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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Trick Or Treat?
Orange Boehner To Resign Oct 30th!

by Mike September 25, 2015

Just in time for Halloween! From The NY Times: Speaker John A. Boehner will resign from Congress and give up his House seat at the end of October, according to aides in his office. Mr. Boehner was under extreme pressure from the right wing of his conference over whether or not to defund Planned Parenthood […]

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Data Point – Republicans hate their Party

by Skip September 24, 2015

That is an astounding number: 6 in 10 Republicans feel “betrayed” by their Party.  Now betrayed is a very strong, emotionally laden word.  I know, I’ve used it before – years before – here on the ‘Grok.  And its cause is rather simple: they see that the elected Republican officials won’t act according to what […]

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I blame the Republicans for allowing the US Constitution to be so abused

by Skip September 22, 2015

And Kelly Ayotte voted for the deal that greased this idea’s skids?? Can we ever make it back to a time where the Constitution is not just given lip service but actually followed in every jot and tittle? To think that the Senate would ever cede its power and responsibility in such a way. If […]

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Scott Walker is Out

by Steve MacDonald September 21, 2015
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Yahoo! News Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expected to drop out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, a Republican familiar with his decision told Yahoo News. Another source close to Walker confirmed “is exiting the race,” but did not provide further details. Walker, who has seen his poll numbers plummet in recent weeks, has […]

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The Donald – arbitraging GOP voters away from the Establishment

by Skip August 5, 2015

Yes, this tends to be a vocation with me lately – pointing out the why of the Republican officials, candidates, and Party are not all that welcome with a lot of Republican folks in the base.  And it is ALL self-induced!  Don’t do what you have promised, for years?  Decisions have consequences and with the […]

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Another Republican willing to walk away – if the Republicans show, AGAIN, they won’t honor their words

by Skip July 29, 2015

More and more I am hearing things like the following.  And yes, I am getting to that point as well – I no longer will listen to Republicans yammer their pie holes and expect me to believe in that yellow rain.  Trust – built over time, gone in an instant.  A lot of the base […]

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GrokTALK! – GOP Promises Not Kept

by Steve MacDonald July 14, 2015
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The Republicans asked for the majority to fix things like ObamaCare and big government and when the voters gave them that majority what did they do with it? That and trimming the administrative state. (Yes, I said that last time – got my segment notes mixed up.) Listen to the entire program here Follow us […]

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GrokTALK! – Changing GOP Ground Game?

by Steve MacDonald July 13, 2015
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Has the GOP finally changed its ground game. A series of impressive special election wins suggest  that something is different.  We discuss the most recent winner in NH, then how chasing votes in the wrong direction cost them elections in NH in 2014. Listen to the entire program here Follow us on YouTube,USTREAM, Facebook, and […]

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Which one is not like the others?

by Skip July 7, 2015

we’d rather see the shards of the current Establishment on the floor than continue to see the shards of the broken promises and actions that the Republican Party is actually delivering. I do have to say that there are a lot of Republicans not liking that Donald Trump has crashed their party of “The Party”. […]

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“Go GOP, right?”

by Susan Olsen June 29, 2015

Again, I wish I could write stuff like this. “We’re Living In The United States Of Calvinball. It’s Time The Right Got In The Game. —DrewM. “Other kids’ games are all such a bore! They’ve gotta have rules and they gotta keep score! Calvinball is better by far! It’s never the same! It’s always bizarre! […]

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A Seat At Our Table

by Steve MacDonald June 25, 2015
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It amuses me to no end when Republicans (individuals, groups, so-called advocates, candidates, politicians, party leadership) tell us that we must compromise on our principles to “have a seat at the table.” Compromise is part of politics but shouldn’t we be looking for leaders who are more interested in getting the opposition to sit at our […]

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History Repeats – Ace of Spades

by Susan Olsen June 12, 2015

Posted in its entirety because it is so worth the read: “Apparently, for TPA (the fast track authority) to pass, it was necessary that the TAA pass alongside it, and the latter failed, so they’re in limbo. Some people whom I respect are arguing in favor of TPP (TPA is the legislation that puts it […]

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So Much For Republican Unity

by Steve MacDonald June 11, 2015
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Former House rep George Lambert joins us to discuss the Republican war against one of their own in New Hampshire. We talk about the players and the political cost at the local level, all (apparently) so Senator Ayotte can clear the battle space to run for re-election as a RINO. Listen to the entire program […]

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GrokTALK! – David Bozell on Amnesty, The NSA, and Republicans

by Steve MacDonald June 3, 2015
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David Bozell from ForAmerica is back to discuss the recent 5th circuit ruling on Executive Amnesty. We also discuss lousy Republican leadership in Congress, and Rand Paul being all he can be in his fight against NSA spying. Listen to the entire program here Follow us on YouTube,USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter …and take us with you oniTunes, iHeart Radio, Spreaker,TuneIn, or Stitcher.

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Notable Quote – Ace

by Susan Olsen June 2, 2015

“Political unions don’t fall apart because of dissidents and heretics; there are always dissidents and heretics. Political unions fall apart because the Establishment, the leadership, the allegedly cool hands at the wheel, prove themselves to be incompetent and let once-mendable tears and rips become irreparable.” Printed in its entirety, read the whole thing!

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The True Party of Diversity

by Scott Morales April 14, 2015

h/t Ricochet

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Matthew Dowd: icky Culture War this religious stuff – just shut up.

by Skip April 5, 2015

On This Week with George Stephanopolus (4/5) was another great example of an Establishment Republican, Matthew Dowd (Republican strategiest, according to This Week), of the absolute distaste of the Beltway R Elite not wanting even engage in anything that gets in the way of “we can’t make it smaller but we can manage Govt better” […]

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Updated – Yvonne Dean-Bailey Wins Special Election Primary

by Steve MacDonald April 1, 2015
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Update – Added vote totals Yvonne Dean-Bailey, who was a GrokTALK! guest back on Feb 27, has won her primary in Rockingham County District 32 (Candia, Deerfield, Northwood, and Nottingham). Yvonne now advances to the special election on May 19th against Democrat Maureen Mann. GOP Press Release Our earlier interview with Yvonne

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