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Conservatives &Politics Richard Falknor on 03 May 2009 04:25 pm

Will the New Republican ‘Listening Tour’ Hear the Base?

ADD-ONS Rush Limbaugh“Let’s Replace the Listening Tour with a Conservative Teaching Tour”

Cantor, McCain announce initiative
“In a conference call with reporters, McCain described Cantor as ‘the driving force’ behind the organization.
— Richmond Times-Dispatch

Will the New Republican ‘Listening Tour’ Hear the Base?

The Washington Times’s  Joseph Curl reports today here in “Jeb Bush, GOP: Time to leave Reagan behind – Party leaders go on ‘listening tour’ with eyes on future” – –

“Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Saturday that it’s time for the Republican Party to give up its ‘nostalgia’ for the heyday of the Reagan era and look forward, even if it means stealing the winning strategy deployed by Democrats in the 2008 election.

You can’t beat something with nothing, and the other side has something. I don’t like it, but they have it, and we have to be respectful and mindful of that,’ Mr. Bush said.”(Underscoring Forum’s.)

Some conservatives would say that the Bush family has been trying “to leave Reagan behind” for at least two decades and that the past Bush departure from the Reagan path is at least partly responsible for the lamentable situation in which Republicans find themselves today.

The Washington Times also reports  —

“The Florida governor joined former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and House Republican Whip Eric Cantor on Saturday at a small pizza parlor in Arlington for the inaugural event of the National Council for a New America [NCNA].” (Underscoring and bolding Forum’s.)

Many Virginia conservatives are already aware of  Mr. Cantor’s big-government and high-tax missteps (see story here), and of his two votes here and here for the disastrous TARP legislation last fall. They also may have noted his vote this year here for what the National Taxpayers Union here called “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.”

In parallel developments, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) apparently continues in its anybody-but-Toomey mode to replace Arlen Specter in the U. S. Senate next year. Former governor Tom Ridge is reportedly the most recent Republican establishment addition to their Pennsylvania stable of acceptable Senate candidates. 
From Pennsylvania, the Lincoln Institute’s Lowman Henry here writes about the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee’s “resounding slap on the face” of Pat Toomey and thus of the Keystone State’s conservative base.

The NRSC support for senator Specter slightly over a fortnight ago was one of the grievances raised at the Reston,Virginia Tea Party.

It is no surprise that the National Council for a New America website (go to the “Principles” panel) doesn’t include illegal immigration, assimilation including strengthening the use of English – our national cement, or pressing values issues — even those listed by Mike Pence’s House Republican Conference.

Tea Party veterans should consider showing up at coming NCNA local events. Now that would be an exchange worth hearing.

And between meetings with Tea Party folks, Council heavy-weights could bone up on the basics by reading Mark Levin’s new Liberty and Tyranny.

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