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2014 Election Richard Falknor on 26 Sep 2014

Two Gatherings: Which Will Build A Solid Conservative Future?

“By repeatedly passing bills that contradict the identity of Republican voters and of the majority of Republican elected representatives, the Republican leadership has made political orphans of millions of Americans.”(Highlighting Forum’s) — Angelo Codevilla in Forbes

Two imminent Republican gatherings in Virginia:  which one includes the architects of a solid conservative future?

Mitt Romney headlining Barbara Comstock fundraiser

“Mitt Romney is headlining a fundraiser for Virginia Republican House candidate Barbara Comstock.
The former GOP presidential candidate, who recently stirred up chatter over saying ‘circumstances can change’ as to whether he would consider another White House bid, plans to attend the event Sept. 30 at the Virginia home of veteran Republican fundraisers Bobbie and Bill Kilberg.
Romney and Comstock will attend a ‘private roundtable’ and ‘photo opportunity’ for co-chairs, according to the email invite. Co-chairs are expected to give or raise $10,000. Host level is $2,600, and attendees of the general reception are asked to contribute $500.
The invite lists current co-chairs as Wes and Natalie Bush; Jack and Claudette Gerard; Caren Merrick; Dan and Megan Nelson; Ted Olson; and Suzy and Bob Pence. More than two dozen ‘hosts’ are also listed on the invite, including Christopher and Kristin Bonacci; Sid Dewberry; Roy McGrath; Mike Mullen; Ed and Patti Rogers; and Todd Stottlemyer”  — Politico’s Anna Palmer (Highlighting Forum’s)


Sessions, Ingraham To Fundraise For David Brat

“Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, and nationally syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham will host a fundraiser and rally for GOP congressional candidate Dave Brat.
Brat ousted now former House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) in a primary earlier this year by focusing on the effects of Cantor’s support for amnesty on American workers. Sessions and Ingraham are both national leaders ardently opposed to amnesty.
The event, which is open to the public and publicized on Brat’s campaign website, will take place on Saturday Sept. 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the district Brat will represent assuming he holds off the Democratic candidate.” – – Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle


Significantly, senator Jeff Sessions — in his 2013 memo “How The GOP Can Do The Right Thing On Immigration—And Win” — declared Republicans must “adopt a humble and honest populism.”

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 10 Sep 2014

VA-9 & The Immigration Crisis:William Carr Rated “True Reformer”

NumbersUSA is rating conservative independent William Carr, candidate here and here for the House of Representatives from Virginia 9, as a “True Reformer” here.

Carr’s opponent, incumbent Republican Morgan Griffith, received a NumbersUSA rating of D+.

There is no Democrat running for this seat in the November 4 general election.

Click here, then click on Virginia 9 to see the details of these NumbersUSA ratings. “True Reformer” is also explained here.

In their own words, here is what NumbersUSA is all about

“NumbersUSA Action is the nation’s largest grassroots immigration-reduction organization with more than two million participants in all 435 congressional districts. Members mobilize to persuade public officials to support immigration policies that protect all Americans—especially the most vulnerable and including the foreign-born—from losing wages, taxes, individual freedoms, quality of life, and access to nature due to excessive immigration numbers that indiscriminately enlarge the U.S. population, the laborforce and government costs.”

In the wider context, here is Morgan Griffith’s Heritage Action Scorecard: 53%.

Stay tuned to hear both Virginia 9 candidates elaborate their positions on our immigration and border crisis — and on the president’s promised “executive action”!

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 04 Sep 2014

What National Crisis? Comstock & Foust Shirk The Heavy Lifting

“During a town-hall forum in Herndon, Republican Barbara J. Comstock and Democrat John W. Foust talked about traffic congestion in Northern Virginia, the federal deficit and whether more should be done to outsource government jobs as a way to bolster the regional economy. The event, attended by about 175 people at the offices of Dominion Virginia Power, was geared toward business concerns in a district dominated by high-tech companies and federal contractors.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Leesburg Today’s Danielle Nadler explained here

“Throughout the 90-minute forum, the candidates took questions on transportation, job creation, support for veterans, the national deficit and tax reform. Through their answers, both worked to paint the other as extreme—Foust pinned Comstock as another tea party Republican in Congress while Comstock linked Foust to President Obama’s economic and energy policies—and both touted their willingness to work across party lines.
Foust noted his seven years as chairman of the Fairfax Economic Advisory Commission and on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors where he helped pass a balanced budget every year. He said it’s usually difficult to tell who are the Democrats and the Republicans on the county’s Board of Supervisors because they work so well together.
‘I can’t tell you how many people have been surprised when they learn the party I am in, thinking I’m in the other party,’ he said.
Comstock pointed to her work with business leaders, Democrats and Republicans in the state General Assembly to pass legislation that encourages telework, as well as a package of data center state tax incentives and a research and development tax credit. ‘A credit Gov. McAuliffe (D) praised as enhancing Virginia’s business climate,’ she said.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

 But several big dogs apparently failed to bark yesterday:
Both contenders should be discussing major concerns in blunt words.

  • Preserving the U. S. Constitution from “executive action” whether on Obamacare, or our immigration laws. Today according to Rasmussen here “Voters Strongly Oppose Obama’s Amnesty Plan for Illegal Immigrants”–
“A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters oppose the president granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants without the approval of Congress. Just 26% are in favor of Obama’s plan, while 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Only 24% think the president has the legal authority to grant amnesty to these illegal immigrants without Congress’ approval. Fifty-seven percent (57%) believe the president does not have the legal right to do so. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided.”
  • Stopping reckless bi-partisan Congressional spending: for example, the nearly $1 trillion 949-page farm and food-stamp bill here that the House approved last January here–
Heritage: “The farm bill isn’t getting the attention it deserves.  Congress is likely very aware of this fact and is pouncing on a chance to get its farm bill through.  Tonight’s State of the Union address further provides cover for what Congress is about to do to the American public this week.   The House is expected to vote tomorrow on this nearly $1 trillion farm bill, which is projected to cost even more than the Obama stimulus bill.
The House and Senate farm bill negotiators have come up with a bill that is filled with central planning policies, handouts to special interests, and wasteful spending.  The winners are the special interests.  The losers are everybody else, including taxpayers, the poor, consumers, and virtually any other group you can think of.(Highlighting Forum’s)

           And for exampleCongress Rushing Through Massive New Healthcare Entitlement Before August Recess” where Breitbart’s Daniel Horowitz reports here

“The political class plans to shout ‘veteran’ and ’emergency’ in a crowded room of anxious politicians eager to get home for recess, and come away with another government-run health care program in a matter of just three days. This is what is wrong with Washington.”
  • War and Peace and Islamists and Israelyesterday Virginia 10’s Representative Frank Wolf declared here that
“…he will introduce legislation next week authorizing the use of military force against international terrorist groups, including the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al Qaeda and its affiliates, like al Nusra, Ansar al Sharia, al Shabaab and Boko Haram, while encouraging close coordination with NATO and regional allies on any action. Wolf said he was compelled to introduce the measure because of the rapid advances made by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as well as territorial gains made by al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Libya, Nigeria and Somalia.”

          The governor of Michigan got into trouble recently for asserting Israel’s right to exist, according to The Clarion Project’s Ryan Mauro here

“The Islamic Society of North America is leading the onslaught against Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for one remark he made at the group’s conference asserting Israel’s right to exist. Clockwise: Governor Snyder, Tariq Ramadan, ISNA President Mohamed Magid”

One assumes that both Mrs. Comstock and Mr. Foust already support Israel’s right to exist — but this is certainly the right time to reaffirm their conviction publicly.

Many conservatives draw wisdom and leadership from senior Republican senator Jeff Sessions, who has called on his colleagues here to embrace a “humble and honest populism” and say “’no’ to certain business demands and powerful interests who shaped the immigration bill in the Senate.” Says Sessions:

“The GOP lost the [2012] election—as exit polls clearly show—because it hemorrhaged support from middle- and low-income Americans of all backgrounds. In changing the terms of the immigration debate we will not only prevent the implementation of a disastrous policy, but begin a larger effort to broaden our appeal to working Americans of all backgrounds. Now is the time to speak directly to the real and legitimate concerns of millions of hurting Americans whose wages have declined and whose job prospects have grown only bleaker.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Consequently the reports of yesterday’s policy-lite town hall forum are disheartening.

For Virginia conservatives see the House GOP too often acting, in Daniel Horowitz’ words, as the voice of the national Chamber of CommerceBig Immigration, Big Government, Big Education, and Crony Capitalism.

“A humble and honest populism” for Barbara?

Barbara Comstock still has a little time — not much — to drop her GOP Establishment talking points into the Potomac and speak clearly to the grave concerns all Americans face today.

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 22 Jun 2014

Why Are Amelia Island “Republicans” Helping Barbara Comstock?

“Conservative leaders were stunned to learn that you will be headlining a conference in Florida this weekend that is, purely and simply, a direct attack on Tea Party conservatives. ” — April 8, 2014 Brent Bozell Letter to Majority Leader Eric Cantor Regarding MainStreet PAC

Faithful readers will recall (scroll to bottom in preceding link) the infamous Republican Main Street Partnership meeting in Amelia Island, Florida. It was, as Arnold Ahlert reported

“…hosted at the Ritz Carlton by the Republican Main Street Partnership’s offshoot ‘Main Street Advocacy.’ Former Ohio Congressman and left-wing Republican Steve LaTourette fronts the group.”

Front Page Magazine’s Ahlert revealed here in “The Establishment Republican-Leftist Alliance”–

“No ordinary conservative political powwow, the meeting brought together establishment Republicans and leftist-supported advocacy groups, whose shared interests include neutralizing the conservative grassroots movement and passing legislative items on the Left’s agenda…. RedState’s Erick Erickson compiled a list of contributors to Defending Main Street PAC. Further exploration of those contributors reveals the disturbing level of collaboration between Republican leadership and their leftist supporters… Erickson further reveals [link supplied-ed.]that the ‘Mainstreet Partnership has multiple offshoots all housed on the 6th floor of a 7th Street office in Washington, D.C.’ Columnist Michelle Malkin drilled deeper into that ‘tangled web of GOP establishment outfits’ and discovered that Sarah Chamberlain Resnick, Main Street Partnership’s chief operating and financial officer, also serves as an officer on the Main Street Individual Fund (MSIF). The MSIF received a $50,000 contribution from billionaire leftist George Soros soon after it was created. Soros attempted to make a seven-figure contribution to the Main Street Partnership, but it was declined. Malkin further explains that while these organizations are legally independent on paper, they ‘have shared staff and legal resources.'” (Highlighting Forum’s)

What is the relationship of this questionable Republican Main Street Partnership to VA-10 GOP nominee Barbara Comstock? (She herself was not at the Amelia Island meeting.)

  • Last May 22 the “Republican Mainstreet Partnership PAC” gave Barbara Comstock’s campaign $5,000,  here.
  • This PAC also endorsed Mrs. Comstock, here.
“VA-10: Barbara Comstock”

Barbara Comstock already has donors here who are troubling to conservatives.

And, as we wrote, Tea Party voices declared she wouldn’t meet with them during the primary campaign.

Will Barbara Be Free At Last?

As we never tire of asking–

Can Mrs. Comstock shed a political past encumbered by big-government, big-immigration, and pro-same-sex-marriage donors, and come to a better mind? Will she connect with the grass roots in her district? Presumably the nominee should want these conservatives to be energized and to want to help get out the vote for her.

It’s still simply a question of how much she wants to win in November.

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Readers may wish to revisit some of our earlier Comstock-related posts:






2014 Election Richard Falknor on 09 Jun 2014

Ed Gillespie: Virginia’s GOP Senate Pick — By 60 Percent

As most of our readers know, Ed Gillespie won the GOP nomination for US Senator from Virginia last Saturday at the Republican convention in Roanoke. He did so by around 60 percent.

Politico’s James Hohmann provides helpful context here in his “Ed Gillespie, GOP establishment winners in Virginia”–

“Gillespie was a top adviser to George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, both of whom have drawn criticism from some corners of the tea party movement.
His main challenger, insurance agent Shak Hill, drew a mix of cheers and boos when he attacked Gillespie for pushing the TARP bailout in the closing days of the Bush administration.
‘I have the moral authority to challenge Mark Warner,’ Hill said. ‘When you lobby for big bank bailouts, there is no separation between you and Mark Warner.’
Hill supporters handed out literature that showed pictures of Gillespie laughing alongside fellow strategist Karl Rove under the heading: ‘Ed Gillespie: A Washington Insider with a Virginia Address.’ The back of the leaflet attacked Gillespie for being soft on Obamacare, for helping sell the TARP bailout and for supporting comprehensive immigration reform.”

But, as Hohmann points out–

“The coronation [of Gillespie], while expected, is another win for the Republican establishment.”

Weak Establishment Strength in Virginia 5 and Virginia 7;
Strong in Northern Virginia

Here is the voting breakdown by Congressional district at Roanoke for senate nominee.

Readers will note that Mr. Gillespie did not prevail in the Fifth Congressional District (Representative Robert Hurt). And in the battleground Seventh Congressional District (Representative Eric Cantor), he won by only one “raw vote.”

Energizing The Conservative Faithful?

The Gillespie team may well have a different plan, but our view is that the new senate nominee will have to convince grass-roots conservatives that he has become an advocate for smaller government, for reining in the administrative state, and for seriously protecting our sovereignty and our borders.

Ed Gillespie — by virtue of his professional background — may well be seen as just one more GOP “crony capitalist” of which the Party has a surfeit.

Last January, for example, we reviewed here some of Gillespie’s activities with the late Bush Administration and in Virginia.

Nonetheless, he has time to come to a better mind and re-acquaint himself with the conservative base.

But just barely.

Invasion: Does Gillespie Grasp the Crisis On Our Southern Border?

This morning in an interview on WMAL, Mr. Gillespie was asked (here at 4:34) about the enormous and continuing influx of young aliens on our southern border.  

Judge for yourself.  We have to wonder if he was even aware of this crisis. His response did not address this year’s sudden upsurge in unaccompanied minors coming across the border. Rather it was a rote recital of the GOP Establishment’s murky talking points on amnesty.

Via Breitbart, here is a senior Republican senator explaining today — “Exclusive–Sen. Jeff Sessions: Obama ‘Committed to Escalating’ Lawlessness at Border” — what is now a national crisis:

“There is now an unprecedented crisis unfolding at the border. The flow of illegal immigrant youth across the southern border is on track to reach 130,000 next year—a projected increase of more than 2,000% from 2011.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Perhaps Mr. Gillespie thinks this is not a matter Virginians care about.

But we wouldn’t bet on it.

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 28 May 2014

UPDATED WITH YOUTUBE! Eric Cantor Reaps A Whirlwind of Conservative Outrage

MAY 29 UPDATE YOUTUBE!  David Brat May 28 Press Conference on Immigration here.

As many of us know, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor faces challenger David Brat in the upcoming June 10 Virginia 7 GOP primary.

Amnesty and Big Immigration are central issues in this challenge by leanly funded conservative candidate Brat.

Mr. Cantor has been a national GOP force behind Big Immigration for some time.

In a shameless display of mendacity, Eric Cantor now claims to be the barrier against opening our borders.

But let’s hear, via The Right Scoop, the story here: Mark Levin SLAMS Cantor for lying “through his teeth” to voters about amnesty in order to win primary.

And today challenger Brat struck back — Breitbart’s gives us the details here

“Eric Cantor’s primary challenger David Brat ripped the Majority Leader as ‘the number one Republican supporter of amnesty’ in a dramatic press conference steps away from a rival event by a liberal Democrat intended to paint Cantor as the face of GOP intransigence on immigration.
The day after Cantor portrayed himself as an anti-amnesty warrior in campaign literature, Brat accused Cantor of coordinating with Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), the Democrat holding the rival press conference, to provide him political cover in his moment of greatest need.
Cantor, Brat noted, had previously visited sites with Gutierrez in a pro-immigration reform tour. ‘You would have to be pretty gullible not to see a link there,’ Brat said.”

Leahy continued–

“Brat also challenged Cantor to sign a new pledge from an anti-amnesty group. If Cantor is such an anti-amnesty stalwart, Brat asked, ‘Why hasn’t Cantor signed the no amnesty pledge circulated by FAIR? Has Eric Cantor ever met with ICE officers?”
“‘I am calling on Eric Cantor to make public all corporate executives and lobbyists he has met with [to] discuss cheap labor,’ he added.”
 Last April 16, Ann Coulter cautioned here in her Daily Caller post “Back any candidate you want as long as it’s one of these three”
“Republicans aren’t at much risk of losing any of these seats, with or without primary fights. But we’ll lose them all within a decade if Republicans like Tillis, Ellmers and Cantor aren’t stopped.”

Tea Partiers and grass-roots organizations need to provide the Brat Campaign, right away, with volunteers for the ground game.

To help with the “ground game,” email here.

To help with get-out-the vote events, email here.

Stopping Cantor will send a very strong message.

Enacting amnesty and consequent Big Immigration, on the other hand, will not only result in losing “safe” Republican seats.  These massive changes will soon create a society where small government and constitutional principles have few adherents — and Tea Parties and grass-roots conservative organizations even fewer recruits. Forget about any incremental patriotic assimilation.

 Mark Krikorian and Phyllis Schlafly (at 03:30 here) detail amnesty’s consequences to our way of life in their video presentation, “Amnesty and Open Borders: The End of America – and the GOP,” taped March 6 at the National Security Action Summit.

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 27 May 2014

Is Eric Cantor An Obama Republican? –“Punishment Tax” & More

“What has altered the storyline in the past several years is not the emergence of the Tea Party but rather the permanent entrenchment of Big Government Republicans, aka Obama Republicans. President Obama has had that much effect on the national debate, which has had a direct effect on the national Republicans. The last gasp of principled conservatism may have come in 2010 with the rise of the Tea Party, but this also gave rise to the countervailing force of the Obama Republicans, resulting in the nomination of Mitt Romney in 2012.” –Craig Shirley (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Reagan admirer and chronicler Craig Shirley expands here on the rise of the Obama Republican as a “countervailing force” to the Tea Party.

Message from March 1, 2014 Glen Allen, VA Protest

Message from March 1, 2014 Glen Allen, VA Protest

But the genesis of the Obama Republican can be seen right from the beginning — in the first year of the Obama presidency.

So just how much effect did the new president have on the GOP leadership’s already statist leanings?

We revisited some of our 2009 Blue Ridge Forum posts, when the GOP Establishment projected no robust alternative to the plans of a clearly revolutionary — at least to watchful eyes — new chief executive.

The GOP Establishment’s lack of fundamental convictions enabled not just the Senate Republican leadership to go astray here, but also some key House GOP members, including Eric Cantor.

Eric Cantor’s 90% Punishment Tax

In the race to curry public favor, the House of Representatives (and thenRepublican-Whip Eric Cantor) voted here in the words of the Republican Study Committee here for “H.R. 1586: Additional [90 percent] tax on bonuses received from certain TARP recipients.” (Even Speaker John Boehner voted against the punishment tax.)

As we wrote in our March 20, 2009 post A Bonus of Nonsense From Too Many Republican Solons

Revisit the votes of your Republican U. S. Representatives for or against the TARP bailout last October here; then their vote yesterday here for or against what NTU calls “a targeted tax hike to recoup the money [which] is a misguided policy that would set a terrifying precedent for punitive taxation on unpopular businesses or individuals.”
Among Maryland and Virginia members, only Maryland Representative Roscoe Bartlett got it right both times although, among current Virginia Republican House members, Mr. Forbes, Mr. Goodlatte, and Mr. Wittman at least voted against the bailout in October. 
Mr. Wolf, the venerable appropriator of taxpayer monies, and Mr. Cantor, the Republican Whip, seem to lose their fiscal way by first voting for the October bailout which kicked off this perilous TARP scheme, then voting for a “retroactive tax punishment bill.”

Providentially, this punitive tax ultimately failed of enactment. 

But we get the picture: an ambitious House Republican leader looking for his place in the sun by finding some catchy issues to propel him there.

Cantor (and Senator John McCain) Pondered a Listening Tour” in 2009

Later that 2009 Spring, we asked here on May 3: Will the New Republican ‘Listening Tour’ Hear the Base?

Understandably Rush Limbaugh, who coined the term “Porkulus” here,  declared here “Let’s Replace the Listening Tour with a Conservative Teaching Tour.”

Good Porkulus and Bad Porkulus?

On to July 8 of 2009: we reported here that Taxpayers Would Pay Bundles for Cantor’s High-Speed Rail

“In his post here yesterday subtitled “Eric Cantor Picks Up White House Talking Points,” RedState blogger Brian Faughnan puts his finger on another symptom of House Republican Whip Cantor’s fiscal confusion:
‘For conservatives, the time is right to tell the American people the truth: the porkulus was always a bad idea. It cannot help economic growth. It should be repealed. And if you want to promote growth and hiring, reduce the tax and regulatory burdens that deter job creation.
Congressman Eric Cantor – hailed by many as one of the party’s rising stars – almost seems to get it. But when it comes right down to it, he can’t even state clear opposition to the porkulus: Either the bill is bad, or it is not. How can Cantor credibly argue against it when he acknowledges there are parts he supports?'”

Eric Cantor on Carbon Emissions?

Also in July 2009 here,  we wondered “What Does GOP Whip Cantor Believe?

Last week junk-science-buster Steve Milloy pointed out here–
‘Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) inexplicably said that ‘removing CO2 from the atmosphere is a noble endeavor.’ God save us from our friends…’
Does the second-ranking man in the House Republican leadership really believe here and here removing CO2 from the atmosphere is a noble endeavor?’

Did Mr. Cantor presage in 2009 the misleading public persona he presents today?

Just this morning, for example, Daniel Horowitz in Red State described the Cantor re-election effort here: “Establishment Campaign Strategy: Shameless, Cowardly, and Perfidious”–

“Take a look at this mailer from the Cantor campaign, which was distributed to Republican voters in his district, and that is the only conclusion one can draw from its content. Looking at this mailer, the only observation the reader can make is that Cantor is joining the immigration hawks.  After all, he would never lie to us, would he?

How Have Mr. Cantor’s Tax-Hike Views “Evolved?”

Perhaps we missed them, but we heard no cries of Cantor outrage last year, when former Virginia Republican governor Bob McDonnell shepherded through the General Assembly what John Fund called “a $6.1 billion behemoth”.

Our February 23, 2013 post, $6.1 Billion VA Tax Hike? Kudos To Governor Mitt R. McDonnell, catalogs here the uproar among national commentators over this measure, from Mark Levin, to RedState’s Erick Erikson, to the Wall Street Journal’s Review & Outlook.

If Mr. Cantor has advice on how to reverse the former governor’s tax and Medicaid damage, we would hope he would share it with his fellow Virginians.

But perhaps the good Majority Leader has not yet finished his “listening tour?”

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 23 May 2014

What Could The GOP Establishment Learn From The UKIP Victory?

“The three main political parties of British politics faced a disappointing night at the local elections after the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) made gains right across the board. As results from 161 of the local authorities in Britain continue to come in, it is clear that 2014 belongs to Nigel Farage. With one year to go until the General Election, Conservatives, Labour, and the Liberal Democrats had all hoped to consolidate their positions – but these elections have proved bad news for them all. UKIP, often compared to the U.S. Tea Party, had been a fringe party of local government until these elections, relying on defections from other parties to boost their base.” — here Breitbart’s

With last night’s unprecedented gains in local elections across the UK — the conservative United Kingdom Independence Party’s (UKIP’s) successful appeal to working class voters should grab the attention of grass-roots conservatives here at home. 

So what special course did UKIP take to reach out to this neglected constituency? 

Andre Walker reports here in his “UKIP’s Plan To Target Disaffected Working Class Voters Pays Dividends”.

“UKIP were ‘stunned’ by the success of their strategy to target traditionally working class seats, and ‘can’t believe Labour didn’t see it coming.’ A senior UKIP source has told Breitbart London that 18 months ago the party changed the focus of their campaign to appeal to disaffected Labour voters.”

Political correspondent Walker continues

“Breitbart London understands that UKIP accepted 18 months ago that they had run out of Conservative defectors and believed their message would resonate with working class voters who had been let down by a very liberal Labour Party.”

The Even Larger Picture: “Farage’s Revolution Is Thatcher’s Revolution”

Breitbart’s points to the guiding spirit of UKIP here

“Nigel Farage has often cast himself as the ‘Heir to Thatcher.’ Today he and his party demonstrated it, not so much in the votes they have attracted from disgruntled Tories as in the ones they got from working class voters in northern constituencies like Rotherham and Sunderland, and also in the epicentre of the Thatcher revolution, Essex.”

Delingpole reminds us

“It’s not just the liberal-left chatterati who don’t get UKIP. Equally blind are the Cameron-loyalist Conservatives. Cameron himself has long fought shy of the notion that he belongs to the Thatcherite tradition (indeed he has described himself as the ‘Heir to Blair’) and on this issue at least he is being commendably honest. The party he leads embodies the spirit of the Tory Wets whom Thatcher more or less managed to marginalise – but who later would destroy her. It is the party of big government and ‘managed decline.'”

Even pragmatic (that is, unburdened by core principles), problem-solving (that is, viewing deal-making as the highest public service) Republicans can grasp the strong parallels between Tory leader and Prime Minister David Cameron — and our own Beltway GOP.

What Immediate Lessons for Republicans?

Senior Republican senator Jeff Sessions has been calling for a “humble and honest populism” as the best path for the GOP — a remarkably similar course to the successful UKIP path.

And as we noted earlier: John Fonte spelled out last December here (NRO) how the Republican establishment is missing the boat by not courting Blue Collar America and by flirting with Big Immigration in his “Re-Branding the GOP: From the party of big business to the party of the little guy”–

“Let us begin the re-branding, as Jeff Sessions suggests, with conservatives and the GOP vigorously and unapologetically opposing all legislation that increases low-skilled immigration and denouncing ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ for what it is: class warfare waged by an unholy alliance of Obama, progressive elites, and big business against the well-being and way of life of the American middle and working classes.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Longtime Thatcher adviser John O’Sullivan earlier pounded on this theme in his NRO post here last July –“What about the Workers?”

“The Reagan Democrats drifted away from the GOP in the 1990s in response to the different appeals of Bill Clinton and Ross Perot. Neither George Bush, nor John McCain, nor Mitt Romney made serious attempts to win them back. Mitt Romney was anyway the Republican candidate least likely to appeal to working class (or even lower-middle-class) voters. Once the Obama campaign had cleverly demonized him as Mr. Vulture Capitalist, it felt able to ignore this (still numerous) section of the electorate — until at the last minute it panicked and sent in Bill Clinton to prevent any slippage to Romney. The result is an American blue-collar vote that the Democrats have alienated but that the Republicans have not bothered to woo.
The Democrats are uneasily aware of the danger this poses to them. It is one factor in their passionate but guarded support for the Gang of Eight immigration bill and explains their insistence in three Congresses that Republicans give them “cover” on the issue. The bill is a direct attack on the living standards and job opportunities of low-income Americans of all ethnicities. If the Republicans support it, that would be another signal to blue-collar workers that the GOP is at best indifferent to their interests. Yesterday’s letter from Republican donors would be Exhibit One in any election campaign. But all over the world conservative parties are winning more votes from working-class voters as leftist parties make gains in an increasingly public-sector middle class. By fighting the Gang of Eight bill on the explicit grounds that it penalizes hard-working and lower-paid Americans, the GOP could make even larger gains than Reagan made in the 1980s among these voters. And this electoral bloc dwarfs any other in numerical terms.”

The question remains: is the GOP Establishment capable of serious course correction?

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 09 May 2014

UPDATED! Barbara Comstock: an “endless primary” to connect with the base?


  • MAY 11! “Radtke’s nomination speech for Fred Gruber – winner of 7th District GOP today[May 10]!” in The Bull Elephant here:
    We must be united and willing to stand by each other – the pro-lifers, defense hawks, libertarians, tea partiers, gun owners, and the homeschoolers. We ill can afford to be kicking these people out of our Party. We must embrace them whole-heartedly! It is not enough to be willing to defend the cause that is most important to you. We must be willing to fight for the cause that is most important to our fellow conservatives if we want to build a conservative majority in Virginia once again.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)

Read all of Jamie Radtke’s speech here.

  • MAY 10! Is this your GOP? Daniel Horowitz (Madison Project) reports here “House Leaders Pass Another Bill With Democrat Support” revealing “this end-run around the majority was perpetrated by all leaders. This includes Cantor and McCarthy. Cantor is openly flaunting his disenfranchisement of conservative voters. Any effort to elect the same leadership slate for next Congress will only serve to disenfranchise the conservative voters who elected a GOP majority. It’s time we get commitments from all members and candidates as to whether they will join the effort to replace the current leadership.” (Highlighting Forum’s) Read this entire lamentable tale here of serial betrayal by the GOP leadership. GOP nominee Comstock should want to have a heart-to-heart exchange with the conservative base in her 10th District over the serious concerns Madison Project’s Horowitz raises.

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“[North Carolina GOP senate nominee Thom] Tillis, with his pragmatic streak and country-club credentials, represents just about everything tea partiers rose up to oppose. Thus far, he has handled that delicate matter largely by keeping a low profile in the race, whenever possible avoiding forums where his conservative opponents might raise questions about his ideological fidelity. (Unlike Harris, whose evangelical charisma is one of his political strengths, Tillis didn’t seem at all disappointed that the candidates’ speeches at the Pinehurst forum were limited to three minutes apiece.) The plan is for him simply to run out the primary clock—while teammates like American Crossroads, which had begun singing his praises that week to the tune of $1 million in ads, hold off his rivals.” (Highlighting Forum’s)“The GOP Has Finally Found a Way to Defeat the Tea Party” — Josh Kraushaar & James Oliphant in National Journal

This North Carolina GOP Establishment plan sound familiar?

And, without a post-primary course correction, a similar plan — substitute myriad “endorsements” for media ads —  is unlikely to end well in the November 4, 2014 general election in Virginia’s 10th Congressional district.

For the 10th is only an R+2 district. The Other Team has big money and skilled campaigners in place in the battleground state of Virginia. House hopeful Comstock won her primary with only about 54 percent of the 13,609 votes cast.

Recall the Romney 2012 presidential election when many conservatives and working-class voters stayed home rather than vote for what they heard as one more GOP Establishment voice with no message that touched their concerns.

Why Not Try An “Honest and Humble Populism”

If Mrs. Comstock wants to win, she will have to reach out to grass-roots conservatives of all flavors.

Scholars like Angelo Codevilla call these folks the “country class.”

What is so attractive about the GOP nominee’s McLean Values to small businesses and skilled Virginia workmen – to say nothing of the unemployed –when they will be further inundated with cheap labor by the passage of the Boehner-Cantor Immigration Schemes?

Barbara Comstock should give some thought to senator Jeff Sessions’ recommendation here that Republicans adopt an “honest and humble populism.”

John Fonte spelled out last December here (NRO) how the Republican establishment is missing the boat on Blue Collar America and Big Immigration in his “Re-Branding the GOP: From the party of big business to the party of the little guy”–

“Let us begin the re-branding, as Jeff Sessions suggests, with conservatives and the GOP vigorously and unapologetically opposing all legislation that increases low-skilled immigration and denouncing ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ for what it is: class warfare waged by an unholy alliance of Obama, progressive elites, and big business against the well-being and way of life of the American middle and working classes.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

The good delegate Comstock might want to consider FAIR’s “Candidate Questionnaire: Will you promise to protect American workers?” here.

She might also want to respond to NumbersUSA’s candidate questionnaire here.

Tea Party voices declared she wouldn’t meet with them during the primary campaign.

Before she does so during her coming “endless primary,” however, she should digest Mark Levin’s Wednesday message (via Tony Lee at Breitbart) here: “Mark Levin to GOP Establishment: ‘But for the Tea Party, You’d Be Nothing'”

John Boehner and Eric Cantor? Exactly the same thing. These people are not about empowering the American people; they’re about empowering themselves. They see a majority in the House and a majority in the Senate, not as an opportunity to serve the people, but to serve themselves.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

The Comstock Campaign made much of Mr. Levin’s endorsement during the GOP primary.

Immigration-reduction would be a good starting topic when she does meet with grass-roots conservatives.

To help our GOP nominee Comstock win, we’ll have other suggestions for her “endless primary” to win over her district’s grass-roots conservatives.

But time is slipping by.


2014 Election Richard Falknor on 27 Apr 2014

Meanwhile Back in Cantorland! MD & VA Activists Weigh In

Cantor_Richmond_4.26.2014Photo: yesterday at West Broad Street in Richmond, Virginia, in Representative Eric Cantor’s Seventh Congressional District!

Richmond Tea Party members and Maryland Tea Partiers rally street traffic with the message “End the Corruption, Fire Cantor”. 

Reports Maryland organizer Ed Hunter here – –

“There were approximately 20,000 views of this message over 6 hours. Passing cars gave many honks, waves, thumbs up, and cheers. Curiously there was not one voice or sign  of support for Cantor.”

After posting at press time, Hunter writes —

“Tea Partiers in Maryland and Virginia levy the ‘corruption’ charge against Cantor for his central role in enabling the Obama Regime at every turn. At the moment of our greatest national crisis Eric Cantor has done little but make deals for Wall Street and solicit money for the GOP coffers and advance his career. He is a man without principles or vision. He is corrupt.”

Readers who want to join Hunter in coming conservative demonstrations, email him here.

Earlier this month, Ann Coulter backed Cantor-GOP-challenger David Brat.

Via Daily Caller here, Coulter declares – –

“Dave Brat, an economics professor like Roche, is challenging Rep. Eric Cantor: Maniacal Amnesty Supporter. Cantor says ‘immigration reform could be an economic boon to this country.’
You don’t have to be an economics professor to know that bringing in millions of workers is not ‘an economic boon’ to the workers already here. (If only we could bring in millions of workers to compete for Cantor’s job.)
Brat responded to Cantor’s baby-talk, saying immigration ‘lowers wages, adds to unemployment, and the taxpayer pays the tab for any benefits to folks coming in.’
Republicans aren’t at much risk of losing any of these seats, with or without primary fights. But we’ll lose them all within a decade if Republicans like Tillis, Ellmers and Cantor aren’t stopped.” (Highlighting Forum’s)


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