Comments: GOP senate contenders chime in

He ducked questions 9 and 16 a little bit, didn't he? I'm planning to vote for Darryl Glenn and these answers don't change my opinion.

I like Keyser, and Blaha, but Glenn most of all.

P.S. There are only five.
P.P.S. You do know that of those five, four skipped the caucus and state assembly process altogether and "bought" their way onto the primary ballot with petitions, right? Glenn won the state assembly poll with about 70% of the vote in a crowded field.

Posted by johngalt at June 14, 2016 11:08 AM

And why is Keyser listed first, anyway? Not alphabetical. Not in ballot order - Glenn is listed first because he won at state assembly.

Maybe he was the first one to turn in his homework?

Posted by johngalt at June 14, 2016 11:11 AM

Keyser has a superb resume, but he really rubs me the wrong way. If Graham is the Senator from Central Casting, Keyser is the overambitious candidate. I don't perceive a core.

For out-of-staters, Keyser (among others) was bloodied a bit by inconsistencies in his ballot signatures. The crime is not so bad, but his reaction has been comically awful. That starts him on a bad foot, and he lacks the appearance of integrity required to overcome.

Posted by jk at June 14, 2016 2:45 PM

I'm trying to remember what it was that convinced me but I recently called Jack Graham, "the RINO's RINO." I'm beyond disappointed with his answer on the religious baker question: A church shouldn't be compelled to serve gay weddings, but "it's different for private businesses?" Really?

America - Land of the compelled and home of the taxed. Not the kind of leadership I'm voting for.

Posted by johngalt at June 14, 2016 7:26 PM

And I was certain the horsies would sway you.

Not my favorite answer on the "Cake Police" question, but he's in line with Gov. Gary Johnson (THC - NM)*

He was not on my radar, I had heard "RINO" charges; in a possible separate topic, that term is ready for the same retirement Lowell Weicker, Jim Jeffords, and Lincoln Chafee enjoy. It ceased to mean what it meant. As the debate(s) wore on, I saw him providing better answers on trade and speaking from conviction instead of pandering to the base.

Probably not the greatest voice of liberty in my time, but a pragmatic and electable guy whom I am comfortable having him represent me. The other guys are far more firebrandish, but on social issues they plan much greater compulsion than Jack "Bake the Goddam cake already!" Graham.

* ooh, that's a good one!

Posted by jk at June 14, 2016 7:55 PM

One exception: the term "RINO" may still be employed to reference the Senior Senator from Maine. Maine senators King and Collins back gun sale ban based on terror 'watch lists'

Posted by jk at June 14, 2016 7:59 PM

"The senior senator from Maine" and, umm, Mitch McConnell?

Posted by johngalt at June 15, 2016 11:16 AM

"Can't we all get along?"

No sir, that is the exact usage which exasperates me (oh great, he's exasperated now...)

Sen. Collins could run as a Democrat or Republican in most states. She has no dedicated crusades. She's a moderate voice, better than Sen. Boxer. But, like a Jeffords or Chafee, she can change and nobody will say "huh?"

I know you are displeased, exasperated perhaps, with Leader McConnell. I'll sit still while you call him all kinds of names. You may even use coarse language. But he is not a RINO, per se.

Not rock-solid on guns, eh? You read the Wall St. Journal Ed Page or watch Kudlow? There is a broad swath of serious Republicans who favor gun control. (And a DINO or two who don't).

He's a wheeler-dealer who is too willing to trade some items I wish were not on the table. But I hear the Leader and Speaker Ryan called RINOs. It seems to have morphed into "somebody I do not like or agree with" like the lefties calling everyone "fascist."

Posted by jk at June 15, 2016 12:18 PM

So since being a Democrat means advancing any one or more redistributionist or anti-liberty law or policy, and being a Republican only means wheeling and dealing with Democrats to achieve "progress" in our country, I get it now: It is unfair to apply a "purity test" to Republicans, even if the purity being sought is adherence to the principles of republicanism.

So McConnell (and probably every other senator not named Lee, Cruz, Paul or - hopefully - Glenn) is a rINO, and Jack Graham would be a rINO's rINO.


Posted by johngalt at June 15, 2016 3:05 PM
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