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:
Speaking at a fundraiser for a Colorado Democrat, Former DNC Chair and Democrat Presidential candidate Howard Dean sugested that all Republicans should leave the USA because “they are not American.”
“This country has been sold down the river by the right wing for their own purposes,” Dean told the wildly enthusiastic crowd. “This is a Republican Party that has decided they like power so much that they think it’s okay to win by taking away the right to vote. They are not American. They could be more comfortable in the Ukraine or Russia. But stay away from our country.”
So, a certain group of people is singled out by the political leadership as the source of all of society’s problems, and the state’s media apparatus is given unlimited license to attack those people. What sort of regimes do this, and what happens to those who are targeted by a political regime as enemies of the state?
At a minimum, Dean wants the USA to be a one-party state without even token opposition to totalitarian rule; because that’s what America is supposed to be, in his mind.
One notes that he is echoing and expanding upon the comments of New York Democrat governor Andrew Cuomo, who told all those nuts who believe in the Constitution and lower taxes they aren’t welcome in his state.
Update: On Monday, President Obama also disparaged the Republican Party as unpatriotic for not rubber-stamping his every rule, decree, and suggestion like an obedient legislature would. And because those unpatriotic, anti-American seditionists insist on trying to hold his administration accountable for scandals in which people have died because of his policies (Benghazi, Fast and Furious, VA).
The two Republicans vying to be the party’s nominee for Governor held a radio debate last week. The Establishment candidate, Neel Kashkari, is a Goldman-Sachs banker who took TARP money and is running on a platform of bland platitudes to opportunity and more money for public education. His conservative opponent, State Assembly Human Tim Donnelly, seems like a righteous dude, but has been accused of the dreaded crime of insensitivity to minorities. Seems Mr. Donnelly has an unhealthy preference for Liberty over Political Correctness, and also a few scrapes with the law. Nothing on the scale of molesting boys or drunk driving over bridges and drowning campaign aides, but the Establishment GOP has been blasting Donnelly for his lapses of Political Correctness and Misdemeanors. And thus should he win the nomination, the Democrats can run ads saying, “See, even his own party thinks he’s a racist and a criminal.”
It’s all for futility anyway; neither of guys could win. California is a de facto one-party state where no Republican, or even moderate Democrat, can win statewide office. Californians decided at some point that they wanted the worst business environment in the country, terrible public schools, massive waves of illegal immigrants, and job-crushing environmental regulations. And they have, accordingly, elected a one-party Government to deliver those things. Instead, come the fall, Californians will re-elected a governor whose sole abiding obsession is that LAX might be underwater in 200 years, rather than fostering prosperity in the here and now. (BTW, that “LAX will be underwater” Myth Status: Busted).
Also, Sandra Fluke is running for the California State Senate against Rush Limbaugh; who isn’t running and doesn’t even live in California. As a single woman of privilege in her mid-thirties who has never held a job and wants the Government to force other people to pay for her birth control; Ms. Fluke is the paradigm of the modern Democrat voter. She’ll probably be governor one day.
University President and Bush-Era Health Bureaucrat Ben Sasse fought off an aggressive negative campaign led by Mitch McConnell operatives to win the Nebraska Republican Senate Primary last night, doubling the vote of the GOP
Establishment Aristocracy Candidate (who actually seems like a decent enough fellow, truth be told.)
Not exactly hard on the eyes either
Now the question is, will the Establishment GOP do what they always demand of the Tea Party and demand that the candidate be supported? Or will Sasse get Cuccinellied? And how will the Republican platform of “Obamacare sucks” compete with the Democrat platform of “Koch Brothers suck?” The Nebraska seat is pretty safe for Republicans. But, let’s take a quick look at some other senate races, won’t you?
I think Juan tipped this story.
Carl DeMaio is an openly gay Republican running for Congress in southern California. His campaign literature features pictures of himself with his longtime partner. He has been subject to increasingly homophobic attacks from lefty supporters of his Democrat opponent.
One false attack drew the attention of the San Diego Ethics Commission. An anonymous left-wing group funded a SuperPac and sent mailers of DeMaio Photoshopped next to a drag queen to neighborhoods with a majority of elderly and African-American voters, knowing that such a photo would depress support for DeMaio.
That was so egregious and false that the group was fined by the city’s Ethics Commission, but even after that, and with his 100 percent voting record with the LGBT community, the Left still didn’t speak up to defend him. They told DeMaio, “It’s complicated.”
“I’ve found more tolerance, acceptance and inclusion from social conservative groups who have to reconcile that I’m a Republican who happens to be gay…versus the intolerance the LGBT leaders see me as a gay man who happens to be a Republican,” DeMaio said.
This reminds me of another gay-baiting advertisement, this one made for the 2006 Campaign of Democrat Senator Max Baucus.
Renowned in political circles, the ad set porno music to 20-year-old footage of a video from Taylor’s cosmetics business. The video showed Taylor in a leisure suit rubbing cream into another man’s face. As the spot faded to black, it showed Taylor then seeming to reach for the man’s crotch as a voice-over said “Mike Taylor — not the way we do business in Montana.”
The campaign operative behind that homophobic, gay-baiting ad was a certain Mr. Jim Messina. Far from being repudiated by the Democrat Party, Mr. Messina went on to run Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign; a campaign that featured allegations that his opponent had given a woman cancer, wanted to outlaw contraceptives, put black people in chains, and outlaw tampons.
The gutter tactics worked, and gutter politics will continue to be practiced for so long as voters reward gutter politicians. Voting for a politician who uses gutter tactics is tacit endorsement of gutter tactics.
Making sure no one has any reason to vote Republican this Fall, Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers… who, if you recall, gave the official Republican response to the State of the Union address… says we can forget about repealing Obamacare.
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a stalwart opponent of the Affordable Care Act, said it’s unlikely the President Obama’s landmark program will be repealed.
“We need to look at reforming the exchanges,” the Eastern Washington Republican said Thursday.
McMorris Rodgers has been part of the Republican leadership in the House that has voted multiple times to repeal parts or all of the health care law. GOP members have said it is unworkable, will increase costs for some and force others into inadequate coverage or plans they don’t want.
McMorris Rodgers continued those criticisms Thursday, but said the framework established by the law likely will persist and reforms should take place within its structure.
Also… Amnesty (but don’t call it Amnesty).
“I believe there is a path that we get a bill on the floor by August,” she said. “We’re going to have to push that this is a legal status, not amnesty,” she said.
John Boehner, the Republican Speaker, also agrees that the Republican Party should help the president pass an amnesty plan and help turn millions of illegal immigrants into stalwart Democrat voters.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Boehner told donors at a Las Vegas fundraiser in March that he was “hellbent on getting this done this year.” After he met with President Barack Obama at the White House in February, Boehner said that he agreed with Obama on immigration during the meeting.
So, Obamacare stays, and the Democrats get their Amnesty Bill. There is officially No Reason to vote Republican this November.