Is the BlueprintNC brouhaha REALLY all that big of a deal?




It’s been fun watching all of the sputtering and posturing about the strategy memo reportedly circulated by the leadership of a lefty group calling itself BluePrintNC.   The document uses language like “crippling” and “eviscerate” and “weaken.”   And the chattering classes in Raleigh are up in arms as though this is something absolutely unheard of.  

I’ve been part of quite a few conservative political campaigns.  Language like that in this memo is used frequently by operatives on both ends of the political spectrum.  (This is the first time I’ve come across someone stupid enough to put it in an email.  I’ve long operated by the maxim that you shouldn’t put anything in writing that you wouldn’t (1) shout to the world in your front yard, or (2) mind seeing published in the paper (or in a political blog with a national and international audience) . I’d be willing to bet that BluePrintNC didn’t seek any of those  outcomes. ) 

So, let’s look at what we’ve “learned” so far:

(1) LEFTIES DO NOT PLAY NICE.  Mitt Romney, former NC Gov. Jim Martin, Justice Clarence Thomas and the late Robert Bork learned that lesson well. Is anybody really shocked by this?  Did you really buy into all of that peace, love and understanding stuff they spout?

There are plenty of folks on the right — even some employed by non-profits — who engage in hardball political tactics.  This current media current circus could easily be played out with a number of conservative-leaning groups in the spotlight.   (There but for the grace of God go we.)  Stop acting so shocked by political hardball talk.  It sounds about as sissy as expressing shock about how hard those football players slam into each other.  

(2)  MAINSTREAM MEDIA FIGURES COLLABORATE WITH THE LEFTIES.   * Say it ain’t so !!!*   The owners of The N&O and The Charlotte  Observer and WRAL dump a lot of money and support on lefty / Democrat causes.   The owner of The Fayetteville Observer has donated to Democrat political candidates his paper covers.  The owners of our local multiple-Naoki Prize winning thrice-weekly newspaper (and past owners of The N&O)  have dumped tons of money on — and aided and abetted — Democrat candidates involved in races being covered by their newsrooms.   Some people dismiss all of this — suggesting that owners have very little influence on the news coverage.  As someone who had MANY a politico call my bosses to get one of my stories spiked,  I KNOW DIFFERENT.  (Thank goodness I quashed many of those spike efforts — after many a long and loud, ahem, discussion. )  

In many cases, if you are a reporter — and you know your boss LOVES Jim Hunt — how tough are you going to be on the ol’ Guv? 

TONS of political reporters across North Carolina have gone from covering Democrats to working for them.   They’re in the tank.  We KNOW this.   Instead of whining, do something about it.  Hit back. LIKE WE DO.   The Russian people overcame Pravda and its lies.  The people of North Carolina  can do the same.  

Basically, I haven’t seen or heard ANYTHING earth-shattering, surprising, or even new in connection with this story.  The PACs, political consultants, politicos and PR spinners are in a frenzy trying to manage  this story and make a little hay.  Meanwhile, we’ve still got record unemployment and anemic economic growth.   Our governor — John Hood’s favorite conservative — was on MSNBC sounding very squishy on taxes and ObamaCare.   We’re hearing WAY TOO LITTLE about cutting taxes, cutting spending, deregulating and a lot of other tactics PROVEN to result in economic growth.  

It’s clear that those of us who recognize the threat statism poses to the survival of our state and nation need to take the lead and keep the heat on the governor, the legislature, and the other leaders of our alleged “conservative revolution.”  



3 thoughts on “Is the BlueprintNC brouhaha REALLY all that big of a deal?

  1. One thing that ought to be done is go after their paymaster. When any of these groups attacks Republicans, the counterattack should zero in on Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and the partisan liberl political hack who runs it, Leslie Winner. Lets make her Leslie Loser out of all of this.

  2. Are BluePrintNC’s efforts really benefiting conservatives?

    Here’s what the “conservative revolution” got yah…..

    Now we have the Oligarchs and the Political Ruling Class – the Republicans – conjuring up how they will laundry public dollars to the ruling business class to build fancy skyboxes for said Political Ruling Class and Ruling Business Class to have countless fun evenings of liquor drinkin’ and back slappin’ down at ole’ Jer’s stadium.

    With efforts to redirect and laundry public dollars to their buddies in the ruling buisness class for fancy skyboxes, here’s to BlueprintNC’s efforts at a little more cripplin’ and evisceratin’……..

  3. pardon me for disagreeing. i think that a liberal co-op of about 50 groups actively working together to attack republicans is a big deal. its a big deal that the spotlight is on them. its a big deal that their funding may get pulled. its a big deal that this plan was made public. sure we all knew they all were on the same team and that the media was on their side. but when have we seen it in plain daylight and in writing?

    i have a serious problem with the anti-establishment crowd that wants to downplay this whole issue at the exact same time they are attacking their own party from within. for obvious reasons it appears to me that some folks need to get in or get out of the Republican party.

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