Republican Senate candidate Clint Didier is having a good month, folks. The brawny Connell resident won $10,000 on the slots at the Emerald Queen picked up national endorsements that are sure to delight his conservative base.
Didier, who, like Burt Reynolds, knows the indomitable power of the mustache, picked up the endorsements of libertarian idol Rep. Ron Paul and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, whom you may have heard of.
Those endorsements should further legitimize the former Redskins tight end as the Tea Party candidate in the Republican segment of the primary. Dino Rossi, the “mainstream” Republican, has to be looking over his shoulder.
That’s because, unless he doesn’t read the newspaper (or Interblogs), he knows that conservatives that make conservatives look progressive have won major races around the country. Consider the case of Marco Rubio, a Tea Celebrator who beat out an incumbent governor, Charlie Crist, in the Republican primary for a Florida Senate seat. Or Sharron Angle, who beat more moderate Republicans to win the privilege to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his seat in the upper chamber.
Rossi is very much the frontrunner due to his previous experience running statewide campaigns, his national party favorite status, his fundraising abilities, and fawning press coverage, which never hurts. Though Rossi still claims to be running his primary campaign against Patty Murray, (technically he is because of our open non-partisan primary, but whatever) instead of his actual primary opponent, the would-be Governor Senator has to be worrying just a little bit more of the time about his right flank, as the Tea Revelers will be going for the other guy and not him.