Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Washington Examiner: GOP Picking Gilbert Baker Too Soon

This is what we have been saying since last Spring. The Arkansas GOP is picking our candidate for us. Once the state party picks the candidate, the national GOP picks up on that candidate since he appears to be the anointed one which leaves other candidates little chance of winning the primary.

Is the GOP prematurely picking favorites in the Arkansas senate race? [UPDATE]
By: Mark HemingwayCommentary Staff Writer11/24/09 3:51 PM EST
After the debacle in the NY-23 special election, Senator John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), announced, "We will not spend money in a contested primary.

However, it sure looks like the NRSC is throwing its weight around in one of the most heavily contested senate primaries in the country.

Last week, Cornyn and three other heavyweight GOP senators -- McConnell, Grassley and Vitter -- held an NRSC fundraiser for Gilbert Baker, an Arkansas state senator looking to challenge Blanche Lincoln for her senate seat. David J. Sanders, an Arkanasas political columnist, notes that when all is said and done there could be a nine-way GOP senate primary in the state.
So why is the NRSC raising money for Baker? Making matters worse, Baker is not an especially conservative candidate. Like a lot of Arkansas Republicans he's in the Huckabee mold of being socially conservative and somewhat economically liberal.
Citizens First Congress, a liberal group, rated Baker as having the most liberal voting record of any Republican senator in the Arkansas legislature. But Sen. Blanche Lincoln currently has a 27 percent approval rating in her home state. "She's a dead woman walking," Sanders told me.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care WHO the GOP picks, as long as a republican wins. We have to take our coounrty back from these liberal loons.

12:02 PM, November 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

liberal loons come in republican flavors as well as in democratic ones.

6:39 PM, November 25, 2009  
Anonymous Rick said...

To say Gilbert is a liberal is equivilant to saying Mark Moore is liberal and neither is true. For now at least, Gilbert is the best man in the race.

6:36 AM, November 26, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wha? Gilbert is an establishment tax-and-spender. Whether that makes him a liberal or not is up to the observer.

8:48 AM, November 26, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gilbert is a lobbyist's dream. Even a quick reading of his record makes this obvious. Blanche is the queen of campaign war chest building.
Does that make her a good candidate? You be the judge of her voting record(is she beholden to the lobby interests, party leadership, her pocket book, or last but not least the Arkansans she rarely represents. The same question must be asked about this candidate.

11:54 AM, November 26, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those of you who think it's all about getting another *party* in place need to realize the power of the parties is what has screwed up our country. Both parties play the games. Both parties are corrupt. Your local Republican party thinks THEY get to decide who holds what office and when. They don't believe that power and decision is the people's to make. Send them a message in 2010. Don't vote the favored party guy. It's time for the people to take this back. TSC, your viewpoint is what got us here. People go to the polls and pull for the R or D and then stay asleep and don't pay attention. BOTH parties have ruined us.

6:26 PM, November 28, 2009  
Blogger AR Vets Coalition said...

to all who debate his politics:
check out AR HB 1111 from 2009 session.. he voted for it.. check his voting record for the State legislature, it is very liberal; fiscally,.. .. also when it came to traditional positions in the State legislature, he worked to the detriment of the worthy GOP legislator from NW AR, depriving him of an earned and well deserved position,.. NW AR is where a full 1/3 of GOP votes come from.. even though polls are showing him ahead of Lincoln, he is running behind lesser know names outside of AR.. one being that of Col. Conrad Reynolds who is actively campaigning throughout the state meeting many ppl which is what the Arkansas populace likes.. Straw Poll tomorrow .. the votes will tell....

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Anonymous generic viagra said...

I agree with TSC... who ever is picked is not a issue at all.. but the who have been picked should be working..

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