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Why the Saltsman Scandal May Help Make Ken Blackwell RNC Chair (Ken calls it like it is)
AOL News ^ | December 28, 2008 | Matt Lewis

Posted on 12/28/2008 4:57:18 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative

The Chip Saltsman/RNC Chair mini-scandal may prove to be more important than I initially thought. As is often the case in these matters, the specific incident is less important than the responses.

Recently, it has appeared that (partly as a result of Katon Dawson and Chip Saltsman coming under fire over racial issues) former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackell (disclosure: I am supporting Blackwell), had emerged from the pack to become a front-runner for RNC Chair.

... Still, though, the smart money was on current RNC Chair Mike Duncan to retain his position.

But in the wake of the Saltsman scandal, Duncan was highly critical of Saltsman, while Blackwell, an African-American, issued this statement:

"Unfortunately, there is hypersensitivity in the press regarding matters of race. This is in large measure due to President-Elect Obama being the first African-American elected president. I don't think any of the concerns that have been expressed in the media about any of the other candidates for RNC chairman should disqualify them. When looked at in the proper context, these concerns are minimal. All of my competitors for this leadership post are fine people."

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: kenblackwell; magicnegro; obama; rnc
Thank you Ken Blackwell. I've been waiting for someone in the Republican party to not cave in to the media for once in their life.
1 posted on 12/28/2008 4:57:19 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: St. Louis Conservative

I like Ken Blackwell. Smart, savvy and straight up, stand up guy.


2 posted on 12/28/2008 5:03:34 PM PST by combat_boots ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."Aldous Huxley)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Mike Duncan is a RINO and should go. I like Blackwell better than Steele.


3 posted on 12/28/2008 5:07:44 PM PST by SkipW
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To: combat_boots

He would be good, I suppose, but he couldn’t do anything in OH in 2006.


4 posted on 12/28/2008 5:08:19 PM PST by Theodore R. (GWB is neither "compassionate nor conservative.")
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To: SkipW

Is Duncan really a RINO or just a careerist beholden to McConnell?


5 posted on 12/28/2008 5:08:50 PM PST by Theodore R. (GWB is neither "compassionate nor conservative.")
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To: SkipW

Blackwell is the real deal. Steele is the faux conservative, albeit, very compassionate, no doubt.


6 posted on 12/28/2008 5:09:44 PM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: Theodore R.

No Republican could “do anything” statewide in Ohio in 2006. And, that followed a similar pattern nationwide.


7 posted on 12/28/2008 5:11:02 PM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: Theodore R.

I think he’s a careerist beholden to McConnell. He’s good at raising money, and probably not a terrible guy, but anyone associated with Bush and the 2008 election cycle needs to go, if only for symbolic purposes.


8 posted on 12/28/2008 5:17:17 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Duncan must be running scared and trying to bring in $$$$ to the RNC to prove he should be re-elected. I received a call today (SUNDAY) asking for $150 for the RNC and Mike Duncan — never, ever has anyone calling to ask for money for the RNC ever specifically mentioned Duncan’s name — until today.


9 posted on 12/28/2008 5:30:02 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Comparative Advantage

I like both of them.


10 posted on 12/28/2008 5:36:07 PM PST by Palladin (When will Bill Ayers start bombing buildings again?)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

The first time that I ever heard Blackwell, he was on Hannity’s show, trying to explain Black Liberation Theology and the dangers it poses. I was very interested and was cheering him on. Hannity cut him off, saying that it was too deep for most people to understand, and that he just wanted to get a single point across.


11 posted on 12/28/2008 5:42:18 PM PST by Eva
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To: Arizona Carolyn

I like Ken Blackwell and think he would be good for the Party. Don’t want anyone that is currently part of the RNC like Duncan or from Huckabee, Romney or any other campaign from 2006.


12 posted on 12/28/2008 5:47:33 PM PST by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER! Sam Bradford Heisman! LetsGetThisRight.com RED STATE Oklahoma Republican)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
FYI...

Ken Blackwell

13 posted on 12/28/2008 5:48:29 PM PST by NordP (CONSERVATIVE AGAIN IN 2010 ..... Now, is it 2012 yet ???)
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To: Theodore R.
but he couldn’t do anything in OH in 2006.

As an Ohio resident, I can tell it had nothing to do with Ken's positions or his campaign. Tremendous amounts of out of state money, the media screaming that he had "stolen" the 2004 election for Bush as Secretary of State, the awful RINO administrations of Taft and Voinovich over the previous 16 years and a liberal dollop of Democrat racism by playing the Uncle Tom card doomed Blackwell's chances.

14 posted on 12/28/2008 6:06:41 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: SkipW

Steele is far too cautious and Duncan reminds me of a Democrat. We (Republicans) must place strong leadership (men & women) throughout the GOP.


15 posted on 12/28/2008 6:08:06 PM PST by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: PhiKapMom

Same here, personally I think Saltsman is a lightweight and as smarmy as Huckabee.


16 posted on 12/28/2008 6:09:09 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Theodore R.

Both.


17 posted on 12/28/2008 6:11:17 PM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("I love democracy. I love Free Republic")
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To: buccaneer81

I agree with you on that. I voted for Blacwell in 2006 but there just weren’t enough of us to ut him into the Governor’s mansion.


18 posted on 12/28/2008 6:30:48 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Blackwell's greatest asset - he's not a lawyer
19 posted on 12/28/2008 6:33:11 PM PST by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Saltsman made a complete fool of himself. He is done!


20 posted on 12/28/2008 6:37:38 PM PST by DE88
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To: DE88

I just ordered the CD from Amazon.


21 posted on 12/28/2008 6:40:11 PM PST by Retired Chemist
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To: Theodore R.

Theodor R:

I,m not sure which he is. I really don’t think it matters. He is a “big tent” Republican. The Republican Party can’t stand too much more of them.

Question. There is a sentence in red that I don’t understand. “Loose Lips sink ships.” I understood that during WWII. What does it mean within this context? Should I be waiting for that knock on the door?


22 posted on 12/28/2008 7:41:03 PM PST by SkipW
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To: Comparative Advantage

I remember Steele saying something that sounded as though everybody should understand why the majority of blacks voted for Obama. Well I am black and I do understand why. That does not alter the fact that Obama is a shallow, far left politician who did quite well in that sewer of a Chicago political machine.

That is all people need to know. He is no good. Because this jerk is black means little when you consider what he is going to do to this nation.


23 posted on 12/28/2008 7:47:00 PM PST by SkipW
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To: Theodore R.

He’s got a head on his shoulders. In 2006 in Ohio, he was up against Soros and ACORN. The RNC didn’t have the organization to fight that.

And, a lot of people have left the state, moving to where the jobs are. This has left ‘others’ who can’t move. Lots of Unions. Lots of incoming Hispanics and Somalis. Then, Ohio took in some Katrina folks, too.

Very different mix here now. Have a look see at Realtytrac.com to see how well this state has been doing on foreclosures.


24 posted on 12/28/2008 7:47:10 PM PST by combat_boots ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."Aldous Huxley)
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To: SkipW

I don’t know what’s wrong with having a “big tent”. We should stand inside that big tent and welcome everybody who wants a strong military, a strong criminal justice system, civil rights for unborn humans, and wants government out of their wallets and out of their faces to the greatest extent possible. “Come on in! We have plenty of room in this big tent!”


25 posted on 12/28/2008 7:48:53 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Theodore R.

The reason for that is a majority of conservatives have left the state and all the corruption in the republican party as of late.Ken Blackwell would do just fine as RNC chair.


26 posted on 12/28/2008 7:59:16 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Blackwell was Forbes’ national chairman for his 2008 run. As solid a conservative as they come. (Some may recall Sarah was a Forbes supporter.) He was the “before” Ohio SecState responsible for the Rat’s not stealing his state in ‘04 as the Rat SecState did in ‘08. Alas his run for the statehouse was pulled under by the corruption of the then incumbent GOP governor.


27 posted on 12/28/2008 8:21:26 PM PST by JohnBovenmyer
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To: Lancey Howard

That is not the big tent RINOs are talking about. If it was then I want to be in it.

We are working hard to take the local party back to pre-big tent policies. That is long overdue.


28 posted on 12/28/2008 8:49:06 PM PST by SkipW
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Tom Tancredo for GOP Chairman. If ever there was a Republican who didn’t give a feces what Dems thought of him, it was Tancredo.


29 posted on 12/28/2008 9:15:42 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: St. Louis Conservative

I consider myself fairly well-read politically, and I am aware of Duncan, Blackwell, Mehlman and Steele. But I never heard of Chris Saltsman in my life.


30 posted on 12/28/2008 9:42:56 PM PST by cookcounty ("A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why the ship is built." ---Governor Sarah Palin)
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To: JohnBovenmyer

Steve Forbes didn’t run in 2008. Do you mean 2000?


31 posted on 12/28/2008 10:16:31 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: cookcounty

Saltsman is a former TN GOP chair and was campaign chairman for Mike Huckabee. The fact that he was associated with Huckabee is probably reason number 1 that I don’t want him running the RNC.


32 posted on 12/28/2008 10:17:46 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: SkipW

Agreed, and DUNCAN staying would be height of arrogance by the rinos!!..(and death to GOP)!


33 posted on 12/28/2008 10:21:25 PM PST by JSDude1 (Like the failed promise of Fascism masquerading as Capitalism? You're gonna love Marxism- Nephi)
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To: Lancey Howard

because when you become a “big tent” you accept leftist policy, instead we should become a big tent in our way: by sticking to our principles (which are superior being CONSERVATIVE), then by leading..then we will draw in the wishy-washy.


34 posted on 12/28/2008 10:24:15 PM PST by JSDude1 (Like the failed promise of Fascism masquerading as Capitalism? You're gonna love Marxism- Nephi)
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