Last I checked, the Senate seat in Georgia isn’t a slam-dunk no-brainer for Republicans, so it’s good to see that they’re mau-mauing the strongest candidate:
Things got started yesterday with Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), who, despite being very conservative, is probably the only Republican candidate for the Georgia Senate nomination who doesn’t make a habit of selling really crazy crap. Yesterday he said he doesn’t think it’s “the responsible thing to do” to simply let Obamacare collpase. Today he was attacked at Redstate.com for having “surrendered on Obamacare.”
Josh Marshall calls that McCarthyism. I call it another day at the office for the white men in charge of the Republican Party, and I have little doubt that Jack Kingston is going to try to appease the assholes at Red State.
In the same vein, the other day I was listening to the This American Life podcast, which had the story of a very earnest young Republican student who was appointed to the Wisconsin Board of Regents. His appointment was rescinded after conservative bloggers discovered he had signed Scott Walker’s recall petition. (There was also a well-regarded Republican Wisconsin judge who lost his election because he signed.) When they interviewed the student, he said he still supports Walker because of issues like entitlement reform.
As long as the victims of these drive-bys remain party loyalists, why do they deserve the label “moderate”? They can make as many reasonable and intelligent statements as they wish, but until those mouth noises are accompanied by action, they carry the same significance as the idiotic barking of my neighbor’s permanently caged pit bull.
One more thing: if some teahadi wins the Georgia Senate primary, at least voters will face an honest choice. Jack Kingston will certainly vote like a teaturd if he reaches the Senate, so voters deserve to have a real turd on the ballot, rather than a turd camoflauged by a nice suit, a friendly smile and some happy talk.