Nashua Telegraph Snubs GOP Committee Meeting

The Nashua Telegraph’s progressive tendencies are frequently on display but never more so than in this mornings Sunday print edition.  There is not one mention of the Republican State Committee meeting that went on for five hours, nor the election of any officers including the new Chairman Jack Kimball.

News 9 was there.  CNN was interested.  The UK Telegraph and a host of nationals were watching, claiming that this could be a bellwether for the strength of TEA party influence in the whole of the United States.  You’d think that might be newsworthy?

But over at the Nashua Telegraph there is no print story, no news digest blurb, even Kevin Landrigan’s weekly round up which consumes many column inches of valuable newsprint real-estate makes no hint that every major Republican office holder was in Derry yesterday or that an impressive 426 party electors showed up to make their preferences known.

So what, 2:50 pm in the afternoon is past the print deadline?

This is blatant, but hardly surprising.  The Nashua Telegraph is New Hampshire’s progressive paper of record. And it drools its left leaning preferences over a half-dozen or more local town papers through the Cabinet press.  It regularly publishes policy screeds on democrat agenda items from left wing PAC and Policy leaders as ‘editorials,’ and it is more than entitled to do so.  They could print Marx and Engels if they wanted to.  But it would go a long way towards demonstrating some effort at impartial reporting if they could be bothered to mention the GOP Committee Meeting even happened.

Of course I am not completely convinced it is not in there somewhere. I confess that I did not check the classifieds.  But then, why should I have to?  And that’s the point.

Note: It’s not mentioned anywhere on the front page at either.


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NHRVC Endorses Jack Thorsen For GOP Area 2 Vice Chair

As you may have heard, NHRVC endorsed candidate for Area 2 Vice Chair, Chris Buck has decided to drop out of the race.
Jack Thorsen, who entered this race several weeks after we endorsed Chris, is now NHRVC’s endorsed candidate for this position. As most of you already know, Jack is a solid conservative and a hard working activist who has been a longtime member of our group.
And you have to respect the fact that he’s been doing this for years in the Democrat controlled Portsmouth area, so he obviously has a strong commitment to conservatism and is not afraid to take on tough challenges.
If you’re eligible to vote at Saturday’s GOP meeting, please vote for Jack Thorsen for Area 2 Vice Chair. And help spread the word about Jack to your GOP friends.
Here is Jack’s email if you have any questions:

Pam Manney For NH GOP Assistant Secretary

Pamela ManneyI would like to give a personal endorsement for Assistant Secretary for the New Hampshire Republican Party to Pamela Manney.  Ive known Pam for several years now, and worked along side her as an activist.  She has a level of commitment and dedication to the party and the platform that make her an exceptional asset.

Pam is a two term state rep, a town committee chair, and the current corresponding secretary for the Hillsborough County GOP committee.  I’ve been at sign waves with Pam, debated policy on line and in person, worked to with her to help get principled conservatives elected all over the state, and even spoken at her town committee meeting.  I can think of no one I know more qualified for the position.

So please take a moment this Saturday, January 22nd to cast a vote for Pamela Manney for Assistant Secretary.


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How To Know You Have A Winner

You can just tell when you have a winner.  It becomes more important for your opponents to smear your candidate than to promote theirs. It’s all about scare tactics.  The noise machine.  The echo chamber.  Creating a narrative.  And the media and the career party folks all seem like they are on the same side frantically offering doomsday scenarios to sow doubt.

I think they are afraid that their grasp on power is about to be diminished, their influence crushed, maybe even destroyed.  So they lash out and attack, without sense or reason, not for the good of anything or anyone but themselves and their elite little cocktail party guest list grasp on political power.

And that’s just the Bergeron-Republicans In New Hampshire.

Don’t get me started about the democrats.

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Unite Behind What?

In Keeping with governor Sununu’s concern about party unity let me be perfectly clear.  We are united…in our pursuit of the  best possible candidates to protect and defend the constitution of the state and the nation, and the principles of the platform before the politics of the party.  Though I must confess, there are a few of us who are more concerned with who they know and how long they have known them.  So I find these remarks from a talented yet consummate insider amusing.

Sununu said he was “a little bit disappointed about some of the divisive comments that have been made by some of Jack’s supporters. That is not the way to bring the party together and it does Jack a disservice because it gives the impression that his support is coming from people who would rather divide than unite. “There are people who like to accuse other people of not being conservative enough,” Sununu said. “Well, hell, we elected the most conservative House and conservative state Senate the state has ever seen.” Sununu said if she is elected he will “do whatever I’m asked to do as long as it doesn’t impose too much of a time call on me again.” He said he would speak to the business community or “pull committees together.”

Not for nothing governor but the NH GOP helped, and we thank you, but this is all about talk talk talk, the process of properly airing and vetting concerns, from which no one is immune.  And last time I checked, no one–yourself included–has stepped up to call the “concerns” expressed about Jack divisive.

I find that to be a bit one-sided.  I suppose I’ll be called a misogynist next for not favoring the girl in the race?  I’d love that by the way.  It has been a few weeks since someone made that mistake.

As for “bringing the party together,” it is not a notion in a vacuum nor desirable if the product moves us in the wrong direction.  Unity, more often than not, is the product of a force of nature whose clarity about the goal or mission is so clear that people gather round to listen and then feel compelled to act.  Julianna Bergeron may be faithful and competent from the perspective of a party insider, but so is a good accountant.  That does not make them capable of leading and inspiring a movement.

So I reserve the right to be what you call divisive because that is how the politics of politics is sometimes played, and I do not change the rules simply because I am talking about the Republican Party.

If Juliana wins I will support her as much as she deserves, same as Jack.  Until then, I’m looking for something outside the box, because that was how we got where we are today, and I like the view from here.


Quote Source from John DiStaso-Tuesday 1-4-11 Union Leader

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He Hasn’t Paid His Dues

It has come to my attention that sometimes having the qualities necessary to get the job done are irrelevant.  And that seems to be the opinion of some establishment republicans who have admitted that while Jack Kimball would probably be a great party Chairmen, this sliver of old-guard regulars can’t cast a vote for him because he has not paid his dues.

This is the kind of narrow thinking that got us into trouble and put progressives back in power.  And it is in direct contradiction to the movement that has put Republicans back in power (In New Hampshire) and in control of the US House in DC.  That means “paying your dues” puts you on the wrong side of the only reason you have any power now at all.

So this isn’t your fathers GOP.

What we have here is the GNP, the Grand New Party, and there is nothing better to stoke the youthful fire of a reinvigorated movement than new leadership that understands not just how best to utilize that energy but which understands that making decisions about leadership cannot be based just on who paid their dues.  Let’s be honest.  If we wanted people who have been milling around the dying fires of a disconnected party apparatus we’d still be in the minority.  And if that is the pivot on which your vote turns for Chairman, Committeeman, or much else, perhaps you can do your party a favor and find something better to do on January 22nd than show to up at the convention.

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