Our junior US senator popped up in Moore County yesterday. It was the whole package: the haircut by WeedEater, the dirty hands, and the even more horrid (F-rating from Heritage AND Conservative Review) voting record.
His talk was highlighted by what not many folks would describe as a smart move for a Republican pol in a GOP-leaning jurisdiction — a bit of shade-throwing at Rush Limbaugh:
[…] “When I hear Rush Limbaugh say I’m a RINO, I say ‘I am,’” Tillis said. “I am a Republican in Need of Outcomes. I am sick and tired of people preaching perfect and never delivering. … I actually believe principles matter. I don’t think principles are situational. A lot of principles up in Washington are situational.”[…]
Mmm-hmmm. *Silly voters. Expecting you go to DC and DO what you promised to DO on the campaign trail.*
[…]Tillis said some people might not have been happy with a guest editorial he wrote in The Charlotte Observer after last November’s election in which he asserted that “we didn’t get a conservative mandate.” He jokingly said he was disappointed that more people in the room at the luncheon were not upset by his view.
“It is about third-grade math,” he said. “We lost seats in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House, lost the (N.C.) governor’s mansion, lost the state Supreme Court. If it was an overwhelming mandate, why did that happen?”[…]
*Ahem.* Folks who RAN as conservatives — and communicated that suitably to voters — did very well. Those who played the purple, ‘blur-the-lines’ game DID NOT.
The Weed-Eatered One also dumped on the last bastion of conservatism on Capitol Hill:
[…] Tillis, who was elected to U.S. Senate in 2014 after previously serving as N.C. House speaker, said health care reform will not be easy, as evidenced by the Republican leadership in the House pulling its bill — the American Health Care Act — several weeks ago because it lacked enough support to pass. Part of the blame was laid on the conservative Freedom Caucus, which felt it did not go far enough in wiping away the old health care law.
Tillis said everyone will have to give a little to get something passed.
“I believe what the Freedom Caucus is thinking will make what comes out of the House better as long as they are willing to do it in the spirit of collegiality,” he said in response to a question from the audience. “People will have to be willing to accept something far less that any of us would want and just move on. But I am optimistic they get something to us.”
I wonder how well he would have done against Kay Hagan if he and Paul Shumaker had run ads about “walking across the aisle,” “getting things done,” and just watering down ObamaCare.