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Dear G.O.P.

In Conservative, Republican, Tea Party on December 30, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Dear Republican Party,

If you nominate Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney in 2012 I will officially disown you. I will disregard all warnings against supporting a third party. I will throw all the weight I have behind the most conservative, probably Libertarian, candidate that I can find and I’ll drag as many voters with me as I can muster. I can assure you that I won’t be the only one to do this.

If I may offer one bit of advice, it is this: Do not assume that the Tea Parties were your midterm lackeys, a mere stepping-stone in your re-ascent to power. It won’t work that way this time. You, as a party, will be accountable for the victory that we’ve handed you. Yes, we gave it to you. Do not squander the gift and the trust that it implies. You have had two years to gather your agenda items and we’ve made it clear what we want:

  • Repeal Obamacare
  • Allow interstate competition in health insurance
  • Tort reform
  • Secure borders
  • Enforce existing immigration laws

It’s best, dear G.O.P., that you consider 2011 and 2012 a probationary period. Behave accordingly.

Unable to Call the Plays, Clint Didier Sits on the Sideline and Pouts.

In Elections, Republican on September 15, 2010 at 7:44 am

Clint Didier

Clint Didier, the Republican third place finisher in Washington State’s “top two” primary offers “an open letter to all Republicans” in which he attempts to justify his petulant refusal to endorse #2 finisher, Republican Dino Rossi.

In a blue-state race that promises, under the best of circumstances, to be close, Didier has announced that his endorsement is conditional upon Rossi’s agreement to never, ever vote to raise taxes, never vote for a program that will increase Federal spending and to introduce Rep. Ron Paul’s “Sanctity of Life” bill in the Senate.

Didier is concerned that, if elected, Rossi will compromise and make deals for political favor. In order for Rossi to prove that he’s not the kind of politician who will do that, Didier wants him to, you know… make a deal for a political favor.

I’m all for electing to office citizens who are not career politicians or beltway insiders, but I do insist that they possess some intelligence. Didier is not one of those. Didier is a special kind of stupid.

Didier’s “open letter”

I want Patty Murray to lose in November as much as any Republican. That is exactly why I have chosen the course I have in making a conditional endorsement.

“I want Patty Murray to lose so I’m going to insist that the candidate running against her in a liberal state take a hard anti-abortion stance.” Okay, not following that logic.

Those more heavily involved in Republican Party politics know there are two camps within the GOP.  One camp is more concerned with fiscal issues, while the other believes in both social and fiscal causes.

Clint, those only cursorily involved in Republican Party politics know that there are two camps within the party and that there are even subsets of those. You’re not breaking new ground here.

We know that the ideal of limited government is rooted in our founders’ belief in individual liberty – which was the very reason for the birth of the GOP in the first place.  Yet, every time Republicans have been in control in recent decades, they’ve abandoned these ideals and left us with bigger government than Democrats.

Wait… Remind me which party you’re a part of again? Even if this were true (it’s not), it’s nothing compared to the size of government that we’ll end up with if Patty Murray and Obama get to continue unabated. We’re already looking at legions of new IRS agents to enforce health care provisions and a 1099 form for every flat screen TV sold at Wal-Mart.

I placed a phone call to Dino Rossi the night before my press conference offering him my endorsement upon his agreement to make a public commitment to honor [my wishes]. He refused.

Look, Clint… You got 12% of the primary vote. It’s a hell of a lot better than “Good Space Guy” managed but it’s not exactly “clout,” you know?

Under the Bush presidency and a Republican controlled congress, we saw the largest growth of spending in federal government and the biggest loss of personal freedom in our history.

No, when you say “largest growth of spending and biggest loss of personal freedom in our history” you’re thinking of Patty Murray, Obama and the Democrats. You know, the bailouts? Nationalization of private industry? The health care takeover? Try to keep up, buddy.

To all those who are saying I owe Mr. Rossi an open endorsement I say:  it’s time to ask Dino Rossi to either honor these simple platform planks or get out of the way for those who will.

The time for making those kinds of statements was leading up to the primary. We’re past that. Move on, buddy. Screw this up and we get Patty Murray who, and I can guarantee this, won’t honor any of your planks.

Ronald Reagan’s message to Clint Didier

The bottom line here, Clint, is that if you had studied your Reagan, you’d know how far off base you are with this stunt. Reagan addressed this very issue way back in 1977. Learn at the feet of the master:

You know, as I do, that most commentators make a distinction between [what] they call “social” conservatism and “economic” conservatism. The so-called social issues — law and order, abortion, busing, quota systems — are usually associated with blue-collar, ethnic and religious groups themselves traditionally associated with the Democratic Party. The economic issues — inflation, deficit spending and big government — are usually associated with Republican Party members and independents who concentrate their attention on economic matters.

Now I am willing to accept this view of two major kinds of conservatism — or, better still, two different conservative constituencies. But at the same time let me say that the old lines that once clearly divided these two kinds of conservatism are disappearing.

In fact, the time has come to see if it is possible to present a program of action based on political principle that can attract those interested in the so-called “social” issues and those interested in “economic” issues. In short, isn’t it possible to combine the two major segments of contemporary American conservatism into one politically effective whole?

…[Ideological purity] always conjures up in my mind a picture of a rigid, irrational clinging to abstract theory in the face of reality. We have to recognize that in this country “ideology” is a scare word. And for good reason. Marxist-Leninism is, to give but one example, an ideology. All the facts of the real world have to be fitted to the Procrustean bed of Marx and Lenin. If the facts don’t happen to fit the ideology, the facts are chopped off and discarded.I consider this to be the complete opposite to principled conservatism. If there is any political viewpoint in this world which is free from slavish adherence to abstraction, it is American conservatism.

This is not about you, Clint. It’s really not even about the Republican Party. It’s about what you and I owe to our grandchildren. We owe them our very best effort at reversing the course that Patty Murray has helped to set us on. You cannot do that by playing games with your supporter’s loyalties.

Ronald Reagan Weighs In on Delaware, Washington State.

In Elections on September 14, 2010 at 9:46 am

In the weeks leading up to today’s primary election in Delaware, great gigabytes of bloggity attention has been devoted to weighing the merits of Republican Christine O’Donnell vs. Republican Mike Castle.

Jim DeMint, Sarah Palin and Tea Party groups in general favor O’Donnell’s espoused positions as more conservative. The thinking is “principle trumps popularity,” at least as far as the general voting public of Delaware goes.

Others, both within conservative circles and among “establishment” Republicans, view it as an issue of electability. The logic here is that, while Castle’s votes as Delaware’s sole House Representative were largely in line with Democrats’, he’s more likely to be elected in that blue state. The advantage, they say, is that at least there will be an “R” in that seat that will sometimes vote with the party. Further, dare we hope, Castle might be the butt in the seat that gives Republicans a Senate Majority.

Washington State is in the midst of its own Republican vs. Republican drama. Tea Party favorite Clint Didier took third in Washington’s “top two” primary in August, sending Republican Senate hopeful Dino Rossi up against Democrat incumbent Patty Murray.

In a blue state like Washington, Didier’s 12% is respectable, especially in light of his Republican opponent’s name recognition (Rossi twice ran for Governor of Washington state). But as time ticks away to the November election, Didier is holding his supporters hostage, refusing to endorse Rossi unless the Republican candidate agrees to sign a pledge to introduce anti-abortion legislation.

Hopes that Didier’s supporters will see past their candidate’s childishness and do the right thing fade as one reads through comments on Rossi’s Facebook page where “I will not vote for the lesser evil” is the calling card of the Didieite.

Ronald Reagan’s thoughts on conservative principle vs. ideological purity, given in a speech to the 1977 CPAC Convention, are relevant to both races. Quoth Ronaldus Magnus:

I have always been puzzled by the inability of some political and media types to understand exactly what is meant by adherence to political principle. All too often in the press and the television evening news it is treated as a call for “ideological purity.” Whatever ideology may mean — and it seems to mean a variety of things, depending upon who is using it — it always conjures up in my mind a picture of a rigid, irrational clinging to abstract theory in the face of reality. We have to recognize that in this country “ideology” is a scare word. And for good reason. Marxist-Leninism is, to give but one example, an ideology. All the facts of the real world have to be fitted to the Procrustean bed of Marx and Lenin. If the facts don’t happen to fit the ideology, the facts are chopped off and discarded.

I consider this to be the complete opposite to principled conservatism. If there is any political viewpoint in this world which is free from slavish adherence to abstraction, it is American conservatism.

Let us lay to rest, once and for all, the myth of a small group of ideological purists trying to capture a majority. Replace it with the reality of a majority trying to assert its rights against the tyranny of powerful academics, fashionable left-revolutionaries, some economic illiterates who happen to hold elective office and the social engineers who dominate the dialogue and set the format in political and social affairs. If there is any ideological fanaticism in American political life, it is to be found among the enemies of freedom on the left or right — those who would sacrifice principle to theory, those who worship only the god of political, social and economic abstractions, ignoring the realities of everyday life. They are not conservatives.

via Reagan 2020 – Ronald Reagan – The New Republican Party.

Delaware GOP Files FEC Complaint Against O’Donnell

In Republican, Senate, Tea Party on September 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Dirty, dirty pool by establishment Republican Mike Castle.

From Roll Call:

The Republican Party of Delaware has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission, accusing one of its own Senate candidates of illegally collaborating with the Tea Party Express.

Attorneys for the state party asked the FEC to launch an immediate and thorough investigation into conservative GOP candidate Christine O’Donnell “to remedy the alleged violations and to ensure that these violations immediately cease and do not reoccur,” according to the complaint filed Thursday.

O’Donnell, a solidly conservative Republican candidate in comparison to her opponent Mike Castle, is a favorite of Tea Party groups and was today endorsed by Sarah Palin. Castle, on the other hand, is a career politician who supports Cap and Trade and is widely considered a RINO.

The FEC complaint alleges that:

  • O’Donnell has knowingly accepted excessive contributions from the Tea Party Express that were directly solicited on behalf of the O’Donnell campaign, according to the filing.
  • O’Donnell has accepted illegal excessive contributions from the Tea Party Express by engaging in a statewide coordinated communications effort in support of her campaign. This means, according to the complaint, that every advertisement that is being run by the Tea Party Express in support of O’Donnell is a violation of federal law.

Federal Election Commission guidelines do not place limits on independent expenditures, which is where Tea Party Express’ ads in support of O’Donnell fall. The hitch in independent expenditures is that the efforts from an independent group cannot be coordinated with the candidate. At this point, there is no evidence that such coordination took place.

An FEC Spokesperson has stated that it is “highly unlikely” that this case can be expedited before the September 14 primary.

A Gathering on The Mall is Not Going to Change Government

In Conservative, Elections, Republican, Tea Party on September 8, 2010 at 11:22 am


As inspiring as the sight of hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the Washington Mall during the Restoring Honor rally is, and as inspiring as the gathering of even greater numbers during the 9/12 rally will be, neither of these can or will change anything in our government. In fact, President Obama “didn’t pay much attention” to the Restoring Honor rally.

That’s not to say that these rallies are unimportant. On the contrary, the gathering of people with a common purpose is hugely important in that it energizes both those who attend and those who observe. But what good is an energized battery if that charge isn’t used to do work?

Ron Robinson at RedState lays out five steps that will lead to real change and real hope. Neither of which can be handed to us by a popular leader. As it was with our founding, hope and change comes from getting off of our asses and taking control of our own governance from the ground up. That, my friends is grass-roots. To wit:

1. Get Out The Vote
Learn how to develop a functioning precinct organization in your neighborhood that can turn out the vote and educate your neighbors on crucial issues. This does not mean you walk the precinct by yourself. It means that you identify and use your willing neighbors to help you do it.  Take that walk in the sunshine.

Really  owning our precincts would mean that the votes that the Democrats purchased with big media buys for $10 million in 2008 would cost them $15 million in 2010 and $20 million in 2012 – to buy the same number of votes.   Once established a precinct operation neutralizes big money.   Elections can’t be bought in the media if the electorate is serviced (registration, permanent absentee ballot registration, knowing who’s turning 18 next month, etc.) and owned at the grassroots level.  A good precinct operation also neutralizes efforts at electoral fraud.

This will prepare you for the next Task.

2. Become a Precinct Committeeman
It’s different in every state, but you should endeavor to have a vote on your county party (GOP) Central Committee. In LA where I live, it’s called being a member of the Central Committee for the county. It means you have a vote in county party policy and officers. State party committee members are usually chosen from among the ranks of the county party officials. RNC committee members are usually chosen from among the ranks of the state parties. The only way to change the policy and direction of our party is to be involved in the governance of that party.  Read everything RedStater guru Cold Warrior has written on the topic.

Once you have been seated on your local county GOP committee, you will find that a lot of the seats around you are vacant.  Help fill them with your friends.  Most county bylaws allow for appointments to fill vacant seats and alternate appointments to allow for absences of the primary voting member (in LA, an alternate can vote if his/her primary is absent – my own current status until I am seated in my own right in Dec.).  Get one of these appointments if you have to!   The hard workers will be quickly identified and will be drafted upwards to work on the state party committee.  Starting to get the idea?  Get to work on it.  An online resource will be available soon to help you understand how to become a precinct committeeman in your own state.

This will prepare you for the next Task.

3.  Stay Beyond November
Our government is overwhelmed with deeply entrenched liberals because we went to sleep (or went on autopilot) for 40 years while the liberals took over.   What is the next election in your area after Nov 2, 2010?  Don’t know?  Proves my point.  The democrats know, and that’s why they are safely ensconced on every sewer commission, water commission, city council, and county commission in the country.  It’s why you and I tend to think of every government employee as a part of the liberal machine.  Because they are.  So we don’t get to hang it up in Nov and relax until 2012.  We need to use the precinct machine we built in Task 1 and the party connections we built in Task 2 to fill those small local offices with our people.  Then we change the government culture everywhere to conservative and genuine public servants.

This will prepare you for the next Task.

4.  Donate Often and Wisely
I’ve posted so little here lately because  I joined the staff of John Colbert, R candidate in CA for CD29 to toss out D incumbent Adam Schiff.  I have to answer emails from voters.  I’m getting a real education.  One voter wrote recently and wanted my candidate to change this and that (you fill it in, you already know…) about the GOP.  I wanted to hit him.  I thought, ‘you want a candidate who is trying to get everything he can from the party to get elected to change the party for you??!!??’  This voter threatened to withhold his contribution unless my candidate could promise changes in the party.

Well – that’s just the way to guarantee that the party never changes.

You should open your checkbook now to help assure that when my candidate is offered that ‘Young Guns’ money, he’s well-funded enough to turn it down!  That is how you start to change the party.  If the party has to come to the candidates for money instead of the other way around, the party will follow quickly.

In short, if you sit back and bitch about the country, if you sit on your butt and bitch about what’s become of the Republican Party then I have news for you:You are the problem. Knock it off.

Tea Party Rally Draws Thousands In Support of Washington State AG

In health care, Tea Party on March 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Tea Party crowd gathers in Olympia in support of Attorney General Rob McKenna (photo: South Sound Tea Party)

Washington State Tea Parties, on two day’s notice, drew thousands to the capital building in Olympia on Saturday to show support for Washington State Attorney General, Rob McKenna. According to South Sound Tea Party, Washington State Patrol personnel on scene estimate attendance at two to three thousand. Speakers at the rally included Washington State Senators Mike Carrell and Val Stevens, state Representative Tom Campbell, Washington 3rd District candidate David Castillo as well as McKenna himself.

McKenna, a Republican, has joined a group of fourteen state attorney’s general filing suit over unconstitutional insurance mandates in the Obama health care law. Washington State’s Democrat governor, Christine Gregoire, and Democrat state legislators have expressed vehement opposition to McKenna’s decision and have vowed to fight the move by restricting McKenna’s budget. In an interview with Seattle’s King 5 News, Gregoire states that “He did not call and consult me, I don’t know who he represents. He does not represent me.”

Blogger It’s Only Words has a take on Gregoire’s “I don’t know who he represents” statement:

The staggering arrogance of that statement leaves me (nearly) speechless and I assure you, I am rarely at a loss for words. I am wondering why Gregoire feels that the job of the Attorney General is specifically to represent her personal interests?

Gregoire, having been elected to three terms as Washington State’s attorney general before running for governor in 2004, should have no confusion as to who the attorney general represents. It was during her less than illustrious tenure as AG that the people of Washington State lost over $40 million dollars in two separate lawsuits due to missed deadlines, botched jury instructions and mismanagement of her department.

GOP Identifies Flaws In Reconciliation Bill

In health care, Senate on March 25, 2010 at 8:12 am

From NYT:

With the Senate working through an all-night session on a package of changes to the Democrats’ sweeping health care legislation, Republicans early Thursday morning identified parliamentary problems with at least two provisions that will require the measure to be sent back to the House for yet another vote, once the Senate adopts it.

After spending the night shooting down Republican amendments to the bill (see here and here), the Democrat controlled Senate had hoped to have the reconciliation process complete and ready for the President’s signature by this morning. With revisions to the legislation now necessary, the changes will have to be sent back to the House for another vote.

Ed Morrissey on the strategy:

…the only effect will be to lengthen the debate on health care.  Obviously, that’s exactly what the Republicans want.  With 62% of voters wanting the GOP to keep fighting against ObamaCare, their leadership has no reason to let up.

In the end, the delay won’t be particularly significant. The House has no reason to challenge minor fixes and the primary legislation was already signed into law on Tuesday.

Dems Vote to Provide Viagra to Rapists

In health care, Senate on March 24, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Picture is, um... unrelated.

Senate Democrats today voted down an amendment to the health care bill aimed to prohibit the use of Federal funds to purchase Viagra and other ED drugs to rapists, pedophiles and other sex offenders. The amendment, defeated 57-42, was submitted by Senator Coburn (R-OK).

Via Politico:

Democrats have defeated every amendment offered by Republicans so far, arguing that any change will kill the bill.

I think that was the point… In any case, the defeat of this amendment will make the political ads more entertaining this fall.

Leftist Spin: “Scott Brown Backfired”

In Congress, Elections, health care on March 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Scott Brown (R-MA)

The passage of Obama’s health bill in spite of the election of Scott Brown sends a message, but not the one Democrats want you to think.

In a special election last January, Massachusetts voters sent Scott Brown, a Republican, to fill the seat formerly occupied by the late Ted Kennedy’s wide posterior. Brown’s election, fueled by grass-roots support from the Tea Parties, thwarted the Democrat’s filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Republicans knew that he was not the second coming of Ronald Reagan but he was, by God, a Republican butt in that seat.

Now, Democrats and the leftist media are taking up a new Rumpelstiltskin gloat in the wake of the passage of health insurance reform legislation. The left contends that conservatives are “having second thoughts” about Brown and that the right is disappointed in his election. One can see how the veracity of such a characterization might be… questionable, considering the source.

None the less, the Boston Herald has this:

“If he were a milk carton, he would be expired,” said Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman John Walsh

In fact, Democrats now say Brown’s election as the so-called “41st vote” to block Obama’s health-care overhaul inspired them to seek procedural means to bypass GOP efforts to derail the bill.

“Scott Brown’s election actually delivered health-care reform, because we didn’t need the 60 votes to make it happen. He delivered a significant victory in that,” Walsh said.

Ron Chusid, a repeat offending idiot at Liberal Values (a contradiction in terms if I ever heard one), asserts that “Besides falsely seeing his win as a victory for the far right, winning in Massachusetts led many Republicans to let down their guard, making it easier for the Democrats to pass health care reform.”

Despite the twisted logic that would lay blame at Scott Brown’s feet, the fact remains that his election caused Democrats to formulate a new plan to thwart the will of the American people. By taking away the cloture option, Brown caused Democrats to tip their hand, sending the message that there is no low to which they are unwilling to stoop in order to run rampant over the nation. As a result, “Deem and Pass”, reconciliation and the Stupak sell-out, not to mention Obamacare itself, are going to turn around and bite Democrats in the ass come November.

Cross posted at Conservative Firestorm

The Real Reason For Partisanship

In Obama on March 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Republicans turned off by size of Obama's package