DO YOU SHARE MY VIEW THAT THIS ELECTION WILL BE ONE OF SIGNIFICANT CHANGE?

I really believe that, for the first time in many years here in Delaware, and even nationwide, we are going to see a huge growth in the number of people who will make their choice of candidates based on the quality of the candidate character, not on the party color, (red or blue)”. Did I just steal that phrase
“quality of character …not color…..? I think I might have heard it somewhere before.

Why? do I smell real change in Delaware’s voting patterns and in other places too? Think about it. A 36 year old man born in India, with off-white skin color, and a Republican at that, won the governor’s race in Louisiana this week. In Boston, Tsongas a very famous name, in a normally huge dem district wins by only 5%…that was incredible! In Delaware we have Biden losing badly as a “favorite son” candidate. In other words, just because he’s our home grown boy, he is ranking zippo in voting polls in his own State. People are beginning to think, rather than just vote by rote.

People are not falling in line because “we have always done it that way.”

We also have another first…the normal democratic machine which usually just points to some hack and says, “Hey, it’s your turn” is not getting away with it this time. No more stuff like, “Just do what you are told, no primary, wait your turn, and we’ll get you there when we want to.” No, not this time.

Jack Markell has said “no” to a bundle of twisted offers to fall in line under the direction of democratic party bigwigs, even from the Washington bigshots who threw all kinds of deals at him; if only he doesn’t primary Carney. One plan was to have him run for Lt. Gov, with promises of more power than any Lt. Gov ever had in the past, in our regressive State.

If he agreed to that deal, Matt Den would pull out voluntarily from Lt. Gov race; but Blunt, the other candidate, wouldn’t budge. It’s my opinion that Blunt WILL pull out, provided he gets a promise of a nice little job with a nice big state salary. That surprises me because, how little could he do any more than the little he does now in some trumpted up do-little job he shows up for, with about a one hundred thou salary attached.? He will pull out eventually, but he has to play the game of pulling out when it’s too late for the Denn deal. Jack Markell is too straight a shooter to play their game.

You see, Jack Markell knows he is smarter and more positively progressive than Carney. And he can’t stand the thought of working below somebody that you are better than. I can certainly identify with what it is like working with a boss I was better than; I did work with Rick Jensen every day, you know. What a nightmare!

So, a primary WILL hurt the Dems, as a machine, but it helps the rest of us as individuals. It could produce a Republican win for the governor’s seat; which I hope is Alan Levin, should he decide to run. All these tangled scenarios help us to make good choices, because we will actually HAVE choices this time.

By the way, there is an interesting little historical angle here that really could put a Republican in the Governor’s chair. It goes like this…and it all happened during the 30 years that I have been here.

About every 14 to 16 years the lazy, slow-motion Dems yield just enough scandals that move people to change the rules of the game. In the late seventies Pete duPont took advantage of Democratic screwups and won. About 12 years after that, Mike Castle got in because Dems got fat, sloppy and contented and lost the governorship.

Now, 16 years later, there have been such outrageous ass-backwards messes that an Alan Levin could come in with credible, much needed promised changes, which coincides with policies we have been begging for, provided he runs of course. In every Republican reign as governor they have had no high profile problems, and they left legacies of positive change. That’s true of Pete duPont and Mike Castle….why not an Alan Levin? It could and should happen, in my personal view.

The key to the change is for YOU, the real change-makers, to keep the key issues in front of these guys, from both parties.

Haven’t we pretty much settled on: OPEN GOVERNENT/ INSPECTOR GENERAL POSITION/ FEWER SCHOOL DISTRICTS/ LESS LOBBYIST INFLUENCE/ NO EMINENT DOMAIN/ BETTER DISTRICTING To STOP SO MANY ENCUMBENTS FROM ALWAYS WINNING/ INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM/ WIND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY/ OPENING ALL LEGISLATIVE BILLS FOR DEBATE AND VOTE/ HEALTH CARE….OH GOD, YES, HEALTH CARE.

If you constantly keep these guys forced to focus on those issues, it really could happen…MEANINGFUL POSITIVE CHANGE. We do know some things now; Carney is in favor of eminent domain…he likes taking peoples’ property at will/ he is dead set against Inspector General/ not really a fan of new modes of open government, he’s against referendum, likes the present lobbyist power position.

Jack Markell is kind of hovering in the air around those issues, but not quite decided on where to land yet. My personal choice is pretty clear on all of the above mentioned issues, according to his recent speeches, and during a two hour radio show. When asked about all those issues by both callers and talk show hosts, Alan Levin agreed to them all.

SO HERE IS THE QUESTION OF THE DAY….CAN YOU SAY RIGHT NOW THAT YOU ARE AT LEAST WILLING TO SHED STRAIGHT PARTY AFFILIATION, TO VOTE FOR THE BEST.PERSON….EVEN IF THAT PERSON IS NOT OF YOUR USUAL PARTY?

LET ME HEAR FROM YOU…..LET IT HANG OUT THERE FOR INSPECTION. WHADDA YA THINK?

Tomorrow, I’ll tell you why Baker can lose, and why a Tyler Nixon could win…if he does decide to run….there is some good logic.

Talk about real change. See ya later.

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13 Responses to “DO YOU SHARE MY VIEW THAT THIS ELECTION WILL BE ONE OF SIGNIFICANT CHANGE?”

  1. Mike Matthews Says:

    Now this…I like. More of this entertaining speculation and analysis, Gerry!

  2. RickJ Says:

    Castle immediately followed DuPont, it wasn’t twelve years later. Castle was DuPont’s LG.

    I do agree that, though Levin should be a great candidate if he runs, it will take monumental Den screwups to make him win. In other words, more of the same.

  3. Duffy Says:

    I gave up any hope of First Staters thinking before voting when Beau Biden was elected.

  4. Gerry Fulcher Says:

    Sorry Rick. You’r right, course. Frankly, I don’t know what I was thinking of when I said there was a 12 gap between duPont and Castle. I guess I meant that the collective time that Repubicans governors rulled the state was approcimately 12 years.
    Regarding to what will talk for a Levin to be elected….
    Don’t you thnk that the DEMs have made enough mistakes and screwups in the last 8 years alone to give a hell of shot for a Levin in 208.

  5. Gerry Fulcher Says:

    DUFFY….: it really was a numbers game in that race. You are right about the Delaware thinking process when it comes to “party loyalty”, as they like to call it.
    As you know, a significant nember voted for Beau (who was listed in the voting boothas “Joseph) because they thought it was Joe senior.
    It was also a national DEM sweep last time / and the 60,000 dem advantage here in Delaware played a part, of course….
    BUT I REALLY DO BELIEVE THAT THIS TIME IT WILL BE DIFFERENT.
    I’ve been doing a mini straw poll,and I personally know of 107 dems who will vote for Levin….if a lot of us know 107 each….it could get the job done.

  6. Duffy Says:

    I hope you’re right and voters think for a chance. However, I’ll bet that you could run a dead dog as a Democrat vs. any Republican and they’d be putting that dogs paw in the air when they swore it in.

  7. Gerry Fulcher Says:

    FAITH, DUFFY, FAITH….come on now….we Irishmen are supposed to act with faith.
    REMEMBER EVEN A STOPPED CLOCK IS RIGHT TWICE A DAY…THINK ABOUT IT.
    We certainly have had enough “dogs” in the past, you’re right about that,….but I just have that feeling that maybe, just maybe, this could be the time for real change.
    If Levin gets in, and does beat Protact….we will then get to see if there are any good, dedicated, DEMS who can put their vote where their mouths have been. They talk about change, and say they want change of the system, that they want to put a qualified new breed type of politician in office, instead of the same old, same old.

    I beleive that if John Carney gets in, he brings a Minner mentality, and all the usual power crazed suspects…Adams, DeLuca, MdDowell, etc. etc.

    I truly believe that Levin will represent, honesty, proven success in business know-how, human service attention, and more. Just my opinion…BUT, he will need some Dems to turn away from the party, and vote their conscience. Think that can happen. DUFF?

  8. Duffy Says:

    Who knows? I’ve just become so cynical about the whole thing. Unless or until every political post has a 2 term limit, we’re going to see professional politicians forever. The likelihood of corruption is directly related to time in office. Hell, if it were up to me, I’d put in a two term limit for every political position and on top of that, a prohibition from serving in an equal or higher office for 5 years thereafter. That is, State Senators can’t become State Reps and US Senators cannot become Congressmen, etc.

    I have not given up completely but don’t have much hope.

  9. Gerry Fulcher Says:

    DUFFY: You are absolutely right about the time in office element being directly related to corruption. Believe it or not; I think that 90% of them come into office with fresh new ideas and a desire to do good. But as time goes on, and they see how things cannot be done because of the self-serving interest of the old timersm and opportunities of questionable ethics arise, and they see others “doing it”…so they join in, love it, and then they want to stay there forever, if they can.

  10. ANNON II Says:

    In my opinion:

    It seems to me Mr. Levin should follow Mrs. Rollins’ take on this: who needs it, let me re-count my money.

    Let Mr. Protak, unprimaried, have a stab at it alone that may quell his urge to ever run again.

    Mr. Levin has no publicly known tack record. As a Pooh-bah at the Chamber he could have a mighty impact on the health insurance debacle….negotiate an equiable (sp) solution that is agreeable to all stakeholders or some other heroic mission.

    If Mr. Carney wins the primary Mr. Levin has a better than even chance of winning in 2012….between Mr. Carney’s ineptitue (sp) and with Mr. Levin’s face in the news for four years he might even be a shoo in.

    If Mr. Markell wins all bets are off.

    Mr. Levin get busy showing the people you can be just as interested in the great unwashed as any Democrat…you’ve got four years.

    Mr. Levin do not tarnish your sterling reputation as a winner nor sacrifice yourself to the party. I believe the best way for you to help your party is to become Chair of the state Republican Party…they really need an infusion of new blood….they are hemmoraging at so many levels it’s sad.

  11. Gerry Fulcher Says:

    ANNON…Serious question for you. I want your take…

    Would Levin be better off running, winning, serving, then take over Republican party and instill significant change? OR,

    Would he be better off taking over, changing party, and THEN run for Governor?

  12. ANNON II Says:

    It’s the old ya gotta crawl before you can run….the Republicans in this state are in serious trouble…due to the people running the party. Someone with a proven track record, agreeable demeanor, and dynamic plan is sorely needed at this time….it will take at least 4 more years to rally the troops and get rid of the dupes and turn the party into a force to with which to be reckoned. A new chair could contain people like Copeland…he’s a chicken shit wanna be leader…let him put his spineless butt on the line and primary Protak….it’s the old put your money where your mouth is. Why should Levin get into a second tier contest so the party won’t be revealed for what it is….non-functional group led by a cadre of folks on life support…..Code Blue!!!…new blood needed now.

    The short answer is Choice #2.

  13. SpaghettiNmeatballs Says:

    Annon just doesn’t like levin cause he has money, i have heard the man speak at homes to a variety of constituents, donkeys and elephants, and not only is he rich but he is also quite impressive

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