Saturday, July 17, 2010

PA-3: The GOP Tactic is Negative, Negative, Negative

This is mind boggling.

There's an interesting trend going on in chat rooms, message boards, and forums. If you dare question Mike Kelly, someone magically shows up and bashes you. They don't address your comments. They don't tell you why/how you are incorrect. They don't tell you how awesome Kelly is.

They bash you. Over and over.

Sound familiar? It should. Mike Kelly ran his primary campaign in the same way. Now he has Phil English's folks behind the wheel - and the "bash" method was Phil's craft. Every time he bashed his opponent, he kept losing supporters. What a shock! How many people do you know who are attracted to negative people?

And then the Dems ran Kathy Dahlkemper and English's campaign style earned him a trip to the unemployment line.

Now we have Mike Kelly and his crew doing the exact thing. Mind boggling. Doesn't anyone study history anymore? Someone seems doomed to repeat some mistakes...

Friday, July 09, 2010

PA-3: Is the GOP Trying to Lose on Purpose?

I just don't understand why the PA-3 race is being run so poorly.

Mike Kelly's website events page is blank:

Mike Kelly's Twitter feed is virtually dead:

Mike Kelly's Facebook page was virtually dead until a week ago (about when I pointed out to someone on that it was dead):!/Mi...

Mike Kelly has been MIA since the primaries. It sure doesn't seem like he's working hard. And the rank-and-file GOP isn't remotely close to being unified behind him. Especially now that Kelly has hired former English/Specter/Ridge lapdog Josh Snyder as his new campaign manager. Woohoo! Bring in the RINO lovers! The last I checked, English lost to why bring in the same "winning" team? Are they even trying to win in PA-3?

And to top it off, Kelly told his Butler supporters that he's a conservative. But he told his Erie supporters that they'd support his "moderate platform." What a shock...a lying politician. Which Mike Kelly do you believe? The guy who says he's a conservative but acts like a RINO? Or the guy who says he's a moderate and acts like a RINO?

Perhaps one reason why Kelly is behind on money is because he picked the worst campaign team that convinced him to blow $350K on negative ads? The same ads that ticked off people across the entire district? I worked the polls all day and heard scores of comments about how they "couldn't support a guy who wastes so much money" or "hassles people in their homes by burying them in ads."

A whopping 72% of PA-3 GOP voters voted against Kelly. And Kelly has claimed that he was going to reach out to the other candidates to get everyone on board. I know candidates that are still waiting for that call. Another Mike Kelly lie? It's clearly not a good way to rally the troops...and further shows how the GOP is trying to lose.

The GOP party bosses wanted their candidate...and they got him! They prefer losing with their boy instead of winning with a conservative. Their wish is about to come true.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Independence Day 2010: Some Random Thoughts

After the beautiful Grove City fireworks display, I find myself thinking...

- Do the people watching fireworks displays across the country know why they are watching fireworks displays? Is it just a custom? Or are they fully aware that Independence Day is the name of the holiday, not "4th of July"? Do they look on with reverence, imagining the barrage of Fort McHenry during the war of 1812, which inspired Francis Scott Key? Do they think of the men and women who have fought and died to secure this country and its liberty?

- The left freaked out about George W. Bush supposedly eroding liberty, yet they are absolutely silent as Barack H. Obama actually does it. Are these people so bitterly partisan that they can't see the destruction of America within? Or maybe they are rooting for it. Or maybe they are secretly wishing that Clinton was back in office. At least Bill understood that the people are right most of the time. Obama simply doesn't care when it comes to his promise to transform America. The problem with the leftists and the sheep is that they never stopped to ask "Transform America into what?" Ah, Bill Clinton...where are you? Heck, even Jimmy Carter was better than what we have now. And that's terribly sad.

- When was the last time you thanked a veteran for his or her service? Patriotic holidays are nice reminders to do so, but don't forget about the hundreds of other days throughout the year! You don't need to make a big production out of it. Chances are, he/she will be humble about it, anyway. But take the time to say "thanks for serving" the next time you see a young man or woman in the uniform, or a veteran with a hat, patch, or shirt that notes his/her service.

- Finally, when I think about Independence Day, I recall history and the efforts of a handful of men crafting the Declaration of Independence - and using it as a clarion call across an ocean that tyranny is no longer accepted. As I type tonight, I also think about personal independence. It is quite necessary to have family and friends in your community, but America is great because individuals choose to step forward and do incredible things. You can't do incredible things if you are shackled by burdens, whether it be the government, poor decision making, bad finances, or the like. I've made plenty of mistakes and I use them as guideposts for what not to do. I'll continue making them, as I am human. But I encourage you to look past your mistakes, grab onto what is good instead of focusing on the negatives, and take a bold step to better your community.