The tendency of “Conservative” institutions to gutlessly defend a big-government statis-quo program like ObamaCare can often leave much to be desired. It’s like sending up The Bat Signal and having Ben Afflek respond. It’s like watching The Washington Redskins’ Defense attempt to stop a NFL offense from putting up 30+ points. At times I’m left thinking that National Review could shorten their name a wee-tad for the sake of brevity, and continue peddling boilerplate Leftism under the masthead “The Nation.” Give or take an occasional copyright infringement suit, I’m not sure readers of this NRO article by Avik Roy would
There are so few conservatives in DC they meet in Chevy Volts. The $$$ flows in Washington because of the proximity to power. They could gives a rats patoot about you and I. We´re just the unwashed and we´re outnumbered by the bought and paid for.
#2: Go to the polls, if only to cast a protest vote. If a new conservative party fails to come together and consolidate the splinter parties, vote for one of the smaller conservative parties: Libertarian, Constitutional, Conservative, or whatever. It is too important to not have your vote count. We see how the Establishment is playing the 2012 results, blaming conservatives for staying home. Casting an active protest vote would counter that.
For all the craziness and charts of the Li´l General: Perot at least got their attention in 1992, and might have won had he not "flaked out" on us. With a more stable, vetted candidate willing to finish the game, the results in 1992 demonstrated that victory is possible. The Establishment, of course, will say and do anything to convince us not to believe that.
I had a two hour one on one lunch with my Congressman´s Chief of Staff yesterday. The Congressman is in leadership. I am part of a strong Texas Tea Party. I told them that at a time when you need a "ground game", you are turning your backs on the ground troops who will do it.
Our Tea Party has run over both the establishment Republicans and the Chamber of Commerce Republicans with our ground game. They fight like Carl Rove with slick messaging, ads. and maiings. We identify and target our voters and get them to the polls by door to door and phone banks. Our judgeent on Candidates is respected and why we got the time with the Chief of Staff.
They are gazing into the maw of irrelevance and are starting to realize it.
We are looking at Levin´s Article V solution as a direction for our mvement, winning smaller races at the State level through the ground game.
After 37 years, I declined to renew my National Review subscription as they are now Beltway Insiders more than keepers of the Conservative Flame.
Can anyone here lay out a politically doable legislative strategy for actually defunding Obamacare, while keeping everything else going and leaving the Democrat/Media complex no avenue for destructive demagoguery?
Does the writer understand that the New Deal and Great Society programs were enacted with overwhelming popular support, leaving today´s conservatives with no choice but to push for reforms rather than repeal?
Has the writer ever known anyone whose sole means of support was his or her Social Security check? I´ve been acquainted with many such people.
Does the OP believe there is some great untapped constituency out there yearning to return to the 1920´s? If so, he is mistaken.
The essence of big government New Deal republicanism, the Bushes, the Rockfellers, the Romneys. Their biggest fear is democratic demagoguery, the enemy is Reagan republicans. They forget or do not know how much was gained in 1994 by Gingrich. Nobody wishes to starve Grandma. At the same time, some recognize that the go along to get along route will allow you to save face with your NPR listening friends, but will result in Grandma facing a death panel in the not too distant future.
Unlike the FDR reforms obamacare does not have public support. If the house passes a CR which funds the government with the exception of obamacare (BTW the house dems then have to decide if they will fall on their swords for obamacare of give their Republican opponents an issue in the 2014 election), it then goes to the senate. Up to this point dingy harry could ignore the House´s efforts, not this time, even if harry does not bring the House bill up and passes his own CR the senate dems have to go on record supporting a very unpopular program. Once it goes to conference the dems will have a hard time not supporting at least a year postponement for the individual mandate as Corporations and Congress already have carve outs.
#7, I AM Grandpa, and have as much interest as anyone else in seeing ObamaCare destroyed. I just don´t see a way to permanently derail it and don´t trust the polls. If the Dems were going to suffer politically for supporting OCare the 2012 election results would have been different.
I am sure if you have heard of a rent strike. If not, it is where tenants refuse to pay their rent to the landlord but put the funds in escrow until deficiencies are corrected, at which time the funds are released.
In this case, you would fund Obamacare but not release the funds until all the garbage comes out. For instance:
1.The individual mandate is suspended until all others are required to participate.
2.Verification of entitlement to a government subsidy (Fraud Protection).
3.Elimination of Executive waivers to favored individuals and groups including government staff, Unions, etc, etc.
4.Preservation of the Conscientious Religious Objectors including business owners.
5. Elimination of the IRS asthe enforcing agency.
I am sure you can add elimination of a myriad of special deals like the ”Cornhusker Kickback” , the “Louisiana Purchase”, etc, etc.
Finally, I would simultaneously put forth the Republican answer to the “Pre-existing Condition” problem which plays well but in the whole scheme of things is no reason to blow up Healthcare for 250,000,000 Americans.
“L’audace, L’audace, toujours L’audace” (Frederick the Great, Napoleon and Patton) "Audacity, audacity, always audacity." a famous phrase encouraging bold courage in the face of great challenge. it means never give up the initiative to your enemy. An audacious and bold commander is preferable to a plodding one.
Audacity indeed, one of the prime attributes of transformational leadership. But what is offered? Why caution lest someone take offence. Lucius Accius thundered from the Roman Senate, "Let them (Carthage) hate, so long as they fear." Who fears the feckless and inept R clowns??? In 1776 our American Tories offered the same caution bromide because ´revolt would anger George III.´ Of course when the going got tough, this gang hightailed it to Canada. How predictable. The GOP, a fossil, is in its current state because fear and its twin, cowardice, are its ruling attributes. Long past time for a second party to compete w/our current Janus duopoly.
The Key here is to make the President shut the Government down over issues in Obamacare that the people hate and poll 80% against. To wit:
1. IRS 2. Special Deals for the politically connected. 3. Having Congress live by the Law they passed. 4. Non-verification of eligibility for subsidies. (Fraud) 5. Plus, plus, plus.(Including some hostages to surrender).
You get the picture. This gives Cruz, Lee et al time to win the argument. At worst, it delays it till after the election while our side is scoring points. You have to reopen the law to change the IRS and other changes. Once the law is reopened, new ball game!
When just like at Cowpens the militia, in this case the non-staunch Beltway Republican Politicians fired their two volleys and ran, our stalwarts, Cruz, Lee, Paul & Rubio continued to stand their ground. They left the indelible impression of how bad they thought the Law was and by inference this has inured to the benefit of the Republican Party. Why even John McCain now stands in his bunker yelling, "Me too!" We now hold the high ground and the enemy are not only withering before us, some are coming over to our side.
I told my Tea Party after the "Surrender Monkeys" got their way that they should take heart that in 30 days few would remember the shutdown because so few were impacted. It was a non-event. However, shortly cancellations would start to arrive and bills and deductibles would see large increases as the FRAUD of "If you like your plan...PERIOD" is exposed. Bill Whittle says it in this "Afterburner":
I would like to pay Mr. Whittle the ultimate compliment in that he as the "Touch of Reagan" on being able to reach the average person with his essays. President Reagan learned that giving speeches throughout the GE System.
Take heart all. Those cancellations, bills and deductibles will build over the next year. I suggest you buy some popcorn, pop it and watch the show unfold.
By the way. I am a political refugee living in Texas having moved from the NY/NJ Area. I am suggesting that my old friends back there get involved and fight. All you Blue Staters. Go to www.texaspatriotspac.com and see what you too can do with some determination and organization. If you want help, write us. We´ll get you started. We started with two women putting out some yard signs for a rally on April 15th 2009. They expected 200 people, 5,000 showed up. I was not one of them as I was at the Alamo with Glenn Beck. However, when I got back, I found them, enlisted and now we are a force in Texas Politics because we are effective though we still have to scratch our way to get by. If you know any Conservative Billionaires, send them to us. We still pass the hat at weekly meetings.
As he was ascending to the pinnacle of power in the Senate Republican conference almost exactly seven years ago, Mitch McConnell planted the seeds of a feud that could conceivably end his career this May. Democrats, capitalizing on the public’s weariness with the Iraq War and outrage at the GOP’s Abramoff-era corruption, had taken control of both houses of Congress. And McConnell had been unanimously elected minority leader. As they are today, Republicans were searching for a way to reconnect with the public. McConnell, for example, canceled an annual lobbyist-funded retreat at the tony Greenbrier resort in West Virginia in favor of
Pope Francis issued his first apostolic exhortation this week, and it has created quite a firestorm. A Google news search on ´Pope´ following the release of exhortation turned up all kinds of stories proclaiming that Pope Francis says Capitalism is ´evil´ from major news sources raning from the Chicago Tribune to ABC News to the Washington Post. Yahoo News ran AP writer Nicole Winfield´s article about the exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, (The Joy of the Gospel), with a headline that initially said something like ´Pope Blasts Capitalism, says rich should share the wealth.´ After 12 hours the headline changed to "Pope issues
Paul Ryan is ready to move beyond last year’s failed presidential campaign and the budget committee chairmanship that has defined him to embark on an ambitious new project: Steering Republicans away from the angry, nativist inclinations of the tea party movement and toward the more inclusive vision of his mentor, the late Jack Kemp. Since February, Ryan (R-Wis.) has been quietly visiting inner-city neighborhoods with another old Kemp ally, Bob Woodson, the 76-year-old civil rights activist and anti-poverty crusader, to talk to ex-convicts and recovering addicts about the means of their salvation. Ryan’s staff, meanwhile, has been trolling center-right think
In the recent government shutdown fight I found myself in polite (on my part at least!) disagreement with the elements of the right inclined to denounce the “Republican establishment.” No need to rehash all that again. But, I will say that in the wake of the Cuccinelli defeat, I think the critics of the establishment have the better side of the argument. If the folks running the party want the tea partiers to support their preferred candidates — when they’re the nominee, at least — it should work the other way around as well. It now appears that Cuccinelli, a
A campaign strategist for Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli said that the national GOP abandoned the campaign in its final days. At the end of the race, Cuccinelli was closing in on Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who eked out a two-point victory on Tuesday despite exit polls that showed McAuliffe was up by seven points. According to the Washington Post, Chris La Civita said that financial support from national Republican sources dried up on October 1. “There are a lot of questions people are going to be asking and that is, was leaving Cuccinelli alone in the first week of October, a smart
Boyd Marcus, the chief of staff for Cantor until 2003—who later teamed with another GOP operative Ray Allen to found the firm Marcus Allen, which Cantor employed until earlier this year—joined the McAuliffe campaign after Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, with whom Marcus campaigned, did not win the GOP nominee in Virginia. “I was looking at the candidates, and I saw Terry McAuliffe as the guy who will work with everybody to get things done,” Marcus told the Associated Press in August when he joined McAuliffe’s campaign. Cantor employed Marcus Allen until the day before Marcus left the firm to work
Leave it to Mark Levin to say exactly what many conservatives have believed but not said. The RINO wing of the GOP — and Karl Rove specifically — do not want a Ken Cuccinnelli victory in Virginia. In this corner we have believed this for some time. In its own way this reminds of the 1980 presidential race. The RINO in question than was one of Ronald Reagan’s GOP primary opponents — Illinois Congressman John Anderson. Anderson lost resoundingly to Reagan in the primaries, but as usual picked up a core of fans in the liberal media.
The St. Louis Rams lost Sam Bradford to a season-ending knee injury last weekend, and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, decided to call up 44-year-old Brett Favre to see if he was interested in playing for them. Favre wasn’t interested. (Snip) Schefter’s report, which cites an anonymous source and leads with a reference to Tim Tebow, also included comment from a source who was familiar with the Rams’ conversations and also how Twitter works.
Recently on this blog, Larry Bartels drew attention to an astonishing fact: the public is as conservative as it has been in 50 years. To highlight this point, Professor Bartels presented the public’s policy mood — James Stimson’s measure of public support for government programs—from 1950 to 2012. In a recent article, Julianna Koch and I generated measures of policy mood for each state from the 1950s to 2010 (our measures our here). What we found is that the conservative opinion shift Professor Bartels highlighted repeats itself in every state. The figure below presents one illustration of this pattern. Here we
Speaker John Boehner has said he will not bring up any bill that does not have majority support from at least 118 Republicans. Republicans will insist on securing the border and maintaining respect for the law, and most will refuse liberals’ calls for pathways to citizenship. But, with over 100 open to legalization, and still others who have not explicitly opposed it, a path to legalization might not be far away. A full list of the representatives is below. Some may have since changed their minds, but all spoke positively of legalizing immigrants within the last year.
A newly published memoir by Rep. Luis Gutierrez takes President Barack Obama to task on immigration, saying the White House tried to stifle the congressman´s reform campaign, broke a promise to press the issue and took action only after being "outflanked by Marco Rubio." In "Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill," Gutierrez complains that deportations increased after his fellow Chicago Democrat took over the White House. And Gutierrez, who endorsed Obama twice for president, describes his frustration over what he viewed as Obama´s unmet pledge to push for
We are less than one and a half weeks from the Showdown at the CR (Continuing Resolution) Corral, and establishment politicians, of both parties, are panicking. The latest turn of the screw came last week, when opposition from 43 apparently non-establishment Republicans forced Speaker Boehner to cancel a vote on a CR because that CR would have continued to fund Obamacare. Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume concisely captured one source of GOP panic over the weekend, on Fox News Sunday: [T]he axiom in Washington that when the government shuts down, it doesn´t matter who causes it, Republicans get blamed, is
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Amid an array of “knock-out” attacks against a number of Jews in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, a city councilwoman pointed to the success of the Jewish community as triggering the aggression. Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo emphasized that while she “admire[s] the Jewish community immensely” for its work ethic, black teens may see it differently. “While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” Cumbo, who was recently elected, wrote in a letter. Chief among the issues
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has high praise for potential 2016 contenders Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “I think Joe Biden will go down in history as one of the best vice presidents ever, and he has been with me, at my side, in every tough decision that I’ve made,” Obama told MSNBC in an interview Thursday held at American University. “Hillary, I think, will go down in history as one of the finest secretaries of state we’ve ever had, and helped to transition us away from a deep hole that we were in,