Weekly Musing 2-5-12

Saul Anuzis
MI: Republican National Committeeman

Romney, Gingrich, Paul, Santorum… ALL better than Obama! We either vote for the Republican nominee – whomever it is – or we vote for Obama – Elections ARE about Choices.

MI Republican State Committee Meets
This weekend the Republican State Committee met as we prepare for the 2012 election! Michigan Republican smell blood…opportunity abound!


We started out Friday night with our traditional Pizza & Politics evening. Over 100 activists gathered to hear from our statewide candidates and party leadership. Unity and pulling the party together after the primary was the theme for the night. Michigan Republicans realize the importance of uniting behind our nominees and defeating the Democrats this fall.


Saturday the Michigan State Committee reviewed the plans for 2012 and left fired up to go! We are ready, organized, motivated and excited about our candidates and our prospects!


We also passed another “reform” in our by-laws that requires “disclosure” by State Committee members who are being paid by any candidates or PACs in order to avoid any conflict of interest. This is an important reform given some of the challenges we experienced in the past. This along with the ability to vote for party leadership and nominees by secret ballot at our conventions help protect the integrity of the process. Job well done by party leaders!


A great weekend as we prepare for these elections.


Romney Wins BIG in Nevada!!!
An impressive victory for Mitt Romney as he moves one step closer to getting the Republican nomination. Michigan has a chance to deliver a critical victory towards Super Tuesday on February 28th. We have lots of work to do…can’t wait!!!


Key MI Tea Party Leader Endorses Clark Durant for U.S. Senate!

“Clark Durant is for limited government, free markets, simpler and fair tax system, securing our borders, a defender of our 2nd Amendment rights and most importantly Clark believes in the sanctity of human life And traditional marriage (one man, one woman) as the cornerstone of the family and society.”


Rocky Terrain: Obama’s Electoral College Map Grows Steeper
“In sum then, Obama in 2010 could reach an Electoral College majority by carrying states where his approval rating stood at least at 46.6 percent, something that would be difficult but hardly impossible. To reach a majority based on the 2011 results, he’d need to carry states where his approval stood at 43.7 percent or above. That’s a much more daunting prospect…these Gallup numbers show how much work awaits the Obama campaign, not only in states at the border of the emerging Democratic coalition like Virginia, Florida and Nevada, but some, like Pennsylvania and Oregon that have been part of its core since 1992.”


$5 Trillion and Change – Under Obama’s four years have seen the four highest deficits since 1946.
“The political strategy behind Obamanomics was always simple: Call for “stimulus” to rescue the economy, run up the debt with the biggest spending blitz in 60 years, and then when the deficit explodes call for higher taxes.”


One Year Later, Another Look at Obamanomics vs. Reaganomics

“This is why I always tell people not to pay attention to party labels. Bigger government doesn’t work, regardless of whether a politician is a Republican or Democrat. The problem isn’t Obamanomics, it’s Bushobamanomics. But since that’s a bit awkward, let’s just call it statism.”


Obamanomics FACTS – How Obama is making things Worse by Hiding the Truth – Hoping for Change!
“The Obama administration and the U.S. Congress continue to pursue the same job-killing policies that have gotten us into this mess in the first place. So millions of Americans that have learned to survive as government dependents are not being given the opportunity to break out of that cycle. When there is a shortage of decent jobs, it is easy to give up. Many tend to become more and more comfortable being dependent on the government as time goes by.”


2012 Michigan Republican Primary: Romney 38%, Gingrich 23%, Santorum 17%, Paul 14%

“Mitt Romney, coming off his big win in the Florida Primary on Tuesday, is the clear front-runner in the first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the Republican presidential race in his home state of Michigan. Voters in this hard hit state see Romney as the much better choice to manage the economy. The Michigan Republican Primary is on February 28.”


Romney’s Comeback Victory in Florida
That’s the lesson of Florida, where Mitt Romney overwhelmed Newt Gingrich on the air and in every other aspect of the campaign. He out-organized him, out-messaged him, and out-researched him, if an exchange in the last debate where Romney seemed to know more about Gingrich’s investments than Gingrich himself is any indication…Florida shows why when running for president, you usually need to have a presidential campaign to be successful. Basically Romney handled like a Audi R8 whilst Gringrich was like a second hand Suzuki Swift.


WDET Detroit Radio: Reaction to Florida Primary
My interview on Detroit’s WDET Radio Show and what Florida means and it’s implications nationally and for Michigan.


Romney’s Florida Win: Conservative Christians picking their man
Exit Polling shows significant support. “It shows that evangelicals, Catholics, social conservatives, and Tea Party supporters are coalescing around one candidate, Mitt Romney.”


As Republicans battle, Obama keeps eye on independents
I think that’s OK for now: “The bruising Republican primary battle has allowed President Obama and his campaign to craft and refine their re-election message, tailoring it to win over a bloc with which the president faces his most glaring vulnerability: independents.”


The Coming Tech-led Boom
In January 2012, we sit again on the cusp of three grand technological transformations with the potential to rival that of the past century. All find their epicenters in America: big data, smart manufacturing and the wireless revolution.


Why the GOP primaries didn’t matter in 1952, 1980 and 2012
Mitt Romney will beat Barack Obama because a majority of the country already knows that the president is an epic failure at his job, and a thin-skinned, self-absorbed ideologue to boot…That is what November’s vote will be about as well, and the memories and relevance of the primary battles will be long gone. The GOP’s primary battles didn’t matter in 1952 or 1980, and they won’t matter in 2012.


VERY SCARY: Obama to the nation: Onward civilian soldiers
Progressive presidents use martial language as a way of encouraging Americans to confuse civilian politics with military exertions, thereby circumventing an impediment to progressive aspirations — the Constitution and the patience it demands…“We can’t wait!” exclaims Obama, who makes recess appointments when the Senate is not in recess, multiplies “czars” to further nullify the Senate’s constitutional prerogative to advise and consent, and creates agencies (e.g., Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board and Dodd-Frank’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) untethered from legislative accountability…Like other progressive presidents fond of military metaphors, he rejects the patience of politics required by the Constitution he has sworn to uphold.


The RNC and DNC are getting into the data mining business.
The big story of this campaign season has been the rise of Super-PACs, but they are not the only quasi-independent power that could redefine the modern political enterprise. Both the Democratic and Republican national committees have embarked on plans to develop data hubs in the hopes of becoming players in the vibrant private-sector marketplace for voter data. Party bosses have collected information about voters that interest groups like labor unions and the Koch-funded FreedomWorks would pay big money to access.


Interesting Analysis State by Sate: Obama Approval Above 50% in 10 States and D.C. in 2011
These results are based on Gallup Daily tracking data from 2011, which include interviews with just under 180,000 U.S. residents and no fewer than 500 residents in any state (the sample for the District of Columbia was 356). State samples are weighted so they are demographically representative of the population of each state.


Indiana Spikes Union Coercion – their political agenda is more about power and leverage than the rights of workers.

“The struggle against union coercion is not a minor issue. Unless states find the political will to stand up against the unions and restore a semblance of democracy to the workplace and the bargaining table, the vast tide of public debt will eventually overwhelm the ability of citizens to pay for it. Big labor is fighting hard to preserve its grip on power and the public purse. The question voters in Wisconsin and many other states will have to answer in the coming months and years is whether the taxpayers have the will and the courage to resist them.”


Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund
Save the Date: The 7th Annual Dinner & Auction will take place Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi…supporting those who serve and protect our country!

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Romney, Gingrich, Paul, Santorum… ALL better than Obama! We either vote for the Republican nominee – whomever it is – or we vote for Obama – Elections ARE about Choices.

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