Take a look at the map below:
That map is from the latest (image pulled on 7/22/14) RealClearPolitics US Senate general election map with no toss-ups. Georgia, by all accounts, is still considered a toss-up for the US Senate race. It shouldn’t, but the “Nunn” name still carries a lot of weight…so does the “Carter” name. That map should scare the bejeezus out of Republicans (and I don’t care if you’re a TEA Party person or “independent paleoconservative whatever”). It shows Georgia as losing what should be, by all accounts, a safe Republican seat for 2014. I know, Michelle Nunn *probably* won’t win, but there’s a chance, and the polls that have come out recently, that may be a pretty decent chance.
Republicans have been beating each other up over the past year and a half-ish trying to “out-conservative” one another. That gave ample opportunity for Michelle Nunn to craft herself as a conservative Democrat, notice, though, she doesn’t mention the fact that she is a Democrat all that much. Her and national Democrats are trying to sell her as a moderate-to-conservative choice for independents. That, coupled with a number of folks making noise about how there isn’t a “real conservative” in the Republican race now, so they are going to vote for the Libertarian.
Ok, if you’re a Republican or tend to vote Republican and are planning on voting for the Libertarian as a protest vote, then you may as well vote for the Democrat. That’s all you’re really doing. #sorrynotsorry
I had a number of my candidates get defeated in the May primary. Yes, it sucks. Yes, it’s disappointing not to see your team move forward, but we have to move forward. I believe that there is some grieving that needs to be done when your candidate is defeated. Especially when it is a close race. However, we must remember that the main goal as Republicans is to elect Republicans. David Perdue pulled of a surprising win last night. It was a shock to me and many others, but congratulations to him. I give him my full support going into November.
We, as Republicans, should cheer on our team to victory. It’s easier when you get the candidate you like, but it doesn’t work out that way. Unfortunately, that’s life. To my friends licking their wounds: I’m right there with you, but I hope that you’ll join me in fighting the good fight. Let’s work to elect our Republican candidates this November.