Steve Deace

“Electable” is the ruling class’ favorite word. They never define it, of course, because it really means “only the candidate that will maintain the statist-corporatist status quo should get elected.” Therefore, it has no defined parameters except one—only those who hate the liberty-loving grassroots of the Republican Party get to define it.

This explains why the Republican Party establishment and American Left often agree on which candidates are “electable.” Winning elections isn’t of primary importance to these folks. Maintaining control is.

Sure, they’d each like “their guy” in charge of our crumbling republic to make sure their squeaky wheels get the taxpayers’ grease. Besides, life for Republicrats is easier in the minority. They still gets all the taxpayer graft they want for their cronies, plus it’s easier to fundraise off of “the Democrats are horrible so send money” than “I’m not doing a darn thing about it but pay me anyway.”

This way Republicrats get to pass the buck and cash the check.

However, just because the leadership of the Republican Party largely consists of feckless political hacks doesn’t mean we in the grassroots don’t have a job to do when mounting primary challenges to these de facto traitors.

This is why when vetting primary candidates to support I could care less about who’s “electable” because that’s a red herring. But I also don’t tilt at windmills, either. I fear that many in our ranks under-spiritualize elections, in that they pretend as if someone’s spirituality and worldview have absolutely no impact on their qualifications for office provided they can “win.” Forgive me if I don’t think it’s a “win” to help elect someone who disagrees with me.

Others in our ranks over-spiritualize elections and support candidates they’d never hire to run a McDonald’s let alone a state or a nation, just because they scored perfectly on the Bible trivia contest. They pretend that analyzing someone’s capabilities, gifts, and life experience for the job they’re applying for is somehow a compromise of the Constitution. When their candidate doesn’t win – again – that can actually reinforce their belief that our system is just too far gone for good people to get elected.

I reject both of these premises, because in my opinion both are flawed.


Steve Deace

Steve Deace's nationally-syndicated radio show airs coast-to-coast each weeknight from 9-Midnight eastern, including many of the Salem Radio Network's top conservative talk stations in markets like New York City, Houston, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Minneapolis. His radio program has been featured in major media such as Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, The Weekly Standard, and National Review among others. In 2013 he wrote the second-most shared column of the year for USA Today, defending "Duck Dynasty" and traditional American values. In addition to being a contributor for Town Hall.com, Deace is also a columnist for The Washington Times. He is also the author of the new book Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again, which includes a foreword by David Limbaugh and is endorsed by a who's who of conservative leaders. You can follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.