We Must Defeat the Entrenchocrats of Incumbistan...Anything Else Is Just Gridlock
Sir Lawrence himself highlighted an encouraging development in this regard. By all accounts, Republicans stand a good chance of making gains and even taking one or both houses of Congress in November. That is, well, OK news as far as it goes. What is decidedly better news is the type of Republicans that could very well lead this retaking of the government. Sir Lawrence pointed out last night in a great segment that many of the Republican candidates that are competing in November are not career politicians - they are drawn from outside of government, from the military, from the business world. This is precisely what the Republican Party needs, more regular people, more people coming out of private life to supplant the careerist bozos that have destroyed the Reaganite base. (N.B. It is actually happening on both sides, but only ever so faintly on the Dem side) We've needed this type of insurgency for years, but rather than over-turning the establishment, this insurgency will link up with insurgents on the inside and augment positive changes already taking place within the establishment. The right guys (and gals) are becoming the new faces of the party - Pence, Coburn, Ryan, Bachmann, DeMint. I have long lamented on this blog that the Republican Party leadership consists of the wrong type of Republicans. Just a few short years ago Tom Coburn and Paul Ryan were considered troublemakers within the party establishment and kept on the back benches. Today, those two fellows are the leading faces of the Republicans in their respective chambers. These guys need principled allies. So, fielding the right team is critical.
Even more critical though, is taking down hard targets on difficult turf. Jettisoning a Walt Minnick in deep red Idaho is nice (for more on that check here), and we need to grab that low-hanging fruit to be successful, but the real test of whether average people can take back our government and restore our liberties and prosperity is whether we can win races like the one in my distrcit, NY-18. Speedreading Nita Lowey has held a seat (first from NY-20 and then from the 18th after a redistricting) in Congress since 1988. But this Entrenchocrat from Incumbistan is vulnerable. Westchester County toppled a local Entrenchocrat back in November and put in place a guy whose message was "Stop the Tax Madness." Taking on Entrenchocrat Lowey is Mark Rosen, the same type of candidate - a regular, private citizen, heretofore uninterested in politics. Rosen has the same team that pulled off Astorino's win, and is gunning for the Speedreading Nita. However, it will be an uphill fight. NY-18 has a distinct registration advantage for Democrats and Nita has banked a campaign war chest over the years, never having to spend much to defeat a series of worthless candiates. (And we've got union goons coming out the ying-yang in these here parts.) Nonetheless, this is a bellweather fight. If regular citizens can rise up and topple the Entrenchocrats from Incumbistan, like speedreading Pelosibot Nita Lowey, then there is great hope for renewed liberty, restored prosperity, and a country where we are not taxed to death for wasteful, inefficient centrally planned utopian schemes that usurp our freedom to choose and forge our own solutions to problems. Short of that, all we can hope for is run-of-the-mill political gridlock, where we've hamstrung government expansion for a spell. True restoration lies in the fights like NY-18 and candidates like Mark Rosen.
UPDATE: Not quite the same in terms of magnitude of terrain, but similar in theme is the candidacy of Nan Hayworth just to the north in NY-19.