Electability Is Word Used By Establishment To Deny Those We Support
David Brat and the people of Virginia sent a clear and cogent message to Karl Rove, Reince Priebus, and the GOP establishment. They gave notice that in Virginia the usual scare tactics and establishment lies do not work. And without question, the message they sent Eric Cantor was that his dishonest political chicanery and Erebusic arrogance had caught up with him.
That said, I posted an acknowledgement on my Facebook last evening upon receipt of Brat’s victory. It was the comment of one person which spurred more comments that reminded me how much work we still have to do.
The person commented pursuant to Dave Brat’s electability. The idea of electability is one of the most dishonest and misleading tactics used by both parties to retain their positions over us. Electability is the scarlet letter ascribed to the person, in our case, that the Republican establishment uses to retain the person they support and to discredit the candidate(s) we support. The tragic thing is not their use of same; rather the tragedy is how easily misled voters buy into it.
The simple truth is that we could elect a ham and cheese sandwich if we supported it. Brat won with virtually no money, and while the NRA has endorsed and contributed to Harry Reid’s campaign any number of times, this same NRA refused to endorse Dave Brat. However, Gun Owners of America supported Brat; and the people of the Tea Party movement did what was necessary to stave off the full weight of Karl Rove’s Republican empire fighting against him.
We the People must put this idea of electability out of our minds as it is used to malign candidates we support. I recall the banausic idiocy being spewed by the misled who were insisting we must support Chris Christie during “Bridge-gate” because if we didn’t, Hillary might win the presidency.
This was despite the fact that Hillary had given no indication she intended to run, and even more troubling because the chief difference between Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie is one of a portly man and the other is of a disheveled woman.
We the People must stop buying into the subterfuge that only the establishment candidates are electable. Because as Dave Brat and the people of Virginia proved last night, that dog won’t hunt.
For those who are thinking, yes, but can he win the general election? My answer is absolutely that he can if we do our job and support him. Absolutely he can win the general election, if we refuse to pay attention to the misinformation and subliminal attacks that will be orchestrated by Rove and company.
The election process is about We the People, not Rove and the Republican establishment. How much longer will people cower and whine about the plight of the country as they continue to support the ones responsible for putting us there?
Personally, I am sick and tired of people listening to 3-5 minute sound bites on Fox News from some politico and based on same, hail the person as worthy of coronation. I am tired of people spending more time to research a television purchase than they spend vetting the candidate(s) they plan to elect and thus give power over their lives.
If the candidate I support doesn’t win the general election but defeats the establishment traitor, I still count that a victory. I expect Democrats to betray me and abuse the Constitution, but I expect more from Republicans. The bottom line is, I am not afraid of losing in the short term in order to win in the long.[adsanity id=11817 align=alignleft /]
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here