The best of all its possible futures passed before the Washington State Republican Party in the guise of visions cast the weekend of January 25th – 27th All the elements that will decide the Republican fate (what the Party will do, and receive in return for their efforts) were on display. But since those visions were cast in two conferences, held simultaneously (as luck would have it) in two hotels in two cities (NOT as should happen, in a common State Convention), not one single person actually saw them all. There were no rebuttals or counter-arguments to any proposal at either pole. And the Party as a whole will not, by majority vote of elected representatives, decide its own direction. (more…)
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Posted in Midstream Republicans, Political principles of American R3VOLUTION, Republican Principles, Washington State GOP, tagged king county republican party, Lori Sotelo, Matt Shea, Republican Liberty Caucus, Roanoke Conference, Rob McKenna, Slade Gorton, washington state republican party on February 13, 2013 | 3 Comments »
Posted in Republican Principles, Satire, tagged Antony Welcher, Dan Brady, Diane Tebelius, Dick Derham, Fredi Simpson, John White, Kirby Wilbur, Lisa Thwing, Lori Sotelo, Luannne VanWerven, Michael Schiavo, Nan Malin, Olga Farnam, Rob McKenna, Ross Marzolf, Terri Schiavo, Tony Benegas on January 24, 2013 | 19 Comments »
There is no question that when you are alone, you have a private moment. Beyond that, there is considerable debate.
Luke Esser and Lori Sotelo announced that masterfully in 2008 and were able thereby to prevent the State Convention and the King County Party, respectively, from interfering with what Luke and Lori wanted to do… uh… privately.
Posted in Keep and Bear Arms, Republican Principles, Washington State GOP, tagged Alessandra Durham, Kirby Wilbur, Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club, Lori Sotelo, Mitt Romney, Rob McKenna, Ron Paul, Ross Marzolf, Second Amendment on January 18, 2013 | 4 Comments »
However we know from public experience, that he does not, in practice, support the right of others to do so.
The Second Amendment was one of many casualties of Kirby’s stewardship of the 2012 Washington State Republican Convention and Caucus process.
Mr. Wilbur, in every possible way, treated that process as though its sole purpose was to anoint the candidacy of Mitt Romney and Rob McKenna by any means necessary.
Posted in Counterfeit Conservatism, Political principles of American R3VOLUTION, Republican Party Reform, Republican Principles, tagged bipartisan agreement, patriot groups, Ronald Reagan on November 25, 2012 | 7 Comments »
The Republican Party has spent half a lifetime waiting. The Catholics and Evangelicals have waited. The NRLC and the NRA and all the ancillary organizations with an “R” in their acronyms, and the think tanks and interest groups have waited. The aging Republican regulars who remember the 1980 election and the three-network-media-monopoly and the ride of the Gipper to save us all, have waited as their hair turns grey… (more…)
Posted in Republican Party Reform, Republican Principles, tagged Bill Clinton, Contract with America, fiscal responsibility, George HW Bush, Newt Gingrich, Ross Perot on October 2, 2012 | 7 Comments »
In 1992, President George HW Bush was hoping for an easy re-election against Governor Bill Clinton. The cold war was over and the United States had just won a quick and decisive war against a brutal middle-east tyrant.
Then out of the blue appeared Ross Perot, an outspoken Texas billionaire who had a clear message: Balance the budget. He recognized the need to reduce the size of our bloated federal government. His ability to finance his own campaign and his numerous television appearances, especially on Larry King’s show, helped him eventually earn 19% of the vote that November. Clearly, this cost the election for the Republican party, allowing Bill Clinton to take the presidency with only 43% of the vote.
The GOP was punished for straying from one of their core principles. President Bush had abandoned one of the major factions of the party. That faction was the fiscal conservatives.
In an earlier post I mentioned that the 2 major parties are each made up of factions. President Reagan defined the Republican party as a “three legged stool“. The three legs being social conservatives, national security conservatives, and fiscal conservatives. When Republican politicians ignore any one of those factions, they lose.
By 1994, the party had learned its lesson. It wanted, moreover needed those Perot voters back. Newt Gingrich and other leaders in Congress formulated the Contract With America. The contract contained 10 major acts:
- The Fiscal Responsibility Act
- The Taking Back Our Streets Act
- The Personal Responsibility Act
- The American Dream Restoration Act
- The National Security Restoration Act
- The “Common Sense” Legal Reform Act
- The Job Creation and Wage Enhancement Act
- The Citizen Legislature Act
- The Family Reinforcement Act
- The Senior Citizens Fairness Act
Each of these acts appealed to at least one of the party’s major factions. The voters were convinced that they were serious about these reforms. The Republicans won…big time. After over 40 years as a minority party, they were finally in charge of Congress.
Once in office, they went to work and actually passed those bills. Many were vetoed by President Clinton, but when it came to spending, Congress dug in its heels. They would not let Clinton grow government beyond its means. By the end of the decade, the federal budget deficit, which had been $203B in 1994, had been slashed to a $236B surplus!!
So, in 1992 an independent candidate appears on the scene carrying the banner of fiscal conservatism, and loses. But did he really lose? In my opinion, he lost the battle, but won the war.
I am proud to have voted for Ross Perot in 1992. At the time, many people called it a wasted vote. History has proven otherwise.
Bruce Morton and his wife (Lake Stevens, Washington) have four children. A conservative activist, Bruce didn’t give up or go away after 2008. He is an electrical engineer and holds degrees from Brigham Young University and the University of Florida. He spent two years as a missionary in Guatemala. He blogs occasionally at Bruce Morton
Posted in Candidates and Campaigns, Party News, Republican Principles, tagged king county republicans, Kirby Wilbur, Lori Sotelo, PCO, state republican party, washington state republican party on July 22, 2012 | 8 Comments »
Kirby Wilbur, just like the RNC, seems to think he is above his own rules.
When King County Republicans in precincts with contested Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) elections collected their mail this week, they were astonished to find professionally produced postcards endorsing one Republican candidate in preference to others. (more…)
“If some of our leaders fall in the battle, we must move on. We must be relentless.”
Rand Paul a Traitor?
Along with many of you in the Liberty Movement, I watched and listened with sick horror to Rand Paul’s endorsement of Mitt Romney. But thinking about it, in a political sense, in a global context of what is happening in our world, I would like to offer a hypothesis. (more…)
The terror gripping the Republican Party bosses at this moment has been described many times by The Reagan Wing. National publications are beginning to discuss those bosses’ worst nightmare.
. . .The notion that the Grand Old Party might actually base its politics on values, as opposd [sic] to pay-to-play deal-making, unsettles the Republican leaders who back only contenders who have been pre-approved by the Wall Street speculators, banksters and corporate CEOs who pay the party’s tab—and kindly pick up some of the bills for the Democrats, as well.
Republican Party bureaucrats are petrified of this man:
I got an opportunity to hear Presidential candidate Gary Johnson speak, to meet him and question him directly, early in 2010. He is not pro-life. I do not support his candidacy. But his recently released open letter to RNC Chair Reince Priebus is of unsurpassed significance. Everyone in the Republican Party should read it.
Posted in 2012 Presidential Race, Candidates, Constitutional Law, Counterfeit Conservatism, Counterfeit Conservatives, Economic Impact, Economics, Election News, Elections, Federal Reserve, Government, Mitt Romney, National Politics, Politicians, Politics, Republican Party Reform, Republican Principles, Rick Perry, RINOs, Ron Paul on August 16, 2011 | 3 Comments »
The Proposed “New and Improved” WSRP Battle Plan
I read the proposed Washington State Republican Battle Plan this morning. Since one must be a PCO and enter a password to look at the document, I will respect the privacy of that organization to plan and I won’t reveal anything too specific.
But I want to address what is NOT in that plan. What is completely missing from that plan and indeed from the Republican Party.
The plan presents no coherent vision. It is just a re-hash of the Battle Plan for previous years, with a few small tweaks so that everyone can “feel” that it is a new, improved plan. But there is nothing new about it. It is the same old bland, meaningless rhetoric that you would expect from people that are all about electing the same people, blindly following the same leadership, rejecting any meaningful change as radical, paying lip-service to principles, while pillorying anyone that actually shows a propensity to have any! After all, these are the people who worshiped and followed Luke Esser, who has now leapt from the closet like some bizarre jack-in-the-box and is working for the SEIU. (more…)
by Karen McCall, PCO
[From the email underground, this letter to Lori Sotelo came to The Reagan Wing as a comment to another article.]
Dear Lori Sotelo,
My name is Karen McCall – PCO in the 31st District. I have been a PCO for over 20 years. I am very unhappy with what has happened during this election time. According to the KCGOP PDC reports, the State Senate Caucus passed through the KCGOP $115,000.00. You gave the money to four Republican State Senate Candidates who had never been elected before including $33,000.00 to Steve Litzow in the 41st District.
Steve Litzow was endorsed by, and sits on the board of, the Washington State National Abortion Rights Action League Political Action Committee. As you well know, NARAL is radically fanatic about abortion on demand, anywhere, anytime, anyplace, taxpayer funding, no parental notification, on and on ad nauseum. They go against everything we stand for as Republicans.
On December 2 we presented facts behind the probable re-appointment of Ross Marzolf as King County 37th District Chairman and why the new King County Republican Party might consider not ratifying that appointment.
From the email underground comes more detail about this sorry, still festering abscess deep in the KCGOP. (more…)
Ron Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger national defence. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well the needs of our armed forces, and he always puts them first. We need to keep him fighting for our country.”
~ Ronald Reagan
Why do some candidates feel the need to hide what they really believe? Why do some candidates distance themselves from conservatives? I think in part the answer lies in this comment made on Facebook a couple of weeks ago by Erin Aboudara. “Where is the evidence that independent voters, who make up the majority of the electorate in this state, are just itching to vote for Clint Didier or any other conservative candidates.”
My response would be this: where is the evidence that independent voters, who make up the majority of the electorate in this state,are just itching to support moderate to liberal-leaning republican candidates? (more…)
If you wonder why the Dino Rossi campaign is treating principled conservatives with such open contempt, look no further. Former Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan explains, accurately, what the Rockefeller Wing is about and has always been about; how they treat the grassroots base and have always treated the grassroots base. (more…)
Going without these platform commitments from those we support is why they never come to pass – and never will.
A debate is taking place with many Republican voters concerning my recent conditional endorsement of Dino Rossi. Rumors abound as to my intentions and objectives. I am receiving both applause and consternation. Therefore, an explanation is in order.
I want Patty Murray to lose in November as much as any Republican. That is exactly why I have chosen the course I have in making a conditional endorsement. I ask that you read all I write in order to more fully understand my heart and my thinking.
Those more heavily involved in Republican Party politics know there are two camps within the GOP. (more…)
UPDATED August 26, 2010 from the email underground:
“Due to high enthusiasm, we’re extending our sign up for our online drawing to win 2 free tickets to dinner with me and Scott Brown.”
Following is the email Rossi’s campaign sent out yesterday advertising a lottery to win two tickets to the event: (more…)
Posted in 2010 U.S. Senate Race, Candidates and Campaigns, Clint Didier, Dino Rossi, Patriotism, Republican Party Reform, Republican Principles, Tea Parties, The Good Guys, Washington State GOP on August 6, 2010 | 25 Comments »
You’ve all heard people say it and you might believe it yourself. “I like Clint Didier, but I have to vote for Dino Rossi, because he is the only one who can beat Patty Murray.” Really?
With stubborn wrongheadedness, mainstream Republicans cling steadfastly to the belief that only the moderate, not really conservative candidate can win, even though it has proven to be a faulty strategy. The same thing, after all, was said about McCain. On blog after blog, on the radio and on Facebook they keep insisting that Rossi is the only one who can win, as if by chanting it in recitation together their cosmic mantra will somehow make it so.
Rossi made the list of Crew’s Crooked Candidates. Granted, this site is run by admitted progressives, but they do list the reasons for his inclusion and they are troubling. Guilt by association with criminals might not be sufficient to convict him in a court of law, but perceptions by voters DO influence elections. If you look at the left’s websites, they have plenty of dirt ready to sling at Rossi. Wouldn’t it be great to have a candidate who is not so tainted?
Rossi’s appearing at a sales event promoting making money off of foreclosures after declaring his candidacy might not be illegal, but it was certainly tasteless given the suffering of so many in this economic downturn. It plays seamlessly into the “sleazy real estate dealings” accusation.
Jumping in at the last minute and not running a real campaign or engaging the other candidates might be perceived as a clever political strategy. In fact I have seen his hiding out referred to as “expert political gamesmanship” and “he only loses if he engages the other candidates in the primary, so why should he do that?”
Only thing is, ducking and hiding might be praised by politicos but it is not well perceived in the general public, who are certainly more than a little tired of politicking over principles and fluff over substance. (more…)
Posted in 2010 U.S. Senate Race, Abortion, Clint Didier, Dino Rossi, Medical Homicide, Pro-Death Catholics, Pro-Death Republicans, Republican Principles, Right to Life on August 5, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
The Washington Life Coalition (WLC) released a brand new internet video today to appeal to pro-life voters in the state of Washington who have been led to believe they should support Dino Rossi in his bid for U.S. Senate. The video chronicles some of Rossi’s statements on the issue of abortion, and then reveals an egregious vote that Rossi cast as a state senator, overlooked by the pro-life movement in Washington. The news of this vote calls into question Rossi on an issue he refers to as “a matter of conscience.”
In 2002, Dino Rossi voted for SB 6537 which forces hospitals to promote “emergency contraception” to rape victims and provide it upon request within 72 hours of sexual contact. Emergency contraception, also known as ”the morning after pill,” causes an abortion if the woman is pregnant. The bill passed and is now the law in WA state. Physicians, nurses and health care workers in hospital emergency rooms are forced to act against their conscience, which is formed by their professional training as well as their moral, ethical and religious views.