Monthly Archives: November 2010

Sarah Palin is more useful than the entire GOP

It has come to my attention through this entire recount mess with the NC 2nd District congressional race that the GOP is less than useless.   This is from Renee Ellmers’ letter to supporters:

Yesterday, we appealed to the National Republican Congressional Committee for support, asking if they could contribute to help pay the costs of this recount. Their answer, unfortunately, was, No – that we would have to raise the money to pay for the recount ourselves.

I was afraid that would be their answer. Months ago, I went to Washington and asked the National Republican Congressional Committee and many conservative leaders to help my campaign. Many conservative groups – like the Susan B. Anthony List, Concerned Women of America, Freedom Works, and Sarah Palin’s Sarah PAC all helped, but the NRCC declined. Later, they did support other campaigns in North Carolina – which, unfortunately, lost – but we never received their support. In fact, their spokesman told the press “that the campaign wasn’t ready for prime time” – which actually made it even harder for us to raise money. So, I am doubtful we will get support from the NRCC to help with the expense of the recount.

Today, the NRCC recanted and coughed up a check, in a move reminiscent of the National Republican Senatorial Committee letting somebody stupid enough to tell the truth get near the press in the Christine O’Donnel race in Delaware, boldly declaring that the GOP wouldn’t give a dime to the crazy tea partier only to almost immediately recant.

Of course, Jesse Helms wasn’t particularly popular with these clowns either.  But that was another time.

One thing is certain, the Republican Party isn’t the party of Conservatives.  They have made that abundantly clear.  They’ve gone after Jim DeMint.  They’ve gone after candidates they deem “too conservative”… Even if they win popular election in Republican primaries from Republican voters according to all the rules!

The Republicans haven’t learned their lesson and we have a great deal of trouble brewing.  Here’s the part where I point out that I was right.  Back in 2007 speaking about the shellacking the Republicans took, I wrote:

1) I’m tired of hearing that the Democrats got a majority because of Iraq. It didn’t have anything to do with Iraq. It had to do with the Republicans getting too big for their britches and selling out the people who put them in Washington in the first place. You don’t run as the party of fiscal restraint and spend like drunken sailors and expect for anybody to vote for you in the next election. I don’t care who you are, if you forget the people who voted for you in the first place, you’re gonna have an awful hard time getting reelected, and that’s what happened. The championed the “Bridge to Nowhere” and it got them nowhere. It’s fitting, and they got what they deserved.

Sarah Palin is making a bigger difference in the North Carolina 2nd District race than the entire GOP did.  And that directly affects me.  Sarah Palin, singularly, is having a greater affect here than the national GOP.  But I don’t know why I’m surprised.  One look at the way the Franken/Coleman Senate Race in Minnesota went down should be enough to realize that the GOP isn’t interested in going toe to toe with the Democrats.

The Story on the 453 Votes…

WTVD has the story on the Etheridge/Ellmers vote changes for the NC District 2 Race.  It was the only summary of what actually happened I could find online.  So kudos to them.  You can view the story here or I’ll embed the video in the extended post.

The short summation is that Sampson County is claiming that it was an honest mistake where several early voting locations were not included in the vote totals.  That there was about 6000 votes, and that Etheridge was simply a little more popular in those districts.

We shall see.

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Fraud WILL NOT be tolerated

It seems that overnight Bob Etheridge found enough votes to throw the NC District 2 race into a recount.  From what I hear, the stack of votes was suspiciously 100% for Bob.  That’s not possible.  And if that’s true, it’s fraud.

The State Board of Elections says that they’re investigating.  And I hope that they are.  I hope that the officials of the State of North Carolina will do this in an open and transparent way.  After all, in this country, the legitimacy of the government comes from the consent of the governed.  And any inkling of fraud undermines that legitimacy.  Fraudulent elections lead to the legitimacy of Banana Republics.

The News and Observer explains the irregularity thusly:

Question in Sampson County

State elections officials said they think the reason the margin narrowed Wednesday is related to a problem with vote totals from Sampson County.

The board planned to dispatch a team to Sampson today to count 2nd District votes cast there and audit the results, said Johnnie McLean, deputy director of the state board.

“It appears that when the election results were reported and updated today, that results from a precinct, or several precincts or even one-stop voting might have been duplicated, but at this point, without seeing all the information, we just don’t know,” she said.

U.S. House District 2 takes in all or part of Chatham, Cumberland, Franklin, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Sampson, Vance and Wake counties, including a section of southern Raleigh.

It includes only part of Sampson, which is considered a “swing” county that doesn’t heavily favor candidates of either party.

There are 13 precincts in Sampson included in District 2, and a total of 5,909 ballots were cast in those precincts, not including early voting, provisional ballots or absentee ballots.

I’m watching you Etheridge.  I’m watching you like a hawk.  You disgraced your office with the “Who Are You” incident.  AND you failed to represent your constituents by giving us Obamacare.  I don’t trust you.
This WILL NOT be a repeat of the Franken / Coleman race.