I Gave $100 to Thom Tillis’s Campaign

Whether he wins his nomination or not, I won’t send even a penny to Tom Cotton in Arkansas unless he fires his campaign manager Justin Brasell. Brasell used Ben Sasse’s children in a television commercial to attack Ben Sasse. Then, after producing and placing the ads, Brasell quit his PAC that placed the ads. What a cowardly thing to do. You’d think a guy like Tom Cotton who touts his military career and values would object to that, but Tom Cotton is keeping Justin Brasell on the payroll. So I won’t give a penny to Cotton to subsidize Justin Brasell’s income, whether Cotton becomes the nominee or not (and he will be).

But I am sending money to Thom Tillis whose candidacy I opposed in the North Carolina Republican Primary. For conservatives, Thom Tillis was the worst possible outcome in North Carolina. Backed by Crossroads and the Chamber, Tillis will not back free markets and small government to the extent either of his other major competitors would.

But Tillis is massively better than Kay Hagan. Tillis would not vote for Obamacare in the Senate, unlike Kay Hagan.

Many conservatives are upset by the outcome in North Carolina. But politics is always about choosing between the lesser of two evils. Every one of us is a sinner. We all fall short of the glory of God. And we must sometimes in a democracy (“It’s a republic, dammit!” screams the crowd) choose between people we may not prefer. There are no perfect candidates. There will never be a perfect candidate.

You could choose to sit home and claim Tillis is no better than Hagan, but that’s just bitterness talking. Tillis is an improvement over Hagan and I say that as someone who opposed him in the primary.

I gave $100.00 to Thom Tillis’s campaign. We should all rally now to defeat Kay Hagan.

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The Republican Establishment Would Rather Lose Nebraska Than Support Conservatives

The Republican Establishment always says conservative purists would rather lose than compromise. But the opposite is playing out in Nebraska.

The moment Ben Sasse got endorsed by the Senate Conservatives Fund, Mitch McConnell went all in for Shane Osborn. Well, Osborn is now toast. He has extremely high negatives, extreme negative poll numbers, and outside groups have just finished him off with an ad blasting his involvement in a made up military memo.

That leaves Sid Dinsdale who’d have you know he is a lifelong Republican despite years of significant giving to Democrats. Dinsdale too, however, is behind in the polls. Though he has poured a ton of personal money into the race, time is very short for him.

So it looks like a Mitch McConnell affiliated group has decided to soften Ben Sasse up for the Nebraska Democrats. In fact, they made the decision right about the time Ted Cruz and Mike Lee endorsed Sasse. They’d rather lose Nebraska than have a Ted Cruz ally in the Senate. They’re engaged in a purity test of their own.

What’s more awkward? The guy who is placing the hit on Ben Sasse is Rep. Tom Cotton’s campaign manager for his Senate race.

The ad buy of just over $100,000.00 has been made by Freedom Pioneers Action Network. That group was created by the guy who ran McConnell’s Super PAC in Kentucky and by McConnell’s then campaign manager, Justin Brasell.

Justin Brasell, a long time McConnell associate, is now running Rep. Tom Cotton’s campaign for the Senate in Arkansas. Brasell’s name is on the Federal Election Commission disclosure of the anti-Sasse ad buy.

There’s no way for Osborn to win now. It’s nearly impossible for Dinsdale to do so, but if he does, the GOP will have nominated a man who has funded Democrats against them. It is entirely plausible and probable that the establishment so hates Sasse getting conservative support, they’d rather lose Nebraska than win with a guy supported by conservatives across the nation.

Instead of purity of principles, it’s all about the purity of profit for them.

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Does Tom Cotton Want Democrats to Win?

Some inquiring media needs to ask Tom Cotton this question.

With Shane Osborn out of the running, Sid Dinsdale trailing, and Ben Sasse in the lead in Nebraska with little time left, Tom Cotton’s campaign manager is running an ad campaign against Ben Sasse. Cotton is, himself, running for the Republican nomination for the Senate in Arkansas.

Sasse is supporting by conservatives as diverse as National Review, the Club for Growth, the Senate Conservatives Fund, Paul Ryan, Tom Coburn, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and me. He is winning. In fact, he’s surged ahead in the last few days.

But Tom Cotton’s campaign manager, Justin Brasell, just placed more than $100,000.00 in advertising in Nebraska to attack Ben Sasse.

Does Tom Cotton want the Democrats to win? If not, is he cool with his campaign manager attacking a Republican just as he is headed into a general election against the Democrats?

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