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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.


    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue May 08, 2012 at 11:14:56 PM EST
    Tags: Gary Glenn, Pete Hoekstra, Clark Durant, Dick Lugar, Richard Mourdock, Michigan, Indiana, Republicans, RINOS, US Senate, Responsibility, Primary, Signatures, Tea Party (all tags)

    Bottom line is we need to understand when we've taken the wheel, and are actually driving this thing.

    I don't doubt the ability of the tea movement to shoulder once again, a myriad collection of RINOs, power hungry moderates, and mislabeled Republicans this election.  I expect them to once again carry across the finish line, the standard bearers of establishment elitism and compromise. But there is something else that we will see.

    They will have replaced a few of those along the way.

    And it starts with the victory of Richard Mourdock over Richard Lugar in the Indiana Republican US Senate primary.  Tea party grass roots ultimately helped by favorites such as Palin, and Club for growth, to overcome the entrenched RNC financed defense of "Obama's favorite Republican" made the Bob Bennett loss of a couple years ago more real.  It took it from fluke status to a legitimate answer for politicians who pander too far over to the left for their own good.

    Fair play,and a good game.  Play to win, and when we don't, we plod forward to the next election.

    But what really makes this especially interesting, is that the same folks who shepherded in Mourdock, are now backing Gary Glenn.  The search to replace Stabenow has brought out a number of candidates, all of whom would be satisfactory when making the stark comparison to the puppet of the leftists, but not all will make it into the final cut.

    More below ~

    Mourdock was the high odds payoff in the Indiana event tonight, starting as the underdog by double digits.  There may be another in Glenn, if the organization which brought Lugar down uses some of the same plays.

    And there is no incumbent to defeat. (Which may be good or bad ..depending)

    There is a good chance the only three that make it to the May 15th deadline with sufficient signatures will be Pete Hoekstra, Clark Durant, and Gary Glenn. Then there is another date which matters.  One that will be an attempt by one "place" candidate, to take out the "show" candidate in the horse race of the season.

    On or before May 22, (the deadline to do so) Team Durant will attempt to challenge the signatures of Gary Glenn.

    Don't doubt it.  It makes sense for team Durant which considers itself the best challenger to Hoekstra for the flag bearing opportunity into November.  A three way race likely places Hoekstra into the spot according to conventional wisdom.  CW also suggests the support base for Glenn might be more comfortable with Durant than the Holland Republican.  It makes Glenn the most likely target for a signature fight that would remove him from the primary altogether.

    If Glenn has a meager number of votes over the required 15,000, it would likely be a problem.

    However, Lugar lost.

    The world is-a-changing folks.  In 2010 the tea party was dead according to nearly everyone, including those who championed the Indiana Senator that was all too often accommodating to the other side.  We cleaned the clocks of the Dems, and brought a few of our own into the mix.  We will do it again as well. And what seems like an uphill battle, can very well be be a motivator in the right circumstances.

    It had better be however.

    The road ahead is full of surprises, and an untamed element that might occasionally leap into our path. We should be so cautious not to drink so much in the elixir of the Indiana win that we lose our vision of what must be done to carry THAT man over the line in November, but also to drive home our own and a few who may not be wholly ours, but played by the rules and carry our flag.

    On August 8th, we will know who our full slate will be, and even the lowest office will be deserving of our support as we try to hold on to SOME sense of sobriety into November.

    If we are taking the wheel, we get this baby home.

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    Not for Glenn (none / 0) (#1)
    by JenKuznicki on Wed May 09, 2012 at 09:22:54 AM EST
    No way would I put up a guy who thinks homosexuals are a bad risk for employment, as a tea party candidate, backed by schmuckabee and the ever-annoying, over-inflated ego of one Randy Bishop.

    Not the same thing (none / 0) (#4)
    by Republican Michigander on Wed May 09, 2012 at 01:38:49 PM EST
    If I lived in Indiana, I'd be campaigning for Mourdock. This isn't even close to the same situation.

    Nothing against Gary Glenn, but this is an apples/oranges thing.

    1. Stabenow's the incumbent, not a liberal republican like Lugar.

    2. The candidates running here range from center-right to right. I understand uniting behind one conservative, but if that is the plan, you better have one acceptable to all factions, and you better have a frontrunner totally unacceptable to all except a big money centrist establishment. We don't have a Joe Schwarz, Bill Milliken, Rick Snyder, or even Fred Upton or Vern Ehlers running here. A coronation attempt here is liable to backfire in spades.

    3. You have a much stronger democrat running here. Debbie Stabenow, a two term incumbent rubber stamp for Reid. I'm not going to go in and toss bombs against Hoekstra, Durant, Glenn, Konetchy, Boman, Marino, Hekman, and anyone else I missed when one will be the nominee against the dangerously incompetent one. Especially when all of them are much better than Stabenow and none of them are tweedle dee/tweedle dum like a Lugar/Donnelly situation.

    4. What is the difference between a "some" tea party (not all, I know many backing others) coronation for Glenn and an establishment coronation for Hoekstra? When you're marketing something as stopping Stabenow, then stop Stabenow. Make your case why you're the best, and I'll make my decision in August. If you like Glenn, vote Glenn. If you like Hoekstra, vote Hoekstra. If you like Konetchy, vote Konetchy. If you like Durant, vote Durant. If you like someone else, vote for that person. If you like Stabenow, don't vote.

    I was told I hated Jesus (none / 0) (#12)
    by JenKuznicki on Thu May 10, 2012 at 04:53:07 AM EST
    because I hated Randy Bishop.  First of all, I don't hate him, but he's certainly a bad actor.

    This is the type of argument used when you question his judgement.

    • So? by Corinthian Scales, 05/10/2012 09:16:50 AM EST (none / 0)
    I agree with Republican Michigander (none / 0) (#15)
    by JenKuznicki on Fri May 11, 2012 at 06:32:29 AM EST
    The MI4CS debacle is completely different than Mourdock.  They needed to take out a RINO that wouldn't have strong dem opposition.  What MI4CS did here was try to coalesce support around one of the conservative candidates against Hoekstra, when EVERYONE AGREES anyone would be better than the most Liberal Senator in the Senate, Debbie Stabenow.

    That said, Glenn is not a good bet, and won't be receiving my support, and will be receiving my criticism.

    The rules of MI4CS were an affront to tea partiers who don't follow the ridiculous rules of belonging to an organized tea party, going to meetings, and acting like a third party.  And I heard from a lot of them.

    Just as an FYI . . . (none / 0) (#17)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Fri May 11, 2012 at 08:13:54 AM EST
    . . . I'm getting word this week that Konetchy's campaign is in "cushion mode" with its signature gathering.

    There is . . . (none / 0) (#23)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Sun May 13, 2012 at 03:23:44 PM EST
    . . . a U. S. Senate Candidate Forum happening in Grandville the night before the filing deadline.  The seven candidates are all confirmed attendees.  I'm thinking that we'll get a better idea that night of who's going to be filing on Tuesday or not.

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