File this under "Birds of a Feather:" George LeMieux finally got an endorsement, and he sure is proud of it.
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour announced his support for LeMaestro's candidacy this week, and Team LeMieux wasted no time putting together some cute little graphics for his website and GoogleAds, touting the endorsement. (You can view one of the graphics here - not sure if they'll fix it, but right now there appears to be a typo. "Servedthe" isn't a word; someone forgot a space.)
Many of the graphics say "George is a solid conservative." Wow. That sounds great...except for the fact that Governor Barbour seems to have left the reservation in recent years, and simply isn't an accurate judge of what a real conservative looks like.
Case in point: check out this article from The Hill just two weeks ago:
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) criticized the Tea Party wing of the GOP on Tuesday for failing to get behind Republican leadership on a deficit plan.
"Our people have to understand that we can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good," Barbour said.
Barbour said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had shown "courage" in the deficit debate by agreeing to compromise in order to raise the debt ceiling.
"In politics, purity is a dead-dog loser," he said. "We cannot go out with the idea that we're going to be pure, or we're going to do nothing."
Speaking on conservative Laura Ingraham's radio show, Barbour warned that only compromise would produce a "good" deficit deal...
Barbour said Tea Party Republicans such as Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.) needed to get behind Boehner's effort, rather than clinging to the "cut, cap and balance" Act that passed the House but "isn't going anywhere in the Senate."
Basically, Barbour attacked DeMint and everyone who supported Cut, Cap, and Balance as being too extreme - for being "purists" - and argued for "compromise." Compromise is really just another word for "moderation," isn't it?
A quick side note: hindsight is 20/20, but considering S&P's downgrade of our credit rating, maybe the debt ceiling was an issue where compromise - especially compromising in a way that failed to fully address the problem - wasn't the best path to follow? For what it's worth, Senator DeMint was quoted in The Hill last Friday regarding the credit downgrade, blasting the bipartisan deal that was passed, saying it was "not a serious attempt to solve our spending and debt problem," and calling for Secretary Geithner's resignation.
Barbour's attacks on DeMint and other conservatives all sounds incredibly similar to the mushy-moderate message we've heard from John McCain over the years, not to mention the constant drum beat that Crist and LeMieux were beating during Governor Oompa-Loompa's term.
It's all part of a theme. We're seeing a list of the "RINO Who's Who" line up behind LeMieux.
LeMieux has gone from working side-by-side with Charlie Crist to try and steer RPOF to the center to fundraisers hosted by members of the Gang of Six to getting endorsed by another mushy moderate who attacked members of Congress for having the audacity to fight for a plan that would actually make a dent in Washington's spending addiction.
So, if you're a conservative, if you're a Republican-in-more-than-just-name, who do you support?
Do you support George LeMieux, the self-proclaimed Charlie Crist Republican, who talks a good game but has spent his entire political career allying himself with unprincipled moderates who lack the willpower to actually fight the battles that our country desperately need someone to fight?
Or do you support Adam Hasner, who was Marco Rubio's teammate in the Florida House, pushing back against Crist and LeMieux's efforts to increase government and moderate the Republican party, who was the first candidate in the country to sign the Cut, Cap, Balance pledge, and has a string of endorsements from actual conservatives with a proven track record of being on the right side of the issues?
Whose opinion do you trust more? Haley Barbour, who attacked the "tea party wing" of the GOP for not compromising enough, or the collective voices of Erick Erickson, Mark Levin, Monica Crowley, Ken Blackwell, Hugh Hewitt, and FreedomWorks?
For me, it's not a complicated question. Adam Hasner has been walking the conservative walk for years. He's not ever going to get an endorsement from Charlie Crist or John McCain or Lisa Murkowski. And I'm just fine with that.
To learn more about Adam Hasner: