“The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.” ? Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking The Republican Party’s senior operatives publicly are committing the cardinal sin of promising to spend tens of millions of dollars of its most generous donors’ money to lard up on data: knowledge. What, instead, is required — to restore its ability to make good, winning, decisions — is virtue: understanding. This critical distinction appears lost on the politicos.
Comments: Bingo! Rove is selling a product, not trying to win elections. Knowledge is nothing if a person is incapable of understanding and acting upon it. That is what leaders do. Roves goal is to control all the facts and figures, and dole it out for a fee.
The good part is that people are waking up to the fact that Rove is no super-human political genius, he is a data-mining egghead who happens to have gotten lucky a few times in the past and will do anything to keep his influence.
I just yesterday received another fund-raising letter from the RNC. Will I place a personal check in it and return it? -- No!
I will (1) place a vulgar note in the envelope (I am so ashamed of myself), and (2) return it in their postage-paid envelope. No money or support to the honor-less, unprincipled Republican Party. I send money only to liberty-obsessed candidates.
The fortunes of the Republican Party, and of the republic, depend on the GOP’s superdonors demanding the Grand Old Party rediscover its core mission of championing small-r republican American principles, including liberty and constitutional rights.
Hooray! At least the guy who wrote this article in Forbes gets it. Rove and company are about making money for themselves, not about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The reason the Declaration of Independence is so powerful is that it speaks to essential values within the heart of every person. The Rovians do number crunching and inspire nobody. Will the Republicans figure this out in time to save themselves? I doubt it.
Can the Tea party and its friends make contact with those superdonors? Only 243? With us conservatives (and independents) at their back we could win big. Surely those 243 have the knowledge to bypass the consultants and find good people to run a campaign and even cut down on voter fraud. It would be a better solution than a 3rd party...We don´t have enough TIME LEFT to get one up and winning. We´ll be lucky to get through 3 1/2 more years.
Unless themRpubs actually start working for us, instead of being the right wing of the democrat party, they can spend all of the elitist dollars they can get, but it won´t help. I see no scenario where my local RINO will ever again get my vote, nor the Repub candidates they run. I´m all in on a conservative third party.
Second thoughts: are the superdonors profiting too much from the current corruption to join us? Would they like the idea of a good tax system or are they profiting too much from the current one. Do they profit too much from stifling the potential competitors of small and medium businesses by regulation and access to the ´best lawyers´ by regulation?
People think the "superdonors" write their super checks with no expectations of something in return? Politics is neither charity nor altruism. They pay for results, and Rove et al haven´t delivered on their promises of "moderate" electability. Not McCain, not Romney...and whoever is being pitched as next. As for a "third-party", check your ballot access laws. Unless you´re Ross Perot writing checks, it´s not easy...and then there´s that sticky problem of nominating a candidate. A few weeks ago Rubio would have been a shoo in. Rubio anyone? A few months ago Chris Christie. A year or two ago David Petraeus.
Every day, another plea from the GOP or the Republican Senators comes in the mail. I have the shredder right next to the door. I bring in the mail and shred it before I even hang up my hat. The latest one had THREE envelopes of various colors and the instructions that I should put a maximum amount on a check and send them incrementally this summer.
karl rove wants to be a king maker, BUT, I don´t believe he is qualified to operate a two hole outhouse. It is an utter shame that the republican national committee and Fox News think he is God´s gift to humanity.
Any Ldotters get a email from John Boehner begging to send at least $10? I forwarded to my family and friends with a big LOL and HELL no. My cousin couldn´t stop laughing when he called me. I didn´t respond to the email,didn´t want men in black showing up at my door.
Neither new nor insightful. Home truth is direct and simple. The GOP was forged during the Civil War as a party of government, evolving into a secular progressive party during the Gilded Age and then morphing into a party of big business and corporate interests were is remains mired today. Stone cold reality that a 8th grader understands. For sure, the GOP has nothing to do w/the principled conservatism of Burke and De Maistre; and never did. A party to replace hustlers like Rove and buffoons like Bush, aka Obama´s usher, is way overdue.
What is there left of the R party? apart from a few of it´s newest and brightest stars, they are just yes-men/women aisle crossers, compromisers and porkers. It is past time for a new party with principles, those of the Founding Fathers and constitutionally responsible. I get mail from the Rs daily begging for money and to fill out the same idiot questionnaire - still asking the same questions after five years - don´t they ever read them? I guess not, stupid is as stupid does.
IMHO Rove is never going to help conservative candidates. His idea of the perfect candidate is Dem lite. I doubt the man has any steadfast beliefs other than promoting his own ´brand´ and money. I wish FOX would drop him. I like Pat Caudell more than Rove and he is a Dem.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is getting more brazen in its fight to control the Republican Party, as the primary in Idaho between Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Tea Party challenger Bryan Smith shapes up to be a major front in the war. Beginning Friday, the Associated Press reports, the Chamber will run an ad in Idaho supporting Simpson. "Mike Simpson, conservative, Idaho strong," the ad’s announcer says, according to early copies reviewed by the AP. The ad states that “the nation's free enterprise system is under attack” and shows Nancy Pelosi holding a gavel like one used by the Speaker of the House.
A Republican strategist is reminding his party that President Reagan is dead. Ford O´Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain´s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign, says if Republicans want to win the White House in 2016, they need to break free of the "obsessive Reagan disorder." Rule #1 of the political analyst´s newly released book, "Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery," is: "Ronald Reagan is dead. Accept it." Such a sentiment is sure to be tough to digest for a party insistent on using the 40th president´s legacy as a GOP litmus test to prove conservative credentials. "The Reagan fixation is a drag
For over five years, a consistent media claim has been that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin hurt Republican presidential nominee John McCain in 2008 and that he would have fared better with anyone else on the ticket besides her. A recent study by political science professors at Bradley University debunks this claim concluding instead that Palin was a net plus for McCain including with independents and moderates. The first serious study on this matter was conducted by University of Central Florida political science professor Jonathan Knuckey and was published in Political Research Quarterly in April 2011: Using data from the American National Election
After the Senate Conservative Fund (SCF) endorsed Matt Bevin, the Tea Party challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), McConnell has reportedly gone on a rampage against SCF allies and the conservative candidates it has endorsed. Most recently, McConnell reportedly directed his anger at Nebraska conservative Senate candidate Ben Sasse, whom the SCF has endorsed in the open primary. According to National Review, on November 12, "Sasse walked into Mitch McConnell’s office to clear the air" and let him know he never intended to oppose McConnell´s leadership, but McConnell was having none of it.
All the talk about repealing and replacing Obamacare is now apparently going to be backed up with potentially substantive legislation that will be spearheaded by Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) During an appearance on Fox News’ with Megyn Kelly, Cruz stated that he was going to release a plan to repeal Obamacare, and give Americans more healthcare coverage options. Cruz, as well Senators Mike Lee and Marco Rubio, have been at the forefront of the ‘Repeal Obamacare’ movement, for which they had been excoriated for doing so, by Senate moderate John McCain, and others.
On Monday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said it was disappointing that the Republican establishment is joining Democrats to wage war on conservatives. She also made the point that the same types of establishment politicians and their consultants who shy away from fighting for religious liberty are the same types that do not want to embrace conservatives. Appearing on Mark Levin´s radio show to discuss her book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, Palin called out Republicans who would "shy away from any affiliations with the Tea Party," claiming that "says a lot about them." "There certainty is
Virginia´s incumbent Republican Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling helped Democrat Terry McAuliffe narrowly defeat Republican Ken Cuccinelli in several ways. Not only did Bolling refuse to endorse Cuccinelli, he also transferred $446,674 remaining in his gubernatorial campaign committee to his newly formed political action committee, the Virginia Mainstream Project, which spent no money to support Cuccinelli. Bolling´s new political action committee was ostensibly established to support Republican candidates running for the Virginia House of Delegates in 2013 and the Virginia State Senate in 2015. Its relative inactivity, however, suggests it was more likely a place for Bolling to park his 2013 campaign
I just don’t understand it. Everywhere we turn, we conservatives are told we need to moderate, be less extreme, be more bipartisan. The public just wants us all to get along and solve our major problems together. Democratic politicians and the liberal media harp on the alleged extremism of mainstream conservatism, the tea party, Sen. Ted Cruz, conservative talk radio and anyone else who dares to call out President Obama and his Democratic congressional cohorts in plain language for what they’re doing to the country. Nonsense. No one with a modicum of political power is more extreme than Obama’s Democrats are, yet
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On Tuesday, 79-year old Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), now serving his seventh term in the Senate, signaled that he and other members of the Republican establishment are likely to encourage a primary challenge to first term Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). Lee upset former Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT) in the 2010 Utah Republican primary convention in the Tea Party´s first major primary win over a Republican establishment politician. Hatch told the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio that "[i]t´s time now... for Lee and other tea party Republicans to be ´rehabilitated´ for refusing to pass a budget bill needed to keep the government operating
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When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
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Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters:
If you go down on the ice today you´re sure of a big surprise - a rare glimpse of 20 polar bears gorging on a bloody midnight feast. These photographs show a rare cluster of males, females and cubs all dining out on the remains of a whale carcass. They spent a night and a day stripping every last morsel from the mammoth sea creature. Usually Polar bears are solitary and would never tolerate being so close to each other. But with food in plentiful supply and bellies dragging on the floor they seem too lethargic to fight.Wildlife photographer Michal