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%.
Ron Weiser outspent Robert Steele almost 10 to one, ($20,000 to a rumored $200k), including the Flying in of Ted Cruz and Allen West, yet DR Rob got far more votes than Ron. Rumor is Money changed hands directly on the convention floor, and the RINORON Website did it’s job of Garnering sympathy votes from the Proles who confuse truth with Negativity.
Dan Horning lost to Wieser by fewer than 70 votes. Dr rob and Dan are and have Been Tea Party favorites, for years, both appealing to both camps. I do Hope Dan Will reconsider and Stay in the battle. (Horning for Chair?)
MSU race was hands down a TP Win, as Both Jeff Sakwa, and Melanie Foster, defeated a more establishment Leaning candidate who withdrew in the late hours, and Scott Schultz , a Good man, who I suspect and hope will be seen again in the future. Again Both Winners are Known Tea Party endorsed Candidates, who have stood with The Tea Party on a consistent basis. (The exception being the support by Melanie of Schostak in 2012).
WSU race, both Candidates ran on Anti Common Core, and Traditional Conservative Platforms.
In the State Board Race, Maria Carl and Jonathon Williams ran in Opposition to Common core, and For RTW being a Key platform issue. The other part of that story is that While Joshua Cline lost by a small margin, he still Garnered more support than the Establishment Favorite Linda Lee Tarver according to Initial reports.
The real Story going forward is, will the Party Pursue Real Unity, based on following it’s own Platform. Or will the campaigns be a one trick Pony of “Vote for us, or the Evil democrats will win.”
Want Unity? Governor Rick SnyderBrian Calley, Terri Lynn Land, and the others on the ballot need to Publicly demand that expansion of the Elliot Larsen act be Killed. Brian Calley’s claim of Opposing common core needs to be more public. Dave Agema needs to be brought back into the party to give his message of Unity based on Republican Principles. There is a way to garner Support for most of The GOP Ticket.
Principles will result in Unity. More of the same will cause Division.
Results from yesterday’s MIGOP convention:
Brian Calley for Lt. Governor.
Ron Weiser and Dr. Rob Steele for the University of Michigan Board of Regents.
Maria Carl and Jonathan Williams for the State Board of Education.
Michael Busuito and Satish Jasti for the Wayne State University Board of Governors.
Melanie Foster and Jeff Sakwa for the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.
Judges Redford, Viviano and Zahra for Supreme Court.
Yes Party over Principle prevailed at the top of the ticket. However the more interesting point is Money Prevailed over Principle more often than Naught!
Also for the second Consecutive time, the MIGOP shunned the Second Amendment.
The Michigan Republican Party bans guns. AGAIN!
Today the Michigan Republican Party removed lawfully carried firearms from their state convention held in Novi. After being assured two years ago that this wouldn’t happen again, it happened again.
Though there were no signs posted, the head of security for the MRP blamed it on a policy of the establishment. It should be noted that this same person said the same thing two years ago and it turned out that there was no policy. Eventually, a representative for the establishment’s owner stated that the owners is a “big Republican” and indeed prefers to ban guns. Neither party would provide the contract for the event.
If a “big Republican” rents space to a state Republican party, how does a gun ban fit into that equation?
If you know someone in the party leadership, contact them and ask how this happened again. It’s your principles they are compromising.
Thank you Tom Lambert for the additional expose of Hypocrisy.
Trying to leverage 'unity'? Too late, y'all blew it.
See ^ there? Now, y'all can go STFU.
If the vote had been closer, it might not have been the same. I can say that because all of the est operatives are talking about the 2-1 margin in a "so now you tea types can be quiet" way.
The unity stuff is really a bone tossed to the loser, but in this case Wes has nothing to be ashamed of. It took a hell of a lot to challenge, and then carry the votes he did get. Nakagiri is smart enough to say "go team," but it doesn't mean conservatives will blindly follow. November will tell the true story.
And BTW.. 35% seems to be the magic number in the last couple of years. I have watched several races throughout the state. I think the 35% 'tea' base is consistent. If HALF of those sit on their hands in November with regard to the Governor contest, it wipes out what SHOULD be a low double digit win by Snyder over the cheater Schauer.
The Calley 'win' is hardly a done deal unless that team concedes some serious amount on core conservative issues. (purge the progressive libertines a good start) All the biblical pandering done at the convention isn't fooling the 35% one iota.
As long as Ruth is good, and we hang on to one or both legislative bodies, most are OK with gridlock. Generally, GOP candidates are expected to do well anyhow this season.
Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe TEA folk just hang their hats on whatever blusterous ass is in front of them?
Wes f**ked up again by taking "a bone tossed". Bottom line, his pious drool revealed an inflexible, liability creating follower - not the qualities of a successful leader.
Real deep Philosophical point there CS.. Youn can abandon the Fight, the rest of us see this as just a short trip into Valley Forge...
Go get 'em, tiger. You all just 'unanimously' consented to voter fraud.
You may accept the Statement of Wes as speaking for All, that is your Choice. Care to actually share your real Identity?? Wes never had overwhelming support at any stage of the Game, but making his withdrawal anything other than an empty concession to Faux party unity, is your idea, not that of the movement in general. Your vulgar statements and attacks are beginning to look like False Flag rhetoric from the establishment.
Still with the paranoia? We've been through your bullshit before, and now you speak for everyone? WTF is wrong with you?
Put down the Bong, and back away from the Keyboard.
A side note on the gun thing.
Private venue.. their rules.
Thanks for stating the obvious. I figured sooner or later somebody would.
Tho, I do agree with Patriotist addressing/bringing light to this issue of Party leadership contracting with those who would restrict firearms. Then again, the entire body of the MI-GOP is complicit in voter fraud too so, I'm not surprised one iota about who the Party contracts with.
Jason, they Hold a Gun show with THOUSANDS of Firearms present and carried openly on a regular basis, thus the Preference is that of the Customer, not the Facility. (and yes Sport show promotions requires unloading all guns, but again, THEIR choice, not the Facility).
I get it. But private property is private property. If the owners suspend their rules for certain events, then that is what they do.
Its not for us to debate whether a privately owned site can change rules, allow guns, or admit anyone. It is on them.
I bet a lot more people would care of the private facility banned prayer. I wonder who gets to decide which principles can be compromised and which can not?
We had a similar issue with the Soaring eagle and the Pow Wow. In that case the choice was made due to lack of a centrally located Facility (Central to the entire state geographically) and a FEDERAL Law pertaining to Casinos.
Yes Private Property rights should prevail, but obviously the rule is not a rule. Throwing the ball back in the Facilities court implies they have a Bias against republicans carrying Guns for another reason. I doubt they would have turned down the Money, if Gun Friendly had been included in the agenda.
Really, Mr. Wells, are you truly sure about that? Because, the last I checked, wasteful stewardship of university resources, voting in favor of union-friendly project labor agreements, and voting in favor of every tuition and housing rate hike to cross her desk is NOT something that's consistent with the tea party's objective of reducing the size and scope of government.
But, you know, whatever works for you.
Consistent basis, not always, In your massive research which I am sure included ALL the candidates, even the one who paid you, I am sure you uncovered the Criminal Financial dealings that seem to be unworthy of mention on your part? Selective Outrage seems to be your forte, or should we say Paid Outrage?
Neither is Licensing Churches, Eminent domain, Leeds Energy, Film credits scams, Green mandates, Unneeded transit, Agenda 21, ICLEI, Internet taxes, selling out the campaigns that hire you, whipping Delegates for the establishment, standing with the Muslim community, or promoting Gay marriage part of the Tea Party agenda, but Rob Verhuelan thanks you for your support.
But, you know, Whatever Floats your boat.
Care to mention, Mr. Wells, whom you believe paid me for any services rendered during this convention campaign, and what evidence you have to back up that claim? I've said from the beginning that no one paid me for Foster-Gate, but if you believe that you can prove otherwise, by all means go for it. I'm sure we're all curious as to what you know.
I do find it interesting that you give Scales grief because he chooses to use a screenname, yet you yourself hide behind a screenname identical to a known nom de plume of Ben Franklin. Why is that, exactly?
I was wondering how long it was going to take for you to indulge your favorite political fetish. We get it, you have a perpetual hard-on for anyone associated with iCaucus Michigan. Do Justin Amash, Dave Agema, and Ruth Johnson know that (or is your electile dysfunction selective)?
Have multiple Friends who were fooled and sucked in by IC Kevin. I myself helped them in the naive days of 2010. Dave Agema and I have discussed the issue often, Now not even worthy of mention. Not sure why you bring up Amash or Johnson, as I hold no grudge against the Conservatives that IC jumped on the bandwagon to bolster their win Loss record. My issue is with the Leadership that bullied Groups that helped start IC in MI to support particular candidates. The most glaring example, Long time Progressive Rob Verhuelan, but hey if you cannot support Family, why be in leadership.
Yes my name is David Wells, Grand rapids MI . Have never Hidden that fact. Pretty well known to almost everyone. Often mention it when posting Right MI Links. Use the Patriotist because it sounds cool. If it is a Psuedonym of Franklin's Then all the better, thought of it myself in relation to being called a Racist, Sexist, Bigot Homophobe by leftists.
Not sure how opposing a Long time Progressive mayor running for state house is an "Electile Dysfunction", but what do I know, I at least understood that using 200 year old RR right of ways to support Agenda 21 trails program was Unconstitutional. Unlike the Meijer corporate Lawyer and his cheerleaders.