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Thursday, August 11, 2005

OC Blog vs Courant on Gilchrist

Dear Sir or Madame,

I'm honored that Jubal from OC Blog is willing to engage in debate with this blog over the viability of a Gilchrist candidacy. I understand where he's coming from.

The thing about Republicans, like myself, is that we pride ourselves in our loyalty, whether that be to God, country, Constitution, family, or political party. Democrats and all the other lowly parties don't live that way. Jubal and others won't surrender their loyalty to a party (and it's platform) easily. And let me tell you, neither will I.

I like the (possibility of a) Gilchrist candidacy. It riles up this race that was - let's face it - a shoe-in for John "Mr. Howell" Campbell. I believe personnel is policy. I believe Gilchrist would hire an activist staff that, one day, we might see on CNN patrolling the border with their boss during Congressional recesses. Campbell has been abysmal in his hiring of good conservatives.

Jubal makes some very valid, common defenses of his own position. I'll try to tackle a few. I'll presume Gilchrist was joking about "taxing the ultra-rich more" because it just doesn't correlate with the rest of what he's said.

He will have a national fundraising base to work from. He will have the momentum of a late entry. He will advance to the final runoff. He will have a national grassroots effort. He will have the fiscal savvy to go at it with Campbell and Brewer in any debate. He will be able to point to the fact that he'll only be one member of Congress and won't stand out vocalizing his tax policies. He will stand out vocalizing his immigration policies.

Campbell or Gilchrist? It really makes no difference to me. Whoever it is will be the lowest of the low in Congress (unless you count the Demos). But, Gilchrist, a decorated Vietnam veteran and grassroots grownup, inspires. Sadly, Campbell doesn't. Believe me when I say I wish he did.

UPDATE: Daily Pilot story on the race: Dueling endorsements. Harvey Englander wins points for the jab at the end, saying, "We will be more than financially competitive with the car dealer." The car dealer, ouch! Watch for the Brewer crew to attempt to play down Campbell's incumbency.

ALSO: Frank Mickadeit's column in today's Register: Brewer senses sharks circling her. I can see now why Campbell didn't get the Minority Leader position. He was "fooled" into voting for in-state tuition for illegal's anchor babies. Right, right. That gives me so much confidence in his Congressional future.

AND: Campbell has signs all over Culver in Irvine. Once again, he's in the lead.

Both articles highlighting Brewer. Lucky for her.

Yours in liberty,



Blogger kettle black said...

I have to agree.

We need to get over our fear that "we have to keep known conservatives in office to prevent the Dems from getting the seats."

Yes, it is very risky. An incumbent is more likely to be elected. But, we need to realize that many of these perpetual incumbents change over time, and we need to take risks to ensure that we are putting the right persons in the right positions.

Enough of the "Peter principle." Gilchrist is new blood, and while he may not be a known vanguard, I still think that he deserves a serious look before he is dismissed.

Thursday, August 11, 2005 10:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Gilchrist can win said...

Gilchrist is a Vietnam vet? Can anyone share which branch?

Thursday, August 11, 2005 11:10:00 AM  
Blogger Allan Bartlett said...

Thank You so much Silence for taking a stand on Jim Gilchrist. John Campbell definately doesn't inspire the grassroots. Jim will be like a shot of adrenilene to the debate on this seat. The local GOP establishment is terrified of Jim. They know he is a better candidate, but they can't break ranks because Jim is registered with the AI party. I wish Jim were still a republican, but his issues are more important than party for me and a lot of others.

Thursday, August 11, 2005 11:28:00 AM  
Blogger Silence Dogood said...

Gilchrist can win-

He was in the Marine Corps during Vietnam. He's a (Order of the) Purple Heart recipient. You can read about him on his website.

Thursday, August 11, 2005 1:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Gilchrist can win said...

Semper Fi ! Gilchrist needs to get in this campaign and win for the sake of America and Orange County

Thursday, August 11, 2005 1:57:00 PM  
Anonymous OC Watch said...

No doubt -- Gilchrist is going to turn that apple cart over -- and Campbell's vulnerable.

Saturday, August 13, 2005 5:12:00 PM  
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