The “Electability” Myth

 

Karl Rove SC The “Electability” Myth

Much has been said and written regarding Karl Rove and the Republican Party establishment’s latest plan to go harder after conservatives than they ever would Democrats. And I’ve had much to say about it myself.

But I’ve yet to see anyone question the premise of the phony argument Rove is hiding behind to justify his crusade to purge the GOP of anybody who won’t grovel at the feet of the ruling class (which is what Rove’s pro-establishment Jihad is really all about). See, in Rove’s world, if you actually have principles and want to defeat Democrats and not just negotiate the terms of liberty’s surrender, you’re a “nutcase.”

Rove claims he’s out to find “electable” candidates. Well, who isn’t? Of course, all of us want to win elections. The candidate you’re supporting doesn’t get to act on any of the principles he’s running on if he doesn’t win. Nothing in politics is more crushing than losing on election night when you’ve spent your time, talent, and treasure on behalf of a candidate who’s a champion of your principles. So for Rove and the establishment to claim they’re the only ones concerned about “electability” is patronizing at best and disingenuous at worst.

Besides, how do we define “electability?” Furthermore, how come we allow the very people who oppose our ideas and principles to define who is and who isn’t “electable?” Should the General Manager of the Boston Red Sox consult with the New York Yankees front office on personnel decisions? Maybe Auburn’s new football coach should call Alabama’s Nick Saban and get his take on whom to recruit?

“Electability” is a ruling class fallacy, both on the right and the left. It’s essentially the political equivalent to Jim Crow laws, aimed at stifling the potential for upward mobility of those in the grassroots who would challenge the ruling class’ status quo. Despite all their public hand-wringing and pandering, they don’t really reach out to minorities for all the same reasons they don’t really reach out to their own base. They are adherents to the “Golden Rule,” which is he who has the gold gets to make all the rules. They may speak of a “big tent”; but really, they crave the small tent where they remain in charge of their own little fiefdom, crumbling infrastructure and all. Ironically, it’s been we in the base they hate that has diversified the GOP. Where did Ted Cruz, Allen West, and Tim Scott (just to name a few) come from?

Rove and his cronies are like modern day “old money” blue-bloods, condescendingly peering down their noses at the emerging “new money” entrepreneurs who weren’t born into the aristocracy as they were. That’s why they go after us harder than they go after them. We are a threat to their power base in a way they aren’t because we actually want to topple a spoils system both sides of the ruling class are profiteering from. The only argument Rove and his Boss Tweed-wannabes have with the Left is who the check with the people’s money gets written out to. They don’t see this as a clash of worldviews with the very survival of the Constitutional Republic at stake. They see this merely as a battle of dueling self-interests.

Thus, to allow Rove and those supporting his efforts by funding them or providing a platform for them to determine who is and who isn’t “electable” isn’t just dangerous; it’s also as foolish as allowing the liberal media to do it. In fact, you’ll notice that Rove and his cabal often draw the same conclusions about “electability” as the liberal media.

That’s not a coincidence.

Both sides have a mutual interest in not challenging the status quo. Both sides range from skeptical to hostile to our moral viewpoint. Then there’s simple economics. The media has lots of unsold ad inventory nowadays, and Rove and his kind of candidates can provide the revenue to purchase it. In this last election cycle, Rove’s cabal spent over $100 million on various establishment candidates, with just a 1% success rate. That means Rove and his acolytes are the perfect clientele for the liberal media. They help sell out their spot blocks and lose elections to Democrats at the same time.

The late P.T. Barnum would have a word for Rove and (especially) those underwriting his failed efforts—suckers.

I remember sharing a green room with Rick Santorum at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies conference about six weeks before the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. As we were each waiting for our opportunity to speak, Santorum shared with me his lament that his former employer, Fox News, didn’t think he was electable enough to send a reporter to cover his campaign. At that point, Santorum was mired in the low single digits in the polls.

Six weeks later, Santorum won the Iowa Caucuses and then went on to win 11 states during the 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign.

Again, who gets to determine who is and who isn’t “electable?” Is there an objective standard for “electability” as there is for many of the principles and causes we believe in? The answer is no, which is why Rove and the establishment like that subjective standard. It’s a moving target they can alter at their whim, aided and abetted by liberals who for different reasons want us defeated as well.

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Santorum Takes Up Fight Against Hagel Nomination

Rick Santorum speech 4 SC Santorum takes up fight against Hagel nomination

WASHINGTON (OfficialWire) — Republican opposition to Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary swelled from inside and outside the Senate Thursday as a former Senate colleague launched a campaign to block his nomination.

Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who served for a decade with Hagel, said his grassroots organization, Patriot Voices, will lead a nationwide campaign to stop Hagel from succeeding Leon Panetta as head of the Pentagon.

“While I respect Sen. Hagel’s service to America, I cannot stand by and support his nomination,” Santorum said in a statement. “His anti-Israel, pro-Iran mindset makes him uniquely unqualified to serve as our Defense secretary.”

Hagel, nominated Monday by President Barack Obama, has faced criticism that he is soft on Iran and weak in his support for Israel. Pushing back in private meetings with defense officials, he has told them this week that he backs strong international sanctions against Iran and believes all options, including military action, should be on the table.

Read More at OfficialWire . By Donna Cassata.

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Are You A Sangerite Or A Sorosian?

Margaret Sanger SC Are you a Sangerite or a Sorosian?

“Hey man, get with it; it’s the 21st Century!” The cry of the hip crowd rings hollow when reading a 90-year-old writing by one of the “progressives” great heroines: Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. She was a famous eugenist, whose goal was “racial and ethnic cleansing.” She is greatly admired by Hillary Rodham Clinton, our current Secretary of State, who learned at Wellesley that marriage was a means for men to control women and that children must be raised by the state. Sanger wanted to get rid of Catholics, Latinos, Blacks, and other darker-skinned people.

Margaret Sanger. The Pivot of Civilization, 192 – Chapter on “The Cruelty of Charity,” pages 116, 122, and 189. Swarthmore College Library Edition:

Today eugenics is suggested by the most diverse minds as the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems…. I think you must agree … that the campaign for birth control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical with the final aims of eugenics … Birth control propaganda is thus the entering wedge for the eugenic educator.

Sound like today’s news? Did you wonder why Catholic Cardinal Tim Dolan stood up to the President when he demanded that the Church change its doctrines on life issues for the unconstitutional Obamacare? And Rick Santorum is vilified as an idiot Vatican lackey? Or why the Democrats staged the phony hearing to tape Sandra Fluke when Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) wouldn’t allow her unvetted substitution for another “progressive” mouthpiece? And they blame Rush Limbaugh? And she speaks as a wise seeress at the Democrat National convention!

Eugenicist Dr. Peter Singer is an adviser to President Obama. Michelle Obama is a strong supporter of partial birth abortion. Kathleen Sebelius believes that “reduced pregnancies compensate for the cost of contraception!” Other Czars like Ezekiel Emanuel want a drastic reduction in the human population to “save the planet.” Are they all nuts? Currency manipulator George Soros backs these efforts in order to achieve his one-world government “Open Society” under any law but the Constitution – read Sharia Law – which only the elite exempt themselves from.

No mysteries here.

• A Sangerite is a person or group gripped in the Culture of Death. A Sangerite places little or no value on human life, whether for relief from responsibility; vengeance; labor, racial, or ethnic domination; experimentation; or environmental purity. Killing, thinking one is doing one’s God a service, is also death worship.

• A Sorosian is an individual or group enticed and funded by a convicted felon (in France in 2002), international currency manipulator and hedge fund manager George Soros, whose goal through his Open Society Institute is creating a one-world government after destroying the American economy.

Even churches have demanded that government replace them to be the dispenser of the Corporal Works of Mercy in the name of social justice. It has morphed into spiritual warfare instead of spirited debate and resolution. The Spiritual Works of Mercy are now in play as Judeo-Christian norms and values are attacked on every front.

Is the Sorosian an unwitting disciple of George Soros? A self-proclaimed atheist, Soros once described himself as a kind of trinity—financier, philanthropist, and philosopher. This “trinity” is also backing faux religious groups claiming to be Catholic or Christian. MoveOn.org, The Tides Foundation, Apollo Alliance, SEIU, and over 100 patriotic-sounding movements are designed to bring down the American system of Constitutional government and its support infrastructure of churches and church-developed and sponsored institutions – schools, hospitals, care facilities, etc. Millions of dollars go into campaigns for “social justice” issues Republicans aren’t supposed to talk about: various “rights” or totalitarian health, education, and welfare.

The most pitiful victim to date is the Democrat Party, which has lost its underpinnings with the help of Soros’ intrusions and is adrift on a sea of immorality, corruption, and lies. The Obama Administration and its Soros-backed czars have worn out their welcome but will not go away without a fight… the “American Spring?”

God is raising up wise spiritual leaders and wiser voters. We have a great nation and our children to save.

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GOP’s Problem Is Not The Message, It Is Ground Organization

Republican Elephant 2 SC GOPs problem is not the message, it is ground organization

For several weeks, politicians and pundits from the beltway to newsrooms have analyzed the results and implications of this historic election. While some make valid points, few have articulated the real reasons why Republicans didn’t fare as well as they hoped. Even fewer have given a direction for what it takes to be successful going forward.

Working on both the Mitt Romney campaign as his national coalitions director and the Rick Santorum campaign as his national campaign manager, perhaps I have a unique perspective. As a coach on the field understands better than an announcer in the booth why his team lost, the same applies in politics.

For the past decade, our country has been in a political flux, with the partisan pendulum swinging sharply from the left to right election after election. Nov. 6 looked to be a culmination of this with Republicans coming off a very successful midterm election in 2010 and a President who remained unpopular.

We were greatly mistaken. As the millions spent on the airwaves by both parties in critical swing states became white noise and each candidate made his own mistakes throughout the race, it is clear that this election was won on the strength of a superior ground operation.

While Republicans became overconfident from their successes in the last midterm, Democrats buckled down immediately and began to identify their voters. To those saying the GOP must water down and moderate its platform, let us remember that not once did those on the political left moderate their policies. Rather, they began by systematically revving up each section of their base.

Read More at unionleader.com . By Michael Biundo.

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Dreaming Of Barack Obama’s Forced Retirement

Barack Obama speech 4 SC Dreaming of Barack Obama’s Forced Retirement

With Hamas’ rockets falling on Israel, massive layoffs decimating American families’ finances, and Barack Obama demanding massive tax increases (otherwise threatening to drive us over the fiscal cliff), we cannot help but daydream about four years from now.  We dream of days when Barack Obama will finally be retired and when his ignorance of economics will no longer plague our homeland.

We don’t want to think about the pain of the present. Let’s focus on a better, brighter future that is possible once the blight of Obama is gone. Who will step forward in 2016 and ask to lead America?

For the Democratic Party, the answer is clear. Joe Biden has all but declared he will run again. Maybe this time, he will have a leg up as the presumptive heir of the Obama legacy. But if our hunches are correct, it will be even harder to blame George W. Bush for the stagnant economy that is likely to persist.

Next on the Democratic team will be Hillary Clinton. She will still be in her 60’s and can still muster the energy for a run. She and Bill haven’t stopped dreaming about reclaiming their old house since the day they stepped out of it in January 2001.

On the Republican side, it is harder to read the tea leaves.  The best place to start is with those who lost to Mitt Romney in 2012.

We believe Senator Rick Santorum will return from the 2012 line-up. Santorum was a surprisingly strong finisher in Iowa, and he took an underfunded campaign and challenged Mitt Romney deep into the primary season. He rallied conservatives of all stripes. He is strong with social conservatives, economic conservatives, and foreign policy conservatives. Plus, he has the benefit of an ongoing organization. Santorum is now traveling the country keeping his supporters engaged and involved.

After Santorum, the most popular of the challengers was Ron Paul. Paul is likely too old, but he has a son in the United States Senate who could pick up his father’s mantel and libertarian-leaning supporters.  Senator Rand Paul went out of his way in 2012 to endorse Mitt Romney and travel coast to coast helping Republican candidates lower down the ticket. He has a savvy political team in place; and if he should run, we believe he will do even better in the primaries than his father.

Another contender who merits close watching ran in 2008, but he skipped 2012. We are speaking of Governor Mike Huckabee. Still in the public eye because of his highly-rated FOX NEWS TV show, Huckabee has stayed engaged in politics by helping dozens of candidates through HUCK Pac, his political action committee.  Huckabee is tireless and travels making speeches relentlessly.

Huckabee also may have an advantage based on the issues. Mike Huckabee is an expert on Israel and Mideast politics. If Israel survives four more years of neglect by Barack Obama, it will likely be fighting for its life against the forces of radical Islam. If Iran gets nuclear weapons, they would be tempted to use them against Israel. Huckabee can speak with clarity and vision on the problems of this region, and he likely could help foster peace in the region.

Lastly, we don’t know if  Senator Marco Rubio of Florida will run, but he would make a great candidate. Rubio is the Republican Party’s best-known Hispanic leader. He is loved by the Tea Party, and he has a voting record that any conservative could love. Marco would have to give up seeking re-election to the US Senate, but it is a possibility.

Dreaming of 2016 sure beats thinking about the ongoing slow motion wreck happening in Washington DC under the stewardship of Barack Obama. We hope the time passes quickly.

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