"... We shall fight them on the beaches. We shall fight them on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets. We shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender ... "-- Winston Churchill, 1940
One thing that has been interesting and inspiring to watch in this campaign season is how Tea Party types (read: conservatives) have gotten after their opponents and unapologetically campaigned as who they are.
It's been rough and tumble out there, per usual. But look at what this new wave of candidates has done. They are showing us the way.
In Kentucky, Rand Paul smacked down his Demo opponent for dealing the religion card (of all things for a Demo) and trying to argue that one's college days now disqualify one for office. I thought Obama ended all of that. Paul said his opponent is without shame and honor. Bravo.
In Delaware, Christine O'Donnell took down Mike Castle and the Republican establishment (the same types who used to say Reagan would have a tough time winning an election, you know), and she's fought bravely against the vilest of personal attacks. She called her opponent out on the Establishment Clause. Few politicians know this well enough to argue it; fewer still have the guts to make the case, as O'Donnell did.
In Florida, Marco Rubio has run a brilliant campaign against Charlie Crist and his cronies. Rubio has weathered attacks and used a little Reaganesque humor at his debate -- poking fun at Crist for being a "heckler." He has taken the fight to the opposition with clarity and with zeal. He is going to win Tuesday, and I will be tickled ... and the nation will be better off.
In Alaska, Joe Miller took down the Murkowski machine, and then faced wheelbarrows of defication from Murky and company, as well as a write-in campaign. When Murkowski won a ruling from the Alaska Supreme Court that required lists of write-in candidates to be available at the polls, Miller and his allies encouraged many more write-ins to join the parade, drowning out the Murkowsky message. Fantastic.
Then there's Ruth McClung, the 28-year-old rocket scientist taking on her veteran Demo opponent and the SEIU maching in AZ. Ruth is another outspoken person of faith. She is just tremendous.
In Massachusetts, Sean Bielat has used a consistent conservative message, charm, a lot of smiles, and a pile of wit to get after Barney Frank. Meanwhile, Frank calls for help from every Demo imaginable. Massachusetts. Massachusetts, folks.
And Col. Allan West in Florida ... I love this guy. He is taking the fight to the left in Palm Beach, with purpose and a smile.
It's a beautiful thing to watch.
You know, when conservatives lose primaries, they are disappointed. But they generally join the team, fight to win this election and the next primary. When RINO's/establishment types lose, they make third-party and write-in runs.
I think conservatives are better fighters and teammates. The two are related.
And let's remember that the Great Communicator himself knew a little about fighting to win as a conservative. Check out this clip:
Now, go fight in a manner worthy of our ideals. And pray.
We will never surrender.
Tuesday is coming.