How to Join the Priesthood
Richard Cohen puzzles today over how the US military has become a ‘priesthood’ and hauls out nearly every tired, ignorant saw about the military except the one about military intelligence being an oxymoron. Sorry, Richard, but you indict only yourself in this missive. I’m going to have to answer your blog post point by point, so let’s start with your headline: the US knows all | Read More »
Think Precinct Committeemen Are Local Drudges? Think Again.
You could call it shameless accrual of political power, or you could call it selfless public service. I incline toward the latter, because I’ve had a tiny taste of it. Whatever you call it, there is no question that there may be some surprises in store for the new precinct committeecritter in your locale. Certainly, a committeeman should expect the normal duties of registering voters, | Read More »
TSA Gropes, Porno-Scans to Arrive in Malls, Hotels, Surface Transportation
A few days ago, I asserted that DHS and TSA are not as interested in security as they are in turning US citizens into a flock of sheep. Imagine attending CPAC and getting the security routine at the hotel as well as the airport. It’s about to become reality. Exactly ten days before a new, more conservative Congress is sworn in, the Obama | Read More »
Updated: The Real Meaning of the TSA’s FFDO/Pilot Punishment
Since Drudge’s current headline story has broken out everything but the red police light for the TSA Pilot Punishment story (video), it appears the early and limited facts are not in dispute. What’s also brilliantly clarified in my mind is the TSA’s real agenda around flight security. Bolstered by the highly controversial new radiation-or-grope procedures and the recent news that the TSA failed to detect | Read More »
Whither the GOP Farm Teams? One Ball to Watch. Closely.
The GOP Farm Teams It’s hard to participate in almost any leadership conversation in the GOP or the Tea Party this season without hearing a reference to the farm teams that we should begin preparing and supporting in a couple of weeks. The farm teams of course are the new local elected officials we will be trying to put in place in every office from | Read More »
Sworn: Strategy, Tactics Advance Conservatives in LA County
The oath mentioned protecting and defending the Constitution of both the US and California twice. I like that – some of us need the reminder. Saturday the new Precinct Committeemen in Los Angeles County were sworn in and the biennial ‘organizational’ meeting of the Los Angeles county central committee began. This is the chronicle of a brand new member of the LA GOP central committee. Why | Read More »
Tax ‘Compromise’ Will Accomplish… Further Disaster.
Businesspeople know that the proposed tax compromises will accomplish exactly nothing and will not result in any real measure of economic recovery or higher employment. Why? Two Year Tax Cut Extension: most businessmen plan considerably further out than 2 years. Giving them an additional 2 years of ‘tax relief’ will not free up capital for hiring – it will simply give them 2 more years | Read More »
PROCINCT Post-Election Update: Success + Expansion
PROCINCT broke one of the major monopolies in 2010 that give local political parties their power during the tough-fought 2010 election. Many local parties learned that they no longer possessed the monopoly on voter data that forces activists to come to them for the key tools to support their political GOTV activities. For those of you are are inclined to ask: YES, PROCINCT is | Read More »
Meg & Micro-targeting: A Factor in the CA GOP Losses?
When Meg offered to ‘buy PDI data’ for the entire state to prove that she was a ‘team player’ among all CA GOP politicians, was she really doing the various GOP locals and campaigns in the state a favor? Many CA GOP campaigns and local party operations seemed to instantly turn the data portion of their GOTV operations over to Meg’s field directors to get | Read More »
PCs Turn Out State Party Chair, RNC Treasurer
Don’t let them tell you that those lil’ ol’ Precinct Committeeman don’t have much power. They have power in spades. CW already wrote about this earlier, but I wanted to put a finer point on it. Witness what just happened in AZ. The Precinct Committeemen in one small legislative district turned out the state party chair. How? Isn’t the AZ GOP party chair elected by | Read More »