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Friday, June 15, 2007

I Don't Blame Them

During the last election, Republican voters stayed home in droves. Some were annoyed that Republican legislators were spending like Democrats. Some were annoyed with Republican leaders who cowered to Democrat demagoguery. But, many of these voters grew frustrated with a Republican Party that refused to stand up for the issues that it claims to support. I don't blame them for staying home.

Last night, a representative from the Republican Party of Minnesota met with me and a few Republican volunteers. We tried to express the sentiments from those voters who stayed home last year. We tried to deliver the message that these voters wanted to send by abstaining from the election. Unfortunately, I think our efforts were in vain.

The message from the Minnesota Republican State Party is that local activists need to do more to connect with and to win the support of local voters. The State Party doesn't get it.

As a volunteer, I work to sell a product. That product is the Republican Party and it's candidates. I support this product because I believe in it. I believe in the ideology and the issues that define the Republican Platform. As a volunteer, I helped define this platform.

Politics is the business of selling representation -- of selling advocates -- of selling a party and candidates to advocate for issues of interest to the voters. But, I cannot sell a party that is not willing to advocate for the issues it supports!

I cannot sell a party that is not willing to sell itself!


I don't blame those who stayed home last year because the Republican Party did a poor job of selling its message. Moreover, it offered very little hope that its candidates would vigorously advocate on behalf of its voters.

Still, it is difficult to send a message by NOT voting. Silent voters are difficult to hear – unless they raise their voices now and let their concerns be known by party leaders and elected Republicans.


Blogger Right Hook said...

The Republican so-called leadership as well as the elected officials are fully aware of the concerns of the base. Unfortunately many of them have chosen to put their "Listen" switch into the "Off" position.

I, as well as many others, regularly call, write, and e-mail those in power on a regular basis. For officials willing to check it out there are a multitude of blogs, talk radio shows, and letters to the editor that get the message out. The message is loud and clear for any politician or official willing to listen.

When so-called leaders like Trent Lott, when they make statements like "Talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem", are exhibit "A" as to what the real problem is--it ain't with the voters.

Apparently McLame/Feingold wasn't enough to "deal" with the "problem"...just what does Senator Lott and others in the party have in mind?

6/16/2007 6:46 AM  
Blogger John Galt said...

No, I disagree. I think the silence is deafening. What's even louder is the lack of clinking going on in the Republican coffers. If the leadership doesn't change after the last election and the drastic drop in giving, particularly of small donations, we can be sure they are worthless. I'm already basically certain of that, and I'm no longer motivated by the "but consider the alternative" argument. There's a reason I named myself John Galt.

6/17/2007 3:37 PM  
Anonymous bobby_b said...

I, like you, would rather that my party platform and positions and leadership all blend together to form a certain "product." They're not doing that, but I doubt it has anything to do with listening, or understanding.

They've simply decided that their idea of the right "product" differs from our idea.

We can push as long and as loudly as we want for a company in which we have stock to make their cars in bright puce, but if the day-to-day managers of the company hate puce, it's not gonna happen. They'll be listening to us, and understanding us, but they won't be agreeing with us that a bright puce car will sell better than the current lime green car.

6/18/2007 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Judith Jones said...

GREAT JOB! From Houston, Texas.

Just saw your blog for the first time today --- your observations reflect so much of what Republicans here feel --- and know. Is there a way to get on your mailing list? I'd love to read your blog on a regular basis. We don't hear much from your neck of the woods around here!

Judith Jones

6/18/2007 9:14 PM  
Blogger G-Man said...

Judith, we are glad you found us. Unfortunately, we do not have a mailing list. It is our objective to post daily, but often times family and jobs come before blogging. Please bookmark us and check back often.

6/19/2007 5:20 PM  
Anonymous Sue Jeffers said...

Bobby_b...you are exactly right. Party leadership and elected officials are selling a different product. Clearly their version doesn't sell.

A message "we aren't as bad as the other guys" will be as effective in 08 as it was in 06 and 04.

Conservative principles and values win. It will be up to individuals and the grass roots at the local levels to regain majority status especially at the state level.
Sue Jeffers

6/19/2007 8:25 PM  

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