A Bump On The Road To Unity

by Steve MacDonald

Will the NHGOP suit up and fight

Suit up…or get out of the way.

As a Blogger I am encouraged by the calls for unity from the NH-GOP leadership.  But I do not believe they have a clue about how to get there from here.  And blaming bloggers is clearly not the answer.  In fact, it is exactly the opposite of “the answer.”  I make that quite clear in the status update I posted on Facebook this morning.

“…the NHGOP is very bad at messaging.  They are terrible at policy support during the session.  They are not aggressive at all when it comes to going after Democrats.  They never use the media resources at their disposal effectively.  And they do a poor job of supporting local candidates.  Meanwhile, ‘Bloggers” are doing all of those things…for free.  But rather than thank me for the 1200 articles a year I might write attacking left wing policy, narrative, legislation, or commentary; or thanking me for supporting the platform, conservative principles, good legislation, or local Republican candidates, they piss and moan like children over the fifteen or so articles where I call out the GOP for acting like progressives.

The first step toward recovery is accepting that you have a problem.  The NH-GOP has a problem and it is not bloggers.

Until the NH-GOP accepts that it is bad at almost everything it is supposed to be good at, there can be no recovery.

Now I am more than willing to promote conservative and Republican principles, to provide policy support, promote small government, connect activists to local candidates, encourage discussion and debate, but let’s be honest–I already do that.  I’ve been doing it for years and I do not need the good graces of the NH-GOP to continue doing it.  In fact, I will continue to do it regardless.  But I am willing to help them get on board with what we as bloggers already do and what we can offer.

We offer access and distribution of any message that we all support.  We provide an opportunity to get that message to rank better in search engines so that more people will see it.  We are adept at using social media and getting content on to upper level blogs with even larger, national audiences.  And we do not require a pound of flesh in return.  And the New Hampshire media…a lot of them check in to see what we are writing about.

But be warned. We are not the lefty media.

I, and I believe I can speak for everyone else at GraniteGrok,  am not going to report and support a candidate or idea simply because the party says so.  Principle comes before party.  If you can see your way past that bump in the road then there is hope.

But before we get there, the state Republican party had best give itself a thorough exam, top to bottom, and answer some questions honestly.  The most important of those is…who they are and why are they here?

I’m writing over 1000 articles a year attacking left wing policy, narrative, legislation, or progressive commentary while  supporting the ideas in the Republican platform, conservative principles, good legislation, and local Republican candidates–and I don’t earn a dime or spend a dime to do it.

I know why I’m here.  I know why I blog.  Someone has to keep that message alive, try to reach out and share it in new and even entertaining ways.  And to do battle across the blogosphere for the heart and soul of the Live Free or Die State.

If you don’t get up every morning and understand that the NH-GOP should be leading that charge in New Hampshire instead of a bunch of bloggers, then you are involved for some other purpose.  If that is true, fine, but have the spine to admit it–and then get the hell out of my way.

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  • C. dog e. doG

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    – C. dog, snark ravin’ mad

  • Chris P. Bacon

    Didn’t read the story, but am interested to know who the Knightess is 🙂

    • C. dog e. doG

      Steve has excellent taste.

  • Don

    I think dissension within the ranks a good thing but not when it leads to such self-loathing as to procreate intentional sabotage of the party. Our, call them what you may rino, establishment et all, may be well meaning but they have moderated Republicans into insignificance. We have gone from extremist politicians like Frank Guinta who voted with his party 75% of the time to moderate politicians like Carol Shea-Porter who vote with their party greater than 99% of the time. If you have even the tiniest modicum of independent-mindedness Carol Shea-Porter does not represent you. We got here because the so-called moderate Republicans were uncompromising toward conservatives and helped to build the meme of extremism in the Republican party all the while ignoring the real extremism in the Democrat party. You never see Democrats in fighting, ever, they are in lock step. They speak of compromise but when given the chance are always uncompromising. What our moderate comrades don’t seem to be capable of understanding is the only time Democrats compromise is when they are getting mostly what they want. But they encourage our infighting because to the masses it validates their message that ALL Republicans are extremists. We are supposed to be conservatives yet we have compromised to build the largest government in the history of the world. There is nothing conservative about that. Further compromise will only lead to bigger government. The Teaparty is not the enemy. The enemy is Progressives and their meme is compromise. Well, compromise, until you ask them to cut government spending then they will point the finger of prejudice at you and declare you whatever name for evil that is currently fashionable. By that name for evil what Progressives mean is you have a dissenting opinion. All that said we probably need better communication to our moderate allies. We need to remind them that you can hold a teaparty candidate like Frank Guinta’s feet to the fire but you can not with Carol Shea-Porter all you will find is a deaf ear. It is okay to have dissension within the party, healthy even I would argue. But not when it goes so far that we intentionally sabotage the party to the extent that uncompromising Democrats control state, local, and federal government. Moderates you built that!

    • C. dog e. doG

      Good points, more paragraphs.
      – C. dog, Constructive Critic

    • Chris P. Bacon

      “you never see Dempocrats infighting”!! Good Lord Sir…i am neither, but leading Democrats are like hearding cats. They have way more issues, in more ways then one.

      • Don

        Mr. Bacon, yes Democrats are in lock step. When have you heard Ray Buckley criticize his own party leadership? How many Democrats have come out against Obama for using executive privilege for a law enforcement investigation? How many, for what were clearly lies and obfuscation over the events in Benghazi, demanded the truth? Where is their condemnation of Representative Cynthia Chase and her desire to use government to create laws to discriminate against conservatives to make them feel they have to move somewhere else? Obamacare the only partisan bill ever passed by Congress. What pretend moderate popular Democrat governor endorsed as a moderate candidate a politician with a greater than 99% record of voting with her own party? Yes, lockstep, they do not criticize their own. They save criticism for Republicans and particularly Conservatives. How many Democrat politicians were endorsing Republicans against their own party in 2012? What Democrat condemned the OWL movement that literally raped, burned, and pillaged? None, if that is not lock step then what is it?

        • Chris P. Bacon

          Democrats, like everyone else in politics will do whatever they need to to get into and stay in power. If the latest fashion is to stay in lock step, then that is what they will do Don. Just a little while ago the Dems were all splintered up with Ralphy boy. It’s just a big show. It’s to keep you demoralized and divided so the powers that be can continue to be while we focus on other Americans who feel different then us as the problem. Cheers.

          • Don

            They’re all the same? Name me the Republican politician who committed a crime and did not resign in disgrace. The list of Democrats who have done this is a very long list. They are not all the same. By saying they are all the same we help to obfuscate the corruption. You don’t route out corruption by ignoring it which I believe was Mr. MacDonald’s primary thesis.

          • Chris P. Bacon

            Hey, even i can see when i’ve been buttered. You got me fair and square Don. You’re point is well taken. Republican criminals are better cuz they resign in disgrace. You can’t root out curroption from the system Don, the system is corruption.

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