For those of us involved in politics, it is amazing to see the energy, the money, the enthusiasm being pumped into Ohio -- in June already -- surrounding the 2012 Presidential campaign and to a lesser extent the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign. Dozens of groups from outside Ohio are putting people, money and other resources on the ground to influence the 2012 election.
We see glimpses of it on the democrat side as well.
And more important than the machinations towards victory is what this election stands for. Clearly, the democrats have staked their position as being one advocating for bigger government, and in favor of more debt and higher taxes.
The Republicans, on the other hand, campaign for lower taxes, limited government and less debt, but their actions are more ambiguous. Speaker Boehner has yet to make bold moves to force cuts in spending, and appears comfortable solving our nation's fiscal straits by simply piling on more debt. Nominee-to-be Mitt Romney has not been a forceful advocate for fiscal restraint.
COAST hopes from the 2012 election that the GOP not only captures the House, the Senate and the Presidency, but that somehow out of this election we craft a mandate for conservatives to make the fundamental changes in the way we do things in Washington, and the core principles of how we spend money.
The victories of Brad Wenstrup, Richard Mourdock, and other Tea Partiers nationwide gives us hope that a President Romney, Sentate President McConnell and Speaker Boehner will no longer be able to play politics with our fiscal mess in America, and they will take us back to a path of prosperity. That is, however, what is at stake in 2012. Basically, everything.