GOP Consistency???

by Skip March 24, 2018

Er, no.  That’s one of the big reasons why I left the GOP a few years ago now.  They preach their philosophy and then act against it. Democrats are unable to tell us what the difference is between them and Socialists.  Tell me, with the passage of the $1.3 Trillion budget morass, what is the […]

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Pretty much…

by Susan Olsen January 21, 2016

“I’ve also thought, for a long time, that the left is pretty coherent in goals, if not in philosophy. They do not have consistent philosophical reasons for their demands, but all of their demands are perfectly consistent in this sense: All of their demands boil down to using government power to take money or freedom […]

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Sigh….Really, the NH GOP used the word “hypocritical” over Medicaid Expansion?

by Skip June 12, 2014

I listened to WMUR at 6 today as they ran a spot on Maggie’s filing for re-election for NH Governor.  What I heard for being “hypocritical” was her taking credit for implementing Medicaid Expansion and the gas tax.  Absolutely WRONG – she had nothing to do with it.  There is no way she ehould be […]

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“Consistency breeds Trust yields Votes”

by Skip June 10, 2014

“Consistency breeds Trust yields Votes” – I have been saying that for months now, trying to impress upon the Establishment Republicans (aka, the “Republican Republicans for the sake of the Party” – RRFTSOTP) that simply running campaigns for the sake of winning is insufficient.  Rather, winning is merely a necessary pre-cursor – it is what […]

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NH GOP Annual Meeting – Ruminations: Steve Duprey

by Skip May 26, 2014

Steve Duprey is the NH GOP Committeeman from NH.  Pretty much he was short (as he promised) as most of what he had to say was “newsy”.   But there was one thing that caught my ear: …we are the Party of good ideas, of Limited Government, of Liberty and great solutions. Let’s never lose sight […]

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NH GOP Meeting – Ruminations: Kelly Ayotte

by Skip May 16, 2014
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Consistency breeds Trust which yields Votes.  The operative word is “Consistency” – is what you SAY congruent with what you DO?  Can we, as voters (notice I DIDN’T say “Members of the NH GOP State Committee” – at least, thus far) see that Consistency and can we depend upon it?  Are we so sure of […]

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Voting a majority of the time with Senate Democrats doesn’t make you the “Anti-Shaheen”, Scott Brown!

by Skip April 2, 2014

Funny, I don’t remember Scott Brown saying this at our meeting:  “I was the most bipartisan senator in the United States Senate.” (Scott Brown on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 in a meeting with Republicans in Portsmouth, N.H.).  Remember these numbers: 22%, 46%, 62%. Shaheen votes 99% with the Democrats, Brown votes 62% of the time […]

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Your lemons didn’t come close to making lemonade, Annie

by Skip March 31, 2014

Let’s just say that while Congressman Annie Kuster (D-NH) put in a magnificent political performance here, she kept that same upstanding level on WMUR’s 6pm news for the event that today was the last day for Obamacare sign up.  After all, don’t do it and you invoke the fines and penalties (although with the many […]

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This is the definition of “Having one’s back”?

by Skip March 30, 2014

“Having one’s back” – the trust that one places in another that no matter the situation, no matter the circumstances, the other guy will be steadfast, present, and loyal.  It’s that last term that seems to be such a nuthingburger in politics where if political speed of movement could be measured when the mud starts […]

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WMUR CloseUP – some thoughts

by Skip March 9, 2014

There’s almost always something just to make a comment about and this week is no different as the first segment had NH State Senator John Reagan, Josiah Bartlett Public Policy Center’s Exec. Dir. Charlie Arlinghouse, and Republican political operative Jim Merrill.  Each had something that evoked a quick comment. Reagan: Morse’s attempt was to extract […]

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Sunday talking head show Doodlings: That is only the prerequisite, sir!

by Skip February 16, 2014

“It is because the base no longer Trusts what happens after “winning” that this is an issue.” On This Week with “Mr.  wContraceptive in Presidential Debates” (that would be George Stephanopolous, Clinton’s Vonderkind, turned Democrat “journalist”) was this clip from NJ Gov. Chris Christie: Our party’s priority should be on winning. Not winning the argument.  […]

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An observation, a question, and THE answer. Like what I’ve been saying for a while.

by Skip February 10, 2014

Ron Christie at The Daily Beast has the observation: In the past few weeks, I’ve noticed a widening rift between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party activists who swept John Boehner into the House Speaker seat and put Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell within striking distance of a majority to effectively cement President Obama’s […]

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GrokTV: Belknap County Republican meeting – NH GOP Chair Jennifer Horn

by Skip January 9, 2014

The keynote speaker was Jennifer Horn – here are her remarks: That’s right – nothing.  Now to the good, she was to give a talk and then a few questions afterwards.  Instead, sensing the angst and anger of the activists that were present, she began to take questions after a very brief into. However, with […]

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InConsistency – a classic example. Stupid, but classic

by Skip January 5, 2014

From President Obama’s weekly address: Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline – the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job. Republicans in Congress went home for the holidays and let that lifeline expire. And for […]

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“No compromise. No being co-opted”

by Skip December 30, 2013

Democrats and Republicans – “two vultures fighting over a carcass“: Schweizer emphasized that the way to defeat the permanent political class–in particular, the Republican establishment–is to espouse the same “no compromise” approach Reagan espoused toward the Soviet Union. Looking back on 2013, the Tea Party and conservatives garnered victories on a host of issues–such as […]

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“You’re picking my pocket and then you’re asking me for a handout”

by Skip December 26, 2013

“Why are the Republicans willing to “own” the perceptions that they hate the military?” This has reminded me of a post that I have, thus far, failed to post.  I will be rectifying that Real Soon Now (a “Pournellism”).  In the mean time, read this from a US Military veteran when asked for money in […]

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Oh, one last thing from last nite – US Senator (R-NH) Al Baldasaro??

by Skip December 20, 2013

Maybe!  I didn’t get a lot of the speakers last night – hobbled by Nashua’s Mayor Donnalee Lozeau (R), there was no staging, podium, or lights (heck, no snow was supposed to be moved – hmm, it did look as if that snow moved itself).  Given the traffic and the parking, a number of the […]

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Pro-Second Amendment / Anti-Scott Brown rally – regular folks have a message for Scott Brown

by Skip December 20, 2013

I also learned one other thing last night – I realized how old my vidcam is given how fast the battery ran down in the cold – thus, the paucity of interviews from last night.  However, before it died, I did get the chance to ask a few folks two questions: What question would you […]

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Pro-Second Amendment / Anti-Scott Brown rally – a couple of thoughts

by Skip December 20, 2013

I learned a couple of things last night while at the rally: The folks that came out last night are fired up – they DO take politics personally because politicians have been making legislation more and more personal I think politicians on the Right are going to get caught by surprise at this – because […]

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Pro-Second Amendment / Anti-Scott Brown rally – NH State Reps JR Hoell and Dan Itse

by Skip December 20, 2013

Both of these gentlemen are Patriots by dint to their adherence to the values expressed by our Constitutions and what they see to be the Proper Role of Government – a limited one that allow the most individual Freedom and Liberty for people to live their lives the way that THEY want to (versus those […]

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Pro-Second Amendment / Anti-Scott Brown rally – The Patriot Pastor

by Skip December 20, 2013

Certainly someone who looms large over the Conservative / Liberty and Freedom movement here in NH is The Patriot Pastor, Garrett Lear (at 6’8″, he literally does).  I am used to seeing him in his Colonial outfit but I noticed something this night that I had not seen before.  I keep mentioning him being a […]

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Pro-Second Amendment / Anti-Scott Brown rally – DaTechGuy!

by Skip December 20, 2013

The next person that I spotted was kinda in camouflage – normally it is his trademark Fedora hat I see but he had hidden it, given the season, under a red and white Santa hat.  To be honest, I was a bit surprised to see this MA based blogger (head of the DaTechGuy site and […]

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MAYBE they ARE listening – Consistency

by Skip December 13, 2013

FINALLY – a “yay! in that the boat may be swinging about.  We’ve been pounding on NH Republicans and the NH GOP on the truism: Consistency + Trust = Votes (all other things being equal).  But first, you have to ACT Consistently, and talk Consistently, and if you can master that (it really isn’t all […]

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Harrell Kirstein – an Object Lesson in INconsistency

by Skip December 5, 2013

Exactly what I have been writing about one lesson that Republicans have to learn: being consistent.  It really isn’t that hard to grasp, really – all it takes is the ability to stick to your Principles.  Do that, and it wipes the political table clean of mistakes (and often keeps you from making future ones).  […]

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We are SO Thankful that Jennifer Horn is the NH GOP Chair!

by Skip November 27, 2013

Why? Because we just love that she is talking about GraniteGrok more often lately (like this past Saturday at a hilltop meeting) – and each and every time she does, we get new readers!  Best of all, they keep coming back.  Frankly, she’s one of our best salesmen (er, where have you heard that logic […]

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Merrimack County Republican Committee – My ‘discussion’ Part 4: “The Philosophies”

by Skip November 13, 2013

Reminder: “So, I help to elect Democrats, eh?” (thank you, Mark Sanborn).  To recap: WHY IS THE GOP / NH GOP IN TROUBLE? Let’s get to the Nitty Gritty of this “discussion”: There is a tremendous split in the Republican Party – and especially in the NH GOP. And for three extremely binary reason – […]

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A Party of Pastels – yeah, that will motivate the base (the cowards)

by Skip October 20, 2013

The conservative base is looking for STRONG candidates – those that know the issues, those that have actual stances of granite built on solid philosophy (instead of dingleberry type positions that flapped in every political wind / event that comes along), and those can inspire them that they will do what they say and keep […]

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Consistency and Trust – Will the Republican Party wake up?

by Skip October 10, 2013

Consistency yields Trust yields Votes.  Simple, eh?  While I’ve been saying this for a while as to the disaffection of voters for the Republican Party, it doesn’t seem to be getting traction.  That is, at least in Republican circles.  Rarely do I even hear this idea mentioned – only that “We have to win (even […]

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by Skip September 22, 2013

Showing the political cowardice and duplicity of DC Republicans when votes are easy but have all kinds of issues when the votes become very telling, very visible, and actually are compared to Principle by voters – and be very sure,  the Base is watching with microscopes.  Of course, these self-same pols are hating every micro-second […]

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Let’s not forget to toss in “National Debt Ceiling” and “defund Obamacare” into the mix

by Skip September 11, 2013

“The Tea Party has had it with Republican leaders, abandoning the GOP in stunning numbers at a time when mainstream leaders are arguing for immigration reform and support for an attack on Syria. A new Pew Research Center poll provided to Secrets on Wednesday found that just 27 percent of Republicans who agree with the […]

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