Charlotte Bergmann in NOLA

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SPOTTED: Charlotte Bergmann, West Tennessee GOP candidate for U.S. House District 9, in New Orleans Friday. She was busy meeting and greeting Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) attendees. Here she gets Shawn Hannity’s signature on his book “Conservative Victory.” Thousands lined up to get the signature forming a procession which wound past several ballrooms at the Hilton Riverside and then snaked around and around inside the final venue room.

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Newt Gingrich

Last night at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference Newt Gingrich shared his thoughts on the current situation the country finds itself in and what to do about it in stark, realistic terms.

He said he would never have dreamed a year ago – or even last December – that the Republicans would have had such an opportunity to take back the House and Senate in 2010. He feels the Democrats have not acknowledge the wave building against them, even after our victories in Virginia and New Jersey trumped by Senator Scott Brown’s win in Massachussettts.

We need to frame the campaign by calling attention to the differences between liberal policies and the traditional American values. For instance, that the country was founded on freedom and they are offering serfdom. Do we hold to the work ethic or go with their redistribution of wealth? Gingrich feels were are in the most serious conflict we have been in since the 1850s.

He holds to two beliefs. Number 1: elections have consequences. Number 2: consequences have elections.

He gave three “assignments” to us:

1. Talk about the secular socialism goals of Obama. Point out that we’re not in a power struggle, but a struggle over core values. That is, does a work ethic matter? Are we endowed with rights by our Creator, or does government define who we are? Obama, he says, is following a set of values antithetical to American traditions.

2. He will be discussing his 2 + 2= 4 slogan that will be outlined at American Solutions. He talked about how the Poles in the 70s put up signs in their home windows and businesses that said 2 + 2 = 4. It comes from thoughts by Camus and Orwell who say you can be made to believe that 2 + 2 = 5 if the government succeeds in propagandizing us. With those signs in their windows they voiced their opposition, but could not be arrested or questioned by putting up such an inoffensive sign.

3.  Project positive ideas. When asked on topics our candidates need to say yes to a balanced budget, not just deriding the Dems’ plans. Yes to stopping the loss of Medicare dollars to fund other projects. In other words, “Let me tell you what I’m for.”

I look forward to his new book and ideas that he will be rolling out soon.

He certainly seemed like someone running for president and I’ve never seen him better. He presents his thoughts so clearly you just can’t disagree. Gingrich got a big ovation from attendees.

J.C. Watts

I would like to see JC Watts debate Obama. He certainly doesn’t need a teleprompter and spoke easily and amusingly about his life and life in Congress.

He talked about how overtaxed Americans are and how we wouldn’t advise a third world country to do what we are doing if they wanted to progress. Today we get up in the morning and put on our clothes and there’s a tax on that. We take a shower and we are taxed on the utilities. Eat our breakfast and there’s a tax on our food. Get in the car and there is a tax on that. Fill up with gas and a tax on that. Go to work and they tax your income. Pick up the kids from school and that’s taxed. Sit in front of the TV and there’s a cable tax. Get on your knees and pray to God, kiss your wife good night and you think there’s no tax on that, but there’s a marriage tax! How true! Nothing escapes a tax by the government.

With 5 children and two currently in college he says he’s been busy putting them through school. He said he’s always worked with the United Negro College Funds and recently got a call asking for donations. Everyone laughed at his reply: “I AM the United Negro College funds!”

SRLC

We arrived at the Hilton Riverside and stumbled upon Liz Cheney and Mary Matalin (figuratively, not literally) at the entry. For me they beat  any Hollywood celebrity I could see!

We got a seat early at the ballroom since we knew it would be packed. Ran into Charlotte Bergman in the hall who said ever since Cohen made his remarks she has had a lot of money come into her campaign funds. Great!

Mary Matalin introduced Liz Cheney. She praised her friend as being a great mother of five, Mid East expert and skilled political commentator. Liz Cheney did not disappoint when she took the podium. I was struck how much like her father she is. Unflappable, confident, sober and clear thinking.

She touched on the dangers of Iran and how Obama just doesn’t get it. She decried the move by the John Adams project, a bunch of liberal lawyers, who are stalking and tracking CIA agents who interrogated Al Qaeda members. They are telling their terrorist clients where these people go and sharing their pictures.

Cheney went on to rip his new nuclear policy. I see that Drudge has picked up on her comments at his site.

On the personal side, she said her dad is busy writing a book using mounds of yellow legal pads. He finally got connected to new technology but when he sends her an email he always says, “Dear Liz, this is your father speaking.”

She was great and everyone enjoyed her speech.

Chutzpah with a K

So Kent Williams wants back in the GOP, as reported in today’s Commercial Appeal.  Kent, the Republican state house member who conferred with the Democrats to get his speakership and deny it to the Republican in line for that post, is asking for reinstatement in the GOP. They had stripped him for his treachery. Kent, you really think this will happen? I understand Michael Steele has a target on Williams’ back for the primary.

Why work at the polls

Someone recently asked me why I bothered to work at the polls. It is boring, it is long, the pay is poor and it sometimes seems like a waste of time.

Then, you look at the elections such as the NY 23, New Jersey and Virginia; consider the ACORN videos, the Black Panthers in Pennsylvania and wonder how many fraudulent elections have taken place. Many times we Republicans have believed that we could trust our officials. Often we are outnumbered as workers. It can’t happen anymore. We must get in there and monitor what happens to ensure fair elections. Our military men give up years of their lives to protect this country. Certainly, civilians can give a little to protect freedom, too.

If Republicans are absent from black precincts, doesn’t that give a poor impression? We cannot give up on our neighbors. In the end it might be the person to person working together that changes minds.

At the least, it is a very educational experience to see how our system of governance works.