Stewart Announces for US Senate

In case you missed it from a couple of days ago:

“He’ll make a fine Senate candidate and someone conservatives should consider for the nomination….BUT NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR HIM TO HAVE THE SPOTLIGHT!

C’est la vie.

The obligatory announcement from Corey Stewart, running for U.S. Senate in 2018:

“As an obedient servant to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Tim Kaine is the leading obstructionist against Trump’s America First agenda,” Stewart opened. “Virginians and citizens across the country need a fighter representing them in D.C. who will stand up to and defeat the smug Washington elites.”

“This last election proved that Virginians want a fighter who will stand for them. The era of the kinder, gentler Republican is over.”

“Virginia needs a U.S. Senator who will work to fund the border wall, fix our tax code, repeal Obamacare, and get government out of the way so Americans can get back to work,” Stewart said. “That is why today, I am announcing as a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Virginia.”

“The Clinton and Obama ideologues have controlled Virginia for too long, and it’s time to turn Virginia red again,” Stewart said, “and no weak-kneed Republican is up to that task,” Stewart asserted. “I will be the fighter the Republicans need to defeat the Democrats in Virginia.”

So…will the 2017 GOP ticket even be able to campaign with Stewart, knowing he might have an opponent for the nomination in 2018? How will that work?

Regardless, Stewart is the first into the race, came within a hair of being the GOP nominee for governor, and has to be considered a viable and early favorite for the nomination.

  • FrankUnderwoodSr

    I’ve always advocated for the best conservative in the race, until they are beaten by better Republican candidates, and then I support the best candidate left in the race. I happily supported Reagan, Cruz, and Riggleman, as my first choices in those primaries. And then I happily supported all three primary winners for the general election at the end, even though most of my first choices couldn’t survive their primaries. I was happy supporting the winners because I never become emotionally invested in the defeat of another Republican, regardless of how much I preferred another candidate.

    I guarantee that Stewart is not going to be the worse choice we have in the general election. BD has been off the rails lately with Republican fratricide. If you have a better candidate, let’s talk about that candidate. But these tiresome complaints about Stewart are counterproductive. Any Republican that would would rather see Kaine win than Stewart, is not a friend of Republicans. And if Stewart can’t win his primary, I’m pretty sure I’ll be happy with whomever beat him.

    • I have no idea why I am responding because I know it’s falling on deaf ears to an acolyte, but the only point I am making is that I question the timing. I said Stewart is a viable candidate. I said he should be seriously considered. What the heck more do you want?

      • FrankUnderwoodSr

        You’re not talking to a Stewart acolyte. I’d be glad to see more candidates in the primary. I was referring to the two previous articles on Stewart. And the ridiculous sort of comments like Spiker’s, calling all Stewart supporters neo-confederates. Here we go again with the fratricide.

        • Stephen Spiker

          I’ve never called all Stewart supporters neo-confederates. In fact, many of Corey’s voters are true conservatives who would be appalled by Corey’s actual record in his 14 years of office.

          • FrankUnderwoodSr

            Must be early onset dementia….. it was just a few hours ago in this same thread.

          • Stephen Spiker

            Not dementia just misreading. Point is that Corey had already maxed out the support that his (current) schtick will generate.

            He also most likely won’t have the benefit of opposing candidates who don’t lay a finger on his long record of betraying conservatism.

          • FrankUnderwoodSr

            We’ve got an entire Senate filled with Republicans who have a long record of betraying conservatism. They get elected and re-elected all the time.

            I’m going to always support the candidate who is most conservative, because I want to preserve liberty as long as possible. However, all of us should stop nuking Republicans to death for insufficient conservatism, especially in the primary before we even have the slightest clue what our final choice is going to be.

            The Nevers were terribly destructive last time, and we don’t need to start that all over. Do Cruz and Cuccinelli still think that we’d all be better off now if Trump had lost to Hillary? No way. We are all darn lucky that most Republicans ignored the Nevers and made the best choice they could in the end. Odds are we’ll be forced to support a less than ideal candidate yet again. So there is no need to attack the only candidate we have so far, as if we’re rabid Democrats unfairly demonizing the guy as a racist bigot.

          • Stephen Spiker

            My problem with Corey is far more than insufficient conservatism. Remaking the Republican Party as the party of Big Government for White People is what’s terribly destructive and I won’t be a part of it.

          • FrankUnderwoodSr

            Where have you been for the last 30 years? The Senate is filled with big government Republicans, with a few rare conservatives sprinkled here and there. Stewart is not an outlier at all.

            Your repeated attempt to frame Stewart as a racist is nonsense. You debate like a Democrat obsessed with identity politics. The country is fed up with being told they are ‘racist’ if they disagree with the political position of Democrats. And that is one of the major reasons we now have a Republican President, a Republican House and a Republican Senate. No serious Republican should fall for it anymore. You undermine your own argument when you adopt the losing tactics of Democrats.

          • Stephen Spiker

            So you’re admitting that you want big government, but you’re also angry at me because you think I’m using Democrat tactics? Weird take, guy.

            To your point, I don’t think Corey is a racist. I think he’s a provocateur with zero moral or ideological compass, who will sell any line to anyone willing to buy it. The 2017 version of Corey Stewart paraded around with Confederate flags and white nationalist tiki torches. That apparently all it took for folks like you to look past his tax-hiking, corrupt pay-for-play record and abandon conservatism.

          • FrankUnderwoodSr

            There is too much nonsense in your comment to rebut point by point, but I’ll take it as progress that you can say out loud that Stewart isn’t a racist, and leave it there.

          • kelley

            true point. Stewart is the only candidate we have yet to date.

          • Lawrence Wood

            In 1932 Harvard psychologist Walter Bradford Cannon developed the concept of the fight-or-flight response to an acute stress action that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event. A mass psychosis infection has struck many self proclaimed Republican and Democratic elites post Trump election resulting in just such an acute stress condition with the added odd characteristic of a new response type for the “nevers” – the whine. Can’t run, the fight was lost, nothing left but the whine. Their power is diminished and it’s not likely coming back. Time to adapt. Most will but some won’t make it and the blame game can be consuming allowing the Dems to secure further sate control.

          • Peacemaker

            I am a proud NeverTrumper.
            I’m not running. In fact, he’s proving I was correct.
            And as embarrassingly corrupt and morally void as he is, I don’t have to fight either.
            Not one of the statements I made above should be considered as “whining”. The truth about Trump…speaks for itself.

          • Lawrence Wood

            I’m sure you are the exception

        • Downstater

          For a long time, I thought that was the meaning of the word “Neo-Con”. LOL. Yeah! I’ll think about it tomorrow.

        • Lawrence Wood

          Here is the issue that confuses me regarding all this us/them state Republican intra-party verbiage (of the vitriolic and non vitriolic variety) regarding Steward. If you are so inclined to engage in that type of behavior why in god’s name would you be doing so now a little more then four months out from the state election?

          Gillespie is going to need every (and I mean EVERY) vote he can scratch out of the state’s voting base to have any shot in November so regardless of how you feel concerning Stewart and his Republican supporters how can you not have the discipline to at least avoid antagonizing anyone regarding their past primary political positions until at LEAST post November 7th. If this is smart politically I have to openly admit I fail to see it.

          Stewart announced very early with little to no funds to begin any serious engagement in the Senate seat, so why? Here is one possible opinion and that is he has chummed the local waters and trolled the Gillespie “people” to some all to predictable actions that totally undercut a current meme being spread around that you guys support our guy today and we will support yours in 2018. Probably not correct but it seems to be the only thing his announcement has actually accomplished to date.

          Sometimes no comment is the best comment of all.

      • Chad Davis

        Let’s stop fighting with each other and start winning statewide elections again!

  • Stephen Spiker

    I’ve yet to see any Stewart supporter even make a case for a path to victory in the general for Stewart. Somehow I don’t think there’s many more than 155,000 neo-Confederates in the state.

    • Jim Portugul

      I have asked you for a path to victory for Ed in the general. You have never responded.

      The Republican Party has a path to victory everywhere and anywhere if they would just fix healthcare.

      If.

      • Stephen Spiker

        The path to victory is to build coalitions around the state, perform well in the NoVa and Hampton Roads suburbs, and limit losses in Democratic strongholds.

        Basically, what Bob McDonnell did and the opposite of what Trump did.

        • kelley

          here’s hoping we can open that path. Unfortunately, conservative bloggers have been writing that Ed doesn’t need the approx 150,000 votes Stewart garnered in the primary to win. So those Stewart voters feel unimportant. That is not coalition building.

          • Chad Davis

            I would like a big coalition of Gillespie, Stewart, Wagner, and Trump voters to carry Virginia. I was also really encouraged by Gillespie’s outreach in 2014 to the Asian-American communities and it almost turned a Senate seat from blue to red. Hopefully, we can turn the Governor’s seat from blue to red this year.

          • Stephen Spiker

            Most Stewart voters are conservatives who will vote for Ed after they realize Corey was lying about him.

  • Richard Statman

    Stewart must have read the late
    journalist and author Marshall Frady’s biography
    Of George Wallace, considered the definitive book
    On Wallace .
    My two cents is that Stewart is someplace between
    Populist and demagogue , someone whose left hand
    Never met his right.
    The politics of grievance is not a path to the future
    For Virginians .

    • old_redneck

      “. . . someplace between Populist and demagogue . . . ”

      More like someplace between petulant 2-year-old and certified nutcase.

  • MD Russ

    First, is Corey Stewart ever going to learn to straighten his necktie or is that how they wear a tie in Minnesota? Second, Corey Stewart “came within a hair of being the GOP nominee for governor” only because all the Gillespie voters stayed home in the mistaken belief that he had already won the nomination in a landslide, based on the polls. The difference in the voter turn-out in the Republican and Democratic primaries proves this conclusively. Northam got more votes in the Democratic primary than the total number of votes cast in the Republican primary. Corey Stewart is Tim Kaine’s best chance for re-election, similar to Jim Gilmore challenging Mark Warner. Surely the Republicans can put up a better nominee between now and 2018.

    • Downstater

      How many Virginians (except for you) wake up every morning full of anxiety because of the candidate’s tie? We could talk about Ed’s sweater (which I sincerely hope he is not wearing in 100 degree heat).

      • MD Russ

        Sarcasm is really wasted on you.

    • Sbn

      A dimpled full Windsor knot shouldn’t be too much too much to ask.

      Another marginally serious question: since he is so hell bent on self identifying as “a fighter” and can’t stand to be outside the ring, how many times has Mr Stewart actually been inside a ring? Just wondering but throwing around trite phrases such as “I’m a warrior/it was a war”, “hero/heroic” with no foundation is a peeve of mine.

      • MD Russ

        Me, too. Esp. when it is used by people who never served in the military. Those are the politicians who make the most lofty claims to physical courage and are the quickest to commit military forces to combat. But, in Corey’s defense, maybe he had sore feet like his idol Donald Trump.

  • old_redneck

    Stewart vows to run “vicious” campaign. Among other things Stewart said he was “disgusted” when George HW Bush
    used the phrase “a kinder and gentler nation.”

    He vowed to run “the most
    vicious, ruthless campaign to dethrone Tim Kaine from the United States
    Senate,” to support Donald Trump 100% in his quest to “Make America
    Great Again.”

    According to Stewart, Democrats have been “fighting a UFC
    fight” while Republicans have been “playing by Marquis of Queensbury
    rules for too long.”

    https://youtu.be/278eOHQbHsw

  • Downstater

    Corey Rocks!

  • MD Russ

    “Tim Kaine is the leading obstructionist against Trump’s America First agenda.”
    No, Donald Trump is the leading obstructionist against Trump’s America First agenda. His and his daughter Ivanka’s clothing lines are all produced in third-world sweat shops in Ethiopia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, not in America.

    “Virginia needs a U.S. Senator who will work to fund the border wall, fix our tax code, repeal Obamacare, and get government out of the way so Americans can get back to work,” Stewart said.
    According to Trump, the border wall is going to be funded by Mexico. When did that become a US taxpayer liability? As for fixing our tax code, does that mean that Corey is going to ensure that Donald Trump actually pays income taxes instead of claiming donations to the Trump Foundation that are distributed as personal charitable donations on his returns? As for repealing ObamaCare, we are witnessing the moral courage of Senate Republicans right now in voting for a replacement health care plan. It doesn’t have an ice cube’s chance in Hell of passing. What is Corey’s plan? Get government out of the way so Americans can get back to work? Doing what, making shirts in Indonesia?

    Bozo Stewart the Clown.

    • Peacemaker

      I don’t think I have ever seen any individual so in love with himself that he mentions Trump in his announcement. Wow.
      Why is he trying to torpedo the 2017 ticket? With the exception of AG…it’s not bad. How many times is this fool going to run before he sees that he will not win a statewide race?

      • MD Russ

        Esp. since Trump fired him as his Virginia state campaign coordinator after he organized a wildcat protest against the RNC–the same RNC whose chairman was to become Trump’s White House Chief of Staff. How stupid is this clown?

        • Peacemaker

          Holy Sh**…Lol!
          You just can’t make this stuff up. I’ll bet Reince will have his own little behind the scene punch for Corey before that race is over…or he’ll find a primary candidate to wipe the floor with him.

  • Thomas Allen

    Simple winning formula for Corey in 2018. Stop people who live in Va. that carry Md. driver’s license and register their cars in Md. This fraud cost Va. untold millions in lost revenue. Don’t believe? Just count the number of Md. tagged cars going east on Route 66 every morning at 6am. or dropping their kids off at our public school. Stop Va. from becoming a sanctuary State like MD

    • Stephen Spiker

      jokes are funny

      • Thomas Allen

        The joke is on legal Virginia residents that the 9/11 terrorist had a Va license by producing no more than an electric bill with an Virginia address similar to what Md. has in place now. Va. changed their requirements post 911 that you had to show documentation that you were a US citizen or here legally eg various visa programs. The scam is now to get someone in Maryland to use their address to obtain a Md. Driver License and License Plates. Therefore you do not have to pay for a Va. yearly motor vehicle inspection, registration, license plate fees, personal property taxes. These same people enroll their children from their Va. resident address but their state income taxes are going to Md. DC. etc.. Thus Va. taxpayers are supporting a sanctuary states with lax policies which need to be addressed. If everybody does the right thing we would not have these budget short fall. Ignore history and it will repeat itself.

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