Quotes of the day

posted at 10:55 pm on October 27, 2009 by Allahpundit

“Now the establishment Republicans are beginning to panic. Establishment Republicans think that principled conservatives’ taking a stand in this contest will weaken conservatism and the Republican party. The Wall Street Journal recently suggested that ‘Tea-Party Activists Complicate Republican Comeback Strategy.’

“They’re wrong.

“As William Kristol has said, the truth is exactly the opposite. It is the ‘GOP establishment’ that stands in the way of a conservative comeback.

“Our goal should not be a Republican majority. It should be a conservative majority. If the Republican party will not be conservative, then we are going to run against them … and we’re going to win.”

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“Are we saying that as Americans you’ve got to have an ‘R’ by your name before you vote for them? Where do you draw the line? If somebody with a record like this gets our seal of approval, regardless, only because she’s got an ‘R’ by the name… You know, just because we’re Republicans doesn’t mean that we’re deaf, dumb, and blind.” (Audio here.)

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“You know, the Republican Party, I really do not know what Newt Gingrich was thinking. Maybe he hasn’t gotten over the budget battle of 1995. I don’t know, but this is stunning. I ruined two hours of my day when I saw that the Republican Party was running ads against Hoffman. They have a death wish. The Republican Party has a death wish. Gallup: 40% of Americans now say they are conservative, 20% say they’re liberal, 36% say they’re moderates. And of those three groups, which one is being ignored — not just ignored — which one is being attacked by the Republican Party? The conservatives!

“It’s worse than I thought. I thought this was just based on elitism and Northeast moderate liberalism, and embarrassment of the people that the social issues attract to the party. But now it’s just plain stupidity. The Republican Party, as constituted is as dangerous to this country as the Democrat Party is.”


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newsflash. the federal government is not suppose to function unless there is a national emergency. The founders designed the system that way to ensure individual liberty. that system only works with clear disagreements between the politicians. If we have one party rule the sytem fails has the federal government gains more and more power.

unseen on October 28, 2009 at 1:22 AM

We see that the danger to our nation posed by unrestrained government has become fiercely urgent, and we have stopped accepting excuses from those who won’t stand strong to stop it. We have declared independence from party politics because too many people in both parties either have been complicit in creating the danger, or have shrunk from challenging it.

Well said. Hoffman has his finger on the pulse of America. Whtehr Hoffman wins, or not, this is the only chance that our nation has, and it is still a slim chance, as the feral government is busy screwing us over as quickly and irreversibly as they are able.

progressoverpeace on October 28, 2009 at 1:22 AM

The argument that the votes split is nonsense. If anything, two of the strongest candidates–McCain and Romney–were RINOs.
rightistliberal on October 28, 2009 at 1:19 AM

That argument is applied and mathematically enforced in the general phase of elections. The two strongest candidates always are between the two Parties.

anuts on October 28, 2009 at 1:29 AM

As William Kristol has said, the truth is exactly the opposite. It is the ‘GOP establishment’ that stands in the way of a conservative comeback.

Whoa, this struck a chord with me for sure! Kristol was one of the original, so-called “neocons”, who felt the GOP had to tilt more moderate in order to win. Hence his enthusiastic support for McCain.

Guess the 2008 election fiasco was a wake up call for Kristol, and a number of other ‘moderate’ Republicans as well. As Rush says so often: Conservatism works, every time its tried and clearly and simply elucidated.

Beyond the 2009 special elections, we have one year to keep the adrenalin pumping at a high level to keep the Conservative Silent Majority no longer silent, and highly motivated. Got to keep the momentum going and building, to send a clear message to the do-nothing spineless Congressional GOP’ers that We The People are fed up with politics as usual, and that we’re taking back our party and getting it back on a principled track and path for the future, which will include restoring the USA to its foundations and roots.

Not to mention trying to undo all the damage that the Libs/Progs/Dems/MSM have dealt this great nation and its freedom loving peoples.

KendraWilder on October 28, 2009 at 1:29 AM

What’s worse than a knife in the gut by a declared enemy?

A knife in the back by someone who pretends to be a friend.

Me, I’m so tired of the knives in the back, and seeing no likely end to that trend; That despite ‘my intellectual betters’ like Levin saying we have to stick with the GOP and forget about a third party, I’m more than ready to go third if it gets some charismatic conservative leaders and wise and honest ‘lieutenants’.

People keep saying “but … But … Perot!!!” as a warning against. I say look at the actual numbers. Interpolate them into the total disgust by nearly everyone outside the Beltway with the current crop of Republicans, compared to the moderate irritation with them in the 90’s, and the disintegration of the Democrats that is coming.

We don’t have the luxury of the generation worth of time required to retake the GOP, even if we get up off our butts and actually work at it rather than paying the usual lip service to the idea, then writing another check to the RNC, NRCC etc…. Been at least 15 years now that I’ve been hearing that “retake the party from the inside”. With only a couple of individual exceptions, it has gotten progressively worse every year.

LegendHasIt on October 28, 2009 at 1:42 AM

If Rush Limbaugh is criticizing the GOP, then I’m guessing that either the GOP will respond, or the MSM is going to take back all that crap about the “leader of the Republican party”. I can hardly wait…

Axeman on October 28, 2009 at 1:43 AM

“Now the establishment Republicans are beginning to panic…”

… ‘ya think?

Seven Percent Solution on October 28, 2009 at 1:49 AM

Let’s not forget who voted NO on these leftist bills, you have to give the Republicans credit for that. I think they just need a great big wake up call, they aren’t Marxist.

jeaneeinabottle on October 28, 2009 at 1:50 AM

Those who fight hardest and clearest for what they believe in strongest tend to win.

This is why the GOP has been losing.

Weak, vague, unprincipled candidates trying to gauge polls instead of convince voters.

While the Dems succeeded by merely imitating previous strong, clear, principled GOP candidates… which was Obama’s winning strategy.

Coming out as more of a “fiscal conservative” and someone more “reasonably” hawkish than McCain. (A joke, but it worked by also playing on the BDS tenor of the time.)

The Republicans need to flush out and dump those who just want power and find those who love this country and the Constitution and who can articulate and defend their beliefs and convictions with passion.

No more mush-mouthed panderers.

We need those who understand that a country without secure borders is like a body without secure skin.

Prone in invasion at every level.

And who realize that the country’s guiding spirit is Liberty, not a Nanny.

McCain said he would FIGHT! but that was a lie.

Let’s have those who will come forward.

And lead the country back from the Statist brink.

And to a renewed sense of freedom, unleashing and encouraging our native ingenuity ~which will restore our prosperity.

The Dems are dithering.

And Republican candidates with some conviction can sweep these bumblers aside as the nation grows disgusted and impatient with their shameless political gamesmanship.

profitsbeard on October 28, 2009 at 1:53 AM

Whoa, this struck a chord with me for sure! Kristol was one of the original, so-called “neocons”, who felt the GOP had to tilt more moderate in order to win. Hence his enthusiastic support for McCain.

Guess the 2008 election fiasco was a wake up call for Kristol, and a number of other ‘moderate’ Republicans as well.

I’m not even sure what a neo-con is these days (in the old days it was code for Jew) but I find myself siding with Neocon thinking a lot and I am definitely not a moderate by any means.

Kristol never struck me as a moderate either but if you’re looking for an “awakening” that explains a shift in his behavior, I can tell you right now it was Sarah Palin. He met her and was an instant supporter from day one. He really believes in her and I’m surprised it goes rather unnoticed on this site considering all the Palin fans that congregate here.

Daemonocracy on October 28, 2009 at 2:13 AM

The “Sarah Palin Effect”

Look for this to happen nationwide.

Hoffman, obviously the right candidate had REAL conservative support, serious conservative support. But, nothing was happening, really.

Then Sarah Palin stuck her neck out there. Look, Fred and Jeri, especially Fred, are icons, but what the hell did they have to lose by backing Hoffman, nothing. Neither one of them are running for anything, or contemplating running for anything. They certainly won’t lose fan one over it, nor will Dick Armey.

Sarah, however, took a HUGE risk, she absolutely is running in 2012, and anyone who thinks different isn’t reading the tea leaves. Sarah right now is persona non grata with the Vichy GOP.

But now that Sarah has made it the cool thing to do, all of the kids are doing it! T-Paw finally grew a pair and even took of Teh Won a little bit.

Money is flooding in.

Today heavyweights Jim DeMint and Tom Cole jumped on the Hoffman Express.

And NOW, the local NY-23 movers and shakers see which way this is going to go, and are all behind Hoffman as well.

From the Times Union out of Albany:

GOP figures jump ship

October 26, 2009 at 4:23 pm by Casey Seiler

The campaign of Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman just put out a list of new endorsements from 23rd CD GOP figures. The news release includes a quote referring to GOP candidate GOP Scozzafava as a “Pelosi clone,” which makes the antennae vibrate.

Meanwhile, Bob Dugan — yes, that Bob Dugan, the first vice chair of the Fulton County GOP — resigned today in protest over Scozzafava’s nomination. OK, her selection happened months ago, but still …

The release:

Doug Hoffman for Congress, the campaign of the conservative Republican in the hotly contested special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District announced today that 10 Republican Party leaders from the district have endorsed Doug Hoffman.

These grassroots activists, the backbone of the GOP Party organization bucked party leaders in New York and Washington and joined the campaign of Doug Hoffman, the CPA and small businessman and life-long Republican who is running as the standard-bearer of the New York State Conservative Party.

Bob Dugan, who resigned today as first Vice Chair of the Fulton County Republican Committee in protest of Scozzafava’s nomination, said: .“We want someone who reflects our ideals and conservative values to represent us. Dede Scozzafava doesn’t. It really is that simple.”

Franklin County GOP Committeeman Mark Flack Wells said: “I urged the Republican Party to reconsider their hasty and ill-conceived decision to back a Pelosi clone.”

Mr. Dugan of Mayfield and Mr. Wells of Fort Covington are serving as co-chairs of Republican Officials for Doug Hoffman.

Doug Hoffman said: “I am both proud to receive the backing of ten Republican leaders from around the 23rd Congressional District who are endorsing me today. I will always remember the courage and fortitude they displayed. Like Republican voters around the district, they understand that I am the real Republican in this race and together will win this election on November 3rd.”

List after the jump.

Listed below is a list of those Republicans endorsing today:

St Lawrence County
Mary Ashley Carroll, former Saint Lawrence County Republican Committeewoman

Fulton County
Bob Dugan
Fulton County Republican Committee, First Vice Chair (resigned)

William Eschler
Fulton County Clerk, Fulton County Republican Committeeman

Al Bohn
Former Fulton County Treasurer

Oneida County
Richard Simpson
Town of Lee GOP Committee

Franklin County
Mark Flack Wells
Franklin County Republican Committee

Lucien Leroux
Franklin County Republican Committee, Town of Fort Covington GOP Chair

Mark J. Wells
Town of Fort Covington GOP Committee

Joe Spadaro
Harrietstown GOP Chair

June Iby
Westville GOP Committee

How freaking strong is THAT!!!

Folks, THIS it what happens when you stand for something!

Say what you will, but I can’t see this all happening if Sarah hadn’t made it kosher, and if Hoffman wasn’t the real deal.

Doug Hoffman is the sort the GOP needs to be recruiting nationwide. The guy gets it. He’s a stand up fellow who BELIEVES in something, and took a stand.

This isn’t some jerk who has fantasized about being in D.C. all of his life, this is a guy who saw a problem that no one else was willing to tackle, and just took the initiative.

One thing about it, our boy Newt can’t chirp “this ain’t local” any more!!

This is a very good development, we are witnessing the ground move under our feet, and for the first time in a long time it is moving OUR way!

gary4205 on October 28, 2009 at 2:38 AM

I would argue Perot was possible because plenty of people didn’t like Bush41 or BJ Clinton.

That same element is even more alive now. The GOP can try to ignore it and risk splitting their vote or they can incorporate it into their ticket with a Tea Party approved candidate.

Palin is popular with the Tea Party folks and so is Ron Paul apparently.

I honestly think Paul is toxic. I am not OK with his failure to distance himself from his extremist supporters given what was published in his name in the past.

Palin is the bomb. She should be on the ticket or Sec of State at least. Petraeus or Pawlenty could provide some excitement on a ticket.

Run on reducing spending, energy independence, American pride and facing the real challenges that face us now instead of installing some new age socialist utopian vision unrelated to the issues at hand.

Mr Purple on October 28, 2009 at 3:02 AM

Let’s not forget who voted NO on these leftist bills, you have to give the Republicans credit for that. I think they just need a great big wake up call, they aren’t Marxist.

jeaneeinabottle on October 28, 2009 at 1:50 AM

yes kudos for the no votes. but are they voting no because they are against it due to principle and belief or are they voting no becuase it is the dems that are doing it?

It is a small difference in the final outcome of Obama’s bills but a major difference if those GOP get power again.

unseen on October 28, 2009 at 6:12 AM

Looks like the war with the GOP Ayatollah’s just “went hot”.

Heheeh!

I wrote my Congressman … Republican Steve Scalise and told him he was welcome to join us in the Conservative movement. He’s a good conservative – but he needs to know that we no longer support his party.

From here on out – the war plan is simple … no more support or money for the GOP. We donate to independent CONSERVATIVE candidates and to the Pacs that support them only. GOP elitist Ayatollahs, the RNC, the NRCC, the NRSC – CUT OFF – from food and water.

To borrow a line from a RINO …

“First we’re gonna cut it off … then we’re gonna kill it”

Ayatollahs – thank you for your service – you’re relieved of duty now. Please see your way out the door and enjoy retirement!

HondaV65 on October 28, 2009 at 6:30 AM

Is the leader of the Triumvirate coming around? Maybe Rush is beginning to pull away as the GOP’s primary marketer.

His support of the socialist Bush was atrocious. I hope Rush gets back to his roots, he could do so much.

True_King on October 28, 2009 at 6:56 AM

The Republican party sees party loyalty as a one way street. The Republican party wants the voters to support a republican candidate in all cases. Once in office the party only supports the position of the in crowd politicians. As for those registered republicans the party says “see you next year when we need your vote again”. The Republican party does not listen to the republican base. Now the voting base is getting wiser and is choosing a candidate because of the views expressed by the candidate.

kanda on October 28, 2009 at 7:18 AM

Imagine GOP headquarters the morning after the election, if Hoffman wins. LOL…it going to be interesting around the water cooler. The peasants stormed the Bastille.

Jeff from WI on October 28, 2009 at 7:24 AM

That guy is planning a “see, I told you so” on Wednesday morning no matter what. Wish his competitor Glenn Beck wasn’t on such a weak signal station for me here, but tomorrow I start to put up with the background static.

Marcus on October 27, 2009 at 11:11 PM

You can listen in the morning to Beck live online here: http://www.thebigtalker1210.com/

True_King on October 28, 2009 at 7:45 AM

This is pretty good stuff. Hope it all turns out the way we think it will. I suspect a big purge going on long about December at the GOP if it does. If they don’t, we are all screwed.

conservnut on October 28, 2009 at 7:50 AM

HondaV65 on October 28, 2009 at 6:30 AM

Well stated and exactly on point. I’ve been donating directly to PAC’s and conservative candidates while sending nasty e-mails to the GOP in their return envelopes asking for donations. At least we have a say as to where our money is going.

Crimefyter on October 28, 2009 at 7:50 AM

The Republican Party, as constituted is as dangerous to this country as the Democrat Party is.

Word.

Physics Geek on October 28, 2009 at 7:51 AM

Ya know, according to the dumbest President in history, us Republicans only do what we’re told.

Don’t tell me Toonces lied…again.

MNHawk on October 28, 2009 at 7:54 AM

But everyone: don’t lose sight that the real enemy is Obama & all his friends in Congress, academia & in business.

I’m glad we conservatives have a reason to cheer–we sure need one–but don’t blink: Bambi & Co. still want to destroy our country.

kelley in virginia on October 28, 2009 at 7:59 AM

It appears that “the People” are taking back America and will decide after all. God bless America!

sinsing on October 28, 2009 at 8:06 AM

The Gallup poll showing 40% conservative and 36% moderate ID really points out the fatal flaw in pandering to moderates.
In theory you need to persuade about 1/3rd of moderates of the correctness of a given conservative issue/ candidate.
That is an easier task than pandering on issues to get more moderates and stupidly assuming the 40% conservative will just “take it”. They won’t and don’t.
The GOP is reaping the harvest of selling out core principles of conservatism chasing dithering moderates from election to election.
The men and women standing behind Hoffman impress and by example persuade undecideds that he is the “strong horse”.
You win over moderates by the force of a good case, not a shameful game of bribery.

jjshaka on October 28, 2009 at 8:26 AM

Just a reminder you can have 2/3 of the vote if you just embrace conservatism:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/08/the_biggest_missing_story_in_p.html

DavidM on October 28, 2009 at 8:28 AM

Thank you, Rush. That sound everyone heard yesterday was the Country Club Republicans’ dentures falling out as their collective jaws hit the floor. The Republican Party needs to return to Conservatism or get out of the way.

kingsjester on October 28, 2009 at 8:34 AM

If the Republican’s want to hop on the conservative train, they are welcome. But it has left the station, and they have to run to get on the train…it ain’t stopping, it ain’t backing up.
It’s got a destination, and that is to save a nation…get on board….ALL ABOARD!!
We are bound to victory, and all are welcome to take a ride to history.
Stoke the fires of conservatism, and fire up the engines. It starts slow, but gains speed, and if the Republican’s wait, they will be left at the station.
Conductor Rush is there to punch your tickets, Pawlenty is helping the passengers, and Palin is serving you votes…Newt get off the tracks, you can’t derail this train.
The Tea Party have had their tickets for months, and they have left plenty of seats for us…
Alllllll Abooooorrrrrd!!!

right2bright on October 28, 2009 at 8:38 AM

“But now it’s just plain stupidity. The Republican Party, as constituted is as dangerous to this country as the Democrat Party is.”

I am not a Republican.

I am a Reaganite.
__________

RJGatorEsq. on October 28, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Those who are naysaying a third party fail to see that we are not in the same situation as before. Rush says we have to take the party back, and if we can do that, I’m for it, but if not, it is indeed time for a third party. The leaders of the party have sold out to career politics and are not only of no use to the party but actually a danger to it.

Palin is popular because she is so strong in what she believes. There is no ambiguity with her, and as someone pointed out before, that’s what wins. The entrenched politicians in the party need to go and take their power hungry butts to the democrat party.

texanpride on October 28, 2009 at 9:12 AM

2006 and 2008 proved that being democrat lite (& in some instances democrat heavy) does not make for electoral victory. But the wizards of smart leading (?) the GOP just can’t accept the results of those tow experiments.

jukin on October 28, 2009 at 9:22 AM

Hmmm. Hoffman quotes Kristol. Wonder what Lorien would have to say about that.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 28, 2009 at 9:25 AM

our mission was to offer a clear alternative and make sure people knew about it.

Everything since then — the remarkable outpouring of attention, support, donations, and activism — grew out of the simple act of standing for something.

Ding, ding, ding, the light comes on, at least for some people.

Speakup on October 28, 2009 at 12:16 AM

Yep, that was what caught my eye also–great speech, very articulate, simple, and from the heart. Sound like a certain female politician?

lovingmyUSA on October 28, 2009 at 9:29 AM

gary4205 on October 28, 2009 at 2:38 AM

Best news I’ve read all day!

lovingmyUSA on October 28, 2009 at 9:40 AM

… as the feral government is busy screwing us over as quickly and irreversibly as they are able.

progressoverpeace on October 28, 2009 at 1:22 AM

Even if this was a typo, it’s a great description of what’s in DC these days.

LibraryGryffon on October 28, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Is it a time for choosing?
This is our Rendezvous With Destiny!

Blacksmith8 on October 28, 2009 at 9:56 AM

People keep saying “but … But … Perot!!!” as a warning against. I say look at the actual numbers. Interpolate them into the total disgust by nearly everyone outside the Beltway with the current crop of Republicans, compared to the moderate irritation with them in the 90’s, and the disintegration of the Democrats that is coming.

Modern “third-party” movements have been about electing one guy as President. If you look at broad-based movements aimed at replicating a policy agenda in every state and federally, the GOP is just the best example of a number of enduring movements. When you combine the broad appeal and the possibility of cheap, rapid dissemination through “viral media”, then its got real legs.

Chris_Balsz on October 28, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Oh my….Dede is a PROGRESSIVE! I guess Beck is right…you can find them in both parties.
http://www.politico.com/blogs/scorecard/1009/Republican_dirty_tricks_in_NY_23.html

njpat on October 28, 2009 at 9:25 PM

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