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The GOP establishment’s bid for change
New York Post, by John Podhoretz

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Posted By:StormCnter, 3/19/2013 5:35:47 AM

The Republican National Committee issued a remarkable document yesterday — unprecedented in the depth of its self-criticism and the rapidity with which it was issued in the wake of a disappointing election result five months ago. Or is it? Does the report represent a truly honest internal examination of the party’s soul — or is it mainly a not-so-veiled attack by Establishment Republicans on conservative ideas, conservative voters and conservative organizations? In fact, it’s both. The “Growth and Opportunity Project” takes a meat cleaver to the GOP. The party is strong at the state level, it says, with its 30 Republican governors.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Crosscut, 3/19/2013 5:51:22 AM     (No. 9232349)

Until the GOP can come up with another great communicator like Ronald Reagan, they are screwed. And if even then, with the expansion of minorities who appear to cast their votes based on skin color and/or degree of coolness they still may be in the dumper, and if that´s the case so will be the entire country.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mws50, 3/19/2013 5:56:12 AM     (No. 9232352)

The RNC lost this last election, even though it was a slam-dunk win for republicans. Fortunately, normal people were able to win at the local levels.

The RNC needs to move their offices to Oklahoma City. They have stagnated, hanging around DC all these years.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: olcap, 3/19/2013 6:14:55 AM     (No. 9232367)

This is pretty much a declaration that conservatives are no longer welcome. If you are conservative! either fiscal, social or both, this is clearly not the party for you. Some of the candidates may have conservative values running as "R", but that, too, will dwindle as time progresses.

It´s clear these people see a Democratic Party and a Democrat light party as the future of the so-called GOP. And these are the people who are in charge, make no mistake. It´s crucial at this point to be very sure about the qualities of the candidate that you´re looking to support if they are in the Republican Party. You must concentrate on their career and the decisions that they´ve been part of, not just the latest things they are saying. This is how these people foo us again and again and again. It´s got to come to a stop. Now.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: kiwikit, 3/19/2013 6:29:00 AM     (No. 9232377)

So the sheeple think the GOP is filled with mean old guys.
Well, they never like anyone who tries to control their amoral instincts. They don´t like the police either. Without the GOP it´s the mommy´s trying to be friends with the kids. . . no grownups just chaos.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Foggybottom, 3/19/2013 6:40:27 AM     (No. 9232387)

#5 that is incorrect. Ronald Reagan was a conservative leader who was a true believer with honor and integrity. What is proscribed here by the party is voluntary disolution.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Foggybottom, 3/19/2013 6:41:45 AM     (No. 9232389)

Oops! I meant #4, excuse me #5.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Janjan, 3/19/2013 6:45:07 AM     (No. 9232393)

Today´s GOP is not being run by Conservatives.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: doodah, 3/19/2013 6:48:44 AM     (No. 9232399)

Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! The GOP the MSM CHOOSES to highlight in all their broadcasts are the old white guys. At the RNC convention, the liberal networks cut away whenever a minority or youngest representative was featured. The problem is our PR STINKS, STINKS, STINKS! We need someone to broadcast NATIONALLY all the minorities like Mia Love, and all the other minorities including the Hispanics that I saw at CPAC. The old white guys need to get together with the CPAC crowd and sew the rips in the big tent. Too many people all over our country are conservative and silent. We need to organize and maybe the tea party could help with that. Sarah Palin shouldn´t be treated as a postscript, she has talent! Welcome her and others like her. We are hurting our own.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Grace Veritas, 3/19/2013 6:53:02 AM     (No. 9232404)

This isn´t about conservatives demanding purity - the conservatives have been mollified by being on the undercard on the presidential ticket since Dan Quayle. The last time the more conservative candidate was in the top spot was Reagan/Bush. Now they are telling us that the only "conservativism" that can win is the kind that welcomes illegal "Americans" and is evolved Obama-like on gay marriage. I don´t know that kind.

The problem with the whole RNC fix is that rather than positively selling a political philosophy, their pitch boils down to, "Vote Republican - We´re Not as Bad as You Think."

I can´t wait for the "Will you stand with Reince Prebius" phone call that I know will come this week.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Dragonslayer2, 3/19/2013 7:00:07 AM     (No. 9232409)

Unfortunately my Republican Party of the past 44 years has fallen into the hands of ankle biters and idiots, who would rather shout their insane views, be distacted by shallow, self- serving politicians and disparage their leaders than work together for the good of the party.

This led them to fail to get behind one of the finest candidates produced since R. Reagamn and give our country away for another four years.

The Rino callers and papier mache elitists and the too many ordinary klunks deserve what will happen to them, but I don´t.



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Reply 11 - Posted by: Gretchen, 3/19/2013 7:39:22 AM     (No. 9232467)

From the article: "The report’s authors say they’re not offering policy prescriptions, but the overall thrust is that the GOP must moderate itself ideologically."

And therein lies the train wreck of the GOP.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: suedotsue, 3/19/2013 7:48:59 AM     (No. 9232485)

The RNC family was determined to go the minority route a long time ago. Even today I heard no examples of alleged lack of caring. After Sandy Storm Chris Matthews thanked the storm for putting Obama over the top. No one mentioned minorities until GOP types raced to the microphones before the ink was even dry to say that was the ´reason.´ The article notes a much more interesting fact especially as one sees so many young people at CPAC: Romney won age 30+ voters by 1.8 million, Obama won age 18-30 by 5+ million. The RNC beat themselves up for nothing. This purity business is another dead end street. My issues have nothing to do with social issues: 1. Stop the global warming fraud. If you can´t do that, realize US CO2 could go to zero and it won´t affect the planet. 2. Get out of the UN. 3. Secure the border. 4. Eliminate at least 2 fed. agencies. 5. No new immigration from Middle East and Africa. 6. Term limits. You can do plenty without mentioning abortion or gay marriage. But not in the GOP.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Spidey, 3/19/2013 7:50:17 AM     (No. 9232487)

`The dems have a unifying entity of keeping them together and that´s the absolute fear of the Obama mafia.The GOp doesn´t have a central command leader that enough people have faith in.Two different styles of running a party.

I don´t remember any hand wringing or blood letting after the left lost in 2010.They simply said outside groups like Rove´s bought the election,no mention of an Obamacare backlash or anything like that. This is why people are still puzzled over how we lost this last election. How did we lose our momentum in 2 short years?

The short answer is the left´s ground game including cheating simply overwhelmed republican voters.It could be a big plus if the SC upholds voter ID requirements.Obama won´t be on the ticket next year will will help suppress lofo turnout.

The GOP establishment will never blame vote stealing because it´ll look like sour grapes but activists have to keep pushing for voter integrity.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Catherine, 3/19/2013 8:02:17 AM     (No. 9232502)

Step number one should be getting rid of Rove. Then force RINO´s to retire. Start with McCain. Most importantly, embrace Palin. You don´t have to like her but millions of republicans do. It´s very elitist to snub your nose at someone a huge segment of your party truly likes and it doesn´t matter if you think she´s presidential material or not, she´s beloved by millions. Just pretend if that´s the best you can do.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: O.S. Banker, 3/19/2013 8:15:03 AM     (No. 9232522)

Well here is my take on why the republicans lost. We had a skilled candidate who failed to comprehend the capacity (or lack of it) for critical thinking of the electorate. He made the mistake of assuming that the electorate would see through the hyperbole offered by the opposition and that the media would shamed and chastened into presenting facts rather rumor. If he or any of the myriad of consultants had paid attention to the trends in 2004 or 2008, the party would have done a 180 in March and started campaigning against the incumbents rather than continuing its internal squabbles.

Frankly, I am beginning to think that we need to stop running away from the ´old white guy´ image. Seems to me that John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Renee Descarte, George Mason offered a lot more to humanity in one year than Mao TseTung, Kim Jong Il, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, or Hugo Chavez did in a lifetime

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Reply 16 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 3/19/2013 8:34:25 AM     (No. 9232561)

A political party is not a fraternal order. A party is something where people are bound together by a shared philosophy. This was Reagan´s spoken belief. I no longer share the Republican philosophy if it includes gay marriage, amnesty for illegals, and expanding the federal government. The RNC just came out with a report that was a slap in the face to conservatives and the base. A call for moderation of all things.
Yep, here are your moderates: the Bush´s, Dole, McCain, Boehner, Romney, Nixon, Ford, McConnell, Rove, losers all.
They will fight back if a conservative confronts them, but never will they fight back at the Democrats. See Rove replying to Palin, but never did so for 8 years under Bush.
The Republican Party is dead. When something is lukewarm it is dead. It won´t cook and it won´t freeze, it will only stagnate.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: saucy, 3/19/2013 8:35:18 AM     (No. 9232562)

Why is it so impossible for Repubies to stand on PRINCIPLE?

Stand firm on core beliefs and let the chips fall where they may.

Couldn´t be any worse than last two elections.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 3/19/2013 9:04:03 AM     (No. 9232634)

#16, how would you "get rid of Rove"? He´s a private citizen and, as such, is entitled to express and support any views he agrees with. You would deny him the same freedoms any other person in the political world enjoys? Those who don´t like him, certainly don´t have to follow his recommendations, but "get rid of"? In addition, "force RINOs to retire" presents a different set of problems. Who are the "RINOs"? How would they be "force"d to retire?

In my own view, until we can begin to reassure minorities, including legal Hispanic citizens, that they should not fear us but should listen to our ideas for improving their opportunities, we have no hope.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: AWAKE, 3/19/2013 9:15:41 AM     (No. 9232658)

Hey #18. You will never get all Repubs to agree 100% on anything. Don´t be so anxious to write off people like Boehner, McConnell, and McCain. None of them are supporting gay marriage. OK, McCain can be a pain at times but he is strong on defense and is a firm vote against tax increases. He´s an easy win in Arizona and I don´t know if we could win a senate seat there without him on the ticket.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: stymie82, 3/19/2013 9:39:56 AM     (No. 9232693)

GOP will never win another presidential election. The sheer force of demographics, combined with a dumbed-down educational system and widespread election fraud in minority districts means it is over the Republicans. The GOP agreed in 1982 to a court order NOT to challenge fraud if it involved minorities. Thus the party is helpless against outright thievery. A new party must emerge from the ashes of the broken GOP.Facts must be faced.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 3/19/2013 10:03:58 AM     (No. 9232740)

Since the GOP has a house cleaning and restructuring plan that doesn´t include the conservative base then they don´t need me.
If I want to stand with groups of gays, liberal black and brown races and whatever weird splinter group I´d join the democrat communist party.
I´m old and will wander in the dark forest until a party that has winning elections their goal comes along. I voted Republican for the last time.
The democrats will win from here on with their fraud and Santa Clause candidates. It´s a sad state of affairs.
The GOP needs the dummy vote not the consersvative vote so color me gone.


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Reply 22 - Posted by: RancherJack, 3/19/2013 10:10:17 AM     (No. 9232756)

I have zero hope the Republican Party can change ... into the Party that supports Freedom, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

None.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: M2, 3/19/2013 10:16:25 AM     (No. 9232772)

Here´s the money quote:

Until it’s willing to call itself out more critically for its own failings — for its lack of conviction, for being so squeamish about the moral convictions that animate the Republican base that it can’t find a way to help broaden the social message outward — the Republican mainstream will remain an impediment to the party’s salvation, rather than its guide out of the wilderness

I understand the "first, you win" philosophy. That´s just basic common sense. But our conservative message doesn´t seem to appeal to the majority of Americans any more. That is the tragedy and the kernel of truth conservatives don´t seem to want to examine: How do you win with a message most voters don´t want to hear and don´t like?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: weejun, 3/19/2013 10:20:04 AM     (No. 9232788)

Amen, #23. This last election was the proverbial straw. the GOP couldn´t beat a guy like Obama with an absolutely horrible record in office. It is over, folks. I´m now an independent. Since the GOP keeps claiming that´s who they need to reach, my new posture for the "give us your vote" types is: "I´m an independent. What are you going to do to win my vote, GOP?"

This is a sad time in America. We are watching the demise of the greatest personal freedom experiment in man´s history, and those who have now seized control of the GOP are only hastening the end. It is sickening to watch this.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: AutumnJoy, 3/19/2013 10:22:42 AM     (No. 9232800)

#22: AMEN!
If the supposed "remedy" for the GOP is to submit to gay marriage, embrace of the millions of mostly illiterate parasites from Mexico and SA, and then cater to LoFo appetites, then the GOP which exists now is over. I am sick of political correctness, and this is what is at the very bottom of this type of "re-branding". I am done with it.
The USA most of us on this site remember committed suicide 9 years ago. We are expendable. 2016 will see Hillary Clinton elected. How do you say "Good-Bye USA" in Spanish?
After these interlopers, are in the majority (as are LoFos already) it is absolutely given that everything Americans worked for for generations will slide into the sea, euphemistically speaking, just like so many other great cultures did.
The only other option is complete civil war. And given that our young men are being wussified daily in the MSM (doing laundry, preening before mirrors working on their hairdos), good luck with that.
Sorry for the rant.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: chicodon, 3/19/2013 10:29:16 AM     (No. 9232827)

Are we are headed toward a British style of Dem left and Dem center? They call themselves center left and center right but, basically, you vote on which side can best manage the socialist bureaucracy. I don´t think there is much of a true Conservative presence. (Maybe Attercliffe can correct me if I´m wrong)

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Reply 27 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 3/19/2013 12:51:59 PM     (No. 9233191)

# 16 You want to get " rid of " a private citizen ?
You sound like Obama with his drone program.
Freedom is an empty expression for many conservatives.
Karl Rove is a private citizen, unaffiliated
with the RNC ,
who spent months and months ,
on his own dime ,
traveling the country and raising money for Republicans.
He supported Tea Party candidates
with millions in 2010 and 2012 .
His ads were terrific-some may still be available on the net.
The Republicans did not lose because of Karl Rove´s great ads.
The guy actually deserves a medal.
BTW- How many millions did Palin´s PAC spend running ads ?
Or Rush Limbaugh ? Or Mark Levin ?
Republicans lost because stupid loud mouth Republicans happily
validate every negative stereotype
the Democrats and media say about us.
Rush Limbaugh and his 3 days of offensive Fluke lies cost us
the votes of young women and other demographics.
He damaged the cause terribly.
Akin and Mordouck validated
that Republicans live in the dark ages and hate science.
The country has shifted in demographics and priorities.
The RNC recognizes this , many Republican consultants
recognize this ,yet, many conservatives
insist that 2013 is just like 1980.
The Census Bureau reports that the US has 21 million
teens between 15 and 19.
A good percentage will be voting in the next elections.
Republicans are wise and strategic to try and
reach as many demographics as possible.
The resistance and anger from the far right because the RNC
wants to update the conservative message
and bring forth new messengers is mind boggling.
I fear that 2014 is slipping away.


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Reply 28 - Posted by: Butch59, 3/19/2013 12:53:02 PM     (No. 9233197)

#27 May I join your rant? You have expressed my thoughts perfectly.

A Republican party that most of us knew years ago no longer exists. For that matter, the same applies to the Dims. They have become more and more socialist and have been able, by buying votes via Santa Clause, while the Republicans have become a "me too" party. Controled by RINO´s. At this point in time, I don´t know when I´m going to stand, politically. I guess I´m a CONSERVATIVE Indepentant.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Penney, 3/19/2013 1:40:43 PM     (No. 9233291)

What choice do the American people have if the GOP platform simply rolls over again and morphs into the statist dem´s agenda? Two parties running on the same platform does NOT give the voters an fair & even choice!!!

American voters have always strived to make the country´s policy decisions THROUGH their choices of their representation within our government by those elected public servants whom the voters discern are both, (-HOPEFULLY!!), ethical and who stand firm upon the voter´s party platform which is also voted on by the citizen-delegates at each party convention. GOP voters definately do not want anymore devious ´GOP´ pols who campaign right but then do a 180o by governing left!!!

The dem pols elected these days run left and govern LEFT-ER!!! -YIKES!!! Enough already! Voters demand a choice on public policy as is their Constitutional Right to rely upon!!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: dman, 3/19/2013 2:03:31 PM     (No. 9233340)

The article and above posts only provide more motivation for a new party. Let the RNC go its own way - no need to "remove" anyone. Conservatives can remove themselves and set up their own shop.

Then the electorate will have a clear choice: Democrat, Democrat_Lite, or Conservative. Bold colors, and only one pastel. They will vote based on what they really believe, and events as Obamacare and its consequences unfold. They will decide, and let the RNC consultants be damned.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: ivehadit, 3/19/2013 2:04:59 PM     (No. 9233344)

Lookit...we need a MASSIVE P.R. campaign. I say, take out massive ads on a regular basis NOW and run until Nov. ´14.

We don´t need to splinter which pleases democrats tremendously and are laughing their behinds off when they read about that.
Our tent IS big and it is fine. And WE have the SUPERSTARS now, NOT the dems...tired, stale old party that they are...hehehe.

In the meantime, prepare for the worst, expect the best. These are VERY dangerous times. Let´s hope we survive to SEE Nov. ´14.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Catherine, 3/19/2013 2:12:30 PM     (No. 9233358)

Oh for god´s sake. I also wrote post # 16 - by ´getting rid´ of Rove, I meant firing him from any position of importance in the Republican Party. It´s always amazes me how out of joint so many people get when they totally misunderstand something as simple as "get rid of Rove." The Title on the post was The GOP Establishment´s Bid For Change. My bid: fire Rove. Hope that clears this up.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: lana720, 3/19/2013 2:44:45 PM     (No. 9233408)

It doesn´t need to be changed as much as purged of all non-conservatives in the Old Guard - RINOs.

Growth and opportunities are housed within truly conservative ideas. Period!

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Reply 34 - Posted by: flatwater, 3/19/2013 4:04:30 PM     (No. 9233547)

I told the GOP to stop calling me asking for money.

When I get conservative leadership, I´ll start contributing again.

Until then, they can go pound sand.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: tocsin, 3/19/2013 4:05:16 PM     (No. 9233549)

2 passing questions:
What kind of a general(Rinse Prebush)stands up before a 5th Column and announces his battle plans?
Are the Elite Establishment Republicans treacherous or just really stupid?


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Reply 36 - Posted by: BetseyRoss, 3/19/2013 6:07:42 PM     (No. 9233741)

The Republicans are trying to be treacherous, but it comes out that they are just plain stupid. They fear losing their power to the grass roots. They hire consultants who are also stupid. With this kind of record going for them it should be easy to take over the party.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: rsgonner, 3/19/2013 6:33:25 PM     (No. 9233770)

The republican party´s problem is simple: the entrained thinking of the "insiders" like Reince. They don´t listen. Romney had Obozo on the ropes after the first debate, but insisted on calling this communist "a good family man in over his head". Balderdash! Listening to the likes of Reince and Rove snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Now they double down on idiocy.

I have stopped being a republican (I had been a dues paying member of the Waukesha Wisconsin branch). Now I am an independent . Years of trying to get these hacks to listen to my ideas, and sending them thousands of dollars, has finally galvanized me to action. I am a conservative, not a republican. I will explode in my support in the primaries. Yes, I´ll support the most conservative candidate in the general election, but not one dime for the Republican Party.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 3/19/2013 8:51:09 PM     (No. 9233917)

I don´t know what the GOP stands for, except for lower taxes. On that they have been consistent. Other than lower taxes, the GOP is mush. This country is now majority More Free Stuff voters, so it probably doesn´t matter.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 3/19/2013 8:54:48 PM     (No. 9233921)

Get Ben Carson as GOP Nominee beginning now...

He will ´reach out´ to Everyone and save your $10MM...

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 3/19/2013 11:45:17 PM     (No. 9234176)

Look at what the purist liberals have done to the democrat party. it no longer exists and is now the Liberal progressive party( long for marxist light ).
Conservative democrats ran to the republican and were hailed at first.
Now the purist are very close to demolishing the Republicans. RINO is the most disruptive label that dooms fiscal conservatism with a more moderate political outlook to the same end. There is no longer a home within the existing GOP for independents who understand that social conservatism should include some aide and mercy for the poor and halting. Decent legal immigrants has been the so called rock the nation was founded upon. There should be no home for those who are jumping on the new morals of anything goes and goes.
You have let a monger upset the entire meaning of America and now you want to blame but do nothing.


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When I first started hearing people on the political left describe themselves with some frequency as progressive back in the 1990s, the term did not seem tethered to the epoch-defining, early-20th-century spasm of moral crusading and government centralization that helped give us everything from trust busting to Prohibition to the Federal Reserve. As articulated by champions like Ralph Nader and Molly Ivins, the progressive label was both a way to get out from under the generation-old baggage of liberal-a term Ronald Reagan and others had turned into an epithet-and to differentiate lefties from seemingly apologetic triangulators like Bill Clinton and

Eleven Days to November
Politico Magazine, by Larry Sabato    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:39:40 AM     Post Reply
For political junkies desperate for clues to the hottest House, Senate and governors’ races around the country, April is the cruelest month. While Illinois and Texas primaries were held last month, the 48 remaining state contests don’t start up again for three weeks. Here’s the good news for those of us hoping to determine whether Democrats or Republicans will be celebrating in the fall: From early May to early September, we’ll have a steady stream of conventions, primaries and runoffs to keep us busy. We’ve already learned a little from the first two contests. On March 4, Texas told us two contradictory

Ben Carson: White House wanted
apology for ‘offending’ Obama
Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:22:51 AM     Post Reply
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20. “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of

Brandeis University Faculty Sent
Letter Demanding School Rescind
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Honorary Degree
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:18:07 AM     Post Reply
Over 80 members of the Brandeis University faculty sent a letter to the school’s president earlier this month, demanding the school withdraw its honorary degree invitation to women’s rights activist and critic of Islam Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Brandeis rescinded the invitation to Hirsi Ali last week, prompting a public backlash from Hirsi Ali’s supporters. In the April 6 letter, faculty members called on Brandeis President Fred Lawrence to drop Hirsi Ali from the ceremony because of comments she has made about her opposition to Islam. “We are writing to urge you to rescind immediately the invitation to Ms. Ayaan Hirsi

The World Cup Just Got Bidenified:
Here´s What We Can Expect
Atlantic Wire, by Sara Morrison    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:13:13 AM     Post Reply
He may not have been able to attend the Sochi Olympics, but Vice President Joe Biden is set to return to the world sporting event stage this summer by hanging out at the World Cup, the White House announced today. Biden is very excited. "You know, we have our Super Bowl, we have our World Series, we have the NBA Finals, we have March Madness, but my Lord, it is nothing quite like the World Cup," he said today as he and Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled the World Cup trophy. Kerry, meanwhile, stuck with boring comments like "I can´t think

Obama´s Numbers Worse News For Democrats
American Spectator, by J.T. Young    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:10:50 AM     Post Reply
Bad as Obama’s poll numbers are, they bode worse for Congressional Democrats. Obama is being buoyed by continued strong support from Democrat voters. The problem for Congressional Democrats is that November’s election outcome will not be determined in Democrat strongholds. Recent Quinnipiac polling data (released April 2, of 1,578 registered voters nationwide, with a MOE of +/-2.5%) showed the president with a deeply negative rating on his handling of the economy: 40% approval and 55% disapproval. In his sixth year in office, and the fifth year after the recession, 74% of respondents still rated the economy as “not so good” to

HHS nominee got $1.2M at
‘zero’ salary job at Wal-Mart
Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:05:34 AM     Post Reply
During her brief but lucrative stint as president of Wal-Mart’s charitable foundation in 2012, Sylvia Matthews Burwell received at least $750,000 in bonuses from an organization that doles out hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions but keeps a tight lid on its own compensation practices, records show. Ms. Burwell spent a little more than a year running Wal-Mart’s foundation before President Obama tapped her to be his budget chief last year — and then last week asked her to take over as health and human services secretary. Her White House biography touts her key private-sector experience as president of the massive

Can You Lie in Politics?
Supreme Court Will Decide
Roll Call, by David Hawkings    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 4:45:45 AM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court has made pretty clear that putting your money where your mouth is deserves broad protection as a form of free political speech. The justices are about to consider whether outright lying in a campaign deserves a similar First Amendment shield. The court’s recent decisions easing the flow of generous campaign contributions already shifted the electoral landscape. If the court finds that even the most patently outrageous statements about candidates may not be barred by law, those two decisions combined could expand the rhetorical battlefield of the midterm elections and raise the attack ad volume as never before. With Congress



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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
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Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20. “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of

Brit Hume: Obama, Holder
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Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
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On Fox News Sunday, political analyst Brit Hume said that Eric Holder’s claim that his treatment at the hands of Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) at a House hearing this week was unprecedented toward an Attorney General, made him a “crybaby,” and that he and President Barack Obama had in fact benefited “enormously” from being the first African Americans in their respective positions. “This strikes me as kinda crybaby stuff from Holder,” Hume said. “My sense about this is both Eric Holder and Barack Obama have benefited politically enormously from the fact that they are African American and the first to

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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
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On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

The world must shift to solar and wind
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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
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A rapid shift to wind and solar power is needed if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, the United Nations warns in a crucial report today. Emissions of greenhouse gases need to be cut by up to 70 per cent before 2050 to control climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are required, with coal power stations to be switched off and replaced by wind and solar. And the transformation needs to be made in the next 15 years or controlling climate change will become increasingly harder and more expensive. The report was published

Why Hillary v. Jeb Would
Be Great for America

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Daily Beast, by Mark McKinnon    Original Article
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They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don´t need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let´s review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM. Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little

Chelsea Clinton no longer
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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Katz    Original Article
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Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.” The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I

Obama Generation Losing
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Wall Street Journal, by James Freeman    Original Article
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President Obama inspired a generation of young people to support his historic election in 2008. And in 2012, despite the struggles of his first term, Mr. Obama still managed to win the support of a full 60% of voters age 18-29. But the man who once dreamed of being a transformative leader in the Reagan mold is inspiring few of those young people to follow his lead. "For all the talk about the movement that elected Mr. Obama, the more notable movement of Obama supporters has been away from politics. It appears that few of the young people who voted

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
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Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
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Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
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When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
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President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
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A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of


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