Can we at least agree that the Presidential Election is over? I am really getting tired of the constant media navel gazing, Democrat recriminations from Hillary on down, radicals trying through petitions to change the Electoral College, and Republicans dancing in the end-zone like they have never been there before.
Everyone was surprised by President Elect Trump’s victory, not that he wasn’t a flawed novice running for the nation’s highest office, but that the array of resources marshaled against him was, and I hate to use this over used word, “unprecedented” in modern Presidential campaigns.
What I would like to get across to my fellow Republicans is the apparent collective attitude that the Republican Party has been demoted to a loyal, minority party that will occasionally win an election when the stars align, God smiles on us or answers our prayers, or the stench of the previous Socialist Democrat administration becomes so great that the nation turns to Republicans to take a less odious breath.
I look at this election as a reprieve from the long march of Globalism and Socialist agendas. Yes we want a lot of mistakes, made by previous administrations, corrected and we are seeing an apoplectic reaction of anarchists and paid, leftist agitators realizing that many of their misguided policies and unconstitutional Executive Orders are going to be undone. This just means that they have to take several steps backward and temporarily will have to live with a slightly more Conservative political environment. The lesson here is that the left hates to have to retake previously gained political ground. They will be back, more devious than ever.
I think the word “reprieve” is appropriate in that we Republicans must take the next four years to reorganize ourselves into a principled conservative party that is strongly against borderless globalism that is the true enemy of our Constitutional Republic. Yes, we should be about offering positive alternatives to the liberty crushing Statism that currently infects the Socialist Democrat Party. Yes, we should be reinforcing our commitment to balanced budgets, smaller government, enforced borders and immigration laws, originalists on the Supreme Court, tossing out most if not all of Obamacare, reconstituting our national defense, ripping up many of Obama’s bureaucratic regulations, and renegotiate trade agreements that are detrimental to our economic growth.
These issues are easy, compared to making internal party changes. The first thing we need to do is clean out the RNC stable, top to bottom. Anyone in RNC associated with the Karl Rove wing of the Republican Party needs to be gone. There are many front groups that are either partially owned or at a minimum controlled by Karl and his cronies. Most Republicans do not realize the revolving door between these front groups and management positions inside the RNC, Republican Governors Association (RGA), National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), and the newly formed Republican Leadership Institute (RLI). Eric Erickson wrote a great article showing us how this revolving door structure is setup to control and monetize internal influence peddling within the Republican Party. It’s called “The Incestuous Bleeding of the Republican Party,” and is an eye opening expose’ of the graft and corruption within our political party.
Once this swamp is drained and cleaned out, we quickly need to address the Republican Party in each state. My focus is and will continue to be the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV), but colleagues around the country are so frustrated by what they see in their state, in some cases, are ready to start a third party, just to have a clean slate and avoid incubating cronyism in their new organization. I do hear that many states suffer from similar problems we enjoy here in Virginia.
A month or so ago I wrote an article entitled “Why is the Republican Party in Virginia Lazy”, published here at The Bull Elephant. The article addresses the problems in Virginia where RPV was created to be a weak political party that is focused on re-electing incumbent office holders with minimal accountability to the voters that put them in office. If interested, I would recommend reading that article as a supplement to this one.
So, what do we need to do during this reprieve that we have before us? First of all, we don’t need to keep doing what we have been doing here in Virginia. As I write this article we are over a week after the election and the party is going into hibernation. Oh, we will have our perfunctory meetings at the Unit and District level. The State Central Committee, the governing committee here in Virginia, will have their quarterly meetings and tinker with the Party Plan, but for the rank and file, everyone is snuggled in for a long winters nap and will only wake up next August or September once our candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General are decided. Then the approach of trying to cram nine to ten months of political activity into the proverbial three pound bag will begin, probably with the same results.
This frenetic approach to elections cannot continue if we ever want to win a statewide or national election in Virginia. Let’s look at a different approach that is being done in the Sixth Congressional District with great results. It is called “Think Local, WIN Bigger” and it is starting to win converts in pockets of political activism across the state. This approach has many facets and is too broad and deep for me to cover in this short article. What I would like to do is to touch on the highlights and let the readers comment below to flesh out what I mention here.
So what does “Think Local, WIN Bigger” mean?
Think Local, means that RPV and each District Committee must focus their attention on the local Unit Committee. Supporting the local Unit so they win their local elections for Soil Conservation, Sheriff, School Board, Board of Supervisors, Commonwealth Attorneys, etc. is the focus of RPV. By providing these local activists with what they need to win their local elections, simply consolidating and sharing these local activities benefits Delegates, Senators, and upper ballot offices for both State and Federal levels. This consolidating process defines the WIN Bigger part of this slogan.
Here are support items that are needed at the Unit level:
• The top priority activity is training of Unit Chairs and staff, if present. Training is broken down into two major parts. 1) managing an all-volunteer organization including growing membership, recruiting key staff members and future candidates, and fund raising fundamentals. 2) Understanding the major issues that motivate voters to vote. This will move the party away from the personality driven party of the past and focus us on important issues.
• The Unit’s voter interface is the precinct level organization. Precinct Organizing includes responsibilities, recruiting activists, identifying and understanding voters and their concerns within the precinct.
• Precinct volunteers take responsibility for Election Day Activities. These activities include volunteering as Election Officers, Poll Watchers, Outside Poll Workers, Voter transportation, Vote callers for GOTV, and recruiting precinct volunteers.
• Knowing your voters in your precinct provides the Precinct Captain with a known population for Unit membership growth.
• Knowing your voters in your precinct is accomplished by meeting them in formal and informal settings. Canvasing aka: door knocking allows you to ask voters that you know are Republicans or undecided or persuadeables political questions that allow building up data on each specific voter. This baseline data is stored in rVotes, a voter relationship management software package, and immediately becomes information for use at the local level and reusable upward to state and national campaigns.
• The Unit’s ownership of the data in rVotes allows the Unit to create a marketplace for its data, which makes this approach mostly self-funding.
• The proposed RPV Strategic Plan recommends that the party develop thoughtful issue positions (national, statewide and local levels) that help drive the profiling activities and data collection mentioned earlier during canvassing.
• The Strategic Plan also recommends a Statewide Membership Management System. As a party our leaders should be able to communicate to any identified group in our membership. In our fast moving information age the RPV Chair down to the Precinct captain must have the ability to timely inform our membership of political controversies and influence their resolution. Today that capability is non-existent.
The above list is a high-level outline of progress being made in the Sixth Congressional District as well as several others. If you are interested in exploring precinct organizing in depth for your Republican Unit please contact Tim Hannigan, Waples Mill Precinct Captain, in Fairfax. Send me a request at ([email protected]) for his contact information and I will forward it to him. He has recruited over 80 volunteers for his precinct operation and has achieved remarkable success.
The reprieve that the Trump campaign has given the Republican Party will be short lived. Remember that as of now, a week after the election, Hillary won the popular vote. The Electoral College saved us from her disastrous socialist policies for the next four years. Don’t think for a minute the Democrat vote machine will lose in 2020. They will be pulling out all the stops in four years, including trying to nullify the Electoral College.
Our party needs to use its time effectively or we will become a permanent minority party and we will have squandered our last reprieve.
P.S. I was informed after writing this article that Units in the Sixth District have already had 9 meetings since the Nov. 8 election. They are not hibernating; they are already organizing and working their precincts for the 2017 gubernatorial campaign.
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To me it seemed like the Republican Party was no different from the DNC. Same old rhetoric but nothing changed. So when Trump came on board and mentioned “border security” that did it for many Americans. We read the articles of Cuba shipping their citizens (possibly their jailbirds again and mental patients) to Mexico and up through our southern borders. There is a point for border security but it appeared the GOP was for open borders or else just fearful to bring it up.
The Republicans had become out of touch with many of their supporters and were just like the other elites. The GOP truly seemed on board with the Dems for open borders and globalism.
Trump was a breath of fresh air to me and someone that could save our country. I’m giving the GOP a chance to get it together and support Trump, but they seem to still be on the fence and trying to play both angles.
The Republican Congress better support Trump or it will be formation of a third party soon.
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Do you actually know more than three Committees? There are a lot of Committees way ahead of you.
Here, our active membership has increased by almost twofold from last year. We have doubled our bank account in seven months. We have active Magisterial Chairs, subcommittees for By-Laws, Social Media, Membership Outreach, Parliamentarian, Fundraising, and other initiatives.
We trained 180 volunteers for this election and had them all on the ground, both inside and outside the polls ALL DAY. We have already compiled the observation reports from our volunteers and have delivered a comprehensive report to the RPV and appropriate leadership about the election including Provisional Balloting and Canvass reports. We will meet with our Electoral Board member and hopefully, the Registrar, in early December for a review of Election Day. I know we are not the only ones. Perhaps you should reach out to more than the Sixth District Committees before you determine the level of involvement outside of your bubble.
Quite frankly, each Committee should be their own entity, complete with strengths and quirks representing their own counties. Recruiting and fundraising tactics in more liberal Northern Virginia probably wouldn’t fly in the more conservative of counties.
So, please, before you lecture us on how lazy we are, at least reach out to confirm we actually are lazy.
First of all, I don’t live in the Sixth District. I have also talked to people in the 10th, 11th, 8th, 7th, 5th, and 1st. Believe me, your unit/district is the exception that proves the rule. I know of people in the 1st that were driving into Harrisonburg to by Trump signs using their own credit cards. I know that the 6th District begged for door hangers only to find 250,000 of them in boxes piled against the wall at RPV Headquarters in Richmond. The 7th could barely get anyone to volunteer to canvass neighborhoods.
The election model used by RPV does not work and needs to be objectively reviewd and changed. This includes not only allowing the Presidential campaign to dictate activities in the state, but RPV electing our entire infrastructure during a Presidential year is one of the stupidest things we do.
There is no “Republican Leadership Institute.” There is a “Republican Leadership Initiative” that was used to train volunteers as potential field staff leading up to November. To say that RLI is remotely comparable or related to things like NRCC/NRSC is just silly. That being said – RPV does need to start holding local committees accountable. The VA Dems win because they work harder and smarter. VA GOP has to stop thinking they can win elections in the final 3 months before Election Day. That requires active volunteers, and sadly those haven’t come from the local committees in Virginia this year.
The Republicans gave us no reprieve. In point of fact, Trump jumped the Reprieve Fence, and
went on the attack. Not only did Trump jump the fence, so did the American people along with all of those who were directly responsible for the orchestrated the Trump win. In point of fact, we abandoned the Republican elites, the Democrat elites, the Media elites, and we did so long ago. Or was it they who abandoned us?
In going forward, we talk like Trump … and we talk like the Iron Lady of France, Marine LePen. We reject Multi-Culti and One World Global Marxism. We seek to reclaim possession of our lives and our destiny. We will not be dictated by fools who call themselves our betters but are our worst plague.
Whether or not it is recognized by some, Europe and America are on a new path. A corner had been permanently turned.
Thanks amigo… you come up with the best stuff..
Not that some of the actions are bad, but the premise is just wrong.
Republicans have been cleaning house for 7 straight years. We beat the Democrats for the White House, House, Senate, and defeated them in 1,000 state level races. We hold all levers of power in 24 states. Dems hold them in 3. This is the most Republican the nation has ever been.
One has to ask if the Democrats are still a national party or just a coastal party with a smattering of Chicago.
What we need to do is figure out how to destroy the last vestiges of liberalism.
It’s not ‘we’ GOP — this was done by non-party individuals and unholy alliances.
‘We’ had presidential nominee candidates, Congressional-electeds and nominees, Supervisors, National RNC delegates, supervisors, talking/blogging heads, etc. all advocating against Trump.
Our NOVA party apparatus sucks, really, really sucks. Remember, Loudoun and Fairfax are the last two RPV ‘units of the year’– looking at the 2016 election results — what does THAT tell you?
Conservatives have lost NoVA for the same reason that there are no blue dog Democrats left. As the country becomes more partisan, more divided along rural and urban lines, the urban areas are taking the suburbs with their rhetoric, and the rural areas are cleaning house in the small towns and rural states. Conservatives lost Fairfax and Loudoun for the same reason that Democrats lost West Virginia
Screw Nova. We’d rather have Ohio, Wisconsin, and West Virginia
The premise put forward by Mr. George is dead-on. The PEOPLE in the US are more conservative and that leads to more local wins, nationally. Yet, the GOP loses all of California’s 55 electoral votes and NY’s 29 EVERY ELECTION. Take one of those away and the Democrats don’t have a chance. Where’s the hard work from the GOP?
How do you account for people like Bill Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama each winning twice? I’ll tell you how: the GOP gives the country people like Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney as its candidates. Conservatives didn’t give these wonderful men their nominations, the Party did despite the people’s wishes.
Democrats are like political Terminators (from the movie, OK?) that simply never stop. When the GOP understands that and fights back in similar manner, it might win more. Look at Virginia’s 11th Congressional District; the GOP could not even field a person to run against Gerry Connolly, friend of the Muslim Brotherhood.