Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
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Another deer season has come and gone with my usual results, an empty freezer. Same with the
Now we have to ask, why? What could we all have done to remedy this almost 30 year long losing streak?
I commended Reince Preibus and Brad Courtney for improving the Grass Roots effort, by the state GOP, the last 6 years, but serious problems remain.
GOP membership statewide is at the lowest level in my lifetime, probably a lot less than 10,000 members. We used to have that number in
We had 26 Victory Centers to their 126, plus they had been working non-stop since last year or more on the recall, organizing every voter in the state.
Bruce Murphy, former editor of
Phone banks are great, but largely outmoded in the days of cell phones, call waiting, caller ID and answering machines.
We have a lot of people watching at the polls that would be far better off working the last two days, in their neighborhoods, to get out the vote. By the time the people come to vote the damage is done. I have supervised the polls for 40 years and you cannot do much except see what is happening.
We have the new generation of Conservatives organizing in the Tea Party groups that want nothing to do with the GOP. I know, as I have talked to most of the leaders almost weekly. They meet regularly and are now forming legislative agendas. They worked in many of the local campaigns, for local legislators, and also the big campaigns. They are manpower that the GOP desperately needs, if we want to win something.
We have seen the development of the "Ruling Class", as termed by Rush, in
We need monthly training programs for people, that are just getting involved, for fundraising, precinct organization, rallies, phone banks, door to door, electronic communications and many other things.
We are up against master organizers who use Saul Alinsky methods, organizations developed by Tammany Hall,
How many GOP leaders know how Tammany Hall was run? How did they transfer their
If you bring pea shooters to gun fights, guess what happens?
First the party has to take a long look at the county units. Over the last few years, I have encouraged Tea Party members to join the GOP, so that they can vote at the conventions, in the endorsement races. But all I get back is the word that they are not wanted. Many counties, especially
The same people are in charge, doing the same thing and watching the county go down to Obama by 69/30 this fall. That is the definition of insanity. Why should the rest of us work our butts off when the leaders cannot formulate winning plans?
How can new people get into the mix, become leaders, when there are not any meetings to go to, any avenue for them to come out and become leaders, as there was in the 60's through the 2004 elections?
Worse, several people who were instrumental in the really stupid campaign follies being investigated by the John Doe, are still in charge. You go to the HQ and there they are, surly at best. How many good, honest people want to be involved with that kind of a situation?
The party has to do serious work on the fraud problem. This time it made no difference, but in the future it will. Investigate the early vote and the on site registrations. How many of those voters are still here a month after the election? People in this state do not want to see their vote negated by illegal votes.
We need to survey the people that did not vote, that have done so before, to find out why they failed to show up and help elect Obama. Were they lazy, didn't they like Romney? Was it some issue?
Since the 90's, we have seen a disastrous disintegration of the GOP in
The leaders from the 90's were only interested in big dollars and ads, screw the grassroots, they are just in the way. Well, we have spent untold millions the last few years and where are we right now? Have we tremendously improved the Voter Vaults? Can we field a precinct organization for Roggensack and Walker in the next two years or are we just going to dump in millions and pray?
The Dems put up the straw men, same as FDR, in the 1% and then beat on them making Tommy and Romney look like greedy rich guys, all unanswered. They zeroed in on the groups that make up their coalition: Dems, libs, union guys, youth, minorities, Latinos and young women, all vulnerable groups that are scared of reducing government. They convinced them and they got them to vote. End of story.
We need to have the party do some education with these groups, we have a good message but it does not get delivered.
When Scott Walker ran for
In a simple message: “Keep it simple Stupid, change minds, influence people and get them out to vote.”