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Cindy's Corner

March 30, 2010

Stupid is as stupid does

ENID — “Did they really agree to reimburse nearly $2,000 for a bondage-themed night club?” asked Penny Nance, president of a group called Concerned Women For America after it had been disclosed that the Republican National Committee has reimbursed “somebody” for expenses at this club.

.“Why would a staffer believe that this is acceptable, and has this kind of thing been approved in the past?”

Good question, and answers don’t seem to be too forthcoming from the Republican National Committee.

Republicans candidates or operatives have to know they are big, big targets for Democrats, the liberal press (network television and large newspapers) and all liberal lobbying groups. They have to know by now they will be scrutinized heavier than any Democrat or Democratic National Committee or Democratic lobbying group of any kind.

And, still, they do stupid stuff like this?

RNC Chairman Michael Steele has been roundly criticized for his spending habits. He loves to spend money, but its all in an attempt to woo donors. Supposedly this little expenditure wasn’t for Steele and has nothing to do with Steele personally. But, it appears there was some kind of party going on to woo Republican donors, and that party included paying strippers.


This is why so many conservatives have lost faith in the Republican Party. Because as much as the Democratic Congress has been at fault for high-flying spending of tax money the last four years, the Republicans have been just as bad. And, if this is the kind of expenditure they think is OK, there’s not much hope the Republicans can do any better if they happen to win out in 2010.

Many Republicans and supporters of Republicans are thinking the 2010 general election is going to be a cakewalk for the Republican Party. Conventional wisdom is that the Democrats may lose their majority in the Senate and possibly the House.

They shouldn’t be so quick to rub their hands with glee. Because I think the voters are going to be looking for fiscally conservative candidates -- in any party -- who have integrity, credibility and most importantly a “non-Washington mindset” to get things back on course financially.

Any candidate that can step up to the plate and be that candidate will get a lot of crossover votes -- and will most certainly get the Independent votes.


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