Skip to comments.To what conservative Senatorial candidate should I send my money? (vanity)
Posted on 08/19/2012 6:16:39 AM PDT by bert
To what conservative Senatorial candidate should I send my money?
The preservation of conservative principle and ideals is a good thing, a necessary thing, and must be applauded. The continued application of principle to a short term situation in which all aspects of conservatism cannot be brought to bear becomes an exercise in futility and wasted time and effort.
Such is the case in the current presidential election. Conservatism cannot have an effect on choosing an opponent to run against Obama. That decision was made in the primaries. There are pretenders who will take you money and your pretend vote but the exercise is futile.
That limited restraint does not apply across the board and in fact has no bearing at all on the remaining but extreme important races for seats in the congress. The strength of the conservative movement and of Free Republic should be redirected away from the battle for presidential nominee to the other races.
For a conservative who lives in a state where the Senate incumbent is up for reelection and has no competition and has loads of money, a prudent course is to find a worthy conservative candidate elsewhere. It has been an established practice for many Freepers to shun giving money to the Republican House and Senatorial campaign committees because they do not always support conservatives. A better choice is to find a worthy candidate and contribute directly by finding his website and putting the contribution on the credit card. It is clean, quick and easy.
The question then becomes who are the Senate candidates with conservative credentials who can best use the money? Are there Senate candidates that can be as worthies for the funds we have available for contribution ( that is above and beyond the funds for keeping the doors of Free Republic open)?
I think it would be helpful if Freepers in the various states with knowledge of the candidates and their relative strengths could provide some insight. The only race I have small knowledge of is Florida where the incumbent has massive available funds and some help to the Republican candidate might be worthwhile. The problem is the Republican Mack might not be the best conservative among those across the country .
Thus the problem.
Who are the most deserving conservative candidates in need of some help?
We cannot affect the Presidential race but we can certainly provide some leverage in the Senate. That must be our course of action
What, it is breaking news that you are going to contribute money?
Still light years better than this wipe:
How about Deb Fisher in Nebraska? She will hopefully be replacing the execrable Ben Nelson who sold out to give us Obamacare, and her victory will be a humiliation for one of the most ridiculous liberals of all time, Bob Kerrey.
She is a solid Conservative cattle rancher from the Nebraska sandhills.
I would like to direct you to a post I made a few days ago. I’m on a iphone so I cant hyperlink it. Here are our battlegrounds.
Truly a two-fer! Mandel is great and he would unseat one of the worst in the Senate: Sherrod Brown.
While he’s not perfect he’s well to the right of guys like McCain and Snowe. Pete Hoekstra stands a petty good chance of dethroning Debbie Stupidcow.
Connie Mack - Florida, and/or George Allen - VA.
Deb Fisher doesn’t need the money. She is going to win in a landslide.
I forgot about Mandel. You are right. he is in a “horse race” and could use the bucks.
Some of us have not seen this post yet. I’m happy it’s still in breaking news
Indiana’s Richard Mourdock, a genuine Tea Party candidate, who upset RINO Richard Lugar and is now in a close race with dem lib Joe Donnelly.
Save your money ‘till 2014 and then put it on whoever is challenging Linda Graham in the primary. :)
In Virginia, Rasmussen has democrat Tim Kaine, the Democrat picked to replace retiring Jim Webb, tied with Republican challenger George Allen, the Senator defeated by Webb in 2006. Seems like this is a good place for us to fight. It seems like we should bend over backwards to bring Virginia back into the fold actually.
In Wisconsin, in an August 5th poll, Tommy Thomson, who won the Republican nomination on August 14, 2012 after a bitter four-way primary battle is five points ahead of democrat Tammy Baldwin who is picked to replace retiring Senator Herb Kohl. Given these poll results and the 2010 surprise upset in Wisconsin when ultra liberal democrat, Russ Feingold was defeated by Ron Johnson, and the recent Gubernatorial recall election results, it seems like this would be a real real good place to fight for a senate seat-net gain 1.
No reliable polls for the Montana race since June. Given the manner in which Jon Tester won in 2006, it seems very plausible that Republican Denny Rehberg will reclaim this senate seat from the Democrats. Hard to say but I say probably net gain of 1.
In Indiana, an August 1st poll has tea party candidate Richard Mourdock 2 points ahead of Democratic challenger, Joe Donnely in the Indiana senate race. Mourdock defeated Richard Lugar in the Indiana primaries, 400,321 votes to 261,285. Losing to Donnely will be bad - real bad.
In Massachusetts, 6 polls average out to a tie between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown who sent a shock wave through the democratic party when he took Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in a special election.
in Maine, the Republican seat held by retiring senator Olympia Snowe is now being fought over by Maine Secretary of State Charles Summers (R) and Maine State Senator, Cynthia Dill(D). Complicating this race is Maine Governor Angus King who is running as an Independent and currently polling well ahead of Summers and WAAAY ahead of Dill. The good news about this is that King was beating Summers by 28 points back in July but an August 6th poll of 500 likely voters in Maine by Moore Consulting has him beating summers by 18 points which is good but obviously not good enough. the same poll has Obama beating romney 52%-37%. king will likely caucus with demcocrats and create another Joe Lieberman situation. Maine is not looking so good. Anticipate the Dems picking up a seat in Maine.
Speaking of the Independent Joe Lieberman...Linda McMahon(R) is hoping to claim a seat for the Republicans by defeating Chris Murphy(D). A July 8th PPP poll has Murphy up by 8 points over McMahon. Murphy has soundly beaten in McMahon in every poll found at RCP between the two. Connecticut is going to the Dems. Because Lieberman caucused with the Dems, it isn't a net gain.
In Hawaii, Linda Lingle attempts to pick up a seat for the Republicans by defeating Democratic Mazie Hirono who is hoping to hold on to retiring Democrat, Daniel Akkaka's seat. Hirono is the clear favorite according to multiple polls and we should anticipate the Dems holding this seat for a net gain of zero.
In Florida, incumbent Democratic senator Bill Nelson is most recently looking good against Republican challenger, Connie Mack IV (R), although, RCP does have Mack up by o.2 points overall so this race looks very competitive.. We should, as usual, fight hard for Florida. It definitely looks to be within our grasp.
In Nebraska, the seat held by retiring democratic senator Ben Nelson is being fought over by Bob Kerrehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Kerrey(D) and Deb Fischer(R). Kerrey appears...highly accomplished and probably not some one to be underestimated. That being said, it looks like Nebraska is going to go to the Republicans this year for a net gain of 1.
In new Mexico, the seat held by retiring Democrat, Jeff Bingaman, is being fought over by Democrat Martin Heinrich and Republican Heather Wilson. RCP strongly suggests that The Democrats will hold New Mexico for a net gain of zero.
It’s not for Senate, but for House of Representatives. I really like Mia Love in Utah. She has a very good chance of winning a Democrat seat and would be the first Republican black woman to serve in Congress. Plus she has a nice smile.
Someone else already suggested him, Josh Mandel would be my recommendation.
Must get rid of Sherred Brown.
It depends on how much you intend to donate. I would have no problem donating 10 bucks each to the RINO’S running in New Mexico, Hawaii, and Mass. Their seats were held for over 30 years by big time liberals. Should they be lucky enough to win we can bitch afterwards. The 3 candidates running are NOT sacrificial lambs. They DO have a chance to win.
As for any big bucks ($50+) I will defer to those who are throwing up at my post.