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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 02:40 PM
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Cantor Policy Group Fades Away
What a leader! :boring:

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2010/05/06/cantor_pol...


Cantor Policy Group Fades Away


Roll Call reports that Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) has "suspended" a Republican policy group just "one year after its splashy launch in part because of the intense negative attention it received from the Democratic campaign committees and other groups after its introduction."

The group "was intended to be a traveling forum of Republican leaders who could engage the public in a broad-ranging discussion of hot-button issues."

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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 02:42 PM
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1. I wonder how much he skimmed off & if he closed it so he wouldnt get caught
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 02:43 PM
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2. Oh those mean Democratic Campaign Committees. How hateful of them
Funny, I thought it faded away because Jeb, Cantor, and Mittens were boring and not near batshit crazy enough for the teabagger/Republican base.
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DebbieCDC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 02:47 PM
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3. If I remember the "splashy launch" was held in a strip mall pizza joint in No. Va
Yeah, that was the BIG time.

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Bonhomme Richard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 03:01 PM
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4. LOL, he found out no one had any ideas.
No one in his party has a clue. Take away lower taxes and de-regulate business they got nothin'.
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 03:38 PM
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5. You mean Eric, Mitt and Jeb in a pizza parlor failed??
Cantors Policy Group Has Faded Away, CQ Politics, May 6, 2010

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Cantor aides explained that the group (National Council for a New America) has been suspended one year after its splashy launch in part because of the intense negative attention it received from the Democratic campaign committees and other groups after its introduction.
The NCNA was intended to be a traveling forum of Republican leaders who could engage the public in a broad-ranging discussion of hot-button issues.

Cantor spokesman John Murray said despite 5,000 positive news hits, the relentless attacks from the left became overwhelming to the whip office soon after its launch.

I think now, we are in a suspended state, Murray said.
Its very simple, said Rob Collins, president of the American Action Network and Cantors former deputy chief of staff. The NCNA dominated the national media so effectively that liberals in and out of Congress including (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) attacked it.

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:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:




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When the NCNA launched on April 30, 2009, following President Barack Obama s speech marking his first 100 days in office, Cantor said the group of national Republican leaders would hold town halls around the country to allow average Americans to contribute to the conversation in Washington.
They got as far as Arlington, Va., where on May 2, 2009, Republican former Govs. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Jeb Bush of Florida joined Cantor inside a packed pizza parlor to discuss policy and answer questions from the crush of audience members and press assembled there.

Democrats dismissed the event as an exercise in politics and ridiculed the NCNA as an effort to rebrand the GOP with the same party leaders at the helm.
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Crider wrote in an e-mail that the groups demise was due to a lack of credibility.

Congressman Cantors Republican rebranding effort quickly died because Republicans across the country didnt find it credible, it was plagued by ethics problems, and Cantor was unable to do an event outside the Beltway, Crider said. It takes more than a press release from Eric Cantor to rebrand a Republican party dedicated to protecting the big banks, Wall Street, the oil companies and the insurance companies, at the expense of the middle class.

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Roll Call raised questions about the groups funding at the time, but then-Cantor aide Collins and a Wiley Rein attorney said the NCNA was structured to comply with House rules, allowing it to use both campaign dollars and official House resources, despite rules prohibiting the mixing of these funding streams.

In July, the ethics watchdog group CREW filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics seeking an investigation into whether Cantor and the organization violated House rules regarding funding for political organizations.




Republicans to launch national charm offensive (Jeb Bush (LOL), McCain, .....headlining.), April 30, 2009


Newt, Mitt and Jeb Among New 'Wash Times' Rotating Columnists (*Biggest Conservative Thinkers*) LOL , February 11, 2009


Sun Myung Moon's Washington Times up for sale, May 3, 2010

....OOOPS



GOP Revival Tour?, May 11, 2009



Here's a take-home lesson: If Jeb Bush is involved, it's essentially guaranteed to be a flaming disaster.





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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 03:52 PM
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6. It lasted an entire year?
That's incredibly long term for Republicans. Heck, any initiative that hasn't flamed out in the first couple of weeks qualifies for Elder Statesman status. Cantor claimed this was going to be a listening tour sort of thing, where Republican supporters could see their ideas take root and grow into policies. Oberfuhrer Limbaugh, however, issued a fiat that Republicans didn't need no stinkin' listening tours. Cantor backed down toot fucking sweet from that listening tour bullshit.

And now? All gone. Bye bye, NCNA. Bye bye.
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