Monthly Archives: March 2015

Scott Walker Adds A Skull To His Throne: The GOP Consultant Class

Via Hot Air, interesting take from Walker on why Liz Mair had to go.

“One of my clear rules is, if you’re going to be on our team, whether on the paid staff or a volunteer, what I always say is you need to respect the voters,” he said. “Because really if you think about campaigns, it’s not about the candidate or the staff. It’s about the voter. It’s about how to help people’s lives be better.

“One of the things I’ve stressed … in the last few days as I’ve looked at the possibility of running is you have my firm commitment that I’m going to focus on making sure that the people on my team, should we go forward, are people who respect voters.”

We got into this on the Ace of Spades HQ Podcast last night. I won’t say it got heated but it got…loud.

The point I was making and have made before is, successful candidates don’t employ people who insult the voters they are trying to woo. Others felt that an equal or greater value is telling hecklers and the perpetually offended to shut up.

I thought Walker was right to avoid this mess and the way he’s turning it now is even better. His image is an every-man, regular guy working for you. In a way he’s turning this into a minor Sister Souljah Moment, with the righty wing of the DC profession political class (often perceived as contemptuous and dismissive of average voters) in the role of Souljah.

Is it disingenuous? Probably a little considering Walker hired Mair before and didn’t have a problem with her until it became inconvenient but that’s politics.

We’ll all forget about this in a few weeks at the latest. But even if you disagree with what Walker did initially, that he’s trying to turn it to his advantage is a good thing. Well, unless you’re a member of the perpetually aggrieved professional political class. In which case, Walker just told you to stop your whining.

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Selma Anniversary Events…The GOP Leadership Blows It Again

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Today the nation is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March From Selma to Montgomery, a pivotal point in the history of the civil rights movement and American history.

 

For some reason, GOP congressional leaders decided they didn’t need to be there, even though Senator Tim Scott is one of the day’s co-chairman and former President George W. Bush will attend. (Reports are the House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is attending. Good for him.)

 

On the list of dumb and offensive things the GOP has managed to do in the last few weeks, this probably tops the list. Yes, the Democrats will make this a partisan shit-show. So what? You do the right thing because it’s the right thing.

 

As noted foreigner Charles C.W. Cooke arguees, it’s impossible to underplay the importance of events on the Edmund Pettus bridge a half century ago.

 

<blockquote>If all men really are created equal, the anniversary of Selma must be treated as a date every bit as important to American history as is the end of the Siege of Yorktown. As it would be unthinkable for the leadership of the Republican party to ignore July Fourth, it should be unthinkable for its luminaries not to celebrate the anniversary of the March to Montgomery either. Where have you gone, Speaker Boehner, a movement turns its lonely eyes to you.</blockquote>

 

Conservatives and Republicans love to point out how the supporters of segregation and oppressors of blacks were Democrats. We hear endlessly about how it was the Republican Party that supported the key civil rights era legislation. Well, you can’t live on past glories of decades gone by if you’re reaction to the commemoration of those events is, I got other plans that day.

 

Again, I get the Democrats will use the day to slam Republicans and again I don’t care. You should never pass up an opportunity to the right thing. And you might even gain something out of it.

 

What would I say if I were Boehner, McConnell or some other GOP leader? Something along these lines….(It’s not a final speech but you’ll get the sense of the themes I think a small government conservative should touch on)

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