In a previous article, I discussed how Michigan GOP Chair Kristina Karamo couldn’t do much worse than the last guy. And I still believe that. However, it doesn’t mean that she shouldn’t strive to do better.
In the many debates and interviews I listened to when the Republican candidates were running to be the Michigan GOP Chair, it was plain to see that the most important job of the chair would be to raise money to win elections. I would say that’s about 80 to 90% of the job. The other part of the job, in my opinion, is to be the voice of the state party – a leader.
And that’s where Karamo came up short this week. Right from the beginning, many in the media and Republican circles didn’t give her credit when she was elected as the first Black Michigan GOP Chair. Even before she started the job, they said she would be the demise of the party and usher in even more losses for the Republicans.
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I gave Karamo the benefit of the doubt after seeing how badly the last Chair, Ron Weiser, did. He lost the entire state to the Democrats. And now we can see what Weiser’s gross dereliction of duty and incompetence has left us with including gun control laws, a repeal of Right-to-Work, and more abortion legislation – with much more to come in the next two years.
Weiser and the others in the state party didn’t support our candidates. Neither did the elite donor class. Over and over again, I would hear “where are the Tudor ads?” Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer came out of the gate swinging with her pro-abortion ads and her anti-Dixon ads as soon as Tudor Dixon was our nominee. Whitmer and her supporting PACs flooded TVs, computers, and phones in just about every media outlet imaginable.
After going through all of that, it was clear to see that we needed new blood. What we need now is a strong and competent professional to lead the party – not the incompetence and party disloyalty from the past. The Michigan GOP needs to be ran like a business with a clear vision and professionalism. Competent leadership and execution of a winning strategy will draw in voters and donors.
What we DON’T need is Trump Jr., the female version. What we DON’T need is divisive rhetoric that will scare away our own voters or a GOP Chair that we will have to defend constantly. But unfortunately, this is what we got from Karamo on Wednesday. There were 2.1 million views of her tweet for all the wrong reasons.
What was in the tweet?
The Michigan Republican Party’s Twitter page had a post with a meme comparing the Democratic gun proposals to the Holocaust. It said, “History has shown us that the first thing a government does when it wants total control over its people is to disarm them. President Reagan once stated ‘if we lose freedom here, there is nowhere else to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.’”
#History has shown us that the first thing a government does when it wants total control over its people is to disarm them. President Reagan once stated, “if we lose #freedom here, there is nowhere else to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.” #2A #GOP pic.twitter.com/cGCHMN1Pxg
— Michigan GOP (@MIGOP) March 22, 2023
Even though the information appears to be factually accurate, the problem is that the comparison was offensive to many people including voters in our OWN party. Yes, the German Nazi regime banned Jews from owning guns and they disarmed them. But the atrocities of Hitler were so bad that most Republicans condemn those who compare Hitler or the Holocaust to any current day events or individuals.
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