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Archive for October 23rd, 2009

73% of GOP Voters Say Congressional Republicans Have Lost Touch With Their Base

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 73 percent say Congressional Republicans have lost touch with GOP voters from throughout the nation. Twelve percent are undecided.

Just 15 percent of Republicans who plan to vote in 2012 state primaries say the party’s representatives in Congress have done a good job of representing Republican values. [emphasis mine]

Nationally, 29 percent of Republican voters say former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is their pick to represent the GOP in the 2012 presidential campaign, while 24 percent prefer former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and 18 percent like former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

These numbers reflect an improvement for Huckabee since July when the three candidates were virtually even. Huckabee’s gain appears to be Palin’s loss as Romney’s support has barely changed.

If the choice for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 comes down to a choice between Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, Huckabee has a slight edge among likely GOP voters.

Thirty-nine percent of Republican voters have a favorable opinion of the party’s national chairman, Michael Steele, while 27 percent regard him very unfavorably. However, 35 percent don’t know what they think of Steele.

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The 23rd Congressional District is “the Big One”

By Jerry A. Kane

Leftist progressive Republicans might not raise the eyebrow of your average Snowe-blind Maineiac, but the thought of adding another DIABLO (Democrat In All But Label Only) statist-minded representative to Washington has GOP conservatives and libertarians apoplectic.

The candidacy of Dede Scozzafavah has divided the GOP between its Reagan conservatives and the party establishment. Scozzafava is in a three-way race with Democrat candidate Bill Owens and Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman to fill the seat of departing Republican John McHugh in New York’s 23rd Congressional District.

Scozzafava, who has been lauded by Newt Gingrich, supports abortion, homosexual marriage, Brother O’s stimulus spending, cap-and-trade, and Card Check; and is endorsed by Markos Moulitsas, founder of The Daily Kos; NYSUT (New York State United Teachers), the largest labor union in New York and affiliate of the National Education Association, and ACORN’s (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now’s) Working Families Party.

Hoffman, the Reagan conservative in the race, is supported by former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, former vice chairman of the 2008 Republican National Committee Platform Committee, Ken Blackwell, former Majority leader Dick Armey, Minnesota congresswomen Michele Bachmann, former Republican Senator and Republican presidential candidate, Fred Thompson, founder of the Campaign for Working Families, Gary Bauer, the Wall Street Journal and the conservative Club for Growth in Washington, D.C.

Right now Democrat Bill Owens is leading Hoffman and Scozzafava, but Hoffman’s poll numbers have been steadily rising and have surpassed Scozzafava, which means that Scozzafava is now just a spoiler and could keep Republicans from holding  the seat that McHugh routinely won by 2-to-1 margins.

Hoffman is running as the Conservative Party’s candidate because New York’s local GOP establishment entered its “smoke-filled room” and chose Scozzafava behind closed doors, bypassing a primary and the party’s grass-roots voters.

Scozzafava’s leftist politics aren’t the only embarrassment for the Republican Party. She called the police on John McCormack, a Weekly Standard blogger, who questioned her about support for Card Check and then used the propagandist media to smear him.

The call has gone out for Scozzafava to withdraw or be dumped from the race. More than a dozen conservative bloggers and organizations have called for her resignation and for the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) and the Republican National Committee (RNC) to withdraw their support and put their resources behind the real Republican in the race.

If Hoffman wins the big one, his campaign will become the template for grassroots conservative campaigns nationwide next year. The special election for New York’s 23rd Congressional District just might be the spark that ignites an internal revolution to regain the soul of the GOP and bring common sense and sanity back to the party of Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater.

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SINS OF OMISSION

Racist Republican justice of the peace who refused to perform an interracial marriage turns out to be a lifelong Democrat

No one cared that a lifelong Democrat didn’t like interracial marriages until he became a Republican Oops! When the media reported that Louisiana Justice of the Peace E. Keith Bardwell is a Republican, they left out one very important detail – he was a lifelong Democrat until switching his party affiliation in December, 2008.

That, of course, means that Bardwell was a registered Democrat when he declined to perform four previous interracial marriages.

In a remarkable coincidence, the media only jumped on the story when they could say a Republican was a raaaaaacist and ignored it when they would have been forced to say it was a Democrat who was a raaaaaacist.

Yet another reason we hate the media.

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