Skip to comments.Rotten at the Core
Posted on 06/27/2014 7:21:36 AM PDT by cotton1706
A lot of establishment campaign hands and consultants have been somewhat smug of late about their belief that they have beaten back the TEA Party challenge. So far this primary season, they lost a battle for an open seat in Nebraska (although they promptly pretended to have been in favor of Ben Sasse all along) and suffered a stunning defeat when Eric Cantor lost, but theyve thus far avoided a bloodletting like they suffered in 2010 and 2012 when long time Senate incumbents like Richard Lugar and Bob Bennett went down to ignominious defeat.
But look, really, at what the establishment has actually accomplished and what it took to get them there. Congressional incumbency is supposed to be ~ 90% effective at retaining a seat just all by itself. And the 10% that lose their seats tend overwhelmingly to be due to tidal shifts in swing districts and/or career ending scandal. A scandal-free loss in a primary is supposed to not happen, ever. The Democrat grassroots has mounted a similar sustained effort for the better part of a decade, and the only thing they have successfully managed to accomplish was to force Joe Lieberman to win as an independent rather than a Democrat (which worked out great for them).
And this year, the victories achieved so far are so embarrassing that they barely worth mentioning. Thad Cochran lost his first primary before barely scraping out a win in the runoff. Mitch McConnell barely topped 60%, which was the weakest primary showing by a Kentucky Senator of either party since 1938. Lindsay Graham didnt even reach 60%. This despite the fact that these candidates in question had all the best and most experienced consultants, as well as more personal campaign experience and immensely larger warchests than their opponents.
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Barone is correct and I dont think he even gives enough credence to the extent to which GOP primary voter anger simmers after these defeats. For three straight elections now, conservatives have been willing to live by the mantra of conservative in the primary, Republican in the general. But with Mitch McConnell at the wheel during this election cycle, the tactics used by McConnell and Cochran to secure their costly victories, especially after watching the Lisa Murkowski/Arlen Specter/Charlie Crist party switching show, have gotten many voters to seriously consider voting Democrat in the general to root the corruption out of the GOP once and for all.
I am not formally going to vote for a Democrat, but I will not - WILL NOT vote for a RINO ever again. I don’t care what that means to GOPe appeasers and wishers. It is high time this GOPe leadership realize their pathetic efforts to pander to Hispanics, blacks and other traditionally entrenched voters that conservative ideals are preferable.
The reason they cannot do this is that they desert conservative ideals at the drop of a hat and they run to the safety of ‘moderate’, ‘reasonable’ and appeasing at the first opportunity, and the Democrats having promised more largess always betray and beat them.
In 2012 I didn’t vote for Scott Brown and I didn’t vote for the democrat. And Brown lost.
Just withholding your vote is enough.
It’s unfortunate that we’re not replacing 10 liberals at a time, but we are replacing them 1 at a time at least.
...gotten many voters to seriously consider voting Democrat...
I’ll be voting for the democrat against McConnel, and the last time I voted for a democrat was Dixie Lee Ray for governor of Washington state, and even then it was because of her comments on nuclear power when all the nut jobs wanted it abolished.
I’ll vote for the democrat if it means they keep the senate. It is more important to purge the R’s than gain the senate, especially if we only gain the senate with “democrat-lite”, which is what the GOPe is.
I am not formally going to vote for a Democrat, but I will not - WILL NOT vote for a RINO ever again.
You guys have convinced me,I’m voting the straight Rat party ticket.
That will teach em when The Rats and Obama get the House and the Senate, and can really F things up, and get things screwed in my state and local too.
Don’t stop there. Make sure you donate and get involved in GOTV for the RatS. VOte the straight party ticket, REALLY tech em a lesson.
In many races you will get a progressive democrat with an (R) disguise. Take out the trash.
The way things are headed, if we don’t beat them at the ballot box, eventually we’ll beat them with Louisville Sluggers.
Dont stop there. Make sure you donate and get involved in GOTV for the RatS. VOte the straight party ticket, REALLY tech em a lesson.
I thought you were a real Patriot.
The other half is involved in getting solar power and ammo.
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