REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Having The IRS Audit His Enemies.

Glenn Reynolds

As everyone knows I’m a tea party republican so one might think that I’d be delighted because Chris Christie is in hot water, well I am delighted but for a totally different reason.

This Morning MSNBC, and the rest of the left has gone all in on Chris Christie concerning the bridge scandal.  Memeorandum is full of stories:

 EMS responses delayed by GWB lane closures in Fort Lee

Christie’s Waterloo

I’ll have a lot to write about the meat and potatoes of this business later this later but I want to talk about the incredible opportunity this gives the GOP.

Right now the media is obsessed with this scandal, it’s everywhere and their arguments look like this:

How DARE Christie or his aides use the power of his office during an election campaign to punish a political foe.

How DARE Chris Christie or his aides use a state agency to make this happen.

How DARE Chris Christie or his aides take a cavalier attitude toward ordinary people’s lives.

If anyone thinks that Chris Christie & or his campaign didn’t know about this or didn’t support it with a wink & nod they are completely naive.

And all of these media types are just dying to have members of the GOP come on their shows to comment on this horrible GOP scandal and if the GOP is smart at all, they should jump at the chance.

And they should use every moment on the air to compare and contrast the media reaction to this Christie Scandal to the IRS scandal.

How horrible that in view of the ongoing IRS scandal where a government agency was used to go after conservatives that such a thing would happen.

They should wonder aloud if any of Chris Christie’s aides will plead the 5th under oath like the IRS people did.

They should talk about how Chris Christie should not stonewall or put up roadblocks as the Obama administration has continued to do with the IRS scandal.

And they should of course talk about the contrast between the media interest, saying perhaps Christie might use the Obama strategy on the IRS scandal, deny and stonewall in the hope that the media will ignore it over time.

They should POUND this there should be no answer that comes out of their lips that doesn’t use the words “IRS Scandal” and “Bridge Scandal” in the same sentence.  Every article written on it by any conservative source should mention it, contrast it play on the difference in media interest between the pair.

In fact if I’m Chris Christie I bring up the IRS scandal over and over again at my press conference saying stuff like:  ” I’m not going to delay or stonewall this investigation like the President & the IRS.”  and make it a point to constantly contrast the IRS scandal to this one.

Who knows if they press are in a spot where they can’t quote him without bringing up IRS they might even back off.

This is a gimme, a no brainer and the GOP needs to take full advantage of it and milk it for as much as they can.

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Update:  via Glenn, James Taranto gets it:

Its sheer pettiness is what distinguishes the GWB scandal from the ObamaCare and IRS ones. The ObamaCare fraud was in the service of an ambitious ideological agenda, and as we have argued, the 2012 election was close enough that it is possible the IRS’s suppression of opposition was necessary to secure the president a second term. Christie, by contrast, is not much of an ideologue and was cruising to an easy re-election.

In the latter regard, the bridge shenanigans look more like the Watergate burglary–a gratuitous misuse of power. “Reporters will eventually demand to know . . . what Christie knew and when he knew it,” observes conservative blogger Sean Davis. “None of the defenses now available to Christie–intentional deceit or intentional ignorance–paint him in a favorable light.” That’s especially true if voters two years from now are looking for a corrective to the corruption and deception of the Obama years.

Update 2:  Can I get an AMEN for Erick Erickson & John Nolte:


Update 3: Christie Press conference in progress. Straight up apologies, no justifications for lying Bridget Anne Kelly fired. Would never have joked about this if he every had an inkling that anyone on the staff would be so stupid to be involved and so deceitful as to lie about it to us.

“I am responsible for what happened.”

Update 4:  Assuming he is not lying through his teeth this press conference is a textbook example of how something like this should be done.  Watching him taking questions on the issue.  The contrast to the last four years of Obama administration plus Al Gore’s “No controlling legal authority” and “It depends on what the meaning of the word “is”  is.” can’t be overstated.

Update 5:  90 minutes into press conference and MSM is getting upset

the ultimate irony?

If Christie hasn’t answer more questions on Bridgegate than Obama has on all his scandals combined it’s damn close at this point.

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Everyone is talking about Chris Christie these days.

Chris Christie as candidate, Chris Christie as moderate, Chris Christie as conservative, Chris Christie as RINO, Chris Christie as Winner, Chris Christie as Governor, Chris Christie as Republican Savior  etc etc etc.

There is however one aspect of Chris Christie’s that nobody seems to be talking about at all.  Chris Christie as party leader.

Chris Christie is the highest ranking GOP official in the state of New Jersey.  As such one of his unofficial duties  is to promote the GOP brand within the state.

I would expect he would be good at it.  For all the complaints we Tea Party types have his record in the state of NJ is rather good.  He’s held back Taxes, Cut funding to Planned Parenthood and spending overall,  cut business taxes etc etc etc.  And all of this had to be done while dealing with Democrat majorities in both houses.

So naturally I expect he’s love to see more Republicans in the state house to vote with him and make this job easier.  My favorite speech of his discusses this.  While I talk about the “grandfather”  part a lot  the entire speech deserves to be noted in terms of why you need to elect Republicans.

“35 years ago we didn’t have an income tax in NJ no income tax like right here in NH, we had no income tax and Governor Brendon Byrne, a democrat said: If you just give me a small income tax, a little one, I will lower your property taxes, we had the highest property taxes in America back in 1977 so 35 years later, what have we got? We’ve STILL got the highest property taxes in America and the income tax that started at 2% under governor Byrne is now 9%”

We would expect that Gov Christie would make the same case in the state that he made on the campaign trail nationwide doing all he can to help elect more republicans in NJ. After all a swing of 8 seats in the NJ House and 4 seats in the Senate would mean at least one chamber behind him.

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.

Somehow that line in the Washington Post story Chrissie’s win got no play nationally, neither did this piece from (emphasis mine)

Democrats in the state Senate and Assembly withstood Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s decisive victory over Barbara Buono on Tuesday, retaining majorities in both houses of the Legislature and ensuring at least four more years of divided government in Trenton.

With most of the votes counted Tuesday night, Democrats said they would hold onto their 24-16 majority in the state Senate. They also appeared to hold a majority in the Assembly — currently 48 to 32 — though they lost at least one seat.

One house seat? That’s it? You mean to tell me Chris Christie, the Savior of the GOP, the model for Republicans nationwide,  success in advancing his party within his own state was barely more successful than a camel spotter in an election he won by 20 points?

Contrast this to what the Tea Party,  that the GOP establishment hates,  did for Republicans during the big read wave of 2010 down ticket

in 26 states the Republicans now hold majorities in both legislative chambers, up from 15 before the election.

The GOP took control of the New Hampshire House and Senate, the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate, the Minnesota Assembly and State Senate and, for the first time in decades if not more than a century, both legislative chambers in Maine, North Carolina, and Alabama. They also won back control of the Indiana House, the Pennsylvania House, the Ohio House, the Iowa House, the Montana House, the Colorado House, and the Michigan House of Representatives while not losing control of a single chamber they already held.

and that’s not even counting the 63 seats in the US house.

Given the lack of coattails for the GOP that Chris Christie beings vs the Tea Party I can certainly understand why the media and the left keep pushing him forward as the great GOP hope, the GOP establishment, not so much.


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It’s Monday and DaTipJar is at $32. With the Magnificent Seven now on board that means I’m actually BEHIND last week when I was at $2 at this time.

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Chris: There’s a job for six men, watching over a village, south of the border.

Bernardo: How big’s the opposition?

Chris: Thirty guns.

Bernardo: I admire your notion of fair odds, mister.

The Magnificent Seven 1960

Yesterday Protein Wisdom:

The rhetorical ground is already being set, with these two races its supposed proofs: look at how well Chris Christie did in a blue state! Look at how Cuccineli’s extremism lost us Virginia!

And PJ Media

Every GOP mainstream politician and consultant will spend the next few months completely incapable of saying little more than “Chris Christie!” They will have polls-OH!-will they have polls. Everyone will be taken as undeniable proof that Christie can beat Hillary, the zombie apocalypse, and the 1927 Yankees once time travel is a thing.

told us what the post election spin would be today and on Cue Morning Joe is going on today both about Ken Cuccinelli made told you what the MSM would say the lessons of VA & NJ are. If only Cuccinelli was not so extreme, and Chris Christie proved how the GOP can win in a blue state and is the model of 2016.

Let’s start with NJ

Chris Chrsitie won by 20+ points and a lot of credit has to be given to his policies and himself in winning that state at all, let alone by 20 points. He was and is clearly better for NJ than the democrat and the voters recognized it, but what nobody talked about until election day itself was in a state where National Democrats decided not to play:

From President Obama, who twice toured New Jersey with Christie after Hurricane Sandy and then failed to endorse Christie’s challenger

Hold on President Obama didn’t even offer a pro-forma endorsement of the Democrat Pro-abortion woman?

to the Democratic National Committee, which sent just one staffer to the state to fortify local efforts,

The DNC sent one staffer?

to major donors and high-profile party leaders such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, powerful Democrats have stayed on the sidelines in the blue state contest

(A cynical person might consider this the pro-quo for that arm the week of election day but I digress)

Well while the left and Morning Joe (which usually likes quoting the Daily Beast didn’t find that story newsworthy they DID report on the exit polls in NJ that showed Chrsitie doing well in all demographics.

There are some significant stats that give good news to the GOP nationally which I’ll talk about tomorrow but lets note the following, Chris Christe won men by 37 pts & women by 15 pts in the poll. He won latinos by 6 pts and took 21% of the black vote in a sample that approves of Obama with 51%.

All of that speaks well of Chritie who has done a good job in NJ (The 85% approval of the job he did with Hurricane Sandy.) but of all the stats from that poll, here is one that makes all the difference in the world.

The pollsters asked who would they support in 2016 Hillary Clinton or Chris Christie.

Well that should be an easy one. You have a poll of voters who just voted for Christie overwhelmingly this has to be the most favorable polling sample possible sample for Chris Christie. If Christie is going to win NJ for the GOP in 2016 he has to win this sample:


Christie loses to Clinton by 4 points, FOUR POINTS?

Excuse me? You have a race where no democrat money was spent, where you have photos of Barack Obama with an arm around Chris Christie, and a polling sample of people who voted for him by over 20 points and thinks he did a great job and from that sample he couldn’t outpoll Hillary Clinton in New Jersey?

I’m sorry The lesson is clear: If Chris Christie can’t outpoll Hillary with those advantages what does that say about his chances of winning democrats elsewhere when the full power of Democrat party and the MSM against him are slim and none and slim left town.

This is a trap set for the GOP in 2016 if they fall for it then it’s all over.

Now lets look at VA.

After leading by double digits for weeks Terry McAulffe managed to beat Ken Cuccineli by 3 points. The Narrative is he lost because he is a tea party candidate.

It is fair to say that in VA where so many gov workers the shutdown hurt the GOP (never mind the back pay voted meaning those workers essentially got a paid vacation) but here are some stories that got very little note.

Before Obamacare, before the shutdown Robert Stacy McCain said this

If Bob McDonnell had resigned Monday, there was about a 50-50 chance Cuccinelli could somehow change the subject between now and November and pull out a narrow win over McAuliffe. Every day that McDonnell remains in office, those odds diminish.

This is fact, not opinion.

Odd that the GOP wasn’t willing to do something about this to help out their candidate for Governor.

Then there is the libertarian who had an interesting source of funding:

A major Democratic Party benefactor and Obama campaign bundler helped pay for professional petition circulators responsible for getting Virginia Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert C. Sarvis on the ballot — a move that could split conservative votes in a tight race.

Campaign finance records show the Libertarian Booster PAC has made the largest independent contribution to Sarvis’ campaign, helping to pay for professional petition circulators who collected signatures necessary to get Sarvis’ name on Tuesday’s statewide ballot.

Now this is a tactic that people in elections have been using for years but it’s funny that it didn’t break until the day before the election and not in any MSM venue? Even odder was that the MSM didn’t even bother to mention the 3rd party candidate much until yesterday and Today Cokie Roberts had the audacity to claim it didn’t hurt the parties equally.

Yeah that’s why the Democrats funded him. Even Joe Scarborough wasn’t buying that.

Then there is the social conservative argument, the MSM contends that Cuccinelli’s social conservatism doomed him but there was an interesting story that got no press yesterday:

Del. Scott Lingamfelter, a Republican, said he received a robo-call on Sunday evening claiming that Cuccinelli supports the Affordable Care Act and taxpayer financing for abortions.

Cuccinelli vehemently opposes Obamacare, as the law is commonly known. He was the first state attorney general to challenge the law in court. He is also strongly opposed to abortion.

The recording said the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) paid for it, Lingamfelter wrote in a post on his Facebook page.

“They are shameless in their lies,” he wrote. “I guess they are trying to suppress GOP voters” in the governor’s race.

Tell me if Cuccinelli’s pro-life position was a problem for him why does the left bother to spend money? That’s a good question and I’d love a good answer.


Finally lets look at the GOP establishment and their actions, or shall we say inaction:

Four years ago the national GOP spent 9 million dollars in VA to elect a GOP governor. This time around?

They spent 3 million.

Now the idea that Terry McAuliffe Mr. UBER fundraiser was able to outspend Cuccinelli is not a surprise but the idea that the GOP cut their spending in the state by 2/3 well that wasn’t received well:


RT@seanmdav: In 2009, the RNC spent $9M to win VA by 17 points. Looks like it’ll have spent $3M in 2013 to lose by a hair. Dummies

Well that doesn’t prove the establishment wasn’t behind Cuccinelli I mean it’s not like popular GOP candidates didn’t show up for him to campaign.


Huh? I remember in 2012 Christie showed up to support Ovide Lamontagne in NH I covered him there.

Christie went to NH to campaign for Ovide and REFUSED to take a day during a race he was winning by 20 points to campaign for Cuccinelli?

I think that’s incredible, we are constantly told that Tea Party republicans need to hold their noses and stand by GOP moderates as I did with Mitt Romney and Gabriel Gomez. This tells me that as far as the GOP is concerned the opposite is not true.

So what is the lesson of Virgina? It’s this: To the Establishment GOP (and to Chris Christie) a victory by a Bill Clinton Democrat like Terry McAuliffe is preferable to a Tea Party candidate winning the governorship of Virginia.

In February after the GOP convention where the establishment used some interesting tactics to defeat a tea party candidate in Massachusetts I left the GOP ON camera

and wrote

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.

If the GOP is wants to be a minority party that gets their share of graft rather than a majority party that reforms the government this is the way to do it.

Update:  Via Instapundit

VIRGINIA: Did The GOP Blow It Because Of Fear of the Tea Party?

Short answer YES.  The details:

it’s hard to deny the conclusion that the Republican party decided it was better to abandon Virginia to the Democrat party than to allow the Tea Party and social conservatives to win.

Here they are:

  • The Republican National Committee spent three times as much in 2009 on the same race as they did this year.

  • The Chamber of Commerce spent one million dollars in the last Governor’s race, and not one dime on Cuccinelli.

  • While its often claimed that Tea Party candidates do poorly among independents, Cuccinelli actually won independents by 9 points, 47 percent to 38 percent.

  • “McAuliffe outraised Cuccinelli by almost $15 million,” and in the last weeks of the campaign, this left Cuccinelli with nearly no media exposure.

  • Even Politico wonders if Cuccinelli was beginning to turn the tide against the “War on Women” narrative, as he drove down McAuliffe’s lead among women from 24% in polling to 9%.

We’ll remember.

Update 2:  For some reason the left hasn’t found Ramesh Ponnuru all that quotable today:

The “party establishment” (to simplify) is putting some of the blame on the shutdown, and the anti-establishment conservatives are putting a lot of the blame on the former’s stinginess; Cuccinelli’s campaign manager is blaming both. The results in the state legislative races, and the possible victory of Mark Obenshain in the AG race, make it hard to credit any theory that the Virginia electorate is just hostile to conservatism in general, or to social conservatism in particular.  (emphasis mine)

I wonder why?

Update 3:  Jonah Goldberg NAILS it

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. Its the establishment that is less reliable in returning the favor.

Because the love our votes but love the K-Street spending more.

Update 4: Dan Riehl:

I don’t care if you want to blame the RNC, the RGA, the NRSC, the media and young dumb Republicans like a Josh Holmes, Brian Walsh and Brad Dayspring who live to run to it to get their names in print bashing their own base.

The fact is, the establishment GOP cost, not just conservatives, but its own damned party the governorship in Virginia.

Someone, or some few people need to be held to account and yes, some heads should roll. Now, all they want to talk about is ObamaCare. As far as I’m concerned, there’s a little unfinished business to address before we get there.

Update 5: Mark Levin vs Renice

Apparently Christie will have time to campaign for Lindsey Graham.


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It’s Wednesday and I need 13 tip jar hitters of $20 to make my $305 paycheck.

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Remember how during the last election the left saying there were people trying to bring back the days of Jim Crow? Apparently they were right:

After a lively debate, at 6:30 in the video, Jackson—the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor—attempts to shake hands with Northam, who will not shake it and doesn’t even look Jackson in the eye.

At first, a viewer might give Northam the benefit of the doubt that somehow he doesn’t see the extended hand. But Jackson dispels that doubt by taking his outstretched hand to tap Northam on the arm and then re-extends his hand almost into Northam’s lap. Northam still refuses to take it.

I’ll leave the: They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney… line for Glenn and just end with this:

If Virginia Lt. Gov candidate Ralph Northam was a Republican and Virginia Lt. Gov candidate E.W. Jackson was a Democrat there would be no other story on any of the Cable news networks at the top of the hour, reporters would be dogging the top of the GOP ticket to denounce Mr. Northam and civil rights leaders around the nation would be demanding he drop out of the race.

But because Mr. Northam is a Democrat and the Reverend E. W. Jackson is a Republican this will remain a non-story until there is no change of it effecting Terry McAuliffe chances to win.

Unbiased media my …

New York Magazine is making fun of Pam Geller

Noted subway-uglifier Pamela Geller has a new target for one of her terrible ad campaigns: The “communist” Bill de Blasio, and his horrifying proposal to stop the NYPD from spying on Muslims without evidence of a crime. The new ads, set to go up in the week before the election, accuse de Blasio of essentially partnering with terrorists to turn New York into a communist hellscape.

They go heavy on the Snark, how DARE Pam Geller support scrutiny of NYC mosques!

That’s probably why they banned her in England, if only more people in NYC had the opinion of Pam that the British Government did, perhaps we would see fewer crimes like this:

Just after midnight they were walking down Commercial Road when the CCTV film shows them being followed by a group of men.

Police say there was a confrontation and an exchange of words and the suspects became threatening and aggressive. One grabbed a bottle the victim was drinking from and smashed it against his face.

The group pursued the victim as he ran across the road to escape. They chased after him and continued to beat him before walking away.

It’s a shocking thing when innocent Muslims are the victims of such violence here in America…

…oops my bad, the victim is an American Student in London beaten by “Asians” because he was …ahem….different

“As a result of this incident I am now scared to go out on my own in London. I am a visitor to the UK and was considering continuing my studies here but this incident has made me think twice.

“I feel very emotional about the whole situation. I also now face the rest of my life with the permanent scarring that will be left on my face as a result of this attack. Every time I look in the mirror from now on I will be reminded of this incident.”

Detective Constable Ben Mott, of Tower Hamlets police, said: “We believe the suspects picked a fight with the victim as he was obviously not from the local area and they took exception to the fact that he was a bit different.

Well just because this stuff is happening there it doesn’t mean violence and abuse are happening Here in the US in places like say Ohio…

According to the police report, it all started when the teacher said how impressed she was with their knowledge of the Quran.

In response, one of the students told her that, at their religious school, “if they do not learn their religious passages as they are instructed,” they are sometimes “chained to a wall by their wrists and ankles and beaten with a long stick.”

I should note neither of those stories didn’t originate from Pam Geller but were out there in other media and untouched by anyone but Pam. I’ll give her the last word:

The media had been advised of this press conference repeatedly over the last several weeks. “However,” Geller continued, “No media was present. If a Soros-funded group like Media Matters or the Center for American Progress had announced that it was holding a press conference to expose Joe Lhota, there would have been a stampede.”

An exit question for Adam Martin:

Do you think the London Beating or the Ohio School stories are newsworthy stories newsworthy?

I think that’s a great question:

Update: Obviously the title was to be NY mag not “My” mag, was typing while they were changing my cast at the Doctor’s today, a hat tip to Richard for catching it.


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Last year I wrote a piece about Sarah Palin and her spending of Political Capital and earlier this year I noticed her decision to not spend that capital for Curtis Bostic in SC-1:

The essence of a smart political operator is to know when to spend said capital and when not to, when the expenditure will lead to success and when it is in vain. When such a move can lead to victory or when a defeat will be costly for the entire cause.

That she didn’t endorse in a state where she has endorsed before speaks volumes about this primary and none of it is good.

She was right Bostic lost, big!

Bottom line, Sarah Palin doesn’t spend capital without seeing a chance for a return. So this story from NJ was a real eye opener.

Palin, the former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, has officially become the third high-profile conservative to endorse Steve Lonegan in New Jersey’s special U.S. Senate race, praising the Republican’s commitment to smaller government and bashing his Democratic opponent, Cory Booker.

Palin’s endorsement isn’t given lightly and suggests that Lonegan cause is not as hopeless as some would like it to be. But an endorsement, even a Palin one can be considered cheap, after all Christie endorsed him too as would almost any republican. The real sign of risking political capital is if someone actually shows up to campaign. Chris Christie has the question is would Sarah Palin?

Well Palin has answered that question loudly:

Tea Party celebrity and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is on her way to New Jersey to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, his campaign said tonight.

Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, will be at the New Egypt Speedway in Plumsted Township, Ocean County, for a Lonegan rally at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Palin in person means money (for both sides) and attention, but it also means she considers this race close enough that she can make a difference, even in New Jersey.

That still makes it an uphill race in Jersey and Palin’s involvement guarantees that a Lonegan defeat will be happily blamed on her despite Booker’s huge advantage in money and name recognition in a blue state.

But Palin doesn’t play to lose and neither does Lonegan:

“Republicans need to hold firm because seven days from today when Bob Menendez escorts me down the Senate aisle for my swearing in, the message about what our party should do will be clear for all,” Lonegan maintained.

“I have come as far as I have in this campaign by ignoring the advice from all the pollsters and consultants who have told me to change what I think and change who I am,” Lonegan added. “New Jerseyans are looking for a leader who fights for working taxpayers, not a Hollywood wannabe like Cory Booker who will rubber stamp the President’s far-left wing agenda.”

It might be hubris but Lonegan fights from the front and fortune favors the bold.

Update: Apparently via insty, Mark Levin is spending Capital too

You wouldn’t think they would spend that much capital on a long shot, unless they see something.


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In 1977 leader piece2the most innovative wargame ever made, Squad leader was released by Avalon Hill.

I wrote about it last year but for new readers let me bring you up to speed.

Squad leader unlike most wargames at the time dealt with soldiers on a small level most pieces representing 12 men with some pieces representing individual officers or non-cons leading them. With a set of composite boards it was possible to re-create almost every small action history leaving to a remarkable amount of expansions that would eventually become advanced Squad Leader and a phenom.

The real innovation was the morale system. If a unit lost its morale it could not move or fire until a leader moved over and successfully rallied it. It didn’t matter how many more men you had, if you were not able to rally the troops you were toast.

Politics is the same way, money is very important but if the people working on your campaign, the people who work the phone and knock on the doors believe the battle is lost, if their morale is gone, then it takes a miracle to overcome it rallied it.

Sometimes a poll can be that miracle or that dagger in the heart.

PPP knows this so when I read this:

We did a poll last weekend in Colorado Senate District 3 and found that voters intended to recall Angela Giron by a 12 point margin, 54/42. In a district that Barack Obama won by almost 20 points I figured there was no way that could be right and made a rare decision not to release the poll. It turns out we should have had more faith in our numbers because she was indeed recalled by 12 points.

concerning the results of the Colorado recall elections:

An epic national debate over gun rights in Colorado on Tuesday saw two Democratic state senators ousted for their support for stricter laws, a “ready, aim, fired” message intended to stop other politicians for pushing for firearms restrictions. Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron will be replaced in office with Republican candidates who petitioned onto the recall ballot.

I simply didn’t buy it.

There is no reason why PPP couldn’t have released the poll saying and note how these results did not reflect what they would expect they could have given details on the methodology or noted the same things they did later in the article:

We did find on the poll though that voters in the district had a favorable opinion of the NRA by a 53/33 margin. And I think when you see the final results what that indicates is they just did a good job of turning the election more broadly into do you support gun rights or are you opposed to them.

But they gave away the game in the next two sentence

If voters made their decision based on the actual pretty unobtrusive laws that Giron helped get passed, she likely would have survived. But the NRA won the messaging game and turned it into something bigger than it was- even if that wasn’t true- and Giron paid the price.

Ah you see the NRA are just a bunch of liars so naturally we aren’t going to release this poll showing their winning, particularly in such a pivotal race.

I certainly have no business complaining about misinterpreting polls from last year, but I made my case openly and took my lickings when wrong.

I’d respect PPP a lot more if they had been willing to do the same as Nate Silver himself put it:

Legal Insurrection asked the best question:

that’s a very good question, I wonder if they have a good answer?

Mandy: You sound Scottish.
Amy: I am Scottish. What’s wrong with that? Scotland’s gotta be here somewhere.
Mandy: No. They wanted their own ship.
Amy: Good for them. Nothing changes.

Doctor Who: The Beast Below 2010

Once upon a time there was a political party in Massachusetts called the GOP that regularly lost elections for National office and that party had a choice to make.

For the 2nd time in four years they had a chance to face a Democrat after a tough primary race alone on a ballot without city counselors, town clerks,  governors counselors, ballots questions ,  state reps or senators that might have voters who supported them to help increase the Democrat party vote.

The last time this happened everyone, including the party expected to lose.  But the Tea Party base was energized, they volunteered in large numbers and they helped draw volunteers and funds from members of the GOP base nationwide.  Their candidate, with nothing to lose,  embraced that base and highlighted a single key issue that polled well among both the party and independents who made up the majority of the electorate in the campaign.

With the money and manpower the teaparty base drew the polling improved and the state party and national party decided to help after all.

Not only did their candidate win but that fall the Party they had the best showing in state elections for rep they had in years.

But the GOP decided they didn’t like the Tea Party people or the base because they said they wanted a louder voice in the party and the candidate decided the people voted for him because they loved him so much and not because the Tea Party and base worked so hard, so they pushed them away in the next election.

They not only lost the national seat they had won, but lost some of their new state rep seats too.

But even though the GOP didn’t like them the tea party, the base didn’t go away because they wanted their state to be better for themselves and their children so when there was another chance to win a seat in the same way they did in 2010 they found a candidate they agreed with and supported them in straw polls all over the state.and said to the party:  “Please vote for our man and our people will come back and help beat the Democrats again.”

But the establishment decided didn’t want to support the tea party or the base’s man who agreed with them and wanted someone else.  So they thought and thought and came up with an idea.

You see the very smart people in the establishment of the national party noticed a lot of people had come to America and Massachusetts from a distant southern land called “Hispanica” and while culturally they seemed a lot like the base, they voted for the Democrats.  They decided this was because the law said the people from “Hispanica” who wanted to live in the US had to follow the same rules as people from England, Congo or even India, but they didn’t want to.  So the party decided if they made a new rule that allowed anybody who broke the law coming to America to stay all the people who came from “Hispanica” and their children who already were here would decide they would not hate the GOP any more and maybe vote for them.

So they found a candidate who not only supported that new rule but whose mom & dad came from “Hispanica” so he spoke the  language of “Hispanica” so that all the people whose families came from that southern land would see him and say:

“Look this man is the very first from our home of “Hispanica” to run for senate so we will support him even though the Democrats have told us for years that the people in that party were bad and hated all people from “Hispanica” and wanted to take away the money the government gives to some people who come from there.”

So the party backed him even though the base and tea party didn’t agree with him saying they might stay home, and the national donor base didn’t give him money to hire people to help him win either because he supported laws they hated.

The party establishment didn’t worry.  They were much smarter than the base or the tea party and knew because their candidate supported the new rules that the national establishment did and was a child of “Hispanica” he would make all the people from “Hispanica” decide to vote for him.

Election day came and even through the Democrats had plenty of money and their machine was ready to roll their candidate only managed to draw 60% of they votes the very bad candidate did in 2010.

So to win the GOP only needed to draw 55% of the voters they did in 2010.  In some towns where the base was larger than others , voters said: “Even though you disagreed with us and the “Establishment” doesn’t like us we think you are better than the other guy” and voted for him.

But even though he won those towns and cities many of the base in those towns stayed home and didn’t come to vote  so he didn’t get a lot of votes extra votes.

But they still weren’t worried because their candidate supported the new rules and was a child of “Hispanica” so he would make all the people from “Hispanica” decide to vote for him.

So on election day they went to a city with many people from “Hispanica” and said: “Look our candidate is a child of Hispanica just like you! Come vote for him!”  But the people of that city said: We’ve never heard of a country called “Hispanica” Our parents come from a country called “The Dominican Republic” and they voted for the party they always did.

Then they went to another town and said “Look our candidate is from the land of Hispanica just like you” and the people of that town said: “We’ve never heard of a land called ‘Hispanica” our fathers came from a land called “Brazil” and they voted for the party they always did.

And everywhere the story was the same, the people never heard of “Hispanica”, they said their fathers had come from places like “Mexico”, “Puerto Rico”, “Peru”, “Ecuador” and all those people voted for the same party they always did.

So when all the votes were counted the GOP got less than 45% of the people who came to vote for the party just three years ago and they lost the best chance they would have to win for a very long time…

…and they blamed the Tea Party and the Base.

The Moral of our tale? There are two:

There is no land of “Hispanica”.  Instead there are 25 Latin American counties with different cultures, peoples and traditions so stop pretending people from those lands will vote for you just because you ran someone named “Gomez”.

You can’t add to your vote total if you chase away the base of voters most likely to support and finance you.

The End.

Update:  One more moral, no matter how good an idea you have for a post, if you finish it at 1:30 AM sleep on it and post it in the morning after you proofread it with a full night’s sleep under your belt.


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One upon a time there was a conservative who lost his job in the Tech Industry and started to write and report on politics. He worked very hard and after 5 years built a following and managed to start a radio show but like many new business’ couldn’t afford to draw a pay.

So he asked his many readers if 15 of them a week would be willing to kick in $20 so he could draw enough of a monthly pay to afford his $1210 mortgage

For four months he was able to do so but in the fifth month his draw was not as successful so by Wednesday morning he was still $138 short on a weekly paycheck and $499 short of the mortgage payment.

So he asked if 7 more readers could kick in $20 to make the paycheck to start and then perhaps he could find others willing to cover the $361 defect for the month.

I’m afraid you will have to decide how the story ends.

I drove around a bit today visiting campaign location. Here is what I saw.

I also called around to contacts and I seemed to be hearing the same message over and over.

Democrats not all that enthused about Markey

Not much of a Hispanic Turnout

A very low turnout expected but in some areas not as horrible as they thought, slightly better than primaries.

Additionally I’ve been talking to democrats who have said bluntly they have gone to vote for Gomez and I’ve heard this more and more today, much more than expected not because they really like Gomez, but they figure they can give him a shot for 18 months rather than for a 36 year guy.

Put bluntly I’ve been seeing an awful lot of the Coakley type reaction from Democrats willing to either stay home or vote Gomez, but I haven’t seen the same enthusiasm for Gomez that I saw for Scott Brown.

There is also one other thing going on here.

Not a single democrat has any skin in this game, no city pol, no other statewide office no nothing. The only motivation for any person to go and vote for Ed Markey is because they either:

1. Like Ed Markey or

2. Hate Gabriel Gomez.

What does that mean?

It means he has a chance, and if enough of the tea party people like myself bit the bullet and turn out for him (and I’ve done my best to make that case over the last couple of weeks) he can win this.

The irony is if he wins it will not be so much because of the Hispanic vote coming out for Gomez, or for tea party people coming out for Gomez, it will be because the democrats and independents who bothered to turn out decided he was worth a chance for 18 months because they can always replace him.

Oddly if he loses a close one, it will almost certainly be because that small base of the party stayed home.

BTW the question becomes, Why didn’t I have this post up before?

Two things:

1 All my evidence was anecdotal.

2. I know what side I’m on and unlike some in media I’ve never pretended otherwise

I’ve been calling people and trying to convince tea party people to turn out, that there were signs that things might be turning and the last thing I wanted to do is give the Markey people a heads if they had no idea this stuff was going on.

I’d rather shut up and help facilitate a possible longshot GOP win than to alert the Democrat machine that has the money and the manpower to get last-minute people out.

If some of you are upset because of this I’ll have to deal with it.

Update: Race called for Markey with about 80% of the vote, apparently pretending south of Texas and Florida is one giant country called “Hispanica or Latinia” is no substitute to actually having a candidate the inspires the base to work for them, and wouldn’t it have been nice to have a candidate that GOP workers and cash would have been willing to come from out of state to work?

Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep. And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots.

Mark 4:5-6

Today is election day and Gabriel Gomez faces an uphill battle to win what should be a well deserved victory against career pol Ed Markey.

Unlike the Scott Brown race there has been no democrat panic at the very end and not even an outlier to suggest that Gomez might make the same and no rush of national bucks to save the day (although anything is possible)

Yesterday at a Tea Party event I saw the leader who is both a tea party member and active in the local GOP committee (if only the GOP had someone like this as chairman) who I’ve seen at standouts and events for Gomez talk about her conversation with him this weekend extolling his virtues and I took off my “blogger” hat to make one final pitch to the tea party faithful assembled quoting from this piece that even if we have objections on some issues that it is vital that we get out and vote Gomez and encourage others to do so.

That such a pitch has to be made at a tea party event shows the difference between 2010 & 2013.

In 2010 nobody outside of Massachusetts gave Scott Brown a chance to win, when the GOP was giving only “pro-forma” support the Tea Party was active, working hard for Brown. It was the grass roots, the bloggers who led.

Brown campaign declared himself “Nobody’s man but your own” he ran on personality, and the closest thing he did to distancing himself from the tea party was declining to have Sarah Palin come to campaign for him. It was only when the National GOP saw that the Tea party and the grassroots were ready to drag him over the finish line did they jump in.

Brown’s victory, inspired activists nationwide and made the 2010’s Big Red Wave Possible giving the GOP the majority but also sent a wave of tea party members who voted not in deference to the GOP establishment but based on the support of the people.

While national republicans  appreciated their chairmanships they didn’t like having to bow to the people who made them possible.

In the next cycle the establishment supported non-tea party people in primaries, for congress and for president, Scott Brown distanced himself and the CPAC conservatives who once welcomed him as a hero noticed. In return while declaring they would vote for him, they would not work for him and without that grass root support both Mitt Romney and Scott Brown lost re-election (I suspect this had a lot to do with his decision not to run for this Senate seat).

Flash forward to 2013 a contested GOP primary for the seat Kerry once held. A conservative Tea Party candidate Mike Sullivan is winning straw poll after straw poll over Gomez and the dynamic Rep Dan Winslow.  The National Party supports Gomez who pitches himself as a “new kind of Republican” and gives him a huge money advantage and when election day comes Gomez has won over 50% of the vote  and the right to face Democrat Ed Markey.

And that’s where the miscalculation came in.

To the national party Gabriel Gomez was a dream candidate, Navy Seal, Vet, successful businessman and LATINO!

But to the grass roots locally and nationally didn’t care Gomez’s race, they looked at his positions. Pro Manchin/Toomey, Pro Gang of Eight, Pro Global Warming declaring himself “A New Kind of Republican” as if there is something wrong with being a member of the GOP.

I don’t blame Gomez. He has never to my knowledge attacked the tea party and has been very forthright about his positions not even bending before a conservative Fox News Sunday audience.  That’s more honorable than one who says one thing during a campaign to get money & votes and then flips. (hi Senator Rubio, how ya doin?)

Nationally the Grassroots who felt themselves burned with Scott Brown and Mitt Romney kept their pocketbooks closed. You saw no stream of activists rushing to Massachusetts to ring doorbells and sell Gabriel Gomez to the people of the state and locally one of the most prominent conservative commentators urged people to just stay home.

And that’s why on the eve of an election where every hand need to be on deck to stop a career poll like Ed Markey who votes dem 98% of the time I was obliged to make a pitch to Tea Party members to show up and vote for GOP candidate Gabriel Gomez.

That’s a really bad sign.

Perhaps I’m wrong, perhaps Latino voters who have been rather silent during this race will turn out in huge numbers without the left shuttling them to the polls or without local activist groups bringing them to vote for the first of their own ignoring those who call Gomez a LINO (Latino in name only)  For the sake of my state and my country I hope they do

If not the Miracle Max video in Ed Morrissey’s post will be quite apt.


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It’s Tuesday and the weekly paycheck has moved forward only 12 more readers kicking in $20 are needed to give me a full check for the first time in June.

Yeah even if I make the paycheck I’ll still be short $354 for the mortgage but one target at a time.

For now I’ll worry about finding a dozen of you willing to hit DaTipJar below and get me to that first goal. Then I’ll worry about finding 18 more.

Tomorrow is the special election for the US Senate. The candidates are Gabriel Gomez vs Ed Markey.

There has been a lot of back and forth that I haven’t cared for we’ve had those who have said conservatives should not be backing Gomez because of his support for the Gang of 8 & the Obama Positions on Climate Change, we have others who have suggested that the GOP can only grow if the GOP is “purged” of people holding positions (was it not just 5 months ago that we were told by the incoming party chair of how we would be united).

It’s no secret that I supported Mike Sullivan but it’s also no secret that I have in public supported Gabriel Gomez since he won the nomination and have urged people like Graham to re-consider their decision to sit out both on the air and off.

I’m familiar with the arguments, but there are two things that shoot it down.

If Gabriel Gomez is elected he will be replacing Mo Cowan the temp replacement for John Kerry and while Senator Cowan has gotten high marks on civility his voting record has been as liberal as you can get

Cowan, however, has not exactly built a bipartisan bridge during his brief tenure. A Washington Post online database shows he voted with his party 98 percent of the time in the 109 votes he has taken since entering Congress.

If that 98% figure sounds familiar that the rate according to the Washington Post that Ed Markey voted with the Democrats in the current congress.

Unlike Marco Rubio who once called an “earned path to citizenship” amnesty Gomez has been quite open on where he stands on positions like the gang of 8 bill and manchin/toomey etc.

If this was a “Dump Dede” where Gomez would be the 60th vote and the only republican supporting those bills I might be with Graham, but Gomez’s vote on those high-profile bills will be no worse than Markey or Cowan, but on other votes on fiscal responsibility and key defense issues they will be better MUCH BETTER.

I think I’d like to have that extra vote 60% of the time.

The second argument is stronger. If Gabriel Gomez is elected Senator and goes down to Washington next year and does not perform he can face a primary opponent from the GOP next year and because there will be a scramble on the Democrat side that primary will be populated by people who actually care if the republican nominee is you know Republican.

If Ed Markey is elected however there will be no Dem primary and the GOP will have to somehow find a way to beat a sitting Democrat Senator with the entire Democrat machine behind them.

FYI The last time a sitting Democrat Senator was beaten by a Republican in Massachusetts…1946

I like and respect Michael Graham but I think the best move for conservative republicans is to take the chance on Gomez for 18 months rather than be stuck with Ed Markey until he dies or gets sick of the seat.

Your call.

Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do

US Grant, Battle of the Wilderness 1864

One of the 1st rules of politics is to play your game not your opponents.

For Ed Markey things are not going as good as they should be, His coronation for a seat in the US senate in a +20 dem state has hit some speed bumps.  The cook county report has the race a toss up  your opponent is a Hispanic son of Colombian immigrants ex Navy Pilot, Ex Navy Seal and successful businessman and your reduced to selling to a community that is tight that are reduced to questioning if your opponent is Hispanic enough.

So if you’re the Markey campaign you have to get the subject changed and your opponent talking about things other than his strengths.

Lucky for Ed Markey, for all his strengths Gabriel Gomez is a political novice. So when Markey throws out a little bait:

U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, used the fundraising email to tie Gomez to the national Republican Party. Markey released a web ad this weekend featuring McConnell’s email. “Mitch McConnell led Republicans creating gridlock in the U.S. Senate,” the ad states, calling attention to McConnell’s opposition to an assault weapons ban and several other positions. It urges voters not to “let national Republicans get their way,” and implies that a vote for Gomez would hurt Democratic President Barack Obama’s agenda.

a more experienced candidate would ignore it.   In fact A more experienced candidate and team would talk about how Ed Markey is attacking because his 36 year record is not worth defending.  A more experienced candidate would if pressed by the media would say nothing stronger than:  “That’s what the Democrats said about Scott Brown and we all know that story.”

But what does the less Gabriel Gomez do when running in a +20 dem state against an opponent with more money and a state full of paid hacks to call on in an election that will be decided on turnout?  An election where he needs every single dedicated GOP vote to turn up and pull that lever?

He says this:

“I’m a new Republican, and I’m going to make this a new Republican Party,” he said. “Now, I’m sure in the next few months, when I get down to D.C., a lot of my comrades in the Republican Party are going to think I’m a major pain in the butt, but I’m OK with that.”

And lists issue after issue where he intends to support the democrats in the senate vs the GOP.

There is a word for a person whose agenda is to defeat the Republican, it’s “Democrat” and Michael Graham is not happy:

Last week, a GOP flak in DC working for the Gomez campaign tweeted an angry message demanding GOP donors pay up. “Put your money where your mouth is,” he insisted–without noting that his own paycheck depends on donor cash.

Sorry, pal–it’s not our job to give our money to candidates who urinate down our leg, just so you can make your mortgage payment in Falls Church, VA.

Why would any Republican give to a candidate who, less than a month out of the election, is using precious campaign time to attack his own party?

If Gomez wants to be a “pain in the GOP’s butt,” he can do it on his own dime. Me? I’m looking for a Republican who will be a pain in the DEMOCRAT’S derriere.

Let’s be clear.  Gabriel Gomez is far superior to Ed Markey,   I’ll be voting for him on the 25th and I would encourage every single resident of Massachusetts to do the same.  I’d also like to explain something to the Gomez & the Mass GOP.

Paid consultants are nice but to win an election A candidate needs a base of support, a group of people who are willing to work hard for you to give time and effort for you.  You need people who will do these things with the promise of a financial reward or a hack job at the end of it.  They are called “the base”.

They need to be secured before you reach other to others.

In  a special election the base is even more critical, turn out is lower, motivation is tough, you want to be absolutely possible there is no chance of them staying home.

This isn’t it.

My suggestion: Get back on message, and if people try to bait you take a look at this piece from Holly Robichaud for advice on things to say.

It’s a pretty good list but notice what’s not on it?  Attack the Gop.

Every day Gabriel Gomez attacks his party he is doing Ed Markey’s job for him, it’s up to the Gomez campaign to make sure this is a one day story. If it is then the campaign can get this behind them and push forward.

If not, if we have more days when the GOP activist base that listens to Michael Graham is hearing stories of the candidate saying how much their party sucks it’s going to end badly for the GOP.

And if you don’t believe me then ask Mitt Romney about those millions of GOP voters who decided to stay home in 2012. As Scott Brown why he won in 2010 when he didn’t hit the tea party and lost in 2012 when he did.

Your call.

Update:  Cleaned up the more experienced candidate sentence

A Hispanic student with a 4.0 GPA is the least popular of all Hispanic students

Roland Fryer “Acting White” The social price paid by the best and brightest minority students

Under normal circumstances Ed Markey’s election to the Senate should be a cakewalk.  He has a ton of money 36 years of experience in congress and favors to call in and is running in a D +20 state that was carried by the president overwhelming in 2012.

One would think this would be enough, but when you are a career pol at a time when the congress is less popular and trusted than use car salesman, when you’ve just disposed of the favorite of organized Labor in a primary, facing an outsider with a great story, who has an ethnic connection to a base you would normally put efforts into delivering to the polls you get worried.  You start running negative ads even if they risk bringing up the visibility of your lesser known opponent (am I the only one who noticed Gomez face is washed out in those ads to make him look less Hispanic?)

But what happens when even after running those ads things like this happen.

the highly respected Cook Political Report has just changed its rating on the Massachusetts US Senate race from “Lean Democrat” to “Toss Up.”

And suddenly for Ed Markey things are a lot worse.

A Senate Race in Massachusetts that would normally be ignored by the smart money in the GOP nationally suddenly decides it’s worth sending money and foot soldiers to take your opponent over the finish line and maybe, just maybe, a few ambitious democrats who think they belong in that senate seat instead of him might decide they don’t mind a Gomez victory figuring they can pull an Elizabeth Warren in a year so they give public support, but drag their feet on the heavy lifting.

Now you have to do something. What what do you do. Normally you would try to maximize your base, say turn out the Hispanic neighborhoods that are vital to Democrats in a close race, but can you and your allies risk bringing Hispanic voters to the polls where they’ll see a ballot with the name “Gomez” on it?

Well you and your allies might be reduced to this:

¿Qué es un LINO? (what is a Latino in Name Only)

Seriously, folks SERIOUSLY?

Gomez is the quintessential American story, a son of Colombian immigrants, Spanish as his first language, worked hard, joined the service, became a Navy Pilot,  Navy seal and afterwards a successful businessman and he’s Latino in name only.

Tell me what isn’t Latino enough about him? the Navy Pilot bit?  The Navy Seal bit?  The Successful businessman bit?  Or maybe it’s the hard work?  Is El Planeta and Jerry Villacres seriously trying to tell their Spanish language readers that a guy who manages all these things doesn’t represent the Latino community?  Talk about advancing a racist EBT card stereotype.

This is the type of thing that a candidate does when he’s scared.  It means although Gomez has a tough road to climb he has a real shot of winning this race…

as long as he doesn’t do anything foolish….

Sheldon: 60 only takes me to here. I need to get to here.

Leonard: What’s there?

Sheldon: The earliest estimate of the singularity, when man will be able to transfer his consciousness into machines and achieve immortality.

Leonard: So, you’re upset about missing out on becoming some sort of freakish self-aware robot?

Sheldon: By this much.

The Big Bang Theory The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification 2010

I have a bone to pick with GOP candidate Gabriel Gomez.

No it’s not with the fact that he is a Hispanic Republican with a great personal story a history of service to this country, a record of success in business, not a career politician promising to vote based on getting things done rather than on party lines.

Those are all great reasons to vote for him next month.

It’s about this latest ad on Ed Markey and raising Taxes:

Now the average conservative might see this ad and say:  “What’s wrong with it?”

Do I have a problem with saying Ed Markey have voted to raise taxes 271 times?   No.

Do I have an issue with the suggestion that if elected to the US Senate Ed Markey is likely to embrace every tax hike that comes down the pike as long as he can?  No.

Do I have an issue with saying Ed Markey have Voted for higher business taxes, personal taxes, special taxes, gas taxes?  No

I wouldn’t even have an issue if the ad suggested Markey would support taxes ON taxes.

My problem is with the phrase: “For an unlimited time”

Yes: Ed Markey has on average voted to raise taxes once every 49.05 days for the last 36+ years.

Yes: Ed Markey if he is elected to the Senate and serves as long as Strom Thurmond did will, based on his current average up vote for higher taxes at least another 250 times.

But unless the likelihood of a breakthrough concerning the singularity changes dramatically the 66-year-old Markey will NOT survive long enough to get there.

As true as the ad is otherwise, we can’t assume a voting democrat will mean we’ll eventually get a Robotized Ed Markey in the Senate casting votes for higher taxes forever and ever…

…but why take the chance?


Vote Gabriel Gomez for US Senate

Because when it comes to raising taxes there IS no functional difference between a liberal democrat & a freakish self aware robot!

Update: If Ed Markey WAS a freakishly self aware Robot he would be able to remember if he ever opposed a tax increase in 30+ years:

Via Michael Graham who nails it:

The perfect US Senator for Massachusetts:

That my friends is up to you.

An odd side effect of the IRS scandal is how it affects the Senate Campaign of Gabriel Gomez vs Ed Markey

While people may not believe it at this time there will almost certainly be a senate committee investigating this matter and if the evidence goes where I think it will go, perhaps even something even bigger.

When that time comes the question is going to be asked: “Who will be able to judge this fairly?”

And that’s where Gomez trumps Ed Markey BIG TIME.

As a former colleague of Tip O’Neill Ed Markey has wisely come out early against the IRS going after the Tea Party, but that kind of rings hollow next to things he was saying before the election like this:

Tea Party Republicans are truly committed to bringing the government down,” warned U.S. Rep. Edward Markey Friday in remarks to local business leaders

Meanwhile Gabriel Gomez took a lot of hits during the GOP primary for exactly the opposite, his letter concerning president Obama & his the fact that tea party republicans tended to support his opponent entire persona and approach suggests that he would be not be an automatic scold

Gabriel Gomez took a lot of barbs during the campaign concerning his letter on Barack Obama and nobody was harder on him that Tea Party supporters. If you’re looking for a Republican to judge this case fairly he’s your man.

It means to be seen in the state that went overwhelming for Obama in 2012 is more interested in the facts vs protecting the White House but if they want to advance the reputation for judicial fairness first established at the Boston Massacre, then Gomez is your man.

If you do Everything, you’ll win

Lyndon Johnson

The Collector: I am noting your work rate!

Doctor Who The Sunmakers 1977

Well Sc-1 has come and gone and despite a million dollars of national money and no help from the National GOP (or me) Mark Sanford has regained his old seat in SC-1.

There are plenty of lessons to learn, here are the ones that come to mind

1.  Money doesn’t always win.

Elizabeth Colbert Busch had a great cash advantage  1 million dollars of national money and a 5-1 advantage.  If the prospect of facing a seemingly flawed candidate wasn’t appealing enough for the Democrats to go all in the idea of electing the sister of a darling of the left like Stephen Colbert’s was.

It was to no avail 1 million dollars of advertising bought the left 45% of the vote meaning money can’t buy you a seat without a candidate capable of winning .

2. Hard Work Pays Off:

Mark Sanford had plenty of faults as a candidate but laziness was not among them.

While Sanford is best known nationally for the lady from youth America in South Carolina in general and SC-1 in particular he was known as both a Governor & as the former Congressman.  Yet he went out there every day fighting to get the votes of individuals.

On Election Day Dave Weigel noted the difference:

That Colbert-Busch in a district so overwhelmingly republican might not feel the need to work as hard as Sanford is simply amazing and ignores a story from one of the giants of the Democrat Party in the last 50 years about one of the first elections he ever ran in.

When O’Neill protested that he had known her since he was a child, had shoveled her walk and cut her grass, and didn’t think he had to ask for her vote, she replied, “Tom, let me tell you something. People like to be asked.”

As the daily caller put it:

Are all red-district Democrats this screwed headed into 2014 or just the ones who are as lazy as Colbert Busch?

If you aren’t willing to work for that seat why should you expect voters to come out and vote for you, particularly in a special election with nothing else going on.
That’s how a democrat manages to lose every single country in a district, even the ones where they should be strongest.

3.  2013 is not 1970

There is an old joke in politics concerning candidates that are so strong it would take a dead girl or a live boy to bring them down.

While Ted Kennedy & Gerry Studds amply demonstrated these rules don’t apply to democrats and did so decades ago it’s been thought for a long time that they still apply to republicans.

Times have changed and while I thought and still to a degree think Sanford will be a long term liability to the GOP to the voters just didn’t see it that way.

Sanford approached this in the exact right way politically.  Not ducking or dodging but charging straight forward on the issue and then pivoting to the actual issues in the race.  (Jobs & Spending) His willingness to face the issue made it difficult for his opponent to gain traction on it.

Of course it’s kinda hard to make the case for infidelity against your opponent as an issue when Bill Clinton is the rock star of your party.

Sanford will undoubtedly be talked about in DCCC fundraising letter and the MSM will do their best to play him against the party but we’ve (unfortunately) reached the stage in our society where Sanford foibles are just another dog bites man story.

4.  The political company you keep

Colbert Busch got a ton of funding from National Democrats & Sanford got none from the NRCC.  This was a perfect backdrop for a campaign against Washington by Mark Sanford.

>Sanford was able to (correctly) paint Colbert Busch as just another liberal Democrat in the Nancy Pelosi mold, meanwhile it’s tough to link Sanford to a party that did it’s best to pretend he’s not there.

Given the popularity of congress or lack thereof, the ability of Mark Sanford to distance himself while linking his opponent to their failures was priceless and Sanford’s , his previous clashes over spending in he house gave him credibility.

5.  He’s an SOB but he’s OUR SOB

I recall during the primary I got a fair amount of pushback for my support of Curtis Bostic & my opposition on the ground of:  Who are you to tell us who to elect?

After the primary I recall making a joke along the line saying the GOP voters electing Sanford was the worst decision by SC voters since Democrats decided shooting at Ft. Sumter was a good move that brought even more.

We’ve already know people like to be asked we also know they don’t like to be TOLD and nobody was going to tell the people of South Carolina’s 1st district who to elect.  Not me, not Stacy McCain and certainly not a bunch of media & left wing money people trying to push their candidate on the electorate.


Either way the election is over, what effect it has on the House GOP and how they should handle Rep Sanford’s presence? Well that’s a question for another day, but if the chamber can survive Cynthia McKinney’s presence it can certainly survive his.

4th Doctor: “Only in mathematics will we find truth.” Borusa used to say that during my time at the Academy – and now he’s setting out to prove it.

Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin 1977

Last week’s election In England the Tories have been introduced to the new math political math:


“We are saying ‘have you really consulted these people?’”

He added that disquiet among ethnic minority communities could prove devastating for the Conservatives in the main cities – on top of dissatisfaction among Tory activists in rural areas.

“When you are middle class and Oxford educated you don’t necessarily understand what the grassroots are all about: you rely on what your pundits are telling you,” he said.

plus this

The BBC projected that Ukip was on course to come third in voting share, with 23% of the vote. Labour is projected to have come first with 29%, with the Tories second on 25%. The Lib Dems are projected to have won 14%, with other parties on 9%.

equals this: :

Peter Bone, the Wellingborough MP, said Mr Cameron should halt the gay marriage Bill, currently going through Parliament, and cut overseas aid. “Those are things that Conservatives want and that’s what Ukip voters want.”

The Tories should be allowed to stand as “Conservative and Ukip” candidates if they could win the endorsement of Mr Farage’s party, he added.

It all adds up, you ignore your base, they eventually rebel and suddenly you have to win them back if you want your party to survive. otherwise

Tory sources suggested that the changed political landscape would result in Ukip winning a by-election in anything but a safe Labour seat and that Mr Farage’s party would top the polls in next year’s European elections.

In England the “conservative” Tory party has learned this lesson the hard way. Will the GOP figure this out before they reach this point or will it take hard mathematics to teach them the same lesson?

Update: Somehow I mixed up the 2nd appearance of Borusa (The invasion of Time) with the first (The Deadly Assassin) corrected

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While on a personal level yesterday was less than pleasant thanks to the readers we come into Wednesday with this week’s paycheck already made and we are nearly half way to the monthly goal.

Because of those readers who kicked in this will be the last you see of DaTipJar pitch for the week until Sunday when we start all over again.

Today is Election Day in Massachusetts and we have two very different races going on.

On the democrat side the race is almost a forgone conclusion. Very few people give Rep Stephen Lynch a chance against Ed Markey as the Suffolk University poll indicates

David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston said in a statement that while voter turnout will determine the outcome, “Given what we know now, Lynch would have to carry his home district by an unprecedented margin and also compete aggressively in Markey’s home district to offset Markey’s distinct advantage.”

Of course in a special election it’s all about turnout, if the democrat machine is not involved it could be wide open

On the GOP things are a tad different. Gabriel Gomez has the money, Mike Sullivan has the straw polls, and Dan Winslow has the Newspaper endorsements.

There are two factors that are going to make all the difference here.

1. Turnout. This is a special election, most people don’t even know there is an election today. The people most committed are likely to turn out, the activists. That would seem to be to Mike Sullivan’s advantage as he has strength among social conservatives some of the most committed and informed voters in the GOP.

2. Strategic Voting by Democrats/Republicans If the Mainstream media and conventional wisdom are to be believed Mike Sullivan’s pro-life, pro-family position will doom him in the general election. Meanwhile the last thing a democrat needs is for Spanish voters to see the name “Gomez” on a ballot for the special election.
It’s unlikely Hispanic voters brought en-masse to the polls will be pulling GOP ballots but can Markey take a chance otherwise?

On the other hand Unenrolleds who lean republican would clearly prefer Lynch who is the most conservative democrat in the state delegation and a regular guy to Markey who is a pure hack. How many fatalistic conservatives will decide their best chance to stop Markey is in the primary and vote accordingly?

The wild Cards:

The Biggest wildcard is the Boston Bombing. While it in my opinion will affect the general election the question become what effect will it have on the primary. Does it help Gomez the soldier, Sullivan the DA who went after the shoe bomber or Winslow who was the target of a bombing himself?

The second wildcard is the Gosnell case. How it plays in the general election depends on who wins the GOP primary and what press if any the case gets but in the GOP primary the Gosnell case certainly could make a difference for the GOP race, except for the fact pro-life voters are already active.

I must confess I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen today except that we will know the results of this election pretty fast. By 9 PM the actual race will for the Senate will begin and that’s when we’ll know how it will be run.

I’ll be voting Sullivan today but if you haven’t made up your mind and are not driven by the life issue as I am here are three interviews with the three candidates to help you make up your mind:

Mike Sullivan:

Dan Winslow

Gabriel Gomez

Update have visited 5 of six Fitchburg Precincts and found the following.

1. Turnout is pretty low everywhere

2. More democrat ballots are being pulled than Republican despite Scott Brown’s strength in the area

3. There was only a single person holding a sign for a candidate that was for Stephen Lynch

A bit of anecdotal evidence: in driving through the city to get to the different voting locations I saw plenty of Lynch signs and a few for Sullivan, I didn’t see any signs for anyone else. Make of that what you will.

Update: It’s Gomez vs Markey. Very surprised at the margin for Gomez but having the money for ads paid off as did the Military background. Additionally female poll workers at more than polling location referred to him as the “hot” one. Don’t underestimate that.

The last word:

Yesterday the three candidates for the GOP nomination for the senate seat being vacated by John Kerry were scheduled to appear at the Leominster Elks hosted by several local GOP committees

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When I got there the Winslow folks had their signs at the ready

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I saw signs inside for Gomez (along with a few Gomez campaign people and some signs for Sullivan (who I endorsed)

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I was then informed that Mr. Sullivan & Mr. Gomez would not be coming, Mr. Gomez cancellation was last-minute. I talked to a campaign aide and she told his young kids (who were at the finish line in Boston not long before the blast) were still shaken up & he decided to stay with them. No word on Mr. Sullivan.

I recorded the following commentary:

They grabbed a projector but the sound wasn’t transferring well so they decided to just stick with the presentation for Dan Winslow who did show up.

He dived right into the crowd meeting voters

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One of his supporters talked to me before things started:

Richard Bastien former GOP rep warmed up the crowd

Then Judge Winslow gave a spectacular speech

And answered question

after question

after question

on all kinds of topics

from immigration

to entitlements

He had time for a few quick interview at the end

You can’t help but like this man, he is direct, unapologetic for his views. Even though I had endorsed Sullivan was very friendly and asked for my support and when I had to decline as a Knight of Columbus over his position on life, he said if he can’t have it now he would like it after winning the primary. That will not be a problem as there would at that time be no pro-life candidate in the race.

That kind of persistence is EXACTLY the right way for a candidate to behave.

I’ve got to tell you Dan makes a strong case, has the single best presentation of any of the candidates, expresses pride in being a Republican (a welcome change) and would be a formidable opponent for any democrat in any race. I have absolutely no doubt if he wins the primary he would make a race of it.

He won over several voters in that crowd last night. If he was pro-life he might have won me over too, but I only have one soul.

Here is the gallery, and yes that is Justin wearing my Dr. Who scarf (he’s a fan too)

I spoke to Mass. GOP Senate candidate Mike Sullivan at the “How to save the GOP event” hosted by Michael Graham.

Full disclosure I endorsed Sullivan last week, but I also interviewed his opponents here.

I like that Sullivan isn’t bending or equivocating on these issues and his direct approach is very refreshing and his realism on spending is something tat this state and this country needs in the Senate.

And let’s be blunt to all those who want me to change based on social issues. Abortion is an intrinsic evil, cooperation in an intrinsic evil is a mortal sin, period.

If there is no pro-life candidate I’ll pick the best choice on other issues but a faithful & believing catholic is not going to commit a mortal sin in the hopes of taking an election issue off the table and anyone who thinks they would are idiots.

You can donate to his campaign here.

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Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms.

Luke 14:31-32

One of the most important things a general has to decide during a battle that’s an uphill fight is whether to commit his reserves or retreat and regroup.

At Waterloo Napoleon committed his guard and lost the battle and his last chance of empire. At the Wilderness Lee’s Texans made the difference against Grant as the tide was turning. Michael de Ruyter the greatest warrior in the history of the Dutch was the absolute master of knowing when making that extra fight was right.

That decision knowing if it’s time to fight and when it’s not is the difference between a great general and a good general.

The same is true in politics Lyndon Johnson one of the greatest political operators in history was the man in charge of money in the 1940 congressional elections for Democrats. While he had the money to finance and in some cases over-finance candidates as Robert Caro points out on page 651 of his volume. Lyndon Johnson the Path to Power some were refused:

Francis T. Murphy said he had a “50-50” chance. He could win, he said, “by getting vote to polls in key wards.” but money was needed to accomplish that. “None,” Johnson wrote next to Murphy’s name. C.H. Armbruster of Ohio asked for $1000, but said he would take less: “urgent.” he said, “None,” Johnson wrote. “$1,000 would be a lifesaver.” George W. Wolf wrote. “Two counties hold fate…Hard battle.” None.

Johnson’s decision to cut off some candidates was not due to the lack of funds.

And that brings us to the special election in SC-1

I’ve already given my opinion on the disaster that Mark Sanford would be for the GOP if he wins the primary and especially if he wins the general. I’ve urged people to kick in for Bostic and as we’ve reached this election day an important event has taken place, or rather it hasn’t

There is hope in the Bostic camp that the candidate might get an endorsement from Sarah Palin, who in the past has been able to transform underdogs into winners, as when her 2010 support helped Nikki Haley become South Carolina’s governor. It was Haley’s choice of Tim Scott as this state’s first black Republican senator since Reconstruction that opened the congressional seat that Sanford and Bostic are now fighting for, and so it would in some sense be less than coincidental if the Palin lightning struck again here.

That hope has been in vain.

A Sarah Palin endorsement would have meant money, it would have meant volunteers and it would have given Bostic instant gravitas against Mark Sanford as no other endorsement could.

It hasn’t come.

I’ve already talked about Sarah Palin as a political venture capitalist

Sarah Palin is the perfect political capitalist, she has taken her political capital, invested it in the candidates of her choice and come out with even more. No amount of political snark or clever Conan skits will change that. The MSM can pretend her capital doesn’t exist, but you’d better believe Ted Cruz, Kelly Ayotte and dozens of members of the congress who received that capital when they needed it know it is there and when and if she needs to draw on that capital, I suspect they will remember it.

The essence of a smart political operator is to know when to spend said capital and when not to, when the expenditure will lead to success and when it is in vain. When such a move can lead to victory or when a defeat will be costly for the entire cause.

That she didn’t endorse in a state where she has endorsed before speaks volumes about this primary and none of it is good.

Stacy McCain is on the ground in South Carolina and his latest report says the following:

Speaking of Gentleman Journalists, National Review‘s Jim Geraghty recently paid a visit to Hilton Head:

As one Beaufort County resident put it to me, “I’m hearing folks say, ‘My pastor says I should vote for [Bostic]‘”

If the counsel of clergy is heeded, the headline on a Bostic victory will be Miracle Upset, but polls indicate that Christianity itself is now viewed as a liability by South Carolina Republicans, unless it is the cheap-grace gospel wherein Mark Sanford’s 2009 embarrassment is shrugged off as something inconsequential that only the Liberal Media Elite care about. There may still be Republicans who take “family values” seriously, but they are neither fashionable nor influential, and none of the Wizards and Gurus think that the anti-adultery vote will amount to a majority in today’s GOP runoff.

that’s depressing enough but his piece seems less about Bostic and more about a different subject:

Some of my blogger friends seem to have forgotten that it was Ali who, as a consultant to the campaign that elected Scott Brown to the Senate seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy, ensured that bloggers like myself, Da Tech Guy, Ace of Spades and Pamela Geller had prime seating at the victory party that January 2010 night in Boston. Pudding, anyone?

Is there a strain of Charles Johnson-ism in all this? Are there people trying to set themselves up as Supreme Arbiters of who is and is not acceptable inside the Big Tent? And, if so, why are they simultaneously indignant about having Ali Akbar work as a digital strategist, but blithely indifferent to having Mark Sanford become the “face” of the Republican Party?

Some would rather reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.

Stacy’s coverage has been first rate as usual, you should read it all but the tone of this post is a bad sign.

I hope I’m wrong, I hope that Curtis Bostic can make it over the finish line without Palin. I hope that South Carolina Republicans understand what is at stake here without the Governor having to persuade them. I’m happy to lend my voice as insignificant as it is in the cause for his election and ask every single voter in South Carolina’s 1st district to choose wisely.

I hope, but I also know in 1940 Francis T. Murphy lost by 44.7%, C. H. Armbruster lost by 21.4% and George W. Wolfe lost by 9.4% and remember the note next to each of those names placed there by an earlier political master in answer to their request for help.


Update: Bostic lost by 13.16% Palin choose wisely.

For those who missed this week’s show where we talked Sharia with Women Against Sharia, and the special election in SC with Dave Weigel & Stacy McCain it’s now available here.

Of course if you DID hear it and want to again, I don’t blame you, it was really good.

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You know I’ve been hearing all this talk about the GOP brand and image problems but I must have been hearing poorly.

The GOP’s future is so bright we don’t need the tea party activists. Sure they gave the GOP control of the house in 2010 but the GOP did so well in 2012 that they can afford to drive the away

“Caucuses and conventions clearly give a better idea of what the base of the party wants, and the folks who show up for conventions and primaries are the very same people that the party will call upon to do the work each election cycle,” he added. “This is clearly an attempt to get rid of what the base of the party wants.”

It’s comforting they party is doing so well they don’t need the tea party volunteers and all that constitution stuff to do the busy work of campaigns that such people do.

And apparently they don’t need the bloggers either:

For the RNC to produce a 100-page report and not have a single mention of the need to interact with and support the conservative blogosphere tells me that the RNC simply has rearranged the deck chairs on the HMS Consultant.

Yeah sure the White House made it a point to have the president meet directly with bloggers like Jonathan Singer, Duncan Black, Oliver Wills and John Aravosis who helped carry him over the finish line but the GOP is doing so well it simply doesn’t need bloggers to push their candidates and bypass the mainstream media.

Who knew the media monopoly of the left was no big deal to the GOP?

And even better the GOP has reached a state where people like Joe Scarborough and the establishment can support Mark Sanford as a good choice for the GOP in South Carolina as opposed to someone like, oh I don’t know maybe Curtis Bostic:

His campaign page is — a basic Tea Party theme — and it seems entirely possible that the grassroots, tired of the corrupt GOP establishment’s old-boy style of politics, could rally behind Bostic.

Reading his biography page, he’s a Marine veteran of Operation Desert Storm and the father of five home-schooled children. So there’s your pro-military and pro-family “street cred.”

Yeah I know he has a great background and backstory and I know the temptation is go to Mr. Bostic’s facebook page to sign on or to his site and help Curtis Bostic with a few dollars under normal circumstances I would strongly advise this as Ann Coulter says:

You would think Akin would stand in history to teach Republicans to stop giving away winnable seats by running ridiculous candidates. Alas, no.

What’s next? A Republican candidate whose campaign consists exclusively of demanding vaginal probes and discussing different types of rape?

If, in some horrible twist of fate that’s been stalking Republicans, Sanford wins the runoff, he will lose the general election. Worse, he might win, making Republicans look like utter hypocrites on family values.

But apparently the GOP is doing so well that nominating a guy who is the GOP’s version of Anthony Weiner against the sister of a fellow who has a platform on Comedy Central reaching young voters around the nation amplified by other networks will not in the least hurt the GOP nor fuel the “war on women” theme that the left played in the last election.

And here I was worried about the left fundamentally changing the direction of the country, silly me. It’s so nice to know the GOP in general and conservatives in particular have so little to worry about. Reince Priebus must be so pleased.


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Yes I think it would be a great idea to drop a few dollars in Curtis Bostic campaign here but additionally I suggest the following.

If you disagree with the premise that Mark Sanford is the right choice for the seat once held by Tim Scott

If you think abandoning the Tea Party is a bad idea

If you think abandoning conservative bloggers a bad idea as well.

Then you should consider hitting DaTipJar below so this conservative blogger can draw that $300 paycheck to keep it alive and continue to fight the fight that some in the party apparently think is already won.

I can’t invest in failure Frank!

The Verdict  1982

El Cid: Sire, all those you see here, though none dare say so, harbor the suspicion that you may have counseled your own brother’s death. Unless you can prove your innocence you will have no loyal subjects. Your kingdom will be torn by doubt. Thus I can not give you fidelity nor own you as my liege

King Alphonso: What will satisfy you of my innocence?

El Cid: Your oath upon the holy book.

King Alphonso:  You would ask a me to swear?

El Cid:  Sire I DO ask it!

El Cid 1961

In the campaign for GOP chair an expressed goal of the party in general and of the two candidates in particular was to grow the Republican party in Massachusetts and to work with activists who had contributed to the party’s success in 2010.

The events of Thursday evening suggest otherwise.

The party’s embarrassments of Thursday, if not handled properly, could have potentially fatal implications for the future (if any) of the GOP in the Bay State.

Thursday’s debacle left the activists who attended outraged. They were upset with the blatant attempt to steal the election during the first ballot, angered at the attempt to block the 2nd after the votes were cast, befuddled when their candidate was made to announce his defeat ad simply outraged that they had to literally scream for the vote count of the second ballot (41-39) before it was given.

These are the people who came on board in Jan 2010 before the rise of Tea Party Strength nationally, they were the people who made the calls, held the signs, packed the rallies and for the first time got involved to give the GOP a senate win they had not achieved in two generations.

It is no coincidence that less that 24 hours after this debacle, despite the eventual victory of his candidate Scott Brown announced he will NOT be running in the Special election for US senate.

Facades of unity not withstanding, after a campaign where the national leader (Romney) and the state leader (Brown) spent their time running away from the tea party the actions of the party on Thursday were the last straw for activists. You can’t grow a party by throwing away your base. Whatever people might say publicly, until the party leadership convinces the Tea Party activists they will be treated in an above-board manner as valued members of the GOP, Robert Menendez will have a better chance of finishing his term in the US senate then the GOP will have of recruiting members let alone win a statewide election.

This herculean task can’t be tackled if the party is in denial. So in the interest of advancing the cause of Conservatism in general and the GOP in particular I’ve decided to illustrate the issue explicitly.


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.

It’s their call.

Update: video pulled from Youtube

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