One Day Later…

To say I am shocked is an understatement. Last night was the wildest election I have followed since I started voting. I am absolutely stunned. Some good, mostly bad, but completely and absolutely stunned. I just don’t understand what was going through the voters’ heads.

The mission of our local TEA Party organization was to educate the voters, and it’s clear the local TEA parties had absolutely no effect on the outcome of this election. While I think they had a profound effect on the message during the campaign, they had no effect on the voters decision when choosing candidates.

A few candidates won on name recognition alone, and others who busted their ass, won 98% of the straw polls statewide, and gave it everything they had, ended up being kicked to the curb prematurely.

It’s clear that the Republican voters of Georgia did not pick the best candidate to run against Roy Barnes in November. Sure, we still have a run-off on August 10th, but neither Karen Handel nor Nathan Deal are the best candidate for the job. Both of them are better alternatives than Roy Barnes, but they don’t hold a candle to others where liberty and fiscal conservatism are concerned.

With the governors race we have a surrogate showdown between Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin. Gingrich has endorsed Deal and Palin has endorsed Handel. This makes the perfect “career politician” surrogate showdown, with actual career politicians in the candidate as well as endorsing positions.

Doesn’t this make you feel like their way of telling you to “assume the position”?

With the availability of information on the internet, there is no excuse for not researching the best candidate. People have really proven how lazy they are, because voter turn out was extremely low too.

Ten percent of the people have determined the course of the general election for the remainder of the population. I would have thought that conservatives (and independents) across the state would have stepped up to make their voices heard last night, and all we got was the sound of the dedicated few who support incumbents and career politicians.

Republicans in Georgia had a chance to prove they had evolved into a better political party with a mindset on liberty, smaller government, and a return to the values of our founding fathers, but instead they handed the primary election over to the career politicians who got us in this mess in the first place.

Disgusted doesn’t even begin to explain what I am feeling.

Conservatives in general have evolved, but those who just call themselves conservatives are still taking the easy road by listening to one particular talking head at a time and ignoring the issues that matter most.

Yeah, to say I am disgusted is definitely an understatement. 😉

Tomorrow’s The Big Day!

Tomorrow is primary day here in Georgia. It’s been a long and grueling campaign for some candidates, while a couple of incumbents have skated by with no opposition.

Whether you are a registered Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or independent (like me), make sure you get out there tomorrow and vote. Mid-term elections are notorious for extremely low voter turnout, and your vote could literally make the difference whether or not your candidate makes it to the general election.

I voted last Friday afternoon, so I could sit home tomorrow and watch the exit polls and keep my eye glued to the election returns. People say it all the time, but this year is probably the most important mid-term election of my generation (and I am not that young anymore). With out-of-control spending, an out-of-control Congress, and an egomaniacal out-of-control President, we need to elect candidates that will get our country back on track and stop the downward spiral our country is taking.

I am confident that many of the candidates I voted for will win their primary campaigns, and I look forward to voting for them again in the upcoming general election. Once we get this mid-term cycle straightened out, we can all focus on 2012!

My new bumpersticker

The Beginning Of The End

As I sit here tonight beginning this message it appears that Danny Tarkanian, my candidate of choice to face Harry Reid in the general election, will not be advancing to the general election. That’s a shame really, because Danny would have made a very fine Senator from the state of Nevada.

There is a silver lining to this result from the Silver State, however, in the fact that Sharron Angle won the primary handily. Sharron will also make a fine Senator, although I think it will be a bit tougher for her to beat Harry Reid. As long as she beats him, anyway.

I cannot tell you how elated I am that Sue Lowden lost as well. If Danny coudln’t win, at least he didn’t lose to someone of the likes of Sue Lowden. Once again, I am not going to go into my dislike for her right now. It doesn’t really matter now. It’s time we all focus on sending Harry Reid home to Searchlight, by supporting Sharron Angle. Good luck, Sharron.

The U.S. Senate primary race may have been the most important race of the night, but I was thrilled to see the results from the State Assembly District #22 race.

If you’ve read my ‘about‘ page then you’ll know that Mr. Stewart was my high school government teacher, and I was happy to see that he won the primary race tonight. Congratulations, Mr. Stewart! Good luck in the general election.

It’s shaping up to be one of the most exciting (and critical) mid-term elections of our generation. No matter how I look at it, it looks like the beginning of the end for Harry Reid’s career in Washington, D.C. Make sure you get out there and vote.