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Ted Cruz alienates his colleagues with latest government shutdown effort

Ted CruzBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Ted Cruz did it again. He tried to shut down the government just like the disastrous shutdown he orchestrated in October of 2013 (see Ted Cruz does it again by Manu Raju in Politico). Right here at Christmas! Think how well that would have gone over with the American people. Not only that, Cruz blindsided his colleagues while on his self-absorbed mission, demanding on Friday that senators stay in Washington over the weekend, just 10 days before Christmas, causing cancellations of family plans.

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Jeb: GOP needs to show it can lead

Jeb BushBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Jeb Bush came out again on the side of common sense and pragmatic leadership when he addressed The Wall Street Journal CEO Council annual meeting (see Jeb Bush details political vision at The Hill). Noting that the GOP nominee should “lose the primary to win the general without violating your principles,” he expanded on that:

He said voters are looking for an “uplifting, much more positive message.”

Bush’s apparent strategy not to try to appeal to the most conservative elements of the party contrasts to some degree with Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, where some questioned whether he tacked too far to the right in the primary, hurting his ability to get back toward the center for the general election.

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Mitch McConnell: The face of leadership

Mitch McConnellBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Senator Mitch McConnell talked with the press on Wednesday, the day after a Republican wave swept the country and put a GOP majority in the U.S. Senate to work with the GOP majority in the House. Video and transcript here.

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Ed Gillespie’s excellent TV ad

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The ad tells in a nutshell how Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie worked hard building on the success of his Irish immigrant parents, and why he is the right candidate at the right time for Virginia and America.

http://www.edforsenate.com

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Matt Kibbe, check the ACU ratings

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Unbelievable.

So is Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks suggesting that conservatives vote for Democrat Travis Childers with an ACU rating of 39 percent over GOP candidate Thad Cochran with an ACU rating of 88 percent?

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Dear RNC, could you be kinder and gentler with $$ requests?

GOP elephantBy Lynn R. Mitchell

I’ve got to admit that the subject line of the email from RNC that landed in my email box this morning was a bit shocking.  “Lynn, did you abandon the RNC?” it read.

Actually, I got no further than that. I found it a bit in-your-face and not the usual mild request. But perhaps that was its purpose — to get your attention — when you normally pass over the multiple emails that come asking for money, volunteers, support, whatever.

Click. I deleted it and moved on.

This afternoon I noticed on Facebook that several Young Republicans were discussing that email, and they weren’t any too happy with the tone. Even Justin Higgins at JH Politics had written a post on it so I went to my trash file and retrieved the offensive email and, this time, opened it.

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Mitt Romney 2016? — UPDATED

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Mitt Romney 26 chart

This graphic has been making the rounds with my Mitt Romney friends. When he appeared in Richmond at Burgers with Bill in June (see photos) — along with Bill Bolling, Ed Gillespie, and Bob McDonnell — Governor Romney was asked over and over by guests and the media if he planned to run (or if he would run) for President in 2016. His response was always a smile followed by, “No.” I got the sense he was being patient and courteous but he truly meant it.

Though he seemed resolved in his response, I’ve been around politicians long enough to know that “no” doesn’t always mean no. One has to wonder if there is a circumstance that would open that door to make Romney run again. Or is this just pie-in-the-sky hopes of longtime supporters?

Here’s another look at the issue from Damon Linker at The Week (see The laughable campaign to get Mitt Romney to run in 2016).

Update: Here’s another very positive look (see The Case for Mitt Romney in 2016 in Politico).

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Cochran certified winner, McDaniel battles on, Milbank finds humor

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The heels-dug-in-the-sand campaign of Chris McDaniel, who recently lost the Mississippi Republican primary to Senator Thad Cochran, is the subject of the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank who found humor in the political situation currently taking place in the Deep South (see The tea party’s embrace of martyrdom):

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‘Let me see your credentials!’ A look at Ohio’s voter registration by party and why Virginia needs it

Pat HaleyBy Patrick Haley

“Get that spellbinder’s credentials,” shouts Mayor Shinn in the popular musical, The Music Man, when the con man professor Harold Hill comes to River City, Iowa, to start a boys’ band.

Richmond, Virginia, isn’t River City, but in the aftermath of the recent Eric Cantor versus David Brat election, we hear many calling to see ‘the credentials’ of some of the primary voters.

Let me share my credentials with you.  My wife, Brenda, and I lived in Virginia for twelve years before returning to our native Ohio in 2007.  We lived initially in Staunton, a charming small town nestled within the Shenandoah Valley, and later we lived in Henrico County.

I was Chair of the Staunton Republican Committee and was very active in Republican politics throughout our time in the Commonwealth including working for Congressman Bob Goodlatte and former Governor Jim Gilmore.

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Tuesday primaries hand defeat to MS, OK tea party candidates

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Results from the Mississppi and Oklahoma primaries Tuesday night show losses by tea party candidates. Political pundit Gregg Hilton wrote about Mississippi:

SENATOR COCHRAN WINS: In another huge setback for the Tea Party, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) has very narrowly won renomination by defeating State Sen. Chris McDaniel. AP has declared him the victor by a 50.9% to 49.1% margin.

McDaniel was ahead of Cochran in the primary, but that was reversed in tonight’s run-off.

Practically all of the polls were predicting a McDaniel victory. The liberal Daily Kos claims “We will see some real ugliness in the coming days, as the Tea Party realizes that alleged-RINO Cochran pulled out an unexpected victory with a big assist from black voters.”

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Incumbent Thad Cochran wins over tea partier McDaniel in Mississippi

By Lynn R. Mitchell

In a tight race, Republican incumbent Thad Cochran pulled it out Tuesday night for a win with 51 percent over tea party candidate Chris McDaniel’s 49 percent.

From The Hill (see Cochran topples tea party in surprising Mississippi turnaround):

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Photos: In loss, Eric Cantor reached out to make others feel better

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Eric Cantor

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Congressman Eric Cantor lost Tuesday night’s Republican Primary for the 7th Congressional District but while addressing the room where hundreds of supporters and campaign volunteers had gathered, he reached out to comfort them.

Noting that he knew there were heavy hearts in the room, he said he knew they had worked long hours in the heat, and he thanked them. He thanked supporters who had been there and voted and cheered for him. He thanked his wife Diana who stood by his side.

In the hour when he most certainly must have felt a tremendous weight, his thoughts were for those who had been by his side. As he exited the room beside where I stood, he hugged well-wishers along the way who reached out to a caring, kind man who had been painted by the opposition as something else. The American dream — immigrants who came to America, worked hard, raised a family, and saw a son not only succeed but become the second most powerful Republican in the United States of America — that all should have been proud of but voters chose to go in a different direction.

How sad for Virginia. How sad for America. How sad for the 7th Congressional District.

This will play out in time. A door closes, a window opens. There’s more in store for Eric Cantor … wait and see.

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
June 10, 2014

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Tea party: Why the take-over of GOP and not Democratic party?

tea party flagBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Something has been gnawing at me for a while and others have vocalized it, too.

Several years ago while I was still a member of the 6th Republican Congressional District committee, a tea partier from Harrisonburg was carrying a proxy to the meeting. As we talked before it started, he said to me, “We need to go after those Republicans.” I looked at him incredulously and asked, “Don’t you think we need to go after the Democrats?”

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Libertarians nominate Staunton resident as candidate for VA 6th Congressional District

Libertarian Party logo

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The Libertarian Party of Virginia’s 6th Congressional District nominating convention endorsed Staunton resident Will Hammer for Congress against incumbent Republican Bob Goodlatte in November, according to a press release from the party’s U.S. Senate candidate Robert Sarvis. Hammer will need 1,000 signatures from voters in the Sixth District in order to be placed on the ballot.

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