AND THEN THERE WERE THREE: Meet John Boehner’s Challengers in the OH-8 Republican Primary

I’m going to perform some due diligence on the trio opposing John Boehner and then try to rally your support for the heir apparent:

The Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner has drawn three GOP primary challengers – Matthew Ashworth of Hamilton, Eric Gurr of Middletown, and J.D. Winteregg of Troy. On the Democratic side, four candidates filed: Matthew Guyette of Greenville, Tom Poetter of Oxford, Morton Meier of Hamilton, and Robert Edward Crow of Youngstown (congressional candidates are not required to live in the districts where they run.)

The way Al Jazeera puts it (no link, for obvious reasons):

…a man by the name of J.D. Winteregg announced he would challenge Boehner on May 6 to represent Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District. He joined two others: Eric Gurr, a businessman, and Matthew Ashworth, founder of the United Tea Party Alliance, a group affiliated with FreedomWorks, a conservative nonprofit organization with millions at its disposal to target Republicans who are perceived as insufficiently doctrinaire [sic].

Of the three declared opponents, Winteregg appears to be the most serious threat. He avoids the inflammatory statements of some of his tea party [sic] associates, and he has impeccable conservative credentials. He cut his teeth working for the Senate Conservatives Fund, a PAC founded by former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, who is now the head of the Heritage Foundation, a leading conservative think tank. The Senate Conservatives Fund was founded expressly to purge the GOP of perceived apostasy [sic]. October’s government shutdown was the purest expression of its politics [sic].

Visit J.D. Winteregg’s website for starters and read his 2013 interview with the Examiner.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: GOPsmacked! What are Republican Leaders Doing?

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Nation

GOPsmacked! What are Republican Leaders Doing?: DiploMad
Time to Change. Time to Choose.: Erick Erickson
Meet the Billionaires Behind Hillary Clinton 2016: WFB

Will Obama’s pursuit of executive power backfire?: Ed Morrissey
Cruel, dismissive Obamacare: People are just statistics: Unyielding
Ex-Clinton Aide Urges Pelosi to Apologize for Obamacare: Rick Moran

Dan Bongino’s new “GOP” opponent supported Democrats: Jeff Quinton
Big increase in support for concealed handgun laws: John R. Lott
Armed Citizens in Alabama! Vigilantes! Oh My!: Plucking the Yew

Economy

Labor unions utterly betrayed by Obamacare.: Moe Lane
Warped, Distorted, Manipulated, Flipped Housing Market: Jim Quinn
A Soviet Central Planner Would Blush at What House GOP Voted For: Foundry

No, Extending Unemployment Benefits Does Not “Create Jobs”: Patterico
Huckabee to Common Core Creators: Rebrand, Don’t Retreat: Breitbart
The Dumbest Generation?: Mike Riggs

Scandal Central

Obama Laughs When Questioned About Benghazi Terror Attack: WZ
Obama blames Fox News for his scores of scandals: GWP
Clinton White House Counsel Can’t List a Single Hillary Accomplishment: Daniel Greenfield

Climate & Energy

Michael Mann the ‘reluctant public figure’ and ‘typewriter expert’: Anthony Watts
Former German Chancellor Warns Green Energy Costs May Trigger Revolt: GWPF
Nanny Bloomberg: World Climate Czar!: Breitbart

Media

O’Reilly Grills Obama on ObamaCare, Benghazi and IRS Scandals; Obama Blames Fox News: Breitbart
Matthew Burke to Congress: Do Your Job, Impeach Dictator Obama: TPNN
Dylan Farrow Exposes Why America Is Slipping From The Shiny City On The Hill: Strata-Sphere

#OccupyResoluteDesk Gives O’Reilly 10 Mins Of Variations On ‘Shut Up, Peasant’: R.S. McCain
Charles Krauthammer Explains Obama’s Lawlessness in 50 Seconds: Foundry
“Comic” Bill Maher calls for mass shooting of country music stars: Bob Owens

World

Trying to scare us: Caroline Glick
Obama planning a trip to Saudi Arabia to repair badly frayed ties: Julian Pecquet
Montreal Woman Killed When Her Hijab Became Trapped in Escalator: AmPower

Coke Backs BDS Group Trying to Cripple Israeli Soda Competitor: Adam Kredo
John Kerry Threatens Israel With Boycotts if Talks Fail: INN
In Quitting Oxfam, Scarlett Johansson Has Exposed Two Lies (VIDEO): Algemeiner

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Modern Wheat – Old Diet Staple Turned Into a Modern Health Nightmare: Kris Gunnars
Google’s Grand Plan to Make Your Brain Irrelevant: Marcus Wohlsen, Wired
The 5 Best Real-Time Marketing Moments of the Super Bowl: Brian Morrissey

Cornucopia

The Worst Super Bowl Commercial: Coca Cola Butchers “America The Beautiful”: John Hawkins
‘Real heroes’: NFL legend Joe Namath shows off bracelet tribute to Chris Kyle: Twitchy
Whose Pen is Mightier in the No-Spin Zone? Poll to Follow.: MOTUS

Image: Gabby Douglas’ Biopic
Today’s Larwyn’s Linx sponsored by: Fire Mitch McConnell: support Matt Bevin for Senate

QOTD: “I noticed a few days ago, you had a guest post that mentioned ICE’s FY 2013 report on illegal immigration.

If you look closely at it, there are some frightening numbers to be found.

Of the illegal aliens (133,000) caught inside the U.S., 82% had been previously convicted of a crime. 52,000 of this group had convictions for violent felonies!

At the border, of the 235,000 caught, 45% had criminal records. 21,000 were violent felons.

These numbers, especially the “caught at the border figures”, put to rest any claim that these are just hard working people looking for jobs.

Instead, we are importing the worst of Mexico and Latin America.” –The Machiavellian

Doug Ross @ Journal

DEAR ABBY: I’m in an Abusive Relationship with the Republican Party

Guest post by Christine X.

Dear Republican Establishment:

So, what do you need to do to get us to stick with you and get us back into your good graces?
Good question [{I’m glad I asked it}]

1). STOP SUPPORTING AMNESTY FOR 30 MILLION NEW DEMOCRATIC VOTERS.
[Can I be any more emphatic on that point?]
Mark my words, you can either drop the insane idea of amnesty for the illegal invaders or you can destroy the party – It’s your choice.

Pushing amnesty will either create 30 Million new voters for Democratic largess or it will fractionalize the party so badly that it will no longer be the ‘Loyal opposition’ to the Socialist National left.
The GOP will be deader than a Bull Moose as a result – does that sound like a winning strategy?

Either way will mean one party Socialist Democratic national party rule for now until Armageddon.

2). Stop insanely nominating Rinocrats in the futile hope that the media will be ‘nice’ to you and not put the full weight of their propaganda machine to work shredding said candidate.

How many times do you need to repeat that insanity before you learn the lesson?

3). Stop trying to outbid the socialists with government largess – you cannot win the game, because they don’t care if they bankrupt the country in 5 years instead of 20.

You can’t outbid people willing to destroy the nation just attain some temporary power.

It should be plain that you need to stand up for Conservative values – that is the only thing that will save the country from it’s inevitable demise at the hands of the socialists.

IF you do not do those simple things to save the party and save the nation, I will bid you a quick goodbye and be on my way – along with millions of others.

You can stuff your endless appeals for my donations, and your admonitions to volunteer will fall on deaf ears.

We may be on our way to defeat with a third party – but we will do it with our head held high and our Conservative principles intact.

There is no earthly reason to stay with a sinking ship – and you people are heading straight on for an iceberg – and sadly, you don’t seem to know it.

We can and we will leave – many already have and the exits are getting pretty jammed up.

I can envision many of my Conservative colleagues yelling back at the paper – Hey, where have you been, sister? We abandoned the stupid party years ago – well, let me just say in my defense that in most abusive relationships, each has their personal breaking point – many have already reached and are beyond that point. I dare say that if the current events hold to the trends as they are now, many more will join them – as will I.

I encourage you to email this article to every Republican official you know. Time grows short to save the party — and the country.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: The Single Biggest Thing You Can Do to Clean Up the Republican Party

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Nation

Single Biggest Thing You Can Do to Clean Up the GOP: Erick Erickson
Beware Left-Wing-Funded “Main Street” Republicans: Michelle Malkin
Obamacare: insurers have no idea who you are: Sister Toldjah

Chris Christie: gateway candidate for President Hillary: Gun Free Zone
NAACP Lawyer ‘Honored to Represent’ a Cop-Killer: J. Christian Adams
Trey Gowdy: No appetite for Amnesty in the House: Scoop

Future Health Care In America: The Abyss Of Gun Rights: Herschel Smith
The Cold War never ended: III Percent
White House: HIPAA Does Not Apply to Second Amendment: GSL

Economy

Promise Zones: Obama’s Marxist War on Poverty: Sara Noble
Sessions’ response to President’s “promise zones”: Minority Report
The Left’s Necessary Lie: Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison

Escaping the rat maze of the welfare state: Jonah Goldberg
‘Poverty level under Obama breaks 50-year record’: HyScience
Congress to Obama: Amnesty ‘Final Economic Blow for Millions’: WFB

Scandal Central

The NSA Even Spies on Congress: Andrew Napolitano
50 Years Hence: Reviewing LBJ’s War on “Transitional Living”: MOTUS
FreedomWorks CEO: New IRS Guidelines Target Tea Party and Exempt Unions: GWP

The Fix Is In: ‘Justice’ Department Appoints Obama Donor to Lead Obama IRS-gate Probe: JWF
Report: CO Senator Pressured Department to Falsify Insurance Cancellation Numbers: TruthRevolt
Surprise: Dem Rep from NY is 9/11 Truther, Plus Obamacare Support: Moe Lane

Climate & Energy

EPA Changes The Borders Of Wyoming; Governor Appeals Decision: GWP
Global warming’s glorious ship of fools: Mark Steyn
The unalarmed climate scientist: WS

Media

CNN’s Crowley: Why Would the Out-of-Work Vote Republican?: Larry Elder
How Dumb Is the NRSC’s Brad Dayspring? This Dumb – Shoots At Mark Levin, Hits Self: Dan Riehl
The Urban Dictionary entry for “Kanye West Syndrome” is downright hilarious: Joshua Riddle

Your ♡bamaCare!!! Fail of the Day: Stephen Green
A Reddit Gun Lover Has A Hilarious Present For Anti-Gun Mother Jones: Sean Davis
Chris Christie’s Bully Problem: Highway to Hell: Ruthfully Yours

DOJ Selects Obama Supporter To Lead IRS Investigation (MSM Yawns): Nice Deb
Correcting Mark Levin’s Repeated Misrepresentation of James Madison: Joe Wolverton
Tenth Amendment Center’s Interpretation of Nullification Destroys Constitutional Compact: Jen Kuznicki

World

The Meaning of Fallujah: Michael Ledeen
Obama Administration: Employees of Al Qaeda Aren’t Al Qaeda: Sara Noble
“Kerry Is Just Not in Touch with Reality”: Daniel Pipes

Wasserman Schultz facing wrath of Jewish backers for support of Iranian nukes: BPR
Obama/Kerry using limitless leverage to emasculate Israel: Caroline Glick
France: Proud, Paranoid, and Unfree: Ace

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

What’s the Endgame for Social Media?: Clara Shih
Microsoft deals new blow to XP diehards by pulling malware protection: Daniel Robinson
Top 5 IT Risk Management Resolutions for 2014: Ericka Chickowski

Cornucopia

The American Ship of State: Nuking Politics
Niagara Falls frozen: SMH
Caleb Jacoby, Son of Boston Globe Columnist Found Safe in New York: Algemeiner

Image: Niagara Falls frozen
Today’s Larwyn’s Linx sponsored by: Shake up the GOP: Fire Mitch McConnell!

QOTD:

“The Chamber of Commerce, the Main Street Partnership, the NRSC, and lobbyists galore in Washington are coordinating attacks on conservative groups and conservative candidates for daring to champion limited government and hold the GOP accountable for breaking promises. These groups have no interest in supporting limited government and free markets. They support their government and their markets with your tax dollars.

The GOP in Washington has decided that the problem is not government, but Democrats in charge of government. And they’ve decided to punish any conservative who points out government itself is the problem. Conservative groups are attacked by Republican leaders. Conservative candidates are attacked by Republican leaders. Conservative talk radio hosts are attacked by Republican leaders.

The single biggest thing you can do to clean up the GOP is to defeat Mitch McConnell in Kentucky by supporting Matt Bevin. The NRSC attacks all came after the Senate Conservatives Fund decided to support Bevin. The attacks on Mark Levin came after he spoke kindly of Matt Bevin. The attacks on conservative candidates came after Matt Bevin became a credible candidate.

All these attacks came because Mitch McConnell would rather rule in Hell than serve in Heaven. He would rather a Senate GOP minority with himself in charge than a Senate GOP majority with himself retired.

You beat Mitch McConnell, you will find many Republican squishes with squishy soiled underwear. Until you beat Mitch McConnell, these guys in Washington will neither respect you nor fear you.” –Erick Erickson

Doug Ross @ Journal