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Charlie Crist used to be known as a rising star in the GOP. When he endorsed Sen. McCain right before the Florida Primary, it essentially doomed the GOP to Sen. McCain being their nominee. Just 9 months later, the United States was shackled with President-Elect Obama’s disastrous economic policies.
Crist’s stock has fallen mightily since then. The minute he announced his intention to run for the open Florida Senate seat, John Cornyn and the NRSC endorsed him, expecting him to be the presumptive next senator from Florida.
Instead, Crist ran into a genuine rising star in the GOP in Marco Rubio. Despite his massive advantages in fundraising capabilities and statewide name recognition, Sen. Rubio crushed Crist.
Pretending to still be a national leader, Crist penned this op-ed to endorse President Obama:
We often remind ourselves to learn the lessons of the past, lest we risk repeating its mistakes. Yet nearly as often, our short-term memory fails us. Many have already forgotten how deep and daunting our shared crisis was in the winter of 2009, as President Obama was inaugurated. It was no ordinary challenge, and the president served as the nation’s calm through a historically turbulent storm.
The president’s response was swift, smart and farsighted. He kept his compass pointed due north and relentlessly focused on saving jobs, creating more and helping the many who felt trapped beneath the house of cards that had collapsed upon them.
He knew we had to get people back to work as quickly as possible — but he also knew that the value of a recovery lies in its durability. Short-term healing had to be paired with an economy that would stay healthy over the long run. And he knew that happens best by investing in the right places.
President Obama’s stimulus was directed at his biggest political allies, his campaign’s most prolific bundlers. The result was the worst economic recovery since FDR’s, the biggest annual deficits in our nation’s history and the worst economic future since the Great Depression.
President Obama owns the worst economic trifecta in US history: the biggest deficits, the worst regulatory overload and the bleakest economic outlook.
Economic growth in a second Obama term will be as dismal as they are now. Businesses won’t invest their capital because of this administration’s hostility towards capitalists. The ACA will continue to depress job creation. President Obama’s EPA will continue their attempt to kill the coal and natural gas industries.
The PEU bailouts included in the stimulus didn’t create jobs. The loans to President Obama’s most prolific bundlers didn’t create jobs at Solyndra. They just created the environment for the greatest electoral rebellion in recent history.
On Nov. 2, 2010, the American people booted the people out because they’d had enough of politics as usual.
Thanks to President Obama’s deficits, we can’t afford ‘cronyism as usual.’ Charlie Crist’s always been an unprincipled politician. Thanks to Sen. Rubio’s victory, he’ll be remembered as an unprincipled politician.
The increasingly desperate coalition of progressives trying to mount a campaign against the Photo ID ballot question have enlisted 2 politicians from Minnesota’s past for the fight:
Former Democratic Vice President Walter Mondale and former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson became the public faces Tuesday of a fight against a proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment requiring voters to present photo IDs at the polls.
The legislature voted to improve Minnesota’s election system, something that delegates to the DFL State Convention agreed was needed.
At the DFL State Convention, delegates debated whether to allow absentee ballots for their presidential straw poll, starting in 2016.Here’s what Rick Varko, a delegate to the DFL convention from SD-64, said about using absentee ballots:
I don’t believe that the Central Committee can come up with any mechanism that will genuinely prevent somebody from printing out a stack of absentee ballots, submitting them and getting them improper votes for a candidate.
Rick Varko’s statement implies that it’s possible to stuff ballot boxes. What Varko’s statement implies, Chuck Repke’s statement says explicitly:
You’re setting yourself up for absolute insanity at the caucus level. The potential exists for someone from the Citizens United type to pack our caucuses with bought and paid for ballots. Absolutely guarantee the destruction of the precinct caucus process. There is no way to protect against that, folks, because we allow anyone to attend the caucus. We would therefore also have to let any absentee ballot to attend our precinct caucuses, regardless of which Koch Brother paid for it.
The trio of high profile politicians that Our Vote Our Future picked as their co-chairs have high name recognition. Unfortunately, their information can’t be verified. In fact, it’s easily discredited.
The biggest disappointment about this organization is that it’s dishonest. This is a great example of their misinformation:
End Same-Day Voter Registration As We Know It.
Requiring a Photo ID to vote would end same-day registration as we know it, affecting the half-a-million voters who use it in general elections.
That’s exceptionally misleading. While it’s true that approximately 500,000 people use EDR on general elections, photo ID simply requires an adjustment on these voters’ behalf. It isn’t impossible for same day registrants to vote. People that use EDR have the option of presenting a state-issued Photo ID. Those people can cast a ballot immediately. People who use EDR that don’t have a state-issued Photo ID can cast a provisional ballot. People casting a provisional ballot then have to return with their state-issued Photo ID, at which time their provisional ballot is counted. Here’s why that’s a worthwhile, important provision:
According to MN Secretary of State information, after the 2008 presidential election, about 26,000 postal verification cards sent to same day voter registrants were returned as undeliverable…no such person or no such address. Meantime, their votes were cast and counted! In total, during the 2008 calendar year, about 38,000 were returned as undeliverable.
According to Our Day, Our Vote’s website, approximately 500,000 people use EDR (Election Day Registration) each general election. That means between 1 in 15 and 1 in 20 EDRs are filled out by people that we can’t prove exist. What thoughtful person thinks that these people aren’t committing voter fraud?
Here’s another misleading tidbit of information:
Doesn’t Solve a Problem.
Voter impersonation is the only type of voting fraud Photo ID would prevent. And there have been exactly zero cases of voter impersonation convictions here in Minnesota. ZERO.
It’s impossible to find what Mr. Ritchie and Mr. Mansky refuse to look for. IMPOSSIBLE.
Also, that statement is totally misleading. The PVCs that were returned weren’t filled out by people making honest mistakes. They were filled out by people intent on committing voter fraud.
Photo ID would’ve prevented voter fraud because the people that didn’t present a state-issued Photo ID would’ve cast a provisional ballot that’s only counted after the person’s identity has been verified.
Also, voter impersonation isn’t the only type of existing voter fraud that Photo ID will stop. It’ll prevent this type of voter fraud:
RICK SMITHSON: On this particular night, between 10 and 13 people showed up for same day registration. They had all claimed that the local laundromat address as their residence. When we challenged it, we called the State Auditors Office and we were told that there was nothing we could do about it. We were told that we couldn’t interfere with their right to vote but we could make note of it.
Three things are inescapable:
- Voter fraud exists.
- Not requiring a provisional ballot for EDRs makes counting corrupt ballots inevitable.
- Only Photo ID will eliminate this form of election fraud.
Vice President Mondale, Gov. Carlson and Rep. Penny can talk till they’re blue in the face about how Minnesota’s election system is airtight. Their statements can’t refute the facts I’ve just presented. This lie is so disgraceful that it utterly discredits these so-called elder statesmen:
The Photo ID amendment seeks to take away the voting rights of law-abiding citizens, preventing the elderly, our troops stationed abroad, students, people of color, veterans and countless others from voting.
There isn’t an ounce of truth in any of those statements. That’s typical of the Left, though. It’s their habit to accuse their opponents of being evil when their opponents defeat them in a fair debate.
Whether it’s calling people racists or whether it’s alleging that conservatives want to take people’s right to vote away, it’s inevitable that progressives will attempt to villify people they disagree with. Don’t pay attention to the 3 high profile politicians. Pay attention to the discredited agenda they’re pushing.
Tags: Our Vote, Our Future, Walter Mondale, Arne Carlson, Tim Penny, Election Day Registration, Provisional Ballots, Voter Impersonation, Voter Fraud, PVCs, DFL, Rick Smithson, Election Judge, Election 2012
It’s a long-held belief that the DFL best represents northern Minnesota. To a degree, that’s still true, especially in the parts that environmentalists rule the roost.
Chip Cravaack’s victory proved that the door is opening for the GOP. Carolyn McElfatrick’s victory over Loren Solberg is proof that that door might be open wider than the DFL is willing to admit.
I wrote this post in the hopes of proving that the DFL isn’t supportive of the Iron Rangers. Tonight, I’m taking a different approach. Conservation Minnesota has a team of strategic advisors. Here’s who serves as strategic advisors:
Here’s Conservation Minnesota’s agenda:
Conservation Minnesota, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy are targeting the proposed PolyMet mine near Hoyt Lakes and the proposed Twin Metals mine near Ely.
Outsiders to the Range are trying to tell Rangers what’s best for them. That’s insulting. The only strategic advisor that doesn’t live in the Twin Cities is Dean Johnson. The rest of them live in the Twin Cities. What do they know about the Iron Range’s needs?
Let’s compare that with the GOP. Chip Cravaack has done a terrific job staying in touch with his constituents. They appreciate the job he’s done, too, as evidenced by the fact that he’s had an army of volunteers at all of the parades on the range.
The pictures in this post say that 15 volunteers showed up at the Peter Mitchell Days Parade in Babbitt. The DFL was nowhere to be found.
Whether the Range tips to the GOP in 2012, 2014 or 2016, it will happen. The DFL’s days of Range domination are coming to a halt. Chip Cravaack’s and Carolyn McElfatrick’s victories are just the leading indicators of that shift.
The bottom line is this: The Rangers can vote for DFL candidates that align themselves with anti-mining special interest groups from the Twin Cities. Otherwise, they can vote for GOP candidates that will vote to improve the economy on the range.
That’s a pretty straightforward pick.
Tags: Chip Cravaack, Carolyn McElfatrick, Iron Range, Babbitt, Mining, GOP, Arne Carlson, Margaret Anderson-Kelliher, Dean Johnson, Jim Ramstad, Dee Long, Tom Horner, Conservation Minnesota, Dave Durenberger, DFL, Election 2012
Two months ago, Chip Cravaack submitted a bill that would require cargo pilots to be subject to the same rest rules that airline pilots operate under:
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Chip Cravaack (R-MN) and Tim Bishop (D-NY) introduced H.R. 4350, the Safe Skies Act of 2012. Importantly, the bill would ensure that pilot rest requirements apply to all cargo air operations.
Following the Colgan Air Flight 3407 crash on February 12, 2009, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) developed a rule to address pilot fatigue for passenger flights using extensive scientific study, hearings, and industry feedback. The rule, which requires eight hours of rest between shifts, was finalized on January 4th, 2012. The rule is scheduled go into effect January 14, 2014, but exempts cargo pilots.
“As a former cargo pilot, I understand the importance of a single standard of safety for pilots who share the same airspace and runways with passenger aircraft. I introduced the Safe Skies Act in order to apply the new, common sense standards for pilot rest to cargo pilots as well,” said Rep. Cravaack.
Specifically, the bill directs the Secretary of Transportation to apply the rule relating to flight crew member duty and rest requirements to all-cargo operations in the same manner as they apply to passenger operations.
That bill apparently was stalled but it might’ve received a welcome jolt from an unlikely source:
The original pilot fatigue rule the FAA crafted, which requires airline pilots to have 10 hours of rest between flight duty periods and limits flight time to eight or nine hours during each work period, excluded cargo pilots.
That decision befuddled the Independent Pilots Association, which represents UPS pilots, and Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.), a former aviation union official and pilot of both cargo and passenger planes. Cravaack says there’s no difference between flying a plane filled with people or boxes; therefore, there should be one aviation safety standard.
The FAA has since indicated there are errors in its cost-benefit analysis that led to excluding cargo carriers and is taking a second look. Steve Alterman, a spokesman for the Cargo Airline Association, said when the FAA crafted the cargo carve-out, all it took into account was a cost-benefit analysis finding that “the costs so greatly outweigh the benefits by 10 or 15-to-1 that they just couldn’t justify” the rule. Alterman, whose group stands behind the carve-out, expects new information from the FAA within the month. The FAA, required to offer public updates within 60 days of the review, said a second look is under way but declined further comment.
Last week, Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that would end what the two call a “loophole” in pilot rest rules, a sister bill to the Safe Skies Act sponsored by Cravaack and Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.). The House bill has garnered a diverse if mostly Democratic group of more than 30 co-sponsors since its April introduction. Though it is too early to tell whether Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) will hop on board to move the legislation through committee, IPA public affairs director Brian Gaudet called the Snowe-Boxer bill a “game changer.”
Chip Cravaack is being called extremist by the DFL because they’re desparate. Chip’s legislation pours cold water on the DFL’s accusations.
It’s impossible to take the DFL’s accusations of extremism seriously when Chip’s sensible rulemaking legislation is supported by Sen. Boxer, Rep. Bishop and Sen. Snowe. Sen. Boxer is as left as they get in the Senate and Sen. Snowe is the Republican senator Republicans dislike the most.
That’s good work by Chip. He identified a situation that needed correcting, then proposed legislation to correct it. Now his legislation is gaining solid bipartisan support because it makes sense.
If that’s the DFL’s definition of extremist, then that’s my definition of extremism.
When Rep. Steve Smith lost his endorsement fight against challenger Cindy Pugh, he didn’t narrowly get defeated. He lost on the first ballot. Cindy Pugh got 70% of the ballots cast:
Cindy Pugh, co-founder of the Southwest Metro Tea Party, easily won the endorsement contest in House District 33B on the first ballot with nearly 70 percent of the vote. Minnetonka School Board member Pam Langseth finished second, while 11-term incumbent Smith was a distant third.
Getting humiliated apparently isn’t enough for Rep. Smith. He filed yesterday for the opportunity to get humiliated again:
Republican Rep. Steve Smith, a 22-year House veteran from Mound who lost his party’s endorsement to a tea party candidate last month, announced today he will challenge endorsed candidate Cindy Pugh in the Aug. 14 GOP primary.
Smith said tea party activists “stacked the convention” May 23 and backed Pugh, a Chanhassen businesswoman and co-founder of the Southwest Metro Tea Party.
Smith, an attorney who has chaired the House judiciary, public safety and other committees, said he has been the chief author of more bills that became law since 1990 than any other House member.
Smith won’t take ‘Get lost’ for an answer. Last month, it was the delegates that told him to get lost. This time, the voters of HD-33B will be the people telling Steve Smith to get lost.
This paragraph should be put on his political gravestone:
“I’m not ashamed of moderation, of talking to the governor before we pass a bill, of a little more civility or the hard work it takes to get a bill signed into law and not just passed by the House (Republican majority,” he said.
Rep. Smith lives in a deep red district. It’s his responsibility to represent the views of his constituents. It’s sad when a legislator puts a higher priority on bipartisanship than on representing his constituents.
Unfortunately, Rep. Smith insists on not representing his district. The potential good news is that Ms. Pugh will put him out of our misery.
Something that doesn’t make sense is the support Mitt Romney is getting from Hugh Hewitt and Jennifer Rubin. What’s worse is that their support has intensified since Mitt’s Alinskyite nastiness has been revealed.
Is this Hewitt’s and Rubin’s way of signalling that they’re ok with Alinsky’s politics of personal destruction as long as they aren’t used against St. Mitt? Would they tolerate Mitt’s thug tactics if it came from another GOP candidate?
God help us if they would.
Something tragically wrong is going on here. When a syndicated talk show host who allegedly votes for the conservative who’s most electable goes into the tank for a nasty, perhaps evil, progressive, something’s wrong. It raises the question of whether Hewitt gives a damn about the TEA Party activists. It raises the question of whether Hweitt is a principled man or if he’s just another ‘let’s sacrifice our principles in the name of winning.’
Don’t even get me started with Jennifer Rubin or Ann Coulter. As disgusting as Hewitt is, and that’s plenty disgusting, Jennifer Rubin and Ann Coulter are intellectually vacant and without principles. Ann Coulter went from saying at CPAC that if nominated Romney, we’d lose decisively. Now she’s singing his praises.
Did Ms. Coulter suddenly see the light that Mitt’s a conservative like he says? Or is it that she’s willing to lie about Mitt to maintain a high media profile? I suspect it’s the latter.
The TEA Party doesn’t take kindly to people that don’t put principles ahead of popularity. She’s a gutless weasel who won’t fight the fight for conservatism when it matters.
Isn’t that the complaint about most RINOs? That they sound good delivering speeches but they’re MIA when the battles come?
Ms. Rubin is worse than Ms. Coulter in the sense that she’s never pretended to care about conservatism’s principles. She couldn’t care less about conservatism’s principles if it’s a battle between Mitt and conservatism’s principles.
Demagogues like Hewitt, Rubin and Coulter are a plague against conservatism because they aren’t conservatives. They just play conservatives when they need ratings or readership.
TEA Party patriots, it’s time to hit traitors to conservatism where it hurts. It’s time TEA Party patriots to punish traitors like Hewitt, Coulter and Rubin in the wallet.
In fact, a significant amount of people have already tuned out Hewitt’s radio program because, in their words, they can’t stand his Mitt-can-walk-on-water schtick. Hewitt hasn’t been in touch with the American people on Mitt in 5 years.
Mitt’s Alinskyite tactics and lies have fractured the GOP. If Mitt wins the nomination, he’ll lose because too many people hate his guts for how he won the nomination.
It’s time for principled men and women to stand up to Mitt, Hewitt, Rubin, Coulter and the corrupt DC GOP Establishment. There’s too much riding on this election to entrust our future to an Alinsky progressive and his merry band of parasites.
Thanks to Mitt’s speech in Panama City, we now know that Mitt isn’t interested in repealing Obamacare:
H/T Lady Logician
A little over a minute into this video, Mitt said something extra revealing. Here’s what he said:
MITT: There’s alot of waste in our Department of Defense like there is in the rest of government. I’m gonna go after that waste. And I’m gonna take that waste and go pay for Obamacare.
So much for Mitt repealing Obamacare. I’ve always thought that Mitt wasn’t committed to it. Now we have him in his own words making a specific proposal that he’ll eliminate wasteful spending in the Department of Defense and use it to pay for Obamacare.
That’s a very specific proposal, one that can’t be taken as an accident or a slip of the tongue.
Let’s remember that Mitt’s surrogates have said as much this past week. Norm Coleman said that we couldn’t expect to repeal Obamacare in total. Within minutes of his statement, Romney’s campaign distanced themselves from Sen. Coleman’s statement.
Later, Pam Bondi said that she’d be on Mitt’s Health Care Advisory Team when he’s president:
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi who’s fighting to repeal ObamaCare appeared on Greta, tonight, defending RomneyCare. She says Romney’s health care plan is not the same as ObamaCare and, in fact, Romney’s plan reduces costs. She goes on to say that Romney wants all states to impose similar laws (including mandates) and that she is all for it.
Mitt’s senior advisor admitted that O’Care couldn’t be repealed outright. Mitt’s top health care surrogate told Greta van Susteren that Mitt wants the states to follow the federal government’s lead in creating health insurance laws that include individual mandates.
Mitt could’ve explained those away by saying that they don’t speak for him. He can’t explain away his statements that he’ll cut defense spending to pay for Obamacare. That’s his words. That’s his specific proposal.
Considering the fact that Mitt’s consistently defended Romneycare in debates and interviews, considering the fact that his top health care surrogate said Mitt wants to impose Romneycare on the states, isn’t it painfully obvious that Mitt’s committed to keeping O’Romneycare in place forever?
The ironic part of this is delicious. Mitt exposed himself obliquely during the debates. Sunday in Florida, Mitt outed himself directly. It’s time Mitt was annihilated at the ballot box. We can’t have an Alinsky-loving progressive who wants to cut defense spending to pay for Obamacare as the GOP presidential nominee.
Anyone thinking that John McCain’s dig at Newt was clever or funny doesn’t set the bar high for clever or funny.
John McCain just couldn’t resist.
“I think we ought to send Newt Gingrich to the moon and Mitt Romney to the White House,” the 2008 GOP presidential nominee is quoted as saying by ABC News and CBS News.
McCain’s remarks came today at a town hall meeting in Lakeland, Fla., ahead of Tuesday’s primary in the Sunshine State. Romney now has a nine-point lead over Gingrich.
John McCain used to be a man of integrity. By backing the backstabbing Mitt Romney, his integrity is questionable at best. Put another way, Sen. McCain’s integrity is situation-based. It isn’t a constant anymore.
Sen. McCain’s heroism during the Vietnam War is inspirational. His conduct as a politician falls substantially short of inspirational.
Let’s remember that McCain authored the bill that attempted to shred the First Amendment. Formally known as McCain-Feingold, it’s nickname was ‘The Incumbents Protection Act’ because it strangled free speech during campaigns.
It’s important that we realize that Sen. McCain said some nasty things about Mitt during the 2008 campaign. People will say ‘But that’s what all politicians do before endorsing them’. That’s true. Unfortunately, that isn’t what people living in the real world do.
Let’s remember, too that Sen. McCain talked about the inevitability of internet voting in the context of the HAVA debate. With ACORN’s prevalence, doesn’t internet voting seem highly questionable? What thinking person would justify such awful public policy because “it’s inevitable”?
More imporantly, let’s question Sen. McCain’s judgment on Mitt. Mitt’s run a scorched earth campaign in his win-at-all-costs bid for the nomination. Just like his own campaign, Mitt’s support amongst the GOP base is marginal at best.
The only thing inevitable about Mitt is his embarassing defeat this November. If he thinks he can win this election without enthusiastic support from the GOP base, he’s an idiot.
During my trip around the Rightosphere this morning, 2 things are abundantly clear: 1) Mitt and the RNC don’t see what’s about to hit them from President Obama and 2) Mitt and the RNC don’t see the seething anger building up against them from the activist base. Two posts highlight that second point brilliantly. Let’s start with Erick Erickson’s post first:
The fix is in for Romney, which just means when he is crushed by Barack Obama a lot of Republicans will have a lot of explaining to do. Newt may not be able to win. But Romney sure as hell can’t beat Obama either if Newt can’t win. The problem remains Gingrich supporters intrinsically know this to be so and are happy to die fighting. Romney’s supporters are still deluding themselves.
While I don’t agree that Newt doesn’t have a chance, I certainly agree that Mitt’s people are delusional.
Dan Riehl’s post has a harder bite to it:
For Romney to attack every conservative from the Right, when he is so obviously and so far to the Left of them, demonstrates a complete lack of character and integrity. But slash and burn is all he has, as he has no core conservative principles and can’t articulate them in an authentic manner. As much as I hate Obama’s politics, as an individual, I have more respect for him today, than I do Mitt Romney. And I am far from alone. If the GOP doesn’t realize what that will cost in soft support, or no support at all in the Fall, they are delusional.
With the advent of new media, too many people are seeing, talking and connecting today. The GOP in Washington is not the party of Reagan, it is a party on its way to the political wilderness for a decade or more without serious reform. The clearest sign of that is the support a Ron Paul pulls. It is 2 – 4 times what it should be and is a telling sign of just how many people have written, or are in the process of writing off the GOP establishment.
I agree with everything Dan said. The leadership at RNC HQ sucks. In fact, I’ll add to Dan’s thoughts with this:
1. When it comes to social media and the internet, Mitt’s team, like the RNC, moves at the speed of government. You could see Mitt’s surprise last night when, during the break, CNN checked on whose ad was running the disparaging remarks about Speaker Gingrich. In fact, if you watch the tape, you’ll see Mitt deflate immediately after that.
2. It’s been 28 years since Reagan won re-election and the RNC still hasn’t figured it out that you can’t win elections if the base isn’t enthusiastically behind the nominee. It just won’t happen. Each election cycle, the Establishment tells us that squishies like Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney have a shot at winning.
Initially, I thought ‘you’d think that they would’ve figured out that that isn’t true, especially after last year’s midterm romp.’ Then it dawned on me: These Establishmentarians figured you can win with conservatives but that isn’t what they want. They’d rather have ‘compassionate conservatives’ than true conservatives.
3. When has Mitt fought for anything? Has Mitt fought for anything? I haven’t seen proof of it yet. In Massachusetts, Mitt certainly didn’t fight to keep Planned Parenthood off the MassHealth payment policy advisory board.
4. We know that Newt’s a fighter because he’s fought his own president on tax increases. He fought for 16 years to create a GOP House majority. He insisted that we balance the budget ASAP.
5. This is the most important of all. Mitt’s scorched earth campaign will kill him next fall when the TEA Party activists work to elect conservative congressmen, senators and state legislators but don’t lift a finger to get Mitt elected. That’s what happens when the nominee torches each of his opponents.
6. If you think that the TEA Party got riled up in August, 2009 through the midterms, you ain’t seen nothing yet. After Mitt loses, there’ll be a major housecleaning at the RNC. The worthless strategists that collect nice salaries but don’t have 2 brain cells rubbing together will be dispatched.
Squishie enablers like NRO’s editorial board, Charles Krauthammer, George Will, Hugh Hewitt, Jennifer Rubin, S.E. Cupp and Ann Coulter will be political roadkill. Good riddance.
Don’t say the activists didn’t try warning you.
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Bob Dole’s repetition of Mitt’s Chanting Points was perfectly recited. Still, the “NRO staff” explains that Dole went nuclear on Newt. That’s insulting. Dole isn’t capable of matching up with Newt in terms of intellectual heft. Bob Dole is a true war hero. He deserves, and has received, this nation’s gratitude for his service to this nation. That doesn’t mean he gets to get away with this crap:
I have not been critical of Newt Gingrich but it is now time to take a stand before it is too late. If Gingrich is the nominee it will have an adverse impact on Republican candidates running for county, state, and federal offices. Hardly anyone who served with Newt in Congress has endorsed him and that fact speaks for itself. He was a one-man-band who rarely took advice. It was his way or the highway.
Gingrich served as Speaker from 1995 to 1999 and had trouble within his own party. By 1997 a number of House Republican members wanted to throw him out as Speaker. But he hung on until after the 1998 elections when Newt could read the writing on the wall. His mounting ethics problems caused him to resign in early 1999. I know whereof I speak as I helped establish a line of credit of $150,000 to help Newt pay off the fine for his ethics violations. In the end, he paid the fine with money from other sources.
Bob Dole was the Senate Majority Leader but it was Newt that was the man who engineered the first GOP majority in the House in 40 years. Newt Gingrich had a vision and a plan for accomplishing that. Newt doggedly persisted in pushing that plan.
Part of that plan was using C-SPAN to broadcast conservative ideas after the day’s business had been completed. Night after night, Gingrich’s ideas were broadcast to the nation. Bit by bit, a seemingly impossible mission turned into reality.
Bob Dole didn’t lead that charge. Then-House Minority Leader Bob Michel didn’t help make it happen. Phase II of the Reagan Revolution was made possible because of Newt Gingrich’s persistence and Newt Gingrich’s intellectual heft. Without Newt’s vision and persistence, Republicans might still not have shattered that ‘political glass ceiling.’
Newt Gingrich put together a plan that triggered the biggest GOP landslide in ages. To this day, it’s only been topped once in the last century, that being in 2010.
During last night’s radio program, Mark Levin commented on Dole’s diatribe, saying that “of course Dole would speak out. He was part of the problem.” Bob Dole isn’t a visionary. That’s why he wouldn’t be my first choice to build a powerful election machine. I’m confident that he wouldn’t make it into my top 50 for that job.
Still, we’re supposed to take Tax Collector for the rich Bob Dole at his word that Newt would be a disaster for Republicans this election. I’ve had it with Mitt’s attack puppies telling us Newt’s an electoral disaster for Republicans.
Moderate McCain ran in 2008. How’d that turn out? Oh, that’s right. Because of that lackluster campaign, we got Obamacare and the stimulus and the bailouts shoved down our throats.
It’s time for the TEA Party to utterly abandon Mitt’s moderates. It’s time we shouted NO MORE!!! I’ve had it with these ‘only moderates can win’ types. If 2010, 1994 and 1984 should’ve taught us anything, it’s that bold and intelligent works.