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Big money is coming out to back Republican challengers to the few liberty candidates up for re-election in 2014. Among those targeted is Representative Justin Amash of Michigan.

Amash is one of a handful of lawmakers who pushed Weeper of the House John Boehner to make a stand on Obamacare and fight over the government shutdown and debt ceiling.

The Hill obtained a letter from prominent Michigan donors soliciting financial backing for Amash’s primary challenger, Brian Ellis. They argue that Amash “and others have effectively nullified the Republican majority in the U.S. House.”

What they mean to say is they didn’t like Amash’s stand against cronyism and big government. It seems big business was bolstered by an Alabama House race from last week when big business-backed crony capitalist Bradley Byrne defeated Tea Party-backed Dean Young (who was a flawed and unprepared candidate) in a special GOP primary election for Alabama House District 1.

The Hill reported that Byrne received significant support from local business groups and leaders, like the local arm of the National Retail Federation (NRF), which launched a get-out-the-vote effort on his behalf.

David French, senior vice president for government relations for the NRF, said the group is planning to recreate that engagement on the local level elsewhere.

The GOP elites are engaged in a battle against conservatism in the party. This is evidenced by their failure to support a Constitutional candidate in Virginia’s gubernatorial election last week, choosing instead to stand aside and let Terry McAuliffe, longtime bagman for Bill Clinton and professed anti-gun candidate, use a 5-1 spending advantage in the race’s final days. Conservative Ken Cuccinelli lost by 2.5 percent.

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  • Deerinwater

    Well? it’s Time for the Tea Party to pay their own freight and be an effective part of the GOP’s efforts to win elections or find another vehicle to affect the changes in government that they want.

    I never heard a word about opposing crony capitalism, or big government either for that matter. ~ only big spending. ~ These alleged, true conservatives need to articulate their true intentions in a more forthright manner.

    The GOP’s strategy to limit 44’s tenure to only 4 years and stop any and all initiatives was predicated on “Defunding” and curbing spending. So crys about “spending” seems to get lost in the fodder.

    The term, “Big Government” actually does not offer much and leaves votes with a lot of empty “Blue Sky” if the Tea party or the GOP insist in making a hero out of Ronnie Reagan as a champion of Smaller Government and smaller spending. The example is just simply not there to get such a message across.

    The Tea Party would be best served to form their own party and come out of the closet with their true “intentions” instead of playing the Mitt Romney personality, ~ being poster boy for something completely opposite to what they are openly claiming.

    Today’s American voter may not be that smart ~ but they have seen enough label swapping and bait and switch over the years ~ that if politicians want their vote ~ they need to find a better way of selling “The Real Deal”.

    Local politics is the proving ground for the national stage. ~ The Tea Party has enjoyed some success at the local level. That they falter on the national level and the repercussions felt at the local level suggest a need for “change”.

    Improve the lies, learn to hide the contempt or be more forthright and honest with voters.

    You can’t just sell “features” ~ one must sell what features offers voters.

    How government goes about spending money is what makes rich people rich and poor people poor. I don’t see this as ever changing regardless of the many claims. ~

    Today and for the last 40 years, the middle by their shear numbers is being asked to carry both ends. Just how long this can be maintained is not clear.

    Identify this”Middle” accurately and appeal to them.

    • Amfer Ferg

      Well said! I agree – the Tea Party is fragmented, not only by ‘chapters’ but also a cohesive plan. If they could organize nationally with a strong leader at the forefront with a clear message to the ‘middle’, they would be a force to reckon with.

      • marylou

        The TEA Party is a GRASS ROOTS MOVEMENT to effect change. It is deliberately separate groups to avoid the corruption and deceit inherent by those who want to destroy it.

        They do not need..or want.. a POWER BROKER!

        It was never intended to be a THIRD Political party because …in case you hadn’t noticed…NO THIRD PARTY HAS EVER WON A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION!

        It is a movement to elect candidates that espouse less government, less taxes, lowering the debt, and following the Constitution that every elected politician swears to uphold and protect.

        Those who are trying to encourage the TEA PARTY to become a political third party…are not friends…but the enemy of all Constitutional Conservatives.

        The TEA PARTY is already a force to be reckoned with…which is why OBAMA & CO and the MSM are attacking them daily and spreading disinformation and false propaganda. The Liberal Establishment as well as the RINOS
        are on notice!

        • Glen Welch

          Note that the Tea Party is a movement and not a genuine political party . For a real, conservative party, you need to look at The Conservative Party of the USA http://www.conservativepartyusa.org

          • marylou

            I vote for and support CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES wherever I find them whether in the TEA PARTY, Libertarian or other Conservative oriented groups.

            I don’t waste my support or donations on the RNC who is only interested in Establishment politicians keeping their spot at the feeding trough and business as usual!

            The CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVES have got to stop the infighting and eating their own with the deceitful encouragement of the Liberal MSM!

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            http://conservativepartyusa.org/Conservatism/Core%20Principles.html
            “protect its citizens from all forms of aggression and catastrophes and nothing else”.
            All forms of catastrophe? Isn’t that what enabled Liberal Progressivism in the first place?
            Government has no business in the business of charity. It is not their money to give. And Government is typically inefficient at the administration of Charity.
            Forcing people to pay for the misfortune of others is just a form of Slavery, plain and simple. Did I mention the inefficiency of Government Administration? Charity should only come from voluntary donors.

        • Deerinwater

          Just tooting your horn won’t change a thAng marylou.

          The “movement” better start learning to count and reign in their horns some. For this approach is counterproductive in the long haul as exemplify that the losses that Tea party and GOP have taken with promises of more to follow.

          To tell the GOP and the DNC you have placed them on “notice” while you stand there with a hand full of empty fingers is more of a joke than a reality.

          At best, you might enjoy some local support, enough so that the Koch brothers might see fit to front you a dime. Like they have so many others, ~ like Scott Walker and the Numb Nuts down in Florida.

          Perhaps you do manage to fill a slot on the national level. But they and you must understand, ~ big league politics in a new level of play and a different ball game. The entrenched will pander to a Junior for a while, ~ maybe even steal his or her thunder and capitalize off of it. ~ But these Juniors don’t have a clues where the bodies are buried and who’s in bed with who.

          Like Mr. Livingston’s thread of a few days ago, ~ The Tea Party has basically brought in new material for the “Theater” ~ and it has been motivating among those that enjoy the drama that Capital Hill Theater offers.

          Now they watch on, as their chosen champions, go into a stall, spin, crash and burn. ~

          I don’t know what the future holds for Ted Cruz, ~ but I wouldn’t loan the guy any money for awhile. Scott Walker only needs a worthy contender and he will find himself standing in line a the Koch’s Well to draw up some more water, if he hopes to keep his job.

          Midterm elections results are tricky to interpret and many times I feel the victors interpret them incorrectly in some self serving effort to validate themselves.

          A little less celebrating yahoo’s and more studying the numbers in an effort to identifying what the tea party must have and where the Tea Party intends to get it ~ would be a wonderful change from this present course they are now on.

          All American’s are not motivated by this ~ this same nerve , this same phobia that the Tea Party insist on hammering and hammering and hammering. Spending! ~ while a dollars comes into existence as a debit ~ and before you can earn one, somebody must spent one. ~ making “to not spend” ~ an uncomfortable thought to consider. ~ The whole thought process in conflicting while the universe is infinite. Give everyone a magic marker to add a couple of zero’s to these one dollar bills ~ and the problems solved ! Just give me the patent on this magic marker.

          High Light “Crony Capitalism” ~ make it a “plank’ to your movement. ~ you will get support! ~ But it’s well known that the Tea Party chastised the “Occupy Wall Street Movement” ~ so The Tea Party has some serious “fence mending” to do, ~ if that is where they wish to go.

          • marylou

            Spending, debt and less government control of every aspect of your life is as good a place to start as any!

            NO ONE has ever spent themselves out of debt and OBAMA and CO know that!

            The reason that the TEA PARTY has remained strong and independent is that they have never sacrificed their core values to pragmatism and expediency…despite all the propaganda from those whose intent is to destroy the movement by trying to splinter it!

        • Bill

          I agree with you, Marylou
          The tea party needs to stay within the republican party

          • Deerinwater

            Fine by me. ~ I commend you for that ~ assuming you share my motives in refusing to leave the DNC.

            I want to believe that I am more effective as a inside force as oppose to being seen as an outside force.

            But here the deal, Bill ~ compromise is not a dirty word and you will have to make some, to get what you want.

            It’s never been a one way street.

          • marylou

            Thank you for your reply ….a bit of sanity in a sea of insanity!

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          Marylou says — “NO THIRD PARTY HAS EVER WON A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION!”.
          And? You haven’t died yet either, Marylou. Does that mean you never will? Every Great person started out as a Not Great person. If everybody thought like you, there never would be accomplished thinkers, athletes, or any other Great people.
          The only way the third parties are going to get the necessary exposure is for their believers to quit voting for the Lesser of two Evils, and quit rubber-stamping candidates with whose platforms they don’t really agree.

          Marylou says — “Those who are trying to encourage the TEA PARTY to become a political third party…are not friends…but the enemy of all Constitutional Conservatives”.
          No, Marylou, it is people like you who compromise their Principles to vote for the Lesser of two Evils, which is still just Evil, who are the Enemy. As long as suckers buy that weak philosophy, the establishment will never bother presenting candidates who have integrity.
          Leaders are drawn to Power and Privilege like a Moth is drawn to Flames. Only a mass of politically-educated intelligent people can stop them from that.

          • marylou

            Please do everyone a favor and try to omit the sarcasm and hostility and aim for civility, at the very least. We are sharing opinions…one, no more valid than the other. Chill!

            It’s delusional voters who just don’t get it. Instead of furthering their cause one step at a time, they take 10 steps back every time they put up a candidate that can’t win, splits the vote and they end up with the liberal leftist democrat. Like it or not, the lesser of two evils beats pure evil every day of the week!!

            Obama comes to mind!

            Intelligent people pick their battles! The place to start pushing your candidates is at the grass roots level and building a consensus,

            It will take years of educating the public and climbing the ladder one step at a time with Constitutional candidates of every ilk.

            Anyone who imagines a Libertarian has a chance at the presidency at this time has only to look at Ron Paul’s vote total, despite the fact that he is a man of integrity with excellent ideas.

            “It’s well said, tortoise with patience can win the race over hare with no patience. That is the slow and steady that wins the race.”

            Heed the axiom!

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Ms Argumentum ad Hominem tells me to keep things civil.
            You’re pretty funny, Marylou. And just after that she says — “It’s delusional voters who just don’t get it”.
            If you are representative of the Republican voters, Marylou, I can see how they’ve gotten away with 150 years of pulling the wool over their voters’ eyes.

          • Jeff

            Marylou, I doubt that we agree about much, but I believe we do agree about Dave’s creepy personal attacks.

        • Robert Messmer

          You say “NO THIRD PARTY HAS EVER WON A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION!” You are 100% correct, although Teddy Roosevelt’s Progressive Party (aka Bull Moose Party) came close. In fact it took enough EC votes to place second in the 1912 election which made Taft the only sitting President to ever come in 3rd in his re-election bid.

          Until JFK there had NEVER been a Roman Catholic elected as President. Until Obama there had NEVER been a Black elected as President. And some say in 2016 we will have our first Woman as President. Things change that is what life is all about.

          • marylou

            Of course things change… isn’t that what Obama ran on, Change? How’s that working for you?
            Some changes are not in the country’s best interest.

            Change for the sake of change quite often isn’t as you’d envisioned or wanted.

            That being said…I’d never say never…but anyone who believes that the time is ripe for a third political party simply hasn’t done his homework…….or is a liberal democrat pushing the Conservatives to “go for it”, since it splits the Conservative vote with the outcome
            benefiting the liberal Democrats.

          • Robert Messmer

            Now isn’t the time and based on one of your other replies to TheOriginalDaveH where you talk about building a consensus and climbing the ladder one step at a time, it sounds like you are saying we should not count on the Tea Party for the next century.

            Since the establishment (RINO) GOP has declared war on the conservatives and Tea Party members, what is gained by remaining within that dysfunctional group? Get the message out that we believe in smaller government–that just as we do not want the US to be the policeman of the World, the government will not micromanage the citizens daily lives. As long as the Tea Party stays with the GOP, the only choice given the voters will be between Communist A and Communist B. In actually there is no such thing as the “lesser” of two evils–evil is still evil.

    • reply to

      The crooks at the top, the 1% of the 1%, buy the votes from the bottom 30% with the money stollen from the middle class (because it is cheaper to buy poor), throw in some social issue for the rest 20% and they are set to stay in power and steal from the middle class as much as they want. Currently, it doesn’t matter who is elected, republican or Democrat, they are just puppets for the the globalist 1% of the 1%.

      Now, they talk about Hillary vs. Christie 2016. Really? What is the difference? One globalist against another globalist. I think that the Tea Party has far more in common with Occupy Wall Street than the RINO.
      The globalists, true to their nature, divide and conquer…!!!!

      • Jeff

        Do you think it didn’t matter in 2000? How about in 2008? Can you say “war in Iraq” and “war in Iran”? To say it doesn’t matter who’s president because neither candidate is perfect in your eyes is the height of folly.

    • speedle24

      Deer, one of the reasons the Tea Party has not done as well nationally as locally is the obvious political nature of the large urban (blue state) vs. fly over country (red state) population centers. Jesus could could not run as anything but a democrat in New York, California and Illinois and get elected. Insofar as large population areas only Texas (and Florida on some occasions) are going to elect Tea Party conservatives to national offices (Ted Cruz). The reasons these urban areas are blue is appropriate for a separate discussion, but the fact that they are makes all the difference. What is also obvious is areas that have large concentrations of people who effectively pay no taxes or work for the federal government are going to be generally anti-Tea Party.
      And the “middle” is clearly the basis of the Tea Party movement in spite of the fact that Bob and others worry that it is being co-opted by rent seeking influence peddlers. Fortunately this is still where the majority of us live, but unfortunately there are some large rifts on social issues within this group. IMO bringing these groups together is the key to Tea Party success. I think the Tea Party should be about saving the country from tyranny and economic ruin, and should leave the raw social issues alone. By the way, immigration is not a social issue. It is an economic issue.

  • Warrior

    The GOP should be calling for impeachment every hour of every day. Call the FBI and start investigating the entire fraud commonly referred to as the DNC. James O’Keefe. Keep up your marvelous work of shining the light on the roaches!

    • podunk1

      You’re right. Problem is… progressive RINOS like their progressive democrat counterparts, are shredding the Constitution and laws in accordance with it, with a goal of a totalitarian state of tyranny.!

      Unfortunately the “model of China” with a subservient “slave” population & the financial monopolists with the wealth and productive infrastructure (GE is the poster child) will never result in a wedding. It never has in history. A few billion able, trained, productive, and hungry people will simply slaughter the elite and move on to their way back to the stone age.

      The only barrier is our Constitution and a growing number of patriots who hopefully will enforce the Constitution to the letter of that covenant on a state and local level to prosecute, recall, impeach, and otherwise remove progressive traitors from power with a very heavy undeniable force and legitimate justice. Treason legitimately carries the death penalty!

      Amendments 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 13 are one sentence each. 14 Contains 2 sentences. THINK ABOUT THAT! They’re supreme undeniable rights of the people over all statutes, regulations, proclamations, or edicts. “…all treaties which shall be made…”, are made by officers who are unconditionally bound by the Constitution, thus none can be made that deny the Constitution. Flood the media with direct Constitution right quotes on the endless violation issues. Let none add or detract to it, or deceive!

    • podunk1

      You’re right. Problem is… progressive RINOS like their progressive democrat counterparts, are shredding the Constitution and laws in accordance with it, with a goal of a totalitarian state of tyranny.!

      Unfortunately the “model of China” with a subservient “slave” population & the financial monopolists with the wealth and productive infrastructure (GE is the poster child) will never result in a wedding. It never has in history. A few billion able, trained, productive, and hungry people will simply slaughter the elite and move on to their way back to the stone age.

      The only barrier is our Constitution and a growing number of patriots who hopefully will enforce the Constitution to the letter of that covenant on a state and local level to prosecute, recall, impeach, and otherwise remove progressive traitors from power with a very heavy undeniable force and legitimate justice. Treason legitimately carries the death penalty!

      Amendments 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 13 are one sentence each. 14 Contains 2 sentences. THINK ABOUT THAT! They’re supreme undeniable rights of the people over all statutes, regulations, proclamations, or edicts. “…all treaties which shall be made…”, are made by officers who are unconditionally bound by the Constitution, thus none can be made that deny the Constitution. Flood the media with direct Constitution right quotes on the endless violation issues. Let none add or detract to it, or deceive!

    • Jeff

      O’Keefe, in case you missed it, is a fraud, a liar, and a criminal. His only skill is selective editing to make what actually occurred appear the opposite. That you like him says all anyone could ever need to know about you.

      • TheOriginalDaveH

        Sure, Jeff, we believe you. We also believe in the tooth fairy.
        It must really irk you dishonest Liberal Progressives to be caught red-handed in your shenanigans.

        • Jeff

          CB, you just might believe in the tooth fairy. After all, you think it’s theft when the Government taxes you to pay for police, fire, and schools. As for your buddy O’Keefe, do tell what he’s uncovered. His ACORN “expose” was absolute b.s. Plus, he’s been convicted for his underhanded tactics. He worked for Breitbart and he specializes in editing tape to make it look like the person is saying the opposite of what he is. If you were his target, he could quote you saying socialism is the only rational way to run a society.

          You claim to be a principled Libertarian, but you reflexively side with the smarmiest Republicans. O’Keefe almost makes Rove look ethical. Murray Rothbard is spinning in his grave: “Tell that Schmuck to stop invoking my name in support of his idiocy!”

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            LPCB,
            You’re a thief because you’re Forcing people to pay for things they don’t want, and worse — because you’re stealing money from people to give to other people for no services at all. Police, Firemen, and Schools are just your go to threats because they scare ignorant people the most. But all of those things can be supplied, and more politely and efficiently, by the Private Sector to Voluntary purchasers. You know, LPCB, Voluntary, that word that is anathema to Evil Liberal Progressives.
            O’Keefe is not my buddy, but it does tickle me that he’s exposing you Pond Scum Liberal Progressives for what you really are, and it is anything BUT “compassionate”.

          • Jeff

            He has revealed nothing but his own unethical behavior. As for your ridiculous theories of theft, maybe you and O’Keefe could team up and make a citizen’s arrest on some elected official who has “stolen” your MONEY by having the temerity to charge you tax for something. Or maybe a citizen’s arrest on the next waitress who adds sales tax to your ham and bologna sandwich. I have a feeling even that scumbag O’Keefe would say, “Wait a minute. I’m an a*hole, but this guy is NUTS!”

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Sorry, Jeff, but the cat’s out of the bag now, and you will never be able to put it back. No matter how much you try to deny your immorality, deep down you know, and it will take a toll on you. Wouldn’t want to be you.

          • Jeff

            The moral universe you and Ayn Rand inhabit (I believe it’s called the Church of Me, Me, and Mine) is foreign territory not only to me but to virtually every thinking human. Put a sign on your house saying “I am rich and don’t need anybody’s help. I am an island. In case of flood, DO NOT TRY TO RESCUE ME. I’d rather die than think I owe anything to collective action.”

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Me, Me, Me? That coming from a guy whose eyes are focused firmly on other people’s money? You’re a joke, Jeff, a bad joke.
            But you just keep trying to rationalize your theft. I just wish I could be there to watch you deteriorate into a guilt-ridden pile of muck when your kind have needlessly doomed people to a life of poverty with your Theft.

          • Jeff

            So, by your reasoning, everyone who voted for Bush and Cheney is a war criminal? The joke is how doctrinaire you think you’re being. All taxation is theft, but don’t mention that we pay for vital services like police, fire, roads, and schools through taxation. No, use the tried and true Republican trick of referring to all government workers as bureaucrats, implying they’re unnecessary. Get specific. What taxes are excessive and what services do you want to eliminate? You can’t answer that question because by answering it, you shred your thesis that ALL taxation is illegitimate.

            I’ve heard it costs extra to carve “Creepy Bastard” on a tombstone, but in your case the grave diggers really should do it gratis.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            As usual, Jeff, the morally-bereft Liberal Progressive can’t make a comment without his typical name-calling. You can call me names all day long, Jeff, but it will be of little use to you as your conscience gets the better of you in later life. Good luck with that:

          • Jeff

            I guess Judge Napolitano is ALMOST as nutty as you. At least he refers to a certain level of taxation as theft. You can’t even do that because once you stake out such an outrageous position, it’s hard to be reasonable without contradicting yourself.

            The reason I know you’re completely full of it, Dave,is twofold. First, you can NEVER answer a question. Secondly, you accuse everyone else of name-calling while you blithely label all who disagree with you as murderers, rapists, and thieves. In the real world, there are adjectives to describe people like you – lonely, old, and irrelevant.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Sorry, Jeff, but the real “nut” is the guy who, like you, considers it theft when it is performed by one, two, three, four, … people. But somehow can rationalize that it is no longer theft when supported by 60 million people. Where is that magic cutoff of numbers, Jeff, when it turns from theft to “compassionate” in your demented mind?
            Your logic is weak, Jeff, but then what else can we expect from a morally-bereft thieving Liberal Progressive?

            Jeff says — “You can’t even do that because once you stake out such an outrageous position, it’s hard to be reasonable without contradicting yourself”.
            Any time people take property from an unwilling donor, those people are performing theft. You are the one, Jeff, who is staking out an outrageous position by proclaiming there to be some magic number or title that gives those people the moral green-light to take other people’s money.
            When you vote to take other people’s money, Jeff, you are a thief. You should own that reality and quit denying it. Be proud of the Thief that you are.

          • Jeff

            When Judge Napolitano was actually a judge, how was his salary paid? Did he “feed at the trough”? Was he a bureaucrat? Was he paid with stolen funds? Should he be forced to give back all the stolen money? Is he a thief? After all, he only partially agrees with you as he didn’t say ALL taxation is theft.

            You have never said what you do or did other than read Mises articles and make creepy comments. I’m willing to bet your career had some connection to government funding.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            The Job was there, created by Politicians who were elected by the Thieves like yourself, Jeff. So why shouldn’t he take it? Are only the Thieves allowed to take the jobs? I don’t blame welfare recipients for taking what is offered them. And I don’t even blame the Propagandized voters who are just ignorant of what they do. The ones I blame are those, like yourself, who know they are helping themselves to other people’s money and do it willingly. They, You, are Thieves.
            Whether my career somehow benefited from Government funding or not is irrelevant. What matters is that I vote against Big Government every time I vote, or I don’t vote at all.
            You are a Thief, Jeff, no matter how hard you try to rationalize otherwise. Own it (you conscience will anyway, no matter how hard you work to fool it).

  • Muffin Man Mashinksy

    Alas, the only way a viable 3rd party composed of Liberty supporters, True Tea Partiers, True Conservatives & Constitutional people & pols will make it is if they are backed by big money too! It is the way of politics in America….guys like Ron & Rand Paul & Cruz, Amash & Lee, et. al. will never have a big enough impact within GOP & will be wasting time, energy & resources fighting them instead of going forth with their agenda to get this nation on track & cut down this federal Mafia Beast!!!

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      No, I think with the Internet, we can get the word out without the corruption that comes with big money. That’s why the establishment has worked so hard to get their dirty paws on our Internet.

  • speedle24

    Bob, methinks the key element of your piece here is noting that Dean Young was a “flawed and unprepared candidate”. The Tea Party cannot simply put up unpolished public relations bozos (eg::Todd Aiken) and expect to win, regardless of the philosophy of the candidate.
    The problem is the Tea Party and real conservative/libertarians want “honest” representatives, with all warts exposed, and that ain’t what sells in Peoria. As was suggested by John Myers on the accompanying blog, the pop culture is so deeply imbeded in the American political psyche, it’s extremely difficult to win politically without some kind of “cool” personal attraction. Of course at lot of this would be neutralized if one had to pay taxes to be able to vote, but that is another story.
    I think the emerging of the Tea Party as a political power is a process, one that includes learning to politically qualify potential candidates before going all in on them. We have to understand (as much as we hate it) that there are crucial votes out there that we cannot get on ideological merit alone. There are Todd Aiken stories all over the country in the form of flawed candidates many not so flawed as lacking the skills to overcome media and leftist bullying.
    There are fines lines to be sure, but we simply have to shine up our product if we want to sell it. It’s just the way things are.

  • Alan

    The GOP elites would do well not to underestimate the want for true conservatives by voters. The rino clowns like McClame have been peeing on our shoes for far to long.

  • TheOriginalDaveH

    Give up on the Republican Party. They have never been the Party of Small Government. They just give lip-service to that while in actuality supporting their Crony Capitalists and taking away our Freedom.
    There is only one Political Party that understands the concepts of Freedom:
    Individual Liberty: That means being as stupid as you want to be with your own body and property, as long as you don’t physically harm other people’s bodies and property.
    Personal Responsibility: Nobody owes you their labor or property unless they Freely contract to do so, no matter how much misfortune you suffer.
    Limited Government: Preferably limited to protecting People from the Force of others.
    Free Markets: Individuals should be Free to trade with whom they choose with no Government meddling.
    http://www.lp.org/
    http://www.lp.org/platform