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More Than Just A Letter
In a similar post I wrote sometime during the RedState Gathering, I said there seemed to be a national trend where more and more people were looking at ideology first, party second. And, deciding on which candidates best suit the roles we wish for them to play is incredibly important in 2014 (first and foremost) and 2016.
Here in the South, even the Huffington Post recognizes the danger the Democratic Senate is in.
The fate of Democratic incumbents in GOP-trending Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, the ability of the 71-year-old GOP leader to hold his Kentucky seat and the eventual outcome of a Georgia primary will help decide whether Republicans gain the six seats necessary to grab power in the Senate for the final two years of Barack Obama’s presidency.
Fifteen months before Election Day, the GOP has a genuine shot at the majority, especially with the midterm elections’ traditional low turnout and possible Obama fatigue on the party’s side. But both Republicans and Democrats stop short of writing off several Democratic incumbents who would have to lose for the GOP to regain power, and some Republicans worry about holding GOP seats in Kentucky and Georgia.
I added the bolding there because it is very evident right there and later in the story that this article was written with NRSC and other GOP establishment sources, and it is precisely that reason that we must be extremely wary with what comes before the conservative movement in 2014.
The South is very winnable AND maintainable for the Republican Party. It is vital for them to do so, but not at the expense of conservatives that elected them in the first place. It’s no secret that I live in Louisiana (just look at all the Louisiana posts I’ve put up in my diary). I was born in the northern part of the state, lived there for a quarter of a century and moved down to the southern part of the state. Those are two different worlds, but they are united in just how conservative the communities are, and the Republican establishment would like to hand conservatives Bill Cassidy to represent them in the Senate – a bad idea.
Louisiana, however, is not unique in this. By now, you’ve at least seen in social media circles the famed “holding my nose” comment from Jesse Benton, who works as a campaign manager for Mitch McConnell. I’m not going to rehash it, but I do think it plays to the larger point RedState has been trying to get across for a while now: the letter “R” behind a name does not a conservative make.
In South Carolina, the race is on to find someone to run against Lindsey Graham, a race that I would wager is just as important as the McConnell race.
It is very likely that you can have a blue Republican in office (I say “very likely” somewhat jokingly – we have plenty of examples). That letter, the “R” should be followed by the “-ed” that makes them the kind of candidate worth having in office – one that fights on strong, conservative principles; one that listens to constituents and not consultants; one that stays true to home and not true to D.C.
It is a difficult task to find the perfect candidate, because once man has power, man does not like to give up power. And it is this reason that we have the Mitch McConnells and the John Boehners and the Eric Cantors. We have to hold these men responsible for their actions, not just their words. And when they betray those who for so long supported them, you primary them. It shouldn’t take a primary to make Mitch McConnell vote in the interests of his constituents (although it’s arguable that not even a primary is making him do that now – he appears to be going very hard for the Rand Paul voters, the rest be damned).