Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Learning Process

In this article
Closing Argument: RNC Chairman Michael Steele |
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is convinced that polls are underestimating GOP voter turnout and predicts surprise wins in blue states.

Being a post-Bush / post-DeLay Republican doesn't come naturally to many of these lifelong Republicans but some of them are starting to "get it".
As embarrassing and counterproductive as he as been to the party a year ago, I am encouraged by his words and actions as of late.

His job at this stage is not to be a prognosticator, one of those sideliners or Monday Morning Quarterbacks. That may be fine for Karl Rove but the RNC Chair is in the game. He is on the field of play. He needs to rally the other players and play to the emotions of the fans.

His prediction, regardless of accuracy, is precisely what is needed at exactly the right time.

Time to vote.
Time to change the score.
Time to take back the country.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Interpreting the Polls |

Interpreting the Polls |

Which is to say don't assume anything . . . except that Tuesday will be a wild night.

76% Know Someone Out of Work and Looking For a Job

76% Know Someone Out of Work and Looking For a Job

and personally I know two that come to mind immediately.

The policies have failed. The agenda has placed the wrong policies as priorities.
It's time to end Democrats 8 year control of Congress.

Monday, October 25, 2010

It's About Time for a Few Laughs

It's about time for a few laughs this political season.

I have seen a couple of pretty good ads but this is the best yet.
(If you think you have seen better comment below with a link to the ad)

Call Me Senator from RightChange on Vimeo.

Open Letter to "Undecideds"

Just stay home.

This is the most media-covered, most talked-about, most clearly defined election in my adult life.

We live in an age of information on demand and you haven't taken the hour or less to research the candidates and their platforms. You haven't bothered understanding how the issues relate to your own life. Unimpressive to say the least.

If you are truly undecided at this point you are the type of voter that will shoot your vote rather blindly before going back to your video games, reality TV, issues of "Us" and "Entertainment Weekly"; in other words an existence that is politically undefined. Don't cancel the vote of someone who cares enough to embrace their Constitutional freedom and be engaged in their Representative Democracy.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Countdown Continues and The Hits Keep Coming

The funniest thing I've seen all week is this response to the story where Harry Reid defends himself by saying his "Penthouse" apartment is only on the 2nd Floor.

nv namvet 13 minutes ago
"It had to be on the second floor. harry's elevator does not go to the top floor."

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Voting Early vs. Voting Often

So I heard an interesting talk show debate about the merits and sanctity of keeping Election Day the only day people should be allowed to cast a vote.

I heard the A-number-One argument, which was, by eliminating all this free and easy early voting we will reduce the likelihood of voter fraud. I agree. Point made. Agreed

I heard an admonishment / impassioned plea about how people in other countries walk miles or risk violence and death to exercise their right to vote. American's apparently can't be inconvenienced to change their schedules, drive their luxury automobiles four or five miles and cast their vote on a single calendar day, instead finding it necessary to do it when it is absolutely convenient or not at all. A bit overwrought even if there are some salient points and I'll admit I was swept up for a moment by the patriotic zeal in this argument but not for long.

The weakest argument was that some late breaking news about a candidate may cause a sudden change of heart or mind of said early voter who's premature decision is now locked inside the early vote, preventing the fully informed voter to cast the ballot they would ultimately want to cast. To this I say:

a) in the age of the internet, where even mundane ATM transactions by private citizens are captured with high-def video and every cell phone has a video camera, I doubt that the ultra-desperate candidates in this race are waiting to do a "big reveal" of some scandal or are still searching for dirt in the last two weeks before this election. Dirt that can be found would have already been found. Dirt that could be used would already be used.


b) that the hypothetical of a live-donkey-show in Mexico City attended by some candidate will change people's mind. The Fox Poll below suggests how ludicrous that notion is.

Because let's face it, the most likely voters in this election don't care if the candidate attended said donkey-show as long as said candidate is going to lower taxes, repeal bad legislature and get out of the way of businesses trying to create jobs.

And I would offer additionally that my primary reason for voting is born out of the intent of improving the future that my children will inherit. With even the most minute risk of dropping dead or getting run over by a bus it is in my children's best interest that I cast my well informed, highly-unlikely-to-change vote early.

Finally, Dick Morris said the most important thing conservatives can do all year is to vote.

So with that I will be off to the ballot box tomorrow.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Biggest Losers in 2010: Pundits

After sizing up the Democrat body count on November 3rd, for me it will be the Pundit Class who will also emerge from this election season as some of the biggest losers.

Charles Krauthammer is perhaps the most urbane and uber-intellectual writer and commentator on the conservative end of the political spectrum but some of his aspersions have really made me "re-evaluate" him to the point where I now must take an analytical approach to everything he writes or says rather than one of general acceptance.

This article in the Washington Post: Your pre-election post-mortem

is one of the more witty things he has written lately but parts of it resonate with his need to prove to all of us he is right at the expense of letting us cheer for the Right. He's become fixated on the candidate Christine O'Donnell since the day after her Primary victory. He doesn't name her by name in this article but his call-out to Chris Coons in this most recent Washington Post piece is a verbose and underhanded way of saying, "I told you so" as in "I told you she couldn't get elected and you Delaware Primary Voters and Tea Party supporters were foolish to nominate her as the Republican candidate in this race that would have been a cake walk for Mike Castle."

This is probably disheartening to her supporters and the voters in Delaware who now have one Republican horse to bet on down the last two week stretch of the race. It's tantamount to calling election results based on exit polls 17 days before the polls close.

What's more troubling though is that Krauthammer knows politics from the inside-out so he is all too aware of how the Reagan campaign really turned the corner and accelerated to victory at the sole Reagan-Carter debate a week before the election. That's not to suggest that O'Donnell is Reagan-esque and that she will come back from 19 points down in the next 16 days but what is his hurry to write the obit?

What Krauthammer and, by virtue of the same logic, so many other pundits have failed to recognize is not that O'Donnell or any other candidate is a political failure, it is that Democracy is a success this year. Political experts did not put so many of the Tea Party candidates on this year's ballots. It was political neophytes, a.k.a. American citizens who nominated, raised funds, campaigned and voted for those candidates. The amateurs, if you will, are making their way, a new way, into the political process. A new set of voices have emerged and they don't sound like the expert voices of candidates and pundits who are political careerists with 20-30 years of pure politics on their résumés. In this way, Krauthammer and many other pundits on the Right are no different than that gaggle of lunatics showing up nightly on msnbc. They all appear to be bothered that the people calling the shots this year are not like them. This new class of candidates and voters are not in the club and therefore they are not playing by the club's rules.

But most of all the pundits continue to talk politely, write around the margins and fail to embrace the way that this election in 2010 and NOT the one in 2008 is truly historic. We are witnessing the political activation of so many Americans who previously voted thoughtlessly, impulsively or not at all. All bets are off in 2010. All conventional "wisdom" can be discarded. Only the returns that will be counted on November 2nd and into November 3rd will be what matters.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

22 Days and Counting

Are you Doing All That You Can Do to Send 100 Moving Vans to D.C. in January?