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The GOP again gives us a reason for “not a dime’s worth of difference”

Or, why do we think there there is only a Fusion Party?  Because they act no differently than the Democrats when they don’t think we’re looking.  Take the appropriations for the Office of Civil Affairs and its meddling over transgenderism by its own re-manufacturing of law and definition replacing the meaning of what was passed originally by Congress (emphasis mine, reformatted) and the Republicans didn’t stomp on its brakes – they mashed its accelerator down (“very generous budget increase last year”) in “fundamentally transforming” traditional mores:

…OCR is perhaps the most left-wing office in the federal bureaucracy. Bankrolling it that way Congress did was an egregious error (for which they were rewarded with the transgender guidance). This would be understandable if Congress were in the hands of the Democratic Party. As Republicans rule the roost, however, this seriously discredits congressional Republicans.

And it is actions like this have the Republican asking “what good are they???”

Fund puts it this way: “If Republicans in Congress wonder why so many conservatives are frustrated with them, here is one reason: GOP lawmakers generously fund the Obama administration’s most out-of-control elements while slapping down the conservatives who try to warn them away from such misjudgments.”

And then they wonder why the base rebelled by voting for Trump? They keep forgetting that “burn it all down” is a viable political phrase. And that only exists because they keep showing us why we can’t Trust them.

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“If Trump would skim off 25% of those voters from the Democratic Party he would win the 2016 election in a landslide”

That from ‘Grok friend Jim Hoft.  I would think that the Establishment Republicans would be ecstatic over that stat given all of the verbiage they have spilled the last few years on “reaching out to the minority communities”.  So, what should one be thinking when we hear that but ALSO now hearing that those same folks are trying to strategize on how to railroad Trump out of the race?  Again, I point this out not to bolster Trump but to point out the absolute hypocriticalness of the entrenched Central Command whose strategy of flooding the zone with folks to get their candidate elected (Jeb Bush whose seemingly failing ways are seeing a shift to Kasich?) along with the Papa Smurf Sununu rigged rules for the convention and nomination was supposed to “fix” the result.  And then along came Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina and a handful of “outside the beltway” Rs to, as I have said from time to time, throw “sand into the gearworks”.

Jim’s analysis?

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Yeah, we see this from way too many GOP politicians, Darin LaHood is just the latest crummy example

He’s running to replace the disgraced Aaron Schok from Illinois’ 18th District.

Shot:

Campaigning: ‘I’ve Been Very Critical of D.C. GOP.’

Chaser:

Fundraising: ‘Come Hear Boehner, Scalise Endorse Me For $1000s a Plate.

I’ve seen LaHood’s name around the blogosphere before.  Like his Dad (Ray, huge Nanny Stater, Obama’s Transportation Secretary), an Continue reading

Carlos Martinez, Constitutional Conservative, I have an answer for you! Ted Cruz to announce…

Ted Cruz MicroInterview at TurbocamLast Sunday at Turbocam, Ted Cruz was asked by Carlos when he was going to announce his run for the Presidency – you can see the video here as Cruz was a bit out front (and coy) with his answer.  Well, we now have the answer  from the new GraniteGrok Twitter follower,  Ted Schleifer ( @TeddySchleifer ) from the Houston Chronicle (reformatted, emphasis mine):

Ted Cruz to announce presidential bid Monday

Sen. Ted Cruz plans to announce Monday that he will run for president of the United States, accelerating his already rapid three-year rise from a tea party insurgent in Texas into a divisive political force in Washington.  Cruz will launch a presidential bid outright rather than form an exploratory committee, said senior advisers with direct knowledge of his plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made yet. They say he is done exploring and is now ready to become the first Republican presidential candidate.

The senator is scheduled to speak Monday at a convocation ceremony at Liberty University in Virginia, where he is expected to declare his campaign for the presidency.

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So the Establishment GOP wants a coronation?

Crown Tilted cartoonLet’s see how this attempt at a pre-set coronation works out here in “retail politics” New Hampshire:

Although the specifics are still hazy, The New York Times reports that a group of deep-pocketed Republican donors and bundlers has hatched a plan to clear the GOP field of all insurgents to make room for a favored “establishment” candidate—preferably Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, or Mitt Romney. But there can only be one.

For the first time in decades, the Republican Party is facing a wide-open primary with up to a dozen serious candidates representing virtually every branch of the party. Republican leaders, hoping to minimize damage to their eventual standard-bearer, have already sought to compress the formal primary season and reduce the number of candidate debates.

So once again, does the GOP want to alienate its activist base?  I keep saying it but will they listen: we may not win but you will lose.  How can one expect to win when the strategy is to cut out the most motivated voters in the Party?  And do it well in advance in such a way that the “now on hair trigger” Conservatives can truly say “See!  We were right”.  And rather than “You have made them not care“, they may well turn it into “You have made them fighting mad”.  Continue reading

Is it Time To Put Gov. Sununu Out To Political Pasture?

Sununu Gnome 2.0

Hasn’t Governor Sununu done enough damage already?  Before you say it, that win in 2010 (while he was ‘running’ the NHGOP) only happened because of an entire movement in his party that he embraced when he thought they would give him what he wanted, but has since despised and scorned as they have refused to lay down for his brand of capitulation.

Which brings me to this, circa last year, from Jeffrey Lord at American Spectator (H/T to Travelling Mike Rogers for the link) – A classic tale of the failures that follow Governor John Sununu’s establishment (r)epublican ‘Leadership.’  It’s a long read, but has some essential history for every activist in New Hampshire; Party Regulars and check writers could benefit as well.  Here is an excerpt.

When Bush 41 ran as the heir to Reagan in 1988 he carried New Hampshire with 62.49% of the vote. In fact, that was down over 6 points from Reagan’s 68.66% New Hampshire win in 1984, but still a solid win. But after four years of the GOP Establishment Restoration in the Bush White House? Managed by Mr. Sununu himself ? Bush 41 received a mere 37.69% of the New Hampshire vote.

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Is NH State Senator David Boutin the equivalent of “doddering” US Senator Pat Roberts?

NHGOP-InvertYes, the equivalency / similarities hit just as soon as I read it:

THE NRSC’S WORK PROPPING UP DODDERING NONRESIDENT PAT ROBERTS WORKING OUT AS EXPECTED: In Kansas, Incumbent Pat Roberts Down 5 Points Against “Independent” Candidate. “This all raises a bigger question as to Roberts’ viability. He’s just a horrible campaigner, and doesn’t seem comfortable in his home state. I hope Roberts wins, but someone has to shake him out of his stupor.”

Meanwhile, Roberts primary challenger Milt Wolf comments: “Remember when the GOP establishment said that they, and only they, can win in November? Good times, good times.”

The NRSC is now seen by the grassroots, nationally, as nothing but a “keep the good ole’ boys and girls in the Club” organization.  Making the quality of the Republicans in the US Senate better?  Yeah, for all the talk of “making the GOP more inclusive”, the “in” part only means something if one is already “in” the club.

Same thing here in NH, writ smaller (but no less important).  Smaller scale but the same thing with the NH Senate Republican Majority PAC being the second string stand in for the NRSC.  It threw beaucoup bucks at defeating Jane Cormier Continue reading

About Those “Teabaggers,” Uncle Wally Havenstein

“If I decide to be an idiot, then I’ll be an idiot on my own accord.” Johann Sebastian Bach

Uncle Wally TeaBaggerBy now, the internet is rife with definitions of the, “tea-bagger.” Presently, when the pejorative term, “teabagger,” is used, the term comes from the mouth…attached to the face…attached to the body…of a person who objects to smaller government, less taxation and personal liberty. Statists use the word in it current form…But before the Tea party Movement, the term was in use to make reference to a sexual act…or an act of a sexual nature.

Carpet Bagger (the other type of bagger in the political lexicon) Walt Havenstein seeks to unseat Maggie Hassan as Governor. And “Uncle Walty” has done quite nice for himself garnering the support of Boss Madam Tweed of the New Hampshire Republican Party.

Tea and Kool-AidThis theme keeps emerging and swirling around these RINO’s Scott Brown and Walt Havenstein. Unity….get behind these guys…We keep hearing about the Republican Party and their “big tent,” and “reaching across the aisle,” to our Democrat friends. Then when one of these political blowhards runs out of steam and take a breath, they call they very citizens they seek to represent, “Teabaggers….”

The Havenstein-Brown Problem

“Carpetbagging—presumptuously seeking success or a position in a new locality; A politician who seeks public office in a locality where he has no real connections.” —Dictionary

Carpet-Bagger-001Carpet Baggers. This is a term now frequently connected to discourse about Walter Havenstein and Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown. Havenstein, touted as a successful businessman, was scrutinized over his residency issues, while Brown was far more obvious as the former bay State Senator who took the late Ted Kennedy’s seat in a special election, then lost to Elizabeth Warren. Continue reading

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

In England, the dissolution of the Monasteries by the State resulted in an increase in public begging.   The monasteries, you see, acting as private, voluntary charities,  had long tended to the needs of the truly impoverished and downtrodden at their discretion.  Which is to say, they took an interest in the care of the truly needy and discouraged those who sought it as a vocation rather than temporary assistance.

To resolve the problem of public begging that England had created it instituted a government managed plan of public assistance that institutionalized the practice. The result–human nature being what it is–was to confuse need with want.  The excision of discretion and discouragement.  And an expansion of the entitlement, creating a powerful special interest whose cultural underpinnings is based on their right to take something in exchange for nothing for themselves and their posterity.

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If you follow these rules, you may want some time for reflection…

‘Grok friend John Hawkins has a new column over at Townhall that outlines the 10 most essential rules that you have to follow if you want to be an “Establishment Republican” (other than blue blazers for men and pearl necklaces for women):

1) There is nothing ever worth fighting for except Democrat policies: If you’re going to fight for something, make sure you’re fighting your own base to help the Democrats achieve some policy goal that makes Tea Partiers want to stab themselves in their eyes…

2) You must systematically destroy any person, place, or thing that excites conservatives: Nothing good ever comes from conservatives getting excited; so make sure to target anything and anyone that gets them fired up…

3) You’re a winner just by virtue of being an establishment Republican: When Tea Partiers rally behind a candidate who loses, it’s because those guys don’t know what they’re doing…

4) Trash conservatives, but hold your fire against Democrats: There’s a reason that both John McCain and Mitt Romney fought harder against their Republican primary opponents than they did against Barack Obama…

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While the Left Marches On, The Establishment GOP Pounds the Drum

marchingbanddrummer2_3I heard the John Wayne interview on the way to work Friday. I was struck by the striking similarities between then and now. The exact words could have been uttered today because they’re just as relevant. Which makes my pulse race and blood rush through my veins in anger. It’s the same sh#t we’ve been dealing with for over 40 years with the same type of people as those asinine cranks in the GOP that folded, again, last week and that have been working against people in the party that are actually trying to do something to rein in government and not simply reign in government.

That’s why the GOP has a problem. It’s full of bullsh%t artists that sling sops to the conservative electorate come election time. I’m sick of it. I’m not alone. And that is why there is a Tea Party. People are banding together to get their representatives to actually do something to constrain the voracious leviathan. Not just to talk about it.

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Or better put “I used to be your base – now I’ll be someone else’s”

This is one of those few times that I will reprint an entire post.  Yet, I am hearing similar things more and more: “why should I fight and support a Party that more and more is Democrat-like versus Freedom and Constitution loving?  Why should my time, my valuable time, be spent defending a Platform that is always ignored when times get hard to defend (or the converse – easy to walk away from when convenient).  Breeanne Howe does a good job (emphasis mine):

Dear GOP,

I’m breaking up with you. It’s not like we didn’t see this coming. We’ve had our ups and downs. The Tea Party years were tough enough, but I truly thought we could make it when we elected (who we thought were) more principled leaders to replace at least some of the old guard. Unfortunately, the old guard and their old ways just won’t go away and you seem to be more in tune with them.

Hear it often – heck, I hear myself saying it.  Principles over Party, for we look at what “Party – what Principles?” has wrought for this country in conjunction with the Democrats – a government that isn’t trusted to do the right thing, a government that doesn’t listen, a government that lies, a government that “looks down” on the Common Folk, elected officials that put themselves first versus why they were sent to their offices in the first place…

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Fergus Cullen and The Other “Smartest Guys In The Room”

“Why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years Americans would be the smartest race of people on Earth.”    —Will Rogers 

Fergus Cullen: "Smartest Guy in the Room"

Fergus Cullen: “Smartest Guy in the Room”

As I sit and read the paper over morning coffee, I read yet another hit piece on Bill O’Brien.   Fergus Cullen…former incompetent, do-nothing, New Hampshire Republican party chair periodically takes to the commentary pages of the Union Leader,  bestowing upon us his pearls of wisdom about all things, “Republican,” while eschewing the underlying foundational principles that once defined the Republican Party.

This from one of the crowd of “neo-cons” who brought us, “Vote for Romney! Only Romney can beat Obama!”. Fergus Cullen…just one of the Continue reading

Guess WHAT Shawn Millerick? Establishment R’s DID plan to have a meetup to pick their Chair!

I am still waiting for NH Journal (as far as I know, still co-owned by political operatives Patrick Hynes of Hynes Communications and Shawn Millerick of Millerick Financial) to post a retraction to their story that a number of grassroot activists met to “choose” someone to run against the Establishment candidate, Jennifer Horn.  Every person named in that story has told Millerick that there was no meeting to which they were “not invited.”  To date, the only notation that Millerick has put on his post has been verbiage intimating there was a meeting but that the “invitees” were not invited (re: how else would you take his phrasing of “UPDATE: Surprise! Diane Bitter tells NH Journal she was not invited to the meeting.” ?).

Well, the bigger problem for him is that the Establishment was talking about having such a meeting – I was forwarded an email thread speaking to that point.  Here are two of them (emphasis mine):

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I’d Like To Thank New Hampshire’s Establishment Republicans

DTtanks for the knife in the backespite the attitude and priorities of the more moderate-establishment (r)epublicans, and the snooty first family-checkbook wielding-GOP aristocracy in New Hampshire, the conservative/liberty movement shied away from running third party races in 2010.   They did not split the party, or run as independents, though a few establishment (r)epublicans who lost their primaries did.

Instead, the liberty/conservative movement embraced shared interests and invested themselves in getting Republicans elected.  They offered both time and money, worked sign-waves and phone banks, and helped hand the NHGOP super-majorities in the legislature, to win the entire executive council, two congressional seats, a US Senate seat, and the closest race for governor Comrade Lynch has yet seen.

Part of that success was the tireless work of one Jack Kimball.  After the primary, Jack wasn’t even running for anything, yet he was running everywhere for everyone, committed to getting the Republicans elected whether he agreed with all of their policy positions or not.  His reward was the chairmanship of the State party, duly elected by the voting members.  But a few weeks before that vote, then GOP chair Sununu, while ignoring his own pro-establishment and media bomb throwers, had this to say.

Sununu said he was “a little bit disappointed about some of the divisive comments that have been made by some of Jack’s supporters. That is not the way to bring the party together and it does Jack a disservice because it gives the impression that his support is coming from people who would rather divide than unite. 

Chairman John Sununu, January of 2011 – Granite Status.

These are the words of someone convinced of their own supremacy.  The establishment wins, and look, we were all about unity, so that the liberty movement–the losers, could continue to toe the party line and help us win landslide elections.  The End.

Oops. That didn’t happen.  What did happen is the bitter GOP Establishment lost and decided to take democracy and unity on a trip through the Orwellian reassignment machine.

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