Establishment Republicans

DISQUS Doodlings – and now a message from our Radical Moderate

by Skip October 8, 2016

I’m promoting this comment from frequent commenter Radical Moderate on Steve’s post on Hillary doing another “Othering” of people she doesn’t like (basket, now a bucket). Emphasis mine: I pose the following question to normal blue collar democrat acquaintances of mine that are going to vote for Hillary; What party do think will be running […]

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Really, should ANYONE be surprised? Thoughts on the Trump October surprise

by Skip October 8, 2016

Over at, I “gabbed” this (not tweeted – I’m no longer using Twitter): It seems that lots of stories (the Oct surprises?) are coming out about Trump sexually harrassing women. So he is vilified by the Dems now while Bill Clinton is still revered as a rock store by Dems (well, at least as […]

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Quick thoughts: Alicia Preston on Donald Trump

by Skip July 25, 2016

Alicia Preston has an Op-Ed in the UL today (“Another View — Alicia Preston: I’m finally #NowTrump because I’m #NeverHillary“) talking about why she will now vote for Donald Trump.  In part, this caught my eye: …I remembered two years ago how I tried to convince friends who were unhappy with Scott Brown as our […]

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2016 Presidential Primary – an observation on the media

by Skip December 4, 2015

From Pat Buchanan at Townhall (reformatted, emphasis mine): And the media have played right into Trump’s hand. They constantly denounce him as grossly insensitive for what he has said about women, Mexicans, Muslims, McCain and a reporter with a disability. Such crimes against decency, says the press, disqualify Trump as a candidate for president.  Yet, when […]

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Awe, why not continue the pile on? Corey Lewandowski gives the smack down to Fergus Cullen

by Skip November 24, 2015

That would either be “The Fringe” or “Fungus” – take your pick for nickname, as they both realiably denotehis reality.  And here Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s national campaign manager (and ‘Grok friend) decided to show Fergus the consequence when one enters the political Octogon full of hubris and totally unarmed in a battle of wit and […]

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A little bit of this, and a little bit of that

by Steve MacDonald October 29, 2015
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As is the custom, we (try to) make time in every program to crown the Political “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” for the past 7 days. Here are a few of our picks for the WTF moment of the week. Listen to the entire program here or on any of these platforms GrokTALK! is a Mobile-Ready Broadcast- […]

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“12 Times the GOP Establishment Kicked the Conservative Base in the Teeth”

by Skip October 27, 2015

It isn’t just the Obama IRS that has been shafting conservatives when seeking non-profit status (and then the Obama DOJ now clearing Lois Lerner of any wrong doing – blaming it on incompetent management), or the Obama Labor department going after large Republican donor / entrepreneurs for “labor violations” or the FEC now targeting conservative […]

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So the next time you hear Papa Smurf pontificating about the election…

by Skip October 27, 2015

…just remember this line of his (and I am gobsmacked that he would actually say to a national reporter) (emphasis mine) The dirty little secret in Republican politics these days is that the longtime pillars of the party — politicians and ex-politicians, major donors and the consultant class — are further removed from the views […]

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“Could Moderate Republicans Join With Democrats to Elect a Speaker? One Member Floats the Idea”

by Skip October 23, 2015

With the advent of the US House Republicans caving into Paul Ryan’s demands in order to just get a new Speaker to replace John Boehner Sidenote: why is it that Republicans hate to fight ANYone for principles? Sidenote: except, of course, when it is Establishment fight TEA Party folks – then it seems the fight […]

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Hmm, and where would this be in the Constitution?

by Skip September 9, 2015

31. Belittle all forms of American culture… 32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture – education, social agencies, welfare programs… 40. Discredit the family as an institution 41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding […]

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I really do think he’s having fun this Presidential cycle

by Skip August 27, 2015

After all, how many political operatives, especially one that is not well liked by the Establishment Republicans (especially here in NH) get to prove the latter wrong and is the campaign manager for the guy leading the race – who also is holding up a digit to said Establishment by leading in the polls by […]

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Well, then, now we know why the Sununus didn’t back WI Gov Scott Walker for Prez

by Skip August 17, 2015

For those of you readers that are unfamiliar with NH politics on the Right, the Sununu Family is one of the family dynasties that crop up in various states.  There’s always watercooler talk about such things and some said that they’d be backing Walker – methinks it is pretty clear, however, the clan is backing […]

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The Establishment Party on Trump; what part of “You have brought him upon yourselves”

by Skip July 23, 2015

is it that you don’t get?  Much part of the base’s angst is often due to the perception that the Establishment “picks” the Party’s candidate, this is just craziness (emphasis mine): GOP donors wanted Bush, Rubio, and Walker to boycott debates unless Trump was disqualified So, so dumb, but that’s our donor class for you. […]

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“Winning is only the precusor; what you do afterwards is more important”; which is more important, Jeb Bush?

by Skip February 15, 2015

I’ve been busy all day (you know, that “balance” thing) so blogging has been light.  Pretty much most Sundays, I do watch the talking head shows.  On today’s This Week, “Republican strategist” Anna Navarro who never seems to lose an opportunity to “sniff” at conservatives did exactly that.  Donna Brazille talked about the conservatives she knew […]

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On that washed up, out of touch, irrelevant personage formerly known as Sarah Palin…

by Skip December 28, 2014

Copied in its entirety (reformatted, emphasis mine): ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR: Sarah Palin? For all her detractors’ cries of “irrelevance” and “she’s just a reality show entertainer” (those two being among the nicer epithets), Palin goes on, election cycle after election cycle, populating Congress with her endorsed candidates in a cost-effective manner, and in such numbers […]

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US Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) should have stayed”butt’d out” of the NH Speaker of the House race

by Skip November 17, 2014

Or say both Bill O’Brien and Laurie Sanborn on Kelly Ayotte’s endorsement of Gene Chandler (“Right After That Nap”) for NH Speaker of the House.  While Bill (who, for full disclosure, GraniteGrok endorsed in this race) talked about passe moderates (one of which, Doug Scamman, conspired with the Democrats to seal his fate) of last […]

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As to the Death of the TEA Party meme

by Skip November 9, 2014

For as long as I’ve been part of the TEA Party movement (“Fiscal Frugality, Govt staying within Constitutional bounds, Free Markets” are the 3 TEA Party principles.  Period), it has undergone demonization by the Democrats at full roar.  THIS election cycle, we saw the Establishment Republicans (Mitch McConnell: “We will crush them!”) join them.  Thus, one […]

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I can tell you, Drew Cline, why Republicans are unloaded and silent about guns and speech

by Skip October 23, 2014

From the Op-Ed that Drew Cline wrote over at the UL about the Republican reluctance to go after Dems lack of support on the Constutition: …It is a little surprising that Democrats have dropped the issue, given that they are using so many other distractions to avoid talking about President Obama, and that certain gun control […]

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I don’t think Paul Ryan nor the NRCC get the irony in their own eblast

by Skip September 28, 2014

” beat me, smear me, dirty tricks me, despise me, ostracize me “ I get inundated with eblasts from all kinds of groups including the NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee – to elect Republicans to the US House) and most of them are trying to pry money out of my wallet (like running GraniteGrok is cost-free?).  […]

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A sincere apology or an F.U. Moment from Walt Havenstein to moi?

by Skip September 25, 2014

This relates back to this story (first here,  commentary from a prior Marine here, deflection here, more commentary from prior Army here, his views on the 9/12 Project and TEA Party here, the “no apology” here, more commentary here, and back to me here).  It brings up a question, a serious question: If it was so […]

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And that is the problem: the Planks can’t support all the elected Rs that don’t support the planks

by Skip September 22, 2014

And, perhaps, the base: Steve Duprey, who has run many Republican campaigns in New Hampshire, predicted Republicans, including Brown, would not be greatly hindered by the new platform. “I know very few Republicans that support every plank of the platform” Especially quite a number of our Very Important elected representatives.  And, very much,  the base […]

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Erstwhile 2016 Democrat Prez Candidate thanks Establishment Republicans for doing Democrats’ dirty work

by Skip July 18, 2014

Irony; Hillary Clinton thanks the Jr. Partners of the Democrat Party for doing the Democrats’ dirty work.  She knows EXACTLY – and GOP Establishment wing of the GOP can’t deny it as they made big deals of what they were going to do to Conservative and TEA Party candidates.  And more than a few cases […]

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As always, he’s only got questions and we’ve got answers!

by Skip July 13, 2014

Dunno if I’m right, but I’m, as always, willing to play along.  And, I bet a better than .500 average to boot.  So Political Scoop’s questions (emphasis mine): When will it start to bother the major players in Washington that Scott Brown is down double digits in two polls in a row? I would think […]

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BREAKING: so the TEA Party is dead – how did it just beat Eric Cantor in the Primary?

by Skip June 10, 2014

UPDATE: Fox shows Brat beating Cantor, 55% to 44%.  This is a LAMBASTING! Over at the Washington Examiner: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor appears to have fallen to Tea Party challenger Dave Brat in a shocking upset in Virginia. The Associated Press called the race for Brat shortly after 8 p.m. Eastern time. Cantor was […]

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Why The GOP Is So Divided

by Steve MacDonald May 11, 2014
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There’s a great piece over at TownHall by Steve Deace (c/o Scott McGrath who emailed it to us) about why the GOP is so divided. Here’s a taste… To them leadership isn’t about setting an example of boldness and courage in advancing our principles; it’s about getting the people and constituencies you presume to be […]

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Message from the Ohio Republicans:

by Skip April 21, 2014

“If there are TEA partiers, 912ers, Libertarians, and Constitutionalists who want to identify themselves that way that want to help us work to elect candidates that stand for Constitutional, Liberty & Freedom values, and want to help us work in two years to reelect a Senator of the same outlook, and want to help us get that […]

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As a result of Mozilla giving into the Cultural Marxist Police

by Skip April 8, 2014

Fearless, these pissants ain’t.  Even as they declare themselves to support “diviersity” and they are the “Tolerant Brigade”, they turned on someone who actually showed “diversity” that contradicted their own heterodoxy with no tolerance at all.  Yes, as a company they can do what they want to and the First Amendment does not apply here.  […]

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Kathy Sullivan’s tweet: what she gets wrong and Scott Brown doesn’t understand

by Skip April 2, 2014

Earlier today, Grokster Steve alerted the rest of us that Kathy Sullivan tweeted out my post describing and opining on the talk that Scott Brown gave last Wednesday: 1. Usually don't read Granitegrok but this post on @Senscottbrown house party hate to admit is must read. #nhpolitics — Kathy Sullivan (@NHKathySullivan) April 2, 2014 […]

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Fifty-Fifty Brown

by Rick Olson March 19, 2014

“I used to be indecisive but now I am not quite sure.”  —Tommy Cooper And George Canning once quipped, “Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.” The Establishment wing of Republican party has now spiraled down into the abyss of emulating liberal, progressive Democrats in some if not the majority of their votes. New […]

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Gee, I’ve been saying this for a while…

by Skip March 17, 2014

Generally during discussions of whether the TEA Party SHOULD become a real political party and Republicans scoffing at the idea:  We may not win [as a third party] but you will certainly lose.  Well, I guess I am not the only one any longer – Rush Limbaugh today.  There’s a bunch of topics in this […]

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