Tuesday, May 08, 2012

A Conservative Primary Night

Today three states held primaries and in the presidential section, it was another three-state sweep for Republican Mitt Romney.
But, in two of the three states, a strong conservative showing made marriage still between one man and one woman. And a veteran Republican senator is being sent packing after a strong Tea Party challenge.
First, Amendment 1 to the constitution of North Carolina says that the state recognizes marriage between one man and one woman. It does not undo any legal protections already in place for same-sex couples. And the result was not even close as it won by a 61% to 39% margin. In the linked article, of course it being the Charlotte Observer, there was the usual canards of shifting attitudes among young voters and older voter softening their stand. Really? A lopsided 21 point defeat is only close in Leftywhore medialand.
It may very well be that people's attitudes can and will change on same-sex marriage. But when it is put to a vote of the people, so far it has not lost. Even here in California. In 2008, while 61% of voters went with the Democrat Sen. Messiah Barack, Proposition 8 still passed with a 52% to 48% margin.
Does that make California a bunch of ha8rs?!
People may be pushing back at activist judges and supreme courts more than anything.
But so far, advocates of same-sex marriage have not won a people's vote anywhere.
Meaning simply put, the people of the United States, by and large, either want to recognize marriage to be one man and one woman and something more along the lines of civil unions for everyone else.
The pro side needs to work harder at persuading and not demonizing those opposed to same-sex marriage.
But the other big story is a huge Tea Party win in Indiana where the state treasurer, Richard Mourdock, defeated six-term Republican senator Richard Lugar. And once again, it was not even close as Mr. Mourdock defeated Sen. Lugar 61% to 39%.
The bottom line on this is mutliformed.
For one, 36 frickin' years in the senate. Sen. Lugar began serving in the same year Jimmah Carter was elected president in 1976. While Sen. Lugar tried the losing senate seniority canard, that fell very flay among voters. So what if he has the seniority if he votes often against the voters and the interests of Indiana?
Second and related is Sen. Lugar becoming part of Washington and losing touch with the people of his home state. So much so that a serious challenged was launched as to whether he is still an actual resident of Indiana. And while he did survive that challenge, he did so only to annoy the voters even more.
Third, Sen. Lugar seemed to be OK with the Dear Leader, President Obama. He has a let's work with him attitude. That did not sit well in the home state. Maybe Sen. Lugar had that attitude because the Dear Leader, President Obama, actually became the first Democrat to win Indiana since 1964. But since then Indiana has returned to it's solidly Red state roots and elected Republican Mitch Daniels as governor and put the GOP in charge of the state legislature and a Republican majority in the congressional delegation.
And lastly, Sen. Lugar while pretty center-right has had some high-profile votes over the years that rankle many conservatives. As of 2011, Sen. Lugar's lifetime American Conservative Union rating was a respectable 71%. But look at that as becoming a calcified member of the Washington governing class rather than a conservative fighting for smaller government.
Mr. Mourdock is not someone that Sen. Lugar should have taken lightly. But he did. Mr. Mourdock is actually serving his second term as the Indiana state treasurer. So, he has won statewide before.
Look for Indiana to stay in the GOP column for the senate, but it will be a tougher fight than if Sen. Lugar had won the primary. The Democrat party is going to make this a target, but it will prove to be a waste of money.
Overall, these results were good news for conservatives and an ominous sign, once again, for Dear Leader, President Obama, and the Democrat party.

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