Ed Martin announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate today on his website, having openly considered the contest in recent weeks. He challenges incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill, the senior senator from Missouri.
Martin joins former state treasurer Sarah Steelman among a field of GOP candidates that could potentially include congressman Sam Graves and former ambassador Ann Wagner.
David Catanese covers the announcement for Politico. Via Combest.
It’s a year and nine months until Election Day 2012. The field is still taking shape and I don’t know who I will support, but Ed Martin’s announcement message is pretty solid on the issues. That is, he gets what the issue is – freedom and the size and scope of government.
Of course, a lot of Republicans have talked a good game when it comes to economic conservatism, only to abandon such rhetoric when it comes to actual policy-making. Martin’s positions and proposals during the campaign should help indicate whether he takes this stuff seriously.
McCaskill has positioned herself nicely as a moderate Democrat with a bit of common sense conservatism on fiscal issues. The Republican challenger needs to show voters that while sound public money management is necessary and good, only liberty preserves security and enables prosperity.
In other words: McCaskill can balance a checkbook just fine – the problem is that she thinks your account actually belongs to the government.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) delivered the Republican response to President Barack Obama‘s state of the union speech tonight. Ryan was exactly the right messenger, delivering exactly the right message of fiscal conservatism.
Here’s the video.
From CNN. Some state lawmakers there are promoting Mike Pence (R-Indiana) for president. Former Kansas congressman Jim Ryun came on board earlier this week, according to the article. Pence is expected to decide by month’s end whether he’ll run for president – he may run for governor of Indiana, or he could of course run for re-election to his house seat. If Pence signals his intention to enter the primary, that immediately changes things in the GOP field.
So how does go California, anyway? A stream of articles and editorials over the last year has sketched a sad picture of the once-Golden State’s economic outlook. Much has been said of the budget crunch, political gridlock and the stranglehold of public-sector labor unions on the body politic.
Victor Davis Hanson explores the changed reality of life in central California which forms one part of this story. It’s a different place than when the writer grew up there, now resembling parts of the third world in his estimation. Two Californias, published in National Review, has been making the rounds on the web and deserves reading.