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Nation

GOP establishment turns to Jeb Bush: Thomas Lifson
The Game of Politics: Christian Mercenary
Signing Up for Obamacare Not So ‘Easy-Peasy’: WFB

Judaism, Christianity, Environmentalism: Dennis Prager
Sebelius Silent When Told Oklahomans Don’t Like Obamacare: Bruce
Did Kagan embarrass herself during Hobby Lobby arguments?: Thomas Lifson

How Foreign is our Policy?: Thomas Sowell
Rand Paul: U.S. Partly To Blame For Pearl Harbor, World War II: Scoop
Chris Christie is a Meathead: Jen Kuznicki

Sebelius: Did I Mention 10-20% of “Initial” Obamacare Enrollees Haven’t Paid?: WZ
LA Country: At Least 1 Million to Remain Unenrolled in ObamaCare: AmPower
Rep. Camp, chairman of powerful committee, will not seek re-election: Fox

Economy

New Yorkers Forced to Choose Between Groceries and Obamacare: MenRec
Damn the Bubbles, More Printing Ahead: Mish
#CommonCore Pushers Don’t Want You To See This: Zilla

Wasteful Government To Kid: Nice Try, But $ 400 Million Is Chump Change: Scoop
China Will Dominate the World, Fed Official Says: WSJ
Putin Flushes the US Dollar: Global Research

Scandal Central

“The Market Is Rigged” – Michael Lewis Explains How HFTs “Screw” Investors Every Day: ZH
Kansas Considers A “Punish Complainers & Silence Critics” Bill: Outcast
Tucson students get roughed up after Elite Eight game: ADI

Climate & Energy

IPCC Report Released, Claims We’re Doomed: Cove
Despite IPCC doom report, this dataset of datasets shows no warming this millennium: WUWT
The Geopolitical Consequences of the Shale Revolution: AmPower

Media

NBC Scrubs Mentions of “Islam” And “Muslim” From Story On Female Genital Mutilation: WZ
The Problem Is Liberalism, Not Racism: Star Parker
Doc Thompson Exposes Eric Cantor’s Underhanded Stock Dealings – and Much More!: VaRight

Hey @SenatorReid, STOP ATTACKING FREE SPEECH!: Scoop
Air Force Removes Bible From POW-MIA Display: WZ
Chris Matthews Ranked “Most Hated” News Anchor in America: ConTrib

World

Megyn Kelly exposes CAIR trying to suppress documentary on Muslim Honor Violence: Scoop
Obama dismissed by Saudi King Abdullah?: Black Sphere
Iran names U.S. Embassy hostage-taker as U.N. ambassador: Pamela Geller

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

God’s Green Earth: Act Well Your Part
HP unveils creepy app that stalks people as they shop: TechWorld
Victorinox Tested This Durable Watch By Driving a 64-Ton Tank Over It: Gizmodo

Cornucopia

I Booed de Blasio Today: iOTW
We’re Up To The Final Four – And The Final 24 for Obamacare.: MOTUS
Shults Media Relations Supports Gun Broker But . . .: TTAG

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Today’s Larwyn’s Linx sponsored by: Fire John Boehner — Support JD Winteregg!

QOTD: “MR. DRISCOLL: And Andrew, last question. What does your crystal ball forecast for the next few years of the Middle East, and Israel and America’s response to Iran?

MR. BOSTOM: It’s getting pretty dark. And I’m very concerned. I was hoping that in its own small way this book might concentrate minds about the need to do something, something to at least delay Iran’s nuclear program. Because if they develop a nuclear program, I think it’s going to be very, very destabilizing.

And, you know, are we going to have to depend on things like, you know, declining population, et cetera, to be a countervailing force? I wouldn’t hold too much hope in that. I think it’s going to be very chaotic and dangerous if Iran has a nuclear program.

Beyond that, I really can’t say. I do hope that Western societies begin to appreciate and stop denying the animating ideology. We’re living in an age of very vibrant Jihadism. And it comes wrapped in a package of pretty virulent Islamic anti-Semitism [and] general hatred of non-Muslims. And these attitudes are widely prevalent. They’re widely dangerous. They’re not healthy for the societies that are perpetuating them themselves. But they’re certainly not healthy for non-Muslim societies.

And I think there’s going to be more conflict. Maybe there’ll be a hiatus when there’s terrible internecine conflict, as we’re seeing in Syria. But I think we’re headed for very, very dangerous times. And an appeasement mentality, a denial mentality, is only going to make matters worse.” –Ed Driscoll interviews Andrew Bostom

Doug Ross @ Journal

BOOM: Write-in Tea Party Candidate Smashes Establishment GOP and Democrat Candidates

Guest post by Erich Pratt, Gun Owners of America

Earth to the Republican Party: Ronald Reagan called and he wants his party back.

Both Republicans and Democrats alike were stunned when a write-in candidate trounced the establishment picks for their respective parties in a state senate race last week.

The Republican Tea Party candidate, Scott Wagner, garnered 48 percent of the vote in Pennsylvania, as compared to the meager totals by the establishment Republican (27 percent) and the Democrat (26 percent).

Out of more than 22,000 votes cast, Wagner garnered 10,654 write-in ballots. This marks the first time in state history that a write-in candidate has won a state senate seat.

To be honest, this kind of shellacking from a write-in candidate is virtually unheard of anywhere in the country. It takes a huge volunteer effort to run against one’s own party, and this recent coup shows that the angst against tone deaf Republican establishment types is substantially growing.

Not surprisingly, GOP officials have ruthlessly attacked Tea Party candidates around the nation, as they almost always run in Republican primaries.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the New York Times recently that Republicans are going to “crush” the Tea Party everywhere. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country,” he said.

Never mind the fact that four of the most popular Senators in the country — Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida — were Tea Party-backed candidates when they first got elected.

And ignore the fact that a write-in Tea Party candidate just won his race in Pennsylvania.

In that state senate race, the establishment Republicans were attacking Wagner for being an “environmental violator.”

Yes, you read that right. Republicans were attacking one of their own for running a trash hauling company (which is a job creator) and painting the owner as a polluter of the environment.

So Republicans are now borrowing talking points from Democrats?

The reality is that Tea Party candidates are almost universally pro-gun and support limited government. It’s no wonder that they are so hated by the liberal establishment in Washington, DC.

Heck, to listen to the liberal media, and to Senators like Mitch McConnell, one would think that Tea Party challengers don’t stand a chance anywhere around the country.

But outside observers are starting to publicly ask if the Pennsylvania tsunami might have “national implications” that should worry the establishment of both parties.

Time will tell. But gun owners and supporters of limited government should not be discouraged by the dire warnings being issued by the liberal media, saying that good constitutional candidates have no chance of winning.

After all, the liberal media didn’t foresee a write-in candidate trouncing his establishment nemesis in the state senate race in the Keystone State.

They didn’t foresee two Colorado state senators being recalled for their anti-gun votes last fall.

And you know what, they didn’t foresee a former actor with conservative credentials becoming President of the United States. But Ronald Reagan just ignored the liberal media and stuck to his guns.

Likewise, Americans who support the Constitution should follow his lead and stick to their principles, as well.

 
Erich Pratt is the Director of Communications for Gun Owners of America.

Doug Ross @ Journal

DEMOCRATS AND THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT ALLY TO CRUSH CONSERVATIVES: Part One of a Three Part Series

By Lee Cary

Series Abstract: Karl Rove’s targeting of Michigan Congressman Justin Amash as “the most liberal Republican” in Congress signals the GOP Establishment’s plan to cull out the most conservative Republican office-holders from the GOP herd. The bipartisan nature of that effort is illustrated in the Democrat funding behind the (Republican) Main Street led by former nine-term Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette.  

 

Part I: The GOP Establishment targets Tea Party candidates for defeat

The tension between the conservative and moderate wings of the Republican Party that began soon after the 2010 midterm elections has now escalated to open political warfare.

In the run-up to the 2012 elections, the conflict was largely clandestine, with the exception of the dust-ups surrounding a few Republican Senatorial candidates, including Todd Akin of Missouri and Christine O’Donnell of Delaware.  

But, in 2012, other largely unreported scraps between the GOP Establishment and Tea Party-friendly candidates happened at the county, state and national levels of the Republican Party apparatus. A Tea Party website prominent in Texas documented several of those engagements in Michigan, Texas, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and in Western and Eastern states.

Now, as the 2014 midterm elections approach, the tension between the dueling wings of the GOP has advanced into open political warfare, in large part thanks to Karl Rove.

Back in August 2012, we asked here: “Who appointed Bush’s Architect the GOP Gatekeeper?” We can now answer that question: Significant business interests that push their candidate preferences with political donations, often to Political Action Committees (PACs) and Super PACs, coupled with the lobbying efforts of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Along those battle lines, The Hill reported on November 10, 2013 that, “Business leaders [referring to seven persons in Grand Rapids, MI] are plotting to take down Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) as part of a broader effort to punish lawmakers over the government shutdown.”

In reality, though, the issue isn’t the government shutdown. It’s about national governing ideology and raw political power.

The video clip below is from the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival last June where Rove targeted Michigan (3rd Dis.) Republican Congressman Justin Amash for defeat in 2014. Four months later, in mid-October 2013, a GOP Establishment-backed candidate surfaced to challenge Amash.

Rove Transcript: “National Journal put out its ratings of the most liberal-to-conservative Republican: The most liberal Republican is Justin Amash of Michigan. Far more liberal than any other Republican.  And why? Because he is a one-hundred present purist Libertarian.  And if it’s not entirely perfect, I’m voting with Nancy Pelosi, which is how he gets up with all these liberal ratings. I vote ‘No’ because unless my side has something that’s completely one-hundred percent perfect, I’m voting with the bad guys.”

So, according to Rove, Amash is an oxymoron – a liberal libertarian. Like a jumbo shrimp.

Rove’s comment aligns with the opinion expressed by GOP 2008 Presidential Candidate John McCain on the floor of the U.S. Senate when, in July 2011, he called fellow Republicans opposed to raising the debt level “tea party hobbits.”  The idea that voters would approve a government shutdown over an increase in the debt level is, McCain said, “the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP Senate nominees.”

A March 2013 Huffington Post article stated that when a reporter asked McCain whether Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Rep. Justin Amash are a “…positive force in the GOP, McCain paused for a full six seconds. Then he responded, ‘They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, [or] anything else,’ McCain said. ‘But I also think that when, you know, it’s always the wacko birds on the right and left that get the media megaphone. I think it can be harmful if there is a belief among the American people that those people are reflective of the views of the majority of Republicans. They’re not.’”

In more genteel language, 2012 GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney made the same point in a January 28, 2014 interview with Neil Cavuto on FOX News; namely, that the conservative wing of the Republican Party does not reflect the majority of the Republican Party. 

Romney: We got some terrific people, in my view, who are lining up to potentially look at 2016. I mean, you know, Paul Ryan will always be first and foremost in my mind given an extraordinary campaign that we worked on together, and his leadership in Washington. But Jeb Bush may get in. Mike Huckabee might come back. Scott Walker in Wisconsin could run. John Kasich in Ohio…

Cavuto: But Paul Ryan is your guy if he were to run.

Romney: Well, I’m not going to choose favorites. I don’t intend at this point to endorse anybody in the campaign until the primary’s over. But I start by mentioning Paul Ryan because we’re very close friends…

Cavuto: Sure, sure, as your running mate, but you didn’t mention Rand Paul and you didn’t mention Ted Cruz.

Romney: Well, you know, they represent different parts of the party.  I mean to give them a chance to express their views. But I think we are going to be best if we can unify behind a leader of the party who represents as broad a portion of the party as possible.

That’s an interesting analysis from a candidate whose campaign convinced several million Republican conservatives to not vote in 2012.

As the GOP Establishment prepares to transition from hindering Tea Party-backed candidates to actively supporting moderate candidates chosen to replace conservative incumbents, the outlets for campaign funding may be moving, too.     

A December 23, 2013 New York Times article entitled “Upstart Groups Challenge Rove for G.O.P. Cash” stated:

“A quiet but intense struggle over money and influence is roiling the Republican Party just as the 2014 election season is getting underway. At least a dozen ‘super PACs’ are setting up to back individual Republican candidates for the United States Senate, challenging the strategic and financial dominance that Karl Rove and the group he co-founded, American Crossroads, have enjoyed ever since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 cleared the way for unlimited independent spending.”

The fund-raising engine that was Rove’s American Crossroads super-PAC may be sputtering. In the 2012 election cycle it raised $ 117,474,408.  To date, that number for the 2014 cycle is $ 3,647,549.  As the New York Times article implies, that could reflect a move away from Rove’s enterprise. On the other hand, it may be a dispersed reallocation toward pre-selected races. In other words, a shift in funding strategy designed to yield better results. 

One new super-PAC, Defending Main Street, is committed to attacking Tea Party-backed candidates, regardless of whether they’re incumbents or challengers running against GOP Establishment incumbents. The Defending Main Street super-PAC and the Main Street Advocacy Fund are derivatives of the non-profit Main Street Partnership – formerly named the Republican Main Street Partnership.

Its leader, former nine-term Ohio Congressman Steve LaTourette, has singled out Amash and another conservative Michigan Congressman for defeat in November.

LaTourette is also President of the lobbying firm McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies, a wholly owned subsidiary of McDonald Hopkins LLC, “a business advisory and advocacy law firm.”

 

LaTourette and the Main Street Partnership will be the focus of Part II: A New York TimesTop General” in the GOP Establishment’s War on conservative extremists

Doug Ross @ Journal

MITCH McCONNELL PREDICTS GOP ESTABLISHMENT WILL DESTROY THE TEA PARTY: “We are going to crush them everywhere”

There’s nothing like the courage and charisma of Mitch McConnell — when it comes to taking on his own base:

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that he would work to destroy the efforts of conservative organizations seeking to primary mainstream Republicans. “I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” he stated. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”

Over the past two election cycles, mainstream Republicans have become more and more upset over the rise of Tea Party-backed candidates who have primaried GOP incumbents, then proceeded to lose general elections. McConnell has been personally attacked by the Senate Conservatives Fund, which supports businessman challenger Matt Bevin. McConnell recently began running an ad targeting both Bevin and SCF. The ad accuses SCF of soliciting “money under the guise of advocating for conservative principles but then spends it on a $ 1.4 million luxury townhouse with a wine cellar and a hot tub in Washington, D.C.”

The SCF was founded by former Senator Jim DeMint, who currently heads the Heritage Foundation. “Mitch McConnell is, to me, the essence of the problem in D.C.,” said Drew Ryun, head of the Madison Project. McConnell would like groups primarying incumbents like him and Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) to fade into the woodwork, and hopes they will if defeated in this election cycle: “I know this: Politics doesn’t like losers. If you don’t have anything to point to, it is kind of hard to keep it going.”

Speaking of losing, Mitchie: any comment on Karl Rove’s 2012 stellar track record? You remember, that 1 (one) percent victory rate for his American Crossroads PAC?

I believe it’s time for brave Mitch to return to the private sector. I support his conservative challenger, Matt Bevin for Senate in Kentucky. If you’ve had enough of Pillsbury Doughboys like McConnell, I urge you to help out too.

Hat tip: BadBlue News

Doug Ross @ Journal