EDITOR OF REDSTATE
To Each His Own
I don’t really care if you want to stand with Mitch McConnell in his re-election. I hope you might go with Matt Bevin, but I’m not going to get worked up over it. I’m excited to support Matt Bevin.
Likewise, I’m very pleased to support Chris McDaniel in Mississippi against Thad Cochran, who has been Mississippi’s Senator since I was three years old.
But I’m not going to be upset if you don’t.
There is a whole lot of outrage at the Senate Conservatives Fund for endorsing Matt Bevin today. I will personally be sending SCF more money to help with their fight. There was, likewise, a lot of angst over Club for Growth throwing in with Chris McDaniel. I’ll have to remember to send them some money too.
I think many of the Republicans in Washington need to be replaced. It is not that they are liberal and my picks are conservative. It’s that I think we can do better. It’s that I think they have lost touch with their base and many of them have been corrupted by their long tenure in Washington.
I do not expect to have to win every one of the races, but then the brilliance of this effort is that the establishment must win them all and we don’t have to.
We all share the same goal of Republicans taking back the Senate. But we deviate in that I refuse to settle for just any Republicans taking back the Senate. I do not want another Republican majority to give us No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, and unchecked domestic spending hiding behind a war in Iraq. I do not want a Republican majority that whores itself to K Street and ignores Main Street.
In the primaries I intend to do my best to defeat a select list of Republicans in the House and Senate and, in some open seats, to find a good conservative to fill those spots. We already know that if the GOP falls short, conservatives will get blamed again. Hell, the Senate Conservatives Fund gets blamed for races it wasn’t even involved in. Same with the Club, Heritage Action for America, and FreedomWorks.
We’re used to getting the blame. We’re used to being called “Hobbits” and “suicide bombers” and various other insults packaged in a “don’t you know who you’re dealing with” arrogance. We’re not going to sit on the sidelines just because some of you think the GOP will lose. We’re at $17 trillion in bipartisan national debt. We’ve already lost. The only way to start winning is to start fighting.
Mitch McConnell has spent two months telling us the GOP was powerless to do anything against the Democrats, but Mike Lee and Ted Cruz were somehow powerful enough to shut down the government and McConnell was singlehandedly powerful enough to get a several billion dollar kickback for Kentucky in the deal to reopen the government.
I don’t expect to persuade you all. I expect to see all sorts of passive-aggressive and outright aggressive complaints just like in 2010 and 2012. Just understand I don’t care. Have at it and, when you get really angry about it, just remember I don’t have to win every race. But you do.
See you in the primaries.