Saturday, April 28, 2012
The Young Guns Network, a group affiliated with House Republican majority leader Eric Cantor, is encouraging Democrats in Indiana to vote in the May 8 GOP primary for incumbent senator Dick Lugar. Politico's Maggie Haberman first reported that the YG Network has been sending mailers to Indiana voters reminding Democrats and independents that they can register to vote in the open primary and encouraging those folks to vote for Lugar and against his conservative challenger, Richard Mourdock......the rest of the mailing criticizes Mourdock's conservative views on eliminating federal education spending and says the choice is "between extreme cuts and mainstream Indiana leadership"
- Unreal. Majority Leader Eric Cantor went way over the line.
- The Ultimate Treachery
- Tell Eric Cantor to Stay Out of Indiana.
- Tell the Young Guns to stop aiming at Mourdock.
- $100,000 could go a long way to supporting a Republican against a Democrat this year in a competitive House race. Is helping a six-term Senate incumbent who's not so conservative try to beat back a conservative primary challenge by someone who would hold the Senate seat for the GOP really the best use of that money?
- Eric Cantor is encouraging Democrats in Indiana to vote in the May 8 GOP primary.
- ...a group dedicated to supporting HOUSE candidates, have you noticed that Lugar is in the Senate?
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
"Young Guns ... was designed to help leaders like Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy chart a new course for the center-right movement and the House majority,” Young Guns Action Fund super PAC founder John Murray has said. It's not clear how this donation to Lugar furthers that cause. And it's not clear why Young Guns is meddling in a GOP Senate primary. Indeed, Mike Pence, another young gun-type House member who's now running for Indiana governor, has conspicuously failed to endorse Lugar for reelection.More important: $100,000 could go a long way to supporting a Republican against a Democrat this year in a competitive House race. Is helping a six-term Senate incumbent who's not so conservative try to beat back a conservative primary challenge by someone who would hold the Senate seat for the GOP really the best use of that money?
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
— RightKlik (@RightKlik) April 25, 2012
@LakiaMScott That's a nice sentiment, but there's no such thing as a free lunch— RightKlik (@RightKlik) April 25, 2012
@LakiaMScott Eurocentric thought? How did Europe work its way into this topic?— RightKlik (@RightKlik) April 25, 2012
@LakiaMScott No, you can explain what you mean by "Eurocentrism" & how Eurocentrism has anything to do with interest on student loans in USA— RightKlik (@RightKlik) April 25, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
X-Posted from the Left Coast Rebel
According to Politico, Republican party power-mongers seems to think that the Tea Party is dead.
I think the death of the Tea Party is highly exaggerated.
Many are tired and dispirited. Most Tea Partiers have simply moved into underground Sons of Liberty liberty watch-guards.
Instead of orchestrating historic national protests, they are in one way or another changing the nation from within the political system.
One can argue that the system is so beyond hope and repair that it cannot even be saved at this point.
But, like it or not, that's the now-somewhat underground position the Tea Party has naturally transitioned into.
GOP elders sympathize with the movement’s ideas and want to channel whatever energy the decentralized groups offer for November. But when asked about the tea-party’s influence in interviews here, the movement was always spoken of in the third person and as one constituency in the larger Republican coalition, sort of like defense hawks or fiscal conservatives. Many Republicans here said that tea-party activists now understand that things will run more smoothly if those with experience are in charge rather than those who put a premium on ideology over process.“The important thing for any group in the party to understand…is that you need experience to govern,” said New Hampshire Republican Chairman Wayne MacDonald. “Everybody has to start somewhere. It’s just important they learn the mechanics of how the party operates…It doesn’t mean new ideas aren’t welcome.”
The tea party movement’s influence has waned everywhere since its apex in 2010. Most visibly, the Republican Party is poised to nominate the most pragmatic of the men who ran for president this cycle even though many tea-party groups vocally opposed him during the primary. Indeed, Mitt Romney received a coronation of sorts at a unity lunch here Friday, soaking up standing ovations and basking in blessings from 2008 rival Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
...the dashed line represents how conservative we would expect a Republican senator to be, based on the partisan composition of her state. The further below the dashed line that the senator appears, the more liberal he or she is, relative to the state. Those far below the line, from a Republican point of view, are arguably not pulling their weight.Five Republicans stand out as being especially far below the line — that is, they are more liberal than you would typically expect a Republican from their state to be. The list includes George V. Voinovich of Ohio, who is retiring, and Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, along with Mr. Hatch. And, sure enough, we also see Ms. Murkowski and Mr. Bennett.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Doggone Offended? Credit: Gage Skidmore
X-posted from the Left Coast Rebel
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch will face off against conservative former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist in a June primary after the six-term incumbent failed to win 60 percent of the vote at the state Republican convention on Saturday. Hatch took 57 percent on the first ballot and then 59 percent on a second ballot, one on one fight against Liljenquist. Hatch needed to win 60 percent of the vote to avoid a June 26 primary.
Hatch forces had hoped to win the nomination outright on Saturday. He came up short on that goal. But, Hatch did avoid the fate of Sen. Bob Bennett (R), who two years ago lost his bid for reelection when he finished third at the state party convention amid deep discontent directed at him from conservatives.
Previously at the Left Coast Rebel:
- Orrin Hatch's anti-Constitutional progressive record.
- Orrin Hatch is "doggone offended" by Tea Partiers and libertarians within the GOP!
- Hatch loathes tea party conservatives.
If you're a liberal, statist or progressive Kool-Aid drinker, what's not to like about Orrin Hatch?
Could Dan Liljenquist be the next Rand Paul or Mike Lee?
Updated: Malkin has more, including a lot more info on Liljenquist.
Added: Donate to Dan Liljenquist HERE.
*The runoff election will be on June 26.
Instapundit: "TEA PARTY FORCES ORRIN HATCH INTO PRIMARY. That’s huge..."
Friday, April 20, 2012
The Constitution is a companion of the Declaration of Independence and should be construed as an implementation of the Declaration’s premises, which include: Government exists not to confer rights but to “secure” preexisting rights; the fundamental rights concern the liberty of individuals, not the prerogatives of the collectivity — least of all when it acts to the detriment of individual liberty...Wilkinson worries about judges causing “an ever-increasing displacement of democracy.” Also worrisome, however, is the displacement of liberty by democracy in the form of majorities indifferent or hostile to what the Declaration decrees — a spacious sphere of individual sovereignty.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy). Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
"He's been there a long time, and with that length in service comes a lengthy record of expanding the scope and size of government."
-- Russ Walker, FreedomWorks to NPR April 12, 2012
Senator Hatch’s record includes the following (hat-tip Club for Growth):
- Voted YES on TARP (RCV #213, 2008)
- Voted YES to increase the debt limit at least five times (RCV #354, 2007; RCV #54, 2006; RCV #213, 2004; RCV #202, 2003; RCV #148, 2002)
- Voted YES to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (RCV #157, 2008)
- Voted YES on SCHIP (RCV #353, 2007) • Voted NO on defunding the Bridge to Nowhere (RCV #262, 2005), and supported billions of dollars in other wasteful earmark spending.
- Voted YES on the Medicare drug benefit (RCV #459, 2003)
- Voted YES on No Child Left Behind (RCV #371, 2001)
Yah, this guy deserves to be out of a job...
Orrin Hatch embodies the worst things the Republican party represents: cronyism and backdoor deals, big government just slightly to the right of the Democrat agenda, and -- perhaps the worst -- a feigning mentality of elitism and power entitlement. The guy's been in Congress for 36 years!
Utah: You did it right last round with RINO Bob Bennet -- It's time to primary progressive Republican senator Orrin Hatch at your May, 2012 state convention.
Hatch's chief primary challenger at this point (4/14/2012) is a fella named Dan Liljenquist. FreedomWorks is supporting him but beyond that, I know nothing about him although I found this morning that the lamestream press has been spreading a Liljenquist can't win meme for a while now. More on Liljenquist later either per LCR or RightKlik.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
ABO.At least Romney isn’t Obama and can be pressured into doing some of the right things. No hope for Barry, he’s rotten to the core.
Imagine that over at the 36-inch end you’ve got pure liberal thinking—more and larger government programs, a bigger government that costs more in the many ways that cost can be calculated. Over at the other end you’ve got conservative thinking—a government that is growing smaller and less demanding and is less expensive. You assume that when the two major parties are negotiating bills in Washington, they sort of lay down the yardstick and begin negotiations at the 18-inch line. Each party pulls in the direction it wants, and the dominant party moves the government a few inches in their direction.But if you look at the past half century or so you have to think: How come even when Republicans are in charge, even when they’re dominant, government has always gotten larger and more expensive? It’s always grown! It’s as if something inexorable in our political reality—with those who think in liberal terms dominating the establishment, the media, the academy—has always tilted the starting point in negotiations away from 18 inches, and always toward liberalism, toward the 36-inch point.Democrats on the Hill or in the White House try to pull it up to 30, Republicans try to pull it back to 25. A deal is struck at 28. Washington Republicans call it victory: “Hey, it coulda been 29!” But regular conservative-minded or Republican voters see yet another loss. They could live with 18. They’d like eight. Instead it’s 28.For conservatives on the ground, it has often felt as if Democrats (and moderate Republicans) were always saying, “We should spend a trillion dollars,” and the Republican Party would respond, “No, too costly. How about $700 billion?” Conservatives on the ground are thinking, “How about nothing? How about we don’t spend more money but finally start cutting.”
Thursday, April 5, 2012
I'm so old I remember when incumbent Presidents would tout their record instead of creating stupid hashtags. #WhatsRomneyHiding— Kevin (@keder) April 5, 2012
WHAT'S OBAMA HIDING?
— Red (@red_red_head) April 6, 2012
The scalpal he was going to take to the budget. #whatsobamahiding— David Hammons (@MoparsRule) April 6, 2012
— Kevin (@keder) April 6, 2012
#WhatsObamaHiding The 7 additional States— Love USA (@ILuvUSA) April 6, 2012
#WhatsObamaHiding Austrian language translation book— Teresa(@Herfarm) April 6, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
I'll reiterate for you that [Obama] has totally incorrectly defined judicial activism. Nobody ever accuses judges of judicial activism for following the Constitution. Judicial activism is when judges do not follow the Constitution, when they legislate from the bench, when they write their own law.
...if a “do nothing Congress” is one that refuses to rubber-stamp Obama’s policy dictates, and an “activist judiciary” is one that refuses to rubber-stamp legislation passed by a partisan, supermajority Democrat Congress, why don’t we simply just cut out all the overlap and go right to a dictatorship?