On Friday, Republican Kevin Wade, nominee for U.S. Senate from Delaware, released a gripping and controversial television campaign ad challenging incumbent freshman Democrat Chris Coons on the handling of the Ebola threat. The ad is running in Delaware in a 30 second and 60 second version on broadcast TV and cable.
[mc_name name=’Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001088′ ]’ Campaign Manager (surprise, surprise) condemned the ad. But, Jesse Chadderdon. had to completely ignore what the ad actually says in order to attack it. The ad uses Chris Coons’ own words. So now quoting Coons’ words is “fear mongering at its absolute worst” according to Coons’ Campaign Manager.
Interestingly – all of Delaware’s news media, national news, and liberal blogs carefully and stubbornly missed the point. The ad is dramatic. But it uses Coons’ own statements to highlight Coons’ lack of leadership and competence as a U.S. Senator.
It is really not an ad about Ebola. The ad is about [mc_name name=’Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001088′ ] as a failed leader. Coons’ own statements highlighted in the ad portray a “What me worry?” flippant attitude toward the safety of the people of Delaware. Perhaps Kevin Wade should have run a similar ad with a Mad Magazine “What me worry?” image of Chris Coons to get the point across.
Chris Coons is Chair of the African Affairs Subcommittee in the United States Senate. So Coons is “the guy” responsible for watching Africa on behalf of the Democrat Party and the United States Senate dominated by [mc_name name=’Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000146′ ]’s absolute dictatorship among Democrat Senators.
News surfaced in the Fall of 2013 of a new outbreak of Ebola in Africa. Coons did give a speech in the Summer of 2014 arguing – in my words – that “somebody should do something.” Well, the somebody was Chris Coons as Chair of the Subcommittee. And the something is “lead.” Coons failed the tests of leadership and competence.
Maybe some voters (or journalists) don’t know how Congress works. Most of the business gets done by committees and subcommittees. As Chair of the African Affairs Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Coons controls the “majority staff” of the Subcommittee. So Coons directs paid staff professionals whose job it is all day long just to watch issues related to Africa, propose solutions, draft legislation, etc.
So when an Ebola outbreak arose in the Fall of 2013 – a year ago – Coons and his full-time, paid African Affairs staff were supposed to be watching Africa. Coons should have sounded the alarm at the latest by January 2014 if not November 2013. Coons should have proposed solutions and led the charge for action.
The U.S. Senate is controlled in lock-step by Senate Dictator [mc_name name=’Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000146′ ]. The Democrat Party dominates the U.S. Senate like martial law. [mc_name name=’Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000146′ ] several times called Chris Coons his “pet.” Really. It’s recorded.
So if Coons took proposed actions to his leadership, [mc_name name=’Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000146′ ] could ram it through the U.S. Senate in hours if not days. Any action Coons proposed way back in January 2014, the Democrat President Barack Obama would support. Heck, Republicans in the House would almost certainly have supported any proposal by Coons to contain Ebola in Africa.
But Coons never made any proposals. He never developed any solutions. The most Coons ever did was – about 8 months into the epidemic – call for someone (else) to do something.
Oh, and spend more money. Coons always calls for more government spending. If Coons were giving the eulogy at a funeral he would call for more government spending just out of habit. So calling for more government spending is for Coons like people who have a standard signature at the end of their emails, that is automatically tacked on the end.
Chris Coons is a vulnerable Democrat Senator. However, Republican Party leaders and campaign consultants have once again put their blinders on and fallen into group think. GOP “leaders” have told us for months that the only campaigns for U.S. Senate that count include some terrible Republican candidates who are struggling to break even against thoroughly beatable Democrats. A Republican nominee should be able to beat those Democrats in his sleep. Yet, the “designated” campaigns of importance have establishment Republicans – that we just “had” to have, as the establishment told us – who cannot close the sale.
Meanwhile, Delaware is dominated by the Democrat Party only because the Republican Party never tries: We can’t win Delaware. So let’s not try. Therefore, Republicans don’t win Delaware. This has been going on since 1996, the last time a Republican won U.S. Senate.
The only Republican candidate since 1996 to lose by a smaller margin than Christine O’Donnell was then-incumbent Senator Bill Roth. In 2000, Senator Roth lost by 12% as an incumbent. Since 1996, every other GOP Senate candidate has lost by a greater margin than Christine O’Donnell’s paltry 17% in 2010.
So something is wrong. But we have to properly diagnosis the problem first. Mitt Romney got 40% of the vote in Delaware. Christine O’Donnell got 40% of the vote in Delaware. Ann Coulter, please call your office.
However, the Delaware Republican Party will never win if they don’t try, and have help from national Republican organizations. The DEGOP is practically non-existent. It is broke.
Yet, Delaware actually leans conservative! The dominance of Democrat voter registration appears to be caused by a disorganized Delaware Republican Party dropping the ball since 1994. A University of Delaware poll showed that —
• 36% of Delaware citizens identify themselves as very or somewhat conservative
• 36% of Delawareans identify themselves as moderate
• Only 25% identify themselves as somewhat or very liberal.
Yet Republicans have convinced themselves that they cannot win in Delaware. And therefore they don’t. As Henry Ford explained: “Whether you think you can, oryou think you can‘t — you‘re right.” We are only supposed to try to win the races that the self-appointed leaders tell us to think about.