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To all my friends who I assured that Mitt Romney would win Virginia with a typical Republican 53%. I’m sorry. I was obviously wrong. After looking at the numbers I realize I need to get out more.

In the little world where I live, Virginia’s 9th Congressional District, Romney did live up to my prediction. As he did just down the road in the 5th CD. I just need to get out more.

Virginia also returned all our conservative congressmen to Washington. I will be grateful for that. Congratulations Morgan, Robert, Bob, Scott, Randy, Eric, Frank and Rob. I’ll even go ahead and congratulate Gerald, Bobby, and James.

But the hand wringing can stop now, as Shaun recently wrote.

We as a party really need to get more voters to the polls. It is that simple. In this election we turned out 3 million less voters than 2008.

Stop for a minute and let that sink in. Against the first openly socialist incumbent, we turned out less voters than in 2008.

What can we do about it?

The first thing the party needs to do is increase local unit membership. Not with just raw numbers, but with real conservatives who actually believe in Virginia’s Republican Creed. And who will work effectively to get out the vote. Think Reagan Democrats. They do still exist.

As Shaun’s numbers show, we were just flat-out beat with turnout. We need to get started now on improving our house. And our image.

We Believe:

  • That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,
  • That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,
  • That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,
  • That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,
  • That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense,
  • That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.

 

Who can disagree with any of that?

Rebuilding our local units with true conservative Republicans will make recruitment of conservative candidates much more fruitful. As conservatives we also need to be better stewards of our image.

The candidates we do recruit and their spokesmen must have a mature enough mind-set to think first and then speak. Refrain from statements that can, and will, be twisted into something it’s not. Certainly not something like this recent disaster from Rick Santorum, which can’t be spun into something it’s not. It’s deplorable;

“I see the hand of the homosexual in this massive election fraud,” Santorum explained, “Romney was tied or leading in most polls before the election. And then he loses?… Homosexual dirty tricks. It’s the only explanation that makes sense.”

At least he didn’t call ‘em Sodomites. I suppose we can take some solace in that. Well, no we can’t. Because he then went on to say;

“Homosexuals aren’t like you and me. They don’t have respect for democracy. Your average homosexual has no moral compass whatsoever. If anyone is capable of this fraud, its them.”

“And homosexual kingpins like David Geffen, Elton John, and Tim Gill have all the money in the world to turn their dirty, filthy election schemes into reality. Geffen’s a billionaire, he could afford to put a man on the moon. Surely he could afford to pull off something like this.”

“It could have been a virus in the election machines. Gill knows a lot about computers. Or maybe they were just stuffing multiple big, long ballots deep inside each other’s ballot-boxes Who knows? But I know gays had the motive and means to steal this one for Obama.”

Mr. Santorum, I abhor you and your statement. Didn’t really like you much before, but you’ve lost all credibility now. I ask that all Republicans immediately and strongly denounce Rick Santorum. Now.

Repeat after me; This statement does not convey my values, nor those of the Republican Party of Virginia.

Rick Santorum really did not lose this election for us. That was obviously satire. But statements very much like this did. We have allowed our image to be distorted to the point that too many people would actually believe Mr. Santorum said that.

As a whole Republicans are not homophobic. We are not racists. We are not anti-women. We are not anti-student. Too many people see us as all those things and more. (And maybe why we lost 3 million voters since 2008.)

We all have friends who fit into one of those slots. Maybe she even fits in more than one.

I work daily to improve our image. I simply help my neighbors. The old black lady whose trash I take out. The young black woman I give a ride to work each morning. The lady and her daughter who automatically gets a tupperware bowl of my chili when I make it. The gay guy who works in the nearby convenience store. The young conservative black guy who likes to sit with me on the porch discussing politics. Those and more were surprised to learn that an old white guy, who is proud to be a conservative and votes Republican, is not a racist, homophobic asshole.

Have I made a bunch of Republicans out of them? No, but I have improved our image. At least here in my neighborhood.

As long as the general public gets their news from Chris Matthews, Ms. Maddow, Ed Schultz, and Jon Stewart, we have quite a hill to climb. But we must work at it. Individually.

You won’t bring them, or me for that matter, into your local unit until there is a reason for them to attend meetings.

Make your unit committee meetings interesting. Bring in good speakers from your community. Work to educate those who do attend the meetings, like I do in my neighborhood. Have your meetings in a place less stuffy than the local courthouse. Hold interesting and fun events in your community, including fund-raisers for local charities.

I hear some claiming we need to create a new conservative party. No, we need to make our current party adhere to the Creed we all claim to believe in. That’s as conservative as it gets. And we need to bring in folks who believe what we do, but don’t realize it yet.

And yes, we need to totally disavow the Rick Santorums in our midst.

NOTE: I realize the Santorum quotes above are satire. But satire is an excellent way to get a point across. My point is, we need to stop letting others define us. And we need to improve our get out the vote efforts. Both are key reasons we lost this one.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Haley/100001416724883 Robert Haley

    Alton, of the 3 million, any idea how many you lost due to death? The GOP reminds me of a church full of older members with its membership dying off!

    • http://giantsgiantsgiants.blogspot.com/ David Malbuff

      Why would an anarchist bother to waste time reading a conservative political site? Don’t you have something to go out and “occupy”?

  • Amit

    there was only one candidate in the primary that upheld the Republican creed and that was Ron Paul, but the GOP made it very clear they were not interested in that form of conservatism.

  • HR

    That Rick Santorum quote was satire. He didn’t actually say that on CNN.

    • http://www.facebook.com/alton.foley Alton Foley

      I realize that. This column is often full of satire, especially when it makes a point.

      • HR

        That isn’t clear at all. With all due respect, I think you should consider rewording that entire section or pull the article down. Seriously.

        • http://www.facebook.com/tom.kent.9619 Tom Kent

          Agreed, HR. This article is both confusing and embarrassing.

      • Manny

        Something tells me you thought this was a real quote at first and are trying to CYA now.

  • shakinhead

    I guess you do need to get out more. This article is from the Daily Currant which is satire. Good grief

    • http://www.facebook.com/alton.foley Alton Foley

      I said I knew that. I also said I do satire. A lot. Perhaps the note I just included will clarify that for you.

      • Joseph Nowlin

        If in fact you knew that this was satire, why in the world would you write; “Mr. Santorum, I abhor you and your statement. Didn’t really like you much
        before, but you’ve lost all credibility now. I ask that all Republicans
        immediately and strongly denounce Rick Santorum.”

        You obviously either believed that Santorum actually made the statement or you were intentionally attempting to make people believe the outrageous remarks were actually made by Santorum. Either way, it does not reflect well on you or the BD site.

        • http://www.facebook.com/alton.foley Alton Foley

          I gave the story a link. I’m extremely sorry I overestimated my readers’ intelligence.

          • Joseph Nowlin

            Why would you claim that Santorum had lost all credibility based on something he never said. You keep saying it is satire. I enjoy good satire but this is not satire, it is commentary on someone else’s satirical post acting as though it was factual. If you’re looking for a dearth of intelligence, I suggest you find a mirror.

  • Joseph Nowlin

    This post is a disgrace and the Bearing Drift should pull it immediately and post an apology. Taking a satire piece and leading people to believe it is an actual quote is despicable !

  • Curious

    All these folks that you help to improve the image of the Republican party. . . did you ever stop to think that they probably realize you aren’t interested in helping them, just improving the image of the party. At least that is the impression you gave when you made that statement. Why not simply help people?

    • http://www.facebook.com/alton.foley Alton Foley

      What part of ” I simply help my neighbors.” do you not understand? I do simply help people. And they know it. And appreciate it.

  • Sad Virginian

    GOP keeps nominating Moderate/Liberals. That’s why 3 million+ stayed home.

    • http://www.facebook.com/craig.m.kilby Craig M Kilby

      And some 8 million people fewer voted for Obama too. (Just not in Virginia–where black voter turnout was every bit as high as 2008)

  • http://www.facebook.com/craig.m.kilby Craig M Kilby

    “Rick Santorum really did not lose this election for us. That was
    obviously satire. But statements very much like this did. We have
    allowed our image to be distorted to the point that too many people
    would actually believe Mr. Santorum said that.”

    That was Alton’s point and I agree with it. Yes, I was at first shocked and thought it was a real quote. Maybe not something even Santorum would say, but the point is that perception is reality. And we have a lot of work to do to change that perception, though when it comes to some people in our party, that really is reality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zeiglerg Gerald Zeigler

    This is a very misleading post, I didn’t note it was supposedly satire until the end. I haven’t ever been upset by anything the contributors have posted here before, but this is despicable. This is something you would expect from a liberal blogger or columnists or the loons on MSNBC. Bearing Drift is better than this, or at least used to be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alton.foley Alton Foley

    I’m sorry I made you all think. I vow to never do so again.

  • Mark Tate

    This is a disgusting post. Even though you identify it as satire at the end you are promoting the disgusting filth on the website that attacks all Conservatives by linking to the original satire story and website. And by posting these quotes as if they are real you are misleading readers about what Senator Santorum and many other republicans believe.

    Senator Santorum ran a great campaign that united many of the Pro-family, Pro-life Conservatives in the country. After he dropped out of the Presidential Race he formed a Conservative National Grassroots organization, PatriotVoices.com uniting those same Conservatives and worked his tail off trying to elect Romney and defeat Obama.Mr Foley clearly has a dislike for Pro-life . Pro-family conservatives, except when it is two weeks before an election and he needs them to turn out and vote for his candidate.

    I am at a loss why a respect leader in the Conservative movement like Shaun Kenney would allow himself to be associated with this anti-Christian , anti-Catholic bigotry. After all when Candidates like Senator Santorum promote these Pro-life, Pro-Family values they are promoting values that I was under the impression were part of the Republican Party’s platform

    Senator Santorum did more to help win this election than Mr. Foley ever dreamed he did by sitting in his tail typing disgusting posts.

    The moderator of this blog should remove this post immediately or you become as credible as the satire website that was the source for the quote.

    • http://www.facebook.com/alton.foley Alton Foley

      I also identify it as satire in the middle. Anyone who gets through the quoted portion without realizing it’s satire is simply looking for something to be offended by.

  • http://www.southsidecentral.com/ Bruce Hedrick

    Thud.

  • Dry Viking

    I’m with Rick. I don’t know anyone who voted last time and didn’t this time. I am not so sure people on our side stayed home.
    don’t know that it was necessarily those who like sexual perversion, but their side won.

    Stay focused on being moral, much more important than being rich. It ain’t about the money, it is about the moral issues. Drop that and Republicans go the way of the Whigs.

  • http://twitter.com/tylercraddock Tyler Craddock

    Alton — I get the satire and the point you are making. Of course, I just a country boy from Henry County, so maybe it didn’t fly right over my head. Or, maybe it was just that I wasn’t reading it with the notion of how to use it to pick a fight with someone who would dare question the “big-government-is-okay-in-people’s-bedrooms” wing of the party.

  • http://www.facebook.com/WilliamJDeutsch Willie Deutsch

    I generally love Bearing Drift. But this post is tragic and almost offensive. In a year when there were many embarrassing Republican statements that could be blamed, and need to be addressed, going after Rick Santorum for a satire of him only hurts our efforts to defend good conservatives, and be able to condemn those who make extremely embarrassing statements. This article is going to make me read all posts by this author much more skeptically, and I hope Bearing Drift is a bit more careful about seeming to attack conservatives needlessly. (This coming from someone who loves satire and sarcasm.)