Senator versus Governor




If the case can be made that someone without a college education can become president, then the case can be made that a senator is just as strong if not stronger then a governor running for office.  It’s funny how we didn’t hear about how we “need a governor” and “only a governor” can get elected when [mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ] and Bob Dole were the nominees.   Many movement conservatives especially in conservative media circles tend to follow the Establishment drumbeat subconsciously even though they’ll never admit to it.

Steve Deace pointed out how some conservative commentary has focused on process and dynamics while ignoring   a belief system.   Deace goes on to point out grassroots activists are guilty of ignoring process while trumpeting belief.  The governor versus senator discussion seems to fall somewhere between both categories.

The number one reason conservatives lose elections is because while it is often used as an excuse, we say we do not understand the process, meaning that the establishment side of things only looks at just pure numbers. They do not really care about ideology. Recently a panel on FOX News was debating whether we should support Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney. The debate went on for five minute yet they never discussed whether either man actually deserves the presidency or what they actually believed.

It was all based on fund raising, and messaging, and endorsements. We too often only focus on someone’s belief system. While that should be the primary thing we focus on, we still have to understand that we are not running for philosopher-in-chief.

Why don’t the Democrats have this self imposed governor only rule hoisted upon themselves when it comes to choosing the candidates and Republicans must abide by it?  Democrats elect who best represents their values first when it comes to choosing a candidate.    They gave a flying flip that Obama served 1 term in the senate.   I don’t recall Chris Matthews looking at Obama and scratching his chin and saying “yeeeeeeahh but he’s not a governor.”  Did you catch the Scott Walker special over the weekend that Bret Baier put together?  During the Fox News All Stars round table they were taking bets on who will be the nominee and Charles Krauthammer came out and made a proclamation that the country wants a governor and not a Senator and continued to hammer that point home by saying that Obama was a Senator and looked what happened.  No, Obama was a radical him being a Senator is irrelevant.  Do you honestly think if Obama was a governor he’d do anything different than what he has done already?  When it came time to place his bet on who gets the nominee Krauthammer puts money on Rubio.  Wait a minute what happened to the proclamation?  The Potomac ABC train chugs along.  Anybody But Cruz if you ask me.

Let’s say you don’t necessarily believe the “only a governor” narrative was born and hatched in Karl Rove’s big bird nest and you think it’s a real concern.   A big part of the suggestion that senators make terrible candidates, is a record in the senate with lots of votes that can easily be torn apart even more so than a governor’s.   That has been very true in past elections.   A great example would have to be Rick Santorum and his record which Erickson chronicled quite exhaustively during the dreaded 2012 primary.

…his support for No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, debt ceiling increases, funding the bridge to nowhere, refusing to redirect earmark allocations to disaster relief along the Gulf Coast post Katrina, etc.This is not the record of a man committed to scaling back the welfare state or the nanny state. Had he been up for re-election in 2010 instead of 2006, this is the record of a man who the tea party movement would have primaried. The only real justification for supporting him now is he is not Mitt Romney….

That blurb is just the tip of the iceberg too.  The full article never ends with examples.  The flip side of the argument is you can’t have a purity test and nobody is perfect.   I’ve heard Michael Reagan say this many times that the teaparty purity tests are missing out on real leaders and Reagan never would of been elected today with today’s tea party.   The governors only club says a perfect record of Senate “no votes” puts you in a slim minority with no accomplishments and makes you an island to yourself.   I would say it’s not either or.   Politicians can take both these narratives and craft and use them to suit their purposes and attack their opponent with them.   You are damned if you do and and damned if you don’t.   You’ll never be president because your Senate record is too spotty and can be picked apart and you’ll never be president because your senate record is too pure and you are an island to yourself with nothing to show for it.

I look at Rick Santorum whom I voted for in 2012, and realize the Senator’s record was not thee reason he lost in 2012 but it was a part of it along with every senator that voted with Bush’s bad policies.   Well, look at [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] he matches the purity record and not the spotty record… you are making the governors only club’s point.  Isn’t he an island to himself?

Voters right now value senate votes very highly because it is directly affecting their lives and the direction of the country.  They may even value Senate votes more than a governor’s accomplishments.   The paradigm has changed.  We are not in 2012 or 2008 anymore.   We are in the age of betrayal where the realization that a Senate record impacts the future of the republic like never before.    Social media has become a new tool to completely expose this betrayal like never before.  Cruz’s votes are not there to maintain some purity scorecard and if you look at his vote on flood insurance it doesn’t even match the purity test.   Didn’t [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] vote for McConnell as majority leader too?    It’s about realizing the establishment hates conservatives and their desire to destroy conservatives knows no bounds and they skip gleefully down the transformation road Obama has paved.  I’m more concerned about Common Core destroying my children’s education than I am flood insurance.   I’m more concerned about Obamacare destroying my healthcare then if Cruz voted for [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ] as majority leader or not.    I see Cruz votes and actions as stopping the establishment and pushing the GOP to the right as the only way right now to stop Obama.

This is a year out and I’m confident we’ll have a clearer picture in the next coming months on every candidate.  A Governor’s challenge in this election is to provide a positive vision for the country while simultaneously capturing the anti-establishment sentiment.  A Governor must underscore how far the left has pushed this country and must present a credible plan to bring it back.    I know the chairman of the governors only club is reading this post right now so let me ask you while I got your attention.   How big of an issue is stopping the Establishment betrayal and who has been the strongest and most credible spokesman in standing up against both parties?  Has Governor Mike Huckabee been a credible spokesperson with his early primary endorsements of McConnell and [mc_name name=’Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’A000360′ ] and ripping the defund Obamacare effort?  Has he shown leadership on the most pressing issues of our time that threaten to destroy the solvency and sovereignty of our nation that the establishment is aiding and abetting in? Does he inspire the base with this leadership?  Has Governor Scott Walker been a credible spokesperson on dealing with Obama’s executive Amnesty  on a national level that the GOP establishment is aiding and abetting in?  Does Walker’s ripping of the defund Obamacare effort help him be that credible spokesperson?    Does Governor Perry calling [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] the Barack Obama of the Republican party help his credibility?  Have all these governors exposed what the Democrats are trying to do on all of the biggest pressing issues and have they provided clarity and leadership on these issues?

We can’t afford letting the media lead us by the nose.  Who right now is leading on getting their message out and taking on the media?   [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] is miles ahead  on that front.   Cruz is not pulling a Huckabee and fighting and digging himself out of a hole with the media about a book on scolding Obama’s children on their taste in music.  Cruz is not pulling a Walker and trying to figure out why his interview with  Martha Raddatz on ABC went to pot on trying to articulate his views on deportationand Syria.  Cruz is not pulling a Santorum and doing the talk show circuit and answering questions about birth control just because “the media keeps asking him about it.”  We no longer can afford to allow the media to bloody our candidates.  The days of a “vague” or “non answers” to a direct question about a specific policy can’t be tolerated.   Don’t take this is as a slam against your candidate of choice.   Take this as the need to expect and demand more.  It will only make the field stronger.  We are running out of time.  There’s little room for error or do-overs.  Yet again, [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] proves to be the most skilled in handling the media.  Cruz’s interview with Dana Lash on CNN dealing with her premise about the Cromnibus is a must see and Right Scoop’s interpretation of that interview was spot on!






Listen!  we aren’t scared for Cruz when he gets on with the drive by media!  We relish it!  The funny thing is, I think the mainstream media relishes it too!  They are working feverishly behind the scene to get him off game with every distraction and trap there is.   It’s the roadrunner versus Wiley Coyote and we can’t get enough of it!  Do you feel that excitement and passion when your governor gets in front of the camera? Do you relish the opportunity to see your candidate utterly destroy the media’s narrative and boldy go where no conservative has ever gone before?  We need to see this in the nominee.  It’s a skill set that is necessary in the 21st century for the GOP.  The consultant driven way of handling media interviews has failed the Republican party for way too long.  You either no how to blow their premise out of the water or you don’t.  In my opinion if our candidate does not have this skill set and ability it disqualifies you.

Who is surrounding themselves with DC consultants versus movement conservatives.   [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ]’s choice in top staff from Amanda Carpenter, Chip Roy to Paul Teller and countless more movement conservatives makes him stand out.   It’s  a team that’s as bold and fearless as Cruz is.   They along with Cruz know how to say no to bad advice.   We always assume the DC consultant class is only prevalent in the Establishment wing of the GOP.  The truth is they are everywhere giving bad advice.  The 2014 GOP primaries proved that to be true.   Nobody knows the consultant racket better then Cruz and knows how to navigate through it properly.   Endorsements and donations have come with consultant strings attached where the candidate is forced to use them if they want the cash.   They give bad Mississippi-like advice like: not to respond to ads painting you as a racist because you may start a race war.   Will your governor surround himself with core conservatives who know how to fire up the base or will your governor surround himself with people who will take his core constituency for granted and spent the entire campaign trying to “soften his image” and “inoculate” against future attacks?  Will the ads consultants run be about non-ideological message of ethics or an ideological message about issues?  Will the governor’s consultants capitalize on the negative reaction to ObamaCare and embrace this issue early on in the campaign, or will they rail about the government shutdown? Will your governor’s consultants advise on painting the Democrats on who they really are; radical abortion extremists who support abortion up to and including the day of delivery or will they be helping your governor go on defense on cultural issues?



Will the consultants realize the pro-life movement has the upper hand in today’s debate and it’s time candidates stopped being afraid of saying where they stand on this critical issue for a lot of voters? Will your consultants advise the governor to use Common Core to put the democrats on defense and force them to explain why they supports controversial standards that even many teacher’s unions oppose?   Will your consultant be attempting to make the race a personality contest rather than an ideological contest? Does your consultant realize republicans win philosophical battles and democrats win personality contests?  Will you be able to clearly point to an ad that aired that drew blood?  Will the Democrat be able to run as a lefist and never be called on it? Will your consultant realize the fact that candidates who play down social issues almost always lose – McCain, Romney- while candidates who don’t are more likely to be successful – Reagan, Bush.   Will there be a reach out to those values voters who are being disenfranchised by the Democrat Party, or will they go back into the Democrat Party by saying we don’t want them?

Records are important but they are not the begin and end all.   The biggest example of that is Rick Perry.   Rick Perry’s loss in 2012 is a grim reminder that a governor’s resume and accomplishments are important but so is the job interview which is the primary process.   An amazing resume limits the candidate if it’s not accompanied by a strong campaign. I was completely blown away when I realized Rick Perry’s campaign was over and many other noted conservatives were as well. In hindsight, he really was the last person who could stop Mitt Romney.  If Rick Perry was president imagine where our country would be today.  We’d be wanting a third term and the next president to be a governor just like him.     The challenge for the governors will be a great resume accompanied by a great campaign.  There’s plenty of things Cruz needs to do in order to get his ducks in a row too.  He needs to spell out a bold vision and lay out a serious plan with details.  Will that be easier for governors to do versus a sitting US senator? absolutely.   Governors have done it before but senators can do it too.