Back in September, I wrote a column arguing that Republicans were at a crossroads. Senate races, GOP primary voters would decide what their party stands for. Strange had some baggage, having been appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley as Bentley was being chased from office by a sex scandal. But Moore had twice been removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for his reckless disregard for the rule of law.
Once Moore secured the nomination, he faced allegations that he had spent his 30s creeping around teenage girls. In October, Flake announced his retirement. Since then, Flake has become even more outspoken, decrying the direction of the Republican Party as self-described conservatives sacrifice their principles at the Altar of Trump. Frankly, his admonitions would carry more weight if he were willing to fight to stay in the Senate.
Flake has been a consistent conservative vote in the U. He would likely have won a general election, if he could have held onto the Republican nomination. Last week in Virginia, Republican primary voters surrendered a chance of picking up a Senate seat.
Stewart has played footsie with the Alt-Right grifters behind the Charlottesville protests, and has positioned himself as a vessel for the frustration Republican voters have with the Republican Party. I understand that frustration, but channeling it through a clown like Stewart is short-sighted, spiteful, and self-defeating. In nominating Stewart to run a futile campaign against Kaine, grassroots Republicans did send a message to the GOP establishment.
They said they are more interested in throwing temper tantrums than in winning elections. Republicans across the country will now be asked to answer for Stewart, the Todd Akin of Parties decide what they are when they pick their candidates. The people who care about them are dedicated partisans, not persuadable, undecided voters. With the filing period closed, New Hampshire voters have a choice about the direction of their parties.
They will pick which way to go when they pick their nominees on Sept. Email him at gbosse unionleader.