Establishment Republicans are facing some tough approval ratings. Speaker John Boehner has the same approval rating held by Rep. Nancy Pelosi when she brought Democrats back to the
minority in the House in 2010. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is losing to the Democrat he will tentatively face for re-election next year.
improve their numbers, the RNC has been developing its plan to win over
young voters who fall in the millennial generation. It does not involve
policy so much as it involves telling millennial voters how much their
votes would be appreciated.
In an October 30 column, Ann Coulter excoriates conservatives who believe that Republicans do not do enough to fight for limited
government. Even though she recently published a book about liberal
Republicans, she could only identify one Republican who she thinks is
liberal. That was John McCain. Needless to say, her list seems rather
brief. While she is entitled to her opinions, some of her facts do need
Specifically, she uses Minnesota as an example of a
place where Republicans are just too conservative.
Authored for FreedomWorks. (As it turned out, Boehner did violate the Hastert Rule for an eighth time on October 16.) Will House Speaker John Boehner need to rely on more Democrats than
Republicans in order to pass President Obama’s through Congress –
violating what is known as the Hastert Rule? It would be the sixth
occasion since he assumed the speakership in 2011, and his seventh
attempt. If a cancelled attempt to pass Obamacare funding on Tuesday is included, it would be the eighth.
John McCain and Tom Harkin kvetched recently
that the Senate had become too partisan; Sen. Harkin warned in hushed tones
that it was “very dangerous… every bit as dangerous as the break-up of the
Union before the Civil War.” Presumably they were talking about conservatives
who oppose ObamaCare. Let us examine why, contrary to the kvetching of these
two failed presidential candidates, ObamaCare has enjoyed more than enough
bipartisan support from Republican congressional leadership.
Authored for FreedomWorks. (In less than two days this post has achieved more than 1,100 Facebook likes -- and the number is still rising. Remember the names.)
With Sen. Ted Cruz fighting Obamacare this week “until he can’t
stand,” it is a timely occasion to remember which Republicans have been
working with Democrats to knock Sen. Cruz down.
Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)
The second-term former MTV star complained on Friday that he and his friends in the House had “kept a lid on our
anger” at Sen.
, John Boehner
, Renee Ellmers
, Katrina Pierson
, Pete Sessions
, Bob Corker
, John Cornyn
, Mitch McConnell
, Peter King
, Sean Duffy
, Tim Griffin
Last week’s polling data released by FreedomWorks indicates that
voters – especially young voters – have become far less supportive of a
powerful federal government since President Obama assumed office. The
the information is a cogent guide to messaging for Republicans looking
to win elections, but don’t expect party leaders to be very enthusiastic
about the situation.
After five years of living under President Obama’s administration,
FreedomWorks found that the young people who once voted for him no
longer supported his vision of government.
A video produced by the comedy group Second City Network suggests that “Because
Obama” may be losing its credibility as an excuse for government
The cause, organized by what the video portrayed as the
“Americans for Whatever Barack Obama Wants Did You Know He was Friends
with Jay Z?” group, aims to fundraise $1.6 trillion to support the
President’s effort to begin World War III – in addition, as one of the
video’s actors puts it, to “World War IV, and any moon war the President
may want to start.
Bloggers and activists from around the nation gathered at
FreedomWorks this September 6-8 for a Defund ObamaCare Summit, where
they discussed the consequences of ObamaCare and the strategies being
used by Democrats and some Republicans to keep the law in place.
at the summit learned to counter the most substantive arguments – many
of which have been ironically formulated by Republican congressional
leadership – to support the funding of ObamaCare. The message was
simple: Why fund a law that no one believes will work with money the
federal government doesn’t have?
This month marks the third anniversary of FreedomWorks’ endorsement
of Rep. Renee Ellmers during her very first campaign for the U.S. House.
Ironically, Rep. Ellmers decided to commemorate the anniversary by
putting a knife in the back of the conservatives who support defunding
In response to a question she received at a town hall this past week, Rep. Ellmers
tried to explain that her low ratings from conservative organizations
had nothing to do with her voting with Democrats to expand the size of
government, but suggested that she was being unfairly singled out by
groups like the Heritage Foundation and FreedomWorks.
A Tuesday profile in the New York Times detailing corporate America’s waning influence
on the Republican Party pointed out that “big business leaders have seemed
relatively powerless” as Republican leaders struggle to control
small-government conservatives in Congress. That’s good news for conservatives
who support limited government, but it unfortunately seems like “big media” has
supplanted big business as establishment Republicans’ main ally in their quest
to drive conservatives and libertarians out of elected office.