Guest Submission by Ron Devito
“The situation is in New York, you must be registered Republican by October 14, or you will not be able to vote for anyone in the 2012 Presidential primary. We only have a few weeks,” I said last night as I urged the Staten Island Young Republicans to conduct a formal voter registration drive. In my capacity as Organize4Palin’s (O4P) NY State Coordinator, I explained that while everyone present may be Republicans, they may have friends, family and colleagues who might be registered in other parties or no party at all. According to the New York State Board of Elections, party registrations must be in their possession no less than 25 days prior to the current year’s general election. But, party switches do not take effect until the following year.
“Whether you support Gov. Palin or any of the other candidates and hopefuls, you can’t vote for any of them in the Republican primary if you are not registered.”
I provided documents from Smart Girl Politics which give generic instructions on how to start a formal voter registration drive. All the Regional / County Coordinators for O4P NY were sent these documents electronically.
The New York City Board of Elections is also hiring poll workers. I shared this information with the Young Republicans, some of whom also received hiring notices. “If you can get excused time from work or school, this is a fantastic opportunity to see and learn about the entire electoral process from the inside,” I said.
Gov. Palin’s Activities, Accomplishments are Presidential
Though the purpose of my speaking last night was about voter registration, I came well-prepared to answer questions about O4P and Gov. Palin. As my brief address ended, one member asked, “do you think Gov. Palin will run?”
“I don’t have any inside information from the Palin camp, but tonight I compiled a list of Gov. Palin’s activity over the past year. To me, they signal a Presidential run.
On November 13, 2010, she addressed the new Congress – including our Michael Grimm, who she endorsed and who I campaigned for. Here is a synopsis of what she said them:
- Rein in out-of-control government spending.
- Repeal ObamaCare.
- Cut deficit; cut wasteful spending. Cut earmarks. Cancel remaining stimulus.
- Reform entitlements.
- Encourage zero-based budgeting.
- No tax hikes.
- Secure the borders – first.
- Strong defense, free trade, nurture allies, steadfastly oppose enemies.
- No cuts to necessities in defense budget.
- No START Treaty.
- No trying terrorists in the US.
In 2009 and 2010, Gov. Palin traveled to Hong Kong and Canada. This year, she traveled to India and Israel. She is set to travel to South Korea next month.
Over the past three years, she spoken out against ObamaCare, the stimulus, quantitative easing and for national security, free markets and the Tenth Amendment.
Gov. Palin hired a chief of staff, Michael Glassner. She replaced her prior neo-conservative foreign policy advisers with a Reagan Conservative, Peter Schweitzer.
In May, Gov. Palin outlined her five-point military doctrine, which is:
- Only commit forces when US interests at stake
- Fight to win
- Only fight with clearly defined goals and objectives
- US soldiers are never to be under a foreign command
- Using force should be a last resort
In Indianola, Iowa, an event for which I was present, Gov. Palin outlined her five-point economic recovery plan:
- Stop Out-of-Control, over-reaching Federal Government. Enforce the Tenth Amendment.
- Repeal ObamaCare.
- Prioritize and cut budget. Cancel unused stimulus. Reform entitlements.
- Become an energy superpower. Drill Here. Drill Now.
- Eliminate federal corporate income tax; eliminate corporate welfare, loopholes, and bail-outs.
Her economic recovery plan mirrors her address to our Congress last year, but is adjusted for current issues. Also, in Indianola, Gov. Palin began targeting crony capitalism.
“When you combine all these activities into a big picture, they are Presidential in nature. If I were a gambling man, I’d place the odds of Gov. Palin running now at 97% to 99%,” I concluded.