Over at Taki Mag, Dylan Hales looks at the South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Bob Conley:
Maverick Conley bolted the GOP a few years ago over amnesty, war and trade policy and was a vocal supporter of Ron Paul’s presidential bid.
Accidental or not, the unique candidacy of “Flattop Bob” Conley may be just what the doctor ordered for the second stage of The Revolution. A Democrat, in the cradle of secession, who asks that we help fight the neocons and advance “the cause of liberty” by supporting his candidacy. I like the sound of that.
I have my reservations about Conley, but he surely is better than Lindsay Graham, an early supporter (and creepy admirer of John McCain) who is rumored to be McCain’s top choice for Attorney General.
Also, if Republicans start to see Ron Paul voters moving over to support Democrats, they are more likely to reform their own ways to try to attract Paul supporters (than if they only abandon the two parties for large L Libertarians like Bob Barr).
Given that the Republican Party - unlike the Democrats - have a history of a limited government, anti-interventionist wing (i.e. Robert Taft), it is likely that only the threat of losing those voters to Democrats will cause the Republicans to re-embrace the Old Right philosophy. For that, the candidacy of Bob Conley can only be a good thing.