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A Challenge From Wicker’s Right In 2012?

November 5, 2010
tags: 2012 Senate, Roger Wicker, Tea Party
by Brett

Yesterday, I opined that Roger Wicker should win re-election no matter who the Democrats throw at him. I don’t think that is really a far-fetched statement. After all, by 2012 it will have been 30 years since a Democrat last won a Senate race in Mississippi. To be honest, I would be surprised if any viable Democrat even entered the race against the junior Senator.

But at Red State, the conservative blog run by Erick Erickson, he put Wicker on a list of top Tea Party targets for the next election cycle. In fact he said “Wicker…makes an exciting prospect for the tea party movement.”

I guess that is based on his dislike for some of Wicker’s votes particularly related to earmarks combined with the strong Republican tilt of the state (as opposed to say, Delaware). Over the past year, Erickson regularly supported- and urged followers on his widely read blog to back- Republican candidates who were generally anti-establishment in some way. As we saw on Tuesday, the Tea Party had some hits and misses.

As for Wicker, he isn’t going anywhere. We know the desire in the state for lawmakers to deliver federal money back home, and by-and-large Thad Cochran and Wicker are two of the best at it. Republicans are looking to win a majority in the Senate in two years. While two years is a lifetime in politics (see the political climate of 2008 vs. 2010), the numbers are in the GOPs favor on the surface. Conservative energy does not need to be directed in opposition to someone like Wicker.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. TheSilenceIsConsent permalink
    November 5, 2010 9:29 am

    Oh, really? What a dope! Why should other states pay for us? We should be able to stand on our own two feet. If you feel it is fine to funnel money to us, why not California (who have just proven in this last election to be totally brain-dead) or New York (another brain dead state)–both of which will be bankrupt within the next election cycle?

    No, we need to learn to stand on our own two feet. This state has incredible resources; it is the people who have gotten lazy, willing to let others pay for their lives. Get the Feds out of our life…the only way to do that is to stop slurping at their nipple.

    Wicker and Cochran are both an embarrassment. They both need to be replaced. Progressive Republicans are just as dangerous as Liberal Progressive Democrats–maybe even more dangerous to our republic and our liberty.

    As Margaret Thatcher so brilliantly said, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” That time is coming very shortly. The states that are used to stealing (that is what it is) from the other states will lose out first with the other states right afterward.

  2. Doug permalink
    November 5, 2010 9:34 am

    “We know the desire in the state for lawmakers to deliver federal money back home”

    …and this is exactly what’s wrong with our country. Washington’s job is to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, that’s all. They don’t need to tell me what kind of food to eat or PROVIDE me with anything. These favors,earmarks,social programs, welfare, and all government jobs created is killing this country. Throw the establishment bums out of both parties. Constitutional conservatives are our only hope of stopping the loss of our freedom.

  3. Republican Dawg permalink
    November 5, 2010 9:58 am

    Don’t give Joe Tegerdine any ideas….

    • TheSilenceIsConsent permalink
      November 5, 2010 10:11 am

      Joe lost his credibility when he endorsed Taylor (although I believe he just wanted to avoid another — in his opinion — establishment Republican). However, that does not take away from his message as a candidate. Get the federal government out of our lives. When we continue to take money (ie. pork), we lose our liberty, becoming their slaves.

      We frogs have jumped out of the boiling water; we are not about to jump back in.

  4. Katie permalink
    November 5, 2010 10:07 pm

    I would like to see Chris McDaniel run against either of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Bobert permalink
    November 7, 2010 11:56 am

    I’d get on board a Chris McDaniel run. I’d rather see him take out Thad though. Wicker maybe someone that we can train, but Thad’s time is up. He’s out of touch and needs to be retired. Chris McDaniel is one of the bright spots in Mississippi politics. He’s what we need. I would have love to see him be the one replacing Taylor right now. I know he’d be stronger than what has been sent up there.

    As for that fake Joe Tegerdine, he’s done. His endorsement of Taylor showed the true lack of class of this Yankee. If he’d felt so strong about Steven being the wrong guy, he should have said it sooner and NOT the week before the election. He was NEVER who he said he was. It is rumored he accepted a job from Taylor for the endorsement as well. (A job he’ll never get now that Gene is coming home.) A man of true character doesn’t wait a week before the election to announce he endorsing someone that he thought was so horrible he had to take down himself earlier. No defenses of Yankee Joe the Fake, please. He deserves none. And all of this is coming from someone that worked hard on his campaign. I voted for him in the primary.

    If he dared to run again it would be a joke. Maybe then he might move back up North where he might be welcomed. Speaking of those who have seen their time pass, Joe is up there.

    • TheSilenceIsConsent permalink
      November 7, 2010 5:33 pm

      Excuse me, but enough with the Yankee bashing. I am a Yankee by birth, a Mississippian by choice and a conservative by nature.

      • Bobert permalink
        November 7, 2010 8:11 pm

        We in the South reserve the right to Yankee bash all we want, buddy. Best have thinker skin than that. Besides, if you’ve lived here for more than 5 years then the Southern nature gets in your blood. Joe the fake hasn’t and his Yankee roots showed.

        We in the South will always bash the invaders from the North or Damn Yankees. Sorry if that offends, but I ain’t changing.

        • RandomThoughts permalink
          November 11, 2010 9:34 am

          Yea Silence, you need “thinker” skin.

          • TheSilenceIsConsent permalink
            November 11, 2010 10:52 am

            Right…LOL! I’ll get my skin to “think” more. And, Bobert, you get a spelling dictionary.

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