This election will tell us a lot about what Florida Republicans are all about. About what national Republicans are about as well. (Most of the national Republican muftis have lined up behind Crist.) The race has been described in several quarters as “a battle for the soul of the Republican Party.” It will also demonstrate whether a slow but relentless retail ground-game with limited media can succeed in a large state against a well-financed candidate the establishment is firmly behind.
Challenging the GOP’s establishment liberal wing won’t be easy
By Larry Thornberry
TAMPA — The race for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate seat Mel Martinez is not seeking re-election to in 2010 — which pits liberal Florida Governor Charlie Crist against conservative former Speaker of the Florida House Marco Rubio — is not exactly heating up. But it’s taking shape. There’s good and bad news for the right. Continue reading “Marco’s Long March”
It’s easy to see why conservatives are frustrated. Maybe that’s why they threw tea bags at the White House instead of discussing a platform on taxation. But this kind of erratic, pundit-driven development simply doesn’t work. Over the next five weeks, Congress stands poised to tackle climate change, health care, and a Supreme Court nomination. The minority won’t technically win any of these fights, so they really only have one viable option: go back to the drafting table and start working. (Either that or start a betting ring on who’ll go crazy next.)
Actually, what the party needs are fewer spotlights and more desk lamps
By Kelsey Stapler
There are some who believe those in high office should be held to a higher standard. Given recent events, however, Republican voters might just settle for officials to stay within the margins of polite society. Conservatives’ resignation (or worse, denial) in the face of political falling stars threatens to become the GOP’s next biggest problem.
Of course, politicians are human. They screw up, have affairs, quit their jobs early, and fly to Argentina just like the rest of us. But the bizarre antics of Ensign, Sanford, Palin, and others are also vintage examples of image trumping intelligence. Continue reading “Does the G.O.P. Wear a Thinking Cap or a Dunce Cap?”
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:
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.
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”
Strategic Solutions will donate the proceeds from the winning bid to the United States Treasury Federal Debt Reduction Account to help pay the nation’s staggering $11 trillion national debt. Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently supported adding $800 million dollars to the debt when he enthusiastically embraced President Obama’s reckless spending plan under the auspices of “stimulating” the economy.
Press Release April 14, 2009
Contact: Chris Ingram (813) 951-2977
Charlie Crist for Senate can be bought!
(Tampa, Fla.) — Strategic Solutions of Florida, a Tampa-based corporate and political consulting firm has put up for auction on E-bay the website domain http://www.CharlieCristforSenate.com which the company owns. Bidding starts at just $1.00.
Strategic Solutions will donate the proceeds from the winning bid to the United States Treasury Federal Debt Reduction Account to help pay the nation’s staggering $11 trillion national debt. Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently supported adding $800 billion dollars to the debt when he enthusiastically embraced President Obama’s reckless spending plan under the auspices of “stimulating” the economy. Continue reading “You can buy Charlie Crist!”