Yesterday over at RedState I wrote some more about John Oxendine’s attacks on Lynn Westmoreland due to Westmoreland’s refusal to endorse the guy. For background on this read this post by Icarus, which should disturb all the conservatives on here.
That a guy like the Ox has the temerity to attack a real conservative like Westmoreland through Georgia Public Television is beyond the pale.
One of the commenters at RedState noted that “this is why it is dangerous to be a blindfolded party guy”. This goes to a larger point I’ve made for some time.
A lot of the people who initially surrounded Oxendine were people willing to back him because he’s been the longest serving statewide elected Republican. The people who surrounded him were party guys first and all things second. They had and have little sensical policy positions, but are all about winning at all costs.
Much like the dogs that catch the cars, they’d be run over should they win the primary or, God forbid, bet elected.
Oxendine is a Republican. If you put your blindfold on, I guess that might be good enough for you. But if you take off the party blindfold and look at the guy, it’s kind of hard to see any lasting principles beyond his loyalty to himself.
I suspect a steady drumbeat of stories will start coming out — particularly from insurance executive around the state who all share the same story. They had business with the Ox. He called to tell them he was personally handling the business. Then he said his staff told him the insurance executive had promised a donation and the staff wanted the Ox to follow up with it.
That story is whispered about too commonly across the state among those in the insurance industry. We’ll see if there is any truth to it. I suspect the Ox, in pissing off Lynn Westmoreland, has fatally wounded his own campaign.