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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 6/24/16

CALENDAR: The House is in recess for the Fourth of July break, and will not return until Tuesday, July 5. The Senate will be back at work on Monday, June 27. LAST TWO WEEKS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session on Monday, June 13. They took up seven bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, June 14, the House took up two bills under Rules – including H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, offered by Rep. Peter Roskam of IL. That bill passed by a vote of 240-182, with but one Republican – Chris Gibson, of New York’s 19th congressional district – voting against it. So, no soup ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 4/24/1

  CALENDAR: The House will come back into session on Tuesday, and stay in session through Friday. The Senate will come back into session on Monday, and stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session last Monday and took up 15 bills on the Suspension Calendar. They wanted to be able to move to several bills targeting the IRS – because turnabout is fair play – on Tax Day, but they couldn’t get the timing down quite right, so the anti-IRS bills were spaced out throughout the week. So on Tuesday, the House moved to the first of these anti-IRS bills, H. Res. 673, “Expressing ...

(VIDEO) Tea Party Patriots CEO Jenny Beth Martin’s Remarks from CPAC

Hello, CPAC! You know, the President of the United States last addressed this gathering eight years ago. Do the math – it was a different president then. As he sat in the Oval Office, preparing for that speech, he came across a phrase in the draft that confused him. So he asked, “What is this movement you keep talking about in the speech?” The speechwriter, stunned, responded. “Well, the CONSERVATIVE movement,” he answered. “You know, the one that started back in the sixties, when conservative groups first took root.” That apparently didn’t sit well with the President. “Let me tell you something,” he said. ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington 2/22/2016

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 2/21/16   CALENDAR:  The House will return on Tuesday, February 23, and the Senate will return on Monday, February 22. THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House will come back on Tuesday, with the first votes expected at 6:30 PM. They’ll begin Tuesday with votes on five bills on the Suspension Calendar. Then, on Wednesday, they’ll be back with another eight bills on the Suspension Calendar. Votes may be held over into Thursday, but there are no votes scheduled on the floor calendar right now. On Friday, the House will consider two non-controversial bills. THIS ...

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...