‘House GOP in Disarray’ Isn’t Just Liberal Media Spin

Many Republicans are trying ton convince themselves that they will make up ground on the spending side of the equation come the debt ceiling fight. Mr. Obama says he will not negotiate, but he is going to have to. The problem for the GOP is that its House leadership is working at cross purposes and really is in the disarray the “liberal media” keeps saying. | Read More »

Just How Badly John Boehner Played His Hand

I talked to two congressmen who were not involved in the purge or victims of it. They both said that seeing House leaders back “squishes” during the primaries including against some incumbents and then seeing them throw conservatives off committees was all they needed to strengthen their spines against the Speaker. They said they’re happy to be team players, but they think conservatives in the | Read More »

I am Thankful for John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy

Not quite two weeks removed from Thanksgiving, it is worth giving thanks to John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy. I really am thankful for them. Yesterday the three of them purged fiscal conservatives from committees as punishment for being authentically fiscal conservatives. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina was put on the Financial Services Committee to show fiscal conservatism had nothing to do with removing | Read More »

Eric Cantor & The Pro-Life Statists Take Sides In North Carolina

North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District provides the quintessential battleground between go-along to get-along Republicans and small government conservatives.

Richard Hudson, a Capitol Hill careerist, returned home to North Carolina from Washington, DC to run for Congress to go back to Congress. He is a Republican careerist — just like so many of the Republicans in Capitol Hill who have helped drive up the nations’ debt. Just read his own biography from his own website:

Richard worked for the 1996 Richard Vinroot for Governor campaign and later served as Communications Director of the North Carolina Republican Party. He was then named District Director for Congressman Robin Hayes and led the Congressman’s Concord and Rockingham offices for six years. In 2005, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) named Richard Chief of Staff and he later served in the same capacity for Congressman John Carter (R-TX). In 2008, Richard was named Campaign Manager of Pat McCrory for Governor. In 2009, he was appointed Chief of Staff to Congressman Mike Conaway (R-TX) and served in that role for over two years.

When he went back to North Carolina, he went back and did something called “strategic consulting,” which is DC careerist speak for using his Washington connections. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Eric Cantor and his Young Guns PAC are pouring more money into this race. Why do they want Richard Hudson? Because he was a team player as a staffer and they know he’ll be a team player as a congressman. Just one of the guys on the same team that helped get us to $16 trillion in national debt.

On the other hand, Dr. Scott Keadle is not a careerist in Washington. Scott Keadle is not a lobbyist. Scott Keadle is dentist. He’s the type of citizen politician we always say we want — a Rand Paul type who got involved because he sees the country going to hell in a hand basket, not because he wanted to go back to Washington as the boss instead of the staffer.

Between the two of them, Scott Keadle has a record, not just a resume. His record is as a county commissioner in local government standing up for small businesses and against tax increases. We know where he stands based on what he has already done. All we know about Richard Hudson is that he is a creature of Washington who the Washington crowd wants back.

The most destructive thing to ever happen to the GOP was to be overrun with pro-life statists — Republicans who are perfectly happy to preside over an expansion of government and debt for their own political allies, but they love them some babies.

Unless conservatives are willing to fight for people like Scott Keadle against Eric Cantor and the coalition of pro-life statists who won’t actually cut spending, we deserve to lose.

The Return of the Politics of Personal Destruction

During the Clinton years, Newt Gingrich and Ken Starr were household names vilified as Republican Torquemadas. During the Bush years, the Democrats turned the Republicans into the party of Trent Lott, Tom DeLay, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, and Mark Foley. It was this type of politics that candidate Barack Obama campaigned to end. In fact, Obama was often quoted saying we need to get away from ideology and work together. But that must have been the teleprompters talking. Not yet into his first hundred days in office, Barack Obama and his political advisors have proven themselves to be a most ideologically liberal administration practicing the politics of personal destruction against anyone who dares to challenge them — even their own. They would have us believe they are defending the country from Rush Limbaugh, Congressman Eric Cantor, and a relatively unknown private citizen named Rick Scott.

Sustained attacks on character as proxies for assaults on policy are a consistent left-wing construct. Conservatives have lately pointed out these attacks are derived from Rules for Radicals, the book written by leftist agitator Saul Alinsky, of whom both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are students. Alinsky wrote “the greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself” and encouraged radicals to “go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)”

That Barack Obama would participate in attacks against Rush Limbaugh and Eric Cantor shows how much a student of the left he is. In less than one hundred days, Barack Obama has proven himself to be the most ideological President in American history — far more ideological than his predecessor who dabbled in liberal pablum like “No Child Left Behind” and the prescription drug benefit. Obama has yet to propose and pursue any policy that is not a bedrock leftist idea. Use of the word “and” is necessary because Obama tends to propose some moderate policies, but he only pushes for those on the left.

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