This much we know.
Carly Fiorina overcame a competitive field to decisively win the California Republican Senate primary election, earning the right to compete against incumbent Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer in the November election.
Sharron Angle came from way behind to win decisively in the Nevada Republican primary election, earning the right to compete against incumbent Democrat Sen. Harry Reid in November.
What is not yet publicly known is the scorched-earth negative campaigns already beginning against both of these Republican women.
Hints in recent weeks have made it clear that the Democrats will not only campaign to retain these Senate seats, they will launch an immediate, relentless personal assault designed to destroy both women’s reputations personally and politically.
What the liberal elites cannot stand about both women goes far beyond disagreement over their political views.
Both women were endorsed by Sarah Palin. Palin’s endorsement in these races and others (notably Nikki Haley) made a positive difference. By contrast, Obama’s endorsement didn’t help Arlen Specter, or John Corzine, Creigh Deeds or Martha Coakley and only Bill Clinton saved Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas.
Why does Palin and everything she says and does provoke such a torrent of bile and abuse from the left? It’s because she is a successful, powerful woman who is definitely not a liberal feminist, and because she is an authentic American women of her time.
Palin is a success in her career, while she is also a mother facing the kind of difficulties in her family that sound all too real to many American families. She lives the daily juggling act that liberal feminists only write about.
Worse yet for the liberal elites in government, academia, and the media, she is politically powerful because she is authentic.
I witnessed Palin’s appeal firsthand at the Tea Party Express rally in Harry Reid’s hometown of Searchlight, Nev. On a cold, wind-swept day in the high desert before a crowd of nearly 30,000, Sarah Palin was introduced to a standing ovation.
But then something extraordinary happened. Women in the audience rushed the stage, many holding up Palin’s book and all chanting “Sarah, Sarah.” When was Nancy Pelosi last (or ever) greeted this way?
The gap between arrogant ruling liberal elites and “We the People,” which fueled the Tea Party movement in the first place, has never been more apparent than when comparing the Botox phony feminist with a real accomplished American woman.
So get ready Carly and Sharron. The tornado of bitter, mean, false labels and charges is just beginning.
In Fiorina’s case, Boxer has already previewed the witch’s brew. According to Senator (don’t call me ma’am) Boxer, Fiorina, as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, deliberately outsourced American jobs overseas, violated environmental standards and gouged her employees and the consuming public in a greedy drive to amass an obscene fortune while she, Barbara Boxer, by contrast has devoted her life to public service and the public good. Translation: Carly has actually created thousands of private sector jobs.
As for Sharron Angle, if you listen to Reid’s paid shills in Nevada, she’s a right-wing nut who would dismantle all the successful, necessary agencies of government and is backed by gun-toting militias full of Timothy McVeigh wannabes.
Apparently, Angle has the temerity to question the effectiveness of the federal Department of Education, and other monuments to wasteful, failed (and unconstitutional) liberal programs. And Americans who understand the importance of the 2nd Amendment do support her. Reid will soon find out that those supporters include the majority of Nevadans.
But beyond being prepared for the liberal smear machine, both Fiorina and Angle have a golden opportunity to unleash a secret weapon—the truth.
The truth is the U.S. cannot borrow its way to prosperity, our indebtedness to China is not an asset, and government “stimulus” is not creating good jobs. In short, Obama’s campaign of HOPE has produced anxiety and despair and the CHANGE is widely seen as destroying jobs.
Hard times caused by failing Obama policies championed by Boxer and Reid cannot be forever masked by extending unemployment benefits.
Beyond telling the truth (You know, folks, the Emperor has no clothes), these candidates—and all who would win in November—need to tell us what needs to be done. What would they propose as an alternate to the failing policies now in place?
What real reforms would actually make the American healthcare system work better at a lower cost to more people? Could putting more power in the hands of patients be the beginning of a better plan than Obamacare, which starts by putting all power and choice in the hands of the government?
What is the proper role of government regulation now that the most regulated parts of the economy (banks, insurance and oil companies, for example) have experienced the most failure while the least regulated parts of the economy (Apple, for example) are the only good news we have.
Now that we know that the open border policy pursued by George Bush is also the policy of President Obama—and with equally disastrous results—what would these two candidates, if elected to the U.S. Senate, offer as an alternative? Our national security as well as the nation’s sovereignty hangs in the balance on this issue.
In foreign policy, now that bowing to foreign despots and apologizing for America has not brought greater security but rather emboldened America’s enemies to new levels of atrocity, is “Peace Through Strength” an idea whose time has come again ?
Nikki Haley has shown that personal attacks can be turned to an advantage, and I wish Carly and Sharron the same success in the coming mud-slinging season,
More importantly these women have the opportunity to re-state the vision that inspired generations of Americans: Liberty guarded by a limited government, low taxes, an opportunity society anchored in personal responsibility, a free-market economy spreading the wealth to all who choose to earn it.
With this vision, the candidates win and the country wins too.