Archive for the ‘Republican’ Category

Limbaugh Says, Without Him as Piñata, MSNBC Ratings Will Plummet

May 19, 2009

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh challenged MSNBC on Tuesday to go 30 days without mentioning his name on television.

“Throughout the busy broadcast day, MSNBC cannot go an hour without mentioning me or playing video of me or having me discussed,” Limbaugh said. “I challenge you, MSNBC! Thirty days without anything mentioning me. No video of me, no guests commenting on me. See if you can do it.”

Limbaugh accused the cable network of trying to “build its ratings on my back” by making him a frequent subject of discussion and portraying him as a leader of the Republican Party.

“It seems that the liberalism that is MSNBC isn’t selling as well as they would like because they cannot — from the Scarborough show in the morning, all the way to night, they cannot … go any appreciable length of time without showing video of me, the CPAC speech or excerpts from this radio show or having a bunch of hack guests on to discuss me,” he said, according a transcript on his website.

Limbaugh also suggested that the network may not be able to withstand a ratings plunge if mentions of him were pulled from the network.

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Obama Loving NBC Called “Titanic” Of TV Networks

California: Why Liberal Media is Failing

Why Republicans will defeat Obama on health care

May 19, 2009

Barack Obama is making an enormous mistake on the most important initiative of his presidency. In recent weeks, Obama has stressed that health care reform is the essential ingredient for the success of his economic recovery plan. Yet the president, easily the most gifted White House communicator since Ronald Reagan, has the message all wrong.

By Byron York
The Examiner

“Our businesses will not be able to compete, our families will not be able to save or spend, our budgets will remain unsustainable unless we get health care costs under control,” Obama said in his radio address Saturday. He has said the same thing on many other occasions, almost always stressing the threat of runaway cost. When Obama talks health care, it’s cost, cost, cost.

But that’s not what people want to hear, or at least not all they want to hear. Of course they complain about the expense of medical treatment, but controlling cost is not their top health care concern.

“Americans will prioritize cost over quality right up until the moment they realize that it’s their quality that they are sacrificing,” writes the Republican pollster Frank Luntz in “The Language of Healthcare 2009,” a brilliant new analysis of the public’s health care concerns that also serves as a roadmap for defeating Obamacare. Basing his conclusions on extensive polling and focus-group research, Luntz writes that the public is very worried that a government takeover of health care — Obamacare — will result in politicians and government bureaucrats making decisions about what kind of care patients will receive and when they will receive it.

“Nothing else turns people against the government takeover of healthcare more than the realistic expectation that it will result in delayed and potentially even denied, treatment, procedures and/or medications,” Luntz writes. “When asked which was a higher priority — spending less on healthcare or being treated in a timely fashion — timely treatment beat cost almost unanimously.”

People know that delayed and sometimes denied care is a way of life in other countries with national health care systems. And when they hear the president’s repeated emphasis on cutting costs, they sense that there’s no way Obamacare can not result in delayed and denied treatment. Luntz urges Republicans to make that the focus of their challenge to the president’s plan. “It is essential that ‘deny’ and ‘denial’ enter the conservative lexicon immediately,” Luntz writes, “because it is at the core of what scares Americans most about a government takeover of healthcare.”

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Saying What’s Necessary to Win

May 18, 2009

“Is it possible for us to join hands in common effort?” he said. “As citizens of a vibrant and varied democracy, how do we engage in vigorous debate? How does each of us remain firm in our principles, and fight for what we consider right, without demonizing those with just as strongly held convictions on the other side?”

That was Barack Obama at Notre Dame on Sunday.

A very liberal president at a very liberal university saying what people want to hear: we can all get along.  There is middle ground.

But those words could have come from “moderate” Republicans like Lindsay Graham too.

Graham said on Sunday that he wanted Republicans to win: and was ready to fall back and make concessions on some issues like abortion.

So leaders in both parties seem ready to say what it will take to get elected.

Gone is the man or woman ready to say what he or she really believes, it seems.  And stick to those positions.

Meanwhile more voters now seem to be saying that abortion is wrong….

A few years after George Bush said, “You are either with us or against us,” nobody seemed to be with him.

The lesson many politicians learned, and Barack Obama more than most, was to just say what makes people feel good.

We’ll close Gitmo.  We’ll end military tribunals.  We’ll get out of Iraq (and fast).  I didn’t hear Jeremiah Wright.  There’s middle ground on killing or not killing babies.

We can spend borrowed money to create jobs, cure the environment, get global education and health care and never mind the debt….

The pendulum may be swinging the other way……Back toward reality.

At the White House today Barack Obama will be faced with reality in the form of Benjamin Netanyahu who really does believe President Ahmadinejad when he says he wants to erase Israel from the map.

Middle ground could come with some expense.

America one day soon may again favor a politician of principle that tells us the ugly truth about his or her beliefs, gets elected, and sticks to his or her principles…

Hot Air:

Understanding America’s Shift on Abortion

Republicans Find Election Winning Formula in Rahm Emanuel Politics

May 15, 2009

Republicans are getting inspiration on how to rebuild their party in the U.S. Congress from an unlikely source: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

California Representative Kevin McCarthy, the chief recruiter for House Republicans, said he wants his party to select candidates based less on ideology and more on their chances of winning. The goal, he said, is to seek out prospects who are ethnically diverse, female, less partisan and even supportive of abortion rights. So far, these efforts are more concept than reality.

Emanuel, a former U.S. representative from Illinois, put the template into practice in 2006 when he was leading the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Candidates he recruited won in Republican districts by holding positions uncommon for Democrats such as opposition to abortion and support for gun rights.

“Have you read ‘The Thumpin’?” McCarthy, 44, asked, citing a book about Emanuel’s brass-knuckles approach to winning control of the House for Democrats in 2006. “This isn’t original thought.”

In the 2006 election, Emanuel, 49, recruited anti- abortion, pro-gun candidates such as Brad Ellsworth, 50, a sheriff in Indiana, and Heath Shuler, 37, a former NFL quarterback, in North Carolina. The premise: identify candidates whose views best mirror those of their districts’ constituents rather than Democratic Party orthodoxy.

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Above: Rahm Emanuel on inauguration day.  “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

Pelosi Derails Obama Agenda; Obama Needs To Ask Her To Resign

May 14, 2009

Madame Speaker, please resign now.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has now become more than a distraction.  She has risen above that.  Pelosi is now a dangerous distraction to the Obama agenda that gives life to the Republicans and emboldens dissent on every issue she and the Democrats are pushing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she was misled about the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques."

Above: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she was misled about the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

The president needs to ask Pelosi to resign. Now.

Pelosi is doing more harm than the former head of GM, who Obama gleefully discharged.

From May 19:
Pelosi Is Now Obama’s Biggest Anchor, Liability

If Obama does not do that — if he fails to ask Pelosi to step down or he delays action — he will harm his own chances of future success.

Keeping the interrogation debate fueled, as Pelosi did today, can easily kill all chances to get a health care bill this year.

If the president asks for Pelosi to resign, he still has some hope of getting his agenda and his administration back on track.

Pelosi took the lead on the “stimulus” earlier this year, and so far Obama has not taken any heat for the sorry details contained in that bill.

Now Pelosi has said she’ll be the lead sled dog on health care: which should not please Obama, Rahm Emanuel or any red blooded American one bit.

This is a time for Democrat discipline — a trait that party is not known for.

By keeping Pelosi, Obama risks undisciplined, lurching action in the House of Representatives — where he enjoys a huge Democrat majority that should be translating into rapid fire, disciplined action on all front.

In stead, it is now a safe bet that Republicans will join Pelosi in her request for a “Truth Commission” — and that train can go in any number of uncontrollable and unpredictable paths.

Pelosi has mixed politics and national security and national intelligence issues into an untenable Gordian Knot.

Her own staff has already threatened other Democrats not to initiate ethics complaints.

Pelosi has only been allowed to continue her questionable practices because of an understanding, all Obama loving media.

Ms. Pelosi has abused her office and sacrificed what little confidence the American people had in the Congress to change the tone and move forward: not look back.

And she has done so by lying and by asking us all to lose trust and faith in the American intelligence service…..

Pelosi Vehemently Challenges CIA’s Account of Briefings To Her on Waterboarding; Agency “Lied to Congress”
Congressional Democrats Warned Against Ethics Investigations of Other Dems
Pelosi Squashes Obama’s Message
CIA Enhanced Interrogation Technique Memos Requested By Cheney Will Not Be Made Public
Pushy, Stupid Practices of Pelosi, Murtha Back To Haunt Them?

Michelle Malkin:

Hot Air:

Seal of the Central Intelligence Agency

Republican Discord: Steele vs Romney; Huckabee vs Cantor, Boehner, Pence, Alexander, McConnell & Kyl.

May 14, 2009

President Obama poked fun at the travails of the Republican Party last weekend, telling the party’s chairman that no, the GOP does not qualify for a bailout, and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh does not count as a troubled asset.

From CNN


Though the president was just looking for a laugh at the annual White House Correspondents dinner, Republicans have a tough road ahead as they try to rehabilitate their party.

“When a party goes out of power so spectacularly as the Republicans have over the last couple of elections, it’s going to take a while for a leader to emerge,” said Candy Crowley, CNN’s senior political correspondent. “And we should say that when a party is out of power, usually the leader emerges when they nominate their next presidential nominee.”

In recent weeks, the GOP has received more attention for a steady spout of infighting than it has for its message.

The latest matchup: Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele vs. Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and a likely frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele has been unexpectedly "freewheeling," one CNN analyst says.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele has been unexpectedly “freewheeling,” one CNN analyst says.

Steele cast doubt on Romney’s conservative credentials Friday and said the Republican base rejected Romney because “it had issues with Mormonism” and was unsure of Romney’s commitment to opposing to abortion rights.

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Top Ten Reasons The Republican Party Will Recover

Conservatives Need To Recommit to Conservative Values

May 13, 2009

Republicans seem to be in a debate about what they believe in.  That is the issue.  Some person or persons will step forward to lead, we expect, from a pool to include the likes of Governors Charlie Crist in Florida, Rick Perry in Texas and lots of others great politicians and public servants.

The Rush, Cheney, Gingrich debate seems to be part of the process of re-discovering our values and roots….

Top Ten Reasons The Republican Party Will Recover


Republican politicians have failed conservatives, the GOP itself and America. We’re heading down the tracks to socialism or worse, with the GOP as caboose.

Conservatives can share the blame, but not for reasons expressed by the liberal media aligned against us. Sadly, too many conservative leaders either blindly supported former President George W. Bush, Karl Rove and congressional Republicans or were silent as big-government politicians abandoned conservative principles and massively expanded government. Conservatism itself wasn’t the problem.

According to polling conducted by my friend Kellyanne Conway, the word “conservative” remains more popular than “liberal,” “Democrat,” or “Republican.” But if conservatives ever expect to come to political power in America again, it will only be because we, not GOP politicians, provide the primary opposition to President Obama and Pelosi Democrats.

Grass-roots conservatives provided the leadership ideas, work and money for the Reagan and Gingrich revolutions. In previous decades, we didn’t look to Republican politicians for leadership; we provided it.

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From Richard Viguerie
The Washington Times

Top Ten Reasons The Republican Party Will Recover

May 13, 2009

Here’s our Peace and Freedom list of the top ten reasons to expect the Republican Party to make gains over the course of the next two to four years:

1)  The economy: Despite the huge spending measures already enacted by the Obama administration, including the stimulus and the many ‘bailouts,” the economy may not even start any really significant recovery until this time next year.  Voters are already tiring of the recession and showing discontent.

Bank of England: Recovery will be slow, starting next year
New Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected, as 52,000 Auto Workers Become Unemployed

2)  Democratic leaders like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and John Murtha.  There is already rumbling that our Congressional leaders are disappointing voters.  Most polls rate congress very poorly even though some 60% like Obama.  Scandals, a lack of integrity and broken promises on transparency can add to the woes of Democrats easily over time.

Pushy Practices of Pelosi, Murtha Back To Haunt Them?
Democratic Party a “One Man Show” — After Obama, It’s a “Second-Division Ball Club”
Pelosi Vehemently Challenges CIA’s Account of Briefings To Her on Waterboarding; Agency “Lied to Congress”
“Democratic Party is Bought and Paid For By The Unions” Lawmaker Says

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures during a news ...

3)  National debt, deficit and spending.

America’s Ability To Borrow More Questioned, At Risk — Too Much Spending “Breaking the bank”?
What Did We Get for $180 Billion “Bailout”? AIG Still “Toxic”
One Hundred Billion Goes To IMF: Money U.S. Taxpayers Will Likely Never See Again
Obama’s Spending, Debt, Taxes Will Lower America’s Standard of Living

4)  Taxes.  Taxes will go up.  There is just no way to support all our current spending let alone the promises of overhauls to health care, education, and the environment without raising more money and that means raising taxes.

Taxes: People and Business Flee Higher Rates; Why Can’t Obama, Congress Get That?
Governors of Texas, South Carolina to Host “Tea Party 2.0″ This Week

Gov. Rick Perry, Texas
5)  Unexpected world events.  Just as nobody could have predicted 9/11, there could well be an event as yet unknown that unfolds to change the game for everyone before long.  Just as Joe Biden predicted last year, this president will be tested….

Battles over energy may lead to wars, Russian strategists conclude

China’s Navy Grows and the World Watches Warily
6)  Democratic Infighting.  This is the party that has, for a long time, been unable to get along with itself, for too long, before all hell breaks loose….

7)  Inflation.  With all the borrowing of the federal government, inflation is indeed likely.  Nobody will like that one bit.  Which will hurt incumbents….

8)  Loss of buying power and credit.  Obama’s current campaign to rein in the credit card companies is admirable but it may result in millions of people unable to get the credit they’ve grown used to….Expect retail sales to lag other indicators of recovery…..

Retail sales remain slow in April:

9)  Broken Promises.  “Green jobs” won’t be as numerous or high paying as once promised and work for good jobs will dry up as GM and Chrysler and others move more jobs overseas….The health care overhaul may actually harm enough people that there could be a backlash that wants to punish lawmakers…

Latest News On Social Security, Medicare, Debt Show Inability of Government To Make Accurate Financial Predictions
Obama, Daschle and Socialized Medicine: Care of GE
Fiat threatens to walk away from Chrysler deal unless unions agree to concessions

10) Desire for Change/Hope (The Pendulum): In our American system, the pendulum has been swinging to and fro; from Republicans to Democrats and back again for almost all of time.  People will tire of our current way of doing business and even the euphoria over Obama will wane.

Republican Party Dead? Hardly. Polls Show Erosion and Doubt in Democratic Advantage


11) Traditional Republican Discipline.  The Republicans in general have traditionally shown much more discipline and togetherness than Democrats.  The current squabbling over Cheney, Powell, Gingrich, Rush et al can be expected to wind down as elections near.

12)  The law of unintended consequences.  President Obama has changed so much, so aggressively, so often, so soon in his presidency that the effort is unprecedented.  But this could mean that there is trouble lurking that has not been foreseen.  And we know how well our government foresees things: like the current recession….

13)  Bad Obama planning and staff work.  Nobody had time to read the stimulus?  This will come back to hurt the president and the Democrats in Congress.  Many other examples of stupidity an ineptitude come to mind…..

14)  The “Tea Parties.”  “The real genesis of the tea party movement was not taxes, but out-of-control spending and the debts we are leaving our children,” wrote Paul Gessing in the Albuquerque Conservative Examiner.  “The tea party movement (at least in Albuquerque) is not simply a bunch of angry Republicans who don’t like Obama and understand their own self-interest. Rather, the tea party here was organized by average citizens who are terrified of what the government is doing to our economy. The fact is that America can’t live on borrowed money forever.”  The fact that people are taking to the streets — people who are both Democrats and republicans — is unprecedented.John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
In this photograph released by the White House, Air Force One ...


Republicans Determined to Lose?
Obama Backs Off Promise to Release Abuse Photos
If you had told me some of these Obama stories three months ago I would have said “impossible!”
Obama’s Dumb Moves Getting More Difficult to Ignore? On Friday Mainstream Media Realizes Monday’s Cabinet Meeting Was Laughable, Really

Conservatives Need To Recommit to Conservative Values

Michelle Malkin:

Republicans Determined to Lose?

May 13, 2009

Of the two main American political parties, Republicans are now clearly distinguished by their driving desire to lose. Every faction seems determined to rule the kingdom of irrelevance.

By Michael Gerson
The Washington Post

Witness the reaction to the National Council for a New America — an anodyne “listening tour” by Republican officials recently kicked off at a pizza parlor in Northern Virginia. Social conservatives attacked this forum on education and the economy for the offense of not being a forum on abortion and the traditional family. Neo-Reaganites searched the transcript for nonexistent slights: How dare former Florida governor Jeb Bush criticize “nostalgia” for the “good old days”? Why didn’t he just spit on Ronald Reagan’s grave? Other conservatives criticized the very idea of a listening tour, asking, “What’s to hear?”

During a recent conversation, Bush described himself as “dumbfounded by the reaction.” He added: “I don’t think listening is a weakness. People are yearning to be heard. Perhaps we should begin with a little humility.”

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Democratic Party a “One Man Show” — After Obama, It’s a “Second-Division Ball Club”

May 12, 2009

Charlie Crist announced his run for the Republican Senate seat from the state of Florida today.  The highly popular and successful governor is a moderate in keeping with those that favor a “big tent” for Republicans….

Republican Party Dead? Hardly. Polls Show Erosion and Doubt in Democratic Advantage

Borrowing Needed For Social Security? We Weren’t Supposed To Ever Get There
Pelosi Knocked Off Her Game: Tortureous Explanations Punishes the Facts


By Pat Buchanan
WorldNet Daily

As was evident at the White House Correspondents Dinner, it is deja vu, 1961, all over again. We have a young, cool, witty, personable president – and an adoring press corps.

“I am Barack Obama,” the president introduced himself. “Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me. (Laughter and applause.) Apologies to the Fox table. (Laughter.)”

What is also evident is that, without its new superstar in the lineup, the Democratic Party is a second-division ball club. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are not terribly formidable. Last fall, the Congress they ran had an approval rating below Vice President Cheney.

Why then is the Republican Party agonizing publicly over what it is supposed to do? If history is any guide, the pendulum will swing back in 2010.

After all, in 1952, Eisenhower was elected in a more impressive victory than Obama’s, and ended the Korean War by June. And, in 1954, he lost both houses of Congress.

Lyndon Johnson crushed Goldwater by three times the margin of Obama’s victory. He got Medicare, Medicaid, voting rights and a host of Great Society programs. And, in 1966, he lost 47 House seats.

Ronald Reagan won a 44-state landslide in 1980, cut tax rates – and proceeded to lose 26 seats in 1982.

Bill Clinton recaptured the presidency for his party in 1992 after 12 years of Republican rule. In 1994, he lost 52 seats and both houses of Congress.

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