Steve Lonegan

Right Wing Leftovers - 10/22/13

  • Grover Norquist dared to criticize Ted Cruz, so now Glenn Beck is out to destroy him.
  • Norquist, for his part, doesn't seem too fazed by the band of clowns Beck rounded up to lead the charge.
  • If there were claims that a Christian was being discriminated against in a case like this, you know that Liberty Counsel would come running to their defense.
  • Speaking of which, the Religious Right continues to claim that Phillip Monk was the victim of anti-Christian bigotry even though it is untrue.
  • Finally, Steve Lonegan says that he lost his Senate race against Cory Booker because of the government shutdown.

Gallagher Urges GOP To Follow Lonegan's 'Winning Strategy' And Talk More About Abortion

National Organization for Marriage founder Maggie Gallagher has a curious op-ed in the Washington Post today in which she insists that Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is behind in the polls because he isn’t talking enough about his opposition to reproductive rights.

Cuccinelli sure has what Gallagher calls “conservative credentials” on the issue of choice. For instance, when he was in the state legislature, he sponsored a “personhood” bill that would have banned abortions in all circumstances and even criminalized some common forms of birth control. Cuccinelli has, understandably, been trying to run from this record in his effort to win over more moderate voters. But this, Gallagher argues, is what’s hurting him:

There is still time for Cuccinelli to turn things around, but the fact that someone with his conservative credentials speaks this way underscores that there is a conventional wisdom about how candidates ought to address, or avoid, social issues during campaigns. And Cuccinelli’s standing in the race underscores that this approach is dangerous for the GOP.

The truce strategy demoralizes the GOP base and makes it hard for the grass roots to care about Republican candidates. Conservative candidates are advised to deflect or retreat when social issues are raised, and their refusal to speak clearly and hold the line allows Democratic candidates to adopt more extreme positions, energizing their own base and unleashing a flood of money at no political cost. Democrats are confident that their opponents will not make an issue of their positions. Republican candidates’ apparent discomfort discussing such issues makes it look like they have something to hide, confirming to many voters Democratic suggestions that GOP candidates’ positions are extreme.

On an issue such as abortion, about which Americans are fundamentally ambivalent, victory depends on how “pro-life” and “pro-choice” are defined. Republicans’ self-imposed silence allows Democrats to define pro-life in ways that help them politically. Thus, Democrats do not have to justify their positions on infanticide, late-term abortions or permitting unborn baby girls to be killed just because of their gender.

Gallagher suggests that Cuccinelli instead follow the “winning strategy” of New Jersey Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, who enthusiastically attacked Democrat Cory Booker for his pro-choice record…before Booker beat him handily in the general election.

Democrats campaigned on the truce strategy in 2012 and will continue to use it until GOP candidates come up with a more effective political response. The winning strategy would be to aggressively define social issues on Democrats’ weakest grounds, to make them pay for their unqualified support of abortion on any grounds.

Steve Lonegan, the New Jersey Republican whose long-shot Senate campaign stalled when he supported the government shutdown in a blue state, nonetheless had the right idea on this issue. “What abortion would you make illegal?” he asked Cory Booker in a recent debate.

Memo to GOP candidates: The best defense is a good offense. When you are being relentlessly attacked as an abortion extremist by people who support late-term and/or taxpayer-funded abortions, self-imposed silence about your beliefs and values is not an effective political response. Calling Democrats on their own extremism is the pathway to victory.

Flashback: Steve Lonegan Says NJ Senate Election Is A Referendum On Obama

In recent weeks, as he was rising in the polls, Steve Lonegan, the Republican candidate for Senate in New Jersey, was telling anyone who would listen that his campaign was "an all-out referendum on everything [President] Obama is doing to the country."

As he told Bryan Fischer last month (about 4:00 in), if he could defeat Democratic candidate Cory Booker, it "would be the shot heard around the world" that would repudiate President Obama's entire agenda and catapult the Tea Party into the stratosphere:

What's on the ballot on October 16 is Obamacare. This is going to be a referendum vote in the state of New Jersey on the Obama agenda, on Obamacare, on traditional marriage, on the NSA intrusion into our privacy, on the IRS abuse of power, Common Core intrusion into education, all of these things are the issues in this election.

A win here in New Jersey for me, for the conservative movement, would be the shot heard around the world, it would re-galvanize the conservative movement, the Tea Party movement.  But a win by Booker, again, the Hollywood stand-in for Barack Obama, this president will parade around the country as a validation of everything he's doing to this nation and we just can't let that happen.

Last night, Lonegan lost his race by a margin of 55-44, so does that mean that Booker's election is a "validation of everything [Obama] doing to this nation"?

Right Wing Leftovers - 9/24/13

  • Doesn't it seem a little ironic that Liberty University thrives in large part due to the $775 million a year it takes in through federal student loans and grants?
  • Self-aggrandizing Religious Right activist Patrick J. Mahoney is heading to Turkey on an "historic mission" to "attempt to secure a meeting in Tehran with President Rouhani and Iranian government leaders to discuss Pastor Saeed."
  • The American Renewal Project declares: "Unless politicians see scalps on the wall, they will never respect our policies, marches, sermons or prayer rallies. Registering people to vote prepares the constituency to move to the voting booth, and remove politicians who have a tin ear to Christian values and no appreciation for God-given rights. David Lane, founder of the American Renewal Project is catching the attention of those who are afraid that the movement is on the right track, and intend to stop him."
  • Even the Wall Street Journal doesn't like Ted Cruz.
  • Finally, Steve Lonegan had made yet another appearance on Bryan Fischer's radio program:

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/28/13

Lonegan: It's 'Weird' Cory Booker Won't Say If He's Gay; 'I Personally Like Being A Guy'

Today, the Washington Post published a piece on Corey Booker, the Democratic candidate for the US Senate from New Jersey, in which Booker acknowledged that the fact that he is not married has lead to speculation that he is gay.

Booker wouldn't confirm anything, but stated that such speculation is perfectly fine with him and, in fact, said "some part of me thinks it’s wonderful. Because I want to challenge people on their homophobia. I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I’m gay, and I say, 'So what does it matter if I am? So be it. I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I’m straight.'"

Booker's Republican opponent, Steve Lonegan, was asked about Booker's response by Newsmax's Steve Malzberg this afternoon, and said he didn't know if Booker is gay but thought it was "weird" that he was unwilling to answer the question, speculating that maybe "it helps get him the gay vote by acting ambiguous."

But Lonegan was sure of one thing: Steve Lonegan is a real man because "as a guy, I personally like being a guy" and he is certainly not one of those sorts who goes in for things like manicures and pedicures like Cory Booker does!

"It was described as his peculiar fetish," Lonegan said. "I have a more peculiar fetish: I like a good Scotch and a cigar, that's my fetish. But we'll just compare the two":

Right Wing Leftovers - 8/16/13

  • New Jersey Republican candidate for Senate Steve Lonegan is quite proud of his appearance on Bryan Fischer's radio program because it "has a reputation for representing Christian values and the Bible. I’m not sure if I know exactly when that became a bad thing."
  • Judicial Watch is now suing the Department of Justice "for refusing to turn over information related to the Lavender Law society, a group of gay and transgender Justice Department lawyers."
  • We have no idea what Buster Wilson is talking about, but he seems to think we support the burning of churches or something.
  • FRC prays that the one year anniversary of the shooting at the organization's headquarters will bring people to Jesus: "Pray this and every act of injustice and/or violence against Christians only serve to accentuate the extremism of those who inspire them, and draw people to Christ! May Americans reject growing anti-Christian media bias and every instance of dishonesty associated with it. May pastors and Christians who speak publicly be role-models of civility and self-control, even as they courageously and boldly debate important matters and denounce evil in our society."
  • Finally, is anyone surprised that "Coach" Dave Daubenmire is a birther?
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