Uniting the Party

SA received an interesting email today from a confidential source that may reveal the machinations of the GOP over the next 90 days. We’re not willing to jump to conclusions and even agree about the unification of social and fiscal conservatives. That’s how you win elections and not by excluding social conservatives. What is most interesting is who the email was sent to AND who it was NOT sent to. And yes, the writer of the email is the same person who launched a barrage of personal attacks on Russell Pearce.

From: Nathan Sproul
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2008 12:07 PM
To: ‘Tim J. Casey’; ‘Hugh Hallman’; ‘Sean Noble’; ‘Mike Haller’; ‘Kirk Adams’; ‘Lisa James’; ‘Andrew C. Pacheco’; ‘Jose Esparza’; ‘Jason LeVecke‘; ‘Cathi Herrod’; ‘Steve Voeller’; ‘Kevin Demenna’
Subject: Party Leadership

Friends,

I have spoken to or emailed many of you privately about my concerns for the future of our Party. Specifically, how does our Party in Arizona become a party that unites fiscal and social conservatives to put forward an agenda that moves Arizona in the right direction.

One of the most important aspects of this is electing a State Party Chairman who unites all factions of the Republican Party. I know this is extremely late notice, but I would like to invite each of you to join me for lunch at Monti’s on the corner of Rio Salado and Mill to discuss the future of our Party. I am paying for lunch, but as they say, there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Please let me know if your schedule permits you to attend. Thank you.

Nathan Sproul

Lincoln Strategy Group
80 East Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 814
Tempe, Arizona 85281
480-303-7175


Comments

  1. Every minute we’re pointing fingers means we’re not strengthening our hand.

    Get to work.

  2. JOE G ………

    SPEAKING WISE WORDS FOR ALL OF US TO CONSIDER.

    WE MUST BEGIN TO CHANGE NOT WHO WE ARE OR WHAT WE BELIEVE BUT HOW WE DO BUSINESS.

  3. Inside Out says

    C’mon Guys !!!!

    GGOP, Joe & Bruce….Think of how great the AZ GOP could be in the future if ONLY there were valid discussions about what is wrong NOW !!

    Bruce, we appreciate everything you do but don’t force us to live in DENIAL any longer. The UofA should’ve addressed the Lute Olson problem a long time ago. All of the fans, boosters and insiders know that.

    General Motors is dead because they refused to admit to any mistakes and see what 99% of us could see…no future unless they adapt their business model.

    The State GOP situation is no different.

    Our Party will not rise from the ashes unless we decide who and what we are & who and what we want to be when we grow up. We already know who everyone wants to be when they grow old.

    The AZ GOP is broken, bifurcated and embarrassing. Let’s don’t talk about the Maricopa GOP. They’re worse. We shouldn’t have to answer our friends’, family & neighbors’ questions about our AZ GOP leadership w/ verbal asterisks, winks and disclaimers.

    Our children & grandchildren shouldn’t have heard the word “masturbated” in a GOP commercial during the early local news show.

    I had to answer that one several years too early….thanks to my fellow conservatives – are they dirty old men masquerading as puritans??? Makes me wonder.

    When explaining what the “M word” is…….at least I was able to use a good pun…..”It means when a man keeps ‘Pullen’ on IT until something happens!”

    Sounds prophetic to me. Something has happened & it’s not a good thing. We all might go blind if we don’t stop.

  4. Dear Inside–

    MANY GOOD POINTS MADE.

    BESIDES THE OBVIOUS AMOUNT OF MENTAL MASTURBATION THAT GOES ON IN POLITICAL BLOGS AND TALK RADIO YOU ARE RIGHT THAT WE MUST IMMEDIATELY BEGIN CHANGING HOW WE DO BUSINESS IN THE GOP.

    PLEASE ALLOW ME TO AIR A FEW IDEAS OUT HERE……

    I AM OK WITH GETTING THINGS STARTED HERE. I AM ALSO WORKING WITH OTHER GOP LEADERS ACROSS THE USA BECAUSE I FEEL THE SAME AS YOU WE HAVE NO TIME TO LOSE IN FIXING WHAT AILS US.

    TOO MUCH OF HOW THE PARTY IS RUN AND HOW WE DO OUR BUSINESS HAS BEEN BROKEN FOR SOME TIME. WE THOUGHT WE MIGHT STILL BE ABLE TO HANG ONTO THE WHITE HOUSE BUT OUR PROBLEMS ARE DEEP ENOUGH THAT MORE SYSTEMIC CHANGE IS NEEDED.

    OUR PARTY’S CORE BELIEFS CONTINUE TO BE AS VALID IN 2008 AS WHEN GOP ICONS LIKE T ROOSEVELT,B BUCKLEY, B GOLDWATER, R REAGAN WERE ALIVE BUT OUR EXECUTION , MESSAGE, OUTREACH IS OUT DATED. SOME OF OUR NATION’S ELECTED LEADERS HAVE LET US DOWN AS THEY HAVE GONE “NATIVE” AND APPARENTLY FORGOTTEN WHO ELECTED THEM AND WHY THEY GOT OUR SUPPORT. THE CURRENT CROWD RUNNING THINGS AT THE RNC LEVEL HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN KEEPING THEIR JOBS. WE NEED NEW MANAGEMENT AND A NEW DIRECTION FOR THE GOP . ONCE WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THIS WE WILL BE IN A EXCELLENT POSITION TO SEND OUR NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS OUT TO REPRESENT OUR PARTY IDEALS.

    DO HAVE HAVE SUCH LEADERS? YOU BET……..FROM SARAH PALIN IN ALASKA TO MIKE PENCE IN INDIANA , KEVIN McCARTHY IN CA, BOBBY JINDAL IN LOUISIANA, PAUL RYAN IN WI TO MANY OF OUR OWN STATE’S LEADERS. WE HAVE MANY NEW LEADERS READY TO TAKE CHARGE.

    FIRST, LET US FIX OUR PARTY. GET THE PLAN IN PLACE. RETURN TO RELEVANCY, CONCENTRATE ON OUR CORE BELIEFS, AND ABOVE ALL MAKE THE ARGUMENT SUCCESSFULLY ONCE MORE WHY WE SHOULD BE TRUSTED TO GOVERN. WHEN WE DO ALL THIS HARD WORK WE WILL HAVE GOD FOLKS SUCH AS YOURSELF WHO GET PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING FOR THE GOP AGAIN.

    BRUCE ASH

  5. I’m with you Bruce!

  6. Casual Observer says

    Bruce hit it on the head…but it starts with cleaning out the old tired divisive leadership that has put the thumbs down to anybody with an idea that wasn’t in a straight line with theirs. Pullen goes first. LD chairs who love to stir up a fight within go next.

  7. Yes, the Party did not help the ACC candidates, because they likely did not get an illegal contributin to earmark toward them like they did for Arpaio.

    That, or they were not idealogically ‘pure’ enough. Heaven forbid someone does not agree with Pullen 100% of the time. Pullen changes his mind so dang often, it is hard to keep straight which line of bull he is feeding us.

  8. Could it be? Have the real grassroots finally found a voice and it is crying out for a release from the stranglehold that has tried to snuff out any discontent? Two years of a self-serving, pompous, out of touch clotheless emperor and his minions may be near its end. The people have learned to work around the hateful rhetoric, in spite of the efforts to control and quiet their concerns, and will prove to be ready for a future that has promise. We do not desire and will not tolerate being rendered irrelevant because a handful of short-sighted, ego driven, incompetent bullies stand in the way of future success.

  9. The Republican Party needs to get rid of members that are “Democrat light”. People only have passion to work for something that reflects the ideals that the party was founded on. When you have so called Republicans advocating big government and not protecting life, gun ownership and self reliance, you have nothing worth fighting for. The party needs to get back to basics or sit on the sidelines for years to come.

  10. DeAnn, Amen!

  11. Wooden Teeth says

    If you read the GOP platform, one of the ideals of the party is not having to believe all the other ideals.

  12. DeAnn & Chris,

    DeAnn’s statement of: People only have passion to work for something that reflects the ideals that the party was founded on.

    Which Republican Party do you both miss? Are you talking about the GOP of 1854, 1860, 1864, the Goldwater Era, the Reagan Era or the Bush’s?

    I found these little “pieces of the platform” from years gone by in case it’s one of these:

    from 1856: Resolved, That we invite the affiliation and cooperation of the men of all parties, however differing from us in other respects, in support of the principles herein declared; and believing that the spirit of our institutions as well as the Constitution of our country, guarantees liberty of conscience and equality of rights among citizens, we oppose all legislation impairing their security.

    [The GOP I’ve known my entire adult life doesn’t believe in this. Not in AZ !]

    from 1860: SIXTH. That the people justly view with alarm the reckless extravagance which pervades every department of the federal government; that a return to rigid economy and accountability is indispensable to arrest the systematic plunder of the public treasury by favored partisans; while the recent startling developments of frauds and corruptions at the federal metropolis, show that an entire change of administration is imperatively demanded.

    [The GOP has tried to preach this over and over to us but easy $$$ is such a seducer & the GOP leaders all take it when they can get it….even if they break every rule doing so. Yes the Dems do it too….but it’s our commandment.]

    from 1864: 8. Resolved, That foreign immigration, which in the past has added so much to the wealth, development of resources, and increase of power to this nation, —the asylum of the oppressed of all nations, —should be fostered and encouraged by a liberal and just policy.

    [I’m speechless on this one. Have Randy Pullen & Tom Husband seen this? Maybe they’re charter members of the “Know Nothing Party”. See below.]

    from the Know Nothing Party of the 1840s & 50s (they merged w/ the GOP by 1860):

    The Know-Nothing Party intended to prevent Catholics and immigrants from being elected to political offices. Its members also hoped to deny these people jobs in the private sector, arguing that the nation’s business owners needed to employ true Americans.

    The majority of Know-Nothings came from middle and working-class backgrounds. These people feared competition for jobs from immigrants coming to the United States. Critics of this party named it the Know-Nothing Party because it was a secret organization. Its members would not reveal the party’s doctrines to non-members. Know-Nothings were to respond to questions about their beliefs with, “I know nothing.” The Know-Nothing Party adopted the American Party as its official name in 1854. The Know-Nothing Party quickly grew in popularity in the North, where most recent immigrants to the United States resided.

    So…….SA readers……………

    ****** Which GOP should now reign supreme ???

  13. Is it a crime ? says

    Wow inside out…that is sobering research.

    We need a “do over”

  14. RE: Pullen, Constantine, Sproul et al.

    I reserved comments on the various players until the results came in. Apparently the GOP kept one CC seat after all and there were clear gains in the state house and perhaps one in the state senate.

    It is clear that the top of the party – ie the RNC and RNCCC – via direct aid and from the Cong delegation itself at least adequately supported the Bee campaign as evidenced by the long list of appearances in an earlier post. Locally the legislative candidates were asked/cajoled not to use the governor’s budget as an issue to cover for Bee on this issue and I believe most complied. I was also told that a big split amongst the three GOP candidates in 26 was causing a single shot war which all three denied. I followed that with a joint appearance with them on INSIDE TRACK and they got along amiably. I suspected that someone was trying to stir a pot and hopefully I helped turn off the burner.

    The three principle Congressional campaigns were not apparently injured by the state party and resources from elsewhere – including funds channeled to the Pima County Party – were available. That we lost all three is clear. That the CD8 margin was as great as two years ago leaves you with three possibilities:

    1. Giffords resembles Joan of Arc and cannot be beaten.
    2. Bee was a bad candidate.
    3. The Bee campaign sucked.

    I personally reject the first two options.

    The three CC seats, with all deference to the candidates, were hardly the most relevant items on the ticket. All three were of less strategic importance than one house or senate seat if it was the one that gave control.

    After the Battle of the Marne in 1914 when the French miraculously held the Germans back everyone wondered who had won it for them. The French Commander, Marshall Joffre, replied that he didn’t know who won it but he knew who everyone would have blamed if it had been lost.

    It is hard to beat up Pullen and company when you GAIN seats where needed in a tough year.

    Sproul is another matter. 105, 202, the Pearce fiasco – why would anybody pay attention to whom he takes to lunch? His track record both from this cycle and the last two is pathetic. He’s just a money pit for business guys who should know better by now.

    Please note that I failed to philosophically rail about who the real conservatives are. Most of those posting here are hardly liberals. But philosophy without a competent political framework is pointless. That many claiming relative moderation seem to lack ability even more than some of the hard-liners is evident.

    EF

  15. I’ll take the Reagan Era of small government. Thank you. I’m all for immigration, just not illegal immigration (yes, I know Reagon made a mistake on amnesty). The main point is “should be fostered and encouraged by a liberal and just policy”. I don’t have a problem with letting a “liberal” amount of people in legally, but it is not “just” to let people come illegally into the county, take jobs, get free healthcare, etc.
    I also welcome people into the party, but they should conform to the party platform, not pretend they are Republicans just to get elected in a Republican state. What is the point of having parties if we don’t have any beliefs in common?

  16. Wooden Teeth says

    Yeah, Steve Pierce beat O’Halleran but few here hold that example up because it was considered expensive. Why? If we can learn one thing from the 2008 elections, isn’t raising and spending every dollar possible is the very definition of “competent political framework?” If you want to keep pinching pennies and trying to win elections with public CCEC money go ahead, but if you want to be effective run a real campaign.

  17. Above from “Wooden teeth” a tad unclear, but dead on about the “clean election” crap. The recent court decision further diminishes its usefulness by eliminating the match for opponent’s funds. More important, it was wrong for some conservatives to game the system with it to begin with. They’ll have to learn to write checks and fund raise like the big boys do.

    And congratulations to my good friend Frank Antenori, State Rep elect,R-30 a principled conservative who went all the way without ever taking a government handout, and further acted as a plaintiff in the above lawsuit.

    Conservatives need to lead the charge on repealing this monster all together, instead of continuing to milk it.

    EF

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