By Edward Ring  
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy at the California Policy Center

California’s Republican party has nothing to lose. They’ve lost every battleground district. The Democrats are going to do whatever they want in the legislature. Corporate interests are cultivating competing factions among the Democrats. All the smart money is with the Democrats because the Republicans don’t matter anymore. California’s GOP should seize this opportunity. This is a tremendous moment.




On social media you see a lot of people saying that this candidate or that candidate is “stealing delegates.” There is no such thing. First of all, it implies something illegal, or at best, nefarious. It is neither. Secondly, there is no way you can “steal” delegates.



Here is a website that will answer all your questions about what happens at the Republican Convention in Cleveland in July, 2016.



Nominating Trump would be a disaster for the Republican Party.


In the interest of full disclosure, I support a candidate other than Donald Trump. However I have written this article, not for the benefit of the candidate I support, but because I love this country, and I believe in my heart that nominating Donald Trump will not be in the best interest of the Republican Party or of America.  Donald Trump is not a political candidate, in the traditional sense. He is a cultural phenomenon. His appeal is his brashness, his rudeness, his over-the-top rhetoric, his bullying, his celebrity.
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As recently as 1956, nearly 39 percent of blacks voted Republican in that year’s presidential election. After the Civil War, Abe Lincoln’s Republican Party easily carried the black vote — where blacks were allowed to vote. Unwelcome in the Democratic Party, most blacks voted Republican and continued to do so through the early part of the 20th century. It wasn’t until 1948 when 77 percent of the black vote went to Harry Truman, who had desegregated the military, that a majority of blacks identified themselves as Democrats.


My Interview with ArtChix Magazine

My Interview with ArtChix Magazine

I was interviewed by the editor of ArtChix Magazine. In it I express my opinion on Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, 2012 Republican Presidential candidates and much more.


Q: How do you think this perception became so entrenched?

The perception of Republicans come from two places, I believe. One is the Republicans of the past. Republicans in the first half of the 20th century were the wealthy. They were the captains of industry and the members of elite country clubs. John D. Rockefeller comes to mind. The Democrats were the party of labor – the working man. That is the way it was. That is not the way it is.

These days, the super-wealthy in this country are Democrats and the working middle class are mostly Republican. Roles have essentially been reversed, but the old perceptions persist. The public doesn’t realize that most major public company Presidents are Democrats. They probably don’t know that virtually all the Wall Street moguls are Democrats. Most investment bankers are Democrats. The 25 most wealthy on the Forbes 400 list are Democrats. The presidents of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are Democrats. The four wealthiest men on the planet, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, George Soros and Larry Ellison are all Democrats. Republicans are the shop owners, the engineer, the accountant, the small business owner. In other words, the middle class. Democrats are now the upper class and the lower class. The very wealthy and the very poor, for the most part. Republicans are in the middle.

If you ask the average man on the street he will tell you that Republicans are rich and greedy. He will tell you that Republicans control all the corporations and wealth and Democrats are the struggling middle class. He will be totally wrong. Ask him to identify a wealthy, greedy Republican, however, and he will not be able to do it. It is all perception, and a very inaccurate one at that.

The other reason is that the press continues to paint Republicans as being rich, greedy and, yes, mean-spirited. The preponderance of newspaper reporters and newspaper owners are Democrats, or are independents who vote for and support Democrats. Republicans do not get fairly represented in the average newspaper or TV news station.

Read the full interview here.

Rudy Giuliani speaks to the California GOP

Rudy Giuliani speaks to the California GOP


Presidential contender Rudy Giuliani gave a rousing talk about his vision of the future at the California Republican Party Convention in Sacramento today. This post is rather long, but I want to provide more of his 45 minute talk rather than providing snippets or sound bites so you can get the essence of the man. Full disclosure dictates that I inform you that I will be supporting Rudy Giuliani for President in 2008. The following post is not my opinion, however, it is a relating of much of his speech at the Republican Convention today.

The Mayor began his talk by saying, “I like straight talk, and telling the truth.”

He called Ronald Reagan the greatest Republican in the last 100 years. He felt that Reagan was successful in winning the hearts of Americans because he embodied a positive future vision for America. He was an eternal optimist. He stated that Reagan knew how to bring people in – to grow the party – by making the party the party of the future. The goal for Reagan was to make America better for the next generation.

Ronald Reagan, despite opposition from all sides, saw as his goal the defeat of Communism. Rudy sees as his goal the defeat of Islamic terror.

Rudy postulated that American ideals come from God. That we are engaged in a war, but it isn’t just a military war. It is also a debate, which we can win. It is a war of ideas.

Republican Party the party of freedom.

He went on to say that the Republican Party is the Party of Freedom. It is the Party of Lincoln. If we are interested in reviving our party then we must emphasize what we stand for, not what we are against. We have to emphasize that we are at our best when we expand freedom.

He stated that he reduced crime in New York because if you live in an environment of fear, or an environment of tyranny, you are not free. That is the way Iraqis are now living in Baghdad, and we are attempting to do the same thing there that Rudy did in New York – clean up the streets and create an environment that removes fear and tyranny. In other words, bring them freedom.

He then went on to talk about how he cleaned up New York. When he came into the office of Mayor there were 1.1 Million people on welfare. There were 2,000 felonies being committed in the city a week. The city had a $3 Billion deficit. He looked at the situation and decided that you solve problems like these from a position of strength, not weakness, from a position of optimism not pessimism.

He gave freedom to New Yorkers by cutting the welfare roles in half. He felt that it was better to give people a hand up than a handout. He cut the crime rate substantially and went from a $3 Billion deficit to a $2 Billion surplus. He reduced taxes 27 times during his administration. He found it consistent each time he did it that revenue increased. The city would collect more revenue from lower taxes than from higher.


As far as schools are concerned, he wants to take the evaluation of schools away from bureaucrats and give it to parents. He says that the Republican Party is for parents and the Democratic Party for bureaucrats.

Health Care

With health coverage, he noted that the U.S. has the best health care in the world. When was the last time someone went to another country to get a heart operation or major surgery? They are all coming here from other countries to get medical treatment.

We have problems in our health care system, he stated, but we also have great strengths. We can use Republican principles of free markets to solve our problems. He then gave some examples of expanding health savings accounts, reforming judicial awards, giving insurance companies incentives to issue private policies without mandates. Government should not be involved in health care decisions, according to Giuliani. Those decisions should only be between the patient and his or her doctor.

Non-binding resolution

Giuliani says,

“I don’t get non-binding resolutions. In the business world, if you spent two weeks working on a non-binding resolution it would be considered non-productive. It is a comment without making a decision. We have Tim Russert, Sean Hannity and other commentators who can make comments. We pay our legislators to make decisions.”

He went on to say that we are fortunate to have George W. Bush as our President at this time. He doesn’t test the wind, but goes ahead and makes decisions. Presidents, he said, don’t have the luxury of making non-binding resolutions. They have to make decisions. “That is the kind of President I want to be” he stated.

War on Terror

Rudy feels we need to remind people around the world about America. America is not about war. America is about peace. However, we learned that you achieve peace through strength, not weakness. He feels that every American, whether you agree with the war in Iraq or not, should support and pray for the success of our troops in Iraq. He says he visited a navy base earlier in the week. He related that he asked them to tell him about Iraq. He said, “I am not the President, don’t tell me what you think I want to hear, tell me the truth.” They told him, “Tell the American people that we know what we are doing. Give us a chance to get it right.” Giuliani says that is a consistent message he hears from our servicemen.

He went on to say that as far as Iraq is concerned, we have to get it right. If we don’t it will be a continuing threat to America and to our allies.

The first Republican president (Lincoln) faced similar circumstances. He committed the country into the Civil War saying it would be over in six months. Two years later we were still at war and things had gone really badly. There were many casualties and war was still being waged. People were frustrated. There were draft riots in New York. Newspapers were calling for an end to the war. People were saying to forget it and bring the troops home. However, Lincoln had a vision. He wanted to end slavery and free the slaves. He would not be deterred from that goal. Giuliani goes on to say that Lincoln was our greatest president because he had a vision for the future, knew he would succeed, and let nothing stand in his way.

Reagan, Guiliani says, also in spite of opposition from the American people and the media, knew he would defeat Communism. Newspaper editorials at the time said that Reagan was going to get us into a nuclear war. They editorialized that we were wasting resources and that we would never defeat the Soviet Union. Reagan, too, had a vision, knew he would succeed and wouldn’t be deterred.

He then went on to say that the War on Terror is more like the Cold War than like World War II. It will take a lot of time to ultimately prevail, just as the Cold War did. He says that he, like Lincoln and like Reagan, has a vision for the future, knows he will succeed and won’t be deterred. He says that he knows we will prevail in the war on terror because he has seen what Americans are made of. He then went on to describe the heroism and selflessness of the firefighters, police and rescue workers on 9/11.

He concluded his talk by saying that people who live in freedom have more strength and more optimism than people who don’t. “We need leadership that reflects that strength and optimism and moves America toward the future. You get to decide who that is.”

A Letter to Jewish Republicans:

A Letter to Jewish Republicans:
My good friend, Bobbi Leigh Zito, wrote this letter to Jewish Republicans. I am republishing it here.

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Not. One. Dime.

Send a copy of Captain’s Quarters essay, “Not One Dime.” to our Republican leadership.

Ed Morrissey says that this is an off-year. We can safely let our leaders know that they have to get some spine or they don’t get our money.


News flash: if we can’t reverse the generations-long trend of increasing judicial activism, the act of passing legislation will eventually be rendered meaningless. The judges, as we have seen, will simply continue to legislate from the bench, ignoring Congress and the Executive and transforming us from a representative democracy to a secular mullahcracy, where lifetime appointments in black robes make all the decisions for us.

That’s what the Republicans warned about when they campaigned in 2002 and 2004. Now it’s time to step up and do something about it — but despite their greater numbers and a clear signal from the electorate that rejects obstructionists (see Tom Daschle’s enforced retirement), the GOP suddenly quails at the thought of taking action.

I have been a loyal member of the GOP since I cast my first vote. I have worked campaigns and championed candidates well before I ever posted anything on my blog at CQ. However, with the defection of John McCain and the lack of any real response from party leadership on the issue, I have to take a stand and demand either action or accountability — and this is the time to do it.

Not. One. Dime. The next time Ken Mehlman sends you a request for money, that’s the message he needs to get back. We ponied up in 2004, and in 2002, and in 2000. The GOP not only has not delivered, its current leadership won’t even try. Frist and Rick Santorum claim they don’t have the votes. Balderdash — they don’t have the leadership to get the votes. I’m not going to fund or support people who won’t try to win, especially when the issue is so important.

Not. One. Dime. We’re not in an election year, so this makes it easy for the Republicans to get this message to party leaders. No balls, no Blue Chips, boys. I don’t mean just for the Senate, either. I mean for the entire Republican party. Feeding a fever may be good medicine, but feeding a failure only makes it last longer. Perhaps hunger will work where courage has so obviously failed.

Not. One. Dime. And when a vote does come, those Republicans who wind up supporting the minority’s extortion over the majority in defiance of the Constitution will never see another dime from me — but their opponents will, at every level of contest. Honestly, with Republicans like these in the Senate, we may as well have Democrats.

Not. One. Dime. If Bill Frist can’t lead the GOP, then let’s get rid of him now and find someone with the stomach for it. As long as he dithers, he’ll never see a dime out of me for any election. Kay Bailey Hutchinson would have more guts and could pull the troops in line better; maybe we should give her a try as Majority Leader for a while.

It’s time to send a real message to the Republicans about their priorities and their lack of leadership. This fight has been brewing for months, and it should have already been resolved by now. If they can’t hack it, then we will find — and fund — the leaders who can.

This is an effective way to get the attention of our leadership.

But Hugh Hewitt says:

But not as effective as letting the senators on the fence know that they are crossing a line with this vote if they vote against the party –a line that means huge financial losses to the party and outright opposition to their re-election or leadership

We need leadership! Now!