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Conservative Group Spends Big to Oust ... GOP Leaders?

ForAmerica promises 6-figure campaign

(Newser) - The so-called GOP civil war may be going from cold to hot. The conservative group ForAmerica tells CNN that it intends to spend six figures on a campaign it's calling " Dump the Leadership ," aimed at deposing all the GOP's leaders in both the House and Senate.... More »

Romney Needs to Go Positive, Win Some Fans

Nate Silver says Rick Santorum's voters are a lot more enthusiastic

(Newser) - Mitt Romney's got a big problem in his fight with Rick Santorum: His supporters are a lot less enthusiastic, observes Nate Silver of the New York Times . According to one poll, Santorum is beating Romney by 11 points among people who are definitely going to vote. Romney leads by... More »

Tuesday's Vote May Pave Way for Palin

She waits in wings for GOP's inevitable abandonment of Tea Party

(Newser) - The fired-up Tea Partiers who stormed the streets telling government to quit spending so much are going to be mighty angry when the GOP they propel to power Tuesday returns to its fat-cat ways Wednesday morning. But the return is inevitable, argues Frank Rich in the New York Times . The... More »

Clinton: Whoops, I Thought Health Care Would Be Popular

Long Timeline and GOP Opposition Have Stifled Support

(Newser) - Bill Clinton thought that once it was signed into law, Barack Obama's health care reform bill would become amazingly popular. But the polls are in, and now Clinton admits he miscalculated, the Hill reports. "First of all, the benefits of the bill are spread out of three or four... More »

Sarah Palin Must Heed Yogi Berra

She has to somehow lead the leader-shunning Tea Party

(Newser) - So far, so good for Sarah Palin and her popularity with Tea Partiers, writes Donald Kettl, but in “leading a group that doesn’t want a leader” the presumptive 2012 presidential candidate must avoid “separating herself from the rest of the country.” It's a near impossible balancing... More »

John McCain's Primary Race Gets Ugly ...

... Even though teabagger/radio host Hayworth may not run

(Newser) - The primary battle between John McCain and JD Hayworth is getting nasty, even though the two aren’t even technically opponents yet. Hayworth, a former congressman, conservative talk show host and noted tea partier, hasn’t yet filed to run against McCain, and says he still may decide against it,... More »

Palin Won't Rule Out Third-Party Run

No need if GOP 'gets back' to conservative base, but she'll see

(Newser) - Sarah Palin might just consider running for president in 2012 on a third-party ticket if the GOP doesn’t get its conservative bona fides back in order. Of course, “if the Republican party gets back to that base, I think our party is going to be stronger and there's... More »

Conservatives Are People, Too

Past all the negativity, there must be ways we can work together

(Newser) - Today’s screaming conservatives seem to have “quite happily abandoned the pretense of playing a constructive role in the debate over the nation,” ranting instead about paranoid delusions, writes Steve Almond in the Boston Globe . But under all that rage, there must be desires that drive conservatives, and... More »

Beck Will Host Conventions to Educate America

He's shifting toward political organizer, plans big DC rally

(Newser) - Glenn Beck is fashioning himself into a political organizer. Beck unveiled his promised "big plan" today at a Florida rally , in a letter to supporters, and in an interview with the New York Times . He plans a series of educational "conventions" across the country to teach people "... More »

Far-Right Challenger a Threat to McCain

Talk show host JD Hayworth gets close in new poll

(Newser) - Everyone’s favorite maverick could be unseated in 2010 by a hard-line conservative talk show host who's mulling a bid, a new Rasmussen poll suggests. John McCain leads potential primary opponent JD Hayworth, a local radio host and former House member, by a razor-thin 2%, which is within the poll’... More »

Conservatives Aren't Crazy, They Just Want Their Turn

8 years of Bush didn't count

(Newser) - Don’t listen to the liberals telling you the right is crazy and going to heck in a handbasket. The reality is far simpler: “After 15 or 20 years of steady moderation, many conservatives think it might be time to give their ideas a try,” writes Jonah Goldberg... More »

'Tea Party' to Fight Dozen GOP Candidates in 2010

Conservatives taking aim at moderates

(Newser) - This election cycle could herald all-out war between far-right conservatives and the Republican establishment. Empowered by their success in pushing the GOP candidate out of the race in New York’s 23rd District, tea party activists and their allies plan to launch primary challenges against more than a dozen GOP... More »

Conservatives Declare War on GOP

New York race just the beginning, activists say

(Newser) - The conservative coup in New York’s special election shows just how little control the GOP has over the ascendant tea party movement—it's a mutiny, and it's just gaining steam, activists say. The folks who helped push Republican Dede Scozzafava out of the race in favor of conservative Doug... More »

Beck, Limbaugh & Co. Scare GOP Brass

Top Republicans complain talkers are pushing party to fringe

(Newser) - Top Republicans are fed up with Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh—off the record at least. Without naming names, Politico says that “congressional leaders” privately complain that the conservative commentariat is hurting their chances in 2010 by pushing the party too far to the fringe. Operatives close to top... More »

Meet the Future of Conservatism

Novice Doug Hoffman is shaking up the right

(Newser) - He's a "nerdy-looking" political novice, but Doug Hoffman just may be the "conservative superstar of the future," writes Marc Ambinder. Hoffman is running as a Conservative in the closely watched special election in New York’s 23rd congressional district. Despite his lack of experience, the lifelong accountant... More »

House Republicans Face Tea Party Primaries

(Newser) - The so-called “tea party” movement has spawned a host of primary challengers for House Republicans, pressuring them to stay far to the right, CQ Politics reports. “I’ve got four primary challengers, and all of them hope to capitalize on the tea parties,” complains Bob Inglis of... More »

How the Crazies Took Over

Birthers, Limbaugh, Beck fill vacuum as Obama tries to stay above the fray

(Newser) - As recently as this spring, the Tea Party movement seemed anemic and wonky. But in the months that followed, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and others whipped the right-wing fringe into such a frenzy that a “separate reality grew like a second head on the American polity,” Philip Weiss... More »

Beck's Ratings Surge as Ad Boycott Continues

Six more firms to refuse to run ads on host's show

(Newser) - The audience for Glenn Beck’s Fox News show continues to swell even as more advertisers decline to run commercials on the program in the wake of the talk-show host's assertion that President Obama is a racist, the Los Angeles Times reports. Beck’s Monday night show attracted 2.81... More »

Malkin: Left Tries to Stamp Out Civil Dissent

Foes of health care reform aren't out of control—liberals are

(Newser) - The same “Democrat Masters of Astroturf” who delight in liberal activism are crying foul about the perfectly valid rabble-rousing of Tea Party activists, writes Michelle Malkin on her blog. Conservative activists have been told to pack Democratic events and heckle them, something one liberal blogger describes as “civic... More »

Conservatives Are Stunting This Child's Growth

CPAC-types should nurture intellect instead of keeping him simple

(Newser) - If you watched the gathering of the tribes at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, you might’ve caught 14-year-old Jonathan Krohn’s speech. It seems odd, blogs Ta-Nehisi Coates for the Atlantic, to flaunt the idea that conservative talking points are simple enough for an adolescent to master.... More »

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