Blake Masters is new AZ GOP Sen nominee – promotes great replacement theory https://t.co/CAc9QVopkz & is eager to use state power for illiberal ends https://t.co/WzJy5Ean4t— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) August 3, 2022
This is how the GOP changes – candidates like him enter primaries & win while conventional Rs opt out/lose
Blake Masters, the former chief operating officer of Thiel Capital and the president of the Thiel Foundation, won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Arizona last night.
From what I have seen of him, I don’t have much to complain about. He would be a vast improvement over the likes of Jon Kyl and John McCain and Jeff Flake who normally represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate and push for amnesty. He will probably vote like Josh Hawley and Marjorie Taylor Greene which is the right way most of the time. As with J.D. Vance, I would rather have Blake Masters in there than people like John Cornyn and Lindsey Graham whose politics aren’t anywhere near as close to mine.
At this point, I don’t even care that he works for Peter Thiel because the biggest obstacle to our politics are that diminishing bloc of elderly conservative politicians in the Republican Senate led by McConnell who went all in on backing the war in the Ukraine. They repeatedly throttled the Trump presidency on all sorts of issues whether it was the withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan or immigration.
If you want to be involved in mainstream politics, I think your top priority should be the Senate races because that is where the real power is at these days as we have seen with Sinema and Manchin. The president’s agenda passes the House and then it lives or dies in the Senate.
UPDATE: Blake Masters is getting high praise from Sam Adler-Bell of the Know Your Enemy podcast.
“In his victory speech in Chandler, Ariz., on Tuesday night, Mr. Masters — who was endorsed by Donald Trump in June — echoed the themes of his campaign: America is in trouble, riddled with crime and disorder; illegal immigration is an invasion; Big Tech is censoring conservatives and colonizing young people’s minds, while globalist corporations outsource jobs and make American life all but unlivable for middle-class families. In his speech, Mr. Masters attacked “a small minority of hard-core Democratic Party activists” who, he said, “control newspapers and television and schools and universities — and you better believe they control Big Tech, too,” framing the race as a battle against “the cartels,” “giant global corporations” and “a system that’s actively trying to destroy families.” …
To close followers of conservative politics, this message may sound familiar. Mr. Masters is unmistakably a figure of the New Right: militant, internet-savvy culture warriors who position themselves as insurgent challengers of the sclerotic establishment in both parties. No longer doctrinaire libertarians, they see coercive state power as an indispensable tool for achieving conservative ends: mandating patriotic curriculums in schools, supporting the formation of “native-born” families, banning abortion and pornography, and turning back the rights revolution for L.G.B.T.Q. Americans.
“If you’re not using any political power to shore up a good society that follows the rule of law,” Mr. Masters warned recently, “you’ll get rolled.” Locked in civilizational battle with the radical left — the “enemy of true progress, the enemy of everything that is good” — conservatives who insist on libertarian orthodoxy are, for Mr. Masters, like pacifists in wartime: “You can recite an eloquent poem about pacifism right before they line you up against the wall and shoot you.” …”
All of this is true.
I see nothing to disagree with. It is the conventional wisdom these days.