• Carly Fiorina,  John Cornyn,  National Republican Senatorial Committee

    Carly Fiorina Back in the Political Arena as Vice Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., wears a Navy hat given to him by a member of the Patriot Guard Rider as he and Republican senate candidate Carly Fiorina prepare for group picture in San Diego, Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010

    This will be a good position for Carly as the GOP poses to take back majority control of the United States Senate in 2012.

    Republican former California U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is back in the political mix, Tuesday named the new vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Campaign — the fundraising and campaign organization that’s central to GOP efforts to take back control of the Senate in 2012.

    The announcement was made this morning by Texas U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, who heads the key GOP group, which will be focusing on at least 10 highly competitive Senate races in 2012 around the nation.

    “I’m pleased to welcome my friend Carly Fiorina to the NRSC team, where her many business and civic achievements will make her an invaluable leader and fundraiser during this critical election cycle,” Cornyn said in his release today. “I look forward to working with Carly to elect strong Republican Senators who will finally put a stop to President Obama’s failed tax-and-spend agenda, and instead promote the economic growth and job creation Americans so badly need.”

    In her new role, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO will assist Cornyn and NRSC vice chair Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah to “amplify Senate Republicans’ focus on healing America’s troubled economy,” and to pump up fundraising as Republicans aim for a Senate majority, Cornyn said.

    Of course, the Democrats have already attacked the choice as a millionaire yacht owner who sent jobs overseas, but this social class warfare is getting old. There is little question that Fiorina has business acumen, (been financially successful) and that the Democrats and the failed Obama Administration don’t.

    The move to put Fiorina in a key fundraising role gives the GOP organization the advantage of having what it calls “one of the most recognized business executives in the world” at its helm in a year in which economic issues will lead the political agenda.

    Fiorina is the only woman ever to run a Fortune 20 company, and raised $22 million in the primary and general election for her own campaign.

    I am looking forward to seeing Carly on the stump again soon.

  • Election 2012,  George Allen,  Jim Webb,  Jon Tester,  Kent Conrad,  National Republican Senatorial Committee

    GOP NRSC Targets Montana, Virginia, Nebraska, Florida and North Dakota in 2012 Senate Races

    Montana Democrat U.S. Senator Jon Tester – a GOP target in 2012

    The National Republican Senatorial Committee has released its target list for 2012.

    The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has its eyes on five key races that could pave the way for the GOP to take the majority in the upper chamber in 2012.

    NRSC Executive Director Ron Jesmer said in an interview with CNN published Wednesday that the committee believes there is “fertile ground” for Republicans gains in Montana, Virginia, Nebraksa, Florida and North Dakota.

    Jesmer said that centrist Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson (D) is in “serious trouble and kind of in a league of his own,” and that Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) also “is in a lot of trouble.”

    “There are other states where depending on if one candidate runs, there could be some other good challenges,” he added.

    The official’s comments provide an early preview to the GOP’s strategy heading into the 2012 Senate campaign, when the party is expected to make gains on the Democrats and take the majority.

    Montana, Nebraska and North Dakota were won by 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain. Florida and Virginia flipped from red to blue two years ago, but some see the states tilting back to the GOP after the party picked up a number of House seats in each state. 

    Barring any GOP blow up in the next year, I see a relatively easy time for the GOP to take control of the Senate in 2012 – or at least come within a few seats, but have an in effect operating majority.

    Ben Nelson in Nebraska is toast as are North Dakota’s Kent Conrad and Montana’s Jon Tester.

    Former Virginia Senator George Allen has a good chance to best the irascible and weird Jim Webb (if he runs).

    It will be good Dem Senate hunting for the GOP in 2012.

  • Carly Fiorina,  Chuck DeVore,  National Republican Senatorial Committee

    Chuck DeVore Who?

    From Washington Post political writer and blogger Chris Cillizza’s twitter feed yesterday


    And, this is why former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has boasted that national Republicans support her candidacy.

    Carly Fiorina, a likely Republican candidate for Senate in California, made public on Tuesday what her GOP primary opponent Chuck DeVore has long claimed: that the national party is supporting her bid to take out Sen. Barbara Boxer next year.

    “The chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee has encouraged me to enter the race, reaffirming my belief that Chuck DeVore can not beat Barbara Boxer,” Fiorina said Tuesday, according to SanDiegoNewsRoom.com.

    Now the National Republican Senatorial Committee has done NO formal endorsement and today entertained another candidate, Al Ramirez who is running for the California U.S. Senate seat.

    There has been some grumbling that the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s (NRSC) resources haven’t been available to lesser-known candidates, but perhaps they just never asked.

    Businessman Al Ramirez, an underdog candidate in the GOP primary to face Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), is launching his campaign today at NRSC headquarters.

    Ramirez’s event could been seen as a retort to state Sen. Chuck DeVore’s contention that the committee has already chosen sides in the primary. DeVore has unleashed a series of attacks on the NRSC for allegedly choosing Carly Fiorina as its candidate.

    NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh says: “Al Ramirez is a Republican candidate, and we extend our facilities to Republican candidates. Barbara Boxer’s approval ratings are very low, and we’re excited about our prospects in California next year.”

    I mean could you really blame the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) for backing Carly Fiorina? After all NOBODY even knows who Irvine-based California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore is. And, he has raised NO money for a statewide campaign.

    Chuck DeVore is simply NOT a viable candidate against Democrat incumbent U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and should stop his MOANING about the NRSC which he never even asked to meet.


    And Chuck DeVore called Chris Cillizza a what in response? SORE LOSER.

    Well, when DeVore found out about Cillizza’s poison-tipped “who?” hebasically had no other choice than to let slip the dogs of War-tweeting. And so ensued a series of barbaric bleats starting with DeVore pointing out that he was “The candidate who edged you out for a Shorty Award for best political use of Twitter, that’s who!” Yes: I had to look up what a “Shorty Award” is, and this is what I found out….

    Anyway, DeVore then felt compelled to send the same message out (“Chris Cillizza is still sore DeVore for CA beat him out for a Shorty Award for best political use of Twitter in 08.”) three separate times, which certainly bespeaks a level of Twitter ineptitude that one would think unbecoming of a winner of one of these vaunted Shorty Awards.

    Odd duck is only the beginning to describe Chuck DeVore. Geeeeezzzzz.

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  • Arlen Specter,  John Cornyn,  Michael Steele,  National Republican Senatorial Committee,  Pat Toomey

    National Republican Senatorial Committee WIMPS OUT and Endorses Arlen Specter for Re-Election


    Republican Senators John Cornyn, R- Texas (Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee), Arlen Specter, R- Pennsylvania and Lyndsey Graham, R- South Carolina in 2006

    Even with the latest polls showing Pennsylvania United States Senator Arlen Specter in deep trouble for re-nomination in 2010, the National Republican Senatorial Committee endorsed him today.

    National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn released a letter today offering a full-throated endorsement of Sen. Arlen Specter in his coming primary against former congressman Pat Toomey, a decision driven by a concern that the challenger cannot win a general election in Pennsylvania.

    “My job as head of the NRSC is to guide the GOP back to a majority in the Senate,” wrote Cornyn in a letter to Pennsylvania Republicans. “I can’t do that without Arlen Specter. With him as our nominee, I can target our campaign resources toward beating Democrats and growing the Senate Republican Conference.”

    The implication of those lines is clear: if Toomey is the Republican nominee next November, “campaign resources” may not flow from Washington to Pennsylvania.

    This is BULL for Specter is a non-reliable vote for the Republican Party at best. Plus, he is 79 years old.

    The national GOP committees for years have done nothing but support incumbent Senators regardless of whether they vote with the party or have a chance to win a general election.

    Flap recommends that folks donate to their candidate of choice in these 2010 races and stay far away from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

    And, in a further disappointment, looks like RNC Chairman Michael Steele changed his mind.

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  • David Vitter,  National Republican Senatorial Committee

    GOP Louisiana Senator David Vitter – Put A Fork in Vitter – HE’S DONE; Update: Vitter Denies and Says Incident Overstated


    Senator David Vitter has responded:

    “After being delayed on the Senate floor ensuring a vote on my anti-pay-raise amendment and in a rush to make my flight home for town hall meetings the next day, I accidentally went through a wrong door at the gate,” Vitter said in a statement. “I did have a conversation with an airline employee, but it was certainly not like this silly gossip column made it out to be.”

    David Vitter and Wendy

    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), accompanied by his wife, Wendy Vitter, speaks during a news conference in Metairie, La., after a scandal linking him to a Washington escort service, July 16, 2007.

    Maybe Senator Vitter is not as egregiously bad morally as the Democrat’s former Senator and Presidential candidate John Edwards but this is the last straw.

    Among Members of Congress, there’s a long-standing, proud tradition of the Airport Freakout. Add to the list of those who’ve indulged in meltdowns and temper tantrums while traveling one Sen. David Vitter, who on Thursday joined what we’ve dubbed the “Mile-Low Club” by going ballistic on an airline worker after missing a flight from Washington’s Dulles airport to New Orleans.

    The National Republican Senatorial Committee should make it immediately clear to Vitter that he is done and recruit a candidate to replace him – before the national GOP loses another seat. God knows the Republican Party has enough vulnerable ones in the coming 2010 election.

    Bye Bye

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  • National Republican Congressional Commitee,  National Republican Senatorial Committee,  Newt Gingrich,  President 2008

    Newt Gingrich Watch: A Change Election or Else


    Former GOP Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich sounds the warning for the Fall elections: My Plea to Republicans: It’s Time for Real Change to Avoid Real Disaster

    Key graphs:

    • Two GOP Losses That Validate a National Pattern
    • Congressional Republicans Can’t Take Comfort in McCain’s Poll Numbers
    • The Anti-Obama, Anti-Wright, and Anti-Clinton GOP Model Has Been Tested — And It Failed
    • Republicans Have Lost the Advantage on Every Single-Issue Poll
    • House Republicans Should Call an Emergency, Members-Only Conference
    • Nine Acts of Real Change That Could Restore the GOP Brand

    1. Repeal the gas tax for the summer, and pay for the repeal by cutting domestic discretionary spending

    2. Redirect the oil being put into the national petroleum reserve onto the open market.

    3. Introduce a “more energy at lower cost with less environmental damage and greater national security bill” as a replacement for the Warner-Lieberman “tax and trade” bill

    4. Establish an earmark moratorium for one year and pledge to uphold the presidential veto of bills with earmarks through the end of 2009

    5. Overhaul the census and cut its budget radically

    6. Implement a space-based, GPS-style air traffic control system

    7. Declare English the official language of government

    8. Protect the workers’ right to a secret ballot

    9. Remind Americans that judges matter

    Flap agrees with Newt on most issues but change has to come from the GOP leadership in a post-Bush world. GOP activists are demoralized and are losing voters because of theirlack of policy initiatives.

    Certainly, Newt’s program for change is a start but the GOP must kick-start their asses into action or they will suffer catastrophic electoral losses in November.

  • Charles Rangel,  Nancy Pelosi,  National Republican Congressional Commitee,  National Republican Senatorial Committee

    The Mother of All Tax Increases Goes Hollywood While Nancy Pelosi Retreats


    But, Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi is FINESSING Charlie Rangel’s tax measure.

    Guess they cannot reconcile their positions on what the definition of rich. Go figure.

    Anyone want to bet they come together if and when Hillary is elected President?


    The Mother of All Tax Increases Brought to You by the Democrats

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  • John Ensign,  National Republican Senatorial Committee

    The Mother of All Tax Increases Brought to You by the Democrats


    The “mother of all tax increases” is already being proposed by Charles Rangel, D-NY, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rangel does not forsee a vote on the total proposal this year.

    Is this a preview of a Democrat administration featuring Hillary Clinton?

    You betcha – TAX and Spend Redistribution of Income.

    The bill will add a 4% surtax on Americans earning more than $150,000 a year ($200,000 for couples). That is on top of the scheduled expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. So, under Democrats’ plan, over the next few years, the individual income top tax rate in the will rise from 35% to 44%.


    Former New York City Mayor and GOP Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani just released comments on the Rangel proposal:

    “We certainly shouldn’t raise taxes the way Charlie Rangel wants to … It would be devastating to our economy. … When the government takes more money out of it and takes it for the government to program the spending, it begins to diminish our economy. It puts a lid on it and then it begins to decline. Particularly, this suggestion today would be devastating to our economy – particularly the taxes that would reduce investment. … It makes no sense to be raising the rate on capital gains when we want more investment in this country. All we’re saying to people is go find some place else to invest. The corporate tax rate in America is the second highest in the world. The President of France wants to lower the corporate tax rate in France because France is losing money, and their rate is lower than ours. So we’ve got a group of Democrats who want to go to the left of France in our economic policy. It doesn’t make any sense. …”

    Stay tuned…….

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  • John Ensign,  National Republican Senatorial Committee

    Bob Kerrey Out of Nebraska Senate Race

    Former Senator Bob Kerrey (left) and Former U.S. Sec. of Agriculture Mike Johanns

    Senator John Ensign, R-Nevada (Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee), is breathing easier tonight since former Nebraska Democrat Governor and Senator Bob Kerrey announced today that he would not be entering the race for United States Senate. The seat is currently held by the retiring incumbent GOP Senator Chuck Hagel.

    Former Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns will seek the Republican nomination after resigning last month as U.S. Agriculture Secretary. Other GOP candidates may include state Attorney General Jon Bruning and Schuyler businessman Pat Flynn.

    This will be one seat that should be secure for John Ensign and the GOP. He can now turn his attention to Virginia, New Mexico, Louisiana, Colorado et al..

    The GOP has a tough 2008 campaign season and many hard races to defend in 2008.

    John Ensign needs all the help he can get.

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