Moderate Republican group dropping “Republican” from name

posted at 9:31 pm on January 8, 2013 by Allahpundit

Part of a wider post-election splintering on the right, I think. There was a story last week about centrist establishment Republicans seeking to re-assert themselves in primaries to blunt the influence of tea partiers, followed shortly by a story about Bill Kristol maybe launching a new Republican version of the DLC to support “reformist” fiscal policies. Conservatives knocked down Boehner’s “Plan B” and then nearly succeeded at pushing him to a second ballot in the Speaker election; meanwhile, Chris Christie firmed up his blue-state Republican brand by grandstanding over the House GOP’s failure to vote on the Sandy relief bill. Just today, Glenn Beck announced that he’s re-launching The Blaze as a libertarian network that’ll act as an alternative to the “far right,” a point he illustrated with a screencap of former Fox News colleague Sean Hannity. Whole lotta maneuvering out there right now on our side.

Enter former GOP rep and noted Boehner ally Steve LaTourette, who’s going to show those “chuckleheads” in the tea party a thing or two by … embracing Democrats? Behold as the Republican Main Street Partnership becomes the Main Street Partnership:

The group’s new president, former Ohio Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette, told Yahoo News that he plans to begin conversations with Blue Dog Democrats and centrist groups in the coming months.

“The goal is to try and fill the void that is the middle,” LaTourette, who resigned from Congress this year, said. “The American political system is like a doughnut: You’ve got sides, but you don’t have anything in the middle, and it would be my goal to work with Republicans and Democrats who want to find the path forward to getting things done and compromise.”

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, LaTourette added: “While we have changed our name, we have not changed our values or our mission. We will continue to be a right of center organization and continue to represent the governing wing of the Republican Party.”

The Main Street Partnership will also expand its super PAC, Defending Main Street, to aid center-right members of both parties, LaTourette said, adding, “It’s not going to be focused so much on party as it is on protecting people from the right and left extremes if they choose to do the right things.”

Two questions. One: Why would a group that claims to represent the “governing wing of the Republican Party” want to protect centrist Democrats? Blue Dogs tend to come from reddish districts, which makes them the lowest-hanging fruit for the GOP. If you want to protect the Republicans’ ability to govern while making the House more moderate, stick to backing centrists in Republican and Democratic primaries. Two: Among the members of the Republican Main Street Partnership is new Republican Conference chair (and fellow Boehner ally) Cathy McMorris-Rogers. Ed Kilgore wonders how long she and other GOP congressmen will remain affiliated with the group once it ends up backing its first Democrat. Good question. It’s one thing to be linked to RINOs, it’s another to be linked to an org that’s bankrolling candidates who are running against the party. What Republican’s going to want to face primary voters bearing a “seal of approval” like that?

Exit question: Isn’t there already a squishy group out there that’s all about shedding labels?


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G O O D !

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 9:31 PM

…tired of Rinos!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM

…they can be the third party!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 9:33 PM

…we’re going to lose a lot of people! (:->)

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 9:34 PM

…will they start a blog?

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 9:34 PM

So let me see if I have this right: The establishment is going to voluntarily excommunicate themselves from the GOP? HAS HELL FROZEN OVER?!

nobar on January 8, 2013 at 9:34 PM

…Hot Air will lose people too!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Typical RINO’s.

Cool thing is – we can laugh while they disintegrate!

HondaV65 on January 8, 2013 at 9:36 PM

LaTourette Syndrome, anyone?

either orr on January 8, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Do it!!!

idesign on January 8, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Aren’t rats the first to abandon a sinking ship?

astonerii on January 8, 2013 at 9:37 PM

This guy definitely has his boxers in a bunch.

gophergirl on January 8, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Can they still be RINOs if they drop the Republican name?

joekenha on January 8, 2013 at 9:39 PM

“The American political system is like a doughnut: You’ve got sides, but you don’t have anything in the middle, and it would be my goal to work with Republicans and Democrats who want to find the path forward to getting things done and compromise.”

Dude–if you think that’s the middle, you need a new yardstick.

ElectricPhase on January 8, 2013 at 9:40 PM

They expect to get any leverage with anyone by doing this?

INC on January 8, 2013 at 9:40 PM

I can’t stand LaTourette.

myrenovations on January 8, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Two questions. One: Why would a group that claims to represent the “governing wing of the Republican Party” want to protect centrist Democrats? Blue Dogs tend to come from reddish districts, which makes them the lowest-hanging fruit for the GOP. If you want to protect the Republicans’ ability to govern while making the House more moderate, stick to backing centrists in Republican and Democratic primaries. Two: Among the members of the Republican Main Street Partnership is new Republican Conference chair (and fellow Boehner ally) Cathy McMorris-Rogers. Ed Kilgore wonders how long she and other GOP congressmen will remain affiliated with the group once it ends up backing its first Democrat. Good question. It’s one thing to be linked to RINOs, it’s another to be linked to an org that’s bankrolling candidates who are running against the party. What Republican’s going to want to face primary voters bearing a “seal of approval” like that?

Since I don’t want to deal with Akon, I’ll deal with the two questions prior to the exit one.

The first answer is that by having “centrist” Rats instead of Republicans in those “swing” seats, that would make a Rat majority more likely. Remember, the goal of the (mostly-)minority part of the bipartisan Party-In-Government is to be in 100% control of its part of the PIG even at the cost of being in the minority, not to be in less-than-100% control of the majority.

The second answer is that the McMorris-Rogers types made the calculation that being “bipartisan” is going to be less painful for them than being “partisan”.

Steve Eggleston on January 8, 2013 at 9:41 PM

They sound like the latest group to be useful idiots for the Dems and the media—garnering the label ‘reasonable’ for the sole purpose of maligning conservatives.

INC on January 8, 2013 at 9:41 PM

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astonerii on January 8, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Isn’t this the group that got some funding from George Soros?

Why yes, yes it is.

juliesa on January 8, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Republican has a negative connotation to too many low-info voters. Instead, call it:

New Social Democrats ( that will really irk the progressives at the voting booth)

Freedom and Liberty Party (hard to spin those terms in a bad light)

Moving Forward Party (co-opt the left’s own nomenclature)

Economic Prosperity Party (everybody pays lip service to those terms)

and finally, my fav:

Brighter Future Party (everybody loves progress)

keep the change on January 8, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Ut Oh…

Now what have they gone and done! H m m m m m…

If the TP wants to remain as a ‘contender’ they better shore themselves up a bit!

GB going Libertarian? Always thought he was more that than anything.

This should make for some interesting chit chat!! ;-)

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 9:44 PM

I have to admit I’m not sure what a TEA Partier is now, I thought I had a lot in common; fiscally conservative, defender of law and order, Constitutionalist, and generally libertarian on other issues.

Heck even Dick Armey was run off from the Tea Party Express; I think it’s time for the Tea Party to relauch with clear a set of principles it stands for.

Tater Salad on January 8, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Let’s help RINOs with actions that reinforce everything that conservatives already think about RINOs. Brilliant plan.

Mark1971 on January 8, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Enter former GOP rep and noted Boehner ally Steve LaTourette, who’s going to show those “chuckleheads” in the tea party a thing or two by … embracing Democrats?

A Unity Government with ‘moderate’ Republicans reaching across the aisle to embrace their Democratic friends and keep those icky Tea Party folks away from power.

It’s coming in one form or another.

sharrukin on January 8, 2013 at 9:46 PM

I’m guessing MegaMac will be their leader ?

burrata on January 8, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Masks are coming off right and left…an explosion is coming…I hope it’s just political.

d1carter on January 8, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Tater Salad on January 8, 2013 at 9:45 PM

The Tea party stands for. Tax Everyoneelse Association.

When asked if a person was associated with the Tea party, they were then asked what they would support cutting. A majority supported cutting foreign aid and corporate welfare. Not one other item got a majority vote. I stopped saying I was associated with the Tea party after it became clear it was not a terribly wrong poll.

Effectively this is what I see as Tea Party people. People who know that if things are not changed they are going to be taxed or lose their government benefits. So they have to get active to stop the taxes and the cuts in their benefits.

astonerii on January 8, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Hi Scrumpy!

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Exit Q…

The ‘No Label’ Party, even better lol…

Next up:

Major Clusterfark!

OMG…

I had posted this before but now it very apt I believe!

‘We the unwilling, led by the unknowing have been doing the difficult with little for so long that we are now ready to tackle the impossible with nothing.’ —

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 9:50 PM

No Labels 2.0. No features, all bugs.

To borrow from Motley Crue: don’t go away mad. Just go away.

fitzfong on January 8, 2013 at 9:50 PM

After how they’ve betrayed their voting base half the time and acted like Frenchmen the other half of the time, handed the first election to Obama and failed spectacularly at ousting him in the second…

would YOU want to be associated with that pack of yellow-bellied clowns???

MelonCollie on January 8, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm…….second look at RINO Purgation!!

canopfor on January 8, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Good evening Ken!! How are you?

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 9:51 PM

I dropped my association with the republican party.

I’m not sure it’s the same thing as these guys, though…

trigon on January 8, 2013 at 9:52 PM

The Democrat Party is pretty cohesively socailist and arch-authoritarian.

The GOP isnt cohesive at all yet it remains arch-authoritarian.

What exactly is the middle ground between these two sides? Milquetoast socialism with added authoritarianism?

CorporatePiggy on January 8, 2013 at 9:52 PM

The future is in the Rand Paul brand of Republican Libertarianism. Clearly it is the opposite of where we are now in American; government dependant, over-taxed and broke.

Tater Salad on January 8, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Methinks that depending on where a TP Assoc IS! Makes all the difference in the world…
Prolly wrong tho… sigh…

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 9:55 PM

The PAC from this org gets a TON of money from…

UNIONS!

http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pac2pac.php?cycle=2012&cmte=C00165159

National Education Assn $10,000
Seafarers International Union $10,000
Teamsters Union $10,000

LaTourette voted pro-union in congress including against getting rid of Davis Bacon.

THAT’S what this org is for.

dforston on January 8, 2013 at 9:56 PM

No Labels No Chance

Fixed.

Ukiah on January 8, 2013 at 9:56 PM

I gots it,……The Party of America!
(TPOA)
(sarc).

canopfor on January 8, 2013 at 9:56 PM

The future is in the Rand Paul brand of Republican Libertarianism. Clearly it is the opposite of where we are now in American; government dependant, over-taxed and broke.

Tater Salad on January 8, 2013 at 9:54 PM

End all wealth transfers to individuals and block grants to states from the federal government and I might be open to more libertarian arguments. If that is not the first actions though, you can forget it, you will not get my support.

I also demand that when they cap spending via constitutional amendment, that they set a floor for military spending.

astonerii on January 8, 2013 at 9:57 PM

I haven’t been keeping up with Beck but what the heck? Will he ever settle on a brand he likes?

He’s wanted to be Martin Luther King, then George Washington and now he wants to shoot for either Disney or Edison?

…….and is he now after the Alex Jones demographic?

And have I not said the gop is DEAD?

This effort by LeTouretttttte shows that if push came to shove Boehner would rather keep POWER more than the party brand.

Maybe this is Boehner taking Pelosi’s advice to take back his party. ALOL

PappyD61 on January 8, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Not too shabby. I trust your day is good. Is this chit-chatting or merely chatting?

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 9:58 PM

dforston on January 8, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Poker Players Alliance????????

That’s some list ya got there… :-)

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Isn’t this the group that got some funding from George Soros?

Why yes, yes it is.

juliesa on January 8, 2013 at 9:43 PM

MM seems to always be a step ahead…

d1carter on January 8, 2013 at 9:59 PM

If that is not the first actions though, you can forget it, you will not get my support.

astonerii on January 8, 2013 at 9:57 PM

How about the second or the third? You do realize how unlikely it is for someone to get their way in the very first round.

(I do understand what you mean, BTW, and I agree with you 100%)

MelonCollie on January 8, 2013 at 9:59 PM

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Better save the chit chat for later ;-)

We just gonna shoot the breeze for now about stupid pols… lol

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Can they still be RINOs if they drop the Republican name?

joekenha on January 8, 2013 at 9:39 PM

How about we start calling them Floaters because of… um, their tendency to float from one principle or voting block to another or something.

Ukiah on January 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM

d1carter on January 8, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Might well could be!!

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Surely this is Boehner building a bridge to those that he might need to fend off a Conservative challenge to his dictatorship in the House.

Who is worse?……..Obama or the Great Weeper of the House?

PappyD61 on January 8, 2013 at 10:01 PM

MelonCollie on January 8, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Peicemeal?
Drug tests required to get any government assistance with reward payments made to people who snitch on users. Includes the kids of recipients.
Verify.
Legalize pot…

Something like that?

Kind of like immigration. I might be willing to accept some level of legalization, but only after they get control of the border and the immigration system such that it can be verified that we will not need a repeat in 20 years that is 10 times the size of the current problem.

astonerii on January 8, 2013 at 10:02 PM

PappyD61 on January 8, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Oh dear, you mean I have to pick one????

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 10:03 PM

It’s like starting a fat camp in Somalia

Daemonocracy on January 8, 2013 at 10:03 PM

i read the Doughat piece earlier, and clicked thru to the Kling piece on scenarios of debt negotiation.

Honestly, i think all this is theater on the main stage of the sinking ship. When barry says we don’t have a spending problem and Chait says he is confident that there are abundant revenues to be had…and Michael Moore saying We Have the Money!, I think the writing is on the wall.

The election told the tale…so there are two options. 1. Large tax hikes for the middle class, 2 a ‘muddling thru’ until the US renegotiates its debt

And that’s it…the rest is details and the personal ambitions of pols…well, I mean the grabbing of Ca$h on the way down

r keller on January 8, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Not too shabby. I trust your day is good. Is this chit-chatting or merely chatting?

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 9:58 PM

…(if you two can’t decide…I will summon bluegill for a decision )

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 10:06 PM

This effort by LeTouretttttte shows that if push came to shove Boehner would rather keep POWER more than the party brand.

Unfortunately it isn’t only Boehner, it is most of our congress critters. It is all about power. Their egos get so big they feel that it is critical for the country’s well being that they maintain their place at the table, no matter how. This leads them into actions that make them useless in some cases, and detrimental in more. Ironic and ugly.

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Silly RINO’s, tricks are for kids!

FloatingRock on January 8, 2013 at 10:07 PM

So how do you lead from the middle?

catmman on January 8, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Who is worse?……..Obama or the Great Weeper of the House?

PappyD61 on January 8, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Easy. OBAMA.

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:08 PM

If they drop the name Republican and Libertarian is already taken. Whats left for them to be called?

Bmore on January 8, 2013 at 10:08 PM

astonerii on January 8, 2013 at 10:02 PM

I would still be extremely hesitant, but they might possibly sell me that way, if that is what it takes to get their support and stop the Demoncrat incursion.

The simple reason why is that legalizing pot overnight for the entire country is going to be as disastrous as trying to illegalize booze overnight was. Individual responsibility is practically nonexistent; it will be a ‘party hearty’ that is an engraved invitation from Satan to descend into howling chaos.

With a piecemeal approach we at least have a chance to sense the riptide and walk back out. But if our nation does a running cannonball off the dock, we’re gonna drown. Period.

MelonCollie on January 8, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Wouldn’t it be Democrat?

Bmore on January 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Can they still be RINOs if they drop the Republican name?

joekenha on January 8, 2013 at 9:39 PM

How about we start calling them FloatersWhores because of… um, their tendency to float from one principle or voting block to another or something.

Ukiah on January 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM

…we should really call them…as we see them!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Republican Main Street Partnership becomes the Main Street Partnership

Mr LaTourette, will the Main Street Partnership accept George Soros funds like the Republican Main Street Partnership did?

A provision to allow drilling for oil in ANWR was inserted last week into a budget bill in the Senate – the provision passed because the Democrats couldn’t filibuster an appropriations bill and didn’t have the votes to defeat it.

This week, the House proposed a similar bill – but surprisingly, a group of “moderate” Republicans in what is called the “Republican Main Street Partnership” removed the ANWR measure.

So what gives?

The leadership of a political advocacy group called the “Main Street Individual Fund” claimed credit and bragged about the ANWR defeat yesterday, and in doing so, perhaps revealed more than they wanted to, because now bloggers are looking into their activities.

And here is what we found…

The Main Street Individual Fund is a 527 organization affiliated with the Republican Main Street Partnership. One of its major contributors is George Soros.

George Soros.

Why would George Soros be supporting Republicans?

To split the party.

STEVE LaTOURETTE = USEFUL IDIOT.

Resist We Much on January 8, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Whigs?

Bmore on January 8, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Who is worse?……..Obama or the Great Weeper of the House?

PappyD61 on January 8, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Easy. OBAMA.

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:08 PM

…one cries…the other weeps!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 10:11 PM

This country is gone. Kaput. Finished. It only gets worse every day. ‘Republican’ was just a phony label and a phony banner for most people in the party, anyway. Anymore, I don’t care. Nothing matters or makes any difference anymore. Say hello to Nihilism.

Corporal Tunnel on January 8, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Why would George Soros be supporting Republicans?

Whigs?

Bmore on January 8, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Could be…Boggles the mind doesn’t it!

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 10:13 PM

This guy definitely has his boxers in a bunch.

gophergirl on January 8, 2013 at 9:38 PM

What’s led you to believe those are boxers he’s wearing?

GB going Libertarian? Always thought he was more that than anything.

This should make for some interesting chit chat!! ;-)

Scrumpy on January 8, 2013 at 9:44 PM

bluegill doesn’t agree, and will soon report you for thought-crimes! :)

Glenn to the rescue of civil discussion! (in his mind, at least)

Beck introduced his ambitious plans by standing in front of a split screen with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on one side and Fox News’s Sean Hannity on the other, and bemoaning the fact that cable news has devolved into the “far left [and] far right… yelling at each other.”

Anti-Control on January 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

…we’re going to lose a lot of people! (:->)

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Not Me!

ccrosby on January 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

MelonCollie on January 8, 2013 at 10:08 PM

That is true about doing it for the whole nation in one run. I do not think some states would do it under any circumstance anyways… Welfare for the most part is state, so…

astonerii on January 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Glenn Beck announced that he’s re-launching The Blaze as a libertarian network that’ll act as an alternative to the “far right,” a point he illustrated with a screencap of former Fox News colleague Sean Hannity.

There are lies. There are Damned lies then there is this statement.

He immediately defines “the far right” as meaning those supporting big government. The “the far left” as those supporting bigger government.

Lack of context here is appalling.

You can not substitute the common definition of far right for what Glenn Beck says isolating a statement where he clearly states he is NOT using the normal definition.

You can but it is horrible journalism and a lie.

Steveangell on January 8, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Glenn Beck is the biggest fraud and opportunist. This is why I have never liked him. He went from a mild manner nobody on CNN to a wild whack job on Fox News with his daily conspiracy theories. Now that he sees the wind blowing in another direction, he is changing course, yet again?

What a douche.

ramrants on January 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

“The goal is to try and fill the void that is the middle,” LaTourette, who resigned from Congress this year, said. “The American political system is like a doughnut: You’ve got sides, but you don’t have anything in the middle, and it would be my goal to work with Republicans and Democrats who want to find the path forward to getting things done and compromise.”

Well now isn’t that just special???

They’re going to start a nice new party that doesn’t really believe in much of anything, except keeping the same old corrupt game in motion. After all, nothing much needs changing in America. We just need to have some better operators of the current machinery.

Sure! Yeah! No problem! What could go wrong with that?

Lew on January 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

As I said before the progressives in the Republican Party are not any different then the progressives in the Democrat Party. They put the progressive movement above all else, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights have no meaning to them. They all swore an oath to the Constitution knowing full well that they were not going to honor that oath. ” When faith is lost, when honor dies, the man is dead.” This great nation believes in honor, and dishonorable men are looked down upon.

savage24 on January 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Glenn Beck is the biggest fraud and opportunist. This is why I have never liked him. He went from a mild manner nobody on CNN to a wild whack job on Fox News with his daily conspiracy theories. Now that he sees the wind blowing in another direction, he is changing course, yet again?

What a douche.

ramrants on January 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

He’s just a huckster and a phony.

Dante on January 8, 2013 at 10:27 PM

The governing wing of the Republican party: made possible by the conservative wing of the Republican party since 1980. Latourette was born of the 1994 Contract With America. He has become the picture of how a once-nice guy–I knew him growing up–and well-meaning politician becomes thoroughly corrupted by Washington culture. Believe it or not he attended the same high school as Darrell Issa who was a year ahead of him. My how their paths have diverged.

vamoose on January 8, 2013 at 10:28 PM

“Good, I’m sick of running from these wimps”
-Ajax
The Warriors

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL0ipXUD-uU
(20 second mark)

mdenis39 on January 8, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Quislings.

rayra on January 8, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Hmm. I figured from the title that it was the RNC.

LegendHasIt on January 8, 2013 at 10:36 PM

I heard they were gonna go with “Traitor”. Any truth to that?

ROCnPhilly on January 8, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Obvious by the statements that Glenn Beck is a conservative.

The hate for him is obvious. The smears horrible.

No wonder Glenn is distancing himself from Establishment Republicans they are just Democrats pretending to be Republicans to kill all opposition to their Big Government ideas.

Steveangell on January 8, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Good riddance, Latourette, you feckless f*ck.

Midas on January 8, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Latourette was born of the 1994 Contract With America. He has become the picture of how a once-nice guy–I knew him growing up–and well-meaning politician becomes thoroughly corrupted by Washington culture.

This is what happens when we keep electing the same people over and over and over to the same legislature. Sooner or later they begin to identify with their fellow office holders more than they do with the voters who sent them there. It’s just human nature.
When they make that shift, they then begin to represent the government to their constituents, rather than representing their constituents to the government. At that point, they begin to look down on their constituents as “Hobbits”, “Chuckleheads” and peasants or some other lovely epithet.
At that point they become useless parasites.

Lew on January 8, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Glenn Beck seems to get stranger. Or is it just me?

AnnaS on January 8, 2013 at 10:42 PM

First of all La Tourette Syndrome is an idiot and a Dem in Repub clothing. He has never been an ally of anyone other than himself and the Ohio Dems. And he has certainly never been “center-Right” of anything other than his stance in the men’s room. And he’s not Moderate, he’s a stick his finger in the wind and then decide kind of disgusting little worm.
He represented a district that was deep blue so that pretty much says it all. No one in Ohio has any respect for him. They have more respect for Kucinich and Traficant, at least they were a kook and a crook. La Tourette is nothing, never was and never will be.
Personally I wouldn’t read much into this. It’s Ohio, which is worse than saying California when it comes to politicos. At least in California they are up-front about their Liberal ideas. In Ohio they try to pretend they aren’t really Liberals but just compromisers.
And I can say all of this as someone who grew up and lived in Ohio and worked for both Parties.

Deanna on January 8, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Obvious by the statements that Glenn Beck is a conservative.

The hate for him is obvious. The smears horrible.

No wonder Glenn is distancing himself from Establishment Republicans they are just Democrats pretending to be Republicans to kill all opposition to their Big Government ideas.

Steveangell on January 8, 2013 at 10:38 PM

He isn’t conforming, he’s strange…
/

ccrosby on January 8, 2013 at 10:45 PM

He isn’t conforming, he’s strange…
/

ccrosby on January 8, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Well at least you are honest.

We must conform.

We really are just subjects to the Rulers of this country.

Steveangell on January 8, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Glenn Beck seems to get stranger. Or is it just me?

AnnaS on January 8, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Seeing the following post,

Glenn Beck is the biggest fraud and opportunist. This is why I have never liked him. He went from a mild manner nobody on CNN to a wild whack job on Fox News with his daily conspiracy theories. Now that he sees the wind blowing in another direction, he is changing course, yet again?

What a douche.

ramrants on January 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

I’d say, “Nope!” :)

I feel very safe saying that Glenn has some unresolved issues, and is “ego-driven”!

Anti-Control on January 8, 2013 at 10:49 PM

feel very safe saying that Glenn has some unresolved issues, and is “ego-driven”!

Anti-Control on January 8, 2013 at 10:49 PM

All TV and radio pundits do and are. As for Beck, I always thought of him as a Libertarian, so no surprise there.

Deanna on January 8, 2013 at 10:51 PM

No wonder Glenn is distancing himself from Establishment Republicans they are just Democrats pretending to be Republicans to kill all opposition to their Big Government ideas.

Steveangell on January 8, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Distancing? Like his fawning all over Santorum?

Please.

Dante on January 8, 2013 at 10:52 PM

All TV and radio pundits do and are. As for Beck, I always thought of him as a Libertarian, so no surprise there.

Deanna on January 8, 2013 at 10:51 PM

He isn’t libertarian.

Dante on January 8, 2013 at 10:53 PM

All TV and radio pundits do and are.

Deanna on January 8, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Is that kind of like, “Every politician is a liar”?

I am glad to see that you feel the need to rationalize in the service of trying to change the subject!

Anti-Control on January 8, 2013 at 10:54 PM

I’d say, “Nope!” :)

I feel very safe saying that Glenn has some unresolved issues, and is “ego-driven”!

Anti-Control on January 8, 2013 at 10:49 PM

I feel very safe saying you are just envious of his success.

He also still has the third highest radio ratings in the Nation.

If you see him changing it is just because you are so stupid you believe what the Establishment PR machine dishes out to you. If you followed him at all you would not say that. He has been very consistent. He as always distanced himself from both parties to one degree or another. He supported Romney but that had more to do with him being a Mormon than anything else.

Steveangell on January 8, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Glenn Beck announced that he’s re-launching The Blaze as a libertarian network that’ll act as an alternative to the “far right,” a point he illustrated with a screencap of former Fox News colleague Sean Hannity.

never thought i’d write this but… LOL WTF.

sesquipedalian on January 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM

That is true about doing it for the whole nation in one run. I do not think some states would do it under any circumstance anyways… Welfare for the most part is state, so…

astonerii on January 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Oh certainly. Thing is, the “overnight, everywhere” approach would leave some states scrambling to find a way to resist, but they would be at a major disadvantage.

The incremental approach, by contrast, would at least give states that didn’t want to be turned into drug cesspits a fighting change to prepare for the coming storm. Including instituting border patrol on states that were likely to go all-out druggie, if they could do it.

MelonCollie on January 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM

So the RMSP rears it’s ugly head again.

I remember looking up a lot of stuff about them when they were in the news and Trent Lott and Tom DeLay were up top. I’d have to go back and dig out the hard drives, but, IIRC, they were mostly about looting the Treasury for big business under the cover of defending the interests of “Main Street” types.

Dusty on January 8, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Anti-Control on January 8, 2013 at 10:49 PM

I feel very safe saying you are just envious of his success.

He also still has the third highest radio ratings in the Nation.

Steveangell on January 8, 2013 at 10:57 PM

South Park makes millions, but it’s still nothing more than the result of people with no artistic talent and mentally arrested at an age where poop jokes were the height of comedy.

Obama is the elected leader of the USA and wields power we don’t even know about. He’s still nothing but the pathetic product of a barbarian and a tribal who gets by with promises of free stuff.

Glenn Blech has the 3rd highest ratings in a semi-obsolete medium, but for all that entails, he’s a fruitcake and a weathervane at best. And at worse he’s a complete loon who has too much money and influence to be quietly hauled off to the funny farm.

MelonCollie on January 8, 2013 at 11:06 PM

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