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  • Why Dick Lugar lost (MEGABARF - GOP-E helps the drive bys re-write history in real time)

    05/09/2012 5:57:40 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 22 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | May 9th | Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
    Instant analysis of Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar’s crushing defeat at the hands of state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in Tuesday’s Republican primary cast it as yet another example of a tea party-aligned GOPer ousting a prominent face of the party establishment. And that instant analysis would be wrong. Lugar lost — and lost badly — for a number of reasons, the vast majority of which had nothing to do with the relative tea party-ness of his opponent. At its heart, Lugar’s defeat was attributable to the fact that he broke the political golden rule: Never lose touch with the people who...
  • The alternative to Mitt Romney

    08/12/2012 1:40:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 229 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | August 12, 2012 | Judson Phillips
    In some conservative quarters, the question is still being asked, “What is our alternative to Mitt Romney?” Some people are suggesting voting for the Libertarian Candidate or even the guy from the Constitution Party who may only end up on the ballot in one or two states. There is an alternative to Mitt Romney, if you are looking for one. Who is it? It is Barack Obama. No, that is not a joke. Absent some almost unprecedented or at least unpredictable event, next January in Washington, it is either going to be Barack Obama or Mitt Romney standing on the...
  • Give Palin the microphone

    08/12/2012 12:24:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The St. Tammany News ^ | August 12, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    The GOP is slowly releasing the names of speakers for the upcoming convention in Tampa. This week it was announced that former presidential candidate Rick Santorum will address the delegates. Among the other confirmed speakers is former Republican Party presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). As the Republican Party prepares to challenge an incumbent president in November, it needs to have total unity in its ranks. One good way to solidify support from conservatives and Tea Party activists who are lukewarm toward presumptive nominee Mitt Romney is to invite former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to speak at the convention....
  • Tea Party, NRA throw 5 RINOs out of Tennessee legislature

    08/12/2012 10:09:01 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/12/2012 | Doug Book
    On August 2nd, 5 GOP candidates seeking re-election to the Tennessee State legislature discovered just how dangerous it can be to disdain the wishes of those conservatives who helped put them in office. In 2010, members of various Tea Party groups in Tennessee donated the necessary time and money to put Republicans in charge of both the legislature and the governor’s mansion for the first time in 150 years. But after 2 years, not one of the top 10, Tea Party priorities placed before the Republican–controlled legislature had been implemented. Those priorities were based upon “…re-asserting state sovereignty over unconstitutional...
  • Does Paul Ryan’s Record Match His Rhetoric?

    08/10/2012 11:38:05 PM PDT · by grundle · 37 replies
    Increasingly our Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan has become a national media darling. Representative Ryan is consistently being promoted on social media networks and by the Republican Party of Wisconsin and the nationwide “free market” group Americans for Prosperity. The fact of the matter is that Congressman Ryan voted with George W. Bush 94% of the time. That’s why Ryan’s 2007 Republican Liberty Caucus Liberty Index score, which ranks members of Congress on their voting record from a constitutional perspective, was 91% on economic issues but only 56% on social issues. In 2006, his score on the Liberty Index was 66%...
  • Ryan Seen As Romney’s Bridge To Conservatives

    08/11/2012 8:21:09 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 43 replies
    CBS-Boston ^ | August 11, 2012 8:01 AM | AP
    JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Even before Wisconsin sent Paul Ryan to Congress, he was meticulously carving a path that seemed to point only upward. As a young Capitol Hill staffer, he impressed Republican lawmakers with his hustle and intellectual curiosity. He blended quickly with an elite crop of conservative thinkers. By his 30s, he was a congressman on his way to becoming a GOP name brand with his push-the-edge budget proposals. Ryan’s climb reached new heights Saturday when Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced him as his running mate.
  • Romney Prepares to Pick Ryan

    08/11/2012 3:11:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | August 11, 2012 | STEPHEN F. HAYES and WILLIAM KRISTOL
    .......[Paul] Ryan has spent much of the past year describing the election in similar terms—not simply as a referendum on Barack Obama’s presidency, but a choice between two competing, and very different, American futures. And Ryan has said he thought Mitt Romney shared that view. Here's how Ryan put it in an interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD on May 3: “It’s very clear from his [Romney's] last three or four speeches – and he’s very involved in writing these, setting this message – that he wants to bring this to a choice. Not just a referendum on Obama’s bad...
  • Romney picks Ryan for running mate

    08/10/2012 11:26:35 PM PDT · by OPS4 · 107 replies
    AP ^ | 8/11/12 | KASIE HUNT and STEVE PEOPLES
    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, according to a Republican with knowledge of the development. They will appear together Saturday in Norfolk, Va., at the start of a four-state bus tour to introduce the newly minted GOP ticket to the nation.
  • US Senate Candidates To Debate Live On YNN And NY1

    08/09/2012 9:53:44 PM PDT · by Sun · 6 replies
    YNN ^ | August 7, 2012 | Michael Johnson
    We here at Capital Tonight are proud to announce that YNN and NY1 will be hosting a debate between US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican challenger Wendy Long. Both candidates have agreed to a live hour long debate at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday, October 17th that will air on both YNN and NY1 reaching almost the entire state. The debate will be co-hosted by our very own Liz Benjamin and by NY1′s Political Anchor Errol Louis. The format will be similar to the one we have used in the past, including the GOP primary debate we did...
  • Smearing the Tea Party - Left-wing opportunism and the Sikh-temple shootings

    08/10/2012 2:25:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 10, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Michelle Malkin  In the wake of the horrific Sikh-temple shootings in Wisconsin, left-wing barrel-scrapers are demanding that talk-radio giant Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives apologize for criticizing a 2009 Department of Homeland Security report that hyped an ominous new wave of violent “rightwing extremism.”I don’t apologize. I call foul.The media lowlifes who exploit every tragic shooting to silence their law-abiding, First Amendment–exercising enemies are tearing this country apart. “Progressives” have had free rein to libel and slander peaceful, liberty-loving citizens — while whitewashing the violent plots and criminal behavior of their ideological counterparts. No more.Wade Michael Page was a chronically...
  • Bill Young faces first GOP opponents in 42 years

    08/10/2012 7:36:48 AM PDT · by Stingray51 · 7 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | August 10, 2012 | Craig Pittman
    U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young has been in Congress since 1970. That was the last time he faced a Republican opponent in a primary, too. Every Democrat who has tried to unseat him has lost badly. Thanks to his longevity and his savvy at funneling federal money to his district, Young has literally become part of the Tampa Bay landscape, with several government buildings and a 15.5-billion gallon reservoir named after him. Now, for the first time in 42 years, the 81-year-old political veteran is facing Republican opposition. Young has drawn not one but two Republican challengers for Tuesday's primary....
  • Revisiting the DHS Smear of the Tea Party Movement

    08/10/2012 3:52:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | August 10, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    In the wake of the horrific Sikh temple shootings in Wisconsin, left-wing barrel-scrapers are demanding that talk-radio giant Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives apologize for criticizing a 2009 Department of Homeland Security report that hyped an ominous new wave of violent "rightwing extremism." I don't apologize. I call foul. The media lowlifes who exploit every tragic shooting to silence their law-abiding, First Amendment-exercising enemies are tearing this country apart. "Progressives" have had free rein to libel and slander peaceful, liberty-loving citizens -- while whitewashing the violent plots and criminal behavior of their ideological counterparts. No more. Wade Michael Page...
  • Conservatives win big in Kan. Senate primaries

    08/09/2012 7:49:43 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | August 8,2011 | JOHN HANNA
    Conservative Republicans who've been working to push GOP moderates out of state legislatures in a large section of the country have scored big victories in Kansas, where a state Senate that has been an obstacle to fiscal and social policy changes is likely to have a solid majority on the right next year. Unlike other states, where results for conservatives have been mixed, Tuesday's primary in Kansas saw voters in GOP races oust seven incumbent moderate senators. An eighth, Senate President Steve Morris, a moderate Hugoton Republican, trailed his conservative opponent, likely marking the end of Morris' 20-year career as...
  • EDITORIAL: The Civil War of 2016: U.S. military officers are told to plan to fight Americans

    08/08/2012 4:50:24 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 443 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 8, 2012 | Editorial
    Imagine Tea Party extremists seizing control of a South Carolina town and the Army being sent in to crush the rebellion. This farcical vision is now part of the discussion in professional military circles. At issue is an article in the respected Small Wars Journal titled “Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A ‘Vision’ of the Future.”
  • The Real Origin of the Tea Party Movement

    08/08/2012 10:46:51 AM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 7 replies
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | August 6th, 2012 | KrisAnne Hall
    I recently read with joy a conservative blogger’s attempt to connect the TEA party movement to its historic roots; a topic I have been meaning to write about for months now. The blogger rightly said that the “the historical precedent for the TPM wasn’t the Tea Party event in Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773.” I actually uttered an “Amen, brother!” He went on to describe the Continental Association established on October 20, 1774 by the First Continental Congress in response to the Intolerable Acts. That’s when I realized that I have waited long enough to write this article. The...
  • Tea Party-backed Rep. Akin wins Missouri GOP Senate primary to take on McCaskill

    08/08/2012 4:31:48 AM PDT · by Milagros · 81 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug. 8, 2012
    CBS News Tea Party-backed Rep. Akin wins Missouri GOP Senate primary to take on McCaskill JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Rep. Todd Akin, who played up his tea party credentials and conservative appeal, broke out from a three-way Missouri Republican primary on Tuesday to earn the right to take on Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, setting up one of ...
  • Cruz laughs at ‘tea party intellectual’ label

    08/08/2012 2:27:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle Community News ^ | August 6, 2012 (update)
    AUSTIN — Ted Cruz’s surprise victory over the mainstream Republican choice in Texas’ U.S. Senate race shot him from underdog to conservative superstar virtually overnight and made him one of the nation’s most visible limited-government advocates. But don’t call the 41-year-old former Ivy League debating champion a tea party intellectual. “I don’t even know what that means,” a chuckling Cruz told The Associated Press in an interview. ....“There are some in the media that like to portray conservatives as ornery and disagreeable, and I don’t think that’s accurate,” he said. “One can be perfectly civil and agreeable and work together...
  • Voters reject middle ground in Kansas Senate races- (Conservatives Beat RINOS!)

    08/07/2012 11:09:00 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 17 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 8/8/12 | By BRAD COOPER and MIKE HENDRICKS
    Conservative Republicans scored big wins across Kansas on Tuesday as they set themselves up to seize control of the state Senate and clear a path for Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s agenda. Moderates lost in many key Senate races in Tuesday’s GOP primary, including five of six seats that were up for grabs in Johnson County. ---snip--- In outstate Kansas, conservative challengers knocked off Senate President Steve Morris and fellow moderates Roger Reitz, Jean Schodorf and Dwayne Umbarger. Sen. Pete Brungardt was trailing by more than 10 points early today. The races were particularly bitter and expensive as the battle between...
  • Americans for Prosperity Begins $25 Million Anti-Obama Ad Campaign

    08/07/2012 8:18:08 PM PDT · by Innovative · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | Aug 7, 2012 | Jeremy W Peters
    Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Party organization backed by the Koch brothers, is set to begin a $25 million advertising assault aimed at President Obama, its largest effort to date. The ad takes a relatively straightforward approach, avoiding hyperbole or over-the-top negativity. An image of the national debt clock appears on screen for much of the ad, ticking ever higher. It ends with Mr. Obama's words, "If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition."
  • Indigestion for ‘les Riches’ in a Plan for Higher Taxes

    08/07/2012 7:40:04 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 8/7/2012 | LIZ ALDERMAN
    PARIS — The call to Vincent Grandil’s Paris law firm began like many others that have rolled in recently. On the line was the well-paid chief executive of one of France’s most profitable companies, and he was feeling nervous. President François Hollande is vowing to impose a 75 percent tax on the portion of anyone’s income above a million euros ($1.24 million) a year. “Should I be preparing to leave the country?” the executive asked Mr. Grandil. The lawyer’s counsel: Wait and see. For now, at least. “We’re getting a lot of calls from high earners who are asking whether...
  • His tea party threat defused, one-time Kennedy partner Hatch wants to again play dealmaker

    08/07/2012 5:26:59 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | July 23, 2012 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    Rare is the Tea Party-tested Republican senator who hangs an image of the Kennedys' Hyannisport home over his desk and shows off the painter's personal inscription. "Orrin," reads the note, scribbled below a cobalt-blue sea. "We'll leave the light on at the compound for you anytime. Ted Kennedy, '91." The beacon of bipartisanship that defined their odd-couple relationship still guides Utah's Orrin Hatch. He didn't advertise it as he wooed and won over the tea partiers who, two years ago, toppled fellow conservative Robert Bennett from his Senate perch. But now, with his state's Senate GOP nomination in hand and...
  • Reince Priebus Hopes Sarah Palin Speaks in Tampa

    08/07/2012 10:33:17 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 18 replies ^ | 8/7/12 | KEVIN CIRILLI
    RNC Chairman Reince Priebus hopes Sarah Palin will speak at the Republican convention in Tampa. “I think a lot of her and hope that she does speak,” Priebus told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News on Monday night. If Palin does speak, she would join other prominent GOP women whose national profiles have risen since Palin was pushed onto the national spotlight after McCain chose her as his running mate. In addition to Rice, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez also will be speaking. Palin told a reporter July 25 from The Tampa Bay Times...
  • Ready for prime time? Rand Paul's convention speech an opening for liberty minded Republicans

    08/07/2012 1:11:29 PM PDT · by RitaOK · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2012/08/07 | Matthew Hurtt
    The GOP recently released a list of its second round of speakers at the 2012 Convention in Tampa. Among them is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, the son of retiring Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul. Senator Paul was swept into office in the tea party wave of 2010, along with other liberty-minded Republicans like Utah Senator Mike Lee and Michigan Congressman Justin Amash. But they aren’t your run-of-the-mill conservatives in the style of Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich. Rand and his colleagues have a libertarian streak. They’re concerned with our expansionist foreign policy abroad and the erosion of our civil...
  • Can Sarah Palin Win the Gold With Republican Endorsements?

    08/07/2012 2:42:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 7, 2012 | Amy Walter and Chris Good
    Analysis: Thus far, the former VP candidate Sarah Palin has endorsed four Senate candidates in competitive Republican primaries. All four have won. Tomorrow, she could extend that winning streak to five if Republican former Missouri state Treasurer Sarah Steelman, for whom Palin stumped this weekend, wins a three-way GOP primary contest. Like any good athlete, Palin has an impeccable sense of timing. And, she's keenly aware of the environment in which she's competing. Despite the fact that the Tea Party failed to field a credible presidential candidate, the mood of the GOP primary electorate remains as anti-establishment as ever. Palin...
  • Sarah Palin: Mama grizzlies united

    08/06/2012 6:32:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Washington Post's She The People ^ | August 6, 2012 | Diana Reese
    CLEVELAND, Mo—Sarah Palin did not disappoint. The crowd cheered and applauded repeatedly during her speech here Friday night, from her opening remarks about “mama grizzlies” on the Missouri state flag to her promise to stop at the local Chick-fil-A for a midnight snack. It was the first time I’d ever seen Palin in person, and it was well worth the 19-mile drive from my suburban Kansas City home to The Berry Patch, a you-pick blueberry farm near Cleveland, Mo., population 665, in rural Cass County. Not because I’m a fan or even agree with her ideology, but to see what...
  • Will Romney’s convention be Palin and Paul’s insurrection? (It's Reuters)

    08/06/2012 7:49:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 6, 2012 | Nicholas Wapshott
    Barely three weeks before the Republican convention opens in Tampa, Florida, the party is deep in the throes of a barely disguised civil war. This is nothing new. The struggle for the soul of the GOP between conservative traditionalists and libertarian radicals has been going on now for more than 40 years, since Barry Goldwater briefly (and disastrously) wrested the presidential nomination from the corporatist Northeastern fat cats who ran the party for their own benefit. Ronald Reagan’s presidency was a breakthrough for the Goldwater stalwart, though now even Reaganites are finding it uncomfortable as they fend off the Tea...
  • Tea Party Express Endorses Mark Neumann for U.S. Senate (3 Day Tour)

    08/03/2012 4:32:00 PM PDT · by Syncro · 82 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | August 3, 2012 | Staff
    Tea Party Express Endorses Mark Neumann for U.S. Senate Milwaukee, WI – Fresh off a historic upset victory in Texas, Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest tea party political action committee, proudly announced their endorsement of Mark Neumann (for Senate) today in Milwaukee, WI. Tea Party Express also announced a 3-day bus tour for Neumann next week. Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer said, “We are excited to be here in Wisconsin today to announce our endorsement of Mark Neumann for the U.S. Senate. Mark earned the support of the Tea Party Express, and tea party members from every corner...
  • Tea party focused on coming GOP Senate primaries

    08/06/2012 5:47:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    AP via ^ | August 6, 2012
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sarah Palin is mounting an aggressive campaign in Missouri — in television and radio ads, in automated telephone calls, even serving barbecued pork sandwiches at a rural political picnic. She's urging residents to vote for Sarah — Sarah Steelman, one of three Republicans in a prickly U.S. Senate primary. Fresh off a resounding Republican runoff victory by Ted Cruz in Texas, Palin and the tea party movement now are trying to capitalize in primaries this month in Missouri, Wisconsin and Arizona. But they may pose a more difficult test than in Texas, where the charismatic...
  • The Morphing of the Tea Party

    08/06/2012 11:53:44 AM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 6, 2012 | Lee Cary
    The Tea Party movement morphed from protest signs to campaign signs. That's how a Texas Tea Party activist succinctly put it when I asked him what's become of the movement. He said, "We put down our protest signs, and picked up campaign signs." He said that former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's victory lap after passing Obamacare was a "wake-up call." It signaled that mass demonstrations would not bring significant changes. Change would only come through the ballot box. Hearing the call, the Tea Party vacated the town squares and hit the streets where it began organizing for the long-term. It...
  • Cruz: Tea party ‘overwhelmingly’ behind Romney

    08/06/2012 6:09:52 AM PDT · by Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand · 65 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/6/12 | By Sean Lengell
    Despite some worries among tea-party activists regarding Mitt Romney’s conservative credentials, Mr. Cruz predicted the movement will “overwhelmingly” support the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in November. “The grass roots are energized because the absolutely highest priority in the country in November is to defeat Barack Obama,” Mr. Cruz said. “I have spoken with literally thousands and thousands of tea-party activists — I have yet to meet a single tea-party leader that is not going to vote for Mitt Romney and work hard for him.” While polls show Mr. Romney is significantly trailing President Obama for support among Hispanic voters, Mr....
  • Cruz: Tea party ‘overwhelmingly’ behind Romney

    08/05/2012 4:48:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 338 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 5, 2012 | Sean Lengell
    Ted Cruz, who rode a tea party wave to win the Texas Republican Senate nomination last week, said Sunday the movement will “overwhelmingly” support Mitt Romney in the November presidential election. Mr. Cruz said tea party activists will rally in defense of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee because they’re “energized” to defeat President Obama. “I have spoken with literally thousands and thousands of tea party activists, and I have yet to met a single tea party leader that is not going to vote for Mitt Romney and work hard for him,” Mr. Cruz said on Fox News Sunday. “Our country...

    08/05/2012 10:22:59 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 37 replies
    Bretbart/Big Government ^ | 8-5-2012 | Tony Lee
    August 5, 2012PALIN CAMPAIGNS WITH MISSOURI SENATE CANDIDATE SARAH STEELMAN by Tony Lee When Sarah Palin campaigned in Texas the Friday before Ted Cruz’s victory last Tuesday, her appearance swung the polls by 17 points in one night. Professionals said they had never seen anyone -- a politician, celebrity, or athlete -- have that much of an impact. Cruz won his victory because the Tea Party came out to support him, and these numbers showed nobody motivates Tea Party voters like Palin does. Friday in Missouri, Palin appeared with Missouri Senate candidate Sarah Steelman at a picnic, hoping her appearance...
  • Beauty & Patriotism- Tera Sukman, Tea Party Patriot HQ, Branson MS.

    08/05/2012 10:40:13 AM PDT · by 1pitech · 5 replies
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 08-04-12 | Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson
    Beauty & Patriotism, Tera Sukman- Tea Party Patriots HQ, Branson MS. All on the Conscience of Kansas radio program with host Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson on the KRMR The Patriot 105.7 FM.
  • Ted Cruz: Tea Party movement stronger now than in 2010

    08/05/2012 8:42:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/05/12 | Cameron Joseph
    Ted Cruz: Tea Party movement stronger now than in 2010By Cameron Joseph - 08/05/12 09:55 AM ET Fresh off his come-from-behind Senate primary victory, former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz (R) said the Tea Party movement that helped propel his campaign is even stronger now than it was two years ago. "This is part of a tidal wave that began in 2010 and that tidal wave is only stronger in 2012," he told Fox News's Chris Wallace Sunday morning. "Those protests died down. I think the reason is the Tea Party went to work." Cruz said the movement would work...
  • Tea Party Unbound (Barry Soetoro Outbound)

    08/05/2012 6:10:07 AM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Auhgust 5, 2012 | Clarice Feldman
    For several years now it seems to me that voters throughout the country in a perfectly peaceable way have demonstrated their revulsion at the ruling class's political , academic and media elites, and the media's disparagement or utter refusal to cover this civil revolution has not succeeded in killing it. Instead, as more people join in and see how the media distorts or refuses to report what they see with their own eyes, the sooner all of the major media will be joining Newsweek and CNN and the NYT and the Washington Post in their death throes. (This week it...
  • Paradigm shift: Sarah Palin takes Texas

    08/04/2012 8:53:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 1, 2012 | Bernie Quigley
    Establishment Republicans rally today to debunk Sarah Palin much as Letterman, Couric, Tina Fey and the vast info/entertainment culture did at the beginning. It is a measure of her success and the fear Grizzly Mama strikes in the heart of the timid. The Ted Cruz victory in the Texas Senate race brings substantive political change and Sarah Palin is behind the paradigm shift. It is, as The Washington Post called it, “a victory for the Tea Party.” Today, “the establishment” pushes further away from the main pulse of America and Sarah Palin holds the pulse. The paradigm shift can best...
  • Romney stumps for Indiana tea party Senate candidate Mourdock

    08/04/2012 4:20:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 4, 2012 | by Seema Mehta
    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Mitt Romney stumped for tea party Senate candidate Richard Mourdock here on Saturday, arguing that as president he will need such supporters in Washington to help him enact policies to restore fiscal order. Mourdock introduced Romney, noting he had done so four years ago when Romney came to Indiana stumping for 2008 Republican nominee John McCain. “He is back and he’s here in part because he’s the ultimate team player, and politics is all about being a team. This is not a solo sport,” Mourdock said. “And for that purpose alone, governor, thank you so much for...
  • Romney can't ignore Sarah Palin in 2012. The Tea Party champ is more politically relevant than ever

    08/04/2012 2:03:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | August 2, 2012 | Dr. Tim Stanley, Oxford University
    Love her or loathe her (and those seem to be the only options), Sarah Palin won’t go away. Despite holding no office and having no obvious intention of running for one, she continues to dominate headlines and divide the country. So how will Romney handle her in 2012? Presuming that he won’t nominate her for Veep (the smart money is on a really boring white guy), what role – if any – will she take in the campaign? Should the GOP embrace the Palin effect or pretend it doesn’t exist? Palin’s national role in the last few days reminds us...
  • Palin fires back at Cheney: 'The mistake would have been not answering the call' to be VP

    08/03/2012 10:20:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 31, 2012 | Greta Van Susteren
    GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: First, the sizzling political controversy over a fast food chain. Chick-Fil-A is at the center of a political storm. Why? Well, the company's president openly opposes gay marriage, Dan Cathy saying gay marriage invites God's judgment on our nation. And then came the responses, mayors of several cities recently banning Chick-fil-A. There's also an on-line petition to boycott the chain. But now the counter-protest begins, some conservative political_leaders urging people to support the restaurant chain, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin even tweeting photos of herself and her husband, Todd, at a Texas Chick-fil-A. Governor...
  • Palin Lays it on Line for Steelman in Missouri

    08/03/2012 7:13:05 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 59 replies ^ | Friday, 03 Aug 2012 | Newsmax
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is putting on a blitz for Missouri Republican Senate candidate Sarah Steelman after endorsing her two weeks ago. The 2008 vice presidential candidate is appearing with Steelman at a barbecue in Cleveland, Missouri near Kansas City Friday. This represents Palin's first campaign appearance with Steelman since the endorsement, CNN reports. Palin appeared in an ad and recorded a robocall for Steelman earlier this week. Palin has high praise for the former state treasurer: "Sarah is an economist who defends our tax dollars – like a mama grizzly defends her cubs," Palin said. Right back at...
  • Conservatives Have A Secret

    08/03/2012 12:09:12 PM PDT · by RedMominBlueState · 108 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 3, 2012 | Daren Jonescu
    ...The entire Democratic Party, from the top down, now looks like Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright. The hatred of America is open. The desire to undo American constitutionalism is explicit. And this exposure will only accelerate in the coming months and years, as the left realizes ever more acutely that its days as an accepted political faction are numbered, and it is forced to take increasingly drastic and sudden measures to achieve its brutal aims before the clock runs out....It has become patently clear that the present Republican Party establishment is not up for this fight. Constitutional conservatives must do...
  • TENNESSEE: Unofficial Incumbent Casualty Count: 7 Republicans, 5 Democrats

    08/03/2012 11:25:01 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8/3/12 | Tom Humphrey
    Final unofficial returns from the state Division of Elections this morning indicate that seven incumbent Republicans and five incumbent Democrats lost bids for re-election in Thursday's primaries. Latest additions to the incumbent loser list are Rep. Jim Cobb, R-Spring City, defeated by insurance agent Ron Travis 4.357 votes to 4,252 , according to the final unofficial returns; and Rep. Mary Pruitt, D-Nashville, defeated by Harold Love Jr. by about 40 votes. Other defeated incumbent Republican legislators were House Republican Caucus Chairman Debra Maggart of Hendersonville, House Education Committee Chairman Richard Montgomery of Sevierville; and Reps. Dale Ford of Jonesborough, Julia...
  • How Ted Cruz Did It

    08/03/2012 10:01:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | August 3, 2012 | Matt Mackiwiak
    Tea party insurgent Ted Cruz’s thrilling and improbable victory over Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in Texas’s GOP Senate primary provides a model for future long-shot candidates to follow, though repeating what Cruz did will be difficult. A long line of dominoes had to fall, in the precise order that they did, for Cruz to overcome an opponent who had every advantage a political candidate can have. Dewhurst had unlimited financing (he spent at least $19.9 million of his own money), universal name recognition, unanimous support from the Austin political establishment and massive political power as the leader of the...
  • DeMint Condition

    08/03/2012 9:39:54 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 8.3.12 | W. James Antle, III
    If Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and National Republican Senatorial Committee chief John Cornyn were keeping score at home, they probably weren't too worried about Tuesday's Senate runoff in Texas. Either way, the seat was likely to remain in Republican hands. But conservatives had a pickup opportunity, and with Ted Cruz's victory they seized it. The incumbent, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and the Rick Perry-endorsed establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, weren't exactly liberals. But they weren't boat-rocking government-cutters either. The Tea Party-backed Cruz promised he would be. To put it another way, McConnell's numbers in his quest to gain a...
  • Orrin Hatch picks tax breaks over tea party

    08/03/2012 9:20:59 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/3/2012 (updated) | Steven Sloan and Jonathan Allen
    The polite word is pivot. For two years, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch cozied up to the tea party — scoring perfect ratings from the American Conservative Union — and avoided getting dumped in a primary like former colleague Bob Bennett did in 2010. But now, after winning his late-June Republican primary, Hatch is pushing a bundle of special-interest tax breaks that hard-core conservatives liken to handcuffs on the free market. He wrote the bill with Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and watched Thursday as five of the 11 Republicans on the panel voted to kill it. The bill stops...
  • 25 Examples of What America Would Be Like if We Were All Christian Conservative Tea Partiers

    08/03/2012 4:42:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 80 replies ^ | August 3, 2012 | John Hawkins
    If every American was a Christian conservative Tea Partier... 1) …There would be fewer regulations, lower taxes, a business-friendly environment, and a much smaller government that would lead to considerably stronger economic growth and job creation. In fact, we'd probably have to dramatically increase the number of work permits we hand out to foreign workers, not because there are "jobs Americans won't do" (which don't actually exist), but because so many Americans would be employed that we'd have to bring in more people to do all of the available work. 2) ...The richest Americans would have more money. Of course,...
  • Chris Matthews: Tea Party Reminds Me Of Confederates In Civil War

    08/03/2012 4:33:09 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 72 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 8-2-2012
    MSNBC's Chris Matthews implies the Tea Party is racist. Chris Matthews: I think a lot of it is ethnic to it and I'm not trashing people as racist or anything, but I think a lot of it is ethnic. Meaning, they don't like the changing demographic of the United States. So every time -- Max Pappas, FreedomWorks: Yeah, especially Hispanics like Ted Cruz. Matthews: No, no. He's a Cuban-American and that's always been a little different situation. Pappas: Or Marco Rubio? Allen West? Matthews: Every time a speech is written by a Tea Partier, they're not sufficiently happy with saying,...
  • Chick-Fil-A, Not Cruz, Shows Enduring Strength Of Tea Party (Don't read while eating)

    08/02/2012 11:47:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Fort Worth Weekly ^ | August 2, 2012 | Andrew McLemore
    For two days, the surprise victory of Ted Cruz was all anybody could talk about. The Tea Party upstart who beat back establishment candidate David Dewhurst for the Texas Senate was the biggest sign yet of the enduring — and growing — political strength of the religious right. It was the best example until yesterday anyway, when thousands of Americans swarmed Chick-Fil-A restaurants across the country, buying chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and large helpings of spite. It all started about a week ago, when Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy said the nation was “inviting God’s judgment” by trying to “redefine” marriage...
  • NRA-Backed Rogers Unseats Maggart

    08/02/2012 10:34:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    A four-term member of the state House has been unseated by political newcomer Courtney Rogers who enjoyed the backing of the National Rifle Association. Incumbent Debra Maggart lost the seat after an outside campaign to defeat her. Maggart became a target after she went along with Republican leadership and helped scuttle a bill allowing gun owners to store weapons in their car while at work. The NRA and the Tennessee Firearms Association spent a combined $100,000 on ads attacking Maggart. They were ultimately effective, at least on Hendersonville voter Peggy Shoaf. “You know I want to have my gun in...
  • Palin flexes political muscles again

    08/02/2012 6:15:23 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday August 2, 2012
    <p>Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin — though derided on the left and recently dismissed by former vice president Dick Cheney as a poor pick in 2008 — is nevertheless proving her enduring power within the Republican Party in the most concrete of ways: She keeps picking winners.</p>