And the Election Demonstrates That Democrats Who Try to be Republicans Are Neither
The special election in
to replace a member of Congress who left for greener pastures resulted in
a resounding win for the Republican Jason Smith. This was not unexpected. Missouri
The Republican entered Tuesday’s election as the strong favorite, benefiting from running in a conservative district that broke for Mitt Romney by nearly 34 percentage points in November. Smith out-fundraised Hodges more than 2-to-1, raising $509,000 to the Democrat’s $228,000.
No, the race was not close, despite this characterization of the Democrat in the race.
|Jason Smith - Real Republican Beat Faux Republican in Republican District|
National Democratic groups, viewing the 32-year-old Smith as the front-runner, provided Hodges with minimal assistance. Hodges billed himself as a conservative Democrat, promoting his anti-abortion and anti-gun control views.
The point, why would anyone vote for a Democrat with these views? If a voter wants a conservative, why not vote for the real thing, and if a voter wants a Democrat, why vote for one that is trying to look like a Republican.
It could be said that a regular Democrat would not have won the race, which is almost certainly true. But it is hard to see how a real Democrat could have done worse than this.
With 66 percent of precincts reporting, Smith, a state representative, held a decisive 68 percent to 26 percent lead over Democratic state Rep. Steve Hodges.
Wonder if Democrats got the message?