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  • Perry fires back at pro-Bachmann super PAC

    09/01/2011 2:12:25 PM PDT · by AAABEST · 161 replies
    Politico ^ | September 1, 2011 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Rick Perry's campaign just responded to the attack ad that a pro-Michele Bachmann super PAC unveiled last night, which it is airing in South Carolina, and which hits him on his spending record as Texas governor: “Gov. Perry is a proven fiscal conservative, having cut taxes, signed six balanced budgets, and led Texas to become America’s top job-creating state,” said Ray Sullivan, RickPerry.org’s communications director. “Congresswoman Bachmann’s front-group ad is patently and provably false. Unlike Washington, the Texas budget is balanced, does not run deficits and limits spending, even as Texas added jobs and population in big numbers.”
  • The real GOP race is now Perry vs. Romney

    08/15/2011 3:58:02 PM PDT · by wk4bush2004 · 150 replies
    Until now, the biggest question looming over the 2012 Republican primary was who would emerge as the leading alternative to the nominal front-runner, Mitt Romney. We now know the answer to that question: Rick Perry. Sure, Perry jumped into the race only one day ago and needs to prove he's worthy of the national stage. Yes, Michele Bachmann is the one who boxed Tim Pawlenty out of the race with her triumph in the Iowa Straw Poll on Saturday. But it is the governor of the great big state of Texas, not the Minnesota congresswoman, who poses the biggest threat...
  • Murkowski NOT stripped of committee leadership position

    09/22/2010 12:07:35 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 77 replies
    Washington (CNN) - In a surprise move, Senate Republicans decided not to remove Sen. Lisa Murkowski from her top position on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Wednesday, according to several Republican senators who refused to explain their decision. Republicans had indicated as recently as Tuesday she was likely to lose her seniority on the committee as penalty for her write-in candidacy in Alaska. A GOP source in the room tells CNN, despite anger towards Murkowski, the conference decided not to even take up the question of the Senate Energy Committee post because "there was a sense that she's...
  • Top Bush Aide Denounces Mark Levin, Malkin, Others as 'Unhinged...Bolshevik' Enforcers

    09/19/2010 8:10:19 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 286 replies · 2+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 9/19/10 | Tim Graham
    Former top Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson is a Washington Post columnist, and there is never a better time for right-leaning columnists to lean left than in the last weeks of an election season. (See George Will trashing Sen. George Allen in the last weeks of 2006.) His rant also may have granted Gerson a seat on CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday. Gerson not only denounced Christine O'Donnell as a wacky candidate like Alan Keyes, he denounced "the childish political thought of the Tea Party." He insisted conservatives were like Bolsheviks. Bloggers like Michelle Malkin and talk show hosts like...
  • Karl Rove: O'Donnell must explain her witchcraft comments

    09/19/2010 4:23:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 220 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/19/2010 | Alexander Mooney
    Karl Rove – the top GOP strategist who declared last week that Christine O’Donnell’s surprise victory does “little good” for the party – is now calling on the surprise Senate nominee to explain her comments about witchcraft. "In southern Delaware where there are a lot of churchgoing people, they're going to want to know what that is all about,” the former aide to President George W. Bush told "Fox News Sunday." “My view is she can’t simply ignore it,” he said. “She’s got to deal with it and explain it and put it in its most sympathetic light and move...
  • The childish political thought of the Tea Party

    09/17/2010 10:11:35 PM PDT · by Outlaw Woman · 66 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 09/17/2010 | Michael Gerson
    With his recent criticisms of Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell on Fox News, Karl Rove kicked up a controversy. His critique of O'Donnell was granular and well-informed. Having worked with Karl for a number of years, I know that he is nothing if not detail-oriented. Rove has taken O'Donnell to task for her checkered financial past, her history of litigiousness and paranoia,...
  • Is Karl Rove smarter than we think?

    09/17/2010 8:42:31 AM PDT · by Mr. K · 111 replies
    FR ^ | 9/17/10 | me
    Karl Rove just might be too smart by half. If HE trashes O’Donnel (and makes her a sympathetic figure) then the Democraps can’t do it later (and you know they would be using ALL of Rove’s stuff... but it would be very different coming from them) It is like this- if your opponent knows you cheated on your wife and is prepared to floor you with it at a debate- you start your debate by saying “Yes, I cheated on my wife, but at least I am not as bad as my opponent who created the housing melt down...”
  • Christine O'Donnell criticized by former aides

    09/17/2010 8:52:26 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 183 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/17/10 | DAVID CATANESE
    By pulling off arguably the biggest upset of the primary election season Tuesday, Christine O'Donnell shocked the Republican establishment and political pundits who didn’t think her campaign for the Delaware GOP Senate nomination had a chance. But none were more surprised then the staffers who worked for O’Donnell in 2008, when she made the second of two prior unsuccessful bids for the Senate. Continue Reading Text Size * - * + * reset Listen to this article. Powered by Odiogo.com Listen VIDEO: O'Donnell on media Latest on POLITICO * Dean: 'I actually approve' of tea party * Pelosi keeps losing...
  • Conservatives Want Republican Purge Trials

    12/04/2009 1:41:40 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 123 replies · 2,875+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-02-09 | THOMAS FRANK
    Across the land, grindstones sing as axes are sharpened for the RINOs. For years, conservatives have railed against these moderate "Republicans in Name Only," launching primary campaigns against them, pouring money into their opponents' campaign funds, and excluding them from committee chairmanships. But since 2006 the party's pulse has weakened, and the GOP's leaders have decided that nothing is more healthful in such a situation than hacking off a limb or two. That, evidently, is the thinking behind the 10-point test for GOP candidates that was proposed last week by a group of Republican national committee members. If a candidate...
  • McCain asks aides not to rebut Palin (as McCainiacs continue to attack her)

    11/16/2009 11:36:19 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 59 replies · 2,618+ views
    NBC / The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-11-16 | Eric Zimmermann
    John McCain has asked his former campaign aides not to speak out against the charges Sarah Palin levels in her book, NBC news reports. This news comes after a number of former staffers anonymously blasted Palin's recount of the 2008 campaign. "John McCain offered her the opportunity of a lifetime, and during the campaign it seems that, for all of her mistakes, she is searching for people to blame," an aide said last week. "We don't need to go through this again." Even as NBC reported McCain's request, they included another swipe at her book from a former campaign aide....
  • Scozzafava Endorses Democrat After Dropping Out of N.Y. Congressional Race

    11/01/2009 11:45:14 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 639 replies · 18,290+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/01/09
    Republican Dede Scozzafava endorsed her former Democratic opponent Sunday in the race for an upstate New York congressional seat, one day after Scozzafava dropped out of the contest. Scozzafava dropped out after Conservative Party candidate Dough Hoffman experienced a late-in-the-game surge. But on Sunday, Scozzafava backed Democrat Bill Owens -- the announcement was made in a statement send out by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "I am supporting Bill Owens for Congress and urge you to do the same," she said. "In Bill Owens, I see a sense of duty and integrity that will guide him beyond political partisanship. He...
  • Group Calls on Gingrich to Rescind Endorsement of Scozzafava

    10/30/2009 8:05:39 AM PDT · by austinrepub · 122 replies · 3,320+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | Oct. 30, 2009 | Catholic Families for America
    CFA Executive Director: "While I admire Newt's intelligence and respect him as a fellow Catholic, his crass, political calculation in endorsing such a pro-abortion candidate sends an unfortunate signal that party loyalty is more important than morality. Newt needs to examine his conscience for so publicly flouting the Church's doctrine on abortion and gay marriage."
  • Bush vindicated during visit to city

    10/28/2009 6:24:21 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 573 replies · 8,607+ views
    StarPhoenix ^ | October 23, 2009
    If vindication means anything its name is spelled George Bush. As former U.S. president George W. Bush spoke to a Saskatoon audience, I stood in the wings, sneaking a peek through the curtains at the spectators beyond the footlights. The crowd was friendly to be sure. But more than that, the relationship was like a musical virtuoso carrying the audience through every nuance, crescendo and dynamic of a composition. With every pause, smile, laugh and down stroke of seriousness, Bush had the crowd in his hand. Before the show, a friend who recently dined with the former Texas governor and...
  • Graham-Paul Dispute Highlights GOP Fissure [Paul says GOP should live up to professed beliefs]

    10/14/2009 9:10:18 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 73 replies · 2,401+ views
    The New American ^ | 2009-10-15
    An outburst at an angry South Carolina town hall meeting has exemplified the growing fissure in the Republican Party across the nation. “We're not going to be the party of angry white guys," liberal Republican Senator Lindsay Graham told a Greenville, South Carolina, audience at Furman University where some supporters of Congressman Ron Paul were heckling him. Ron Paul responded on CNN's Situation Room October 14 that Graham's attack was unfair. “For him to ... say that everybody who is upset with the government and upset with his type of voting record are angry white people or angry men, that...
  • Ron Paul vs. Lindsey Graham on the Future of the GOP

    10/14/2009 7:02:43 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 63 replies · 2,413+ views
    Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul took to the cable networks today to jab back at South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who over the weekend said he would not sit back and watch the Texan “hijack” the GOP with his brand of Republicanism. “My first reaction would be, ‘What does he have against the Constitution?’ And the supporters I have support me because I’m a traditional conservative and I support the Constitution,” Paul told CNN in an interview tonight. He cited Graham’s support of TARP funds and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and “all the big government things” as...
  • Ron Paul will respond to Lindsey Graham on CNN 18:00 ET and MSNBC 18:30 ET tonight

    10/14/2009 10:37:27 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies · 2,249+ views
    Via Facebook ^ | 2009-10-14
    I am going to be on TV twice tonight to respond to Lindsey Graham's attack Monday that I am trying to "hijack" the Republican Party, and that our movement is a bunch of "angry white men." Please tune in to CNN at 6:00 pm ET and MSNBC at 6:30 pm ET and help me defend our Constitutional principles from the Neo-Conservatives!
  • NY 2010: N.Y. House Race Touches Off GOP Funding Fight [open warfare between conservatives, RINOs]

    10/09/2009 6:26:37 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies · 1,533+ views
    Michael Long, chairman of the Conservative Party of New York, is urging fellow conservatives not to contribute to the National Republican Congressional Committee. His complaint: The NRCC is supporting the Republican candidate in New York’s 23rd Congressional District, who he says is out of step with GOP values. The Republicans have nominated centrist State Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava as their candidate in the special election to be held on Nov. 3. In response, the Conservative Party nominated its own candidate, local accountant Doug Hoffman. Hoffman has been getting some traction, winning endorsements from several conservative groups and garnering 16% support in...
  • Mark Sanford Whacks Lindsey Graham Over Libertarianism [says libertarianism "a badge of honor"]

    05/18/2009 6:22:58 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 204 replies · 3,886+ views
    The Washington Independent ^ | 2009-05-18 | David Weigel
    (snip)After the speech a volunteer from Paul’s Campaign for Liberty asked Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) about it, and he weighed in against Graham. There was almost a pejorative comment a moment ago. Sen. Graham spoke and said “I’m not a libertarian,” whatever, whatever, as if that’s an evil word. Liberty is the hallmark of the American experiment … People say, you know, “Mark, you’re kind of libertarian,” you know, and they say it as if it’s an evil word, like you’re a communist or something. I’m like: Throw me in that briar patch … I’ve been accused of being a...
  • GOP sounds alarm on Latino voter gap [Graham, Steele, Martinez, Crist] [amnesty] [RINO wars]

    05/18/2009 9:02:56 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 183 replies · 2,875+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-05-18 | Ben Smith
    The Republican Party has scarcely begun to repair a wound that threatens to confine it to minority status: its 2006 collapse among Hispanic voters. Driven by some Republicans’ sharp attacks on illegal immigration and — as many Hispanics perceived it, immigrants in general — Latino voters fled the GOP en masse in the midterm elections, then turned on John McCain, as well. . . . . . There are stirrings of a Republican response. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has spoken with Hispanic leaders about creating a new organization to back Latino candidates. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has made...
  • Steele Not Ready to Endorse Crist in Florida [omg. Steele is learning.]

    05/17/2009 10:30:52 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 50 replies · 1,360+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 2009-05-17 | Josh Kurtz
    Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Sunday that despite the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s early endorsement of Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida’s GOP Senate primary, neither he nor the RNC will take sides in the contest until after the primary. Crist is competing with former Florida Speaker Marco Rubio in the fight for the GOP nomination. Although Crist is popular in the state and most polls have shown him winning the open seat general election easily, some conservative groups have been critical of his record as governor — particularly his decision to support President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package...
  • Political Civil War Rages in Both Parties

    05/16/2009 7:58:08 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 15 replies · 837+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 05/16/2009 | Mike Volpe
    Here's a thought. Let's look at this question strictly from political calculus. Do you think Republicans would rather that Speaker Pelosi be removed or keep her job, weakened and with little or no credibility left. I personally would pick the latter, at least as far as political advantage goes. That is at the heart of the political civil war going on the Democratic party. About three weeks ago, I wrote about the political civil war going on in both parties. At the heart of the political civil in the Democratic party is the issue of what to do about potential...
  • FL 2010: Crist's Senate run provokes backlash in his party

    05/16/2009 11:26:14 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 706+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 2009-05-16 | Marc Caputo & Beth Reinhard
    TALLAHASSEE — A Republican backlash is brewing against the state and national party as they anoint Gov. Charlie Crist's U.S. Senate campaign — thereby dissing that of his rival, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio. From South Florida to Tampa Bay, a few county Republican parties are discussing or passing resolutions telling the state party to butt out of the Senate race or any other primary. If the state party presses forward, Crist's election could be rockier than expected and his hand-picked Republican Party of Florida chairman, Jim Greer, could find it tougher to hold on to power. "I like...
  • [RINO] Martinez: Rubio Senate bid doomed [attacks Rubio, endorses Crist] [barf bag alert]

    05/13/2009 11:07:51 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies · 525+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-05-12
    Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) is endorsing Gov. Charlie Crist as his replacement -- and is politely advising potential Crist challenger Marco Rubio to seek employment elsewhere. Martinez, speaking to reporters in the Capitol Tuesday, hinted that the former Speaker of the Florida House might want to consider a state AG run -- as has been suggested by some GOPers. "I am endorsing [Crist]," said Martinez.
  • Cheney picks Limbaugh's version of the GOP

    05/10/2009 10:53:25 AM PDT · by fiodora · 21 replies · 1,100+ views
    The Hill ^ | 05/10/09 11:16 AM [ET] | Michael O'Brien
    f forced to pick, former Vice President Dick Cheney said he'd side with conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh over his administration's former Secretary of State, Colin Powell. "If I had to choose in terms of being a Republican, I'd choose Rush Limbaugh," Cheney said when asked about whose vision of the GOP he'd side with. "My impression was that Colin was no longer a Republican." Cheney spoke on one of the more dogged issues facing the GOP during an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday, encouraging Republicans' outreach efforts while maintaining that the party needs to be true...
  • Conservatives Warn McCain: Don't Pick Pro-Choice VP

    08/16/2008 7:54:52 AM PDT · by kellynla · 102 replies · 342+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | August 15, 2008 | Phil Brennan
    Top conservative activist and leader of the Eagle Forum, Phyllis Schlafly — a legendary militant pro-lifer — reacted to John McCain's remark that former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge's pro-choice position would not rule him out as a vice presidential running mate by telling Newsmax, "I think [McCain] would be making a mistake." Schlafly was not alone in warning McCain against picking Ridge or any other pro-choice advocate as his running mate. Other top conservative leaders chimed in, showing that McCain, already getting only grudging support from the GOP’s right wing, might drive conservatives to desert his cause and torpedo his...
  • Rudy takes aim at Mitt

    11/28/2007 9:41:48 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 28 replies · 27+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 11/28/2007 | Maggie Gallagher
    It's Christmas, and war is breaking out all over. Thank Iowa. The state's unusually early Jan. 3 start date -- three days before the Feast of the Epiphany -- has sparked a sudden outbreak of pugilism among presidential candidates right and left.snipMeanwhile, Rudy chose the Politico Web site as the venue for taking off the gloves on Mitt Romney. It's time to "take the mask off and take a look at what kind of governor was he," announced Giuliani, later adding: "He throws stones at people. And then on that issue he usually has a worse record than whoever he's...