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Maybe It Is Just a Flesh Wound, But It Must Be Treated

November 14, 2012

Intense brainstorming by the losing side is something that should, and usually does, take place immediately following an election.  Last week, I was unusually pessimistic about the election results because of what I thought they said about what we as a country were now willing to accept.  If you thought my take was depressing, you [...]

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Barone Blames Tea Party for Senate Losses

November 10, 2012

Respected political guru Michael Barone blamed the Tea Party’s influence in the Republican Party for nominating too many “wackos, weirdos and witches” costing the Republicans an easy chance at winning the Senate last Tuesday.  This is the same Michael Barone who predicted a Romney win of nearly 100 Electoral Votes by the way. The Establishment-types [...]

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On the Verge of Victory, Republicans Channel Their Whig Roots

October 13, 2010

The Hill had a poll today which suggested that more than half of Americans are ready for a viable third party, but aren’t quite sure that the most obvious potential is their cup of “tea” (ha!). What’s disturbing about this poll (let’s entertain it for the time being) is that 55% of Republicans want the [...]

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Charlie Crist (I)

April 28, 2010

Many saw this coming, but regardless Florida’s Republican Governor Charlie Crist is likely to decide tomorrow in a press conference scheduled for 5pm to run as an Independent in this year’s Florida Senate race.  Currently trailing Republican Marco Rubio by at least 30-points in the primary, Crist is apparently planning to jump ship, dump the [...]

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Obama Proposes Takeover of America’s Health Care System

February 23, 2010

Barack Obama put forth his health care proposal yesterday, a nearly $1 trillion budget-busting takeover of 1/6 of the U.S. Economy.  Now, usually, American Presidents typically propose legislation before both houses of Congress pass their own versions, but I digress.  The plan is very similar to the Senate plan, but imposes new taxes, weakens the [...]

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The New Model for Political Fundraising

January 12, 2010

The NRCC, NRSC, and RNC are experiencing financial issues.  They are not meeting their fund raising targets, and are lagging behind the Democrats in both money raised and cash-on-hand.  Why is this the case, when the political mood seems to sharply favor Republicans and be antagonistic towards Democrats?  The answer is simple.  Conservatives have had [...]

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Blue-Dog Democrat Switches to GOP

December 22, 2009

Much is often made by the state-run media along with the Democrats of how the GOP is made up of right-wing nuts who force moderates and others out of the party.  When a Republican such as Jim Jeffords and Arlen Specter switch to the Democrat party, much is made of about how the GOP doesn’t [...]

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The Case Against Third Party Politics

December 8, 2009

Since the start of the Tea Party movement, talk of a Conservative third party has peculated on Twitter, around the blogosphere, and even making it into news punditry, advocated by such media heavyweights as Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, and Lou Dobbs.  While the idea of a ideological Conservative party seems like a good one intuitively, [...]

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Memo to RNC, NSCC, and NCCC: Enough With The RINOs!

November 2, 2009

Dede Scozzofava is the poster child for the RINO problem that has infiltrated our party.  The pattern is predictable.  The Republican establishment props up and supports a RINO candidate against a Conservative candidate who stands a chance of winning.  The Conservative base makes noise and is told to shut up and support the Republican candidate [...]

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How Should The Tea Party Movement Treat the GOP?

October 12, 2009

Conservatives have been frustrated with the GOP for years, and rightly so.  Conservatism is an ideology of freedom and limited government, and the GOP has many elements in it that are basically conservative but bigger government conservative (witness compassionate conservatism).  Conservatives are rightly frustrated with the GOPs endorsement and support of RINOs over viable Conservatives [...]

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RedState Takes On the NRSC

September 14, 2009

It is no secret that I am disgusted with the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) for not supporting Conservative candidates in the primaries, and instead supporting RINOs who they believe are the only path to victory.  Having NRSC backing gives candidates a huge advantage in primaries in regards to fund raising, ad buys, and general [...]

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The Battle For The Republican Party’s Soul

September 9, 2009

The perennial battle of those who consider themselves philosophical conservatives and those who consider themselves pragmatist conservatives has been heating up as of late.  Now, the Republican Party of Florida is effectively purging from its membership people who lean more Conservative or Libertarian.  The Florida GOP told several members of the Florida Liberty Caucus that [...]

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Republican Revolution II?

August 25, 2009

Things are starting to point towards a shifting tide in the mood of the electorate.  With the economy still floundering and the American People’s lack of enthusiasm about ObamaCare, Democrats should start to get worried.  Dick Morris was on Hannity last night, discussing the Democrat’s problems, and predicted that Republicans could very well pick up [...]

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GOP Doctors Against ObamaCare

August 23, 2009

The House and Senate GOP has been making use of the doctors in its caucus.  The GOP boasts among its membership 9 doctors in the House of Representatives, and the only two doctors in the Senate.  This has led to some great anti-ObamaCare PR from the GOP, from the Senate Doctor’s Show, to some addresses [...]

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GOP Looks to Gains in Governorships

July 28, 2009

The ever-brilliant electoral analyst Michael Barone had a column in last week’s Washington Examiner which outlined how many formerly-popular Democrat Governors are in trouble.  In both of this year’s gubernatorial races, New Jersey and Virginia, the Democrat is behind in the polls.  In New Jersey, incumbent Gov. Corzine trails Republican challenger Chris Christie by a [...]

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Governor and White House Ambitions Go South: Sanford Admits Affair

June 24, 2009

Well, there’s one South Carolina boy who can forget about moving to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in three and a half years.  The story out of South Carolina the last few days has gone from “um, has anybody seen the Governor?  I know his wife doesn’t really care, but we do” to “I think he went [...]

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Republican Resurgence

April 30, 2009

The defection of Arlen Specter has been touted as the death-knell of the Republican party, a sign that the party has become a regional, exclusive party with no room for dissent.  While the conventional wisdom looks at the GOP as being down, and polls show the GOP’s continued irrelevance, there are signs of a GOP [...]

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NRSC Going for the Jugular

March 25, 2009

A few weeks ago, Republicans were reluctant to criticize Barack Obama due to his “soaring popularity.”  The GOP plan was to attack Congress and the policies of the President, but not attack the President himself.  With Obama’s approval ratings coming back to earth, the GOP is now going for the jugular.  The National Republican Senatorial [...]

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Republicans Could Have a Leader

March 9, 2009

Some people have noticed that the Republican Party seems to be leaderless at the moment. Not that this should come as a surprise. The President is a Democrat and the GOP is greatly outnumbered in both the House and Senate. The consequences of the 2008 election do not lend themselves to one person emerging as [...]

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Republicans Supporting Earmarks Are Republicans Why?

March 3, 2009

The Senate rejected an amendment offered by John McCain earlier today that would have enacted a spending freeze for the rest of the fiscal year and eliminated over eight thousand earmarks from the President’s most recent Spend Other People’s Money That We Don’t Have Act.  The outrage is not that the Amendment was defeated, though [...]

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The Politics of Optimism

February 23, 2009

Rick Moran at Right Wing Nut House takes issue with the current attempt by the GOP to harness the populist anger over the stimulus bill and the prospect of higher taxes that began with the protests in Seattle and Denver last week, and continued with Rick Santelli’s mention of a Chicago Tea Party.  Moran argues [...]

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And the New RNC Chair is: Michael Steele

January 30, 2009

Republicans elected their new RNC chair today, electing Maryland former Lt. Governor Michael Steele in the sixth ballot, defeating South Carolina RNC Chair Katon Dawson by a vote of  91 to 77.   Michael Steele brings fresh, outsider blood into the RNC.  Not being an RNC chair gives him a fresh perspective at leading our party [...]

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Republican Stimulus

January 23, 2009

Senate and House Republicans unveiled their own stimulus plan today.  The GOP Plan has a completely different focus than the spend-fest crafted by The One.  The bill as designed by house Republicans would include: Cutting the two lowest marginal tax rates, moving the 10% bracket to 5%, and moving the 15% bracket to 10%.  Because [...]

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Taking Back the GOP

January 21, 2009

Larrey Anderson has a thoughtful piece today over at the American Thinker asking if Conservatives should remain in the GOP.  While Anderson opposes any split between the GOP and Conservatives, he recognizes that the GOP has long taken its Conservative wing for granted, utilizing Conservatives as campaign workers and soliciting them for donations, yet not [...]

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Distinguishing Conservatism from the GOP

December 2, 2008

Erick Erickson of RedState has a post today on how the Conservative movement became overly-entwined with GOP party politics, and became a component of the Republican Party, not a driving force.  As Rush has consistently stated for several years now, Bush is nor has he ever been a movement Conservative.  Conservatives, because they had a [...]

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It’s Our Money, Congressman!

November 19, 2008

Neil Cavuto had Congressman Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) on his show last night to discuss the proposed automobile bailout.  Now, I understand the importance of the auto industry for Michigan, but Knollenberg, in arguing with Cavuto, stated that the government’s money is not our money. Knollenberg has a point about the auto industry doing everything that [...]

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Arguments Against Michael Steele

November 17, 2008

As most people know, Michael Steele is running for the RNC Chairmanship position.  There are many people, including myself, who have been intrigued and excited by this idea.  Erick Erickson over at RedState has some counter-arguments to electing Steele as the RNC chair, and he makes some good points.  Whether or not they are disqualifying [...]

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The Case for Social Conservatism

November 14, 2008

As is typical when Republicans lose, a debate is occurring in the GOP and the Conservative Movement over the role of social conservatism in the party.  There are those that think, incorrectly, that social conservatism is a drag on the party.  The arguments include the idea that a majority of people in this country are [...]

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Michael Steele for GOP Chair

November 12, 2008

With Newt taking himself out of the running for the position of RNC chair, Michael Steele becomes the obvious choice.  I have been a fan of Michael Steele since his run for Senate two years ago, and had hoped he’d be appointed to this position back in 2006.  I sincerely hope that the RNC has [...]

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Rebuild the GOP

November 10, 2008

A new website Rebuild the Party has emerged, with a focus on how to rebuild the GOP over the next several years in preparation for the elections of 2010 and 2012.  The site is a coalition of Conservatives, including influential members of the blogosphere, College Republican leaders, RNC leaders and state chairs, and others.  The [...]

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