October 1, 2008
Opponents of moonbattery will already be aware that the immediate future looks grim. Just as frightening as an adolescent Marxist being installed in the White House is the idea of an increased Democrat majority behind the unhinged Nancy Pelosi. If Obama is elected, the combination is likely to inflict irreparable damage on our country. Even if the catastrophe of an Obama presidency is averted, an increasingly Democrat-dominated Congress under Pelosi's radical leadership, combined with McCain's lamentable history of backstabbing "bipartisan" RINOism, promises a rough ride for lovers of liberty.
But there is a silver cloud where Congress is concerned: it's one rare place in Washington where you will find real conservatives — like the ones who stopped the $700 billion handout Monday. The best way we have to fight back against encroaching socialism is to minimize the continued losses that are expected in the House.
That's why Moonbattery is honored to join an all-star lineup of conservative blogs that have put together the RightBlogs' Slate — a list of nonincumbent conservatives who stand a good chance of taking Democrat seats this fall, if given a little help. These candidates were chosen because they are fiscally responsible, pro-life, and strongly opposed to illegal immigration — and also because they are running in tight races where contributor dollars can make the maximum impact.
The blogs that applied their combined political expertise to come up with the most effective slate possible includes top names from the right side of the blogosphere:
Without further ado, here is the RightBlog's Slate itself, with candidate descriptions compliments of Right Wing News:
Dean Andal (CA-11): Andal is a rock-ribbed fiscal conservative who's endorsed by the Club for Growth. He's trying to unseat Jerry McNerney, an ultra-liberal who's a poor fit with his moderately Republican district.
Lou Barletta (PA-11): Barletta is a rising star in Pennsylvania politics. He made a name for himself by passing one of the "toughest illegal immigration ordinances" in the country and was voted "Mayor of the Year by his peers in the Pennsylvania State Mayors Association." Now, he's running against liberal congressman Paul Kanjorski in a moderately Democratic district — and he's winning. This is a guy we really need in Congress.
John Gard (WI-08): Gard, who has pledged to never take an earmark, is taking on one of the most liberal members of Congress, Steve Kagen, who is far to the left of his moderately Republican district.
Rick Goddard (GA-08): Goddard is a retired US Air Force Major General who's going up against Democrat Jim Marshall in a strongly Republican district that John McCain could conceivably win 60-40 over Barack Obama. This is a great opportunity to put this seat back in the Republican column for a long, long time.
Chris Hackett (PA-10): Hackett is a staunch fiscal conservative who has been endorsed by the Club for Growth and has promised to "oppose every attempt to grant amnesty and a preferential path to citizenship for those who are here illegally." Hackett is going up against Chris Carney, a liberal who may not be capable of holding off Hackett in a strongly Republican district.
Melissa Hart (PA-04): Hart is in a rematch against Democrat Jason Altmire in this moderately Republican district. Hart, who had a lifetime ACU rating of 92% during her three terms in Congress, is someone we desperately need back in action.
Andy Harris (MD-01): Harris is a conservative Navy vet who defeated RINO Wayne Gilchrist in a primary. Because Gilchrist is supporting Harris' Democratic opponent, this strongly pro-Republican district is much more in play than it would be under normal circumstances.
Tom McClintock (CA-04): McClintock is a rising star in the GOP and is the only candidate who is endorsed both by Tom Tancredo's Team America PAC and the Club for Growth. Normally, McClintock would need little help in this strong GOP district, but he's facing a tough opponent and the sitting Republican Congressman, John Doolittle, became enmeshed in the Jack Abramoff scandal and is retiring from politics. Replacing Doolittle with a man like McClintock would be a huge improvement for conservatives.
Pete Olson (TX-22): Olson, who served in the Navy and describes himself as an anti-amnesty "budget hawk" is going toe-to-toe with Nick Lampson in Tom DeLay's old district. This is probably the GOP's best chance of a pick-up in the 2008 elections.
Tom Rooney (FL-16): Rooney is an Army veteran who taught criminal and constitutional law at West Point. He's matching up with Tim Mahoney in Mark Foley's old district. The district is only marginally Republican, but McCain looks like he will do well there and Mahoney isn't particularly popular.
William Russell (PA-12): Russell is a 28 year Army veteran who was at the Pentagon on 9/11 and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He's going up against one of the most corrupt, liberal, loud mouths in the entire House — John Murtha. It's a moderately Democratic district and Murtha will be loaded down with special interest money, but with Murtha being dogged by a slander suit filed by one of the Haditha Marines he smeared, he may be vulnerable enough to be brought down.
David Schweikert (AZ-05): Schweikert, who has been endorsed by the Club for Growth, is trying to take back JD Hayworth's old seat. His opponent is Harry Mitchell, who ran as a moderate and voted like Ted Kennedy. In a moderately Republican district, Schweikert is definitely capable of knocking Mitchell out, especially if Arizonans turn out in droves to vote for favorite son John McCain.
Steve Stivers (OH-15): Stivers is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Ohio Army National Guard who received a bronze star and has campaigned on balancing the budget. He's trying to retain a Republican seat held by Deborah Pryce, who's retiring.
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Posted by Van Helsing at October 1, 2008 8:12 AM
I was at a Barletta event last night. There is another event next Monday. I have the details and urge everybody anywhere near Wilkes-Barre Pa to attend the next event. His opponent, Kanjorski, has spent nearly $3million in the last month alone on attack ads. Lou needs our side to come to bat for him. I will be at the next event and hope to see a big crowd!!!
Posted by: Zen at October 1, 2008 9:03 AM
Please don't overlook (AL-05). The Dem incumbent isn't running for reelection, and there's a fairly tight race going on between Wayne Parker (R) and Parker Griffith (D). Definitely an opportunity to pick up a seat.
Posted by: bd at October 1, 2008 11:06 AM
Steve Kagan is the biggest lefty in a long history of liberal Wisconsin Congressmen. He's also a gaffe machine who, from his voting record, is incapable of independent thought as he supports Dem positions without question. The ultimate in say whatever, do whatever to get elected politicians. We can't get shot of him fast enough.
Posted by: CoderInCrisis at October 1, 2008 11:27 AM
I'll see if I can get anything to Russell. Murth(uh) getting beat by a marine is poetic justic. I'll give my parents a heads up and ask em if I can donate.
Posted by: conservativeteen at October 1, 2008 12:21 PM
I also highly recommend that you add to the Slate list Deborah Honeycutt, conservative Republican from Georgia (13th District). She's running against incumbent David Scott, a do-nothing, self-serving political hack (to quote The Black Republican magazine: www.nbra.info). I've contributed to her campaign, even though I live in neighboring Tennessee and (unfortunately) won't have the privilege of voting for her.
Pardon me. I should have said Dr. Deborah Honeycutt; she's a family physician, an M.D. Michael Steele endorses her (which is about all I'd need to know about Dr. Honeycutt, anyway; his take on her: "On issue after issue she's a rock-solid conservative").
And, yes, she's African-American, with a great smile, great looks, smarts and a stunning, all-American realism about her. Hmmmmmm, remind anybody of another woman recently thrust into the natioinal political spotlight?
Dr. Deborah Honeycutt for Congress -- if you're in Georgia's 13th District, vote for her on Nov. 4th!
Posted by: jc14 at October 1, 2008 3:24 PM
I donated to Bill Rusell for the second time and Lou Barletta for the first time.
Posted by: V the K at October 1, 2008 3:26 PM
Pete Olson will stomp "Limp Nickson" like a cheap rug in the TX-22. Limp was going to evacuate during Ike, but was waiting on Nancy Pelosi to tell him he could. Put a fork in this sucker. He's done.
Posted by: monsoon at October 2, 2008 6:42 AM