"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men."

- Samuel Adams

Friday, October 21, 2011

WSRP Fall Dinner

Had the opportunity to attend the Washington State Republican Party Fall Dinner on October 18th with Jesse Young, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 6th District. It was extremely well attended, and in fact, Kirby Wilbur (State Chairman) apologized for overselling the event and further added that he would probably be looking for a larger venue in the future. There were over 400 attendees. The enthusiasm and energy in the room was great. This bodes well for Republican candidates throughout the State.

Karl Rove was the featured speaker and was FANTASTIC. While we were eating our dinner, Mr. Rove "roved" the room. He introduced himself, chatted with everyone, and was tremendously personable and good natured. There were picture opportunities like the one above featuring Jesse and Jennie Young with Mr. Rove.

Mr. Rove then spoke about the upcoming Presidential election and his vision of how President Obama can be defeated in 2012. This was not a speech but rather a talk that sometimes rambled off into stories and anecdotes but always returned to the point. It also contained the typical Rove statistics and detailed analysis. It was extremely informational, interesting, and enjoyable. If you ever have an opportunity to attend an event featuring Mr. Rove I suggest you seize the chance.

Election strategy is Mr. Rove's forte and, according to Mr. Rove, the strategy for defeating President Obama is to measure him by the standards that he, himself, set. Whether it is the closing of Guantanamo Bay, or that Unemployment will not exceed 8%, or any of the other myriad of promises/statements that he has made and not delivered. This strategy is applicable regardless of the Republican nominee and Mr. Rove declined to name his preferred candidate.

All in all, a very enlightening evening.

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