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Jason Plummer Steps In It

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When you’re the Republican Establishment’s candidate, you have one simple assignment: don’t screw up.

gop-elephant-deadJason Plummer, a 29-year-old lumber heir, is the GOP Establishment’s appointed candidate for US Congress in Illinois’ 12th Congressional District.  He’s facing a shockingly tough race from former police detective and former Belleville Mayor, Rodger Cook.  (Never underestimate a detective’s tenacity.)

In a debate last week, Plummer failed his one simple assignment.  Despite a nearly unlimited war chest from his family’s fortune and the Illinois GOP treasury, Plummer said something stupid.

Jason Plummer accused FamilyPAC of taking bribes. 

FamilyPAC is one of the most active conservative political action committees in Illinois. Republicans for every office look to the organization for its pro-life stamp of approval.

Plummer failed to impress FamilyPAC’s endorsement when he ran for Lieutenant Governor 2010. According to the stltoday.com, Paul Caprio, head of FamilyPAC, was unimpressed with Plummer:

“I had the feeling he was green, politically,” Caprio said. “. . . I just came to the conclusion that this young man is not ready to be running for lieutenant governor.”
Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/conservative-group-demands-apology-over-endorsements-for-cash-allegation/article_bdb4ca20-6d5c-11e1-995f-001a4bcf6878.html#ixzz1pHooDJWb

When Plummer failed to gain FamilyPAC’s nod, he went berserk according to Caprio:

“He was very irate. He was threatening, `I’m never going to forget this, I’m going to get back at you,’ ” said Caprio.

FamilyPAC appears poised to sue Jason Plummer for defamation, according to stltoday.com.

Plummer has also drawn criticism from grassroots groups for refusing to release his tax returns.  He is the only candidate who’s refused to do so.

Rodger Cook has already earned Adam Andrzejewski’s praise, in part because of Rodger’s transparency. By highlighting the Rodger Cook’s maturity and integrity, Plummer’s latest gaffe may bring on even more high-profile conservative endorsements for Cook.

RebootCongress.com has Rodger Cook’s reaction to Plummer’s latest gaffe.

The Illinois Primary is next Tuesday, March 20.  Rodger Cook and the other GOP candidates hope to replace long-time Democrate, Jerry Costello, who is retiring after this term.

Get Off Your Duff and GoVote.com

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Generational Change

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A man lost in thought is liable to say anything.  Anything at all. 

A guy sitting behind me at a restaurant in Lambert airport began singing along with the background music.  “Burning down the house (do do).” 

Perfect.

November 2, American voters burned down the U.S. House.  Before the vote, estimates ranged from 45 to 70 seats switching from Democrats to Republicans. Burning down the house, indeed.  The final number was 63.

Among the states, the GOP took control of a majority of state legislatures and governorships.  That means that Republicans will determine (with help from interventionist federal judges) how Congressional districts will look for 2012 and beyond.

While Republican U.S. House and Senate candidates are, on average, slightly more conservative than usual, at the state level, candidates skew even further right.  Moreover, the state candidates tend to be young, intelligent, and determined. And the decline of the Democrat party has some of its state legislators jumping over the GOP.

Combined, this could position GOP conservatives to dominate legislative politics in America for a generation or more. Paul Curtman, a Marine who dressed down Senator Claire McCaskill in July 2009 won Missouri’s 105th House seat—a rare feat for a Republican.  Paul is just one of hundreds of highly qualified new faces in government. 

When the Tea Party movement started in February 2009, we said we’d make a difference—quickly if we could, gradually if we must.  While some of us are more patient than others, it seems we might score both short-term and long-term gains in 2010.  That would be a remarkable gift from the Tea Party to America. 

Shady City Votes and Ego-Trip Riders

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Three precincts in the city of St. Louis delivered 3,800 votes for Carnahan in the last hour of counting.  Wahby’s district.  Wahby’s wife works for Mayor Francis Slay.  They waited until they knew how many votes they needed, then they manufactured them–typical Dems, in my view.

Now I ask you:  how many dead or non-existent people voted in Wahby’s precincts? 

Ed Martin won, and everyone knows it.  City Democrats have no qualms with committing felonies to steal elections.  And no one seems to care.

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In an election when America needed everyone to subdue personal ambition for the greater good, two egomaniacs ran against Ed Martin.  These selfish people put themselves and their egos above the country.  They are not American patriots; they’re weasels.

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Kudos to Ed Martin for having the brass to fight these Democrat crooks.  He will prevail.  America will prevail. 

614 Days

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Six hundred fourteen days from the first Tea Parties to Election Day.  That’s 307 days in 2009 and 307 in 2010. 

In that time, we’ve met so many people.  We’ve made too many friends. (Psychologists and sociologists and anthropologists believe that a person can manage no more than 150 human relationships, so there is such a thing as too many friends.) Most of us, I’m afraid, have seen friendships end, too.  Some ended because of our politics; some for other reasons.

But we’ve seen stars emerge.  As much as many of us would like to think of ourselves as stars, there are really only  a few: those in the arena.  They’re the stars.  We asked for leaders, and we got them.  We asked for people to go to Washington and Jefferson City and Springfield and to there serve us well.

Some stepped forward.

Today we pay tribute to those who took up the challenge.  We cast our votes.  The wise and patient will ignore petty differences with this candidate or that and elect the best candidate who can win.  And we all know what that means. In some places, it means voting for a so a called third party, like Tom Tancredo of Colorado. But in most places, it’s usually the Republican. 

Tomorrow night, we’ll gather in hotels and Tea Party headquarters and watch the tally.  We’ll cheer most races. We’ll mourn a few, too. 

In the end, we’ll have made the country stronger.  The frayed friendships will, as the passions of election season wane, mend themselves, I think.  We’ll realize how much we’ve accomplished—this odd collection of people called “The Tea Party.” 

It’s been a strange and stressful 614 days, friends.  Thank you for taking me with you. 

Human Decay in the Age of Obama

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In 47BC, Julius Caesar assumed dictatorial power in Rome.  He instituted “reforms” that transformed the Republic into the Empire. In the process, he became a dictator.  Rome’s decent into oblivion began. In 44BC, seeing the damage Caesar’s tyranny and reforms, three men removed Caesar from power by the method of the day.

History moves faster now than it did 2,000 years ago. A megalomaniacal leaders bent on fundamentally transforming a nation can do remarkable damage in the blink of an eye. It’s not just the economy and institutions that rot from Obama’s sort of transformation, but the people themselves.  Their souls erode, leaving hollow, bitter creatures that scratch at each others eyes.

Peggy Noonan wrote about the effects of Obama’s dreams on the small country of Greece.  She included this long quote from Michael Lewis from his article in Vanity Fair:

The Greek state was not just corrupt but also corrupting. Once you saw how it worked you could understand a phenomenon which otherwise made no sense at all: the difficulty Greek people have saying a kind word about one another. . . . Everyone is pretty sure everyone is cheating on his taxes, or bribing politicians, or taking bribes, or lying about the value of his real estate. And this total absence of faith in one another is self-reinforcing. The epidemic of lying and cheating and stealing makes any sort of civic life impossible.

Wretched. 

Yet it’s where America and Americans now aim: the shoals of soulless dissipation, turned by government handouts (stolen from us first) into angry, cynical vipers. Free isn’t free when it costs you your humanity.

November 2 is your chance to stop the erosion.  We’re at 4512 Hampton Ave. in St. Louis Hills through the election.  We’re there to stop Greece from happening in America.  We offer no guarantees except your rightful place in history.