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    Operation Counterweight, the electoral strategy for the rest of us

    Operation Counterweight, the electoral strategy for the rest of us

    Thanks to commenter Mutnodjmet for reminding me:

    PS.  Just to let you know, in light of Palin’s decision, I am promoting OPERATION COUNTERWEIGHT quite heavily.

    The reference is to my post in early June, Commence Operation Counterweight:

    Why do I have this feeling that the back-stabbing and petty politics of the Republican insiders are going to leave me completely unexcited about the presidential campaign, and more focused on electing conservatives to Congress as a counterweight to the (hoped for) new Republican President?

    Fight for the Republican nominee we want and the defeat of Obama, but also commence preparations for Operation Counterweight.

    That will be my strategy for 2012, focusing on critical races in which we can elect Republicans willing to stand up to the Republican President who will take the oath of office in January 2013, and keep the Republican Speaker of the House and Republican Senate Majority Leader from repeating the mistakes of the past.

    (Suggestions of candidates/races to focus on always welcome.  With redistricting still in progress, it’s harder to identify candidates who meet the criteria: (1) must be a conservative Republican (preferably with a Tea Party background), not third parties; (2) must be a swing district, i.e., a potentially vulnerable Republican or chance to flip a Democratic seat; and (3) must not already have national attention and fundraising .)


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    Aggie95 | October 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Lou Barletta out of PA …he won in a district ( mine ) that is about 3 to 1 democrat …he beat 13 term Kanjorski and he will get a little help with redistricting but the DCCC has him on their target list ….send money guns and lawyers

      PrincetonAl in reply to Aggie95. | October 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      Yes, I have (Democratic liberal) relatives who live in that district. Kanjorski was the worst. The videos of his corrupt dealings in clean energy (solar and stuff) were fabulous stuff to expose – a permanent Solyndra in the making as it were, as some of that stuff goes back a decade or more, and a reminder that the Solyndra is a surprise only for its scale and publicity. Otherwise its business as usual.

      Good riddance, I agree let’s keep it that way.

    JEBurke | October 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    You are really getting ahead of yourself, Professor. In addition to the little matter of actually defeating Obama, even with a Republican President, no big deal changes (eg, Obamacare) will even be possible without GOP control of the Senate. Boosting a few conservatives for House seats will, in contrast, have only a very marginal impact.

    The intense focus should be on winning these Senate seats currently held by Democrats: Nelson (NE), Open (ND), Tester (MT), McCaskill (MO), Nelson (FL), Webb (VA), Brown (OH). At the same time, holding all current GOP seats is equally important, and there are four or five other Senate seats that could turn out to be competitive.

      William A. Jacobson in reply to JEBurke. | October 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      For a small blog like this, it’s better to focus on House races, particularly in a presidential election year. All competitive Senate races will be national in scope, with tons of outside money and professional media staff. We can make more of a difference in congressional races that are under the national radar. I’m not excluding Senate races, just being realistic as to where we can make the most impact.

        PrincetonAl in reply to William A. Jacobson. | October 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm

        In general, perhaps. But I think you had a huge impact on the Scott Brown race. You influenced me greatly on that one.

        Admittedly it was a special election, but while I agree with you overall that some focused efforts will get more results … don’t underestimate yourself.

        So, I think a few Republican Senate primaries as warm-ups to the House races in the fall might not be a bad idea at all (I know, I’m beating a favorite theme here).

        JEBurke in reply to William A. Jacobson. | October 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm

        Not so small anymore, eh?

      The Tea Party proved its value this year when 20 House Tea Party conservatives stood the one-party Congress on its head despite the GOP leadership protesting that being just 1/2 of 1/3 of the government, they were powerless. Those 20 had power beyond their numbers because they were fighting for what the majority of Americans believe in despite being 1/12 of that 1/2 of the 1/3 that wouldn’t fight. Being right matters when “two” parties are conspiring to further the same globalist agenda and the minority won’t keep quiet about it. Elections still matter.

      If we fail to prevent the GOP leadership from again orchestrating the nomination of their typical liberal Democrat candidate, it won’t matter much who the next president is, particularly since Obama is not likely to be the Dem candidate. We should then all concentrate on Operation Counterweight since we have already proved that we can be effective with only 20 House members. Imagine what 100 could do. The Senate is hopeless whether it is run by Dems or Reps.

    ironghost | October 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Sen Wicker in MS is up, but he seems to be a decent guy. Cochran is up in 2014, and he’s in need of a retirement.

    Ah, the recognition of value in competing interests to keep the honest people honest, and to hold the corrupted and others who choose to fail accountable for their actions. There really is no viable alternative to the market, especially in politics.

    Ipso Facto | October 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    This is a fabulous thread. Now we’re thinking about exactly how to accomplish our objectives vs spouting off and venting about the Democrats socialist agenda.

    Yes, I too am very frustrated, however, unless we look at how to win elections, the merit of our arguments will be for naught.

    I look forward to more about this Operation Counterweight. Brave to you Prof. J!

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