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We need a conservative from Maryland in the U.S. Senate

We need a conservative from Maryland in the U.S. Senate

It has been too long, far too long. 26 years long. To put it in perspective, the last time Maryland was represented by a Republican in the Senate, Ronald Reagan was still plotting his “tear down this wall” moment, Steve Jobs had just been kicked out of Apple, and the New York Mets were fresh off their (still) most recent World Series victory.

2012, however, could finally be the year that Republicans reclaim a U.S. Senate seat in Maryland. The race is already set and Republican candidate Dan Bongino, former U.S. Secret Service agent and NYPD officer, stands against Ben Cardin, the incumbent Democrat.

Thus far this year, conservatives have made it our mission to put truly conservative individuals in office, and replace the numerous hopelessly entrenched incumbents.

Now that the Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the Supreme Court, this mission has become significantly more important. We have one final hill upon which to make our last stand, Capitol Hill.

We’ve spent a lot of time this primary season ousting “establishment” Republicans, a necessary a task. But let’s not forget about our friends across the aisle who need a forced exit from public service as well.

Ben Cardin is a quintessential “career politician,” and one who got his start in public life by taking over for his Uncle Maurice more than 40 years ago. Since then, he’s had a great deal of success getting elected and reelected to various offices. A little background on Cardin:

First of all, it bears reminding readers that Ben Cardin won his 2006 election by just 10 points over Michael Steele. Obviously that was a sub-par year for Republicans overall, but whatever the case Cardin won his sixteenth election in a row, continuing a streak which then dated back 40 years to his 1966 win for a House of Delegates seat given up by his uncle, Maurice Cardin. Ben parlayed that win into five terms in the Maryland House of Delegates, ten terms in the House of Representatives, and his first statewide win in 2006.

It’s time for him to go.

This race will be a tough one. A party doesn’t retain a stronghold on a state for over a quarter of a century without reason, but Dan Bongino has a chance in 2012 to be the one who finally breaks that hold.

Following this week’s health care decision by the Supreme Court, Bongino released a statement calling for the repeal of Obamacare:

This is a serious blow to the freedoms of all Americans. The only option left for protecting our freedoms and pursuing effective solutions to our health care challenges is to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

A majority of Americans support this choice. To do so, we must elect new voices to represent us in Congress. The choice is now between the path of massive government bureaucracy and crony capitalism that has produced the lingering recession we face now or a return to the freedoms and opportunities that have always led to prosperity for all Americans.

We need him in there. Bongino is holding a fundraising event which ends at midnight tonight, you can contribute to it here.

Follow Dan on Twitter here. Learn more about where he stands on the issues here.


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It would demonstrate a major shift in the universe when Maryland elects an actual conservative to the US Senate.

Good luck to the fellow. He has quite a task in front of him…

We need a conservative from [fill in your state] in the U.S. Senate.

A bit more global, but, hey…all true.

    WarEagle82 in reply to Ragspierre. | June 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Well, don’t count on Virginia to help the cause this year. Our choices are “progressive” Tim Kaine or Ueber-RINO George Allen.

    Allen is slightly less left than Webb who declined to run again.

    The Republic is in distress when we are presented with choices like Romney and Allen…

    I saw a bumper sticker today that read, “I really miss Reagan.”

[…] We need a conservative from Maryland in the US Senatelegal Insurrection (blog)It has been too long, far too long. 26 years long. To put it in perspective, the last time Maryland was represented by a Republican in the Senate, Ronald Reagan was still plotting his “tear down this wall” moment, Steve Jobs had just been kicked out of … […]

I will contribute momentarily.
At some point I would benefit from a complete list of true Republican candidates, in both the house and the senate, in that I have been contributing and will contribute more than ever before to this year’s elections. Legal Insurrection is the site I most trust regarding such recommendations.
In that regard, does anyone have any good information about the status of the Texas Republican primary? How is Ted Cruz doing?

    Rick in reply to Rick. | June 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    My contribution is on its way. Thanks, LI, for this suggestion, and I look forward to more of them.

We don’t need no conservative–we just need a dog gone republican from the Great Lake State of Michigan.

We have a very strong candidate in Pete Hoekstra challenging the lamest of all Senators–Debbie “I can feel glo-bull warming from my plane” Stabenow.

Hope he gets a little LI love in the coming months…

    Rick in reply to Browndog. | June 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I have sent some California bucks to Hoekstra and will do so again as we get closer to the election. Again, as prisoners of California, my wife and I look forward to supporting conservative candidates around the country.

      DINORightMarie in reply to Rick. | June 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      …as prisoners of California, my wife and I….

      Rick, you sound like a great American…..but why do you stay in CA? You’re not really being held prisoner there – yet…..are you?!

        Our two kids and four grandchildren live here, so we stay. Otherwise we would move out. My heart is heavy regarding what America will be for the grandkids.

    ALman in reply to Browndog. | June 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Big, big disappointment with MI going for someone like her, though not totally surprising.

    I hope Pete can get the job done.

How many residents of this state depend upon the federal government for their income, as federal employees or those who work for firms who have federal contracts? I would venture that there are a considerable number. How likely would they be to vote for a candidate looking to streamline the governments and, thereby, possibly putting themselves in the unemployment line? I wonder.

As for Bongino’s remark about “repeal and replace,” it’s only Saturday, but I’m already find the phrase evermore tedious. It’s like an apologetic. Instead of standing ground with the principles of why this is a monstrous, terrible law, they give a nod in that direction and then, as if to appease the masses, they promise to deliver something better. How has that worked? How is this not a continuation of what he is supposedly running against, e.g., bloated pervasive, intrusive government?

Albert Einstein is to have said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Don’t tell me about liberals, the federal budgeting process, reconciliation, balance of powers, executive decision, appointed czars, etc, etc, etc. Look. If there’s poison in the water and you know it, don’t attempt to turn me into a chemistry student. Just tell me, “Don’t drink the water! It’s poison!!”

I think we need more candidates for “public service” (I write “service” because we already have too many who have run for the “office”) who define who they are. Define in what they believe. Demonstrate how this compares with those who think differently. Have a thick-skin (too few of these) and stop “playing to the crowd” (too many of these). If they’re going to lose, at least do it with some dignity.

There are mounumental tasks ahead. There’s so little time and the adversities enormous. Not for the faint-hearted, not at all!

I disagree about “repeal and replace”. There were already problems with the health care industry, and they can reasonably be addressed at the same time that this abomination is repealed. There are some very simple things to be done that are clearly comprehensible to the ordinary person, encourage personal responsibility instead of dependency, and don’t raise the deficit:

Make health insurance premiums just as deductible for the individual as for an employer, with a transition period in which an employee can change over without change in premiums, even if they have an existing condition. Why should we be tied to our employers by a decision made in World War II?

Make health expenditures just as deductible as premiums. Part of what drives health care inflation is the distorting effect of taxes, whereby having first dollar health insurance is cheaper than having catastrophic health insurance and paying ordinary expenses personally, when it ought to be the other way around.

Allow health savings accounts to carry over year after year so people can build a reserve for emergencies.

These are just off the top of my head. Why *not* replace this abomination with some reasonable reforms? And such proposals would give wavering voters a reason to vote For rather than just Against.

    ALman in reply to LW. | June 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Excellent points. My irritation is not with the concept, but with the phrase “itself.” It sounds like what it is: reactionary and ill-defined. What’s needed is a phrase that is assetive and visionary.

    Something that might encapsulate what you have suggested, e.g. It also needs to be something that people can easily “wrap their minds around.”

Thanks, Prof. Will send a contribution when I sit down to pay bills tonight.

I second Rick’s comment – do you have a list for us? I trust you to pick good fiscally conservative candidates, and will contribute what I can.

Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.
you want them?
take them.

serrano ceviche | June 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm

If this is truly your “last stand,” will you leave if and when you lose?

I don’t know where conservatives would go (or what other country would want you), since you seem to believe much of the world is actually made up of communist countries like Canada and England, which have some form of universal care.

Rush promised to leave and move to Costa Rica, but of course, they have universal health care too, so I guess that makes them communist also.

Perhaps you can move to Somalia….it’s a conservative paradise, and no sign of that icky health care for all nonsense.

    punfundit in reply to serrano ceviche. | June 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Funny how you leftist swine point out other people’s promises yet consistently fail to hold your own’s feet to the fire when they double-cross you and the “little guy.”

    And by “funny” I mean “typically two-faced.”

    Ah socialist worker’s utopias, they all go fascist in the end. Pig.

serrano ceviche | June 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm

In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal has just signed a budget eliminating all funding for libraries.

This will, of course, mainly hurt poor and rural communities, who depend on libraries for many things, including getting online to do many things, such as emailing family members serving overseas.

Ah….conservative paradise….taking away libraries.

    punfundit in reply to serrano ceviche. | June 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I don’t see you giving up all your possessions and wealth to keep those libraries open. I mean if they mean so much to you.

    Point the finger at yourself, pig.

serrano ceviche | June 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm

My state taxes, which I pay, keep libraries in my state open. They are a public good, which until conservatives became so extreme, was uncontroversial.

Who could be against libraries?

In Louisiana:

““There’s no longer a food stamp office; there’s no longer a social security office. In our rural parish, a lot of our people have low literacy skills and very few computer skills. They come to the library because all of that has to be done online. There are some offices in some bigger areas but there’s no mass transportation and a lot of our people do not have transportation to a place that’s two hours away. A lot of our people have children in the military and they come to email their children that are all over the world on these bases. And almost all of the companies require you to do a job application online, even if it’s just for a truck driver who doesn’t need to be great at computer skills, so it is very important that we offer this service.”

Just try not to be such a nasty person all the time, conservative pig.

If you are still angry that the Mean Black Man Forced Health Care Down Your Throats, just go do whatever it is conservatives do to let off steam. Go eat a kitten, or take food away from a baby, or kick the cane out of an old person’s hand or something.

After all, that’s the kind of people you are.

    punfundit in reply to serrano ceviche. | June 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    The Mean Black Man? Well someone’s race baiting. But then of course you naturally assume conservatives are racists. You pre-judge people all the time you bigoted leftist pig.

    Why should I be nice to someone who advocates tyranny at every turn? You deserve scorn, you deserve ridicule, you deserve humiliation.

    You advocate spending other people’s money and you have no idea the consequences. You just assume spending other people’s money is going to be socially beneficial and fiscally sound. You are an unthinking robotic pig.

    But hey, you have good intentions so at least you “feel” good about yourself. Pig.

    punfundit in reply to serrano ceviche. | June 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    In fact I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if you joined in the racist cat-calls against Justice Clarence Thomas. Go ahead, deny it. Pig.

    nomadic100 in reply to serrano ceviche. | June 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Serrano, it is unclear whether you live in Louisiana. The statement in your post had quotes around it which causes me to wonder whether you got the statement from some unattributed source. Regardless, the anonymous statement is not helpful because it is vague and generalized. I doubt, for example, that many family members of those in military service depend on the computers in the library for email. Secondly, your objection to Jindal’s action – assuming you are accurate in reporting it – can only be judged in context. How much money does Louisiana have for its state responsibilities? What is Jindal’s list of priorities? I suspect the LSU football team pays for itself.

    Please cut the whining and produce some substantiated post which will truly cause us to doubt Jindal and Republicans in general. This lame post causes me to suspect you far more than Jindal.

    Valerie in reply to serrano ceviche. | June 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm


    Call 202/456-1414. This is to the White House switchboard. Maybe, Obama can help you inasmuch as he wants to handle everthing else.

serrano ceviche | June 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Oh my goodness….spending other people’s money on….libraries. My gosh, what tyranny!

Whose money was Bush spending in Iraq? Seems conservatives were pretty happy to spend ‘other people’s money’ at the time.

You seem to have a bit of a problem with your memory, pig.

Like I said, if you are still upset at the events of this past week, go take a puppy from a little girl and make her cry. That’s the kind of people you are. Pig.

    punfundit in reply to serrano ceviche. | June 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    In order to spend the money one must confiscate it first. Governments employ the police power to confiscate the money. There is no choice in the matter, leftist swine.

    You assume taking someone’s money is universally acceptable. It doesn’t even enter your vacuous cranium the potential socio-economic impact of such an act. You take it at face value that it is “good.” You do so in order to “feel good” about yourself, and you have no idea if the activity is in fact actually worthwhile. Pig.

    And see how you chafe at the name calling, pig? I’m certain you never once censured your own for doing the same to their ideological opponents. Two-faced leftist pig.

      serrano ceviche in reply to punfundit. | June 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Eh….conservatives had no problem ‘confiscating’ our money when they were so eager to burn our money in Iraq so Bush could feel like a man.

      What part of “conservatives were happy to spend other people’s money in Iraq” is too complex for you to understand, pig?

        punfundit in reply to serrano ceviche. | June 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

        And Obama has no problem confiscating other people’s money to keep Guantanamo open. Where’s your outrage, pig? George Bush isn’t in office, and Obama’s had three years to close it. What happened to the civil criminal trials he promised? No outrage from the two-faced left over that either.

        Did you get fitted for your fascist jackboots yet, swine?

Ben Cardin was the beneficiary of an extreme, racist and ugly campaign against Michael Steele. The Democratic Party in Maryland is corrupt, and they replaced a nearly perfect, low error, fast-reporting, clean-auditing voting system with one that can be scammed.

That’s the kind of people they are.

    serrano ceviche in reply to Valerie. | June 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Cardin has won 16 elections in a row, and Maryland is a solid blue state.

    I think there is probably a little more behind Republiklans not winning besides some kind of no-evidence complaining about rigged voting.

    After all, if the voting system was so clean and ‘low error’ as you say, Democrats have been winning with that system for decades as well.

    See…logic. It’s not that hard.

      punfundit in reply to serrano ceviche. | June 30, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Yes, show us who you really are. Why hide it? Go ahead and have a really good rant. You know you want to, you closet-fascist pig.

      Valerie in reply to serrano ceviche. | June 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      I was there when the consultant hired by the State of Maryland legislature old the legislators that they were replacing a very good system with one that would be vulnerable to cheating.

      I was there for another purpose. That was when I first heard about it. You really have no idea what you’re writing about.

      And, you’re a liar.

serrano ceviche | June 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm

New Hampsire Tea Party founder has posted on his Facebook page that he wishes the five Supreme Court justices would get cancer.

Stay classy, Tea Party.

    Valerie in reply to serrano ceviche. | June 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    You’ve already been caught lying. I’m not chasing anything more down on you.

    punfundit in reply to serrano ceviche. | June 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    One leftist pig after another calls Clarence Thomas all manner of bilious racist epithets. Look how tolerant and forgiving the gay leftists were in California when one after another they called blacks the n-word and other vicious slurs after the defeat of Pop 8.

    Look how James Carville savaged a woman, calling her a trailer park whore, all because she sought her day in court against a sitting President. Observe the loving left as they hurl one mental handicap slur after another at Sarah Palin’s child.

    No, leftist pig, we expect no class ever from the despicable likes of you. Class rhetoric, yes, but never a class act. You might find some black leather attire on sale in the nearest smut shop, you closet-fascist.

    Oh yeah…. pig.

Apparently Louisiana has librarians. I suppose that means they have libraries.

They have 336 public libraries.

And regular press releases, the latest being this month.

Why are we feeding a troll????

True, LI doesn’t get many, and it may be a shock-

But, when a commenter refers to someone as a “pig”, there is no bigger clue.

[…] We need a conservative from Maryland in the US Senatelegal Insurrection (blog)It has been too long, far too long. 26 years long. To put it in perspective, the last time Maryland was represented by a Republican in the Senate, Ronald Reagan was still plotting his “tear down this wall” moment, Steve Jobs had just been kicked out of … […]

NEVER take anything a troll says at face value! NEVER!

Jindal signed a new state budget, which is what governors do. The budget is for $25 billion. The amount of state funding for libraries that was eliminated from the $25 billion state budget was $900,000. The state shifted funds to put priorities on healthcare and education. It sounds like state officials are setting priorities and making difficult but reasonable choices.

There are 20,000 people in Concordia Parish. Their country library received $12,000 last year from state funds. The Parish will have to come up with approximately $0.60 per resident to make up the entire shortfall. No libraries are scheduled to close in Concordia Parish.

Interestingly enough, the troll doesn’t point out that New York City eliminated $6,000,000 of library funds from their most recent budget.

There is no reason why residents of New Orleans have to pay for libraries in other cities, towns and parishes in Louisiana.

The last time I checked, there is no constitutional right to a library or computer access in the US Constitution or in the Louisiana State Constitution.

Again, somebody somewhere is making tough choices. That is what Jindal was elected to do. If trolls don’t like it they can send a few bucks to Concordia Parish to help. That is the beauty of America…

Henry Hawkins | July 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Why do we only get the inept trolls? That’s LI’s only weakness.