Thursday, April 22, 2010

American Conservative Union Calls Dan Coats "Old Man"?

Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star reports that Marlin Stutzman has received the endorsement of the American Conservative Union (ACU) in his bid to become the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. But even David Keene, the chairman of “the oldest and largest conservative group” that made that endorsement, won’t call out Coats on any vote or specific policy issue.

Keene said:

There are other good people running in this race who are good people, but the fact of the matter is that the problems we have today require a new generation of conservative Republican leaders. Dan Coast was a fine senator and represented this state well. But frankly that was then, and this is now. We need new energetic leadership. We need people who can take these problems and really try to wrestle them to the ground.

Is the GOP electing a senate candidate or a contender for the WWF title? If there are no policy differences between Stutzman and Coats the ACU finds salient, and Coats did such a bang up job, how can anyone read the ACU’s statement as anything more than saying Coats is too ancient and feeble to serve?

Look at the code words – “new,” “energetic,” and “that was then, this is now.” The ACU (and Stutzman) would have been better off had they made a specific vote-based critique. But the ACU wouldn't speak on it, undoubtedly out of fear that if Coats wins, they’d be outside looking in.


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