” Nancy Pelosi, like Joe Biden, is the gift that keeps on giving. Today she offered up more brilliant analysis as to why The GOP is “making so much” of the scandals: because Barack Obama in “such a great president.”
“They make so much of these issues, because this president is such a great president. He’s a visionary – you’ve heard me say this so many times.
This is a great president. He’s a visionary. He has a knowledge of our country, concerns of the American people that give him judgment as to what plan we should have to go forward to strengthen the middle class.”
Tag Archive: GOP
” Numerous media outlets jumped on the horrific Boston marathon bombings to levy unfounded accusations and smear-job insinuations that “right-wing” extremists and even the GOP were possibly responsible.
At least two dead and 130 injured in two major explosions? Time to attack our political enemies? How about we report what actually happened and stop speculating.
This is becoming common practice in the mainstream media; particularly over the last four years. Whenever there is a tragedy, before researching what happened, even supposedly credible outlets decide to attack their ideological opponents.
Here is CNN’s Wolf Blitzer musing aloud on air if Patriot’s Day had anything to do with the bombings and allowing his guest Mike Brooks to wander into this territory in unwarranted fashion:”
All the usual suspects make an appearance . Read the whole thing .
- Video: CNN’s Blitzer indulges in the irresistible urge to speculate (hotair.com)
- Al-Qaeda Bomb Plot Targets Boston Marathon on Patriot Day at Finish Line, Where is Security WTH? (pibillwarner.wordpress.com)
- (PHOTOS) Suspect Handcuffed After Boston Marathon Bombing (leaksource.wordpress.com)
- Liberal MSM Already Blaming the Right for Boston Marathon Explosion (1800politics.com)
- Wolf Blitzer: Who Knows if Patriots’ Day Had Anything to do With Explosions? (freebeacon.com)
” The Pueblo County Republican Party is offering firearms foes an opportunity to advertise their gun-free status for all to see.
The “Gun Free Zone” signs? Not so much, even though the party is offering to deliver the placards free of charge to Democratic state legislators who voted in favor of the three far-reaching gun control bills approved by the legislature in March.
Mr. Rivera, a retired deputy police chief, said he was inspired by Project Veritas, which sent a crew offering to place “Gun Free Zone” signs outside the homes of journalists working for New York and New Jersey publications that ran a map last year identifying the homes of gun owners.
James O’Keefe, president of Project Veritas, said in an email he “stood proudly” with Colorado Republicans in their effort.”
” Resurgent Republic, a Republican strategy group led by former party chairman Ed Gillespie and pollster Whit Ayres, is urging the GOP to get behind amnesty, a dramatic expansion of legal immigration, and the importation of more foreign workers, regardless of high unemployment. Not surprisingly, Gillespie, Ayres, and others associated with Resurgent Republic have close ties to the business wing of the Republican Party, which has traditionally favored large-scale immigration as a hedge against rising wages for workers.
To promote its agenda, Resurgent Republic conducted focus groups of Republican voters in Iowa and South Carolina and concluded, in a slickly produced report, that these voters are prepared to embrace a somewhat watered-down version of the immigration reform plan being offered by President Obama and congressional Democrats.
There is no evidence that Hispanic voters, a reliable Democratic constituency, are suddenly going to flock to the GOP just because the party belatedly endorses amnesty for illegal aliens.
Indeed, immigration policy does not rank high on the list priorities for Hispanic voters.”
- Report: Border Patrol Agents Say Illegal Immigration Surging Ahead of ‘Amnesty’ Deal (foxnewsinsider.com)
- Immigration Reform Is a Start for the GOP, Not a Panacea (usnews.com)
- Graham Pitches Immigration at Home, 2014 Challenger Looms (bloomberg.com)
- GOP presidential hopefuls shouldn’t fear immigration reform, report argues (nbclatino.com)
- Morning Bell: What Immigration Reform Must Do (heritage.org)
- Don’t call it Amnesty (canadafreepress.com)
- Resurgent Republic: New Focus Groups in IA and SC Show Shift on Immigration Reform with GOP Base (paramuspost.com)
- Rubio claims pivot point on immigration overhaul (goerie.com)
” Reports indicate that since Senator John McCain’s “Gang of Eight” restarted their latest push for amnesty, illegal border crossing from Mexico to the U.S. have more than doubled.
It appears those entering the country illegally want to be sure they are here in case a blanket amnesty pronouncement is issued.
Therefore, at the very time Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Robert Menendez (D-FL), Michael Bennett (D-Col.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) are pushing for a path to citizenship is, our border is becoming more and more porous, and everyone who can get here illegally is doing it.”
- Schumer Hints Border Can Never Be Secure, Setting Up Dumping Requirement Before Amnesty (patdollard.com)
- Schumer: Inadequate Technology to Guard U.S-Mexico Border (breitbart.com)
- Michelle Malkin Goes Off On John McCain, Marco Rubio: ‘Why Don’t You Shut Up About Illegal Amnesty?’ (mediaite.com)
- Opinion: McCain should drop the “I-word” – and Schumer should too (nbclatino.com)
- Immigration reformers watch an illegal alien hop the border fence (humanevents.com)
- Report: Illegal Border Crossings Double in Run-Up to Immigration Reform (thegatewaypundit.com)
” Before the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, 62-year-old Dr. Benjamin Carson was well-known because he overcame significant challenges to become one of the nation’s leading pediatric neurosurgeons. Since that Prayer Breakfast, though, when he politely chided the President about run amok spending and ObamaCare, Dr. Carson has become a conservative star. His gentle, humorous demeanor and his lack of an obvious, self-serving agenda have led many people to view him as the perfect conservative messenger. It’s therefore no surprise that Dr. Carson has tentatively hinted that he is interested in a presidential run in 2016.”
- Why Dr. Benjamin Carson Scares the Left (rushlimbaugh.com)
- Dr. Benjamin Carson: White House Told Me Not to Offend President (ijreview.com)
- Video: Dr. Benjamin Carson at CPAC (americanclarion.com)
- Dr. Benjamin Carson’s Stirring Speech at CPAC 2013 (rightlinksblog.com)
- Dr. Benjamin Carson – He may be the answer to our prayers! (mypoliticalmusings.wordpress.com)
- Doctor In The CPAC House (sago.com)
- BEN CARSON: Obama trying to ‘destroy country’… (nationalreview.com)
” “The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered,” Paul told the Conservative Political Action Conference just outside Washington.
Paul and Marco Rubio, Republican senators being measured as 2016 presidential possibilities, gave campaign-style speeches at the annual conservative gathering: soaring rhetoric and a quick rundown of policy positions. Paul attacked wasteful government spending, advocated a flat tax and suggested eliminating the Department of Education. He appealed to young voters – a big part of the CPAC audience – calling them “the core of the ‘leave me alone’ coalition.”
“If we’re going to have a Republican Party that can win, liberty needs to be the backbone of the GOP,” he said. “We need a Republican Party that shows up on the South Side of Chicago and shouts at the top of our lungs … ‘The GOP is the ticket to the middle class.’”
- Rand Paul Steals Show From Marco Rubio at CPAC (swampland.time.com)
- Marco Rubio, Rand Paul Bring Charisma, Red Meat To Receptive CPAC (npr.org)
- Marco Rubio, Rand Paul Light Up CPAC (blogs.wsj.com)
- Rubio Slams Elites as Paul Declares Party ‘Moss-Covered’ (bloomberg.com)
- Re: Sen. Rand Paul calls for new Republican Party (forum.prisonplanet.com)
- Sensenbrenner tells national conservatives they can learn a lot from Wisconsin (jsonline.com)
- Rand Paul, Rubio criticize GOP (usatoday.com)
- Rand Paul at CPAC: “The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered” (hotair.com)
” Republican lawmakers are threatening to subpoena U.S. survivors of the terrorist attack in Benghazi.
Exasperated GOP members say unless they get more answers from the White House, they will call on the survivors to testify before Congress, and might hold up President Obama’s nomination to replace the U.S. ambassador who was killed on Sept. 11, 2012 in Libya.
The recent revelation that U.S. survivors are recuperating at Walter Reed Hospital has sparked GOP demands that the White House provide Congress with access to them. It has also breathed new life into the controversy that was highlighted repeatedly during the 2012 presidential campaign.”
The republican leadership has really dropped the ball on this . It should have been readily apparent months ago that the administration has absolutely no intention of coming clean on their Benghazi Debacle and that the only way to get the truth is subpoenas , investigators and courts .
With few exceptions all we can see is a republican congressional delegation that can do nothing but act as enablers of democratic recalcitrance . To a man they lack the spine to stand up for liberty , truth and the American people . Whether it’s spending , gun control , green subsidy scandals , vote fraud , Fast & Furious or Benghazi the republican leadership apparently can do nothing but roll over and kiss dem/media ass .
The four brave men who died because of government incompetence , or worse , deserve better of their elected officials as do the rest of us who pay their salaries and live under their capricious whim .
- GOP Congressman on Benghazi: ‘It Is Clear This Is a Cover-up’ (nationalreview.com)
- Are the Benghazi Survivors Being Sequestered? (ncrenegade.com)
- Fox News’ Van Susteren Leads Charge To Stalk Benghazi Survivors (mediamatters.org)
- The Mythical Benghazi Survivors Speak … Through FBI Reports Anyway (youviewed.com)
- Astounded by missing Benghazi survivors, Van Susteren scolds congressman (bizpacreview.com)
- Greta Van Susteren: Time to Subpoena Obama Officials on BenghaziGate – “Put Them Under Oath!” (Video) (nicedeb.wordpress.com)
- Six months later, where are Benghazi’s survivors? (hotair.com)
- Benghazi: 6 months later & no answers (theblaze.com)
- Obama Nominates New Sucker To Die In Libya (patdollard.com)
” Never let it be said that President Obama has failed to spend time with Republican leaders in seeking an alternative to automatic budget cuts that are due to hit most federal departments Friday. On Wednesday, for example, the president gave GOP lawmakers as much as seven minutes, a rare face-to-face encounter that the White House described as a “meeting.”
The White House’s characterization of this momentary huddle at the Capitol as a meeting illuminates Mr. Obama’s strategy in dealing with Republicans on the budget cuts and other fiscal deadlines.”
- If GOP wants to make sequester better, why won’t Obama allow them? (thesunnews.typepad.com)
- White House and GOP set to let sequester deadline expire without deal (guardian.co.uk)
- Obama Meets with GOP Leaders for Seven Minutes (pjmedia.com)
- Haley, GOP governors blast Obama after sequester meeting (hotair.com)
- As budget cuts loom, is government shutdown next? (news.yahoo.com)
- Republican leaders’ sequester ‘meeting’ with Obama: Seven minutes (grumpyelder.com)
” Over the weekend, I was quoted in a New York Times magazine feature on the future of the GOP, for a project I’m spearheading to revamp party messaging. I, along with my colleagues in the project, discussed the ways in which we need to take the party back from the old guard, which has failed to adapt to a changing political and technological landscape, allowed undisciplined candidates to define our message and maligned the very groups of voters we’re hoping to attract.
In the piece, we talked about an injurious primary system that pushes candidates to lunge to the far right, and, conversely, the misguided efforts by establishment types to purge tea party conservatives from the movement. From candidate training to policy polishing, adopting new technologies to embracing new demographic realities, we acknowledged the hard work ahead for the GOP. It is important work, nonetheless.
There wasn’t anything earth-shattering in what I said, though you wouldn’t know it from looking at my Twitter timeline, which exploded in apoplexy when news of one quote in particular spread across conservative media. I’d very much like to explain the quote, and respond to my critics who, I think, prove an interesting point.”
- S.E. Cupp Doubles Down In War With Limbaugh: ‘There Will Be No Apology’ (mediaite.com)
- S.E. Cupp and Joe Scarborough take aim at conservative media (theblaze.com)
- S.E. Cupp’s Advice To GOP In NY Times: Don’t ‘Be Afraid To Call Out Rush Limbaugh’ (mediaite.com)
- Is the GOP’s Problem Message, Demographics, or Policy? Yes (usnews.com)
” As gun rights and gun control are debated in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, a majority of Americans say elected officials are “exploiting” the tragedy. The new Reason-Rupe poll finds 52 percent of Americans believe that elected officials are exploiting the tragedy for political gain, while 41 percent feel elected officials are acting responsibly.
Democrats differ sharply from independents and Republicans on the issue. Seventy-one percent of Republicans and 60 percent of independents think the tragedy is being politicized, while just 32 percent of Democrats believe so.”
The poll contains some demographic surprises …
” Democrats, who normally count on the youth vote, may be surprised to find that 70 percent of 18-24 year-olds and 58 percent of 25-34 year-olds say “assault weapons should be allowed.” Similarly, Republicans, who usually rely upon the senior vote, will find that 57 percent of 55-64 year-olds and 61 percent of people over the age of 65 say assault weapons should be prohibited.”
So despite a two generation stranglehold over the re-education camps called public schools held by the statist crowd it would appear that the younger generation still entertains a healthy respect for liberty .
If it wasn’t for the fact that the GOP is indeed the “stupid party” we would say that this finding offers the party that supports liberty and freedom a great opportunity to capture the hearts and minds of a here-to-fore loyal constituency of the democrats .
Does anyone believe that the republican party is actually capable of capitalizing on this ? We didn’t think so . If there is a way to blow a golden opportunity the RINO party will find it .
- Ten Piers Morgan Gun Lies, Untruths, and Deceptions (selwynduke.typepad.com)
- Why Republicans have no incentive to compromise (washingtonpost.com)
- Democrats may stand in Obama’s way on gun measures (cnsnews.com)
- Amid questions, Senate begins hearings on gun control (reuters.com)
- Battle over guns makes N.C. dangerous political ground for Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan (mcclatchydc.com)
- Cuomo’s numbers fall after gun bill (politico.com)
- Piers Morgan: Yes, I’m standing on graves of dead children – deal with it (twitchy.com)
- Breitbart Editor Accuses Piers Morgan of ‘Standing on the Graves of the Children of Sandy Hook’ (newsbusters.org)
- New Gun Control Bill Proves Anti-Gunners Dont Care About the Sandy Hook Children (gunmartblog.com)
- GOP responds to gun grab (humanevents.com)
” In Washington, Barack Obama is looking to expand government into every nook and cranny of American life, and is looking to raise taxes to pay for it. But just in case you’ve bought the idea that conservatism is dead, my friends, look to the states.
Governor Sam Brownback, who was elected in that red wave of 2010, has cut and simplified the state’s income tax. He’s slashed the state payroll. He’s slashed the welfare rolls. And now he’s got something really big in mind – eliminating the state income tax altogether! “
” My latest Townhall column is called, 7 Reasons Conservatives Don’t Trust the Republican Establishment. Here’s an excerpt from the column.
Just as moderates are completely unrepresented in a Democratic Party that’s dominated by liberals, movement conservatives often don’t feel represented by the Republican Party. At first glance, this seems rather odd since most Republicans in Congress are conservative. However, it’s a natural reaction to the Republican establishment that has its hands welded to many of the GOP’s levers of power. The Republican Party may be mostly conservative, but there are a multitude of reasons that you can’t trust the establishment Republicans as far as you can throw them. “
Illustration By Michael Ramirez
- I Thought Republicans Were Conservatives! (americanliberaltimes.com)
- Republican Woes Go Far Beyond Poor Tactics and Weak Arguments (theamericanconservative.com)
- The Myth of an Impure GOP (nationalreview.com)
- Ron Paul’s Truth Marches on In Iowa, Nevada State Republican Parties (txwclp.org)
- Hard-liners Don’t Speak for All Conservatives (theamericanconservative.com)
- LIMBAUGH: President positions his political opponents as the enemy… (rushlimbaugh.com)
- 63% Of GOP Voters Think Congressional Republicans Are Out Of Touch (mediaite.com)
- Conservative Groups Start New Congress With Dose of Reality (rollcall.com)
” If someone had woken you from a dead sleep 20 years ago and asked what the Republican Party stood for, you would’ve had no trouble answering: Fiscal restraint, a strong national defense and lower taxes. Those were the three pillars of the GOP. The party’s brand was clear. Voters understood it, and many approved. In the days before Obama, Republicans won seven out of ten presidential elections.
Things have changed for the muddier. Scratch the surface and you’ll find there is no longer a consensus among Republicans on foreign policy. Fiscal restraint? Years of earmarks, record deficits and at least one new federal entitlement under Republican congresses make that idea a bitter joke.
Of the three principles that have united the party since Reagan, only taxes remain. Republicans have been able to claim — sincerely, and with continuing success at the ballot box — that they are for lower taxes.
Here’s what happened: For reasons that aren’t entirely clear but are probably related to panic and a basic lack of principle, the Speaker of the House and other Republicans in Congress signed on to Democratic calls for “balance” between tax hikes and spending cuts — this despite the overwhelming evidence that spending is the real problem. “
So, even before the negotiation began, they abandoned decades of principle on taxes. The result: Two months later, we have a deal, but no balance. It’s all tax hikes. Zero spending cuts. Nice job.
Illustration By Michael Ramirez
- Analysis: Republicans start new Congress bruised and divided (news.yahoo.com)
- The official tax collectors of the Obama Regime. – Tea Party Nation (gds44.wordpress.com)
- Northeast Republicans add to GOP crisis with split on Sandy aid (bangordailynews.com)
- Does Eric Cantor’s no vote on the fiscal cliff bill spell trouble for John Boehner? | James Antle (guardian.co.uk)
- Fiscal cliff deal passed by House of Representatives (guardian.co.uk)
- Why 85 House Republicans said ‘yes’ to taxes (politico.com)
- John Boehner faces Republican backlash over fiscal cliff and Hurricane Sandy (telegraph.co.uk)
” You know, Republicans, if you spent half as much time marketing good policy as you do bending over backwards to please your ideological opponents, we might actually have a deal worth talking about.
In addition to the basics, there are some other interesting facts to note about this deal.
ABC News reports:
But it also includes these:
- $430 million for Hollywood through “special expensing rules” to encourage TV and film production in the United States. Producers can expense up to $15 million of costs for their projects.
- $331 million for railroads by allowing short-line and regional operators to claim a tax credit up to 50 percent of the cost to maintain tracks that they own or lease.
- $222 million for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands through returned excise taxes collected by the federal government on rum produced in the islands and imported to the mainland.
- $70 million for NASCAR by extending a “7-year cost recovery period for certain motorsports racing track facilities.”
- $59 million for algae growers through tax credits to encourage production of “cellulosic biofuel” at up to $1.01 per gallon.
- $4 million for electric motorcycle makers by expanding an existing green-energy tax credit for buyers of plug-in vehicles to include electric motorbikes.
*Note the price tags above reflect estimated forgone tax revenue if current credits – which have been due to expire – are extended for one year as included in the Senate bill, per Joint Committee on Taxation.
Jim Pethokoukis writes:
What will Americans pay in taxes this year vs. last year in light of the fiscal cliff deal? Well, let’s run the numbers (with some help from JPMorgan):
– Payroll tax hike: $125 billion
– Income tax hike and the phaseout of exemptions: $35-50 billion
– Investment tax hike: $5 billion
– PPACA healthcare taxes: $38 billion
So that works out to roughly $220 billion, or 1.2% of GDP. It’s a deal that, as The Washington Post puts it, ”takes money out of the hands of many Americans, sucking it out of the economy and slowing economic activity.”
Illustration By Steve Sack
- ‘Cliff’ Deal Also Helps Hollywood, Railroads, Rum Producers (abcnews.go.com)
- Welcome to 2013 and your $200 billion tax hike – and more uncertainty (aei-ideas.org)
- ‘Cliff’ deal also helps Hollywood, railroads, rum producers (whas11.com)
- Fiscal cliff deal could cost Florida billions (bizjournals.com)
- Congressional Budget Office Shows Senate Bill Is $600 Billion Tax Hike (heritage.org)
- White House declares a victory (politico.com)
- Why the Obama tax hikes have only just begun (aei-ideas.org)
” Where is the Big Picture? Why is it not possible for John Boehner or anyone else in this party to articulate for the dumbstruck public watching these dreadful cliff negotiations what the Republican Party stands for? Who speaks for the GOP?
No end of people keep saying of the Republicans that “they” should do this or “they” should do that. Who’s “they”? It is no one. With the Republicans, there’s no “they” there.
Barack Obama is controlling the cliff narrative now because the GOP has no one whose job is counter-narrative. Mr. Obama this week was recycling campaign speeches about the middle class at the Daimler Detroit diesel plant while the GOP has been a Babel of Beltway voices. Don’t any of these senators go to church on Sunday morning, rather than running around television punching the “entitlement crisis” card? “
- The Fiscal Cliff. Are Small Businesses Panicking? (sukimudan.wordpress.com)
- Boehner unpopular everywhere (dailykos.com)
- Justin Amash, ousted last week from key House panel, signals possible revolt against GOP leaders (mlive.com)
- Public on Obama’s side in tax-hike drive, poll finds (blogs.marketwatch.com)
- Fiscal cliff: Obama and Boehner tussle as GOP argues over deal – live – The Guardian (blog) (guardian.co.uk)
- No Room For Conservatives In The GOP (personalliberty.com)
- When GOP Was in Charge California Was Golden – Now It’s a Poverty-Stricken Broke State (conservativeread.com)
- GOP tries to quell dissenters on taxes (politico.com)
- GOP Civil War? Ousted Conservatives Not Going Quietly (dailypaul.com)
” Because GOP Leadership won’t discuss the list, it’s unclear what specific criteria the list contained and how much of a role it played in the conservative purge. It’s also unclear which member of House Republican leadership initiated this process.
In remarks to the Heritage Foundation’s Bloggers Briefing on Tuesday, Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp confirmed the existence of such a list.
“We’ve heard from multiple sources that someone walked in with a list of votes and said if you didn’t reach a particular scorecard of what was considered the right vote – which by the way, in most cases, was not the conservative position – then [they said] ‘we’re going to have to remove you from the committee,’” Huelskamp said.
“All that took place behind closed doors, which is again a problem with Washington, D.C. – whether it’s the budget negotiations, whether it’s everything else, it’s usually done behind closed doors,” he explained. “I think, as conservatives, this is where we can win: We’ve got to be willing and able to talk about things in public instead of being afraid of actual public scrutiny.” “
- Boehner, GOP Leaders Purge Conservatives From Powerful Committees (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- After being booted from House committees, Reps. Huelskamp, Amash blast GOP (maddmedic.wordpress.com)
- House GOP leadership purges conservatives (humanevents.com)
- After being booted from House committees, Reps. Huelskamp, Amash blast GOP (twitchy.com)
- The Tea Party Purge of 2012 (realclearpolitics.com)
- Boehner Retools Major Committees’ Makeup (hispanicbusiness.com)
It’s Well Past Time To Muck Out The Stables …
” Has John Boehner decided to crack down on dissent within the House caucus? Roll Call’s Jonathan Strong reports on a reshuffle of the committee-assignment deck that leaves a few conservatives without a hand in the coming fiscal-cliff fight:
Speaker John A. Boehner initiated today a small purge of rebellious Republicans — mostly conservatives — from prominent committees; it’s the latest instance of the Ohio Republican’s clamping down on his fractious conference.
The decisions were made by the GOP Steering Committee at a Monday meeting, which reviewed a spreadsheet listing each GOP lawmaker and how often he or she had voted with leadership, three sources said.”
Where Is Liberty’s Hercules ?
- Boehner Purges Wayward Republicans From Budget Committees (outsidethebeltway.com)
- The Friends of Ron Paul Congressional Massacre (economicpolicyjournal.com)
- The Republicans Begin Attacking Conservatives in Congress (bungalowbillscw.blogspot.com)
- White House rejects GOP counter-offer, but is Boehner readying to deal? (tv.msnbc.com)
- Conservatives removed from financial committees by GOP House leadership (redalertpolitics.com)
- Conservative groups vs. Boehner (politico.com)
” Sure, some people might say that Meghan McCain is a spoiled airhead who only has a column at the Daily Beast because of who her daddy is and the fact that she’s willing to attack Republicans constantly while she claims to be one, but people who say that might not realize how much they’d miss being called a conservative wingnut every other week by a Paris Hilton knock-off until it’s too late. Others might say that the GOP could afford to lose its most prominent Paris Hilton knock-off to the Democrats, but just as America feared letting a missile gap develop with the Soviets, we have to be careful about letting a spoiled, rich, talentless brat gap develop with the Democrats.”
“ The Republican Party cannot continue to ignore libertarians. If the party won’t support limited government and won’t nominate candidates with a track record of limiting government – then swing voters won’t vote Republican. I believe that the GOP establishment still won’t get it. It’ll take more losses and a change of Republican Party leadership.
As we’ve perused last week’s election returns, we’d noticed a number of races where Libertarian candidates appear to have played spoiler for Republicans—certainly, more than we’re accustomed to. While we haven’t run a comparison with prior cycles, we’ve identified no fewer than nine contests in 2012 where the Libertarian received more votes than the difference between the Democratic and Republican candidates. What’s more, none of these involved the typical 1 or maybe 2 percent you ordinarily expect a Lib to garner: Looking at the three-way vote, all but one were over 3 percent, and three took 6 percent or more, with a high of 6.5 percent in the Montana Senate race. These definitely seem like unusually high figures.
So what’s going on here? I wouldn’t want to speculate too much based on this limited data set. But I could easily believe that a growing proportion of conservative-leaning voters are too disgusted with the GOP to pull the Republican lever, but who won’t vote for Democrats either, are choosing a third option and going Libertarian instead. This thesis dovetails with something else we saw this year: independents generally leaning more rightward simply because at least some former Republicans are now refusing to identify with their old party. It’s not much of a stretch to imagine that some folks like that don’t want to vote for their old party either.
Listening RNC? “
- Libertarian influences outcome of Senate race (denverpost.com)
- Did Libertarians Cost The GOP a Montana Senate Seat? (reason.com)
- The Future of the Republican Party Is in Federalist Libertarianism (libertasfound.org)
- Libertarian Legal Theorist Randy Barnett on “The Mistake That is The Libertarian Party” (reason.com)
- The Future of the Republican Party Is in Federalist Libertarianism (americanthinker.com)
- Reason TV Replay: Sen. Jim Demint on Why Republicans Must Become More Libertarian (reason.com)
- The Grand Old Republican Party Is Over (forbes.com)
- Libertarian acted as spoiler in Senate race, GOP says (billingsgazette.com)
” It has been five days since the election. It has been five days since Mitt Romney lost and the establishment started its narrative. It is also starting to push the Republican Party and conservatives down a path that will result in another defeat in 2016, if we let them.
What are they doing and how do we stop them?
The establishment has hit the ground running trying to pin the blame for the defeat of Mitt Romney and the disastrous Senate races on the Tea Party and on conservatism.
Peggy Noonan, the Doyenne of RINOs, made the talk show circuit again to explain that once again, all of the problems in the world and the Republican Party are conservatives’ fault. “
- Eric Ericson’s Big (Deserved) “I Told You So” on His Predictions Last Year About Mitt Romney (themoderatevoice.com)
- Mitt Romney lost because hardline Republicans betrayed him | Simon Tisdall (guardian.co.uk)
- Chris Wallace Dismisses Peggy Noonan, David Frum As ‘New York City’s Idea Of Conservatives’ (mediaite.com)
- Peggy Noonan Claims Republicans Privately Thanked Her For Slamming The Romney Campaign (mediaite.com)