Amazing. In the last 24 hours I have read two media opinion peices blaming Liberarians for the defeat of an Tea Party incumbent Republican in New Hampshire and the defeat of a Republican congressional challenger in Massachusetts. What happened to the GOP’s big stand on personal responsibility? Congressman Frank Guinta and failed Lt. Governor and Congressional candidate Richard Tisei both knew the playing field going in. They had to build a campaign around winning with three candidates in a race. So did the Dems. The Republicans didn’t. Dems did.
Yet Howie Carr wants you blame Liberarian Dan Fishman for daring to run to promote his political ideas and party for Richard Tisei failing (or more accurating John Tierney winning a tough fight). Never mind that those who cast Libertarian ballots may have voted just for that purpose. They weren’t protesting John Tierney or Frank Guinta, they were supporting their party. Would these voters even turned out if there was no Libertarian on the ballot. Who can say but for god sake Frank, and Richie and Howie at least man up enough to own your own campaign strategy.
Apparently the Republican party is so lame any adversity stops them from success. Damnit, give me the playing field that best suits me so I can win. Its not fair when other people get involved.(never mind the “I can’t match their field machine so machines are bad” whine)
Richard Tisei had a record voters could judge him on (not that he even advertised it). So did Frank Guinta in NH. The voters did just that and chose another candidate.
Even Howie admits that Fishman wasn’t a “straw” for Tierney. It was an election, people get to run. Libertarians, Labor Party, Independents (ask Angus King about independents winning in a 4-way race).
Obama won with more than one opponent. Carol Shea-Porter won with more than one opponent. John Tierney won with more than one opponent. These incumbents and challengers. Republicans lost. Own it.