Diary

Time To Get Local

Promoted. Every state has a story, and we can use all the help we can get to tell those stories here at Red State. Here’s a fine example of how to do it, this time talking about Colorado. – Neil Stevens

The past two years have been a long, tough political season. I’ve been through eight Presidential campaigns in my adult life, and I can’t remember any of them being nearly as long as this last one. Already people are trying to gear up for 2012. I am not one of them. That’s not to say that I don’t have my own favorite(s) for that race, I’m just not interested in getting into it right now.

Colorado turned very blue in 2008. When I moved here in 2000, the following government offices were controlled by Republicans:

  • Governor.
  • Both U.S. Senate seats.
  • 5 of 7 U.S. House seats.
  • Colorado State Senate.
  • Colorado State House of Representatives.

Every single one of those offices are now controlled by Democrats. We’ve been out-spent and out maneuvered, and our message has been completely lost. The Colorado GOP is in shambles. There are several reasons why we’ve lost so much ground, but a huge part of that reason is we’ve completely given up in areas where we thought we couldn’t win. As Joshua Sharf points out:

Abandoning Denver is the first step to abandoning Westminster, Arvada, and Arapahoe (which isn’t safe now, either). It’s thinking tactically rather than strategically, and that all the good tactics in the world won’t help a rebuild tarnished brand. We want to change the map, not just build walls here and there, and I think to do that, we need to think big. If we abandon Denver, we leave the other party free to do the same thing.

Several of us from the Rocky Mountain Alliance of Blogs are going to be putting our efforts into a 65-district statewide strategy. We will give no ground to the Democrats. We will fight them in the greatest strongholds. We also need to be true to the basic tenets of conservatism. Mark Hillman puts it into a business example:

We need to adopt a business mindset. Quite simply we are losing market share. When you really boil it down, we sell red widgets and the other party sells blue widgets. If the red widgets aren’t selling then one of three things might be going on…
1) People just don’t want red widgets anymore because they don’t offer what they want. (We need to change our widget)
2) People just don’t know about the red widgets and don’t realize that they really are a good product. (We need better advertising)
3) The red widgets do not actually deliver the features that they are advertised to be able to do. (We need to walk the talk)

To convince people that they should support the conservative message we have to first get that message out, and second be true to it ourselves. People don’t look at what we say, they look at what we do. Barack Obama was elected precisely because he promised to change things even though he’d never really done anything. People were willing to take a chance on that rather than once again give the other side a try when they’d proven they weren’t going to act like they said they would.

Joshua will be hosting a Blogtalk Radio Show each Tuesday night from 9:00pm to 10:00pm MST starting next Tuesday, Nov. 18th. I will be one of the guest hosts along with Michael Alcorn of bestdestiny. This is just the beginning of our strategy to get out the Conservative message in Colorado. Others in RMA2.0 will be guest hosting as well on a rotating basis. We should have some interesting guests stopping by from time to time. If you want to know what’s going on in Colorado, feel free to drop in.

I probably won’t be very active at this site for the next year or two. Unfortunately, this site still doesn’t lend itself to local activities yet, though I’ll be watching to see if that changes. I’m going to be attending City, County, and School Board meetings in Larimer County and reporting on what’s going on and where we need to focus our energy. I’ll be calling out our representatives when they represent us in such a way that does more harm than good, but also broadcasting when they help us. I’m going to be holding them accountable.

I’ll likely only post here when issues are national in nature, or affect a group larger than just our state. I will be lurking and reading though; it’s important to stay connected and keep abreast of what’s going on elsewhere.

I strongly urge others here to do likewise in their own community, County & State. I don’t believe that we need to move people to the right nearly as much as we need to get the ones that are already to the right invovled and informed.

As Sergeant Phil Esterhaus of Hill Street Blues used to say,

Hey, let’s be careful out there.

Night Twister