Newt is being touted as a possible new chair of the RNC. It is said a close friend says he would accept the position.
The Conservative Union has posted on their web site Ronald Reagan’s speech to CPAC in March 1975 after the debacle of the first post Watergate election in 1974.
Several things jump out of this speech. Take this section which could have been written this week about the election last Tuesday:
Now, it is possible we have been persuasive to a greater degree than we had ever realized. Few, if any, Democratic party candidates in the last election ran as liberals. Listening to them I had the eerie feeling we were hearing reruns of Goldwater speeches. I even thought I heard a few of my own.
Bureaucracy was assailed and fiscal responsibility hailed. Even George McGovern donned sackcloth and ashes and did penance for the good people of South Dakota.
But let’s not be so naive as to think we are witnessing a mass conversion to the principles of conservatism. Once sworn into office, the victors reverted to type. In their view, apparently, the ends justified the means.
It is especially interesting that McGovern got involved this election opposing the onerous card check elections bill the unions are pushing Congress to pass.
The current crop of liberals including Obama took pages straight from the Conservative’s play book and used them against the entrenched “centrist Republicans”. They ran against big government, they ran on cutting taxes. The message is that when Republicans run and legislate like Democrats – they lose. When Democrats campaign as Conservatives they win.
It is time for Republicans to shed the liberal/moderate stance and take back on the mantle of Conservatism. There needs to be a new “Reagan Revolution” and it will take grassroots action to accomplish it.
In New Hampshire there was one bright light on Tuesday – the Reagan Network run by my friend Rep. Fran Wendleboe was able to assist State Representative candidates reclaim some 17 of the seats that were lost in the 2006 take over by the Dems. Organizations like that across the country look to me to be a way to reestablish the Republican Party as a Conservative party. It starts from the bottom – sort of like the trickle up economics Obama claims to support.
Well, he pronounces it Brazil – just like the country in South America. In fact he tells the story of how he got in trouble as a kid for turning in papers at school spelling it Brazil.
Now I can sympathize with people who type faster than their fingers move and maybe miss a letter or add one. The result could be Breazeal, or Brezele or Breazele or Breezele or Breazeele or who knows what.
The end result is the important thing, getting the information to the people who need it so they can learn about Will and vote for him in November.
This rumor got to me before CPAC:
* A reliable source dumped a hot rumor in my lap at CPAC, but asked that I wait until Monday to print it. The story? John Edwards is running for the Senate in North Carolina. If it turns out to be true, remember where you heard it first.
The reliable other side of the situation is – he could not win the state for Kerry-Edwards in 04 and his popularity here certainly has not advanced. If he does run and makes it through the primary, Elizabeth Dole will be assured of a landslide in November.
At the CPAC conference last week I helped man the Iraq Veterans for Congress booth. It was a
very interesting place to be, lots of people came by and talked about how great it is that these 12 Veterans are teaming up to enhance their visibility in the coming campaign.
If you want to donate to them – you can do so by clicking on the Slatecard.com widget over there—> (two are not yet listed there but that should be fixed quickly).
There has been a lot of notice of them in the blogs –
Well, I hadn’t really thought of blogging about CPAC yet but since I am sitting at the Bloggers Corner and using their setup I’ll say a little.
The Iraq Veterans for Congress group has a booth – next aisle over.
Will Breazeale and 10 other Vets are running together – hoping to magnify their impact and exposure.
The line seemed to be forming upstairs for the kick off event, I am told that because of the tornadoes the President’s address to the convention is early tomorrow morning. Security starts at 5am. Don’t party to hearty tonight or maybe just don’t stop to sleep.
Well they are setting up the area and I should move out.
See what there is to see a couple hours before the event starts.