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18th June
written by Sean Noble

As I have pointed out before, Greg Patterson over at espressopundit is a really smart guy and has a great, great blog.

But he needs to put the crack pipe down and rethink what he wrote here:

The new schism in the Republican party is not Conservative or Moderate, it’s Conservatives who are part of the establishment versus conservatives who are part of the resistance and it looks to me like McCain, and to a lessor extent even Shadegg and Brewer, are vulnerable in Republican Primaries.

McCain vulnerable in a primary?  Maybe.  Depends a lot on who it is.

Brewer vulnerable in primary?  Uh, oh yeah – you know, the whole demanding a tax increase thing?  Yes, Greg, Brewer is vulnerable, very, very vulnerable.  No “lessor extent” about it.

Shadegg vulnerable in a primary?  What are you smoking?  Seriously.  Yes, McCain has not been the most solid of conservatives – you know, campaign finance, global warming, and, you know, immigration.  Yes, Brewer is following in George H.W. Bush’s footsteps.  But Shadegg?

This is a guy that conservatives (you know, like, Mike Pence, Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter, Ron Paul, et al.) begged to stay in Congress when he announced retirement last year.  This is a guy who consistently ranks among the most conservative in the U.S. House by Club for Growth, National Taxpayer’s Union, American Conservative Union and Americans for Tax Reform among others.

If the argument is that some elected officials are potentially vulnerable because they are not conservative enough, then I get it.  But saying that Shadegg isn’t conservative enough is a little bizarre.

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  1. Bryan

    The problem is the same people who are saying Brewer is “very, very, very vulnerable” are saying Shaddeg isn’t conservative enough. The fact is, if Brewer gets her whole plan and cuts taxes after the temporary tax increase, she’s aligned with The One (Regan) more than Bush. We’re so busy fighting though, no one brings that up.

  2. Frankie

    maybe he’s too conservative? i don’t know. i tend to agree with you on this one, sean. i don’t really get what patterson means.

  3. IgNoble

    I hear Shadegg is still deciding whether to run again in 2010. Ready to get in the race Sean?

  4. swimordie

    I think you’re reading into this, Sean. His point is that any “establishment” Republican may be vulnerable. Well, Shadegg’s been in for over 14 years and voted for the first TARP in September so…. if some enterprising anti-establishment GOP contender decides to wade into the primary, he’ll have ammo. Doesn’t mean he should or will win, I’m just sayin’. And maybe that’s all Patterson was doing: sayin’.

  5. gopgal

    Perhaps you are conveniently forgetting Rep. Shadegg’s rant to the Republican Jewish Coalition to do everything in their power to oust the Chairmen of the State and County Republican party? That kind of rankled the conservatives in this state….

    The moderates always harp about unity but this uncalled for advice to the rank and file was a knife in the back of the conservative Republicans. I haven’t heard such advice from their side of the Party towards the McCainiacs.

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