Wacko Wing of the Republican Party Rallies Around Adrian Smithby Kyle Michaelis
The Omaha World-Herald reports:
Sen. Chuck Hagel and other top Republicans are lending their help to State Sen. Adrian Smith in his bid to succeed Rep. Tom Osborne....
"We're in a neck-and-neck race in a district with a sizable Republican majority," said Kleeb spokesman Ben Lumpkin. "We think voters will still vote for the best candidate, regardless of party"....
Smith, a two-term state senator, has hosted several campaign appearances by prominent GOP leaders, including Vice President Dick Cheney and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.
That continued Monday, as Smith toured Columbus with Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. He will be joined Wednesday by Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and next Monday by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Agriculture Committee....
Lumpkin said Kleeb's campaign has taken a different tack from Smith's, focusing on "grass-roots" and door-to-door efforts rather than appearances by members of Congress.
He said the number of Republicans appearing with Smith indicates the GOP is nervous about the race.
The number of Republicans appearing with Smith does indicate nervousness about his chances, but it's the type who are supporting Smith that should make all voters nervous. Among Congressman Steve King's most notorious statements and actions are the following:
*Steve King supports the Consumption Tax that is estimated to raise taxes on 90% of Americans - Adrian Smith has gone out of his way to avoid taking a position on the issue.
*Steve King called one of the most distasteful characters in American history, disgraced Sen. Joe McCarthy, "a great American hero," although the hearings he conducted in the 1950s are remembered as one of the darkest times for American democracy and ended in McCarthy's censure by Congress.
*Steve King has called labor unions "economic weapons of mass destruction."
*Steve King dismissed the shameful torture of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib as "hazing."
*While thousands of Iraqi civilians are murdered each and every month, Steve King declared people are "at far greater risk" in Washington D.C.
*Steve King said of Iraq this year: "Every single mission we’ve set out to do in Iraq has been successful."
*No suprise, the Club for Growth and its members gave Steve King's 2002 campaign for Congress more than $150,000.
*The Des Moines register published an editorial aptly titled "Spare us more embarrassment: Replace King."
That Adrian Smith would ally himself with so dangerous and out-of-touch a Congressman as Steve King does not surprise. Although King is more outspoken and flamboyant, Smith clearly patterns himself in the same extremist mold on the issues.
Steve King and Adrian Smith may be Republicans, but - thankfully - they do not represent the average Republican voter who is conservative but who also lives in reality. Nebraska's Third District has to do better than this. They must spare themselves and their country any further embarrassment.
Lucky for all of us, they can do just that by electing Scott Kleeb to Congress.