The Clay & Renee Show: Don’t vote and THIS is what you get.

I want to start off with our most sincere condolences for the family of Keith Crisco.  We did not personally know the gentleman from neighboring Randolph County.  But some of our good conservative friends from that neck of the woods have had nothing but the highest praises for the man. He was a community leader deeply-devoted to his friends and neighbors.  He built a successful business that put a lot of food on family dinner tables in a struggling county.

kc11Crisco was a true anachronism for today’s Democrat Party.  He reminded me a lot of my late grandfather — a rural, conservative Democrat Party boss in southeastern North Carolina.  People from Randolph County tell me that Crisco regularly supported local Republican candidates and resisted a lot of pressure from local Republicans to switch parties.

It was a real shame to see his life snuffed out by a senseless accident at his home in Asheboro.  The guy had done so many good things in his life, and he had a few more left in him — we’re sure.  I honestly believe that Crisco — had he lived and slipped past Aiken in a recount — could have given Renee Ellmers quite a fight.

But, we’ll never know.

Total voter turnout for the May 6 primaries was a *whopping* 15.71 percent. An awful lot of races got decided that day — by 15 percent of the people eligible to decide them.  

We make voting so easy these days. We have early voting.  You can register at the DMV. You can get an absentee ballot.  People have shed blood all over the world, across the generations, for the right to vote.  And here we are with a little more than 1/10th of the people bothering to partake in their constitutional responsibilities. ca1

It’s been said that government goes to whoever shows up.  The people I saw show up included:  an elderly man who marked ALL of the US Senate candidates in the GOP primary, two women who argued over whether they were going to vote for Thom Tillis OR Clay Aiken in the primary, and the foreign-sounding woman who screamed at the top of her lungs demanding an “independent” ballot despite the fact records showed her as a registered Democrat.

Are informed voters Going Galt?   Four million voters who showed up to support John McCain in 2008 did not show up at all for Mitt Romney in 2012. 

Though, the voters are not completely at fault here.  We’ve got two major parties engaged in a Me-Too slap fight.  We’ve got Republicans at the state level in Raleigh supporting alternative energy mandates and health insurance mandates that drive up the cost of living for the rest of us.  Just like the lefties.  We’ve got Republicans in Washington who — just like the lefties — support runaway spending, tax increases, funding ObamaCare, and weakening our ability to fight illegal immigration.  People moan about voters not taking their responsibility seriously.  Perhaps they see two different cliques of politicos promising slightly different flavors of the same unpleasant thing.  It’s like choosing between Cottonelle and Charmin. Toilet paper is toilet paper is toilet paper. download (88)

Here in the Second District — the electorate is primarily conservative.  The media is going to be all over the Clay and Renee match up because of Aiken’s American Idol experience.  People LOVE a celebrity.  I am willing to bet you more people can tell you who Clay Aiken is than can correctly name their mayor or city councilman.  The issues won’t matter much.  Renee Ellmers has shown an utter lack of respect for conservatism and The Tea Party activists who helped slide her past Bob Etheridge in 2010.  So, there is no fire out there to defend her.  Clay Aiken has had devoted fans follow him around the country for years to see his performances.  I doubt he will have problems luring people out to the polls.

For most of the people who turn out — Clay’s smile and singing voice and Renee’s smile and hairdo will matter MUCH MORE than the economy, amnesty or ObamaCare.  The race will be quite a coup for TMZ and US magazine.  Not so much for our state, country, or economic fortunes. 

15 comments for “The Clay & Renee Show: Don’t vote and THIS is what you get.

  1. Raphael
    May 13, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    What that races needs is an independent candidate running on opposition to amnesty, even if they run as a write-in. Lets take this quisling Ellmers down and show her why. Conservatives have nobody to vote for in that race, or in the US Senate race.

    • Kathy
      May 14, 2014 at 1:50 am

      Got any ideas? How about BJ Lawson?

      • Raphael
        May 14, 2014 at 11:52 am

        They do not even have to live in the district under the Constitution. They only have to live in the state. That gives lots of options.

  2. Tim
    May 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Great column, Brant. Much truth in what you say.

  3. Borderhawk
    May 14, 2014 at 12:36 am

    I wondered about the third party candidates against Tillis and Ellmers.

    If Aiken wins, a conservative could win the open primary in 2016.

  4. Borderhawk
    May 14, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Renee Ellmers donated to Tricia Pridemore in Georgia. I think it is time for the grassroots conservatives there to ask tough questions.

    I trying to find out who the other candidate Ellmers donated to.

  5. Eric Dailey
    May 14, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Crisco out spent Aiken three to one and Clay won anyway because of his message to wit: ‘I am not a politician and I CARE about you’. Clay will get the same result against Ellmers but he’ll have lots of money to do it with.

  6. R Matthews
    May 14, 2014 at 10:16 am

    http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Media/Slideshow/2013/01/25/The-10-Worst-States-in-the-US-for-Taxes?page=3

    NC ranks in the top ten states for tax burden.

    How do we pay for Ellmers’ illegal alien invasion?

    And, of course, Clay Aiken is just trying to push the gay agenda. He will vote with the Communist Party. What a choice!

    • Raphael
      May 14, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      They really do need to put None of the Above on the ballot.

      They need an anti-amnesty write-in so conservatives will have someone to vote for.

      • Atnor
        May 16, 2014 at 1:10 am

        heh… I’ll be voting probably for Haugh in the Senate race (The Libertarian dude)… they might as well put him down in the Ellmers/Aiken race too :)

        • J. P. Jones
          May 19, 2014 at 4:56 pm

          Me too in the Senate race. Sean Haugh is the only conservative left on the ballot. If I lived in Ellmers’ district I would write in a name.

          • Raphael
            May 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm

            Where is Haugh on illegal immigration? Most LP types (as opposed to most small ”l” libertarians I know) seem to be supporters of amnesty. That should be a deal killer for conservative voters.

          • J.P. Jones
            May 19, 2014 at 11:28 pm

            Raphael,
            You’re right. Illegal immigration could be a deal killer.

  7. Art Bradshaw
    May 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    The vote was low because the only people who voted are the same ones who watch American Idol and wonder what the Kardashians are up up to.Sprinkled with a mix of 24 hour Fox news watchers,Moral Monday marchers,GOP and democrat party activist,Tea Party activist and assorted characters whose hair was on fire for other reasons.That is about 16%.Nov will see a little better turnout as the base will vote along with the solid citizen but that will still be low and the GOP will win the Senate by a slim margin.But nothing will change.The mantra will be,drum roll……we need a veto proof majority.The debt will continue to increase,regulations will continue to strangle small business and daily living,good jobs will be scarce as hens teeth,middle class will continue to suffer and shrink.Government everywhere will get bigger.More will become disillusioned and stop voting and try and live out their lives free of worrying about things they cannot change.

    • Raphael
      May 14, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      The polls on voter enthusiasm are showing higher enthusiasm among GOP voters than Democrat voters, but GOP voter enthusiasm is still significantly lower than 2010. It is not hard to see why, with our DC ”leadership” jerking us among on budget / debt issues in sellouts to the Democrats and even talking about caving in on amnesty for illegal aliens. According to the detailed analysis of Jay Cost, co-editor of the Almanac of American Politics, four million white Republican voters who came out for John McCain, stayed home for Mitt Romney. I suspect that will get worse this time. When we have wimpy, uninspiring leadership in both Washington, and except for the State Senate, in Raleigh, that is only to be expected.

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