It seems some conservative bloggers are so devoted to defeat the more establishment Republicans in the race that they assume all contests on the right are between a “stimulus” supporters like Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio or Dede Scozzafava and Doug Hoffman. Here, in the Golden State, some of my fellows in the rightosphere, including some very good bloggers are committed to Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in the race to replace our big-spending, California citizens-avoiding junior Senator Ma’am Barbara Boxer.
And because his opponent Carly Fiorina is backed by many establishment figures, they figure she’s not different than Dede.
While DeVore may be a solid conservative, he’s been in the race for the better part of the year and raised only $714,ooo while having one-tenth the cash on hand as does Mrs. Boxer. Some conservative bloggers carp about Carly because she has “shown either an inability or an unwillingness to campaign to the Republican voters of this state.”
While conservative Republican Senator Jim DeMint has backed DeVore, Dr. Tom Coburn, perhaps the most principled conservative in the United States Senate has backed the former HP Executive, calling Ms. Fiorina:
Our nation is facing serious economic challenges because we keep rehiring the same failed career politicians who have proven themselves incapable of making hard choices. Carly’s common sense and fiscal conservatism will be a welcome addition to the United State Senate.
And to show just how much a fiscal conservative Carly is, within moments of announcing her bid for the Senate yesterday, she signed the Americans For Tax Reform “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.” In signing the pledge, she has agreed to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”
It’s not just in signing the pledge that Fiorina established her fiscal conservative bona fides. In an op-ed in the Orange County Register yesterday, explaining why she’s running, she echoed New Jersey’s Governor-elect Chris Christie who vowed to turn his state capital upside down. That’s what she wants to do in Washington:
Our most pressing problems today are too few jobs for Americans and too much spending in Washington. . . .
Tax, spend and borrow is not a governing philosophy; it’s a cycle of dependency and it is one that must be broken. Washington must show the discipline to cut spending and create policies that encourage and empower businesses to put people back to work.
Moreover, she believes reforming medical malpractice is key to health care reform and opposes the Democrats efforts to overhaul entire national health care system. No wonder Dr. Coburn supports her.
Conservatives should rest assured. On the small government issues which unite our party, Carly Fiorina is no Dede Scozzafava. She’s has more in common with a British woman, Margaret Thatcher. And shares the same conservative principles as does the greatest California politician of all time: Ronald Wilson Reagan.
So, join me in supporting this good woman so we can give Barbara Boxer more time to pursue her literary career.