Monday, September 21st, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Uncategorized
In 2010 she ran as a pro-life conservative to replace retiring Senator Judd Gregg in New Hampshire, narrowly squeaking past Ovide Lamontagne in the Republican primary (we endorsed Ovide) before cruising to victory in the general election with 60% of the vote.
Entering the United States Senate with her conservative bone fides, many expected Ayotte to be a transformative force. She has been anything but transformative, quickly falling into the pattern we have seen established by many GOPers. Run as a conservative, govern as a liberal.
During her first Congress, Ayotte “enjoyed” a 73% on the Heritage Action scorecard. In the 113th Congress, she dropped to 48% and in the 114th, her slide into abysmal continued to a 29% against the average GOP Senator score of 62%.
On our Performance Index (that measures Members of Congress to their districts and states), Ayotte scores a paltry -15.
In the 114th Congress, she has already voted:
*To Fully Fund Executive Amnesty
*For Same-Sex Benefits
*To Undermine Religious Liberties
*To Reauthorize No Child Left Behind
*To Renew Funding For The Ex-Im Bank
*Against The First Amendment Defense Act
Her latest foray into the art of run as a conservative, govern as a liberal, has been to serve as the GOP Establishment’s hatchet man (woman) against Senator Ted Cruz’s efforts to defund Planned Parenthood through the Continuing Resolution process.
Let’s establish the pattern for the Ayotte types. It generally starts with, “There is no one more pro-life than I am (no one!!). I support investigating Planned Parenthood. I voted for the stand alone bill to defund Planned Parenthood.”
Then there is the inevitable “but” thrown in there.
Ayotte’s, predictably, is: we just don’t have the votes because we don’t have the White House. If you think you’ve heard this line before, see Mitch McConnell.
Backing up the first excuse is the alarmist: we can’t shut down the government over this!
Quick question for Senator Ayotte-how pro-life are you that you would surrender before the fight to save hundreds of thousands of babies begins?
But here is where the ignorance of Senator Ayotte shines through.
There is no such thing as a government shutdown. Slowdown, yes. Shutdown, no.
In fact, in the longest government slowdown in history (1995-96, 21 days) all non-essential government employees were furloughed and guess what? Employees defined as those performing duties vital to national defense, public health and safety, or other critical operations kept right on working. It makes you wonder why we have “non-essential” government employees in the first place, doesn’t it?
Bottom line is this. Kelly Ayotte has not come remotely close to fulfilling her promise as a conservative in the United States Senate. Not only has she fallen in with bad company, she is now helping lead their charge.
While she frets that a government shutdown may ruin her chances to re-election, we cast a quick glance at her scorecard averages and performance index numbers and ask, “Why would any voters in New Hampshire vote to re-elect you? If given the choice between a legitimate liberal and a knockoff one parading as a conservative, go with the authentic one.”
Monday, September 21st, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections
We made our 8th endorsement of the 2016 cycle last week and we made it in support of David Gerson in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. That means Step #1 in the process is complete. A great candidate has been ID’d and we have endorsed.
Step #2 in the process is now raising as much money for David as possible. That’s where you all come in. With September 30th looming, end of the quarter reports will be due in just 9 days and we want David to have a strong showing at the end of the month.
So here’s what I need you to do today. Go directly to David’s campaign site and donate to his campaign. To do so, just click here
$5, $10, $25-every dollar counts. So please, go give to David today!
Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections
In 2014, he ran a well-organized, self-funded campaign and almost beat a heavily entrenched incumbent.
While many challenger candidates walk away discouraged after a first (and somewhat predictable) loss, David Gerson refused to do so. Instead, he went back to the drawing board and began planning a comprehensive plan on how to beat the incumbent Congressman from Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, John Kline.
With a 59% on the Heritage Action scorecard and a -14.5% on the Madison Performance Index, Kline is the type of underperforming, establishment incumbent in a strong Republican district we need to defeat when opportunity arises.
Given the work Gerson has done over the last 18 months and seeing an even tougher primary process looming, Kline did what few expected-he announced his retirement.
As the race now goes into a free-for-all scenario, it is time to rally conservatives around David Gerson.
A mechanical engineer with over two decades of experience in the private sector, David has seen firsthand the effects of a government run amuck with red tape. A comprehensive conservative, David is pro-life and fiscally conservative and during our conversation with him it became abundantly clear he understands the problem in Washington, D.C. – the current leadership of the GOP party. Not only is David committed to winning this race, he is committed to electing new leadership that reflects the party platform and the conservative base.
We are excited to endorse David for Congress and urge other conservatives to rally behind him.
This is a seat we can and must win. To turn the tide in Washington, it starts one race, one seat at a time.
Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections
Here at the Madison Project, we have consistently claimed three core competencies:
1) Identifying and supporting good conservatives to run for office
2) Holding the GOP Establishment accountable for their legion of broken promises.
3) Creating and implementing ground game plans to help our (and other) conservatives win.
It is the latter we are engaged in down in Florida right now. As we often tell folks, when it comes to winning a state, you don’t have to win every county. You just have to win the right ones and inside those counties, you have to win the right precincts.
Simple, yes. Easy, no.
There are a lot of folks who talk about doing the necessary work that it takes to win. There are few who will actually take the time to do it, but on August 1st, we launched a comprehensive voter ID project in key counties in Florida and already have thousands of completed surveys. Because of these, we feel confident in saying the following:
1.) High frequency Independent voters are VERY gettable for the right Republican candidate. Among these voters, Hillary Clinton has a relatability problem. When told that Hillary and Bill Clinton made over $165 million between 2001 and 2012, over 60% of these type voters do not think she can relate to them.
2.) A minority demographic is HIGHLY antagonistic to Hillary Clinton’s statement that churches that refusing to change their positions on abortion and same sex marriage should lose their tax exempt status.
3.) 60% of the high frequency Independents feel that ISIS and Islamic terrorism is a rising threat to America and 42% of them believe Hillary will NOT provide the leadership necessary to defeat ISIS.
4.) The Democrats are already ACTIVELY working parts of the state and various demographics where the knowledge of political races is insanely high, the kind seen during the latter stages of an election.
How do we know this?
Because we’re on the ground already, building out data to use for 2016. Free from the static caused by political season, we are having a conversation with the voters right now.
And it is fascinating.
Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections
It has been the chatter along the political grapevine today as the State Department released more of Hillary Clinton’s emails. One in particular was of note and it was from Sid Blumenthal, a close Clinton confidant and an evident user of a pocket thesaurus.
In his email to Hillary, Blumenthal wrote:
Boehner is despised by the younger, more conservative members of the House Republican Conference. They are repelled by his personal behavior. He is louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle. . .
He’s a would-be DeLay without the whip. He’s the one at the end of a lash. . . [McConnell] relatively in the same position in the Senate.
Sometimes you cannot make this stuff up. While intended for a different audience, Blumenthal aptly summed up what the GOP Establishment has become.
They are drunk-on the facade of power.
They are banal-they fear a government slowdown versus defunding Planned Parenthood and protecting innocent life.
They are lazy-talking points are much easier to churn than actual action, because you might have to intellectually defend the latter.
As Erick Erickson wrote the other day, the GOP is teetering dangerously on extinction. It is a party birthed in the midst of righting a grievous wrong. It stared down evil and won. When faced with defunding Planned Parenthood, the taxpayer funded organization that doesn’t just abort babies but sells their parts as well, the GOP is confused as to what the steps of action needed are.
These are the symptoms of the lazy, the banal and the drunken.
The GOP’s answer in the face of this evil should be simple: Others may choose to fund it, but it is inherently un-American ethical to force taxpayers to fund something they are fundamentally opposed to. Therefore, in light of ALL the evidence that has been presented, we feel it is our duty to defund Planned Parenthood of all federal dollars.
This fall is make or break for the GOP with the 2016 Presidential election looming and during it, fortunes will rise and fall.
Monday, August 24th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections
In one of his seminal works, The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis writes of “men without chests.” They are the types that many would call intellectuals, the types who would rather talk about issues endlessly that actually do something about it.
For, as Lewis writes, to take action has repercussions. It is, as he writes, akin to:
When a Roman father told his son that it was a sweet and seemly thing to die for his country, he believed what he said. He was communicating to the son an emotion which he himself shared and which he believed to be in accord with the value which his judgment discerned in noble death. He was giving the boy the best he had, giving of his spirit to humanize him as he had given of his body to beget him.
Lewis correctly deduces that the “modern” era has produced a generation of men without chests and he concludes his essay with:
[W]e continue to clamour for those very qualities we are rendering impossible. You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more ‘drive’, or dynamism, or self-sacrifice, or ‘creativity’. In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.
While it may be needless to say, conservatives are faced with GOP leaders that are devoid of chests. Make no mistake, they are spin masters. They are intellectuals.
But when it comes to actual action, they wouldn’t have the slightest idea what to do. Conflict in any form comes and they melt away, unlike Ted Cruz during his confrontation with a misguided Ellen Page this past weekend (seriously, what was she thinking? Pick on Jeb Bush. Or Ben Carson. But Ted Cruz, a former Harvard debate champion and solicitor general of Texas. . . .?).
Which is why, as they actively work to tamp down on any talk of attaching a rider to the Continuing Resolution this fall that would defund Planned Parenthood, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner’s finest moments might likely end in catastrophe.
There are epochs in American history when we face wrongs that this country has engaged in and make them right.
Slavery comes to mind.
We as Americans have also stood down great evil across the world throughout our nation’s short history.
Defeating Nazi Germany and the horrors embodied by this evil empire was one of our finest hours.
As we are presented with a growing evil in our midst, we must face the question: will we as a nation continue as we have or will we change? The issue of Planned Parenthood is not an insignificant issue. It is one that must rise to a national debate. We are all engaged in it whether we want to be or not because each year, Planned Parenthood receives hundreds of millions of our taxpayer dollars. For fiscal year 2015, that number rose above $800 million.
Yet the response from the Republican leadership of McConnell and Boehner is that, “We must avoid a government shutdown at all costs!”
Since when, we ask, did the jobs of a few government desk clerks and keeping national parks open supersede the lives of thousands of innocent children (read this excellent paper from Heritage on a government shutdown if you doubt us)?
These chidden are not just being aborted each year-they are being killed so that their organs may be used for profit and medical experimentation, all in the name of science.
Just last week the Daily Signal compiled all the Planned Parenthood videos. Watch them if you can.
In a world today that disavows right and wrong, good and evil, you will be presented with a conclusion you may not be comfortable with: evil exists and you fund it.
As Senator Ted Cruz writes in USA Today, every effort must be made this fall to defund Planned Parenthood. Not by show votes that McConnell and Boehner know will go nowhere. No, those will not suffice.
A concerted effort must be made by the Republican Party to end this atrocity. That effort must be centered around the must pass Continuing Resolution. If the government shuts down over this (again, read Heritage’s paper on what a shutdown really is), then let it shut down.
Let the Republicans lead-they were given the majority for fights like this.
If they do not lead, then maybe it is time for them to go the way of the Whigs and for conservatives to start a new party.
Monday, August 3rd, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Family Values
If this past month has showed us anything, it is that the Republican leadership in Washington has failed us over and over again. To be specific, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been playing games left and right, saying one thing and doing another. Under his leadership corporate issues such as the Highway Bill and the Ex-Im Bank were prioritized and pushed through while conservative, commonsense legislation like increased Iran sanctions and the defunding of Planned Parenthood were stifled by the Majority Leader.
Now, Planned Parenthood is on the chopping block, and all conservatives are asking the question, “what is Republican leadership going to do about it?”
Certainly, counting on leaders like McConnell and Boehner will not do any good; they’ve failed us multiple times.
As of late, undercover videos of talks with Planned Parenthood officials and doctors have showed many discussions over the selling of fetal tissue. Not only is this immoral but it is also illegal.
These findings have gotten many fired up over the issue of abortion and what they can do to cut federal funding from the horrible organization. Plagued by moral and legal issues at the very core of its existence, taxpayers must not be forced to fund Planned Parenthood any longer.
Some conservative leaders, like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), have vowed to cut funding from Planned Parenthood, despite an overwhelming support of the organization by Democrats and many Establishment Republicans. To achieve what some would call this “long fought battle against abortion”, conservatives need to take any measures necessary. For example, attaching a bill to defund Planned Parenthood to a vital piece of legislation, say the budget of the federal government, would make it much more possible that the organization could be officially defunded by the end of the year.
Instead of doing this, the Senate is voting on a bill to defund Planned Parenthood this evening that will surely be vetoed by the President. If they were truly serious about this vote then they would have considered Sen. Mike Lee’s amendment to defund Planned Parenthood because it was attached to the Highway Bill which was on deadline to pass and would have given them considerable leverage.
Cruz said that he would do whatever was necessary in order to end Planned Parenthood. It is exactly that kind of attitude that we need in order to get things done in Washington. To fight against these horrible attacks on children, women, and families in general, conservatives need to be willing to take up their arms and fight against the lies and evil deeds of organizations like Planned Parenthood. Let’s call McConnell out on his weak leadership and demand he take the defunding Planned Parenthood seriously.
Monday, July 27th, 2015 and is filed under Blog
Senate Majority Mitch McConnell sold out conservatives once again
All last year, McConnell pledged that if the Republicans took the majority in the U.S. Senate, he would change the way the chamber operated, that he would not operate it like Senator Harry Reid.
Newsflash: he is far worse.
What is taking place in the U.S. Senate right now is high stakes drama as the Batman and Robin team of Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are forcing Mitch McConnell to expose who he really is – a big government liberal who masquerades as a Republican.
Right now McConnell is forcefully defeating any efforts by Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood and to keep the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) from being reauthorized (for the best breakdown on the events in the Senate, read Tim Carney’s article.).
If anyone thought a Republican majority in the Senate was going to be a conservative one, this is the ultimate slap in the face.
Not only is Mitch McConnell working overtime in ways that Harry Reid never did to muzzle U.S. Senators, he is aggressively pushing to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank under the guise of “Every Senator deserves the right to offer an amendment.”
That is unless it is a conservative Senator attempting to offer conservative amendments.
This is outrageous and it must be stopped. Call Mitch McConnell today and tell him this can’t stand: 202-224.2541.
We can’t continue to let Mitch McConnell run the U.S. Senate like a Democrat.
Friday, July 24th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Economy
As the vote approaches to bring Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) back from the dead, it’s important to make one thing clear: Republican leaders have failed us once again. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has hid behind the Obamacare issue in order to push for the Ex- Im Bank.
This morning, Sen. Ted Cruz, grilled the Majority Leader and called him out for what he is: a liar.
McConnell had promised Republicans that there would not be a vote on the Ex-Im Bank, a bank that McConnell had claimed to not be in favor of.
Now, McConnell has done everything in his power to ensure that there very well will be a vote on the bank come the end of the month. In his attempt to ease Republicans who see through his act, he plans to rally the Senate for a vote to repeal Obamacare on Sunday. Here’s the thing, no one is fooled by his tricks again.
Sen. Cruz also stated “it is career politicians in both parties that are kept in office by looting the taxpayer to benefit wealthy, powerful corporations”. Interestingly enough, the Ex-Im Bank has been receiving support from both Democrats and Republicans. Coincidence? Not.
On top of it all, McConnell has also tried to get Democrats and Republicans to come together over the Highway Bill, something that will continue to allocate funds to the federal government instead of letting the states manage highways and transportation (something they already do the majority of and, a better job at). Not to mention it will be full of special interest projects.
So what can we do about the problem? Sen. Cruz again sets a great example of not letting crooks in Washington get away with their lies and tricks. We need to stand against this and put up a fight.
Conservatives need to reach out to their Senators and Representatives and let them know that they are totally against this institution that only takes money from taxpayers and gives it to large corporations that don’t need it. We need to hold them accountable for their actions and make sure, as stated by Sen. Cruz this morning, that they are not eating out of the hands of “big money and big corporations” at all.
Call your Representatives today!
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Immigration
Amongst the many battles that Conservatives have faced in Congress in the past few months, the battle against the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has taken front stage as the legislation enacted by President Bush in 2002 is up for revision. While efforts to stop the inefficient and outdated solution to the education problem (it never really worked anyway), Democrats and some pro- No Child Left Behind GOP members have actively blocked voting on legislation that would cut money going to cities that are sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. A sanctuary city is one that declares Federal Immigration laws null and void within its limits. Republican leaders like Senators Alexander (R-TN) and Cornyn (R-TX) have both actively blocked voting on the very legislation that would essentially be making cities comply with the law.
The amendment (no. 2146), introduced by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), would cut all funding of government law enforcement grants to these so called sanctuary cities. Supported by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the legislation would properly address a growing issue regarding national security and the well being of the United States. If the recent issue of illegal immigrants being involved in criminal activity doesn’t speak for itself, a recent study conducted by the Center For Immigration Studies shows that many of the illegal immigrants that are let go will soon fall to criminal activity. In 2014, sanctuary cities were responsible for the release of about 8,000 illegal immigrants, and out of those 8,000, about 2,000 were arrested for an array of crimes within an eight-month period of their initial release.
With all of this information on the table, Republican leaders continue to push their leftist agendas and block voting on this important issue. While both No Child Left Behind and the Export-Import Bank will hurt American education, businesses, and jobs respectively, a crack down on these sanctuary cities will promote a safe and lawful nation, one in which repeatedly breaking the law and sheltering those individuals who do so is simply unacceptable.