New Pat Roberts Ad: “That’s an Interesting Question”

Conservatives have every reason to feel peeved at the Republican establishment in Washington for pouring big bucks in the Kansas primary race in order to defeat Milton Wolf – an excellent conservative candidate. This strategy of reelecting incumbents who are way past their prime –  by any means necessary – needs to be retired because it has led to bad blood within the party and a lot of disgruntled conservatives.

A recent PPP poll showed the “Independent” candidate Greg Orman leading  Senator Pat Roberts 41 percent to 34 percent. Now the party has to spend precious resources in a race that should be in the bag for Republicans in a Republican state like Kansas.

The good news is – there are still a lot of undecideds in this race, and many who currently favor Orman  just need to be educated about him.

This brutal new ad put out by the Roberts campaign does just that, highlighting Orman’s refusal to answer a Kansan’s question about repealing ObamaCare. “That’s an interesting question,” he answered as he scurried away.

Via The AoSHQDD:


Enough said.

…Or Not.


Jim Geraghty of Campaign Spot has a message for the Loud ‘I’m Staying Home This Year’ Conservatives


Did The Cochran Campaign Buy Black Votes? Because That Would Be Illegal / Updated

It’s incomprehensible to me that the Republican establishment felt like it was necessary to go all out in that Mississippi primary, last week.  76 year old Thad Cochran is a Senator so out of touch, he didn’t know about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss until three days later.  The reverberations of this mess are still being felt and stench of corruption has not dissipated.

What Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently called “a nice family fight in some of our primaries”  has caused a huge rift between the establishment and the grassroots. And the grassroots are not in the mood to kiss and make up.

Was Thad Cochran’s victory worth having a Republican explicitly running on the glory of earmarks and the value of large federal spending projects in the state? Why not just hold up a giant flashing neon sign saying “WE DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT”?

Was it worth running radio ads declaring, “By not voting, you’re saying, ‘Take away all of my government programs, such as food stamps, early breakfast and lunch programs, millions of dollars to our black universities”?

Was Cochran’s victory worth a flyer like this one, contending that the Tea Party is racist?

No. I daresay it was not. There’s a difference between hardball tactics and sleezeball tactics. I generally associate sleezeball, Alinskyesque, ends-justify-the-means tactics with the left – not the party I support and for whom I fight. Shame on the GOP for being a party to this. I am seriously displeased.

But it gets worse.

Aaron Gardner of Red State and Charles Johnson of Got News have evidence that point to the Cochran campaign buying votes – which is illegal.

Redstate: BREAKING: New Allegations Point to Cochran Campaign in Mississippi Senate Vote Buying Scandal:

An audio interview has surfaced in which the interviewee claims that he was to be paid by the Cochran camp to grease voters in the Mississippi GOP Senate runoff election. The audio interview, which coincides with a separate audio recording and batch of evidence produced by the newly launched, a project by Charles C. Johnson, alleges that the Cochran campaign conspired with a Mississippi Reverend to buy the votes of African American voters, who happen to be democrats.

Before I get into the weeds of what is in the audio interview and transcript, which are both below, let me set up the stage a bit. What is alleged to have occurred is illegal and very serious business. Under Mississippi law the alleged crimes could lead to Thad Cochran being removed from the Senate. Everything that follows comes from sources either on the ground in Mississippi, or those working closely with them.

Reverend Fielder has claimed to have evidence that would prove illegal activity took place in the Mississippi GOP Senate run off election. Furthermore, the evidence he claims he has would implicate the Barbour machine and a staffer to Cochran’s Senate campaign. The motivations of the Reverend are not those of a saint. As is made clear throughout the interview and in the transcript, this Reverend is looking to get paid to provide information, just as he sought to get paid to deliver votes by illegal means. Reverend Fielder claims that Cochran’s people were supposed to pay him approximately $15,000 for his efforts, but failed to do so after the incumbent Senator had achieved victory in the run off.

With all of that said, if the evidence is produced and validated, I don’t know how much longer Thad Cochran will be a Senator.

Aaron Gardner and Charles Johnson talked with Thomas LaDuke of FTR Radio about the Illegal Vote Buying scheme. 

Audio here. 

This “family fight” isn’t over, yet – there will be a reckoning. As John Boehner would say, it’s not a matter of who loses their jobs. Who’s going to jail?


Red State: #MSSen FEC Now Looking Into Pro Cochran SuperPAC:

From Roll Call, the defecation has begun to hit the rotary wind device:

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has sent a Request For Additional Information (RFAI) to Mississippi Conservatives, a Super PAC supporting the re-election of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.  The committee has until August 1st to respond, or the failure to do so “could result in an audit or enforcement action.”


I will note here that the local news reported tonight that deputies of the Hinds County Sheriff Department were outside of the GOP Headquarters as leaders discussed the allegations of fraud.

We are told deputies are checking the identification of anyone wishing to enter the building.

In addition, State Senator Michael Watson tells WJTV News Channel 12 that the McDaniel camp has found 3,300 “irregular votes” from last Tuesday’s election.

A spirited discussion on Hannity with NY Civil Rights leader Michael Myers and radio talk show  host Dennis Prager:



OXFORD, MS. — July 1, 2014:
True the Vote (TTV), the nation’s leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today filed suit in federal court against the Mississippi Secretary of State and the State Republican Party, asking the Court to immediately order that election records be shared to inspect for illegal votes ahead of certification for the June 24 U.S. Senate Primary Runoff Election (True the Vote, et. al v. State of Mississippi, et. al. (3:14cv144-MPM-SAA)).

True the Vote and associated plaintiffs argue that the defendants failed to properly abide by federal election record maintenance and open records provisions codified in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA). Records made partially available to the plaintiffs indicated “double-voting” from Democratic to Republican primaries — potentially diluting votes in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.

“All we are asking is that the MS State Republican Party follow the law; allow their designated county representatives to inspect the poll books and ballots, give them the review time they are permitted by law, and allow them to uphold their responsibility to MS voters,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “True the Vote has been inundated with reports from voters across Mississippi who are outraged to see the integrity of this election being undermined so that politicos can get back to business as usual. Enough is enough.”

“This isn’t about personality, party, or politics. Senators come and go,” Engelbrecht continued. “What must withstand the test of time is the integrity of the process by which we elect our representatives and establish our government. No candidate or party should ever be allowed to twist election laws or subvert voters’ rights in the interest of political ambition.”

True the Vote has closely followed developments surrounding the Mississippi Republican Primary Runoff from the beginning. On June 21, TTV released figures demonstrating unusual voter turnout patterns based on historic data. On June 25, the organization formally requestedthat MS Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef delay certification of the election and share voting records for independent review. Finding no assistance from the state party, TTV and the collected 13 plaintiffs were left no option but to pursue the matter in federal court.

True the Vote’s lawsuit consists of three counts:

Count One:Violation of NVRA’s Public Disclosure Provision. Shortly before the Republican Primary Runoff Election, True the Vote, via its volunteer base, made a valid and timely request to review voter rolls and poll books under the NVRA, but it was denied access to those records.

Count Two:Individual Plaintiffs Allege a Violation of NVRA Based on Conflict with State Laws.Plaintiffs seek a declaration that the NVRA preempts any state requirement calling for public election information to be redacted at the cost of the requestor.

Count Three:Individual Plaintiffs Allege an Equal Protection Violation. Discovering potential instances of “double-voting” between Democratic and Republican primaries are unlawful dilutions of individual votes.

True the Vote engaged legal representation with the firm of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons L.L.P. TTV’s complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, Oxford Division.

A copy of the complaint has been made available here.

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit

Video: Mark Levin Goes Nuclear On Obama, Reid, McConnell Over Filibuster Vote

I kinda figured Mark Levin would treat his audience to a world class rant following today’s events.

Here, he fisked Obama’s idiotic but totally predictable comments following the Senate Democrats’ naked power power grab in the Senate. I scream at the TV when I hear him, too.

More cathartic than entertaining because the deadly serious subject matter:

Levin criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for allowing himself to be played by Dingy.

“Do they understand that they look like a bunch of buffoons and cowards. Do they understand that they actually have power but they keep surrendering it upfront. It is absolutely unbelievable to me.”

After ridiculing what the Republicans said on the Senate floor, today, he offered his advice on what they should have said: “You go ahead and do this Harry Reid…..let me tell you what we’ll do when we retake the Senate. We’re going to eliminate the filibuster rule altogether, and by a simple rule, we’re going to eliminate ObamaCare….”

I suspect that Republicans were worried that by being that explicit, (they’ve made vague threats like “Dems will be sorry) the hostilities would escalate, and Reid would expand the simple majority rule to legislative votes, as well as judicial radical nominees.


NRO: Nuclear Fallout:

The Democrats here are helping themselves to ill-gotten gains. Using the filibuster and other stalling techniques, they kept judicial vacancies open by closing them to Bush nominees. Miguel Estrada was kept off of the D.C. Court of Appeals by a filibuster; Democrats refused to process John Roberts’s nomination to the same court (to succeed James Buckley, the gentleman previously known in these pages as the sainted junior senator from New York). Later, when Roberts was named to the Supreme Court, Democrats blocked George W. Bush’s nominee for his replacement, Peter D. Keisler. Roberts’s earlier nomination advanced only after Republicans took control of the Senate, something that Harry Reid in his hubris seems to think will never happen again.


Disgraced. An embarrassment. Utter disregard for the law.

Toronto’s crack mayor, Rob Ford?

No. President Obama.

This is a man who was granted the extraordinary luxury of attending one of the most prestigious universities in the world. He went to law school. He told us he was an expert on constitutional law. He taught students about the U.S. Constitution.

He is now our president and fills a rather large role in executing that Constitution.

And it is as if he has never read the actual Constitution. Or, as if he read it and found it all so confusing that he simply could not comprehend one of the most basic tenets of it — that the legislature writes laws, which then go to the president for either his signature or veto.

Presidents do not get to write laws. They do not get to ignore laws they do not like or make up new ones on a whim.

Presidents do not get to refuse to negotiate with Congress on financial matters because the president doesn’t like what Congress has been urgently instructed to do by voters. He doesn’t get to make end runs around Congress.

Cruz: The Fight To Defund ObamaCare Is A Multi-Stage Process – Now “We Need To Unite Republicans”

Ted Cruz

Today, Senator Ted Cruz held a  Conference Call with bloggers and reporters to give a post-filibuster update on the fight to Defund ObamaCare. In the call, Cruz reiterated that the fight to defund Obamacare has always been a multistage process.

Via Aaron Goldberg, Freedomworks: 

Stage one began in July and August, energizing and mobilizing the grassroots conservative base. Stage two happened when the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the continuing resolution funding the government but defunding Obamacare. Stage three requires uniting senate Republicans before beginning to pick off red state Democrats.

I missed out on the conference call due to the short notice, but was able to secure a transcript provided by Derek Pillie, of Hoosier Access, one of the participants.

Ted Cruz: Hope over the course of this week we’ve made progress toward focusing on the problems of ObamaCare. It’s the biggest job killer in this country. Many are losing their jobs or not having opportunity to get hired at all. Facing move to part time work, higher premiums or losing their health insurance. There was room for debate a few years ago, now it is clear that ObamaCare is not working. Hope that we have made some material progress in making Washington, D.C. listen to the American people. Any Senator who listens to their constituents as people are losing jobs, forced into part time work, losing insurance coverage, will vote now to defund ObamaCare

Matt Boyle, Breitbart – What is a vote to Defund ObamaCare this week?

Ted Cruz: The vote that matters is the vote tomorrow on cloture. Any Senator who votes yes on cloture votes to give Harry Reid the power to fund ObamaCare. I want to clarify two things that have caused some confusion around the procedural aspects of this fight. One area of confusion concerns the vote yesterday on cloture on the motion to proceed. No one has ever suggested that we should oppose cloture on the motion to proceed. Everyone agrees we should take up the bill. Taking up the bill is critical. The difference on the motion to proceed versus the motion on the bill is that the motion on the bill will cut off debate and empower Harry Reid to fund ObamaCare with a 51 vote majority. I offered a unanimous consent request to dispense with yesterday’s vote. The second area of confusion surrounds the vote on Reid’s amendment as the main vote. That’s a “show vote” because they know at the time of the vote that Reid is going to win. That’s why it is the cloture vote that matters. If 46 Republicans stick together on that vote we win, in fact we only need 41 votes. We can prevent Reid and Obama from using this bill to fund ObamaCare.

 Sandy Rios, AFA in Washington, D.C. – We salute you! Procedure question – the part I can’t explain is that if we were able to get 41 senators to vote for cloture tomorrow, then what?

Ted Cruz: That’s a terrific question. In order to win this fight it was always going to be a multi-stage months long process. The first step back in July and August was to mobilize and energize the American people. Over 1.8 million Americans have signed The next step was for the House of Representatives to act. Commentators said that would never happen. Friday the House took that vote because the House leadership, to their credit, is listening to the American people. Now we’re at the Senate. First we need to unite Republicans. Then we can start trying to pick off Democrats. But until we unite Republicans we won’t be able to do that. Right now, by all appearances Senate Republicans are not united. So to answer the question, once we unify Republicans, then what? If we see 41 Republicans stand together tomorrow, we continue considering the bill. Then the focus will fall on red state democrats. If you’re a Mark Pryor or a Mary Landrieu and start getting thousands of calls from your constituents then there’s another political calculation to be made. That won’t happen unless Republicans stand together. We have some distance to travel to unify Senate Republicans around defunding ObamaCare. If we unify them then the House plays a critical role in what happens next. The red state Democrats may not jump ship immediately. My view has always been that the House of Representatives is in the drivers’ seat. They can then focus on passing smaller continuing resolutions like those that fund the military and nothing else. It will speak volumes whether Reid is willing to kill smaller, more narrow CRs because he’s determined to force ObamaCare on the American people. In my mind it would be indefensible to do that, but we won’t have those fights unless Senate Republicans can unify.

Aaron Goldberg, FreedomWorks blogger – If we fail to unite Republicans are you concerned that our failure will depress energy in the conservative base?

Ted Cruz: If enough Republicans decide to vote with Harry Reid tomorrow it doesn’t mean the fight is over, it means that the debate goes back to the House. Even if Senate Republicans haven’t shown the same strength of will that House Republicans have shown because House Republicans can and should continue to stand their ground. If the House stands firm Reid has no ability to muscle the House. Myself, Lee and others will need to cheer on the House leadership’s efforts because their legislation reflects the will of the American people. A second point is that I think this week has made material progress on focusing the disaster (or trainwreck as its author referred to it, or nightmare as a prominent union leader has referred to it) of ObamaCare. Media has focused on the personalities involved and that’s silliness. As long as they’re not talking about the personality or the politics they’re not talking about the substance. We worked hard during the filibuster to lay out the problems associated with the policy. To the bloggers on this call, the more you can do to focus on the substance on how Americans are hurting and on the importance of the vote tomorrow is critical. There are some who have a tactical disagreement regarding using the CR to defund ObamaCare. If that’s the case they should be honest with their constituents. It is not being candid with your constituents to vote with Harry Reid to fund ObamaCare and then say you voted against it. Framing the debate for the American people has made progress and energizing / mobilizing the grassroots is valuable for this battle and for future elections. The only election Republicans did well was 2010 of the last three elections. How did 2010 differ from those other three? Grassroots conservatives were energized to stand up and fight against ObamaCare. In my view if we want to win in 2014 and 2016, we need to follow the model of 2010. Listening to the American people is the key to doing the right thing as well as winning at the ballot box.

Garth Kent, World Net Daily – Rep. King has complained that he’s getting deluged with pro-Cruz calls. Is there any sense tide is turning among Senate colleagues?

Ted Cruz: I don’t know. Ultimately every Senator is going to have to make their own decision. The cloture vote tomorrow will be the most important vote I have cast during my short tenure and it will be the most important vote any of my colleagues take this year. Whether Senate Republicans vote against giving Reid the power to fund ObamaCare will depend on whether the listen to their constituents. Every Senate Republican ran on fighting ObamaCare. Every Senate Republican and Democrat understand that it is a trainwreck and is hurting millions of Americans. The largest divide is between entrenched politicians and the American people. I believe a significant number of Senators on both sides of the aisle are not listening to the people. If we have accomplished anything this week I hope we’ve made significant progress to change that. If we fight for our constituents we will stand against ObamaCare.

Glenn Beck interviewed Senator Lee after the filibuster about “what happens next.” Lee told Beck that he had only 15 Senators standing with them, so far, even though 98% of the phone calls coming in strongly support the Defund effort.


Some rare positive reporting on Cruz in the MSM:

Chris Cillizza, WaPo: What Ted Cruz’s speech accomplished:

We watched much — though far from all — of Cruz’s speech (filibuster or not). And whileCruz didn’t accomplish his goal of blocking debate over legislation that strips out the defunding of Obamacare, which was his stated goal, he did accomplish several other things. Here are four.

* Cruz rounded himself out — in a good way. For the vast majority of people — up to and including much of the GOP base — Cruz was a figure of interest that they really didn’t know all that much about. Over the course of his 21-hour marathon, Cruz talked lovingly of his father, read bedtime stories to his daughters, talked about his love for White Castle burgers, did a Darth Vader impression and generally came across as a normal person. Yes, if you went into the speech already not liking Cruz, all of the things mentioned above probably annoyed you rather than endeared him to you. But, if you went into the speech not knowing much about Cruz — and iffy about Obamacare — you probably came out of it liking him more. That’s a win for Cruz.

Keep reading…it’s all good stuff.

It’s sad…and more than a bit telling that I am grateful to the point of tears that there’s at least one guy in the MSM who is willing to give Cruz a fair shake.

Another must-read post from Michael Walsh at NRO: What We Just Saw:

In the aftermath of Senator Ted Cruz’s epic performance on the Senate floor, a few observations:

After his disgraceful attacks on Cruz, including his reach-across-the-aisle, dog-in-the-manger response today, this should be the end of Senator John McCain as a voice of influence in the Republican party. Ditto his mini-me, Senator Lindsey Graham. Indeed, the entire Old Guard of business-as-usual “comity” fans passeth. When you care more about what the other side thinks, it’s probably time either to switch teams or step down.

There is new leadership in the GOP, whether the party wants to admit it or not: Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Jeff Sessions, and the others who stepped into the breach to spell the senator from Texas.

The popular reaction to Cruz will be immediate and noticeable; the more the old bulls carp, the more the public will rally to Cruz’s side. The country has been spoiling for a real fight since the election of 2008, and now it has one.

Conservatives have finally realized that, as it’s currently constituted, they have no home in the Republican party, which is the Washington Generals to the Democrats’ Harlem Globetrotters, the designated losers who nevertheless are rewarded handsomely for their sham opposition.

Finish reading at the link.

Oppo-Gate: Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Manager Says “It Wasn’t Us!” (Video)

Chris Wallace made huge waves on Fox News Sunday morning when he alleged that “top Republicans were feeding him oppo research to “hammer” Cruz with.

Via Legal Insurrection:

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace said Sunday morning that he’d received opposition research from other Republicans about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in advance of Cruz’s appearance this morning, a serious indication of how upset the GOP is with the Senator leading the risky charge to defund ObamaCare.

“This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington,” Wallace said. “As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz.”

Some folks on Twitter are seeing Karl Rove’s “filthy paw-prints al over this.”

To be sure, Rove has out lived his usefulness on the national stage. Once upon a time – when he was winning elections – “the architect’s” political skills were revered by most of us on the right. But those days are long gone. Now he just seems like a bitter old man who thinks the only way to win these titanic fights is to not rock the boat and be a little less liberal than the Democrats.

And now because Cruz and his compatriots have no use for that, they’re lashing out at him.

David Brooks on Friday’s “NewsHour” on PBS said the GOP leadership will have to show Ted Cruz ‘who’s boss’.

New York Times columnist David Brooks took on Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for the second week in a row, saying he was “really unpopular” with a Republican leadership who will have to show him “who’s boss.”

But as for the reason Cruz has made so many headlines over the past week — the threat of shutting down the government to defund Obamacare — Brooks said he didn’t see that as a possibility.

Sarah Palin called on Wallace to release the names of the “top Republicans” who were trying to “trash” Cruz and some reporters are also doing their best to find out who the RINO turncoats are.

Matthew Boyle of Breitbart News contacted Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign by email to find out if McConnell had anything to do with it. Benton answered,  “of course not,” neither McConnell, nor anyone on his Senate staff or campaign staff, shopped any opposition research on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to any members of the media, including Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.

“Senator Cruz is a friend and valued member of the Republican caucus.”


Republicans. It’s always the same thing with Republicans –  getting them to work together on something is like “herding cats”. They don’t fall in line like Democrats do –  those idealogues don’t even need instructions – their playbook only has a few chapters and their plays haven’t changed in years.  Say what you will about Democrats – they’re disciplined.

Here’s Ted Cruz’s interview with Chris Wallace, Sunday Morning:

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Video: Senator McCain Gets An Earful From Passionate Syrian Woman At Town Hall

Credit where credit is due. At least the Arizona Senator, unlike his partner in crime, Senator Lindsey Graham – whose mug was last seen on a milk carton –   held a town hall.

He got an earful from AZ constituents who wanted to make it clear that they have no interest in seeing their country get involved in a civil war in Syria, but kudos to him for having the cojones to show his face after all the unpopular policies he’s been getting behind for the past year.

A woman who comes from the Christian minority in Syria, claimed to have an 18-year-old cousin in Syria who was killed just ten days ago.

“For me, to listen to you say there is no good option in Syria – I refuse to believe that…The good option right now is to take Saudi Arabia and Iran and force them to stop supporting the two sides in Syria. And you could do it. You can do it by diplomacy, not bombs, Sen. McCain. We cannot afford to shed more Syrian blood,” she said.

Senator McCain answered by mentioning that he too had been to Syria. “I too know the people who are fighting there. I’ve met them – I know them, and I know who they are, ” he said.

Well, we know that’s right.

 According to a report in the Washington Times, the hapless Senator ended up posing for pics with some Islamic kidnappers.

Two men pictured next to Mr. McCain were responsible for kidnapping 11 Lebanese Shiites, press from that country is claiming, as reported in the Daily Mail. And nine of those abducted are still being held hostage, the Daily Star in Beirut claims.

The two suspected kidnappers — Mohamed Nour andAbu Ibrahim — in the photo with Mr. McCain are members of the Northern Storm militant group, who are believed to have planned and executed the abduction, the Daily Star said.

Mr. McCain’s office went on the defensive, issuing a statement through spokesman Brian Rogers.

“A number of the Syrians who greeted Sen. McCainupon his arrival in Syria asked to take pictures with him, and as always, the senator complied,” he said, as quoted in the Daily Mail. “[It] would be regrettable” if those pictured with the senator were kidnappers, he added.


McCain went on to chastise the Syrian woman for suggesting that Bashir Assad was anything but a merciless butcher, self righteously declaring, “we have a strong disagreement!”

But he mischaracterized what she said, which was,  “whether you like Bashir Assad or not – I am not a fan, either. But at least he has a secular government going on over there…”

Hat tip: Brian B.