Rudy Giuliani Calls for Two-Legged Stool

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Former New York mayor and failed presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani thinks he knows why Republicans keep losing elections.  The problem, he claims, stems from the “soft underbelly” of the GOP that he thinks everyone else has somehow missed: social issues.  Ironically, Giuliani does this while blaming his own avoidance of life and marriage for his own 2008 defeat:

“My opponent started focusing on that I was pro-choice,” said Giuliani. “Donald [Trump] announced he is pro-life, which is easier in the primary. I’m pro-gay rights. At the time gay marriage wasn’t a big issue. I’m now pro-gay marriage. I signed the first partnership bill ever signed by anyone.”

Giuliani is on the ball about the reason his campaign failed, which makes his second point about the need for others to abandon social issues dubious at best.  Nonetheless, Giuliani presses on, insisting that Republicans will never be able to compete in cities if they don’t ditch their social conservative beliefs:

“Where it gets to social issues, the party might disagree with me,” said Giuliani, but I think that’s our soft underbelly. And I look at it differently. That’s where we lose the suburbs.”

Memo to all 2016 candidates: economic and national defense issues are important, but when Republicans avoid defending their views on life and marriage, it gives Democrats an open invitation to redefine these issues however they like, and the socially conservative base tends to stay home (just ask Mitt Romney).  Ronald Reagan advocated for a “three-legged stool” approach focusing on defense, prosperity, and moral character.  Continue Reading

Why Does the Republican Party Exist?

The rebellion growing in the GOP ranks that Donald Trump is tapping into has found its voice.  Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist, watches what Republican leaders in Congress do and not what they say. And this is what he sees:

Perhaps you believe the Republican Party exists as the party of limited government and free markets. This is impossible after the past weekend, where Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell went so far as to blatantly make the lie he told his fellow Senators – that no deal had been cut with interested Democrats during an earlier debate to reanimate an entity of pure corporate welfare, the Export-Import Bank – a priority so critical he would box out all other attempts to attach amendments to what is considered a “must-pass” measure, the Highway Bill.

Perhaps you believe the Republican Party exists as a national security party, which believes in a clear-eyed trust but verify approach to dealing with our enemies. This is impossible after the past few months, where the Senate Republicans completely ceded their Constitutional duty regarding the Iran deal, putting them in the wonderful position (so politically advantageous in the realm of domestic policy) of decrying this deal as awful without being on the hook for anything that happens because of it.

Perhaps you believe the Republican Party exists as today the lone pro-life party in the United States. This cannot be possible after the weekend, where Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell blocked any attempt to force President Obama and all his fellow Senate Democrats to take a stand for or against not even the legality, but the taxpayer subsidization of harvesting organs from aborted babies.

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CPAC Drinking Game

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American Principles Project, which has taken on a leadership role in advocating for full-spectrum conservatism, has staff members participating in four panels at CPAC this week. At 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25th, Emmett McGroarty (who is one of the principal architects of the Common Core rebellion) will be on the main stage for a Common Core panel. At 2:10 p.m. on Thursday, Terry Schilling, our young and smart executive director, will be speaking about monetary policy and its emerging role in Campaign 2016.  Alfonso Aguilar, a leading voice for common sense, pro-human dignity immigration policy, as well as a voice for Latinos for life, marriage, and religious liberty,  will make APP’s Reaganite case on Thursday at 2:10 p.m. as well.  And one of the most articulate new young voices for life, marriage, and religious liberty, Kate Bryan (our communications director) will be moderating a panel on the future of marriage in America at 2:10 p.m. on Friday.

This year, the organizers of CPAC, to their credit, have worked hard to reach out to the whole of conservatism: all three legs of Reaganism’s sturdy stool. CPAC recognizes the need to include and give a voice to the full spectrum of conservatives, because without such a continuing effort, there is real torquing of the conservative movement from a fusionist conservatism towards a more libertarian, immigration-restrictionist, and corporatist Republican party.

The way I propose to prove this is by discovering how much you can drink while playing my CPAC Drinking Game.

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Perry’s Two Legged Stool?

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (photo credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0)

It was amusing to see Politico try to portray Gov. Perry’s APP gala speech as indicating “A new more, moderate Perry.” It was even more amusing when Drudge called Politico on it, linking to the article under the far more accurate headline: “Perry pumps up conservatives at DC Confab.” (That would be our gala).

Perry gave a great and conservative speech.  But I noticed both at APP’s gala, and perhaps even more oddly at Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit on Jan. 24, Perry eschewed speaking at all about life, marriage or religious liberty, the classic “social issues.”

He may see himself as running in the money primary, as donors are increasingly being misled to believe abandoning Reagan’s three-legged stool is the key to victory. But what set up Romney’s loss in what should have been a good year for the GOP was that his massive win in the money primary was not matched by gaining the affection of voters.

Candidates be wary of the conventional wisdom, again.

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