Or what the Purity Test means to the 11th District Congressional Race.
Below is a photo from the yearbook of Davidson College, an effete safety school in North Carolina.
You may recognize Ed Lindsey in the above picture. He apparently was the President of the College Democrats in 1979-80, during the President Carter reëlect. In Lindsey’s campaign announcement, he said Bob Barr had “some explaining to do,” referencing both Barr’s past as a Libertarian and the I Love Lucy Show, which debuted in 1951. It’s tough to make 1950’s references and later argue that stuff from the 80’s shouldn’t count, but I suppose that’s what he will have to do.
To me, supporting Carter in 1980 over Reagan was clearly the correct decision, but I don’t imagine many primary voters in the In-Fighting 11th will see it that way, and that’s a shame.
Changing one’s mind shouldn’t be a political dealbreaker, but it often is. Benjamin Franklin said that “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” In modern primary politics, it has become “If you ever change, you’re finished.”
Updated: Representative Lindsey sends along the following response:
To borrow from 1 Corinthians 13:11: “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child . . . ,” but when Jimmy Carter crashed helicopters in the desert in Iran, I put aside my childish things and voted for President Ronald Reagan and have voted for every Republican presidential candidate ever since.
In more recent and relevant times, I have served on the Georgia Republican State Committee, acted as Sonny Perdue’s Fulton County Campaign Manager in 2002, been elected to the State House as a Republican in 2004, worked with State House colleagues and the GOP State Party to increase our Georgia majorities in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. I have shepherded through the State House as a Representative and Republican Majority Whip over 35 major pieces of conservative reform legislation that have cut state spending, provided tax relief to property owners, cut taxes, expanded school choice, opened up government, cracked down on illegal immigration, strengthened Georgia’s Right to Work laws, and attacked those that would prey upon our young, old, and disadvantaged. In short, I have been a conservative reformer that rolls up his sleeve and finds real conservative solutions to the real problems facing our state and will do the same in Washington.
In conclusion, I appreciate someone finding a picture of me with hair so I can show my sons I once had it. I also note that in reviewing the picture about half the folks shown are also now Republicans. With age comes wisdom.