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Senator Mitch McCollonell has his hands full with Rand Paul, Jim DeMint and others……..

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I did something similar a few days ago on South Carolina’s Senator Jim DeMint…..

The Washington Post has done a piece on Kentucky’s Rand Paul……

The Post piece mirror’s my piece on the fight going on for the soul of the Republican party……

That same Conservative purity test that Daniel and others wants is pushing at the ‘old guard of the GOP’ who …in office….. MUST make deals with the Democrats to have any influence in the legislative process….which puts them at odds with the new purists…

AS with anything in life…

It easy to stand outside and throw stones…..

But harder to manage and ‘do’ in a club of 100 legislatures …….

When Senate candidate Rand Paul told a lunchtime crowd at Shearer’s Buffet that “we have to do things differently” in Washington and “bring ’em home and send some different Republicans,” it wasn’t hard to make the jump from this rural area near the Tennessee border to the top Republican in the state, if not the country: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Paul, a “tea party” activist and the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), a former presidential candidate, is not the first person this year to blame leaders in Washington for the nation’s ills. What’s remarkable about this primary campaign is that McConnell isn’t even on the ballot. Paul is running against Secretary of State Trey Grayson.

McConnell, 68, is widely credited with building the Kentucky Republican Party — the GOP headquarters in Frankfort is even named for him. Just a few months ago, it seemed inconceivable that he couldn’t push Grayson, his handpicked candidate, to victory Tuesday. Now, not only is Grayson in trouble — he trails in the polls by double digits — but his association with McConnell isn’t helping.

“They go, and they stay too long, they lose their way, and as they do they become corrupted by the system,” Paul, 47, an eye surgeon making his first run for office, told a group of about 30 supporters over breakfast at Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken in the tiny town of Albany. “The longer you’re there, the more you succumb to the power, the more you think you are somehow different or more important than the rest.”

McConnell was unavailable for an interview, and his spokesman declined to comment for this article. But Grayson rejected the idea that the race has become areferendum on McConnell or Grayson’s connection to him. “He’s actually got more D.C. ties than me,” Grayson said of Paul.

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May 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

The Tea Party movement…. young, inexperienced and underfunded spells trouble for the GOP……

My partner Daniel….Is hoping for a windfall in November elections…..

He feels that the countries voters will be mad at Obama and Healthcare…..mad enough to vote Republicans into majorities in the House or Senate…….

I don’t thing that’s gonna happen…For one…I think the Healthcare Bill is going to be ancient history by November…Number two…the President seems to be holding his own after last weeks good performance…And number three is the emergence of the Tea Party movement…..

Because most of its members come from the Republican party ….. the GOP gets a split from its base……and from that split we are seeing numerous local candidates springing up to run for office…..almost all are new..but strongly motivated….and almost all have little or no funds….but as is the case in Nevada Senator Reid’s case…running a Tea Party candidate may do nothing more than provide Democrats with chance to keep more seats than Daniel thinks the GOP will be able to take ……

I keep reminding Daniel about AL Gore and Ralph Nader stealing his best chance to win the Presidency…..

The question is being asked as homegrown candidates confront brute realities of politics: reluctant donors, limited party support, inexperienced staffers and the uphill fight against incumbents

Grassroots support remains vigorous, as evidenced by the thousands of tea-party activists who gathered Saturday in Searchlight, Nev., to protest the health-care law and urge the ouster of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Yet despite thronging primary races across the U.S., true tea-party candidates have stumbled at the polls. In the March 2 Texas primary, 18 incumbent Republican House members faced multiple challengers, including a flock of tea-party faithful. The incumbents won handily, with only one garnering below 60% of the vote.

“The problem with the tea-party movement is it has inspired too many candidates,” says Patrick Hughes, a candidate with tea-party backing who was trounced by Rep. Mark Kirk in the crowded Illinois Republican Senate primary. “The movement will fail if it can’t coalesce behind candidates who can win.”

Organizers hope public anger over President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul will help tea-party candidates who fiercely opposed the plan. Many are now promising to help repeal the law if they win, and are using the bill to try to drum up support from donors.

The movement began last year as a backlash against the growth of the government, federal bailouts and the national debt. The next big test comes in May, when 10 states hold primaries, including the tea-party hotbeds of Indiana and Ohio. The Republican establishment is watching to see if tea-party voters fall in line behind the national party’s candidates.

Handicappers are predicting heavy Democratic losses in November. Democrats hope the tea-party surge will soften that blow by diluting Republican campaign coffers and pulling mainstream conservatives to the right, imperiling their chances in the general election.

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“This is great news for us,” says Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The DCCC has launched a Web site to highlight divisions in the GOP primaries.

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From the Wall Street Journal…..

March 28, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , | 2 Comments

Pelosi says Dems and Tea Party movement have common ground…..

While the initial reaction to this piece would be….is she crazy? (read the comments to the piece)….the Dog thinks Ms. Pelosi is very smart…or trying to be…..

As in Nevada’s senate race….The more Tea Party people running…..The better it is for Democrats…..Since the majority of the movement comes from the Republican party….The more the Democrats seek to encourage the movement…. the larger the  split within the Republican party becomes…….

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Democrats “share some of the views” of the Tea Party movement, even though it “takes direction from the Republican Party.”

She has referred to the Tea Party movement as Astroturf, “but, you know, we share some of the views of the Tea Partiers in terms of the role of special interests in Washington D.C., as –it just has to stop,” she said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

“And that’s why I’ve fought the special interests, whether it’s on energy, whether it’s on health insurance, whether it’s on pharmaceuticals and the rest,” Pelosi said.

The Tea Party movement emerged last year in response to Congress’ stimulus package and has gained momentum in recent months.

The common ground between the movement and Democrats only goes so far, Pelosi was quick to add.

“Some of it is orchestrated from the Republican headquarters,” she said. “Some of it is hijacking the good intentions of lots of people who share some of our concerns that we have about the role of special interests and many Tea Partiers, not that I speak for them, share the view.”

One point of agreement between Democrats and Tea Party members is their response to the recent Supreme Court decision lifting limits on corporate contributions to political campaigns.

“The recent Supreme Court decision, which greatly empowers the special interests, is something that they oppose,” Pelosi said.

For comments to The Hill picee…..

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

The Tea Party Movement……

The Movement is growing from a reaction to one issue to a ground based movement that seeks less government and that is turning against not only President Obama but George Bush….here’s a piece about the movement that is gathering steam…..

The Tea Party movement has become a platform for conservative populist discontent, a force in Republican politics for revival, as it was in the Massachusetts Senate election, or for division. But it is also about the profound private transformation of people like Mrs. Stout, people who not long ago were not especially interested in politics, yet now say they are bracing for tyranny.

These people are part of a significant undercurrent within the Tea Party movement that has less in common with the Republican Party than with the Patriot movement, a brand of politics historically associated with libertarians, militia groups, anti-immigration advocates and those who argue for the abolition of the Federal Reserve.

Urged on by conservative commentators, waves of newly minted activists are turning to once-obscure books and Web sites and discovering a set of ideas long dismissed as the preserve of conspiracy theorists, interviews conducted across the country over several months show. In this view, Mr. Obama and many of his predecessors (including George W. Bush) have deliberately undermined the Constitution and free enterprise for the benefit of a shadowy international network of wealthy elites.

Loose alliances like Friends for Liberty are popping up in many cities, forming hybrid entities of Tea Parties and groups rooted in the Patriot ethos. These coalitions are not content with simply making the Republican Party more conservative. They have a larger goal — a political reordering that would drastically shrink the federal government and sweep away not just Mr. Obama, but much of the Republican establishment, starting with Senator John McCain.

For the whole story……

February 16, 2010 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment