Two things were cleared up this week at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. First, there are now clearly two Republican parties: Big Government Republicans (George W. Bush and Karl Rove) and Small Government Republicans (Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, Ron Paul). The second thing is that it is now clear what we mean by “small government.” We mean state government.
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As you may recall, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was
swept into office directly after Barack Obama’s election.
As much as I hate to do it, here is a little advice for the Republicans. Get rid of Michael Steele. This guy is a migraine that won’t go away.
Let's bend over backward to be fair to Newt Gingrich. He contends his comments
This is too good to be true. It now appears as though the Republican National Committee
authorized spending of almost $2,000 for an establishment that featured bondage.
Of course, there are endless permutations for Democrats to suggest what this latest
episode tells us about Republicans, but since I always take the high road, here
are some key points:
This scandal was unearthed by (or handed to) the Daily Caller, the site founded by Tucker Carlson, a respected journalist who landed a great scoop. Who knows what is next, after the bondage affair, which raises some serious issues:
Any and all threats to lawmakers supporting the healthcare
reform law are out of line, uncivil and unacceptable and the Republicans (and
Democrats) who opposed the bill should continue, as long as it continues,
to disavow all of it as firmly and clearly as they can.
Let's be clear: The GOP doesn't own criticism of the reform law and cannot be blamed for every threat. There are many Democrats and independents who oppose the law. But as I said in my column today, the Republican Party can be hurt by the behavior of people who agree with them and their new "repeal" message will make things worse.
A new Harris poll tells it all.
The misrepresentation of President Barack Obama is truly incredible.
25 percent of Americans believe that he was not born in the U.S. and so is not eligible to be president. (45 percent of Republicans)
23 percent believe he is a racist. (42 percent of Republicans)
David Frum had it right — here is one conservative Republican who understands
where this is all headed. His column on Sunday night hit his party hard and
even held that its performance these last few months on healthcare would not
lead to Obama’s Waterloo, but its own.
The Republican Party is rewarding the crazies — it is encouraging the crazies. What better way to whip up anger into a frenzy than to put forward the Michele Bachmanns of the world, the Limbaughs, the Becks, and follow that with the unbelievable performance by John Boehner on the House floor? With cries of “baby killer” toward Bart Stupak — outrageous.
Today's unemployment numbers were nothing to write to mom about, but they will create
fear in the hearts of Republicans who hope America fails because they desperately
want President Obama to fail. The mediocre jobs numbers today suggest the probability
of a strong jobs number next month, with winter ending, spring coming and the snowstorms
Republicans try to play the fear card, but the real fear is Republicans afraid that jobs come back after the latest Republican recession.
The issue is not merely the fundraising poster that was an open call to fear and hate using language and pictures that no major American political party has ever used. The issue is that the modern Republican Party does not have opponents, it has enemies. The modern Republican Party does not seek to win a debate, it seeks to destroy its opponents.