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Senator Jim DeMint….The Lone Ranger and Kingmaker….. fights the GOP from the Inside…..Out….

[ South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint ]

This the second piece I’m doing on the South Carolina Senator who seems to be a Conservative crusade to rid the party of any and all moderates….

His campaign has again began to start to worry fellow Republicans who correctly make out DeMint’s actions as the Party eating itself alive….

In getting rid of the moderates ….The party loses a section of the electorate it could need in close GENERAL elections…

Charlie Crist current poll numbers seem to bear this out….

His moving to a Independent candidate allows him to take Indies, Moderate Republicans and Democrats with him…

Which could in the end….. cost Rubio and the GOP the Florida Senate seat…

Jim DeMint is becoming something of a tea party hero, even a potential conservative kingmaker, a status that is not making the freshman senator many friends among fellow Republicans in Congress.

A backbencher known for his eagerness to challenge the Republican establishment, DeMint is becoming one of the most influential voices of the conservative rebellion that’s shaking up GOP primaries. Tapping an anti-incumbent fervor, the South Carolina lawmaker is a coveted — and feared — endorsement, funneling money and grass-roots energy to long-shot candidates who threaten Washington’s GOP favorites.

His efforts, highly unusual for a freshman, have upset senators on Capitol Hill, where he’s viewed by many as an ideologue willing to purge centrist veterans.

”I feel a sense of urgency that some of my colleagues don’t,” he said in an interview. ”TheRepublican Party, at least a segment of it within Washington, has increasingly joined the big-government, big-spending, earmarking ranks.”

DeMint, 58, has demonstrated an ability to read the conservative electorate. Twice in the past two years he’s opposed leading Republicans only to see them abandon the party. His underdog picks in a handful of other races are waging surprisingly strong challenges to mainstream candidates viewed by party leaders as more electable.

In Florida, DeMint was the first national Republican to back Marco Rubio in the state’s GOP Senate primary against Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who was considered a shoo-in at the time. DeMint’s support and fundraising for Rubio, a tea party favorite, helped spark a bitter internal fight that ultimately pushed Crist to leave the party last month and run as an independent.

”It kept us alive,” Rubio said of DeMint’s support, including nearly $350,000 in contributions. ”Especially early on, it was one of a couple of things that allowed us to survive when very few people thought we had a chance.”

Polls in Florida now find a wide-open race, giving Democrats a legitimate shot at winning.

Yep…and that’s why his aprty leaders aren’t really happy with him…..

More……..

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

Conservatives turn on their own…….

Tom Tancredo and tea party activists are shown in this composite.

Kinda nice to see that it isn’t just the Democrats that have fights in the family……..

We have been seeing the seeds of this post here….SE is not at all happy with Erick Erickson from RedState…..

After months of struggling to harness the energy of newly engaged tea party activists, the conservative establishment — with critical midterm congressional elections on the horizon — is taking aim for the first time at the movement’s extremist elements.

The move has been cast by some conservatives as a modern version of the marginalization of the far-right, anti-communist John Birch Society during the reorganization of the conservative movement spearheaded by William F. Buckley Jr. in the 1960s and 1970s.

“A similar effort will be required today of conservative political and intellectual leaders,” former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson wrote in his column in The Washington Post. “It will not be easy. Sometimes it takes courage to stand before a large crowd and proclaim that two plus two equals four.”

But for Gerson and other conservatives, this is not just an intellectual exercise. They have a very specific political goal: to deprive Democrats and their allies of a potentially potent weapon to use against the GOP in November.

“I don’t believe we should be giving [extremists] a platform or empowering them to do anything based off their conspiracy theories,” said Ned Ryun, president of American Majority, “because they give the left ammunition to try to define the tea party movement as crazy and fringy.”

More…….

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates, Women | , | 2 Comments

The Conservative’s get fresh blood…..Keep same idea’s……

The Conservetives are having their annual Conservative Political Action Convention in Washington and things are a bit differnt this year…….yet the same

A composite image of Marco Rubio, Andre Harper and James O'Keefe.

This from Politico.……

The quietest moment of this week’s Conservative Political Action Convention in Washington came Friday afternoon, when Jim Martin voiced his tribute to Pat Boone.

Boone, the “legendary entertainer” and “son of a gun” is spokesman for Martin’s conservative 60-Plus Association, and Martin’s first invocation of the singer and conservative activist drew applause from about a dozen of the thousands assembled in ballroom at the Marriott Wardman Park. At his second attempt to raise a cheer for “the original American idol,” one person clapped.

The silence wasn’t reverent, or scornful – just uncomprehending.

With the revival over the past year of the conservative grassroots has come an infusion of fresh blood and fresh energy, and that generational shift was on display at CPAC, whose record 10,000 attendees skewed younger, organizers said, than ever. But the Boone moment was an extreme instance of the sometimes jarring contrast between a young, energized new rank and file and a Republican Party leadership that has yet to offer new ideas to match the moment.

“Republicans have an ideal (limited government, individual freedom, individual responsibility) that genuinely resonates with the public,” said Jon Henke, a Republican consultant and founder of the Next Right, which has been critical of the party on these grounds. “But Republicans don’t have viable, sustainable ideas that can actually solve the underlying problems. So, instead of making transformative changes and real progress on the size and scope of government, Republicans turn to tactical small-ball.”

Indeed, the ideas in circulation on the floor of the crowded conference were not exactly fresh.

Check the link for the full piece……..

February 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , | 4 Comments

The Conservative's get fresh blood…..Keep same idea's……

The Conservetives are having their annual Conservative Political Action Convention in Washington and things are a bit differnt this year…….yet the same

A composite image of Marco Rubio, Andre Harper and James O'Keefe.

This from Politico.……

The quietest moment of this week’s Conservative Political Action Convention in Washington came Friday afternoon, when Jim Martin voiced his tribute to Pat Boone.

Boone, the “legendary entertainer” and “son of a gun” is spokesman for Martin’s conservative 60-Plus Association, and Martin’s first invocation of the singer and conservative activist drew applause from about a dozen of the thousands assembled in ballroom at the Marriott Wardman Park. At his second attempt to raise a cheer for “the original American idol,” one person clapped.

The silence wasn’t reverent, or scornful – just uncomprehending.

With the revival over the past year of the conservative grassroots has come an infusion of fresh blood and fresh energy, and that generational shift was on display at CPAC, whose record 10,000 attendees skewed younger, organizers said, than ever. But the Boone moment was an extreme instance of the sometimes jarring contrast between a young, energized new rank and file and a Republican Party leadership that has yet to offer new ideas to match the moment.

“Republicans have an ideal (limited government, individual freedom, individual responsibility) that genuinely resonates with the public,” said Jon Henke, a Republican consultant and founder of the Next Right, which has been critical of the party on these grounds. “But Republicans don’t have viable, sustainable ideas that can actually solve the underlying problems. So, instead of making transformative changes and real progress on the size and scope of government, Republicans turn to tactical small-ball.”

Indeed, the ideas in circulation on the floor of the crowded conference were not exactly fresh.

Check the link for the full piece……..

February 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , | 4 Comments

SE on John Oxendine……

Are Icarus’s Wings Melting or is it Just Me?

Here’s a gem from the printing presses of fake journalism and faux-Consevatism:

When At First The Ox Does Not Succeed, He Must Fail, Fail Again.

John Oxendine’s first attempt to shake down Lynn Westmoreland didn’t go so well. The result was a bit of a political dust up and mostly just a little more embarrassment to a man that apparently has no shame.

But instead of leaving well enough alone, Ox has decided to double down on stupid, and has drawn many others into the PR debacle surrounding his investigation into the failed Southeastern US Insurance, formerly owned by Clark Fain. Fox5 in Atlanta ran a story this week showing that many Georgia politicians, including Governor Sonny Perdue, have enjoyed hunting trips complete with flights to them on Fain’s private plane.

Behind the scenes, some are getting nervous about the reflection on the Republican party as a whole, and it was under this guise that Matt Towery called Congressman Westmoreland last week emphatically telling him he had to drop his claims against Oxendine. Towery documented the number of politicians connected with SEUS and numerous claims were made about the issue taking the whole party down. For the good of the party, Lynn needed to stand down.

The curious thing about this phone call, however, is that it was made from the office of one John Oxendine. According to two of my sources, Oxendine was in the room and listened to the call.

This story grows even more bizarre when put into context with this Insider Advantage story that Matt Towery suffered a head wound a couple of weeks ago, and almost died. The story includes this surreal paragraph indicating that a team of old line Republicans apparently are credited with his ongoing medial care:

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (for whom Towery served as political chairman during his years as Speaker), former Senator Mattingly, and current Senator Johnny Isakson (with whom Towery is very close) have basically joined legislators such as former Speaker Mark Burkhalter and former Rules Chair Earl Ehrhart to see to it that Towery makes a full recovery. Former Governor Roy Barnes intervened as well to assist Towery as did Attorney General Baker. Speaker Ralston and former Speaker Richardson also both assisted.

The story seems to be placed as pre-emptive damage control, as the incident happened “several weeks ago”, but the call to Westmoreland happened one week ago, and the IA story ran Monday. After all, Towery was suffering from a concussion, and he’s beloved by the old Republican guard. So, let’s just pretend the call didn’t happen and call a do-over I guess…

The question remains as to why Towery allowed himself to be dragged into the middle of this. He generally is considered to be a bright man, and understands that Ox is on the verge of toxic. So why was Towery calling a Congressman who gave exactly one interview on this topic weeks ago asking him to stand down? Why was this call made with Oxendine present?

I guess if I was being asked these questions, I would add Dick Pettys’ name to a story I wrote claiming I had a bad head injury too.

It should be clear to all now who are paying attention that Oxendine is no longer interested in serving the people of Georgia, but is instead interested in how the power of his office can serve him. Stories like this are beyond embarrassing, and when the story behind the story comes out, it always gets worse.

It is time for State Republican leaders, elected and grass roots alike, to say enough to John Oxendine. He should resign as Insurance Commissioner, and he should withdraw from the Governor’s race.

I don’t know about you, but I think the SEUS investigation is legitimate, and Westmoreland’s attacking Ox for going after them should shine some light on what may be his shady connections with SEUS. And the fact that Towery and Ox were in the same room when the call was placed is probably mere coincidence, as Ox may have had files to look through at the time. And I don’t see anything wrong with some of Towery’s friends helping him recover from a very serious head injury. Oxendine is committed to serving the people of this fine state, and has done so for the past 15 years as our Insurance Commissioner. Godspeed to Ox and may he become the greatest Governor in out Nation.

February 19, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Sarah Palin…….What does she want to be?

From PoliticalWire…….. …..

Quote of the Day

“Sarah Palin will have to choose to be either the leader of a movement or the leader of a nation. She can’t be both. Right now, she is a figure like McGovern or Goldwater, two candidates who led the most intense movements in our country’s political history, but who couldn’t win the middle.”

— Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, quoted by the Washington Post.

Humm?……And that’s from a Republican talking head ?

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment