I have a suggestion for the brethren in the Michigan GOP, and I mean this sincerely.
Just bring back Betsy DeVos as chairperson until after the 2024 election cycle, then have your civil war to determine who can oversee the absolute destruction of the party.
If you have a semi-functioning party (DeVos is one of the few who COULD do it ), you might be able to take back the State House this year, which is currently tied. That, in turn, would be much better than the mess we have right now with all Democrat control.
I have written ad nauseam here and also have talked on my radio show and Facebook Live show about the state of the Michigan GOP. Now, to clarify, I’m not a member of the GOP. I technically left it in 1991 after some mouth breathers and seal clappers just went along with George H.W. Bush breaking his no new taxes pledge. I didn’t even say anything too disparaging, other than I knew that the president had been tricked by Speaker of the House Thomas Foley and Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, and for that sin, I was told I could not be a Republican in good standing.
I accepted the challenge, did not renew my dues, and left, yet over 30 years later, the mess of the party is still there and the dysfunction is more prevalent than ever.
As a refresher of how much of a mess, here is just one of the many articles I have written that have followed the disaster of Kristina Karamo being elected as the head of the party last February. TOAST: Michigan GOP Is About to Default on Loan Payments, According to Budget Cmte. Member Who Resigned
From that article…
As some of you might recall from my previous writing here, I have been highly critical of the new direction of the Michigan GOP, which seems to want to mimic the Titanic running into an iceberg after getting iceberg warnings. I would have loved to use an Edmund Fitzgerald reference here, being it is the 48th anniversary of her sinking Friday — but that was a freak accident. The people who sank the Titanic did it in pure negligence; that is also the case with Chair Kristina Karamo and the Michigan GOP.
As I wrote here recently, about the direction of the party.
With Just Over 30k in the Bank, the Funeral March Has Begun for the Michigan GOP
From an article, I read today that should seal the deal for Karamo to take her own advice and pound sand.
A listing of Michigan Republican Party account balances from West Michigan Community Bank showed $35,051 across seven accounts, with expenses for many of the scheduled speakers at the Sept. 22-24 conference on Mackinac Island not yet paid, including author Dinesh D’Souza and unsuccessful former Arizona candidate for governor Kari Lake.
At this point, 13 months before a presidential election, the Michigan Republican Party should have about $10 million in its accounts, said Tom Leonard, a former Michigan House speaker and former finance chairman for the state GOP.
The party had less than 1% of the $10 million target.
You should have 10 million dollars this far out from a PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION and you have less than 1%? Sign me up for this leadership team to lead the state GOP to victory. Hell at this rate the Get Out The Vote strategy and money raising is going, Trump could lose this state by even more than he did in 2020.
Karamo went on in the article listed above to say this.
During a closed-door state committee meeting on Sunday, the final day of the Mackinac conference, Karamo spoke about the health of the Michigan Republican Party’s finances, according to a recording of the meeting obtained by The News.
“The party is not going bankrupt,” Karamo told state committee members.
If you have around $35,000 in the bank and are heading to default on loans, I’m sure someone would agree that is not bankrupt.
They might also think the MI-GOP is in great shape for 2024.
So it seems that a move that anyone who cares about Republicans having a shot at beating the Democrats in Michigan next year instead of living in denial should support is finally underway. Members of the MI-GOP committee are pushing a plan to remove Karamo before her term ends in February of 2025. Those who don’t support it are going to be put in the category of those who claim that Michigan is a red state, and that was debunked right here.
Michigan Is a BLUE State and Lying About It Won’t Change That Fact
Here is the story about the process of removal.
A group of Michigan Republicans submitted a request Saturday afternoon calling for a special meeting of the GOP’s state committee on Dec. 27 to consider the removal of Chairwoman Kristina Karamo and other members of her leadership team.
If the request is successful, a vote could take place two days after Christmas — and 10 months before the 2024 presidential election — to end Karamo’s reign over the Michigan Republican Party.
“Attached is the written request, supported by at least one-third of the members of the committee, for a ‘special meeting’ per Article VI, Section B of our bylaws,” wrote Bree Moeggenberg, a member of the state committee, in an email to Karamo Saturday afternoon.
Karamo was not pleased.
In an email Saturday morning to other Michigan Republicans, Karamo said party members should focus on winning elections not debating whether a meeting is virtual or in person.
“We were elected to win elections, not fight over how the deck chairs are arranged while the Titanic is sinking,” Karamo wrote.
Just a couple of quick points on Kristina’s response.
I’m glad that she has now admitted she is the captain of a sinking ship and also used an analogy directly tied to my article above. (I don’t want to be too presumptuous, but thank you for reading us here at RedState, Madame Chair.)
The other point I want to make is, of course it’s important to rearrange chairs on the deck of the Titanic.
Did no one learn from watching James Cameron’s epic movie on the doomed ship where Jack and Rose continuously move towards the back of the boat so they’d be the last in the water? (Moving those damn chairs towards the back of the boat indicating you don’t want to be going in that cold political water in December and need to buy as much extra time as you can.)
If the committee does remove her, they are trying to save the whole state from going down to defeat in 2024.
Since this story came out over the weekend, I have been monitoring GOP-related Facebook sites dealing with this, and there’s still a fair amount of people who are blaming everyone else instead of the person who is in charge of the party.
Those people are just simply dead wrong.
Karamo has not inherited a situation worse off than previous GOP chairs. The difference between the current chair and previous chairs is that they had experience in political fundraising and didn’t think the money was just going to magically appear.
Karamo based her whole chairpersonship on the fact that the “establishment” had screwed up the Michigan GOP. While that case could be made in certain individual situations, what has been shown since her election in February is that she has a bunch of people who are also “grassroots” and are not parting with their money. Talk is incredibly cheap when the GOP grassroots in the state of Michigan can be outraised by Bernie Bros in $25 donations.
If you are not willing to put your money where your mouth is, all the stammering and steaming and claiming elections were stolen is useless.
Karamo and her crew have had since February to put together a plan to organize the state party into a fine, well-oiled machine geared to win elections. Yet what we have is a bunch of excuses and finger-pointing and a party that is broke and is in no way, shape, or form ready to put forth an effort to have Republicans elected in less than 11 months.
This is a simple case of reality versus wishes, and in most instances, we all know the result of that.