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And…exhale…

I’ve worked pretty hard the past 20 months or so looking towards the 2012 election. Time to exhale and re-prioritize. I have neglected my blog in a major way and I am sorry to my inner writer for that! So here is a summary:

Unfortunately, I was dead-on correct about Mitt Romney. I fought hard against his nomination because I truly believed that he would lose to Obama. I’m not here to place blame or make excuses, only to say that my fears were realized. My attempts to help get Kevin Wade elected Senator from here in Delaware were also not met with success. Is somebody trying to tell me to get the hell OUT of the Political game?? Perhaps. The good side:

Through the Cain campaign I met many new friends all over America including 2 of my now closest ones; they know who they are.

Through the Gingrich campaign I forged relationships with all of the biggest names in Delaware’s conservative movement; elected officials, candidates and activists; as well as the state GOP executive director. 😉

Through the Wade campaign I met many of the most dedicated Patriots in the state, including one who is so tireless I am not sure he is even human. Ironically he is from the Ron Paul camp, but as a fellow committed Christian and lover of Liberty I know we will work very closely together for years to come.

More than the defeats though, was the realization that the culture is not what I thought it was. The Church is half-asleep and therefore ineffectual. I now know that Elections are lagging indicators, not leading ones, of the nation. People must be told the TRUTH, and the LIARS must be challenged and not be allowed to frame the debate any longer in our Culture.  That is what my focus will be in my new endeavors.

#1 – Do a radio show again. It has been a love of mine since I was a child and I miss it dearly. BlogTalkRadio has a great format and my new show will launch soon. It will be called “Things Not Seen”. Of course, the title has many meanings. Would you expect anything less of me??

#2 –  Start a business. Combining the cultural, political and personal lessons learned of the past 2 years, it needed to happen. It is completed on the paperwork level, just working on getting it ready for full public launch. For now, take a sneak peek at trinitymediaonline.com .

#3 – Rand Paul 2016. Truly our only hope…

 

Reviewing the Landscape

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My predictions for January were almost exactly right! Until the Romney camp and the GOP establishment went into nuclear panic mode after South Carolina, that is. Newt suddenly surged into the lead in Florida and nationally and they knew THAT could not happen. In 7 days, tens of millions in negative ads brought Newt down 10-20 points. JUST LIKE in Iowa. Imagine if those ads never happened…the polls stayed as they were trending and Newt wins Iowa. Romney is reeling, in 3rd place at best, and Santorum is OUT OF THE RACE the same day as Bachmann (seems like forever ago doesn’t it?). Mitt would still win NH, Newt would still win SC but by then, FL would be a 2 man race – as the rest of the Primary season would have been. Romney is quite simply using “divide and conquer” among us conservatives. He has even partnered with Ron Paul to concentrate all their $$ fire on Newt and Rick. I knew after FL that Newt would win nothing in February and likely would have to wait until Georgia to pick up significant delegates. And so it has come to pass.

There are payoffs and promises and backroom deals going on all over this county to get Romney the nomination. I know it for a fact. You probably have verifyable examples too. We CANNOT allow this to succeed my fellow conservative! Many of us are fickle; though we are loath to admit it, we are influenced by the very institutions we rally against. We allow ourselves to be TOLD how to think. This is NOT the way of the Right! And yes, I’m even talking to you Glenn Beck fans who swallow his anti-Gingrich screed with unquestioning glee. Rick Santorum, God love him, will NEVER beat Obama. Just like Ron Paul won’t. Just like Romney can’t. It would likely be close with Romney, but this 99% vs 1% narrative is a trap set specifically for him by the elite Left. And he is up to at least 8 or 9 “gaffes” in just the past 2 months that will be used in absolutely blistering fashion by the Obama machine. Don’t forget that he changes every position he has based on the office he is running for – don’t think that will be used to beat his corpse with? The established power in the GOP once again will push the wrong guy. I am convinced that it is a complete coincidence that GW Bush turned out to be a (mostly) conservative guy – that is the only reason he ever became President at all.

Romney should have won Michigan by 20 points between his bio and deep connections and money advantages. If not for the New England states and the “Mormon states”, he has no depth of support. If the Santorum and Gingrich votes would just consolidate, Romney would be battling Paul for last place in the delegate count. I implore you to re-examine Speaker Gingrich as the boldest, smartest, most fearless candidate, and YES a real conservative who has a unparralleled record of conservatism in office. As Thomas Sowell said today, the fate of the nation, and the West itself, may hinge on Super Tuesday. While I know the show will go on after that because of the lack of “winner take alls”, the stakes really are that high for we conservatives- and we are the MAJORITY, both on the Right and the electorate at large – to settle for Santorum or (shudder) Romney. We must take the fight to the Left, as Andrew Brietbart did.

Newt Gingrich Secures His Name on Delaware Primary Ballot
Dover, DE – The Newt Gingrich campaign submitted 1049 signatures to the Commissioner of Elections earlier this month.  The Commissioner’s office has formally certified this submission and Speaker Gingrich will be on the ballot in Delaware for the Delaware Presidential Republican Primary on April 24.
State Director Christopher Mantei is enthusiastic for the overwhelming support the Speaker has received during the signature process. “We believe that the overwhelming success in collecting signatures for the ballot and the support voiced among voters are tremendous indicators of momentum in this state that will materialize in Speaker Gingrich securing the Delaware Primary on April 24th. Republicans in Delaware have a clear choice between the leadership of Newt Gingrich, responsible government and a stronger America versus the failed policies of a Massachusetts moderate. I’m proud to have led the charge have Newt’s name placed on the ballot in Delaware.”
Republican voters in Delaware have propelled conservative Presidential Candidates forward in past years.  Ronald Reagan had Primary Victories in Delaware in both 1980 and 1984 where he subsequently carried Delaware in the General election.  Michael Reagan, son of the President, along with many other members of the Reagan administration have been campaigning with Speaker Gingrich in the 2012 election cycle. He is also being joined on the trail by conservative leaders such as Gov. Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Fred Thompson, and the list grows daily. The Delaware Gingrich campaign has established leadership in all 3 counties and in many precincts throughout the state.
Sussex County Chair and Tea Party leader Christie Shirey says, “I have endorsed Newt Gingrich because he is the one candidate that can not only beat Barack Obama, but will turn the campaign into a teaching experience on the importance of freedom and conservatism. Newt has inspired me not only through his performances during the debates, but through his speeches, ideals and his growth in his beliefs. Many Candidates claim to support the Tea Party Movement, but only Newt was a supporting member since the planning of the first Tax Day Tea Party Rally in 2009. He has the vision needed to return this Country to the people and its position of exceptionalism. I am thrilled to work for a candidate that I truly believe in.”
Delaware is has a winner-take-all Presidential Primary that will award 17 delegates. This is the first Republican Party in many decades that has the potential to be down to the wire with delegates and the 17 votes going to Delaware’s winner could be the margin of victory. Speaker Gingrich also recognizes this and will not be overlooking the First State. “We need big change in Washington if we are to return America to job creation and economic growth again,” said Gingrich.  “This campaign is about unleashing the American people to rebuild the America we love.  I look forward to bringing this message to the people of Delaware.”
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The potential challangers to Barack Obama currently stand  at 7: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman. The Primary process will eventually pick one of them. And I pray that neither Ron Paul nor Donald Trump pulls a 3rd party stunt run that will guanantee Obama’s reelection. So here is what I think:

Don’t know who will win Iowa tonight, but I will say that Bachmann will drop out tomorrow. Santorum buys himself a few weeks with strong showing. Down to 6.

After Romney wins New Hampshire (he HAS to), Hunstman will drop out. Down to 5.

Newt will win South Carolina easily. This may cause Santorum to drop out.

Newt will will Florida but not so easily. This sets up the rest of the cycle as Perry will drop out and Santurum will also if he hasn’t already. Down to 3.

That leaves Newt vs. Romney the rest of the way, with Paul taking 10%-15% of the vote as he usually does. He won’t drop out before the convention because he has enough money and he is retiring from the Congress this year (thank God) so he literally has nothing else better to do.

Once the anti-Romney vote consolidates around Newt, he will pull away and the nomination will officially be his on April 24 after the DE, PA, NY, CT and RI Primaries. OR…the GOP establishment gets so panicked and goes so negative against Newt that it is a bitter fight all the way to the convention with the possibility of brokering…oh joy!

Let the madness begin!

Soul searching and adjusting course

Herman Cain has inspired me this past year like none other.  He has become, and will remain, one of my heroes. I hate the decision he made to end his campaign and I truly believe that history will vindicate his character. It is a huge victory for the forces of darkness in this world and I wish he had continued to fight. The fact is that filthy Aliknsy-ite  tactics took his candidacy down. Being completely honest, Cain’s foreign policy positions cost him valuable support also, but we unfortunately will never get to see just how transformative and transcendent a Cain nomination and Presidency would have been. I gave all I had for him in Delaware and nationally, but it was not to be. I had my period of mourning – anger, sadness, the whole enchilada.

So I was left with a conundrum; out of all the flawed candidates remaining, what should I do?  Should I just sit out the primaries and just go full “anti-Obama” in the summer? Should I throw my support half-heartedly behind someone else and hope for the best? The simple fact that I could not escape is this: I obviously cannot allow President Obama to be reelected but I also cannot allow Mitt Romney to be hoisted upon me and the rest of Conservative America as our alternative. As such, I took a hard look at the remaining field. I can never support Romney or Ron Paul. Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman have no mass appeal and should drop out immediately.  That leaves Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich. I really like Bachmann and think she has done a great job in Congress, but as I predicted months ago, she is a very divisive figure and is prone to gaffes. It is entirely possible that she will finish 4th in Iowa and will drop out afterward and concentrate on getting reelected in Minnesota. That leaves two men I have real problems with for various reasons. I don’t like either of their amnesty stances, I hate the fact that they are both career politicians, the list goes on. But basically, as the 3.5 million debates thusfar have shown, Perry is just not ready for primetime while Gingrich is.  A statement literally unbelievable to me just a week ago, here it is: I am now fully supporting Newt Gingrich for President of the United States.

One of the biggest reasons to support Newt is to have a chance to finish the job We the People sent him to do in the 90s (thanks to Ross Perot) and pass the Balanced Budget Amendment. I am convinced that our financial troubles will never be solved until we pass the BBA and the FairTax, so let’s at least get one starting next year. Another that I always admire in public figures is the courage to speak boldly. Say what you will about him, Newt has one giant set of cojones. So there it is, even given the things I have said about him in the past, it is time for Conservatives to unite behind Newt Gingrich to take down Mitt Romney and then Barack Obama. We may not like our decision in a few years but we know he is preferable to the other two. I will now do everything I can do help Newt 2012 in Delaware and nationally (as MANY former Cain supporters are committing to as well). Won’t you join me?

Nobody is excited about Mitt Romney as a candidate. Nobody. 90% of his polling support comes from “I think he can probably beat Obama”. That’s lazy and defeatist. Take an honest look at his business record. This is not to denigrate it at all, only to compare. Put aside the plethora of rich contacts Mitt Romney has (Mort Zuckerman, Robert Kraft, etc), and the wealth of the man himself, most people say they support him for President (making him the “front runner”) because of his business background and that is just what America needs right now. Hard to argue with that, except that Herman Cain’s business record is better. MUCH better. First of all, Romney has never run a business per se. He was put in charge of a venture capital fund by his boss in 1983. Through shrewd negotiating skills (which nobody denies he has), Romney convinced Bill Bain to cover him financially while also taking the risk (IE “Bain Capital”). It worked in starting up some very successful companies like Staples, Dominos Pizza and The Sports Authority. Due to this and his ties to BYU, he was asked to run the 2002 Olympic committee and did a great job there. Romneys skills are in deal-making, buying and selling companies, being a spokesman and salesman. That’s why he is so competent at debates etc. His dad being governor of Michigan doesn’t hurt either. To summarize: graduated from college (2 colleges at once actually, Harvard business and law), was hired by Bain, ran Bain Capital, became CEO of Bain for a short time (ran against Ted Kennedy for Senate in 1994 and lost), then left Bain in 1999 to run the Salt Lake Games. He parlayed the Olympic success into election as Governor of Mass in 2002 with 49% of the vote (producing the signature Romneycare). He did not seek re-election in 2006 as he was already out of state most of that year laying the groundwork for the 2007 primary season.  So: 20 years at Bain, 3 years Olympics, 4 years Governor, last 5 years unemployed/running for President.

But if primary voters are REALLY honest with themselves this time, they will have to see the much better record of Herman Cain. If Romney’s is “good enough”, Cain’s is on another level entirely. There is no debate about it. To describe him simply as “former Godfather’s Pizza CEO” is downright insulting. We all know he rescued Godfathers from the brink of collapse. Did you also know:

Worked his way up the corporate ladder at Coca Cola, was a VP at Pillsbury and Burger King Corporations. Single-handedly rescued 400 Philadelphia region Burger Kings in the 1980s, by the way. Has been CEO or served on the Board of Directors at: Hallmark Cards Inc., Godfather’s Pizza, Inc., Digital Restaurant Solutions, Retail DNA, UtiliCorp United Inc., Aquila Inc., Bell Research Companies, Inc., Whirlpool Corp., AGCO Corp., Nabisco Inc. and Nabisco Holdings Corp, National Restaurant Association, Reader’s Digest Association Inc. Board member then Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He was appointed to serve on the U.S. Economic Growth and Tax Reform Commission, was the 1991 recipient of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association’s Operator of the Year/Gold Plate Award, and has received 8 honorary doctorate degrees: Morehouse College, New York City Technical College, Suffolk University, Johnson & Wales University, Creighton University, Purdue University, Tougaloo College and the University of Nebraska. (Aside from all that, he is literally a rocket scientist working as a missile ballistics mathematician for the Navy WHILE getting his computer science degree at Purdue.)

Think Mitt Romney is the best “business candidate” for 2012? Think again. And don’t just think, ACT. Don’t allow the “old money” rich Republican establishment to dissuade you. Romney is NOT a fait accompli. Remember how Herman Cain took down Bill Clinton in 1994? Wait until he gets a hold of Barack Obama. YOU must help him. If you are honest with yourself, you will not only admit Cain is clearly the best “business” candidate but that you must actively support him with your money and time. We have 6 months to take our county back. Yes we CAIN!

Herman Cain websites

These are the places to go if you want to find out more about Herman Cain or want to join up to be on his team with me and thousands of others. Remember there are places out there set up specifically to denounce Cain or deceive you – BE WARY. As for me, I have volunteered to be the Delaware State Coordinator assisting the Cain campaign organize support locally. See, anyone can be a “community organizer”! We will not be outworked on the social networks by ANYONE, especially President Obama’s goons.

Official:

www.hermancain.com

www.hermancain.wildfireplatform.com (supporters home page with teams, state groups, etc)

www.arealleader.com (fundraising/volunteer page)

www.facebook.com/thehermancain

www.twitter.com/thehermancain

www.twitter.com/cainpress

Semi-official:

www.facebook.com/draftcain.org  – “Elect Cain”: grassroots organization by state – you can search for your specific state by typing in your state name and “herman cain for president 2012”. The Elect Cain and Citizens 4 Cain organizations are approved by the Cain campaign but are not paid employees so are not part of the campaign per-se. (This is who I am working with)

Non-official:

www.hermancainforums.com

www.cain4pres.americantalk.net

There are other places of course, but I don’t want to overload your donkey! 🙂

Handicapping the Field

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Hearkening back to: https://mantei.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/election-2012-starts-now/

It concerns me that the Republican establishment wants to crown someone already – likely Romney. They are also trying to get Mitch Daniels into the race. Newt is a lost cause now, he should drop out immediately. Santorum garners respect, but he lacks the “new car smell” that we Patriots are demanding in 2012. He would also be on the defensive constantly, not a good recipe for success. Crazy Uncle Ron will continue to be himself, and Gary Johnson (a more sane libertarian) has no constituency to support him. Both should drop out, but only Johnson will. Nobody cares if Buddy Roemer or Jon Huntsman run or not. At least Barbour had the sense to pull the plug early. Pawlenty is kind of in the background, conservatives would support him, they just don’t love him. Though he and Romney have raised a LOT of money lately. I truly don’t see how Romney has credibility with primary voters on the Obamacare vs Romneycare issue. It’s just another flip flop right? I hope NOBODY is preparing to “hold their nose” at this early stage! Why is Bachmann delaying I wonder? Does she realize she and Cain will attract many of the same voters? Same for Palin, by the way. Props to Huckabee and Trump for finally teasing everyone. Now take a look at this: http://2012iowareport.com/ – post Huckabee and Trump, Herman Cain is already DOMINATING the Iowa polls. Look especially at “likely Caucus goers” where he has a nearly 22 point lead. Bachmann isn’t even a candidate yet and she is squarely in 2nd. Translation: the TEA party and social conservatives will decide Iowa, period. The question becomes, will the effect be similar in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada? I don’t see why it can’t. We must RISE and make it happen.

Assuming Palin and Daniels stay out and Bachmann jumps in, I truly think this is an unbiased handicapping of the field going forward:

Romney – lots of cash and free media coverage – FOX and Dick Morris won’t shut up about him. Will primary voters fall back once again on “paid his dues”? Fear of going with your heart and losing?

Pawlenty – as long as he doesn’t do anything dumb, will remain near the top as a low risk choice. (He and Romney would be hurt the most if Daniels gets in.)

Cain – his incredible surge will continue and eventually will be mentioned with the other two. His lack of political experience is the one and only negative about him – though not in my eyes (nor in countless thousands of others).

All 2 to 1 odds.

Bachmann – strong feelings for and against her among the electorate, looks like she is stuck in the middle. Palin would be here too. 10 to 1

Santorum – virtually no chance. 100 to 1

Paul – no chance.

Gingrich – no chance.

Johnson – no chance.

(same goes for Huntsman, Roemer, any other late comer with no name recognition)

As a Cain supporter, I feel the TEA party support would only be split by Bachmann or Palin, so I don’t want them to run. The “business experience” vote would be split only to Romney, he would be the only obstacle if the ladies are not there. Iowa is only 8 months away my friends, and the next debate is less than 4 weeks away…

PS – tune in Saturday at high noon in Atlanta for a major announcement! 🙂

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Amazing debate last night for Herman Cain. Though I was pleasantly surprised by Rick Santorum‘s performance, the reaction of those seeing Cain for the first time was beyond my widest expectations: http://youtu.be/VXHX1AyHU4Q

I literally cheered and clapped so loudly I nearly woke up my children. Pawlenty did ok, and Johnson and Paul both towed the Libertarian line. But Crazy Uncle Ron is the same guy he was 4 years ago when he won zero states and just a few dozen delegates. No matter if the future debates include Romney, Gingrich or Trump, Cain will still prove to be the most capable and authentic. This guy is “for real” and the people – the real people – the grassroots – the primary voters who really care – are and will continue to see it. No matter where this Cain Train ends up, I am so glad to have been on board from such an early stage. Won’t you help me and thousands more to elect this man and make sure he is the one to replace Barack Obama?

CPAC 2011

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I really love CPAC. It’s the annual meeting in DC called the “Conservative Political Action Conference” for those who don’t know. Not a monolithic echo chamber, rather a gathering of the Tribes of conservatism. Some things are agreed on, some things are not. And this is very healthy. Rugged Individualism is really on display there and that’s a great all-American trait. Michele Bachmann does not equal Mitt Romney does not equal Orin Hatch does not equal Herman Cain does not equal Donald Rumsfeld does not equal Donald Trump does not equal Ron Paul. The TEA party was well represented. The gay/lesbian GOProud was there. The “paleo-cons and “neo-cons” were there. Fiscal conservatives, social conservatives and foreign policy conservatives all took turns. Some people embody all 3 of those “legs”, but many do not. One thing they could all agree on was the need to immediately stop America’s slide into socialism. Some differ on how to get there, some distrust others visions on the subject, but the agreement is there and we can work together. On balance, we severely outnumber the Progressives, but they have outworked us. That time is coming to an end, if it hasn’t already.

I listed to many of the speeches and panels, and of course I was looking forward to Herman Cain’s the most. While he didn’t officially announce he is running for President (nor did anyone else), he delivered. I would rate Cain’s the best, Trump’s the most “entertaining” and Ron Paul’s the worst. Not because I disagree with Paul (though I do) but because he has no sense of actual history (our first 4 Presidents all led us into “foreign wars” for instance). What makes it more annoying is his army of “Young Americans for Liberty” that scream their heads off in approval at every chance they get and voraciously boo any dissenters. Trump was absolutely right about Paul being unelectable. He’s not even electable in a presidential primary in his home state (4.87% in 2008). He is right about some stuff too, and everyone today would love to see the Federal Reserve audited. Donald Trump is angry at the Chinese and wants the US to be respected again, but that’s about all I get from him. His name recognition is through the roof, but Romney and Cain have better business track records. I hope he doesn’t run, though the exposure it would get Cain in the debates would be most welcome…

If money/time allows, maybe I will be there next year and I can deliver a first hand account of the festivities right here in this space. 🙂

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