If you haven’t seen it already, take a look at Charlie’s post from earlier today: Kingston Vows Not To Be Outflanked On The Right: Exhibit A
The stage is set for the Republicans running for the U.S. Senate to spend the next year stumbling over themselves as they try to get further and further to the right.
The process seems likely to diminish the level of political discourse to the point of caricature. Georgia’s voters deserve better than this, but that’s what we’re going to get unless we demand that candidates propose and debate viable, politically possible policies.
Jack Kingston’s new website is up and running. The link to Issues contains just five categories: Budget/Spending, Obamacare, Georgia Values, Agriculture, and National Security. The policy prescriptions under these headings are so thin as to be almost meaningless. There are just 141 words (I counted in MS Word) for Budget/Spending, including a statement of Kingston’s support for a balanced budget amendment.
But what would Kingston have said about a balanced budget in 2009, when federal revenues barely covered Social Security, Medicare, and other mandatory spending? That’s just one obvious question begged by the superficial statements on the site.
Maybe Kingston will flesh out these issues with some real policy prescriptions in the coming weeks or months. Or maybe shallow analysis of issues will be enough for a candidate to win the Republican nomination next year and give the eventual winner some room to wriggle back toward the center before the general election.
But I hope voters generally — and Republican activists specifically — will demand more detail and more substance from candidates in the coming months.
If we don’t make those demands, we’ll get the race we deserve.