Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Why Have Republican Political Bloggers Abandoned Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard?

If you survey the Indianapolis political blogosphere you'll find that Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has very little support, even from bloggers who are Republican.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard
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Indiana Barrister run by Republican Abdul Hakim-Shabazz has always been supportive of the Mayor.  It's been long rumored that Abdul is cashing in on the current administration, which would explain why he always appears to be an echo for anything the administration comes up with.  I don't know if Abdul is paid by the Ballard folks, but he certainly seems to have lost any pretense of independence when it comes to anything relating to the Ballard administration.

Up until Washington Street Politics was created there didn't appear to be any other Republican blogger in town who regularly supported the policies of Republican Mayor Ballard.  WSP appears to have been created exactly for the purpose of giving the Mayor more support in the blogosphere.  It happened to coincide perfectly with Robert Vane leaving the Mayor's office and starting his own communications firm. I'm not convinced that Vane is behind it.  He certainly denies it and the writing doesn't always "sound" like Vane.  Since the blog's author insists on being anonymous, it could well be that the blog was created by the Ballard campaign or the Marion County Republican Central Committee.

It speaks volumes about how much Ballard has alienated conservative Republicans that an anonymous Republican blog had to be created to defend him.

If you look at blogs run by Republicans - my own, Advance Indiana, Indy Student - there is rarely a positive word uttered for Ballard's policies.  Hoosier Advance rarely mentions Ballard and when the blog does it is often not in a favorable light.   Republican blog "Frugal Hoosier" used to support Ballard before eventually abandoning him.  Now the successor to that blog, Aiming Higher PAC, sticks to state issues.  Another pro-state Republican blog, Capitol and Washington, rarely talks about Ballard.  Criticism of Mayor Ballard has even crept into a few out of town Republican blogs, such as Hoosierpundit.

Why don't Republican bloggers support the Mayor?  I think the Republicans who blog do so because the issues matter to them. Most of them believe in a conservative philosophy.  The problem with the Ballard administration is that conservative political philosophy seem not at all important.   The policies of the Ballard administration from the outset has seemed totally driven by the rewards of being in power, e.g. lucrative city contracts for political contributors, tax breaks and subsidies for well-connected companies (i.e. corporate welfare), administration officials positioning themselves for cushy private sector jobs, etc. Whenever being fiscally conservative and looking out for the interests of taxpayers interfered with profiteering off of being in power, the Ballard administration always chose profiteering. 

Republican bloggers keep apprised of the issues and that's why they criticize the Mayor who appears to be the ultimate RINO.  If Republican bloggers who know the issues have turned on the Mayor, how long before conservative Republican voters in Marion County, once informed of such things as the giveaways of our tax dollars to political insiders and 100 plus tax and fee increases, do so as well?

18 comments:

Downtown Indy said...

It is too bad Rhino-Shield only works on trucks.

Indy Student said...

I think you give too much credit as to why more right leaning bloggers aren't writing positively about Ballard.

Hoosier Access has been full support for Ballard for quite a while, pretty much since the beginning of the year. But their reason for not blogging about Ballard more during his term simply seems to be that the focus is on state and national issues, and that very few of their contributors actually live full time in Marion County. And I think the one that does, Michael Jezierski, rarely contributes.

I also never noticed FH ever writing anything negative about Ballard, it's just like a lot of people, they move on from municipal issues when it isn't municipal election time.

Also, FYI, I don't consider myself a Republican. Right leaning? Sure, but not a Republican (though I have previously voted in their primaries).

Paul K. Ogden said...

IS,

I've seen some stuff on HA criticizing the Mayor. I haven't seen a whole lot positive. I do agree it concentates more on national and state issues.

When the Ballard administration came on board, FH ran about of blogs positive to him. While I didn't see much critical, FH went from talking about Ballard all the time to ignoring him.

I think if you compare blogger support for Ballard versus party support for Kennedy, there is no comparison. It's exactly that dearth of support for Ballard that caused them to create WSP.

Sorry to misidentify you as a Republican, IS. It's a testament to problem in the Marion County GOP that we lose a lot of young talent like yourself get away.

Advance Indiana said...

The difference is that Ballard was making an effort to reach out to bloggers in 2007 because he was getting dissed so badly by the MSM and had no money to advertise. He loved the free publicity when it was all he had going for him. Now that he's got money from the pay-to-play crowd and all the media coverage he could possibly want at his fingertips, he could care less about the blogs so there is really no outreach there. It's a bad strategy on his part, but it's pretty much what I've come to expect from a man who can't remember anything he said four years ago because it was apparently all just made up to get elected. The answer he was quoted as providing to one of the Star's reporters in the Behind Closed Doors column on satellite voting spoke volumes. If the Ds were smart, they would have done a FOIA request on his military records, done a little bit more homework on his string of failed businesses and why he worked for such a short time at Bayer.

Hoosiers for Indiana said...

I don't believe that Ballard is a RINO. He has no Democratic ideas. He is selling the assets of our city like Goldsmith and Peterson would have done. Peterson was no Democrat in my eyes. I am a D.

I feel Ballard is a typical Republican. Look at Mitch and the Indiana Republican Legislature who supported Charlie White and now want to change the law. to keep their power.

Our country was based on checks and balances and no one wants what is best for the citizens, but what is best for themselves. By no one, I mean all the parties, Rs, Ds, Green, Libs, etc.

Ronald Rodgers

Paul K. Ogden said...

HFI,

I'm sorry. I don't agree. It is not Republican philosophy to embrace corporate welfare and screw over taxpayers. That is establishment, country club Republicanism. It's not the sort of Republicanism the rank and file believe in. Ballard is going to find out that lesson when R voters turn on him.

HOOSIERS FOR FAIR TAX said...

Ditto to Gary and Paul's analysis. I was there up front in person in 2007. Ballard abandoned the people who elected him.

Again, I cannot even get meaningful volunteer work from his administration. Tried numerous times. They don't want me.

HOOSIERS FOR FAIR TAX said...

I signed up a plumber for advertising yesterday. He came over to my house to fix a slow drain for me.

While he was there he complained very directly about Ballard and the increased fee for his plumbing license which went up tremendously.

He saw right through Ballard as a turncoat. He was upset about the bailout and many of the other issues reported on the blogs. It didn't sound like Ballard would be getting his vote or the votes of his family.

He gave me a really good deal on the plumbing service call. Nice guy.

Cato said...

"It is not Republican philosophy to embrace corporate welfare and screw over taxpayers."

Sorry, Paul, but it is. I carried that water for the Republicans for 20 years, fighting back everyone who said that the Republicans "were all about the company."

Well, sadly, they are. The Republicans believe in corporate collectivism, "corporatism," if you will, or "fascism," if you want the higher-octane term.

They don't care about limited government or citizen rights. That's eyewash. When they do what they want, they pass more laws, hire more police, build more jails, grow the government, shrink rights and make their corporate buddies richer.

You can stand around yelling "that's not who they ***really*** are," but I don't have another 20 years to waste by keeping my hand on that hot stove.

Gold is at $1,500 and headed higher. The purchasing power of personal savings is getting wiped out while I wait and wait for the Republicans to show me who they "really are."

The GOP controls the House. Where are the Republicans on ending our occupations of Germany, Korea, Japan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, etc.? Where is the decriminalizing of thousands of acts to shrink the government and restore Liberty? Where are the tariffs on foreign goods to get America back to work?

It's time we admit what the Republicans really are. Ballard made the right people richer. He's a typical Republican and a good Republican. If he loses, his staff will find homes with some other Republicans that you would tell me, right now, are noxious and not representative of what "True Republicans" are.

You owe it to yourself to take a deeper look at this question.

HOOSIERS FOR FAIR TAX said...

Once more, Cato nails it.

Keep doing what you always have (or voting like you always have) and you will keep getting more of the same.

Paul K. Ogden said...

No, HFFT, Cato doesn't "nail it." Do you all really believe that the average Republican wants all this corporate welfare nonsense and insider dealing done by Ballard? Of course not. BalLard did not run on that in 2007, I would remind you.

You assume because there are Republicans in positions of power cashing in on corporate welfare and insider contracts that this is somehow Republican philosophy. That couldn't be further from the truth. That's exactly why people like Gary and I blog...not because those people are following Republcian philosophy, but because they are not.

HOOSIERS FOR FAIR TAX said...

Paul,
IndyErnie...case in point.

I am very grateful that you and Gary blog. And I love it that you are not partisan when politicians in your party are hypocrites.

Steve said...

The blogs have always been controlled, for the most part, by people who feel slighted in some way or have an agenda. I would say OP, AA, and HP fit into the slighted, agenda, and share a general belief that the world would be better off if they were put in charge. It also is a whole lot easier to whine and complain than praise or present original ideas. Although most blogs like to talk in sound bites, it is always interesting to read the rambling process of OP. As for IB, I love how, according to you, anyone who supports the mayor must be cashing in. Fortunately there is solid support for the mayor even if the blogs, with obvious agendas, don't show that. I don't think anyone who reads these blogs is looking for objective journalism or intellectual integrity.

Steve said...

RINO. My new favorite blogger insult. "If I disagree with you in some way, you are a RINO!. I mean what is the standard, should we throw people in the White River and see if they float? If they float, they must be a RINO. If they privatize, they must be a RINO, if they vote against armor piercing rounds, they must be a RINO. So, by your definition is a RINO someone who looks at each policy and the nuances of each therein and makes a decision based on more than a moving ideological target? I'm a conservative because it is the most rational position and not driven by emotional motives. I understand that even rational thought is somewhat subjective, but it is better than infantile name calling and an inquisition launched from basements of worried parents everywhere.

Indy Student said...

"Fortunately there is solid support for the mayor even if the blogs, with obvious agendas, don't show that."

Sure, Steve, keep telling yourself that. Where were you people who supported the ACS parking meter sale/scam? Besides Brad Klopfenstein, who is of the "privatize everything no matter what" mindset, not a single person spoke out in favor of the parking meter deal. No one at council meetings, no one at the public forums.

It seems like a lot of you guys come around every 4 years when elections roll around to get out the vote, and then disappear when it comes time to actually govern and hold your elected officials accountable.

Citizen Kane said...

But Paul, the rank and file keep voting in the Republicans who endorse country club politics and as CATO states, "corporatism," if you will, or "fascism." Their talking points notwithstanding, all evidence indicates that they do not care a hoot about the rank and file - never have and never will. There have always been a few true conservatives in the Republican party over the years, but they are the exception, not the rule.

Citizen Kane said...

"The GOP controls the House. Where are the Republicans on ending our occupations of Germany, Korea, Japan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, etc.? Where is the decriminalizing of thousands of acts to shrink the government and restore Liberty? Where are the tariffs on foreign goods to get America back to work?

It's time we admit what the Republicans really are. Ballard made the right people richer. He's a typical Republican and a good Republican. If he loses, his staff will find homes with some other Republicans that you would tell me, right now, are noxious and not representative of what "True Republicans" are."

I agree 100%, CATO!

Hoosiers for Indiana said...

Thank you CATO!