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Ask Reince Priebus these questions about the RNC immigration amnesty resolution - 08/17/13

The RNC recently passed a resolution calling for a limited form of comprehensive immigration reform (aka amnesty for illegal aliens). The single best thing you can do to oppose the resolution is to organize an effort to ask Reince Priebus (head of the RNC) tough questions about the resolution designed to discredit him. Simply ranting at him won't work: he has to be asked questions designed to put...

Ask Reince Priebus this very basic immigration question he doesn't realize he raised (RNC chairman) - 06/28/13

... and the following quote from RNC chairman Reince Priebus ranks right up there (link): "We need comprehensive immigration reform. I don't think we can continue to drift along with this mess of immigration laws that we have. And a mess that in many regards has been the results of our government not even enforcing the laws that are in place. There is plenty of blame to go around for why we are in...

Oops: "Hispanics" now want GOP to stop opposing Obamacare - 04/01/13

... the law risks undermining the RNC's planned minority outreach campaign, which party leaders said in a recent strategy blueprint must convince Latinos "we care about them." "This is going to hurt Republicans," said Matt Barreto, cofounder of Latino Decisions, a nonpartisan national polling firm. "When Republicans keep saying they will repeal the health law, Latinos hear the party is going to take...

RNC's Bush-linked Growth and Opportunity Project: GOP is "scary" to voters, must pass amnesty, Caring Conservatism - 03/18/13

... the problem in the first place? RNC chairman Reince Priebus convened the "Growth and Opportunity Project" (link) to make suggestions on how the GOP could reach more voters. The Project's first suggestion is to pass comprehensive immigration reform to deal with demographic problems the GOP has. As discussed here many times, that will only make things worse. More on that and the five members of...

What if Stand Up Florida were smart? (interrupts Marco Rubio at RNC convention; SEIU) - 08/28/12

The video below shows the SEIU-linked group "Stand Up Florida" ("SUF") [1] engaging in dumb behavior during a Marco Rubio speech at the GOP Convention [2]. Five protesters from that group stand up and start shouting assertions, which Rubio deftly handles. The much smarter alternative would be for SUF to find a skilled questioner - such as a trial lawyer - to engage Rubio in debate. That...

GOP platform supports Arizona-style laws, but includes guest worker program - 08/21/12

First the good news about the newly-passed GOP platform. From [1]: The official party position now reads that "State efforts to reduce illegal immigration must be encouraged, not attacked," and says the Department of Justice should immediately drop its lawsuits against controversial state immigration laws in Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina and Utah. [The] amendment (put forward by Kris Kobach),...

Poll: GOP obsesses over spending, downplays much more important immigration issue - 04/17/12

The chart below [1] shows that the GOP has become a party of crazed accountants, obsessing over the budget deficit. At the same time, the immigration issue has become less important to the GOP. That's despite immigration - which determines who lives in the U.S. and who votes - being a far more vital and fundamental issue than spending. Deficits can be reduced in future years with increased...

Obama campaign manager tweets "chimichanga" and GOP outraged: what they won't mention - 02/15/12

... the GOP has to offer. 2. The RNC is outraged by Messina's tweet, but the leader of the charge is the Hispanic Leadership Network, which is part of the American Action Network. The first supports illegal immigration, and the second is led by supporters of massive and illegal immigration. Do see the links for background on who's involved. That should be the issue here, but instead we're discussing...

Poorer and younger whites flee to GOP, and what Democrats can do about it - 07/22/11

A new Pew survey has disturbing news for we in the Democratic Party: whites - especially those who are poorer and younger - are joining the Republican Party in droves. What we Democrats can do about this below, first from Pew (link): As the country enters into the 2012 presidential election cycle, the electorate’s partisan affiliations have shifted significantly since Barack Obama won office...

Carly Fiorina misleads: ignores immigration role in California problems (NRSC vice chair, "job creators") - 07/13/11

Former California senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina is the new vice chairwoman of the NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Committee). She also becomes just the latest fiscal conservative to mislead people using the "Fiscal Con" (see the link). She offers "Big government is not way to stronger economy" (politico.com/news/stories/0711/58827.html) which whines about California's problems without...

Republican Liberty Caucus is a cruel joke on California - 03/16/11

The "Republican Liberty Caucus" ("RLC") is a nationwide, independent group of libertarians that present themselves as the "Conscience of the Republican Party". Think of them as a more established, slightly saner, slightly more principled, non-"NeoCon" version of the tea parties. Their policies - like those of other libertarians - are also a cruel joke, especially on California. Like other...

GOP "Pledge to America" on immigration: OK, but much missing - 09/22/10

The GOP has released a draft version of their new "Pledge to America"; the official release will be tomorrow at a Virginia hardware store (for that extra-special down-home touch). They focus on five main areas: * "A Plan to Create Jobs, End Economic Uncertainty, and Make America More Competitive" * "A Plan to Stop Out-of-Control Spending and Reduce the Size of Government" * "A Plan to Repeal and...

Michael Steele distances GOP from Arizona law, on Univision - 08/24/10

Speaking on Univision, RNC chairman Michael Steele tried to distance the GOP from the new Arizona immigration law (link, video at peekURL.com/vjoo7o3 ). In a minor way this is a good thing in that by so doing he's distancing himself from the Republican base and dragging down other GOP leaders with him. It's a bad thing because he's giving more power to the far-left, the Democrats, and other...

John Cornyn: sticking point to GOP using Arizona immigration suit against Democrats? - 06/22/10

The Obama administration will probably file a lawsuit against Arizona over their new immigration law; per Jake Tapper it might come next week. Some GOP leaders are encouraging that party to use it as a campaign issue, but according to this (obviously speculative) report, John Cornyn - chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee - might be the sticking point: But the consultant, who...

GOP's "America Speaking Out" is worse than just a joke - 05/26/10

Following their "YouCut" stunt, the GOP has released yet another stunt called "America Speaking Out" (americaspeakingout.com, put together by Rep. Kevin McCarthy). Like YouCut, it's based on popular voting systems and lets users submit and vote on ideas in a limited set of categories.

RNC's Michael Steele supports amnesty at meeting with far-left, Mexico-linked groups - 04/01/10

... notice that Michael Steele of the RNC was going to meet with extremist and Mexico-linked illegal immigration supporters and urged others to contact him suggesting that he handle the meeting in the correct way [1]. Not surprisingly, Steele handled the meeting in the completely incorrect way (link): According to a news release put out by the activists [2], he said he would try and recruit...

Michael Steele, extremist and Mexico-linked illegal immigration supporters to meet March 31 (after sit-in) - 03/30/10

RNC chairman Michael Steele will be meeting with a group of far-left illegal immigration supporters on March 31, 2010; the details on who's involved and the backstory is below. Most importantly of all, please take a few moments and try to contact him, his staff, or someone who can get a message to him and suggest that he handles this meeting in the right way. Note: the only two contacts I've...

Obama devastates GOP "arguments" live on TV (House Republican retreat) - 01/30/10

Barack Obama appeared at a nationally-televised House Republican retreat in Baltimore yesterday at which several leading Republicans asked him questions which he then handled with ease. He "p0wned" them so badly that Fox News cut away from the coverage twenty minutes before it ended. What the House members asked were weak, open-ended question or simply requests. They weren't adversarial questions...

Arizona GOP launches Hispanic site; why are they helping the Democrats? - 01/07/10

The Arizona Republican Party launched a Hispanic website earlier this week; announcement at azgop.org/news.asp?artid=156, the site itself at azhispanics.ning.com. As can be seen on the attached image, neither the site nor their other related social media efforts seem to be doing that well. But, at least it's good to know that John McCain has one friend. Their chairman Randy Pullen - someone who...

RNC considers loony Obama "socialist" resolution, including deceptive immigration position - 11/23/09

... in May, conservatives on the RNC considered a resolution under which they'd call the Democratic Party the "Democrat Socialist Party". Now, some of the same brain surgeons are back with a resolution urging "Republican solidarity in opposition to Obama's socialist agenda" (link). While there's certainly the possibility that Obama has sympathies on that direction, and it's a fact that he has...

Jennifer Rubin /Pajamas Media has so-so advice for GOP, but doesn't get their fundamental problems ("Party of Not Obama") - 06/20/09

Jennifer Rubin of Pajamas Media offers "Rallying the Party of 'Not Obama'" (pajamasmedia.com/blog/rallying-the-party-of-not-obama), a laundry list of suggestions for things that the GOP could oppose Obama over; it's a response to those who say the GOP should just concentrate on the positive. 1. The problems the GOP has run much deeper than just not attacking Obama over this or that. The problem...

Michael Steele plays race card... on RNC? Plus, much, much more. - 05/27/09

... Party, the attached video of RNC chairman Michael Steele is a must-see. While it was edited by ThinkProgress and it may be missing key parts, the parts that are clearly in context do not make Steele look very good at all. Most significantly, he seems to be playing the race card against the RNC, if not the whole GOP. After a discussion of racism still existing, he makes a big deal about how it...

James Bopp, Jeff Kent *help* Obama with RNC "Democrat Socialist Party" resolution - 05/13/09

... actually been effective. Now comes RNC member Jeff Kent and RNC Vice Chairman James Bopp Jr. with a proposed RNC resolution with Kent as the chief sponsor suggesting that the Democratic Party changes their name (news story here, description here): In just a few months, the goal of the Obama administration has become clear and obvious - to restructure American society along socialist ideals. The...

"National Council for a New America": new GOP, same old amnesty? (Jeb, McCain, Romney) - 04/29/09

On Thursday, a group of putatively moderate Republicans will announce a new effort called "National Council for a New America". While they claim that they're non-partisan, it's clearly a GOP effort. And, the list of those involved that CNN has obtained (link) includes several supporters of comprehensive immigration reform. It's not going out too far on a limb to assume that they'll support...

Payback: union labor might be requirement on federal construction projects (example: the stimulus bill) - 02/07/09

... politicians. Unfortunately, the RNC incorrectly implies that it would be a requirement when it's only an "encourage[ment]", saying (gop.com/news/NewsRead.aspx?Guid=1a19aba7-f84c-4a3a-aba0-60ab872fab6e): President Obama’s executive order will drive up the cost of government at a time when we should be doing everything possible to save taxpayer dollars. Federal contracts should go to the...

Michael Steele: doublespeak on immigration "reform" and amnesty - 01/30/09

... Republican National Committee (RNC). On tonight's PBS NewsHour, David Brooks said he'll probably avoid "anti-immigrant" talk, and we know what that means: Brooks thinks Steele will support illegal activity. While Steele's exact positions remain to be seen, consider the June 14, 2007 article "Secure the border first" (link). "Securing the border" is generally a dodge, see the link. And, although...

The Star Spanglish Banner and Barack the Magic Negro tear up the RNC chart - 12/29/08

... candidate to be chair of the RNC. Saltsman is a former head of the Tennessee Republican Party who managed the Mike Huckabee campaign and who recently distributed a Christmas CD containing parody songs, including some from Paul Shanklin which are "controversial". To a good extent, the two songs I've reviewed are only controversial because they were made so. Unfortunately, that's not a full...

Mel Martinez quits as RNC chairman; Peter Wallsten/LAT offers pro-illegal immigration spin - 10/21/07

... (R-FL) has quit as the head of the RNC. Don't let the door hit you, etc. Now comes Peter Wallsten of the Los Angeles Times to put the worst possible face on it ("Latino head of RNC resigns", link). While it reads like something Howard Dean could have written, even he might consider it race-baiting: The Republican Party's highest-ranking Latino official abruptly resigned Friday, marking the...

Mel Martinez stabs base in back, will promote massive immigration - 11/15/06

... latest example comes from the RNC chair-elect, Senator Mel Martinez: ...[He] said his goal will be to undo the election damage done by the border-enforcement-first message of most Republicans -- which he called "harshness only." ...Speaking to reporters after the Oval Office announcement, Mr. Martinez said he was "not going to do a post-mortem on the election here today." Moments later,...

"Immigration issue yanked off GOP agenda" - 08/31/04

Newsday has a report (link) similar to, but not as good as, the one in the previous post: Even as Michael Bloomberg heralded New York's diversity Monday, President George W. Bush's controversial plan to put in place a temporary worker program is getting no major billing at the Republican National Convention. The party's platform that was formally adopted by delegates at the Republican National...