Posts tagged ‘2012 election’

November 17, 2012

Reaching Out To Liberals

by lewwaters

We always hear how we should reach out to our liberal ‘friends’ and seek common ground, how we need to stop the vitriol and mean-spirited attacks, even though they are slashing our throats, bankrupting us and wanting to control our lives when they cannot even manage their own.

So in that spirit of coming together and finding commonality with liberals, I present the following post election poem that I was sent.

The election is over, the talk is done
My party lost, your party won

So let us be friends
Let arguments pass

I’ll hug my elephant
You kiss your ass

(author unknown)

May 18, 2012

Candidate Filing Week Ends With a Surprise

by lewwaters

The 5 O’clock deadline for candidate filing ended with the surprise announcement by 18th Legislative District Senator Joe Zarelli’s announcement that he will not seek reelection. Zarelli has been a strong conservative voice in Olympia since 1995.

Zarelli was instrumental in drawing the support of 3 moderate Democrat Senators this last session to stop a liberal Democrat unsustainable budget being passed as the bi-partisan effort enlisted the 9th Order to take control of the Senate, eventually seeing a much better budget passed.

His voice on behalf of taxpayers will be missed.

Ann Rivers, another strong conservative will be vacating her 18th District Representative seat to run to replace Zarelli against Camas Democrat Ralph Schmidt. Ann was elected to replace Jaime Herrera Beutler in the 18th in 2010, beating out numerous other candidates. She has shown herself to be a very capable lawmaker for Southwest Washington.

Filing for Rivers seat is Clark County GOP Chair Brandon Vick, who also ran against Rivers in 2010 and Battle Ground city council member Adrian Cortes.

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April 24, 2012

Hadian and Pidgeon Draw Near Capacity Crowd in Vancouver

by lewwaters

Candidate for Washington State Governor, Shahram Hadian and candidate for State Attorney General Stephen Pidgeon drew a near capacity crowd this evening in the Vancouver Old Spaghetti Factory out Mill Plain. Estimates place the crowd at over 70 people who each paid $25 to dine to an excellent Italian Dinner and hear both conservative candidates speak.

As is usual, the evening began with a call for blessing led by Mr. Pidgeon, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. I was honored to be requested to lead the room in the pledge, but let’s face it, leading a conservative group in the pledge is really easy, everyone knows it by heart. 😉

After enjoying dinners of either Chicken Parmesan, Chicken Fettuccini or Lasagna, Hadian Campaign manager Judah Rancourt introduced Stephen Pidgeon to the tune Eye of the Tiger. Mr. Pidgeon gave a short 15 minute speech focusing on his message of “Defend Protect Restore.” He is also the author of Initiative 1192 that he calls the “Marriage is Between One Man and One Woman Act.”

Petitions are currently being circulated for signatures to allow Washington State citizens to vote whether or not we want homosexual marriage legal in our state and not just left up to agenda driven legislators in Olympia.

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March 19, 2012

The Presidential Debate That Almost Was

by lewwaters

As most readers know, if things had gone according to plan, instead of writing a blog post I would now be on my way to the South Side of Portland, Oregon to participate as one of a few bloggers invited by Oregon Public Broadcasting to live tweet the planned Republican Presidential Debate. If things had gone according to plan.

Only Newt Gingrich firmly committed with Ron Paul saying he would appear if others did. Both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum did not commit, so the planned March 19, 2012 Oregon Presidential Debate had to be cancelled.

In appreciation, OPB threw a thank you luncheon today for all who were involved. Crew, moderators, bloggers, staff, Police and Press, we all were treated to quite a spread of food, catered by Portland’s Elephant’s Delicatessen.

Allen Alley, Chair of the Oregon Republican Party was present to express his thanks for all of the work put into building a fantastic set, that I am convinced would have looked really great on TV.

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March 17, 2012

Mark Boldt Gets a Challenger

by lewwaters

This blog no longer supports David Madore and calls upon him to resign immediately!

I have now heard from two different people that successful Vancouver businessman, owner and CEO of US Digital, David Madore will challenge Marc Boldt for his County Commission seat in this years election.

While no formal written announcement has been made, Mr. Madore is said to have made a public announcement at the Clark County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner.

It’s long past time we had a real conservative occupy Marc Boldt’s seat.

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The Columbian has run a story too, along with the usual liberal defense of “Republican” Marc Boldt

August 21, 2011

2012 Election

by lewwaters

Received in email, “I know this is supposed to be the smartest administration ever, but I’m sorry; if I were running a campaign with a fairly unpopular incumbent, the last thing I’d do is have a reelection slogan whose initials were WTF.”

June 29, 2011

Obama: QUITTING in 2012

by lewwaters

Oh please, please, please.

January 24, 2010

Ron Paulies Rejoice: Gary Johnson Is Coming To Town

by lewwaters

Okay all of you starry eyed Ron Paul worshippers that haven’t heard yet, you have cause for rejoicing as you will soon have the opportunity to see and hear Gary Johnson, popular and well-like former governor of New Mexico and who many Libertarians feel is the “next Ron Paul.”

Johnson is slated to appear at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 East 18th Street in Vancouver on the evening of February 5, 2010 at 6 PM for a “Training Seminar.”

If you arrive early, you may be able to participate in a “dignitary type reception” of sorts that “costs a bit more than the entry ‘suggested donation,’” as was stated to me by a self described luminary with Campaign for Liberty.

Johnson is billed as “a successful two-term governor who actually cut taxes and shrank state government” by “eliminating New Mexico’s budget deficit and reduced the number of state employees by more than 1,200” during the time he served as New Mexico’s governor, 1995 to 2003, stepping aside due to term limits.

He advocates the legalization of Marijuana and decriminalization of drugs, referring to the War on Drugs as “an expensive bust.” He does not advocate recreational drug use and strongly supports a “don’t do drugs policy,” he being a strong advocate of physical fitness, having climbed Mt. Everest in 2003 at the age of 50 and is also an “avid triathlete who runs extensively and abstains from all recreational drug use, caffeine, alcohol, and some sugar products.”

Johnson early on opposed the invasion of Iraq and now says “the mission in Afghanistan has crept away from finding Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda,” adding, “I don’t believe that our national security interests are being threatened in either location.”

In a very recent interview he said of National Security, “I believe we should pull out of [Iraq and Afghanistan] and return our focus to fighting terrorism. The focus needs to be protecting America.”

Like Paul, he advocates a “noninterventionist national security policy.”

As a Politico profile puts it, “and he shares some of [Ron Paul’s] libertarian alarmist views, but without the penchant for gold standard wonkiness.”

Johnson resisted efforts by Libertarians to draft him for a presidential run in 1999 citing his “political life will end when his second term expires in 2002.”

Johnson has now set up a website, Our America where you may purchase a signed copy of his book, “Seven Principles of Good Government” for $100.00 and another, Gary Johnson for America.

Johnson initiated a separation from his wife of 28 years, Dee in 2005, who died of “hypertensive cardiovascular disease” at the age of 54 the next year, according to an article appearing in the Santa Fe New Mexican, Feb 11, 2007.

The couple had 2 grown children, a son and a daughter.

Although some I have corresponded with see Johnson as the third coming, Ron Paul being the second, it remains to be seen if he can articulate pretty much the same message as Paul did in the 2008 election any better.

If, as Politico says, he doesn’t have the “penchant for gold standard wonkiness” that Ron Paul is noted for, he should fair much better in 2012.

July 19, 2009

Looney Ron Paul; Jealous of Sarah Palin Too?

by lewwaters

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Ron Paul, the looney Libertarian who has twice ran for president and never even came close to the Oval Office, other than a visit, has come out attacking Alaska’s soon to be former governor, Sarah Palin.

Although I consider Paul to be a whiny nutcase, primarily on his foreign policies and advocacy of stripping America of sound security measures, he was the last one I thought would become infected with Palin Derangement Syndrome.

Sarah Plain stands straight and speaks forcefully, compared to Paul’s whiny performances in the debates last year. Still they share some similarities in independence from the party, both being somewhat mavericks.

Shortly after being selected as John McCain’s Vice Presidential choice, Mrs. Palin was asked about Paul in an MTV interview. She said of him,

He’s a good guy. He’s so independent. He’s independent of the party machine. I’m like, ‘Right on, so am I.’ ”

In return, Paul is quoted in a Politico article dismissing Mrs. Palin’s supporters as

more establishment, conventional Country-Club type of Republicans.”

On Mrs. Palin herself, he states,

I wonder whether she’s energizing the 15-20 year olds. That would be a question I would have. Because she doesn’t talk about the Federal Reserve and some of these issues. She doesn’t talk too much about personal liberties, civil liberties, getting rid of drug laws, attacking the war on drugs, punishing people who torture.”

No, she instead addresses real issues facing the nation. In her announcement speech on her resignation from the governor’s office of Alaska, she spoke of Energy independence and national security, fiscal restraint, smaller government, and local control have being her priorities and that they will remain her priorities.

Country Club Republican is a derogatory expression used towards Republicans considered to have higher than average income or wealth, lack of sympathy with lower income citizens, and liberal views on abortion, gay rights, and other social issues.

Asked by John Stossel in December 2007, “Should gays be allowed to marry?” Paul answered, “sure.”

Sarah Palin says marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Paul advocate legalizing drugs, Sarah Palin does not.

By definition, Paul is more of a “Country Club Republican” than any Palin supporter I know, my wife and I included.

Ron Paul made a lot of noise in the 2008 campaigns. He raised a lot of money and misled a lot of people. But he could only gather some 35 delegates. He did even poorer when he ran as a Libertarian candidate in 1988.

For him to now come out attacking Sarah Palin, who isn’t even running a campaign currently, tells me he is as jealous as can be of her success and fame while he fades away into the morass of political irrelevancy, regardless of what his glassy eyed, brainwashed supporters might think.

Sarah Palin energized conservatives in America like few other people have. She faced unprecedented attacks against her family and herself, all because she is a woman of strength and character who would shake up the “good old boy” network Ron Paul slinks around in.

Paul rails against earmarks in bills, but then inserted 22 earmarks worth $96.1 million into an Omnibus bill earlier this year, making him the number one Republican to receive earmarks.

It is little wonder the country rejected a candidate who is as much of a hypocrite as Paul or one who is passing into obscurity and decides he must trash a woman who is twice the man he will ever be.

Sometimes I don’t know who is the bigger loon, Paul or that relatively small number of starry-eyed, in your face, bloviators who worship his ever word and think they will be able to sell their rejected ideology by high jacking the Republican Party.

Attacking Sarah Palin and alienating conservatives will only appeal to that very Country Club Republican sect Paul accuses us of being. It sure won’t gain him any support amongst rank and file Republicans.

If it isn’t jealousy, it’s fear. Fear that she will clean his clock should both decide to run in 2012, when Paul will be a feeble 76 year old and Sarah a spry 48 year old.

Other Discussions: Evergreen Conservative; Texas For Sarah Palin; Adam Brickley and Thomas Lifson @ American Thinker