The Voters Have Brokered This Convention

Ted Cruz suspended his campaign for President after losing Indiana. He was consistent to the end. In announcing the suspension of his campaign, he had said at the beginning that he was in this race as long as he could see a path to victory. In speaking to a group of his supporters, Cruz said that the voters of Indiana closed that path.

While suspending his campaign, he made it clear that his fight for liberty will continue. I interpret that to mean that he will be working to support the Republican nominee, who is presumptively Donald Trump. Ted Cruz took an honorable, honest, and courageous step by suspending his campaign. To continue on after a decisive loss in Indiana would be counter-productive. Continue reading

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All Eyes are on Indiana

The Presidential Primary is a relatively new approach in the American political process. Some states held primaries as early as 1901. It was after the 1968 Democrat National convention when Hubert Humphrey was nominated without running in a single primary, that the primary election was more widely adopted.

In 1976, Ronald Reagan ran a strong challenge to President Gerald Ford which was not settled until the convention. Since that time, candidates who were nominated by each party have won primaries and secured enough votes for the nomination before the national convention. This year we are experiencing an unintended consequence of the Primary process. Continue reading

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Repatriated Income Explained in Middle Class Kitchen Table Terms

The Obama stimulus plan approved in 2009 was supposed to cost 787 billion dollars when it was enacted. Estimates are now exceeding 830 billion. The idea was to take your tax money (actually borrow against your tax money) and create jobs so that the economy would grow. We are now in 2016 and still awaiting the economic reaction to the stimulus. It looks like the only thing stimulated was federal spending and the growth of our national debt.

Did you know that there is an estimated 2 trillion dollars that could be invested back in the US economy and it would not cost taxpayers a dime? Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have both talked about it on the campaign trail. I first heard it mentioned by David Perdue before he formally announced that he was running for US Senate. Continue reading

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2nd District Convention Delegates Reflect Primary Voters

Across Georgia last Saturday the Republican party held District Conventions.  Our District Chairman, Joseph Brannan set the tone for the meeting by stating that his desire was to see a slate of delegates for the Republican National Convention who would represent the results of the primary.

Chairman Brannan appointed Gerald Smith of Sumter County as the chairman of the committee.  He also appointed Seth Harpe – former State Senator from Muscogee County, Richard Wallace from Bibb County, Ritch McCutchen – 2nd District Chair of the Trump Campaign from Crisp County, and Don Cole – former 2nd District GOP Chair from Crisp County. Continue reading

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Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust – It’s All About the Ground Game

I once heard someone sum up the game strategy of legendary Georgia Bulldog Coach Vince Dooly. “Three yards and a cloud of dust.” It was a strategy built on fundamentals with a focus on keeping control of the ball and steady, consistent, movement down the field. There were no exciting choreographed, complicated, plays. Just three yards and a cloud of dust.

The Ted Cruz campaign could also be characterized as three yards and a cloud of dust. Cruz is a master political strategist. He knows what it takes to win and he has built a campaign organization that focuses on the fundamentals. Last August, Ted Cruz launched a bus tour of states across the South. It was months before the primaries in these states. Continue reading

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The Voters Will Be the Brokers for this Convention

The political elites have been floating rumors and strategies of a brokered convention.  I believe that the only brokers for this upcoming Republican Convention will be the voters in the primaries.  All eyes will be on Ohio and Florida tomorrow. If Donald Trump wins those two states, he is practically assured the nomination.

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Why Is Sarah Palin Getting Trashed?

Why is it that when someone decides to endorse one candidate, the supporters of other candidates feel the need to ridicule the endorser? Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump and suddenly our own side rips her to shreds. Her motives are questioned, she is painted as a total failure at everything she has ever done, and even her family members are maligned.

There is one; however, who did not take that approach Continue reading

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Predictions for Iowa

The Iowa caucuses are just days away now. I’ll go out on a limb and make some predictions. These are not endorsements, just observations.

I predict a record turnout. 65% of the vote will go to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz combined. Ben Carson comes in third if his supporters don’t throw in the towel and not show up.

Let me address the Ben Carson supporters with a message that applies to everyone. Continue reading

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Pretentious Predictions of Pompous Pundits

I have been watching the pundits, primarily on Fox News, and continue to be amazed at their predictions that basically write off the top three candidates, Trump, Carson, and Cruz. They act as if they are the HR Department who will hand the voters their list of acceptable candidates.

At worst it is arrogance. At best it is elitism. I call it simply pompous punditry. Continue reading

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