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Changin’

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Arguably one of the greatest philosophers of the modern era in need of a nasal strip when he sings, Bob Dylan sang those words, which could not be any truer now than ever before. Erick’s already told you about the delightful human being(s) who believe(s) Republican incumbency should be the number one deciding factor in elections. In Louisiana, I’ve spoken with enough people who act the same way and, if there isn’t a Republican incumbent, then an established, recognizable Republican name will do… so, they’re lining up behind Bill Cassidy.

But, I also spoke with one local Republican leader in north Louisiana who confirms what a lot of us already know to be true: Conservatives don’t trust Cassidy and will not vote for him. At the same time, others in a similar boat are afraid of Cassidy winning, but don’t want to throw their money to someone who “can’t win,” which is how they feel right now about Rob Maness. If the Republican establishment in Louisiana and the national party line up behind Cassidy (and we know they will), then what we saw in 2012 in the presidential election will be true in 2014 in Louisiana: We will get the status quo.

If conservatives don’t trust the Republican candidate, they will stay at home and there will be no change. Louisiana and the U.S. Senate will keep Mary Landrieu or, worse, get Bill Cassidy… and I say worse because we know where Landrieu will end up when the vote comes down. Cassidy is squishy as hell. But, there will be no real representation for the residents of Louisiana.

Louisiana is just one example, by the way. I use it because I live here and know the Republican party pretty well.

Think of the status quo in Kentucky. One of the most important races of this election cycle is for the seat currently held by the Senate Minority Leader, Mitch “Turtle” McConnell. If the Republican establishment and the news media win there, and Matt Bevin’s campaign can’t overcome it, that is a status quo that does our side a lot of damage.

So, as that singer said, “he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled.” That stall has given us the pathetic status quo and aims to keep it. I’m not advocating physical harm (McConnell can withdraw into his shell until the danger has passed, anyway), but some feelings will be hurt. All it takes is a push against the way things are, which we are more than certainly capable of doing.

Remember 2010?

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