– We’ve had a few snags with the boat event in June. We’ll have information shortly.
– On the Presidential primary: I, like many others, am disappointed that Mitch Daniels isn’t running. I think Mitch would have been a breath of fresh air. He had the sense of maturity and experience that this country needs. But I also know that at this point in the process, no candidate ever looks “perfect.” Candidates are only perfect in hindsight, after we see them in action and they’ve won election. It takes a long, grueling campaign to see who has the determination and stamina to potentially be a great leader.
– I haven’t made up my mind for who to support for president (I don’t know too many people who have). But my off-the cuff question to the fact that Mitt Romney has raised all that money is whether it gain him anything? It seems to me it buys some organizational power, but as the caucuses and primaries start, there will be enough news attention, debates, and a small enough electorate that I don’t think money will make the difference. The interaction between money and votes is far more complicated then the people who would steal your First Amendment rights in the name of “campaign finance reform” would ever suggest. Many candidates can raise money because they have a winning message or are already popular (i.e., Scott Walker and Ron Johnson). Donors are smart and they give to people who have strong messages who can win. If another candidate shows himself to be good at connecting with voters in a principled way, then all of Romney’s money won’t matter.
– I saw Newt in Milwaukee about a month and a half-ago. I like Newt’s ideas. But they all seem dated to me–like they were taken from the mid-1990’s. I cannot see his candidacy going anywhere, but my predictions are always wrong.
– Can the Kloppenburg campaign finally get this over with? Justice Prosser won and that’s that. There were a few miscounts (one or two votes difference) in many wards, but that doesn’t make it a scandal, that makes it normal. The Kloppenburg campaign said, “We do think there have been significant anomalies and irregularities uncovered.” I think that’s overstating it, but then again, I think conservatives have been united for a long time in our call for cleaning up how elections are run. Thankfully, we will soon have voter ID in this state, which should fix many of the potential problems.
– Two events worth checking out in June: Activist and candidate training on Saturday, June 11 in Oconomowoc. If you know of someone who is thinking about running for office in 2012, this would be a great opportunity for them to learn what it takes to be a candidate for state or local office. This training offers three separate tracks: 1) Candidate Track - for those running or considering running for state or local office; 2) Campaign Manager Track - our brand new training geared for those who are interested in running campaigns; and 3) Activist Track
Go here to Register and for more information: http://americanmajority.org/events/candidate-and-activist-training-oconomowoc-wi/. Registration is $25 in advance for Activists ($35 at the door); $35 for Campaign Managers ($45 at the door); and $50 for Candidates ($60 at the door).