An Odd Couple Will Stump for David Perdue

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.”


  1. benevolus says:

    “party is more important than ideology”
    I say true, in the context of elections.
    If you want to pursue ideology you don’t need to do that through political parties. In other words, if you prefer lower taxes, one can advocate for that all the time, to all politicians and in many different circumstances. Obviously, someone who prefers lower taxes may identify more with one party or another, but politics and governing is designed for compromise. To me, too many politicians get elected and are unwilling to “give something to get something”, so not much productive gets done.

  2. Jon Lester says:

    Rand Paul’s endorsement would be good for anyone to have, but that of senile old fool John McCain, not so much. If I were Perdue, I really wouldn’t worry about the VFW vote.

  3. Tim Darnell says:

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars is stressing that this event is a veterans forum, not a campaign event for Perdue.

    • Jon Richards says:

      The VFW may be saying that, but when the Perdue campaign sends out notice to see David Perdue below a Veterans for Perdue banner, with a RSVP requested to the Perdue campaign, it sure smells like a campaign event to me.

    • Michael Silver says:

      That’s good its not a Perdue event.

      I’d hate to think that we are electing another John McCain who is for amnesty, open borders, TARP, endless wars, and is a get-along get-along establishment republican.

      If this event is a signal about Perdue’s positions, I’ll happily vote for Michelle.

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