Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Primary Voters to D.C. Establishment: "Up yours!"

"I have a message, a message from the tea party, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words. We've come to take our government back." So said newly-nominated Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky. Once thought to be a longshot, Paul easily defeated Trey Grayson, the Republican contender favored by the party power structure, by a 59 to 35% margin.

Grayson was endorsed by the Republican Nat'l Committee (RNC) and a veritable who's who of statist, neo-con Republicans like Senator Mitch McConnell, Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, and Former Vice President Dick Cheney. Grayson was clearly the candidate that the party power brokers wanted.

Rand Paul was endorsed by his dad Congressman Ron Paul, Sarah Palin, Gun Owners of America and, most importantly, the Republican primary voters of Kentucky. Paul's victory will send a shock wave through the GOP's entrenched circles of power, who nearly always back moderate RINO's over small government candidates like Paul.

In Pennsylvania, Democrat primary voters fired a shot across the bow of their own party's establishment elitists. Pennsylvania voters ousted their incumbent Senator, RINO-turned-turncoat-bastard Arlen Specter. Specter had switched his party to Democrat a year ago. Since he was already a five-term incumbent, the Democrat power structure quickly rallied around him. He was endorsed by no less than President Obama.

The man who beat Specter for the Democrat nomination, two-term Representative Joe Sestak, gave a victory speech that could have just as easily been given by the Republican Paul. "This is what democracy looks like," said Sestak. "A win for the people, over the establishment, over the status quo, even over Washington, D.C."

Well said. Watch your ass, Washington!


Jim Fryar said...

I was greatly heartened by some of the results, but one thing is pretty clear; the political class are determined to rule your lives, by their rules and are not about to give up their power as they see it without a fight.

The winners on the small government side will have to deal with a lack of genuine support from the GOP, and maybe to a degree, treachery from those they have the right to expect loyalty from. Cheney and his ilk would prefer to see a Democrat in office rather than a small government Republican.

The Tea Party will have to rally to the cause of their candidates, because the RNC is unlikely to. The fight is going well, but is not won yet.

Ben said...

True, Jim. We can't get complacent.