Another page the Republicans can tear from the Democrats playbook is party leadership and that was pretty evident in the state of Arizona primary elections. Obama’s handpicked Senate candidate Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, newly minted Democrat who didn’t even vote in the 2010 election ran against Don Bivens, former chair of the Arizona Democratic Party. Standing no chance against the wildly popular Republican Jeff Flake in the general, Bivens immediately withdrew upon “suggestion” as the higher profile Carmona might fare better against Flake.
In sharp contrast, in newly gerrymandered congressional district nine, the good of the party was nowhere to be found. Two existing and respected congressmen, Ben Quayle and David Schweikert were offered the district as incumbent. Schweikert, demurred citing two thirds of his constituency lay in newly formed district six opted to stay put. Quayle, In CD9 facing a bluer district than before, moved into Schweikert’s six and kicked CD9 to the curb.
Ultimately Quayle lost against Schweikert in the primary but would have easily won both the primary and general in CD9, the details of which are beyond the scope of this blog post.
Meanwhile, in nearby newly named Arizona’s 5th district, there was an open seat left by Flake running for Senate. Republicans had two stellar candidates in former Congressman Matt Salmon and former Speaker of Arizona’s House, Kirk Adams. A close race that brought Sarah Palin to town, but any Republican voter could have closed their eyes, pointed and been comfortable with the outcome. Salmon ultimately prevailed in the primary and the general.
Which brings us to the train wreck of CD9, the district designed to favor Democrats, had three such candidates vying for the slot. We had seven, ranging from little to not qualified for the seat in the House of Representatives. Boasting twice the turnout of the Democrats, but spread much thinner, the result took several days to establish.
In the absence of term limits, the Tea Party’s distain for career politicians is buoying candidates along who have never served at any level and the result was vote siphoning and money wasting. It is completely self-defeating to send such a candidate to Capital Hill. Upon arrival, the buzzards will circle and the jackals will pounce. The voters who donated, voted and put him there get no meaningful representation from someone trying not to drown.
The Republican candidate Vernon Parker could never jinn up the requisite enthusiasm from a spread thin electorate needed to combat the ultimate winner in the general, pinko hirsute Kristen Sinema who called stay at home mothers leeches. Clearly, corralling the kitty cats would have curbed this caboodle.
The Point to all this is Kirk Adams and Matt Salmon are stellar candidates who I saw coach a weakling opponent through a candidate forum. Ben Quayle and David Schweikert were freshman congressmen with strong, conservative voting records. Why were these four thoroughbreds running against each other while CD9 was left to flounder? The Republican gene pool is deep in Arizona; some Pater Familias from party leadership to redistribute some of this wealth would not have been inappropriate.
Known for eating their young, the Republican party appears to have graduated to first playing with their food.
In the days since our crushing defeat and its’ bloodletting implications, the finger pointing clearly shows that in order to become the party of the big tent; that tent must be held up by the Tea Party with a healthy plank for the Libertarian wing as the foundation.
The problem lies not with the principles of Conservatism, but rather it’s sales. Moderation of the message has badly bungled by misinterpreting the reasons the middle has been moving to the right, which has been willingness to table their liberal social views in favor of embracing their inner fiscal conservative. Ever willing to exploit, a complicit press launches rape and abortion diversions to send them running back to lefty environs.
The Democrats have brainwashed women to dress as vaginas and bandy themselves about in protest and pageant. They brainwashed women into thinking they are in mortal danger of not only being raped and impregnated by same, but being forced to carry the child of said rapist by mere virtue of the fact somewhere within 20 miles a Republican holds office. They have further taught convinced women without Democrats, birth control as we know it shall cease to exist.
The old adage Democrats fall in love and Republicans fall in line seems to have reversed itself as Missouri Congressman Todd Akin can attest. Back in August, the US senate candidate showed he was absent the day they taught biology by making an absurd comment about a woman’s ability to “shut down” the process of getting pregnant when raped.
The comment immediately went viral. Republican candidates and party chair Reince Priebus placed Akins’ head upon the proverbial platter and walked away. With the lone voice of Dana Loesch and later Mike Huckabee in support, Akin chose instead to stay in the race, pointing to the factors that put him there. Always unabashedly pro life in all circumstances, the principled, fiscal conservative was thumping icky incumbent Claire McCaskill whom the show me state had been eager to show the door.
Had Akin been a Democrat, his comrades would have shrugged their shoulders, pointed out, his basic statement was one he always touted and who needed biology on Capital Hill anyway? The story would have fizzled by the time Monday commuters got home from work. Instead, by cannibalizing Akin we chased off the very voters we were pandering to and the issue remained a cause célèbre much to the shock and awe of Indiana’s Richard Mourdock.
Challenging RINO barnacle Dick Lugar for his Indiana senate seat, Mourdock is a honorable, committed public servant and pledged to limit himself to two terms. With the full backing of the Tea Party, Mourdock won the primary and led in the polls throughout the season, but he too stumbled with rape and pregnancy bungled comments and lost big to Democrat Joe Donnolly.
The problem is not with these two gentlemen’s positions on pregnancy resulting after a rape. The problem is with our transmission of the message after the fact. Knowing the Left has the mainstream media at the ready to deploy and spin our gaffes, we need to do a much better job of spinning back a message of, “rape is rare and so is a resulting pregnancy. Last time we checked abortion is still legal, no one candidate can take it away despite their personal views and oh by the way, ICYMI your paycheck IS going DOWN in January and your expenses UP if you do not vote Republican…etc”. Moreover, the candidates themselves need to be better prepared to parry these questions, answer them honestly, but stay off the landmines. Simple social media 101 training should do the trick.
The Tea Party doesn’t have to move to the middle in order to speak to the middle, but they do need to combat the Zombie mainstream media horde that are one step away from delivering the liberal message subliminally.