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Consultants Who Think They Are Kingmakers

Boyd Marcus (the Karl Rove lookalike on the right) when he still consorted with Republicans.

Boyd Marcus (the Karl Rove lookalike on the right) when he still consorted with Republicans.

A Virginia consultant no voter ever heard of endorses a candidate for governor nobody really likes and somehow it’s on the front page of the Washington Post’s Metro section. It reminds me of what Democrats formerly called the ‘Shrum Primary.’  That was the jockeying Democrat presidential candidates went through to try and persuade Bob Shrum to join their campaign as lead media consultant and strategist.

It wasn’t quite like a barefoot Emperor Henry IV standing in the snow begging the forgiveness of Pope Gregory VII, but it was close. The Shrum spectacle went on for a number of presidential elections until someone noticed (keep in mind Democrats are often blind to the obvious) that Shrum candidates were never called Mr. President after the election.

There is a larger question regarding both of these instances — who cares and how large does your ego have to be to think someone does?

This week’s ‘newsmaker’ is Boyd Marcus, described by the Posties as “a veteran Republican political consultant.” Marcus is famous as the architect of George Allen’s U.S. Senate victory over incumbent senator Tim Kaine last November. At a time when madcap TEA Party candidates were discussing women’s private parts or God’s plan for rape, ‘mainstream’ George Allen was cruising to victory.

Wait, my mistake. That’s what Marcus assured us was going to happen after ‘electable’ Allen (he can raise money, you know) got the nomination. So when November came around, Marcus and the rest of the Allen brain trust were perched inside the Mitt Romney Momentum Express bus waiting for the acceleration to kick in. They are still waiting.

It’s completely in character for Marcus to move from Republican Allen’s rerun Senate candidacy to a revenge endorsement of Democrat Terry McAuliffe in this year’s Virginia governor’s race. Marcus, who formerly only worked in Republican campaigns, says he is proud to endorse McAuliffe because Terry is the only candidate for governor willing to cut him a check.

Whoops, another mistake on my part.

For public consumption Marcus said, “I was looking at the candidates, and I saw Terry McAuliffe as the guy who will work with everybody to get things done.” Then McAuliffe wrote him the check. And what a deal! If only endorsements for the Democrat money–man were all a simple financial transaction! McAuliffe wouldn’t have to waste time shaking hands and pretending to be interested in what some Virginia hillbilly thinks about the deficit.

The McAuliffe campaign also issued its own bizarre Marcus quote, “I’ve never before supported any Democrat, but this election Terry is the clear choice for mainstream conservatives.” Translation: McAuliffe is the clear choice for self–involved turncoats whose support is for sale.

The real reason Marcus decided to monetize his political sympathies was his candidate for governor in Virginia — Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling — dropped out of the race when Ken Cuccinelli supporters in the Republican Party changed the nomination format from a primary to a convention. This completely upset the Bolling applecart consultants and all.

In spite of the fact Bolling had been light governor for eight years he and Marcus somehow overlooked the importance of building an organization during his two terms. No real connection with the grassroots means no delegates at the convention. So TEA Party fave Cuccinelli walked away with the nomination.

That meant Marcus lacked a meal ticket this fall. Cuccinelli certainly wasn’t going to hire him and there were no wealthy Virginia RINOs running for other statewide offices available to aid his cash flow.

An operative with even a shred of integrity would simply sit this one out. What one doesn’t do is what Marcus did — sign on with a candidate that is the antithesis of everything for which the Virginia, and for that matter national, Republican Party stands. This is what the average American hates about politics: The mercenaries and their candidates who ‘grow’ in office and have infinitely malleable principles.

How many pro–life bills does Marcus think uber–Democrat McAuliffe is going to sign? How many taxes will McAuliffe be willing to cut? How much government intrusion into the free market is McAuliffe going to prevent? And how often will McAuliffe oppose public employee union attempts to put one over on the taxpayer? Will McAuliffe fight Obamacare and the Medicaid expansion? Will McAuliffe be a voice against pressure from the left to legalize illegals?

In a nutshell, none, none, none, never, no and no. The things McAuliffe will get “done” involve abortion, alternate lifestyles, amnesty and helping Hillary gear up for 2016.

The vast majority of Virginia Republicans really believe in the party’s platform. They don’t change their positions like Marcus changes his socks. Marcus’ politics of petulance is one of the many problems with GOP ‘leadership’ today.

I know a little about changing political parties. Up until about 2000 I was a Democrat, but as I experienced more of reality and the Democrat party decided to embrace unreality, we drifted apart. I made the change official in the 2002 election and I stopped working for Democrat candidates and limited myself to Republicans.

Switch–hitting in baseball is fine (and leftists would have you believe it makes for an exciting marriage) but in politics it only indicates opportunism and a lack of core beliefs.

It will say a great deal about Marcus if he tries to work for Republicans in the future. And it will say even more about any Republican who hires him. Conservatives beware.

Arizona Republic Endorses Mitt Romney

The usually left leaning Arizona Republic today boldly announced its endorsement of Mitt Romney for President. Citing a desperate need for job creation, managed debt and a need for true health care reform the editorial staff of the Republic carefully explained desire to see the United States return to the super power of which it is capable.

From the Republic: We believe the nation’s best opportunity to escape the compounding woes of spiraling debt and economic stagnation lies with a president who believes in the free market’s capacity to heal its own wounds.

That leader is Romney. The nation’s economy now is in desperate need of the kind of jobs-creating animal spirits that President Romney would encourage.

The economy indisputably will benefit, perhaps significantly, from a flatter, fairer system of taxation along the lines proposed by Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan.

It will benefit, too, from a regulatory environment that does not smother small businesses with punitive, anti-competitive, hoop-jumping requirements that favor their bigger competitors. We expect a Romney administration to foster that kind of growth-oriented, business-friendly environment.

But, more to the point, we expect better job growth in a Romney economy mostly because Mitt Romney does not fear or dislike a free-wheeling, growing, free-market economy.

We cannot say the same of President Obama.

The editors remind the reader that President Obama has worked diligently to promote the view government not individuals grow the economy casting aside the long held belief that small business is the backbone of the country.

The reason Obama’s infamous “You didn’t build that” comment on July 13 in Roanoke, Va., resonated among his political opponents wasn’t because it revealed some great secret.

It resonated because it validated a suspicion that the president has done little to dismiss. He has consolidated federal power and reach in health care, banking, the auto industry and energy production. He has fostered the view that all good economic things flow from Washington.

It’s an interesting review. The state of Arizona continues to struggle with the poor housing market, foreclosures, and unacceptable unemployment numbers. Most analysts put the state in the red column so perhaps the Republic is just hoping to gain approval and perhaps subscriptions among its readers. Never the less, an endorsement by the newspaper of record for the of Arizona is still a coup for the Romney-Ryan team.

You can read the entire editorial at the Republic’s website AZCentral.

Will This Endorsement Be The Death Nail In Romney's Coffin?

The 2012 Presidential election is in full swing! Iowa started the “official” kickoff with its caucuses last night.

While the majority of the media sat around waiting for missing ballots, Politico delivered what could very well be the death nail in Mr. Mitt “The Only Electabale Candidate” Romney’s coffin: the declaration that John McCain is set to endorse Mitt Romney.

The really strange thing is that the Republican Establishment still does not seem to get it! We The People have had enough of the same ole’ “politics as usual” game. The Republican Party has played the game for years, and we’ve all just gone along to get along, so to speak. One would think the mid-term elections in 2010 would have sent the message loud and clear to The Establishment, but, they still don’t seem to get it. We The (Conservative) People do not care that they The Establishment say it’s Mitt Romney’s “turn” to run for President. That’s all he’s been doing for four years now.

So many of us have said we are sick and tired of having to hold our nose and vote for the “lesser of two evils“. That’s what we were stuck with in the 2008 election, with John McCain and Barack Obama. Mitt Romney was in full swing back then, as well, and as Politico stated:

“The Arizona senator fought a bitter nomination battle with Romney four years ago, though Romney has worked to mend the relationship since then. “

The saying is definitely true…. “politics sure makes strange bed fellows.” Bitter rivals in 2008 now on the “same team” in 2012? That pretty much sums up the whole attitude of The Establishment: it’s all a game to them. They spout a few endearing words here and there about taking our country back, restoring her and the principles she was founded on, but they are hollow words at best. It’s nothing but one big game to all of them.

John McCain’s endorsement of Romney should shake the Tea Party into full action. Things have been a little too quiet in that camp since the 2010 election. Rick Santorum’s virtual win in Iowa should be the kick in the pants the Tea Party needs to get them moving again. While Rick Santorum “officially” lost to Mitt Romney, it was by a mere 8 vote. Eight votes! That’s all that kept Rick Santorum  from an “official” win in Iowa last night.

Mitt Romney has been campaigning since the 2008 election (and before, in reality), and has spent millions of dollars. Rick Santorum spent “next to nothing”, and campaigned the good ole fashioned way: “riding around in a borrowed pickup”, shaking the hands of the constituents and asking for their vote.

Rick Santorum is by no means “new” to politics, and has some marks against him, but as my colleague so eloquently stated:

“…Santorum is much less polished and much more human than Romney…”

If there were ever any questions about Mitt Romney, the fact that John McCain will now endorse him should clearly define our reality: politics is nothing but a game, literally! The Republican Party and Super PAC’s will continue to throw millions of dollars behind Mitt Romney, and essentially buy the election.

If ever there were a time in this nation’s history for people to stand up and shout, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”, this is it! No more “politics as usual!” It is NOT Mitt Romney’s “turn” to run for President simply because some elite few think they are the ones to make our decisions for us. If The Establishment has their way, John McCain’s endorsement of Mitt Romney will be the “defining moment” of this election, not the death nail.

In a perfect world Rick Santorum would not have been the perfect choice going into this battle. However, pulling the lever for him will be MUCH easier than pulling the lever for John McCain ever was! When push comes to shove, if Rick Santorum becomes the Republican nominee, voting will not be nearly as disgusting this time around. One can definitely hope!

Indeed, Mr. Santorum: “GAME ON!”

John Thune To Support Mitt Romney

In the continual march of “inevitability”, Mitt Romney picks up another big name endorsement.  Sometime today, Senator John Thune (R-SD) is expected to announce his support of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.  The following excerpt is from DesMoinesRegister.com.

“Mitt Romney has shown throughout his life in the private sector, as leader of the Olympics, as governor, and in this campaign that he will not back down from difficult challenges. His plans to revitalize the private sector and restore our country’s fiscal health are drawn from his 25 year career as a conservative businessman.”  -Sen John Thune

Is Mitt the “inevitable” candidate?  Or do these endorsements, ultimately, amount to nothing?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson Receives Endorsement From Willie Nelson and the Teapot Party

Fiscally responsible former Governor of New Mexico continues to garner support nationwide

May 17, 2011, Santa Fe, NM – Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson today announced that he has received the official endorsement of legendary entertainer Willie Nelson and the National Teapot Party, which Nelson co-founded.  The endorsement comes following a meeting between Johnson and Nelson last week, and marks the first presidential endorsement for the Teapot Party.

Upon hearing the news of the endorsement, Governor Johnson said, “I am truly gratified to have the endorsement of such a legendary entertainer and champion for individual rights as Willie Nelson.” Johnson continued, “Not only is Willie a superstar talent but, he is a strong advocate for social change, as seen through his tireless work on behalf of family owned farms and hard working Americans.  People across this country are demanding the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams without interference from a heavy-handed government, and Willie and I stand together to lend our voices to those demands.”

Recently, Governor Johnson appeared in the first Republican Presidential debate on FOX News. Throughout the debate, Governor Johnson reinforced his reputation and credentials as the most fiscally conservative governor in modern times, including his unmatched record of vetoing 750 bills. Governor Johnson was the only candidate to discuss sensible drug policy, advocating a cost-benefit analysis of the War on Drugs. As part of his drug policy platform, Johnson reiterated his unequivocal support of marijuana legalization, stating, “I advocate legalizing marijuana – control it, regulate it, tax it.”

Serving as the Republican Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, Johnson formally announced his candidacy for President of the United States in April from the New Hampshire State House.


Update: It seems Willie Nelson has had a change of heart on his endorsement for Gary Johnson.

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