Bill O’Reilly And Glenn Beck Clash Over Future Of Republican Party

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Founder of TheBlaze Glenn Beck joined Bill O’Reilly on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor to discuss earlier comments made by Beck about leaving the Republican Party.

Last week, Beck spoke about leaving the party due to its inability to stand on principles and failure to stand against Obamacare and immigration.

“I’ve made my decision. I’m out,” he said. “I’m out of the Republican Party. I am not a Republican, I will not give a dime to the Republican Party. I’m out.”

O’Reilly pushed back against the comments, suggesting Beck would vote for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and therefore not be leaving the Republican Party.

Beck argued that “blind support” for the party should be avoided, speaking to voters who simply vote for the D or R. But while he said that Cruz is his guy for now, he added that he would also support Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis.

“Here’s the thing — don’t vote for parties,” Beck said, with O’Reilly agreeing. “Don’t blindly support the parties. Support the people.”

h/t: The Blaze

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Five Elections That Mattered For Conservatism

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In 1970, a young conservative who once played professional football and served as an aid to California governor Ronald Reagan was elected in an upstate New York congressional district. He was a different kind of Republican from New York. Neither the heir to inherited wealth nor a seat on Wall Street, Jack Kemp, a football great for the Buffalo Bills, represented the hopes and aspirations of blue-collar, middle-class, hard-working Buffalo area constituents. He was also an idea man with cheerful energy and a winning personality. In today’s Washington of government shutdowns and funding disputes, a lot could be learned from Jack Kemp.

Kemp pushed ideas to the limit. He made these ideas understandable not only to average Americans but to opinion leaders as well. His advocacy for marginal tax rate reduction, urban enterprise zones, and empowering Main Street were to become the Republican agenda. His election in 1970 was consequential as the ideas he advocated became the cornerstone of Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign.

But, Reagan may never had led such a campaign had it not been for the 1976 North Carolina Republican primary. In 1976, Ronald Reagan challenged President Gerald Ford. The early primaries and caucuses did not go well for Reagan. There were calls for him to withdraw from the race, and money was drying up. However, Reagan stunned the establishment by winning the North Carolina Republican primary. His decisive victory in North Carolina saved his campaign, and he came within a few delegates of defeating an incumbent president for the nomination. Reagan’s victory in North Carolina ensured his place on the podium at the 1976 Republican Convention, and assured his place as the conservative leader in the Republican Party after Gerald Ford lost to Jimmy Carter. Reagan’s victory in the North Carolina primary fortified his leadership of the conservative movement and allowed him to lead conservative causes during Carter’s presidency, including opposition to the Panama Canal treaties.

In 1989, a congressman from the back benches decided to challenge Edward Madigan for Minority Whip of the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives. The improbable campaign of Newt Gingrich stunned Washington and excited conservatives across the country. Gingrich was an idea man, and was very interested in directly challenging the Democrats and liberals who controlled Capitol Hill. Unlike the more genteel Republican leadership, Gingrich sought to advocate conservative ideas through the use of the levers of the House and emerging media alternatives such as C-Span. His slim victory in the Republican caucus was consequential. He became the face and the strategist for the wave that eventually led to the Republican takeover of the House in 1994 and assured his election as the first Republican Speaker of the House since the 1950s. His leadership helped in part to reverse George H.W. Bush’s loss in 1992.

In 2010, a medical doctor from Bowling Green, Kentucky, began a campaign for the Republican nomination for the Senate. He was not the favored candidate of either the state Republican establishment or the national Republican establishment. However, Rand Paul won the Republican primary and was elected to the Senate in the Republican wave of 2010. Though the full consequences of his election are yet to be seen, his election to the Senate marked an important victory for the libertarian wing of the Republican Party where ideas of privacy, criminal justice reform, a restrained foreign policy, and personal liberty appeal to constituents not normally part of the Republican electorate. His ideas may play a major role in the 2016 presidential election.

In 2012, despite a very bad year for Republicans and conservatives, a young governor of Wisconsin beat back a recall election. Scott Walker became the first governor to survive a recall election in the nation’s history; and by 2014, he had won three statewide elections in Wisconsin. His efforts to curb the power of public employee unions, and the resolute stand he took in advocating his conservative positions, makes him a consequential leader of the Republican Party and the conservative movement.

Each of these elections have contributed to the conservative movement. Jack Kemp’s joyful advocacy of marginal tax rate reduction and economic liberty helped frame the 1980 election, Ronald Reagan’s unsuccessful race for president in 1976 assured his leadership of the conservative movement and set the stage for his victory in 1980, Newt Gingrich’s challenge to a genteel House Republican leadership set the stage for 1994, and today the emergence of Rand Paul and Scott Walker may very well define conservatism for a generation to come.

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Watch: Sen. Rand Paul Describes What Makes Him Different From Sen. Ted Cruz

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., joined Megyn Kelly on Fox News to explain – in light of Senator Ted Cruz’s announcement for presidency – how he is different from other Republicans,–and namely, more likely to win against Cruz.

“So I spent the last couple of years trying to go places Republicans haven’t gone, and maybe not just throwing out red meat, but actually throwing out something intellectually enticing to people who haven’t been listening to our message before,” Paul said.

“I guess what makes us different is probably our approaches to how we would make the party bigger,” Paul added. “I’m a big believer that you should stand on principle and be true to your principles, but I also think that we should take those principles and try to bring in new people with them.”

Those new people, he argues, are audiences outside the GOP spectrum and located in places like Howard University, the Urban League, NAACP, Ferguson, and Berkeley.

“Ted Cruz is a conservative, but it also goes to winnability, and people will have to make a decision, which is the Republican that can not only excite the base, but can also bring new people into the party without giving up the principles,” Paul said. “I think what you end up needing, … is you do want someone whose a fighter.”

h/t: The Blaze

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UKIP’s Nigel Farage: Rand Paul Is My Political ‘Soulmate’

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Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), said he found his “soulmate from the Tea Party” during a trip to Washington last fall. It was Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. He also expressed his discontent for “the religious right.”

On its website, UKIP purports to be “unashamedly patriotic.”

UKIP is a patriotic party that promotes independence: from the EU, and from government interference. We believe in free trade, lower taxes, personal freedom and responsibility.

Writing in The Telegraph in an op-ed entitled “The American Rand Paul Is My Soulmate From The Tea Party” Monday, Farage recalls his trip to the United States last September planned by UKIP aide Raheem Kassam. During the trip was a visit with Paul in an office “five minutes’ walk from Union Station.”

“Over the course of that half-hour,” he writes, “I realised that in Rand Paul I had found my political doppelgänger. Raheem later said the point that you couldn’t get a cigarette paper between the two of us on the issues we discussed.”

I liked Paul enormously: he is a realist, he is down to earth and very modest. He certainly comes from a political family – I knew his father Ron – but he is not a career politician. He trained as an ophthalmologist and set up his own clinic, so he knows something of the world. It is unsurprising that Ukip and the Tea Party have plenty in common.

Farage wrote Paul is different from the other “oddballs and mavericks” who comprise the Tea Party and said the group believed in some “pretty extreme stuff.” Still, he and Paul were on the same page concerning government, “that the state is too big, too costly, too powerful, and robs the individual of inherited rights and freedoms.”

“The Tea Party did the numbers and took the view that there is simply no reason why the American state should cost more than 30 per cent of GDP.”

While the UKIP leader said he “could do business” with Paul down the road, Farage bemoaned “the religious right” of The Tea Party. “If you look at people such as Sarah Palin, they are just downright scary,” he said.

UKIP has 23 Members of European Parliament (MEPs), including Farage, serving in Brussels. Douglas Carswell became the first Member of Parliament (MP) elected to the House of Commons during a by-election in October after defecting in August from the Tories. A second MP, Mark Reckless, also defected in September.

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What This Likely Presidential Contender Just Said About Emailgate Raises The Heat On Hillary

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Did Hillary Clinton break the law with her email practices during her tenure as President Obama’s secretary of state? One prominent lawmaker says she did, as the Clinton camp tries to put out fires that threaten to scorch her presidential ambitions.

With Hillary Clinton’s spokespeople scrambling to revise the explanation about deleted emails, the House is poised to launch an intense investigation of how the former secretary of state handled her electronic communications.

Fox News reports that the Clinton camp late Sunday changed its story about how the decision was made to delete tens of thousands of emails from the private server Mrs. Clinton used exclusively while in charge of U.S. diplomacy for the Obama administration.

As Western Journalism reported last Friday, numerous media outlets criticized the apparent way the decision to delete had been made without an actual human review of the emails to be destroyed.

Time magazine was among the news organizations questioning how the contents of more than 30,000 emails could have been fully known without anyone actually reading them before they were wiped off the server.

Now, as Fox News notes, a Clinton spokesman has “clarified” the earlier statement about the deleted emails, claiming that Hillary’s team individually read every one to determine they were not related to Mrs. Clinton’s government duties.

Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill made the clarification in a written statement to Fox News. This comes after the former secretary of state’s office revealed last week that while more than 30,000 “work-related” emails were turned over to the State Department, nearly 32,000 were deemed “private” and deleted.

The first major Republican lawmaker to call Mrs. Clinton a lawbreaker has just spoken up. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says, “I think she clearly broke the law” by using a private email system for her official State Department communications.

“Paul added that it’s unfathomable that no communications Clinton had on the private email address and server were classified—because, among other reasons, she was communicating via email with President Barack Obama himself.”

As for being able to hold Mrs. Clinton accountable for her, in Sen. Paul’s opinion, “unlawful” activities, the likely 2016 presidential candidate says that won’t be easy.

“I think she’ll stonewall and she’ll stonewall and she’ll try to prevent any release of any of the emails, but I think there needs to be an independent investigation.”

Rand Paul may be skeptical about getting to the bottom of the emailgate scandal because of Hillary Clinton’s likely “stonewalling,” but House Speaker John Boehner will apparently try to discover the truth.

ABC News reports that Boehner is expected to announce a new investigation into the former secretary of state’s email practices and her following of State Department rules and regulations about preserving and handing over to the government any and all communications related to official business.

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