Hogan acknowledges that the current conservative coalition has different opinions on social issues, and correctly points out that the war against government spending is what unites us. I don't think anyone is saying the Republican Party should change its position on social issues. But, we must realize that if we lose the war against spending, we won't have a country left to worry about social issues. I think of it like a house on fire. First you've got to put out the fire, then you can see what is salvageable and start to rebuild.
That's also what I think what Daniels, Ryan and Boaz are trying to say. The fiscal crisis our country is facing takes priority over our differences on social issues. That is not to say that we compromise our principles on social issues, but that we must fight and win the fiscal war first, and then we can work out our differences on social issues.
In order to build coalitions, you have to find common ground. In this case, that common ground is fiscal responsiblity. Let's work with those who agree with us on the principles of limited government and freedom to win that war. Most of the time, those who believe in those values will be in agreement with us on social issues as well...but maybe for different reasons. Regardless, putting government back in it's proper role should be our first priority.
On the candidates he's backing through the Senate Conservatives Fund and with the help of Tea Party groups:
These candidates are leaders in their own right. I’m supporting them, because they’re not running on some consultant’s talking points. They’re running on principle.” Jockeying for a leadership position, he says, is not his focus. “What I’m interested in is turning this country away from its fiscal cliff — and for the first time since Reagan, I think that we have a chance for real action, not just political posturing.”
On the GOP establishment:
Still, without naming names, DeMint remains critical of many establishment GOP senators. Earlier this summer, former Senate majority leader Trent Lott (Miss.) told the Washington Post that the Senate does not “need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples.” Party leaders, he said, need to move quickly to “co-opt” any rabble-rousing conservatives who may find their way to the marble halls of Washington. DeMint, with a hint of disgust, says, “We need to realize that Trent Lott was speaking for many senior Republicans.”
Looking at what has happened in Republican primaries across the country--most recently with Joe Miller in Alaska--establishment Republicans have a reason to be worried.
“Republican candidates hoping to end Democratic dominance of the Alabama Legislature unveiled an agenda Monday,” according to The Associated Press. “House Minority Leader Mike Hubbard, who’s also chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, said all Republican candidates for the Legislature are supporting the ‘2010 Republican Handshake with Alabama,’ and its passage depends on Republicans taking control of the Legislature for the first time in 136 years. To try to accomplish that, GOP candidates are doing more than saying what they will do. Hubbard said they are tying Alabama Democrats to Washington to capitalize on voters’ uneasiness with the national economy and dislike of some new federal policies, particularly health care. ‘The Democrats in Alabama are no different than the Democrats in Washington. They have the same philosophy,’ said state Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston. Marsh, the GOP’s state finance chairman, was one of 17 legislative candidates who joined Hubbard to unveil the legislative agenda.”
Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss.
Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
Tuesday, August 24th at 5:00AM EDT
Has the GOP learned its lessons from 2006?
That’s the big question many on the right are asking themselves. After all, on the Senate side the same leadership that led the GOP out of power will be the same leadership leading the GOP back into power if they take back the Senate.
In the House of Representatives, the members did a good job replacing their failed leadership. Hastert retired, DeLay quit, Blunt left leadership. Blunt’s Deputy Whip, Eric Cantor, moved up to Whip. Kevin McCarthy and Mike Pence came in underneath. In fact, Eric Cantor is the only member of the Hastert-DeLay-Blunt-Cantor House GOP Leadership team to remain.
On the House side, as a very public repudiation of their past, John Boehner led the GOP to refuse earmarks — the bribes both sides have used for so long to grow government and get their pet programs passed.
Earmarks were used to bribe Republicans to support the prescription drug benefit and TARP. Earmarks were used to bribe Democrats to support Obamacare. Earmarks are a drug and the GOP, to absolve itself of its own sins, publicly declared that House Republicans would give up the very corrupting practice.
But it was all for show, or so it seems. House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) declares earmarks will be back in full swing once the GOP takes back Congress. Read More...
It's kind of discouraging that the GOP leadership still hasn't learned its lesson. What's it going to take to make them get it? We have to concentrate on winning majorities in both houses first, but then we need to start cleaning our own house...
Here are the 7 steps.
1) Funding help
2) Some sort of centralized teleconference scheduling
3) Feeding stories to bloggers
4) Promote Bloggers
5) Access to aides
6) Listen to bloggers
7) Build a relationship with the bloggers
He explains each of these in more detail in the article, and he has a good point. The Left has built an entire network of blogs, journalists, and other new media professionals that are adept at getting out their message. They have cultivated relationships with these people and assisted through the buying of ads and giving of information. The Right is way behind in this regard. They have shied away from the blogosphere, and in some cases are openly hostile. There are far too many on the Right that still resist using Facebook.
Life is changing, and Generations Y and Z don't communicate through traditional mediums. Newspapers and even television are slowly becoming obselete in terms of getting out a message. You can reach far more people for far less money by posting on Twitter and making a You Tube video. As long as the Right remains resistant to this change, they will continue to fail to reach the younger generations.