Mark Hemingway Wants To Be Liked, Not Represented In DE
Mark Hemingway is the Heminator on Twitter. Perhaps Hem n haw-minator would better serve Mark. When not questioning other's masculinity, he seems like a pretty nice guy. We all know where those finish in the game of hardball politics. But perhaps there's some benefit when they're filling in as water boys for the GOP establishment.
Aside from the Examiner needing to work on its formatting, it's ridiculous for Hemingway to proclaim he has any idea what Buckley would do as regards Delaware. Evidently unable to defend his own support for a liberal Republican, he attempts to invoke the memory of someone he has less claim, or right to invoke than many on the other side of this debate.
What Hemingway is doing is what Beltway, or DC conventional wisdom always does. And they do it to keep from fighting one election at a time. Castle can't win on his record, so they need to distract and obfuscate. This is a dead end for conservatism.
William F. Buckley, the godfather of the modern conservative movement, had some simple advice for what to do on Election Day: Vote for the most conservative candidate that is electable.
Looking ahead to the midterms, the big news out of Delaware is that a Republican might capture the Senate seat formerly held by Vice President Biden. The latest Rasmussen poll shows Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del., is leading the Democratic candidate, Chris Coons, by 11 points.
Given Hemingway's reasoning, there would have been no Scott Brown. There'd be no Angle, no Mike Lee, Joe Miller, or Marco Rubio. No one knows who is electable, or not, until an election is held. By refusing to allow conservatism to even be represented in a blue, or even purple states, these so called analysts always manage to calculate a way to cede ground. They aren't willing to fight for much of anything.
That mentality doesn't work in business and it is tantamount to death, or surrender in politics. And it's why a Beltway pundit class that increasingly looks more interested in being nice, or being deemed suitable for employment, or advancement by the GOP establishment, is mostly worthless to the conservative movement today.
They aren't movers, they are scorekeepers, content to notch Ls and Ws for Republicans, even when it means advancing nothing for which they purport to stand. It's not principled, it's convenient and hints at political cowardice. If Buckley was anything, he was bold. Obviously that's not the case with Hemingway. He may as well invoke Tickle Me Elmo for all the similarities he shares with him, versus the late Bill Buckley.