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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Times They Are A'changin'

When I think of the Republican Party that was, I see the faces of Arlen Specter, Dick Lugar, that worm in Rhode Island whose name I've already forgotten (oh, yeah), Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, all the way back to Gerald Ford to Nelson Rockefeller.  Republicans who were different from their Democrat contemporaries only to the degree to which - and the speed at which - they were willing to cooperate with those who have made government bigger, private savings accounts smaller, and individual freedoms rarer.

But today's GOP is evolving.  In a thousand races in a thousand towns and districts, a new breed of Republican is joining the ranks.  Our guys and gals.

The latest:
Kentucky: Thomas Massie Wins GOP Nomination
By Joshua Miller, Roll Call

In a stinging rebuke of the Kentucky Republican establishment, tea-party-affiliated Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie won tonight’s GOP primary to replace retiring Rep. Geoff Davis (R) in the 4th district.

With 72 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race for Massie. He had 44.9 percent of vote, state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington had 29 percent and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore had 17.4 percent.

Davis, along with former Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning (R), backed Webb-Edgington, who had broad establishment support. Conservative Republican Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mike Lee (Utah) backed Massie.

The district is safe Republican turf, so Massie is almost certain to be a Member of the 113th Congress.

His campaign was given a boost by a half-million-dollar independent expenditure from a Texas-based super PAC reportedly funded by a wealthy college student. But, more than that, the blessing of Paul helped Massie pull out a victory in this northern Kentucky district that one GOP operative described as “tea party central.” [link]
Move over, old-timers. There are new players on the field.

And America will be better for them.

"A stinging rebuke of the Republican establishment."  Music to our ears.