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It Ain’t Over

Washington had a fabulous US Senate primary race until Dino Rossi tossed a big wrench into the works. A number of inspirational candidates were pounding the pavement and getting known by the voters. A long shadow hung over the entire affair because Dino dithered about jumping into the race.

The other candidates pledged their support to the one among them who won the primary. The campaign was gaining momentum, and voters were excited about having a chance to elect a fresh Senator with new and better ideas. All were prepared to step away from their jobs and businesses to serve their nation in a time of dire need.

Rossi entered the race at the last moment by releasing a long, dull video. He appeared to fear the questions he would face if he made his announcement in front of the press. What’s that all about? The Republican establishment is convinced that an “establishment Republican” can win in November. They’re wrong. Rossi’s entrance immediately killed 90% of the excitement and enthusiasm of tea partiers and others disgusted with politics as usual.

Rossi does not demonstrate the necessary “fire in the belly” to win the race. His performance so far, complete with a few squirmy statements and evasive answers, has been lackluster. Regardless of what Michael Steele and the Republican establishment think, Rossi is about to become a 3-time loser.

The Murray team, with help from friendly local media, is ready to rip Rossi. The man is a creature of the Bush years. Bush-like Republicans are not surviving the summer primaries. Why in the wide world of sports would Washington Republicans, and especially independents, get spooled up about Rossi? He energizes Democrats more than Republicans! Dems will flock to the polls with glee, just for the satisfaction of driving the final nail in his political career. Rossi on the ballot most likely means another 6 years of Patty Murray.

But – “Nothing is over until we decide it is.” Any fresh candidate has a better chance of beating Murray than Rossi has. Remember Bluto from Animal House? He motivated dispirited folks to get back in the fight. It is up to us to do the same!

Warning – some strong language follows.

Two terrific candidates vow to stay in the race. Both have extensive experience in the private sector, honorable reputations, and great accomplishments.

Think real hard about supporting one of these two strong contenders instead of Rossi. Neither have the establishment baggage that Rossi bears, and the Democrats do not have two campaigns worth of research against them. Bush-era Republicans’ irresponsible spending got them tossed from power in ’06 & ’08. Running one of them against Murray is a roadmap to failure.

Rasmussen has one of these men only 10 points behind Murray right now and neither is yet a household name. Give them a little more time and money and they will soon surge in the polls. Put one or both on the stage with Rossi, and he will turn to toast while his name recognition and establishment support will quickly melt into a big pool of tiger butter.

click here for Paul Akers’ Website

click here for Clint Didier’s Website

Pick one, send him a check, and make plans to attend the next event he holds nearby. You will not be disappointed. LET’S GET GOING!

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Senator Who?

Washington State has a golden opportunity to replace a rubber stamp in tennis shoes with a truly unique and powerful individual as US Senator.  There are 11 candidates currently in the primary for the Republican nomination to face Patty Murray in November. Any one of them would be an exponential improvement over the representation we have now. Murray rolls over and votes with the Obama Administration nearly 90% of the time. They are squandering our childrens’ futures with more spending, borrowing, and unrealistic promises that can never be kept.

The only way to begin a turnaround at the federal level is to change our representation in DC.  Scott Brown proved it could be done by handily winning a Senate seat in heavily Democratic Massachusetts.  Various incumbents of both parties are threatened with losses in primaries and will not even get a chance to defend their seats in the general election.  It is time to send Patty Murray back to a classroom where the damage she can do will be limited to a few feeble young minds and not the entire nation.

This is the new Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie who defeated Democrat John Corzine last fall.  New Jersey is mired in debt with corresponding high tax levels and is bleeding wealth and businesses at an alarming rate.  Here Mr. Christie cogently answers one of his press adversaries who inquired about his “tone.”

Electing a dozen such men and women to the US Senate right now would be the best thing we could do to serve our nation and begin the necessary steps of reprioritizing our government’s activities before we begin to look like Greece.  Let us get to know our primary Senate candidates and elect someone with this level of honesty and courage.

Don’t do it Dino!

Will Dino Rossi enter the race for US Senate? Rossi served 6 years in the Washington State Senate. He is especially remembered for his work negotiating a bi-partisan budget in 2003 along with several bills changing criminal statutes. He ran for Governor in 2004 and initially won with a margin of 261 votes. Victory was denied him after two subsequent recounts, the last of which featured court battles and an odiferous undercurrent. He ran for Governor again in ’08, losing by a margin of 6%. That election was the beginning of a national backlash against Republicans in general, which they well deserved.

There are nine candidates declared in the Primary scheduled for August 27th. The filing deadline is June 10th. So far, Rossi remains uncommitted. He is the elephant in the room, who has the instant capability and power to enter the race, sweep all opposition from the field, and run against Murray. Maybe so, but is it the right thing for Republicans and above all, for Washington State?

Rossi was a good State Senator, but an ultimately unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate. No matter what one thinks about the close election in ’04, Rossi still has two straight losses on his record. Would the third try be a charm, or a curse? Rossi is also viewed as an establishment Republican, somewhat tainted by his reputation of being too willing to vote with liberal Democrats. Keep in mind that such dealing at the national level has saddled this nation with incomprehensible debt and unsustainable entitlement programs over the past 75 years.

Most of Washington’s past “Republican” senators have suffered from a mealy-mouthed wimp complex, and voted more like Democrats than Republicans. A second coming of Slade Gorton would not do in today’s political climate. An opponent considered by the electorate as weak on important issues would be little different than the incumbent. Thousands of highly motivated voters would recognize the false choice, lose enthusiasm, stay home, and Murray would win by default.

Democrats and Murray’s team fear Rossi. They have been going to great lengths for years to dig up any dirt they can find and planting little news stories in a compliant media. None of these arson attempts have really taken off, but the constant drip of negative insinuations has hurt Rossi over time. You can bet that Murray’s campaign will release everything in an effort to make Rossi into cannon fodder.

Looking across the Atlantic and the unraveling of the Greek socialist economy, Americans are beginning to understand that a similar future awaits them if present policies and trends are not reversed. We must swamp Congress with fresh leadership and ideas. There are several candidates in the primary who have these attributes. They have been sacrificing time and money; criss-crossing the state to get their messages out. Meanwhile Rossi dithers and teases, seemingly enjoying his status while coyly playing with the press and his supporters.

Dino is a Dinosaur

Dino the Destructive Dinosaur

Rossi is obsolete today, tainted with too much “go along to get along” history and the baggage of two major electoral losses. He would be wrong to think he can depend on name recognition and erstwhile supporters, many of whom have enthusiastically embraced one of the present candidates. Many of us have followed this primary race closely and gotten to know the candidates. A late Rossi filing would be viewed as a narcissistic entry that would fracture the emerging groundswell of support for a truly strong opponent to Murray. The backlash against Rossi could sink any chance of defeating Murray in the fall.

Our nation’s future is in great peril. We need new leadership in the Senate that is not afraid of being accused of breaking some legislative china. Rossi is not the man to handle that job.