Archive for July, 2012

Blogbash At The Redstate Gathering

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Javier Manjarres, CPAC Blogger of the Year 2011 honored at Blogbash!

Blogbash will be at the Redstate Gathering Thursday night, August 2 to kick off a weekend of fun in Jacksonville, Florida!

This little shindig will be across the street from the hotel at a bar along the river walk. Meet up at the hotel lobby around 7 pm and then come over to the bar!

Past Blog Bashes have helped launch the political careers of folks like Mike Lee and Mia Love both of Utah. The Blogbash at Redstate will be a celebration of these successes!

Join us!



Ted Cruz: Cruising To Victory? FreePAC, Teaparty, and Sarah Palin Help

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Ted Cruz looks good going into the run-off election with Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst to be the Republican nominee for the United States Senate. How did this happen?

Well, Ted is a great candidate first of all: smart, principled, and hard working. He has been working the grassroots circuit for years. I first met Ted maybe three or four years ago when he was speaking at an Americans for Prosperity event in Austin. Since then, he’s faithfully attended Teaparty after Teaparty event. Ted knows every significant grassroots activist in Texas personally.

Ted’s hard work gave him name recognition among the around 30% of the most faithful, devoted conservative leaning political faithful in Texas. They came through and voted for him in the primary but Dewhurst still beat him with his higher name recognition and money, but I knew pretty assuredly that if Ted got into the run-off, Team Dewhurst was in big trouble.

Why? A couple reasons:

1. Most Republican voters have already voted and won’t come back out to vote.
2. The most dedicated will vote.
3. In a head-to-head, Cruz’s name recognition will increase.

The Dewhurst camp made a bad decision when they went so negative on Ted Cruz: The criticism was so outrageously over-the-top that people were forced to go look up the truth. When they went to investigate, many liked what they saw. I’m not sure if the negative ads didn’t help Ted Cruz.

Thursday night of last week, FreePAC, Freedom Works political action committee taught a stadium full of people how to get out the vote. [My interview with Matt Kibbe here.]

After that, there were rousing speeches from all sorts of Cruz supporters. Following the speechifying, Senators Jim DeMint, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul, Republican usurper Richard Mourdock of Indiana (who beat incumbent Senator Lugar), and FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe gave a press conference. There were a couple reporters there and then about 20 bloggers.

[Aside: Journalists ask stupid questions. I got to roll my eyes in front of them instead of online. Example: “Do Republicans want to win the Presidency more or the Congress more?”]

The FreePAC event lasted late and so early Friday, I drove back to The Woodlands, Texas and then went to the TeaParty event where many state TeaParty leaders showed up and endorsed Ted Cruz. Also there: Senator Jim DeMint and former Alaska Governor Ted Cruz.

Combined, these events and others like them around the state have the troops riled for a big turnout tomorrow. The energy certainly seems in Ted Cruz’ favor.

These folks were asked by a Texas Teaparty leader to turn toward the camera folks and show them they’re not DC insiders.

John Drogin, Ted Cruz for Texas campaign manager

John Drogin, Ted Cruz’ campaign manager working hard at the Teaparty event in The Woodlands, Texas.

Texas Teaparty Leaders support Ted Cruz.

Jim DeMint praises Ted Cruz to The Woodlands, Texas Teaparty rally June 27, 2012.

Ted Cruz speaks at the Tea Party

Ted Cruz speaks at the Woodlands Teaparty, Friday, July 27, 2012

Sarah Palin walks on stage at the Texas Teaparty for Ted Cruz

Sarah Palin for Ted Cruz

Sarah Palin endorses Ted Cruz at the Woodlands, Texas Teaparty.

Sarah Palin enjoys the Texas crowd at the Ted Cruz Teparty rally in The Woodlands, Texas

Teaparty Express spokeswoman Amy Kremer with Rafeal Cruz — Ted Cruz’s dad at the Woodlands, Texas Teaparty rally for Ted.

Sarah Palin works the line at the Texas Teaparty rally for Ted Cruz in The Woodlands, Texas.

The Woodlands police were always near Governor Palin and Todd Palin was never far away either at The Woodlands Teaparty rally for Ted Cruz.



#FreePac : Talking To Matt Kibbe, President of FreedomWorks About The Teaparty

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

At #FreePac, the inaugural educational, inspirational event sponsored by Glenn Beck and Freedomworks, FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe joined me to answer a couple questions.

It seems like FreedomWorks mission has shifted. What are you guys doing?

It’s a real shift away from coming up with an idea and just emailing it out to people and saying hey let’s do this. Now, it’s more driven from the bottom up and asking people, ‘what do you guys need to do to take the next step’.

It’s not a protest movement anymore. It’s not a get out the vote movement. It’s evolving into a real social movement.

That’s what different. This is more an institution building exercise.

It’s part community. It’s part values. And it’s part celebrating some of the elected officials that have actually stuck by their principles–guys we helped get elected in 2010.

Why are you harassing Dewhurst? [The Texas Republican in the runoff with grassroots candidate former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz]

In Texas, pretty good is not good enough. We are going need a deeper commitment to principle. Just voting right 70 or 80% of the time is not good enough.

We keep hearing that the Tea Party is dead. Is it?

A lot of it is wishful thinking. Bu I also think a lot of it is a little honest confusion about who we are today. We’re not a protest movement anymore, so if you’re looking for a big march on The Mall, you’re not going to find it. How do you report community by community, household by household, walking precincts for Ted Cruz? We won’t know until after the election.

They were shocked by Indiana. And they’re like that’s a one-time deal. Now they’re saying, ‘Of course Ted Cruz is going to win.’ Well, go back and read the record, nobody, …they were laughing at us.

How do you feel about the Teaparty guys who got elected in 2010? Some folks are disappointed in their performance.

I think that as a class they’ve outperformed any significant Freshman class, certainly the Class of 1995 which pretty quickly crumbled.

And this is what people need to understand, it’s not just about electing better people with better principles, it’s about creating a constituency who creates better incentives for them to do the right thing, because once you get into the Washington Bubble, all the incentives are wrong. Everybody comes to your office–they want an earmark, they want this, they want that…if we who believe in freedom don’t continue to show up and support them when they do the right thing, guess what? They’re going to change. So the burden is on us.

Don’t expect your Senator to do the right thing left to his own devices.

Is this the beginning of new events for FreedomWorks?

Yes. This an experiment but the key is to figure out how we can create institutions to bring people together. Can we do this on a regional basis, because Glenn [Beck] wants to do this on a regional basis, but you have got to find a way to do it that’s economical because the American Airlines Center is expensive.



Third Party Rumblings: It WILL Happen IF…..

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

The Republican Party gets one last chance. It is this election.

Erick Erickson talks third party here:

A Republican Party that has been unwilling to cut spending has now let go through Congress legislation to shut down lawful, legal businesses because cigarette industry lobbyists and a Senate Democrat wanted it done.

We’re not ready for a third party and both this site and me will continue advocating for conservative Republicans, but if the GOP doesn’t finally get a clue, I won’t be surprised to see it implode. By the way, this year fewer and fewer Republican candidates are signing the tax pledge on the advice of Republican members of Congress. This is another warning sign that the Eric Cantor led Republican conference is going far afield from what those who vote Republican actually want.

The GOP better get back to its pro-liberty roots quickly.

Let me put a finer point on this: If the Republican party cannot find its spine should Mitt Romney get elected; if the Republican part has the power to enact the party planks and refuses to do so, this will be the last time people vote Republican.

I repeat: THIS IS THE LAST TIME.

Why? Because a Republican party that sends the Republic over the edge just more slowly is unacceptable.

There are many people who have had it. Count me among them.

The Republicans may scorn this. They may think this is more caterwauling from the cry baby peasants.

No. This is just the way it is now.

American cannot afford the practices Erick alluded to and Americans who care about the country aren’t going to help support evil in their own name.

As it currently stands, voting for either political party means that taxpayers and their children are voting against their own interests. Between taxes, regulation, government overreach, and a generally surly attitude pointed at the common citizen, Americans are sick of being treated like servants to the government.

Enough.

So, this is their last chance. I’ve been saying this for three years now. The Republicans are still not listening. They’re unprincipled, weak, and unclear in their communications because they have no convictions.

They have one last chance at redemption. And should they fail, they will be removed from power because the Republican party will be gutted. And America will suffer for a couple decades (probably), but Americans won’t care.

You know why? Because they’re already suffering.

Beware those with nothing to lose but shackles. Beware those who still believe in liberty.

This combination is called a patriot. And the patriots are restless.

UPDATED ALREADY:

A Twitter bud says this:

It is the spending, stupid. I thought that went without saying, but clearly it needs to be said.