Great news: GOP Rep. Don Young endorses Democrat in totally winnable Hawaii Senate race

posted at 9:25 pm on July 24, 2012 by Allahpundit

Remember, the only hope the GOP has of repealing ObamaCare is taking back the Senate next year. It’s no sure thing that GOP nominee Linda Lingle would vote with the caucus to do it — being the deciding vote to torpedo the legacy of Hawaii’s favorite son would require some nerve — but she says she will if given the chance. And as Red State notes, Hirono’s actually the most liberal candidate in an already pretty liberal field. If, for whatever bizarre reason, Young considers a moderate like Lingle to be too far right to suit his tastes, he could have endorsed Blue Dog Ed Case over Hirono. Instead, this. Why?

He’s been in Congress for 40 years, he’s an avowed earmarker, he’s been dogged for years by ethics questions, and now he’s backing Democrats in hugely consequential races. There’s no one in the deep red state of Alaska willing and able to primary this guy? I realize he’s a state institution with huge name recognition, but if the tea party can beat Rick Perry and the Texas GOP establishment to elect Ted Cruz — which looks increasingly likely — I’m thinking they can bounce Young.

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Lingle may have a chance but I would not be optimistic. In a general election with a Democrat and a Republican, I’d wager that, as matters stand, the Democrat will have a real edge.

Hawaii has been a Democrat state, in part, since it became possible (post WWII) for college educated japanese-americans to become more than school teachers. I think Republicans were associated with the Big 5 — big business — and how things worked before and Democrats got associated (i.e. FDR, WWII) with “liberation” (so to speak).

I don’t think the endorsement would make all that much of a difference, but I don’t think it would hurt Hirono in any way.

Russ808 on July 25, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Is Congress the place where old politicians go to die? It is way past time to vote out everyone who has been there more than 10 or 12 years because they have no idea what they are doing any more.

Democrats don’t deserve to ever be elected again and the RINOs are close behind.

Sporty1946 on July 25, 2012 at 8:02 AM

There’s no one in the deep red state of Alaska willing and able to primary this guy?

Hey! He votes with the GOP 40% of the time what do you want? To LOSE this seat?

/King Gold

HondaV65 on July 25, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Young isn’t a moderate Republican, but he does vote with the Democrats to benefit labor unions, and is explicit in his love of pork. Young is considered one of the most corrupt congressmen. The problem isn’t Young being a RINO. There are many ways to be a RINO or moderate Republican and still be supportive of free enterprise and good government. The problem is that Young deviates from the GOP line in exactly those areas which most harm the economy. He simply needs to be voted out of office. It would be a good Tea Party project for the 2014 election, as I don’t think there is time to primary him before this election.

thuja on July 25, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I wonder how she got that endorsement…

michaelthomas on July 25, 2012 at 9:44 AM

I wonder how she got that endorsement…

michaelthomas on July 25, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Good point! I’m sure the deal won’t be anything good for the American taxpayer.

thuja on July 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

This is really galling. RINO GOP leadership is totally feckless. Young is the poster child for term limits! Cornyn will not lift a finger to assure GOP regains control of the Senate. McConnell should be outraged but he’s not. Good grief, what a sorry mess the GOP is!

Bob in VA on July 25, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Sean Parnell tried to oust him back in 2008 during the primaries and lost. He’s got the money and backing up here, so it’s hard to defeat him. And after what the newspapers did to Joe Miller when he defeated Murkowski in the primaries in 2010, I think a lot of people are nervous about setting themselves up to being dragged through the mud to un-seat our “entitled” leaders.

ak moose stew on July 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM

There are as many reasons why Republicans are called “the party of stupid” as there are for the d-cRAT socialists to be called “the party of evil.”

TeaPartyNation on July 25, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Corruption breeds corruption as in AK-Ted Stevens/HI-Dan Inouye, AK-Young/HI-Hirono (our resident Socialist Democrat in Congress), Indian Affairs/Akaka Bill, not to mention our 20 mile high speed rail to nowhere and Obamacare. The Pork mafia.

Maile on July 26, 2012 at 2:51 AM