Thirty-seven gubernatorial races will litter the political landscape in 2010 which means voters had better enjoy the Holiday Season while it lasts. Come January, the country round will find campaign literature in lieu of Christmas Cards and political yard signs in place of Santa and his lighted reindeer. Closing out their three day conference just outside Austin the Republican Governors Association, as expected, spent much of its time over the course of last week’s conference studying the successes of the 2009 November Election. And not surprisingly, RGA Chairman Governor Mark Sanford wasted no time reflecting upon the similarities of this year’s campaign victories with those realized in the fall of 1993. It was in 1993 that Virginia and New Jersey put Republicans back into their respective Governors Offices. And it was just one year later the Republicans swept the national scene regaining a majority in both the House and the Senate. A 2009 reclamation of their platform as the party of fiscal responsibility, the RGA successfully and emblematically enabled both Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell to recapture the executive seats in those same two states.
Even more detrimental for Democrats, it seems the Republican Community all the way down to the grassroots level is taking notice of the evidently potent formula. In Colorado many were anticipating a potentially divisive Republican Primary much like that which cost the party a victory in 2006. Then in a surprise turn, Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry bowed out of the gubernatorial battle in deference to his more high-profile opponent, Scott McInnis. Many would agree Penry’s gesture suggests Republicans are beginning to catch onto the effectiveness of a unified GOP.
But many are also waiting to see whether the party manages to remain unified. The legislative motivations of the social conservatives as compared with those of their fiscal counterparts have long been a party challenge. And driven by non-negotiable rationale on both sides, most Republicans have surrendered to the prospect of a permanent division. But Republicans have something this year that they did have just one year ago: an internationally weak president with a penchant for spending. And what Barack Obama brings to the table is the same sort of imprudent, naïve Jimmy Carter sort of politics that brought about Ronald Reagan in 1980.
Ronald Reagan tapped into the core frustration of the 1980 voter and the GOP must do the same in 2010. As evidenced by this year’s November outcomes voters are ready for a new surge of political leadership, the sort committed to the principals of limited government and fiscal responsibility. And while the Democrats remain obliviously preoccupied with their 2074 page healthcare bill, Republicans are taking notice of the voter outcry for fiscal responsibility.
In Colorado, the party has already begun it’s unification around that very message. In a Denver Post article on November 19th, Mike Rosen outlined a Republican contract, so to speak, with the State of Colorado. Of key significance, the unified message was drafted by once anticipated GOP Gubernatorial rivals, Scott McInnis, Josh Penry and Tom Tancredo not to mention Dick Wadhams and other key Republican leaders. Aside from political newcomer Dan Maes, about whom Colorado Republicans still have a great deal to learn, it seems Scott McInnis might be well on his way to a unified party backing in the 2010 battle. And our eye on that 2010 ball, the American Cincinnatus Project has decided to join forces with local business owner Bill Nickell for the hosting of various A.P.C. Republican Candidate Forums throughout the 2010 battle.
Between now and Colorado’s 2010 Primary, Golden Grounds Coffee alongside the American Cincinnatus Project will host countless candidate meet and greets specifically designed with Colorado’s Republican voter in mind. On Saturday, December 5th, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Dan Maes will be the first to visit Nickell’s Golden Grounds Coffee in an effort to share his plans for the future of Colorado. If you are interested in taking matters into your own hands and learning about your Republican Candidates up close and personal this is your chance to do so. Dan Maes is the newest name to Colorado’s GOP Community. Maes, a successful business owner and developer, will elaborate upon his successes as a business man as well as the manner in which he intends to translate those experiences into a more prosperous Colorado. With a Federal Government still oblivious to the massive burdens strangling our nation’s small business sector, Maes’ vision for a more business friendly state could not be timelier.
For more information about the A.C.P.’s Dan Maes Meet and Greet please contact Laura Stansbury with the American Cincinnatus Project at email@example.com.