Dispatch Notes from the NH GOP Liberty Dinner – Updated – Video

by Mike

Liberty Dinner

Full house. Actually oversold. The bad news is that the Chairman and Executive Director could not say no to latecomers, causing some contention for space and seating – the good news is almost all of 500 attendees paid.


Reince Priebus, Chair, Republican National Committee

  • “We can’t be a five months every four years party”
  • “Need to be full time, coast to coast, door to door, hiring and engaging local spokespeople”
  • “We need big data, sliced and diced.”
  • Primary system needs to change, but not by changing first in the nation.
  • We will no longer allow news makers be debate moderators.
  • Wants to move the convention back to June so that the candidate does not run out of primary money after the result is determined, and before the general commences. (As Mitt did)

Donated GOP cuff links for the auction. (Unusual design – got a good price)

Advice from an outspoken party member after the election: Go bold, or go home – and he intends to go bold.



Rand Paul.

 Rand Paul donated $10k to the party!

  • One thing straight. We do need border control, and a fence……. because we have to keep the people from MA out of NH. (Much laughter at the punchline)
  • The key question in the drone speech was: “Mr President, do you think you have the authority to kill an American on US soil?”
  • It is not about whether he would use power such as drones, or NDAA detention powers, but the fact that he could, and that government should not have such arbitrary powers.
  • Let us not forget what our soldiers fight for: it is the constitution and bill of rights.
  • How will anyone ever trust the IRS, especially with healthcare information, unless there is an independent Commision to investigate the abuse and prevent a repeat.
  • President is losing the optics war because he announced the end of self-guided White House tours the same week he announced 250m in aid for Egypt.
  • Old MacDonalds Farm of scandals: here a scandal, there a scandal, everywhere a scandal!
  • Anyone (of any party) who would use the power of government against their political opponents is profoundly un-American.
  • We have to, not only look like America, but we have to teach the public that big government hurts the have-nots as well as the haves, and that we are the party that will help more of them join the middle class.
  • We need the passion of Patrick Henry (Give me liberty, or give me death!).

Outside the hall, Tammy Simmons was selling T-shirts with the catchphrase “The Palatable Paul” and riffing off his epic filibuster with “#StandWithRand”.

Earlier, Simmons and others met with Paul and Priebus to discuss how to attract more conservatives and libertarians to the party, which was clearly one of the themes of his press conference: “The main thing is not to talk about me”, he said, “but about how to grow the party” – As Tammy Simmons told USA Today, “Most Americans want smaller government”.

It will be interesting to see if Preibus’ efforts to remake the party into a full time fighting machine, and Paul’s efforts to attract a broader spectrum of Americans to the small government message will resonate, especially after the way Tea partiers have been rebuffed by the state and national party the last year or so.

Special thanks to Skip for assembling this for me as the dinner proceeded

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  • allen

    drones drones drones..stop talking about drones and start talking about AIRPOWER. the location of the pilot is irrelevant. “drone” is a red herring and it gives the politicians plenty of wiggle room to use non-drone air assets.

    we should be pushing on abuses of power. ask leftist groups if they’d REALLY want the IRS to keep these sort of audit powers for the next time we’re in charge..”if you don’t help us strip these powers from the government, we’ll use em. on you. help us now or squirm later, your option.”

    • Both good points:
      As yet, surveillance drones are the biggest threat to liberty as more and more government and quasi-government organizations use them to spy on us. When it comes to offensive use of airpower, I agree that it matters not where the pilot is located, but what the intent of the government is.
      I have often said, and need to make the point more often in print, that congress should always pause when asking for new powers, and ask “what if the other side had this power?” (Or even, what if our guy goes bad?)

      • JP

        Mike good to see you at the dinner last night and thanks for covering it and reporting it. I say the cufflinks they were great. I would have bid on them but some people think it is bad enough I wear bow-ties and adding cufflinks to my attire would really freak people out. Hmmm, maybe not such a bad idea! Thanks for all your efforts for Liberty!

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  • Van Mosher

    Fantastic Article. Thanks for bring this to those of us struggling to keep our heads above water in this ugly Obama Economy and was unable to make it because they had to work.

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