Bill Kristol Plays Footsie With David Brooks In the New York Times

    They could have at least gotten a room, but no, they wanted to let us all watch. After multiple columns of David Brooks smacking lips to turn off conservatives, Bill Kristol rises to the challenge this morning. It is the same drum beat. Conservatives should shut up about small government. So talk of small government may be music to conservative ears, but it’s not to | Read More »

    “Screw the Social Conservatives”

    This is your must read of the day. The impulse to blame social conservatives arises nearly every time Republicans fail. They were blamed for the elder Bush’s 1992 defeat, as though he would have won if only Pat Robertson had not spoken at the Republican convention. They were blamed for losses in the House in 1998. And now they are being blamed for McCain’s rout. | Read More »

    Saxby, why don’t you go first?

    I agree, Saxby. Fresh off his double-digits runoff win, Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss says his party must return to its conservative roots. But what is troubling is this: he said he expects his campaign will be a model for Republicans looking to regroup in the 2010 election cycle. Now, if you mean being forced to put your team in the corner and let the professional, | Read More »

    Conservatives put Obama over the top?

    This article is intriguing, even though I’m not sure I really believe it in total. But he makes a couple of interesting observations: Most conservatives did show up on Election Day, but a significant number voted Democrat. Mr. Obama picked up one-third more conservative voters than Sen. John Kerry, at 20 percent. Self-identified conservatives in exit polling comprised 34 percent of voters in both 2004 | Read More »

    Conservatives Need to Declare Victory

    This is like bizarro world. We get creamed at the ballot box at the same time that the liberal statist model is crumbling from the weight of it’s unsustainability. Liberal cities and states failing. Fat unions driving their companies into bankruptcy. Nobody talking about global warming now, are they? Tax increases? Fuhgeddaboutit. Why aren’t conservatives out there saying, “It’s over. We win.” As I type | Read More »

    Thoughts on Rebuilding: The Dead Wood

    As most of you know, I, several of us here for that matter, am a signer of Rebuild the Party. I have not written much about it here because too many people initially attributed it to me, but it is very much Patrick Ruffini’s idea. I did not want to start blogging about it and bolster an unfounded claim to it. Now that some time | Read More »

    Let’s offer real alternatives to the mainstream media…

    Clearly the news media, even in a state as Red as my home state of Nebraska, has thrown its hat in with the liberals. We conservatives need to see to it that there are conservative alternatives to these left slanted news stories. I think we need to bully reporters and editors to print and report stories of failed liberal policy. Now that we are in | Read More »

    CO-4: A Microcosm of the 2008 Election Results

    The results from Colorado’s U.S. House District 4 are representative of the nation as a whole in many ways. The voter demographic is approximately 1/3 each Democrat, Independent, and Republican. The less-populated rural areas voted for Republicans, while the heavily-populated urban areas voted for Democrats. An unpopular incumbent was replaced by someone from the opposing party, even though (s)he was quite liberal. At first glance, | Read More »

    The GOP’s Senator Problem

    The GOP really does have a Senator problem — a group of old kleptocrats who’ve been around for so long, they view themselves as entitled to power, prestige, and graft. One of the Senators who is not willing to get comfy is Senator Jim DeMint. It must gall the other members of the Senate Republican Caucus that Jim DeMint thinks they should stand for something. | Read More »

    From the “No …. Sherlock” file

    According to Gallup: The Republican Party’s image has gone from bad to worse over the past month, as only 34% of Americans in a Nov. 13-16 Gallup Poll say they have a favorable view of the party, down from 40% in mid-October. The 61% now holding an unfavorable view of the GOP is the highest Gallup has recorded for that party since the measure was | Read More »

    Conservative Principles and Actions Under Obama

    For those of you not familiar with Morton Blackwell, he runs the Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. and has served as the Virginia Republican National Committeeman since 1988. He was President Ronald Reagan’s White House liaison (1981-84) to all U.S. conservative organizations. This is a speech Mr. Blackwell gave at the Louisa County Republican Committee luncheon November 12, 2008. — Erick Thank you for your | Read More »

    Senator Jim DeMint promotes merit over senority

    For too long the Republicans in the Senate have clung to the senority system. This is the kind of system that results in giving people like Ted Stevens of Alaska the chairmanship of the Senate Approrpriations Committee and Arlen Specter the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Thankfully, Senator Jim DeMint, one of the most fiscally conservative US Senators, is asking Mitch McConnell for a | Read More »

    UPDATE: The RMSP, A Liberal Insurgency In Our Midst: Part 1

    Originally posted as: Ever Wonder How All Those RINOS Got Control Of The GOP? What You Should Know About The Republican Main Street ProjectPosted by A.C. Swiger on Thursday, June 26, 2008 6:41:52 PM **I’ve done quite a bit of research on the RMSP prior to the election and stopped for a while to avoid torpedoing our candidate and our chances in the 2008 elections. | Read More »

    Doom and Gloom for Republicans?

    The post-mortem on the 2008 elections has been fast and furious, revolving largely around what the future holds for the GOP. The Republicans, it seems, are doomed to spend some time in the wilderness. I, for one, think that this is a good thing. Bill Kristol assesses the situation from the perspective of the Republican Governor’s Association meeting: One pillar of any Republican comeback will | Read More »

    Dear Mr. Brooks,

    Let me speak more directly to the most troubling aspect of reform conservatism – the apparent disdain for traditional conservatives. Contrary to the implication drawn from David Brooks’ noxious homily, Darkness at Dusk, in the November 11, 2008 New York Times, traditional conservatives are not entrenched relics, hell bent on marching like lemmings to the political cliff – nor are we all in lock step | Read More »