Indiana On My Mind (and Kentucky too)
So Marlin Stutzman did not make it across the finish line and Dan Coats did. Well, we at RedState have always maintained that we are conservatives in the primary and Republican in the General. So we’re all in for Dan Coats. But along the way there is something more. Activists need to get their boots on the ground and get into the process to help | Read More »
Coats Wins. Marlin Stutzman Becomes a Conservative Rock Star
As most all of us, including me, predicted, Dan Coats did win the Indiana primary tonight. But it is worth noting a couple of things: 1. Coats was held to about 40% of the vote. 60% voted against him. 2. The man in second place who got pretty doggone close was Marlin Stutzman, the man everyone said would come in third. 3. Stutzman won a | Read More »
See What I Mean
From the mailbag. From: Shawn Mercer Subject: Indiana Senate Date: May 2, 2010 8:50:43 PM EDT To: email@example.com Good choice, Erick. Because nothing says Senatorial like a FARMER named “Stutzman.” What’s the matter, couldn’t find a “Klem Kadiddlehopper” running? This habit of yours to immediately assume some kind of inherent superiority in purists of mediocre backgrounds is getting annoying. Yeah, non-Washington, populism, wisdom of the | Read More »
“Be A North Carolinian”
At least the Democrats are giving us a preview of what is in store should Dan Coats win the Indiana Republican Primary.
Another Reason to Support Marlin Stutzman
The NRSC backed Arlen Specter and a year ago today Specter bolted. The NRSC backed Charlie Crist and today Charlie Crist is bolting. The NRSC is backing Dan Coats. Now, there is no way under the sun that Dan Coats would bolt the GOP. But can we trust the NRSC’s judgment that Coats is the best guy? Marlin Stutzman filed his financial disclosure. Coats has | Read More »
Rob Jesmer’s No Good, Low Down, Terribly Bad, Really Awful Strategy Continues
Let’s review. The Executive Director of the NRSC, Rob Jesmer, lines up the Republican Establishment to stand behind Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey. Specter bolts. Rob Jesmer then tries to get Tom Ridge in. Ridge refuses. The NRSC tries again in an “anybody but Toomey” bid. They fail. Toomey is the guy. In Florida, Rob Jesmer convinces Charlie Crist to leave the Governor’s Mansion and | Read More »
Marlin Stutzman Wins Another One
Across Indiana, Marlin Stutzman keeps winning straw poll votes among primary voters. The odds are that when the next polling comes out today or tomorrow, Marlin Stutzman is not going to be in first place. Dan Coats will. That is understandable. Coats has very high name recognition, having been elected repeatedly in the 80′s and 90′s. The trouble for Coats, however, is that momentum is | Read More »
Should You Be Allowed Your Choice of Doctor?
Should you be allowed your own choice in doctor? It seems like a no brainer. What about senior citizens? Should they be allowed to go to the doctor of their choice or keep the doctor they had before they crossed that magic threshold into senior citizenship? This is just common sense. Or at least it should be. But in 1995 the issue came before the | Read More »
Coats Flees Indiana for Welcoming Arms of DC Lobbyists, as Democrats Cheer Him On
The NRSC’s handpicked candidate in Indiana has hit some big obstacles on what he hoped would be a coronation in the GOP primary. After a disappointing fundraising haul, he’s refused to comply with Senate ethics rules by not submitting his financial disclosure forms. And now he’s now facing a surge by grassroots candidate Marlin Stutzman who has raised over $160,000 in just a few days | Read More »
What is Dan Coats Hiding and Why is No One Paying Attention?
One of the purposes of a primary is to get everything out there and let the voters of a party pick who they think is the best candidate to beat the Democrat. To do that, voters need the essential information on a candidate. But Dan Coats is hiding some very key essential information from the voters. He does not want it out there until after | Read More »
Desperate Dan Coats Tries to Repackage Old As New. Again.
Dan Coats knows he is in trouble in Indiana. Momentum is with Marlin Stutzman who just received endorsements from Mark Levin, David Keene, Jim DeMint, and an A+ rating from the NRA — the highest of any candidate running. So Coats is trying to get free media to say Mike Pence just endorsed him. In reality, way back in February when Coats entered the race, | Read More »
Does Indiana Really Remember Dan Coats?
It has been more than a decade since Dan Coats left the United States Senate representing Indiana and moved to North Carolina to take up lobbying. I’m finding in my conversations with people that many remember a different Dan Coats than who was actually there. The pro-life Senator was squishy on a lot of other things. In fact, Dan Coats is pretty bad on gun | Read More »
The NRSC’s Latest Star Can’t Raise Money. Coats is Toast.
Not only did Dan Coats miss the filing deadline for his financial disclosures, he also failed to raise as much money as people were expecting. Doing nothing to tamp down expectations, the low side of the Coats haul was expected to be $500,000.00 and the high side to be $1 million. He only made it to $379,000.00. On the other hand, Marlin Stutzman keeps picking | Read More »
Another Reason to Vote Marlin Stutzman: Judges
As we head into the Indiana Senate primary in a few weeks, it is a good time to review a key fact. Dan Coats, during the confirmation fight of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, said: “There was a centuries-old tradition of respecting national electoral results by granting the President latitude in selecting nominees for the bench.” Only now that he is in his primary fight is Dan | Read More »
Everything you need to know about the Indiana Senate race in one article
Everything you need to know about the Indiana Senate race is summed up in this article. Dan Coats is running around Indiana telling people you have to be smart to be a Senator. Marlin Stutzman is running around Indiana telling people about his “Ideas for Indiana” agenda to help Indiana. John Hostettler is nowhere to be seen. Have you done what you can to help | Read More »
Marlin Stutzman Takes the Lead Among the Grassroots
Dan Coats has a pretty website up now in Indiana. One thing you won’t there are the results of a devastating straw poll among tea party activists in Indiana. Marlin Stutzman dominated the poll with Coats finishing dead last. Now, I don’t put too much stock in straw polls, but they certainly are good at showing energy and trends. Compare it to the CPAC poll | Read More »
Indiana GOP Pushing Back on Dan Coats
This is an interesting article in the Politico today about the push back the Indiana GOP is giving the NRSC for anointing former Senator Dan Coats as the presumptive GOP nominee against Evan Bayh. Folks in Indiana aren’t pleased, inside or outside the party. One day after Coats announced his interest in the race, a Huntington, Indiana, Tea Party group circulated an e-mail with the | Read More »
Shoot Me Now Please [UPDATED]
Former Senator Dan Coats intends to run against sitting Senator Evan Bayh. Yippee Kay Yay, to quote Bruce Willis. If the best the Republican Party of Indiana can do is retread old horses who put themselves out to the pasture to begin with, we’re screwed. It was, after all, Dan Coats who left the Senate and Evan Bayh who won his seat. Had Coats stayed, | Read More »