Powerful GOP leader Eric Cantor was defeated by Dave Brat in Virginia’s Republican Primary mainly over amnesty for illegal aliens and overspending. Now is it time for some famous conservative to rent a townhouse just outside Springfield, Ohio, and start campaigning against Speaker of the House John Boehner in the 8th Congressional District (C.D.)?
People will believe that the campaign manager who knocked off Eric Cantor can do it again to John Boehner. We should field Zachary Werrell, the brilliant young campaign manager who engineered Brat’s astonishing upset over Cantor, despite being vastly outspent.
Establishment Republicans have already betrayed their campaign promises and lurched back to their liberal base course. Immediately after Republican victories, they passed the “CRomnibus Bill” spending $1.1 trillion in fiscal year 2015 and fully funding Obamacare and Obama’s unconstitutional executive order amnesty. Boehner allowed Obama and outgoing Democrat leaders to tie the hands of the new Republican Congress for a year.
In January, Republicans will seat more Congressmen in the U.S. House than at any time in 83 years. Yet with 69 of the nation’s 99 legislative houses now controlled by the GOP, Boehner and soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell flipped the Republican Party the middle finger.
By contrast, there are plenty of charismatic, popular, and conservative Republican leaders like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and more. They are fighting hard to implement the Republican Party’s core goals. There are far more honest Republicans than the small inner circle leading the Party astray.
The GOP has been hijacked by the “Consultant-Lobbyist-Establishment Complex” (CLEC), argues Pat Caddell, a Democrat but a conservative campaign expert. Insider consultants lie to major donors to fund expensive campaigns doomed to fail, Caddell alleges. Caddell calls them “Racketeering Consultants” who are close to violating the RICO law. That is, consultants make a lot more money from the most expensive campaign tactics, so they sell donors on campaigns that make them rich but fail. This CLEC clique has useful puppets like John Boehner brainwashed.
So are you ready to think outside the box? Conservatives are upset with Republican leaders in Congress and GOP candidates for not using all the tools available to them and not being creative in finding new solutions to stubborn and difficult problems. So are we using all our tools? Conservative activists need to be innovative, open-minded, creative, and persistent in finding the key levers of power and influence. Are you doing what you want our leaders to do?
As Ronald Reagan taught us, “If you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” A prominent conservative needs to rent a townhouse in Ohio’s 8th Congressional District, this January or February, and immediately start networking and socializing. Boehner faces re-election again in less than two years. Boehner may hesitate to pull the U.S. House to the left.
I nominate, for the sake of discussion, Christine O’Donnell. I’m not optimistic she would do it, even though she has understood in the past the priority of saving the country. But if you have a better suggestion, let’s hear it. It must be someone with huge notoriety, so they would get news coverage and conservatives would donate. Most of all, it has to be someone who cares enough about the country to take real action. Too often those who are willing aren’t able and those who are able aren’t willing.
Could any conservative beat John Boehner in the May 2016 Republican Primary in Ohio? Doesn’t matter. If a conservative spends the next year and a half making friends and being sociable all throughout his rural 8th Congressional District, they just need to be there breathing down Boehner’s neck. Let Boehner’s advisers keep telling him week by week, like Chinese water torture, that the famous conservative was at this County Fair, marching in that parade, showing up at that County Republican meeting, shaking hands at this farmer’s market.
Some other names on my wish list would include retiring Congressman Steve Stockman (TX), Allen West, Jenny Beth Martin, Phyllis Schlafly, Joe Farah, Ken Cuccinelli, Sharron Angle, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Joe Miller from Alaska, Alan Keyes, retiring Congressman Paul Broun (GA), Laura Ingraham, Eric Erickson, Katie Pavlich, Michelle Malkin, Lars Larson, or Michelle Bachman (who has a huge family she wouldn’t move). (Broun and Stockman ran in primaries for the U.S. Senate, so they did not drop out of politics.) Sarah Palin could save the country better by moving to Ohio than by tweeting from her kitchen table. Neither Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, nor Mark Levin would move, I’m sure.
But Christine O’Donnell illustrates many of the qualities needed. If you want to suggest some other candidate, consider the following criteria:
- Christine has a proven record of surprising upsets in primary elections, especially when no one believed she could do it. That’s enough to make incumbents lose sleep, whether logical or not.
- Few could raise enough money this early in the cycle. Christine O’Donnell raised $7.4 million in 2010 and still has those donor lists. For a campaign to challenge John Boehner right now, conservatives would throw money. A “testing the waters” campaign could raise millions. Again, remember: it’s perception more than reality that might scare Boehner straight.
- But here’s the biggest factor: Christine remains free in terms of family commitments to pick up and move, although her mother is fighting illness. Most other possibilities are tied down and couldn’t move. So that’s a practical challenge.
- Someone as prominent as Christine could get away without saying anything. All she has to do is rent a townhouse in Boehner’s backyard and start meeting everyone and making friends. No announcement would be required. Therefore, she would not have to commit at this stage.
- The key activity is simply meeting everyone. Christine is charming, personable, charismatic, and friendly. She can give one hell of a good speech.
- Despite what many think, Christine remains very popular among rank-and-file conservatives and activists.
- Perception is what counts. For the first month or two, insiders might shrug it off. But after the third, fourth, or fifth month of Christine visiting local GOP meetings, making friends, hosting receptions to get to know voters in every city and town within the 8th C.D., Boehner will start to worry.
All campaign or campaign-like events and expenses could be covered by a testing the waters campaign or draft committee. Once the news splashed nationwide, Christine could arrange paid speaking engagements nationwide to cover her own expenses inside Ohio, with the help of Premiere Speakers’ Bureau.
No single action alone is going to cure a huge and complex nation like the U.S.A. We need to take many actions, urgently, to save the Republic.
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