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  • The Winner of the Civil Rights Movement was . . . Washington, DC

    02/14/2012 1:55:32 PM PST · by billflax · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/14/2012 | Bill Flax
    Amidst flowery February orations, in retrospect, the Civil Rights movement’s main beneficiary appears to be Washington. State segregation ceased, which is well, but forced federal integration remains, well, wrong. Washington rightly overturned denials of freedom oppressing southern blacks, but did so by infringing on others’ liberties elsewhere. En route, civil rights became the sine qua non of American statism. Civil rights legislation provided the primary catalyst for government’s escalation since WWII. Sadly, the Civil Rights Act brought neither legal equality as proposed in theory; nor equality of outcomes to which the Left strove in practice. The CRA failed doubly. First,...
  • Dear Mitt Romney: Don't Change on Account of Sarah Palin (Laff riot!)

    02/14/2012 1:27:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Yahoo! News Contributor Network ^ | February 13, 2012 | Andrew Riggio
    Sarah Palin is weighing in on the GOP nomination race. She appears to have something to say about everyone and has little positive to say. It's almost embarrassing for the Republican Party to have her voice an opinion. Palin comes across less like an expert on campaigning and more like a washed-up booth babe trying to show she does have something useful to say. Of particular note are her recent jabs at Mitt Romney. She's calling him out for not being far enough to the political right. The former vice-presidential candidate might be suggesting Romney adopt a stance more like...
  • About Constitution 101 [free course mentioned by Rush today]

    02/13/2012 1:05:25 PM PST · by Daffynition · 67 replies · 15+ views ^ | February 13, 2012 | unknown
    “Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution” is a 10-week online course presented by Hillsdale College. Featuring an expanded format from the “Introduction to the Constitution” lecture series with Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn, Constitution 101 follows closely the one-semester course required of all Hillsdale College undergraduate students. In this course, you can: watch lectures from the same Hillsdale faculty who teach on campus; study the same readings taught in the College course; submit questions for weekly Q&A sessions with the faculty; access a course study guide; test your knowledge through weekly quizzes; and upon completion of...
  • Has the Tea Party Peaked? (What has been gained stands to be lost)

    02/14/2012 6:38:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/14/2012 | Perry Fisher
    An 800-pound gorilla in a room otherwise full of Tea Party types needs to be pointed out: people who prefer smaller government tend not to especially like government. Human nature being what it is, we tend to avoid that which we don't like. Which is okay except for the equal and opposite other gorilla: the political left actually likes government and, thereby, governing. It amounts to a built-in default, as if one football team suited up eleven players and the other just ten. If the typical Tea Party affiliate ignored a building mess as long as she could, dusted off...
  • NEW TIME: Tea Party Express Radio Hour Starts at 8:00 PM PST Tonight (Every Monday)

    02/13/2012 8:19:36 PM PST · by Syncro · 3 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | February 13, 2012 | Howard Kaloogian
    The program has a new time and we added an hour!Tonight, is another broadcast of the Tea Party Express Hour and it starts at 8:00 PM PST and goes until 10:00 PM PST. .878 Listen live at 8:00 PM PST/11:00 EST here We really want to hear from Tea Party Express members and supporters and would love for you to call into the show and let us know what is on your mind. Last week, we had some great calls from around the nation. > We will be taking calls from around the country on our studio line at...
  • Democrats look back to 2008 (& try to recapture the mojo - Feinstein: tea party “extremism”)

    02/13/2012 4:41:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | 2/12/12 | Christopher Cadelago
    Democrats look back to 2008Written by Christopher Cadelago 10:30 a.m., Feb. 12, 2012 Democratic leaders this weekend implored attendees at the state party convention in San Diego to harness the energy and enthusiasm of 2008, casting the upcoming elections as pivotal moments that will determine the trajectory of the country for decades to come. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Saturday that the only way to maintain the firewall against Republican and tea party “extremism” is to re-elect President Barack Obama, return her to the U.S. Senate for another term and marshal the resources to regain control of the House of Representatives....
  •, Minuteman Project and Occupy D.C. Organizers hold a beer summit at CPAC.

    02/13/2012 4:36:56 PM PST · by Blue Collar Republican · 29 replies
    You Tube Video ^ | Feb 13, 2012 | ebecker2000
    It would have been just any mundane clash of civilizations with points thrown and missed until a Mad Hatter in the form of the gregarious Tea Partier appears in the thick of the stand off between Occupiers and Conservatives and says - hey stop shouting at each other - you got at least 60% in common - so lets have some beers (many beers) and discuss this. And so began the Beer Summit an initiative between possibly the minuteman wing of the Tea Party - attendees at the CPAC and some of the Occupiers who came to protest CPAC. At...
  • White House Economic Adviser: 'We Need a Global Minimum Tax'

    02/13/2012 12:51:04 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 72 replies
    White House Economic Adviser: 'We Need a Global Minimum Tax' Daniel Halper February 13, 2012 2:41 PM Gene Sperling, director of the White House's national economic council, said today at an official meeting that "we need a global minimum tax": “He supports corporate tax reform that would reduce expenditures and loopholes, lower rates for people investing and creating jobs in the U.S., due so further for manufacturing, and that we need to, as we have the Buffett Rule and the individual tax reform, we need a global minimum tax so that people have the assurance that nobody is escaping doing...
  • [Georgia/Newt] Tea party support fractured among candidates [Rasmussen: Tea Party = noobies]

    02/13/2012 1:53:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | February 12, 2012 | Daniel Malloy
    Long before the tea party movement became an American political phenomenon, Newt Gingrich chucked empty produce crates into the Chattahoochee River in Roswell as part of a tax day re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party. The year was 1994, and the Georgia congressman was months away from reaching the apex of his political career as U.S. House speaker. As he now seeks the presidency, Gingrich casts himself as an intellectual forefather of the grass-roots movement that has redefined Republican politics, and as the man best suited to harness its energy against the “establishment” choice, Mitt Romney. So far, tea party...
  • Welcome to Election Day Tea Party 2012

    02/12/2012 11:28:08 AM PST · by Jonah Vark · 7 replies · 1+ views
    ELECTION DAY TEA PARTY ^ | The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition
    On November 6, 2012, the United States faces a turning point. Will we restore our constitutional republic or will we continue to slide into European style collectivist statism? Almost three years ago, on February 27, 2009, average American citizens who stand for individual liberty started the Tea Party movement. Our goal has always been to return our country to the three core values of constitutionally limited government, free markets, and fiscal responsibility. The election battle of 2012 will be fought from precinct to precinct in every corner of the country. The Left will use every financial, media, and paid staff...
  • Palin Hints at Romney Flaws [Says, Conservatism "It's Either There or It Isn't"]

    02/11/2012 6:46:51 PM PST · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | February 11, 2012 | PETER NICHOLAS
    Palin Hints at Romney Flaws BY PETER NICHOLAS WASHINGTON—Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin didn't endorse any of the Republicans presidential candidates in a speech to conservative activists Saturday, but she hinted that Mitt Romney might be a flawed candidate in a general-election matchup with President Barack Obama. Ms. Palin, the 2008 vice-presidential nominee, told a raucous crowd that the Republican candidate needed to be someone whose conservatism is heartfelt and "instinctive." "It's too late in the game to teach it or spin it at this point," said Ms. Palin, who didn't mention the Republican hopefuls by name. "It's either there...
  • Santorum Wins Virginia Tea Party Straw Poll

    02/11/2012 3:10:31 PM PST · by writer33 · 61 replies
    Manassas Tea Party ^ | 02/11/12 | Manassas Tea Party
    Manassas, VA, February 11, 2012 -- Although he will not appear on the Virginia Presidential primary ballot on March 6, it did not stop Manassas Tea Party members from selecting Rick Santorum as the overwhelming winner in a straw poll conducted at its monthly meeting of members last evening. In the straw poll which also contained the U.S. Senate Virginia seat and Manassas City Council races, Santorum swept the Presidential poll with 67% of the vote but equally interesting was Mitt Romney received no votes. Newt Gingrich was second in the poll with 27% and Ron Paul last with only...
  • HATING BREITBART ON C-SPAN [C-Span Video CPAC 2012 "TeaBagger,Racist,Timothy McVeighs,Oreo..."]

    02/11/2012 10:04:50 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb 11, 2012 | Uploaded by hatingbreitbart
    Hating Breitbart was introduced to the CPAC12 audience by the incredible Sonnie Johnson.
  • Sarah Palin's tightrope walk for relevance (Did you know she produced The Undefeated?)

    02/10/2012 7:13:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Danbury News-Times ^ | February 10, 2012 | Professor Jim Bellano
    Since she was plucked from relative obscurity by John McCain to be his vice presidential candidate, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been at the top of the American political scene. Recently, however, the ebb and flow of the primary season has called into question whether her political star has faded. During the heat of the primary battles, all of the air in the Republican-conservative-Tea Party balloon has been sucked up -- appropriately, by the candidates. Since 2008 that air was the oxygen that fueled the Palin super nova. The prospect of going from Momma Grizzly to political also-ran has...
  • VA AG Ken Cuccinelli debates liberal D Mass AG Coakley over Healthcare

    02/10/2012 10:23:11 AM PST · by Gopher Broke
    Two of the nation’s most prominent attorneys general sparred Thursday over federal health care reform in a precursor to next month’s U.S. Supreme Court battle on President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a staunch critic of the Affordable Care Act, and his Massachusetts counterpart Martha Coakley, whose state’s health care law served as a model for the federal law, offered vastly different visions for how the high court will ultimately decide the case in June during a forum at the National Press Club. Cuccinelli, a Tea Party darling, predictably opined the Supreme Court would ultimately rule...
  • Tea Partier wins state central committee election (Ohio)

    02/10/2012 8:41:30 AM PST · by LS · 9 replies
    self | 2/10/2012 | LS
    Judy Westbrock, the candidate supported by the Tea Party, won over a long-time established GOP insider for the 6th district State Central Committee seat Wed. night. Small step for mankind, er, womankind, but important.
  • Rick Santorum's "Real Concerns" <strike>About The Tea Party</strike> {About Liberterianism}

    02/10/2012 5:45:39 AM PST · by drpix · 28 replies ^ | June 2011 | video Santorum Speech
    A fuller clip of the truncated clip released by Paulbots and propagated by Romneybots at FNC, that both are dishonestly passing off as evidence of Santorum being "against the Tea Party." DON'T BELIEVE IT! Listen yourself and/or see below.
  • Oppose taxes, cherish individual liberty? DHS & FBI say you’re a terrorist threat

    02/09/2012 4:55:42 AM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 7 replies
    Creeping Sharia ^ | 2/8/2012 | Creeping Sharia
    The first step was to sanitize the language of terrorism removing terms like jihad, mujahideen, Islamic terrorists, etc. Now the seeds are being sown so that any criticism of Islam will be a crime. So who are the new terrorist threats? New reports from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security point to Americans who cherish their Constitutional rights as the new terrorists.
  • Day after losses, Romney says he's better tea party candidate than GOP rivals

    02/08/2012 3:32:44 PM PST · by mdittmar · 94 replies
    StarTribune ^ | February 8, 2012 | STEVE PEOPLES , Associated Press
    ATLANTA - Mitt Romney says he's a better tea party candidate than his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.The former Massachusetts governor lashed out at Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum on Wednesday, the day after losing contests in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado.Romney says his opponents are members of a Republican Party that had lost its way. He says spending on lawmakers' pet projects doubled under Gingrich, a former House speaker. He says Santorum, a former senator, was a major proponent of that type of spending.Romney says the tea party movement was created to fight Washington insiders who spend too much...
  • GAB says, ‘no thanks,’ to ‘Grandsons’ request

    02/08/2012 8:34:27 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 2-8-12 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON — The state's elections watchdog is saying thanks, but no thanks, to another pair of eyes in the vetting of recall petition signatures, turning down assistance from a conservative-leaning group engaged in its own petition review. “We are finding abnormalities. We are finding duplicates, and we will make all this information open to the public and available,” Larry Gamble from the Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty, an organization sympathetic to the tea party agenda, and Verify the Recall, told members of the Government Accountability Board, or GAB, Tuesday. Verify the Recall, a joint venture between the Grandsons of Liberty and...
  • Sen. Fitzgerald plans enough challenges to derail recall

    02/08/2012 3:48:01 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-8-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Tuesday he will challenge thousands of signatures this week - enough to prevent a recall election against him if state officials agree. Fitzgerald made the comments Tuesday as the state Government Accountability Board disclosed it is considering using statistical sampling to determine how frequently duplicate names have appeared on petitions to recall Fitzgerald, Gov. Scott Walker and four other Republicans. The board's director, Kevin Kennedy, said the board is committed to creating a database of those who signed the Walker recall petitions to find people who may have signed twice. But the...
  • The Tea Party is dead. Long live the Tea Party.

    02/07/2012 12:00:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/07/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    It's been at least ten minutes since our last Breaking News Story about the imminent (or already past) demise of the Tea Party, so we may as well trot out another one. Excuses for holding this particular wake vary from a general sense of dissatisfaction with the current crop of presidential candidates to perceived failures by the freshman GOP class of 2010 to consistently live up to their promises. The liberal leaning Daily Beast offers up the latest dissection of the Tea Party's corpse this week, with the following bits of “insight.” But after months of wondering how the Tea...
  • Elections board might not accept tea party recall petition challenges (WI)

    02/07/2012 9:30:26 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-7-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - The next fight over recall petitions will center on who can challenge signatures. Tea party groups are analyzing the petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker and are likely to ask election officials to remove names they find questionable. The director of the state Government Accountability Board said he believes the board cannot accept such challenges, and the board will take up that issue at a meeting Tuesday. In a memo to board members, the director noted that in the past the board has determined what signatures are valid based on its own reviews, supplemented by challenges made by...
  • Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot

    02/07/2012 7:40:10 AM PST · by Twotone · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 3, 2012 | Leslie Kaufman and Kate Zernike
    Across the country, activists with ties to the Tea Party are railing against all sorts of local and state efforts to control sprawl and conserve energy. They brand government action for things like expanding public transportation routes and preserving open space as part of a United Nations-led conspiracy to deny property rights and herd citizens toward cities.
  • Tea Party ‘Is Dead’: How the Movement Fizzled in 2012’s GOP Primaries (Barf!)

    02/06/2012 12:49:33 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 72 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 6, 2012 | Patricia Murphy
    It was the great wildcard going into the 2012 election cycle. Republican Party insiders openly worried the Tea Party might knock off the establishment presidential candidate, just as it knocked out establishment picks in the chaotic 2010 congressional races. Party heavyweights wondered whom the upstart movement would get behind and whether Mitt Romney could even get through the early states, given the once-raging Tea Party elements in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. But after months of wondering how the Tea Party would change the primary game, leaders inside the movement admit they never came in off the sidelines. For...
  • Ann Coulter: Tea Party are hypocrites if they vote for Newt (Watch Video)

    02/05/2012 2:26:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 141 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 02/05/2012
    Ann Coulter, the columnist who just defended RomneyCare, told Bret Baier that the Tea Party would prove they are hypocrites if they vote for the candidate who “influence peddled” at Freddie Mac: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO It’d be one thing if she were saying this as a supporter of Santorum, but Romney? C’mon.
  • Officials Return From Western Gas Fields ‘Invigorated’

    02/04/2012 8:58:39 PM PST · by greenwill · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Rocket-Courier ^ | 01/19/2012 | RICK HIDUK
    Participants in a recent shale gas energy conference held in Hobbs, New Mexico, referred to a whirlwind trip to Lea County, NM, as “exhausting” but “enlightening.” Bradford County Commissioners Doug McLinko, Mark Smith, and Daryl Miller, Susquehanna County Commissioner Mary Ann Warren and Pennsylvania state Rep. Tina Pickett were among local elected officials to partake in discussions and serve as guests on informative panels.
  • Romney backer calls on Gingrich to drop out ("NUTS!")

    02/04/2012 8:41:48 PM PST · by VinL · 54 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 2-4-12 | Hambry
    One of Mitt Romney's leading backers in Congress is publicly calling on Newt Gingrich to drop out of the presidential race. Nevada Rep. Joe Heck, who has been closely allied with Romney since his 2008 presidential bid, said the results of Saturday's Nevada caucuses - likely a blowout win for Romney - should be a wake-up call for Gingrich. Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker "I hope he takes the message that it's time to withdraw gracefully and not continue to divide the party," Heck told reporters in Las Vegas, shortly before the first round of caucus results were announced....
  • Romney Is Not the “Stealth Tea Party Candidate”

    02/04/2012 6:10:44 PM PST · by STARWISE · 31 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 2-4-12 | Daniel Lalrison
    Theda Skocpol believes that Romney is the “stealth Tea Party candidate”: *** In Romney, the tea party has found the ultimate prize: a candidate loyal to the movement’s agenda, but able to fool enough pundits and moderate voters to win the White House at a time when the tea party has lost broad appeal. *** If I didn’t know anything else about Romney, I’d say that this almost sounds plausible. Unfortunately, this argument requires us to believe that Romney will be loyal an agenda that includes major controversial and unpopular policies. That isn’t going to happen, because Romney cannot be...
  • Influence of Palin and Tea Party Wanes in Early Contests (I hope they actually believe that!)

    02/04/2012 2:05:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 2, 2012 | Michael D. Shear
    In October, Sarah Palin announced that she would not run for president in 2012, ending the media frenzy around her potential candidacy even as she vowed to remain politically active and influential. “I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets,” she wrote in an e-mail to her supporters. Just over three months later, her attempts to wield influence in the presidential campaign the way she did during the 2010 midterm elections have largely fizzled. And the Tea Party movement that she helped to turn into a powerful political force in 2010 has so far displayed little impact...
  • Newt Gingrich holds lead over Mitt Romney in Georgia (Newt-45, Romney-32, Santorum-9, Paul-8)

    02/03/2012 9:54:57 AM PST · by TBBT · 52 replies
    11alive | 2/3/2012 | Chris Sweigart
    Newt Gingrich holds lead over Mitt Romney in Georgia
  • Gingrich Doubles Romney’s Support in Minnesota (Newt 36%, Milt 18%, Rick 17%, RuPaul 13%)

    02/02/2012 12:40:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | January 24, 2012
    Raleigh, N.C. – Newt Gingrich holds a commanding 18-point lead over Mitt Romney in the Minnesota caucuses. Gingrich has more support than any two candidates combined – he garners 36% of the vote, with 18% going to Romney, 17% to Rick Santorum, 13% to Ron Paul, and 15% not sure. Gingrich also receives the highest net favorability rating at +34 (59/25) followed by Santorum at +32 (56/24), then Romney at just +14 (50/36) and Ron Paul holds a negative favorability rating with -9 (36/45). Both Gingrich (50-29) and Santorum (46-34) beat Romney in one on one matchups. Gingrich has a...
  • Exit Polls Reveal Tea Party Was a Bright Spot for Gingrich

    02/01/2012 10:57:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 1, 2012 | Paul Scicchitano
    The Florida primary may have delivered a decisive victory for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, but the exit polls also revealed a bright spot for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — the tea party. Gingrich racked up a decisive victory of his own among voters who said they “strongly support” the tea party movement, according to exit poll data compiled by Fox News. Overall, 45 percent of those voters chose Gingrich over Romney, who finished with just 33 percent of support from strong supporters of the tea party movement. The tea party is also thought to have played a key...
  • Memphis Talk Radio Host Humiliates Black GOP Candidate (video)

    A shocking YouTube video (uploaded by someone not friendly to the Tea Party) shows Memphis talk radio host Thaddeus Matthews insulting and humiliating Republican congressional candidate Charlotte Bergmann on air.
  • Conservatives Won't Have Romney Shoved Down Their Throats

    02/01/2012 2:08:59 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 85 replies · 6+ views ^ | Feb 1, 2012 | By Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation
    If former House Speaker Newt Gingrich continues in the Republican primaries, not only is he doing more good than harm, he may be the only candidate left who can save the Republican Party. The Republican establishment is bound and determined that it is going to impose a Mitt Romney on us. Conservatives do not want former Gov. Mitt Romney. You see, we have danced this dance before. We had Sen. John McCain shoved down our throats in 2008. How did that work out for us? We have George W. Bush, who barely won his races, and before that we had...
  • Occupy Movement v. Tea Party: The Facts

    The following comparative statistics are interesting. Attempts have been made to compare the Occupy Everything Movement with the Tea Party. Actually, there is no need for this chart since anybody who saw the TEA Party marches and rallies and heard the speeches knows that there is no comparison. Even so, it’s good to see the facts side-by-side: Chart at link:
  • Gingrich Going After Romney's Wall Street $: Romney Is A Crony Capitalist Corporate Welfare Queen

    02/01/2012 9:13:50 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 14 replies
    2/1/2012 | Laissez-faire capitalist
    According to the following from Zerohedge, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, American Spectator, Politico, Dirtdiggersdigest and others, Romney is about as big a pro-crony capitalism, taxpayer-funded corporate welfare hog/queen as you can get. He will make Obama look like an amateur. Hence, why Wall Street is lining up behind Mitt Romney. You can't have what many on Wall Street want and support free enterprise. Corporatism/crony capitalism/corporate welfare should be eschewed by conservatives. If only many in the so-called conservative media would be honest with people instead of trying to mischaracterize and pigeonhole Gingrich... Zerohedge On Mitt Romney's Defense of Bain...
  • Country-club establishment lays down the law to Paul, Palin, Tea Party & conservative movement

    01/31/2012 9:45:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 31, 2012 | Brent Budowsky
    At some country-club golf course recently, Speaker Boehner, Haley Barbour and the Bain Capital and banking wings of the GOP probably devised the plan that is now under way: Ron Paul, get on the program behind Mitt and stop talking down wars. Sarah Palin, stop referring to the GOP establishment as Stalinesque. Tea Party members: shut up and get behind the former liberal governor of Massachusetts. Conservative movement, cool it. So what if our nominee was the godfather of ObamaCare? The French say, apres moi, le deluge. The white-shoe, country-club, establishment Republican leaders will be pressuring in unison after Florida,...
  • Romney not running a campaign that will unite the GOP: he won't run on his record and trashes others

    01/31/2012 7:05:00 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    1/31/2012 | Laissez-faire capitalist
    Instead of appealing to voters to vote for him based upon x,y and z, he panders for votes by trying to increase his opponents negatives (as in FL) above his own by massively outspending them on negative ads. This approach has led to his negatives skyrocketing and his positives declining among independents and moderates. Fivethirtyeight and others have been monitoring this, and it isn't pretty. With each battle won (temporarily in Iowa and now Florida), he is headed to surpassing Obama's negatives or having lower positives (some show he already has) and he will ultimately lose against Obama if he...
  • Was Jesus A Socialist, Capitalist Or Something Else?

    01/31/2012 7:05:50 PM PST · by billflax · 54 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/31/2012 | Bill Flax
    It’s fascinating how frequently modern dilettantes re-make Christ in their image via Matthew 25. Socialists finesse Scripture to justify redistributing wealth to “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40), while capitalists overplay the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). Both tout Christ’s teachings as a trump card. Other passages are mentioned. Socialists highlight descriptions in Acts of voluntary, privately orchestrated, local and temporary communalization to prescribe permanent, coerced communism under a distant, godless government. But Matthew 25 leads from both directions. The rapidity and carelessness of these misappropriations of “End Time” parables startles anyone who actually reads Matthew 25. Either these...
  • The Conversation With a Florida Tea Partier That Should Scare Every Republican

    01/31/2012 6:51:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    Ricochet ^ | January 30, 2012 | Ben Domenech
    Last week, Mollie raised an interesting point about what a Mitt Romney nomination means for the Republican Party. In the comments, I shared my concern concerning the lean-Republican independents who make up much of the Tea Party, and who prior to 2009 were mostly inactive in politics beyond regularly voting. The Tea Party is a collection of people who felt compelled to transition from citizens to activists in favor of limited government and fiscal restraint. Many sacrifice time away from family, work, and life in a desperate attempt to save the nation they love, from their perspective. My concern is...
  • Tea Party Insurgents Fight GOP Establishment In Florida Primary

    01/31/2012 2:04:32 PM PST · by sarah palin rocks · 26 replies
    HubPages ^ | January 31, 2012 | LizaBDesired
    My take on the Florida Primary: First there was South Carolina where the Conservative base rallied to push Newt Gingrich over the top instead of Mitt Romney, the GOP establishment RINO darling. The establishment went into meltdown mode after South Carolina. Now Florida’s winner-take-all primary has become the latest firewall in the Tea Party’s and grassroots Conservatives’ fight to stop Romney from a pre-ordained coronation by elite party insiders.
  • Anyone But Romney: The race by the Republican right to find an ‘ABR’ continues

    01/31/2012 10:54:08 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 123 replies
    National Post ^ | Jan 31, 2012
    Updated Jan. 31, 2012: Support for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has remained one of the few constants during the Republican nomination race. But as contenders to Mr. Romney have emerged and then faded, the GOP still seems hesitant to embrace him. The most recent candidate to play the Anyone But Romney role is former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who recently finished first in the party’s South Carolina primary. The National Post’s graphics team takes a look at the ups and downs of the race so far. [great grapics at source]
  • Is It Time for the Tea Party to Start Its Own Political Party?

    A couple of years ago, when people started mentioning the idea of the Tea Party becoming its own stand-alone political party, I immediately thought it was a bad idea, one that would guarantee victory to the Democrats. But lately, thanks to the establishment trying to ram Democrat-lite Mitt Romney down our throats, I've started thinking it might not actually be a bad idea and might actually increase the chance of a conservative taking the White House. Right now, the establishment of the GOP has a laser focus on appealing to moderates, the thought being that the base of the party...
  • TEA Party In Space Endorses Newt Gingrich for President of the United States

    01/31/2012 7:20:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Tea Party in Space ^ | January 30, 2012 | Andrew Gasser
    (Titusville FL) — Tea Party in Space (TPIS) is excited to endorse Newt Gingrich for President of the United States. Mr. Gingrich is the only candidate who consistently articulates a bright vision for future American space exploration and settlement. Mr. Gingrich’s unique approach of utilizing the government and private sector is exactly what NASA needs. “Newt Gingrich is the only credible candidate in this primary race in Florida who has any credibility when it comes to America’s future in space,” said Andrew Gasser, President and National Coordinator for TPIS. “Newt will not have to take a poll or rely on...
  • Tea Party Leader To GOP Establishment: We Aren’t Going Anywhere, Deal With It

    01/30/2012 10:26:28 PM PST · by STARWISE · 15 replies
    VVICTORY SESSIONS AUDIO- Tea Party Leader To GOP Establishment: We Aren’t Going Anywhere, Deal With It
  • Five Reasons So Many Grassroots Conservatives Don't Like Mitt Romney

    01/31/2012 5:42:35 AM PST · by Seattle Conservative · 47 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 31, 2012 | John Hawkins
    1) He's not a conservative. There have been a lot of conservatives who've talked a good game during the primaries and then have let us down in D.C., but if Mitt Romney becomes the nominee and gets elected, some people seem to be hoping that he'll be the first Republican moderate to go to D.C. and turn into a fire-breathing conservative. Based on his record, if Mitt Romney is nominated, he will be the least conservative candidate since Nixon. >snip 2) He doesn't believe in anything politically other than Mitt Romney. What conservative cause has Mitt Romney ever fought like...
  • Absentee Voters, Tea Party, and Other Groups That Could Turn Florida Vote

    01/31/2012 3:14:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 31, 2012 | Ben Jacobs
    When all polls close by 8 p.m. Eastern tonight in Florida, the winner of the state’s Republican primary may not initially be apparent. After all, the winner takes all, which means the candidate who gets the most votes gets all of the delegates. But the state, with 10 different media markets and a cultural mélange that ranges from Alabama South to Cuba North, is by no means homogeneous. Here are five crucial indicators to keep track of as the returns come in: Absentee VotersThe first key factor is, about a third of Florida voters have already cast their ballots, and...
  • Election Oracle: Could Newt Win Florida?

    While Mitt Romney has opened a commanding 14-point lead in Florida in a Quinnipiac poll released Monday morning, Newt Gingrich continues to generate a more favorable conversation online—a good sign for his chances of picking up support from the one-in-three voters there who are yet to fully commit to a candidate. While both men have had sub-zero favorability ratings for the last week as they’ve amped up their attacks on one another following Gingrich’s South Carolina win, the former speaker’s-22 rating gives him a 15-point advantage over Romney in the Election Oracle’s measure of the online conversation. (GRAPH AT LINK)...
  • Is the Tea Party Losing Its Grip on the GOP?

    01/30/2012 6:38:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 112 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 30, 2012 | Erin McPike
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Newt Gingrich's fast Florida fade is the latest indication that the Tea Party is losing its grip on the GOP, with the establishment poised to triumph once again. An official endorsement Saturday night from last year's Tea Party standout, Herman Cain; an all-but-official backing from longtime Tea Party darling Sarah Palin; and the support of an increasing number of Tea Party officials around the country have not lifted Gingrich back over Mitt Romney in the Florida polls. That weakened clout has been accompanied by the Republican establishment's full-throttle charge at Gingrich's past -- to great effect with...