The Establishment GOP was positively delighted with their ability to keep elderly ineffectual moderates like Thad Cochran, Pat Roberts, and Mitch McConnell as senate candidates, and fend off challenges by younger, more spirited and idealistic candidates who excited the base but angered the Republican Party’s masters at the US Chamber of Commerce by threatening to reform the system of deficit-fed crony capitalism the Chamber enjoys. And if the GOP had to smear those who favored fiscal responsibility and Government reform as racist in order to drag the fetid carcasses of their preferred establishment candidates over the finish line, so be it.
The GOP strategy is failing. Not only are none of the swing states tacking the GOP’s way, but the senate seat in Kansas is in trouble. The GOP … following the advice of its consultants and the edicts of its masters … is avoiding taking a position on anything. The GOP’s entire 2014 campaign strategy is “Obama sucks so vote for us.”
The Democrats, meanwhile, are openly embracing and firing up their far left base and turning the ‘War on Women’ rhetoric up to 11.
After a generation of campaigns in which Republicans exploited wedge issues to win close elections, Democrats are now on the offensive in the culture wars.
Democrats see social issues as potent for the same reasons Republicans once did, using them as a tool to both stoke concerns among moderate voters, especially women, and motivate their base.
And the GOP under the “leadership” of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner stands for nothing but attacking its fiscally conservative base. The only Republicans who excite the base are people like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul; and they are under constant attack by the dull-witted fossils in the GOP Establishment.
A conservative group has released the attack ad below in support of Arkansas senate candidate Tom Cotton, a war veteran who is running against Democrat Mark Pryor, who is one of those ruling-class dynastic Democrats who inherited a senate seat from his father because politics is the family business. (See also, Democrat Senators Mark and Tom Udall, Mary Landrieu, and Bob Casey.) It makes the point that red state Democrat senators are essentially puppets who vote the party line; and the party line is set by the radical leftists who run the party. Mark Pryor may talk like Ted Cruz when he’s campaigning in Arkansas, but he votes like Liz Warren when he goes back to Washington.
This is a direct consequence of amending the Constitution to require the direct election of senators. Senators do not represent their states, any more. They represent their parties.
As for the ad itself, it is shrill and over-the-top. But in 2012, Team Obama went shrill and over-the-top with their attacks on Mitt Romney; while Romney tried to win by presenting a cogent and rational economic and foreign policy. We all know how that worked out.
He claims evil Republicans hate Teh Gheys so much they all voted in his primary to get rid of him because hate.
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he lost his bid for re-election in a Democratic primary because of his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage.
Republicans are allowed to vote for Democrats in Hawaii’s open primary, and Abercrombie said they chose to vote against him because of his support for gay marriage and because they think his party rival, state Sen. David Ige, is an easier target to beat in the general election.
Thad Cochran could not be awakened for comment.
The Montana Democrat Party has nominated Amanda Curtis as their candidate for that state’s open U.S. Senate seat.
Ms. Curtis being a Democrat politician and a pathological narcissist (but I repeat myself) has maintained a political video blog (or, possibly, an audition tape for The Daily Show), in which she expresses her Very Important Opinions on things.
So, as a Democrat she…
- Sneers at Second Amendment Rights
- Sneers at Christianity
- Sneers at Family Values, and
- Sneers at the notion that the National Debt is a serious problem.
At least we know where she stands. She’s really no different than the rest of the Democrat Party, but unlike Democrat Senators like Cory Booker and Kay Hagan, she lacks the sense to keep those opinions more discreet.
If the Republicans had a National Media Establishment that was determined to act as its PR wing, Ms. Curtis would quickly become the face of the Democrat Party; much as the MFM made idiot Republican
Tea Party Establishment candidate Todd Akin the face of the Republican Party in 2012. Todd Akin was the centerpiece of the Democrat/Media “War on Women” narrative. Despite being completely disavowed by the Republican Party, every Republican candidate was forced to answer for Mr. Akin’s stupidity.
If the Republicans had media, or if the media were fair and balanced, every Democrat running for office would be forced to answer for Ms. Curtis’s remarks; which would be replayed endlessly across cable and network news. Pundits would write long pieces about the Democrats’ “War on Family Values/Gun Rights/Christianity/Fiscal Responsibility.” Others would lament that Ms Curtis and those like her represented an “extremist wing” that was “out of the mainstream” and insist that the Democrats disavow her and her kind.
But we all know that’s not how the game is played.
Because I live in Maryland, a deeply corrupt one-party state, I have no political representation at the state or national level. Fortunately, my real hometown has a most excellent congressman in the form of Libertarian Republican Justin Amash; who was the target of a primary campaign by the Establishment GOP and their patrons in the US Chamber of Crony Capitalists. (Whereas the Republican Party uses the word “conservative” the way a prostitute uses cheap perfume.) The GOP and their Big Business buddies were angry because Amash is truly fiscally conservative and does things like vote against corporate welfare. So, they found a party hack with big business loyalties, Brian Ellis, to run against him, and backed his opponent to the hilt.
Their strategem failed. Amash won his primary handily with 57% vote.
And he did not exactly make nice with the GOP country club in his victory speech.
“Brian Ellis, you owe my family and this community an apology,” Amash said in his speech.
“You had the audacity to try to call me today after running a campaign that was called ‘the nastiest in the country,’” Amash continued. “I ran for office to stop people like you.”
Ellis, according to MLive.com, left a voicemail for Amash to congratulate him on his win.
During the campaign, Ellis, who had the backing of business interests, ran an ad including footage of Amash being called “Al Qaeda’s best friend in Congress.”
Amash also used his remarks to take aim at supporters of Ellis, including former Rep. Pete Hoekstra. “I want to say to lobbyist Pete Hoekstra,” Amash said. “You are a disgrace. And I’m glad we could hand you one more loss before you fade into total obscurity and irrelevance.”
That’s right, the GOP actually ran an ad against a Republican Arab-American congressman calling him “Al Qaeda’s best friend.”
Wow. Just … wow.
If only the GOP went after Obama and the Democrats with the zeal with which they attack fiscally conservative, Constitutionalist Republicans.
Y’know how whenever a conservative Republican loses out to a moderate, establishment JV Democrat Republican, the Republican Party is quick to say, “Now, be loyal, you guys. Don’t be a purist. Suck it up and vote for our nominee. You may not like him, but if you don’t shut up and get in line, the Democrat will win.”
Yeah, about that.
Some 100 moderate Republicans have turned against Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and endorsed his Democratic challenger Paul Davis, Politico reported.
Old-school moderate Republicans have lost their place in the GOP-controlled Kansas legislature. They blame Brownback, who is a fiscal and social conservative.
On a related note, it has now been definitively proven that the Senate GOP leadership funded a series of ads in Mississippi that labeled Pro-Reform, Constitutionalist Conservatives (i.e. “The Tea Party”) as racists.
After dragging Thad Cochran, Duke of Porktrough through his runoff against a reform-minded Tea Party challenger, the GOP Establishment (cough — JV Democrats — cough) — led by the unctuous Karl Rove – is now training its guns on my hometown libertarian-Republican congressman Justin Amash.
Former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra has said he’ll back U.S. Rep. Justin Amash’s opponent in the upcoming August primary.
Ellis has racked up several big endorsements this cycle over Amash, R-Cascade Township, including Right to Life of Michigan, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Farm Bureau’s political action committee and others.
Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers snubbed Amash, too, by appearing at a $1,000-per-plate breakfast fundraiser for Ellis in June.
Justin Amash opposes the NSA’s domestic spying, corporate welfare, and pork-barrel spending disguised as “disaster relief.” No wonder Karl Rove, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and the rest of the
GOP establishment JV Democrats hate him.
Amash is still leading in the polls. Maybe the
GOP establishment JV Democrats should begin courting Democrat voters by doing flyers and radio ads calling his supporters “racists” and promising to vote for Free Stuff from the Government if elected.
And they admit it.
The decline of marriage over the last generation has helped create an emerging voting bloc of unmarried women that is profoundly reshaping the American electorate to the advantage, recent elections suggest, of the Democratic Party.
Which explains why it was so effective for Obama’s campaign to claim Mitt Romney would outlaw tampons. And it explains the histrionic, over-the-top, and shamelessly dishonest response to the Hobby Lobby ruling.
It also explains an interesting quirk in Obamacare that Rush Limbaugh noted:
“We had a caller yesterday that asked me this question: ‘When did birth control pills become so important to the human condition the federal government requires every insurance policy to cover them?’ Eye exams, dental exams, dental work are not mandated by Obamacare, but contraception is, birth control pills are.”
So now you know the answer to the question: “Why should the Government force some people to buy stuff for other people.” The answer is, in a social democracy, if that’s what the latter votes for, then that’s what the former has to do. Four wolves and a sheep, and all that.
Sean Eldridge, teh Ghey Dude running for New York’s 19th CD doesn’t seem especially impressed with the level of support he’s getting from the national party.
Things aren’t unfolding that well for him. DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, eager to keep Hughes’ money flowing, has played him for a fool, not even giving him a coveted Red-to-Blue slot until Sean went bonkers on him. “Israel doesn’t help at all,” one heartbroken staffer told me.“All he does for this campaign is ship us bagels and cream cheese every week. We’d all rather have local donuts. He can shove his crappy bagels up his ass with the cream cheese.”
Eldridge’s partner, Chris Hughes, made over a billion dollars from the Facebook IPO. So, you just know that they can understand and relate to the struggles of the American Middle Class.
Every time a GOP Establishment Hack insists that even though the Republicans suck and are 100% as statist, corporatist, and corrupt as the Democrats, I still have to vote for them because if I don’t the Democrats will win, I cannot help but think of this passage from So Long, And Thanks for All the Fish.
It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see…”
“You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?”
“No,” said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”
“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”
“I did,” said Ford. “It is.”
“So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t people get rid of the lizards?”
“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”
“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”
“Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”
“But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”
“Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in.
Allahpundit, Streiff at Red State, and Patterico agree; after the sleazy, Democrat-like tactics employed by the Thad Cochran, Duke of Porktrough, campaign and the National Republican Senate Committee in Mississippi, the GOP needs to be slapped down hard. And if all they care about is winning, then losing the Mississippi senate seat would be the best way to send them the message: Conservatives don’t want a GOP that’s no different than the Democrats.
Allhapundit makes the point that control of the senate in 2015 is inconsequential. Obama is going to rule by executive decree regardless of a Republican majority; and the Republican party will do nothing to stop him. As for the Supreme Court, Obama is going to get his nominees through regardless; even if John McCain has to put together another Gang of Whatever. Obamacare repeal is not on the table, and the GOP is going to push Amnesty whether in the minority or the majority.
And Travis Childers (the Democrat in Mississippi) is no worse than Joe Manchin, and as a Democrat in a red state, can be kept on a pretty short leash. He might even jump parties in the future. Who knows?
The only weapon we have against the GOP establishment is the vote. If they learn they can attack fiscal conservatives with impunity and win on a Democrat-style campaign of racial smears and promises of Free [Stuff] From the Government, then they will have earned the title of The Junior Democrats; and shame on all of us for letting it happen.
This isn’t a case of a Republican candidate who is “imperfect” on one or two issues. This is a case where the GOP has been corrupt and downright sleazy in order to keep a big-spending porker in office. And, fortuitously, it comes at a time when defeating said porker will have relatively few political consequences.
If you’re unwilling to risk a protest vote for a Democrat after the grotesque spectacle of a group of GOP cronies using liberal votes to prop up an elderly man whose heart isn’t in it anymore, you’ll never be willing. And if you’re unwilling, maybe it’s time to stop complaining about Cochran and cronyism and the rest of it and accept that this is who we are and who we’re going to be.
Clay Aiken is certainly turning into a handsome middle-aged lesbian.
As pissed as I am at the GOP right now, I’m kind of hoping he wins.
In Mississippi, corrupt Republican fossil Thad Cochran, Duke of Porktrough, prevailed over his Tea Party opponent by… essentially… becoming a Democrat. He recruited Democrats to vote in the runoff, he called the Tea Party a bunch of racists, and he ran on a promise to keep bringing pork (a.k.a. “Free [Stuff] From the Government”) home to Mississippi. And the GOP
Establishment Aristocracy applauded as he did so.
In New York, corrupt Democrat fossil Charlie Rangel — tax cheat and rent-scammer — also prevailed against a challenge from a less corrupt challenger.
Both parties suck and the country is screwed. Have a nice day.
Also works for Thad Cochran, Duke of Porktrough.
As you have heard by now, Amnesty-loving Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) has been shellacked by his challenger, a conservative economics professor who made Cantor’s support for Amnesty his key issue.
The Establishment GOP can’t understand why the base does not share their enthusiasm for importing millions of units of cheap foreign labor to replace American workers. If you asked a typical member of the GOP aristocracy why the base is so opposed to Amnesty, they would give you the same answer a Democrat would, “racism.”
They cannot understand why the peasant class… that rabble!… won’t trust them to finally… in exchange for Amnesty… finally control the border after 28 years of promising to control the border, but never coming anywhere near controlling the border.
Because I think the peasant class has caught on that what the GOP, the Democrats, and the US Chamber of Commerce really want is for the Border Patrol to hand out American citizenship and directions to the nearest sweat shop to anyone who can run, jump, swim or take a boat into the country. And their feints at “Border Security” are just empty promises to do what they’ve always promised to do but never done in the past.
Oh, also, the Establishment GOP has decided if they can’t have Thad Cochran in Mississippi, they would rather lose the seat (and blame the Tea Party) (The Cucinelli Strategem).
Yeah, they are all about having a “Big Tent,” so long as they can run the circus.
The unexpected failure of ancient pork-bringer Thad Cochran to defeat idealistic challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi has brought out the bitter in an erstwhile GOP staffer turned “Super Lobbyist.”
Cochran and McDaniel are (apparently) headed for a runoff election in 3 weeks. The GOP Establishment has been especially sleazy in their smearing of McDaniel.
In other primary news, a California Democrat under investigation for trying to supply machine guns to drug gangs and terrorists (without being part of Obama’s ATF) won 287,000 votes in the primary for state Attorney General.
Carl DeMaio is an openly gay Republican running for Congress from the completely enlightened and tolerant state of California. Last night, his campaign offices were burglarized and vandalized.
A break-in at the campaign headquarters of a California Republican congressional candidate on Wednesday has left behind a wreckage of smashed computers and cut cords only six days before the primary.
“Almost every cord inside the entire office – phone cords, communications, network cords, power cords – appears to have been cut,” Dave McCulloch, DeMaio’s campaign communications director, said to NBC San Diego.
Previously, the tolerant and enlightened California Democrats distributed campaign literature photoshopping DeMaio’s face onto the body of a drag queen.
Is far-left radical Democrat Luis Guttierez helping Republican (in name only) Eric Cantor hold onto to his House seat against an aggressive primary challenger?
I’m late to this story but Mickey Kaus and David Steinberg are all over it. You know the background here: Eric Cantor, who’s been on the outs with House conservatives lately and who’s championed immigration reform for DREAMers for more than a year, is suddenly facing a surprisingly tough primary challenge in Virginia from Dave Brat, who’s attacked him for being soft on amnesty. How tough? Tough enough that Cantor recently ran away from Jeff Denham’s ENLIST Act for DREAMers despite having expressed support for it before. Tough enough that he’s now aired not one but two ads in his district attacking Brat by name, something a well-known incumbent is naturally loath to do against a little-known challenger unless he fears he’s in trouble. Tough enough, even, that Cantor’s team sent out a mass mailer to voters celebrating him as a, er … stalwart amnesty opponent.
Coincidentally, Democrat Luis Gutierrez, the House’s most vocal immigration champion, decided that today would be a perfect time to visit Virginia and protest Cantor for being such a hard-ass on amnesty. Which is funny because, as both Kaus and Steinberg note, Cantor and Gutierrez were part of a House delegation that toured America for three days last year to celebrate — ta da — immigration. They are, in other words, both committed to this cause. And if the cause requires them to pretend to be enemies temporarily in the name of protecting Cantor’s seat, so be it.
If I may make an observation, Establishment Republicans are claiming they have to pass Amnesty in order to make themselves more electorally competitive with Hispanic voters. And partisan Democrats are saying, “Let us help you with that.”
What is wrong with this picture?
Republican fat-cats are feeling pretty good about themselves these days. They think their two greatests enemies — The Tea Party and Obama (in that order) — are on the ropes and that come January, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will preside over the Senate where Lindsey Graham and John McCain will be hard at work reaching across the aisle and making deals to pass the GOP Establishment’s top priority: Amnesty to swell the ranks of Democrat voters and replace Americans with cheap imported foreign labor.
I just don’t see it coming to pass; and my doubts may be a function of my complete and total disillusionment with the GOP, but there is also logic and reason to back up my feeling that crazy old Harry Reid will still be ranting about the Koch Brothers as majority leader come 2015. Here’s why: