BREAKING: Special Meeting of the RNC
Acting outside the confines and rules of the Republican National Committee, Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) announced its intentions to host a debate for the 6 announced candidates – Mike Duncan, Michael Steele, Saul Anuzis, Ken Blackwell, Katon Dawson, Chip Saltsman – vying for the Republican helm on January 5, 2008. Norquist invited all 168 committee members to the debate, though they will not be permitted to ask any direct questions of the candidates. The committee members’ | Read More »
Media Bias or Just Personal Incompetence?
Following Mike Duncan’s public statement, Ken Blackwell and Saul Anuzis have now broken their notable silence on “CD gate” — both statements coming over 24 hours after news of the story initially broke. Mirroring much of the public’s response, two of the three total candidates to offer comment have forcefully criticized Saltsman’s actions, yet he still refuses to apologize for the apparent gaffe. When first cornered by The Hill’s Reid Wilson, | Read More »
Reforming, Top Down
The fact that Republicans lost their credibility with the American public on matters of ethics and corruption is no secret, but what still confounds the Party leadership is that we’ve yet to be miraculously forgiven for our many, many indiscretions. In an email today to all 168 voting members of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, former Chairman of GOPAC and contender for the RNC | Read More »
Things are tough all over
Sam Fox has a Long Island auto dealership which sells Cadillacs, Saabs and Hummers. Let me rephrase that – those are the brands his dealership is authorized to sell. He’s not selling many vehicles these days. You don’t have to try to imagine his frustration because he has let it be known. Mr. Fox has written an op-ed which appears in today’s edition of the | Read More »
Colin Powell Has Probably Never Listened to Rush Limbaugh
Colin Powell has opened his mouth and let out some hate: “Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh?” Powell asked. “Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?” First, we should note that Powell equates Limbaugh to the Republican Party when Rush, like | Read More »
Call Your Senator at 202-224-3121. Tell Him to Vote No on the Bailout.
The House of Representatives passed the bailout bill last night. the United States Senate will now consider it. Call your Senator at 202-224-3121 and urge him to vote no. Call for your friends and get your friends to do the same thing. PS – Thanks for all the kind words about Gunnar. Mother and child are doing well.
House Republicans Fill Their Ranks
House Republicans elected several new committee ranking members today, but the most important move was forcing disgraced Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) to give up his spot atop the Natural Resources Committee. As RedState reported earlier today, Republican Leader John Boehner informed Young that he would not support his candidacy, sealing his fate. It’s too bad Boehner didn’t take the same tough stance against earmark-addicted Rep. | Read More »
Mike Duncan Will Run
If I had to call it, Mike Duncan is the front runner for election at RNC Chairman. No bones about it. Whether you might like it or not, Duncan is the guy to beat. The majority of the 168 men and women who will vote, like him and think he can do even better without having to stand in Bush’s shadow. I talked to Mike | Read More »
Four Races to Watch in House GOP Ranks
UPDATE: The results are in! The House Republican Steering Committee gathers today on Capitol Hill to interview a slate of candidates for ranking member on several important committees. These members will shape the future of the party and the direction it’s headed in the 111th Congress. Although few people outside the beltway will be watching, there are four important races to follow: 1) Scandal-plagued Rep. | Read More »
Answers Still Wanted
A few weeks ago, the Directors of this site published this post seeking answers to ten questions from the candidates for RNC Chairman. We are still waiting. Here is my compromise plan. I’ve heard from a few of you that you are bogged down in Morton Blackwell’s questionnaire. I’ve seen it. I’m sympathetic. Send us a copy of your answers to him and we will | Read More »
In Support of Jeb Bush for the United States Senate
On Friday, when we first gave voice to the idea of Jeb Bush for United States Senate, a number of readers and others opined against the idea. The general refrain was “We’re tired of Bushes.” There were some additional “amnesty” and “offshore drilling” chants thrown in, as well. Let’s address these. “We’re Tired of Bushes.” It is a rather noxious notion in a democracy that | Read More »
Alive And Kicking
With the ouster of William “In His Freezer” Jefferson and the capture of another House seat in Louisiana, the Republican Party shows that it is anything but a spent force. Congratulations go out to Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese-American to have been elected to Congress, and John Fleming, who beat Obama-backed Paul Carmouche. Jefferson’s loss is, of course, a blow against the kind of corruption | Read More »
Remember “Senator Anonymous”?
Mark Kilmer wrote about him here. Mark noted: Unnamed Senator talks to Roger Simon of Politico.com: “I don’t think we have learned much from the election in terms of what people want to see,” he says. “We have the same gridlock.”By the “same gridlock,” he means that party hard-liners, both Democrats and Republicans, will remain in control of the machinery of Congress. And that means | Read More »
Let’s have a moratorium on the blame game
Really the calls for and against a circular firing squad or lynch mob as it may be have got me to thinking. We really should stop our witch hunt and get down to the brass tacks of what we have left, and how we can better utilize our shrinking power. As conservatives we always say that we never depend on Washington, well, here is our | Read More »
Though no official announcement has been made, Chris Cilliza reports that the Sunshine State’s lone Republican US Senator, Mel Martinez, has decided to not seek a second term in 2010. According to sources close to Martinez – the former beleaguered General Chairman of the Republican National Committee who resigned amid the comprehensive immigration debate – the retirement was prompted by a desire for “more free | Read More »