For Constitutional Conservatives, the Georgia Senate race, specifically the primary, is making us nervous.
Establishment choice and moderate Rep. Jack Kingston is flooding the airwaves with feel-good ads filled with unimpressive accomplishments (Kingston apparently cut his office budget by one million and the federal budget by three billion) and a meaningless scorecard ranking (National Journal has a well-deserved reputation of having a ridiculous scorecard).
Amazingly, Sean Hannity thinks he is going to be part of the Cruz/Paul/Lee wing of the Senate:
Hannity described Kingston as a, “bright, solid, incredible conservative,” on his nationally syndicated radio show.
“I have known Jack Kingston for 20 years,” Hannity said in a statement. “He’s a solid Ronald Reagan Republican and my choice in the Georgia Senate race. Jack will join the conservative coalition in the U.S. Senate.”
Neal Boortz offered a much less convincing but more disappointing endorsement of Kingston, stating in a Tweet: ".@duluthcook For Senate from Ga? Jack Kingston, hands down. Paul Broun would be turned into a soprano by Nunn."
Rep. Phil Gingrey is also on the air, and the 71-year-old is sporting a vibrant brown hair dye. According to Gingrey, if ObamaCare isn't repealed during his term he will go home. Easy promise for someone of his age to make. Also, according to his yard signs and website and in a play to dumb voters, if you vote for Phil Gingrey, you are voting to "Save America." Make no mistake, Gingrey only votes as conservative as his district necessitates and is a professional politician. I believe Gingrey falls under Steve Deace's astute description of a Republicrat:
Republicrats: Segment of the American ruling class pretending to be conservatives by paying lip service to conservative principles, and camouflaging themselves in patriotic imagery. Often confused with RINOs (Republicans in Name Only), but Republicrats are far more dangerous because they’ve learned how to campaign on conservative talking points. Unlike the RINO who campaigns and governs from the middle-left, the Republicrat campaigns as a conservative and then governs middle-left. Once in office the record of the Republicrat is virtually indistinguishable from the Democrats regardless of the rhetoric, either because of cowardice, deception, or a combination of both.
And of course, millionaire CEO David Perdue has been pounding the airwaves as well, defining his own record. Thanks to an anonymous website called The Perdue Files, which documents every claim, we know his positions leave much to be desired:
FACT: David Perdue Supports Common Core
FACT: David Perdue Is Not 100% Pro-Life
FACT: David Perdue Believes HealthCare Is A Federal Issue
FACT: David Perdue Is Against Repealing Dodd-Frank
FACT: David Perdue Supports An Internet Sales Tax
Clearly, Perdue is just terrible. Almost on an Arlen Specter level. But if you thought Hannity's and Boortz's endorsements were nuts, check out who Herman Cain of all people is endorsing:
“You have a businessman who, like me when I ran, had never been in office, he is truly the outsider, and his name is David Perdue….The choice, in my mind, boils down to – do you want a congressman or do you want an accomplished businessman who has turned around a company, he has run corporations, he knows how to solve problems.”
Now is not the time to rehash arguments for Mitt Romney. It's beyond time to make the issues the number one litmus test and put world experience on the backburner.
The best candidates in the race are Rep. Paul Broun and Karen Handel. Erick Erickson has sanely endorsed a conservative (unlike his colleagues) in Handel, and he likes Paul Broun. I like Karen Handel, but I am supporting Paul Broun. I believe he clearly has the most grassroots support, has a rock-solid proven voting record, and also demonstrates the best chance of the non-terrible candidates to make the runoff, based on polling.
Neither Broun nor Handel have been able to put up TV ads. On the bright side, a PAC (run by the Ricketts family) is spending most of 1.3 million to attack Gingrey and another PAC out of South Carolina is spending 500,000 to attack Kingston.
We can only hope and pray that either Broun or Handel will make the runoff and expose their opponent effectively. Otherwise, Georgia will have done nothing but replace Saxby Chambliss with Saxby Chambliss II.