BY JEFF CHURCHILL – I was brought up in life understanding that nice guys finish last. A famous comment by the late great college football coach Woody Hayes, of Ohio State, said, “I’m not trying to win a popularity poll. I’m trying to win football games. I don’t like nice people. I like tough, honest people.”
Politics is not a game, politics affects the life of every American; locally, statewide and nationally. So, why do we want individuals to play patty cake with others who wish to take our liberties away? This was one of many reasons why Senator John McCain lost the Presidential Election in 2008. He was too busy trying to be mister nice guy.
After the mid-term primary elections of 2010, the Republican National Committee, along with many State Republican Parties, recognized how powerful the TEA Party Organizations were across the nation. These grass root non-astro turf groups were in fact a team to be reckoned with. And, it wasn’t that the TEA Parties were against the Republican Party, they in general were lighting a fire under the unfocused conservative rumps, rekindling the flame that was about to flicker out!
So, the Republican Party regrouped and actually began to follow the TEA Parties footsteps, in getting back to the basics of which our government was founded; limited Federal Government intrusion in our lives, inalienable God-given individual freedoms, Personal responsibility and States Rights. Since then we witnessed one of the largest public exposures of Liberals and Conservatives who failed to keep their promises, their oaths to “We the People,” of whom they were allegedly suppose to be protecting.
TEA Party Organizations across America challenged the status quo of their ineptness and how they created one of the largest economic collapses in history. It didn’t matter who was Republican or Democrat. These vast masses of angry “Joe the Plumbers” from across the country were really irked about how our elected pundits forgot what their mission was. So, after the dust settled in the general elections of 2010, Republicans gained an unheard of 64 seats in the House of Representatives and almost took control of the United States Senate!
TEA Party supported newly elected U.S. Senator from Florida Marco Rubio said it best during his acceptance speech: “This election was not an embrace of the Republican Party. It was a second chance for Republicans.” That remark was in fact a warning to all Republican Party members Nationwide.
So, where was Hawaii’s Republican Party during this giant tsunami rolling across the country? It was highly possible that Republicans could have gained two additional seats in the United States House of Representatives and one seat in the United States Senate. Since the general election on November 2, 2010, many conservatives in Hawaii have in fact been pointing at the Hawaii Republican Party, me included, for failing to enlighten the electorate of some shinning stars; who were not part of the usual “status quo.” These candidates were true conservatives who believe in the same principles that our Founding Fathers established.
In a recent article posted in the Hawaii Reporter on November 8, 2010, a guest contributor in his “Open Letter to Hawaii Republicans” stated: “to be fair, the Democrats had something to do with this loss. It is yet to be determined to what extent the Democrats, masterful at both convincing and coercing voters to vote their way, are responsible for this loss. Though I may share with others the dismay and frustration at our losses here at home, I never once thought of blaming Republicans; indeed I could only think of all the dastardly things the Democrats must’ve done to bring about such a loss.”
Duh, Democrats were the roosters running the chicken coop! All we saw and heard were Democrat sponsored radio and television ads. The point is Democrats did have something to with Republican loss here in Hawaii; they out performed in all categories! You bet the Democrats won, they played hard ball! And, yes we can blame the current leaders of the Hawaii Republican Party! Like Donald Trump says “You’re Fired!”
Part of winning is exposing the failures of others and capitalizing on those in competencies like the current controlling party in our Hawaii State Legislature and State Senate; or by exposing our United States Senator and our Congresswoman of how they contributed to our economic collapse. Our very own Hawaii Republican Party failed to win because they were too busy placating with the opponents or not representing the candidates whom the majority of conservative voters selected during the primary election. Our opportunity was in the palm of our hand. All the Hawaiian Republican Party needed to do to was simply expose who failed in protecting Hawaii’s economy and the National economy in general. The politicians at fault were within arm’s reach!
Here’s the simple reason how the Democrats won in Hawaii; they spun the issues around to suit their best interests. That is it. They came to win.
The National Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Daniel Inouye’s very own Senate Re-election campaign really hammered home to Hawaiian’s across the state how great they were, how they brought to Hawaii, jobs and economic help; when in fact they were burying Hawaiians in more debt and prolonging the economic recovery, because of their failed economic policies.
Neil Abercrombie’s election committee exposed through their propaganda machine how evil the Linda Lingle and Duke Aiona Adiminstrations were by imposing “Furlough Fridays” on our children’s teachers. When the evidence overwhelmingly showed that it was without a doubt the teacher’s very own union and the elected Board of Education who decided to save the 22,000 administrative positions by sacrificing 11,000 teachers, using our children as Pawns; so who sold them out. And these are the same folks who supported Neil Abercrombie. Again, where was the Hawaii Republican Party? Why didn’t they come to the rescue? As a matter of fact why didn’t Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona come out boxing with that knockout punch exposing, who actually was responsible for these economic pit falls?
These game winning touchdowns were easy. It was easy because Democrats have had the majority in both the State Senate and State legislature; for over 51 years! There was no excuse for conservatives not to win a majority in Hawaii. Exposing that Governor Linda Lingle’s hands were tied would have been a cake walk. Every time she vetoed a bill the State Legislature overrode her veto. Just like the 2009/2011 State Budget, she vetoed the budget, because the Legislature over spent and over taxed us to cover their needless spending. So, they again did an override; meaning that the State Legislature owns the budget, not the Governor. How hard could it have been for our Hawaii Republican Party or for that matter Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona to score a touchdown; it was first and goal on the Democrats one yard line.
Neil Abercrombie really was an easy mark. He was an entrenched Congressman who knew he was running for governor prior to his previous re-election to the House of Representatives and he quit mid-term costing Hawaii nearly a million dollars for a special election. Furthermore, he was also part of this economic implosion. And yet again, where was our Republican Party? Why didn’t they expose his careless attitude towards taxpayer monies?
The other part of winning is through promoting your own successes. We had many candidates. And we had a handful who were endorsed by the Hawaii TEA Party and the Maui TEA Party No Ka Oi. Because the majority of our conservative electorate voted for these endorsed candidates our Hawaii Republican Party seemed to have washed their hands of these bright shining stars leaving them out on a limb. Having the support of the National Republican Campaign Committee could have been a phone call away; only if certain party members made that call. The National Republican Campaign Committee could have put up a great fight through the various media outlets promoting these great patriots and how they have not only achieved the American dreams, but earned their dreams in the private sector, unlike the current career politicians. Unfortunately, our Hawaii Republican Party failed to endorse these shining stars.
Here’s a minor break down to how the Democrats/Progressives won this election in Hawaii:
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent over $1.3 Million in negative campaign ads against Charles Djou. Our National Republican Congressional Campaign spent just over $342,000 dollars retaliating against Colleen Hanabusa. So, the DCCC out spent the NRCC by two thirds in just negative campaign ads. This doesn’t include the positive campaign ads that Mazie Hirono ran or Daniel Inouye ran. It was in fact a slam dunk! And, the DCCC didn’t even touch John Willoughby or Cam Cavasso!
So who were the winners and losers?
Clearly, because the Hawaii Republican Party failed to come to play, the winners were the Democrats. The Hawaii Republican Party lost and they lost big. In my opinion the leaders of the Hawaii Republican Party, should be fired!
That’s my opinion and I’m entitled to it.