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Lessons Learned from Tuesday’s Primary Results

The August 3rd primaries in Michigan, Missouri and Kansas gave political junkies yet another opportunity to peer into the mind and psyche of the American electorate. So…what fresh, new insights did last night’s results give us?

Well, if you ever wondered whether or not your vote makes a difference, or whether you should really send out that email to your list of friends and relatives shilling for your favorite conservative candidate, or whether you should talk to your next door neighbor about voting, the results of the GOP primary in MI CD-1 should forever disabuse you of that notion. According to the unofficial tallies at the Michigan Secretary of State site, grassroots conservative Dr. Dan Benishek leads SEIU-backed career politician Jason Allen by one vote (yes, you read that right). There are four words for conservatives to ponder and pound in the 90 or so days left to the November 2 elections: Get. Out. The. Vote.

Second, the Republican Party simply must do something about allowing open primaries to skew the results of its candidate selection. The state of Michigan allows a voter to select which primary he wishes to vote in at the polling place. I have absolutely no doubt, in the absence of a contested Democrat race in the aforementioned MI CD-1, that many SEIU/labor union-type folks “crossed-over” to vote for Allen in the GOP primary. The same may very well be true in the Michigan GOP gubernatorial race where moderate-to-liberal Rick Snyder bested his 3 conservsative rivals by acquiring 37% of the vote. If you’re really tired of watching moderate/liberal Democrats and Independents choose your Party represesentative, do something about it.

And while on the subject of the Michigan primary, how many times are conservative candidates going to watch the sole moderate/liberal candidate become the party nominee with substantially less than a majority of the vote before they figure it out? In MI CD-1, Linda Goldthorpe and Tom Stillings, who held positions virtually identical to Dr. Benishek, combined to attract approximately 10,000 votes. They never had a chance to win from the day they entered the race, polling showed a week before the end of the race that they had no chance, and virtually every vote they received would most likely have gone to Dr. Dan. Same dynamic in the governor’s race: 3 conservative candidates split 63% of the vote allowing the most liberal candidate by far to win the nomination.

Memo to conservative candidates: I know you’ve got egos like everyone else but for just the next 2 or 3 election cycles while we’re trying to take back our country, if you don’t have a chance to win? Get! Out!

And finally, just like the sun rising in the east and setting in the south, Tuesday’s results reaffirmed the ineffable ability of the LSM to demonstrate it’s bias. In Missouri, Proposition C allowed Missourians to express their opinion on the unprecedented mandate that individuals buy health insurance. It passed by a crushing 3 to 1 margin. From the LSM? Crickets chirping.

But the award for making lemons out of lemonade? The Kansas Senate race where you had the Media’s two favorite conservative villians – Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint – endorsing different candidates (Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Morran, respectively). Since obviously one of them had to win, and knowing the Media finds no greater delight than to be able to marginalize the influence that either of these conservatives have, I was curious as to how they would handle this seemingly impossible situation.

Not a problem. Headline on the Yahoo news bites? “Palin-backed candidate loses Kansas Senatorial Bid.”

It’s nice to know there are immutable constants in the world.

Originally posted at 73wire.com

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