Saturday, November 04, 2006

Republican Rockstars

Ken Mehlman (Chairman of the Republican National Committee) came to our county's Republican Headquarters this past week to kick off our 72 Hr. Get out the Vote effort for Talent. I got a chance to meet him and get my picture taken with him. He's a great guy and when you consider the fact that he's the Republican counterpart to Howard Dean we definitely have the much saner of the two running our party :-).

I thought it would be fun to talk about some of the more stellar Republicans that are up for election and/or re-election on November 7th. These are just some of the good guys (rockstars) that I would really like to see pull out a win on tuesday. The Bush campaign guy who I worked with in 2004 always called his best volunteers rockstars and I loved it!

"We have a lot to gain through furthering stem cell research, but medical breakthroughs should be fundamentally about saving, not destroying, human life. Therefore, I support stem cell research that does not destroy the embryo."--Michael Steele

Michael Steele is running for the senate in Maryland and this guy is AWESOME!!! He is a conservative's dream on most issues and he is a dynamic speaker who has a great presence about him. I saw him on Meet the Press with his opponent Ben Cardin and I almost felt sorry for Cardin because Steele just shone compared to the old guy. Here is the video of his appearance on Meet the Press. I didn't agree with all his statements on the War in Iraq but otherwise he was great. Here are some of his positions on the issues that I was really impressed with:
"Steele is opposed to abortion including in cases of rape and incest. He supports federal funding for stem cell research (e.g., adult stem cell research or cord blood stem cell research) if it does not cause the destruction of a human embryo--as is the case in embryonic stem cell research. He supports free trade, tax cuts, school vouchers, welfare reform and tort reform. He opposes gay adoption and supports a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage."

Rick Santorum has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I remember years ago hearing about his debate with left wing looney Barbara Boxer on the issue of abortion. He was talking about partial birth abortion where the baby can be killed up until 9 months while coming down the birth canal. He kept asking her where she would draw the line, if the foot was out was it okay to kill it? If the toe was out, etc... Boxer was extremely upset about the debate because it showed how barbaric and wrong partial birth abortion was and it was hard for Boxer to run away from that.

Skye lives in Pennyslvania and is a big supporter of Santorum and has done some great posts on him. This one is entitled "Santorum is good for...".

Wordsmith pointed out an excellent article on him that just came out yesterday by Peggy Noonan entitled, "We Need His Kind".

Ken Blackwell is running for Governor of Ohio. Joe who lives in Ohio did a wonderful, comprehensive post on him and talked about how he is Ohio’s version of the great Ronald Reagan. He linked to an article written about him entitled "Ronald Reagan’s Unlikely Heir". Here were the paragraphs Joe quoted in his post:
"Ken Blackwell has just finished regaling a group of Ohio retailers with his vision of how to turn around the state’s struggling economy with a heavy dose of fiscal restraint and tax cuts. The crowd, accustomed to Republicans who tax and spend as furiously as Democrats, is rapt. But as Blackwell works the room afterward, on a warm fall afternoon in Columbus, one well-dressed woman stops him to outline her concerns. “I like your ideas on taxes,” she tells the former college football star, who at 6 foot 5 towers over her imposingly, “but I don’t like your other ideas so much”—meaning Blackwell’s strong pro-life positions and support of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. “I am not just an economic being,” Blackwell unapologetically replies. “I have a wider set of beliefs that I follow.” And then, before the woman moves away, Blackwell adds: “With me, you’ll always know what you are getting. You’ll always know where I stand.”

Right now, Ken Blackwell stands at a pivotal point in American politics. He’s taken an early lead in the race for governor of a state that was key to reelecting George W. Bush and that may well be even more crucial in picking the next American president. Moreover, Blackwell has built his early lead not by tacking toward the center of this swing state but by running on an uncompromisingly conservative platform that’s won him grassroots support from both Christian groups and taxpayer organizations—a novel coalition that makes the old-boy network in his own Ohio GOP as uneasy as it makes the state’s Democrats, who have begun a “stop Blackwell” campaign.

Ken Blackwell has so many people worried because he represents a new political calculus with the power to shake up American politics. For Blackwell is a fiscal and cultural conservative, a true heir of the Reagan revolution, who happens to be black, with the proven power to attract votes from across a startlingly wide spectrum of the electorate. Born in the projects of Cincinnati to a meat-packer who preached the work ethic and a nurse who read to him from the Bible every evening, Blackwell has rejected the victimology of many black activists and opted for a different path, championing school choice, opposing abortion, and staunchly advocating low taxes as a road to prosperity. The 57-year-old is equally comfortable preaching that platform to the black urban voters of Cincinnati as to the white German Americans in Ohio’s rural counties or to the state’s business community."

And ofcourse we have my own wonderful senator Jim Talent. It is unbelievable how tight the race is between him and Claire McCaskill. Here is what Real Clear Politics had to say about the race:
"The RealClearPolitics conventional wisdom: Talent sitting at 48% is not good news for guy whose past opponents got 49% against him in better times for Republicans. But stem cells could backfire against McCaskill, and independents/moderates don't show up in as high numbers during midterm years."
We are working our tails off here to get out the vote for him and we've been told we've made more calls this year than we did in 2004 at this time. I spent all day at headquarters yesterday and today I will be there from 3-9, sunday from 1-7, and election day all day. I will be sleeping on November 8th :-). And for those of you who haven't read my comprehensive post on Talent yet it is entitled, Why it is crucial for all Missourians to vote for Talent on November 7th.

In conclusion I would like to mention 2 Republican senators who are in trouble who I think deserve to be in trouble. Lincoln Chafee is a complete RINO and isn't doing well in Rhode Island and Mike DeWine is struggling in Ohio. DeWine was one of the 7 backstabbing Republicans who joined the infamous gang of 14 who botched us getting rid of the filibuster on judges. I predict if either of these 2 lose its because they aren't genuine conservatives and are trying to be too much like the Democrats and thus lose their base. I thank God I don't live in Rhode Island or Ohio where I would have an extremely difficult choice to make.

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