Monday, August 25, 2014

If GOP Fails to Take the Senate Here's the Reason Why We Shouldn't Be Surprised

While Republicans TALK about a strong ground game, Democrats are outdoing them at every step!

When will the GOP learn? Shortly after the big GOP win in 2010 I wrote the following post:

Don't Congratulate Ourselves Too Much for 2010 Election Win: 2012 Won't Be So Easy
Democrats well funded permanent political infrastructure gives them huge advantage over GOP/Tea Party volunteers and ad hoc organization!

In that, I described how several close senate races where GOP candidates had a slight lead in the polls were lost due to Dems more effective ground game with "boots on the ground" consisting of paid staff in multiple campaign field offices. It's the same strategy Dems used to retake the House of Representatives in 2006 and Obama used in 2008.

Approaching the 2012 election I warned again:

August 23, 2011
GOP: Get Smart or Lose in 2012
It's time the GOP learned the lesson the Organizer in Chief taught us in 2008!

August 27, 2012
Warning: Obama Campaign Spending on Ground Game Could Overwhelm GOP Enthusiasm
Romney/Ryan need to focus on turnout with grass roots organization to match Obama's!

But the consultants that ran McCain's campaign into the ground also drove Romney's into the ground by allocating resources to campaign ads that got lost in the noise in key states while Obama once again had paid staffers who even drove golf carts at universities taking students to early voting centers. I guess that kind of work is beneath GOP consultants!

So, I warned again:

June 15, 2013
GOP Repeating Same Mistake While Dems Charge Ahead with 21st Century Campaign Techniques
How many more elections will GOP throw away before they figure this out?

And again after the special congressional election victory of David Jolly in Florida:

March 17, 2014
Don't Get Too Giddy About 2014 Election. Turnout and Early Voting Mechanics Still Rule. Has GOP Learned the Lesson?
Despite the wave of anti-Obama voters, Dems still outperform GOP in critical vote getting tactics!

Well, what do I know? I'm just a veteran staffer of two statewide campaigns in Ohio, one of the most competitive states in the country and worked in the Reagan White House Office of Political Affairs during the 1988 presidential election.

Where is GOP Groundgame Now?

We are less than 100 days before the November election that holds the balance of the U.S. Senate and our ability to put the brakes on Obama for the last two years of his term. Since the GOP loss in the presidential election in 2012 I have heard GOP Chairman Reince Preibus insist that the GOP is suddenly taking the ground game seriously.

Then I read Molly Ball's recent column in the Atlantic. Ball describes Democrat efforts to hold the senate seat of Mark Pryor in a very Republican state. Dems have opened 39 campaign offices in the state, many with full time paid staff. They have already been working non stop for months to register thousands of new voters. Contrast that effort with the 11 offices opened by Republicans:
[T]he Republicans' effort pales in comparison to what the Democrats have built: Democrats are spending more than five times as much money in Arkansas, and have four times as many field offices and triple the number of staff. In the month of July alone, the Arkansas Democratic Party reported nearly $900,000 in federal campaign spending, while Arkansas Republicans reported $155,000. (Most of the money the Democrats are spending has come directly from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.) Democrats listed 64 staffers on their payroll; Republicans listed 22. The RNC claims it has 50 people on the payroll in Arkansas, including some being paid by other GOP committees, but I could not find a record of them and staffers on the ground were not aware of them. According to public records, there are Democratic staffers in places like Cabot (population 24,000), Marion (12,000), Arkadelphia (11,000), and Dardanelle, Tom Cotton's hometown, with fewer than 5,000 residents.
And it's not just Arkansas, but Georgia, Alaska and other states where the GOP senate candidate should be a slam dunk win.

Ball points out:
If, as many believe and some studies have shown, the Starbucks-like proliferation of swing-state campaign offices and staff helped Obama win in 2012, Republicans appear to be in danger of being organizationally overmatched once again.
Haven't I been saying that FOR YEARS!

With just weeks to go before November's election it's likely too late to make drastic changes in GOP campaign plans. But, where possible resources should be reallocated away from wasteful media campaigns to fund voter registration and get out the vote efforts. Otherwise GOP candidates are just depending on luck that voter angst at Democrats will be so massive as to swamp Dem's efforts. But there are signs that wave may not appear. Even if it does, we still may lose seats that we would otherwise win if we emulated the Democrat playbook.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Experience Leads One to Question How Serious Obama Is About Justice for James Foley and Defeating ISIS

In light of Benghazi attack, vehement promises to bring killers to justice ring hollow!

Moments after consoling the parents of Jim Foley, beheaded by ISIS in Syria (WARNING, GRAPHIC IMAGE) Obama went to the microphones with a statement in which he decried how there is no place in the 21st Century for this kind of barbarism (sound familiar) he promised:
OBAMA: The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people.  We will be vigilant and we will be relentless.  When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done.
Does that have a familiar ring as well? He made a similar promise to bring the killers of our Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. With the killers hiding in plain site, even giving press interviews, we only managed to capture ONE of the killers nearly two years later. The rest remain at large.

The New York Daily News also questions Obama's resolve:
In an editorial the Daily News says:
Americans can only pray that President Obama was as serious as a drone strike when he vowed the United States would “see that justice is done” for the beheading of American journalist James Foley.

While his anger was palpable, Obama’s resolve to rain death on the savages of ISIS was far from clear. Worse, he signaled disdain for the gravity of the moment by going from the presidential podium straight to a vacation round of golf.

The country deserved better from its reluctant-warrior commander in chief. So, too, Foley’s family. So, too, the family of Steven Sotloff, a second American journalist held by ISIS. So, too, the tens of thousands of Iraqis and Syrians facing murderous barbarity.

You had to examine Obama’s words closely to find a ray of hope that he would deliver on promised justice — not today or tomorrow but, maybe, after building an internationally sanctioned campaign. As he remarked, “we act against (ISIS), standing alongside others.”
Yes, it would be nice to see Islamic states at our side as we take the fight to ISIS, if only to transform the battle from one pitting the U.S. against Sunnis into one of Muslims against maniacs. But no one has ever seen such a coalition of the crescent.

So, unfortunately, doubts about Obama’s intentions are real. To his credit, the President authorized bombing strikes against ISIS to prevent the group from killing thousands of Yazidis. Properly, he has kept up the offensive after Foley’s beheading and in the face of a threat that Sotloff would be next to die.

He has presented the American campaign so far as saving innocent lives, protecting U.S. personnel and aiding Iraqi forces in combatting ISIS. While the drive has scored victories, the mission demands have now changed dramatically.

Staying the course is not an option.
Obama's former aides and Pentagon staff admit he has no strategy for defeating ISIS. And from his behavior he doesn't appear to be working very hard to build the kind of international coalition he describes in his statement after Foley's murder.

With Obama it's business as usual and that means golf comes first. It also means that the threat from ISIS will continue to grow putting the lives of many more Americans at risk!

Ten minutes after proclaiming Foley's killer would be brought to justice Obama was on the golf course!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ISIS Sends Obama a Message. Obama Goes Golfing [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

How many more Americans and others will die before Obama gets serious about this plague of evil?

You may have heard the usual litany from those who want us to refrain from acting to counter the ISIS monsters currently on a killing spree in Iraq and Syria. It's none of our business they say when Christians and Yazidis  are slaughtered in a genocidal rampage.

James Wright Foley is the first American to fall victim to this plague of evil. He was beheaded in a gruesome video (WARNING GRAPHIC). I challenge those who say we should not do anything to counter ISIS to watch that video and realize that unless we stop these monsters they will be coming here to the U.S. Notice that the killer spoke with an English accent. We will see him again at a school near you?

After learning of Foley's murder Obama made another statement Wednesday decrying the brutality of ISIS. He promised "When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done. And we act against ISIL, standing alongside others."

That's sure to scare ISIS. Most of the Benghazi killers are still running loose after Obama declared they would be hunted down. Worse still Obama has presented no strategy which is intended to defeat these monsters. The Pentagon has admitted that the current policy of limited bombing is not a plan to defeat ISIS or prevent them from expanding their operations elsewhere.

We should also point out that immediately after making his statement Obama headed not to meetings with his advisers to devise a strategy but to the golf course.

James Foley's parents broke down in tears at a news conference outside their home in New Hampshire. They called James "a martyr for freedom." His father John said ISIS is "a stain on the human race,” he said. “It’s just awful. There simply isn’t enough being done. If more was done, then Jim would be here right now.”

There's not enough being done. And again, I challenge those who would support Obama's policy to look at the graphic image below. It's blood on your hands:


George W. Bush Takes ALS Bucket Challenge

Will Bill Clinton accept Bush's challenge?

To raise money for ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease famous and non-famous people are getting buckets of ice water tossed on their heads. Here's Bush's video:

I'd love to see Hillary dump cold water on Bill. Something tells me it wouldn't be the first time!

Monday, August 18, 2014

As Facts Emerge, Shooting in #Ferguson Takes on Different Look

Not that this will make the slightest difference to those intent on looting, violence or promoting a political agenda!

Autopsy results as well as other information have come out in the past few days that paint a different story from the one being promoted in much of the media. I'll summarize quickly but give you the links for more details.

First, prior to the shooting of Michael Brown, the teen is acknowledged to have committed a strong arm robbery at a convenience store where he stole Swisher Sweets, a cigar product used to make marijuana "blunt." Brown who was 6'5" tall and over 200 pounds is shown to be physically threatening and pushing the store clerk. Autopsy results released today show marijuana is Brown's system.

Autopsy results also show Brown was shot from the front, not from the back and suggest that he did not have his hands in the air to surrender. Story from Dorian Johnson, Brown's accomplice in the store robbery is not supported by this information. The media ran with stories from Johnson and created the false impression that Brown had surrendered when he was shot.

Instead, we learn later that one witness to the shooting made a video live at the scene and describes how Brown was rushing the officer.

So, Brown was NOT surrendering, NOT shot in the back, most likely high on pot. But that's not the story many on the left want you to hear.

Meanwhile, the looting, violence and vandalism continues as racebaiters and communists use the incident to promote their agenda. Some Ferguson citizens have rallied to the defense of the Police Officer involved, but you aren't likely to hear their voice in the national media.

Finally, Attorney General Eric Holder is heading to Ferguson. No doubt his visit will be followed by a Democrat Party voter registration drive. This isn't about justice for Michael Brown. It's about using his killing to stoke racial division in the run up to the November election!

UPDATE: Attorney General Holder sends 40 FBI Agents to Ferguson to investigateMeanwhile, in Chicago last weekend 7 were killed and 28 wounded in shootings. No FBI to track down their killers.

UPDATE 2: More than a dozen witnesses support police version of events. Audio of radio caller gives Policeman Darren Wilson version.

UPDATE 3: Democrats erect voter registration booth near Brown Memorial. Tell me this isn't all about politics!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Former Aides, Cabinet Officers and Media All Doubt Obama's Strategy, Perhaps Even Willingess to Prevail over ISIS Threat

Maybe deep down Obama thinks America doesn't deserve to win against evil?

On Thursday Obama took a short break from his vacation to tell the world that after sending a military mission to talk about the desperate plight of Yazidis who fled murdering ISIS hordes but were left stranded on Mount Sinjar. He said: "we broke the ISIL siege of Mount Sinjar; we helped vulnerable people reach safety; and we helped save many innocent lives." Other than some vague promise to "continue air strikes to protect our people and facilities in Iraq," he offered no larger strategy or vision on how to address the problem.

As if to show just how empty Obama's words are ISIS massacred 100 men and boys in the small village of Kawju (Kojo) and kidnapped girls and women to be sold as sex slaves. The only U.S. response was a drone strike which destroyed only two vehicles in the ISIS convoy.

Dismay at Obama's weak and feckless response to this unfolding tragedy comes from both sides of the political aisle. First, Hillary Clinton said that Obama's guiding principle to "not do stupid shit" wasn't a strategy. On Friday, in the Wall Street Journal, retired Marine Corps Commandant General James Jones, Obama's first National Security Adviser (2009-2010)writes: "Iraq must promptly implement, with U.S. and international support, a robust and coherent battle strategy to destroy ISIS. " Gen. Jones continues:
While we should act multilaterally, we must expand American efforts or risk the continued existence of a terrorist Islamic State and a permanently Balkanized Iraq. Further action might include an Operation Provide Comfort-like mission to rescue Iraq's threatened refugees, an acceleration of aid and arms provision to Baghdad and Erbil, close air support to Iraqi and Kurdish operations, and an aggressive diplomatic initiative to unify the region against ISIS.
The crisis in Iraq is several orders of magnitude worse than those we faced in 1991 or at any time since the 2003 invasion. The U.S.—and our allies in Europe and the Middle East—must help Prime Minister-designate Abadi save Iraq. The consequences of failure are too great to opt out.
It's that "opt out" which appears to be Obama's first go to response to world troubles. In the New York Times Peter Baker titles his latest column "As World Boils, Fingers Point Obama’s Way." Baker points out that Obama argues he can only do so much:
Americans often think of their president as an all-powerful figure who can command the tides of history — and presidents have encouraged this image over the years because the perception itself can be a form of power. But as his critics have made the case that Mr. Obama’s mistakes have fueled the turmoil in places like Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, the president has increasingly argued that his power to shape these seismic forces is actually limited.

“Apparently,” he said in frustration the other day, “people have forgotten that America, as the most powerful country on earth, still does not control everything around the world.”

While as a statement of fact Mr. Obama’s assertion may be self-evident, it was seen by adversaries as a cop-out and even by more sympathetic analysts as a revealing moment for a president whiplashed by international instability
Baker fails to remind us that in 2008 Obama and his supporters promised he could change the world and heal the planet. Whining now about how little power Obama actually has seems rather silly. To many it seems that he's not even trying. Baker continues:
The risk, naturally, is that the president looks as if he is simply trying to excuse his own actions, or inactions, as the case may be.

“It’s become a refrain to the point where I think people are becoming quite critical that that’s his response to everything,” said Daniel L. Byman, a former member of the Sept. 11 commission staff now teaching at Georgetown University. “He’s not differentiating between things he can influence and those that he can’t.”
“I certainly do not think President Obama is responsible for all of the world crises that have taken place during his time in office,” said William C. Inboden, a former national security aide to President George W. Bush and executive director of the William P. Clements Jr. Center on History, Strategy and Statecraft at the University of Texas. “But he is responsible for actions and attitudes he took that have contributed to some of those crises — and he is also responsible for how he responds, or fails to respond.”
It's important to note that immediately after making Thursday's statement on the Yazidi crisis Obama didn't head back for meetings with his staff to work out a strategy or build a coalition of world leaders. Instead he went directly to the golf course!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pope Francis Calls for Stronger Action in Iraq Than Obama!

At least the Pope understands the grave nature of the crisis and understands the need for concrete action not talk!

As he does in so much else Obama continues to dither on what to do about the unfolding genocide in Iraq. His confused policy of limited air strikes, which even his own Pentagon spokesman admits won't stop ISIS is an embarrassment.

By contrast Pope Francis speaks with absolute clarity. In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon concludes:
The violent attacks that are sweeping across Northern Iraq cannot but awaken the consciences of all men and women of goodwill to concrete acts of solidarity by protecting those affected or threatened by violence and assuring the necessary and urgent assistance for the many displaced people as well as their safe return to their cities and their homes. The tragic experiences of the Twentieth Century, and the most basic understanding of human dignity, compels the international community, particularly through the norms and mechanisms of international law, to do all that it can to stop and to prevent further systematic violence against ethnic and religious minorities.
Other Vatican officials go even further in suggesting the necessity of more robust military operations to counter the threat of ISIS.

What does it say about Obama when even the Pope takes a harder line than the American President? Where's Obama's strategy to deal with the problem? Where's the effort to unite a coalition to address the problem? When will Obama stop golfing and fundraising long enough to actually do his job as Commander in Chief?

P.S. In case anyone is still unclear about the evil intent of ISIS, here's a link to one of their beheading videos[WARNING, GRAPHIC AND DISTURBING]. The victim here is in Syria but the same thing is happening to men, women and CHILDREN in Iraq[WARNING, GRAPHIC AND DISTURBING]!

P.P.S. I'll repeat this again. Where are the GAZA protesters? Are Iraqi children less human than Palestinian children? Or are the deaths of Iraqi children less useful in promoting a political agenda?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Video: Obama Repeatedly Claimed Credit for Getting U.S. Troops Out of Iraq but Now Denies It Was His Decision

Either he thinks the American people are stupid or he's been lying so long he doesn't even know the truth when he sees it!

Lately Obama has been taking a lot of heat for abandoning Iraq. The consequences of that policy can be seen in the genocide and the beheading of children by ISIS. But Obama wants you to think he's got nothing to do with our withdrawal. This is the President who bragged about ending the war and pulling out U.S. troops:

Last week Obama responded to the criticism of his failed policy by suggesting he had nothing to do with it. Rich Lowry writing in the New York Post:
At a press availability over the weekend about his new bombing campaign, the president kvetched about all those people who keep insisting that he ended the Iraq War: “What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision.”

It is true that the Bush administration had agreed to end our troop presence, and if we were going to stay, Obama had to negotiate a new “status of forces agreement” with the Iraqis.

Why it didn’t happen is a complicated question, and Iraqi resistance is part of the answer.
But Obama was perfectly content with the outcome.

“The leaders of all the major Iraqi parties had privately told American commanders that they wanted several thousand military personnel to remain, to train Iraqi forces and to help track down insurgents,” according to a definitive account in The New Yorker by Dexter Filkins.
Obama was “ambivalent about retaining even a small force in Iraq,” Filkins writes.

American officials negotiating with the Iraqis were left without guidance from the White House for months, and when Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki offered to sign an executive agreement — bypassing the problematic Iraq parliament — the administration said “no.” Filkins quotes an Iraqi politician: “The American attitude was: Let’s get out of here as quickly as possible.”
Obama's complete withdrawal from Iraq was a political, not a military, decision and we see the result. Now he's trying to hide from the consequences of his actions and avoid the political fallout he deserves. Will it work? Not with anyone who cares about what is happening to the innocent children in Iraq!

P.S. Where are the lefties who professed to care so much about the children of Gaza? Are Iraqi children less human or just less useful as political fodder for a left wing agenda?

Monday, August 11, 2014

GRAPHIC WARNING: Christian Children Being Beheaded in Mosul While Obama Plays on the Beach. Where are the Hollywood Celebs Who Care About Palestinians?

A few bombing strikes isn't enough to stop this evil. Does Obama not care about the children?

WARNING: Below this link are disturbing images from the genocide of Christian children in Mosul. Story without graphics is here.

Flashback 2008: The Party President Claims the Job Comes Before Leisure, Vacations Etc.

That was then, this is now. Obama on the beach as Iraq genocide continues!

Obama: "uh umm, you give me this office and in turn my, fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure is gone. I am giving my self to you."

Monday Obama spent the day on the beach and later he's headed to his 401st fundraiser, which is a record for ANY President. Is it any wonder he doesn't have time to manage the difficult policy of countering ISIS genocide in Iraq?

Democrats Trying to Convince Gullible Voters They Are Like Republicans

Don't be fooled. Once in office they'll behave just like the big spending liberals they really are!

In Alaska, Democrat Senator Mark Begich is up for re-election this fall. He's running an ad suggesting that he's just like Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski who objected and had lawyers send a cease and desist order to Begich.

The tactic of pretending Democrats are something they are not isn't unique to Alaska this year. Politico has a story with a whole list of Dems some of whom are trying to sound like they are members of the Tea Party.

But voters need to know that despite what these Dems say, the minute they are elected to either the House or the Senate they owe their allegiance to either Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid and are pledged to support their leadership which has been consistently left wing.

A vote for ANY Democrat for federal office is a vote for more Obama/Reid/Pelosi liberal shenanigans. Don't be fooled by thinking the donkey can change it's spots!
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