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Friday, December 31, 2021

Scott Presler, man of the year

And a dog walker shall lead them...

I wasn't going to do a man of the year but then a reader reminded me that last month, Republicans flipped Florida, a state that Democrats owned for its first 176 years of statehood.

My first thought was thank you Scott Presler. He's the dog walker who is changing American politics one voter at a time. He travels around the country getting people to register to vote Republican. It is painstaking work that has earned him a fan club among grassroots Republican ladies and gentlemen.

In February, CPAC honored him with its Ronald Reagan Award.

He was a dog walker and supporter of President Donald John Trump. In July 2019. President Trump drew the ire of the media for (spins dial) calling Congressman Elijah Cummings's home district in Baltimore a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess."

Presler grabbed his pooper scooper and went to Baltimore to clean up the city. He and other volunteers picked up 12 tons of garbage in 12 hours.

What was his thanks?

The Baltimore Sun ran a nasty, cynical, scathing editorial blasting him for being politically motivated.

The Sun said, "Whatever he says his motives were, Mr. Presler’s presence in Baltimore reinforces the tired image of our failing urban cores. That the poor people in this dilapidated city can’t take care of their own neighborhoods and all the public officials around them have failed as well. The bureaucratic, all-talk Democrats strike again. If a crowd of volunteers could clean up 12 tons of trash in 12 hours, how incompetent and helpless must Baltimoreans be if they can’t manage it in decades, right?"

Instead of mocking a stranger who came to town and cleaned it up, the Sun should lead efforts to make Baltimore clean again.

The editorial ended, "we’ll see how clean the neighborhood still is when he returns in September" -- as if it is his fault that Baltimorons would rather live in their own filth.

Presler had no time to worry about what liberals thought about him. He moved on to lead cleanups in other cities, including Portland, Oregon.

That segued into registering new Republican voters. 

In accepting the CPAC award in February, Presler said, "This is the coolest, gosh darn moment of my life. I want to thank you. You have changed my world, and don't even know it. And my two most ardent supporters, my mom and dad are here with us tonight.

"To our young viewers, who are watching this conference, follow your dreams and live a life of passion, where you are determined to succeed. And, who knows, one day you may be that dog walker on the stage at CPAC."

He has a degree in criminal justice from George Mason University. And he's gay. And he's leading a new Republican revolution.

One voter at a time.


  1. Years back, I remember sending Scott a message telling him that he would be famous.
    I'm not clairvoyant, just observant. Scott is a gentle but determined individual with integrity and a vision that is effective and infectious.
    Thanks for giving him a shout-out.

  2. And his being gay has what to do with his achievements?

    1. If he was liberal...would have been shouted from the rooftops.

    2. KKK, Happy New Year! May the God who gave his only Son as the sacrifice for our sins bless you and keep you.

    3. Oh, so you dont like us using racial and gender and sexual orientation bean counting, do you? ....

      If thats the case, hows about you and I hammer out modus vivendi for our two sides. Your side stops with one of the most grotesque and relentless campaigns of race and gender and religious defamation in all of human history, and we'll drop our own defensive use of identity bean counting. ..... Agreeable?

    4. Imagine if what you did with your baby toe was the entire foundation of your social identity.

    5. So Keystone Krank, you are so woke that a young Republican leader, who happens to be Gay, is not a fact to be mentioned in a comment because, (1) it proves all Republicans are anti-gay homophobes, or (2) you are so open, non-biased, and inclusive, it insults the dignity of all Gay people everywhere, or (3) it is a point of notoriety that a Republican leader is Gay and not a Democrat like 90% of Gays are? Would you make the same "big deal" if the writer had mentioned a Democrat was Pro-Life? Would that not be noteworthy? Quit being a nitpicking Nancy!

    6. Because promoting sexual deviants is a core tenet of population reduction.

  3. Many times we ask "Where are the new leaders", this time you picked one and highlighted it. Thanks.

  4. The real issue is the Baltimore Sun put its finger on the problem and didn't realize it. Believe it or stuff it, thinking is not just for white, straight Christian Trumplicans.

    The poor people in that dilapidated city really can’t take care of their own neighborhoods (or are too lazy) and all the public officials around them really have failed them as well.

    Too many mouthy black women with chips on their shoulders in public office.

    1. "Too many mouthy black women with chips on their shoulders in public office."

      Boy, oh boy, did you ever hit the nail on the head.

  5. nailed it Don...great way to usher out 2021 and usher in 2022. Can't wait to see who you're gonna pick a year from now, but I've got a lot of nominees already

  6. Gayness is irrelevant. One of the best people I ever worked with was a Lesbian, gun toting,NRA belonging and republican. They are out there and more than you think.

    1. My gay Ph.D candidate son bought me my MAGA hat...

    2. I'm quite sure we don't care about your son's sexual deviancy.

  7. Sorry Big D, still gotta go with Ron DeSavage. This country would be collapsing into authoritarian ugliness without him. ONE MAN STANDING UP FOR PRINCIPLE AND THE FOOKING CONSTITUTION. If Jesus tarries longer, my grandkids will thank him.

  8. Z, I agree with you. It takes on hell of a conservative leader to upstage Trump. I love Trump, but he's his own worst enemy. It's frustrating when your favorite leader defeats himself when so many are counting on him to stay the course. We'll see. I'm just glad there is an understudy in the wings.

  9. Yes ... A happy New Year to all.

    Let's hope we're on the downside of this sh*t show that they are trying to normalize.
    I've never been able to comprehend why some folks spend their lives trying to tell others how to live.

    With hard work and humour there is an abundance for all, and besides life is so much better when all partake of that bounty.

    Who was it that said,'A tide raises all boats' it should.

    Thank you Don for your great blog site, your pithy and witty observations and most of all your time.
    I am glad it has been such a've earned it ... the honest way.

    Have a great 2022 all and as we used to say in my youth, 'Keep The Faith Man!"

    Sam C

  10. Excellent choice. He provides inspiration and hope.

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  12. I'm inclined to believe "likes to have sex with guys" on a resume might limit one's employment opportunities? I see not point to the distinction.

  13. Soooooo, the peace corps and water wells in saud/african deserts wasn't "political" from the budding marxist hippies?


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