Guest Post – An Open Letter to the National Republican Party

by Skip May 7, 2016

I am a New Hampshire conservative Independent. I am by no means unique and, in fact, am probably a member of a species that is far more common than most people may realize or care to acknowledge. Over the last several months I have developed distaste for the national Republican Party and it has grown stronger […]

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Notable Quote – Kimberly Morin

by Skip May 5, 2016

“The GOP is like a heroin addict. They keep promising their supporters they’ll end their big government, less freedom addiction if you just vote for their candidate. Trump is their fatal dose of heroin. And there’s no Narcan available. -Kimberly Morin (blogger, writer) The jig may be almost up for the Republican Party – more […]

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After the show – John Kasich: Republicans should like Democrat ideas

by Skip April 24, 2016

Yeah, that pic to the left (pun intended) just wasn’t enough for Kasich to prove his bona fides as a “Conservative” Republican. Nor his earlier statement that he fits in comfortably in between Bernie and Hillary policy wise. Ayup, a great way to motivate the base to vote for him like saying “Vote for me […]

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Republican Convention Fallout?

by Steve MacDonald April 24, 2016
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Mark Meckler, one of the founding leaders of the TEA Party movement, joins us to discuss convention politics, candidates, post-convention fallout-scenarios, what we need to do to take over the GOP, and more. Here’s a 45 second GrokSHOT! from this segment-  

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Cruz Should Be Trump’s Vice President

by Steve MacDonald April 12, 2016
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I’ve suggested this a handful of times going back months, as a very reasonable solution to the biggest problem; stopping the Democrat party from having the opportunity to finish what Obama started. Recalling that Ronald Reagan overcame a 30-point polling deficit to defeat Jimmy Carter in 1980 by winning in the Northeast, Lord said, “He carried […]

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Colorado Did Vote – March 1st.

by Steve MacDonald April 11, 2016
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You can be mad about Colorado, just be mad at the right people, and for the right reasons. On March 1, Colorado Republicans gathered at 2,917 precinct caucuses to select delegates to the county assemblies and district conventions. If you’re a Coloradan with a view on the Republican primary, this is when you got to vote. […]

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The Delegate Rules Differ From State to State

by Steve MacDonald April 9, 2016
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You’d think that Federalism loving voters would get this, if not understand it. Rules (some laws, customs, habits) will and should differ from state to state, including how delegates are elected by state parties and how they are expected to behave. And they do differ! Jim Geraghty wrote about it, and shared some more thoughts […]

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An observation as to why Trump is winning: Betrayal

by Skip March 10, 2016

When I first started blogging, I discovered Paul Rahe and began to try to read everything I could that he wrote (and then add my pittance to it).  Alas, someone else thought much of him and behind paywalls he went (ah yes, folks like Bernie Sanders would judge this to be a failure of the […]

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Ya think! NH Political Operative Mike Dennehy: “You know quite frankly, I think the Republican Party is on the verge of a civil war”

by Skip March 6, 2016

(H/T: WMUR). Heck, I’ve been writing about this for years now – and now he seems to be surprised.  This has been slow rolling since the start of the TEA Party movement 8 years ago.  Anyone inside that movement, who thought about what was happening, thinking about what its principles were (e.g., Free Markets, Fiscal Frugality, […]

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Data Point – Do tell – Primary exit polling vis-a-vis the Republican Party

by Skip March 2, 2016

Those voting in the Republican Party Primary dish (diss?) on the GOP: Angry Republicans turned out to vote in the South Large numbers of Republicans across the board said they felt “betrayed” by their party, with almost 6 in 10 feeling that way in Georgia and Alabama, and 1 in 2 feeling that way in […]

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Blogline of the Day – If they had done their job correctly…

by Skip February 28, 2016

Just a reminder; If “mainstream Republicans” had fought as hard against Obama in 2008 and 2012, they wouldn’t have to worry about Trump now. Or if they did their jobs right when in office, they wouldn’t have created the vacuum that has their base questioning “and we vote for them…..why?”.  They have brought him (and […]

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Rule #1 May describe the relationship that the GOP thinks it has with Trump

by Skip February 26, 2016

RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing […]

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Trust is fading that the US Senate Republicans will not cave to Obama on Supreme Court nominee

by Skip February 19, 2016

“Tipping Point“ And the incessant “asks” for money (with little to show for it in terms of the Conservative agenda being being implemented) have become tiresome and irritating.  A ‘Grok reader responds to yet another “ask” with a promise (emphasis mine): Earlier today I received an email from Lauren Lofstrom, national finance director for Ted […]

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Back to why we should support DC Republi…..crap, I just can’t even being to keep this up anymore

by Skip February 18, 2016

“To a large degree Republicans want the courts to be the final arbiter of the major political questions of our time. That way they don’t have to get their hands dirty.” And then they wonder why we hate them – most of it is because they refuse to do their jobs the way they should. […]

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Well, THEIR spines stayed real stiff real long, didn’t they?

by Skip February 16, 2016

I make this prediction – because the DC Republicans are more fearful of the media, the Congressional Democrats, and Obama in pursuit of their seats, we’ll be seeing more of this.  Once again, we see the utter disdain for their voters (that would be us) with their fixed insistence of “where else will they go” […]

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Well, a long term reader acted on my post about leaving the Republican Party

by Skip February 15, 2016

You can read my post here and it caused a loyal ‘Grok reader to let us know what his feeling was about it (emphasis mine): I also went “unaffiliated” this past Thursday. I had intended to do it after voting Tuesday, but was told one could only switch after switching before the vote at the polling […]

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They made me not to care

by Skip February 12, 2016

With this from Steve as a backdrop: “The current New Hampshire Republican Party has devolved away from being any kind of bulwark against creeping progressivism and the ardent promotion of candidates who will man the bulwark or (God help us) take us into battle, to little more than an exclusive party for hand-picked political insiders, […]

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The root cause of why Trump and Cruz are winning?

by Skip February 11, 2016

Remember, MIT trained John Sununu the Elder said: I have no feeling for the electorate anymore. It is not responding the way it used to. Their priorities are so different that if I tried to analyze it I’d be making it up. The last couple of years, a rebellion has been brewing, mostly smoking, irritated, frowning – […]

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Losing is Such Sweet Sorrow

by Steve MacDonald February 3, 2016
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Trump doesn’t like to lose. There’s nothing wrong with that except for this. Today on Morning Joe, Trump admitted he had no idea what a “ground game” was until very recently. He has no data operation to speak of and he thinks relying on media polling is just fine. If you believe that media polls […]

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Carter Will Beat Reagan 58 to 40

by Steve MacDonald February 1, 2016
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GOP doomsayers have not changed much in 36 years. Back in 1980 the “establishment” was convinced that only Gerry Ford could beat Carter, and that Ronald Reagan would lose.  

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Another reminder of why the base hates the DC Republicans

by Skip January 19, 2016

Remember that $1.1 Trillion “omnibus” appropriation bill (necessary because the Congressional Republican Majorities did not do the One Job they are supposed to do)?  Given the R Prez Follies in hard play here in NH, there is this on the most contentious issue: who is going to stop Obama  or his policies?  So far, not […]

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Is the GOP telling English speakers one thing on immigration and Spanish ones something else?

by Skip January 18, 2016

In essence, are they trying to “calm” (at best, mislead at worst) their base while appealing to the new electorate that they want?  Quite disturbing this – that Nikki Haley (Gov, R-SC) said one thing about immigration in English while Mario Díaz-Balart (Congressman, R-FL) said the opposite when they gave the response to Obama’s SOTU address. […]

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Podcast – January 16th, 2016

by Steve MacDonald January 16, 2016
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In a GrokTALK! Exclusive Jorge Mesa-Tejada explains what really went down at that Hampstead committee meeting as opposed to what the other NH media has been reporting. Kevin Kervick is back in NH to discuss Campus culture, Students for Common Sense, and Campus carry. And Doug Sachletben (Club for Growth) joins us to talk about the State of […]

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RLC Endorses Rand Paul for President

by Tom January 12, 2016

The Republican Liberty Caucus endorsed Dr. Rand Paul for President. The RLC is a national, “voluntary grassroots membership organization dedicated to working within the Republican Party to advance the principles of individual rights, limited government and free markets.  Founded in 1991, it is the oldest continuously-operating organization within the Liberty Republican movement.” The RLC mission is […]

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Since You Brought It up, It Was the GOP That Moved The Goalposts

by Steve MacDonald January 6, 2016
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Does the Union Leader consider Sen. Kelly Ayotte to be an ‘actual Republican’? I’d really like to know because the other day they published an editorial titled 11 Conservatives and Trump. In it they posit the notion that all the Republican presidential primary candidates are conservatives (except Trump I suppose) and that those who claim otherwise […]

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So, the DC Republicans do this in my name? And you have to ask why I am leaving the GOP?

by Skip December 22, 2015

Breaking: Omnibus passes House 316-113; Update: Senate approves, 65-33 Ahem. It doesn’t take much leadership to push through a bill that the opposition supports and that Obama wants to sign. John Boehner could have done that. The huge expansion of H-2B visas alone should have killed this bill, especially with millions of American workers still sidelined […]

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Which One Never Belonged

by Ed Naile November 1, 2015

This is a tale of two former members of the Republican Party. One was a Republican with conservative principals – the other – not so much. Which one leaving the party actually matters? Tom Tancredo was a Congressman from Colorado for ten years and was ahead of the times regarding illegal occupation of America by […]

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Well, this explains no reruns of Wednesday’s GOP debate

by Skip October 30, 2015

Believe it or not, I actually wanted to watch it again.  No, not for another tweetstorm (which requires multitasking and I know I missed some things in “round robinning” my attention), but to get more of a 10,000 foot view instead of the ground zero.  But I looked out over the CNBC future schedule, I […]

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by Skip October 30, 2015

That’s the headline over at Big Government.  Heck, I beat them to it – have been saying this for years and actually, for a general election, willing to do such with the Left of center bloggers here in NH (Blue Hampshire kept turning me down): Get some conservative bloggers to ask the question – they […]

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