on Tuesday. And there are two prime reasons…
1.) Not because they weren’t good candidates, but because they ran bad
campaigns. Or worse, they paid “Karl Rove” wannabes, who don’t know
sh*t from apple butter, to run a lousy campaign for them. Talk about
insult to injury.
Once again, especially in Nevada, there is more incompetence in the
field of political consulting than in any field other than psychiatry.
Oh, how I would love to see one or more of these badly mismanaged
candidates sue their self-professed professional “campaign manager”
2.) The moderate, establishment-backed candidates had a sh*tload more
money and used it to great effect to (a) lie about their opponents,
and (b) lie about themselves, their own positions and voting record.
The most egregious, of course, being the campaigns of Mark Hutchison
for lieutenant governor and Moderate Mike Roberson for Senate District
20. But here’s another example…
As Ray Hagar of the Reno Gazette-Journal reports, in a 2010 debate
between conservative Ty Cobb and moderate Ben Kieckhefer for the open
Senate District 16 seat, “Cobb point(ed) his finger at Kieckhefer and
ask(ed) point blank if he would vote for a series of ‘sunset’ taxes if
elected. Kieckhefer flatly said no.”
Kieckhefer went on to win that race. Then voted for the $620 million
worth of “sunset” taxes in 2011. And then again in 2013. Then added
support for an additional new $600 million mining tax as a cherry on
top. In other words, he lied.
Fast forward to this year’s GOP primary and Kieckhefer actually had
the stones to tell Hagar that he’s “as conservative on tax issues as
anybody.” Um, not as conservative as the true conservatives in the
Legislature who kept their word and voted AGAINST extending those
“temporary” tax hikes! In other words, Kieckhefer’s STILL lying.
This phenomenon/fraud, by the way, is not unique to Nevada.
Establishment Republicans have been doing the exact same thing all
across the country this year, including in U.S. Senate races.
Bottom line: The establishment GOP candidates who win on Tuesday will
have bought their victories on a bed of lies. God help them if they
ever have to run on a platform congruent with how they vote. But they
won’t, because they’re too dishonest. Hard to see how a Democrat is
In any event, conservatives moved the ball down the field considerably
this GOP primary season, but to really change the direction of state
government back to the right we’re going to need to do some serious
fixin’ of the above two problems.
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Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a non-profit public
policy grassroots advocacy organization. He may be reached at