Speaking at CPAC last week, congressional candidate Erika Harold, a former Miss America winner, advanced the idea that those seeking to join the political arena should not need to ask permission to get involved, relaying her own experience:
Speaking at the summit, Harold did not highlight any of ideas about what policy should look like. She simply asserted opposition to the status quo – whatever it may be. It was an interesting choice considering her opponent is Republican Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13).
Davis is not especially conservative. With a lifetime score of 52 percent from FreedomWorks and 42 percent from Heritage Action, his performance falls in the bottom half of congressional Republicans. Just last month, he voted for $956 billion in pork barrel spending in the farm bill signed by President Obama. Additionally, he was one of 87 Republicans who joined House Democrats in voting in favor of ObamaCare last October against 144 Republicans who voted against it.
Would Ms. Harold vote any differently than Rep. Davis? Not necessarily, according to an interview she performed with National Review’s Betsy Woodruff last July. In the interview, Ms. Woodruff explains that Harold was not motivated to join the race because of policy differences:
Ms. Harold generally agrees with Rep. Davis that the size and scope of government need to keep increasing.
To be sure, no one should have to ask permission to challenge politicians who are unresponsive to the electorate or who make policy choices detrimental to their constituents. The country was indeed “built on the leadership” of Americans who spoke truth to abusive government authorities.
Yet with 102 million Americans out of work, voters disapproving of ObamaCare by a margin of 39 to 59 percent, and the nation bearing a record $17.2 trillion in debt, members of Congress who perpetuate the problem constitute the unresponsive, abusive authorities of our age. Erika Harold missed an opportunity at CPAC to prove that she would fight them rather than join them.