November 8, 2010
I’ve had a few days to de-compress and then crawl back through the many posts that are out there about what the election means and doesn’t mean.
One theme, of course, has to do with Angle, O’Donnell, Miller (maybe), Buck, etc losing while the house falls to us.
There are many theories as to why this happened so let’s see what holds water.
It wasn’t the candidates, it was the territory
The first argument from the tea party side of the house is that the problem wasn’t the candidates themselves but rather the territory.
California and Delaware certainly fit this theory. I doubt that any tea partier could win in either this year. Who knows Chuck DeVore might have done better than Carly given her history in the state of shipping jobs overseas.
This doesn’t seem to hold water completely as Colorado while purple isn’t completely unlikely to elect Republicans and Nevada drowned out Rory Reid in a sea of red.
So, yes, the candidates do matter.
You can’t get enough air time to cover a whole state
No, really. Someone said that was the problem in Nevada. Really? Sharon Angle spent a bazillion dollars as did Fiorina (yeah, she’s more NRSC candidate than tea party), Buck had a lot of money as well.
It’s the NRSC’s fault
The NRSC either didn’t put enough money in (O’Donnell) or wounded the tea party candidate in the primary (Buck) by funding their candidate.
There is some merit to this one especially in Colorado. It’s also why I hate, hate, hate the NRSC, NRCC, or NRC getting involved in primaries.
I understand that it would be nice to talk a certain someone into a different race (this worked in Ohio pre-primary), but once the papers are filed for an election race then it’s good to just let it alone and let the people figure out who they want to run (hey, we’re smart enough).
I have a different theory on why the tea party candidates had more trouble at the Senatorial level — experience.
The House of Representatives has always been seen as the “people’s house.” It’s specifically designed for citizen legislators and people of limited political acumen to be a part of.
The Senate, in its original design, was set up to represent the state government’s rights within the Federal Government. No, this is not some screed against the Seventeenth Amendment, although I am sympathetic, but the Senate was always designed to be the house of more “senior” statesmen.
For many voters, a candidate without any political (or very limited political) experience simply isn’t qualified to be a Senator. There is an expectation of a certain amount of gravatis in the Senate and since people can’t meet all the candidates, they like to see a little something on their resume that tells them that this person has what it takes to be a Senator.
So is that the whole enchilada for the tea party in the Senate?
I don’t think so.
At the very least, it will take five elections for the tea party to put people into the House, Senate, and White House who will keep our government in line and trim it down in size.
More than likely that will happen through the Republican Party since they are the closest to the tea party in terms of limited government.
Five elections (one down and four to go). By 2014, there will be a whole throng of tea partiers who have worked for four years as congressmen and will have the perfect resume to take on the Senate races.
They will be still fresh enough to remember where they came from, but they will have the resume that several tea party candidates lacked this year — Buck, O’Donnell, Angle, McMahon and a host of others.
The world heard the tea party roar in the House this year. It’s only a matter of time until they hear us roar in the Senate as well.
October 18, 2010
Instead of giving my second donation to someone I picked up off of the list for RCP, I went ahead and sent the money to Karl Rove and American Crossroads.
Why American Crossroads and not an individual donation?
There were several factors that lead to me going against what I said about giving to someone on the “tossup” category of RCP’s house list (my plan as outlined).
It’s time to win, it’s time to give, it’s time to turn out
Empty your change jar and get that money into the hands of the people who need it.
Use facebook to promote turnout.
There are some seats that might be up this election and not again for another 20 years.
Incumbancy has power and that is a power that we need to seize while we can.
September 15, 2010
We are in the midst of a citizen revolution unseen in our lifetime.
People have marched, people have voted in the primaries, and people have taken over their state and local parties.
Here’s another idea along the same lines.
People all over the country emptying out there change jars and making a difference together.
The theory is simple. Elections happen roughly every two years in America. If you toss fifty cents a week into your change jar and empty it September the 15th every even year, you’ll have about $50.
Can $50 change the world of politics and fund candidates that care about our long term American values?
The power of course lies in the math.
If a hundred people give $50 that is $5,000.
If a thousand people give $50 that is $50,000.
If a million people give $50, that is $50,000,000.
From January of every odd year till September of every even year
1) Get a change jar
2) At the end of the day, empty your purse or pockets of your change into the jar
I’ve got my money now what do I do with it?
Count, roll it, and deposit into your checking account (but remember how much it was).
Next split the amount into two parts.
In the future, Change Jar Conservative may make some recommendations, but for now, let’s leverage off of some existing resources.
Below are links for the House and Senate races:
Use those lists and the guidelines below to pick two candidates in your state, a nearby state, or just two candidates who catches your interest.
The First Donation Feeds The Soul
Pick someone in the “Leans Republican” to support from either the Senate or House list. This is where the first donation goes.
Politics is a blood sport. Sometimes it only takes you one election cycle to learn that and sometimes it takes a few. It hurts to lose and it feels good to win.
The first donation will help out someone who has a good chance to win, but who probably still could really use your money. Backing someone who is a little bit ahead going into the last six weeks will give you a good chance of winning and recharging your desire to be involved in politics.
The Second Donation feeds the imagination
Pick someone in the “Toss Up” category to support from either the Senate or House list. This is where your second donation goes.
Winning feels good. Helping a longshot or upset victory feels even better (but happens less often).
The second donation has the chance to make a bigger difference, but also a chance to fail. That’s okay. If we don’t fail then we aren’t trying hard enough.
After you give, generate momentum
Help get the word out and generate momentum for the Change Jar Conservative Project.
Post a link to changejarconservative.wordpress.com or this article on your facebook or twitter account.
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Give us feedback
If you decide to follow the change jar way, email us the amount you gave and to whom at email@example.com.
We’ll total it up whether it’s a big or small amount and post the totals on Election Night Eve.
September 15, 2010
Today we are in the midst of a movement like we have not seen in our lifetime where people are taking back the political world one race at a time.
Many projects have sprouted up to funnel ideas, people, and influence of the average American in a way that will have an impact far beyond what one person can do.
Change Jar Conservative and the Change Jar Project are just another means of doing this with the financial resources that stack up in the change jars of average Americans.
Take a look at the link above to see The Change Jar Way and start taking back America with the leftover change of you and millions like you.