Compared to people I see every day, I’m a political junkie. I’ll tell my Democrat friends who they are likely to support in the 2016 Democrat primary (other than Hillary) and they don’t even know who I’m talking about. I must confess, however, that everything I’ve learned about Liz Mair has come in the last 24 hours from Breitbart, Twitchy, and Redstate. Her hiring-firing has created such a kerfuffle in professional conservative junkie circles that I realize I am hardly worth being their restroom attendant. So what have I learned?
- Liz Mair complained about Iowa. Well join the crowd. Living in the allegedly important state of Ohio, we’ve been stuck with primary decisions of Romney vs. Santorum and McCain vs. Huckabee. Like Mair and others, I think the Iowa fixation is a problem and bowing to Big Corn has true economic costs. But I’m a punk. Professional consultants and those who hire them should either be more careful or be ready for a fight.
- She has dual-citizenship. Hmm. I don’t have dual-citizenship and neither does anybody else that I know. I understand an American-Isreali dual-citizenship, but if a person is born in America I honestly do not know why they would select a second citizenship. To me, this is an honest line of questioning which, once answered, is likely to be forgotten.
- Erick Erickson, Jonah Goldberg, Ed Morrissey, and many others knew Liz Mair before Tuesday and they like her. Moreover, they attack Brietbart for challenging her. Again, join the crowd. Breitbart is still on my website rotation but I have noticed a tendency to attack conservatives that are questionably founded. For instance, I’ll see a slew of stories opposing a [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] position or statement. After reading the stories and then reading Paul’s full position in context, I don’t see a grabbing headline let alone three.
- Given the choice between fighting and running, Walker chose to run. I’m a Walker fan and he remains in my top 5 where he has been since early last year. Neither the hiring nor the firing of Liz Mair has been a game-changer for me, unlike Rick Perry’s hiring of Woody Harrelson (aka Steve Schmidt) which did push him down on my list of candidates.
Listening to Michele Malkin talk with Glenn Beck on his radio show this morning, Walker really needs to start having long-form conversations with conservative media. Walker’s increased support is now full of people who like “the idea of Scott Walker,” and we really need to hear from him. Walker has his problems, as does Perry, Jindal, and yes, even [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] isn’t perfect.
Also right now, Bush, Christie, and Huckabee and taking up some valuable media oxygen by their constant presence at the top of the polls. This race will be different in just a few months as candidates will need to make a decision and “likely voter” opinions will change. Conservative activists, on the other hand, are paying attention today and seemingly minor incidents regarding social media staff changes are creating impressions that may disqualify a candidate like Scott Walker from future support.