with angry mail. But the past few days have produced...
  • Concerns About Palin's Readiness as Big Test Nears (NYT, nuff said)

    10/01/2008 6:45:15 AM PDT · by steve-b · 20 replies · 721+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9/30/08 | Adam Nagourney
    A month after Gov. Sarah Palin joined Senator John McCain’s ticket to a burst of excitement and anticipation among Republicans, she heads into a critical debate facing challenges from conservatives about her credentials, signs that her popularity is slipping and evidence that Republicans are worried about how much help she will be for Mr. McCain in November.... "I think she has pretty thoroughly — and probably irretrievably — proven that she is not up to the job of being president of the United States," David Frum, a former speechwriter for President Bush who is now a conservative columnist, said in...
  • Was the Palin Pick a Mistake? (Advice from Fr. Jonathan?)

    09/29/2008 11:35:22 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 21 replies · 1,485+ views
    FoxNews Forum ^ | September 29, 2008 | Father Jonathan Morris
    That’s the odd question some conservatives are asking after the first-term Alaskan governor has demonstrated in recent television interviews what I presumed everyone already knew—she’s not a Washington insider, doesn’t have all the policy answers, talks kinda funny, and at this point, isn’t fully prepared to be President of the United States of America. This questioning of McCain’s pick by seasoned pundits like Kathleen Parker, who two weeks ago was praising McCain’s choice as inspired and now has called for Gov. Palin to step down from the ticket, is odd, because they should know better. They should know the number...
  • Palin urged to give up candidacy

    09/27/2008 9:21:31 AM PDT · by Raebie · 134 replies · 4,857+ views
    The Star ^ | September 27, 2008 | Associated Press
    <p>WASHINGTON–A conservative columnist who welcomed Sarah Palin's entry in national politics says she's proven to be a dud and should step aside as Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate.</p> <p>Kathleen Parker, writing in the National Review Online, says her "cringe reflex is exhausted" after watching the Alaska governor stumble through TV interviews and it's become clear to her that Palin is out of her league.</p>
  • Sarah Palin—The Fall Girl?

    09/26/2008 5:11:02 PM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 104 replies · 2,782+ views
    Human Events ^ | 9/26/08 | D. R. Tucker
    Are certain conservatives setting Sarah Palin up to fail? With the recent news that conservative commentator Kathleen Parker has joined the ranks of anti-Palin conservatives George Will, Charles Krauthammer, David Frum and Ross Douthat (as well as moderate-conservative David Brooks), one has to wonder how these folks will respond if McCain and Palin lose to Barack Obama and Joseph Biden on November 4. It’s likely that Parker, Will, Krauthammer, Frum, Douthat and Brooks will attempt to blame Palin for a GOP loss, arguing that she was not ready for prime time and that her supposed lack of knowledge drove away...
  • Palin should step down, conservative commentator says *GAG*

    09/26/2008 12:56:32 PM PDT · by RED SOUTH · 110 replies · 4,441+ views
    (CNN) – Prominent conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, an early supporter of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, said Friday recent interviews have shown the Alaska governor is "out of her league" and should leave the GOP presidential ticket for the good of the party.
  • Sarah Palin's a populist, not a conservative

    09/16/2008 7:17:17 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 47 replies · 298+ views
    The Star Ledger ^ | Paul Mulshine
    I confess that from the beginning I didn't get the Sarah Palin nomination. Everything about it seemed wrong, from her chirpy Matanuska Valley girl accent, to the MTV morals of her family life, to her complete lack of any experience or even of any stated views on national or international affairs. But now I get it. It represents the last gasp of the effort to turn the Republican Party of 2008 into the Democratic Party of 1896. Or at least I hope it does. The 1896 presidential race represented the high point of populism in America. The Democratic candidate, William...
  • Liberal Republicans Lose (Michelle Malkin: Death Dirge Of The RINOs Alert)

    09/04/2008 2:42:46 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 122 replies · 442+ views
    Michelle ^ | 9/04/2008 | Michelle Malkin
    The future of conservatism is bright. All those liberal Republicans who were arguing that the GOP needed to “rebrand” itself and move leftward are now crying in their coffee. Arlen Specter is feeling lonely. Break out the world’s smallest violin. I’m verklempt. Bloomberg News: At a Tuesday reception for moderate Republicans, Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter hushed the cocktail chatter when he began ticking off a long list of like- minded lawmakers who no longer hold office. “Today, we’re in a phone booth,” Specter said. To conservatives at the Republican National Convention this week, John McCain’s choice of running mate Sarah...
  • Andrew Sullivan has completely lost all decency

    09/02/2008 2:12:40 PM PDT · by Oldie · 42 replies · 154+ views Sullivan Blog ^ | 02 Sep 2008 04:49 pm | Andrew Sullivan
    If you want to know why ... John McCain came to pick a total unknown with a Down Syndrome baby as his replacement as war-president, you have to understand the immense importance of the Christianist base. McCain isn't one of them, however much he tries to re-tell his life-story to make it so. They know it, he knows it, and he needed a religious running mate. He might have succeeded with Pawlenty, who is a solid pick that a mature and responsible campaign would have selected in a heartbeat. Instead - partly out of insane cynicism (did he really believe...
  • Disturbing trends precede presidential election

    08/19/2008 4:43:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies · 123+ views
    The SMU Daily Campus ^ | August 19, 2008 | Joseph Goddard
    In April of 2007, former CBS News reporter and six-time Emmy Award winner Bernard Goldberg's book, entitled "Crazies to the Left of Me, Wimps to the Right: How One Side Lost Its Mind and the Other Lost Its Nerve," was released. The book became an instant bestseller, and although its title was conjured up over a year ago, its premise is becoming increasingly apparent in this year's presidential election. On the Democratic side, in the wake of one of the longest and most vicious primary battles in recent electoral history, Goldberg's argument has seemingly been substantiated. The contest between Hillary...
  • VP Alert (McCain Camp Now ACTIVELY Calling Leaders on Possibility of Selling Pro-Choice Pick)

    08/19/2008 7:49:51 AM PDT · by TitansAFC · 154 replies · 790+ views
    National Review ^ | 8-19-08 | Rich Lowry
    NR has learned that the McCain campaign has been calling key state GOP officials around the country the last couple of days and sounding them out about the consequences of a pro-choice VP pick. The campaign is asking about the reaction of conservative grass-roots activists to such a pick and whether a pro-choicer can be sold to them. This is an indication that the McCain campaign is serious about the possibility of a pro-choice VP nominee and that McCain leaving the door open to Tom Ridge last week may not have been merely a friendly nod to a longtime supporter....
  • Ridge: GOP would accept abortion-rights VP

    08/17/2008 8:37:51 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 107 replies · 524+ views
    This is an AP article. I did a search and didn't see it posted anywhere and I'm not sure if AP articles were still prohibited here. Anyway, Ridge believes Republicans will accept a pro-abortion VP.
  • McCain alarms base with abortion comment

    08/14/2008 8:54:39 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 248 replies · 937+ views
    Politico ^ | 8/14/2008 | Jonathan Martin
    Top social conservative leaders in key battleground states are urging John McCain not to pick a running mate who supports abortion rights, warning of dire consequences from a Republican base already unenthused about their nominee. McCain’s comments Wednesday to the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes that former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge’s pro-abortion rights views wouldn’t necessarily rule him out quickly found their way into the in-boxes of Christian conservatives. For those who have been anxiously awaiting McCain’s pick as a signal of his ideological intentions, there was deep concern that their worst fears about the Arizona senator may be realized. “It...