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Archive for April, 2009
The Wall Street Journal has this editorial on Sen. Arlen Specter’s decision to switch parties. Make sure to click to read the whole piece.
In his 1970 book “From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor,” advertising legend Jerry Della Femina tells the story of trying to see Philadelphia District Attorney Arlen Specter:
“‘Are you crazy?’ his people said. ‘Nobody gets to meet Arlen Spector [misspelling in original]. We can’t even see him.’ ‘All right,’ I said, ‘what’s Arlen Specter for?’ ‘Arlen Specter is for getting elected.’ ‘All right,’ I said. ‘What is Arlen Specter against?’ ‘Arlen Spector is against losing.’”
That more or less sums up the Pennsylvania Senator’s announcement yesterday that he will quit the GOP and seek re-election next year as a Democrat. “I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans,” said Mr. Specter. And perhaps he does, to the extent Mr. Specter has a philosophy.
This is definitely worth a read. Click here to read the New York Post’s article “100 Days, 100 Mistakes.”
Pajamas Media’s Jennifer Rubin takes a look at Obama’s problems after 100 days in office -
Fifth, the Republicans are more united and more energized than at anytime since the 2004 Bush election victory. Republicans have found their sense of fiscal sanity, have remained resolute against Obama’s irresponsible budget schemes, and have begun laying the groundwork with a simple message: Obama “spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much.” That theme resonated with the tea party protesters and has the potential to lure fiscal conservatives (in places like New Hampshire, for example) who at the end of the Bush presidency could no longer discern much of a difference between the parties. The Republicans have both reconnected with their base and provided a foundation for attracting key swing voters on core economic issues. Problem: “No” will seem like a good position if the economy doesn’t bounce back and our fiscal predicament becomes the top-of-the-fold story.
The Politico’s Manu Raju posts this piece today about Senate Republican Conference effort to spread the GOP message:
With the Republican brand in tatters, the Senate GOP is in a race to find more allies off Capitol Hill while attempting to resuscitate its image.
Spearheading what one GOP aide dubbed the “anti-K Street Project” is Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the conference vice chairman, who is attempting to go beyond the traditional Republican coalition groups and renew ties after two poor election cycles. And facing a White House with a strong grass-roots operation, Thune is trying to spread the GOP’s message directly to groups with members across the country in an attempt to build broader opposition to a host of Democratic initiatives, such as the Employee Free Choice Act, budget and energy proposals, and global warming legislation.
CNN’s Dana Bash talks with GOProud’s Jimmy LaSalvia (near the end of this piece).
Another gem from the gay left -
In the Wake of the Murder of Gay Iraqis, GOProud Calls on President Obama to Recommit to Fight against Global Extremism
Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director - “Instead of unilaterally surrendering the global war on terror, now is the time for the Obama administration to recommit to fighting global extremism.”
Illinois Congressman Mark Kirk is considering a run for the US Senate seat once held by President Obama. He told The Politico that he’ll make a decision soon. In the meantime he’s raising a lot of money! Read about it here.
New Organization Launches to Represent Gay Conservatives and their Conservative Allies
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, GOProud, a registered 527, officially launched at a press conference in the National Republican Club of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. “GOProud is launching to fill a void that exists,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director of the organization and a member of the Board. “Until today, no organization has stood up for gay conservatives and their conservative allies. GOProud will be that organization.”
GOProud promised to support a traditional conservative agenda that will improve the every day lives of gays and lesbians across the country. “There are lots of organizations on the gay left working on issues like hate crimes and federal employment discrimination, but there is no organization working on issues like tax equity, free market healthcare reform, social security reform and other traditionally conservative issues,” said Christopher Barron, Chairman of the Board of GOProud.
LaSalvia and Barron are both former employees of Log Cabin Republicans. LaSalvia served as the organization’s Policy Director and Barron served as the organization’s Political Director. LaSalvia and Barron are joined on the Board by Bruce Carroll, the founder of GayPatriot.net a gay conservative blog (bios of all three are attached).
William McGurn, the former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, said of GOProud in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, “Since the loss of Congress and Mr. McCain’s defeat in November, any number of people have come forward to suggest that if the party ever wants to win again, it has to abandon its conservative principles. What does it say about the Beltway’s established ideological boxes that it is the gay wing of the Republican Party which is now advocating for a return to the party’s Reaganite roots?”
Prominent conservative activist Grover Norquist praised the launch of GOProud, “GOProud is a positive addition to the conservative movement. We need as many voices as possible advocating for lower taxes, limited government and free markets.”
GOProud plans to use new technology to help reach out to supporters across the country. “We are going to utilize social networking sites, internet advertising, podcasts and video podcasts, as well as the some of the most cutting edge technology to get our message out,” continued LaSalvia.
GOProud’s mission statement reads, “GOProud represents gay conservatives and their allies. GOProud is committed to a traditional conservative agenda that emphasizes limited government, individual liberty, free markets and a confident foreign policy. GOProud promotes our traditional conservative agenda by influencing politics and policy at the federal level.”
“This is an exciting day for the more than 1.5 million gays and lesbians who cast their votes for John McCain and Sarah Palin and for the countless conservatives across the country who want to see a Republican Party where sexual orientation is not an issue. Our party is at a crossroads, after two disastrous elections we are looking for a way forward. GOProud looks forward to working with like-minded conservatives across the country to return conservative majorities to the House and Senate and to elect a conservative to the White House in 2012,” concluded Barron.