Don’t let the door hit ya.
Dan Benishek isn’t running for a 4th term, even though he said he was going to in the spring, and even though he said he was only running for three terms after he said he was running for two. He decided on three after he found out about the Congressional Retirement Plan.
So a friend asked me what I think about his change of course. Well, let’s see, what have we learned about politics these past few months? I guess I’ve learned that a politician is capable of coming up with a bullcrap story in order to stop the truth from sounding so bad. There was no reason for Benishek to run for a fourth term, and maybe he put it out there to gain negative feedback to help someone else. I don’t know, just speculating.
It has been my long-held suspicion that the win against Jason Allen in 2010 set up a path for Allen to run for the seat. Benishek only won by 15 votes, and he was, at the time, the so-called “insurgent.” We fought hard against Allen, but a lot of times, too many conservatives on the ballot caused us to fight among ourselves and granted Allen, who was and is the consummate career politician more momentum than he deserved.
But that argument is all over now, Benishek has been so far up Boehner’s uh, “friendslist” that he either easily abandoned his conservative qualities or had none to begin with. After five years of debating this crap, I’m with the rest that say he was the latter.
So now we have Allen, Casperson, Pettalia and at least one more vying for the Republican nomination. Allen is a corporatist, and a full-on government expansionist. Casperson was good at one time on calling out the environmentalist bullcrap, so judging from the ridiculous float Lon Johnson had at the Posen Potato Festival, he should be able to carry on and win a fight against that loser. I cannot ever condone what he did during Medicaid Expansion and prevailing wage, but I’d pay to watch him debate Johnson. Pettalia is my state representative and a deal-maker, it is my opinion we need constitutionalists in office, and he’s not the one.
I know there’s another guy named Jon Terry who is pretty set on running, but honestly, though he seems fervent, he’s been in DC advocating for some good things, I just don’t see how he will be able to turn advocating for ways to take advantage of government largesse into fighting government.
I think Cannon can beat Johnson.
Allen and Casperson are former roomies in Lansing, and all three Republicans are part of the club.
So to answer my good friend Jennifer, who asked what I think about all of this? I think we need a conservative.