Establishment Republicans

GOP-E's Flores Won't Hold Boehner Accountable

Jonathan Strong, Breitbart

The new chairman of the Republican Study Comm., Rep. Bill Flores, is pledging to never publicly criticize GOP leadership, a marked turn for the position that has been used in past years to hold John Boehner’s feet to the fire on occasion.

Conservative Leaders Challenge GOP Congress

Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator

The Conservative Action Project, a group of 40 prominent conservative leaders including CHQ's Richard Viguerie, have documented GOP winners' campaign promises and plan to hold them to those promises. If that doesn’t happen? Conserv. gusto for preventing another Senate flip could prove fatal to GOP control.

The 'Do It For Bob Dole' Republicans

Jeffery Lord, American Spectator

Races that were supposed to be push-overs are suddenly nail-biters. How can this be? The Base. The very people who are needed to give money & votes to elect that GOP Senate are balking. Why? Nancy Kassebaum Baker illustrates the GOP's problem.

Boehner: Bush Has 'Real Shot' in '16

Kelly Cohen, Washington Examiner

Boehner applauded Jeb Bush’s ability to “talk about Repub. issues better than most anybody that we’ve got out there,” approving of his “real record of reform” as FL’s governor from 1999-2007. He also called potential GOP-E candidates John Kasich and Rob Portman “great” ones.

Pat Roberts Warns of Nat'l Socialism Taking Root

Cheryl K. Chumley, Washington Times

Sen. Pat Robert took on a campaign buddy, former Sen. Bob Dole, at a recent Dodge City event to raise money to keep his Kansas seat, warning those in attendance that it’s not long before America turns the corner on the Constitution and takes on a more permanent socialistic feel.

Don't Blame Tea Party If R's Don't Take Senate

Judson Phillips, Washington Times

The GOP Estab. got what it wanted & bested the conservative wing. Now they're shocked that conservatives aren't motivated to vote. R's should take the Senate easily. If it doesn’t happen this year, who will the GOP-E blame?

Boehner: Immigration Reform Will Boost Economy

Scott Wong, The Hill

“Immigration reform will help our economy, but you’ve got to secure the border first,” the Republican said after a speech at the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. “We’ve got a mess and everyone knows we’ve got a mess. 

Lobbyist Advises GOP to Spend Big, Think Small

Streiff, Red State

What GOP estab. lobbyist and consultant John Feehery is not-so subtly pushing is a program of increased gov't spending that Obama will sign into law. He has editorialized in favor of crony capitalism. He's not interested in the future of the U.S. or the GOP. He's interested in lining his wallet.

NRSC Loves the Senate Conservatives Fund (Or At Least Its Money)

Erick Erickson, Red State

The NRSC, US Chamber, and other GOP-E orgs poured millions into primaries to stop Senate Conservatives Fund gains. NRSC spent so much money trying to protect its incumbents that it now has no money to pick up new seats.

Rove Is Worried About O's Legacy

Jen Kuznicki, JenKuznicki.com

Karl Rove states, "The president should discard his threats of unconstitutional executive action. When he circumvents Congress, he inflames tensions...makes it easier to undo his policies..." It's clear: when the GOP want amnesty, they want to ensure it’s permanent. 

They Told Me If I Voted for the Estab., This Wouldn't Happen

Leon H. Wolf, Red State

The GOP estab. likes to point out that TEA Party candidates can be bad and unprepared candidates who make missteps in the gen. election. But the evidence doesn't suggest that they're any more so than GOP-E candidates who have a long and storied history of their own missteps. 

AK’s Begich (Dem) Uses Liberal Repub. Murkowski as Endorsement

Streiff, Red State

According to the Heritage Action Scorecard he has a rating of 8% and Murkowski has a 24% rating so Murkowski, making her the second most liberal GOP senator behind Maine’s Susan Collins with a 23% score, votes with Begich much more often than she votes with her GOP colleagues.

GOP Senate to House: Don't Screw This Up

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Senate Republicans have put subtle pressure on House members to avoid a messy fight over the border bill, impeachment or a government shutdown. Democrats have recently used the latter two gleefully for fundraising.

Gov. McDonnell Trial Reveals Broken Marriage

Nick Ochsner & Peggy Fox, USA TODAY

The stress of the governor's office broke the marriage of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, developed a crush on a businessman who wanted favors from the governor, lawyers for the couple said Tues. in the McDonnells' federal corruption trial.

Thad Cochran and GOP Establishment: “By Their Fruits You Shall Know Them”

Cochran’s message to African-Americans in Mississippi in summary was this: If you like the direction Barack Obama is taking America, vote for me, Thad Cochran.

Lamar Alexander Amnesty Vote Encouraged Illegal Alien Invasion

Joe Carr has nailed the crisis that incumbent Republican Senator Lamar Alexander's vote for amnesty has helped create: it is a crisis for American workers and their children who will be entering the job market in competition with the illegal aliens flooding our southern border.

Kevin McCarthy is Much Worse Than Eric Cantor

Kevin McCarthy epitomizes all that’s wrong with Washington. McCarthy only votes with conservatives 42 percent of the time compared to 53 percent for Cantor. That's pathetic, dangerous, and the best possible reason to replace the entire House GOP leadership now.

Romney Tries to Re-emerge As Force in GOP Politics

Associated Press Staff

Romney has sought kingmaker status in the GOP's fight for the Senate and its quest to retake the WH in '16. Romney insiders say he's more interested in shaping GOP politics by lending his name & fundraising ability to (what he considers) electable conservatives than in running again.