EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for April 16, 2010
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Time’s up conservatives. We must now unite and we must now rally to save Indiana from the Democrats. The time is now. There can be no more waiting.
For months conservatives have sat on the sidelines in the Indiana Senate race. The NRSC dragged former Senator Dan Coats from North Carolina to Indiana and put him into the race. They said he would be warmly re-embraced by the Indiana conservative grassroots. They said he could raise between $500,000.00 and a million dollars. They said he was a perfect fit.
Now, like in Florida, we must save the NRSC from itself and save Indiana from the Democrats.
No more sitting on the sidelines. The numbers are in. Coats is not raising the money they said he could raise. He’s not even close to the low ball expectation others set for him. He is not getting the grassroots support they said he could get. He is going to lose the NRA endorsement to the Democrat more likely than not.
Conservatives nationally must drop what they are doing, focus on Indiana, and rally to Marlin Stutzman. The election is 19 days away.
If you search the NRSC’s website using the NRSC’s own search engine, there are many words you will not find. But there is one pretty doggone important word you should find that you won’t.
Florida political pundits have been saying for a few weeks that if Charlie Crist vetoed a Republican backed measure pushed heavily by Jeb Bush to reform Florida public education, it would be a strong sign Charlie Crist would bolt the GOP.
Well, Crist vetoed it. The legislation would have made it easier to remove bad teachers and was heavily opposed by teachers unions. Crist chose to side with teachers unions rather than the parents groups that wanted the new law to improve teacher performance.
Now Crist’s campaign chairman is bolting. Former Senator Connie Mack rode through the storm with Crist and is using the veto of this legislation as his excuse to get out while the getting is good.
I find it hard to believe this of all thing would be the straw that broke Connie’s back. Maybe Crist really is going independent.
I know some of you have a hard time supporting Rand Paul, mostly because of his dad. In fact, most of the attacks hurled at Rand have been about his father’s positions, confusing the two. To be fair though, I don’t agree with all of Rand’s positions.
But let’s look at the NRSC’s favored candidate Trey Grayson for just a minute. The man has refused to take a substantive position on bailouts, etc. for the longest time. He’s peddled false smears against Paul that Paul is pro-choice. In fact, Rand Paul is very much pro-life.
Then there is the latest.
In what is shaping up to be the best election year for Republicans in decades, there is one person who has almost single-handedly made the path to victory more difficult and costly for the Grand Ole Party. That person is National Republican Senatorial Committee’s chief strategist Rob Jesmer .
Remember, I warned you back in 2008 that Jesmer could be a huge problem for winning in 2010.
And now we have proof. According to numerous folks in-the-know, Jesmer has been the key staffer who convinced the usually reliable conservative John Cornyn to go all in for Charlie Crist. And it’s not even clear Crist would have left his safe seat as governor without the prompting of the NRSC. So instead of saving the GOP money in a crucial election cycle, Jesmer has turned both the governors race and senate race in Florida into needless expenses and was helped turn a previously successful career for Charlie Crist into a national disgrace.
If this were Jesmer’s only transgression, Republican grassroots might be able to overlook it. But its just the latest in a long line of poorly thought out decisions by the Washington insider. It seems to stem from his belief that conservatives are an obstacle to GOP majorities, instead of the foundation of the party.
Here’s a look at Jesmer’s other great strategic decisions.
Much has been written about President Obama’s far-left proclivities, the radical foundations beneath the friends and associates who helped shape his views throughout the formative years of his political development, and the tinfoil hat-wearing suspicion that his Presidency is nothing more than a years-in-the-making conspiracy against all that America has ever stood for. As one most likely to be the first to mock the ‘black helicopter’ crowd, I have always been hard-pressed to buy into that meme; I’ve never believed that a secret “conspiracy” of greater than one could successfully be pulled off…especially amongst self-aggrandizing and back-stabbing Politicians and their smoke-filled backroom cronies…until now.
But President Obama suffers no fools over where his new NLRB Chair stands in regard to employees and their relationship with management and the business owners for whom they work.
So how did we get from the point of the CIA declaring that Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons program to them having a bomb as early as… now?
I’m not a huge fan of the various Tea Party organizations while at the same time I’m in awe of the energy of the people who are giving up valuable time to attend town hall meetings and demonstrations.
The decision by the Tea Party Express to endorse Democrat Walt Minnick in Idaho underlines the dilemma facing the various umbrella organizations for the local Tea Parties and why the interests of those organizations are, of necessity, inimical to the interests of the members of those groups.
If you enjoyed the lack of transparency shown by the Senate when crafting their version of Obamacare, you will love the way they plan on crafting the Cap and Trade legislation. Instead of introducing the bill and sending it to committee, future Nevada Senator Emeritus, Harry Reid is taking over the process. Just as he did during the Obamacare process, Reid will be taking the bill drafting process behind his closed office doors for the deal making.