Establishment Republicans

Fact Check: Thad Cochran Hasn't Always Voted Against Amnesty

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) spokesman says he's voted “against amnesty in every chance he's gotten.” However, a review of his voting record shows that's not true.

Comstock’s Congressional Bid Takes Fire from Conservatives

Kenric Ward, Watchdog.org

VA Del. Barbara Comstock, who's running to succeed US Rep. Frank Wolf, is an estab. politician damaging the GOP’s conservative brand. Her long, shameful list of anti-conservative behaviors includes lobbying for a gaming enterprise that snared Jack Abramoff and her 100% rating from NARAL.

Uggh: Cantor May Be Vying for Speakership

Elliot Jager, Newsmax

House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has been raising his public profile as speculation mounts that he is setting himself up for higher office should Speaker John Boehner choose to step down. Cantor has made a number of well-covered appearances.

Establishment Repub. Mega-Donors Plan GOP War Council

Alexander Burns and Kenneth P. Vogel, Politico

Mainstream Media's POLITICO reports on the latest alliance of corporatists and ruling class politicians forming against conservatives.

Reagan Biographer Craig Shirley: GOP Resembles a Crime Family

Craig Shirley, Rush Limbaugh and Pat Caddell think the reason Congress has not gotten to the bottom of the IRS targeting of conservatives and Tea Party movement groups is because the establishment GOP wants the IRS to hobble these groups just as much or more than do the Democrats.

McCain: Republicans 'Must Act' on Immigration Reform

Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill

As the debate brews over whether Republicans will take up the doomed task of pushing through immigration "reform" and granting a free pass to illegals, estab. RINO Sen. John McCain said he is hopeful Republicans will put something forward. 

Pete King Blasts 'Moron' Conservs. Opposed to Debt Surrender

By Mario Trujillo, The Hill

Estab. Repub. Rep. Peter King defended John Boehner after the House passed a clean debt-limit bill that raised the ire of conservatives. King branded as “morons” many conservatives in the GOP caucus who consistently oppose any effort to pass the debt limit.

Ayotte: Can't Trust Obama But Let's Advance Amnesty Anyway

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

Estab. Repub. Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she agrees that Repubs. can't trust Obama to enforce the law, but they should immediately move forward on comprehensive immigration reform, anyway. 

Bozell Takes Aim at GOP Leadership

Andrew Stiles, National Review Online

Conservative activist Brent Bozell says it’s time for GOP leaders in Congress to step aside. His organization, ForAmerica, announced “an aggressive, 6-figure social media and digital ad campaign” against top R's in Congress between now and the midterm elections. 

GOP-E Kasich Wants to Redefine Conservatism

Jason Hart, Red State

Kasich proudly champions the 'Democrat Lite' philosophy. “I have a right to shape what conservative philosophy means,” OH Gov. John Kasich told reporters when asked how he plans to explain recent forays into big-gov't Republicanism to conservative voters.

Donations to Rove Groups Dive by 98%

Tony Lee, Breitbart

After wasting nearly $325 million during the '12 election cycle with nothing to show for it and then declaring war on the Tea Party, donations to Karl Rove's three Crossroads groups decreased by 98% last year. The groups reportedly raised a paltry $6.1 million combined in '13.

Boehner Courts a GOP Civil War

J. Robert Smith, American Thinker

Boehner's way on immigration reform is just another surrender. Is Boehner pimping amnesty simply out of spite, having disparaged the grassroots for calling him out? Estab. R's may have money, but the grassroots outnumber them 3 to 1. At war's end, the speaker and his ilk will retreat for good.

Repub. Lawmakers Blindsiding GOP’s Conservative Base

Dana Milbank, Washington Post

The problem for Repubs. is that the people who brought them to power didn’t ask for consensus and smooth processes. Conservatives wanted blocking and tackling.

This Is What the Establishment GOP Thinks of You

Daniel Horowitz, Red State

“House leaders hope to bring legislation to the floor as early as April, after the deadline has passed in many states for challengers to file to run for Congress. Repub. leaders hope that would diminish chances that a lawmaker’s support for immigration bills winds up sparking a primary-election fight.”

Conservative Tea Partiers Hold Power in Immigration Battle

Alexander Bolton and Russell Berman, The Hill

The immigration reform debate in the House could boil down to a handful of influential Tea Party conservatives.

The US Chamber of Commerce vs. America

Michelle Malkin, National Review Online

Giant corporations make a common cause with leftist special interests -- amnesty for illegals -- to win government favors. 

Conservatives Plot Takedown of GOP Leaders' Amnesty Plans

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

As House Repub. leaders prepare an immigration proposal that could go much further towards amnesty than their prior public stances, conservative lawmakers are quietly plotting to push back.

How Christie Lost His (Conservative) Way

Josh Kraushaaer, National Journal

Christie started out on a conservative track. But then he replaced his devotion to policy with a devotion to reelection. He developed a politically beneficial alliance with Obama. He began attacking conservatives, especially Tea Party R's who didn't like the level of fed. spending for storm relief. 

McConnell Plummets In Polls; Seen as Less Conservative Now

Dan Reihl, ReihlWorld.com

McConnell has dropped 15% since his boys Brad Dayspring and Josh Holmes at the NRSC have started attacking conservatives. Less than half of the respondents think McConnell is as conservative today as when he was first elected.

Is It Time To Drop Chris Christie From Our Presidential Poll?

With NJ Governor Chris Christie’s reputation now seriously damaged by “Bridge-Gate” we here at CHQ are wondering if his problems haven’t cleared a path for another of the Republican establishment’s perennial favorites: former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.