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  • Ted Cruz Has Zero Chance of Winning

    03/26/2015 3:14:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s Ring of Fire ^ | March 26, 2015 | Justin Lane
    “To me, he’s just a guy with a big mouth and no results…” By now, you’ve heard that Ted Cruz thinks he’s running for president in 2016. Ted Cruz’s entire political career has been marked by opposing progress. He has no significant legislative or leadership record to speak of. But let’s be clear: Ted Cruz is not a serious candidate. He is not a serious politician. He is a serious pain in the ass. His own party rejects him, and that rejection highlights the schism inside the Republican party. In an interview with CNN, Rep. Peter King said that Senator...
  • Ill. GOP officials who wanted Brady out replaced (Pat Brady/SSM)

    04/21/2014 8:12:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 19, 2014 5:49 PM EDT | Kerry Lester
    A crop of Republican officials who wanted to oust former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady for his statements supporting same-sex marriage have been replaced in their party positions. Illinois Republicans across the state held elections for all 18 state central committee member posts this week, replacing six of the seven officials who signed on to a letter last year to hold a vote on removing Brady as chairman. The seventh person to sign the letter, Mark Shaw of the 10th Congressional District, was re-elected to a four-year term. Brady began making public statements in January 2013 in support of same-sex...
  • Neal Boortz Unloads on Social Conservatives on Sean Hannity’s Radio Show

    12/27/2013 5:30:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 27, 2013 | Paula Bolyard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Neal Boortz, subbing for Sean Hannity on his radio show on the day after Christmas, took the opportunity to unload a heap of libertarian wrath upon social conservatives, saying that Republicans will not win another election if they continue ”screaming and yelling about abortion, about gay rights, about prayer in school.” Boortz spat the words “social conservative Republicans” into the airwaves as he railed against (some unnamed) Republicans who, apparently “obsessed” with social issues, are running around the country raging against the forces trying to take prayer out of school. Boortz seemed particularly upset with Republicans who want to peer...
  • Social Conservatives: GOP Can't Live Without Them

    11/27/2012 4:37:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    One of the largest elephants in the GOP's post-election room is the fate of Christian and other social conservatives. Party honchos can't just wish this problem away -- or, maybe they can. There has been increasing hostility toward Christian involvement in politics, and the animus hasn't been solely from the left. To be sure, Democrats have taken the lead, demonizing conservative Christians as science-challenged scolds who don't care about women's "reproductive rights," but there is plenty of antipathy from certain elements within the Republican Party, as well. Many establishment and some libertarian Republicans have long looked upon Christian conservatives with...
  • Mitch Daniels: Pro-life legislation is okay as long as it doesn’t “get in the way”

    12/11/2010 7:44:50 AM PST · by TitansAFC · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 12-10-10 | Allahpundit
    He was talking specifically about a bill pending in the Indiana state legislature, not proposing a new federal “truce” on social issues, but even so, this guy must understand that he’s under a microscope now that he’s being touted as a presidential contender, right? Every utterance is significant, and he’s already got not one but two strikes against him. Is he trying to scare social cons? I can kinda sorta understand that as a primary strategy, if you think there are enough centrist Republicans out there (or at least, anti-social-con Republicans) to push you through to the nomination, but you...
  • 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 Obama’s 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 today’s article. A few nights ago, I stumbled across a very interesting study conducted...
  • Keys to Conservative Success Found in NY-23 Loss

    11/06/2009 2:47:40 PM PST · by AJKauf · 13 replies · 421+ views
    PAjamas MEdia ^ | November 6 | Lorie Byrd
    The big topic of discussion this week is the role conservatism played in the wins in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere, as well as in the loss of New York’s 23rd congressional district. Recent polls show that many more Americans self-identify as conservative than liberal, so it should not be terribly surprising that so many conservative candidates won Tuesday. It should not even be terribly surprising that some won big. Though if that is the case, what is the explanation for Doug Hoffman’s loss in New York? There are many possible reasons — including the spectacle that the race turned...
  • New Hate Crimes Bill Unconstitutional and Threat to Religious Freedom?

    04/30/2009 10:54:13 PM PDT · by skinkinthegrass · 19 replies · 1,119+ views
    canadafreepress ^ | Thursday, April 30, 2009 | Jim Kouri
    Wednesday night, while President Barack Obama held his televised press conference marking his first 100 days in office, the federal hate crimes bill passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 249 to 175. But not everyone believes this piece of legislation is a great idea. They are cautioning many supporters that such a law is a two-edged sword and may have unintended consequences that includes misuse by overzealous and politically motivated prosecutors. During a discussion of HR 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, opponents of the proposed law offered compelling arguments for...
  • McCain: "simply loathed by many fellow Republicans"

    02/01/2008 12:49:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies · 1,563+ views
    AmericaBlog ^ | January 31, 2008 | Joe Sudbay
    McCain is loathesome. And, it's not just fellow Republicans who despise him. But, if the hard core GOPers want to hate their front runner, who are we to stop them: But Sen. McCain still confronts a problem both in the remainder of the nomination race, and, if he wins, in the fall: He is simply loathed by many fellow Republicans, often for the very bipartisanship and maverick streak that attracts independents. His biggest, and perhaps final, test comes Tuesday, when 21 states hold contests -- most of them open only to Republican voters. "So it is over. Finished. In November,...
  • Hucksterism lives

    12/29/2007 3:35:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 147+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | December 29, 2007 | The Editors
    The Christmas ads that showed up in Iowa and New Hampshire — and here, on the Internet — are mostly just more ads, but with a new and disturbing twist. There is Barack Obama, being sensitive by letting his wife, Michelle, speak first; Rudy Giuliani, softening his image by joking with Santa, and Ron Paul grinning in the midst of family pandemonium. John McCain reminds us he was a prisoner of war, Fred Thompson offers heart-warming snapshots of the troops and John Edwards promises not to forget the poor. The hullabaloo has come over the ad for Mike Huckabee. He...
  • Fred Thompson gets endorsement from anti-abortion SC group

    12/07/2007 7:31:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 282+ views
    WIS-TV10 ^ | December 5, 2007
    COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The South Carolina affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee has endorsed Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson. South Carolina Citizens for Life on Wednesday praised the former Tennessee senator's voting record on abortion issues. In a news release, the group cited Thompson's vote against so-called partial-birth abortion and his stance for adult stem cell research but not embryonic stem cell research. Thompson has touted his anti-abortion voting record during his campaign. He has already been endorsed by the committee's national group.
  • IS DICK MORRIS SECRETLY PAID BY HUCKABEE?;

    12/02/2007 9:24:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 512+ views
    Ron Gunzburger's Politics 1 ^ | December 2, 2007 | Ron Gunzburger
    According to The Politico, New York Post columnist and FOX News contributor Dick Morris has been secretly advising former client Mike Huckabee on his Presidential campaign. Morris claims he is acting in an entirely voluntary capacity by simply offering free advice. Keep in mind that nationally syndicated columnist George Will was pilloried by the media when it became public that he had secretly and voluntarily helped Ronald Reagan prepare for his Presidential debates in 1980. A prominent national GOP insider tells Politics1 that he believes Morris -- despite his claims to the contrary -- is paid for his services through...
  • Understanding Huckabee and Social Conservatives

    11/29/2007 11:23:18 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 3 replies · 47+ views
    Sound Politics ^ | Nov. 29, 2007 | Eric Earling
    David Horsey's latest takes a stab at understanding the latest twist in the horserace of the Republican nominating contest. Horsey's simplification of Rudy Giuliani as the candidate of national security conservatives, Mitt Romney for "business conservatives," and Mike Huckabee for social conservatives doesn't quite hold true in reality but it makes for a nice cartoon. My hunch, however, is that observers with little more than indirect experience with social conservatives may be a bit miffed in full at how Huckabee can be rising in Iowa and in the South given his well-documented problems with economic/small government conservatives. For one, Huckabee's...
  • Matthews: 'Liberal Media' Going Soft on 'Crazy' Huckabee

    11/27/2007 12:07:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 528+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | November 26, 2007 | Scott Whitlock |
    According to MSNBC host Chris Matthews, 2008 Republican candidate Mike Huckabee has been given "the biggest free ride from the liberal media that I have ever seen in my life." Appearing on Monday's edition of "Morning Joe," the "Hardball" anchor speculated that left-wingers would enjoy seeing the GOP "chaos" that a Huckabee victory in Iowa would produce and, as a result, are ignoring the Republican's "crazy" views on gun control. Matthews derided as "black helicopter stuff," the former Arkansas governor's assertion that owning a gun gives Americans the ability to fight tyranny. "It sounds crazy," he told "Morning Joe" host...
  • 24% Are Both Fiscal and Socially Conservatives, 9% Fiscally and Socially Liberal

    11/26/2007 8:25:27 AM PST · by freespirited · 9 replies · 119+ views
    Forty-one percent (41%) of American voters say they are conservative when it comes to “fiscal issues such as taxes, government spending, and business regulation.” A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 43% consider themselves fiscally moderate and 12% say liberal. At the same time, 37% say they are conservative when it comes to “social issues like abortion, public prayer, and church-state topics.” On such social issues, 30% say they are moderate while 30% say liberal. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Republicans consider themselves fiscal conservatives. Fifty percent (50%) of Democrats and 49% of those not affiliated with either major party...
  • Romney a tough sell for many U.S. Christians

    11/20/2007 4:44:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies · 328+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Ed Stoddard
    DALLAS - When a pair of Mormon missionaries knocked at the door of Jerry Pierce's home in a north Dallas suburb last month, he marshaled his arguments and stood his ground. "I look forward to encounters like that. I like to talk to them about the nature of Christ and who Jesus is," said Pierce, a staunch Southern Baptist, the biggest Protestant denomination in the United States. Mitt Romney, a Mormon, is running into similar resistance as he tries to win over Southern Baptists and other evangelical Protestants in the race for the Republican Party's nomination for the 2008 U.S....
  • Understanding Social Conservatives

    11/17/2007 9:10:19 AM PST · by PlainOleAmerican · 69 replies · 90+ views
    Capitol Hill ^ | Nov 17, 07 | JB Williams
    Because the religious right is the most visible champion of social conservative values today, and the secular socialists have worked so hard to make sure that social conservatism is defined as some right-wing religious extremism, it is in vogue to refer to social conservatives as some mutant breed of social Nazis. (snip) However, in reality, social conservatism actually has little to do with religion. In fact, until recent years, when the Democratic Party became run by Democratic Secular Socialists, it wasn’t even an idea limited to the right or Republicans. It was a very fundamental American precept shared by most...
  • Scapegoating the So-Cons - They’re not what’s killing the GOP

    11/19/2007 10:59:49 AM PST · by gpapa · 30 replies · 44+ views
    National Review ^ | November 19, 2007 | David Freddoso
    What ails the GOP? There are as many answers as there are pundits. But there’s always one narrative that news reporters and certain establishment GOP consultants love to give, again and again. Social conservatives, this story goes, have come to dominate the Republican party with their defense of the right to life and resistance to same-sex marriage. This sort of backward thinking has caused the party to lose support nationwide, and particularly among its traditional base of high-income earners. This narrative is now being repeated as social conservatives debate whom to support in the Republican primary —the debate is particularly...
  • Romney’s Mass. Health Plan has $50 Co-pay for Abortions

    11/17/2007 9:53:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 910+ views
    Dallas Blog ^ | November 17, 2007 | Tom McGregor
    Presidential candidate Fred Thompson, the former Tennessee Senator and Law & Order actor, slammed Mitt Romney for supporting and signing into law the Massachusetts Health Plan that allows for women to have an abortion with no restrictions for a $50 co-pay. Columnist David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, whose founder Pat Robertson endorsed Rudy Giuliani, a pro-choice candidate, for president, analyzes the contradictions of Romney’s abortion stance. Brody writes that “the problem that Romney continues to have on abortion is that it’s hard for him to criticize Giuliani, Thompson or anybody else on the issue because he has his...
  • "Right to Life Says Fred Thompson Can Win"

    11/13/2007 7:42:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 418+ views
    WKRN-TV ^ | November 13, 2007 | Libby Quaid
    Fred Thompson is the Republican most likely to beat abortion-rights supporter Rudy Giuliani, the National Right to Life Committee said Tuesday, announcing its endorsement of the former Tennessee senator for president. "While there are various polls, and some are up-and-down, the overwhelming consensus has been that he is best-positioned to top pro-abortion candidate Rudy Giuliani for the Republican nomination," the group's executive director, David N. O'Steen, said at a news conference. ...By emphasizing Thompson's political potential _ he ranks second behind former New York Mayor Giuliani in national Republican polls _ the anti-abortion group played down its own differences with...
  • Thompson's scarlet 'L' (for "Lazy")

    11/12/2007 2:58:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 139+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 12, 2007 | Michael Finnegan
    FORT MILLS, S.C -- Campaigning in New Hampshire and South Carolina, Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson raised his voice and shook his fists as he described his vision of an America true to conservative values. The display of vigor last week was timely: Two months into his bid for the nomination, the former Tennessee senator is fighting to shake the image of a laid-back -- even lazy -- candidate who lacks the fervor of his rivals. Thompson not only has adopted a forceful speaking style, he has taken a more aggressive approach toward other Republican candidates. The push to put...
  • The Kingmaker’s New Subject (Pat Robertson's Rudy endorsement)

    11/11/2007 6:07:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 306+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Nov 19, 2007 Issue | Michael Gerson
    There is an old hymn written by Fanny Crosby, sung at generations of camp meetings, which exclaims: "Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest, and King!" Since the emergence of evangelicalism as a cultural force in the 1950s, three approaches to politics, represented by three personalities, have emerged. They are the prophet, the priest and the kingmaker. The prophet has been psychologist James Dobson, who dispenses child-rearing advice on the radio from his Colorado ministry, Focus on the Family. On family issues, Dobson's counsel is moderate and broadly appealing. On politics, his tone sharpens. He rails against compromise on social-conservative...
  • Giuliani Is Endorsed By Pat Robertson (Analysis)

    11/07/2007 9:59:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies · 337+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | November 7, 2007 | Marc Ambinder
    The Why Both Giuliani and Robertson share an apocalyptic worldview about the clash with [radical] Islam; for Robertson, it is religious and based in biblical prophecy. For Giuliani, it is secular -- but given his 9/11 experiences, just as personal. Evangelical Christians cite the war on terror as their chief policy concern, and it is not that surprising that Giuliani, who is more identified with an aggressive prosecution of that war than any other candidate, is doing well among evangelicals. It's not that they ignore his views on social issues; it's that they see the war on terror like he...
  • GOP Focus Group Is Down on Bush (But like Fred Thompson)

    11/06/2007 12:58:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 137+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | November 5, 2007 | Kenneth T. Walsh
    RICHMOND, Va.—There's no shortage of polls underscoring America's sour mood these days. Surveys generally show that 7 in 10 Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction and that most Americans believe their leaders in Washington are doing a poor job. U.S. News led the way in explaining this trend with a recent special report on why Americans think Washington is broken and what can be done about it. If anything, the warning signs are getting gloomier. A new focus group of Republican voters from the Richmond area, conducted last Thursday evening, was a case in point. All...
  • Former Director of the Arlington Group Joins Team Fred

    11/05/2007 11:58:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 155+ views
    The National Review ^ | November 05, 2007 | Jim Geraghty
    I'm speaking with a Thompson Associate now, and he points out: Today the Fred Thompson campaign announced the addition of Shannon Royce, an experienced social conservative coalitions director and former Executive Director of The Arlington Group, who will be joining the Thompson Campaign to serve as Grassroots and Special Projects Director. The Associate says, "If Bill Wicherman is the salve for Mitt Romney, Shannon Royce is the howitzer for Fred Thompson."
  • Will Giuliani Stick It To The GOP? (On "Gay Issues")

    11/05/2007 3:10:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies · 175+ views
    Queerty ^ | November 5, 2007
    The Republican party’s having a gay identity crisis as of late - and the ideological winner could change the party’s political fate, not to mention the election. As Kerry Eleveld eloquently explains in the Advocate, three of the presidential contenders oppose a federal amendment against gay marriage: John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson, although the latter wants to make sure no one state has to endorse another’s married gays. Regardless of Thompson’s middle ground, his and his peers’ moderate stances show that the Republican party’s facing an important decision. Will they stick to their guns and give the once...
  • Thompson Campaign Adds Veteran Social Conservative Coalitions Director(Shannon Royce)

    11/05/2007 9:20:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 186+ views
    Earned Media ^ | Monday, November 5, 2007 | Jeff Sadosky
    MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 5 /Standard Newswire/ -- Today the Fred Thompson campaign announced the addition of Shannon Royce, an experienced social conservative coalitions director and former Executive Director of The Arlington Group, who will be joining the Thompson Campaign to serve as Grassroots and Special Projects Director. Shannon Royce most recently served as Executive Director of the Arlington Group where she managed a coalition of over 70 organizations advocating on numerous pro-family initiatives. In that capacity, she coordinated coalition efforts on behalf of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. A former Legislative Assistant to Senator Slade Gorton and...
  • The Demise of the Religious Right? [Chuck Colson]

    11/03/2007 2:28:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 173+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | November 1, 2007 | Chuck Colson
    The cover story of Sunday’s New York Times Magazine pronounced the demise of the religious right in America. The ranks are demoralized, split, and liberal evangelicals are taking over with a new agenda for the environment and the poor. On the editorial page, the acerbic Frank Rich coordinated his column with the magazine, concluding, “Inauguration Day 2009 is at the very least Armageddon for the reigning ayatollahs of the American right.” Wow! Just three years ago the press touted conservative evangelicals as the most powerful voting block in America. What happened? Nothing. The press is up to its old tricks....
  • Baptist Pastor Retracts Endorsement of Romney

    10/24/2007 2:03:21 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 43 replies · 106+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 23, 2007 | Staff
    The former president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention has retracted his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The Romney campaign has agreed to withdraw all references to Pastor Don Wilton's endorsement of Romney, the Baptist Press reported on Tuesday. Click here to read the Baptist Press article. Wilton said the endorsement — first announced by the Romney campaign last Friday — was a "mistake.:
  • Straw Poll Results Raise Many Questions

    10/20/2007 9:02:08 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 22 replies · 90+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 20, 2007 | Michael Luo
    Based on the smattering of applause that Mr. Romney got when his name was announced as the top vote getter, with 1,595 votes or 27.6 percent, it is safe to say that many in the hall were surprised that he won, surpassing Mr. Huckabee by 30 votes... Things shake up differently when looking at only the votes that were made by those on-site. Of 952 votes cast on-site, Mr. Huckabee received 488, or 51 percent, a virtual runaway in such a crowded field. Mr. Romney had only 99 votes, or 10.4 percent; Mr. Thompson received 77 votes, or 8 percent;...
  • Poll finds Thompson appeals to churchgoers

    10/20/2007 10:18:32 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 27 replies · 67+ views
    The Politico ^ | Oct 20, 2007 | David Paul Kuhn
    <p>Fred Thompson may have failed to impress Beltway insiders when he finally launched his run for the White House last month, but he is winning over a critical segment of the Republican coalition, new polling suggests.</p> <p>Conservative Christians favor Thompson by a 10-point margin over his closest rival, Rudy Giuliani.</p>
  • Tests abound for Republicans with religious conservatives [Values Voter Summit]

    10/17/2007 9:32:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 178+ views
    The Hill ^ | October 18, 2007 | Sam Youngman
    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his rivals for the Republican nomination will face a tough crowd when they address the religious conservatives at the Values Voter Summit starting Friday. “I think what we can expect is a lot of folks talking about how dissatisfied they are with the choices they have,” former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said. Giuliani’s positions on abortion and gay rights continue to dog him as he looks for support within the leadership of the religious conservative movement, and those leaders say they want to hear more from the former mayor this weekend than...
  • Dobson Admits Third Party Might Help Clinton

    10/10/2007 3:07:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 280 replies · 3,181+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | October 10, 2007 | Ethan Cole
    Conservative evangelical leader Dr. James Dobson admits that a third-party plan supported by pro-family leaders might unintentionally help elect democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton. The influential pro-family advocate still contends, however, that he would rather vote following his values than compromise and be forced to choose between two pro-choice candidates. “We’re very, very concerned about the implications of a Hillary Clinton presidency, but you know, we have been working … for 35 years, I’ve been trying to defend the unborn child,” Dobson said on Fox’s Hannity & Colmes show Monday. “That’s been my life. That’s been my belief, along with...
  • Bauer: It’s Too Early for Third Party Talk

    10/05/2007 5:39:40 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 20 replies · 406+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/05/2007 | Gary Bauer
    A recent Pew survey... found just 22 percent of the public -- and just 31 percent of Republicans—know Giuliani is pro-choice, and that 59 percent of Republicans who say social issues are very important to them are not sure what Giuliani’s position on abortion is. So far, Rudy Giuliani has suffered little for deviating from the GOP’s traditional pro-life stance... Voter ignorance about the candidates’ positions has not been helped by some of the other Republican candidates who have thus far spent more time attacking each other than challenging the frontrunner on his liberal policy positions... While none of the...
  • Is Stephen Harper Forgetting The Right? (Ted Byfield On Canada's Missing SoCons Alert)

    02/10/2006 11:50:06 PM PST · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 458+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 02/11/06 | Ted Byfield
    Stephen Harper, Canada's new prime minister, unveiled his Cabinet last week and promptly found himself denounced for unprincipled expediency and hypocrisy. The same Steve Harper, who had said he would appoint only elected senators, chagrinned his supporters by choosing an unelected top-flight Montreal businessman as his first senatorial appointment. This was Michael Fortier, who had helped mastermind Harper into the Tory leadership and helped deliver 10 unexpected Conservative seats from Quebec in the January election. He will be minister of public works. The same Steve Harper who had deplored the desertion of zillionairess Belinda Stronach last year from his own...