Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour, one of the most influential players in the Republican party, is privately battling the Club for Growth. Last week, at a closed-door retreat in northern Virginia, Barbour told a large gathering of congressional staffers, including several leadership aides, that party officials should discourage donors from funding the high-profile conservative group. Insiders say Barbour’s comments came during a question-and-answer session at the Ripon Society’s annual symposium, which was held at Mount Vernon, the home of former president George Washington.
Comments: Does the anti-Rove group have ammo left for Haley Barbour? He seems to be saying the same thing, that we have to nominate people who believe with us, but who an also win. Go, Haley.
U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Patrick Toomey; has served as a president of Club for Growth, defeated Arlen Specter who was supported by Bush/Rove et al. in the ´closed´ PA Republican primary; A Conservative in a Democrat leaning state. Plenty of ammo left for Barbour.
OP, the anti-Rove group as you like to call it has plenty of ammo left for Barbour and whoever else you bring to the dance selling principal and values down for political expedience.
What you and the pro-Rove group do not understand is that when a person fights for what they believe in they have nothing to lose. You pro-Rove acolytes also will never beat the democrats at their own game (pandering, manipulating, lying, cheating, stealing...) so there is a good chance the republic as we know it will die as the race to despotism accelerates. Mark my words - when it does die, and I´m afraid to say it will - is the anti-Rove group will die standing on their feet heads held high while the pro-Rove group die on its knees begging for more relevance.
I think I´m getting old. When I first read the caption, I wondered why a barber would be angry with a company that promises to restore hair for old farts like me. I´m going to have to focus and read more carefully.
This should not be about egos or personalities. It should be about the party principles. It is hard to take the alleged "conservatives" seriously when their boy Rubio is pushing amnesty with Chuck Schumer.
That´s the argument, #5. Being a conservative encompasses different things for different people. If I like what Rubio is saying about Hispanics and immigration reform that doesn´t mean I am not a conservative. Securing the borders is a traditional constitutionally conservative issue, is it not?
Howe do you know the "pure" conservatives--however you to define pure--won´t disappoint you once they get into office? I recall that not too long ago Rubio was revered by posters here. He had, and still has, the backing of the tea party, or at least the Tea Party Express. (And that´s another issue--which Tea Party is the REAL Tea Party? They´re all claiming that distinction.) Now Rubio is the Devil Incarnate, a RINO, a tool of big money, a minion of the establishment, and whatever other slurs you care to cast at him.
I´d love to give all GOP candidates the Dr Benjamin Carter test on taxation, education, healthcare and freedom of speech. If you are not for healthcare savings accounts, competitive marketplace for insurance policies chosen by the individual, proportional taxation, a free market for education, and free and public debate of policy options, you might just be a RINO. If there is a more conservative candidate running, he or she will get my vote.
A press conference call by the activist group OUR Walmart turned awkward when the group was repeatedly unable to say how many Walmart employees had joined in the group´s long-planned Black Friday protests. Walmart itself put the figure at just 20. "I don´t have an actual count," said Our Walmart member Martha Sellers, a cashier at a Paramount, Calif., store, said in response to a reporter´s question. "I know Walmart is saying that workers are not participating. That is wrong. They are." Asked variations of the same question by two other reporters — one asked what percentage of protesters were Walmart employees
A Manhattan couple has filed suit over a fantasy vacation that wound up being a cruise to nowhere. In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, James and Marie Helene Cinque say they signed up with Viking River Cruises to go on a luxury "Grand European Tour" of the Rhine River on one of its new "Viking Magni" ships this past September. The Cinques were slated to go on a trip that took them from Budapest to Amsterdam, along "a stunning stretch of the river" that included a stop in Colgne, Germany and a tour of the Netherlands´ "fascinating network of windmills," the
Black Friday is upon us, which means trouble´s afoot across the nation. Overzealous shoppers will do anything for a deal, including lying, fighting, and dragging a police officer with a car. We know Black Friday deals are a sham. We feel terrible for the souls forced to work retail on the holidays, cutting short their own Thanksgiving dinners so the masses may shop at earlier hours every year in pursuit of that one budget-busting deal. And yet, every year, we´re greeted with more violence and chaos the morning after we come together as family. Aren´t the holidays wonderful? Two separate
The grumpiest celebrity I’ve ever interviewed? That would be my teenage idol, legendary radio raconteur Jean Shepherd — best remembered for writing the classic comedy “A Christmas Story,’’ celebrating the 30th anniversary of its release this month. When I interviewed him just before the film (which he also narrated and was credited on as a producer) came out in 1983, he dodged questions on just how autobiographical the story (based on one of his short stories) was — only reluctantly admitting that he, like the film’s young hero, Ralphie, grew up in Hammond, Ind., an industrial city abutting Chicago, during
WASHINGTON — White House officials, fearful that the federal health care website may again be overwhelmed this weekend, have urged their allies to hold back enrollment efforts so the insurance marketplace does not collapse under a crush of new users. At the same time, administration officials said Tuesday that they had decided not to inaugurate a big health care marketing campaign planned for December out of concern that it might drive too many people to the still-fragile HealthCare.gov. With a self-imposed deadline for repairs to the website approaching on Saturday, the administration is trying to strike a delicate balance. It is encouraging
Why is the Wisconsin Department of Health Services mailing out paper applications to enroll in the federal healthcare exchanges? That is what one local Milwaukee resident was wondering when she received an envelope containing a lengthy and confusing 26 page application, instructing her to return the document to the London, Kentucky based Health Insurance Marketplace. For privacy reasons, the college-educated Milwaukee African American mother of four wishes to remain unnamed. However, in her remarks to the Wisconsin Free, she was quite open in venting her frustrations. “It is confusing in some areas and lengthy with many pages back to
With the clock ticking toward a Saturday deadline, Obama administration officials promise that the HealthCare.gov website will work better. Exactly how much better? That is hard to say. The measure of success, repeated by an array of administration officials, is that the online marketplace intended to be used by millions of Americans to obtain health insurance would be working smoothly for the "vast majority of users" by Saturday, the last day of November. Last week, President Barack Obama appeared to lower the bar, saying the website would be functioning for "the majority of people who are using it." Vice President Joe
SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman had five guns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition with him when deputies arrested him earlier this month on domestic violence charges, according to court documents released Tuesday. A search warrant made public by the Seminole County court clerk shows that Zimmerman had a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 assault rifle and three handguns when he was arrested Nov. 18 at his girlfriend´s house. The girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, told deputies that Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her during an argument and also used it to smash her coffee table. Zimmerman is free on $9,000 bail on charges
Israel’s transportation company has uncovered a 10,000-year-old house and a 6,000-year-old temple during a routine dig to expand one of the nation’s highways. Workers unearthed a the house, the oldest structure ever found in the Judean lowlands southwest of Jerusalem, while digging for the planned expansion of Route 38, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. The house dates back to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period, signifying the transition of society to “permanent dwellings,” or settling down rather than traveling in search of food, Times of Israel reports. State-owned Netivei Israel Company, which is in charge of the highway expansion, also said it discovered
Maybe it was something about what they served in the White House mess in the 1990s. Or perhaps it´s what happens to baby boomer Democrats more than a decade after leaving office. For whatever the reason former vice president Al Gore has gone vegan, just like the president with whom he once served. Gore´s recent decision to forgo animal products surfaced as an offhand reference in a Forbes magazine piece about Hampton Creek Foods, an upscale vegan product line carried in Whole Foods. Ryan Mac´s article, which posted Saturday, chronicled how wealthy investors including Bill Gates, Tom Steyer and Vinod Khosla
If there’s one thing today’s taggers and graffiti “artists” have in common with vandals of generations past, it’s a failure to understand the principle of private property. That central fact is clearly on display in the uproar over the recent whitewashing of the unused 5Pointz warehouse complex in Long Island City, Queens. The building’s exterior walls had become a mecca for graffiti artists over the last two decades after its owners, Jerry Wolkoff and his son, David, had allowed them to use their building as a canvas for their graffiti. Now the Wolkoffs plan to demolish the place in favor of a
Did the crafty Mitch McConnell just succeed in getting Democrats to damage their long-term interest by nuking the filibuster? I’ve always defended the filibuster (and still do) as a valid anti-majoritarian device, especially useful for when fitful voters make a mistake as they did in 2008 (with the help of the Justice Department in Alaska and Al Franken’s cheating in Minnesota) and install a large Democratic majority in the Senate. But consider the other side of this. Henry Olsen points out: For conservatives upset about the filibuster changes, consider this: since the nationwide direct election of Senators started in 1913, the Republican
Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin are starting to sour on the new pope. In response to Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation, in which the pontiff denounced “trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” these two paragons of the far right – both of whom regularly invoke the teachings of Jesus to bolster their own political views – have suddenly turned their backs on the man whose actual job description is to speak for Jesus. Sarah Palin complained that Pope Francis sounded “kind
In 1947, Sen. Harley Kilgore (D-W.Va.) condemned a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict presidents to two terms. “The executive’s effectiveness will be seriously impaired,” Kilgore argued on the Senate floor, “ as no one will obey and respect him if he knows that the executive cannot run again.” I’ve been thinking about Kilgore’s comments as I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37?percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president.
The human species began as the hybrid offspring of a male pig and a female chimpanzee, a leading geneticist has suggested. The startling claim has been made by Eugene McCarthy, of the University of Georgia, who is also one of the worlds leading authorities on hybridisation in animals. He points out that while humans have many features in common with chimps, we also have a large number of distinguishing characteristics not found in any other primates. Dr McCarthy says these divergent characteristics are most likely the result of a hybrid origin at some point far back in human evolutionary history. What´s more, he suggests,
The hits to President Obama´s popularity, prompted by the botched HealthCare.gov rollout, are simply a natural fluctuation every commander-in-chief faces, Obama told interviewer Barbara Walters in an interview aired Friday. "If you remember, I´ve gone up and down pretty consistently throughout," Obama said in the ABC interview on Friday. "But the good thing about when you´re down is that usually you´ve got nowhere to go but up." "I got re-elected in part because people did think I was trustworthy and they knew I was working on their behalf," Obama said in the network´s exclusive. A CNN Poll of Polls complied
For Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, enough was enough. The Senate´s top Republican had watched a Tea Party-driven government shutdown sink the GOP´s already-weak brand and jeopardize McConnell´s own chances of ever becoming majority leader. The solution, he concluded, was that the party´s so-called Establishment had to start fighting back against its most conservative wing. McConnell, an ardent Obamacare opponent, and other Republican pragmatists in Congress, supported the conservatives´ mission to defund Obamacare during budget negotiations, which led to the 16-day shutdown. But the pragmatists also accepted that their odds of success were virtually nil. Democrats ruled the Senate and White House, those
The Washington Examiner recently reported on an academic study on the 2008 presidential election entitled "The Palin Effect" that examined the effect of then Gov. Palin on the John McCain campaign. Its conclusions run counter to conventional wisdom. The cliché, advanced by the media and the now infamous HBO TV show "Game Change," was that Palin helped to cost McCain the election because of her "controversial" personality. In fact, typical of most vice presidential running mates, Palin had a marginal but largely positive effect on McCain´s standing with the voters. She certainly did not drive away independents and moderates, who along
Four more years. 10 trillion more dollars in debt. And by the end of it, we’ll have a nuclear war in the Middle East and mandates forcing you to buy everything from electric cars to Michelle Obama’s trademark Soy and Asphalt pie. The motives behind the Washington Post op-ed argument are… revealing. I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37?percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president. Even former president Bill Clinton
He´s a proud family man already, but President Barack Obama will turn to his children when it comes to life after the White House. Sasha Obama could be the deciding factor in whether the first family stay in Washington once he leaves office in three years. In a taped interview with ABC News, the President said his now 12-year-old daughter ´will have a big vote in where we are´ because she will be a sophomore in high school. When Obama leaves office in January 2017 after two terms, eldest daughter Malia could be off in college. Both girls attend the exclusive Sidwell Friends School
Progressive talk radio needs a savior. Just a few dozen stations now carry liberal talkers, as key affiliates in cities with active left-wing politics are falling like dominoes, going dark or switching formats. Detroit’s progressive outlet shut down in January, along with Seattle’s liberal talk station, which changed to sports. And after last year’s election, Portland’s progressive talk station ended its political programming. With the political battlegrounds of 2014 and 2016 on the horizon, reducing the whopping imbalance between conservative radio, with its huge fan base, and the left has become more important than ever, according to those in
AUBURN, Ala. — In a season of miracles for Auburn, all it has taken is one mistake to give the Tigers life. No. 1 Alabama made just enough of them Saturday to change the course of history. With no time left on the clock, Auburn cornerback Chris Davis caught a 57-yard field goal attempt by Alabama in the back of the end zone, ran it out down the left sideline and went 109 yards untouched to beat the Crimson Tide, 34-28.
Sen. John McCain is starting to sound like a Tea Party “wacko bird.” In a new fundraising letter for the Republican National Committee released Friday, McCain lashed out at “Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Washington liberals,” who he claimed are destroying the United States. Liberals, he warned, “have taken us down a dark and dangerous path defined by record levels of debt, ever-expanding government, and a lead-from-behind defense strategy. There´s not much time left to turn things around.” McCain’s name carries a lot of weight in fundraising because he was the 2008 GOP nominee and is a leading voice of
The time has come to end presidential term limits, because continuing the restrictions on how long one can serve in the country´s highest office is bad for the United States, a university professor argued this week. In an opinion piece published in the Washington Post, Jonathan Zimmerman, a history and education professor at New York University, says deciding whether a president deserves a third, fourth or more terms should be left to the American people, not the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, which placed a two-term limit on the position. As background, here´s an excerpt from the amendment, ratified in