Voters are often told that conservatives should not challenge
Washington-backed big government Republicans, because doing so could
lead to Republican defeat. Yet it often seems that Washington
Republicans don’t follow their own advice. It prompts the question, when
does the Washington class really view it as appropriate to criticize
Mississippi is one example. Washington
Republicans asked Democratic voters to support their candidate, Sen.
Thad Cochran, in his primary election.
In an October 30 column, Ann Coulter excoriates conservatives who believe that Republicans do not do enough to fight for limited
government. Even though she recently published a book about liberal
Republicans, she could only identify one Republican who she thinks is
liberal. That was John McCain. Needless to say, her list seems rather
brief. While she is entitled to her opinions, some of her facts do need
Specifically, she uses Minnesota as an example of a
place where Republicans are just too conservative.
made news this week when 2012 Senate candidate Kurt Bills endorsed 2014
gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour. It is insignificant to the election (who
has heard of Kurt Bills?), but it is a story that highlights the difficulties
that conservatives must overcome in order to keep their leaders from drifting to the left.
he was nominated by Republicans to run for the Senate in 2012, Bills sold
himself as the conservative option. He had endorsed Ron Paul. He ran to become
a delegate for Ron Paul at the Republican National Convention, taking one of
the state's thirteen slots.
State legislative candidates selected for assistance by former senatorial candidate Pete Hegseth’s “Minnesota PAC” (MNPAC) slightly outperformed those selected by former gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer’s “A Stronger Minnesota” on election night. Where all four of Emmer’s PAC selections fell short, two of Hegseth’s twelve candidates were able to claim victory. Yet for conservatives, there may have been a more concerning aspect to Hegseth’s choices.
In a September 10th e-mail to Minnesota Republican delegates announcing his MNPAC, Hegseth asked for money and time to help out six candidates he had chosen for the House and six for the Senate.
For those keeping track, these are the results from Saturday’s national delegate elections. The top twelve contestants were elected. I was unable to record results for the candidates Tracy Ries or Don Evanson, but the other 33 candidates placed as follows. Though Don Huizenga placed in 13th place, his vote total fell below the 50 percent threshold required to win. Rather than going to a second ballot, Don endorsed Rep. Michele Bachmann (who placed 14th), and the delegation elected her by acclamation.