Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog
When Republicans lost the last presidential election to a weak president amidst an unprecedentedly lethargic economic recovery, Republicans of all stripes engaged in some soul-searching about what went wrong and what needs to change within the party.
The party establishment issued an “autopsy” report in which they searched everywhere for the culprit of electoral failure. They looked under the bed; they looked under the covers. They blamed our losses on conservatives and conservative ideas. They suggested we need to adopt Democrat positions on issues like marriage and amnesty.
Yet, they failed to examine the one obvious culprit – the failed leadership within the party. They never even entertained the idea that, perhaps, it is the current crop of elected officials – people who stand for nothing and appeal to nobody – who were responsible for our electoral losses. Ironically, the very people who are pushing a pale-pastel agenda for the party in pursuit of new voters – the stuffed-shirt, country club consultant class and their elected officials – will never appeal to younger voters and minorities. They certainly won’t appeal to Reagan Democrats – the most reachable constituency for conservatives. That should have been the obvious moral of running a candidate like Mitt Romney.
Look down the roster of the 45 elected Republicans in the Senate. Putting ideology aside for a moment, how many of them represent a vibrant fresh voice for a new generation? You can count them all on one or two hands. This needs to change if we ever hope to grow our party. As Milton Wolf (Obama’s second cousin from Kansas) said at the Red State Gathering on Friday, “if the GOP establishment can’t fight for the Constitution and for the American Idea in a small tent then they can’t fight for them in a large tent either.”
Beginning this year, we are starting a new paradigm in Republican politics. Gone are the days when every sitting Republican is the defacto nominee for the duration of his or her life, barring any egregious scandal. Every six years, each Republican will have to stand on his record and vouch for why he is the best person to represent Republicans, especially in a conservative state. If nobody comes along to challenge them and we are stuck with a weak Republican, then so be it. But if and when we find viable challengers, we will not sit back and rubber stamp another six years of rudderless leadership.
Monday, August 5th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, News
At the Red State Gathering this past weekend, Senator Ted Cruz made a salient point that has been overlooked in Washington politics since the days of Reagan. Why is there always a presumption that Republicans will blink first during any legislative brinkmanship? Why would Republicans lose a fight over defunding Obamacare when the law is so unpopular with the public?
Well, although Ted Cruz and his allies are changing the political dynamic within the party, the answer to the question is quite simple. With finger likin’ frauds like Mitch McConnell running the party, of course there is a presumption that Republicans will blink first. He is too chicken to even sign onto Mike Lee’s letter pledging to defund Obamacare in any battle over the budget. In fact, he is coercing other members to stay away from the letter in order to join him in the chicken caucus of surrender.
With that degree of conviction, no wonder Democrats believe Republicans will always cave on their principles.
Just how much of a chicken is Mitch McConnell? After serving in Washington for almost 30 years, he is too scared to vouch for his record. Over the weekend, all the candidates for Senate from both parties spoke at the annual Fancy Farm picnic in western Kentucky. McConnell was too chicken to stick around for Matt Bevin’s speech, so he summarily took his toys and activists and went home. Instead, he relied on his campaign staff to put out another sneaky dishonest ad against Bevin. He’s not man enough to defend his refusal to fight Obamacare.
Fortunately, we have a man with courage running for Senate; a man who is willing to call out the most powerful elected official in the state. Here is Matt Bevin’s speech at Fancy Farm:
Friday, August 2nd, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog
How do you take a state Romney carried by 23 points with 116 of 120 counties and turn it into a dead heat? Ask Mitch McConnell.
Kentuckians are not happy with Obama. Amidst the war on coal, even 40% of Democrats voted against Obama in the presidential primary. They overwhelmingly supported Romney in the presidential election, even though his persona was not exactly a great fit with the state. Obama has since escalated his war on coal. Wouldn’t it go without saying that the sitting Republican senator from the state would easily cruise to reelection?
Yesterday, two polls showed the race between Mitch McConnell and Allison Lundergan Grimes to be a dead heat. Yes, they were Democrat surveys that had some push-poll bias in them. But even the Republican poll that was published last week had McConnell under 50%. Remember, it took over $20 million in a cheap media market state to eke out a victory in 2008 against Bruce Lunsford. It was touch-and-go for a while even with Obama on the ballot. He just pulled it out after running a scorched earth campaign on his opponent.
Democrats are not targeting him because he is effective; they are targeting him because he is vulnerable.
There are a number of Republicans up for reelection next year from red states. Which other Republican from a Romney+23 state is even close to being vulnerable in a general election? How in the world do you bridge that gap?
At a time when we can easily win back the Senate on red state territory, do we really need to spend tens of millions of Republican dollars bailing out a failed leader in a slam dunk seat? It would be one thing if we had to spend that type of money on a guy like Ted Cruz. But for a finger likin’ fraud? Really?
And it is precisely the unprincipled deal-making persona that has made him so vulnerable in a red state. He talks loudly and carries a white flag; he stands for nothing and appeals to nobody, and the voters see that. The McConnell apologists can kick and scream all they want, but it is incontrovertibly clear that McConnell is dramatically underperforming the generic Republican bent of the state, and has been for quite some time. This has left a gaping hole for a phony moderate Democrat like Grimes to jump through and exploit his weakness with a contrived “outsider” populist campaign.
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, News
For Immediate Release:
July 31, 2013
Contact: Daniel Horowitz
Madison Project Highlights McConnell’s Flip-Flop
on Foreign Aid to Egypt
McConnell was for funding the Muslim Brotherhood before he was against it
Washington, D.C. – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement regarding today’s vote on Senator Rand Paul’s amendment to freeze all foreign aid to Egypt [Roll Call #195]:
“Once again, Senator Mitch McConnell has shown that he has no ideological consistency and is guided by his political weather vane,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project. “Breaking his normal voting habits, Senator McConnell joined a small group of Republicans to support Senator Paul’s amendment to the annual Transportation-HUD appropriations bill, which would have frozen $1.5 billion in annual aid to Egypt. While we applaud his newfound opposition to aiding our enemies, his timing is completely suspect.”
Earlier this year, McConnell opposed Senator Paul’s efforts to block the transfer of F-16s and M1 tanks to Egypt [Roll Call #9, 1/31/2013]. He also voted against a Senator Ted Cruz amendment in March, which would have cut aid to Egypt and reallocate the funds for missile defense projects [Roll Call #85, 3/23/2013].
“What is even more jarring is that he supported such aid back when the Muslim Brotherhood controlled the country, but now opposes it after they have been deposed,” said Horowitz. “It’s extremely difficult to discern any coherent governing philosophy with Mitch McConnell – that’s just troubling.”
“This is yet one more example of how Matt Bevin is already making a difference,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “He is forcing Mitch McConnell to vote with conservatives against his own intuition. That is why we are proud to have endorsed Matt Bevin. Matt won’t be a fair weather friend to conservatives in Kentucky. He will consistently promote Kentucky values.”
To view our endorsement of Matt Bevin, click here.
The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at http://madisonproject.com/
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog
Ever since the 1930s, or perhaps the times of Woodrow Wilson and the progressives, we’ve ceased to function as a constitutional republic governed by our founding laws. Instead we have transitioned into a pure democracy government by majority rule. The tyrannical rule of a majority of the political class, in conjunction with the lack of courage from those who claim to represent We the People, has bequeathed us with a losing equation for almost a century.
There is an imbalance of power inherent in the political system of any pure democracy, in that the forces of tyranny have a built-in advantage over the defenders of freedom. It takes but one legislative or administrative victory for statism to succeed in guiding society on an indelible path towards socialism. As long as the media and societal institutions manipulate 51% of the population to elect 51% majorities for any big government proposal, they secure a permanent victory. The forces of freedom are never strong enough to overturn a government intervention once the dependency takes root.
On the other hand, we don’t have the ability to perpetuate the lack of government intervention. Even if we succeed in blocking a proposal, they will try a second, third, or fourth time until they are successful. Hence, when liberals failed to institute a government takeover of healthcare in 1993, they tried again the next time they won unfettered power, and achieved their dream. If our approach to governance is to consummate liberal programs into law when we have a seat at the table, we will never slow the inexorable slide into socialism.
We have approximately 77 welfare programs, and the best we can do is offer some minor tweaks.
We have government-run healthcare for seniors and complete federal control over our retirement, yet those two failed programs have become untouchable.
We have officious federal involvement in agriculture, housing, education, energy, and local transportation, yet all we can do is nibble around the edges.
We stand today at the precipice of enacting the worst government program ever. We have two choices: we can continue funding Obamacare, only to find ourselves discussing modest tweaks to the law in 10 years from now – not unlike the way we are forced to approach Medicare now. Or we can end the cycle of big government by forcing a fight to the death over this cancer to our country before it take effect. It is that simple. There are no other options. Anyone who opposes the defund effort before the law takes effect is essentially admitting that Obamacare will become enshrined into the welfare state forever.
Some figures in the beltway conservative intelligentsia are scoffing at the idea, asserting that we will have better opportunities to get rid of Obamacare. Others ask why we are not pushing budget brinkmanship over other conservative policy priorities if we think it will work with Obamacare. These people are overlooking several factors:
Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, News
Here’s a text book example how Mitch McConnell speaks loudly and carries a white flag when dealing with President Obama and Harry Reid.
Two weeks ago, McConnell sent his minions out to cut a deal allowing all of Obama’s radical nominees to pass through the senate confirmation process, albeit without his finger prints on them. A compromise usually contains elements from which both sides must agree to give some ground. But the McConnell compromise gave Obama everything he wanted. They agreed to confirm Richard Cordray for the new Dodd-Frank agency, Gina McCarthy to head the EPA, and Tom Perez as Secretary of Labor.
So what did Republicans get in return? Obama had to withdraw his two nominees to the National Labor Relations Board. But here’s the catch. Republicans unilaterally agreed to approve any replacements. As we all know, there is no lack of radically pro-union officials in Washington. So a few hours later, with the consultation of the AFL-CIO, Obama nominated former AFL-CIO counsel Nancy Schiffer and the current chief council at the NLRP Kent Hirozawa.
Earlier today, McConnell and 10 of his RINOs voted for cloture on the Hirozawa nomination. He might vote against him in the end, but this vote is the one that counts; it ensures that this pro-union radical gets confirmed. Once confirmed, these people will promulgate pro-union rules that help fill the coffers of those who help defeat the Republican Party.
Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog
Over the past few months, I’ve been advocating for a proactive strategy on immigration. It would be great for conservatives to go on offense and highlight Obama’s callous disregard for the rule of law. They should pass enforcement bills and block funding for Obama’s amnesty programs in budget bills. Unfortunately, because we are not blessed with control over the levers of power, any attempt to address this issue – even in a conservative pro-active way – will backfire.
Earlier today, Politico quoted a leadership aide who summed up exactly what we believe to be leadership’s strategy on immigration:
“Our members, by and large, want to get something done. They’d like to get a solution, but we’re not going to be taking up a comprehensive bill. So, to the extent that you really do want to get something done, you better start trying to figure out how to do it through a piecemeal process. We’re not going to suddenly collapse into a comprehensive bill.
“The odds of this are very low, but at the end of a process — if we’re able to advance some piecemeal bills — you could potentially get something broader. There’s the growing understanding in our party that we’ve got to deal with the legalization/citizenship issue, but that doesn’t affect the desire to get the enforcement right. So if you’re going to go and start stitching something together, our guys are going to have to have the enforcement stuff under their belt — border security, internal enforcement, E-Verify, all that.
“We are never, ever going to put immigration into an open-ended conference [committee with the Senate], because it could give rise to motions to instruct on the floor, and we’re not going to expose our members to that. So, if you’re going to have a comprehensive bill, you’re going to have to get a bunch of stuff individually through the House, and then you’re going to have to negotiate what we would call a pre-conference bill and it would basically have to be written. Then you would go into conference and come out right away with the bill.”
Monday, July 29th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, News
For Immediate Release:
July 29, 2013
Contact: Daniel Horowitz
Madison Project PAC Endorses Matt Bevin for Senate in Kentucky
Madison Project Chairman Jim Ryun: “The only way to change the lackluster leadership in the Republican Party is to replace the career politicians who lead the party. Matt Bevin is brave enough to storm the castle of the GOP Establishment and challenge the sitting minority leader, and we are proud to stand with him and with millions of conservatives who feel disenfranchised by unprincipled GOP leaders like Mitch McConnell.”
Washington, DC – The Madison Project PAC announced today that it is endorsing Louisville businessman Matt Bevin for Senate against Senator Mitch McConnell in next year’s Republican primary for Senate.
“Earlier this year, Senator Rand Paul illustrated the problem with the GOP establishment by noting that they have grown stale and moss-covered,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project. “After 28 years in the Senate and over 10 years in leadership, Senator Mitch McConnell has become the embodiment of stale moss-covered leadership. It’s not just his votes for Democrat proposals, such as open borders, bailouts, fiscal cliff tax hikes, debt limit increases, green energy stimulus, and funding for Obamacare, it is the fact that McConnell has refused to use his leadership role to fight for conservatives. On so many major legislative battles important to conservatives, McConnell has refused to fight and has remained ambiguous about his own position until he felt a clear signal from his political weather vane. His behavior during the amnesty fight is a consummate example of McConnell following from behind instead of leading from the front.
Moreover, there is widespread fear among conservatives in the state that McConnell will lose the seat in the general election. It is an embarrassment that in a state Romney carried by 23 points with 116 of 120 counties, McConnell needs to run another $20 million scorched-earth campaign to eke out a narrow victory. With control of the Senate at stake, there is no reason we should waste tens of millions bailing out a failed unprincipled senator. Mitch McConnell should heed the advice he gave to Jim Bunning in 2009 and put the best interests of the party and conservatives ahead of his waning career.”
“We are proud to endorse Matt Bevin, a bold change in the direction of principled conservatism,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “Matt has lived the American Dream, coming from virtually nothing to grow multiple businesses and create jobs. As a family man, philanthropist, and successful entrepreneur, Bevin is the antithesis of a career politician. He won’t need to put his finger in the wind to gauge the political winds in order to fight for his conservative beliefs. He understands that Washington corrupts even the best of people. That’s why he has pledged to serve no longer than two terms. Bevin is not only committed to voting with conservatives, he will give voice to conservatives in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by leading the charge for limited government along with other leaders in the Senate like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.”
The official endorsement along with the complete conservative case against Senator McConnell can be viewed here and also at www.DumpMcConnell.com
Monday, July 29th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, News
Here is Madison Project’s official endorsement of Matt Bevin for Senate and the full letter to the conservative movement.
Dear Fellow Conservatives in The Commonwealth of Kentucky and Across the Country,
As a self-made successful businessman, Matt Bevin understands that the failed leadership in the Republican Party cannot be fixed with the very elements that precipitated its failure. As a devoted father of nine children, he understands that if we don’t elect bold leaders to change that party, nobody will be able to preserve this Republic for our children. He also understands that when nobody else is willing to fix the problem, you have to do it yourself. That’s why Matt Bevin is storming the decaying castle of the GOP establishment on behalf of millions of conservatives.
We are thrilled to get to storm it with him.
If there is one individual who represents GOP establishment, it is Mitch McConnell. If you want a dictionary definition of the GOP establishment, it is Mitch McConnell. If you want to know the paradigm of stale, moss-covered leadership, it is Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell emblematizes the rudderless leadership, vacuous core, and duplicitous tendencies of the powers that be within the party. He isn’t just part of the problem. He is the problem in Washington, DC. In fact, as we write this endorsement, he is pressuring senators not to join the effort to defund Obamacare, despite his carefully scripted anti-Obamacare speeches next to his ‘red tape tower.’
In 2011, McConnell proposed a plan to raise the debt ceiling, which later became known as the “McConnell plan” in DC. The plan was nothing more than a blank check for Obama to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling. But it provided Congress with the opportunity to override the president’s decision….with a 2/3 majority – a political impossibility. Hence, McConnell wanted to wash his hands of leading the fight against the debt ceiling, but desired to retain his political cover through the hollow motion of rejecting the increase.
The “McConnell plan” exemplifies Mitch McConnell in his role as senator and as a party leader. Unlike John Boehner, who, for better or worse, is willing to stand before his conference and openly advocate for capitulations, McConnell never wants his fingerprints on the deal-making, even though he so badly desires them. Many conservatives are outraged at Boehner over the 2011 debt ceiling deal and the 2013 tax hikes/stimulus bill, but both of those deals were crafted by Mitch McConnell together with Joe Biden.
More recently, Mitch McConnell quietly encouraged Marco Rubio to join the Gang of 8 to ensure that the amnesty bill would pass, albeit without his public support. Despite the fact that this was the most onerous bill to come to the floor since Obamacare, and despite his status as GOP leader, McConnell failed to deliver a single floor speech against the bill, and even remained [publicly] “undecided” until the end. He knew that his leadership would have scuttled this bill, but he desired to pass it without personally suffering the consequences from his constituents back home.
Just this past month, McConnell capitulated to Reid and Obama on passing through radical executive nominees. It was so embarrassing that even the liberal media felt bad for Republicans. McConnell, of course, voted against the nominees, and when the press started ridiculing the deal McConnell said he could have gotten a better deal.
The only problem is, as noted by Senators Graham and Corker, McConnell knew about the deal the entire time.
For years, McConnell has been undermining conservatives in the Senate, even as he evinces the image of a conservative warrior to his constituents. Whenever there is a low-hanging political issue to hit, McConnell is eager to run before a microphone and feign outrage, even when he can’t contribute anything more to the debate. But when some of the most consequential odious pieces of legislation come before the Senate, he is silent or quietly pushing for it.
Several years ago, Jim DeMint was next in line to get a seat on the powerful Senate Finance Committee. But when a vacancy occurred, McConnell recruited another senator who wasn’t even lobbying for the position, just because he had an ounce more of seniority. When Ron Johnson, a moderately conservative member who could have served as a solid bridge between the Tea Party and the establishment, ran unopposed for the measly 5th ranking leadership position, McConnell recruited Roy Blunt to run against him, even though Blunt never sought the job.
Mitch McConnell is ubiquitously popular with the GOP establishment inside the beltway, who admires his “clever” skills at elusively ducking tough issues while projecting an image as a strong conservative. But conservatives in Kentucky are neither amused nor impressed by this duplicity. And one Kentuckian, Matt Bevin, is willing to face down the most truculent opposition research team, risking fame and fortune, to put an end to the McConnell mendacity.
When we first sat down with Matt Bevin at the beginning of the year, we were skeptical that a political neophyte could take on such an arduous task. But that preconceived notion changed within five minutes of meeting him. His resolve, core beliefs and charisma convinced us that he was the right man to offer the much-needed bold contrast from the palest of pastels in the Senate.
Matt Bevin grew up in an eight-person family in a small farmhouse with no central heating near the foothills of the White Mountains. He took the conservative values of his Christian faith, family, and community that his parents imbued in him, and achieved the American Dream. After serving 4 years as an Army officer, Bevin embarked on a career as an investment consultant. His sharp mind and drive for success allowed him to quickly climb the ladder of success in the business world.
In the late 90’s he became the director of institutional marketing at National Asset Management Co. in Louisville. In 2003 and 2004, he started his own investment management companies, Integrity Asset Management and Veracity Funds. After several years of hard work, Integrity became one of Kentucky’s largest asset management companies, with $1.8 billion in assets and many jobs created in the Louisville area. He was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009.
Unlike the leftists who desire to use government to redistribute wealth, Bevin has used his God-given success for an array of private charitable endeavors. This list, which is too long to enumerate, includes establishing educational scholarships, mission work, building schools and orphanages for the impoverished overseas, and chairing the local chapter of Red Cross. Several years ago, Bevin adopted four children from Ethiopia, and has been involved in charitable work there for years. When we first contacted him, he was on a mission helping to improve security in Ethiopian orphanages.
Like many Americans, Matt has suffered his share of tragedies along with his successes. In 2003, his oldest daughter, who wanted to work as a missionary, died in a car crash. Last year, his family bell business, which he took over from his uncle in 2011, burned down to the ground in a spontaneous fire, burying with it 180 years of history and treasures. Undaunted by tragedy, Bevin said, “The American way is that you get back up again. Bevins have been making bells on the land we’re standing on for 180 years and I’m a Bevin. I’m standing here and I’m going to make bells here.” After personally turning around the failing company just one year earlier, Bevin spent his own fortune to rebuild the factory and retain payroll. Sadly, McConnell has used the millions collected from his rich buddies on Wall Street and K Street lobbyists in DC to launch a personal attack against Matt for turning a company around and creating jobs.
At the age of 46, Bevin has accomplished more in private life than the career politicians like Mitch McConnell. Needless to say, he is solid on all conservative issues, but it is his core beliefs and life experiences that make him eminently more qualified to serve as a senator from Kentucky than Mitch McConnell, even without careful scrutiny of McConnell’s 27 years of voting and organizing for big government.
Matt Bevin represents that future of conservative free market populism packaged in a man who can relate to younger voters. He also has the life experience to stay strong in the Senate. When we spoke with him about the budget negotiations and the amnesty bill, Bevin noted that in business it’s always the losing party that is frenetically offering the compromises.
Matt Bevin is willing to undertake the daunting challenge of taking on the GOP Establishment. He is willing to expose himself to the most vicious campaign smears because nobody else is actually doing anything to change the leadership of the party.
That is why The Madison Project is honored to endorse Matt Bevin and introduce him to fellow conservatives who so badly desire a Republican Party that represents our values.
If one man is willing to risk his reputation to change the face of failed leadership it behooves all those liberty-living patriots to follow this man’s charge.
Friday, July 26th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, News
The fight over defunding Obamacare within the party is playing out much like the amnesty debate. The party leaders like McConnell and Boehner are working behind the scenes to undermine conservatives, but they don’t want to publicly oppose the defund effort. Instead, they have their lackeys, like Rep. Tom Cole and Senator Richard Burr, got the the media and blast conservatives.
As we all know, the only way to disrupt Obamacare before it takes root is by refusing to fund the law in the upcoming budget battle after the August recess. If we don’t do this now, we will be talking about Obamacare in 10 years from now the same way we talk about the other entitlements. In other words, it will ostensibly be enshrined into the statist edifice.
So here is where the defund effort stands. In the Senate, Mike Lee’s defund letter has been signed by 11 other senators: Rubio, Cruz, Inhofe, Risch, Paul, Vitter, Thune, Chiesa, Enzi, Fischer, and Grassley. Many others have been pressured by McConnell’s guys to stay away from the letter. Additionally, Senators Cornyn, Kirk, and Wicker were pressured to remove their names.