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Now It Is A Campaign: Romney Picks Ryan for VP

Wow. This blogger is surprised.

I thought Rob Portman, U.S. Senator from OH-IO was the frontrunner in the so-called veep sweepstakes. Of course some homerism was in play along with Senator Portman’s solid credentials. But we would have lost him in the senate even though Governor Kasich would have picked a solid replacement.

On the competency scale, Rep. Paul Ryan is another solid addition to Mitt Romney’s sheer business acumen and over-all competence.

Just on competence alone does Romney-Ryan beat Obama-Biden. Can you seriously look at that other side and think “they really know what they are doing”?

When it comes to competency, Romney-Ryan is the USA Basketball team and Obama-Biden are the Nigerian basketball team at the London Olympics.

Of course, the actual election will be a lot closer than that final score.

How about a little taste of what Ryan brings to Team Romney:

Watch Obama’s face as he knows he is being taken to task by Ryan and is losing on the merits.

If this is what Ryan will bring to this campaign the polls will tighten.


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Cuyahoga Valley Republicans: Rick Perry Leads August Straw Poll

Cuyahoga Valley Republicans had its first straw poll of declared candidates for the 2012 Republican Primary during its August membership meeting.

Texas Governor Rick Perry received the highest percentage of votes.

The tally:

Rick Perry:               43/124 35%
Mitt Romney:              35/124 28%
Michelle Bachmann:        17/124 14%
Herman Cain:              11/124  9%
Ron Paul:                  5/124  4%
Rick Santorum:             4/124  3%
Chris Christie:            4/124  3% (write in)
Newt Gingrich / Jon Huntsman / Marco Rubio (write in) / Sarah Palin (write in): 1/124 1%
Total write ins:           6/124  5%

There were two invalid ballots because the people voted for more than one candidate.

This blogger is chairman of the CVR candidate screening committee.

Our grassroots conservative organization has almost 600 members and has hosted candidates such as Rob Portman, John Kasich, and Herman Cain (via Skype).

Click here to see Cain address CVR on July 6.

We will hold straw polls of all the declared Republican candidates every month until the Ohio Primary in May.

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The Twister of 2010, A Peggy Noonan Inspired Rant
The Twister of 2010 by Peggy Noonan (bold italics mine):

Good practical advice on all this comes from Indiana’s Gov. Mitch Daniels, who met this week in New York with conservative activists, journalists and historians. Our country is in real peril, he said, we have a short time to do big things to get it right. Republicans “need to campaign to govern, not merely to win.” If Democrats are “the worst, the most malevolent” in their campaigning, “don’t match ‘em, let ‘em.” Be better. Be serious about the issues at a serious time.

What appears to be coming is a Republican rout. The main reason is the growing connection between public desire on various issues and Republican stands on those issues. But another is what is happening among Democrats—the rise of a spirit of destruction, and the increasing fact of fractured unity.

That was one major problem with the Republicans after President Bush’s 2004 reelection: they didn’t govern.  Whether it was the lack of leadership in Iraq or the lack of fiscal responsibility with the people’s money, the Republicans had government but did not govern.
Because of that and some scandals, voters said enough and lets see if the Democrats learned their lessons and give them another chance.
Well, they did and blew it big time.
From President Obama to Senator Reid and to Madame Speaker Pelosi, we got a lot more government but not better governing. 
Maybe Bush lost focus in Iraq and held onto Secretary Rumsfeld past his expiration date, but he woke up in time and stopped wasting time and refocused with the so-called surge.
Obama dithered when it came to Afghanistan and then followed through with smaller measures and confusing rules of engagement.
We got bailouts, buy ups, take overs, and after the billions GM (now 60% government owned) still went bankrupt.
We got a Health Care Reform Bill that isn’t reform anyone likes (for the left no single payer and for the right no free market reforms) and whose bill still hasn’t come due.
Now companies who dare speak the truth about how Obama-Pelosi-Reid care is affecting them face government scrutiny.
More government, no governing.
The Bush/Paulson team went mad with their TARP.  Obama and Geithner took it to another whole level of insanity.
He and the Democrats (most Republicans already bailed out of the bailouts) mismanaged the Recession that was ending; ended in June of ’09 and now are risking the feeble recovery. Obama won the recession and lost the recovery.  Maybe because they are for the right to choose to abort an unborn baby they can claim to be exercising their right to choose to abort an unborn recovery.
More government, no governing.
This is the Republican’s election to win or lose.  Only they can close the deal with the voters that they got the message:  Less government and better governing.
And the first step was voting out those Republicans identified as Washington as usual, Republicans known for more government and no governing.
Bob Bennett: gone.
Lisa Murkowski: gone.
Mike Castle: gone.
And new candidates with names known in business like Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina but not politics.
Names who once worked in politics but thought they left years ago: John Kasich and Rob Portman.
Names unknown completely: Joe Miller, Sharron Angle, Rand Paul, Christine O’Donnell…
Obama and the Dems say don’t give congress back to the people who drove us into the ditch.  Well, the Republicans aren’t.  They voted out those they blamed, too.
It all comes down to this:
Less Government, Better Governing.
It begins in the voter’s booth.

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Long Suffering Cleveland Sports Fan Reads The Polls

First off, let me get this out of the way:  I am a Cleveland sports fan.  Follow the Browns, the Indians, and even though basketball is not a sport I follow, support the Cavs.
In my collection is a photo of Omar Vizquel pouring champagne on Jose Mesa’s head.
I have a video clip of Earnest Byner fumbling the Lombardi Trophy while Bernie Kosar laughs.
Then there is that moment on ESPN when Dwayne Wade tells the world he is taking his talents to play on the North Coast with LeBron James.
You never heard or seen these things?
You’re right.  They don’t exist except in a tortured fans imagination.
My point is that these were all seemingly unstoppable teams who didn’t win it all.  Another team got the trophy, the champagne, the parade, and the trip to see an over-sized mouse.
We got to go back to…waiting…for…next…year…AGAIN!  

Which brings me to Judgment Day, November 2, 2010: It seems as if all the elephant needs to be wary of is injuring his feet while trampling over the donkeys just lying there.
I don’t want to wake up Wednesday like I did the Monday after game 7 of the ALCS in 2007.
Just ask former President Dewey.  

Ask President Dewey About Polls!



Nothing is guaranteed.  But, you say the pollsThe polls!  And how incompetently tone deaf the incumbent Democrats are in congress.  As is their leader, President Obama, too.
Yes, all that is true.
But look at my collection of trophies for World Series, Super Bowls, NBA…the case is practically bare.  

GOP insiders skeptical of landslide predictions.   

And so should you, too.
It isn’t that the polls are wrong or worse yet deceptive on purpose.   That could be.  But, the problem may be with the fans…I mean the voters…I mean us!   We may decide to become complacent.
In 1997 they escorted former Indians owner Dick Jacobs from his seat in the ninth inning of game 7 of the World Series to the locker room.  The lockers were covered in plastic in preparation of the champagne showers of celebration.  
Mr. Jacobs missed what we here in Cleveland witnessed and christened as The Choke.
Needless to say the lockers and contents were safe from any spray.
Jacobs’ suit did not need to go to the dry cleaners the next day.
And next year has yet to come again…  

The Governor’s race here shows John Kasich with a commanding 12 point lead over the incumbent Ted Strickland.
The same poll shows Rob Portman ahead of Lt. Governor Lee Fisher by 13 points.  

With voter enthusiasm running nearly three times higher among Republicans than Democrats, GOP gubernatorial candidate John Kasich leads by 12 points over Gov. Ted Strickland while GOP Senate hopeful Rob Portman tops Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher by 13 points.  

The key words are voter enthusiasm.  As we have learned from life it is hard to maintain high levels of enthusiasm for any long period of time.   

But the environment favors us.  Rasmussen reports:  85% in Ohio Know Someone Out of Work; 54% Say Job Market is Worse than One Year Ago.  

Eighty-five percent (85%) of Likely Voters in Ohio say they know someone who is out of work and looking for a job. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state finds that just 11% say they do not know someone unemployed and job-hunting.
These findings are roughly in line with findings nationwide.  

It isn’t like that will improve very much by the time early voting starts or Election Day arrives. 
But the problem of motivation continues. 
There is no doubt that among hard core Republicans the motivation is off the charts.   And for some Democrats the despondency is palpable and thick.
But what about the vast majority of citizens that vote?  Are they as motivated to throw out the bums and bring in a new team?
That is the great unknown.
Rasmussen again provides some clarity: 69% in Ohio Are Angry At Current Policies of Government:  

Most Republicans and voters not affiliated with either party are angry at the current policies of the government, while Democrats are more evenly divided.  Likewise, 64% of GOP voters and 77% of unaffiliateds believe neither party’s political leaders have a clue of what’s needed today, a view shared by 45% of Democrats. (bold italics mine)  

What this tells me is that if you are considered part of the Washington cocktail party set, you should get your lobbying resume in order.  If only.  But I am a dreamer.  

But conservative and Republican success is not guaranteed.   

Take it from a long suffering Cleveland sports fan.

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CQPolitics: Fisher & Portman, Dead Heat
One day after Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher won Tuesday’s Democratic Senate primary, a Rasmussen Reports survey found him in a dead heat with Republican nominee Rob Portman.

Of the 500 likely voters surveyed, Fisher was favored by 43 percent and Portman by 42 percent. Four percent chose some other candidate and 11 percent weren’t sure who they would support.

There is an old saying in Ohio that you must first lose state-wide before you win state-wide.  Don’t know who coined it but if it is true, Portman has his work cut out.

Because Portman didn’t have a primary challenger (remember Tom Ganley bailed out after he couldn’t get polling above “other”) he lost a lot of media attention.   Fisher vs. Brunner kept Fisher in the public eye.  

Portman needs to kick it up a notch especially here because soon the first ever Cuyahoga county executive and council primaries will take up most the media oxygen leaving little room.

I have heard complaints that if you liked Senator Voinovich you will like Senator Portman.  It is doubtful that Portman will be the bedrock conservative we all hope for and Ohio and the nation requires.  His major weakness in this regard is on illegal aliens.  He has a suspect track record that he cannot ignore (nor should we). 

But remember for all the ‘weak-sister’ complaints I have about Senator Voinovich he deserves props for standing tall and strong with all the other Republican Senators in opposition to Obama-care. 

Ohio and American cannot afford a Senator Fisher teamed with Connie Schultz’s political side kick.

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Deciphering my scribbles: notes from Thursday night’s Rob Portman talk at Cuyahoga Valley Republicans.

Deciphering my scribbles:  notes from Thursday night’s Rob Portman talk at Cuyahoga Valley Republicans.

Because these are from the scribbles in my notebook they are disjointed; a coherent storyline with an angle is not yet developed.

Hey, I am not a journalist or reporter; just your humble arrogant blogger.

Only those phrases in quotation marks are directly from Portman.   The rest are from his talk and answers to questions.  Wording may not be exactly as he stated (hey, have you seen my writing?!) but are the essence of the meaning I got. 

Brecksville Mayor Jerry Hruby introduces Rob Portman with a brief career and personal overview.  

The Mayor told how Portman showed up at the Brecksville Victory Center bearing gifts: Bush Cookies as a thank you to the grassroots volunteers.   He did this in 2000 and 2004 for Bush and 2008 for McCain.

But he wasn’t just someone who just shows up from the campaign, he sat down and made calls. 

Portman was casual in an open collar shirt sans jacket.   He has an easygoing speaking style that is obviously polished by his years in the public while still keeping an Ohioan’s folksy style that’s comfortably conversational.   He spoke without notes.   His talk didn’t sound rehearsed or memorized and felt like it came from within.   He looked into the audience and I felt he engaged with them.   They were obviously interested and paid attention.   The people wanted to hear what he had to say to figure out if it connects.   It seemed he did for the most part. 

He started by making a philosophical connection to the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.  When one of the members held up a copy he pointed it out.   It is important Portman ties together his and Republican’s political philosophy with the core philosophies and values in our foundational documents.  We are now witnessing a regime whose philosophies and actions do not value them; how close we are to losing our freedom and liberty because of that. 

He explains that it wasn’t us who got our rights from the government but the government who got its rights from us, “Government is our servant.” 

Part of his purpose was to reclaim the reputation and legacy of President George Bush.  “Bush is an honorable guy.”  He tells how President Bush did not concern himself with his polls or approval rating; his only concern was keeping us safe.  For seven and a half years, he did.

Partly because of that focus on security other areas got out of control.  It was “frustrating on the spending side.”

It wasn’t until he came on board as OMB (Office of Management and Budget) director that the administration got the deficit under control; VETO threats held up and caused congress to back down on spending. 

Portman has good humor about him.  Nothing comedic.  Just a feel good manner. 

He tells how as a Representative he came home to Cincinnati every weekend.  Of course some of that time at home was taken up on the computer doing government business.  He says he kept his home here in Ohio.   He returned home after leaving the Bush administration and what he thought was politics. 

Portman’s intent was to stay out of government and politics: spending time with family, with his teen children, and going to parent teacher meetings and conferences. 

Senator Voinovich’s retirement took Portman by surprise.   He said how before Sen. Voinovich announced his retirement he prepared to support his re-election.

Concerned by what he saw happening:  $800 billion stimulus (“what did we get from it”), Cap and trade, and taxes increasing; he decided to run for Senate.  But what about staying home with the family and the kids?

Chuckling he says his teen-aged children told him he’s been home long enough and that it was time to go out. 

He told us about his small business roots.  His father couldn’t get loans (“just like now”) for the dealership he wanted and had to secure them from family.

His mother did the book keeping. 

Because of this he learned it’s best if government gets out of the way.  “That’s why we are Republicans.” he said. 

He says he is concerned about where the current administration and congress wants to take the country.  He wants to pass along a better America to our kids. 

Portman tells how he has visited and toured many small businesses and asks them how is this health care bill, how is this cap and trade bill, going to affect you? 

The effects will be bad with lost jobs, lost profits, and lost businesses.  With everything costing more to boot. 

Portman proposes how to reduce the deficit:

Stop the stimulus.

A one year freeze or cut in payroll taxes.   Put more of the money you earn where it belongs with the earner.

“TARP, end it!”

With each item he listed the membership gave him strong applause. 

He says he is strong on deficit reduction.   And will be a clear contrast to his opponents.

He then pointed out how much he liked Mary Lou Bennett’s Reset 2010 button she wore. 

As to being thought as too inside Washington because of his years as a Congressman and in the Bush administration, he said he “was proud of his record.”  And he says having experience that others do not is a positive.

He wished he could have been director of OMB six years before he was to get control of the spending.

I found this important because one complaint the disloyal opposition has about our protesting the extreme spending of Obama-Pelosi-Reid is their where were you when Bush’s spending was out of control.   Portman tells what he was able to do during his time as the director and realizes more was needed prior to his appointment. 

When it comes to the constitution and whether he is a strict constructionist or follows the living evolving document theory, he says he goes further back to original intent.   But he didn’t answer if this constitutional philosophy was a litmus test for confirming Supreme Court justices.  He did say it was not up to justices to legislate. 

Portman spent more time answering member’s questions than he did on his initial talk.   He took time with each one.   If his main agenda was to present himself as a mainstream Republican conservative, he did. 

Another important point for this member was how long he stayed afterward.   This wasn’t a stop, talk, and move on to the next campaign appearance.   He met with small groups of people talking with them about whatever concerns they had.   He was still meeting and listening and talking while the Community Recreation Center employees collected chairs and folded the tables; clearing the room at closing time. 

For many of us, this guy as well, tonight was our first introduction to Rob Portman.

I think he made a good first impression.

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