The State of the Party
November 1, 2009 Leave a comment
Last week, my friend sent me a query from a PR feed. A reporter in New York was “calling all Republicans” asking where they thought the party stood and how they’ve been doing since Obama took office. Here is how I answered the question:
What’s the state of the Republican party, you ask? That’s a good question, and the answer really depends on who you ask. If you asked Nancy Pelosi, she’d tell you that the party is leaning more towards terrorism than patriotism. Obama and his news network, MSNBC, might tell you that the party has become obsolete. Hoffman has jumped ship joining the Conservative Party. No one really knows what Palin is doing, but if I had to guess I’d say she’s walking the plank as well. The Rhinos, like Snowe, Martinez, and Graham would tell you that everything is A-Okay, but their just delusional, so it doesn’t count.
Since you asked, I’ll tell you my completely unprofessional opinion. There has been a substantial gap between party leaders and the average conservative. Then again, I’d agree that you’d find this separation in either party. Currently, the base of the Republican party seems to be far more fired up then those making the strategic decisions. It wasn’t the leadership that organized the tea parties and town hall meetings. It was all grass roots, and, at the core, the message was more for Republicans than anyone else. To be honest, I’d say they got the message. In recent months, conservative leaders across the board are stepping up and taking a stand, speaking out against Obamacare, irresponsible spending, and the overall lean towards socialism. For the first time in years, I feel like elected Republcans finally found their backbones. Maybe it was the realization that the Democrats will never cave under appeasement, or the fact that they’d lose their jobs if they didn’t start fighting back. Regardless, they’re doing what we elected them to do (well not be personally since there is not a single elected official from the bottom to the top who represents my conservative views). The tide is turning.
As far as Obama goes, he’s doing most of the work for us. His arrogance and self-righteous indignation speaks clearly of his desire to turn America into one big nanny state. Basically, if he’d just keep talking (and of course he will), he’ll do himself in eventually. Let’s take his attack on Fox News for instance. All that’s done is increase their ratings and further prove the case that he stands against democracy and freedom. His attempt to shut down the freedom of the press is sickening even to his closest supporters in the media.
We’re in a good place right now, and I’m digging the whole grass roots movement. Who would have thought a couple months ago that I, a stay at home mom, would become the communications director for local Baltimore County Council candidate, Steve Whisler? I know it was certainly not on my radar, but even I have my boiling point. I felt it was time to stop sitting by the wayside and get involved, and I’m not the only one. At the local level, in the completely blue state of Maryland , the people are moving, speaking, organizing. They’re fed up with the corruption and lack of balance at the federal, state, and local levels, and they’re putting their time and resources to good work. All in all, I’d say we’re poised for victory in 2010, but at the end of it all, I’m not sure how much credit the Republican party gets as a whole, as opposed to those sitting at the heart of the movement sweeping through America.