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    Tag: Schostak Must Go

    It Was About Sending A Message

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 10:16:18 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan Republican Party 2013 State Convention, blueblood elites, liberty movement coalition, backroom shenanigans, serving notice, sending a message, unity based on a principled platform, Schostak Must Go, Donation-Gate, Dele-Gate, Mortgage-Gate, Convention-Gate, 62% failure on Election Day, inattention to results, disingenuous hypocrisy, memory holes, Courser 4 Chair, causa provocare, praesto explicare, empowered grassroots operation, State Convention Rule 20, acta non verba, shenanigans and skullduggery, YAFWYALF (all tags)

    "It's not about money ... it's about sending a message."

    That quote is from "The Dark Knight," specifically, the Joker (played with disturbing perfection by Heath Ledger).  Without going into a level of detail that will break the analogy, the point behind that line is that there are some people whose principles are not for sale, regardless of whether for good or ill.  Those who subscribe to the all-too-common philosophy that everyone can be bought, the only question being one of price, don't have the clue before the first clue how to deal with people of principle.

    That philosophical disconnect was on full and open display this past weekend at the Michigan Republican State Convention, and the elites in the establishment plainly didn't know what to do about it.

    (1 comment, 2363 words in story) Full Story

    High-Profile Opposition To The GoverNerd's Pain At The Pump

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 11:55:29 PM EST
    Tags: Schostak Must Go, Courser 4 Chair, RNC 2012 Platform, Michigan Tax Limitation Amendment, Proposal 12-5, Saul Anuzis, Dave Agema, Terri Lynn Land (all tags)

    As I've mentioned more than once, most recently a little under three weeks ago, back when Saul Anuzis was defending his seat against Dave Agema, he cited a perfect example from his own tenure as state party chair of how the party can and should hold our elected officials accountable to the party's principles.  I find that example enlightening specifically because of it's similarity to the situation that Michigan Republicans find themselves in now.

    (3 comments, 709 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Comparison Shopping for State Chairs - What the Challenger Offers

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:25:59 AM EST
    Tags: Schostak Must Go, Courser 4 Chair, causa provocare, praesto explicare, unity based on a principled platform, advanced voter identification, empowered grassroots operation, improved strategy and technology, fundraising and spending efficiently (all tags)

    The core purpose behind challenging an incumbent elected official (whether in a primary campaign, a general campaign, or even an internal party contest) is twofold: first, to draw attention to the assertion that the status quo is unacceptable, and second, to offer solutions to the problems presented as cause for challenge.  Regardless of any other factor, these two postulates must be firmly established ab initio, otherwise the challenge is pointless.  A challenger who's perfectly comfortable with things as they are, save that he can run it better, is worthless if there's no actual vacancy to be filled.  Similarly, a challenger who can point out in detail what's wrong with the way things are, but offers no practical solutions . . . infinitus est numerus stultorum.

    However, in the case of the question that will be put to the Michigan Republican State Convention delegation about two weeks hence, we have a challenger to the state chairman who not only can honestly, frankly, and fairly point out what's wrong with the situation in which things are, but who also offers some fairly usable solutions to correct things so that the MIGOP can do more than just hold their ground in tight elections.

    (2 comments, 4515 words in story) Full Story

    Comparison Shopping for State Chairs - A Closer Look at the B. S. Record

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 03:27:58 PM EST
    Tags: Schostak Must Go, 2 for 13 on Election Day, majoring in minors, inattention to results, Courser 4 Chair (all tags)

    The campaign to either retain or replace Robert I. Schostak as the Michigan Republican Party Chairman has been going on for just over eleven weeks now, with just under three weeks to go.  Up until yesterday, it's been pretty clean in public forums (with the one notable and easily rebuked exception), although I wouldn't put it past the elites to develop new tactics.  Apparently, the thread-jackers and smear-trolls do seem to be ramping it up now (at least with regard to the Youth Vice-Chair race), and given the fact that at least three seats are going to be contested at the state convention (four if you ignore the fact that the Chair and Co-Chair run as a single ticket), I expect the knives will be coming out in earnest soon enough.  So I'd like to take advantage of an as-yet uncluttered opportunity to do a little bit of comparing-and-contrasting of the two candidates for the top spot at the state party.

    I was originally going to do this as a single article, but there's just so much material here that I'm going to do this as a series (that may actually be more than two parts in length).

    (1 comment, 2083 words in story) Full Story

    Wednesdays Divertere: Will Schostak be Reelected Chair?

    By Corinthian Scales, Section Multimedia
    Posted on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 11:41:08 AM EST
    Tags: SB-992, Schostak Brothers & Company, backroom shenanigans, integrity argument, patronage system, equality of merit, cleaning out closets, Schostak Must Go, Anuzis Amendment to MIGOP Convention Rule # 9, Michigan's 11th Congressional District write-in campaign, Michigan Banana Republican Party, Republican County Conventions, Republican State Convention, District Caucuses, General Session, Robert's Rules of Order, GOPe, Grassroots, Michigan (all tags)

    Considering the massive amounts of very, damning evidence, will the republican Sheeple go baahahahaha?  Some folk already have their white T-shirt on.

    (3 comments) Comments >>

    The Mechanics of Takeover

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:24:49 AM EST
    Tags: integrity argument, patronage system, equality of merit, cleaning out closets, Schostak Must Go, Michigan "Dele-Gate" Fiasco, Anuzis Amendment to MIGOP Convention Rule # 9, Michigan's 11th Congressional District write-in campaign, Michigan Banana Republican Party, Republican County Conventions, Republican State Convention, District Caucuses, General Session, Robert's Rules of Order (all tags)

    As I published in June of last year, what the combined grassroots effort accomplished at the May Convention was impressive, but only the first battle of a much longer campaign that will be necessary in order to purge the Republican Party in Michigan (at every level) of the blueblood elites that have taken over the party establishment.  At the time, I mentioned that the reach of the broom needed to extend all the way down to the county executive committees where necessary, and I provided at strategic overview of what would need to be done to effect the end goal.  At this point, regardless of how it worked out, phases 1 through 4 are complete.  Since we only have four weeks to work with, we need to stay tightly focused on phase 5 of the plan, and we must use our time wisely.

    So with that in mind, grab a pot of coffee and a snack plate, and let's go below the fold.

    (2 comments, 3317 words in story) Full Story

    Why Did We Elect Them?

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 11:15:44 PM EST
    Tags: Eileen McNeil (Outreach), Linda Lee Tarver (Ethnic), Steven Kuivenhoven (Grassroots), Sarah Ledford (Youth), Victor Diaz (Coalitions), Jon Nunn (Administrative), Schostak Must Go (all tags)

    You may remember the interview series that I did on several candidates for various Michigan Republican Party Vice Chair seats during the run-up to the January 2011 State Convention.  These positions were viewed as a big deal, as was the reality that every single one of them was a contested seat.  These six people were to be the movers and shakers of the state party during the run-up to the 2012 election cycle.  Their mission was to be the field generals who would build on the successes of the 2010 elections, and mold a juggernaut that would flip Michigan's Class 1 Senate seat, flip Michigan's Electoral College delegation, flip a vacant Supreme Court seat, equalize our party's presence on all four public education boards, potentially flip at least one congressional seat, and likely expand our existing majority in the state legislature.

    Yeah, that didn't work so well.  Although, to be perfectly fair, it's a tad difficult to hang the Election Day failures on the vice chairs, because that would assume that the state party chair was employing them as intended in the first place.

    (10 comments, 2161 words in story) Full Story

    A 2 For 13 Record . . . And He Wants To Keep His Job

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 11:56:10 PM EST
    Tags: Mitt Romney (loss), Pete Hoekstra (loss), Todd Courser (loss), Melanie Kurdys (loss), Dan Horning (loss), Rob Steele (loss), Melanie Foster (loss), Jeff Sakwa (loss), Michael Busuito (loss), Satish Jasti (loss), Stephen Markman (win), Colleen O'Brien (loss), Brian Zahra (win), Schostak Must Go (all tags)

    Most everyone reading this site recalls, likely with disgust, the 2008 Detroit Lions season, in which the team originally known as the Portsmouth Spartans became only the second team in the post-merger NFL to rack up nothing but losses during an entire regular season.  Team president and CEO Matt Millen was fired on September 24 (during the bye week), after eight years of management in which the team accumulated a league-worst record of 31 wins and 84 losses.  Head coach Rod Marinelli and most of his assistants were fired the day after the season ended, and even though I don't think that was really necessary, as a military veteran I get that the guy in charge has to answer for such a grave failure, regardless of his personal culpability.

    And yet, for the second time in my personal involvement with the Michigan Republican Party, we have a state party chairman trying to leverage a disappointing Election Day performance into somehow retaining his seat, though to be fair the 2012 defeat is perhaps best characterized as only slightly less devastating than the two shellackings we suffered through under Saul Anuzis.  However, unlike 2007, when Saulius ran effectively unopposed for state chair, Mr. Robert I. Schostak does indeed face a serious challenger to his continued tenure as MIGOP Chairman.  Though Chairman B. S. touts his election year successes as reason to retain him in his position, methinks this is so much . . . well . . . blown smoke.

    (16 comments, 1448 words in story) Full Story

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