Unfortunately, yes, we must.
I will not try to pretend that Thom Tillis, in and of himself, is a desirable candidate from the perspective of a conservative. Tillis is a moderate, and if elected this fall, can be expected to behave in office much as other moderates have behaved, moderates such as Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr.
But in this instance, we conservatives cannot consider Tillis’ candidacy in isolation. We must acknowledge the basic fact that, however disgusted we may be at the prospect of sending another moderate, go-with-the-flow Republican off to Congress, the alternative is another six years of Kay Hagan, and probably of Harry Reid.
This choice is made even harder by understanding that Thom Tillis is fully aware that we conservatives, if we vote at all for a senatorial candidate in the voting booth this fall, will feel constrained to vote for him if and when we face up to the fact that Hagan is the only viable alternative. His strategy during the primary campaign was predicated on that assumption, and he did not even tip his hat to the Tea Party wing of the GOP.
So, tea partiers, welcome to the real world. Man up, get your mind right, and prepare to do what we must do this fall. If it helps any, think of it as denying the election victory to Kay Hagan, rather than awarding it to Thom Tillis.
In the days after the primary election earlier this month, defeated 3rd Congressional District candidate Taylor Griffin, a classy guy, posted an excellent summary of why an attitude adjustment is vital to our goals for the fall election:
The 2014 primary election is over, the votes are in and the Republican slate for the fall is decided. It’s tough to lose, I should know. But, it’s time to start thinking about what to do next.
The focus now turns to the fall elections. We have Supreme Court Justices on the ballot and a Senate race that very well may decide the shape of the Senate for the last two years of the Obama administration.
The stakes couldn’t be higher. Whether you supported me or Jones, Brannon or Tillis, now is the time to put our disappointment behind us and band together as conservatives for what’s best for the cause.
Allowing Kay Hagen to win another term in office leaves Harry Reid in charge. As Senate Majority Leader, he’ll be in a position to block every move we make in the House. If we want to check Obama’s executive power, repeal Obamacare, restore constitutional principles, and start getting spending under control, it starts now.
I plan to do whatever I can now to support every Republican on the ballot, from Walter Jones to Thom Tillis. If we stand on the sidelines and allow Kay Hagen to prevail, we will only have ourselves to blame when we wake up and find Harry Reid still in charge of the Senate and Obama able to continue to press his liberal agenda forward.
Primaries are about selecting the candidate that represents our party. While the outcome might not be what we want, we can all agree that the Republican nominees are far superior to the alternative. Let’s put our disappointment aside. I’m ready to get to work and hope you are too.
Politics ain’t pretty, but we all know what is in the overall best interest of the country. So, in the immortal words of Roger Miller, “knuckle down, buckle down, do it, do it, DO IT”!