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Why Barack Obama Won in 2008 and What it Means for the Republicans in 2012

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By Spartacus Thrace

November 3, 2010, marked the first day of the 2012 Presidential Campaign: Barack Obama and the Left are well advanced in their preparations for what may be the American political showdown of the century.  Assuming that Barack Obama will be the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 2012, conservatives have a lot to do to get ready.

As the results of the 2010 midterms show, a lot has changed since 2008.  Whereas Obama and the Democrats reigned supreme in 2008, they have now lost control of the House of Representatives to a resurgent Republican Party and are threatened with a full-scale rout in 2012.  While it might be easy for the Republican Establishment to become complacent about the prospects, conservatives should prepare for the showdown by fully understanding why the Republicans were beaten in 2008, and how that defeat is relevant to preparations for 2012.

Barack Obama won and John McCain lost primarily due to the following: Read the rest of this entry »

Obama Rips Off the Tea Party Brand With “Orlando Tea Party”

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By Le Corbeaunoir

The ballot qualified “TEA Party” is not the only non-Tea Party Movement group coveting the term “tea party” and attempting to deny or degrade its use by the Tea Party Movement:  It appears that Barack Obama and his presidential campaign organization, Organizing for America (OFA), are attempting to co-opt the Tea Party “brand” with the publication of a website called “Orlando Tea Party.” Read the rest of this entry »

Pinellas Legislative Delegation and Circuit Court Bench Become More Conservative

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By Spartacus Thrace

Elections do have consequences, and one palpable consequence of the November 2 election is that the legislative and judicial branches of government in Pinellas County have gotten more conservative, and more Republican.

In the legislative races, all Republican incumbents were returned and two long-serving “moderate” Democrat incumbents, Janet Long and Bill Heller, lost their seats in the House of Representatives to conservative Republican challengers Larry Ahern and Jeff Brandes. The election of Larry Ahern is particularly significant in that he was in a three-way race against a moderate female Democrat with vastly superior financial support for her campaign and a female candidate from the so-called “TEA Party” who some observers believe was a ringer who entered the race with with the sole purpose of drawing votes away from Ahern. Read the rest of this entry »

Ballot-Qualified TEA Party Fares Poorly in Florida Midterms

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By Le Corbeaunoir

The ballot-qualified TEA Party, also known by its detractors as the “fake” Tea Party, fared poorly in Florida’s November 2, 2010 midterm elections.

The TEA Party has been thought by some observers to be part of a plot involving controversial figures Doug Guetzloe, Fred O’Neal, Congressman Alan Grayson (who lost his re-election bid) and other notorious figures to siphon conservative voters away from Republican candidates, as discussed in an earlier post on this blog.  In the end, the TEA Party candidates garnered relatively few votes and had scant effect on the outcomes of the races they each ran in. Few of the TEA Party candidates did anything more than qualify for the ballot and after the blogoshere exposed the scheme, it may actually have caused votes that would have otherwise gone to the Democrats to be cast as “TEA Party” protest votes, compounding the overall losses suffered by the Democratic Party in this election.

The results of every contest in which a TEA Party candidate ran, are as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

Comparison of Group 27 Judicial Candidates Keith Meyer and Jeff O’Brien

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By Spartacus Thrace

The Sixth Judicial Circuit Group 27 (Pasco and Pinellas counties) runoff election to be determined on November 2, 2010 is a race between experienced attorneys Keith Meyer and Jeff O’Brien, who came in first and second, respectively, in a four-candidate field competing in the August 24th primary election. According to official results of the August 24th primary election, Meyer came in first with 52,327 votes (31.1% of the total cast), and O’Brien came in second with 45,216 votes (26.8% of the total cast). The bottom two candidates, LeAnne Lake (28,666 votes or 17% of the total) and Kelly McKnight (42,219 votes or 25.1% of the total) were eliminated. It is because none of the candidates received in excess of 50% of the vote that the top two vote-getters are in a runoff election. An analysis of the primary election results for all of the Sixth Circuit judicial candidates has appeared in an earlier post on this blog.

Keith Meyer

Keith Meyer

L. Keith Meyer, Jr. received his B.A. with Honors in History from Florida State University in 1999 and his law degree from Florida State University in 2000. He began his legal career serving for a few years as a prosecutor in the Office of the State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit (Pasco and Pinellas Counties), where he worked in both the Misdemeanor and Felony Divisions. After leaving the State Attorney’s Office Meyer went into private practice, handling a broad range of criminal and civil cases.  He has no military experience.  His civic involvement predates his departure from the State Attorney’s Office and includes serving as a Board Member of Religious Community Services, Inc. (which includes a food bank, a shelter for abused spouses, and homeless assistance), being an active Rotarian, and various pro bono work.

Keith Meyer has been running nonstop for this office since September 18, 2009, when he filed with the Florida Secretary of State.  He has a campaign website and a Facebook page, and he is endorsed by State Attorney Bernie McCabe, Public Defender Bob Dillinger, Clerk of Courts Ken Burke, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodges 10 and 43, the St. Petersburg Times, and scores of prominent citizens in Pasco and Pinellas counties. According to campaign finance records, in the period September 18, 2009 through October 8, 2010 Meyer received $59,873.75 in monetary contributions, and $9,896.99 in in-kind donations, had no loans, and had campaign expenditures of $56,538.93. Read the rest of this entry »

Gus Bilirakis Predicts 50-Seat Gain for Republicans in Midterms

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Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.)

By Le Corbeaunoir

(October 11, 2010 @ 10:00 PM) — Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), representing Florida’s 9th District in the United States House of Representatives, spoke in plain, blunt terms in his 15-minute address to the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC) this evening:  The first and enduring task of a Republican-controlled House will be the reversal of the socialist agenda of the Obama Administration.  Repeal of Obamacare, according to Bilirakis, will be the Republicans’ highest priority, and the process will entail piece by piece dismantling and defunding.  For the scores of Republican faithful in attendance, the speech was pure gold.

The crowd of Republican activists was enthusiastically receptive to the Congressman’s message. Citing the “energy in the room,” Bilirakis went on to invoke New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as a positive example of what Republicans can accomplish even in areas of the country dominated by the Democrats.  The Congressman called on the Republicans in the room to make a difference in the upcoming elections and to hold the anticipated new Republican majority in Congress accountable. Read the rest of this entry »

We Have Arrived

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This is an experiment.

A group of like-minded conservatives has gotten together to publish an occasional blog about local politics.  By “local” we mean (1) Pinellas County, (2) Tampa Bay, and (3) Florida, in that order.  The attempt will be to provide detailed information, and some commentary, about local politics of the type that does not normally appear in the local media or on other blogs, and to contribute to the great debate about where our country is headed as we approach the 2010 midterm elections.

The Editors

Written by Spartacus Thrace

November 23, 2009 at 2:26 pm

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