Tag Archives: 2014 Elections

Battle Fatigue

battle fatigue: a posttraumatic stress disorder occurring among soldiers engaged in active combat, characterized by excessive autonomic arousal, psychic numbing, and persistent reliving of traumatic experiences.

I have stopped using the traditional party names. The Republicans and Democrats of yesteryear are gone. They have become branches of the same Progressive Party.

As others have said, the Conservatives are being backed into a corner in trying to re-take the Republican Party. The odds of a “takeover” seem to be slipping away.

Forming a new third party will take time and a lot of money. But is that really necessary?

Essentially, the 2010 election cycle was the “birth” of the Conservative Party. It was easy for the Tea Party/Conservative candidates to utilize the infrastructure of the Republican Party and take advantage of the fact that the low information voters tend to stay home in the off years.

I believe this is the strategy we must continue to implement. Whether this can happen again in 2014 remains to be seen as I think the Conservative movement is currently suffering from the equivalent of “battle fatigue.”

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If You Stop Churning the Cream You Will Never Get the Butter

The Republican Party has been infiltrated by Progressives, right? With a few exceptions that includes everyone in the party prior to the 2008 elections. How many examples can we all give of a moderate Republican jumping in front of the Tea Party parade and claiming to be the Conservative’s best friend?

I remember when Boehner was elected Speaker in 2010. There was some outrage from the tea party, but his election as Speaker was not a real surprise. We just didn’t [and still don’t] have the numbers to do otherwise.

The pendulum has swung back towards the Progressives, and many on our side are hanging their heads and are ready to quit. But the same thing happened in 2008. It took a while to get rolling, but the tea party sprung to life and became a formidable political force.

History has shown that nearly all off year elections have moved away from the party in power. 2014 could be a repeat of 2010. The farm team IS operational. We just have to keep feeding it with good candidates, knowing that most will not make the grade.

The search for credible leadership is a slow deliberate process. But if you stop churning the cream, you will never get the butter.