Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Erick Erickson Will Back Carly Fiorina if DeVore's Campaign Fails to Catch Fire

Yesterday we noted that yet another prominent conservative, Rick Santorum, has formally endorsed Carly Fiorina in her bid to win the Republican nomination for Senate from California. Polls have shown Tom Campbell, of the Arlen Specter wing of the Republican Party, narrowly but consistently leading Fiorina in the primary with Chuck DeVore a distant third, polling less than the "undecideds". Late yesterday on CNN, early DeVore backer and prominent conservative Erick Erickson announced that if DeVore can't turn things around "within two weeks", he will withdraw his support from DeVore and back Fiorina (video below):

Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of, backs Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in the California Republican senate primary. DeVore is locked in a battle with former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Rep. Tom Campbell for the right to face Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in November.

Speaking Tuesday with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Erickson – a CNN contributor - said he won't support DeVore much longer if the candidate does not improve his political standing.

"Look, if Chuck DeVore hasn't gone up in the polls within two weeks significantly, I'll be with Carly Fiorina because Tom Campbell is that bad," Erickson said.

DeVore is considered the more conservative of the three candidates. But Campbell has maintained a steady lead over his opponents in recent polls even as both DeVore and Fiorina attack him as too liberal.

"There are a lot of Republicans who feel like Chuck Devore, with four weeks left, hasn't been able to surge," Erickson said on CNN's John King, USA. "And it's everybody, anybody but Campbell."

Republicans have a golden opportunity this year to get rid of Barbara Boxer, the far left buffoon whom even the liberal LA Times refused to endorse due to her lack of "intellectual firepower". I guess that's a charitable way to put it, but I digress. If Campbell wins the GOP primary, Boxer will surely be re-elected. Campbell is a liberal and if voters are given the choice between two liberals, they will support the candidate who is at least open about it. There will be no enthusiasm whatsoever among California conservatives and Campbell will suffer the same fate he did ten years ago when he challenged Diane Feinstein and lost by 19 points. Campbell also has what can best be described as a huge Israel problem, a problem the opportunistic Barbara Boxer will no doubt exploit to maximum effect in order to shift Californian's focus away from her appalling lack of competence. To put it in simple terms, Campbell's views on Israel are not qualitatively different from Obama's.

Make no mistake, if DeVore and Fiorina split the conservative vote, as they are now doing, Campbell will win the primary and California (and America) will be stuck with Boxer for another six years. I applaud Erickson's decision to reconsider his support for DeVore and hope others will soon follow, the operative word being soon. With only four weeks to go until the primary, two weeks may be too long to wait. Chuck DeVore's campaign has simply not caught on and time is running out. He would best serve the conservative cause he believes in if he withdraws from the race, enthusiastically supports Fiorina against Campbell, and prepares to run for Diane Feinstein's seat in 2012.

Related: Josh Painter's take on the latest from the California Senate primary here.

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