The American Spectator on Primary Mistake

Via Anchor Rising, N4N learned that the American Spectator has an early look at Steve Laffey's Primary Mistake: How the Washington Republican Establishment Lost Everything in 2006 (and Sabotaged My Senatorial Campaign).

Unsurprisingly, the piece by associate editor W. James Antle III is rather sympathetic toward Laffey, who, as I've theorized, wrote the book to set the stage for a gubernatorial run in 2010. It also makes much of Linc Chafee's public musing on becoming a Democrat, even though he had ruled out making such a switch while in office.

The article doesn't offer much, though, in terms of tasty bits from the book. Here's one exception, such as it is:

A good portion of Primary Mistake is devoted to Laffey coming to terms with why, as an American citizen who met the constitutional requirements to serve in the Senate, people kept telling him he couldn't run. He recalls getting similar treatment when he first decided to run for mayor of Cranston: The party establishment told him he couldn't run because they already had a candidate. A successful businessman before going into politics, Laffey looked at the Cranston party elders the way he looked at his "three-year-old daughter, Audrey, when she throws all the shampoo bottles in the toilet" and said would spend a quarter of a million dollars of his own money to win the nomination. According to Laffey, the man GOP leaders had picked to be the nominee responded by bursting into tears and withdrawing from the race.

Here's the money shot of Antle's piece:

In the end, Laffey's story is really about the frequently ignored difference between the Republican Party and the conservative movement. Political parties are about winning elections and wielding power. Ideological movements are about ideas and values. Confuse the two and you wind up with something like the Chafee-Laffey primary contest.

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