Republican Party

Iowa GOP chair: Expect caucus night 'surprise'

Al Weaver, Washington Examiner

Jeff Kaufmann, the chairman of the Iowa Republican Party, predicted Monday that five candidates could be boosted by the caucuses in two weeks, citing the uniqueness of the 2016 race and the depth of the GOP field. The conventional wisdom is that there are usually just three tickets out of Iowa.

Viguerie: Conservatives and the grassroots dominate the GOP at all levels now

Greg Richter, Newsmax

“This president is moving left, and he's going to move hard left in the next few months, the few months he has remaining in his presidency and is going to bring Hillary with him and it's going to be a big drag on the Democratic chances of winning the White House this coming fall.”

New Poll: Conservatives Demand Honest, Open GOP Convention

The nomination of either Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio would cause 53% of conservatives to consider voting for a third-party candidate.  If Republican power brokers were to take advantage of a deadlocked convention to nominate Mitt Romney, 75% would oppose that move.

Franklin Graham quits the GOP over Planned Parenthood funding in the new omnibus bill

Allahpundit, Hot Air

If you’re looking for showy evidence that populist disgust at the party leadership is driving supporters away and building a base for previously unimaginable insurgencies like Trump’s, you’ve found it.

Brooks Gets ‘Naked’ on Cruz

David Brooks, establishment Republican opinion slinger for The New York Times and Public Broadcasting, thinks Ted Cruz is not just ambitious, but nakedly ambitious. For conservatives who don’t read Brooks, his article is a jewel of an insight to establishment thought.

The coming Republican immigration civil war

W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

Trump isn't the most articulate or consistent spokesman for immigration control in the GOP. That distinction goes to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. And Trump's Republican critics would be the first to point out he isn't the most conservative. But his rise has fueled a family argument inside the party about how conservatives should view immigration.

The GOP Establishment Thinks The Fix Is In – Here’s How You Can Spoil Their Scam

There are approximately 186,000 precincts in America, about half of them are vacant and of the precincts that are filled, about half of those are filled with RINOs or cronies of the incumbents. That means that -- nationwide -- as few as 50,000 people at the grassroots level are running the Republican Party. And the Republican establishment is counting on their one half of a half-strength party organization to maintain their power.

GOP builds Christian voter army

Ryan Lovelace, Washington Examiner

The Republican Party has undertaken a massive plan to engage millions of churchgoing Christian voters who did not vote in 2012. The GOP's director of faith engagement calls them, "the largest, most underappreciated, under-tapped voting bloc in all of American political history."

How Republicans Should Handle Donald Trump

Chries King, American Thinker

Instead of dissing The Donald, Republicans should enjoy him, embrace him and include him – even if he doesn’t end up being the party nominee.

Republican voters in rebellion

Richard Maggi, Washington Examiner

With Washington Republicans' ruling class continuing to send signals of its arrogance and lack of principle, the time may have come when those who always bear the brunt of the elite's wrong choices will look past the expected media blitz financed by a privileged few.

It’s Not About a Shutdown

Erick Erickson, RedState

This is a fight on principle over whether the Republican Party should stand by and let our tax dollars be used to subsidize the American Mengeles of Planned Parenthood or not. This is a fight about whether our tax dollars should be used to subsidize harvesting children’s brains and hearts and lungs and livers.

Republican Party, R.I.P. (1854 – 2016)

Erick Erickson, RedState

The Republican Party of 2015 more often than not responds to the fierce urgency of now with palms outstretched waiting for the highest bidder to purchase its policy positions while running from any fight that might get it criticized by a Washington press corps increasingly composed of former leftwing activists masquerading as objective journalists.

Has Glenn Beck Lost It... Again?

Glenn Beck says he would never vote for Donald Trump and that he's a constitutionalist, not a Republican. Beck normally has a good ear for what's going on in the conservative grassroots, but his near-endorsement of establishment spare prince Marco Rubio over country class message carrier Donald Trump shows a strange disconnect from the millions of constitutional conservatives who would run, not walk, from the Republican Party if a candidate like Rubio, Jeb Bush or John Kasich becomes the GOP’s 2016 presidential nominee.

Hobbits Plan TAKEOVER of GOP

Daniel J. Schultz, Breitbart

If the word ever gets out that conservatives can actually take over the Republican Party by becoming precinct committeemen, the current members of the RNC, including the likes of Reince Priebus, are “toast” in the next round of Party officer elections. That’s why they will never breathe a word of this to you.

Latest Planned Parenthood video even more gruesome

Erick Erickson, RedState

Erickson writes, "They are children being killed, butchered, and sold in pieces. The video is unedited. Planned Parenthood is kiling them, gleefully, for cash. They want their Lamborghinis."

The G.O.P. Base Clamors for Confrontation, Candidates Oblige

Jackie Calmes, The New York Times

While tensions between the ideological purists of the base and the pragmatists of the party establishment have simmered for decades, the breach has widened in recent years to nearly unbridgeable. Many Republicans now lament that the divide goes a long way to explain why their party lately has had so much trouble governing in Congress and picking a presidential nominee.

Trump’s Rise and the Tea Party: Rooted in the Failed Leadership of the GOP

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Readers asked me to expand on my Friday column about the rise of Donald Trump as a contender for the Republican nomination for President. In my view Donald Trump is just the latest in a long line of message carriers who have spoken for grassroots Americans fed-up with the duplicity and betrayals of the Republican establishment and Washington’s ruling class. One of the great ironies of the 2016 Republican presidential campaign may very well be that the establishment Republican political class will finally receive their comeuppance at the hands of Donald Trump, the most unlikely of populist conservatives.

Ted Cruz Issues Manifesto For Conservative Populism

Friday, Senator Ted Cruz gave a powerful floor speech shining a light on the corrupt deal struck by Senate Republican leadership to allow the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. The establishment media made a big deal out of Cruz calling-out Mitch McConnell as a liar, but the real history-making aspect of Cruz's speech was the manifesto for conservative populism buried in the truth-telling about Mitch McConnell's duplicity.

Establishment’s Games Will Only Solidify Trump’s Support

RedState.com

A recent poll reveals that Donald Trump’s comments on John McCain were not as damaging as predicted and the establishment’s continued attempts to undermine Trump will only end up making him more popular with a very angry conservative Republican voting base.

It’s Not About Trump – It’s About The Failures Of The Republican Establishment

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
What the Republican establishment, and the Washington political elite in general can’t seem to grasp is Trump’s support is coming from the same place in American politics that the 2009 Tea Party movement came from -- the failure of the Republican establishment to stand for its own principles.