Can former Tea Party congressman turned talk show host Joe Walsh beat Illinois [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’K000360′ ] in a Republican primary.
This all started on Tuesday’s edition of Chicago’s Morning Answer on AM560 when Dan Proft took a number of calls from listeners who suggested that Walsh should get into the Illinois Senate race and run against Mark Kirk who is seeking reelection in 2016. Kirk is widely believed to be the most vulnerable Republican in the country heading into the Presidential election year.
And Kirk’s vote this week to continue federal funding of Planned Parenthood inspite of the damning undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood in the act of butchering babies for money and their body parts has only enraged Republican voters across Illinois.
Hence why everyone was calling Proft wishing to see a known proven fighter for all things conservative(and a bit libertarian on foreign affairs) go up against the mushy unprincipled Kirk in the Republican primary.
That prompted Proft to liken Walsh and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to the famous scene from the movie Network (I’m as mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it anymore) saying such anger fizzles out and doesn’t make for a good campaign and that Walsh V Kirk is a bad matchup.
Actually it would be a winning matchup, for Joe Walsh.
By voting to fund Planned Parenthood Mark Kirk has guaranteed that no pro-life voter in Illinois, of which there are many especially down state, will vote for Kirk. Add that to Kirk’s embrace of same sex marriage and no evangelical Republican voter would touch Mark Kirk with a ten foot pole. Whatsmore just because Kirk is pro-Planned Parenthood and pro-gay marriage doesn’t mean anyone from the left or left leaning independents will vote for Kirk in a general election, they get all of that and more in Democrat congresswoman [mc_name name=’Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’D000622′ ], the presumed winner of the Democrat US Senate primary.
The 2nd amendment crowd isn’t happy with Kirk over his vote to confirm Obama’s appointee to be Surgeon General. Kirk was also one of those who happily made Loretta Lynch Attorney General.
Everyone in the conservative movement has reason to be angry with Mark Kirk over the attempted resurrection of the Export-Import Bank that caused Texas [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] to go to the floor of the Senate and call Majority Leader [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ] a liar, because it was Kirk who was the principle backer of reauthorizing that monstrosity of cronyism.
Sen. Kirk deserves his 28% rating from Conservative Review(which tracks key votes for multiple years as opposed to some ratings which only focus on one year or one set of issues), which puts him as the 5th least conservative Republican Senator.
He isn’t likely to improve on that any time soon given his openly being a liberal Republican and his desire to curry favor with environmentalist following President Obama’s electricity rate skyrocketing clean power plant regulations, which will only harm Kirk’s support among energy dependent businesses and Southern Illinois coal miners and Illinois embryonic Fracking industry.
In fact aside from the Chamber of Commerce, who love Kirk’s attempts to revive the Export-Import bank, and amnesty supporting establishment Republicans, Mark Kirk doesn’t have a constituency group within the Republican party that likes him. The fact that he is so tight with the crony capitalist and is such a staunch supporter of amnesty almost guarantees voters will abandon him in droves. Remember what happened to Eric Cantor, amnesty alone cost him his seat in the House.
Then there was Kirk’s support last year of Sen. “Little” Dick Durbin’s reelection completely ignoring and undermining the challenge from state Sen. Jim Oberweis. Who can forget Mark Kirk’s Todd Akin moment from a few weeks ago where he called [mc_name name=’Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’G000359′ ], “A bro with no ho”. Mix into all that Kirk’s repeated verbal gaffes and gaps in logic and reasoning and who have one stinking pile of a terrible candidate who is going to lose. Devine intervention cannot help or save Mark Kirk’s political career.
Given the fact that Mark Kirk is so weak, and has alienated nearly the entire base of the Republican party, most of it on purpose, the opening is there big time for a firebrand, who tells it like it is and is not politically correct like Joe Walsh to rally Republicans from all corners of the state into going to the polls. That is something we need badly as a party, we have to stop nominating people like Mark Kirk who do nothing but suppress Republican turnout.
So yes, Joe Walsh can beat Mark Kirk, now Joe beating [mc_name name=’Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’D000622′ ] in a statewide rematch of their 2012 congressional race that is a story for another day.