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Stephen Kruiser

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November 4, 2013 - 8:26 pm

First, some context.

Charles Krauthammer has come to my rescue. You see, I’ve been on the receiving end of some spirited reaction since asserting in last weekend’s column that what we commonly call the Republican establishment — i.e., not all individual Republicans but GOP leadership — “is more sympathetic to Obama’s case for the welfare state than to the Tea Party’s case for limited government and individual liberty.” The statement may have been provocative in the sense of expressing a truth that people on the political Right prefer not to talk about. But it was not controversial because it is indisputably true.

I agree with McCarthy’s conclusion there (the entire post is good). Honestly, I have had a difficult time distinguishing leftists from moderate, consultant-class Republicans since the shutdown. Their arguments are eerily similar.

Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom peered into his narrative crystal ball yesterday.

The rhetorical ground is already being set, with these two races its supposed proofs: look at how well Chris Christie did in a blue state! Look at how Cuccineli’s extremism lost us Virginia!

I sincerely hope Cuccinelli can pull it off. But I think the deck has been very intentionally stacked against him. It’s time we understood a simple truth: Every political battle now is an attack on the TEA Party by the status quo ruling class. And that’s because the TEA Party is the last barrier to the surrender of individual sovereignty and the permanence of big government statism favored by crony capitalists, corporatists, and liberal fascists.

Goldstein quotes a recent WaPo piece by Dana Milbank, who is crowing about “the Tea Party” blowing it. This is the same Milbank who in 2010 was writing about how Marco Rubio was either going to lose to Charlie Crist in the primary or lose to the Democrat in the general.

The day before these elections, the narrative machine is already fired up.

In New Jersey, there is a candidate in Gov. Chris Christie on his way to an improbable landslide victory in a blue state, and he is urging Republicans to follow his lead nationally.

In Virginia, gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli represents the conservative wing of the party who has not been able to sway voters in his state.

Every GOP mainstream politician and consultant will spend the next few months completely incapable of saying little more than “Chris Christie!” They will have polls-OH!-will they have polls. Everyone will be taken as undeniable proof that Christie can beat Hillary, the zombie apocalypse, and the 1927 Yankees once time travel is a thing.

Most of them will be…useless.

If the 2012 election’s Republican polling debacle wasn’t enough to make you lose faith in them, go back and check out the Democrat presidential polling from three years before the 2008 election.

Those polls will tell you two things:

1) Early predictions are ridiculous and largely for the 24/7 media circus.

2) Hillary Clinton has already proven that she’s not an inevitable victor.

And remember the words “last barrier.”

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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if the gop is stupid enough to nominate a rino...for the 3rd time in a row, it will destroy the party when he inevitably loses. the tea party is the only solution @ this point. but that terrifies the talking heads and lobbying cronies of the gop leadership...who would rather lose to a socialist democrat than help a fiscal conservative win.
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If Christie is the nominee, he will lose - just like McCain and Romney.

In fact, if he wins the nomination, I will enjoy watching him lose.

I'll show up to vote on election day, but I'll vote third party.
1 year ago
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Pushing Chris Christie tells you everything about Ruling Class Republicans and nothing about voters. I will join millions of conservatives voters and stay home WHEN the GOP forces Christie onto the ballot. I reserve my ultimate contempt for those lazy, gutless GOP voters that, every cycle, claim if we just hurry up and order the crap sandwich the GOP has called the Special of the Day we can get this meal over with and look forward to the smorgasbord of great ideas and practical solutions the GOP is vaguely hinting they might support sometime in the next 100 years.
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Virginia has proven it is insane for conservatives to support candidates with their limited money in states that do not require photo ID to vote. The ACORN operative voter fraud is just too strong. Until photo ID is required, just concede these states and save your money for where it will do some good. I think the republican establishment knows the fix is in too, they didn't support this candidate.
1 year ago
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Thanks to the protest voters who voted for the "libertarian" candidate in VA. Seems like you just elected Terry fricking McAuliffe. Good choice!
1 year ago
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They don't care. They see no difference in a Tea-Party Conservative and "Terry fricking McAuliffe".

Well, they have shown the Dems what to do. And of course the mainstream Repubs will now say that if any candidate is right of Christie he is unelectable. And still they just don't care. Makes one wonder who is in bed with whom?
1 year ago
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To "OnlyTruth" & other GOP cheerleaders who demand conservative & Christian voters "suck it up" every four years & vote for the "establishment's" DIABLO (Democrat In All But Label Only) of choice: 1,000,000 times NO! Why? HerbN has given most of the reasons conservatives give day in & day out, but there is one no one ever considers. Roe vs. Wade & abortion on demand are two of the most heinous things to occur in America's history. Who is most responsible? The American people of that day? No. The Democrats? No. The GOP? Yes! The disgraceful majority opinion written in the Roe vs. Wade case before the SCOTUS was penned by one Harry Blackmun who was put on the bench by one of the GOP's most infamous DIABLOs in Richard Nixon. Millions upon millions of God's children have been slaughtered through judicial fiat since Roe vs. Wade was decided & the majority opinion authored by Harry Blackmun was handed down back in 1973. Yet the DIABLO establishment in the GOP & their cheerleaders who care about winning alone & nothing else in life want conservative voters to continue putting more & more DIABLOs in office from the Presidency on down. "But we gotta save the SCOTUS from being overrun with libbies!" I've heard this bs forever & nothing changes when DIABLOs are elected to the Presidency & Congress. There is NO DIFFERENCE between Democrats & DIABLOs, period! It is not conservative voters refusing to vote for Democrats in GOP clothing helping to bring America to it's knees. It's those who value winning & the team name over everything else in life that have brought us to where we are right now. You reap what you sow & the DIABLO's in the GOP & their fan club's fruit is on display in Washington D.C. for all to see. Unfortunately DIABLOs can't see the forest for the trees.
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I am NOT a GOP cheerleader. I have lots of problems with the Republican leadership. I hate that both of my senators (in AZ) are pro-immigration (as in the dream crap). I am pro small government. I am pro-life. I am as fiscally conservative as you can be. I am a tea party guy. But I also believe in two different dicta from great conservative minds : 1) I vote for the most conservative candidate that can get elected (Bill Buckley) and 2) the 11th commandment (not to speak ill of my fellow republican (Reagan - there are enough negative attacks coming from the left, why form a circular firing squad)

A serious question for you: what percentage of Republicans in Congress are DIABLO's? If it only a few, what does that mean? If is is a large majority, what does that mean? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

I would also add, that you couldn't be more wrong that it doesn't matter whether an Obama or a Romney is elected. It makes for a quick nice sound bite, but it is demonstrably untrue. I would also add that Romney would have won in a landslide if the electorate were the same as it was in 1980 or 1984.
1 year ago
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So you pull quotes from Milbanks and Business Insider, two leftist outlets, and Goldstein, a brilliant guy in a mad scientist sort of way, and as your final arrow of truth you use the failure of GOP polling last year?

Stick to comedy. There, not making sense can be the object.
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Not sure the cuccinnelli narrative is correct. If it was a state other than the seat of the US Gov't it would be more meaningful. The fact that so many of the people of VA derive their livelihood from the US GOv't means that many will be predisposed to voting for more of the same
1 year ago
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The GOP establishment narrative is:

1. Conservative wins: Hard core red state with a bad Democrat opponent that says nothing about the country.
2. Conservative loses: Proof the right wingers are costing us elections.
1 year ago
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As it Romney, McCain, and Bush I did so well.
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Moved to reply.
1 year ago
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There's nothing "improbable" about Christie's victory. New Jersey is a deep blue Democratic state. Christie governs, with very few exceptions, like a deep blue democratic Governor. Therefore Christie is popular in New Jersey.

It's easy enough to elect Republicans in blue states if you're willing to act like a Democrat, just as I suspect a pro-gun, pro-life, pro-border security Democrat (if such a thing existed) could win in Texas. And if all you care about is party affiliation I can see how electing Christie in New Jersey is kind of a big deal.

But if you don't care so much about party affiliation and actually give a crap about principles and where the country is going then Christie means nothing. Why get excited about a Republican win if he's just going to do the same thing the Democrat would have?
1 year ago
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Because if you're in the GOP patronage machine you get a payoff which the Democrat wouldn't give you.
1 year ago
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It is an artifact of Liberal thinking to use the words "the polls".

But first some important things.

Christie will win NJ. Nothing is guaranteed, not even this. But if any belief about what will happen in the future is knowable this one - that he will win - is one of them.

Here is another less certain but nevertheless reasonable guess - Ken Cuccinelli will lose.

This one hurts so we must ask - what can we do about it?

And here is the problem with the polls. Ken Cuccinelli will lose not because he is Conservative but because he is campaigning the way political professionals tell him to.

He should have spent his time ignoring the media, ignoring all TV spots except debates. And he should have spent his time and money knocking on doors and talking to people.

If a candidate - like Ken Cuccinelli - truly believes what the people do, if he talks to them and not try to talk to them through the the media, he could win.

Now the polls. Good polls will predict an election within their margin of error if the percentage of registered voters who come out to vote is within the normal range of registered voters who usually come out to vote.

All of our victories have happened when turnout was appreciably higher than is normal. And invariably polls are badly wrong when these kinds of high turnout situations occur.

And the political enthusiasm for get out the vote tactics doesn't get the vote out. O'Donnell in Delaware won the Primary utterly unexpectedly and in that election DOUBLE the number of Republican voters came out to vote in the closed primary as do usually.

This happened became she and her people knocked on doors and talked to every Republican in the State. In the election she used traditional campaign tactics, relied on her consultants to instruct her to use the media and lost. Not a big enough turnout.

Had she continued during the campaign talking to people she would likely have won.
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I have had a difficult time distinguishing leftists from moderate, consultant-class Republicans since the shutdown. Their arguments are eerily similar.

It's easy, the leftists are the ones who are not:

1. Lying to you about what they believe
2. Lying to you about how they will govern
3. Demanding you vote for them
4. Sending you requests for money

Anymore, I find the leftists more endurable than those who run the OPG.
1 year ago
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Christie is doing what it takes to win in NJ, I cannot fault him for that.

If the Republican party was interested in doing what it takes to win nationally they'd be helping Cuccinellli against all that McAuliffe money, and grooming Christie's to support a viable National GOP candidate in the next election.

Far too many in the GOP saw Romney's win in the primary as the ultimate end point. To them, once that occurred the result of the Presidential election became a moot point, because either way they could live with whoever came to power.

Those very sample people are pimping Christie for the very same reason. The TEA party is their only threat.
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