A video (from the Daily Caller) reveals the Republican Party´s real angst about the Tea Party. David Brooks (the Gray Lady´s idea of a housebroken conservative) laments, to PBS´s Judy Woodruff that Republican legislators like Ted Cruz aren´t "normal members. . . going to Congress to create coalitions, make alliances and . . . pass a lot of legislation" while interesting themselves in "the perks . . . the leadership has to offer." Indeed, Brooks asserts, "They´re not [real] legislators" at all -- just obstructionists "who want to stop things." All of which conversely implies Brooks believes real legislators are ones who
How DARE he not join the good old boys club and get on the gravy train? The unmitigated gall of some people.
The article says the republicans are not the ideological opposition to the democrats. We are seeing this more and more in recent years. It is clear that we really do need a 3rd party. A conservative party.
FTA:"In political reality, there has in living memory been no conservative political party in the United States. There is none now; and, absent reforming the Republican Party or creating a third party, there will be none in the future."
It would be impossible to ´reform´ the Republican party, Reagan tried it and even he couldn´t break the the elite´s hold on the party. Current evidence, Cantor, Ryan, and Rubio. Start out as strong conservative voices only to be silenced by (I believe) the party elite. It´s just too easy to blame it on RINO´s. Lets be honest, there is not a lick of difference between the D´s and the R´s. Further evidence, look what Boehner is doing with 0bamacare when the polls overwhelming show people want it stopped.
For most of my political life, I´ve viewed a 3rd party as diluting the base, and in fact, we saw that in action with Perot. But, given the results of recent ´elections´, I now believe that a viable 3rd party will bring out the conservative vote in a tsunami. Give us a choice!
I´ve cast my last, "He´s not as bad as the Democrat" vote.
That thinking is what´s brought us where we are. John McCain is a good example. If Arizona had gotten shucked of him way back when he was first being lauded by the NYT as "The Maverick," we´d be better off. Same for Miss. Graham of South Carolina. I could sit here for an hour and cite examples of the RINOs that have kept their seats because at the time, they weren´t "as bad as the Democrat."
Now they are.
We Conservatives have been like very bad parents: it´s the old, "If you do that one more time," threat. The bratty kid does it one more time, and we issue one more threat.
Until we pick up a belt and set the bratty kid´s posterior on fire, the kid will continue to be a brat.
We just need a different ´press´. Those who go to Washington and join the gravy train seem to care more about the press´ opinion like this snooty elitist Brooks, who can´t see beyond his own superiority complex, than they care about what their constituents sent them there to vote for. We could create a traitors list and see how the Rinos like that ´press´ coverage.
Just because one has a ´voting record´ does not mean they are effective. We always hear about Term Limits and if replacing one with 18 years is the only way to enforce Term Limits, then Go For It, Liz. Voting with the Republicans has us in the situation we are now in. Not all Bills presented by Republicans are good bills.
There you have it, folks. Anyone not a RINO is not a ´normal´ Republican. Well that includes me so as I keep saying, I´m finished voting for RINO´s. I will NOT do it again. If that elects Hillary or Biden, so be it. I refuse to vote for anyone who thinks I´m not good enough for their party.
The left,including Brooks is already trying to send Cruz the message to don´t bother running in 2016.They´re going to attempt to Palinize him. It shows how far this country has declined when an honest American is considered a fringer. I don´t know enough about Cruz to form an opinion and I´d rather see a governor be the candidate and Nikki Haley is my fav for VP.In fact Romney should have picked her,he needed help in the south.A minority woman wouldn´t have hurt either.
By the way, David Brooks is coming to speak at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin this Thursday night (free lecture).
Wouldn´t it be nice for several hundred tea party types to show up and "terrorize" the doofus? You know, ask him intelligent questions, not the slop his liberal handlers at the New York Times and the rest of the beltway drive-by media give him...
We are faced with the end of the road for the free nation known as the United States. 2014 and 2016 could be the last free elections we witness. If they are stolen or we lose to the left we become a full blown communist nation. I used to believe in turning the Republicans around but not so much now. They have melled into the communist democrats. A communist lite democrat RINO will not get my vote when I´m considered ´not a normal member´ because I believe in Ted Cruz. I´ll just as soon go down with a third party now. The Republicans and Joe Klein both RINOs can take a hike.
The gall of the Ted-Cruzites . . . wanting a government constrained by the constitution and a people free and responsible for their own well being. Why if that spreads before you know it we will have lost all the progressive, whoops make that progress we´ve made in well, since Woodrow Wilson and FDR. We need presidents and congress people willing to rule us, tell us what to do, take our money and spend it for us because as Hillary said, we won´t spend it wisely like they will. We must stop Ted Cruz at all costs before he makes us a liberty loving republic based on individual freedom again.
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Democrats are getting desperate in the defense of their troubled health-care law, with one congressman comparing the law’s troubled rollout to problems with his baby granddaughter. “I’ve got a one-year-old granddaughter, and on Thanksgiving Day she had a number of little glitches, but we’re not ready to throw her away because of a glitch here and there,” Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D., Mo.) said on MSNBC on Tuesday. “Most things in the beginning stages are going to be difficult to pull off.”
During today´s White House Youth Summit, President Obama called on young people to do whatever they can to promote his signature health care law — including plying their customers with cheap booze. "If you are a bartender, have a happy hour," Obama said as the crowd laughed. "And also probably get health insurance because a lot of people don´t have it." Obama also encouraged young people who are student body presidents or workers at nonprofit organizations to help people get enrolled. "If you´ve got a radio show, spread the word on air," Obama added. Obama called on young people´s sense of patriotism to join
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, the assault on the traditional, standard American way of life continues unabated, and it is being conducted by a minority of people in this country. There´s an amazing poll out there today from the Investor´s Business Daily, Investors.com which illustrates just what an extreme minority today´s Democrat Party and the American left really is, in terms of minority, in terms of thinking, the body of thought in this country represented by them. It´s stunning, but at the same time it´s optimistic in a sense to learn just how insignificant in numbers they are. Now, that doesn´t tell
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NBC´s Michael O´Brien had some fun yesterday paraphrasing President Obama´s latest infliction on the ears of America: "Obama said his signature health care reform law is going nowhere as long as he´s in office." "Going nowhere" could mean either "here to stay" or "unable to progress." A look at the text of the president´s remarks makes clear, as if you have any doubt, that he means it in the former sense: "We´re not repealing it as long as I´m president, and I want everybody to be clear about that. . . . We´re not going to walk away from it."
The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable. The records feed a vast database that stores information about the locations of at least hundreds of millions of devices, according to the officials and the documents, which were provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. New projects created to analyze that data have provided the intelligence community
There was an awkward moment at today´s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Obamacare when a New York Democrat rapped GOP critics with quotes from a satirical New Yorker feature, The Borowitz Report. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, while calling it her own “distinguished comedic think tank,” quoted from several stories in the Borowitz satire blog as if they were accurate, most notably one in which author Andy Borowitz joked that Republicans are complaining that the problem-plagued Obamacare website is working too fast. She later called the blog a “distinguished report.” Maloney said, “The distinguished report went on to criticize
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Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
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CNN host wondered out loud on his show this evening whether the physically unfit Chris Christie could follow the "perfect physical specimen" Barack Obama into the White House: "After the perfect Barack Obama, who´s a perfect physical specimen to many people´s eyes, does it matter?" Morgan asked his guest. "Or is actually somebody very different, someone who´s much more of a regular kind of guy who likes cheeseburgers and beer, but appears to be a straight talker, somebody perhaps more of a straight talker than it appears Barack Obama turned out to be?"
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Nobody could accuse the press of ignoring the fiasco-on-a-server that is HealthCare.gov. The Obamacare website’s woes are dominating coverage on the network news, the cable talk shows, the blogs and, of course, high-octane websites like POLITICO. But did the press do a good job of covering the Affordable Care Act before the health care exchanges went online—sort of—on Oct. 1? Were we adequately warned of the troubles that were to come? And now that HealthCare.gov’s problems are headline news, is the coverage of it any better? Sure, one can find a few examples of one news outlet or another warning of impending