WHY REPUBLICANS ARE LOSING
Rose R. Responds to RED STATE Article Below
My own thinking is growing farther and farther from the Republican establishment. WHY? I no longer am enthused to follow the National Republican establishments’ recommendations for support and campaigning for establishment candidates. Of course, I know that sitting home hands the election to the Democrats, but then, with the Republican establishment, when they win, they lose by compromise of basic Republican principles later. This has demoralized the base.
I see ONLY the Tea Party Conservative candidates stand up for TRUTH – Republican Principles (well, most of the time – nobody’s perfect). So, I have decided that I will only work and support LOCAL Conservative candidates for LOCAL positions, elected or appointed. We Republicans must start building from the ground up…build a firm conservative foundation locally if we are to save this country.
We need to search out, find, and support local candidates. That should be the ONLY focus for Broward Republicans. Forget National election candidates, we are too outnumbered by voting statistics to win in Broward county, but we CAN WIN locally, keep winning, building a base and then… Read on.
However we have a problem… Could it be that our many past Broward U.S. Representative candidates find that it is much more sexy and glamorous to be a candidate for the NATIONAL elections, than lowly local elections? They want to be elected directly to Washington D. C. and skip all the grunt work here at home. It’s perhaps not glamorous to work locally to learn the ropes, build a network of supporters, establish that they can write good legislation, establish a voting record, etc.
WAKE UP ! Before you ask us to work to send you to D. C. First win an election! 1. a city position 2. then move on to a County position 3. then on to a State position. THEN after becoming seasoned, 3. possibly move on to the National stage.
Until you do this, we, your local workers and supporters have no idea HOW you “first-elect-me-to-D.C. then-you-will-know-what-you-have” candidates will govern. This does not sit well with local precinct workers.
How can you get elected until you build LOCALLY a broad loyal base among the Republicans and Independents and conservative Democrat voters By doing so, you will have proved you have legislative credentials, proved you are “the right stuff”. People will flock to work on your campaign. But, you must start locally. All the GREAT ones did it this way… building and broadening their loyal base with dedicated supporters, a reliable funding base and such.
The Democrats have learned this “local-first” method and they make their candidates do this local unglamorous grunt work – and they WIN elections! Broward used to be Republican and was taken over by Democrats… one seat at a time. Our Broward Republican candidates just jump in and run on passion and hope! Always a day late and dollar short – NO foundation on which to win! The good Republican candidates have their heart in the right place, but not their rational, logical brains! They have not studied the history of “how to win elections”! Shortcuts have never worked. Waste of time and energy and very demoralizing to the local Republican base. And, RPOF and National Republican Party will not support financially what is a losing campaign of a National candidate in Broward.
First turn the tide within Broward to Republican dominance, but winning local elections – one local city election at a time! Become powerful locally. Learn how it works… and win it all eventually… a long road, but doable.
Speaking just for myself, I will only work on very local candidate seats starting within areas that are winnable by voting demographics. AND, sadly many other good Republicans I have talked to, feel the same way.
RED STATE Article
Friday, July 26, 2013
The Ephialtes Establishment in the Republican Party
I can see how the GOP loses in November of 2014. The establishment and base have moved so far apart the base is about ready to go third party or sit at home. If the GOP does not make a stand against Obamacare, they will not see the energy they need to effectively compete in 2014.
Let me explain what is happening and what will happen.
Karl Rove’s Crossroads group commissioned a poll by North Star Opinion Research. The poll found most Americans do not want the GOP to block “health care reform.” That’s right, Crossroads repeatedly called Obamacare “the healthcare reform law” and was shocked to find people oppose stopping reform. Go figure.
But that poll has been circulated to Republican leaders and they have soiled themselves over it. That is why Mitch McConnell will not support Mike Lee’s strategy to draw a line in the sand against funding Obamacare. That is why John Cornyn withdrew his name from Mike Lee’s letter. That is why Richard Burr of North Carolina calls defunding Obamacare “stupid.”
These men are about power, not principle. They’ve chosen to let polls lead them instead of leading people.
Already, Byron York is out with a piece saying the GOP will not defund Obamacare. Next we will most likely see Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal write one of her semi-regular hit pieces on Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and the rest of the conservatives who want to stand their ground.
Then we will see Jenn Rubin begin another hyperbole laden attack on Jim DeMint and Ted Cruz.
The actual editorial page of the Wall Street Journal will chime in to yet again attack the Hobbits for daring to stand on principles. The Democrats will then dangle the shiny object of the Keystone Pipeline before the GOP. Like dogs scrambling for scraps at the table, the GOP will take it and their editorial friends will hail this as a grand bargain worth taking. Pay no attention to Obamacare being implemented.
We have seen this before. The GOP leadership will cave and dazzle the base with shiny objects. They will then send out fundraising letters in courier type telling you to stand with them and send them money if you want Obamacare defunded.
Leonidas and three hundred Spartans held the pass at Thermopylae against overwhelming Persian odds until Ephialtes betrayed them and led the Persians on a path around. If the Republican Establishment were in Greece, they’d stand with Ephialtes. So desperate are they to regain power, the Republican Establishment will be led by those who promised President Romney and spent hundreds of millions of dollars getting the status quo.