Get Involved: Floating An Idea

Harry Korrell, President of the PVRC, forwards several emails to me a day.  Many are used as a baseline for my posts.  One that he sent this week intrigued me.  I’m not sure who he is, and I didn’t do much research into this (it’s after 11 pm, what do you expect?), but this guy Hugh Reynolds has suggested that we go to DC again on 12/7/2009, but this time in our cars, DC RIDE FOR FREEDOM.  I definitely think that we need to keep the pressure on.  After the National Tea Party, I felt like momentum sort of died off.  This might be a great way to put the focus back on the people, much like the Town Hall meetings did at the end of the summer.  Honestly, I’d love to see more grass roots efforts like the smaller tea parties all over the country on the same day.  Then again, the more we do, the more they have to ignore, right? 

I don’t know, I’m throwing it out there.  What do you think?  Should we ride to DC on December 7 (which happens to be my nephew’s birthday) or do we look for other ways to get our point across.  Remember sitting on the couch throwing chips at MSNBC will accomplish nothing, just do we’re clear.

Get Involved: AFP “Visit Your Representative Day” November 6th

From the Americans for Prosperity:

On Friday November 6 th, AFP-Maryland’s county chapter chairs will be conducting face-to-face meetings with their Congressional district representatives. Our goal is to put forth thoughtful questions and get relevant answers – without the political spin.

We want to know the answers to such questions as: “Do you believe that a ‘public option’ is the best solution?” or “What is your plan to tackle the rising costs of health care?” – or even – “Would you support meaningful tort reform?”

One important part of AFP’s mission is to capture this type of information from the movers and shakers – the policymakers – and deliver it back to the membership at large. That is why we will be documenting all of the meetings and report back to you. In most cases this documentation will be in the form of a video or YouTube so that you will be able to experience the full event.

Regardless of the outcomes of the Congressional meetings, each county chapter chair will present the new information to you at their November meeting. I will also be linking any video to our YouTube page and our AFP-MD homepage so be on the look out!

The following are times of each meeting on November 6 th and the AFP members meeting with them:

District 1 – Rep. Frank Kratovil – 3:30pm – Steve Lind (AFP-Worcester)
*Joey Gardner (AFP-Somerset)

*Joe Collins (AFP-Wicomico)

*Julie Brewington (AFP-Wicomico)

*Donna Gildea (AFP-Queen Anne’s)

*Aaron Jones (AFP-Anne Arundel)

District 1 – Rep Frank Kratovil – 10:00am (11/9) – Joan Ryder (AFP-Harford)
*Joe Seehusen (AFP-Balto Co)

District 2 – Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger – 2:30pm (11/2)

District 3 – Rep. John Sarbanes – 10:00am – Steve Bailey (AFP-Balto Co)

District 4 – Rep. Donna Edwards – TBA

District 5 – Rep. Steny Hoyer – TBA – Phil Parenti (AFP-Southern Maryland) (Go Charles Lollar, My words, not AFP’s)

District 8 – Rep. Chris Van Hollen – 10:00am– Dan Grossberg (AFP-Montgomery)

Let’s Grow The Team

We all know that in Maryland, being a conservative automatically makes you a fish out of water.  I’ve been doing a lot thinking lately about balance.  Regardless of your political affiliations, one has to agree that a government without balance is a government out of control.  Just look at the feds, or better yet, take a long hard look at our state and local governments.  They spend like a college student with their first credit card, without a thought of how they’re actually going to pay for it.  All the while, they line their pockets with favors to and from invested interests.  Honestly, I’d say the same thing if the conservatives had a super majority as well.  Government needs balance.  That’s why our forefathers set up checks and balances.  They feared that without them, the government would grow too large.  Welcome to 2009!  Isn’t that the story of our lives? 

I learned last night that we need to gain 6 seats in the state legislature in order to stop or start a filibuster.  6 seats!  That’s it!  It seems like such a small number, right?  But in Maryland, it is no small feat.  To gain 6 seats, I think we’d literally have to move mountains, but it’s not impossible.  We just have to be willing to put in the work, and a few bucks here and there wouldn’t hurt either.  In my district alone, I would love to see Al Nalley and hopefully Dave Aughenbagh take over Malone and DeBoy’s cushy seats in the House of Delegates.  Don’t you think it’s time for an overhaul?  But they’re going to need our help if they’re even going to come close.  They don’t just need our votes.  They need our time, our talents, our resources, and our voices.  They need people willing to manage websites, plan events, fundraise, stuff envelopes, wave signs, and more.  If you’re willing and able to lend the gifts God’s given you, then speak up.  Post a comment below and I’ll personally deliver your info to them.  Now Dave’s not in yet, but whether it’s him or DJ Madron, they’re going to covet your active support, so why not jump on board now.  Of course, it wouldn’t hurt if you could send a few bucks their way as well. 

Our good friend (that I don’t know personally but plan to soon), Pat McDonough, is speaking out and he has a plan to grow the team.  Here’s what he had to say below.  Don’t count us out just because we’re in the  minority.  I remember when Sonny Perdue was elected Governor of Georgia in 2002.  He was the first Republican governor since Reconstruction.  I had never been so proud of my home state than at that moment.  Shortly thereafter, the Georgia State Legislature followed suit, and again, for the first time since Reconstruction, Republicans held a majority in both houses.  People look to the South as a stronghold for Republicans, but in all actuality, this a relatively new phenomenon. I grew up in a very democratic Georgia.  Look at it now.  I’m hoping to be able to say the same thing to my kids about Maryland, except that I’m already grown up.  It’s not impossible.  It’s just going to require a decent amount of elbow grease. 

Totally got off on a tangent.  Here’s Pat’s plea:

    The 2010 election is going to be decisive and dramatic for America and the State of Maryland.  The office of Governor, U.S. Senator, and all the local offices will be up for grabs.  In addition, the energy among the people and their desire for real change is at an all time high.
     The Pat McDonough Leadership Team is destined to become involved in an important way in this key election year.  The new Television Show, radio program, and our growing grassroots communication network will have an impact.  I receive requests everyday by new people who want to become part of our e-mail network and direct mailing list.  I sincerely appreciate the many great people who are already on the network and provide me with advice and information, and those who attend our public events. 
     It is time to “grow the team.” Many have suggested that we send out a message asking our present members to spread the word.  So, if you have family, friends, or associates that you believe need to get involved, ask them to forward their e-mail to our system at Patmcdee@comcast.net.  Should people not have internet service and they want to be on our direct mail system, they should send a note of request to Pat McDonough at P.O. Box 15470, Baltimore, MD 21220.  Any questions, contact my office by calling 410-238-0025.
 
Once again, thank you for all your support and help. I am looking forward to seeing you soon. – Pat

A Little Bit of Good News?!?

If you get most of your news from the mainstream media, you would probably walk away thinking that the vast majority of the nation are as far to the left as one can get.  In fact, for us conservatives, it’s fairly dim and grim out there, especially if you live in a predominantly democrat-controlled state like Maryland.  But a Gallup poll has us growing.  Well, what do you know?  Despite the efforts of the left to bury us along with our values and morals, conservatism is actually on the rise.  I was going to summarize this article, but what’s the point, when I can just cut and paste?  Call it laziness or efficiency, but either way, I’m too tired to twist one thing into another and add my opinion.  

A Good Time to Be a Conservative

By William Kristol
Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bien-pensant conservative elites and establishment-friendly Republican big shots yearn for a more moderate, temperate and sophisticated Republican Party. It’s not likely to happen. And probably just as well.

The Gallup poll released Monday shows the public’s conservatism at a high-water mark. Some 40 percent of Americans call themselves conservative, compared with 36 percent who self-describe as moderates and 20 percent as liberals.

The conservative number is as high as it’s been in the two decades that Gallup has been asking the question.

What’s more, fully 72 percent of Republicans say they’re conservative. Thirty-five percent of independents do so as well — and presumably the percentage of conservatives among independents who might be inclined, where the rules permit it, to vote in GOP primaries would be much higher.

The implications of this for the Republican Party over the remaining three years of the Obama presidency are clear: The GOP is going to be pretty unapologetically conservative. There aren’t going to be a lot of moderate Republican victories in intra-party skirmishes. And — with the caveat that the political world can, of course, change quickly — there will be a conservative Republican presidential nominee in 2012.

That nominee seems unlikely to be a current officeholder. Right now, the four leading candidates for the GOP nomination are private citizens. In a recent Rasmussen poll, the only candidates with double-digit support among Republicans were Mike Huckabee (at 29 percent), Mitt Romney (24 percent), Sarah Palin (18 percent) and Newt Gingrich (14 percent). These four are running way ahead of various senatorial and gubernatorial possibilities. So a party that has over the past two decades nominated a vice president (George H.W. Bush), a senator (Bob Dole), a governor (George W. Bush) and another senator (John McCain), now has as its front-runners four public figures who are, to one degree or another, outsiders.

To an extent this situation is the product of accidental circumstances, and it could change. But when one considers the anti-Washington and anti-political mood in the country, especially among conservatives, it’s easier to see it not changing.

Indeed, I suspect that the person most likely to break into this group of front-runners would be a businessman who stands up against President Obama’s big-government proposals, a retired general who objects to Obama’s foreign policy or a civic activist who rallies the public against some liberal outrage. If a Republican elected official emerges, it will probably be because he or she champions some populist cause, not because that person is a fine representative or senator or governor.

One reason is that many Republicans lack confidence not just in Congress but even in Republican members of Congress. In last week’s Post-ABC News poll, a plurality of respondents disapproved of Obama-type health-care reform. In other words, they agree with the Republicans in Congress. But when asked how much confidence they had in congressional Republicans to make the right decisions for the country’s future, only 19 percent of respondents expressed much confidence in the GOP — well behind the confidence levels in congressional Democrats (34 percent) and Obama (49 percent).

Obviously, many Republicans and conservatives — and lots of moderates and independents — will be grateful to Mitch McConnell if he can stop ObamaCare, and to Jon Kyl if he can induce the president to embrace a stronger foreign policy. But it’s unlikely that the minority party in Congress will be the source of bold new conservative leadership over the next three years. Even if Republicans pick up the House in 2010, the party’s big ideas and themes for the 2012 presidential race will probably not emanate from Capitol Hill.

The center of gravity, I suspect, will instead lie with individuals such as Palin and Huckabee and Gingrich, media personalities like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, and activists at town halls and tea parties. Some will lament this — but over the past year, as those voices have dominated, conservatism has done pretty well in the body politic, and Republicans have narrowed the gap with Democrats in test ballots.

And next week, in real balloting, conservative Republicans are likely to win in Virginia, a state Obama carried. Meanwhile, a liberal Republican anointed by the GOP establishment for the special congressional election in Upstate New York will probably run third, behind the conservative Republican running on the Conservative Party line, who may in fact win.

The lesson activists around the country will take from this is that a vigorous, even if somewhat irritated, conservative/populist message seems to be more effective in revitalizing the Republican Party than an attempt to accommodate the wishes of liberal media elites.

So the GOP is likely, for the foreseeable future, to be of a conservative mind and in a populist mood. In American politics, there are worse things to be.

William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, writes a monthly column for The Post.

Now, someone tell me what he meant by “Bien-pensant.” Anyone?  Anyone?

Have a Burning Question for John Stossel?

Can I just say, before I move on to the meat of this post, that I’m glad to see that John Stossel jumped ship and came over to Fox News.  I feel his efforts would be much more appreciated there as opposed to where he was.  However, I hope he’s not offended that he’s now unable to report “real news” for a “real network.”  Speaking of, how are the ratings over at Fox?  I’m guessing now that Obama hates them, every one does, right?  What?  Their ratings are higher than ever?  Shocking! Wait a second, maybe Obama isn’t trying to bury the network, maybe he’s in bed with them.  Maybe, just maybe, he’s trying to up their ratings; come out against them and use reverse psychology to drive us their viewership?  Nope, I think he’s just that arrogant.  He thinks that, by bad mouthing and attacking this network, he can in fact take them down, just by telling people not to watch.  I’m guessing he didn’t take psychology courses in college. 

Oops, totally got off track there.  Americans for Prosperity is hosting a tele-town hall meeting THIS THURSDAYat 2:00 PM with John himself. 

Once we finish in South Carolina (last event is Wednesday morning in Myrtle Beach), I’m heading to Arkansas for town hall meetings on the health care takeover with the newest Fox News personality — our good friend, John Stossel. 

You can join us Thursday for a special tele-town hall meeting at 2pm EST by calling in to (888) 886-6603 with extension #13556.  John and I will be updating you on the health care takeover and he will tell us more about his new role at Fox News. 

Not Your Typical Supporters

I bet you guys have been wondering where I’ve been lately.  My usual posts have not been as frequent lately.  I apologize, but most of my time in the last couple of weeks has gone to editing and updating Steve Whisler’s campaign site.  You guys should check it out, if you haven’t already.  As the communications director, the website is crucial to getting information out there.  I’m definitely still formulating opinions on local and national issues, and am stock piling my ideas for future posts.  Right now, I’m simply prioritizing my time and trying to get information out in a timely manner.  I’ll be sure to cross post pertinent information as well.

So, what’s been going on lately?  For starters, did you guys hear that our very own, Chris Cavey, has withdrawn his name from the Maryland GOP chair?  Yep, Bryan Sears, who is still on my hit-list for not covering the Whisler Kick-Off,  broke the story tonight with an email Chris sent to GOP leaders and supporters around the state.  I have to say that this news greatly saddens me.  I’m hoping, to be quite honest, that this move is a precursor to something much bigger, like maybe a run for an actual political office?!?  I don’t know, just think it should be put on the table, don’t you?  Chris would be an excellent candidate, maybe even for State Senate. 

Well, for those of you not on Chris’ personal email list, here is a copy of his “Dear John” letter to the GOP.

Hello to the MDGOP faithful!

Over the past month I have traveled across Maryland speaking to Central Committees and Republican activists about the potential our party has in 2010.  Most folks agree we have an opportunity to make gains electing Republicans and would be negligent to miss our chance by not being unified as a Party.

Last evening I listened as a group of Committee members worked through the trials and tribulations of a new voting method to be considered for the upcoming convention.  It was a wonderful example of what party members should be doing, problem solving, and that made me think about the Chairman’s race.

Roughly fifty-three weeks from today is the 2010 General Election, we need to be unified, in full blown campaign mode and not bickering about the past.  The current race for Chairman is very close and I fear the effects of a close race will only further serve to divide us as a party.

Effective today I am withdrawing from the MDGOP Chairman’s race. Party unity and winning elections in 2010 is important.  I will pledge to each of you to dedicate my time and effort by helping the next MDGOP Chair re-build and re-unify our party for 2010 wins.

Thanks to each of you who have worked for my campaign and had faith in my leadership abilities.  Please realize that this was not an easy decision for me to make.  Long-term, however, we will be ahead of the game for our party’s future and we will create more victories by working together… starting from today.

Chris Cavey

What a good man!  What do you think?  Should we urge Chris to run for another elected office?  Add your suggestions in the comments below.

Audrey Scott Enters Race

Now I happen to be a little biased towards our own, Chris Cavey, but I feel it’s my duty to present all candidates for our the State Party Chair.  Audrey Scott, of Prince Georges County, has thrown her hat in the ring and this is what she has to say about it.  All I have to say is, what’s up with all those elephants?  It’s a little creppy if you ask me.