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Here Is Exactly How The Special Election To Replace Jo Ann Emerson Will Be Conducted. (We Think)

I’ve gotten a lot of emails and comments asking for more information on the special election process in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District. So I went to the smartest person I know about this stuff: Frieda Keough.

Here’ what I learned:

Eddie Justice, the Chair of the 8th Congressional District will call a meeting. Anyone wanting to be appointed to run for the 8th Congressional District shows up at the meeting and will be put before the committee.

Eddie Justice will call the meeting probably two weeks after the Governor calls for a special Election, once JoAnn Emerson resigns, probably February 1, 2013. The special election can be anytime between April and August. Eddie will call the meeting for nomination no less than two weeks after the announcement by the Governor.

This is what I was told by Eddie Justice. The MRP office in Jeff City told me that I had to write a letter with my information to Eddie Justice. Eddie did not say that.

How Does This Differ From Regular Elections?

1. No need for candidates to file with Secretary of State (as far as we can tell). Candidates just show up at the committee meeting and plead their case.

2.  Therefore, no petition drive is necessary.

3.  No primary campaigning, but there will be an election between the party nominees.

4.  No primary election, so people who want their views heard will have to express them to committeemen committeewomen between now and about February 20.

5.  Since the committee people ARE the party, “the party” has complete control. But, this crop of committee people are believed to be far more grassroots and far less establishment than in years past.

Here’s the OFFICIAL Story From MRP’s Press Release

Frieda gave a lot more detail and her source is Eddie Justice, the guy who will actually preside over the committee meeting.

Still, you should know what the Missouri Republicans said in a press release today:

The process for selecting a replacement:

The following process will occur once a vacancy is declared (in this case, it will not be until February):

Once the Governor and Secretary of State are notified of the vacancy, the Secretary of State will have 24 hours to notify the 8th Congressional District GOP Committee.

The Governor will select the date for the election, and according to RSMO 21.110, he must provide at least 10 weeks notice.

Once the 8th Congressional District GOP Committee is informed of the vacancy, the Chairman of the committee will call a meeting of the committee to select a Republican candidate to run in the special election. The meeting must occur within the congressional district, and a majority of members of the committee must attend in person.

What we don’t know is the method of voting in the committee meeting. It’s possible that the committee will decide those rules and procedures at the meeting. If I learn more, I’ll post it.

In the meantime, I’ll leave with one more pearl from Frieda.

All seems pretty loosey goosey and could be open to different interpretations.

I can’t argue with that.

 

This Sums Up Everything I Believe Better Than I Ever Could

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Buckley (right) and L. Brent Bozell Jr. promote their book McCarthy and His Enemies, 1954 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Liberal Kirsten Powers (my favorite liberal at times) described the leftist media’s mania as “absolutely, utterly insane.”

What triggered the maniacal insanity from MSNBC and The New York Times (among others) was Mitt Romney’s public dismay over the way Barack Obama’s State Department responded to terror attacks on US embassies in Egypt and Libya.

The whole episode drove me to look back to William F. Buckley’s credenda for National Review. Published in its first issue, November 19, 1955, Buckley summarized the magazine’s position. I can find no way to improve Buckley’s words, so I ask you to take this list to heart:

Among our convictions:

  1. It is the job of centralized government (in peacetime) to protect its citizens’ lives, liberty and property. All other activities of government tend to diminish freedom and hamper progress. The growth of government(the dominant social feature of this century) must be fought relentlessly. In this great social conflict of the era, we are, without reservations, on the libertarian side.
  2. The profound crisis of our era is, in essence, the conflict between the Social Engineers, who seek to adjust mankind to conform with scientific utopias, and the disciples of Truth, who defend the organic moral order. We believe that truth is neither arrived at nor illuminated by monitoring election results, binding though these are for other purposes, but by other means, including a study of human experience. On this point we are, without reservations, on the conservative side.
  3. The century’s most blatant force of satanic utopianism is communism. We consider “coexistence” with communism neither desirable nor possible, nor honorable; we find ourselves irrevocably at war with communism and shall oppose any substitute for victory.
  4. The largest cultural menace in America is the conformity of the intellectual cliques which, in education as well as the arts, are out to impose upon the nation their modish fads and fallacies, and have nearly succeeded in doing so. In this cultural issue, we are, without reservations, on the side of excellence (rather than “newness”) and of honest intellectual combat (rather than conformity).
  5. The most alarming single danger to the American political system lies in the fact that an identifiable team of Fabian operators is bent on controlling both our major political parties(under the sanction of such fatuous and unreasoned slogans as “national unity,” “middle-of-the-road,” “progressivism,” and “bipartisanship.”) Clever intriguers are reshaping both parties in the image of Babbitt, gone Social-Democrat. When and where this political issue arises, we are, without reservations, on the side of the traditional two-party system that fights its feuds in public and honestly; and we shall advocate the restoration of the two-party system at all costs.
  6. The competitive price system is indispensable to liberty and material progress. It is threatened not only by the growth of Big Brother government, but by the pressure of monopolies(including union monopolies. What is more, some labor unions have clearly identified themselves with doctrinaire socialist objectives. The characteristic problems of harassed business have gone unreported for years, with the result that the public has been taught to assume(almost instinctively) that conflicts between labor and management are generally traceable to greed and intransigence on the part of management. Sometimes they are; often they are not. NATIONAL REVIEW will explore and oppose the inroads upon the market economy caused by monopolies in general, and politically oriented unionism in particular; and it will tell the violated businessman’s side of the story.
  7. No superstition has more effectively bewitched America’s Liberal elite than the fashionable concepts of world government, the United Nations, internationalism, international atomic pools, etc. Perhaps the most important and readily demonstrable lesson of history is that freedom goes hand in hand with a state of political decentralization, that remote government is irresponsible government. It would make greater sense to grant independence to each of our 50 states than to surrender U.S. sovereignty to a world organization.

Ideas to rule one’s self and one’s government by.

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Can You Trust the Democcrats’ Platform?

For years voters have complained that politicians and parties say anything to get a vote. People have longed for the days of plain talk and honesty.

Well, the Democrats passed a new platform today. Two headlines emerged:

1. The Democrats rejected any reference to God.

2. The Democrats rejected Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The question is: can you trust them? Do Democrats really reject God and reject Jerusalem as the center of Israeli political life?

If they’re pandering, to whom are the Democrats pandering?

Not to people of faith, of course.  And they’re not pandering to Israel or to Jews. It seems the Democrats have rejected the blue collar independents. They’ve rejected the middle class. They’ve repudiated the American ideal. They’ve walked away from Western Civilization.

The only conclusion a rational mind can reach is that the Democrats have endorsed the Third World. And they’ve endorsed it, not as a focus for our charity to raise it up. The Democrats view the Third World as the STANDARD to which America and Western Civilization must be lowered.

The answer to my question is “Yes!”  Yes, we can trust Barack Obama and his Democratic party in their rejection of God and Israel.

Part 3: Todd Akin Needs to Lead or Get Out of the Way

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Todd Akin: member of the United States House of Representatives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Before we get too far down the Akin rally road, let’s get some solid advice to Mr. Akin.

His principles, his spine, his grassroots do no good if Missouri turns blue.  He cannot advance his causes from his house in Wildwood.  Failure to take the Senate makes Obamacare permanent, at least in our lives.

Todd Akin, wonderful man he is, has a lot of responsibility.  As a candidate, he needs to grow and fast. Particularly following news that he trails Claire McCaskill by 10 percentage points according to Rasmussen.

He hasn’t helped himself in the aftermath. He has no message except “I’m sorry.”  He is letting the RNC drive the narrative.  He’s blaming the “liberal media,” but that institution seems happy to let the GOP tear him apart.

If he’s content to spend his last half million and then next 10 days apologizing, then he might as well quit now.

Here’s what he has to do:

1.  Get out of his bubble and deal with the reality he faces.  He’s shut himself off from the messages he doesn’t want to hear.  That’s human nature.  But to win, he has fight his own inclinations to cocoon.  He has to hear from people who love him but think he should drop. He needs to hear from people who hate him but think he should fight on.  He needs to hear from writers, marketers, and artists who know how to hit the brain beneath the prefrontal cortex.  He needs GOOD COUNSEL, not just “amen.”

2.  If he will leave the cocoon he’s in, he needs to hear this: as long as the message is about rape and abortion, he’s toast.  If he stays on THIS message and stays in the race, he will lose, most of the Missouri GOP statewide candidates will lose, and MIssouri may go blue. Drop the apology.

3.  He needs to bring on people he’s NOT comfortable with.  People who will challenge.  Brilliant strategists and wordsmiths who can craft an argument.

4.  He needs to know his 3 points for every press interaction and stick to them.

5.  He needs to STOP EVANGELIZING and start CONNECTING with the people who don’t already agree with him on everything.  They have to agree with him on ONE thing.  That’s it.

6.  He needs to memorize this: “I am pro-life without exception.”  That’s the end of the pro-life message.  Every additional word he utters loses 10,000 votes.

7.  He needs to memorize this response to every question about abortion:  “Every child conceived should be born into an America that has room for him or her to grow into a loving family, a good home, effective schools, and a lucrative career of their choice.” That’s it.  Nothing more. It sets up the case of the economy

8.  Every answer to every question must get back to the economy and the economic wreck advanced by Barack Obama with the enthusiastic support of Claire McCaskill.

9.  He must PROSECUTE this campaign the way a great general prosecutes a battle. Survival’s not enough.

10.  He must ignore winnability. That’s our job. His job is to make people like him, trust him, vote for him, or stay home.

Every big name in the GOP has called for him drop out. Until he leads, the calls will continue.  I know he’s shown great spine, but spine is not leadership. If he leads, they will follow.

He can put people on their heels without being a jerk.  He has it in him.  Apologizing isn’t leadership.  Leaders lead. His rival is Claire McCaskill. She is remarkably unpopular.  His nemesis is Barack Obama.  He is loathed in Missouri.

Get the message back on track.  Be a leader.  Win.

There’s one question I ask every politician who asks for my support:  why do you want this job?  The answers reveal tons about the person.  Right now, his answer seems to be “because I made a mistake, and I’m sorry.”  That’s weak.  It’s a loser’s answer.

I can’t feed him HIS answer.  But I can tell him the one’s he’s got ain’t working. Even among some of his staunchest supporters.

These Are the Bill in Congress That Need Your Attention

 

Even though Congress is winding down, there are dangerous bills on the desk.  I used Heritage Action’s Popvox program to tell Congressman (and future Senator) Todd Akin I oppose the FARM bill that does less for farmers and more for wasteful government statism.

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Here’s the whole slate of bills you should write to Congress about:

Oppose the Big-Spending Farm Bill: Email Your Representative Now

Tell Blunt and McCaskill to Kill LOST—A Bill to Surrender US Sovereignty

Repeal Obamacare, Dammit!

Heritage Action does a great job of highlighting the greatest threats to liberty and good government before Congress.  Bookmark the sight and visit regularly.  Plus, our own Ben Evans is the regional coordinator.  If you’d like Ben’s help in coordinating action, or you’d like him to tell your organization about Heritage Action, here’s his complete contact information:

Ben Evans
STL Regional Coordinator
Heritage Action for America
Cell: 202-679-2354
Twitter: @HeritageActMO

[email protected]

www.heritageaction.com/stlouis

 

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If the election were held today, there’d be a lot of crying and gnashing of teeth

Here’s a screen grab from RealClearPolitics.com’s presidential tracking poll:

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RCP aggregates dozens of polls to produce its RCP average. The method has been remarkably accurate, especially at the state level.

It’s time to focus on preventing the unmitigated disaster of a second Obama term.

In 112 days, Americans will vote on whether or not to continue our experiment in self-government.  If the election were held today, that experiment would be aborted.

It gets worse, too.  At this time in 2008, the much weaker John McCain was in a dead heat with Barack Obama.

If you’d like to help continue the experiment, come to Yacovelli’s Restaurant this Thursday at 7:00 pm.

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New York Times Admits It’s Basically Obama’s Campaign Newsletter

The only surprise here is that the NYT’s own ombudsman admits that the paper is Obama’s best friend:

Many critics view The Times as constitutionally unable to address the election in an unbiased fashion. Like a lot of America, it basked a bit in the warm glow of Mr. Obama’s election in 2008. The company published a book about the country’s first African-American president, “Obama: The Historic Journey.” The Times also published a lengthy portrait of him in its Times Topics section on NYTimes.com, yet there’s nothing of the kind about George W. Bush or his father. [emphasis added]

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/new-york-times-gets-shredded-for-its-pro-obama-slant-by-its-own-ombudsman-2012-4#ixzz1spJslQgK

Another reason why few people get worked up when Democrats stuff ballot boxes in key swing states.

Financial Armageddon

NYT Describes Mayhem of “Taxmageddon”, And It Will Scare You Sick

What the hell’s going on at NYT? First, they do a piece on Andrew Breitbart. Then they warn the world that Taxmageddon will crush the world in 2013, beginning with the USA.

Financial Armageddon

Here’s how Business Insider summarized the David Leohardt article:

Basically, with no changes to current law, taxes will rise for everyone, and after tax, inflation-adjusted income for the average American will drop to 1998 levels.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/nyt-here-comes-taxmageddon-2012-4#ixzz1s9RHtbZC

It’s largest tax increase in the history of Western Civilization, and it will happen if Congress doesn’t stop it. We could be looking at a 5 percent drop in GDP in 2013 alone.

Taxmageddon is the result of decades of borrowing to feed the entitlement monster. Only real entitlement reform will solve it.

The After Party will be at Crowne Plaza Grille at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Clayton on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 pm. Join us. Bring a friend.

BTW, David Leonhardt’s strategy for heading off Taxmageddon is electing Mitt Romney president. Imagine that.

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The Election’s Over, and America Gave Obama His Eviction Notice. Here’s What Went Down.

The look on George “Stephie” Stephanopoulos’s face was priceless. He had to say it.

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ABC News now projects that President Obama will go down to defeat.”

He couldn’t bring himself to say, “Romney won” or “Republicans won.”  He just couldn’t.

The network analysis was a political cliché run amok. My favorite came from James Carville who told CNN viewers that the election result “proves that crackers and racists vote.”

Andrea Mitchell: “Usually in a democracy, you get the government you deserve. In this case, America reject the government so desperately needs.”

Wolff Blitzer: “The Obama era’s days are numbered, and America’s might be, too.”

As map turned red in key states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, and Florida, the anchors turned a sickly shade of white on NBC, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, and CBS.  Jesse Jackson announced on CNN that “I am too distraught to rhyme because this election was a wrongdoing.”

Here’s how it came about.

  • Obama ate dog. Sure, Romney gave into his dog’s desire to ride on the roof of the car, but Obama ATE dog. Dog meat turns off voters.
  • Romney Ran Right. Independents want a president with commitment and competence.  They are right of center, but they’ll vote left if the right disappoints. Candy-ass centrist Republicans disappointment, so they vote for the Dem.  But Romney ran toward the right, locking in the Reagan Democrats and independents.
  • Obama’s presidency was incompetent, narcissistic, arrogant, and anti-American.  That’s not a good combination.
  • Popular and effective conservative governors, Senators, and representatives did a fabulous job promoting other conservatives instead of running up their own scores or buying favors from moderates.
  • Ron Paul visibly worked for Romney and Republicans on the under card.
  • The Supreme Court rules Obama attempted, and failed, to corrupt the Constitution through Obamacare, uncovering for many Obama’s authoritarian aims.
  • The economy sputtered.
  • Some Democrats, fearing the gallows of history, refused to endorse or openly abandoned Obama.
  • Tea Partiers realized that four more year of Obama would leave their children and grandchildren living like the Soviets . . . and supported the Republicans big time.

Less than six months’ time separates us from November.  This scenario, frankly, is far less probable than my previous scenario in which the GOP gets slaughtered.  But this one is plausible.

What is one thing you can do to produce this outcome instead of the other?

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Down at the Lake, They Want to Know “Is the Tea Party Dead?”

Is the Tea Party dead?  That’s the big question this week around the Lake of the Ozarks.

First, Eric Reeve The Lake Liberal wrote this letter-to in Lake News Online. He concludes:

We may hear of the Tea Party here and there in the future, but I doubt it will ever figure prominently in American politics again. I say we should take a moment and reflect on what it might have been as we say farewell to the once promising Tea Party movement.

The Camdenton Tea Party said “not so fast,” and called for a rally to show that the Tea Party is still around.

Setting The Record Straight From 2008” Camdenton Tea Party April 28th, 12:00 noon at the Camden County Court House.  Will you get to work to prove the lake liberal wrong?

Will you take the time to come hear Barbara From Harlem? She and her daughter, Bee Bee are travelling 1100 Miles to tell you a different story.

How about Patriot Paul Curtman, Cynthia Davis, and Ed Martin, and eighth grader, Sophie Shore ?

Who’s right?

If the purpose of the Tea Party movement was to hold ever larger rallies and protests, then The Lake Liberal is right. The big rally era is over, and it isn’t coming back. I’m not saying to cancel all the rallies. Far from it.  I hope we have a few big ones in St. Louis this year.  But the rallies no longer define the movement. We’ve grown beyond mere demonstration.

If the purpose of the Tea Party was to ignite a long overdue conversation about the proper and fitting role of government in our lives, about the purpose and meaning of a written Constitution, then we’ve already won.  The Supreme Court now ponders those two questions, naked and profound, for the first time in decades. And the case got to the Supreme Court because the Tea Party forced the Senate to rush through a flawed law.

But if the Tea Party’s final mission is to restore the proper balance between government and the people who created it, then our mission is far from over and its outcome far from certain.

Many people–the unknowing believers–demand all the rewards of a free society, but they don’t want to be bothered with the details.  Or they haven’t been invited to the party in the language and context that they understand.

Some want the growing economy and the next generation iPads and cars that park themselves.  But they’ve never learned that only a free society can dream and demand and design and develop such wonders; governments can’t.

It’s our job to invite the Unknowing Believers. It’s up to us to ask them to the dance, in their terms, in ways they will understand. If a rally can bring in just one Unknowing Believer, it’s a success. In fact, if the rally just inspires one knowing believer to grow the pie, we’ve done our job.

The conservative movement, branded Tea Party or otherwise, isn’t dead until we, the people who drive it, say it is.  Or until we fall silent. And I’m not about to resign or retreat, are you?

Go get ‘em, Camden County!

Write it down:

“Setting The Record Straight From 2008″ Camdenton Tea Party

Date: April 28th, 2012
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: Camden County Court House