Republican Party

Glenn Beck on Republicans: They are addicted to big government

“I don’t even know what they stand for anymore. And they’ve got to realize that they have a problem: ‘Hello, my name is the Republican Party, and I’ve got a problem. I’m addicted to spending and big government.’” - Glenn Beck

During his speech at CPAC last night, Glenn Beck had a message for the Republican Party, one I think most of us would applaud:

[W]hile Beck is clearly no fan of the Obama administration’s policies, he spent more time detailing the problems he sees within the Republican Party.

Beck said he agreed with former Vice President Dick Cheney, who in a surprise visit to CPAC on Thursday, said that 2010 will be a good year for Republicans. But, Beck said, “it’s not enough just to not suck as much as the other side.”

 

A recovering alcoholic, Beck talked about the path of redemption for politicians on the right side of the aisle.

 

“I have not heard people in the Republican Party yet admit they have a problem,” Beck said, adding that he’s waiting for a “come-to-Jesus” moment.

Another story I read this morning noted that Beck said Republicans needed to admit they have a problem just like Tiger Woods.

Beck is, of course, right. That’s something we’ve noted here at UL in the past. The first step to recovery is admitting there is a problem. The GOP has not done that.

David Brooks: Sarah Palin Is A ‘Joke’

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New York Times columnist David Brooks brings Sarah Palin down to size.

Elected Republican Goes Libertarian

Ed Coleman, an elected Republican, has officially switched his affiliation to the Libertarian Party. Coleman is a city-county councilman in the Indianapolis-Marion County government. The full story can be found here on the website for the Libertarian Party of Indiana.

This is an act of incredible courage by Mr. Coleman who has put aside his party allegience which helped him get elected. He will now have to face the unfair challenges of being a member of a third party if and when he pursues re-election. This is also an impressive coup by the LP of Indiana who have been making measurable strides towards being a legitimate threat to the establishment.

Congratulations to both Mr. Coleman and the LP.

RNC Staff Axed by Steele

According to Ben Smith over at Politico, Michael Steele has begun his overhaul of the RNC by asking for the resignation of all current staff at the RNC.

A Republican source says newly elected Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has requested the resignations of the entire RNC staff and signaled a dramatic turnover at the party organization.

Some aides may be retained, though Republicans are under the impression that Steele will lead a large-scale changeover in the institution, which has about 100 staffers. Obama’s new team at the Democratic National Committee also requested mass resignations.

Ron Paul: You Can’t Balance The Budget On The Back Of Sick People

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Ron Paul is the true compassionate conservative. Cut oversees military spending before cutting medical care for Americans.

Bob Barr Is Not Worth Your Vote

When I first heard about Bob Barr’s Libertarian Party run, I actually looked at his past as a Republican congressman as a positive. Most people don’t join independent parties first crack out of the box, and I certainly didn’t. I found myself defending him against attacks that he was a “neo-con” or a pol seeking to advance a dying career.

That began to change as I heard more from him. The various news appearances he made were filled with canned rhetoric. He sounded like the stereotypical politician. It was hard to really tell if he believed what he was saying, or if he had just decided to leach onto the movement started by Ron Paul’s candidacy.

John McCain and the NRA

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Bet he’d be glad for them to play a role in the Republican Party right now…

Washington Times Video Interview of Bob Barr

As always, Bob Barr manages to make his case for less government and more freedom with wit and humor.  Poking fun at his background with the CIA and the Republican Party, this interview with host Ralph Z. Hallow highlights the current administration’s infringement of our rights in the name of security and Senator McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin.

Lieberman is Betting on McCain

The liberal, pro-war, Independent, McCain-supporting Senator from Connecticut is living on a prayer- a prayer that McCain will win in November. If such happens he is hoping that his cross-party election support of McCain will secure him a Cabinet position. Lieberman has walked a tight line with the Democratic Party, who he still caucuses with, since his Independent run following his primary defeat by Ned Lamont. With Lieberman stating that he will no longer be attending lunch with his Democratic colleagues, those relations seem to have reached a breaking point since his speech at the Republican Nation Convention.

 

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) will not attend the Democratic policy lunches in the Senate this month, the latest sign that he is moving away from the party after criticizing Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention.

“I think it’s probably wise for me and for my colleagues in the Democratic caucus to dine somewhere else for the next few weeks,” Lieberman said in an interview with The Hill. - The Hill.com

Palin May Lift More than McCain in November

Since the selection of Palin and the subsequent slashing of the enthusiasm void among Republicans, the dynamics for November are sure to change in more than just the Presidential election. With the entire political establishment in an uproar, the grassroots in a much improved state of glee, and liberals running scared because of her success, Sarah Palin is changing the entire state of the ‘system’ right before our eyes. This mix of enthusiasm and curiosity may wear off before November 4th, but as for now she is the hottest thing on the wish list for Republican Congressmen, especially those engaged in fierce struggles to maintain their incumbency. The Hill.com, one of the more influential DC politico papers, is reporting on her demand - and how there is not enough Sarah to go around.


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