Inside the Beltway: Airing the GOP’s laundry

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‘BIG TENT’ LIBERTARIANS

In polite circles, they’re called “Libertarian-leaning” Republicans who are borrowing a few pages from the Libertarian Party playbook to widen the voter appeal of the Grand Old Party as 2014 and 2016 approach.

Now there are some numbers on it. A FreedomWorks poll released Wednesday reveals “fiscal issues and the role of government take top priority across the GOP voter base,” The findings note that “big-tent libertarian values within the Republican Party and the American voter population at large are at the highest level in a decade.”

The survey found that 41 percent of Republicans say they have such values. The greater concern is whether social conservatives and the Libertarian-leaners can get along — but that’s another story.

Meanwhile, on the laundry list of voter concerns, the pollsters says that voters fret about increasing government power — including the U.S. engagement in overseas conflicts, citizen surveillance, the IRS matter, and of course the incoming Affordable Care Act and the endless federal debt.

“We are seeing a realignment of the GOP, and a return to the fiscal policy priorities that fueled the last Republican midterm sweep. It’s 2009 all over again, only this time combined with a growing distrust of an executive branch plagued with scandal,” says Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, a sizable grass-roots group of liberty minded folk.

THE CREATOR’S APPEAL

A conservative Christian group that was once locked out of its Facebook account reports the good news: They founded their own website, and in less than 12 hours saw a “new account created every 45 seconds.”

Their pitch: “MyWorldviewPage.com is where conservative Christians can connect, fellowship, and encourage one another by sharing Biblical resources and discussing Biblical issues that strengthen a Biblical worldview.”

The organizers bill their new online destination as a free spot where Christians can spend time without fear of being “blocked, censored or harassed for their beliefs.”

In June, their Facebook page had been caught up in a clampdown on 40 “counter-jihad and patriot pages,” according to the American Thinker. Administrators were locked out of their pages, and pages disappeared.

So the Worldview folks went out on their own.

“I was hoping that we would have 1,000 members in the first six days but we are now on track to have around 2,000 members in our first 24 hours,” says president and founder Brannon Howse.

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