The RINOs: A HistoryThe Feehery Theory
^ | June 25, 2014 | John Feehery, GOP consultantPosted on 6/26/2014, 11:09:54 PM
When news broke that Eric Cantor had lost his primary, Ed Gillespie, the Republican nominee for the Virginia Senate seat, immediately tweeted congratulations to David Brat. The rest of the Republican party establishment, the non-sentimental lot that it is, fell into line and pledged to support the winner.Cantor had been defeated.
There was no talk of starting a third party or sitting the election out. Sure, there was some anger and disappointment, but rank and file Republicans moved on.Contrast with the news of what happened last night. Long before it became clear that Thad Cochran, a long-time Republican incumbent and overall highly respected senior Statesman, had been reelected, Tea Partiers had a existential meltdown.
Sarah Palin went on Sean Hannity’s Show and threatened to start a third party. Prominent bloggers cried that if they didn’t get their way, they would drop out of politics entirely. Laura Ingraham, who led the charge against Cantor, threatened to join Palin.The biggest epithet the Tea Party crowd likes to throw at prominent establishment types like me is that we are RINO’s.
A RINO is a Republican In Name Only. But who is really the RINO? The one who fights for the nominee no matter who he or she is or the one who threatens to bolt the party every time a primary election doesn’t go their way?This ideological fight has been going on a long time.It started when Teddy Roosevelt – who is most famous these days for occasionally winning the President’s race at Nationals stadium – started the Bull Moose Party because he thought his successor wasn’t doing a sufficient job in continuing his legacy.Roosevelt accused William Howard Taft of not really being a Republican, and vice versa.
The fight continued in the 1920’s, when Joe Cannon of Illinois battled with Bob LaFollette of Illinois. In the 1950’s, Robert Taft accused the Eisenhower Republicans of being insufficiently opposed to the New Deal, in the 1960’s, Goldwater Republicans drummed the Rockefeller Republicans out of the party, in the 1960’s, Ford battled Reagan, and in the 1980’s, the Bushs fought the Reaganites.In the late 1990’s and into the 2000’s, a great ideological sorting took place among the parties.
There was no longer a moderate wing to the GOP. The Republican party was the pro-life, pro-defense, pro-growth and pro-business party, while the Democrats were pro-choice, pro-labor and the largely pacifist.The failures in the Iraq War and the financial crisis of 2007-2008 shook the three-legged stool, and in 2010, a new force, the Tea Party, came to the table.
The Tea Party is far more libertarian, far more isolationist, far less in favor of big business, far more anti-immigrant and far more reactionary than the typical Republican regular.They are far more likely to want to bolt the party if things don’t go their way.This is a familiar, but not dominant, strain in the Republican Party.
They are the Lindbergh isolationists in the 1930’s, the John Birchers in the 1950’s, the Yaffers in the 1960, the Libertarians in the 1970’s. They supported Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan in the 1990’s.And now they are very, very angry that the Republican Party beat them in Mississippi. Some of them will leave the party, some will sit out the next election, and some will continue to agitate within the party structure and within the Tea party movement.And ironically, they will be the ones to call out the rest of us RINOs.
But we know who they are and who we are.TOPICS: Mississippi; Issues; Parties; U.S. SenateKEYWORDS: cantor; cochran; mcdaniel; palinGot that?John Feehery is currently the President of Quinn Gillespie Communications and Director of QGA Government Affairs. Before joining QGA, Feehery was President of the Feehery Group, a strategic advocacy firm dedicated to helping its clients achieve their legislative and communications objectives in Washington D.C., and the chief blogger for The Feehery Theory http://www.thefeeherytheory.com. He is a frequent commentator on the political landscape, widely quoted around the country and often seen on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel.
He is also a regular contributor to CNN.com, Politico and to The Hill’s “Pundits Blog.”Feehery has worked for almost two decades in a variety of influential positions both as a staffer for three prominent members of the United States House of Representatives Republican leadership and a communications strategist in the private sector. Most recently, Feehery served as Executive Vice President for Global Government Relations and Global Public Relations for the Motion Picture Association of America.Feehery managed the communications operation for Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert. Feehery was the longest-serving top spokesman to a Speaker of the House in the history of the House of Representatives.
Feehery came directly to the Speaker’s office after a stint as a government relations advocate for the Barbour, Griffith and Rogers. He also served concurrently as Vice President for Communications for Policy Impact Communications. Before that stint, Feehery served from 1995 until 1998 as the Communications Director for Majority Whip Tom DeLay. Before becoming DeLay’s communications director, he served as the Whip office’s Chief Floor Assistant, during the historically notable “Contract with America.”
Feehery started his career as a speechwriter to former U.S. House Republican Leader Bob Michel…..
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Dr. Krauthammer Agrees With Us: Obama Greases the Skids of American Decline
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June 24, 2014 | Rush LimbaughPosted on 6/24/2014, 4:03:20 PM by Kaslin
I only say it that way ’cause Henry Kissinger said it that way to me once.
He kept talking to me one time about the great Krauthammer column that he liked and, you know, me I’m a student of voices, so it just stick with me.
I don’t say it to disparage anybody. Just to be flexible and different. Dr. Krauthammer.
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The Washington Post ^ | June 18, 2014 | Erik WemplePosted on 6/19/2014, 7:18:29 AM by don-oFox News host Greta Van Susteren has provided extensive coverage of the case of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who has been in a Mexican prison since April 1 on weapons charges. A veteran of two tours in Afghanistan,
Tahmooressi says that he accidentally drove into Mexico at a San Ysidro border crossing, complete with a rifle AR-15, a pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun, plus a great deal of ammunition. Along with colleague Bill O’Reilly, Van Susteren has pleaded for U.S. intervention on behalf of the Marine.snipThing is, Clinton’s pronouncements on this topic needn’t have been hypothetical.
No Marine left behind: Leatherneck brass vows to press Tahmooressi’s case
Fox News ^ | June 18, 2014 | Joseph J. KolbPosted on 6/18/2014, 6:29:33 PM by don-oAndrew Tahmooressi, the Marine sergeant who has been imprisoned in Mexico since March 31 since accidentally crossing the border outside of San Diego with three weapons in his vehicle, has not been forgotten by his fellow leathernecks.
Something Pretty Remarkable Happens When Hillary Clinton Fans Are Asked About Benghazitheblaze.com ^ | 6/16/2014 | Jason HowertonPosted on 6/17/2014, 9:18:54 AM by rktmanWhen Fox News correspondent Jesse Watters asked Hillary Clinton fans about the deadly Benghazi terror attacks of 2012, he got some surprising answers.
Cruz on Renouncing His Canadian Citizenship:
‘American and Only an American’
Breitbart ^ | June 12, 2014 | StaffPosted on 6/12/2014, 9:30:26 AM by Rufus2007On Wednesday’s
“The Kelly File” on the Fox News Channel, Sen. Ted Cruz R-TX gave a wide-ranging interview on the topics of the swap with the Taliban for the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Guantanamo Bay detainees, the influx of Central American youths at the U.S.-Mexican border and his decision to renounce his Canadian citizenship, which happened earlier this week.