How Ronald Reagan Used An 'Invisible Bridge' To Win Over Americans
- "Rick Perlstein's new book describes how Reagan emerged
as the leader of a potent political movement during the turbulent mid-'70s. He says the soul of Reagan's appeal was how he made people feel good." [more inside]
Meet Scott, the cool young Republican!
A new ad campaign from the RNC showcases a young man named Scott Greenberg, a young voter who is 'ticked off' with politicians. [more inside]
RNC Chairman Michael Steele has been an interesting character in the Republican party. His attempts at rebranding the GOP and their online presence has been mocked on the Blue
and the web
. He now has a new book
out to his own party's surprise
, and has made statements on the RNC's financial outlook
and electoral future
. Many conservatives
are now looking down on Steele, which begs the question: Has Steele
, the BBC
have all revealed that Republican US presidential candidate John McCain has picked Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin
as his running mate on his 72nd birthday on the eve of the start of Republican National Convention
. Despite being wildly popular in Alaska, Palin has recently been involved in an investigation
over whether she dismissed a public safety commissioner because he refused to dismiss her former brother-in-law.
The Nexus of Evil
So it seems as though the Chairman of the Colorado College Republicans (Jay Bob Klinkerman
, no really, no kidding, that's his name) seems to be the one responsible for the removal of three Democrats from a Bush Social Security Sideshow.
For some reason, and possibly it was always the case, all roads in this administration frequently lead to back to the same places, with the same names. What do all of the high profile actors in the current GOP have in common? Some sort of activity or affiliation with either the College Republicans
or Young Republicans
If you are wondering about the names - how about Karl Rove, Jack Abramoff, Grover Norquist, Ralph E. Reed, Jr., Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist, Lee Atwater, and the central organizer, Morton Blackwell.
College Republicans have been the footsoldiers for the right since the Draft Goldwater campaign, and have been rewarded for their service throughout the Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush#41 and#43 . You can also find their fingerprints all over the various thinktanks, the direct-mail industry, and fundraising. I strongly recommend taking some time to read up on the history of the College Republicans
Urban Guerilla Warfare
. The upcoming protests outside the Republican National Convention
are becoming less notable for the expected numbers and more notable for the extremes each side will go to. The GOP has decided to blame everything happening outside on the Democratic Party
. Liberal groups are feared to be infiltrating the convention's own volunteer staff
. And some right-wingers, feeling "compassionate conservatism" means abandoning people in the middle of New York
, have taken to pretending to offer housing to out-of-state protestors. Has anyone else started to dismiss the idea of a terrorist attack simply as "too obvious?"
Pat Buchanan has realsed a new book called "Where the Right went Wrong" just in time for the Republican National Convention.
The politics of war in the U.S. must make strange bedfellows if Pat Buchanan
, Lou Rockwell
and more recently Rep. Doug Bereuter of Nebraska
can have anything
in common with Moveon.org
and Common Dreams
. What does it mean for such a notable Republican to publish an anti-war book and be this critical of President Bush? Will moderate Republicans stay at home, vote third party or even switch to John Kerry? A growing trend or blip on the radar? [More inside]
Gore questions timing of Iraq concern
Is it proper to invade Iraq? This would be an unprecedented move for the US military as Iraq has not attacked the US anyone the US has defense treaties with.
"Republican National Committee spokesman Jim Dyke called Gore's comments "irresponsible."
"This is no time to attack the president or Republicans for their handling of the war for political gain," he said."
Hmmm..so he admits the Iraqi attack IS for partisan political gain, eh? I would have never suspected it.
The GOP just spammed me.
I received an email sent supposedly on behalf of "Jim Nicholson, Chairman, Republican National Committee" inviting me to become an "eChampion":
Once you've registered as an eChampion, you will receive fact-filled e-mails twice a week on the upcoming election, the candidates' stands on issues, etc. Your role as an eChampion is to send these e-mails on to AS MANY friends, neighbors and family members as possible, and invite them to register as eChampions themselves at http://www.echampions2000.com.
No, I didn't opt-in to some Republican mailing list. For a start, I'm Canadian, in Canada, and if I was going to vote for a right-wing wing-nut, it would be Stockwell Day
. Talk about "idea viri"...