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I Told Mitch McConnell To Resign, So Can You

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Yesterday, I, along with Ken Cuccinelli II, Brent Bozell, Jenny Beth Martin, David Bozell, and Adam Brandon, told Mitch McConnell that due to his incompetence and betrayals it was time for him to resign as Senate Majority Leader, I urge you to add your voice to the thousands of other conservatives who demand McConnell must go by adding your signature to our letter.

Viguerie and Other Conservative Leaders Demand New GOP Senate Leadership

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Today, CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie joined other conservative leaders in a letter making the case that Mitch McConnell has become an anchor around the neck of Republican Senators who stand to lose their primaries if McConnell remains Majority Leader.

Conservatives Demand McConnell Stop Stalling Trump Judicial Nominees

Through the Conservative Action Project, conservative movement leaders and activists call upon Mitch McConnell to IMMEDIATELY schedule committee and floor action on President Trump’s judicial nominees and to begin working a full week, EVERY week, until all nominations have been acted upon.

Outsider Erik Prince Looking At Challenging Establishment Senator John Barrasso

While Erik Prince’s views on the conservative agenda need to be explored further before we can make any kind of endorsement, we do know a lot of things we don’t like about Senator John Barrasso, and first among them is his crony relationship with Mitch McConnell.

Marsha Blackburn launches Tennessee Senate bid

David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner

Rep. Marsha Blackburn on Thursday made official her plans to run for Senate in 2018. Blackburn has spent the days since Corker announced he would step down at the end of his second term lining up grassroots and financial support. She begins the race with a potential advantage over other possible contenders: The strong support of influential conservatives in Washington, among them David Bossie of Citizens United, who is closely aligned with President Trump.

When Judge Roy Moore Comes to Washington

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Moore, should he win, is going to become an object of fascination in The Secular City. Yet his questions and concerns are those of the silent millions on the losing side of America’s culture war. If elected, Judge Moore, one imagines, will not be rendering respectfully unto the new Caesar.

Libertarian Republicans seek Rand Paul reinforcements

W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

"Libertarians have a messaging problem, not an ideas problem," said Austin Petersen, 36. Ambitious and energetic, he is running for Senate in Missouri, a state President Trump carried by nearly 19 points in November, hoping to win the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. Liberty-minded Republicans are running in other states as well.

Jeff Flake: A Book By A Fake Conservative With No Conscience

We urge CHQ readers to skip Flake’s screed against the voters he has failed as a member of Congress and read the original Goldwater – Bozell version of Conscience of a Conservative instead.

McCain's Revenge

Ross Kaminsky, The American Spectator

Following his back-stabbing vote, John McCain, as sympathetic a character as his health issues might make him this week, deserves to feel the sting of a Republican senator. If McCain never returns to the Senate, it is fitting that the last vote he casts will be one which, unfortunately for the nation, adds some credence to the words “He’s no hero.”

It's Time To Drain The Swamp In The GOP

We conservatives need to translate the grassroots rage over the betrayals of Republican elected officials into a national conversation about the future of the Republican Party and a wave of national activism to nominate and elect “Drain the Swamp” Republicans to the House of Representatives and the US Senate.

Senate votes to move forward on Obamacare repeal

Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner

Republican senators voted Tuesday to move forward on their seven-year pledge to repeal portions of Obamacare, with Vice President Mike Pence issuing the tie-breaking vote to unlock hours of debate to assemble details of a final healthcare bill. The vote began as much as 20 hours of debate on the House-passed healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act, and a new bill will be swapped in its place.

Why the Cruz amendment is smart policy

Stephen Moore, CNN

If the GOP is smart enough to rally behind the Cruz amendment, and health costs and premiums start falling almost immediately, we will start to have what Obamacare never delivered: affordable care. And by the way, Trump will get reelected in a landslide and so will congressional Republicans.

Republicans wish Trump would use the Obamacare bully pulpit

David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner

Through focused, public campaigning, the president could harness that support to ease passage of the healthcare overhaul. In some cases, Trump's influence might create more political support; in others, he might generate pressure that spurs senators to act. Trump has yet to wield the power of the presidency with a speech or vintage Trump campaign rally dedicated to healthcare. His recent campaign-style appearances have been freewheeling affairs, reminiscent of his traveling 2016 road show.

Republicans, bring your healthcare bill out for inspection

Editors, Washington Examiner

Policymakers have an obligation to convince the public when they are changing laws and policies. Legislative leaders have an obligation to give their members the chance to propose changes, defend their proposals, and, when it is possible, hold votes on their ideas. If your idea for solving a problem doesn't make it into the final bill, it will then be because it lost a vote and lawmakers found a different solution.

Trump's impatience with GOP establishment grows

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

An impatient President Trump is putting new pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to get rid of the filibuster in order to speed progress on legislation repealing ObamaCare and reforming the tax code. In a message posted Tuesday on Twitter, Trump urged Republican senators to invoke the so-called nuclear option and “switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy.”

The House’s Job Now? Keep Calm

Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal

House Republicans have an obligation to their struggling constituents to embrace any idea that can make the bill better—even if it isn’t their own. They also have an obligation to work as open-mindedly with the Senate as they recently did with each other. The enemy isn’t fellow Republicans. It’s ObamaCare.

When politicians judge jurists

Andrew P. Napolitano, Washington Times

The Senate is a political body, and its members are politicians. One of the reasons Justice Scalia gave for rejecting as an interpretive tool the statements made by members of Congress when they passed any legislation under scrutiny is the truism that politicians have only one goal in their work, no matter what they are saying — to get re-elected. The senators examining Judge Gorsuch are probably more concerned with that than with doing the right thing for the court. I hope that in this respect, I am wrong, as I have been before.

Judging Judge Gorsuch

William Murchison, The American Spectator

The left understands Gorsuch to represent the non-political temperament it would exclude from the court, so as to broaden the ability to impose on the American people (bless their pointed heads) plans and objectives for which they have not asked. The left, this time, may not get away with it. Too many of us see what its spokesmen and propagandists are really up to.

Conservatives ratchet up pressure to ditch Senate rules

Susan Crabtree, Washington Examiner

Groups on the right, such as Americans for Limited Government, and like-minded lawmakers, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, are pressing GOP leaders to circumvent the parliamentarian this year. They argue that the House version, as written, doesn't have enough GOP votes to pass, so Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will have no choice but to add more provisions that Freedom Caucus members want, such as getting rid of the insurance mandate and required "essential" benefits.

Nuke Them, Mitch

Scott McKay, The American Spectator

McConnell doesn’t even need to use the nuclear option to destroy a filibuster of Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, though to do so is more than warranted by Schumer’s irresponsible statements. It might even be more entertaining were he to require, in order to sustain the filibuster, that the Democrats actively hold the Senate floor. He ought to tell Schumer to supply his people with lots of Red Bull, protein bars, and adult diapers, if they planned on filibustering Gorsuch — because they’d be up all night.