While the Federal Government and the press seems to have forgotten about the targeting of the tea party by the IRS The Worcester Tea Party has not.
On Monday March 14th from Noon to 1 PM at the Worcester common on front street, Day 1040 of the IRS scandal they will be holding a standout demanding answers. As their email puts it:
Worcester Tea Party stands out at Worcester Common to ask the IRS why no one has been held accountable since 2014 on the tax status targeting of Tea Party groups.
Former head of the IRS Lois Lerner, who pled the fifth, now enjoys a cushy retirement after unfairly and unlawfully denying lawful tax status to groups with whom she and this administration are politically opposed.
Alas I can’t attend but if you are interested you can email Matt O’Brien the president of the Worcester tea party here
This is , in my opinion, the most important factor in the upcoming election. It’s very clear that this administration is not going to punish anyone for this and I guarantee you that if the next president is Hillary Clinton not only will nobody punished but do you really believe that given the power of the white house behind her a president Hillary Clinton will not do the same?
And once that’s finally established as the norm it is forever.
If you do, then frankly you DESERVE a President Hillary.
For all the talk about how the base needs to cooperate with the establishment more, it’s worth remembering that the base almost always does its part on Election Day. It’s the establishment that is less reliable in returning the favor.
Earlier this year just before the NH primary the popular Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker endorsed Chris Christie as his candidate for president. Despite an active robust campaign Christie went on to be decisively beaten in NH and dropped out of the race two days later.
Some wonder why Chris Christie did so poorly, too crowded a field, not enough money but one of the things that I think cost him was his record.
No not his record as Governor, given the situation in his state he’s actually done pretty well, no I mean his record as head of the NJ GOP
Since Christie is so popular and won re-election so decisively one would naturally expect he brought success for the party with him. After all , if he is the poster boy for the GOP nationally he would be the model to elect party members following his lead all over the state right?
Despite Christie’s 60 percent showing on Tuesday, Republicans didn’t make up any ground in the state Senate.
I suspect more than a few Tea Party members took note.
And that brings us to Charlie Baker.
Charlie Baker has been a pretty good governor his handling of the big snowstorm last year, showed what competent leadership can do. His no drama administration has been a welcome contrast to Deval Patrick and his approval ratings reflect that contrast. It’s no wonder that the National Journal story about him was titled The Most Popular Politician in America.
Given the state of the GOP in Massachusetts and with 11% registration and a state house with veto proof majorities in both chambers for democrats (house 125-35 Senate 34-6) one would think Charlie Baker might use some of that political capital to build the party, recruiting GOP candidates across the state to contest these races and perhaps narrow those democratic supermajorities that he is facing.
Strongly conservative factions of the Massachusetts Republican Party, a constituency that Charlie Baker courted in his 2014 gubernatorial race, are now the target of the governor and his political team in their campaign to take firmer control of a sharply divided state GOP.
Baker, in an unprecedented foray into an intraparty squabble, is using the March 1 balloting for the GOP’s governing state committee to muscle the conservatives out of any significant influence and to replace them with moderate Republicans.
And some of the people he is opposing are folks that he can directly link his narrow electoral victory to
For example, Baker and Polito endorsed 29-year-old Neil St. Clair, a newcomer to the party, for a committee seat now held by conservative activist Steven W. Aylward of Watertown.
Aylward, who did not want to comment, was a leader in the 2014 campaign to repeal automatic increases to the state gas tax, a battle that brought a swath of antitax, pro-Baker voters to the polls. Baker even credited Aylward with playing a key part in his razor-thin victory over Democrat Martha Coakley.
Adding to the insult is that Baker’s choice, St. Clair, recently moved to Boston’s Back Bay from New York, where in June 2011 he had registered as a Democrat. St. Clair, who registered as a Republican last fall, said he is drawn to Baker’s moderate Republican brand and has offered to help. He is vague about how the Baker endorsement came about.
So Charlie Baker is supporting a newly converted Democrat for state committee vs a GOP activist who is directly responsible for the defeat of the hated indexed gas tax.
I’ve received one of those Baker mailers, they are supporting two people who I’ve never heard of over the local activists who have been working like dogs to advance the GOP in the area and stood by the party and defended it when conservatives were talking about staying home.
I can’t think of anything that would enrage the activists who have spent the last six years giving their time, effort and money to support the party than this effort to push them out of the way. If these suggested committee people are such excellent choices why not instead use the strength of the party to run them for state rep and state senate. After all if 19 of those 52 people managed to win seats currently held by Democrats in the house then the party would be able to sustain a Baker veto.
Furthermore let’s say Baker plans to recruit local candidates once he purges the grassroots activists from the party. Once that happens who is going to do the grunt work that said activists did? After all Jeb Bush has already demonstrated that big money can’t compete with committed volunteers.
On that subject we have a special election coming up in my district where Republican city councilor Dean Tran is facing Democrat Counsler Steven Hay for the seat vacated by Democrat Steve DiNatale. At the state party site Kristen Hughes had this to say:
“Dean Tran has been a consistent and hard-working advocate for Fitchburg taxpayers for years, and will be a trusted leader for the 3rd Worcester on Beacon Hill. The MassGOP is ready to work with Dean as our nominee in this election, to send Governor Baker a strong partner from Fitchburg and Lunenburg.”
You might think that a popular sitting GOP governor might bother to say a good word Mr. Tran yet the mailer which talks about the March 1st election doesn’t say a word about the special election taking place that day or the candidacy of Consular Tran.
If the party wants me and people like me they’ll have to earn me. When the GOP can convince me that they are serious about growing the party, when they convince me they are serious about treating the tea party et/al as valued members as opposed to a source of temp labor and occasional funds. I’ll be happy to return to the Republican Party in as public a fashion as I’ve just left it.
Apparently they are happy to keep people like me out and maybe throw a few other under the bus. I guess Neil McCabe was right:
after he is elected, conservatives may think they won something. But, rather with Baker and his collaborator Republicans, it means all is lost.
And people in the GOP establishment wonder why Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are winning primaries and their candidates are not.
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You can find lots of other examples like these. It’s the type of coordinated, multifront action that seems right out of the “The Party Decides.” If, like me, you expected something like this to happen to Trump instead of Cruz, you have to revisit your assumptions. Thus, I’m now much less skeptical of Trump’s chances of becoming the nominee.
Now let’s look at Pastor George Kelly’s of my magnificent seven’s piece Is he or She a Conservative. It’s the piece that precedes the one you’re reading now on this blog and notes the records of four candidates Rubio, Cruz, Trump and Carson. It’s Rubio & Cruz that I am thinking of here.
Senator Marco Rubio possesses a lifetime (ACU) score of 98%. One would venture to say that Mr. Rubio’s impeccable conservative credentials should be beyond dispute.
Alas, this is not the case.
Senator Rubio committed for many Immigration Hawks the unpardonable sin by supporting the GANG of 8’s Immigration Reform measures. For this he has obtained the wrath of Boarder Security Conservatives.
Nevertheless, Mr. Rubio has been in the Senate for four (4) years and his voting record and public service testify that he is a True Conservative.
State Representative Marco Rubio was Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives when he mounted a race for the US Senate and ran against former Republican Governor Charlie Crist.
Mr. Rubio ran as a Tea Party Conservative; this writer is shocked and somewhat baffled over how anyone could call Marco Rubio “an establishment Republican.”
I’ve actually wondered that myself, I think what’s cost Rubio has been his attempts to spin what he did (or rather the spin of some of his supporters) instead of just saying. Boy I tanked that didn’t I? Pastor Kelly continues with Ted Cruz (who I’ve endorsed)
A look at Senator Ted Cruz of Texas’s (ACU) scores is equally impressive: Senator Cruz has a lifetime rating of 100%! This is an astounding voting percentage (two years of Senatorial service).
Mr. Cruz is an intellectual wonder who graduated with distinction from both Princeton and Harvard Law School.
A similarity of both Senators reminds Conservatives of how far they have come since President Obama became President: Both of these Senators are products of “The Tea Party Movement”; and both men ran against the Republican establishment.
A brief look at the two young Senators (Rubio & Cruz) is a testimony to the Intellectual and Political transformation that has affected our nation since William F. Buckley, Jr. founded “National Review” in 1955.
As the old song states, “You’ve come a Long Way Baby!”
Both Misters Rubio and Cruz are certifiably “CONSERVATIVE!”
Now lets consider one other thing. As Mr. Silver the party establishment is going all out to destroy Ted Cruz in Iowa. At the same time the big money superpac for THE establishment candidate Jeb Bush who is floundering in both Iowa and NH and currently running 4th in his home state of Florida has been on an advertising blitz in NH going all out attacking not Donald Trump the leader, not Ted Cruz, not John Kasich who is supported by the Sununu family one traditional Bush family allies but Marco Rubio.
This tells me one of two things.
The Establishment GOP is still looking to nominate Bush and the plan is to take out both Cruz and Rubio early so that Jeb can be the only candidate standing as an alternative to Trump, the they can go all in against him. Cruz gets the big guns attention because of his huge hard money advantage and incredible existing grass roots ground game in half the primary states already & Rubio is left to Jeb’s moneybags on the theory that without a strong Iowa/NH showing he’ll can’t sustain his campaign long enough to make it to florida or be a threat afterwards leaving it Jeb vs Trump once again with the full might of the GOP ready to fight on Jeb’s side.
Under no circumstances can a conservative with the voting record of either Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz be allowed to be president. Forget that both would be the first Hispanic to lead a major party ticket, forget Rubio’s gang of eight stuff. We can’t take the chance that a tea party candidate be the head of the party particularly ones so solidly opposed to abortion.
Given the inability of anyone to land a punch on Trump (although Cruz’s latest ad is devastating) It’s possible that #1 is only Jeb plan. After all the GOP establishment might be pragmatically thinking that they can’t stop Trump and the time to join is now while they can get something for it rather than later when it means nothing and his cooperation with their priorities will carry a higher price.
But given what I’ve seen of the GOP establishment in Washington , Massachusetts and particularly NH I think #2 is a pretty safe bet.
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Yesterday the net was all a flutter with the latest Des Moines Register Poll showing that my man Ted Cruz is for the first time, in the lead in Iowa by a significant margin.
The firebrand junior senator from Texas is backed by 31 percent of those likely to attend the Republican caucuses that start the presidential nomination season on Feb. 1. Trump is a distant second at 21 percent, up slightly from 19 percent in October, but below his peak of 23 percent in August.
And there are signs Cruz may not have peaked in Iowa yet. Another 20 percent of likely caucusgoers say he’s their current second choice for president. Cruz hits 51 percent support when first- and second-choice interest is combined, again leading the field.
With Cruz’s popularity and his debate proficiency, “it’s certainly possible that he could win Iowa big — very big,” said Frank Luntz, a Nevada-based GOP focus group guru who follows the Iowa race closely.
Now as guy who endorsed Ted Cruz a couple of months ago I’m pleased by this, but as a baseball guy I know that it’s not who leads in the polls in December but who turns out on election day that matters. I’ve seen how Ted Cruz plays the game when he’s down in the polls now we’ll see how he does when he’s ahead.
I suspect he’s going to do fine for a couple of reasons.
First of all generally the thing that kills a new front runner is being attacked for the first time. Ted Cruz has spent almost his entire career being attacked, both from the left and the right the attention that comes from being attacked he’s been attacked for years.
Second of all he has been smart enough not to follow the MSM tide. When the rest of the field jumped when the MSM demanded they respond to Trump a particular way, Cruz declined.
Finally he has been playing the long game from the start as evidenced by this interview from August of this year
Of course past performance is not guarantee of future results but I think Ted is going to do just fine as long as he keeps playing his game. I think the biggest fear will be when the MSM & GOP pivot toward Donald Trump in order to stop Cruz.
Yes you read that right.
Anyways I’m going to enjoy this poll for now but I’m not going to blindly assume that it means that Cruz has a lock on the game, and I’m pleased to say, I strongly suspect neither will Ted Cruz.
If you looked at the Mainstream media Thursday evening and Friday morning there was a single theme. The Conservative caucus in the house was doomed, they were stuck with John Boehner and that if they force an election for speaker through a motion to “vacate the chair” they will create a speaker who will destroy conservatives etc etc etc
Such was the conventional wisdom brought to you by the same people for whom the conventional wisdom at 8 AM Thursday was “Kevin McCarthy will be the next speaker of the house.”
This is exactly wrong. The time for the GOP conservative caucus to strike is NOW, the time to make a motion to vacate the chair is NOW and the time to force the feckless GOP members to make a decision between the base and the establishment is NOW!
However everyone is ignoring a card, that the Conservatives / Tea People have, a card, a wild card, a card that they likely will never have in play again.
They have Donald Trump.on the GOP primary ballot.
You see in a normal year, the Tea Party might manage to bring a primary challenge to a sitting congressman and unless the congressman is very new or very weak that threat might or in just the right district it will only be an annoyance because their name recognition will be enough to carry them through against any unknown challenger.
But not in the year of Trump!
In the year of Trump a whole new set of voters will be going to the polls on primary, voters who are not loyal to the GOP establishment, a set of voters who look at the establishment that attacks with scorn, a set of voters who are ready to follow Trump..and people who pledge their support to him.
What happens if in such an environment a GOP establishment candidate gets a primary challenger runs as a Pro-Trump Candidate?
Suddenly: You have an opponent that has instant credibility with that set of new voters.
Suddenly: You have an opponent that is newsworthy to not only local media but national media.
Suddenly: All those checks that Trump can’t take from donors for political reasons have a professed Pro-Trump destination that can accept them, checks that can be used to finance a pro-Trump rally in that district
Suddenly: You have an opponent who would share a stage with Trump and might even get a chance to speak to a huge crowd.
and most frightening of all to a member of the GOP establishment in the house
Suddenly: You have a credible well financed challenger ready to unseat you.
I suspect such a candidate would do anything to avoid such a situation, even support the freedom caucus candidate for speaker.
Now there are of course risks, particularly if Trump suddenly collapses but the media and the establishment has been predicting Trump’s collapse for the last three months and it hasn’t happened yet and it’s certainly not going to happen before a GOP leadership vote.
And of course given Mr. Trump’s legendary humility there is absolutely no chance that he would want to promote congressional candidates who are specifically promoting and supporting him for president is there?
If the freedom caucus wants to move members of the GOP establishment this is the scenario that they should put in front of every member preparing to vote with Democrats to stop them.
Meglos:Well, gentlemen, shall we all descend together into the earth for another thousand years or shall we resume our original arrangements? Grugger:Well, I’m prepared to forget that little incident. Meglos:Oh, I hope not. Brotadac:We’ll remember.
Doctor Who Meglos 1980
God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.
The words of absolution at the end of confession
There is a new congressional Committee being formed concerning Planned Parenthood and at Red State they have an objection to a specific potential member:
House insiders have indicated to RedState that Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) is angling hard to be on the committee. The reasons for Ellmers’ desire to be on the committee are obvious: Ellmers publicly betrayed the pro-life movement during the embarrassing debacle over the 20-week abortion ban – a bill which enjoyed broad, bipartisan support but which failed due to the political cowardice of Ellmers and others. Ellmers already knows that due to this and a number of other high profile votes, she is likely to face a stiff primary challenge as one of the most high profile faces of Republican Failure Theater.
This is something that due to Rep Ellmers past friendship to this site I reluctantly wrote about here
Full disclosure, I’ve interviewed Rene Ellmers, she was on my radio show and has been a friend to this site. Furthermore I’ve given her the benefit of the doubt in the past when there were questions about some of her positions in the past.
But I’m not a republican and I’m Catholic before I’m conservative and abortion is a sine non qua at this site.
The Red State piece make the following argument against Rep Ellmers
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)60% already had a chance to do something for the pro-life movement, on a bill that’s much more popular than defunding Planned Parenthood, and she blinked. She does not have legitimate interest in defunding Planned Parenthood or taking any actual substantive action against them. What she wants is television commercial material during her upcoming primary campaign.
However I submit and suggest that Rep. Ellmers situation is the very reason why she might be a more than acceptable choice for this committee.
Given her vulnerability and the fact we are already seeing ads like this drawing tens of thousands of hits:
It would seem to me that Rep Ellmers would have a powerful incentive to be a productive and effective member of this committee.
Red State fears that her presence would only result in phony grandstanding
In other words, allowing Ellmers to participate will to invite another Chaffetz into this hearing – someone who has no interest in using the hearings to actually do or learn anything but rather only to grandstand.
This is not an illegitimate point and if it was 1920, or 1950 or even 1990 there is every chance that this could be the case.
However this is 2015, a member of congress can’t break wind without somebody getting it on cellphone video. If Rep Ellmers attempted to play this kind of game during the hearings the attack ads would likely be on the net before she had a chance to finish yielding her time back to the chair.
If this was the first last and only chance to defend planned parenthood then I could see the point in not taking any chances.
But given the presidential election year our Democrat friends from the lowest minority house members to the White House will have every incentive to fight to the death for every one of those donation dollars that Planned Parenthood provides so while this committee will be important the final nail in the coffin for these baby killers is likely to come in the next congress not this one.
Now I also understand the argument concerning getting a scalp and the example it gives to others but also consider that I’d rather convince a sitting member to see the error of their establishment ways than have to go though the expense of attempting of trying to oust them in a primary.
And it would undercut leadership arguments to members that rather than supporting the Tea Party they have no choice but to cling to leadership for survival.
Of course given that leadership is going to decide who makes this committee if they decide my argument if valid they might just choose to exclude her for the very reasons I gave.
Because we’d rather not take someone else’s word for it, we inquired independently. This weekend, Speaker Boehner’s office assured us House Republicans had no plans to capitulate to the demands of Senate Democrats. As to the speculation that there was some kind of a deal with Pelosi? “There is no such ‘deal’ or promise,” says Boehner Spokesman Michael Steel.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise echoed the sentiments saying, “There is no such deal and there’s no such bill,” Scalise said on “Fox News Sunday.” “On Friday, there was a bill on the House floor to pass a clean funding bill. We rejected that because we said we’re fighting the president on what he’s doing illegally on immigration,” according to The Hill.
“We are not giving in to Senate Democrats’ blackmail,” Boehner said, “Will keep fighting Obama’s unilateral action on immigration to protect Constitution.”
Mrs Cooper:You know how your daddy used to say that you can only fish for so long before you got to throw a stick of dynamite in the water?
Mrs Cooper:Well, I’m done fishing
The Big Bang Theory The Luminous Fish Effect 2007
I’m done asking people to vote for the GOP, I’m done compromising on issues dear to me and I’m done pushing candidates that are willing to say one thing when they want my vote but not willing to act once they have power.
The party seems to forget the reason they have a congressional majority is not due to their own actions but the actions of others.
In 1994 it was Rush Limbaugh and the conservatives he energized with the help of Hillarycare that motivated voters who previously did not turn out to finally give the GOP their first congressional majority since the 50’s.
It 2010 it was the TeaParty and people who had not gotten involved before energized by the president Obama push for Obamacare and led by Sarah Palin, the one person besides Limbaugh who was not calling for appeasement of Obama that gave the GOP majorities all over the nation just in time for the redrawing of congressional maps.
And it was conservatives again who after being spurned by Mitt Romney & Co and staying home in 2012 gave the party one more shot to do what they promised in 2014.
This abortion bill debacle was the last straw for me. I left the Democrats 20 years ago when it became clear that a Catholic who actually believed in his faith was no longer welcome, if the GOP doesn’t want social conservatives then it’s time for us to go.
The time to take over the GOP (state by state) or set up a real third party (let’s call it the conservative party, like NY state), is NOW, after a historic election that demonstrated the ineptness of the “Wizards of Smart”.
The time NOT to talk about and vote for a third part candidate, or stay home and pout about rules that work against you is DURING an historic election, when one of the evils is immeasurably worse than the guy you can’t quite warm to.
If we successfully set up a conservative party, and win some seats, we can choose to align with Republicans or even endorse their candidate as a tactical matter on a vote by vote basis.
This VERY week Committees should begin forming in every state to create State conservative parties.
THIS VERY WEEK: True believers should be determining exactly legal steps need to be done in each state to be recognized.
This very week, activists should be sounding out potential candidates and writing a statement of principles embracing the following:
1. Fiscal conservativism & responsibility
2. Social conservative & personal responsibility
3. Defending the Judeo Christian values that made America great
As for funding this, if we can’t find conservatives willing to kick in I”m sure our friends on the left would be delighted to provide the seed money to get things going in the hope of splitting the GOP.
This has to be started NOW so that by say April of this year we are in a position to be able to act.
Now I can hear people say: “DaTechGuy, this is crazy, you’ll just be handing elections to the Democrats who are even worse. Haven’t you said time and time again you have to vote for the best choice on the ballot?”
Yes I have and on a pragmatic level if the choice in 2016 is Bush vs Clinton I’d much rather have Bush nominate a squish to the Supreme Court than Clinton nominate a radical but this misses the point.
If we have things in place by this summer, well before the primary season for 2016 everything changes for one simple reason that Mike pointed out in his original e-mail. A point I want to emphasize:
There is absolutely nothing stopping a Massachusetts Conservative Party or a Ohio Conservative Party or a North Carolina Conservative Party from nominating the candidate that wins a GOP primary as their choice for a state district, a House district, a Senate Seat, a Governorship. Nor is there anything preventing a national conservative party from nominating the GOP presidential nominee as the choice of their party.
Now put yourself in the place of the GOP both on the national and the state level.
If they see such parties forming, particularly in states that are close, are they more or less likely to frustrate the conservative agenda in the House & Senate and fuel the anger that generates them?
Say you are a member of Congress, perchance one who scuttled the Abortion bill, or is pushing for higher Gas taxes or supporting common core and you see this happening, are you more or less likely to anger conservatives who might choose to run a candidate who will cut into your base?
Say you are a state party preparing to fill a open congressional seat, are you likely to push a RINO that will guarantee a Conservative Party candidate on the ballot or will they find a more conservative candidate that, while not being a Ted Cruz or a Mike Lee would have enough appeal to conservatives to keep them in their camp?
Imagine you’re a state GOP with a strong conservative already sitting, are you to consider a primary challenge to might cause the state conservative party to split off?
Now obviously both human nature and the law of averages tell you that this will not always be enough to motivate the GOP to “Do the right thing” and there will be occasions when our running a candidate will be enough to give a Democrat the odd house seat in a marginal district or even cost us a Senate Seat such as in NH but consider the following:
Right now the GOP has the largest majority it has had in the house for a century. So if Democrats take a few seats or even 10, it will not give them the strength to advance the liberal agenda.
Additionally what if there had been a 3rd party candidate running in NH instead of clear field. Might some of those conservatives who stayed home have been enough to not only increase the GOP majority in the statehouse or perhaps give some help to Marilinda Garcia who was ignored by the national GOP?
Would not both the state party and perhaps a candidate such as Kelly Ayotte who had the support of Conservatives like Palin in 2010 seeing thousands of votes for a Conservative candidate in opposition to Brown think long and hard before antagonizing said party before she has to face voters?
Now there are some who might see new party structure as a chance to become regular guest on media, others who figure getting in on the ground floor of a party will mean power in the long run, still others see this in terms of profit and an easy paycheck. A new party will always attract such people.
In the long run it doesn’t matter to me any more than if a congressman votes the right way out of principle or out of expediency. I’d say if the world was full of angels we would not be need government but as I recall Satan started his career angelically.
So lets just say this: if we are advancing conservative principles for the good of our country our society and children, that’s fine with me.
But remember we have only a short window to get this done, if we wait too long then we won’t be able to influence the GOP congress into conservatism, or the GOP candidates into conservatism, all we’ll be able to do is help Democrats win, which is’t the point of the exercise.
We get started now or we wait till Jan 2017. There is not an acceptable 3rd choice.
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Sheldon:All the non human apes are classified as “great apes” except one, That means taxonomists created the entire category of “lesser ape” just to single out the poor Gibbon as the weird kid on the playground. Now there’s a hairy little fellow with a genuine beef.
Leonard:But the gibbon doesn’t know what it’s categorized as, it doesn’t even know it’s called a “Gibbon”.
Sheldon: True. [Turning to Howard] Sorry kid You’ve got it worse than a Gibbon.
The Big Bang Theory The Prom Equivalency 2014
Ok this week Democrats lost the senate, lost the governorship of states such as Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts, lost practically every close race there was to lose and the president’s post election presser was apparently a disaster.
In the end, Konni Burton was true to her word: She reclaimed Senate District 10 for her party.Burton, a Republican, claimed 53 percent of the vote to Democrat Libby Willis’ 44.5 percent
Seriously DaTechGuy, after all that’s gone wrong for Democrats you think they’re going to be upset at losing a state level seat in Texas? Well that seat had some significance:
The battle for District 10 wasn’t just about one Senate seat. It was about the ideological balance of power in the Legislature’s upper chamber.
Supporters dropped millions of dollars into the race, with some of the largest donations for Burton coming from the Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC and some of Willis’ largest donations coming from the Mostyn Law Firm in Austin or the Mostyn-funded Back to Basics PAC.
Ok so it was an important state seat, but still that’s not going to drive Democrats nuts, but there’s more…
Burton, considered a rock star in Republican circles, drew support from a variety of people, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a high-profile darling of the Tea Party, local GOP state Reps. Jonathan Stickland, Matt Krause, Bill Zedler and Giovanni Capriglione and Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley.
OK so a tea party texan won it Texas, that’s still not so odd but here is the coup de grace
The decisive seat in Texas that affected the ideological balance of Texas that now belongs to a Tea Party Republican, belonged to a democrat for the last six year, that Democrat’s name?
The defense of the unborn is very personal for me. My husband Phil and I are the proud parents of Tori and Faith, whom we adopted through the Gladney Center in Fort Worth. This session I was proud to join thousands of conservative activists in peacefully supporting pro-life bills in the Texas Legislature. The people of Senate District 10 deserve a Senator who respects all human life. In the Senate, I will fight to keep Texas tax dollars from going to Planned Parenthood or any organization that provides abortions. I will also oppose any federal incursions into Texas designed to mandate that citizens purchase healthcare covering elective abortions.
Konni Burton, the Republican who won it, is as conservative as they come. Burton is from the district and had trouble finding someone to challenge Davis, so she decided to just run herself (before Davis decided to enter the gubernatorial contest instead of running for re-election). After Davis’ 2013 filibuster, Burton told me for a piece I wrote for the National Review that her fundraising picked up.
“I was doing well with fundraising previous to this, but this has certainly helped, this pro-abortion stand that Wendy has taken,” Burton said at the time. “It’s a stand for abortions after five months! It’s helped immensely.”
Perhaps she will send a “Thank You” card to NBCCBSABCCNNNPRMSNBCNYT & Planned Parenthood for delivering the seat and a 2/3 majority to the GOP in the Texas state senate.