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Longtime combatant Neal B. Freeman looks at the GOP, and conservatives’ place in it, from the early days of NR on.

Note: This column originally appeared in National Review on December 4, 2013   I understand that you’ve been involved in the GOP civil war for some time. Only 50 years or so. I came in late.   How did you first become involved? I headed Youth for Goldwater in New York. Wasn’t Goldwater’s principal opponent for the Republican nomination, Nelson Rockefeller, governor of New York at the time? I had grown up in New York and at some point began to fear that Rockefeller would be governor for life. Mine, as well as his.   Why didn’t you support Rockefeller? His big-government Republicanism was ’roided up. ...

Freeloaders and Obamacare’s Individual Mandate: CNN’s Jake Tapper Weighs In

Over the last several years, CNN “The Lead” host and former ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper has gained a large fan base for holding the Obama Administration’s feet to the proverbial fire. However, on Wednesday, in an exchange with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) on the individual mandate, Tapper created a false dichotomy for his viewers that bears correcting. In the interview (H/T to Mediaite), Tapper and the Senator had the following summarized exchange about why Republicans don’t support the mandate (the full transcript of the discussion can be found here): “When did Republicans start saying, ‘That’s okay, you can freeload...

Wishful thinking: “DC Tea Party Rally Bombs”

Yesterday, Tea Party Patriots was joined by nearly 10,000 activists on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Despite a hot, humid day and the difficulties of taking time off of work in the middle of the work week, activists showed they are not going to stand for IRS and other government intimidation and abuse any longer. The day was a resounding success by all relevant measures, which is why this assessment by one popular liberal website was so humorous: “DC Tea Party Rally Bombs.” First, and most ridiculously, the article estimates 5,000 to 10,000 people attended the rally, and thus it was a failure. Consider that a rally by Occupy Wall Street ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 12/13/15

CALENDAR: The House returns Tuesday, and will stay in session long enough to pass the omnibus appropriations bill and, maybe, the tax extenders bill. The Senate returns Monday, with the first vote late on Monday afternoon, and will stay in session long enough to pass the omnibus appropriations bill and, maybe, the tax extenders bill. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session last Monday and took up and passed two bills under Suspension, both by voice vote. On Tuesday, the House planned a simple day – eight bills to be passed under Suspension. The Democrats had other plans. Determined to shift attention from ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 10/18/15

CALENDAR: The House will return on Tuesday, October 20, with the first votes set for 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session through Friday, October 23. The Senate will return on Monday, October 19, with the first vote set for 11 AM Tuesday. The Senate will stay in session through Friday, October 23. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House was in recess last week for the Columbus Day holiday. THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House will open its week on Tuesday, with six bills considered on the Suspension Calendar. On Wednesday, they’ll consider one bill under Suspension, and then they’ll take up two bills: H.R. 692, the ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 10/04/15

CALENDAR: The House will come back into session on Tuesday, and stay through Friday. The Senate will come back into session on Monday, with the first vote set for 5:30 PM. They’re scheduled to stay in through Friday. LEADERSHIP FIGHTS/BOEHNER RESIGNATION: Following Speaker Boehner’s announcement a week ago Friday that he would resign his seat and his Speakership on October 30, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced his candidacy for the position. Speaker Boehner endorsed him for the promotion, making clear that McCarthy’s ascendance to the Speakership would be a continuation of the Establishment’s control. Florida Republ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 09/27/15

CALENDAR: The House will come back into session on Monday, with no votes expected before 6:30 PM. The House will stay in through Thursday, with the last vote expected not later than 3 PM. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote scheduled for 5:30 PM. The Senate is scheduled to stay in through the rest of the week. LAST WEEK ON THE SENATE FLOOR: The Senate opened for business last Monday, but held no votes until Tuesday afternoon. First up was a vote to invoke cloture on the Motion To Proceed to H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The cloture motion fell, by a vote of 54-42. Then Majority Leader McConn...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 09/20/15

CALENDAR: The House is out of session Monday through Wednesday, then will return Thursday for a Joint Meeting of Congress to receive Pope Francis. Then they will stay in session through Friday. The Senate will return on Monday, with no votes scheduled until Tuesday, and stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House had a short week last week – they were out for Rosh Hashanah on Monday and Tuesday, and didn’t come back into session until Wednesday. That day was spent on bills brought up under Suspension of the Rules. Ten of them passed by voice vote, and two of them passed by roll call votes with more than ...

Memo from Jenny Beth Martin Addressing Tea Party Patriots’ Involvement Fighting Amnesty

In light of a recent article that appeared on Breitbart News entitled “Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Encourages Conservatives to Give Rubio Chance to Implement Immigration Agenda,” it is necessary to correct the record about our organization’s deep commitment over the past few years to preventing amnesty and defending the rule of law. The background story behind that Breitbart piece is that I wrote a short op-ed for USA Today in which I defended politicians who change their minds. USA Today requested the article and specifically asked for a defense of the concept of “flip-flopping” by politicians. The paper asked me to reflect on both ...

Jenny Beth Martin’s Speech at the Western Conservative Summit

Who here wants elected officials to vote based on principles and convictions, regardless of the consequences?  Regardless of whether they will lose their chairmanships, committee appointments, and other perks of office? Who here is proud of Congressman Ken Buck for standing and voting on principle since he took office in DC in January? I’m proud of Ken Buck and the others who stood on principle and faced consequences in the last 2 weeks like Mark Meadows, Trent Franks, Cynthia Lummis, and Steve Pearce.  Thanks to you for making calls this week, the Republican “Leadership” reinstated Congressman Mark Meadows’ subcommittee chairmanship and ...