How does ANY organization worthy of the name CONSERVATIVE give someone an "A+" who voted to pass a formal state commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the abortionist Planned Parenthood? Well, the New Jersey chapter of American for Prosperity did. Whether this was because of AFP State Chair Frayda Levy's personal position on abortion or the time AFP Executive Director Erica Jedynak (nee Klemens) spent with W.A.N.D. (Women's Action for New Directions) we cannot tell.
Jersey Conservative is unique among political blogs in New Jersey in that we never pick fights. That cannot be said about other blogs. And that goes for groups like Americans for Prosperity (AFP) too. You know the way they operate. Some innocent conservative is just minding his or her own business when one of these wind-bags just has to start slinging crap. They start the crap because they want to be noticed (basic primate behavior) or because someone somewhere has some grand stupid plan to take us back to 1991 or something or other (advanced primate behavior).
So now the innocent conservative is under attack -- the victim of a drive-by -- and so off we go, to place things in perspective, provide some balance, and set the record straight. Of course, this is perceived as an attack by the handjob who started it in the first place, because handjobs firmly believe that they and only they should be permitted to talk crap about other people. And under no circumstances should anyone be permitted to talk crap about them. See, this is the lack of balance that we seek to correct.
A lot of smiling goes on in Trenton. Smile, smile, smile. . . but don't let those smiles fool you. There are lots of smiling Jacks and Jills who when you're not looking are eyeing up the back seat of your trousers. They go around with these barbed-wire enemas and they'd like nothing more than to stick them where the sun doesn't shine. So back away if someone is smiling too earnestly at you.
AFP has long been purveyors of the barbed-wire enema. But back when its guiding mind was Steve Lonegan, an economic and social conservative, its annual scorecard was a means of rewarding conservative friends while dissing members of the GOP establishment. All that has changed now.
Whereas an event under Lonegan's tenure would have featured a renegade like New York's Lt. Governor Betsy McCaughey or someone like Michelle Malkin, now AFP rallies around that enduring figure of traditional values and conservative principles. . . Senator Tom Kean Jr.??? Really? Back when AFP meant something in New Jersey, back when Steve Lonegan was running it, they knew who was and who wasn't a "movement" conservative and there were just three "movement" conservative legislators in all New Jersey.
No, not Jay Webber. He had the chance but ended up taking a dump on Ronald Reagan's platform.
Under Lonegan, AFP used its scorecard to shepherd legislative efforts -- like repealing the RGGI energy tax -- and to help legislators articulate conservative principles. Yes, it was built around those "movement" legislators who were so often shit on by the establishment -- and it often employed vote "searches" in order to find ways to reward a legislator who was "trying" to be a conservative.
These are certainly corruptions of a kind, but under Steve Lonegan, AFP never turned its rating system over to the GOP establishment -- to bestow a "seal of approval" on their moderate economic mush and social issues assbanditry. And Lonegan never participated in the mass screwing of Republicans that the two "handmaidens of the establishment" now running AFP just allowed to happen.
So when does a pig get to call itself a sheep? When it grows a wooly covering. When do liberal Republicans get to call themselves "conservatives"? When they get AFP to grossly corrupt its process to provide that covering.
So this is where we come in. A corruption has occurred. There are victims of this corruption. Republicans have been injured (and injured by other Republicans, on purpose, mind you). We are the corrective. We seek to bring things back into balance.
We would like to have seen AFP take responsibility for their craven sell-out, for the flip-flop on the "success" story they put out just a few weeks ago. But these rich social liberals are so used to getting their way that we feel it would take too long to educate them that we are not the typical American working people that they are used to screwing.
So here is what we propose. AFP assigned high grades to certain people. We will make sure that they earn them -- every voting session. We will report on EVERY bad vote, every voting session, every week, by every phony. We will report on your bad votes in committee. Every committee, every week, every phony.
You will be exposed for who you really are, week upon week, or you will become good conservatives -- at least on paper. You may have found it easy to corrupt AFP and engineer a phony grade, but you will find that it is a much more difficult thing to live up to.
Stay tuned. . .