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Ungrateful and Oblivious: Ohio GOP Chairman Kevin DeWine

2010/11/09

Just a quick note to say THANK YOU for the confidence you put in our candidates yesterday and for the support you provided throughout this election season. What we accomplished is nothing short of historic. Together, we:

  • Defeated an incumbent governor for only the third time in Ohio history.
  • Retained a seat in the United States Senate.
  • Swept every statewide office, defeating four incumbent executive officeholders.
  • Won solid majorities in both legislative chambers.
  • Added at least 12 seats in the Ohio House, defeating 10 incumbents and picking up two open seats.
  • Gained two seats in the Ohio Senate for the largest majority since 1967.
  • Defeated five congressional incumbents, winning 13 of 18 U.S. House seats.
  • Helped fire Nancy Pelosi and put an Ohioan in line to be the next Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
  • Defeated a sitting chief justice for the first time in 24 years.
  • Kept three seats on the Ohio Supreme Court.
  • Elected the first female chief justice in the history of the state.
  • Broke every volunteer voter contact number on record. Improved early voting performance to its highest level in party history.
  • Turned out more voters than the Ohio Democratic Party, which pundits labeled as the nation’s third largest Democratic organization and “the best state party in the country.”

All on a fraction of the resources available to us in any previous election of the past decade. Most importantly, we kicked down Barack Obama’s firewall in Ohio as the 2012 presidential season gets underway.

We could not have done any of it without you. Our party has come a long way in the last four years, and we have a long way to go. Now it’s time to lead Ohio to a better future, and Republicans will work tirelessly to earn the confidence entrusted to us on Tuesday.

Thank you again for your support.

Kevin DeWine
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party

. . .

You’re welcome?   Just a quick note, Kevin, to inform you of a phenomenon in Ohio informally known as the “Ohio Tea Party Insurgency” to which you owe a huge debt.  Please pay attention to your observation: “All on a fraction of the resources available to us in any previous election of the past decade.”  You, sir and the RINO clique within the Ohio GOP have driven many grass-roots Republicans away from the Party. The grass-roots had instead given campaign support and votes directly to candidates who best reflected their values.

The massive GOP win in Ohio, sir, occurred in spite of your Party’s best efforts, not because of it. The Ohio GOP was so grossly disorganized and fractious during the McCain/Palin campaign that many on the ground knew that the Ohio GOP had been hopelessly infiltrated by incompetents.  It was doomed to fail in ’08 and deservedly met expectations.  This time, sir, Ohio voters did an end-run around the Party.  More than two in three Ohioans self-identified as supporters of the Tea Party and it’s fundamentally libertarian agenda.

Heed well:  To the extent that Ohio GOP candidates won, they will be held accountable to demands of Tea Party voters that did the real heavy lifting this year over the objections of the Party:

  • Smaller, Constitutionally-accountable government in Ohio and Washington.
  • Reductions in spending balanced by tax-cuts.
  • Return to regulatory minimalism and respect for and trust in property rights and free-markets .
  • Reversal of all recent Democrat ant-business legislation and policy.

If the Ohio GOP and it’s elected representatives return to RINO “politics as usual”, the game is up, sir.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. 2010/11/09 16:42

    Ran: Now that’s a great McCain Rule 4 post. But next time tell him what you REALLY think!

  2. 2010/11/09 21:50

    McCain Rule 4. Make Some Enemies

    Yeah, well, the real action starts when Tea men join their local Republican party ops…

  3. Doug permalink
    2010/11/10 01:28

    This post makes it seem like you’re angry the Ohio GOP won the election. No where in Chairman DeWine’s letter does he say “and we won this election despite the efforts of the Tea Party movement.” Quite the opposite in my humble opinion.
    You make the statement “The massive GOP win in Ohio, sir, occurred in spite of your Party’s best efforts, not because of it. The Ohio GOP was so grossly disorganized and fractious during the McCain/Palin campaign that many on the ground knew that the Ohio GOP had been hopelessly infiltrated by incompetents.” While the second half of the statement may be true, Kevin Dewine did not become Chair of the party until AFTER the McCain/Palin campaign. So, by your logic, before Kevin Dewine there was disorganization and fractions, after Kevin Dewine there is more organization, and after Tuesdays’s results…success.
    You’re trying to say that the TEA Party movement had everything to do with the success of the GOP candidates in the election and the ORP had nothing to do with it. If that were the case, wouldn’t Robert Owen, the candidate endorsed by the Ohio TEA Party have had better results than he did? I think his candidacy is a clear example of the TEA Party being involved and the ORP not, clearly the ORP had nothing to do with his candidacy and he was soundly defeated.
    I think this is an excellent letter from Chairman Dewine, thanking EVERYONE that voted and not one fraction or splinter group.

  4. 2010/11/10 01:58

    This post makes it seem like you’re angry the Ohio GOP won the election.
    It does?

    [Nowhere] in Chairman DeWine’s letter does he say “and we won this election despite the efforts of the Tea Party movement.”
    Right.

    Quite the opposite in my humble opinion.
    Opposite? … of what to what, exactly?

    You make the statement “The massive GOP win in Ohio, sir, occurred in spite of your Party’s best efforts, not because of it. The Ohio GOP was so grossly disorganized and fractious during the McCain/Palin campaign that many on the ground knew that the Ohio GOP had been hopelessly infiltrated by incompetents.” While the second half of the statement may be true, Kevin [DeWine] did not become Chair of the party until AFTER the McCain/Palin campaign.
    Yes, and?

    So, by your logic, before Kevin [DeWine] there was disorganization and fractions, after Kevin [DeWine] there is more organization, and after Tuesdays’s results…success.
    Really? DeWine’s appearance magically transformed local committees all over the State? Fact is, Kasich’s leadership was far more effective insofar as at least he had the grace to recognize what was happening and to acknowledge and encourage the Tea folks.

    You’re trying to say that the TEA Party movement had everything to do with the success of the GOP candidates in the election and the ORP had nothing to do with it.
    No. I said that the Tea insurgents did the “heavy lifting” in direct support of candidates despite the incompetence of the Ohio GOP leadership.

    If that were the case, wouldn’t Robert Owen, the candidate endorsed by the Ohio TEA Party have had better results than he did?
    “The” Ohio TEA Party is but one of many, and Owen was not “the” (singular) candidate endorsed by Tea voters… so perhaps the premise needs a bit of re-working.

    I think his candidacy is a clear example of the TEA Party being involved and the ORP not, clearly the ORP had nothing to do with his candidacy and he was soundly defeated.
    Fine… but again, check the premises of your argument, and the boundaries of the heavily gerrymandered district. Get back to us with something coherent.

    I think this is an excellent letter from Chairman [DeWine – damnit, spell the man’s name correctly.], thanking EVERYONE that voted and not one fraction or splinter group.
    Well… isn’t that special?

    Bottom line: Ohio Republicans deserve what they have in the State GOP. It’s up to the Tea-minded to join the Party operation now and kick some Ass and RINO from the inside. DeWine, for all of his strengths, just ain’t the guy for the job.

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