Cruz Hope posterFor the last several months, Ohio Conservatives United and affiliated groups in Florida and Illinois have been conducting surveys of members of Tea Party, 9/12, and other liberty groups.  In each state, their theory was simple:

“If Ohio conservatives unite behind one candidate in the primary election, we will win.

“If we split and fragment our vote across the entire field, the establishment Republican will win.”

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I saw this headline on a New York Times column:

“The Scary Specter of Ted Cruz”

I thought it was meant ironically.  (The over-the-top double deprecation is a clear signal, right?)  I thought, That’s interesting!  Someone writing in the New York Times is actually going to push back on some of the left’s more extreme emotional overreactions to conservatism, possibly even using humor and poking fun at them.

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Update (November 2nd, 2013):  If you came looking for a Cincinnati voter guide for 2013, the best I can do is to point you to this Cincinnati East Tea Party 2013 voter guide.

 

Update (November 5th, 2012):  If you’re looking for the voter guide for November 2012, go here:

“Tea Party/Conservative Voter Guide for Ohio, 2012”

(The below guide was for the primaries.  The one linked above is for the general election.)

Update (March 7th, 2012):  Read about how things turned out here: “Hamilton County Primary-election Results”.

Ohio’s primary is tomorrow.  For your convenience, I’ve assembled a list of the best conservative candidate in each contested race in Hamilton County; feel free to print this out and take it with you into the polling booth.  If you want to know more about how I selected these candidates, with links to my sources and further information, read on below.

  • Josh Mandel for U.S. Senate
  • Brad Wenstrup for U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd District
  • Rebecca Heimlich for State Central Committee, 7th District
  • Tom Brinkman for Ohio House of Representatives, 27th District
  • Mike Wilson for Ohio House of Representatives, 28th District
  • Louis William Blessing III for Ohio House of Representatives, 29th District

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First, insert here all the usual caveats about polls.  Always take them with a grain of salt, etc.

That said, according to “probably . . . the first systematic random sample of Occupy Wall Street opinion,” 31% of OWS protesters “would support violence to advance their agenda.”   Read the rest of this entry »

Tea Party Debt Commission

October 4, 2011

Here’s an interesting idea: a Tea Party Debt Commission, organized by Freedom Works:

What is the Tea Party Debt Commission?

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The Commission consists of 12 members, paralleling the structure of the new “deficit reduction super committee” created by Congress as part of the recent debt ceiling compromise.  Committee members are volunteer tea party activists and leaders . . . .   Read the rest of this entry »

Speaker Boehner wasn’t able to get enough Republican votes in the House to pass his plan after all; apparently it will now be amended to require that Congress send a balanced-budget constitutional amendment to the states before a debt-ceiling increase is triggered (as would have been required by the failed Cut, Cap, and Balance Act), which is a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your point of view.  Read the rest of this entry »

Appearing in three Fourth of July parades in Iowa last week, Rick Santorum said, “What we need is an Independence Day candidate that believes in the independence of the American people, not its dependence on government and government programs.”

I think Rick Santorum may be that candidate.  Any number of the current contenders might make an excellent president, but as Santorum points out, he already has a record of doing the work that needed to be done, even when it was unpopular—even when it cost him his senate seat.  We could do with more principled politicians like him.  Read the rest of this entry »