Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Libertarian wing of the GOP triumphs in Primary Elections

From Eric Dondero:

Last night was a clear victory for the libertarian wing of the Republican Party. Libertarian-backed candidates swept primary elections all around. The Tea Party, Club for Growth, Sarah Palin brigades and the Republican Liberty Caucus were all victorious from Utah to South Carolina.

The biggest win was undoubtably Nikki Haley in South Carolina in the run-off with 65% of the vote. Her opponent was a traditionalist establishment SC politician Gresham Barret. She was dubbed the "Sanford libertarian" candidate. She had early backing from Sarah Palin. She also received the endorsement of the Republican Liberty Caucus.

Even HuffPo editorializes this morning:
Already, 2010 is shaping up to be an anti-establishment year with angry voters casting ballots against candidates with ties to Washington and the political parties.

Perhaps no other contest illustrated that better than Haley's. A state legislator with the backing of tea party activists and Sarah Palin, she overtook the old-boy network.
Another big SC win; Tim Scott for Congress. He was supported early on by the fiscally libertarian Club for Growth, Palin, and his former opponent Katherine Jenerette.

A strident Libertarian Republican, Jenerette is a friend of this website. Her campaign was managed in large part by LR contributor Stephen Maloney. Taking our cue from Katherine and Stephen, LibertarianRepublican.net did the same. Katherine commented on Scott' victory last night at FITS News (Will Folk's highly controversial website):
Great choice. The Libertarian Republican’s lined up behind Tim Scott as well!
Finally in SC, establishment GOPer incumbent Rep. Bobby Inglis lost his race to Tea Party favorite Trey Gowdy.

Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute, and a sometimes contributor to Libertarian Republican comments on his International Liberty blog this morning:
There were closely-watched primaries yesterday in South Carolina and Utah. Most of the attention was on the Palmetto State, where an Indian-American woman won the GOP nomination for governor and an African-American won the nomination for the first district congressional seat. Both are positive developments since the respective candidates appear to be solid, limited-government conservatives. But the most important race, in my humble opinion, was the battle to unseat incumbent GOP Congressman Bob Inglis, who was a TARP-supporting, pro-tax Republican... he got completely stomped as voters wisely recognized that he had become a fan of big government.
Inglis received national notoriety for having dissed Glenn Beck at a town hall meeting, telling his constituents to "turn him off."

Outside of South Carolina the news was just as good for libertarian-leaning Republicans. Mike Lee won his GOP primary for US Senate in Utah with 52%. Lee campaigned on a platform of "Less is more in Washington." He is now virtually guaranteed to be the next Senator from the State. Political blogger Michael Stephens wrote this morning "TEA party wins again... everywhere!":
The TEA party won in every race in every primary again June 22!!! Utah is my favorite, with a close race. Mike Lee will be a new member of the senate in January. The GOP moved to the right.

14 comments:

Gary said...

"Libertarian-leaning Republicans"

Now there is an oxymoron for you.

I will cut Tim Scott some slack until he takes office. But if REAL BILLS that make dramatic changes are not introduced then he is just another phony looking to latch on the government tit.

I have watched the "small government" song and dance of the Right-Wing Socialist Party for decades. Big Brother keeps growing and growing no matter which GOP faction is elected.

Eric Dondero said...

Hilarious to watch the liberal media today do everything they can to ignore the Nikki Haley story. It's all McChrystal, everywhere in the lib media; Nikki is buried on the back pages.

Bias?

Chuck said...

McChrystal showed disrespect their little, brown god. Nothing could be more important than that.

Anonymous said...

+++++ little, brown god ++++++

Deutschland, Deutschland über alles,
Über alles in der Welt,
Wenn es stets zu Schutz und Trutze
Brüderlich zusammenhält.
Von der Maas bis an die Memel,
Von der Etsch bis an den Belt,
|: Deutschland, Deutschland über alles,
Über alles in der Welt!

SJ Reidhead said...

Oh yes, four more years of Mark Sanford, the worst governor since Reconstruction. Too bad no one bothered noticing Nikki's lack of record. She could prove to be the GOP version of Barack Obama.

SJR
The Pink Flamingo

Chuck said...

I wonder if the nameless German shitbag above could point to anything unique about Brakabama other than his unprecedented worthlessness and the quite interesting (captivating, actually) fact that he is brown colored.

The idiotic dogma the spineless vermin who populate the left slavishly substitute for actual morality is pathetic. They are genuinely robotic. I know what these stupid fucks are going to say before they do.

It's so predictable as to be mathematical.

Anonymous said...

But Chuck it is your favorite song.

Chuck said...

See what I mean?

Rick G said...

ahem
and ahem again

Dan said...

"Libertarian-leaning Republicans

Now there is an oxymoron for you."

Here we go again with jackass Gary proving that Ron Paul and Gary Johnson are simply not libertarian enough for REAL LIBERTARIANS like Gary.

Anonymous said...

No, Dan...
The Gary is a liberal. The libertarian drag it wears is a tad thin.

Notice that it only ever criticizes Republicans. Has it ever fired a shot at Democrats or Obama? Once? Twice, maybe?

What about its policies? For example, the Gary talks about "small government" but always manages to trash Republicans who favor it... Palin comes to mind.

The point of the Gary is to sow dissatisfaction amongst libertarians against the one political vehicle with the chance to deliver.

Above the Adam's apple and the five-o'clock shadow lies a tawdry libertarian 'do' complete with smudged lipstick. I ain't buying the Gary. It just ain't working.

The Right Guy said...

Liberal is mostly misused today. I am a liberal, a true liberal, a classical liberal. What passes for liberal today is left wing statists. That being said I think what Gary rails against is right wing statists, or what he perceives that to be. He might be a classical liberal, I don't know. It's kind of tough to apply what we think of ourselves upon other people. In the end, at worst, Gary isn't pragmatic nor is he realistic. It happens when you live in theory too long.

Chuck said...

The word "liberal" isn't misused today. It's been transformed. The lexicon has been altered by the shitbag left.

I doubt that when in an exceptionally happy mood you would go to the trouble of describing yourself as "classically gay" and then begin educating people about the "true" definition of the word gay.

In modern American English, "liberal" is a synonym for socialist just as "gay" is a synonym for turd-burgling, pixie-prancing butt-pirate.

Live with it.

The Right Guy said...

Well, I am surely not a fucking conservative.