Blake Masters for Senate in Arizona

 

So here’s a young man running for an Arizona Senate seat in 2022. Were he to win, that would help get the GOP back in the majority, if nevertheless in opposition. His name is Blake Masters. He runs Thiel Capital for Peter Thiel. Masters is a populist running on two issues: The border wall and the restoration of the middle class. His idea, which has made him the enemy of all liberals, most of America’s elite, is that a family should be able to do alright on one income. I dunno the guy personally, we are no closer than what are called Twitter mutuals, but I’m writing to get you to support him. His politics is like J.D. Vance’s and I’m for that guy, too. I think with such senators, the GOP will finally treat its electorate with respect & take America’s troubles seriously. Once their fellow Americans get them elected, these men are very likely to retire after two terms or so. You will get public spirit instead of dooming the country to the incumbency of vaguely polished mediocrities. Do everything you can, friends!

If you’re hankering for some of my political opinions and why I’m bothering you to support this guy, here’s my substack piece on Masters.

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  1. Gary Robbins Reagan
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    How did this get posted directly to the Main Feed without a single “like” when it was posted on the Main Feed?  Where is Fred Cole?

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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    How did this get posted directly to the Main Feed without a single “like” when it was posted on the Main Feed? Where is Fred Cole?

    He’s a Contributor, Gary, and has been for a long time.

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  3. David Foster Member
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    “Restoration of the middle class”…meaning what, in specific policy terms?

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  4. Gary Robbins Reagan
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    How did this get posted directly to the Main Feed without a single “like” when it was posted on the Main Feed? Where is Fred Cole?

    He’s a Contributor, Gary, and has been for a long time.

    This is the type of post that a Contributor should place in the Member Feed, and let it sink or swim on its own.  Several Contributors will take that prudent course of action when they file an overtly partisan post.  Titus should have followed their example.

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  5. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    How did this get posted directly to the Main Feed without a single “like” when it was posted on the Main Feed? Where is Fred Cole?

    He’s a Contributor, Gary, and has been for a long time.

    This is the type of post that a Contributor should place in the Member Feed, and let it sink or swim on its own. Several Contributors will take that prudent course of action when they file an overtly partisan post. Titus should have followed their example.

    You have no idea why Contributors post first on the Member Feed. That is a fairly new phenomenon; almost every Contributor used to start on the Main Feed. You are welcome to your opinion, but I think it’s up to the Contributor. Not to you.

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  6. drlorentz Member
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    Titus Techera:

    His idea, which has made him the enemy of all liberals, most of America’s elite, is that a family should be able to do alright on one income. 

    This guy sounds good, saying all the right words. It’s easy for someone who runs Thiel Capital to talk about the beauty of a single-income family but it’s altogether different to face the reality that most Americans experience. There is no simple fix for this problem — certainly none that a senator can implement, even if he gets his fellow Congress-critters to go along (unlikely). It’s not a problem for government solution.

    “If only we can regain the Senate, everything will get back on track.” When have we heard this before?

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  7. Gary Robbins Reagan
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    drlorentz (View Comment):

    Titus Techera:

    His idea, which has made him the enemy of all liberals, most of America’s elite, is that a family should be able to do alright on one income.

    This guy sounds good, saying all the right words. It’s easy for someone who runs Thiel Capital to talk about the beauty of a single-income family but it’s altogether different to face the reality that most Americans experience. There is no simple fix for this problem — certainly none that a senator can implement, even if he gets his fellow Congress-critters to go along (unlikely). It’s not a problem for government solution.

    “If only we can regain the Senate, everything will get back on track.” When have we heard this before?

    I smile every time I see the phrase “Congress-critters.”  Please keep it up!

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  8. Percival Thatcher
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    How did this get posted directly to the Main Feed without a single “like” when it was posted on the Main Feed? Where is Fred Cole?

    He’s a Contributor, Gary, and has been for a long time.

    This is the type of post that a Contributor should place in the Member Feed, and let it sink or swim on its own. Several Contributors will take that prudent course of action when they file an overtly partisan post. Titus should have followed their example.

    I like it, Gary. Now that I know that you don’t like it  … I like it more.

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  9. Stad Coolidge
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    How did this get posted directly to the Main Feed without a single “like” when it was posted on the Main Feed? Where is Fred Cole?

    He’s a Contributor, Gary, and has been for a long time.

    This is the type of post that a Contributor should place in the Member Feed, and let it sink or swim on its own. Several Contributors will take that prudent course of action when they file an overtly partisan post. Titus should have followed their example.

    I like it, Gary. Now that I know that you don’t like it … I like it more.

    I guess he’ll stick it to us by voting for the Democrat in 2022 . . .

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  10. Gary Robbins Reagan
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    Stad (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    How did this get posted directly to the Main Feed without a single “like” when it was posted on the Main Feed? Where is Fred Cole?

    He’s a Contributor, Gary, and has been for a long time.

    This is the type of post that a Contributor should place in the Member Feed, and let it sink or swim on its own. Several Contributors will take that prudent course of action when they file an overtly partisan post. Titus should have followed their example.

    I like it, Gary. Now that I know that you don’t like it … I like it more.

    I guess he’ll stick it to us by voting for the Democrat in 2022 . . .

    I would vote for Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey in a heartbeat if he ran for the Senate against Kelly.  I don’t want to vote for Democrats, but I am not going to vote for a Trump clone.

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  11. Titus Techera Contributor
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    drlorentz (View Comment):

    Titus Techera:

    His idea, which has made him the enemy of all liberals, most of America’s elite, is that a family should be able to do alright on one income.

    This guy sounds good, saying all the right words. It’s easy for someone who runs Thiel Capital to talk about the beauty of a single-income family but it’s altogether different to face the reality that most Americans experience. There is no simple fix for this problem — certainly none that a senator can implement, even if he gets his fellow Congress-critters to go along (unlikely). It’s not a problem for government solution.

    “If only we can regain the Senate, everything will get back on track.” When have we heard this before?

    Mr. Lorentz, it’s not easy for a rich man on the wrong side of liberalism to get into politics in a very competitive race, opening himself, his wife, & his kids up to horrible press. He has nothing personally to win & you should acknowledge that instead of making demeaning comments. Masters shows public spirit. If you could respect that, I could in turn respect you–we could have at least a minimum of mutual respect on the basis of which to talk.

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  12. Titus Techera Contributor
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    How did this get posted directly to the Main Feed without a single “like” when it was posted on the Main Feed? Where is Fred Cole?

    He’s a Contributor, Gary, and has been for a long time.

    This is the type of post that a Contributor should place in the Member Feed, and let it sink or swim on its own. Several Contributors will take that prudent course of action when they file an overtly partisan post. Titus should have followed their example.

    I like it, Gary. Now that I know that you don’t like it … I like it more.

    I guess he’ll stick it to us by voting for the Democrat in 2022 . . .

    I would vote for Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey in a heartbeat if he ran for the Senate against Kelly. I don’t want to vote for Democrats, but I am not going to vote for a Trump clone.

    Gary, we had lunch once–I remember you were pleasant enough. I’m surprised at you now. You should be ashamed of yourself for trying to police my posts. I expect an apology or else we have nothing to say to one another.

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  13. Titus Techera Contributor
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    David Foster (View Comment):

    “Restoration of the middle class”…meaning what, in specific policy terms?

    We have a year & change to learn. I suppose that will be time enough.

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  14. Titus Techera Contributor
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    Stad (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    How did this get posted directly to the Main Feed without a single “like” when it was posted on the Main Feed? Where is Fred Cole?

    He’s a Contributor, Gary, and has been for a long time.

    This is the type of post that a Contributor should place in the Member Feed, and let it sink or swim on its own. Several Contributors will take that prudent course of action when they file an overtly partisan post. Titus should have followed their example.

    I like it, Gary. Now that I know that you don’t like it … I like it more.

    I guess he’ll stick it to us by voting for the Democrat in 2022 . . .

    You said it, brother!

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  15. Hang On Member
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    How did this get posted directly to the Main Feed without a single “like” when it was posted on the Main Feed? Where is Fred Cole?

    He’s a Contributor, Gary, and has been for a long time.

    This is the type of post that a Contributor should place in the Member Feed, and let it sink or swim on its own. Several Contributors will take that prudent course of action when they file an overtly partisan post. Titus should have followed their example.

    I like it, Gary. Now that I know that you don’t like it … I like it more.

    I guess he’ll stick it to us by voting for the Democrat in 2022 . . .

    I would vote for Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey in a heartbeat if he ran for the Senate against Kelly. I don’t want to vote for Democrats, but I am not going to vote for a Trump clone.

    Good. Shows he must be a good guy. Your disapproval is a huge endorsement.

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  16. Gary Robbins Reagan
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    Titus Techera (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    How did this get posted directly to the Main Feed without a single “like” when it was posted on the Main Feed? Where is Fred Cole?

    He’s a Contributor, Gary, and has been for a long time.

    This is the type of post that a Contributor should place in the Member Feed, and let it sink or swim on its own. Several Contributors will take that prudent course of action when they file an overtly partisan post. Titus should have followed their example.

    I like it, Gary. Now that I know that you don’t like it … I like it more.

    I guess he’ll stick it to us by voting for the Democrat in 2022 . . .

    I would vote for Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey in a heartbeat if he ran for the Senate against Kelly. I don’t want to vote for Democrats, but I am not going to vote for a Trump clone.

    Gary, we had lunch once–I remember you were pleasant enough. I’m surprised at you now. You should be ashamed of yourself for trying to police my posts. I expect an apology or else we have nothing to say to one another.

    I do not know what I have to apologize for.  Sorry.

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  17. Postmodern Hoplite Coolidge
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    Okay; I watched the whole video. I don’t see what the problem is.

    Masters has a long, hard slog ahead of him to first get the GOP nomination, and then defeating Kelly (an incumbent, and a Democrat who will enjoy unlimited free media support.) His message thus far seems to be pro-family, pro-domestic economy and pro-American Dream. What is not to like? Furthermore, it seems calibrated to appeal to the Hispanic community (which tends to favor legal immigration and strong families.)

    Unless Mr. Trump has announced that he’s planning on running for AZ Senator, I fail to see what the connection here.

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  18. drlorentz Member
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    Titus Techera (View Comment):
    If you could respect that, I could in turn respect you–we could have at least a minimum of mutual respect on the basis of which to talk.

    There is no “we” here. It’s not all about you or me individually either. My comments were about the candidate.

    Mr Masters is in no position to lecture his fellow citizens on the virtues of single-income families given his own wealth, as I explained in my original comment, because he’s not facing the same constraints most face. Furthermore, as I also noted, this is not subject to government solutions — not that any was proffered. If you have a cogent response concerning any of that, it might be interesting.

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  19. drlorentz Member
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    Postmodern Hoplite (View Comment):
    What is not to like?

    Talk is cheap. RINOs and other assorted weasels have been talking the talk on the campaign trail while failing to walk the walk after reaching the Imperial Capital. This guy may be okay or not but Lucy has pulled the football away far to often to be naive about someone who merely mouths the right words.

    You can be Charlie Brown if that suits you. I have a more skeptical view. 

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  20. Hang On Member
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    drlorentz (View Comment):
    Mr Masters is in no position to lecture his fellow citizens on the virtues of single-income families given his own wealth, as I explained in my original comment, because he’s not facing the same constraints most face. Furthermore, as I also noted, this is not subject to government solutions — not that any was proffered. If you have a cogent response concerning any of that, it might be interesting

    You are rather grossly mischaracterizing what he is saying. He’s not **lecturing** anybody. He says we need to build an economy where one income will be needed per family. Go to 1:43 of the video. It is a goal. Aspirational.  

     

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  21. Postmodern Hoplite Coolidge
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    drlorentz (View Comment):

    Postmodern Hoplite (View Comment):
    What is not to like?

    Talk is cheap. RINOs and other assorted weasels have been talking the talk on the campaign trail while failing to walk the walk after reaching the Imperial Capital. This guy may be okay or not but Lucy has pulled the football away far too often to be naive about someone who merely mouths the right words.

    You can be Charlie Brown if that suits you. I have a more skeptical view.

    As regards ,”Talk is cheap,” you’ll have no argument from me on that score. Neither do I have any particular expectations of Mr. Masters; I don’t live in AZ, so I won’t be voting for him one way or the other. Rather, my comments were meant to address earlier statements in the thread rejecting Masters as a candidate for some perceived alignment with Mr. Trump. Such sentiments seem to me to be foolish and short-sighted.

    Your skepticism is well-placed. I share it.

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  22. Stad Coolidge
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    How did this get posted directly to the Main Feed without a single “like” when it was posted on the Main Feed? Where is Fred Cole?

    He’s a Contributor, Gary, and has been for a long time.

    This is the type of post that a Contributor should place in the Member Feed, and let it sink or swim on its own. Several Contributors will take that prudent course of action when they file an overtly partisan post. Titus should have followed their example.

    I like it, Gary. Now that I know that you don’t like it … I like it more.

    I guess he’ll stick it to us by voting for the Democrat in 2022 . . .

    I would vote for Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey in a heartbeat if he ran for the Senate against Kelly. I don’t want to vote for Democrats, but I am not going to vote for a Trump clone.

    I knew it . . .

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  23. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
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    I do live in Arizona, and specifically in Tucson, where Masters apparently now lives.  I don’t know anything about him, beyond what is in this post and this video.

    He does mention growing up in Tucson, like me.  I wasn’t able to find any information on his high school.  He is quite young, being born in 1986, the year after I graduated from high school (in Tucson).

    I like the ad.  I’d like it better if Masters had some sort of track record of conservatism.  We’ve been burned by a lot of elected officials who talked the conservative Republican talk, but didn’t walk the walk.  I’m not claiming that Masters is one of these, but I’d like to see some evidence that he is not.

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  24. Jim Kearney Contributor
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I do live in Arizona, and specifically in Tucson, where Masters apparently now lives. I don’t know anything about him, beyond what is in this post and this video.

    He does mention growing up in Tucson, like me. I wasn’t able to find any information on his high school. He is quite young, being born in 1986, the year after I graduated from high school (in Tucson).

    I like the ad. I’d like it better if Masters had some sort of track record of conservatism. We’ve been burned by a lot of elected officials who talked the conservative Republican talk, but didn’t walk the walk. I’m not claiming that Masters is one of these, but I’d like to see some evidence that he is not.

    There’s a more detailed policy outline at BlakeMasters.com 

    This may be a candidate who will be able to unite conservatives and libertarians, Trump fans and RINO sinusitisists, and even some Democrats who want sensible solutions on border security and environmental stewardship. With the (D-AZ) former astronaut turning out to be just another reflexive vote for whatever Schumer and Pelosi send his way, 2022 should be the year to lower the 51.2% of counted votes used to squeeze Senator Kelly into his seat.

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  25. drlorentz Member
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    Hang On (View Comment):

    drlorentz (View Comment):
    Mr Masters is in no position to lecture his fellow citizens on the virtues of single-income families given his own wealth, as I explained in my original comment, because he’s not facing the same constraints most face. Furthermore, as I also noted, this is not subject to government solutions — not that any was proffered. If you have a cogent response concerning any of that, it might be interesting

    You are rather grossly mischaracterizing what he is saying. He’s not **lecturing** anybody. He says we need to build an economy where one income will be needed per family. Go to 1:43 of the video. It is a goal. Aspirational.

    Yeah, I watched the whole video; no need to direct me to the part I was addressing in. Y comment. Call it aspirational, a lecture, or pure bravo sierra. In any case, talk is cheap. I believe I mentioned that earlier.

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  26. David Foster Member
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    An interview with Masters, in which he talks about China, trade, the FBI, Big Tech, and the Democrats’ endless accusations of racism:

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/az-senate-hopeful-blake-masters-says-left-wing-overplayed-their-hand-new-candidates-arent-afraid

     

     

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  27. The Reticulator Member
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I do live in Arizona, and specifically in Tucson, where Masters apparently now lives. I don’t know anything about him, beyond what is in this post and this video.

    He does mention growing up in Tucson, like me. I wasn’t able to find any information on his high school. He is quite young, being born in 1986, the year after I graduated from high school (in Tucson).

    I like the ad. I’d like it better if Masters had some sort of track record of conservatism. We’ve been burned by a lot of elected officials who talked the conservative Republican talk, but didn’t walk the walk. I’m not claiming that Masters is one of these, but I’d like to see some evidence that he is not.

    If he’s willing to be hated by CNN, that will be a good sign.  

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  28. The Reticulator Member
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    David Foster (View Comment):

    An interview with Masters, in which he talks about China, trade, the FBI, Big Tech, and the Democrats’ endless accusations of racism:

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/az-senate-hopeful-blake-masters-says-left-wing-overplayed-their-hand-new-candidates-arent-afraid

    Those are some of the right topics to be discussing.

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  29. The Reticulator Member
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    I would vote for Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey in a heartbeat if he ran for the Senate against Kelly.  I don’t want to vote for Democrats, but I am not going to vote for a Trump clone.

    I think we are finally getting a little closer to the truth of what you have against Trump.  (I have often found that if you let people keep talking long enough, they’ll tell you what you need to know.) 

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  30. Titus Techera Contributor
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I do live in Arizona, and specifically in Tucson, where Masters apparently now lives. I don’t know anything about him, beyond what is in this post and this video.

    He does mention growing up in Tucson, like me. I wasn’t able to find any information on his high school. He is quite young, being born in 1986, the year after I graduated from high school (in Tucson).

    I like the ad. I’d like it better if Masters had some sort of track record of conservatism. We’ve been burned by a lot of elected officials who talked the conservative Republican talk, but didn’t walk the walk. I’m not claiming that Masters is one of these, but I’d like to see some evidence that he is not.

    If he’s willing to be hated by CNN, that will be a good sign.

    Indeed. Masters is willingly making himself an enemy to elite liberalism, wokies, &c. Conservatives are super-incompetent about finding leaders for various levels of public life–we should thank God sometimes leaders show up without us needing to work hard at it. It would be useful to accept success now & then. After all, the man will compete in a primary, the electorate will decide; & it’s a Democrat held seat without obvious GOP competition, so the party has nothing to lose, but much to win.

    I was very unpleasantly surprised looking over this thread to see a few bitter, resentful people jump in & dominate the conversation. There are more people who like the idea I put forth than people who are bitter–eight people already have liked his post, but they are silent, whereas the nuisances are loud & proud, taking up most of the page. Again, there are more of us disagreeing with these unpleasant people & their need to bitch in ignorance of the subject–but still, those of us who are not unpleasant must disagree with them who are, thus prolonging the nonsense.

    This is a small version of the misery of conservatism.

    I have some hope that people like Masters can make the party more active, a bit more hopeful, less stuck in ugly habits that neither make people a happy community nor able politicians.

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