No More Negativism–Stop the One Party State Stuff

Memo to John Sigler My friend, you are smart, capable, and competent. You did not run for reelection to preside over the demise of the party you love, but to revive it. Please talk like it. It is okay to say the Democrats are behaving with the arrogance of a one party state, but we are here to change that. If you say we are a one party state, it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Try raising money when the donors come back with why throw my money away, your party chairman says it is a one party state. We have lost 30 volunteers in the last 6 weeks to the Independent Party of Delaware because they are willing to grow and fight. The what, IPOD–how do we lose people to a little party that couldn’t fill a back room in a small restaurant last year for a convention? The Libertarians are growing to the point where they put up almost as many candidates as we do, IPOD has over 3500 registered voters. Many other talented people are cutting back on the party and investing their time in ideological organizations. At least we can get them back next year. The Democrats are taunting us. According to Delaware Grapevine, the state chairman had this to say:
“I want to take just one shot at my Republican counterparts. One of their spokesmen made the statement this is a one-party state, and that’s a bad thing. . . . I absolutely, positively agree with the Republican Party,” Daniello said. “I want to challenge that party, the party of ‘no,’ to get a goal. . . . If only we could get the Republicans to start arguing with us. I invite them to argue with you all. We’ll win that debate, and we’ll win the election. If they don’t change, yes, our mission, our goal, is a one-party state.
This post is not to castigate you or the leadership, it is to encourage. If I did not believe, I would not waste my time. I have been invited by some people that I respect to join the Democratic Party. I would accept their invitation if I really believed this were a one party state and it was hopeless. If it were a one party state, why am I here? No, I know better, besides, I am a believer. Republicans had a 20 year swing, Democrats are having theirs. They are at the end of their cycle. Of course, we can choose to extend it, but they seem to be out of energy and are getting increasingly out of touch with large segments of the state. The first step in winning in 2014 is to set realistic goals. I have no doubt that we can break the super majority in the State Senate. I believe that we can do it in the house as well. I could list target seats, for instance the 10th senate and if Senator Venables retires the 21st senate seat. It would take a bit of miracle recruitment to take the senate, one would have to take the 17th in Dover which is unlikely given that he is a member of both the bond and JFC now therefore will be able to raise a ton of money and the lack of support for local candidates. I think a takeover can happen in 4 years. I can see the House, the 9th district had 5000 votes for either Romney or Johnson. President Obama had less than a 400 vote majority. Rebecca Walker is vulnerable. In the 14th Rep district, Romney only lost by 168 votes. In the state Rep race, the libertarian took around 1000 votes as the only opposition. Rep. Schwartzo should be an obvious target and the district needs to be organized today. That is two pick ups possible in NCC. That alone would break the supermajority. Pick up another in Kent and you would be on the way to making the House up for grabs in 2016. Protect Tom Wagner and our new freshmen. There are other possibilities, but I am just illustrating for everyone how doable this is. I know that you believe in a turn around. Let’s start selling one. I believe the 2014 election will be a good one if we stop defeating ourselves. We need to tap into the energy of our volunteers and raise money. We need to identify our voters. We need to bring in new people with fun and educational events. We need to use new technology to build a community. The Democrats have given us plenty of issues on which we can build coalitions. The first step to all of that is not giving people the impression that we are losers. We are contenders on the verge of becoming champions. David Anderson

49 thoughts on “No More Negativism–Stop the One Party State Stuff”

  1. This begs a challenge… If you are not “losers”. then why did you vote in Sigler as chairman for another term?

    If you are not losers, why are the splinter parties growing and your statewide Republican Party is fading into dust?

    If not losers, why is the only statewide candidate you have, in office by attrition and capable of being knocked off by almost any democratic contender who takes him on in this state, Look at the numbers. If you want to keep the auditor, you need to primary Wagner. He’s old, ineffective, and from another era, one that is pre- 2000 and not computer savvy.

    But in truth… it is really all goes back to the first… Why Sigler? The answer I can only come up with, is that the organization itself is tired, beat up, broken down and on its final count, so worn out that it would rather say on the floor and have it be over, than get back up to start hitting back…

    Again, it comes down to the first… Why Sigler? Answer us how with Sigler in charge your party can muster a counter attack no matter how much cajoling the underlings do?

  2. Kavips,

    I’m a history teacher and things do run in cycles.

    Thanks to BHO and the utter apocolypse that was wrought by Ms. O’Donnell the DE GOP has forces beyond their control come in and hurt us bad.

    Tom Ross got every legislative challenger 5 to 7 pieces of mail including 7 for Ms. O’Donnell, yet somehow it’s still his fault she lost by 17 points despite spending 6 million dollar’s thereby surpassing USS Coons by a 2 to 1 margin.

    John saddled up to the job and has made garguantan strides. in terms of listening and planning. All viewpoints are welcomes and listened to.

    He’s a long term planner with a specific goals in mind. His first term was a success and his second will be better.

    Now if only Vance would stay out of the paper for that is not helping anything.

  3. For Chairman Sigler:

    1) Delegates to the Republican State Convention are strongly asked to donate $35, even though the convention fee is not required.

    Set a goal — voluntary but encouraged — for every registered Republican to make a minimum donation of at least $25 per year to the DEGOP. That would be $2,750,000 per year if everyone donated. Of course that won’t happen. But if 15% made the minimum donation that would be $412,500 and it could start a long-term tradition. 25% would be $687,500. That would be in addition to other fund-raising.

    2) Sigler needs to arrange several additional high-profile fund-raising events during the year, perhaps a high-dollar event in Washington, DC

    3) Also encourage every registered Republican to donate at least $25 to their Senate candidate, and $25 each to Statewide candidate.

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    Dave Jones, the non-O’Donnell US Senate candidates both before her and after her each got 29% of the vote. So your argument makes no sense.

    You complain about Christine getting 40% of the vote for US Senate when Mitt Romney also got the exact same 40% of the vote in Delaware for President…

    and the Republican nominee both AFTER and before Christine each got 29% of the vote.

  4. Oh great Theolgian Moseley,

    The woman you sued and lost to spent 6 million dollars in Delaware and lost bad in a GOP year. Mitt Romney spent zero in Delaware and lost as well in a presidential year and still got 40%.
    Gee, if you can’t win with 6 million in a GOP year when the party chairman got you 7 mailers and the other statewides got zero mailers that means you absolutely suck as a candidate.
    You supported this fraud of a grifter and yet still cling to her skirt tails. This is as pitiful as your side kick looking forward to telling his side of the story.
    USS Coons loves you both a great deal.
    i’m curious why aren’t Rubio, Christie, Paul, Perry etc clamoring for your expertise.
    I tried to excuse your lack of knowledge and personal bitterness but you telling me a sinner made all bets are now off.

  5. The GOP is losing because it cares most about God, gays and guns …and most Delaware voters do not.

  6. Dave Jones on May 26, 2013 at 15:30 said: “The woman you sued and lost to spent 6 million dollars in Delaware and lost bad in a GOP year. Mitt Romney spent zero in Delaware and lost as well in a presidential year and still got 40%.”

    But the non-O’Donnell Republican candidate for US Senate in 2012 got only 29% of the vote in the same year in which Mitt Romney got 40% of the vote.

    SO this false excuse of a “GOP year” doesn’t hold.

    Christine O’Donnell got 40% of the vote. Mitt Romney got 40% of the vote. The US Senate nominee in 2012 got 29% of the vote.

    The DEGOP has many problems to work on. Christine O’Donnell has a few areas where she could improve. Heck, everybody does, including me, for darn sure.

    But the DEGOP has a long list of problems that have nothing to do with Christine.

    Christine might run in the future. She might not.

    But the DEGOP’s problems will still be there, either way.

    I would like to imagine that if I were in charge of spending $6 million, we would have had a better outcome. For one thing, I would have pulled the power cord for the camera out of the wall and said “Hell no” to Fred Davis pushing her to “just try it” with that awful TV commercial script. At that moment, she needed a real man on the scene to put a stop to Fred Davis. (And then Christine would have turned on me and made up complaints about me and been angry at me for being confrontational. She would have been ungrateful.)

    But the $6 million only arrived on September 30. The credit card companies don’t release credit card donations in those quantities until the funds clear from the cardholder.

    So they had only 30 days to throw together a major campaign, whereas in other States GOP nominees had 4-6 months.

    If General Eisenhower had thrown together the Normandy invasion in only 30 days, it would have been chaos.

    That’s why any path to Statewide victory in 2014 requires coming together and agreeing on a candidate ahead of time, so that the 2014 US Senate campaign begins on January 2, 2014, not on September 17, 2014.

    if Republicans starting now need to get extensive campaign training — not just some, but all or nearly all. Then the 2014 US Senate campaign won’t have to hire outsiders and national folks who don’t know the Scrapple Festival from the Rusty Rudder.

    If you really want to win, you can’t have a nominee throwing together a campaign in only 30 days, and having to hire outsiders who think that Georgetown is a part of the District of Columbia.

    You try it, Dave. Try being given only 30 days, no money before then, and then you have to recruit an entire campaign staff — and remember that all the other campaigns have already hired all the obvious Delaware campaign people, so most everyone you might have in mind have already been hired by some other campaign.

    If you really want to win in 2014, or any year, the election campaign has to start on January 2.

    And there have to be enough well-trained Republicans to man * A L L * of the campaigns — ALL OF THEM.

    Sure it would be easy to find Delawareans to fully staff 1 campaign.

    But you don’t have the luxury of staffing only 1 campaign. You have to staff *ALL* of them.

    So if a Congressional campaign has to go outside of Delaware to fill out its campaign team, then you will have campaign staff who take a wrong turn and end up in Maryland or on I-95 heading to New York City.

    These are challenges that ANY GOP nominee is going to have, no matter who it is.

  7. Once again, Nan Collella was all set up to host a week-long campaign management school, maybe 1 time or even on several occasions. I negotiated with the Leadership Institute and they agreed to come to Delaware and teach their campaign management school for a very small deposit of $1,000 to secure 20 seats. LI agreed to customize the curriculum to fit the desires and needs that Delaware Republicans might think most relevant.

  8. Points are pedantic.
    If she could have won the RNSC would have swarmed in here.
    They didn’t.
    Tom Ross got her 7 mailings.
    No other statewide got any mailings and they were primary free.
    She is just an awful candidate.
    As for any compromise, none was shown to my guys in 12 so none will be shown by me in 14 to any of them.

  9. Please get counseling Mr. Moseley,

    Who in the hell is Nan Collella? She may be brave, bright and brilliant but she is not a Delawarean.
    I know the street’s of most every ED in NCCO and last time my guys beat Romney’s percentage.
    Why woud I waste money on a consultant?
    Delaware politics is just that.

    Seriously, go talk out these grandeur filled idea’s of yours.

  10. John Sigler

    Keep doing what you are doing, we’ll continue to take your registered voters.
    The reason I left the republicans and joined The Independent Party of Delaware was to help build my new party. I am the Dir. of Special Operations and that includes a major drive for voter registration.
    Keep on truckin John

    Listen to the Independent News Hour at 8pm tonite
    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/douglasbeatty/2013/05/27/corruption-at-kent-county-spca-memorial-day-origins

  11. The GOP If I’m not mistaken has been around since before 1860, has EDs and RDs in every district, active county organizations, money and over forty times the registered number of voters that IPoD has.

    From 2007 until very recently IPoD has been mostly Wolfgang Von Baumgart, a small inactive board that met every two years for a nominating convention, zero treasury.

    In 2010 the red team didn’t even run anyone against Beau Biden. Wolf’s drastically underfunded long shot candidate took just over 21%. In 2012 the top of the DeGOP ticket took something just under 29% in the gubernatorial race.

    This at a time when it would seem that the average pundit in Delaware doesn’t even understand what the Independent Party of Delaware is. Being so used to the machine mentality of the two largest parties I guess it’s a difficult concept to grasp.

    Wolf has got friends now, and we’re gaining volunteers and active members that can, will, and are growing this party. We really aren’t targeting republicans, they are coming over on their own. We want to give the unaffiliated voters the benefits of party membership without imposing on their Independence.

    It’s not any particular ideology that kept me out of the GOP when I left the blue team. Rather it’s simply the way business is done within the party. I would go out on a limb and posit that some recent defections from GOP to IPoD have similar underlying motives.

    We are picking up activist Democrats and Republicans because they get it. The Independent Party of Delaware isn’t a catchphrase. This is truly a post partisan party and people are starting to catch on.

  12. I can’t believe I get to use it so soon. I’m giddy.

    THE MOSELEY DOCTRINE:

    “You can say all kinds of false things about the 2010 election, and that is your right to keep saying it, even though it can be shown to be wrong.” – Jon Moseley, with words of wisdom that perfectly apply…..to himself.

  13. Interesting post and let me offer in 2002 we had the state house 29-12 and AG, Congressman and a viable state senate opportunity. Ten years later all we have is massive failure, a total absence of leadership and a dismal future.

    For the most part the De GOP is dead and gone and the death was not caused by Christine O”Donnell who was protected and brought in by the GOP in 2006 to suck away conservative votes to protect Jan Ting. Like so many things the De GOP has done it was plain stupid. The GOP has been dying a slow death since 1988.

    The sucking chest wound is NCC and there is NO tangible structure in NCC. Forty per cent of the RD’s do not have a chair person or any committee members. John Rollins was a total train wreck as NCC Chair and Fleming just about as bad. Funny how our esteemed GOP leaders for the most part hailed from Wilmington for many years yet Wilmington has NO GOP structure either.

    In 2012 we put together with a lot fo work a list of 500 civic leaders with emails, phone, and voter ID (Neighbor Civic Associations, HOA’s etc) and we asked over and over for the Regions and RD’s to help contact and build a County wide effort and we received ZERO help on this matter. I asked John Rollins or his input and his comment was curt, ” you get a paper endorsement and nothing else, shut up and get over it.”

    What ever happened to the committees from the 2011? What actions were taken and who is doing what? Were minutes ever released? No they were not. A commander is responsible for everything which happens or fails to happen under his/her command-unless you are De GOP leader.

  14. Lead the way, Mike. Who’s stopping you?

    You don’t need the party; they have nothing to give. And there’s absolutely nothing stopping you right now from building your own powerful fundraising and volunteer army to sweep NCCo and usher in the new Republican wave. Well, except one thing:

    You can’t do it.

    You don’t have the skills, the ideas, the donors or the volunteers. That’s why you’re so hung up about the party, because you always expected the party to hand you what you could never get on your own: support.

    So two choices: build it yourself, or quit whining and go away.

  15. Let’s compare apples to apples.

    In 2010 Glen Urquhart had a primary and couldn’t start running against his opponent until after the primary just like COD. COD got the lowest percentage of all GOP statewide candidates in 2010, and spent the most money ever spent on an election in Delaware history.

    Same amount of time, 6 million more than any other candidate to spend, the lowest statewide result in 2010.

  16. Remember, anonymous = COWARD.

    As always anonymous idiots make profound statements as if they might know something. The De GOP is DEAD and gone, plain and simple and through its own failed leadership and stupid decisions. Everything I posted above is 100% true and accurate.

    My effort now is to de certify the corrupt and inept AFL CIO union we have at Delta Airlines and we are less then 50 cards away from achieving a decertification vote. Our 12,000 pilots will have a much better and stronger union very soon and the De GOP will still be a train wreck full of incompetence, finger pointing and fewer and fewer members.

  17. Cool. Just so we’re clear that you couldn’t, can’t and won’t do it. But you’ll keep whining about it. I’m pretty sure what that makes you, and it ain’t good.

  18. Dave Jones on May 26, 2013 at 16:39 said: “Points are pedantic.
    If she could have won the RNSC would have swarmed in here.”

    False. GOP moderates *ALWAYS* prefer to lose an election than to advance a conservative within the GOP.

    In 1994, they ran moderate Republican Marshall Coleman purely to sabotage Oliver North. Marshall Coleman won 14.3% of the vote (roughly, from memory) while the Democrat got only 3% more than Oliver North.

    Had the moderates not sabotaged the official Republican nominee, the Republican nominee would have won the election.

    The assumption that the NRSC was interested in winning the seat is laughably absurd. The NRSC is the organization that used Cleta Mitchell to twist Christine’s arm into hiring Fred Davis. Fred Davis then sabotaged Christine’s campaign by pressuring Christine to “just try it and we’ll see” and film the “I’m not a witch ad.” That was not the worst ad in political history. It was intentional sabotage by the NRSC and Fred Davis (who is Sen. Inhofe’s nephew).

    The National Republican Senatorial Committee, NRSC, like Priscilla Rakestraw and Tom Ross and many of the Lords of the Backroom with “an obnoxious sense of entitlement” try to make the conservative candidates lose, as a higher priority than winning a seat for the GOP.

    The NRSC wanted Charlie Crist.

    The NRSC was against Ted Cruz.

    The NRSC was against Rand Paul.

    The NRSC never wants a conservative to win.

  19. Dave Jones on May 26, 2013 at 17:12 said: ” I know the street’s of most every ED in NCCO and last time my guys beat Romney’s percentage.”

    So why were there 26 offices in New Castle County with no Republican candidate? Do you dispute that? Do you agree that there were 26 campaign races with no Republican running?

    Not statewide. Not dependent in any way on anything going on in Sussex. All New Castle, all the time. Purely New Castle election campaigns.

    Others allege that you in NCC have vacant E.D. leadership positions. Is that true?

    How would you staff a US Senate campaign against Chris Coons or Tom Carper without outsides if you can’t even fill all the E.D. positions and you have 26 offices that no Republican ran for?

    And even beyond that, you want to complain about who IS running for US Senate and US Congress, but the real issue is all the people who WON’T run? WHY NOT?

    WHAT DO THEY KNOW — why they won’t run — that you don’t know? WHY do so many elected Republicans NOT run for US Senate?

    There’s the real story right there.

  20. anon on May 26, 2013 at 22:46 said:

    Let’s compare apples to apples.

    In 2010 Glen Urquhart had a primary and couldn’t start running against his opponent until after the primary just like COD. COD got the lowest percentage of all GOP statewide candidates in 2010, and spent the most money ever spent on an election in Delaware history.

    But that is NOT comparing apples to apples.

    Glen Urquhart was not under vicious attack by the entire national Republican establishment.

    Glen Urquhart did not have the NRSC plant a saboteur, Fred Davis, planted in the campaign by Cleta Mitchell (I don’t know if Cleta was also a dupe or knew the overall play, I suspect that Cleta was a dupe because she’s not clever enough to be in on the plan).

    Glen Urquhart did not have Fred Davis create an “I’m not a witch” ad, the worst campaign ad in political history.

    Glen Urquhart did not have 19% of the Republicans who showed up at the polls vote against their own nominee.

    SO if we compare apples to apples, the problem is that the DEGOP is a mess, including that spoiled brats want to take their ball and go home if their nominee doesn’t win the primary.

    And what was the difference?

    GLEN URQUHART 120272
    CHRISTINE O’DONNELL 118183

    DIFFERENCE: 2089 votes

    Oh, yeah, that tells us… . well, that tells us nothing at all, right?

  21. My candidates have veto power over any and all communications. Ms. O’Donnell obviously approved the ad for after all it ran.

    As for 26 open seats here in NCCO, when you factor in demographics and political trade off’s, smart people know that winning is tough. Rich people know that to be successful you give where you can win.

    In my RD. an R doesn’t have a shot in hell of winning.for we’re 33% minority and 52% Democrat. Why waste anyone’s time where there are other seats where we can win? New Castle, Bear and Wilmington simply can’t be won. The incumbent’s are strong and voter complacency is high.

    As for her being attacked by the national GOP, she sure raised a lot more money then Glen, Vance protector, Urquhart did and still got trounced. Plus let’s not forget the 7 statewide mailings Tom Ross did for her. Colin Bonini got no statewide mail and lost by 1%.

    Hmmmm……7 mailings and 7 million dollars for her to lose by 19 points. Colin had no mailings and less then a million dollar’s and he loses by 1%.

    Delaware has never elected a statewide official who never held a lower office.

    She was a walking disaster and people knew it then and they remember it today.

    Talk about high name ID…she sure does it have it.

  22. You poor man. There are no lords of the backroom because to have a backroom you have to have money. GOP HQ does not have money. There is no secret account, no hidden stash, no Swiss bank account, There is enough to pay 2 meager salaries and rent. That is it.

  23. The biggest joke in Delaware politricks is the IPOD. This party was founded by progressive Dr. Floyd Mcdowell who got enough voters to sign on that he was able to run for Governor. Wolf Baumgarten “pretended” to be a progressive and ultimately took over literally the party when Dr. McDowell became ill. I joined that group because I was sickened by the current two party system. It didnt take long for me to realize that Baumgarten had neither the skills or the ability to garner more voters statewide. Dr. McDowell was prepared to bring Ralph Nader to Delaware and hold a proper IPOD convention. Baumgarten behind the backs of “everyone” brought Mike Protack to the party. We discovered that IPOD had NO members other than Baumgarten and a few others who never held one meeting, and has never had a convention to elect new officers. Baumgarten then made himself President for life refusing to hold a convention which would have ousted him. Now that progressives and moderates determined Baumgarten a total sellout, Wolf permitted the uber right wing to take over the party. IPOD will siphon off the “tea party” members but will never have enough votes or voters to be taken seriously. They have never changed their bylaws nor the progressive mission statements. I find it laughable the GOP would be concerned about this miscreant party lead by ONE person who takes a good game, but has no substance nor ability to grow the party. In fact, I sued IPOD in Chancery Court because they refused to hold a convention, nor deliver any information to the “members”. We determined they were to embarassed for the public to know if the Election Dept ever looked at their so called membership numbers, they wouldnt have the numbers to be eligible for party status.

  24. Just a bit of history. The Federalists thought the countrified Whigs were a joke, gathering in rural America because they thought the Federalists had lost their way. It was soon the Whig’s turn. They laughed at the upstart Republican country-bumpkins gathering together who felt conservative values were more important than playing a game of checks and balances according to the rules set by the other side….

    So I won’t venture to guess the future. But I find it funny that some people do try. For a new party to succeed, two things have to happen. And they both have to happen simultaneously. One, some really awesome people have to get together to lead it. They have to all be top-notch people and and there can’t have a bad apple among them. Secondly, the citizenry has to be very frustrated with the status quo, and restless for a change from it.

    One cannot build a third party around themselves by saying “Look, I’m great, come gather around me.”

    That said, there are some very interesting possibilities with the future of IPOD… Here is what it will take. It will take people who are more concerned with their values than they are about the name of the party carrying those values. If you are a person who is conservative, and are upset that your values are losing the public war, you need to do something constructive. You can either be part of the mush that is the current Republican Party, or… you can leave and form your own. If you do leave, you must leave all your baggage behind. You must realize that if the same quibbling happens in the IPOD as does here on this Republican blog, your cause will go nowhere.

    But it certainly is beginning to appear that conservatism needs to divorce itself from the Republican Party. That party will not carry your banner as high as you would like, ever again. Especially after the last war. As long as conservatives remain in the Republican Party they will continue to only receive lip service to their faces, all the while secret denials of their clout will be leaked to the media by their top campaign operatives.

    But if you do choose to ban together, you must all bite your tongues and be wary that the slightest slip, will do little to help you exert control within the party, but utterly destroy the entire legitimacy of conservatism itself… Just looking above on this thread, it is apparent that the Delaware Republican contingent has mismanaged many Conservatives over the past. if all these were to somehow come together and combine their talents, it is quite possible that conservatives could begin organizing to make a comeback, not as a wing of the moderate Republican Party, but as IPODs.

    Much was said of Christine O’Donnell. But in 2008 she beat the current Vice President in quite a few RD’s. Stop for a second and savor that: she beat the Vice President in his home state. Imagine if all those votes became IPODs? and why wouldn’t they, if IPODs became the rallying point for local rural conservative values? It is conceivable. If this could come to pass, the IPODs would sit on Sussex County Council.. The IPOD’s would have seats in the General Assembly. Both parties would have to court IPODs in their support for statewide offices…

    The only way to change things is to act. Individual people for the life of us, are so small in the grand scheme of things… we forget that what is big, is the idea to which we are joined.. The fact is that the Republican Party has kicked conservatives off their wagon and left them in the dust on numerous occasions. (Just read above) They always begged to get back on before. But now, perhaps it is just the right time, that picking themselves up on their own, brushing themselves off, and continuing forward to find their own way, is now the better choice?

    As you walk that path, you meet others like yourself, who also figured being independent was better than being a slave to one’s overseer. You will join together.

    If IPODs become the party of “true” conservatives and all the Sussex County Conservatives switch simply for the primary reason that they feel more comfortable in there with people like themselves, you WILL have your seats on Council. You WILL have your seats in the General Assembly. In a couple of cycles, you WILL have a strong statewide candidate…

    Your drawback is your personal foibles. Fix that and the IPOD future is bright, very bright indeed… and that fix shouldn’t be hard, especially if you remember that the conservative cause is going to either live or die depending upon how you do, on how well you get along… If you truly, deep down, feel the conservative cause is bigger and more important than are you, you could just very well possibly make this thing work!… Just as did the Whigs and Republicans stumbling around in their own way, back in days of old…..

    It would be a smart move to keep your Registration as Republican and in the primary throw support to the weakest candidate, so that in the General Election you could insure success….. With somethings, you just got to be smart/

  25. elizabeth allen

    I’ve read your comment and find you close to illiterate and also not believable. I understand your need for revenge for perceived wrongdoings, but this comment is beyond the pale. IPoD is growing at this point exponentially and people are coming aboard because we are the party of inclusion, instead of attack.

  26. The DEGop is suffering from Romney’s 47% on steroids. The Delaware Democrat Party is comprised of numerous cohesive groups that bring both money and volunteers to the political arena. They each have their own selfish agendas and don’t care what the other groups want/get as long as they get theirs. Take Labor for instance. They represent less than 15% of the Delaware workforce but control the General Assembly. They discovered years ago that they couldn’t compete in the marketplace so they put all of their efforts into the political game. They’ve formed an effective voting bloc with the Pro-Choice crowd, gays, feminists, et al. Strange bedfellows, pun intended. Progressives will support anyone willing to spend other people’s money for the common good. Business has abandoned the DEGop never to return. The State Chamber is a Democrat bastion. The DEGop has few, if any, alliances. They must rely on grass root individuals and do a poor job of recruitment and eat their own once they get them. Pete DuPont swept into office based on Democrat governing ineptness and a recognized need for change. We’ve crossed the tipping point and that will never happen again. Labor is in control and their position is that they would rather no one have any pie rather than reducing the size of their slice. The recent failure of the Kinder Morgan port deal is illustrative of that mentality. The biggest upcoming political battles in Delaware will come as a result of too many D’s on the bench with not enough starting positions to go around. Thank you Mr. Sigler for serving pro bono. Captain E.J. Smith got paid for a similiar position.

  27. Your correct.

    I’m gay and wanted gay marriage due to the whole ‘colored water fountain’ perception. Several of my elected friends voted no due to their districts and I saw their point. You always vote your district first. Once you lose you don’t get to vote.
    I’ll still support them for they vote for other things I’m for such as true school choice and government efficiency.
    Yet since 06 there has been a growing number of banshee’s on the far social right who scream, shout and threaten if an elected official dares not to vote in accordance with their belief’s.
    Unlike labor which can enforce their strong arming with money and man power, these far right groups can do neither, yet still do their best to initimidate which in turn has taken people such as myselves to adopt an equally as strong position which consists of in politics if you get a 1/2 loadf your doing good. They want the entire loaf which in turns means they get nothing.

    This business is all about compromise, realizing that tomorrow the cards reshuffle and being able to reward your friends and punish your enemies to borrow from Samuel Gompers the cigar maker union leader.

    Yet for some reason they want the mythologically rich GOP headquarter’s to march to their tune when the truth is they do not volunteer nor donate. I am not talking about conservative’s who work for the party, I am referring to those who want their way or their highway before they do anything.

    If you don’t volunteer or contribute, you aren’t important.

  28. The other anon is a common fool and uncommon coward. Fact.

    This coward refuses to realize the GOP in De is DEAD because of almost 30 years of bad leadership and stupid decisions and then asks one person to change all of that which is impossible.

    I laugh at idiots like the other anon who are ruled by cowardice and feign strength with a keyboard as he conducts a life of total insignificance and failure yet revels in attacking others.

    The Other anon is living proof Horse’s asses outnumber horses, stay anonymous and stay out of the real world as you are a COWARD.

  29. Dave Jones on May 27, 2013 at 17:10 said: ” I’ll still support them for they vote for other things I’m for such as true school choice and government efficiency.
    Yet since 06 there has been a growing number of banshee’s on the far social right who scream, shout and threaten if an elected official dares not to vote in accordance with their belief’s.”

    That just is not true, Dave Jones.

    The problem is that Delaware Republicans whom you would not call conservatives (whatever label you want to use for them), are

    FISCAL LIBERALS — BIG SPENDING, HIGHER TAXES, MORE REGULATION, BIGGER GOVERNMENT, CRONY CAPITALISM, “EARMARKS 4 ME”

    LIBERALS.

    You and others keep trying to draw a false contrast between social conservative issues and what you claim are more traditional Republican policies and agenda.

    But that’s false.

    The problem is that DEGOP moderates are NOT fiscal conservatives.

    THAT’s the problem.

    Look back at the 2010 primary for US Senate.

    Conservatives rightly attacked Mike Castle for his bigger government, weak on tax increases, more government spending, more government regulation votes.

    Oh, sure, Mike Castle SAID XYZ like every other RINO.

    Defenders of Castle will talk about what Castle SAID he would do. That’s the other problem. RINO’s always promise one thing, but do the opposite when they vote.

    Are those criticisms of Castle accurate? That’s not the point.

    The battle ground on which the 2010 primary was fought was that those claiming to be fiscal conservatives are * L Y I N G * to the voters.

    Those raising social issues were those attacking Christine and trying to scare away moderate and liberal Republicans. Social issues played a role only by Mike Castle supporters trying to drive voters to Mike Castle (because of their own projection and assumptions about what voters want).

    The DEGOP cannot put together a coalition until the DEGOP insiders / moderates/ whatever-you-want-to-call them confronts the fact that…

    THE VOTERS REALIZE that you are LYING.

    You ain’t foolin’ nobody.

    You talk fiscal conservatism in your district, but then vote LIBERAL — on fiscal issues and regulation — in Dover (or Washington).

    You have to get over yourself: You ain’t foolin’ nobody.

    That’s the problem with the DEGOP coming together and working together: The moderates still think there is somebody left on the planet who is fooled.

  30. The divide in the DEGOP and GOP nationally and in other States has nothing to do with social issues vs. fiscal issues.

    The problem is with the “business as usual” of talking conservative to the voters and then voting liberal on actual legislation.

    It’s the LYING, silly.

    It’s not about who is more conservative.

    It’s that we no longer believe you.

    The GOP establishment has lost the trust and confidence of the Republican membership — and for darn good reason.

    Republicans no longer trust the insiders.

  31. Mike, the GOP is all about smears and attacks not winning anything and yes Sigler is unfit for the job, he seldom comes to NCC and cares about the Delaware Sportsmen Assoc and NRA than the GOP. His record as GOP chair makes big mouth Tom Ross look like a genius. Jeff Cragg would be no better, terrible race last year. I hail from Brandywine and Jeff is no Ernie Cragg.

    The same people who savaged COD in 2010 also have dumped on you and the pink postcards came from the GOP headquarters brown shirts who defend that failed place at all costs. The same clowns who sent out the anonymous email before the convention this year and the same ones who sent the anonymous letter to DSP about Vance Phillips. Same old GOP, slash and burn. The same jerks who fed info to wRONg Williams about you did the pink postcards and all the other garbage. FYI, the cards I saw were 100% on the mark.

    Mike your problem is focus on results and policies and the DE GOP has not had an original idea for years. The place has been falling apart since 1984 when DuPont chickened out against Biden, I saw it then and now. The latest GOP DuPonters , Copeland and Laird Stabler have done nothing to help. Copeland primaries a sitting state senator (GOP) and gets rewarded and Stabler gets money from Dems and R’s.

    As for the Dumb anon, who cares what he says. If David Anderson cared one bit he would stop this sort of kindergarten BS but he does not.

  32. Poor little Anon, still hiding and still delusional.

    Postcards huh? You mean the time I offered to take a lie detector, offer all my phone records, offer all my computer hard drive info etc and the Delaware GOP was not interested in facts. The offer still stands even though you cant’t stand up like a man.
    At one point there was a three week period when I was not in the state of Delaware yet cards showed up with with Delaware PO markings.

    Keep in the shadows as all COWARDS do. You could not survive a week in the US Marines ,would never qualify for Flight Training and would never be responsible for 40,000 lives a year. You remind me of the guys who wimped out of Boy Scouts when they could not make Eagle Scout, wimped out of military service because you are weak and KeyBoard Commandos who type rather than achieve.

    Keep posting and I will keep laughing at you.

    In the mean time the De GOP is clearly failing at every level and the only thing they can do is attack and slime people but not put together a party which stands for something people can get behind.

  33. Thanks to BHO and the utter apocolypse that was wrought by Ms. O’Donnell the DE GOP has forces beyond their control come in and hurt us bad.…”DJ” (On WOLD<D<D<D>>)

    Huh? The Dems controlled SOSNCC long before O’Donnell came along. And the GOP (along with the conservatives Atkins and Venables) still controls Sussex, post-O’Donnell.

    Stay off drugs.

  34. Mr. Moseley,

    I’m beginning to glimpse why no national races have hired you.

    Republicans have always been for fiscal sanity and respecting personal choices. Yet, the crew you adore want to impose their beliefs on me as to how I should conduct my private life.

    The Democrat’s are the party of government interference.

    As for any melding, merging or coming together; you want it to be Soviet style where we give everything up in order to appease you.

    Well this Republican doesn’t need you or any of your ilk to work for my guys locally.

    Money or volunteer’s: if you can’t give me either, please, leave me the hell alone.

    Your opinings are bizarre in their reasoning. You seem to have no grasp of today’s world. I sense a Prussian like adoration toward’s things being run the way you see fit.

    I have never heard of anyone applauding your idea’s, tactics, or overall skills as a strategist. You continue to ramble on about some Morton guy from the 60’s who I suppose was good in his time.

    Why don’t you worry about VA politics? I hope Cuccinelli wins but if he doesn’t the world does not end for me.

    The shrillness, anger, brittleness and defensiveness you and your dwindling band espouse frighten moderate, educated voters. Most voters are moderate as in they want economic freedom and personal libertarianism.

    Gang O’Donnell is gone. You sued her and lost. Vance and Glen are trying to out how to resolve his alleged mideeds, Mr. Ayottte has become an I and Mr. Quitesch has become an I. She is broke and ignored nationally.

    Your group had your day which USS Coons and Rep Carney thanks you for profusely for daily for they know that without individuals such as yourself they would not have the titles they hold today.

    The small handful of you want rigid adherance to idealogy that you deem appropros. I want to win. Until you win your idealogy matters not.

  35. The idea that the state party was behind the pink postcards and email before the convention is sheer stupidity.

    I have never though Protack was behind the pink postcards, I think one of his smarter friends did it.

    COD is finished. The Delaware Republicans who supported her, for the most part, have either fled the party (Don and Evan) or they’ve stopped drinking the Kook-Aid (Frank and Grossman).

    NCC Republicans would win more seats if the SOSSCGOP would stop pushing non electable candidates, passing moronic resolutions, and destroying every GOP candidate who doesn’t fall in line with their 1800s style social conservatism.

    Enjoy the irony of accusing Mike Castle of “cheating on his wife with a man,” while Vance Phillips was cheating on his wife with a barely legal girl and Bodenweiser was (allegedly) raping a young boy. Only one out of the three is still married and not under indictment.

  36. anonymous on May 29, 2013 at 07:50 said: “COD is finished”

    The problems, challenges and (slim) opportunities facing the DEGOP have nothing to do with Christine O’Donnell. That is the primary brain damage going on here.

    You cannot fix your own problems when you refuse to admit you have them.

    The biggest problem that Delaware Republicans have is the mental habit of trying to find a scapegoat instead of fixing your own problems.

    Contrary to all of your assumptions about my motivations, I really don’t expect Christine to run again. She may, today, be leaning in that direction. Matt Moran needs a job. But it’s only May 2013 right now.

    But that is * I R R E L E V A N T * because the problem is you don’t have anybody else.

    Your problem is not Christine, but the fact that you have no other options.

    THAT is what you need to work on.

    Moderates: YOU CANNOT control what Delaware conservatives do or do not do. They are not listening to you and they never will listen to you under these conditions.

    NO matter what new way you think you are going to voice the same old complaints… deal with it: Conservatives are never, never, never, ever going to listen to your arguments (because they are the same old false promises we’ve been hearing for 40 years).

    WHAT YOU CAN DO is fix your own problems. That is under your control.

    You cannot control other people.

    You CAN fix your own problems and improve yourself.

    Do you have a better way? GREAT: Find leaders for all 100% E.D.’s in New Castle County. Field candidates for ALL races in NCC (which have nothing to do with Sussex). Start showing us how to win races your way.

    Deeds, not words.

  37. Put another way, what good does it do to criticize Christine… or anyone else… when you have no other alternative?

  38. Jon, it’s time to let it go.

    Christine has been running for office in Delaware since 2006.

    She doesn’t hold fundraisers for anyone but herself.

    She has never knocked on a door for any candidate.

    She doesn’t show up at church.

    She has publicly endorsed ONE Delaware Republican in 6 years, and that was Eric Bodenweiser, who is under indictment for 113 counts of child rape, molestation and abuse.

    She was absent when the rest of us were fighting against gun control laws, with not even an email to support us.

    She was absent when the rest of us were fighting to maintain traditional marriage, with not even an email to support us.

    She was absent from the death penalty repeal fight, with not even an email to support us.

    She has shown no desire to involve herself with the day to day struggles of the Delaware GOP, she just shows up for high dollar events to showcase herself.

    Yet she manages to carve out her precious time to have cocktails with the rich and famous at the White House correspondent’s dinner.

    She has lost the support of the people who dedicated themselves to her in 2010, because she turned out to be the person the moderates told us she was.

    Not even you can undo what she has NOT done.

  39. So, then, the DEGOP needs to focus on rebuilding itself, not blaming scapegoats.

    Isn’t it you who need to “let it go?”

  40. Jon, I finally let it go on the steps of legislative hall in Dover when I was told she didn’t return any calls asking for help to stop the gun control legislation. That was about a month ago. It’s time you did the same.

  41. I don’t think you get the point. Stop worrying bout other people whom you cannot control, and fix / improve what you DO control.

    In order to recruit the candidate you want, you have to have a party ready and able to help that candidate win. If you can’t offer a candidate a party that is prepared and able to support the candidate, then who is going to run for office?

    And if you can’t persuade the candidates you want to run, how can you complain about the candidates who do run?

    Let go of the scapegoating. “Physician, heal thyself”

  42. For better or worse and for unspecified, but apparently non-political reasons John Sigler has resigned as the Delaware State Republican Party Chair. As more information comes out, we may post a blog article about this and the succeeding changes in Delaware GOP Leadership.

    Mr. Sigler will no longer be presiding over the growth or the demise of the Republican Party in Delaware. Now in his absence we will probably get a better picture of what impact his tenure had on the party in Delaware.

    Personally, I want to thank him for his time in office. He stepped up when the party was at a low point, and while I didn’t agree with him on everything he kept things going and I think he shifted the direction of the party so that it wasn’t as blatantly antagonistic towards the conservatives and the grass roots. Unfortunately, though some of the hemorrhaging may have been stopped, the party has not completed a turnaround yet, so Nellie Jordan as Vice Chair and whoever is elected as the next State Chair will have their hands full. They can choose to listen to David’s advice or they can pick a different way forward, but they better dig in and be willing to work for whatever direction they choose to lead the party in.

  43. Tim
    I’ve already posted his resignation and good or bad, the GOP is in decline and certainly needs new leadership. We at IPod were grateful for his leadership because many are seeking a party of inclusion that the GOP is NOT. We are gaining unaffiliated independents and many former GOP members. we will continue to be the part;y of inclusion a we will continue to grow and not stifle people.
    It is not just the Delaware GOP that is in decline but the national GOP is in revolt of the “Rove Doctorine” of excluding members that don’t agree with them “lock, stock and barrel.”

  44. I wandered to Delaware Politics to see what was going on with the GOP and it would appear that DP is now the official blog of the IPoD group, with Mr. Ayotte and others running the show. Did David Anderson go away? Did he resign from the GOP and join IPoD like some others? What the heck is going on????

    I guess the foxes are running around the hen house is Sussex, or more appropriately, the inmates are running the asylum!

    Comment removal, outing of posters, moderators posting under more than one screen persona, etc., This place has really gone the way of the Dodo, completely irrelevant and looking more like a school yard fight as recess than a political blog of thoughtful posting and commentary.

    Maybe Mr. Anderson will reclaim what he owns and clean house, until then I’ll follow Delaware Liberal’s lead and remove DP from my blog roll list and replace it with Delaware Right. Surely between DL and DR I can get the whole story.

    As “the most interesting man in the world” says, “Stay irrelevant my friends”.

  45. Facts follows Fiction.
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    Fiction:

    elizabeth allen on May 27, 2013 at 12:32 said:

    The biggest joke in Delaware politricks is the IPOD. This party was founded by progressive Dr. Floyd Mcdowell who got enough voters to sign on that he was able to run for Governor. Wolf Baumgarten “pretended” to be a progressive and ultimately took over literally the party when Dr. McDowell became ill. I joined that group because I was sickened by the current two party system. It didnt take long for me to realize that Baumgarten had neither the skills or the ability to garner more voters statewide. Dr. McDowell was prepared to bring Ralph Nader to Delaware and hold a proper IPOD convention. Baumgarten behind the backs of “everyone” brought Mike Protack to the party. We discovered that IPOD had NO members other than Baumgarten and a few others who never held one meeting, and has never had a convention to elect new officers. Baumgarten then made himself President for life refusing to hold a convention which would have ousted him. Now that progressives and moderates determined Baumgarten a total sellout, Wolf permitted the uber right wing to take over the party. IPOD will siphon off the “tea party” members but will never have enough votes or voters to be taken seriously. They have never changed their bylaws nor the progressive mission statements. I find it laughable the GOP would be concerned about this miscreant party lead by ONE person who takes a good game, but has no substance nor ability to grow the party. In fact, I sued IPOD in Chancery Court because they refused to hold a convention, nor deliver any information to the “members”. We determined they were to embarassed for the public to know if the Election Dept ever looked at their so called membership numbers, they wouldnt have the numbers to be eligible for party status.
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    Facts:

    The IPoD was formed on August 29, 2000 as a sustainable free-thinking alternative to the special interest driven D and R party machines — NOT as a single-candidate personality cult.

    The subject of attack (von Baumgart) was and is predominantly a centrist with a scientific worldview antithetical to rigid dogmatic political ideology. Conventionalists and extremists have argued (unsuccessfully) that he is unfit for partisan politics on this basis. Nevertheless, he was elected as State Chairman in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

    The IPoD enjoys a wide range of diversity in a creative, interdisciplinary, innovative post-political atmosphere and flat hierarchy.

    Dr. MacDowell resigned from the IPoD State Executive Committee and Board of Directors in December of 2007, consequently, he was not in an administrative or actual position to call a party convention and his state of “preparation” was not communicated to the IPODSEC.

    Demographically, the right wing in Delaware is mainly affiliated with the GOP and has not as alleged, taken over the IPoD.

    IPoD’s numbers and rate of growth increased significantly after 2007.

    Liz Allen fails to mention that she and her expensive attorney lost her Chancery Court case (to a pro se defense) as it was founded upon false (politically motivated) allegations and legally unworkable points, beyond the scope and purview of 15 Del. C.

    The Delaware Elections Commission compiles and checks party voter registration totals on a monthly basis. IPoD’s numbers (over 3000) indicate secure legal ballot status.

    Ms. Allen’s extreme leftist coup attempt failed in August 2008 as did a right-wing takeover plot made by a would-be Lt. Gubernatorial candidate in September, 2007.

    The IPoD remains intact and continues to evolve in the greater public interest.

  46. Where art thou GOP David? on May 30, 2013 at 07:59 said: “Did David Anderson go away?”

    Yes, David Anderson has been deployed overseas with the National Guard and is putting his neck on the line to defend your right to express your opinion.

    Where art thou GOP David? on May 30, 2013 at 07:59 said: “This place has really gone the way of the Dodo, completely irrelevant and looking more like a school yard fight as recess than a political blog of thoughtful posting and commentary. ”

    If discussion allows people to air their concerns and start to understand each other’s point of view, and come closer to an understanding of each other and helps clear the air, that’s a good thing. Even if the first clashes on a topic might not be pretty, if the open airing of concerns eventually produces better or closer mutual understanding (even if never perfect), that’s a good thing. You can call that a school yard fight, but it is better than people stewing behind closed doors and misunderstanding each other.

    Compare that with Delaware Liberal where only a very narrow point of view is allowed. Delaware Liberal will never tolerate any diversity of opinion or any information that would undercut their dishonest spin. I travel a lot, so that my IP address is rarely constant. Even when I have posted comments from various IP addresses around the country and — testing their censorship — unrecognizable names, Delaware Liberal will never allow any diversity of opinion.

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