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For Republican Readers….and those interested in 2012

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Today in the mountains it is raining and cool…..not all bad after the hot primaries this week.  I have often wondered who is the most influential Republican leader.  Well I just found out….while spending my morning reading the national political news.  Click here to see for yourself.

Michael It’s Time To Go

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Republican National Chairman Michael Steele is dragging Republicans down and draining its bank account.  He has created controversy since his election more than a year ago.

That’s not bad enough he even wrote a book in which he says Republicans will not in 2010 take over the U. S. House of Representatives.  His actions and those of his cohorts if continued will certainly help make his prediction come true.

Worst still opportunity for Republicans is knocking on the door as we approach the 2010 midterm election. 

Steele is now presiding over a sex club fiasco by someone using Republican National Committee (RNC) money.

When Steele was elected the RNC had $22 million on hand.  In the Federal Election Commission report for the period just ended he reported less than $10 million after raising $96 million during the period.

National news accounts say the Republican National Committee is losing loyal high dollar contributors.  I expect after the sex club episode the small donors will say – no thank you.

With the opportunity President Obama has given Republicans to gain or take control of Congress the members of the Republican National Committee should remove Steele at the first opportunity.

Better yet Michael it’s time to go.

Democrats Are Losing Independents Support

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Congress returns from a summer recess on Tuesday.  President Obama will address a joint session of Congress mid-week.  He must believe another speech or a more “prescriptive” health care plan will put his Democrats colleagues at ease.  Well, he may be too late.

Democrats should be terrified by the loss of support from Independents according to a politics column written by Charlie Cook for The National Journal.  The blame is squarely placed on President Obama. 

It is not too late for Republicans to give careful thought to the impact Independents can have on their success in 2010 & 2012.

Republicans Don’t Get Excited

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

It may seem President Obama is about to replace Jimmy Carter….you know what I mean.  Or, that healthcare will bring about another 1994 congressional election in 2010.  Republicans don’t get excited. 

There is a national election atmosphere being created by the healthcare debate and television advertising, town hall meetings, polls being issued daily, street rallies and Obama volunteers going door to door.  With all this grassroots activity previously active Republicans are waking up.  This is not August, 2012 it  just seems that way.

No question, on the national level the party is in a better position than it was January 20th.   There appears to be a new confidence.  That is good but not the final answer.  The GOP leadership in Congress and the various national Republican Committees must develop a positive agenda.  The party’s base must be expanded and the moderate vs. conservative concerns resolved before 2012.

The one issue which could drive the outcome of the 2012 election is the spending of public (taxpayers) money.  The Congressional Budget Office has an estimate that the national debt will be $17.1 trillion by 2019.  I believe the president’s approval ratings are going down because of his spending ways.  

It will be President Obama’s free-spending that will motivate Independents, Republicans and conservative Democrats when he is up for re-election.  That assumes he still has the support of his party to be nominated. 

Republicans don’t get excited but take steps now to develop an agenda that will appeal to Independents and conservative Democrats, expand the base and put this moderate/conservative thing in the past.   

As the old saying goes “one day is a year in politics”.  Republicans, don’t waste a day.

Majority of Republicans don’t think Palin’s qualified for President

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Political observers across the country have been wondering what impact Governor Palin’s unexpected resignation would have on Republicans if she decided to make a bid for the Republican nomination in 2012.

I came across this piece on the CNN Political Ticker this morning.  The answer may lie in a CBS News survey released Monday.  It says only 33 percent of Republicans questioned believe Palin has the “ability to serve effectively as president”. 

Wonder how West Virginia Republicans feel?  Use the comment button below to speak out.

History Lesson on Political Comebacks

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

One of my objectives as a blogger is to put forward “think pieces”.  One caught my attention in The New York Times “Week in Review”.   It provides a history of how both national political parties have come back from bad situations.

Those interested in the future of political parties will enjoy the history lesson.  Republicans may benefit from the rebuilding message and Democrats should stop and think nothing is permanent.

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What’s Going On, Sarah Palin?

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

A brilliant media strategy was executed by Governor Palin on Friday.  She used one of the slowest news days other than Christmas to inform the political world she is changing course.  Time will reveal if her political strategy (if there is one) was as smart.

When my Blackberry brought the news I had several reactions.  Even with inquires, legal bills, decreasing poll numbers at home I could not think she would allow herself to be labeled a quitter.  Did her family drive the decision?  What role did the Vanity Fair piece play?  Was it the opportunity to earned huge amounts of money while still a star?

All who follow politics closely will recall former Vice President, Richard M. Nixon, declaring in 1962, after losing a governor’s race in California, that he was done with politics.  But, Palin had not lost.  Why quit?

Even after the passage of three days and thousands of words, written and spoken, we are still in the dark.

What’s her political strategy?  Why not seek re-election?  Certainly she could have overcome the various issues being raised in Alaska, put to rest the question of her ability to govern and increased her stature.  This would be a plus if a national campaign is on her agenda.

Now she does not have any accomplishments to use in a run for the presidency.  Certainly, Governor Palin does not think her 2008 candidacy for Vice President is the end.

I for one hope she has a political strategy.