Be Cautiously Optimistic About the 114th Congress

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Last night was spectacular on the electoral front. For those of you insufferable political junkies like myself, it was a good night for freedom, individual rights, religious liberty, and limited government.

We clinched the U.S. Senate with eight new additions — Cory Gardner (CO), Tom Cotton (AR), Joni Ernst (IA), Thom Tillis (NC), Mike Rounds (SD), Shelley Capito (WV), Dan Sullivan (AK), and Steve Daines (MT). Louisiana is expected to go into a runoff where the Republican will win. (Wish Rob Maness stood a chance.) Republicans retained the House of Representatives and grew the majority in that respective chamber.

Here are some of my election tweets:

Here are some tweets about key Senate races:

And some tweets of mine about Republican seats picked up in blue states like Maryland and Illinois:

How do you win? By not feigning conservatism:

Now for my comments about the Virginia U.S. Senate race:

…and some comments about Virginia’s political future:

Townhall.com’s Katie Pavlich wrote in her Hill column yesterday that Republicans can’t be complacent:

Republicans will no longer have the excuse that their party holds only a third of the power in government. Will Republicans take action to stop Obama’s executive abuse when they have the ability, power and options to do so? Will they have the courage to rein him in? To restore balance? Or will they instead sit around for the next two years and complain about an out-of-control president, or cave in the name of “bipartisanship” to Obama’s harsh words and criticism?

A Republican takeover of the Senate would be a rejection of Obama’s abuse of power, a rejection of his agenda and a strong signal that executive overreach must be stopped.

New senators, you have a big job to do. The balance of power must be restored. Don’t let the voters down.

What’s the takeaway from last night? Be cautiously optimistic about the incoming 114th Congressional class. Just because Republicans won, don’t give them a pass and don’t let them off the hook. If they flirt with the idea of amnesty, more spending, or fail to stop Obama’s thirst for executive power, they will lose handily in 2016. (Remember what happened in 2006 when we lost the Senate? Don’t screw this up, Republicans.) Crony capitalism and big government have plagued this country for too long–and both sides have engaged in it. Democrats can pass for American Bolsheviks, while some Republicans can pass for statists. Americans have had enough of the status quo. Want to make a real impact? Clean up house and stay true to your constituents. Our country is in disarray, so don’t even think you can get away with lining your pockets anymore.

To newly elected Republicans: Welcome to the Potomac! Now do your best not to lose your soul here.

Newt Gingrich Rising in the Polls

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With consistent performances at GOP debates, Republican presidential hopeful and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is surging in the polls.

Gingrich is impacting voters, given his knowledge of politics and command of debate.

Fox Nation revealed more about Gingrich’s surge here:

Newt Gingrich has taken the lead in PPP’s national polling.  He’s at 28% to 25% for Herman Cain and 18% for Mitt Romney.  The rest of the Republican field is increasingly looking like a bunch of also rans: Rick Perry is at 6%, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul at 5%, Jon Huntsman at 3%, and Gary Johnson and Rick Santorum each at 1%.

Perfect: Conservatives Unveil NotMittRomney.com

Although the GOP Establishment is keen to make Mitt Romney our nominee, conservative resistance is slowly building up to counter their efforts. We cannot afford a candidate that boasts many similarities to President Obama, let alone one that flip-flops and is a RINO.

A coalition of conservatives recently unveiled a new website: NotMittRomney.com.

Here is their first video:

And  here is their press release:

Coalition of Conservatives Launches
“Not Mitt Romney” Effort in Early States

New Web Site with Petition, Web Ad
and Publishes Iowa and NH Op Eds

MYRTLE BEACH, SC — Today conservative activists, operatives and bloggers are announcing the formation of a new “Not Mitt Romney” (NMR) coalition dedicated to preventing Romney from winning the Republican nomination.
Three of the coalition’s cofounders had a guest column published in the Des Moines Register on Sunday, “Conservative Iowans owe it to Nation to Reject Mitt.” They also had a guest column published in today’s New Hampshire Union Leader.
NMR Coalition co-founder Ali Akbar, a Republican communications consultant and Vice President, Digital Strategy, at Vice and Victory Agency, said, “Primaries are a good place to vet and try a candidate. Mitt Romney is that candidate and this primary is far from over. A nominee, worse a President, whom we have no idea where he stands on the issues presents a danger to our Party’s brand and this unique time in history where true reforms can actually happen. The American people want truth and the Republican Party would do well to offer it, lest we snatch defeat from victory’s jaws again.”
NMR Coalition co-founder John Hawkins, a professional blogger who runs Right Wing News, said, “In 2008, conservatives let the GOP Establishment and the mainstream media select our nominee for us. How did that work out? Does anybody really have the slightest idea what Mitt Romney would do as President? Nobody can even reasonably predict where he’ll be on any issue six months from now, much less what he’d do if he became the leader of the free world.”
NMR Coalition co-founder Matt Mackowiak, President of Potomac Strategy Group, LLC, said, “Mitt Romney is an honorable man, but he is not a conservative that we can trust. America faces greater challenges today than at any time in the last 70 years. Nominating a candidate whose history has shown a commitment to opportunism rather than conservative principles is a recipe for electoral disaster next year. Nominating a candidate for whom the base has zero enthusiasm is also a recipe for electoral disaster next year, as it was in 2008. I desperately want to defeat President Obama for reelection and absolutely believe that this coalition effort is helping achieve that. We need bold colors, not pale pastels.”
The coalition, which was publicly created by 20 individuals, launched http://www.NotMittRomney.com on November 6, 2011, the one year anniversary of Election Day 2012. On the site, the public may sign an online petition agreeing that “Mitt Romney should NOT be OUR nominee,” access information about Romney’s career of flip flopping on major issues and invite others to join the effort.
In addition to the website, the Not Mitt Romney coalition launched a twitter account (@MittFlipFlops) and twitter hash tag: #NotMitt. . . .
This coalition campaign will include targeted voter contact in early states, which will include phone and door to door contact, email marketing, paid and earned media and online targeting.
This coalition is not paid for by any candidate campaign or Super PAC, but rather is organized solely by its creators, who include supporters of many of the other conservative candidates who are running and some who remain undecided.

I was asked by Ali to endorse the petition, but of course I am strictly a neutral objective journalist, so I can merely report on the existence of the petition, which cannot be considered an endorsement.

NotMittRomney.com

(h/t: The Other McCain)