One of the things you might have noticed if you’ve watched any GOP candidate, not just for president but for any office is they always seem to campaign as the cowboy or the sheriff, standing strong and tall willing to protect the people from the bad guys and thieves. Reagan was often depicted as a “cowboy” thanks to his movie roles and the left often uses this as a derisive image to throw against them.
However looking at Paul Ryan’sbudget deal I’ve come to the conclusion that while the GOP members of congress bring to mind westerns, they are not the characters they pretend to be at campaign time.
They’re not the Sheriff, protecting us from the bad guys, they’re not the deputies, either loyal or bumbling, they’re not the silent stranger coming to help out, they’re not even the reformed bad guy or the shamed citizen finally standing up.
No they remind me of the horses.
And not even the hero’s helpful horses like Silver for the Lone Ranger, Trigger for Roy Rogers or Cochise for John Wayne or Tornado for Zorro. No the GOP reminds me of a bunch of horses tied to a simple wooden hitching post in front of the saloon or in the livery stable.
The big donors, lobbyists, the media and to some degree the left are the owners of the stable. The GOP members of congress are watered and fed by them and occasionally rewarded. They are led to where said donors or leaders want them to go. They are tempted by the occasional carrot and threatened by the occasional stick if they dare defy either the leadership or the media, but most important of all the lobbyist who want to take the country somewhere in particular.
Now if you think of a Horse as a wild and free animal this might seem odd, but Washington is the place where horses are broken and once they are they stand at the hitching post and are generally fed and comfortable so they obey.
The only time they this changes is if there is a large enough fire, and that fire comes from the GOP voters and the occasional member like the Jeff Sessions, A Michelle Bachmann or a Ted Cruz or an outcry from the public.
You see the dirty little secret that the Horse breakers in Washington don’t want the horses to know is they are much stronger than the thin wooden hitching post they are tied to or even the stable stall they are locked in. Anyone who knows anything about horses knows this fact. A horse could break out of these constraints with little effort.
But like the smart horse trainers they are, the Washington Establishment teaches them submission. They come to believe they can’t knock down the stall or pull that simple hitching post right off the nails that hold them.
It isn’t until a fire that a horse is scared enough to break its bonds (sometimes not even then) as use the strength it has to escape and it’s the same result here. The consultants who are making their living off the candidates and the interests who pay them don’t want that kind of freedom for the horse, after all, how can you make it go where you want if it’s not broken.
That’s why the chamber of commerce lobbyists try to crush Tea Party Candidates, that’s why the media will demonize them beyond Islamic terrorists and that’s why the party leadership does what it does, after all what good is a horse to them that won’t go where it wants them to?
As far as I’m concerned this election is it. Either we are going to be broken by Washington or not. The Ryan budget demonstrates that the GOP will be a broken horse. There are only two ways this can be changed, either by leaving the Washington Stable (3rd party) or to get a GOP president willing to let the horses ride free (A Ted Cruz for example).
I’m sick of supporting a bunch of dumb animals, the question remains are the voters angry enough to agree?
To say that Byron York is required reading for someone who wants to be informed is like saying you should wash your hands after going to the bathroom. It’s something so basic it should be automatic.
So naturally this rule applies to his piece today about the GOP Plan to take down Trump:
Insiders have watched as Trump defied what many believed were immutable laws of the political universe. First they thought Trump wouldn’t run. Then they thought voters wouldn’t take a reality-TV star seriously. Then they thought gaffes would kill Trump as they had other candidates. None of that turned out as expected.
But there is one belief Trump has not yet tested, and that is the political insiders’ unshakeable faith that negative ads work.
Apparently they’ve already tested their negative ad plan with some success in Iowa:
“We primed the pump with our ads in Iowa,” says Club president David McIntosh. “We did some polling afterward. The ads flipped Trump from first to second place among caucus-goers and put a dent in his approval rating.”
And there are people willing and raring to go based when the time comes:
“There are a large number of donors and political activists who want to do it.”
The triggers for the anti-Trump onslaught would likely be: 1) if next month arrives with Trump still in the lead, and 2) if Trump begins airing his own ads. “Once that starts, you’ll see a lot of people saying we’ve waited long enough,” notes McIntosh.
The whole piece, like all of York’s work comes with a mandatory “Read the Whole Thing” but before you do I’d like to take issue with a single sentence describing what this means:
Which could lead to an extraordinary scenario in which GOP stalwarts go to war to destroy their own party’s likely nominee.
Personally I don’t find that extraordinary at all. While it’s a novel thing for a party attacking it the GOP has been willing to go to war with it’s base for the last several years it’s just a hop skip and jump to going after an unacceptable GOP frontrunner.
Ted Cruz: In 2012 we searched out and found the one person on the face of the planet who had actually designed & implemented a program just like obamacare and that’s who we nominated as our presidential candidate. Literally there are seven billion people on the planet and you could walk up to anyone one of them and say “Excuse me Sir have you designed and implemented a program like Obama care”
Man in Crowd: Not lately
Cruz: Then you would make a much better candidate. Lunacy!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if Romney is the nominee I will have no problem voting for him over Obama, but lets ask the question: If you are a GOP candidate running for congress against Obamacare do you really want the author of Romneycare at the top of your ticket? Do you want to be asked why you support the author of Romneycare while running against Obamacare? I don’t think so.
But on the day before the election I made this point concerning Romney vs Obama
I bit the bullet and pushed for Romney even though as I recalled that in Massachusetts not only did he have no coattails but when Gay Marriage won 4-3 for all his conservative religious beliefs he was dead silent (how that’s working out for ya GOP)
It is the Christians who get out the vote, folks. We are the base of the Republican Party. We were ignored (and even hated) by the establishment. Some will try to say that the ORCA failure is itself to blame. No. It’s that Mitt Romney relied on it in the first place, instead of seeking the help of the socially conservative base of the party, that he lost. No “moderate” candidate will ever win for the GOP, least of all one who treats us little people as if we don’t matter.
And yet what did Lisa Graas do?
I voted for Mitt Romney. I voted for the whole Republican ticket. I could have done far more than simply vote for him. He never asked. He didn’t want my help. So, he lost.
Well now the GOP isn’t even waiting for the primaries to be finished for the mask to slip:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to challenge some House Republicans in primary elections, frustrated after much of its agenda has been stymied by a small pocket of conservative GOP lawmakers.
The influential and well-heeled business group is already eyeing several races, but the plans are still in their infancy and the targets have not yet been decided upon, according to more than a half dozen Republican sources on K Street and Capitol Hill.
I’m trying to imagine the effect on conservative morale next spring if we end up with a double whammy of Jeb Bush cruising towards the nomination while the Chamber of Commerce sets about zapping House conservatives like Jim Jordan, Raul Labrador, and Tim Huelskamp. If you thought Jebmania turnout on the right was looking ferocious before, wait until the last stumbling blocks to comprehensive immigration reform have been primaried into oblivion by country-clubbers.
Normally the final GOP argument is the supreme court but given what we’ve seen from John Roberts I don’t know that I’d trust a Jeb Bush to be better when it comes to the Supreme Court either.
The real question is why the are letting the cat out of the bag early. Could it be because they are afraid that an actual conservative might be nominated and they want to make sure any such conservative has no support?
Michael Corleone:Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind.
Godfather III 1990
The third of three parts (plus an epilogue) series on Donald Trump and the MSM part 1 Donald Donald Donald is here part 2 The Big Lie: is here. And today we are talking about the author of what is going on here.
The National GOP.
The GOP establishment (or as Ted Cruz calls them the “Washington Cartel”) has long ducked dodged and hidden when it comes to illegal immigration. When election time comes around the tough talk comes on display but as soon as the election is past the chamber of commerce’s desire for cheap labor that will not ask a lot of questions nor make the demands of the American born and the funds they contribute come into play.
The support of big money supporters is an important card but there is a second card in play.
As we have already established the media, particularly the Spanish media has been pushing the big lie that the GOP base dislikes illegal immigration because they dislike the Spanish. It has been the reason immigration issue forward for many years trying to make it a wedge issue to use against Republicans & Conservatives (apparently the failure of a Democrat supermajority to bother with the issue from 2008-2010 had no bearing) . At every opportunity the various arms of the media and culture paint conservatives in general and Republicans in particular as racists.
Now the GOP could fight back, they could directly confront the media that hates and spins the GOP, but there is one thing that holds them back.
It would mean the slings and arrows of the press to defend a base that many republican dislike.
They dislike a base that demands fiscal restraint when they would prefer the funds to grant favors to fatcat supporters who would repay them with high paying jobs when their time in congress is done. They dislike a base whose devotion to Christianity & opposition to abortion causes them embarrassment in elite DC. They dislike a base that gives scrutiny to bills that they would like quietly passed.
But most of all they resent a base that acts as if they, the people are in charge, that doesn’t submit to their betters.
Why fight for people you don’t like when it’s so much easier to go along?
So now we have Donald Trump speaking up when the party is silent and we’re treated to the spectacle of the same media that demonize Mitt Romney seeking him out to lead the attack with the rest of the GOP anxious to follow with only Ted Cruz is smart enough to call out the media for the game it’s trying to play. The game that is never played on Democrats when a Carlos Henriquez comes along.
For the record I think the party, as I’ve already written, has reason to distrust Trump, but not as much reason as the GOP voter has to distrust the party, now if the party had been willing to give some deference to the people who elected them, they would find them grateful. If the GOP had been willing to lead on the immigration issue, to stand with their base, to make the case without having to be dragged screaming and kicking, then the base might have backed them up when they needed it.
Instead they kicked their base in the teeth, and THEN they wonder why a man like Trump is able to make hay with them.
Bobby Jindal once famously called the GOP the stupid party, by running away from their base and enabling both Trump and the MSM, they are doing their best to prove him right.
The only saving grace of all of this is the trap that threatens the MSM, a trap that involves basic math, but that’s not so much part of the story but the epilogue.
While more moderate Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush appeared to soften his stance, GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas stood firm Wednesday night and denounced Democrats who he said “want to persecute anyone that has a good faith religious belief that marriage is a holy sacrament between the union of one man and one woman and ordained as a covenant by God.”
He also took aim at Fortune 500 companies during a stop in Iowa, saying they are “running shamelessly to endorse the radical gay marriage agenda over religious liberty.”
The reactions are not a surprise, large corporations have always been more loyal to profit than principle and the prospect of the left kicking up a fuss is expensive and pols, afraid being attacked constantly have rushed to mollify media and activists (forgetting they short of copulation they can not be mollified).
However if there is one thing that will stiffen the spine of a poll it’s the prospect that it will pay off, and that brings us to Memories Pizza in Indiana which after being deluged by death threats after a “gotcha” story from the local media ws forced to close.
In response someone started a GoFundme page and after 24 hours here is the result
Now $422K raised in 24 hours is pretty impressive but the number that really catches the eye is the 14,335 people who gave it. That works out to just under $30 a person.
Picture what that kind of donor base means. If these people are willing to kick in to protect this pizza place how much more likely are they to kick in if you as a pol are making the fight publicly that they are supporting privately.
If you could manage to convince just a third of these people to kick in at that $30 rate to your campaign that adds up to $150,000.
And even better because they are kicking in only $30 that means you can go back to them 10, 20 even 50 times or more before they max out under the law.
That’s a lot of potential ad buys, a lot of radio spots, a ton of lawn signs or a bus fully equipped.
The National GOP may not care much for the conservative wing of the party or the religious people it consists of but for the shot at a share of those fundraising number, they’ll do their best to fake it.
The Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that seeks $5.1 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years while boosting military funding.
This is a double whammy not only do we get cuts rather than an increase but we get a huge contrast with the Harry Reid Era:
The House passed its budget resolution on Wednesday after a similar process of debate and amendment. Some journalists might be unfamiliar with this process after six years of Democratic Party grandstanding under the cataclysmic leadership of Harry Reid, but this is called “regular order” budgeting. Reid’s decision to abandon that process was what led to several years of budgeting by brinksmanship, “fiscal cliffs,” debt-ceiling standoffs, and the like.
Reid just announced his retirement, I wonder if he didn’t want to deal with the ads that would practically write themselves?
To be sure we likely need a lot more budget responsibility that this package produced and that’s why some people like Rand Paul voted “No” but if you are my age and lived through decades of unfettered Democrat power in congress that people under 40 might not remember the concept congress of cutting the budget, even slightly is a huge deal.
Now granted we need a lot more cuts and we will need strong conservative to keep them honest but in the end this budget resolution means the GOP is capable of , at least slowly moving our financial house in the direction it should be in.
That’s a good sign and the leadership deserves credit for getting it done.
We’ve seen a lot of fuss concerning Ted Cruz decision to sign up for Obamacare while his wife takes a leave of absence from her insurance providing job a fuss that the senator from texas responded to with an important point.
“Well, it is written in the law that members will be on the exchanges without subsidies just like millions of Americans so that’s – I think the same rules should apply to all of us. Members of Congress should not be exempt,” Cruz told the Des Moines Register.
One might ask why the media has been so intent on using this against him. The first thought that comes to mind is to protect their favorite 2016 candidate and the Saudi’s favorite broke charity girl and Texas’ junior Senator.
We have Hillary Clinton who disregards rules she enforces on others and laws she gives lip service to because she considers herself above anything that might inconvenience her.
On the other hand we have Ted Cruz signing up for obamacare, a law he has denounced, putting up with the same inconveniences other Americans have because he is not above the law.
That would be a devastating ad but it’s not so much the contrast with Hillary Clinton that is worrisome for the left and others, it’s the dangerous precedent (to the DC establishment) his move sets.
What would Washington do if everyone was expected to obey the law and follow the rules? The whole point of getting power in Washington is to be able to become above the law. Once you are expected to obey it the entire structure would collapse.
That is why so many will work so hard to make sure Ted Cruz fails. Their entire way of life is at stake.
Because we’d rather not take someone else’s word for it, we inquired independently. This weekend, Speaker Boehner’s office assured us House Republicans had no plans to capitulate to the demands of Senate Democrats. As to the speculation that there was some kind of a deal with Pelosi? “There is no such ‘deal’ or promise,” says Boehner Spokesman Michael Steel.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise echoed the sentiments saying, “There is no such deal and there’s no such bill,” Scalise said on “Fox News Sunday.” “On Friday, there was a bill on the House floor to pass a clean funding bill. We rejected that because we said we’re fighting the president on what he’s doing illegally on immigration,” according to The Hill.
“We are not giving in to Senate Democrats’ blackmail,” Boehner said, “Will keep fighting Obama’s unilateral action on immigration to protect Constitution.”
“To the angel of the church in Laodicea, 10 write this: ” ‘The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the source of God’s creation, says this:
I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white garments to put on so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed, and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise. Be earnest, therefore, and repent.
Avram: He’s right and he’s right? They can’t both be right.
Tevye:You know you are also right.
Fiddler on the Roof 1971
It is said that the best compromises are ones where everyone walks away angry, if that is the case I suspect a fair amount of my readership must consider me compromised over the last few election cycles:
For example I’ve upset the teams of establishment republicans like Mitt Romney, Charlie Baker and Scott Brown by pointing out their weaknesses in their position and disdain for the base of the party. A base that a candidate needs if they are going to win elections because said base provides the unpaid foot soldiers that do so much of the busy work on a campaign. That kind of talk doesn’t endear you to the candidates or their teams and it leads to posts like this from Robert Stacy McCain:
See, here’s my problem: It’s not just that I remember all the recent backstabbing and sellouts by Mitch McConnell and his GOP Senate cronies, but I also remember the history of Republican Senate majorities under such paragons of conservative leadership as Bob Dole and Trent Lott. I remember how GOP leaders begged and groveled in their vain attempts to retain the “party loyalty” of such stalwarts of Republican principle as Jim Jeffords and Arlen Specter. And then I think one more time about that Mississippi primary, you see, and the way all these things keep adding up in my mind . . .
Well, maybe Mitch McConnell will be Senate Majority Leader next year. Maybe that gives you a raging boner, just thinking about it.
But speaking for myself, “Meh.”
They haven’t done a damned thing to suggest they even care whether I care or not. And I’m pretty sure I don’t care. Do you? Why?
On the other hand while acknowledging this problem I’ve also noted that after Mitt Romney, Charlie Baker and Scott Brown won their primaries I’ve urged Tea Party people and the GOP base to support them (well not so much Charlie Baker but that’s partly what this post is about) noting not only the positions I agree with them but of the absolutely horrid choices their opponents are and the fact that or the other will have the right and the power to legislate over us.
This hasn’t pleased those who insist there is:
#1. No difference between the parties
#2 That we are enabling those who are discarding us.
To some degree this is correct, there are plenty of interests in the GOP and to a degree a GOP win in this election will be simply a question of GOP interests getting favor vs the left’s interest getting favor and if that sounds like the intrigue of a feudal court that’s because it’s exactly what it is. This type of talk doesn’t endear me to tea party types but this argument produces pieces like this from Gene Schwimmer at the American Thinker who lists Obama’s sins from Obamacare to Red lines and then notes the future:
The above bullet points detail what Obama has done in the past. What about the future? Currently on deck, executive amnesty for unlawful aliens, temporarily on the back burner on the pleadings of vulnerable red-state Democrats and by the dread of possibly having to govern with a Republican Senate and House for his last two years.
And here’s an angle conservatives thinking of sitting out the election apparently have not considered: Obama leaves office in 2017. Any other president would want to leave the maximum number of Democrats behind in the House and Senate; however, the political calculations of this most arrogant and narcissistic of presidents will be different. After noon on January 20, 2017, Barack Obama will no longer be president and thus will no longer care whether any Democratic senator or representative is re-elected. After January 20, 2017, he won’t need them anymore.
Democrats might want to think about that while take-no-prisoner conservative purists planning to stay home on November 4 ponder what a completely uninhibited President Obama, the clock ticking on the final two years of his term, might try to accomplish by executive order.
Annoying everyone is not the best way to keep a radio show on the air but the question before the house is: Which of these two arguments are right?
The answer is both of them.
Yes the Republicans have not earned my vote, they have been squishes they have on occasion kicked us to the curb for their own purposes, but in the End we are conservatives and there is one fact so obvious that I’m ashamed to have to point it out.
Life isn’t Fair!
This is a fact that conservatives should already know, unlike our liberal friends we have to deal with things as they are while doing our best to move things to the way they ought to be.
To my social conservative friends who stayed home over Mitt Romney, ask yourself, would he not have felt it necessary to defend federal law in the DOMA cases?
To my 2nd Amendment friends in NH Would Scott Brown be running around the country providing star power for democrats this cycle? (And if he won would’t we have a pro-life pro 2nd Amendment candidate in NH today? “
To those Tea Party members who fought so hard to get the repeal of the Automatic Gas tax on the ballot? Would Charlie Baker have allowed the Gas Tax to be linked to the inflation rate forcing us to resort to a ballot question to repeal it?
The time and effort that all of these decisions have cost us could have been spent fighting for other things if he had elected these men last time around.
On election day therefore it is our job in fact our duty to vote for the most viable conservative choice possible to keep thing from moving too far in the wrong direction, even if that choice is not the one we would like to see.
Meanwhile our bigger job is to act and to educate. Fiscal and Social conservatives not only have better ideas we have the history of these ideas actually working, Yes the world is full of low information voters out there who have no clue, our job is to give them a clue, to fight the war in the media, in the papers and in the culture to demonstrate the wisdom of what we do and espouse.
It will not be an easy fight, the culture and the media will fight strongly against us but reality is a powerful point in our favor.
Only then when we are willing to make the public case for conservatism and take the slings and arrows that come from it will we be able to move enough of the public so that the courtiers and the connected will find their way to support us, not because of their love of justice and right but because it will profit them and when they come the toadies will follow.
So if you are in New Hampshire make sure that Scott Brown makes it to 51% and when he does make damn sure he knows the difference between 51% & 49% were conservatives like you.
In Massachusetts make sure Charlie Baker gets to 51% and when he does make damn sure he know the difference between that 51% & 49% were conservatives like you
And finally in 2016 get out and vote for the GOP Nominee, even if it is Chris Christie, Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney and make sure every single hanger on who gets a job in DC because if it has that job because of conservatives like you.
And then get out there and made the case for conservatism to the neighbor, to your friends and to your community by your words and your deeds every single day of the year.
And if you think this is too hard, too ambitious and too much work ask yourself this.
Where would the country be if Rush Limbaugh decided it was too hard to fight for conservatism and just decided to spin discs for the last 30 years?
This blog exists as a full-time endeavor thanks to your support. The only check I draw to pay for this coverage and all that is done is what you choose to provide.
If you think this coverage and what we do here is worth your support please consider hitting Datipjar below and help keep the bills paid.