There are Republicans who make things happen, Republicans who watch things happen, and Republicans who wonder, “What happened?”
I come to Redstate just about every day and see comment after Diary after comment after Diary about this, that and the other thing about Republican Party politics.
And what I just about never see, in the sig lines of the contributors at Redstate, including the moderators/editors, is information relating to their participation in the Republican Party itself.
Me? I’m an elected precinct committeeman in Arizona’s no. 918 precinct. And an elected member of the Maricopa County Republican Committee Executive Guidance Council.
Hint: Guess who voted in the Republican Party of Florida straw poll the other day for Herman Cain? It wasn’t “mere” registered Republican Florida voters. It was those “mere” Republican Party registered voters who took the next step and became Republican Party of Florida precinct committeemen and who then got elected to become delegates to the Republican Party of Florida state committee functions. And then shelled out some hard-earned cash to cast a vote. And hard-earned cash and time to attend the event.
And you know why Herman Cain won the straw poll? Because more conservatives got involved in the Party as precinct committeemen and, in turn, elected more conservatives as delegates to the Republican Party of Florida get together that sponsored the straw poll.
So, who was driving this “narrative?” Bloggers? Or the Republican Party members who actually got involved in Party politics INSIDE the Republican Party and gave the bloggers something to write about?
In other words, who were the real ball players in the real ball game of party politics? And who were the spectators? Were the Party members who voted in the straw poll the ball players? And were the spectators those who just wrote about what the real ball players did?
As the old saying goes, there are people who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder, “What happened?”
In terms of Republican Party politics, which group are you in?
Will YOU help make 2011 “The Year of the Precinct Committeeman?”