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  • Right Hopes to Unite in 2016: As many as four candidates could contest the social conservative bloc

    09/30/2014 6:16:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | September 30, 2014 | David Catanese
    Part of Mitt Romney's success in securing the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 bore out of the fact that he benefited from the spoils of a divided faction on the right. If Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich were ever able to consolidate the sum of their supporters around one of them, Romney's path to victory could have faced great peril. This calculation is weighing heavy on the minds of social conservatives as they look for a horse to ride in 2016. With an adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz telling National Journal Monday the Texas freshman is "90 percent" likely to...
  • Rand Paul: Republicans must agree to disagree on social issues in order to grow the party

    03/14/2014 1:15:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/14/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via WaPo, compare and contrast. Here’s Mitch Daniels four years ago: Beyond the debt and the deficit, in Daniels’s telling, all other issues fade to comparative insignificance. He’s an agnostic on the science of global warming but says his views don’t matter. “I don’t know if the CO2 zealots are right,” he said. “But I don’t care, because we can’t afford to do what they want to do. Unless you want to go broke, in which case the world isn’t going to be any greener. Poor nations are never green.”And then, he says, the next president, whoever he is, “would...
  • Fiscal Conservatives and Libertarians Should Unite with Social Conservatives

    03/12/2014 12:57:55 AM PDT · by Moseley · 13 replies
    We Hold These Truths ^ | February 11, 2014 | Karen Testerman
    Should fiscal conservatives and libertarians join social conservatives to promote social conservative policies? Is the political divide between wings of the GOP based more on perception or passion than on reality? Higher government spending is driven by social issues and liberal policies regarding families and children. In fact, fiscal conservatives can never achieve their goals of limited government, balanced budgets, and low tax levels without working on the concerns raised by social conservatives. Focusing only on government spending ignores factors that lead to the desire to spend more by some politicians and some voters. Major drivers of skyrocketing national...
  • Is social conservatism hurting the tea party? Should the Tea Party focus purely on economic issues?

    03/06/2014 1:52:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/06/2014 | Dustin Siggins
    Yesterday, Cato Institute senior fellow Michael Tanner made the case at National Review Online that the Tea Party is waning. He identified what he sees as the main problem: the Tea Party is getting mixed up in social issues, which is not only hurting their brand but also driving away libertarians.It is true that on Capitol Hill, the Tea Party has lost a great deal of influence. Since September, the Tea Party has seen the government reopen without slowing – never mind stopping – the Affordable Care Act. The debt ceiling has been dissolved and raised, respectively, and a budget...
  • What If a Republican Congressman Got Outed and Nobody Cared?

    01/07/2014 9:22:48 AM PST · by thetallguy24 · 24 replies
    Slate ^ | 01/06/14 | David Weigel
    <p>On Friday a producer and former CBS reporter named Itay Hod put up a Facebook post intended to out Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock. The tabloid media, for years, has played a game with the young Republicanwink-wink stories about his photoshoot for a men's health magazine, the sexy celebrities he follows on Twitter, stuff like that.</p>
  • Neal Boortz: Social Conservatives Will Keep Republicans from Taking Senate

    12/27/2013 7:52:20 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 110 replies
    Big Government ^ | December 27, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    On Thursday, semi-retired radio talker Neal Boortz predicted the Republican Party will not win control of the U.S. Senate in the 2014 midterm elections, despite all the pitfalls the Democrats and President Barack Obama are facing, particularly with regards to Obamacare. The reason, Boortz said, would be the GOPs tendency to run on issues related to social conservatism. Boortz explained the importance to the republic for a GOP win next year while guest hosting Sean Hannitys Thursday radio show:
  • GOP leaders court social conservatives

    06/13/2013 1:44:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 13, 2013 3:56 AM EDT | Steve Peoples
    The fight for the soul of the Republican Party intensifies this week as Republican leaders gather in Washington to court religious conservatives. The Faith and Freedom Coalition, a group created by former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, is launching a conference Thursday designed to strengthen the evangelical influence in national politics while giving many religious conservative activists their first look at potential 2016 presidential candidates. Reed told The Associated Press that religious conservatives have a simple message for GOP leaders: Contrary to the conventional wisdom, the pro-life, pro-family and pro-marriage positions that candidates have taken and will take in...
  • IL GOP forces out party chair for supporting gay marriage (And the author is in a tizzy)

    05/08/2013 10:05:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    AMERICAblog-Gay ^ | MAy 8, 2013 | John Aravosis, editor
    Illinois Republicans have just forced state party chair Pat Brady to resign because of his support for gay marriage. What is this, Alabama? Brady, rather famously, came out in support of gay marriage in January of this year, and even made phone calls to lawmakers urging them to support gay marriage legislation before the Illinois legislature. And now hes politically-dead, killed by a Republican party so permeated with hate and intolerance that even in a moderate-Republican state like Illinois, the GOP just couldnt stomach having a fag-lover as party chair. This is why I, an Illinois Republican, left my party...
  • Does a Decline in Morality in a Country, Harm the Economy?

    04/27/2013 10:39:30 AM PDT · by pinochet · 18 replies
    Conservatives often like to divide themselves into economic conservatives who care about the economy, and social conservatives who care about moral issues. But the mother of the post-war conservative movement, Phyllis Schlafly, says that both issues are linked, and that a decline in moral values harms a nation: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/schlafly-gop-establishment-gave-us-losers-dole-mccain-and-romney Schlafly quoted from the article: (Schlafly said the establishment wants candidates that will only talk about economic issues and not social or moral issues or even national security issues". And thats such a terrible mistake, because those social issues are the cause of the fiscal issue, and they are the issues...
  • Should the GOP dump social issues?

    03/31/2013 10:26:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The Laura Ingraham Show ^ | March 31, 2013 | Laura Ingraham
    Recently reporter Thomas Edsall - who has spent most of the last 30 years covering politics for the Washington Post and the New Republic - had some advice for the GOP. He draws upon some recent polling data to argue that "the Republican Party can afford to marginalize . . . Christian right leaders because evangelical social conservatives . . . are not going to vote Democratic." Thus, he reasons that Republicans can, as he puts it, "concede defeat in the culture war" in the hopes of picking up more socially liberal voters. Mr. Edsall might want to check with...
  • Asking Yourself a Question: More 'Conservative'... or 'Libertarian'?

    03/19/2013 8:30:58 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 215 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 19 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Even though I agreed with much of what Ron Paul had to say, all I could ever think is 'this isn't my guy' for president -too odd a demeanor/un-electable- not to mention foreign policy positions that were appalling to a peace-through-strength Republican like myself, particularly statements made re. Iran and Israel. But lo-and-behold, now we have fervent offspring Rand Paul who -while libertarian in his views-apparently saw wisdom in distancing himself from his father's take re. thevolatileMuddled East.. and that's when I started listening to him. Maybe I've changed in my hawkishness too- I'd rather have not been involved...
  • Social Conservatism vs. Fiscal Conservatism

    11/20/2012 8:42:54 AM PST · by Scooter100 · 258 replies
    I am wondering about the structure of a third "Constitutional" party. Would it be better to form a party exclusively on a fiscal issues basis? What would be the pros and cons of taking social issues completely off the table? I mean, are there really enough "social issues" in the text of the Constitution itself to warrant making them a permanent policy of a new party and subsequently risking vicious debate and division? I guess I am thinking of the inevitability of Conservatives locking antlers with the "socially" left wing of the Libertarians", who are otherwise fiscally right wing. Shouldn't...
  • What Were All of You Thinking?

    11/15/2012 4:23:11 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 103 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/14/12 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    ***SNIP*** [L]et's be honest. We had little reason to believe that Romney was truly dedicated to improving our social and cultural conditions -- indeed, that all-important thing called the human condition -- because he talked endlessly about his business experience. Most Americans don't like their bosses and have trouble with landlords and creditors. Talking about one's business experience is not usually a good way to win them over. On election day, it became clear to me that the Republican Party had been led into Purgatory by the Laodicean wing. In case you aren't familiar with Revelation 3:14-17, here is what...
  • It Is Time to Throw the Social Conservatives Out of the GOP (Not)

    11/10/2012 8:05:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 177 replies
    redstate.com ^ | November 9th, 2012 | Erick Erickson
    It is time to throw the social conservatives out of the GOP. Look at what they got us — Barack Obama. It was the social conservatives who did it. They insisted the GOP support real marriage and children. To hell with that. I’m getting this, in various forms, from lots of tea party activists. The GOP establishment in Washington is whispering it to each other. They look at Todd Aiken and Richard Mourdock and conclude that they, not Tommy Thompson, Heather Wilson, George Allen, Scott Brown, etc. are the problem. It is time to get rid of the social conservatives.What’s...
  • Newt Gingrich: Akin won ballot spot in `fair fight,' GOP should back him

    09/21/2012 10:16:02 AM PDT · by Fred · 44 replies
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 091912 | Kevin McDermott
    ST. LOUIS Newt Gingrich is coming to St. Louis Monday for a Todd Akin fundraiser because he wants to tell the people of Missouri that they have the right to stand by the Republican Senate candidate of their choice, regardless of what the party's leaders tell them. In a phone interview today with the Post-Dispatch, Gingrich, the former House Speaker and presidential candidate, said the controversy surrounding Akin isn't the point. The people of Missouri picked him to be their nominee in a fair fight. He also warned what others have said: That for the GOP to throw in...
  • Young in G.O.P. Erase the Lines on Social Issues

    08/10/2012 2:18:06 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 74 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 8, 2012 | Susan Saulny
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. Matt Hoagland, the county leader of a group of young North Carolina Republicans, is busy trying to ramp up enthusiasm for Mitt Romney at the grass-roots level. So there are a few things he avoids mentioning to prospective young voters he wants to woo, including the hot-button topics like abortion and same-sex marriage, which have dominated campaigns past. Social issues are far down the priorities list, and I think thats the trend, Mr. Hoagland, 27, said. Thats where it needs to go if the Republican Party is going to be successful. ... Some young conservatives ... continue...
  • Corporations Christians Can Happily Support

    07/14/2012 10:18:58 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 12 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | July 14, 2012 | JP
    One of my writings this week concerned Fortune 500 corporations that support causes like same-sex marriage and abortion that are antithetical to evangelical Christians and social conservatives. That prompted a request from a reader that I follow up with a post listing corporations that embrace Christian values; that evangelicals and social conservative can support with their pocketbooks. Well, Ive long known that the Christian business sector is large. But Ive known of only a few major corporations guided by Christian values. That includes, of course, Chic-fil-A, which started-up in Georgia before spreading throughout the country; which is so unabashedly Christian,...
  • Romney and Santorum Aim for Early May Meeting

    04/24/2012 5:05:33 PM PDT · by Mangia E Statti Zitto · 31 replies
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | 4/24/2012 | Gloria Borger and Kevin Bohn
    Washington (CNN) - Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are likely to meet in early May to discuss a Santorum endorsement, his role as a Romney surrogate and conservative policy issues, CNN has learned. John Brabender, a senior strategist for the Santorum campaign, told CNN that Santorum's goal is to have a policy-oriented session in which he tries to find a "comfort level" about the role "social conservatives, tea party activists and blue collar Republicans will play in the campaign and in the Romney administration." Even so, he said, "we are not walking in there with a litmus test. This is...
  • Unsolved Mysteries: Why Were Conservatives So Enamored of Rick Santorum?

    04/13/2012 10:18:18 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 105 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/12/2012 | John Tamny
    Rick Santorum dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday. Almost to a column, editorial and news account, the analysis centered on Santorums somewhat successful capture of conservative voters. And there lies the mystery. How could a man seemingly so opposite of conservative have entranced so many voters who label themselves just that? The easy answer is that as someone who made his religion such a prominent part of his campaign strategy... religious types who tend toward conservatism perhaps felt theyd found their man. [...] Indeed, if we ignore for a moment how very anti-conservative it...
  • Romney Wins But Takes A Beating

    01/09/2012 10:31:02 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 8 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 1/6/12 | Noman
    Peggy Noonan makes some interesting observations about Iowa's Republican primary results, and Mitt Romney's bruising victory. [quote] The Iowa results almost perfectly reflect the Republican Party, which, roughly speaking, is split into three partslibertarians, social conservatives and moderate conservatives, who went for Ron Paul, Mr. Santorum and Mr. Romney respectively. The three parts of the party have been held together by agreement on three big issues: spending (which must be cut), taxing (which must be reformed), and President Obama (who must be removed). These three issues have force. Taxes and spending are the ties that bind, the top and bottom...
  • Iowa Social Conservatives Lukewarm About GOP Presidential Field

    12/01/2011 8:18:00 AM PST · by TBBT · 9 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/1/2011 | http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=47867
    As Newt Gingrich​ and Mitt Romney​ are emerging and distancing themselves from the pack of Republican presidential candidates, according to more than ten national and state polls conducted over the past week. However, social conservative voters in Iowa, which holds its caucus on Jan. 3, and kicks off the election season, seem agnostic about which candidate can best represent them. This week, two important social conservative groups in Iowa, The Faith and Freedom Coalition and Iowa Right to Life, opted not to endorse any candidate. And a focus group of Evangelical voters conducted by influential Iowa radio host Steve Deace...
  • Social Issues Are Not Going Away in 2012 (Social conservatives have best chance to win elections!)

    10/02/2011 10:04:12 PM PDT · by Sun · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 15, 2011 | Janice Shaw Crouse
    Republican Bob Turner won handily over the Democratic candidate in a district that no a Republican has won since 1923. His opponent's vote in favor of same-sex "marriage" in the New York legislature played an important role in the Republican's victory. Every significant GOP candidate for president is pro-life; snip Social conservatives make up a significant percentage of the Tea Party movement snip With 33 Senate seats up for grabs in 2012, the Democrats will have to defend 23 while the Republicans must defend only 10, snip When Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) called on conservatives to declare a "truce"...
  • A Tale of Two Declines: Even if the economy were to fix itself, we'd still face cultural challenges

    09/03/2011 7:05:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/02/2011 | Mark Steyn
    was on a very long flight the other day and, to get me through it, I had two books: the new bestseller Of Thee I Zing by Laura Ingraham, and a book I last read twenty years ago, The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth. The former is the latest hit from one of Americas most popular talk radio hosts; the latter is an Austrian novel from 1932 by a fellow who drank himself to death just before the Second World War, which, if youre planning on drinking yourself to death, is a better pretext than most. Dont worry, Ill save...
  • Barbour Warns Social Conservatives: Purity is the Enemy of Victory [Surrenders Life & Liberty]

    06/03/2011 9:46:39 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 133 replies
    ABC News ^ | 06/03/2011 | Arlette Saenz
    Gov. Haley Barbour issued a warning to social conservatives in choosing their Republican nominee for 2012: Purity is the enemy of victory. Remember purity in politics, purity is the enemy of victory, Barbour said. We cant start out with the idea out as the Faith & Freedom Coalition that our candidates got to agree with me on every single thing. We cannot expect our candidate to be pure. Winning is about unity. Winning is about us sticking together to achieve the main thing. Conservatives, religious people, small government people, we are not going to have purity. Were not going to...
  • Mitt Romney's South Carolina Problem

    05/09/2011 5:52:02 PM PDT · by shanevanderhart · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/8/11 | Ben Smith
    COLUMBIA, S.C. The only Mormon in the South Carolina legislature is Alan Clemmons, a real estate lawyer from Myrtle Beach with a shiny bald head, natty suits, and a hyperactive Twitter feed. Rep. Clemmons ardently supported Mitt Romney for president in 2008, raising money and rallying political support for the former Massachusetts governor. He is unlikely to do so again. Clemmons says hes distressed by the distance Romney has kept from the state since departing abruptly for Michigan just before the 2008 primary. And he finds the insinuation from some in Romneys circle that South Carolina has a religion...
  • Phony solutions for real social ills

    02/14/2011 10:32:05 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb. 7, 2011 | David Boaz
    Social conservatives say they're trying to address the problems of family breakdown, crime and welfare costs, but there's a huge disconnect between the problems they identify and the policy solutions they propose. It's almost like the man who looked for his keys on the thoroughfare, even though he lost them in the alley, because the light was better. Social conservatives tend to talk about issues such as abortion and gay rights, stem cell research and the role of religion "in the public square": "Those who would have us ignore the battle being fought over life, marriage and religious liberty have...
  • Conservative Conference Beset By Accusations of Pro-Gay Takeover, Muslim Agenda

    01/19/2011 11:18:51 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 16, 2011 | Kelley Vlahos
    WASHINGTON -- Allegations of a pro-gay takeover, boycotts, embezzlement and terrorist-loving board members. Sounds like a Hollywood version of a conspiracy thriller, but it's not. It's the buzz around this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, the nation's single largest annual congregation of conservative leaders. Conservatives riding a new wave of momentum thanks to the strength of the Tea Party movement and big wins in the November midterm election should be riding high ahead of this year's CPAC,scheduled to take place in Washington on Feb. 10-13. But the conference, which has met for 38 years, has found itself beset by conflict...
  • Southern Poverty Law Center: Social conservative organizations are hate groups

    12/06/2010 10:11:13 AM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/6/2010 | John Rossomando
    The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) says it will not back down from its decision to label the Family Research Council and other socially conservative groups as hate groups, on par with the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Nations, for their views about homosexuality. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins recently asked SPLC to retract the hate group designation, but SPLC Intelligence Project Director Mark Potok told The Daily Caller that will never happen. SPLCs Winter 2010 edition of its Intelligence Report magazine lists the Family Research Council as a hate group alongside the American Family Association, the Traditional...
  • Avoid Social Issues, GOP Urged (Homosexualists, Pro-Aborts Co-opt Tea Party Movement)

    11/14/2010 3:38:40 PM PST · by kristinn · 688 replies · 3+ views
    Politico ^ | Sunday, November 14, 2010 | Ben Smith and Byron Tau
    A gay conservative group and some Tea Party leaders are campaigning to keep social issues off the Republican agenda. In a letter to be released Monday, the group GOProud and leaders from groups like the Tea Party Patriots and the New American Patriots, will urge Republicans in the House and Senate to keep their focus on shrinking the government. "On behalf of limited-government conservatives everywhere, we write to urge you and your colleagues in Washington to put forward a legislative agenda in the next Congress that reflects the principles of the Tea Party movement," they write to presumptive House Speaker...
  • The smart set: Are Liberals really smarter than Conservatives? (FReepers/Palin dissed)

    07/25/2010 11:01:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies · 5+ views
    Small Government Times ^ | July 25, 2010 | Joseph Cotto
    So, Barack Obamas approval rating is falling so quickly that it may soon be journeying to the center of the earth. So, the economy is in such terrible shape that those supposedly untouchable middle class tax cuts may expire. So, Florida happens to have three of the most corrupt politicians in the country running for one of its United States Senate seats. So, what? Instead of my usual weekly analysis of political happenings across the United States, I have decided to take a different approach with todays article. A few nights ago, I stumbled across a very interesting study conducted...
  • Liberal IL Blog Critical of Bill Brady: Why Are Pro-Family Conservatives Sharing This Information?

    02/22/2010 7:45:55 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 1 replies · 151+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | Feb. 22, 2010 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    In the last week, I received e-mails from a number of individuals regarding past votes by presumptive Illinois Republican gubernatorial nominee state Sen. Bill Brady. The e-mails included information which was taken from a liberal blog called The Chicago Lampoon (CL) which features a photo of comedic actor Bill Murray. The information within the e-mails I received concerned Brady recently introducing a bill to deny illegal immigrants state mortgage assistance. Now that sounds like a good thing, doesn't it? But the e-mails I received were not meant to paint Brady in a positive light. The information within these communications were...
  • Democrats Call Sarah Palin's Cryptic Resignation 'Bizarre'

    07/03/2009 5:01:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies · 4,018+ views
    NewsMax / The Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    Republican Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska announced Friday that she will resign her office July 26, fueling speculation that she intends to spend the next four years pursuing her party's presidential nomination in 2012. Mrs. Palin made her stunning announcement at her Wasilla home with Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who will be sworn into office at the end of the month, she said. She did not take questions from reporters and only cryptically referred to her future plans. In her announcement, she said it "hurts to make this choice," but compared herself to a point guard in basketball. "A good...
  • Sanford to Hang Mostly by Moral Majority's Rope

    06/25/2009 6:24:15 PM PDT · by MadIsh32 · 28 replies · 1,271+ views
    The Next Right ^ | 6/25/2009 | Max Borders
    Remember Jimmy Swaggart? He was the TV preacher who wept before America after a tryst with a prostitute. "I have sinned against you, my Lord, choked Swaggart through tears. I would ask that your precious blood would wash and cleanse every stain until it is in the seas of God's forgiveness." The fall of televangelism in many ways foreshadowed the decline of the so-called moral majority. The Right is now reaping what it sowed. By making social conservatism central to its platform, it left no room in the GOP for sinners. Now we have the Sanford affair. Many on the...
  • To Sen. McCain - It Was the Economy Stupid

    05/20/2009 4:24:13 PM PDT · by kathsua · 4 replies · 588+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 5/20/2009 | reasonmclucus
    Unless social conservatives were responsible for Sen. John McCain getting the nomination instead of a Washington outsider like Gov. Mike Huckabee or Gov. Mitt Romney, they were not responsible for the GOP loss of the presidency. McCain lost because he had the disadvantage of being a Senator and a member of the incumbents party when the economy was going the wrong way. It was natural for voters to think McCain would continue Bush's economic policies. An outsider might have been able to avoid being held responsible for the economy, particularly running against an incumbent Senator. A Republican governor could have...
  • Huckabee warns GOP could become 'irrelevant'

    05/08/2009 3:27:15 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 131 replies · 2,197+ views
    (CNN) Days after national Republicans launched a new campaign to broaden the party's outreach, former upstart presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says the GOP is at risk of becoming "irrelevant as the Whigs." In an interview with the California newspaper The Visalia Times-Delta, Huckabee said the GOP would only further decline in influence should it alienate social conservatives largely considered the most energetic and loyal faction of the party. "Throw the social conservatives the pro-life, pro-family people overboard and the Republican party will be as irrelevant as the Whigs," he said in reference to the American political party that...
  • Constitutional Conservatism

    03/23/2009 7:32:52 PM PDT · by Delacon · 28 replies · 697+ views
    Hoover Institution ^ | February & March 2009 | Peter Berkowitz
    A way forward for a troubled political coalitionAfter their dismal performance in election 2008, conservatives are taking stock. As they examine the causes that have driven them into the political wilderness and as they explore paths out, they should also take heart. After all, election 2008shows that our constitutional order is working as designed. The Constitution presupposes a responsive electorate, and respond the electorate did to the vivid memory of a spendthrift and feckless Republican Congress; a stalwart but frequently ineffectual Republican president; and a Republican presidential candidate who for all his mastery of foreign affairs, extensive Washington experience,...
  • American Family Association Wants Michael Steeles Head

    03/14/2009 8:10:45 PM PDT · by james.richardson · 89 replies · 2,058+ views
    RedState ^ | 03/13/08 | James Richardson
    Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele should resign from his post immediately, according to the American Family Associations new online survey. In light of Steeles regrettable GQ interview, AFA President Don Wildmon asked members if the beleaguered Republican chief should resign from his post, declaring the former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland believes abortion is a choice, and homosexuality is not. An overwhelming 94% of the more than 74,500 respondents answered Wildmon in the affirmative. Likewise making their displeasure known, prominent social conservative luminaries characterized Steeles mea-culpa as very troubling. Ken Blackwell, who formerly endorsed Steele after withdrawing from consideration for...
  • Lakeview man gets 10 years for almost 7,500 pot plants

    12/16/2008 10:36:28 PM PST · by MovementConservative · 40 replies · 3,554+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | Tuesday December 16, 2008, 4:43 PM | by Lynne Terry
    A jury sentenced a Lakeview man to 10 years in prison for growing nearly 7,500 marijuana plants. Andrew Stever, 40, was sentenced on Monday after a three-day trial in the Federal District Court in Medford.Ten years is the mandatory minimum sentence for anyone convicted of growing 1,000 or more pot plants. In July 2007, officers from several local, state and federal agencies found 7,459 plants growing on Stever's Lakeview property, which bordered Forest Service land. Two men fled the scene, leaving behind personal property and three firearms, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Portland. Physical evidence and testimony linked...
  • Enough with the Oogedy-Boogedy - Religion, politics, and us.

    12/05/2008 10:34:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 44 replies · 1,103+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 05, 2008 | Shannen W. Coffin
    December 05, 2008, 1:40 p.m. Enough with the Oogedy-BoogedyReligion, politics, and us. By Shannen W. Coffin Kathleen Parker’s war on religion in the Re-public-an square entered a new phase today. In her syndicated column, she nobly attempted to explain her use of the term “oogedy-boogedy” to describe religious conservatives. It’s not that she is “anti-God.” It’s just that God really shouldn’t be mentioned in polite company. Religion can inform our values (gee, thanks). But reason, not religion, should inform our public debates. I hadn’t realized religion and reason were mutually exclusive. It seems Pope Benedict hasn’t gotten the memo,...
  • Mike Huckabee and libertarians

    11/20/2008 8:39:13 PM PST · by Delacon · 81 replies · 3,079+ views
    TheNextRight.com ^ | November 20, 2008 | Jon Henke
    We've seen a lot of social conservatives upset over today's intemperate attack by Kathleen Parker (Note: she was unnecessarily contemptuous, but her point that "the Republican Party -- and conservatism with it -- eventually will die out unless religion is returned to the privacy of one's heart where it belongs" is worth serious consideration).Well, I am a libertarian, so let's talk about the Kathleen Parker of the social conservative crowd: Mike Huckabee.This week, Huckabee called libertarians the "real threat" to the Republican Party... In a chapter titled "Faux-Cons: Worse than Liberalism," Huckabee identifies what he calls the "real threat" to...
  • Social Conservatives as Scapegoats

    11/17/2008 5:43:42 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 83 replies · 1,179+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | November 17, 2008 | G. Tracy Mehan III
    To listen to some Republicans, not to mention, the braying of media outlets such as MSNBC, and even, here and there, a few economic libertarians, you would think that traditional conservatives, the defenders of the unborn and the integrity of marriage as a venerable and ancient institution, were responsible for two wars gone sour, over-spending at a level to embarrass Lyndon Johnson, the largest expansion of entitlement spending since the Great Society, numerous cases of GOP corruption and betrayal of the public trust centering around earmarks and political favors and the miserable results in the presidential and congressional elections just...
  • Free the GOP (Bigtime RINO Barf Alert)

    11/14/2008 6:21:09 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 77 replies · 1,390+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 14, 2008 | Christine Todd Whitman and Robert M. Bostock
    Four years ago, in the week after the 2004 presidential election, we were working furiously to put the finishing touches on the book we co-authored, "It's My Party Too: The Battle for the Heart of the GOP and the Future of America." Our central thesis was simple: The Republican Party had been taken hostage by "social fundamentalists," the people who base their votes on such social issues as abortion, gay rights and stem cell research. Unless the GOP freed itself from their grip, we argued, it would so alienate itself from the broad center of the American electorate that it...
  • Anti-social Conservatives

    11/10/2008 5:43:23 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 51 replies · 259+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | November 10, 2008 | W. James Antle III
    It was only a matter of time. First Sarah Palin and the Wasilla hillbillies were charged with spending John McCain's political capital faster than they could max out credit cards at Neiman Marcus. Now blame for the Republican electoral debacle has been extended to all the rubes who are said to populate the religious right. Even some right-leaning pundits are getting into the act. Beliefnet's Steven Waldman warned before the election that "religious conservatives will have to grapple with their role in electing Obama" since they supposedly vetoed pro-abortion Joe Lieberman, whom Al Gore found to be a sure ticket...
  • No Party for Pro-Choice Conservatives

    11/07/2008 8:25:32 AM PST · by ikeonic · 205 replies · 4,085+ views
    ModernConservative.com ^ | 11/7/08 | McCainiac
    By McCainiac Let's say you have two candidates, Candidate X and Candidate Y. Candidate X has a very poor track record as a fiscal conservative but is a rabid social conservative whose is solidly pro-life. Candidate Y has a reputation and record as a very fiscal conservative but has a slightly different opinion on abortion than the pro-life party line. Which candidate would win the Republican nomination for President? I think any honest Republican knows the answer to that hypothetical scenario. Candidate X could be George W. Bush. Candidate Y could be Barry Goldwater. When it comes to the Presidency,...
  • McCains Values/Views a Growing Factor for His Voters

    10/23/2008 8:38:43 PM PDT · by wastedpotential · 12 replies · 472+ views
    Gallup ^ | 10/10/08 | Lydia Saad
    PRINCETON, NJ -- More of John McCain's voters cite his "values" or "views" as one of the main reasons they are supporting him for president today than did so a month ago: 20%, up from 7% in early September. McCain's values and views now compete with his experience and qualifications (26%) as the top draw for his voters.
  • Dobson Leans Toward Endorsing McCain

    07/20/2008 9:33:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies · 200+ views
    The New York Times - The Caucus ^ | 2008-07-20 | Kate Phillips
    There seems to be a kumbaya moment occurring on the conservative front, and its one that would apply a salve to Senator John McCains uneven, unsettled relationship with the religious right. Enter James Dobson, who has at times been blistering in his criticisms of Mr. McCain. The religious rights more favored candidates from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to even former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson are no longer options. Thus, The Associated Press is reporting, in a preview of Mr. Dobsons radio show tomorrow, that he is amending his views to be more embracing of the presumptive Republican...
  • Dobson Leans Toward Endorsing McCain

    07/20/2008 8:24:15 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 57 replies · 256+ views
    nyt ^ | July 20, 2008 | Kate Phillips
    <p>There seems to be a kumbaya moment occurring on the conservative front, and its one that would apply a salve to Senator John McCains uneven, unsettled relationship with the religious right.</p> <p>Enter James Dobson, who has at times been blistering in his criticisms of Mr. McCain. The religious rights more favored candidates from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to even former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson are no longer options.</p>
  • McCain raising profile on pro-life views

    07/19/2008 9:19:25 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 22 replies · 105+ views
    Townhall ^ | July 18, 2008 | Michael Foust
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Abortion may not be the leading national issue according to the polls but it is a top one to many social conservatives, and Republican John McCain increasingly is going out of his way to make his pro-life views known, even saying at one town hall forum that pro-lifers could count on him being an "active" advocate for the unborn. In at least two town hall forums in recent days, McCain has turned questions not directly related to abortion into answers about his pro-life views. Each time, his answers were one of his biggest applause lines, with many...
  • Social conservatives warming to McCain: Evangelicals flocking to formerly 'unacceptable' candidate

    07/05/2008 10:45:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 208 replies · 385+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 6, 2008 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Sen. John McCain is making surprising headway with religious conservatives - that part of the Republican electoral coalition he was expected to find the most resistant. For a campaign that Republican critics have called ill-managed, disorganized and message-challenged, the Arizona senator's organization has, from all outward appearances, been doing things right in its appeals to evangelicals and other religious conservatives. In the past week, Mr. McCain won over a major group of social conservatives, thanks to personal appeals, and the campaign has made personnel moves appealing to religious voters. In Denver last week, a meeting of nearly 100 religious conservative...
  • War Between Social + Fiscal Conservatives: Lack of Compassion Does Hurt the Republican Party

    07/03/2008 3:53:13 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 9 replies · 110+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | July 3, 2008 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    After nearly 15 years of attempting to describe how the mainstream media has often negatively portrayed conservatives, I have found there are some basic truths which have prompted such coverage. Certainly those who fall on the right of the political spectrum are not fairly represented or reported on by many journalists in the dominant press. However, the dynamics of conservatism and the varied views which make up this broad political idiom has, at times, fostered the coverage it receives...