Just saw this fund-raising appeal from the Democrats:
ROLL CALL: Conservatives Buy Airtime for Mark Sanford
If you think Elizabeth Colbert Busch has a clear path to victory on Tuesday, think again.
She’s neck and neck with Mark Sanford — 46-46. And now, right-wing groups are throwing everything they’ve got at keeping this seat in Republican hands.
Brad — We can’t allow Elizabeth to be pummeled like this if we want to win on Tuesday.
There are only 4 days left. Will you dig deep for Elizabeth and Democrats in tough districts like hers?…
… and want to quibble with the wording.
Yeah, I get why the DCCC would want to say “right-wing.” Because it pushes their peeps’ buttons.
But Sanford isn’t “right-wing;” nor are those who tend to flock to his banner. He is libertarian, a classical liberal, which is why, even as his party establishment deserts him, he is backed by the likes of Ron and Rand Paul.
I looked up the group that Roll Call said was backing Sanford. It’s called “Independent Women Voice.” (Note that the Dems did NOT mention the name of the organization, because it might have provoked a positive response in their target audience, which of course is why the group calls itself that.) The organization describes itself this way:
IWV is dedicated to promoting limited government, free markets, and personal responsibility
Note that there’s no mention of traditional values, or a strong defense, or any of the other traits associated with conservatism, much less the “right wing” — only the libertarian values are mentioned.