Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing
Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Has California Already Been Marginalized???
John McCain was the only presidential contender to speak at this weekend's semiannual convention at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa. It s less than 4 months from when the ballots are sent out for the Feb. 5, 2008 primary.
The lack of presidential candidates is significant to this participant and it contributed to a sense that Ron Nehring and Company ‘s state party lacks energy and focus.
I feel like they have written us off. Lets face it, actions speak louder than words, and we have a lot of electoral votes."
McCain's typical luncheon speech covered familiar ground so there is not much to report. McCain told reporters that he limited his speech to the war to stress how seriously he views the debate. But McCain acknowledged that his party has lost a connection with voters. "The corruption. The spending out of control. The lack of ability to handle Katrina. Our failures in Iraq," he said. "We've lost the trust and confidence of the American people, and we've got to get it back."
Although not all of the delegates had arrived in time to hear Schwarzenegger's speech Friday, it fueled informal discussions over Margaritas at the Esmeralda pool on Saturday. Overheard discussions were both for and against Schwarzenegger's argument, and pivoted on a crucial point: Should the party compromise on what many consider to be core positions in order to win elections?
By the way, the pool was one of the highlights of the weekend.
The absence of presidential candidates other than McCain is evidence of the failure of California's moved-up primary to achieve a prime goal: giving the state's voters a bigger say in determining the major party candidates.
Instead of wooing Republican activists here this weekend, former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani campaigned Friday in Florida and Saturday in Texas. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigned Saturday in Iowa and New Hampshire, but planned a day off today in Massachusetts. Newly declared candidate Fred Thompson, a former actor and senator from Tennessee, was in Iowa and New Hampshire over the weekend. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) had planned to attend, but backed out at the last minute to remain in Washington ahead of the Iraq report to Congress.