While I was volunteering for WQPH at the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Leominster MA I did several interviews for the station but there were also some political people worth getting on camera which of course could not be associated with the station.

So I left the WQPH booth and went out into the festival where I saw a tea party friend working a pair of booths, one for national GOP candidate Donald Trump and one for Frank Ardinger running for state rep in the 4th Worcester District His web site is here.(Leominster) who I interviewed here. (Full disclosure he is a subscriber to the website and has been for years.)

It turns out Gwen is now the chair of the Leominster GOP committee.

Three things really jumped out at me, the first was the giant Lost in Space Robot which really got some attention, The second was the list of events which indicate quite an outreach for the GOP, but the big thing that jumped out was the fact that in the blue state of Massachusetts the Ardinger booth was right next the Donald Trump one & sharing some staff while there was no booth for Hillary Clinton that I saw and if there was one I missed it certainly wasn’t near the booth for Frank’s opponent Natalie Higgins. That it had no Hillary signs anywhere near it speaks volumes and all of it in Trump’s favor.

One more thing

You might wonder why I didn’t interview Natalie Higgins the upset winner of the Democrat primary in the 4th Worcester district particularly as her booth was right across of the WQPH booth.

Normally I would not have hesitated to do so, but as Tom is both a friend and a longtime subscriber to the blog I didn’t want to put myself in a spot where I might find myself doing an unfair interview. That wouldn’t be fair to the readers nor to candidate Higgins, although I would have really liked to ask her why I didn’t see any Hillary buttons in her group.


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Hillary Clinton represents an existential threat to the nation. She would perpetuate the liberal dumbing down of America, attempt to load the courts with more leftists, and redefine our unalienable rights to match the progressive agenda. Under no circumstances would I endorse or even remotely consider voting for her.

That’s the preface necessary to set the stage for dissent. As I wrote previously, questioning Trump’s policies will not make you a #NeverTrump Clinton supporter. We can see Trump as a leftward lurch by the GOP or we can view him as an opportunity to take a malleable candidate and show him why fiscal conservatism is the right direction for America if we want to thrive today and be sustained into the future. I’ve held to the hope that the latter can come to pass but recent trends point to the former being the more likely scenario.

A recent poll should shock every fiscal conservative in the Republican Party. 85% of Republicans surveyed said that free trade has cost the U.S. more jobs than it has created, compared to 54% of Democrats. Let that sink in. The party of Reagan that has witnessed the tremendous benefits of a free market economy and the absolute need for free trade as a hallmark of our fiscal plan has reversed its perspective in a single election cycle. I don’t care how charismatic of a salesman someone is – this should not have been even remotely possible.

There’s a difference between believing that our current free trade agreements can be improved and believing that free trade is bad. Free trade is not bad. It has always been the driving force for our economic prosperity. Today’s communication and infrastructural advancements make this the perfect opportunity to take advantage of trade in ways that we have never been available to us.

More importantly, we are no longer the only consumers nor are we the primary producers. The global economy is expanding and the United States needs to lead it, not break away from it. The fear of globalism is a righteous fear. It’s the primary reason that we need to maintain as much control of global trade or risk losing our place as the main benefactors.

Here’s a short video from 2010 that explains it quite nicely:

The biggest argument against free trade is that it means more jobs are sent overseas. This is a fundamental misunderstanding of economics. In a thriving free market economy driven by free trade, the “loss” of jobs is an opportunity to replace low-yield employment with higher-yield employment. As companies rightfully send certain jobs, particularly manufacturing jobs, to places where they can be done more cost effectively, the nation’s economy becomes more stable. With stability comes the creation of more industries and increased domestic employment requirements within those industries. Jobs aren’t lost. They are traded. They are replaced. As a consumer-driven nation, the need for better employees rises with free trade. As a technology-driven nation, the need for higher-skilled employees rises with free trade as well.

“Fair” trade is part of an anti-growth economic system. It’s a short-term bandaid that forces companies to keep jobs and production facilities in the United States. This concept is being sold as a good thing. Unfortunately, it’s only a good thing in the beginning. As revenues dry up due to increased production expenditures, costs of goods rise for consumers. Whether through tariffs or forced domestication of production, the benefits for a few are taken from the wallets of the masses. For example, let’s say Apple was forced through tariffs or mandates to produce the iPhone in the United States. That would bring a huge number of jobs back; over a million people contribute in some way to iPhone production worldwide. It’s a win, right? The problem is that production costs would skyrocket. The already-overpriced iPhone would need to retail over $2000 to make up some of the difference. As sales volume drops, so too would jobs.

If you’re thinking that Apple makes enough money already and should bring those jobs to the United States without raising prices, you’ve already taken your first steps towards a socialist mentality.

The GOP has been more responsible over the years when it comes to fiscal planning… at least that’s what we’ve been led to believe. I contend that the GOP isn’t pushing to the left because of Trump. Instead, it has always wanted to be the moderate populist party for the sake of winning elections rather than a party that believes in the tenets of fiscal conservatism.

The shift away from free trade is reminiscent of a lesson in George Orwell’s 1984 that doesn’t get as much attention as others. In the dystopian novel, we learn of the dangers of an overreaching government and how “Big Brother” can make our lives miserable for the sake of a perceived good to the oligarchy. We all know about doublespeak. What gets less attention is the lesson of controlled perceptions. In the book, Oceania is in a constant state of war with either Eurasia or Eastasia. The question of who the enemy is at any given moment is dictated by the leaders and maintained in false perpetuity, including in the past. If Oceania is at war with Eurasia at any given moment, it has always been at war with Eurasia. If the government shifts and declares that they are at war with Eastasia, then they have always been at war with Eastasia and have never been at war with Eurasia. Attempts to say otherwise are punished.

Somehow, the electorate is believing the manufactured reality that the Republican Party is now against free trade. If you were to question some of the 85% of Republicans who believe this, I would wager that a majority would say that the party has always been against it. Sadly, they may be inadvertently correct.

It Ain’t over until it’s over

Yogi Berra

Of all the stories about Jackie Robinson that you might hear, the one that has stuck with me the most involves a moment of defeat.  A moment where he seemingly had no recourse but to accept defeat.

It was 3:58 PM on Oct 3rd 1951 and Bobby Thompson had just hit his “shot heard round the world” the Giants fans were going wild and as he circled the bases the Dodger players had all left the field, all that is but one.

In the Book:  Rickey and Robinson author Harvey Frommer describes the scene:

Now thousands were climbing out onto the field.  “Holy hell broke loose all over,” recalls former Giant Wes Westrum.  Only Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn defenders in the field remained at his position.  Hands on his hips, a scowl on his face,

In his own book The Man in the Crowd A fan’s notes on Four Generation of New York baseball Stanley Cohen recalls watching the game on TV with a friend who was confused by Robinson’s action.

“What’s he doing there?”  my friend wondered

“I think”, I said, “he’s making sure Thompson touches all the bases.”

He was right Frommer again:

He waited and watched to make sure that Thomson, trotting out the home run, touched every base.  “That was so characteristic of Jack,” observes Rachel Robinson.

Robinson knew that under the rules of baseball if Thompson missed a base he could be called out, he knew that it didn’t matter if the ball had cleared the fence, until that plate was touched the run hadn’t scored and the Dodgers didn’t lose and if he left the field before touching that plate the game remained tied and his Dodgers still has a chance.

And that brings us to today in Wisconsin and Donald Trump.

Mr. Trump is getting angry about the delegate counts now saying that having to get to the delegate count that everybody knew was necessary from day 1 is unfair.

It’s an amazing argument.  It’s an argument he didn’t make when he announced in June.  It’s an argument that he didn’t make in January or February.  Only now with the realities of math against him are we hearing how unfair it is.

One might say it’s analogous to a 17 man field running a marathon and the leader at the 22 mile mark saying he should get credit for finishing the race.

Now I’ll concede that the GOP establishment doesn’t like Trump. I share Donald Trump supporter’s disdain and distrust for the GOP establishment. Trump supports are probably right that they will use dirty tricks and shady deals to try to keep from the nomination.

But expecting that he earn the 1237 delegates before the convention to clinch the nomination or persuade that number to support him after he gets there isn’t one of them.

1237 is not dirty tricks.  That’s just Jackie making sure all the bases are touched before walking off the field.

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The Marco Rubio Campaign is rightly crowing over winning the Gov Nikki Haley sweepstakes in SC

Team Cruz supposedly made a “feverish bid” for her support, pitching her on the idea that her criticism of Trump in her SOTU rebuttal had damaged her populist cred and backing Cruz would be one way to restore it. Team Jeb had been courting her for ages, believing that Haley’s backing would have been a shot of credibility for his candidacy that Bush could take to his wavering donors as proof that even the party’s young stars still believe he’s in this thing. (George W. Bush made a point of complimenting Haley in his speech at Jeb’s rally this week.) I wonder what would have happened if either of them had showed some strength in recent polls of SC. If Cruz and Trump were neck and neck with Rubio a distant third, Haley might have concluded that Rubio was on his way out of the race and it was Cruz or bust. If, on the other hand, Jeb was neck and neck with Rubio for third, that might have been enough for Haley to roll the dice on him as the center-right’s best chance. As it is, despite his setback in New Hampshire, Rubio’s done well enough lately to make him the safest pick for Haley.

Now endorsements are nice they make a great photo op and conventional wisdom say they are big, but as I recall from the NFL playoffs conventional wisdom said the Patriots would defeat Denver who currently possess the Lombardy Trophy (although in fairness Tom Brady was a 2 pt conversion away after one of the most dramatic comeback TD’s in history with seconds left to proving them all right).

Or to put it another way, while on Twitter Robio fans are, with reason, crowing, none of these endorsements mean a thing unless Rubio wins

National Review via politico notes what this does to the Rubio campaign

“He has the very popular sitting governor, very popular junior senator, very popular upstate congressman. He has every favorable position going for him that he could ever hope to have,” Miller said of Rubio. “If Rubio can’t win here, under these favorable circumstances, where can he win?”

This is smart spin, aimed at inflating Rubio’s expectations in the run-up to Saturday’s primary. It’s also an entirely fair observation. Rubio’s team insists they are focused on winning a long-term delegate fight against Trump and Cruz. Yet both of those candidates have already notched wins. Sooner or later, to sustain the perception of viability, Rubio will need to win somewhere. And it’s not unreasonable to ask, as Miller did: If Rubio can’t win here, with most of the state’s Republican apparatus supporting him, where can he?

Think about that a second, in every poll I’ve seen out of SC Rubio trails Trump by a ton and Cruz by a little.  Even Rubio can’t beat Trump in SC where can he beat him and if he finishes behind Cruz then it’s even worse.

Or to put it another way, after SC Trump and Cruz are likely to win place or show in every primary to this point, even with a win Marco will not be able to say that and if he finishes 2nd he barely shows himself more viable than John Kasich.

That’s inspiring as hell isn’t it?

On the bright side, even if he finishes 3rd he’s still doing better than Jeb.

Update: Cue Julie Andrews

Or Audrey Hepburn

C’mom Marco show me

Update 2:  Yes I know Marni Nixon dubbed her in the movie here is the soundtrack

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If you want to understand the difference between the GOP & Dems here it is:

Start with Nancy Pelosi on the spending bill from the Hill:

“We’ve had to sort of calibrate how we presented this to members because … we were afraid [Republicans] might pull things out if more Republicans knew about what was in the bill,”

You will note that Pelosi was afraid of what Republicans would do if they knew what they were voting for but that fear is nothing compared to their fear of their own base because when Bernie Sanders did this:

Bernie Sanders’ campaign on Friday sued the Democratic National Committee in federal court after the party organization withheld the campaign’s access to a crucial voter database.

The internal warfare exploded after the DNC cut off Sanders from the database and said the Vermont senator’s presidential campaign exploited a software error to improperly access confidential voter information collected by Hillary Clinton’s team.

and started a hashtag campaign #stormthednc the Democrats folded in under 24 hours:

Sanders’ campaign claimed that the DNC “capitulated” as a deadline neared for a court hearing on a request for an emergency injunction that the Sanders campaign sought after suing the DNC in federal court Friday afternoon.

Sanders’ lawsuit sought the “immediate restoration” of the campaign’s access to the database, arguing that the campaign would lose roughly $600,000 a day in donations without it. The campaign said in a statement that its access to the database should be restored by Saturday morning.

“We are extremely pleased that the DNC has reversed its outrageous decision to take Sen. Sanders’ data,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said in a statement. “Clearly, they were very concerned about their prospects in court. Now what we need to restore confidence in the DNC’s ability to secure data is an independent audit that encompasses the DNC’s record this entire campaign.”

 

Meanwhile less that 24 hours after Paul Ryan & Mitch McConnell stick a huge finger in the eye of their own base provoking rush to say this.

“And now the Republicans have the largest number of seats in the House they’ve had in Congress since the Civil War. And it hasn’t made any difference at all. It is as though Nancy Pelosi is still running the House and Harry Reid is still running the Senate. “Betrayed” is not even the word here. What has happened here is worse than betrayal. Betrayal is pretty bad, but it’s worse than that. … [W]e don’t even need a Republican Party if they’re gonna do this. You know, just elect Democrats, disband the Republican Party, and let the Democrats run it, because that’s what’s happening anyway.”

Mitch McConnell says this:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday warned Republican voters to steer clear of nominating Tea Party candidates who can’t win in next year’s general election.

“The way you have a good election year is to nominate people who can win,” he told reporters during his final Capitol Hill press conference of 2015.

I think Glenn Reynolds put it best

AFTER WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK MCCONNELL NEEDS TO PERSUADE REPUBLICANS THAT IT MATTERS WHETHER GOP CANDIDATES WIN

Now here is the question. It’s a given that the GOP is the party of guns, in fact as Reynolds put it when it comes to Guns:

it’s one of the relatively few areas where the GOP hasn’t sold its constituents down the river, probably because it knows that gun-rights folks are attentive and unforgiving.

Yet the GOP is not afraid of their heavily armed base, while the Democrats are terrified of a bunch of college kids who protest against fried chicken.

What is the difference, I think it’s Christianity.

The left has a party that is rejecting christianity in droves. When you have a party that is pretty much secular there is no moral restraint on any action so the ability to predict the actions of people you offend is limited. Anything could happen.

The GOP on the other hand & the gun rights folks are still highly Christian and restrained by the commandments of Christ. They have the traditional beliefs that Americans have had for decades and because of this it takes a long time to reach the breaking point:

 

There were decades of problems with England before the colonies finally rebelled and even so only a 1/3 of the supported it.

We paid off the Barbary pirates for years before finally deciding Enough!

Impressment went on for many years before War was declared on England

Ten years passed between the Alamo and the Mexican war

The slavery issue boiled for decades before Sumter, Europe fought for 3 years before America jumped into World War I and if Japan didn’t hit Pearl Harbor FDR would have had a hard time getting the US to declare war on the Nazi’s.

Even in modern times, the 1st gulf war took months before things started. Without September 11th there are no wars in Iraq or Afghanistan and even in Iraq it was a very long build up to war and votes in congress before the bombs started falling.

 

I think the GOP knows this and that’s why it’s willing to push the base so far. I’m very glad the well armed GOP base they keep poking is heavily Christian, because the moment it becomes less restrained by the demands of following Christ is when their actions will have fatal consequences for the country and the world.

But the party needs to remember one thing, in all the examples I gave above, it took a long time for the people to reach the breaking point, but in each case they eventually did and once you push an armed population past its breaking point, the result is not pretty.

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This weekend the 603 Alliance will be holding their caucus at the fairgrounds in Contoocook NH.

I’ve covered the 603 alliance before both in NH and outside of the state, the Caucus begins at 11:30 here are the rules from the site:

• All nationally-recognized Republican Presidential Candidates will be included in the Caucus.
• Participants must be registered New Hampshire Republicans or Undeclared voters.
• Voters are required to show a government-issued, photo ID as proof.
• If voters are new to N.H. and recently registered to vote, they must bring proof of registration to check-in (this can be obtained from your Town Clerk).
• Voters are requested to continue to participate in the caucus process until its completion.
• Voter check-in stations open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 11:30. Anyone on line at 11:30 will be permitted to continue with check-in and participate in the caucus.
• Non-voters may enter the arena as observers, but will be asked to stay in a designated area. ONLY valid voters, wearing official ID bracelets issued at check-in, will be permitted in the voting sections.
• Children are welcome to attend as observers. Children under age 15 may stay with their parents or guardians in the voting area (but may not vote).
• Media and Campaign Staffers must be credentialed at the check-in station before entering the arena.
• Candidate signs are permitted in the arena. However, if a candidate has been eliminated, then those signs must be removed.
• The decision of the Marshals and the Voting Monitors is final.
• Civility and courtesy is asked of all participants. Voters must adhere to the rules stated by the Monitor. Those not complying with proper conduct will be asked to leave.
• In the case of a tie, a caucus session will be held and another vote taken.
• In the event the winner of the caucus drops out of the race before the Primary Election on February 9, the runner-up will be considered the new winner of the caucus.

Now some of you might be saying, so it’s a caucus big deal it doesn’t mean anything, the primary isn’t for months.  Au Contraire:

The idea reason for the existence of the 603 alliance and this caucus is to get conservatives to unite behind one candidate and members of the alliance have pledged to unite behind the winner.  Even if just a portion of them keep that promise it will make a difference particularly in a crowded field.

But there is a real wild card in play here.

When this idea was first proposed Donald Trump had not announced and it was generally assumed that even if he did enter the field he would be a non factor.

However now Mr. Trump not only leads the polls but he has apparently energized a whole slew of voters who might normally go to other conservative candidates.

Three months ago the conventional wisdom was this event was made for a Walker or a Cruz or even a Perry or Paul but given the lay of the land today there is a real possibility that if the trump people show up in force he could come away with this thing.

It’s certainly not going to be boring.

Recall at Debate number #1 the very first question was all about supporting the GOP nominee no matter who it is, Trump refused to make that pledge and the GOP and their candidates made a big fuss about Trump’s refusal. It took many weeks & a lot of negotiation before Trump finally signed the pledge.

Since then Trump’s has continued to rise to the point where people who presumed that the Donald was a flash in the pan now are taking the possibility of his election seriously and lo and behold suddenly we see GOP pundits singing a different tune.

The Weekly Standard Editor told CNN on Monday that he would be unable to back the real estate mogul.

“I doubt I’d support Donald. I doubt I’d support the Democrat,” Kristol said. “I think I’d support getting someone good on the ballot as a third-party candidate.”

and he’s not alone:

Now granted Pataki is polling only slightly better than I am but when it comes down to it If I’m Donald Trump I’m dancing in the streets over it and if I’m the tea party I’m grinning like a cat..

For the tea party it illustrates the double standard that exists for the establishment GOP. The Base is expected to go along with the nominee come what may but the reverse isn’t true (see Dede Scozzafava)

It’s also gold for Trump because it not only diminishes the rest of the GOP field and the party that made such a big fuss, but if the party actively tries to stop him it gives him the excuse to dump his promise.

Of course none of this really matters because John Nolte notes he’s already switched to a general election campaign

Basically, he’s telling Republican voters the unvarnished truth about where he disagrees with us on a number of bedrock conservative issues, and he’s gambling that enough will stick him because they trust him more than the 15 others on existential issues such as immigration, border enforcement, lowering middle class taxes, simplifying the tax code, killing terrorists, and giving as good as he gets from the corrupt media.

He is also counting on the fact that The Base hates #GOPSmartSet enough that we are willing to go with a more moderate candidate if it means bringing down the corrupt, feckless, insulting, useless GOP Establishment.

Now I think this election is far from over, in fact it hasn’t even started yet but sometimes as I look at the GOP & its supporters and see how they deal with their base, with Trump and more importantly with Trump’s voters, I wonder if the label “The Stupid Party” should be the official name after all?

Remember thou art Mortal

Whispered in the ear of a Roman General celebrating a Triumph

Looking at the latest kerfuffle concerning Donald Trump and the media reminds me of one of the single most important lessons that any and every GOP candidate not named Ted Cruz needs to get through their head.

At this moment candidates from Jeb Bush to Carly Fiorina are taking advantage of Trump’s latest gaffe to increase their visibility among voters and to get some positive press from the MSM.

This is to some degree a wise move, Bush is currently trailing Trump and Fiorina is WAY behind in the polls so naturally anything that might get them more face time and a possible poll bump that such attention can bring. is a rational move, especially since the MSM is always willing to support on republicans attacking each other.

I don’t fault them for trying their best to advance their immediate cause, that’s the name of the game. But for those people running for the first time or inexperienced in how the MSM works let me remind them all of something vital.

If a time comes that you appear to be the likely GOP nominee for president, it will not matter how many times the media has said nice things to you, written flattering columns about you, or had you on their shows. It will not matter if you have the cleanest mouth in the world, it won’t matter if your staff is 60% black gay women, it won’t matter if you are married a person of a different race, your children are married to a person of a different sex or if you come out as an atheist.

The same media that is lionizing you for hitting Trump will automatically dub you a racist, bigot, sexist, homophobe who is a religious fanatic out to force every female in the world to bear 31 children. You will be declared an enemy of the black race, a foe of the Hispanics, a heartless hater of the poor and every question asked of you will be a variation of “Why is it you and the Republican Party suck so badly?”

Take a close look at Trump on Meet the Press yesterday

See those questions Chuck Todd is asking? Memorize them, because if you become the GOP nominee or if it looks like you are a threat to the Democrats in any way, no matter what you say or do, every single member of the MSM will ask you a variation of that line of questioning every tie they get a chance. They’ll ask it on the news, at events and during the presidential debates.

Learn this lesson now because you are going to have to learn it sooner or later.

If you don’t understand this, then you have no business running for the GOP nomination.

FYI the reason I excluded Ted Cruz from this lesson is because he already gets it.

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General Smith: Frankly, George, you’re on probation. Take my advice and behave yourself. Remember your worst enemy is your own big mouth.

Patton 1970

It’s a very rare thing that I disagree with one of my own Magnificent Seven Writers in print on the blog, particularly one that I’ve known as long as the excellent Steve Eggleston (who you should read every chance you get). But I have to say that his piece: the Trump Boom goes…well boom is incorrect in its conclusion.

Mind you most of his arguments are good ones. He is correct about the GOP and the single “Washington” party and that some candidates specifically sent to fight the “Washington” Party joined it.

Furthermore he is correct that there are several candidates who are specifically running against this Washington Cartel (Ted Cruz comes instantly to mind) pledged to fight it.

Nor is his basic description of Donald Trump’s flip-flops or “Big Mouth” inaccurate. Of the two I think the flip-flops deserves the most scrutiny by GOP primary voters.

However as to his final conclusion implied by the title “The Trump Boomlet goes Boom.” I can’t subscribe to that for several reasons:

#1. Trump’s audience is not solely the basic political geek, (folks like me and you, the readers of this blog) Trump has a wider audience well beyond it as evidenced by the rating numbers on the first debate.

#2 Yesterday I guest hosted Conservatively Speaking on WCRN AM 8:30 from 7 AM till 10 AM. We got a flock of callers and they were willing to let it go. They saw it as no more than a minor gaffe.

#3 Finally while I and others (Most notably Erick Erickson) have said Trump owes Megyn Kelly an apology for the “blood from wherever” remark”, most of Trumps supporters are letting it go because:

a) The believe Kelly was going after him unfairly (actually the whole gang targeted him)

b) The see a double standard in how GOP candidates are treated vs Dems on remarks (there is, see Biden Joe)

c) They see a double standard that women in political demand equality but also demand the old chivalrous standards (that’s true)

But most important is this one

d) They have seen Trump over the years and figure this is just the way he is, (again see Democrats/ media & the VP Joe being Joe) To them this is just Trump being Trump.

I strongly suspect the people most objecting to Trump words do not have him included in their top five picks out of the GOP field (full disclosure neither do I my top five in alphabetical order are Cruz, Fiorina, Jindal, Santorum and Walker with Carson knocking at the door VERY loudly)

There are solid reasons to oppose Trump in the primary:

It’s a very valid argument that if nominated Donald Trumps big mouth could cause trouble, but frankly his remarks give the GOP great chances for counterpunches to Hillary Clinton and the Dems like this:

It’s further true that GOP primary voter should take a close look at Trump filp flop before considering him. As a senator once said to another party switcher Wendell Willkie who became the GOP nominee:

“Well Wendell you know back home in Indiana it’s all right if the town whore joins the church but they don’t ask her to lead the choir on the first night.”

or as Reagan put it: “Trust but verify”.

And of course there are excellent alternatives (Cruz, Fiorina, Jindal, Santorum, Walker and Carson for example).

But based on who Trumps base is, their expectations of him, and the reactions I’ve seen, I see absolutely no reason why this latest gaffe will cost him the lead in the GOP field at least not at this time. In fact the combined attacks on him has an excellent chance to increase his lead further.

The Trump supporters are echoing the opinion of Abe Lincoln who was warned by his staff that John Pope who he was thinking of making head of the Army of the Potomac was a liar and braggart. He answered.

In fact I knew his family back in Illinois. All the Popes were liars and braggarts. I see no particular reason why a liar and a braggart shouldn’t make a good general.

It wasn’t until Pope was decisively beaten by Robert E Lee that Lincoln replaced him.

It’s the same with Trump. If the Trump supporters are to change their allegiance I suspect it will only be when another candidate beats him, not before.

(I still think he should apologize for the “blood from wherever” remark, it’s the right thing to do and one should do the right thing even if one’s foes take joy in it.)
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I started this post at 5:54 PM at St. Anselm College in Goffstown NH sitting in a grassy area  underneath a spreading tree just opposite the press entrance with a cool breeze at my back.

While it a location much more comfortable that the cramped press area where media will be filing from tonight it I regret to say I’m here not by choice but because it’s as close as I can get.

 

I arrived four hours earlier a few minutes before author & magnificent seven writer Tim Imholt.  I had noticed areas being closed off and when I saw the area I asked one of the college security people (who are and always have been invariably polite and cordial) if that’s where the various supporters of the candidates would be.  It turned out that was instead parking for candidate and staff.  In stark contrast to the events four years ago there would be no supporters, protesters or anything else  (the parking lot where I had parked last year was now a grassy area with young trees with a bigger lot in the back).

Once Tim Parked near me I walked over said hello & went over the plans, I had requested credentials for the two of us and had not gotten word if both had been approved, but either way we developed our plan.

We were going to do one of two things:  Either a podcast setup in the press area to live comment together on the event or alternatively with one person in the primary room shooting photos and video with the other life tweeting from the press area.

Unfortunately as we were scoping the locations and deciding exactly what we were going to do when a gentleman from the Manchester Union leader came over to greet us, and while he did in fact know who I was he informed us that while they had received our credentials request well before the deadlines we had in fact been rejected partly due to the limited seating in the press area but mostly because as new media we were not considered important enough.

This was news to me as I had not heard back being informed of said rejection, after four years of covering events in NH it had reached the point where my hat and scarf alone was enough for people to know me and wave me in so I inquired of the gentleman why we had not received any kind of official rejection notification as it would have saved me both of us an hour’s drive.  We were informed (with a straight face mind you) that the credentialing process was so time consuming that it simply was not possible to send out said emails.

While I unlike Tim don’t have a PhD in physics that still had all the credibility of Hillary Clinton’s claim that her phone could not handle two email accounts but as it is their event we weren’t going to argue. I suggested that we attend as members of the public but we were quickly told that there all tickets were spoken for and there would be absolutely no admission beyond said number.

Given the very small capacity of the hall it suggested that while the event was conceived and advertised as a public forum to keep the media from limiting the number of candidates to speak, it limited the access of the public itself which kind of defeated the stated purpose of the event.

As neither of us had eaten I suggested the coffee shop on campus which is about a 5-10 minute walk up a hill (not all that bad unless it’s a very hot summer day and you’re wearing a suit and a 12 ft Dr. Who scarf.  We were surprised to find the place unlocked but not open, apparently even an event drawing over a dozen GOP candidates for president was not significant enough to get the coffee shop open but with the event very limited in term of seating, and no group of campaigners allowed anywhere near the venue there simply were not going to be any people around to justify trying to sell anyone a coffee.

We sat and chatted as I went though the procedures for permission to access the St. Anselm wi-fi which did not exist here four years ago.  After a short chat (during which Tim spoke of Donald Trump’s rejection of the event, noting like a forum without the front runner).  We decided to hit a local Wendy’s before we returned to figure out plan C.

After a pleasant little lunch (which included a pair of journalists from Maine & SC at the next table & a Dr. Who fan interested in Tim’s Books and my impending short story ebook series) we returned and discovered the police had closed off the lower entrance to the college where Tim had been parked (and where I was still parked).  We were able to get to the upper entrance but could still not access the lot without security telling Tim he had to go, I then had him drop me off at the chapel where I would find a way in while he decided to head on home.

By this time it was 4:30 and the security had increased by leaps and bounds.  I decided to spend some time before the blessed sacrament (It is a VERY Catholic college) as I was missing  my normal monday Adoration and the head on down toward the area.

I found a comfortable place overlooking the venue and now with wi-fi access starting to type and surf while taking the odd video of a candidate like Ben Carson & Rick Perry arriving from a distance, but unfortunately my power was getting low.  So I followed a cable to a nearby building that was unlocked and plugged in where I am now typing this piece.

The plan is now to get back to my venue and see the candidates and people come and go returning to the building to recharge when necessary and once the event is done attempt to either get an interview or two with candidates as I head back to my car or of some of the attendees to get their impression.

My guess is this event will have very little splash.  Most voters aren’t paying attention , the setup is not conducive to attention as they can not bring in supporters and Donald Trump’s absence due to his anger at the Union Leader (not reportedly do to any lack of an email) will all be limiting factors, but as soon as my battery is back at 95% or better we will see what we can see.

And if nothing else based on what one reporter told me I’m better off than those in the press area, it seemed rather cramped when empty with no plugs and I’m told it’s a hot non-air conditioned mess with no room to work.

Incidentally I’ll be guest hosting Conservatively Speaking from 7-10 AM Saturday on my old station WCRN AM 8:30 in Worcester Saturday Aug 8th. Hope you can join me there.

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Richard Sharpe: Now I know you can fire three rounds a minute, but what I want to know is can you stand?

Sharpe’ Rifles 1988

What’s the use of getting elected or re-elected if you don’t stand for something?

President Grover Cleveland

One of the most common themes I’ve seen in the past week has been the declaration by any pundit you can find just how good the gay marriage and Obamacare ruling are for the GOP. These issue once off the table can’t hurt the GOP. Now they don’t have to push subsidies, or appeal to those icky social conservatives and can get on with trying to win an election.

That’s a great argument if the reason why you are involved in the political process or join a political party is to get members of your team in office so they can give goodies to members of party and eventually make big money working as a lobbyist asking for those favors, it’s a wonderful argument if all politics was just baseball hoping that the Red Sox can score more runs than the Yankees.

But for the majority of the people of this nation, politics is not about one team vs another or a job or a way to get personal power or graft. The purpose of politics is to govern our nation to the betterment of our culture and country for the sake of ourselves and the generations to follow.

I don’t want to stop Obamacare because I hope to get an advantage or think I’ll be richly rewarded for doing so, I want t stop Obamacare because I’m convinced that it is now and will continue to lead to stagnation for our country and our people, because it will continue to kill jobs and prosperity, because it’s all about insurance and not about care, because it’s all about pretending to solve a problem rather than actually solving one.

I don’t argue against Gay Marriage in general and the Supreme Court’s ridiculous decision simply for religious reasons (although that would suffice) I do so because by destroying both marriage as an institution and it’s definition we weaken society for generations to come. By redefining words for the sake of one groups narcissism we make words and the laws that are defined by them meaningless, because the long-term effects on this will be persecution not just for Christians but for any group that dares to go against group speak. And if you can do this to marriage you can do it to any other word, phase or institution that one group of well-funded people can choose to target.

In other words it will harm us as a society and as a nation.

I left the Democrat party because back in the early 90’s I perceived that as a believing Catholic I was no longer welcome, if the GOP decides that faithful Christians are no longer worth anything beyond what Ted Cruz calls “crocodile tears” you had better not expect us to be all that excited about voting for you, let alone working for you or giving you money.

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I’ve written a lot about Laudito Si’ What it means, how it should be interpreted and for me there is only one thing more frustrating than watching people who have been wearing their Catholicism on their sleeve for years suddenly decide Matthew 16 doesn’t apply to Popes when they say things that we don’t like.

And that’s the idiocy of Republicans who have no idea how to answer the press that are trying to club them with this document.

Why does this upset me? Because the answer and the tactic is such a “gimmie” that I’m almost embarrassed to have to explain it.  It’s really simple:

Any Candidate who is asked about Laudato Si’ should say instantly say that if they are elected they would immediately finance research on Global warming by diverting funds earmarked for Planned Parenthood, Research using Human Embryos and any international family planning program that the government is funding.

Furthermore the very day the Pope speaks such a bill should be ready to submit on the floor of the house and moved forward to force Democrats in the Senate to filibuster it or if they fear to do so to force the President to either sign it or veto it.

If the left is so sure about Global Warming being the most serious danger that the world faces lets see how much they are willing to give up to prove it.  If the White House and the left declare the Pope words and imprimatur inviolable let them prove it.

How is it possible that the GOP does not see this as the easy win that it is?  Can’t anyone play this game?

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On June 15th the Federated of Republican women had its annual luncheon.their luncheon. This an event that I’ve covered in the past but alas I was unable to be there in person this year but Mike Rogers from Granite Grok was.

Mike reports that as in the past several groups turned up or sponsored tables. Women for Rand as did Ben Carson people. both have been very active at GOP events.

The Sununu people who according to reports are behind John Kasich were there and George Pataki turned up and gave a speech.

As Mike notes, it’s quite a moderate bunch as a whole and when dinner was done they had their straw poll:

As you might expect Carly Fiorina did very well with 20.8% however first place belonged to Ted Cruz who drew 21.8%

Run that through your head for a second.

A moderate group of GOP women picked Ted Cruz above all other candidates (including the only women in the race) and did so without buying a table like the Rand Paul People (10.4%) or Ben Carson (5.2%) without the backing of a NH GOP establishment royalty like Kasich (9.3%) or showing up like Pataki with 4.1% who outpolled both Christie & Bush (3.1%).

Looking at the numbers several things hit me:

Whatever the Ted Cruz Campaign is doing they should keep doing it. Without anybody noticing it he is making an excellent case to republican activists.

Whatever Jeb Bush is doing, you’ve got to start doing something else, you’re not going to break out in NH particularly when you have the Sununu people behind Kasich.

It doesn’t matter how many events the Rand Paul people show up for. He has a ceiling and he’s not going to draw enough independent support to get beyond it, particularly if Bernie Sanders is competitive in NH.

Everyone knows I’m a big Rick Santorum fan, but if after four years of Patriots voices working in NH you aren’t getting any votes at an event like this, that’s a problem.

Constantly being on the sunday shows or on Fox doesn’t mean you are going to go anywhere in NH, Jindal, Huckabee, Graham take note.

Donald Trumps base is not with any kind of political activist.

Rick Perry has a lot more credibility with groups like this than I thought he would.

Scott Walker’s Battles have made a very good impression and gives him a good base to build from.

Now you might say this is not a big sample but these are the people who live eat and sleep politics.  In a state like NH these are the people who are the most likely to talk to their friends and make the case for a campaign and of course  one good (or bad ) turn in a debate, at an event or on TV can change everything.

But the clock is ticking and these are the people that are going to have to be moved come election day.

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The second in an occasional series where I cover a single Presidential Candidate at multiple event in a day. My coverage of the WRKO event is here & my Bill O’Brien interview is here and my coverage of the Mt. Vernon event is here.  (My day of coverage of Ben Carson from mid May is here and here).

After grabbing the directions and putting a bit of a charge in the laptop I headed off to Andover.  Apparently the route I took was not as effective as Senator Cruz as he arrived ahead of me.

The event was at a Jim Lyons Barn which had hosted conservative events in the past and was almost a mix of the previous two event, the crowd was nearly as large as the WRKO event but the setting was informal so people were mixing together.  Many Massachusetts conservatives were there from Tom Wesley , to Brad Wyatt to Brad Marston.

As thing had not started yet I began interviewing attendees. Bill & Annie were the first to consent

Just as we finished Mr. Lyons gave a rather long introduction to Senator Cruz (video here & here ) I took a pan of the crowd as best I could from the location I had but my spot limited me a bit.

The Senator’s speech was about 20 minutes and other than an interesting JFK impersonation covered a lot of the ground with this new audience that he did in his previous two speeches of the day.

At the end of it he made his “10 vote” pitch that he had made earlier in the day

Unlike the previous two appearances the Senator didn’t do a formal Q & A but he allowed the individual voters to come and talk to him. The large crowd turned that into a long process. Since there wasn’t a formal Q & A I continued doing my regular audience interviews continuing with Ann Knowles and her son.

I noticed fellow citizen journalist Janet Aldrich of the CNS News (who does great work covering the statehouse) and we simultaneously interviewed each other for our sites.

(Yes I said Mt. Auburn instead of Mt. Vernon it was a long day)

After that Janet held my camera as a lady named Christie asked me questions about my scarf while I asked her questions about what she thought of the event.

And then I spoke to Karen Anderson

She noticed that the Senator spent an awful lot of time with the voters and she was right. By the Time Senator Cruz was leaving there was not much daylight left but I kept the camera on in the hopes of getting in a question. Despite the statement by the campaign man he did answer reporters questions as he walked and I managed to get one in at the end on campaigning in Massachusetts

Given the length of the day and the fact that he must be doing this every single day it’s a rather incredible thing that he was so spot on. That bodes well for the potential 3 am phone call.

from there I walked by to the car parked about a qtr mile away interviewing one more couple who were parked near me

And this ended my Saturday day covering Ted Cruz. I will have two short follow-up posts to with analysis and thoughts.

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In Honor of Pat Austin whose regular piece is today I’m bumping up this brief interview I managed to secure a couple of questions with Gov Bobby Jindal of Louisiana at FITN 2015 on Day 2

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While unlike last year  time didn’t permit me to grab Joe Scarborough for an interview I managed to record his speech to the crowd

You might notice Joe’s speech was the only one of the weekend I recorded in full, but that’s because I don’t get a chance to see him every morning as I used to. And yes I bumped it ahead of others so Morning Joe viewers could see it before Monday’s show

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LOWE: You will join the Swarm to be consumed, to become part of our purpose!

Doctor Who The Invisible Enemy 1977

Brill: Well, if they’re big and you’re small, then you’re mobile and they’re slow. You’re hidden and they’re exposed.

Enemy of the State 1998

Day two of the FITN GOP leadership summit in Nashua New Hampshire started strong for me. I got to the Crowne Plaza early and the entire press room was mine for the taking:

If you’ve never been in that situation that means you can pick the sweet spot were you can see the access doors where the candidate are coming in and out, next to the area where they speak to media so you don’t have to move while still having easy access to a plug for charging your stuff.

Location Location Location.

But even as the press credentials burned through my fedora screaming NO! I found a place across from the hotel Salon, not only as far as you could get from the press room but technically outside the event area where people who lacked a ticket were restricted to, and that’s where I planted myself for the day.

Now at first glance that might seem like a bad idea, after all smaller bloggers have fought very hard for the right to be considered equals with the MSM and if one is credentialed one should take advantage of it. But there are two factors that made the decision easy. The first is at a GOP event being part of the press scrum is like wearing a big sign in front of a candidate saying “I’m here to destroy you if I can” but the second is the same factor just mentioned above.

Location Location Location

While the Press Entrance was next to the door connecting to the green room & private area most people not named Trump don’t want to be instantly swarmed by press. The Salon spot not only gave good plug access it allowed me a view of the main entrance and the experience next to the bar restaurant meaning when someone like Say Carly Fiorina is coming in.

You can get that interview exclusively or if you’re very lucky when Senator Ted Cruz comes in and start signing autographs for voters

You can get a couple of exclusive questions in without another press person in sight.

Instead of having to hunt with the swarm like this:

and have (almost) the same footage as everyone else

Now you might ask, where was the swarm while I got those uncluttered bits with Senator Cruz?   Well the swarm had descended on Governor John Kasich of Ohio I filmed part of it…

…But left because think about it for a second. Not only were all the question on the same gotcha theme but every media person was shooting the same thing it produced no reason for a reader to come to this site to see it.

Now some candidates used this wisely for example when Rand Paul (Who I think doesn’t get enough credit for pure cunning) he allowed the swarm to envelop him in public areas as he moved though

To the point where they were taking pictures of him in the elevator doors

NUCLEUS [OC]: Fool. Do you think a metal barrier can contain the Swarm?

Doctor Who The Invisible Enemy 1977

After all nothing says “journalism” like a shot of a candidate in an open elevator and God forbid your editor finds out you’re the only news organization that didn’t get a swarm question on Kasich or that elevator picture of Rand Paul.

Senator Paul understand this thus he allowed interviews on the second floor away from the pack thus getting the attention of the swarm while still being able to be somewhat in control.  He knows how to counter these guys at their own game

Not all Journalists stick to this game.  For example while I made regular strolls to the Press room to see what was going and was able to pick up walking interviews such as this one with Governor Mike Huckabee before returning to my spot

(That’s Lee Fang of Think Progress jumping in with a question)

Mark Halpern who grabbed that sweet spot that had been open in the room regularly drifted to where I was and was able to get some one on one time with people like Senator Lindsey Graham.

He was an excellent example of adapting within the swarm.

But on the whole the rest of the swarm remained within the swarm staring at the monitors & typing away.

Even when the speakers were done and the press hit the bar the rules of the swarm remained as evidenced when during Gov Scott Walker barside entrance to a small dinner.

So tell me dear news consumer, how do you like your journalism, inside or outside the swarm?

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I spoke to State Senator Sam Cataldo on Day one of FITN Republican Leadership Conference Nashua NH

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Here is Ted Cruz’s speech from the YAF event in Nashua NH last friday

He took a few questions after his speech:

On creating political opportunity

On Standing with our allies:

and on replacing Obamacare

I also got the reactions of Seroach

and Michael

The crowd seemed to like what it saw, the only question is will the others who follow do better?

Mrs Cooper:You know how your daddy used to say that you can only fish for so long before you got to throw a stick of dynamite in the water?

Sheldon: Yeah.

Mrs Cooper:Well, I’m done fishing

The Big Bang Theory The Luminous Fish Effect 2007

I’m done.

I’m done asking people to vote for the GOP, I’m done compromising on issues dear to me and I’m done pushing candidates that are willing to say one thing when they want my vote but not willing to act once they have power.

The party seems to forget the reason they have a congressional majority is not due to their own actions but the actions of others.

 In 1994 it was Rush Limbaugh and the conservatives he energized with the help of Hillarycare that motivated voters who previously did not turn out to finally give the GOP their first congressional majority since the 50’s.

It 2010 it was the TeaParty and people who had not gotten involved before energized by the president Obama push for Obamacare and led by Sarah Palin, the one person besides Limbaugh who was not calling for appeasement of Obama that gave the GOP majorities all over the nation just in time for the redrawing of congressional maps.

And it was conservatives again who after being spurned by Mitt Romney & Co and staying home in 2012 gave the party one more shot to do what they promised in 2014.

This abortion bill debacle was the last straw for me.  I left the Democrats 20 years ago when it became clear that a Catholic who actually believed in his faith was no longer welcome, if the GOP doesn’t want social conservatives then it’s time for us to go.

That leads to the obvious question:  Go Where?

Glad you asked, After the last presidential election Mike Rogers sent this comment in E-mail that I posted:.

The time to take over the GOP (state by state) or set up a real third party (let’s call it the conservative party, like NY state), is NOW, after a historic election that demonstrated the ineptness of the “Wizards of Smart”.

The time NOT to talk about and vote for a third part candidate, or stay home and pout about rules that work against you is DURING an historic election, when one of the evils is immeasurably worse than the guy you can’t quite warm to.

If we successfully set up a conservative party, and win some seats, we can choose to align with Republicans or even endorse their candidate as a tactical matter on a vote by vote basis.

Well it is after a historic election and after reading about Mitt Romney embracing climate change, the English & spanish language versions of the SOTU response and the House GOP going feckless on Abortion the time to set up these conservative parties in every state is now.

This VERY week  Committees should begin forming in every state to create State conservative parties.

THIS VERY WEEK:  True believers should be determining exactly legal steps need to be done in each state to be recognized.

This very week, activists should be sounding out potential candidates and writing a statement of principles embracing the following:

1.  Fiscal conservativism & responsibility

2.  Social conservative & personal responsibility

3.  Defending the Judeo Christian values that made America great

As for funding this, if we can’t find conservatives willing to kick in I”m sure our friends on the left would be delighted to provide the seed money to get things going in the hope of splitting the GOP.

This has to be started NOW so that by say April of this year we are in a position to be able to act.

Now I can hear people say:  “DaTechGuy, this is crazy, you’ll just be handing elections to the Democrats who are even worse.  Haven’t you said time and time again you have to vote for the best choice on the ballot?”

Yes I have and on a pragmatic level if the choice in 2016 is Bush vs Clinton I’d much rather have Bush nominate a squish to the Supreme Court than Clinton nominate a radical but this misses the point.

If we have things in place by this summer, well before the primary season for 2016 everything changes for one simple reason that Mike pointed out in his original e-mail.  A point I want to emphasize:

There is absolutely nothing stopping a Massachusetts Conservative Party or a Ohio Conservative Party or a North Carolina Conservative Party from nominating the candidate that wins a GOP primary as their choice for a state district,  a House district, a Senate Seat, a Governorship.  Nor is there anything preventing a national conservative party from nominating the GOP presidential nominee as the choice of their party.

Now put yourself in the place of the GOP both on the national and the state level.

If they see such parties forming, particularly in states that are close, are they more or less likely to frustrate the conservative agenda in the House & Senate and fuel the anger that generates them?

Say you are a member of Congress, perchance one who scuttled the Abortion bill, or is pushing for higher Gas taxes or supporting common core and you see this happening, are you more or less likely to anger conservatives who might choose to run a candidate who will cut into your base?

Say you are a state party preparing to fill a open congressional seat, are you likely to push a RINO that will guarantee a Conservative Party candidate on the ballot or will they find a more conservative candidate that, while not being a Ted Cruz or a Mike Lee would have enough appeal to conservatives to keep them in their camp?

Imagine you’re a state GOP with a strong conservative already sitting, are you to consider a primary challenge to might cause the state conservative party to split off?

Now obviously both human nature and the law of averages tell you that this will not always be enough to motivate the GOP to “Do the right thing” and there will be occasions when our running a candidate will be enough to give a Democrat the odd house seat in a marginal district or even cost us a Senate Seat such as in NH but consider the following:

Right now the GOP has the largest majority it has had in the house for a century.  So if Democrats take a few seats or even 10, it will not give them the strength to advance the liberal agenda.

Additionally what if there had been a 3rd party candidate running in NH instead of clear field.  Might some of those conservatives who stayed home have been enough to not only increase the GOP majority in the statehouse or perhaps give some help to Marilinda Garcia who was ignored by the national GOP?

Would not both the state party and perhaps a candidate such as Kelly Ayotte who had the support of Conservatives like Palin in 2010 seeing thousands of votes for a Conservative candidate in opposition to Brown think long and hard before antagonizing said party before she has to face voters?

Now there are some who might see  new party structure as a chance to become regular guest on media, others who figure getting in on the ground floor of a party will mean power in the long run, still others see this in terms of profit and an easy paycheck.  A new party will always attract such people.

In the long run it doesn’t matter to me any more than if a congressman votes the right way out of principle or out of expediency.  I’d say if the world was full of angels we would not be need government but as I recall Satan started his career angelically.

So lets just say this:   if we are advancing conservative principles for the good of our country our society and children, that’s fine with me.

But remember we have only a short window to get this done, if we wait too long then we won’t be able to influence the GOP congress into conservatism, or the GOP candidates into conservatism, all we’ll be able to do is help Democrats win, which is’t the point of the exercise.

We get started now or we wait till Jan 2017.  There is not an acceptable 3rd choice.

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Remember on Tuesday when I said that the GOP needs to make sure the Democrats own the anti-police protesters.

This is why:

Jason Armstrong, 29, was arrested after he entered the Northeastern District station with a loaded .22-caliber pistol, police said.

Police said Armstrong was sent to the Northeastern District station. Officers smelled marijuana on Armstrong, searched him and found a loaded gun, police said. Armstrong told them he had been sent in by the BGF gang to test security, police said.

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts has called the incident alarming. Batts said he is ordering security changes throughout the department and is calling a meeting of other agency chiefs over the next few days.

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If you can’t pick this kind of low hanging fruit you don’t belong in the political arena.

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You know I really thought that as soon as the left figured out that pissing off voters by burning things, blocking streets and calling for the murder of police tends to turn off voters this kind of thing would stop.

It hasn’t:

Now while interrupting liberals at brunch might cause one to smirk but I’m of the opinion that people should be able to sit and have bit to eat if they want. And I further think the owners of said establishment should call the police and have those who disrupt their business arrested, furthermore both the groups and the individuals should be sued so that any so that any monies they manage to shake down from other business or city organizations can be attached and any income that said protesters manage to get can be garnished.

As for the bright decision to disrupt a centurion WW2 vet who, unlike said protesters actually risked his life for a worthy cause, one can only wonder who decided this was the type of thing that would win hearts and minds.

Now what do these two events have in common: Two things come to mind

They are events that only serve to cause the average voter to actively dislike said people.

They are being done by Democrat activists

This being the case there is one logical thing for republicans to do.

If I was a republican pundit I would never miss an opportunity to describe these activist as Democrat activists and invite any Democrat I’m on a panel with to either embrace them or reject them.

It’s  a no lose situation for us, if the Democrats reject them they risk annoying their activist base, while if they reject them they even more tightly tie themselves to actions that turn off voters.

Not a day should go by when some member of the GOP doesn’t make this case on national TV, particularly on MSNBC or CNN because that’s where the embrace of these loonies will cause the most longterm damage to liberalism.

Force feed these protesters down the Democrats throats. The time to construct this meme in the voters minds isn’t in 2016 it’s NOW.

And GOP if your party leaders and candidates are not taking the lead in doing this?  You need new party leaders and candidates.

Update:  Thanks to our brave protesters every single incident like this is now national news:

Two NYPD officers responding to a robbery call were shot in the Bronx late Monday night, police and law enforcement sources say.

A 30-year-old officer was shot in the arm and lower back, and a 38-year-old officer was shot in the chest and arm near East 184th Street and Tiebout Avenue in the Fordham section shortly after 10:30 p.m., officials said at an early morning news conference.

The general public will be amazed at how often this type of thing happens.

 

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By A.P. Dillon

The GOP kept control of the U.S. House and took control of the U.S. Senate in a coast to coast wave on election day.  News came yesterday that the GOP adds one more with Alaska to the U.S. Senate, bringing the total to eight seats won. Even though the GOP now controls both houses of Congress, as Glenn Reynolds would say, ‘don’t get cocky, kid.’

The most expensive Senate race in the country took place in my home state of North Carolina, where Republican Thom Tillis unseated Democrat Kay Hagan.  Even with local media heavily in the tank for Hagan, Tillis still pulled it out. Those same media outlets are scratching their heads now.

On the state level, the wave continued. State legislatures are also now controlled by Republicans.  That translates to 68 out of 98 legislative chambers according to Real Clear Politics, who also notes that 23 Gubernatorial offices are now held by Republicans in states where both houses are also under Republican control.

Politico noted that Republicans gained more than 300 seats in legislatures and controls legislatures in 29 states; the biggest gains since the 1920’s.

These state house and gubernatorial races are important. Voters seemingly said ‘enough’ and acted locally in a big way.  The gubernatorial results brings me to an issue that has rapidly become a fire storm and was indeed a losing ballot box issue this cycle: Common Core.

The GOP effectively owns Common Core. Now it’s time for them to disown it.  The National Governor’s Association needs to wake up and recognize the revolt already in progress.

The money being thrown into messaging by the pro-Common Core groups is out there for all to see. This messaging includes  “Comprehensive and targeted communications” by Bill Gates funded outfits for Republicans for after the 2014 election cycle.  Mercedes Schneider lays out this targeting:

Indeed, aside from his providing CFSS website photos, guess who is footing the New Venture Fund bill for this CCSS push?

You know it: Bill Gates– to the tune of $10.3 million for “comprehensive and targeted communications”:

New Venture Fund


Date: May 2014
Purpose: to support the successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards and related assessments through comprehensive and targeted communications and advocacy in key states and the District of Columbia [Emphasis added.]
Amount: $10,300,300

“Comprehensive and targeted communications” apparently includes Republican politicians following the November 4, 2014, elections. On November 11, 2014, CFSS issued this memo to “interested parties.” Here is an excerpt:

Even amidst a Republican wave, candidates elected to statewide governing positions largely resisted pressure to call for repeal of the Standards:

 86% of Governors in pro-Common Core states have not expressed interest in repealing the Standards (38 of 44 Governors)
 90% of state Superintendents in Common Core states have not taken steps to repeal the Standards (40 of 44 Superintendents)
 Among the 44 states with Common Core on the books, only six Governors and three State Superintendents have sought to repeal it

Target the Republicans. Be sure that they feel secure in supporting CCSS.

Never mind that the CCSS assessments have yet to hit most of the nation.

 

That’s a lot of money.

Let’s not forget how much money was pumped into losing campaigns in 2014, shall we?

Dear GOP, Jeb Bush is not viable. Common Core is a big reason why.
Do not underestimate the Common Core Opposition.  This is our kids you’re messing with and believe me, we haven’t even started really making noise yet.  Testing and Common Core go hand in hand and the rebellion has just begun.
If the GOP wants to keep what it has won in state house and governor mansions, they need to listen to the people on Common Core.  If they listen to the unelected and unaccountable organizations behind Common Core, the GOP loses.  It’s just that simple.

This post has been updated.

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AP DillonA.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon recently participated in Glenn Beck’sWe Will Not Conform. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea, 10 write this: ” ‘The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the source of God’s creation, says this:

I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot.   So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.   For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white garments to put on so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed, and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise. Be earnest, therefore, and repent.

Revelation 3:14-19

Avram:  He’s right and he’s right?  They can’t both be right.

Tevye:You know you are also right.

Fiddler on the Roof 1971

It is said that the best compromises are ones where everyone walks away angry, if that is the case I suspect a fair amount of my readership must consider me compromised over the last few election cycles:

For example I’ve upset the teams of establishment republicans like Mitt Romney, Charlie Baker and Scott Brown by pointing out their weaknesses in their position and disdain for the base of the party. A base that a candidate needs if they are going to win elections because said base provides the unpaid foot soldiers that do so much of the busy work on a campaign. That kind of talk doesn’t endear you to the candidates or their teams and it leads to posts like this from Robert Stacy McCain:

See, here’s my problem: It’s not just that I remember all the recent backstabbing and sellouts by Mitch McConnell and his GOP Senate cronies, but I also remember the history of Republican Senate majorities under such paragons of conservative leadership as Bob Dole and Trent Lott. I remember how GOP leaders begged and groveled in their vain attempts to retain the “party loyalty” of such stalwarts of Republican principle as Jim Jeffords and Arlen Specter. And then I think one more time about that Mississippi primary, you see, and the way all these things keep adding up in my mind . . .

Well, maybe Mitch McConnell will be Senate Majority Leader next year. Maybe that gives you a raging boner, just thinking about it.

But speaking for myself, “Meh.”

They haven’t done a damned thing to suggest they even care whether I care or not. And I’m pretty sure I don’t care. Do you? Why?

On the other hand while acknowledging this problem I’ve also noted that after Mitt Romney, Charlie Baker and Scott Brown won their primaries I’ve urged Tea Party people and the GOP base to support them (well not so much Charlie Baker but that’s partly what this post is about) noting not only the positions I agree with them but of the absolutely horrid choices their opponents are and the fact that or the other will have the right and the power to legislate over us.

This hasn’t pleased those who insist there is:

#1. No difference between the parties

#2 That we are enabling those who are discarding us.

To some degree this is correct, there are plenty of interests in the GOP and to a degree a GOP win in this election will be simply a question of GOP interests getting favor vs the left’s interest getting favor and if that sounds like the intrigue of a feudal court that’s because it’s exactly what it is.  This type of talk doesn’t endear me to tea party types  but this argument produces pieces like this from Gene Schwimmer at the American Thinker who lists Obama’s sins from Obamacare to Red lines and then notes the future:

The above bullet points detail what Obama has done in the past. What about the future? Currently on deck, executive amnesty for unlawful aliens, temporarily on the back burner on the pleadings of vulnerable red-state Democrats and by the dread of possibly having to govern with a Republican Senate and House for his last two years.

And here’s an angle conservatives thinking of sitting out the election apparently have not considered: Obama leaves office in 2017. Any other president would want to leave the maximum number of Democrats behind in the House and Senate; however, the political calculations of this most arrogant and narcissistic of presidents will be different. After noon on January 20, 2017, Barack Obama will no longer be president and thus will no longer care whether any Democratic senator or representative is re-elected. After January 20, 2017, he won’t need them anymore.

Democrats might want to think about that while take-no-prisoner conservative purists planning to stay home on November 4 ponder what a completely uninhibited President Obama, the clock ticking on the final two years of his term, might try to accomplish by executive order.

Annoying everyone is not the best way to keep a radio show on the air but the question before the house is:  Which of these two arguments are right?

The answer is both of them.

Yes the Republicans have not earned my vote, they have been squishes they have on occasion kicked us to the curb for their own purposes, but in the End we are conservatives and there is one fact so obvious that I’m ashamed to have to point it out.

Life isn’t Fair!

This is a fact that conservatives should already know, unlike our liberal friends we have to deal with things as they are while doing our best to move things to the way they ought to be.

To my social conservative friends who stayed home over Mitt Romney, ask yourself, would he not have felt it necessary to defend federal law in the DOMA cases?

To my 2nd Amendment friends in NH Would Scott Brown be running around the country providing star power for democrats this cycle? (And if he won would’t we have a pro-life pro 2nd Amendment candidate in NH today? “

To those Tea Party members who fought so hard to get the repeal of the Automatic Gas tax on the ballot?  Would Charlie Baker have allowed the Gas Tax to be linked to the inflation rate forcing us to resort to a ballot question to repeal it?

The time and effort that all of these decisions have cost us could have been spent fighting for other things if he had elected these men last time around.

On election day therefore it is our job in fact our duty to vote for the most viable conservative choice possible to keep thing from moving too far in the wrong direction, even if that choice is not the one we would like to see.

Meanwhile our bigger job is to act and to educate.  Fiscal and Social conservatives not only have better ideas we have the history of these ideas actually working,  Yes the world is full of low information voters out there who have no clue, our job is to give them a clue, to fight the war in the media, in the papers and in the culture to demonstrate the wisdom of what we do and espouse.

It will not be an easy fight, the culture and the media will fight strongly against us but reality is a powerful point in our favor.

Only then when we are willing to make the public case for conservatism and take the slings and arrows that come from it will we be able to move enough of the public so that the courtiers and the connected will find their way to support us, not because of their love of justice and right but because it will profit them and when they come the toadies will follow.

So if you are in New Hampshire make sure that Scott Brown makes it to 51% and when he does make damn sure he knows the difference between 51% & 49% were conservatives like you.

In Massachusetts make sure Charlie Baker gets to 51% and when he does make damn sure he know the difference between that 51% & 49% were conservatives like you

And finally in 2016 get out and vote for the GOP Nominee, even if it is Chris Christie, Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney and make sure every single hanger on who gets a job in DC because if it has that job because of conservatives like you.

And then get out there and made the case for conservatism to the neighbor, to your friends and to your community by your words and your deeds every single day of the year.

And if you think this is too hard, too ambitious and too much work ask yourself this.

Where would the country be if Rush Limbaugh decided it was too hard to fight for conservatism and just decided to spin discs for the last 30 years?

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With September and the last of the primaries almost over the time is rapidly coming to start thinking both of the midterm elections and of the strategy for the presidential election of 2016.

There will be many forums and debates and discussions both in person and on TV sets as the media and the administration tries to salvage a victory this fall (by going all in on the Michael Brown card to turn out the black vote) and then afterwards to prepare the battlefield for election 2016.

An awful lot of consultants are going to get very rich telling GOP candidates how to win against democrats how to counter the media and how to keep themselves from being spun. They will suggest grand themes and photo opts, programs and solutions.

There is however only one theme, only one speech and only one thing necessary to secure victory for Conservatives and it’s so obvious I’m almost embarrassed to have to type it.

At any debate, at any forum during any press interview any GOP candidate need simply repeat one basic question directed to the media, the democrats and the voters.

Has the presidency of Barack Obama been a Success?

And let their Democrat opponent own whatever answer they give every day till the voters are counted.

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Saturday night you would have noticed that the Market Basket story made national TV.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

The story has also made Time Magazine

 

In an era overrun with CEO hate and 1% bashing, such comments—and the actions of all those who have put their jobs in jeopardy—are nothing short of astonishing.

 

and the Washington Post

Employees protest over many things: higher wages, better benefits, safer working conditions in their jobs. What’s far more unusual, if not unprecedented, is to see workers, organized by senior managers, stage a rebellion to help their CEO get his job back.

We’ve been covering this story for a while and while the instinct says this is a democrat issue (labor vs management) I think it’s tailor-made for the GOP & the conservatives, consider:

1. The workers have rejected unions and continue to do so

2. They aren’t striking over money or demanding that ridiculous $15 hour min wage.

3. They are arguing AGAINST taking on debt as dangerous to the company.

4. They are arguing for the long term stability & survival of the company vs a quick fix

5. Their rallies cross ethnic and racial boundaries

6. Like the Tea Party rallies they are respectful and clean up after themselves.

7. Like tea party rallies there is no trouble at them (I talked to an officer on duty, no trouble, no violence no arrests).

Bottom line this rally is pro-capitalism, they are the complete opposite of the occupy movement.

And if that’s not enough you have high profile democrats like Elizabeth Warren & Deval Patrick playing duck dodge & hide on the issue (For Warren that’s going to come back and bite her presidential ambitions) leaving a huge void. If the GOP/Tea Party/Conservative movement moves to fill that void you suddenly put the left on the spot while supporting what conservative have always supported: Responsible management of business to make a profit.

If I was Rick Santorum I’d be in Massachusetts at the next rally. If I was Reince Priebus I’d be asking why Elizabeth Warren & the left are AWOL and suggest it is due to being owned by the unions.

And if I was Kirsten Hughes I’d run through that gap in the line the left has left unguarded and I’d go all in for the Market Basket Workers and vividly illustrate the GOP’s support for the working man.

This is not only the right thing, it’s the SMART thing…

…which unfortunately makes it less likely the GOP will do it.

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