Breaking: House Democrat Jim Matheson retires, clearing the way for Mia Love

posted at 3:21 pm on December 17, 2013 by Allahpundit

That was fast.

Here’s Matheson’s announcement. He’s only 53 years old. Either there’s some as-yet-unknown bad news that’s forced him out or, as a Democrat from Utah, he’s tired of fighting for his political life every two years. In 2002 he won his race by fewer than 1,700 votes. Last year, against tea-party favorite Mia Love and with Mitt Romney at the top of the ballot, he won by fewer than 800 — despite having trailed in one poll by 12 points heading into election day. Love already declared in May that she’d challenge him again next year; maybe he looked at the political landscape, especially with what’s in store for ObamaCare, and figured he might as well retire before the voters eventually retire him.

Big news for two reasons. One: Republican Frank Wolf, who represents increasingly blue northern Virginia, announced earlier today that he was retiring after 34 years. That’s a golden opportunity for Democrats to turn the House slightly bluer — or was, before Matheson’s retirement canceled it out. Two: If Love wins the seat, she’d be the first black woman elected to Congress as a Republican. The GOP naturally wants to make that happen to help rebrand itself as a more racially diverse party, which is one reason why she got a speaking slot at the convention last year. Grassroots righties I know like her a lot too, although she got some static last month when she seemed to inch away from the “tea party” label and criticized Mike Lee’s “defund” tactics (as did a lot of other Utahns). When the Blaze noticed, she issued a statement trying to smooth things over. Hmmm.

The only mystery to this election, then, is whether Love will win in a walkover or whether other Republicans will be lured into the primary by the prospect of an easy general election. One of Romney’s sons is forever being whispered about as a potential candidate for something or other. Maybe there’ll also be a candidate to her right championing Lee’s “defund” effort and dismissing her as just another RINO in the making. And hey — there’s always the Huntsmans! The national party will do whatever it can to clear the field for her. Stay tuned.


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Either there’s some as-yet-unknown bad news that’s forced him out or, as a Democrat from Utah, he’s tired of fighting for his political life every two years.

First casualty of ObamaCare.

NotCoach on December 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Mia Love to suddenly and mysteriously appear frighteningly more white than yesterday… And somehow less female.

Jeddite on December 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Either there’s some as-yet-unknown bad news that’s forced him out or, as a Democrat from Utah, he’s tired of fighting for his political life every two years.

conversely, he’s looking to “spend more time with family” ..or something…/

ted c on December 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

At last we get rid of Matheson! Hallelujah!

Of course, he WAS one of the few “Blue Dogs” left; and in fact for the most part voted more conservative than Boehner. He never did vote for Obamacare, as I recall (though he ‘forgot’ to vote to repeal it a few times….).

In any case, hopefully we will finally have a full Republican slate in Congress.

Now, if only Hatch would follow suit……………

Vanceone on December 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Best news I’ve heard all day!

ctmom on December 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

First casualty of ObamaCare.

NotCoach on December 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Tom Perriello, former D-VA 5 disagrees….

ted c on December 17, 2013 at 3:26 PM

I’m excited for Mia Love.

ZachV on December 17, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Fantastic…..LOVE me some Mia.
And, when the left comes after her reverse alinsky their racist, half torn @sses.

RovesChins on December 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Racists at MSNBC girding their lions!

22044 on December 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Regardless of whether Mia Love (whom I support) wins:
It’s always a good thing when another dinosaur goes away.
Even better when it’s a Democrat: but, it’s still always good, either way.

orangemtl on December 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM

And hey — there’s always the Huntsmans!

Heh! AP makes it sounds as if they’re The Ozbourne’s …..lolz

ted c on December 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM

She’s pretty

ted c on December 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM

dismissing her as just another RINO in the making

Release the hounds!

BacaDog on December 17, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Mia Love to suddenly and mysteriously appear frighteningly more white than yesterday… And somehow less female.

Jeddite on December 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

and 30 years older.

22044 on December 17, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!Hallelujah!

avagreen on December 17, 2013 at 3:28 PM

The only mystery to this election, then, is whether Love will win in a walkover or whether other Republicans will be lured into the primary by the prospect of an easy general election.

No primary.

Candidate is chosen at a convention.

sentinelrules on December 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM

I’ve met @MiaLove. She is the real deal

ConservativePartyNow on December 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Go Mia!

rbj on December 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Awesome.

Now I’ll have Lee and Love representing me against DC.

gwelf on December 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Be careful with this one folks.

I know some folks (political operatives in Utah) who are very familiar with her staff members. I’ll just pass on what I’ve been told. There are some serious personality issues.

aquaviva on December 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Woohoooo! We Love Mia Love!

petefrt on December 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Be careful with this one folks.

I know some folks (political operatives in Utah) who are very familiar with her staff members. I’ll just pass on what I’ve been told. There are some serious personality issues.

aquaviva on December 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

TEASE! Spill.

RovesChins on December 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

22044 on December 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM

She will be the masters house entertainment before the day is over.

docflash on December 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

I just moved into that district, out of Chris Stewarts. The only mystery in that district was the Republican primary; after the primary the general election was a shoo-in.

How Matheson has survived this long is a mystery to me. No other Democrat in Utah has a snowballs chance, outside of a couple of city elections (and Salt Lake County, of course– Big City Dems).

Matheson just wouldn’t die, despite our attempts to stake him through the heart.

Vanceone on December 17, 2013 at 3:33 PM

I love how Allah always puts quotes around the word defund in all his blogs in an obviously derisive way.

Putting that aside, this is all around great news. Go Mia!

cdog0613 on December 17, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Tom Perriello, former D-VA 5 disagrees….

ted c on December 17, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Fine. The first victim of ObamaCare since its disastrous launch.

NotCoach on December 17, 2013 at 3:34 PM

I am very happy for this woman and hope she wins.

But I still don’t like how some people here, such as Ed, seem to treat certain politicians differently based on skin color or gender.

I understand why it is exciting to have allies like Allen West, Herman Cain and Mia Love, but it just seems like we are going along with the affirmative action/skin color obsession that should be left to the Democrat Party.

Race/skin color should be irrelevant to who a person is.

bluegill on December 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM

First casualty of ObamaCare.

NotCoach on December 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Second; truth was the first.

PackerBronco on December 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM

aquavita: There’s a STRONG Pro-Establishment Republican party push on here in Utah. They pulled out the long knives a long time ago against “extremist candidates.”

So be careful of what you hear, because Utah is a prime battleground between the RINO’s and the Tea Party–as no matter what, the Democrats have no chance here. The Huntsman wing is big. And they like whispering campaigns, as you may recall.

Vanceone on December 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM

..Mmmmmmmmmm..Loves me some Mia!

Bring it on! Now if we can only elect Star Parker out here in SoCal.

The War Planner on December 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Be careful with this one folks.

I know some folks (political operatives in Utah) who are very familiar with her staff members. I’ll just pass on what I’ve been told. There are some serious personality issues.

aquaviva on December 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

You can’t drop a stinky turd like that and not elaborate. If you aren’t willing to expand on the point it’s better to just stay quiet.

NotCoach on December 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Oh, I thought Ed wrote this.

bluegill on December 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM

First casualty of ObamaCare.

NotCoach on December 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM

And he will not be the last. Politicians are not stupid when their own personal money is on the line. He had to know his Obamacare vote would cost him big time within the last few months and he decided to not throw away any of his own money into what was most likely going to be a dead end campaign. So he up and quit.

Johnnyreb on December 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM

I’ll just pass on what I’ve been told. There are some serious personality issues.

aquaviva on December 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

So, Are you saying Mia is Bi-polar or that her staff are a bunch of back-stabbers.

BacaDog on December 17, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Feel the Love! Good job!

Oil Can on December 17, 2013 at 3:38 PM

I don’t trust her, she seems too close to the Romney cabal….

idesign on December 17, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Be careful with this one folks.
I know some folks (political operatives in Utah) who are very familiar with her staff members. I’ll just pass on what I’ve been told. There are some serious personality issues.
aquaviva on December 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

What have you heard?

bluegill on December 17, 2013 at 3:39 PM

I’ll just pass on what I’ve been told. There are some serious personality issues.

aquaviva on December 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

pray tell, who are you talking about. I have met her husband and main staff. Tell me which one. Everyone of them, from what I have seen, have the voters interest at heart

ConservativePartyNow on December 17, 2013 at 3:40 PM

I don’t trust her, she seems too close to the Romney cabal….

idesign on December 17, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Of course you wouldn’t.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 17, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Race/skin color should be irrelevant to who a person is.

bluegill on December 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM

..point taken and it is valid. But ain’t us. It’s the Dems and the African-Americans who cleave to racial stereotypical candidates. With NO OTHER candidate running, it is especially sweet to have (R)s (especially conservatives) elected because of the propensity for blacks and Hispanics to identify with candidates of THEIR race.

Breaking down the 95% monopoly as it were.

The War Planner on December 17, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Here’s Matheson’s announcement. He’s only 53 years old. Either there’s some as-yet-unknown bad news that’s forced him out or, as a Democrat from Utah, he’s tired of fighting for his political life every two years.

Love already declared in May that she’d challenge him again next year; maybe he looked at the political landscape, especially with what’s in store for ObamaCare, and figured he might as well retire before the voters eventually retire him.

I can think of several reasons he’s quitting. First, he knows he can’t keep winning close elections forever in such a deep red state. And if he won by less than 800 votes last time, the odds ain’t his favor this go-around with Obama even less popular in Utah than in 2012.

Second, the Dems have zero chances of retaking the House anytime soon. So even if Matheson did get reelected, he’d be stuck in the minority for a long time. What’s the point in eeking out reelections if he’s superfluous once he gets to DC?

Doughboy on December 17, 2013 at 3:41 PM

If Wolf was going to retire in VA, he did the honorable thing of retiring in ’14 rather than in ’16 – much tougher to hold his seat in a presidential year.

matthew8787 on December 17, 2013 at 3:41 PM

I don’t trust her, she seems too close to the Romney cabal….

idesign on December 17, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Not trying to start a fight, because I’m a Sarah fan, but the same could be said about Sarah Palin and John McCain. She campaigned for him even after he and his henchman went after her.

RovesChins on December 17, 2013 at 3:43 PM

The War Planner on December 17, 2013 at 3:41 PM

You can be WHITE and be an AA. Africa’s a continent-not a race.
Let’s leave the ‘hyphens’ to the left.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 17, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Here comes Pigford III

Mr. Arrogant on December 17, 2013 at 3:43 PM

She seems pretty clean and articulate.

Bishop on December 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

She seems pretty clean and articulate.

Bishop on December 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

..heh! I see what you did there.

The War Planner on December 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

The death panels are remarkably effective.

blammm on December 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Bring it on! Now if we can only elect Star Parker out here in SoCal.

The War Planner on December 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM

In my list of 2010 contributions Star Parker stands out. Nikki Haley, Susan Martinez, Allan West and Allen Scott in SC did well. Star got shellacked 80/20. And yeah bluegill, this is a white guy funding minority candidates but not just for the reasons you ascribe. They all stood up and took on their democrat plantation detractors.

DanMan on December 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Her next presser:

“Ms. Love, is Santa white?”

Akzed on December 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Of course you wouldn’t.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 17, 2013 at 3:40 PM

You’re right..:)

Mia Love: Romney’s the man we need at the helm

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/story/2012-08-30/Romney-convention-Mia-Love/57458192/1

idesign on December 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Don’t be shocked if Matheson runs against Mike Lee in 2016. I don’t any dem could win statewide in Utah, but if anyone can it’s Matheson.

BuzzCrutcher on December 17, 2013 at 3:46 PM

You can be WHITE and be an AA. Africa’s a continent-not a race.
Let’s leave the ‘hyphens’ to the left.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 17, 2013 at 3:43 PM

..fair enough, ALT. I was torn between “black” and “brown” and hyphenating. Thought I would not get skewered here on Hot Gas.

Thought wrong.

The War Planner on December 17, 2013 at 3:46 PM

She seems pretty clean and articulate.
Bishop on December 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

And she don’t speak with no N-gro dialect unless she wants to, you know, like Hillary.”

Akzed on December 17, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Either there’s some as-yet-unknown bad news that’s forced him out or, as a Democrat from Utah, he’s tired of fighting for his political life every two years.

Unions no longer have the cash flow they used to have, so many progs are gonna come up short with campaign cash.

Ain’t it sad?

BobMbx on December 17, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Conservative black female – MUST BE DESTROYED

Deploy the gas drones…

Kuffar on December 17, 2013 at 3:47 PM

She seems pretty clean and articulate.

Bishop on December 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

That’s storybook man!

Murphy9 on December 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

And she don’t speak with no N-gro dialect unless she wants to, you know, like Hillary.”

Akzed on December 17, 2013 at 3:46 PM

..apparently you did not get the memo: ALT says not to hyphenate.

;-D

The War Planner on December 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

The War Planner on December 17, 2013 at 3:46 PM

I have a FB friend who was born in Asia. His nationality now is ‘Texan’.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM

At last we get rid of Matheson! Hallelujah!

Of course, he WAS one of the few “Blue Dogs” left; and in fact for the most part voted more conservative than Boehner. He never did vote for Obamacare, as I recall (though he ‘forgot’ to vote to repeal it a few times….).

In any case, hopefully we will finally have a full Republican slate in Congress.

Now, if only Hatch would follow suit……………

Vanceone on December 17, 2013

He was very conservative for a democrat, but name ONE FRICKIN’ ISSUE where he was “more conservative” than Boehner.

You “RINO-hunters” are entitled to your own set of opinions, but you aren’t entitled to your own set of facts.

BuzzCrutcher on December 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM

I’ll just pass on what I’ve been told. There are some serious personality issues.

aquaviva on December 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

I’ll just pass on what I’ve been told. aquaviva has some serious criminal issues having to do with serial rape or children.

Here, now how does this feel?

3558 on December 17, 2013 at 3:51 PM

You’re right..:)

Mia Love: Romney’s the man we need at the helm

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/story/2012-08-30/Romney-convention-Mia-Love/57458192/1

idesign on December 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM

So what? A lot of Republicans were saying the same thing. I suspect you don’t trust her because you don’t want another female GOP pol possibly taking attention away from Palin.

I’ll just pass on what I’ve been told. There are some serious personality issues.

aquaviva on December 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

LOL. Gee, thanks for that info.

changer1701 on December 17, 2013 at 3:51 PM

You’re right..:)

Mia Love: Romney’s the man we need at the helm

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/story/2012-08-30/Romney-convention-Mia-Love/57458192/1

idesign on December 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM

She was speaking at the GOP convention. What was she supposed to say? Don’t vote for the GOP candidate?

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2013 at 3:51 PM

There are some serious personality issues.

aquaviva on December 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

I don’t care if she has the personality of a love-starved spitting cobra with Asperger’s. As long as she votes right….

CurtZHP on December 17, 2013 at 3:52 PM

The War Planner on December 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

You can’t spell any form of THAT WORD on HA, so you have to improvise. Meanwhile ALT will just have to figure out how to be less annoying. Not holding out much hope in that regard.

Akzed on December 17, 2013 at 3:55 PM

What’s the point in eeking out reelections if he’s superfluous once he gets to DC?

Doughboy on December 17, 2013 at 3:41 PM

The GOP seems pretty content being superfluous – even when they have a majority.

Embrace the Suck!

Midas on December 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

By the way, Matheson is a great example of why the democrats are much better at getting and keeping power than we are.

Matheson had a pretty conservative voting record, and rarely voted with the dems on controversial stuff. But the dems still supporting him, and others like him, instead of railing against what a “DINO” he was. You know why? The realized they were never going to get a liberal from Utah, or a lot of other places in the South and West. But they knew if they got enough of them elected they could get votes from each of them here and there, and more importantly insure that every committee had a liberal majority.

We should be so smart.

BuzzCrutcher on December 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

You can be WHITE and be an AA. Africa’s a continent-not a race.
Let’s leave the ‘hyphens’ to the left.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 17, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Well said.

Kevin K. on December 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Excellent! Mia seems like a real conservative and one more bright, eager young voice for the party.

hawksruleva on December 17, 2013 at 3:57 PM

So she was against the government shut down until she was for it? Until conservatives pushed back she was touting the establishment party line. Or more precisely the Senatorial establishment party line, since Boehner only shut down the government so that he would never have to do it again.

I am fine with her being the candidate and winning, but anybody who thinks she will fight Boehner on anything will likely be disappointed.

KMav on December 17, 2013 at 3:59 PM

BuzzCrutcher on December 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Yeah, I guess I should be all excited about that budget vote.

Go GOP!!

//

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Be careful with this one folks.

I know some folks (political operatives in Utah) who are very familiar with her staff members. I’ll just pass on what I’ve been told. There are some serious personality issues.

aquaviva on December 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

I see the establishment is wasting no time sharpening their knives.

Gator Country on December 17, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Of course you wouldn’t.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 17, 2013 at 3:40 PM

You’re right..:)

Mia Love: Romney’s the man we need at the helm

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/story/2012-08-30/Romney-convention-Mia-Love/57458192/1

idesign on December 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Just wow.

RovesChins on December 17, 2013 at 4:02 PM

So she was against the government shut down until she was for it? Until conservatives pushed back she was touting the establishment party line. Or more precisely the Senatorial establishment party line, since Boehner only shut down the government so that he would never have to do it again.

I am fine with her being the candidate and winning, but anybody who thinks she will fight Boehner on anything will likely be disappointed.

KMav on December 17, 2013 at 3:59 PM

My thoughts exactly….

idesign on December 17, 2013 at 4:02 PM

She seems pretty clean and articulate.

Bishop on December 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Yeah, but just a few years ago, she would have been carrying Bill Clinton’s bags.

And bringing him coffee.

UltimateBob on December 17, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Best news I’ve heard all day!

ctmom on December 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Only good news I’ve heard all day.

Fallon on December 17, 2013 at 4:04 PM

This is great news. I’m a fan of hers. She’s always impressed me whenever I’ve had a chance to hear her speak. I hope she gets the nomination.

GOPRanknFile on December 17, 2013 at 4:04 PM

You’re right..:)

Mia Love: Romney’s the man we need at the helm

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/story/2012-08-30/Romney-convention-Mia-Love/57458192/1

idesign on December 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM

As someone mentioned before, how is this any different than what Palin did for McCain…when he was running for reelection in AZ? Palin was a lot more laudatory of a candidate that’s betrayed the party more times than I can count.

It’s okay…Palin will still be around. She’ll might even end up endorsing Love, if that makes you feel better.

GOPRanknFile on December 17, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Matheson’s father was Governor of Utah back in the day, and his brother was US attorney. Plus his family goes back several generations in the Salt Lake City LDS church. He had the kind of local roots that allows him to win a significant number of cross-over votes. Same thing is going on with Landrieu in Louisiana

Robert_Paulson on December 17, 2013 at 4:08 PM

I know some folks (political operatives in Utah) who are very familiar with her staff members. I’ll just pass on what I’ve been told. There are some serious personality issues.

aquaviva on December 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Seriously? Political operatives? Who are they, Dr. Evil and Austin Powers? Get a frickin life.

Johnnyreb on December 17, 2013 at 4:08 PM

BuzzCrutcher on December 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM
Yeah, I guess I should be all excited about that budget vote.

Go GOP!!

//

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2013

Crazy idea – maybe we’d get a better budget if we controlled the House AND the Senate??? Of course that would mean not nominating nut-jobs like Angle, O’Donnell and Akin, and what fun would that be?

BuzzCrutcher on December 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Huffing Glue Stat of the Day:
Posts on Matheson Retirement Article: 117
Posts on Wolf Retirement Article: 2

It’s cute that the Democrats think that they’re going to retake the House.

blammm on December 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

How long ’til we see biopics on her mixed race family, a la DeBlasio?

blammm on December 17, 2013 at 4:14 PM

As someone mentioned before, how is this any different than what Palin did for McCain…when he was running for reelection in AZ? Palin was a lot more laudatory of a candidate that’s betrayed the party more times than I can count.

It’s okay…Palin will still be around. She’ll might even end up endorsing Love, if that makes you feel better.

GOPRanknFile on December 17, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Sometimes I think John McCain feels very bitter and vindictive inside because he may feel the whole Tea Party movement is his fault for chosing Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Sorry I’ve seen this too many times before. I remember when most people here were claiming that Ryan and Rubio were the Conservatives new white hope..:)

idesign on December 17, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I know some folks (political operatives in Utah) who are very familiar with her staff members. I’ll just pass on what I’ve been told. There are some serious personality issues.

aquaviva on December 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Just wondering, but did you believe political operatives when they said that Palin thought that Africa was a country and didn’t know there was a North and South Korea? And that she had some serious personal issues as well?

GOPRanknFile on December 17, 2013 at 4:16 PM

I have a FB friend who was born in Asia. His nationality now is ‘Texan’.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM

..so is mine. Soy de Victoria. en 1945.

:-D

The War Planner on December 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM

How long ’til we see biopics on her mixed race family, a la DeBlasio?

blammm on December 17, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Uh, never. She’s a republican, ya know.

BuzzCrutcher on December 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Not trying to start a fight, because I’m a Sarah fan, but the same could be said about Sarah Palin and John McCain. She campaigned for him even after he and his henchman went after her.

[RovesChins on December 17, 2013 at 3:43 PM]

That only looks reasonable because because you are confining it to similarities. What are the differences? Well, McCain has a history that says, “Untrustworthy!” in big red letters, and make that all caps by the way, so who knows what he really stands for. And that last bit is what sets Palin apart in the trustworthy category. She explains her decisions, she sticks by them, and she never tries to fool or mislead you, or at least that is my experience with her.

Mia Love doesn’t have the track record of Palin on that score, so, in my mind, the question of trust stands wrt Love’s support of Romney, and especially since her questionable dissing of the Tea Party, though benign in temperament that it was, and her walk back of criticism on the defund effort in October and the her less than full elaboration on rejecting the tea party.

Dusty on December 17, 2013 at 4:19 PM

I’m so incredibly anal that the most interesting thing in AP’s piece was the spelling of Utahn (vs. Utahan). Here’s an article that explains the controversy, for anyone similarly intrigued:

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=24207511

bobs1196 on December 17, 2013 at 4:19 PM

As someone mentioned before, how is this any different than what Palin did for McCain…when he was running for reelection in AZ? Palin was a lot more laudatory of a candidate that’s betrayed the party more times than I can count.

It’s okay…Palin will still be around. She’ll might even end up endorsing Love, if that makes you feel better.

GOPRanknFile on December 17, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Sometimes I think John McCain feels very bitter and vindictive inside because he may feel the whole Tea Party movement is his fault for chosing Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Sorry I’ve seen this too many times before. I remember when most people here were claiming that Ryan and Rubio were the Conservatives new white hope..:)

idesign on December 17, 2013 at 4:15 PM

At least they put their hat in the ring. They have disappointed us, but screaming from the sidelines is a disappointment as well.

RovesChins on December 17, 2013 at 4:20 PM

I’ve met @MiaLove. She is the real deal

ConservativePartyNow on December 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Agree. The lady is smart as a whip with a ton of energy, I think she will be an excellent choice for UT4. I have a hunch they think so too.

JusDreamin on December 17, 2013 at 4:20 PM

By the way, Matheson is a great example of why the democrats are much better at getting and keeping power than we are.

Matheson had a pretty conservative voting record, and rarely voted with the dems on controversial stuff. But the dems still supporting him, and others like him, instead of railing against what a “DINO” he was. You know why? The realized they were never going to get a liberal from Utah, or a lot of other places in the South and West. But they knew if they got enough of them elected they could get votes from each of them here and there, and more importantly insure that every committee had a liberal majority.

We should be so smart.

BuzzCrutcher on December 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

When’s the last time the Democrats as a party or Matheson as an individual did something dramatically against their base’s wishes? If he stood up tomorrow and said, “we can’t have any more of this taxation – we must return money to the people that pay taxes. And while we’re at it, let’s cut entitlement spending, and roll-back Obamacare – we simply must bring an end to runaway deficit spending. And amnesty would simply be a ridiculous thing to do at this time – or any time, frankly.” You think the Dems would be ‘supportive’?

Flip the positions, and that’s what the GOP’s doing to us – yet you want us to be ‘supportive’.

Midas on December 17, 2013 at 4:21 PM

First casualty of ObamaCare.

NotCoach on December 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM

not the first. and not a casualty. he is a co-conspirator.

t8stlikchkn on December 17, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Not trying to start a fight, because I’m a Sarah fan, but the same could be said about Sarah Palin and John McCain. She campaigned for him even after he and his henchman went after her.

[RovesChins on December 17, 2013 at 3:43 PM]

That only looks reasonable because because you are confining it to similarities. What are the differences? Well, McCain has a history that says, “Untrustworthy!” in big red letters, and make that all caps by the way, so who knows what he really stands for. And that last bit is what sets Palin apart in the trustworthy category. She explains her decisions, she sticks by them, and she never tries to fool or mislead you, or at least that is my experience with her.

Mia Love doesn’t have the track record of Palin on that score, so, in my mind, the question of trust stands wrt Love’s support of Romney, and especially since her questionable dissing of the Tea Party, though benign in temperament that it was, and her walk back of criticism on the defund effort in October and the her less than full elaboration on rejecting the tea party.

Dusty on December 17, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Dusty,Idesign was stating that Mia Love was in the Romney cabal because she gave her support to a Romney AT THE GOP CONVENTION. How absurd is that? I chose Palin/McCain because you could make the same similarity in Palin’s support of McCain. And, Idesign works in Palin and only Palin goggles.

RovesChins on December 17, 2013 at 4:23 PM

I’d prefer she replace Orrin Hatch as a US Senator,
but I’ll gladly take her as a US Representative..

Best news I’ve heard in some time….

ToddPA on December 17, 2013 at 4:24 PM

idesign on December 17, 2013 at 4:15 PM

This really doesn’t address anything I just said, but okay, lol.

GOPRanknFile on December 17, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Dusty,Idesign was stating that Mia Love was in the Romney cabal because she gave her support to a Romney AT THE GOP CONVENTION. How absurd is that? I chose Palin/McCain because you could make the same similarity in Palin’s support of McCain. And, Idesign works in Palin and only Palin goggles.

RovesChins on December 17, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Not true, I also have Cruz and Lee goggles..:)

idesign on December 17, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Crazy idea – maybe we’d get a better budget if we controlled the House AND the Senate??? Of course that would mean not nominating nut-jobs like Angle, O’Donnell and Akin, and what fun would that be?

BuzzCrutcher on December 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Care to discuss all of the ‘establishment’ Senate candidates that failed in 2012 as well? Or do those not count? Looking forward to nominating more of *those* in 2014, aren’t you?

Midas on December 17, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Dusty,Idesign was stating that Mia Love was in the Romney cabal because she gave her support to a Romney AT THE GOP CONVENTION. How absurd is that? I chose Palin/McCain because you could make the same similarity in Palin’s support of McCain. And, Idesign works in Palin and only Palin goggles.

RovesChins on December 17, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Not true, I also have Cruz and Lee goggles..:)

idesign on December 17, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Me too. I’m not trying to bust your hump, man. Hoping Mia Love won’t disappoint us.

RovesChins on December 17, 2013 at 4:29 PM

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