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Picking and Choosing

On Saturday, I volunteered to help out at a Day of Action event in the city where I live. The Louisiana GOP had two forces in play – door-to-door activists and people working the phones. One of the first things I noticed is that phone records are apparently really out of date because of the calls I made, a ton were disconnected. That is neither here nor there for this post, though.

I wasn’t able to stay long. I had promised my wife I’d help chaperone the prom she, as a junior class sponsor, was basically in charge of. I figured I’d stay up until the last minute and drive the 20-30 minutes from where I was to her school. However, as time went by, I was less and less pleased with the office I was in.

Full disclosure: I’ve written in support of Rob Maness and will continue to support him, regardless of his standing in the polls. I’ve talked to him enough to believe him genuine and a good guy to send to Washington D.C. (though, admittedly, why I’d want to send a good person to D.C. is a valid question, as I really shouldn’t want to do that to the soul of even my worst enemy). Still, the point I’m about to make goes really beyond Louisiana politics and more into a topic discussed previously by other Front Pagers.

At the GOP office I was in, on more than one occasion, volunteers were offered stickers in support of Bill Cassidy. Likewise, one of the apparent organizers was wearing a Cassidy for Senate shirt. When I wasn’t making calls, I heard volunteers making calls ask as part of the survey if they’d support Cassidy or Mary Landrieu, completely ignoring the “Other” and “Undecided” options.

This is a problem, because, as Erick mentioned not too long ago, what does the organization do should Cassidy lose in the primary? Admittedly, polling would indicate that is very unlikely at this point, but as much as conservatives get accused of dividing the party, establishment groups don’t seem too eager to find a common ground.

I know the various arguments here and there, and I know the point is to find a winner. It is very likely that Cassidy will make the run-off with Landrieu, but in races like this where there are multiple Republican candidates, is there a reason to take a side so early? In other areas, is it really wise to spend resources one Republican and not another in the primary? You have outside groups running ads right now. Let them spend their money. Whether it’s the Louisiana GOP or the National Republican Senatorial Committee or some other party-affiliated group, it would seem wiser to conserve resources now and wait for a candidate to unite behind the moment the primary is over. Of course, if party-affiliated groups are aiming to spite conservative interests, I can only imagine how disappointed they’ll be when conservatives finally have enough and don’t go out to vote.

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