Wednesday, July 30, 2008
To win the presidency, a candidate must win enough states to win 270 electoral votes. Therefore, a few wins in a few key states are really all that matters in a presidential contest. Ohio is that kind of state.
Once before on this blog, I challenged the notion that America wouldn't support Barack Obama. He doesn't need all Americans or even a majority of Americans to support him. He only needs a few key states to go his way and we will have this radical liberal as our Commander-in-Chief.
For a great website that can help you understand the electoral map, go to http://www.270towin.com/.
Get involved NOW to help defeat Obama and to help elect the most qualified person to run for President in a generation!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sen. Voinovich is in his 2nd term as he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998 and again in 2004. He is set to run again in 2010 and appears ready for a 3rd term.
To learn more about the Senator and his background, click here.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The Ohio Republican Party has selected a GREAT candidate to run for Attorney General. Michael Crites is the man to clean up the mess created by Democrat Marc Dann.
It appears that the ORP has found a man with tremendous honor, integrity, and experience.
To read the ORP's statement regarding Mr. Crites, click here.
Check out his campaign website at www.CritesForOhio.com.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I want to wish my friend Jim the best in his new endeavor. Although we are disappointed to see him leave, we are sure Jim's decision is in the best interest of his family and his future. Jim served the citizens of his district well and we know he will bring his intelligence and strong work ethic to his new position in government.
The Party is on the path to finding a new candidate to fill this crucial spot. Because the rumors about this opening have existed for several weeks, I have been approached by several fine, qualified people who are interested in running. I can be sure of one thing: WE WILL HAVE A STRONG CANDIDATE to run and hold this seat.
Although there are several interested candidates already, this process will be open and the Party will consider any qualified candidate that might be interested. Any interested person should e-mail Patrick Maloney with a resume and bio and any other relevant information the Party should consider. That should be done without delay.
Again, I want to wish Jim Raussen the best!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I have known Bob for several years. Bob is a man of great intellect, honor, and integrity. He is a great father to three fine children. His son Rob, a political force in his own right, has been Bob's campaign manager and #1 volunteer. Bob has practiced law on the west side of Cincinnati for many years. In addition to his public responsibilities, he is a fine lawyer.
As Party Chairman, I have regular contact with Bob. Bob understands the importance of a strong Republican Party and he has worked closely with me to further our cause all across Hamilton County. He is a trusted advisor to the Party and I enjoy working with him.
To learn more about Bob's campaign, check out his campaign website. Consider getting involved with Bob's campaign or making a contribution!
Monday, July 21, 2008
The article talks about Obama's vanity. One other time on this blog, I called Obama a "self-proclaimed messiah." Well, that was hyperbole. But, Krauthammer rightly points out that Obama has done nothing to earn some of what he claims. The article is properly titled "The Audacity of Vanity." I will re-produce it here. I urge you to read it.
Here it is:
The Audacity of Vanity
By Charles Krauthammer Friday, July 18, 2008; Page A17
Barack Obama wants to speak at the Brandenburg Gate. He figures it would be a nice backdrop. The supporting cast -- a cheering audience and a few fainting frauleins -- would be a picturesque way to bolster his foreign policy credentials.
What Obama does not seem to understand is that the Brandenburg Gate is something you earn. President Ronald Reagan earned the right to speak there because his relentless pressure had brought the Soviet empire to its knees and he was demanding its final "tear down this wall" liquidation. When President John F. Kennedy visited the Brandenburg Gate on the day of his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, he was representing a country that was prepared to go to the brink of nuclear war to defend West Berlin.
Who is Obama representing? And what exactly has he done in his lifetime to merit appropriating the Brandenburg Gate as a campaign prop? What was his role in the fight against communism, the liberation of Eastern Europe, the creation of what George Bush the elder -- who presided over the fall of the Berlin Wall but modestly declined to go there for a victory lap -- called "a Europe whole and free"?
Does Obama not see the incongruity? It's as if a German pol took a campaign trip to America and demanded the Statue of Liberty as a venue for a campaign speech. (The Germans have now gently nudged Obama into looking at other venues.)
Americans are beginning to notice Obama's elevated opinion of himself. There's nothing new about narcissism in politics. Every senator looks in the mirror and sees a president. Nonetheless, has there ever been a presidential nominee with a wider gap between his estimation of himself and the sum total of his lifetime achievements?
Obama is a three-year senator without a single important legislative achievement to his name, a former Illinois state senator who voted "present" nearly 130 times. As president of the Harvard Law Review, as law professor and as legislator, has he ever produced a single notable piece of scholarship? Written a single memorable article? His most memorable work is a biography of his favorite subject: himself.
It is a subject upon which he can dilate effortlessly. In his victory speech upon winning the nomination, Obama declared it a great turning point in history -- "generations from now we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment" -- when, among other wonders, "the rise of the oceans began to slow." As Hudson Institute economist Irwin Stelzer noted in his London Daily Telegraph column, "Moses made the waters recede, but he had help." Obama apparently works alone.
Obama may think he's King Canute, but the good king ordered the tides to halt precisely to refute sycophantic aides who suggested that he had such power. Obama has no such modesty.
After all, in the words of his own slogan, "we are the ones we've been waiting for," which, translating the royal "we," means: " I am the one we've been waiting for." Amazingly, he had a quasi-presidential seal with its own Latin inscription affixed to his lectern, until general ridicule -- it was pointed out that he was not yet president -- induced him to take it down.
He lectures us that instead of worrying about immigrants learning English, "you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish" -- a language Obama does not speak. He further admonishes us on how "embarrassing" it is that Europeans are multilingual but "we go over to Europe, and all we can say is 'merci beaucoup.' " Obama speaks no French.
His fluent English does, however, feature many such admonitions, instructions and improvements. His wife assures us that President Obama will be a stern taskmaster: "Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism . . . that you come out of your isolation. . . . Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed."
For the first few months of the campaign, the question about Obama was: Who is he? The question now is: Who does he think he is?
We are getting to know. Redeemer of our uninvolved, uninformed lives. Lord of the seas. And more. As he said on victory night, his rise marks the moment when "our planet began to heal." As I recall -- I'm no expert on this -- Jesus practiced his healing just on the sick. Obama operates on a larger canvas.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
The Victory Center is up and running with our Voice over IP phones. They are located in Congressman Steve Chabot's office, 3339 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45211. Calls are being made Monday - Thursday from 5-9 p.m. Starting on 7/25, calls will be made on Friday and Saturday as well.
We also have door to door operations Saturday's at 10:00 a.m. from Congressman Chabot's.
This is only the first step. We will soon be opening a downtown Victory office and growing our efforts.
Let's begin our march to victory!
Friday, July 18, 2008
I am happy to report that I met with nearly every Republican office holder and leader on Tuesday evening. This group of judges and county-wide elected officials vowed to work together.
My message to all of them was consistent with what I've written in this blog. We must lead on cutting spending to help balance the county's budget. Every leader in the room agreed.
However, we have begun to take a look at how the county commissioners spend their money. I have asked one of our more savvy and knowledgeable Republicans to take a close look at where these Democrats on the commission are spending your tax dollars. If we are to make these draconian cuts in the budget and cuts in service, we should know where all the money is going. I will report back on this in a future blog posting.
We as Republicans are not the problem. To be fair, the problem is a slow economy and poor revenue. With our office-holders, I am convinced that we are running lean. We have to run "leaner." I understand this.
What does this mean? It means a cut in services to taxpayers. It means fewer jail spaces to house criminals. It may mean longer wait times to get into the courthouse. It may mean less salt for our county streets in the winter. It may mean fewer police officers patrolling our streets to make it safe. There are several other places that the public may notice this cut in service. These are all unavoidable because of the serious cuts that are required and the mess we have.
In light of the fact that taxpayers and citizens may feel this burden, it is our greatest responsibility to cut unnecessary spending in places where the taxpayer is not burdened wherever possible. I hope the Democrats do the same.
These are difficult times for families, businesses, and government. We all feel the pinch. We must work together to solve the people's problems.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I urge Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and even vegetarians to try Terry's Turf Club at 4618 Eastern Ave. on the east side of Cincinnati.
Terry's makes a fantastic burger and offers a wide variety of interesting toppings and sauces. My personal favorite? A cheeseburger with red pepper/goat cheese sauce on the side.
Give it a try!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Sen. Obama's campaign reminds me of the Howard Dean candidacy of 2004. Had Howard Dean not been a little whacko with his scream after his third-place finish in Iowa, he very likely could have been the Democrat nominee. His anti-war, big government rhetoric was quite popular in the Democrat Party. Sen. Obama is Howard Dean sans scream!
Despite my view that Sen. Obama is too liberal, I certainly can respect his candidacy and the excitement he generates on the left and in the African-American community. For that reason, I believe we should go after his ideas, not after the man. I hope the left can do the same to John McCain.
Don't forget to join us on the Square tomorrow at 11:15. For more info, click here.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sen. McCain will address the national NAACP Convention on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. The speech will be carried LIVE on the large LCD screen on Fountain Square. Wear your McCain garb and join the Hamilton County Republican Party in watching this historic speech on beautiful Fountain Square! We will be meeting around 11:15 a.m.
Questions, call 513.381.5454 or e-mail Pat Maloney.
SPREAD THE WORD!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The Dave Mason Band performed at the Festival at Sycamore Township last night. They will also perform at a benefit concert organized by County Prosecutor Joe Deters tonight. I was lucky enough to meet Dave Mason and his band. They are a great group of guys. Dave Mason is a hall-of-fame rock and roller and a legend in the rock community.
The NAACP Convention starts tonight at the Duke Energy Center. I am a Blue Chip Host for the event and I'm pleased and honored to be welcoming this historic civil rights organization to our city. I will attend a cocktail reception this evening to kick-off the week's events. I have been criticized in some quarters for my involvement because so many people view this organization as liberal and committed to helping Sen. Obama. To that, I say this: I am not naive. The NAACP strives to be non-partisan and their visit here has been handled in a highly non-partisan way. They have gone to great lengths to include Republicans everywhere and they have done it in a highly professional and courteous way. As Party Chairman, I believe that our party needs to reach out to every segment of the American population. I am looking forward to this week and to attending several of the NAACP events. My favorite? The McCain speech on Wednesday!
I was interviewed by WCPO yesterday about Tony Snow. What a loss. See the story here.
I worked the beer booth at the Festival at Sycamore Township last night. Executive Director Margaret Nafziger and I peddled beer for about 2 hours to the fine citizens of the Township. Former Chairman Vincent and Prosecutor Deters were in attendance. It was a great time.
We are planning a show of support for Sen. McCain's speech to the NAACP. The speech will be carried live on the TV board on Fountain Square on Wednesday. I will more fully blog on this tomorrow, but keep open some time at lunch on Wednesday and come to the square.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Like so many other Republicans, I met Tony when he was here to speak to our Lincoln/Reagan dinner a few years ago. He was an excellent speaker and we all enjoyed his remarks a great deal. I also had a chance to attend the private reception and get to really talk to him. He was as congenial, intelligent, and personable up-close as he was on camera. The night after the dinner, he stayed around downtown and had a few beers with many of us at McCormick & Schmick's. He was a real guy. A Cincinnati guy.
His passing at the very young age of 53 is a reminder to all of us to live life to its fullest every single moment of the day. I think Tony Snow did that.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Over the last two days, I have reached out to some of our elected leaders. I plan to continue to do so today.
The Democrat controlled Board of County Commissioners has asked other, separately elected county officials to make a 5.96% cut in their budgets.
There are lots of legitimate questions for the County Commissioners and for county administration. After all, shouldn't the opposing party ask those questions in a system that functions with a "loyal opposition?" We should ask those questions. We should get answers to help all of us understand the nature of the crisis and why it exists. Our Republican leaders are separately elected by the taxpayers and have that responsibility. The Democrats are running this county budget and it appears to be a disaster.
First, I am convinced that the crisis is real. The money simply isn't there. I believe that Commissioners Pepper and Portune have honestly reported the situation.
Second, I have urged Republicans to be cooperative. I have done so privately and I have written about it on this blog.
At the moment, I urge calm. It is a time for leadership and good government.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
In an article posted in today's Washington Post, author Njoroge Wachai writes,
"Bush has been generous and kind to Africa, far more than his predecessors. This is an uncontestable fact.
President Bush’s effort to bring peace to Darfur can’t be underestimated. Some say that pressure from his administration, in the form of sanctions and trade embargo, was the force that compelled the Khartoum government to sign a peace deal with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM.)
President Bush has been a strong leader to help improve lives in the most depressed part of the world. He did so without respect to race or ethnicity. President Bush has suffered politically for a variety of reasons. But, his legacy in Africa is secure and the media should give him the appropriate credit he deserves.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
When I served as a Judge, I urged my colleagues to join me in recognizing the county budget woes and to make appropriate savings and cuts. I urged my colleageus on the bench to work
constructively with the Commissioners to make cuts to our operations within the courts. I believed that we should work coooperatively to solve a budget crisis that affects all of us.
Today, as the Republican Party Chairman, I have the exact same view. I have urged county Republican elected officials to look carefully at their budgets and make the appropriate cuts to operations. I believe that we should cooperate with the Democratic Commissioners to cut spending. As Republicans, this is our obligation! We should lead.
I would expect the Democratic County Commissioners to do their part and to cut unnecessary, discretionary spending and to do so in a non-political way. The pet programs that Democrats love so much must be subject to the same budget cuts our elected leaders are expected to make. Cutting wasteful government spending is not something Democrats do well. They've tried to raise our taxes with no support from the taxpayers.
The Court of Common Pleas, an area under Republican control, has done well on spending. The Court of Common Pleas is currently under a strict "hiring freeze" for non-essential courthouse personnel. This was a measure that I supported and it continues to have support from court leaders. Regarding the Court of Common Pleas, the most recent county budget report states as follows:
"Expenditures are projected to be $88,500 under budget [emphasis mine] based on the transfer of expenses to restricted funds. This process will be monitored closely to ensure the department remains within the approved funding level. This is a $380,000 decrease in projected expenditures from April." (To view the report in its entirety, click here.)
The County Commissioners and County Administration are over budget. In their most recent report, the Democrat commissioners describe their own spending as follows:
"Expenditures are projected to be $1.1 million over budget [emphasis mine] due the anticipated reclassification of the jail project advances as expenditures. A supplemental appropriation to cover the expense will be brought before the Board on June 25." (Again, click here to see the report in its entirety.)
Although just a summary, it is clear that the Republican controlled courts are "under budget" while the Democrat controlled county administration is "over budget." These are their words.
We do better and should continue to do better. Republican controlled offices should continue to look for ways to alleviate the budget crisis and to cut wasteful discretionary spending.
This is a difficult time for families, businesses, and government. We need to govern responsibly and in a fiscally prudent way. Raising taxes can not be the answer. I urge coooperation and I will continue to do so. It is our duty as the party of fiscal responsibility.
Patti Clancy and Rob Goering both attended.
I did learn something quite interesting. The world famous Naked Cowboy is from Cincinnati. More importantly, his father is an active Republican who attended this meeting and is a ward chairman in Greenhills! Visit the Naked Cowboy Website to learn more.
Thanks to the Club for the invitation!
Sunday, July 06, 2008
The NAACP Convention is coming to Cincinnati. I've blogged about this before. I'm on the Blue Ribbon Host Committee and I'm very pleased to be included. Beyond just the honor of having that organization here, it will also boost our downtown economy and draw national attention to this city. I'll have more information about Sen. McCain's speech. Check out this website for more information: http://www.naacp.org/
Thanks to all my friends who e-mailed and texted me for my 4th of July birthday. For those that didn't, you can make it up to me by clicking here and taking action.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Wesley Clark wasn’t the first.
By Orson Swindle
July 1, 2008
In hiding behind a campaign surrogate to level attacks on John McCain’s military service, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has reached an all-time low in credibility. Previously promising Americans a new kind of politics this election season, Obama has gone back on his word one too many times, revealing to Americans a hypocrisy of epic proportions.
The most recent installment, in which Gen. Wesley Clark — an Obama surrogate and failed presidential primary contender in 2004 — went on Face the Nation Sunday and attacked McCain’s record of military service to our country, was a despicable act of old-style politics. This is not the first time, however, Obama’s surrogates have taken cheap shots at McCain’s military service, while Obama and his campaign predicate nearly every attack with something along the lines of “we honor his service.” This is a page straight out of the dirty-tricks Democrat playbook. This is not “new politics.” This is an escapist tactic to avoid the real issues Americans are concerned about.
Obama’s campaign surrogates have run the gamut of media outlets taking cheap shots at McCain’s military service and how it will affect the country if he is elected president. West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller took to the stump in April to attack McCain’s character and service, saying, “McCain was a fighter pilot who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit. What happened when they [the missiles] hit the ground? He doesn’t know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues.” This bold attack on McCain’s compassion for the victims of war was not the last bit of campaign propaganda Obama had his surrogates spreading around.
Obama supporter Ed Schultz warmed up a fundraiser crowd in April by calling McCain “a warmonger.” Such harsh language left Obama unfazed, and he neglected to condemn Shultz’s remark.
Obama supporter and Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin criticized McCain’s service in the military because of his lifelong military background, saying McCain’s views come “from always having been in the military, and I think that can be pretty dangerous.” Still, these comments received no condemnation from Obama.
As these surrogates attack the character of a man who is seen by many Americans as a true patriotic hero, Obama’s denouncements of their attacks come rarely and only when he is pushed to do so. This lack of leadership and judgment are showing up more and more in recent weeks, and voters are taking notice of the politics-as-usual campaign Obama is running.
— Orson Swindle is a decorated, retired lieutenant colonel of the United States Marine Corps. He was held as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War and occupied the same cell with John McCain at the Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam.