Will conservative Republicans continue to fall for the football pulled out routine of the past?
Cross posted from Muskegon Pundit
(Note-This discussion does not include the Presidency or national candidates. Because of unique Presidential powers, “best of the worst” is our only option)
In August of this year, the MSM reported the death of longtime democrat Senator Jim Jeffords. Coincidentally, his death was one week before the Florida primary election which elected Charlie Crist as the democrat nominee for governor.
It occurred to me that, not long ago, both men were respected republicans. A review of their political activities shows they were not just turncoats. They were hardly even moderates. They were liberals hiding under the cloak of the republican party.
And it worked…for them.
How’d that work out for us republicans?
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There is a reason current tracking has Snyder and 'shady' Schauer in a statistical dead heat.
Rick Manning of Net Right Daily echoes current political CW accurately.
We have seen the efforts of the current GOP powers more strongly attacking the conservative base than attacking progressive ideology in Michigan. It also seems to be a nationwide condition. Writing in today’s lead NRD article touching primarily on Immigration, Manning points out that Republicans have remained the party most likely to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. He writes:
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A great deal of support on the floor of the GOP convention in Novi Michigan for challenger Nakagiri
“I appreciate your enthusiasm” Says Candace Miller as the 300 Nakagiri volunteers do the sign walk.
There were so many, that the next nomination was delayed a moment. (yeah THAT’s the ticket) Truthfully, the video camera work was a little sloppy because I was looking around trying to gauge how many Snyder/Calley supporters were sporting new trouser cookies. As we have known for a week however, signs unfortunately don’t equal votes.
It was just plain fun as a people watcher however. As a takeaway, we don’t have to think there are no folks actively seeking to better the party. We are NOT alone, nor are we done yet.
Please enjoy the video.
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The Tea Party is dead! Long Live the GOP!
OK. I took a Day off to relax, unwind and Clean my car. Ignored FB and the News.
Forget the Mantra of the last 2 weeks of “Calley the Tea Party Ally”, forget the Rhetoric of “I oppose common core, despite stumping for it statewide, and pledging to be the tie breaking vote, Forget the sudden Anti Common Core conversion. Forget the PTL Support tactic of trying to inform the Tea Party, while keeping the General Press in the dark. Calley’s win is now a supposedly True blue endorsement of the establishment Policy pograms.
The reports are that the Tea Party lost at the Convention. Pure Bobby Schostak.
It cost Snyder/Calley a rumored $2.3 MILLION dollars to Identify and PURGE Conservative delegates from the Floor. Yet Wes still managed to get 1/3rd of the vote. Despite all the ID programs, Polls, robocalls, and County convention shenanigans. Rick Snyder Photo shoot during Wes’s Nomination, trying to block Floor access to the stage for his supporters, He still pulled 35%.
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Here is some conversation starter.
From Contagious Transformation
“Black pastors denounce Michigan Republicans “Dance with the Devil” on Elliott-Larson: Michigan GOP House Speaker Bolger “sold his soul” for $100,000 from so called “gay rights” advocates, pastors say”
Read the rest.
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Its the easily missed truisms on display in any article of note, that are Oh-So important.
The Detroit News: “Michigan GOP braces for Tea Party Showdown”
” Calley, who declined to be interviewed for this story, has never publicly opposed the governor on major policy decisions, but routinely says he is “the conservative voice” inside the Snyder administration. “
Consider this single paragraph for a moment.
The governor has Raised taxes on some, went behind the legislature’s back on the NITC, pushed hard for Obamacare in Michigan, pushes Common Core, hired several Democrats to key positions, bails out Detroit, pushes rail subsidies, and will likely sign on the dotted line when the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights act is presented for modification. Modified so that dangerous behavior is blessed not only with the ongoing media push, but with the unforgiving and ‘intolerant’ hammer of law on those who disagree with that behavior.
All of which begs the question: “When does your conservative voice matter Mr Calley?”
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As the gamesmanship begins this evening within the Party apparatchik, some friendly advice.
Somehow, J-man overlooked that bullet point above.
And, that‘s a fact, Jack.
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Going to the county convention? Be prepared and have fun while you are at it!
A few thoughts on the county conventions being held across the state today.
- First and foremost make sure you have a good parliamentarian. This will ensure that rules (AND STATE LAW) is followed.
- Be assertive, but polite. Don’t be angry and confrontational. Remember, the real fight for your local party may be in November. If you are inclined at making a difference within the party, you will want to build trust and appear reasonable to others who you want to influence at that time.
- Be prepared to make your motions, and be prepared for motions that might be made.
- Take video if possible.
- Help friends and neighbor delegates understand the process BEFORE attending if you can. In fact, talking about it will help you advocate properly in a pinch.
KNOW THE RULES – Here are some interesting documents (Michigan statute in fact) that might help you out when the excrement hits the turbine.
I’ll let you folks figure it all out. It takes about 20 minutes to find the important parts.
If you want to get a handle, on how the county chair is going to run the convention, check this out. They have received training and should adhere to the rules set forth by the party and state law.
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Suggestions for Michigan's congressional seats, Governor & Lt Governor, AG, SOS, and Prop 14-1
For the August 5th 2014 Republican Primary
First Congressional District – Dan Benishek vs. Alan Arcand
Rightmi.com recommendation is for Alan Arcand.
We have described in other articles here of the current incumbent’s inability to understand the power of congress. Elected as a ‘Tea Party’ candidate Dan Benishek failed on all levels of political activity, and fell in line with the worst of establishment Republicans earning the next to lowest conservative rating from the Heritage foundation of all Michigan’s Republicans, only second to noted RINO Fred Upton.
Benishek’s service to the VA should have given him an especially good look at the inner workings of the VA, and as oversight for the last few years, it seems he is at least as culpable as the administration that Republicans are targeting on this issue. This neglect of our veterans would bite him in November when facing retired two star general Jerry Cannon who will capitalize on it. Democrats are COUNTING on Benishek being the GOP candidate.
Arcand on the other hand offers a fresh chance for Republicans to get it right. As a disabled vet, he takes the opposition tactic off the table. He understands Congress’ role as defined by the constitution, would not be afraid to withhold money from an out of control administration that has already threatened Upper Peninsula residents on the electrical grid alone.
Second Congressional District – Bill Huizenga vs. No Candidate
RightMi.com has no recommendation.
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"Biblical" might be the word applied to recent political electoral happenings
The defeat of US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor yesterday has revived the hopes of tea folk across the country, and has set a different tone for the 2014 election season.
While it is only ONE race, it is a whopper; the coattails of which might have real consequence in current GOP contests. One of those is the Dan Benishek (CD-1) incumbency being challenged by business owner, veteran, and political newcomer Alan Arcand.
Arcand, who has been highly visible in Northern lower Michigan, will likely see a boost from the news of Cantor’s defeat; primarily because it drives home the reality that a successful challenge CAN be made if the incumbent is seen as giving in to the other side. It is not all automatic for the good Dr., who rode in to a win on the tea party train of 2010.
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