The war has just begun…

Okay, so it wasn’t the former governor, but I’ll bet anyone ol’ Junior didn’t do this with out dad’s okay. And the former governor will either stay silent for a little while or issue some silly statement to the effect of “my son makes his own political decisions.” Okay, whatever… Expect Jeb senior to come out when the time is right. However you want to read this, the war is on for the heart and soul of the Republican Party of Florida. Will the status quo which choses to duck and dodge responsibility win, or will Rubio’s maverick campaign resonate with Florida voters?

Bush endorses Rubio for U.S. Senate!

 

I received the following e-mail today:

 

Dear Chris,

 

Today I would like to let you know that I will be enthusiastically supporting my friend Marco Rubio for his bid for the United States Senate. 

 

Florida and our country are at a crossroads. Not only in our economic life, but in who we are as Republicans. 

 

My choice was a simple one: Marco Rubio represents the best in what our Party should strive to be and who it must engage – he is young, conservative, and believes in the principles of our Founding Fathers, that individual freedom and liberty are what makes our country great and always will.

 

Marco Rubio is a candidate who can help to bring our Party back on track by reaching out to our youth, entrepreneurs, Hispanics and those who believe that if you work hard enough, anything you dream can be achieved.  With Marco, we have a great opportunity to elect a true conservative and a greater obligation to elect a man of principle.

 

I hope that you will join with me in this exciting journey to elect my friend Marco Rubio to the United States Senate in 2010.  If you can make a donation today to keep this effort going it will go a long way to bring back common sense and a return to conservative principles in Washington.

 

I thank you for your time and consideration.

 

With warm regards,

 

Jeb Bush, Jr.

 

Okay, so it wasn’t the former governor, but I’ll bet anyone ol’ Junior didn’t do this without dad’s okay. And you can expect the former governor will either stay silent for a little while or issue some silly statement to the effect of “my son makes his own political decisions.” Okay, whatever… Eventually Jeb senior will come out for Marco when the time is right. And while the Bush family name is mud in most of the 50 states thanks to W., here in Florida, the former governor Jeb Bush is well respected and has a substantial following of supporters. However you want to read this, the war is on for the heart and soul of the Republican Party of Florida. Will the status quo which chooses to duck and dodge responsibility win, or will Rubio’s maverick campaign resonate with Florida voters?

 

Chris Ingram is CEO and partner of Strategic Solutions of Florida a political consulting company. He is also the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at: Chris@411Communications.net.

Why the G.O.P. will continue to lose elections

Until the G.O.P. learns that the message comes before the messenger, and that the messenger shouldn’t be some career politician whose “turn it is” to be the next candidate for (fill in the blank), the party will continue to lose elections. Here in Florida, that is exactly what the party is doing in the case of the U.S. Senate campaign (anointing Charlie Crist because he’s the boss), and the gubernatorial race (it’s Bill McCollum’s turn).

And the Democrats have nothing to do with it

By Chris Ingram

I just got back from the Tiger Bay Club meeting in Tampa, Florida. The club invites politicians to come and speak, and then gives an award to the club member who asks the toughest question of the day’s guest politicos. The lineup today included three members of the Florida legislature. I won’t bore you with who they were as two of them don’t deserve the attention and the other probably doesn’t want it.

But one of them was a four-term member of the Florida House, who facing term limits, now feels compelled to run for the state senate. He’s a Republican. I’ll call him “Rep. Rambler.” During his opening remarks Rep. Rambler commented about how serving in the legislature is all about building relationships, finding consensus, and working with people. He should have just ‘fessed up and admitted if you want a plum committee assignment you better do what the party bosses tell you.

Rambler went on to say how proud he was that this year the state legislature cut over a billion dollars worth of services that “you won’t even feel” because it was wasteful, and duplicative services that were cut. Kudus to you Rep. Rambler. What I want to know is, why does it take a budget shortfall for you and your fellow cronies to look at the budget and start cutting wasteful and duplicative services?

And if you don’t think Rep. Rambler is “in” with the party bosses, consider this. He spent ten arduous minutes defending the indicted former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Mr. Ray Samson. He even admitted they used to be roommates as though that somehow makes him a good guy. Talk about out of touch…

Anyhow, this clown of a Republican legislator (Rambler that is) and the rest of the Republicans in the Florida legislature as a whole are not unique. Most every legislative body in America suffers from the same problem, and the U.S. Congress is the leader of the pack of wasteful spending Republicans who tell you with a straight face they’re fiscal conservatives. At least the big-government/wasteful spending Democrats are honest about wanting to tax and spend you to death. Continue reading “Why the G.O.P. will continue to lose elections”

Republican Establishment Strikes Again

George H.W. Bush ran in 1988 on a pledge to be Reagan III. But he soon reverted to his own form. We all remember what then happened to “Read my lips, no new taxes.” And the Federal Register under George the First soon regained the elephantine heft it sported before Reagan put the brakes on federal regulation. Since then Republican poobahs and money-men have supported countless RINOs (often against solid conservative candidates), careerists with no philosophy or soul, and other me-toos who gave us a Republican president and a Republican Congress better at spending than even the Democrats and no detectable progress on any conservative social issue. This was the lot that was routed in ’06 and again in ’08.

The GOP never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity

By Larry Thornberry

TAMPA– Ronald Reagan taught Republicans some priceless lessons on how to succeed politically. Lessons about both ideology and style. The old cowpoke showed us how to solve some of the nation’s problems with conservative principles and policies, and did it in a cheery, upbeat way that left voters happy and confident about America.

When the Gipper left office in January of 1989, the Republican establishment remembered these vital lessons. For about an hour and a half. Continue reading “Republican Establishment Strikes Again”

The grassroots says “no” to Charlie Crist

Make no mistake. I don’t like Charlie Crist. My kids (and yours) can’t afford his “duck and dodge” attitude regarding the important issues facing our state.

The Water Cooler
An occasional look at what people are talking about in politics

By Chris Ingram

Make no mistake. I don’t like Charlie Crist. My kids (and yours) can’t afford his “duck and dodge” attitude regarding the important issues facing our state.

That said, I report with complete objectivity that based on the unscientific responses I have received over the last few days by e-mail, TooTan Charlie has all of about three supporters who read Irreverent View. Of those three, when I responded back to them asking them to name just three accomplishments of Florida’s governor not one of them has gotten back to me with even one accomplishment.

Most replies have gone like this: Continue reading “The grassroots says “no” to Charlie Crist”

Get out of your tanning bed Charlie, this is going to be a horse race.

My friend and fellow columnist Larry Thornberry likes to say “the Republican Party never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” Let’s hope that is not the case in this race. The grassroots will do its part to make sure it isn’t so.

Marco Rubio would bring substance to an otherwise substance-free U.S. Senate

By Chris Ingram

In the spirit of Twitter, I’ll keep this short and sweet.

I just came back from a meet and greet with Marco Rubio in Tampa.

Having watched him, it is abundantly clear why Charlie Crist, the NRSC, and Jimbo Greer are up to their undemocratic antics. This guy Rubio is for real. He’s young. He’s energetic. He’s sincere. And he’s got a message. (Note to the Rubio campaign: get your message and some positions on the issues up on your website. People want substance. You’ve got it. Show ‘em).

Rubio spoke for about 30 minutes on everything from his upbringing in a very middle class family, to his service in the state legislature, his commitment to our children’s future, and tackling the unfair tax code and the enormous federal debt. His comments on the issues were well thought out and he made a connection with the audience. This was not pandering. Continue reading “Get out of your tanning bed Charlie, this is going to be a horse race.”