Romney can thank Florida

Florida Republican National Committeewoman Sharon Day (who is also the secretary of the Republican National Committee) recently told a reporter, “The country is going through this awkward, pained process because we jumped so early, and we had no impact.” She also said she doesn’t see the penalties being lifted.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published April 14, 2012

With Rick Santorum now out of the race for the Republican nomination for president, Mitt Romney has no serious challengers remaining and can begin to focus on beating Barack Obama.

With all the speculation about a hotly contested floor fight now nothing but a dream in the minds of political prognosticators and the media, there are likely benefits to Florida Republicans headed to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, now that Romney is the apparent nominee.

Florida delegates are currently facing a number of sanctions imposed by the Republican National Committee. The Florida delegation is facing Continue reading “Romney can thank Florida”

Irreverent View handicaps the likely GOP presidential candidates

With 2010 elections now well behind us, jockeying for the Republican nomination for president begins in earnest. GOP control of Congress and the White House will largely hinge upon how well Republicans manage their new majority in the House, and how successful they are at conveying to the American public that with the Democrats still in charge of the Senate and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, their hands are pretty much tied.

Expect a bruising campaign season. And brace yourself. It has already started.

By Chris Ingram

With 2010 elections now well behind us, jockeying for the Republican nomination for president begins in earnest. GOP control of Congress and the White House will largely hinge upon how well Republicans manage their new majority in the House, and how successful they are at conveying to the American public that with the Democrats still in charge of the Senate and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, their hands are pretty much tied.


Those realities won’t keep a bevy of politicians (and perhaps one or two non-politicians) from entering the race to oust Barack Obama. But a bruising campaign season full of fund raising, list building, town hall meetings, and media interviews will ensue first – long before the GOP crowns its nominee in Tampa in the summer of 2012.

Irreverent View takes a look at the hopefuls

Currently perceived to be “Top Tier” candidates

Sarah Palin – the former Alaska Governor who was selected by John McCain to be his VP nominee for three simple reasons:  she has a nice pair of  Continue reading “Irreverent View handicaps the likely GOP presidential candidates”

Squirrel Poop’s economic plan

Michael Shifty, I mean, Ciftci (aka: Squirrel Poop) the Tampa City Council candidate wants you to know he has a plan! In fact, it’s not just a plan, it’s his own “Economic and Development Plan” and boy does he have the great ideas to put Tampa back to work.

(Editor’s note: the mis-adventures of Squirrel Poop will continue through March 1st)

Shifty has a plan to save Tampa. Would you like cream and sugar with that?

By Chris Ingram

Michael Shifty, I mean Ciftci (aka: Squirrel Poop) the Tampa City Council candidate wants you to know he has a plan! In fact, it’s not just a plan, it’s his own “Economic and Development Plan” and boy does he have the great ideas to put Tampa back to work.

This could be your next councilman...

Now if you’re like me, you’re probably asking yourself, what could Squirrel Poop possibly know about economic development? I mean, the guy is like twenty-something and he’s not exactly a business-savvy heavyweight.

His employment background appears to be limited to three primary things. Continue reading “Squirrel Poop’s economic plan”

Explaining a monumental election loss in Florida

The GOP has to remember to save our ammunition for the big fights – appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court. The more moderate we appear before the public now, the more Americans will recognize that we are making legitimate arguments when Obama tries to appoint extreme liberals to the U.S. Supreme Court. The more moderate we are on the “small stuff,” the more credibility we will have fighting the big battles.

Where does the GOP go from here?

By Jamie Miller

After much hand-wringing about the election results, Republicans turn toward the task of rebuilding the GOP as a brand voters will trust. Many pundits ask, “Where does the GOP go from here?” I think the better question is, “Who will lead the GOP and in which direction?”

Pundits have already started looking toward the 2012 election while apparently ignoring the importance of the off-year 2010 elections and the redistricting which follows. If we ignore the redistricting process that will be in place for 2012, the GOP will certainly find itself in the minority throughout the next decade. Continue reading “Explaining a monumental election loss in Florida”

Top 10 List

Another presidential election has come and gone. The endless campaign rhetoric, primaries, conventions, and debates have shifted from current events and are now a part of history as the Obama administration positions itself to take control of the executive branch of the United States government. Here are a few observations about the 2008 election:

Election 2008

By Michael A. Matteo

Another presidential election has come and gone.  The endless campaign rhetoric, primaries, conventions, and debates have shifted from current events and are now a part of history as the Obama administration positions itself to take control of the executive branch of the United States government. Here are a few observations about the 2008 election:

1. Guilt by presidential party association with an unpopular president is far more significant (and detrimental) than guilt of being a member of a party that rules the legislative branch (Congress) and is, thus, responsible for fiscal policy.  Republicans were never able to get the electorate to understand that Continue reading “Top 10 List”

Turning Bush-McCain’s Lemon into Lemonade

President George W. Bush’s eight years of “compassionate conservatism” wasn’t conservative. It was big government Republicanism. John McCain was no conservative. Conservatives knew it. The ones who voted for him, like myself, did so only by holding their noses. As for Republicans in Congress, the leadership hasn’t pushed a conservative agenda since the 1994 Contract with America.

Or, how to make the best out of the current situation

By Chuck Muth

In a radio interview on Dave Berns’ “State of Nevada” program on KNPR out of Las Vegas yesterday, I said it was actually a great day for conservatives.  Not Republicans.  Conservatives.  To which my friend and political pundit Jon Ralston responded that I must be in denial and hung over from crying in my beer election night.  But I was, and am, dead serious.  Let me explain…

Without taking anything away from the impressive campaign that Barack Obama ran, the fact is voters didn’t reject conservatism on Tuesday.  They rejected the rejection of conservatism.  They rejected Republicans who claimed to be fiscal conservatives but governed as fiscal liberals. Continue reading “Turning Bush-McCain’s Lemon into Lemonade”

Get Ready for Obamalism

Despite being outspent by hundreds of millions of dollars, and taking bad advice by a bunch of (Bush) people who never had his interest at heart, John McCain’s numbers on Election Night were actually respectable. Had George W. Bush been on the ballot for re-election to a third term, I’m not sure he would have even carried Texas. McCain for his part put up a good fight and managed to win enough states to show this wasn’t a clear mandate on Obamalism. But in the long run, McCain was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or as my friend and noted political scientist Darryl Paulson likes to say, George W. Bush defeated John McCain not once, but twice.

I want to puke, but at least HRC isn’t the president-elect.

By Chris Ingram

My friends, George W. Bush has left our Republican Party in disarray. Make no mistake, John McCain ran a lousy campaign, but McCain could have run a lousy campaign and won had it not been for the pathetic eight years of the Bush presidency. Bush I believe will go down in modern history as our worst president — even worse than Carter.

Despite being outspent by hundreds of millions of dollars, and taking bad advice by a bunch of (Bush) people who never had his interest at heart, John McCain’s numbers on Election Night were actually respectable. Had George W. Bush been on the ballot for re-election to a third term, I’m not sure he would have even carried Texas. McCain for his part put up a good fight and managed to win enough states to show this wasn’t a clear mandate on Obamalism. Continue reading “Get Ready for Obamalism”