By Lynn R. Mitchell
Last weekend’s 5th Congressional District convention has been written about by various bloggers including my Bearing Drift colleague Matt Colt Hall (see Why Garrett Won) and Millennial Ascent’s John Hernandez (Thoughts on the 5th District).
Matt Colt Hall made a very effective argument that we needed to get past the “establishment” argument:
We need to get past this idea that experience is equal to being “establishment” and that the idea of anybody who has been elected to office before automatically means that person is “establishment.” Barry Goldwater served in the Senate for 30 years, Ronald Reagan was a two-term Governor before he was President, and Newt Gingrich had served for 20 years before he even became Speaker of the House. Experience doesn’t mean you already caved, experience means you have rolled up your sleeves and done something. Experience means you stopped armchair quarterbacking and started actually trying to fix problems in government. No matter if you were right or wrong, it means that you actually did something. Senator Garrett made that argument quite effectively and his margin of victory shows it.
Interesting especially in light of my conversation with someone who attended the 5th District Convention. He was a Joe Whited supporter but had an interesting exchange with a Del Rosso supporter. My friend relayed the remarks that went something like this: