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Sarah Steelman for Senate?

She's the type of candidate the GOP needs to embrace to restore the party's credibility on fiscal and ethical issues.

With news that Kit Bond will not seek re-election to the Senate, we need a candidate. I think I could get behind Sarah Steelman for the Senate. Friends of mine describe her as the Sarah Palin of Missouri — and they mean it as a sincere, conservative compliment.

Kimberley Strassel wrote about her during her gubernatorial run.

Her sin is in fact to belong to that new mold of Republican – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint – who know it’s no longer enough to simply hawk lower taxes. In 10 years as a state legislator and treasurer, her target has been the slothful political favor factory that’s led Republicans away from small-government principles and outraged conservative voters.

And, oh, the howls of misery. Ms. Steelman’s Republican colleagues were livid with her attempt to strip them of comfy pensions, annoyed with her “sunshine law” requiring them to be more open in their dealings, furious at her attacks on their ethanol boondoggles, appalled that she criticized GOP state Speaker Rod Jetton for moonlighting as a paid political consultant. The final straw was her temerity to make her primary race about her opponent’s Washington earmarking record.

Sounds good to me.

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