Morton C. Blackwell has served as the National Committeeman of the Republican Party of Virginia since 1988. Professionally, Morton Blackwell is the president of the Leadership Institute, a non-partisan educational foundation he founded in 1979. His institute prepares conservatives for success in politics, government and the news media. Over the years the Leadership Institute has trained more than 76,000 students. It currently has revenue of $12.7 million per year and a staff of 58. In youth politics, Mr. Blackwell was a College Republican state chairman and a Young Republican state chairman in Louisiana. He served on the Young Republican National Committee for more than a dozen years, rising to the position of Young Republican National Federation national vice chairman at large. Off and on for five years, 1965-1970, he worked as executive director of the College Republican National Committee under four consecutive College Republican national chairmen. He served on the Louisiana Republican state central committee for eight years. First elected to the Arlington County (Virginia) Republican Committee in 1972, he is a member of the Virginia Republican state central committee and was first elected in 1988 as Virginia


    Don’t Count Delegates Before They Are Hatched

    News media, political pundits, and the candidates themselves make unwarranted assumptions as they report the number of delegate votes won to date by candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  They don’t know or they choose to ignore one of the Rules of the Republican Party which govern the nomination process this year. That is Rule 15 (b)(2). In a contested convention, which means that | Read More »

    Obama’s Occupiers in 2012

    The Occupiers can become a big political liability for the left in the 2012 elections, if conservatives firmly wrap that albatross around the liberals’ necks. All manner of leftists instinctively leapt to support Occupy Wall Street and similar protests elsewhere because class warfare and street demonstrations have for generations been key organizing tactics for leftists. Here is an actual and typical endorsement:  “The Socialist Party | Read More »

    Village Idiots At Large

    The American left is still shaken by the success of spontaneous conservative grassroots participation in tea party activities leading up to the 2010 elections.  In desperation, leftists now hope to profit from the Occupy Wall Street gatherings which have spread to many other locations. Haven’t the mainstream print and broadcast media, overwhelmingly liberal, given massive and sympathetic coverage to the Occupiers?  Isn’t this a good | Read More »

    A Timely Lesson From History

    As our country approaches the hour of decision on raising the federal government’s debt limit, several conservative sources have offered different plans to prevent the national government bankruptcy that every sensible person knows is inevitable unless major systemic changes are made.  If some systemic changes are made in connection with raising the debt limit, those changes will, at best, “kick the can down the road,” | Read More »

    National Popular Vote Plan Would Hurt Most States

    Most states would lose power in U.S. presidential elections under the proposed National Popular Vote (NPV) plan now being considered by many state legislatures. In support of the National Popular Vote State Compact, some states have already passed laws awarding all their electoral votes to the U.S. presidential candidate who wins a national plurality of the popular vote.  This bad idea would be constitutional because | Read More »

    Understanding Newt

    The key to understanding Newt Gingrich is that he positioned himself as the leader of conservative Republicans in the House, used the House Republican Study Committee (HRSC) as his vehicle for years to advance himself, and then, when he became Speaker, changed the rules to destroy the House Republican Study Committee. He used the HRSC as a ladder to the top and then removed the | Read More »

    Gov. Mitch Daniels’ Self-Inflicted Wound

    Last year’s election results provided many opportunities for conservatives to beat back the forces of big government which are about to bankrupt our country.  Some elected Republicans are missing the biggest of those opportunities they have. See my letter, below, to my old friend, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: ******************************* March 1, 2010 The Honorable Mitch Daniels Office of the Governor Indiana Statehouse 200 W. Washington | Read More »

    A Better Definition of Who is a Conservative

    The most important political development of the just-concluded election cycle is the enormously effective, new, political involvement of grassroots conservatives through the Tea Party groups and other, major, analogous organizations. My Leadership Institute has trained newly active conservatives in partnership with every one of these major groups.  My staff and I therefore probably understand all these groups as well or better than anyone else. If | Read More »

    Advice to Just-Elected Officials

    Immediately following the November 2 election, I mailed a letter of advice to 27 just-elected conservative officials.  I have decided to release this letter to the public. This historic election brings much opportunity and danger.  Hundreds of grassroots conservatives will soon enter local, state, and federal government.  Liberals in the bureaucracies, media, and the party establishments will do their very best to co-opt or derail | Read More »


    What I am about to share with you is probably the most important lesson you will learn at any time in your life about success in the public policy process. Conservatives did not understand the real nature of politics for many years and certainly did not begin to teach it systematically until the early 1970s.  Many conservatives today haven’t learned it yet. Please bear with | Read More »