Smoke Signals

Two headlines on Drudge caught my attention this morning.

“Farage Rocks UK Politics” was the first.

Anytime anything rocks politics here or abroad, it’s noteworthy. I am not up on my UK politics, but what the Independent said was extraordinary:

Despite revelations over the questionable views of his candidates and officials, an on-air grilling about the employment of his German wife and accusations of a “racist” poster campaign, Nigel Farage last week remained on course for one of the greatest upsets in recent political history in next month’s European elections.

The Ukip leader endured what was one of the toughest weeks of his political career and yet support for his party was sustained. Mr Farage could even come first in the elections in less than four weeks.

A series of Ukip posters that warned “26 million people are looking for work – and whose jobs are they after?” and “British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour” were condemned by opponents but a YouGov poll showed that the majority of voters – 57 per cent – believe the ads were a “hard-hitting reflection of reality”, and 59 per cent said they were not racist.

Sound familiar?

A quick google search of Ukip and Farage says that Ukip stand for United Kingdom Independence Party which was founded in 1993, stands for conservatism with libertarianism thrown in and they want the UK out of the European Union. Nigel Farage is their leader and he is running for a post in the European parliament.

The Sunday Times splashes on the headline: “UKIP’s surge into lead rocks Tories.” You could say the Tories are most like the Republicans. Ukip has been accused of racism (by the liberal media), of being too nationalistic (liberal media) and being more conservative than the Tories.

The paper reports:

“Tory jitters will be stoked by today’s YouGov poll for The Sunday Times on the EU elections, which puts UKIP in the lead for the first time, with the Conservatives trailing a distant third. Despite a week of controversy, Nigel Farage’s party has risen to 31%, three points clear of Labour, with the Tories languishing on a lacklustre 19 points. In another blow to the prime minister, the former Tory donor now backing UKIP has indicated he will bankroll the party at the next general election — boosting Farage’s chances of winning seats at Westminster for the first time.”

And this is all in spite of the latest revelations regarding Ukip’s candidates: the Sunday Express says it has “uncovered a host of would-be Ukip councillors expressing extremist views on Twitter, with no sanctions by Ukip. They include William Henwood, standing for Enfield, who describes Islam as a cult and compares it to the Third Reich, and Mark Dobrzanski, Ukip candidate in Ipswich, who says the UK has a “pro Islamic” media.” Henwood also said comedian Lenny Henry should go and live in a “black country”.

Again, it all sounds familiar.

Even Britain, liberal country that it is, seems fed up with high taxes, few jobs and immigration problems. Yet the man leading the pack is sticking to his conservative guns, so to speak.

Then there is the second headline from Drudge: “Republican leader: Obamacare Here to Stay; Immigration by August.” It seems The Spokesman Review quotes U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, chair of the House Republican Conference, saying it’s unlikely the Affordable Care Act will be repealed.

“We need to look at reforming the exchanges,” the Eastern Washington Republican said.

Then The Hill says:

A bipartisan overhaul of immigration, considered dead in the water just a few weeks ago, is not only alive, according to the House Republican leading efforts to broker a deal — it’s gaining steam.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., told Roll Call that pro-rewrite calls earlier this week from two Illinois Republicans, Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Aaron Schock, recent comments from Speaker John A. Boehner, combined with a rash of immigration rallies and protests across the nation in recent days, are indications that momentum has shifted back to those hoping to implement an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws this year.

This despite grassroots Republicans and conservatives telling leadership time and again that both things are of paramount importance to their voting.

Maybe they should take off their DC blinders, look at Britain and see the writing on the wall. Voters do not want wishy washy anymore. Stick to your beliefs is the obvious message.

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