Corey A. Stewart wins three-way Republican race in Va., will challenge Sen. Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate seat https://t.co/jSqRT3qJus
— Post Local (@postlocal) June 13, 2018
With such a Boss Hogg meat-mugg, I guess ol’ Corey figured he’d be wasting an asset in his hometown Duluth…
How are reporters still struggling to call people like Corey Stewart what they are? https://t.co/ICTegMTI2H
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) June 13, 2018
… Stewart is not a “Confederate Symbols Defender.” Neither is he a “bombastic conservative.” He is an unapologetic public racist, and damned proud of it, who goes out of his way to associate with other unapologetic public racists, who are damned proud of it, too. Here’s a little flashback from The Washington Post at the time of the terrorist attack in Charlottesville:
“All the weak Republicans, they couldn’t apologize fast enough,” Stewart said in an interview with The Washington Post. “They played right into the hands of the left wing. Those [Nazi] people have nothing to do with the Republican Party. There was no reason to apologize.” However, Stewart has made several joint appearances with Jason Kessler, organizer of the “Unite the Right” rally that sparked the unrest in Charlottesville. Stewart met Kessler at an event earlier this year to protest the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park in Charlottesville. And at one point during the primary race, Stewart attended a Charlottesville news conference with Kessler and Isaac Smith, founders of Unity and Security for America (USA), a fledgling group that calls for “defending Western Civilization.”
… There simply is not a Democratic equivalent to an outright neo-Confederate’s getting a nomination for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Stewart shows, once again, that the prion disease remains active throughout the Republican Party at every level, and this at a time in which the people who could do the most to recreate the party’s immune system are too timid or too nuts to do it. Doug Jones’ surprise win in Alabama wasn’t enough to keep Republican voters in Virginia from nominating Zombie Jeff Davis, despite the fact that doing so might turn out to be a termination notice for a Republican majority in Congress…
Stewart’s got his defenders, of course…
Congratulations to Corey Stewart for his great victory for Senator from Virginia. Now he runs against a total stiff, Tim Kaine, who is weak on crime and borders, and wants to raise your taxes through the roof. Don’t underestimate Corey, a major chance of winning!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
So, there’s at least one non-political-junkie who remembers the name of HRC’s 2016 running mate.
The other Republicans are somewhat less enthused about Mr. Stewart, per Politico:
… The Senate GOP’s campaign arm hasn’t endorsed Stewart, who has made defending Confederate monuments a central plank of his political career. And its chairman said that the committee has “no plans” to spend any money on Stewart in his race against Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).
“At the senatorial committee we’re focusing on Missouri, Indiana, North Dakota, Montana, West Virginia and Florida. There are great races around the country. [Virginia] is not the map,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). “We have a big map this year, and what I’ve laid out in races that I’ve talked about, Virginia’s not on it.”
“Sometimes in the primary process, the thing we try and get done is get the most electable candidate on the ballot in the fall. And that doesn’t always happen,” conceded Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the No. 3 GOP leader.
And Thune, like other Republicans expressed ignorance of Stewart despite his affinity for earning press with stunts like protesting outside the RNC in 2016, which got him ousted from Trump’s official campaign apparatus. Stewart also drew criticism for refusing to condemn white nationalists after last year’s violent rally in Charlottesville.
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), said he has “no idea who he is. Not at all.”
And Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, a two-time NRSC chair, couldn’t say whether he will endorse Stewart because he doesn’t know him.
“I’ve just heard a few things about him,” Cornyn said. “I just don’t know anything about him.”
The feeling is mutual. Stewart held a press conference outside the NRSC in May to rail against party leaders for not supporting his campaign…
GOP leaders had hoped to block Stewart, making a late play to boost state Del. Nick Freitas, who narrowly lost to Stewart on Tuesday evening. Republicans said privately it’s a huge blow to the Virginia GOP’s down-ticket races, particularly in competitive House races, even if they never saw a serious path to defeating Kaine….
It’s the GOP version of the prisoner’s dilemma: A Repub candidate can’t win a primary, in the current climate, without fellating Trump; but fellating Trump is poison in a general election. (Yes, as a lifelong Democrat, this makes me happy.)
Republican House incumbents in #VA10, #VA07, #VA02 and #VA05 will be hurt by Corey Stewart's divisive (racist) rhetoric at the top of the ticket – and no, all politics isn't local in this case. https://t.co/lsYCKlHWpo
— Christine Matthews (@cmatthewspolls) June 13, 2018
This is the Republican Party nominee for Senate in Virginia. This is today’s Republican Party. pic.twitter.com/OadryveqC1
— Guy Cecil (@guycecil) June 13, 2018
Southerner & descendant of CSA soldier here. If I had a Confederate dollar for every racist from a Yankee or recent immigrant family claiming that flag or those statues as their "heritage," while saying I'm too liberal to be Murican, I could wallpaper my house. #gityerownheritage
— Paige R. Penland (@paigerpenland) June 13, 2018
The best neo-Confederates are always the ones born within a few hours drive of the Canadian border. https://t.co/7vNl6d7E8R
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 13, 2018
Even better, Corey Stewart is such an incendiary a**hole, he will drive Dem turnout better than any get-out-the-vote drive could have.
I can’t wait to read about how miserable this nomination makes the VA GOP.
It’s a mini-Roy Moore in a far bluer state. Catastrophic. LOL.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) June 13, 2018
Who didn’t see this coming? Virginia is a bellwether for what Republicans could and will face nationwide after this Trump fiasco is over. Incompetence and corruption that’s protected by an entrenched party that forgets how to win elections they can’t rig.
— Corey Richardson (@vexedinthecity) June 13, 2018
Stewart is as shameless and toxic as Trump. He'll animate the worst in the GOP to go all out to win. Write him off if you're an idiot.
— zeddy (@Zeddary) June 13, 2018
that’s not who the GOP is
<concentration camp sheriff pardoned>
that’s not who the GOP is
<child molester wins senate nomination>
that’s not who the GOP is
<neoconfederate wins senate nomination>
ok guys you know the drill pic.twitter.com/LBHu8aXfNE
— Kilgore Trout (@KT_So_It_Goes) June 13, 2018
Corey Stewart wasn’t the only member of the Confederate flag fan club to win yesterday. Lee Bright, one of few SC Rs to vote against removing the flag from the state Capitol, came first in the primary to replace Trey Gowdy. https://t.co/WvYaBLOCLB
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) June 13, 2018