About time Michael Steele wakes up to the fact that the Tea Party patriots aren’t a fringe group consisting mainly of right-wing conservatives as he hasbeen lead to believe. I don’t think he quite understands yet exactly how effectively our movement is going to make or break the republican party depending on their actions.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele plans to sit down with about 50 Tea Party leaders Tuesday in the first such meeting of two wings of the conservative movement that could be either vital partners or bitter rivals.
The meeting is part of a broader effort by national Republicans to reach out to Tea Party activists rather than risk their hand-picked candidates being run over by the movement.
“The chairman believes it extremely important to listen to this significant grassroots movement and work to find common ground in order to elect officials that will protect these principles,” RNC spokeswoman Katie Wright said.
But one Tea Party activist who traveled hundreds of miles to attend the meeting at RNC headquarters in Washington, D.C., said sparks could fly.
“Steele wants to try to co-opt us, but we’re coming to tell him he doesn’t get it. We want to return the Republican Party to its roots. We’re expecting some fireworks,” the activist said.
Tea Party supporters identify far more with the Republican platform than the Democratic Party’s, but they have not been shy about voicing their discontent with elected Republicans and running against the party’s favored candidates. They threw an upstate New York congressional race into disarray last fall when they backed a third-party candidate over Republican Dede Scozzafava, forcing her out of the race. Democrat Bill Owens won the special election.
Tea Party activists have since targeted multiple Republicans they don’t feel are conservative enough, such as Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Utah Sen. Bob Bennett.
There is no single Tea Party group or individual in charge of the activists, but the movement has been trying to become more organized and focused. Tea Party organizers from across the country attended a national convention two weeks ago in Nashville, where they discussed strategy for this year’s midterm elections.
Some Republican figures, including former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, view the movement as a major force in the upcoming elections that Republicans in some districts will have to court if they want to win.
AYFKM? The longer this abandonment of conservative candidates and principles continues, the more the Republicans look like they are in league with the Democrats in the effort to destroy the Republic.
Scott Brown (R) is running in the special election for Dead Kennedy’s seat against Martha Coakley (D), and what has the national Republican Party done for the man that could take away Harry Reid’s majority? Voter lists and 50K; and they wonder why the Tea Parties exist and why Americans are so frakkin’ pissed at them. The RNC better pony up the real cash and infrastructure soon, or they will be a party of the past…
Local Republicans outraged committee not giving more in Senate battle
GOP U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown has been all but abandoned by the same national Republican committees that pumped hundreds of thousands in campaign cash to former governors Mitt Romney and William Weld during their long-shot bids for U.S. Senate.
The snub has outraged local Republicans who say national conservatives should be jumping at the chance to nab the first open Senate seat in decades despite Brown’s tough odds in the Jan. 19 special election.
“They need to give Scott a level playing field,” said former state GOP chairman Peter Torkildsen. “It’s one of those rare opportunities that a Republican has a good shot in Massachusetts.”
But even Brown has downplayed his lack of national GOP firepower in his race against Democrat Martha Coakley, saying, “We’re doing very, very well on our own, and I don’t want to be beholden to anybody at this point.”
Colin Reed, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said, “I would never say how much we’re going to spend or not spend on a candidate publicly. I wouldn’t detail our battle plans.”
Local operatives say the national GOP and the NRSC have donated voter lists, telephone systems and at least $50,000 to Brown’s effort.
But that support is barely a blip when compared to the intense GOP involvement in the unsuccessful but vigorous Romney and Weld Senate bids.
In 1994, NRSC’s leader, then-Sen. Phil Gramm, vowed an “all out effort,” during Romney’s underdog battle against Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. The national party boosted Romney’s campaign coffers by $540,000 – the legal limit – in so-called coordinated spending.
National GOP committees and big-money donors funneled cash to Weld during his 1996 race against Sen. John Kerry through GOPAC, a political action committee, and wealthy backers of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Weld was also feted that year at a $1,000-a-person GOP gala in Washington, D.C.
While several local GOP party operatives are quietly grumbling that the RNC and the NRSC haven’t given Brown, a Wrentham state senator, enough help to mount a serious challenge for the open Senate seat, Bay State GOP spokeswoman Tarah Donoghue insists that, “They are providing the resources Scott needs. We’re working incredibly closely with them.”
But Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said, “The Republicans have a good chance to pick up several or more Senate seats in November, which would eliminate the Democratic 60-seat edge. They’re not going to go on any kamikaze missions.”
Someone needs to tell the Republicans that doing the right thing by the American people right now will pay greater dividends than saving money on what they think are ‘kamikaze missions’. Oh thats right! We already did that numerous times, but have found that nobody is home.
Meanwhile, their Democratic counterparts have swung into action, appointing Sen. John F. Kerry as the chairman of a coordinating committee to funnel national donations to Coakley, the attorney general. The committee has recently attracted top fund-raiser Jon Patsavos, but a Coakley spokesman would not say how much the organizations have helped raise.
Did you really think the dems were even going to chance losing a seat?
I was honored to be asked for some thoughts about the 2010 elections. What follows is the open letter to the RNC letting them know the shifting sands they are standing on, and why.
Please feel free to add any additional thoughts for the RNC in comments. You know they are reading it.
An Open Letter To The RNC:
As a point of introduction, I have been an independent voter since 1980, and have a blog with a readership that includes indies, democrats, republicans, conservatives, christians, muslims, etc. It is a very eclectic mix of people and ideas, but one issue they all agree on is that the Republican Party is likely more than 50% of the problem in our country right now. The Republican Party has proven itself to be suspect and untrustworthy because of their actions, (or lack thereof), and their inability, (or purposeful ignorance), to see the depth of the danger a democratic administration is posing to the future of the nation.
A good number of my readership knew how devastating an Obama administration was going to be, and even though we were truly aghast at a John McCain candidacy, we voted for him to try to keep the White House and the congress balanced. Now the Republican party knows what we knew years ago, and yet, the RP still continues to play politics with the future of this nation and will not take a stand against the nation killer called liberal democrat socialism. Desperate times call for drastic measures and we are just not seeing that type of leadership coming from the RP, and it has lead us to believe that we are on our own. Why else would the Tea Parties be drawing greater percentages than the republicans, and why would Doug Hoffman have made the splash he did?
Where were you on 9.12.09 when 2 million Americans showed up on the Capitol Steps to send a message about Obama and his policies? Why does one liberal like Jane Hamsher have immediate access to the airwaves whenever they are displeased, yet 40 senators and 177 representatives could not show up on 9.12.09 to stand with 2.1 million Americans who set a new record for a gathering on the steps to help them get some media time? Why weren’t you there, and why do you expect us to vote for you when you aren’t even present? You continue to be a day late and a dollar short, again.
The New Year’s Resolution of myself and my readers is to do everything possible to vote out every single senator and congressman that is not protecting and preserving our nation’s founding document; The Constitution. We will be searching for and supporting candidates that have a track record of saying what they mean and meaning what they say, who show spine and stand up for that precious document, it’s principles, and our freedoms.
If the Republicans want to win in 2010, the party better not fight the takeover by constitutionalists of all political stripes. It is time for moderate republicans to become the democrats they so want to be, and the rest of the party to support the conservative message. There is no longer anytime left to bandy about with Obama, Pelosi, and Reid. They are progressive socialists that truly believe their way is better, and their endgame is in sight. The current Republican Party seems to think a big tent is a good idea, but has forgotten that the biggest percentage of Americans are conservative. Stop being the ghost of the party that was started to abolish slavery!
If the RP wants to wins seats, it will have to run on these messages, and then make good on those promises:
You will not become a prostitute by selling your vote to the highest bidder.
Stop Spending Money We Don’t Have and STOP FISCAL CHILD ABUSE!
Stop or Repeal the un-Constitutional ObamaCare.
Stop Cap and Trade.
Stop Destroying Small Businesses through policies that straightjacket them.
Stop Helping everyone BUT the average American.
Stop allowing American Sovereignty to be watered down by the UN. One World Government is going to lead to the end of innovation and wealth creation for the majority of the world’s population.
Stop sending all our money overseas through insane policies like funding abortions in third world countries.
Stop the insane taxation that is causing American wealth to leave our shores and our economy.
When the republicans get the majority in both houses, and then the White House, you will be required to do the following:
BE REAL LEADERS! Stop worrying about not getting re-elected. Do not sell your vote, follow the Constitution, and do right by the American public and you will be re-elected.
Fight for REAL HEALTHCARE REFORM through a series of smaller bills that have a laser focus on the actual problems that exist in the healthcare system now. The very first issue should be taking an American’s employer out of the equation. Americans should be able to buy policies they own and take with them. The indentured servitude to employers because of benefits must stop.
Abolish the Federal Reserve and it’s monopoly on American’s wealth through the interest on the debt you and the democrats have burdened us with.
Abolish the IRS and implement a flat tax or fair tax. If you even think about adding a VAT tax on top of the current system, you will see complete revolution.
Abolish lobbyists in Washington, D.C. Period. No More Special Interest Money. Being a senator or congressman was not supposed to be your only job. The percentage of millionaires in the congress is so far out of proportion to the rest of the country that it is sickening. Everybody must work.
Set Term Limits for the congress. The congress has become a cesspool, and the hope of a true statesmen rising from the muck is a fantasy.
Implement private retirement accounts based on the Texas model that has a greater yield and get the government out of Social Security.
If an idea or bill does not increase Americans’ freedom and liberty, be against it!
The message for the Republican Party is a simple one; We Wanted Real Change And You Gave Us Obama!
Put forward conservative, constitutional candidates that actually have common sense and real experience in the private sector who will have the fortitude to walk back many of the socialist policies of the last 60 years and replace them with policies that empower Americans (i.e. private retirement accounts). Support them by putting the entire Republican infrastructure at their disposal including financially and politically, and then get the hell out of the way. We will do the rest.
I was able to catch Michael Steele’s press conference today and it has prompted me to write a letter to Mr. Steele. You may wish to do so as well.
Michael Steele: The Era of Apologizing for GOP Past Mistakes is Officially Over
Office of the Chairman Phone: 202-863-8700 Fax: 202-863-8820 Email: Chairman@gop.com
Chairman Michael Steele Republican National Committee 310 First Street Washington, D.C. 20003
Dear Chairman Steele:
I am one of those un-affiliated voters that have steadily increased in numbers over the years due to the insanity we have seen coming out of Washington, D.C.
Today, I heard you state that the Republican Party has turned a corner and that the honeymoon for Barack Obama is over. I wish that I could believe that, but since you also stated that Republicans must focus all their energies on winning, I have to wonder if you still have not understood the message of the ever decreasing Republican voters, the ever increasing Independent voter percentages, and the Tea Parties? We are tired of liars, thieves, and selfish, petty personas that want adoration and personal perks at all costs. Politicians were never meant to be full-time government employees that could vote their own pay raises, do not have to pay taxes, and are not governed by the same laws as the average American.
This is your golden opportunity Mr. Steele to change the course of the Republican Party and put it back on the path of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution. Every time I hear a Republican ask, “What would Reagan do?”, it is all I can do not to throw something at my television, and wonder if the average Republican has ever read any American History at all? When are Republicans going to stop idolizing “presidents with handlers” and start following the true principles of the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, and the dream that American Revolutionary Patriots risked their lives for?
Are you saying that this new engaging Republican Party is going to be the party of Teddy Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Dwight Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush I, Bush II, and the rest of the Republican presidents over the last 120 years who have done their utmost to steer this country toward progressivism, globalism, and collectivism? Is this new party going to continue to be one half of a two sided coin that sells the average American down the river for profit, power, and fame, (like the Bushes, the Clintons and the Obamas), or are you going to step up and lead the Republican Party in doing what is right and not what will win elections? If you actually plan on doing what is right by the American People, then you will win elections.
Barack Obama was elected BECAUSE he “did not appear” to be a Republican, even though we knew he was, and much worse. What does that say about your brand? I have been hearing for months from former dems that they cannot believe they are agreeing with Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, and Karl Rove, all the while watching Fox News for the first time in their lives. What does that say about being a Republican in 2009?
Barack Obama’s handlers are in for quite a surprise when he throws them under the bus, and mark my words, nationalizing banks, car companies, executives salaries, the census, etc., are just the beginning of the remaking of America into what will truly be the Obamanation. Are you going to do everything in your power to stop that, or are you going to continue to put forward candidates like Bobby Jindal and Lindsay Graham that are exact copies of Barack Obama but with lesser known personal appetites? Are you going to find those true patriots among us that know the difference between right and wrong, and will, at this critical juncture, not allow politics to make those decisions for them? Are you going to do something drastic because desperate situations demand it and stand up for the Constitution and Lawful Government that does not write the rules as it goes along and does not continue to break the social contract with “We The People” (i.e. The Patriot Act, TARP, ACORN, Gun Control, FISA, Thought Police, DHS Reports’ description of Domestic Terrorists, etc.)?
Do you understand that we are on the “precipice of no return” to State’s Rights as part of a Republic, and with each passing day, Barack Obama and a Democrat owned congress operating like hamsters on crack are taking away our individual rights to self-determination, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, justice, and our ability to actually sleep at night. I personally have not gotten a good night’s sleep in years. Ronnie Reagan was a bumbling idiot with good speech writers and great advisors, Bush I was a spook running the CIA for umpteen years which makes him a complete shapeshifter with great cover stories, Bush II was elected with the Florida debacle and then proceeded to put us farther into debt than ever before with the help of a Republican congress who believed in capitalism on steriods, and Obama just perfected Bush II’s strategy with Acorn via Saul Alinsky and a Democratic Progressive Socialist controlled congress. Are these the people we really want to be looking up to as our leaders?
I’m just a little person trying to keep my family above the poverty line while every last shred of equity that any of us still possesses is slowly but surely being turned over to the government through bailouts to the NY Banks, Car Companies, Private Equity Firms, Insurance Companies, the United Nations, the IMF, the World Bank, Palestine, Individual States through the stimulus, the new credit card bill, and new taxes to start funding a $3.7 Trillion Obamalinsky Budget aimed at completely draining the personal coffers and the will-to-fight from every law abiding, hard-working American who still thinks this America could be the America of days gone by.
Americans are the “People of Hope”, or Obama would not have been elected. Are you going to throw a bone of hope and then finally destroy all hope when that person turns out to be just as bad as Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Nixon, so on and so forth, or are you going to really stand up and fight for the American Public with real candidates for real people?
This is your moment Mr. Steele; please think long and hard, and if you decide to do the right thing, then say what you mean and mean what you say.