Rush Limbaugh: “The Left Is In A State Of Shock”

Rush Limbaugh (photo credit: Nicholas Shayko via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Conservative talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh keeps hammering home the importance of Republicans speaking out about the social issues.

Following Matt Bevin’s victory in the Kentucky gubernatorial race, Limbaugh reiterated that point on his show on Wednesday:

“The left is in a state of shock today because everything that they think means death for the Republican Party meant victory yesterday.  They think discussing the social issues is death for the Republican Party.  Discussing them got a man elected governor of Kentucky.  They thought in Houston, “Slam dunk, this civil rights thing on transgender,” whatever it was. “Slam dunk! The left’s gonna win this going away.”  They lost big.  They can’t believe it.  They’re in shock over this.

And it was not just localized in regions, although the South had a great night last night, other than one state. North Carolina still is an outlier, but for the most part this was all over the fruited plain, folks.  The Democrat Party was rejected over and over and over again.  Liberalism was sent packing over and over and over again.  Barack Obama — because he’s the leader of liberalism and the Democrat Party — by virtue of his association, he was rejected over and over again yesterday.”

Limbaugh argued back in September that social issues are a winner for Republicans:

“…this whole business of the Republican Party and/or conservatives needing to shut up about social issues is a trap…There are supposedly conservative media people that have arisen: “Carly Fiorina scares me.

Continue Reading

Did Voters Just Kill the Common Core?

Common Core is in a death-spiral.  Weekly, it seems, we hear of yet another blow to the system.  Test scores are down.  States are jumping out of the federally created testing.  Parents, teachers, and students loathe the tests.  The mainstream media refuses to report on the quality of the Common Core, but people are figuring it out anyway: The Common Core locks children into a dumbed-down education.  But even in the midst of all that, the news out of Kentucky stands out as a death omen for Common Core — and perhaps for centralized education policy altogether.

Common Core opponent Matt Bevin defeated Jack Conway 53 percent to 44 percent.  That makes Bevin only the second Republican to win Kentucky’s governorship in the past four decades.  He won despite a huge monetary disadvantage (Democrats outspent Republicans $8.75 million to $5.5 million).  And in the last week of the campaign, Bevin’s message drove him from 5 points behind — a 12 point swing.

What was that message?  It included his campaign promise to release Kentucky from the grasp of Common Core.  According to Politico, Bevin’s “team insisted throughout the race that its candidate’s ideological leanings” would propel them to victory.  In fact, Bevin’s closing ad highlighted his opposition to Common Core.

This radical shift in party power comes as Kentucky — the first state to adopt the Common Core — is now seeing the effects of the Common Core system. Student scores on the state standardized tests are poor Continue Reading

Why Was Tuesday’s Election a Game-Changer for Conservatives? (VIDEO)

Frank Cannon is president of the American Principles Project and a respected conservative political strategist with over 30 years of experience.

Well, the good guys won overall.  And by ‘the good guys,’ I mean not Republicans necessarily but conservatives—and those of us who argue that conservative issues are actually a net gain for the party.

Number one, in Kentucky, Matt Bevin won the election, and he decided smartly to campaign on religious liberty, on traditional marriage, against Planned Parenthood in the closing days.  And it helped pull the election out for him.

In Houston, the people who have the common sense to say it’s not a great idea to let men who want to go into women’s bathrooms defeated a referendum that was supported by Hillary Clinton that would have allowed men to do exactly that.  It was defeated by a huge margin.

Virginia remained in conservative hands.  So all in all it was a pretty good election.

Continue Reading

Yes, Standing With Kim Davis Helped Matt Bevin in Kentucky

Booking photo of Rowan County clerk Kim Davis

When Rowan County clerk Kim Davis was jailed for her refusal to issue marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision, national Democrats derided her. However, in Kentucky, Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin made a strong stand in defending Ms. Davis’s religious liberty. In a statement, he said:

It is utterly unnecessary that Rowan County clerk, Kim Davis, is sitting in a jail cell, when there is a simple solution that would respect the rights of every Kentuckian. I first put this solution forward many weeks ago. Why the cowardly silence from our Attorney General, Jack Conway? Jack Conway violated his oath of office as Attorney General when he refused to defend our state in court.  Where was our Governor then demanding his resignation? The double standard applied in this case is reprehensible. Jack Conway refused to defend our state constitution and now he is refusing to stand up for the religious liberties of our county clerks. This is unconscionable and, as Governor, I will stand up for all Kentuckians, not just the ones who agree with me.

Bevin’s strong stand in defense of Kim Davis and religious liberty has paid off. He is now Governor-elect Matt Bevin, having defeated Kentucky attorney general Jack Conway 52.5 percent to 43.8 percent. Most major polls of the race had Bevin either in a statistical tie with Conway or losing to the sitting attorney general.

Perhaps most interesting are the results in Kim Davis’s home county of Rowan. Continue Reading

Conservative “Perfect Storm” Delivers Resounding GOP Win in Kentucky

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

The Kentucky election this week was a “perfect storm” for conservatives. Matt Bevin, a social and fiscal conservative, ran against Jack Conway, a social and fiscal liberal. A number of key factors came into play to secure Bevin the victory:

  • Religious liberty was important because of the Kim Davis ordeal, which rallied and awakened Christians.
  • Planned Parenthood had impact because Bevin is pro-life and Conway is pro-choice. Though not highly publicized, in the days before the election, Planned Parenthood endorsed Conway and engaged in phone calls, hoping to impact the election.
  • Bevin is a political outsider; Conway is a “career” politician. Kentucky does not like Obama, and Conway was successfully and accurately linked to him.
  • Conway went over-the-top negative in advertising, and the candidates are polar opposites. This presented a very clear choice (conservative vs. liberal) for voters.
  • The Tea Party was immensely active for Bevin, while the Republican establishment was moderately engaged (political outsider vs. the political insiders).
  • Ultimately, God’s sovereignty made all these pieces work together for good.

Because of all of these components, Kentucky’s election could be a bellwether for 2016. Conservatives got off their sofas and the Church woke up, thus bringing in a number of new faces to Kentucky’s executive branch. The key now is that they must deliver!

Kent Ostrander is the founder and has been the executive director of The Family Foundation for 26 years. Continue Reading

Bevin’s Shock Kentucky Win Shows Social Issues Help GOP

Kentucky Governor-Elect Matt Bevin (public domain photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Just a couple of days ago, the now-elect Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said, according to The Washington Post, that he had planned to campaign on economic issues, but after Kim Davis and the Planned Parenthood videos, he found voters wanted to hear about social issues: “I hear more about those now as I’m out on the campaign trail than I do about anything else,” he said.

Bevin’s upset victory in Kentucky is a victory for Kim Davis, a rebuke to those who say social issues hurt the GOP, and a call for Republicans nationally to support the First Amendment Defense Act.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project. Continue Reading

Kentucky GOP Turns to Kim Davis, Planned Parenthood in Governor’s Race

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Tuesday marks Kentucky’s gubernatorial election day, and the contest is coming down to the wire. Republican candidate Matt Bevin is surprised that it isn’t economic issues he’s hearing most about on the campaign trail, but social ones:

Republican Matt Bevin planned to emphasize economic issues in his campaign, but he discovered that voters preferred to talk about social issues, including gay marriage and defunding Planned Parenthood. ‘I hear more about those now as I’m out on the campaign trail than I do about anything else,’ he said. ‘This is what moves people.’

The electorate’s keen interest in these issues has prompted a response from Bevin, who is banking on Evangelical voters to push him over the top.  Bevin endorsed embattled Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in September, and is making religious liberty a major theme in the closing days of his campaign:

As Bevin traversed the Bluegrass State the past few days, his body man handed out postcards that described him as ‘the only candidate for governor that has stood up for traditional marriage and religious liberty.’ In his stump speech, Bevin asserts that only 25 percent of born-again Christians vote compared to 75 percent of ‘agnostics and atheists.’

‘This is why the tail seems to keep wagging the dog,’ he says. ‘We need to stop being so sheep-like, so silent and being led around. We’ve got to stand firm.’

So how likely is Bevin’s strategy to work?  Well, the outgoing Governor Steve Beshear asserts that ‘it’s still maybe a 60/40 split against gay marriage’ and even Democratic nominee Jack Conway has felt heat from the Kim Davis jailing, saying recently he’ll sign a ‘narrowly tailored’ religious objection law.  Continue Reading