You are not invited!

Example #3,569 of how far the California GOP has its head up its ass. An invitation for a fund raiser for Tom Del Becarro, is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Saturday, December 13, at a secret location. Probably at a mansion in Moraga with Hispanics dressed in starched white uniforms serving some cocktail wienies while on their knees. The GOP may have freed the slaves, but don’t go too far, now.

The sorry state of GOP affairs can be illustrated by the likelihood that, with some notable exceptions, many Republicans will argue that the:

A) hosts are exactly what’s wrong with the California GOP, and

B) in an ongoing effort to insulate themselves from rubbing shoulders with or explain themselves to the rank and file or moderates, the hosts will be the only carefully screened guests allowed to attend the super-duper private event to help reelect the California GOP Vice Chair, Del Becarro.

In stark contrast, Contra Costa Democrats usually have their events in public places and invite one and all. You might get an elbow in the kidney but at least Dems let you eat a couple of a wienies first before the rough stuff starts or Mark DeSaulnier starts cracking wise, whichever’s worse.

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Comments

  1. Freak of the far right says

    Admin I understand! But on Jefferson I was paraphrasing which means:

    1. a restatement of a text or passage giving the meaning in another form, as for clearness; rewording.
    2. the act or process of restating or rewording.
    So I did not need to have it exact.

  2. says

    ~ EDITOR MAKES POINT OF INFORMATION — Freak, couple of things:

    1. You misquoted Jefferson. He did not mention “bureaucrats and politicians” but “patriots and tyrants.” Plus it was a couplet of opposites not two of the negative, so please tone down the rhetoric just a tad if you want to maintain any credibility. Here’s the quote in full:

    1787 Nov. 13. “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.” (to W. S. Smith, B.12.356)

    2. One warning only: ALL CAP COMMENTS CANNOT BE TOLERATED.

    3. Your obsession with blood is disconcerting at best. To wallow in such imagery so flippantly is not only melodramatic but questionable.

  3. Freak of the far right says

    Walter is on the right track. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson “we must renew the tree of liberty with the blood of bureaucrats and politicians.” That says it all. We must now be about the task of renewal. RINOS must repent their big government ways or be hunted down. Our leadership must be removed and a new order imposed. All the GOP leadership that sat their while Bush was leading us off a cliff need to go. They don’t understand the new reality that is the Republican Party and they must leave now as we get about sprinkling their blood on the tree of liberty!!

  4. Freak of the far right says

    I AGREE WITH WALTER!! THE PARTY NEEDS TO GO IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND THE RINOS AND THE CURRENT LEADERSHIP MUST GO!! HAPPY HUNTING!!

  5. says

    Big Tent, Freak, and Walter are talking past each other and not addressing the elephant in the Alameda and Contra Costa GOP living rooms. Elephant…GOP? Get it?

    Despite all manner of conservative bona fides, the problem is not ideological but one of organizational governance and oversight.

    From what I read from Walter, and what we already know about Contra Costa, the GOP “leadership” at County levels has devolved into personal fiefdoms operated to benefit specific careers either at the State party level or as entre into Second Life as minor league commentators spouting pseudo wisdom and inside dope like “no one can stop Hillary” at Federated Luncheons.

    SO the entire culture of County Central Committees needs to change from one of STRONG FRONT MAN and weak board to STRONG BOARD and Executive Director that implements board direction instead of feathering their own nests and getting pissed off when someone calls them on their shit.

  6. says

    Big Tent, I would say that the RINOs within the Republicans Party are frightened indeed! That’s why were being resisted and hit with lawsuits!

    You say, “You (us) want to get rid of everyone in the Republican party who doesn’t agree with you exactly on fiscal and social issues, ridicule those outside the party who don’t agree with your doctrine and then you think you will win elections with candidates who share your disdain for others.”

    You sure are a backward thinker sir! Let me remind you that WE are the ones being resisted here, and even at the expense of local Republican races, I might add. They would like to get rid of us! Why? Because they don’t agree with US on various issues. The first punch was thrown by them, not us! We went there and tried to be social, and respectable with the current committee members because we wanted to be able to work with them. We campaigned for local Republicans in 103 degree heat, while the Alameda County GOP canceled events because it was too hot! We held volunteer events for local Republicans that filled a Safeway front lobby. We left the “pup tent” at home!

    You say, “It’s so easy to be smug in your old little world and so hard to do the real work of building a successful party.”

    I’m sure that Chairman Paul Cummings can relate with you on that one! It sure is hard to build a successful Republican Party… When the Chairman sues all the volunteers because they didn’t support who he supported in the Presidential Primary! Were you aware that it was so tough to be a volunteer for the Republican Party? Were you aware that volunteering for the Republican Party might get you sued?

    Before we came along, Paul Cummings could have held his meetings in a “pup tent.” His 30-member committee only had 15 members! And I’m sure it really upsets him that we show-up with more people at the meetings than he does.

    We’re are expanding! While the RINOs are fading away! I guess that their hearts’ just weren’t in it…. and we’re only getting started!

  7. Big Tent (Ronald Reagan) Republican says

    Freak’s message reads like a Saturday Night Live politcal parody when he writes:

    “RINO’S MUST BE HUNTED DOWN AND REMOVED!! LET THE REVOLUTION START IN ALAMEDA COUNTY UNDER COMRADE WALTER STANLEY III. LET IT SPREAD TO CONTRA COSTA AND THE REST OF THE BAY AREA AND THE REST OF CALIFORNIA. THE CONSERVATIVE PEASANTS WILL RISE UP ON THE ELITIST RINOS. LET US PURGE THE CENTRAL COMMITTIEES OF THE NINNIES AND THE TWITS. LET US HAVE REAL CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES FOR US TO SUPPORT. LET US FIGHT AND CLAW AND RETAKE WHAT IS OURS AND BRING THE GOP BACK AS A VICTORIOUS CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT!!”

    The above quote is either a joke or it should really frighten the Republican party. You want to get rid of everyone in the Republican party who doesn’t agree with you exactly on fiscal and social issues, ridicule those outside the party who don’t agree with your doctrine and then you think you will win elections with candidates who share your distain for others. You’re going to have a party that can hold meetings in a pup tent. They won’t have to be in a secet location because nobody will want to come.

    Instead of sounding like a bunch of hate-filled kooks you might work on sending positive messages about the fiscal policies of the Republican party.

    But is sounds like you’d rather be RINO HUNTING. It’s so easy to be smug in your old little world and so hard to do the real work of building a successful party.

    Happy RINO HUNTING to you all!

  8. Freak of the far right says

    WALTER MY MAN!! YOU ARE THE KING!! LET ME GIVE YOU A FREAKY SHOUT

    OUT TO YOU!! IT IS TIME FOR REVOLUTION!!

    THE SQUISHES WHO BRING UP REAGAN ONLY USE HIM FOR A STRAW MAN.
    THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS A CONSERVATIVE PARTY. THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE MODERATES ARE LIVING IN A DISFUNCTIONAL DREAM WORLD!! THEY WILL NEVER HAVE ANY REAL POWER TO CHANGE THE GOP. THERE WILL NEVER BE A LIVE AND LET LIVE COLLITION. THIS WAS AN UNEASY ALLIANCE AT BEST. THE COLLITION IS BROKEN!! LET IT DIE. MODERATES/LIBERAL REPUBLICANS SHOULD BECOME DECLINE TO STATE (DTS) OR DEMOCRATS.

    BEING A MODERATES/LIBERAL REPUBLICAN ANYMORE IS LIKE BEING TO CUTE BY TWO. LIKE WHEN THEY SAY I’M A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE BUT I SUPPORT ABORTION AND GAY RIGHTS AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. ITS IS LIKE OK YOU ARE NOT A REPUBLICAN. YOU JUST REGISTERED AS A REPUBLICAN AND YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE VALUES OF THE CONSERATIVE MOVEMENT THAT HAVE SHAPED THE MODERN REPUBLICAN PARTY. THUS THE TITLE RINO!! YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS OK. FOR YEARS THE MODERATES/LIBERAL REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO RESHAPE THE PARTY BACK TO ROCKERFELLER. NO WAY IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. YOU DON’T HAVE THE NUMBERS OR THE PASSON OR THE TRIJECTORY OF HISTORY. MAYBE YOU HAVE THE MONEY AND THE INFLUENCE IN WASHINGTON DC AND SACRAMENTO BUT YOUR DAY IS DONE. NOW THE PARTY MUST BE REFORMED. RINO’S MUST BE HUNTED DOWN AND REMOVED!!

    LET THE REVOLUTION START IN ALAMEDA COUNTY UNDER COMRADE WALTER STANLEY III. LET IT SPREAD TO CONTRA COSTA AND THE REST OF THE BAY AREA AND THE REST OF CALIFORNIA. THE CONSERVATIVE PEASANTS WILL RISE UP ON THE ELITIST RINOS. LET US PURGE THE CENTRAL COMMITTIEES OF THE NINNIES AND THE TWITS. LET US HAVE REAL CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES FOR US TO SUPPORT. LET US FIGHT AND CLAW AND RETAKE WHAT IS OURS AND BRING THE GOP BACK AS A VICTORIOUS CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT!!

    ONWARD!! ONWARD!! FIGHT!! WIN!!

  9. says

    Okay, “Big Tent” I can see that you are on the outside looking in on a complicated situation… so please let me fill you in!

    R.I.N.O. stands for Republican In Name Only! In other words, they fail to adhere to the Republican Party platform of Limited government, individual liberty, low taxes, balanced budgets, and a strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution even though they claim to be Republicans!

    Let me break this down in regards to Paul Cummings the Alameda County Chairman…

    *Limited Government: Cummings is the director of subsidized housing in California, Hawaii, and Nevada. I would not normally knock anybody’s job, or how someone makes a living but this is hardly a conservative, limited government type of guy. This would be like a pro-lifer working at Planned Parenthood in some respect! No principal whatsoever!

    *Individual Liberty/Adherence to the Constitution: Cummings has shown that he is not very supportive of the 1st Amendment, specifically “freedom of speech” and “the right of the people to peacefully assemble.” He refuses to allow non-committee members to speak their mind at meetings, or participate in discussions, and he also displays a “who the hell are you” type attitude to any new comers that are attempting to get involved with the local political process. No wonder Alameda County is at 17% registration. When we showed up in mass to peacefully assemble against his counter-productive, self-defeating, poorly timed, lawsuit, he labeled us a “disruptive” and tried to table the discussion regarding the lawsuit even though he brought up the topic of conversation! All would be a direct violation of his oath of office to “protect and defend” the Constitution, as far as I’m concerned!

    *Low Taxes/Balanced Budgets: The Cummings controlled committee failed to pass a resolution recently in opposition to the Governor’s planned tax increases. And Cummings allowed the committee to endorse a Ballot Measure that raised property taxes for Hayward residents by $56 a year, for twenty years ($205 million total). This was without one bit of information provided about what the Measure actually included!

    Maybe you should talk to Cummings about the “big tent” policy of Reagan. You see, we all know that Republicans need cross-over voters to win elections, and we also need members from other parties to become Republicans for volunteer efforts, for boosting registration numbers, and other things, such as filling vacant seats on the committee. Cummings decided to adopt an “exclusionary” stance regarding this subject in an effort to keep his private little social club together, and keep in-line with business as usual! (Which is usually no-business at all, since his committee can’t even get a quorum to transact official business at monthly meetings.)

    You say, “Why not focus on what you can agree on. Not what you don’t agree on.”

    I have said the same thing in emails to the current central committee members, which has failed to win any hearts and minds. We have been labeled as “extremist” because of our positions on illegal immigration. Even though our positions are in line with the 2008 Republican Party Platform, however, Cummings wouldn’t know this because he hasn’t even read it (according to the man himself)! Some Chairman right?

    You say, “As for the Cummings gentleman it sounds as if he was trying to see that the requirement for party membership be enforced. Back in the day real Republicans believed in the rule of law. Guess that changed too.

    According to the committee Bylaws, a member of the committee only needs to be registered in the county as a Republican! In fact, you could have registered yesterday, and be appointed to the committee as a member today! Also, it is important to note that had Cummings won his lawsuit, and our seats on the committee been declared vacant, he would appoint new members that don’t have to meet any time requirements! The whole point of the obscure election code regarding time requirements is to prevent rival party interference. This is hardly the case in our situation.

    And one more thing about the “rule of law” point that you tried to make… There are statutes of limitations that come along with the law. In his complete incompetence, R.I.N.O. Chairman Paul Cummings, failed to comply with the statute of limitations regarding contesting primary elections.

    Your “gentleman” friend is a snake that can’t look anyone in their eyes, and feels that his committee should only be made up of yes-men, and party lap dogs that throw their support behind fake conservatives, and costly Ballot Measures. Not to mention that he, and his financial backers spent thousands, upon thousands of dollars fighting elected Republican volunteers, as opposed to fighting his former party… the Democrats! That’s right, Mr. Subsidized Housing was a former registered Democrat! And I’m sure that they’re happy to see what he has been doing!

  10. Big Tent (Ronald Reagan) Republican says

    Do you people even read what you are writing? RINO HUNTING? If Republicans don’t meet your special test they should be ousted from the Republican party? How special you all must think yourselves to be.

    Administrator – you were worried about Republicans not being invited to a secret location? I think you should be more concerned about people going to an event when RINO HUNTING could be the day’s activity.

    Back in the day a guy named Ronald Reagan (remember him?) spoke of a Big Tent. I guess you all think the tent is too big since it includes people you don’t deem to be real Republicans. Pretty soon you can hold your secret meetings in a pup tent.

    Why not focus on what you can agree on. Not what you don’t agree on.

    As for the Cummings gentleman it sounds as if he was trying to see that the requirement for party membership be enforced. Back in the day real Republicans believed in the rule of law. Guess that changed too.

    ~ EDITOR REPLIES — I do not condone licensed or unlicensed RINO hunting. I have consistently argued for new ideas to reinvigorate the GOP from a variety of perspectives. My point in “You are not invited” was that if GOP events were not secret but open and held at public places instead of some inner sanctum or private residence, a more diverse group could more easily mingle together socially instead of having to pass some unknown litmus test just to learn of the whereabouts of the event.

    Unfortunately, when it comes to the GOP in California, BIG TENT seems to be nothing more than a code term for CLOWN SCHOOL: from the riff-raff with pitchforks to the hoi polloi who refuse to mingle with the natives.

  11. Freak of the far right says

    Walter you are very welcome!! You are right get Alameda free from the RINO’s the only place for them in Alameda County is in the Oakland Zoo. Keep fighting!!

    Joanne you have a nice looking sight. You should write about the CCGOP. They are a very entertaining group!! I recieved another email today to attend the fundraiser for the “Great Leader” at the secret location. The article you sight (even though it is the SF chronicle) is devistating. I have watched the AD15 registration slip to the point that we lost the seat this year. We need new leadership from the right!!

  12. Matt, Dublin says

    chairman paul cummings = dirt bag

    anyone with any common-sense can see what’s going on with the alameda co gop! with the overhaul of the CRP leadership, and the departure of neo-con-nehring, it would be fitting to dump paul dumbings too. what the hell has this guy done other than pick political fights with his own party members? the paul dumbings power grab has failed. personally I feel that he has given my alameda co gop a bad name. no one wants to hear about republicans fighting with republicans during an election year. what is this guy thinking? i hope that the new-comers can repair the damage that paul dumbings’s social club has caused!

    i loved the sf chronicicle stories. i’ve never seen a single positive story written about republicans in that newspaper, let alone two! keep it up!!

    a win in the court of law…..check

    a win in the court of public opinion…..check

    can’t beat that!

  13. says

    Freak of the far right, Always nice to hear from you my friend! I’m glad to see that there are some real conservatives on HalfwaytoConcord!

    I haven’t heard anything from Dean about running again. I’m honored by your kind words about me taking a shot at Congress though. I believe that we need more active participation from regular, everyday people in government. You know, “we the people, for the people, by the people.” I’m tired of the same old musical-chair politicians, moving from one office to another, boasting about their “experiance,” when they know nothing about their oath to “protect & defend” the U.S. Constitution!

    I would like to focus on the Alameda County Republican Central Committee, for now, and build a base of truly conservative Republicans. If we get that place to start acting like Republicans, anything is possible! Then I might just consider a run for State Assembly! Now, wouldn’t that be fun? Take care friends!

  14. says

    Hello,
    I recently started to check out your website, via claycord.com. I just started my blog, crazyinsuburbia.blogspot.com.

    Anyway, I’ve found your GOP rants, especially the one about the Contra Costa GOP fundraiser for Tom del Beccarro amusing. (I’m also on the county GOP email list). If I get a chance, I might do a post about them.

    In any case, I thought you might enjoy this story from today’s SF Chronicle about dwindling GOP numbers statewide:
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/08/BANA14I7MF.DTL

  15. Freak of the far right says

    I love all the RINO hunting everyone wants to do. The reality is that RINO’S IN GOP ARE BECOMING if they are not already EXTINCT. John McCain was a bizarre sort of hybrid Republican. I know he was pro-life but he did not embrace the conservative movement until he wanted to run for the GOP nomination. McCain like a lot of politicians they will mouth what they think you want to hear if they think it will get them elected. He reminded me of a Vietnam era Bob Dole. He was smart to pick Sarah Palin because she excited the only people left supporting the Republican Party, the super conservatives. McCains pick of Palin was the old fighter pilot pulling four aces in a poker game. But he lost every subsequent hand he was dealt up until election day and like his record as a fighter pilot he crashed and burned.

    The GOP is down to its base of support. There may be a few Rinos to knock off like the one Walter has in his sights but in general the conservative movement is in charge and has run out of gas.

    Like the Dems in 2000 to 2005 we will have to wait in the woods until the American people will give us another chance.

  16. Freak of the far right says

    I recieved a newsletter the other day from the California Republican Party showing all the events statewide. Every event is at a named location. Except for the Contra Costa GOP. They are having their Christmas party at a secret location.
    I think Reefer had it right they should have meetings and events at public locations so that everyone can attend instead of a secret location where only party insiders can attend.

    ~ EDITOR ADDS — And to top it off the secret Contra Costa GOP “holiday celebration” is actually a fundraiser for Tom’s re-eelction bid; so bring your check book.

    That’s the Christmas Spirit we’ve all come to know and love from the CCRP!

    ho Ho HO

  17. Freak of the far right says

    Walter my man!! Good to read you on halfway to concord! Now that Andal has gone down to miserable defeat and with your take over the Alameda GOP you need to run for Congress and lead the revolution back. There is a rumor that Andal may run again!!

  18. says

    Thanks for the kind words Renegade Republican! We just received word that the fake conservative Paul D. Cummings Jr., Chairman of the Alameda County GOP and Executive Director of Subsidized Housing, has decided to appeal the court’s ruling.

    Now, I will work to not only fight the self-proclaimed “liberal-Republican” in court, but I will also attempt to have him removed from the Chair, and ultimately the committee. After that, I’m sure that the former registered Democrat (I guess that’s what “liberal-Republican really means) will re-join his former party. Then the Alameda County GOP will be a better place!

  19. Renegade Republican says

    I have had the pleasure to meet Walter Stanley III, GOP Livermore City-Chair and he is a great fellow. He is standing up for what is right in the Alameda GOP.
    Fight on Walter!!

  20. says

    I’ve witnessed the same exclusionary attitude with my own Alameda Co. Republican party. That’s why I was happy to hear of the lawsuit victory by the upstart Constitutional Republicans over the RINO chair Paul Cummings. If the county party wants to look to the future, the first thing to do would be to get rid of Paul Cummings. Hard to believe that the Executive Director of Subsidized Housing is also the Chairman of the County GOP.

  21. CSU Student says

    Okay.. so, I’m a student at a CSU. I’m supposed to be researching an article on politics and stumbled across this. So, you’re upset because someone is having a party and you’re not invited? If you were invited would we still be reading this??

    …. NEXT SUBJECT!!!!!!!!!

    ~ EDITOR REPLIES — Let me know when you need help moving out of California to find a job. I will be busy that day, too.

  22. chuckcarpenter says

    Does anyone have any question why Republicans stood in line in Lafayette, BART Stations, Walnut Creek and Todos Santos to reregister. There is still no hope there. Two for two. Have a nice party 15AD and 11CD.

  23. says

    Disillusioned Mouseketeer,

    “Grumpy old Republican?” I guess if you mean “grumpy” about how things are currently going in the Republican Party… You’re probably right. My comments may be somewhat off topic conserning the blog-posting, however, I noticed the admin had posted a comment about the Press Release that I sent him. My intent was to offer some clairification to the viewers on the subject.

    Regarding your “Where did the title Livermore City-Chair come from? I’m an elected member of the Alameda County Republican Central Committee in the 15th Assembly District, which includes the city that I live in, Livermore. I was elected back during the June 3rd Primary Election and my term ends two years from now. I was asked to be the Livermore City-Chair by the Executive Director, and the Treasurer of the Alameda County GOP, which does exist on an ongoing basis.

    For just being “curious”… You sure do have a heated tone. I hope that you’re not upset that we won the lawsuit friend!

  24. Disillusioned Mouseketeer says

    If you need an example of a grumpy old Republican Walter Stanley III would fit the definition. Besides, where did the title Livermore City-Chair come from? There are often city captains for a particular campaign but not that exist on an ongoing basis. Or at least that what I have heard spoken of here in Contra Costa County. It this like a phony Kentucky Colonel title this guy awarded himself? Just curious. I will give his the title of Captain Grumpy if he wants it.

    His tirade is not even on topic. Tired of talking back to the radio Captain Grumpy?

  25. says

    The judge’s ruling affirms the obvious… The California Statewide Direct PRIMARY Election is exactly what it says it is… A “PRIMARY ELECTION.” The statute of limitations for contesting a “primary” election is 5-days, as opposed to 30-days for a “GENERAL ELECTION.”

    I’m sorry that your well-known Republican Party attorneys, and your San Francisco big-shot lawyer couldn’t understand the difference between the two. Face it, the GOP can’t win elections (beacuse the R.I.N.O. leadership has broken away from the conservative base and traditional limited government platform) and they can’t win lawsuits (because of their Chairman’s complete incompetence).

    Maybe next time the establishment Republican Party will think twice before going after it’s own elected Republican volunteers and instead, focus on winning elections against the opposing Party!

    Don’t Tread On Me… Chairman Paul Cummings!

  26. says

    Chairman Paul Cummings said Wednesday that the judge “got the law wrong” and that Judge Roesch’s “bizarre interpretation of what an election is certainly surprised me and has our counsel dumbfounded.”

    Chairman Paul Cummings doesn’t even understand his own committee bylaws, let alone California Election Law! Maybe he should let judges interpret ‘election law’ since that’s their area of expertise. As far as the Chairman’s “dumbfounded counsel” goes…. Don’t mind him, or the McCain Campaign lawyers, or the Republican Lawyers’ Association that were all out done, out classed and ultimately defeated by normal, everyday people without law degrees. This was truly a win for the people… by the people!

    Congratulations Alameda County Constitutional Republicans! *Special Thanks* to all of our supporters from near and far. This victory is for all of you! You guys and gals are the best!

    Thanks for the post!

  27. says

    Walter Stanley reports that a Superior Court judge has:

    “denied the suit by Paul Cummings, the Alameda County Republican Central Committee (ACRCC) Chairman (LISTED ABOVE AS A HOST FOR TOM DEL BECCARO’S SECRET FUNDRAISER), against the Alameda County Registrar of Voters and seven Constitutional Republican defendants.

    “In his suit, Cummings had sought to have the election of the Constitutional Republicans to the ACRCC voided and the memberships on the Committee to which the defendants were elected declared vacant, which would enable him to fill the ACRCC with individuals of his selection.

    “As we hoped, with moral support and financial assistance from many liberty-minded individuals we were able to prevail in court, and retain our seats on the Central Committee to which were elected by the Republican voters of Alameda County. Thanks to the many people who have supported the Constitutional Republicans in this unequal fight!”