Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

We Should Be Winning

This is going to sound a bit like a pity party, and you're invited! Break out the Donald Trump party hats

There is no reason on Earth that Republicans should be losing this election cycle. None. We have a President presiding over an economy that hasn't seen GDP growth of more than 3 percent during his term. His average has been 1.5 percent. When he leaves office he will be the first President in HISTORY without a single year of 3-plus percent economic growth. It's pathetic.

Meanwhile, the Democrats' signature achievement of the last century, (other than those glowing moments when their guy Bull Conner was releasing attack dogs on black people in the streets) Obamacare is costing the average American thousands more per year. 

Also, remember all those times the President said, if you like your doctor you can keep him? Lie.

Remember all of those times the President said Obamacare was going to bring costs down? Lie.

And yet, it appears that voters are about to hand the keys to the White House over to the woman who once said, "Before it was called Obamacare, it was called Hillarycare." Sweet sassy, she's going to double down on that dumpster fire of a healthcare policy. And it's awful. (Remember how Republicans warned of this VERY problem? Remember how we also warned about death panels? We were right last time, so you know: Think on it.)

Here in Kansas, the Sunflower State is one of the bright spots in the nation where state revenues are concerned. It physically hurts me to say this, because I am an advocate of starving the state beast--I mean starving it down to supermodel-before-a bikini-runway-show size, and we're not. And I don't like it, but that's not what everyone else in the herd is upset about. No, Kansans are stompy mad, because we aren't spending enough. It's the most baffling thing I've seen in quite some time.

Personal incomes nationwide are down. The American populace hasn't had a real raise in decades. Despite that fact, Kansas revenues are up. Schools are receiving more money than they've ever had--not that student scores are improving. Lawyers argued in front of the Kansas Supreme Court last month that student scores are so bad we should be giving schools MORE money.

Meanwhile, it's nearly impossible to get the truth through to anyone. I could run around all day stapling pamphlets of reality to people's foreheads, and it would do no good. Kansans drive on some of the best roads in America--daily. Sunflower state drivers can't swing a steering wheel without hitting an orange barrel, and yet, Kansans appear to be clamoring for more money to be spent on roads, because, I guess, someone told them we're not spending enough on roads. I do not understand believing a line of lobbyist propaganda rather than believing your own eyes--but that's where we're at.

I know what entity I blame, but I'll spare you, because that's not the point. The point is this: Everyone has lost their minds. Conservatives SHOULD be winning this election up and down the ballot by numbers that make Reagan's 1984 landslide look like a nail biter. 

Numbers suggest that we're not winning. In Johnson County, Democrat advance ballots are pouring in. (There are more Republican ballots pouring in as well, but not enough to stem the Dem tide at this point.) It looks like Republicans may be losing in Kansas and nationally. I'm going to spare you all my thoughts on why we're losing nationally. I'm sure you can figure it out. If you haven't I'm sure the Republican circular firing squad festivities scheduled for Nov. 9 are going to be something really special. I'll make sure you get your invite.

However, I'm happy to explain the problem in Kansas: We're not good at messaging. Yes, conservatives must deal with a nearly Satanic media who will stop at nothing to make conservatives look silly or stupid. Surveys consistently show that the American populace--and especially Kansans--are right-leaning people. If we could lay out our ideas (and stand by them), we would be winning the debate. But we have to work on explaining those ideas. We have to work at getting the message out, preferably without being insulting or ridiculous. (I'm not going to name any names, but if you need examples, call me. I'll provide them.)

But that's not our only problem. The other part of our problem is near universal refusal to stand on principle without waffling. I think we're going to see massive amounts of squish coming from our party in the next few years. So much that I'm going to have to carry a barf bucket around. It's going to be that bad. 

We are going to have to decide what we stand for if we want our party to survive. At this point, I don't have a clue what we stand for at all, and I'm kind of afraid to ask. 

I'll just say this: People admire and value consistency in messaging, thought, and deed. Even when they disagree with you, they value and understand when you have a principle, and you stick to it. We need to figure out what it is we stand for, and then practice standing for it without looking like Loony Tunes. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Barb Shelly Writes Hit Piece. Shocker.

I try to give most journalists and even editorialists the benefit of the doubt. It's a difficult job, and everyone hates you all of the time no matter what you do.

That said, come on, Barb. Make an effort to be fair and honest. I mean a tiny effort--not a huge one--no one expects that much. 

The piece she wrote--this one for the Pitch (it in the trash), is titled "It Hasn't Been Mary Pilcher-Cook's Year--and Her Opponent Vicki Hiatt Knows It." It should probably have been called "Stompy Editorialist Hates Conservative Legislator" or something along those lines. But... that's not the headline the Pitch went with.

Now, if this was just your typical hit piece filled with innuendos and no effort to contact the subject of the hit, meh. It wouldn't be worthy of comment. Barb Shelly has always been stompy angry at conservatives, and there's probably no amount of common sense or even common decency that's ever going to change that. However, Shelly went out of her way to act as if she was writing a "news" piece about the state of the race in Shawnee. Um. Yeah right.

How do I know this? I have the email exchange. Shelly sent Pilcher-Cook an email requesting an interview. Pilcher-Cook sent an email in return saying she'd answer emailed questions--probably knowing that Shelly has a virulent contempt for people who think differently than she does. So, Pilcher-Cook answered the questions. It reads almost like a candidate questionnaire. Innocuous enough--you can read it at the link here.

Note that Shelly says she's writing a "story" not an editorial. She's interested in Pilcher-Cook's thoughts on "your school financing vote, your opinion of your chances in the upcoming election and other matters."

That would reasonably lead a person to believe the "story" would at least attempt to be unbiased, right? That's not how the story reads. It starts by lambasting Pilcher-Cook for being a conservative--this isn't a secret. Pilcher-Cook doesn't pretend, which is actually refreshing if you ask me. We've got a whole lot of folks where you kind of have to take a wandering guess about where they'll wind up on an issue. (And don't even get me started on the so-called mod Republicans, who are probably voting for Hilary and asking George Soros for funding while pretending to be Republicans. I can't even...I have a lot more respect for the people who own the fact that they're Democrats by affiliating with the Dem Party.)

I'm all about a well-timed editorial explaining why your own opinion is right and everyone else is a fool. But it undermines the journalism profession when lines like this one "That bodes poorly for Pilcher-Cook, who would much rather talk about rifles and the unborn than about her support for income-tax cuts and the education of actual Kansas children" end up in a news story.

Um. Show me that in the answers to the questions, please. Oh wait, you can't. Because no one said that--not that Pilcher-Cook was actually asked what she'd rather talk about.

The state of journalism today is pretty much in shambles. It's no wonder most people of good conscience refuse to believe half of what they read. Just be honest about who you are and what you stand for. The Pitch shouldn't be calling that piece news, and neither should the person who wrote it.

A Small Rant about a Planned Parenthood Sandwich

Head to your safe spaces. I need to rant.

So, if you know me, you know I have refused to give to United Way--since the inception of having two nickels to rub together. Call it a religious objection. United Way gives to Planned Parenthood, and I freaking refuse. Anyway, at the cube gig, there's a full on push to get us to pledge money to UW. It's so not happening.

They closed the cafeteria last week, so if you forgot your lunch and wanted to eat, you were almost forced to buy a PP sandwich. I'm not doing it. I don't care what everyone else is doing, but for the love of all things holy--lay OFF of me. Back away, and we'll all be good. Rant over.