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I am voting for Evan McMullin

11 Oct , 2016  

Well, it’s a time for choosing.

When I cast my vote for President, I will be voting for a conservative Republican whose agenda I believe in, whose commitment to liberty is beyond doubt and whose grasp of the issues and ability to work with GOP House and Senate members would serve the party and more importantly America, well.

mcmlogoI am going to vote for Evan McMullin.

I am not ‘done’ with the Republican Party. Rather, I remain committed to the Party of Lincoln. And Reagan. And Thompson. And Walker. And Schimel. And Vukmir. And Kooyenga. And Hutton. And, me.

The most important race for Wisconsin conservatives and moderates this fall is the re-election of GOP United States Senator Ron Johnson. But when it comes to the Presidency, the GOP’s official nominee is so woefully deficient, I’ve looked elsewhere.

And I was #NeverHillary decades before I was #NeverTrump.

Fortunately, I do not have to settle for the lesser of two evils. More…

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My take on the 1st debate, Trump, Clinton and Lester Holt

27 Sep , 2016  

Enough with the complaining about Lester Holt.

As someone who dislikes both candidates who were on the stage last night, I’m a good fit to analyze the first 2016 general election presidential candidate face-off.

You can always tell who lost the debate. It’s the campaign that whines about the moderator. Lester Holt did a pretty good job as the moderator. Keeping Trump’s erratic behavior in check is a lot like herding cats. Some Trump supporters are upset that Holt interrupted Trump more than Holt interrupted Clinton. But Trump is a bully in life and that includes on the debate stage. He was constantly interrupting and interjecting during Clinton’s answers. That’s his right. But, I think Holt provided a nice check on that. Holt sat back at times and let the candidates debate back and forth, which was a smart thing to do and takes a lot of self discipline.

I do think the one glaring omission was not asking her about the Clinton Foundation and what that says about her ethics and her decision making. However, it’s not fair to blame Holt for all the missed opportunities Trump let fly by as he was instead obsessed with defending just how wealthy he was, and defending Russia against claims of cyber espionage. Trump had several missed opportunities. You could tell he didn’t prepare; and, throughout the night, Trump’s thin-skin got the best of him. More…

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Previewing Tonight’s Presidential Debate

26 Sep , 2016  

Donald Trump will win the debate. He has absolutely no expectations he must meet. Other than, perhaps, not completely losing it and punching his opponent. All of the weight rests on Hillary Clinton’s shoulders tonight. While I expect her to be adequate in both her temperament and rhetoric, the only way she wins is if she is exceptional and successfully baits Trump into exposing himself as the ignorant con man that we know him to be. It is more likely, however, that any attempt by her to do that will backfire, as she seems incapable of running a competent general election campaign so far. More…

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Obamacare could (and should) be the key issue in Johnson-Feingold Senate Race

30 Aug , 2016  

Politico recently published an article that highlighted Obamacare rate increases in states where there are competitive US Senate races this fall. The reporter accurately quoted me, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to expand my thoughts a bit.

I told her, flat out that I think the fallout from the ACA implementation could be a sleeper issue in the Wisconsin race that could propel Senator Johnson to victory in November.
All the pieces are there for the Senator to effectively campaign on this issue.
If Johnson were to frame the issue correctly, he could make Feingold’s vote for Obamacare an albatross that would drag him down to defeat in November. He could simply tell voters: “If you have better access to better, more affordable healthcare now than you did 6 years ago, vote for Senator Feingold. If not, don’t reward the man who cast the decisive vote to pass Obamacare.”
There are clear differences between Johnson, Feingold regarding Obamacare. And there are plenty of reason why that contrast matters to Wisconsinites.

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2018 Governor’s Race: Dem Bench is Weak, But a lot Can Change in a Year

10 Aug , 2016  

The Capital Times’ Jessie Opoien asked for my take on the 2018 Governor’s vace. Will Walker seek another term? Who are the democrats going to run?

“The Democrats’ bench is weak,” said Republican strategist Brian Fraley, head of the conservative firm Edge Messaging. “But a lot can change in a year. And the Trump impact on the 2018 electorate can’t be predicted at this point. Also, some mid-tier Democrat could get wind behind their sails over the next year.”

Click here to check out the whole article and my other thoughts on the race.

Campaigns and Elections,Pop Culture

Who did it better?

19 Jul , 2016  

Trump?

Or Y2J?

Or Prince Nassem Hamed?

(Suggestion: Play the three videos, above, simultaneously with the audio down, and then decide!)

Campaigns and Elections

Update on the Dump Trump Efforts

26 Jun , 2016  

The effort to deny Democrat Donald Trump the Republican nomination for president continues. It most certainly remains a long shot, but it is not an impossibility.

I spoke with one of the #FreeTheDelegate leaders here in Wisconsin, Dane County’s David Blaska. He’s an alternate delegate from the 2nd Congressional District and has long fought the good fight for conservatives from the heart of ultra-liberal Dane County.

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Dump Trump Effort Developments

22 Jun , 2016  

Looks like I’m not alone in wanting to #FreetheDelegates.  On Monday, I penned an open letter to Wisconsin delegates to the RNC convention.  I encouraged them to do the right thing and keep Donald Trump from becoming our party’s nominee. 

Several delegates and alternates have let me know, privately, how much they appreciated my efforts. Some even shared my letter and commented about it on social media. More…

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An Open Letter to Wisconsin’s RNC Convention Delegates

20 Jun , 2016  

Friends,

First, let me congratulate you on becoming delegates to the RNC convention in Cleveland next month. It’s an achievement I never attained. I did attend the 2004 New York convention as a guest so I know how exciting this gathering can be in any year.

However, this is an extraordinary year and as you well know, you have an extraordinary responsibility to do the right thing–not only for our party, but for our nation.

I recognize this advice is not only unsolicited, it may be unwelcome. I’m not figuratively wagging my finger at you or demanding you do anything. Rather, I sincerely ask you to consider the evidence at your disposal and prevent Donald Trump from becoming our party’s nominee.

Having gained the most pledged delegates, Donald Trump wants you to now enter into a political suicide pact with him. Please do not oblige him.

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