Ken Blackwell

Do not underestimate the massive influence of the liberal mainstream media, which will be positively giddy with the prospect of saddling tea party candidates nationwide with the gaffes and missteps of the candidate that wins this race.The stakes are too high to allow that.

From his perch at National Review, Bill Buckley measured candidate's this way: who's the most conservative candidate who can win? But in today's exceedingly hostile media environment, though, the famed "Buckley Rule" needs some tweaking: who's the most conservative candidate who can win and won't embarrass us?

Dr. Chad Mathis is the candidate many conservatives think is the strongest in the field. He meets the "Buckley Rule," both original and tweaked.

A movement conservative with a spine to go toe-to-toe with the White House and Senate Democrats, Mathis can win this seat. And he won't be a drag on other conservatives elsewhere in the process. That's why conservative organizations like Citizens United and RedState are supporting his campaign.

Dr. Mathis decided to roll up his sleeves and and run for office for the first time because, like so many of us, he's fed up with the big-spending and overreach of the Obama Administration.

His background, as a surgeon and small businessman, is encouraging. It shows he's signed the back of a paycheck, not merely voted as a lawmaker to take greater portions of those belonging to taxpayers.

We need more conservative fighters who hold true to principles and do so in a manner that unites Americans. As I talk with conservatives in Alabama and elsewhere in the movement, a growing number are saying, "We need Chad Mathis."

Let the debate begin!

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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