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After a long, unapologetic effort to defeat Tea Party and other so-called “unelectable” candidates in GOP primaries, the Washington establishment will likely need Tea Party voters in November to help swing several tight Senate races and win control of the upper chamber.
Republicans appear poised to win three of the net total six seats required to take the Senate. But they are locked in six other, too-close-to call contests in their effort to win the remaining three seats.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee on Friday dismissed the notion that party voters are not united behind their candidates.
“Can you point to a race … ? It’s a false narrative,” said group spokeswoman Brook Hougsen, who cited a recent George Washington University survey that shows Republicans with a 16-point advantage over Democrats (52-to-36 percent) in a generic poll on competitive Senate races.
Kevin Broughton, spokesman for the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, a political action committee, singled out a few races, particularly in Kansas and Mississippi, but suggested his troops will rally for the general election.
“While Tea Party people and conservative activists might have a bad taste in their mouth, the goal is to keep Barack Obama from making more bad appointments to the federal appeals courts,” he said. “And the way you stop that is to take away (Nevada Sen.) Harry Reid’s Democratic majority and his nuclear option.”
Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel has filed his official challenge of the June 24 GOP primary runoff results against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in state court, he and his lead attorney Mitch Tyner announced Thursday.
“Republicans did not elect the nominee on June 24,” McDaniel said in a statement, adding that “we are excited for the opportunity for Republicans to reclaim their primary process.”
“This challenge is not about the candidates,” McDaniel said. “It is about the integrity of Mississippi’s election process, and we are committed to ensuring that process is accurate and fair for future Republican candidates.”
Tyner, McDaniel’s attorney, said Mississippi Republicans’ First Amendment rights to associate were “clearly infringed upon” during the runoff.
“The party should have arranged for the primary to limit Democratic participation, but the Cochran campaign elicited the exact opposite,” Tyner said. “Since the Republican Party’s leadership clearly doesn’t trust the Executive Committee to hear this challenge, we have no choice but to file for judicial review.”
McDaniel’s decision to file in state court, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger wrote, means the state Supreme Court will appoint “a senior-status judge from outside Jones County,” the county in which he filed the challenge.
“It’s obvious that the fix is in with the Mississippi Republican Party executive committee,” which refused to review any of the evidence McDaniel put forward in his challenge, said Billy Bova, a Gulf Coast-based Mississippi political operative who works with grassroots-focused candidates from both parties, to Breitbart News. “It’s made up of a bunch of people who had to pay a fee to join their county committee, and on that executive committee they’re extremely used to pay to play; obviously—they’re controlled by the Thad Cochran, Haley-and-Henry Barbour cabal.”
Garry Cobb played football for USC and then for 11 years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is now running for New Jersey’s 1st District seat as a Republican, and his explanation of why he is no longer a Democrat is very compelling.
Explaining that he kind of discovered that he was Republican due to his upbringing, he said that the massively negative effects of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty had the most impact:
This was an incentive for the man to leave the home and it’s destroyed African-American families throughout the country.
I didn’t realize it but as I started thinking about it and growing up, because as a kid going to college, you know I was all into the Democratic Party and everything; then I started realizing they helped destroy our communities and we’re supposed to be celebrating electing these people.
One of the towns in our areas, Camden, is still suffering. I want to put an end to this.
He goes on to explain further how the Democratic party and its policies have impacted youth, the economy, and more. He has some not-so-complementary things to say about the President as well.
Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon turned conservative sensation, is taking a major step toward a 2016 presidential bid by forming a political action committee and selecting the man who would run his campaign, The Washington Times has learned.
Emerging from two-days of meetings with supporters in Palm Beach, Fla., Dr. Carson told the Times on Friday morning he has selected Houston businessman Terry Giles to be his 2016 campaign chairman should he run and approved the formation of a PAC called One Nation.
“Now is the time to start all of the appropriate exploration and investigation, and put down the structure that is necessary,” Dr. Carson said in a phone interview.
Asked about the likelihood he will run for president in 2016, Dr. Carson said: “I would say we are definitely a step or two closer than we were a year ago.”
He said the outcome of the 2014 elections in which Republicans are trying to seize control of the Senate would be a major factor, and that his new PAC would try to support candidates with similar viewpoints as his.
“Obviously we are very interested in what happens in November,” he said. “And if the people also continue to show strong desire for me to run, obviously that would be an important factor too.
Monday on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show,” Dr. Ben Carson, former chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, said he was one step closer to running for president.
Host Steve Malzberg asked Carson if he was any closer to making a decision to run for president. Carson replied by saying he was currently “in the listening process.”
Carson also said it also depends on the will of the American people to go in the right direction and that he explained could hinge on the Republican Party gaining control of the U.S. Senate in this November’s midterm elections, which he said would be a good indicator they are and would make him more inclined to run.
He also weighed in on whether or not impeachment proceedings such be brought against President Barack Obama. Carson said the president should be impeached if it is found he has broken his constitutional duties by committing high crimes and misdemeanors.
On Tuesday, Dr. Ben Carson said he is starting to think about running for the White House in 2016.
Carson, the retired brain surgeon, won a Western Conservative Summit straw poll this weekend in Colorado, and the Draft Ben Carson for President Committee has raised more than similar groups for Hillary Clinton and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) have.
“I certainly didn’t give it much thought early on,” he said before noting that “there’s just hundreds of people” who are “so enthusiastic” every place he goes.
Carson mentioned that hundreds turned out for a book signing on Monday evening at Costco, and he said, of the enthusiastic response he receives, “I can’t simply ignore it.”
“So I am starting to think about it,” he said. “But it certainly wasn’t on my bucket list when I retired.”
I think the investigative function, particularly post-election needs to be ramped into a fever pitch, casting aside a lot of the current play-nice facade. The contempt (in both the political and legal sense) of this Administration is absolutely breathtaking and still demands stronger measures.
Congress should be devouring the bandwidth of the targeted agencies. Flooding the zone with requests, constant depositions of senior leaders, a constant legal barrage of inquiry for every email, every piece of paper, everything, all the time. Who cares if we use it? Torture them every minute of the day and force them to live in fear of contempt charges. Make their execs lawyer up, and dig dig dig at every inconsistency.
Second, the power of the purse is entirely underutilized, and Congress as a rule has no creativity. Don’t cooperate? Zero out every executive bonus in the agency for a decade. Don’t cooperate? No more conferences, training seminars, trips. Don’t cooperate? No more drivers for senior execs. Don’t cooperate? Every construction project for every building your agency wants is zeroed. Don’t cooperate? We’re relocating 98% of your manpower to Omaha. Don’t cooperate? Zero out the public affairs budget. Don’t cooperate? Every program with ‘green’ ‘affirmative’ ‘equal opportunity’ ‘LGBT’ ‘diversity’ or ‘awareness’ is zeroed out.
Sure, it sounds petty, but the agency people we’re talking about are the most parochial, small-minded bureaucratic weasels, and their perks and powers are all they care about. All it takes is a more bloody-minded approach.
I could play that game all day.
GOP hopes of corralling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during the 2014 primary season are officially dead.
The defiant Republican’s brutal criticism of Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-Miss.) reelection campaign on Tuesday — and the involvement of a group he is technically a vice chairman of, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) — is just the latest example of the Tea Party hero refusing to play nice.
That brazen approach has exacerbated already fragile relations with establishment Republicans, who believe the freshman senator is intentionally undercutting them for no reason other than furthering his own political career.
Meanwhile, his conservative base is rejoicing that he’s refusing to be cowed.
Cruz is furious at the NRSC for its involvement in the Mississippi primary to boost Cochran over challenger Chris McDaniel. After losing the June 24 runoff, in which national Republicans spent late money to help the six-term incumbent, McDaniel and his supporters are looking to challenge the result, citing evidence of illegal crossover voting from black Democrats.
On Tuesday, the Senate Conservatives Fund — another frequent thorn in the GOP establishment’s side that counts Cruz among its models and supported him in his own uphill 2012 primary bid — sent $70,000 to a legal fund set up by McDaniel.
National Republicans hoped they could tame Cruz when they gave him the NRSC position. But he officially took a hiatus from the group earlier this year when it became clear that it would be involved in helping incumbents win against Tea Party challengers.
But Cruz still remains vice chairman, and reiterated he won’t resign.
House Speaker John A. Boehner explained in an editorial on Sunday why he plans to file a lawsuit over President Obama’s use of executive action, arguing that the president’s “flippant dismissal of the Constitution” is “beneath the dignity of the office.”
The Ohio Republican accused Mr. Obama of “excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold — at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him.”
Mr. Obama defended his use of executive actions and dared critics to stop him.
“Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff,” he said during a speech in Washington on Tuesday. “So sue me.”
“What’s disappointing is the president’s flippant dismissal of the Constitution we are both sworn to defend,” Mr. Boehner wrote. “It is utterly beneath the dignity of the office. I know the president is frustrated. I’m frustrated. The American people are frustrated too.