Thursday for RF – Crazy Schedule
Thursday is going to be a heck of a long day. I have to wake up early to finish cleaning my house. Get to work by 8 AM and stay until 4:30 ish. Run home for a meeting at 5. Then off to St. Paul for a 6:30 meeting and then to Keegan’s by 8.
Why do I need to clean?
I am having a meeting with Senator Bachmann regarding the 6th CD. For those of you who don’t know, I am a local Senate District Chair and also a Delegate to the 6th CD for which Bachmann and others are running for. I’m a bachelor, and well, cleaning and order is not my strong point to say the least. And due to my incredibly busy schedule, I now have less than 18 hours to make my house presentable for company. I hope she doesn’t look in the closets.
My 6:30 meeting is for BPOU leadership training. Not quite sure what it entails, but It is worth the attempt at making it. Especially since the only other one is in Duluth.
And Keegan’s, ah Keegan’s.
This has become my sanity. I don’t get out much, which might explain why I spend most nights blogging for hours. But Keegan’s is with bloggers. Yes, conservative bloggers. At keegan’s its all about people who think like me Thursday nights. I know and talk with a lot of vetran Republicans other places. But they’ve been at it for years, and accept the BS that government is now. I’m all for compromising and that, but I just don’t understand their logic.
Take tonight for instance.
My Mom’s BPOU had a BBQ, which they do every year. And since they have few to none young people with time involved, I end up doing a lot of the grunt work and preliminary set up and tear down/clean up. Run to the stores, set up the tables, that kind of stuff. At the BBQ, there were a couple of these vetran GOPers there early to help beforehand, and politics came up, no surprise amongst Republicans. But I found myself completely outnumbered on spending and budgets. One guy’s wife was stuck in traffic, and he blamed it on Pawlenty for vetoing the “best bonding bill for transportation this state has ever seen”. What? Yes he said that. He is of the mindset that what ever the cost(gas tax), we need to raise taxes to fix congestion. He and I are friends, and we joked back and forth, but at the end of it, he was willing to raise taxes like that on gas, and give most of it to building roads. He wouldn’t admit that roads should be the only priority. He doesn’t understand that taking away a few hundred dollars extra from consumers will lead to drops in consumer spending. And who would be the first ones bitching about the price of gas if it was that $0.10 higher? He would. I tried to get the point across that Minnesota State Government has enough money. They have the money to pay for congestion relief. He pretended to strangle me numerous times. And as he was leaving, he came up to me with another guy who I had been bickering with and they said that I sounded just like Phil Krinkie when he was young. And since this was some of Krinkie’s closest political friends saying this, they know. Thanks.
But then they started with the spin. I interupted him, and finished it for him.
If you knew all the things that I do, and what is really happening, you’d see that we have to do this. You’d vote just the same way.
That is polishing a turd. It is backing out of a pledge. It is down right wrong. Don’t get me to vote for your butts and then tell me you are smarter than me, know more, and will do what is best because I am too stupid to see the light.
I had to go to a work meeting, and take care of business for a couple hours. But when I got back I got a chance to chat with Eric Hoplin, the new Deputy Chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota. He thanked me for my interview I did with him right before he got elected. I met his wife, well done sir. I got some inside politics about the Governor and leadership. He has had talks with all of them in the last week. It was pretty tough on all, the session, let’s just leave it at that.
I do have to say, that his critics are so wrong. This guy is going to be worth his weight in gold. His energy and commitment is unmatched. He should really blog. He sees the session working out in our favor. The Democrats did shut down Government, and the media and the DFL can only hide that so long from the public. He’s optomistic to say the least. Which is what we need right now.
I also tried to get the dirt on why some local bloggers do not like him so much. He did not know who exactly who they were, but knew that a couple conservative bloggers were after him. He really didn’t know. He was at the 6th CD Convention and one of them asked to talk to him, and they spent an hour together talking about Eric’s College Republican history. Eric was honest and open just like he was with me in my interview. So he doesn’t know why the attacks began.
I told him about a theory I had heard. Rumor has it that one of them was set to be the next MNCR chair, right before Eric, the new college student did. And with only 4 months of College time, Eric got the job over an older more experienced guy. That is it, as far as I know. I’ve been bested by people before. Heck, I’ve been injured at someone else’s expense before, but it didn’t cause me to publically attack them. I don’t know anything for sure. It is a he said, don’t know, deal.
After the clean up was done, I went out for a drink with my Mom and a couple of friends of hers. No surprise, politics came up again.
Why is David strom and the Taxpayer’s League bad now? Really. Why? Yes they may be contradicting the GOP right now, but it wasn’t the TPL that changed hearts. As a person who considers myself more conservative than Republican, I find it hard to swallow ballooning budgets.
My biggest question that went unanswered tonight was why, if so important, is transportation bonded for, and not paid out like a regular budget item? We all agree that it is the most important thing Government does, then why is it the last thing it does, and done on credit?
And why is it ok to be on a path that will lead to a $60 billion dollar budget in 10 years?
Is there room for people like me in this Party? For those of you who don’t think so, these same peopel have all encouraged me to run, and some even offered me my first campaign cash. That my friends is developing…