RISE OF THE LIBERAL ‘TEA PARTY’…

By Paul Kane

Grass-roots movements can be the life and death of political leaders.

It’s a well-worn story now about how John A. Boehner, then House minority leader, joined a rising star in his caucus, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, in April 2009 for one of the first major tea party protests in the California Republican’s home town of Bakersfield.

A little more than six years later, after they surfed that wave into power, the movement consumed both of them. Boehner was driven out of the House speaker’s office and McCarthy’s expected succession fell apart, leaving him stuck at the rank of majority leader.

Democrats are well aware of that history as they try to tap the energy of the roiling liberal activists who have staged rallies and marches in the first three weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency.

What if they can fuse these protesters, many of whom have never been politically active, into the liberal firmament? What if a new tea party is arising, with the energy and enthusiasm to bring out new voters and make a real difference at the polls, starting with the 2018 midterm elections?

The women’s marches that brought millions onto streets across the countrythe day after Trump’s inauguration — spurred organically through social media — opened Democratic leaders’ eyes to the possibilities.

With a 10-day recess beginning next weekend, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has instructed her members to hold a “day of action” in their districts, including town halls focused on saving the Affordable Care Act. The following weekend, Democratic senators and House members will hold protests across the country, hoping to link arms with local activists who have already marched against Trump.

“It was important to us to make sure that we reach out to everyone we could, to visit with them, to keep them engaged, to engage those that maybe aren’t engaged,” Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told reporters at a Democratic retreat in Baltimore that ended Friday. The trick is to keep them aiming their fire at Republicans and Trump, not turning it into a circular firing squad targeting fellow Democrats.

“Now we want people to run for office, to volunteer and to vote,” Luján added.

It’s too early to tell which direction this movement will take, but there are some similarities to the early days of the conservative tea party.

In early 2009, as unemployment approached 10 percent and the home mortgage industry collapsed, the tea party emerged in reaction to the Wall Street bailout. It grew throughout the summer of 2009 as the Obama administration and congressional Democrats pushed toward passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Many of the protesters were newly engaged, politically conservative but not active with their local GOP and often registered as independents. Their initial fury seemed directed exclusively at Democrats, given that they controlled all the levers of power in Washington at the time; the protesters famously provoked raucous showdowns at Democratic town halls over the August 2009 recess.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer’s first brush with the anti-Trump liberal movement came in a similar fashion to Boehner and McCarthy’s Bakersfield foray in 2009. Originally slated to deliver a brief speech at the women’s march in New York, Schumer instead spent 4 1/2 hours on the streets there, talking to people he had never met. By his estimate, 20 percent of them did not vote in November.

That, however, is where Schumer must surely hope the similarities end.

By the spring and summer of 2010, the tea party rage shifted its direction toward Republican primary politics. One incumbent GOP senator lost his primary, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) defeated the Kentucky establishment favorite, and three other insurgents knocked off other seasoned Republicans in Senate primaries (only to then lose in general elections).

One force that helped the tea party grow was a collection of Washington-based groups with some wealthy donors, notably the Koch-funded Americans For Prosperity, who positioned themselves as the self-declared leaders of the movement. For the next few years, they funded challenges to Republican incumbents, sparking a civil war that ran all the way through the 2016 GOP presidential primaries.

Guess Who: New Report Exposes 6 Top Republicans on George Soros Payroll!

By Harry Hibbs

In a report just out, some major Republicans have been caught suckling at the teat of George Soros. The report accessed financial records from the Soros Fund and found that not only was the former Nazi Socialist financing most of the Democrat liberal nut jobs in our government, but that it was also stroking some 13 different Republicans.

A non-profit, non-partisan research group which is based out of Washington D. C. has published a list which looks like a list of Who’s Who in the Republican Party. Of course at the top of the list are some names that you will recognize from recent events. You know the jerks that keep going behind our Presidents back and trying to make him look bad, or are withholding their full support from his programs.

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At the top of the list is our old friend the Vietnam War Hero, Sen. John McCain, who seems intent in stabbing his country in the back just like the good old days. Another of the treasonous group is of course, Marco“which way is the wind blowing” Rubio, followed closely by Paul“no tax relief” Ryan, and John “I should have been the nominee” Kasich.

But the Soros list also includes other names which explain a lot, like everyone’s favorite Bush, Jeb. You can also quickly find John Boehner and the ever compromising Lindsey Graham. The report revealed that while George Soros is busy funding almost all the Democrats, his influence has even penetrated the ranks of the so-called opposition to a very significant extent.

Not surprisingly, all of the names revealed to receive funding fromGeorge Soros  have a record of openly opposing Mr. Trump, not only as a candidate, but as the President. All have at one time or another taken cheap shots at Mr. Trumps plans and his character and have a track record of opposition to the President. And an interesting new addition to the payoff list along with Marco Rubio is Carlos Curbelo also of Florida.

Even as Sen. McCain continues to attempt to back-stab and embarrass the President and his policies on the world stage, we now have proof that it has nothing to do with what he feels is right, but what he feels will get him the most money from George Soros. In fact it has come to light, that McCain has been on the Soros payroll for the last 16 years.

In 2001, McCain founded the Alexandria, Va.-based Reform Institute as a vehicle to receive funding from George Soros’ Open Society Institute and Teresa Heinz Kerry’s “you know her husband Lurch served in Vietnam” Tides Foundation and several other prominent non-profit organizations. McCain used the institute to promote his political agenda and provide remuneration to staff and key campaign operatives between elections.

But McCain’s treachery gets much worse. According to TPM, in 2002 the Open Society Institute gave $300,000 in grants to various groups that were defending McCain’s campaign finance law against a deluge of legal challenges, defending McCain from financial ruin. In short, making it obvious that the “good” Senator has been bought and paid for by George Soros. No wonder he spent the election season railing against Trump and defending Soros’s agenda.

Bill Maher: ‘I’ll ‘F*cking Kill Anthony Weiner’ if Clinton Loses

by JEROME HUDSON

Bill Maher live-streamed his #WhinyLittleBitch stand-up comedy special on Facebook on Wednesday, during which he unloaded on Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka, Republican voters and disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.

“I mean, what does it take? A racist, a liar, a tax cheat, a draft-dodger, a deadbeat, a Russian agent, and a rapist. You know we’re a nuclear power, right? These are red flags,” the Real Time host joked to an audience at Los Angeles comedy club Largo.

“You know, I hope that when we look back on this, it’s going to be like… Trump is like Y2K. Right?” he continued.

“We thought it was going to be a disaster, we sh*t our pants, and then it was a bunch of nothing,” Maher said. “But who knows? Even if he loses, his army of whiny little bitches… these people are crazy. They think if Hillary is elected, this is the end of civilization, right? They’re so brainwashed that we’re living in this country of disaster where there’s always a cold knife at your heart and a brown d*ck at your lips.”

No one was safe during Maher’s 45-minute act.

He referred to Trump’s campaign surrogates Dr. Ben Carson, Kellyanne Conway, Rudolph Giulianni, and Mike Pence as “flying monkeys.”

But perhaps Maher’s most cutting commentary was aimed at Weiner, whose alleged sexually explicit online conversation with a 15-year-old girl spurred the FBI’s renewed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Maher called the disgraced former Congressman “the c*ck that ended the world” and said he would “f*cking kill” him if Hillary Clinton lost the election.

Maher’s live-streamed standup routine competed for viewers with Game 7 of the World Series, but managed to garner more than 1.5 million views on Facebook.

Toward the end of his set, Maher offered up lackluster support for Clinton and compared her email scandal to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s “Deflategate” scandal.

“Is she completely honest? Well, she’s deflated a few balls in her time,” Maher said of Clinton. “But it’s a minor crime and she’s a great quarterback! She would be a great president, or at least a good one, not a disastrous one.”

Paul Ryan Danger…

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BY SCOTT WONG

Republican lawmakers who voted against Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for Speaker aren’t saying whether they’ll vote for him in a new election next year.

Nine House Republicans rejected Ryan in the special election to replace Speaker John Boehner(R-Ohio) one year ago Saturday.

Eight of them will have a chance to vote for Ryan again.Rep. Dave Brat (Va.), one of the eight, said his public criticisms of Ryan have never been personal.

Like he did last year, Brat plans to present all leadership candidates five policy requests on things like trade, immigration and regular order. He’ll support those candidates who pledge to uphold those policies.

“Whoever signs off on those, I’ll vote yes,” Brat said.

Reps. Randy Weber (Texas), Ted Yoho (Fla.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Bill Posey (Fla.) and Curt Clawson (Fla.) are the other Republicans who voted for Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) in last year’s vote.

Aides to Weber, Yoho and Massie said they did not know how their bosses would vote in the next Speaker’s election.

Spokespersons for Gohmert, Jones, Posey and Gosar did not respond to emails seeking comment, though Gosar has been openly critical of Ryan for working with Democrats to pass a stopgap government-funding bill.

“How’d that work out for John Boehner?” Gosar, a member of the far-right Freedom Caucus, told The Hill in September.

Clawson is not running for reelection and will not have a vote.

Ryan is almost certain to face a tougher reelection fight after a tumultuous year in which he has publicly feuded with Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president.

Republicans will first hold closed-door leadership elections next month, where only a majority vote within the conference is needed for victory.

The more critical vote will come in January, a public roll call in which lawmakers will shout out the name of their choice for Speaker from the House floor. Ryan will need 218 votes for victory.

With the current 246-seat GOP majority, losing all eight votes isn’t such a big deal.

It would leave Ryan with 238 votes, 20 more than the threshold he needs.

But with Republicans widely expected to lose seats in the Nov. 8 election, Ryan is likely to have much less room for error.

With a 226-seat majority, for example, Ryan would be right at 218 if all eight Republicans vote against him.

Trump may add to Ryan’s problems.

The businessman has repeatedly criticized Ryan’s leadership and was stung after the Speaker said he would not longer defend Trump after a 2005 tape emerged in which the GOP nominee speaks lewdly about groping and kissing women.

Win or lose on Nov. 8, Trump could put pressure on House Republicans to oppose Ryan in a speakership contest.

The presence of Trump campaign chairman Steve Bannon is another factor.

As an executive with Breitbart news, Bannon has made it his mission to depose Ryan. He is unlikely to stop causing trouble for the Speaker after the election.

A big question mark is what the House Freedom Caucus decides to do. The conservative group, which is credited for pushing Boehner out last year, endorsed Webster for Speaker last year. But after Ryan beat Webster in the closed-door, internal vote, most of the group’s leaders supported Ryan in the public floor vote.

Freedom leaders now are pressing Ryan to delay the House GOP leadership elections until after the lame-duck session. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and other conservatives say they want to see how Ryan handles a fiscal 2017 spending bill and other items after the election before voting to give him another two years. But there is no indication that Ryan plans to grant their request.

Other Freedom members, like Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), are still furious with Ryan for ditching Trump.

“I have not made up my mind how I’ll vote yet,” DesJarlais said. “It depends on who runs.”

So far, no viable candidate has stepped up to challenge Ryan in the Speaker’s race. Webster, the former Speaker of the Florida state House, indicated he probably wouldn’t run again for the top job on Capitol Hill.

“I don’t think the conference is interested in a principle-based, member-driven Congress,” Webster told The Hill on Wednesday.

Webster is one of a number of other lawmakers whose votes will be closely watched in the Speakership election.

The central Florida lawmaker said he’s focused “100 percent” on his congressional race and hasn’t yet thought of whether he’ll vote to give Ryan another two-year term.

Republican Jim Banks, who’s the favorite to win an open House seat in Indiana, plans to join the Freedom Caucus but said backing Ryan is a no-brainer. The two recently campaigned together in the Hoosier State.
“Yes, I plan to support Paul Ryan,” Banks said. “He is the substantive leader our party and country needs right now.”

McConnell: Conservatives Mislead by Talk Show Hosts

Published on Jun 8, 2016

According to Mitch McConnell, talk radio is to blame for republican voters having “unrealistic expectations”.

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I am loooong ready for McConnell to be gone….KENTUCKY!!!!!
Thomas Taylor

gop bought and paid for by the globalist
Eric Madsen

Again, Conservative radio and TV are to blame for their mistakes. I know Levin, Limbaugh, Beck, etc are sick of being Obama’s and the establishments scape goats. We are all tired of this. I’m I the only one who sees this.
Joe Price

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

JOHN BOEHNER CALLS TED CRUZ “A MISERABLE SON OF A BITCH, LUCIFER IN THE FLESH”

“Lucifer in the flesh,” said former House Speaker

Zero HedgeAPRIL 28, 2016

Is the establishment’s fervent hatred of Donald Trump starting a U-turn? It’s still too early to know, however at least one core Republican, former house speaker John Boehner, has made it very clear he is not a fan of Ted Cruz. At all. So much so that according to NBC the former Republican House Speaker told an audience at Stanford University Wednesday that the Texas senator is “Lucifer in the flesh” and a “miserable son of a bitch.“

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When asked about the 2016 presidential candidate at a forum hosted by Stanford in Government and the Stanford Speakers Bureau, Boehner drew laughter for making a face of disgust, according to the Stanford Daily.

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“Lucifer in the flesh,” Boehner said cited by the paper. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

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Boehner’s shocking statement came because he was urged by the event’s moderator, Professor David M. Kennedy, to be frank because the event was not being broadcasted. Perhaps Boehner did not realize people were still taking notes.

Curiously, and an indication that the GOP faithful may be turning in their support for Trump, the former Ohio lawmaker had kinder words for his “texting buddy” Donald Trump, with whom Boehner has played golf with for “years.”

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And a surprising admission: Boehner said he’d vote for Donald Trump in the general election if he were the Republican nominee, but he would not vote for Ted Cruz.
Actually we take that back: the establishment is turning in their support of Trump.

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Boehner also said John Kasich was a “friend” too, although he suggested that the relationship takes “more effort” than others. “[Kasich] requires more effort on my behalf than all my other friends … but he’s still my friend, and I love him,” Boehner said.

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As the Hill reminds us, Cruz was a thorn in Boehner’s side during several standoffs with the Obama administration, and some of his actions likely cost Boehner support from his own conference. Cruz met with House members of the conservative Freedom Caucus — an unusual move for a freshman senator — in 2013 and pushed them to fight to defund ObamaCare. The effort eventually led to a government shutdown that hurt the GOP. Boehner reportedly called Cruz a “jackass” over the issue.

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At Stanford, a Boehner unburdened by the shackles of the office reportedly garnered laughter and smiles from the attendees as he struck a more informal tone than in most of his past previous appearances.