Iowa Republican Nominee Virtually Endorses Democrat Opponent
Here in Iowa’s third Congressional district, where I live, conservatives are being given a clear choice this November. Albeit not the choice they’d prefer.
That choice is this: would you rather have the policies you disagree with come from the Democrat or the Republican the next two years?
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
A less-than-inspiring, makes milquetoast look like Winston Churchill Republican nominee trails a winnable race in the polls against a Democrat—all because up until now he’s offered voters no obvious contrast to his Marxist opponent. So instead of taking the hint and giving voters a stark contrast to the ideology every credible poll says they don’t want, said Republican doubles down on what’s already gotten him nowhere (for reasons God Himself only knows) and actually moves more to the Left.
Recently Republican David Young, who finished a distant fifth in the spring primary but successfully navigated the convention to obtain the nomination, has decided that if you can’t beat them join them. So Young has decided to adopt many of the same Marxist positions as his Democrat opponent Staci Appel, who has been out of politics since she suffered one of the worst losses ever for an incumbent state senator in Iowa history back in 2010.
Appel, Iowa’s wannabe Nancy Pelosi, re-emerged from her wine cellar this year to be Tom Latham’s sacrificial lamb. But when John Boehner’s smoke-break buddy decided not to run for re-election, the Democrats were left with a cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs nominee (think Wendy Davis without the charm) in a suddenly winnable congressional district. For example, Appel recently made national headlines when she said she wouldn’t revoke the passports of terrorists.
However, instead of seizing on these comments and riding Appel’s Marxist beliefs all the way to victory, the Young campaign has responded by advocating the raising of the minimum wage, supporting amnesty, says Obamacare is here to stay, and pledging to sign the discredited Kyoto Protocol. The fact Young didn’t immediately burst-out laughing until he needed an undergarment change at the mere mention of the Kyoto Protocol, shows just how laughable his campaign is.
By adopting his opponent’s talking points as his own, Young has effectively endorsed his Democrat opponent. Losing this race would be an act of political malpractice. I was heavily involved in the last campaign Appel was in, which ended in the aforementioned blowout. Although Iowa is a politically divided state, it remains a culturally conservative one. The values of Appel, and her Leftist State Supreme Court justice husband, are out of touch with Iowans everywhere except on liberal college campuses. Four years ago in a political environment similar to this one, we hammered her from the Right and defined her as a San Francisco liberal unfit for the heartland, and we beat her by 18 points in her own legislative district.
Young is not doing any of that.
But he did run perhaps the absolute worst television ads of the 2014 cycle, replete with references to toenail clippers and chicken strips. So there’s that.
Candidates like Young are forcing conservatives to re-think the so-called “lesser of two evils” strategy. It used to mean “hold your nose” and vote for the Republican in November no matter what, because the Democrat was so much worse. But now I have conservatives asking me if we’re better off if candidates like Young lose their elections, because they think it’s harder to unseat an entrenched incumbent in a primary than an unpopular Democrat in the general.
Young, and Republicans like him who run for office by effectively endorsing their Democrat opponent, have only themselves to blame for the fact that conversation is happening in the first place.
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