While the Republicans look to be in pretty good shape to take back the House of Representatives in November 2022, the situation in the Senate is much tighter. The GOP needs a net pickup of one seat. Realistically, there are four seats at play. Democrat Mark Kelly (AZ) looks very vulnerable, as does Catherine Masto (NV). Ralph Warnock should be “Dead Man Walking,” but this is Georgia which, of late, seems stupid even by the low bar set by the “Stupid Party.” On the other hand, Pat Toomey (PA) has retired, and holding that seat could prove challenging…Dr. Oz? B**ch, please.
There are two schools of thought in the US Senate on how to approach the 2022 election. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to run against Joe Biden. On the other hand, Florida Senator Rick Scott, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is breaking with McConnell to nationalize the senatorial campaigns as Newt Gingrich nationalized the House races in 1994.
While I think we can mostly agree that McConnell’s default setting on most things is “do nothing,” he’s not necessarily wrong. The fact is you can beat something with nothing. McConnell undoubtedly remembers the 2006 election when the Democrats gained six seats and gained joint control of the Senate by running on the “I’m not Bush” platform. Running as “not Joey SoftServe” has some attractions. Biden has reached Chernobyl-level radioactivity, and tying Democrat senate candidates to his record will force them to either throw Biden under the bus and thereby lose votes with the Democrat base or defend the indefensible. Your candidates don’t have to be stellar; they just have to be “not Biden.” On the other hand, this is small-ball and will not bring the gains the GOP really needs. A GOP+1 Senate does very little to give McConnell room to maneuver when you look at a caucus containing Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, etc.,
The virtue of a “bold colors” campaign is that it offers the best chance to kick butt. Unfortunately, it also presents a high level of risk as your candidates have to defend the agenda in areas where that agenda might be unpopular.
To their credit, Rick Scott and his staff are trying to win big and have the guts to put what they are about on paper as his “11 Points Plan to Rescue America.” Listed below are the main items.
- Our kids will say the pledge of allegiance, salute the Flag, learn that America is a great country, and choose the school that best fits them.
- Government will never again ask American citizens to disclose their race, ethnicity, or skin color on any government forms.
- The soft-on-crime days of coddling criminal behavior will end. We will re-fund and respect the police because they, not the criminals, are the good guys.
- We will secure our border, finish building the wall, and name it after President Donald Trump.
- We will grow America’s economy, starve Washington’s economy, and stop Socialism.
- We will eliminate all federal programs that can be done locally, and enact term limits for federal bureaucrats and Congress.
- We will protect the integrity of American Democracy and stop left-wing efforts to rig elections.
- We will protect, defend, and promote the American Family at all costs.
- Men are men, women are women, and unborn babies are babies. We believe in science.
- Americans will be free to welcome God into all aspects of our lives.
- We are Americans, not globalists.
11 Point Plan to Rescue America by streiff on Scribd
According to Politico:
Scott envisions the GOP rallying around making sure the government “never” asks citizens their race or ethnicity, shrinking the federal government and requiring that all legislation expire after five years. He wants to hammer critical race theory, lean into traditional gender politics and ensure kids stand for the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools.
“They’ve made all of our Founding Fathers out to be evil racists. They weren’t,” Scott said of Democrats. “It’s wrong that men are playing in women’s sports. It’s what I believe.”
Scott, like others in his party, is criticizing organizations such as the NCAA, which allow transgender women to compete in women’s categories for the Olympics and college-level sports.
Though Scott acknowledges that his plan is sure to generate controversy, he also preemptively argues that none of his points should be a big deal.
“This is what people think, by the way,” he said. “If you talk to a normal, non-woke family, this is what they think.”
From my point of view, it was refreshing to see that this was not a rehash of boilerplate campaign language that we’ve seen for 30+ years, though I was disappointed to see the “term limits for Congress” raise its head again because not only do I think it is unwise, it also requires a Constitutional Amendment. Those are quibbles. This plan has some bold proposals (term limiting bureaucrats) and hits the so-called culture war head-on. It is uncompromising on Critical Race Theory, transgenderism and the concomitant sexual grooming we are seeing of young children by deranged teachers and abortion. It raises school choice to a national issue. It has a clear “America first focus.” It isn’t all policy. Some of it is fun and in-your-face, like naming the Mexico border wall for President Trump and accusing the Democrats of stealing elections.
Will this be an easy task? No. There is some hardcore stuff in here that will open GOP candidates to scurrilous attacks from the teachers’ unions and the homosexualist-alphabet lobby. But if it works, it will usher in a tough and battle-tested class that can fight the downward slide of the United States engineered by the Democrats and the left.
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