Marco Rubio – The Gift That Just Keeps on Giving

…or as Gertrude Stein might have said:  A RINO is a RINO is a RINO.

Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis Face Off in Debate for Governor

How to watch the first Florida Republican gubernatorial debate tonight:  6:30 PM

Republican gubernatorial candidates Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis [Broward Republican Party Facebook page]

By Steve Contorno

For the first time, the two Republican candidates for Florida governor will square off in a debate when they meet on a Kissimmee stage Thursday night.

It’ll be a high-profile, prime time affair. Fox News Channel [bold type: mine] is airing the meeting between Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, and two of the network’s top political anchors, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, will moderate.

The one-hour debate will begin at 6:30 p.m. It will also air on Fox News Radio and foxnews.com. Continue reading at tampabay.com.

 

Marco Rubio, Darling of G.O.P. Establishment, Hires a Thorn in Its Side

Michael Needham, who is leaving the influential conservative think tank Heritage Action for America to become Senator Marco Rubio’s chief of staff, has been largely laudatory of President Trump’s agenda of low taxes and hard-line posture toward China. Credit Doug Mcschooler/The Indianapolis Star, via Associated Press

WASHINGTON — As chief executive of the influential conservative think tank Heritage Action for America, Michael Needham waged years of unforgiving political warfare against the Republican Party establishment, deepening the divide between party leaders and grass-roots activists that helped elevate Donald J. Trump to the presidency.

Now Mr. Needham is leaving his job there to become chief of staff for one of the Republican establishment’s favorite sons, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

The move is certain to raise questions about whether Mr. Rubio, whose hopes of becoming president in 2016 were dashed by Mr. Trump, may be positioning himself for another run. And it underscores how unsettled the conservative movement remains nearly two years after Mr. Trump won the Republican presidential nomination and became the party’s improbable leader. Continue reading at nytimes.com.

Mitt Romney Officially Announces His Utah Senate Run

Romney Headed to Utah to Campaign for US Senate

 

Former Massachusetts governor and failed 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was planning to launch his Utah Senate campaign Thursday morning with an announcement on social media, but he tweeted late Wednesday that he was be delaying his announcement due to the deadly shooting at a high school in Florida.


Well I guess he couldn’t stand it any longer, so at 8:19 Friday morning, the games began.

Mitt Romney to Announce Senate Run Thursday on Social Media

UPDATE: Mitt Romney announced late Wednesday that he will be delaying his announcement about a Utah U.S. Senate bid due to the deadly shooting at a high school in Florida.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Mitt Romney will launch his Utah Senate campaign Thursday morning with a low key announcement on social media, and will make his first public appearance a day later near Salt Lake City with a keynote address to a gathering of grassroots Republicans.

Romney teased his run for Senate in a Feb. 1 tweet, saying that he would have an announcement to make on Feb. 15. On Wednesday, Romney previewed his campaign again in a short Facebook post. Sources in Utah told the Washington Examiner that Romney that will officially jump into the 2018 Senate race with a digital announcement, rather than holding at a staged rally with supporters.

Romney for a couple of weeks has been scheduled to be in Provo on Friday to headline the Utah County Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner. Like most of the state, Utah County is heavily Republican. The region is also among the most populous and politically influential in statewide campaigns. Continue reading at washingtonexaminer.com.

An Unfond Farewell to Un-Statesman Orrin Hatch

Many say that Hatch is stepping down to pave the way for a run by Mitt Romney. “Hey, I’ll trade you one RINO… for another RINO.”

by Michelle Malkin

The longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history announced this week that he will finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally retire.

That’s seven “finallys” — one for each of the consecutive six-year terms Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, served. He begin his occupancy in 1976, when all phones were dumb, the 5.25-inch floppy disk was cutting-edge, the very first Apple computer went on sale for $666.66, the Concorde was flying high, O.J. Simpson was a hero, Blake Shelton was a newborn, the first MRI was still a blueprint, and I was a gap-toothed first-grader wearing corduroy bell-bottoms crushing on Davy Jones.

This encrusted longevity will be marketed by Hatch, 83, and his supporters as proof of his “statesmanship.” Indeed, The Atlantic magazine described him this week as “an elder-statesman figure in the GOP.” Newsweek likewise reported on the farewell announcement of the “elder statesman.” And Hatch’s own press minions have disseminated press releases quoting other entrenched politicians such as Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., hailing their boss’s “reputation as a statesman.”

But that word doesn’t mean what Beltway barnacles think it means.

Merriam-Webster defines a “statesman” as a “wise, skillful, and respected political leader.” Earning the approbation of other office-clinging politicians doesn’t make you a “respected political leader.” It makes you an echo-chamber chump.

Wise? Skillful? Hatch was a Big Government business-as-usual dealmaker. His wisdom was of the wet-finger-in-the-wind variety, claiming a Reagan conservative mantle during election cycles and then throwing constitutional conservatives under the bus once comfortably back in his well-worn Senate committee seats.

Hatch joined with his old pal Teddy Kennedy to create the $6 billion national service boondoggle and the $8 billion-a-year CHIP health insurance entitlement.

He preached about the “rule of law,” but was an original sponsor of the open-borders DREAM Act illegal alien student bailout, and, despite claiming to oppose it, he voted to fully fund the unconstitutional Obama amnesty during the lame-duck session.

He crusaded for “fiscal conservatism,” yet voted for massive Wall Street bailouts, 16 debt ceiling increases totaling $7.5 trillion, and scores of earmarks totaling hundreds of millions of dollars for porky projects. He ends his four-decade reign as the Senate’s top recipient of lobbyist cash. Continue reading at conservativeinsider.com.

The Only Antidote to Obamacare is FREE MARKET CAPITALISM

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“Everyone is so excited over the 51-50 vote for proceeding with debate on a replacement for Obamacare, with Mike Pence casting the tie breaking vote. You have John Boehner who believes Obamacare has been around too long to be repealed and you have Mitch McConnell and his misconduct. Then you have President Trump, who wants to sign anything that comes to his desk so he can claim a victory. The only antidote to Obamacare is free market capitalism. This is about us being able to purchase an affordable healthcare plan. We have an entire debate which is not a debate at all. It is virtually a 100% embrace of a notion of liberty and law that is alien to our founding. The two Republicans that voted against debate were two of the most liberal Republicans, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski. Have you seen any leaks against them? Conservatives are attacked and liberals get a pass because they vote with the Democrats.

“Later, AG Jeff Sessions has spent 30 years fighting for conservatism. As Attorney General, he has defended this President brilliantly and aggressively in hostile federal courts and the first major politician to endorse Trump. It would be a horrible mistake for the President to dismiss him. Trump will never find somebody who is as loyal to him and his agenda as Sessions has been. Sessions does not deserve to be treated this way by Trump as if he is some enemy or hostile. Finally, newly declassified memos detail the extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying. This is what Congress and a special prosecutor should be investigating!” – Radio talk show host, and Constitutional expert, Mark Levin.

RINOs Confirm Loretta Lynch – Slap Constitution in the Face

On his Thursday evening radio program, following the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the United States, Mark Levin names the ten Republican RINO senators who voted for her confirmation. Since she was confirmed by a 56 to 43 vote margin with only a simple majority required, the Republicans had more than enough potential votes to stop this Eric Holder clone from taking office and assisting in Obama’s fundamental transformation of the United States of America. When will the GOP Establishment stop throwing We the People under the bus?

Here  are the Republican YEA voters:
Ayotte (R-NH)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Flake (R-AZ)
Graham (R-SC)
Hatch (R-UT)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kirk (R-IL)
McConnell (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)

Click here or simply click the graphic to listen to Mark Levin.