I’ve come up with a new award and with the help of Jason Zoglmann we have developed a mascot for our award. You might remember a blog post I made titled “Grand Ole Plan” (and yes Lance you did send this to me). Anyway, the GOP had a cute little mascot named Nick.
Well Jason and I have come up with the real mascot of today’s Republican Party, unfortunately. I take no great pleasure in this, but if we are going to have a conservative resurgence in the GOP, then we have to call it like it is.
I will be awarding Shirker possibly every week, more or less depending on the Grand Old Party. Here is our friend Shirker the Saggy Back RINO:
So who is our first awardee? It seems only appropriate to award it to the leader of the RINOs, none other than RNC Chairman Michael Steele.
Why Michael Steele you ask? Let me count the ways:
1. The GOP: Steel is lacking.
2. Q: In this election year, do you see many Republican candidates that can be characterized as “RINOs,” meaning Republican in Name Only?
Steele: I reject that phrase. I just think it’s stupid. It says to some candidates, “You’re not pure enough to be a real Republican.” If we truly have a big tent, then to call people RINOs is a lie. We want to respect people with different views. We can have Republicans that are conservative and are liberal, and we won’t kick you out of the party. We are going to campaign for candidates who don’t fit particular molds.
Republicans, he said, should not get “wrapped up in this fairy tale of impending doom” and fall into believing that Democrats will score wide victories this fall.
In a column on www.gopac.org, he wrote, “I believe that if Republicans take a closer look at the impact John McCain will have in this November’s election, down-ticket Republican candidates across the country should be encouraged by the prospect of having McCain lead their ticket this fall…
Source: Kansas Liberty
The last one is the clincher for me. Steele, while speaking of Sonia Sotomayor, said, “The trap here for the GOP I think is enormous. And I know that a lot of folks want to do the knee jerk you know let’s start slammin’ and rammin’, but I think we really need to take a step back from this and deal with two things, one, the historic aspect of it, acknowledge it, but then move on to the substance of the conversation about what this woman believes.”
The only conversation needed by Republicans is to tell Obama, “Sorry try again because all seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee refuse to vote for her and you have to have at least one vote for the nomination to go to the full Senate.”
All right, stop laughing! Hey, it could happen!
We can make it happen. You want to know how?
Contact the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee and demand that they do not allow this nomination go to the Senate floor:
Republican National Committee
310 First Street
Washington, D. C. 20003
National Republican Senatorial Committee
425 2nd Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Telephone: (202) 675-6000
Judge Sotomayor has disqualified herself from serving on the Supreme Court by her public statements, both written and spoken.
Let these two GOP committees know that if they accomplish the defeat of the Sotomayor nomination then they will show they are serious about bringing conservatism back to the party. Also let them know that step would make you willing to financially support them again; but if they do not defeat this nomination then all support will end.
Of course Obama is going to nominate a justice with his judicial philosophy but he has nominated one who he is fully aware is controversial. He has done it on purpose; he is daring the Republicans to oppose him. He is betting that they will fold up like a card table.
I’m afraid he is standing on pretty solid ground.