Establishment Republicans

A Bush Tries to Play Conservative

Will Weissert, Associated Press

George P. Bush, Jeb's son, is running for Texas' little-known but powerful land commissioner post. But rather than campaigning on the mainstream Republicanism embodied by the family name, Bush says he's "a movement conservative" more in line with the tea party.

Boehner Trashing Conservatives to Push Amnesty

Tony Lee, Breitbart

Mark Levin said John Boehner is lashing out at conservatives and throwing "temper tantrums" because he wants to delegitimize them as preparation for the looming fight over amnesty.

US Chamber Will Be Involved in GOP Primaries

Breitbart News Staff

It's no surprise that establishment Republican backers the US Chamber are getting more involved in 2014 GOP primaries. They've waged war on Tea Party conservative candidates (and their political affairs program is headed by a former RNC staffer). 

Republican List of Shame On Ryan Spending Deal

As we said yesterday, conservatives will look at the Roll Call on the spending deal and start recruiting candidates to file challenges to every Republican House member who supported it. Here's the list, and with the exception of Texas, filing is still open, so start talking to potential challengers today.

Spending Vote a Litmus Test for Conservatives

The vote on the Ryan -- Murray spending deal will show which Republicans are willing to participate in the culture of lies that enables the disastrous state of American governance.

TeaParty to Ryan: Kiss 2016 Goodbye

Alex Pappas, Daily Caller

“If Paul Ryan puts his name to any plan that takes away the sequester, the most effective mechanism we’ve had in the past decade to actually cut spending, he can kiss goodbye any chances of running for president in 2016,” Todd Cefaratti, founder of TheTeaParty.net, said.

Help House Conservatives Fight Ryan, Portman and Boehner on Spending

House Republican "leaders" are about to cave on spending. Conservatives Mick Mulvaney (SC-5), Steve Scalise (LA-1), and Jim Jordan (OH-4) are rallying their colleagues to fight a new spending deal negotiated behind closed doors by establishment Republicans Rep. Paul Ryan and Senator Rob Portman.

TeaParty's Stockman Challenges GOP-E's Cornyn

Katie Glueck, Politico

Firebrand TX Repub. Rep. Steve Stockman mounted a surprise primary challenge to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), setting the stage for the latest potentially explosive battle between a tea party darling and an incumbent firmly backed by the GOP establishment.

Ron Johnson: Let's Start Talking About OCare Transition

National Review Online Staff

Repub. Sen. Ron Johnson says that his Obamacare approach, acknowledging the reality of the new structures put in place by OCare and offering a positive alternative, might be summarized as “repeal, dismantle, and transition to something better.”

Will Gillespie Run for Senate in VA?

Rebecca Berg, Washington Examiner

Former GOP establishment lobbyist and RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie is weighing whether to mount a challenge to Dem. Sen. Mark Warner, of Virginia, who is highly popular heading into his re-election campaign next year.

Beck & Hannity V. Progressive Repubs.

Jason Howerton, The Blaze

Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity discussed the state of the establishment GOP, which both agreed is hostile to Tea Party conservatives. Beck said Repub. “progressivism” has pitted those who “believe in big gov't” against those fighting to restore the U.S. Constitution.

Mitch McConnell Declares War On Conservatives

Mitch McConnell is in trouble not because he has been “too conservative,” but because voters don’t see the difference between a big government pork barreling Republican and a big government pork barreling Democrat.

Viguerie: Thank God for Barack Obama

ConservativeHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie has a Thanksgiving message for Tea Partiers everywhere: give thanks, for unto us, an extreme liberal was given. 

Rove Gave Norquist $26.4 Mill.

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

On its 2012 tax return, the biggest grant Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS gave to anyone was a $26.4 million grant it gave to Grover Norquist’s American For Tax Reform for “social welfare.”

Mitch McConnell – Destined to Lose?

Mitch McConnell may be great at bringing pork back to Kentucky, but on the big issues that nationalize a campaign and draw a sharp distinction between the conservative world view and the liberal world view Mitch McConnell is in trouble because -- let’s face it – McConnell is not a conservative.

Governors Bash DC Republicans

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Many Repub. governors are disgusted by GOP lawmakers in Congress post-gov't-shutdown. They declared that if anything good is to happen in politics, it will be done by Repub. governors, and not Cap. Hill politicians.

VIGUERIE'S RIGHT: GOP CIVIL WAR IS REAL

Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator

The American Spectator agrees: Dr. Krauthammer is wrong and CHQ chairman Richard Viguerie is right: the current series of GOP internal disputes is not about tactics. It's about shared goals. And when moderate R's repeatedly try and talk the conservative talk while their programmatic body language says exactly to the contrary — they compound the problem by undermining their own credibility.

Duck Dynasty Candidate Wins

Emily Cahn and Abby Livingston, Roll Call

GOP businessman Vance McAllister won a special election in Louisiana’s 5th District, stunning the heir apparent Repub. state Sen. Neil Riser. Riser raised more and spent more than McAllister did, and he had the backing of House GOP leadership.

Even GOP-e Agree: Can't Rely on OCare to Win

John Gizzi, NewsMax

Former RNC leader Michael Steele said, "Party leaders shouldn't think that just hawking anti-Obamacare rhetoric will give them electoral cache with African Americans, Hispanics, and women... there is everything else that Repubs have done to tick off those voters since 2010 that the party will need to reconcile before there is an appreciable movement toward the GOP."

Ted and Rush Help Obama Fix Health Care

The way to “fix” ObamaCare is to stand up for the limited government constitutional conservative principles Republicans claim to believe in. Senator Ted Cruz and conservative political commentator and talk show host Rush Limbaugh put the Republican establishment to shame by saying so.