I’ve wondered – what could I possibly say about the race in the Third CD? Especially when the “moderate” hamsters start to mewl about the supposed imperative to nominate a fellow fuzzy moderate critter in the Third?
Now that Jeff Johnson has concluded his op-ed in the Strib with this bit here…:
As long as we nominate a conservative candidate who understands what most of the voters in the Third District care about, we will be successful. A prolife candidate will lose some votes and gain some votes because of that issue. But abortion (or gay marriage, school choice, stem-cell research, gun laws, etc.) will not be determinative in this election unless we’re stupid enough to put up a candidate who is defined by a single, controversial issue and insists on making it central to his or her campaign.
So far, I haven’t seen any such candidate on the lists of potential Republicans.
So take heart, conservative voters. If you believe, as I do, that your best candidate for Congress will be conservative both fiscally and — gasp — socially, use this opportunity to throw conventional wisdom on its rear end. This is going to be fun.
…then, frankly, nothing else needs to be said.
But read the whole thing.