Support Curtis Bostic over Appalacian Trail Hiker Mark Sanford

 

I cannot begin to believe that South Carolina would send a serial adulterer and liar to Congress as a Republican.  We must do all we can in the next 2 weeks to support Curtis Bostic in the runoff for this safe Republican seat.  Mr. Bostic is a Marine veteran of Desert Storm, the father of 5 home-schooled children, and his campaign site is StopSpending.com

The Other McCain has a full rundown, but let’s show the GOP Establishment that the Tea Party is still strong.  Contribute what you can – I did.

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Another Failing Institution Handing Out Bonuses

clipped from online.wsj.com
WASHINGTON — While Congress has been flaying companies for giving out bonuses while on the government dole, lawmakers have a longstanding tradition of rewarding their own employees with extra cash — also courtesy of taxpayers.
Capitol Hill bonuses in 2008 were among the highest in years, according to LegiStorm, an organization that tracks payroll data. The average House aide earned 17% more in the fourth quarter of the year, when the bonuses were paid, than in previous quarters, according to the data. That was the highest jump in the eight years LegiStorm has compiled payroll information.
Payments ranged from a few hundred dollars to $14,000. Lawmakers, at their own discretion, gave the money to chiefs of staff, assistants, computer technicians, and more than 100 aides who earned salaries of more than $100,000 a year.
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Doug Lamborn – Colorado CD5

John Andrews nails this one:

Republicans lost Congress in 2006, and may lose more seats in 2008, largely because members forgot it’s all about the principles, the party, and the country, acting instead as if it was “all about me.” Unless I’m missing something, that’s also the reason two primary challengers are hounding Congressman Doug Lamborn in Colorado’s 5th congressional district this summer.

As a freshman, Lamborn has compiled one of the most stellar conservative records in the US House or Senate, bar none. Club for Growth ranked him in their top 5 out of 535 members in the two bodies. National Journal rates him No. 1 among all House Republicans in consistently voting against Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats.

He co-founded the House Caucus on Missile Defense and battled his way onto the diminished GOP side of the Armed Services Committee.

His endorsements for re-election, in addition to the Club for Growth, include National Federation of Independent Business, National Pro-Life Alliance, National Right to Work, Concerned Women for America, Republican National Coalition for Life, and the Minutemen Civil Defense PAC.

Other than that, he has done nothing, earned no one’s admiration and support, and put up a big zero for the conservative cause, the state of Colorado, and the people of his Colorado Springs-centered district.

It’s hard, therefore, to discern any motivation for the greater good or causes beyond themselves that would be driving ex-Hefley staffer Jeff Crank and retired Gen. Bentley Rayburn to force a rematch with Lamborn after losing to him two years ago.

These are two likable, accomplished, and capable men as best one can tell, but (news flash) we already have a solid Republican congressman in the 5th. So the burden of proof is on them to demonstrate objective reasons why either should displace the honored and honorable incumbent of their own party.

Absent some such reason — and I’ve seen none — the only remaining explanation is such nakedly selfish assertions as “I belong in Congress” or “He’s not half the man I am” or “This is my destiny.” Gag.

This is the kind of “me generation” thinking that eventually produced rank overspending, gross expediency, incumbency mania, scandal, and in some cases even prison terms for the GOP idealists of 1994 as things spiraled downward toward the voters’ repudiation in 2006. Why dump a proven conservative whose record shows he is not susceptible to any of those things, and put another “all about me” contender in his place?

The sensible decision for Republican primary voters, come August, is to keep Rep. Lamborn right where he is, and encourage Mssrs. Crank and Rayburn to find other outlets for the public service which they unconvincingly claim is their only motive.

Fast Decline or Slow?

Lemuel has a really good analysis of the Republicans in the past 20 years over at Hillbilly White Trash.  The whole thing is very good, but some of my favorite parts are:

The Republican party cannot achieve majority status if its program is simply to run along behind the Democrats calling out “me too, me too – but just not quite as much”.

For far too long Republicans and “conservatives” have been mainly occupied with looking at whichever bit of socialism the Democrats are currently pushing and coming up with their own plan which goes in the same direction, but just not as far.

The Republican party has worked hard for 20 and more years to earn its coming defeat. It is my hope that the party will at long last learn its lesson and understand that it must be a conservative party. I pray that it comes to understand that the Republican tent must be large enough to hold everyone who upholds the three pillars of conservatism, social conservatism, fiscal conservatism and foreign policy conservatism. But not one square inch larger.

The trend since Reagan has been government for government’s sake – especially with the Republicans spending like drunken sailors before they got kicked out of power in 2006.  Our future doesn’t look very good at this moment – either as a Party or as a Country.