And So It Begins . . . and Ends for Some
by Jen Green
I just finished watching the final results from my home state of Iowa roll in. Primary challengers were able to unseat a couple of Republican establishment incumbents , a good incumbent was able to ward off an establishment-funded challenger, and several more good candidates were able to win in newly-established districts. Their wins, combined with several solid grassroots folks who ran unopposed and will be going on to the general, means that constitutional conservative Iowans actually have something to get excited about in November (despite who is on top of the ticket).
Even in the races where strong primary challengers didn’t win, they served a valuable notice–most, if not all of them, were able to garner over 40% of the vote against establishment incumbents. They scared the establishment, forced them into making good votes and forced them to spend money and time on a primary challenge. I applaud them for their very strong effort. Several of then I know personally–and they worked hard.
On a very personal note, I’d like to thank the election officials from Humbolt county in Iowa for counting their votes dead last. I will be sending you the bill for my antacids and a new manicure after I sat and waited for the final results of my friend Tom Shaw’s race. Shaw, Iowa’s pro-life champion in our House of Representatives, was down in his race only to come back strong in the very end because of his home county. I’m not sure I could have enjoyed any other results had Tom not won his race.
All in all, a very good night for “us” and a very bad night for “them.”
And to make it even better, Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker beat the ridiculous recall by a larger margin than he was even elected by. Bless his heart. He’s a pro at elections by now. Anyone else thinking 2016?
Just before I head off to sleep, here’s a little pep-talk for last night’s winners that I originally posted on my Facebook page:
To all the conservative primary candidates who won yesterday REMEMBER the establishment of your own party did not want you to win. In some cases, they spent donor money to try to defeat you. They recruited candidates to run against you. They wrote hit pieces and made phone calls. They endorsed your opponent, pitting Republican v. Republican.
Remember that when they come to you, put their arm around you, and talk about being a “family” or a “team player” or it’s “for the good of the party.” When they lie their derrieres off and tell you “just wait until _______, then we’ll vote on the issues important to you.” Remember all they did to keep folks like you from infiltrating their cabal. Remember your real “family” –the dozens of supporters who pushed you to the finish line, the spouse and kids back home who sacrificed time and money for you to make your stand.
Remember. The temptation to forget will be intense.
If you forget, you’ll become one of them. And then we’ll remind you–once. If you don’t listen . . . one word: primary.
After yesterday, you know all about those.
God bless your efforts.