Sorry, Washington Republicans, but it’s absolutely acceptable to criticize candidates who want grow the federal government

Voters are often told that conservatives should not challenge Washington-backed big government Republicans, because doing so could lead to Republican defeat. Yet it often seems that Washington Republicans don’t follow their own advice. It prompts the question, when does the Washington class really view it as appropriate to criticize Republican candidates?

Mississippi is one example. Washington Republicans asked Democratic voters to support their candidate, Sen. Thad Cochran, in his primary election. This was a violation of Mississippi law, so conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel is challenging the result.

This prompted Ann Coulter to write that Chris McDaniel was a “sore loser” whose supporters “don’t care that they’re gambling with a Republican majority in the Senate.”

This is not the first time Ann Coulter has complained about conservatives from the South or other locations around Middle America. Last October, she complained that conservatives in Minnesota had not done enough to help Sen. Norm Coleman win re-election against Sen. Al Franken, writing, “The inability to distinguish Coleman and McConnell… from Obamacare-ratifying Democrats is…insane.”

Today in Liberty: Obama still avoiding border visit during fundraising trip, Ted Cruz is really not happy with the NRSC

“There is something fundamentally unfair about a government that takes away so much of people’s money, power, and personal control while telling them that life will be better as a result.” — Steve Forbes

— Obama will discuss border crisis in Texas, but won’t visit the border: Facing increasing political pressure over the “humanitarian crisis” (his words) at the United States’ Southwest border, President Barack Obama will meet with local officials and church leaders to discuss the issue today in Dallas. But he still won’t visit the border during the two-day swing in which he’s set to raise money for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). “The roundtable discussion in Dallas is seen by the White House as a way to address the immigration issue while avoiding awkward optics at the border,” the Associated Press explains. “Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have arrived there in recent months, many fleeing violence in Central America, but also drawn by rumors that they can stay in the U.S. White House officials say most are unlikely to qualify for humanitarian relief and will be sent back to their home countries.” The meeting is going to provide more fodder for congressional Republicans as well as Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), who has asked President Obama to visit the border during his trip to the Lone Star State. Pundits on MSNBC’s Morning Joe suggested on Wednesday that President Obama could offend the Democratic Party’s base if he visited the border.

Today in Liberty: House Republicans already jockey for leadership positions, Cantor’s loss a blow to the NSA

We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” — Winston Churchill

— Let the House leadership races begin: House Republicans, unsurprisingly, began jockeying for position after Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was handed a stunning defeat in the VA-07 primary. The thinking is that Cantor will step down from leadership because he would be ineffective as a lame duck. “Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, the current No. 3 in the House, is all but certain to run for the majority leader post, GOP sources said. McCarthy’s office declined to comment on Cantor’s loss or McCarthy’s plans,” Politico reports. “But the California Republican likely will be challenged by a member of the conservative wing of the House GOP Conference, potentially including Reps. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, Jim Jordan of Ohio or Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington.” Politico explains that “a full-scale war will break out for majority whip, with Scalise, McMorris Rodgers and Reps. Pete Roskam (R-Ill.) and Pete Sessions (R-Texas) all possibilities for that post.”

Ted Cruz has gotten the attention of the Republican establishment, and he needs conservative reinforcements to #MakeDCListen

Ted Cruz and the Establishment

Establishment Republicans are out to get Texas Senator Ted Cruz because he’s forced “uncomfortable” votes during his short time in Washington. Writing for Time, Jay Newton-Small reports:

Now that primary season is almost over, some Establishment Republicans are looking for retribution

Ted Cruz has not made himself a popular man in Washington. The Texas Republican would argue that’s the point. But even for a Senator — an elected office with the backing of an entire state — ticking off powerful people can have consequences.

In his first two years in Washington, Cruz has managed to help force a government shutdown, undermine the GOP’s chances of taking over the Senate and force uncomfortable votes for his fellow Republicans — not to mention the verbal bombs he lobs on a regular basis, many aimed at his own party. His colleagues, aware of the threats they face from primary challengers, have mostly held their tongues and their fire so far. But Cruz has already done some damage without much trying.

Upon his election to the U.S. Senate in 2012, Cruz signed on to the National Republican Senatorial Committee as vice-chairman, an effort by the NRSC to reach out to conservative grassroots within the Republican Party. POLITICO covered the appointment in some details when it happened:

It’s a high-wire act for the political neophyte. As an NRSC deputy, he’ll have to balance the political pragmatism of a quintessential inside-the-Beltway institution without tarnishing his brand as an anti-establishment constitutional conservative.

Obama’s IRS stalling on release of emails between officials and Democratic senators

The Internal Revenue Service has stalled for nearly a year on a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the National Republican Senatorial Committee seeking all correspondence between agency officials and 13 Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and several vulnerable incuments up for reelection this year:

On May 21, 2013 the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent the IRS a Freedom of Information Act request asking for “any and all documents or records, including but not limited to electronic documents, e-mails, paper documents, photographs (electronic or hard copy), or audio files,” related to correspondence from January 1, 2009 and May 21, 2013 between thirteen different Democrat members of Congress and top IRS officials. Those officials include former IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman, former Commissioner Steven Miller, senior IRS official Joseph Grant and former head of tax exempt groups Lois Lerner. Members of Congress named in the request include Sen. Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Reid (D-NV), DSCC Chair Sen. Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Landrieu (D-LA), Sen. Pryor (D-AR), Sen. Hagan (D-NC), Sen. Begich (D-AK), Sen. Shaheen (D-NH), Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), Sen. Franken (D-MN), Sen. Warner (D-VA), Rep. Braley and Rep. Peters (D-MI).

Since that request was received by the IRS nearly one year ago, IRS Tax Law Specialists Robert Thomas and Denise Higley have asked for more time to fulfill the request six times.

NRSC pens letter to Udall over staff’s intimidation tactics

Mark Udall

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has fired off a letter to Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) over reports that his staff pressured Colorado insurance officials to revise the number of canceled health plans in the state.

According to emails obtained by, members of Udall’s staff disputed that 249,199 health policies had been canceled or terminated, as was reported by the Colorado Division of Insurance in November. When state insurance officials stood by the number, Udall’s legislative director, Joe Britton, made good on a threat to take the dispute public.

“According to news reports, members of your taxpayer-funded staff may have bullied Jo Donlin, Director of External Affairs at the Division of Insurance, on multiple occasions,” wrote Rob Collins, executive director of the NRSC, to Udall. “Multiple news reports outline what appear to be attempts by your staff to coerce Ms. Donlin into manipulating the number of insurance cancellations due to the Affordable Care Act to a lower, inaccurate number.”

In emails to colleagues, Donlin said that she “felt intimidated” by Britton and described the tone of communications with Udall’s staff as “very hostile.” Collins referred to her comments in the letter to the Colorado Democrat, noting that he was not only aware of his staff’s behavior, but also “defended them.”

NRSC hits vulnerable Senate Dems with devastating new video


The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is turning up the heat on vulnerable Senate Democrats who are now running away from Obamacare after a disastrous rollout and millions of insurance cancellations with a devastating new video.

The minute long video begins with one of the instances in which President Obama promised Americans that they would be able to keep their health plans under Obamacare. It then shifts to news coverage of the insurance cancellations that people are experiencing because of the law.

The video then goes to show some vulnerable Senate Democrats — Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mark Begich (D-AK), and Kay Hagan (D-NC) — repeating the same false promise made by President Obama, which was part of the campaign to deceive Americans on Obamacare.

Does Mary Landrieu support European-style socialized medicine?

NRSC -- Mary Landrieu and ObamaCare

As we mentioned yesterday, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) says that if she had to vote for ObamaCare again, she “would vote for it tomorrow.” But those comments may not play well in a Louisiana, where she’s running for re-election next year.

ObamaCare is unpopular, and voters favor its repeal. In fact, 62% of likely voters in the Pelican State oppose ObamaCare, according to a recent survey from OnMessage, Inc., including 53% who strongly oppose the law.

But perhaps Landrieu, one of the most vulnerable Democrats is the Senate, agrees with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who recently said that ObamaCare is a step toward a European-style single-payer healthcare system.

A new ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) highlights some past statements she has made about the United States’s healthcare system and slams her for being out of touch with Louisiana voters on ObamaCare.

“Mary Landrieu is embarrassed about Louisiana for not having European Style Socialized Medicine,” notes the NRSC ad. “She says: “It’s embarrassing to me to go to places like France and Spain…and their workers all manage to have health insurance that can’t be taken away.”

Landrieu made those comments during the Southwest Louisiana Chamber of Commerce event — the same event where she said she would again vote for ObamaCare if she had the chance. The ad goes on to reference the poll mentioned above.

LA Senate: Mary Landrieu trails Republican challenger

Mary Landrieu

Republicans have a very real shot at picking off Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), according to a poll released yesterday by Conservative Intelligence Briefing.

Landrieu, who has served in the Senate since 1997, is thought to be one of the most vulnerable Democrats facing re-election next year and the outcome of the race could determine whether Republicans take control of the chamber. But it looks like Landrieu and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) will have their work cut out for them if they hope to retain control of the seat.

“The poll, conducted for Conservative Intel last week by Harper Polling, shows the three-term senator trailing, 47 to 45 percent, against U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Republican representing most of the Baton Rouge area,” wrote David Freddoso, editor of the conservative site.

“This despite the fact that Cassidy, a medical doctor who announced his candidacy in April, is not very well known throughout the state — 59 percent of the 596 likely voters surveyed did not know enough about him to form a favorable or unfavorable opinion,” he added. “Cassidy’s lead is well within the poll’s four-point margin of error, so the two should be considered in a statistical tie. On the generic ballot, 42 percent of respondents said they would prefer to elect a Republican, versus 41 percent who wanted a Democrat to win.”

Mary Landrieu fires and misses on issues dear to Louisiana


The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is out with a new ad against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). For those of who grew up during the day of the 8-bit Nintendo, it may bring back some memories.

The ad, which plays off the game Duck Hunt, ran on Wednesday during the season premiere of Duck Dynasty, which is based in Louisiana. It focuses on how Landrieu “keeps firing and missing” on several issues important to the Bayou State — including ObamaCare, job creation, and taxes.

Landrieu, who could be vulnerable next year, voted for ObamaCare in 2010 and has constantly voted against efforts to repeal it, including the most recent vote in March.

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