Social Conservatives Demand Prime-Time Slot At GOP Convention
by David A. Patten
August 7, 2012
Already stung by the Romney campaign’s reaction to the Chick-fil-A battle, social conservatives are openly voicing doubts that their concerns will receive much more than lip service at the GOP convention.
From tea party leaders to battle-scarred veterans of the culture wars, conservatives are warning that the morale of the GOP base will suffer if social issues are shoved to the side of the stage in Tampa.
“I think social conservatives are puzzled as to Romney’s effort, or lack thereof, toward intensifying the turnout of social conservatives,” former Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell told Newsmax on Tuesday.
“It’s not as if social conservatives are not economic conservatives,” he added. “So if you think you can marginalize social conservatives and not impact economic conservatives, you’re foolish. Among a growing number of conservatives, their conservatism is indivisible.”
The biggest concern appears to be the roster of speakers for the convention, which is often viewed as a reflection of the priorities of the party and its nominee.
At first blush, the speaker’s schedule is filled with a broad range of conservatives, including moderate GOP Sen. John McCain, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, conservative firebrand Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.
But several heartland conservatives tell Newsmax they are disappointed the party appears uncertain over how prominent a role to give former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. They’re also afraid their issues may be confined to less important time slots at the beginning of the week.
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Brent Bozell: If a Story Doesn't Help Obama, the Media Won't Cover it
by Matt Vespa
August 7, 2012
Ginni Thomas of The Daily Caller sat down last week with L. Brent Bozell, Founder and President of the Media Research Center, to discuss a wide variety of issues ranging from media bias to the future of the conservative movement. Bozell asserted that the most under-reported story this year will be the degree in which the media will not report news.
He explained, "There is a narrative that is evolving out there which is if the story helps Barack Obama re-election, it's news. If it doesn't, it's not news, you've seen story after story after story that has been completely spiked, on purpose, by the media."
I'll give you a couple of examples. When the Catholic Bishops launched a- announced a lawsuit against the president on the health care mandate that happened to be the single largest lawsuit in the history of the republic against a standing United States President on the number one issue of concern to the media. how much coverage did it get on ABC? Nothing. CBS? Nothing. NBC? Nothing.
Then you had a demonstration where in 163 cities, simultaneously, there were these religious freedom demonstrations on a Sunday. 163 cities- How much coverage on ABC? Nothing. CBS? Nothing. NBC? Nothing. That's-that's willful, deliberate- politically motivated news censorship. So you asked me what's the number one story not being reported-it's the fact that they're not reporting news if it hurts.Concerning the conservative movement, Bozell feels that there is a certain set of Republicans who aren't philosophically sound and are too timid to tackle the issues that seriously effect the socio-economic fabric of the country. One thing Ronald Reagan said about coming to Washington is that you need to be unafraid and philosophically sound. During his interview on August 5th, Bozell said:
The reality is where the Republican Party is concerned it has lost its way dramatically- the Democrats haven't, they know what they want to do. They will obfuscate until the end of time, but the Republicans got the tall order to head for the tall grass and they've never come out of it- it takes leadership and it takes guts and by God if you don't have either why did you come to Washington?
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Hey Tea Party! They're Just Not That Into You
by Conservative Sue
August 8, 2012
Have you heard? There was a massive earthquake in the state of Texas on July 31st. From out of nowhere, a grassroots candidate, who had been polling at 2% when he entered GOP nomination battle for U.S. Senate, emerged as a winner with a 13-point margin of victory over the establishment-backed candidate. Considering that this grassroots candidate was outspent more than 2 to 1 by his wealthy opponent , and considering his opponent's name I.D. was higher than just about any other politician in Texas (except for, perhaps, Gov. Rick Perry), the victory was nothing short of a stunning defeat for those political operatives inside the Texas GOP machine. I am referring, of course, to Ted Cruz's victory over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the July 31st runoff.
What we are seeing in the GOP is an unwillingness by those in leadership to embrace conservative grassroots candidates. The trend is for the power-brokers inside the D.C. beltway and within state party leadership to steer clear of these 'controversial' grassroots candidates for fear of driving moderates and independents away on election day. This argument is of course repeated and reinforced by the liberal mainstream media as they label tea party activists as haters, intolerant and crazy. The same argument was used against Ronald Reagan during his ascent to power. In fact, I can't recall an election cycle in my lifetime where the media and those in GOP party leadership have not employed this tactic of painting grassroots conservatives as extremists and offensive.
I'm here to tell you, it's all a lie.
The victory of Ted Cruz in Texas should be a testament to the popularity of grassroots conservative candidates. This grassroots insurgency is also evident with the victory of Richard Mourdock over establishment Dick Luger, and Deb Fischer's victory in Nebraska. Ronald Reagan, of course, is the best example in history of how and why grassroots conservatism wins, but it seems those in GOP leadership completely dismiss Reagan's landslide victories as an anomaly .. or do they?
This lack of support for grassroots conservatives by GOP leadership isn't about 'extremist' or 'offensive' views, and it isn't even about 'elect-ability', and the real issue these party bosses have with the grassroots isn't even being talked about publicly by most of those in conservative media circles or inside GOP party leadership. So what is their problem with us? It's simple ...they fear us.
This fear that the establishment has of grassroots conservatives is not about ideology or specific policies. Grassroots conservatives are no longer taking marching orders from the establishment, as has so often been the case in the past. This inability to control the grassroots is what has GOP leadership terrified. Establishment candidates are being systematically picking off one by one. It is becoming more clear, either the grassroots will take over the leadership of the GOP, or the GOP will cease to exist as a viable party. The game, as it's been played in the past, is about to end.
Grassroots conservatives are no longer going to sit back and wait for GOP party leadership to set the agenda. We are speaking out, stepping up and getting behind conservative candidates with the loudest voices and strongest convictions. We want leaders who are unapologetic in their devotion to conservative principles. Now the tables are turned... Hey establishment! We're just not that into you.