Special Ad: Nuclear terrorism thriller, The Target by Bill Bowen, now available (see below)
I have this vision of Senator Jim DeMint, chairman of the Senate Conservatives Fund PAC, sitting on the veranda on a plantation house somewhere outside of Charleston, surrounded by campaign aides and his hunting dog, mint julep in hand. This has been a good year indeed for the 58 year-old junior senator from South Carolina who forms the most senior link between elected Republicans and the Tea Party.
The top of the "good news" list has to be Alvin Greene winning the Democratic primary to run against him in November - virtually unknown; unemployed; no campaign organization; indicted for sex crimes. The first law of politics is "get elected". Check!
The last year has been unusually prominent for South Carolina politicians - Joe Wilson got a House rebuke for his "You Lie" outburst at Obama's September 2009 healthcare speech to Congress - but quickly raised over $1,000,000 while becoming a prime 2010 target for national liberal groups; moderate SC Republican Senator Lindsay Graham lost some ground after his friend John McCain's presidential defeat, increasing DeMint's standing in the state hierarchy; conservative Indian Nikki Haley is the presumptive next governor. The home state is secure and of some national significance. Check!
Of most importance to those outside of the Palmetto State, his candidates are doing well nationally. His endorsements, (often in opposition to the National Republican Senate Campaign Committee) are winning primaries against establishment Republicans - Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania; Marco Rubio in Florida; Rand Paul in Kentucky; Sharon Angle in Nevada; Mike Lee in Utah; Ken Buck in Colorado. Whether or not the Republicans gain the necessary 10 seats to take back the Senate (with 5 to 8 being likely), DeMint will have a set of Tea Party conservative colleagues who will owe him some loyalty. If the Democrats hold on by a seat or two because the insurgents don't have broad enough appeal, well ... he has famously declared that he'd rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who believed in limited government and free markets than 60 who had no principles ... and there is always 2012 when Republicans will almost certainly take over the Senate with 23 Democratic and 10 Republican seats up for grabs.
This week's You Tube is a cute Jon Stewart skit about the race card.
My first novel, The Target, is available at Amazon (paperback and Kindle) and by request at most book stores. Some novels have a purpose. Mine, in which a group of average Americans become nuclear terrorists, is to demonstrate that it is in everybody's interest - Muslim as well as Western - to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons. For readers who like intelligent thrillers, plotter Mike Curran, moderate Arab Aisha al-Rashid, and blogger "Barbara from Berkeley" offer both suspense and memorable lessons.
bill bowen - 8/23/10