Marco Rubio Looks To A Brokered Convention For the Nomination
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By and large, I heartily despise GOP “moderates.” Most especially “moderate” Republicans that allow themselves to be used as a foil against other Republicans so the media can cast the party as being full of “extremists” with them being the only ones who are “reasonable” in the caucus. My posting history for the past five years on RS is proof of that.
So what about the primary election going on tomorrow in Delaware? Simply, this; I’m imagining some morning in late November or early December 2010, where the night before, the US Senate, with newly sworn-in Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) – together with outgoing Senators Lincoln, Specter, Bennet, Reid, Dorgan, etc voting in favor – just passed Card Check, sending it to the President’s desk for his signature.
Be honest with yourselves; would the defeat of Mike Castle taste quite so sweet then?
Which is why I – personally – am supporting Mike Castle in the DE US Senate Primary tomorrow, and I urge everyone to hold their noses and do the same. The Democrats are indeed planning a vengeful lame duck session. The winner of the DE Senate race would be seated immediately and make no mistake – we need an R in that seat.
Furthermore, the candidate matters – this is no Rubio vs Crist, Buck vs Norton, Angle vs Lowden, Miller vs Murkowski or even Hughes vs Kirk, Quite apart from their conservatism, Rubio, Buck, Angle, Miller and Hughes were intrinsically personally viable candidates – O’Donnell is, frankly, not.
Keep these three things in mind.
What we need to do is win. Not only win, but win in such a way as to give them a long moment of pause so they’ll be too terrified to try and pass any more of their agenda for generations. Taking the vacated Senate seats of their President, Vice-President and Senate Majority Leader is something they cannot ignore – and I doubt it would be much comfort to them that “moderates” took their seats given the Rs behind their names.
Let’s be realistic here; states do not abruptly swing from deep Blue to deep Red or vice versa in one go. The best way to ensure that DE would vote for a four-square conservative is to build up our party infrastructure and build a bench of excellent potential candidates with stuff like the Precinct Project. The GOP rank-and-file needs to start working to get combative conservatives into the party leadership and into public office in Delaware. This starts with getting rid of Michael Steele at the RNC and getting someone like Ken Blackwell in there.
These are the stakes;
Make no mistake – this really isn’t the time and place to “send a message” to the GOP establishment. The person giving the victory speech in DE on November 2 has to have that scarlet ‘R’ behind his name.