Criticism of the Republican Party
From the Political Right

Introduction by The Editor:

There's very little difference between the two major political parties in the United States, and the differences are shrinking every year.  Both parties are in a race to deliver freebies to potential voters.  Neither party has any interest in term limits or spending caps.  Both parties respond only to criticism in the news media, not from the citizens.  Both parties support the United Nations more than they support the 10th Amendment.

The teeming masses are kept quiet by diverting their attention (to professional sports, celebrities, and lotteries) and by sending them food stamps and monthly "disability" checks.  The party that promises to keep the checks coming is the party that gets their vote, if they vote at all.

The usual criticisms are that GOP stands for Gutless Opposition Party, and that there's little or no difference between the two major political parties.  A tax-and-spend liberal is the same as a tax-and-spend "moderate" Republican.  But whenever the idea of a third party pops up, it is strongly opposed by the kingpins of both parties, because they like the system we have now.  (The news media like the status quo, too, because the quadrennial horse race is good for business.)  The only way to cut away the arrogant crust in Washington, in my opinion, is to impose term limits on our representatives in Congress.  But the current system (and the people in power) will never permit such a thing.  Politicians in both parties who stay in Washington longer than ten years are concerned with only one thing:  re-election.

Perhaps the squishy centrist Republicans aren't RINOs after all.  It appears that the Repulican Party itself is Conservative in Theory Only.  (Obviously that title will have to be re-worded in order to generate a catchy acronym.)  Republicans are the only ones "reaching across the aisle" to make deals and maintain friendships with the elected representatives on the other side, which is why they're sometimes called "the stupid party" — by other Republicans! [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

The easiest way to demonstrate the impotence and fecklessness of the Republican Party is to observe that the Republicans have made no attempt to impeach Barack H. Obama, despite a mountain of evidence against him.

For me, the presidential race in 2016 was the last straw.  Donald Trump was not only allowed to identify and run as a Republican, he got the party's nomination!  "Party unity," i.e., winning, was more important to the Republican Machine than the candidate's biography, baggage or beliefs.

The two previous presidential candidates were not much better.  Both John McCain and Mitt Romney refused to criticize Barack H. Obama either because [#1] they were afraid of the backlash in the news media, or [#2] they weren't really interested in winning, because the end results would be approximately equal.

On its current path, this country will soon collapse.  And it's going to be ugly.

This page is about the Republican Party as a whole.  Specific RINOs are called out on this page, and Donald Trump's sudden political career is discussed here.




Republicans Officially Give Up Trying to Cut Spending.  After the rise of the Tea Party in 2009 as a grassroots expression of revulsion at government bailouts, spending, and Obamacare; [...] and then after Republicans re-took the Senate and eventually the White House... after all this activity, when it finally came time for the GOP to stand up and demonstrate its values of fiscal stewardship and limited government, you could count the number of Republicans voting to restrain government spending on exactly one finger:  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), was the only Republican no-vote in yesterday's 51-49 Senate approval of a $4 trillion budget resolution for fiscal year 2018.  The resolution, more of a vague blueprint for the next decade, includes $43 billion next year for "Overseas Contingency Operations" (OCOs), a notorious budgeting gimmick that has been responsible for more than $1.7 trillion in off-budget spending this century.

How Corrupt Are American Institutions?  If this [Russia/uranium/Rosatom] story is true, then all our worst fears have been confirmed, and we are indeed living in a banana republic, with one set of rules for the rich and powerful, and another set of rules for everybody else. [...] This scandal will be a true test — perhaps the final test — of whether American government can still work for the people.  If Republicans walk away from this story for fear of ruffling Democrat feathers, we will know that the fix is in.  A lot of reputations are on the line, beginning with that of Donald Trump.

Paul Ryan at the Center of the Greatest Political Scandal of the 21st Century.  [Scroll down]  One possibility is that the Awans were so fully embedded on Capitol Hill that electronic data belonging to members of both parties was compromised.  Perhaps Republicans are just as fearful as Democrats of what the Awans stole and what ultimately they will do with it."  [Peter] Flaherty went on to put into words what our take on this has been since the Democrat IT scandal first broke and the Republican leadership studiously ignored it:  A greater possibility is that the House branch of the Republican Party has ceased to function as a real political force.

Bucking the System.  Today we begin with an extraordinary interview with a sitting member of Congress.  It will make you mad but it's something you should hear.  Republican Ken Buck is speaking out of school about the shocking, transactional nature of Washington politics.  About party elites he says, "live like kings and govern like bullies."  And he's lifting the curtain on why he says nothing gets done in Congress, describing collusion between Democrats and Republicans to fleece taxpayers on behalf of special interests.  [Video clip]

Angry GOP Donors Close their Wallets.  Republicans are confronting a growing revolt from their top donors, who are cutting off the party in protest over its inability to get anything done.  Tensions reached a boiling point at a recent dinner at the home of Los Angeles billionaire Robert Day.  In full view of around two dozen guests, Thomas Wachtell, a retired oil and gas investor and party contributor, delivered an urgent message to the night's headliner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:  Just do something.

GOP Sens. Blunt and Moran Offer Green Cards to Outsource More White-Collar Jobs.  GOP Senators Roy Blunt and Jerry Moran have introduced legislation which would outsource another 125,000 white-collar jobs to foreigners each year.  The outsourcing bill is being pitched as a pro-technology, pro-entrepreneurship bill even though many young and middle-aged Americans in the two Senators' home states of Missouri and Kansas are already working with technology or as entrepreneurs.  The outsourcing bill is dubbed the "Startup Act," and it closely models prior bills sought by the high-tech sector, where executives and investors are working to raise profits by further reducing the salaries paid to American college graduates and technology experts.

Matt Drudge:  No Difference Between Dems And GOP Anymore.  News aggregator Matt Drudge tweeted Wednesday that recent GOP legislative failures have shattered the "illusion there is a difference between parties."  Drudge said that the GOP's failure to repeal and replace Obamacare and now the possibility they raise taxes on the wealthy proves that they aren't any different than Democrats.

Susan Collins, Rand Paul and John McCain are leading us to socialism.  The current situation simply causes damage to everyone.  By forcing insurance companies to provide products that don't work economically, the companies have to either raise rates — which is what is happening — or withdraw from markets — which is also happening.  Graham-Cassidy takes a difficult situation and says, "It's clear we're not going to solve it in Washington, so let's turn it over to states and let each state deal locally with its challenges."  This is indeed what America is about.  This is what the founders of the USA wrote into our constitution.  A limited federal government, and the rest left to the states.  And they were right!  But liberals, like Susan Collins, have upset the apple cart over the years and now we have a mess in Washington.

Sen. Bob Corker Announces Retirement One Day After Breitbart Reports on His $3 Million Swamp Deal.  Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) announced late Tuesday afternoon [9/26/2017] he will not be seeking re-election to a third term in the Senate in 2018, just hours before polls were scheduled to close in the Alabama U.S. Senate Republican runoff election between conservative Judge Roy Moore and Corker's establishment ally, Senator Luther Strange (R-AL).  Corker's surprising announcement came one day after the publication of the third story in a series by Breitbart News that documented his sweetheart deal investment in a Mobile, Alabama retail center arranged by a law firm that donated $28,000 to Luther Strange's Senate campaign.

WaPo: Swamp Worries That a Luther Strange Defeat 'Could Prompt Some GOP Senators to Retire'.  The Washington Post reports that, although President Donald Trump and his staff were hesitant to campaign in Alabama for establishment-friendly Luther Strange, Swamp Republicans forced the president's hand — fearing that a victory for Judge Roy Moore would motivate several allies to retire from the Senate rather than face Breitbart-backed challengers in 2018.

The Awful Future that Looms for a Majority of Today's Americans.  The Republicans, while cognizant of the dire future ahead, prefer to hide their heads in the sand and defer matters to another day and another Congress and another President, as they are fearful of telling the people the truth and risk losing political power.  Thus, their pre-determined inability and lack of fortitude in addressing Obamacare or any long-term spending programs.  Donald Trump continues to tout new programs (such as paid maternity leave), adamantly refuses to address the out of control entitlement spending, and is content with modified single-payer health care.

Senate, led by frightened GOP, passes worthless anti-KKK resolution.  Senators on Capitol Hill passed this week with both speed and unanimous voice a resolution that condemns white supremacist groups and that suggests President Donald Trump ought to do the same.  This strikes as a frightened, "Hail, Mary" move to save their own political seats.  And don't forget:  Republicans are in the majority.  Rather than signing their names to meaningless political documents that give leftists more fuel to toss on their anti-Trump fire, Republicans could instead talk about the evils of racism by mentioning their own party's support for the Civil Rights Act — and their Democratic colleagues' unfortunate stand on the opposite side.  Or, they could name-drop — can you say Sen. Robert Byrd? — and petition for the clearing of this ex-KKKer's name from roads and structures at key spots around West Virginia.  Instead, Republicans, like their Democratic counterparts, chose to go the politically expedient route and pass a piece of paper.  Wow, what bravery.

The Do-Nothing Republican Congress Acts Fast — To Spend More Money.  Less than two weeks after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the House passed an $8 billion bill to help the Houston region recover.  So Republicans in Congress can get things done quickly, just not when it comes to enacting a conservative agenda.

Please note:  The Republican Party currently enjoys a majority in the Senate.
Senate Resolution Condemns White Supremacists, Not 'Anti-Fascists'.  A bipartisan joint resolution being introduced in the Senate condemns "white nationalists, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate groups" for their role in the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last month, but does not mention so called anti-fascist groups.  The joint resolution, signed by Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia and Republican Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Johnny Isakson of Georgia, calls on the Trump administration to deploy all available resources to "improve data collection on hate crimes and to work in a coordinated way to address the growing prevalence of hate groups."

All This 'True Conservative' Talk About 'Principles' Is Just Another Lie.  [Scroll down]  So now, suddenly, Congress is moving to try and keep DACA alive through — gasp! — legislation, though that's probably not going to happen since most GOP legislators understand that amnesty is ballot box poison.  See, that's why they loved DACA — they can't pass it as a law, so they simply feigned outrage for the benefit of us rubes when Obama did exactly what they wanted with his pen.  And in the most Congressional GOP move of all possible Congressional GOP moves, they now want to try to pass a proposed DACA fix using Democrat votes and so their proposed deal to the Democrats — who really, really want 800,000 future voters — is to trade it for [...] nothing.  The GOP isn't asking for anything.  No new limits on immigrants, no reform of chain immigration, certainly no wall.  Nothing.

The Slow Death Of The Republican Party.  Every Republican candidate's stock speech sounds the same, the thunderous roar about a government out of control, federal spending out of control (insert charts and graphs and why, if you stack hundred dollar bills, they will reach the edge of the universe), federal taxes out of control (insert comparisons to socialist countries), the federal bureaucracy out of control (insert metaphors about chains, yokes, and the like), the family shattered with federal funding of abortion a crime against humanity (watch for it — there!  The heart-wrenching sob), and our military is emasculated.  Two more items were added to the menu, courtesy of Obama.  Obamacare Will Be Repealed! and Illegal Immigration Will Not Stand!

Frustrated voters to GOP: Do something!  To date, all the country has to show for putting Republicans in charge is Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.  That's not nothing, as they say, but it's not enough.

The Clownish Commissars of the Culture.  Paul Ryan, deferring to the propaganda of the commissars, says Trump "messed up" with his post-Charlottesville remarks.  Leave it to the stupid party to ratify the lies of the left.  Trump said nothing untrue and has behaved far more honorably than his cowardly "conservative" critics.  They joined the anti-Lee mob; he didn't.  Remember that the next time one of those critics clears his throat pompously about the "threat that Trump poses to the conservative movement."  Those who use that phrase the most advance it the least.

The Republican Party Reveals Itself.  The Republican Party once was the party of conservatives.  It still is the only place any conservative can be elected in today's political world.  So far.  Unfortunately, the party of Reagan has disappeared.  Trump did not make them disappear, but his improbable run, and win, has revealed who the party really is. [...] I am not the first to say this, but let's be clear, the GOP has become a party of spineless wimps and frauds.  They have betrayed half of America, betrayed the base that once supported them so well, and also betrayed their country.

Replacing the Republican Party.  Having refused to repeal Obamacare, the Republican Party is dead, as was the Whig Party in 1854 after it colluded in the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act which opened these territories to slavery.  Republican majorities in both Houses of Congress as well as control of legislatures and governorships in 26 states veil the fact that, in 2017, there are no longer reasons to vote Republican any more than there were to vote Whig after 1854.  The Republican Party's successes in recent electoral cycles were due to the American people's desire not to be governed by a ruling class, headed by the Democratic Party, which is restricting, insulting and impoverishing the country.

At the Orgy of Self-Righteousness.  By the way, what exactly do "conservatives" conserve anymore?  It is difficult to say, except maybe their seats on Meet the Press and Morning Joe.  Turn on the TV and you are likely to hear some "conservative" rebuking Trump for his ban on transgendered troops, extolling the glories of gay marriage, and casting Robert E. Lee as a traitorous dirtbag.  Rich Lowry wants to see the Confederate monuments "mothballed."  One wonders what entitles this generation to speak so confidently about past evils given its inability to recognize present ones.  Modern America is awash in the blood of millions of aborted children — a monstrous evil we're told is as central to the modern lifestyle as slavery was to the ancient one.  Can anybody imagine the "conservatives" heard this week lecturing Trump on his comments ever refusing to appear in the company of abortion advocates?  No, the Bill Kristols are only too happy to belly up to the smugfests of the pro-abortion liberal elite.  They consider their pro-abortion peers very fine people indeed.

Republicans' Approval of Congress Hits 2017 Record Low After Failure to Repeal Obamacare.  Only 16 percent of Republicans approve of the job Congress is doing, according to the latest Gallup poll.  This is the lowest job approval rating Congress has received from Republicans in 2017.  It is also a significant departure from the 30 percent GOP approval for Congress from April to July.  The drop is likely due to the Republicans' failure to repeal and replace Obamacare before going on August recess as the survey was conducted August 2-6th.  Republican approval of Congress was at a high of 50 percent after President Trump's inauguration in February but gradually fell in the months following.

The New Tenure of Office Act.  Congressional Republicans have been waging a quiet war on their own President.  The Senate voted unanimously to stay in session thus denying President Trump the power to make recess appointments — and they themselves have refused to move his appointments forward.  They prevented Trump from even using private funding to build a border wall in a previous deal.  They refused to even repeal Obamacare, the cornerstone of every Republican campaign promise.  And they have gone along with the Democrats with these investigations, which the GOP knows full well are purely political.

One Day.  There is a moment when a government becomes so corrupt that it can no longer be tolerated by the people and I suggest that we are there.  It is much more openly corrupt today than it has ever been. [...] The media has openly chosen sides and are operating as a publicity machine for the coup.  Understand that, they are providing aid and comfort to the conspirators to overthrow the duly elected President of the United States.  Words don't have the power to convey the level of treason that is being played out before our eyes, in the headlines, with absolutely no repercussions from the Republicans in office.

Republican donor from Virginia Beach sues GOP, accusing the party of fraud over failed Obamacare repeal.  A retired attorney in Virginia Beach is so incensed that Republicans couldn't repeal the Affordable Care Act he's suing to get political donations back, accusing the GOP of fraud and racketeering.  Bob Heghmann, 70, filed a lawsuit Thursday [8/3/2017] in U.S. District Court saying the national and Virginia Republican parties and some GOP leaders raised millions of dollars in campaign funds while knowing they weren't going to be able to overturn the ACA, also known as Obamacare.  The GOP "has been engaged in a pattern of Racketeering which involves massive fraud perpetrated on Republican voters and contributors as well as some Independents and Democrats," the suit said.  Racketeering, perhaps better known for use in prosecuting organized crime, involves a pattern of illegal behavior by a specific group.

The Swamp's Biggest Willful Blindness — Republicans Don't Need Democrats To Fund Southern Border Wall.  On December 12th 2014 the Republican controlled House of Representatives passed a 1,600 page continuing resolution, an "omnibus" spending bill of over $2 trillion dollars.  Every one of President Obama's policy and agenda items was fully funded; including Obama's executive action on immigration called DACA (Deferred Action for Children of Americans).  Approximately two months later, February 2015, the key-note speaker for the CPAC conference was Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.  The same Paul Ryan who just passed a $2+ trillion Omnibus and eliminated the debt ceiling.  At the conclusion of his speech over 1,000 members of the CPAC audience gave Speaker Ryan a standing ovation.  During a discussion of the irony and hypocrisy someone coined the phrase "Battered Conservative Syndrome" to describe the audience.  What, exactly, did that CPAC audience see as "conservative" in the fiscal action of Paul Ryan in the preceding two months?

Republicans and the Lost Art of Deterrence.  When Republicans get re-elected on repealing and replacing Obamacare during the assured Obama veto-presidency, and then flip in the age of surety that Trump would reify their campaign boasts, should we laugh or cry?  Is the Republican establishment's aim to see Trump's agenda rendered null and void — or does intent even matter when the result is the same anyway?

Now Republicans Are Running Away From Border Security Promise.  These Republicans.  Has there ever been a more disloyal, spineless, leaderless bunch?  The Democrats are insane of course — but at least they are fully devoted to their own madness.  Republicans prefer a more two-faced approach, promising many things while doing none of them.  The latest exhibit to be added to the long list of Republican broken promises is border security.  Republicans are now running from the Trump "build that wall" promise that was critical in his winning the 2016 Election.  So many Republicans are failing to follow up on this promise (they've been making it to voters for more than three decades) that an open floor vote might prove disastrous.  Instead, a bit of cash will be thrown at the problem, a few miles of new fence, and tens of millions of dollars devoted to further "study."

House Republicans seek to dodge border wall vote.  House Republicans are poised to fund $1.6 billion for President Donald Trump's border wall through a procedural maneuver designed to avoid a floor vote that might fail.  The House Rules Committee is expected to attach funding for the wall that Trump has proposed building along the Mexican border to the so-called minibus, a downsized spending package for the Pentagon, the Energy Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the legislative branch — but not DHS, the Cabinet agency responsible for the wall.  If an amendment to fund the wall is adopted by the Rules Committee, this line item can circumvent a floor vote, sparing GOP immigration moderates and fiscal hawks from being pressed to approve a project that their constituents might view as xenophobic, misguided and wasteful — and sparing GOP leaders possible defeat.

Republicans repeal and replace the Tea Party.  Even when Republicans control the White House and both houses of Congress, liberalism remains the default ideology of the federal government.  A Republican Senate could not muster even 50 votes for the full repeal of Obamacare's taxes and spending.  Six Republican senators who had voted for repeal in 2015, when the party was merely pretending it was possible, flipped on Wednesday [7/26/2017] rather than deliver.  Five of the six represent states President Trump won in November.  The sixth hails from a state Trump lost by less than 3 points.

GOP Rep Mo Brooks:  McConnell Should Step Down as Majority Leader If Obamacare Isn't Repealed.  Friday [7/28/2017] on CNN's "New Day," Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, suggested it might be time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to step down from his leadership position if he is unable to repeal Obamacare.  Brooks explained that if were unable to accomplish that repeal, then he may be unable to fulfill other parts of President Donald Trump's agenda.

The 7 GOP Senators Who Betrayed You By Voting Against a Straight Repeal of Obamacare.  The Republicans had one primary freaking objective and they couldn't even get that right.  Earlier this week, seven Republicans betrayed all of us and refused to vote for a straight repeal of Obamacare.  I'm ashamed to say one of those is Dean Heller from my state of Nevada.  Shame on him.  If the Republicans had listened to Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul and had done a straight repeal, they would have had two years to straighten things out and let the free market do its thing.  But no... these people wanted their pork and their kickbacks from the insurance industry.  They all need to go.

Betrayal: Republicans Push Anti-Free Speech Bill Written By Islamic Terror-Linked Groups.  The United States already has strict laws on the books that protect against hate crimes, so one reasonably asks, "why do we need this new resolution?"  Yes, this particular legislation is merely a "resolution" or a formal statement by a legislative body, but might the continued discussion of this matter really seek to prepare us to slowly move toward the next step in the process and expand the concept of what actually constitutes a "hate crime," — perhaps to include speech that some may find offensive?  In fact, its bent is quite the opposite and could end up landing you in federal court for espousing a politically incorrect opinion.

I'm a conservative — and I now see voting Republican is a waste of time.  What would you conclude if you voted for a candidate or a party because of a promise to repeal or change a law that you strongly felt was harmful and unjust, but once in office the party refused to do it?  You might conclude, rightly, that those politicians didn't really work for you, and the party didn't care what you thought.  That's precisely the message Republicans have been sending their constituents throughout the Obamacare repeal fiasco.  The failure of Senate Republicans to pass a so-called "skinny repeal" in the early hours of Friday [7/28/2017] is merely the latest instance of GOP fecklessness on health care reform.

The 7 Republican Obamacare Judases in The Senate.  During the Obama years, there was one message we heard over and above all others.  One that was repeated time and time again.  One that was repeated so often that EVERYONE knew that's what the Republican Party wanted to do.  It was that if the Republican Party had its way, it was going to torpedo Obamacare.  By 2014, the GOP had tried to defund Obamacare at least 6 times, and by the Democrats' count, had tried to gut the law more than 50 times.  Republican candidates across the country promised to repeal Obamacare.  Mitt Romney promised to repeal Obamacare.  Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare.

Let's Not Forget:  Obamacare is Destroying American Healthcare for All of Us.  One of the great tragedies of the Orwellian-named Affordable Care Act was its intricately-designed fangs that would sink deep into the flesh of America's healthcare system, ensuring that any later effort to repeal the beast would result in holes that could be exploited politically for maximum damage.  That's what Republicans are facing these days; and as expected, they are failing miserably to stand firm and keep their promises to the American people.  It's not like Republicans should have any trouble firing back or making a mockery of the hyperbolic rhetoric coming from those fierce defenders of Obamacare, a law that caused premiums to skyrocket across the country, countless thousands to lose an insurance plan they liked, businesses and employers to dramatically cut workers' hours to avoid draconian government penalties.

Capitol Hill Republicans — Starting With Paul Ryan — Need a Backbone.  Where are the Republicans?  Where are the demands to Mueller that if he is to expanding his Russia investigation then it's past time to bring in the Clintons and investigate the pay-to-play use of the Clinton Foundation, that expensive Bill Clinton speech in Moscow, and the use of the State Department as the ultimate pay-to-play Clinton toy.  Newsflash:  Democrats and their media allies are playing hardball.  They don't want a debate on health care or taxes, they want to delegitimize and overthrow a duly elected President of the United States because they still can't believe they lost the last election.

Schumer's Criticism of Hillary Is Worse Than It Seems.  Yes, as we also all know, the Republicans have their issues, to put it mildly.  For a party controlling practically everything, they are remarkably inept and self-destructive, but at least, beneath it all, they have the potential to come together and move forward.  (Who knows if they will?)  For the Democrats it is another matter.  They are hamstrung on all sides.

Weak-Kneed Ryan Stalls National Concealed Carry Reciprocity.  Our friends at the Virginia Citizens Defense League recently put out an alert letting gun owners know exactly where the problem is with the national concealed carry reciprocity bill — with Democratic Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

Ari Fleischer Slams GOP for Failing to Repeal Obamacare.  Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer had a glum view on Tuesday while he reacted to the collapse of the Senate GOP's health care bill.  "This is a dismal day for Republicans," Fleischer said on Fox & Friends.  "This is an abandonment of the heart of what Republicans promised people for eight years, and not to be able to deliver on it."  Fleischer went on to talk about the Senate's responsibility to replace the Affordable Care Act, and how their failure "should not go un-noted" in the polls.  Fleischer said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump are not to blame for the bill's demise, and that the burden is on the shoulders of Senate Republicans.

And All for the Want of a Spine.  If it's not one thing causing GOP senators and governors to equivocate on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, it's something else:  Medicaid expansion vs.  Medicaid contraction; cheaper vs. costlier insurance policies; eligibility for coverage of pre-existing conditions; contraception coverage; etc.  Meanwhile a united Democratic Senate bloc watches with ill-disguised amusement.  This is how you get things done in an age of political acrimony — you just do 'em.  Good things, bad things, it doesn't matter.  You do 'em and wait to see what happens.

Why Republicans Exempted Their Own Insurance From Obamacare Rollback.  Senate budget rules are giving opponents of the rollback of the 2010 health care law an easy way to attack Republicans for hypocrisy.  The Senate GOP may not really want to immunize their own member and staff health plans from their health care policy changes, but because they are seeking to bring their bill to the floor under the expedited budget reconciliation process, they have little choice.  Sen. Ted Cruz has already unveiled a fix to nullify the exemption, but that bill would take 60 votes to overcome any filibuster attempts.

Why are most of the Republicans in Congress so spineless?  Obamacare was passed in 2009 without a single Republican vote.  Everyone who paid attention to its details knew that it was designed to fail, miserably. [...] It was and remains a giant boondoggle.  For eight years, Republicans have campaigned for office in order to repeal it.  The House voted repeatedly to repeal it.  Now they have the House, the Senate, and the White House and suddenly cannot do what they have promised to do all these years despite having all the power to do it. [...] Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania let the cat of the bag as to the Republicans' pathetic inaction at a recent town hall:  "We did not expect Trump to win."  So these Republicans who have been promising to repeal Obamacare once they achieved maximum power were just faking it.  They had no plan to actually repeal Obamacare, and it appears now that they never had any intention to do it.

Congress declares climate change a national security threat.  The Republican-led House decisively approved a defense policy bill on Friday [7/14/2017] that declares climate change a national security threat, demands rigorous oversight of the Pentagon's cyber operations and rejects the Trump administration's bid to close military bases.

The Editor says...
The global temperature is changing (up or down) at the rate of one degree per century at most.  That's a small fraction of one degree over the lifetime of any military weapon or system.  By contrast, the temperature in many parts of the world goes up and down 40 degrees or more from morning to night, and that doesn't impede the performance of any military system of which I am aware.  How did the Republican-controlled House of Representatives find it necessary to vote for this claptrap?

Freedom and the GOP are dying under 'Leader' McConnell.  In a not-so-subtle chess move late last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sent a signal to his rank-and-file that the time is coming to capitulate to Democrats on health care reform.  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., did not hesitate to exploit the weakness: [...] Stock criticisms of McConnell's conservatism and principle indeed apply.  But this last fumble, here at the final showdown over Obamacare — the apex of our generation's duty to limited government — goes well beyond questions of principle; it reveals a basic lack of competence to lead the Senate.  The majority leader is not up to the job.

Tough talk is cheap.
Republicans Threaten to Investigate Clinton's Emails Again if Democrats Don't Drop Russia Scandal.  Amidst a fresh Trump-Russia scandal ironically involving Donald Trump, Jr.'s emails with a Russian national, Republicans have somehow found a way to circle us all back to Hillary Clinton's emails.  After learning that Trump Jr. communicated with Russians for "dirt" on Clinton, was told outright that the Russian government backed his father's campaign, and then with his father vouching for him, lied that these meetings were about U.S.-Russia adoption laws, Republican Rep. Steve King from Iowa is threatening to open up a Congressional investigation into Clinton's emails.

The Editor says...
There is no need to threaten to investigate Hillary Clinton's emails.  Nor is there any reason to hesitate.  That's one of the things that got Donald Trump elected.  The Republican campaign speeches were all about building the border wall, repealing Obamacare, eliminating the IRS, EPA and Department of Education, and putting Hillary Clinton in prison.  Stop talking about it and do it.

Senate GOP Decides to Keep Obamacare.  I miss the old days, when Republicans stood for repealing Obamacare.  Republicans across the country and every member of my caucus campaigned on repeal — often declaring they would tear out Obamacare "root and branch!"  What happened?  Now too many Republicans are falling all over themselves to stuff hundreds of billions of taxpayers' dollars into a bill that doesn't repeal Obamacare and feeds Big Insurance a huge bailout.  Obamacare regulations?  Still here.  Taxes?  Many still in place, totaling hundreds of billions of dollars.  Insurance company bailouts?  Those, too.

House Republican says health care bill in jeopardy over Planned Parenthood.  Rep. Trent Franks said Wednesday that if Planned Parenthood funding is added to the GOP health care bill, numerous Republican senators will no longer support it.  "I think a lot of us are 'no' votes," the Arizona Republican said.  "We can't continue to subsidize abortion as part of health care.  It's just something that's not American."  Mr. Franks said.  Some GOP senators, including Susan Collins of Maine, have said they were unlikely to support the bill without funds for Planned Parenthood.

US planning to create 'Space Corps' as sixth branch of armed forces.  The House Armed Services Committee has voted to create a US "Space Corps", which would become a new branch of the armed forces and incorporate the current space missions of the US Air Force.  If the US Space Corps goes ahead, it would be the first new military service in the country since 1947.  The move has caused consternation as committee members of the panel say they were only recently informed, giving them little time to protest against the proposal.

The Editor says...
Expansion of the federal government is exactly what we would have expected from President Hillary Clinton.

Congress Takes Off More Than 200 Days Per Year.  Congressmen take off more than 200 days a year, according to the congressional calendar.  "I would not want to be a member of Congress heading home for the July the Fourth recess," Stuart Varney said on "Mornings With Maria."  He explained that many Americans will be annoyed that Congress hasn't come close to accomplishing anything on health care or tax reform.

The GOP is about to stick it to us again, America.  Republicans have been promising the American people for six years they would repeal ObamaCare.  But all they've given us was one excuse after another.

Senate Republicans Side With Democrats To Protect Obamacare.  For eight years Republicans promised voters they would dismantle Obamacare.  They took in millions upon millions of political donation dollars on that promise.  They ran on it.  They were elected and re-elected on it.  And now some of them are breaking it.  Exhibit one of this two-faced politicking is Nevada Republican Senator Dean Heller who has now gone on record stating he will effectively stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Democrats to protect the failing Obamacare debacle.

The Politics of Professional Procrastination.  The election result in Georgia's sixth district is yet another example of Trump supporters removing excuses the DC UniParty puts forth; yet the DC apparatus is so entrenched in their opposition to President Trump's policy agenda, they sit idle spinning various congressional hearings-to-nowhere in an increasingly transparent effort to avoid action.  Anyone who believes Democrats own exclusive opposition to Donald Trump are completely ignoring the deliberate construct of the 2015/2016 republican primary.  There are just as many — if not more — natural enemies within the Republican apparatus as there are within the Democrat group.  "America-First" is antithetical to the UniParty.

Have Congressional Republican Leaders Joined the 'Resistance'?  William F. Buckley, Jr. ran for mayor of New York City in 1965, he was asked, "What will you do if you win?"  His reply:  "Demand a recount."  Of course, he was being flippant.  The young Conservative Party of New York had no chance of winning even a plurality in the liberal bastion of New York.  I would not have been surprised to have heard Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell utter those words in October of 2016.  Not only did they expect Trump to lose to Hillary Clinton in a landslide, they were counting on it.  In a divided government, with a Democrat in the White House and Republican majorities in the Senate and House, governing the country was a matter of bipartisan deal-making — and they were in the driver's seat.  No one could hold them accountable for actually governing the country — what a deal!

Trump's reversal allowing amnesty for Dreamers enrages conservative base.  The Trump administration has approved tens of thousands of temporary amnesties for illegal immigrant Dreamers, according to numbers released Thursday [6/8/2017] that underscore a major reversal for President Trump.  The decision has enraged the president's conservative base, which hoped he would make good on his promise to revoke the policy, known in governmentspeak as DACA.  But immigrant rights advocates, who were harshly critical of Mr. Trump during the campaign, said he deserves some credit for defying his right wing and keeping the program intact.

Where is the special prosecutor for Hillary and Barack?  Every time I think we have plumbed the depths of stupidity among congressional Republicans, someone comes along to prove that we are so far from the bottom that we can't even see it.  Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), supposedly an up-and-coming conservative "star" in the U.S. Senate, proudly announced that the Senate Intelligence Committee had voted to give itself "blanket authority to issue subpoenas" regarding the investigation into Russian election meddling.  This means the Democrats have been granted unrestricted license to go after President Trump despite what is obviously a partisan witch hunt.  How could Republicans be so stupid?

Senate GOP's love affair with Senate process blocks Trump agenda.  The President and the Republican majorities in the House and Senate ran on a platform in 2016 of Obamacare repeal and replace, tax reform, and border security. [...] Senate rules have one purpose, to avoid tough votes.  If there is one thing a politician doesn't like, it is a tough vote.  Tough votes will appear on campaign literature in their primaries and the general election.  Senators do not want to defend those votes, despite running on making that vote, in front of a town hall.  The current healthcare legislative situation in the Senate, proves this.  In late 2015, the Senate passed an Obamacare Repeal bill with 52 votes knowing it would be vetoed by President Obama.  Now that the vote is for real, the Senate is scared to call the vote.

Are Republicans Their Own Worst Enemies?  Here's the good news.  It's 2017 and Republicans control the White House, the Senate, the House and more statewide offices than you can shake a big bundle of fake news papers at.  And, potentially soon, a Supreme Court that takes its guidelines from the Constitution not Das Kapital and the National Social Justice Party.  Here's the bad news, Republicans are still Republicans.  Whether it's Flynn, Bannon, Gorka, Kushner, Clarke, they are all too eager to fall for the latest left-wing scandal.  The media throws some chum in the water and watches the bloody fun as Republicans go after Republicans.  Scandals are manufactured and strategically aimed to divide and conquer Republicans.  But the real target is the conservative agenda.  Bogging down the White House in scandals keeps it from dismantling more of Obama's regulations and orders.  Every milligram of oxygen that foolish conservatives give the left's narratives is a milligram taken from the lungs of the conservative agenda.

The Price of Power:  Congress' Maddening Cash Quota System.  Here is an exclusive first look at a new report that says you can put a price on success when it comes to Congress.  The report by "Issue One" exposes the secretive money system in which members of Congress "buy" top spots on the most powerful committees.  To raise the money, they often collect from the very interests their committees are supposed to oversee...  As an example, ordinary Republicans have six-figure party "dues."

Memo To GOP: Dems Didn't Waste Their Majority Playing It Safe.  The recent spate of news stories predicting that Democrats will reclaim the House majority in the 2018 midterm elections could be brushed off as little more than wishful thinking on the part of liberal journalists.  But the GOP would be wise to get as much done as they can, before it's too late.

Republicans Go to Jail, Democrats Run Free.  If not for the ethically compromised former attorney general Loretta Lynch — who famously entertained Bill Clinton on her official airplane just days before the FBI interrogated his wife — and the alternately accusatory and accommodating former FBI chief James Comey, Hillary and Huma likely would have faced felony charges under the Espionage Act and federal bribery statutes.  And yet, with America's foreign policy up for auction, and state secrets fluttering around Washington like confetti on New Year's Eve, members of the Stupid Party could not figure out how to investigate this.

The Suicide of the Republican Party.  Giving the devil his due, I give the fake news media credit for their all-out effort — they are waging total war on the Trump presidency.  They are painting him as the devil incarnate, the physical embodiment of evil, so much so that every move that Trump makes is reported as a ghastly deed, or as a dangerous miscalculation at best. [...] Trump won't be undone overnight, but he will be undone.  Slowly, methodically and painstakingly, he will be milked for all the benefits he can enact for big business interests.  But, during that time, and with the aid of Democrats — aid that is witting or unwitting — he will be undermined, so that at the right moment, his entire edifice will fall into a sinkhole of treachery.  That's the new Republican plan.  Of course, I don't know the details.  If I did, I would already have taken my place alongside Vince Foster.

With the GOP Congress, the stench of surrender is in the air.  As Republican careerists continue to cower in various corners of Congress, K Street, and the political consultant/donor world, a whispering campaign is afoot.  Fewer than six months into the new Administration, the talk on the Republican side is not about impending victories, but impeachment.  No more talk of truly repealing Obamacare.  Few signs of life for tax reform.  No hint of a border wall.  In fact, there's no indication of any Republican agenda at all; nor any results affirming the voters' decision less than 200 days ago to entrust the GOP with power.  Just whispers of impeachment... by Republicans... against a duly elected Republican president... in hushed tones.  In America, that's how coups arise — not with guns or armed insurrections — but with leaks and gossip and whispering campaigns.

Why We Don't Need the GOP Establishment.  I have absolutely no fears whatsoever of a resurgence of the Democratic Party.  The Democrats have shown no ability to learn from their mistakes.  The only thing keeping the Democratic Party alive today is the gross ineptitude of the Republican Party.

The Bipartisan Push to Increase Spending and the National Debt.  Once again, we are reminded that "bipartisan" is Washington-speak for "Hang on to your wallet."  Democrats, Republicans, and the Trump administration have reached a bipartisan agreement to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year.  Much of the media is trumpeting the agreement as proof that "both sides can work together."  Sure they can ... if the goal is to further fleece the taxpayer.

Limbaugh grills Pence on budget: 'What is the point of voting Republican?'.  Radio host Rush Limbaugh received a call from Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday, and he wasn't shy about voicing his displeasure over the 2017 budget deal.  "The Rush Limbaugh Show" rarely has guests, but a $1.2 trillion federal spending deal made between Republicans and Democrats to avoid a government shutdown prompted an interview with Mr. Pence.  The theme of the exchange boiled down to one question:  "If this is what happens, Mr. Vice President, why vote Republican?"  "What is the point of voting Republican if the Democrats are gonna continue to win practically 95 percent of their objectives, such as in this last budget deal?" the conservative host asked.

Republicans Abandon Conservatism.  This week alone, congressional leaders reached a "compromise" on a $1 trillion budget deal that consisted primarily of concessions made by the GOP majority and points scored for Democrats.  These include the continued funding of Planned Parenthood and so-called "sanctuary cities," nearly $300 million for Puerto Rico's Medicaid program, and language preventing the funding of any border-wall construction.  The $1.5 billion apportioned for border security does not permit any funding of a deportation force. [...] One is left wondering what good it does for Republicans to hold the White House and both chambers of Congress if they still can't manage to achieve any conservative victories.

Trump Voters:  Ya Got Took.  [Scroll down]  No fighting China on currency, no [Mexican border] wall, no NATO reform.  Add a few more items to the list:  Janet Yellen was definitely out before she wasn't; our relationship with Russia was "great" during the campaign but today is a "horrible relationship" that is "at an all-time low" (he may not know about the Cuban missile crisis); the president could not make war on Syria without congressional approval ("big mistake if he does not!") until he could.  The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land.

Hey, Republicans — take a memo:  You won.  Do Republicans even know they won?  Forgive the question, but it dawns, given their recent behavior in Congress, that Republicans are either above and beyond courteous, desirous of helping Democrats every which way they can — or they just don't know they won, that they are the party of the majority.  In a phrase:  Budget bill.  Rather than fighting, Republicans rubber-stamped.  And for Democrats, it's a dream come true.

Rand: AHCA 'First Time' GOP Has Supported 'Deplorable' Practice of Subsidizing Insurance Companies.  On Thursday's [5/4/2017] broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "Your World," Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) argued the revised American Health Care Act is "the first time that Republicans have affirmatively put their stamp of approval on a program where federal money, taxpayer money, is paid to insurance companies."  He later characterized subsidizing insurance companies as "deplorable."  Rand said the House Freedom Caucus "made the bill a lot less bad."  He added, "But what I'm still concerned with is, this'll the first time that Republicans have affirmatively put their stamp of approval on a program where federal money, taxpayer money, is paid to insurance companies. ... And it boggles my mind how that became a Republican idea."

The Obama Republicans Fully Fund Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, Sanctuary Cities, Don't Fund Trump's Wall.  As per the usual arrangement, on Sunday [4/30/2017] Republicans reached a deal with Democrats to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will avoid a government shutdown through September.  Here's what's in the bill:  funding for Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, the Iran deal, the National Endowment for the Arts, and sanctuary cities.  Here's what's not in the bill:  funding for President Trump's planned border wall.  Incredibly, the new omnibus even includes a measure to increase the influx of temporary workers under H-2B visas through September.

Democrats Bully Republicans into Spending Surrender.  Initial conservative skepticism has turned into rising outrage over a spending bargain approved by GOP lawmakers Sunday night — the first budget agreement hammered out since President Donald Trump took office.  "They are, in fact, funding President Obama's priorities," Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government, told LifeZette, referring to the Republican members of Congress who sit on the Appropriations Committee.  "They're behaving as if President Obama's still in place."

Moderate Holdouts Offered $8 Billion Extra for Stability Fund to Get Their Votes on Health Care.  A GOP source close to the health care negotiations told Independent Journal Review late Tuesday night [5/2/2017] that moderate Reps.  Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Billy Long (R-Mo.) are considering a deal granting $8 billion in additional funding to the plan's state stability fund in exchange for the lawmakers' support on the health care bill.

Frustrated conservatives ready to start winning under Trump.  The spending deal struck over the weekend to avoid a partial government shutdown is just the latest failure of GOP-controlled Washington to deliver for conservative activists.  To them, that bill is part of a larger pattern of putting off fights with the Democrats for another day only for tomorrow to never come — a trend they were already experiencing with run-of-the-mill Republicans, but one they hoped would end under Trump.

1,665 Pages:  GOP Spending Bill Longer Than Obama's Stimulus.  The new federal spending bill proposed in the Republican-controlled Congress to fund the government through the end of September — which is now posted on the House Rules Committee website — is 1,665 pages long and includes an average of approximately 210 words per page.  That makes this bill approximately 350,000 words long — or about twice as long as the stimulus law (the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act") that President Barack Obama signed less than a month after his inauguration in 2009.

Obamacare and the Gutless Wonders of the GOP.  The GOP holds majorities in both houses of Congress, the president is a Republican, and only a tiny minority of the voters support Obamacare in its present form.  It should be possible, under these propitious circumstances, for the Republicans to honor their pledge to repeal the rapidly imploding "reform" law.  Yet the party that ended slavery and successfully championed women's suffrage, both in the face of violent Democratic opposition, can't muster the courage to repeal even the worst provisions of the Affordable Care Act.  This cowardice has now inspired the law's apologists to openly mock the GOP and President Trump. [...] One hopes they will grow a collective spine and repeal Obamacare. Otherwise, the Democrats win in 2018.

Obamacare Cost-Sharing Subsidies Will Not Be Part of the Deal Republicans Make to Keep Democrats From Shutting the Government Down, Ryan Claims.  In exchange for you continuing funding Obamacare, we'll allow you the benefit of also being permitted to continue funding Planned Parenthood.  We are always bargaining from a position of weakness.  Never strength.  Just this cramped posture of a beaten boy who rolls up into a ball covering his head and crying "Uncle."  And by the way, I assume this is a negotiating position and when the Democrats shut down the government, we'll give in on some cost-sharing subsidies for Obamacare.  John Sexton explains what cost-sharing subsidies are:  Direct payments to insurance companies[.]

Why can't House repeal Obamacare?  Because a lot of Republicans don't want to.  Republicans have 238 seats in the House.  Repealing Obamacare will require 217 votes.  Even with unanimous Democratic opposition, Republicans could lose 21 votes and still prevail on repeal.  Why haven't they done it?  By this time, it's becoming increasingly clear that Republicans have not repealed Obamacare because a lot of Republicans do not want to repeal Obamacare.  They don't even want to sorta repeal Obamacare.  The bill currently on the table, like the bill pulled in March, falls far short of a full repeal of Obamacare.  And yet Republicans still cannot agree on it.

Will GOP Fund Planned Parenthood But Not Border Wall?  According to the Congressional Research Service, the Government Accountability Office determined that Planned Parenthood Federation of America affiliates received $400.56 million in Medicaid reimbursements in both federal and state dollars in 2012.  Planned Parenthood affiliates, according to GAO, also spent $64.35 million in federal Title X funding in 2012.  When the House Republican leaders this year put together their weak and redistributionist reconciliation bill to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, it included language that would have denied Medicaid money to Planned Parenthood — for just one year.  But it would not have denied Title X money to Planned Parenthood — because reconciliation bills do not deal with discretionary spending like that doled out under Title X.  When principled House conservatives opposed that Obamacare bill, the Republican leadership did not bring it up for a vote.

Republicans Set For Full Capitulation In April Budget Fight.  [A]ll signs now point toward the Grand Old Party preparing for a Grand Old Surrender.  There is no appetite whatsoever among congressional Republicans right now to wage battle over taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood — despite the fact that the organization demonstrably profits off the sale of dismembered baby parts, and despite the reality that the current state-sanctioned prenatal infanticide regime is the moral and legal successor to the antebelleum slavery that the nascent Republican Party was once formed to stand athwart.  There is no appetite right now to go to budgetary war over defunding the jihad-funding, kleptocratic Palestinian Authority.  There is no appetite to once and for all defund President Obama's lawless executive amnesties, to stop unvetted refugee resettlement from the Islamic world, or even to pay for Trump's unambiguously highest profile, most frequently cited campaign promise: the construction of the "big, beautiful" border wall.

The condition they call a "government shutdown" should be a goal, not a deterrent.
Congressional Republicans take heat at home on ObamaCare, say priority is avoiding shutdown.  Congressional Republicans returned this weekend to their districts to get another earful about ObamaCare, while giving mixed statements about how close they are to replacing the health care law and suggesting that avoiding a looming government shutdown is now the priority.  California GOP Rep. Tom McClintock again held a town hall event in which residents expressed concerns about the GOP-led Congress repealing and replacing ObamaCare with more expensive and less comprehensive coverage.  "Are you aware that you don't answer questions?" one town hall attendee asked McClintock at the event outside Sacramento.  Another attendee suggested McClintock was a [poor] representative and that Republicans could vote with Democrats to replace him.

A Guide To Repealing ObamaCare, Hidden In Plain Site.  The GOP has apparently decided that, despite the problems it causes, any ObamaCare repeal plan must keep the core feature of ObamaCare — its protections for those with pre-existing conditions.  Are they not aware that several states have already gone through this exercise before, and that many ended up abandoning these very protections after their insurance markets started to implode?

Say, let's release browsing history of pols voting to rescind internet privacy.  A Republican Congress voted this week to rescind personal internet privacy protections enacted just six months ago and President Trump indicates he will sign the legislation. [...] Critics suggest this will enable internet providers to collect vast volumes of personal information on any American's Internet use, including search and browsing histories.  And to peddle it, presumably to commercial operators eager to sell you stuff.  Have you noticed those eerie pop-up ads about things you just perused on Amazon? [...] In fact, there's mounting outrage about the GOP move.

Is health care a right or a good?  After the Republicans acquired full control of Congress in 2015, they delivered numerous repeals of ObamCare to President Barack Obama, knowing that he'd veto them, which he did.  These were complete repeals — essentially removing the federal government from the regulation of health insurance and the delivery of health care.  Now that Republicans control Congress and the White House, you'd expect that they would do the same, as they have promised.  No such thing has happened.  The legislation that Republican House leaders offered last week retained the basic premise of ObamaCare — that health care is a right and the federal government has a duty to provide it — and just nibbled a bit at the edges.

Why Aren't Liberal Republicans Being Blamed For RyanCare's Demise?  For a week now, the conservative House Freedom Caucus has been taking hits for derailing the Republican effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare.  But why are moderate/liberal Republicans who refused to support the bill getting a free pass?

Republican Leaders May Not Fund Border Wall in Must-Pass Spending Bill.  The Trump administration has asked Congress for $1.4 billion in supplemental spending this year to begin the president's long-promised border wall, but the money apparently will not be included in must-pass legislation to keep the government funded beyond April 28.  At a news conference on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was asked if supplemental money for border security and defense — a total request of $33 billion dollars requested by the Trump administration — would be included in the spending package that must pass by April 28 to avoid a partial government shutdown.

Republicans Are Now Medicaid's Biggest Boosters.  There are few federal programs as poorly designed as Medicaid.  Its open-ended funding mechanism — where the federal government matches spending by the states — encourages waste.  Since 2000, Medicaid spending climbed 172%, and the Government Accountability Office has listed Medicaid as a "high risk" for fraud and abuse. [...] You'd think, then, that Republicans would have been eager to hit the brakes on this runaway Medicaid train.  Instead, the proposed cuts in the American Health Care Act prompted a chorus of complaints from Republican governors and lawmakers.  Even before the House had released its bill, four GOP senators announced that they wouldn't back any plan that cut Medicaid.  Several House members refused to support the bill because of its Medicaid cuts.

Republicans Claim That Obamacare Repeal Is Still On The Table, Don't Believe Them.  On one side of the debate, there's the Freedom Caucus and other hard-core conservatives who want nothing less than the complete repeal of the PPACA, including portions that are popular with the public such as guaranteed coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, the ban on lifetime coverage caps, and the provisions which allow adult children to remain on their parents policy up until the age of 26.  As far as replacement goes, this group is often rather vague at what they are aiming at, but typically what you hear from them involves returning to some kind of "free market" in health care which they apparently (and falsely) think existed before the PPACA became law, allowing insurance companies to operate across state lines, which isn't really forbidden under current law but is also not as easy as they make it sound, and Health Savings Accounts combined with high-deductible catastrophic care coverage for things other than routine medical procedures.

Why "repeal and replace ObamaCare" has always been a scam.  During every election cycle, to maintain the illusion of representative government, Republicans tell voters exactly what they want to hear.  After the election, successful Republicans candidates either simply ignore their campaign promises or offer legislation that provides the appearance rather than the substance of fulfilling those promises, usually in a form constructed to reward their real constituents, the special interests.  No one should be shocked.  The American Health Care Act H.R. 1628, RyanCare, TrumpCare or whatever you prefer to call it, is the bill the Republicans were working on for seven years.  The Republicans championed "repeal and replace" because it was a more effective campaign slogan and fund-raising tool than "tweak."  People should have known what was coming — that Republicans would never decisively act against ObamaCare [...]

Who Owns Obamacare Now?  These people call themselves the "Freedom Caucus."  Yet, by refusing to support the American Health Care Act (AHCA) last week, they preserved one of the most outrageous assaults on individual liberty ever signed into law.  They have virtually guaranteed that Obamacare will never be repealed.  Now they own it.

The GOP's Obamacare retreat: Another circular firing squad.  Since 2010 the House of Representatives had staged dozens of symbolic Obamacare repeal votes, which it knew full well were futile as long as what's-his-name had his feet up on the Oval Office desk.  Repeal was torpedoed by a rump pack of Republicans themselves who've shown a keen interest in policy-strutting but none in the actual teamwork of governing.  It's worse than embarrassing.  After seven long years of Obamacare opposition, Republicans couldn't agree on what to repeal and what to substitute.

GOP cave on Obamacare repeal is the biggest broken promise in political history.  Republicans ran on repealing and replacing Obamacare for seven years, over the course of four election cycles.  They won the House majority in 2010 in large part because of the backlash against the passage of Obamacare — and the vow to "repeal and replace" Obamacare was part of their "Pledge to America" campaign document that year.  The botched rollout of Obamacare helped them win the Senate in 2014.  House candidates, Senate candidates, gubernatorial candidates, and even state legislative candidates ran against Obamacare — and won.

Failure Of Health Care Bill Is An Indictment Of GOP Leadership.  Yes, AHCA failure is a failure for the president, but it's much more a failure for House leadership and Paul Ryan.  They had seven years to prepare for this moment, and they failed to do so sufficiently.  At some point, it is incumbent upon Republican leadership to reevaluate their approach.  They've been complaining about a post-earmark legislative process for years — when will they realize it isn't coming back?  The point isn't that the Freedom Caucus isn't obnoxious.  The point is that they're not going away.  An economically and politically self-sustaining conservative faction in the party isn't a fad.  It's the way things are now.

Why Are These Conservatives Waving The White Flag On ObamaCare?  If the Republican's ObamaCare replacement plan ends up looking an awful lot like ObamaCare, here's one reason why:  Prominent conservatives have already conceded defeat.  In his latest column, Charles Krauthammer declared that "For all its catastrophic flaws, ObamaCare changed expectations.  Does any Republican propose returning to a time when you can be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition?"  Another well-known conservative commentator, George Will, wrote almost exactly the same thing in his column that just posted.

Immigration provision cut from Obamacare rollback, angering conservatives.  Some conservatives in Washington were fuming on Tuesday [3/21/2017] after an Obamacare rollback bill was tweaked by Republican leaders to delete a provision meant to crack down on illegal immigrants getting federal healthcare insurance coverage. [...] The provision would have allowed the Treasury Department to access data at the Department of Homeland Security to verify that healthcare tax credits went only to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, not to illegal immigrants.

What Was the Point of Winning the Election?  There is an interesting phenomenon that happens among red state Democrats in the Senate every six years.  They suddenly start sounding conservative when their re-election bid approaches.  They talk more conservatively.  They act more conservatively.  They vote more conservatively, at least until they get re-elected and can go back to holding the Democratic Party line in the Senate.  The same phenomenon happens in the Republican Party.  Only last year, the American people called their bluff, put them in power, and now expect them to do what they promised.  Republicans are terrified at the prospect.

Dear GOP Congress:  Keep Your Promise on Obamacare or Face Eviction.  Lost in all the shouting over the possible "repeal" of Obamacare and its stealth replacement by a Republican version midwifed in the dark by speaker-of-the-House-for-now Paul Ryan is the only thing that matters:  if the GOP is seen to have welshed on its solemn promise to clean-repeal, it will pay with a historic wipeout in the polls next year.  And two years after that.  And two years after that.

When people say the Republicans and Democrats are indistinguishable, stuff like this is what they're talking about:
Mattis: 'Climate change' is a national security threat.  In a clash with President Trump's environmental team, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has declared that climate change is a threat to national security and one military planners must consider in drawing up strategies.  According to a report from ProPublica, Mattis told Democratic senators that climate change is real and "can be a driver of instability."  His position, at odds with President Trump and his Environmental Protection Agency chief, came in answers to questions from senators following his confirmation hearing.  They were released to ProPublica which reached out to the White House and Pentagon for comment without success.

Psychopolitics and the Republican Repeal of Obamacare.  On first impressions the bill also appears to do away with the so called individual mandate; however, upon closer scrutiny it is learned that a failure to maintain insurance still results in a fine, it is just paid directly to the insurance companies as opposed to the IRS.  What the Republicans are offering is anything but a full repeal of the unconstitutional law.  In fact, it is nothing more than an expansion on the idea that government should be in control of health care.  The Republicans have become fearful of repealing the law because they have been made to believe that the majority of Americans accept this to be a government responsibility and they don't want to take it from those that are dependent.  In other words, Republicans have been brainwashed into believing that dependency is the new norm.

The Wisconsin lesson:  Voters will reward Republicans if they do what they promised.  Six weeks into a new administration, with unified Republican government for the first time in a decade, the GOP should be busy enacting a bold reform agenda.  Instead, the party is wracked by internal divisions on key issues from health care to taxes.  After House Republicans released their long-awaited bill to repeal and replace Obamacare it was attacked from all sides of the GOP spectrum — with conservatives calling it "Obamacare lite" and moderates openly worrying it won't do enough for the Obamacare Medicaid expansion population or those who will lose their Obamacare subsidies.  The House GOP tax plan also faces intra-Republican disagreements over a proposed "border adjustment tax" (BAT) that would apply a reduced corporate tax to imports, while making U.S. exports tax free.

Obamacare 2.0 Is All But Guaranteed to Impose Crushing Costs on Voters, Hurt Trump's Base, And Hand Power Back to the Democrats.  [For example,] Illegals can get health care through identity theft and fraud, because Obamacare 2.0 makes it impossible to check enrollees' immigration status.  The bill incentivizes further illegal immigration by encouraging illegals to come to the U.S. to cut into taxpayer-funded programs meant for citizens.  Poll after poll shows Trump's immigration policies prioritizing Americans and their problems over foreigners and their wants are hugely popular with voters.  Giving away health care to illegals, while ramping up the price for Trump's core voters, is a slap in the face.

In Replacing Obamacare, Republicans Face the Pottery Barn Rule.  Ramesh Ponnuru is right when he points out that the harsh judgment on the American Health Care Act has been rendered without acknowledging the parameters within which Republicans are forced to work. [...] That said, I don't recall any asterisks in the mountains of campaign literature promising to repeal and replace.  There was no fine print about the filibuster in the TV ads, no disclaimers about the Byrd Rule in the radio spots.  Fairly or unfairly, Republicans are being graded on a curve of their own making — even if that means campaigns floated political checks the conference can't legislatively cash.

GOP Plan Orders Insurers to Charge People 30% More If Uninsured for 63 Days.  The plan to repeal and replace Obamacare unveiled by House Republican leaders on Monday [3/6/2017] orders insurance companies to charge people 30 percent more in premiums for a full year if they did not have insurance for 63 days or more in the previous year.  The sections of the Republican bill that create this mandate on insurance companies are titled:  "Continuous Health Insurance Coverage Incentive," and "Encouraging Continuous Health Insurance Coverage."  The first subsection of the "Encouraging Continuous Health Insurance Coverage" section is entitled:  "Penalty Applied."  This subsection says insurance companies "shall" impose the penalty.

It Would Be Better for Republicans to Do Nothing Than to Pass Their Swampcare Plan.  If Republicans pass swampcare, their Obamacare-lite pretend replacement plan, they will have violated their repeated promises to the American people over the past seven years.  If Republicans do nothing, they will likewise be violating their repeated promises to the American people over the past seven years.  But if Republicans pass swampcare, they will own each and every failure in the American healthcare system.  Changing one line of Obamacare would force the GOP to own it, and the GOP would be unable to withstand the media blowback.

Republicans Cave On ObamaCare.  Seven years after vowing to repeal ObamaCare, Republicans have labored to produce plan that replaces ObamaCare with ... ObamaCare.  The plan released Monday — called the American Health Care Act — has some good parts.  It repeals ObamaCare's multitude of largely hidden but no less destructive taxes on health insurance plans, medical devices, flexible spending accounts and so on.  It gets rid of ObamaCare's individual mandate and the job-killing employer mandate.

Obamacare Repeal:  The Dangers of Unrealistic Expectations.  From the moment the GOP released the American Health Care Act, the first iteration of what will evolve into Obamacare repeal and replace legislation, conservatives have been griping.  The editors of Investor's Business Daily sum up the general reaction of the right thus:  "Republicans have labored to produce plan that replaces ObamaCare with... ObamaCare."

The Enablers of Obama's Wiretapping Scandal.  Since 1989 and the election of George H.W. Bush, the vast majority of Republicans elected to national office have chosen to worship the twin gods of civility and compromise rather than vigorously defend and promote liberty, free enterprise and limited government.  Meanwhile, their political adversaries, the Democratic Party and the Left (now one and the same) had no such compunctions as they were determined to achieve their ends regardless of the means.  Among the means were endless intimidation, extortion and ridicule of the Republicans in Congress or either of the two George Bushes.  All this without fear of retaliation or even the slightest hint of a vigorous defense or response.

Sessions Under Fire:  GOP Rushes to Eat Their Own Again.  Some congressional Republicans were quick to agree Thursday [3/2/2017] with Democrats calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, following leaks and media reports that Sessions met with Moscow's ambassador twice last year.

Trump's Senate Saboteurs.  The Republican-controlled Senate is to blame for only 17 Trump confirmations so far.  Trump has 1,242 more needing Senate approval, or the number may be as low as 500 — it's hard to pin down.  Republicans are to blame because they are in the majority and thus in control of the schedule.  Given the Senate's vacation schedule — officially, the "state work period" — there is an almost impossibility of Trump getting all 1,242 appointees confirmed in four years even if they worked round the clock.  If the figure is only 500 appointees, it would take nearly two years of round-the-clock work.

Voters won't forgive Republicans if they fail to repeal ObamaCare.  Two months into a new Congress and a bill to repeal ObamaCare has yet to move.  Initially, Republicans had hoped to put a repeal bill on President Trump's desk on his inauguration day.  Then the timeline moved back to Presidents Day in February.  As we head into March, the timeline threatens to slip again as a GOP plan to repeal and replace is coming under serious conservative criticism.  The draft repeal plan leaked last week replaces parts of ObamaCare with a plan that centers on a refundable tax credit — a new program that conservatives fear could cost nearly as much as ObamaCare itself.  That approach has left a lot of conservatives scratching their heads.  Of the refundable credit approach, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told the Wall Street Journal, "It's a long, fancy title for an entitlement program."

McConnell: Trump's State Dept. cuts 'probably' can't pass [the Republican-controlled] Senate.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that a budget that slashes State Department funding likely wouldn't clear the Senate.  Asked if a budget that cuts the agency's funding by roughly a third could pass the upper chamber, McConnell told reporters "probably not."  "When we get to funding the government, obviously it will be done on a bipartisan basis," he said.

Anti-Trump Democrats' Best Allies Are Senate Republicans.  So far, the Senate has confirmed 14 of the 549 senior federal positions that President Trump needs to run the government and who need Senate confirmation — Cabinet secretaries and people who run the departments, bureaus, agencies and the rest of the government.  The rest of the government is being run by career bureaucrats and a few Obama holdovers.  There are another 120 vacant federal judgeships and, of course, the Neil Gorsuch nomination to the Supreme Court.  Each requires Senate approval.

Boehner: Republicans won't repeal and replace Obamacare.  Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replace of Obamacare is "not what's going to happen" and that Republicans will instead just make some fixes to the health care law.  Boehner, who retired in 2015 amid unrest among conservatives, said at an Orlando healthcare conference that GOP lawmakers were too optimistic in their talk of quickly repealing and then replacing Obamacare.  "They'll fix Obamacare, and I shouldn't have called it repeal and replace because that's not what's going to happen.  They're basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it," Boehner said.

What Is The Republican Congress Doing?  Most presidents get their chief agenda items passed early.  Obamacare was done by March 2010.  That's because as presidencies age, issues build up, resistance accrues, fractures appear.  Enthusiasm is highest early on.  The bloom is likely to come off the rose slightly faster with Trump than it did with Obama among the public — Republicans are likely to face just as much pushback from Democrats as Democrats did from Republicans.  That means time is of the essence.

Drudge: GOP 'Should Be Sued For Fraud' Over Inaction on Tax Cuts, Obamacare.  Drudge Report creator and editor Matt Drudge is not happy with the Republican Party's performance in Congress, and he issued a rare series of tweets today to let everyone know about it.  Drudge doesn't usually make direct commentary on daily political goings-on, but he decided Wednesday to emerge on Twitter and scold the GOP for not making good on their 2016 promises faster.  Drudge noted that Republicans voted to silence Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on the Senate floor last night, but he suggested that they weren't fit to lead and ought to be sued if they can't get hurry up and repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut taxes.

Old-Guard Republicans to Push Carbon Tax at White House Meeting.  A group of prominent Republicans and business leaders backing a tax on carbon dioxide were taking their case Wednesday [2/8/2017] to top White House aides, including chief economic adviser Gary Cohn.  The group, including former Treasury Secretaries Hank Paulson and James Baker, is pressing President Donald Trump to tax carbon dioxide in exchange for abolishing a slew of environmental regulations.  They unveiled their plan with a press conference in Washington and an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

The Republican Surrender Caucus Returns.  Over the weekend, Americans were again reminded that the default position of Republican "leaders" in Congress is to preach about the evils of unlimited government but to work at every turn to undermine anyone who actually stands up to do something about it.

Krauthammer: Not Repealing Obamacare 'Would Be the Ultimate Betrayal of the Electorate'.  Republicans are between a rock and hard place when it comes to fixing Obamacare.  For years Republicans ran on the campaign promise to repeal and replace the former president's signature legislation, but with millions of people already on it, repealing and replacing is easier said than done.  This reality seems to have set in for some key Republicans, who are now making fixing the Affordable Care Act their goal, rather than dismantling it and beginning anew.  But if the GOP backs out of its oft-repeated pledge to repeal and replace, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer says it will be the "ultimate betrayal of the electorate."

Records: Soros Fund Execs Funded Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John McCain, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham in 2016.  Employees of a hedge fund founded by the king of the Institutional Left, billionaire and Democratic Party mega-donor George Soros, donated tens of thousands of dollars to top Republicans who fought against President Donald Trump in 2016, donation records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics show.

GOP running into opposition from GOP on tax overhaul.  House Republicans face opposition to their plan to overhaul the way corporations pay federal taxes from a powerful group of lawmakers - other Republicans.

McConnell won't use federal funds to investigate voter fraud claims.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday [2/5/2017] he won't spend federal funds to investigate voter fraud despite President Trump's claim millions of illegal votes were cast in the presidential election.  "Election fraud does occur," McConnell said on CNN's "State of the Union," adding that "there's no evidence that occurred in such a significant number that it would have changed the presidential election."  The Kentucky Republican said any examination of voter fraud would be better left up to the states.

Uniparty Embed Jason Chaffetz:  "We Won't Investigate Voter Fraud".  We would be failing in our due diligence if we did not point out a history of UniParty affiliations and the subsequent willful blindness. [...] Remember the IRS hearings that went no-where?  Remember the House Committee hearings on Clinton's email use that went no-where?  [A]nd more importantly:  Remember the 2010 Tea Party led surge against the usurping GOPe agents and the push to have Jason Chaffetz challenge Senator Orrin Hatch?  Oh yes, there's a history here to track the exact moment when Chaffetz joined the UniParty.  That moment when he retracted his challenge to Senator Hatch and took the payoff from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in combination with the McConnell constructed promise of a major House Committee chairmanship if he removed himself from the equation.

Four Senate Republicans Want To Make Taxpayers Pay For Abortions.  In the same week as the March for Life and the anniversary of the Roe v.  Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide, congressional Republicans are presenting strikingly different messages on the issue.  While the House of Representatives on Tuesday [1/24/2017] approved legislation (H.R. 7) that would prohibit federal funding of abortions, with all House Republicans present voting for the bill, on Monday [1/23/2017] four Republican senators introduced a bill that would allow direct taxpayer funding of abortions.

Will Republicans Tank Trump's Spending Cuts?  President Trump hasn't released a detailed budget plan yet, but already some Republicans are signaling their disinterest in making deep cuts to federal spending.  The biggest obstacle to the conservative parts of Trump's agenda could be his own party.

Entrenched GOPe Show Their Cards — Construct "Border Adjustment Tax" To Oppose Trump's America-First Agenda.  Anyone who believes Democrats own exclusive opposition to Donald Trump are completely ignoring the deliberate construct of the 2015/2016 republican primary.  There are just as many — if not more — natural enemies within the Republican apparatus as there are within the Democrat group.  "America-First" is antithetical to the UniParty.  Again, prior to Donald Trump there was one party in Washington DC, "The UniParty".  President Donald Trump represented a second party, an independent approach toward legislative and economic priority.  He was not a third choice, he was the second option.

Mixed Bag of Republicans Vote Against Obamacare Repeal Vehicle.  House Republicans on Friday passed a bare-bones fiscal 2017 budget resolution with few intraparty defections, as most GOP members saw the unbalanced and long-delayed spending plan as a necessary means to an end of repealing the 2010 health care law.  The nine Republicans who voted against the measure raised concerns about either the budget not balancing, a key priority for fiscal conservatives, or the aggressive timeline of repealing the Affordable Care Act, given that the GOP has yet to present a replacement plan.  The final vote was 227-198.

The indefensible Cork-screwing of America's Iran policy.  Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn did far more than any of his Republican colleagues in the Senate to fight for a deal that vastly enriched the Islamic supremacist nation of Iran.  In his dealings with President Obama, Corker authored the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, which undermined the Senate's treaty power in the Constitution.  He provided a path for President Obama to hand over an estimated $150 billion to the mullahs in Tehran, and now Corker wants to make sure his legacy legislation stands.  Sen. Corker wants President-elect Donald Trump to stick with his nuclear deal, which puts Iran on the path to a nuclear bomb in the next decade, according to estimates.

Growing chorus of GOP senators could doom Obamacare repeal.  A small but expanding group of Republican senators are casting doubt on whether Republicans are moving too fast to repeal Obamacare without a replacement ready.  More than five senators expressed doubts in the last week about immediately repealing the law but leaving it intact for a few years while a replacement is created and approved.  Major sticking points include adding billions of dollars to the deficit and a measure included in the repeal bill to defund Planned Parenthood.

Here We Go!  Republicans In Congress Turn On Trump — Make Move To Stop Border Wall.  And here come the charging RINOs!  Intent on stopping President-elect Donald Trump from building a wall on the border.  You'll recognize the names... it's the same [people] every single time:  Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake and Lisa Murkowski.  They join Turban Durbin on drafting a measure that would allow illegal alien children to stay in the US.  Uh, no.  In this particular instance, the sins of the father and mother are the sins of the child.  You cannot justify breaking the law because they are children.  They should stay with their family in their country of origin until they come here legally... the right way... through the front door, not the back.

Republican Leaders Want to Keep the Obamacare Taxes.  Did the GOP not just win an election, in part, because of the devastating effects Obamacare is having?  They keep pledging they are going to repeal it, but one Republican Senator who will have a great deal of say in the matter wants to keep the Obamacare taxes in place.

North Carolina Republicans stall vote to repeal 'anti-LGBT' bathroom law.  Republican legislators in North Carolina declined to repeal the controversial bathroom bill after multiple delays and private meetings between GOP lawmakers.  The state House adjourned without voting to repeal the Public Facilities and Privacy Security act, or House Bill 2 (HB2), during a special session called by outgoing Gov Pat McCrory.  Shortly after, the Senate voted down the repeal, to chants "shame" as lawmakers filed out of the chambers.  Democrats introduced the bill to repeal HB2 Wednesday afternoon [12/21/2016], which was met with an amendment from Republicans including a "cooling off period" — a proposal to would block municipalities from approving ordinances affecting public accommodations and access to restrooms for more than six months.

Good Riddance to Pre-Trump GOP.  A traditional candidate stood no chance of winning this election, regardless of what any polls might have said months ago.  We know how the legacy media treats Republican politicians.  We saw how they savaged George W. Bush daily throughout his 8-year administration, all while he refused to fight back.  Bush left the Republican Party in tatters, culminating with Barack Obama's landslide win in 2008.

Death Panels:  Obamacare IPAB Repeal Can't Wait Three Years.  You have to ask yourself, if Republicans couldn't agree over the last eight years of the Obama administration on a replacement bill, what do they think three more years is going to accomplish?  It's not like there's an easy solution, it's just nobody had time to deal with it yet because there were more pressing matters.  Many Republicans spent many hours diligently working on a health care bill, but every effort fell apart in acrimony.  The big problem with waiting for three years is the law has plenty of terrible things in store before then.  For example, the law's rationing mechanism — officially called "Independent Payment Advisory Board" or, colloquially, the Obamacare "death panels" — is still in place and threatens to cause major damage to the health care system.

House Votes To Refer Koskinen Impeachment Back To Committee.  In a 342-72 vote, the House referred a motion to impeach embattled IRS commissioner John Koskinen to the House Committee on the Judiciary.  One hundred and sixty-six Republicans joined 167 Democrats to squash House Freedom Caucus chairman Jim Jordan's attempt to oust the government official.

GOP Establishment Blocks Effort To Impeach Koskinen.  Despite the best efforts of outgoing Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), House Speaker Paul Ryan and the rest of the GOP establishment successfully blocked the effort to impeach the corrupt IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen. [...] The pathetic excuse given by Ryan and other gutless invertebrates was that a vote of impeachment just before their Christmas vacation would disrupt the legislative calendar for 2017.  So, what was their excuse back in September when Rep. Jordan originally suggested impeaching Koskinen?  Oh yeah.  It was election season.

House gently kills IRS impeachment resolution.  House Republicans on Tuesday mercy-killed a resolution calling for the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, but did it their way, not the way most Democrats wanted to kill it off.  The resolution was put forward by House Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan, who argued Koskinen had not been forthcoming to Congress about an investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.  Jordan announced the impeachment for "high crimes and misdemeanors," and outlined four articles of impeachment against Koskinen, all revolving around the investigation into the IRS targeting.

House Republicans derail impeachment effort against IRS commissioner.  Republican leaders managed to derail impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Tuesday, forcing the debate back to a committee for more study, where it will die when Congress adjourns at the end of this year.  It was a quiet end to a saga that had bedeviled GOP leaders for more than a year, dating back to revelations that Mr. Koskinen misled a congressional investigation looking into the tea party-targeting scandal and former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner's lost emails.  Conservatives had been agitating for impeachment, saying Mr. Koskinen should be punished for defying a subpoena and providing inaccurate information.

GOP leaders actively working to stop IRS impeachment.  House Republican leaders remain opposed to a vote on impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, and were actively working Tuesday to scuttle the vote before Congress leaves town for the year this week.  Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the outgoing Freedom Caucus chairman, announced Tuesday that an impeachment resolution would be introduced today [12/6/2016], setting up a vote later this week.  But GOP leaders don't like the move to force a vote, and have been working for months to prevent it from coming to the floor, including by trying to appease proponents of the move by holding hearings on the embattled IRS leader.

Red flag!  GOP leadership will not support repealing Obamacare.  Republican leaders in the House have squished out again.  They have passed a key Obama administration health care initiative titled the "21st Century Cures Act."  This betrayal by establishment Republicans is further proof that the voters can't trust most Republican House members moving forward.  It is also a sign that the American people who voted to repeal Obamacare may not get what they wanted.  The citizenry voted for repeal, yet establishment Republicans may give them a "repeal and replace" that will resemble Obamacare.

7 top RINO moments of the week.  [#2] Who doesn't want to cure cancer?  Under the guise of discovering the cure to cancer, GOP leadership passed an "unpaid-for" $6.3 billion health care spending bill that threw even more money at the HHS, which already spends about $1 trillion a year on health care programs.  Once again, conservative members were placed in a tough position between the false choice of either appearing to be against a cure for cancer and some good reforms or creating a lot of wasteful big government programs.

Ignoring The GOP Establishment's Advice Might Have Been Trump's Smartest Move.  With this week's announcement that Donald Trump has officially won the vote in Michigan, the 2016 presidential election has just about finally come to a close — last-minute recount petitions notwithstanding.  With Republicans now set to control both houses of Congress, the White House, and numerous governor's mansions and state houses, GOP optimism has skyrocketed as party leaders begin to plan the next year's agenda.  In fact, in the wake of Trump's surprise electoral victory, it has become distressingly easy to forget exactly how much America's political outlook has changed over the course of just a few short years.

Dems marched off the cliff in lockstep.  During the Obama years, the Dems almost never broke ranks.  They stuck together even in the face of two shellackings in mid-term elections.  During the Bush years, by contrast, you could almost always count on GOP Senators to defy the administration, and not just after the 2006 thumping.  Nor were Arlen Spector and the two ladies from Maine the only mavericks.  Lindsay Graham, John McCain, George Voinovich, and John Sununu were among other GOP defectors in one or more major fight.  During the primary season of 2012, it was more of the same.

Nikki Haley:  Trump Won Despite Republican Officials, Not Because Of Them.  Nikki Haley told attendees at the Federalist Society's annual convention Friday that Donald Trump won the 2016 election in spite of what elected Republicans have done over the past decade, not because of their actions.  She called for the party to examine itself and move toward principles of freedom, limited government and inclusivity.  The South Carolina governor stated that "President Trump will likely have the ability to shape the Supreme Court for a generation, and thanks in large part to the people in this room, America should be a much better, much more just nation because of it."

House GOP Weighs Proposal to Bring Back Earmarks.  One week after Donald Trump won the presidency on a promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington, House Republicans will vote on a proposal to bring back earmarks.  The vote will take place Wednesday when House Republicans meet to adopt their rules for the next Congress.  The House earmark ban dates to 2010 when the GOP won control of the chamber.  Now, a trio of Republican lawmakers wants to return to the practice of earmarking, which became synonymous with government waste and pork-barrel spending during the GOP-controlled Congress of the early 2000s.

Why would House Republicans vote to make earmarks great again?  The Republican president-elect promised to take back Washington, D.C., from lobbyists, entrenched special interests and the elites.  He didn't suggest rolling back the ban on congressional earmarks.  On their own personal initiative, though, three House Republicans have drafted an amendment to the Republican House rules package that would make earmarks great again.  For a party trying to capitalize on a reform mandate, that's not a winning initiative.  And it's also nearly a political impossibility.

The election is over!  House GOP celebrates by passing a new tax ... on concrete.  Monday night [11/14/2016], the Republican-controlled House voted in favor of a tax on concrete to placate special interests in Washington D.C. Provided yet another opportunity to expand the size and scope of government, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 985, the Concrete Masonry Products, Research, Education, and Promotion Act of 2015, a tax in all but name.  The bill, introduced by Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., would create a Concrete Masonry Products Board composed of 15-25 members appointed by the Department of Commerce after a referendum approval by producers of concrete masonry products.  This board will have the power to establish, finance, and carry out a "coordinated research and education program," ostensibly to "promote masonry products in the domestic market," according to a legislative bulletin email from the Republican Study Committee.  This program will be paid for by a "federally administered assessment."

Another Smackdown of the Smug Elite.  The Republican establishment has been called many things, but introspective is not one of them.  One thing they might reconsider is their assumption that they alone know just what kind of presidential candidate is needed to win elections.  But the two most surprisingly successful Republican candidates of the past half century — Ronald Reagan and now Donald Trump — bore no resemblance to the candidates who epitomized the Republican establishment's model, such as Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney.  Among others who could also use some rethinking is Donald Trump himself.  When he acted like a petulant adolescent, he may have gotten the adulation of his core constituents.  But it was only toward the end, when he began to act like a responsible adult seeking the highest office in the land, that he began to overtake Hillary Clinton.

A mandate means you can ... and you'd better.  In fairness, the post-9/11 era was a time when the primary focus was on fighting terrorism, and whether you agree or don't agree with the way the Bush Administration fought that fight, you can't deny that they fought it hard.  But that is no excuse for the lack of action on things like the tax code, health care, energy policy, federal spending and entitlements.  Bush seemed pretty bold during his 2005 inaugural address, pushing for partial privatization of Social Security.  But when Republicans on Capitol Hill got nervous about the political consequences of messing with the program, the idea quickly died.  Dick Cheney headed up a commission on energy policy that seemed to have promise for freeing up domestic resources — but too many congressional Republicans were scared of the environmental lobby.  It went nowhere.  And everyone loved their spending!

Nuke 'Em:  Priming the Senate for Necessary Action.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) could do to the Dems what they were planning to do to the Republicans in 2017.  But he won't.  And there's the rub.  Congressional Republicans have been severely criticized — in this column and elsewhere — for refusing to stand up to Obama on issues ranging from the budget to the Iran nuclear weapons deal to Obama's avalanche of executive orders and regulations that have injured the Constitution (such as amending several laws, not just Obamacare, without congressional action).  They enabled him to transform the Constitutional doctrine of separation of powers into a bad joke.

5 Ways Trump Shows How To Win Elections.  The GOP is ashamed of its base.  It doesn't like being associated with the very voters who made 2016 happen.  Its autopsy last time around searched for ways to leave the white working class behind.  There's a party that did that.  Their symbol is a jackass.  They just lost big because they ran out of working class white voters.  The Democrats have tried to manufacture their base using immigration, victimhood politics and identity politics.  The GOP has wasted far too much time trying to compete on the same playing field while neglecting its base.  Trump won by doing what the GOP could have done all along if its leadership hadn't been too ashamed to talk to people it considered low class because they shop at WalMart.

GOP-controlled Washington needs to put up or shut up!  So, with the Republicans in control of Congress and the White House, we should be able to expect the GOP to finally keep the campaign promises they made in 2014 on issues such as:  repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood, reducing burdensome regulations, lowering taxes and reducing spending.  After all, if the reason Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan were unable to keep their promises in these areas was due to Obama's presidency, that hurdle has now been removed, so getting things done should be a breeze.  Right?  Well, before we jump to any conclusions, we need to remember that this is McConnell and Ryan we're talking about. [...] Ryan isn't called Boehner 2.0 for nothing.  He has a well-established track record of deeds worthy of his status as a Washington RINO. [...] And then there's McConnell, who has elevated the practice of surrendering for political advantage into an art form.

The New Republican Party.  We can begin to drain the swamp.  What that adds up to is a reversal of the parade of horribles that have been enacted over the last eight — indeed eighty — years.  One thing is absolutely crucial, and that is the necessity of abandoning the Senate filibuster.  The Democrats don't honor it, and it's become a handcuff that fetters only the Republicans.  Trump's legislative agenda will be DOA if the filibuster survives.  As it stands, it's turned out to be the principal obstacle to republican government, since the gridlock it's given us provided Obama the excuse to rule as an elective monarch.  We're also going to have a new Republican Party.

Roll Up Your Sleeves, Deplorables.  We do not have time to sit on our hands in our basket and bask in the thrill of victory.  We must begin right now to crystalize and articulate what we will demand of our newly elected Republican government — from the White House to the Congress — and be prepared to hold all of their feet to the fire.  Come January, it will be time for them to deliver.  A Supreme Court justice like Scalia?  The end of Roe and judicial games with marriage, "gender," and toilets?  Abolishing the Department of Education?  A patriotic, non-interventionist foreign policy?  A border?  Gun-owner rights?  An attorney general who doesn't persecute state and local law enforcement?  Trade deals that benefit Americans?

Trump Destroys Elites' Assumptions:  Autopsy of the 2012 'GOP Autopsy'.  We learned last night that the punditry's "GOP autopsy" after the 2012 Mitt Romney loss was dead wrong.  Also called the "Growth and Opportunity Project," the autopsy scolded the party, insisting that new immigration policies and racial pandering were necessary to win future elections.  Naturally, such policies would have been a growth and opportunity project for the consultants who would be paid to create them.  Had Jeb Bush been on the ballot yesterday, and had he followed the autopsy recommendations, Hillary Clinton would be president.  Any candidate following the autopsy's recommendations of pandering to racial identity politics would have lost precisely in the states that gave Trump his win:  Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Hillary Clinton, Pedophile And Child Kidnapping Ring, And Endorsement Of Trump.  Six months ago I bid farewell to politics.  It had nothing whatsoever to do with Trump or his moral indiscretions.  It had everything to do with the eviction of Christian thought from the GOP.  The alt-right is welcome in the GOP, I am not.  The obscene pervert Milo is a friend of the current staple of politics on the right, mine has gone the way of the Dodo bird.  This election cycle has managed to do what the progressives couldn't do in a hundred years, i.e., separate Christians from any party at all and relegate our views to the trash heap of history, at least, as far as the eye can see, notwithstanding a sovereign God who rules all things and can revive the country if He chooses to.

It begins now:  Election starts reclamation of nation.  The Republican Party adopted tea party concerns rhetorically, promising for the 2010 and 2014 midterms that stopping the Obama agenda and defunding Obamacare would be their top priorities.  We believed them and gave them the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014.  Then they facilitated the Obama agenda and kept Obamacare fully funded.  Instead of seeing the tea party movement as a warning, as an opportunity to adapt to the concerns of an increasingly worried American populace, the bureaucracy instead cast arguments against the Obama-Clinton domestic and international agenda as racist, sexist or ignorant.  For eight years now the American people first thought they were being betrayed, then were pretty sure they were, and then became convinced of it.  The Republican-led Congress made a career of having hearing after hearing about Obamacare or Benghazi — lots of theater and no action.

If Hillary wins, we'll have chosen our leaders for the rest of our lives.  In 2011 George Will told us that if [the Republicans] lost the election the next year they should get out of the business.  He was right, and the 2012 election was the last chance for a party that was faithful to conservative principles but didn't much care for the American people.  Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 primaries was simply the last nail in the coffin.  And the divide between the different wings of the Party is so great that it's unlikely that anyone can put it together again.

10 Signs That An All-Out Attempt Is Being Made To Sabotage The Trump Campaign.  We always knew that politics in America is a dirty game, and that the Clintons are the dirtiest players in the game.  And we always knew that the mainstream media was going to be in Clinton's corner, although it has been a shock to what degree they have completely abandoned any pretense of objectivity during this election cycle.  So it was always going to be an uphill battle for Donald Trump, but what he didn't anticipate was blatant and widespread sabotage of his campaign from within his own party.  In recent days it has become clear that the worst sabotage to the Trump campaign is being done by people that are supposed to be on his side.  It is being called "the Republican civil war," and I don't think that is overstating the case at all.

Most GOP Senators Defecting from Trump Backed Amnesty Push.  In a 2013 email published a few days ago by WikiLeaks, Hillary Clinton expressed views wildly at odds with those of the American citizenry:  "My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders." Most of Donald Trump's Republican defectors are poised to help her achieve her open-borders dream.  As Republican elites continue to defy Republican voters on the crucial issue of immigration, it's not surprising that the Senate's open-borders crowd is refusing to back the man who — largely because of his hawkish immigration position — was chosen by Republican voters to be their party's nominee.

The Selfishness of Republicans Too Good for Trump.  Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. John McCain, and the rest of those who simply can't support Donald Trump, or who do so only halfway, don't seem to get, or don't seem to want to acknowledge, that this election is a binary choice between Trump and Hillary Clinton.  We will have one or the other as president.  Republicans who don't vote for either and try to keep their consciences pristine are handing half a vote to Hillary.  They help her by not doing what they would normally do, voting Republican.  So how does that feel on their consciences, helping elect Clinton for four and — most probably — eight years?

The Return of The Mule.  If you go back and watch videos of Reagan in the 70's and 80's, one of the things that jumps out is how aggressively he attacked the Left.  In his first inaugural address, he attacked the very essence of what Jimmy Carter stood for as a politician.  The man was sitting just behind Reagan as the Gipper explained that everything Carter believed was dangerous nonsense.  The other thing that jumps out, when watching old Reagan speeches, is that no Republican talks like that anymore.  Instead, every Republican that has aggressively pressed the attack against the Left over the last quarter century, has been attacked by the media and so-called conservatives as unacceptably "polarizing" as if that is a thing.  Official Conservatism has instead insisted that they abide by a set of gentile rules designed by the ruling majority, intended to perpetuate their hegemony.  You could be forgiven for thinking that maybe the whole thing was a setup, a game of bad cop — worse cop, in order to rig the results.

Trump and the Surrender Caucus of the GOP.  No Democratic Party president or presidential candidate in history has ever been subjected to, or will be subjected to, the kind of savage attempted assassination by his own party's leaders that Donald Trump is now enduring from the great and the good among Republicans and "respectable" conservatives.

The Sun Is Setting on America as Founded.  The Democratic Party is irretrievably socialist and the home to the what would be considered the authoritarian Left.  The leadership of the Republican Party, for the past 20 years, has willfully chosen to not fulfill their obligation to be the opposition party extolling the virtues of limited government and vociferously opposing the agenda of the Left.  During the terms of the Barack Obama presidency, the GOP, despite controlling at least one of the two Houses of Congress for six years, acquiesced to virtually every spending and legislative demand and surrendered without a whimper their authority insofar as treaty ratifications as well as rubber-stamping all of Obama's Judicial and executive branch nominations.

Republicans cave on everything and leave town.  What a way for the GOP-controlled Congress to end the legislative mandate given to them in 2014.  It can truly be said that whereas Democrats are the Navy SEALs of political combat, Republicans are the NAVY SEALs of political capitulation.  They managed to give Democrats everything they wanted in both houses, got it all passed by violating their own rules, and left town to campaign for re-election [...] This bill funded every major Democratic policy priority with no meaningful limitations on a single illegal, abusive, or harmful executive action taken by the president.  It contained no limitations or reforms to Obamacare, Planned Parenthood funding, Obama's transgender bathroom mandate on the states, sanctuary cities, or DACA amnesty.

Conservative media needs to do its job and start telling people the truth.  During the 2014 general election, I sat aside my differences with the Republican Party's more moderate and/or establishment wings, and did what I could to encourage people to vote GOP since control of the U.S. Senate was at stake.  Let's just say the ROI for that resounding election victory has been underwhelming.  Republicans have rubber-stamped all of Obama's administrative and lower court judicial appointments.  They funded all of Obama's schemes, and aside from show votes used none of their constitutional power of the purse to stop either Obama's illegal amnesty or Obamacare.  Instead, the GOP opted to file meaningless lawsuits and force taxpayers foot the legal bills for on both sides.  Other than filling the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court created by Antonin Scalia's untimely death, it's tough to pinpoint exactly how things would be substantively different if Nancy Pelosi were speaker and Harry Reid the majority leader.

Shedding Light On Years Of Terrible Blindness Among Conservatives.  The harshest reality Republicans and conservatives have to come to grips with is understanding why Democrats continually beat them in national elections.  As a party, Democrats put winning above everything else.  Conservatives can either accept the reality of the political expediency they've been blinded to and accept it or continue to feel "betrayed," nominating candidates with little chance of winning only to see the leaders and institutions they look up to, get in line to support the nominee.

Republican senators tell Trump to avoid Bill's scandals as takes on Hillary in next debate.  Republican lawmakers are urging Donald Trump not bring up Bill Clinton's sexual dalliances when he takes on Hillary Clinton at the next debate.  Talking about Monica Lewinsky, Gennifer Flowers, Juanita Broaddrick and other women Clinton has admitted to sleeping with or has been accused of manhandling will only serve as a 'distraction,' they're warning — the former first lady has other vulnerabilities he can tap into that are less 'sensitive.'

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In other words, the Republicans want to win, but they don't want to hurt anyone's feelings.  This of course is nonsense.  Bill and Hillary Clinton's mountain of accumulated baggage is fair game — all of it.

GOPe budget deal snatches defeat from the jaws of victory.  Yesterday I posted an article about how Reince Priebus threatened Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Jeb Bush, saying that if they continued to refuse giving their endorsement to Donald Trump, he would rig the primaries against them if they decide to run for president in 2020.  And using a Star Wars analogy, I concluded that "Lord Priebus" was essentially telling Conservatives everywhere that, when it comes to the Republican party, this is not the party we are looking for.  Well, just as the evil Sith Lords of the Dark Side had an army to force their will on the galaxy, Lord Priebus has his own version of loyal storm troopers in Washington marching to victory as they force the will Empire we know as the GOP establishment.

Republicans Cave on IRS Impeachment — Just as They Always Do.  Last October (2015), Utah representative Jason Chaffetz, one of the few Congressman who actually takes his job seriously, presented four Articles of Impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to the House Judiciary Committee.  It should have been a slam dunk. [...] One of the reasons (not a good reason) the House will not pursue impeachment is that [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell apparently called over and said that the Senate will do nothing regarding Koskinen, regardless of whether the House passes Articles of Impeachment or not.  But what does that have to do with it?  The House has an obligation to do their job.  What the Senate plans to do should be irrelevant to the House completing its job.

How the GOP Spells Victory:  S-U-R-R-E-N-D-E-R.  Time and time again, the GOP has spelled victory wrong.  They've spelled surrender instead.  Consider that the GOP is going to proceed with zika virus funding while caving on Democrat demands to fund Planned Parenthood.  The Center for Medical Progress documented what Planned Parenthood does.  The organization chops up children, keeps babies in freezers, and harvests organs.  The GOP is now going to fund Planned Parenthood, caving to Democrat demands.  On top of that, we are now several trillion dollars beyond where the GOP was willing to draw a line in the sand five years ago and engage in brinksmanship over the debt ceiling.

Republicans move to impeach IRS chief.  House conservatives moved on Tuesday [9/13/2016] to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over allegations that he misled investigators over the agency's inappropriate targeting of Tea Party groups.  Rep. John Fleming, R-La., introduced the resolution to impeach Koskinen on Tuesday afternoon. "[Koskinen] engaged in a pattern of conduct that is incompatible with his duties as an officer of the United States," Fleming said on the floor.

Media always has Republicans in a state of panic.  Hillary Clinton is hospitalized and Tim Kaine is a nobody grifter from Virginia.  About now, Democrats should be pulling their hair out.  Instead, the media spin is Republicans are in a panic because Trump might win. [...] According to the press, Republicans are in a perpetual state of panic.  Republicans panic if they think they will lose.  Republicans panic if they will win.  Republicans panic when nothing is happening at all.  According to the press, Democrats never panic.

NeverTrumps and the End of America as We Know It.  Never before in American history have intellectual and political leaders of a major party deliberately attempted to open the gates of enduring power to an enemy sworn to their eradication.  Are they moved by general snobbery, confusion caused by overwork, East Coast social pressure?

The Story of 2016: Republicans Feeling "Betrayed" by Their Leaders.  At some point, Republican voters need to look in the mirror and start asking some questions of themselves.  What are they watching, reading, or hearing that has created an environment and mentality in their party that seems so different from the broader electorate?

I Have Lost All Faith In The Republican Party.  The scenario which has existed since the convention — Trump says something totally ridiculous, so false that by the time the fact checkers comment the general public (not the die hard Trump fans) know that what he said was absurd.  He then backtracks and blames "the liberal media" for not realizing that he was speaking sarcastically.  However, he doesn't realize that sarcasm is only taken as such when it is used sparingly and not repeated for a day.  Trump is on a path of self-destruction and we ask ourselves why.

Why Hasn't the Republican Party Collapsed?  To be a political scientist in the Trump era is to constantly ponder one big question: whether the Republican Party is in a state of collapse.  Could the growing split over Donald Trump bring about the end of one of our major political parties?  The truth is that American politics doesn't offer many points of comparison.  The first two parties to vanish, the Federalists and the Jeffersonian Democrats, were proto-parties that lacked much of the organization that really makes parties succeed.  A later party, the Whigs, which collapsed in the 1850s, was similarly loosely organized, and its members had decidedly mixed feelings about how things like patronage and campaigns should work.

Establishment Republicans Shoot At Trump — And Hit Themselves In The Foot.  Republicans seem to like nothing more than kicking one of their own when he's down.  So it's not entirely surprising that dozens of Republicans decided that now is the time to declare Donald Trump unfit for office.  But in doing so, they've made themselves, not Trump, look like idiots.

Only Republican Defeatism Can Hand Hillary The White House.  Hillary Clinton has never won an honest election.  And she isn't about to start trying to win one now.  Her favorite kind of race is rigged.  Deeply unpopular and deemed untrustworthy by huge numbers of voters, she plans to win by panicking Republicans into abandoning Trump to "save" themselves.  Hillary is an insider and her weapon of choice is the media.  The weapon has a limited impact on the average Republican voter, but has a great deal of impact on the establishment Republicans who are her targets.  Their weaknesses are position and respectability.  From the very beginning some establishment Republicans preferred to see Hillary win to maintain the status quo.  For some that meant the policy status quo in which illegal alien amnesty, mass immigration, support for the Muslim Brotherhood and nation-building remained the deranged staples of GOP policy.  For others it was about maintaining their privileged positions and access to power regardless of how badly they lost.

Yes, the System Is Rigged.  If 2016 taught us anything, it is that if the establishment's hegemony is imperiled, it will come together in ferocious solidarity — for the preservation of their perks, privileges and power.  All the elements of that establishment — corporate, cultural, political, media — are today issuing an ultimatum to Middle America:  Trump is unacceptable.  Instructions are going out to Republican leaders that either they dump Trump, or they will cease to be seen as morally fit partners in power.

GOP Goes Full Democrat.  [Scroll down]  It seems that the GOP establishment has far more in common with the Democratic Party than their own party.  The Republican Party establishment has just endorsed cronyism, as demonstrated and mastered by the Clintons.  As well as open borders, big government, political correctness and the steady decline of American greatness and culture.  The new and improved GOP endorses a candidate willing to sell anything and everything, including national security, to line her own wallet.  A candidate with a resume of nothing except failures in foreign and domestic policy.  One who will stack the Supreme Court with a bunch of Ruth Bader Ginsburgs eager to rewrite the Constitution without a First or Second Amendment.  Stop Trump and get Hillary along with all of this and much more.  I am a life member of the Republican Party so I'm stuck with that label.  But locally I am registered as unaffiliated.  My letters and emails from the GOP go into the trash.

Hannity: If Trump Loses, I Am Pointing the Finger at Ryan, McConnell, Graham, McCain, Kasich.  Wednesday [8/3/2016] on his syndicated radio show, conservative talker Sean Hannity criticized several high-ranking Republicans for how they have treated their party's nominee Donald Trump.  According to Hannity, if Trump loses in November, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will be to blame for the loss because they have spent more time criticizing Trump than President Barack Obama.

Why Ted Cruz's Stand Against Trump Is So Important.  Ted Cruz may never be the President of the United States.  But he can sleep well at night and he has created a test of character that few Republicans will pass.  Wednesday night [7/20/2016], Cruz said three little words that has sent the Trump cult into a frenzy:  "vote your conscience."  Since then they have responded with a hate on social media that has lasted for days. [...] Then Cruz used the following Kryptonite on the Trump cult:  ["]If you love our country, and love our children as much as you do, stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom, and to be faithful to the constitution.["]  The Trump GOP then booed loudly.  They know deep down that supporting Donald Trump is unconscionable and Cruz had revealed that they were emperors with no clothes.  It is also a party that no longer supports freedom and the Constitution, especially if they conflict with the wishes of its Supreme Leader, Donald Trump.  If you love liberty, the Republican Party is no longer your home.

Republican Platform:  The Constitution Gives Federal Government 'No Role in Education.  The official 2016 platform of the Republican Party asserts that since the Constitution gives the federal government "no role in education," it should not join with "centralizing forces" that have attempted to reform education and have subsequently done "immense damage."  The platform affirms the primary role of parents as educators in a child's life, and supports a constitutional amendment to protect the right of parents to direct their children's education from the overreach of federal and state governments and from potential international intruders such as the United Nations.

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There was nothing in the Constitution about federal involvement in education when President Carter created the Department of Education in 1979, as a spin-off product of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.  The wording of the Constitution didn't change while Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43 held the office of president, and none of them dismantled Carter's creation.  One can easily surmise that the Republican Party platform is a mass of lofty but toothless rhetoric that will never be converted into meaningful action.

Today All True Americans Are Left Without a Party.  If you are a true, constitutionally minded American, you really are left without a party or even a faction.  It really is that simple. [...] The Republican Party is a failure because it has essentially joined the Democrat Party as junior member of the engine geared to turn the nation socialist.  Liberals and Democrats are failures because they abandoned American ideals over 120 years ago and instead decided to build the machine geared to replace Americanism with socialist ideals.  So, as a man who reveres the Constitution, I stand here without a party and nearly without a nation.  And if you care about the Constitution, you do too.

Trump's Republican Party Is Now Secular, Materialist, And Big Government.  In Other Words, Leftist.  Trump's new Republican Party has nothing to do with the Constitution or conservatism — he mentioned the Constitution one time this week, conservatism zero times, freedom one time, liberty zero times, the unborn zero times, God zero times, and himself some 83 times. [...] The other big-name speaker on the docket on Thursday night was Paypal CEO Peter Thiel.  Thiel explicitly rejected social conservatism.  He stated, "Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom.  This is a distraction from our real problems.  Who cares?  Of course, every American has a unique identity.  I am proud to be gay.  I am proud to be a Republican.  But most of all I am proud to be an American.  I don't pretend to agree with every plank in our party's platform; but fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline, and nobody in this race is being honest about it except Donald Trump."  This earned a standing ovation.

GOP wusses join Dems to go soft and squishy on radical Islam.  The more the American people learn about House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's, (R-Calif.) so called "Homeland Safety and Security Act," the more there is to dislike about the bill. [...] This bill puts into law the Obama administration's controversial "Countering Violent Extremism" (CVE) program that was created by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson without Congressional approval. [...] Expanding the power of the Department of Homeland Security as a panacea to make the American people think that the federal government is taking action to prevent terrorism would be to lie to the American people.  This new bureaucrat will not protect America.  This is an Obama administration idea that has been adopted by House Republican leadership.

Conservatives' List of Grievances Against the 2016 GOP Establishment.  It's time once again to celebrate our nation's birth with a reminder to read the Declaration of Independence.  If you spend any amount of time searching for great deals on summer items at the much-hyped Fourth of July sales, you have the time to put yourself back in time when, after decades of abuse, the American colonies proclaimed that they would govern themselves, drawing from the consent of the governed.  The document itself is not that long, but it can be tedious document for some to read, what with all the arcane language.  It should be noted, however, that if you tried to read any of the bills Congress has foisted upon us in modern times, the Declaration is at least self-explanatory and instructive.

Confused Who Has the Majority in Congress?  You're Not Alone.  In 2014, Republicans won a majority in Senate.  However, if you've been watching the Senate lately, you'd be forgiven for wondering who is actually in charge.  Democrats demand — and receive — amendment votes, while Republican amendments are stifled.  Appropriations bills, ostensibly written by Republicans, come to the floor lacking any GOP priorities, while conservative efforts to amend the bill are set up to fail.  Even more troubling are the policies coming out of this Republican-led Senate.  Appropriations bills are passed, but at higher spending levels than even President Barack Obama requested.  Just this week, the Senate voted to bail out the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico — without considering any of the economic reforms supported by conservatives.

House GOP to Promote Muslim Brotherhood, Gun Control Agenda this Week.  Last week, Sen.  Ted Cruz, R-Texas conducted a hearing which revealed that the Department of Homeland Security, at the behest of Muslim Brotherhood organizations, is deleting critical counter-terrorism research that would have connected many Muslim Brotherhood leaders to global Islamic terror networks and could have prevented some of the recent attacks.  When Cruz asked Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, about this at a subsequent hearing, the lead homeland security officer vehemently denied having any knowledge of the cover-up and adamantly declined to investigate it.  A sane Republican Party would immediately pursue this issue, and the failure to do so belies our failed homeland security policy.  Instead, Republicans plan to pass an "anti-terror package," which actually validates the very Muslim Brotherhood agenda endangering our homeland.

Republicans go one way, George Will and I go another.  The victors of [the 1966 and 1968] elections controlled the party and, in fact, the country until the Watergate scandal drove Nixon from the White House and birthed the two men most responsible for the nascent ruin of the country accelerated by President Barack Obama.  They are President Jimmy Carter and four-term California Governor Jerry Brown.  Between them they plunged the country downward with their introduction of larger government and public employee unions.  Moving forward to 2016, we have George Will's abandonment of the Republican Party and announcements by Republican heavyweights including former National Security Advisor General Brent Showcroft, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and former Assistant Secretary of State Richard Armitage that they will vote for Hillary Clinton.  Between now and November, many other Republicans will announce they are voting for Hillary Clinton.

George Will bolts GOP: 'This is not my party'.  Conservative columnist and commentator George Will announced that he is no longer a registered Republican after changing his Maryland registration from the GOP to "unaffiliated."  "I'm an unaffiliated voter in the state of Maryland," Will told PJ Media in an interview.  "This is not my party," Will said during a speech beforehand to the Federalist Society.  He also reportedly said that House Speaker Paul Ryan's decision to endorse Trump was part of why he left the party.

House Republicans Aim to Reform Tax Code to Fit on a Postcard.  House Republicans, led by Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), have introduced their tax reform plan, which would simplify the tax code so it could fit on a postcard.  "For years, hard working American taxpayers have asked Washington for a tax code so simple and fair and understandable that it could fit on a postcard," said Rep.  Kevin Brady (R., Texas) who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee.  "That is exactly what we propose."  The plan would lower taxes for Americans at every income level and would limit the number of tax brackets to three.  It would lower the corporate tax rate from the highest in the world to 20 percent, and would lower the top individual tax rate to 33 percent.  "This postcard form will simplify the number of tax brackets by more than half," Brady said.  "It will take less from taxpayers at every income level because Washington takes too much of your hard earned dollars."

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The Republicans have been talking about this for years, and it will never happen.  They aren't going to get rid of the IRS or the EPA or the Department of Education or the Department of Energy.  They can't even get rid of ethanol subsidies, windmill subsidies, PBS subsidies, funding for Planned Parenthood, or the National Endowment for the Arts.  You'll never send in your tax return on a post card.  It sounds good in a campaign speech but it will never happen.  It's all just hot air.  There is no help on the way.

House Sit-In:  A Brief Tutorial on How American Government Works Now.  For those of you who may still be laboring under the illusion that we live in something resembling the antiquated notion of a constitutional republic, allow me to enlighten you about how things have changed since your high school government class.  Here's how the legislative branch works now:  When the Democrats are in power they get everything they want, even if it means ramming through legislation in the middle of the night and twisting the rules until they are virtually unrecognizable.  When the Republicans are in power, the Democrats still get everything they want because the Republicans basically just hand it to them to avoid being called racists or misogynists.  When they don't get what they want, Democrats throw temper tantrums and hold their breath until they get what they want.  Either way, they win.  Always.  This is definitely not how I learned it in government class, but trust me, this is how it works now.

[The Republican-controlled] Senate Falls One Vote Short of Giving FBI Access to Browser Histories Without a Court Order.  Privacy-minded senators on Wednesday [6/22/2016] blocked an amendment that would give the FBI power to take internet records, including browser histories and email metadata, without a court order.  But the victory may be fleeting.  Just one vote kept the measure from clearing a 60-vote procedural hurdle, and political arm-twisting may soon result in a second vote.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., switched his vote to "no" to allow reconsideration in the near future.  That made the final tally 58-38, with four senators not voting.

Orlando and the Political Blame Game.  You recall the 9/11 Commission.  Savvy Democrats worked very hard to ensure that the blame for the terrorist attack fell completely on George Bush.  They worked very hard to ensure that no one came away with the impression that the Clinton administration had anything to do with the rise of Islamist terrorism or that the lack of communication between the FBI and the CIA, a Clinton administration policy, had anything to do with the attack.  Republicans on the committee missed the point completely.  They thought that they were there to discover the facts.  Naïve and innocent they were.  Now they are wondering why so many of their constituents think they are dupes and dopes.

GOP Committee Says No to Defunding Obamacare.  Obamacare repeal was a campaign promise for nearly every Republican — you'll recall that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell campaigned on repealing the law "root and branch" — and one of the most decisive issues that propelled Republicans to retake the Senate from Democrats.  Yet, the unimaginable happened:  Republicans never repealed Obamacare.  In fact, they hardly even tried.  Today [6/7/2016], with little fanfare, McConnell's Senate appropriators will advance a bill to fund the law they promised to repeal.  The start of that process began this morning when the Senate's Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor and Health passed a spending bill that provided full funding for Obamacare.

Trump Gets It.  The GOP Doesn't.  Instead of explaining our candidate, rallying behind him, and jumping aboard the Trump train, we call him a racist and jump on the politically correct, anti-Trump bandwagon — which, by the way, is engineered and steered by the Democrat-Media Complex.  No rational being can possibly expect that bandwagon to take us all the way to the White House.  And herein lies the rub — it is the very ineptitude of Republicans articulating our principles and policies and their failure, once elected, to implement the policies promised during campaigns, coupled with all of the politically-correct backtracking they do in an effort not to be criticized by the Democrat-Media Complex, that is responsible for the rise of Donald Trump in the first place.  And this leads to my final query:  are Republicans deliberately undermining this nominee because they truly believe 4-8 years of Hillary is better than 4-8 years of Trump?  Are Republicans really that stupid?

No Republican candidate for U.S. Senate on November ballot in California.  There will not be a Republican on the ballot when Californians cast votes in November's U.S. Senate contest.  Instead, two Democrats will compete under a new top-two primary system that was approved by voters in 2010.

Levin Roars:  Obama is a 'Truly Sick' Man.  On Tuesday's [5/24/2016] radio program, Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin excoriated President Obama for continuing his apology tour in communist Vietnam.  "We have Barack Obama overseas right now, and you know what he's doing again?" Levin asked.  "He's in Communist Vietnam, apologizing for America." [...] President Obama hates America, Levin said.  He asked, is it too much for Republicans to stand up and call him out on it?

Don't Let Them Lie to You Again.  [Scroll down]  This is who the Republican Party is, and always has been.  It is not the party of Reagan.  It is the party that tolerated Reagan when it had to, and then proceeded to dismantle his legacy while also cynically capitalizing on it from the moment he left the national stage.  Since Eisenhower, the GOP always produces this result, with two glaring exceptions (Goldwater and Reagan).  It's only the packaging that changes. [...] It won't work, just like it never works, because voters only vote Republican on issues, not personalities.  And Trump has refused to run on any issues other than personality (name-calling, scandals, etc.).  He's moved left on all his signature issues already, and ignores issues like tranny bathrooms and religious liberty that would actually excite voters.  Just as Romney ignored Chick-fil-A, McCain ignored the roots of Obama's worldview, etc.  The Republican Party has never met a brick wall it doesn't like running into headfirst.

Rap Sheet:  The Women Who Claim to Be Victims of Bill and Hillary Clinton.  Despite a laundry list of extremely disturbing allegations involving everything from rape to groping to harassment to character assassination, the DC Media has not only protected white Democrat Bill Clinton, in a number of cases, the media has joined the campaign to destroy these women. [...] Nevertheless, Bill Clinton is the man the DC Media wants as America's very first First Gentleman, and other than Donald Trump, no one in the Republican Party has the stomach to make this the issue it deserves to be.

RNC announces who will write GOP platform.  The Republican National Committee revealed the leadership of its platform committee for this summer's convention.  The platform committee, renamed the "Committee on Resolutions," could become the scene of an epic battle between Donald Trump's supporters and GOP delegates about the principles and future of the Republican Party.  Wyoming Sen.  John Barrasso will serve as chairman of the Republican National Convention's platform committee and Oklahoma Gov.  Mary Fallin and North Carolina Congresswoman Virginia Foxx will serve as co-chairs.

If the Democrats did this, it would be called cheating.
Chaos in House after GOP votes down LGBT measure.  The House floor devolved into chaos and shouting on Thursday [5/19/2016] as a measure to ensure protections for members of the LGBT community narrowly failed to pass, after Republican leaders urged their members to change their votes.  Initially, it appeared Rep.  Sean Patrick Maloney's (D-N.Y.) amendment had passed, as 217 "yes" votes piled up over 206 "no" votes when the clock ran out.  The measure needed 213 votes to pass.  But it eventually failed, 212-213, after a number of Republican lawmakers changed their votes from "yes" to "no" after the clock had expired.

So-long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodnight GOP.  Mike Huckabee just told millions of good Republicans not backing Trump they should leave the party.  "You're either on the team, or you're not on the team," he said.  Giving 15,933,645 people the boot is a bit edgy I'd say, considering RedState.com reports that of the 26,651,002 votes cast, Trump only received 10,717,357 or 40.2 percent of the votes — even with Democrats' help.  I'm sorry I can't oblige him, but it may console him to know I already burned up my GOP membership card, sometime between President Obama's reelection and John Boehner's golf dates with the president.

Reminder:  the Senate is controlled by the Republican Party.
First Senate Appropriations Bill Passed Spends More Than Obama Requested.  The U.S. Senate's first spending bill of 2016 spends more than President Barack Obama requested and lacks significant conservative amendments, but it still sailed to passage in the Republican-led Senate Thursday [5/12/2016].  An overwhelming number of U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle approved the energy and water development appropriations bill by a vote of 90-8.  Conservatives had objected to the higher spending levels and lack of policy riders in the weeks leading up to the vote.  In the end, it didn't seem to matter.

The Republican Party Died Long Before Trump.  Think of other chronic medical diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, or cancer.  The mind or body slowly fail, not typically in a linear fashion, but always in a long term unrelenting downward trajectory.  There are improvements along the way, providing hope to those afflicted and their loved ones, but the hope is short lived, and the disease, despite a short pause, picks up where it left off.  The first sign of illness post Reagan was George HW Bush, in his acceptance speech at the RNC convention, calling for "a kinder and gentler nation."  Kinder and gentler than what?  Obviously a repudiation of Reagan's brand of conservatism, which candidate Bush once called "voodoo economics." [...] Next was George HW Bush's famous pledge, "Read my lips.  No new taxes."  Right out of the Republican Party playbook.  Music to conservative ears.  Cancer in remission.  Until he turned his back on his pledge and raised taxes.

What Now, Conservatives?  The party of Lincoln is in ruins.  A minority of its primary voters have torched its founders' legacy by voting for a man who combines old-school Democratic ideology, a bizarre form of hyper-violent isolationism, fringe conspiracy theories, and serial lies with an enthusiastic flock of online racists to create perhaps the most toxic electoral coalition since George Wallace.  Then — to add insult to injury — multiple GOP leaders bulldozed the ashes by issuing nauseating calls for unity, foremost among them Reince Priebus.

Our National Dumpster Fire.  [Scroll down]  And now he will be the Republican party's nominee for president.  Reince Priebus, the party's chairman, called for Republicans to unite around Trump and rally to his cause.  One by one they fell in line — the unprincipled sellouts, the rising stars, the veteran officeholders, the would-be nominees.  Jon Huntsman and Rick Scott.  Nikki Haley and Brian Sandoval.  Rob Portman and Kelly Ayotte.  Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal.  Some of these people had previously warned in the starkest terms about Trump — with Rubio calling him "erratic" and a "lunatic" and Jindal suggesting he's "dangerous" and a "hothead" who should be kept away from the nuclear codes.  This wasn't overheated campaign rhetoric.  It was the truth.  It is the truth.  And that's what is remarkable about many of the Republicans lining up to support Trump:  They are choosing to support a man they recognize as unfit for the office.  Representative Peter King of New York described Trump as "a guy with no knowledge of what's going on."  He then told the New York Times that he would support Trump for president and was open to campaigning for him.

Goodbye, Republican Party.  And Good Riddance.  I mean that in more ways than one.  I'm leaving.  You're dying.  I could stick around while you gasp your last pitiful breaths, but what would be the point?  I'm certainly more pro-life than you ever were, but when it comes to political parties that have been overtaken by some kind of unintelligible, socially liberal populism, I say pull the plug.

Reince Priebus:  Trump's win 'probably good for our party'.  Looking back to when the Republican presidential primary kicked off in earnest last year, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said that he never expected Donald Trump to become the presumptive nominee but suggested that the billionaire businessman's success is probably good for the party.  "You know what, I think something different and something new is probably good for our party," Priebus said Wednesday on CNN, a day after he tweeted that Trump will be the presumptive nominee and called for unity against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.  "Look, I don't think anyone predicted what happened.  So, look, we're here.  We're going to get behind the presumptive nominee."

[The Republican-controlled] Senate Caves To All Of Union's Demands on Veterans Affairs Firing Bill.  All of a federal employee union's objections were removed from a Senate bill designed to help the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) discipline bad employees, making it politically easier for the bill to pass, but indicating it may not be doing the very thing it's supposed to.  The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) sent a letter April 18 asking taxpayer-funded employees to pressure Sen.  Johnny Isakson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs.  Isakson is a Georgia Republican.

The GOP Establishment:  They Are Who We Thought They Were.  [Scroll down]  The 2016 cycle's bifurcation of the Tea Party has left us with clear lines in the sand.  Trumpkin Twitter zombies and personality cultists yearn for a strongman whose disdain for Founding-era political theory and the rule of law summons a thoroughly unholy mixture of Woodrow Wilson-style Progressivism and European-style "nationalist Rightism" — or, what was known last century as fascism.  For conservative constitutionalists in the Cruz camp, many of whom (such as myself) have arrived at the #NeverTrump conclusion, existentially opposing such a cartoonish selling out of the Kirk-Buckley-Goldwater-Reagan conservative movement is instinctual and a no-brainer.  Donald Trump is a lifelong liberal Democrat, Planned Parenthood apologist, de facto Code Pink-er, morally crass, grossly uninformed, and probably psychologically disordered megalomaniac who openly brags about buying off politicians.  No way [...] will we be complicit in his thinly veiled attempt to destroy that which we have worked so diligently to build.  The problem is that, in the midst of this existential fight, the Republican Party's spineless establishment has revealed itself to be exactly what we thought it was.

Elective Despotism:  RINOs Sweep Every Congressional Race.  Last night [4/26/2016], as Donald Trump was winning county after county with third world election size margins of victory, every last establishment Republican congressman was reelected.  Which tells us that the Trump phenomenon has nothing to do with an angry electorate that is chomping at the bit to throw out the establishment.  It has everything to do with persona and name ID, and in the case of Trump in recent days, the sense of inevitability.  Thus far, not a single Republican congressman, no matter how liberal or corrupt, has gone down in a primary.  Even the Democrats knocked off an incumbent in a Philadelphia district last night.

This is one issue on which the two parties agree -- unfortunately.
Senate votes to restore full taxpayer subsidies for windmills.  Hot air still rules on Capitol Hill, where senators voted Tuesday [4/26/2016] to restore millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for windmills, in a signal that Congress is still eager to pick winners in the emerging renewable energy sector.  A sizable number of Republicans joined most Democrats in backing the subsidy for research on wind energy which, while small in terms of dollars, is considered a major symbolic test of Congress's commitment having alternative energy sources be part of the mix, even if they aren't economically viable on their own yet.

More about wind power.

Fiery GOP rhetoric about impeaching IRS chief rings hollow after decades of inaction on tax code reform.  Anger at the IRS has rarely been higher.  Politicians gripe about a calcified tax code that Congress hasn't overhauled since 1986. Yet 30 years later, lawmakers get on the stump and campaign about the necessity of renovating the nation's tax system. [...] Yet little changes.  Antagonists are crucial in politics.  Politicians need to cast themselves as caped superheroes, warring against the evils of the state.  Lawmakers appear to have perfect adversaries in the IRS and an outdated tax code.  Eliminate the IRS and pass tax reform and suddenly lawmakers are deprived of foes.  As a political issue, it might not be better to change anything.

Congress is still wasting taxpayers' money.  Remember the spending caps that were supposed to keep Congress from overspending?  Gone with the wind.  How about the promise Republicans made about no more earmarks on spending bills?  It disappeared almost as fast as a gold coin in a magician's hands.  Of course, they are not calling these new and improved earmarks earmarks.  They call them something else, so they can claim they are keeping their promise.  Is it any wonder this political season is characterized by voter anger?

The 'Voice of the People' Fallacy.  This would not be the first time that the conservative majority votes in a Republican primary season have been split so many ways that someone who is not a conservative ends up with the nomination.  That is how the Republicans ended up with Mitt Romney in 2012 and lost the election.  That is also how the Republicans can end up with Donald Trump and lose this year's election.  Worse yet, from the standpoint of the country, that is how Donald Trump might end up in the White House.  The Republicans in Wisconsin who were scared of the possibility of Trump as President were on to something.  We should all be scared.

GOP Establishment carries all the blame for bringing the party to the brink.  Who is to blame for the unraveling of the Republican Party?  If you listen to establishment gurus, you'd be led to believe that the Republican primary voter revolt was birthed by the governance of President Obama, creating fertile ground for the emergence of one Donald Trump.  This fairy tale version of reality casts Trump as the villain who has swept in to capitalize on voter frustration with Obama's alleged weakness, lawlessness and rampant liberalism.  The villain must be stopped or the Republican Party will be destroyed.  Or so we are told.  The old saw that you have to first acknowledge that you have a problem to solve the problem applies here.  What the GOP "leaders" refuse to accept is that Trump is not the problem.  They are.

Is the DNC running the RNC?  Is the soap opera style Republican primary race really being master-minded by the omnipresent Democrats? [...] You don't have to be over the top to think that the Republican Establishment has been mega infiltrated by the Democrats.  After 8 years of the mostly under-the-table Obama regime, nothing should surprise the electorate.  What's really new about the Dem-infiltrated Republicans?  The Republican Party threw in with the Democrats immediately after gaining both House and Senate majorities in the 2014 mid-term elections when all Republican voters expected the Repubs to go after Barack Obama to turn the tide.  They never turned the tide, and many would argue, didn't even try.  In fact, the Fundamental Transformation of America continued on as if the Republican majority didn't exist.

House Conservatives to Leadership: It's Not That Hard to Cut $30 Billion.  House conservatives don't mind getting creative to find a solution to the ongoing budget standoff.  Alternative ways to achieve actual savings work, they explain, but promises of future spending cuts do not.  At a gathering with reporters Tuesday [3/22/2016], conservative leaders said they're open to accepting higher spending levels now in exchange for spending reductions later.  Conservatives are at odds with Republican leadership in the House over top-line government spending levels.  GOP brass has pushed a budget that sets spending at $1.07 trillion.  But conservatives complain that number is out of touch with fiscal and political reality.

The Trump Fiasco Demonstrates that the Republican Party Has to Change.  The establishment needs to make itself acceptable to supporters of these candidates, not the other way around.  To my mind, Republican leaders owe it to what they are supposed to stand for to get behind Cruz, not because they need to love him, but because it's the right thing to do — besides being the only way to derail Donald Trump, who would either lose to Hillary or rule like Hillary.  One way or the other, though, when the Trump dust finally settles, it will be clear that the Republican party as currently constituted is unsustainable.  The people who oppose what the Left is doing to the country want an opposition party.  The Republican establishment has shunned that role, preferring to be Washington than to fight Washington.  The people are looking elsewhere.

Drunk On Power: GOPe senior official says that the insiders choose the nominee, not the voters.  [The writer predicts] that if the GOP establishment tries to steal the nomination from Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, there will be a political upheaval unseen in this country since the Civil War.

GOPe sells out on... Common Core, of all things.  [Scroll down]  For example, the Senate GOP sold out its base on the issue of Common Core this week.  Despite the fact Republicans have a majority in the Senate, seven members of the GOP joined a majority of Democrats to confirm President Barack Obama's nominee, John B. King, Jr., as education secretary.  King is an avowed supporter of Common Core and other top-down, government knows best, education policies.  But at least the GOP is going to put up a fight on government spending, right?  No, actually, they aren't.  Apparently House and Senate leadership have decided the budget deal former House Speaker John Boehner and Obama agreed to last year is such a good one that they will keep it.  That's right, despite the fact Congress passed a Budget Control Act, supposedly to control the budget, Boehner and Obama blew through it, adding another $30 billion.  And despite the fact that Boehner's compliance in this matter is one of the primary reasons he is no longer in Congress, the current leadership is taking the same path.  Their reasoning?  Obama will fight us if we try to "cut" spending.

Let's scrap the GOP and start over.  The lowest moment of last night [3/10/2016] — maybe the lowest of the election and in the history of the GOP — came before the debate, when Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus pledged that the RNC "is going to support the nominee, whoever that is, 100 percent." [...] To begin with, no one asked Priebus to speak.  He could literally have said nothing other than "Thanks for coming!"  He's a functionary, and no one came to hear him.  He, unfortunately, turns out to be a functionary who is entirely unwilling to question, let alone condemn, the vile conduct of the front-runner candidate.  The RNC now stands for no principle and upholds no standard of conduct.  It exists merely to win.  In doing so, it loses conservatives of good conscience who believe a party is a receptacle, a vehicle for ideas that advance the country's well-being.

Rockefeller Republicans Fear Losing Their Power More Than They Fear A Hillary Clinton Presidency.  [Scroll down]  This beltway betrayal and incompetent, power-hungry politicians on both sides of aisle, are the reasons why many Americans — democrats, republicans, independents, blue collar, middle class, evangelicals, and minorities are supporting Donald Trump.  These republican fraudsters, who disguise their progressive appetite by campaigning as conservatives, have zero explanation or excuse on their direct role in:  expanding the size of the federal government, entitlement programs, the $19 trillion debt, the funding and implementation of Obamacare, VA death panels, the expansion of outdated, corrupt visa programs which are endangering our country and taking jobs from American workers, and in their abject failure to build a freaking wall — the same wall which had been promised to Ronald Reagan when he granted amnesty to millions of immigrants.

Senate Republicans Help Advance Obama Education Nominee Who Supports Common Core.  Despite opposition from former educators, school boards, and public officials for his "blind commitment" to Common Core, a Senate panel Wednesday voted in favor of confirming John King Jr. to serve as the secretary of education through the end of President Barack Obama's term.  The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved Obama's nomination, 16-6.  With the committee's blessing, King's confirmation will go before the full Senate.

GOP Elites for Hillary! They hate Cruz as much — if not more — than they hate Trump.  [Scroll down]  None of this should surprise to anyone who has followed the intersecting paths of the GOP & Democratic Establishment.  "The differences just aren't that great," commented Tucker Carlson of the Weekly Standard.  "On trade, on immigration, on foreign policy they're pretty much on the same page."  As for Mrs. Clinton's left-wing abortion views, no problem!  For the GOP Establishment, killing Trump is still worth the risk of blowing up the entire party and handing a victory to Hillary.  "On the social issues, they don't care," Carlson told me.  "Most of them are, in real life, they're pro-choice.  They have more in common with her."

The Republican Establishment is Worse Than Trump.  Being part of "the establishment" is more than just having power in the Republican Party or alternately being obsequious to the people in power; it's a contemptuous attitude toward the concerns of grassroots conservatives and Americans in flyover country.  It's an attitude that says [...]
  •   Yes, we promised you that we'd fight Obama on the campaign trail, but if you actually expected us to do it, you're a chump.
  •   Sure, we talked tough about illegal immigration to the yahoos to get elected, but now that we're in office, we're going to do the opposite.
  •   We're going to use the contributions and influence of Republican Party organizations to defeat electable conservatives in GOP primaries because we prefer go-along-to-get-along moderates in Congress.

We've seen this movie before.  Every presidential cycle, the mainstream media select our candidate for us.  Dole was the sane candidate, superior to the crazies.  McCain was the "maverick," whose adoration was sung by all the liberals.  Romney was the class of the field, otherwise dominated by ideological purists. [...] So, each cycle, the MSM purposefully take out all true conservatives during the primary, leaving their preferred RINO standing alone.  Until, of course, their designated RINO wins the nomination.  Then they turn.

[The] Republican Establishment [is] the Next Whig Party.  The difference between the Republican elite and its Democrat counterpart is mostly rhetorical.  Republican insiders are comfortable with big government — as long as they get to distribute the largesse.  They view social issues as stuff to stick in a platform to keep activists happy, and promptly forget once in office.  Now their chickens have come home to roost with a vengeance in the form of a sleazy New York real estate developer who brags about buying politicians.  The one candidate who could stop him, Ted Cruz, they won't give the time of day because he's an authentic conservative.  If nothing else good comes out of this election, at least it will mark the demise of the Republican establishment.

An Open Letter to the Conservative Media Explaining Why I Have Left the Movement.  First, I spent the last 20 years watching the conservative media in Washington endorse and urge me to vote for one candidate after another who made a mockery of conservative principles and values.  Everyone talks about how thankful we are for the Citizens' United decision but seems to have forgotten how we were urged to vote for the coauthor of the law that the decision overturned.  In 2012, we were told to vote for Mitt Romney, a Massachusetts liberal who proudly signed an individual insurance mandate into law and refused to repudiate the decision.  Before that, there was George W. Bush, the man who decided it was America's duty to bring democracy to the Middle East.  And before that, there was Bob Dole, the man who gave us the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Dazed And Confused, The Republican Establishment Has Had It Coming.  Donald Trump's string of victories on Super Tuesday has left the Republican establishment dazed and confused.  The GOP's political brain trust (and we use that term ironically) seems to be asking:  Where did all these angry voters come from?  The revolt of the working class is dismissed as a movement of political philistines.  The left calls them rednecks; the right calls them "low-information voters."  But that speaks volumes about the incompetence of pollsters, pols and campaign pros in both parties — the parties that profess to stand for and behind these voters — and how oblivious they are to what's really desired.

Herman Cain: Republicans Who Don't Back Nominee Trump Are 'Absolutely Insane'.  The GOP establishment is making a concerted effort to prevent its own party's frontrunner from clinching the nomination; several prominent Republicans have spoken out against the Republican candidate leading in the polls; and former presidential candidate Herman Cain thinks these in-party efforts to sabotage Donald Trump are "absolutely insane."

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I think I made it clear in the Donald Trump subsection (above), but just to be sure, let me say again that I will not vote for Donald Trump.  If Trump is the Republican nominee, I'll vote for the Libertarian candidate, whoever that may be.

Donald Trump Is The Next Barack Obama.  During the twentieth century's second half, both parties and all branches of government made a mockery of the Constitution of 1789.  Today's effective constitution is:  "The president can do whatever he wants so long as one-third of the Senate will sustain his vetoes and prevent his conviction upon impeachment."  Obama has been our first emperor.  A Donald Trump presidency, far from reversing the ruling class's unaccountable hold over American life, would seal it.  Because Trump would act as our second emperor, he would render well-nigh impossible our return to republicanism.

The Republican Party is already dead — they just don't know it yet.  [Scroll down]  This can play out in one of two ways.  The GOP establishment can block Trump at the convention, through rule changes or other shenanigans, creating a brokered convention and choosing a different nominee, say Mitt Romney.  Or if Trump is the nominee, they can campaign against him in the general election, preferring Hillary to Trump, handing the White House to her.  Either way the Republican Party is finished. [...] If the GOP establishment manages to derail Trump at the convention, expect about half the GOP electorate to revolt, leave the Republican Party for good, support a third party candidacy, or just stay home on Election Day.

Rewarding a Corrupt IRS with a Bigger Budget: Another "Own Goal" by the GOP.  The good thing about being nonpartisan is that I can freely criticize (or even praise) policy makers without giving any thought to whether they have an R or D after their name.  That doesn't mean Republicans and Democrats are the same, at least with regards to rhetoric.  The two big political parties in the United States ostensibly have some core beliefs.  And because of that, it is sometimes very revealing to identify deviations.

Congratulations, GOP, You've Created a Monster.  How did Trump arrive on the scene?  Because of immigration.  That was his signature issue when he arrived on the presidential scene last summer.  How has Trump been able to blast his way through this GOP primary season thus far?  Because the Republican National Committee expressly rigged and accelerated the primary system to benefit a well-funded candidate with good name identification.  Instead of Jeb Bush, they got Trumped.  The party elders decided long ago, in their post-mortem of the last presidential election, that the GOP could not alienate Hispanics and consequently there was an effort to pass some kind of comprehensive immigration reform.

RNC chairman: 'We're going to embrace whoever the nominee is'.  Despite Donald Trump's commanding win in the Nevada caucus Tuesday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is holding off crowning the Republican front-runner as the standard-bearer — for now.  "I think it's pretty clear we're going to embrace whoever the nominee is.  I embrace all of these candidates," he told CNN's Alisyn Camerota Wednesday [2/24/2016] on "New Day."  "Whoever the nominee ends up becoming they're going to join the biggest RNC operation we've put together."  Priebus said the GOP is still pretty divided in its support.

Liberal Senate Republicans Go Spineless Over Supreme Court Hearings.  Just days after Justice Scalia's untimely death and an even shorter period of time since Republican leadership declared its intention not to consent to an Obama nominee; moderates within the Republican Party are going wobbly. [...] I will be stunned to see McConnell follow through with not allowing hearings when Obama nominates an ultra-radical.  But I believe he could nominate Bill Ayers and McConnell would capitulate.  He and the rest of leadership are more scared of being called mean, or do-nothing, or obstructionist than the destruction of the country.

Conservatives Must Not Squander This Opportunity.  [Scroll down]  I have said before that the establishment gave birth to Donald Trump by surrendering to Obama too quickly and not vigorously opposing him.  Indeed, I believe the Republicans' failure to join Cruz in these budget battles was a contributing factor.  Their calculus about that always-looming next election should now be seen as folly.  The grass roots simply didn't believe the GOP was fighting for them, and now we are all paying for it.  The grass roots believed that even conservative Republicans were too feckless or ineffective to oppose Obama's agenda, and many are overreacting and choosing Trump.  They don't seem too concerned about whether he is a reliably consistent conservative, or about his record of supporting many liberal causes.

Appoint a Justice — Don't Appoint One — What's the Hurry?  The upcoming presidential election is being hailed as the most important in our lifetimes — possibly in the history of this nation.  We always hear this type of thing every election cycle.  This time however, the claim is absolute due to the recent passing of Justice Scalia and the subsequent tipping point in the balance of power of the supreme Court.  So I agree with those who claim that we will lose our country — we lose our Constitutional rights and liberties should just one more liberal justice be appointed.  For this reason, it is imperative that the Senate leadership not even allow hearings, much less a vote on whomever Obama nominates.  The Senate leadership must understand that literally anything can happen should they allow an Obama nominee to come to a vote.  There are simply too many spineless Republican Senators to take that chance.

GOP to Kasich: Get out.  The Republican establishment has a message for John Kasich: get out, and get out of Marco Rubio's way.  A string of elected officials, GOP insiders and prominent donors officially threw their support behind Rubio on Monday [2/22/2016], calling him their last chance to take down Donald Trump.  Their statements had another common theme.  Some explicitly called for Kasich to quit, while others sent the same message by saying the Ohio governor's ongoing presence is holding Rubio back.

Senate Republicans easing on blockade of Obama court pick?  Cracks are starting to appear in the Republican wall of opposition to President Obama nominating the next Supreme Court justice, as several prominent senators signal that a hearing — at least — could be allowed.  Those lawmakers include Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who would not rule out a Judiciary Committee hearing on the president's forthcoming nomination to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly during a retreat at a Texas resort on Saturday.  He was joined by Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, who appeared to welcome the debate in comments Wednesday, but nonetheless encouraged Obama to "put the will of the people ahead of advancing a liberal agenda" with his pick.

A Refresher on Supreme Court Nominations.  We can expect the Democrats to be going full out for rapid approval of any Obama nominee. [...] Democrats fear Republicans will not follow tradition and might actually offer resistance, thus they could use circumspect methods, such as a recess appointment, to slip in a leftist extremist, such as Holder, Lynch, or Kamala Harris.  However, if the Democrats stick to principles they would honor their own Senate Resolution 334 which urges no SCOTUS recess appointments.  The likelihood of that occurrence is about on par with Bill Clinton honoring his marriage vows.  With decades of practice, the Democrats have mastered the art using the judiciary for agenda advancement and they play to win, no holds barred.  Republicans still believe their Senatorial opponents are gentlemen who play by Robert's Rules of Order.

Grassley Shows Why Republicans Have It Coming To Them.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley immediately undercut the Senate Republican leader's pledge not to let President Obama pick Justice Scalia's successor.  No wonder GOP voters are mad.  In "The Art of War," Machiavelli advised leaders in battle to "endeavor with every art to divide the forces of the enemy."  But in the all-out war shaping up between the two parties on filling the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death on Saturday of Reagan appointee Justice Antonin Scalia, Democrats apparently don't have to bother dividing the enemy; Republicans are dividing themselves.

Dems Predict GOP Cave on Scalia Replacement.  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are already predicting Senate Republicans will back away from their initial vows to block President Obama's nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  "Just as in 2013 when there was a huge public outcry and Sen. [Mitch] McConnell (R-KY) had to back off," Schumer said in reference to the 2013 government shutdown, "the same will happen now.  Sen. McConnell will have to back off."  Schumer made his comments Wednesday [2/17/2016] on a conference call with reporters organized by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal activist group.

That Debate Moment When the Script Is Evidenced.  No intellectually honest person can deny the Greenville South Carolina debate was constructed to provide maximum benefit for Marco Rubio.  The structure was so brutally transparent even the customarily obtuse punditry are having a hard time obfuscating.  We have been pointing to the GOPe road-map for over two years.  As each tripwire is crossed, the ridiculous justifications of those in denial necessarily increase; but that doesn't mean we will stop pointing out the strings on the presidential marionette show.  Cue yet another audio visual demonstration.

RNC Under Fire Over Debate Audience Stacking.  The chairman of the local Republican Party here confirmed to local television that 2016 frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump's concerns — and those of his closest competitor Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) — with the Republican National Committee (RNC) allocation of debate audience tickets are well-placed.  Chad Groover, the chairman of the Greenville County Republican Party here, told WYFF — the local NBC News station — that party donors get tickets to the debate.

After years of false alarms, the 'conservative crackup' has arrived.  [Scroll down]  Here's Rush Limbaugh on Friday [1/22/2016]:  "Forget the name is Trump.  If a candidate could [guarantee to] fix everything that's wrong in this country the way the Republican Party thinks it's wrong, if it were a slam dunk, if it were guaranteed, that candidate will still be opposed by the Republican Party establishment. ... If he's not part of the clique, they don't want him in there."  In other words, the GOP establishment has become so corrupted, its members would knowingly reject a savior just to protect their comfortable way of life.

Joy Reid: Republicans Brought This On By Ignoring Conservatives, And Immigration Was Deal-Breaker.  [Scroll down]  Immigration is where the bargain just broke down.  And that base, the base of the party is no longer willing to go along with any part of the elite.  Not the movement conservatives.  Not the money elite part of the party.  They're just not willing to go along with it.  Immigration was the deal-breaker and they are gone.  They cannot be brought back into the tent.  Not even by the mighty National Review.

8 Theories in Search of an Establishment.  [#1] They actually want to kill off Trump.  The Establishment is not stupid.  It knows voters hate it.  Its embrace of Trump could be the kiss of death.  Problem:  Too obvious. [...] [#4] They're actually trying to help McConnell:  Even if they don't think they can derail Cruz, they'll get points with the Senate Majority Leader for trying to discipline an obnoxious freshman who caused him trouble and called him a liar.  And if you're a K St. lobbyist it may be more important to get Sen. McConnell on your side than to get your first choice into the White House.

Cruz Has Been Right All Along.  The establishment has always been squeamish about standing up to liberalism, forever cautioning us not to sound too much like the conservatives we are for fear we will sound mean and alienate independents, centrists and other squishes we need to win national elections.  Never mind that the only time we've resoundingly won these elections — presidential and congressional — is when we've run decidedly conservative candidates or pushed strongly conservative themes.  With our moderates we have mostly lost.  The establishment's allergy to fighting reached its apex with the advent of Barack Obama.  Presumably because of his race, his initial popularity or his projected image as a uniter, their fear of resisting Democrats grew into full-blown paranoia.

The American People vs. the Political Establishment.  On these pages in January of 2012 I defined the political establishment as being made up of the following:
1.  A preponderance of current and retired national office holders whose livelihoods (re-election for current office holders and lobbying or consulting for retired politicians) requires fealty to the Party in order to maintain financial backing as well as access to government largess;
2.  The majority of the media elite, including pundits, editors, writers and television news personalities based in Washington and New York, whose proximity to power and access is vital in order to gratify their self-esteem and to sustain their standard of living;
3.  Academia, numerous think-tanks, so called non-government organizations, and lobbyists who fasten onto those in any administration and Congress for employment, grants, favorable legislation and ego-gratification;
4.  The reliable deep pocket political contributors and political consultants whose future is irrevocably tied to the political machinery of the Party; and
5.  The crony capitalists, i.e. leaders of the corporate and financial community as well as unions, whose entities are dependent on or subject to government oversight and/or benevolence and whose political contributions assure political cooperation.
[...] Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie have been a part of the establishment for their entire political careers as they have been in the political arena for nearly their entire adult life and dependent on Party support for their electoral success.  They cannot escape nor plausibly deny their membership in the establishment.

The GOP establishment is blinded by their hatred of Ted Cruz.  As actual voters get ready to weigh in on the GOP presidential race, establishment Republicans are laying down a marker:  Sen. Ted Cruz must be stopped at all costs, even if it means nominating Donald Trump.  It appears that these Republicans are so blinded by their personal hatred of Cruz that they've convinced themselves that the party would be better off choosing somebody who represents everything they claim to abhor.  In making this calculation, they are exhibiting the same shortsightedness and lack of pragmatism that they claim to hate about Cruz.

Lies My RINO Told Me.  [Scroll down]  Lie #2 — An Angry Candidate turns off voters and is unelectable.  Is that so?  What evidence is there to support this claim, at least at the Presidential level.  We just don't know because the GOP has not run an angry candidate.  Was Romney angry?  McCain was an angry man — angry at the GOP base, but lovey-dovey with the media and the Democrats.  Bush Jr.?  Bob Dole?  Bush Sr.?  All of these candidates eschewed anger for reasonableness, for clear-headed policy wonkishness and comity.  People have forgotten, but Ronald Reagan actually WAS an angry man in many ways; Reagan coined the term "liberal" as an insult, for example.  Reagan called the Soviet Union an "Evil Empire" and mocked Jimmy Carter with "there you go again!".  What RINOs fail to grasp is there is a huge difference between being angry and being nasty.

They Fear Cruz This Much: GOPe Cozying Up to Trump.  I said the other day that they'd rather go all in with Trump than nominate Ted Cruz.  They hate him. [...] They think if Cruz came in the status quo would get rocked and they could possibly find themselves shut out of power.  The Republican Establish is more afraid of losing power than they are saving the country and reducing government.

RINO Doesn't Mean Anything Any More.  In modern politics, a Republican candidate who supports universal taxpayer-funded healthcare would undoubtedly qualify as a RINO.  So would a candidate who pledges to raise taxes on the so-called "rich" or supports a ban on so-called assault weapons.  Any Republican who donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to liberal Democratic politicians and causes would also surely fit the RINO profile, as would any Republican who defends the Kelo Supreme Court decision that allowed the government to seize private property in the name of progress.  Or would he?  Every one of those statements describes Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination and a man whom many genuine conservatives point to as the most fiercely anti-RINO candidate in the current GOP field.

The Entrenched Parties Have Weakened America.  The rise of Trump is not a fluke, but it reflects anger with the establishment.  His vocabulary is inflammatory; he is braggadocio to a fault.  The establishment opponents do not understand the frustrations of the citizenry.  Our conservative leaders have not redeemed their promise to halt Obama's Executive Orders, his damage to our military, the bleeding of our treasury, the division among the races, illegal immigration at the expense of citizens and states, and loss of national pride and exceptionalism.  Our nation is resilient, but our politicians have created this mess.

The GOP establishment has ruined the Republican brand.  The GOP brand was one that championed limited government.  The second largest expansion of the federal government came under the stewardship of President Bush 43 with the GOP in control of both the House and the Senate.  Since 2008, the growth has exploded, with more debt added during the Obama administration than all others combined.  And since 2010, the GOP leadership has approved every single spending measure.  So much for limited government.

It Shouldn't Be So Hard For GOP To Tell The Truth About Cruz.  Does anyone care about the facts?  It's no secret that many people in Washington, and even in the Senate, don't want Cruz to win the Republican nomination for President.  That said, he's best positioned now to mortally wound Trump in the early states.  For that reason alone there should be an enthusiastic effort from those in the GOP to dismiss the birther speculation, but many such as McCain and Paul, seem to be stoking the controversy instead of doing anything to quell it.

GOP Falls Into Purity Trap.  Republicans fulfilled a popular campaign pledge Wednesday [1/6/2016] when, by a 240-181 vote, the House passed a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act and defunding Planned Parenthood.  The bill, already passed by the Senate, now goes to the desk of President Barack Obama, where it surely will be vetoed.  Just when, I have to ask, did my Grand Old Party's idea of victory become passing bills that won't become law?  What's so glorious about fecklessness?  The GOP House put an awful lot of work — it has voted to repeal Obamacare 62 times — into passing something that cannot become law while Obama is president and there are not enough Republicans to override a veto.

Republican Leadership Prepares to Whine About Obama Gun Control — And Do Nothing.  Everyone knew that Barack Obama intended to infringe on American's gun rights this week.  It's not as if Obama had been hiding it.  He announced his intentions in advance, and then proceeded to drop a series of executive actions that, if implemented, would require the creation of a national gun registry.  So, what are Republicans intending on doing about it?

For Republicans, Mounting Fears of Lasting Split.  The Republican Party is facing a historic split over its fundamental principles and identity, as its once powerful establishment grapples with an eruption of class tensions, ethnic resentments and mistrust among working-class conservatives who are demanding a presidential nominee who represents their interests.  At family dinners and New Year's parties, in conference calls and at private lunches, longtime Republicans are expressing a growing fear that the coming election could be shattering for the party, or reshape it in ways that leave it unrecognizable.

The Pathetic GOP Response to Obama's Executive Action.  In case anyone thought Republicans would offer a more meaningful and spirited response to Obama's executive action on guns than they did on immigration, you're out of luck.  Major GOP leaders have offered the typical bluster and contrived outrage.  Some even call his action unconstitutional, but fail to respond in a manner that lives up to the severity of the charge.  Absent from all their responses, however, is a commitment to defund any new executive action.  That is because they just gave away the full year's funding until October.

GOP plans to ignore Obama, not fight him.  House Republicans are shrugging off Obama's latest executive actions on gun control, and instead say they want to focus on building their own agenda for the year.  The GOP reaction stands in stark contrast to years of battling Obama's actions through legislation and the courts, and it signals a course change for Republicans who are now more interested in who will be in the Oval Office in 2017 than duking it out with the current president.

Rob Maness Goes After 'Spineless Republicans' In Congress Responsible For Allowing Obama's Gun Control To Move Forward.  Prospective candidate for U.S. Senate from Louisiana, retired Colonel Rob Maness, is calling on Congress to ensure that lawmakers "use every resource at their disposal, including the power of the purse, to rein in his lawlessness once and for all."  Maness says he's strongly opposed to Barack Obama's "illegal executive order to restrict our 2nd Amendment rights."  Maness released the following statement, calling Republicans in Congress who are unwilling to fight the measure "spineless."

GOP Establishment Has No Problem with Hillary Win, Won't Address the Clintons' War on Women.  Breitbart News' John Nolte had a perceptive piece this weekend on the GOP Establishment having no desire to beat Hillary Clinton or elect Donald Trump.  They don't want to use the most potent issue against Hillary, who is counting on an overwhelming advantage among women:  her alleged bullying of the women unlucky enough to be Bill Clinton's alleged sexual targets.  Only Trump has the courage to debunk the notion that Hillary has been "an advocate for women and girls."

Desperate RINOs Scheme to Deliberately Throw Election to Hillary.  In their desperation, liberal Republicans have escalated hostilities against their conservative enemies.  The strategy of running a third party spoiler to throw the election to their Democrat allies is similar to that used in France's recent elections to keep the National Front out of office.

The Great Republican Revolt.  The GOP planned a dynastic restoration in 2016.  Instead, it triggered an internal class war.  Can the party reconcile the demands of its donors with the interests of its rank and file?

Franklin Graham Leaves GOP Over Planned Parenthood Funding.  Evangelist Franklin Graham announced Tuesday [12/22/2015] he is leaving the Republican Party following the GOP's cave to Democrats last week in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.  Graham particularly likened the continued taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood in the bill to the funding of Nazi concentration camps.  "Shame on the Republicans and the Democrats for passing such a wasteful spending bill last week," he posted on Facebook.  "And to top it off, funding Planned Parenthood!"

Are Establishment Republicans Fools or Traitors?  Senate bill 153, the Immigration Innovation Act (or I-Squared), led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), would allow for virtually unlimited Muslim immigration into the United States.  Several of Rubio's most prominent financial backers are among the bill's boosters.  Rubio's campaign theme, "A New American Century," employs a euphemism commonly used to describe demographic transformation of the United States brought about by immigration.  A recent Pew Research report found that "nearly all Muslims in Afghanistan (99%) and most in Iraq (91%) and Pakistan (84%) support sharia law as official law."  Yet in the last five years, the U.S. has issued 83,000 green cards to Pakistan, 83,000 green cards to Iraq and 11,000 green cards to Afghanistan.  According to Fox News' Chad Pergram, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Republicans are gearing up to attach a proposal to the omnibus spending bill that gives Barack Obama a blank check, empowering him to bring in an unlimited number of refugees.

RIP Republican Party.  If there was any question about the relevance of the Republican Party, this week's budget deal removes all doubt.  The Republican Party might as well close up shop and merge with the Democrats.  Not as a merger of equals, but more of a capitulation, a surrender, a sellout.  There is no need for two parties in Washington DC as only one party is relevant in terms of advancing an agenda.  The irony is that the agenda driving party is in the minority and despite losing badly in two midterm elections, the Democrats are still running Congress.  Another 2000-plus page bill passed by Congress with little transparency or discussion.  You mean ObamaCare?  No Paul Ryan's $1.1 trillion spending bill, his first major legislative "achievement" as House Speaker.

House Republicans Declare Independence.  On the cusp of a critical — perhaps historic — election year, House Republicans (the faction that rules) have declared independence — on behalf of the GOP establishment. [...] Establishment Republicans see a libertarian stance on social issues as better accommodating the social "progressivism" of millennials and younger cohorts generally, principles and values [notwithstanding].  Make no mistake, the other key takeaway from the budget deal was the Republicans full acceptance of big government.  House Republicans swapped higher spending for special interest tax cuts — and plenty of earmarks.

Had Enough? Sellout Repubocrats Must be Defeated.  Congress has adopted a 2016 federal budget that makes it official:  The Republican Party and the Democrat Party have merged.  In the name of stability and progress, Republican leaders have agreed with Democrats to put big government on autopilot — with no change in the programmed destination, full-blown socialism.  On December 18, at Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)'s urging, 150 House Republicans voted to double down on the politics of surrender.  Yesterday, we thought we had two parties, Republicans and Democrats, but now we see that we have only one, the Repubocrat Party, the party of No Shame.

Meet the 28 GOP Senators Who Funded Sanctuary Cities, Importing ISIS, Abortion, and Welfare for Mexico.  Meet the 28 Republicans who voted for fund sanctuary cities, importing of Syrian terrorists, funding abortion, sending welfare to Mexico and central America and so forth.  These are the names of the 28 Republican Senators who sold you out, voting to destroy you and your childrens' futures.  In fact, these 28 Republicans are no different than the Democrat-Socialist Party.

The Disappointing Omnibus Bill.  It would be bad enough had Republicans merely acquiesced to foolish policies, but in this bill they actively advanced them.  The bill's most egregious proposal will temporarily expand the H-2B visa program, quadrupling the issuance of visas to foreign workers for nonagricultural or temporary service jobs in 2016 — and it was a Republican initiative from start to finish.  What is the rationale?  There is strong evidence that large-scale hiring of foreign workers depresses wages for Americans, and it's not as if Ferris wheels and ski lifts will go unmanned if we stop importing Peruvian labor.  Clearly, Republican leaders bent to the demands of a tiny segment of employers.

Just So We Are Clear — The Paul Ryan Omnibus Spending and Tax Bill Was Passed With Democrat Majority Support.  By now everyone is aware the Omnibus Spending and Tax Provision bills, used by Republicans in lieu of an actual Fiscal Year 2016 budget (Thanks Boehner Inc), have passed today.  However, for the sake of clarity — and because in the current legislative climate so many refuse to believe reality — it must be absolutely noted, without doubt, what took place. [...] We gave Republicans large majorities in both the House and Senate so they could push-back against ridiculous progressive big government spending.  What did the Republican leadership do with the majority?  Republicans constructed big spending on behalf of the Democrats and voted with them to end up with the same result if Democrats were in control.

Paul Ryan Omnibus funds sanctuary cities, refugees and abortion.  Meet Paul Ryan.  Just as worthless and cowardly as John Boehner.  The $1.1 trillion omnibus [fiasco] has tons of goodies for progressive liberals.  The Paul Ryan omnibus funds Planned Parenthood, Syrian refugee resettlement, sanctuary cities and even funding for global warming.  We've gone from the Weeper of the House with John Boehner to the Mullah of the House with Paul Ryan.  This is what we get for giving the GOP their biggest majorities in the House since the 1920's and control of the Senate.

Conservatives give Ryan a pass on budget deal they despise.  The House Freedom Caucus hates the massive government-funding bill:  Spending levels are billions of dollars higher than what conservatives wanted, and at least two top policy priorities — language addressing Syrian refugees and so-called sanctity of life — were cut.  But unlike past fiscal battles, when lawmakers took shots at GOP leaders and tried to tank bills, this time conservatives are largely holding their fire.  Even as they vow to oppose the package, many are still praising Speaker Paul Ryan's handling of the $1.1 trillion spending bill and $680 billion in tax breaks.

Who Wrote the Omnibus? Four Lawmakers, Many Lobbyists.  The ugly work that went into the massive pork-filled omnibus spending bill snaking its way through congress is now starting to be exposed.  And it's not for the faint at heart.  Members of congress had little input in the bill and didn't even in many cases know what was in it.

Senator Sessions — Paul Ryan's Omnibus Spending Bill is Evidence Why "Voters Are In Open Rebellion".  Thank you Senator Sessions.  In the dead of night after 2 am this morning, Congressional leadership unveiled a more than 2,000 page 'omnibus' year-end funding bill which would, among other things:  fully-fund the President's refugee expansion; fully-fund sanctuary cities; fully-fund the resettlement of illegal aliens youth and their families crossing the border; lock-in tax credits for illegal aliens; and quadruple the highly controversial H-2B foreign worker visa being used to replace Americans as truck drivers, construction workers, theme park employees, and in blue collar jobs across the nation.  [Video clip]

Omnibus Bill: Search in Vain for the Regulatory Relief.  There are certainly some good things in the Omnibus Spending/Tax Extenders bills that dropped early this morning [12/16/2015] (though I thought this Congress was elected to stop this kind of legislation-by-crisis).  Unfortunately, what's not in the bill suggests Congress missed several opportunities to rein in the Obama administration's regulatory overreach.

Levin: Establishment Would Rather Lose Than Nominate a Conservative.  News broke yesterday [12/11/2015] of GOP establishment figures plotting to take over a brokered convention and nominate some alternative hand-picked candidate for president.  Such a move by Republican leadership would destroy the party.  On his Friday night program, Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin explained that the GOP establishment is perfectly comfortable doing that.  They would rather let Hillary Clinton become president than suffer a constitutional conservative in office. "The Republican establishment is about big government," says Levin.  "If they can't nominate who they want, then fine... they want to control the republican apparatus."  And they're willing to lose the election to remain in control.

Carson Threatens To Leave GOP — 'Will Assess His Party Participation Going Forward'.  Ben Carson lashed out against the Republican National Convention on Friday [12/11/2015], culminating in a threat to leave the party if rumors of a brokered GOP convention prove true.  On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that several high ranking GOP delegates met to discuss the possibility of a brokered convention, meetings Carson claimed would eventually "destroy the party."  "If it is correct, every voter who is standing for change must know they are being betrayed.  I won't stand for it," Carson said in a Thursday statement.  "I assure you Donald Trump won't be the only one leaving the party."

Surrender-Monkey Republicans Give Away All Leverage... Again.  In the run up to all of the biggest legislative fights of the year, Republicans have time and time again surrendered whatever leverage they may have had before the battle lines were even drawn.  The omnibus spending bill now being prepared is no exception.  While Democrats are digging in their heels and vowing to vote against the package if they don't like it, Republicans have already signalled their utter unwillingness to insist upon... well, anything.  The omnibus bill, like so many before it, was hastily thrown together behind closed doors without adequate input from rank and file members — exactly the process Ryan pledged to change as Speaker.

An Impossible Homework Assignment: 2,360 Pages of Highway, Education Bills.  Republicans have essentially telegraphed the message to Obama that they will not stand in his way to fundamentally transform America on a single policy issue. [...] On Thursday [12/3/2015], Republicans plan to pass S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). [...] That Republicans would sign off on a bill that further entrenches the federal government in education policy is unconscionable given the party consensus for abolishing the Department of Education altogether.

GOP Establishment: Let's Prop Up Rubio!  Oh, we don't support Obamacare they said.  We'll repeal Obamacare they said.  We'll replace Obamacare with sensible legislation they said.  Well, that was prior to the mid-term 2014 election. [...] If you don't enmesh yourself in fully understanding the intricate details of how Washington DC is playing "UniParty" it is almost impossible to keep track of their maneuvers; this too is entirely by design.

Time to Secede — From the GOP.  Is there anyone remaining with an IQ above room temperature who actually believes that the Republican Party believes in limited government, as defined by the U.S. constitution?  If so, they have either been hibernating or have been in complete self-denial.  Every election cycle the Republican Party counts on its "conservative base" to dutifully turn out and mark their ballot for whatever candidate has been selected by the GOP leadership.  We are told ad infinitum that doing so will keep the Democrat liberal demons from furthering their agenda.  The inside the beltway establishment has been chanting this mantra for years and in the process we keep getting Republicans who stand for nothing except their own political gain.

Giving Thanks for the Republican Establishment.  It is a fact that the Republican establishment seeks to expel conservatives from the party. [...] My friends, there are only three candidates left in the race who operate outside of the GOP establishment:  they are Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump.  It's important to understand one, simple fact:  should one of these three outsiders become President, they will also become the de facto head of the Republican Party.  That's right:  in one fell swoop, an anti-establishment candidate could take over and control the GOP leadership structure, by dint of the bully pulpit and a massive fundraising capability.

GOP Set to Fund Obama's Islamic Refugee Plan.  We can always count on Republicans to take a 90/10 winning national security issue and turn it into a shiny object.  Instead of listening to their constituents and following the calls of 30 governors to shut down Islamic refugee resettlement, Republicans are about to pull the classic bait and switch:  pass a phony standalone bill and decline to defund it in the budget bill.

Time for GOP panic? Establishment worried Carson or Trump might win.  Less than three months before the kickoff Iowa caucuses, there is growing anxiety bordering on panic among Republican elites about the dominance and durability of Donald Trump and Ben Carson and widespread bewilderment over how to defeat them. [...] The party establishment is paralyzed.  Big money is still on the sidelines.  No consensus alternative to the outsiders has emerged from the pack of governors and senators running, and there is disagreement about how to prosecute the case against them.

Why Is GOP Pushing Disastrous Low-Skilled Immigration Increase?  Right out of the chute, the first thing a GOP-led Congress pushes under new Speaker Paul Ryan is a bill that would boost the number of low-skilled immigrant workers in the U.S. Have they learned nothing?

RNC appears to be conspiring with liberal media to poison GOP debates for conservatives.  Earlier today, our source Deep GOPe participated in a teleconference conducted by the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA).  While not formally aligned with the Republican National Committee, the RNLA can be said to be loosely linked to the GOP establishment.  Featured on the call was Randy Evans, an RNC Committeeman.  The topic of the GOP debates was a central theme of the teleconference.  As the call unfolded, it became very clear that the RNC remains in bed with a hostile vintage media.

With Republicans Like These, Who Need Enemies?  After the CNBC debate and the bias it laid bare, the field was united.  The party was united.  There was an opportunity to change, maybe even revolutionize the debate process.  Then Republicans acted like Republicans again.  The greatest opponent Republican candidates face is not the media, nor the Democrats.  It's themselves.  Had the field held together for more than 20 minutes, we could've been looking at some serious debates focused on issues.  But that didn't happen.

Globalist Republican Senators (GOPe) Who Voted For Unlimited Spending Bill
  •   Did the GOP secure the border with control of the White House and Congress?  NO.
  •   Did the GOP balance the budget with control of the White House and Congress?  NO.
  •   Who gave us the TSA?  The GOP
  •   Who gave us the Patriot Act?  The GOP
  •   Who expanded Medicare to include prescription drug coverage?  The GOP
  •   Who created the precursor of "Common Core" in "Race To the Top"?  The GOP
  •   Who facilitated the Iranian Nuclear deal?  The GOP
  •   Who facilitated the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership?  The GOP

See How Your Senator Voted on the Boehner-Obama Budget Deal.  Less than five days after it was introduced, the Senate passed the 144-page, two-year budget deal that suspends the debt limit until March 2017 and raises spending caps.  The Senate passed the budget deal, 64-35, just after 3 a.m. on Friday.  Thirty-five Republican senators opposed the deal, though it was not enough to stop the bill from heading to President Obama's desk.

Budget buster: Senate passes debt and spending hike in dead of night.  Senate Republicans managed to wrangle enough of their troops to overcome a filibuster early Friday morning [10/30/2015] and pass the new budget deal, granting President Obama yet another debt holiday, busting the budget caps and boosting spending some $80 billion over the next two years.  Democrats, who are far more thrilled with the deal, did the heavy lifting, providing most of the votes as they won some $40 billion in new domestic spending in 2016 and 2017.  They also forced the GOP to retreat on the hard-fought 2011 budget agreement that had helped bring deficits back under control.

3 A.M. Budget Travesty Is Shameful Cave-In By GOP Leaders.  The fiscal 2016 budget deal that emerged at 3:15 a.m. Friday [10/30/2015] was little more than a blank check for President Obama's final two years.  Now he'll sail into retirement knowing he can spend what he wants with little opposition from a GOP Congress.  The bill passed 64-35, with only 18 Republicans in favor.  But that was more than enough.  Which raises a question:  Why have a Republican majority if its leadership is going to let the Democrats run Washington?

Former Congressman: I'm Quitting GOP.  In a panel discussion at the University of Colorado after the recent Republican debate, I was asked by a student why she should be a Republican.  The question forced me to ask myself the same thing.  I gave the young woman the standard talking points — that Republicans believe in smaller government, individual rights, fiscal responsibility, and free enterprise.  But as I drove home, her question — and my inability to respond with any level of real conviction — got me thinking:  Does the Republican Party leadership fight for these values and principles today?  After much thought, I reluctantly concluded that the answer is "no."

Skip the investigations, win the election.  House Republicans don't quite get that they are hopeless at oversight hearings.  They keep losing — and now the chairman of the House Oversight Committee has just introduced articles of impeachment against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.  I'm sympathetic to the GOP motive, given how the Obama IRS has consistently obstructed and misled Congress in the tax-exemption scandal.  But impeachment is no ordinary move.  No agency chief or Cabinet officer has been impeached since 1876.  And even proponents admit that there is no chance of Koskinen being removed from office because the Senate will never convict.

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Just win the election ignores the fact that nothing will change if Republicans are elected, because there's very little difference between a tax-and-spend open-borders welfare-state big-government Republican and a tax-and-spend open-borders welfare-state big-government baby-killing Democrat.

If Congress Won't Cut Spending Now, When Will It?  No wonder John Boehner and the rest of the Republican "leaders" are rushing to get their budget deal voted on and to the president's desk for signature.  The more we learn about it, the more rancid it smells.  Maybe Republicans are supposed to read it after they vote on it.  And to think they used to make fun of Nancy Pelosi for that.

3 Ways Conservatives Can Stop the Coming GOP Sellout Theater.  Somebody in Congress needs to stop production of this show, because it will hurt conservatives and will give President Obama, yet another, opportunity to spike the football.  As establishment Republicans rack up another bipartisan deal, they are killing the Republican candidates running for President, because as Obama's popularity rises so do the prospects of the third Obama term embodied in likely Democratic nominee for President Hillary Clinton.  While Republicans conduct government by oversight hearings, the American people want politicians who are willing to toss sand in the gears of government.

House approves Ex-Im renewal.  A majority of House Republicans joined all but one Democrat Tuesday [10/27/2015] in voting to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, whose charter expired in June.  After a rare procedural move brought Export-Import to the House floor against the wishes of GOP leaders, the bank saw surprising support in the 313-118 vote to renew, including from 127 Republicans.

3 sentences that explain just how clueless establishment Republicans are about 2016.  The dirty little secret in Republican politics these days is that the longtime pillars of the party — politicians and ex-politicians, major donors and the consultant class — are further removed from the views of the GOP base than at any time in modern memory.

12 Times the GOP Establishment Kicked the Conservative Base in the Teeth.  [#9]  Allen West:  In 2012, The Florida GOP gerrymanders Tea Party conservative Allen West's district to a Democrat majority.

Senator Warns: "Great Danger" of Mass Amnesty Invasion in 2017 by the Beltway Uniparty Traitors.  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is echoing the concerns of other prominent conservatives that the events unfolding now in Washington could lead to mass amnesty in 2017.  "The word is... that 2017 is the year to watch for immigration," radio host Laura Ingraham asked Sessions.  "What are the chances... that if Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is Speaker and Hillary Clinton is President of the United States, or Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is President of the United States that they would move in the first 100 days to push a massive, similar [to the 'Gang of Eight'] immigration reform bill?"  Sessions replied, "I think there's a great danger that that would happen."

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Announces Goal To Destroy Nationalists and Conservative Politicians.  We spend a lot of time following Tom Donohue and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce simply because if you trace any tentacle of globalist advancement from DC back to its origin you'll find Donohue and the CoC at the nucleus.  In a post Citizens United SCOTUS landscape, it was Donohue in 2011 who seized upon the unlimited finance opportunity, used K-Street lobbyists, and formerly announced his plans to attack Tea Party (conservative) insurgent politicians.  Donohue followed through on this plan in 2012 with primary support for Mitt Romney, and again another announcement in October of 2013 in advance of the 2014 mid-terms.

Will the Senate let Obama bypass it on Paris climate deal?  Remember that part of the Constitution that gives the executive branch of government the authority to make a commitment with foreign powers to cap carbon emissions levels and then enforce that commitment domestically with onerous environmental regulations?  Me neither.  But that's exactly what President Obama plans to do in Paris later this year, where he will agree to a new international compact limiting how America uses energy.

No Time for Cowardice in the GOP Presidential Field.  [T]he current crop of candidates, including Donald Trump, running for the Republican nomination are reluctant to point the finger at the current administration and the socialist policies of the Democratic Party as the catalyst for the nation's economic problems.  There appears to be a fear of even mentioning the name of Barack Obama.  Further they are unwilling to offer viable and easily understood capitalist solutions to counter the extreme socialist proposals of Bernie Sanders and embraced by Hillary Clinton.

Republicans Would Rather Lose Than Help Conservatives.  Time and time again we see Republican leaders berate conservatives for allegedly taking their football and going home after a loss only to see those very same leaders be the ones who actually do leave the field.  It is happening again in Kentucky where the prospect of a Matt Bevin win has so terrified the Republican Establishment, they are fleeing the state so a Democrat can win.

Senate GOP Pushing Obama's Get Out of Jail Free Policy.  This week, as a consolation prize for abusing conservatives for so long on the issue of immigration, the Senate will vote on a bill punishing sanctuary cities for releasing thousands of criminal aliens into our communities.  At the same time, the Senate Judiciary Committee is marking up the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S.2123), a bill that will retroactively release a number of dangerous criminals into our communities.  Ironically, many of them are illegal aliens.  Sadly, the effort is being led by several conservatives and Republicans on the Judiciary Committee.

The Democratic Party's Decline.  It doesn't take more than a cursory glance at the headlines to get the impression that the Republican Party is in the middle of a prolonged suicide attempt. [...] A sizable portion of the Republican base of primary voters is registering its dissatisfaction with the party by backing one of the three candidates in the race who have no experience in political office.  The contest's front-runner is such a toxic and unacceptable alternative to Democrats that analysts have speculated the GOP primary voter would prefer to see the party torn down and rebuilt from scratch than to license the continuation of business as usual, even if that means sacrificing a winnable presidential election.

Wanted: A President of Good Character.  [Scroll down]  Instead, let's look at our experiences — of GOP establishment candidates.  Bob Dole (remember him?) was the logical pick in 1996, and is now mainly remembered for falling off a stage.  Nice man, but doomed to lose.  Then John McCain received the blessing from above, having served in the Senate forever, and looking like A Weekend at Bernie's.  What a great pick.  Mitt Romney was next, and never counter-punched at the howling jackals of the media.  Romney could not tell the plain truth to the anointed Messiah of 2008, Barack Hussein Obama, who was qualified by the color of his skin.

GOP Establishment Scrambling For New Plan B.  The Republican establishment designed the process to deliver the 2016 presidential nomination to a business-friendly moderate who avoids so-called social issues.  The consultants who rewrote the party rules after 2012 are now trying to explain to their patrons what went wrong and how to fix it.  Plan A, of course, was to assure the nomination of Jeb Bush, whose views are the perfect reflection of the Republican donor class.  But despite many months of campaigning, $114 million of political funds raised through June 30, and two presidential debates watched by a record-setting average of 24 million people, Jeb Bush has dropped to sixth place, registering only 4% in the latest Pew poll.

Note To Phyllis Schlafly: There Is No "Plan B".  [Scroll down]  The GOPe road map is so heavily contingent on Jeb Bush that no alternate plan was even considered, thought about, discussed or generally presented as plausible.  Every Wall Street luncheon since October 2013; every K-Street breakfast; every Chamber of Commerce dinner; every RNC national and regional rules meeting — all of it; has been built up based on a cornerstone and central tenet that Jeb would fulfill all of the handshake agreements contained within all of those meetings over the past 23 months.  There simply is no other option.  Period.

Ted Cruz Gives Epic Speech on Senate Floor Exposing GOP Leadership.  The video [in this article] is of Ted Cruz on the Senate floor two days ago [9/28/2015].  The senator from Texas (and Republican presidential candidate) exposed the way Washington works:  the games that are played, by both parties, and the lack of principles among Republicans.

The Silliness of the Anti-Shutdown Republicans.  In 2013, the government shut down. It was the first shutdown since 1996 and the media, who has no memory of anything existing before 2000 (and that's being generous), freaked out like you wouldn't believe.  Of course, it doesn't take someone with an encyclopedic knowledge of history to realize that shutdowns have been used quite often and quite frequently with little to no negative effect on the country as a whole.  Jimmy Carter, for example, with a Democratic House and Senate behind him, led the government shut down five times.  Ronald Reagan let it shut down five times.  Bill Clinton let it shut down twice.  The idea that a 16-day shutdown was the worst thing in the world to happen is hilariously misinformed, when it is only the third-largest shutdown since Gerald Ford's administration.

Ted Cruz: 'Republican Leadership Leads The Onslaught Attacking Conservatives'.  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed Republican leadership on Monday [9/28/2015] for slavishly serving the interests of major corporations — and worse, leading attacks from the Left on its conservative grassroots base.  The Democrats are "relentless" in pursuing their principles, Cruz said, which include ever-increasing government spending and unlimited abortion rights.

Only 19 Republican vote against funding Planned Parenthood.  What is the purpose of the Republican party anymore?  Only 19 Republican senators voted against funding Planned Parenthood in a stop-gap bill to fund the government.  All the squishy RINOs like McConnell, Thune, Corker and Cornyn seem voted in a favor of a government funding bill that stripped out defending language for Planned Parenthood.

The Republican Party's Surrender Politics.  What happens in politics when one side is absolutely committed to its principles, willing to fight for them no matter the cost, and the other side reflexively surrenders on every issue?  We have modern-day Washington.  Today, President Barack Obama fights relentlessly for his liberal priorities.  Like the Terminator, he never gives up, he never stops.  And Republican leadership responds to every challenge by surrendering at the outset.

Ted Cruz Says Republican Leadership Is Guilty Of 'Peremptory Surrender'.  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says the Republican leadership in Congress is guilty of "peremptory surrender" once again, criticizing House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for not going along with the plan favored by conservatives to defund Planned Parenthood.  "Republicans need to act like Republicans," Cruz said Thursday afternoon [9/24/2015] to a group of reporters inside his Capitol Hill office.  "Leadership needs to lead.  Together, we need to actually honor the commitments to the men and women who elected us."

The UniParty Evidenced — Another Missing Federal Budget, This Time With Republicans In Full Control.  It was September of 2007 when George W Bush sat behind his oval office desk and signed into law the Fiscal Year 2008 Federal Budget.  Exactly eight years ago.  It has now been eight consecutive years without a federal budget.  Eight consecutive years of debt ceiling increases, continuing resolutions to fund government, threats of shut-downs and the insufferable back-and-forth blame.

Ted Cruz: 'Hell Will Freeze Over' Before Establishment GOP Listens To American people.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told conservative radio host Mark Levin on Thursday evening that establishment GOP politicians will "never" listen to the American people.  "If we wait on the entrenched politicians in Washington, hell will freeze over before that happens," Cruz answered when Levin asked whether Republicans will ever listen.  "This is nothing new.  The answers come from America, from millions of people standing up and holding elected officials accountable."  Cruz, who coined the Twitter hashtag #MakeDCListen during the government shutdown episode, has often returned to a theme of forcing Washington D.C. insiders to listen to the public.

Calls to depose GOP leadership mount: 'Who is in charge right now?'  Conservative disappointment with the Republican leadership on a host of issues from the Iran deal, to federal funding for Planned Parenthood, to the failure to secure a budget, left some members openly calling for the leadership's removal over the weekend.  "Time for new congressional leadership," Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. tweeted Saturday [9/12/2015].  He added:  GOP leaders "in Congress refuse to listen to regular Americans."  GOP leaders "don't follow their own party platform," former Sen. Jim DeMint, who now heads up the conservative Heritage Foundation, said Sunday.  "Things that were mainstay 10 years ago [like] balancing the budget, limited government, getting rid of cronyism, [are] now called radical or far right."

How the GOP leadership hit rock bottom with its base.  When conservatives held a Washington, D.C., rally last week in opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran, which names do you suppose inspired the loudest boos from the crowd?  Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and John Kerry would be good guesses.  So would Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.  But none of those are the right answer.  Instead, it was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, the two most important Republican leaders in Washington, who seemed to get the loudest boos.  When Dave Brat, who won his Virginia congressional seat by beating then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a GOP primary last year, mentioned the pair, the conservative crowd erupted in a thunder of boos.

Trump and Cruz are Precisely What the Putrescent GOP Leaders Deserve.  The contempt for ordinary Americans and the pontificating arrogance of the Republican establishment was on full display when Fox News contributor and faux conservative George Will stated that Trump supporters need to come into the Republican Party "on our terms", not theirs.  That Republican Party, which Mr. Will wants voters to join, is one that consistently betrays its constituents and bows to Barack Obama's agenda:  Who "pre-approved" the Iran nuclear deal using, instead of the Constitution's treaty approval process, Republican Bob Corker's amendment (Corker/Cardin Amendment) changing ratification to a 67-vote-threshold for denial, as opposed to a customary 67 vote threshold for passage?  The GOP.  Who did not block and voted to fund Obama's executive amnesty that Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, called "un-American" and "unconstitutional, illegal" and promised that, if the Republican Party takes the Senate, they will do everything in their power to stop it?  The GOP.

John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and the Muslim invasion.  Now we have John McCain and Lindsey Graham jumping into the fray regarding "Syrian refugees," recommending we take them in.  It's not a surprise they would be on the wrong side of this issue, as they are on so many issues, but it's no less sickening every time they, or any member of the Republican Party, reveal how spineless they are.  Last week, responding to a report that international groups are pressuring the United States to take not 10,000, but 65,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016, Tucker Carlson asked McCain and Graham if allowing any refugees into this country is in the best interest of America.

Also posted under Hijrah.

The War on Innocents.  Allowing the tax-funded expansion of Planned Parenthood's abortion industry to continue is national suicide.  This crisis must be confronted as the greatest internal threat facing our nation since slavery.  Ted Cruz and House conservatives are alone in this battle, insisting that any funding bill signed by Obama explicitly exclude tax funding of abortion.  Establishment Republicans have already capitulated the leverage of a government shutdown, with majority leader Mitch McConnell saying this is "another issue that awaits a new president with hopefully a different point of view toward Planned Parenthood."  Hopefully a different point of view?  Is that the rousing Republican response to Planned Parenthood's bloody desecration of human lives on the taxpayer's dime?

Congress Is Great At Manufacturing One Thing: Crises.  Congressional Republicans have become adroit at flexing their manufacturing muscles.  They wait until the legislative calendar absolutely requires that Congress acts on bills, thus creating a crisis.  Congress then rushes to get the bills passed.  These must pass bills are often constructed in a way contrary to conservative principles.  So to get them passed, Republican leadership has to feign sympathy with conservatives through a show vote or issue statements to acknowledge the conservative grassroots.  Once that is done, they can advance legislation that buttresses the status quo and avoids reforms the country needs, but that the establishment disdains.  The past and current way the Republican establishment deals with major issues before it is to stall and pass:  run the legislative clock and move legislation that won't change anything.

Also posted under What's the rush?

America, you're watching the beginning of the end of the Republican Party.  The Republican Party is dying because the GOP in DC has gone corporate and K Street.  They attack any Republicans who dare hold them to their promises.  They've gone to war against Heritage Action for America, Club For Growth, the Madison Project, etc.  They've blackballed any political consultant who does work for outsiders.  But even more importantly, the GOP protects their failed consultants who keep bringing in the bacon.  The Project ORCA guys are doing quite well.  The guys who collapsed Voter Vault are doing well.  The idiots who run outreach for the GOP go out and form consultancy groups, then get embedded within the NRCC, NRSC, or RNC itself and hand contracts back to themselves.  In short, the GOP has become so incestuous it continues to hemorrhage and will die.

An Open Letter To Jonah Goldberg — RE: The GOP and Donald Trump
  •   Did the GOP secure the border with control of the White House and Congress?  NO.
  •   Did the GOP balance the budget with control of the White House and Congress?  NO.
  •   Who gave us the TSA?  The GOP
  •   Who gave us the Patriot Act?  The GOP
  •   Who expanded Medicare to include prescription drug coverage?  The GOP
  •   Who created the precursor of "Common Core" in "Race To the Top"?  The GOP
  •   Who played the race card in Mississippi to re-elect Thad Cochran?  The GOP
  •   Who paid Democrats to vote in the Mississippi primary?  The GOP
  •   Who refused to support Ken Cuccinnelli in Virginia?  The GOP
  •   Who supported Charlie Crist?  The GOP
  •   Who supported Arlen Spector?  The GOP
  •   Who supported Bob Bennett?  The GOP
  •   Who worked against Marco Rubio?  The GOP
  •   Who worked against Rand Paul?  The GOP
  •   Who worked against Ted Cruz?  The GOP
  •   Who worked against Mike Lee?  The GOP
  •   Who worked against Jim DeMint?  The GOP
  •   Who worked against Ronald Reagan?  The GOP

The Next Justices.  When Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to the next president, he will be flanked by three, and almost four, octogenarians:  Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg (83), Antonin Scalia (80), Anthony Kennedy (80), and Stephen Breyer (77).  The next president will likely have the opportunity to appoint a replacement for one, two, three, or maybe even four of those justices.  These decisions will reshape the Court and how it reads the Constitution for decades to come.  Republican presidential candidates will likely pledge to appoint "constitutional conservatives" to the bench — which ought to mean judges who will be constrained by its original meaning.  However, GOP presidents have filled 12 out of 18 Supreme Court vacancies over the past half-century, with disappointing results.  This track record teaches five important lessons that should guide future nominations.

What's Going on With the Republicans?  As I wrote earlier this year, it was hacker Marcel-Lehel Lazar, calling himself Guccifer, who in May 2013 revealed that Clinton had been using a personal email address for official business.  We learned of other information only through Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed against the State Department by organizations such as Vice News, Citizens United, and Judicial Watch.  Some of these FOIA emails, it seems, were already in the possession of Trey Gowdy's select committee, for it leaked hundreds of them to the New York Times only hours before the State Department published its first batch.  Why had the select committee done nothing but sit on these?  And why leak to the New York Times?  Which leads one to wonder about Trey Gowdy.  Why is he allowing Hillary to run the clock on these emails?  More importantly, why is Boehner instructing him to do so?

GOP Leadership Ignores Immigration Entirely in Town Hall Talking Points.  Republican legislators have gotten their messaging instructions from their top leaders:  Tout unpopular free-trade measures during the August recess, ignore popular curbs on the migration that saps Americans' wages.  Breitbart News has exclusively obtained an internal August recess messaging instruction set for Republican legislators produced by Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who orchestrates the GOP Senators' PR pitch.  This 20-page messaging instruction manual seems to confirm prior reports by Breitbart News that Republican Congressional leadership has no plans to enact popular immigration reforms to curb large-scale migration.

We Need a New Republican Party.  If there is any political viewpoint in this world which is free from slavish adherence to abstraction, it is American conservatism.  When a conservative states that the free market is the best mechanism ever devised by the mind of man to meet material needs, he is merely stating what a careful examination of the real world has told him is the truth.  When a conservative says that totalitarian Communism is an absolute enemy of human freedom he is not theorizing — he is reporting the ugly reality captured so unforgettably in the writings of Alexander Solzhenitsyn.  When a conservative says it is bad for the government to spend more than it takes in, he is simply showing the same common sense that tells him to come in out of the rain.  When a conservative quotes Jefferson that government that is closest to the people is best, it is because he knows that Jefferson risked his life, his fortune and his sacred honor to make certain that what he and his fellow patriots learned from experience was not crushed by an ideology of empire.  Conservatism is the antithesis of the kind of ideological fanaticism that has brought so much horror and destruction to the world.  The common sense and common decency of ordinary men and women, working out their own lives in their own way — this is the heart of American conservatism today.  Conservative wisdom and principles are derived from willingness to learn, not just from what is going on now, but from what has happened before.

Republican Party, R.I.P. (1854 - 2016).  After eight years of broken promises and Republican collaboration in Barack Obama's agenda to expand government, the Grand Old Party has been confronted with a moral evil in Planned Parenthood.  Undercover, unedited videos show Planned Parenthood officials laughing about harvesting organs from babies. [...] Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)'s response has been to call for more investigations while keeping federal dollars flowing to Planned Parenthood.  Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have kept federal dollars flowing to all areas of Barack Obama's agenda.  From Obamacare to the IRS to Obama's immigration expansion, the Republicans have chosen not to use any of their constitutional powers to restrain executive overreach.  Instead they will let judges sort through everything.

Republicans [Are] Chasing An Hispanic Unicorn.  For almost a decade, the Republican party has interpreted losses at the ballot box as its inability to attract Hispanic voters.  This, in turn, is blamed on segments of the conservative wing of the party whose rhetoric allegedly turns off Hispanic voters.  When conservatives empower a Republican victory, as in 2004, 2010 or 2014, the win is dismissed as almost an aberration.  Oh, that victory you have there is because Hispanics didn't vote, Republican leaders imply.

How Republicans Can Win Back Conservatives.  Conservatives poured time, energy and money into a party that promised to counter Obama and take back America.  The GOP controls both houses of Congress and conservatives have nothing to show for it. [...] There has been a profound loss of faith in the Republican Party and the larger political establishment orbiting around it.

GOP Should Worry Less About Trump and More About Itself.  For many Americans — who knows what percentage? — the Republican Party is not an antidote to President Obama's seven-year wrecking ball.  They look at the GOP and occasionally see strong rhetoric but mostly observe a lack of inspiration, energy and any sense of urgency about the current state of affairs.  They recall that when Republicans didn't have control of Congress, they asked for patience until they recaptured the House.  In the meantime, we were not supposed to rock the boat and jeopardize the upcoming elections.  Since winning back Congress, they've offered a similarly tired excuse:  We don't have control of the presidency.

It is not Trump who is alienating people.  The spin is that Donald Trump cannot be elected because he alienates people.  The reality is the Republican Party leadership is the problem.  His supporters — already one in four Republican voters — already are alienated by the Republican Party.  Their grievances are many and they go unheard.  In 2008, they went along with a RINO named John McCain as [the] presidential nominee, who not only lost but stood by idly while his campaign manager destroyed Sarah Palin with the help of a willing press.  In 2010, they elected a Republican House to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  In 2012, they went along with a moderate named Mitt Romney, who lost.

Republican Elites: You Can't Secure The Border, You can't Deport, You Can't Stop Illegal Aliens.  Laura Ingraham scratches the surface on the "anchor baby" issue, but more directly frames the discussion around the larger picture of failed immigration enforcement which has led to the crisis.  We are in this ridiculous place because the 'Beltway Betters' have failed to enforce existing law, failed to secure the border, failed to secure employment law and lied to the American people about their intents therein.

Trumping the Republican Establishment.  The alarm bells are reverberating throughout the halls of the Republican Establishment as the realization has begun to sink in that their days controlling the Party are over.  Nothing is more telling than the Real Clear Politics average of the four most recent polls of Republican voters.  The Establishment's favored candidates (Bush, Christie, Graham, Kasich and Rubio) account for only 24.7% of the polling results (Trump alone has 22.3%).  The pent up anger over the abysmal performance of the Republican Party hierarchy over the past 27 years has justifiably reached a boiling point.  The current iteration of the Republican Establishment has been dominant in the Party since 1989, setting up a process wherein they have effectively chosen all the presidential candidates and steered a course of fawning cooperation with the Democrats.  The responsibility for the current state of the country as well as its dismal future rests heavily upon their shoulders.

Second Republican Consultant Rips Conservative Base as Stupid.  We now have a second top Republican consultant who appears to believe that trashing voters is the way to win elections.  Cheri Jacobus [...] says she has been fighting for the GOP for three decades.  Over these same decades, in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections, these genius consultants have consulted us to losses in the popular vote.

Why We Lose: Top GOP Consultant Rick Wilson Trashes Republican Base.  The national Republican Party has lost the popular vote in five of six presidential elections.  The only one they were able to win was a lay-up, the re-election of a sitting president, George W. Bush, during a time of war.  And while the national Republican Party has been able to win majorities in Congress, other than better congressional offices for the winners, what exactly was the point?

New Poll Spells Trouble For Establishment RINO Leaders.  A new poll from Gallup poll indicates that establishment RINO leaders, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are facing a growing problem of bipartisan discontent among Americans, showing that their "go along to get along" attitude with the dictatorial Obama regime and radical leftist Democrats is backfiring more than the squishy and unprincipled duo could have ever imagined.

If I Were Trey Gowdy....  [Scroll down]  Ever wonder why Hillary Clinton's long history of felonious malfeasance (an easy prosecution, I can assure you) hasn't led to criminal charges?  Easy answer:  Democrats and Republicans alike are protecting her, because public sector unions, corporate cronies, and other rentseekers carry far more influence than do the people.

There is Only One Political Party In Washington DC.  Select your candidate, believe it makes a difference, and then predictably you'll get the CoC selection, Jeb Bush.  There is no substantive difference between Jeb and Hillary, and there is absolutely no difference between the current National GOP and National Democrats.  Both parties are intent on the expansion of government, the diminishment of U.S. national interests (Main Street), along with the inflation of Wall Street interests (CoC) and capital markets (Koch Brothers).

No guts:
GOP Leadership may look to keep Planned Parenthood out of spending fight.  As conservative lawmakers look to the fall spending negotiations to defund Planned Parenthood, Republican leaders may dash their hopes by arguing it can't be done effectively in a government funding bill, at least in the short term, as they work to avoid the politically damaging threat of a government shutdown  Instead, the move to defund the group may be addressed in another standalone bill.  "We are going to be doing a lot of different things, not just dealing with the funding," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday [8/4/2015].

Heritage Action CEO: Conservatives 'sick' of the GOP.  The chief executive of the Heritage Action for America super-PAC said on Sunday [8/2/2015] that conservative voters are weary of the Republican political establishment.  Michael Needham argued that the GOP is alienating its base by ignoring its concerns.  "Most Republican voters hate their party, and that's what needs to be addressed," Needham told host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."  "People are sick of this," he said of the political process.  "It's a game."

Their Lies Have Boxed Them In.  Republicans leaders have no choice but to fight now to defund Planned Parenthood.  Discretionary spending cuts will not be enough.  The pro-life movement will not compromise with evil and more videos are coming to show just how evil Planned Parenthood is.  The party leadership's lies have boxed them in.  They have nowhere else to go but into battle.  They they will have no retreat but destruction at the polls or victory.  Democrats think they want this fight, but what they do not understand is that they have options.  Republican leaders have no options but victory for the survival of their party.

Hard Truth for the GOP from its Base.  The Republican field is frozen in error by lack of either vision or courage on this issue, and by its need to please its corporate donors.  These corporate donors want cheaper labor forever and delude themselves about the not far off social and political consequences of massive illegal immigration.  After all, those consequences will reach them later than they do the rest of us — they have not shown up yet in the gated communities, elite private schools, high-income jobs and country clubs of the nation's governing class.  Only the Democratic Party knows what is really happening, and it appears destined to get exactly what it wants:  A few hundred thousand more dependable client voters in a bunch of key states, after which it can rest easily in the certainty of victory in every presidential election for the next half century.

Levin: Republican Leaders 'Smother' The 'Few Voices Of Liberty' In Congress.  [Scroll down]  "Those who are paying attention and are informed would be more repulsed by what McConnell, Lamar Alexander, Orin Hatch, John Cornyn et al. have done to the few voices of liberty in the Senate," Levin told The Daily Caller.  "They smother them and try to silence them and then go to liberal media outlets to trash them."  "I think what McConell tried to do with the highway bill and the Export-Import Bank is quintessential Washington, which is to lie through your teeth," the radio host added.  With these acts in mind, Levin believes it should be the task of conservatives like [Senator Ted] Cruz and Utah Senator Mike Lee to expose the Republican establishment's supposed misdeeds.

Mark Levin: The Republican Party Won Its Majority on a Lie.  Levin argued that on every issue from Obamacare to executive amnesty to Obamatrade, the establishment Republican Party has refused to represent the interests of Americans.  Perhaps nowhere is this more acutely noticeable than on the issue of immigration.

No Congressional GOP Leaders Will Support Reducing Immigration.  As U.S. census data projects that immigration will soon exceed all documented historical records, not one Republican leader in Congress supports the popular step of reducing immigration.  Each year the United States admits one million people with green cards, their dependents and refugees, as well as half a million foreign youths sought by college administrators.  Census data projects that, if visas are not slashed or halted, another 14 million immigrant settlers will arrive in the U.S. over the next decade.  Polls from Fox News and Gallup show that Americans — by a 2-to-1 ratio — want to see visa issuances reduced.

Carly Fiorina: The Benghazi 'Punch Didn't Get Thrown' In 2012.  Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says the Benghazi "punch" could have defeated President Obama in 2012, but it "didn't get thrown."  "We thought in 2012 that Benghazi was Obama's Achilles' heel," the former Hewlett-Packard CEO said in a Thursday [7/30/2015] call with supporters.  "But the punch didn't get thrown.  We can't count on the media to do this... And so the only way to make sure these questions are asked and answered is to have a nominee who will demand an answer."

The very real consequences of the effort to remove John Boehner.  North Carolina Republican Representative Mark Meadows has filed a motion to remove John Boehner as speaker of the House.  Technically it's called a motion to "vacate the chair," though it feels as though the chair has been vacant for some time already, given the absence of any meaningful opposition to Obama's agenda.  Meadows is unhappy with Boehner's unwillingness to fight for Republican or conservative values (which used to be the same thing).  Of course, his motion has no chance of passing, and publicly Boehner and his cronies will probably smirk and laugh at Meadows as it is voted down, the very same way Mitch McConnell and his Chamber of Commerce mafiosi smirked at Ted Cruz when Cruz confronted McConnell about his lies concerning the Export-Import Bank.

The GOP Senate is Not On Our Side.  The latest example, part one billion in an apparently never ending series, concerns funding for Planned Parenthood.  Republican voters ([indeed], really everyone with a pulse who is not an elected Democrat) have been horrified for three straight weeks as video after video has been released showing that Planned Parenthood is very obviously in the business of selling baby parts for money.  Now listen, regardless of how you feel about abortion generally, anyone of even marginal conservative (or libertarian!) principles can agree that taxpayer money should not be going to an organization like this.  Look, this is a slam dunk issue — by a huge, overwhelming margin, every American demographic (including millenials and women) oppose taxpayer funding of abortions.

The GOP Senate is Not On Our Side.  We have reached the point where a clear majority of sitting Republican Senators do not deserve your vote even in the general election.  I say this because, quite simply, they have demonstrated time and time again that they are not on our side.  Instead, they are on their own side.  The priorities that these nattering, out of touch buffoons have embraced are so far out of step with the voters who sent them to office that they don't even have the good sense to be embarrassed at how clueless they sound.

Why Congress Won't Defund Planned Parenthood.  In case you had any hopes of Congress ever defunding Planned Parenthood (PP/PPFA) in the wake of investigative videos showing senior employees haggling over selling baby body parts obtained during abortions, please let me dash them right now. [...] We've watched too many times as promises come and go, even as we watch traditional values slip away, the size and cost of government continue to expand, and the widespread destruction of the unborn continue. [...] In 2011, President Obama was willing to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding, in part because he knew the GOP would back down — which it did.

Phony GOP Conservatism Has Worn Out Its Welcome.  The long-simmering disconnect between the Republican Party's conservative base and its leaders in government has degenerated into a full-blown schism.  While President Obama accelerates his increasingly radical agenda, the GOP, despite its congressional majority, can barely muster an objection, let alone block his momentum.  Other than to offer a toothless public rebuke of Obama's destructive schemes, what was the point of the 2014 GOP congressional landslide?  It's no longer just a small percentage of conservatives questioning the GOP.  Our people are furious — and rightly so.

This is the lie GOP leadership told ME.  There are three reasons why the Ex-Im Bank is a horrible idea for a free enterprise opportunity economic system:  1. It duplicates private venture capital[,]  2. It is nothing more than corporate welfare[,]  3. It is a perverse manner of granting foreign aid[.]  The federal government has no business being in the business of economic cronyism and corruption by using American taxpayer dollars for venture capitalism.  Government ends up using tax dollars to select the winners and losers in the private sector.  This is a horrible idea — so why is the GOP majority in the Senate supporting it?

Republicans on Road to Ruin With Highway Bill.  Later this week, the highway trust fund officially runs out of money unless Congress authorizes more funding for roads and bridges.  But the bill that is being pushed by Democrats and some Republicans is starting to look like a Republican Party Dunkirk that could infuriate conservative voters and even wind up costing the GOP the 2016 election.  The $320 billion six year public works funding bill would raise government spending, increase taxes on businesses and possibly provide a new lease on life for the corporate welfare queen — the Export-Import Bank.  This happens every time a highway bill comes up for a vote.  Republicans toss out their fiscal conservative credentials and line up for the pork.

The Chaotic, Backbiting GOP Does Not Look Like a Governing Party.  Gradually, painstakingly, Republicans have won back the voters' support and hold more elected offices today than they have for close to a century.  But all that improvement threatens to be undone by the not inaccurate impression among voters that the GOP is in crisis — at war with itself — and that may be unable to serve as a responsible governing party.

Where's The Outrage?  I realize Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% is a competitor to the other candidates, but if they cannot share the Republican voters' outrage over what happened in the Senate yesterday [7/26/2015], they might need to let Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) run for office.  The Senate Republicans, joined with Democrats, and set the stage for reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, a bank that Governor Rick Perry of Texas has been vocally critical of with Cruz, and the Senate Republicans refused to put up a vote for defunding Planned Parenthood or Obamacare.

Why does the Republican Party exist?  What is its purpose as a political entity — to what end do its members work to elect their fellow Republicans?  What are its priorities?  Whose interests does it serve? [...] Perhaps you believe the Republican Party exists as today the lone pro-life party in the United States.  This cannot be possible after the weekend, where Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell blocked any attempt to force President Obama and all his fellow Senate Democrats to take a stand for or against not even the legality, but the taxpayer subsidization of harvesting organs from aborted babies.

Here's Why Republicans Hate The Republican Party.  It's conceivable, and I'm just spitballing here, that many conservatives are wondering: If the Republican Party is incapable or unwilling to make a compelling case against the selling of baby organs or the emergence of a nuclear Iran or the funding of a cronyist state-run bank — or all three — then really, what exactly can it do?

Republican 'Old Guard' pushes back against Cruz and Lee.  The GOP "Old Guard" in the Senate Sunday [7/26/2015] pushed back against outspoken conservative critics, avoiding direct attacks on Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, but making it clear his recent renegade actions are unwelcome in the upper chamber.  Without saying a word, the Republican conference sent a powerful message to Cruz and other conservatives like Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, by not backing their efforts to add amendments to a "must-pass" highway spending bill.

Chamber of Crony Capitalism Declares War on Limited Government Conservatives.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is paving the way to unseat "obstructionist" Republicans in the House who have successfully blocked much of the organization's agenda.  The move is spurred by Chamber frustration after the group poured nearly $70 million into the 2014 election to strengthen the Republican coalition in the Senate, only to have its efforts thwarted in the House, Politico reported Friday [7/24/2015].  The Chamber intends to primary sitting House conservatives who have halted many of its legislative priorities, including immigration reform, the Export-Import Bank's renewal and a long-term highway bill.  Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, said the group's strategy to target conservatives verifies that the lobbying organization is interested solely in "cronyism."

Steve King: Chamber of Commerce for 'cheap labor at any cost'.  Politico's Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman report the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is "gearing up to challenge some House Republicans in primary elections" after "many of [the Chamber's] legislative priorities — immigration reform, the renewal of the Export-Import Bank and a long-term highway bill — have been held up by a clutch of conservative lawmakers in the House."  It would be an unprecedented move, and even floating the idea suggests how determined the Chamber's national leadership is to fight for more immigrant labor and taxpayer-paid subsidies for business.

Chamber of Commerce looking to unseat conservative Republicans.  In many respects, Big Business has the same agenda as Big Labor and the Democrats.  They want amnesty, they want subsidies for big companies who don't need it, and they want more government spending.  Note the code words they use:  "bipartisan," "getting things done," and avoiding "obstructionists."  They want to pass whatever Obama and the Democrats want to pass.  Frankly, I really don't understand why these interests simply aren't Democrats.

GOP Elites: A Confederacy of Dunces.  These elitists don't realize that millions of conservatives are disgusted that the GOP is controlled by a moderate, "country club" wing and are ready to bolt the party if it continues.  Sadly, GOP powerbrokers are not getting the message.  At the recent Republican Governor's Conference, party bigwigs conspired to keep Trump, the leading candidate, out of the upcoming presidential debates.  They hoped to convince other candidates such as Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to boycott the debates if Trump participates.  Eventually, the harebrained plan was rejected, but only after it was leaked to the media.

Truth is an existential threat to the US government.  The United States is not a constitutional republic.  It is an oligarchy controlled by wealthy financiers who hire politicians to pass legislation beneficial to them and employ journalists to keep the citizens ignorant and compliant.  Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans believe in democracy.  It is simply an ideological contest between two different forms of totalitarianism based on big government, where they represent only themselves in their pursuit of personal power and profit.  Over the last hundred years, the Democrat Party has moved farther and farther to the left, evolving from populism to Marxism and developing an operational model resembling that of the mafia.  Its leaders are a gaggle of coffeehouse communists and unindicted felons, who seek the lifestyles of the rich and famous while practicing the politics of Joseph Stalin.  The Republicans are democratic only in the sense that they are willing to sell their votes to the highest bidder, where their political power and, ultimately, compensation from their rich donors increase proportionally with the expansion of government.

Why Are Republicans Resurrecting Uber-Failed Green Energy Subsidies?  Thank goodness we last November gave the Republicans the Senate majority.  Who besides the GOP would resurrect government money for ridiculous "green" "energy" — which is neither green nor energy?  To the tune of tens (if not hundreds) of billions of dollars more down the juice-less rat hole.  Oh yeah — every Democrat on the planet.

Tone it down? No way! Donald Trump needs to crank up the volume.  Donald Trump was taken to the GOP woodshed yesterday [7/8/2015].  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus reportedly spent an hour on the phone — telling Mr. Trump to tone down his comments about the illegal aliens. [...] It's easy to understand why Mr. Trump's message about illegals pillaging and plundering our nation is resonating with average Americans.  But what I can't seem to understand is why Country Club Republicans find his honest and straightforward appraisal is impolite and ill-mannered.

Will GOP Elites Ever Learn?  Have Republican elites learned nothing from the past?  Think back to 2012, when the long and bitter contest for the GOP's presidential pick left the eventual nominee, Mitt Romney, in a much weaker condition vis à vis Barack Obama than he would otherwise have been.  In his efforts to defeat Romney, Obama and his handlers were able to use several of the charges against Romney that were first uttered by other GOP contestants. [...] If the eventual Republican presidential nominee enters the general campaign for the presidency in 2016 already bloodied up by other contestants for the GOP's prize, he or she may face a relatively unscathed Hillary Rodham Clinton, who presently seems to have the inside track in the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

Trump Doesn't Exist in a Vacuum.  The idea that Donald Trump is so damaging to the GOP brand is itself laughable because the GOP has worked rather well in destroying its own brand.  When the upper echelons of the party declare outright war on its conservative peers and its conservative voting base (which is much larger than its moderate base), you see what happens to the party.  Rife with division, we have a GOP establishment that has constantly pushed out weak candidates with more than just "moderate" leanings and fought tooth and nail to keep conservative candidates out of multiple races.  It is very clearly in the pocket of major corporate interests and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, but accuses its opponents of being in it for the money.  The worst sin of all is the party establishment's insistence that the party's woes are due to conservatives.

Ted Cruz's New Book Blisters Mitch McConnell and Other Members of the RINO Surrender Caucus.  Wherein I highlight some of the key findings of Ted Cruz's new book, starting with MSNBC, which I read so you don't have to subject yourself to the filmy and unhygienic commentary.

Are Key Republican Leaders in D.C. Being Blackmailed?  Please tell me how it's possible that President Obama and his socialist cabal suffered the most massive and historic defeat in modern political history only 9 months ago — and since then they've gotten everything they've ever wanted handed to them on a silver platter.  Does that make sense to you?  How's it possible that the GOP — the party that won in a massive historic landslide gained nothing and won nothing?  Not one victory.

Republicans Should Stop Nominating Mushy Moderates to the Supreme Court.  Many people are looking at the recent Supreme Court decisions about Obamacare and same-sex marriage in terms of whether they think these are good or bad policies.  That is certainly a legitimate concern, for both those who favor those policies and those who oppose them.  But there is a deeper and more long-lasting impact of these decisions that raises the question of whether we are still living in America, where "we the people" are supposed to decide what kind of society we want, not have our betters impose their notions on us.

Constitutional Remedies to a Lawless Supreme Court.  As Justice Scalia put it regarding Obamacare, "Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is 'established by the State.' ... We should start calling this law SCOTUSCare."  And as he observed regarding marriage, "Today's decree says that ... the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court."  Sadly, the political reaction from the leaders of my party is all too predictable.  They will pretend to be incensed, and then plan to do absolutely nothing.

Republican-led Congress hands Obama major win on trade.  The measure to strengthen Obama's hand in global trade talks cleared the Senate on a vote of 60-38, and will go to the White House for his signature — less than two weeks after it was temporarily derailed in the House in an uprising of Democratic lawmakers who argued it would cost American jobs.

Sessions: They Won the Vote, But Lost the 'Trust of the American People'.  Senator Jeff Sessions will release this statement in response to Senate's vote to advance the fast-track trade bill: [...] "President Obama, and allies in Congress, have won this fast-track vote.  But, in exchange, they may find that they are losing something far greater:  the trust of the American people.  Americans have a fundamental, decent, and just demand:  that the people they elect defend their interests.  And every issue to come before us in the coming months will have to pass this test:  does this strengthen, or weaken, the position of the everyday, loyal American citizen?"

Here is How Senators Were Paid Off to Support Treasonous Obamatrade.  To put it simply, the Senate is run by looters.  Treasonous looters who care nothing about the constitution, you, me or America.  And the record breaking quick passage of the anti-American TPP proves it beyond a doubt.  But what kind of force could convince the Senate, Republicans and Democrats, to betray the American people and hand over power to a foreign government-like body?  What could possibly make Senators want to give up power and give Obama the power to render the Senate irrelevant?  Money.

If Your BS Detector Isn't Shrieking, It's Broken.  The entire American political system is a con, a sleazy mix of legalized bribes, auctioning off of favors, revolving doors between government agencies and the corporations they enrich and the blatant hypocrisy of snake-oil salespeople who know the marks (voters) face a false choice between two parties that are the same poison sold under different labels.

Dealing away American sovereignty.  The legacy media and the federal bureaucracy are really, really, hoping you'll be distracted by the arrests of soccer executives.  And if that's not your speed, they have the drama of federal charges against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, sparking questions about blackmail, "bad acts" and Mr. Hastert's time as a teacher and wrestling coach in his hometown.  But there is something much more ominous facing the United States, which is not just being pushed by President Obama.  Rather, it is facilitated by Senate Republicans — the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

So the GOP Must Embrace Evil to Survive? Really?  A black liberal columnist made the point in his article that the future of the GOP rests on it getting rid of its conservatives.  Then, the GOP can modernize; attract more young voters of color by embracing open borders, amnesty, abortion and all the other filth coming out of the Democratic Party.  Embracing this strategy is tantamount to embracing evil.  Many consultants and sadly, GOP politicians concur with the columnist's strategy.  In essence, we are being told that the only way the GOP can win future elections is to embrace an anti-God and anti-righteous agenda.  I can not and will not embrace this vile defeatist lie.

So the GOP Must Embrace Evil to Survive.  Really?  A black liberal columnist made the point in his article that the future of the GOP rests on it getting rid of its conservatives.  Then, the GOP can modernize, attract more young voters of color by embracing open borders, amnesty, abortion, and all the other filth coming out of the Democratic Party.  Embracing this strategy is tantamount to embracing evil.  Many consultants and sadly, GOP politicians concur with the columnist's strategy.  In essence, we are being told that the only way the GOP can win future elections is to embrace an anti-God and anti-righteousness agenda.  I cannot and will not embrace this vile defeatist lie.

Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform.  The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday [4/12/2014] as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values.  The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening.  The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion.

Bipartisan crony capitalism and America's Constitutional crisis.  Some people are beginning to notice that as more Republicans get elected, the more things stay the same.  Conservative Republicans are wondering why they bother voting for big "R" politicians that cave to a big "D" chief executive.  The last straw for some was the GOP leadership's passing of the fast-track trade bill that gives President Obama unprecedented authority to conclude trade pacts without congressional oversight.

Drudge rips GOP leadership: 'Night of the Republican suicide'.  Media giant Matt Drudge blasted Republican leadership on Twitter Friday night after the GOP-led Senate approved a new free trade bill.  "Twisted DC: Electing Republicans is guarantee of MORE powers for Obama... of course none of them read 'secret' bill!" Mr. Drudge tweeted.  The Drudge Report founder slammed House Speaker John Boehner who expressed support for the bill after the Pacific trade bill passed the Senate.

Dear GOP: Don't Work with Obama — Stop Him.  GOP hacks like the loathsome Mitch McConnell and Weepy John Boehner seem to think the GOP needs to show it can "govern" — by which they mean push various pieces of crappy legislation through their respective chambers — before voters will trust them with the keys to the White House.  Meanwhile, the public keep screaming:  STOP OBAMA!

Can Dr. Price Cure GOP Cowardice?  The Supreme Court is probably about to hand congressional Republicans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to eradicate the Obamacare contagion from the body politic, but the GOP has been typically timorous concerning whether to take advantage of this opportunity.  A refreshing exception to this poltroonery has been Tom Price, chairman of the House Budget Committee.

The British Tories Are Like American Republicans.  Many people seem to think that the results of the British general election — a gain of 24 seats for the Tories, giving them a majority — herald a major win for conservatism.  They don't.  They herald a major win for the Conservative Party, but just because it calls itself the Conservative Party doesn't mean it does conservative things. [...] The Tories, meanwhile, have the same problem the Republicans do:  they have ceased to be an effective vehicle for the kind of conservatism most of their constituents want.  No one trusts they will accomplish anything significant, especially on issues like immigration and the European Union.

Fast-Tracking America's Economic Destruction.  Last week's congressional committee votes to give President Obama "Fast Track" negotiating power may go down in economic history as among the most self-destructive ever.  The leaders of the Republican Party betrayed their voters, may have destroyed their own political careers, and may have even destroyed America's economic future.  In the 2010 and 2014 elections, American voters gave Republican leaders majorities in first the House and then the Senate so that they could stop President Obama's agenda.  But instead of stopping him, the Republican leadership decided to give him more power.  Republican leaders are determined to advance Obama's fast-track agenda despite deep opposition by their base.

Did The GOP Just Surrender On ObamaCare?  Voters who handed Republicans control of the Senate, largely on the promise of killing ObamaCare, must be wondering why they bothered.  Senate leaders now want to protect the law for the next two years.

The Disgraceful Republican Cave-in on Loretta Lynch.  Hillary Clinton didn't have such a bad week after all.  Sure, she's reeling from the latest unseemly revelations about the Clinton Foundation family piggy bank.  But they're only marginally worse than earlier unseemly revelations about the Clinton Foundation.  They are roughly on par with the revelations about how Mrs. Clinton obstructed Congress's Benghazi investigations by purging her unlawful private e-mail system, which was worse than her obstruction of the State Department's Benghazi investigation.  Yet it may not have been as bad as the obstruction of justice that was a staple of her husband's administration.  Those obstructions, in turn, were on par with her husband's selling of a pardon to a fugitive fraudster on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List ... which itself was not quite as bad as his awarding pardons to FALN terrorists — to ingratiate Hillary! with the New York Puerto Rican community (or at least the radicals therein) in preparation for her Senate campaign.

Republican stance on death penalty appears to be shifting.  Nebraska's Republican-dominated Legislature is making a concerted push to do away with the state's death penalty, the latest sign of cracks in conservatives' once-bedrock support for capital punishment.  When lawmakers voted 30-13 vote [sic] to repeal the state's death penalty last week, Republicans delivered 17 of the votes in favor of the measure, outnumbering the 13 votes Republicans cast against it, according to The Wall Street Journal.  GOP Gov. Pete Ricketts has vowed to veto the bill.

Obama's Republican Collaborators.  The GOP swept to victory in November by declaring that this imperial presidency must be brought to heel, and President Obama's illicit seizures of Congressional power must end.  That was then.  Now is now.  This week, Congress takes up legislation to cede His Majesty full authority to negotiate the largest trade deal in history, the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, and to surrender Congress' right to amend any TPP that Obama might bring home.

Obamacare Repeal Falls Off Republicans' To-Do List As Law Takes Hold.  After five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over.

New GOP Congress Pretty Much Like The Old Democrat One on Spending.  Remember when Republicans were running in November and they said, "Vote for us and we'll extend liberal spending programs like CHIP and add hundreds of billion in debt!"?  Neither do I but that's what happened last night [4/14/2015].

The Corker Cave-In.  I keep reading today [4/15/2015] that the White House folded, caved, threw up the white flag, rolled over on its sword and died a humiliating death by accepting legislation by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., giving Congress "a role" in the Iran negotiations.  In this case, that's a bit of spin that both the White House and Republicans want you to buy.  Because Republicans want you to think they've etched out some kind of a victory over Obama, and finally stood up one of his power grabs.  While the White House want to camouflage ... its latest successful power grab.

It's impossible to win a war with an army of weaklings, cowards, and traitors..  It's time conservatives realize that the country moving to the tune of liberals, no matter who wins elections, is due not to the domination of the mainstream media (MSM), but to the weakness, dishonesty, or cowardice of Republican politicians. [...] When the Republican speaker of the House surrenders to Nancy Pelosi and sets up a vote where a Democrat/RINO coalition overrides the majority of Republicans to fund something most Republicans ran against in the last election, we have to realize that it's not the media that's the problem.

A rising insurrection against Obama.  It's a scary thought, but here it is:  If some red states were to openly defy the authority of President Obama in the exercise of his constitutional duties, would today's Republican Congress side with him?  Or would they honor the insurrection?  I wish it could be said with confidence that the legislative branch would oppose a rebellion against the executive branch of government.  But I'm not so sure.

Downsize the Federal Government.  Recent studies have found that economic growth rates decline when relative government spending exceeds 26% of GDP, and the United States government current spending is close to 40% of GDP.  The Republican Party claims the core principle of limited government, but has actively participated in this growth in both size and scope of the federal government.

Fix the GOP, Don't Abandon It: A message to Glenn Beck.  Last week, to much fanfare, Glenn Beck declared that he was leaving the Republican party and becoming an independent. [...] Granted, he's overstating the case to some degree — political constraints are such that the GOP can't do a lot of what he demands.  But there are indeed issues where the politics favor the Republicans — the insurer bailout in Obamacare, farm subsidies, highway spending, and the Export-Import Bank — where the party is not doing much of anything.  Far too often, the GOP seems more inclined to go-along-to-get-along then do the hard work needed to reform government.

The Editor says...
Fixing the GOP means removing the fossilized leadership establishment and installing backbones in the few who stay.  I can't do that.  Here's what I can do:  I can vote only for political parties and candidates who line up with my beliefs.  The ones who line up with their own (stated) beliefs.  For the last 40 years, I've voted for Republicans only because the others were so much worse.  (Except for the time I voted for Perot instead of Bob Dull.)  If there were two good choices on the ballot, I wouldn't have to choose between bad and worse.

The Old, Rich Washington Lawyers' Party.  The recent mention of Al Gore as a possible alternative to Hillary Clinton suggests that the top five Democrat contenders, if Gore actually gets in the contest, will be, in order:  Hillary, Warren, Biden, Gore, and Webb.  Governor O'Malley trails even Webb in the polling data, and Bernie Sanders, of course, is a Socialist and not a Democrat. [...] [These] Democrats are lawyers, Ivy League professors, and federal politicians.  They live within the Beltway of Boston to Washington.  They are old.  Everything about these five reeks of insider influence, unproductive jobs on an engorged public teat, and physically living in the Never-Never Land sandwiched among the rich, spoiled Ivy League academia; the global capital of the news media; and Washington D.C., whose only product is government.

Glenn Beck: I'm Done With the GOP.  I am now well and truly convinced of the Object Lesson our Establishment Masters sought to teach us last fall and this past winter:  They will lie to us, always, so that we cannot even have an argument about policy differences with them.  We cannot explain to them why amnesty is a bad deal because they lie and claim that they are already against amnesty.  They will not even respect us enough to have the argument with us.  They will betray us constantly, because they think they can.

Republicans Learn to Play Hardball.  Politics can be aspirational, though mostly it's just transactional — a straight-up game of giving and getting.  The left's tantrum this week over the stalled nomination of Loretta Lynch is a reminder to Republicans that their best bet for notching any accomplishments during this Congress is to keep it nakedly transactional.

This Is What It Comes To.  Today, I see Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)N/A collaborating with Democrats to line up votes to expand government.  I see Republicans in Congress waffling on Obamacare and thinking of fixing it. [...] I see 300 Republicans beg the Supreme Court to impose gay marriage on the nation by unilateral fiat because they're inconvenienced by it as a political issue and want to move on.  In Georgia, I see the State GOP raising taxes and refusing to pass religious liberty legislation.  I see a party in the pocket of millionaires giving the middle finger to the middle class.  And I see a bunch of politicians prostituting themselves to billionaires and trying to repackage their policies as "conservative" when they are not.

The Founders Didn't Fail, We Are Failing the Founders.  Conservatives are understandably depressed in the wake of Speaker Boehner and the Republican-controlled Congress' predictable caving on executive amnesty.  Let me stop right there by emphasizing that I only said conservatives.  Were our republic healthy, every single American would be depressed that President Obama's amnesty — which on dozens of occasions he said he did not have the authority to enforce — will continue apace to the benefit of lawbreakers at the expense of American citizens.

The Parties of Crony Capitalism and Corruption.  Prior to the 2014 mid-term elections, Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee [...] said:  "We will do everything we can to make sure it doesn't happen:  Defunding, going to court, injunction.  You name it.  It's wrong.  It's illegal.  And for so many reasons, and just the basic fabric of this country, we can't allow it to happen and we won't let it happen.  I don't know how to be any stronger than that.  I'm telling you, everything we can do to stop it we will."  Given what has transpired since the election, how eagerly the Republican leadership capitulated, if not enthusiastically facilitated the funding and implementation of Obama's "illegal" executive amnesty; one can easily conclude that Priebus must have known what he was saying was not true or he was completely out of touch with the plans of the Republican Congressional leadership.  I think he was lying to get votes.

Obama Wins Again: Republicans Done With Amnesty Challenges.  Last Tuesday [3/3/2015], when John Boehner used the big speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as cover for his surrender on fully funding the Department Homeland Security it was all but over. [...] The 2016 campaign season is getting revved up and outside of a few easily marginalized conservatives the rest of the GOP is moving on.  Score a huge win for Obama, the latest in a series over Boehner and his hapless Senate counterpart Mitch McConnell.

The GOP and Failure Theater.  After the 2013 shutdown we were told: give us the majority in Congress and then we can do something.  Something, apparently, has now been expanded to include "nothing."  We were promised that Obamacare would be repealed but will it?

Republican Leadership Wants Barack Obama to Run Congress.  This is truly unbelievable.  The Main Street Advocacy group, which is a group that was formed by Republican leadership and funded by Republican leadership and their allies, and run by leadership lapdog Steve LaTourette has issued a truly unbelievable ad.  The ad backs all the worst people in Congress like Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and it attacks people who objected to the idea that Barack Obama could legally contravene Federal Law via Executive Order.

Why does the GOP have a problem with conservatives?.  Establishment Republicans want our votes, not our values.  That's the topic of Friday's [1/30/2015] "Todd's American Dispatch," as Todd Starnes reacted to the National Review accusing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee of trying to emulate Larry the Cable Guy.  "The fact is, the down-home values of the gun-toting, Bible-clinging, cast-iron skillet cooking crowd are just not welcome in the hoity-toity world of martini-sipping, country club Republican rubes," Starnes said. [Video clip]

Will the GOP Majority Ever Stand for Anything?  It is never the right time to do the right thing in Washington, D.C.  The phrase I heard most often from Republican leadership while serving in the House and Senate was, "This is not the right time to have this fight."  Whether the issue was balancing the budget, school choice, patient-driven healthcare, eliminating earmarks, raising the debt limit, ending big, crony handouts like the Export-Import Bank or any stand against the continued growth, favoritism and intrusion of big government, conservatives were always told to wait.  Wait until conservatives have the majority.  Wait until we have the White House.  Wait until we are reelected.

Republicans That are Unfit for Office in the House of Representatives.  The full list of House Republicans to voted for the "clean" DHS spending bill.

Why Vote Republican?  Every two years before the midterm elections, we hear Republican candidates promise that if elected they will rein in the Obama administration excesses — Obamacare, amnesty, trillion-dollar deficits, increasing government regulation, legislative transparency, and unlawful executive orders. [...] Immediately after the November midterms, the president announced his amnesty plan.  Republicans, fresh from landslide victories in congressional, state, and local elections, were well-positioned to flex their newfound muscle by re-establishing constitutional checks and balances on an overzealous executive branch.  Instead, Senate Majority Leader McConnell folded like a cheap suit, abandoning efforts to defund President Obama's amnesty efforts.

Republican't: learning to love losing to liberals.  Hillary Clinton is unraveling before her 2016 presidential campaign officially begins.  Not even The New York Times can stomach it.  Whatever you think of his foreign-policy recommendations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just made Barack Obama look like more petulant than presidential.  And the Republicans, after weeks of insisting they were going to huff and puff and blow the house that is Obama's executive amnesty down, promptly caved and passed funding for the Department of Homeland Security that leaves the amnesty untouched.

Mark Levin Takes on GOP Estab: 'In Order to Defeat Democrats, We Have to Defeat Republicans'.  After his riveting address at Saturday's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Mark Levin declared on Breitbart News Saturday [2/28/2015] that conservatives will never defeat Democrats without first defeating the Republican establishment.  The conservative icon, scholar, and talk radio host earlier told CPAC attendees that, "we're here today because we are losing our republic and we're the Sunshine Patriots who seek to restore it."

Are Washington Republicans Incompetent?  Four times, the Democrats filibustered the DHS funding bill.  As a result of the Democrats' filibuster, DHS was in danger of running out of money.  That put Republicans in a strong position.  All they had to do was... nothing.  If they didn't blink, pressure on the Democrats to fund DHS would prove irresistible.  It's not for nothing the voters gave the GOP a majority, right?  Instead, Mitch McConnell backed off.

McConnell, the Senate Yoda, bows to lawless Obama.  Routing Mr. Obama and his agenda, Republicans [in November, 2014] seized control of the U.S. Senate and made historic gains in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Voters clearly empowered the newly minted Republican Congress to halt the left-wing lunacy that even Democratic lightning rods House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada refused to attempt when they clearly had the power to get it done. [...] Now comes the great statesman and wise parliamentarian from the great state of Kentucky, Senate Majority "Leader" Mitch McConnell.

Mitch McConnell goes into fetal position. Harry Reid is the new leader of the Senate..  Sad and disappointing but not a surprise.  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)67% has showed himself to be the gutless wimp that we've all known he is.  He has given the Democrats exactly what they have been demanding.  In other words, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)67%, as majority leader, has shown the same feckless, flaccidity that he showed while minority leader.  What he's done is pass the buck back to the House.

This month's poster child for term limits:
Eunuch Mitch McConnell Squeals Like a Pig.  I told you guys the Senate GOP would screw us over on DHS funding, but even I had no idea Mitch McConnell would capitulate so easily.  I assumed he'd do a major song and dance first, but instead he just went all Ned Beatty in Deliverance the moment Barack Obama looked at him funny.  Good grief.  Even CNN's website declared that the Democrats were the ones blocking Department of Homeland Security Funding.  McConnell behaved as if he needs testosterone injections.  His minion in the press want everyone to know the steel in his spine, but it is more silly putty.  His friends say other people call McConnell "Darth Vader."  Honestly, I've gotten on Lexis-Nexis.  The only people ever saying McConnell is Darth Vader are McConnell's friends.

Alabama Gov. Bentley Breaks "No New Taxes" Promise, Pushes for Higher Taxes.  Governor Robert Bentley has made it clear that he intends to break his WRITTEN pledge to voters to oppose and veto "any and all efforts to increase taxes."  Shortly after his re-election this past November, Gov. Bentley began making a push to increase taxes.

GOP retreats on bill to block unprecedented 'net neutrality' regulations.  With the Federal Communications Commission poised Thursday [2/26/2015] to impose unprecedented regulations on the Internet, congressional Republicans have quietly backed down on a plan to block the looming FCC rules ahead of time with their own legislation.  Republican lawmakers blamed Obama administration officials, who they say have interfered in bipartisan talks to produce legislation that would ban some of the onerous practices the FCC seeks to stop, but with far less government regulation than the pending agency rules proposed.

McConnell Caves, but Reid Wants Full Surrender from Boehner as Well.  Republican leadership in the Senate is fully caving to the demands of Democratic lawmakers calling for a so-called "clean" Department of Homeland Security funding bill that leaves President Obama's executive amnesty intact, but Democrats are still balking at the plan.

Goodbye, leverage.
Senate GOP ready to split DHS funding and blocking Obama's amnesty into separate bills?  We knew it would come to this.  Alternate headline:  "Party that promised to avoid shutdowns will avoid shutdown."  At least we'll get some entertainment over the next few days from GOP aides trying to convince the media this isn't a total cave. [...] You can tell your party's being run by master strategists when their grand plan for achieving an important goal involves doing the exact opposite of what they wanted to do as recently as six weeks ago.

A Perfect Storm of Republican Idiocy.  In 2010, Congress passed Obamacare. President Obama signed it into law.  To their credit, not a single Republican voted for Obamacare.  Since the day Obamacare became law, Republicans have campaigned non-stop against it.  There were elections in 2010, 2012 and 2014.  The centerpiece of the Republican message was get rid of Obamacare.  Now, the perfect storm is coming together to destroy Obamacare once and for all.  And what is the Republican Party doing?  The GOP in Washington is working on the Obamacare bailout.

Senate GOP Leaders Prepare to Cave on Amnesty.  Even as reports emerge demonstrating that President Obama's executive amnesty will precipitate voter fraud by granting driver's licenses and social security numbers to illegal immigrants, Republican leaders are already preparing to cave on the immigration issue.  The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security except for President Obama's executive amnesty program.  Now, the Senate is stonewalling, with Democrats voting repeatedly not to take up the bill, insisting instead that Republicans pass a bill funding the executive amnesty along with the rest of the DHS.

GOP Senate Leaders Take A Dive On Amnesty Fight.  Senate Democrat leaders are using every tool they've got to defend the president's top-priority November amnesty, including emotional threats to civil society, dire warnings of another 9/11 atrocity, and campaign-style hits against four wavering Republican senators.  But the Senate's GOP leadership has used only low-emotion floor speeches and low-drama press conferences with hostile political media to scratch at the Democrats' triple-filibuster of the Department of Homeland Security's 2015 budget.  The GOP's tearoom tactics haven't moved even one of the several Democrat senators who declared partial opposition last year to Obama's unpopular amnesty, which will add five million foreign workers to Americans' flooded labor market.

The Republican Party Is Not Your Friend.  [T]he Republican Party, while far preferable to the unchecked liberalism of the Democrats, is not all that conservative.  Sure, it has conservative members, important ones who cannot be ignored.  And it talks a good game about small government; just about every Republican candidate for every office is duty-bound to aver his fidelity to Ronald Reagan's brand of conservatism.  However, if we understand conservatism as advocating smaller government that treats people impartially, many in the party struggle mightily not to act on those principles.  Instead, the recent history of "conservative" governance has been one of ever-larger government, and an expansion of the cronyism and corruption built into the system.

Bobby Jindal: 'If all we are are Democrat-lite, we don't deserve to be the governing party!'  Bobby Jindal took pot-shots at President Barack Obama — and at his own Republican party — on Thursday [2/5/2015] during a speech to a conservative family-valies group in Washington, D.C.  In his remarks to the American Principles Project, the anti-abortion, anti-gay marraige Louisiana governor blasted his fellow GOPers, without naming them, for being 'cheaper Democrats.'  Jindal is on a tear this year, castigating proponents of 'Common Core,' the Obama administration's plan to nationalize education standards and take control away from local governments.

Boehner's Amnesty Advocate Becky Tallent Aims To Secretly Revive Dead Border Bill.  The once-thought-to-be-dead House GOP leadership vehicle for a series of immigration bills including, presumably, an amnesty bill is roaring back to life thanks to Speaker John Boehner's immigration adviser Becky Tallent's efforts, several key Capitol Hill sources tell Breitbart News.  Tallent is a former chief of staff to Senate "Gang of Eight" ringleader Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the 2008 GOP presidential nominee who lost to President Barack Obama.

Levin: 'Too Many Conservatives Like Centralized Government'.  Talk radio host and author of "The Liberty Amendments," Mark Levin argued that "too many conservatives like centralized government, even while they preach otherwise" on Monday [2/2/2015].  Levin took issue with Senator Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) declaration that he was in the "mainstream" of conservatism, saying Graham had "one radical judge and justice after another" and was "pro-amnesty."

GOP Senators to Obama: We're Totally with You on Cuba Policy.  While senators such as Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) have vehemently opposed the Obama administration's rapprochement and concessions toward Cuba, some Republicans have banded together to let President Obama know that they have an eye on lifting the decades-old embargo.

More about Cuba.

The Dangers of RINO presidents.  RINOs see themselves as practical men, pragmatists who assume that the left wants government and politics to work.  As a consequence, these RINO presidents appoint to the Supreme Court mushy men like Blackmun, Powell, Stevens, and Souter, whose "judicial qualification" instead of their instinct to engage the left in its war of judicial activism against the Constitution was considered paramount.  George W. Bush showed how tone-deaf he was to the battle for the Supreme Court that he initially nominated Harriet Miers, an ultimate nebbish, before conservative activism forced him to instead nominate Samuel Alito.

Congressional GOP Seeks to Achieve Success Through Cowardice.  Over at RealClearPolitics, liberal Bill Scher has some advice for the GOP for how they can grow their majority. Like most of these insipid pieces from liberals, it helpfully suggests that Republicans will have much more success if they ignore demands from their base about... well, basically everything.  It's always precious when a member of the party who just got trounced offers advice to the victors about what sorts of strategies and tactics they should adopt to not get trounced themselves.

Trouble in GOP ranks kills votes on border and abortion bills.  Facing a rebellion in their own ranks, House Republican leaders scrapped their plans to vote this week on their first border security bill of the new Congress, blaming the weather for the delay but buying themselves time to try to stiffen the bill and make it more palatable to conservatives.  It's the second bill in as many weeks that Republican leaders have had to pull after internal opposition.  Last week the GOP scrapped a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, acting the night before the March for Life, after realizing that some female Republican House members had concerns.

Nine of House's Most-Conservative Lawmakers Start 'Freedom Caucus'.  Nine of the most conservative House Republicans are forming a caucus to push policy further to the right, the group announced Monday [1/26/2015].  The birth of the House Freedom Caucus reflects frustration among some that the Republican Study Committee, once the concentrated nerve center of the House GOP's right wing, has ballooned in size and taken a less confrontational approach with GOP leaders than some of its members would like.

New GOP "Border Security" Bill Removes Border Fences.  The new border bills drafted by Republican leaders require the actual removal of at least 66 miles of anti-pedestrian border fencing between laborers in Mexico and employers in the United States.  The border bills also require the construction of only 27 miles of effective double-layer fencing along the 2,000-mile border.  "It is a remarkable that the direction of our progress is going backwards, from a goal of building 700 miles of double-layer border fencing [in 2006] to only 27 miles [in 2015]," said a Hill staffer who opposes the leaders' bills.

The Fight Over Obama's Amnesty Decree as Nothing to Do With Homeland Security.  Within what seemed like the bat of an eye, Republicans crushed their supporters' spirits by following up their November triumph with a monstrous 1,774-page budget bill that forfeited Congress's major weapon against executive lawlessness, the power of the purse.  The CRomnibus underwrote the government through 2015, expending a staggering $1.1 trillion on such Obama priorities as the full funding of Obamacare — notwithstanding Republican campaign vows to work tirelessly to kill Obamacare.  The base became livid when GOP leaders teamed up with the White House to whip against conservative opposition to the CRomnibus bill.

New GOP Border Security Bill Removes Border Fences.  The new border bills drafted by Republican leaders require the actual removal of at least 66 miles of weak border fencing between laborers in Mexico and employers in the United States.  The border bills also only require for the construction of 27 miles of effective double-layer fencing along the 2,000-mile border.  "It is a remarkable that the direction of our progress is going backwards, from a goal of building 700 miles of double-layer border fencing [in 2006] to only 27 miles [in 2015]," said a Hill staffer who opposes the leaders' bills.

The Three Amigos of GOP Defeat in 2016.  After six difficult years under Barack Obama, the country is ready for a change in the White House.  The President has delivered a continual dose of no compromise liberalism that has divided the races and polarized the political climate.  This has led the presidential campaign to start earlier than ever.  Among Republicans there are a dozen hopefuls who may vie for the nomination.  It is a perfect opportunity for the Republican Party to take back the White House and implement conservative policies that will undue the disastrous Obama agenda.

The Jitt Rombush Mushy Middle GOP.  [Scroll down]  It is certainly amusing if nothing else as this Breitbart story, the nominal focus of which is immigration, comes amid all the sudden maneuvering between the Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney camps, with stories spilling out that there is no love lost between the two.  But in fact Romney and Bush are so closely aligned ideologically that they might as well be referred to as Governor Jitt Rombush.  Mr. Rombush being the endlessly ideal moderate GOP candidate of the Republican Establishment that has been regularly putting forth losing presidential nominees with names like Romney, McCain, Dole, and Ford for decades.  Even when they win — Bush 2000 — they managed to lose the popular vote to Al Gore — Al Gore! — and required the Supreme Court to get in the White House door.  Not to mention barely scraping by in 2004 with a skin-of-the-teeth, 100,000 votes or so in Ohio for a sitting president to defeat John Kerry.

The Republican Congress Has a Mandate.  November was all about Obama's liberty-strangling, crony-coddling, financially reckless agenda.  Voters emphatically defeated these policies.  The American people want them stopped.  That is what they sent Republicans to Washington to do.  That is the mandate from the midterms.

Conservative Lawmakers Prepare to Split From Republican Study Committee.  Move over Republican Study Committee.  There's about to be a new conservative group in town.  Just two months after the 172-member organization elected Rep. Bill Flores of Texas as its new chairman, a group of nine lawmakers decided to split from the RSC and form its own conservative caucus.

26 Republicans Vote Against Blackburn Amendment To Defund Obama's Executive Amnesty For Illegal Aliens.  A whopping 26 Republicans joined the Democrats in Congress to vote against an amendment to the DHS funding bill sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).  That amendment aims to block funds for President Obama's 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), largely believed to be the root cause of the border crisis last summer.

Republicans weren't elected to raise the gas tax.  This should really go without saying, but some Republicans are already discussing this as a real possibility.  Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., have all been quoted discussing a gas tax hike as a serious possibility.  In their defense, this tax is not like most others.  The government collects a fixed amount rather than a percentage of sales, so that over time the tax declines with inflation.  The 18.4 cents per gallon imposed does not go as far today as it did when it was set at that level more than two decades ago.  Even so, members of Congress would still be wrong to take the recent plunge in oil prices as an invitation to put a hand in drivers' pockets.

Ted Cruz: Republicans lose when they nominate candidates in 'mushy middle'.  Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, reiterated Tuesday that he believes the GOP has a track record of failure when the party nominates a presidential candidate from the "mushy middle."  "There are a lot of folks in Washington who argue that the way Republicans should win is that they should nominate a candidate from the mushy middle," Mr. Cruz said on "Fox and Friends."  "Someone who is right in the middle, who's near the Democrats so there's not much distinction. ... We've tried that."

If Palin and Levin Walk, the 2016 Nomination Is Not Worth Having.  It's all very simple:  the Republicans lost Florida in the 2012 presidential election by 0.88 [percent].  If conservatives stay at home in 2016 in the same numbers as they did in 2012, then there is no chance of the GOP winning.  If conservatives are advised by Governor Palin (unlike in 2012) and Mark Levin to either stay home or vote third-party, then it is impossible to see how Florida could be won by, for example, Jeb Bush. [...] What Ralph Nader did for Al Gore's hopes in 2000 would be a pinprick compared to the mountain a Republican nominee would face with a conservative base doing a de Blasio back-turn.

Say Hello to the New One-Party State.  Oligarchy is defined as a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.  The oligarchy is composed of the Democrat and Republican establishments, the media and the financiers, who every four years hire a President.  The political system they operate is known as "totalitarian democracy", one in which lawfully elected representatives rule a nation state whose citizens, although granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of government.  The main policy of the American oligarchy is malfeasance, the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law.

The Political Disaster of RINOs.  Precisely once has a conservative candidate done poorly in a presidential election.  That was Barry Goldwater in 1964, and it has been RINOs, not conservatives, who have proven political disasters in winning elections.  The Goldwater defeat in 1964 had less to do with Goldwater and more to do with a nation going to the polls 12 months after a shocking assassination.  The "fallout" from this election was not what the left would have expected at all.  Two years later, in 1966, Republicans won a sweeping midterm landslide, winning races up and down the ticket all across the nation.

It's absolutely unprecedented how the Republican Party is maltreating its base.  When you think about it, the Republican leadership's attitude toward its own base is pretty much unprecedented.  The Democrat Party never, at least publicly, rejects its base or impugns its base or makes fun of its base or wishes its base didn't exist.  The Democrat Party never, ever publicly does anything to diminish the image of their base, the reality, the existence of their base.  They never do anything to humiliate them, and yet the Republican Party thrives on it.  The Republican Party is doing everything it can to dismantle its own base, as identified by the Tea Party.  It's doing everything it can to impugn them, to join the Democrats in mocking and making fun and to render their base, their own base impotent...

Is Now the Time for a Second Party?  The cooperation afforded to that tall, slim fellow who lives in the White House by those who call themselves Republicans can hardly be viewed as the behavior of what one would normally be referred to as the "opposition party."  There are a lot of ordinary citizens who object strongly to the idea of a third political party, but these very same people are also complaining that there is little-to-no difference between today's Democrats and Republicans.  Perhaps it's time for these very same conservative voters to recognize (and admit publicly) that our nation is being controlled by what is in fact a single party of elitists who simply exchange their roles every few years to continue their joint efforts to maintain the illusion that we, the common voter, control our own destinies.

Obama Remakes Our Borders, Republicans Yawn.  In addition to the power of the purse, the legislative branch of government has another major check on a rogue administration.  The Senate has the power to block all executive and judicial nominees from the president as part of its responsibility to advice and consent on presidential appointees.  However, it would be hard for anyone looking at today's Senate to grasp this power when what we see is Republicans continuing to join Democrats in confirming these nominees.  It's as if Obama's executive amnesty never occurred.

The Hopeless Stupidity of the Republican National Committee.  Last year, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee announced plans for the RNC to spend millions of dollars and endless man-hours on "minority outreach" programs into black and Hispanic neighborhoods.  Other than endanger canvassers by sending them into dangerous "hoods" and barrios, this program has achieved nothing beyond confirming the RNC's practice of squandering funds donated by supporters.

Why Republicans Are Worthless.  There is a war being waged for the soul of the Republican Party.  It consists of a loose alliance of Tea Party groups and traditional conservatives, who are trying to wrest control from the politically moderate businessmen who have misguided the GOP for decades.

An Anonymous Commenter Predicts What Will Happen in 2015 Courtesy of the GOP Establishment.  First of all, when the time arrives to 'defund' homeland security it will FAIL.  The socialists will all scream in unison about national security and suddenly be worried about terrorism and disease entering the country (and anything bad that does happen will be blamed on the GOP naturally).  They will be everywhere talking up this now found appreciation for Homeland Security and it will be funded and thus Obama's Illegal Amnesty will be set in stone.  This will take place as millions of illegal invaders flood over the border causing all kinds of "serious crises" that will have to be addressed with, you guessed it — more government!  [BTW, did you know that upwards of 150 Million Adults Worldwide would like to 'migrate' to the US?]  And so that part of the budget will be funded as well, and by the time the next opportunity to defund the illegal amnesty it'll be too late — by then millions of illegal invaders will have crossed the border.

Mark Levin slams GOP: 'The Constitution is in tatters'.  Conservative talk radio icon Mark Levin blasted his fellow Republican Party members during his most recent show, slamming the leadership for caving on the budget and for, time after time, ignoring basic constitutional principles.  "The Constitution is in tatters," he said, adding that he was "one inch away" from breaking with the Republicans.

Obama hired ACORN as Obamacare navigators.  So Obama-Jarrett regime hired Acorn to be ObamaCARE navigators, even though Congress banned all federal funding to Acorn.  Unless Obama is paying Acorn out of his own pocket (which we know [he] would never do), that means federal funds are going to Acorn.  So what do Republicans do?  Nothing.

Cromnibus Betrayal.  Sixty-seven Republicans chose to vote against the $1.1 trillion CR-Omnibus budget bill on December 11, 2014.  Despite the refusal of the more conservative Republicans to support the bill, the Republican establishment was able to pull in enough Democrats, 57, to vote for the bill.  The bill passed 219 to 206, and the voters that gave the Republican Party a majority going into 2015 saw their leverage go up in smoke.

Republicans squander mandate won in November elections.  Once upon a time, when Congress functioned, the 12 spending bills came in one at a time and America's elected representatives deliberated long and hard over paragraphs, phrases — even single words.  No longer.  Congress doesn't pass appropriations bills anymore.  Instead, lawmakers pile all 12 bills into one catchall omnibus bill for a continuing resolution — or, as this one came to be known, a CRomnibus.

Would GOP Conference Chair Vote to Fund Obama's Amnesty? No Direct Answer.  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the House Republican Conference Chairman, said today [12/10/2014] in response to the question of whether she would vote for a CR that funds Obama's unilateral amnesty for illegal aliens that "we are looking at every option to hold the president accountable."  Yesterday, the Republican leadership of which McMorris Rodgers is a part, released a 1,603-page omnibus spending bill that places no restrictions on Obama's implementation of his amnesty.  The bill would fund most of the government through the end of this fiscal year on Sept. 30 and the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 27.

An Open Letter To The Republican Leadership In Congress.  While it would certainly be cathartic to flog the GOP for the lousy omnibus bill House Republicans just passed, it seems more productive to tackle a bigger issue.  After a historic, yet unearned (Obama was the real GOP MVP) election victory, isn't it time for the Republican leadership to try to heal the rift with the base that's tearing the party apart?  Do Republican leaders REALLY want to spend the next two years of a presidential election cycle getting trashed the way they are right now by activists, Tea Party leaders and radio talk show hosts? Anyone who thinks the base is going to sit down and shut up or that the GOP can thrive over the long-term with this kind of intra-party feuding going on is kidding himself.

Hey, Republicans: Don't Hand Emperor Obama Your Purse!  It's hard to use the power of the purse without holding the purse.  Republicans are making a massive mistake by funding the federal government through September 30, 2015.  If the spending plan that barely passed the GOP House last night survives the Democratic Senate, Republicans lose most of their leverage to defund Emperor Obama's executive order on amnesty for illegal aliens until at least next October 1.  That will give Obama and legions of federal bureaucrats and lawyers nine months to sink the amnesty decree deeper and deeper into the American body politic and this country's socio-economic and cultural institutions.

Boehner Omnibus Spending Bill Funds Social Security Benefits for Obama's Amnesty Aliens.  I get the feeling that the Oligarchs in Washington can be segmented not as Democrats and Republicans, but as "Traitors" and "Quislings", respectively.

If Republicans Don't Fight Now, They Never Will.  Call it the mysterious case of the Incredible Shrinking GOP.  Barely one month ago, the party sailed to victory in one of the biggest rout election waves of the past century.  They ran the board and took control of the U.S. Senate.  They grew to historic levels in the U.S. House.  The Democratic Party was left in tatters in state, local, and governor races across the country.  But today, just a few weeks later, before GOPers even take hold of their new reins of power, the party is crying poverty.  They are stricken with paralysis.  House Speaker John A. Boehner, known for his weeping, begs powerlessness.

GOP Spending Bill Gives Nearly $1 Billion To Aid Border Migrants.  The GOP's draft 2015 "omnibus" spending bill reportedly includes $948 million to help poor and unskilled Central American migrants establish themselves in the United States, but includes no effective restrictions on President Barack Obama's plan to provide work permits and tax payments to millions of resident illegal immigrants.  That new spending works out to $16,928 for each of the 56,000 youths, young adults and children who crossed the border during the 12 months up to October 2014.  Prior to October, Obama's officials sent only 1,901 of the migrants back home to Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, according to a federal report.

The Republican Party is the Democrat Party minus abortion.
Boehner's Spending Deals Have Increased Debt $3.8T in 3.8 Years.  The federal debt has increased by $3.8 trillion in the 3.8 years that have passed since House Speaker John Boehner cut his first spending deal with Senate Democrats and President Obama.  That works out to $32,938.38 for every household in the United States — including those taking federal welfare benefits — and $42,783.20 for every full-time year-round private-sector worker in the United States.  In fact, the $42,783.20 that the federal government has borrowed per full-time year-round private-sector worker since Boehner cut his first federal spending deal exceeds the $41,916 that according to the Census Bureau was median annual earnings of full-time year-round private-sector wage and salary workers in 2013.

House GOP Leaders Trick 216 House Republicans into Accidentally Supporting Obama's Executive Amnesty.  In a lengthy interview on Friday afternoon [12/5/2014], Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) exposed how House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise strengthened President Barack Obama's executive amnesty with procedural trickery former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber would envy — and they did it all in the name of pushing a bill that they told Republicans would block Obama's executive amnesty.

Republicans Reject their Mandate.  Some used to call the Republicans the "stupid party," but what is going on now goes much farther than mere stupidity can account for. [...] Last Wednesday, House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) — certainly not to be confused with anti-amnesty stalwart Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) — made a startling statement.  Pete Sessions said that Republican leaders intend to push an amnesty bill through in January that would subject only the most dangerous illegal alien criminals to deportation.  Let me say that again:  the Republican leaders of the House want to endorse Obama's action by passing a law to embrace it and call it their own.

An Open Letter to Republicans in Washington.  We have a president who has made it clear he will unilaterally change laws in a way that will harm America's economy for years to come — whether they pertain to labor, energy, health care, and of course, immigration.  He openly brags about his newfound ability to "change the law," and he is only emboldened to continue building on the lawlessness for the next two years.  This begs the deeply uncomfortable and inconvenient question of our time:  is there anything this president cannot get away with over the next two years?

Why We Need a Third Party.  The big-box monopoly parties have morphed into two sides of the same coin.  Today we choose between the Conservative Progressives' policies of tax and spend, infringe personal liberty, and outsource our sovereignty or the Liberal Progressives' policies of tax and spend, infringe personal liberty, and outsource our sovereignty.

Congressman Reveals GOP Leaders to Push Amnesty for All But Violent Criminals.  One of the top House Republican leaders, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), revealed this week that GOP leaders intend to push an amnesty bill in the next Congress that would subject only the most dangerous illegal immigrant criminals to deportation so that "not one person" who is in the country illegally and has not committed a violent crime is "thrown out."

Sessions: House GOP Is On the Verge Of Breaking 2014 Campaign Promises.  Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) suggested that House Republicans are on the verge of breaking their campaign promise to fight President Obama's administrative amnesty, judging by the legislative text currently being circulated.  Sessions said that the proposed language "fails to meet [the] test" established by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, who promised earlier this year that the GOP would do everything possible to thwart Obama's executive orders.

2016.  2016 is the Republicans' to lose.  That doesn't mean they won't.  They seem to be able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with remarkable ease, especially in presidential years.  But they start this time with a big advantage.

The Truth.  Republicans will not stop Barack Obama's executive overreach.  In fact, while you were enjoying your Thanksgiving there were a number of stories out that the Republican leadership wants to give its members an opportunity to express their outrage and opposition.  Expression is not action.  They will take no action to stop the President.  In fact, a few days ago the House Appropriations Committee tried to convince everyone they do not even have the power to stop the President.  Congress's own research service disagrees.  But Republicans have no intention of stopping Barack Obama.  Why would they?  The House and Senate Republicans leaders favor precisely the measures he took.  They can huff and puff that he overreached, but they know they cannot get a similar measure passed in Congress.

'Open Rebellion': Chaos if Republicans Don't Withhold Funding for Obama Executive Amnesty.  Conservatives say that Republican leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, will be "complicit" in President Barack Obama's planned executive amnesty if they don't pull out all the stops to block him.  They warn that chaos is around the corner if that's how it goes down, even though they'd much rather have Republican leaders fight the president alongside them.

Michelle Bachmann: GOP Plans Not to Resist Obama Executive Amnesty.  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) revealed on Saturday that Republican leadership, led by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Oh), has no intention of resisting President Obama's executive amnesty that he ordered on Thursday [11/20/2014].

You Are Being Played.  Republicans are pushing forward with a plan to fund the government.  They claim they will then return next year and defund the President's plan.  But doing so would be subject to a Presidential veto.  The GOP does not have the votes to override that veto.  In effect, they'll be funding the President's plan while setting themselves up to claim they oppose it.  The GOP does not oppose the President's plan.  [Indeed], much of the GOP, including most of its Senate leadership, has previously voted for what the President did.  And these same Republicans have attacked their own base as racists and bigots for opposing comprehensive immigration reform.  You are being played.  The GOP wants this.

Republican Leaders Urge Restraint.  Restraint.  That's the attitude Republican leadership is urging the party's rank and file to adopt ahead of the president's issuance of an executive amnesty for approximately 5 million illegal immigrants tonight.  While Texas senator Ted Cruz is calling the president a monarch and urging Congress to respond to an amnesty by refusing to confirm any of the administration's nominees when the 115th Congress convenes in January, and Alabama senator Jeff Sessions and others are looking to withhold funding from various federal agencies, House and Senate leaders are showing little appetite for those sorts of fights.

Republicans Will Vote to Fund President Obama's Amnesty.  You people are being played by the GOP.  Remember when the GOP wanted to raise the debt ceiling, but claim they would oppose it.  They voted to raise it, but then Congress could vote to stop the raise.  The President could then veto the stoppage and the debt ceiling would raise.  But the GOP could claim they opposed him.  That is happening again.  This time it is with amnesty.  The House GOP is going to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government.  Then, in January, they will try to defund what they've already funded.  The President will veto it, but the GOP can say they tried.  They won in a historic wave election against the President with a majority of the public on their side on this issue and they are going to cave.

Republicans Will Not Block Barack Obama (Because They Want the Same Thing).  In 2011, Barack Obama said he did not have the constitutional authority to do what he is going to announce today. [...] The only thing to change between 2011 and now are two elections — one of which saw President Obama win after saying this.  The other saw both he and his party go down to defeat after suggesting he had changed his mind.  In other words, the status quo of public opposition (even among Hispanic voters) to a unilateral decision by fiat remains.

GOP can defund Obama's executive order, they just don't want to.  President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration hasn't even been issued yet, and already congressional Republicans are desperately trying to come up with reasons why they're powerless to do anything about it. [...] That is absolute nonsense.  The notion that Congress can turn on a money spigot but is banned from turning it off is nonsense.  And the worst part is that it's willful nonsense.

Sounds like a lot of chest-thumping and saber-rattling without any concrete action.
McConnell: 'Congress Will Act' if Obama Goes Through with Immigration Order.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed on the floor of the upper chamber this morning that "if President Obama acts in defiance of the people and imposes his will on the country, Congress will act."  "We're considering a variety of options.  But make no mistake.  When the newly elected representatives of the people take their seats, they will act," he said in reference to the GOP majority in the 114th Congress.

Shut It Down.  The GOP ran on absolutely nothing other than "we are not Obama" and "we will defund Obamacare."  Post-election polling shows most Americans want the GOP to set the course for the country.  That's not because the GOP's image is suddenly rebuilt, but because people are finally tired of Obama and the Democrats. [...] So set the course.  Defund Obamacare and block amnesty.  Obama can defy the will of the people and refuse to work with Congress.  Sure, the GOP may get blamed.  But so what?

Three Reasons why the GOP Establishment is as Dangerous as the Democrats.  Republican establishment types are just as likely as Democrats to support any and all measures that will transfer political and economic power from the people and the states and concentrate it in Washington.  While the Democrats and the GOP-E may appear superficially to differ in some details, when the rubber meets the road, these Republicans will be just as willing to take away YOUR liberty so that they can buy votes or grandstand on an issue as any Democrat.  Think about it.  The "elite" from both parties support the War on (Some) Drugs that has served only to expand the police powers of the state.  The "elite" in neither party has any serious plans to do anything about the out-of-control IRS, or to investigate the death of our personnel at Benghazi, or to rein in the unconstitutional spying done by the NSA.  The GOP establishment isn't any more interested in genuine repeal of ObamaCare than are the Democrats.  Our liberty must be sacrificed at the altar of their political power and influence.  Is there any area of life in America where the Republicans have had a serious positive impact in expanding, rather than contracting, liberty for the American people?

Wind credit could roil House GOP tensions.  Conservatives want House GOP leaders to abandon the production tax credit for renewable energy that lapsed last year.  The incentive primarily aids wind power through a 2.3-cent per kilowatt-hour credit awarded to power producers.  But Republican leaders in both chambers appear willing to extend a suite of tax credits that includes the wind incentive to "clear the deck" before the next Congress so that lawmakers can focus on overhauling the federal tax code.

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This, in my opinion, is an example of Establishment spinelessness.  Wind energy credits are synonymous with crony capitalism.  Reliance on wind energy is futile, as any conservative Republican (or sensible Democrat) should know already.  The permanent fixtures in Washington don't want to deal with this issue, for fear of backlash from the far left environmentalists.

GOP can only win presidency by nominating a real conservative.  It would be overly simplistic to state that candidates such as Romney, Bob Dole, and Sen. John McCain lose because their candidacies discourage conservatives.  The deeper issue is that when the Republican nominee is somebody who conservatives are suspicious of, the nominee has to spend the whole primary trying to convince conservatives that he or she agrees with them, and then the general election constantly reassuring them that he or she isn't going to abandon the right just because the nomination has been sewn up.  This leads to incoherent campaign messaging.

Here's How Conservatives Aim to Stop Obama's Action on Illegal Immigrants.  Aides to conservative members of the U.S. Senate say their bosses are rallying around a strategy to prevent President Obama from taking executive action to move illegal immigrants toward citizenship:  Use government funding bills to withhold the money the president needs to implement his plan.  At the same time, some of the Senate's most conservative members are worried that party leadership could try to strike a deal with Democrats in the lame duck session on a longer-term spending agreement that could limit lawmakers' ability to defund whatever Obama decides to do.

How the GOP Establishment Plans to Steal Your Election.  [Scroll down]  According to "multiple GOP sources," the National Journal reports, a new Republican proposal circulating in the House sets forth that "any Republican who votes on the House floor in January against the conference's nominee for House speaker — that is, the candidate chosen by a majority of the House GOP during the closed-door leadership elections in November — would be severely punished.  Specially, sources say, any dissenters would be "stripped of all committee assignments for that Congress."  "Severely punished"?  "Dissenters" will be "stripped"?  This sounds less like a U.S. Congress than an old Soviet Politburo with a hint of gulag.

Did Voters Really Choose Compromise And Conciliation?  [Scroll down]  Yet, though this was a referendum on Obama and his policies, and though both were repudiated, some pundits are claiming that America voted for an "end to gridlock" and a new era of compromise and conciliation.  How so?  If the American people were truly saying that, why did they vote to turn the Senate over to Mitch McConnell?  Why did they vote to send more Republicans to strengthen the hand of John Boehner and those in the House who had "shut down" the government?  Did America vote for the GOP to go back to Washington and work with Obama?  Or did America reward the GOP for promising to return and continue to oppose Obama's policies?  Is the answer not obvious?

A Warning for Boehner, McConnell, Priebus, Rove, the RNC, and (especially) the Chamber of Crony Capitalism.  The American people sent an unmistakable message to Washington:  Voters expect Republicans in Congress to listen and fight for the conservative agenda they ran on. [...] The Washington establishment is already calling on Republican leaders to capitulate to the Left in the Lame Duck.  This means that opportunities to pursue conservative reforms next year will be lost.

Rx for ObamaCare: Republicans must perform radical surgery.  GOP Senate candidates campaigning against the health-care law captured at least seven seats, giving their party control of the Senate.  These new senators better live up to their pledges and put bills on the president's desk to repeal the worst parts of ObamaCare.  Don't throw us mere crumbs, such as repeal of the medical-device tax.

Dear Republicans: No One Elected You to Work with Democrats.  As the reality of a Republican wave became imminent last night, a dangerous narrative began to take hold among the conservative talking heads on cable news and in the victory speeches of the victorious Republicans.  The narrative was that now that the Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, it is incumbent upon them to work with Obama and the other Democrats in the service of "getting things done" and "fixing the broken system."  My hope is that Republicans reject this patent nonsense for the poppycock that it is.  Not only should Republicans not work closely with Democrats, they should instead keep them as far away as possible, [...]

A Proposed System for Classifying Republican Politicians.  If you're like me, you've probably seen about fifty different ways to describe politicians in the Republican Party (maybe a third of which are repeatable in polite company). [...] I have found that most of these terms don't really seem to be all that useful.  Let's take the term "RINO," for instance.  What exactly does it take for someone to be a "RINO"?  There are as many answers to that question as there are people being asked.

RINOs Threatening to Subvert Maryland's Most Conservative County.  Three years ago, five newly elected commissioners in Carroll County, Maryland set precedent by taking a bold stand against Agenda 21 in this dark blue state.  They abolished the county "Office of Sustainability" and began extricating Agenda 21 planning concepts from the county master plan.  They were also the first governmental organization to revoke membership in the U.N.'s International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) — the vehicle through which Agenda 21 is injected into local planning without our knowledge or consent.  The commissioners' leadership set an example that many local governments ultimately followed.  In 2011, ICLEI boasted 600 U.S. local governments as members.  Today there are 450, a decline of 25%.  Nine states have now considered or enacted laws against Agenda 21.  Once an obscure issue, it is now widely recognized for the Trojan Horse it is.

6 Reasons We Need To Help Republicans Take The Senate Even Though They Stink.  Ted Cruz is my favorite senator and I can't say enough good things about him.  But really, what makes Ted Cruz so special? [...] In a sense, the most remarkable thing about Ted Cruz is that he IS so remarkable despite doing little more than what the average Republican in the Senate should be doing in the first place.

Republican Barbarians at the Gates.  A pivotal mid-term election is upon us.  No matter the outcome, however, the Republican Establishment will rule. And the Republican Establishment is entirely hostile to Republican Conservatives.  Today's Establishment Republicans have grown even more odious than they were during the Reagan and Goldwater eras.  They control all conventional paths to power, money, and position.  They are comfortable in the presumption their rule is inviolable, their eventual sinecures assured.  They believe the Conservative rabble will either submit or perish.  They do not understand the rules have changed.  No longer will Conservatives accept battles only in the times and places of the Establishment's choosing.

If GOP blows November election, its anti-conservative strategy will be to blame.  The Republican Party needed only to choose any one of a number of national issues and campaign on them, offering the voters a clear conservative alternative.  But the tepid GOP leadership has not chosen not to do so, fearing any debate over their party's own policies.

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RINOs are not the Enemy.  I understand that people who take their conservative politics and values seriously wish every Republican did the same, and resent those who don't. [...] My defense of RINOs doesn't mean I share their views, it means I am enough of a realist to recognize that ours is not a conservative nation, and probably hasn't been one since the days of Calvin Coolidge, and that our real choice is between the zealots for socialism who infest the Democratic Party and those who constitute the only buffer we have against them.

Republicans against Amnesty.  What a difference a national immigration crisis makes.  Republicans across the country are defying the RNC's post-2012 dictum that GOP candidates must soften their tone on illegal immigration and line up behind comprehensive immigration reform in order to attract support from the Hispanic community.  And it's working for many of them.  It may even be the key ingredient in a Republican Senate takeover if the issue motivates turnout among the party's base.

Caddell: Republicans are [the] 'Stupid Party' for Not Running Against Amnesty.  Former Democratic pollster Pat Caddell blasted the Republican Party for not making the president's planned executive amnesty a national issue on Friday's [10/10/2014] "Your World with Neil Cavuto" on the Fox News Channel.  "The Republican Party, they're not called the stupid party for nothing.  These people are able to, are willing to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory given the opportunity," he stated.

Reminder: The Republicans Who Voted to Confirm Eric Holder.  Given the disastrous reign of Eric Holder at the Department of Obstructing Justice — "the most partisan Attorney General in history" according to Sen. Ted Cruz — it's worth remembering the Republican nitwits, sycophants and dupes who voted to confirm him.

House Republicans' CR Funds Planned Parenthood and All Obamacare.  The continuing resolution that the House Appropriations Committee introduced yesterday [9/9/2014] and that the House Republican leadership is preparing to bring up for a vote on the House floor puts no limits on funding Planned Parenthood — the nation's largest abortion provider — or any provision of Obamacare, including the regulations that force Christian individuals and organizations to buy or provide health insurance that covers abortion-inducing drugs.  "The bill is 'clean' and does not contain highly controversial provisions," says a press release put out by the Appropriations Committee.

GOP Is Leaning Left.  So Even If It Wins The Senate, It's Still A Victory For Liberals.  Two recent pieces written by notable liberal pundits — Greg Sargent and Bill Scher — argue that we're seeing a abrupt leftward shift among Republican senatorial candidates.  If this is true, there are a couple things we could conclude.  First:  The GOP is more moderate and obliging than Democrats would have us believe.  Republicans are, evidently, capable of acting "political" and willing to compromise on issues when the electorate disagrees with their party or when policy is clearly working.  Two:  Candidates will nearly always temper their positions during a general election to broaden their appeal because they'll say whatever's necessary.  This is not unique to any party or any time or any place.

Third Parties Won't Save Our Country.  Thirty-six seats are up for grabs in the Senate and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives will be contested.  Of those 36 Senate seats, 15 are currently held by Republicans while 21 are held by Democrats.  Clearly, the math is on the Republican side, as is the fact that the incumbent party typically loses seats in mid-term elections.  This upcoming November 2014 election is crucial for America and voting for a third party candidate will not achieve the victory.  To end the Obama "Rule by Decree" power grab, we have to wrest control of the Senate from the Democrats.  The only possible way to do that is for us all to unite and vote GOP.

The NRSC's Remarkable Immigration Statement.  Capitol Hill insiders widely consider President Obama's rumored plan to unilaterally extend amnesty to as many as five million of illegal aliens to be political suicide, essentially ceding control of the Senate in a single act.  But a key question has been whether elite Republicans are willing to deploy the issue in weaponized form.  A statement from Brad Dayspring, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, suggests the answer is yes.  "Executive amnesty would not only subvert the law, but depress wages, and hurt the poorest Americans most of all — including legal immigrants looking to rise into the middle class.  Workers are hurting," Dayspring said.

Ann Coulter: We have no choice but to vote for these Republicans, including the [bad] ones.  No one in conservative media (with the possible exception of the boss emeritus) is as vociferously anti-amnesty as Coulter.  If Republicans signed off on a legalization deal, as is quite possible next spring or summer, would she consider that reason enough for conservatives to protest by staying home in 2016? [...] I'm reluctantly willing to boycott the next election if the GOP makes a bad deal on immigration in the name of showing them how steep the cost of future betrayals might be.  Is Coulter?

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A disgruntled voter doesn't send a message by staying home.  The best way to send a message is to vote for a third-party candidate.  That way, at least your vote is counted, whether or not it does any good.  The entrenched leaders of the two nearly-identical major parties want you to stay home if you don't vote for them.

It's Time for a GOP Establishment Mea Culpa on Immigration.  Immediately following Mitt Romney's defeat in 2012, the entire GOP consultant class fabricated a narrative that the biggest contributing factor to the loss was Romney's utterance of the word "self-deport" in one of the endless obscure debates during the Republican primaries.  Tantamount to the global warming debate in Congress, this issue in electoral politics became what every Republican consultant warned potential candidates about.  They argued that if they declined to immediately embrace Obama's comprehensive open borders policies, Republicans would be doomed forever.

RINOs Can't Figure Out Why Romney Lost.  The establishment believes that Romney lost because he went too far right in a country that is lurching left.  Both suppositions are wrong.  Romney lost because he represented everything conservatives (both Republican and Democratic) dislike in a candidate for President.  Romneycare was the biggest problem with Romney.  The consultants tried to appeal to conservatives by invoking the Tenth Amendment, but it failed because of numerous reasons, one, that it isn't a conservative approach for any governing authority to take control of the health care system, and two, that defending it made it impossible to use Obamacare against Obama.  Add to that the fact that Romney was a well-known flip-flopper on issues near and dear to conservatives including pro-life history, and the rise of big government.

House Republicans adding to debt as balanced budget commitment wavers.  After initial success in cutting federal spending and reducing deficits, House Republicans have drifted into the red with a series of tax measures and spending bills that are not offset — either adding to the pile of debt or hiding the costs with accounting gimmicks.  More than a dozen bills with costs that are not fully offset elsewhere in the budget have passed the Republican-controlled House and threaten to add nearly $1 trillion to federal debt over the next decade.

Behind All The Scandals Is A Lie So Big That It Could Utterly Destroy Obama.  [Scroll down]  I believe that Barack Obama did not register with the Selective Service in 1980 because he was attending Occidental College with a foreign student status and in 1981 traveled to Pakistan using an Indonesian passport.  According to the law, failure to register with the Selective Service would forever prevent Obama from working in the executive branch of the US government.  One could readily conclude that Obama lied and flouted the law to get elected.  It should come as no surprise then, that he would lie and flout the law to implement his policies.  I believe Obama succeeded in 2008 because the Republicans struck a deal with the Democrats not to question Obama's eligibility for office and his personal history.

GOP Lost at the Border.  As tens of thousands of foreign nationals overwhelm the border and render our sovereign boundary meaningless, Republicans in DC are tinkering with legislative fixes they say will address the situation.  As if the crisis at the border is the result of some drafting error or a failure to enact some specific law relevant to this precise set of circumstances.  It is a fool's errand.

Republican governors signal shift on gay marriage in bid to attract voters.  While the Republican Party's religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors appear to be backing off their opposition — in their rhetoric, at least.

Conservative donors stay the course against GOP establishment.  Conservative donors fueling the civil war within the Republican Party are showing no signs of surrender, despite recent losses in primaries and mounting criticism that the groups to which they are giving might damage the GOP's prospects at winning control of the Senate.  The top conservative groups — Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund — have spent more than $10 million on ads and direct contributions to endorsed candidates in 2014 so far, but they've won only in races where establishment groups were largely on the sidelines or supported the same candidate.

Republicans briefly flirt with success.  For a brief, shining moment it appeared as though the Montana Republican Party was standing up to be counted.  At the party's state convention in Billings last weekend, delegates voted overwhelmingly against continuing to allow nonparty members to vote in their primary elections.  Whoa!  That would be revolutionary!  In order to help select Republican candidates, you would actually have to declare you were a Republican!  Outrageous, said the Democrats!  We often don't have anyone to vote for in our own primaries, and we don't want to be deprived of the opportunity to have a meaningful vote in June!  Meaningful?  The only meaning to be found in Democrats voting for Republican candidates in June is the opportunity for them to sabotage conservative candidates by nominating Republicans who will run like Democrats in November.

16 Reasons Why the United States is Going to Hell in a Handbasket.  [#7]  Many Americans think that they have a choice when they enter the voting booth.  Well guess what they don't — republicans and democrats, democrats and republicans what's the difference?  Neither represent the American people or [care] about defending individual rights or the Constitution.  In the U.S. we have a one party system masquerading as a two-party system, to give voters the illusion of having a choice and hope for change, but both parties are controlled by the same people who really run the country.

Steele Blasts Cruz, Perry for 'Playing Political Football' with Border Children.  Monday [6/23/2014] on MSNBC's "Ronan Farrow Daily," former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele attacked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) for in his view "playing political football" with the humanitarian crisis of thousands of illegal immigrant children flooding across the U.S. Mexico border.

Ted Cruz: Every time Republican Party moves left, 'we lose'.  Sen. Ted Cruz doubled down on his adherence to strict conservative principles, saying that the GOP's way to the White House is not paved with compromises and concessions to the Democrats.  "It is amazing that the wisdom of the chattering class to the Republicans is always, always, always, 'surrender your principles and agree with the Democrats," Mr. Cruz told the New Yorker.  "That's been true for my entire lifetime.  The chattering classes have consistently said, 'You crazy Republicans have to give up on what you believe and become more like Democrats.'  "And, I would note, every time Republicans do that, we lose," he said.

Palin: 'If Republicans Are Gonna Act Like Democrats, Then What's the Use?'.  Sarah Palin joined Sean Hannity to weigh in on the latest election news, and Palin told Hannity that it would be hard for her to stay with the Republicans and get excited about them if they continue acting like Democrats and rolling over.  She took a shot at the "status quo" politics of people like Senator Thad Cochran and said the Eric Cantor upset shows people want strong constitutionalists in power who don't represent "the man [or] the establishment" in Washington.  Hannity asked Palin if she would actually follow through on her previous hints she'd go third party.

The Straw that May Break the Establishment's Back.  It is only too obvious, media and politicians to the contrary notwithstanding, that Cantor's constituents unseated him because of his position in support of rewarding illegal immigrants with an imminent path to citizenship, while securing our borders seemed a far more distant priority.  In fact, this is so obvious that few would argue against the truth in that last statement.  The more fashionable tactic is to assert that this primary was just a microcosm that just cannot, in any way, represent the American people.

Chicago-Style Politics: Is Obama Running The RNC?  After the shellacking the RINO segment of the RNC took last week with Eric Cantor's defeat, one would think they might get the message that voters are sick to death of the business-as-usual tactics.  Sadly it seems — they have not.  From all indications, the RNC simply does not care if their anointed candidates are the most popular, most experienced, or best qualified.  All that seems to matter is picking the guy or gal who'll do the RNC's (mostly liberal) bidding, even if that means working to destroy a solid conservative in the process.

Senile, Doddering Beltway GOP Begs Democrats to Support Thad Cochran in MS Primary.  Today's news tells us that Senator John McCain is going to be stumping for Thad Cochran in Mississippi, in his Senate primary runoff with State Senator Chris McDaniel.  John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Haley Barbour, and Thad Cochran against Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Chris McDaniel, The Club For Growth, FreedomWorks, Senate Conservatives, talk radio's Constitutional Conservative Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, and throngs of teenage volunteers.  The Cochran campaign, beleaguered by his own words about doing indecent things to animals, not knowing what happened to Eric Cantor in Virginia, and testaments to nice guy Obama and from Harry Reid, are bringing in more examples of the problem in Washington to fight the liberty message of the people of the State of Mississippi.

The laughable lies of liberal Republicans.  Claudia Tenney is as rock-solid of a Republican as they come: pro-life, pro-limited government, pro-Second Amendment, pro-entrepreneur, pro-American worker. [...] Tenney is the insurgent challenger in the June 24 primary to unseat Hanna, who is the third most liberal GOP member of the House.  Hanna is also a member of the left-wing "Republican Main Street Partnership" — the pro-bailout, pro-debt, pro-amnesty, anti-drilling group infested with lobbyists and fronted by Beltway barnacle turned Tea Party-bashing lobbyist Steve LaTourette.

Rep. Peter King Attacks Sen. Ted Cruz — Again.  Rep. King recently called Cruz a fraud, joining Democrats in blaming the Texas senator for the government shutdown in 2013.  After Dave Brat's stunning defeat of Eric Cantor in Virginia last week, King again went after Cruz, warning on MSNBC, "We can't allow Eric's defeat last night to allow the Ted Cruzes and the Rand Pauls to take over the party, or their disciples to take over the party."  King said, "Because this is not conservatism to me.  Shutting down the government is not being conservative."

Fight For Gop Has Just Begun.  The defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) last week was unparalleled in modern electoral history.  Dave Brat, a man with almost no campaign, yet a powerful message, crushed the sitting majority leader while being outspent 42 to 1. [...] House GOP leadership, anxious to return stability after Cantor's shocking defeat, ordered the election for the vacant Majority Leader slot about as quickly as feasible.  During the one week campaign, McCarthy was never forced to vouch for his position on immigration, especially in light of Cantor's defeat.

Kevin McCarthy's Elevation Would Show the GOP Has Learned Nothing.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, having definitively put itself out there as the anti-Tea Party, anti-Reagan leader, loves Kevin McCarthy.  Just as they loved Eric Cantor.  And the Chamber, for all its money, is rapidly on its way to becoming a serious political liability for any candidate who takes its big bucks.

DC Political Bubble Is Set to Burst.  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's shocking loss in his primary last week left many observers wondering if the fallout would spark a GOP leadership shuffle.  Cantor's opponent, econ professor Dave Brat, with a shoe-string budget and zero support from national tea party "organizations," ran a classic grassroots campaign and bested the powerful incumbent by more than ten points. [...] Rather than reflect on whether Cantor's loss signaled a larger issue, Republicans circled the wagons to preserve the status quo.

Michael Steele: 'A lot of Interest in' Eric Cantor for RNC Chairman.  On Saturday's broadcast of MSNBC's "Up w/Steve Kornaki," former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said there was push for outgoing-Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) to head the Republican National Committee after he leaves office in January.

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The voters in Mr. Cantor's home state tossed him out, yet the Republican establishment wants him to stay in place.

Rep. Steve King: Majority Leader Election Is Rigged For Establishment.  Some conservative lawmakers are fuming that the short-time frame between Majority Leader Eric Cantor's announced resignation yesterday and the election of his successor next week is unfairly "stacking the deck" for the two establishment Republicans vying to replace him.  "At a time when Republicans in Congress are fighting the Obama Administration to oppose snap elections for unions on American employers, Republican Leadership is trying to do the same in the United States House of Representatives," Iowa Rep. Steve King said Thursday [6/12/2014].  "This snap election has the effect of stacking the deck," he said.

Mississippi voters stagger Thad Cochran — and K Street.  "I guess Mississippi doesn't want Federal money anymore," revolving-door K Streeter John Feehery posted on Twitter last week.  Republican primary voters had just declined to renominate Sen. Thad Cochran, the Republican pork king, and instead forced him into a runoff that he's likely to lose.  "I betcha there are 49 states that will gladly take it."  The tweet was perfect.  In less than 140 characters Feehery had not only summarized Cochran's reason for existence, he also helped reveal what the GOP's K Street wing has at stake in its primary battles against Tea Partiers like Mississippi's Chris McDaniel.

Report: GOP Establishment Ready To Wage War On Ted Cruz.  Having failed to co-opt Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the Republican permanent political class in Washington, D.C. may wage war on him after the midterm elections.  Wall Street donors may stop giving money to him and groups that support him. Party leaders may take committee assignments away from the Texas senator who is revered by the conservative grassroots that put GOP leaders back in power.

Why Are Establishment Republicans Supporting Thad Cochran?  Anyone that wants to know what is wrong with today's Republican Party need only look to the state of Mississippi.  A 76-year-old Republican Senator, Thad Cochran, who has been serving in the United States Congress for 42 years, is running yet again for another six-year term.  This, while his dementia-ridden wife has been sitting in a nursing home for the last 14 years.

Mississippi vote rattles Cochran, Republican country club.  Taking out an incumbent U.S. senator is not easy.  Nine of 10 senators up for re-election in the last congressional elections held their seats.  This kind of job security makes the Senate a bit of a country club, where the attitude of "going along to get along" ensures a life of relative ease and comfort.  Tea Party activists have been itching to cancel a few of those country club memberships and invite conservatives of a deeper shade of red to the club.  They have a shot now in Mississippi,

Boehner eyes mid-June immigration vote.  [#1]  Passing an immigration bill in the House means a conference committee with the Senate and their "comprehensive reform" bill.  No matter what the GOP passes, we are going to get the Senate version shoved down our throats.  [#2]  Passing immigration reform will not bring one single Hispanic voter to the GOP side, and will alienate a few million conservatives.  [#3]  The bill is likely to make the GOP a permanent minority.

Cruz: GOP can empower grassroots by ditching consultants, 'Soviet-style campaigns'.  Sen. Ted Cruz said Saturday that the GOP can bolster its appeal by sticking to its conservative principles and embracing a bottom-up campaign model that empowers grassroots voters.  Speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference, Mr. Cruz said the party must ditch the Washington-centric campaign model and stop listening to the political consultants.

GOP candidates show signs of retreat on full repeal of Obamacare as midterms approach.  Republican candidates have begun to retreat in recent weeks from their all-out assault on the Affordable Care Act in favor of a more piecemeal approach, suggesting they would preserve some aspects of the law while jettisoning others.  The changing tactics signal that the health-care law — while still unpopular with voters overall — may no longer be the lone rallying cry for Republicans seeking to defeat Democrats in this year's midterm elections.

GOP warms to climate change as voters embrace global warming believers.  Breaking from party orthodoxy, a majority of Republican voters now accept climate change, sparking a drive inside the GOP to find a middle ground to help candidates finesse the issue without sounding out of touch or in the tank for President Obama and Al Gore.  "There is a middle way where we can talk about this," said GOP pollster Alex Lundry of TargetPoint Consulting.  "Republicans are a lot more open to this than you might think."  He recently completed a poll on energy issues for Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions that found 51 percent of Republicans believe climate change is happening, will happen shortly or will occur in their lifetime.  Just 24 percent deny it.  The shift is particularly pronounced among younger party members.

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Of all the things to argue over and spend money on, global warming is the silliest.  Yes the climate is changing.  It is always changing.  It takes no great effort to conduct a poll that finds people willing to admit that climate always changes.  "Younger party members" are more likely to be concerned about climate issues because they have been exposed, more recently than older adults, to constant environmentalist brainwashing in the public schools.  By now the global warming hoax should have been buried, and this should have become a non-issue.

Enough With the Bipartisanship.  In 2001, newly elected president George W. Bush decided he wanted to work with Democrats in Congress to do something about education.  So backs were slapped and hands were shaken.  Sen. Ted Kennedy was invited to the White House for a movie screening.  The resulting No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was co-sponsored by Kennedy, and amounted to little more than a consolidation of federal education power.

Rise of the 'Obama Republicans'.  [Scroll down] What has altered the storyline in the past several years is not the emergence of the Tea Party but rather the permanent entrenchment of Big Government Republicans, aka Obama Republicans.  President Obama has had that much effect on the national debate, which has had a direct effect on the national Republicans.  The last gasp of principled conservatism may have come in 2010 with the rise of the Tea Party, but this also gave rise to the countervailing force of the Obama Republicans, resulting in the nomination of Mitt Romney in 2012.  In spite of losing five of the previous six presidential contests, it is the Obama Republicans who now rule the party apparatus of the GOP.

The GOP establishment eats the party's young to save its corporate welfare.  A few weeks ago, I noted in this space that the anti-Tea Party Main Street Partnership is openly appealing to conservative paranoia in a high-profile Idaho race.  The super PAC, run by former Rep. Steve LaTourette, R-Ohio, ran an ad hinting that the challenger to Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson is being backed by a liberal, pro-Nancy Pelosi group from outside Idaho — namely, the uber-conservative Club for Growth. [...] But to whatever extent this tactic succeeds, it only reinforces the very distrust that has turned primary voters against the "Main Street" model of Republican.

Poor Winners in the GOP Establishment.  The post-victory squawking among Washington's smart set was that the GOP establishment has vanquished the Tea Party, that the Karl Rove and Mitt Romney wing of the party is ascendant once more.  But this analysis, like most generated inside the Beltway, fundamentally misses the mark.  For Republicans, it isn't just wrong, but counterproductive.

GOP Suicide Watch.  This week, the House Armed Services Committee is poised to set in train a legislative process that could well translate into the suicide of the Republican Party.  The committee will consider — and, all other things being equal, may actually adopt — a controversial amendment to be offered by Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  It would allow illegal aliens brought here as minors — so-called "Dreamers" — to serve in the U.S. military and, thereby, obtain American citizenship. [...] So, if Eric Cantor, Mike Coffman, Speaker John Boehner and other like-minded Republicans actually succeed in transforming the annual National Defense Authorization Bill into a vehicle for conferring an amnesty on illegal aliens, they will not only wind up harming the U.S. military and the nation as a whole.  They risk achieving in the process the astonishing feat of political suicide for their party.

GOP groups spend three times as much attacking fellow Republicans as Democrats.  Earlier this week, I reported on the absurdity of the open GOP Senate primary in Nebraska.  Currently, outside groups affiliated with prominent Republican leaders are flooding the state with dishonest attack ads on the leading Republican candidate in the race, apparently motivated by petty intraparty rivalries.

The Republican Establishment Would Rather Lose Nebraska Than Support Conservatives.  The Republican Establishment always says conservative purists would rather lose than compromise.  But the opposite is playing out in Nebraska.  The moment Ben Sasse got endorsed by the Senate Conservatives Fund, Mitch McConnell went all in for Shane Osborn.  Well, Osborn is now toast.  He has extremely high negatives, extreme negative poll numbers, and outside groups have just finished him off with an ad blasting his involvement in a made up military memo.  That leaves Sid Dinsdale who'd have you know he is a lifelong Republican despite years of significant giving to Democrats.  Dinsdale too, however, is behind in the polls.  Though he has poured a ton of personal money into the race, time is very short for him.

Republican senators turning against their own in 2016.  Fearful of a third successive Democratic triumph, concerned Senate Republicans are turning against 2016 presidential bids by upstart hopefuls within their own ranks.  In forceful comments to The Hill, GOP senators made it plain that they would much prefer their party nominate a current or former governor over Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Marco Rubio (Fla.) or Rand Paul (Ky.).  Those senators have created a buzz among conservative activists, but their colleagues in the upper chamber are eager to support a nominee from outside Washington with a record of attracting independents and centrist Democrats.

How the GOP establishment plans to defeat conservatives.  A long and revealing article in National Journal explains how the GOP establishment is focusing on its real enemy, tea partiers and other conservatives who have the temerity to offer primary voters and alternative to get-along-go-along candidates who will do the bidding of party elders and allow immigration amnesty, while not frightening big money donors from Wall Street.

The GOP Has Finally Found a Way to Defeat the Tea Party.  After being caught flat-footed by tea-party insurgents in 2010, allowing candidates like Delaware's Christine O'Donnell and Nevada's Sharron Angle to win the GOP nomination and then self-destruct — and then, for fear of alienating the newly empowered Right, copping a largely laissez-faire attitude in 2012 — the Republican establishment, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is taking a different approach this time around.

The establishment GOP is not the political home of conservatives, and that needs to change.  Make no mistake, the establishment GOP is not the political home of conservatives.  To understand today's battles, and the rise of the tea party movement, one must understand that the tea party is as much or more a rebellion against the entrenched leadership of the Republican Party as it is a reaction to specific policies of President Obama.  Conservatives have learned that establishment Republican leaders are not merely incapable of stopping the progressive agenda but have been complicit in its expansion.  GOP leaders have talked a good game when they are up for election, but they all too often vote for, or refuse to fight, the funding of most big-government programs.

Conservative activists fight back on immigration.  Activists opposed to immigration reform are urging congressional candidates to sign a pledge that they won't vote for immigration reform.  The move apparently began on Laura Ingrham's national radio show and is being pushed by Tea Party groups all across the country.

GOP Amnesty: The Final Last Straw.  The Republican Party is pushing immigration reform, and the GOP's new apparent political adviser, Chuck Schumer, gleefully approves.  Next, the Democrat senator will be advising the party on gun control, government spending, abortion and homosexual marriage.  We finally have a news cycle that exposes Obama and his socialist Democrats' biggest blunder, the absolute worst piece of legislation in the history of the nation — Obamacare.  And the GOP's response is to divert national attention to an illegal immigration reform plan that most Americans adamantly oppose.  Is the Republican leadership insane?

GOP Again The Stupid — And Self-Destructive — Party.  ObamaCare is failing and more unchecked immigration would ensure Republicans' demise, yet GOP leaders are surrendering on both issues.  Poised to win big in November, their best strategy may be to shut up.

The Establishment Republican-Leftist Alliance.  During the first weekend in April, Republican leaders in the House and Senate held a retreat with the Republican Main Street Partnership on Florida's Amelia Island.  No ordinary conservative political powwow, the meeting brought together establishment Republicans and leftist-supported advocacy groups, whose shared interests include neutralizing the conservative grassroots movement and passing legislative items on the Left's agenda.

The Republicans' Continued Public Relations Disaster.  Given the current state of the USA, Republicans should be winning every election from Seattle to Key West.  The economy hasn't moved for years with the labor participation rate at record lows — people have given up — and bankruptcy over entitlements looming.  The international situation is in free fall with China becoming the global power, Iran making a mockery of faux negotiations and Putin on the way to reconstituting the Soviet Union.  Al Qaeda is not only alive, it's growing. [...] More Americans feel threatened by their own government than proud of it.  Republicans should be winning by acclimation for every position from dog catcher to president.  But they're not.

America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study finds.  America is no longer a democracy — never mind the democratic republic envisioned by Founding Fathers.  Rather, it has taken a turn down elitist lane and become a country led by a small dominant class comprised of powerful members who exert total control over the general population — an oligarchy, said a new study jointly conducted by Princeton and Northwestern universities.  One finding in the study:  The U.S. government now represents the rich and powerful, not the average citizen, United Press International reported.

Why the GOP Needs a Return to the Bush Leagues.  In presidential nominating contests, the Republican establishment has always won out — from the first Bush, to the tried but tired Dole, to W., then McCain, and most recently Romney, who nonetheless had to labor mightily to emerge from the weakest field of candidates in either party, ever.  Really, Rick Santorum?  Although casino mogul Sheldon Adelson's millions of misspent dollars propped him up, Romney, with even greater resources from the party's long-reigning plutocrats, ground Santorum down over time and along the way dispatched the unthinkable Newt Gingrich.  The journey was excruciatingly long for the establishmentarians and cost them more than they ever anticipated.  But in the end, they had their way.

Republicans Wimping-Out On Repeal Of ObamaCare?  ObamaCare is a Marxist/socialist/statist policy and I hate it.  Vladimir Lenin, himself, said:  "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State."  Ole Vlad knew exactly what he was talking about.  ObamaCare warms the cockles of the hearts of all the Marxists in the Democratic Party and believe me, there are a host of them!  There is NOTHING good about ObamaCare.  It is a cancerous assault on the freedom of Americans and it needs to be gone and, frankly, all those who supported it and voted it through the Congress need to be gone along with it.  Here in North Carolina, we're doing our dead level best to rid ourselves of every Democrat who supported ObamaCare and/or Obama.  At the moment, our chances for success look very promising.

Facing Resignation Calls, Mississippi GOP Chairman Dubs Tea Party Leaders 'Fanatical'.  The chairman of the Mississippi GOP, Joe Nosef, reacted angrily to Tea Party groups calling for his resignation this week, accusing one local activist of secretly working to elect Democrats and saying some "fanatical" Tea Party groups could jeopardize the GOP's hold on a senate seat in one of the most Republican states in the nation, according to emails obtained by Breitbart News.

Meet the 2016 Republican Nominee.  This hypothesis is that America has reached a stage of progressive soft despotism in which the only important family feud in national politics is between the fundamentally allied factions of the Washington establishment itself.  The great advantage of despotism is its predictability.  In nations whose leaders have forsaken the manners and morals of representative government, the future can mean only two things:  the present, continued, or the present, escalated.

GOP Leaders Broke Their Pledge to America.  When House Republicans penned their Pledge to America in 2010, they convinced American voters they would advance a conservative agenda if they regained control of the House that year.  Four years later, what promises have they actually delivered?  ObamaCare is still intact, our national debt has grown by $3 trillion, and Republicans have capitulated to Democrats on every issue from the debt ceiling to the budget.  Republican leaders in both the House and the Senate have failed conservatives and have failed to keep their Pledge to America.

Gay marriage supporters eye Republican backing.  Are Republicans starting to change their position on same-sex marriage?  Some gay marriage supporters think so.  "A 55 percent majority support marriage equality," states a report accompanying a new TargetPoint-GQRR poll.  "While young people are at the vanguard of change, this survey also shows increased support among older voters, Catholics, non-college educated voters, and Republicans."  The poll results were presented at a Thursday [3/27/2014] kickoff event of Americans for Marriage Equality, a bipartisan group formed with the support of the Human Rights Campaign, a major gay rights organization.

Who told Republicans to not be Republicans?  Look, I was the first to say this Affordable Care Act wasn't affordable and the promises behind it were just an act.  But this Republican act of sitting on the ball and running out the clock, hoping it paves the way to an easy win in November?  Stupid.  Beyond stupid.  Leaving aside Republicans have consistently grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory.  What makes them think this is a winning strategy?  Seizing on 53 percent not liking a law, and then laying down the law for party members.

The two gentlemen from Kentucky.  It's easy to understand why Rand Paul, Kentucky's junior senator, is his state's breakout political star.  On Wednesday afternoon [3/19/2014], I was on hand to see the 51-year-old libertarian Republican at Berkeley — hardly a right-wing redoubt — bring a crowd of college students to their feet not once but twice with a speech assailing the federal surveillance regime.  It was a stunt that's becoming a Paul trademark:  Marching into the heart of what should be unfriendly territory to upend expectations, including by calling out his own party. [...] He said Republicans need to borrow a strategy from Domino's Pizza and acknowledge they're pushing an inferior product.

Barry Goldwater versus the RINOs.  It would have been hard to pick a more principled man.  Although excoriated for not supporting the 1964 Civil Rights Law, leftists conveniently ignored his sponsorships of civil rights bills for a decade before that bill, and his correct objection that government banning private decisions regarding race was fundamentally different from government banning state decisions based upon race.  These leftists also conveniently forgot that while Goldwater was founding the Arizona NAACP Chapter, LBJ was running in the Democratic Party's "whites only" primary for the Senate.  When Goldwater was nominated in 1964, the whole Republican Party establishment abandoned him.

The Tea Party Isn't Dying[,] The GOP Establishment Is.  The death of the conservative revolution, the Tea Party, or whatever you call it, has not merely been greatly exaggerated.  It's been flat-out lied about.  It isn't dead. It just changed, from a shoestring operation to one with real clout.  And it's well on its way to doing what it set out to do — arm-twist a flabby, comfortable GOP into fighting for conservative values instead of just talking about them at election time.

At long last...
GOP Begins To Fight Back Against Obama's Broad Executive Overreach.  After five years of his flouting the letter and spirit of the law in an increasingly brazen fashion, congressional Republicans have been starting to ramp up their rhetoric about Obama's lawlessness, their most concerted effort on the issue to date.  Several new reports from top Republicans underscore the breadth of Obama's executive overreach.  Viewed comprehensively, it involves laws ranging from healthcare to immigration to privacy to technology to social issues to national security matters and more.  Scandals like Benghazi, Operation Fast and Furious, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, NSA spying, CIA spying on Congress, the Delphi pensions scandal, the auto bailout and others have many unresolved questions — and unmet document and information demands.

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Rhetoric is easy; impeachment is not.

GOP donors join push for gay rights bill.  A deep-pocketed group of Republican donors and former GOP lawmakers is joining a gay rights coalition to push the U.S. House to vote on a bill banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  "America is a place where the freedom to be who you are shouldn't be a barrier to your ability to get a job and provide for your family," said Paul Singer, a billionaire hedge fund founder and big Republican donor.

Poll: Growing Number of Young Republicans Support Gay Marriage.  A poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center has found that support for gay marriage is increasing in those who identify as Republicans under the age of 30.  61% of those polled who lean towards the party are in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage while only 35% oppose it.  This is in stark contrast to Republicans over the age of 50 — only 27% of that audience support it.  Pew also found a record high percentage of Americans — 54% — support allowing gays to marry.

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That's because "a record high percentage of Americans" watch too much television and never go to church.

Even Under GOP Control, Congress Signals Unwillingness to Stop Spending.  Actions speak louder than words, and Congress' actions over 113th session demonstrate a bipartisan unwillingness to get runaway federal spending under control.  An early indication was Congress's actions on the Hurricane Sandy bill, a bloated, $50 billion pork-barrel spending bill that was ostensibly intended to help northeastern states recover from the storm.  Due to its dubious emergency designation, spending in the bill didn't count against the spending caps put in place by the 2010 Budget Control Act.  Consequently, opportunistic Members of Congress from both political parties seized the chance to attach tens of billions of dollars in pet-project spending to the bill, using it as a vehicle to side-step the caps.

The Lois Lerner Defense.  The IRS is corrupt, and should be abolished, and replaced by an agency with far fewer powers.  Instead, Republicans dither ineffectually.

Conservatives frustrated by GOP's compromises, lack of leadership.  [Scroll down]  Limited-government warriors such as Helen Van Etten, chief audiologist for the Topeka, Kan., school district, strongly backs Mr. Cruz and his allies.  She said these conservatives are willing to risk losing legislative battles — and even their own re-election races — to mount high-profile challenges to what they see as big-government advocacy from the national news and entertainment media.

Transitioning to a New Political Party.  Conservatives, constituting the largest portion of the electorate, have no viable political party to represent them today at the national level.  The political establishments of the two major parties promote a Progressive, Big Government agenda, and actively oppose and undermine conservatives.  At the federal level, conservatives have minority status within a minority party.  The strategy of trying to reform the Republican Party has failed for more than 100 years. [...] The Republican Party today is divided into factions whose conflicting interests — a Big Government minority party versus a Limited Government majority party — are at an irreconcilable impasse.

CPAC Welcomes Gay-Rights Groups After Years of Exclusion.  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, snubbed last year after palling around with President Obama, is coming.  So is GOProud, the gay-rights group that was banned for the past few years amid noisy boycotts from critics and supporters.  There's even a panel debating the merits of medical marijuana.  "CPAC is about finding conservative solutions to every challenge in America and not just saying 'no,'" said Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which runs the conference in Washington.  "We're determined to win the majority of American support."

Washington's Pack of Pretenders.  Many Republicans in the House and Senate pretend to be fiscal conservatives frightened by the approaching fiscal train wreck that becomes more of a foregone conclusion with each passing day.  But at crunch time last week, they weren't content merely to unconditionally approve an increase in the nation's debt ceiling.  They chose to go much further, removing the ceiling entirely, giving the administration a de facto blank check to run up as much debt as it can for the next 13 months.

Pat Caddell Says Establishment Republicans "Want the IRS to Go After" The Tea Party.  The civil war between the Tea Party and the GOP Establishment has been brutal.  But could it be the reason congressional Republicans aren't putting the heat on President Obama for the IRS scandal?  Democratic pollster Pat Caddell thinks so, and radio host Rush Limbaugh said it's plausible.  One historian even told Breitbart News the modern GOP resembles a "crime family."  "The establishment Republicans want the IRS to go after the Tea Parties," Caddell told Fox News on Sunday [2/16/2014].

National Security Heavyweights Allege Muslim Brotherhood Ties to GOP.  A heavyweight lineup of former national security officials banded together late Tuesday [2/11/2014] to accuse Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) president Grover Norquist and high-ranking GOP political operative Suhail Khan of connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.  The officials authored a 45-page dossier on the issue to Cleta Mitchell, the top lawyer for the American Conservatives' Union who in 2011 cleared Norquist of the allegations initially brought by former high-ranking Reagan official Frank Gaffney.

Is the GOP Already Dead?  The chances of meaningful Republican control at the federal level for the foreseeable future are dismal, at least as the term "Republican" has been traditionally understood.  This is not new; Republican irrelevancy has been growing for a long time.  ObamaCare's epic failure to launch may offer the Republicans a boost in 2014, but over the long term the dependency created by the healthcare program will only worsen Republican prospects.

GOP Will Bring Amnesty Back After Election.  They've lost what little trust I had in them.  The Establishment Republicans in the US House of Representatives, I mean. [...] I left the Republican Party after approximately 50 years as a registered Republican.  I left for two reasons — the GOP's swing to the left and the manner in which the establishment Republicans continued to treat conservative Republicans — to wit — as if conservatives were the red-headed step child.

Going Democrat-Lite will make GOP a permanent minority.  The future of the GOP is bright if it remains true to the republican principles that have resonated with the American people in the past.  And, contrary to what some would have us believe, there is no color line or demographic barrier included in those principles.  The only way Republicans become a permanent minority is if they choose to be, by abandoning those principles.

Obama's Praetorian Guards!  Acting as a criminal profiler, one can connect the dots to see why certain things occur and other things don't occur, to craft an understanding of what is truly happening beyond what we are allowed to see by the global elite puppeteers and their puppeteer-controlled media.  We have, what appears to be, a gutless GOP leadership that has become increasingly docile towards a renegade regime that has grown increasingly hostile against the U. S. citizen/taxpayer, our rights and freedoms, and our constitutional republic.

Moderate Republicans team up with labor unions to defeat the tea party in 2014.  A Republican super PAC committed to defeating the tea party in 2014 congressional primaries is mostly funded by labor unions.  The super PAC Defending Main Street, formed by moderate Republican and former congressman Steve LaTourette, has committed itself to destroying tea party challenges to establishment GOP candidates in the 2014 midterm elections.

Obamacare isn't a train wreck, it's a cancer.  With all the anti-Obamacare rhetoric coming out of Republican leadership, they funded it for another year in the budget agreement.  That's like thinking you can trash-talk your cancer into remission, while smoking three packs a day, and putting off that pesky surgery to remove the tumor until later.  Genius.

Memo to Conservatives: Republicans Aren't Your Friends.  Republicans are nice people.  Too many Republicans think it's wrong to criticize other Republicans.  This failure to be forthright has had consequences.  It has allowed the Republican Party to take up political space it has no business occupying as it embraces left-wing statist tyranny.  Much of the time, the GOP is merely Democrat-lite. [...] A political party isn't a club or a sacred religious order.  It isn't a brotherhood or fraternity.  The other people in the party aren't necessarily your friends, or even people you'd feel comfortable lending your lawnmower.

GOP Could Blow 2014 Election With Unwise Push For Amnesty.  When it comes to national elections, just what principles do the Republicans stand for?  It is hard to think of any, other than their hoping to win elections by converting themselves into Democrats Lite.

More than 6 in 10 Republicans oppose GOP's immigration plan.  A majority of Republicans oppose the party leadership's efforts to reform immigration, with 62 percent dead set against giving illegal immigrants U.S. citizenship, according to a new poll.  Although the nation overall leans in favor of immigration reform, the Republicans polled by YouGov.com are against most elements of the proposals being studied in the House, including some of those circulated by Speaker John Boehner at last week's party retreat on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

A Beat-up, Exhausted, and Terrified Republican Establishment.  Never has the liberal agenda been so vulnerable, a logical development when bad ideas have had five years to prove themselves as very bad ideas.  When Obama is all done he will have taken high presidential popularity ratings, a supermajority in the Senate, and a large margin in the House and lost them all — if only the Republicans can make an adequate case that they represent the middle class, the Democrats only the very wealthy and the very dependent.

Snatching Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory ... Again?  The Republican Party is set to reap a virtual bumper crop of votes from the "Obamasick" electorate in November increasing their numbers in the US House of Representatives and securing control of the US Senate ... unless ... they push through an Amnesty for Illegal Aliens bill known as Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

GOP Establishment Secretly Pining for Mitt Romney in 2016?  Some Republican establishment operatives and their big donors want former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to run again in 2016 — but they won't go on record with their comments.

GOP insiders back Rubio in 2016.  Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) political stock is rated a buy by major Republican fundraisers in Washington, who are bullish on Rubio's future as a 2016 presidential candidate.  A group of Republican fundraising heavyweights and wise men in Washington's business community are solidly behind Rubio, and see him not only as someone who could win the White House, but someone they can work with.

Five Major Problems with GOP's 'Immigration Principles'.  After the House Republican leadership unveiled its "immigration principles" on Thursday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who has staunchly and relentlessly defended American workers against amnesty, weighed in once again.  Sessions said it looked like the consultant-driven and "recycled talking points" offer a lot of promises that will not be matched by "legislation that, at bottom, ensures only the amnesty and not the enforcement."

Republican Fools Are About to Throw 2014 Away.  The alleged leader of the GOP in the House just tossed a land mine into the path of his party as it was set to march to victory this fall.  The immigration "principles" that Boehner backs are indistinguishable from the Senate Gang of Eight bill that Boehner rejected, according to Byron York.  He looks like an unprincipled fool, and a rube.

The Time To Stop John Boehner's Amnesty Plan Is Now.  Have you ever asked yourself why the GOP leadership wants to deal with immigration right now when we're on track to add seats in the House and take back the Senate?  Why take up a controversial issue that will cause months of vicious infighting when the public seems indifferent to it?

Sessions: Amnesty Is an Extraordinary Act of Self-Sabotage.  U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala), is a leading opponent of recent immigration reform plans, arguing that the GOP would commit "self-sabotage" by supporting the proposals of President Obama.  The Comprehensive Immigration Reform package put forth in the senate allows for extensive chain migration and threatens jobs and wages in the United States.  Sen. Sessions is speaking out against what will be a 'crushing hammer blow to the Middle Class.'

The Republican suicide strategy on immigration.  The Republicans are said to be looking for "something big" to smooth the rough places in the path to November, to make life easy and comfortable for incumbents, something to get that infernal racket of the guns out of their ears.  Politics can be so fatiguing. [...] Surrender and suicide comes easy for certain Republicans, particularly when it's surrender to greed and avarice.  If you can wrap avarice in a little piety, it's easier still.

Immigration Reform Will Send GOP Into Electoral Abyss.  Seeking Hispanic votes they'll never get, Republicans might well ruin what could be one of their greatest electoral triumphs ever.  Cheap labor now isn't worth a permanent socialist electorate tomorrow.

GOP Establishment Plan To Keep 2014 Election Focus on Obamacare: Let's Do Immigration!.  Now, with the Obamacare debacle getting worse by the day and teeing up as the defining issue of the 2014 midterm elections, Republican leadership has decided this is the perfect time to roll out an immigration-reform proposal [...] that has nothing to do with Obamacare and is certain to detract attention from its failure; [...]

Bracing for Amnesty.  Unbelievable as it may be to their core constituency, House Republicans are now embracing comprehensive immigration reform.  Late yesterday [1/31/2014], the Hill obtained a one-page document outlining the GOP's "statement of principals," that endorses a path to legal status, once "specific enforcement triggers" have been achieved.

House GOP wants legal status but no citizenship for illegal immigrants.  The brief document, circulated to House Republicans who are holding their annual policy retreat in Maryland, calls for giving young illegal immigrants — known as Dreamers — a chance at citizenship.  Republican leaders also said they will insist on a "zero tolerance policy" for future illegal immigrants and will revamp the system to make it easier for businesses to hire foreign workers legally but tougher for immigrants to bring their extended families into the U.S.  Behind the principles, though, are many unanswered questions, such as whether illegal immigrants would be granted any legal status before border security is improved and who exactly would be eligible.

Thin-skinned amateur Obama addresses Congress, our parliament of whores.  The only people who can get ahead in Barack Obama and the GOP establishment's Washington are those who already have the deep pockets buy off Congress and the president.  Neither party has a vested interest in changing it.  But at least the GOP, for what little good it does these days, will tap the brakes on the joy ride to Gomorrah.  I truly hope you people are ready to go on offense.  Instead of being defensive and hoping to get the GOP in control of the Senate, we need to go on offense and get control of the GOP itself.

House Immigration Reform Outline Looks Eerily Similar to Gang of Eight Amnesty Legislation.  Late yesterday the House released the framework for an immigration overhaul, which includes amnesty for people brought here illegally by their parents when they were children.  As usual, the outline (which will be used to develop legislation) is full of promises for border security first, with a fix in the immigration system second.

More about the infamous Gang of Eight.

Is the GOP deliberately trying to sabotage the 2014 midterms?  Take, for example, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' response [to the State of the Union speech].  Mrs. McMorris Rodgers is well-liked and smart.  I had the pleasure of meeting her last year at an Independent Women's Forum event honoring her.  I found her dynamic, compelling and clearly a GOP star.  Then for the State of the Union response, some self-obsessed, cave dweller from the Land of the Clueless Consultants and Speech Coaches got their paws on her, and instead of the focused, interesting and compelling woman I met in Washington, D.C., we got a woman so overprepared and controlled that the powerful and smart Mrs. McMorris Rodgers had disappeared.  Criticism of the content of the GOP response has also been well-deserved.

Conservatives Must Break the Establishment's Rules.  Have you noticed how the Establishment invents a lot of special rules that only seem to apply to conservatives?  Have you noticed how these rules always involve preventing conservatives from winning?  And have you noticed how these rules never, ever seem to apply to our enemies?

The most dangerous years of the Obama presidency are upon us.  Holding the House and taking back the Senate in 2014, while extremely important, cannot stop someone who considers himself above it all.  A united front is needed for the next three years.  So what is Republican and Congressional leadership planning?  A war on the Tea Party.

Don't Do It.  The House Republican leadership has been confronted by devilishly difficult tactical choices over the years.  But what to do on the issue of immigration right now isn't one of them.  The correct course is easy and eminently achievable:  Do nothing. [...] Yet the House leadership is about to roll out a set of immigration principles reportedly including an amnesty for illegal aliens, and presumably will follow up with a push to pass them through the House.  This is legislative strategy as unforced error.

Are House Republicans planning to pull a fast one on immigration?  [T]he Wall Street Journal stirred a lot of interest this weekend when it reported that GOP leaders are hoping to put one over on voters who oppose reform.  The plan, the Journal said, is to delay a vote on a bill until after the deadline passes for primary challenges across the country.  That way, a GOP lawmaker whose constituents oppose reform could lay low until the coast was clear — no primary challenge! — and then vote against his voters' interest.

Willard Agonistes.  If Obamacare is the greatest fraud ever perpetrated upon the American body politic, then Romney's candidacy runs a close second.  (And here we thought that the wretched John McCain was the worst candidate we'd ever get.)  It's time that conservatives learn and absorb that lesson, and ensure that it never happens again.

Another Republican Step Backwards Will Motivate Tea Party And Grassroots In GOP Primaries.  The numbers don't lie:  the omnibus budget deal is a total spending surrender by the Old Republican Party (ORP), and it will be a motivating catalyst for upgrade opportunities in the 2014 Republican primaries.  There's a refrain we hear over and over again from the ORP in the long, slow race to nowhere:  Now is not the time to fight.  We'll stand on principle next time.  But when is this "next time"?  When do we get to the time when we join to fight for the principles we all talk about so much?

House GOP Plans To Save Obama With Immigration Reform.  Republicans should own the issue of immigration.  After all, the last time — 1986 — the nation took the "comprehensive" approach that Democrats now propose, nothing ended up being fixed in exchange for the amnesty for millions of illegals.  And today, insisting on securing the border before doing anything else is no-lose politically.  Yet the House GOP is poised to use a piecemeal strategy as cover to enact, more or less, the Democrats' agenda on immigration — giving the party millions of dependable Democratic votes as a consequence.  What political party in the history of the world has ever been this self-loathing?

K Street and Tea Party in Nebraska proxy war.  The GOP Senate primary in Nebraska will be a 2014 battlefield in the hot war between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party insurgents.  But at first glance, it's hard to see a casus belli.  State Treasurer Shane Osborn is a conservative Republican who rails against Washington insiders and criticizes the Republican leadership for the recent budget deal, but whose pedigree shows strong ties to the Republican establishment.  Former Bush administration official Ben Sasse is also a conservative Republican who rails against Washington insiders and criticizes the Republican leadership for the recent budget deal, but whose pedigree shows strong ties to the Republican establishment.

The Coming GOP Amnesty Sellout Push.  Legalizers will try to make the prequisites look tough when they aren't — certainly nothing that can't be easily dismantled once the undocumented get their documents.  Do not count on the press to correct this misimpression.  They're in the "fool the rubes" camp too.

Time for GOP to Listen to the American People.  It is clear that the House GOP leadership is preparing to take action on the immigration issue this year.  According to reports, the "principles" of immigration reform will be introduced next week and it will include a "pathway" to citizenship for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in our country.  The bill will reportedly also mandate improved border security, provide additional visas for foreign workers and require those immigrants seeking legalization to learn English and pay certain fees.

GOProud Founder Officially Leaves Republican Party over 'Tolerance of Bigotry'.  Jimmy LaSalvia, the founder of the conservative gay advocacy group GOProud, has officially announced his departure from the Republican Party.  "Today, I joined the ranks of unaffiliated voters.  I am every bit as conservative as I've always been, but I just can't bring myself to carry the Republican label any longer," LaSalvia wrote.

Us vs. Them.  Friends, the battle lines are stark and clear.  Conservatives will beat the GOP or the GOP will go left.  It will go left toward amnesty, left toward common core, left toward Obamacare, left toward abortion rights, left toward gun control, and left toward tax increases and even bigger spending.

House Republicans About to Vote on Trillion-Dollar Spending Bill They Haven't Read.  Last month, the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray discretionary spending bill was unveiled.  Sort of unveiled, anyway:  it didn't actually exist, but was summarized in a series of bullet points.  Now the bill has taken tangible form. [...] The bill is advertised at $1.1 trillion, but in the brief time available, Republican Senate staffers have found that it actually spends $18 billion more than that.  The bill includes $18 billion in "CHIMPS," which are "reductions" in spending that never would have happened in any event, which are used to offset actual spending increases.

GOP AWOL As Obama Crushes Federalism.  Last week, after the attorney general and education secretary jointly announced an alarming new witch hunt against local school officials over allegedly racist disciplinary policies, we watched with keen interest Republican reaction.  Disappointingly, barely a whimper was registered from the opposition party. [...] By demanding schools suspend suspensions of school thugs, the administration's race-mongers are threatening the safety and security of classrooms across the nation.  They're also threatening learning for white and minority students alike.  You'd think this new policy, which ties compliance to education funding, would warrant endless debate on the airwaves.

Why is the GOP launching a new anti-poverty campaign.  This week many prominent Republicans are taking part in a new campaign to emphasize GOP solutions for poverty.  Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Reince Priebus and others are marking the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty by outlining conservative ideas for improving the lot of the poorest Americans.  And the effort is not just to commemorate an occasion; these leaders and others want the Republican Party to give anti-poverty policy a newly prominent place among GOP priorities.

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This is just another way the Republican Party is trying to be Democrat Lite.  Unemployment will drop like a stone when the government shrinks, environmental regulations are loosened, the minimum wage drops, coal-fired power plants are returned to service, ethanol is abandoned, global warming is forgotten, the Mexican border is patrolled by the Army, and politicians are limited to two or three terms in office.  Investors will put money back into the U.S. economy when the Marxists are out of the White House.  The Republican establishment is appealing to the poorly-educated masses who respond to emotional appeals rather than rational arguments.

GOP Establishment's War on Tea Party Comes to Texas.  The Republican establishment's war against the Tea Party has come to Texas.  According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, "Some of Texas' biggest business trade groups are moving to counter tea party and anti-government forces that have dominated recent Republican primaries."

GOP establishment gears up to destroy any chance at midterm success in 2014.  The establishment GOP in Washington hates the Tea Party and the conservative wing of the party more than they do the Democrats.  They will make very clear that instead of riding a conservative wave to a landslide victory in the 2014 midterms, they will do everything in their power to sabotage conservative and Tea Party candidates for their own personal benefit.

We're Not Mad, but We're Not Going to Take it Anymore!  Party politics has usurped principled politics, and the U. S. citizen who is patriotic, productive and a person of faith has become the prey of those who seek our total destruction.  With a few notable exceptions, voting Republican has become the equivalent of voting Democrat.  At some point, constitutional conservative Republican politicians need to realize that the stink of being associated with the establishment elites atop either party is affecting their credibility.  Staying within the GOP is part of the insanity that the electorate is no longer willing to take anymore.

The Republican National Committee's Stupid Kwanzaa Statement.  The Republican National Committee released a statement Friday [12/20/2013], commemorating Kwanzaa.  There's just one problem, the entire holiday is a fake and was invented out of thin air by a radical ex-con named Ron Karenga.  Karenga invented Kwanzaa in 1966 and fashioned the phony holiday as a black alternative to Christmas.  Karenga wanted a holiday that was less Eurocentric than Christmas which he considered the commercial exploitation of African Americans.  There's absolutely nothing authentic about the seven-day feast.  Even the name "Kwanzaa," which is Swahili for "matunda yakwanza," has next to no historical connection to African Americans.

War Begins: Slandering Conservatives has Started.  Oddly, the Republican establishment keeps coming up with the completely "new" idea of smearing conservatives.  Year after year, they keep announcing that "this time" the GOP needs to do a better job "vetting" candidates.  Yet the establishment has always attacked conservative candidates, pointing out weaknesses real or imagined.  What GOP insiders want to do "this time" — as a "new" idea — is the same thing they do every election cycle.

Levin: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Is About Cronyism, Not Capitalism.  Mark Levin said Monday [12/16/2013] on his syndicated radio program Monday that the United States Chamber of Commerce is "not about capitalism, they're about cronyism," continuing with the theme of the divide between "establishment Republicans" and "conservatives."

12 Republicans Vote to Advance Budget Deal That Boosts Spending.  The Senate voted 67-33 Tuesday [12/17/2013] to advance the Ryan-Murray budget compromise that conservatives oppose as fiscally irresponsible.  Helping Democrats get the votes they needed, 12 Republicans voted with all 55 Democrats to begin debate on the measure.  Republicans joining Democrats to invoke cloture include Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), John Hoeven (N.D.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Rob Portman (Ohio).

Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino Serves GOP Establishment "Divorce Papers".  Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, who is running for Congress as a Republican in Maryland's Sixth Congressional District, wants a divorce from the Republican establishment.  "Consider yourself served," he wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday after those in the GOP establishment, like House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), slammed conservatives for opposing the budget deal that would raise spending beyond the sequester levels.

Tea Party Patriots: Paul Teller Firing Act of War Against Conservatives.  On Wednesday [12/11/2013], the Tea Party Patriots said the firing of Paul Teller, the Executive Director of the House Republican Study Committee (RSC), was a declaration of war against conservatives by the Republican establishment.

And they'll probably do it, too.
Harry Reid Urges Republicans to Fix a Law They Opposed All Along.  Not a single Republican voted for the Affordable Care Act, but they must now help Democrats make the law work, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor Monday [12/9/2013].

Impeachment Lessons.  For the Republican establishment, it seems, history begins and ends in the 1990s:  No matter how times have perilously changed, any talk of shutdowns or impeachment is bad, bad, bad.  Yes, the Obama "uber-presidency," as left-of-center law professor Jonathan Turley called it, has enveloped the nation in what he conceded is "the most serious constitutional crisis ... of my lifetime," but GOP strategists would just as soon have us chattering about immigration "reform" and bravely balancing the federal budget by, oh, around 2040.

No Excuse For Republicans To Cave And Grant Amnesty.  Strong signs point to House Speaker John Boehner leading an amnesty cave-in that delivers millions of new Democratic votes.  Republicans should man up and put border security front and center.

GOP 3-D gun ban gives early Christmas to Obama, Democrats.  The House Republican leadership with its Dec. 3 vote to extend the ban on "undetectable" guns proved again it excels at political cowardice and betrayal of conservatives.  Do not bother looking for the roll call of the yeas and nays on the vote, the GOP leaders, working with Democrats, suspended the rules and passed the measure with a voice vote — with maybe 15 actual congressmen on the House floor.  In another profile in cowardice, Republicans put up Rep. J. Howard Coble (R.-N.C) to sponsor the bill, H.R. 3626.  The 82-year-old congressman announced his retirement a month ago, so let's just say he took one for the team, so one of his comrades, who will actually face the voters in 2014, would not have to defend the bill.

Why don't Republican leaders like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee?  Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are not popular with Senate Republican leaders.  Neither are the groups that strongly support them — the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Tea Party.  But why?  It certainly makes sense that Democrats oppose them, but why do they face strong opposition from some Republicans?

The Fall after the Pride.  The best Republican candidates — Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels — didn't seek the nomination; Mitt Romney won over the most improbable field of challengers in American history, and completely failed to hold Obama accountable for his record as the president successfully distracted the country with a pelagic inundation of claptrap about a Republican War on Women, on Hispanics, on gays, on the average person.  Not since George McGovern had there been such a feeble excuse presented by a major party for voting for it, but the electorate was steadfastly undeterred.

7 Ways That Republicans Fail Politics 101:  Hey, Chris Christie, when your state is hit by a hurricane near the close of a presidential election, you don't do everything humanly possible to make Barack Obama look good at the expense of Mitt Romney.  When there's a shutdown fight, Republicans like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Peter King shouldn't be publicly telling the world that the Republican Party is at fault.  When that sort of open sabotage is rewarded, it pumps rat poison into the veins of the GOP.

Getting Real Why Cuccinelli was Defeated.  It was not the Tea Party that stabbed Ken Cuccinelli in the back but the establishment of his own party.  Once a real conservative candidate gets nominated, the party loses interest.  And because they lose interest, they hold back funds, thus assuring their own prediction that this candidate can't win.

Finding the way out of the dark.  We should stop thinking of politicians as right or left, Democrat or Republican.  Modern-day politicians are, by and large, con men and con women, who have found the fast route to easy living on the backs of others.  Politicians belong to a special club that imbues them with a special club mentality.  In layman's language it works out to "You cover my back; I'll cover yours".  Have you ever pondered why no Republican has ever stepped forward to try to block Obama's Fundamental Transformation of America?

Cuccinelli [is] Only the Latest Conservative Candidate Targeted by G.O.P.  The G.O.P. establishment's unwillingness to aggressively back the candidacy of Ken Cuccinelli is just the latest example of the party's attempt to purge its more conservative wing by undercutting the candidacy of conservatives — before they're even elected.

The Sabotage Republicans.  Call them the Sabotage Republicans.  They have been busily at work in Virginia these last few weeks, sabotaging the gubernatorial campaign of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Yes, Virginia, the GOP Establishment Did Stick a Shiv in Ken Cuccinelli.  Reagan conservative Ken Cuccinelli lost his bid for the Virginia governorship because the patrician, turf-protecting Republican Party establishment in his state wanted him to lose.  It's really that simple.  Cuccinelli campaign strategist Chris La Civita suggested on election night Tuesday [11/5/2013] that the federal government's partial shutdown last month may have hurt his candidate in parts of Virginia where many federal employees and contractors live.  He also suggested that Cuccinelli could have won if he had received more money from national GOP sources, which he said dried up as of Oct. 1.

Look in the Mirror, GOP Establishment... You Chose Poorly.  Conservatives will use what happened to Ken Cuccinelli this week as our "Remember the Alamo" moment.  The Republican establishment, fresh off a victory in New Jersey, was ready to dance on Ken Cuccinelli's political grave.  Little did they know that Terry McAuliffe would barely squeak out victory:  47.97 percent to 45.48 percent.  Some conservative leaders believe it looks as though they wanted Cuccinelli to lose big.

GOP's Losers Can Stop Offering Their Valueless Advice.  Romney '12, McCain '08, Dole '96 — these campaigns were failures.  The voters rejected the men who led them. [...] The media actually have little use for the opinions of Dole, McCain or Romney — except when they disparage Republicans who are in the driver's seat today.  And so, as Mitt Romney, he of RomneyCare infamy, visited NBC's "Meet the Press" to give President Obama advice on how to make ObamaCare work so "he can rebuild credibility," he also recommended New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the 2016 presidential nominee to "save our party."

Gloves Off: GOP Establishment Goes After Tea Party.  The National Republican Senate Committee, the GOP campaign arm responsible for Senate elections, has decided to use its political power to block consulting firm Jamestown Associates from receiving political work from GOP candidates or incumbents.  Jamestown's "sin" is working with the Senate Conservative Fund, an organization that supports conservative candidates for the US Senate.

House Republican Circulating Petition to Push Immigration Reform.  The third House Republican to support the comprehensive immigration bill introduced by House Democrats is circulating a petition to House Republicans to pressure House Republican leaders to bring up comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year.  On Friday [11/1/2013], Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) said he was "hoping to get a decent number" of signatures, according to the Washington Post.

Toomey backs high-profile gay-rights bill.  Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) voted Monday night [11/4/2013] to advance a bill to ban workplace discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered individuals after an intense lobbying effort and only once the measure had received the 60 votes needed to clear a key procedural hurdle.

Why the Republican Party?  What purpose does the establishment-dominated GOP serve other than as doormats for Democrats, handy and durable ones? [...] Establishment Republicans are in their ways as invested in big government as are Democrats.  They gain status, incomes, privilege, and much else by being part of the problem — i.e., the system — than being against it.  Establishment Republicans aren't change agents; they're "tweak agents."  They tweak the system, if that, because they 1) don't really believe that real change is achievable and 2) why change a system that works for them?

Gay rights supporters wage a quiet campaign to push Republicans to the middle.  [A] powerful group of Republican donors, who see the GOP's staunch opposition to gay rights as a major problem, is trying to push the party toward a more welcoming middle ground — where candidates who oppose marriage rights can do so without seeming hateful.

Will a New Republican Party Please Stand Up?  It is indisputable that the Republican Party offers no united opposition to the tyrannical Left.  Indeed, in the recent government shutdown fiasco, Republican senators repudiated their fellow House Republicans and stood against them with the Democrats.  That action was a slap in the face to not just those Republicans trying to rein in the Left's disastrous fiscal policies, but to all Americans who are concerned about the socialist agenda that is destroying our nation.  The question before us is what to do about it.

Jeb Bush Joins the Cruz Bashers.  In opposing socialized medicine (as in other things) Ronald Reagan, too, was a model of civility, as is Sen. Cruz; yet for both rabid attacks were, and have been, the order of the day — coming from both the Left and the Republican establishment.  The press fawns over Democrats who demagogue conservatives as "terrorists" and "hostage-takers," and over Beltway Republicans who deride conservatives as "wacko-birds" and "tea party hobbits."

The Tea-Party Plan Was More Realistic.  Not only did the tea-party plan have a chance, it was far less cynical and far more compassionate than the Republican alternative.  The Republican alternative to the tea-party plan boils down to this:  Let the people suffer (also called "let Obamacare implode"), then they'll come to us, we'll win a buch of elections over several cycles, then we'll make it better.  Well, step one is working (if that's the right word to use).  People are suffering.

The 10 Rules In The Establishment Republican Handbook.  [#1]  There is nothing ever worth fighting for except Democrat policies:  If you're going to fight for something, make sure you're fighting your own base to help the Democrats achieve some policy goal that makes Tea Partiers want to stab themselves in their eyes.  This makes you appear reasonable to the mainstream media and the howls of outrage from your base make it more likely that the New York Times will say nice things about you.

Establishment GOPers assail tea party on shutdown.  From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.

GOP Establishment Lost All Credibility in Fiscal Fight.  To fully understand the state of play in the Republican party, look no further than Sens. Mike Enzi (WY) and Pat Roberts (KS).  Both are reliable, mainstream conservatives, yet neither have a record of seeking a fight or standing on principle.  Think Orrin Hatch, without the tab-collars.  Both, however, stood with Ted Cruz in the fight over ObamaCare.  Not coincidentally, both face serious primary challengers.

The Conservative War on the GOP.  Tired of feeling taken for granted by a party that alternately panders to them and sells them down the river, in their view, Tea Partiers and others on the right are in revolt.  The Republican Party itself is increasingly the focus of their anger, particularly after Wednesday's deal to reopen the government, which many on the right opposed.  Now, many are threatening to take their business elsewhere.

Tea Party Arose from GOP Establishment Failure to Restrain Govt. Spending.  Fox News political analyst Brit Hume conceded that Republicans that grew the federal government while they were in power the last decade may have ultimately been responsible for the recent standoff over the budget because their actions helped create the Tea Party that now stands fiercely opposed to their goals.

Rush Limbaugh: GOP 'so irrelevant'.  Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday [10/16/2013] blasted the Republican Party as "irrelevant" and responsible for "creating one of the greatest political disasters" he's ever seen.  "I was trying to think earlier today, if ever in my life I could remember any major political party being so irrelevant," the conservative radio host said on his show, according to a transcript.  "I have never seen it.  I have never seen a major political party simply occupy placeholders, as the Republican Party is doing."

The Third Party.  William Galston, writing in the Wall Street Journal warns that the institutional Republican Party — the political equivalent of the Washington Generals — may have lost its audience after the longest losing streak in history. [...] [W]ho's going to keep the gravy train running if people stop making gravy?  His immediate concern is that "defeating" John Boehner in the showdown over Obamacare may have put consensus out of reach.  'Persuading' the GOP establishment to turn on its base destroyed the mechanism the establishment used to bring skeptical parts of the electorate into the fold.  Those skeptics are now out the door, having finally figured out the game is fixed.

Thanks to the RINOs...
There's no actual debt ceiling right now.  The fiscal deal passed by Congress on Wednesday evening to re-open the government and get around the $16.4 trillion limit on borrowing doesn't actually increase the debt limit.  It just temporarily suspends enforcement of it.  That means Americans have no idea how much debt their government is going to rack up between now and Feb. 7, when the limits are supposed to go back into place and will have to be raised.  There is no dollar amount set for how much debt the government can accumulate between now and then.

Minutes After Debt Ceiling Is Raised, Obama Shows Up With List Of Things To Spend Money On.  Aided by centrist Republicans who are more interested in DC social status than the future of the republic, Obama and the Democrats are now encouraged to continue profligate spending habits.  And thanks to the John McCain/Pete King wing of the GOP, they can do it virtually unchecked.

Loophole will allow government to spend without limit until February.
Surprise! Debt-ceiling deal gives Obama a blank check.  It's the ultimate sweetheart deal for a free-spending federal government:  Wednesday night's [10/16/2013] debt deal didn't actually raise the limit on America's credit card, but instead removed it entirely until February 7, 2014.  Whether through legislative sleight-of-hand or something less sinister, the law of the land now permits the U.S. to run up new debts for 16 weeks without consequences, and forbids the Treasury Department from enforcing the debt limit that ordinarily keeps spending from spiraling out of control.

The Tea Party's coming vindication.  The mainstream media — and their parrots in the Republican establishment — are claiming that President Obama decisively won the government shutdown battle.  In fact, the narrative being peddled is that the GOP brand has been badly damaged, paving the way for a possible Democratic Party takeover of the House of Representatives in the 2014 elections.  This is puerile nonsense.  Tea Party Republicans, led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, may have lost the battle, but they are poised for a major victory in the larger Obamacare war.

American taxpayers betrayed by chicken-hearted RINOs.  American taxpayers have once again been trampled by establishment Republicans — a thundering herd of chicken-hearted Republicans in Name Only (RINOs) galloping to the Left.  The debt ceiling deal struck between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is a victory for President Obama and Democrats.  ObamaCare is still the law of the land.  The government is still spending money it does not have.  And thousands of government workers just got a two-week vacation courtesy of the taxpayers.

List: Republican House, Senate Votes on Debt, Shutdown Deal.  Twenty-seven Republican senators voted for Wednesday's bill passed by the upper chamber to fund the U.S. government in a continuing resolution and extend the nation's debt limit.  Eighteen voted against the measure, and one was not present.

The Dire Problem of Republican Leadership.  Let's start with national chair Reince Priebus.  All four campaign debates were moderated by partisan Democrats.  One of them, Candy Crowley, knocked Romney off his balance with an ambush that stalled momentum he had developed in the first debate.  Priebus stood passively by as the debates were rigged against his party's candidates.

Anti-ObamaCare Republicans Should Have No Apologies.  The outmaneuvering of the House by the White House and Senate finds the media and their Democrat puppeteers pronouncing the demise of the Republican Party.  Since when is spine a political liability?  The real villains of the battle of the budget and debt ceiling are John McCain, Susan Collins and Bob Corker in the Senate and Peter King in the House, not Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and not the House's Tea Party Republicans.

Fight Worth Having.  American taxpayers have once again been trampled by establishment Republicans — a thundering herd of chicken-hearted Republicans in Name Only (RINOs) galloping to the Left.  The debt ceiling deal struck between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is a victory for President Obama and Democrats.  ObamaCare is still the law of the land.  The government is still spending money it does not have.  And thousands of government workers just got a two-week vacation courtesy of the taxpayers.

The New Nexus: Media Left And Republican Moderates.  The government shutdown has made it abundantly clear that the anti-conservative news media and the anti-conservative Republican establishment have joined together to the point where it's almost impossible to see where one ends and the other begins.

5 Republicans Who Deserve To Lose Their Jobs Over Their Shutdown Behavior.  If these mediocrities are so desperate to get in the good graces of the media that they're willing to try to sabotage their own party, then they should change teams and become Democrats.  If they want to become commentators so they can say what they want without it hurting the GOP, they should quit and go to work for MSNBC.  If they just don't like it because there are actually conservatives who expect them to get [up] and fight for conservatism for the first time in their entire political careers instead of just talking a good game when it doesn't matter, then they're in the wrong business.

Why Immigration Reform Could Spell Doom for the GOP.  The recent Senate debate over immigration reform focused mostly on three issues:  1) the economic effects of legalizing millions of currently illegal immigrants while also increasing the rate of future immigration, 2) the possibility of achieving real border security and 3) the ethical question of offering the reward of citizenship to those who entered the country illegally.  Beneath it all was another factor, never far from lawmakers' minds, but much less discussed:  the electoral effects of reform.

Republican's Secret Ally Against Obamacare.  For all its flaws, the GOP remains the only vehicle for advancing conservative ideas in practice, and it is the only possible vehicle for saving this country from the truly awful consequences of Democratic governance.  If the Republican party loses all purchase with voters, Democrats will do to America what they've done to Detroit, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

The Editor says...
Yeah, but "for all its flaws" covers a lot of ground.  Yes, the GOP would be on the right track, in the absence of all those flaws, but the flaws cannot be ignored.

Levin: Something Wrong With GOP When Cruz, Lee, Paul Are Attacked By Party.  Conservative talk radio host Mark Levin blasted the Republican establishment at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. on Friday [10/11/2013], calling the way the federal government is currently operating a "soft tyranny."  Levin accused them of spending more time attacking conservatives who are fighting a federal government rife with crony capitalism than in becoming more accountable to the American people.

In U.S., Perceived Need for Third Party Reaches New High.  Amid the government shutdown, 60% of Americans say the Democratic and Republicans parties do such a poor job of representing the American people that a third major party is needed.  That is the highest Gallup has measured in the 10-year history of this question.  A new low of 26% believe the two major parties adequately represent Americans.

Both Parties Agree: Taxpayers Foot Bill for Vacationing Bureaucrats.  Over the weekend, the House held a vote and agreed — without a single exception — that when this government shutdown is all over, all these "non-essential" government bureaucrats who have been loafing around at home all this time will all be given back pay for work they did not perform.  So instead of getting a little taste of the furloughs, layoffs, and firings private American workers have been suffering for years in this nasty economy, these federal bureaucrats would be granted extended paid vacations.

Country Club Republicans Must Go.  Country club Republicans seem to be clueless about Democrats.  Although country-club Republicans are reluctant to criticize Democrats of any stripe, they don't mind attacking other Republicans, like Ted Cruz.  Some Republicans provided Chris Wallace with opposition research against Cruz.  As Sarah Palin noted, country club Republicans eat other Republicans.  John McCain's assault on Ted Cruz in the Senate after Cruz's filibuster against Obamacare shows just how far "moderate" Republicans will go to eat other Republicans.

84 House Republicans Support Legalizing Undocumented Workers.  One group may have collapsed, but 84 House Republicans have publicly voiced support for granting some type of legal status to the 11 million immigrants here in the country illegally, and 20 others have said they would be willing to consider it — many more than what most media reports suggest.

Divide and Conquer: Politico Cites Unnamed Republican Senator to Blast Cruz.  The narrative over the past two days has shifted dramatically from the danger of a government shutdown to the Obama administration's cynical manipulation of the shutdown, closing down war memorials to vets and insisting on zero negotiations.  The continuing collapse of the Obamacare exchanges also provides a secondarily difficult front for the Obama media to fight.  And on Wednesday [10/2/2013], Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) created yet a third front for Democrats to fight against, asking "Why would we want" to help one child with cancer.

Thoughts on the Government Shutdown.  House Republicans had six months to strategize since the last budget battle, so why did they leave it until the last minute to figure out what to do?  They seem to have been unified in recent votes to defund and delay Obamacare.  So why didn't they announce their strategy months ago, draw a hard line, and then spend the summer building public support for their plan?  The Democrats have a stronger hand because they have been giving a consistent message.  The lack of leadership from the House created a void that Senator Cruz filled.  Some House members didn't like Cruz getting the spotlight and telling them what to do, but they should have had their act together.

Lindsey Graham thinks you're stupid.  Yesterday, 25 Senate Republicans stood shoulder to shoulder with their Democrat counterparts and helped the Continuing Budget Resolution pass cloture.  Despite Ted Cruz's efforts, and his warning that "a vote for cloture was a vote for Obamacare," Lindsey Graham was eager to join hands and sing Cumbaya with his alleged Dem opponents.  With the help of people like Graham, the CR easily passed cloture, allowing Harry Reid to introduce an amendment restoring funding for Obamacare.

The Torch Should Pass From The McCains To The Cruzes.  Sen. Ted Cruz's marathon filibuster against ObamaCare should be a turning point for the Republican Party.  If its younger, non-establishment leaders don't take over, it could — disastrously — spell third party.

Why the Republicans Always Cave.  With ObamaCare in place, death panels will be the least of America's worries.  If ever there was a time that mainstream America needed bold and principled representation, this is the time.  So why is the GOP — the current vehicle for the center-right mainstream in American politics — divided over whether to stand and fight or to simply step out of the way of the left's final steps toward socialism?  Or, to put it bluntly, why is it always the Republicans who cave and never the far left?

What We Just Saw.  Conservatives have finally realized that, as it's currently constituted, they have no home in the Republican party, which is the Washington Generals to the Democrats' Harlem Globetrotters, the designated losers who nevertheless are rewarded handsomely for their sham opposition.  To that end, conservatives understand that rather than form a third party, their only hope is to seize control of the corrupt, rotting hulk of the GOP, which they now can do with the help of a reinvigorated Tea Party — especially with Lois Lerner's IRS off its back.

Ted Cruz Reveals that the Republican Establishment Despise Their Own Base.  The battleground of the moment is ObamaCare.  But the first adversary that must be defeated is the Republican establishment.  Is it any wonder that the Republican leadership is working to make sure the defunding effort fails?  Ted Cruz is pinning his ambitions to the big reality the Tea Party represents:  conservatives really are fed up with both parties in Washington, D.C.

'Top' DC Republicans Sent Oppo Research to 'Hammer' Cruz.  On Sunday, Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, said that Republicans in Washington were savaging Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) behind Cruz's back before Cruz's appearance on the program to discuss defunding Obamacare.  In an appearance on Washington D.C.'s Fox 5 to preview his Sunday show, Wallace said, "I will tell you I have never in my time in Washington seen a party so upset with one of its own members."

Sarah Palin takes shot at Chris Wallace over anonymous Ted Cruz attacks.  Angry Republicans — not Democrats — sent Fox News opposition research on Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz before his appearance on a broadcast of "Fox News Sunday," according to host Chris Wallace. [...] "This has been one of the strangest weeks I've ever had in Washington," Wallace said.  "As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats, but from top Republicans to hammer Cruz.  Why are Republicans so angry at Ted Cruz?"

Mitch McConnell's Campaign Manager: We Had Nothing to Do with Ted Cruz Oppo Shopping.  Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign, told Breitbart News on Sunday that "of course not," neither McConnell, nor anyone on his Senate staff or campaign staff, shopped any opposition research on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to any members of the media, including Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.

Mr. Breitbart Goes to Washington.  Gloria Borger told Anderson Cooper on Thursday [9/19/2013] that she talked to a "senior Republican" who said Republican leaders were more angry with the defunders than with Obama.  More angry with Ted Cruz and Mike Lee than with President Obama who is tanking our economy and steering our foreign policy ship into dystopian, post-superpower waters?  If true, the comment is very instructional about the lack of contrast between the GOP establishment and the Democrats.

Terrorized by the Tea Party.  [T]he present establishment duopoly [...] constitutes, in reality, little more than a one-party state in which either party, if the other didn't exist, would have to invent it in order merely to preserve the illusion of a two-party state subject to substantive political opposition.  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.

Rep. Gohmert: GOP Leadership Scared Taking Principled Stands Will Lose Elections.  Speaking to Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon on Breitbart News' broadcast of the "Exempt America" rally on Tuesday, [Rep. Louie] Gohmert said the Republican leadership does not understand that the GOP will lose the trust of the American people if they stop fighting for what they promised Americans they would fight for.  "They honestly believe that it may hurt the party if we stand too firm with what we believe in," Gohmert said.

Report: House GOP Leadership Plan Procedural Trick to Avoid Obamacare Funding Fight.  Sources close to House conservative leaders have confirmed to Breitbart News that House GOP leadership is planning to cave and fund Obamacare's implementation for at least the rest of 2013.

The Editor says...
I would think their goal would be to win fights, not avoid them.

Three-and-a-half More Years of Obama!  When the disasters come — and they will (most of them are on track at this moment and can't be turned around except through drastic action which Obama and all other visible Democrats are incapable of) — they will be dumped into the laps of the Republicans.  No other group in modern history has proven more adept at shifting blame than the liberal left, just as no other political party has proven more apt to stumble into the spotlight at the worst possible moment than the GOP.

Something is very wrong at the Republican National Committee.  Reports from activists who were at the RNC meeting clearly state that the leadership of the Party has little interest in either reform or leadership.  Their priority is not the unifying or growth of the party.  Instead the RNC establishment seeks further rules changes and restrictions on participation by grassroots members in order to maintain establishment control over the primary process and the management of the party.  Their top down control and neglect of grassroots voices has lead to disastrous results in recent elections.  They want to keep it a party of, by and for insiders and consultants and treat most of the membership of the party as outsiders with no voice at all.

A Test of GOP Resolve on ObamaCare.  The Office of Personnel Management announced — with no legal authority — that Congress could keep receiving its giant subsidies.  Oh, and the OPM also declared that each member of Congress also gets to define which of his staff is covered by the law.  Chances are many staffers will never have to deal with the exchanges at all.  This deal ought to have led to a wild GOP protest, both on philosophical and legal grounds.  Instead, there has been nary a peep of complaint.

A Third-Party Candidate on the Rise in 2016?  With the agitation in Tea Party circles and widespread displeasure at the GOP establishment's performance over the past few years, the pressure is clearly building in the conservative ranks.

The Grand Old Party is about to go 'Boom!'  In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the Republican Party will explode.  When the smoke clears, there will be four (four!) new parties.

The RNC's horrific open-borders pandering.  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus had a message last week for outspoken conservatives who support strict immigration enforcement policies:  Shut up.  Yes, the head of the RNC is more concerned about protecting the party's Hispanic vote-pandering campaign than protecting law-abiding citizens from the devastating consequences of illegal immigration.

Saul Alinsky and the 2013 Budget Fight.  These days, Obama has Republicans in such fear that they unapologetically skip the fight and go straight to declaring defeat.  In their defense, Obama's string of successes has defied rationality.  In 2008, he was perhaps the least experienced candidate to ever win the presidency.  He came from a radical background, yet received practically no vetting whatsoever from the mainstream media.  The whole scene was unlike anything in modern American history, with the extraordinarily large, euphoric, and delusional masses under the spell of a demagogue.

The Editor says...
No, the delusional masses were under the spell of the news media.

"Hello, Suckers!"  The most depressing thing about having the GOP be, by default, the political party that ostensibly represents conservatives is its utter inability to actually do anything.  For decades, conservatives have been working for and voting for candidates who promise to cut back the size of government, stand up to the Left, reform the Ponzi Scheme known as Social Security, simplify the tax code, etc., and yet how many of these things actually have been accomplished?  Correct if you answered zero.

The August Amnesty End-Run Around the Conservative Base.  One difference between the two major parties is that Democrats harness the energy of their base to fight legislative battles; Republicans make end-runs around their base to obviate their energy.  Let's examine the GOP's strategy for dealing with immigration.  Instead of harnessing their energy to fight amnesty and hang it around the necks of Democrats in the red state electoral landscape next year, they are trying to outflank the conservative base with subterfuge in order to pass amnesty.

Kill ObamaCare Now Or Never.  Some Republicans and conservative pundits are in a lather lately, throwing brickbats like "the dumbest idea I've ever heard," "a fantasy," "the definition of insanity," "nuts" and something that will "deliver nothing other than pain."  Oh, wait.  Those aren't criticisms of ObamaCare.  They're complaints from the likes of GOP Sens. Richard Burr and Tom Coburn, and various conservative pundits and bloggers about a proposal to defund ObamaCare.

Rubio: If you're willing to fund Obamacare, you can't possibly say you're against it.  On Mark Levin's radio show on Monday, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio argued that Republicans should use Congress' budgetary powers to defund President Barack Obama's unpopular 2010 health care reform law.  Rubio, who seemed to have fallen out of favor with Levin after the immigration debate in the Senate earlier this summer, used his appearance on the conservative talk radio program to talk about an idea that has pitted newer Republican legislators against a GOP establishment that insists the defunding scheme can't work.

Are Republicans Representing Their Constituents?  [Scroll down]  Efforts to cut entitlements are non-existent; on the contrary, 11 plus million illegal immigrants will be added to the welfare rolls and to Social Security via blanket amnesty which Republicans cannot wait to pass if we are to judge by their constant radio and television ads in support of amnesty.  I am unsure if a balanced federal budget is possible any time soon since bill after bill is full of pork from both sides, most of which have little to do with the title of the bill.

Is the GOP self-destructing?  Take last week's unremarkable proposal by President Obama for a deal to combine corporate tax cuts (an idea Republicans love) with an increase in spending on roads and other public works (an idea only some Republicans love).  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has emerged as Obama's chief partner in trying to negotiate bipartisan deals, praised the idea as "a good start."

Unknown Republican blocks bill requiring email search warrants.  An anonymous Republican senator has delayed a vote on legislation that would require police to obtain a warrant before accessing emails and other online messages.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) pushed for a vote on the bill before Congress left for its August recess.  He secured unanimous support from Democrats, but at least one Republican objected to the bill, according to a Democratic Senate aide.  Leahy had hoped to fast-track the bill to passage with unanimous support, but the opposition means a vote will be delayed until at least September.

Since 1988, we've been offered this choice in every presidential election:  A centrist versus a leftist.
2016: Clinton vs. Christie?  If there were any doubts that the former secretary of state plans to run for president, they were put to rest when she and Obama had lunch on the patio outside the Oval Office on Monday.  The White House photographer, Chuck Kennedy, took pictures of the tete-a-tete that were immediately beamed around the world, sending a clear message that the Clintons were gearing up to take back the presidency — and that maybe Obama was ready to help them do that.

Sarah Palin: "I Was Not Allowed" To Tell The Truth About Obama In 2008.  [... "]I was banned from talking about Jeremiah Wright and Obama's friend, Bill Ayers, the character that he befriended and kicked off his political campaign in the guy's living room.  Couldn't talk about that.  Couldn't talk about Obama's lack of knowledge and job experience and the things that he said like America had 57 states, things like that.  In the campaign, Greta, this is important for Americans to understand.  I was not allowed to talk about things like that because those elitists, those who are the brainiacs in the GOP machine running John McCain's campaign at the time said that the media would eat us alive if we brought up these things.["]

RNC Operatives Join Holder's Campaign Against Texas, Several Other States.  Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday [7/25/2013] that the Justice Department will seek to recapture Texas and return it to federal oversight for approval of all election law changes such as photo voter identification.  Holder's move comes after the Supreme Court in June freed Texas and other states from the requirement that all state election laws be approved in Washington, D.C.  Holder's move prompted outrage from Texas Senators Ted Cruz, John Cornyn and Governor Rick Perry.  The three should also be angry with the Republican National Committee.

How to Change One-Party Bifurcation into a Two-Party System.  One political debacle after another is signaling to responsible Americans that we no longer have a two-party system.  The time for change is now.

New study sheds light on why Republicans won't call themselves Republican.  This week, The Frontier Lab published the results of months of research into why some Republicans are refusing to go by the label "Republican," choosing to identify as anything but.  I was the Research Director for this study, which applied a research approach called "Behavioral Event Modeling," which essentially reverse engineers and maps all events that precede an individual's disaffiliation.  In the spring of 2013 the Republican National Committee released a report, the "Growth and Opportunity Project," providing an assessment of the state of their party that began by stating that it was "time for the Party to learn once again how to appeal to more people."

A Big RIP to the GOP.  Today I rescind all association with the Republican Party.  I will no longer allow my vote to be taken for granted by an entity whose interests have diverged so far from my own over the past quarter-century.  I will never again vote for a Republican candidate simply because he or she is less evil than his or her Democratic counterpart.  I'm tired of compromising my principles to support a party that has none.

Republican Party Won't Survive Amnesty Bill and Neither will America.  The Republican Party won't survive the passing of the Democrat's illegal immigration amnesty bill.  This shouldn't be too complex for the D.C. geniuses:  if you betray your party's base to pander to the opposition's base, they win, you lose.  If you screw the white working class to pander to the Hispanic vote, whites will stay home.  If you destroy your base's trust in government, by passing yet another 2000 page bill no one has read, Republicans will stay home.  Republicans are too busy working and raising a family to waste their time voting for a bunch of cynical, lying politicians.

Pass the Immigration Bill and Kiss Your Base Good-Bye, Republicans.  Democrats get this, some Republicans don't:  You have to satisfy your base.  In 2012 Obama built out from his base, satisfying them enough on ObamaCare and then using wedge issues to build out from the base and attract low-information voters. [...] Republicans haven't learned anything from 2012.  Passing the Rubio-Schumer bill is an excellent way for Republicans to throw the 2014 election and grant Barack Obama unchecked power during his last two years in office.

Grand Old Propaganda.  The "shoot-themselves-in-the-foot" party is stalking the irresistible "youth voter," or what purportedly has been learned about this elusive prototype. [...] If the GOP doesn't act rationally on this, it will soon be replaced by a national Tea Party movement or some other new option with foresight and guts.

The Planned Obsolescence of Incandescent Bulbs and Conservatives.  Back in 2010, the last major U.S. incandescent light bulb factory closed in Virginia and 200 workers lost their jobs.  And thanks to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, most incandescent light bulbs will be a thing of the past by 2014.

The Editor says...
Who signed that bill into law, and made incandescent bulbs illegal?  George W. Bush.

If the GOP is this stupid, it deserves to die.  It must be fun for liberals to manipulate Republicans into focusing on hopeless causes.

GOP should be 'Closed for repairs,' says Dole.  National Republicans have shifted so drastically in the past decade that the party's most vaunted figure — former President Ronald Reagan — would no longer find a home in the GOP, former Sen. Bob Dole claimed Sunday [5/26/2013].

Bob Dole: Paul, 'Extreme Right-Wing' Cruz Don't Have Experience to Run in 2016.  Former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole weighed in on his party's likely 2016 contenders recently, and concluded that some of the most talked-about names just aren't ready yet.  In a new interview with the Wichita Eagle, Dole calls out Ted Cruz and Rand Paul specifically to say they lack the experience to run in 2016.

The Grand Old Poseurs.  Last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ostentatiously announced their intention to fight implementation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).  They sent a letter to the President decrying the way IPAB will "impact America's seniors ... in the absence of the democratic process."  Sadly, the exercise was a charade.  McConnell and Boehner know perfectly well that Obama has no intention of setting up this controversial rationing board until after 2015.

No backbone.
Despite momentum, GOP leadership still against special Benghazi committee.  While momentum has been building inside the House Republican conference for a special congressional committee to investigate last year's terrorist attacks in Benghazi, the GOP leadership is making it clear they still have no enthusiasm for establishing such a committee.  About two-thirds of House Republicans — 153 in total — have signed on to the resolution offered by Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia to establish "a select committee to investigate and report on the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya."

Sen. Ted Cruz: 'I don't trust Republicans'.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Wednesday that he doesn't trust members of his own party to negotiate a budget conference report.  Cruz's remark came after Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he thought it was "bizarre" that a member of his own party was objecting to forming a conference committee with the House to work out a budget.  McCain said the objections suggested Senate Republicans didn't trust House Republicans to hold the party line in negotiations.

The Republican Party's Road Back to Victory.  The GOP doesn't have a compelling, or even a particularly identifiable, governing vision.  That may be sufficient for a congressional party committed to blocking President Obama's agenda, but it's not sufficient for a national party that wants to once again win presidential elections.

Why the Immigration Bill Can't Be Fixed.  [Reason #4]  The bill puts vast discretion in the hands of Janet Napolitano and people like her.  The modern trend in legislation is for Congress to decide little of substance, but rather to set up an agency or commission to make findings, promulgate rules and essentially legislate within its sphere.  Such agencies inevitably promulgate liberal rules, so this system works well for Democrats, not so well for Republicans.  Why on Earth would Republicans agree to repose vast, unfettered discretion in the likes of Janet Napolitano, who have already publicly announced that they only intend to enforce the portions of federal law with which they agree?

Republican Politicians are the Most Stupid Beings on Earth.  Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer and every [...] other DemonRat would love nothing more than to pass the so-called Immigration Reform Bill which will provide a path to vote forever for DemonRats while further destroying America.  No problem there ... it's what we've come to expect from the Dim Party. [...] Yet, we see the members of the Party of Stupid falling all over themselves in supporting a bill that will forever guarantee the country will never again see a Republican president or state legislature.  Why?  Hispanics vote for DemonRats.  Why?  DemonRats give them free [stuff] at the expense of the American taxpayer!

Carbon Tax: Are Republicans Really That Stupid?  As much as I admire former Secretary of State George Shultz, and because I do, I was totally flummoxed by a recent Wall Street Journal article he co-authored with economist Nobel laureate Gary Becker.  Incredulously, the two senior fellows at Stanford University's conservative Hoover Institution expressed support for a "revenue neutral" tax on carbon.

The Reactionary Republicans.  With all these miserably lost elections based on "moderation" you would think those who keep on keeping on with the idea of moderation that has repeatedly certified so many Republican presidential losers or closer-than-should be victories would have the decency to quietly slink off to re-think.  Re-think the idea that "moderation" has anything new to contribute beyond losing presidential campaigns [...]

Open Letter to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.  First, your subject line.  Oddly enough, "Oh no, not again" is exactly what I always say every time I see one of your "Have Stupidity, Two Presidential Election Losses, Please Help" pleas in my inbox.  Even odder still, it's about the dumbest subject line you could use for an e-mail that despite the not-so-juicy tidbit of gossip and link to yet another useless petition, will ultimately send me to a page asking me to click on whatever amount of money you think I might deign to send you today.

Amnesty = Extinction.  On January 28, 2013, a group of Republicans in Congress decided to close down the Republican Party.  Their "going out of business sale" involves converting an estimated 12 to 20 million trespassing illegal aliens into solidly-Democrat voters.  Republicans will ensure Democrat control of Congress and the White House with millions of new voters for generations to come.  Will there really be 12 to 20 million new Democrat voters?  No.  Have you heard of "chain migration?"  Each new citizen can petition to bring their immediate and extended family with him.  So we are talking about perhaps an eventual 40 million new Democrat voters.

House GOP is dazed, lost and leaderless.  Down two touchdowns after the first quarter, the House Republicans think they are winning.  That's a big problem, and not only because they are losing the great positioning battle in the run-up to President Obama's last great campaign — the 2014 congressional elections — but also because the House GOP is destroying what's left of its already badly disfigured brand in the process.

Social conservatives warn Priebus they could abandon GOP.  A group of high-profile social conservatives warned Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus in a letter this week that their supporters could abandon the GOP if the party seeks to change its position on social issues, particularly same-sex marriage.

Why is a conservative group opposing spending cuts?  President Obama's budget this week proposed $50 billion in new infrastructure funding.  [...] Republicans have always been unreliable on reducing federal spending.  GOP politicians will crow about bloated budgets and dangerous deficits but then load spending bills with parochial pork.  Republican talk of spending cuts almost always leaves the defense budget sacrosanct, with highway spending also receiving special treatment.

Sources Report Senate Republicans Caving on Guns.  Sources inside the Senate tell me that the Republican Conference is scared to death of the tactics of Senators Lee, Cruz and Paul — that it is supposedly putting them in a tough spot.  Several of the Republicans are using the Manchin-Toomey compromise plan as an excuse to cave on the gun filibuster.  They claim that Senators Lee, Cruz, and Paul are running ahead of the conference in their insistence on a filibuster.  What they fail to see is that the cloture vote is the vote to stop the gun legislation from passage.

Is the U.S. becoming a sham democracy?  Eliana Johnson reports that four Republican members of the Senate Judiciary — Jeff Sessions, Chuck Grassley, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz — are calling for transparency from their GOP colleagues in the "Gang of Eight" that is drafting immigration reform legislation. [...] They note that the Gang has "secretly met for months" without consulting with members of the Judiciary Committee about changes to the country's immigration laws.

Blue States Sinking.  Last week the national Republican Party issued a report on why it lost the 2012 presidential election.  The report belongs in the paper shredder.  Look at a map of the U.S. and you'll see why.  The Republican Party is already on the way to dominating presidential politics. [...] The biggest mistake the GOP could make is to change course and abandon its current policies.  It will soon control an electoral college majority.

Is the Republican Party America's Achilles Heel?  There is a war going on in the United States — as survivor of World War II I do not say that lightly.  It is being waged by the current incarnation of the Democratic Party in order to transform the most successful nation in the history of mankind into another secular socialist state permanently ruled by an oligarchy made up of the establishment in their party.

Copying Democrats' Identity Politics A Loser For GOP.  Republicans lost the election by failing to pin the Great Recession on Democratic housing policies mandating affirmative-action lending.  They'll lose even worse if they adopt Democratic racial politics.

Huckabee: Evangelicals Will Walk if GOP Backs Gay Marriage.  In an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV, former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee — and [sic] ordained Southern Baptist minister — was asked if he sees the GOP ever pivoting and backing gay marriage.  "They might.  And if they do, they're going to lose a large part of their base because evangelicals will take a walk," he responds.

Tony Perkins urges conservatives to halt GOP contributions, consider third party.  Angered by back-to-back presidential candidates who were squishy on social issues, some conservatives are warming to the idea of a third party while urging activists to stop funding GOP groups.  "I would not give my money to the national party, to the national Republican Party," said Tony Perkins, president of the influential Family Research Council.  "I would not give it to the RNC, I would not give it to the Republican Senatorial Committee nor to the Republican Congressional Committee," he added on his new radio show, "Washington Watch."

Time to Secede... From the GOP.  Every election cycle the Republican Party counts on its "conservative base" to dutifully turn out and mark their ballot for whatever candidate has been selected by the GOP leadership.  We are told ad infinitum that doing so will keep the Democrat liberal demons from furthering their agenda.  The inside-the-beltway establishment has been chanting this mantra for years and in the process we keep getting Republicans who stand for nothing except their own political gain.

Karl Rove and Republican Decline.  Not since 1984 and the landslide victory of Ronald Reagan have the Republicans had a more winnable election than the 2012 presidential election.  Yet the Republican Establishment managed to lose to the worst and most vulnerable President in modern history, with historically poor approval ratings, unemployment averaging over 8.7% during his entire first term, a stagnant economy and someone who ran the smallest and most absurd of all possible re-election campaigns.  Why and how did this happen?

How clueless is the RNC?  Psst!  Somebody tell Reince Priebus about the blogosphere.  Evidently, neither he nor anyone else at the RNC understands the new information order the internet has wrought.

Mark Levin: "The Republican Party Is Going To Split, And There's Going To Be Two Parties".  On the Monday night [3/18/2013] broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio program, Mark Levin warned the Republican party will split unless RNC chairman Reince Priebus and House Speaker John Boehner are thrown out.

Schlafly: GOP Establishment Gave Us Losers Like Dole, McCain and Romney.  Conservative legend Phyllis Schlafly told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday that the Republican establishment had given America a series of losers as presidential candidates over the last two decades — and the last time they picked a winner, George W. Bush, he was a bigger spender than the Democrats.  "Why is it that the establishment has given us this bunch of losers?"  Schlafly said.  "The establishment has given us a whole series of losers:  Bob Dole and John McCain and Mitt Romney.

Trouble Brewing in GOP.  For the first time, I am wondering about the long-term viability of the Republican Party.  I say this not as an advocate of its demise or restructuring but as an observer of troubling signs.

GOP Rolls Over for Obama and Recommends Brennan for CIA Post.  During a press conference in September 2010 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., respected experts, including officials from the Florida Security Council, told reporters that because of Brennan's adherence to the politically-correct orthodoxy that permeates the Obama administration, the U.S. government is being prevented from identifying, understanding and countering radical Muslims and their threat of imposing Shariah law.

The So Called Adults Within the GOP Are Stupid.  The ACU gave Mitch McConnell a 100% rating and gave Renee Elmers of North Carolina, one of the most worthless members of Congress to ever be elected as a tea party candidate, some award to prove her bona fides.  That basically means the award is her conservative bona fides because she doesn't have a record to show for it. [...] The number of notable Republicans critical of Rand Paul's filibuster is really amazing.  Rand Paul put serious points on the board against the Obama Administration and John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Bill Kristol, National Review, and others are out dismissing him.

House GOP Votes to APPROVE Obamacare.  According to the Constitution it is the House that controls spending, if Boehner really wanted to kill Obamacare he could refuse to fund it.  Today the house passed a resolution that will guarantee the funding of Obamacare and except for ten brave souls, every Republican Congressman Voted to Approve Obamacare Today, and they broke their own rules to do it.

The Unofficial Merger of the GOP and Democrat Party!  Here is a memo to both sides within the GOP; an increasing number of the core of the GOP electorate is talking with their registration.  They are registering as Independents because neither party represents them.  The only ones winning with this movement are the puppeteers and the hood rats within the Democrat Party who sold their souls long ago for worldly power and wealth.

Violence Against Women Act — Passed in GOP-Controlled House — Covers Transgenders.  Provisions in the recently passed Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that single-out gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBT) put domestic violence among those groups at the center of the federal effort to address such violence nationwide. [...] The new law does not provide a definition for transgender or bisexual.

Twenty Republicans Join Democrats To Confirm Jack Lew.  On Wednesday [2/27/2013], the U.S. Senate voted 71-26 to confirm Jack Lew as the next Treasury Secretary of the United States.  Twenty Republicans joined Democrats to confirm Lew by a greater margin than his predecessor, Timothy Geithner.

Can Obama Be Stopped?  The Republican defeats in 2008 and 2012 have convinced much of its leadership that the future lies with the left.  They are not debating whether to concede defeat, but which territories of principle to surrender. [...] If both sides get their way, the Republican Party will end up evolving into the Democratic Party.

Senate GOP ponders ceding power to President Obama.  The five- page document, which has the tacit support of Senate GOP leaders, represents a remarkable shift for the party.  Having railed against Senate Democrats for not passing a budget, Republicans are now proposing that Congress surrender an important piece of its Constitutional "power of the purse" for the last seven months of this fiscal year.

Mark Levin blasts Obama for smearing American people, and GOP for throwing in with Obama.  Mark Levin blasted Obama for going on Al Sharpton's radio show and smearing not just your representatives, but you.  And then he torched Republicans for being so weak that they end up throwing in with Obama's mindset.  [Audio clip]

How the Left Dupes Conservative Voters.  The results of the [2012] election were disheartening to the point of shock.  The campaign defied all historical precedent, all commonsense interpretation.  The Romney ticket should not have lost and did not deserve to lose.  The Democrats, fielding the least worthy ticket in the past century — and that's saying something — did not deserve to win.  The reasons they did are myriad and complex.  But before we get too far down the road, there is one lesson that has to be grasped:  the left has our number.

Resistance Is Not Futile.  If Republicans in Congress lack the nerve to stand up to President Obama, or the moxie to do so effectively, all other admirable efforts could end up being for naught.  The federal nanny state could be so expanded, its tentacles could become so much more deeply embedded in the fabric of American life, that it would prove almost impossible for the next administration, however well-intentioned, to extricate us from it.

You Don't Negotiate With Terrorists — or Democrats.  While some observers gave up on the leadership of the Republican Party long ago, it is now becoming apparent to rank-and-file Republicans that the GOP leadership and its prominent operatives are wholly complicit in the fundamental transformation of America.

The Proper Definition of Conservative.  Today's "conservative" movement is full of non-conservatives.  While Reagan's Big Tent theory for the Republican Party might have looked good on paper, it has been disastrous for the GOP.

Unite or Perish.  Americans who value the Constitution and the Founders' vision must set aside their differences and unite upon common ground or we all can continue to watch American freedom perish.  It is time to regroup, re-engage, and organize and, most importantly:  Unite or perish.

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I'm so sick of this "set aside your differences" nonsense.  "Americans who value the Constitution and the Founders' vision" don't have any major differences.  Differences exist between true conservatives and so-called "big tent" people — godless centrists who want to include abortion, same-sex marriage, open borders, women in combat, and global warming battles into the Republican platform.

Ideological commitment and the timidity of pragmatic politics.  Compromise is nothing more than losing more slowly, and with each salvo against our natural rights the Left is able to gain a measure of acquiescence, they just grow emboldened and prepare for the next salvo.  The current GOP establishment leadership, which the GOP just re-elected, has shown it wants nothing more than to live in its comfortable Beltway bubble, cutting deals, agreeing to compromises, and working in a "bi-partisan" way so as not to be labeled "obstructionists."  That is, they are willing to compromise away our rights for their comforts.  As such, we cannot look to them for protection, and instead must work even harder to replace them with pro-Constitution representatives.

NYT Report: Obama To Ram Through Immigration Legislation To Grant Amnesty To 11 Million Illegal Immigrants.  I can't be the only one with zero confidence in the GOP leadership to stop this.

The milk carton Republicans.  A disappearing speaker and supporting cast is new in American politics, and certainly has got to be signaling to the Democrats that they are in the driver's seat on any number of issues.

You Say You Want a Revolution?  ["]Yesterday, as the day before and the day before that, there was no sign of any GOP leader anywhere, on the nominations, on the "executive order" on guns, on the key nominations.  No appearances.  No statements.  Just crickets.["]  Those crickets would be the American people, just itching for a fight with Obama and the Democrats but finding no one to lead them.  If the conservative ranks seem dispirited in the wake of the last election, it's not because we lost — it's because we didn't fight.

Peter King: Halt donations to House GOP.  "These Republicans have no problem finding New York when they're out raising millions of dollars," King said on Fox News.  "They're in New York all the time filling their pockets with money from New Yorkers.  I'm saying right now, anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to Congressional Republicans is out of their minds. [..."]

The Republicans didn't compromise: they surrendered .  There are some hidden tax rises that affect almost everyone.  Rates on capital gains and dividends go up and a 2 percent payroll tax cut is due to expire.  According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, the ending of the payroll reduction will raise taxes on 77.1 percent of households.  The average cost will be $1,635.

America was never supposed to be this way.
A 2013 Conservative Call to Arms.  Inept GOP politicians have long served as perfect foils in the progressive movement's war against our Constitution, private property rights, and individual liberties.  The Republican Party's pathetic capitulation under pressure apparently stems from little more than fear of media influenced opinion polls and the threat those polls might hold for their continued participation in "the game."  As a result of miserable GOP leadership failures and misplaced voter trust, the voices of true conservatism have been virtually eradicated from politics at the federal level.

Republicans Deserved to Lose.  To me, the Republican establishment is the eighth wonder of the world.  How they can keep repeating the same mistakes for decades on end is beyond my ability to explain.  Bret Stephens said, back at the beginning of 2012, that Mitt Romney was one of the "hollow men," and that voters "usually prefer the man who stands for something."  Yet this is not just about Mitt Romney.  He is only the latest in a long series of presidential candidates backed by a Republican establishment that seems convinced that ad hoc "moderation" is where it's at — no matter how many of their ad hoc moderates get beaten by even vulnerable, unknown, or discredited Democrats.

The Republicans are a disgrace to phylum chordata.
GOP sets record for quickest surrender in history.  Yesterday [12/30/2012], the Republican leadership insisted there would be no fiscal cliff deal unless there was a cap on cost of living adjustments for social security.  They were adamant — a deal killer.  That was yesterday.  By last night, that strong stance had melted like a stick of butter at a midsummer Grant Park picnic.

The Republicans Have Failed the Nation.  Over the next couple of years, Barack Obama wants to raise the national debt to $18.9 trillion or so.  John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and the congressional Republicans want to raise the national debt to $18.4 trillion or so.  The present leadership of the Republican Party has gone from making the case that government is the problem and the American people are the solution to making the case that Democratic controlled government is the problem and Republican controlled government is the solution.

GOP Classic.  The [Coca-Cola] company learned that you just couldn't change who you are.  Yet, that's what many in the GOP want to do.  The experts, consultants and strategists are wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth trying to come up with the New GOP that can beat the Democrats in the next four years.  The problem is that we've allowed some of the same people tinker with GOP Classic for a decade; and there are not enough folks who remember the original formula.

Republican Party must remain for life, against abortion.  Now, more than ever, our party needs to hold onto our pro-life, pro-human-rights values.  In fact, the Republican Party should become more fiercely aligned to the pro-life position than ever.  Despite what you may have heard from the Democratic National Convention, it's not an unpopular position.

The Editor says...
One thing this country does not need is two Democrat parties.

Time for the Unthinkable: a Third-Party.  Far too many pundits on the right have ceased to think.  Irrationality saturates their minds regarding how to confront the political leprosy that Obama represents.  This is because they believe we must, now and forever, work within the statist establishment.  This is grievously in error.  The present political insanity in America mandates a new direction, a dramatic new strategy.  Dare I say it?  We need a THIRD-PARTY to provide an escape from the GOP's debilitating lack of chutzpah.

Time To Boycott The RNC.  Throughout the 2012 election, I kept receiving mail from the Republican National Committee urging me to send in a donation for what was probably the most important election of our lives.  I ignored the entreaties and instead gave what I could to individual campaigns and ignored the RNC because it is totally clueless when it comes to winning elections.

Conservatives vs. the GOP.  Conservative groups are sending written warnings to both congressional Republicans and the Republican National Committee.  If Republicans sign on to a deal that raises taxes, they risk an open break with large portions of their base.

A Republican Civil War.  Back when Romney was rammed through the establishment choice, I wrote that the establishment had its shot, but that if it blew it again, those responsible should be prepared to pay the price.  No price is being paid of course.  Instead, insanely enough, the GOP is trying to purge the Tea Party.

'We Knew Exactly Who We Had to Go Get'.  Merchants routinely send us lots of material about products they know will tempt us.  They know this because of the very detailed information they have about our buying habits, our peer groups, our tastes, and our beliefs.  The same methods apply to selling candidates, and the Obama organizations were far more effective than Romney's at exploiting their understanding of our habits and desires.

GOP loses its way on fiscal cliff.  In the war over the "fiscal cliff" of looming automatic spending cuts and increased tax rates, the GOP is reeling.  Republicans are playing right into the Democrats' hands, time and time again.

Bozell: Caving on Tax Hikes Would Be Suicide for GOP.  Republicans risk committing "suicide" and losing all support if they cave into higher taxes during eleventh-hour fiscal cliff negotiations, Brent Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center, says.

Jindal: GOP should change 'just about everything'.  "We do not need to change what we believe as conservatives — our principles are timeless," Jindal says.  "But we do need to re-orient our focus to the place where conservatism thrives:  in the real world beyond the Washington Beltway.

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