Howard Coble Faces Lots of Opposition in the Primary — Why?

So far, I count three opponents Howard Coble will be going up against in the primary this May: Cathy Brewer Hinson (who appears not to even live in the district — is she still eligible?), Dr. James (Jim) Taylor and now I see Billy Yow is also throwing his hat into the ring.

But WHY?  It seems to me that if people are really concerned about causing meaningful change in Washington, then they need to support candidates who are going to help effect some real change.   Now, Howard Coble has to fend off three candidates (at least) in the primary and everyone has to spend valuable resources on what would be a safe Republican seat.  Coble’s voting record seems pretty conservative to me — what beef to these folks have with him?  I wonder if some of these candidates just think the time is right for a newcomer and they are going to jump in and attempt to unseat Coble because the mood is right.   But it seems like a serious waste of resources to me.

If Conservatives want to effect real change, then they need to fight hard to get the seats that are not currently head by conservatives — Mel Watt and Brad Miller spring to mind here as being obvious places to start.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mark on February 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I do not believe the Founders intended service in Congress to be a lifetime career goal. Mr. Coble is a fine man but he cannot possibly be the only conservative capable of serving this District. It is time he stepped aside. Never again will I vote for anyone who has held the same office for more than two consecutive terms.


    • Posted by mjsunshine on February 21, 2010 at 10:36 am

      Fair enough, if you are a firm believer in term limits, but, the question in my mind still remains: why target Howard Coble when there are so many seats held by Democrats?


    • Posted by mjsunshine on February 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm

      I thought about it a little more after my earlier reply. So here’s a question: Why do you think that just because someone is “new” that person will do a better job? It seems to me that that sort of thinking goes a long way towards explaining the current occupants of the House, Senate and White House, doesn’t it?
      It’s important that we focus on the candidates themselves, and really attempt to educate ourselves about their positions before we decide who is the best person for the job.
      I must admit though, that I’m not generally in favor of term limits (except for president). They sound nice, but isn’t that why the terms are fairly short to begin with? Seats in the House are only 2 years for a reason. Presumably if people are not doing a good job, then they will get voted out. This depends upon having an educated electorate, but our entire system depends on that anyway.


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