In Arizona, the Arizona Republic reports that Democrats are daydreaming about their chances in the Grand Canyon State. The monumental nature of Jeff Flake’s victory in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate is still sinking in. … Democrats keep trying to convince themselves that Richard Carmona has a chance against Flake in the general election. Hard to see it as other than a daydream. The Republican registration advantage over Democrats has nearly doubled since the last presidential election, from 96,000 votes to 178,000. So, Democrats in the state have a much larger hill to climb in a statewide race. Independent registration has swollen since the last presidential election, by over 200,000 voters. But this doesn’t really offer Carmona as much hope as Democrats are proclaiming.
- Meanwhile, while National Democrats were excited about a “bloody primary” in Arizona, Roll Call reports that Flake feels embolden by his 50 point primary victory. On the first day of the general election campaign for Arizona’s open Senate seat, GOP nominee Rep. Jeff Flake popped up on the floor of the Republic National Convention, greeting well-wishers and discussing the state of his race. … “We felt good going along, but you never want to have a primary like that,” he added. “It was … I’m glad it’s done.” When asked about talk coming from Democrats that the primary has financially and strategically weakened him, Flake appeared unconcerned. The Congressman said he hoped Democrats would embrace the same strategy as his GOP primary opponent, Wil Cardon, because “it didn’t work very well for Cardin.”
- Additionally, make sure to read Doug MacEachern’s column in the Arizona Republic, where he reminds folks that since nobody could ever read Barry Goldwater’s mind when he was alive, it’s disingenuous for anyone to claim that Goldwater would’ve supported Richard Carmona. Some people named “Goldwater” are political conservatives. Some of them are liberals. One or two were related by marriage to the late, great Barry Goldwater. Most are blood relations. None could read Barry’s mind when he was alive. They certainly can’t now that he’s dead. It’s shameful how these people who happen to be named Goldwater trot out every political season to claim the title of “Barry Goldwater mind-reader,” for no better purpose than to hawk their own particular politics. A couple of them now are out stumping for the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate seat, Richard Carmona. Whatever good can be said of Dr. Carmona, one thing that cannot be said at all is what Barry Goldwater thinks of him. Barry, after all, is dead. And however much his liberal survivors want to leech off his name, they can’t possibly know what Barry would think of Carmona, either.
- Finally, the NRSC reminded voters that Carmona still supports President Obama’s $1.76 trillion, job-killing healthcare law. Less than 48 hours since he secured the Democrat nomination for U.S. Senate – thanks in large part to the fact that he was the only candidate personally recruited by President Barack Obama – Richard Carmona reaffirmed his support for ObamaCare. “After being recruited by President Obama, it should come as no surprise that Democrat Richard Carmona refuses to repeal the job-killing healthcare law,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “Given that Mr. Obama and Carmona’s healthcare law is the largest tax increase ever on middle-class families, Arizonans deserve a Senator – like Jeff Flake – who will repeal this costly law.”