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Topic - Richard Viguerie
Opposing wings of the GOP must sheathe their claws and fly together
If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has any chance of securing the Republican presidential nomination, he just might have to thank such darlings of the tea party movement as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz for an unlikely path to victory.
Hey. Wait a minute. Those conservative groups targeted by the IRS may be needing a little cash in the aftermath, say 26 high-profile conservatives leaders who are calling for new legislation to reimburse the grass-roots folks. The coalition — which includes Richard Viguerie, James Dobson, Ralph Reed, Phyllis Schlafly, David Bossie and Gary Bauer — have contacted House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, advising the lawmakers that oversight hearings are all well and fine. But where's the money?
Howard Phillips was a magnificent anomaly in the worlds of politics and personal life. During his 72 years, he went from being a Harvard-educated, unsuccessful Jewish Democratic candidate for public office to an evangelical Protestant Republican who founded the Conservative Caucus and led a decades-long crusade to end the government funding of the left that was taking place under GOP and Democratic administrations alike.
Of interest to those following meteor mania around the planet, and hysteria over fireballs and sonic booms: The 101-year-old American Meteor Society is a straightforward resource amid alarming press accounts about big sizzlers overhead.
A bristling group of 25 traditional conservatives are out to protect one of their own in a new push against the "establishment Republicans" of Karl Rove's American Crossroads.
House Speaker John A. Boehner now resembles one iconic Democrat according to a fierce coalition of 25 prominent conservatives who don't much sympathize with the lawmaker who's tasked with taming the "fiscal cliff," appeasing the White House and maintaining integrity. The group has advice for the Grand Old Party.
Slamming the Republican Party establishment for tapping Mitt Romney as its standard-bearer, the co-founder of the nation's largest tea party group said Wednesday the lessons learned from the 2012 presidential election will strengthen the grass-roots movement, making it an even more important part of the GOP's future.
"Regardless of the final results of the election, Wednesday, Nov. 7 continues a gigantic battle between small-government, constitutional conservatives and the big-government Republicans for the heart and soul of the GOP," longtime conservative maven Richard Viguerie tells Inside the Beltway.
Scott Walker's Wisconsin victory has bought the governor instant status as a conservative icon of historic stature among the seasoned observers of many a political race. He's a Republican stalwart, they say, a gutsy guy.
Rick Santorum's campaign was undermined by a wave of bad press, while Mitt Romney's coverage improved over time," says a new analysis of 483 evening news broadcasts covering the Republican primaries by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University.
Rick Santorum is in a difficult place politically in his home state of Pennsylvania, where he hopes to revive his flagging presidential bid. A win for the state's former two-term senator in the April 24 primary wouldn't shock the world, while a loss to rival Mitt Romney could stick a fork in his White House hopes.
After a big win in Saturday's Kansas caucuses, Rick Santorum is riding high almost everywhere but in his native Pennsylvania.
As the Republican Party hurtles toward a possible Animal House-like climax at their confab in Tampa Bay in late August, the national discussion has turned to controversial GOP conventions of the past, most missing the meaning of each and how these ideological food fights sometimes changed the face and future of the party.
Is another surprise surge for Rick Santorum percolating at the polls? Voters like him personally, and they admire his tenacity and decorum on the campaign trail. "Again, why not Santorum?"
"While it certainly is a possibility that if, as expected, there are numerous top-tier conservatives running for president in 2016, and only one moderate Republican running, that a big-government candidate could once again sneak though," Mr. Viguerie said.
"In the 1970s, Howie and other conservative leaders like Paul Weyrich, Ed Feulner, Morton Blackwell, Terry Dolan and Ron Godwin began meeting for breakfast at my home every Wednesday till the mid-1980s — the beginning of Hillary's 'vast right-wing conspiracy,'" said Richard Viguerie, an early founder of the conservative movement.