Monday, we learned that two sitting U.S. Senators will be visiting metro Atlanta in the days before the General Election to help get out the vote for David Perdue, the Republican who hopes to replace Saxby Chambliss in the Senate.
John McCain will be at VFW Post 2681, 140 Powers Ferry Rd. SE in Marietta at 10 AM on Wednesday at a Veterans for Perdue Event. McCain’s military service and time spent as a prisoner of war while serving in Vietnam make the Arizona Senator a logical choice for such an event. On October 24th, Rand Paul will appear at a noontime rally on the McDonough square in Henry County. The stop is one of many the libertarian leaning Senator from Kentucky is making on behalf of Senate candidates.
It’s not an understatement to say John McCain and Rand Paul represent two different wings of the Republican Party. McCain is the establishment. Paul is, at least in McCain’s view, a “wacko bird.” Each appeals to a different segment of the GOP electorate.
Yet both are coming to Georgia to support a Republican Senate candidate who, as an outsider, has no voting record but would probably not align closely with either McCain or Paul.
Why are they doing it? Because both Senators understand that party is more important than ideology. Gaining control of the Senate and making someone besides Harry Reid the Majority Leader is, at this point, more important than trying to define the direction of the GOP or the proper way to expand conservatism.
During the long primary cycle, Georgia Republicans had the opportunity to choose the type of candidate they wanted to have represent them. Of the eight original candidates, there were those supporting the Tea Party, the establishment, and everything in between, including one who didn’t seem to fit into a traditional category, and labeled himself as an outsider. In the end, the outsider won.
John McCain and Rand Paul may not be the only Senators to come to Georgia asking voters to cast their ballots for David Perdue. We are told that at least one more will visit the Peach State before November 4th. Someone who represents yet a different ideology than McCain or Paul. Why? Because they get Ben Franklin’s maxim, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”