Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Republicans play wait-and-see on unorthodox nominees

The toppling of a big-name GOP recruit in Idaho has left Republicans with an unknown nominee with some unusual issue positions and raised an increasingly familiar question for party strategists: What do we do now?

State Rep. Raul Labrador upset leading NRCC recruit Vaughn Ward on Tuesday in the race to face top-targeted Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho).

In so doing, he became the latest insurgent candidate to beat back the establishment and then be faced with joining forces with it -- a list that is topped by ophthalmologist Rand Paul in Kentucky's Senate race.

Already, some strategists are urging their party not to back candidates like Paul and former Nevada state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, who is surging in the GOP primary to face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

Paul has been dealing with controversy after suggesting he might oppose the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (he later recanted) while Angle has taken a number of positions that in the context of a political campaign might be construed as outside-the-mainstream -- as both National Review's Jim Geraghty and the Associated Press have outlined recently.

Is Labrador in that vein? He supports a repeal of the 17th Amendment, which provides for direct election of U.S. senators. He wants a return to the gold standard and would like for the United States to quit the United Nations. None of those positions are explosive along the lines of questioning the Civil Rights Act but they certainly aren't central planks in the GOP platform either.

Idaho Republicans could be excused if they felt as though they'd seen this movie before. This is the district the GOP squandered in 2008 -- despite Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) carrying it with 62 percent -- largely due to Rep. Bill Sali (R-Idaho), an uncompromising ultra-conservative who alienated many in his own party.

In an interview Thursday with the Fix, Labrador said while politics are similar to Sali, his approach is far different.

"I'm very conservative; libertarian on some issues, conservative on others," Labrador said."He and I are probably equally conservative. But if you look at press and media, I have a better relationship with them."

For unconventional candidates like Labrador, the central question going forward may well be how much they bend to the will of the establishment -- particularly when it comes to the consulting team around them.

Paul has kept the same campaign team even after the kerfuffle last week, though the titles changed a little this week when consultant Jesse Benton became campaign manager. Benton, who is married to one of Rep. Ron Paul's (R-Texas) granddaughters, had been a conduit between the national GOP and the Paul campaign in the primary, and party leaders are optimistic about his ability to lead in the general.

Paul is also sticking with the Strategy Group led by Rex Alsass for media while his little-known pollster is Fritz Wenzel of Wenzel Strategies.

"The responsibilities will not change at all," Benton assured The Fix. "We're very proud of our team. We've got some real talent."

Labrador, meanwhile, is going with wholesale changes to his staff and is looking at bringing in more established political team, including possibly some consultants favored by Washington.

"I think they can be helpful," he said. "Obviously we're going to stick to Idaho themes and an Idaho message."

Labrador's campaign also got a major vote of confidence earlier today when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the frontrunner for the 2012 GOP nod, endorsed him and cut a $2,500 check to the upstart's campaign.

Democrats will do their best to marginalize Labrador in the coming weeks, but the endorsement from Romney and the staff moves are signs that Labrador is prepared to run a serious general election campaign.

Will he be the exception or the rule when it comes to non-establishment winners in upcoming primary fights?

-- Aaron Blake

By The Fix  |  May 27, 2010; 6:10 PM ET
Categories:  House  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: First thoughts on President Obama's oil spill press conference
Next: Can Bill Clinton save Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas?

Comments

While Democratic voters are rejecting conservatives in favor of centrists like Stepak and Halter, Republican voters are rejecting conservatives in favor of reactionaries.

Posted by: F_L_Palmer | May 28, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

While Democratic voters are rejecting conservatives in favor of centristts like Stepak, Republicn voters are rejecting conservatives in favor of reactionaries.

Posted by: F_L_Palmer | May 28, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

While Democratic voters are rejecting conservatives in favor of centristts like Stepak, Republicn voters are rejecting conservatives in favor of reactionaries.

Posted by: F_L_Palmer | May 28, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Hours of brain-damaged drool, Chris. This what you want?

Posted by: drindl | May 28, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Loony tunes drivl hates it when anyone comes close to her method of carpet posting.

Loony tunes drivl hates a lot of things.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 28, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: DDAWD | May 28, 2010 2:51 AM | Report abuse

DDAWD


You have been convinced of alot of things that you previously didn't believe which you thought you believed before, but you really didn't because after you read my posts you believed something different.

It is clear.

You know perfectly well that there are so many things that you now agree and your horizons have opened up to such and extend rainbows and unicorns - griffens and mermaids.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 28, 2010 2:14 AM | Report abuse

nickjacobs1

If you can get me tenure, please arrange it.

thanks !


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 28, 2010 2:05 AM | Report abuse

I'll show you my interns when you show me someone who takes you seriously or someone who you convinced of something he didn't previously believe.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 28, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

ddawd


You are right - Chris's strategy is working.

yours - well your strategy is not.

Where are your interns ?


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 27, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

drindl

Look whose calling the kettle black

Are you completely insane ????


(Everyone here nods yes)


/

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 27, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

It's Chris' blog. If it's so important to him to keep 37th around, then so be it. It's not like his career arc has been hindered. He got a promotion and interns. Can't beat that.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 27, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

This blog is officially hopeless now. One or two guys, posting all day long.. what is the point?

Posted by: drindl | May 27, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Democrats play wait-and-see on an inexperienced former cocaine user as President.


Democrats decided to gamble on the nation's well being - seeing if an affirmative action candidate who was also a former cocaine user could handle the job as President.


The person also has absolutely no business or economic experience as well, except for buying cocaine.


NOW the country is in a crisis.


The democrats HAVE FORCED A THIRD RATE GOVERNMENT ON THE COUNTRY - FULL OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION APPOINTEES WHO CAN NOT HANDLE THE JOB.


THANKS !

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 27, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


You know that the best thing ALL ALONG would have been to burn it off.


We have Obama - WHO STOPPED THE PRE-APPROVE PLAN TO BURN IT OFF.

THAT IS OBAMA'S SCANDAL - WHY WASN'T THE PLAN FOLLOWED - WHY HASN'T THE OIL BEEN BURNED OFF.


This is the ENVIRONMENTALISTS AT THE WHITE HOUSE WHO THINK THEY KNOW EVERYTHING - THEY CONVINCED OBAMA NOT TO BURN IT OFF.

It is TIME FOR YOU TO START BEING HONEST HERE - AND SUPPORT OBAMA TAKING RESPONSIBLITY AND RESIGNING.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 27, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

drindl, I think 37th IS chris c's brand.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 27, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse


12BarBlues


You talk , talk, talk


But you never back up anything you say.


You are proven wrong, wrong wrong, time after time.


And yet we continue to hear from you saying this or that.


You guy Obama FAILED - he has no idea what he is doing.


FINALLY WE HAVE AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION GUY IN A JOB WHICH HE CAN NOT HANDLE.


Clearly - Obama is on vacation, then another vacation - FUNDRAISING IN CALIFORNIA AT THE GETTY MANSION.


How STUPID IS THAT?

THE DEMOCRATS IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE HURT THIS COUNTRY BADLY BY FORCING THE COUNTRY TO HAVE THIS THIRD RATE GOVERNMENT IN A CRISIS.

The democratic party is RESPONSIBLE for the FAILURES OF OBAMA.


The democrats FORCED Obama - the affirmative action, inexperienced, no buiness experience, no economic experiend - OH YES COCAINE-EXPERIENCED guy - on this nation.


In return, the nation now has a THIRD RATE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION GOVERNMENT WHICH CAN NOT HANDLE THE JOB.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 27, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

"37thandO,

I don;t care whether or not Cillizza thinks you are an embarrassment to Georgetown. I do.

Your continued usage of a University computer for non-academic and/or non-University related purposes violates the Terms of Usage you sign at the beginning of every academic year. I have informed the IT department and they are in the process of tracking who you are.

Just wanted to give you a heads up as this is the type of thing that can get your tenure revoked.

Posted by: nickjacobs1"

Nick jacobs, are you serious?

Posted by: shrink2 | May 27, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

drindl


go ahead - post - no one is stopping you


In fact, if you look at this year, since January, YOU have more posts than me, by far.

so why are you being a crybaby???

AAAWWWAAAAA AAAWWWAAAAA aaa WAAAA.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 27, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey ddawd


I thought you said that DADT was not a law, and Congress wasn't involved.


Besides, this isnt the last vote, dream on.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 27, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Well, not repealed since it needs to pass the Senate.

But the repeal passed by a 40 vote margin in the House with 5 Republicans voting for it.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 27, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

voting to repeal DADT right now in the House. Another 6 minutes to go, but barring a bunch of people changing votes, it's going to be repealed.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 27, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

SO I SEE THIS BLOG IS NOW NOTHING BUT 37 & O -- IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT, CHRIS?

..

I'M JUST SAYING, HE'S DESTROYING YOUR BRAND. THINK ABOUT IT...

Posted by: drindl | May 27, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Only three consecs, 37. Pretty weak.

Lakers are on. Out.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 27, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse


LET ME BE CLEAR

Obama missed the point entirely today

All Obama had to do was call the Oil Well a RACIST - and that would have solved the problem.

Right ?


That works everytime, right?


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 27, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

The democrats are going nuts right now on Obama's Oil Spill - because they knew all along that the democrats in the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans - ALL DEMOCRATS - were RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EVACUATION PLAN for Katrina.


And the democrats didn't do their job.


NOW we have a situation in which OBAMA REALLY IS RESPONSIBLE - AN OFFSHORE SITUATION and the democrats are HORRIFIED THAT THEY NOW DESERVE IT WORSE THAN THEY GAVE BUSH.

All the antics of the democrats over the past 8 years are now becoming EXPOSED.


EVERYTHING THEY DID TO BUSH IS NOW FAIR GAME.


Posters, Hitler-mustaches - nasty signs - all what the democrats did to Bush - that is OK.


But anyone does it to Obama - and the democrats cry.


IT IS HYPOCRISY.


The democrats are NOT FIT to govern - the oil spill response has been AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION NIGHTMARE.


INCOMPETENT PEOPLE APPOINTED TO POSITIONS IN WHICH THEY HAVE NO BUSINESS IN.

THE OIL SPILL RESPONSE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION NIGHTMARE.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 27, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


Obama is still a former cocaine user, completely inexperienced - and he has no idea what he is doing.


AND it shows.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 27, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

That's only two consecutives for you, 37. Disappointing.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 27, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

@37:

And you went to Harvard when?
You were President of the Harvard Law Review when?
How many years did you teach Constitutional Law?
What state did you represent in the U.S. Senate?

BTW, is Phalin yet able to identify a newspaper she has read? Just askin'.
________________

Hush up now and go down to the Piggly Wiggly to redeem for cash the 34 smashed soda can you Mom saved. If you do, a big ol' mayonaisse sandwich awaits you in the basement.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 27, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious how broadwayjoe complains about making consecutive posts - in the middle of making three consecutive posts himself.

There must be a another word for hypocrisy - when one is being hypocritical at the very moment of complaining about someone else.


OH WAIT - I'm checking my copy of the First Amendment - and it doesn't have a limit on consecutive posts.

Broadwayjoe - would you please get on amending the First Amendment to limit the consecutive posts ?

Otherwise, shut your trap, you racist hypocrite.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 27, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Democrats play wait-and-see on an inexperienced former cocaine user as President.

Democrats decided to gamble on the nation's well being - seeing if an affirmative action candidate who was also a former cocaine user could handle the job as President.

The person also has absolutely no business or economic experience as well, except for buying cocaine.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 27, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

No one is wasting their time on the Fox News-created Sestak fake controversy.

It is not disputed that Reagan once appointed someone to remove them from a race--it's done all the time and is not illegal, much less wrong. I am disappointed that BHO indulged these bigoted fools today by promising them a later explanation.

Hope I'm wrong, but I doubt the BHO haters will not be satisfied by ANY explanation he gives. Even an hour-long Power Point presentation with 50 page hand outs wouldn't make these socios happy. That's why this Sestak junk is a fake controversy and a smear.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 27, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Fake 37, the coast is clear now for a run at the record for most consecutive posts. The record is 10, set by the late JakeD/JakeD2 during his famous (and fatal) "I'm not begging" meltdown. The stage is set...the world is watching.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 27, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

These Rand Paul-type positions (repealing the Civil Rights Act and the minimum wage law and pursuing the "amero" conspiracy) aren't just unorthodox they are moronic.

BTW, you left out Nevada's Sue Lowden, the "Chickens for Checkups" lady who suggests, as an alternative to Obamacare, having the ill beg their doctors to accept chickens in lieu of cash/insurance for major surgeries, long hospital stays, etc. Good luck with that. She also has hinted opposition to laws prohibiting discrimination against blacks, misty eyed, I guess, for those whites-only lunch counters and restrictive covenants in deeds.

Why BHO doesn't call out this nonsense is beyond me. Well this is what Drudge/Fix World wanted, now this is what they've got...Rand Paul, Sue Lowden, and the rest of these socios. Back to the 50s--polio, McCarthyism, and Hopalong Cassidy.
_______________

Off topic: What was Today show host Matt Lauer thinking? Ugh. Matt, take a LONG time out.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 27, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama's major concern when the Oil Spill hit was WITHDRAWING FROM THE BIPARTISAN NEGOTIATIONS ON THE WALL ST BILL AND BUILDING A FALSE NARRATIVE OF BLAMING THE REPUBLICANS.


That is what Obama was doing - instead of working on the oil spill.

Obama got CAUGHT RED HANDED - BEING PARTISAN - BUT NOT DOING WHAT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 27, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama's major concern when the Oil Spill hit was WITHDRAWING FROM THE BIPARTISAN NEGOTIATIONS ON THE WALL ST BILL AND BUILDING A FALSE NARRATIVE OF BLAMING THE REPUBLICANS.


That is what Obama was doing - instead of working on the oil spill.

Obama got CAUGHT RED HANDED - BEING PARTISAN - BUT NOT DOING WHAT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 27, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Do Republicans ever qualify for the label EXTREME and, while I am at it, do they ever FLIP FLOP on a position?

Are these conventions generally agreed upon between the Washington Press Corp or are they just something enforced by the RNC.

Posted by: BobSanderson | May 27, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse


Obama wanted to make sure he BLAMED BP today

And fired Ms Birnbaum - who had nothing to do with the spill

AND by the way - there will be a report on the Sestak affair - BUT WE ARE NOT FINISHED INVESTIGATING OURSELVES.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 27, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company