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Republicans Must Make The 2014 Midterm Elections "A National Referendum" On Obama's Amnesty Plans

by: The Angelic One

Thu Sep 18, 2014 at 23:05:30 PM EDT

An article posted on Breitbart.com should be utilized as an important memo for all GOP candidates running this year for either the US Senate or the House of Representatives: make the 2014 midterm elections a national referendum on President Barack Obama's post-election scheme to provide amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

James P. Pinkerton, a veteran of the Reagan White House and now a Fox News contributor, argues that Republicans need a 1980 or 2004-type "wave" election highlighting a "wave" issue to win the Senate. He asserts that it's not too late to nationalize the campaign, recalling Newt Gingrich's Contract with America, unveiled September 27, just six weeks before the historic 1994 midterm election.

Twenty years later, the issues are different but the strategy remains the same. When a wave comes, candidates must ride it - and most Republican challengers would probably sweep into office on an immigration-control tsunami washing away the Democrats. In fact, we're halfway there, as tough anti-amnesty spots are being aired in support of GOP Senate candidates in Kentucky, New Hampshire, Michigan, Arkansas, and Louisiana, among the competitive states surveyed by Politico.

Those ads need to be broadcast nationally and especially in battlegrounds, hammering Obama and the Democrats on the risks that porous borders pose to national security and middle-class jobs. If Republicans do that, they'll retire more than enough Democratic senators to retake the Senate - and lead a transformation of American politics that Karl Rove never saw coming.

Scott Brown has found the tactic to be effective enough to make his US Senate race in New Hampshire against Democrat incumbent Jeanne Shaheen VERY competitive. Hopefully MA Republican US Senate candidate Brian Herr will effectively use the same kind of strategy against Democrat incumbent Ed Markey. Ride the wave, boys. Ride it!

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GOP 2014: Wave or Wash?

by: aschaper

Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 20:46:40 PM EDT

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

On Townhall.com, two contributors contend that the Republican Party will have a wave election in 2014, or they will not.

The Boston Globe's Jeff Jacoby says no:

http://townhall.com/columnists...


It's a sweet dream. But don't count on seeing it come true.

One can forgive Jacoby's cynicism regarding the changeability of House Reps in Congressional elections, particularly off-years (although 1994 and 2010 served as tsunami elections against the Democratic incumbent President). For two decades, the Massachusetts GOP has witnesses its own slow demosie, losing its last two house reps in 1996 (in part because of the 1994-1995 shutdown, but more likely the liberalizing trends shaping the Bay State). Determined that 2014 will provide little change in Congressional representation, Jacoby half-heartedly acknowledeges the defeat of nine-term incumbent John Tierney, who barely gripped onto his MA-6 seat in Northeast Massachusetts by one percentage point in 2012. His Republican challenger during the last cycle, openly gay moderate Richard Tisei, was prepped to challenge him again as one of a slate of House GOP "Young Guns".

Suprisingly enough, Tierney lost to a dismissed challenger, Seth Moulton, who has blasted the now-ousted Tierney's incapacity to get things done. Still, even with Tierney and Cantor's loss (plus two other incumbent losses to primary challenges thisy year), Jacoby surmises that such revolutions in representation are quite rare. Regarding Jacoby's expectations of a whimper as opposed to a wave, Jacoby's frustration is justified, at least regarding a term-by-term analysis, particularly in Massachusetts.

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The Crucial Question Republican Activists Must Ask Themselves

by: The Angelic One

Sat Sep 06, 2014 at 11:50:19 AM EDT

With the 2014 Massachusetts Republican Primary just days away, I hope GOP activists ask themselves one crucial if not existential question before they cast their vote. The question they all should seriously ponder is this: will the candidate they support maintain the status quo for Beacon Hill's minority party or will said candidate join other like-minded Republicans in electing new leadership representing a new GOP when the time comes for its members to do so?

If activists are happy with the faux opposition party on Beacon Hill led by Brad Jones then - by all means - said activists should proudly vote for those GOP candidates who get a thrill up their leg at the thought of being a dependable rubber stamp. And if Jones prevails thanks to said candidates, said activists shouldn't bitch & moan over the gradual yet continuing diminishment of the Massachusetts Republican Party as a serious political party in the eyes of the voters.

If activists are unhappy with Jones' obsequious relationship with Democrat House Speakers (no matter who holds the title), his indifference towards the Republican rank-&-file, & his lack of interest (if not imagination) in building an effective opposition party with an eye towards one day making the GOP the majority party, then said activists & their respective networks of family, friends, & colleagues should identify & vote for those who share their vision of a post-Jones Republican Party. It's going to take time & a lot of effort to make that dream a reality. But the time to effectuate that change starts on September 9, 2014. Think strategically. Be the change you seek. Vote for change this Tuesday.

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To Chris McDaniel: Let It Go

by: aschaper

Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 22:46:45 PM EDT

For election year 2014, Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel threw all into unseating a decades-old Establishment GOP incumbent in Mississippi.

McDaniel was a favored candidate not just of his candor, but for his respect for opponent Thad Cochran. McDaniel outlined his plan not to get along to go along in Washington. Frustrated with the tepid decisions of the incumbent to vote against cloture and resist pressing against US Senate Democratic dominance, McDaniel claimed that the voters needed a fighter. Following the spate of scandals spouting out of the White House, from Operation Fast and Furious to the numerous lies about ObamaCare, to the IRS and EPA abuses, along with the invasion of our privacy from the NSA and the CIA, demand immediate response and retribution from our representatives, Cochran has done nothing. McDaniel would.

Indeed, the former radio host is an articulate fighter, and we need lawmakers like him to fight back against the institutionalized fraud, deceit, and endemic arrogance of Washington DC. Unlike more prescient politicians, like minority leader Mitch McConnell and Orrin Hatch, Cochran did not plan for a fight, nor did he prepare for the tenacity of a challenger from the libertarian right. Cochran was going to find himself facing the fight of his political career, one which campaign aids and political king-makers took more seriously than the incumbent himself. For months, conservative groups descended into Mississippi, the reliably red state whose thirty-plus year senator had admitted privately that they Republicans could never stop Obamacare. Cochran shared support for Common Core legislation, and he touted his influence to bring in the pork for Magnolia State residents.

Therein lay a problem. When a state needs financial aid following a natural disaster, should its Senator not take the initiative to ensure that his constituents receive necessary funding? McDaniel's common sense demand for less government should not limit the role of state as defender of the people. Still, primary challenger did not slacken his pace to win the race, nor did he have to.

McDaniel railed against Common Core and shared his outraged with the unsustainable debt of Washington. Presenting himself as an iron stalwart who would stand with US Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, the state senator from Mississippi would prove a formidable plank in a new wave of resistance to big government encroachment, whether from Democrats or Republicans.

McDaniel did so well in the June 3rd primary, that he bested the incumbent by a percentage point, but the win was not decisive enough, so Cochran and McDaniel would face off in a run-off. Tea Party supporters rallied to the former radio host's aid, a slick young operator with a libertarian streak, one who declared his bold pastels in contrast to the fading shades of Cochran's greying tenure.

Still, politics is a full-contact support, and incumbents, especially with four decades of experience and connections, do not give up easily. Defined by the Washington culture as well as immersed in it, Cochran and state party supporters not only increased their efforts, but they reached out to Democratic voters who had not participated in the first primary. Some operatives decry such tactics, shouting that Cochran and company played on unfounded racism smears to bring down McDaniel. The incumbent Senator also argued his support for food stamps and federal largesse, which appeal to Democratic voters.

Following the second vote at the end of June, Cochran carried the day with a slightly wider margin. McDaniel supporters cried foul, citing not just pandering with taxpayer dollars, but outright lies and voter fraud. Still, Cochran won the race, and he is the Republican nominee of Mississippi's US Senator. What can McDaniel draw from this outcome? Should he keep fighting? He should let go of the election lawsuit. He made his case, the state party rejected it, and so have Mississippi state courts. He is not a loser for spotlighting the importance of incumbents not taking their seats for granted. He has a ground game in place which have enlarged his name ID while strengthening his outreach for the next race. Cochran's victory has enhanced GOP outreach to black communities, proving that voter discrimination even in the Deep South is a thing of the past. McDaniel can capitalize on this subtle victory for the future, too, and prepare for another statewide run, whether as a US Senator or even as Governor.

The state senator and radio host has every right to be outraged, but he should learn from the measured examples of other Republicans, like Richard Nixon and his admired example Ronald Reagan. Running more than once for President, both men did reach the office at last. Nixon had time and opportunity to contest dubious results in his 1960 campaign, but chose not to, for the sake of the country. Reagan lost twice before getting the nomination, and the second time, in 1976, a fractured primary fight led to a contested floor vote at the Republican convention. The Establishment won in 1976, but four years later the conservative upstart finished on top.

McDaniel's loss in 2014 can promote him to victory in years to come.

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Has Panic Set In?

by: Patrick

Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 00:42:30 AM EDT

(Is the gubernatorial primary about to get more interesting.   - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

The Boston Herald appears to have lifted the blackout on Mark Fisher.

Underdogs could ride low turnout to major upsets

Major upsets in primaries are sending shockwaves across the political landscape nationally, and Massachusetts gubernatorial underdogs may yet ride low voter turnout to longshot wins against Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker, experts say.

But there's a long road ahead if second-tier Democrats Steve Grossman and Don Berwick and Republican Mark Fisher want to take a serious shot at the two front-runners, but low voter turnout in the primary just a week after Labor Day can lead to upsets, experts say.

Paleologos: GOP hopefuls should focus on Hub, 9th District

So, if you're Baker or Fisher, the darling of the Tea Party, where do you go for votes? Consider that in the last contested statewide Republican primary for the special U.S. Senate seat, Gabriel Gomez won with just over 96,000 votes statewide. That's a paltry amount when you consider that there are well over 2 million registered independents in Massachusetts. If just a sliver of independents - all of whom are eligible to vote in the Republican primary - join with Tea Party activists and vote for Fisher, Baker could suffer a surprise attack similar to what former Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor experienced when he lost to fellow Republican David Brat in June.

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Deja-Vu All Over Again For Massachusetts Republican Party

by: The Angelic One

Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 14:20:52 PM EDT

Jim O'Sullivan of The Boston Globe could barely contain his sarcastic snark in the article he wrote about the Massachusetts Republican Party titled "The Republican Revolution Is Underway. Maybe."

After enumerating the fallen condition of the state GOP, O'Sullivan informed his readership that help was on the way:

With financial backing from Christopher Egan, son of the late EMC founder and hefty Republican donor Dick Egan, (Rob Gray & Andrew Goodrich) are launching a super PAC and sister nonprofit focused on state lawmakers.

The five-year plan, operating with a planned cumulative budget of more than $4 million for the twin organizations, is to serve as a sort of clearinghouse of opposition research on Democratic lawmakers. For instance, under an entirely plausible scenario, if a Democratic state rep in a contestable district makes an asinine comment at a town meeting, the group, inventively titled Massachusetts Citizens for Jobs, is hoping to have a camera there to record it for posterity and political utility.

Modeled after national groups like American Bridge and America Rising (the next stage of evolution in campaign finance is to come up with better names), the group, which planned to formally file organization papers Thursday, will track votes, collect testimony, issue reports, send direct mail. All in the name of, as Goodrich puts it, "lifting the veil on Beacon Hill." They've been making fund-raising visits to reliably Republican enclaves and plan "dispassionate" decisions about which districts to contest. Read: Worcester County, the South Shore, the Cape, and near the New Hampshire border.

This is the way parties are built - or, in this case, rebuilt. Most of it is far from sexy: long drives to boring meetings and longer hours trawling through tape. But if the Republican Party's heart is to beat again in Massachusetts at any healthy frequency, the resuscitation is better coming from the bottom up, rather than the top down.

"It should make it more of a fair fight, anyway," said Gray.

How does one react to this news beyond the automatic instinct to scream, "are you shitting me?"  

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Promoting Prudent Fiscal Stewardship

by: Joshua Norman

Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 15:08:29 PM EDT

Rob Eno from RedMassGroup recently wrote about RMG's new project that will score, going back ten years, every spending and debt vote taken by Republican Legislators.  Scored will be Budget Bills, Supplemental Budget Bills, and bond bills.  Votes scored will only be on the final bills, not amendments.  Eno's concern is that many conservative organizations focus only on opposing tax increases and not enough on dealing with spending & debt.  Brad Wyatt told me that he would vote against the budget unless it held the line on spending.

I agreed with 99% of Eno's posting and the one percent I disagreed on relates to my focus as a fiscal stewardship activist.  I am the Research Director of the Newton Taxpayers Association and we primary focus our fiscal stewardship activist efforts on government spending, the size & role of government and Newton's $1.16 Billion Borrowing Binge consisting of unfunded pensions ($244 Million), retiree health care ($602 Million), bonded debt ($234 Million) and other liabilities ($80 Million).  

My belief, which I am instilling in the NTA's membership, is that an expanded role of government drives higher spending & debt.  Higher spending & debt drive calls for higher taxes at all levels and especially Proposition 2.5 overrides at the local level. Although we did not defeat the 2013 Newton override, we got 45% to vote no on the override, which is very good considering that we were facing the following headwinds:

1. The pro-override group co-opted opponents of prior overrides.
2. Mayor Warren had reduced compensation spending growth by reducing the growth of salaries & benefits.
3. The pro-override group was able to sell themselves as promoting "reform from reformers" because Mayor Warren was the primary spokesman for the override and made the override into a referendum on Mayor Warren's performance in office, specifically reducing compensation growth.
4. They made the usual arguments about rotting school buildings and infrastructure but also how Mayor Warren made a Capital Improvement Plan to fix Newton's infrastructure, which had never been done before in Newton.
5. When Mayor Warren was proposing his override in October 2012, the Newton Republicans were doing rallies for Romney in New Hampshire.
6. Scott Brown only got 33% of the vote in Newton in 2012 versus 55% in Shrewsbury.
7. There were Republicans that voted for some or all of the override questions, including the lone Republican Alderman Greer Tan Swiston.
8. The President of the Newton Taxpayers Association (at the time) was quoted as saying that Mayor Warren was doing a superb job in 2011.
9. The anti-override group Moving Newton Forward with Fiscal Responsibility did not form until 6 weeks before the election.

I am surprised that Newton's anti-override group Moving Newton Forward with Fiscal Responsibility got 45% against the override whereas Shrewsbury for Responsible Taxation only got 34% in the Republican stronghold of Shrewsbury.  That is not supposed to be a negative reflection against SRT, but rather show that when I was Co-Chair of Moving Newton Forward, I must have been doing something right.  I think my willingness to take on budgetary sacred cows such as employee compensation and costs for educating out-of-district students helped strike a nerve with our targeted taxpaying voters and swung votes our way.

I recently wrote in The Newton TAB about how the continuously climbing compensation of the Newton Public Schools system's unions and educrats is crowding out spending in other areas of city government in Newton's FY2015 budget.  I could tell it was very well received as I received two positive emails from Democrat Aldermen.  In addition, the head of the Newton Republican City Committee as well as the State Committeewoman for the First Middlesex & Norfolk District (Newton, Brookline & Wellesley) suggested I forward my column to the Executive Director of a well-known fiscal responsibility & good governance watchdog group.

I believe that good prudent fiscal stewardship is more than merely opposing tax increases, and highlighting poor fiscal stewardship through lavish compensation growth is a winning issue for our side.  I am pleased that my most recent column confirmed that.  My article prompted a follow-up response from former Newton Mayoral Candidate Bill Heck, an indirect rebuttal column from Alderman Rick Lipof and 2 letters rebutting the rebuttal column.  I am pleased that it got people talking about Newton's fiscal position in the Newton TAB.
I'm also happy that it generated interest on the Newton TAB Blog.  With 40 Comments, it was the third most commented on article this year.  With 13 Unique commenters, it was in the top 4 in terms of unique commenters.  The 40 comments for that article represented 34% of all comments on April blog posts.  The 40 total comments and the 13 unique commenters for my article were well ahead of the 5.5 average total comments received for all blog articles in April excluding my article.  When Village 14 made a blog post on Newton's pensions and linked it to my August 2013 column, it was so well-received that it was the highest rated blogpost in the history of Village 14 (Top Rated Posts-All).

When I publish research reports on Newton's fiscal woes, I seek to stimulate an actively healthy debate and show a prudent outlook centered on fiscal stewardship and good governance reform that is a Clear & Effective Alternative to Newton's political status quo.  Former Newton Mayoral Candidate Bill Heck said it best when he said "Joshua insists upon REAL facts, REAL consequences, and REAL debate when discussing Newton civic issues."  People in Newton have tuned out what goes on in the city as nearly 68% of Newton voters did not vote in last year's override election and 77% of Newton voters did not vote in last year's municipal general election.  These are the people I am trying to bring back to the discussion regarding Newton's fiscal and civic affairs.

Lastly, although the NTA is not currently endorsing candidates, the reason why I (personally) support Mark Fisher for Governor is that he is the only candidate that supports policies promoting prudent fiscal stewardship and good governance reform by limiting the size and scope of government.  Deval Patrick raised taxes by $1.3 Billion annually and Mark Fisher not only was the only candidate to sign the No-New-Taxes Pledge and articulate a bold tax cut platform, but also the only candidate that articulated specific areas of spending ($1.8 Billion annually on benefits for illegal aliens and $400 Million annually on EBT Fraud) he wanted to cut.  Mark Fisher supports the Tank the Gas Tax effort (and gathered signatures with Chris Pinto, Paul Franco & Billy McCarthy) and is also the only 2014 gubernatorial candidate that opposed the minimum wage increase, his town's Proposition 2.5 tax override, Cape Wind, RomneyCare socialized medicine and the $2.2 Billion South Coast Rail Boondoggle.

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Is The Fall Of Bagdad Imminent?

by: The Angelic One

Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 14:50:17 PM EDT

So much for "leading from behind". The Islamofascists are making tremendous gains in Iraq. Here's the latest:

The Obama administration is weighing options for an imminent response to the crisis in Iraq, including airstrikes against Islamic extremists who have overrun Iraqi cities to within striking distance of Baghdad, and expanded intelligence and targeting assistance for Iraqi military forces.

In the face of rapid extremist advances and the collapse of Iraqi military defenses in the north, the administration has decided temporarily to put aside its long-term goal of pressing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for political reforms in favor of immediate action to stabilize the security situation.

Asked whether he was considering drone strikes, President (Barack) Obama, who held a principals' meeting with senior national security aides Thursday, said a number of options were being considered. "It's fair to say . . . there will be some short-term, immediate things that need to be done militarily," he added.

A senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the deliberations, said: "We are definitely looking at this with urgency."

U.S. contractors began evacuating the air base in Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad, that is being prepared for the arrival this year of F-16 aircraft purchased by Iraq. The international engineering and electronics company Siemens was trying to move 51 people out of Baiji, about 30 miles farther north, where they are upgrading Iraqi power plants.

The Russians are gloating at our expense & the media is already preparing the groundwork in blaming Iraqi leader Maliki for his country's meltdown. I anticipate the "it's Bush's fault" meme to be dusted off & utilized once again.

More After the Jump

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Can Cantor's Defeat Be Replicated In Massachusetts?

by: The Angelic One

Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 09:30:36 AM EDT

With House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's historic defeat in yesterday's Virginia GOP primary, the Tea Party movement has managed to score an impressive victory after a series of failed challenges against other Republican incumbents.

National Review Online's Joel Gehrke has already sorted out the winners & losers. I tend to agree with him that immigration reform is dead for this year & that the divisions within the GOP will continue to play themselves out.

Can it happen here in Massachusetts? Will Tea Party candidates (or candidates supported by the Tea Party) field enough GOP candidates who, if they win, have enough votes to replace current House Republican Minority Leader Brad Jones with someone more attuned to the party's grassroots? We'll have to wait & see, won't we?

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McCarthy: Obama Should be Impeached

by: The Angelic One

Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 19:30:02 PM EDT

National Review policy fellow Andrew C. McCarthy's new book, Faithless Execution: Building The Political Case For Obama's Impeachment, will be released tomorrow by Encounter Books & it can be purchased at Amazon.

I'm certainly sympathetic to the idea of Barack Obama being impeached but it ain't going to happen for the reasons I've previously cited. McCarthy, bless his heart, is willing to tilt against the windmills of today's elite opinion:

Impeachment cases have to be built. Consequently, Faithless Execution tries to show how you would build one against President Obama. I plead seven articles of impeachment, in the manner of a prosecutor structuring an indictment. The articles include the president's willful refusal to execute the laws faithfully; his usurpation of Congress's legislative authority and other constitutional powers; his derelictions of duty as commander-in-chief; his fraud on the American people in such debacles as Obamacare, the Benghazi massacre, and the Solyndra farce; the failure to enforce the immigration laws; the Justice Department's shocking Fast & Furious scandal and its politicization of law-enforcement; and the administration's willful undermining of our constitutional rights - from the IRS's targeting of conservatives, to the elevation of sharia blasphemy standards over free speech, to Obamacare's denial of religious liberty.

The articles are pled, however, with an important caveat: The purpose of illustrating rampant presidential lawlessness is not to show how easy it would be to file articles of impeachment. It is to persuade the public that when a president betrays his basic constitutional obligations, when the laws are not executed faithfully, all of us are threatened.

Why? Because the precedent is then set for this president and all future presidents that even-handed law-enforcement and basic honesty are no longer required. The precedent is set that the law is no longer what the Constitution says, what Congress legislates, or what Courts adjudicate, but what the president decrees. The precedent is set that the vast executive bureaucracy - agencies like the IRS and the Justice Department - can be used as weapons against the president's political opposition.

When Richard Nixon attempted this sort of thing, on a scale far more modest than what Barack Obama has actually carried out, the public said, "No."

President Nixon had won reelection in one of the greatest landslides in American history - one that dwarfs President Obama's comparatively narrow victory in 2012. Yet, this overwhelming political support evaporated in a flash. Once the public focused on presidential lawlessness, all of us - Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, independents and everyday citizens - became convinced that we could not tolerate an administration that flouted the law and repeatedly lied to the nation.

So Faithless Execution is not a call for immediate impeachment. It is an effort to raise public consciousness about the dangers of executive lawlessness.

Sadly, a good chunk of the republic's citizens are content to turn a blind eye at the fascism that has been slouching through the corridors of power in Washington. Congress' indifference at the gradual diminishment of its constitutional prerogatives due to the unconstitutional overreach of the Executive Office merely entices Obama & his cronies to push the envelope even further. McCarthy remains more hopeful than me but even he can see what the consequences will be for America if the country remains indifferent towards a constitutional crisis that most people pretend doesn't exist:

If these three tools - elections, the power of the purse, and impeachment - are not used, that is a political choice the country can make. Faithless Execution simply argues that we should make it with our eyes open. President Obama's brand of lawlessness is not like what we saw from President (Bill) Clinton. It is an attack on the constitutional framework itself. A decision to do nothing about it is not without consequences.

It would mean the separation of powers that is the key to safeguarding our liberties has been permanently eroded. It would mean the president is no longer accountable for the wrongs that he and his subordinates commit. It would mean the United States of America has been fundamentally transformed: from a nation of laws, to a nation ruled by presidential whim.

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Baker Shouldn't Let The Crisis Within The GOP Go To Waste

by: The Angelic One

Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 10:30:12 AM EDT

As the Fisher/State GOP debacle slouches towards another legal venue in search of a resolution, GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker shouldn't allow this intra-party crisis to go to waste. He should take the following actions:

1) Baker Should Demand That Mark Fisher Be Placed On The GOP's 2014 Primary Ballot.

It's clear that Fisher was screwed out of his 15% vote by some of the Republicans in charge of the convention playing fast & loose with the rules. This is the official opinion of an impartial judge. The resulting fiasco has made the GOP an object of derision not just among the political talking heads but in the eyes of knowledgable voters. The longer this idiocy plays out, the more damaged the Republican brand will be by the time Election Day rolls around.

By demanding - not "asking" - that the State Committee allow Fisher to be on the ballot, Baker shows leadership in seizing the opportunity to end the controversy ASAP while the issue is newsworthy in the early part of the year. By summer, it'll be a footnote; By autumn, it'll be a faded memory inside the political memory hole. Such a demand by Baker will force the media to focus on him. How he handles a crisis within his own party could in real time demonstrate the managerial qualities of his leadership style. As the self-inflicted drama plays itself out in public, Baker can use the free media's spotlight to effectively re-introduce himself to the voters in a way that paid media can't. It would've been more effective had Baker initiated this kind of action immediately after the convention but better late than never.

Baker's demand would mean he would have a primary to fight. He should embrace the opportunity to do so. Why?

2) A Primary Presents Baker An Opportunity To Outline His Vision For The GOP & His Vision For Governor.

Congressional Republican candidate Richard Tisei has made it clear that should he win his race, he'll mold the GOP into his narrow version of what the party should be. That's why many grassroots Republicans in his district will stay home, ignore his race as they vote for other Republicans in other races, or - out of spite - vote for Tisei's Democrat rival.

Thankfully Baker has abjured Tisei's kamikaze approach to winning elections. Over the last few years, he's worked with a variety of grassroots Republicans. He's built up a lot of good will among them. But the complaint remains - & to some extent I've voiced it myself - that Baker lacks vision not only for the party but (most importantly) for the state itself.

A GOP primary will force Baker to hone those visions & have them tested under the heat of Op-Ed articles, candidate debates, & the normal give-&-take of a candidate being grilled by the voters. Because the process allows both Baker & Fisher to air their respective visions in a public manner, how they & their supporters conduct themselves will be as important to voters as their respective platforms. If they keep the focus of the primary on the issues, there's no reason why the loser of the primary can't assist the winner in beating the standard bearer for the Democrat Party in November.

3) Baker Should Demand The GOP State Committee Replace Its Executive Body With A New Team Of People.

In order for the party to reach some form of closure from the 2014 GOP Convention debacle, some of the people responsible for the convention's mismanagement need to be held publicly accountable. GOP Chairwoman Kirsten Hughes, in particular, needs to be replaced with someone not associated with the taint of scandal that hangs over the state party's mishandling of its own convention. The GOP won't have any credibility with the public attacking Democrat mismanagement of the state if it ignores the mismanagement of its own party by some of its own leaders.

By making such a demand, Baker reinforces his public image as a take-charge kind of guy - not a feckless voyeur of events that seem to be out of his control - who gets things done no matter how controversial the issue. Voters today have a hunger for a leader who exhibits decisiveness. That hunger springs from the public's painful experience of suffering under the long Reign of Error that has characterized the gubernatorial terms of Governor Man-Child.

The clean slate will reinvigorate the grassroots (especially if a special election for the office of chair produces a candidate that unites all the factions within the GOP). If the new executive team keeps the party united against the Democrats in November, then the GOP may see some significant victories within this election cycle.

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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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