Should John McCain Leave The Republican Party?

John McCain SC Should John McCain Leave the Republican Party?

When asked in a recent interview who he would vote for in a 2016 Presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul, John McCain responded that it would be a “tough choice.” Really? Has the Republican Party standard bearer in 2008 really sunk this low, that he would have a hard time choosing between Clinton and Paul? What is it that attracts McCain to Clinton? Is it because she is pro-choice? Is it because she is in favor of big government? Or is it because she is very famous and really popular with the media? If anything, it is probably the last reason; for John McCain loves the media that has long portrayed the establishment Senator as being a maverick. Indeed, in the interview, John McCain called Clinton a “rock star” when praising her. It is not too hard to tell what is important to him.

How about Rand Paul? Senator McCain famously called Paul and Ted Cruz “wacko birds” for their desire to not march in lock step with the party establishment. Rand Paul has been more of a maverick than McCain ever was, recently casting a gutsy single vote against the nominee for FBI Director in the Senate. His filibuster on drone usage against American citizens also comes to mind. If John McCain can’t choose between Clinton and Paul, it is because Paul represents the forces that McCain has sought to stifle in the Republican Party: libertarians and the Tea Party. McCain works against the heart of the grassroots GOP, all the while still making the rounds on the Sunday shows as a “Republican.” It is time for McCain to put an end to this nonsense and, like Arlen Specter before him,  side with the Democratic Party. It would work against the Republicans seeking to gain control of the Senate in 2014, but at least it would save the party from someone who clearly no longer belongs in it.

What else has John McCain been up to? Of course, he has been a member of the Gang of 8, seeking to bring a pathway to citizenship to illegal immigrants.  He has been “working closely with the White House and a handful of Democrats.” Why does bipartisanship come so naturally to him? It is because he shares so much in common with the Democrats as opposed to grassroots Republicans.

The time has come for McCain to accept that he needs to cross the aisle permanently on his frequent trips over there. If he doesn’t, he risks seriously diluting the Republican brand of limited government policy-making.

 

F. Peter Brown is an Associate Editor at the Western Center for Journalism and Editor of the Sound Money Institute. Check out his personal website.

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Thank Jim DeMint

Jim DeMint SC Thank Jim DeMint

You can thank Jim DeMint for Rand Paul’s filibuster.

Rand Paul would not be in the Senate but for Jim DeMint’s help. In fact, during the filibuster, Rand Paul has been assisted by Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and others who would not be there but for Jim DeMint.

Had Jim DeMint not created the Senate Conservatives Fund, we’d have David Dewhurst, Charlie Crist, Arlen Specter, Trey Grayson, and Bob Bennett in the United States still.

Jim DeMint challenged that status quo with the Senate Conservatives Fund.

Read More at Red State . By Erick Erickson.

The Real Reason Romney Lost

Mitt Romney CPAC 2011 SC The Real Reason Romney Lost

Now that Mitt Romney lost to one of the most unpopular presidents in U.S. history, the question many are asking is why?

Political pundits on the Left and Right are claiming that Romney appealed too much to the “extreme Right fringe” and was not “moderate enough.”

The truth is that the exact opposite is true.

Prior to the 08’ election, I wrote an article entitled, “RINO=GOP RIP” and warned the GOP not to nominate a liberal establishment candidate like Rudy McRomney for the simple reason that it is virtually impossible to win a national presidential election without your base on election day as 1976, 1992, and 1996 all demonstrated. Unfortunately, the GOP elites thought the pro-family/pro-life Christian base would hold their proverbial noses and vote for their candidate who was essentially a liberal Democrat, John McCain regardless.

They were wrong.

Obama won in an historical landslide.

Fast forward to 2012, and many of us warned that if the GOP once again nominated an establishment-approved liberal like Romney that it would virtually assure 4 more years of the Neo-Marxist radical community organizer in the White House since, again, it’s virtually impossible to win without your base on election day.

But once again, the liberal elites who essentially run the GOP (Reince Priebus, Karl Rove, The Bushies, the folks over at Fox News, the Weekly Standard, and National Review) rammed yet another establishment liberal RINO down our throats who was, from the very beginning, destined for defeat.

Obama’s base turned out Tuesday night.

Romney’s  didn’t.

And why should they have?

After all, in just the past few months, Romney did virtually everything possible to snub the very same Evangelical conservative GOP “Values Voters” base (whose support he would need in every one of the key swing states he lost the other night) by:

  • Refusing to sign the Susan B. Anthony and Personhood U.S.A pro-life pledges.
  • Reaffirming his opposition to bans on homosexual scoutmasters.
  • Opposing 100% pro-life, pro-family, across the board conservative Senatorial candidate Todd Akin.
  • Running pro-abortion ads in key pro-life swing states.
  • Stating that “abortion legislation” and Chick Fill-A was not “part of his agenda.”  (marriage, life, and small business not “part of your agenda?”)

Santorum was right when he said that Romney was the “worst Republican in the country to run against Obama.”

Having lost his own senate re-election bid by 18 points in 2006 by snubbing his own base (by supporting uber-liberal Arlen Specter over conservative primary challenger Pat Toomey), Santorum was all too familiar with what happens when your base stays home on election day.

The GOP elites should have listened to sweater vest Santorum.

So, how do we stop perpetually repeating this mistake every 4 years, you ask?

Simple.

Christian and conservative leaders and grassroots citizens must make it clear that we will, under no circumstances, compromise our core moral and spiritual beliefs by supporting godless liberals like Romney for public office, no matter how many times the liberal GOP inside-the-beltway elites tell us our 100% pro-life, pro-marriage, pro- rule of law Constitutional conservative Christian candidate isn’t “electable.”

When we set the standard based on God’s authoritative Word and tell those running to represent us that if they don’t meet that standard that they will not get our support, I believe we will get candidates who truly represent us.

I’m talking about candidates who believe that our rights come from God and who actually understand that the primary purpose of civil government is to protect and defend those God-given (inalienable) rights (chiefly the right to life without which all other rights are meaningless) and that every elected official at every branch and level of government possesses the same sworn obligation to enforce the imperative requirements of the Supreme Law of the Land.

There were obviously millions of Christians and conservatives who don’t subscribe to the utilitarian-secular-humanist and anti-Biblical “lesser of two evils” construct who refused to cast a vote for the most radically pro-abortion, pro-homosexual governor in the history of the Republic, regardless of who his opponent was.

If the GOP is serious about reversing course in the next election, they may want to run actual candidates whom the base will actually turn out for on election day.

Because, as Romney proved Tuesday night, you don’t win without your base on election day…

 

Gregg Jackson is the national best-selling author of Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies, former radio host on WRKO in Boston and KDAR in Los Angeles, an accomplished speaker who speaks to groups on college campuses nationwide, and writer whose articles have been published in The Wall St. Journal, Washington Times, Human Events, and Townhall.com. His new book that he co-authored with nationally syndicated radio host, Steve Deace, is called, We Won’t Get Fooled Again: Where the Christian Right Went Wrong and How to Make America Right Again.

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Backstabbing Arlen Specter Upset That Obama Backstabbed Him

Arlen Specter SC 300x270 Backstabbing Arlen Specter Upset That Obama Backstabbed Him

Former Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) writes in a new book that President Obama ditched him in the 2010 election after he helped Obama win the biggest legislative victory of his term by passing healthcare reform.

Specter also claims that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not uphold his promise to grant him seniority accrued over 28 years of service in the Senate as a Republican.

Specter, who rocked Washington’s political establishment and made headlines around the country when he left the Republican Party to join Democrats in April of 2009, has kept quiet about these slights until now.

He makes surprising revelations about Republican leaders, as well — he writes that former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) told him that he would have made the same decision to defect from the GOP if he had been in Specter’s position.

Specter says that one of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s (Ky.) first concerns after learning of the impending party switch was that he might be blamed for driving Specter out of the GOP.

Read More at The Hill By Alexander Bolton, The Hill

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The Huffington Post Gets Punk’d

Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

Despite a newfound reputation as an unbiased news source, an influx of hundreds of millions of dollars, and the new ownership of a massive media conglomerate, The Huffington Post is apparently incapable of fact-checking the articles that appear on its website. An entry posted late this morning on the website attributes an apparently erroneous quotation to Sen. John McCain.

The line comes in a Huffington Post article written by legal scholar Bruce Fein entitled, “McCain Dethrones the Rule of Law.”

This author reported last month that Fein, who wrote the first article of impeachment against Bill Clinton, has drafted articles of impeachment against Barack Obama over the president’s unwise, unauthorized, and unconstitutional military action against Libya. This author is fully supportive of Fein’s goals and actions on this matter.

Unfortunately, it appears an online prank got past him – and The Huffington Post.

Too-Subtle Satire

Fein quotes McCain as saying, “Any [p]resident, Republican or Democrat, should be able to deploy armed forces whenever and wherever he deems necessary.”

This author has written extensively about the president’s usurpation of the Congress’ war-making power, as well as the collective Congressional abdication led by John McCain. After reading Fein’s article, I started to include the quotation in a short post on the topic. However, I could find no authentication for it anywhere.

It appears to have originated on the website of the Arizona Sunlight, which bills itself as….

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