Want To Keep The GOP On The Straight And Narrow After November?

by John Hawkins | April 27, 2010 8:51 am

Increasing Republican numbers in Congress is a prerequisite to getting the country back on the right track, but in of itself, it’s not sufficient to get the job done.

Simply put, the GOP needs to be taught a lesson that the Democrats have long since learned: You’ve got to respect and fear your base. In all honesty, I’m not entirely sure establishment Republicans in DC are there yet. Apparently, a lot of conservatives share that fear because if you look at poll numbers, the GOP is poised to have a big November not because people love them, but because people dislike the Democrats.

So, how do we keep these establishment Republicans on the straight and narrow? Simple: We make the bad actors in the GOP pay a big price in the primaries.

By that, I mean we need to help Marco Rubio[1] beat Arlen Specter clone Charlie Crist, who was initially endorsed by the NRSC. Granted, Rubio has so soundly defeated him that Crist is already strongly considering running a futile race:  as:  an independent, but it’s important to finish Crist off.

Then there’s Bob Bennett. Bennett’s a pro-amnesty, pro-TARP RINO from Utah, where there’s zero chance a Democrat can win his seat. Why in the world would we want a guy like that representing one of the most conservative states in America? Mike Lee[2] can beat Bennett and ideally, Bennett won’t even:  : be on the ballot[3] when the primary rolls around.

Last but not least, there’s the John McCain vs. J.D. Hayworth[4] race. This race is practically a toss-up right now and that’s a big deal. Beating a thin-skinned squish who supported TARP, amnesty, the Gang-of-7, McCain-Feingold, cap and trade, and closing Gitmo even as he opposed waterboarding, a constitutional amendment to protect marriage, the Bush tax cuts, and overturning Roe v. Wade would be a big deal. Yes, I know McCain has flip-flopped on a lot of those positions, but he may just as easily flip-flop back in the other direction the moment that he doesn’t have a tough primary fight with Hayworth anymore. Getting rid of McCain would be an ENORMOUS step forward for the Republican:  Party.

If you want to send a message to the Republican Party that’s loud enough to be heard even after November of this year, these three races are the places to do it.

Endnotes:
  1. Marco Rubio: https://www.marcorubio.com/fliptheswitch/
  2. Mike Lee: http://www.mikelee2010.com/
  3. be on the ballot: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700027255/Poll-shows-Sen-Bob-Bennett-in-trouble-with-Utah-GOP-delegates.html?s_cid=rss-32
  4. J.D. Hayworth: http://www.jdforsenate.com/about-jd

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