Delaware Expands Republican Party's Battle for U.S. Senate
Delaware just expanded the battle front in Republicans’ national campaign to take control of the U.S. Senate. Delaware now offers one more state where Republicans could chip away at the Democrats’ majority in November. At the very least, this development may force Democrats to spread their resources thinner nationwide, helping Republicans in other states.
On July 8, respected businessman Kevin Wade filed to run as a Republican for United States Senate against Democrat Chris Coons. Wade was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 2012. Ron Paul, former Texas congressman and populist libertarian Republican, endorsed Kevin Wade for U.S. Senate.
Kevin Wade is also a radio talk show co-host on the Conservative Commandos Radio Show based in Philadelphia. You can hear his powerful commentary on the border crisis, as an example, by clicking here.
People may recall that Chris Coons defeated Christine O’Donnell in the 2010 campaign, which attracted some little attention. That concerned the final four years of Joe Biden’s term. In 2014, the Delaware Republican Party needs to heal those wounds with a candidate all Republicans will support.
An incumbent is in trouble when his approval rating drops below 50%, campaign experts say. Chris Coons had only a 47% approval rate way back in September 2013, according to a survey by the University of Delaware. That 47% approval rating does not capture the last year of problems for Democrats.
Therefore, with a well-funded, effective grassroots campaign, Kevin Wade has a greater chance this year of winning than people might think. Surprisingly, the same U. Del. poll found that Delaware is 36% very or somewhat conservative, 36% moderate, and only 25% somewhat or very liberal. Delaware’s voter registration is heavily Democrat. But these are mostly conservative Reagan Democrats.
In 2014, Kevin Wade candidly identifies greatly improved fund-raising as the key to winning the 2014 campaign for U.S. Senate in Delaware. Inadequate funding in 2012 is the variable Wade aims to change in 2014.
Kevin Wade offers some innovative ideas. As a U.S. senator, he wants to distribute the vast amounts of America pointlessly owned by the U.S. government to private citizens. He explains: “We hear about twenty-one-year-old young men and women in North Dakota and West Texas making six-figure incomes because of the energy bomb. Looking back to Lincoln and the Homestead Act, we see a comparison. Lincoln expanded the American middle class by allowing people to get federal lands. In the 21st century, we can do the same thing with energy rights. There are now 660 million acres under federal control, and we should have a lottery for the energy rights of federal land to 60 million families. Let’s give the deed and trust of the energy rights to the American people. Let’s take the power from Washington like Lincoln did with the Homestead Act and put the power in the hands of the everyday Americans."
Wade announced, “We live in Delaware, where it is so hard to find a good job. Recently, we had 284,000 jobs created, but 278,000 of them were ‘part-time.’ I hope to bring a new conservative voice based on commonsense solutions that are new solutions. I will bring ‘kitchen table’ solutions that will make people shake their heads up and down when they hear it, whether they call it a conservative solution or not.”
On education, Wade commented: “It is not for Washington or the bureaucrats, or even Kevin Wade to tell parents how to educate their children. I think Common Core fails to prepare children to compete with the Indians, Chinese, and Europeans. Parents should be able to choose if they want to participate in Common Core.”
On the chaos at the border: “First, secure the border and stop the suffering and get these children back home. They are traveling through the most violent parts of Central America and Mexico. The kids are bit pawns in a political game. We need to get the children back to their parents.”
Earning Ron Paul’s support, Wade challenges the misguided policies that destroyed Detroit, once among the richest cities in the world. Democrats have governed Detroit continuously since the 1960s. Democrats like Coons and Barack Obama will run Delaware and the nation into the ground in the same way.
In June, Delaware’s senators, Tom Carper and Chris Coons, reminded us that they are leading the way into the past. If you expect different results while you keep doing the same things, that’s not very smart. Democrats’ obsolete, outdated thinking is the problem.
On June 18, Chris Coons took to the Senate floor to call for “a return to regular order.” The substance of Coons’s entire speech made it unmistakably clear: what Coons and other Democrats mean by “regular order” is that they want to return to the past. The Senate speech is here at 6:40.
Coons explained at length how he is longing for the old status quo, for business as usual. That’s the approach that got America into the mess we are in. When the country’s citizens are trying to slam on the brakes of national debt at $17 trillion and growing, Democrats like Coons are calling to repeat past mistakes. Coons called for a return to the time when big-spending, big-government Republican and Democrat insiders both helped each other to the cookie jar. In those golden days, nobody told Mom. Republicans and Democrats cooperated in ignoring the voters, and in keeping the voters in the dark.
But Coons’s Senate address also reflects a much more serious error: the fantasy that spending borrowed money can benefit the economy. Once government spending is redefined as an investment, all restraint is lost.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau confessed that spending borrowed money under the New Deal was a failure when testifying before Congress on May 9, 1939. “We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work.” He continued: “I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started. … And an enormous debt to boot!”
Beyond all question, government spending is a component of the national economy. But we are $17 trillion in debt. Therefore, our government has no money to spend. Money must first be borrowed before it can be spent. The net effect is a net loss, after politics wastes spending on boondoggles like Fisker Motors and Solyndra.
Senator Coons’s June 18 speech also illustrates his view that all government should be nationalized. Hoping to build support for busting the budget, he plays up nice-sounding projects. But those projects are all responsibilities of the state governments. Coons expects the federal government to usurp the whole country.
Meanwhile, Delaware’s other U.S. senator, Democrat Tom Carper, proposed in June raising the gas tax by 12 cents per gallon. In 2012, when Wade ran against Carper for U.S. Senate, he challenged Carper on that. Now Carper is at it again.
Wade summarizes: “If we don’t change our representatives in Washington, things will never change.” His campaign website is here.