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Sunday Morning Book Thread - 04-17-2022 ["Perfessor" Squirrel] | Main | First-World Problems...
April 17, 2022

What Are We To Do? A Fine Question

As I scan the headlines for personal knowledge and sharing information with you I have come across a number of these stories lately.

  • The Memo: Democrats face nightmare scenario, ‘biblical disaster’
  • Are Democrats Headed for a Shellacking in the Midterm Election? What the generic ballot model predicts
  • McCarthy says GOP will win control of House: ‘It’s not going to be a five-seat majority’
  • ‘It’s Time You’re Out Of Elected Office’: Stefanik Backs Cheney’s GOP Primary Challenger
  • Don’t rule out a GOP Senate wave - Senate races shape up very differently from House ones
  • I think you get the point. The polls at this time indicate a big shake up in the House. The Senate appears to be up for grabs as well on Tuesday November 8, 2022.

    If my math is correct there are 205 days until that fateful Tuesday. The Democrats don't have a messaging problem. Their problem is that they have gone full Progressive. From inflation, student debt forgiveness to celebrating mental illness they have made their mark.

    In the event that the GOP doesn't shoot themselves in the crotch. (Can you say Immigration Reform?) They should take control of the House. History has shown that mid-term elections have been damaging to the party in control.

    There is also a lengthy list of incumbents who are retiring.

    The Senate is a different story. But, if the GOP does take control of both the House and the Senate poses an interesting situation.

    I received an email from a commenter by the name of David this past week and he put forth the following:

    Here is my question: how do we, assuming we retake the house, and defining we as populist, freedom loving conservatives, pick the next speaker of the house? It's the people's house, why don't the people pick the speaker? Following that thought, how do we also get our choice for Senate Majority Leader? I am asking for an answer. How do we do it? How do we get our guys in the position of leadership?

    How do we get our guys in the position of leadership? My humble opinion? At this point in time we can't. The powers that be have Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) already picking out curtains and doilies.

    There are not enough Republicans in the Senate who despise Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to vote him out of the Majority Leader's position.

    So if everything works out right, the House and Senate will be led by the GOPe. We will be stuck with McCarthy and McConnell.

    McCarthy's job will be to be a key fund raiser for the GOP's next election cycle. McConnell will be busy playing Senate rules and spending taxpayer dollars in a Democrat Lite version.

    Back to David's question. It will be a long term process. It will start out at local level. Who controls your state's GOP party apparatus? Are they conservative or are they Chamber of Commerce Republicans?

    Who is on your local school board? Who is your alderperson, board of trustees, etc.? These local politicians are the ones who run for State Assembly or State Senate. Who then run for national office. The key is to vote for the most conservative candidate at any election. It means getting involved in your local county or parish GOP party making sure it is conservative and/or populist.

    Once elected to a national office they have one overriding desire. It is to be reelected and climb the ladder of back bencher to a point of leadership. Unless your Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) then you just enrich yourself without doing squat for your constituents. But, I digress.

    So being reelected means sucking up to the RNC. It means not pissing off the McCarthy's and McConnell's.

    Can it be done? Can a younger local individual run for a local position and elevate themselves to a state position then onto the national stage of House or Senate? Yes, it can be done. And if we are going to elect the Jim Jordan's and the Ted Cruz's to positions of power it starts at the local level and it is a long, difficult but not impossible road.

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