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New Jersey Republican State Chairman Jay Webber Abruptly Resigns

Bookmark and Share   Assemblyman Jay Webber, the Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, has resigned from his position as Chairman. The announcement was an unexpected one which seems to have partially been the result of a number of small disagreements between Webber and Governor Christie. In addition to the Governor being unsettled by a letter concerning the budget of the upcoming State Reapportionment Commission,  the Assemblyman is said to have also  been frustrated with  a level of secrecy surrounding the operations of Reform Jersey Now, a fundraising entity created by Governor Christie’s closest confidants and was uncomfortable with the lack of assistance provided by the Governor on state G.O.P. fundraising efforts during the summer, when the Governor was traveling across the country to campaign for fellow Republican gubernatorial candidates. 
As for the disagreement over the letter that Webber sent out regarding the Reapportionment Commission budget, earlier  today, Assemblyman Webber released the same letter on his Facebook page, leading some to wonder if  he was reinforcing his position despite the Governors sentiments.

In a statement to the press, Webber called his resignation “bittersweet” and stated that the only reason for his early departure was due to his commitment to the once in a decade redistricting process, a process that redraws the new congressional and state legislative districts through a reapportionment commission of which Webber is the Republican delegation’s Chairman to and his commitment to responsibilities in the Assembly as a member of the Labor and ever important Budget Committees.  The Assemblyman felt that now was the most appropriate time for him to step aside as State G.O.P. Chairman, focus on his other important responsibilitiesm and allow for the next NJGOP Chairman to get a head start in giving the critical pre-2011 election operations the attention that they deserve and require in the months ahead.

Jay Webber is probably one of New Jersey’s greatest political assets. He is an outstanding voice for conservatism, an unusually outstanding one for a state like New Jersey. He is additionally a dedicated and responsible representative of his legislative district. He is one of those rare political leaders who emanates a genuine sincerity of purpose and ability to boot. As such, he has been entrusted with the stewardship of many important tasks and therefore does indeed have much on his plate. So Webber’s claim to focus on such things as the ever important state budget and the critical redistricting that will effect elections for the next decade, is quite palatable. But seeing him resign his post as State Party Chairman is a loss and the Governor’s willingness to let Webber leave the post is a disappointing one.

During his less than two years in the position of Chairman, the NJGOP experienced its first statewide victory in 12 years, regained the 3rd Congressional District seat, won over 52% of the Congressional votes statewide in 2010; gained a State Assembly seat and a net gain of 22 countywide seats, regained control of the Bergen and Monmouth County Freeholder Boards; implemented an historic Victory program in 2009 that made over 2.3 million volunteer phone calls, knocked on over 170,000 doors, and recruited more than 3500 volunteers, raised over $4 million for candidates and party operations; and registered more than 42,000 new Republican voters.

While Chris Christie and the nationwide political trends against Democrats, Webber was surely not solely responsible for all of these successes but he most certainly was instrumental in maximizing our gains and organizing the means to take advantage of positive Republican prospects.

Webber’s replacement is expected to be Saddle River Mayor and Christie confidant, Sam Raia.

For his part Raia issued a statement crediting now former Chairman Webber with great success and vowing to build upon that success and to take back the legislature in this year’s elections.

To do so, Raia will have a lot of work to do. For now, considering the big shoes that he has to fill, he will need the support of Republicans throughout the state and the full cooperation of Governor Christie.

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It’s Miller Time! Murkowski Is Out.

Bookmark and Share    In a count of absentee ballots Murkowski could not surpass a 1,200 vote lead by her Republican primary opponent Joe Miller and so she conceded victory to Miller early Tuesday night.

Miller bested Murkowski on election night with a lead of 1,668 votes.  But with a large number of outstanding absentee ballots out, Senator Murkowski refused to concede.  But a week later and with most ballots counted, it became apparent to all, including the Senator, that it was numerically impossible for her to overtake Miller’s lead.

The defeat puts an end to the Murkowski family’s Alaskan political Dynasty, a reign that started when Lisa Murkowski’s father Frank who held the seat his daughter now serves in until he was elected Governor of Alaska.  At that point in time, he appointed his daughter to fill out the remainder of his term.

Perhaps the one person who can take the most credit for the demise of the Murkowski’s is Sarah Palin.

After being appointed by Murkowski to head the Alaska Oil Commission, Palin found many irregularities that she was instructed to keep under hat.  Those orders came from Governor Murkowski’s Administration.  refusing to just sit by and let the establishment get away with insider deals and legal improprieties, Palin made her case public and as a result, several top Murkowski Administration officials went to jail.

Then when it came time for Murkowski to run for reelection, Palin challenged him for the Republican nomination and defeated the powerful Governor and ex-Senator.In the latets loss of a Murkowski, it was Sarah Palin who became the highest profile and one of the only high profiule officials to endorse Joe Miller over Lisa Murkowski.  And that endorsement made all the difference.

Evidence of that fact can be found in the numbers where, while in many regions of the state Lisa Murkowski was winning, the areas she lost to Miller produced very slight margin of victories for him.  But it was in the area around Wassilla, Palin’s hometown and the town she was Mayor of, produced a plurality of more than 3,000 votes for Joe Miller over Lisa Murkowski. 

That in and of itself shows that Palin still has significant sway in Alaska.  It is alos proof that Palin was probably the key difference that turned Miller’s underdog candidacy into a strorybook victory.

Beyond the Palin angle though is the narrative of this being an election cycle that is placing big targets on the heads of incumbents andf not just incimbent Democrats.  We are talking incumbents of both Parties.  Fortunately for Republicans though, there are more Democrat incumbents than Repoublicans, whic means that Democrats have more seats to defend and more obstacles to overcome this November.

As for the general election in Alaska, even though Republican Murkowski is out, you can bank on consewrvative Republican and TEA  Party backed Miller to keep Alaska Senate seat in Republican hands, just not the Murkowski’s hands.

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Ron Paul Wins CPAC 2012 Presidential Straw Poll

Bookmark and Share   As the political atmosphere turns its turbulent winds of unrest against the Administration of President Obama, anger and dissatisfaction within the American electorate has forced them to focus and rally for a change from the change that Barack Obama’s promised false hope produced. As a result, the annual Conservative Political Action Committee conference in Washington, D.C. saw its largest gathering ever.

Amid countless speeches from the likes of Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey, J.C. Watts and rising star Marco Rubio to Mike Pence, Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney, countless rally cries for change are echoing from throughout the ballrooms of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and into the political world.

Along with insightful and inspiring, pep-like speeches to motivate the conservative forces, there are countless workshops and organizational training classes that are aimed at allowing dedicated activists to focus their energies on the development of increasing effective grass development and activism.

Among one of the highlights of the annual conference is the CPAC Presidential Straw Poll. The results of the straw are a clear signal of whom the base of the Republican is most energized by and a hint of who has the base’s momentum as we move closer and closer to the presidential election.

For the last three years, former Governor Mitt Romney has taken that honor. Last year he won the CPAC just a day after he withdrew from the Republican presidential nomination contest that ultimately went to Senator John McCain.

This year the CPAC ballot consisted of eleven names Mitt Romney, Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, former Alaska Governor and GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, South Dakota Senator John Thune, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Texas Congressman and perennial presidential candidate Ron Paul, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. A twelfth option was offered on the ballot in the reform of a space for voters to write-in any other preference that they may have.

Just moments ago, in what can only be seen as a surprie upset, the results of the straw poll were released and this is how it turned out:

  1. Ron Paul                     31%
  2. Mitt Romney            22%
  3. Sarah Palin                  7%
  4. Tim Pawlenty             6%
  5. Mike Pence                  5%

Of the 10.000 people in attendance, only 2,400 cast a straw ballot and from the looks of things, the ever dilligent Ron Paul had his very loyal, vocal militant supporters passing out as many ballots as possible.  

So although Congressman Paul can claim this victory, most people, including those in attendance at the CPAC conference, will tell you that no one expects Ron Paul to be the nominee of any major party in 2012. 

Two good signs from this poll though are that even without a corrdinated push for a ballot position thi year, Mitt Romney remains to be a favorite.   The other optimistic sign is Mike Pence’s 5th place showing. 

As a relatively unknown Indiana Congressman, Mike Pence has made quite a name for himself, especially in the area of fiscal conservatism.  Apparently that is beginning to catch the eye of many.

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Mayor Hopes President Changes His Mind Regarding 9/11 Terrorists

Bookmark and Share    As expected New York City’s Mayor Mike Bloomberg has changed his mind about trying the enemy combatants who were behind the 9/11 attacks in a New York City civilian court.

Residents in the area of where the trial will be held have been demonstrating against the move. They have made it clear that the disruption caused by the enormous security measures and fear of retaliation in the area, will make life for local New Yorkers miserable. Merchants have also offered their protestations to the trial of foreign terrorist being held in their backyard. They claim that the massive security operation will create unbearable congestion and disruption that will disrupt and in some cases, shut down local commerce. Streets will be closed and stores, stores will be empty and small business owners will suffer yet again because of terrorism.

After detailed assessments of what the cost New York will be forced to cover because of the President’s decision to not try the 9/11 Five in a military court . Mayor Bloomberg out the price tag at a minimum of $1 billion dollars.

Between the heavy price tag and the chorus of cries from the New Yorkers who will be most affected by the President’s decision, the Mayor concluded that he hopes Attorney General Holder and President Obama “change their mind”. But Bloomberg is not concerned with the unseemliness of trying foreign, enemy combatants in a civilian court. His concern is the cost. And it is not an unreasonable for a City going through tough economic times. Bloomberg suggests that decision makers move the trial from the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Federal Court house to a military base or possibly even West Point. He adds that such a location might be inconvenient for jurors to get to, but the traffic in New York City will be so tied up in knots because of the trial that getting the downtown Daniel Patrick Moynihan Federal Court will also be inconvenient.

Although Bloomberg’s wish that the powers that be conduct the civilian trial on a military installation is only based on financial concerns, others are concerned with the elevated threat that the trial will attract. Many also wonder how enemy combatants who have not been read their Miranda rights can actually be tried in a court with the standards for a proper trial has not been met. Without having their rights read to them when they were captured on fields of battle, there exists a strong case for having charges dropped .

If the President does not reverse his decision and change not just the location of the terrorist trial but the its jurisdiction from a civilian to a military court, than not only will there be an unnecessary severe inconvenience to New Yorkers along with a an unnecessary disruption to commerce but there will be an unnecessarily heightened risk to New Yorkers in addition to a ton of loopholes that could allow these terrorists to walk if the rules of a civilian court are applied to foreign enemies of the state who are captured by non-civilian American forces on the field of battle.

I have stated before that the timing of this civilian trial for enemy combatants that should be tried in a military tribunal will be a major factor in President Obama’s reelection loss in 2012. But that is the least of our concerns, just ask New Yorkers and mayor Bloomberg.

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Sorry, the Domain Names SarahPalinforPresident.com and SarahPalin2012 Are Taken

Bookmark and Share    It is quite difficult to say who is or isn’t running for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2010. I suspect that Mitt Romney is. By all historic measures he is next in line and current levels of activity PalinDomainU4prezmake it likely that he is running.
 
I also suspect that Mississippi’s Governor, Haley Barbour is seriously looking at the nomination.
 
John Ensign of Nevada was running. That is until an extramarital affair of his could no longer be hidden and the secret attempts by his mommy and daddy to pay off his mistress all came to light and put an end to that ridiculous notion.

Some sectors were already campaigning for South Carolina’s Governor Mark Sanford. With “Draft Sanford” web site’s and rampant prognostications, Sanford was riding a wave of public enthusiasm for a run at the Republican nomination. Then he disappeared from sight for more than 5 days, leaving everyone to wonder what happened to Governor Sanford and where in the world is Mark? The answer to that quickly brought down those “Draft Sanford for President” sites. He was in Argentina with his “soul mate”, a pretty young thing he met some years ago and fell  more in love with her than he was with his wife.

But still riding high as potential candidates in 2012 are Mitt Romney, who trailed McCain in the delegate count in 2008, and Sarah Palin, who McCain chose for Vice President.

Such speculation about Romney can be made out of the level and type of activity that he is wading into.

With his political action committee, Free and Strong America PAC, he is actively involved in critical races throughout the nation, including this years gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia and gaining the favor of future elected officials who will be crucial supporters in the future.

He has also become a part of the National Council for a New America, a group of leaders that include Republicans such as Congressman Eric Cantor, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former Florida Governor Jeb Buss. This group intends to have a serious national discussion about the challenges facing America, small businesses and working families and they are taking the discussion on the road all across the nation.

Additionally, Romney is bringing in the mother’s milk of political campaigning…….money. His fundraising is constant, consistent and high.

So all are indications that in 2012, Romney will be running for the nomination that he was denied by the Republican establishment in 2008.

As for Sarah Palin, she confused pundits with her surprise resignation as Governor of Alaska and confounded the status quo. Opponents of Palin do not take the reasons she gave for resigning at face value. Instead they claim she is a quitter or that she can’t take the heat. What they neglect to realize is that Sarah Palin is not your average politician. They can’t seem to comprehend that Sarah Palin is genuine. She is a real person with personal beliefs and convictions that are not affected by political ambition, opinion polls or inside the beltway political games. They also fail to realize that Sarah Palin does not live for politics or allow  politics to change her life or principles. To the contrary she stands for her life changing politics.

As such, Sarah Palin made it clear that as a national target of liberal antics geared at attacking her, her agenda for Alaska was being hampered by frivolous legal challenges against every breathe she took, word she muttered and garment she wore. Therefore Sarah Palin decided to circumvent these tactics. Confident that her Lieutenant Governor was dedicated to the agenda that she has taken to this point, she took away the target that hampered its further expeditious advancement . Herself.

Now, no longer an available official government target for the hate-based liberal establishment, Sarah Palin is free and what the left does not realize is that freedom is much more powerful than any government office or liberal government program. With the power of freedom now in her hands, Sarah Palin just might be more of a threat to the left than she ever was and as she uses that freedom, she just might take them on by starting a run for the Republican presidential nomination.

Former Vice Presidents and Vice Presidential nominees don’t always have the best shot at being elected President or at getting their parties presidential nomination.

Al Gore got the nomination in 2000 but lost the election. Lieberman was his VP nominee but failed to get the presidential nomination in 2004.

John Edwards got the VP slot in 2004 but failed to get his parties presidential nomination in ’08.

Before them George H.W. Bush and Richard Nixon before him, where the only contemporary Vice President’s to eventually move on and win their parties nomination for President, in their own right, and then the presidency itself.

Jimmy Carter’s vice president, Walter Mondale won the Democrat’s nomination in ‘84 but lost and Bush 41’s vice president, Dan Quayle, fell off the radar before the Iowa Caucuses took place during his brief attempt to win the Republican nomination in 2000.

So vice presidents and vice presidential nominees don’t necessarily have the inside track to their party’s nomination for President and as we look toward 2012, Sarah Palin will not be on the fast track for it either. If she seeks the nomination, she will still be the target of liberal hypocrisy and their fear driven propaganda and attacks and she will have to fight hard and truly earn the nomination amidst a field that will have a number of formidable choices. Only now the left will not be able to bog her down with frivolous and unwarranted government ethics charges and lawsuits.

Now that Palin has just officially resigned as Governor, she could easily enjoin that race and begin to lace up her running shoes for a long marathon to the White House.

It is hard to tell though.

Sarah could be so pissed at those who have tried to destroy her and her family and who have tried to impede progress in Alaska, that she is either fed up and leaving politics for a more civil path for the promotion of her beliefs or she may simply be reloading her ideological guns as she prepares to take aim at the liberal philosophy and its purveyors who have run amuck and now control government.

So far, there are no concrete indications that make it clear either way. At least there are no indications of the likes that we see with Mitt Romney.

But there is one little clue that could be telling.

The domain names sarahpalinforpresident.com and sarahpalin2012 have recently been claimed and registered.

Normally that could simply be the doing of some dreamy eyed, entrepreneurial, get rich quick minded person who figures on selling those domains to Sarah Palin for big bucks if she does make it official.

However a closer look reveals that these two domain names were registered by Jay Griffin of Anchorage Alaska. Where he is from is not half as important as the fact that he is a close confidant of Sarah Palin and that, along with Palin, he is a member of the Alaska Republican Party Central Committee.

Could Griffin be hoping to make some money off of his friend Sarah Palin if she does run for President? Or, is he and his new domain names just the start of a long campaign to evict Barack Obama from the White House and to take back America from the Pelosi/Reid liberal mentality that is currently infecting our government in flu-like fashion?

Odds are that an exploratory committee for that possibility are in the works.

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