Vote or Else!

Australians voted this weekend and it looks like it was such a tight race between the Liberal party (really their conservatives) and the ruling Labour party that it will take days to determine the final vote.

Most Americans, including me, do not know that voting is compulsory in Australia and has been since 1924. Can you imagine the difficulties that would cause here? Seems it would make fraud much easier and lead to an uninformed electorate whimsically determining the course of the nation. More details: here.

Zero for O’s Week

“Obama’s political career on life support” is how Clarice Feldman at describes last week. Read “Clarice’s Pieces: Looking for Love in all the Wrong places” there for the best wrap up of all the connections and twists in the Ground Zero Mosque topic. She knits it all brilliantly and provides all the key issues in any discussion of Barack Obama and Ground Zero.

Hard to understand how New Yorkers have let 9 years slip by with the gaping hole still there. Sometimes it seems that we in the middle of the country get it much more than they do. That the Towers have not been rebuilt, or a new complex built there, screams American weakness and lack of resolve. You’d think passing by it daily would be an irritant for them, but apparently not.
More, also, in the article about Obama’s fall from grace.

Looking Towards November

Midtown Republicans
Clay Shelton talks with other Midtown Republicans Susan Ogle, left, and Cile Brooks.

Yesterday’s Lunch Hour Republican Club had it’s monthly meeting at Salsa and Midtowners were out in force. Five from our club were present, including our own Clay Shelton, who was the guest speaker.

Clay is running for the state House seat in District 89. He faces Jeanne Richardson, the incumbent. “The seat has been in Democrat hands for 35 years,” Clay said. “But now it’s competitive.” The district went for Luttrell in the August election, which is indicative of its ripeness for a Republican takeover.

“Why am I running against her?” Shelton asked. “I call her the Tennessee Pelosi because she has tried three times to get a state income tax passed. She has pushed for medical marijuana. She is out of touch but has been untouched so far because she hasn’t had an opponent.”

Shelton stressed that the makeup of the Tennessee House is important because the party in control will determine the redistricting and that will affect the next decade. “The state went for Bush twice and for McCain, however we have had more Democrat representatives and they gerrymander their districts to keep getting elected.” Shelton sees a historic opportunity for the party which until now had not been in control of the legislature since Reconstruction.

Clay also has called for Republicans to have a long range plan for the city and state as well as the nation.
“Democrats had a long range plan that included Hollywood, teachers and African Americans. We need to focus on young people and we can do that by focusing on the issues important to them that are also what we stand for: fewer taxes and more jobs.

“We need to publicly reach out to disaffected voters and we need to compete in every race every time.”

Clay will be needing help with funding and calling. A money-bomb is in the works to help him and Callfire will be used to reach his future constituents.

His website on facebook is Elect Clay Shelton so go take a look and give him a hand. He has a very good chance of winning.

Shelby Vote Analysis

Don Johnson, executive director for the Shelby GOP, gave a brief look at the August 5 election at the Lunch Hour Republican Club meeting Thursday.

“Republicans did a very good job on turnout,” Johnson said. “The Republican precinct base turnout was 38%, up ten points from 2006, while the Democrat turnout was 24%, up one point since 2006,” he said. “But 38% is not good enough for us for November. Republican voters are excited. The most excited in my lifetime, or at least since 1994. It means the opportunity we have is great.”

Several districts voted for Luttrell that had not voted Republican consistently. “With redistricting coming up in the next cycle, we need to make sure we get people to turn out in November,” he said.

Check these out

Some interesting articles to look at this morning.

Ace of spades gives his highest alert, a flaming skull, to the story of the juror who wouldn’t convict Rod Blagojevich. He even puts Blago’s hair on top of the skull. Look for the headline “Blago Holdout Retired State Employee Who Once Handed Out Campaign Literature…” Chicago’s Fox station reports that she “said for weeks she would find Blagojevich not guilty.” Go to

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is out with an effective ad for the fall elections called “Extreme.” Kudos to them. Check it out at

And for some news on Harry Reid and his campaign, the blogger at has a rundown on his flailing campaign, “Harry Reid Campaign Stuck on Crazy.” In particular, his link to “rumblings” provides some startling information.

The Right Time

Kelsey GrammerConservatives who dislike the dearth of conservative networks on TV will have somewhere else to tune in besides Fox News starting Sept. 8.

The RightNetwork is the brain child of actor Kelsey Grammer and others. He says it will focus on “entertainment with a pro-America, pro-business, pro-military sensibilities,” according to the New York Daily News.

Hoping to be available online, on demand cable and mobile phones, the backers plan on attracting Americans who are turned off by the conventional media.

Two of their shows give a taste of what they mean.

“Running” is described as a reality show that follows political rookies through their campaigns.

“Evan Sayet’s Right 2 Laugh” features the conservative commentator’s take on current events.

Check for an introductory video. Looks promising.

Steve Cohen a ‘no show’ for Townhall

I just got off the phone with Steve Cohen’s office.

I haven’t seen anything about a town hall meeting scheduled; usually in Midtown I get a glossy flier from him talking about his accomplishments, the election and a scheduled town hall meeting. Last summer I believe there were two. According to the media, the health care reform issue at his town hall last year wasn’t too confrontational. However, this summer while making Callfire calls for our candidates I did come across one woman who disputed that.

She had taken her teenage son to it, so that he could get an idea of what happens at one. She said it got pretty heated. The two anticipated seeing that on the TV news. They were shocked when it wasn’t portrayed at all. Her son couldn’t believe the difference between what he saw and what they showed.

Anyway, we won’t be treated to any such occurrence this summer. The spokesman said there was not one on Cohen’s schedule and there wasn’t one listed on his website.

I asked if he would have one before the election and he mumbled that there was a mandatory blackout period before the election so that there wouldn’t be one.


I’ve heard about McCain-Feingold and restrictions about advertising, but it seems strange that a congressman would not be allowed to meet with his constituents.

Then, with everyone talking about President Obama’s remarks backing the Ground Zero Mosque, and Obama’s wholehearted backing for Cohen, I asked what Cohen thought about it.

“I have no idea,” he said. “But anyway, it won’t be an issue in the 9th district.”

Really? I think it is one of the clarifying issues of the campaign. Cohen may represent the 9th district, but his vote impacts the whole country.

Let’s see if anyone in the media asks him this.

Next Club Speaker, Mark White

Mark White
Mark White attended the August 19th meeting of the Lunch Time Republicans.

Mark White, District 83 State Representative, will be our guest speaker at the next Midtown Republican Club meeting Tuesday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m. at Cafe Eclectic.

White will discuss his thoughts on immigration in view of his recent talks with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. White went there recently to look over their immigration laws, since our state assembly will look at it when they meet in January.

It will also be interesting to see what he thinks about the 9th Congressional District race, having opposed Steve Cohen for it in 2006.