Jaime Radtke Will Win Virginia’s U.S. Senate Race (2 of 2)
As much as beltway insiders would love a heavyweight bout between George Allen and Tim Kaine, the tea party, grassroots movement in Virginia must remember that Jim DeMint still needs more backup in the Senate. We love our guys but we need more of them. If we are to change the way the Senate works, we need more conservatives and less republicans. 100 tea party conservatives in the House have done more than 435 Boehner’s ever could have. We need more of those people. I don’t advocate that Scott Brown be primaried. But we should have conservatives running where conservatives can win. In Virginia, a smart conservative can win. (See Bob McDonnell and Ken Cuccinelli)
There are a few republicans running in this primary, but Jaime Radtke seems to be the clear choice over the rest. This is a woman who is conservative, articulate and can get stuff done. What she has done with the Richmond Tea Party is amazing. Her views are spot on. She stands with the base because she comes from the base. Allen has campaign operatives and focus groups molding him into a candidate of the base.
Radtke doesn’t need to try to mimic a tea party campaign as Allen is reportedly doing because she helped form the movement in Virginia. She is from the front lines. What was Allen doing until he announced his re-election campaign? I hadn’t heard a word from him.
Radtke isn’t someone that would go along with runaway spending, increase the debt ceiling without a long term plan, financially gain from chemical abortions, join the NAACP or run a sloppy campaign that is sure to lose. If you want a winner that will get evangelicals, homeschoolers, tea partiers, and republicans off of their couches and hitting the streets, give us Radtke. An excited and empowered base is one that excites independents for their candidate.
She is a tea party candidate that is strong and eloquent. This is the real deal. Someone who can win. I wouldn’t be supporting Christine O’Donnell 2.0. This is someone who can articulate conservatism in a positive way and that is what we need, people who can convince new people to hop on board because our ideas are the right ideas.
The odds are against her.
George Allen, assumes he will get the republican nomination for Senate as he assumed he would get the republican nomination for President in 2008. He is set to debate Tim Kaine next week. The media has concluded that he has won. He hasn’t.
Radtke has pulled away as the grassroots alternative to Allen. Bearing Drift’s (conservative Virginia website) unscientific online activist polls have her beating Allen in the primary matchup. These are the people that vote in primaries. This primary does not coincide with the presidential primary elections in Virginia. That ensures a small turnout and an informed electorate. An informed electorate favors Radtke.
Radtke is down in the polls and that is ok. It’s early. It’s how these things go when you have a political superstar verses someone new to the scene. But the payoff is worth it. I remember another purple state race in the last election cycle.
On May 12, 2009 Florida Governor Charlie Crist polled at 54% support with no other candidate receiving double digits of support in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat.
By June 10, 2009, Governor Crist led Marco Rubio 54% – 23% in the polls according to Quinnipiac. Rubio’s name recognition was on the rise. National pundits were beginning to take notice.
In August of 2009, Rubio mostly languished with Crist still leading 55%-26%.
But very quickly things began to change as the grassroots swell got national conservatives on board.
On October 21, 2009, Crist’s lead was cut to 50% support with Rubio at 35%.
After the Christmas season had passed, in late January of 2010 Rubio had overtaken Crist’s lead 47%-44%!
By the time Tax Day rolled around on April 15, Rubio had a commanding lead of 56% to 33% support. Later that month, Crist dropped out of the party to run as an independent.
Goliath can be defeated and he was defeated in the last election cycle. Charlie Crist was much stronger than George Allen is.
Marco Rubio has done and will do a lot for conservative appeal with Hispanics and minorities around the country. The same goes for Jaime Ratdke, in her we have a pro-life female conservative candidate that is intellectual with traditional values. Unfortunately, for all of the successes of the tea party and Sarah Palin’s “mama grizzlies” we have yet to break that barrier in the US Senate. The US Senate is filled with extreme feminist women like Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein who’s views do more to hurt the plight of oppressed women than help, through their blind allegiance to Planned Parenthood and the like. On the other side we have pro-abort Senators like Lisa Murkowski, Olympia Snow and Kay Bailey Hutchinson that are supposed to represent us.
Adding a female voice to the Republican Senate Conference would be a powerful thing. Such a vote would be invaluable. Electing Radtke isn’t simply the best choice for conservatives, it’s the smart choice for the republican brand who has become a party that reaches out to candidates outside of the white male demographic.
Anyone who says fighting to get Radtke in the Senate isn’t worth it is fooling themselves. Long term change is going to come from the ground up. George Allen is not the inevitable candidate, just ask Charlie Crist. Either you are with Mitch McConnell or you are with Jim DeMint.