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Crystal Clear Conservative Blogger Krystal Weeks writes about N. Virginia and DC metro area politics, as well as national issues. Check her out!
Cuba Generation Y This 30-something blogger publishes at great risk to show readers outside Cuba what everyday life is like inside the oppressive, Communist nation. Think you like Communism...read this blog and think again!
Smart Girl Politics Conservative Women bloggers, and a few men, who are here to refresh you when you are thirsty.
LadyBlog A modern take on traditional women. Classier than tea service. Like Fight Club but with better hygiene. Sightly more aggro than a cucumber sandwich.
The Political Byline One of my fellow Top Conservatives on Twitter. Check him out! He's not afraid to speak his mind. Based in the Motorcity.
Capital Letters Jordan Schrader covers North Carolina government for the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Sister Toldjah National conservative blogger who tells it like it is. She loves North Carolina and occasionally picks up items from KCC on her blog.
Called 2 Action Check out this site, run by Steve Noble. He's a member of the religious right and he tells the truth as he sees it. He calls himself an equal opportunity offender. Check out what he has to say!
NC Politics New Bern native (and your blogger's fellow high school classmate -NBSHS '85) Steve Hale writes from Pitt County about his take on the North Carolina Political scene. Check out his blog and offer up your comments.
Dateline Obamastan Cary's John Byrnes writes about national, state, and local politics. He currently serves in the Army National Guard.
Driving With One Hand Kevin LeCount is apparently driving with his LEFT hand, as this blog is written by my good friend who works for SEANC, the union of the NC State Employees. His wife, Heidi, works at my alma mater, Meredith and are good folks, despite their political leanings. Check them out.
You may have noticed that your blogger has taken the summer off. That's right. After an early season visit to Chattanooga for her cousin's wedding, which conflicted with the NC GOP convention, she has been living at the beach all summer. Emerald Isle is her second home and the politics in Carteret County are fun. It's probably the "reddest" county in North Carolina.
Next weekend, however, she will return to blogging at the RightOnline Convention in Las Vegas!
RightOnline is the right's answer to the left's NetRoot's Convention. Put together by the Americans for Prosperity, the RightOnline conference follows NetRoots around the nation each year, to stop the spread of their liberal message. Americans have had enough of it and want to hear something fresh. In short, they want to hear the good news, rather that that "hopey changey stuff", of the left that Sarah Palin so aptly described.
While the left will have depressing speakers such as union leaders (ugh), Harry Reid, and Joan McCarter of theDaily Kos, RightOnline features such inspiring speakers as:
Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News
Congressman Mike Pence
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
Herman Cain, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host
Erick Erickson, RedState.com
Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal
John Fund, Wall Street Journal
Ed Morrissey, HotAir.com
Guy Benson, Radio Host
Stephen Kruiser, Fox News Contributor
Phil Kerpen, AFP Foundation
Just reading this list is enough to make a right-wing mother-to-be go into labor!
(Note: Your blogger is not in that delicate condition, but the list does excite her!)
Hope to see lots of North Carolineans there, but if you can't make it, KCC will cover it for you. With this long list of speakers, it won't be easy to keep up with and your blogger prays that they stream it on UStream. If so, she'll run it on KCC. It's not too late to make your reservations, and we hope to see you there.
Additionally, this will be our next-to-last post here on Typepad. It's been a good platform for these long years, but Katy's Conservative Corner has long needed a change and WordPress will provide more features and flexibility and benefits. We may get started with a barebones look, but it will develop in time.
Our next post will be the final one, letting readers know that KatysConservativeCorner.com has moved, forever and ever.
Finally, our email address has changed. It is no longer Katysconservativecorner@gmail.com Everyone and their brother added us to their list, whether we wanted it or not. So, when a keylogger struck your blogger's laptop, we shut down the account.
God bless you all, and see you soon, over on WordPress.
The Americans for Prosperity is fighting hard against Obamacare 2.0 and they need your help. They are raising money to keep this ad on the air and need your donation. Please watch the video and join us in sending whatever you can. This group is fighting for all of us.
North Carolina is one of the founding states of AFP with more joining each year. Let's show that we are here for them again. So many of KCC's fellow conservatives join her and her husband at their annual summit entitled "Defending the American Dream". Last year, NC took up (at least five bus loads), with many more people driving or flying separately.
Watch this short video and see what you can do to help this important cause out. Dallas Woodhouse and Chris Marie Farr are fighting hard for us in NC and a small staff of hard workers are doing the same in DC. God bless them all!
State House SpeakerMarco Rubio (R-Fla) as he kicks off CPAC 2010. The Roman Catholic son of Cuban exiles, got most people excited and in the mood for some good old-fashioned politicking.
He said all the right things on all the right issues for hawkish conservatives, such as terrorism and standing by our allies like Israel and still lives in a working class neighborhood.
Speaker Rubio is running against Governor Charlie Crist (R-Fla) in the GOP primary for the United States Senate. Rubio is the conservative in the race, and thus the one who got the special invitation to keynote CPAC. This speech is one for the ages, and is worth watching again and again. We'll see him at the next Republican National Convention.
Enjoy the video and leave your respectful comments on the blog:
Liberal website Salon.com caught up with disgraced and censured Gov Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) as he was leaving the speaker's room at CPAC. Sanford did not appear on any invitee list and your blogger wondered how he managed how to get back there, although your blogger had access. Your blogger hates any corrupt politician and Sanford is no exception.
KCC doesn't appreciate Salon's hack-job coverage of our top political meeting of the year. Sure, we conservatives are working out growth problems but we have growth! That's always a good thing.
Here is Sanford trying to leave the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Georgetown, the same hotel where your blogger stayed, compliments of Salon.com:
Was there a preacher in the house? There had to be, but that voice, it was unmistakably that of TV personality Glenn Beck.
The popular Fox News host started by saying how Rush Limbaugh and Ronald Reagan are his personal heroes.
He admired Reagan's optimism. Like Reagan, Beck believes "it's still morning in America", though, he said, we may have to wake up with a hangover puking in the toilet first.
He warned that progressivism "is the cancer eating up America, and that it unfortunately not only infects the Democrat Party, but many Republicans as well."
Beck even condemned President Theodore Roosevelt (who I admire) as an early progressive. Beck argued:
"it's not enough for Republicans to just suck less than the other side. The GOP must admit its mistakes (an addiction to spending and big government) and reform itself".
He compared the GOP's failings to those of golfer Tiger Woods. Beck asserted that, like Woods, all addicts will continue their behavior as long as they do not get caught.
He then asked the same question everyone has been asking Woods, to the GOP: "You got caught! Are you sorry?"
Beck says he'd be more than happy to support the Republican Party if they only admitted their mistakes and showed genuine contrition. He wants them to do honest soul searching.
Then Beck noted that progressives are a political minority in this country, yet they keep advancing their agenda. How? Because they know how to package and sell their ideas. They've got Hollywood's help, too.
Beck stated that we have a right to fail.
Without failure, how do we learn and grow and improve? Why should a company be "to big to fail", so that it gets a taxpayer-funded bailout?
Beck cited his own battle to overcome alcoholism and the long way back. . He asserted conservatives believe everybody has the right to *pursue* happiness or success, not to be given happiness or success by the government. He insisted you don't have a right to free food, free housing, free higher education, or free medical care. You have to work for it and earn it.
Beck noted he couldn't afford to attend college, so he educated himself. He said there's no shame in being a self-made man, in showing ambition and working hard to become successful, so government shouldn't punish small businesses for working hard to be successful. Beck reminded the Marriott Ballroom crowd that business creates jobs, not the government.
Beck ended his sermon by promising that the future is not cast in stone. Our best days are not behind us. Our grandchildren do not have to have a lower standard of living than we have.
Watch Glenn's speech, as he delivered it on Saturday evening:
Editor's Note: This post, like all others at CPAC, was brought to you by our sponsor, RedState. RedState provided the Blogger's room and gave KCC the ability to cover the conference in a unique way. Not every blogger who applied received credentials, yet there were over 100 different conservative blogs represented, with a few liberals amongst us, as well. We all had a great time, and many thanks go to our fearless leader, Erick.
Liz Cheney, the brilliant daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney and Co-Founder of Keep America Safe, was introduced by ACU & CPAC Chairman David Keene. Unfortunately, I had to leave her midday Thursday speech prematurely.
I did get to hear her lambaste President BarackObama, though. Liz said that "experts" had predicted the death of the conservative movement after the brutal 2008 elections. They were wrong. Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts shocked and frightened Obama and the Democrats, who had misjudged America's tolerance for socialist politics.
Liz decried how Obama did not govern from the center, as many people naively thought he would. Instead he raises taxes to pay for nationalized healthcare. He does not believe in American exceptionalism. Instead he traveled the world to apologize for America's perceived "transgressions." He even incredibly wants to give foreign terrorists the same constitutional rights as US citizens.
Later, Liz surprised the audience by introducing her father. Vice-President Dick Cheney, who I wish had been our former *President*, spoke briefly to a delighted audience. The senior Cheney earned a standing ovation by predicting 2010 would be a great year for Conservatives, and that Obama would be a one-term President. He even received such an ovation just for entering the room.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rob Benningfield is loving husband of your blogger. He is at CPAC helping to write stories for this blog, and seems to be having a great time. Thank you Rob for putting up with me! I love you.
Rob is an electrical engineer with both an undergraduate and graduate degree from North Carolina State University's College of Engineering.
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What we need to do is a movement is spend a lot of time on college campuses and with young professionals and get these people involved, stated Josh Mandel, a young attorney, Marine Corp veteran, and Ohio state house representative. From the Cleveland area, Mandell is used to running against Democrats.
Young Mandell's state legislative district is stacked against him: Two to one Democrat to Republican, yet they re-elected him with over 70 percent of the vote! This was despite the fact theDennis Kuninich is his Representative in Congress.
How? Mandell organized and reached out to these Democrats and explained that for reasons of economic freedom and peace throu strength, they should be voting for Republicans. He did it though old fashioned shoe leather, much like Patrick McHenry did in our own state. It's the old fashioned way, but voters appreciate being able to touch the candidate and feel like he's one of them.
Because it's such hard work, most candidates hate it, but not Mandell. In 2010, he's running for Ohio Treasurer and this blogger thinks he will make it. Go Josh!
Josh's Tips for Young People Entering Politics:
Don't follow the leader. Don't blindely follow. Stand on own principles, and don't be told to "wait your turn".
Don't ever be out worked. When he fought in Iraq, he learned what hard work was. He wore out pairs of shoes knocking on doors, which he hung up in the state house, instead of nice of the Browns or the Indians
Editor's Note: CPAC is hosted annually by the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) and is co-sponsored by more than 90 other conservative organizations. CPAC is headquartered at ACUF and it is the American Conservative Union Foundation's Largest annual conference.
Overhead: Your blogger hears that there are more than 12,000 people here at this event, both nationally and internationally. Last year's event set the previous record at an attendance of 8,500.
The 80s song by the alternative group "The Smiths" comes to mind today, when thinking of the money President Barack Obama poured down the proverbial drain he signed the so-called Stimulus bill, which has mortgaged the future of our children and grandchildren. KCC's young son doesn't know it, but he'll spend his life working to pay it off.
Young Bobby is already angry at Obama for cutting NASA and the American space program. As his mommy and daddy have explained, the Chinese will now beat us back to the moon. Bobby dreams of being an astronaut and KCC hopes it is not already too late for him. In fact, he's ready to head for Pluto tomorrow, when called upon.
Meanwhile, Congressman Mike Pence (R-Indiana, right), chairman of the U.S. House Republican Conference, told Congress his own opinions about the Spendulus bill, on the eve of the CPAC 2010 conference:
"One year later, one thing is clear: the stimulus bill has failed. One year later, not one net job has been created as unemployment rose from 7.6 percent to nearly 10 percent nationwide. Mr. President, millions of Americans are asking, 'where are the jobs?'
"It is time for Washington to take a new approach to get this economy moving again based on time-honored solutions: fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C. and immediate tax relief for working families, small businesses and family farms. Let's put American families first, set aside the big government schemes on health care and energy and take decisive action to get this economy growing again."
*Congratulations to the group NC Freedom on their first anniversary. This group is not affiliated with any other group, nationally or locally, but shares related information from bloggers and associated groups with those who sign up for its mailing list. Their newsletter editor, Sharon Sbrocco, told your blogger that the first year has been productive and that she looks forward to their Convention of the People - Initiative I. Check it out here.
*KCC will be an official blogger at CPAC in Washington, as a representative from NC. Held every February, the meeting brings thousands of conservatives together to ignite their collective spirits and hear inspiring speakers.
We are extremely excited to see friends that we only see at national events, and it appears that there are a number of North Carolinians going, as well. Please say hello to us while there, if possible!
We'll also run the proceedings live on this blog, in the event. This may come in handy if you don't have access to a television during your workday, for example.
*Our friend over at the ARRA News Service in Arkansas, Dr. Bill Smith, has an excellent article on Nancy Pelosi's Food and Booze Tab. Drawn from research done at Judicial Watch, this short piece will make your cry for our once great nation. In fact, Dr. Bill's blogs are excellent and we highly recommend them all.
On a side note, Dr. Bill told this KCC that he spends so many hours per week on his blog, that he often doesn't come out of his office for days at the time. He works incredibly hard to keep the citizens of Arkansas, and the nation informed.
Thursday, before President Barry Obama lectured the Republican Caucus Friday, House GOP leaders held a press conference to discuss their positive solutions to the problems our nation is now facing. View it below.
Additionally, you may download the Solutions Handbook the House Republicans delivered to the President on Friday. Let's hope he takes advantage of the ideas and doesn't claim all of the credit this time.
Ham told the crowd that conservatives are NOT racists, astroturf angry mobs, domestic terrorists,or hate mongers.
Our group of Tea Partiers, she said, are simply a group of unsatified, patroitic Americans who are exercising free speech according to first amendment rights.
She compared our protests to the protests of the anarchists at the recent Pittsburgh G20 Summit.
In all of the Right's Tea Party protests combined, only 11 people were arrested, most of which were for minor infractions, such as pulling down signs. Only two of those were for actual assaults.
Seven of the 11 acts were commited by liberal counter-protesters.
At the Pittsburgh G20 Summit, the anarchists were in a completely different league, Ham said. They vandalized cars, smashed shop windows, threw rocks at law enforcement, and 65 were arrested.
Naturally, according to Ham, the press ignored the anarchists, and chose only to focus on the few bad apples in the conservative "mobs" at the tea parties and further tried to whip up fear and hysteria among the general public.
Ham admitted that she was tired of the "mainstream press" trying to demonize conservatives.
This North Carolina blogger apprecites the excellent work being done by Miss Ham, part of the new leadership of the conservative movement.
Thank goodness we have people like her, who are witty, sarcastic, and extremely bright. She can out debate any liberal on virtually any topic, simply by using common sense. Common sense is something we need more of, in our North Carolina state government, in Congress and in the White House.
Please enjoy the videos of the actual talk, shot by Ed Morrisey of the Hot Air blog.
Editor's Note: Thanks Ed! Sorry I didn't get the chance to chat with you at the Summit but you were constantly busy, and so was I.
Herman Cain, radio host and FoxNews contributor, told the General Session of the Defending the American Dream Summit on Saturday morning, that there are two basic rules for conservatives.
A. Save the Save-able
Here's how to spot them when you are speaking with them, known as the Liberal SIN principles.
1. Try to Shift the subject
2. Ignore the facts
3. Resort to Name calling
B. Finally, he stated that conservatives should
"Never, never give up on us taking back our country!"
He used the example of a bumblebee. According to old scientific principles, bumble bees should not be able to fly. They are heavy, fussy, and don't pass the "wind tunnel" tests. Yet they can fly essentially because they believe they can.
Therefore it should be the same with we conservatives. We must never give up on the United States. Never.
The Vice Chairman's job is a big one and one that requires not only a conservative but someone who has demonstrated a dedication to the Republican Party in North Carolina. David Sawyer has served the state GOP well as Vice Chairman and deserves another term.
David was first elected Chairman of the Swain County GOP in 1993 and was re-elected two years later. In 1997, he went on to Vice Chair the 11th Congressional District and held that position for five years. During that time, he served as Chair of the NCGOP Plan of Organization Committee and the Plan and Credentials Committee.
David has also dedicated his time to a number of successful Republican campaigns including those of Senators Faircloth, Burr and Dole. David continues to live in Swain County where he serves the local community as an attorney, on several corporate boards and as a firefighter with his local volunteer fire dept.
EDITOR'S NOTE:Your blogger is proud to stand with Andrew Dunn and endorse David Sawyer for Vice Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. He will work well with the next chairman, no matter who we elect. Please come to the convention in Raleigh and vote for David Sawyer!
FreedomWorks North Carolina has some exciting events in the next few days, and you are invited! Please come out and join us as we talk about ways to fight for lower taxes, less government and more freedom in North Carolina.
On Friday, June 5th, we are excited to host a young up and coming conservative activist and writer, Jonathan Krohn. Here are the details of our events this Friday, which will consist of a book signing and speech by Jonathan.
11:30am - 1:30pm
Hanes Mall Golden Corral
180 Hanes Mall Circle
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Herman Park Center
901 East Ash St
(corner of Herman and Ash)
Jonathan Krohn is the author of Define Conservatism, a book about the four principles Jonathan believes are essential to conservatism. Please try to come out to one of these events, if you can. We appreciate your hard work and support for freedom!
Allen Page is the State Director of FreedomWorks North Carolina
Editor's Note: Your blogger met and chatted with the conservative prodigy at the AFP Rally, Wednesday, and found him to be delightful, and funny. Don't miss seeing this pleasant young man, and bring $13.50 to purchase a copy of his book.
The North Carolina Republican Party State Convention is less than two weeks away. Your blogger visited Headquarters today and found staffers working overtime and well past eight into the evening, preparing to host another successful convention. Special kudos to Wanda Shivers who handles the phones and has the unique ability to stay calm, no matter what the situation. She is a true asset to our cause!
Thanks to the entire State GOP staff for working so hard to prepare for this convention. Your blogger is excited to be part of the host delegation and hopes that everyone has a fine time, despite the politicking going on for the top spot on the ballot.
Former NCGOP chairman, Frank Rouse, in his weekly e-mail column "Frankly Speaking", submitted the following:
Sue Myrick, Member of the U. S. Congress, from the Ninth Congressional District of N. C. has endorsed Tom Fetzer for Chairman of the N. C. Republican Party. Myrick joins a long list of N. C. Republican Leaders backing Fetzer.
(Other) Republican Leaders backing Fetzer include, former Governor James Holshouser, former U.S. Senator Lauch Faircloth, former Lt. Governor and U.S. Congressman Jim Gardner.
Former gubernatorial candidates Richard Vinroot, Patrick Ballentine, Fred Smith and Bill Cobey (are also supporting Mr. Fetzer). Cobey is a former U.S. Congressman and former state chairman of the NCGOP.
10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry and 3rd District Congressman Walter Jones. Current Republican National Committeeman, State Rep. David Lewis supports Fetzer. Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverly Lake and former Court of Appeals Judges John Tyson and Eric Levinsonhave endorsed Fetzer.
There are several other Fetzer supporters of note including Chuck and Laura Neely, Ferrell and Linda Blount, Bob and Linda Shaw and Frank and Jane Rouse. Maybe the most important endorsement of all, (is) Mrs. Jesse (Dot) Helms.
Your blogger has previously endorsed Tom Fetzer for State Chairman.
In other news, Rouse reports that the libel suit against talk radio host, Curtis Wright and others was filed on Monday, June 1.
Please enjoy this live feed, when available, of CPAC 2009, compliments of UStream and Katy's Conservative Corner.
CPAC 2009 runs from Thursday until Saturday of this week and the streams will be made available during actual conference times. The conference agenda is also available. (If you are receiving this blog post via e-mail or RSS feed, you must go to the blog post to see the actual live feed.)
Former GOP State Chairman Frank A. Rouse (left) never did simply retire to his home in Morehead City. He has stayed active, especially from his keyboard and his telephone. The man knows more people in this state than anyone else and he gets a great deal of information unavailable to others.
Here is his new column,Frankly Speaking, from the man your blogger calls only "Sir".
Co-Frontrunner Woody White of New Hanover County has previously announced.
Frankly Speaking has learned that White has the Ambassador vote sewed up. Bush Administration Ambassadors Jim Culbertson of Forsyth County and Jim Cain of Wake County are supporting White.
Culbertson is from the more moderate wing of the party and Cain is from the Helms/Congressional Club wing. Former Congressman and former State GOP Chairman Bill Cobey is also supporting White. Patrick Ballantine, former State Senator and gubernatorial candidate is supporting White. Ballantine and White are former law partners. White served out Ballantine's Senate term when Patrick resigned to run for governor in 2004. You can go to this link for more information from Woody White.
Editor's Note: Look for information to come out soon from Adams. The new chairman will be elected at the NC GOP State Convention during the weekend of June 12-14.
After the thrashing we took in '08, the Democrats think N. C. is a blue state. Ain't necessarily so. The 'crats have some horses raring and ready to go.
The 2nd term congressman from the 11th district is already running. The problem is that he is running against U. S. Senator Richard Burr (R- N. C.) and he hasn't won his primary YET.
In the last 2 weeks he has voted against the Stimulus Bill twice. Shuler was one of only 11 "Blue Dogs" against the House bill and one of only seven Democrats against the final compromise bill.
Needless to say he was the only Democrat from N. C. to do so. Shuler also criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid publicly. It is obvious he is trying to run as a conservative against Burr.
Shuler is an attractive candidate. Running as a conservative Democrat against Burr, Shuler would give conservative Democrats an excuse to stay on the Democrat Roost. He would automatically get the black vote and the liberal Democrat vote. Shuler would also probably have a financial advantage because his party controls the state and federal governments and Democrats aren't statesmen when it comes to squeezing money out of patronage.
Shuler would be hard to beat. It would take a maximum Republican effort to win if the Democrats clear out and let Shuler have the nomination.
And now for the rest of the story.
N. C. Attorney General Roy Cooper:
Cooper is a "hair and teeth" politician. He's pretty. If he had a little more courage, we'd be calling him Senator instead of General. Cooper is a mainstream N. C. Democrat, not a "wild-eyed liberal" and he is not a conservative. He would beat Shuler in a primary because he would get the black and liberal vote. BUT, the word is he wants a clear field against Shuler.
He doesn't want a primary. Why? If Secretary of State Elaine Marshall gets in the primary, she could cause a problem. Almost 60% of the voters in a Democrat Primary are females. What about State Rep. Dan Blue? Over 40% of the Democrat Primary voters are black. What about charismatic Rep. Grier Martin or even Sen. Malcolm Graham? Talk about too many cooks.
Because of the 2008 election, the Democrats feel empowered, the women feel empowered, the blacks feel empowered, and the liberals feel empowered.
Of the crowd mentioned above Cooper should be the favorite, but remember the 40% rule. Anything can happen.
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water yet, it ain't over till it's over. Senator Richard Burr (left) has a solid conservative voting record. He is a handsome, charismatic statesman that can hold his own on the campaign trail with anyone, even without his socks if necessary.
Five minutes is a long time in politics. Burr's best bet, at this point in time, would be "anybody but Shuler," but any of the others mentioned could be a problem.
We need to elect a "kick ass" State Chairman that will lead us back to the "Promised Land" where conservative principles trump pragmatism, character counts and it's not politically incorrect to be politically aggressive.
In my opinion the following is the "Gold Standard" for the prerequisites for our next state chairman.
1- Posses a solid conservative philosophy. 2- Have an outstanding character. 3- Have demonstrated leadership ability. 4- Work full time, be totally committed to winning, Totally!!! That means family and social life too. 5- Hair and teeth, be able to communicate on TV and on the stump. 6-Consider himself to be personally expendable, be willing to fall on his sword for the cause, for the party or a candidate. 7- Have no ambitions for public office, be the hatchet man, not a "candidate type." 8- Be savagely independent, loyal only to the party, no faction or geographical favorites. 9- Be a strong type "A" personality, so he can go toe to toe with potential contributors, a candidate's wife, a sorehead or a lousy reporter. 10- Campaign hard for the position of chairman so he will have a constituency, when elected.
I'd like to throw in a personal airplane and be able to fly it, but that may be a little too restrictive.
So we may have to do what we did in the presidential race, put on a good face and support whomever the party chooses.
Your blogger gave away her CPAC tickets as she couldn't take the time away to go this year, so she's going to do the next best thing...stream it.
You'll be able to watch it live, here on Katy's Conservative Corner. Watch for the posting and keep coming back, all three days!
This should be one of the more interesting conferences, as conservatives look to re-take control of the Republican party.
Your blogger is amazed that people today do not know the difference between a conservative and a moderate. The moderates have been in control of the state GOP for years and it's time to move towards a truly conservative party, both locally and statewide, and nationally.
Your blogger will also be streaming this event live on Katy's Conservative Corner.
Your blogger has been preaching Twitter (and other technologies) in her attempt to drag our political party, often kicking and screaming, into the 2008 election cycle, even though it is now 2009. She has a few allies, including fellow bloggers over at ConservativeNC.
We were beaten, soundly, not because Obama was so popular, but because we were out organized at the grassroots level. Even former Congressman Tom DeLay (R-Texas) spoke on this very topic at the Winter Board Meeting of the North Carolina Republican Women. (More on this in another post.)
Thankfully, new RNC chairman, Michael Steele realizes that the modern Republican party must return, literally, to its roots and has fired the entire staff. He supports running things from the bottom up, as our party used to do.
Whether conservatives like him or dislike him, he understands the importance of technology, in conjunction with grassroots organizations such as North Carolina's Civitas Instutute or the NC Chapter of Americans for Prosperity.
Steele is one of the most popular people on Twitter, as were all of the RNC chairman candidates. Your blogger is glad to see this happening at the national level and hopes that folks in the counties across our great state will continue to pick up on this trend.