Campaigns & Candidates

There ARE Rising Stars in the GOP!

Barack Obama and Ron Paul had something very much in common during the '08 campaign. Both won hearts and minds talking about fiscal responsibility and Bush bashing.  The key difference was Obama delivered his fencepost-up-side-the-head attacks on Bush with polished eloquence and Paul, with his tremulous, whiny voice, sounded more like someone's great-grandad sitting on the front porch ranting about issues of the day.  Ron Paul won the CPAC straw poll last night, at least among the college age attendees that voted.  When FOX News announced the results, they were quick to add that many people chose not to stand in line and cast a vote, suggesting the result isn't  especially signficant, but you can bet the liberal media and pundits such as the gang on MSNBC's Morning Joe tomorrow will have a boat load of fun with it.  They'll be quick to point out that the Republican Party still does not have a shining star at the helm.

Ron Paul is a stalwart against big government spending and along with his libertarian and anti-war points of view, he does have something to offer the disgruntled, especially Tea Party activists.  The combination of Ron Paul and an unpopular mainstream Republican candidate (selected for the most part by the liberal media) won the White House for Mr. Obama.  So, we want to go that route again in 2012?

There is a growing number of conservative Republicans, especially in the House of Representatives that are getting little press or attention.  As Mr. Limbaugh says, you can always tell which Republicans the Democrats fear most because they go after them with full force of their wrath and condemnation.  Identify, isolate and destroy.  The media has thus far been pretty successful in taking Bobby Jindahl off the national radar, yet the press conference he gave in anticipation of another hurricane instead of making a speech at the '08 Republican National Convention was incredible.  He is a man with remarkable leadership and organizational  abilities with staunch conservative values, not just in theory, but also in practice. He is also a joke amongst media types.

Indiana offers two conservative Republicans with impressive track records, and either would make an excellent presidential candidate.  Mike Pence and Mitch Daniels are often overlooked, but if you YouTube Pence's speech at CPAC a couple of days ago, he looks and sounds very much like the kind of conservative we need.  Governor Daniels presides over a state of fiscal reponsibility and black ink.  Cross the state line between Illinois and Indiana and immediately you'll see a vast difference in conditions of their roads and highways.  In spite of the likes of native Hoosiers such as David Letterman, Indiana has alot to offer America right now in terms of conservative leadership.  However, the suggestion that John Cougar Mellencamp may be a viable candidate for Evan Bayh's seat reminds us that even Red states have their share of looney liberals. 

We should also be taking a look at young Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.  He stood up to Obama at the Republican House Retreat a few weeks ago.  He has put forth an impressive and extremely workable, affordable alternative to ObamaCare.  It is simply a lie for anyone to continue to say that the Republicans offer no plan to health care reform.  As always, the Democrats' definition of bipartisanship means Republicans roll over and give them whatever they want without argument. 

The newly inaugurated governors of Virginia and New Jersey are both carrying the conservative torch and if they so continue, will have long careers in Republican politics.    John Thune and others have much to offer the Republican Party platform.  We have stars, but we need to start looking up rather than backward.  

God love Glenn Beck, and thanks to him for the hard work in exposing the truth about ACORN and many of the shady characters given jobs as czars in this administration.  At the same time, Mr. Beck will do the resurgence of the conservative movement more harm than good if he continues his rant against the Republican Party.  We all painfully understand that when the majority voted Obama into office, many were voting against Bush policies and spending.  Glenn forgets sometimes that presidents don't have the power to spend, only to recommend spending.  Spending, for the most part, spun out of control starting in '07 when power was handed to Pelosi and Reid.  At some point, we need to move past the overblown spending in the Bush Administration on initiatives like education and the prescription drug entitlement.  Those were Bush's versions of the coveted bipartisanship, and we see where they got him.  We get it.   Massive spending of money not yet earned, borrowing from China and printing whatever else we need is a really bad deal for America.  But we have people that agree with us and that are willing to freeze spending here, and slash it there.  We have people ready to govern within strict conservative boundaries.

The Tea Party folks have put forth a third party candidate in Nevada to run against Harry Reid.  Ron Paul is obviously still popular among many.  History shows us time and again that when one party splits, it also fails.  We can try to run Third Party candidates without the funding, clout and backing of the Republican Party and take our chances, or we can look to some bright young stars waiting to be discovered.  There are candidates that will govern with the conservative values we want and need.  Once they are elected, we must not go back to sleep politically and expect government to take care of itself.  We need to stay engaged, continue to organize town hall meetings frequently and write and call our representatives with demands that they adhere to their campaign promises.

Shovel-ready jobs for Republicans

George Will was the keynote speaker Thursday evening at the CPAC Convention. Mr. Will is a "Washington Insider" and conservatives out in the heartland of America often don't agree with him, myself included, but his speech was entertaining and at times, profound. Mr. Will concluded his comments Thursday with the analogy that Mr. Obama's policies and proposals are like sand pouring in around us, perhaps faster than we can keep it shoveled away.  He noted there is much work to be done between now and the elections in November 2010.  There is much sand to move and ground to cover in order to oust liberals and RINO's and replace them with true conservatives in Congress.  Mr. Will likened the work to 'shovel ready' jobs in keeping with the president's promise a year ago when he pushed for passage of his Stimulus Bill.

There are, indeed, shovel ready jobs for each concerned Colorado conservative voter.  We are a fortunate state, in that we have the caucus system.  We can gather with our neighbors in our precincts and discuss the issues and the candidates.  We can exchange knowledge and information we've gained through researching the candidates and attending debates between them.  We have an opportunity to select the best persons for the job openings in Colorado politics. 

We will not find the perfect fit for each job, but we have a duty to choose as carefully as possible and most importantly, we are duty bound to participate.  Once our primaries are over, Coloradoans must take up our shovels and begin the Big Dig out of stifling, smothering government spending, waste and intrusion into our lives before it quietly robs us of our freedoms and liberties and further bankrupts the futures of generations to come. 

This is Colorado!  Grab your shovel and help dig for 'gold'.  Be a part of the caucus process.  Contact your county GOP office and find out who your Precinct Leader is and where your precinct caucus meeting will be held.  A group of concerned citizens in El Paso County have obtained lists of registered GOP voters in each precinct and will walk neighborhoods between now and the March caucus, encouraging their fellow Republicans to come out and be a part of this great opportunity.   The GOP brand has faltered in recent years.  We can reverse that by reaching out to our neighbors and letting them know we are proud to stand with our party in Colorado and are committed to working hard to elect the best candidates.  The more people come together to work toward the common causes and support our candidates, the more the timid members of our party will feel better about standing with us.   We'll see a resurgence of the conservative movement and a return of Colorado to its "RED" status.

Sharf running again in HD-6

Editor: Joshua Sharf, who blogs for us as well as on his own at View from a Height, and who has long helped me on radio, made it official last week: He will take another run next year at the east Denver seat in Colorado's House that eluded him last year when Democrat Lois Court prevailed after Sharf had bested Rima Barakat Sinclair in the GOP primary. Here's his email announcement from today: On Thursday, October 15, I announced my candidacy for State House District 6.

I'm running because I know that Colorado can do better than we have been, and that our district's representation in the State House of Representatives needs to be a part of that improvement.

House District 6 is a relatively prosperous district. But even past success isn't enough to guarantee the future. Coloradoans are worried about losing control over their futures, futures which they have worked hard to build. We can work to give them back that control.

Colorado has the resources – most importantly, our people – that can lead us back out. We need to unleash those resources to their full potential.

I hope you'll be able to join me as I walk the district, knock on doors, and discuss how to get the state moving in the right direction again. Please visit my website at for more information.

The work ahead won't be easy, but together, we can succeed, both as a campaign and more importantly, as a state.

See you on the trail, JOSHUA SHARF

Hillman: No 2010 candidacy

Republican National Committeeman Mark Hillman will not seek any elected office next year, he announced in a mass email to friends on Sunday afternoon. The former Senate Majority Leader and acting State Treasurer had been mentioned as a possible candidate for the GOP nomination as US Senator, Governor, or 4th District Congressman. He lost narrowly to Democrat Cary Kennedy for State Treasurer in 2006.

Mark is a close personal friend, a regular contributor to this blog and our radio show, and an outstanding conservative leader. We can hope to see him back in political combat, and ultimately in public office, one day soon. Here is the text of his announcement:

I have decided not to seek elected office in 2010. Much has changed since I last ran in 2006 - my wife and I have "settled down" in my hometown of Burlington and a six-month-old boy has drastically changed our priorities. Campaigning for statewide or federal office is very demanding and our party deserves candidates who are willing to make that campaign a top priority. At this time, that simply isn't a commitment I am willing to make.

I am truly grateful for your support over the years and if, in a few years, it turns out that another campaign is right for me, for my family, and for Colorado, I would be honored to again have your support.

In the meantime, I intend to work hard as your friend, as a conservative committed to limited government and constitutional freedom, and as your Republican National Committeeman to do all I can to help our candidates and our party succeed by returning to our roots and unifying around our core conservative principles.

Yours for freedom, Mark Hillman