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Evaluating the MA-GOP's Demands for "Party Unity"

by: Joshua Norman

Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 10:26:21 AM EDT

Last year, my State Committeewoman Lisa Barstow put on her Facebook page that she wanted to hear from fellow Republicans from Brookline, Newton and Wellesley [precincts A,C,D,E, and H] what's working, what's not, how is the GOP going to see victory in 2014. In the wake of the state party's officers demanding "party unity" from the base while defending what happened at the MA-GOP Convention on March 22, I felt compelled to write this open letter in response to those demands:

These "Party Unity" calls don't work anymore because the MA-GOP is just selling bad process and bad candidates committed to maintaining big government, but who think they are the ones who can manage it "more efficiently".

It's absolute lunacy to rally behind this party and excuse it for shafting gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher. This arrogant mentality has got to go away forever, fast. To say there is an absolute lack of leadership, accountability and transparency in this party is the grossest understatement anyone can ever make. No one can ever find out just what is really going on and it breeds a level of distrust that makes attempts at unity impossible.

I see a party that is out of control, it has lost its focus, it doesn't know where it wants to go and the only way to fix that is to take control of the organization and force the conditions so the party can act like a group of adults in the room and take charge of its own destiny.

There is plenty of talk about the new GOTV tools and the coordinated campaigns, but unless the MA-GOP field candidates that excite the voters, we will continue to lose elections.  Personally, I view the MA-GOP establishment as a Modern Day House of Bourbon in which they all have learned nothing & forgotten nothing.

I do believe that good conservative candidates who run can be competitive and potentially win elections.  The reality is that these things can happen yet our party staffers and operatives are pushing candidates that don't support our platform and our values.  They don't have the willpower to change this culture.  A few years ago, Newton for Fiscal Responsibility, a fiscal stewardship group in my hometown, hosted the author of "Reinventing Government" David Osborne.  When asked what is the difference between organizations that change things versus those that don't, he said that it is simply the willpower to do so period.  I will tell you that I got into being an activist later than most of you all when I saw that our party's political insider clique is content to be the "Loyal Opposition" to the Democrats.  It is clear to me that the MA-GOP is not committed to changing its culture because it keeps pushing a flawed operating process and flawed candidates.

The one good thing about the Democrats is that they are recognizable.  I can tell that they are left-wing, big government socialist statists.  What worries me are people who claim to be Republicans but who support big government candidates and programs.  What especially worries me are people who claim to be "to the right of Attila the Hun and who are way more conservative than I" yet they compromise their stated principles in the "name of electability" when it comes to candidates.  I don't know whether it bothers me more to see "so-called social conservatives" support pro-abortion/pro-gay marriage candidates against socially conservative candidates or whether "so-called fiscal conservatives" support fiscally-squishy candidates against fiscally-conservative candidates.  In the meantime, I'll let those "social club Republicans" talk about "how much more conservative they are than I" while I show how conservative I am through my actions.  I believe in results, not rhetoric.

If the MA-GOP wants "party unity" between the Political Insider Establishment Group and the base, then now is the time to band together to do what is right, let the chips fall where they may, and everybody move forward in unison because we have taken the corruption off the table and cleaned up our house.  My version of cleanup is Fisher is put on the ballot and refunded his $25,000 speaking fee, his case is withdrawn, heads roll at the top, an emergency State Committee meeting is called to elect new officers, and we move forward with everybody feeling that we have turned the corner to an ugly chapter that started out with scandal, but the scandal stops here.

Lastly, I will sum up my objectives for reforming the MA-GOP into five bold statements of purpose:

Platform Before Politicians

Principles Before Party

Regime Changing Reforms Before Relationships

Party Integrity Before Party Unity

Process Matters!

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Horror Stories of Obamacare

by: aschaper

Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 02:29:36 AM EDT

In response to latest, and lamest, line of attack from libs, trolls, and other creepy progressives who go bump in the night, I have started asking people to share Obamacare horror stories, either their own or other people's.

Here are some of the stories which I have heard or have been shared with me:

Jay Berman

I'm 57, healthy, went to exchange, the cheapest, a bronze plan was $455 a month, it will pay 60% of the bill after I surpass the $4500 deductible. This my friends is simply thievery and I won't participate. I want to buy the coverage I want, not what I'm told to (or forced to under threat of the IRS) .. this, is not the America I know, this is some sort of hybrid socialist dictatorship

P. L. of Redondo Beach -

I just got a letter from health insurance company, and my premiums went up.

Ed of Hermosa Beach (and girlfriend)

My health insurance premiums went up three hundred dollars.

E. C. of Gardena:  

I have doctor friends who get fined if they do not write out a specific  number of prescriptions ever month!

Here's a letter I wrote about an elderly gentleman I met in Manhattan Beach, CA:

Upset with Waxman

Walking down Manhattan Beach Boulevard last month, I met a gentleman who had posted a piece of paper on his minivan.

The white sheet with black letters read: "My insurance was cancelled because of ObamaCare."
I would have never expected someone to air such a frustrating grievance, but such outrageous outcomes must be shared.

When I discussed the issue, he told me that because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, his insurance coverage was cancelled. His heart doctor had informed him that if the law passed, he would quit his practice.

In 2012, shortly before the June primary, Congressman Henry Waxman admitted in a House budget committee hearing that he did not know that General Motors went bankrupt.

The colleague asking about GM7, Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, reminded him: "Well, it did. I am surprised you hadn't heard about it. It was the second largest bankruptcy in US history, if not the largest."

Relating how retired teachers' and police officers' pension funds were defunded to bail out GM, Mulvaney asked: "Since you supported the bailouts, what would you like to tell them?"

On behalf of every resident of the 33rd Congressional district who is losing his health insurance, or struggling to find a doctor, or paying higher health care premiums because of ObamaCare, Henry Waxman's signature legislation, I ask the Congressman: "What would you like to tell them?"

To everyone reading, I ask: "What would you like to tell Waxman? What should happen to him in 2014?"

Arthur Christopher Schaper

Torrance

Here's a post on my blog:

IRON WILL

March 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Ed,

Respectfully, don't you have BETTER THINGS TO DO then re-post Media Matters talking points for the progressive mega-cause of ObamaCare?!

Here in my state of RI, HUNDREDS of people have been unable to get healthcare door to poor planning and implimentation. Their are MANY people - whether it be by design or just poor planning - that fall through the cracks thanks to this federal monstronsity...

Here's a statement from Assemblyman Mike Chippendale of Rhode Island:

Responding to a telephone inquiry, Chippendale [state assembly member from Johnston. Here's his contact info] commented that as a member of a permanent joint committee on health care oversight, "It became clear to me that it was nothing but smoke and mirrors. This committee had no say on really anything that the lieutenant governor was doing to set up the exchange."

About the impact of Obamacare on his constituents, Chippendale added:

"Insurance is being dropped. Some of the elderly are starting to see gaps in their Medicare coverage that didn't exist before, that now suddenly do. Businesses are frantic. They simply cannot afford to put their employees on these very expensive health care plans."

Despite claims for accessibility and affordability, from rising health care costs to spiraling government debt, the Affordable Care Act's careless implementation and uncaring implications have exposed that Obama-Care-Less about the health and wealth of Rhode Islanders.

Here's a statement from Democrat Jan Malik:

Cosigning the legislation, Assemblyman Jan Malik (D-Warren) stated: "I just don't think we can afford it because of the situation we are in right now. Let the feds pay for it." Making a point that the costs of the state healthcare exchange would increase substantially over the next four years, Malik rejoined: "The issue for me is the dollars and sense. If we could afford it, we should keep it."

For the record, Malik cosigned legislation which would require the Rhode Island health care exchange be funded only by federal dollars, because the state cannot afford it.

From Amy Gallagher, a benefits manager in Rhode Island:

Go

Local Prov Health/Business expert Amy Gallagher works as a benefits administrator, and she had nothing but bad news about Obamacare, citing businesses would face rising premiums beyond the normal 7%. "A defense contract based in Rhode Island will face a 26% hike in health insurance premiums because of this law." She further commented on other statewide firms which face no other option beyond raising the insurance premiums on their employees just to manage the costs associated with Obamacare. She did not disclose specific names, for fear that those firms would face political retaliation, like losing key contracts with the state.

Please, Bay State Conservative, Republicans, and disaffected Independent and Democrats (I know you are out there) - please feel free to comment about your Obamacare horror stories, or visit my blog post and share your thoughts there:

http://aschaper1.blogspot.com/...

 

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Horror Stories of Obamacare

by: aschaper

Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 02:29:32 AM EDT

In response to latest, and lamest, line of attack from libs, trolls, and other creepy progressives who go bump in the night, I have started asking people to share Obamacare horror stories, either their own or other people's.

Here are some of the stories which I have heard or have been shared with me:

Jay Berman

I'm 57, healthy, went to exchange, the cheapest, a bronze plan was $455 a month, it will pay 60% of the bill after I surpass the $4500 deductible. This my friends is simply thievery and I won't participate. I want to buy the coverage I want, not what I'm told to (or forced to under threat of the IRS) .. this, is not the America I know, this is some sort of hybrid socialist dictatorship

P. L. of Redondo Beach -

I just got a letter from health insurance company, and my premiums went up.

Ed of Hermosa Beach (and girlfriend)

My health insurance premiums went up three hundred dollars.

E. C. of Gardena:  

I have doctor friends who get fined if they do not write out a specific  number of prescriptions ever month!

Here's a letter I wrote about an elderly gentleman I met in Manhattan Beach, CA:

Upset with Waxman

Walking down Manhattan Beach Boulevard last month, I met a gentleman who had posted a piece of paper on his minivan.

The white sheet with black letters read: "My insurance was cancelled because of ObamaCare."
I would have never expected someone to air such a frustrating grievance, but such outrageous outcomes must be shared.

When I discussed the issue, he told me that because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, his insurance coverage was cancelled. His heart doctor had informed him that if the law passed, he would quit his practice.

In 2012, shortly before the June primary, Congressman Henry Waxman admitted in a House budget committee hearing that he did not know that General Motors went bankrupt.

The colleague asking about GM7, Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, reminded him: "Well, it did. I am surprised you hadn't heard about it. It was the second largest bankruptcy in US history, if not the largest."

Relating how retired teachers' and police officers' pension funds were defunded to bail out GM, Mulvaney asked: "Since you supported the bailouts, what would you like to tell them?"

On behalf of every resident of the 33rd Congressional district who is losing his health insurance, or struggling to find a doctor, or paying higher health care premiums because of ObamaCare, Henry Waxman's signature legislation, I ask the Congressman: "What would you like to tell them?"
To everyone reading, I ask: "What would you like to tell Waxman? What should happen to him in 2014?"

Arthur Christopher Schaper

Torrance

Here's a post on this blog:

IRON WILL

March 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Ed,

Respectfully, don't you have BETTER THINGS TO DO then re-post Media Matters talking points for the progressive mega-cause of ObamaCare?!

Here in my state of RI, HUNDREDS of people have been unable to get healthcare door to poor planning and implimentation. Their are MANY people - whether it be by design or just poor planning - that fall through the cracks thanks to this federal monstronsity...

Here's a statement from Assemblyman Mike Chippendale of Rhode Island:

Responding to a telephone inquiry, Chippendale [state assembly member from Johnston. Here's his contact info] commented that as a member of a permanent joint committee on health care oversight, "It became clear to me that it was nothing but smoke and mirrors. This committee had no say on really anything that the lieutenant governor was doing to set up the exchange."

About the impact of Obamacare on his constituents, Chippendale added:

"Insurance is being dropped. Some of the elderly are starting to see gaps in their Medicare coverage that didn't exist before, that now suddenly do. Businesses are frantic. They simply cannot afford to put their employees on these very expensive health care plans."

Despite claims for accessibility and affordability, from rising health care costs to spiraling government debt, the Affordable Care Act's careless implementation and uncaring implications have exposed that Obama-Care-Less about the health and wealth of Rhode Islanders.

Here's a statement from Democrat Jan Malik:

Cosigning the legislation, Assemblyman Jan Malik (D-Warren) stated: "I just don't think we can afford it because of the situation we are in right now. Let the feds pay for it." Making a point that the costs of the state healthcare exchange would increase substantially over the next four years, Malik rejoined: "The issue for me is the dollars and sense. If we could afford it, we should keep it."

For the record, Malik cosigned legislation which would require the Rhode Island health care exchange be funded only by federal dollars, because the state cannot afford it.

From Amy Gallagher, a benefits manager in Rhode Island:

Go

Local Prov Health/Business expert Amy Gallagher works as a benefits administrator, and she had nothing but bad news about Obamacare, citing businesses would face rising premiums beyond the normal 7%. "A defense contract based in Rhode Island will face a 26% hike in health insurance premiums because of this law." She further commented on other statewide firms which face no other option beyond raising the insurance premiums on their employees just to manage the costs associated with Obamacare. She did not disclose specific names, for fear that those firms would face political retaliation, like losing key contracts with the state.

Please, Bay State Conservative, Republicans, and disaffected Independent and Democrats (I know you are out there) - please feel free to comment about your Obamacare horror stories, or visit my blog post and share your thoughts there:

http://aschaper1.blogspot.com/...

 

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Voter Registration Does Not (Have To) Matter

by: aschaper

Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 21:47:11 PM EST

The voter registration in Massachusetts certainly appears daunting. With a three-to-one Democratic spread, and a whole bunch of independents going either way (usually to the left), and an ultimate low of 10% registered Republicans, the Massachusetts GOP has more than its work cut out for taking back Beacon Hill.

Or does it?

The year 2010 was a watershed year, certainly, with a special election to replace the recently-deceased Ted "Chappaquiddick" Kennedy. Despite the three-to-one Dem slant, state senator Scott Brown (R-Wrentham) worked hard, campaigned throughout the state, and took the election from a double-digit deficit to a five-point win over Martha "Red Sox: Who are they?" Coakley.
Throughout the country from 2010 to now, Dems were on the run. McDonnell won the Virginia Governor's race, and US Attorney Chris Christie won in New Jersey.

Conservative columnist George Will displaced former House Speaker Tip (Me Over) O'Neill's assertion that all politics is local. With the advent of Obamacare, and the growing backlash from the states in 2010 and 2012, Republicans dominated state legislatures, even winning Dem seats in usually strongholds throughout the South. I still remember reading about the Alabama Democratic Party on life-support, as four members of the Cotton State Democratic delegation bolted for the GOP.

And of course, the Election Day shellacking of 2010 cannot be forgotten, which still represents the House of Representatives in spite of the National GOP's botched efforts.

And in my state, Republicans are punching back to win in Dem strongholds.

The Central Valley is all dried up, because of liberal, statist supermajority Democratic posturing. All the pandering for a smelt has sent the Central Valley up the river. In comes cherry farmer Andy Vidak (R-Hanford), a generational name in the region, well-known among the salt of the earth and the agricultural interests. Following a 2013 special election to fill in a two-to-one Democratic seat, Vidak carried the primary and the general election by six points. Yeehaw!

Two more special elections, one in the Pomona region, and another in the West Valley of Los Angeles, forced Democratic operatives to outspend the conservative/Republican opposition ten-to-one, and yet the liberal candidates only eked out wins by a few hundred votes. Frustrating at first for the GOP, these near-victories exposed a weakened Democratic brand, one in which registered Dem and liberal voters were more than happy to throw their support to the Republican. I should know. I made calls over the past few weekends into the West Valley region, where Democrats and liberal-leaning independents declared their support for the fiscally conservative (and pro-Second Amendment) Republican.

Then the waves really started rising for the California GOP. Back to 2013, Democratic Mayor Bob Filner of San Diego resigned in disgrace following eighteen allegations of sexual misconduct against female coworkers in the city. Another special election ensued, and Republican Councilmember Kevin Faulconer stepped up, winning the top vote in the primary, and then the final February run-off by nine points in a 13 point Dem advantage city. Further study proved that Faulconer had cross-over appeal not just with Independents but also registered Democrats, all of whom were still smarting over the painful costs and unseemly cuts brought on the city because of prior public sector union demands.

By the way, Democrats poured millions into the San Diego special election, and lots of foot power from the unions, and the Republican candidate still won! Voters in California are tired of collective bargaining lobbyists tying up the statehouse. Two pension reform initiatives already passed by 70% margins in very liberal San Jose as well as moderate San Diego.

The reform momentum favored Faulconer, and can favor the state GOP in November. Democrats will be putting out fires all over California, as Democrats as well as Republicans are retiring from office. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) has widened the Dem Civil War between identity politicians and public sector union puppets. A primary challenge from the left is hitting confirmed liberal Mike Honda (D-Sunnyvale), and Republicans are prepping to recover ground inadvertently lost in 2012.

How does any of this help the Massachusetts GOP? Simple enough. The national outrage over Obamacare, gun grabbing, and wasteful spending, along with NSA spying and the failed rollout not just of Obamacare Care but Common Core can give Republicans all over plenty of ammo to fight back and take the high ground again. Registered Democrats have already voted for Republicans who represent their interests rather than the special interests. The same can happen in the Bay State, too.

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Anti-Tribute to Congressman Henry Waxman (of Markey Cap and Trade Fame)

by: aschaper

Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 20:13:11 PM EST

Bear with me, Bay State Conservatives, but I have some good news for you, from the West Coast:

After forty years of unrepentant liberalism, and after winning his toughest reelection fight by five points in 2012, and even after sending an eblast in 2013 in which he announced that he would run in 2014, Congressman Henry Waxman is retiring (or rather, retreating) along with other long-term, over-time Democratic Congressmen in Washington, D.C.

It's about time! That's the first thing I can say.

But let's look at his reasons why and wherefore:

The reason for my decision is simple.  After 40 years in Congress, it's time for someone else to have the chance to make his or her mark.

Waxman pushed a 1,200 page Cap and Trade bill with his climate-comrade Ed Markey (D-Somewhere in Maryland). He helped author and sponsor the 2,500 page monstrosity called the Affordable Care Act. There is nothing simple about this Congressman.

Let's consider some of the lowlights resulting from the passage of Obama-WaxmanCare:

1. Massive, shocking rate hikes throughout the country. I even wrote a letter to the Beach Reporter about a Manhattan Beach resident whose insurance was cancelled, who lost his doctor because of Obamacare.

2. Covered California has been anything but a success, despite the media's spin to make it look good.

- The website registered dreadful numbers with Latinos in California

- Californians are witnessing the massive increases in their premiums, including the hidden rate hikes because of Obamacare

- California doctors are boycotting the Obamacare exchanges, refusing to receive Medicare, Medicaid patients, and many more are leaving the medical profession entirely because of Waxman's legislation

- Staggering numbers of Californians are losing their health insurance because of Obamacare.

- Only one third of Californians who lost insurance because of Obamacare have regained their plans.

Of course, the long litany of mistakes, distortions, and outrageous remarks from Congressman Henry Waxman would inevitably catch up with him, too:

He did not know the basic laws regulating steroid abuse, or the legal drinking age, or where $15 million for steroid abuse education ended up, yet he insisted on running oversight hearings on the subject. (Check out clip from Bigger, Faster, Stronger here)

He did not know the contents of his failed Cap and Trade Bill (Check out his embarrassing admission here)

He did not even know that General Motors went bankrupt in 2009 (This was too much) He even played the One Percent card to justify the $700 TARP billion bailout, which ended up costing taxpayers billions of dollars, including retired teachers and police officers in Indiana.

Waxman claimed in open committee in early 2011 that "We're not broke!" Because of Obamacare, failed foreign policies, stimulus largesse profligately wasted, along with reckless overspending to rival even the Bush Administration, the United States Government now has a $17 trillion national debt.

Not one, but nineteen green tech companies, subsidized with taxpayer dollars, when bust under the Obama Administration, yet Waxman would only lament "I'm sorry Solyndra happened!" At least Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa pursued Waxman's potential links with the company. That was not good enough for Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-Kentucky) who slammed the LA Congressman's obstreperous behavior. Even after his close reelection, Waxman blamed the Koch Brothers for all the ills of the world, even though Waxman spent forty years ignoring the needs of LA area veterans, along with ignoring LA's need for the Subway to the Sea for better commuting opportunities along the Wilshire-West Los Angeles corridor. This country is not any better for Waxman's efforts, whether relating to environment, health, or any other issue, for that matter.

Waxman's 2012 challenger Bill Bloomfield remarked shortly after Waxman's announcement:

I'd like to offer my gratitude to Congressman Waxman for his dedication to public service and wish him the best personally in his upcoming life as a private citizen.  

Excuse me?! This kind of "bipartisan" pandering is precisely the problem. For decades, both sides would berate each other in public, agree in private, spend money that the country does not have, and do nothing to reform the growing, unsustainable entitlement burden bearing down on our future. The last thing that we need in Washington is more politicians who please themselves and each other with niceties, while not-so-nice policies waste away our rights, opportunities, and economic freedom.

No, Congressman Waxman did not do a good job. Of course, there are the numerous constituencies, beyond just the homeless veterans of Los Angeles County, who have been harmed by Waxman's legislation and policy support. What would you like to tell them, Henry? He shut down constituents in open forums, he played up the most rank partisanship, and denied science while hyping up climate change as a serious issue (It isn't. Polar vortex, anyone?). His record of pandemic liberalism has left us none the better, and he retired not a moment too soon.

This may not be the greatest comfort, Mass GOP/Conservatives, but more old-timey progressives are fleeing Congress. Plus the fact that Markey's poll numbers are not so hot, maybe a GOP/conservative/libertarian resurgence is on the horizon.

At least Congressman Henry Waxman will be gone for good, with Markey not that far behind(?)

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Meet The New GOP Brand - Same As The Old GOP Brand

by: The Angelic One

Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 11:20:07 AM EST

"I can see by your eyes, you must be lying
When you think I don't have a clue.
Baby you're crazy if you think that you can fool me
Because I've seen that movie too."

- "I've Seen That Movie Too" by Elton John & Bernie Taupin (1973)

The Lowell Sun recently published an article on an interview its editorial board had with former Republican State Representative Karyn Polito. Polito is currently running for the office of Lieutenant Governor and the interview with the Mill City newspaper was part of her campaign swing through the GOP-friendly Merrimack Valley area.

The only way Republicans can recapture the corner office in the Statehouse is by "redefining" themselves, GOP lieutenant-governor candidate Karyn Polito told an informal meeting of The Sun's editorial board Tuesday.

And she said no one is more capable of carrying the Republican mantra in Massachusetts than herself and the 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee, Charles Baker, who lost to Democrat Deval Patrick by six percentage points.

If Polito said "Charlie and I" 10 times during the session, she said it 100 times.

Also frequently mentioned were "Bill and Paul," as in Republicans William Weld and Paul Cellucci, who captured the corner office in 1991 as governor and lieutenant governor on a message of fiscal conservatism and social liberalism that resonated across the commonwealth.

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GOProud Founder No Longer a Republican

by: Newton4G

Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 13:58:43 PM EST

GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia announces that he announced on Tuesday that he is leaving the Republican party.  

In a recent blog post Jimmy LaSalvia said  that he changed his voter registration to "no party", because the Republican party had "lost its way".

LaSalvia said that he is now "an independent conservative", which he said: "sounds much better than 'gay Republican'".

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GOProud Founder No Longer a Republican

by: Newton4G

Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 13:58:42 PM EST

GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia announces that he announced on Tuesday that he is leaving the Republican party.  

In a recent blog post Jimmy LaSalvia said  that he changed his voter registration to "no party", because the Republican party had "lost its way".

LaSalvia said that he is now "an independent conservative", which he said: "sounds much better than 'gay Republican'".

Ronald Reagan said it best when he said "A political party is not a fraternal order. A party is something where people are bound together by a shared philosophy."

RINOs like LaSalvia, are free to go. RINOs like Gabriel Gomez for whatever reason are content to remain as registered Republicans.  We don't have to purge RINOs, they've done a great job purging themselves from the party.

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GOProud Founder No Longer a Republican

by: Newton4G

Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 13:58:42 PM EST

GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia announces that he announced on Tuesday that he is leaving the Republican party.  

In a recent blog post Jimmy LaSalvia said  that he changed his voter registration to "no party", because the Republican party had "lost its way".

LaSalvia said that he is now "an independent conservative", which he said: "sounds much better than 'gay Republican'".

Ronald Reagan said it best when he said "A political party is not a fraternal order. A party is something where people are bound together by a shared philosophy."

RINOs like LaSalvia, are free to go. RINOs like Gabriel Gomez for whatever reason are content to remain as registered Republicans.  We don't have to purge RINOs, they've done a great job purging themselves from the party.

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Gabriel Gomez backs Charlie Baker for Governor

by: Newton4G

Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 18:57:04 PM EST

From The Boston Globe

Gabriel E. Gomez, the Republican nominee in the June 2013 special election for US Senate, endorsed Republican Charlie Baker for governor Monday night. Despite having given the maximum contribution allowed under state law, $500, to independent Jeffrey S. McCormick, who is seriously mulling a run for governor, Gomez said Baker was his choice for the Corner Office, citing his public and private sector experience.

“In the end, I’m going to support Charlie Baker. I think he is the right person,” Gomez said in an appearance on NECN’s BroadSide program, adding that he had also donated to Baker. Still, Gomez lauded McCormick as well. “Jeff McCormick is a good friend of mine. I’ve known him for over ten years. And I think he’d make a great governor,” Gomez said.

Gomez, a former Navy SEAL and private equity investor, lost a June 2013 against Democrat Edward J. Markey by 10 points. Gomez recently said he would not run for public office in 2014, planning instead to return to the private sector. Baker, the 2010 GOP nominee for governor, currently faces Mark R. Fisher, a political novice from Shrewsbury, in the Republican primary.

There are five Democrats and two independent candidates who have also launched gubernatorial bids to succeed Governor Deval Patrick, who has pledged not to run for a third term.

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Christie's Bridge(Gate) to Nowhere: What About Obama?

by: aschaper

Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 18:05:56 PM EST

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono mentioned this scandal during one of her debates with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Arguing that because Fort Lee mayor Mark Sokolich refused to endorse the governor, she indicted Christie for  retaliating by tying up traffic at George Washington Bridge.

Following his impressive reelection last year, Governor Christie was cruising into the national spotlight with greater ambitions awaiting him.  The George Washington Bridge scandal has now reached front page new on websites and national newspapers. Reports of internal memos suggest that Christie operatives knew about or directly positions the blocking of lanes along one of the busiest freeway thoroughfares in the country.

The governor has faced quite a firestorm over this scandal. He has fired one member of his staff, and pressured another not to run for Chairman of the New Jersey Republican Party.

Media affiliates are going nuts over this scandal. Breitbart.com covered this story with five -- five! -- different headshots of the governor. Give me a break!

Granted, Christie has not been on conservatives' or even national Establishment Republicans "Good Boy" List. From his enthusiastic support for President Obama during the Superstorm Sandy disaster in 2012, to his blunt indictment of the House Republicans following their delay to send federal aid to the Northeast, and even his cozy relationship with Democrats in the Garden State, the moderate-conservative Republican Governor has appealed to the media and to Democrats more often than not.

Now, about this whole BridgeGate scandal. Let's consider that Christie took to the press-mike for two hours to explain the situation, apologize for this "frustrated and embarrassing" turn of events. Ben Shapiro commented on "Truth Revolt" that the same media which had propped him has now turned on him. This allegation has some merit, considering that the fawning over his potential campaign for President in 2016 created a lot of buzz and business for the dying weekly news magazines. Time Magazine featured him in a mafia-like headshot, followed by a rude, off-color joke reporting on his two-to-one reelection in November.

Conservatives argued, and perhaps rightly so, that the media wants to redefine the Republican brand into a centrist flavor which will not only turn off conservative voters in the future, but assure the dominance of the decayed Democratic brand,.

Putting aside all the political posturing about this erupting scandal, this bridge of bad press is really going nowhere, and taking us away from national priorities of greater merits. How many scandals has the Obama Administration been implicated if? From the IRS' abusive targeting of conservative groups, to Operation Fast and Furious, to the disastrous Obamacare rollout, which is rolling out personal information while driving up healthcare costs and driving away medical practitioners from the medical profession, President Obama and his staff are swimming, no drowning in scandal, dysfunction, and corruption.

And of course, there's Benghazi, with recent investigations pointing out that terrorist groups did indeed target the American consulate, which resulted in the violent deaths of four people. What about BridgeGate? Emergency vehicles were stalled because of the snarled traffic, which may or may not have resulted in deaths, but the allegation that Christie or his staff should face criminal charges for the George Washington Bridge back-up is not only ridiculous, but patently offensive in light of the outrageous dysfunction and misconduct generated by the Obama administration over the past five years.

Once again, Breitbart News should blush for covering this story with so much time and data. Now more than ever, conservatives, Republicans, and every disaffected Democrat tired of socialist-progressive policies should be looking for any leader, any governor, who is willing to take responsibility for his staff, and more importantly it's time for the media to devote more of its attention to an inattentive, insolent, and ultimately incompetent presidential administration in Washington D.C. Not the lane-blocking at the George Washington Bridge, but the law-breaking and arbitrary executive actions of this President and his staff require intense scrutiny, investigations, and strong follow-up.

Christie's Bridge(Gate) really goes nowhere, and has become distraction from President Barack Obama's "Nowhere yet Everywhere" failure of an administration. It's time for Americans, especially the conservative media affiliates in our country, to stop with the Christie-Crush (and the Christie-crushing) and focus on principles, policies, and people who want to restore constitutional rule, limited government, and individual liberty as focal points of the United States civic culture.  

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The Top Ten Massachusetts Political Stories of 2013

by: The Angelic One

Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 17:15:27 PM EST

Agree? Disagree? Here's my list of the Top Ten political events in 2013 that left their mark on Massachusetts:

01) The Boston Marathon Terrorist Attacks: Three people died & 260 were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Bay State's iconic Boston Marathon. The actions of the alleged killers - Chechen brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - underscored the vulnerability of citizens in an open society to the whims of sociopaths.

02) Obamacare Impacts Massachusetts citizens: Unlike Romneycare, the implementation of Obamacare in Massachusetts has caused a great deal of headaches for those administrating it & those who wish to enroll into it.

03) Software Tax Repealed: Beacon Hill witnessed the ultimate flip-flop when a poorly-designed technology tax that had been passed by the Legislature & signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick lasted only two months before it was repealed due to the enormous backlash the tax produced from the Hi-Tech industry and anti-tax activists.

04) Dookhan Scandal: Former chemist Annie Dookhan's was convicted of faking lab tests that have now threatened the validity of thousands criminal convictions & will cost the state millions of dollars in re-trying drug cases.

05) James "Whitey" Bulger convicted: Though justice finally caught up with the notorious South Boston gangster, questions about his relationship with the FBI as an informant will remain unanswered until the bureau itself receives a full investigation to determine whether or not its culture aided & abetted Bulger's reign of terror in Massachusetts.

06) Casinos Shunned: Most communities haven't rolled out the red carpet to gaming interests since Massachusetts legalized casino gambling. The state still drools at the idea of wetting its beak with a share of the projected profits going into its pockets. The average citizen, though, seems more interested in the health of their respective communities.

07) Boston Elects Its First Mayor In 20 Years: Thomas Menino's decision not to run for re-election as mayor of Boston triggered a free-for-all that ultimately led to the election of Democrat State Representative Martin Walsh.

08) Lantigua Loses His Re-Election Bid: Lawrence mayor William Lantigua narrowly lost his bid for re-election to fellow Hispanic Democrat Daniel Rivera. The party had become fed up with Lantigua & had some of its senior politicos help Rivera win in order to maintain its grip on an important urban outpost that is home to a key block of voters.

09) Kerry, Markey, & Clark Move Upwards & Onwards: Once John Kerry was appointed Barack Obama's Secretary of State (following Hillary Clinton's departure), Kerry's open seat was won by Congressman Ed Markey. Markey's open seat was then filled by Katherine Clark. Republicans tried & failed to win the open seats once they became available.

10) Scott Brown leaves Massachusetts: The move of former US Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) to New Hampshire underscored the difficulties of the GOP to hold onto - if not maintain - political talent well suited for the Bay State.

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A SEAL doesn't hide behind human shields.

by: Publius Menpaean

Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 00:01:15 AM EST

This post is about the differences between Gabriel Gomez, Scott Brown, and Charlie Baker.

During the phase Gomez was defending his "Klan" remarks about Christopher Pinto and Rob Eno (we'll call it "the morning" to distinguish it from "the afternoon," where he apologized for language, not content) he suggested the problem was with activists questioning whether he, Charlie Baker, and Scott Brown were "real Republicans."
Link: http://bostonherald.com/news_o...

He said "these are the kind of people that make the Republican Party hated in Massachusetts." "Obviously they touched a chord with them because they know I'm right. [...] These are the kind of people that call in, and they're talking about how Scott Brown is a RINO, and then they'll be talking about me" among other risible statements. Listen to the whole thing. Gomez of "the morning" is at least more sincere than Gomez of "the afternoon."

The Globe's Political Intelligence blog offered this paragraph:
Link: http://www.boston.com/politica...

"Gomez said Monday morning that his comment was not prompted by any one specific article or piece, but rather was a general response to Red Mass Group, as well as to activists questioning whether he, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker, and former US senator Scott Brown, were real Republicans."

The problem here is that unlike Charlie Baker or Scott Brown, Gabriel Gomez has given lengthy interviews to the press attacking the party, its activists, and in the fallout of his remarks he tried to turn this into "moderate Republicans" and "99% of the party (pulled from his radio interview)" vs. conservative activists and talk-show callers.

Now I have disagreed with some of Scott Brown's comments, especially ones he made on Bill O'Reilly's program when he was guest hosting, which attacked the Tea Party. To my knowledge however, Scott Brown has never taken a personal effort to attack members of the Party itself and provide ammunition for our political opponents.

In a similar way, whatever the flaws of Charlie Baker's 2010 campaign, since then I have seen him remain active in Republican circles, speaking at events, and building capital inside the party. He supported the Repeal the Gas Tax initiative and made a point of collecting signatures for it. Gomez was nowhere to be found. Scott Brown's recent move to New Hampshire has been the subject of debate, but trusted sources have told me his personal reasons include taking care of a loved one. I take them at their word. I wish Scott Brown and his family God's grace and protection as they care for those they love.

It should not surprise anyone politically active, but the world of conservatives is similar to the world of moderates in that many conservatives have serious points of disagreement within their own political spectrum. I, for example, have a fairly libertarian bent on my approach to many issues, but can't consider myself primarily libertarian. My strongest preference is for the most socially conservative outcomes possible, specifically for a marriage policy built around the rights of children exercised by their parents, and an ethic of life that permeates our laws at every level.

In the same way as an attack on my beliefs is not an attack on all conservatives, Gomez, Brown, and Baker can't all be stuffed into one "Republican moderate" box as if an attack on one is an attack on all. Gomez's attempt to peddle this foolishness is simply an example of taking a human shield to deflect the backfire his statements caused.

Our candidates are the people who represent the party to the outside world. Charlie Baker has made clear over the last four years that he intends to work with activists of all stripes in Massachusetts, Scott Brown has made it clear that he is moving to another phase in his life, and Gabriel Gomez has made it clear he exists primarily to attack Republicans that don't fit into his view of what a Republican should be, and that he fancies himself the avatar of What Most Massachusetts Republicans Think, at least when he is being honest. I sincerely hope this "New Kind of Republican" rhetoric gets exiled if this is its standard bearer. I like Republicans, moderate or conservative, that can at least acknowledge the value of my stances above and incorporate it into their understanding of Republicanism, to run as Republicans - no modifiers needed.

Not all Republican moderates are alike. And a SEAL should know that his team members don't exist to block shots for him, especially not his own friendly fire.

~Brian Kennedy, Republican Activist

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The True Meaning of Christmas

by: mp_stopa

Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 22:17:17 PM EST

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

Last night, for those of you who missed it, my friend Todd Feinburg was kind enough to invite me to participate in his special, Christmas Eve edition of Nigthside (sitting in for Dan Rea) on WBZ radio. The topics du jour were Christmas (as befit the occasion) and capitalism (as befit the host and his guest). The questions we asked were much the same as the questions that get asked every year. Has Christmas become too materialistic? Is Christmas an imposition on those who don't celebrate it? Or is Christmas - even the spirituality of Christmas - for all who wish to celebrate it, not only for Christians? How does that spirituality relate to the ancient, pagan celebration of the winter solstice?

In short, what is the true meaning of Christmas?

Remarkably, after lo these many years, I think I have at last found an answer to those questions...found, at least, my answer. I think it has, coincidentally a lot to do with being a Republican in Massachusetts, in Obama's America. SO forgive me if here on RedMassGroup, and on this Christmas night, I share it with you.

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Frank Addivinola Finally Gets to Debate Katherine Clark

by: Newton4G

Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 17:26:59 PM EST

From the Malden Observer

With less than a week to go before a special election, congressional candidates Katherine Clark, Democratic state senator of Melrose, and Republican Frank Addivinola of Boston are set for their first televised debate.
New England Cable News announced Thursday morning that Clark and Addivinola will debate at 3 p.m. Friday and the cable channel will air the debate at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Rebroadcasts are planned for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.
The special election to fill the Fifth District seat in the U.S. House formerly held by Sen. Edward Markey is Tuesday. Independent James Aulenti of Wellesley and Justice Peace Security candidate James Hall of Arlington are also on the ballot.

Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/wal...
Follow us: @MaldenObserver on Twitter

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Special MA Congress election this Tuesday. Pro-family Republican being snubbed by GOP Establishment

by: Newton4G

Tue Dec 03, 2013 at 23:05:03 PM EST

I received this email from MassResistance, which is run by Republican Ward 4 Ward Committeeman Brian Camenker, former President of the Newton Taxpayers Association

Ho - hum. Another day, another pro-family Republican congressional candidate being thrown under the bus by the GOP establishment. But this time it's especially upsetting because this is a special election -- next Tuesday, Dec. 10 -- against a particularly odious radical Democrat.

You may recall that in the 2012 general election, the national (and local Massachusetts) Republican establishment put considerable financial resources behind Richard Tisei, a pro-abortion "out" homosexual activist RINO Republican running for Congress, who unsuccessfully tried to unseat the Democrat incumbent, John Tierney (a political hack who might have been defeated by a good candidate).

Special election for Congress

That was the 6th District. This month there's a special election (an open seat) in the neighboring 5th District. But this time the Republican is a pro-family conservative running against a very radical Democrat, and the Republican establishment seems to be staying as far away as possible.

Earlier this year, when Barack Obama appointed John Kerry to be Secretary of State, an election was held for his vacated Massachusetts US Senate seat. Edward Markey, who was the Congressman in the 5th District, won, leaving his seat vacant. Next Tuesday, Dec. 10, is the election to fill that Congressional seat. The choice could not be clearer.

The Democrat

Katherine Clark, a state Senator, is the Democrat in the race. She won a seven-candidate primary in October. If elected, Clark would likely be the most radical Massachusetts member of Congress since Barney Frank -- maybe even worse. She would certainly be as combative as Frank. She's very open about wanting to go to Washington "to fight against radical Republicans."

Katherine Clark, (then a State Rep) was quite demonstrative at the bizarre State House signing ceremony for the Transgender Rights and Hate Crimes bill on January 19, 2012. Standing near her, at bottom, was the Executive Director of MassEquality (a woman dressed as a male). At Clark's right was "out" lesbian State Rep. Sarah Peake. To her immediate left was former State Rep Alice Wolf, a school sex-ed champion.

According to Clark's campaign literature that we've seen:
Says she'll fight against the Republican "war on women."
Is solidly pro-abortion. Funded by Emily's List. Will fight for continued public funding for Planned Parenthood.
Will strongly support "LGBT rights." Was endorsed by MassEquality.
Pro-gun control. Says she "will work to end the NRA's stranglehold on Congress."
In past elections, she's also been endorsed by the ultra-left Democratic Socialists of America.

Clark is a true far-left ideologue. In our experience, Katherine Clark's dislike of people with traditional values is deep and visceral. For example, this past year as a State Senator and Senate chairman of the Joint Judiciary Committee, she ran the infamous "Public Hearing from Hell" on July 9, which included many important "culture war" bills. The hearing began at 1:00 pm. During the day she allowed numerous homosexual groups to testify. But the pro-family people were forced to wait until 10 pm to testify, and most of them had left by then.

The public hearing from hell run by Katherine Clark on July 9. Her committee packed 210 bills into one day, and made pro-family people wait until 10 pm for a chance to testify.  

It doesn't get much worse than that.

The Republican

Clark's Republican opponent is Frank Addivinola, a lawyer, college instructor, and businessman. He easily won a 3-candidate primary, and is widely liked by GOP grassroots activists. He is pro-life, pro-family, pro-traditional marriage, and is also strong on a range of conservative issues. He wouldn't exactly be a conservative firebrand, though. He told us that he would not vote to impeach Barack Obama, which is annoying but no different from most of the other Republicans in the US House. As a campaigner, he is quite articulate and has been a very hard worker going across the district.  He also passed the VoteCoreValues test with flying colors.
http://www.votecorevalues.com/...

Frank Addivinola
There are some oddities. Although Addivinola was born and raised in the district, he currently lives in Boston (which is not in the district but that does not disqualify him from running) and strangely, his campaign headquarters is also in Boston. Earlier this year he was on the ballot for Boston City Council.

Nevertheless, this would appear to be an opportunity for the GOP to pick up a seat in a traditionally "blue" district. It's an "open" seat. It's a special election which generally attracts a very low turnout -- and it's in December. And the population of the district, in our observation, is not as radically leftist as Clark.

But as far as we can tell, the Addivinola campaign has received almost no support from the state GOP establishment, and certainly none from the national Republicans either with fundraising or any other help. In other words, he's not pro-gay and "socially liberal" enough for the establishment -- certainly not another Gabriel Gomez. Thus, he's had to rely on a hard-charging volunteer-led campaign.

Clark refusing to debate Addivinola -- a no-show at 7 debates!

If all that isn't enough, there's more: We have never seen a Congressional election where one candidate flatly refused to debate the other candidate. There have been (at least) seven scheduled debates between Clark and Addivinola. They've been set up by media outlets, civic groups, and even a liberal Jewish Temple.  Clark has refused to participate in any of them!

Clark refuses to attend and her campaign doesn't give a reason. We suspect that she knows her views are out of the mainstream even in Massachusetts, and in addition she does not want to have to defend Obama's record or the Obamacare train wreck! Perhaps she also knows she can't stand up to logical challenges from an articulate opponent.

But in a free society, one expects a candidate to stand up and defend his positions at least once. Obviously, Clark's opinion of that is different from the rest of us.

At this Fox News scheduled debate, they had an empty seat for Clark, who refused to show up! http://www.myfoxboston.com/vid...

Of course, because Clark's a left-winger, most of the media has outrageously ignored this. They don't even ask her about it directly. We could imagine what would happen if a Republican had that attitude.

The election is on Tuesday. In many ways, this is not unlike what we've been seeing across the country. In our opinion, the Republican Party has lost its way. You can contact the Addivinola campaign to help (or donate) HERE.
http://www.frankaddivinola.com/

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Karyn Polito Seemingly Set to Announce for Lieutenant Governor in Shrewsbury Tomorrow Morning

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 21:18:57 PM EST

Karyn Polito sent out a Media Advisory that she will be announcing her future political plans tomorrow.  As Dan Winslow already pulled the prank of doing this and not announcing, it is pretty safe to say Karyn will not be.  

All indications are that she will announce a campaign for Lieutenant Governor.

Karyn Polito To Make Announcement Regarding 2014 Election

Shrewsbury- Tomorrow, Karyn Polito will make an announcement regarding her plans for the 2014 election cycle at Brody's diner in her hometown of Shrewsbury.

Tuesday, December, 3 2013:

What: 2014 Election Announcement
When: 10:15 AM
Where: Brody's Diner, 308 Hartford Turnpike, Shrewsbury MA, 01545

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Where's Scott? Former Senator Bob Smith to Challenge Shaheen

by: Striker57

Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 13:25:45 PM EST

Former New Hampshire Republican U.S. Senator Bob Smith has announced he will run in the Republican Primary looking to be the nominee against Jeanne Shaheen. Smith is the third Republican to announce against Shaheen.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/l...

So what's the story Scott Brown?

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Frank Addivinola's Fundraiser

by: Newton4G

Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 11:44:12 AM EST

Fundraiser in support of Frank Addivinola for Congress

Thursday, November 21, 6:30 - 8:30pm

The Chateau Restaurant, 195 School St, Waltham

Please join us to support the campaign and hear from special guests, including Howie Carr who will be signing his books available for purchase.

Hors d'oeuvres & cash bar

RSVP encouraged: info@frankaddivinola.com

Donate at www.FrankAddivinola.com

Checks payable to The Addivinola Committee

Afterwards, let's fight for Frank!  Winning Special Elections requires two things, Identity and Infrastructure.  Frank is a strong VoteCoreValues Republican who paints with bold colors and helps improve the Identity of the Massachusetts GOP.  Let's get him the grassroots GOTV infrastructure he needs to help him win his race.

And of course, let's vote for Frank on Tuesday December 10th in the 5th Congressional District Special Election!

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Could Obamacare Lead To The "Demise Of The Democratic Party"?

by: The Angelic One

Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 13:35:37 PM EST

The Hill reports that Democrats in Washington are freaking out over the implications of the Obamacare meltdown:

Sources who attended a meeting of House chiefs of staff on Monday say the room was seething with anger over the immense damage being done to the Democratic Party and talk was of scrapping rollout events for the Affordable Care Act.

"Here we are, we're supposed to be selling this to people, and it's all screwed up," one chief of staff ranted. "This either gets fixed or this could be the demise of the Democratic Party."

Democrats around Capitol Hill say there are lots of people to blame for the debacle that has engulfed them. But increasingly the anger is directed at one person only: (President Barack) Obama.

"Is he even more unpopular than George W. Bush? I think that's already happened," said one Democratic chief of staff.

While the press loves to highlight GOP divisions, they ignore similar conflicts among the Democrats. Segments of the Old Left may see an opportunity within the current crisis to discredit the New Left (short term strategy) with the ultimate goal of getting rid of it (long term strategy). It remains to be seen if the Old Left has the stomach for the kind of institutional civil war that Democrats haven't experienced since the last one they fought back in the '60s, '70s, & '80s.

That last civil war resulted in the triumph of the New Left with its success reaching its apotheosis through the election of Obama & the passage of Obamacare. The Old Left has allowed itself to play a subservient role in the party so long as the New Left didn't do anything to hurt the Old Left, its power bases - or even the party itself. With a potential electoral blowout looming on the horizon for next year's national elections, will the Old Left go down with the ship - or will they cut their losses by cutting the throats of their New Left comrades in order to save their party - & themselves?

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