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Republicans launch sharp attacks in South Carolina debate

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

Every candidate agreed that the Senate should not confirm an Obama nominee, and all but John Kasich promised to appoint a conservative originalist. But the back and forth had a certain resemblance to Supreme Court arguments in which Scalia typically peppered lawyers with sharp questions from the get-go.

How Republicans Perish

Patrick J. Buchanan, CNS News

America is creeping ever closer to war with the other two great nuclear powers because we have made their quarrels our quarrels, though at issue are tracts and bits of land of no vital interest to us. With no end to war on America's horizon, the prospect of this free republic enduring is, well, doubtful.

FedUp PAC Poll: Conservatives Want to See Trump Rejoin Debate

A FedUp PAC online poll found 59% of conservatives said that Trump should not carry out his plan to boycott the debate compared to 34% who support the boycott.  Only 46% agree with Trump that Fox anchorwoman Megyn Kelly, one of the debate moderators, has a conflict of interest that should rule out her participation.

FedUp PAC Poll: Conservatives Say Hillary and GOP Both Responsible for Benghazi Cover-Up

Conservatives responding to FedUp PAC’s poll see the failure to protect the Benghazi compound as a disqualifying event for Clinton, with 96% saying it shows her to be unfit to serve as commander in chief. But they are equally critical of Capitol Hill Republican leaders, with 96% are concerned, and 90% of those are “very concerned”, that eyewitness testimony regarding the “stand down” order was not included in the report of the House committee investigating the attack.

New Poll: Conservatives Want Ryan Removed Following Budget Betrayal

Conservatives see the “compromise” spending bill crafted by Speaker Paul Ryan as a surrender to President Obama, according to a new poll conducted by FedUp PAC.  A huge majority wants the House to “remove Ryan and install a speaker who will fight Obama down the line.” Please watch our free "message from the grassroots" video and then forward it to your friends to let the Republican establishment know what you think about their complete surrender to Obama.

Speaker Paul Boehner

Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator

The Ryan-led House GOP has utterly betrayed the Republican base that elected them. In the recently passed budget deal, the GOP leadership saw to it — after swearing up and down that they would use their congressional posts to defund Obamacare, stop the Obama executive amnesty, and defund Planned Parenthood — broke every last promise. Once elected, the GOP Congress turned on their own supporters — deliberately, willfully, eagerly — and broke every last promise. All of them.

5 Days to Save America: Will Your Representative and Senators Have Jim Bridenstine’s Integrity?

Republican leaders claim defeating Obama's agenda is too complicated for them to handle, but Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma has a simple solution: “It is sad that both parties in Congress are complicit in continuing to fund Planned Parenthood through last minute, massive spending bills like CRs (continuing resolutions) or omnibus bills.  I have not and will not vote for any spending bill that sends one cent to Planned Parenthood.”

Republicans must save the cities

Kevin D. Williamson, National Review

It shouldn’t be too hard to look at a place such as Chicago and ask: “Does Rahm Emanuel really act in your interest?” The answer is obviously not. Crime, corruption, dysfunctional schools, unsatisfactory public services from transit to sanitation: There’s a great deal of fertile ground for Republicans and conservatives there.

Dear candidates, where are the spending cuts?

Jason Russell, Washington Examiner

Identifying specific spending cuts can be a liability for a candidate, but making the case for specific cuts and explaining why they're necessary can also earn candidates the respect of many voters. Federal debt held by the public has doubled under President Obama. Without a plan to cut spending, the next Republican president is in danger of making matters worse.

Why the Conventional Wisdom Has Been All Wrong This Election Season

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The current presidential campaign is blowing up lots of political myths. The campaign has just started, and already past wisdom is proving to be ignorance — with more debunking to come.

Trump roils GOP debate scheme

Jonathan Easley, The Hill

Trump’s reversal on Monday came as news to the rest of the campaigns that, having wrested control of the process from the Republican National Committee, had gathered the night before in hopes of presenting a united front to the networks. Campaign advisers said they were annoyed, but not surprised, by Trump’s power play. They worry that he’ll negotiate only for those things that benefit his campaign.

When voter anger meets partisan division

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

The force of discontent, if it proves to be irresistible enough to move the seemingly immovable force of partisan polarization, seems more likely to work against the party now holding the White House than against the party better positioned to cast itself as a force for change.

Zip it: GOP students 'intimidated' on campus, say views less tolerated

Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner

In a poll sponsored by Yale University's William F. Buckley Jr. program, 800 national undergrads said that by a nearly two-to-one margin, colleges were more tolerant to liberals. Pollster Jim McLaughlin of McLaughlin & Associates, found that 37 percent felt school more tolerant of liberals views, just 20 percent of conservatives, and 36 percent equally tolerant.

Establishment Stalling Speaker Election Until They Are Guaranteed To Win

Stalling the vote to elect a new Speaker is all about those who have been wrecking the country keeping their power in Congress, and thwarting the will of We the People. And of course the establishment media – including what one might call the “conservative establishment” are right there covering for them. We urge you to join our effort to end the stalling and elect a conservative Speaker by signing our open letter to the House Republican Conference through this link. Or you can call your Representative – the House switchboard is 1-866-220-0044 – to tell them you want a conservative Speaker like Daniel Webster, not Boehner-lite, like Rep. Paul Ryan or Kevin McCarthy.

Are You And Your Conservative Friends In The Battle To Elect A Conservative Speaker?

In advance of the election to replace establishment Republican John Boehner as Speaker of the House, 55 conservative leaders from across America signed an open letter to the House Republican Conference. Entitled “Vision For New Conservative Leadership” the letter sets forth the minimum expectations conservatives have of the new post-Boehner House Republican leadership.  You can add your name to the list by signing the open letter to the House Republican Conference through this link. If you are active in a conservative organization that has not joined the battle we urge you to get your organization involved in the fight to elect a conservative Speaker of the House TODAY.

Republican Wars: Second vs. Third Stringers

W. James Antle III, American Spectator

The back and forth between conservatives and the establishment in Congress over the years reminds Jim Antle of a perpetual battle between two longtime backups in the NFL. Antle concludes both Republican factions are competing to lead what still looks like a losing team.

Seven Republicans who could be Speaker

Christina Marcos, The Hill

Once the dust settles, here are seven Republicans who could emerge as Speaker: Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.); Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio); Rep. Daniel Webster (Fla.); Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah); Lynn Westmoreland (Ga.); Rep. Tom Price (Ga.); John Boehner (Ohio).

Conservatives: Don’t Get Suckered Into Backing A “Compromise” Speaker Who Is Boehner-Lite

We strongly urge conservatives to stand fast behind principled limited government constitutional conservative Daniel Webster of Florida, and not allow themselves to be suckered into backing a “compromise” candidate for Speaker. Conservatives who fold and back a “compromise” Speaker will own the results of that Speaker’s policies. And this is particularly true of Paul Ryan, who is as bad or worse than John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy.

Rep. Walter Jones’ Letter & Rumors Of Scandal Blow GOP Speaker’s Race Wide Open

A letter from Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina to the House GOP admonishing Members seeking leadership positions to withdraw if there were any skeletons in their closet and "to drop out if they might one day embarrass the party because of past indiscretions" hit like a bombshell in the House Republican Conference.

Phyllis Schlafly Asks The Right Question: Rep. Jason Chaffetz Gives The Wrong Answer

In our latest coverage of the House Republican leadership races we contrast the word salad Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz dumped on Chris Wallace’s desk during Fox News Sunday with the straightforward commitment made by Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida to eliminate the dysfunctional anti-conservative process House establishment Republicans have used to thwart the conservative agenda.