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Chuck DeVore Should Drop Out of the Senate Race in California and Endorse Carly Fiorina

posted at 2:07 pm on May 17, 2010 by

Chuck DeVore is a solid conservative, very well-qualified to be senator or to hold other important offices or positions, but he doesn’t seem to have a prayer of both overtaking Carly Fiorina and defeating Tom Campbell in the June 8 Republican senate primary.  He should drop out and, following Sarah Palin’s lead, endorse Fiorina for the good of the conservative movement, the state, and the nation.

I’m not going to attempt to compare Fiorina to DeVore:  That would have been a more worthwhile undertaking if Campbell, supposedly at the behest of gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, hadn’t switched to the senate race at the beginning of the year.  The real comparison should be between any-conservative and Campbell, who, in addition to being just the kind of bland establishment politician that Tea Party conservatives were invented to bring down, has an extremely dubious history of support for radical Islamist and anti-Israeli groups, ideologues, and activists that may give Barbara Boxer an opening she doesn’t deserve, and that in any event many conservatives will find difficult to forgive and forget.

California conservatives, who, to say the least, used to be a major positive factor in state and national politics, have a reputation gained since after Ronald Reagan’s time, and especially since the ’90s, of preferring ideological purity and self-defeating gestures over success and influence.  Chuck DeVore has a chance to show that they’re now capable of mature calculation and team play. The chance of running against and defeating Barbara Boxer with a candidate pursuing an authentically conservative agenda is too important to sacrifice to anyone’s personal feelings or ambitions, or understandable desire to prove to himself and his dedicated supporters that he’s a fighter to the end.

Currently, Campbell appears to have a solid but not insurmountable plurality lead over Fiorina, with DeVore’s  third-place vote more than making up the potential difference.  That’s been the pattern in all or almost all polls since Cambell’s entry into the race.  Often, the #3 candidacy in a struggle like this one collapses, as voters decide not to waste their votes.  If that happens, there’s not a bad chance that DeVore and his ardent supporters will get the worst outcome:  An embarrassing showing just strong enough to hand the race to the candidate with whom they have the least in common, while leaving division and recrimination behind among conservatives, reinforcing the perception that they’re too self-destructive to matter, at just the time that the state and the country need them.

Unless DeVore and his supporters can make a convincing case – based on real world numbers, including campaign cash on hand and credible polling – that he can win the primary, he should drop out, the sooner the better, offering an unqualified endorsement of Carly Fiorina, and looking forward to a bright future in state and national politics as a respected and significant player in a grown-up conservative movement – coming back, on the rise, unified, and ready to make a real difference in the Golden State  and beyond.

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REALLY? it is called a primary for a reason, you know EVERYONE runs until the day EVERYONE casts their votes and then the LOSER (Fiorina) gets behind the Conservative (Devore) or like in Florida the RINO goes Independent! The bottom line is Chuck Devore should keep doing what he is doing and run a great race to the end!

Jaded on May 17, 2010 at 4:55 PM

year_of_the_dingo on May 17, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Maybe – maybe not. I think your reasoning is similar to Whitman’s in urging Campbell to switch to the senate race. But Poizner’s got a better chance of defeating Whitman than DeVore has of overtaking both Fiorina and Campbell. It’s just as possible that voters are entirely capable of figuring out that Senator and Governor are two different votes, or that a unified conservative message, featuring articulate Republican businesswomen changing the face of conservatism in California and beyond, will achieve positive synergy: Boxer & Brown as old exhausted Kali liberalism vs. the fresh New Republican Party finding its legs during the 2010 wave.

If it’s true that the 2010 California electorate is, as you say, truly ideologically closer to Senator Ma’am than to Carly, then why should Campbell do much better? His blandness compensates for whatever middle-of-the-road cred he has, and the conservative vote/support/enthusiasm will be minimal for him. Then there’s the CARE/Hamas thing.

DeVore joining Palin in unifying the New Republican/Conservative vote might actually help Whitman, getting more likely anti-Brown voters to the polls.

CK MacLeod on May 17, 2010 at 5:09 PM

and, anyway, considering how few Californians are even aware of his existence, no one would have much difficulty living it down.

CK MacLeod on May 17, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Funny, I’ve campaigned for him, and don’t remember you being at the meetings.

Califemme on May 17, 2010 at 5:19 PM

. We’ll put that in your obituary as your great contribution to human life on Earth.

Can you get any smaller or any more trite or any more juvenile?

You and everyone else on this site – including even me! – are welcome to state your views.

You don’t want me to state my views and you have made that very clear so you are not fooling anyone.

You’re not welcome to pass off someone else’s work as your own, or to fill up the thread with extended excerpts, properly attributed or not.

I never tried to pass off someone else’s work as my own and you know it and you knew it from the start. You just can’t answer my points so “That’s what you resort to when you’re losing the debate — name-calling and ad hominem attacks.”
- Michelle Malkin

Period. My thread, my rules

Delete my comments if you’re that insecure, little emperor..

– you don’t like it, go contribute to someone else’s everlasting fame and glory.

CK MacLeod on May 17, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Lord, you are small.

MB4 on May 17, 2010 at 5:34 PM

MB4 on May 17, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Any more of this personal ^&*$$% will likewise be unwelcome.

CK MacLeod on May 17, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Any more of this personal ^&*$$% will likewise be unwelcome.

CK MacLeod on May 17, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Speaking as someone with no love for MB4, you were the first to make it personal in your back-and-forth.

MadisonConservative on May 17, 2010 at 5:48 PM

I agree that the conservative base will be split between Fiorina and DeVore, likely giving us the CAIR buddy Campbell. Winning Boxer’s seat has always been a long shot.
But we haven’t seen a candidate with so much experience and such strong command of history and every issue I’ve heard discussed by DeVore in years.

Reagan didn’t run on pastel platforms, he baited his hook with his heart and caught a lunker (a great Savage saying there) and I believe that’s what conservatives in California will have to do until we either take the leadership back or the state goes Greece on us.

Frankly, I’m pretty nihilistic about my beautiful state. It almost already seems too far gone. If Campbell wins the primary I might just sit out and let Boxer preside over the Late Great Golden State along with Moonbeam Brown. At this point it seems it will all have to go down before we can rebuild anything that resembles the state that once had the 7th largest GDP in the world.

Sincerely, Eeyore.

NTWR on May 17, 2010 at 5:50 PM

I do not think Boxer should be in the Senate, but if the race came down to Boxer versus Campbell, I would urge everyone to vote for Boxer. Boxer, at least, likes America and doesn’t reflexively side with the people who brought about 9/11. I’m aware that my rhetoric sounds over the top about Campbell. It is especially extreme when you consider that I’m a moderate Republican and would normally be the kind of person who be enthusiastic about him. But Campbell’s record is worse even than “extremely dubious.” Google Campbell’s support of University of South Florida professor, Sami al-Arian.

thuja on May 17, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Any more of this personal ^&*$$% will likewise be unwelcome.

CK MacLeod on May 17, 2010 at 5:37 PM

You are the one who got personal. Have you forgotten already? I can’t help it that you are such an easy target when someone decides to fire back at you a little bit. Believe me, I was only firing charge one, two tops. You would not want charge six or seven and I wouldn’t waste them on you anyway. Someone who says “We’ll put that in your obituary as your great contribution to human life on Earth.” doesn’t require any more than a charge one or two.

Just a helpful hint for you for your future reference – You are your own worst enemy.

MB4 on May 17, 2010 at 6:00 PM

He should drop out and, following Sarah Palin’s lead, endorse Fiorina for the good of the conservative movement, the state, and the nation.

Agree 100,000%

nickj116 on May 17, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Why don’t you just write a post about how we should do away with primaries altogether and let the Establishment pick our candidates for us. Good thinking.

Republicans are stupid, and they will never understand why they are STILL worse than Democrats.

uknowmorethanme on May 17, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Chuck, you throw yourself under the bus…for the “cause”.
Carly, you throw YOURself under the bus…for the “cause”.
…didn’t we see this movie in the 2008 election cycle, and isn’t that how we got McCain as POTUS candidate?

opaobie on May 17, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Sure it is – in fact it’s my responsibility – since we have the ability to “police” our own GR threads.

CK MacLeod on May 17, 2010 at 3:40 PM

There’s no reason to be a dick about it though by waving your big bad ban-hammer around like you’re somebody special.

uknowmorethanme on May 17, 2010 at 6:47 PM

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Allahpundit on May 17, 2010 at 11:13 PM

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