This one is sure to NOT be a part of Oprah’s Book Club. It’s called “2010: Take America Back” by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann.
As a graduate student at Ohio University’s School of Interpersonal Communication in 1998, I wrote a Master’s Thesis entitled “Saying Much While Saying Nothing: Bill Clinton’s Use of Ambiguity As A Rhetorical Strategy.” Little did I know at the time, Dick Morris was the driving force behind the triangulation and ambiguity that President Clinton utilized to make himself the “Teflon President.” I’ve watched Morris’ metamorphisis over the years from a disgruntled detractor to a cheerleader for Republicans and conservatives. Many, such as Rush Limbaugh, still seem to hold a grudge and distrust him. But others (Sean Hannity) have embraced him as a strategist with much to offer the GOP.
“2010: Take America Back” is a gutsy book that Morris wrote with his wife, Eileen McGann. The book has four parts. The first lays out the case against Obama and Congressional Democrats. The second part indentifies specific Democrat senators and representatives ripe for the picking in the 2010 congressional elections. The third part (speaking mainly to candidates and campaign staff) discusses how to frame the debate for the 2010 elections. The fourth part tells me, an individual, exactly what I can do to effect the 2010 elections in favor of the GOP. Part #2 was, naturally, right up my alley. Part #4 was so exciting that I posted this and decided to embark on a new project via this blog.
Skipping ahead to Part 4, Morris and McGann note:
“Too many of us still labor under the illusion that politics is a top-down game, driven by the manager and candidate whose intiatives filter down to the lowly campaign workers – the foot soldiers on the ground. We wait for our phones to ring or emails to arrive telling us what to do to help win the election.
But in today’s politics, those intitatives have to come from us, not from on high……
It is now clear, however, that the Internet is becoming the most powerful forum for political campaiging. And we all have equal access to the Web.
The means one thing: You are the campaign! You can be your own campaign media guru, strategist and manager. You don’t need money. You don’t need fame. You just need to be able to produce cogent and effective campaign messages to send to your friends and associates by email and to the world at large on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and whatever else is invented between now and when you read these words…..
In this new era, we – the party’s and candidates’ supporters – must do the heavy lifting. We, not the candidate or his staff, must get the messages out. The campaigns themselves – with their budgets and exposure – become ammunition factories producing shells for us to fire. Why? Because we have credibility they do not…”
Steve has done all of us who believe in the Conservative Cause a great favor by establishing a credible blog site at GayConservative where our posts and comments are not in vain. We aren’t exactly the Huffington Post or Michelle Malkin, but there is a readership there. Based on the emails we receive privately and the comments in response to our posts, I can deduce that our voices are being heard. There are web searches and our presence on other blog rolls that send folks our way. That translates into word-of-mouth that carries our message onto the streets. That gives hope to me that everything we do can help translate to victory in 2010.
I’m a laid-back guy (non-medicinal) and not prone to theatrics, but I am genuinely frightened. The direction of our nation is all wrong. Under Obama, we acquiesce to thugs and terrorists, build up our national debt and budget deficits at an alarming pace, nationalize our private industries and run our nation into ruin. After eight years of Bush, we had a $500 billion deficit. Less than 2 years into Obama’s reign, we have put that deficit to nearly $1.5 trillion (give or take). Banks and automotive companies are slowly but surely being put under government control. Taxes are on the rise (on the middle class too – don’t kid yourselves). Health care is going to be administered by a government who bankrupted social security and can’t run the postal service.
We can’t do anything about Obama or the Marxists who occupy the White House until 2012. But we can render them impotent by electing Republicans (especially Conservative ones ) in 2010. Obama’s feeding frenzy will come to a halt in 2010 if we all get the message out. The mood is ripe for a repeat x 2 of 1994. Morris believes we can win both the Senate and House. I personally believe that we will retake the House and bring the Senate with 2 or 3. Winning both gives us our best chance at halting the socialist tide.
My new project here is based on part 2 of Morris and McGann’s book. They go into detail about congressmen and women who are vulnerable in 2010. You need to read the book to realize how corrupt and disingenuous some of these people can be. The GOP had ethical issues that put us in this mess in 2006 and 2008. Most of those losers have been weeded out. Now it is time to weed out “moderate Democrats” who vote with Pelosi and Reid 85-98% of the time. Yeah – that’s right. There are Dems from GOP or swing districts proclaiming themselves to be “moderate” and still vote the Dem party line 85-98% of the time. Read the book.
Over the next few months, I will take on some of these targets and expose them for the frauds that they are. I will profile them individually and make the case for their defeat. I have, in the past, pledged my meager financial support as well as my moral support to Republicans in other states and districts. I will continue to do so and encourage all of you to do the same. Adopt a Republican. Do what you can. We better start now before it’s too late.