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  • House Conservatives Support Barack Obama’s Latest Stimulus

    02/09/2012 4:11:52 AM PST · by IbJensen · 13 replies
    Red State ^ | 2/9/2012 | Erick Erickson
    Since February of 2009 when President Barack Obama began his aggressive push for stimulus into the American economy, he focused on one core area — infrastructure. In fact, in his stimulus speech before Congress in 2009, his States of the Union in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and his Jobs Act speech of late 2011, the President repeated referred to spending government money to create jobs to fix America’s infrastructure. Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), leader of the Republican Study Committee, is confirmed to be leaning toward supporting the plan. His public pronouncements that he is leaning toward supporting the plan is...
  • Snatching Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory

    01/29/2012 4:54:39 AM PST · by IbJensen · 16 replies | 1/27/2012 | J D Longstreet
    Recently I wrote: “America is at a point in world history when we need a strong leader -- a leader not afraid to assert America’s leadership. Obama is NOT that person. I am very afraid there is no one vying for America’s leadership today any stronger as a national or world leader. In a recent column, Thomas Sowell said: “The 2012 Republican primaries may be a rerun of the 2008 primaries, where the various conservative candidates split the conservative vote so many ways that the candidate of the mushy middle got the nomination – and then lost the election.” I...

    01/26/2012 6:10:43 AM PST · by IbJensen · 6 replies
    Red State ^ | 1/25/2012 | Daniel Horowitz
    Our national debt stands at $15.2 trillion, and is growing by roughly $6 billion per day. We have tens of trillions in unfunded liabilities for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Unfortunately, we have learned that Republicans lack the gumption to fight for transformational spending cuts and reforms of major entitlements. However, at the very least, one would expect them to oppose silly pork projects like Buffalo Soldiers! Yesterday, the Republican-controlled House passed HR 1022, a bill that would require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of the history of Buffalo Soldiers in the establishment of national parks....
  • GOP Snubs Delegates in a Critical Swing State — Again!

    01/22/2012 6:56:28 AM PST · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 1/23/2012 | Mike Merrill
    As all eyes turn to Florida, you’d think GOP party leaders would be bending over backwards to win this critical swing state swings back this year after it went to Obama in 2008. Surprisingly, party leaders are doing the exact opposite. The GOP leadership voted unanimously to snub Florida Republicans again, this time adding insult to injury in their own backyard with the convention in Tampa—all because Florida had the audacity to move its primary up to January 31st. In addition to cutting the Florida delegates in half, GOP delegates from Florida are getting lousy seats in the convention hall,...
  • Boehner Commends 'Dignified and Statesmanlike' Negotiations of Supercommittee (Praises Patty Murray)

    11/22/2011 8:43:54 AM PST · by Qbert · 50 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 22, 2011 | Susan Jones
    ( - House Speaker John Boehner is among the lawmakers expressing disappointment that the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction could not agree on a way to accomplish its assigned task, which was to reduce the federal budget deficit by $1.2 trillion. "While I am disappointed, the House will forge ahead with the commitments we have made to reducing government spending and removing barriers standing in the way of private-sector job creation," Boehner said in a statement issued on Monday after the supercommittee announced its failure. "I commend both of the panel's leaders, (Republican Rep.) Jeb Hensarling and (Democratic...
  • Republicans Throw Their ‘Pledge To America’ Under the OmniBus

    11/18/2011 5:29:32 AM PST · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    Red State ^ | 11/17/2011 | David Horowitz
    Update: Roll call of members who stood strong is below the fold. This afternoon, the House passed Harry Reid’s first minibus appropriations bill (Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, Transportation-HUD), which contains record levels of spending for Food Stamps, WIC, and international food aid. It also contains $2.3 billion for disaster spending, which is excluded from the budget caps. Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers promised today on the House floor that spending will not exceed the $1.043 trillion spending cap. Well, the extra $2.3 billion in disaster spending allowed him to do just that. Moreover, if they continue to adopt the higher spending levels...
  • Hensarling says GOP is willing to consider new Dem tax proposals

    11/17/2011 9:13:36 AM PST · by Qbert · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/16/11 | Russell Berman
    Republicans on Wednesday signaled they would consider higher tax revenues to win a supercommittee deal if Democrats offer deeper cuts to entitlement spending. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas), a conservative Republican who is the co-chairman of the deficit supercommittee, walked back a statement he made Tuesday on television, when he said Republicans “have gone as far as we feel we can go” by offering to raise $250 billion in new tax revenues. Briefing reporters on Wednesday, Hensarling said Republicans would be “more than happy to negotiate” around a new offer from Democrats, pointedly declining to say whether $250 billion was the...
  • Va GOP hits graphic of zombie Obama shot in head

    10/31/2011 4:18:12 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 84 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 31, 2011 | BOB LEWIS
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Halloween-themed graphic featuring a zombie President Barack Obama with a bullet hole in his forehead provoked widespread outrage and the attention of the Secret Service Monday after a local Republican committee in Virginia used it to scare up interest in Halloween parade political activities. The montage, a banner on a mass email to Loudoun Republicans, mingles seasonal images including a jack-o-lantern, a disfigured U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and a throng of flesh-hungry zombie Obama supporters.
  • Mitt Romney gains key New Hampshire backer in John Sununu

    10/23/2011 2:45:27 PM PDT · by bkopto · 42 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Oct 23, 2011 | Michael A. Memoli
    Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu became the latest boldfaced name to endorse Romney, an announcement that came on the front page of the Sunday Union Leader. Sununu will join Romney on Monday when he files his paperwork with the secretary of state's office to become an official candidate in the New Hampshire primary. The former White House chief of staff, among the most prominent Republicans in the state, said in an interview that he'll "help in any way that they want," but that Romney is already well-positioned to win the state. SNIP Another former governor — Jon Huntsman of...
  • CNN Republican Debate: Are Republicans Getting Dumber?

    10/18/2011 9:26:05 AM PDT · by bkopto · 38 replies
    Conservatie HQ ^ | Oct 17, 2011 | Richard A. Viguerie
    What makes Republican candidates for President agree to a debate moderated by CNN’s notoriously liberal host Anderson Cooper? Beside rank stupidity, it is hard to think of a reason. Imagine a debate among the Democratic presidential candidates in which Sean Hannity, Michael Barone and Laura Ingraham asked the questions; it will never happen because the Democrats don’t feel the need to pander to the conservative media the way Republicans are willing to pander to the establishment press. And here is what Republicans get when they do pander. A debate moderated by the same Anderson Cooper whose vulgar jocularity with David...
  • Republican Leaders Warn Bernanke Against QE3

    09/20/2011 10:14:11 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-20-2011 | Zeke Miller
    Republican Leaders Warn Bernanke Against QE3 Zeke Miller Sep. 20, 2011, 7:13 PM | Top Republican lawmakers in both chambers of Congress warned Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke against pursuing another round of quantitative easing after tomorrow's meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee. Questioning the efficacy of the first two rounds of monetary easing, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) said they are concerned another round of QE could "exacerbate current problems or further harm the U.S. economy." Here's...
  • Full Text: Republicans’ Letter to Bernanke Questioning More Fed Action.

    09/20/2011 8:28:03 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/20/2011 | Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, Kyl
    Dear Chairman Bernanke, It is our understanding that the Board Members of the Federal Reserve will meet later this week to consider additional monetary stimulus proposals. We write to express our reservations about any such measures. Respectfully, we submit that the board should resist further extraordinary intervention in the U.S. economy, particularly without a clear articulation of the goals of such a policy, direction for success, ample data proving a case for economic action and quantifiable benefits to the American people. It is not clear that the recent round of quantitative easing undertaken by the Federal Reserve has facilitated economic...
  • 7 Reasons Why Liberals Are Incapable of Understanding The World

    08/23/2011 6:46:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | August 23, 2011 | John Hawkins
    To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil. — Charles Krauthammer Even liberals who've accomplished a lot in their lives and have high IQs often say things on a regular basis that are stunningly, profoundly stupid and at odds with the way the world works. Modern liberalism has become so bereft of common sense and instinctually suicidal that America can only survive over the long haul by thwarting the liberal agenda. In fact, liberalism has become such a toxic and poisonous philosophy that most...
  • UPDATE 3-White House denounces Perry as Republicans target Fed

    08/17/2011 3:53:03 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 98 replies
    Reuters ^ | 16 Aug 11 | Patricia Zengerle
    * Perry threatens Fed chairman, Bachmann also criticizes * Remarks reflect intense political pressure on Fed * White House says threatening Bernanke "not a good idea" (Adds fresh quotes from Bachmann, Obama, economist) WASHINGTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - The White House denounced Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Tuesday for his threatening remarks toward the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve that represented some of the most inflammatory rhetoric of the 2012 election campaign. Campaigning in Iowa on Monday, the Texas governor said he would consider it "treasonous" if Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke "prints more money between now and the...
  • Former Bush Staffer: Tea Party Activist Not Respectful in Confrontation With Obama

    08/16/2011 9:02:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 128 replies
    National Journal ^ | 8/16/11 | Sara Sorcher
    A former member of George W. Bush’s senior staff said that the tea party activist who confronted Barack Obama in Iowa was using an inappropriate tactic to try to embarrass the president. At the town-hall meeting on Monday, founder and chairman of the Iowa Tea Party Ryan Rhodes interrupted and confronted Obama about a disputed report that during a closed-door meeting with House Democrats, Vice President Joe Biden called tea party activists “terrorists” for holding the debt-ceiling negotiations "hostage."
  • Mitch McConnell Just Proposed the “Pontius Pilate Pass the Buck Act of 2011"

    07/12/2011 2:23:28 PM PDT · by Qbert · 109 replies
    Redstate ^ | 7/12/2011 | Erick Erickson
    Mitch McConnell is right now talking about making a historic capitulation. So fearful of being blamed for a default, McConnell is proposing a compromise that lets Barack Obama raise the debt ceiling without making any spending cuts at all. Consider sending McConnell a weasel as testament to his treachery. His address is 601 W. Broadway, Room 630, Louisville, KY 40202 and the phone number is (502) 582-6304. McConnell’s idea is to make the debt ceiling automatic unless Congress, by a 2/3 vote blocks the increase. Oh yes, he put a salve on it by dressing it up in tough talk...
  • Is Obama getting ready to snooker Boehner on taxes?

    07/09/2011 2:55:49 PM PDT · by Qbert · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | JUL 9, 2011 | James Pethokoukis
    The media accounts of the tax reform deal being cooked up by President Obama and House Speaker Boehner aren’t all that clear. But it is looking like a big tax increase: – The White House is insisting that as part of any deal the current tax rates on the middle class—the child tax credit, etc.—would be made permanent, while the lower rates on capital gains, dividends and the higher income brackets would expire after 2012. Taken by itself this would be a tax increase pure and simple and violate the GOP’s campaign pledge. But here’s what we’re told is Mr....
  • Budget deal details: Cuts that aren't quite cuts (Including $1.7 Billion unspent 2010 census funds)

    04/12/2011 10:58:10 AM PDT · by Qbert · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | 4/12/2011 | AP, CBS
    (CBS/AP)  Details of the $38 billion worth of spending cuts factoring in last Friday's 11th-hour budget that averted a government shutdown have been released, but the cuts, while historic, were significantly eased by pruning money left over from previous years, using accounting sleight of hand and going after programs President Barack Obama had targeted anyway. [Snip] Many of the cuts appear to have been cuts in name only, because they came from programs that had unspent funds. For example, $1.7 billion left over from the 2010 census; $3.5 billion in unused children's health insurance funds; $2.2 billion in subsidies for...
  • Budget deal still leaves largest deficit in history

    04/10/2011 4:39:23 PM PDT · by Qbert · 6 replies ^ | Apr 10, 2011 | WTSP-CBS
    If you believe the spin from the White House and the offices of congressional leaders, there were only winners in the struggle to reach a budget agreement last night and avert a government shutdown. Both House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the agreement "historic" and President Obama praised "their leadership" while a team of his top aides did the same for him. [Snip] Depending on whose numbers you accept, the budget agreement calls for either $87.5 billion in cuts or $38.5 billion. Either way, it's a drop in the budget bucket. The federal budget for 2011...
  • Debt Jumped $54.1 Billion in 8 Days Preceding (Budget) Deal to Cut $38.5 Billion for Rest of Year

    04/09/2011 3:52:23 PM PDT · by Qbert · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 09, 2011 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - The federal debt increased $54.1 billion in the eight days preceding the deal made by President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) to cut $38.5 billion in federal spending for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, which runs through September. The debt was $14.2101 trillion on March 30, according to the Bureau of the Public Debt, and $14.2642 on April 7.
  • Speaker Boehner Violates Pledge to Stop Obama Care? .

    02/17/2011 4:45:24 AM PST · by IbJensen · 27 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 2/17/2011 | James Simpson
    Speaker Boehner: Honor Your Pledge or Resign, NOW! It is almost impossible to believe that a mere month into the new Congress, old guard Republicans led by House Speaker John Boehner are stampeding to violate key campaign pledges. We have seen the “resolute” House Republican leadership quail over the prospect of actually making a paltry $100 billion in promised spending cuts. We have seen tough talking Darrell Issa backing off desperately needed investigations of blatant Obama administration corruption and abuse of power. We have witnessed the spectacle of Speaker Boehner mindlessly complimenting Obama on his treasonous handling of Egypt, undermining...
  • Boehner credits Obama for handling of Egypt crisis

    02/13/2011 5:16:31 PM PST · by Suvroc10 · 62 replies
    LA Times ^ | Feb. 13, 2011 | Ken Dilanian
    Reporting from Washington — House Speaker John A. Boehner said Sunday he thinks the Obama administration handled "a very difficult situation" in Egypt about as well as possible, undercutting potential Republican presidential candidates who have charged that President Obama botched the U.S. response to a popular revolt against a key ally. Boehner, the nation's top Republican elected official, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he thought there was a need for an assessment to determine why the U.S. intelligence community "didn't have a better feel for" the grass-roots movements that felled authoritarian regimes in Tunisia and Egypt in recent weeks....
  • Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s New Start - Republicans no longer have the wind at their backs.

    12/24/2010 2:26:38 PM PST · by neverdem · 176 replies · 3+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | December 24, 2010 12 | Charles Krauthammer
    Obama's New StartRepublicans no longer have the wind at their backs. Riding the lamest of ducks, President Obama just won the Triple Crown. He fulfilled (1) his most important economic priority, passage of Stimulus II, a.k.a. the tax-cut deal (the perfect pre-reelection fiscal sugar high — the piper gets paid in 2013 and beyond); (2) his most important social-policy objective, repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell”; and (3) his most cherished (achievable) foreign-policy goal, ratification of the New START treaty with Russia. Politically, these are all synergistic. The bipartisan nature of the tax deal instantly repositioned Obama back to the...
  • Republican Tax Deal Proves They Haven't Learned Anything

    12/16/2010 6:06:07 AM PST · by IbJensen · 24 replies
    Right Side News ^ | December 13, 2010 | James Simpson
    Nothing changes so much as it stays the same. The Democrats continue to be relentless in their determination to destroy this country, and Republicans, despite just coming off an historic electoral victory nationwide, still don’t get it. Republican_Safety_Plan ..... always covering their butts, always a safety net, always a bridge to back track on...(cya)...Picture FITS FOLKS! It would be impossible to imagine under normal circumstances that Democrats in Congress, having gone through what they have for the past two years, do not yet have their facts straight. But nothing changes so much as it stays the same – they still...
  • Barbara Bush Should Shut-Up

    11/20/2010 12:13:04 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 197 replies
    Riehl World View ^ | 11/20/10 | Riehl World View
    This annoys the hell out of me, because I'm not some rabid Palinista. Crap like this from Barbara Bush leaves one no alternative but to respond to it. What, does she have another son, or a grand kid lined up for the job of President? Reagan handed your husband his, despite some misgivings, and he blew it, Barbara. And as much as I supported her husband and her son while they were in office, they've hardly gotten us to a great place. Guess what? If not for 9/11, GW may well have been a one-term-er, just like his father. He...
  • Country Club, RINO Republicans Throwing Temper Tantrums

    09/18/2010 8:45:00 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 18 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/18/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    One of the interesting things of this election cycle has been to see what sore losers RINOS and country club Republicans are becoming. Since the Tea Party Movement has been throwing establishment GOPers out right and left (or maybe that's let and left) some of them have responded with petulance instead of accepting the will of the voters. In fact we've been seeing quite a few little tantrums thrown by the RINO set as voters have been turning against them. Recall that "Benedict" Arlen Specter had to jump parties because Republican Pat Toomey was encroaching on the privilege that Specter...
  • Boehner: I'll Drop Tax Cut for Rich If I Have To [reality check at post 121]

    09/12/2010 8:24:10 AM PDT · by roses of sharon · 239 replies · 1+ views
    (CBS) The leading Republican in the House, and a vocal proponent of allowing an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans, including the wealthiest 3% of earners, objected to charges by President Obama that Republicans are holding tax breaks for the bottom 97% of earners hostage unless the wealthiest also get an extension. In a pre-taped interview to appear on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner said that, if approving a bill to extend breaks for middle class income Americans were "the only option," he would support it. The Congressional Budget Office has...
  • Steele says immigration law 'not a reflection of an entire political party'

    08/24/2010 9:46:51 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | Aug. 24, 2010 | Elise Viebeck
    Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele refused to embrace Arizona's controversial immigration law Tuesday during an interview with Univision, the country's largest Spanish-language television network. "The actions of one state's governor is not a reflection of an entire country, nor is it a reflection of an entire political party," he said, referring to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and her support for S.B. 1070. "The governor and the people of Arizona made a decision that they thought was in their best interest, and that's the beauty of a republic, that's who we are." Steele has faced criticism as RNC chairman because...
  • GOP in Default Mode

    08/23/2010 3:21:25 AM PDT · by Scanian · 37 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 23, 2010 | J.R. Dunn
    It's widely acknowledged that in 2010, the Democrats are on the ropes. But just about the same could be said for the Republicans. A few weeks ago, John Cornyn and John Boehner revealed this election's GOP platform. In a year of massive unrest, public disgust with government, and large-scale rejection of interventionist policies, the GOP will emphasize...deficits. An issue to warm an economist's heart -- and the occasional accountant's, too. Top that one, Obama. In the wake of Scott Brown's stunning upset in Massachusetts last February, with the entire New England region open to exploitation, the GOP is doing nothing....
  • GOP in Default Mode

    08/23/2010 3:46:19 AM PDT · by Man50D · 108 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 23, 2010 | J.R. Dunn
    It's widely acknowledged that in 2010, the Democrats are on the ropes. But just about the same could be said for the Republicans. A few weeks ago, John Cornyn and John Boehner revealed this election's GOP platform. In a year of massive unrest, public disgust with government, and large-scale rejection of interventionist policies, the GOP will emphasize...deficits. An issue to warm an economist's heart -- and the occasional accountant's, too. Top that one, Obama. In the wake of Scott Brown's stunning upset in Massachusetts last February, with the entire New England region open to exploitation, the GOP is doing nothing....
  • How the GOP would govern the House (bring back earmarks???)

    08/23/2010 12:58:41 PM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/23/10 | Jake Sherman
    RICHMOND, Va. — House Republicans have banked on voter anger, a sputtering economy and an unpopular president to propel them ahead of Democrats in the polls so far this year. But now they’re trying to lay the foundation for how they would actually govern. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said a House GOP majority will focus on aggressive oversight of the Obama administration, will work to defund the agencies responsible for implementing health care and will push a “zero tolerance” ethics policy. He also said Republicans may roll back their ban on earmarks, as long as the spending items...
  • Pence: No personal attacks against Obama or Dems

    08/18/2010 6:38:02 AM PDT · by Mojave · 168 replies
    The Hill's Blog Briefing Room ^ | 08/18/10 | Michael O'Brien
    Republicans shouldn't engage in personal attacks against President Obama or other Democrats on the campaign trail, a top House Republican said Wednesday. Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.) pressed his party to attack ideas with which they disagree, but to avoid attacking opponents during an election cycle that has been noted for its heated rhetoric.
  • GOP begins seeking ideas from public

    05/25/2010 3:37:57 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 48 replies · 928+ views
    washingtontimes ^ | 7:42 p.m., Monday, May 24, 2010 | Sean Lengell
    Cites voter frustration. <America, House Republicans want your help. In an effort to shed its image as a "party of no" with few original ideas to challenge the Democrat-controlled Congress and White House, House Republicans on Tuesday will begin a campaign to ask the general public for input in drafting their next agenda. The nationwide "America Speaking Out" campaign seeks to capitalize on growing voter frustration of the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress. Organizers say they welcome ideas from all voters, regardless of party affiliation. "American Speaking Out is an effort to open the back rooms and closed doors...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: McCain likely grinning as GOP accepts open primary (will Rats save their Maverick?)

    05/06/2010 7:28:44 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 70 replies · 1,506+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Ariz. ^ | 2010-05-04 | Rhonda Bodfield
    The Republican Party is re-opening its big umbrella - or more accurately, not closing its primary after all. At a meeting over the weekend, the state executive committee decided to forgo a legal challenge to a law that allows independents to choose which primary they want to vote in. While some members argue that Republicans should be choosing the party's nominee, state GOP spokesman Matt Roberts said the group decided to hold off until at least until next year, given the slow wheels of justice and the looming August primary. Somewhere, John "Don't Call Me Maverick" McCain is probably a...
  • GOP will allow Senate financial reform debate

    04/28/2010 1:21:29 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 124 replies · 5,057+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | 04/27/10 | Staff
    Party has halted three attempts to start debate on Democrats’ bill WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans are prepared to end their stalling tactics on new banking regulations and will attempt to change the bill on the Senate floor, Republican officials said.
  • (Republicans) AWOL in the Bunning Battle

    03/04/2010 5:38:41 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 646+ views
    National Review ^ | March 4, 2010 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    If Obamacare passes, Obamacare is forever. Just ask Jim Bunning. The Kentucky Republican finally caved in Tuesday after relentless pressure from other senators — including Republicans — to drop what the Politico called his “one man” filibuster of a bill to extend expiring unemployment benefits. Technically, it was not a filibuster. It was an objection to a procedure, called “unanimous consent,” used to speed along uncontroversial legislation. In this case, there ought to have been raging controversy: Bunning was objecting to yet another monthly extension of unemployment payments absent an explanation of how it would be paid for. He was...
  • Dems, GOP May Not 'Bridge The Gap' On Reform [BUST! Obama: Verdict by Fall Elections]

    02/25/2010 3:36:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 563+ views
    MSNBC ^ | February 25, 2010
    Dems, GOP May Not 'Bridge The Gap' On Reform Obama concludes health care summit by saying accord may be impossible WASHINGTON - After a day of debate and disagreement, President Barack Obama concluded Thursday's unprecedented live talkfest on health care with the bleak assessment that accord between Democrats and Republicans may not be possible. He rejected Republican preferences for starting over, discussing the issue much longer or taking a step-by-step solution. Obama said he is not sure that Democrats can "bridge the gap" with the GOP to reach a compromise on the plan, and he strongly suggested that Democrats will...
  • Steele hints critics motivated by race

    02/10/2010 6:41:06 AM PST · by dmartin · 51 replies · 1,094+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 9, 2010 | Eric Zimmermann
    Critics of Michael Steele's tenure as Republican National Committee chairman are motivated by racism, Steele suggested in an interview published on Tuesday. Speaking to Washingtonian magazine (no online version), Steele wondered why his Democratic National Committee counterpart doesn't get the same criticism he does. "I don’t see stories about the internal operations of the DNC that I see about this operation," Steele said. "Why? Is it because Michael Steele is the chairman, or is it because a black man is chairman?”
  • Boehner: No difference in beliefs between GOP and tea partiers (huh?)

    02/04/2010 5:03:17 PM PST · by pissant · 39 replies · 881+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/4/10 | Michael Obrien
    There aren't any major differences in beliefs between "Tea Party" activists and the Republican Party, the top House Republican said Thursday. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the GOP and the groups conservative activists across the country are indistinguishable when it comes to policy. "There really is no difference between what Republicans believe in and what the tea party activists believe in," Boehner said during an appearance on the conservative Mike Gallagher's radio show.
  • The Republican Malaise (Sultan Knish Looks At Why The Stupid Party Looks Stupid Alert)

    01/28/2010 3:49:13 AM PST · by goldstategop · 6 replies · 499+ views
    Sultan Knish | 1/28/2010 | Sultan Knish
    Scott Brown's victory and Obama's falling poll numbers were virtually undeserved gifts to a Republican party that for the most part spent the year on the sidelines, benefiting from grassroots activism without actually doing much about it. It's little wonder that Michael Steele is widely hated or that there's talk of a third party. But to fix the Republican party, it's important to understand what is behind its malaise. 1. The Republican Party is Conservative - I don't mean conservative in the sense of socially conservative or fiscally conservative, but being risk averse and when in doubt sticking to the...
  • Thank You To Senator John McCain For Standing Up To Obama / Democrat Wasteful Spending

    01/25/2010 3:38:13 PM PST · by real_patriotic_american · 35 replies · 789+ views
    E-Mail Message From Senator John McCain (Newsletter) ^ | January 25, 2010 | Senator John McCain
    Enclosed are some excerpts from Senator John McCain's letter that he E-Mailed to his followers today. I'm pleased to see someone on Capital Hill who is standing up to Obama and the Democrats and their outrageous wasteful spending..... "My Friend, I have spent much of my career fighting against wasteful spending in Washington. I'm not afraid to speak out when I see taxpayer dollars wasted. And in all my years in public office, I have never seen spending as out of control as it is under the current Democratic leadership. Our national debt has reached an all-time high of $12.4...

    01/12/2010 6:58:37 PM PST · by DBCJR · 226 replies · 7,223+ views
    NBC ^ | Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 4:19 PM | by Domenico Montanaro
    President Obama will address the House Republican Conference later this month during their retreat in Baltimore, being held Jan. 28th to 30th. Obama was invited by the elected GOP Leadership to speak a few weeks ago and will take them up on their offer. ... Despite that gracious tone, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor wrote this morning in a statement: “Though it’s welcome news that President Obama will speak with House Republicans later this month, it is important to point out that true bipartisanship requires working together on common-sense solutions and a mainstream agenda to help Americans facing difficult challenges....
  • Still the Stupid Party - Do Republicans really deserve to win big in 2010?

    01/07/2010 1:21:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 42 replies · 1,020+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 07, 2010 | Kevin Williamson
    January 07, 2010, 4:00 a.m. Still the Stupid PartyDo Republicans really deserve to win big in 2010? By Kevin Williamson Guy Benson’s recent report about a lifelong New Jersey Democrat who already is so fed up with Obama-Pelosi-Reid shenanigans that she pulled the lever for Chris Christie is one pebble in the avalanche of opinion holding that Republicans are due for a big year in 2010. Maybe the Republican optimists are right: I’m no good at electoral prognosticating, so I’ll defer here to the psephological gurus. I don’t know whether the Republicans will win big in the next couple...
  • Lindsey Graham and Carol Browner meet on climate bill

    12/16/2009 10:20:35 PM PST · by pissant · 32 replies · 1,192+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/16/09 | Lisa Lerer
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is scheduled to meet privately Wednesday evening with top administration climate aide Carol Browner. Graham is working with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) to craft a bipartisan cap and trade bill. He plans to discuss the ways Senate leaders can deal with manufacturing and coal state worries that the bill will spike electricity bills in the midst of a deep recession. “We’ve got to address people’s concerns about compliance costs and rate payer increases,” he told POLITICO. He’ll also use the meaning to address nuclear power, off-shore drilling and new coal technologies —...
  • They Are All RINOs

    12/09/2009 3:24:34 AM PST · by Scanian · 96 replies · 1,998+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 09, 2009 | Pedro Primavera
    Republicans like to point to Ronald Reagan for inspiration. However, we have to resign ourselves to the fact that Ronald Reagan is dead. Worse, his legacy was killed off by his own party, the same Republicans who say he inspired them. The only lasting legacy to George W. Bush was the nomination of two constructionist judges and a fading response to terrorism. For eight years, we saw GW insist more on getting along than being right. Even the war in Iraq was fought on the cheap, probably out of fear of the cost of waging war, which defies the logic...
  • Stupak Anti-Abortion Amendment Has A Huge Loophole

    11/08/2009 12:54:24 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 23 replies · 1,415+ views
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | Sunday, November 8, 2009 | Bluegrass Pundit
    Nancy Pelosi managed to gather enough votes to pass the almost 2000 page House health care reform bill (H.R.3962) by allowing the Stupak Amendment. Many blue dog Democrats would not vote for Pelosicare because because it covered abortion with health care reform funds. According to the New York Times: To save the health care bill she (Pelosi) had to give in to abortion opponents in her party and allow them to propose tight restrictions barring any insurance plan that is purchased with government subsidies from covering abortions. How tight are these restrictions? Here is a screen shot from a pdf...
  • Bipartisanship Is Crucial for Producing a Meaningful, Job-Creating Climate Change Bill

    11/02/2009 10:36:53 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 19 replies · 1,067+ views
    Roll Call ^ | Nov. 02, 2009 | Phil Angelides
    Earlier this month, Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) stirred up a tempest when they announced that they could overcome their political differences and agree on the critical need for a national policy that addresses the threat of climate change and moves the United States toward energy independence. Since the publication of their opinion piece, “Yes We Can (Pass Climate Change Legislation)” in the New York Times, pundits and policy experts alike have declared the Senators’ announcement a “game-changer” and possible tipping point that could lead to the passage of a bipartisan climate change bill — maybe even...
  • The Stupid Party

    11/02/2009 2:02:01 PM PST · by pissant · 43 replies · 1,569+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 11/2/09 | Dr. Zero
    New York Republicans got a rock in their trick-or-treat bags over the Halloween weekend, as Dede Scozzafava ripped off her million-dollar Republican mask and revealed herself to be a Democrat. It was never a very good disguise, but every previous attempt to peer beneath it was punished with stern lectures from Newt Gingrich and the rest of the party establishment. The bags of contributor money Republicans handed to the Scozzafava campaign would have been more usefully spent hiring detectives to trail ACORN operatives, and keep Democrat voter fraud down to manageable levels. The Scozzafava campaign is the latest dreadful mistake...
  • Boehner: 'Political rebellion' under way [Boehner, RINO Party want to co-opt Tea Party rage]

    11/01/2009 6:36:16 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 117 replies · 4,374+ views
    UPI ^ | 2009-11-01
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- There is a "political rebellion" going on in America that the Republican Party is hoping to speak for, the U.S. House minority leader says. Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, speaking Sunday on CNN's "State of Union," said an incident in which a GOP-endorsed New York congressional candidate withdrew from an election under pressure from Republican conservatives showed that "we're in the middle of a political rebellion going on in America." Boehner said, "This rebellion are by people who really have not been actively involved in the political process. And they don't really care whether you're...
  • GOP Set to Propose Its Own Health Bill [No Taxes, No Mandate, Malpractice Reform]

    11/01/2009 5:56:25 PM PST · by Steelfish · 28 replies · 1,329+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | November 01st 2009
    NOVEMBER 2, 2009 GOP Set to Propose Its Own Health Bill By GREG HITT WASHINGTON -- Republicans are preparing an alternative health-care bill to Democratic legislation, House Republican Leader John Boehner said, marking a shift in strategy as the full House is set to begin debate on the issue this week. Mr. Boehner said Sunday the Republican bill would extend health-insurance coverage to "millions" of Americans but wouldn't try to match the scope of the House Democratic bill unveiled last week. The Democratic legislation, if passed, is estimated to expand coverage to more than 30 million Americans now without insurance....